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"Post" drops Copy this week once again from our dearest of friends and new columnist JR Parker, who sheds some more light on the recent photo of the tri-motor airplane that visited Ortonville back in the early 1930's in which our late father-publisher Lem had told us that we were one of the youngest riders (at age 3): Parker Expounds On Old-Time Photo of Tri-Motor Plane Here Dear Jimmer, I was intrigued to open the Independent to "The Good Old Days" section and see the photograph. I had the good fortune to ride in it. This was a Ford Tri-motor built out of corrugated sheet metal. It was one of the first planes made with a metal fuselage. It was nicknamed the "Tin Goose". Up until the 1980's there were about a dozen still in service, mostly in South America, but one flew school children from Mackinac Island to the Michigan main land certain time of the year. This picture was taken in 1932 or 1933 I believe. It was owned and flown by Clyde Ice. Mr. Ice was South Dakota's most famous pilot. In 1919 a Minneapolis paper had acquired a surplus "Curtis Jenny" army airplane. They were conducting a contest with the plane as a prize. Someone in North Dakota won it, and put it up for sale. A young man from South Dakota who never had ridden, and possibly never seen an airplane, purchased it, went to North Dakota and with absolutely no previous experience, flew it home-so began the Saga of Clyde Ice. He became the states pioneer airman, and had a life time of air adventures and dangerous rescue missions. He was the pilot of the Ford tri motor pictured. He also had a pilot flying a bi-plane with him and a parachutist who was to make a parachute jump. The field they flew from was up the lake on Shorty Miller's farm. I believe he was here a Saturday and Sunday. Dad took me on the Sunday, afternoon flight. It cost ten dollars a person, (a princely sum back in those depression years) it was suppose to go to Fargo and back- non stop. Because of a strong head wind, it turned back before reaching Fargo. We did have several hours in the air though. Dad had been in the Air Force (actually the Army Signal Corp. then) in the first World War, and he spent most of the flight up in the cockpit with Clyde, who let him fly it for a short period. It is hard to identify anyone in the picture, but I feel strongly that the tall gentleman in the center, with out a hat-is AI Sturgis, who was Big Stone County Register of Deeds for many, many years. The bi-plane had a two seat cockpit, and gave fifteen minute rides for five dollars. The parachutist did not make a Sunday jump due to high winds. You can see there was a high wind in the picture, as several of the neck ties are at right angles to the chin-Good Old Days!!! Sincerely JR Parker Letters to the editor Dear Editor: I am reaching out to parents in the community. I'm outraged that we are tolerating bad language and disregard for others from our community youth. Please listen to my experience on an early Tuesday evening shopping venture. My infant son and I went to the local gas station to start our holiday shopping. As I was pumping gas into my car I squeezed between the pump station and the two running vehicles that sat side by side. The only spot open. With my child watching out the window I began pumping gas. The youth in the adjacent cars were talking between their two vehicles and smoking cigarettes. As I listen to the "F" word and other vulgarities, the young man on the passenger side flung his leftover lit cigarette onto the concrete. With gas on the ground and gas pumping into my car at the time, I scolded the youth and directed them on their way. I am thankful for the protection God granted us. Why should I be concerned, after all no one was really hurt? Or were they? We need to stop long enough to call our children into accountability and to teach them to think beyond the moment to the consequences of their actions and choices. It is okay to say, "NO"! It is okay to take the keys away. It is okay to stay home with family and have friends over and be bored. We need to retrain ourselves and our youth to use ethical and moral standards. Their actions are creating lifelong habits. Their actions are not wholesome role modeling for their peers or the younger children. Time and lives are precious and in an instant they could be gone. I feel sad for our youth who have nothing better to do than drive. I enjoy a small town atmosphere, there is safety in trusting neighbors, and knowing the youth, not having to worry about gangs etc. Remember our youth are just as susceptible to drugs, alcohol, sex and violence as the youth in downtown Minneapolis. Hours of unsupervised time is not an asset but a hindrance for our children. Our youth are