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Ortonville's Ryan Arndt is a teacher in a forensics science class at Canby High School, and his students were recently featured on the front page of an issue of the Marshall Independent newspaper. They were shown featured in their learning of how to read bones to solve mysteries themselves. Forensic Science is a new class at Canby this year in which 20 students are enrolled. Ryan says his new students have been real cooperative in the learning process. Ryan is the son of Curtis and Gloria Arndt of Ortonville. To say the least, the Viking's 75 million dollar man Randy Moss should be ashamed of himself. If he had any decency at all, after claiming to "being so tired" in last Sunday's loss to New England, he should return his salary to the owners, quit the game and find another vocation. For sure, you can bet there's not another team in either of the pro leagues that would buy his con- tract....even at a reduction! Yet another small worlder. Recently, we were walking across a skyway in downtown Mpls. on Third Ave., heading for the Piper build- ing...when right in front of us, walk- ing the other way, .were two Ortonville natives, bosom buddies since their early youth, namely Bruce Dybvig and Royce McEwen. And there's yet another small worlder that stems from the meeting. Both gradu- ated in the same class at OHS...1969, both work for the same company, Thrivent Financial (formerly Lutheran Brotherhood), both work on the same floor, and both live in the same community, Burnsville. Both were also looking great! Brace is the son of Bob and Marilyn Dybvig and Royce the son of the late Orville McEwen and Andrena McEwen. Harriet Kidman submits a clipping today from a recent issue of Agri-News: "Two things are essential in life are WD40 and duct tape. If it moves and isn't-suppose to, use the duct tape. If it doesn't move and it's sup- pose to, use the WD40." A nice testimonial on Hobo Soup today from a stranger in West Chester, PA, name of Jeffrey Sites: "Dear Hobo Soup Folks, I am writing with a request-my family moved to Eastern Pennsylvania this past July, reluctantly leaving the Minnesota we loved dearly. My children have done an admirable job bearing with new schools, trying to make friends, and our adapting to the local customs. And the local foods. One of the things most missed, is your Hobo Soup. It was a staple of my son's lunch as well as Saturday afternoon snacks (mine too, great excuse to take a break and eat!). We have not found anything near it here- and besides, it isn't made in Minnesota. I am writing to see if it would be pos- sible to occasionally buy from you a case of Hobo Soup- it would be a wonderful surprise, as well as a link to home. I don't know what would be entailed but we'd of course pay the shipping. We had also hoped to get him a tee shirt - our last can had an offer on it, but it got lost in the shuf- fle. If information about this could be sent "we would be appreciative. I hope to hear from you, and thank you for such a delightful product- very good, and quite homey. Please feel free to call or write or emaii. And Thank You very much for your time." A letter today informs us of "a search for Carol Williams or information about her whereabouts and/or any other co-workers who worked as a radio oper- ator for the Office of War Information in New York City in the 1940's. Perhaps someone who subscribes to your newspaper, friend, rela. tive or acquaintance could help us locate her. We do not know of a married name. Early tentative plans are for a 2003 reunion, location still undetermined. If anyone can give us information please contact Lois Christenson DeGenere in Minneapolis at 763-533-5530 or Betty Thicke Schiltz E-mail address: lizan @mycidco.com. Any information at all would be appreciated." County Commissioners hold p.m for coffee hour. Each member should bring two dozen cookies. The meeting as adjourned. Betty Reinke served publuc hearing on water plan lUunitedAppeal Big Stone County Commissioners met Nov. 19, at which, Matthew Johnson, (Midwest Community Planning, LLC, planner), David Sill, (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources) and Darren Wilke, Big Stone Environmental Officer, present- ed the draft Water Plan Proposal for Big Stone County. The proposed plan was prepared by Midwest Community Planning, LLC with the assistance from the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. The draft, though specifically addressed to Big Stone County, is part of an effort to address