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Ill! .- III Wednesday, December 28, 1988 Viewpoint pensive "stmas! By now, I would guess that you are probably experiencing a bad case of "shopper burnout". No cash left in the wallet or purse and credit cards that are still smouldering from overuse. At times like these, one often wonders what it would be like to return to an "old fashioned" Christmas. With that in mind -- and in a fit of foolishness -- I started examining the old English ballad about what was given during the 12 Days of Christmas and putting a generalized tab on the gifts that were given. Here we go: (1) Partridge in a Pear Tree -Wildlife Taxidermy in Nicollet will mount a Hungarian Partridge for maybe $75.00 and rll put the bird on a limb off the dead apple tree in my back yard. Total cost - $75.00 (2) Two Turtle Doves - I'll substitute parakeets at about about $18 each plus a cage and food, -- figure $65.00 (3) Three French Hens Don't worry about the nationality. Live weight costs would fluctuate. Someone might give you a deal, but let's say three four-pound birds at 80 a pound. Cost - $9.60 (4) Four Collie Birds - I don't even know what the heck a Collie bird is, but I'll buy four Cockateils at $50.00 a pop Cost - $200.00 (5) Five Golden Rings - Can we get five simple, 14K gold bands for $50 each? Let's try. Total cost - $250. (6) Six Geese A-Laying - Since we're talking live birds, maybe we can buy 'em for around a buck a pound So, six geese at say, eight pounds each, equals .... hummm .... $48.00 (7)Seven Swans A-Swimming - I don't know anyone raising swans Promise the gift getter a trip to the zoo to observe swans. Cost of transportation and a meal or two, etc. $40.00 (8) Eight Maids A-Milking - Finding eight ladies in this area who have experience milking cows would be no great trick, but in most cases, they would have to furnish their own cows. So, let's figure on paying them a minimum of $8.00 an hour for an eight hour day, plus mileage and a meal or two and we've got roughly $512.00 for a day. (9) Nine Pipers Piping Substitute high school musicians on Christmas break who can play flutes. Maybe we can get 'em to come in for a full day, but it sure won't be for less than $4.00 an hour and all the pop and pizza they can handle. $325.00 should cover it. (10) Ten Drummers Drumming - If we cut the same deal we did with the flute players, we looking at another $325.00. (11) Eleven Lords A-Leaping - Finding eleven guys willing to spend the whole day jumping around in the living room will be no easy task. It will also be expensive and hard on your furniture, since some of these lords will probably not be too particular where they leap. Since they are hard to come by, I think we will be forced to pay $20.00 an hour for them to make a house call. Multiplied by eleven lords and an union-regulated eight hour day, we have $1,760 dollars. (12) Twelve Ladles Dancing - Dancers are a little easier to come by than leapers, but only slightly less expensive Better figure $15.00 an hour for the dozen. So, a day's worth of dancers would run $1440.00. Now, as you can see, a traditional Christmas is not as cheap as we may have anticipated. When all the financial dust has settled, we are looking at a total cash outlay of a whopping .$4,324.00! It just goes to show you that there may be something to be said for a 'modem' Christmas after alH Steve Stutsman I / i by Deb Noli Cty. Ext. Agent Rural Minnesota communities are changing. They face a constant situation of transition, sometimes based on economic shifts. These shifts are related to decline in farmland values, instability of net farm income, increased agricultural competition, and declines in other natural resources based industries. Our county's transition is also based on the pressure of change in family structure, increasingly com- plex technological advanced and shifting political forces. Sihley County is facing many of these things right now and will need to address how to most effec- tively address the, changes. ,The, Minnesota Extension Service has a strong commitment to the devel- opment and empowerment of indi- viduals within communities throughout Minnesota. Sibley County's Extension service has made a commitment to work with all the residents to best meet the challenges of the transition. The "sense of community" is very evident in Sibley County. The Extension is