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.,% By JDK More news from reader Roger Martinson of Georgia: Dec. 13 (holy cow its Friday the 13th). Jim, I know that your paper is always on the look- out for a solid historical item that will hold the interest of your readers long enough to sell them a case of hobo soup. With all of that in mind I send you the attached story down- loaded from a website of the Augusta Chronicle. Here's how I came by it. First you will note that the story is about Beltrami County, MN. There isn't any "second" because what I am going to tell you should be "first." For many years an aggregation of my brother Stan and his son Greg and various friends of Greg's and Stan's son-in--law Howard and his brother Ryan and a guy in the insurance busi- ness in Canby went north fishing generally in late May of early June because most of those younger guys were school teachers and could go just after school got out and before summer jobs started. Anyway, they went fishing every year and when I could make it they obligingly took me. The fishing was in north MN lakes at first and as fishing declined we went to the boundary lakes and then on to Lac Soule and environs in Ontario. Great fishing. But this ain't a fish story. Enroute to all of those fishing spots we almost invariably went through Bemidji in part because it was on the way and in part because " Pam Johnson, nee Knopf, daughter of your very good friend Lois Knopf lived (and lives) there. Pare and her husband Steve teach school there. Now, something else. I want you to promise to share this all with what- shisname Anderson whose wife is the greatest home economist in the whole extension service. Then I want you to tell me the price of hobo soup delivered to my door here in the woods of Putnam County Georgia. You can reply in the "'personals" in the Independent, tell my sister, fax me at 706-485-7372, email me at rmartinson, or write me at 100 Haden Dr. NE Eatonton, GA 31024. Is that stuff really any good? Can I get the south- eastern distribution rights. (Buz Shell and Rich Steiner probably have the FL territory-I know Barb doesn't.) Elsewhere this issue, you'll find the report on Beltrami County. And as for the price on Hobo Soup, Roger, cost per case of 24 cans, including freight will be $34. Be glad to supply you with one or more. Have you summer lovers notii:ed the days getting longer? Indeed, you can rejoice in the fact they are, as of last Saturday, Dec. 21st, which was not only the first day of winter, but also the shortest period of daytime in the year. $*$$$ To each and everyone of our many readers and friends, even to you who are not among our friends...we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our prayers go out to all that happiness will be yours in the coming year. Our deepest thanks, also, for all you have done to help us throughout the past year. We love you all! What another great victo- ry for the VikJngs...defeating top-ranked Miami in their home finale of the season Saturday. The Vikes should have won by a larger margin, and right now are playing great in all departments...actually one of the hottest teams in either league right now. If they can keep their personnel for next year, they should be a con- tender] In the mail today from our former editor Lyle Olson, now with the Journalism Dept, at South Dakota State University in Brookings, comes a beautiful 24-page booklet that the Olson family compiled dur- ing their trip this year to China. It's called "A South Dakota Family In China." The booklet is selling for $5.00, and we hope to have some on hand at The Independent in the near future. Foster, Kassube graduate at SDSU South Dakota State University's fall graduation exercises were held Dec. 14th at Brookings.  Receiving a BS degree in Arts and Science was Nathan Allen Foster of Ortonville. Receiving a BS in Biological science was Cory Michael Kassube of Big Stone City, SD. TRAM to start in Ol'tonville Senior citizens club news this year to fight MS OnDec. 18, the Ortonville Senior Citizen Club met at the Senior The Ride Across Minnesota once again begins at Big Stone Lake Area arriving in Ortonville July 27th, 2003. As the Host Ortonville is privileged to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis to find the cause and cure and to sup- port the quality of life for those that have MS. Nearly 130i3 cyclists are expected to participate in the 14th Annual MS TRAM that will leave Ortonville Monday, July 28th and continue to Montevideo, Redwood Falls, Hutchinson, St Peter, and finish on Friday in Faribault. Join in the fun and excitement. Contact the Chamber Office at 839- 3284 to be a volunteer for this worthy cause. The Tram Chairmen are already meeting to organize commit- tees. They need your help, enthusiasm and bright ideas. Our motels are already receiving reservations for the event. FUN FACTS: 44 average age of participants 58% are males 71% are married 83% college education 27% advanced degrees $47,860 average income 81% riders likely to return The average money spent per per- son is -.pproximately $30-35. Multiply third,amount times 1300 cyclists plus a lar'.,suppoft staff. This will give you an idea.of the money brought to our community. Many peo- ple return for family vacations and even purchase homes when they learn what a unique and friendly area we have. If your organizatzon or church would like to be a vendor during this memorable occasion call (320) 839- 3284 or 1-800-568-5722 for further information. City school board decreases tax levy by five percent By Arnold Souba On Dec. 16th, 2002 the Ortonville School Board voted to reduce the school tax levy from last years 606,774.23 to 578,798.67. These are the final figures for next year. Savings to local taxpayers: 27,975.56. At the same meeting the board approved the repair of the 1929 school addition and the auditorium. The work will include tuck pointing the brick on those two areas, and lower- ing and recapping the chimney of the elementary school. The work is to be done in 2003. More repair will be done at a later time. A policy to hold io reserve 12 to 16 percent of general fund expenditures was not approved. This will continue the board's present flexibility, in this reporters opinion. A district web site policy had a second reading, and was approved. The policy addresses privacy con- cerns for students and teachers. In other nes. Shawnda Johnson gave an update to the board on the community education