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Area news digest MADISON-Lac qui Parle County Commissioners held their organizational meeting on Jan. 8th, electing Albert Hoffman (Second District) as chairman and Ivey Vonderharr (Third District) as vice chairman. Other members are Harold Solem, Fifth District; Merril Johnson, Fourth District: and Arvid Gollnick, First District. APPLETON-Miscommunication led to what local police officials feared was an inmate escape at CCA/Prairie Correctional Facility (PCF). On Wednesday, Jan. 9th, a possible escape from CCA/PCF was reported to the Swift County Sheriff's Dept. It was reported to local police officials that a person ran through the ditch, along Hwy. 119 So. and got into a semi truck, which was dark blue in color. Responding to the call were the Swift County Sheriff's Dept., the Minnesota State Patrol, the Appleton Police Dept. and the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Dept. The sheriff's departments in Big Stone and Chippewa counties were also made aware of the situation. A search ensued of the area with the report that a Jacobs Trading employee, Paul Taffe, was also missing. Although the incident turned out not to be an escape, it was a good test of the emergency response plan and the close working relationship between the Prairie Correctional Facility and law enforcement agencies. MONTEVIDEO-Putting together a railroad museum takes a lot of hard work, not to mention a lot of money. Just ask the members of the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center, the group that has been hard at work to preserve the history of The Milwaukee Road in Montevideo. Were it not for grants-in-aid and outright donations of money and materials, much of what the MRHC has accomplished in the past seven or eight years would have been impossible. STARBUCK-The Pope County Sheriff's office closed Lake Minnewaska to all cars, trucks and vans Friday after a pickup fell through the ice Thursday night near the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) landing just west of Glenwood. Later in the day, Lake Reno was also closed to traffic. Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles are, for now, still allowed on Lake Minnewaska and Lake Reno. MILBANK, SD-A machine shed at the Mark and Terri Zemlicka farm, Twin Brooks, was severely damaged by,fire Friday morning. The Milbank Fire Dept. responded to the call at approximately 8:30 a.m. and put out the fire before flames engulfed the entire building. According to Ron Bjerke, Fire Chief, the building is still standing, but one-half of it will need to be replaced. There is substantial roof, side wall and electrical damage. Contents of the building received heat and smoke damage. Stored in the building were two pickup trucks, a tractor, skid loader, motorcycle and camper trailer. The fire started when Mark was working with a welding torch. He burned his hand and went inside the house. He then heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the shed. According to Bjerke, it is suspected that the welding tank exploded. Big Stone City [ I I GaB Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Hazel Gibson of Beardsley was a supper guest Wednesday, Jan. 16th at the Ervin Herrmann's home. Sally Roggenbuck attended the Bowl of Love on Thursday, Jan. 17th at St. 's ZttholteChurGh, Tliey recycr4ing ards;ardhen went to Mass and then went back down to the basement for h potluck dinner. Mass was held at'Northridge on Wednesday, Jan. 16th. On Tuesday, Jan. 15th some of the residents of Northridge made good old fashion ham bone soup. Marge Pillatzke of near Nassau and Eleanore Birhle of Northridge stopped in to see Sally Roggenbuck of Northridge. The officers of the Catholic Aid held a meeting in the Conference room of Northridge.'Chuck Van Hout reported on the convention held at St. John's Abbey at Collegeville. Virginia Karels stopped in after Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 16th to see Sally Roggenbuck of Northridge. On Friday, Jan. l lth a birthday party was held for all residents who had a birthday in January in the main dinning room of Northridge. Lunch was provided by St. John's Catholic Church members. Music was furnished by the Melody Kings. Clifford and Ileen Christensen from Big Stone City visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke Sunday night, Jan. 13th. Visiting Charlotte Athey on Monday, Jan. 14th were Don and Eunice Bull and Storme Bull all of Watertown, SD and Fran Behkofske. Sunday, Jan. 13th Delores Bengtson's granddaughter Shelia Optiz and Shelia's daughter Stephanie brought over dinner for Delores Bengtson. - -, Kenny and Pat Yilek of St. Cloud were Saturday, Jan. 