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It's worth noting here that Gov. Jesse Ventura has proclaimed December as "Centennial Flight Celebration Kickoff Month," in preparation for the 100th observance next year, 2003, of the famous Wright brothers accomplishing the first powered flight of a "heavier- than-air" aircraft. Ononville airport manager Todd Verheul has received the following from Minnesota's First Century of Flight Committee: "The mission of our Committee is to pro- mote public awareness about the importance of aviation to the com- munity, educate students about the history of aviation and careers in avi- ation, and to publicize events and exhibits that celebrate a century of powered flight. We have established a web site at www.firstcenturyof- There are events and links to other web sites that promote aviation. If you would like your site listed, please email me at and I will have it added. We are investigating bringing the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Wright Flyer to Minnesota in August, dependent upon scheduling, location, and funding." Congrats once again to all local members of Ortonville's National Guard...for staging yet another excellent Christmas dinner last Sunday at the Ortonville Armory. Numerous awards were pre- sented once again, photos of which you'll find elsewhere this issue. It was most fit- ting that special attention was given to Ortonvi!!e's Stanley Mack, for being one of the most highly decorated World War II veteran's from Ortonville. Photo of Stan can be found elsewhere this issue. What a mess the world and our economy are in...ever since 9-11! Not only are we in deep federal debt, but now it's apparent that almost every state in the nation is facing a tremen- dous debt. We pray the tense situa- tion with Iraq will not lead us into a war, and we think it's time that our governments start a massive-reduc- tmn in spending. Time, too, for many of our highly-paid corporate execs and pro sports management to start cutting salaries to become more real- istic with the rest of the economy! A lengthy article on Ortonviile's Water Monitor, Inc. appeared in an issue of the Minneapolis Star.Tribune Business section last week. We draw your attention to this piece, which we have reprinted on our front page this issue. Exciting, indeed.* What a great game it was Sunday between our Vikes and Green Bay...but which ended up in yet another self-destruct f6r the Vikes. So many times this year they have been leading, yet let victory slip away. Perhaps it is because they are so young and still have much to learn. Yet we wonder what has hap- pened to the great duo of Culpepper and Moss? They are a far cry from what they were a couple years ago when they seemed to be "on fire!" More word from sister Barb McCarthy and hus- band Mac of Florida...she reports her grandson Michael (son of Barb's daughter Susan) "wears his hobo soup t-shirt to school now and then and is a big hit. One of his buddies told him he had seen hobo soup on the internet. That makes Michael a hero of sorts, I suppose. He would like a few cans of soup and would appreciate it if you would ship him a half dozen cans. Hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed your mild winter. Mac remembers winters such as that in the 1930's and recalls that the farmers were plow- ing the fields and even plant- ing oats in March during some of those years. His grandfather used to write the dates of spring seeding on the wooden lid of the seeder with the result he had a running diary of the spring work. In the late 30's and in the 40's, we had hard winters and late springs. On the basis of those years, I hesitate to talk about global warmilng unless we talk about thousands of years out." Clifford Hanson celebrating 100 years of a life well-lived Clifford Hanson celebrates his birthday on the 14th of Dec. But more important than the number of years he has lived, is the way in which he lived them. Clifford farmed north of Odessa for over 50 years, but he started farming near Louisburg at an early age. His father was struck by lightening and killed when Cliflbrd was 11. Clifford quit school and went to work to help support the family. He married Lizzie Ninneman, 67 years ago, raised three girls, worked hard, and to this day, shows a ready smile, and an optimism about life and its pleasures. "Clifford never spanked his girls," Lizzie said. "He always felt that it was important to talk to his children." Maybe because of his Norwegian heritage, Clifford may have enjoyed work about as much as anything else he did. Being productive was impor- tant to Ciflbrd and so after he retired from farming