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February 16, 1999

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Orlonvflle a heart" ] NconstOuc,,veOewsoEaoer,n,,,veCo0000uEo,,00,, N D E NT i FOR NEXT MONDAY&apos;S POPS CONCERT are members of the Ortonville High School senior The concert will be held Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the High School auditorium. See story inside this dyqouSt receives state's th voluntee award 17 of Ortonville, one of Minnesota's top for 1999 in the )irit of Community Feb. year's program. Lindquist was nominated by Ortonviile High School for the award. As a state honoree, he will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in May, where he will join the top two honorees - one middle level and one high school youth - from each of the other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America's top youth volun- teers for 1999 at that time. Lindquist led a team of disaster- relief volunteers in helping victims of a devastating tornado five hours away in the town of St. Peter. After hearing about the tornado, Mark sprang into action to recruit volunteers, arrange transportation, and secure donations of money and supplies. He placed announcements on the local radio station and at the high program, now in its i Is sponsored by The nsurance Company of Partnership with The of Secondary Nearly 20,000 middle level students for awards in this school, held planning meetings, and contacted parents and teachers for their assistance. Lindquist's goal of 25 volunteers and $500 in donations was surpassed when 52 volunteers donated their time and $1,500 was raised to help support the project, "Our group of volunteers was com- prised mostly of high school students, and I think we served as a great inspi- ration to the residents of St. Peter," he said. "I heard a few of the disaster victims say they could not believe that a group of young people would give up their Saturday to help total strangers." Lindquist also stated the project made him realize there are people who need help and support and that he is able to provide it. "No mat- ter how hard it is, I can always give more," he said. Mark is the son of Gordon and Diane Lindquist of Ortonville. ke receives wildlife award of rural Odessa was U.S. Department Meritorious Service highest award granted by the Dept. of Interior, at a ceremony held Dec. 21, 1998 at the Morris Wetland Management District Office. In recognizing Radtke's career accomplishments, Rollin Siegfried, supervisor of Wetland Management Districts in Minnesota, noted Radtke's proactive role in establishing the Service's Private Lands Program in manager of the District 'ear veteran of the ldlife Service, retired 1997. He received the award, the second , ill,iT i,!i,Liiil i, ! ,<'f,>\