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STONE CITY, SD CREWS were busy putting up Christmas decorations last week. City Electrical Superintendent Rick was up in the cherry picker as Utilihes Manager Bob from below. . WITH THE Land mn rural sociologist at The difficulty is that though many , ghhghts one aspect ]e of those farmers who are smaller and rldt r     ent kind of f- operaung diversified farms on saying there is "a general that when four firms con- 40 percent of a market, that to behave as a competi- And while the control of of the beef slaughter by in the '20's was rea- to assure the passage and application of the Packers Act, today 72% of by four companies of the pork. Three of the ; are the same in each case - IBP. and Stockyards is ignored except for a study d up by secretary several years ago which petered out just short of as usual. straight forward commit- ;men : of that act as well legal attention to the of the concert- consolidation on the pro- might be most of the gov- we need. Don't hold however. of legal crusading on who are short on power the sixties. What we have a government, whether or Democrat, that is not In much of anything except way for corporate world e. It is called the "glob- usually said with such s reverence that you cannot the words are being :d. interested in any future at in livestock production, t e largest four companies ;, we will need to con- Press the government for ol living up to its role in [ : powerful. The live- :lity groups are useless in me of the farm organi- c this issue. There may be in what's left of the party. which livestock are critical for prof-  itability know they must get avay from commodity markets, tht'getting away takes awhile. As disgusting as it is to sell quality animals at junk prices, as hog farms are doing this fall, it is probably one small step better than no market at all. And then there is what probably is the future for diversified and integrat- ed farms, which is selling to individu- als and groups, including ethnic groups, that want food that tastes good. This is not something that the industry is going to do until and unless it can be done easily, with little or no extra labor and in such a way that maximizes return to capital. The pork industry, for instance, will probably not begin to urge a kind of production which will produce a kind of pork that certain people can feel good about eating because it tastes lik6 pork should and was raised as they think hogs ought to be raised. It will however, pay a university large sums of cash to tinker with the pig via gene splicing and what not in an attempt to produce a pig that tastes like it has moved around during its life, even if it hasn't. And more to the point, the industry (any commodity industry) will target its lawyers on anyone who begins to become successful with an attempt to market a product that is different because it was produced differently much as thedairy industry came down hard on the recent attempt to market BGH free milk. Shelf space for the new product was hard to come by and was less than desirable. The new mar- keters were badgered by threat of legal action into labeling their milk with the information that it was no different from other milk even though the entire point was that it was, at least in some buyer's minds. Even though smaller producers need the commodity markets now and have every right to expect their gov- ernment to keep those markets open We have 2,000 yards of high quality carpet in stock. ON SALE NOW THRU DEC. 7TH- $6-$18 per yard." Tom Wood - 26th year )long does it take to understand which carpet t for you? About 20 minutes, it s called I. DISCLOSURE. You can know before you buy 'it will perform. Living rooms should always a DURABILITY RATING of 3.5 to 5. 1,1998 for them, they must be working toward a more direct connection with the buyers of food. Here to, we have a right to expect government action, involving if necessary, government lawyers It is called a level playing field. And it is doubtful that democracy, or even capitalism can work without it. Obituaries Gerald Anderson Funeral services for Gerald Anderson, 65, of Clinton will be held 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998 in Mt. Olive Lutheran Church at Graceville. Visitation was 5 to 8 p.m. Monday evening in the Moberg-Larson Funeral Home at Clinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Rev. Keith Bilitz will officiate, with Marilyn Gillespie as organist. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and residents of the Clinton Good Samaritan Center. Active pallbearers will be Verl Gillespie, Terry Gillespie, Rick Paulsen, Kenneth Chase, Greg Wohlers, and Kevin Nelson. Interment will be in the Clinton City Cemetery. Gerald "Jerry" Anderson was born Oct. 7, 1933 in Stevens Township, Stevens County, to Harry and Emmy (Andersen) Anderson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended grade school at District #48. He worked on his parents farm, as a hired man for area farmers, and drove milk truck for the cheese factory before he started farming on his own in 1962. Jen'y continued farming until 1983 and moved to Clinton in 1989. In 1991 he became a resident of the Clinton Good Samarium Center where he lived until his death on Friday, Nov. 27, 1V)8 having re,hed the age of 65 years, one month and 20 days. Jerry will be remembered for his love of animals. He also enjoyed hunting. Survivors include four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Joyce Gillespie of Alexandria, Jane and Gordon Gillespie of Clinton, Susan and Benny Wohlers of Graceville and Bonnie and Tom Connelly of Sparta, KY; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman and Mary of Clinton, Delhart and Elvera of Chokio, DeWillis and Barb of Ortonville, Richard and Connie of Chokio and Larry and Wilma of Clinton; many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents. Rosen news By Mrs. MJ. Kirchberg Mr. and Mrs. Roger Karels spent the Nov. 21st weekend at the Rob Rodas home in Marshall. Mrs. Evelyn Vincent and daughter Cathy of St. Paul spent Friday afternoon until Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Mrs. Rose Karels home. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Anderson of Maple Grove are the parents of a daughter born on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Volkenant of Rosen. Winners of St. Joseph's Mission Group Raffle were machine stitched quilt - Ralph Karels, Basket of Goodies - Daren Mork, Pillow cases - Barbara Kelzer of Ortonville, Rag Doll - Craig Mork, Pillow - Garrett Henrich. Winner of door prizes at Catholic Aid Fundraiser on Sunday evening, Nov. 22rid was Harry Mathes of Ortonville. Thursday, Nov. 19 afternoon visitors at the Bernard Pillatzki home were Mrs. Julie Henrich, Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg, Mrs. Myra Schmieg, Mrs. Joan Strei, Mrs. Adeline Rudnick and visiting at the Larry Weiderhoeft and Tom Schwarz home in New Ulm and Lyle Fischer home in Sleepy Eye. Greg Rademacher of Watertown spent the weekend at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rademacher. Steve Millerbernd of Savage spent the weekend at the home of his parents Lester Millerbemd's. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Karels and grandson Isaac of Paynesville were Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, visitors at the Ralph Karets honae. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Volkenant and Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg attended the dinner and holiday fair at St. William's Home on Sunday, Nov. 22. They also visited Mrs. Katherine Karels at St. William's home in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Radermacher of Ortonville were Friday, Nov. 20, callers at the home of Mrs. Myra Schmieg. Mrs. Joan Strei, Mrs. Julie Henrich and Mrs. Myra Schmieg and Mrs. Ruth Schuelke attended the Women's Encounter at St. John's Church in Mrs. Angie Sclunidt. Mrs. Myra Schmieg was a Sunday, Nov. 22 guest at the Tim Stengel home and visited Mrs. Katherine Karels at St. William's Home in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd spent Nov. 14 weekend / Ortonville on Saturday forencKm, Nov. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Abramowski and Joseph and Mrs. Joan Strei attended St. William's ltome dinner and holiday lair on Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998. Tuesday evening visitors at the NOW ON SALE DALLY AT THE Ortonville Independent i nu| nl I iliUm I -- Are your clippings from the paper such as weddings, obituaries and other items getting tattered and worn? Have your memories laminated and keep them in good condition. We can laminate up to 8-1/2" x 11" size right here in our offices on Ortonville's main street! r THE INDEPENDENT ORTONVILLE, MN . PHONE 839-6163 00INDEPENDENT THE BIG STONE COUNTY WOMEN'S ADVOCACY RESOURCE CENTER was presented a check for $100 towards the purchase of office equipment from the Ortonville Women of Today last Wednesday. Above, Advocate Connie Blasdell, at left, accepts the check from Women of Today representative Anne Johnson. M.J. Kirchberg home were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brehmer and Eric. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pillatzki and We Cover The Town! Week after week. people In-the-know turn to our pages for the latest coveracde of cornmunlty news and events. We're a great resource for finding .sales and services, things to do and things to See. PcJvertise your business where you get the best coverage! Call our advertising deparm-t today! The Ortonville Independent 29 N.W. Second St., Ortonvllle, MN Phone: (612) 839-6163 family were Thursday, Nov. 19 evening visitors at the Bernard Pillatzki home and brought a carry in supper. Happy 18th lrthd av Matty! ii See your best d0000ring the holidays! General Exams Contact Lenses *Low Vision Vision Therapy ,Pediatrics Diagnosis and Treatment of Occular Disease Dr. Christopher J. Conroy OPTOMETRIST 123 NW 2nd Street - Center Mall Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2608 EYE.CARE We Have Your Christmas Tree! Over 500 FRESH CUT trees to choose from (3 ft. to 9 ft.) Check our Special Price on White Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping Gift Certificates available! Trees available starting Nov. 28. We also have Garland, Wreaths. 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