committed on the state and local level to assist in developing community power to solve problems. Sibley County's choice to become a pilot in Project Future--Building Community Through People will mean assis- tance in finding answers to com- munity needs. This week's column will touch on the past, present, and future of Sibley County. Part of Project Fu- ture is the reflection on our past, but more so, planning for our fu- ture. A visit to Sibley County in the l mid 1960s Was an interesting experience. Residents moved into new and higher income brackets. Families who had been in the $5,000 to $8,000 bracket were now to be found, in many cases, in the $8,000 to $10,000 division. Also, in Sibley County (according to a survey) no less than 58.9 per- cent of the families had disposable cash incomes of more after pay- ment of their taxes, food prices were less. For instance, a three- pound jar of peanut butter was 99 In the late 1950s a new Stan- dard Super Service Station opened in Winthrop. Other new businesses were opening throughout the county as population in 5ibley County was increasing at a steady role. Congress passed a new mini- mum wage ruling bring it from 40 per hour to 75 per hour. And, families are economically stable enough to keep morn at home rather than in the work force. Today, Sibley County is in the midst of a recovery effort from the drought of 1988. Record level high temperatures and low amounts of rainfall were recorded during the summer. Population levels in Sib- ley County have remained stable throughout the 1980s, although the average age of the population has decreased. 5ibley County residents have united though. Two commissions have been formed within the past few years to effectively address the needs of the people, they are the Sibley County Economic Develop- ment Commission and the Sibley County Human Development Com- mission. Both are busy working to improve the quality of life for resi- dents of our county. h Project Future is anQther pro- gram that is empowering the resi- dents to begin now (in 1.989) to look ahead to where we want to be in the year 2010. Project Future is gathering as much input from all of the residents as possible to initiate plans for making all of our visions a reality. What does Sibley County look like in 20 years? That is up to you--each and every resident of Sibley County is being asked through the Project Future commu- nity engagement process to dream of what you'd like Sibley County to be. Thus, I'll be able to finish this column soon--and truly antic- ipate with positiveness the future of Sibley County. Note: This column was written with excerpts from the "Arlington Enterprise~ and from Jackie Gelt- ing's Steel County's Extension Agent. article oft Ellendale's Pro- ject Future. Proven stress reducers, Out of My Mind And here are the rmal 13 stress and the tomorrows will take care of themselves. " 45) Do one thing at a time. When you are with someone, be with that person and with no one or nothing else. When you are busy with a project, concentrate on doing that project and forget about everything else you have to do. 46) Allow yourself time--every reducing ideas: ~ day.-fo~ ~v~y, quiet and intro- .,-._1_ ,, 40) S~hc~hale . reat~ d~.+ s~rfo~, ........... ~ ....... ~ ........... W&i5 : Avoid the tendency to schedule 47) If an especially "unpleas- back-to-back appointments; allow ~m Ju~ time between for a breathing spell. 41) Become more flexible. Some things are worth not doing perfectly and some issues are well to compromise on. 42) Eliminate destructive self- talk: "I'm too old to...", "I'm too fat to...", etc. 43) Use your weekend time for a change of pace. If your work week is slow and patterned, make sure there is action and time for spon- taneity built into your weekends. If your work week is fast-paced and full of people and deadlines, seek peace and solitude during your days off. Feel as if you aren't accom- plishing anything tangible at work? Tackle a job on the weekend which you can finish to your satis- faction. 