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Resolve to be more organized I Obituaries =n the upcom=ng New Year Herbert Thomas in one place. Consider a service that is available as an app on your mobile phone or tablet (as well as online) and synchro- nizes with your Outlook calendar. For example, Cozi (, an on- line and mobile calendar and organizer for families, sends users email and text reminders about upcoming events and tasks, and helps manage meal planning and shopping lists. With reminders coming directly to your phone about what to pick up for dinner or what time the school play be- gins, you won't miss a beat. If after a full season of holiday ac- tivities you could use an extra hand If you're feeling stressed out by life's daily dose of details, it's time to get organized. i Whether it's your schedule, your house, or your photos in a jumble, there's no time like the New Year to re- solve to organize your life. , And there are many new, techno- logical tools out there to help. When it comes to your schedule, are you still stuck on sticky notes? It's time to go digital so you can access your in- formation when and where you need it. A mobile and online calendar and or- ganizer can help you stay on top of your schedule by consolidating your family members' calendars and lists all Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season filled with good times, good friends and good memories. We sincerly thank you for your business this past year! ii pgi'ls, In. L www.m E Hwy 12, Milbank, SD 605-432-9111 FROM IIIEK PRB hlIBB getting your home, pantry and family back in order, consider using services like Alice.corn, an online marketplace for household essentials. It's all about simplifying errands and restocking your shelves~with the essentials you need, saving you time, money and trips to the store. "For the primary shopper of the family, getting stocked up doesn't have to mean running from store to store," says Mark McGuire, President and Co- Founder of "There are faster, more cost-efficient ways to shop for everyday items, and with one less errand to run, shoppers will have more free time to enjoy for themselves or with their families." Such services help budget-con- scious shoppers with competitive pric- ing, free delivery, instant coupons and simple management of household goods., for example, even has a free iPhone app as well, so you can stay organized on the go. If you love your camera or smart- phone, you probably already have a ton of photos and videos that need to be or- ganized. You don't have to do the hard work if you choose a hosting site to protect, backup and share your photos. Be sure to pick one that has unlimited upload capability and privacy cus- tomization options. Whether you're sharing photos with Grandma, or running a business, a site like SmugMug ( lets you set the look of your site or gallery. There's no need to feel harried by the myriad details of managing your household. With a little work and the right tools, you can stay on top of your tasks in the new year. Funeral Services for Herbert Thomas of Ortonville, will be on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Reverend Tim J. Renstrom will be officiating. Visitation will be held at Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville on Wednesday evening, Dec. 28, from 5-7 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Eidskog Cemetery. Herbert Ervin Thomas was born on Jan. 31, 1927, at his parent's home in Artichoke Township. Herb was the son of Miles and Helen (Danielson) Thomas• He wa~ baptized on April 10, 1927 and later confirmed at Eidsko~ Lutheran Church. He MCCL thoughts for life No Appointment Necessary! [ 1303 East 4th Ave. Milbank, SD 57252 J 605-432-9550 ., Travis Tietjen, Owner By Carol Karels Stopping abortion will always be the goal of MCCL and every person that sees the damage that occurs but meanwhile they are going to concentrate on women's safety• Some centers are filthy, have expired drugs and workers are unlicensed. Other facilities are new, state-of- the-art but do not have a doctor available and offer RU486 chemical abortions on-site. The doctor administers the drug via an Internet webcam video connection. Girls have died from this drug. Thank you from Mike, Pat, Brian, Cheryl,. Candy, ReneW, Marilyn, Teresa, Bev and Rachel CARLSON DRUG & GIFTS Your Locally Owned and Operated ~Thrifty Two pharraacists Ph. 320-839-6102 ll=gh~(~ to serveyou. 