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Our sister, Barb, and her husband, Mac, have every reason to be mighty proud parents today. We've learned that their son Rev. David McCarthy is teaching a course these days at Duke University on controversy in the church. The course, says Barb, has been well received by the stu- dents and "David is enjoying the teaching as he finishes his disserta- tion for his doctorate." We note where tobacco law suits continue, with the outcome expected to be in the billions of dollars. The shame of it all, however, is that much of the money, if award- ed, will not go to the most worthy causes or deserving organizations, but rather to attorney fees. Take the case of metro area attorney Michael Ciresi, a Sicilian immigrant's grandson, who has become one of Minnesota's wealthiest and most noted trial lawyers (according to an article in the Oct. 14th Mpls. Star Tribune) almost entirely on the $7.1 billion settlement brought against tobacco companies by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. That award brought more than $500 mil- lion to Ciresi's law firm, and presumably millions for him- self. (And as if he's not already wealthy enough, he's now planning a run for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota.) Such a pay scale is as ridiculous as those salaries in pro sports or Corporate CEO's. Where are you, Jesse Ventura ... let's hear your gripes about this, eli? Barb and Mac also supply us with a bit of humorin the fOllOwing which we received from them via e-mail: A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. As he stood by his car to drink his cola, he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a h01e two or ree feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man, tossing the can in a trash con- tainer and heading down the road toward the men. "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this dig- ging? .... One of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting your employer's money?" You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us...me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back. Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean that Mike and me can't work. Several residents have noticed a couple bald eagles in the area of late. We recently spotted the pair perched on a tree in the Marcel Bieniek residence on the Lakeroad, but were unable to get a decent photo. Indeed, they are beautiful to see, perched or in flight! Are you sick as we are today, after watching the Vikings lose another heart-breaker Sunday night?! How true it is that nearly every loss they've suffered this year is due to them beating themselves! For sure, they had best put a stop to that for the next three games, for they'll need to win them all for any chances at the playoffs! Benefit dinner Dec. 19for Tabor United Methodist Church will be having a Benefit Soup and Chili Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 11-1:30 for the Jim and Donna Gregory Family. Free will offering. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY DNR says "Stay off the ice!" Hair Club Helps Kids Cancer With ice thicknesses on area lakes less than two inches and warmer than average temperatures in the forecast for the rest of 1999, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises anglers to stay off the ice. Area Fisheries Supervisor Desrae Hendrickson stated when ice is less than two inches thick, no walking is advised, since in many areas the ice thickness could vary, especially on larger bodies of water like Big Stone Lake. Though unsure of Big Stone Lake's first freeze-up date, Hendrickson stat- ed the ice had gone out and reformed last week, making the lake especially unsafe. "When ice is up to four inches or more, it is safe to walk on only," Hendrickson says. "When it gets past five inches thick, it's safe for snow- mobile or ATV travel." With 8-12 inches of ice, anglers would be safe in a smaller vehicle, with a thickness of 12-15 inches need- ed to support the weight of a full size pickup. "Especially earlier in the season, anglers should remember to carry ice picks," she adds. These simple, yet potentially life- saving tools can be made at home with two wooden dowels tied together, a sharpened nail protruding from each dowel. If an angler falls into the water, icc picks (worn around the neck) can be jabbed into the ice to aid in pulling them out. Greg Rassett of Ortonville's Bud's Bait stated a handful of anglers had been ice fishing at the Odessa channel between Odessa and Bellingham, with some also behind the islands on Big Stone Lake. Unconfirmed reports have also stated anglers were fishing on Graceville's Toqua Lake