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By JDK More comforting news on Hobo Soup! Judith Hamper- shad of Claremont, CA, writes "I really love your soup, even though I have to buy it via cat- alog through Vermont Coun- try Store. I am enclosing a check with three soup labels for a large size Hobo t- shirt...thank you." ***** In this column the past several weeks, we have made mention of a couple stories that we claim have "taken the cake," so to speak!'s a couple that tops them all...that we feel REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, TAKES THE CAKE !" One news release from a report from CNBC, tells of how our federal Gov- ernment "can not print money prop- erly!" Because of a problem with the presses, the Govt. has shut down pro- duction of its flashy new $100 Heart-warming news for our Hobo Soup from friends and long-time faith- ful reader Myron Scholberg, Ortonville We have been informed that Or- native and former FBI agent now re- tonville's Dan Schmeichel will be tired and living in Williamsburg, VA. playing in the NAIA championship "Enclosed is a renewal check. Also, an game, as a member of the University URGENT REQUEST...SEND HOBO of Sioux Falls Cougar grid team. The SOUP! I went to the cupboard yester- opponent will be Carroll College of day to get a can of my favorite soup Helena, MT. The game will start at and there were only two cans left from 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, and your last shipment. Have a Merry willbe played in Rome, GA. Dan will Christmas and keep up the goodbe playing starting safety and wearing work!" Your message, Myron, re- No. 4. If the Cougars win, they will set minds us of that age-old "Mother Hub- an all-time college record at 43 con- bard" nursery rhyme, where it reads secutive wins. They are currently tied something like "when she went to the for the record with Texas A&M which cupboard to fetch her poor dog a set the record in the 1970's. The game bone...alas, the cupboard was bare!" will be televised on CBS College Thanks good friend...soup is on its Sports Network, aired on Dish Net- way, along with a-little gift, a unique work, Direct TV, and Midcontinent. pen being given away this Season from Dan is a former Trojan and 2006 OHS our Cenex C-Store. Be sure you check graduate Go Cougars! the pull-out calendar which gives you the years 2011 and 2012 You, too, have a Merry Christmas! Most of metro area media havebills...and has quarantined more than 1 been making a big splash over hiring billion of them! The security features of Jerry Kill...former grid coach at on the new bills were 10 years in the Northern the new Gophers making! The flawed bills, which add football coach. Kill has been a winner up to $110 billion to print, will have to at other colleges (though all are minor be burned!" Mind you, at taxpayer's schools) and has never headed at the expense! Big 10 level. How successful he will * * * * * be remains to be seen...and we hope Regardless of your party critics will be patient to learn of his tal- affiliation, if any, we think ents. We wonder if hiring a bigger most agree with us that Re- name, however, with more success at publican Tom Emmer made the upper levels, might have brought the proper move in conceding more immediate hoopla and cheers the Governor's race to Mark from Gopher faithful. For certain, a Dayton who received the most bigger name would have filled more votes, but because the margin seats at the all-new stadium, which was was so close a recount was pretty empty near the end of the last started. We laud Emmer for season. We understand former Go- calling it quits! Had it contin- phers and Notre Dame football coach, ued, the results would most Lou Holtz, might have been avail- likely still have favored Day- able...bringing with him his son, Skip, ton and by Emmer conceding, with plans, in due time, to take over taxpayers were saved a ton of from his father. Of course, only time money and frustration! Now will tell if the decision on Kill is the we hope and pray for every- best choice...and until then, we wish one's sake, Dayton, a democ- the new coach only the best, for the rat, will be able to get along sake of Gopher football! with the Republican State * * * * House and Senate to accom- plish only what is best for all B R R R R R R R R R R I ! Minnesotans! That's the only way you can describe current temp read- Hind-sight is always more accurate ings in our area this than fore-sight...but with the collapse week...with little warm up ex- Sunday of the Metrodome roof...the pected. But, think second time of its existence...we'll bet it's cold today with readings of the powers-that-be on the issue are near zero and in the below wishing today they would have been teens...remember it could al-wiser and certainly more frugal, had ways be worse. Like say one they listened to what our good friend day about 20 years ago (get- Arlen LaCombe suggested to us years ting so old can't remember the ago. That was to build a monstrous exact day)...the coldest we can domed complex on the State Fair ever remember recorded in Grounds land that could be used by all Ortonville was A MINUS 63 sports...from high school on up to the BELOW! That is pros! The only difficulty we can see C O O O O O O O L L L L D -on that would possibly be schedul- DDDD!! You could stay out- ing...but it would seem that could be side for but a few minutes, it solved! Now the study continues for a was so hard to breath! StayVikings stadium, on top of all the dol- warm everybody, pretty soonlars already spent for the Gophers' days will start getting longer, TCF stadium,just last year! Mind you, and that means warmer days now, the "ins", including friend Sid