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Do you know what it means? Laus Deo (Edi. note. Following is a most interesting story about America that we feel is worthy of note by all our readers. Our thanks to former Ortonville resident, long-time friend OHS graduate, and long-time former FBI agent in DC, Myron Scholberg, who sub- mits this piece). S~, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say 'Praise be to God!' Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848. when James Polk was President of the United States. it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took 25 years to finally cap the memorial with a trib- ute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!' • From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ...a perfect cross imposed upon the land- scape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Consti- tution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to no- rice. Praise be to God! Within the mon- ument itself are 898 steps and 50 land- ings. As one climbs the steps and In Washington, D.C. there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument. With all the uproar about removing the 10 commandments, etc.., this is worth a moment or two of your rime. On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are to- tally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less. Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with every- one you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Fa- ther of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the Dis- trict of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignif- icant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the high- est point over what is the most power- ful city in the most successful nation in the world. pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message. • On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; • On the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; • On the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School chil- dren from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God! When the cornerstone of the Wash- ington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible pre- sented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the dis- cipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.' Many are awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique op- portunity, so read on! 'Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedi- ence to government; and en- tertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And fi- nally that Thou wilt most gra- ciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pa- cific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.' Laus Deo! When one stops to observe the in- scriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of'Laus Deo', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning. We Live In The Land Of The Free, Because Of The Brave. EPA announces mercury standards for power plants It's being called an historic achieve- ment. Twenty-two years after getting the authority from Congress, the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally announced its first-ever na- tionwide standards for mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. J Drake Hamilton, science policy di- rector for Minnesota-based Fresh En- ergy, says the standards will be phased in over the next four years and are ex- pected to reduce pollution from power plants by 91 percent. "This is really good news for human health, because it turns out that the pol- lutants that we're talking about cause nerve damage in kids, brain damage in kids, premature deaths, asthma attacks, heart attacks and cancer." The reduction in pollution from the standards is expected to save some 11,000 lives a year, adds Hamilton. Those opposed to the rule have, among other concerns, pointed to the cost of the overhaul. Hamilton agrees the transformation will not be cheap, but says it will more than pay for itself in the long run, as fewer people suffer from diseases caused or exacerbated by the pollutants. "The cost of doing that will be about $9.6 billion, but the health benefits will be at least triple that amount. So, you invest dollars in cleaning up the power supply, you keep the lights on, and you greatly improve the health of human beings." In Hamilton's opinion, the reduc- tions are vital to protect the great out- door traditions in the "Landof 10,000 Lakes," where last year alone, she says, mercury pollution reached nearly 900 pounds. "To give you a sense of the context, less than a teaspoon of mercury is enough to contaminate the fish in a 20- acre lake. So, these air toxins are very potent; they're very powerful. They can cause a lot of damage to the food chain and the fish, and to the people who eat those fish." Minnesota has been ahead of the curve on this issue with legislation that was passed in 2006 ordering a reduc- tion of mercury at the six largest power plants in the state. More than a dozen others in Minnesota will now be cov- ered by this new national rule. More details about the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) are online at www.epa.gov/mats. Global population increases, are U.S. farmers ready More than seven billion people in- habit planet Earth, and about two bil- lion more will join within 40 years, according to the United Nations Popu- lation Division. While many decision makers express concern about sustain- ing the population, often they forget to ask an important question: Are U.S. farmers ready to produce the food needed to feed the growing population? The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff has responded with a resounding 'yes,' by funding soybean production research designed to help U.S. farmers grow as much as possible with as few resources needed. "Soybean farmers must stay in tune with what is going on in the United States in order to stay ahead of any problems, such as the growing popula- tion," said Jason Bean, a soybean farmer from Holcomb, Mo., and USB director. "Finding ways to figure out how to get everything out of our soy- beans in order to have the best yield is crucial for success." In order to stay ahead of the curve, much of the research USB funds fo- cuses on creating new U.S. soybean va- rieties more resistant to the pressures from pests and diseases that decrease yield. "Every year, we do a major pro- duction research project in each region that allows us to figure out the No. 1 yield robber," says Bean. "Whether it is finding out how to resist pests, like aphids, stink bugs or soybean cyst ne- matodes, or determining drought toler- ance, checkoff-funded research is intended to locate the problem, and then is shared with farmers across the United States." To help get this research into farm- ers' hands, USB has established a pro- gram to help state soybean checkoff boards, land-grant universities and local extension service staff share checkoff-funded research results with those who need it most. To date, twelve states participate in the program. But informing U.S. soybean farmers is only one part of the equation. Mak- ing sure consumers are informed about the process is important too, says Bean. USB is made up of 69 farmer-direc- tors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utiliza- tion, human utilization, industrial uti- lization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff. Pro Auto Sales & Service PRO AUTO SALES AND SERVICE has been in business since 1984. They purchased the building on their current location along Highway 12 in 2002 and have been expanding since. Owners Kevin and Becky Backstrand of Pro Auto Sales and Service in Ortonville first opened their business in 1984 located onMill Road near the former Big Stone Canning Company with six original employees. Since then, they bought their current build- ing along Highway 12 in 2002 and have ex- panded their business by adding Carquest in 2004, a 60 x 120 addition in 2002 to their frame and used parts building, a parts ware- house in 2003 and just last year a 50 x 65 tire shop addition to their current Pro Auto build- ing. Pro Auto Sales and Service now employs 15 people. Becky Backstrand is the book- keeper for both Pro Auto and Carquest. Bran- don Dexter is the Carquest Manager and Don Pullis is their route salesman. Peter Arnold is the service writer and they have two auto technicians, a tire worker, two used parts em- ployess, one tow truck driver and a clean up lady. As of Jan. 1,2011, Kevin and Becky's son, Cody, purchased the auto body shop, Pro Auto Collision and Frame, and has two full-time employess. Dean Strege runs the used parts department. Besides the Carquest store, Pro Auto does major and minor mechanical work, tires and alignment, detail, sells used cars and auto parts and has a Auto Hot Line to locate parts. "We are growing every year," said owner Kevin Backstrand. "We have a good cus- tomer base and want to make sure we can be there for our customers when they need that certain vehicle or part. We have good em- ployees which we are proud of." A dedicated business in the Big Stone Lake Area, Pro Auto Sales and Service get bigger and better every year. CENBANK STAFF are enjoying a carriage ride pulled by "Mike: Standing, left to right, are Vickie Gulley, MarT Folk and I)ianne Cornelisen; seated are nalen Roe and Marilyn Hanson. I \ ~/ "Heritage of Excellence!" I • FDIC • Member I w,, T.,-,,,,, t n,, r MT/r .. 1. 113NW1stSt. Ortonville, MN56278 tC.OtRI l .L I=,V=,Jr=,J~. zI.,,,V=, "--'v’,,=,'=,=,__ UV=,=..,I,,=,L,,~.,~,,L.,~,. \ Ill • .I .lll.L/t'i I Phone320-839-6123e. 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