12th visitors at the home of John and Jerri Van Hour, Greg Barnett of Sioux Falls spent a couple days the week of Jan. 7th visiting at the Arlin Angerhofer's home and enjoyed ice fishing with Arlin. Mike and Lonie Rausch and family had a fun time in Aberdeen over the week-end of Jan. l lth celebrating a birthday with Lonnie's sisters and families. After Sunday Mass the families enjoyed brunch and visiting. Irwin Adelman of Ortonville visited Sally Roggenbuck of Northridge on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17th. Area students named NDSCS honors list The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton has announced the selection of 439 students for the 2001-2002 President's Honor List at the conclusion of the fall semester in December. Of these honor students, 135 achieved a 4.0 grade point average. Local and area honor students named from Big Stone County include: Martin N. Brown, Ortonville, Cooling and Heating Service; Marry J. Stotesbery, Clinton, John Deere Ag Parts Marketing and Management; Michelle L. Williamson, Ortonville, Business Management. Did you know athletes are very prone to back and neck injuries? That's why our chiropractic clinic works with many world-class athletes to help relieve muscular pain, stiff joints and pinched nerves. We use gentle adjustments and soothing massage techniques to effectively treat our clients. And we'lll counsel you on the right nutrition, exercise and stress management to keep you healthy. Come visit our complete, modern diagnostic facility for a free spinal exam. n • practic Clinic Main Street Ortonville 320-839-2323 Office Hours: M-W-F 8:30am - 5:00pro; Tues.-Thurs. 8:30am - 12noon; Sat. by appt. Readers ... Please Note! Obituaries Unless you are an exception, either because you're attend- ing school or for some other specific reason, your subscription to The Ortonville Independent will be due Feb. 1, 2002. Please take note that this annoement will be the ONLY NOTICE of renewal you will receivWe will not be mailing out due notices.., so we will be lookin.rward to receiving your check for renewal by Feb. 1 and look "forward, as usual, to keeping you on our "readership." Thank you. Rates are: $30.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota; $34.00 per year for all other coun- ties in Minnesota and South Dakota; and $38.00 per year for all others. Thank you, THE INDEPENDENT STAFF ii Ilya Thomson llva Thomson. 24 of Ortonville/Kensington passed away on Jan. 13, 2002. Born on April 22, 1977 to Ivan and Linda Thomson in Milbank, SD. He had lived in Big Stone City, SD and then moved m Kensington. He joined the National Guard in 1995, went to active duty in 2000, and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. Ilya went to Big Stone School. Ortonville High School for a year and graduated from West Central High School. Ilya is survived by his daughter, Kara; parents, Linda Thomson; siblin (Brenda), George sister-in-law, Meghan; T.J.; nieces and nephew Dawn, Katie, Steven and A visitation was held on! Jan. 17th at Crystal Home, Minneapolis. Fort Shelling National Crystal Lake Funeral charge of the arrangements. Memorials for Rice Hospice Memorials and donations were received by Rice Hospice Ortonville/Graceville - for the month of December 200 !. Gifts were given in memory of: Dorothy Anderson by Barbara and Mark Amundson. Virgil Bellinger by Rev. L. F. and Jan Mueller. Rev. Lloyd Berger's Father by Jean M. Rixe. Norman Boe by Donna and Bob Thompson. Steve Duhr by Don and Janet Grebin. Faith Henderson by Diane and Mike Dorry. Claude and Laura Hermans by Joyce and Floyd Hermans. Nan Kangas by Katherine and James Heinecke. Rose Kanne by Diane and Mike Dorry. Carol Mueller by Rev. L. F. and Jan Meuller. Theodore Nelson by Diane and Mike Dorry. Verna Piatz by Don and Jeanette Felton; Diane and Mike Dorry. Sig Sivertson by Jean M. Rixe. Willard Stephenson by Jean M. Rixe Bernadine Thomas by Diane and Mike Dorry. George Van Hale by Corinne and Donald Tiegs. Ralph and Ailkie Wellnitz by Joyce and Floyd Hermans. Ruth Wollschlager by Carol Thompson. A book for the hospice library was donated by Susan Peterso Donations were given to the Rice Hospice Prograrh by First English Lutheran Women; Ortonville United Appeal; Mary E. Geier; Malta Township Fund; Clinton Combined Fund Drive; St. Joseph Mission Group; Graceville Combined Fund; Beardsley Area United Fund Drive. Rice Hospice - Appleton, Benson, Dawson, Graceville, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Ortonville, Paynesville, Willmar - wishes to express their gratitude for these memorials and donations. Birthdays_ Got bill ideas? Send 'em State Rep. Doug Peterson The next legislative session