water issues over a five county area including, Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Pope counties, and is an essential update to the previous 5-year plan. The plan will be instrumental in opening up grant opportunities per- taining to flood control, environmen- tal and water quality improvements, and drainage for the County. Historically, counties have faced dif- ferent priorities as to drainage issues, and this plan wilt aid in coordinating resolution of issues that impact beyond county boundaries. The final plan is scheduled for completion by March or April of 2003. A public hearing will be held December 11, at 10 a.m. for public com- ment on the Cunty Commissioners intent to adopt a resolution in accep- tance of the subdivision control amendment, which will define the parameters for subdivision access and road contruction. Alois (Junior) Deutsch, was re- appointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Deutsch serves as chair. John Cunningham announced to Commissioners the schedule of the West Central Minnesota Health Care Purchasing Alliance information forums designed to provide an oppor- tunity for residents to question repre- sentatives from areas in southwestern Minnesota, and the Brainerd area, who have successfully adopted alliance groups. Data on current health care access and affordability issues will be dis- cussed with the goal of improving the overall health and economic well- being of the member communities. The forums are designed to encourage a community focus to health care delivery, including services to senior citizens through the existing health care resources. Regional economic dev. group to hold elected officials forum The West Central Growth Alliance (WCGA), an organization comprised of economic development profession- als from ten West Central Minnesota counties, desires to work more effec- tively with the state and federal gov- ernments. "Our first step in achieving that goal," stated WCGA Chair, Julie Rath, "Is to get everyone together and discuss the future of Rural Minnesota." The WCGA has invited area state representatives, state senators, Congressman Collin Peterson, Senator Mark Dayton, Senator Elect Norm Coleman, and Governor Elect Tim Pawlenty to meet with the group in a public forum on December 2, 2002, in Gallery 7 of the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Willmar, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Area County Commissioners, Township Officers, Mayors, City Councils, Economic Development Boards, Chambers of Commerce Boards and interested citi- zens are encouraged to attend the pub- lic event. - -, The single focus of the forum will itive nature of the programs have often been proven to be counterpro- ductive. " WCGA members include econom- ic development leaders from ten West Central Minnesota counties Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stevens, and Swift Counties. The WCGA was formed two years ago to promote sound regional economic growth, and is presently working on a $ 150,000 Regional Marketing Plan to be launched in the first quarter of 2003. The group was successful in obtaining a special legislative allocation of $75,000 for the project." "We have a friendly business envi- ronment in our counties," stated WCGA founding member Sue Pirsig, "And we formed the WCGA to work together to get that message out. We believe our regional approach can help accomplish what we have been unable to do within" our individual agencies. Our success in receiving the state grant demonstrates the kind of be economic development in Rural strength.we derive by working togeth- Minnesota. e WCGA,will have pre, er. '' pared questions to ask our elected officials and encourage a positive dia- logue. "Rural Minnesota must be better prepared to derive benefits from state and federal programs," says Past WCGA Chair Joe Egge, "But govern- ment programs must also be more user friendly." He added, "Many eco- nomic development programs are ostensibly created to encourage sound growth in rural areas, but the compli- cated application process and compet- "Our Elected Officials Forum is a critical next step," said Rath. "It will set the stage for better program deliv- ery m the future. This will be helpful to all of Rural Minnesota." FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: WCGA Chair, Julie Rath, 507-637-4003, Big Stone Area Growth John Cunningham, President 839-2518 and Big Stone Area Growth Roger Bird, Executive Director, 839- 3939. - I West Central Minnesota Health urchasing Alliance Forums Thurs:'[ecember 5, 2002 1 to 3 p'.m. Montevideo Chippewa County Courthouse, 7 to 9 p.m. Morris Edson Auditorium, Student Center, U of M-Morris Tues. Jan 7, 2002 8 to I0 a.m. Alexandria Douglas County Library. 