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December 22, 1998

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Orlonlle with a heart" I Nooos, rDu00,ve00ew E s__rberinALiveCommuEnity " N D E fetime collection ornaments Hansen home 'llis and Pastor Will Hansen of Ortonville say they have a few ornaments this year than last year, which is normal in households; but in this case their collection, which spans many has grown to more than 500 ornaments, each with a great behind it. says each of the ornaments is packed away until Christmas own note, telling the ornament's history with the family. we used to live in Chicago, IL, one lady used to give us a ornament called a twinkle every year, and even after we here in 1980, she kept sending us one a year," Phyllis says. At her friend in Chicago still makes sure the Hansens have a new g in the mail in time for Christmas each year. who does the lights on the Christmas tree, says putting up the year is no easy task, and the couple had to switch from their seven foot tree to a nine foot to make more room for the collection. The new tree, purchased this fall for the Hansens daughter and son-in-law, is put up at the beginning of Advent taken down at Epiphany. puts all the ornaments in place, which she says takes the part of a week to get done. She used to buy one new ornament year but stopped many years ago because the collection had so large. she and Will were married in 1969, the couple got ornaments from family and friends for many occasions. The Hansens have and 36 grandchildren between the two of them, and all chip more and more ornaments every year. She has also received ornaments from her violin and piano students throughout the (Continued o 3) benefit feed Saturday will be a benefit pork feed Gearman this Saturday, Dec. Nassau City Hall from 4:30 7 p.m. will be a free will offering meal, with matching funds by #2516 and Lutheran Madison branch #8074, each. not able to attend but to contribute may send to the Lola Gearman 302 5th. Street, Nassau, MN ghgtA/'g i! i  Citizens for Big Stone Lake honored at Soil, Water Convention Citizens for Big Stone Lake, were honored as Outstanding Conservationists at the state conven- tion of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) held December 6, 7 and 8 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Big Stone SWCD nominatad Citizens for Big Stone Lake becau)e of their efforts in protecting thetke. Over the years their money lags been used to help fund; 3 feedlot systems, over 60 water retention dams, South Dakota & Minnesota rearing ponds for the stocking of crappie, blue gill, and walleye fingerlings in Big Stone Lake, 19 wetland restorations, study of wetland benefits in restored wet- land basins, Bonanza Environmental Education Center, 2 streambank stabi- lization projects at MN River Headwaters, 2 shoreline stabilization projects, SWCD Environmental Fair, Lake Farley restoration, water quality monitoring equipment, and flood pro- tection project for lakeshore properly owners. Jim Erickson and Marv Hyatt received the award on behalf of Citizens at the December 8 luncheon sponsored by The Farmer Magazine, Northwest Sportshow and MASW- CD. This was the 62nd annual conven- tion for the MASWCD. More than 800 people attended to gather infor- mation intended to help districts improve their local efforts of protect- ing our natural resources. Representing the Big Stone SWCD were Gordon Lindquist and Irvin Adelman. The Big Stone SWCD congratu- lates Citizens for Big Stone Lake on receiving this award. Keep up the good work! .... f CITIZENS FOR BIG STONE LAKE received the outstanding Conservationists Award at the State Soil & Water Conservation Convention. Gil Galigar, Editor of "Farm Magazine," at left, presented the award to CBSL members, Jim Erickson, center, and Mary Hyatt, right, both of Ortonville. Jim Kaercher * Jeanette Kaercher * Bob Fuller * Arlene Wiese Here'Sseasonhopings top storlesYUr :i sua Kaercher-Blake Phil Blake Sara Kaercher * Bill Dwyer [ feature joy, p.eace ( Bob Sherod Kathie Lantis Tammie Giese Ryan Stattelman and prosperity.  ; Krista Novak * Lois Torgerson Denese Gustafson Fran Trygestad ! We consider you Mike Barnhardt * Nancy Scoblic * Linda Hofhenke * Sara Scoblic the genuine article, when it comes to loyal readership, and we thank you for making us a regular part of your life. 4 Amber Bailey Carissa Kampen * Sharon White * Sara Waiters Rick Brown * Dean Arndt Keith Chitwood Sylvia Regnier Marie Fitzner * Gail Maxwell tOao.,lle a B Sto.e CW Shirley Kamstra and Barb Herberg (Beardsley & Foster) Clarissa Sorenson (Bellingharn & Louisburg) Winnie Lahs (G,aele) Mrs. M. J. Kirchberg (Roan) Tim Gronfeld