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A ~S [1 GUEST EDITORIAL... Beware how you treat some folks (By Malcolm ,For,bes.,..a true story) A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, The president wasn't touched He was shocked, p dressed in an old suit, stepped off the train in Boston 'Madam,' he said, gruffly, 'we can't put up a statue and walked timedly without an appointment into the for every person who attended Harvard and died. If Harvard University President's outer office. The we did, this place would look like a cemetery.' secretary could tell in a moment that such 'Oh, no' the lady explained quickly. 'We don't backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. give a building to Harvard.' 'We'd like to see the president; the man said The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the softly, gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, 'He'!! be busy. all, day,' the secretary snapped. 'A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much 'we'u wait,' the taay replied, a building costs? We have over seven and a half For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that million dollars in the physical buildings here at . . ! . the couple would finally become discouraged and go Harvard.' away. For a moment the lady was silent. The president They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. finally decided to disturb the president, even though it The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, 'Is was a chore she always regretted, that all it cost to start a university? Why don't we just 'Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll start our own?' leave,' she said to him! Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone in confusion and bewilderment. of his importance obviously didn't have the time to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses away, traveling to Palo Alto, CA where they and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office, established the university that bears their name, The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted Stanford University, a memorial to a son that toward the couple. Harvard no longer cared about. The lady told him, 'We had a son who attended You can easily judge the character of others by Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was how they treat those who they think can do nothing happy here. But about a year ago, he was for them. accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus,' By JDK special niche. My parents were comple- mentary instructors: Morn taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about poli- tics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. Sometimes, Morn would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convic- tions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home-not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time vis- itor, however, got away with four letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes bla- Look out Minnesotans...look out Amer- icans! As we stated some months ago, one of these days we may be taxed for the very air we breath...and don't be too sure it won't happen, the way our lawmakers of tant, sometimes suggestive, and generally : both state and federal are talking of how to embarrassing. I how know that my early reduce the staggering budgets! Minnesota concepts about relationships were influ- is now thinking of taxing legal services and enced strongly by the stranger. Time after even advertising. What a way to run a time, he opposed the values of my parents, the big boys ever think about yet he was seldom rebuked...And NEVER cutting spending, which has gotten so far asked to leave. More than 50 years have out of's silly and stupid! Yet we passed since the stranger moved in with our keep electing them! It seems the Egyptians family. He has blended right in and is not are finally waking up...after 30 years of dic- nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, tatorship by Mubarak who we understand if you could walk into my parents' den is worth a whopping 70 billion dollars...all today, you would still find him sitting over taken from his millions of today's protes- in his corner, waiting for someone to listen tOlS! to him talk and watch him draw his pic- ***** tures. His name?....We just call him 'TV.' Rosie Shipe of Lakeside (Note: This should be required reading for Apartments in Ortonville sends every household!) He has a wife now...we renewal and writes "it's alwayscall her 'Computer.' Their first child is good to get the Ortonville "Cell Phone." Second child"I Pod." paper...I look forward to it every ***** week. I am Alphonse Schmieg's What a disgraee...the singing oldest daughter, and have been of our national anthem at start of here about a year. It is so nice to Sunday's Super Bowl game. It is be home and with people I know.not even worth mentioning the Keep lip the good work with thename of the lady singer, stunk paper. I moved here from Detroit up the whole place, in our opin- Lakes_Jived on Strawberry Lake ion. Again, we've heard it better there!" from a sixth grader! .'g ~g ~g ."g :g **~g*:~ HARD TO BELIEVE!!!! Friend Artie Did you notice the front page news item Amdt of Ortonville came across a stunning in last Sunday's Mpls. Tribune? It stated letter from the Minnesota Vikings web-site, "Minnesota state officials may loosen their which he, in turn, e-mailed to our Sports grip on sex offenders...the reason being Editor Mike Swenson. The letter, dated said "it is costing the state too much money Aug. 1. 1944, typed on a Green Bay Packer to keep them behind bars!" Goodness gra- letterhead, was written to Ed. J. Mc- cious, what about the way prisons were run Groaraty of West Allis, WI, and signed by years ago...put the offenders to work, night then Packer Coach, the legendary E.L. and day, working at menial jobs that only Lambeau...after whom the Packet Stadium they deserve! What are our lawmakers is named. The letter, in its entirety, reads: thinking about!? Get your heads "out of Dear Ed: Enclosed you will find regular the sand" guys...regardless of party. Do League contracts for your signature. We what is right for us taxpayers, both state will start you at $150 per game, pay your and federal! Amen! transportation to Green Bay and $35 per ***** week living expenses until the first game. For years, we have wondered We will gladly increase the amount of this how the major media figures out contract as soon as you are playing the kind how many viewers a particular of ball deserving more money. I take it for showing had. For example, the granted that you will have no trouble get- report for a Super Bowl lists so ting a leave of absence, therefore, am send- many million viewers/listeners mg contracts to you. Our first practice is were counted for that event, etc. Aug. 20 in Green Bay. Of course, you etc. Does anyone know the an- know we furnish all football equipment. 1 swer? Let us know...we'd appre- am sure Moose would be happy about the elate it! fact that you will be with us. and I feel sure ***** that you will enjoy a connection with us Some additional news today on our story this year. Please sign two copies of the of last week from faithful reader, Vince contract and return immediately. Proof of Parker of Moonlight Bay in Stillwater. the letter was also sent by Arndt...a full "Enclosed please find my subscription page of the contract between McGroraty. check for your great paper! Also a few signed by E.L. Lambeau. comments relative to the murder-suicide ***** story you covered in 5'our Odds 'N Ends "To hell in a hen's basket!" column. After it happened a crowd gath- That's the story it seems today of ered at the site along with se;'era! fireman. our Gopher cagers in their dismal My buddy Pete Fridgen and I broke away showings the past'few weeks. Re- fiom the crowd and ran up to the house and ally, we wonder if Coach Tubby peeked into a basement window before a Smith ever stresses that to win, fireman yanked us away. I didn't know the ball must go through the. your dad had snapped a picture of that ter- hoop...not just pass it all over the rible scene and had given a copy to my dad. r place! AND...SHOW THEM Perhaps it was too much for my tender H O W T O S H O O T F R E E eyes. But I do know that there was a lot of r ! THROVvS. We've seen grade attetation given to the noose usect in the sehoolers shoot better from the hanging. It was very cleverly designed and charity line! rigged so as to have maximum ef, ect and ***** was given close scrutiny by those investi- "'The ' , '" suangen . How true that is! Sub- gating the crime. Years later my brother Jr. mitted by a friend. A few years after I was told me that dad had kept the noose and that born. my Dad met a stranger who was new he knew where it was. I thought he was to out small town. From the begnming, spoofing me until one day I received a Dad was f,ascinated with this enchanting package from him-there was the noose! newcomer ,'rod soon invited him to live Scorched and reeking of smoke. I carried with out family. The stranger was quickly it all out to nay bunting banel. Thus, per- accepted and was around from then on. As haps writing the last chapter of a very grue- grew up. l never questioned his place in some story. Keep the Fresses rolling!" my family. In my young mind. he had a ***** Christian Womens Club to meet All women of the area are invited to our morning coffee on Tuesday, Feb. 15 2011, at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on Highland Hwy. in Ortonville. Our special feature will be a pre- sentation by Marge Dragseth on Health Care Directives. Brent Zahrbock of Ortonville will be our soloist for the morning. Linda Stai of Buffalo, will speak on the subject "You Control Your Life...True or False", Linda is a speaker, feature writer and author. Tickets for our "Life morning coffee are $5 (inclusive), with free babysitting if requested. Please make reservations by calling Evelyn at (320) 839-2189 or Elaine at (320) 839-3332. Please call if you need to cancel. We welcome you! UMVRDC to meet The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Sw Minnesota PIC Mrs. Bernard Pepka Lac Qui Parle Area DNR Office Kevin's Body Shop Wes Con B. S. Co. Family Service Center O'Kayes Home Center Appleton Area Health Services Sylvia Rasmussen Buffalo Ridge Bank Randall Schoon Farmers Co-Op Elevator Alan Adelman Brenda & Mark Hoffman Gene Sis Gary Kubly Shirley Kepner Kanthak Small Engines Robert Dahl John Wanke Tom & Elaine Anderson Roger Schneck Donald Dawson US Fish & Wildlife Service Wilbert Sherod NoeUe Saeger Carl Maas Don Holm Linnea Carlson Peggy Hedman Jerry Okeson Joel Von Eschen John Schenk Floyd Folkens Alice Ellingson Maggie Dale Heather & Chris Raffety Ray Volkenant Lou Hanson Elaine Stolpman Richard Quist Bruce Halvorson David Samuelson Jim Ostrander S. Bogenrief Mike Ekern James Uphoff I Beginning March 1, the USDA and have seven years of ownership at the the State of MN Board of Water and time of application. Cropland, CRP Soil Resources (BWSR) will begin and pasture acres containing drained taking applications to enroll land into or partially drained wetlands are eligi- the Wetlands Reserve Program/ ble. Wetlands that have been previ- Reinvest in Minnesota conservation ously restored are also eligible. easement program. Existing wetlands can be placed into The federal WRP program has the program as well, however if the been paired with the state Reinvest in existing wetland is a MN DNR pro- Minnesota (RIM)easement program tected water, no payment will be in recent years. It now combines a 30 received on those acres. year WRP easement through the fed- In addition, certain areas of the eral government with a permanent county are designated as high priority RIM easement through the state. With areas under the Working Lands the WRP/RIM partnership program Initiative (WLI) program. Any landowners will receive better pay- WRP/RIM easement accepted in a ments then if the programs were still WLI target area is eligible to receive on their own. Applicants can receive an additional per acre monetary incen- up to 125 percent of township average tive. assessed tillable value for cropped This enrollment period will last for acres and up to 70 percent for non- approximately 30 days. For more cropland. WRP/RIM also provides information, or to apply for the 100 percent cost share to restore wet- WRP/RIM program, contact DU lands and surrounding uplands to Biologist Shaun McNally at (320) native prairie. WRP/RIM will take up 589-4886 ext. 3, or stop by the USDA to four acres of upland to every acre service center in Ortonville. of restorable wetland (4:1). The mission of the Natural The landowner continues to main- Resource Conservation Service is to tain ownership and control of access, provide USDA technical leadership, The land can be used for hunting, working in partnership with local, trapping and other recreational uses. state, and other federal conservation Landowners can sell or lease land that agencies and organizations, to help has been enrolled into the program people conserve, improve and sustain with the understanding that all ease- our natural resources. USDA is an ment conditions go along with the Equal Opportunity Provider and lease or sale. Employer. To be eligible, applicants must h____ :1 2 3 h 19 120 26 31 33 m~m b 59 62 8 9 10 13 q m 16 m 21 22 35 41 42 43 m 46 m m 56 60 61 Clues ACROSS 4. Young bear 31. Tiffany and Kay 1. Cut into small pieces 5. Point midway between 32. Tequila plant 6. 1965 Nobel biologist NE and E 33. Bogs 11. Chinese take out 6. Microgram 36. Easing of a burden dessert 7. Aah 37. Plural of 30 down 14. __ Farrow, actress 8. Negative response38. Feeling sorrow 15. ASPCA founder Henry 9. Exclamation, All Right! 39. Floating ice 16. Scientific research10. Wasting time mountain workplace 11. Payroll tax 41. 13th Hebrew letter 18. Pimpled 12. Trauma center 42. Macaws 21. S. African river 13. Food consumers 43. Control systems 23. Eagle's lofty nest 14. One thousandth of 46. Hermann __, 25. Coverted grain in an ampere futurist brewing 17. Offers of a price 49. Left heart there 26. Trial runs (abbr.) 19. Before 51. Senior officer 28. Navy men 20. Not bright 52. Which was to be 29. School terms 21. Speaks, archaic demonstrated 31. Fruit preserve 22. __ Barkin: actress 53. Boutros' group 34. Female soldier in WWII 24. Winged goddess of 54. Banking machine 35. Honey (abbr.) the dawn 55. The cry made by 36. Makes systematic 25. More (Spanish) sheep 39. Exerted caution 27. Stitched clothing 58. A before a vowel 40. So. African Music 28. Factions 59. Owner of NBC Awards 30. Adult male 60.7th tone 44. Football team number 61. Potato state 45. Bo __, "10" 47. Makes angry 48. Hare-like rodents of the pampas 50. Command right 51. An unfledged pigeon 56. Very high frequency 57. Act of breaking into bits 62. Sam __, US golfer 63. Female servants Clues DOWN 1. Groaned 2. Atomic #77 3. New Testament The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) a a = i o JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., Feb. 8, 20l 1 Vol. 93; No. 4 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N,W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. 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