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Editorial comment Reader Roger Martinson talks of "Large Worlders" News today from native son Roger Martinson, now of Georgia: "Jim, this may be the beginning of the "larger worlders" to the extent that rearranging geography may or may not shrink or enlarge the world. I am not going to try to explain all of that, first because if my meaning doesn't leap off the page as I relate my story it won't leap at all and, secondly, I just wanted a catchy enough lead to get your attention. (I might add that I always read the small worlders with interest.) As long as I am adding, I will also say that this fax isn't being written to the standards of grammar, logic and rhetoric required of OHS students in the days of Gross, Hatelid and Josephson. AND it is written with apologies to the Queen of grammar and syntax, your sister Barbara. Here goes: Its about 7 a.m., Nov. 8, 2002 and I have been on the internet visiting sites for St. Olaf, U of M and Big Stone County. In the last effort I found a site at "Big Stone County Historical Society" entitled, roughly, Minnesota Local History and Genealogy and that title is one of 15 or so that I found when I typed in Big Stone, etc. That site reminded me of a story that I learned years ago probably from that great humorist Herb Bolsta. I tell people here in the South that where I grew up was in a territory in which the boundary between South Dakota and Minnesota was, if not in dispute, not well defined. (No I'm not telling the one about the thing separating the two was a barb wire fence which blew away.) So the boundary was unclear, o.k.? The boundary was surveyed with the result that the Olsen farm which lay in the "unclear" area was definite- ly placed in Minnesota. Old man Olsen with relief remarked that he was pleased that he no longer had to endure "them awful South Dakota winters.: There's more here. The referenced website, as you will undoubtedly verify, states that Big Stone County is bordered on the west by the State of North Dakota. And that the counties of Roberts and Grant of the State of North Dakota are its neighbors. Jim that means that, if Wheaton is still about 30 miles north of Ortonville and Breckenridge is something on the order of 60 miles north of Ortonville, you all (including Wilmot, Hartford Beach, Milbank and Nubia) have moved north lock, stock and barrel over 60 miles. Did you realize that? (As I reread this I wondered what might have become of Agnes Grosnick's home place at White Rock.) The larger world, of course, results, auxiomatically, from the fact that nature abhors a vacuum and wherever you used to be is now filled in with whatever nature does for a vacuum these days. I am on my way to visit you all next week and I am looking forward to seeing your new location and to inspecting whatever is left of the south end of the lake and the source of the river and the railroad bed across the bottoms. Hey, I didn't make this up. The internet is much like newspapers in that it doesn't lie--if you read the Independent you can believe it; if you see it on the internet .... Jim, when I read your paper and even more when I write to you mem- ories flow in and names come to mind and its sad and fun all at once. I am presently mindful of the picture of Kent in one of your recent editions. I also read in that issue or another recent one of my dad's defeat in the 1952 race for the district 48 seat. I had forgotten that it was a Graceville man named Sorenson who beat him. If you had asked me before I read about it I would have thought your dad beat my dad. I do correctly recall that your dad A'u00iliary notes I By Joyce Scherer, Secreta D" On Nov. 12. 2002 the Gertje Van Lith Auxiliary enjoyed a potluck supper in honor of the Auxiliary Birthday Afterwards Elayne called an informal meeting. II members present. Secretary's and Treasurer's reports read and approved. Thank you's were read from Arvilla Bergseth and Ruth Hansen. Elayne read monthly letter from District President Joan Anderson. Committee reports Rehab - Hot Springs received the Shower Gifts. Christmas gifts valued at 575.80 have been sent. Actual cost $500.45. Membership is at 96. Jr. Activities - nothing Children and Youth - no report Legislative - Virginia read from Dispatch urging everyone to push for Flag Protection bill to be passed. The other issue was getting money for Health Care for veterans. Community Service - Card and flowers were sent to Arvilla Bergseth and Carolyn Schlagel for recent hospital stays. Calendars - $840.00 turned in. approximately 160.00 out standing. Service Committee - We served a wedding Oct 9th. We have none till next year. Old business - President thanked all members that donated cakes for Make a Difference day - Severa women visited with Frances Steltz offering to do odd jobs. The3' also took a care package. NEW Business Education week is Nov. 17. It was decided Janice to see that cookies be delivered to both Big Stone and Ortonville faculties. Anyone getting new members can earn several awards. Geneve Comero made motion seconded by Arvilla Bergseth to donate $100.00 to Legion for ARC party. Auxiliary members to decorate one day room at Northridge for Christmas. The day decided on to be Dec. 4th at 2 pm Motion made by Arvilla Bergseth, seconded by Shirley Voeltz we give Janice Hinders $150.00 for Big Stone School Christmas Bags. Dec. 10th is our Christmas party after regular meeting. There will be a $3 gift exchange. Janicc Hinders made motion, seconded by Geneve Comero each member to bring something for Food Shelf. Donations to Children's Hospital tabled till Dec. Jr. members will be decorating a Christmas tree in Milbank. Happy Birthday to Shirley Voeltz. No Bills presented. Chaplain read Prayer for Peace and we sang 1st verse of America. held that seat at one time, don't I. See Northridge. President closed meeting. 