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\\; reWEHRLE is the new project leader at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. He and wife Dawn, a me morn, have purchased a home northeast of Ortonville Left to right are Allison, 2, Dawn, Carle , tt. v Y rle named new project at Big Stone Refuge as new project "I've always had an interest in since I joined the service: restoring at the Big Stone National. habitat restoration and am excited tallgrass prairie," 14, Brett Wehrle are looking forward to ille. lrle's former positions have I most recently manager oi the tin  on the Texas gulf well as Dahomey NWR in ippi and the Daphine, AL Imental Services Office. He riced with the service for 10 a in Creston, IA, Wehrle has a gree in wildlife management Universit, o ..... --  y I MISSOUri, and =  from Mississi i , ,.,- ;.. pp State , ity. about that," he says. "There's a won- derful crew at the refuge and I look forward to working with them, also." He replaces ken Cole. who left the refuge last year for a new POSmon in Denver, CO. As manager, Wehrlwill oversee operations on the 11,521 acre refuge, as well as lead an ongoing effort to restore native tallgrass prairie to western Minnesota and Iowa. "Since I was a kid, I've always been interested in the tallgrass prairie," he said. 'q'his job not only represents a great professional oppor- tunity for me, but lets me work at something I've been interested in As far as his plans for other refuge issues, he stated he's still learning the ropes and has learned not to make any big plans until he' apent ime getting to kmow the landscape. Wehrle also commented on the pos- sible expansion of the facilities at the refuge, which could include more fire funding and staff "It's a beautiful area up here," he says. "Very nice people, too." Wehrle and his wife Dawn have two daughters - Carley, 9 and Allison who is 2. S students take part Knowledge Bowl event : Helgeson, Roy Johnson, Questions tested students' recall, Nnzky, David Rausch, Pete problem-solving, and critical thinking Kathryn Ann Kopitzke, Caitlin Spors, Iarr, Amanda Thyne, Ryan len Roe, Sarah Maas, Kelsey i Kathryn Sitter, Jeremy ! 1 'ustin Beachem and Aaron from Ortonville High !,ere__among those participat- [ .3]ne 2001-2002 Junior Hi h "onal K g , o .... nowledge Bowl .|,u. nero on Jan. 9, 2002, in  Y-four teams partici,,ated in  trng the contest, ams of ..- taaes seven through nine g in a written roundconsist!  questions and four oral 45 questions each. skills. Questions were inter-discipli- nary, including American history, world history, government, current events, economics and law, geogra- phy, literature, English, math, physi- cal science, life science, earth science, health and psychology, art and music, and general knowledge of Minnesota. The team of Sally Helgeson, Roy Johnson, Heidi Franzky, David Rausch, Pete Rausch and Ann Kopitzke received third place with 100 pts and the team of Caitlin Spors, Kristin Ban', Amanda Thyne, Ryan Clods and Ben Roe placed sixth, advancing them to the Region/State competition. The team of Sarah Maas, Ketsey Watkins, Sitter, Jeremy Sellin, Aaron Adelman and Dustin Beachem placed 13th just missing advancing by one point. All three teams had an excellent day. Winning teams were given a tro- phy for their schools. First, second, and third place ribbons were given to team members placing in the top three. Ribbons were given to all par- ticipants. The Invitational was spon- sored by the SW/WC Service Cooperatives and SSU's Department of Education. Corporate sponsors include Schwan's Sales Enterprises, Inc.; A&B Business Equipment, Inc.; Office Depot; Midwest Wireless; and Reason Computer. ; BREDECK of Madison ri ht geseetna . ,... _(. g ), Catholic Aid Field ReD. in this a  ;,-"'_ " ,otm matchmg grant check to Fr. Bob (oblirsch o   Adelmanme Religious Education P_rogram on Jan. 6. Also present were from .... (.second from left), president and Adelaide Kirch!0crg ' Aid ngnt/,.lratetnnl R'cretary of the St. Anthony and Monica 211Dneatbaudinn/f__R_s_ en" Aiv'.a!es for the fundraising project ozL.