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! ] N'D E Ononlle a heart" END "A Constructive Newspaper in A Le Communy" i= NT! Volume 83: Number 49 i is celebrating its second anniversary in Bi Stone City, SD at a new location one mile west of Willcock, at left, and Eric Johnson invite you ]o stop in and make an offer on any vehicle. Sales moves to new site, :Is "Winter Clearance Sale" moved to a new ]oca- spot at the former Gene's in Big Stone City, SD lot one mile west of Big SD. the new location and second anniversary, owner : and his partner Eric are holding a "Winter e." more than 27 vehicles and say if they don't have you want, they will get it i the two of them they have used car dealers all originally from York, +a mechanic for 24 years ventured into vehicle sales. out each car and truck thor- he sells them to his cus- ns and shows his cus- what they're purchas- under the hood. "When vehicle here, there are no hidden surprises," says Willcock. He moved to Ortonville from Brookings, SD, where he was in auto- motive sales for the past 12 years. He came to the area after meeting his new wife Kathi Calahan of Ortonville, through their religious organization The Jehovah's Witnesses. Willcock opened CD Sales in January 2000 at the former Gene's Amoco first. Johnson, originally from Hendricks, joined the firm in 2001. is enroute to the O12 where he will net staff for a portion who has been involved for the years through the National attended a number of their kpelitions in the past. It to join the reed olympics, and he put in volunteer. 'ing on the medical staff q up race last year, he says him he'd definitely The two plan to expand into other vehicle and equipment sales including chore tractors, golf carts and 4-wheel- ers. "We have access to almost any- thing you want," said Johnson. Stop in anytime during their "Winter Clearance Sale" and make an offer on any vehicle. They have cars and trucks in all price ranges starting as low as $500. See ad inside for detail Deputies, federal agents bust meth lab at Beardsley farm Big Stone County's Sheriff's Department, along with Ortonville PD. and federal drug agents, busted a methamphetamine lab at an aban- doned farmplace near Beardsley, resulting in the arrest of 35 year-old Robert James Fossen of Beardsley. According to sheriff's department records, a call was received from an anonymous citizen Dec. 5, stating there may be drug manufacturing going on at the abandoned Rieck farm south of Beardsley. Upon investiga- tion, Deputies David Hills and Terry Wo(xt saw a number of vehicle tracks leading into the place, and inside the house found numerous extension cords and windows covered with card- board and trash bags. Records further stated a number of items known by deputies to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were found, including coffee filters, cans with plastic hoses, Mason jars filled with suspicious liquids, lye, denatured alcohol and toluiol, as well as a variety of household cleaners and propane cylinders. Hills and Wood began surveillance on the site and at approximately 4:45 a.m. Dec. 6, a vehicle was seen approaching the house. Records stat- ed the vehicle then turned around and proceeded away from the site at a high rate of speed. Despite chasing the vehicle at speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour, deputies were unable to catch up with the vehicle. Drug Task Force agents later assessed the lab and dismantled the equipment, which was reported to be fully functional at the time. All items were taken into evidence. A warrant for Fossen's arrest was then issued, and he was apprehended Jan. 22 by the Lakeville Police Department. Fossen made his first ,rpearancc Jan. 28 in Big Stcme Loss ofMWC tourney, lack of volunteers hurting chamber With the loss of the Masters Walleye Circuit fishing tournament this year on Big Stone Lake comes the loss of the MWC's annual contribu- tion to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This, cou- pied with decreased funding from the city of Ortonville and a lack of volun- teers, has added one more stress to the chamber's list. A group of tourism proponents met Thursday evening at The Pizza Ranch to discuss the future of the chamber and of tourism for the Big Stone Lake Area, also hearing from Leif Erickson of the Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism Association. First on the agenda was a discus- sion over the loss of MWC, which has held its qualifying tourney on Big Stone Lake for the past several years. Besides the contributions MWC makes directly to the chamber, which have totalled $5,000 in the past two years, the anglers and staff bring an estimated $150,000 in revenues to the community each time they visit. Circulars inside * Cartright Thrifty White Drug * Unger Furniture MWC officials have made the deci- sion to send the qualifying tourney to Lake Mille Lacs this year. The group discussed the possibility of a local tourney to possibly replace MWC if it doesn't return soon. Tourism Committee Chair Donna Gregory told the group the tourism committee of the chamber, to fund marketing of the area, is in the midst of a funding struggle, and has been reprimanded by the city council who warn them not to duplicate efforts of regional tourism. Gregory added a few of those pre- sent should meet with groups like Blandin Community Investment Partnership, since they have funding resources which could be put to use. In the meantime, the chamber has been trying to focus its effort on pro- jects which can be made profitable, and those which can't make a profit may need to be turned back over to the city of Ortonville. Questions were raised about the annual Cornfest celebratioa, to which (Coatineed on  15) e to serve on medical at '02 Winter Olympics Dr. Bryan Delage, as After phone interviews and back- ground checks, Delage was accepted to serve near Huher, LIT, amongst dif- ferent events spread out in that area. Upon arrival in Utah, he will undergo training in hospitality, knowl- edge of events and the area to help serve as an ambassador to the U.S., before opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics Friday. Delage has promised to relate details of his experiences upon his return, and adds those watching the events should pay special attention to the biathalon, since there are a number of individuals representing Minnesota in that particular event. County Court, where he was granted a public defender. He is currently being held in Madison on $100,fX)0 bail, court records stated. Fossen is charged with three counts of criminal substance crime in the first degree, each carrying a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail, a $1,000,000 fine, or both. Also, he has been charged with third degree bur- glary, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine, or both. Fossen declined to comment on the charges when reached Monday. Court records indicated he will next appear this Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Big Stone County Court. DAVE ELLINGSON OF ORTONVILLE was elected as vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation at its 59th annual convention. Ellingson, who will serve a two year term, brings his experience as past presld'ent of the Minnesota Honey Producers, a member of the ABF Resolutions Committee and as an executive member of the ABF board. One of his main duties will be lobbying in Washington. Ellingson is shown above with the newly crowned American Honey Queen Diane Henson of Eddy, TX. Bill's has new no coupon program Bill's SuperValu Plus today announced that it will improve the way it does business, making it easier and more convenient for customers to save money at the checkout register. Bill's SuperValu Plus is launching a new program that makes it unnecessary for customers to clip coupons or apply for shopper savings cards. Although it still will accept manufacturer's coupons that further discount prices, Bill's SuperValu Plus will stop printing coupons in its weekly advertising circulars, opting instead to offer special deals on selected items throughout the store every week. These ftems will be marked with a special sticker in advertisements and inside the store that simply says, "No Coupons Needed." There are several benefits to this change. Clipping coupons can be a hassle and can be forgotten on a trip to the grocer. Some stores offer shopping cards so its patrons can receive special values, but not everyone gets these deals because not everyone has the card. But since all Bill's SuperValu Plus customers are important, it will offer the same pocketbook-friendly values to everyone without the fuss. Customers won't need coupons or cards to receive special offers, and the store won't use cards to keep information on consumers' shopping habits. As noted, manufacturer's coupons still will be accepted. Plus doubled in value up to 50 (50 plus 50 = $1 in savings). These coupons come from newspaper inserts, special mailers and specific product promotions and are not created by the store. Shopping just got easier at Bill's SuperValu Plus. No coupons. No cards. Just great weekly specials. (Adv.) Volunteers to be honored at chamber "F and F" Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce,, is hoidnng" a specnai" Volunteer Appreciation" edition of Fun and Friends After Five, this Friday evening (Feb. g) from 5 to 7 PM at The Dancing Bean Coffee Shop in downtown Ortonville. If you ve helped in the Chamber office or volunteered at any of the Chamber's activities during 2001, you're invited to stop in for a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. It s just a small "thank you" for your help! The Chamber asks that you please RSVP by calling the office at 839- 3284, so they'll know approximately how many to expect. pastor, junior pastor at New Life Community Baptist Originally from Grand Rapids, he received his masters degree from the Moody Graduate School in Chicago, -IL. Dahlgren began his career doing work with Youth for Christ, before faces can be seen at New Life Community new Pastor Todd new Junior Pastor Jim i / bAHLGREN is the new pastor at New Life Community Baptist Drlonville. He is picutred above with wife Mary Jean and eat her, 16. becoming executive director of the organization. The promotion moved his family to Des Moines, IA, where Dahlgren later became pastor of stu- dent ministeries at Union Park Baptist Church. On Jan. 6, he began his work here in Ortonviile, and will be recognized at an installation ceremony Feb. 17 during the church's regular service. He and wife Mary Jean, who works at Northridge, have three children. Seth and wife Jessica live in Pella, IA, Jordan is attending Grandview College in Des Moines, and daughter Heather, 16, is a sophomore at OHS. "We've experienced a warm and friendly reception from both the com- munity and the church," comments Dahlgren. "Ortonville may be a small town but it doesn't feel liko one; there's lots of pride in the community, businesses and school." An avid hunter and fisherman, he has also joined the Ortonville Kiwanis Club and looks forward to working with them. Dahlgren says there's lots of excit- ing things going on at the New Life Church, including the New Life Center and all the activities going on there, as well as the youth programs at the church. Heading up those youth programs will be new Junior Pastor Jim Hasslen. Born and raised in Ortonville, Hasslen graduated from OHS in 1985, before spending time in the United States Marine Corps and graduating from Saint Cloud State University m 1995. Hasslen, who has a B.S. degree in finance, then moved back to Ortonville in 2000. He is taking ongo- ing seminary training classes in the Twin Cities. He and wife Kathy have two chil- dren - Rachelle, 1 ! and Joshua, 8. Among the items he's looking for- ward to is the St. Louis Youth Trip, a group of 33 children in grades 6-10 leaving this Thursday. Also in April, the youth will combine with other COngregations for a 30 hour famine, as a fundraiser for starving children. 8elmfor aOmittaa LoriLee Schafer, daughter of Robert and Janice Schafer of FaOll nviile, has been accepted for the all 2002 semester at Southwest State University in Marshall. Her planned major field of study is mathematics education. NEW YOUTH PASTOR at Ortonville's New Life Community Baptist Church is Jim Hasslen. He is shown above with wife Kathy and children Rachelle, 11 at left and Joshua, 8, at right.