when he was 69, he and his brother Alton worked as carpenters " for several years. Clifford and his brother Alton, mar- ried sisters LizZie and Bertha Ninneman, and raised their families together. Each had three children and together shared the work and joys of raising their families on the farm. Clifford remembers the first tractor he drove. His mother bought a Fordsen in 1926, That wasn't the end of horses, though, "We farmed with horses for quite awhile. After I was married, we bought a Fannall, but still I had horses." "We milked cows, made our own butter and ice cream. Took a sleigh to visit the neighbors. I remember'life was made a little easier when we had electricity in 1949." Lizzie said, "We always had lots of martin houses at the farm. Here. in town, we see a few from time to time, but it's nothing like at the farm. "I remember how they would fly in during the early evening hours, and I .can still hear how they would sing in the early hours," said Lizzie. "Clifford built'lrof martin houses. They were just a parl"our farm." The Hans'On's have 16 grandchil- dre, 33 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Bertha and Alton have 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The Hanson's have lived in Ortonville for the past ten years. Bertha passed away two years ago, but Clifford, Lizzie and Alton still live on the house at the corner of Park. The Hanson's still feed and enjoy the birds. Bird feeders are strategically placed so that Clifford can sit in his favorite and most comfortable chair and be entertained by the finches, spar- rows; and the occassional squirrel that jumps from porch to feeder in an attempt to steal what he can. "By the way, I have a cousin a month older than me," claims Clifford. EDA awaits city ad-hoc meeting with city attorney At the regular meeting of the EDA at noon on Dec. 4, Dave Dinnel reported to the EDA members that the City Council has named an ad-hoc committee to meet with the City Attorney and representatives from FARR Construction in regards to legal concerns with the proposed contracts governing the proposal to construct an assisted living faizility with Prairie Grass Communities. Recommendations were approved for changes in the revolving Loan Fund guidelines. Mel Reinke distributed Western Minnesota Prairie Water Regional Tourism Program's Marketing Survey Overview to EDA members. Reinke was re-appointed to represent the City and EDA at WMPW's meetings. Find a honey of a deal in the t utSSlRtllS Independent Ads Get (You're Reading This One Aren't Library corner The library hours are Monday - Thursday 12-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10-3 p.m. New in Suspense is Jan Burke's "9: A Novel of Suspense". LAPD homicide detective Alex Hartwick tackles a perplexing case in which all the victims in a series of murders are on the FBI's most wanted list, a situation that is further complicated when his own nephew is implicated. Also new is Andrew Vachss' "Only Child: A Burke Novel". Returning to New York to hopefully reconnect with his "family" after years on the run, Burke is forced to step out o'f the shadows to investigate the murder of his own sixteen year old daughter, the offspring of a secret love affair, heading for Long Island, where he finds a violent new kind of filmmaking and comes face to face with a depraved new kind of killer. New in Romance is Nora Roberts' "Chesapeake Blue". Returning as a successful artist to the home of the family that adopted him. intrigued by inde Dru Whitcomb Banks. to trust Seth's advances secrets from the past entire Quinn family. Debbie Macomber's Basket". A touching holiday tale of two women who for years and their adul! Noelle and Thomas, who love since childhood but their mothers" bitter battle,! find love, forgiveness, during the magic New in General Fictioni Steel's "Answered seemingly idyllic life dark secret, sophisticated wife and mother Faith experiences painful stepfather's funeral and and a new career through q Brad Patterson. 00.0000'GREETING CARDS Available Now Six different choices We do them in-store $, 25 Christmas Greeting Cards ...... Still Taking Appointments For Christmas Photos D&L Photo !  307 Main St., Milbank Across from Pizza 432-5222 ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS were presented to these men at the National Guard Battery C annual awards banquet and Christmas party Sunday. Left to right in front are E4 Jon Stock and E4 Jamie Karels. In back are E4 Darin Doschadis and E4 Adam Thymian. Where does your gasoline come from? Taken from Agri-News imports amount to over $18 billion! 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