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(continued from page one) needed space for all art groups and artists to meet, leam and teach, and by attracting visitors, businesses and new residents to the community. Many organizations have shown great interest in the use of a cultural center if one is possible in Ortonville. Local artists and arts advocates Deb Larson and Don Sherman have had the privilege of meeting and hearing toll-free by calling 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling 651-366-5400 in the Twin Cities metro area. Travelers in Minnesota can get up- to-date information on road condi- tions, construction and weather reports from Mn/DOT's 511 traveler information service. Dial 5-1-1 or go to the Web site at www.511 Gary seminar on Historical Davis' presentation on how he took an old building and transformed it into a Writing set center that the entire community en- joys. Even though Davis is now in The Gary Historical Association is Lanesboro, the New York Mills Re- gional Cultural Center continues to be successful. Even though much work still needs to be done, this is the kick off to in- forming the community of the many ideas that are possible for the cultural center. Everyone is encouraged to at- tend the presentation of John Davis at the Community Center on May 8. Spring truck wt. restriction end Spring truck weight restri.ctions on state highways will end May 3 for Minnesota's north frost zone. Weight restrictions have now ended in all six of the state's frost zones. Mn/DOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened by the spring thaw. Full-summer overweight permits will be available in the central frost zone beginning May 3, north-central May 10 and north May 17. Permits are currently available in the south, southeast and metro frost zones. In addition to the six frost zones in Minnesota, full-summer and middle- range overweight permit availability dates are listed on the Mn/DOT Web site at The information can be accessed by click- ing on "Seasonal Load Limits." The information is also available offering a Writing Historical Memoirs Seminar, July 5, from 11-3 p.m. as a special outreach program. Conducting the seminar is Prof. Archie N. Hill, chairman of the Alliance of Fomer Journalism (Educators, University of North Dakota, through which the offering is sponsored. The seminar is open to the public at no charge and is limited to 25 par- ticipants. The two-hour-user-friendly seminar will offer techniques to add vitality to the documenting by the written word of historical events, places and personal experiences. Special techniques will be empha- sized that add full dimension to every- day writing, adding to reader under- standing and appreciation. Prof. Hill, a 1944 Gary High School graduate, conducts seminars and workshops throughout the Upper Midwest. Information about the sem- inar and enrollment materials is avail- able by contacting: www.experience gary or Eldeen Baer, registrar, 108 Orlano Ave N, Canby, MN 56220, phone 507-223-5188. By Sgt. Curt S. Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol Handicapped parking tags to be used only when vehicle is parked Dear Trooper Curt: I wonder why I see so many people with handicap tags hanging from their mirror. I was taught in drivers education that holding up a pencil blocks your view of a motorcycle. I would imagine that the tag blocks much more. What is the violation for a tag hanging from your mirror while in motion? Trooper Curt Says:The charge would be for vision obscurement. The average fine is about $137, give or take a fiver or two. The law actually says you can't hang or suspend anything between the driver and the windshield. Those handicapped parking tags actually state right on them not to hang them except when parked, but not many people apparently read them or know the law. We can and often do stop people for that. Thanks for asking. Phil Ortonville Windwater Suites 1203 E. 4th Ave. Ste. 103 Milbank, South Dakota 57252 605-432-5032 Open house to be held for E. Plath An open house will be held in honor of Erica Plath who graduated from SMSU. It will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the Big Stone Liquor Store. Open house bridal shower to be held for S. Crane There will be an open house wed- ding shower for Brett Huizenga and Sara Crane on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville. All family and friends are invited to attend. The couple is registered at Target, Herbergers, and Macy's. (ADVx2) E. Meyer awarded MCTC Foundation scholarship The Moorhead Community and Technical College Foundation award- ed over $45,000 in scholarships to 80 M-State students in various programs at its Annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Award Ceremony Thursday, April 22, 2010. The ceremony provided an opportu- nity for the scholarship recipients to meet and greet their donors and for both to be honored. Among the scholarship recipient this year was Elisabeth Meyer from Ortonville who received the Gateway Chevrolet Cadillac scholarship. Elisabeth is a sophomore in the Accounting Program. Ladies Welcome Tea to be held The fifth annual Newcomers Welcome Tea for ladies of the Big Stone Lake area is being planned for Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. The gathering will be held at First English Lutheran Church, 9 NW 3rd St, Ortonville. All ladies new to the area within the last few years are invited to attend. There will be refreshments served and door prize drawings. Please call Erlys Sis 839-3786, Janis Sellin 839-3208, or Ethel Swenson 839-3866 to confirm your attendance. by our GIFT ROOM for some unique ideas! Thymes Bath & Body Products Make Great Gifts! Carlton Cards ~ Russell Stover Candy ........ Much More! Your Loca//y Owned and Operated Ortonville, MN 320-839-6102 Thri.fty Whim With Two Pharmacists To Serve Yout. AND MVc. MOREl Open house bridal shower to be held for S. Crane There will be an open house wed- ding shower for Brett Huizenga and Sara Crane on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville. All family and friends are invited to attend. The couple is registered at Target, Herbergers, and Macy's. (ADVx2) Cancer Support Group Will Meet May 11 The Big stone County Cancer Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:15 p.m. in the media cen- ter at the Ortonville Library. This is a planning session for Walk of Hope 2010. All teams are asked to be repre- sented at the meeting, and anyone who wants to get involved is encour- aged to attend. Open house bridal shower set for Nissa Kanten There will be an open house bridal shower for Nissa Kanten and Derek Guse on Saturday, May 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They are registered at Target and Menards cards to help fix up their home. (ADV) SWIFT COUNTY- One man has been charged in connection with the October 2009 Burglary of Breen's Pharmacy in Benson with two others being questioned. James Michael McClintock, 55 of Hanceville, AL has been charged in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court with felony second degree burglary. If convicted, the maximum penalty McClintock faces is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. An omnibus hearing has been set for May 13 for McClintock. FAIRFAX- Just before noon on Monday, the fire alarm sounded at Century Apartments in Franklin. Most of the residents were in the community room eating lunch when the alarm was heard, and were quickly evacuated. According to Roxanne Bjonfald, site manager for Meals on Wheels, "When we heard the alarm we got everyone out. I only knew of one resident that was not at lunch and her door was locked and she did not answer her phone, so everyone who was home was out." The fire started in the second floor apartment of Jerry Johnson. Upon arrival the Franklin Fire Department immediately called for mutual aid from Fairfax, to be sure they had enough manpower to deal with the fire. MADISON-Lac qui Parle Valley Principal Jon Fulton will assume the superintendent position following action by the LqPV board of education last Thursday morning. On a 6-0 vote, the board passed a motion to offer the LqPV ISD #2853 superintendent position to Fulton beginning July 1; contingent on a mutual negotiated contract. The action came following many meetings and differing views on the final two candidates. But Thursday's meeting did not hold any suspense, with Bob Tostenson making the motion and Terry Halvorson a second, with a unanimous board vote including Brian Tebben, Jon Olson, Jeff Funderburg, and Board Chairman Kim Mitchell. APPLETON-Serious threats to 8th Judicial District personnel in Swift County are leading to building security upgrades at the courthouse in Benson. Eighth Judicial District Court Administrator Teresa Fredrickson had approached Swift County Chief Deputy John Holtz a couple weeks ago about a need to upgrade the security for the court offices on the second floor of the courthouse. He agreed to look into it. At the board of commissioner's April 20 meeting, the two made a formal request for security upgrades. Among the upgrades would be making the front counter where people come to pay their fines or ask questions about heating times or cases more secure. Attorneys, their clients, the media, and the general public all use this counter. It is directly ahead of those walking up the first flight of the grand staircase on the east side of the courthouse. ! 'I ! i II II By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Sunday, April 25 Bob and Donna Thompson came to visit Clifford and Lucille Thompson. Sunday, April 25 Vi Hansen went out for lunch with Dick and Rita Verheul. After Sue Hanratty returned from seeing her new granddaughter, weekend of April 23. They were here for the Fishing Opener. Gen Adelman and daughter Mari Plathe ate dinner on Fridays April 23 with Wilfred Adelman at Northridge. They also went to watch Colin Plathe at a ball game in Ortonville. Gen spent Friday overnight at Mari and John Plathe's and also attended Colin's Confirmation at St. John's in On Sunday, April 25 nine children received their First Communion at St. John's Church. LaVonne Beachem's uncle Cliff Birkholz of Hastings, visited Gary and LaVonne Beachem all day on Friday, April 23. They had a real nice visit. On Saturday, April 24 David and Janet Weber attended the Confirmation of their nephew Alex a nrgnt Urban and Ludie Stolpman d brother David. He Visited