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MALLTOWNPAPES Z.- r 5026 CALtFORNtA AVE SIN SEATTLE WA Ut.l-4 3O Ortonville =Town with a heart" N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 1 Section-16 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 Volume 93; Number 1 FIVE BABIES BORN WITHIN A LITTLE OVER 48 HOURS of each other in December of 2010. On an average, Ortonville Area Health Services delivers seven babies per month. The first of the five babies was born at 8:09 a.m. on Dec. 1 and the fifth baby at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 3. On Dec. 2, three of the babies were born within two hours of each other! Baby number two was delivered at 2:15 p.m., followed by the third baby at 3:36 p.m. and the fourth at 4:15 p.m. This is the most babies they have had in the new nursery at one time. It made for a fun couple of days for the nursing and medical staff at OAHS. Recently four of the five families met in the new lobby for a photo. Pictured above, left to right, are Shawna Speth and& son Brodryck; Marty, Jeanette and Peyton Stotesbery; Jeremy, Sara and Alexis Tollakson and Marci and son Isreal Weldon. Mary, Matthew and Hans Hofer are pictured in photo at left. Sisseton man charged with burglary at Cenex C Store A Sisseton, SD man is being held in the Traverse County Jail after his arrest for the alleged burglary of the Cenex Convenience Store in Ortonville on Saturday, Jan. 8. According to court documents, Je- remy Fahleen, 30, is charged with six counts ranging from burglary, theft, re- ceiving stolen property and damage to property. According to Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, a broken glass alarm went off at the Cenex store at ap- proximately 3:10 a.m. After respond- ing to the call, they noticed footprints leading up to the roof of the Cenex building, where they found a floor board had been kicked in and access gained through the back room. They did not find any footprints leading out of the building and decided to secure the store assuming the suspect was still inside. The Ortonville Police Depart- ment and Big Stone County Sheriff's Department then searched the inside and found no one in the store. The ATM Machine had been pried open and after calling in store employees it was determined that the safe was also broken into and four cash bags had been stolen with an undetermined amount of cash taken as well as all the rolls of quarters and some cigarettes. While responding to the call, a Big Stone County Deputy noticed a vehicle leaving the back alley of the Cenex Store and later found it at an aban- doned farm just north of Ortonville on Highway 75. No one was in the vehicle and after getting a search warrant offi- cers found a red carry bag with rolls of quarters inside and a black garbage bag with cigarettes inside. Officers then noticed footprints in the snow leading back into Ortonville. After following them back into Or- tonville, the suspect was later appre- hended near the Ortonville Ambulance garage at approximately 8:15 a.m. Fahleen made his first court appear- ance on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in Big Stone County Court where he deferred to enter a plea. A pre-plea investigation was then ordered. Fahleen is currently being held in the Traverse County Jail. TWO BIG DIESEL ENGINES were busy last week plowing and widening railroad tracks between Big Stone City, SD and Milbank, SD. It was almost one year ago when a Burlington Northern and Santa Fe train was stuck in a 10 foot snowdrift between the two communities. Ortonville man to be sentenced Feb. 22 in BSC Court A sentencing date of Feb. 22 at l1:30 a.m. has been set for 33-year old Joseph Pelowski of Ortonvilte who was found guilty on two felony counts by a jury in Big Stone County Court on Dec. 21. The 12 panel jury found Pelowski guilty on Count l-Aggravated Forgery-Utter or Possess Writing/Object and Count 2-Drugs- 5th Degree-Possess Schedule 1,2,3,4- Not Small Amount Marijuana. The charges stem from an alleged incident in May in which Northside Medical Center of Ortonville reported a forged prescription that was passed at Carlson Drug. The Ortonville Police Department along with the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant for the Pelowski residence and motor vehicle and according to the complaint, officers did find two marijuana pipes and pipe screens in the Pelowski residence. OHS Robotics team attends 2011 kick-off at Fargo, ND By Jacob Meyer The 2011 FIRST ROBOTICS competition is underway this year. We had a few members attend the kick- off, which was located in Fargo at the NDSU Campus. The purpose of going to the kick- off was to get our KOP (Kit-Of-Parts) and get a closer look at this year's competition. The founder of First Robotics, Dean Kamen, spoke to us about information we needed for this year. Kamen had many guests speak at this year's kickoff. Famous singer/rapper Will.i.am (from the Black Eyed Peas) spoke about how people in robotics are really cool. Presentations about basic building and electrical wiring, awards and rules, and surviving the first year of robotics were attended by members of our team. • This year's competition is called I,GOMOTION. The main objective of this year's competition is to pick up inner tubes with a robotic arm and place them on a pegged-wall. The