0rtonville, MN Mike and Brian! attended school in District 49. On Feb. 28, 1946, Herb was united in marriage to Carol Bohlman at the Miles Thomas farm. From this union Cheryl, Randy, and Kelly were born. Herb farmed in his early years, also farming for the Big Stone Canning Company, and worked with cattle. He workeff for the city of Ortonville for 26 years until he retired in 1992. In June of 1992 Carol passed away. Herb was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Moose Lodge. He was proud to be an original founder of the Big Stone Sheriff's Posse and a member of the Tri-State Horsemen's Association. In his early days, Herb loved Model A Fords and Sedans. His true love was horses and he trained many over the years. He enjoyed riding in parades and on trail rides. Herb was a people person and found great pleasure in visiting with family and friends. Herb passed away on Wednesday, Gerald EUgene Bachmeier Dec. 21, 2011, at Fairway View in Ortonville, having reached the age of 84 years. Cherishing Herb's memory are his children- Cheryl and Doug Mangel of Bellingham, Randy and Claudia Thomas of Osnabrock, ND, Kelly and Clark Mastel of Ortonville; his grandchildren-Darcy Hoag, Shaunda Holt, Kyle Mangel, Eric Thomas, Jennifer Thomas, Miles Thomas, Ben Thomas, Kole Mastel, Danielle Mastel; his great grandchildren- Taylor, Haley, Tommy and Kendall Hoag; Brandon, Joshua, and John Holt; Micah, Morgan, and Ashlyn Mangel; Kinzie, Tyler, Jordyn, Myah, Michael, and Alex Thomas. Herb was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Lorraine Steen, and grandson Miles. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. To send an onlind condolence, please visit Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Prior Lake. Gerald Eugene Bachmeier was born on Nov. 201 1950 in Breckenridge. He was the son of sig and Katherine (Loeb) Bachmeier. Raised on the family farm by Tintah he was the ninth of 10 children. Later his family moved to Big Stone City, SD, where Gerald attended Big Stone High School. Gerald's love and passion for the outdoors blossomed at a very young age. Hunting and fishing with family and friends was his passion• Gerald was united in marriage to Sharon Birkholz on Aug. 22, 1970 at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. Settling down in Shakopee, Gerald and Sharon welcomed two sons, Brent and Brad. In. 1978, they bought their first home in Bloomington and in 1986 bought their second home in Bloomington. In 2003 Gerald and Sharon then moved to Prior Lake. Gerald was a protector, strong and loving husband, dad, papa, brother, friend and co-worker. At the age of 61 and a resident of Prior Lake, he unexpectedly passed away as a result of a fatal car crash on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Forever loved, Gerald will be deeply missed by his wife, Sharon of 41 years, sons Brent (fianc6, Maxine and son, C ary) Bachmeier of Shakopee, Brad (Lindsay) Bachmeier of Prior Lake, grandson Dylan Bachmeier, sisters, Geraldine Wasfaret of Morris; Luella Thiel of Fargo, ND, Til Anderson of Morris, Connie Ascheman of Morris, brothers, Lawrence (Jeni) Bachmeier of Bloomington, William (Madeline) Bachmeier of Hurtle, WI, and the family's very special brother, Timothy B achmeier of Wahpeton, ND, many other loving relatives, devoted friends and~co-workers. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Sig and Katherine, and sisters, Avelina Helgeson and Mari'anna Mitchell. Herman Hofstad Herman Hofstad, formerly of Milan, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in Wauwatosa, WI at the age of 89. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan with Rev. Cathie Rhodes and Rev. Siri Strommen Campbell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Organist was Judi Bohm. Family Speakers were Dawn Strommen, Tim Strommen, Alexi Strommen Noeldner. Readers were Samuel Strommen, Micah Natterstad, Erika Korn. Congretional Hymns were "Amazing Grace .... Your Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We" "Behold The Host Arrayed In White" "Rock Of Ages" Active Casketbearers were (Grandchildren) Alexi Strommen Noeldner; Siri Strommen Campbell; Micah Natterstad; Erika Korn; Samuel Strommen; Ian Mullooly; Ethan Hofstad. Herman Jacob Hofstad was born on Jan. 4, 1922 in Haywarden, Saskatchewan, Canada to Rasmus and Leanora (Jordbru) Hofstad. As a child he moved to the Rugby, ND area, where he grew up and attended school. In 1940 he graduated from Oak Grove High School in Fargo, ND. In 1944 he graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Education. On Aug. 4, 1946 he was united in marriage to Esther Aadland in Minneapolis. He taught school in Kensington and was a Principal at Clara City before becoming a Superintendent of Schools in Hitterdahl in 1951. In 1958 he became the Superintendent of Schools in Odessa, where he served until taking the same position in Milan in 1966. He retired in 1983 and lived in Milan until 2010, when he moved to Wauwatosa, WI. While in Milan he was a member of Kviteseid Lutheran Church and the Milan Lions Club. He enjoyed gun smithing and trapshooting, painting, doing Norwegian wood carving and built a lake cabin. He was an avid reader, enjoyed airplanes, cars and magazines, and liked to engage in political discussions. He is survived by three children: Dawn Strommen and her husband Tim of Anoka, Mark Hofstad and his wife Carol of Lakeland, FL, and Sandra Mullooly and her husband J.P. of Wauwatosa, WI; seven grandchildren: Alexi (Jason) Strommen Noeldner, Siri (Jon) Strommen Campbell, Micah Natterstad, Erika (and Jim) Korn, Samuel (and Melissa)Strommen, Ian • Mullooly, and Ethan Hofstad; and six great grandchildren: Linnea, Theodore, Eowyn, Lucy, Ivy and Nora. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Esther in 2006, and by a sister Lilly in infancy. Oscar Streed Oscar Streed, 87, of Ortonville, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Northridge Residence in Ortonville. His Mass of Christian Burial will be today, Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mound Cemetery. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Oscar Richard Streed was born on Dec. 8, 1924, in Bemidji, the son of Hans and Carrie (Eastman) Streed. He grew up in the Bemidji area, attending Sunnyside Country School through the eighth grade and later Bemidji High School. He moved to the west coast where he attended a machinist school and then returned to Bemidji. In 1941, he enlisted into the United States Navy and attended basic training at Great Lakes and served during WW II on the USS Traw. Upon his honorable discharge following the war, he returned to Bemidji where he began working as a plumber. On Oct. 2, 1948, he was united in marriage to Jane Thuesen at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji. They continued to live in Bemidji until he was reactivated into the Navy in June of 1950, serving another two and a half years during the Korean War. Jane and their oldest son, Michael moved to New Jersey where Oscar was stationed and their oldest daughter, Christine was born. In 1952, they returned to Bemidji and lived with Jane's parents, Alfred and Hilda Thuesen, where he continued his apprenticeship in plumbing. In 1955, after responding to an ad in the Minneapolis paper, Oscar and Jane moved to Ortonville. He worked for Clarence Scheffelbein Plumbing, later purchasing the business in the 1960's and renaming it Streed Plumbing. A number of years later, Oscar and Butch Mittelstaedt became partners in S&M Plumbing and Heating. After retirement in 1986, he continued calling on his faithful customers, doing small jobs and repairs, working just enough to provide him with fun money for coffee, dice, golfing and bowling. He was a member of VFWPost #3964, where he served as Commander for 1965-1966 and for many years marched in the parades carrying the flags. Oscar was a proud ~˘eteran and was a faithful supporter of the VFW, always enjoying his stop to visit with friends after a hard day's work, but never missed being home for supper at 6:15 p.m. He also was a volunteer fireman for Ortonville for over 20 years. After retiring, Oscar took up the game of golf, and never missed an opportunity to play whether with his longtime friends or with his family. He always looked forward to the annual golf outing with his sons and son-in-law. Oscar was not one for many words, but he was always willing to join the campfire "debates" on the golf outings~ He also enjoyed bowling, Sponsoring the S&M Plumbing team for many years. If you needed something fixed, made or needed advice on how to get something done, Oscar usually had a way of doing it. Oscar was a member of the Church of St. John where he had been a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an usher for many years. Surviving are his wife, Jane; children, Mike and Stephanie Streed of Littleton,'CO; Christine and Paul Read of Lincoln, NE; Brian and LuAnn Streed of Wheaton; Joel and Jenny Stceed of Parker, CO; John Streed of San Jose, CA; Sue and Dean Van Hout of Castle Rock, CO; Sara and Jon Mathes of Ortonville; Kurt and Dianna Streed of Lake City; Eric and Lisa Streed of Long Praiz-ie; Nath_an andWendy Streed of Willmar. 22 grandchildren, Joshua and Benjamin Streed, Emma and Peter Read, Jamie (and Rodd) Beyer, Matthew (and Taryn) Streed, Eli Streed, Christi and JT Streed, Tara (and Casey) Kent, Andrew and Mallory Van Hout, Joseph and Hannah Mathes, Meghan and Spencer Streed, Samantha Streed, Isaiah, Zechariah, Noah, Kaden and Jacob Streed; eight great grandchiidren, Aspen, Paige and Josie Beyer, Isaac, Asher and Jonah Streed and Carter and Carolyne Streed. Also surviving are his siblings, Donna Froyd of Bemidji and Evodia and Bob Karpenske of Rice Lake, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Scott in 2008 and Jonathan in infancy in 1950; granddaughter, Hillary Van Hout in 1991 and Siblings, Karl, Hildegard LaVallee, Edna Shaw, Esther Larson, Clifford and James. ( CheCk out our web site at www'°rt°nviUeindependent'c°m' ) ALL WINTER ON SALE [ in the Milbank Mall LOOK FOR YELLOW TAGS EVERY PRICE REDUCED ' in the Mllbank Mall Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 ~- ~--5;" H INDEPENDENT Page 7