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IND END "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Ortonville with a heart" LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD. Butch Christensen of rural Odessa says he enjoys giving rides to kids nw things to his train whenever he gets a chance. ildren love Christensen's ittle Engine That Could" it comes to entertaining Butch Christensen of rural has just the thing that could - ine That Could". ; project began about a year ago for his grandchildren when to visit. "It sure kept them but I had to make sure I had a each one so nobody felt left :ry to recycle things from the farm to put on the train," s. The "locomotive" is made John Deere lawnmower, with tank from a water softener to fit over the front, and ht is made from an old house light mounted on a tree stand. cars are made from old in the top, and each child's seat (made from old bus seats) comes complete with seat belts for safety. The wooden caboose serves as storage for Butch's engineer clothes. The train got its name from this year's Stars in the Park event held during Cornfest, where children put on a play entitled "The Little Engine That Could". "Someone suggested I paint that name on the side for the play, and it just stuck," he said. "The first car is just for show and doesn't carry any passengers," Butch says. Inside is an air tank which is filled by a compressor hooked to the lawnmower's engine. The air then )oOWers the whistle atop the comotive. He has driven his train in several Corniest parade and the Stars In the Park event, and plans on taking it to this year's Applefest parade in Appleton. Butch says that he's not done working on the train yet, and plans to put in a rear light and a smoke system as soon as possible. "I plan on using a yard fogger and fish house heater to make smoke come out of the stack, as soon as I can figure out how to hook itup," he says. Although the train was originally intended for his grandchildren, Butch says it gets plenty of use from different children all over the area, and that's just fine with him. "I like seeing the kids having fun and working on the train when 1 get a chance," he said, "and who knows Flood-affected businesses still awaiting reimbursement At its regular meeting last Monday night, Ortonville's City Council heard from NOVA Consulting Group mem- bers on the buyout of four businesses damaged by the flood of 1997- Ortonville Auto, Royal Flush Sanitation, Berkner Plumbing and Heating and Strege's Auto Parts, all located along the north side of Highway 12 between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD. Owners of the four business had been present at the last two City Council meetings, stating their con- cern over the length of time it was tak- ing for a response from NOVA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Glenn Nelson, owner of Ortonville Auto, remarked at the council's Jan. 4 meeting, "Everyone else around the state whose homes and businesses were damaged in the flood have heard back and have gotten their money. We're just wondering what's been holding things up." According to Ortonville Mayor Dave Eliingson's letter to the flood file, dated May 20 of last year, he had met with the MPCA on May 12, and they had informed him more informa- tion would be needed on the four sites before acquisition would be possible. The project was expected to have taken approximately six months, the letter stated. Karin Lagaard of the Upper Minnesota Valley Rural Development Commission was present at last Monday's meeting, along with NOVA Engineer Eric Hesse. Lagaard stated the final phase of the project was now completed, and the MPCA must now review the data collected. "We would anticipate an answer in about 15-30 days," she said. Also, Lagaard stated a purchase offer would be put together following k at Ortonville Schools after noon last Friday, classes at Ortonville Schools Cancelled due to a potential con- of carbon monoxide. to Curt Bailey, construe- manager for Hasslen Inc. of Ortonville, the working on the Ortonville ect, one of the carbon detectors in the high school of the Ortonville school had the MPCA's review, and should be presented to the business owners by the end of February. The council then discussed what could be done with the area once the buildings are demolished, and Hesse stated, "There would be a possibility for a campground or park at the site later on." In other business, the council approved the following appointments for 1999 by Mayor Ellingson: official newspaper - The OrtonviUe Independent; official radio station - KDI'O; President Pro-Tem - Dan Oakes; Golf Board - Mike Hynnek, Roger Sandberg and Brett Jacobsen; Library Board - Nancy Marthaler and Mike Dorry; Planning Commission - Floyd Guse and Myrna Howen, with two seats still vacant; Board of Adjustments and Appeals - Myrna Howen, with one seat still vacant. Appointed Fire Department Officers were: Chief Dallas Hanson, Assistant Chief Steve Barr, Treasurer Tom Kindt, Secretary Jerry Wiegman, Training Officer Randy McLain and Safety Officer Tim Scherer. WITH A COMBINED TOTAL OF 47 YEARS EXPERIENCE on the Ortonville Fire Department, Bill Sellin (22 years) and Bob Carlson (25 years) recently retired from the depament. Both are shown here with special plaques for their years of service, being presented by Fire Chief Dallas Hanson. From