late last week. The DNR advises extreme care on all area lakes, and Hendrickson adds that even a prize walleye "would not be worth dying for." Revolving Loan payments 20Inmates to have auto withdrawal Ortonville's Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted at its regular meeting last Wednesday to have all future revolving loan fund payments automatically withdrawn from the borrowing business's bank account. EDA President Greg Peterson stat- ed this would help in collection of payments and insure they would be made on time. In other business, the board passed a resolution for signage at the EDA's new office m the Peterson Chiropractic Building on Ortonville's Main Street. At an estimated cost of just over $100, the sign costs from Wilson Sign and Design of Ortonville would be split between the EDA and Minnesota West Community and Technical College, which also has an office in the same building. Energy Assistance Program Available Energy Assistance Program, delivered by Prairie Five CAC, Inc., provides help to low income households and makes heating payments directly to the heating vendor. Keep in mind that the Fuel Program pays only part of your heating costs for the winter. It is your responsibility to pay whatever you can. Eligibility and the amount of help depend on A) income, B) assets, C) number of people living in the home, D) Type and amount of fuel used to heat the home. The income is used for the three months before the month you apply in: Income Guidelines Household Size Income 1 $3,938.00 2 $5,149.00 3 $6,361.00 4 $7,572.00 Your income must be at or below state income guidelines. Persons wanting to apply for help need to call for an appointment with their County Outreach Worker. The Big Stone County Outreach Worker is Felicia Athey and you can reach her at 320-325-5227 in Clinton. Earn their GED CCA/Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton is holding a graduation ceremony for 20 inmates who've earned their high school equivalence (GED). CCA/PCF"s education program strives to give inmates a real chance for educational success, whether they are in the program voluntarily or to meet parole requirements. The facility's education director, Jim Gentile, explains that most inmates had negative experiences in the public education system. "We want to develop an environment that encourages success for students who've had trouble learning in the past. We strive to show our students that it's not about fulfilling parole requirements, it's about learning to succeed and building confidence for life outside of prison walls. Happy 60th SLAG! Maybe your kids want Pokemon for Christmas, but to a child who's lost his or her hair to chemotherapy- getting that hair back would be the gift they'd most probably want. Everyone knows that Hair Club for Men helps guys with thinning hair get their hair back - but what many peo- ple don't know is that Hair Club also offers the Hair Club for Kids pro- gram. Hair Club for Kids helps chil- dren with cancer cope with some of the side-effects of chemotherapy by providing them with their non-surgi- cal hair treatment free, which dupli- cates the way their hair looked before it fell out, enabling them to go on to lead as normal and active a life as pos- sible. Because it looks like their own hair, their friends accept them, mak- ing an unfortunate circumstance more comfortable. "The program is the heart of the company," said Lisa Tavitian, nation- al director of the program. founders Sy and Amy ed it because they believe dren are the future and what a difference it makes kids look in the mirror they have hair again." Even though this is a year effort, it's especially im the holidays to get the this may be the best thing bring these kids. We're help us spread this very message because even vide this service through ing hospitals, there are ents who are just not aware want to help as many sible, so that they can have thing to worry about - during iday and throughout the If you're interested in Club get the Hair Club for | sage out, please Sperling at 212-818-1152 INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK no Daily Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) Hunters and Customers,,, Register for 12 ga. Shotgun i ii!iiiME M:HiPERFEOTG/iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :::::::::: Regular & Smoked Turkeys, Oysters, Hams & Scouts Have Extra Oranges and Grapefruit If you weren contacted by the Ortonville Boy Scouts and would like to purchase some oranges and grapefruit, they have extra. Contact Gary pfleger at 839-3351. Dragseth Accepted at Moorhead State Kirsten Dragseth, a June, 1999, graduate of Ortonville High School, has been accepted to Moorhead