irreplaceable and it is our responsibility as parents to direct their time, money and lives in every way, shape and form until they have reached the age of adulthood. We all know the outcome of what happens to a young bird who tries to fly before its time; catastrophe. Our youth may be taller and larger but they still need much training. So until your bird is out of your nest, take action and be firm. Sincerely, Lori Sherod Fibromyalgia meet Dec. 14th The Madison Area Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at the Madison Hospital Basement on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. For more information call Janet Parker in Odessa at (320) 273-2127. Guest speaker will be Sandy Berg, a specially trained massage therapist from Milbank, SD. Mrs. Berg will be discussing the benefits of massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The support group meets the second Tuesday of every month and is a support/informational group for those with fibromyalgia and lupus. A few characteristics of fibromyaigia are general fatigue, chronic headaches, morning stiffness, muscle aches and soreness, non-restorative sleep/sleep disturbances. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING OUICK RESULTS HORSE DRAWN hayrides were given on Ortonville's mainstreet Saturday by Dalen Roe of Holiday shoppers enjoyed the rides with the mild temperatures for this time of year. Roe will have1 in Ortonville again this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., giving free rides, courtesy of the Big Stone Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Jim Jirak last Wednesday. There were 5 1/2 squares in attendance with guests from Watertown, Peaver, Sisseton and Herman. Hank Prasnicki from Milbank will call on Wednesday Dec. 15th Christmas Jamboree. On the lunch committee are Harold and Paula Thaden and Charles and Delores Whitehead. Potluck supper at 7:00p.m. will the callers please bring their records. Upcoming dances: Jan. 5th Jamboree Style. The Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evening at 8:00 in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, guests are always welcome. Prairie Five menu I Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dee. 14 Roast Turkey, Dressing/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables. Cranberry Fluff, Whole Wheat Bread Wednesday, Dee. 15 Beef Stew, Baking Powder Biscuits, Fruit/Cottage Cheese, Bar Thursday, Dee. 16 Roast Pork, Boiled Potato/Gravy, Peas, Fruit Crisp/Topping, Rye Bread Friday, Dec. 17 Baked Fish, Hashbrown Bake, "C.C" Vegetables, Pudding/Topping, Assorted Bread Monday, Dec. 20 Ham Balls, Sweet Potatoes, Calif Blend Vegetable, Pudding/Topping, Rye Bread Tuesday, Dec. 21 Creamed Turkey, Baking Powder Biscuit, Peas, Fresh Fruit Wheelchair with power now available Miracle on Wheels makes available Power (Electric) Wheelchairs to non-ambulatory Senior Citizens (65 years old and up) usually at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. No deposit required. The electric wheelchairs are provided to those who can not walk and can not self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home or independent living quarters and who meet the additional qualifications of the program. This service may also be available to the permanently disabled of any age. Please call 1-800-749-8878 or visit our web site at www.durablemedical.com for more information on the program. Scholarship Funds Agassiz and Odessa Insurance Company of college scholarship funds for high school sel Minnesota who will be 2000. To receive an should send a stamped envelope to: Odessa Mutal PO Box 98, Odessa, 0098. The student's an insurance policy in Agassiz and Odessa Insurance Company at the scholarship application. All applications must in the Company office in 4:30 pm on Wednesda 2000. Applications this time will not be Happy Holidays from our staff to you! Join Us For r HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE This Frida3, December 17th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Serving Coffee and Tea, Cookies and er MINNWEST STAFF. Left to right, in front, are Dalen Roe, Scott Maas and Tom Oakes; in middle, LeAnn Taylor, Arvene Van Hout, Ethel Swenson, Deb Steuart and Donna Adolphson; in back, Stacy Berger, Janiece Larsen, Linda Krogsrud, Ruth Donais, Terry Gere, Lucie Thoreson, Janice Powell, Judy Drewicke and Kim Kuechenrneister. MINNWEST BANK GROUP LOBBY HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 9am-4:45pm; Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat. 9am-12noon DRIVE-UP HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 8am-5:3Opm; Fri. 8am-6pm; Sat. 9am- 12noon 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 " Phone (320) 839-2568 MoneyLine 1-888.616-2265 00INDEPENDENT