daughter of Sarah and John Marte of Ortonville on Saturday evening. Sis at St. John's Catholic Church. ! Millaca, she visited Vi Hansen on Sunday visitors at Northridge to They also attended the meal Sunday, April 25. see Wilfred Adelman were Gen afterwards in the SocialHall. Todd, Sarah, and Mark visited their Adelman and son Don. Mike and Todd Karels from Silver Lake grandmother Vi Hansen for a little Marge Knudson and their daughters of visited Matt and Charlene Karels on j] while on Sunday, April 25. Montevideo also visited Wilfred. Tuesday, April 27. Todd also helped Inga Koeckeritz visited Jerry and Elayne Fahlgren and her son Lee with some outside chores. Carman Steen of Sioux Falls from went to Chanhassen with the Prime Dennis and Carol Dragt and Larry Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April Timers on Wednesday, April21. They and Jyla Dahle were Saturday 25. On Friday Inga attended saw the play 'Foot Loose". Elayne evening, April 24 supper guests at Grandparents Day all day for and Lee enjoyed the play and had a Darlene and JimLoeschke's. Braydon Steen. very enjoyable day. John and Dawn Schenk of St. Ricky Stolpman came to visit his Reva and Marlyn Schumacher Cloud visited her mother Palma were visitors at Johnny and Arlene Gutzman on Sunday, April 25. They from Thursday, April 22 until Saturday, April 24. They saw Burt and Amy Loehrer's new baby boy, who was born in McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls. The Stolpmans spent a day visiting with the Loehrers. Harold Rothi and Wesley from Elk River and Jessica Rothi from Anoka were April 23 weekend guests of John and Anna Rothi. Kathy Gilsdorf spent the weekend of April 23 in the Twin Cities area. She attended the wedding of her great- nephew. Gert and Russ Leger's son Mr. and Mrs. Torn Leger from Montevideo were at Russ and Gert Leger's the ~Larson's on Monday night, April 26. They played cards. Helen Danielson Breden had company on Sunday, April 25 from Wahpeton, ND who were her sister and brother-in-law Glen and Ruth Clause. They came in time for 9 a.m. Services at Abiding Faith and afterwards visited for the day. Helen, Glen, and Ruth ate dinner together, They had a nice visit. On Saturday, April 24, 22 students from both St. John's and St. Joseph's also went up to see Reuben Gutzman of Northridge. On Sunday night, April 25 Zelda Kohl's birthday was celebrated with Donald Kohl, Scott Kohl, Tanner Johnson, Jeff and Donnette Herberg and Birkley and Brice, Iletta Herberg, Palma Gutzman, Dawn and John Schenk, and Orvin Anderson. Josh and Rebekah Hang and the children from Sebeka were home to visit her parents Brent and Brenda Zahrbock the weekend of April 23. parishes were Confirmed by Bishop Benjamih and Kerri Zahrbock from John Le Voir. A dinner reception was Moorhead and Wally and Alice Sayles I held afterwards in the St. John's from Clinton joined them for dinner I Social Hall for the candidates and all on Sunday, April 25. their guests. Card shower set for Card shower for INDEPENDENT t Mittelstaedt's 60th J. Reiffenberger WANT ADS PAy Don and Anna Jane Mittelstaedt are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary, May 7, 2010. We are also asking for any photo's or memen- tos of our parents with family and friends to make a CD, for a gift to them. Please send quickly, your help in making this special is much appreciat- ed. Thank you! Send to: Mittelstaedt PO 394 Champlin, MN 55316. (ADVx2) Open house baby shower to be held for Hoffman's Joan Reiffenberger will be 60 years old on May 12, 2010! Wish her a happy birthday by sending a card to P.O. Box 272, Big Stone City, SD, 57216. t An open house baby shower will be held for Becky and Brian Hoffman on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph school in Rosen. Becky and Brian are registered at Target. (ADVx2) Author to visit Big Stone City School On Thursday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Big Stone City, SD School gym, Brenda Ehrmantraut will give a presentation about being a Children's Book Author. Brenda Ehrmantraut has a B.S. in English Education and a Masters in Reading Education. She has taught Wordalone chapter to meet Saturday West Central WordAlone Chapter will meet on Saturday, May 1 at Our Savior's Church in Chokio. WordAlone welcomes seminary pro- fessor Jon Sorum, pastor at Parkers Prairie, who will speak on "Why We Need a New Beginning". Prof. Sorum has taught in Slovakia and is teaching at the Institute for Lutheran Theology. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the program begins at 10 a.m. Welcome all. S ocV- Ni ,3 grades 1-12 through her different teaching assignments. She has given hundreds of classroom talks about writing, publishing and being an author. In addition, Brenda enjoys , presenting teacher and family / workshops on student publishing and family literacy. She will have her books available for sale at a very reasonable cost and they may be autographed if you would like. Books she has written are Hope Weavers, Night Catch, Reading at Home A to Z, and "I want one too!" Part of her sales will be donated to the Haitian Relief fund. The public is welcome to attend. Tuesday, May 4, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 3