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SMA LTOWNP nS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-ZZ63 / 3O Ortonville =Town with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 2 Sections-20 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 Volume 93; Number 6 SNOW, SNOW, SNOW and more snow hit the area on Sunday and Monday. The largest snowfall of the 2010 - 2011 snow season brought more of the white stuff, as evidenced in the above photo taken in front of the Ortonville Independent newspaper office on Ortonville's mainstreet Monday. Just when area residents were get- According to Dimberg, he measured ting used to the snow melting and 1.2" of moisture in this two-day warmer temperatures, mother nature snowfall. He has recorded about 5 to took charge again Sunday and 6 inches of moisture in all the snow Monday and blasted the area with accumulated since Dec. 1. more than a foot and a half of snow in "As of last week, we had lost Ortonville as of noon. about 50 percent of the snow pack," As of noon Monday more than 20 said Dimberg. "But we gained it all- inches of snow had fallen since back in this storm." Sunday morning at the Ortonville According to NWS Observer Weather Station located at the .... Charles t-Ian,, the .Artichoke Lake Dimberg farm along north Hwy. 75 in Weather Station recorded 13" of Ortonville. According to National snow in the recent two-day storm as Weather Service Weather Observer of 1:30 p.m. Monday. The station is Rusty Dimberg, the city had received located on his farm in Artichoke 62" so far this snow season prior to Township, about 17 miles northeast this recent snowfall, bringing the total of Ortonville. 2010-2011 snow season accumulation Both observers say the storm cell tO 81" as of noon on Feb. 21. moved much like a rain shower storm NWS officials at Aberdeen, SD are cell in the summer, releasing varying mostly concerned with the water con- amounts of precipitation in different tent of the snow pack. The water con- areas. tent is what is used to indicate possi- From November to Feb. 21, ble flood conditions. Observers are Hanson measured about 69" of accu- asked to melt the snow collected, mulated snow and rain at the Artichoke Lake Station. After melting the snow, he found 7.17" of moisture in the total snow and rain accumula- tion for the season. The entire southern half of the state received heavy snowfall which began about 6 a.m. Sunday and was expected to go into the night Monday. According to WCCO TV Sunday, Feb. 20 was a record snowfall in the Twin Cities with the daily snovcfm~~' ' record, most snow for a single day in February, largest single storm snow- fall in February and 25" from the sea- sonal record. The highest unofficial snow mea- surement of this snow storm was reported in the Johnson area by Sandy Gronfeld who lives about five miles north of Johnson~ Most area schools were scheduled to have the day off Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday. (Continued on Page Three) Scott Greenberg, a Motivational Speaker in Leadership Training from Van Nuys, CA, will be speaking in the area on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the CGB, Ortonville and Milbank, SD High Schools, as well as at the Graceville Community Center. The presentation at the Graceville Commu- nity Center is open to thePublic; ad- mission is free and there will be a free will donation accepted that evening. Several members of CGB Middle- High Student Council attended the Western Division of Student Councils MN Convention Wednesday, Dec. 19 held at West Central Area High in Bar- rett. Scott Greenberg, motivational/leadership speaker from Van Nuys, CA, a cancer survivor, gave the keynote address. Approximately 300-400 students from 15 different schools listened in- tently and gave him a standing ovation at the conclusion of his presentation. CGB Student Council members who heard him speak on Dec. 19 were asked to write comments about his presenta- tion. Comments included: "He was in- spiring, humorous even when he was talking about having cancer-when he thought it was the end for him he just kept living and enjoyed every minute"- "The first assembly that I paid that much attention"-"He was funny, kind, Baby section deadline March 1 The Ortonville Independent Northern Star newspapers will once again be publishing the Ortonville Area Health Services baby section featuring babies born at the Ortonville Hospital in 2010. Parents of babies born in 2010 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 by March 1. The number is 839-6163. Scott Greenberg consistent, a nice, loving, tough, brave guy and it's hard to find that in one per- son. He told us to live our lives to the fullest, no matter what we are facing or going through. He changed my life."- "I can better face the situations in my life after listening to Scott." Scott Greenberg is scheduled to be speaking at Ortonville High School at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Clin- ton-Graceville-Beardsley Middle-High School presentation will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from Wheaton Area Schools will be attending this presentation. Scott will also speak Thursday at the Milbank High School at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited to hear Scott Greenberg on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Graceville Community Building with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a free will donation basket. Residents from all area towns are invited to attend. The speaker's com- ments on his evening presentation are: The phrase "Survival of the Fittest" doesn't refer to those who are the strongest or smartest, but to those who are most adaptable to change. During this program, motivational speaker Scott Greenberg will discuss "emo- tional intelligence," outlining critical survival skills that will enable you to thrive in any environment. This enjoy- able, content-rich program is filled with humor, stories and strategies that will open your mind during times of adversity and transition. Whether you're a parent, student or working professional, this inspiring program is not to be missed! OHS Music present annual The Ortonville High School Music Department is proud to present its annual Pops Concert Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS Auditorium. The concert will fea(ure the Senior High Choir, Tuesday Lights, both Jazz Bands and the Senior High Band. The ensembles will be performing your favorites from stage, screen and everywhere in between. The Women's Choir will perform "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", from The Phantom of the Opera, and the Men's Chorus will perform "Rocky Top." The Tuesday Lights will delight with "Africa" and "Season of Love," from the musical Rent. Selections from the Senior High Department to ncert Choir will include "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi, a Michael Jackson medley and Axel F. The Jazz Bands~ will take you through a variety of styles from the classic rock "Green Onion," and "Stand by Me," to the Disney favorite "Under the Sea." The Senior High Band will perform medleys from West Side Story and The Lion King and will finish the concert with an arrange- ment of the Irving Berlin Classic "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Vocal groups are under the direction of Mr. Wayne Huselid and instrumental groups are under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb. I: i nl P The Curt and Penny Hormann family of rural Ortonville suffered a tragic loss last Monday morning, Feb. 14 when their 62' x 96' pole barn was destroyed by fire, killing more than 36 farm animals inside. Luckily no people were injured in the blaze. Curt and four of their chil- dren were asleep in their home when the fire occurred, about 150 feet away from the barn. The fire happened unnoticed to anyone, sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. When Curt went to bed around 11 p.m. Sunday night, all was well. Penny discovered the burnt ashes from the barn about 7 a.m. as she arrived home after work- ing the night shift. By the time she came home, the fire had put itself out and was just smoldering. Area fire departments were not notified. Thank goodness the stong north animals alone is estima{ed to be easterly winds carried the blaze away $12,000 to $15,000. The barn, equip- from their home, said Curt. Had the ment and property loss is estimated to winds come from a different direc- be in the tens of thousands of dollars. tion, it could have cost Curt and the Their insurance investigator children their lives, believes the fire may have been The Hormanns operated an exotic caused from a faulty heat lamp which animal farm, raising dairy, fainting was used to provide heat for the soon and meat goats, alpacas, donkeys, to be newborn goats. The Hormanns mules and horses. Lost in the fire had several female goats, including were four alpacas, two miniature don- some alpacas about to kid. keys and about 30 goats. Also gone Curt and Penny were among only a from the fire were their tractor, baler, handful of farmers in Minnesota who several wagons, carts, horse drawn raise alpacas, which are similar to a carriages, saddles and other equip- llama, but smaller, and known for ment. their fine fiberous wool. The animals were family pets. The Hormanns have two smaller "We bottle fed many of them from the barns that were not damaged. None of time they were born and our kids their horses were injured in the fire showed them throughout the years at and some goats and miniature don- 4-H," said Curt. Aside from the emo- keys also survived. tional loss, the financial loss on the I A POLE BARN WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE at the Curt and Penny Hormann farm one and a half miles north of Ortonville late Sunda ' night, Feb. 14 and early Monday morning, Feb. 14. The fire killed 36 farm animals inside and was unnoticed to passersby. No people were injured in the fire. The 62' x 96' pole barn was discov- ered burnt to the ground by Penny after she arrived home from work. P Pro Image Partners of Ortonville Stone Arts Council to promote the arts on playing or helping at the game in will be having an Open House all this in the Big Stone Lake Area. any way. week (Feb. 21-25) and they invite you The 7th Annual Zach Kafka Memo- Zach had a witty spirit coupled with in to check out their designs for work rial Hockey Game will be held this Sat- his desire to do the best he could in or play. Coffee and cookies will be urday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Morris everything he did. He loved to play served all week. Ice Arena-Lee Community Center. hockey. As goalie for the Big Stone Dan and Brenda Kafka, owners of All players for Zach's game are Lake Area team in 2004, he recorded Pro Image Partners, will be having asked to register by calling Dan Kafka his one and only shut out for his team. Open House specials all week. They at 839-2542, e-mail to Dan@Prolm- In his most memorable game he took can personalize almost any item from or contact Lori 71 shots on goal from the opposing hoodies to duffle bags to jackets and Gustafson at Minnwest Bank in Or- team and only lost by one point. more. They also have decorated ap- tonville. Tragically, Zach left us during the parel, vehicle graphics, signs and ban- This year there will be a change in night on July 27, 2004. He died in his ners and much more. Pro Image the format as captains will be selecting sleep due to complications from an Partners is located at 42 NW Street the teams, epileptic seizure. On Thursday, Feb. 24 everyone is Registration for Zach's game is $30 Any high school seniors looking for invited to join them for lunch from 11 per player and each participant will re- applications for the Zach Kafka Me- a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be serving ceive a Zach Kafka Memorial Game morial Scholarship can contact Dan at pork loin sandwiches for a free will do- Sweatshirt. nation. All proceeds will go to the Big Please respond if you are planning The Ortonville school board held The Basketball Booster Club re- meeting their opinion and the majority their regular meeting on Thursday. Feb. quested that the school board purchase stated that they prefer to start after 17. Budget discussion started with Su- a ice cream machine for the club and Labor Day. Some reasons for starting perintendent Taylor asking the board to the club would pay back the school later was that the hot weather in the put together a list of possible reduc- with future profits. Mr. Taylor/men- school made it hard for the students to tions for 2011-2012. Board member tioned the school would have-to carry concentrate on the work, family vaca- Klepel did not feel that it is the board's some liability insurance on it. It was tions and the 4-Hers attending the State responsibility to create a list of items suggested that since the Wrestling Fair.After further discussion it was de- for considerations and that it is the su- Booster Club has one, that they should cided to put together a 2011-1012 cal- perintendent's job. Taylor said he discuss this with that club on sharing endar starting Sept. 6, 2011. would be willing to proceed without one. One school employee has some In other business, it was suggested; the board's input and make the list and concerns with it cutting into other to have a goals discussion. Information then the board would vote to determine groups profits that are selling conces- was given on the top goals, curriculum, what reductions will be approved, sions. The board tabled the issue until technology and student achievement. Some items he mentioned that he next meeting. To achieve these goals, the School con- will be putting on is that the teachers Superintendent JeffTaylor informed tinues to do curriculum development on staff would go back to the number it the board that qn Thursday morning, with MRVED and the new math cur- was before the consolidation and pos- Feb. 17 a light valance vent out by a riculum has been approved. In technol- sibly cutting ninth grades sports. At ventilation system and the smoke alarm ogy, many teachers have started next month's meeting all resolutions for went off. The incident was taken care working with IPADS and for student discontinuing and reducing Educa- of and school continued, achievement there is now 14 students who are in peer tutoring and there are a tional programs and positions must be The board was presented with two voted on.A special meeting was set for school calendars with one starting ,be- variety of college online classes of- Tuesday, March lat 7 p.m. to deter- fore Labor Day and one starting after. mine what budget cuts will be voted on Board member Mike Hamson asked (Continued on Page Three) at the March regular meeting, the teachers that were attending the