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1 Believe There ,00re Angels Among Us By Nancy ltuff "To eve. thing there is a season, and a time to evely purpose un- der the heaven." Ecc. 3:1 And the time was for celebra- tion! But not for the rich or fhmous. Not for the leaders of the community. Not even for the common folk. This was a celebration of an elite group. So elite that this Christmas party was "invitation only." And what a party it was! The elite group of guests con- sisted of residents of Angela Hall in Milbank, Monarch Heights in Ortonville, MN, and Divine House in Clinton, MN, along with a few others from the Grant County, SD and Big Stone County, MN area. And it really was "invitation-only." It wasn't a party that was ad- vertised on the front page of the local newspapers. The "pillars of the community" weren't in- vited. The gals from the office weren't invited. There was no shirt and tie required. The only requirement was that the guests be mentally handi- capped. The Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 of Big Stone City, SD extended the invita- tions to these handicapped guests. The party began about 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Big Stone City School. It involved over 125 guests, not including family, friends and workers. There was music and dancing, kind words and fellowship, basketball play- ing and most of all...a lot of smiles! The Legion Post has been host- ing this party for 25 years. Mrs. Edie Van Lith and Joanne Berndt were in charge of most of the arrangements. They sent the invitations, bought all the presents, made and served the lunch and acted like it was no Courtesy of the Vv3"lmot Enterprise Wilmot, SD Emma Jundt, formerly of Wilmot, now a resident of An- gela Hall in Milbank, receives her gift and bag of goodies from Santa. After the dancing, basketball playing and socializing, the group was asked to gather around the Christmas tree, piled high with presents, and wait for the much-anticipated moment -- the arrival of Santa Claus! Santa Claus (aka Tom Van Lith, manager of the Big Stone Legion Club) made his appear- ance and handed out presents to each as their names were called. He shook hands, gave hugs and wished them each a Merry Christmas. All waited in antici- pation, from the youngest to the oldest, for their name to be next. And again, the smiles abounded! It was all so "inhumane" as one "big= deal." The. Legion Com 7 ..... manput! t. There waslove, hap- mander, Dan Scpb])c, anti. his pinesstreyerece, unselfishness wo children were helping with and joy. In our hectic, get-ahead, [he activities, along with several greedy world, how much more other members. "innumane" " could it get? Jody Greiner, daughter of the late Lloyd and Marlys Greiner, gets a hug from Santa! When the presents were all opened and the pictures all taken, they gathered in the dining room where lunch was served. It was a good day! : : alIb ... 4- As I hurry to get the paper out, or to finish my holiday shopping, or to worry about something trivial, I hope that I can remem- ber this elite group who live a different life than mine. I hope I remember the child in the wheelchair who couldn't use his arms to reach for his giR, but smiled broadly as it was placed in his lap. I hope I remember the elderly lady who wanted some different music so that she could dance. I hope I remember the young woman jump excitedly into the air after she shot and made a basket. All things we take for granted every day. I hope that I remember the self- less giving by the volunteers I watched that day. The verse I began with should be very familiar to most. I read a little more of that same chap- ter in Ecclesiastes. In verse 12 it says, "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live." I witnessed both. Over 125 special guests were present at the Christmas Party hosted by the Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post last Sunday. Santa presented gifts to everyone there. [ Mrs. Joan Strei and Angi-.