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sautred emade d ain fr Ortonville with a heart" NT .ORTONVILLE'S SHELBY ELLIOTT, now of the metro area, was featured as the top news spot on KSTP .I,1 Saturday night on all three evening newscasts. The station had learned that Shelby had worked as Intern at the White House after Monica Lewinsky had worked there. Lewinsky has been the key figure in CUrrent White House crisis. Shelby, daughter of George Elliott of Ortonville and Sheila Elliott of the area, said on the newscast that she finds it hard to believe that Lewinsky is telling the truth. Shelby works as a White House intern, now employed at the Mall of America. Photo above was taken of :e on the 6 p.m. newscast, 00.onville man pleads not Uilty to assault, other charges rnorfio "Chico" Lyons of nville was charged with fifth ee assault, criminal damage ertv, and disorderly conduct int nection with an incloent in Lyons pleaded not .to all charges and demanded a on November 19, 1997. the Big Stone County daint, on Nov. 10, 1997, Officer Jason Mork Lyons was at the Vali- alting and causing . Mork knocked at the room answered. He went where he observed cing out the bathroom climbing out. He ordered :k in, and called Ortonville Gary Dinnel and Big ounty Deputy John Haukos ). :Omplaint continues, while room, a juvenile, another Lyons started mouthing off the juvenile kicked in the leg. Mork and grabbed Lyons and him on the bed. When pick him up, Lyons leg. m Haukos' squad car, Lyons to kick out the windows, was told to stop. He was / eventually maced to M him from kicking out the windows, according to the report. No date was set for the trial. The fifth degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. The criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct charges each carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $700 fine. Pheasafits Forever hunt this Saturday Big Stone County's Pheasants Forever group will stage a Predator Hunt this Saturday, Jan. 31st. Pre-registration is requested at the Big Stone Bait, phone 839-3449, Lon Moen, phone 273-2279, or on the mbming of the hunt at Tom's Barr in Correll, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Inkpa Days meet There will be a planning meeting for Inkpa Days on Thursday, Feb. 5th at 8 p.m. at the Big Stone City Fire Hall. The events will be determined that night, committees will be formed and fundraisers discussed. Volunteers are needed to make a succefid meeting. Burdick Observes lO0th Ortonville's Alta Burdick of Northridge Residence, observed her 100th birthday on Jan. 21st of this year. She's shown in side photo taken on the day of her birthday. Alta was born Jan. 21, 1898, in Dixon, Illinois, and at the age of 10, moved with her parents Amelia and Victor Schrader, to a farm near Odessa. After graduating from Ortonville High School in 1915, she attended Normal Training, following which she taught country school until meeting and marrying Wallace Burdick in 1917. Alta's children include son Gene (with wife Norma Jean), and daughter Gen Simonitch Davis (with husband Norman), all of whom reside in Ortonville; daughter Velda Schoenrock (husband Shorty) and daughter-in-law La Jean (late husband Dale) all of Illinois. Pheasants Forever to meet tonight City keeps electric, sewer rates same for third year Ortonville's City Council has good news for city residents. For the third straight yar, the council has voted for no increase in the city water and sewer rates. The rates will remain the same in 1998 as they have been since January 1996. "We have some of the lowest electrical rates in the state," said Ortonville City Clerk/Administrator John Jenkins. He attributes the low rates to the low cost of producing electricity from the hydro-power dams which the city purchases through the Western Ar'ea Power Administration. Another important factor that has kept the rates low, is that city residents have been very cooperative in using the city's load management program, said Art Hamann, city electrical superintendent. Through this program, the city controls the water heaters, central air conditioning and electric heat which lowers the city's peak demand. In other business, Gene Jacobson of Ortonville, acldressed the Council on the transfer of $50,000 to the golf course for equipment replacement from the city's water and light fund. Jacobson said he would rather see city money go toward repairing the streets, which everyone benefits from, rather than the golf course that only golf enthusiasts use. "I believe the golf course is a benefit to the city, just as the swimming pool and parks are," said Councilman Blair Johnson. "Not Fredrickson pleads everyone uses them, but the city must still fund them." The golf course has turned a profit the last couple years, said Paul Tinklenberg, golf course superintendent. "That golf course brings a lot of revenue into this town," he said. Councilman Bill Hynnek said, "The golf course brings a lot of people to this town that wouldn't normally come here. The money they bring in may not be tangible, but it comes indirectly to city residents." Discussion was held on having the \\; city attorney draft the Flood Business Buyout Program, in which the city would purchase the properties where Berkner Plumbing and Heating, Ortonville Auto and Strege's Auto Parts are located. These businesses are