State University. Kirsten, the daughter of Jerry and Marge Dragseth, OrtonviUe, intends to major Jn special gcation ....... i PACE fitness program rings in the new millennium 1999 is rapidly coming to a close. With the new year comes a new millen- nium, and the proverbial "New Years resolution". Losing weight and getting in shape continues to be the most popular, and most easily forgotten res- olution. The Ortonville Fitness Center and Progressively Aerobic Circuit Exercise (PACE) program offer the solution to get on track to fitness. The Fitness Center has moved to a new location in the lower level of the high school across from the high school gym. Offering cardio equip- ment (bikes, treadmill), universal machines, free weights and the PACE program, which has been the core of the Fitness Center since its opening in 1993, the Fitness Center offers something for everyone. The cost for member- ships is only $40 from December through the end of April. Please con- tact Shawnda Johnson or Kyle Inforzato for more information and times when the facility is open. The Fitness Center will be closed the week of December 27. Have a happy and safe holiday season ! Love, Whole, Top - Per Lb. Sirloin Steak $1.99 Per Lb. 90% Lean - Per Lb. 10 - 1 Lb, Pkgs. Ground Beef $1.39 DELl $ TURKEY .................... 2.99 Per Lb. ROUND STEAK ........ $1.59 112 or Whole Loin Ribeye Steak $4.99 $1J Per Lb. SUMMER S , SAUSAGE .................. Per Lb. SBO HALF SEASONAL MERCHANDISE ALL Greenery, Garland, Wreaths, Lights, Bows, Non-Hallmark Ornaments Christmas Silk Ftorals, Candles and more % OFF REGULAR PRICE OFF Liebe Drug/Variety All Christmas Gift Wrap 2 All Christmas Boxed Cards (Does not include Hallmarl card and wra .Just arrived Beautiful, Fresh S ]:,: MER ................... o CHRISTMAS : I ........ ...... .... ..... ...... TOYS i of AI m-Regla ea. !c 00pecials 1 Fabr ks00 12 ... UNIQUE CANDLES. DRIED >t,n, f'O0 q:/l just I Beautiftd I, ..,,J .,.J I z ] LAMPS.  Yd Selection  Yd. COMPUTER DESKS asst. flavors all stores AND LOTS MORE... Polyester Unique VOl... 00-,,ter 69'. 2 for 99 Coke " Holiday Milbank orlY Sewing Yd. last FREE Gift Wrapping Li(.'be Drug/Variety :: Appleton MN Browns Valley Gracevtlle MN Ortonville MN Milbank SD Wilrnot 0-289-1252 320-695-2331 320-748-7112 320-8394825 605-432-5541 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Decl 14, li Our sister, Barb, and her husband, Mac, have every reason to be mighty proud parents today. We've learned that their son Rev. David McCarthy is teaching a course these days at Duke University on controversy in the church. The course, says Barb, has been well received by the stu- dents and "David is enjoying the teaching as he finishes his disserta- tion for his doctorate." We note where tobacco law suits continue, with the outcome expected to be in the billions of dollars. The shame of it all, however, is that much of the money, if award- ed, will not go to the most worthy causes or deserving organizations, but rather to attorney fees. Take the case of metro area attorney Michael Ciresi, a Sicilian immigrant's grandson, who has become one of Minnesota's wealthiest and most noted trial lawyers (according to an article in the Oct. 14th Mpls. Star Tribune) almost entirely on the $7.1 billion settlement brought against tobacco companies by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. That award brought more than $500 mil- lion to Ciresi's law firm, and presumably millions for him- self. (And as if he's not already wealthy enough, he's now planning a run for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota.) Such a pay scale is as ridiculous as those salaries in pro sports or Corporate CEO's. Where are you, Jesse Ventura ... let's hear your gripes about this, eli? Barb and Mac also supply us with a bit of humorin the fOllOwing which we received from them via e-mail: A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. As he stood by his car to drink his cola, he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a h01e two or ree feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man, tossing the can in a trash con- tainer and heading down the road toward the men. "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this dig- ging? .... One of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting your employer's money?" You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us...me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back. Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean that Mike and me can't work. Several residents have noticed a couple bald eagles in the area of late. We recently spotted the pair perched on a tree in the Marcel Bieniek residence on the Lakeroad, but were unable to get a decent photo. Indeed, they are beautiful to see, perched or in flight! Are you sick as we are today, after watching the Vikings lose another heart-breaker Sunday night?! How true it is that nearly every loss they've suffered this year is due to them beating themselves! For sure, they had best put a stop to that for the next three games, for they'll need to win them all for any chances at the playoffs! Benefit dinner Dec. 19for Tabor United Methodist Church will be having a Benefit Soup and Chili Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 11-1:30 for the Jim and Donna Gregory Family. Free will offering. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY DNR says "Stay off the ice!" Hair Club Helps Kids Cancer With ice thicknesses on area lakes less than two inches and warmer than average temperatures in the forecast for the rest of 1999, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises anglers to stay off the ice. Area Fisheries Supervisor Desrae Hendrickson stated when ice is less than two inches thick, no walking is advised, since in many areas the ice thickness could vary, especially on larger bodies of water like Big Stone Lake. Though unsure of Big Stone Lake's first freeze-up date, Hendrickson stat- ed the ice had gone out and reformed last week, making the lake especially unsafe. "When ice is up to four inches or more, it is safe to walk on only," Hendrickson says. "When it gets past five inches thick, it's safe for snow- mobile or ATV travel." With 8-12 inches of ice, anglers would be safe in a smaller vehicle, with a thickness of 12-15 inches need- ed to support the weight of a full size pickup. "Especially earlier in the season, anglers should remember to carry ice picks," she adds. These simple, yet potentially life- saving tools can be made at home with two wooden dowels tied together, a sharpened nail protruding from each dowel. If an angler falls into the water, icc picks (worn around the neck) can be jabbed into the ice to aid in pulling them out. Greg Rassett of Ortonville's Bud's Bait stated a handful of anglers had been ice fishing at the Odessa channel between Odessa and Bellingham, with some also behind the islands on Big Stone Lake. Unconfirmed reports have also stated anglers were fishing on Graceville's Toqua Lake late last week. The DNR advises extreme care on all area lakes, and Hendrickson adds that even a prize walleye "would not be worth dying for." Revolving Loan payments 20Inmates to have auto withdrawal Ortonville's Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted at its regular meeting last Wednesday to have all future revolving loan fund payments automatically withdrawn from the borrowing business's bank account. EDA President Greg Peterson stat- ed this would help in collection of payments and insure they would be made on time. In other business, the board passed a resolution for signage at the EDA's new office m the Peterson Chiropractic Building on Ortonville's Main Street. At an estimated cost of just over $100, the sign costs from Wilson Sign and Design of Ortonville would be split between the EDA and Minnesota West Community and Technical College, which also has an office in the same building. Energy Assistance Program Available Energy Assistance Program, delivered by Prairie Five CAC, Inc., provides help to low income households and makes heating payments directly to the heating vendor. Keep in mind that the Fuel Program pays only part of your heating costs for the winter. It is your responsibility to pay whatever you can. Eligibility and the amount of help depend on A) income, B) assets, C) number of people living in the home, D) Type and amount of fuel used to heat the home. The income is used for the three months before the month you apply in: Income Guidelines Household Size Income 1 $3,938.00 2 $5,149.00 3 $6,361.00 4 $7,572.00 Your income must be at or below state income guidelines. Persons wanting to apply for help need to call for an appointment with their County Outreach Worker. The Big Stone County Outreach Worker is Felicia Athey and you can reach her at 320-325-5227 in Clinton. Earn their GED CCA/Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton is holding a graduation ceremony for 20 inmates who've earned their high school equivalence (GED). CCA/PCF"s education program strives to give inmates a real chance for educational success, whether they are in the program voluntarily or to meet parole requirements. The facility's education director, Jim Gentile, explains that most inmates had negative experiences in the public education system. "We want to develop an environment that encourages success for students who've had trouble learning in the past. We strive to show our students that it's not about fulfilling parole requirements, it's about learning to succeed and building confidence for life outside of prison walls. Happy 60th SLAG! Maybe your kids want Pokemon for Christmas, but to a child who's lost his or her hair to chemotherapy- getting that hair back would be the gift they'd most probably want. Everyone knows that Hair Club for Men helps guys with thinning hair get their hair back - but what many peo- ple don't know is that Hair Club also offers the Hair Club for Kids pro- gram. Hair Club for Kids helps chil- dren with cancer cope with some of the side-effects of chemotherapy by providing them with their non-surgi- cal hair treatment free, which dupli- cates the way their hair looked before it fell out, enabling them to go on to lead as normal and active a life as pos- sible. Because it looks like their own hair, their friends accept them, mak- ing an unfortunate circumstance more comfortable. "The program is the heart of the company," said Lisa Tavitian, nation- al director of the program. founders Sy and Amy ed it because they believe dren are the future and what a difference it makes kids look in the mirror they have hair again." Even though this is a year effort, it's especially im the holidays to get the this may be the best thing bring these kids. We're help us spread this very message because even vide this service through ing hospitals, there are ents who are just not aware want to help as many sible, so that they can have thing to worry about - during iday and throughout the If you're interested in Club get the Hair Club for | sage out, please Sperling at 212-818-1152 INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK no Daily Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) Hunters and Customers,,, Register for 12 ga. Shotgun i ii!iiiME M:HiPERFEOTG/iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :::::::::: Regular & Smoked Turkeys, Oysters, Hams & Scouts Have Extra Oranges and Grapefruit If you weren contacted by the Ortonville Boy Scouts and would like to purchase some oranges and grapefruit, they have extra. Contact Gary pfleger at 839-3351. Dragseth Accepted at Moorhead State Kirsten Dragseth, a June, 1999, graduate of Ortonville High School, has been accepted to Moorhead State University. Kirsten, the daughter of Jerry and Marge Dragseth, OrtonviUe, intends to major Jn special gcation ....... i PACE fitness program rings in the new millennium 1999 is rapidly coming to a close. With the new year comes a new millen- nium, and the proverbial "New Years resolution". Losing weight and getting in shape continues to be the most popular, and most easily forgotten res- olution. The Ortonville Fitness Center and Progressively Aerobic Circuit Exercise (PACE) program offer the solution to get on track to fitness. The Fitness Center has moved to a new location in the lower level of the high school across from the high school gym. Offering cardio equip- ment (bikes, treadmill), universal machines, free weights and the PACE program, which has been the core of the Fitness Center since its opening in 1993, the Fitness Center offers something for everyone. The cost for member- ships is only $40 from December through the end of April. Please con- tact Shawnda Johnson or Kyle Inforzato for more information and times when the facility is open. The Fitness Center will be closed the week of December 27. Have a happy and safe holiday season ! Love, Whole, Top - Per Lb. Sirloin Steak $1.99 Per Lb. 90% Lean - Per Lb. 10 - 1 Lb, Pkgs. Ground Beef $1.39 DELl $ TURKEY .................... 2.99 Per Lb. ROUND STEAK ........ $1.59 112 or Whole Loin Ribeye Steak $4.99 $1J Per Lb. SUMMER S , SAUSAGE .................. Per Lb. SBO HALF SEASONAL MERCHANDISE ALL Greenery, Garland, Wreaths, Lights, Bows, Non-Hallmark Ornaments Christmas Silk Ftorals, Candles and more % OFF REGULAR PRICE OFF Liebe Drug/Variety All Christmas Gift Wrap 2 All Christmas Boxed Cards (Does not include Hallmarl card and wra .Just arrived Beautiful, Fresh S ]:,: MER ................... o CHRISTMAS : I ........ ...... .... ..... ...... TOYS i of AI m-Regla ea. !c 00pecials 1 Fabr ks00 12 ... UNIQUE CANDLES. DRIED >t,n, f'O0 q:/l just I Beautiftd I, ..,,J .,.J I z ] LAMPS.  Yd Selection  Yd. COMPUTER DESKS asst. flavors all stores AND LOTS MORE... Polyester Unique VOl... 00-,,ter 69'. 2 for 99 Coke " Holiday Milbank orlY Sewing Yd. last FREE Gift Wrapping Li(.'be Drug/Variety :: Appleton MN Browns Valley Gracevtlle MN Ortonville MN Milbank SD Wilrnot 0-289-1252 320-695-2331 320-748-7112 320-8394825 605-432-5541 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Decl 14, li