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II 11 I ii Interesting, this 1955 year "Mem- I ,I cry Check. Comments made in the year 1955! 'I'll tell you one thing, !f things keep going the way they are, it s going to be Impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10. 'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1,000 will only buy a used one. 'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. Twenty cents a pack is ridiculous.~Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging seven cents to mail a letter. 'If they raise the minimum wage to one dollar, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store. 'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage. 'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies novles any more since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it 'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a By JDK man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows Another small worlder! Recently, they call astronauts preparing for it we received an order for a Hobo Soup down in Texas. 'Did you see where t-shirt, from a man in Waverly. We somebaseballplayerjust signedacon- thought as long as we were going tract for $50,000 a year just to play through Waverly on our way !o the ball? It wouldn't surprise me if some- Twin Cities for Christmas, we d de- day they'll be making more than the liver it in person. We stopped at the President. 'I never thought I'd see the Waverlv Post Office to learn of direc- day all our kitchen appliances would tions td the house, which we learned be electric.They are even making elec- was a couple miles out of town. As we tric typewriters now. 'It's too bad things were driving down the country road on are so tough nowadays. I see where a which the man lived, we were unable few married women are having to to find the house address on the mail work to make ends meet. 'It won't be boxes but just at that time, we saw a long before young couples are going to man walking about a half-block ahead have to hire someone to watch their of us, so we started honking our horn kids so they can both work. 'I'm afraid and waving our arm out the window, the Volkswagen car is going to open hoping he would stop so we could ask the door to a whole lot of foreign busi- directions. He waved back, stopping ness. 'Thank goodness I won't live to til we got to him. Wouldn't you know, see the day when the government takes it was the very man we were seeking, half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electingthe best peo- having purchased a can at Pete's Gro- ple to government. 'The cery in Waverly. ****** restaurant is convenient in nice You may have heard this, weather, but I seriously doubt they will too a reply from a young girl ever catch on. 'There is no sense going to Santa Claus when he askedon short trips anymore for a weekend, her what she wanted for it costs nearly two dollars a night to Christmas, in a recent talk stay in a hotel. 'No one can affordto be show on WCCO radio: sick anymore, at $15 aday in the hos- "Don't you remember Santa, Ipital, it's too rich for my blood.' 'If they 9" put it in my letter to you.thir&. I'll pay 30 cents for a haircut, for- banta was stumped for but a get tt.' ****** second, then replied "Oh yes, of course, it just slipped my So true it is that with ad- mind!" versity, it is often times fol- ****** lowed by goodness and More history data from Neal Spec- beauty! Surely, that was the keen from History of Grant Co. SoDak story in these parts on Sunday morning. Mother nature By Doris Louis Black (1937). "Grant County was not different from any worked wonders in creating other county. The cost of carving out a for us, a Winter Wonder- new commonwealth was human lives, land adding a touch of snow The blizzards of winter took the h6av- and frost to tree branches. If lest toll. Webb tells us that the blizzard you were among those fortu- is the "grizzly of the plains." They nate to be present in our area, rarely occur in the East as their real you know well of what we home is on the northern Plains. A cor- speak. Sorry to hear, however, respondent of the "Lyons County that the northeast part of our (Minnesota) News" claims that the nation was getting hit by bliz- word "blizzard" originated under the zard and snow similar to following circumstances. As the story what we received last week. ~oes, an ex sodier named John W. Indeed, it is winter time, not McLain of Lincoln County, Dakota, only officially, but naturally! was lost in a storm in January, 1878, Forget the bad, savor the while on his way from Lake Benton to beauty! Fort Ridgeley. After dropping ex- ****** hausted in the snow he was found by China's super-rich have bounced two friendly Indians who carried him back from the financial crisis with a to the Fort where he was cared for by vengeance, and China now has more the post surgeon. The Indians pointed known dollar billionaires than any to McLain's face and told the physician other country bar the United States, ac- that it was "blizzard," meaning blis- cording to a new report releasedTues- tered, which word the latter supposed day. The annual Hurun Report said was the Sioux word for the terrible China has 130 known dollar billion- storm. The surgeon so told his friends aires, upfrom 101 last year. The hum- and by degrees the settlers caught the ber in the United States is 359 while expression and adopted it. Settlers who Russia has 32 and India 24, according had lived in the Minnesota valley for to Forbes magazine. China's rich are 20 and 30 years of the last century do getting richer, with the average wealth not remember having heard the word on the list $571 million, up almost one- earlier than '69 or '70. third from last year, said compiler Ru- As we begin another year in our life's chapter, we wish a Happy Blessed New Year to one and all now don't forget your Resolution! And then stick with it! pert Hoogewerf. "With the greatest wealth destruction in the west of the last 70 years, we've seen China buck the trend and the wealth seems to be still growing." Hoogewerf told Reuter on the sidelines of an event to unveil the 2009 rich list. "They've put the credit crunch behind them," he said. Hats off to Star-Tribune writer Judd "The key driver has been urbanization. Zutland, for his article in Sunday's You've got all these cities being built, issue statine if a new stadium is built and that requires property developers, for the V~kmgs, Jt should most cer- iron and steel manufacturers. The lat- tainly have a removable dome. Bil- est thing is cars." Topping the list was lionaire owner Zygi Will says he wants Wang Chuanfu, chatrman of electric a dome-less stadium cuz he likes the car and battery maker BYD Co Ltd in elements of the weather. Recent which U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett weather conditions should dictate for a holds a stake, with an estimated per- dome! The big question we feel that sonal wealth of $5.1 billion. He was faces our State lawmakers now is how also the fastest riser from last year, up much of taxpayers dollars into, if any, 102 places. One famous name fell off will be figured into a new stadium! We the list this year-NBA basketball still contend that the owner and play- player Yao Ming, who has struggled ers.paid meea-bucks, should pay for it with a foot injury for the last few all! Would it~be proper for taxpayers to months. pay for all private business ventures?? by Patrick Moore, Clean Up the Let there be light in our hearts. River Environment executive Let there be light in our hands. director The Great Turning is upon us. I have come to treasure the silent The Tipping Point is nigh. darkness as it teaches me to appreciate As we are tethered to this planet, the wonder of light all the more. May you enjoy the ride. As of today, the days will beWishing you the best of the getting longer. Hooray! season! Let there be light in the water. Patrick, Dixie and the CURE Let there be light on the land. Board of Directors Winter has definitely left its mark as Use low gears to keep traction, es- If you have anti-lock brakes 2010 comes to a close. With winter of- pecially on hills. (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply ficially beginning on Dec. 21, mo- Don't use cruise control or overdrive steady pressure to the brakes. You will torists should take into account winter on icy roads, feel the brakes pulse -- this is normal. driving habits. Be especially careful on bridges, If your front wheels skid: The best advice for driving in bad overpasses and infrequently traveled * Take your foot off the gas and shift winter weather is not to drive at all, if roads, which will freeze first. Even at to neutral, but don't try to steer imme- you can avoid it. temperatures above freezing, if the diately. Don't go out until the snow plows conditions are wet, you might en- .As the wheels skid sideways, they and sanding trucks have had a chance counter ice in shady areas or on ex- will slow the vehicle and traction will to do their work, and allow yourself posed roadways like bridges, return. As it does, steer in the direction extra time to reach your destination. Don't pass snow plows and sanding you want to go. Then put the transmis- If you must drive in snowy condi- trucks. The drivers have limited visi- sion in "drive" or release the clutch, tions, make sure your car is prepared bility, and you're likely to find the road and accelerate gently. (TIPS), and that you know how to han- in front of them worse than the road be- If you get stuck do not spin your die road conditions, hind. wheels. This will only dig you in It's helpful to practice winter driv- Don't assume your vehicle can hun- deeper. Turn your wheels from side to ing techniques in a snowy, open park- dle all conditions. Even four-wheel and side a few times to push snow out of ing lot, so you're familiar with how front-wheel drive vehicles can en- the way. Use a light touch on the gas, your car handles. Consult your owner's counter trouble on winter roads, to ease your car out. Use a shovel to manual for tips specific to your vehi- If your rear wheels skid: clear snow away from the wheels and cle. * Take your foot off the accelerator, the underside of the car. Pour sand, Decrease your speed and leave Steer in the direction you want the kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of yourself plenty of room to stop. You front wheels to go. If your rear wheels the wheels, to help get traction. should allow at least three times more are sliding left, steer left. If they're slid- Try rocking the vehicle. (Check space than usual between you and the ing right, steer right, your owner's manual first -- it can car in front of you. If your