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Feb. 17 in the City's Meeting Room lo- cated in the armory at 1:30 p.m. Any- one with concerns or suggestions about the City's snow removal is encouraged to attend. IT'S A GIRL !!I LAKESIDE APARTMENTS held their Annual Valentine's Day F ty on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Crowned King and Queen were Queen haron Boyle, left, and King Bob Gottsleben. Residents enjoyed a Soup and Chili Feed during the party. . Main Street (continued "from page one) neuvering their cars in and out of park- ing spaces along Main Street and some accually had to be pulled out by a tow truck. City officials, the Street Depart- ment, and business, owners received numerous complaints about the terrible conditions of the Main Street area. Since Ortonville's Main Street is State Highway 7, snow removal is a joint effort between Mn/DOT and the City of Ortonville. The cost of snow removal is split with the st/te being re- sponsible for the cost of loading snow and the City being responsible for the cost of hauling. In Ortonville, as well as almost all other cities in the District, Mn/DOT pays the City to perform the loading portion of the work said Lee Berget, Transportation District Engi- neer for District 41 'They do this be- cause most cities are better equipped to perform this type of work because they already do the same work on their other roadways, Berget said. City crews were "out plowing but were unable to remove the snow from Main Street until Wednesday morning, Feb. 10. According tO Public Works Director, Tim Scherer, the crews got to Main Street as soon as they could. Scherer said they plow the city accord- ing to the Snow Plowing and Removal Policy. This policy, which is posted on the City's Website, states that the hauling of snow from the business area is to be completed the morning after the town has been completely plowed out. The area was doused with another five inches of snow last weekend. State crews had Main Street cleared by 10:30 p.m. Sunday an d as of press time Monday evening, parking spots along Main Street were still covered with 6- 8 inches of snow from the roadway to the curb. The cities of Big Stone City, SD, Clinton, Graceville, and Madison had snow completely removed from the curbsides of their Main Streets prior to 8 a.m. Monday. Ortonville Mayor David Dinnel re- ceived complaints about the condition of Ortonville's Main Street. "I'm con- cerned about the priority given to the "plowing of Main Street and alley ways," said Dinnel. "I think we need to review the snow removal policy. It seems to me that we need to get Main Street plowed after the emergency routes are completed." Dinnel said the city has a limited number of people and pieces of equip- ment in the Street Department, and suggested the possibility of contracting with commercial haulers. Ortonville's Street Committee is scheduled to meet this Wednesday, Vic, Val and Gunnar Hoffman of Beardsley were blessed with a new addition to the family. Sylvia Kathrine was born January 29th at 1:47 pm at the Douglas County Medical center. She weighed 81bs 2oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Don and Marcella Andrews, and Gary and Ruth Hoffman of Graceville. Great Grandmas are Mary Cota of Graceville and Edna Andrews of Browns Valley. Getting to the heart of the matter The Ortonville Community Center will host "Getting to the Heart of the Matter", a presentation given by Jeanette Felton, Clinical Services Coordinator at OAHS, on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 am. Information about heart health will include nutrition, exercise and risk factors, but bring any questions or concerns you have, as well. If you'd like to eat dinner at the Center after this presentation, the menu will be Roast Beef, Potatoes and Gravy, Country Trio Vegetables with Ginger Bread for dessert. Please call the Center at 320-839-3555 with questions about the presentation, and to reserve a dinner. Big Stone Senior citizens Sec. Gen Strube The Ortonville Senior Citizen lub will meet on Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center. All Senior Citizens are invited. HATE THE WATER RING LEFT IN YOUR B&THTUB? IMAGINE IT AROUND YOUR WHOLE LIVING 00.OOM. Just a few inches of floodwater can end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs, and flood damage isn't covered by homeowners insurance: NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM Don't risk your home. Call me for flood insurance today. Tom Oakes, agent Tom Oakes Agency. 