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Ortonville with a heart" I ' N DENT GUARDSMEN WITH SODAK GOVERNOR. South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds was the lead- r of a group of dignitaries who led a farewell celebration in Milbank last Wednesday for Milbank's unit which was activated last week. The Governor is shown above with two Big Stone City the unit, along with Ortonville's Tom Oakes, a retired member of the unit which was activated in Storm." Shown with the Governor, second from left, are SPC Jason Veen, son of Harold and of Milbank, Kurt Athey, son of Faye Athey of Big Stone City and George Athey of Lowry, and A packed house filled the Milbank Armory for the send-off. Stone City Guardsmen to National Guard duty recent call-up of National for war with National Guard Company, out of included. Three men Big Stone City, SD are activated. Lee Voeltz, Jason Veen, :y were called to active Feb. 12 at a the Milbank armory. Rounds was present to ceremony. Voeltz and likely be involved in support services, members. old Voeltz is the son of Voeltz of Big He works for the South ,ay Department out of is a 1990 graduate of bligh School, and is tbil Huffman from who is also a member of the Guards. The two met in the guards last year, and Huffman was also called to duty this past week. According to William's mother, Connie Voeltz, they were advised their son was called to duty for a minimum of one year. Voeltz is a mechanic in the National Guard, and this is the first time he has been called in the 12 years that he has been a member of the Guard. Voeltz is an avid hunter and sports- man, and left his three-year-old German shorthair pointer, Sheeba in the care of his mother. Jason Veen is a native of Milbank, SD, and moved to Big Stone City four years ago with his wife Kim and their two sons, Dylan, 5 and Dustin, 3. According to Kim Veen, her husband's orders are for one year. Veen, 27, is employed as a deputy sheriff for Roberts County. Kim works as a surgi- cal technologist at the Milbank hospital. Veen enjoys hunting and is an avid fisherman, purchasing a new boat this past summer. Veen is also a member of the Big Stone City Fire Department. "It will be a challenge with Jason gone. I've already made plans to cut back on work hours to spend more time with ihe boys. And we both have family nearby," said Kim. Kurt Athey currently of Brookings, SD was a 1983 graduate of Milbank, who lived in Big Stone City from 1983 until 1991. He works in Brookings for Larson's Windows and Doors. He and his Tammy have two children, Megan, 12 and Brianna, 7. This will be his second call to active duty, as he served during Desert Storm. He was shipped to Saudi Arabia for six months with this same Transportation Unit. According to his mother, Faye Athey, "I won't stopped worrying until he's home." Winterfest retailers host search for frozen treasure this week Ortonville's Winterfest Medallion has been hidden. First of the daily clues has been released and are avail- able at the Cenex C-Store. The prize'? If discovered Monday, the prize is worth $500. Each day the prize money is reduced by $50 with each additional clue. Clues are available from the Cenex C-Store on Monday, Feb., 17. Otrey Lake Gallery on Tues., NAPA on Wed., Radio Shack on Thurs., and on Fri., the clue will be available at Curves or Conroy Eye Care. Discovery of the medallion on Sat., Feb. 22, or later is worth $250. Terry Kalberg, who claims not to know the exact location, assures those searching for the granite Medallion that the hid- ing place is on public property, within the city limits of either Big Stone City, SD or Ortonville. "Those looking for the Medallion won't need to climb or dig," said Kalberg. In addition, the Big Stone Lake Area Retail Committee is sponsoring a Speed Skating Contest on Saturday. Jan Eifealdt, Olympic speed skat- ing fan, is running the event for the Retail Committee. There will be three divisions with medals for the top three in each division. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. on Sat. Feb. 22 at the Ortonville Skating Rink. Competition starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. According to Eifealdt, she hopes to have at least one girls division. It will be a 500 meter course, and a timed event with two skaters racing together..."just like the Olympic competitions." Marlys Thompson, president of the Retail Committee said, "Ortonville retailers are hoping to revitalize some of the winter activities that Ortonville used to sponsor years ago. If we're going to have winter, we might as well enjoy it." "We're hoping that by promoting winter activites, we can generate busi- ness for the retailers in Ortonville, and have a little fun in the community as well." THIS IS THE MEDALLION which was hidden by the Chamber of Commerce. It is made of granite donated by Rausch Granite. Mel Domine named to Museum seeks list of WWll Minnwest Bank's board vets st,,, alive Terry Gere, President of Ortonville's Minnwest Bank, announces a new member has been named to the bank's Board of Directors. He is Mel D o m i n e , Ortonville, manager of Big S t o n e Cooperative, who joins present members Gere, Doug Karskey, Jim Kaercher, and Jim Strong. Mel has headed Big Stone Cooperative since 1999, moving here from Verona, ND, where he served four years as general manager of Farmers Coop Grain. Prior to that Mel held managerial positions in Breckenridge, Cavalier- Neche, ND, and was a high school