rear wheels start sliding the damage the transmission on some ve- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If other way as you recover, ease the hicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, your wheels start to lock up, ease off steering wheel toward that side. You and back again. Each time you're in the brake, might have to steer left and right a few gear, give a light touch on the gas until Turn on your lights to increase your times to get your vehicle completely the vehicle gets going. visibility to other motorists, under control. Reviewing these tips with family Keep your lights and windshield If you have standard brakes, pump members can help make it safe for win- clean, them gently, ter driving. By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Our country men and women veterans have been asked during theiI military service to be willing to give their life for their/our Country, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Doing my job to ensure that our Nation's finest are compensated for disabilities incurred, aggravated and/or made worse due to their military duty is one of my top priorities. I will continue to fight for this compensation that is not given but earned with their blood! If you know was granted stands at $409,044 of a veteran who has not contacted me annually. for assistance, please try to ensure that Please keep in mind that these are they get the help they deserve, new claims not previously applied for. As it looks, County Veterans But, there's more! We currently have Service Office is fast approaching the 72 service-connection disability one million dollar amount awarded to compensation claims that are in the our military veterans for new and/or pending drawer waiting for a decision increased service-connected to be made by Veterans Affairs. compensation claims. As of Nov. 1, This is just the beginning of many 2009 through Dec. 10, 2010, the milestones that we will be achieving number of new or increased together as acommunity. compensation claims are as follows: So why the statistics Dan? *Disability compensation claims Because when the dollar amount granted is 143, with 100 of those reaches $1,000,000 we will be having living in Big Stone County. an open house in my office, for not -The amount of retroactive dollars just our veterans and their families, and first year's payments (pro-rated but anyone who wants to stop by and dollars and annual dollars over the say hello. And yes, I will be serving first 12 months) stands at $917,107 coffee and cookies. In addition, each with $598,761 of that total being person who stops by will also receive received by our very own Big Stone a waving U.S. Flag lapel pin. County veterans. Until next week, take care and The total dollar amount that those. "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" 100 disabled veterans will receive each year after their disability claim ~ wwCw.heck out our web site at j' ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Gary Carlson Mike Dorry L. Mueller FIRST English Lutheran Church Gene Jacobson Roger Lundberg Jack Gable Mary Bear Eugene Nelson Dan & Kerry Chase Frances Fridgen Joe Trebil George Gimmestad Audrey Trump . Kenneth Kuefler Sue Christensen Linda Soveli Orlend Mathison Norlan ttagerott Virginia Elveerog Ralph Schiesser Gordon Gloege David McLaughlin Doris Mueller Wade Swezey William Powell Leonard Olson Gary & Sharon Watkins Lorraine Hagevick Beverly Jones August Klitzke Burton Nypen Dwayne Koehntopp Sandra Josephson Mayme Jurgens Marcia Sandro Richard Kvidera Vivian Janssen Phyllis Thompson A! Hooser Ron Beling Marjorie Dawald Roman Karels Ethel Anderson Viola Mehlhop Jason & Kimberly Mork Dorothy Brown Clues ACROSS 1. Superseded by DVD 4. Earth chart 7. Energy unit 10. Greek god of war 12. Ardour 14. Title of respect 15. Couches 17. Barn storage tower 18. Cape near Lisbon 19. Motion picture science 22. Fills with high spirits 23. 18th Hebrew letter 24. At an advanced time 25. Missing soldiers 26. And, Latin 27. Silver 28. Gentlemen 30. Tangelo fruit 32. Actor Harris 33. Mister 34. Adult Bambi 36. Small cake leavened with yeast 39. Largest city in NE 41. Quick reply 43. Local dialect expressions 46. Friends (French) 47. Bator, Mongolia 48 so good 50. Side sheltered from the wind 51. Village in Estonia 52. Genus beroe class 53. 32rid president's initials 54. Furnish with help 55. Guided a tour Clues DOWN 28. More becoming 1. Vessel or duct 29. Models of excellence 2. "Operator" singer Jim 30. Flat-topped 3. Subsequent RX inflorescence replacement 31. Costing nothing 4. Flat-topped hills 34. Marked for certain 5. Settled down death 6. Alto, California 35.17th Greek letter city 37. Photons, pions, 7. Tubes for passing alpha particles food 38. Amount that can be 8. An abundance of held resources 40. Light greenish blue 9. Neither black or white 41 Toadfrog 11. Yemen capital 42. 18th Hebrew letter 13. Pegs (var.) 16. Irish, English or 43. Young whale Gordon 44. Forearm bone 18. Converging to a 45. Moldavian capital common center 1565-1859 20. Comes upon 49. Radioactivity unit 21. A male sheep The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) e o e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues Dec. 28, 2010 Vol. 92; No. 50 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. 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