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I ""°°"*"°*"'*AU'l""mdk   m SHELTON. WA U3 I I .I-i,J,,I,iLdt,LtJ-.JJaI,I, IM 32 Ortonville "Town with a heart" N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 1 Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Volume 93; Number 7 : ........................... ................................... QUITE A SIGHT AT THE FOOT OF BIG STONE LAKE early Monday morning as a light fog made for inter- esting viewing. Big Stone Lake does have open water in spots at the south end so snowmobilers are reminded to use extreme caution when venturing out. County appoints committee for possible office restructuring The Big Stone County Board ap- pointed and Adhoc Committee to dis- cuss possible restructuring of offices in the Courthouse at their regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The five member committee is made of citizens from each commis- sioners district. Appointed to the com- mittee were DeWayne Redfield, Bill Stallman, Mike Jorgenson, Jim Foster and Jay Sammon. The appointments were approved unanimously with Commissioners Joe Berning and Brent Olson absent. Emergency Management Director Jim Hasslen was present to discuss the tion was made by Commissioner Roger Sandberg and seconded by Commis- sioner Walter Wulff to authorize Has- slen to report back to the City that the County would be responsible for one- half of any damage that occurs this spring. There was no action taken for any long-term commitment. Hasslen also reported that Mary Amberg has been on the part-time cus- todian call list. Due to inactivity with the list the Board approved the termi- nation of Amberg from the list. A Public Hearing to take public comment on the Big Stone County To- bacco Ordinance was opened at 9:10 available for inspection during regular office hours at the Big Stone County Auditors Office. Big Stone County Engineer Nick Anderson reported that the Highway Department will be terminating its con- tract with MnDOT for use of the salt shed in Beardsley. Anderson stated that the County no longer uses the shed. Anderson also reported that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is enforcing a permit for the spraying of weeds. Currently, the County is below the threshold. Ander- son stated that he has received a re- quest for their Lidar information. The No decision made on lease for Ortonville Golf Clubhouse The Ortonville City Council dis- cussed and reviewed bids on the Or- tonville Golf Clubhouse lease at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Golf Board had met that same day from 3-5 p.m. Councilman Steve Berkner, who is council representative on the Golf Board, informed the coun- cil that of the four bids received they narrowed it down to two bids. Both of the candidates had agreed to provide a Surety Bond. The Bond is usually re- quired for monetary compensation for failure to perform specified acts refer- enced in the Bond Form. Berkner stated that it was the rec- aqmmendation of the Golf Board to ward a multi-year contract (two cal- endar years) to Adam Ellard to run from April 15-Dec. 31 with an option for him to extend the agreement through Dec. 31,2013. In his bid, El- lard had agreed to pay $4,900 for rent which is $700 a month for April-Octo- ber and to hold the option for rent if he decides to be open an additional $700 a month at his discretion. He also bid 15 percent commission for any sales at the Clubhouse after April 15, similar to what the contract reads now. Councilman Ron Thomas stated that he was against government competing with private enterprise in the restaurant field or any field. "It is a tough business and I've re- ally struggled with this but I just can't vote for this," said Thomas. "I under- stand during the golf season but not during the winter months." Councilman Mike Dorry stated that they never had a chance to look over the minutes or received any emails to make a decision on this. and Bob Meyer casting no votes. Following that vote, it was then rec- ommended to offer the lease bid to Gene and Cheryl Hausauer for a one year lease to run from April 15-Oct. 15 but there was some discretion as to the bid numbers so the council decided to recess this part of the meeting until Tuesday, March I at 4 p.m. at the City Office Meeting Room. Bob Schlieman of Ultieg Engineers was present to disguss a number of items. Schlieman first addressed the Wastewater Treatment Facility Up- grades. There are"vo transfer struc- tures and three gate valves at the wastewater treatment facility that are in need of repairs. The estimated cost for replacing .these items is $115,000, which can vary greatly as a result of the nature of the work. Schlieman also addressed the sani- tary sewer forcemain. The City has nine combination (air release and vac- uum) valves at various locations on the main sanitary sewer forcemain that transfers wastewater from the City's main lift station to the wastewater (Continued on Page Three) use of the City of Ortonville's building for sandbagging. The City Street De- partment is requesting that the County help pay for costs to repair any dam- ages to their new parking lot as a result of the use. After some discussion a me- a.m. Big Stone County Attorney William Watson summarized the