1 to 3 p.m. Willmar Health & Human Service Bdlg. County Commissioner's were invited to attend an Elected Officials Forum, sponsored by the West Central Growth Alliance on Dec. 2 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Willmar beginning at 6:30 p.m, The Alliance has invited legislators representing the area in order to gen- erate attentmn to the development needs and concerns within the 10 county area represented by the West Central Growth Alliance. The WCGA received matching funds in the amount of $75,000 from the Legislature for the purpose of pro- moting economic growth opportuni- ties in the region. The moneys total- ing $150,000 to which Big Stone County contributed will be used in part to develop an informational pack- et for each county to profile it's eco- nomic opportunities to potential investors. Big Stone County was named Overall Most Improved County in 2002 by the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust which oversees insur- ance exposure issues of the State's county governmental entitities. Next OAHS meet set for Jane 8th The OAHS Aux. met Nov. 12th, 2002 with 12 members present. Minu[es of the last meeting were read and approved. The Jan. meeting will be held on Jan. 8th at 10 a.m. It was decided to do this on a trial basis, to see if we get better attendance. Election "of two officers for the year 2003 were held. Betty Williamson was elected Treasurer and Elaine Fahlgren was elected Vice Pres. The Aux. dispersed $4,800 to different depts. Members were urged to come on Dec. 4th at 10 a.m. to help decorate Northridge for Christmas. On Dec. llt h the Aux. members will be serving Christmas cookies at 2:30 to end drive United Appeal is nearing successful completion of the 2002 drive. Although some short of the $12,000 goal there are still some return envelopes that have not come in and a few solicitations yet to be made. The committee would appreciate it if the return envelopes could be returned by Dec. 1. It's possible that for some reason you were missed during solicitation. In that case you may make contribution by mailing to Minnwest Bank. Attn: Ethel Swenson. The United Appeal Committee extends a big thank you to all who have generously given to this very worthy Cause. Don't be alone for Christmas Come join us for a free Christmas dinner, which will include turkey, ham and all the holiday trimmings. It will be held on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. ( Check, out our web si at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) Regular Hours: M0n.-Sat. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Your Wild Game Processing Headquarters! We make the best home- made sausages in the area! 800 lean pork REGISTER TO WIN ONE OF THREE $100 MEAT BUNDL.ESl Award Winning Recipes Won at TH-I,I;e Locker Convention Summer Sausage Pepper Sticks Country Ring Sausage Formed Jerky Cajun Stm_ks Breakfast Links Onion, Smoked & Fresh Bratwurst Hot Dogs German Rope Sausage Ring Bologna Venison Jerky Polish Sausage Dried Venison Special Seasoned Cooked Deer Roast Boneless - Per lb. Sirloin Tip Roast $2.29 10-1 lb. Pkgs - Per Lb. 90% Lean Ground Beef Sl.49 Per Lb. Dell Turkey ............... S2.99 C.W,F,, Beef - Per Lb. ! 1 Quarters or Sides.... "1 .49 Whole - Per Lb. t Per Lb. Top Ribeye Sirloin or Steak i Prime Rib $2.79 $5.99 lb, ;eummer Sausage ..... S2.79 C.W,F., Pork - Per Lb, Half A Hog ...................... 89 Per Lb. 1.59 ASSORTED PORK CHOPS ............................................ HAPPY THANKSGIVINGt Pick Up Your Smoked Turkeys, Fresh Turkey, Luteflsk, Oysters, Smoked Fish & Herring for the Holidays! - WE'LL CATER YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS ~ Serving ill be 11 a.m. to Reser', ations are call i-800-519-7075, 19 and leave a message of persons that vdll Sponsored by an businesses and BIc Marietta Marietta's Auxiliary #156 will hostq Bloodmobile at the Citizens Center on from 3-7 p.m. Call Betty Enge ' 668-2535 or Arlene 623-4438 for a 2002 farm informal meetings The Big Stone Cc Service Agency owners and operators informational meetin Direct and Counter (DCP). Meetings will be Clinton Memorial Tuesday Dec. 3rd at Thursday, Dec. 5th at 7 Producers still what needs to be done farm program need to these meetings. 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