44) "Worry about the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves." That's another way of saying: Take care of the todays as best you can, and the yesterdays ant" task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with. Then the rest of your day will be free of anxiety. by Judith E. Hanson CHEESEAE VEGETABLE CASSEROLE 1 bag California-style frozen vegetables 1 can cheAdar cheese soup 1 cup uncooked rice (minute) 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp. onion 1/3 cup milk 1 (8 oz.) jar Cheez Whiz 1 stick butter Butter casserole. Put in vegetables, rice, onion. Melt together Cheez Whiz, " soup, water, milk and butter. Pour over vegetables. Stir and bake at 350 for 1 ~ hour. PIZZA BURGERS (4 DOZ.) 2 lbs. hamburger, browned and spiced 2 cans pizza sauce l can Spare, ground 1/'2 tsp. oregano 3/4 lb. shredded American cheese Mix the above ingredients and spoon onto 2 doz. open faced buns. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese generously and pepperoni on top. Freeze on cookie sheet covered with foil. Can be put into Tupperwar after frozen. Bake for 15 minutesL~t 350 oven. It LS noble to train a child in the way he should go. Still better to walk there yourself. \ 48) Learn to delegate bility to capable others. 49) Don't forget to take a break. Try to get away from desk or work area in body mind, even if it's just for 15 or minutes. 50) Forget about countin 10. Count to 1.000 before something or saying anything could make matters worse. ~vJ~)' IPr~ a +~iv'i~g- view events and people. Accept the that we live in an imperfect 52) Have an optimistic view the world. Believe that most pie are doing the best they can. Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards 1981 2nd))/ e--Advertising Excellence 1982 lstPlacc--Advertising Excellence 1982 2nd P/ace--Editorial Page as a Whole 1984 1st P/ o--Advertising Excellence 1984 2ndPlace--Best Local News Story 1986 I st Placc--Best SoCial Issues Feature Story 1986 2rid Place---Excellence in General Reporting 1986 2nd Place--Best Use of Photography as a Whole 1987 1st Place--General Excellence 1987 lstPlacc--Editorial Page as a Whole 1987 1st Place--Photo Story 1987 2nd Place--Best Local News Story 1988 1st P/ace--Advertising Excellence ts Win throp , 50 1988 2t~P/ace---Portr~t and Personality Photography 90 YEARS AGO DECEMBER 29, 1898 Albert Kiefer is sending out a handsome calendar, made in Winthrop. It has a picture of his dogs pointing quail and advertises his dog kennels. The band boys are making an effort to secure new instruments. If they meet with the proper encour- agement Winthrop will have a fine band in a short time. Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Johnson of Gibbon spent Christmas with Senator Larson. Senator Larson is now settled in his new elegint home in south Winthrop. Aug. Schlender of Bismarck was arrested Tuesday on the charge of plowing up a public highway. The complaint was made by J. Aug. Krueger. The case was called in Justice Meyer's court Tuesday, but in order to give the defendant time to procure counsel it was adjourned until next Saturday forenoon. The time has arrived and the conditions are such that Winthrop ought to have free text books for the schools. During the past year many schools have adopted the system and it will be only a matter of a short time when it will be- come general throughout the state. 75 YEARS AGO JANUARY 1, 1914 Oscar Swenson is now the proud owner of a 1914 Overland and is giving his friends some Free rides. Notice--Beginning Jan. 1st cream will be 30 cents per quart at the Winthrop Creamery. A sliver securely lodged in his hand came near resulting seriously for Reiely Keisling. While he suf- fered no ill affects at first it was not long before a bad case of blood poisoning began to develop and his entire arm was afflicted. The immediate attention of a physician saved him from what would have doubtless been a serious case., The 1913 high school graduates gathered at the hoyne of Miss Emma Peterson of Alfsborg last Sunday afternoon and were pleas- autly entertained. Those present were: Rudolph Klossner, Henning Hagg, Paul Lundgren, Florence Hagberg, Lillian Johnson, Alice Carlson, Hannah Malmberg and Minnie Moline. Miss Tina Thompson, teacher of the 5th grade in the Winthrop public schools, tendered her resig- nation last week to take effect im- mediately. This information came somewhat as a surprise to the members of the Board of Education, but luckily they have been able to secure Miss Ellen Gustafson to fill the unexpired term. S0 YEARS AGO DECEMBER 29, 1938 Tuesday a.m. the coldest day of the present winter was ushered in when the thermometer read 8 below zero. The cold wave followed in the wake of a heavy wind storm which