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January 13, 1998

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Ortonvlle "Town with a heart" wille, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1997 Volume 79; Number 50 ,.FINALLY...SOME OF THE WHITE STUFF! Snowmobilers and winter recreation lovers everywhere around lnnesota finally got what the), were praying for...about five inches of snow that fell on Sunday. But Donald nussen,p Snow picturedshoveling his deck andwalk on Orchard Street "m Ortonville, said he never looks forward Big Stone County HRA receives $50,000 federal grant ly $100lmillion collected A for 1997 flood nother $855,517 still expected to come to Big Stone County much of the damage assessed nrnthe 1997 spring flood Big Stone nty is now collecting grant money the Federal Emergency ag.ement Agency (FEMA). To , the county has received three '"I ks from FEMA, totaling ,887. Doug Tomschin Big Stone Unty Emergency Management td r, said another $855,517 is , from FEMA. More $880,000 of the money than went to the City of Beardsley lake project, with nearly going to Toqua and Odessa and the City of Clinton. expected $855,517 from FEMA go to the rest of the Big Stone nships and the City of n said. has also decided to give a of travel trailers it brought to in response to the spring flood, to Minnesota Counties. Big Stone County will receive one trailer, which was used for temporary housing dunng the flood. Jim Franklin, Minnesota Director of Emergency Management, said, "Our expectation is that the trailers will be used primarily for emergency operations/communications, and that they generally will be made available, when requested, to local officials responding to a major emergency." -The County will own the trailer, and can do what they want with it after an 18 month period. During that period, the county must make the trailer available to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, for use as temporary housing in the event of a disaster. The trailers are currently located at the PMA staging area in East Grand Forks, and Tomschin has until January 29 to pick up the trailer and transport it back to Big Stone County. All but two Minnesota counties will obtain at least one trailer, with several counties receiving two. Love Lights a Tree gift from VFW Auxiliary An additional donation was given by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3964 in memory of their departed members. "Thank you for your generous support," says Audrey Wellendorf. Kasten to Wesleyan Dakota Wesleyan University of Mitchell, SD, announces that Rachel Kasten of Ortonville has applied for admission for the 1998-99 school The Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) recently received a $50,000 housing preservation grant from the Rural Housing Service through Rural Development. a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant was announced recently by Rural Development manager Michel Hinrichsen, who said, "The Big Stone County HRA has done an outstanding job of administering and delivery of this program." The $50,000 grant funds will be used, along with another $60.000 to rehabilitate four very low Income housing units in Big Stone County. Housing preservauon grants are provided to non-profit and governmental organizations to remove health and safety hazards to owner- occupied residences, or rental housing for low income individuals. These funds are used along with other funding sources to accomplish the repairs. The $50,000 will be dispensed by the end of 1998. The Big Stone County HRA has been the recipient of eight Housing Preservation Grants since 1987. The Willmar Rural Development Area Office provides rural development programs in the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, and Swift. The 1997 RD allocation was $100,000, half of which Big Stone County received. Questions concerning Rural Development programs can be directed to 320-235-8690 or 320-235- 5612. year. Historical Soc. nville First Assembly of to meetJan. 13 od has new senior pastor Thomas M. Werner has tance in September. Rev. Werner is Gettysburg area ol Pennsylvania ana a oe position as the senior also the senior Chaplain at the Prairie graduate of Valley Forge Christian the Ortonville First Correctional Facility located in Y of God. He had also acted Appleton. interim pastor until this accep- Werner is a native of the College, Phoenixville, PA. He gradu- ated summa cum laude in 1986. He also studied at the Merrill Palmer Institute for applied studies in sociol- ogy and psychology on the Detroit Michigan campus as well as one semester at the University of Ghana in Ghana, West Africa. He has pastored an Assembly of God church for six and a half years in western Pennsylvania and the Leaf River Christian Church for several years in Wadena. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has worked for Prairie Correctional Facility since February of 1995. He is an endorsed chaplain with the National Department of Home Mission for the Assemblies of God. Werner's wife Manon is an EBD para-professional with the Wadena School District. They have three chil- dren: Melissa, 22, who works as a receptionist and secretary for the Development Office of North Central Bible College of Minneapolis; Andrew, 19 is a freshman i at Evangel College in Springfield, MO, studying criminal justice and Samuel, 14 in ninth grade in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School. The Werner family continues to reside in Wadena for the time being. Big Stone County's Historical Society will hold it's quarterly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Hilltop's Theatre of Seasons Cafe in Ortonville. Please advise if you will be attending by calling the Society at 839-3359, or Judy Drewicke at 839- 3824. iiorO" RTONVILLE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD has received a new Pastor. R:ev. Thomas Werner is shown here with his wife - " and children Andrew, Samuel and Melissa. BIG STONE COUNTY HRA recently received a $50,000 housing preservation grant from the Rural Housing Service throu h Rural Development, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture Pictured accepting the grant is Big Stone County HRA director Mary Beling, right, from Michel Hinrichsen, Rural Development Manager, left. Co. Hwy. Dept. gets $1.6 million in aid, more to come The past year proved to be an expensive year for road maintenance in Big Stone County but with the help of funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Highway Administration the Highway Department will be able to remain at its current tax levy for the following year. The first disaster declaration for the year was declared in January due to the tremendous amount of snow- fall. This was the first time that a dis- aster had ever been declared for excessive snowfall. Big Stone County Highway Department received $292,043 for this disaster which aided in paying for the huge amount of overtime hours needed to clear the roads and also for the many dozers that were needed to push the snow back away from the road. The second disaster which began in'April due to the flooding, did a tremendous amount of damage to the roads in Big Stone County. To receive grant money from FEMA every dam- aged site must be inspected and the amount of 6amage estimated. This came to a total of 90 sites within the county that qualified for funding. Every piece of equipment used for repairing damage at these sites is given an hourly rate along with a mileage rate for any vehicles used. Also any material used such as gravel, clay, rip rap, or black dirt is assigned a value of FEMA inspectors. Whenever repair work takes place at a site, all equipment hours, vehicle mileage, material quantities, and man hours must be kept track of and charged to the site. In addition to these 90 sites there were 16 additional sites with damage that qualified for fund- ing from the Federal Highway Administration. The damage estimate on the 90 sites came to $995,000 and the dam- age on the 16 other sites is approxi- mately $450,000. The Highway Department received a check from FEMA in October for $697,000 and $900,000 from the state aid disaster account. The Highway Department will also receive $600,000 from the FHWA to repair a site south of Barry that was damaged during the spring of 1996. Much of the repair work has been completed with the remaining to be done this coming summer. In addition to the work done by county crews, many local contractors were hired to get roads back into shape as soon as possible. "We were very fortunate to have such excellent local contractors to call on for help in repairing the large amount of damage that we had," said Big Stone County Darrell Pettis. Pheasants Forever planning banquet Pheasants Forever will have a banquet planning meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at VFW. Looking Back coming again The Independent's I4th annual special "Looking Back" section, featuring photo highlights of the past year in this area is being organized again by Independent editors. Also compiled in this section will be the historical recordings of area business firms and how long each has been in business ... for which the editors will again be making contacts within the next few weeks. We hope your response is as heartwarming as in past years, when those sec- tions were so well accepted by our readers! BIG STONE COUNTY'S BOARD OF COMMISSIoNERS changed positions with the new year, with Commissioner Dave Torgerson, front second from left, named chair, and commissioner Alvin Maas, front left, named vice chair. Commissioner Richard Lane is in the front row, far right. Pictured in the back row are Commissioners Jeanne Krueger and Elwood Throndrud.