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What absolutely delightful, won- derful, delicious, breath-taking, unbelievable weather we're having, as of the past few weeks. Aside from the 12 inches of snow which fell dur- ing a one-day blizzard early in November (and that snow has since mostly disappeared), never can we remember such a warmer November! Many of the days have shown record high temps. And we understand that this might continue through Christmas ... hard to believe! Folks have been golfing, working in their yards and gardens, and a number of ftshermen have been sighted fishing from boats on Big Stone Lake. Absolutely delightful! You snowbirds should head back home for a couple more weeks? Reader Don Prior of Ortonville infornm as that we had the wrong identity on a young man pictured in a recent old-time photo shown being treated by the late Dr. Elmer C. Mathis. We had him as "Chip" Grosenick, whereas Don says it was Bob Steen. Sorry about that ... Don says the two do look very much alike. Mickey Heffeman writes from his winter haven in Illinois that "the weather still has been very good here, lots of sun and mostly in the 50's ... folks are still mowing their lawns. Best to all ... see you in the Spring." Hey Mickey ... we're doing the same things here, of late! If you had to single out one man who has had the most to do with the Vikes' success this season, it would have to be Randall Cunningham. A close second, of course, would be the offen- sive line which protects him beyond def'mition. We are heartened to learn that House speaker-elect Bob Livingston, Republican of Louisiana, is stressing the importance of tax cuts ... espe- cially his goal to repeal the estate tax. "I want to get rid of the death tax, because no longer should a family have to worry about losing the family business or family farm simply to pay the taxman for his pound of flesh," says Livingston. Three cheers for the success of this repeal ... which we feel has been long, long overdue!? Yet another small worlder. Met a nice looking tall man working with Lions volunteer group in Wayzata recently, and when he learned we were from Ortonville, he informed us he has an aunt living here ... Olga Brolin. Duane Semmeseth's mother is a sis- ter to Olga. He lives in the Wayzata area and works for US Bank Corporation. He looked like a Brolin. Recently, we reluctantly stopped at the Wal-Mart store in Willmar, to pick up an item for a friend here, and greeting us at the door was long-time friend, reader and former resident, Ordell Asmus, who barbered here for about 38 years, living in Big Stone City. Ordell informed us he and wife Fran are doing just fine, living in Willmar. He serves as a greeter at Wal-Mart there. He informed us he suffered a stroke last August, but that he recovered fine and is doing well today. Can you believe it ... we received a news release Saturday from Minnesota's DNR, "warning parents to caution their children to stay off any ice that may have formed." It's good they put "may have formed," for oth- erwise the release would have been most senseless ... for we'll bet with the weather we've had the past couple weeks, you'd find it almost impossible to find any lake ice in Minnesota today ... even in the far northern regions. Eidskog. One week left in conservation hymn-s,ng reserve program sign-up 18 for00ec006th At the end of the sixth week of the seven week Conservation Reserve Program 18 Sign-Up period, Acting State Executive Director Linda Hennen said she wants to remind Minnesota producers that they have only a week left to offer their land for the enrollment into the program. Applications can be accepted in coun- ty offices until the close of business Dec. 11; 1998. "I am pleased with the progress of the sign-up and the response from producers," said Hennen. "But I don't want to see landowners missing a chance to make an offer because they were not aware that time had mn out." The new Conservation Reserve Program is the single largest govern- ment environmental effort. It offers incentives to farmers ,and ranchers to plant various kinds of protective cover. on suitable farm property to protect and improve air, water, soil quality, and habitat for willlife. "The response we are getting shows that Minnesota fimners and ranchers want to be active participants in the fight to clean up our environ- ment," Hennen said. "So, I want to urge all farmers and ranchers still thinking about participating to remember that you only have until the end of the week?" All and that is enrolled in the phi- gram must conapete for acceptance based on an environmental benefits index that insures fair and equal con- sidemtion for all types of land. The """ Conservation Reserve Program is administered through the USDA Farm Serve Agency with technical assis- tance "Tm the Natural Resources Conservat'lrl Service. The telephone numbers for the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are listed in telephone books under "United State Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture" or try the CRP web page at: http:llwww.fsa.usda.govldafp/ .... cepd,crpinfo.htm. Obituaries Lois Williams Funeral services for Lois R. Williams, 70, of Clinton were held Friday, Nov. 27, 1998 in the United Methodist Church at Clinton. Rev. Larry Kasten officiated and pianist was Jeanine Mills, with special music by Tom and Susan Williams and Jim and Ann Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Lois' many friends. Active pallbearers were Boyd Beck, Duane Widmark, John Jenson, Dale Finke, Jerome Schmeig, and Dave Alberts. Interment was in the Clinton city Cemetery. Lois Ruby (Jenson) Williams was born Jan. 16, 1928 in Hennepin Co. to Amos and Florence Jenson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Clinton United Methodist Church. She was a 1946 graduate of Clinton High School. On Feb. 7, 1959 Lois was united in marriage to Donald L. Williams at the Clinton United Methodist Church. She worked at the Simpson Hatchery in Graceville and as a cook at the Clinton Good Samaritan Center. Lois was a dedicated mother and grandmother who loved to cook and bake for her family. She also spent many hours cooking, baking, and serving as treasurer for the Methodist Food Stand at the Big Stone County Fair. A favorite past time for Lois was reading cookbooks, looking for new recipes and using the old favorites. She was treasurer of the Grandmothers Club of the United Methodist Women and coordinated the "food serving" committees. .She had a God-given ability of natural harmony and sang for the glory of her Lord. In later years