- visited Mrs. Ed Karels Ortonville Hospital o afternoon Dec. 3rd and Irene Karels at her apartment. Mr. and Mrs. Randy Caleb of New UIm were 5 forenoon visitors and at the M.J. Kirchberg Bernie Kirchberg Adam were also brunch guests. Mrs. Myra Schmieg was afternoon Dec. 3, Norman Schmieg home in and was among guests shower in honor of Mrs. and son Adam at the To home on Friday evening. Bill Radermacher of Saturday, Dec. 4th caller at of his aunt Mrs. Alfred Volkenant funeral of Fr. Odo O.S. Lawrence Church in Friday, afternoon Dec. 3, Mobile Dec. 13-17: Jean Gloria Throndrud, Marge Dec. 20-24: Gene Meyer, Bob Dybvig. School Tuesday, Dec. 14 Breakfast: Blueberry Cheese Squares, Peaches Lunch: Build-A-Burger, Cheese, Lettuce, Tots, Grape Juice Wednesday, Dec. 1 Breakfast: Cereal Cinnamon Toast, Oran Lunch: Spaghetti, Garden Salad, Peaches, Jewel Thursday, Dec. 16 Breakfast: French Toasl Applesauce, Milk Lunch: Turkey Gravy, Potatoes Friday, Dec. 17 Breakfast: Cinnamon Orange Slices, Milk Lunch: Mini Corn Potatoes, Garden Peas, 4-12 Raised Donut, Monday, Dee. 20 Breakfast: Breakfast Milk Lunch: 4-12 BBQ Raviole & Sandwiches, Tator Tots, Cream Bar Tuesday, Dec. 21 Breakfast: Long Johns, Smilcs, Milk ' 'Luhcli: Hot Ham& Bun, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Crisp Ortonville news Gall Maxwell, 839-2207 Monday, Dec. 6th Audrey Koch visited Gladys Meister at Milbank. Mrs. Tony Dryer and daughter of Sioux Falls, SD visited Lillian Danielson at Northridge on Tuesday, Dec. 7th. She also visited her mother Jean Danielson. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Guse went to St. Cloud Sunday, Dec. 5th to visit Mr. and Mrs. Joe Finken in the nursing home there. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Guse were dinner guests at Mr. and Mrs. Lee Guse on Wednesday, Dec. 8th. Orlend and Irene Mathison spent Thanksgiving with family at the home of Brenda Mathison in St. Paul. Wednesday, Dec. 8th Darlene Loeschke was a coffee guest of Marie Fitzner of Clinton. The week-end of Dec. 3rd guests at the Jim Loeschke home were Rod, Loft and Nicole Gustafson and John Loeschke. Wanda Koepke of Milbank visited the Clifford and Alton Hansons on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5th. Tuesday, Dec. 7th Carlene Wittnebel of Revillo visited the Clifford and Alton Hanson. Wanda Koepke also visited. Phyllis Schluter attended the Northridge Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 4th as a guest of Ruth Wollschlager. Phyllis enjoyed the afternoon especially the residents music. Lakeside Extension Club had their Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 8th with a potluck lunch at noon. There were 16 in attendance including husbands. Afterwards they played Bunco and exchanged gifts. It was a fun day. Craig and Kippy Randleman attended the Christmas vocal concert Tuesday evening, Dec. 7th. Emily Randelman was in the Women's Choir and Concert Choir. Some of the Homerite apartment tenants enjoyed a potluck supper on Monday, Dec. 6th. Joel Von Eschen of St. Cloud spent Thanksgiving with his mom Elda Von Eschen. There was an open house lunch held at Crafts, Gifts and More for Lany McKinney's and Videila Roschen's Avon customers held Friday, Dec. 3. It was well attended. Luncheon guests at the Virginia Dawson home on Thursday, Dec. 9th were Alma Jorgenson, Verna Stoehr Helen Mitchell, Minnie Sellin, and Ruby Dunnihoo. Tom and Carol Wood attended the First Year Seminar Jamboree Thursday, Dec. 2nd held at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The topic was Human Diversity which included historical, artistic, literary, and political aspects. Carmala Wood's presentation was the Fashions of the Harlem Renaissance. Carmala was one of 19 students. She made her own costume of the Roaring Twenties which included a Flapper dress, fur, peacock feather hat, and peacock fan. The fashions were drawn and presented by Carmala. A lot of talent was seen that day. Earl Dikstaal's 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 2nd Street Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Don Hynnek and Roger Hynnek went to a hunting lodge outside of Benson to hunt pheasants. Isable Tobin's granddaughter and family Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tatge and Wyatt and Morgan from Chaska spent Thursday, Dec. 2nd and Friday, Dec. 3 at Isable Tobin's home. Mr. and Mrs. Burton Nypen went to Moorhead to visit their daughter and husband Brian and Kim Melton and new grandson Noah on Wednesday, Dec. 1st. High bridge players at the Ortonville Senior Center Friday afternoon, December 10th were Arnold Souba and Darlene Loeschke. It was a very enjoyable afiemoon. Luncheon guests at the Verna Stoehr home on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10th to help Verna celebrate her birthday were Ethel Anderson, Alice Holtquist, Alma Jorgenson, Maggie Vietzke, Sylvia Pinkert, Betty Schwarze, and Signe Hans. Wednesday, Mrs. Stanley Hanson of Benson and Audrey Koch visited Hildegarde Olson at Northfidge. Friday, Mildred Petersen, Justeen Anderson, and Audrey Koch visited Inez Fraasch and other residents at the Madison Lutheran Home. Audrey Koch also visited Ann Bryan. Rosen news By Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Mrs. Dennis Radermacher and Mrs. Bryan Anderson were weekend guests at the Tim Salmen home in Madison, SD. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Adelman were Sunday, Dec. 5th afternoon and supper guests at the Keith Adelman home in Graceville. Saturday, Dec. 4th evening visitors at the home of Mrs. Rose Karels were Mrs. Tom Karels of Odessa, Adam, Kayla and Tara Helgeson of rural Ortonville. Accuracy ound tax decisions are critical to your long-term success. Many tax-related anxieties common at year-end can be lessened with year-round planning. FCS Tax Specialists can help make farm tax laws work for you by developing a plan to achieve short and long-term finahcial goals. In addition to personalized and confidential service, they'll also represent you on audits before the IRS. Draw upon our experience and get the tax results you need. Call an FCS agricultural Tax Specialist today! Graceville Branch Office 748-7294 or 800-450-7294 Lisa Kurtz 00A,Farm Ovdit Services the heart of a growing America. wwwxarmcredit.com ] i i [ ii i Mr. and Mrs. John Adelman and John Paul were among guests at the Vic Larson home in St. Cloud on Nov. 25, for a Thanksgiving family get together. St. Joseph's Council of Catholic Women held a short meeting and Christmas party at the St. Joseph's School on Sunday evening, Dec. 5th, with a pot luck supper at 6:30 p.m. for the families. Mrs. Ells Mueller and girls of St. Cloud spent Friday, Dec. 3rd at the home her mother Mrs. Julie Henrich. LOOKING FOR 80METHING TO NEW YEAR8 EVE? --5omethin 9 that will... ...Light upyour life ...Lift you higher ...Be unique and unfor 9 AND FAR BETTER THAN ALL "PARTYING" IN THE WO1 BEGIN THE CENTURY 2000 WITH dOY, PEACE AND POWER HUNDREDS IN THE AREA WHO THERE'8 NO BETTER WAY TO NEW CENTURY THAN... Read the fine print and join us... Page 10b  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 1 Believe There ,00re Angels Among Us By Nancy ltuff "To eve. thing there is a season, and a time to evely purpose un- der the heaven." Ecc. 3:1 And the time was for celebra- tion! But not for the rich or fhmous. Not for the leaders of the community. Not even for the common folk. This was a celebration of an elite group. So elite that this Christmas party was "invitation only." And what a party it was! The elite group of guests con- sisted of residents of Angela Hall in Milbank, Monarch Heights in Ortonville, MN, and Divine House in Clinton, MN, along with a few others from the Grant County, SD and Big Stone County, MN area. And it really was "invitation-only." It wasn't a party that was ad- vertised on the front page of the local newspapers. The "pillars of the community" weren't in- vited. The gals from the office weren't invited. There was no shirt and tie required. The only requirement was that the guests be mentally handi- capped. The Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 of Big Stone City, SD extended the invita- tions to these handicapped guests. The party began about 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Big Stone City School. It involved over 125 guests, not including family, friends and workers. There was music and dancing, kind words and fellowship, basketball play- ing and most of all...a lot of smiles! The Legion Post has been host- ing this party for 25 years. Mrs. Edie Van Lith and Joanne Berndt were in charge of most of the arrangements. They sent the invitations, bought all the presents, made and served the lunch and acted like it was no Courtesy of the Vv3"lmot Enterprise Wilmot, SD Emma Jundt, formerly of Wilmot, now a resident of An- gela Hall in Milbank, receives her gift and bag of goodies from Santa. After the dancing, basketball playing and socializing, the group was asked to gather around the Christmas tree, piled high with presents, and wait for the much-anticipated moment -- the arrival of Santa Claus! Santa Claus (aka Tom Van Lith, manager of the Big Stone Legion Club) made his appear- ance and handed out presents to each as their names were called. He shook hands, gave hugs and wished them each a Merry Christmas. All