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Good old days in the Ortonville area PROUD PARENTS, the late Bob and Betty Barr, are shown in this ear- lier photo pinning a Boy Scout Eagle Badge on their son Mike. FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 16, 2010 10 YEARS AGO Feb. 15, 2010 Don "Babou" Felton has received the honor of being named the "1999 Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer of the Year." His most noteworthy activi- ty is his portrayal of "Babou," a fur trader from the early 1800s. Brandon Carlson, 6, took first place in the bass category of Save- A-Lake Aeration's ice fishing con- test held on Lake Artichoke Sunday, Feb: 6. He took home $75 for his 1. lb., 4 oz. fish. Millennium baby arrives. Ortonville's first baby of the year was born Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000 at 5:12 a.m. Dylan Michael Russman entered the world weighing 6 lbs., 10-3/4 oz. He was born to Jackie Russman of Wilmot, SD. Congratulations to the Business Professionals of America students from Ortonville High School• After placing at Regional competition on Friday, Jan. 28, they now qualify to compete in State competition which will be held in Minneapolis. 25 YEARS AGO Feb. 13, 1985 Towering above the Ortonville school is a 146 ft. tower that the school will use for broadcasting and receiving when the Minnesota Valley Telenetwork goes on the air this fall. What are the odds? That's what planned by the Ortonville Jaycees for their First Annual Winter Fest this weekend. The highlight of the Winter Fest will be a donkey bas- ketball tournament. The following birth was record- ed at the Ortonville Hospital: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sherman of Ortonville. 50 YEARS AGO Feh. 18, 1960 Dial telephone service begins next Sunday in Big Stone City, Ortonville and Clinton; a change which will find the switchboard in Big Stone City no longer in opera- tion. Five sisters have operated the switchboard in Big Stone City since 1913. They are the Richert sisters. A large fishing derby is sched- uled for Feb. 21st at Bill Miller's Lagoona Beach. The proceeds are to go to the Auxiliary Police. When the new telephone system begins, Ortonville will have a new fire alarm plan which will ring all the phones of the volunteer fire department at one time. Work is scheduled to begin this Spring on the construction of the new Methodist Church in Ortonville. The following births were recorded at the Ortonville Hospital: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sweezey of Clinton, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Steven Thorson of Graceville and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Sigler of Clinton. 70 YEARS AGO Dec. 28, 1939 Mrs. Roy Steiner of Ortonville will head the Big Stone County Chapter of the American Red Cross, as county chairman, follow- ing her election at the annual meet- DOWN MEMORY'S LANE " From the files o! lhe Ortonville Independent lng Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8th, held at the Temple Cafe Annex in Clinton. City officials are considering digging another well to supplement the two now in operation, it was disclosed this week. Although no definite plans have as yet been made, it is thought that the third well will be up on the hill rather than near the lake, in hopes that softer water will be found• A delegation from Ortonville attended a meeting of the Highway 75 Association at Graceville Friday night. This was one of several such meetings being held in towns along Highway 75 to further interest in improving the route. The following births were recorded at the Ortonville Hospital: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Evans of Ortonville, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Boyde Sigloh and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Fowler• sixth grade reading instructor Larry " THIS COLUMN SPONSORED IN PART BY... Roggenbuck of James Knoll 00ea's Elementary School would like to 1,  ,......Av._ STRONG - TRANE LR ...... '" know. Roggenbuck has eight girls  and eight boys in his reading class; rlleatmg ,,o Roggenbuck and three of the girls' m iO • birthdays fall on Jan. 24. Two other Dean Kovarik, owner girls in the class also have January , olzngt.t.c. birthdays. . 