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Good old days in the Ortonville area GROSENICK'S MENSWEAR was a popular spot for men's clothing for guys of all ages and all sizes for many years on Ortonville's main street, (back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s) later becoming Ivan's Menswear. In photo here, you see Fred Grosenick, right, in the Grosenick he checks out hat sizes for customer at left. At first glance, we thought the man at left was former Columbian Hotel and former Mayor Leonard Thrall, but we don' know. Anyone help us out? FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 1, 2011 10 YEARS AGO Jan. 30, 2001 Tom Kindt has purchased the property and casualty insurance lines of Kindt Agency, Inc. in Ortonville from his mother Shirley Kindt. Beth Mueller will still be handling all health and life insur- year. Ortonville's Patel family is safe in India today. They were about 300 miles northeast of Bombay in a city called Mumbia, when the country felt the devastating earth- quake killing thousands of people Friday. Ortonvilie High School's gym- nastics team is celebrating its 25th year as a competitive sport. Jan Ortonville and Big Stone City last Friday showed prices per gallon on regular gas had dropped about eight cents at all stations, with current prices ranging from a low of $1.159 per gallon to a high of $1.189. Three alderman positions in Big Stone City will be up for election this year when the terms of the cur- rent office-holders expire. Each of the positions will be elected for a two year term. The current office- holders are Ardell Hedge, first ward; George Newman, second ward and Peter Steinke, third ward. Tom Saeger, manager of Ortonville's Conrad's Car City, was honored in being elected Vice President of the Northland Auto Dealers Association at its annual convention held last weekend in Alexandria. John Stolpman of Stolpman Insurance Agency of Bellingham, has successfully completed the Annual Continuing Education Requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in Bloomington. A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Schuelke, Big Stone City. 50 YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1961 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gerber of Odessa were presented with two conservation awards at the annual meeting of the Big Stone County Soil Conservation District. Frank Schad retired after 10 and a half years of service at the Northwestern State Bank. OHS debators will now partici- pate in the regional tournament in Hutchinson. James Goldsmith and Don Odens will speak on the affir- mative and Bruce Lorange and Douglas Davis on the negative side of the question. Their coach is Mrs. Arnold Lorange. John Deere Day will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Orpheum Theatre in Ortonville and is spon- sored by Jurgens & Sons Inc. There will be a noon lunch at the store. DOWN MEMORY'S LANE From the files of the Ortonviile Independent 70 YEARS AGO Jan. 30, 1941 The county law enforcement officers had a slightly bigger job on their hands during 1940 than during 1939, according to the annual report which county attorney C. J. Benson sent to the state Attorney General. The county attorney's office handled 68 cases last year, as against 59 in 1939. Harold Deal is valedictorian and Marjorie Hedge salutatorian of the class of 1941 at the Ortonville high school Superintendent L.W. Brown announced this week. Donald Scott Morrison, young American pianist, will present a concert at the Ortonville high school Monday, Feb. 10. While seated at the piano, he discusses in an informal manner the music he is about to play. The Ortonville Rod and Gun Club will hold its 12th annual ban- quet Friday, Feb. 7, in the basement of the First English Church. ance lines at Kindt Agency, in addi- tion to assisting Tom with the prop- erty and casualty lines. Terry Kalberg of Ortonville will begin his duties this Thursday, Feb. 1 as executive secretary of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Among the duties of the position, Kalberg will be coor- dinating chamber events and the chamber's activities throughout the Dallman Eifealdt began coaching l the team in 1976. They progressed THIS COLUMN SPONSORBD IN PART BY... -' from practicing on the elementary ne stage to the high school auditorium I aTil,s TE I'fAlmfi TRONG and into the National Guard I   /'..AIR "-'" Armory facilitythelastsixyears, llelqtgng ,t ,, ,,t ,..,,, a ,,,,,. & . 25jan.YEARS29, 1986AGO ] l,OO ll.ngL.L.C. Deart Kovarik, owner Gas pumps show drop in prices. / ........... Phone 605-862-8528 k ltZl bU Hwy. IO An Independent survey in Big Stone City, SD 57216 Cell 605-467-0301 Rosen News By Adelaide Kirchberg Kelli Sis and Colin Theilmony of Moorhead were Jan. 22 weekend guests at the Roger Sis home. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg visited with Blanche Twist and Mike Millerbernd at Northridge on Sunday afternoon Jan. 23. Mrs. Curtis Stewart, Heidi and Timothy of Burnsville spent Saturday until Monday, Jan. 24 at the Gene Pillatzke home. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pillatzke and Mrs. Curtis Stewart and family attended the birthday party for Lorraine Pillatzke at Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 22. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd visited Mike Millerbernd at Northridge on Sunday, Jan. 23 afternoon in Ortonville. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pillatzke, Mrs. Curtis Stewart and family were Sunday afternoon Jan. 23 visitors at the Joey Taylor home and supper guests at the Judy Pillatzke home in Brookings, SD. Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg was a Saturday, Jan. 22 supper and evening guest at the Warren Kirchberg home. Mr. and Mrs. Ken ,Frey of Claremont, SD were Jan. 22 weekend guests at the Jason Karels home. Additional Sunday dinner guests in honor of their daughter Hope's birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Fran Karels and Robbie and Michael. Mr. and Mrs. Fran Karels hosted a family birthday party in honor of her mother Lorraine Pillatzke at Northridge on Saturday afternoon Jan. 22, 2011. Michael Karels of Fargo, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Karels Mikel and Myra of Barnesville, Robbie Karels of rural Ortonville were Jan. 22 visitors at the Fran Karels home and attended the birthday party in honor of their grandmother Mrs. Lorraine Pillatzke at Northridge in Ortonville on Saturday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Karels and Mrs. Delrose Karels attended the birthday party for Lorraine Pillatzke at Northridge on Saturday afternoon Jan. 22. Fr. Germain Rademacher of New Ulm was a Thursday, Jan. 20 until Sunday. Jan. 23 guest at the Kevin Rademacher home. Mrs. Wayne Brehmer and Eric and Mrs. Dave Mork were Monday evening Jan. 24 visitors at the Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg home. Mrs. Edward Karels returned home from the Ortonville Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Volkenant, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Volkenant and family were Sunday, Jan. 23 guests at the Eugene Bergstrom home in Marshall and helped Mrs. Bergstrom celebrate her birthday. Brad Pastika who attends school in Fargo spent Jan. 26 weekend at the home of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Adelman. On Saturday, Jan. 23 the family of Dorie Hoffman, hosted a family birthday lunchon from 11 until 12 noon at Northridge in Ortonville in honor of her 78th birthday. Attending were Mona, Brad and Nicole Nichols of Willmar, Mary Karels of Ortonville, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hoffman Andrea and don, Mr. and Mrs. Jim " Karels and Olivia, Boots Hoffman, Mrs. Joan Strei and Jeanette Abramowski Joe and Anthony of Bellingham. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke spent Jan. 22 weekend at the Mandley Davis home in Sioux Falls. Marvin Kirchberg of Bloomington spent Tuesday noon Jan. 25 until Thursday, Jan. 27 at the home of Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg. Mike Hamson was not present when his name was called at the drawing in Bellingham for $100 on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Next weeks drawing will again be for $100. Big Stone City News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 American Legion Auxiliary will meet Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Legion Clubrooms. Hostesses are Shirley Voltz and Virginia Bunting. Please attend the meetings. Round Table Club met at Karen McFarlands home Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. with 12 members present. The benefit for Ed and Margaret Kuefler was discussed. Members decided to again plant flowers on Main Street and the two parks in Big Stone City. A delicious lunch was served by Karen and Judy. The next meeting will be held at Sue Christensen's in February. Roger and Marilyn Barnhardt, Sandy and Tom Rice, Rick Barnhardt and Dawn, Sharyn Cox and Will, Suzann Harmening, Scott Barnhardt and Shelia, and Rodney and Tonya Barnhardt all got together for the Barnhardt annual Christmas gathering at Sandy and Tom Rice's house on Saturday, Jan. 22. Nieces and nephews that attended were Joe and Jenny Wiik along with their children Jacob, Justine, Julia, and Jacyln; Zack and Taylor Barnhardt; and Nate and Zach Harmening. The day began with the big meal being served at noon; however the clan seemed to graze all day long on good eats. Family pictures were taken and one of the biggest accomplishments of the day was to take family