waited in antici- pation, from the youngest to the oldest, for their name to be next. And again, the smiles abounded! It was all so "inhumane" as one "big= deal." The. Legion Com 7 ..... manput! t. There waslove, hap- mander, Dan Scpb])c, anti. his pinesstreyerece, unselfishness wo children were helping with and joy. In our hectic, get-ahead, [he activities, along with several greedy world, how much more other members. "innumane" " could it get? Jody Greiner, daughter of the late Lloyd and Marlys Greiner, gets a hug from Santa! When the presents were all opened and the pictures all taken, they gathered in the dining room where lunch was served. It was a good day! : : alIb ... 4- As I hurry to get the paper out, or to finish my holiday shopping, or to worry about something trivial, I hope that I can remem- ber this elite group who live a different life than mine. I hope I remember the child in the wheelchair who couldn't use his arms to reach for his giR, but smiled broadly as it was placed in his lap. I hope I remember the elderly lady who wanted some different music so that she could dance. I hope I remember the young woman jump excitedly into the air after she shot and made a basket. All things we take for granted every day. I hope that I remember the self- less giving by the volunteers I watched that day. The verse I began with should be very familiar to most. I read a little more of that same chap- ter in Ecclesiastes. In verse 12 it says, "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live." I witnessed both. Over 125 special guests were present at the Christmas Party hosted by the Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post last Sunday. Santa presented gifts to everyone there. [ Mrs. Joan Strei and Angi-.- visited Mrs. Ed Karels Ortonville Hospital o afternoon Dec. 3rd and Irene Karels at her apartment. Mr. and Mrs. Randy Caleb of New UIm were 5 forenoon visitors and at the M.J. Kirchberg Bernie Kirchberg Adam were also brunch guests. Mrs. Myra Schmieg was afternoon Dec. 3, Norman Schmieg home in and was among guests shower in honor of Mrs. and son Adam at the To home on Friday evening. Bill Radermacher of Saturday, Dec. 4th caller at of his aunt Mrs. Alfred Volkenant funeral of Fr. Odo O.S. Lawrence Church in Friday, afternoon Dec. 3, Mobile Dec. 13-17: Jean Gloria Throndrud, Marge Dec. 20-24: Gene Meyer, Bob Dybvig. School Tuesday, Dec. 14 Breakfast: Blueberry Cheese Squares, Peaches Lunch: Build-A-Burger, Cheese, Lettuce, Tots, Grape Juice Wednesday, Dec. 1 Breakfast: Cereal Cinnamon Toast, Oran Lunch: Spaghetti, Garden Salad, Peaches, Jewel Thursday, Dec. 16 Breakfast: French Toasl Applesauce, Milk Lunch: Turkey Gravy, Potatoes Friday, Dec. 17 Breakfast: Cinnamon Orange Slices, Milk Lunch: Mini Corn Potatoes, Garden Peas, 4-12 Raised Donut, Monday, Dee. 20 Breakfast: Breakfast Milk Lunch: 4-12 BBQ Raviole & Sandwiches, Tator Tots, Cream Bar Tuesday, Dec. 21 Breakfast: Long Johns, Smilcs, Milk ' 'Luhcli: Hot Ham& Bun, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Crisp Ortonville news Gall Maxwell, 839-2207 Monday, Dec. 6th Audrey Koch visited Gladys Meister at Milbank. Mrs. Tony Dryer and daughter of Sioux Falls, SD visited Lillian Danielson at Northridge on Tuesday, Dec. 7th. She also visited her mother Jean Danielson. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Guse went to St. Cloud Sunday, Dec. 5th to visit Mr. and Mrs. Joe Finken in the nursing home there. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Guse were dinner guests at Mr. and Mrs. Lee Guse on Wednesday, Dec. 8th. Orlend and Irene Mathison spent Thanksgiving with family at the home of Brenda Mathison in St. Paul. Wednesday, Dec. 8th Darlene Loeschke was a coffee guest of Marie Fitzner of Clinton. The week-end of Dec. 3rd guests at the Jim Loeschke home were Rod, Loft and Nicole Gustafson and John Loeschke. Wanda Koepke of Milbank visited the Clifford and Alton Hansons on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5th. Tuesday, Dec. 7th Carlene Wittnebel of Revillo visited the Clifford and Alton Hanson. Wanda Koepke also visited. Phyllis Schluter attended the Northridge Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 4th as a guest of Ruth Wollschlager. Phyllis enjoyed the afternoon especially the residents music. Lakeside Extension Club had their Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 8th with a potluck lunch at noon. There were 16 in attendance