left to right are Hanson, Sellin and Carlson. Further details appear inside this issue. barrels whidh have holes cut parades, including this year's what I'll think of for it next year." Profit markups begin with Irbon monoxide scare last Wendell Paulsen developing a marketing plan Has Bypass Surgery Ortonville. Hosted by Country Hedging, Inc., a division of Cenex Harvest States, the seminar is sponsored by the Farmer's Co-op Elevator Company of Ortonville (instigator), Clinton Co-op Farmers Elevator Association, Farm Credit Services of West Central Minnesota, CenBank of Ortonville, Minnwest Bank of Ortonville, Clinton State Bank, Marquette Bank of Big Stone City, SD and Big Stone Cooperative. Besides learning more about mar- keting grain in 1999, farmers will be able to speak to marketing representa- tives from Country Hedging as they present strategies on how to manage price risk, production risk, setting goals for 1999, market outlook, as well as answering any and all ques- tions about marketing for the coming crop season. Country Hedging invites farmers to find out for themselves how profit markups begin with developing a suc- cessful marketing plan, and encourage all those interested in developing a winning plan for the upcoming season to come to the Matador Supper Club this Thursday. See page ad inside this issue for further details. went off earlier in the day. He also said six teachers and a few students had complained of symptoms that are related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Bailey stated a maintenance person at the school had taken the detector to a different part of the building, where it still registered the presence of car- bon monoxide. Upon buying a new detector, which didn't register any car- bon monoxide, he stated it was deter- mined the detector had malfunctioned. "My two sons came home from school at 1 p.m.," Bailey said. "They were told by their teachers that school was being closed because of carbon monoxide in the high school and fear that it may seep into the elementary wings. They were also told that it was caused by the contractors on the school project." Bailey said he was contacted about the closing shortly before that time and contacted Hasslen Construction's safety official, who immediately came and took carbon monoxide readings throughout the school. "Not one of the readings reflected evidence of a problem," he said. At this point, Hasslen Construction contacted McNeil Environmental and employed their services to do a battery of tests to determine what, if anything, Wendell (Bud) Paulsen of rural Ortonville, underwent bypass surgery in McAllen, TX on January 7, 1999. He became ill shortly after arriving in Texas and req.uired surgery. He is now recuperating at his home there. His address is: Cesa DelSol, Rt. 4, Box 4455, Donna, Texas 78537. With the recent wave of low crop prices, farmers are urged to "tip the scales" in their favor for the upcoming season, by developing a successful marketing plan for the future. It's almost impossible to predict the weather or the number of crop acres that may be planted, or what the demand will be for that particular crop in the upcoming year. For this reason, the organizers encourage farmers to layout a marketing plan, and make it an integral part of the fanning opera- tion's total business plan. This Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., there will be a marketing seminar for farmers at the Matador Supper Club in Cookie sales begin for Girl Scouts Girl Scouts in the Ortonville area will begin taking orders for Girl Scout cookies on Jan. 30 thru Feb. 14, 1999. There are eight varieties of cookies available, including two new cookies: Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Drops. The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is an event that works in two ways. It raises funds for an organization that supports girls with fun, informal learning activities, and it teaches important life skills such as goal set- ting and money management. Kelly Runkel, Product Sales Manager of Peacepipe Girl Scout Council, says that girls in the Ortonville area will be using the theme, "Take It To The Top!", as they work together to reach their troop and council goal for the cookie sale. Peacepipe Council serves over 5,700 girls in 663 troops in 25 counties. Proceeds from the cookie sale are used by the troops for program activi- Rites today for Ivan Stern, Arndt, Sommerfeld long-time former businessman on SSU honors list Ryan Arndt of Ortonville and Vanessa Sommerfeld of Big Stone City, SD were among the students named to the fall semester honors list at Southwest State University of Marshall. Funeral services for Ivan R. Stern, 85, of Ortonville, will be at 10:30 a.m. today Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999 in the Congregational United Church of Christ at Ortonville. Officiating will be Rev. Shalom Kropfl. Organist will be Donna Leiferman, with Paula Tobin soloist. Candle bearer will be Chad Goldsmith. Honorary pallbearers will be Ivan's past customers, golf buddies and the members of Sinners Row. Active pallbearers will be Loyal Johnson, Leonard Olson, John Jurgens, Wade Sweezey, LeRoy "Bud" Knippen, and William Powell. Military honors by Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Ivan Robert Stern was born Oct. 4, 1913 to Samuel S. and Chloe D. (Streeter) Stern at Mobridge, SD. He graduated from Ortonville High School in 1930. On Nov. 8, 1938, he was united in marriage to Loretta Inderieden at Mankato. ties they have planned and by the council to fund services and programs made available throughout the year to Girl Scouts in its jurisdiction. Cookies can be ordered from Girl Scouts, but if you would like more information about buying Girl Scout cookies, please call: Debbie, Ellingson, 839-6269 or Mona Strege, 839-2019. SD; one son, Steven (Joan) of OrtonviUe; one sister, Willa Satre of Salinas, CA; one brother, Richard (Gen) Stern of Fresno, CA; four grandchildren, Chad and Kelli Goldsmith and Steffany and Sydney Stern; three great grandchildren, Mason and Jessica Goldsmith and Trent Jacobs; and a nephew, Richard Myerly of Boca Raton, FL. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. Ivan was inducted into the Army on Sept. 28, 1943. Active in World War II, Ivan received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal 44, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was a Master Sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge in March of 1946. Ivan's interests included fishing trips to Canada, golfing and hunting. He always had a smile on his face, and loved visiting with all the people who came into the store. Ivan's motto was "To have a friend you must first be a friend." He had no complaints. Mr. Stern passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 17, 1999 at Northridge Residence in Ortonville, reaching the age of 85 years, three months and four days. He leaves a legacy of many friends due to his great love for people. Survivors include his wife Loretta of Ortonville; two daughters, Diane (Gary) Hiner of St. Paul and Sue (Richard) Goldsmith of Flandreau, manager begins duties b. 1st at BS Cooperative Agriculture. He spent the first six years of his professional career as a Vocational Agriculture instructor. He is a native of Oakes, ND, and is married. He and wife, Jackie, have two sons, Henry and Andy. Mel's career has been centered in small towns, and he has been extremely active in civic and church affairs in all the communities where he has lived. He is a member of the NDSU FFA and Flying Club, and is a certified diver. Stone has to run a.kes that Clinton, Ville, sur- ta will begin his duties on Monday, Feb. 1st. He replaces interim manager Curt Bystol and pre- vious full-time manager Bruce Mlsna, who left after less than two years as manager. Domine, 40, comes from Verona, ND, where he was manager of the Verona Farmers Co-op Grain Company. Before grain management, he had been a manager with Cenex/Land O'Lakes Co-op for eight years. Mel is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in IND END "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Ortonville with a heart" LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD. Butch Christensen of rural Odessa says he enjoys giving rides to kids nw things to his train whenever he gets a chance. ildren love Christensen's ittle Engine That Could" it comes to entertaining Butch Christensen of rural has just the thing that could - ine That Could". ; project began about a year ago for his grandchildren when to visit. "It sure kept them but I had to make sure I had a each one so nobody felt left :ry to recycle things from the farm to put on the train," s. The "locomotive" is made John Deere lawnmower, with tank from a water softener to fit over the front, and ht is made from an old house light mounted on a tree stand. cars are made from old in the top, and each child's seat (made from old bus seats) comes complete with seat belts for safety. The wooden caboose serves as storage for Butch's engineer clothes. The train got its name from this year's Stars in the Park event held during Cornfest, where children put on a play entitled "The Little Engine That Could". "Someone suggested I paint that name on the side for the play, and it just stuck," he said. "The first car is just for show and doesn't carry any passengers," Butch says. Inside is an air tank which is filled by a compressor hooked to the lawnmower's engine. The air then )oOWers the whistle atop the comotive. He has driven his train in several Corniest parade and the Stars In the Park event, and plans on taking it to this year's Applefest parade in Appleton. Butch says that he's not done working on the train yet, and plans to put in a rear light and a smoke system as soon as possible. "I plan on using a yard fogger and fish house heater to make smoke come out of the stack, as soon as I can figure out how to hook itup," he says. Although the train was originally intended for his grandchildren, Butch says it gets plenty of use from different children all over the area, and that's just fine with him. "I like seeing the kids having fun and working on the train when 1 get a chance," he said, "and who knows Flood-affected businesses still awaiting reimbursement At its regular meeting last Monday night, Ortonville's City Council heard from NOVA Consulting Group mem- bers on the buyout of four businesses damaged by the flood of 1997- Ortonville Auto, Royal Flush Sanitation, Berkner Plumbing and Heating and Strege's Auto Parts, all located along the north side of Highway 12 between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD. Owners of the four business had been present at the last two City Council meetings, stating