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rgenson honored with 0000J)ecial French medal t "'Shortv'" Jorgenson of n as among about |c)ur tar II veterans from this area last eek bv the French g(U- with the Jubilee of Liberty r dal is given in appreciation : soldiers who fought on the y Beaches during World War ored from Ortonille was 'el.Jones, also featured else- :Ills issue rt'ubilee of Liberty Medal was by the Regional Council of to pay tribute to the Men and Women v, ho fl)ught in Normandy to restore freedom to the French peo- ple. Originally these Medals were minted by the Monnaie de Paris and were presented only to those veterans who went back to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day land- ings. The Governor of the Normandy Region has authorized that the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty may now be presented to any Normandy veteran who was part of the invasion between June 6, 1944 and Aug. 31, 1944. He has requested that the Medal be pre- sented in person and at an appropriate ceremony. The Jubilee of Liberty Medal rep- resents Normandy. On the front, "'OVERLORD 6 Juin 1944" is inscribed on the upper part, with the flags of the Allied Countries and the names of the landing beaches on the face of the Medal. On the reverse side of the Medal is the Torch of Freedom surrounded by the device of William the Conqueror "Diex Ale": God is with us). HONORS FOR ALVIN JORGENSON. You see Alvin "Shorty" lorgenson of Bellingham, receiving the i Jubilee of Liberty medal, being pinned on him by K. J. McDonald of Watertown, a representative of ; sman Mark Kennedy's office. Giving approval in back is Tom Rademacher, Veterans Service Officer of Parle County, and at right is Shorty's son, Mark. At left is Shorty's wife Dorothy and in front of her is n Dylan Jorgenson. 00man who hit Essington truck }d .20 blood alcohol level (Edi. note: The following , IS WHAT IS LEFT of the Essington vehicle, a 1996 Ford F150 ixtended cab, after it was hit head on by an alleged drunk 11 near St. Cloud. story is reprinted from the West Central Tribune Kandiyohi County District Court news.} / Charges were filed recently against a Baxter woman who was allegedly driving drunk when her minivan struck a vefiicle carrying a family of 5. Lois Lynn Holmgren, 40, is charged with eight counts of criminal vehicular injury and with third-degree driving while impaired after a Nov. 11 accident which seriously injured a family from Rice. According to the criminal com- plaint, the accident was reported around 7 p.m. Nov. I I on state Highway 9, midway between Sunburg and New London. Holmgren's vehicle struck another vehicle head-on. The complaint states she had a blood alcohol level of .20 in a blood test that was taken after the accident had occurred Brian David Essington, 26, of Rice; his wife Kelly Jo; their 5-year- old daughter Niki Jo; and 4-week-old American Heart Associafion,"I Daily Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM F,g.t,9 Heart Disease and Stroke MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 ,. Ducks -t Roag Beef. Ltak ,. !l ? m o k e F r e e tots. Heno&Regular T/::.. -  27.1 percent of men and s,t&Boxes,aat&Tmys 22.2 percent of women age  ALL AVAILABLE FOR GtFT GIVlRG! .......... 18and older are smokers, putting them at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, I cancer and other potentially deadly diseases. Every year 40,000 nonsmokers die from cardiovascular diseases an - Per Lb. Whole- Per L_b [ resulting from exposure : 10 - 1 Lb Pkgs - - Top Sir!oin I to secondhand tobacco rouno 7 st  ar_uu/.u i "Steak I s oke. k 001.49 lro00st St00k i -" .... [ 00.99 : ,l.tU SrB Hams ................... 00l.4L 1 Grown- Per Lb Per Lb. I ,;RS. SUMMER I ........... '1.49 !UM:A00:E .................... '2.79  L).  .......... ,q Q(3 I \\;=_'? I DINGS, REUNIOLS ANNIVERSARIES OR PARTIES I ,. LET US C00_TER .... I k, Lobsterand Shrirnp I ;+O(-_ tion, call or visit , y, Dec. 24, 2002  son, Adam, were all injured and taken to various hospitals. As of Nov. 23, all but the little girl were in Twin Cities hospitals due to their injuries, said the complaint. Brian Essington suffered back injuries and is in a mobile body cast. Adam Essington's skull was shattered in the car acdident, and it is unknown if he will survive his injuries or if he suffered brain damage, said the com- plaint. Kelly Essington had surgery for multiple bone fractures. Niki Essington had several fractures in her arm. Holmgren allegedly told the police that she didn't remember anything about the accident but had been drink- ing in the af'ternm of the accident. She is also on medication that may be affected by consuming alcohol. Unconditional bail was set at $12,000. Edit. note: Presently the Essingtons are all out of the hospital. Kelly and Adam are recovering at Kelli's sister, Kim's home in Independence. Kelly is in a wheelchair recov- ering from extensive surgery from a shattered femur and elbow. Adam receives daily care from a home health nurse and is getting better each day, but it is unknown the extent of his injuries due to his young age. Brian and Niki are recov- ering at home in Rice. Brian is recovering from back injuries and is in a removable body casL Niki has a broken arm. Kelly is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Backstrand of Ortonville and Brian is the son of Frank and Rosie Neubauer formerly of Ortonviile. A fund has been set up to help the family defray med- ical costs. Checks may be sent to: Essington Relief Fund, American Heritage Bank, 2915 Second St.S., St. Cloud, MN 56301. I f Check out our web site at 1 , www.ortonrilleindependent.comJ I With every cigarette you get l mg of nicotine and l mg of carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). MN Tobacco Hotline 1-8-77-270-7867 / SEVERAL LOCAL BUSINESSES hosted music this holiday season pro- vided by five members of the Business Professionals of America students as a fundraiser for the organization. Pictured from left are Jenny Maas, Amanda Maas, and Alyssa Adelman playing at noon at the Dairy Queen on December 23. Amanda Krogsrud andKristin Reisdorph were also part of the group. Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're Reading This One Aren't You?) Just Wanted to INSURE You Have a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year Ahead! Tom Oakes Insurance Tom Oakes, agent Ortonville MN Phone 320-839-2118 ... And a heap of thanks for visiting us this past year. Merry Christmas! Ortonville Stone 7..Oty__#..  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