program. The superintendent gave a report that the cables in the gym had been replaced, and that safety straps had been added. Monthly bills of 225,620.71 were approved. The next meeting of the school board will be Jan. 22nd at 3:30 PM in the library. County approves 2003 tax levy By Susan Hurst The Big Stone 'County commis- sioners met at their regular meeting Dec. 17th. Among the top agenda items up for discussion were the 2003 Levy adoption, public hearing to adopt Subdivision Controls Ordinances, and forfeited land demo- lition in Graceville. Forfeited land in Ortonville, parcel twenty-two was determined to be a non buildable lot for main residence purpose. The board proposed a private parcel sale to adjacent landowners. It was also proposed to contact the city regarding outstanding special assess- ments on the property before setting minimum bid. Human Resource' director Darlene Nichols-Born updated the board on the receipt of two awards. Big Stone County was presented with a certifi- cate from Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust . for Outstanding Experience Workers ' Compensation. This certificate is given to counties whose workers compensation claims are low. Big Stone County also received an award for the Overall Most Improved County for an increase in awareness and commit- If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! merit to risk management, loss con- trol, customer service, and property / casualty claims administration. The board commended the employees of Big Stone County in their proactive work. Darlene Nichols-Born also reported that she is working with County Attorney, Bill Watson to update the policies in the employee handbook. The 2003 Levy Adoption was passed by the county board. Michelle Knutson reported a 1.2 percent increase in the gross levy. This being due to a 9.6 percent increase in expen- diture. Reasons for the increased expenditure are related to fixed cost such as health insurance cost increas- es, commercial recycling implementa- tion, and various highway and county road projects. A public hearing was held to dis- cuss the adoption of Subdivision Cotrols Ordinances. Darren Wilke, Environmental Ocer addressed the board as to the changes made in the current ordinances. The changes made the ordinances more specific and allowed for greater clarification of provisions. Road specifications allowed for the majority of the changes. After the hearing, the board unanimously adopted the Subdivision Controls Ordinances. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke also updated the board on the Feedlot program. The goal of the office thus far has been to act in a proactive manner to register all tmreg- istered feedlots. Thus far there are eighty-six registered lots in Big Stone County. Currently any feedlot opera- tions with fifty animal units must be registered. Discussion was given on whether or not to continue in the feed- lot program. Brian Sullivan of J& B Excavating came before the board to discuss the forfeited land demolition project in Graceville. After further examination of the project, Sullivan determined that the building being demolished shares a common wall with Liebe Drug and has requested an additional $8800 to cover for additional labor and materials. County Attorney Bill Watson informed the board that the common wall does belong to the county through forfeited and is used by Liebe Drug building by a prior contractual agreement. Attorney Bill Watson also addressed the board on the liability of the county regarding the wall. County Chair Dick Lane addressed the need to discuss with owner of the common property the fate of the wall. Discussion on the need to determine the architectural and structural integri- ty of the wall was also addressed as well as the potential need to re-bid or adopt a change order on the current bid. The board will continue discus- sions next meeting after further infor- mation has been gathered. In other business, the board gave approval to the county recorder office to go ahead with the optical scanning project. The approval was given to go ahead with work on the Schreiner building renovation. The board also approved a three percent raise for the county commissioners. Center. President Komis opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag. The birthday song was sung for Gladys Brehmer. Sec. report was approved as read. Treasurers report of $369. 72 in checking account with $110 to Pioneer Market leaving a balance of $276.22 and $426.61 in savings amount. Cheer report of get well cards to Emma and birthday card to Gladys. Old business was our trip which was cancelled and is now tabled until spring. New business, Elayne to buy coffee. Membership costs remain $1 plus .50 for each meeting, Gladys made motion, seconded by Lorraine to have potluck Jan. 12. Motion carried. Next meeting will be Jan. 15. Elayne made a motion to give $50 to Salvation Army. Pat seconded, put to vote - motion carried. Elayne will check for a speaker on body parts donors. Election of officers was held. An unanimous ballot was cast for Earl Komis for President, Pat O'Neill To our valued customers we extend our sincere gratitude and best wishes for a season that's filled with good health, good fortune and good friends. We know we're thankful for the precious gift of your goodwill and friendship. Becky-Parker, CF1  Financial Advisor 33 NW 2nd Street Or tonville, MN 56278 1-320-839-3030 1-888-839-3373 for vice president. Dorothy secretary and Elayne treasurer. Dorothy to serve meeting. Meeting Hillman played the sang carols. Several goodi served for lunch. Thanks your music. Basic skills classes to sta Jan. 7 at OHS Ortonville High School offering a basic skills test class for students in grades have not yet passed the basi test in mathematics. The course will run TI Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:15 beginning J Students who have take, FiRST__ course in the past have,tuber PI- improvement on their test scor'r, ot All students in grades "[" have not passed the encouraged to attend. If you wish to have this class, they should plan to at 7:30 on Jan. 7. CLASSIFIED ADS QUICK RESULTS With Warm Regards Rejoice in the beauty and warmth of the sea.n, from Dr. Bergquist and staff at &Wellness. 803 S Dakota SL, Milbank 432-9561 Peace Be With You May faith be your guide, and glad tidings your constant companion throughout this holy season. 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