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"YOU CAN HEAR CORN GROW," it is said when it gets real hot and muggy. For a publicity-stunt some years ago, Johnny Larson is shown putting his ear to listen. Thanks Johnny! FOR THE WEEK OF Feb. 17, 2009 10 YEARS AGO Feb. 23, 1999 Scoring her 1,000th point was Tiffany Finke on a feed from Heidi Wittnebel, as the Trojans opened Sub-Section 3AA last Thursday with a huge win over ACGC 80-37. Finke received the game ball and congratulations from Ortonville Coach Connie Newman. Valentine Royalty at Northridge Residence for 1999 were Joyce Boerger and Henry Redfield. They were crowned Friday, Feb. 12 dur- ing the monthly birthday party. Amy Nelson, daughter of Tom and Ann Nelson of Meadowbrook, has been selected to attend the 1999 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, MD. Miss Nelson will present her under- graduate thesis on "Early Warning and Response Systems," as they apply to ethnic conflict 25 YEARS AGO Feb. 22, 1984 Christina Rausch, daughter of the Paul Rausches of Big Stone City, caught the largest walleye in the annual Big Stone Lake Fishing Derby. Through a telephone quirk last week, Ortonville's Elmer and Betty Schwarze learned they have a set of "twins" in the Mpls. area another husband and wife with the exact same names of Elmer and Betty Schwarze, and with the exact same spelling of the last name. Neither couple has ever met, and the Metro Schwarzes know nothing of the Ortonville couple, but the latter say they hope someday soon to pay a call on the Mpls. couple to inform them of the coincidence. This "smiall world" tale had its begin- ning" when Betty Schwarze wrote to Willard Scott of NBC television to inform him of her father-in-law Arthur, also of Ortonville, 100th birthday. Betty received a call from Scott, who said he had talked to the wrong Elmer and Betty in Mpls. and preceded to tell the Ortonville Betty how the "small worlder" had come about. 50 YEARS AGO Feb. 19, 1959 The proposed plans for modifi- cation of the Big Stone Lake and Whetstone River projects will be reviewed at Pierre, SD. Representative Lem Kaercher reported from the capitol in St. Paul. The project, which when completed will cost $3,031,000, will include the creation of a con- servation pool above the bridge on U.S. Hwy. 75 near Odessa. Major General Joseph E. Nelson, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, announced that the local guard unit, Btry C 175th Field Artillery Battalion, will be reorgan- ized and redesignated Feb. 22. New designation of the unit will be Btry C, 7th Howitzer Battalion, 216th Combat Arms Regiment. Babies born at the Ortonville Hospital were a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Ordean Moen of Correll, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bucholz of Big Stone City, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Koecheritz of Nassau, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beckel and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Hanratty both of Ortonville, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolsta of Ortonville, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Athey of Clinton, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Nelson of From the file~ 0I the Ortonville Independent Ortonville, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Bergstrom and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Schlicht, both of Ortonville. 70 YEARS AGO Feb. 23, 1939 A sum of $201,000 has been received by the Big Stone-Stevens Cooperative Power Association for the construction of approximately 200 miles of power lines to serve farmers in the area near two county lines in northeastern Big Stone County and western Stevens County, according to a telegram received last week. The first case of contagious dis- ease in the Ortonville grade school in more than a year was reported this week. It was a case of Scarlet Fever. Annual Battalion Day for National Guard companies of this area will be held. The feature of the day will be a basketball tournament among the five companies to be here for the get-together. Companies from Madison, Dawson, Appleton, Montevideo and Ortonville will be present. f Thi8 column sponsored in part by Rock Solid Since 1876 Purchase the NEW 2009 JCPenney Spring & Summer Catalog for just $3 and save two ways! Ortonville, MN 320-839-6131 J LAKESIDE APARTMENTS held their 2nd Annual Valentine's Day Party on Thursday, Feb. 12. Crowned King and Queen were Queen Leslie Jane McCallum, left, and King Joel Sorbel. Residents enjoyed dinner and treats during the party. Ortonville Communitl Developrhent updates By Vicki Oakes Community Development Coordinator Dan Johnson has purchased the Columbian Hotel from the Ortonville EDA and renovations are underway! The EDA and the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) are very excited to have Dan Johnson take on this endeavor! Shortly after the sale, Mark Buechel (Historical Architect) with the Minnesota Historical Society came to Ortonville to meet with Dan Johnson and EDA/HPC representatives to review the Columbian Hotel project. After touring the Columbian Hotel from top to bottom, it was very encouraging to hear confirmation from a Historical Architect that the building, although in need of major repairs, still had strong bones and is structurally sound. Dan Johnson will be working closely throughout the project with the Minnesota Historical Society. Dan has met With local groups such as the Homegrown Foods and the Art's Council. He has also attended a Kiwanis meeting and provided an overview of his plans for the Hotel. As he meets with the various groups when he is in town, it has grown evident that many in the area are anxious for updates on this project so he has agreed to provide progress reports to be posted on the Ortonville website to keep everyone interested in this project current on the happenings at the Columbian Hotel. The EDA videotaped Dan's Kiwanis Club presentation and this video along with the project updates can be found at The Southwest Initiative Foundation provided a Recession Seminar for local businesses on January 22nd in Ortonville. The seminar covered discussions on how the economy got to where it is today, what businesses should do next and implementation. The EDA videotaped the seminar and it has been posted at If you do not have convenient internet access to view this 2-hour seminar, please contact Vicki Oakes at 839-2612 to view a DVD version (along with a copy of the Power Point handout). Guess the Winners By Adelaide Kirchberg Mr. and Mrs. Bud Radermacher and Taylor were Sun. afternoon Feb. 8 visitors at the Glen Radermacher home in Ortonville. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Karels of St. Cloud, Mr. and Mrs. Vic Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John Karels of Fargo, Andy Karels of Savage were among relatives and friends that attended the wedding of Jamie Karels and Stacey Nasby at St. Joseph's Church in Rosen and reception at Old No. 1 Bar and Grill in Morris on Saturday afternoon Feb. 7, 2009. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke and Alan were Feb. 7 weekend guests at the Mandley Daves home in Sioux Falls on Sunday, Feb. 8 they attended the Baptism of Alex Michael, son of Mr;and Mrs. Brian Schuelke and were among dinner and afternoon guests in honor of their son's baptism, at St. Magdeline Church in Lennox SD. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd spent Feb. 7 weekend visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Millerbernd and family and Mr. and Mrs. Art Luebbert in Omaha, NE. Jim Millerbernd returned home from Ortonville hospital on Sunday, Feb. afternoon being hospitalized since Thursday, Feb. 5. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pillatzke spent Sunday, Feb. 8 visiting at the Joey Pillatzke and Joey Taylor homes in Brookings, SD. Mr. and Mrs. Brad Nelson and family moved from their rural home east of Ortonville to the Heinz addition in east Milbank during Feb. 7 weekend. Linda Hoffman of Cannon Falls and fiance Luke Hoepner of Rochester spent Feb. 7 weekend at th home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hoffman. Mrs. Wayne Brehmer and Mrs. Dave Mork were Sun Feb. 8 evening visitors at the home of Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg. Arnie Kirchberg of Milbank was a Monday forenoon visitors and noon luncheon guest. The Jerry Longhenry family of Hartford SD, John Longhenry family of Montevideo attended the funeral of their grandmother Lillian Ninneman at New Life Baptist Church in Ortonville on Saturday, Feb. 7 and were weekend visitors at the home of their mother Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg. Mrs. Julie Henrich returned home on Feb. 1 after spending several weeks at the home of her son Mark in Mankato and also visiting with the Brad Boxtrud family. The quarterly meeting of St. Anthony and Monica Catholic Aid Council held their meeting at St. Joseph's School on Tuesday eve Feb. 10 with President Laurie Wellnitz presiding 15 members present. Fr. Bob Goblirsch opened meeting with prayer. Secretary and Treasurer reports were read and approved correspondence was read. Field Representative Rebecca Anderson gave information from home office. After all business, the new business was to have a mass and potluck on March 19, in honor of our Parish Patron saint, a visit lunch, and bingo at Northridge, a gift to Fr. Ambrose Karels of Kansas City in honor of his Golden Jubilee, names of graduates, names of members getting married. Fr. Goblirsch gave information on Bellingham School reunion June 3 weekend. Next meeting will be June 9, 2009. There being no further business, meeting adjourned and closed with prayer by Fr. Goblirsch. Mr.and Mrs. Joe Karels were Wednesday, Feb. 11 supper and evening guests at the Bob Foley home in Ortonville in honor of their daughter Keely's 5th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pavelko and family were Feb. 4 weekend guests at the Bernard Pillatski home. By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 The Grant County Public Library has a branch in Big Stone City. This branch in Big Stone is a public library open to all people. The library is located in the Big Stone City School. The hours are Tuesday 9-1 p.m Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m Neil and June Docherty from Buffalo, Doris Schiemg of Victoria, Minnesota; and Diane Stalberger of Cokato were Saturday noon, Feb. 7 dinner guests at Lamoine Herrmann's home. They all visited Gus Beck in the afternoon at the Graceville nursing home on his 101st birthday. Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8 Arlin and Verna Angerhofer attended the funeral of Luella Strege at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Milbank. On Saturday, Feb. 7 Delores Bengtson attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Dennis and Vi Ward at the Catholic Church. Delores spent from Saturday, February 7 to Monday, Feb. 9 with her daughter Sharon Wieber of Milbank. On Saturday, Feb. 14 the Radermachers and Rabes will be celebrating Hattie's 2nd birthday at the home of Kelly and Reggie Radermacher in Ortonville. Sunday, Feb. 8 dinner guests of Vernon and Gert Goldsmith were Richard and Sue Goldsmith of Flandreau, Pat Delgehausen of Big Stone City, Lori Jutting and Kayla Tillma of Twin Brooks, and Dennis and Janice Krause and Ryan and Brian Krause all of Milbank. Trudy Taylor a caller on Sunday too. Sue Goldsmith spent Sunday afternoon with her mother Loretta Stern of Ortonville. Rod Torgerson and Ruth Torgerson went to Montevedio on Thursday, Feb. 5 to visit Ruth's sister Arlene Poppe. On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 7 James Loeschke of Milbank visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8 Marcella Kohls of Ortonville visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Arlin Angerhofer and Carolyn Monson attended the. "review for Lillian Ninneman Friday evening, Feb. 6 at the Larson Funeral Home. The weekend of. Feb. 6 Wade and Cindy Van Dover had guests from Westport, SD. Their guests were Wayne and Janeen Haas and children Matt, Kayla, Stephen, Jordan, and cousin John Van Dover. They all came over to watch the Milbank boys and girls basketball teams beat up on the Leola Frederick teams. Alot of sledding with a few bumps and bruises was also done, Sunday evening, Feb. 8 Wade and Cindy Van Dover went to watch the Ortonville dinner theater. It was a wonderful date. Since Wade was in the dating mood, he took his daughter Clair on a father-daughter date. They went to the dessert performance of the dinner theater. Clair thinks she might have a chance at movie stardom. Val and Paula Rausch attended the National Guard Military Ball on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Pierre. The South Dakota National Guard invited the legislature to a dinner and formal dance. Sunday evening, Feb. 8 Ardell Barck and Lois Helm of Milbank visited Arnold and Carol Holtquist. Don Haukos and Annie stopped over on Sunday afternoon. Arlin Angerhofer attended the funeral Monday afternoon, Feb. 9 for his cousin Stella Bucy at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. play in Morris Plans for the Morris Theatre's, "Guess the Winners Night", event are finalized. The Stevens County Historical Society has agreed to be the non-profit agency collaborating with the Morris Theatre to offer a free viewing of the 81 st annual Academy Awards beginning at 8pm on Sunday, February 22nd. This free event will be held in the basement of the Old #1 South Side, located at 412 Atlantic Avenue. The entry is located in the back parking lot. Ballots have been mailed out to the theatre's mailing list and will also be posted on their website under the Special Events page, htm Volunteers and theatre manager, Tina Didreckson be there at 7:30 to start getting ready with "Slum Dog Millionaire" Indian inspired snacks and decorations. There is no charge at the door, but membership information for both the theatre and museum will be available for those who wish to support the two organizations. If you would like to volunteer or bring some "Slumdog Millionaire" inspired good- ies to share, email MTCvolunteer@ morristheatre .net Save this paper for recycling Receive a $5 Savings Certifcate to use on your next order FREE shipping on a future order of $49 or more when you select delivery to your local JCPenney Catalog Sales Merchant* Pick up a copy today at your nearest JCPenney location or call 1.800.222.6161 and ask for TA 004-2929. Also available online at *Offers cannot be combined with each other or with any other offer. Some items can only be shipped "Home Delivery". 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