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Jterson invites pork producers state pork price crisis forum others with an interest in the health of the family farm from Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota to develop a proposal for relief actions at the state and federal levels," Peterson, of rural Madison, explained. "This is designed to be a working meeting as well as an attempt to raise the profile of the pork price crisis. That's why I encourage Peterson is urging faro- producers in West-Central to participate in special 29 that is designed to to the ongoing crisis of /Th prices. ree-State Pork Price Crisis Will bring together pork pro- state and federal officials and family hog producers to participate." The forum is set for 10 am. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, af the Feeder Pig Arena in the Sioux Falls Stockyards, 803 E. Rice St., Sioux Falls, SD (one mile west of the 1-229 Rice Street Exit). As of last week, pork producers in the three-state area were getting as lit- tle as $10/hundredweight for their hogs at country buying stations, Peterson reported. It costs about $40 to produce a market weight hog, and there have been reports about produc- ers giving away or killing animals they can no longer afford to feed. "This crisis could truly devastate the independent, family pork produc- er as a mainstay of the Minnesota livestock industry," Peterson said. "With prices so low that no producer could hope to make a profit, we risk losing hundreds if not thousands of family hog farms. And once they're out of the business, they won't have the capital to get back into it. We have to give family producers a level play- ing field and access to markets. Otherwise, we risk having the pork industry dominated by a shrinking number of bigger and bigger industri- al superfarms." ST. LUCIA'S DAY was December 13, and it was recognized by ewicke, who greeted guests at the Christmas Tea, fiosted by Stone County Historlcal Society at the Big Stone County I Sunday. Here Judy welcomes Marlene Henrichs and Dee when they come to visit the Museum. It was a lovely, bright, ernoon. In Sweden Lucia Day is celebrated with song, food fie-lit wreaths. Many volunteers worked throughout the grounds, much to the enjoyment of the many visitors that • i iernoon. ltndle-lit groum T&_ PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE BEI"rER COMMUNITY LEADERS & VOLUNTEERS Children's Theatre Workshops The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis will be presenting "Tales of Old Japan" on Dec. 28 and 29 at the Ortonville School Auditorium at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $5.00, students - $3.00. Advance sale tickets may be pur- chased by calling the Chamber of Commerce in Ortonville at 320-839- 3289. The Theatre Company will also be offering - free of charge - workshops on Dec. 28-29 from 10 - 11 a.m. The schedule for the workshops is as fol- lows: Monday, Dec. 28 - K-6 grades, Theatre Games and Skill Building 7th grade - adult - Taiko drums Tuesday, Dec. 29 - K-6 grades - Kabuki Theatre 7th grade - Adults - Improvisation Only 25 people will be allowed for each workshop, so it is a first come, first serve basis. To register for the workshops call Shawnda Johnson, Ortonviile Community Education director at 839-6183. - 00l'hat' s entertainment Letters to the editor Letter to the Editor: Let's talk about the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It's the state department responsible for assuring that people have access to the state's resources, can enjoy the state's parks and trails, can use the state's resources as part of industries that are essential to the state's economy, and that all those resources can be sustained for future'generations. There has been a lot of talk lately about the DNR's game and fish responsibilities, but the DNR is about much more than game and fish. For years, DNR staff throughout the state have been working to balance the needs of the state's parks, trails, forests, minerals and waters as well as fish and wildlife resources, with the needs of the people who use and enjoy those resources and with the needs of the economy that depends on those resources. It isn't an easy balance and as the thousands of stakeholders around Minnesota know, there are no easy answers. Despite a natural tension, public opinion surveys show that Minnesotans overwhelming support the DNR. The Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance recently completed a survey showing that the DNR's approval rating is 79 percent of those surveyed. As