piled the snow in banks in many places making travel over the highways precarious. The storm started in earnest late Monday af- terooon and continued well into the night giving us natives the first touch of real winter. After dropping four games in a row, the maroon and gold of Winthrop High came back to defeat their traditional rivals, Gaylord, 19 to 15. The thrills and spills of basketball were never shown better than they were in this contest Fri- day evening. The winners in the Home Deco- rations Contest sponsored by the Winthrop Community Club were fast place. John Sylvester and sec- ond place. Carl Lindstrom. The turkey throw eve/~t proved to be a real scramble and a number of the boys were forced to scale the roofs of buildings and tree tops to land their prize. The event was car- ried out in an orderly manner and no 'casualties' resulted. In order to make the event more thrilling two Guinea hens were added to the cache, but they proved to be easy prey, falling almost into the laps of the spectators. 40 YEARS AGO DECEMBER 30, 1948 Twelve Winthrop families cele- brated the Christmas holidays for the first time in newly constructed homes. These homes were built in our community the past year and formed very attractive backgrounds for the festive time of Christmas. A brief glance at the postal re- ceipts gives us a general trend of the business thru the post office department this December. The stamp sales for the month of De- cember 1948 was $2,114.54 which is an increase of $249.71 over Dec. 1947. The Bismarck Fireflies 4-H Club held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Ben Stre- semann, Jr. home. Mrs. Herta Hedeen attended graduation exercises last Thursday (Dec. 16) at the University of Minnesota. Her son, William Hedeen, received his degree from the College of Law. He will con- tinue post graduate studies at the University until he takes the Min- nesota State Bar Examination in April. Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Cruse es- caped injury the other evening when returning home from Gaylord at about 6:15 p.m. The pavement was a glaze of ice when the Glen- coe School bus accidentally drove into their car from the rear. The impact was so severe it knocked both doors open of their car and the car spun an undetermined num- ber of times.on the pavement and then landed on the left side of the pavement in the ditch, headed to- ward Gaylord. Nobody was seri- ously injured. Mrs. Cruse was treated for shock. 30 YEARS AGO JANUARY 1, 1959 Keith He.d, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hed and Carla Saxton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sax- Twice - Told Tales by Millie Hansen ton won the bicycles at Hanson's Drug Store. Other winners, in or- der, were James Craig Banex, David Redman, David Campa, Gene Miller, Daryl Bergs. Girls, in or- der, were Lucinda Pagel, Connie Barfknecht, Patricia Voss, Carol Rose, Mary Ann Klukas. Ruben Bergs tells us that the fox hunters from north of town have, as of Tuesday morning, bagged eleven of the red raiders so far this winter. A lot more have been chased but got away. The lack of snow has been a handicap. Twice this same group had seasons in which 27 were shot. Lucky winners of Reese's Fair- way Super Market Christmas Wrist Watch Drawing were Mr. R. Henke and Mrs. Hugo Sorenson. Fairway Foods offers Betty Crocker Cake Mixes, 4 pkgs. for 99; Potato Chips, twin pack, 1 lb., 49; Ice Cream, 1/2 gal., 59; Swift's Picnics, 39 lb.; Frozen Surawberries, 5 pkgs. 99; Kreemix Shortning, 3 lb. can 69; Creamettes Pizza Style, 2 for 23; Mild Colby Cheese, 49 lb. tntbrop Nine- ESTABLISHED 1 USl m'.32o .Douglas & Deborah Hanson Publishers Deborah Hanson, Editor .Sharoa Muth, Office Mgr.Shirley Sommer, AdvJArtwork Mime Hansen, Composition Doug Hanson, Adv. Manages" Keith AmlerSon,* Reporter Kristine Forst, Co-FAitm" Steven Stutsman and Ruth Sundeen, Fndance SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Yearly in Advance): Minnesota $15.00 Out-of-State $19.00 Single Copy 35 Published every Wednesday in Winthrop, Sibley County, Min~" rout. Second class postage paid at Winthrop, Minnesota. Deadline for Winthrop News and Inside Track advertising: 9 Monday. Deadline for Golden Galaxy is Friday: 5 p.m. Deadline all news copy: 9 a.m. Monday. Active Mcmbex OFFICE HOURS: 8:30-5:00 Monday-Friday Tel. 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