7EA ma,/qCcx.on 7"Y 5hX-,4 I could sit here and do a stream-of- ficer7 ',T.,. " ---- .... ,. -N'u,li consciousness that would fill your lllilti paper and not leave any room for the 00- IX) , . advertisers" Extensio nr eport _ I II Hall with interment in the Benson city  --  Oqlilq, cemetery. AngelaBerge different meanings to different -- 0o:: tll Lydia Schliep is survived by her Regional Extension Educator individuals granddaughter: Carol, Mrs. Paul Lund Family Relations 5. Consider distribution options 11 of Louisburg, great grandchildren W Ottertail County and consequences, and III! Leida and Shane Brodersen, Aimee Fergus Falls, MN 56537 6. Agree to manage conflicts if , and Daren Walter, Erik and Lynn 218/739-7130 they arise. Lund. HOLIDAYS A GOOD TIME TO An example of how this has helped l Lydia is also survived by four great TALK ABOUT WtI() GETS -- one individual, earlier this summer, Jtg-J : I[ I1  !=  --,,___ .=,mgreatgrandchildren'_ rep.oa.s PERSONAL POSSESSIONS contacted our local Extension Office Holiday family gatherings can be and asked to purchase 6 copies of the nenrr no the perfect time to begin talking about workbook-one for himself and one  i i ] i how personal for each of his siblings. In addition, he 1 serious injuries f a m i 1 y borrowed the 13-minute video we  tl' 1  I possessions will have available. Equipped with good   No serious injuries were reported be passed on to information and the right tools for the by Grant County Sheriff s Office in a f u t u r e task helped this family communicate, . t=o hi collision on Tues., Nov. generations, avoiconfliets d eomSo*agt ituar-es Ob i 19 on Highway 12, at the intersection There's deep on the distribution of their families of 485th Avenue near the Big Stone meaning in personal possessions, now left to them American Legion. p e r s o n a t following the death of their second According to the Sheriff's office, a belongings such parent. It was reported back that 1996 Chevy driven by Herbert as family Thomas, Ortonville, pulled out in front of a car driven by Robert Luecke of Groton, SD. Damage to the Thomas While in Rock Island, Harry found car was estimated to be $6,000, while employment with John Deere. They the 2002 Olds driven by Luecke was then moved back to Lake Shore estimated to have incurred $12,000 Township and farmed until their damage. Two passengers in the Harry Pederson Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bellingham, for Harry Pederson. things not only went smoothly, Rev. David Hall officiated. Special music was provided by organist Phyllis Seiler and soloist Dean Dallman. Active pallbearers included: Mark Kunde, Curt Kunde, Ken Karels, Trever Schiele, Lance Bjerkeset, and Delton Sorenson. Concluding services were held at the Church Cemetery. Harry Pederson was born July 26, 1912 in rural Louisburg, to parents Ludvig and Thilda (Larson) Pederson. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian Faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Harry attended rural school at Dist. #42 in Lake Shore Township near his parents home. Harry was united in marriage on Dec, 7, 1935 to Emmy Lorenzen at the Lutheran Parsonage in Madison. To this union one daughter was born. After marriage Harry and Emmy made their home in Rock Island, IL for several years. Lydia Schliep The Zahrbock funeral home of Madison, announces the death of 105- year-old, Lydia Schliep of Louisburg formerly of Benson, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Madison retirement. Death came to Harry, Nov. 15, 2002; at his winter home in Weslaco, TX, He had reached the age of 90 years, three months and 19 days. In life Harry enjoyed traveling, wood-working, welding, fishing trips to Canada and especially going to Texas in which he had been going since 1960. Harry ia survived by his daughter Marlys Kunde of Louisburg, five grandchildren, Rita and husband Ken Karels of Milbank, SD., Mark and wife Nancy Kunde of Louisburg, Curt and wife Julie Kunde of Milbank, SD, Roberta and husband Lance Bjerkeset of Clarkfield, and Stacey and husband Trever Schiele of Clearwater, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister Esther Sorenson of Madison, and one brother Clarence Pederson also of Madison. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, wife Emmy in 1984, sister Mabel Thomsen and two brothers Archie and Alvin Pederson. Lutheran Homel Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 25 at Louisburg Lutheran Church in Louisburg. Officiating clergy was Rev. David i " '" "" '" i,ii ,1" i i  ,i i i i i i | _1 ! We would like to say "Thank You" to all of our customers for this past year. We feel truly fortunate to have neighbors like you and look forward to your continued patronage. Our business office wilt be closed on Nov. 28th and Nov. 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. IERS MUTUAL Telephone Compan/ Serving Belttngham, Cerro Gordo, Marietta and West Marietta Luecke vehicle were nat injured. Charges are pending. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Hank Prasnicki last Wednesday. There were no squares in attendance with guests from Peever and Chokio. No dances Nov. 27, Gene Hofmann, Dec. 4. Saving onhon00 t Insurance is "No 00lem." 1 undreds of thomands of families are sag money w4th Auto-(.mers Insurance for their home and mobile home protection. Stop in and ask us about quality protec- don, with 6 flexible payment plans and "No Problem" claim mce. Life Home Car Business Tom IQndt Agency 13 NW First Street Ortonville, MN Located in the CenBank bu/dtng Phone 320-839-6145 photographs, Grandpa's baseball glove or Grandma's yellow pie plate. And, planning for their transfer to future generations can help avoid family conflicts. Developing a "'fair" process for deciding how personal possessions are divided among surviving family members can be tricky. For example, should the oldest sibling have first choice on selected personal belongings'? Do only siblings get to choose or receive items? What about in-laws? And perhaps most important -- how do you manage family conflicts if they arise'? The popular workbook from the University of Minnesota Extension Service can help. "Who Gets Grandmas Yellow Pie Plate" is a 95-page guide to passing relationships were strengthened in the process. You can order the workbook for $12.50, plus handling charges and sales tax for Minnesota residents. Credit card orders can be made by calling 800-876-8636 or 612-624- 4900. It's also available at many bookstores and from most county offices of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Check with your local Extension Office about their availability to purchase locally. Your pie plates may not be round, and they may not be yellow, but every family has its pie plates. Begin talking, now, about how they will be transferred to future generations. Careful planning and communication can provide peace of mind and a greater likelihood of having peace in the family if the owner makes on family personal possessions. It has decisions prior to death. eight worksheets for personal use of "a -_ One last thought. Consider family members. Whether planning ahead or making decisions when someone dies, this workbook will help you and your family members use these 6 core principles: 1. Recognize sensitivity of issue 2. Determine what you want to accomplish 3. Decide what's "'fair" for your family, with both the process and outcome 4. Understand belongings have "'gift shopping" in your own home this holiday season, giving special items to children and grandchildren. In addition to passing on the cherished items, you can share the stories with the recipients. It's your legacy share it! Angela Berge is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Family Relations serving West Central District that includes Big Stone County. FIRST DEER for Gre Maas, 12, was this 10 point buck. He is the son of Dave and Rhond'a Maas of Ortonville (photo by Bud's Bait.) The Independed (U.S.P.S. 412-460) ooo JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor and ARLENE WIF..SE Office Manage KATHIE Computer and Com ARDIE BILL DWhfER Pressman BOB SHEROI) Pressman TIM Camera NANCY sco00 Collater PHIL BLAKE Layout Tues.. Nov. 26. 2002 Vol. $ Continuing Published Ever OrlocNille, MN Periodicals Posta SU.CRIION $30.00 per year in Big Pade, Traverse and Minnesota Grant and in South Dakota. counties All others, $38.00 per year. Postmaster: Sand addreSS The Ortonville Inde Ortonville, NEW ALL A Big Stone, Lac Swift Counties in Grant and Roberts in February ........... 30.00 March ................ 2750 April .................. 25.00 May ............. 2250 June ............... 2000 .................. 1750 February ........... 3400 March ................ 31 24 April ................. 2840 May ................... 25.56 June ................. 22.72 ................... 1988 ALL AREA OUTSIDE FebnJary .......... 38 00 March ................ 34.87 April ................. 31.70 May .................. 2853 June .................. 25.36 au ................. 22A9 "PBLISHER'S UABILI13f I The Publisher changes or not lessen the value The Publisher's liability for omissions in connection tisement is stncth the advertisement in the advertisement. DEADLINES _= Church notes - Saturday Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday Pictures - 5 p.m Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday (Any ad brought in to classify.) OFFICE HoUI A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM Wednesday: 8 AM-12 r A Thursday: 8 Nd-12 Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays Letters to the munity issues are writers should be Independent reserves and/or condense letters paper also reserves the fish letters it might be held legally Letters should printed or typed address and Addresses and not be published. Letter selves to one letter keep letter brief, words, and to the AD vs. The Ortonville determining is news is based on one If an individual zation foran item or for a sidered you charge, we Advertising is paper. Without cease to exist. The receives for paper sales is used to paper used in no longer does so increases. It still and a small portion Advertising to crops and products to the and and plows and tractor, dealer. Without any,oo particular business heSS. We reserve the advertising without our decision. A News: Our goal is to r fully and accurately  stas opinions will whelher other sources late and readers. Opinions of other staff expressed in items may t own viewS, but are erel interest. 839-3761 tO sifted Ortonville mail@ Page 4 K'@,ith INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov.