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Top ten reasons to shop locally this holiday season With a mere 10 days left for holiday shopping this season, many people are running everywhere trying to find those perfect gifts at the last minute. What some don't realize, though, is that the perfect gift might be right under their nose here in the Ortonville area. Although there are hundreds of good reasons to shop here in the Ortonville area, the Independent has compiled the top 10 ways your holiday dollars will go a little further locally this Christmas. (Insert drum roll here) #10- Service after the sale. Whatever it may be - from a huge, luxurious new car or truck to the tiniest piece of jewelry, service after the sale is important, and can be easily found in the Ortonville area. Not only will customers not have to make the long drive to wherever they had gone all over again, but they will have the satisfaction of knowing they will continue to receive top quality service on their item long after the purchase has been made. #9 - Community support. Did you know that a dollar spent in the Ortonville area not only benefits the retailer, but area churches and organizations as well? Many business owners not only contribute money to local churches, and organizations like the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association, Ortonville Jaycees or Veterans of Foreign wars, but they're also members of those community organizations. This helps the entire community for the future. They also pay taxes to pave our streets and build our new school. #8 - Those little extras. Many larger stores don't offer those little extras, like gift certificates, special ordering to suit each customer's needs and free gift wrapping on purchases, . Anyone who has ever gotten their fingers Scotch-taped together can appreciate that one. And if they don't have it, chances are area retailers can special order it in time to be under the tree on Christmas morning. #7 - Good food. When holiday shoppers need a break from it all, the Ortonville area offers a wide variety of-foods to suit all tastes, including pizza, chicken, burgers and fries, American and Italian cuisine. And for the sweet tooth, gourmet jelly beans, chocolates and candies are plentiful at area retail and drug stores, and in some places people might not have imagined. #6 - Good prices. Sure, most larger stores have 25 or 50 percent off sales during the holidays, but in most cases their sale price is very comparable to the everyday low prices of local merchants. Go ahead, look for yourself. #5 - Friendly faces. Remember the guy who fixed your furnace or sold you your new shirt awhile ago? They're also members of our volunteer fire department or ambulance service, community organizations and volunteers in the community. Go ahead and wave, they won't mind. #4 Getting away for awhile. People don't need to go far to get away, with several motels and resorts right here in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD that let people relax for a night or two. The fact is, most local motels offer the comfort and features people would see in a big town, usually without all the driving, either. #3 - Cool stuff for Christmas. Electronic gadgets and sporting gear for dad, crafts and clothing to pamper morn, and cool toys for kids of all ages can be found on a walk up Main Street. And if dad doesn't like his bright yellow tie, he can return it for something not quite as loud without putting many miles on his car to go back to the store. #2 - Specialty items. In the Ortonville area, there are a variety of craft and gift items available that people in larger towhs have never even heard of. Take a look; chances are shoppers will find something a little different to brighten up their home. And the number one reason to shop in the Ortonville area - Businesses; they depend on your support to keep the community around for years to come. So ask yourself - is shopping out of town really worth it? At least look here before heading out of town; you might be surprised at what's been here the whole time. Letters to the editor To the Editor: Heroes or anti-heroes -- good homes for children of luxury is today,s confusion. We criticize ancient Hebrews for trying to obey more than 400 commandments, but we are confused trying to obey more than 400 thousand laws: We become victims of anti-heroes that we can look down on. A pretty boy with an evasive tongue and a bad reputation becomes our ideal even though we don't trust him as much as we trust his opponent. (This was indicated by national polls two and one-half years ago.) I yearn for the moral heroes of yesterday, even if they had flaws. The anti-hero propaganda of today is good for a laugh. The idea that paralyzed president Roosevelt had a concubine or mistress is more funny than late- nighttelevision comics. A 13 year old boy before juvenile court says, "If the President can do it, why can't I?" We refuse to condemn anti-heroes because they confuse bad behavior. Confused legalism supports killing a baby while it is being born, but after it is born, killing the baby is murder. In our confusion, we are torn between unrealistic happiness of "ia la land" and gloom of "The situation is hopeless. Nothing can be done about it!" We become weak degenerate offspring of sturdy pioneers, who solved problems no matter how dismal the challenge. The heroes of yesterday may have had "feet of clay", but the anti-heroes of today have morals of mush. Laws piled upon legalisms lead- to "its alright if you can get away with it!" Solution would be repentance, forgiveness, love God and love your neighbor -- but Christianity is forbidden. Our ideal seeks forgiveness only at the last minute when he can't get away with it. He is indispensible because we need someone to look down on - someone worse than we are. What wonderful thing has he done? Third world countries have corrupt anti-heroes. That is why the people are poor. Impoverished people have one consolation: They can look down on their scumbum leaders with numbered Swiss ban accounts, but no morals. Occasionally, their leaders will imitate Hitler and make a scapegoat. People forget reality and cheer. Lets open our eyes! Wesley Olson Box 142 Clinton MN 56225 Ph. 320-435-5565 i I Cards of thanks CARD OF THANKS The family of Raymond Nelson sincerely thanks everyone for their kindness and sympathy at the time of his death. A special thanks to Dr. Kabatay aflK,,the nurses and staff at the Appleton larsing Home for the TLC Raymond received during his stay there. Thank you to Pastor Kevin Froelich for his comforting words, to all who gave cards, memorials, flow- ers and food, to the ladies of Trinity Fairfield for their delicious lunch and to the nephews and nieces for being pallbearers. Thank you to the choir for their music and to the Vaala Funeral Home. Your kindness will always be remembered. God bless all of you, Florence Nelson, 46-1 Wayne and Connie Hoppe, Dan and Joyce Nelson, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Brothers and Sisters CARD OF THANKS A big thank you to our children and grandchildren for hosting our Golden Anniversary open house. We would also like to thank everyone for coming, for all the cards, memory let- ters, good wishes and gifts. It was a special day for us. We enjoyed and appreciated everything. The blessings of God to you all. Our love, Marvin and Joanne Schmeichel 46-1 CARD OF THANKS I would like to thank everyone who attended Main Street Industries' annual barbeque supper. A special thank you to the Clinton Women's Join CenBank and Kindt A00ency for a V V 'Wednesday, December 23rd Civic Club for organizing ing to the bake sale. Thank to all other community donated items for the bake would like to thank the Stone Lutheran No. 8392 for providing funds for our project. Also thanks to the individual Brotherhood members who bars and salads to our supper Greta Yaeger for assisting many details. Sincerely, Deanna Stattelman UMVRDC December mq The Upper Minnesota Regional Development will hold its regular monthly on Monday, Dec. 21, 1998! Appleton VFW. The meeti begin at 6 p.m. ,i ! tf, _ IO:OO AM to 4:00 PM } ( Enjoy homemade goodies and holiday treats. ) I / The CenBank Staff Wisb00 you Hap,vy Ho100idays and a Pro0000perous year! MISSION POSSlllLE: AGENT REPORT These parent/agents were observed faithfully seeing to it that they were available to help their children with their homework each day. Their availability was not only for the purpose of answering questions and helping, but was also to be sure that they could assist their child in getting their homework done before doing other things. Their goal was to help their child undetand the feeling of accomplishment that comes with getting your work done before you play, as well as learning to structure their time, which helps children have a feeling of control and well being that improves their self-esteem. That all sounds great, but what makes these parent/agents special is that they don't get thanks or glory for working on this mission. The fact is, they probably get disgruntled looks from their children. You may be thinking, they are just doing their job, taking responsibility, what's so great about that? Its great because it is a choice, and they are choosing to teach their children their values by giving their time for something very important to their child's future. Homework is not always as exciting as a basketball game or a Nascar race or a video game, however, it pays huge dividends! we doff our hats tq these agents, for caring enough to build assets in their child, when it is not necessarily fun or popular. We also honor all of those parent/agents who keep making that choice, day after day, year after year. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Assets reinforced in a local child in this case: Assets# ..... i,2,6, I!, 14, 16, 20, 21,22, 23, 24, 32, ;17, :|8, 39, 40. Agent Time involved: Priority time spent each day. Potential results of this agent's investment: Unlimited! File your Mission Possible Agent Report with: Vision Marketing RR 1 Box 218 Ortonville, biN 56278 SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE CENBANK STAFF. Left to right, in back, are Tom Gronseth, Sharon  1 Scoblic, Dianne Cornelisen, Holly Wellendorf and Renae Dornbusch; in front, are Gina Zenk, Marilyn Hanson and Deb Barnhardt. \\; "Because we caret. '' CenBank EO. Box 306 113 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 FDIC Page 12b . INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 15,