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Along with this snow comes the headache of snow removal for area cit- izens an d city crews. One of the largest headaches is the snow removal along Ortonville's Main Street. The first snowfall this month was Feb. 4-9 which accumulated more than 10 inches of snow. This snow was piled above the already four to five inches of slush that had built up along the curb sides of Main Street from the end of January. This caused treacher- ous conditions for area residents who t'equent the Business district in down- town Ortonville, It was extremely dif- ficult for residents to get from their car to the sidewalk, it was even difficult to walk in cross walks with the large amount of snow piling up along the curbs. Many people had trouble ma- (Continued on page 3) McMahon volunteers to help keep skating rink, open " 'r If you have been to the OrtonviUe Ice Skating Rink lately, you've proba- bly seen Jeff McMahon. He is either operating the ice resurfacing machine to get the ice smooth for skating, flooding the rink with water, fixing the boards in the hockey rink, man- ning the warming house, sharpening ice skates, or doing some kind of maintenance to the rink. He volunteers his time to help the city crews keep the rink open. The city mans the rink after school and on weekends, clears the snow and scrapes the ice, but the rink is toward the bottom of the list to be shoveled after a snowfall. So Jeff steps up to the plate and does what he can to help. He does all this because he cares about the rink. He loved to skate as a kid and he wants to be sure his son Cody has the same opportunity to skate. Cody skated for the Big Stone Lake Area Waves from mini-mites through squirts. Though there is no longer a team here for kids his age, he still goes to the rink whenever he can to play pick up games or just to skate and shoot goals. Jeff grew up playing hockey. He learned to skate when he was three or four years old on the Odessa skating pond, wJaich the city flooded next to the ball field. He went to school in Ortonville and would walk to the Ortonville rink to play hockey after school. When he was about 13 he played in the "Fat Man's League," which consisted of pick up hockey games with whomev- er showed up. Some of the older guys in the group were Gary Dinnel, Jim Heinecke and Dick Raffety, Jeff was one of the younger boys who skated with the goup, which often included THE ICE MAN at the Ortonville Ice Skating and Hockey Rink is Jeff McMahon of rural Ortonville. the Taffes, Streeds, Kelzers, Swezeys and Sovells. When they skated, the hockey rink was located on the south side of the road, where the parking lot is now. They didn't have organized hockey, but they had lots of fun, said McMahon. He still laces his skates once in a while, but mostly when he's on the ice now, he's atop the ice resurfacing machine" Many rinks have the "Zamboni" brand resurfacerrs, Ortonville has a "Holmstein Rink Master" ice resurfacer. It is only one of 42 made in 1981, and is thought to Former Pepsi employee charged with embezzlement Sara Fetters, 29, of Ortonville was charged with two counts of felony theft on Jan. 29 for allegedly embez- zling approximately $15,283 from PepsiAmericas of Ortonville while she was employed there from Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 26, 2010. According to court documents, Territorial Sales Manager Mark Swigerd contacted the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 4, 2010 with suspicion of an employee stealing money from the firm. Two security cameras were installed in the business on Jan. 12 and according to court documents, Sheriff John Haukos reviewed the tape from the camera and saw Fetters putting large amounts of cash into her bag. According to court documents, Fetters told Big Stone County Deputy Sheriff David Hills that she took a total of $5,000 from Pepsi,during the past six months and deposited the money into her personal checking account. The Sheriff's Department obtained a search warrant for Fetters's bank records from Jan. 2009 through Dec. 2009. Cash deposits of $12,329 were made to her account. According to court documents, Fetters admitted in an interview with the Sheriff's Department that no other cash deposits were made into her account other than the money she took from Pepsi. Any deposits made after Dec. 9, 2009 would show up on the Jan. 2010 bank statement. According to Pepsi's records, the firm was short an additional $2,954 from Dec. 21,2009. Fetters was charged and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in Big Stone County Court on Wednesday, Feb. 17. be one of the oldest ice resurfacers in operation today. Kenny and Duane Hillman of rural Odessa, found the Rink Master in Mitchell, SD in 1999 or 2000 and pur- chased it for the BSLA Hockey Association. The association and the city of Ortonville have been maintain- ing it ever since. McMahon served on the board of directors for the hockey association for three to four years and became a certified hockey coach. He coached the BSLA Waves Mite and Squirt teams for a couple of years. He is a heavy equipment operator for Hillman Brothers Excavating. When he's not working he's at the rink, doing whatever it takes to get the ice ready for skaters. Get geared up for some exciting racing this Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 as the Big Stone Lake Sno Riders host the Seventh Annual Ice LeMans/Radar run. This years Ice LeMans/Radar Run will be held near the peninsula just out from the access area. Registration will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. and will run until 10:30 a.m. at GoFasters in Ortonville. There will be an additional fee for LeMans signup on the lake. Radar and Drag may still sign up on the lake. Racing action will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and will continue through Sunday Afternoon. The events include Pro Class, Trophy Class, Radar Run, Drag Racing (660 ft.), the 120 Class and 4-wheeler races. The Pro Class, which awards tro- phies and 100 percent payback cash prizes, includes a 600cc and an Open Class. Sponsors of the Pro Class series include Lucas Oil, Pioneer Seed and Clinton Crop Protection. Baby. section com=ng soon The Ortonville Independent and Northern Star newspapers will once again be publishing the Ortonville Area Health Services baby section featuring babies born at the Ortonville Hospital in 2009. Parents of babies born in 2009 at the Ortonville Hospital or under Physician care of Northside Medical Center are asked to