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Support is appreciated

Thank you to everyone that attended The Friends of Eleanor Roosevelt program, “The Life of Maria Von Trapp,” held at the Montevideo Community Center.


Your generous donations to the Montevideo Scholarship Fund is gratefully appreciated. A special thanks to Janet Kittelson, Jeanne Dann, Ann Ackerman and Sue Botten for providing the music and to the Community Center for their support.


—Arlene Kranz, Dianne Shimp, Diane Loose, Ruth Hanson, Inez Johnson, Sue Armstrong, LaVonne Sundlee, Janice Anderson, Kathy Hendricksen, Jeanne Feldhake



We depend on water for life

With Sunday’s news that the Army Corp of Engineers will not allow the DAPL pipeline to cross at Standing Rock, water protectors see cautious hope. At the same time, there is concern that the pipeline will still be built. Water is life or Mni Wiconi, as spoken in solidarity with water protectors at Standing Rock.


Being a Midwesterner I have started a sentence with “well” more than once and had someone respond, “That is a deep subject.” Well ... water is indeed a deep subject. A child’s body is made up of 75 percent water. We need water to survive. We have a lot of water on our planet; however, a very finite percentage of that water is available to drink. Placing that water at risk is unwise, to say the least.


Have you ever known someone who had a broken pipe in their home? We recently had a pipe that was so corroded it was about to burst. I was grateful to notice it and even more grateful to be able to call our plumber to fix it. Had it broken, it would have been a hassle, but I’d have been able to deal with it safely because it was carrying water, not oil.


As you know, oil and gas are transported in pipelines across our nation. Some say piping highly toxic Dakota Bakken oil and tar sands oil from Canada at extremely high pressure, in a 30” diameter pipe under ground and under rivers, across 1,172 miles of our nation, is not a problem.


Not a problem? Well, I disagree. Whether your water comes from an underground aquifer or river, a respectful relationship to our water is essential. Like it or not, pipelines do break.

Thousands of oil and gas pipelines have broken and will continue to break at some point (since 2010 over 3,300 known breaks). Sadly, such a leak may not be discovered right away. When and where will the DAPL (up to 570,000 barrels per day) underground pipeline break? Sadly, one can’t call their plumber and make it all OK. Sadly, these breaks ooze toxic material, which leaks into groundwater and flows into waterways.


Yes, it is a deep subject. Let’s not allow oil company profits turn us away from a critical need to develop viable, clean energy alternatives. Let’s not allow greed to divide communities while putting water at risk.


Clean water is one thing we all depend on for life. It connects us. For water and deeper connections with this place we call home, I am so grateful. Mni Wiconi.


—Darwin Dyce



Support the Salvation Army

I think of and act as a giving person. Christmas is the perfect time to work on this. The Salvation Army is an organization that asks for donations to utilize funds to help those in need in our communities.


• We ask businesses for space and help to ring.

• We ask volunteers to ring and invest time to raise funds.

 • We ask donors to make contributions for the campaign to raise funds for use all year long.

• We ask God to bless everyone’s efforts and help them have an attitude of gratitude so the resources are available when needed.


When funds are given, they are deposited and are administered by Prairie Five CAV. Most uses are instituted by caring persons and our police, sheriff’s officers and firefighters. All money is given to goods and services providers via vouchers (some as cash). The money is secure and we expect “no slippage” until the work is paid for.


This is my 10th year in Chippewa County as the bellringer coordinator. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 for needs yet unknown.


I also solicit funds for Lac qui Parle County — our goal is $4,000. This is the fourth year I’ve served there.


This is God’s work, accomplished by our own hands, hearts and minds. Volunteers should contact me for ringing opportunities by calling 320-269-7838.


Thank you for all of your help and assistance to this task.


—Dave Swenson



It’s not worth a few seconds

You probably didn’t notice me at the Highway 7 Cenex station as you blasted through between the gas pumps and the store going at least 30 mph in your nice white SUV on Monday, November 28, at around 12:50, during the noon hour.  


I was attempting to walk to the store from the pumps to pay for gas. If I had been walking a few seconds earlier we would have met with me being hit by your car. You must’ve had something very important to do to cut through the gas station from Highway 7 in order to avoid the intersection that you are supposed to follow. Was it to go to back to work? Maybe get that last bit of shopping done? Maybe because you didn’t feel like having to slow down at the corner?


I’m sure you might be a very nice lady with your blonde hair nicely done. But what would’ve happened if you met me while you slammed against me with your car? Maybe changed my life and yours forever? Or some elderly person or parents with young kids just trying to walk from the gas pumps to the convenience store? Was saving that few seconds of inconvenience been worth changing lives? Was it worth it?


—Kathy Olson



A not-so-friendly rivalry

The last two years I have had a $60 Green Bay Packers Christmas wreath stolen right out of my house, several Packers magnetic helmets taken off my truck, a Packers trailer hitch cover busted up on my truck, and all four Packers valve stem  covers taken off my truck!


What kind of inconsiderate person feels they can steal and destroy other people’s property? I feel I have the right to display my favorite team’s loyalty the way I desire.


I would like to have the items returned or reimbursed.


—Roger A. Larson