will get under way on Tuesday, Jan. 29. and it looks like things will start mov- ing fast. That's why I want to invite anyone who has an idea tbr bill to get in touch with me as soon as possible. Local governments, local groups and citizens should contact my Capitol office with ideas and sugges- tions. You can write to 287 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, call (651) 296-4228 or send an e-mail to rep.doug.peterson The leadership of the House and Senate have set early deadlines for action on bills this year. The first deadline for bills to advance in the process will be Friday, Feb. 22 - just four weeks after the session recon- venes. Hopefully, that means we'll have a short, fast session. Naturally, resolving the budget shortfall will be the main item of busi- ness this year. I am concerned that Rural Minnesota will bear the brunt of the cuts, and I'm determined to fight that. There's no doubt that the budget cuts will hit every part of the state, but I want to make sure that the final plan is fair to us. We don't want all of the pie - we just don't want anyone else to eat our slice of it. Now that the Governor has issued his budget-balancing recommenda- tions, I think it's important for rural people to contact him with the mes- sage that rural Minnesota deserves a place at the table. You can write to the Governor at 130 State Capitol, St. -P-aIV MN 55155; call (651) 296- 3391. Ventura's office has a host of e- mail addresses, each dedicated to a different topic: to submit a comment to him go to his webpage at nor. Send in your budget comments The House DFL Caucus has creat- ed a new website of its own - - and it features an interactive survey where citizens can make choices and offer comments on the state's budget shortfall and how to fix it. Click on the "Take Our Survey" link from the first webpage. The interactive survey asks citi- zens four questions about strategy for covering the budget shortfall. First, they are asked whether they would focus on cutting programs, raising additional revenue or a combination of both. The second respondents to priormze spending cuts, and the among proposals for al revenue. The final the respondent feels any i be "off the table" for c nar education or health care. :- In addition to the inter )n  vey, features on the page i arn to individual members'! including my own Click a who w members' link and it will U Lines on a list of members, then find' i'om the Doug" and click there. O11 gShd you'll find contact informJ • ,  may h of bdls I ve authored, ne town meeting schedules a As always, I appreciate ments on this or other You can reach me at the 287 State Office MN 55155, telephone 4228, or at home at Rout Madison, MN, 56256; (320) 769-2453. Corn send e-mail to doug.peterson@house.le You and 10,949 other readers. Your ads get noticed in The Ortonville Indq Stop by our booth at the 2002 Grant County Farm & Home Show As Taken From The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Shirley George, Joe Frevert, Matt Iverson, Shawn Ehlebracht, Tim Loehrer, Greg "Grump" Giese Wednesday, Jan. 23 Tim Scherer, Norbert Berndt, Kathy Pavin, Mike Axtell, Amber Scherer, Jimmy Emde, Ashton Conroy Thursday, Jan. 24 Sara Jean O'Neill, Matthew Hippie, Margaret Gerhardt, Kristy Zehringer, Kathy Zehringer, Jon Mathes, Arlen LaCombe, Pat Minahan, Kippy Randleman, LaDonna Puder, Missi Mack, Lisa Dimberg, Jodi Stielow, Jason Haakenson Friday, Jan. 25 Nancy Ann Kockx, Konner Elvick,,'Sara Lundberg, Allyson Ebnet Saturday, Jan. 26 Bryan Nelson, Pare Schneck, Niki Mosey, Beatrice Layne, Marvin Block, Carol Taffe Sunday, Jan. 27 Kimberly Bergland Wedam, Barbara Nornes, Kristen Marie Monson, Sara Rieck, Bob Carlson, Kevin Bogenreif, Kaylee Helgeson, Monica Pillatzki, Nathan Victor Nelson, Kasey Schmidt, Jake Anderson, Michael Hay Hedman Monday, Jan. 28 Donald G. Dawson, Dr. Ned Nippoldt, Ramona Vollmer Strege, Azim Shiek Taheri, Ryan Michael Kelly, Eli Streed, John L. Hausauer, Steven J. Hausauer, Angela Hofstad, Nicholas Riley Hausauer Tuesday, Jan. 29 Chad Gustafson, James Karn, Bruce Burman, Michelle Magee Jorgenson, Ryan Longhenry, Wayne Kopitzke, Benj Richard Jackson, Tanner Buth never forget January 23 & 24 to visit with representatives from our agronomy, petroleum and propane departments. Our Agronomy Department Offers: • Croplan Genetics Seed • Plant Food • DEKALB/ASGRO Dealership • Crop Protection Products - Bulk Delivery • Custom Application • Soil Sampling • Field Scouting • Partners in Production Financing BIG STONE COOPERATIVE PO Box 362, Clinton, MN 56225 Main Office • 320-325-5466 • 1-800-325-1132 Ortonville • 320-839-6187 • Milbank • 605-432-9884 ,, 22 Tuesday, J Page 8 00INDEPENDENT :!i