please submit a photo of their baby to The Ortonville Independent, PO Box 336, Ortonville, MN 56278 or call the newspaper office to schedule a time for a photographer to take a picture. The number is 320-839- 6163. High resolution photos and information may also be sent to mail@ BSC Horizons III benefit set Big Stone City Horizons III bene- fit for Big Stone C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness and Response to Economic Situations) will be held Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at the Big Stone Legion from 5-7 p.m. They will be serving Fish and Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Baked Beans, and Corn, Bread and a Beverage. Adults are $7 ($6 in advance). Six to 12 years is $5. Five and under FREE. Advance tickets are available at Big Stone City businesses. (ADVx2) For the Trophy Class it includes two youth classes, Open Fan, Women's, Liquid 500 and 600 class, Buddy Race, Vintage (1983-1974), Vintage (1973-older), Vintage (1974- 1983), 120 Class and Open Class. Sponsors of the Trophy Class races are Wulff Harvesting, Lakewood Supper Club, Larson's Inc.-Wheaton, Tri-County Co-op, Steve's Body Shop, Border States, Hooters Lumber, D & G Tiling, Hasslen Construction, Claassen Construction, Federated Telephone and Midwest Powersports. The Radar Run, featuring pure speed on a straightaway stretch, includes Stock-Fan, 500, 600, 700, 800, open; Improved Stock-Fan, 500, 600, 700, 800, and open and Modified-Air cooled, 500,700, open and top speed. Participants race 1,000 feet, with a radar gun marking their top speeds. Sponsors of the Radar Run include Sibson Gravel, Lakeshore RV Park, Pro Auto/Carquest, FTI-Jon Bork, Headwaters Grill and Bar and Murray's Garage. Sponsors for the Modified-Air Cooled include Wilding Trucking of Nassau, Maher Trucking and Titan Machinery in Graceville. Drag Racing (660 ft.) will be held Saturday, February 20 with 600 stock, 600 improved, open stock, open improved and modified. Sponsor for this event is GoFasters. For the younger set, the 120 Class features an Open event to be held as well on Sunday, Feb. 21. Hasslen construction is the sponsor. Also this year is the 4-Wheeler Races both Saturday and Sunday with a Trophy and Pro Class. Associate sponsors include Vali Vu Motel, Bauer Countryside Ag, SMAC Enterprises and Hilltop Care. Lunch will be available both days, with a dance Saturday night begin- ning at 9 p.m. at Sioux Historic. For more information, contact Steve Koch at 320-324-7449. Chamber's WinterFest being held this week in Ortonville The Big Stone Lake Area WinterFest will be taking place through out the week in Ortonville and everyone is invited to come shop Ortonville with store specials throughout town. A medallion hunt will again be a part of WinterFest. Clues will be given out each day this week, and will be available at KDIO and the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Office or listen to KDIO 1350 AM or KXLG 99.1 FM each morning at 9:05 a.m.. If you find the medallion, bring it to the Chamber office to claim your Chamber Bucks. Monday the prize was worth $200, Tuesday $175, Wednesday $150, Thursday $125, and Friday $100. The Medallion is a granite plaque that is hidden on public property in either Big Stone City or Ortonville with no digging required. One of the events taking place include a snow sculpture contest throughout the week. This can be any snow sculpture done by any individ- ual or organization. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and the chamber will come and take pictures. Call to register your sculpture at 320-839-3284. There will be sledding in Central Park on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Everyone, young and old, is invited to bring their own sled and have a great time. Hot Chocolate will be available at the EDA office in the Ortonville Armory. Bring your own sled. Also on Wednesday, a Bag Birdfeeder Lunch will be served between 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce took pro orders for the lunch last week. Lots of cool deals and hot prices throughout town so make sure to attend WinterFest this week in Ortonville. OHS Music Department to present annual Pops Concert The Ortonville High School Music Department is proud to present its annual Pops Concert Monday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS Auditorium. Come out and hear songs from stage, screen, radio and everywhere in between. Following the concert join them in the commons for cookies and beverages. A variety of vocal ensembles will be performing including the B Naturals singing "Under the Sea", the B Sharps 2 singing "Star Wars (John Williams is the Man), the Men's Chorus performing "Bring Him Home", the Women's Chorus singing "Selections from The Sound of Music", the Show Choir performing "I Hope You Dance", "As Time Goes By", and "Viva La Vida." The Jazz Band will perform "Birdland", "Never My Love", and "Play That Funky Music." The Concert Band will perform "Harry's Wondrous World", "Carmen Suite" and "George of the Jungle." Admission to the Pops Concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The vocal groups are under the direction of Mr. Wayne Huselid and the instru- mental groups are under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb. Winter Carnival Coronation rescheduled to Tuesday Due to the weather, Winter Carnival Coronation will be held today (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Most roads were either in bad shape or not plowed due to the high winds blowing the roads shut. The winds were expected to gust throughout the day on Monday. Admission is now free for Coronation. During the week, there will be dif- ferent dress up days. On Tuesday it is Mismatch Day; Wednesday is Crazy Hair Day; Thursday is Formal Day: and Friday is Class Color Day (Seniors-black, Juniors-orange, Sophomores-white, Freshmen-blue, Eighth Grade-green and Seventh Grade-purple). They will also be playing Trojans Have Talent and Trojan Runway at noon during the week and the finale will be Friday, Feb. 19 during sixth and seventh hours. They will also' have Trojan Olympics during that time. The Winter Carnival dance will be held in the OHS Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 19. Cost is $4 if you are NOT in formal wear and $3 if you dress up. The dance will run from 8- 11 p.m. ENTERTAINING FANS during the Ortonville-CGB boys basketball game in Ortonville on Jan. 28 were the Middle Kix, consisting of sixth and seventh graders from the area. Just For Kix instructor is Kerry Klapel.