Vo-Ag teacher in Medina, ND. In all communities where he has lived, he has been extremely active in civic affairs. Some positions held include Neche City Council, President local PTO, Medina, Secretary Medina Lions Club, President Medina Teacher's Assn., President Breckenridge Chamber, Cenex Advertising Council, Wahpeton FFA Alumni Secretary, Director CENTROL of Twin Valley, member NDSU FFA and Flying Club. He is also a certified diver. Mei served as President of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for the year 2002, and he is also a member of the Clinton Community Service Club, as well as a director on the board of Big Stone Area Growth. Mel and wife, Jackie, have two children, Henry, 17, and Andy, 15. The family are members of Ortonville's First English Lutheran church and they live in Ortonville's Dahle addition. Big Stone County's Historical Museum is attempting to compile a list of World War II veterans still living. Please help by calling the Museum at 839-3359 and leave your name and telephone number. There is an answering machine for your convenience. Please do so by the end of February. Benefit set for Osterloh family A "Jamboree" will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22nd, starting at 7 p.m. in Wilmot, as a benefit for David and Sara Osterloh and their three children, The family lost their home, business, and belongings when fire destroyed their Sodak Supper Club on Big Stone Lake last month. Support for the benefit is provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. There will be lunch at intermission. Big Stone Lake Area Sno-riders featured on TV ad campaign Big Stone Lake Area Chamber's advertising campaign, which will and vice-president of the Chamber of Tourism Committee hosted KELO- Land TV Camera man, Mike Brown last week, as part of a new advertising campaign promoting Ortonville area activities. Over one hundred advertis- ing spots have been purchased from KELO-Land TV, to begin running the end of this week, running through April at various times throughout the day. The project is funded by the Minnesota Office of Tourism and by dollars generated through the kx:lging tax which was designated by the Ortonville City Council to be used for developing tourism in the area. The City and the Ortonville Chamber are working together to bring about the include three segments. The first of the 30-second commer- cial spots will feature winter activities in the area. Footage was taken by KELO-Land of snowmobiling along local trails, with the help of a group from the Big Stone Lake Area Sno- Riders with their new trail groomer. Also pictures were taken of Big Stone Lake, ice-fishing houses, and some winter scenery. Sno-riders demonstrating the art of snowmobiling, were Josh Nelson, Tim McMann, Gary Homrighausen, Lee Sigler, Jared Nordly, with Mark Chase running the groomer. The Sno-riders maintain 125 miles of trail. Artie Arndt, City Council member Commerce, who has been spearhead- ing the campaign indicated as the weather changes, two additional sets of ads will be developed. One will fea- ture the golf course, museum and community activities of interest to tourists, and another will feature fish- ing and boating on Big Stone Lake. "We hope that this campaign will get the word out about Ortonville, and make a positive impression and bring more tourism dollars to the area," said Arndt. Watch for ads on Channel 13 next week, see if you can recognize our local actors, and feel free to contact Arndt with your comments and sug- gestions. THE ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Swing Band took a moment from practice for this picture the OHS Music Department's concert, "Jump, Jive and Wail" to be held Feb. 26, at 7:30. Music Department offers Pops "Jump, Jive and Wail" music department will annual pops concert on merchants the local Scouts February - Month/ ad inside for photos. Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. This years concert theme is "Jump Jive and Wail." The concert interpretation of this will be "Dance, Play and Sing." Many types of music including swing, Iallads, latin, country and rock will be performed. Selections included in the concert are Bridge Over Troubled Waters; Baja Breeze; Blue Moon; Sing, Sing, Sing; Zoot Suit Riot and many others. Groups performing in the concert include the OHS Concert Choir, Vocal Ensembles (Serendipity, Fantasia, and Interlude), The Senior High Concert Band, and the OHS Jazz Band. Admission will be the same as all Tourism meet today There will be a tourism meeting held at 12 noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Ortonville Chamber Office. school events, $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. All pre-school will be admitted free. i Thanks subsoribersl Still some time left The Independent thanks all readers who have renewed their subscriptions for another year. Feb. 1st being the renewal date for most readers. Postal regulations require that all subscrip- tions be paid in advance, so in case you forgot the Feb. Ist renewal, your attention to this matter can be done any time this month, which will be deeply appreciated. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS MEMBERS OF THE BIG STONE LAKE AREA SNO-RIDERS provided the action for KELO-Land TV camera man, Mike Brown last week while live-action filming for TV ads sponsored by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber's Tourism Committee. Above left, Artie Arndt, City Council Member watched the filming. Ortonville with a heart" I ' N DENT GUARDSMEN WITH SODAK GOVERNOR. South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds was the lead- r of a group of dignitaries who led a farewell celebration in Milbank last Wednesday for Milbank's unit which was activated last week. The Governor is shown above with two Big Stone City the unit, along with Ortonville's Tom Oakes, a retired member of the unit which was activated in Storm." Shown with the Governor, second from left, are SPC Jason Veen, son of Harold and of Milbank, Kurt Athey, son of Faye Athey of Big Stone City and George Athey of Lowry, and A packed house filled the Milbank Armory for the send-off. Stone City Guardsmen to National Guard duty recent call-up of National for war with National Guard Company, out of included. Three men Big Stone City, SD are activated. Lee Voeltz, Jason Veen, :y were called to active Feb. 12 at a the Milbank armory. Rounds was present to ceremony. Voeltz and likely be involved in support services, members. old Voeltz is the son of Voeltz of Big He works for the South ,ay Department out of is a 1990 graduate of bligh School, and is tbil Huffman from who is also a member of the Guards. The two met in the guards last year, and Huffman was also called to duty this past week. According to William's mother, Connie Voeltz, they were advised their son was called to duty for a minimum of one year. Voeltz is a mechanic in the National Guard, and this is the first time he has been called in the 12 years that he has been a member of the Guard. Voeltz is an avid hunter and sports- man, and left his three-year-old German shorthair pointer, Sheeba in the care of his mother. Jason Veen is a native of Milbank, SD, and moved to Big Stone City four years ago with his wife Kim and their two sons, Dylan, 5 and Dustin, 3. According to Kim Veen, her husband's orders are for one year. Veen, 27, is employed as a deputy sheriff for Roberts County. Kim works as a surgi- cal technologist at the Milbank hospital. Veen enjoys hunting and is an avid fisherman, purchasing a new boat this past summer. Veen is also a member of the Big Stone City Fire Department. "It will be a challenge with Jason gone. I've already made plans to cut back on work hours to spend more time with ihe boys. And we both have family nearby," said Kim. Kurt Athey currently of Brookings, SD was a 1983 graduate of Milbank, who lived in Big Stone City from 1983 until 1991. He works in Brookings for Larson's Windows and Doors. He and his Tammy have two children, Megan, 12 and Brianna, 7. This will be his second call to active duty, as he served during Desert Storm. He was shipped to Saudi Arabia for six months with this same Transportation Unit. According to his mother, Faye Athey, "I won't stopped worrying until he's home." Winterfest retailers host search for frozen treasure this week Ortonville's Winterfest Medallion has been hidden. First of the daily clues has been released and are avail- able at the Cenex C-Store. The prize'? If discovered Monday, the prize is worth $500. Each day the prize money is reduced by $50 with each additional clue. Clues are available from the Cenex C-Store on Monday, Feb., 17. Otrey Lake Gallery on Tues., NAPA on Wed., Radio Shack on Thurs., and on Fri., the clue will be available at Curves or Conroy Eye Care. Discovery of the medallion on Sat., Feb. 22, or later is worth $250. Terry Kalberg, who claims not to know the exact location, assures those searching for the granite Medallion that the hid- ing place is on public property, within the city limits of either Big Stone City, SD or Ortonville. "Those looking for the Medallion won't need to climb or dig," said Kalberg. In addition, the Big Stone Lake Area Retail Committee is sponsoring a Speed Skating Contest on Saturday. Jan Eifealdt, Olympic speed skat- ing fan, is running the event for the Retail Committee. There will be three divisions with medals for the top three in each division. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. on Sat. Feb. 22 at the Ortonville Skating Rink. Competition starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. According to Eifealdt, she hopes to have at least one girls division. It will be a 500 meter course, and a timed event with two skaters racing together..."just like the Olympic competitions." Marlys Thompson, president of the Retail Committee said, "Ortonville retailers are hoping to revitalize some of the winter activities that Ortonville used to sponsor years ago. If we're going to have winter, we might as well enjoy it." "We're hoping that by promoting winter activites, we can generate busi- ness for the retailers in Ortonville, and have a little fun in the community as well." THIS IS THE MEDALLION which was hidden by the Chamber of Commerce. It is made of granite donated by Rausch Granite. Mel Domine named to Museum seeks list of WWll Minnwest Bank's board vets st,,, alive Terry Gere, President of Ortonville's Minnwest Bank, announces a new member has been named to the bank's Board of Directors. He is Mel D o m i n e , Ortonville, manager of Big S t o n e Cooperative, who joins present members Gere, Doug Karskey, Jim Kaercher, and Jim Strong. Mel has headed Big Stone Cooperative since 1999, moving here from Verona, ND, where he served four years as general manager of Farmers Coop Grain. Prior to that Mel held managerial positions in Breckenridge, Cavalier- Neche, ND, and was a high school Vo-Ag teacher in Medina, ND. In all communities where he has lived, he has been extremely active in civic affairs. Some positions held include Neche City Council, President local PTO, Medina, Secretary Medina Lions Club, President Medina Teacher's Assn., President Breckenridge Chamber, Cenex Advertising Council, Wahpeton FFA Alumni Secretary, Director CENTROL of Twin Valley, member NDSU FFA and Flying Club. He is also a certified diver. Mei served as President of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for the year 2002, and he is also a member of the Clinton Community Service Club, as well as a director on the board of Big Stone Area Growth. Mel and wife, Jackie, have two children, Henry, 17, and Andy, 15. The family are members of Ortonville's First English Lutheran church and they live in Ortonville's Dahle addition. Big Stone County's Historical Museum is attempting to compile a list of World War II veterans still living. Please help by calling the Museum at 839-3359 and leave your name and telephone number. There is an answering machine for your convenience. Please do so by the end of February. Benefit set for Osterloh family A "Jamboree" will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22nd, starting at 7 p.m. in Wilmot, as a benefit for David and Sara Osterloh and their three children, The family lost their home, business, and belongings when fire destroyed their Sodak Supper Club on Big Stone Lake last month. Support for the benefit is provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. There will be lunch at intermission. Big Stone Lake Area Sno-riders featured on TV ad campaign Big Stone Lake Area Chamber's advertising campaign, which will and vice-president of the Chamber of Tourism Committee hosted KELO- Land TV Camera man, Mike Brown last week, as part of a new advertising campaign promoting Ortonville area activities. Over one hundred advertis- ing spots have been purchased from KELO-Land TV, to begin running the end of this week, running through April at various times throughout the day. The project is funded by the Minnesota Office of Tourism and by dollars generated through the kx:lging tax which was designated by the Ortonville City Council to be used for developing tourism in the area. The City and the Ortonville Chamber are working together to bring about the include three segments. The first of the 30-second commer- cial spots will feature winter activities in the area. Footage was taken by KELO-Land of snowmobiling along local trails, with the help of a group from the Big Stone Lake Area Sno- Riders with their new trail groomer. Also pictures were taken of Big Stone Lake, ice-fishing houses, and some winter scenery. Sno-riders demonstrating the art of snowmobiling, were Josh Nelson, Tim McMann, Gary Homrighausen, Lee Sigler, Jared Nordly, with Mark Chase running the groomer. The Sno-riders maintain 125 miles of trail. Artie Arndt, City Council member Commerce, who has been spearhead- ing the campaign indicated as the weather changes, two additional sets of ads will be developed. One will fea- ture the golf course, museum and community activities of interest to tourists, and another will feature fish- ing and boating on Big Stone Lake. "We hope that this campaign will get the word out about Ortonville, and make a positive impression and bring more tourism dollars to the area," said Arndt. Watch for ads on Channel 13 next week, see if you can recognize our local actors, and feel free to contact Arndt with your comments and sug- gestions. THE ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Swing Band took a moment from practice for this picture the OHS Music Department's concert, "Jump, Jive and Wail" to be held Feb. 26, at 7:30. Music Department offers Pops "Jump, Jive and Wail" music department will annual pops concert on merchants the local Scouts February - Month/ ad inside for photos. Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. This years concert theme is "Jump Jive and Wail." The concert interpretation of this will be "Dance, Play and Sing." Many types of music including swing, Iallads, latin, country and rock will be performed. Selections included in the concert are Bridge Over Troubled Waters; Baja Breeze; Blue Moon; Sing, Sing, Sing; Zoot Suit Riot and many others. Groups performing in the concert include the OHS Concert Choir, Vocal Ensembles (Serendipity, Fantasia, and Interlude), The Senior High Concert Band, and the OHS Jazz Band. Admission will be the same as all Tourism meet today There will be a tourism meeting held at 12 noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Ortonville Chamber Office. school events, $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. All pre-school will be admitted free. i Thanks subsoribersl Still some time left The Independent thanks all readers who have renewed their subscriptions for another year. Feb. 1st being the renewal date for most readers. Postal regulations require that all subscrip- tions be paid in advance, so in case you forgot the Feb. Ist renewal, your attention to this matter can be done any time this month, which will be deeply appreciated. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS MEMBERS OF THE BIG STONE LAKE AREA SNO-RIDERS provided the action for KELO-Land TV camera man, Mike Brown last week while live-action filming for TV ads sponsored by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber's Tourism Committee. Above left, Artie Arndt, City Council Member watched the filming.