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ristmas The'Tmten. i NDEP E NDENT i the one of the Tomten, the little people. Quickly the Tomten popped out of IIIl'iJ"''m'e'--al  ; I I m I II III Like them, the), are small, FOR CHRISTMAS ;mischievous and will take when crossed. The Tomten are !the trolls of Norway but are not they are usually associated or gardens, but at Christmas a the Jul makes his appear- snow hugged the ground like white blanket. The sun the snow, making it glisten like a million diamonds. e trees stood quietly in the for- ._e g their bare heads above the green web of leaves and fich shaded all in the summer he. The forest was empty and [0nly tiny foot prints here and [told of animals wandering but nothing stirred. X)dsman tramped through the topping to shade his eyes, he [at the fir trees carefully. One llovely tree pleased him. Only El would do for a Christmas :=pl Chop! He began to chop ==with his ax. The noise echoed v'the woods. r from all directions came [of tiny people on skis. Some Illen, some were women, and ]ere children, but all dressed LaeY wore grey homespun, blue line stockings, and white clogs. and laughing, they clustered woodsman and the tree. Hello. many small voices ing around the woodsman [lrsen set down the ax by a 1lad looked. One brave Tomten came close to Lars who gropped the tiny man and popped him in his pocket. "Stop! Stop!" hollered the unhap- py Tomten, but Lars picked up his ax quickly and headed home. Instantly many tiny white clogs came flying through the air at him and the other Tomten jumped angrily up and down. Night fell and small snowflakes began to swirl about Lars. Soon he reached the village where garlands of evergreen circled the shop windows and were strung from one street light to another. He stopped to buy red tulips in a flower shop. Then he walked past the square where lights blinked on th huge fir tree in the middle. At home Lars brushed the snow off his clothes with a broom and went inside with the tree to greet his happy wife and excited children, Greta and Karl. Dinner was ready, and as a spe- cial treat there were heaping bowls of ice pudding with butter in the middle and cinnamon on top. Everyone hunt- ed for the almond, but lucky Greta found it and got a prize. Soon the children were tucked into their beds upstairs. Lars and his wife decorated the tree with paper hearts, golden apples, walnuts, tinsel, and lights. Then they turned off all the. lights in the house, locked the door to the living room where the tree was and tiptoed up the creaking stairs to bed. Lars had quite forgotten the Tomten who was still in his jacket pocket. Soon everyone in the house was asleep except for the Tomten. Even the cat dozed by the tree and the jacket, took off his blue hat and replaced it with a red one, and then scampered over to the cat. He hugged and kissed her and danced merrily around the Christmas tree with her. Son he pulled out a tiny fiddle and began to play. The cat danced until she was tired. Soon the Tomten laid down his fiddle and hurried to the kitchen to see if there was any rice pudding for him. He returned with a small dish of pud- ding for himself and a large dish for the cat. The Tomten paced to and fro, and soon there were gifts of all sizes and shapes under the tree. though the Tomten was happy because it was Christmas and he loved Christmas, he was still angry at the woodsman for catching him. So he took Lars' heavy wool sweater, twirled it around, and soon there were three tiny sweaters. He slipped one sweater on the cat and sat the other two down beside her. The tomten climbed to the win- dow, opened it, and dangled one leg outside while the family dog barked and raced over. The dog tried to catch the Tomten, but he only laughed and pulled his legs up and down to tease the dog. soon the dog grew tired and walked away. Taking his chance, the Tomten hopped down the window, then he gave a call in a language so old no one alive now knew it. Within minutes a sleigh arrived, crowded with merry red hatted peo- ple, and the tomten climbed in. Soon they were off With the moonlight shin- ing on them. Far away something glowed. Finally they reached it, a dreamed of summer days and fat mountain where they kept their gold and other riches, far from humans. Locals graduate COME OFFICE IS NOW OPEN nday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. TAX SERVICEI from SDSU Following the fall semester at South Dakota State University of Brookings, SD, several area students were candidates for graduation. The ceremony was held Dec. 12. Christopher Dorry of Ortonville was among those on the list, graduating with a Bachelor of - Science in Arts and Sciences degree. TtP IN AND gFF llg O1:1 tALL Also graduatingfromtheareawith =  ........................ . high honors was Kristin Engebretson 120-sail.a023 FOR APPOINTMENTS of Odessa, with a Bachelor of' T - _ nee in Agriculture degree. . ...... Scie -- " | Toll Free. 1-888-432-4314 -  - .... HG962'01 IT'S CHRISTIASTIHE, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE! Wherever you're celebrating, in the country or in the city, over the river and through the woods, may you and yours share a season of magic and memories. Happy holidays and thanks to our friends, all over the region( ORTONVILL= AREA HEALTH SERVICES .Ortonville Hospital *Northridge Residence *Home Health Agency ,, f LET SANTA GALS HELP YOU SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS l Watch for Them on the Streets as They Pass Out Candy & Spread Christmas Cheer. II Illl Know someone in need? Call Family Service Needs of older people, 65 years and above, often are met with additional services in the home that allow them to maintain their independence. Utilizing this choice enables them to stay in their own homes for as long as they safely can. Some of the services that can be provided are: homemaker assistance, chore service, home delivered meals, senior companion, home health aide, home care nurse, transportation, counseling and referral, respite care, PRESENTING A CHECK FOR $500 TO THE WOMEN'S ADVOCACY RESOURCE CENTER are Minnwest Bank representatives Lucie Thoreson, center and Terry Gere, right. At left is advocate Connie Blasdell accepting the donation from Minnwest. County Family Services for an assessment by a county social worker and a public health nurse. This is a visit in the individual's home in which resources to meet the needs are identified in a plan of care. These services may be paid for the person through the Alternative Care and Elderly Waiver Program if the person is eligible. Do you know of someone who would benefit from these services? If so, call Big Stone County Family Services at (320) 839-2555 extension 16. We'd be pleased to help! personal care attendant, and supplies and equipment. These services Too Mod enhance the quality of life for the older person. They often supplement care which is already given by Cofe fan}iiySa:dorfri;ndSmeone you know Ortonville, MN could use services such as these, you are encouraled to call Bi, Stone Jim!  .... ,1;,. , i Kindt A00ency and CenBank mwte you to olidi00y Warm003p Hope your holiday season turns out perfectly. We're truly grateful for your valued business. From All of Us At The Wednesday, Dec. 23rd 10.4)0 AM to 4.-00 PM KINDT AGENCY STAFF - Beth, Tom and Shirley Ha00ey HoRdays and a Prosperous w Year to AllofYoufiom Kindt Agency, Inc. Located in the CenBank building