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Editorial comment BELLINGHAM HEADSTART Santa&apos;s Reindeer Once upon a time in a cold far away place called the North Pole lived a jolly old elf named Santa Claus. Now, Santa was not the only person who lived there. Santa had a kind sweet wife named, Mrs. Claus. He also had numerous little elves who helped him make toys for all the boys and girls in the world. But our story tells of Santa's reindeer, who also live at the North Pole. These reindeer are very special because each possess an invaluable skill to Santa. So this year, Santa decided to reward each of his reindeer with a special gift. Vessa was his reindeer who cared greatly about others; he gave her a Barbie computer and a bottle of nail polish. Dgg.9.!a was Santa's fastest reindeer. This was an extremely important skill to Santa because he had to travel the world in one magical night. Santa gave Dakota a guitar. Brice was a reindeer who was able to glide gracefully through the midnight sky. Santa rewarded Bfice with a Rugrats video. ]LKtg0_ was a reindeer who could jump high; Santa chose a robot to give to her. Another great jumping reindeer was Zahtl. Zachary's speciality was jumping over tall chimneys. Santa gave him a train Set. On of Santa's reindeer was extremely gentle and his name was Christopher. Santa had the elves make a talking Buzz Light Year toy for him. Santa also had a reindeer who always made him laugh; this funny reindeer's name is Burton. Burton received little roller blades from Santa. A reindeer named John could call out, "He-He-He!" just like Santa Claus. Santa chose a train for John. was Santa's smallest reindeer and she would receive an Old McDonald farm toy from him. Santa's tallest and strongest reindeer was . Santa found a special dinosaur beanie baby for Dillan. A quiet reindeer is very important to Santa so the children do not wake upon his arrival. Kgg.gga is Santa's quietest reindeer and Santa will give him a fish radio. Another special skill is following directions. Nick is a reindeer who can do this and he can also follow a map through the Milky way easily. Nick will receive a sharp-tooth dinosaur from Santa. Santa enjoys having  on his reindeer team because she can catch snowflakes. She will he rewarded with a pink stuffed animal. Santa is always in such a hurry on Christmas Eve night that a helpful reindeer named Nicole often helps him tie up the laces on his sack of toys. This prevents the toys from falling out of the sleigh. Nicole will get a doctor kit from Santa. The final reindeer on Santa's team is Branden. Branden possess the special skill of zig-zagging quickly through the stars. Santa will reward him with a fast moving race car. I hope that you have enjoyed the story of Santa's special reindeer, This team is a young and upcoming group ... In their off-season they attend the Bellingham-Madison-Marietta-Nassau Head Start. Santa, has given their teach- ers, Mrs. Wendy Tufto and Mrs. Jackie Feuerhelm, instructions to take extra special care of his extra special "reindeer". The End. Look what they did to my song I sped down the highway Like a duck on the flyway Just more than whizzing along I was in the fast lane And feelingno pain With the whole world singing my song. Soon I saw a red light Which gave me a fright I knew that something was wrong. There he was, a state trooper, A real party-pooper, The end of my ride and my song. -Lowell Danidson In Memory of our late publisher His Favorite Christmas Message .., . He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city'. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness..He had no credentials but Himself. b"O..oHc was only thirty-three when tht. tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denicd Him. He was turned over to His enemies .rod went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thievcs. G'xWhile He was dying ..... His executioners gamblcd for His garments, the only property He find on earth. When He was dead, Hc was laid in a borrowed grave through the pit)" of a fricnd. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.  All the armies that ccr marched, all the navies that exer sailed, all the parliaments ex'er sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life ,,f man on this earth as much as that ...... GGONE $ OLIT00I00Y LIFE J May Christmas and the New Year Bring You Many Blessings Page 2 Dear Mr. Ross: My life seems all when we repent. A Mom in but over. The girl I was engaged to be Tennessee married to broke it off. I guess her father found out about my credit history and decided I couldn't possibly keep his little girl in the style she has grown accustomed to. We are young and very much in love. We're not worried about where We might send our children to college or what country club to join. Please, you've got to help us, Mr. Ross. It's true, my credit history is checkered and there is no way I can get a loan right now. All I need is $350 and we can get married in a civil service ceremony. There's the license, judge, a few flowers and a nice dinner afterwards. I'm working, but I'm also faithful to paying my previous debt. I'd hate like heck to start out on the wrong note because I promised my fiancee that I would he diligent in paying off my debt (one of the conditions she made me promise). Well, it all boils down to whether you want to help 2 people deeply in love. Mr. T. S .... The Enterprise, Lynnwood, WA Dear Mr. S.: Close to 60 years ago a young man asked for the hand of a father's daughter and was told he would never be able to support that gal in the fashion she had grown accustomed to. That young man was me, and in a few months, my wife and I will be celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary. I probably shouldn't, but l'm sending you the requested $350. AH my life people have taken a chance on me. Perhaps it is time someone did the same for you. Best wishes to you and your bride-to-be. Dear Mr. Ross: About 2 years ago I wrote you how I lost $200 in the snow on the way to the bank to deposit it. At the time I felt so bad. However, I am thanking you for not sending it to me. It happened the son who took me to the bank slipped the envelope out of my coat and hid it. Quite some time later he repented for what he did and told me the truth. If you had sent me the money, he might have thought he could do it again. My son now has a good job and is making it just fine. Praise God for forgiveness HEAD START SANTA LETTERS Dear Santa, I want some more Barbies and a remote control Barbie car, one that drives this way and that way. I know you have a polar bear at the North Pole, but they don't go with you in your sled. They stay in their caves. Love Nikole Stotesherry - Age 4 Dear Santa, I would like a rebut guy and a water gun. I would also like roller skates, little ones for me, because I'm a big boy. I'm three years old. 'I like to play basketball. Could you bring a toy school. Love Nathan Nelson - Age 3 Dear Santa, I want a water dolly and another water dolly. I want a horse and another horse. I want more toys. I want a doctor toy. I will he good. Love Ashley Kaiser - Age 4 Dear Santa, I would like a snow dress for Christmas. Could you bring me some Barbie pants and a fish beanie baby. I would like a Unicorn book. Thank you Santa Claus for all my toys. Love Kara Helgeson - Age 4 Dear Santa, I want a Barbie doll with a gold dress. She has blonde hair. Do you have any snow at the North Pole yet? I'm good most of the time. I would also like a Barbie wand, Barbie dress, Barbie crown and Barbie slippers with bow-ties, also a Barbie swimsuit! Love Shannon Karels - Age 4 Dear Santa, I want a sled to slide down the snow. We need some snow! I want a toy reindeer like your reindeer but smaller then yours. Are the elves starting to make the toys yet? Actually I would like to ask you for another toy. A ball! I have lots of them, but would like another one. You can put the presents under the tree.  Love Caleb Tollakson - Age 4 onversations WITH THE - a net the cash prices paid at their plants the preceding day. Pork producers point out that oth- ers have been invited to join this vol- untary price reporting. But the prob- lem is the neat sidestepping around the issue that is the most concern. Farmland will report prices on its cash purchases. It is not said that it will report prices on its contracted produc- tion. It is just this factor in the hog busi- ness that causes me the most sleepless nights as an independent hog produc- er. I am not alone. Joe Teale, livestock market analyst, wrote in his regular "The Land" column in February of this year that contracts were to blame for much of the depression in hog prices. He wonders why farmdrs are so quick to give away their right to sell their production to the highest bidder. Depending upon who I consult, I find that totals of somewhere between 20% to as high as 60% of daily hog kill is contract production. Everyone I hear or read says that number, whatev- er it is, is on its way up. .That being the ease, what does the price on the Mercantile Exchange mean? When the lean hog futures are at 56, as they are for June 99, does that mean that the corresponding live price on all hogs being offered today for June delivery is $.41/1b. less local basis? No it doe, s not. What it does mean is that the price being offered for all hogs that are not already tied up under contract for June delivery is There is a kind of slippage of understanding that occurs when the meaning of a word or phrase changes over time, before we wake to a new reality with a start. Mostly this hap- pens slowly and somewhat naturally as with the word "gear" which proba- bly meant clothes and simple cooking tools and a firearm or two to an early American explorer but now means thousands of dollars worth of rapidly depreciating computer equipment to a modern American wire head. Sometimes it happens fast, such as with the phrase "price discovery" which when I started farming in the '70% meant the capacity of the capi- talist system, through supply and demand and channels like the Chicago Board of Trade and the Mercantile Exchange to arrive at the value of a given product on a given day. "Price discovery" today means, judging from an item in the Minnesota Pork Producer's Pork News publica- tion, that we get to discover that the price of hogs is what Farmland Industries says it is. Or at least that is how I read it. I am first to admit that I am a novice when it comes to any- thing economic except the close up and personal kind such as the way in which I know that since hogs that left this year last year averaged about $120/hd. and hogs leaving here this fall seem to be about $70/hd. I am going to have less money to spend. Farmland Industries Meats Group, one of the nation's largest meatpack- ers, will voluntarily post in the inter- ,, .... =, , 00INDEPENDENT \\; I I Dear Mom: When misfortune happens, some times it is for a reason. I doubt my sending you $200 would have lead your son down a path of crime and destruction, but just as well, because now I don't have to prove my theory. Thanks for writing me with the positive outcome. Dear Mr. Ross: I belong to a tap dance group at our senior citizen center. Grace Walling is our teacher, seamstress and just a fun person to be around. We dance at rest homes, churches and for anyone who wants us. Our ages are 50 to 76 and we are all fortunate to be doing this. Last year someone broke into Grace's car and took her new tape player, all her music, new shoes and some costumes. She is now using an old tape player and it doesn't work very well. I think $200 would get a good tape player with enough left over together new shoes that won't kill her feet. I hope you feel this is a worthwhile request. Ms. L. D .... Standard Examiner, Odgen, UT Dear Ms. D.: I can understand there being a black market for tape players, but for tap shoes and costumes? It goes to prove that crime knows no bounds. I'm sending you $200 to reinstate Grace with tunes and tappers. And, I don't feel the need to justify why to my readers. Granted it doesn't paralld the need for food and shdter, but if life was only about survival, I'd probably have checked out a long time ago. Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. thanksamillioncont Write Percy Ross, c/o the Ortonville Independent, PO Box 39000-B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number All letters are read Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. $.41 less basis. Even I know that. I suspect that any corporate execu- tive worth any paxt of the lazse salary ..... he or she is collecting is not going to have a hard time figuring out that con- tracted hogs can he used to heat down the price on market hogs. Once the price there has been properly con- trolled, then the market hog price can be used to "renegotiate" the next price on the contract hogs. And so on. The important questions are these: Can a free market system survive packer contracting and the secrecy it entails? If so, at how high a level? Again, what does that Mercantile price mean? And then, will the nerve ever be found in government to, first, require by law reporting of all prices paid on futures traded commodities, contracted or not, and second, set some limits on verti .eal integration by the bigs so that everyone can play? We need, without fail, to continue to insist that government fulfill its role when it comes to restraining the rich and powerful. It is a tragedy that sorry political practice is such a cause of disillusionment with American gov- ernment. But becauSe we know the control that large economic interests ha over our political system, it will be wise to strike at the heart of our problem, which is the very idea of commodities. We hand over much control over our own economic health when we think of ourselves as produc- ers of raw material or commodities. But when we call ourselves food pro- ducers and contrive to deal as much as possible with eaters of o food, we are voting against the whole system that is separating us from the fruits of our labors. - .... INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY SUNRISE MOTEL ORTONVILLE, MN The Ortonville Independent ooooe JEANETTE i Publisher JAMES D. OkERCHEIII Managing Editor $ffZET'rE Editor & Adveaisiog SARA ROflEdFULLER Plant Manager ARLENE WIESE Office Manager KArl*liE I.ANTIS Compute" and Composition TAMMIE GIESE Repoder/Ad MIKE BARNHARDT Photographer BILL DWYER Z BOB Pressmen KRISTA NOVAK Camera [ent NANCY SCOBUC Collator ooooe Tues., Dec. 22, 1998 Vol. t Putah E mat ma Pai at 0mm $UBSCFIlFrlON $25.00 per year in Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant and Roberts I in South Dakota. $29.00 for counties In Minnesota and Dakota. All others, $33.00 per Postmaster: Send The Ortonvllla Ilmdent, Ortorrville, Minnesota 56278. A FEBIKIARY lr IXIE DAT Stone, Lac ( Roberts in South Dakot F4brmlcy ............. IS.00 Match ........ II.llO April ................. 10.81 May ..................... 18.73 June ................. 16.65 July ............. 14.$7 ALL  IN MINN. AI) February ........... 19.00 March ................. I8.01 'il ................. 14.19 May ................... .1.77 June ................. 19.15 July ................... 16.91 February ......... St.00 Mm'ch ................. t0.1S April .................. May ................... 24.7S June ................... 11.00 July .............. 19.1S The Publisher shall not be advertisement. The for other errors or connection with an strictly limited to advertisement or the refund of an advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mall Pictures - 5 Friday OFRCE HOURS A Monday: 8 Lm.-5 p.m. A Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1 A Wednesday:. 8 a.m.-12 noon; Thursday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; A Friday: 8 a.m.-12 noon, 1-51 Letters to the editor community issues are Letter writers should be aware Independent reserves the and/or condense letters for Ppuahr also reserves the letters that are which it might be r Letters should printed or typed name address and telephone Addresses and telephone not be published. 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