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(continued from page one) fered to high school students. The resignation of Hillary Henrich as 7th grade volleyball coach was ap- proved. The board set a date of March 8 at 7 p.m. to go over the superintendent's evaluation and discuss salary. Mr. Tay- lor went on record that his 2011-2012 contract be renewed with no increase of salary. With a contact in place and no salary increase Taylor stated that no evaluation would be necessary, how- ever the board decided to go ahead with it. The board approved to keep the ex- isting Retirement Incentive Policies for the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Stattleman shared that the "Na- ture's Adventures Assembly" went well and was enjoyed by the elemen- tary students. Board member Tim Henrich had some concerns that he addressed to the' administration. He stated that at a sporting event their was a girl that was inappropriately dressed and was in- formed that she attended school that day wearing the same clothing. He wanted to know if the dress code is being enforced or not. Taylor said "That all issues should be brought to Mr. Stattleman and he deals with them." One parent spoke up and did recall an occasion when her daughter was asked in school to go home and change because her shorts were too short and that some teachers do enforce the code. Mr. Stattleman said they try their best and when a problem is brought to him it is dealt with promptly. Henrich also asked about some of the activities that went on during Win- ter Carnival Week such as questions being asked to the Senior attendants during a game on stage. They were asked about what kind and color their underwear were, He felt this was inap- propriate. He also heard from parents and other kids about various other ac- tivities that went on. Mr. Stattleman said he did not attend the dance and that Scott and Laurie Maas and Stacy and Kelly Gustfason were chaperones and did not report anything to him. He reinforced to the board they are trying to deal with these issues and in the past they have had drug searches during school hours and that nothing has been found. The next regular meeting of the Or- tonville School Board will be on Mon- day, March 21. Drawdown of Lake Traverse To Begin The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, recently announced ~t will slart the drawdown of Lake Traverse, west of Wheaton, two weeks early this year, according to a story in the Wheaton Gazette. The Orwell Reservoir, southwest of Fergus Falls, will remain two feet below conservation level until the drawdown begins. Lake Traverse is held at an elevation 976.8 feet during the summer months to accommodate lake home owners; however, conser- vation level is an elevation of 976 feet. According to the story, draw- clown was to begin February 14. The most recent data lists the snow depth at the Lake Traverse Reservoir at 22 inches with a snow water content of 4.67 inches. According to the National Weather Service Office in Aberdeen, which includes Big Stone and Traverse counties in Minnesota, the snow pack has a water content of 6-9 inches in some parts of its warning area. The wet fall and heavy winter snow indi- cate a potential for serious flooding across Minnesota. now (continued from page one) Ortonville School was scheduled to have classes as a make-up snow day, but they were cancelled due to the snow. Certain sections of Highways 75, 12, and 212 in Minnesota and Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls, SD to the North Dakota border were closed Sunday and most of Monday morn- ing due to the massive snowfall. City, State and County crews were out plowing early Monday. Snow is expected to continue through the evening Monday. Bowl for Hospice Saturday, Feb. 26 at Graceville, Ortonville Noon. They are looking for bowlers Open house baby who are willing to assist with this worthwhile fundraiser that will bene- shower set for fit families in our communities. Don's Alleys has graciously donat- Tahlin Pearson ed the use of shoes and alleys for this An open house baby shower for event and pledge/donation sheets may Tahlin Louise Pearson, infant daugh- be picked up at