last 10 seconds of each match is used to deploy a miniature robot off/out of the larger, main robot. The miniature robot must climb the pole and race the others who are on one of three differ- ent poles. The most points are rewarded to the robot to get to the top first with each mini robot reaching the top award some points. We have six weeks to design, build, program, and ship our robot off. We will re-unite with it in Minneapolis on March 31st. The competition is at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and is open to the public. This is our second year in this pro- gram. We have experienced "veter- ans" in our group along with many new members. If any community Anniversary at Big Stone Chiropractic Dr. Chance and Amber Haugen are thrilled to be celebrating the first year anniversary of Big Stone Chiropractic Health Center in Ortonville. The Haugens are acknowledging the event with a week long "Thank You" celebration to be held Monday, Jan. 31 - Friday, Feb. 4. Special events will be held each day, along with prizes, snacks and refreshments. See ad inside for details• . ..-., ORTONVILLE'S ROBOTICS TEAM attended the kick-off of the 2011 FIRST ROBOTICS competition located in Fargo, ND at the NDSU Campus on Saturday, Jan. 8. The purpose of gong to the kick- off was to get the KOP (Kit-Of-Parts) and get a closer look at this /oear's competition. OHS students attending were, from left to right, e Larson, Zach Larson, Taylor Barnhardt, Adam Henrich and Jonah Thune. The three advisors that accompanied the students were Gary Pfleger and Bob and Joan Foley. members are interested in contribut- wiring, or even a monetary donation, ing to our FIRST robotics group with please contact Joan Foley at 320-839- knowledge of programming, building, 6181 Extension 212. Learn to skate, play hockey clinic to be held A hockey skate clinic will be held at the Ortonville skating rink which is put on by the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association and will run for two weeks. The price for the two week clinic is $25 per child. Family prices are $25 for the first child and $15 each for second or more. Clinic dates are Jan. 18, 20, 21,25 and 27 for girls and boys ages eight and under• You don't have to know how to skate to join. Registration will be held Jan. 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. Clinics will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on each of the dates above. Equipment will be available to those that don't have skates or helmet• They ask that parents do provide a mouth guard. In case of bad weather there will be no clinic that day. If you have any questions please call Hope Elbert at 320-305-0589. Come join the fun of learning how to skate ! Volunteers join forces to give Granary Food Co-op new look The Granary Food Cooperative on Ortonville's mainstreet is getting a "make over" thanks to volunteers in the community. They are putting the finishing touches on the remodeling project this week. The Granary Food Co-op first opened in the 1970s and has been operating the store ever since to pro- vide healthy, wholesome foods to the community. It is run by volunteers • who are members of the Co-op. The Granary has been located at the cor- ner of Monroe Avenue and Second Street since 1993. Aside from a new look, the Co-op has been revitalized with the help of the Land Stewardship Project and The Local Foods Group, two organiza- tions that share the same philosophy of the Granary members. The Local Foods Group and The Land Stewardship Project have taken an interest in the Granary as a place to sell locally grown products. One of the instigators behind this new collaboration is Rebecca Terk, Healthy Food Systems Organizer for the Land Stewardship Project. "We are thrilled to be working with the Granary Food Co-op," said Terk. It's a win win situation for all the organi- zations, she said, as a way to source healthy and local foods in the local community. With the help of the Land Stewardship Project and Local Foods Group, the Granary Food Co-op plans to purchase and sell more locally grown organic foods and products. Terk applied for five years of fund- ing for the Big Stone County area from a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant through the Healthy Eating Minnesota Program. The grant was aproved and the Big Stone County area received about S 12,000 for vari- VOLUNTEERS worked hard to paint and remodel the Granary Food Co-op recently. Shown above left to right are, in back, Renae Giese and Dean McCurdy. In front are Trish Kramer, Rebecca Terk and Peg Deluge. ous local projects. The Big Stone County area project is one of only seven projects which received funding from the Healthy Eating Minnesota Program. In addi- tion to the local project, five projects are being funded in the metro area, one in Morris. The Healthy Eating Minnesota Program funds awarded to the Big Stone County area have been distrib- uted through various projects within Big Stone County, including the Granary Food Co-op project• With these grant funds, Terk was able to purchase a $4,000 upright commercial display freezer for the Co-op. This will allow the Granary to purchase and display more frozen products. Another local organization which has been quite instrumental in reno- vating the Granary Food Co-op is the (Continued on page 3)