health problems limited her small group singing. A member of the Clinton American Legion Auxiliary, Lois was co-chair of the December Bingo Lunch committee. She was a Hospice volunteer in the Graceville/Ortonville Unit, having taken the first training class offered in Big Stone County. A cancer survivor herself, she continued to serve others. Mrs. Williams passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at Holy Trinity Hospital, Area deer harvest down only slightly from last year Preliminary reports indicate the deer harvest in Big Stone County for the 1998 season will be down only slightly from last year. According to Mark Spoden, assistant area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Swift and Big StOne counties, there were 978 deer harvested in the county this season, down 33 from last year's 1,011 deer. This is a decrease of three percent, compared to last year's five percent decrease. "We are right about where we had expected to be as far as harvesting goes," Spoden said. "The DNR had expected a drop in the number of antlerless deer harvested due to the drop in the number of antlerless permits issued." The number of antlerless deer permits issued this year is down six percent from last year, and Spoden says a total of 363 adult bucks have been harvested along with 615 antlerless deer to make up this year's total. 'The area's deer population was at its peak three years ago so more permits were issued to cont,ol the population," Spoden says. "We are approaching the numbers we would like to see now." Overall, Spoden said the harvest in all of west central Minnesota was about what had been expecled, anP was only a small drop from lxst year. The only exception was in the extreme southwestern portion of the state, where he says harvests were quite a bit lower. When asked about the number of antlerless permits that will be issued next year, Slxxlen says the DNR will be monitoring winter losses to determine how many are issued. "Reproduction should be gca this winter, since condition, are expected to be mild, but we'll just have to what happens," he said. Letters to the editor To the Editcr: Amidst all the analysis of Jesse Ventura's victory, one lesson is obvious. Between Ventura and Skip Humphrey, two-thirds of all Minnesotans voted for a pro-choice gubernatorial candidate. The people of this state have sent a message loud and clear -- when we have highly personal choices to make, we do not want the government to interfere. Sincerely, Katherine Meerse (651) 222-0892 Enhance any setting with unique home and garden accents. Each piece is handcrafted using recycled copper and glass to create an everlast- ing gift for the eyes. From the whimsical to the functional, their designs add beauty indoors or Hoidl Emanuel out. Secured in a graceful swirlof copper, hand- blown reflective and iridescent spheres give a new view to their surroundings, adding depth and color. Reflective spheres are thick, colored glass, with a mirroring on the inside that is preserved by a sealed cap. 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DATES TO REMEMBER: December 5 - 4-H Mystery trip. For more information or to sign up call the Extension Office. December 5 - State "Make It With Wool" Contest at New York Mills December 8 Rescheduled afterschool Cloverbuds session at Ortonville Elementary School (3:15 p.m.) December 17- Cluster Extension Educators' meeting at Canby December 24 - Courthouse closes at noon in observance of Christmas Ortonville will host Hymn Sing on Sunday 6th at 7 p.m. The evening wi opportunity to welcome Advent and Christmas witla music. There is no refreshments and offered in the church following the event. All are welcome to just come and enjoy the you are interested in musical number Alexis ou, w'00mfe MOMOTARO is one of the cannot survive characters in the Children's Theatre Company's production ...... of "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan" which will be in : ............... Ortonville Dec. 28 and 29. Momotaro is Marcos ::: : Qu!niones. (photo by Mitchel Pleose do Anderson) Area high school named to "Who's Who" Madison; Melissa Schwagel, Heather Miller, Josh Sibson Stallman of Beardsley; and Kassi Karels of Dan Chase, Londa Mills, Jeffrey PropP, Stotesbery, Rebecca Martig, Karl Morrill Propp of Clinton. In addition, Amanda Correll; and Amy F Fuhrman, Tiffany Kleindl, Marcus Rahrlien, Bryan Fuhrman, Anna Needham, April Nordly, and Matt Ward of also named to the A number of area students have been named to the 32nd edition of Who's Who Among American High School Students for 1997-98. From OHS, Karl Henningson, Hilary Mueller, Karl Swigerd, Jennifer Tollafson, Matt Karels, Kate Olson, Joett Teske and Nicole Volkenant have been named to the list. Also on the list were Alethea Seery of Odessa; June Brehmer, Ryan Churness, Katie Enger, Kevin Hansen, Meghan Karels, Devin Mertes, Paul Roggenbuck, Stephanie Streff, Christine Vonderharr, Brigitta Estum, Abbey Johnson, Amery Longman, Andrea Nikolai, Kirsten Skjei and Jessica Tonsfedlt of CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS & MORE Why Tral A 2 FOR 1 Dallas Laughlin ...... Hadingel San San Ft. tkym plus Book by Dec.  travel DeC Jan. 31, Black-out dates apply- 1-88E 201 S. Main St. Milbank, South OPEN: Mon.-Fri. Notice Of Proposed Total Budget and Property The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing on its budget and on the amount of property taxes proposing to collect to pay for the costs of services the will provide in 1999. SPENDING: The total budget amounts below compare tl county's 1998 total actual budget with the amount the proposes to spend in 1999. Change _ 1998 - 199. -2.06% 1998 Total Actual Budget $6,945,481 Proposed 1999 Budget $6,802,066 TAXES: The property tax amounts below compare that the current budget levied taxes in Big Stone for 1998 with the property taxes the county proposed to 1999. 1998 Property Taxes $2,569,122 Proposed 1999 Proposed Taxes $2,622,475 ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING 2.07% All Big Stone County residents are invited to attend the hearing of the County Board to express their opinions on budget and on the proposed amount of 1999 property taxes. hearing will be held on: Thursday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. Courtroom, Big Stone County Courthouse 20 SE 2nd Street Ortonville You are also invited to send your written comments to: Big Stone County Board, Big Stone County Courthouse, 20 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278 Page 2  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec,