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December 22, 1998

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U.S. SENATOR ROD GRAMS brought his "Explore Minnesota" tour to Ortonville Dec 8. Grams spoke to students at OHS, visited several area businesses and held an open forum meeting at Cashtown Cafe. Grams is shown above at right. (photo courtesy DNR advises care when walking on area lakes With colder temperatures now The DNR also advises caution on .. moving inandexpectedtostick other arealakes, including Artichoke " 00ebol00 the around, the Department of Natural Lake, which Pierzina says is in about Resources advises care when walking the satecondition as Big Stone. on arealakes. "Long To'm...Lake has had ice for , Of tbe Season According to Doug Pierzina, awhile andigabit better than the . fisheries technician with the DNR, others, but the same cautions apply," Big Stone Lake is now frozen over, he said. though many places may still be A few anglers had been out on the unsafe even for walking, ice already on Sunday, and Pierzina "The official freeze over was advised those who do choose to go Saturday, which was only a few days out on the ice to walk, and not use May you and yours ago, so I wouldn't advise walking on vehicles of any kind. find the spirit and joy the lake just yet.," Pierzina said. The DNR advises no walking on "With this kind of weather the lake ice that is two inches thick or less, of the miracle of will make ice real fast, but there and ice should be at least four inches Christmas. should be at least four inches before before walking on it safely. walking out on it." Snowmobiles can be used at ice On Tuesday, Dec. 22, stop in for Pierzina stated the DNR was thicknesses of five inches or more, Christmas goodies. Our staff wishes unsure of the ice thickness as of cars from eight to 12 inches, and full to thank you for your continued presstime Monday, but said anglers size pickups should be driven on the should be careful because of many ice with a thickness of at least 12-15 support. areas with thinner ice than the rest of inches, Pierzina says. the lake. Dr. Ronn OPTOMETRIST Local author Olson to 128NW2ndSt..Ortonville, MN € TP televison appear on The office will be OPEN until 12 Brent Olson of rural Ortonville, of his photos and stories on life in Thursday, Dec. 24 and Appleton Press) author of "The Lay of the Land, A west central Minnesota, was Friday and Saturday, Dec. 25 View From the Prairie", a collection interviewed on his new book last Your Eye Care Wednesday and will appear on KSTP Bell!ngham/oyce e Television, Channel 5. PEAC00 Olson says the crew spent around Loulsburg five hours at his home, taking  Letrud attend" writing,pictures and°f hiSthe house.h°g operation, him d the The crew also taped an interview Christmas party at St. Peter s with Olson, where he was asked Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon, about how he gets the ideas for his Lorraine Sorensonvisitedheraunt, writing andhisviewsonlivinginthis EARTH * Thora Lund at Appleton Wednesday part of the state. afternoon. Ols, on's interv!ew will appear on Tuesday evening Charles and Ihla KSTP s "Focus 5 segment sometime Thomson visited Arnie and Martys in January. • throut Longnecker. /and Terry and Abbey Johnson and U r | 11 celebrate Joyce Letrud went on Friday to --,-- com,n00 oo** Uheling, Nebraska and visited Judy and Dan Dallman and boys over the midwe, t weekend. Abbey checked out some ':'7 colleges in Freemont, Nebraska. J____ ii lm Margaret Schake attended St. Paul' nage-u n n s WELCA Christmas party Tuesday ..... afternoon. //tll[ the [2>eace o1 the Christ CAirn conference Duane and Margret Stueckrath visited Dec. 6th at the Mike 7eit in otx oteatt this ototidat[ ,.eaot. , Stueckraths of Willmar and along with By Noelle K. Saeger, other relatives helped Trent celebrate Soils Technician (NRCS) his 1 lth birthday. For the past several years a Ridge- Tim and Christina Stueckrath of  Till Conference has been held in the Willmar are the parents of a baby girl midwest which offers an opportunity , Myranda Alise born Dec. 8th. Duane for producers, agribusiness and con- " and Margaret Stueckrath are the great- 24 7:leed_ .. aServati°nsessionfield staff to get together for , . . grandparents. focused specifically tttd on Christmas Blessings to yOU. Thanks €'teatth v ) ..... ridge-tillage. IIII. " * " s much for all the news items you Farmers in Minnesota continue to  ,, have given me this past year for this o/'[ol/dttl/to use environmentally friendly crop , column. Wishing you also a Great residue mariagement systems. More New Year in 1999. Clarissa 24[[ Ol than one out of every four producers Sorenson are leaving at least 30% surface cover Dawn Roiland of Willmar was a CiOltg[ on their fields after planting their guest last Friday evening to Monday at the Gary and Mary Roiland home.  crops. The upcoming conference is sport-   Joyce Leti'ud and Terry Johnson sored by NRCS in conjunction with attended the Christmas Chorus the University of Minnesota Concert Tuesday evening at the Big St Phy i 1 Th py Ortonville School. one s c a era Extension Service and College of Ag, Food and Environmental Sciences Lorraine Sorenson went to the Elementary Christmas program at the Wade and Cindy Van Dover, Paul and ]ulie Treinen and will be held February 3, 1999 at Bellingham School Thursday evening and staff the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Dec. 3rd. - , Austin, Minnesota. The hours of this event are from Wednesday evening visitors at the 8:00 am -3:00 pm, and cost is $35.00 wereStuart and Lucy Sime home at RevillOcharles and Ihla Thomson, 0Lb feeper person which includes lunch, cof_breaks and attendance at the vari- Ch([/1.k Vo/-'(- 0'/;;; '/ Lucille Nelson, Art and Elaine Dove, ous sessions. This program is Don and Cyrilla Frogner of designed for those who are currently adttonae in 1 Watertown, Howard and Bernice _ _ " Djonne of Marietta and Dwight and using or considering using ridge- Delaine Magadanz of Revillo. tillage. Thanksgiving and weekend guests, This full day conference will bene- Mr. and Mrs. Larry LaBelle of west fit farmers and will also serve as an qOe &Ok OltTtld tO .tlltt[.Jl't Des Moines, Iowa, Darlene Goulde,   G aid in getting started in ridge-till. This Lee LaBelle and Allison of Des ( conference will feature the expertise 1[014 in 1999. Moines, Christopher, Alisha and Kodi of University Specialists, Industry LaBelle and Corey Farell of Grand Experts and successful ridge-fill farm- Forks, ND spent Wednesday to ers. To get more information regard- Saturday at the Joe LaBelle and Carol ing this opportunity, or to obtain a LaBelle homes. With ,be holidays ulon us once again, there's so much ,o brochure for registration, please con- " " r md-/ a "'" , ,n l e 3ea  Mr. and Mrs. Dan Austin and celebrate, so much for wbicb to be thankful We count tact the USDA-Natural Resources 2¢ daughters spent Thanksgiving Day , our many blessings, but we'd be remiss if we didn't say Conservation Office in Ortonville at "1 ' and Friday with her parents, Joe and bow much we celebrate our friendship with you and we 320/839-6149. vOJl'l'l dtl ov L4.g at Muriel LaBelle. Diane and Mike truly value your ever-loyal patronage. Here's to hoping Harpsterwith them.Spent Friday and Saturday that we continUemomentsahead.tO sbare more wonderful Nassau Frmersa On Sunday, Dec. 6th, Pat Bauler From Everyone At The and daughter Debbie Krause visited at , .e.. CA " Elevator the Joe and Muriel LaJ3e|le home. M U D H E N F E Mr. and Mrs. James LaBelle and Katie of Moline, Illinois and Mr. and  Odessa, MN Mrs. Jason Gerells and Logan spent .... Saturday and Sunday Dec. 5th and 6th Nassau, MN 56272 at the Joe LaBelle and Carol LaBelle ........ underwenth°meSheartGrams undergoeSu.s. SenatorSUrgerYaortic ROdheart GramSvalve ' l00I]ll0000 1' w Phone 1-800-842-1391 or 320-668-2323 replacement last Wednesday at Rope Your Bethesda Medical Center, Maryland. Grams, who has lived with a developmental aortic valve Rolid(/ ' abnormality had the valve replaced with a St. Jude mechanical device. The operation was without is All Se Up! complication. Doctors expect Grams Financial to undergo a full-recovery before the Advisors new session of Congress is sworn-in. January calendar 33 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 __. _Lrul¢llS, The January Community Calendar (320) 839-3030 will appear in The Independent's Dec. 29th edition. Becky Parker & Brent Zahrboek  Yardstick Fabric If you would like your event or The meeting to appear on the calendar, Personal Financial Advisors please have copy in by THE l ali,,, @ Ortonville, Minnesota MORNING OF WEDNESDAY, m DEC. 23RD. ' .... ..... Page 4b  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 22,