their con- cern over the length of time it was tak- ing for a response from NOVA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Glenn Nelson, owner of Ortonville Auto, remarked at the council's Jan. 4 meeting, "Everyone else around the state whose homes and businesses were damaged in the flood have heard back and have gotten their money. We're just wondering what's been holding things up." According to Ortonville Mayor Dave Eliingson's letter to the flood file, dated May 20 of last year, he had met with the MPCA on May 12, and they had informed him more informa- tion would be needed on the four sites before acquisition would be possible. The project was expected to have taken approximately six months, the letter stated. Karin Lagaard of the Upper Minnesota Valley Rural Development Commission was present at last Monday's meeting, along with NOVA Engineer Eric Hesse. Lagaard stated the final phase of the project was now completed, and the MPCA must now review the data collected. "We would anticipate an answer in about 15-30 days," she said. Also, Lagaard stated a purchase offer would be put together following k at Ortonville Schools after noon last Friday, classes at Ortonville Schools Cancelled due to a potential con- of carbon monoxide. to Curt Bailey, construe- manager for Hasslen Inc. of Ortonville, the working on the Ortonville ect, one of the carbon detectors in the high school of the Ortonville school had the MPCA's review, and should be presented to the business owners by the end of February. The council then discussed what could be done with the area once the buildings are demolished, and Hesse stated, "There would be a possibility for a campground or park at the site later on." In other business, the council approved the following appointments for 1999 by Mayor Ellingson: official newspaper - The OrtonviUe Independent; official radio station - KDI'O; President Pro-Tem - Dan Oakes; Golf Board - Mike Hynnek, Roger Sandberg and Brett Jacobsen; Library Board - Nancy Marthaler and Mike Dorry; Planning Commission - Floyd Guse and Myrna Howen, with two seats still vacant; Board of Adjustments and Appeals - Myrna Howen, with one seat still vacant. Appointed Fire Department Officers were: Chief Dallas Hanson, Assistant Chief Steve Barr, Treasurer Tom Kindt, Secretary Jerry Wiegman, Training Officer Randy McLain and Safety Officer Tim Scherer. WITH A COMBINED TOTAL OF 47 YEARS EXPERIENCE on the Ortonville Fire Department, Bill Sellin (22 years) and Bob Carlson (25 years) recently retired from the depament. Both are shown here with special plaques for their years of service, being presented by Fire Chief Dallas Hanson. From left to right are Hanson, Sellin and Carlson. Further details appear inside this issue. barrels whidh have holes cut parades, including this year's what I'll think of for it next year." Profit markups begin with Irbon monoxide scare last Wendell Paulsen developing a marketing plan Has Bypass Surgery Ortonville. Hosted by Country Hedging, Inc., a division of Cenex Harvest States, the seminar is sponsored by the Farmer's Co-op Elevator Company of Ortonville (instigator), Clinton Co-op Farmers Elevator Association, Farm Credit Services of West Central Minnesota, CenBank of Ortonville, Minnwest Bank of Ortonville, Clinton State Bank, Marquette Bank of Big Stone City, SD and Big Stone Cooperative. Besides learning more about mar- keting grain in 1999, farmers will be able to speak to marketing representa- tives from Country Hedging as they present strategies on how to manage price risk, production risk, setting goals for 1999, market outlook, as well as answering any and all ques- tions about marketing for the coming crop season. Country Hedging invites farmers to find out for themselves how profit markups begin with developing a suc- cessful marketing plan, and encourage all those interested in developing a winning plan for the upcoming season to come to the Matador Supper Club this Thursday. See page ad inside this issue for further details. went off earlier in the day. He also said six teachers and a few students had complained of symptoms that are related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Bailey stated a maintenance person at the school had taken the detector to a different part of the building, where it still registered the presence of car- bon monoxide. Upon buying a new detector, which didn't register any car- bon monoxide, he stated it was deter- mined the detector had malfunctioned. "My two sons came home from school at 1 p.m.," Bailey said. "They were told by their teachers that school was being closed because of carbon monoxide in the high school and fear that it may seep into the elementary wings. They were also told that it was caused by the contractors on the school project." Bailey said he was contacted about the closing shortly before that time and contacted Hasslen Construction's safety official, who immediately came and took carbon monoxide readings throughout the school. "Not one of the readings reflected evidence of a problem," he said. At this point, Hasslen Construction contacted McNeil Environmental and employed their services to do a battery of tests to determine what, if anything, Wendell (Bud) Paulsen of rural Ortonville, underwent bypass surgery in McAllen, TX on January 7, 1999. He became ill shortly after arriving in Texas and req.uired