Page 10 Tuesday, Dec. "Post" drops Copy this week once again from our dearest of friends and new columnist JR Parker, who sheds some more light on the recent photo of the tri-motor airplane that visited Ortonville back in the early 1930's in which our late father-publisher Lem had told us that we were one of the youngest riders (at age 3): Parker Expounds On Old-Time Photo of Tri-Motor Plane Here Dear Jimmer, I was intrigued to open the Independent to "The Good Old Days" section and see the photograph. I had the good fortune to ride in it. This was a Ford Tri-motor built out of corrugated sheet metal. It was one of the first planes made with a metal fuselage. It was nicknamed the "Tin Goose". Up until the 1980's there were about a dozen still in service, mostly in South America, but one flew school children from Mackinac Island to the Michigan main land certain time of the year. This picture was taken in 1932 or 1933 I believe. It was owned and flown by Clyde Ice. Mr. Ice was South Dakota's most famous pilot. In 1919 a Minneapolis paper had acquired a surplus "Curtis Jenny" army airplane. They were conducting a contest with the plane as a prize. Someone in North Dakota won it, and put it up for sale. A young man from South Dakota who never had ridden, and possibly never seen an airplane, purchased it, went to North Dakota and with absolutely no previous experience, flew it home-so began the Saga of Clyde Ice. He became the states pioneer airman, and had a life time of air adventures and dangerous rescue missions. He was the pilot of the Ford tri motor pictured. He also had a pilot flying a bi-plane with him and a parachutist who was to make a parachute jump. The field they flew from was up the lake on Shorty Miller's farm. I believe he was here a Saturday and Sunday. Dad took me on the Sunday, afternoon flight. It cost ten dollars a person, (a princely sum back in those depression years) it was suppose to go to Fargo and back- non stop. Because of a strong head wind, it turned back before reaching Fargo. We did have several hours in the air though. Dad had been in the Air Force (actually the Army Signal Corp. then) in the first World War, and he spent most of the flight up in the cockpit with Clyde, who let him fly it for a short period. It is hard to identify anyone in the picture, but I feel strongly that the tall gentleman in the center, with out a hat-is AI Sturgis, who was Big Stone County Register of Deeds for many, many years. The bi-plane had a two seat cockpit, and gave fifteen minute rides for five dollars. The parachutist did not make a Sunday jump due to high winds. You can see there was a high wind in the picture, as several of the neck ties are at right angles to the chin-Good Old Days!!! Sincerely JR Parker Letters to the editor Dear Editor: I am reaching out to parents in the community. I'm outraged that we are tolerating bad language and disregard for others from our community youth. Please listen to my experience on an early Tuesday evening shopping venture. My infant son and I went to the local gas station to start our holiday shopping. As I was pumping gas into my car I squeezed between the pump station and the two running vehicles that sat side by side. The only spot open. With my child watching out the window I began pumping gas. The youth in the adjacent cars were talking between their two vehicles and smoking cigarettes. As I listen to the "F" word and other vulgarities, the young man on the passenger side flung his leftover lit cigarette onto the concrete. With gas on the ground and gas pumping into my car at the time, I scolded the youth and directed them on their way. I am thankful for the protection God granted us. Why should I be concerned, after all no one was really hurt? Or were they? We need to stop long enough to call our children into accountability and to teach them to think beyond the moment to the consequences of their actions and choices. It is okay to say, "NO"! It is okay to take the keys away. It is okay to stay home with family and have friends over and be bored. We need to retrain ourselves and our youth to use ethical and moral standards. Their actions are creating lifelong habits. Their actions are not wholesome role modeling for their peers or the younger children. Time and lives are precious and in an instant they could be gone. I feel sad for our youth who have nothing better to do than drive. I enjoy a small town atmosphere, there is safety in trusting neighbors, and knowing the youth, not having to worry about gangs etc. Remember our youth are just as susceptible to drugs, alcohol, sex and violence as the youth in downtown Minneapolis. Hours of unsupervised time is not an asset but a hindrance for our children. Our youth are irreplaceable and it is our