located in the flood plain and received damage from last year's flood. According to the city's Economic Development Authority secretary Jeanette Knip, the city has received grant funding to purchase the properties at the appraised values if (Continued on page 3) not guilty to sale charges, jury tr,al set Shawn Fredrickson, 27, of Odessa -fleaded not guilty to three felony counts of sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree in Big Stone County Court on January 20. Fredrickson imposed his right to a speedy trial, which is scheduled for March 3 in Big Stone County Court. Fredrickson is being held on $2,500 bail. He was under house arrest when he was arrested for allegedly selling a Big Stone County confidential informant several baggies of marijuana. His house arrest was revoked, and he was ordered to serve the remainder of that sentence, about 90 days, in jail. When that time is up, Fredrickson can post his bail, and get out of jail. Also in Big Stone County Court on Jan. 20, William Boerjan, 21, of Ortonville agreed to plead guilty to theft of a motor vehicle if one count of theft was dropped. He will be sentenced on' February 18. He remains in the custody of the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office. SWEARING IN new City Councilman Bill Hynnek is OrtonviUe Mayor Dave Ellingson at the Council's annual meeting Monday night. Flu takes Ortonville by storm Your bones ache and you feel it coming like a train you can't stop. The flu bug has swept through Ortonville, and much of Minnesota, leaving half-empty businesses, schools, and full homes. According to Liz Sorenson of the Northside Medical Center, there have been too many cases to count at this point. She said they are only reporting positive cases to the Minnesota Department of Health, of which she's reported 50 or 60 cases and has more to send in. "That's not including the families we're treating," Sorenson said. In the case of families, if one positive case is reported, the entire family will get treated. Sorenson said it has been a busy week at the Clinic. Buddy Fergeson of the Minnesota Department of Health said Minnesota has had a slow start to this flu season. Last year, a majority of their cases were reported in December, but most cases seem to be coming in this month, this season. He said 175 schools in Minnesota have had a doubling of absentee rate among students reporting flu-like symptoms. He also said 15 nursing homes in Minnesota have reported the flu. Northridge Residence in Ortonville has been closed to visitors for two weeks due to the flu. Open House Next Wednesday At Main Street Industries, Clinton Main Street Industries and Training Center, Inc. at Clinton will host an Open House at their new facility next Wednesday, January 28 from 3-6 p.m. The clients, staff and board members of MSITC extend an invitation to the public to visit their new facility that day, and enjoy refreshments with them. Originally the Big Stone County DAC, MSITC is a day training and habilitation center that provides work for developmentally disabled adults throughout Big Stone County. The program currently has 18 clients; 12 of these clients live at Monarch Heights in Ortonville. The other six reside throughout Big Stone County. The new facility was constructed by Big Stone County, and MSITC leased the building through monthly payments. When the Big Stone County DAC began in Clinton in 1968 it was locat- ed at the former Odd Fellows build- ing. In 1976 it was moved to the for- A Big Stone County Pheasants Forever meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Ortonville..-  CLASSIFIED ADS BRING ..... QUICK RESULTS ..... mer Clinton State Bank building, which was donated to the DAC by the Clinton State Bank. This facility served the clients well, but additional space was needed for projects as well as for the daily needs of the clients. Deanna Stattelman, director, and the MSI board members met with Big Stone County Human Services Director, Dan Hanratty, and the County Board noting their needs, and the agreement was made to construct the new building, with Main Street Industries entering into a lease agree- ment with the County. The furnish- ings and equipment in the facility is the property and responsibility of MSI. The building was constructed by Dallas I, Hanson, Inc., Ortonville, as the general contractor. The .move to their new quarters took place over the Thanksgiving weekend, with the "first day" in their new home Monday, December 1, 1997. Many generous donatiops have been received to assist with the fur- nishing of the new facility, and dona- tions are still being accepted. Members of the board are Pat Collins, David Dinnell, Dennis Lindholm, Crystal Pauli, Dave Torgerson, Kathi Tharaldson and Eppie Viacrucis. Former board mem- bers who were also involved during their service were Beth Swenson and Ann Sibson. The Human Services Board mem- bers were also involved; this board includes Dan Hanratty, director; members of the county board of com- missioners and lay members, Isabelle Wolner and Kathy Morrill. An advertisement of congratula- tions from the contractors and suppli- ers involved in the construction of the new facility appears in this issue. The public is cordially invited to visit Main Street Industries and Training Center next Wednesday, visit with the staff and clients and enjoy refreshments.