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Lofty and Vi Mehlhop confirm today they do know the twins we mentioned in this column last week: "Yes, it is a small wonder that you met up with some lovely young ladies of our acquaintance at a restau- rant in Minneapolis. We are very well acquainted with the twins - in fact I was there first babysitter when they were born in Hosmer, SD. We are very good friends of their parents, the Carl Tinquists since we met them in Hosmer when Carl came to teach while Lofty was on the school board, dating way back in the early 50's. In fact, we still correspond with them at least once a year. Carl and his wife live in Blaine where he is a teacher -and has been since they left South Dakota. The girls, Janice and Jayne are both nurses, but do not know if they work in the same hospital. One of the girls has three boys and the other two boys. Guess it makes no difference where you go, you still meet people who know someone you do - "a small world after all." ***** Regarding the Odessa pamphlet story we had in last week's paper, submitted by reader Alton Hanson, we've learned that we were wrong in stating that the Odessa school building shown "stood for years on the hill just south of Odessa." Reader Gloria Arndt cor- rects us in that the building shown was located where the Odessa ball field is today. ***** Reader Mrs. Ed (Becky) Trebil of Ortonville informs us of the passing of 88-year-old ReynoldDobak of Westport, Washington. He was a brother of Becky and also a brother of the late John Dobak, a casualty of World War II, whose name is part of the name of Ortonville's American Legion Post ... Spink-Dobak. Becky will see that we get a full obituary on Reynold in the near future. ***** Hats off to all who had a hand in staging such a fine and informative School Open House last week. We know a lot of work went into the planning, and it was most encouraging to see such a fine attendance ... proof that there is a high interest in the education of our youth. ***** Think those die-hard Packer fans will finally admit today that the Vikings of this year are truly for real ... especially after last Sunday7! Indeed, even the Fox television announcers remarked at the game's conclusion that "these Vikings are something special!" It appears noth- ing will stop them now from gaining the Super Bowl, if they can stay healthy! Such an array of weapons .. the likes we've not seen in recent pro teams! We don't mean to "rub it in" too much, but can't help but run this sketch faxed to us today from our brother-in-law, Steve Buechler of the metro area: NEW PACKER HELMETS FOR" Ortonville's Tom Kramer certain- ly knows his football. Recently, we were trying to think of a former Vikings linebacker who we remem- ber was noted not only for his talents on the field, but for his volunteer work in calling on ailing children in hospitals. We remembered he was tall and Afro-American. We called several local friends trying to find someone who might help us remem- ber his name. Finally we called Tom Kramer, and he knew at once it was Matt Blair we were talking about. Funny thing in last Sunday's Viking- Packer game, we heard the announc- er talk of a Packer of the same name, Matt Blair. Moen recovering from surgery O.C. Moon of rural Ortonville is recovering from surgery at his winter home in Texas. Cards can be sent to him at 1501 S. Airport Drive Lot #352, Weslaco, TX 78596. Page 2 Public hearing on street project assessments set for Dec. 10 The Ortonville City Council set costs down on the project as much as The loan, which will be used to the public hearing date for special possible," Ellingson said, "through purchase equipment to expand their assessments on phase one of Ortonville's street improvement project at its regular meeting last Monday. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Ortonville Senior Citizen's Center. Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson stated the meeting will be a forum for concerns on the funding portion of the project only, and concerns about the work that has been done should be directed to the City Clerk's office. "We encourage everyone who has had improvements done to their water, sewer, curbs and gutters this year to come voice their funding concerns," Ellingson said. He also stated anyone whose lot has been improved this season will be receiving a slip this week on what improvements have been done and their cost. "We have been trying to keep the directing funds from the city's savings to pay bonds. The city has also been looking 'into other funding sources to help defray the costs for residents in the next phases of the project." For those who will be unable to afford the improvements made, Ellingson says there are steps to go through to defray the cost, and homeowners at the hearing will be advised as to what the next steps will be. According to the City Clerk's office, special assessments can be paid up front or added to the homeowner's taxes over a period of 15 years with interest. In other business last Monday night, the council approved an $8,000 loan from its revolving loan fund to Heritage Printing and Publishing of Ortonville. business and make structural improvements to the building, was reconmnded to the council for approvar'- a letter from the Ortonville Economic Development Authority. Owner Galen Swihart stated he has purchased $14,000 worth of equipment from Sonny's Color Printing already, and the loan will mostly be to purchase additional equipment and expand the business's workspace. Also, the council voted to donate $450 to the Women's Advocacy Resource Center toward the purchase of a TV and VCR. Domestic Violence Victim Advocate/Program Coordinator Connie Blasdell had requested the funds at the last qeeting, in order to help provide viewfng for the center's library of information on videotape. CRP sign-up 18 local water quality priority areas By: Noelle K. Saeger, NRCS As you all know, another general CRP sign-up is currently underway and the last day to place a bid will be Friday, December l lth. This will conclude the seven week sign-up which began October 26th. The State Technical Committee met prior to this sign-up to figure out which sub-watersheds would meet the criteria as .high priority areas, i.e. water quality problems, based on pri- ority of soils, etc. The pros and cons were discussed and submitted to Washington for approval, and after considerable discussion, the Pomme de Terre was one of the sub-water- sheds selected as a high priority water resource area. Offers made within this particular sub-watershed will receive 30 addi- tional points to their EBI (Environmental Benefit Index) score, just for being located in the Pomme de Terre watershed. For those of you who are landown- ers in the Pomme de Terre watershed in Big Stone and Swift Counties, this area includes most of Fairfield and Hegbert townships, along with por- tions of Appleton, Edison, Moyer, Shible and Tara townships, all in Swift County. For those of you who are landowners in Big Stone County, this area includes most of Artichoke and part of Akron townships. If you have any questions, want more information or are interested in signing up for CRP, you may contact your Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) District Conservationist to check on eligibili- ty. Lyle Popma of Swift County can be reached at 320/843-2458 and Mark Dybdal of Big Stone County can be reached at 320/839-6149. .ocal water managers to attend annual meeting in Alexandria - Loren Harste, Appleton, Wilfred Hanson, Ortonville, Bob Toelle, Browns Valley, Alvin Kamstra, Beardsley, Glenn Berdan, Ortonville, managers of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District, will be among the approximately 300 people expected to attend the 1998 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (MAWD) December 3, 4 and 5 at the Radiss'on Arrowwood in Alexandria. "This meeting gives us the chance to 1 Ut . |ef'(ecu for water management, and how we.can use those techniques in this area," Harste said. "It's very helpful to learn about what has worked in other parts of the state and what has not," he added. Participants will be able to attend No diabetic meet The Diabetic and Parkinson's Support Group will not meet in November ... watch for future meeting date. training sessions on topics such as watershed management, wetland per- mitting, storm water infiltration, and animal waste management. The meeting also features a keynote address from state Senator LeRoy Stumpf from Thief River Falls. The meeting includes a general business session, election of board members and officers discussion of resolutions and a trade show. Watershed districts are local units of government based upon the bound- aries of natural watersheds. The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District includes all or part of Big Stone, Swift, Stevens, and Traverse Counties. The district is responsible for water management within the water- shed area. Minnesota has 44 water- shed districts. I r ATTENTION: BUILDING CONTRACTORS % The Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Lakeside Apartments, 301 NW First Street, Ortonville, MN invites sealed bids for the conversion of two (2) single dwelling units to one (1) handicapped accessible dwelling unit. Bid packets will be available at 8:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at the Lakeside Apartments office. Deposit: $25 per bid packet. Bid opening: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, 7:30 PM Childrens Theatre com,ng to cry Under the sponsorship of the Minnesota State Arts Council, the touring Childrens Theatre Company of Minneapolis will be visiting our local school the last week of December. They will be putting on student workshops and presenting "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan: in traditional Japanese Kabuki Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students and all pro-school children are free. , The workshops during the day will cover Theatre Games, Improvisation, Taiko Drumming and Introduction to Kabuki Theatre. all workshops are free and open to students of the area schools. Time and place will be announced early in December. Eight to 10 strong and reliable adult votunte&s will stage hands for about Dec. 28 to set up and on Dec. 29 take adults will be needed Twelve student ushers office sales people w needed for the two Contact the c 3284 for advance ticket will be no reserved Remember that theatre also make ideal will help BSAC productions of this City Senior holiday hours Ortonville's Senior closed Thursday, No Thanksgiving Day, and 27 for the Thanksgivin Center will reopen on 30 at 9 a.m. We Have Your CHRISTMRS TR 5 Varieties To Choose From... Scotch Pine White Pine Norway Pine Stop by and pick up your Christmas tree today/ BUD'S BFiIT Ortonville, MN Balsa la I IIIF The figures on these unusual mastone and hand cast from carvings. They are mounted on a wood base. Mario's silhou- ette shades appear LeAnn Kuper to be opaque. However, a silhouetted scene will appear when the shade is lit. Turn on the lamp and sud- denly the bear's natural habitat appears silhouetted in the rus- tic shade. What a great gift for the hunter in your family! These lamps are also perfect for that room decorated in the "lodge look." These lamps and many other fab- aa ulous gift' items available at Emanuel Furniture can make your holiday shopping a pleasurable experience. Please stop by today and investigate our new gift gallery ..... - # "A South Dakota Century Old Business EPtAHUEL *' HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-S:15pm; Sat. 9am4pm Toll Free 888-432-4568 306 South Third Street * Milbank, Get Ready for the Holidays with Fashions fi'om Lori B's 2-Pc. 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