pictures of the whole clan. Mission was accomplished. Games were played and gifts were exchanged. They left with these thoughts to ponder. Does Roger or Rick take more naps? Did Sandy compromise the gift exchange? Does Shelia play well with others? Did Dawn have the coolest Christmas gift? Or was the day all about Sharon? Fun was had by all. Sometime during the week of Jan. 31 a Public Television show in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska called "Nature Adventures" is Coming to the Ortonville School and both Big Stone and Ortonville will attend. Two School Board positions are open. They must be district residents. If interested come to the school to the office and they will tell you how to register and answer any questions. Faye Athey took Mike and Anita Anderson to Watertown the weekend of Jan. 21 to the Tricompany Dart Tournament. On Monday, Jan. 24 Faye Athey's cousin Bill Gibson from Browns Valley and cousin Florence Raddaye of Big Stone stopped for coffee at Faye Athey's. Rick and Shari Hansen of Leavenworth, KS came to visit her mother Shirley Voeltz. They came on Sunday, Jan. 23 and are spending the week. Nadean and Joe Villella along with Sue and Bill Kleespie of Morris, Melissa and Grace Sherod of Minneapolis, and Tom Kokalens of Minneapolis attended Church Service in St. Cloud on Saturday, Jan. 22. The homily that evening was given by Brother Nick Kleespie of St. John's Abbey. Nick is the son of Sue and Bill Kleespie and Nadean and Joe's grandson. Nadean and Joe Villella recently learned they're going to be great- grandparents of number five, six and seven in July, August, and September. They have their own population explosion. Karen McFarlane came to visit Delores Bengtson with coffee and a treat; so they had coffee together on Monday, Jan. 24. Don Haukos and Patti Holtquist went to Larry Roggenbuck's birthday party on Saturday night, Jan. 22. Annie Haukos went to visit Ashley Kaiser. Jason and Jeremiah Wurtz of Sioux Falls were Jan. 21 weekend visitors of Elmer and Charlotte Athey. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] Veter00m Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. The first Veteran's Benefit Informational Outreach Booth for this year is planned to be conducted the 18th Annual Sports and Leisure Show. This event will be held in the Ortonville High School Gym on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. What information will be available for our veterans and their families? I will be displaying the most frequent used VA Fact Sheets and VA Benefit Pamphlets, VA Benefit Manuals, and VA Health Care Enrollment/Eligibility Booklets. The veterans benefit booth, as in the past, will be adorned with a patriotic theme in honor of all our veterans. Stop by and let's talk!!!! I will have my office appointment log with me to schedule appointments for the following weeks Flash News. The Big Stone County "Book of Honor,"- that contains "Presidential Memorial Certificates" that honor our deceased veterans will be on display for the first time. If you are a family member or a friend of a deceased veteran and want to order a "Presidential Memorial Certificate" for the veteran, we can complete an order form (VA Form 40- 0247). Lastly, during this outreach event, all patriots of this great Nation who stop by my booth will receive a U.S. Flag lapel pin. Honor all our Nation's veterans and proudly wear your pin!!!! In other news. Are you enrolled into the VA Health Care System and need questions answered concerning Medicare Part D and VA Prescription Drug Benefits? If you answered yes, then help is on the way!!! In your Big Stone County Veterans Service Office, I have a brochure with 18 of the most frequent asked questions and the answers concerning this topic. Please stop by and pick up this four page brochure. " Trivia question for last week. What U.S. military base was won in the last major battle against Japan? Answer: Okinawa. Trivia question of the week. What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench warfare? The answer in next week's article. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild to be held The Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild will meet Monday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, SD. Please bring your finished hands that we worked on at the January meeting and a gift for our valentine exchange...preferably something homemade. Effective Monday, Jan. 31st, we will resume our normal business hours. DRIVE.UP 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Saturday LOBBY 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Saturday M IN NWES'" W Member FDIC LENDER Minnwest Bank 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2568 www. minn westbank, com Tuesday, Feb. 1,2011 INDEPENDENT Page 5