__,  ',,,,y,, cu-sponsorcm wm n. ma 's Circle of St. ose h ,:,mass and a turkey and ham bingo, ry l p BSAG sells bldg., raises $15,000 Big Stone Area Growth, the local, nonprofit group pushing for job cre- ation throughout the county, sold its office building in Big Stone City, SD last week, raising $15,000 to help facilitate businesses locally. The building, formerly Fehr Land, Limited, was donated to the group last year by Judith Fehr, widow of the late Leroy Fehr. BSAG Executive Director Roger Bird stated there is approximately 1,500 square feet of office space still for rent in the building. McEwen named forum director Craig McEwen, formerly of Ortonville, has been named Regional Editor at the Forum in Fargo, ND. He was the former Moorhead bureau chief. Replacing McEwen is reporter Dave Olson, who will supervise coverage of western Minnesota. McEwen was a former editor at the OrtonviUe Independent. He is a brother to Ortonville's Randy McEwen and son of Andrena and the late Orville McEwen. Budget cuts could mean $84K less aid for Big Stone County As part of Governor Jesse Ventura's plan to solve the state's $1.9 billion deficit, reductions in state aid for 2002 are being proposed, which could mean as much as $84,000 less for Big Stone County. According to the Association of Minnesota Counties, which is follow- ing the governor's "big fix" closely, counties could lose a total of $54,320,061 for 2fX)2 under the pro- posed plan. Cuts arc based upon a number of factors, one of which is each county's 2002 total levy. Big Stone County's is reported by the AMC as $2,176,689 which, added to $907,140 in total aid from the state for this year, equals $3,083,829. Also, a reduction of HACA funding from the state next year could total $60.926,515 for the state's counties to deal with. Big Stone County's share of the Lieutenant Gov. to visit Ortonville Lieutenant Governor Mac Schunk will pay a visit to the Ortonville School this Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1- 2 p.m. Among the items on her agenda taere in Ortonville are a tour of the technology department, visiting an elementary classroom, and a round- table discussion at the conclusion of her visit with parents and staff. Schunk's tour has included several of the state's schools in recent months, and discussion topics will include questions about the education and pol- icy positions of the Ventura-Schunk administration. Parents are welcome to attend the question and answer session at the conclusion of the Lieutenant Gr ern.r's visit HACA cut would be $70,277. Nearby counties and their proposed aid reductions for 2002 include Swift County ($300,467 less), Traverse County ($189,332 less), Lac qui Parle County ($88,140 less) and Stevens County, which could see a $110,335 (Continued on page 5) i * Bridal Section ANNA NELSON, 9, made a donation to the Locks of Love charity last week at Hair Classics in Ortonville. Nelson donated more than 10 inch. es of her hair to the charity, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair for medical reasons. She is the daughter of Todd and Kathy Nelson. Minnesota Twins Caravan to make stop in Ortonville Minnesota's own Twins baseball team will send a handful of its mem- bers through Ortonville next Monday, Jan. 28, as the Twins Caravan makes its stop at the Ortonville High School the- ater. Among those featured will be WCCO's John Gordon, former Twins great Tony Oliva, current Twins Denny Hocking Hocking and A.J. Pierzynski. Presented in part by WCCO Radio and the Twins Radio Network, the 42nd annual caravan features four teams of current and former players visiting numerous schools, hospitals and Minnesota corporations during the day with a traditional "hot stove league" program slated for each evening. A program is planned for 6 p.m., with autographs to follow. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for students, and 100 percent of the ticket money goes to youth baseball in Ortonville, Milbank and Big Stone City, SD. Tickets are on sale at Bill's Super Valu Plus, Cenex C-Store and Radio Shack Pierzynski in Ortonville, as well as Unity Square, Bill's Super Valu and Cenex C-Store in Milbank, SD. The winter caravan features stops in more than 40 communities through- out the upper midwest from January 14-17 and'Jan. 28-31. See ad inside for more details. ( Check out our web site at www'rtnvilleindependent'cm ORTONVILLE SCHOOL STUDENTS read patriotism essays to the Friends of the Ortonville Library last week. The students' essays were then put into book form, which was presented to the library. Left to right are stu- dent Katherine Sitter, librarian onja Timmerman, and students Alissa Tinklenberg andJohn Eustice.