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December 31, 2002

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Big Stone County's Museum Board was pleasantly surprised this week when Burt Nypen called to report that on page B8 of the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, Metro/State Section, Dec. 22 issue, ttlere was a picture of the Muskegon boat on the Museum grounds! This is the focus for the federal grant that will be c()ming through the Transportation Enhancement Funds. The Board also thanks all the busi- ness places and individuals who gave a gift this year to the Museum. Much work has been done, and much more remains to be done. By cooperating with all citizens in the county, the improvements wilt be made! Long time reader and for- mer resident, Ruth Osen, now of Eden Prairie writes that "I'm planning to go to Texas for a few months, so would you please forward my Independent to Mission, Texas. Start with the Dec. 31st paper." She also sends renewal check for another year. Thanks so much, Ruth, have a happy new year! As our Gov. Jesse Ventura's term soon comes to an end, everyone must admit...whether ol not you agreed with him. whether you liked him or not...never before in history have we had a Governor who was better known nationally, and who drew more publicity to our state! Wherever you traveled in the country, even out of the country, everyone knew the name of Minnesota's Governor. And he built a name for himself that wilt no doubt bring him a lot of fame in the private sector, whatever career he chooses! Providing our Minnesota Vikings can keep their team together, not losing any to free agency or injury, we know they are looking for- ward to the start of a great year next year. The way they ended up playing, they should make the plnyoffs next vear...could have done so this year if they hadn't thrown about four games away because of their own mistakes. As for our Minnesota Gopher cagers, in about a week, they will be starting their conference play, and if predictions mean anything, they should be contenders...if not lot the Big 10 title or winning the Big 10 tourney, then surely for at least mak- ing the NCAA tourney, providing too, of course, they stay healthy. As we mentioned in our column last week, our former editor, Lyle Olson and his family, have compiled a most informative brochure on their recent travels to China, and we were hoping to have some copies for sale at our office. We now have some of those copies, for sale at $5 need only give us a call or stop in. Well worth the price, to be sure! Nice note today from long-time friends and readers, Burt and Mary Price, now of Sun City West, AZ: This small world wonder happened last April and I intended to write at that time. Perhaps the second part of this letter will explain why the delay. During a golf match I mentioned Ortonville and one of the players said he knew someone from Ortonville who was in his Frat house his Freshman year. He could not remem- ber the name but said he was associ- ated with the Ortonville paper. As soon as I mentioned your name he said that's the guy. His name was Jim Fish. Does the name ring a bell? I had a slight heart problem in January and had a stent put in. Mary had major foot surgery in May. Three days after her release from the hospi- tal, her caretaker me, had a stem stroke. Due to some vital problems I spent 31 days in the hospital. Six days after I got out I collapsed and ER discovered that I had blood clots in both hmgs and my leg. Another 7 days in the hospital. In August I had surgery to correct a corroded artery. We think the blood clots passed to lungs while 1 was in the hospital as things were rather tense for awhile. G(x)d news is we are both doing well. Neither one of us have completely recovered but have a lot to be thank- ful for. We are going on a 14 day Panama Canal cruise the 19th of January with four other couples. Hope your year has gone well and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I Foundation Focus FROM THE BIG STONE HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION By Jan Schmidt, Exec. Director The Big Stone Health Care Foundation Board of Directors and Jan Schmidt, Director, want to wish you a Happy New Year and express our appreciation for another year of excellent growth. Many have supported the Foundation throughout the year with their gifts and through Foundation special events. Gifts to the Foundation and net profits from special events are invested and the interest is used for projects that enhance our local quality health care. This past year we launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the new Outreach Patient Center. Gifts may be designated ['or the building project or for the ongoing endowment fund. The Foundation has committed to provide $50,000 a year for five years for a total of $250,000 for equi'pment costs related to the building project. Some of the other projects undertaken in 2002 include: a scholarship to a high school graduate. scholarships to health care employees to further education. the purchase of a defibrillator and x-ray compliant backboards for Ortonville Ambulance Service. funding towards exercise equipment for Ortonville Public School used by the school and the Community Fitness program. funding for the Grief Therapy Center. funded a toddler seat for Countryside Public Health Service. education assistance for Stacv Longnecker who is in medical schooi, planning to return to Ortonville to practice medicine. education assistance for Alicia Danielson for diagnostic radiology and CT Scan Training. The end of the year traditionally offers a time for review and reflection. It's a time when many of us pause to consider our blessings and give thanks for the good things in our lives such as the availability of quality local health care. This is also an excellent time to review your financial position with tax considerations in mind and the part your charitable giving objectives can play as you plan fi)r the end of 2002. You may want to consider ways in which you will maximize benefits to both yourself and your favorite charity. You may wish to use this time also to specifically reflect upon your charitable giving response to the Endowment Fund of the Big Stone Health Care Foundation or the capital campaign for the new building project. Gifts of cash or checks given before Dec. 31, 2002 are generally deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income if you itemize. These gifts are the most common. However, you may choose to make your gift in the form of assets such as stocks, bonds, mut funds and other properties that c&d,d, realize a double tax saving for 'Qu. Gifts of commodities such as a designated number of bushels of grain are an excellent type of gift that can benefit anyone receiving income from the farm. As you look to the future, you may choose to give gifts with retained income for yourself or others. Beneficiary designation gifts of life insurance and retirement plan proceeds are also effective tools to use. You may choose to give through your will or a living trust. Your financial advisors will be able to answer your questions and help you apply the type of gift that will match your objectives. We will be happy to provide more information to you and or your advisors as you complete your year-end giving for 2002. We have some very helpful booklets in the office. Call 320-839-4135 or come to the office located in the lower level of Northside Medical Center. The Big Stone Health Care Foundation, as a tax-exempt charitable organization, is a vehicle that individuals can use to help with their tax planning and feel that their giving is being used locally for the good of their community and their future. May you have a wonderful new year in 2003 and find satisfaction and contentment in all you do. Senior Center Bridge results High bridge players in the Friday afternoon bridge game at the Ortonville Senior Citizen's Center for Friday, Dec. 27 were Arnold Souba and Edna Saeger. Everyone is invited to join in the games which are held every Friday at the Center on Ortonville's main street from 12:50 to 4 p.m. (Use alley entrance.) TUPPERWARE Bridal Shower & Registry | "In Home Parties otrr lo,:u,., avatlable) I * Hostess Gift Specials / -Fundraisers - (so% ao.t) | "Caree.r Opportunity 1 Lifetime Guarantee , Monthly S pgcials all  ':r 328-839-3454 7. 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