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f FLAG PINS were presented to each of the Bellingham kindergarten students in honor of Education Week. Violet Borgerson, education chairman of Kanthak-Matthies Legion Auxiliary presented the pins to Sandra Hanson's class. Left to right, in back are Danielle Brehmer, Jessica ron Eddy and Anthony Eddy. Middle Row: Violet Borgerson, Kalyn GIoege, David Lee and Philip Front: Theresa Hoffman, Taylor Radermacher, Colin PFathe, Alex Sis and Sandra Hanson. underway on statewide ic network project is underway on Minnesota' along Highway 1-94 between and St. Cloud, the first seg- new 1,800-mile fiber-optic network. According at the Minnesota of Transportation and Administration, when is complete, probably in 2000, it will reach to within of about 75 percent of the ulation, including rural towns throughout Minnesota. Minnesota is a pub- partnership initiated by the a statewide fiber- at little or no cost to The state is providing highway right-of-way. a Denver-based utility $125 million to cable alongside the p agreement pro- a vast majority of the capacity to be wholesale to long-distance agreement also provides some free capacity for Mn/DOT and all public entities, including state and local gov- ernment, K-12 schools, libraries, col- leges and universities. "Connecting Minnesota is about bringing more of the Information Superhighway to more of Minnesota," said Elaine Hansen, Commissioner of the Department of Administration, the state agency responsible for providing telecommunications services to vari- ous levels of government throughout Minnesota. "The education, economic devel- opment and health care communities in Greater Minnesota need access tO this technology via Connecting Minnesota in order to keep pace with the rest of the state. There is an unmet demand in rural Minnesota for emerg- ing technologies like electronic com- merce, distance learning, telemedi- cine, desk-top video and high-speed Internet access," said Hansen. In related news, Transportation Commissioner Jim Denn reported that Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson, rep- service providersthrough resenting the Western Governors' network eotloeats, Association L)N.GA)  18.latder, states, have written the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a solid endorsement of Minnesota's approach to safely deploy fiber-optic infrastructure along high-speed inter- states. The WGA joins Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, the U.S. Department of Transportation, scores of state DOTs and members of American Association of State and Transportation Officials, among other organizations and businesses, in sup- port of Connecting Minnesota. "The road to the future is not nec- essarily made of concrete It's increasingly made of fiber," said Denn. "Connecting Minnesota and other private sector technology investments will encourage new and existing businesses to locate in less congested areas of Minnesota. It will support initiatives like the IRRRB's (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board) 'do IT' program to transform the economically chal- lenged mining region into a center for information technology companies. It will help create jobs for under served populations and potential new resi- dents in rural Minnesota." i I 3.48 ........................... 5.15 1.65 Dec. 1, 1997 •..3.78 ........................... 6.58 2.20 START YOUR OWN BUSINESS. WORK LEXIBLE HOURS. ENJOY UNLIMITED EARNINGS. AVON CALL TOLL FREE IS00} 7ZS-SS57. Notice Of reposed Property Taxes school board of Ortoriville Independent School District #62 hold a public hearing on its current budget and on the of property taxes it is proposing to collect to pay for the of the district for the 1999-2000 school year. Attend the Public Hearing residents of the school district are invited to attend the public of the school board to express their opinions on the budget and on the proposed amount of property taxes on: Monday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Elementary Gym James Knoll Elementary School 200 Trojan Drive Ortonville, Minnesota Extension report John Cunningham, 8:30. He wl discuss Strategic County Extension Director Planning. Who, What, When, Why 839-2518orl-800-279-2518 and How'? What's your mission AG SUMMIT 1998. THINK statement'? Do you have short and GLOBAL. PLAN LOCAL. long term business and personal POSITIONING YOUR FARM goals? How do your goals dictate the Court report (Week of Nov. 16, 1998) DNR Kyle  Gillespie, Clinton, Transport Uncased Firearm, Fined $35, Surcharge $28, Court Costs $15. Michael Allen Slatoski, Coon Rapids, Camp in Wildlife Mgt Area, Fined $35, Surcharge $28, Court