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What trauma our nation has expe- rienced over the past week ... with the bombings of Iraq and the Impeachment of President Clinton by the House of Representatives. With the former, we are in complete agree- ment that it was the right thing to do, and we shouldn't let up on those attacks until the likes of Saddam Hussein are wiped off the face of the earth. We never should have halted Desert Storm until he was done in! As for the Impeachment, it's obvious it was strictly along party lines and it may have been proper given all the evidence. But kvhat is most important now is for the Senate to get it over with as quickly as possible. Our country doesn't need another six months of all this mess! A Censure would seem proper, but even more proper might be for a resolution call- ing for President Clinton to depart from the Presidency as just a com- mon man ... stripped of any retire- ment pay fringes, no Secret Service protection, nothing that would leave him a legacy of any importance. He must pay something for his lies, and that should be ample enough! In his brief speech from the Rose Garden after his Impeachment, Clinton did hit the nail on the head by saying our nation must stop the process of per- sonal destruction. Indeed, there's nobody living today who is free from sin ... and if all our elected officials must be a Jesus Christ to hold office, there'd be nary a single governing body anywhere in the world! Never will we understand why the House Republicans refused to consider a vote on Censure! Theater of Seasons, to be sure, is what Minnesota real- ly is, aptly named by our late uncle Cec Kaercher, back in the early 1950's. On Tuesday of last week, Dec. 16th, near- ly an inch of snow blanketed our area. But one day later, there was barely a trace of that snow to be found. Most unusual, indeed, for Minnesota in December.* Three cheers for the mother-in- law of long-time resident and native son, Dennis Hauer, now living in River Falls, Wisconsin. For the past 20 years or so, he has subscribed to our newspaper for his mother-in:law, Mrs. M. Apicello, who resides in Bronx, NY. Since Dennis and wife Barb have moved to Wisconsin, he stopped recently at our office to drop the Independent to Mrs. Apicello, saying he would start sending her the River Falls paper instead, and boy, did his action backfire on him! Shortly after the Independent stopped coming to her, she called Dennis to insist she keep getting The Independent "for I've been reading it so long, I feel I know everyone there and want to continue reading about the Ortonville area." Dennis had meant to start sending her the River Falls paper, to which she replied, "if you do anything of importance in that community, just send me a clip- ping ... but keep the whole paper coming from Ortonville." Hurrah for the likes of you Mrs. Apicello. We love ya! A timely chuckler: "Fellow buys a parrot, par- rot's vocabulary is rude at best, often obscene. Fellow tries to reform his parrot, shouts, offers tidbits, nothing works. Frustrated, throws parrot into freezer, can still hear insults, obscenities, for a few minutes but then sud- den silence -- worried he's broken the bird, whips open the freezer. Parrot comes out with wholly -changed demeanor, says: "On reflec. tion, my language has been improper. I intend a change. I beg your pardon." There's a pause, then the parrot adds, "May I ask what, exactly, had the turkey done?" Yet another small worlder! Received a call recently from Allen J. Snyder of Money Board Systems, LLC of St. Paul. He was calling to say hello from a mutual friend, Roger Feickert of Midstates Printing in Aberdeen, SD. Alien said his father was Conway Snyder of St. Paul, for- merly of Ortonville, and his grand- mother was the late Ethel Snyder who worked for many years for the former Hedemark Clinic here. Flood of Santa Claus letters on their way to North Pole Arriving at The independent this week for forwarding on to Santa Claus at the North Pole were Santa letters from area elementary school students. Children in headstart through grade three in both Ortonville and Bellingham schools wrote letters to the big man in red, and all have been sent on theii" way. Dylan Koch, 5, writes "I want a monster truck. I want a talking Power Ranger and my own game, 'Don't Wake Daddy'. I want a cookie game, too. I've been good when I've played and I've been good when I play with my. brothers, and my sister. I will leave you cookies and a glass of milk." From Jackson Zemke, age 3 - "Dear Santa, Do you like ice cream? I do! Would you bring me some purple ice cream? Could you bring me silver reindeer? I've been good. Also bring me some lollipops and popsicles!!!" A Santa letter from Maria Miller, 4, states "I want La-La and Dipsey. I want al]',l;t,e Teletubbies! I love watching the"letubbies. I want to pet your reindeer.- I like to go for a ride with you. You are nice. I like,. Po, La-La, and all the Teletubbies." More Santa letters appear elsewhere inside this issue! Bellingham/Louisburg By Clarissa Sorenson, Phone 568-2204 Lawrence Rakow was not present at the Community Day Drawing Wednesday afternoon December 9th when his name was called for $40. On Wednesday, Dec. 16th the drawing will be for $60. Many friends and relatives gathered at the Louisburg Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998 for the wedding of Michelle Plathe and Scott Kessler. The reception and dadce followed at the Country Golf Club at Madison. The couple are making their home in Madison. Thanksgiving dinner guests at the Richard Borgerson home were Mr. and Mrs. Glen Klefsaas and family, Margaret Klefsaas, Susan Kerkaert of St. Cloud and friend Lance of St. Cloud. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Benshoof of Ortonville visited Tuesday afternoon at the Ned Gloege home. The Walter Homemakers had their Christmas party Sunday evening Dec. 6th at the Rosetta Buetler home in Milbank. Those attending were: Pastor and Irene Friedrich, Mr. and Mrs. George Krakow, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Maatz, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maatz, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Redepenning, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wittnebel, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Wittnebel, Ruth Loeschke, Rosetta Buetler and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Goetsch. Tue_sday, Dec. 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Bersie of Annandale and Mrs. Victor Olson of Appleton were afternoon guests at the Margaret Klefsaas home. The St. Paul's WELCA ladies met Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 8th, at the church with 8 ladies attending. Carol Olson opened the meeting. Margaret Schake read the Christmas Story. For meditation "Christ in the City Dump" and a Prayer read by Chisti Larson. The business meeting followed and was conducted by Carol Olson in he absence of Sandra Hanson. The secretary ' s report was read and approved. The treasurer's report was read and approved. The Bible Study "Proclaiming the Good News" followed and was led by Margaret Klefsaas. A reading "Christmas Eve" ,was read together and a reading "Keeping Christmas" was read by Carol Mangei. The Table Prayer was said and there was an exchange of gifts and a potluck lunch was enjoyed. Last Friday night, Dec. 4th, Amer and Mabel Hoiman of Appleton, Gloria Sorenson of Louisburg and Fran Rakow enjoyed a Christmas evening meal with their mother Amanda Holman at Northridge at Ortonville. Donald Schuelke of Dawson was a Tuesday morning coffee guest of Hubert and Meranda Redepenning. Ron Grandbois, Jim Ohm, Bob Cox were last Friday and Saturday Dec. 4th and 5th overnight guests at the Mannie Karels home. Weekend visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Larson, Steve Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mork, Matthew and Alyssa. Harold Hanson and Martha Pritti of Duluth were last weekend Dec. 5th visitors of Betty Hanson. Douglas Gloege of Madison visited the Ned Gloege's on Monday. Friday, Dec. l lth, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maatz attended the annual Teachers Christmas party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Koeckeritz of rural Appleton. The annual 18 year cookie exchange was held at the Melvin Maatz home Saturday afternoon Dee. New Low Low Prices FREE 2nd Set of Prints Everyday 3" PRINTS |2--mxp - 24m.. 6.99" 36w...*6.99 36m...t9.99 Cartwright Drug 147 Northwest 2nd St. OrtonviUe MN 320-839-6102 oy To The World May the spirit of the season shine brightly upon you and your family. And may an abundance of peace and joy dwell in your heart forever. Merry Christmas Charles Freuert Mini-Motor Repair Big Stone City, SD Minnwest Bank Ortonville will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24th and will be closed Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25th and Saturday, Dec. 26th. Happy Holidays fiom the Minnwest Bank Staff! MINNWEST BANK ORTONVILLE Member FD C /INI'NEST BANK GROUP 21 SE 2nd St. * Ortonville, MN 56278 * Phone 32Q-839-2568 5th. Those attending were Meranda Redepenning, Irene Friedrich, Carol Maatz, Robin Redepenning and Fran Wittnebel. Bill and Minnie Giese visited Martha Jones at her apartment in Milbank Friday afternoon. Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Maatz visited with Edna Boldenow of Appleton and Myrtle Maatz of Bellingham. Carol Maatz and Meranda Redepenning attended the Christmas party at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon. Last weekend, Elaine Gregorich, Bethany and Becky of Spring Lake Park spent the weekend with Norma Larson. Friday evening, Norma, Elaine, Bethany and Becky attended the.Christmas party at Northridge at Ortonville. Judy and Ron Larson of Bloomington and Steve Larson of Bloomington were also out here for hunting. Minnie Scheilberg and Gladys Schake attended the Christmas party at St. Peter' s Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon. Monday evening luncheon guests at the Herb Streich home in Ortonville were Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Maatz and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wildung. Lyle and Karen Schake were guests last Saturday evening of Earl and Margaret Schake. Dr. Martin Amundson of Sarasota, Florida, Gerald and Ruth Rice of Royal Oaks, Michigan were luncheon guests of Woody and Carol Mangel Friday, Dec. 4th. Daren Maatz spent Tuesday and Thursday at the Melvin Maatz home. Tuesday evening Earl and Margaret Schake were guests of Lyle and Karen Schake at Madison. Minnie Schellberg visited Luella Ninneman at the Ortonville Hospital Wednesday afternoon. On Saturday, Spencer and Marilyn Jenson, Shed LaechelL Steve and Jodi Jensen attended "Country Christmas ThroUgh the Years" at the Prairie Aris Center at Madison. John Emanuel Time is Precious Linden clocks are a more reasonable. Where others use plastic, they usebrass.  , Where other use rivets, ;'" they use screws. " Where others cut comers, they cut costs. 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