Don's Alleys. ter of Justin and Sue (Novy) Pearson, If you have any questions, you will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 20ll may contact the Ortonville/Graceville from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Milbank Hospice office at 839-4124 and if no Visitors Center. one is there, please leave a message. Parents are registered at Target. They will return your inquiry as soon Also suggesting Walmart Gift Cards. as possible. Please no clothes under 12 months Rice Hospice takes this opportu- size. nity to thank everyone for their help All family and friends are wel- in this endeavor, come. (ADV) Reception to honor soldiers who will deploy Charlies Angel's Family Readiness Group will be hosting a reception for four local soldiers, CSM Eustice, SGT Patrick Eustice, PVT John Eustice and MSG Kerry Kuefler, all who are preparing to deploy to the Middle East early this spring. Please show your support and join us, beginning at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 6 at the Ortonville Armory to wish these Soldiers well! (ADVx2) Granddaughter " born to Vo]lmers Jeff, Emily, and Anika Vollmer of Mayer are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedi Hope. She was born on Feb. 20 in Waconia at 11:09 a.m. weighing seven pounds, seven ounces and was 17 and a half inches long. Grandparents are Art and Arlene Vollmer of Ortonville, Carol Mason of St. Louis Park, and Ralph Mason of Maple Lake. Great grandparents are Violet Vollmer of Albany, OR, and Violet Magee of St. Louis Park. Graceville library benefit Saturday Do you like to bowl? Do you like baskets needed to have a good time while supporting Friends of the Graceville Library an extremely good cause? are again holding their annual lasagna If you can answer yes to these supper at the Holy Rosary Parish questions, there is a place for you on Center on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 5- Saturday morning, February 26th at 7 p.m. Along with the supper, a silent Don's Alleys in Graceville. auction will be taking place. The annual Bowl for Rice Hospice If anyone would like to donate a benefit (a first for Don's Alleys in basket for the silent auction, please Graceville) will also be held at the deliver it to the Graceville library by Alley Cat Lanes in Ortonville) will Friday, February 25. Thank you! begin at 9:00 a.m. and close at 12 IMAGINE IT AROUND YOUR WHOLE LIVING ROOM. 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, 40 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN Phone 320-839-2118 or Cell 320-815-6417 Tom Oakes, agent Ragan named to BSU Dean's List Maggie Ragan, daughter of John and Tammy Ragan of Ortonville, has been named to the Fall Dean's List at Bemidji State University. A 2010 graduate of Clinton- Graceville-Beardsley High School, Ragan is freshman at BSU. Make-A-Wish dance in Gary Gary Rodeo Association and Make-A-Wish will be hosting a dance at the Legion Hall in Gary, SD on Saturday, March 5 starting at 9 p.m. Music by Mylan Ray. Help children wh~ face many life threatening ill- nesses. MONTEVIDE0-Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Siegfried and office assistant Angie Sherod made the national spotlight with a sim~Ie hot ~'ater experiment. Siegfried and Sherod did an experiment where they threw a bucket of boiling water into the air on a frigid - 17 degree day Jan. 21. The water instantly evaporated and formed a cloud of fog after it was thrown in the air. Siegfried and Sherod taped the experiment and put it on the internet, where it became an instant hit, catching the attention of The Weather Channel, who then contacted the two and did a live satellite interview detailing their experiment and showcasing the Montevideo community. ALBERTA-Tamara Mason, 49, of Alberta has not been seen since leaving her residence on Christmas day. Mason reportedly left her home at approximately 7:30 p.m., Dec. 25 wearing a black leather jacket. A dark colored pick-up reportedly drove by the residence as Mason left, but it is unsure whether or not she got in the vehicle. Foul play is not suspected in the case, and anyone with information is urged to call the Stevens County Sheriff's Office. DAWSON-Jon Wager was named chairperson of the Dawson-Boyd School Board after edging out Bruce Lund by a narrow three to two vote during the board's Jan. 10 reorganizational meeting. Lund was later named vice chair of the board. New board members, Dean Solem and Dan Lee, were sworn into their new positions as well. Other board members include Kendell Stetler and Ann Jenson. SWIFT COUNTY-Swift County is seeking a grant for the possible purchase of land at the Appleton Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Currently, the park consists of 102 acres owned by the county and 220 acres leased from landowners with a 10-year agreement. The purchase would make the park permanent. Swift County Commissioners agreed to pursue a federal National Recreations Trails grant that would pay for 35 percent of the project. A state Department of Natural Resources grants could be obtained to cover the remaining 65 percent. No decision has been made regarding the purchase, and it is not clear whether or not land owners are willing to sell. A decision is not expected until spring. The deal is reliant on receiving the federal grant. ( CheCk out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.comj; i i By Gail Maxwell Glenwood and Jim and Pat Sester of Tuesday, Feb. 15 Kathy Athey of 839-2207 Ortonville visited Fran Sester of Hutchinson came for the day to visit Bruce Hagevik spent Thursday, Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 12. All her mother Lucille Thompson and Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11 at the of them went out for breakfast at then they went to Northridge to see home of his mother Lorraine Hagevik. Hilltop. Kathy's dad Clifford Thompson. Sue Hanratty and Don and Carolyn Christian Women's Club met at On Saturday, Feb. 12 Keely Foley Verheul got home safely from their Zion Lutheran Church Tuesday and Kelly Erickson celebrated their trip to Wyoming to Tom and Ruthmorning, Feb. 15. The special feature seventh birthdays with friends at the Verheul's place. They stopped to visit was an informational talk on Health Armory with a sledding party. Keely Vi Hansen when they got back toCare Directives by Marge Dragseth. is the daughter of Bob and Joan Foley. Ortonville. The music was provided by the Kelly Erickson is the daughter of Beth Gert and Russ Leger's son DavidDialtones quartet which is made up of and Shawn Erickson. Keely had a Leger from Elk Point, SD stopped to Verden Gerber, Jack Gable, Brent second birthday on Sunday, Feb. 13 visit Gert and Russ for a couple of Zahrbock, and Don Stock. Carolewith relatives. hours on Friday, Feb. 11. Gerber played the piano for the pre- Ryan Danielson celebrated his 40th On Wednesday morning, Feb. 9 brunch music. The speaker was Linda birthday on Saturday, Feb. 12. He had Zelda Kohl and Donnette Herberg and Stai from Buffalo, who is an author a fun supper out at Shady Beach with Brennen were at Palma Gutzman's to and feature writer. Rusty Dimberg his friends. They all enjoyed visit. In the afternoon Palma'swas there and did his pancakes and homemade angel food cake made by nephew Greg Gunderson from sausages. The morning brunch was Ryan's grandma Helen Danielson. Montgomery spent a couple of hours well attended. Pat Danielson, Ryan Danielson's with Palma. Denny and Pat Spanton spent sixmother, had her hip replaced in Morris On Thursday, Feb. 10 John and weeks in Texas at Canyon Lake. They on Tuesday, Feb. 8. She came home Dawn Schenk of St. Cloud visited her visited their son Scott and his family on Friday, Feb. 11. Pat is doing mother Palma Gutzman. in San Antonio and Denny's cousin therapy and things are going well. All Sunday, Feb. 13 Steve Weber andJulie and Dale Goos in San Antonio three of her children had Sunday family and D.J. and Kristin Haggerty also. In Texas they visited more dinner with her at her home. and family were afternoon visitors and friends, went golfing, and wentCraig and Kippy Randleman had a supper guests of David and Janet sightseeing. When the weather lovely Valentine's Day dinner at Weber. They enjoyed sledding, cooperated, they left and went to Shady Beach. Thursday night, Feb. 10 David and Warrensburg, MO to visit Denny's Jeanne Berg attended Christian Janet Weber were supper guests at Sister Lana and her husband Richard Women's Club on Tuesday morning, Tony and Katie Weber's house. Vaderburgh. Denny and Pat got home Feb. 15. She enjoyed the morning. Kevin and Karen Quast and theirFriday night, Feb. 11. Phyllis Schluter visited Johnny and daughter Rachael and Kevin and Wanda Berry of Robbinsdale was Arlene Larson for a little while on Karen's granddaughter Audrina of home to visit her mother EvelynTuesday, Feb. 15. Waverly, IA came to visit Kevin's Morris theweekend of Feb. 11. On Monday, Feb. 14 Helen parents Eleanor and Richard Quast on Mr. and Mrs. Roman Karels were Danielson Breden and Pastor Richard Friday, Feb. 11 until Sunday, Feb. 13. visitors at the Nick Karels' home on Larson and his wife Deana went to On Saturday night, Feb. 12 Kevin Sunday, Feb. 13 in Perham. TheyBreckenridge to attend the funeral of Quast and Kathy Korth celebrated attended the baptism of Noah at St. Helen's sister-in-law Ruth Claus of their birthdays with supper hosted by Henry's Church at 6 p.m. kid's Mass. Wahpeton at the Inspiration Brethren Eleanora Quast at Northridge with Marie Gagnon's daughter Diane Church. Kevin's dad Richard of Northridge. and son-in-law Dick Helmer of On Saturday, Feb. 12 Kathy Joining them from Milbank were Chaska, and Marie's son Joe Gagnon Schluter in northeast Minneapolis Sheldon and Noelle Korth and Oliver of Big Stone were at Marie's for celebrated her 60th birthday. Phyllis and Adrienne. brunch and supper on Saturday, Feb. Schluter, Richard Schluter, and Eleanora Quast and Lucille 12 and for brunch on Sunday, Feb. 13. Kathy's baptismal godmother, Jerri Thompson attended the Valentine's Diane and Dick stayed overnight at Van Hout rode together to the Cities. Day dinner at Northridge on Marie's. They allhad a good time and They enjoyed meeting Kathy's old and Valentine's Day. On Friday, Feb. 11 a lot of good food. new friends along with visiting with Lucille's husband Clifford Thompson Wayne and Sandy Kumm enjoyed her five brothers and sisters. was crowned Valentine's king. dinner at the Matador with Erlys and The students of St. John's and St. Eleanora and Richard Quast's Virgil Sis on Saturday, Nov. 12 to Joseph's will be going to listen to Sr. daughter Kathy Korth sent the celebrate Valentine's Day. Candace Fier of the New Ulm diocese. Milltones to Northridge to sing to her On Sunday, Feb. 13 Wayne andShe will speak about Catholic dad there at Northridge and herSandy Kumm played pinochle withmorality topics just like war, gay mother Eleanora. The group David and PaulaVan Overbeke. marriage, abortion, and birth control. afterwards sang to the residents of Carolyn and Rich Kvidera went to The students will go Wednesday, Feb. Northridge. the pancake supper at Tabor United 23 to St. Michael's in Madison where Dorothy Gmiterko attended TaborMethodist Church on Saturday, Feb. she is speaking. This presentation is United Methodist's pancake supper on 12. open to the public. The time is 7 to Saturday night, Feb. 12. Joanne Bissett of Austin, came to 8:15 p.m. Earl Komis and Lolly Walker visit her parents on Friday, Feb. 11 High bridge players at the attended the pancake supper at Tabor and left on Sunday, Feb. 13. She Ortonville Community Center Friday United Methodist Church on Saturday visited her mother Lucile Thompson afternoon, Feb: 11 were Hugo night, Feb. 12. and then they went to Northridge to Rademacher and Betty Nelson. They Ken and Patty Knudsen of visit Joanne's dad Clifford Thompson. had a very enjoyable afternoon. d COMMUNITY ED "LITTLE CHEFS CLASS" was held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 for the 5-7year old group. This is an adult/student class with instructor Pe Duffield Kids had a blast making smiley pancakes (faces maoe ggY "" ...... and with colored pancake mix), banana/pear caterpillar with raisin eyes, fruit smoothle, whiz cinnamon rolls cinnamon muffins. The 6-12 year group will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 23. There is still room for more reg- istrations. Please call the Community Ed office at 839-6181 ext. 402. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page3