changes to the new ordinance. There was no public comments and the hear- ing was closed at 9:18 a.m. The changes are to Ordinance 2011 and are Board approved a motion to set the fee After further discussion, the vote for the data at $1 O00. "-,riai!ed on a 4-3 vote with Councilman Ron Thomas, Mike Dorry, Mel Rienke In other business, the Board ap- proved the Annual County Boat and Water Safety Grant Agreement. OHS Seniors On Parade to begin World Day of Prayer services March8 The Ortonville Independent will SUPER FANrMASCOT AND COACH BOB JOHNSON cheers on the players during the 7th Annual Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey Game last Saturday in Morris. Bob did a great job of getting the crowd pumped up during the game. be featuring 'Seniors On Parade' Food Shelf annual donation in Bellingham, Ortonville beginning on March 8. This highlights the OHS Class of 2011. Parents areaskedtoremindtheir drwe to begun March 1 Women, men and children in more the world, tee sons and daughters to return their than 170 countries and regions will cel- This year's service will be held on 475 Riverside Dr., Rm. 1316 forms and picture to the high school In 1982 the ctunty decided it Harvest Heartland (for example they ebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, Friday, March 4 in Ortonville at New New York, NY 10115 office by Thursday, March 3. needed to find a wy to help its resi- can purchase a case of cereal for the March 4,2011. The women of Chile Life Community Baptist Church at 1 866.937.8730- 212.870.2466 have written the service around the p.m. and in Bellingham at Zion UMC ecalvin @ Franchise business havingdents withenoughthe food.SimpleManyneCessitYworked°f onePrice dollar°f OnegoesbOX ata thelongregularway inPrice)'pur- theme How many loaves have you? at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a looking at Octonville together to get the Big Stone Food chasing food. They ask us to enter a process that lnviteyourJriends,familyandcom- worldwide ecumenical movement of Shelf established. It took hours of A few donation suggestions: box draws us into the Bible, into the con- munities of Jaith to join the women of Christian women of many traditions The city of Ortonville has a rare planning, meetings and organizing to dinners, canned meats, fruit Juice, text of Chile and into the real situations Chile in prayer and song to support who come together to observe a corn- opportunity. The Economic get the food shelf up and running, jello, pudding mixes (cake, cookie, of our lives and communities. To- women's ecumenicalministries toward, men day of prayer each year on the Development Authority (EDA) and Since its inception, the requests have brownie, muffin, frosting), personal gether, we are asked to respond to what justice, peace, healing and wholeness, first Friday in March. Services begin at Big Stone Lake Area Chamber were continued to be met with good products (tooth paste/brushes), hand we have and how we can share it with The annual offering will support the sunrise in the Pacific and follow the contacted by an individual who is healthy food, during difficult times, soap, laundry detergent and dish soap °thers" In this past year' Chile has been work of World Day of Prayer USA and sun across the globe on the day of cel- ready to invest in a franchised TheAnnuaiMinnesotaFoodShare When donating food items, please challenged by a devastating earthquake help meet the needs offamilies who are ebration. Each. year a different country business in Ortonville (ready now). March Campaign is held each year to keep in mind recalled, home and the collapse of a mine in which victims of many forms ofpoverty, vie- serves as the writer of the World Day They have asked for a request help replenish their food supply; it canned/frozen and items out dated many miners were trapped. Again we lence and human trafficking, of Prayer worship service. World Day input from the public: begins March 1 and runs through more than 6 months cannot be accept- are reminded to share our bread and to For material or more information, of Prayer was founded on. the idea that • Current business owners - what April 1. Although many local church- ed. receive the bread that is shared with us. contact Lynda Ostlund at 320-839- prayer and action are inseparable in the would you like to see in Ortonville es, organizations, businesses and We are asking local congregations, On March 4,2011, let us reach out our 3440 or the national office of the World service of God's kingdom. For more in- that would compliment our current individuals donate throughout the schools, businesses, organizations hands and hearts to touch the lives or Day of Prayer USA Committee. formation, visit, product and service options? year, for which the food shelf board and individuals to donate to the food sisters and brothers in Chile and around World Day of Prayer USA Commit- • Residents - what type of is very appreciative, this is the only shelf during this annual campaign. franchise would you like to see (and fundraiser the food shelf conducts In the coming weeks watch for OHS varsity Knowledge Bowl would support) inOrtonville? eachyear. This event not only brings more information on food shelf usage Forms are available at in local dollars