are ahead!! Hartman, dare not blame friend Arlen * * * * just because "you guys" weren't smart enough to ask for his advice!!!! - ALL WORK GUARANTEED ~ City offering free energy saving light bulbs The Ortonville Municipal Utilities is offering a gift of three free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs-100 Watt). CFLs are energy efficient light bulbs that can save up to 75 percent in energy consumption compared to standard incandescent bulbs. CFLs last as much as 10 to 2 times longer than traditional lighting. They are ideal for places where the lights are on for at least three hours a day or for difficult to reach areas CFLs provide the same amount of light (lumens) as standard bulbs, but have lower wattage ratings. Some CFLs may take up to 30 seconds to come up to full brightness, so don't get discouraged if they don't immediately seem as bright as your old bulbs. Stop at Ortonville City Hall at 315 Madison Avenue to get your free bulbs. There is no "catch" or obligation. They just want you to try this energy efficient lighting option for yourself. DEPEND ON IT Ragan member of Dammenstimmen women's chorus Dammenstimmen is a women's chorus composed of singers 5elected from Bemidji State University's Bemidji Choir. Maggie Ragan, a 2010 graduate of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley High School, and a freshman at BSU, is a member of Dammenstimmen. She is the daughter of John and Tammy Ragan of Ortonville. The Bemidji Choir was founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson and annually stages Bemidji State University's world-renowned Madrigal Dinners. tll 4 ) By State Sen. Gary Kubly State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL- Granite Falls, was pleased that Governor-elect Mark Dayton announced his intention to take advantage of legislation passed during the 2010 Session to provide approximately $1.2 billion in federal support to Minnesota's struggling hospitals. The federal government recently expanded Medicaid-known as Medical Assistance (MA) in Minnesota-by creating a new eligibility group for all non-disabled single adults (age 21 to 65) with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This expansion becomes effective January l, 2014. Until then, states that have created state-funded health care programs to cover these low-income patients will have the option to begin to use Medicaid to cover that population, receiving a federal match for the state's share of the costs. After the program is expanded in 2014, the federal government will pay the enti)e cost for the state to cover these low- income single adults through Medicaid for three years. Governor Pawlenty was not interested in expanding Medicaid to receive this additional health care funding, so legislation was passed allowing the future governor the option to do so. Sen. Kubly noted that these improved reimbursement rates will especially help rural In addition to higher hospitals which would otherwise be reimbursement rates for hospitals, the required to care for a very sick, benefits provided under MA are more uninsured General Assistance Medical comprehensive than those available Care (GAMC) population with under current state programs. Further, inadequate funding, by reducing the amount of "I serve on the hospital board in uncompensated care, early enrollment Granite Falls, where we see around will help drive health care reform in $60,000 per month in uncompensated the state, which will positively affect care. That's not a small chunk of middle-class families by reducing change for a rural community," said health care premium costs. Sen. Kubly. "Early enrollment in this "This is a win-win for rural Medicaid program will really help our Minnesota," explained Sen. Kubly. rural hospitals running a deficit stay in "Folks will be able to receive the the black. These funds will help quality care they need in their own provide patients with better care and communities, and their local hospitals ensure that hospital technology is kept will receive the adequate funding they up to date." need so they won't have to foot the Sen. Kubly noted that many West bill." Central Minnesota hospitals will Anyone with comments or receive a boost in funding because of questions about this legislation can Governor-elect Dayton's decision to contact Sen. Kubly at 103 State Office participate in early enrollment, Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155- including approximately $75,000 for 1606, sen.gary k''or Ortonville Area Health Services. 651-296-5094. Free Pick-up and TOW IRS Tax Deductible ,Any Model or Condition ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jan Kirschbaum Sharon Carlson Harriet Kidman Warren Block Jeff Klages Joel Koch David Klages Pete Holme Eldred Swenson Darlene Salverson Eldon Knutson Larry Helgeson Dick Brown Caroline Zahn Robert Walter Arlen Lacombe Wm. Clifton Marlys McAllister Albert Vedder Gladys Johnson Gebbs Holme Cenbank Dawn's Hair Designs Bill Hartman Ortonville City Office Ash & Reedstrom William Watson Tom Oakes Stolpman Insurance Countryside Public Health Karol Stotesbery Environmental Services Hair Classics Big Stone County HRA Styling Hut Steve Winther Curtis Anderson Ronn McDaniel Blair Johnson, CPA Sherman Studio Big Stone County FSA Upper Mn River Watershed Dist Kevin Raaf ,/Complete Collision Repair ee Glass Replacement and ChiP Repair Frame and Suspension Repair Work North Minnesota St, & Eastvold Ave' Ortonville, MN (320) 839-3066 Home 605-676-2457 Cell 605-880-4252 7W E FOOD 47 - 2nd St. HOURS: NW Ortonville, Minnesota 1 0am-3pm, Mon.-Sat. The Ortonville Independent (u.s.P.S. 412-460) JAMES D. 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