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S LADY TROJAN Amy Smith, played big against the Wilmot Lady s to help bring home a victory on Friday night, Dec. 27, at Wilmot. From The Big Stone ion Auxiliary Birthday Tuesday, Dec. 31 ve Scholberg, Betty Saeger, Lovgren, Emily Meyer, Bethke Wednesday, Jan. 1 ada Rheingans Sweats, Streich Wakeman, Jamie Michael Puder, Kristi Tammy Dezotell, Josiah Thursday, Jan. 2 sti Nichols Delage, Earl , Travis Lieb, Sandy Scheff, illman, Randy Waits, Betty Friday, Jan. 3 Kelzer, Elnor Benkowski, Brotzel, Shawn Kolb, Henneberg Saturday, Jan. 4 Hasslen Nippoldt, Avis Von Jan Inderieden Haertel, Ben Jonathan Kuehnel, Briana Amber Hames Sunday, Jan. 5 Mattison Flegel, Jason Kraemer, Suzette her Blake, Linda H. Derald Lindquist, Barnhardt, Kurt Athey, Tara Van Hour, Peg Brody Scheff, Indiana Lavonne Saulsbury, Daniel Monday, Jan. 6 Kaercher Roberts, Jamie Lori Conrad Loehrer, Rose Blake, Cory Brotzel, iipple, Heather Rasset, Betty John Steichen, LeRoy Karin Moser, Amelia Rose Mariah Renee Kuefler, ke Tuesday, Jan. 7 Schumacher, Les Iverson, Anne McEwen, Charles Zachary Larson, Dori money our .! hen you insure your car and home or home with us, through Insurance we&apos;ll save you money can earn even Contact our Life Home Oar Busme Kindt Agency Rreet Ortonville, MN located in the CenBank buffdJng Phone 320-839-6145 Johnson (Continued from page 1) 84, of Apple Valley, was the fourth vet to spend the afternoon at Johnson's home here. BOND IS FIRM The bonds that were built in the 1940s remain strong for the men. Johnson will never forget his days in France and Belgium. Ten days after D-Day in June of 1944, Johnson, a medic, was wounded by German mor- tar fire while tending to injured G.I.'s. "I was a medic so they wouldn't shoot at me," Johnson said with a wry smile during the reunion. Johnson escaped harm in one INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY round of mortar fire by finding shelter under a tank, but a later round of shells caught the Minnesota man in the ()pen, wounding him seriously. He spent the next five months recuperating in a hospital, but never losing the desire to rejoin his boys in the field. ,,, "When I was wounded, I could have stayed in the hospital as an orderly," Johnson said, looking back on 1944. "I wanted to rejoin my unit. They were like family." Johnson had been back only one week when German forces on Dec. 17, 1944 launched their attack in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. "We were on the front," Lee Carlson recalled. "The Germans came at us just like madmen." WARNING Aeration Systems starting on or after 1/4/03 will cause thin ice conditions on the following lakes in the following counties... Stevens Co. Lake Haiti - Scott Twp. R. 43W T 124N, Sect. 21; Big Stone Co. Artichoke Lake - Artichoke Twp. R. 44W, T 122N, Sect. 35; Big Stone Co. Long Tom - Odessa Twp. R 45W T 121N, Sect. 6. If there are questions concerning these aeration systems please call, Lake Hatti, 32%324-2438, Artichoke Lake, 320-324- 2494; and Long Tom, 320-568-2425. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of the marked areas. I "DENALI" 24,000 MILES A SPECIAl, UNIT The 99th Infantry Battalion Separate was built with U.S. troops of Norwegian descent who were trained for a potential invasion of Norway during the war. That operation never came, but the unit was sent to Norway after the war as part (ff the Allied occupation lbrce in 1945. The unit has received special train- ing. The soldiers trained in Colorado and were equipped to fight on skis in the mountains of Norway, if needed. Johnson grew up in the Blue Earth area and had worked in the grocery business from 1937 to 1942 when he turned 21 and enlisted in the Army. During the Nov.15 reumon, Johnson clearly enjoyed his time with old friends. Fhe bonds that were built nearly 60 years ago remain strong. "Our unit was special, like one big t;amily,'" Johnson said. "All the same nationality." L in the Milbank Mall NEW YEAR'S D kY SALE Open noon to 4 p.m. New Year's Day FIVE STAR '01 RAM SPORT QUAD CAB 4X4'S HEATED LEATHER & ALL! Come Got'ore! o.,v Prices Good Thru Jan. 2, 2003! 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