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Figure skating show to be held at Ortonville ice rink A figure skating show, entitled "Arts on Ice" is being planned for Friday, Jan. 28 at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink. Figure skaters from the Watertown Figure Skating Association will be skating solos, duets and other routines to music. The event is being sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council. The public is invited to watch the free ice show which will begin at 7 p.m.. The warming house will be open and the Arts Council will be selling concessions including hot dogs, chips, cookies and hot chocolate with pro- ceeds going to benefit arts in the com- munity. Spectators should bundle up with warm clothing and are encouraged to bring blankets. Bleachers will be on hand to watch the outdoor event which will take place in the hockey rink. The skaters are all members of the United States Figure Skating Association. and the "Arts on Ice" show is sanctioned by the USFS Association as an official figure skat- ing event. Most of the skaters have skated at regional competitions. They will skate to music they have chosen and have choreographed their individual routines themselves. Clarissa Blake, 12, of Ortonville will be one of the skaters participating in "Arts on Ice." She has been taking lessons with the Watertown Figure Skating Association since she was five-years-old. She is the daughter of Phil and Sue Blake. Parking will be limited at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink, so please car pool to make room for all the spectators. The public is encouraged to come early and watch the skaters practice their routines during their warm ups before the show. Since the show is an outdoor event, it will be held weather permitting. For more information on "Arts on Ice." call Sue Blake at 320-305-2301. State projects lowest number of traffic related deaths since 1944 At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state De- partment of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the 420 mark-on par with 2009's total of 421, the lowest number of annual deaths since 1944. Officials say the 2010 figure will in- crease during the next few months as additional fatal crash reports are sub- mitted to DPS. Final crash numbers will be announced early this summer. "We've seen a positive trend-line of fewer road deaths in recent years that points to the success of legislation and proactive traffic safety campaigns," says DPS Commissioner Michael Campion. "While it appears 2010 won't show a big reduction in deaths, we are maintaining a low death count and have cut down our annual road deaths by more than 200 since just eight years ago-that is very signifi- cant." Campion cites these factors for the lower death trend: traffic safety legis- lation (such as primary seat belt law); enhanced enforcement coupled with education efforts; effective MnDOT, county and local engineering improve- ments; efficient emergency trauma re- sponse; as well as safer vehicles. "These are all critical elements to the progress, but none are as important as safe driver behavior. The key to re- ducing deaths is for motorists to take the task of driving seriously," says Campion. A critical statistic to determine road safety is the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). DPS es- timates the 2010 VMT will be 0.73, which would be the lowest ever for Minnesota. In 2009, the state VMT fa- tality rate was less than one person (0.74)-the second lowest in the nation - and down from a rate of 5.52 in 1966. Highlights from preliminary 2010 traffic data: Motorcyclist deaths plummet again -41 rider deaths compared to 53 total deaths in 2009. This marks the second consecutive major decline in rider deaths (2009 deaths dropped 28 per- cent from 2008). In recent years, mo- torcyclist deaths had boomed as ridership hit record levels. DPS attrib- utes the decline to the influx of boomer-age riders becoming more sea- soned and experienced, and less likely to crash. Other factors include rider training programs, enforcement and public outreach. The preliminary 410 fatality count includes motorists (313), motorcyclists (41); pedestrians (39-slightly down from the 41 in 2009); bicyclists (nine - even with 2009); ATV riders (four); farm equipment operators (two); one snowmobiler; and one battery powered conveyance vehicle operator. Teen deaths-a surge of teen deaths in spring contributed to 37 teen deaths (ages 16-19), up from the 35 killed in 2009. DWI arrests-26,810 preliminary DWI arrests; there were 32,924 DWI arrests in 2009. The preliminary DWI arrest count will grow as alcohol-con- centration data is finalized. Crash data regarding alcohol-related deaths will be reported later this year. Each year, alcohol-related crashes account for more than one-third of the state's total death count. Last year there were 141 alcohol-related deaths, the lowest death count on record since being tracked in 1984. DPS officials also cite milestones in 2010 that will drive the trend of fewer road deaths in 2011: Daytime seat belt compliance hit a record-high 92 percent-Campion says the primary seat belt law helped to again boost the state's belt use rate. The belt law (in effect since June 2009) re- quires drivers and all passengers to be belted or in the correct child restraint, and allows law enforcement to stop drivers or passengers for belt viola- tions. Strengthened DWI sanctions law, including greater use of ignition inter- locks, effective July 1,2011. This law requires first-time DWI offenders ar- rested at 0.16 alcohol-concentration level or higher and all repeat offenders to drive only a vehicle with an ignition interlock installed, or face longer peri- ods without driving privileges. Inter- locks are attached to a vehicle starter and require the driver to provide a breath sample to determine their alco- hol-concentration level prior to starting the vehicle. Since 2000, the state's annual traf- fic deaths steadily declined: in 2000 there were 625 deaths; 2001-568; 2002-657; 2003-655; 2004-567; 2005- 559; 2006-494; 2007 -510; 2008-455; 2009-42 I. The state's traffic safety efforts are driven by its core traffic safety initia- tive, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A pri- mary vision of the TZD program is to sculpt a safe driving culture in Min- nesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practic- ing and promoting safe and smart driv- ing behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to re- duce crashes-education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma re- sponse. , J =)i+=$erving the Ortonville area +on the 2nd and 4th Friday of +i+ every month. !4  2nd Street. Ortonville, MN t -e oo-447- 7244 - - - D'PN- ] l Bring in this coupon i I I I and receive your = I ................ Hearing Aid, I Batteries , I Offer good thru Feb. 1, 2011. ! : :=m m= == =m == =m =m =m == == l  =m =m mR J Roger Stephens State of MN Certified Hearing Instrument Dispenser i / ] A GOOD DAY FOR SLEDDING last Friday after school as students from the Ortonville sixth grade along with others took to the hills behind the Ortonville Armory in Central Park. Shown above are some of the kids beginning their decline down the hill. Trojan B-squad boys on roll with three wins last week Schake's celebrate 45th wedding The Trojan B-squad boys basketball team is on a nice roll, winning three games since the holiday break. On Tuesday, Jan. 40rtonville hosted the Lincoln HI Rebels and were able to come away with a 57-53 win. The Trojans did not play well in the first half and found themselves trailing at halftime 34-27. The second half was a totally differ- ent story as the Trojans played much better defense and were able to score some easy baskets off steals and pulled out the win. Nick Benck was the leading scorer with 15 points. He was followed by James Nitz with 14, Austin Schoon with 12, Rile)' Thompson with 10 point and 11 rebounds, Cole Peters with three, Ryan Hanson with two and Noah Kottke with one. On Thursday, the Trojans hosted cross state rival, the Milbank Bulldogs. Milbank took control of the first half and held a 35-26 lead at halftime. "We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids came out and played by far their best half of basket- ball this season," said Coach A1 Guse. The Trojans went on to defeat the Bull- dogs 59-53. an niversary Benck again led the Trojan scoring attack with 18 points. Schoon added and Tony Schake each added 16 points, Peters had four, Jade Hasslen had three and Nitz with two. Ortonville came right back the next night and hosted the Hancock Owls. The game was close at the start, but the Trojans were able to get things going to take a 34-15 lead at halftime. Ortonville did not let up in the sec- KC free throw contest Jan. 30 The Gene Rausch Council of the Knights of Columbus will once again Friends and family are invited to be hosting its annual youth free join the children and grandchildren of throw contest. All boys and girls ages Loren and Sandy Schake at a 45th 10-14 are invited to participate. wedding anniversary open house on The competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 1:30-4 p.m. at Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Big Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Stone School Gymnasium. Winners Loren and Sandy were married on will advance to the regional Jan. 22, 1966 near Appleton. Cards competition in Morris. may be sent to the couple at 315 Entry forms maybe picked up at Lincoln Ave, Ortonville, MN 56278. the local schools the week of the (ADV) competition. and half as all the players were able to see action as the Trojans defeated the Owls 64-31. Four Trojans were in double figures in this game. Nitz, Schoon, Schake and Ryan Hanson each scored 10 points. Others scoring were Thompson with nine, Benck with five, Hasslen and Yannic Graf each had four and Peters added two. The Trojans (6-.1) have a busy week of basketball coming up. On Monday, Jan. 17 they hosted the Benson Braves. On Tuesday, Jan. 18 they travel to Brandon to tangle with the Brandon- Evansville Chargers and will host the CGB Wolverines on Friday, Jan. 21. Library board meet The Pioneerland Library System Board will meet on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Willmar Public Library. If you would like an agenda, a copy is available at your local library. HUMOR FROM THE CLASSROOM ....... And other places I've hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen For several years, when I first came to Cochise College, I sang with the college choir. The director, David Meeker, who had been a member of the Robert Shaw Chorale, had a sense of humor, but when it came to direct- ing, he was a 'no nonsense' guy. He always insisted that everyone in the choir learn all of the music; no books or song sheets were allowed in concert, or at rehearsals two weeks before. In the last practice session before a concert one spring, I had a music stand in front of me with the music sheets on it, and I'll admit that I was occasionally glancing at them. When Professor Meeker saw that, he stopped the singing abruptly and asked if I was looking at the music. I admitted that I was, but tried to assure him that I would have it memorized by concert time. That wasn't good enough for him, perfectionist tliat he was. Although there were some of my students in the chorus, he railed at me like I was a sophomore cheating on an exam. Meeker always encouraged me to sing with the chorus because he said he liked the quality of my tenor voice, so, at first I thought he was kidding. When I noticed that he was not, I said, after he quieted down, "You know, I don't need this credit to graduate." Everyone in the chorus laughed, but Director Meeker did not. When the laughing died down, he said, "You don't need this credit to graduate? Good thing!" A few years later it was learned that David Meeker had incurable can- cer. My wife and I attended the last concert he directed. 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