Costs $15. Matthew Robert Flannigan, Chokio, Transport Loaded Firearm, Fined $95, Surcharge $40, Court Costs $15. James Kenneth Adkins, Sioux City; IA, Unlawful Party Hunting, Fined $95, Surcharge $40, Court Costs $15. Eric Wayne Olson, Richfield, Operate Mtrboat in WMA, Fined $35, Surcharge $18, Court Costs $15. Dale Roger Torgerson, Stacy, Unsigned Federal Stamp, Fined $15, Surcharge $24, Court Costs $15. MN HIGHWAY PATROL Gregory Tenner Elstad, Delano, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $17, Court Costs $15. John Robert Moerbitz, St. Louis Park, Fined $55, Surcharge $20, Court Costs $15. Kate Marie Olson, Ortolaville, Speeding 71/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $20, Court Costs $15. Roger Saurette, Aubigny, Man, CN, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $17, Court Costs $15. Matthew Dale Ogdahl, Glenwood, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge $18.50, Court Costs $15. ORTONVILLE POLICE DEPT. Ryan James Dwyer, Ortonville, Unreasonable Acceleration, Fined $35, Surcharge $17, Court Costs $15. Custom-made Frames, Matting & Prints BUSINESS• Strategic planning is mapping out where you want your business to go, identifying the paths that are most likely to get you there, and monitoring your progress along the way. Strategic planning allows you to be proactive in your business rather than being reactive to market conditions. Ag Summit 1998 is designed to present producers agribusiness, ag lenders, extension educators, and anyone, who holds a stake in agriculture the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the strategic planning process. It is scheduled for December 10th, at the University of Minnesota Morris campus, Edson Auditorium from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. The first part of the Summit provides an overview of the strategic planning process. As you think about the path your business could take, it is important to have a good perspective on the global economy and how it affects your commodity prices. The second half of the Summit will be dedicated to commodity specific outlooks. In order to decide how you will position your farm business you must have a good understanding of who your competitors are and where your markets are. Understanding he conditions in your markets and what your competitors are up to is key in developing a strategic plan. It will allow you to identify potential opportunities for your business• Registration begins at 8:00 am. There the fee for the day is $35.00. The first speaker Mr. Don Hofstrand Iowa State University, is scheduled for direction of your business? How do you identify where you should position your business? How do you know that the annual performance of your business is going to allow you to meet your goals'? At 10:00 Dr. William Meyers, Iowa State University, will tell of the FAPRI Model which relates to determining the domestic impacts of global economic shocks. At 11:00 am Strategic Alliances will be discussed by Lynn Rundle of 21St Century Alliance• He will discuss what some farmers in Kansas are doing to identify and take advantage of value added opportunities. After the noon lunch, Mr. S. Richard Tolman of the U.S Grains Council, will discuss Global and domestic Iced grain situation. Who are your competitors? Where are your markets? What does this mean for your farm business'? At 2:15 the beef, dairy and swine situations will run concurrently• Each commodity group will focus on identifying markets, competitors and what the situation means for you on your farm as you think about where you wantto position your business. The resource people for this activity are: Beef- Mr. Chuck Lambert, Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's. Beef Association; Pork - Dr. Brian Buhr, University of Minnesota; and Dairy - Mr. Don Berg, Land O' Lakes. For more information contact Margot Rudstrom, West Central Experiment Station, Morris, MN (320) 589-1711. Brochures are available here at the county office. Earl Dikstaars INCOME TAX SERVICE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. STOP IN AND SEE US OR CALL 320-839-3023 FOR APPOINTMENTS Toll Free 1-888-432-4314 12 NW 2rid Street • Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 December 4-6. Cash drawings every hour 6-10pro and Danny Dee & Blackwater all 3 nights at 8:30pm! Free hors d'oeuvres and and hotseats for novelties. Come help us celebrate our second anniveary! if your birthday is during November or December come to the casino, bring your ID and receive. -A $5 Blackjack Matchplay • S5 for S5 from Guest Services -1 Free cockl! -Entry in our Birthday Drawings 7-1Opm Nov, 27th & Dec. 18th. bec. l, ]998  INDEPENDENT Page 3b