40 NW 2nd Street ..Ortonvllle, PIN Phone 320-839-2118 or Cell 320-815-641 7 Ortonville News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Saturday evening, Feb. 6 guests of Jim and Darlene Loeschke were Harlan and Janet Loeschke of Milbank. They attended the pancake dinner at the Big Stone church. Vi Hansen and her daughter Sue Hanratty had coffee with Jerry and Ann Hanratty, Vi Hansen hosted the Homerite residents with homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee. Don and Zelda Kohl came Saturday night," Feb. 6 to visit Palma Gutzman. Thursday, Feb. 4 David and Janet Weber were supper guests at Stephen Weber's home for Andrew's 9th birthday. On Tuesday, Feb. 9 David and Janet Weber watched their grandchildren Kaitlyn and Jennifer play 6th grade basketball at Clinton. Janet Weber attended a baby shower for Megan and Casey Namken on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Clinton. The Homerite residents had coffee and bars together on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7. The Homemakers' Extension Club Stroke Of the brush Big Stone Arts Council The Big Stone Arts Council will meet from 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the new Media Center in the Ortonville Library. Rob Rakow is this month's presenter and will share his interests in photography. 2010 goals for arts in Big Stone County is the main topic of business. BSAC welcomes anyone interested in attending. Please join us. For more information contact Liz Rackl 273-2146 or Deb Larson 839- 7084. UMVRDC to meet The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Library Board Meet The Pioneerland Library System Executive/Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Willmar Public Library. If you would like an agenda, one is available at your local library. I met on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10 at Fairway View. Cathy Mueller was the hostess. They had a delicious Valentine lunch and had a great time. There wasn't a great turnout because of the weather, trips, and illnesses. Rebekah Haag and Aubrey and Deacon from Sebeka were home at Brent and Brenda Zahrbuck's for the weekend of Feb. 5. Irerie Mathison and granddaughter Katie Freeman, who lives with Irene, went to Deb and George Peterson's at Canby the weekend of Feb. 5. Katie enjoyed the winter sports of skiing and sledding on the hills. Irene Mathison visited her sister Mildred Yatchoske at Northridge nursing home on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10. They enjoyed Pat Kunz's organ music at the nursing home. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Helgeson and family were Sunday, Feb. 7 brunch guests at the Roman Karels's home. Dianna Block and Angie FalcO took Kathy Korth out to dinner to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Lakeside apartments FRG meeting set for this Thursday Charlie's Angels Family Readiness Group will be holding their next regular meeting at the Armory in Ortonville, Thursday Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a regular monthly speaker at this meeting, the FRG will be discussing important upcoming and Homecoming events. Benjamin Roe member of SMSU Forensics Club Benjamin Roe, a senior Speech Communications major from Ortonville, is a member of the Forensics 'Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2009-10 academic year. Forensics is open to all students, regardless of major. Students can improve upon their current skills of analyzing, organizing, writing, speaking and listening. Forensics provides students with the chance to polish these talents and travel to other colleges and universities to compete. Roe is the son of Dalen and Kristin Roe or Ortonville. celebrated with a soup and chili lunch at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The staff prepared the lunch and served the residents at the tables each individually. For dessert they had Rice Krispie bars or brownies. A birthday party was held in honor of Rosie Shipe at Lakeside apartments in the community room on Saturday, Feb. 13. Jim and Neva Foster went to St. Cloud to help their son Nate and his wife Melissa move into a new house. The Arts Council is doing a temporary public art display by painting with food coloring on the lake for Winter Fest. They will be painting on Sunday, Feb. 14. It will be down by Lakeside Park; so people can drive by and see the art during Winter Fest. The Willmar Hospital purchased a new water lily watercolor from Neva Foster to hang in the Cancer Center. They should get it Valentine's week and they are going to frame it down there. It should be hung within a couple of weeks. Bonanza to host Winter Fun Day Bonanza Education Center Board is hosting a Winter Adventure Fun Day at the Bonanza Site of Big Lake State Park on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bonanza is located 20 miles North of Ortonville along MN Hwy 7 (the Lake Road) or 13 miles West of Clinton on Big Stone