commissioner for nearly eight years, I have encouraged DNR staff to improve access to decision making for people in the local Communities (who often know best what their resources need) and not just to special interest groups. It is local and concerned citizens working with DNR and other resource staff who have made a difference in major resource decisions around Minnesota. The Minnesota River is a prime example of what is happening. Citizen groups up and down the watershed are making an impact on big and small decisions ranging from local farming practices to wastewater treatment. The result is a tangible measurable improvement in the quality of the water in the Minnesota River and from that comes an increase in the recreational value of the River and its watershed and improved habitat for fish and wildlife. Similar things are happening all over the state. The DNR website has a page called, "Real People, Real Places" ( that describes just 10 of the major citizen-based projects the DNR is actively participating in today. I urge you to take a look. Whether it is Wells Creek in southeastern Minnesota, the Clay County Beach Ridges in the northwest, Heron Lake in south- central Minnesota, or Leech Lake in the central region, the common thread in all of these is the citizens who are driving the projects and setting priorities. The DNR welcomes and encourages the continued involvement of the full range of interests in our activities. Park visitors, campers and hikers, resort owners, forest and minerals industry interests, wildlife watchers, cyclists and off-road vehicle users, canoeists and power boat owners, hunters and- anglers---each of you can and must contribute to the future health of our state's resources. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to enhance public involvement in natural resource decision making. All Minnesotans and the state's natural resources benefit from this more balanced approach. Thanks for your continuing support and encouragement for the work of the Department of Natural Resources. Yours truly, Rodney W. Sando Commissioner Saturday, December 26t__bh JOIN US FOR THE Vikings Game BIG SCREEN TV HAPPY HOUR 10:00 .M Food χ Drinks χ Food + Drinks Saturda00r 26th HOFFMAN'S HITS 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM FOR THE HOLIDAYS...Fetzer, Mogan David, Mystic Cliffs Come Celebrate New Year's Day Frida January 1st Draw Mixed Doubles Moose Lodge #407 Ortoaviile, MN • P.ll Talm Available PIE and COFFEE ............ 99 + Irish Cream, Chocolate Cream, Caramel Cream SERVING WEDNESDAY STARTING AT 2:30 P.M. Open 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM - Food Orders Taken Until 11:00 P.M. Hilltop's Theatre of Seasons Cafe l-lS. 75 & 12 - ORTONVILLE, MR • (320) 839-2233 As our way of saying "'Thanks" to you for your patronage throughout the year, we're holding a CHRISTMAS EVE - DEC. 24TH Open from 12 p.m.-4 p,m. Serving Tom & Jerry's One Free Tom & Jerry Free Hors d'oeuvres SIOUX HISTORIC PAVILION • ORTONVILLE Free Lunch Served - Party Favors Supplied at 12 Midnight Sponsored by the following businesses... American Family Insurance • Amdt's Plumbing & Heating Carlwdght Drug & G • Cenex C-Store ° Chambedain's Sporting Goods .... ub7-__75 ° Ellinasono s nc. & DDD Wax ° Elmer's. ,. H & H Car Care, Clinic ir Classics ° Henry's Sights & Sounds • Hdltop Wdeo ° JoLee s Jewelry qr KDIO Radio • Kim E's Decorating ° Koroll's Shoes ° Larrys Refrigeration Liebe Drug ° Lori B's • Nelson Electric • O'Kayes Home Center Ortonville Independent • Ortonville Plumbing & Heating • Pamida Pioneer Meat Market ° Pizza Ranch • Progressive Collision & Glass Radio Shack • Ronglien Excavating • Scoblic Construction Sealey's Real Estate ° Shady Oak Realty ° Sioux Historic Pavilion Strei Construction & Design • Strong Insurance & Realty Sturdevant's Bumper to Bumper ° Styling Hut Sykora Plumbing • Too Mad Cafe Dec. 22, 1998 j, SATURDAY, DEC. 26TH LAST GAME OF THE SEASON Bar Open at 10:30 a.m. Free Huts d'oeuvres Viking Glass with your first tap $ Refills 75€- You keep the glass 25’ tap on Vikings touch down 00,NDEPENDENT HAPPY HOLIDAY.. MEXICAN WAY.. Taco John's Nachos Navidfid is made with a whole lot of fresh-made red, green and regular corn chips. Piled hitch and topped with seasoned beef, beans, reen omons, iluacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce and b-lack olives. Enjoy Taco John's Nachos Navidad. And have a Happy Holiday. The Mexican Way. Brian, Linda and the Milbank Crew Wish You Happy Holidays! ..,__,.....,West Hwy, 12. Milbank, South Dakota lip Page 1 lb