and food items, it also during 2010 and other March or by provides the food shelf with extra Campaign information. fourth at Concordia Meet contacting VickiOakesat320-839- dollars from MN FoodShare for par- The food shelf is available to any- team 3284. ticipating in the state-wide campaign, one in the Big Stone County/Big It is important that they have a It is the hope of the food shelf board Stone City, SD area. It's open wide reaching response as soon as that their goal of 10,000 Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays 9 The Ortonville Knowledge Bowl MACCRAY, Hutchingson, KMS and with Hutchinson for 10th place out of possible, dollars/pounds is met again this year! a.m. to noon. If there is an emer- teams traveled to Glencoe on Saturday, Glencoe-Silver Lake. 14 teams. Ortonville Team 1 finished Money is used to purchase food gency, please call 839-2111 839-2555 Feb. 19 for the Glencoe-Silver Lake ln- Teams competed in the varsity, jun- with 70.5 points. Ortonville Team 1 Ortonville School items from local grocery stores or for assistance. vitational. Teams competing included ior varsity and junior high levels. Some members included Shane Maas,Jonah make up day April 25 and/or at a reduced price at 2nd Ortonville,Willmar, Lac qui Parle Val- had more than one team and other Thune, Erik Kalberg and Chris Chit- Icy, CMCS, BOLD, New London-teamscompetedinjustonelevel. wood. Ortonville Team, made up of With school being canceled in Fish houses must be off Spicer, Lester Prairie, ACGC, The Ortonville Varsity Team 1 tied Dylan Koch and Joseph Mathes placed Ortonville on Monday, Feb. 21, they 12th with 65 points. The Willmar Slay- will be in session on Monday, April erswonthetournamentwithllgpointSfollowed by the Willmar Planeteers 25, as a snow make-up day. Big Stbne by March 5 with 93 and Lac qui Parle Valley with Free website Minnesota's ice fishieZg shelter Anglers are advised to remove 85. development for removal dates are fast approaching, shelters earlier if ice conditions war- In the junior varsity division, Or- tonville finished eighth out of 14 teams Oft. businesses Dark houses, fish houses and perth- rant. with 62.5 points. Team members in- bles must be off the ice of inland Those not removing shelters will cluded Keinen Bousquet, Morgan Ortonville businesses are eligible waters no later than midnight on be prosecuted. Conservation officers Messmer and Jackson Zemke. to receive free website development March 7 in the southern two-thirds of may remove the structure and confis- Hutchinson Sien'a 186 won the meet assistance through a new program the state and March 21 in the northern care or destroy it. It is also unlawful to with 97 points. They were followed by with project partners the Ortonville third, store or leave a shelter at a public Glencoe-Silver Lake Team 1 with 92.5 School and Ortonville EDA. The March 7 removal deadline access. and Glencoe-Silver Lake Eye of the An application form and more applies to waters south of a line start- After removal dates, shelters may Tiger with 87.5. information about the program can ing at the Minnesota-North Dakota remain on the ice between midnight In the junior high division, the Or- be found at, border near Moorhead along U.S. and one hour before sunrise only. tonville team of Hope Hasslen. Colt This project was made possible Highway 10, then east along Highway when occupied or attended. Scofield, Justin Radermacher, Kelsey through the Upper Minnesota Valley 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east It is unlawful to improperly dis- Mulder, Nathan Roe and Gina Nelsen Regional Development Commission along Higlway 200 to U.S. Highway pose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in finished third out of eight teams with (UMVRDC) Intelligent Rural 2, and east along Highway 2 to the the state. Anglers should check with 103 points. By placing third, the Or- Community (MIRC) project with Minnesota-Wisconsin border near local refuse providers or landfills for tonville team received Bronze medals, funding made possible by the Duluth. The March 21 deadline disposal. ' US applies to waters north of that line. According to the DNR, litter is a , .......... The Willmar Dandi Kandis won the Blandin Foundation's ......... : division with 109 points. They were Department of Commerce's For border waters, the shelter costly problem that Minnesotans all followed by the Glencoe-Silver Lake Broadband Technology Opportunities removal deadlines are: end up paying for to keep roadways, BIG STONE COUNTY PRODUCER JUSTIN BAKEBERG was one the Martians with 107. Program (BTOP) grant. Ortonville ° Minnesota - Iowa, Feb. 20 parks and waterways clean. The act of speakers at the Invasive Weed Workshop held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Or- School Youth Development funds -Minnesota - Wisconsin, March 1 littering not only hurts pocketbooks, it Lakewood Supper Club. Bakeberg spoke on the EQIP program and its along with Ortonville EDA in-kind .Minnesota - North Dakota and also causes harm to the environment several applications to help ag producers. There were 41 people in provide additional assistance to the South Dakota, March 5 in many ways. attendance. (Continued on Pae 3) program. ,Minnesota - Canada, March 31.