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SANTA STOPPED IN BELLINGHAM to visit area children during Bellingham&apos;s annual Christmas Day cele- bration. The kids received treats and enjoyed a movie. Early 'explorer's' misadventures became legend in Minnesota up for January will be at Countryside Community Room in Ortonville from 9-4 on .January 7. The County Nutrition"lcation Assistants will be available.  The income guidelines are very generous and it has just been made easier to qualify. They are currently serving 1500 participants in the five- county Countryside Public Health Service area. For more information, call 1-800-244-6026, or 839-2459. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children, and they provide healthy foods and nutrition informa- tion to promote good health in preg- nant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children up to five. WlC Clinic at New Safety Device Ortonville Jan. 7 Interrupts Arc The WIC voucher clinic and pick- If you're happy and you know it... / / / (Edi. note: the following is tie new lands. Caught up in the energy vey the border between the United submitted by reader Roger of the movement, many Europeans States and Canada. Long, a no-non- Martison and is taken from found themselves answering the sense, scientific man of few words, the Augusta (GAJChroniele.) West's siren call, either as noble disliked Beltrami from the start. ***** adventurers out to conquer new Beltrami tagged along until they ...wrJt a [el"l"r By Randall Floyd worlds in the name of God or science reached Pembia on the Red River of Special Columnist or as land-hungry "speculators and set- the North, or "Bloody River," as Giacomo Beltrami came to tlers out to grab a piece of the wilder- Beltramicalledit. It was there he real- to the editor! America in the earl), 19th century hess. ized that Long had taken him far north thinking his purpose in life was to find With his haughty mannerisms, of the source of the Mississippi. the source of the Mississippi River. penchant for melodrama and quaint In a huff, he struck out on his own. Beltrami believed that destiny had style of dress (his favorite attire was At first Beltrami fancied himself led him to the New World and that pink silk tights and a powdered wig), another Robinson Crusoe, deserted "wondrous and exciting" future Beltrami seemed out of place in the and alone. He hired a couple of Indian awaited lmn in on the American fron- rough-hewn world of mountain men, guides, who quickly abandoned him. tier. buffalo hunters and buckskinned He probably would have died had it Instead of glory and fame, howev- Indian fighters, not been for some Red Lake er the dapper Venetian expatriate who The Indians thought he was crazy. Chippewas who rescued him. They saw himself as the world's last great Unlike other pale-skinned intruders thought he was crazy but ultimately , romantic adventurer found only heart- sporting beards and buckskins and guided him to his destination - the g ]k II break and hardships, armed to the teeth with knives and lake he named Julia after his beloved JOY Unarmed, unpopular, unable to guns, this frail, clean-shaven "pil- umbrella. paddle a canoe, skin a buck or even grim" preferred fancy clothing and Sitting on the shore of Lake Julia read a map, this blundering, hapless never carried anythilag more lethal Beltrami was overcome with elation. Wishing you the best of adventurer whom the Indians laugh- than a red silk umbrella he named "Oh! What were the thoughts which both worlds at Christmas. ingly nicknamed "the man with the Julia. passed through my mind at this most red umbrella" would later boast about Beltrami, a former Italian judge, happy and brilliant moment of my STRONG his miserable experiences in the first sauntered into the pages of life!" he wrote. "The shades of Marco American wilderness. American history in 1823 when he Polo, of Columbus, of Am.ericus INSURANCE ,,it was absolutely indispensable teamed up with Maj Lawrence Yespucius, of the Cabots, of Verazini, tr me to learn how o guide the canoe Taliaferro, the famous Indian agent othe Zenos appeared present at this Ortonviite, MN Ph. 839-6118 with the oar," he said after a pair of for the Minnesota Territory. He agreed high and solemn ceremony." /"'x Chippewaguides deserted him. Of the to accompany Taliaferro on an expe- No one believed his story, nor did ' ) ordealh'e  gail5 "'d fatlgu6 ! endured dition up the river to the Falls of St anybody care. was extreme." Anthony, site of present-day Ironically, Beltrami did not discov- Beltrami s travels coincided with Minneapolis-St. Paul. er the true source of the Mississippi. America's Manitst Destiny, a period At Fort St. Anthony (now Fort That honor would go to Henry Rowe characterized by a providentially Shelling) Beltrami joined Maj. Schoolcraft, an Indian agent for the inspired desire to move West and set- Stephen H. Long s expedition to sur- Minnesota Territory. I INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BIRING QUICK RESULTS.