including husbands. Afterwards they played Bunco and exchanged gifts. It was a fun day. Craig and Kippy Randleman attended the Christmas vocal concert Tuesday evening, Dec. 7th. Emily Randelman was in the Women's Choir and Concert Choir. Some of the Homerite apartment tenants enjoyed a potluck supper on Monday, Dec. 6th. Joel Von Eschen of St. Cloud spent Thanksgiving with his mom Elda Von Eschen. There was an open house lunch held at Crafts, Gifts and More for Lany McKinney's and Videila Roschen's Avon customers held Friday, Dec. 3. It was well attended. Luncheon guests at the Virginia Dawson home on Thursday, Dec. 9th were Alma Jorgenson, Verna Stoehr Helen Mitchell, Minnie Sellin, and Ruby Dunnihoo. Tom and Carol Wood attended the First Year Seminar Jamboree Thursday, Dec. 2nd held at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The topic was Human Diversity which included historical, artistic, literary, and political aspects. Carmala Wood's presentation was the Fashions of the Harlem Renaissance. Carmala was one of 19 students. She made her own costume of the Roaring Twenties which included a Flapper dress, fur, peacock feather hat, and peacock fan. The fashions were drawn and presented by Carmala. A lot of talent was seen that day. Earl Dikstaal's 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 2nd Street Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Don Hynnek and Roger Hynnek went to a hunting lodge outside of Benson to hunt pheasants. Isable Tobin's granddaughter and family Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tatge and Wyatt and Morgan from Chaska spent Thursday, Dec. 2nd and Friday, Dec. 3 at Isable Tobin's home. Mr. and Mrs. Burton Nypen went to Moorhead to visit their daughter and husband Brian and Kim Melton and new grandson Noah on Wednesday, Dec. 1st. High bridge players at the Ortonville Senior Center Friday afternoon, December 10th were Arnold Souba and Darlene Loeschke. It was a very enjoyable afiemoon. Luncheon guests at the Verna Stoehr home on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10th to help Verna celebrate her birthday were Ethel Anderson, Alice Holtquist, Alma Jorgenson, Maggie Vietzke, Sylvia Pinkert, Betty Schwarze, and Signe Hans. Wednesday, Mrs. Stanley Hanson of Benson and Audrey Koch visited Hildegarde Olson at Northfidge. Friday, Mildred Petersen, Justeen Anderson, and Audrey Koch visited Inez Fraasch and other residents at the Madison Lutheran Home. Audrey Koch also visited Ann Bryan. Rosen news By Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Mrs. Dennis Radermacher and Mrs. Bryan Anderson were weekend guests at the Tim Salmen home in Madison, SD. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Adelman were Sunday, Dec. 5th afternoon and supper guests at the Keith Adelman home in Graceville. Saturday, Dec. 4th evening visitors at the home of Mrs. Rose Karels were Mrs. Tom Karels of Odessa, Adam, Kayla and Tara Helgeson of rural Ortonville. Accuracy ound tax decisions are critical to your long-term success. Many tax-related anxieties common at year-end can be lessened with year-round planning. FCS Tax Specialists can help make farm tax laws work for you by developing a plan to achieve short and long-term finahcial goals. In addition to personalized and confidential service, they'll also represent you on audits before the IRS. Draw upon our experience and get the tax results you need. Call an FCS agricultural Tax Specialist today! Graceville Branch Office 748-7294 or 800-450-7294 Lisa Kurtz 00A,Farm Ovdit Services the heart of a growing America. wwwxarmcredit.com ] i i [ ii i Mr. and Mrs. John Adelman and John Paul were among guests at the Vic Larson home in St. Cloud on Nov. 25, for a Thanksgiving family get together. St. Joseph's Council of Catholic Women held a short meeting and Christmas party at the St. Joseph's School on Sunday evening, Dec. 5th, with a pot luck supper at 6:30 p.m. for the families. Mrs. Ells Mueller and girls of St. Cloud spent Friday, Dec. 3rd at the home her mother Mrs. Julie Henrich. LOOKING FOR 80METHING TO NEW YEAR8 EVE? --5omethin 9 that will... ...Light upyour life ...Lift you higher ...Be unique and unfor 9 AND FAR BETTER THAN ALL "PARTYING" IN THE WO1 BEGIN THE CENTURY 2000 WITH dOY, PEACE AND POWER HUNDREDS IN THE AREA WHO THERE'8 NO BETTER WAY TO NEW CENTURY THAN... Read the fine print and join us... Page 10b  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec.