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December 15, 1998

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Two small worlders within min- utes apart, while dining recently with daughter Collette in Wayzata. Sitting next to us was a nice young couple, Craig and Andrea Moody. He works in the Environmental Health and Safety department at the U of M. When he learned we were from Ortonville, he remarked that his roommate while he was a student at the U was Royce McEwen of Ortonville. A few minutes later, as we were leaving the cafe, we began talking with a couple outside... names of Rick and Susan Leson of Plymouth. When they learned we were from Ortonville, they informed us their third grade son, Jeff, is a pen -pal with Lance Swezey of Ortonville. Lance's teacher here is Kyle Kirkeby. Several readers called in last week to say they thought they saw our former editor, Brian Basham, on television during play of the Vikings- Chicago football game on Sunday, Dec. 6th. They said they saw him just behind Viking sensational rookie Randy Moss after he caught a pass for one of his touch- downs. We learned upon calling Brian that our read- ers were absolutely right ... it was Brian they saw. We have proof of it on a video of the game, taped by K.J.'s Cove. Brian, now a photographer for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, was on assignment for the game. Nice work, eh? A small worlder today via Darlene Loeschke: "While recently Senator Rod Grams speaks to OHS students on state issues ing the plane, stating this is going to be a long ride, a young couple just behind us on the plane said where are you traveling to and we said Minnesota (Ortonville) and the gen- tleman said "Oh, I know where that is, I w3her0 htmting this faU," .&x ..... small as our city may be where ever you might travel it always has a big star by Ortonville as a Town with a Heart !" Yet another small worlder! Recently, we'were in a Doctor's office in the Medical Arts building in Mpis. taking a physical for an insurance policy. The RN taking our blood sample was . David Moberg, formerly of Dumont, a grandson of Henry and Eleanor Ahrens of Dumont (no relation, how- ever to the Mobergs of Clinton), and he said he was also related to the Gilsdorfs of Graceville. He lives in Columbia Heights. ***** Our beloved Vikings just seem to be getting better and better as the playoffs approach. We just hope the media doesn't over-hype them before the playoffs begin, and our fingers are crossed that they'll sustain no more injuries. If they get some siz- able leads in the next two regular season games, we'd certainly like to see them rest Cunningham, to protect him from any injury. Senator Rod Grams (Rep.) visited with 10-12 grade students at OHS last Tuesday on a number of issues facing the state's youth, including one that may be a surprise - social security. Grams told students the future of the social security benefit program is in jeolardy, with 78 million people from the "baby boomer" generation retiring by the year 2008. In the "town meeting" format, where Grams answered questions from students on the issues, he stated individual contributions will be stressed in the bill he is putting together. "We encourage the use of personal retirement accounts," Grams said "Where contributions would be made by the individual, maintained by government approved financial agencies, and drawn out at any time." Grams also stated those who wish to remain on the current social security program will have the opportunity to still do so. "We will be keeping the current system as well, and each individual will have a choice," he said. Students were later given the opportunity to ask questions about any topic they chose, which ranged from questions on the current farm crisis and financial aid for college to Grams" opinion of the state's governor elect. Senator Grams responded to queions on the farm crisis by sayin'g We have put together a package t'belp farmers for the short term, and are working with the International Monetary Fund to help stabilize the markets in Asia for the future." As for the other questions, Grams stated his support for financial aid for higher education, and said he looks forward to working with the new governor. He said both he and the governor elect Jesse Ventura strongly agree that there should be resources provided for the future education of our state's children. New school bu!lding- let's keep building when tt's complete! The Mission Possible crusade presents Asset #21 - Achievement Motivation, where the young person is motivated to do well in school. The Mission Possible group states achievement motivation is one of the internal assets that will help young people grow up to be healthy, responsible adults. Internal assets are like wings on a bird" they are commitments, attitudes, values and 60 percent of local students are motivated to do well in school The comparable national average survey result for achievement motivation is 72 percent. Mission possible believes the community can find ways to support achievement in school. Ortonville's new school building is one very visible way that local children can see how important education is to our When people show they are interested in and support children's school accomplishments, they help build that value in their lives. Helping children with homework, encouraging reading, our own commitment to lifelong learning, acknowledgement of their accomplishments and showing interest just by talking with them about school are all ways that each of inner strength that provides children community. The group believes we .us can help build this important asset and fly. young people with the strength to kids must see all find that ways working of letting hard in our school local in local young people. The local survey results show that is important. " Big Stone City Memorials for Lakeside Club lighting contest heart research meets Jan. 5th The Lakeside Club met Dec. 1 for Big Stone City Development During the months of November, their annual Christmas party A Corporation is again sponsoring an outdoor Christmas Lighting Contest for customers of the Big Stone City Municipal Electric. Judging will take place for all residents the evening of Thursday, Dec. 17th. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. No sign up is required. gifts were received by the American Heart Association, Minnesota Affiliate remembering: Pat Christensen, Phyllis Hauschild, Floyd Roush and Charles Dybvig. This report today from Dianne Cornelisen, "A Time To Remember"/Memorial Chairperson for Big Stone County. returning from Germany after visit- ing son Gary and family when board- ,e ,  Happy holidays from your American Family agent. AMERICAN 'FAMILY Brock Tatge Auro,oe evess f.Atr. t 123 NW 2nd Street kJ Yew   0m Rwf Ortonviile, MN 56278 11 e h td e (0.w.y 320-839-2965    v/,,,=.% _ IIIII Vv'hen You're Flying Solo, You Need Health Coverage That Won't Let You Down. A lot of people take off on their own to find health coverage. People in- betweenjobs, or serf-employed. Recent graduates. Early retirees. But just because you're going it alone, is no excuse for the cost of health coverage to leave you hanging. For over 60 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing individual coverage, with affordable plans like AWARE CARE that offer you: Dedudible and benefit options to fit your unique needs and budget. Minnesota's largest physician network. The freedom of worldwide coverage. Little or no paperwork. If you're flying solo, you ned a health plan that won't let you down. To find out more about our individual coverage call the agent listed below. We hope this mild, sum- mer-like weather will never end! Record high temps are being set almost every day in the area. Our Bellingluam reporter Fran Trygestad is amazed at the signs of Spring folks are enjoying in December. Such as farmers in the field, plowing and dig- ging, folks mowing lawns, iris flowers up about 4 inches, pansies being picked, and alfalfa fields greening up (farmers actually hoping for a snow cover before a deep freeze sets in to prevent win- ter kill)! Congratulations go to Kristyanna Iverson who was crowned 1998 Miss Sno-Sho Queen of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD Thursday. She is the daughter of Tom and Barb Iverson of Big Stone City, SD. Kristyanna was one of 13 co-eds vying for the title. She now advances to the 1999 South Dakota Senior Snow Queen pageant to be held Jan. 14-16 in Aberdeen. 4 TOM OAKES 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota potluck meal was enjoyed by the nine members present A game, "What's in your purse?", provided entertainment with prizes being awarded to those who could present the item most quickly. Secret sisters were revealed with the exchanging of gifts. Secret sisters for 1999 were chosen. Next meeting will be Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Norma Frevert. Roll call will be to wear a favorite winter clothing item. Peggy Dunston will be in charge of the program. Items for the food pantry will be collected. Seniors invited Christmas Tea Senior Citizens in the surrounding area are invited to a Christmas Tea at the Ortonville Senior Center. This event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17. from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This tea is a "potluck" event, so please call the Center at 839-3555 to sign up, and also to let us know what sort of holiday goodie you wish to bring. There will be a fun program and singing of Christmas Carols, too. Call to reserve your place by Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., please. Earl Hoffbeck rites Thursday Funeral services for Earl R. Hoffbeck, 88, of Ortonville, will begin at 2 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Ortonville's Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Richard Boehnke will officiate. Mr. Hoffbeck died last Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, in Ortonville. Family members are in the church chapel by Thursday to attend Visitation will be at the Patterson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3-7 p the family present from 3-5 There will also be church on Thursday one services. Burial will be in the Cemetery, rural Big A complete obituary published next week. Old Mill Five squares danced to of Jim Jirak on Dec. 9. from Brookings, SD, Sisseton, SD, Madison. Dec. 16th Chri Jamboree Hank callers bring your records. supper at 7 o'clock. committee, Merle and and Ben and Mary Ellen CLASSIFIED ADS BI QUICK Sharon Falk As we observe the holiday season, taining, food and comfortably handlingi at mealtime can be a major Many times these factors determine of foods and style of serving will Many hostesses would love to be seat all guests - preferably all at the same table. The Richardson Brothers Company can every serving need. Their Reunion table can take u maximum of twelve - 11" fills to seat up to 16 Table tops are coated with a Resistall protective Stop in at Emanuel Furniture and Carpet to see many table and chair styles from the Richardson Company. While in the store, be sure to check out our new gift room and expanded line of accessory and gift items. 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