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. t Obituaries &apos;==' Local artist to be featured Kenneth Voecks ' ,, on Public TV's Postcards Kenneth Voecks, 57, of Big Stone City, passed away surrounded by fam- ily on Jan. 23, 2014, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. SD. Memoria services wer held at the First United Methodist Church of Or- tonville Monday, Jan. 27 with Rev. Amy Atkins offi- ciating. A private burial will be at a later date. Kenneth Glenn Voecks, the son of Glenn and Norma (Chase) Voecks, was born in Fremont, NE on Feb. 9, 1956. After high school, Ken attended South- east Community College in Milford, Lloyd Grabow Lloyd Grabow Jr., 81 of Milbank, SD, died Jan. 25, 2014, at Avera- McKennan Hos- pital in Sioux .... Falls, SD. -- Funeral serv- ices will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Mil- bank, SD. Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn and Rev. Andrew J. Bartel will officiate. Burial will be in the Milbank Ceme- tery at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion, Gertje-VanLith Post # 229, Big Stone City, SD. Honorary bearers will be the morn- ing Coffee group from Corona. Casket bearers will be Iris six grandsons: Dustin Reiners, Matthew Reiners, Patrick Reiners, Tim Grabow, Tyler Grabow, and Steven Grabow. The or- ganist will be Shei!a Dailie. Visitation will be at Mundwiler Fu- NE and graduated with an Associates Electrical degree. After working on field irrigation systems across the U.S. and around the world for several years, Ken was united in marriage to Barbara Pearson on Nov. 29, 1980. Ken and Barb made their home in Big Stone City in '1981, and were blessed with two children. Ken's Electric was founded in 1988, and for 25 years served many loyal customers that Ken considered friends. Ken served his community in many ways, including several years on the Big Stone City volunteer fire depart- ment, Big Stone City planning and zon- ing committee, and numerous terms on the trustee committee at the church. Ken loved spending time with fam- fly and friends, golfing, hunting, home- brewing, fishing, home improvement projects, and creating things from scratch. Ken is survived by his loving fam- ily: wife of 33 years, Barb; son, Bill (Caitlin) Voecks of Watertown, SD; daughter, Annie Voecks and her fiance Scott Babbitt of Morris; 1.5 grandchil- dren, Nolan and Baby V #2; mother- Norma Voecks and brother-Randy Voecks both of Fremont, NE; father-in- law-Carrol Pearson of Columbus, NE; brothers and sisters-Pam (Ted) Pearson of Columbus, NE., Jerry (Becky) Pear- son of Genoa, NE., and Betty (Abee) Aghazadeh of Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his fa- ther Glenn, mother-in-law Phyllis, and an infant son. Memorials in Ken's honor may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Ortonville, the Big Stone Healthcare Foundation (, or the Columbus Rescue Mission (colum- neral Home on Tuesday from 5 - 7 pan. and will continue at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to the serv- ice, Lloyd Grabow Was born Oct. 26, 1932,in Milbank, SD, He was the son Of Lloyd St. and Bertha (Blood) Grabow. He attended grade school in Kilborn Township. Lloyd worked for Koch and Annett Construction Com- pany. Lloyd served in the United States Army as a medic, from Aug. 30, 1952, until his honorable discharge on Aug. 30, 1953. Lloyd met his wife, Agnes Paine in 1947 in Ortonville. They were united in marriage on July 29, 1953, in Twin Brooks, SD. They have been blessed with 60 years of marriage, as well as five children: Ginger, Jeff, Denise, Greg, and Jason. Following Lloyd's military service he began his career in farming, taking over his father's land, and farmed for 48 years. His three sons started fanning and he continued to help during the growing and harvesting seasons until his death. He still enjoyed driving out to the farm every morning, weather permitting. He never missed morning coffee with his friends at the Corona Cafr. Lloyd enjoyed bowling, hunting, ice fishing, and playing cards. For a num- ber of years, Lloyd and Agnes traveled to Tulsa, OK and made many trips to Washington to visit family. He was a faithful member of Central United Methodist Church. Lloyd's memory will be cherished by his wife,Agnes of Milbank, SD; his five children: Ginger (Dave) Reiners of Sioux Falls, SD; Jeff (Lynae) Grabow of Watertown, SD; Denise (Dan) Scoblic of Big Stone City, SD; Greg (Wendy) Grabow of Twin Brooks, SD; Jason "Cubby" (lli) Grabow of Mil- bank, SD; 12 grandchildren, ll great- grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Arlys (Bert) Helmbrecht of Milbank, SD. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and two infant grandchildren. To send an electronic condolence, visit Marlene "Sunshine" (Bjerken) Van Hecke Marlene Ardelle "Sunshine" Van Hecke, 58, of Chaska, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Mass of Christian Burial wwas held Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 12 noon at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. 