14291 SD Hwy. 109 Phone 605-862-8528 Many activities have been Big Stone City, SD 57216 Cell 605-467-0301 Big Stone City News By Gail Maxwell ' '839-2207 Monica Osmera of Weston, NE visited her parenis John and Jerri Van Hout for half a week. The Breezers and Geezers met on Wednesday affernoon, Feb. 10 at the Big Stone Community Center. Julie Strei from Ortonville. and Marie Brown went to Alexandria from Thursday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 6. They visited at the home of Kathy and Scott Larson. Julie and Marie were there for a baby shower for Marie's grandson Nathan and wife" April Larson held atKathy's. They are expecting their first baby. This is Lou and Marie's first great grandchild. , Donald and Arvene Van Hout went ioRaymond on Thursday, Feb. 11 to celebrate JoLynda Hauser's birthday, watch Isaac in a school.program, and watch Laura in a basketball game. Donnette Wheelock of Mankato silent Wednesday night, Feb. 3. with Vern and Gert Goldsmith. On Thursday morning, Feb. 4 Donnette Wheelock and Gert Goldsmith left for North Branch to • Visit .Gert's .brother who was in the hospital. Donnette and Gert spent Thursday night, Feb. 4 and Friday morning, Feb. 5 with Mr. and Mrs. Mark Olson of Sun Rise. They returned home Friday evening. Lamoine Herrmann enjoyed coffee with several who attended the .Breezers and Geezers on Wednesday, Feb. IIZ The lunch was delicious. Tuesday noon, Feb. 9 Darvin and Neoma Ballhagen.7of Wilmot were callers at Lamoine Herrmarin's home. Keith Athey, Matthev˘ Athey, Jason Stovall all from Milbank, SD, Storme Bull, Dorothy Till:man, Fran Benkofske, Scan Athey, Michael Athey, and Forest Alhey enjoyed watching the Super Bowl at the home of Elmer and Charlotte Athey. Lori Brandt stopped in with fresh homemade bread for Delores Bengtson on Wednesdayl Feb. 10. Janell Kelly stopped in with some books for Delores. Wildlife 00habitat incentive program fundsavailable to MN producers The U.S. Department of Agricul- tural Natural Resources Conservation Se/vice (NRCS) has announced that the Minnesota sign-up for WHIP is currently open. Applications are ac- cepted on a continuous basis. It is an- ticipated that eligible applications will be selected for funding by April I. Through WHIP, landowners inter- ested in conservation practices are pro- • vided both technical assistance and financial assistance to install eligible practices. The Wildlife Habitat Incen- tives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to de- velop or improve wildlife habitat on tribal and private lands. It provides both technical assistance and cost shar- ing to help establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat• Burr Hendrickson, District Conser- vationist for NRCS in Minnesota, said, "WHIP offers cost-sharing to restore fish and wildlife habitat throughout Minnesota. WHIP is unique, in that landowners do not have to be agricul- tural producers to participate." Participants work with NRCS and other conservation partners to prepare a wildlife habitat development plan. The plan describes the landowner's goals for improving wildlife habitat, includes a list of practices and a schedule for in- stalling them, and details the steps nec- essary to maintain the habitat for the life of the agreement. Farmers can sign-up at the NRCS office in USDA Service Centers statewide. NRCS anticipates nearly $1 million in WHIP funds for Minnesota. To find out more about WHIP in Minnesota, contact your local NRCS field office in Madison, MN, located at 122 8th Avenue South, Suite 1, or visit the MN NRCS website: Rack 'Em Up pool tourney The first monthly "Rack 'Em Up" pool tournament will be held at the Ortonville Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 25, starting at 9 a.m. All area pool shooters of all skill lev- els are invited to sign up for this friendly tournament, where prizes will be awarded for first and second place winners• The pool table at the Center has been enjoyed by many since it's installation several years ago. This tournament, scheduled for every fourth Thursday of the month, will add another element of challenge for all Who love the game and enjoy the friendly competition. Please call the Community Center to sign up for this tourney at 320-839- 3555. Pre-registration is appreciated. You may also wish to sign up for din- ner, and the menu will be Pork Roast Commercial, Mashed Potatoes with gravy, Mixed Vegetables and Sherbet for dessert. Cards of. thanks CARD OF THANKS A great big thank you to each and every one of you who donated your time, money and/or help for Roger and Lori Cloos' benefit supper. It was because of all of you it was even pos- sible. We pray God will bless you in return as you have blessed Roger, Lori, Bridget, Tia and Cayden. THANK YOU! 5-1 Ash Wednesday "February 1 7 " Imposition of Ashes and Communion Services SALES • SERVICE • RENTALS For Commercial & Residential 1:00 & 6:20 PM Soup Supper" 5:30 - 6:10 PM Service and Supper Times will be the same on February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010, l First English Lutheran Church • 9 NW 3rd Street • Ortonville, MN ast;r Marlene Elmstrom David Tonn, Dir. of Youth & Parish Mini sto// Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, Sheldon Theatre Brass Band to perform in Appleton The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band of Red Wing will perform on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the '52 Wing Auditorium in Appleton. This award winning ensemble was formed in 1989 and has performed at festivals and contests across the USA. The program will include Von Suppe's thrilling overture "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" and a powerful piece based on Maori leg- ends titled "Hinemoa". Cornet and euphonium will be featured on a Scottish folktune and our percussion section will get the spotlight in "Rusky-Percusky". The band recently released their fifth compact disk, "Black, White and Blue" and will per- form two selections in the same style, jazz age ballads, "A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square" and Gershwin's "Embraceable You". No band concert would be complete without marches and those of both British and American heritage will be played. These pieces and more will stir musical tastes from classical to jazz and beyond. If you are a high school music student or just a student who appreciates music this concert is for you as there is no charge for students• Tickets for adults (18 and up) are $14 and are available at the door. All seats general admission. Mn/DOT reminds motorists to stay back, stay alive Nine traffic crashes involving snowplows have occurred on area highways throughout Minnesota in the last two days, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Five of the crashes happened in the Twin Cities metropol- itan area and four took place in south- eastern Minnesota. Mn/DOT reminds motorists of these safe driving tips around snow- plows: • Stay back - at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass. • Stay alert - snowplows turn or exit frequently and often with little warning; they may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions. • Slow down - snowplows typical- ly move at slower speeds. • • Be patient - remember snow- plows are working to improve road conditions for your trip. Check road conditions - go to or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions. Too late to classify HELP'WANTED-Pizza clerk, part time. Competitive wage, 401K, vaca- tion and sick days, paid holidays• Pick up applications at Cenex Conve- nience Store, Ortolwille. 5-2* Bierschbach Dental ;2 n. 8am 8am 6)m Fri. 12 noon !ll Kevin Raaf i/Complete Collision Repair i/Glass Replacement and Chip Repair e p Frame and Suspension Repair Big Stone " Work (320) a39-3066 • Home 605-676-2457 • Cell 605-880-4252 Schoolmenu Tuesday, Feb. 16: Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, P. Butter, Juice, Milk. Lunch: Meatballs, Mashed of Soft Water Potatoes, Stir Fry Vegetables, Bread, Milk. Wednesday, Feb. 17: Breakfast: Brk. Pizza, Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Fish Sandwich, Bun, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Dinner Roll, Milk. Thursday, Feb. 18: Breakfast: Roll, Cheese Slices, Juice, Milk. • Lunch: Class Meal Third Grade• Friday,. Feb. 19:Breakfast: French Toast, Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Cheese Pizza, Corn, Applesauce, Pumpkin Bar, Milk. Monday, Feb. 22: Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, P. Butter, Juice, Milk. Lunch: BBQ Turkey, B'un, Chips, Fruit,.Slushy, Milk•. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Breakfast: Mexican Eggs, Tatar Tots Juice, Milk. Lunch: Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Lettuce, Salad, Garlic Toast, Milk. INDEPENDENT • Water Softeners and Salt Delivery to Your Home Or Office! WE SERVICE ALL MAKES OF SOFTENERS Page 5 € .' k