responsibility as parents to direct their time, money and lives in every way, shape and form until they have reached the age of adulthood. We all know the outcome of what happens to a young bird who tries to fly before its time; catastrophe. Our youth may be taller and larger but they still need much training. So until your bird is out of your nest, take action and be firm. Sincerely, Lori Sherod Fibromyalgia meet Dec. 14th The Madison Area Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at the Madison Hospital Basement on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. For more information call Janet Parker in Odessa at (320) 273-2127. Guest speaker will be Sandy Berg, a specially trained massage therapist from Milbank, SD. Mrs. Berg will be discussing the benefits of massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The support group meets the second Tuesday of every month and is a support/informational group for those with fibromyalgia and lupus. A few characteristics of fibromyaigia are general fatigue, chronic headaches, morning stiffness, muscle aches and soreness, non-restorative sleep/sleep disturbances. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING OUICK RESULTS HORSE DRAWN hayrides were given on Ortonville's mainstreet Saturday by Dalen Roe of Holiday shoppers enjoyed the rides with the mild temperatures for this time of year. Roe will have1 in Ortonville again this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., giving free rides, courtesy of the Big Stone Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Jim Jirak last Wednesday. There were 5 1/2 squares in attendance with guests from Watertown, Peaver, Sisseton and Herman. Hank Prasnicki from Milbank will call on Wednesday Dec. 15th Christmas Jamboree. On the lunch committee are Harold and Paula Thaden and Charles and Delores Whitehead. Potluck supper at 7:00p.m. will the callers please bring their records. Upcoming dances: Jan. 5th Jamboree Style. The Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evening at 8:00 in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, guests are always welcome. Prairie Five menu I Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dee. 14 Roast Turkey, Dressing/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables. Cranberry Fluff, Whole Wheat Bread Wednesday, Dee. 15 Beef Stew, Baking Powder Biscuits, Fruit/Cottage Cheese, Bar Thursday, Dee. 16 Roast Pork, Boiled Potato/Gravy, Peas, Fruit Crisp/Topping, Rye Bread Friday, Dec. 17 Baked Fish, Hashbrown Bake, "C.C" Vegetables, Pudding/Topping, Assorted Bread Monday, Dec. 20 Ham Balls, Sweet Potatoes, Calif Blend Vegetable, Pudding/Topping, Rye Bread Tuesday, Dec. 21 Creamed Turkey, Baking Powder Biscuit, Peas, Fresh Fruit Wheelchair with power now available Miracle on Wheels makes available Power (Electric) Wheelchairs to non-ambulatory Senior Citizens (65 years old and up) usually at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. No deposit required. The electric wheelchairs are provided to those who can not walk and can not self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home or independent living quarters and who meet the additional qualifications of the program. This service may also be available to the permanently disabled of any age. Please call 1-800-749-8878 or visit our web site at www.durablemedical.com for more information on the program. Scholarship Funds Agassiz and Odessa Insurance Company of college scholarship funds for high school sel Minnesota who will be 2000. To receive an should send a stamped envelope to: Odessa Mutal PO Box 98, Odessa, 0098. The student's an insurance policy in Agassiz and Odessa Insurance Company at the scholarship application. All applications must in the Company office in 4:30 pm on Wednesda 2000. Applications this time will not be Happy Holidays from our staff to you! Join Us For r HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE This Frida3, December 17th 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Serving Coffee and Tea, Cookies and er MINNWEST STAFF. Left to right, in front, are Dalen Roe, Scott Maas and Tom Oakes; in middle, LeAnn Taylor, Arvene Van Hout, Ethel Swenson, Deb Steuart and Donna Adolphson; in back, Stacy Berger, Janiece Larsen, Linda Krogsrud, Ruth Donais, Terry Gere, Lucie Thoreson, Janice Powell, Judy Drewicke and Kim Kuechenrneister. MINNWEST BANK GROUP LOBBY HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 9am-4:45pm; Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat. 9am-12noon DRIVE-UP HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 8am-5:3Opm; Fri. 8am-6pm; Sat. 9am- 12noon 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 " Phone (320) 839-2568 MoneyLine 1-888.616-2265 00INDEPENDENT Page 10 Tuesday, Dec.