2nd St., Chaska, with Father Doug Ebert presiding. The burial was at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to CaringBridge, Guardian Angels Catholic Church, or Marie Steiner Kelt- ing Hospice Home. Marlene was born June 28, 1955 in Mahnomen, to Arthur and Ardelle (Johnson) Bjerken: one of 10 children. She was baptized in Mahnomen, and confn'med in OrtonviUe. She graduated from Ortonville High School in 1973 and then furthered her education at Granite Falls Vo-Tech and earned a de- gree in Accounting. On May 10, 1975 Marlene married William Van Hecke at Trinity'Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They had three children. She began her career at an in- surance company in Minneapolis, and then worked at a travel agency in Moorhead. William and Marlene have been Chaska residents for 30 years, where she started working for Travel Ways which later became Norsemen Travel. She worked for 29 years there and was Proprietor for the last five years prior to retiring. She was an active member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church, was very involved in B.N.I., serving as past president, and also volunteered for Home Bound. She enjoyed playing vol- leyball, cards, bowling, bingo, enter- taining, biking, and traveling. She especially loved being a wife, mother, 4 H Clubs Rachael Keilen/Jens Jorgenson Reporter The regular monthly meeting of the Almond Highlanders was held at Clin- ton Memorial Building at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13th. There were 12 people pres- ent. Seven members, three leaders, and two parents. We discussed fruit sales The meet- ing adjourned and Rachael Kellen gave a demonstration on her phone case she sewed. Jordan Kellen gave one on his science fair project. and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Bjerken. She is survived by her loving hus- band, William; son, Matthew, of Chaska; daughters and son-in-law, Megan and Tony Hanson, of Chaska, Amanda Van Hecke, of Eagan; grand- children, Cameron and Carter Hanson; mother, Ardelle Engrebretson, of Wa- conia; father, Arthur Bjerken, of Hutchinson; parents-in-law, Franois and Mary Van Hecke, of Minneot;;S- lings, Linda (Rod) Spronk, of Edger- ton, Ingrid (David) Ingle, of Chaska, Phillip Bjerken, of Mound, Andrew (Peggy) Bjerken, of Buffalo, James (Robin) Bjerken, of Dilworth, Jeanette Baune, of Brookings, SD, Arleigh Bjerken, of Carlotta, CA, Matthew (Re- becca) Bjerken, of Osakis; many other relatives and friends. Funeral Arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska. Big Stone County Republican Caucus to be held Feb, 4 The 2014 Big Stone County Re- publican Caucus will be held on Tues- day, Feb. 4 at 7 p.h. at the Ortonville Library Media Center. Check in will be at 6:15 p.m. They will be electing delegates for the upcoming convention. Those inter- ested are invited to attend. ADV. I SE One thing you can say about the western and southern edges of Min- nesota is that the people here have learned how to make their own fun. This cultural trait shines through on the upcoming episode of Pioneer Public Television's Postcards program to be aired on Sunday Feb 2 at 7 p.m. Through short stories about a radio theatre troupe in Alexandria, a late blooming painter in Ortonville and a historic drive-in movie theater in Lu- verne, Postcards highlights how the residents of the region have built unique communities around passionate individuals with vision and talent. The 30 minute episode will be repeated on Monday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after February 3 through the station's web site: www.pi- The episode begins with a story about how the Lakes Area Theatre (LAT) of Alexandria got in the business of producing radio dramas for a grow- ing network of 16 radio stations. LAT's artistic director Anne Hermes credits Mike Roers for "planting the seed of the idea which marinated and started to grow" into a troupe of 150 actors who participate in the radio play produc- tions, which are recorded in front of live audiences. "We are doing this be- cause we love production work and we love acting," says Hermes. Author Amelia Dellos of Chicago is also fea- tared in the story as she talks, about her experience of translating her novel "Courting Bertha -- Love Under Fire" into a radio play. "There is something within all of us that loves the spoken word, " says Dellos. Artist Deb Larson of Ortonville is the subject of the next segment of this Postcards episode which explores her paintings featuring local residents sit- ting on couches, surrounded by items of personal importance. Larson stud- ied painting at the University of Min- nesota Morris as a second career after raising her children and though many of her paintings feature landscapes and wildlife, her real passion lies in paint- ing people. Postcards features a gallery opening of Larson's "couch culture" paintings at the Java Jules coffee shop in Ortonville where many local resi- dents discussed Larson's work, includ- ing Dan and Maureen Stores and Edie Barrett. "I love being part of an arts community," says Larson. "For me, painting is a way of communicating, a way of being and it is very freeing." The final story is about the famous Verne Theater in Luverne Minnesota. The original owner and founder of the theater, Walter Deutsch is interviewed about the unorthodox promotion strate- gies he used to get people to come to the theater in the early days, which in- cluded placing canoe based signage on top of his family car to promote the movie Deliverance. The current owner, Glenn Burmeister talks about how he remodeled and invested in the theater where Deutsch left off; con- structing new buildings, concession . stands and a sound system. Today the Verne theater is one of the few drive-in theaters left in the state and families come from miles around to watch -- movies during the warmer months. "I love the people who come and I take pride in being able to offer a unique . and affordable family fun experience - If rlTl for the region, Bu eister said. Postcards is funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Min- nesota on November 4, 2008. Bison Association picks city native's sculpture for award "Champion," a bronze sculpture of a bison created by Pelican Rapids artist/sculptor Marcella Rose, origi- nally from Ortonville, was presented last week as the Producer of the Year award at the National Bison Associa- tion's annual winter conference in Denver, CO. Now in its 34th year, the NBA's Gold Trophy Show and Sale is the pre- mier U.S. bison auction. Producers from around the country bring their best bison stock to Denver's National Western Stock Show to show and sell their animals. The owner of the top- rated bison receives the Producer of the Year award, created by Rose, at a banquet and awards dinner on Friday, Jan. 24. "Champion" is the fast in a limited edition of six of this bison sculpture, according to Rose. "The cold-cast bronze sculpture is 15 inches tall by 18 inches in width," she notes. "It's meant to portray the power, energy and abundance of bison, and I'm very hon- ored that the National Bison Associa- tion chose my design for their top producer award this year." Red River basin Ripple Effect #228 Making Hard Choices Over Water In the Red River basin we have the freedom to make choices on how we use water and how much water we use. Not many of us remember or have ex- perienced times when the rivers and streams were dry and strict restrictions decided what we could and could not do with OUR water. While much of our attention has been focused on floods ttr0ughout the current wet cycle, preparing for drier times should be on our minds. At the Red River Basin Commis- sion's 31 st Annual Conference held January 14-16. the keynote speaker, Robert Glennon, made the case for the THE SLED-A-DAY GIVEAWAY % .FlllAIICUIO RIR lib IO. ON POLARIS SLEDS." 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Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (Island Press, 2002) and Unquench- able: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It (April 2009). Glennon said that America's self-in- flicted water crisis is coming. Through- out the United States, even in places that are not particularly dry or hot, communities, farmers, and factories are struggling to find water, and even run- ning out altogether. California is one of the many states dealing with severe drought conditions. Our water woes will get worse before they get better be- cause we are slow to change our ways, and because water is the overlooked re- source. Glennon defined the crisis: put sim- ply, the majority of Americans, includ- ing many individuals in decision-making roles, are in denial about the nation's fresh water being a limited, finite resource. This is evident by what we see from the wasted water in fountains on the Vegas Strip to faux snow in Atlanta, from mega-farms to Washington's love affair with biofuels, heady extravagances and everyday waste are sucking the nation dry. There is an urgency of this problem and the need for action on multiple fronts to solve it. We cannot engineer our way out of the problem with the usual fixes or zany schemes. Glennon addressed conventional ap- proaches, such as building new dams and massive pipelines or pumping more and more groundwater, as no longer effective ways to manage the crisis, emphasizing that we should focus on more innovative methods to meet the crisis head on, such as recla- mation, conservation, harvesting, and recycling, as well as promoting a new attitude among consumers by raising the cost of water. Glennon emphasized that the major impetus for the crisis is the fact that America must make hard choices, and his answer is a provocative market- based system that values water as a commodity and a fundamental human right Americans continue to under- value water. This is not to be unex- pected, he said, when we pay nothing . for the water itself, but only for its de- livery and treatment. Glennon also highlighted the wastefulness of our urban water systems. With a growing population, de- pleted groundwater supplies, and the threat of more intense droughts due to climate change, Glennon argued that new development must be regulated in such a way that addresses dwindling . supplies of water. Currently, water law varies from state to state, but as Glen- non pointed out, systems were not set up to recognize the market value of water. 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