County Road 6. This event is open to families and adults. All people 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Bonanza Education Center has limited amounts of snowshoes, cross-country skis, and sleds that may be used during the event. Users of the Bonanza equipment will be required to sign a waiver. People who attend must pay State Park fees. The fees are $5 per vehicle or you must have or purchase a yearlong State Park pass. The site has excellent trails for snowshoeing and a fun sledding hill that people will be able to use. No specific activities ge planned for the day just "time for people to explore nature at our local State Park. If you have your own skis, snowshoes, or sleds, you are encouraged to bring them to use. Come join them and find out that you can enjoy the snow. Contact Cara with any questions 320-273- 2266. Pre-registration is not required. Rep. F alk column Falk and Kubly continue to discuss future of Prairie Correctional Facility Following the closure of Prairie Correctional Facility (PCF) in Appleton on Feb. 2, state Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, and State Rep. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, requested a meeting with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the owner and operator of the facility. On Feb. 10, Kubly and Falk met with Brad Regens, Vice President of State Customer Relations; Tony Grande, Chief Development Officer; and Kelly Durham, Senior Director of Business Development; to discuss the future of the Appleton prison. "Prairie Correctional Facility was a major employer for our area, so we had some concerns about what this closure means for these employees. We really appreciated that CCA was willing to come to meet with us," said Sen. Kubly. "While we would have liked to learn something more definitive, we were pleased to find out that it's CCA's top.priority to make use of the facility and bring back these employees," added Rep. Falk. The decision to close the Prairie Correctional Facility was business- based, due to an insufficient inmate population" Because the states with inmates at PCF decided to remove their prisoners due to budget constraints, Minnesota's inmates housed at PCF were transferred to other prisons throughout the state. The prisoners being held for the state of Washington have returned to their home state as well. While the prison is empty, CCA is currently working to upgrade the facility so that it could accept Level 4 prisoners in the future. This has not been possible in the past and should increase PCF's marketability. At the meeting, Sen. Kubly and Rep. Falk offered a suggestion to make use of the Appleton facility. "Our state's sex offender population is growing and will soon exceed the space available to them in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake. Some have advocated building an expansion to this facility, which adjoins the Moose Lake prison," explained Sen. Kubly. "We have suggested a proposal to CCA that perhaps the state could allow the Department of Health to use a portion of the Moose Lake prison for sex offender treatment, and transfer the prison inmates to PCF. CCA was receptive to this idea, so it is something we are currently discussing with our legislative colleagues." The legislators noted that moving the non-sex offender population to PCF while the state upgrades a portion of the Moose Lake prison to a sex offender treatment facility would likely give PCF enough prisoners to operate for another 18 to 24 months. Kubly and Falk also feel this option could save the state substantial dollars over a new facility. "At the meeting, Sen. Kubly and I once again extended our offer to CCA to help them highlight the successes of the facility and the quality of the workforce as they continue to pursue new inmate contracts," said Rep. Falk. "With the upgrades to the facility and a strong commitment from the company, we expect that Prairie Correctional Facility will be in operation once again." Anyone with comments or questions about this legislation can contact Sen. Kubly's State Capitol office at 651-296-5094 or Rep. Falk's State Office Building office at 651- 296-4228. LOCAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PRESENTED A CHECK OF $675 to the Big Stone Health Care Foundation that will be used to help fund the Ortonville Hospital Chapel. This is part of their pledge to give $1500 over three years. The Local Knights of Columbus held a free-wall offering pancake breakfast on Jan. 3 to raise the funds. Pictured from left to right are ion Hartman-Grand Knight, Sally Rakow.Executive Director of the Big Stone Health Care Foundation and Tom Oakes.Knights of Columbus Treasurer. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 3