* i Extension Dates I A k a Tr per III TO Remember S OO Dec. 24 - Courthouse closes at noon on Christmas Eve Dec. 25 - Courthouse closed for by: Trooper Tim Rust indicated by a flashing left turn Christmas Day of the MN State Patrol signal". Dec. 30 - 4-H Standing Committee Tim: While driving in the St. The purpose of this law is to meetings at Pizza Ranch, Ortonville Cloud area, I noticed a sign on the provide for the safe and efficient 4 p.m. Achievement, 5 p.m. rear of a city bus that indicated I was movement of traffic. Like most large Promotion, 6 p.m. Projects Unlimited l required by Minnesota law to yield the commercial vehicles, the driver of a and 7 p.m. Livestock right-of-way to the bus. I have never transit bus has larger "blind spots" Jan. 1 - Courthouse closed for New heard of such a requirement, have than the driver of a passenger vehicle. Year's Day . you? If the driver of a passenger vehicle is Jan. 8 - 4-H Club Organizational The law you are referring to not able to see the driver of the transit Leader Training applies to a "transit bus". By bus in the mirror of the bus, chances Jan. 18 - 25th Annual Goat definition, a transit bus in Minnesota are excellent the driver of the bus may Breeders Conference at U of Mn, St. is a bus engaged in regular route also not see you. Paul. transit for hire. A transit bus in Suffice to say that my experience Minnesota would not include a school as a State Trooper has convinced me bus, a vehicle used in a car pool, ora that the motorist in a passenger lndependen,tAdsll commuter van. Minnesota State vehicle who is involved in acrash Statute 169.20 subdivision seven with a large commercial vehicle will  states: "the driver o fa vehicle usually lose! My best advise is to give ,,,i Get Noticed. Illll] Vj , l - traveling in the right-hand lane of the transit bus driver, and all Ill (You re re,,ding this one Ill traffic shall yield the right-of-way to commercial vehicle drivers the space ill aren t youg) 1 any transit bus auempting to enter that they deserve. .,4 lane from a bus stop or shoulder, as " Arcing is a common cause of electrical fires. An arc occurs when electricity jumps across a gap to another conductor. The arc can be extremely hot and can ignite flam- mable materials in its vicinib'. As of Jantmry 1, 2002, arc fault circuit inter- rupters are required in the bedrooms of new homes.  circuits are designed to shut down as soon as an arcing condition occurs. Unfonunatel); no such safety measure is required in older homes, where arc faults are more likely to occur. Ask your electri- cian about installing AFCls at the circuit breaker panel in your home. This is not a substitute for sale wiring but some protection in a home wiring. If you live in a home that years old. you could have an possibly hazardous electrical - and not even know it. To be an electrician for a thorough if necessary, bring your today's electrical code For more information in residential wiring http://buildingw Internet. HP Here's hoping it all adds up to an outstanding season for alt our friends and neighbors/ ANDERSON TAX & ACCOUNTING Ortonvflle, Minnesota Phyllis, Deb, Rhonda, Parn and Dean PEA( E ::. ::::::::::::::::::::::::: " i..f< - We may provide the heat for your home, but nothing warm: hearts more than thoughts of the many good folks we've privilege to serve this past year. Happy Holidays! % Hynnek Bros. Plumbing & Heating Bill and Tom Hynnek 320-839-2513  Ortonville, MN May the true spirit of Christmas envelop you and your loved ones, as together we rejoice in the birth of our Saviour. g .... ,,0- of 6..ll..c. Rausch Bros. Monument Co., Inc. Box 37 " orlon viile. MN 56278 Big Slone Cily. SD 57216 Phone (605) 862-8155 From all of us to all of you, Go our very best wishes whatever you do. We really appreciate your stopping here, Have a very merry season and a happy new year.; Phone 320-839-6123 * 1-800-335-8920 * Fax 320-839-6127 Member 24-hour banking 1-877-569-2265 * www cenbankcom FDIC CenBank will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and closed Wednesday, Dec. 25th. 00INDEPENDENT Page 10c Tuesday, Dec. 24,