surgery. He is now recuperating at his home there. His address is: Cesa DelSol, Rt. 4, Box 4455, Donna, Texas 78537. With the recent wave of low crop prices, farmers are urged to "tip the scales" in their favor for the upcoming season, by developing a successful marketing plan for the future. It's almost impossible to predict the weather or the number of crop acres that may be planted, or what the demand will be for that particular crop in the upcoming year. For this reason, the organizers encourage farmers to layout a marketing plan, and make it an integral part of the fanning opera- tion's total business plan. This Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., there will be a marketing seminar for farmers at the Matador Supper Club in Cookie sales begin for Girl Scouts Girl Scouts in the Ortonville area will begin taking orders for Girl Scout cookies on Jan. 30 thru Feb. 14, 1999. There are eight varieties of cookies available, including two new cookies: Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Drops. The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is an event that works in two ways. It raises funds for an organization that supports girls with fun, informal learning activities, and it teaches important life skills such as goal set- ting and money management. Kelly Runkel, Product Sales Manager of Peacepipe Girl Scout Council, says that girls in the Ortonville area will be using the theme, "Take It To The Top!", as they work together to reach their troop and council goal for the cookie sale. Peacepipe Council serves over 5,700 girls in 663 troops in 25 counties. Proceeds from the cookie sale are used by the troops for program activi- Rites today for Ivan Stern, Arndt, Sommerfeld long-time former businessman on SSU honors list Ryan Arndt of Ortonville and Vanessa Sommerfeld of Big Stone City, SD were among the students named to the fall semester honors list at Southwest State University of Marshall. Funeral services for Ivan R. Stern, 85, of Ortonville, will be at 10:30 a.m. today Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999 in the Congregational United Church of Christ at Ortonville. Officiating will be Rev. Shalom Kropfl. Organist will be Donna Leiferman, with Paula Tobin soloist. Candle bearer will be Chad Goldsmith. Honorary pallbearers will be Ivan's past customers, golf buddies and the members of Sinners Row. Active pallbearers will be Loyal Johnson, Leonard Olson, John Jurgens, Wade Sweezey, LeRoy "Bud" Knippen, and William Powell. Military honors by Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Ivan Robert Stern was born Oct. 4, 1913 to Samuel S. and Chloe D. (Streeter) Stern at Mobridge, SD. He graduated from Ortonville High School in 1930. On Nov. 8, 1938, he was united in marriage to Loretta Inderieden at Mankato. ties they have planned and by the council to fund services and programs made available throughout the year to Girl Scouts in its jurisdiction. Cookies can be ordered from Girl Scouts, but if you would like more information about buying Girl Scout cookies, please call: Debbie, Ellingson, 839-6269 or Mona Strege, 839-2019. SD; one son, Steven (Joan) of OrtonviUe; one sister, Willa Satre of Salinas, CA; one brother, Richard (Gen) Stern of Fresno, CA; four grandchildren, Chad and Kelli Goldsmith and Steffany and Sydney Stern; three great grandchildren, Mason and Jessica Goldsmith and Trent Jacobs; and a nephew, Richard Myerly of Boca Raton, FL. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. Ivan was inducted into the Army on Sept. 28, 1943. Active in World War II, Ivan received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal 44, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was a Master Sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge in March of 1946. Ivan's interests included fishing trips to Canada, golfing and hunting. He always had a smile on his face, and loved visiting with all the people who came into the store. Ivan's motto was "To have a friend you must first be a friend." He had no complaints. Mr. Stern passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 17, 1999 at Northridge Residence in Ortonville, reaching the age of 85 years, three months and four days. He leaves a legacy of many friends due to his great love for people. Survivors include his wife Loretta of Ortonville; two daughters, Diane (Gary) Hiner of St. Paul and Sue (Richard) Goldsmith of Flandreau, manager begins duties b. 1st at BS Cooperative Agriculture. He spent the first six years of his professional career as a Vocational Agriculture instructor. He is a native of Oakes, ND, and is married. He and wife, Jackie, have two sons, Henry and Andy. Mel's career has been centered in small towns, and he has been extremely active in civic and church affairs in all the communities where he has lived. He is a member of the NDSU FFA and Flying Club, and is a certified diver. Stone has to run a.kes that Clinton, Ville, sur- ta will begin his duties on Monday, Feb. 1st. He replaces interim manager Curt Bystol and pre- vious full-time manager Bruce Mlsna, who left after less than two years as manager. Domine, 40, comes from Verona, ND, where he was manager of the Verona Farmers Co-op Grain Company. Before grain management, he had been a manager with Cenex/Land O'Lakes Co-op for eight years. Mel is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in