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]0000Ooo00,rDive00ewEr.0000.0000mmuEo,00 " NDENT ? PUTS UP A SHOT as the Trojans battled Wheaton in Morris last Thursday, winning 71-40. Hancock Monday evening after presstime in the quarter final match for t e section tourna- tournament photos inside. Several Ortonville Mainstreet buildings on historic register Some time was spent during the winter months going through history of past businesses in Ortonville. How many of you know which blocks in Ortonville are on the National Register of Historic Sites? Researchers will attempt to track back in time to as far back as memories, records take them to trace the original ownersdrenters. Any actions or suggestions are welcomed and necessary to make accurate records. Please call 839-3359 with these and any other communications with the Big Stone County Museum. Twenty buildings on NW Second Street are significant as good examples of Victorian commercial architecture, unique because of their liberal use of stone ornamentation, purple granite quarried near Ortonville. Starting with the Shumaker building which was founded in 176, other small businesses were founded by mostly German and Scandinavian immigrants to the area. The commercial district was comprised mostly of wo(xtframe buildings which suffered from several large and small fires. The worst fires were in 1879 which nearly destroyed the whole town - everything on the east side of Second Street between Madison and Monroe Avenues except the fireproof vault of the Bank of Ortonville was destroyed. In an attempt to keep the interest in our historic resources evident, this promotion will produce a map of each block with the hope that any corrections will be made after each printing. The two blocks in Ortonville DTED awards $300,000 grants to Big Stone Co. Big Stone County officials learned last week their county will receive a Small Cities Development Grant of $300,000 from the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED). The grant funds will be used to rehabilitate 20 affordable rental units in the city of Ortonville. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency will provide addi- tional matching rehabilitation funds to assist in financing the project. We congratulate Big Stone County for this accomplishment," DTED Commissioner Rebecca Yanisch said. "These grants are highly sought after, and competition among applicants is intcnse. This project reflects our str)ng belief that good quality hous- ing stok is an important factor in attracting jobs to the community. The benefits derived from prudent eco- nomic development are invaluable, and decent housing, sound commer- cial districts and adequate infrastruc- ture are an important part of the pack- age. I commend the officials and resi- dents of Big Stone County for step- to attend ninth annual advice Becky K. Parker, CFPTM a rts and Leisure Show open to children of all ages. The "'Swingtime Band" will entertain at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Big Stone Walleye Club's casting contest and minnow races at 2:30 p.m. Both of the walleye club's activities are open to children of all ages. Meg and Dave Scholberg will present a folk music program at 4 p.m., followed by the Kiwanis Bison Stew Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This year's menu is a new and delicious one, served by 1he smiling faces of Ortonville's Kiwanis Club members. Two fishing seminars with Mike Frisch are among the entertainment in store. They will be held on Sunday melt is on; for the time Warmer weather is ,Oon enough, which means the annual Sports and v at the Ortonville High h annual event will be ;amtu y and Sunday, March roay's times will he to 6 p.m., and Sunday .m. through 4 p.m. ns free, and visitors can IlFm a great variety of d demonstrations, great  crafts, and dozens of key match begins the on Saturday t.m. in the elementary exhibition game is afternoon at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The first session is entitled "'Simple Fishing", and the other "Shallow Water Walleyes". Mike Frisch resides in Elbow Lake, where he is in the fishing education/promotion business. A member of the Fishing The Midwest fishing team, Frisch is a free-lance outdoor writer, tournament angler, seminar presenter and radio program host. Mike's fishing columns and feature (Continued on page 7) Vehicle rolls over east of Ortonville Big Stone County's Sheriff's Department reports a two vehicle acci- dent just before 5 p.m. Sunday evening along Highway 12 east of Ortonville in Akron Township. According to department records, a 1994 Ford Explorer, driven by Adam Russell Thymian, 22 of Orlonville, was turning from the highway onto township road 120 when a second vehicle, driven by Scan James Leighton, 24 of Minnetonka, struck the Explorer in the rear. Records further indicated Leighton had been attempting to pass the Thymian vehicle, and after the impact his 2002 Subaru left the roadway and rolled once. No injuries were relyrled in the incident, and damage was significant to both vehicles. list published The Delinquent tax list for Big Stone County, listing taxes and penalties of property remaining delinquent, is pub- lished in this issue, as submit- ted by the Big Stone County Treasurer Cindy Nelson Parker winsaward City's Fire Department could for financial receive $88,000 FEMA grant 3030. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Member NASD. American Express Company is separate from American Express Financial Advisors Inc. and is not a broker-dealer. (Adv.) Sports and Leisure Show this i Saturday and Sunday! Ortonville's City Council last Monday night approved the fire department's request to apply for grant dollars through the Federal Emergency- Management Agency, to be used toward the purchase of a new fire truck. Fire Chief Ron Athey told council members there would be a possibility for the department to receive more than $88,000 through the grant. Though an application for [MA dol- lars was also submitted last year, the department was not named as one of the grant recipients. He added there should be a better chance this year, however, since a total of $360 million is available. This compares to just $90 million given out through the FEMA grant program last year. The city would be required to put up a 10 percent match to the grant, to help towards the total cost of $98,000 for a new fire truck. The $9,800 from Ortonville, Athey added, would come out of the department's capital outlay funds, reserved for equipment pur- chases such as these. He also stated the new rig would give the department the capacity to haul a greater volume of water than what the current truces can provide and would be the best way to enhance the department's effective- ness. Council members passed a motion to allow the fire department to apply for the grant dollars once again this year. In other business last Monday (Continued on page 6) A PERCH OVER TWO POUNDS! This proud angler is Dick Athey of Big Stone City, SD. He Caught this 2 lb., 1 oz. perch while fishing through the ice on Bitter Lake in Sth Dakota on Jan. 23, 2002. Photo t courtesy of Bud s'Bait. of Elbow Lake will present two fishing seminars Sunday Sports and Leisure Show. ping forward and creating a better community and climate where eco- nomic development can happen." The Small Cities Development Program is administered by DTED's Business and Community, Development Division. The program offers financial assistance for new housing, building conversion, housing and commercial rehabilitation, as well as municipal projects including drink- ing water, waste-water, storm sewer and flood control projects. Housing and commercial rehabilitation grants are used to provide individual loans to correct serious structural deficiencies and c(vde violations in their homes and businesses. This vear' avards will help build or renovate g00 husing unit and 144 commercial projects and support I1 municipal infrastructure projects. Of the 31 projects, nine are mixed use development or redevelopment pro- jects. In the past 10 years, the Small Cities Development Program has pro- vided assistance to more than 250 Minnesota communities. designated as Historic Sites are in the vicinity of Second Street and Madison and Monroe Avenues. Other sites in Ortonville are the Big Stone County Court House, Columbian Hotel, the Ortonville Library plus others in Big Stone County; the Chicago, Milwaukee. St. Paul and Pacific Depot in Clinton, District No. 13 School in Artichoke Township, The Odessa Jail, and the Beardsley School. Some of those researching this project include Harlan "J.R." Parker, Robert Pflueger and Warren Schoen. If anyone has any corrections, or can remember back further, please call the Big Stone County Museum, so the revisions can be made. A chart displaying the various his- toric buildings on Ortonville's Mainstreet appears on page two. | ii r Girl Scout" Week March 10-16, 2002 See the full page salute inside from area merchants honoring our local Girl Scouts. Co. Welfare board meet this Thursday Big Stone County's Welfare Board meeting has been changed to 9 a.m. for this Thursday, March 14, at the Big Stone County Family Service Center. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS financial advisor with the Ortonville office of American Express Financial Advisors, recently was honored with the President's Recognition Award. The award is one of many American Express initiatives, including training, leadership and recognition programs, designed to help ensure clients receive the highest quality financial advice. Parker was lected as a recipient of the President s Recognition Award as a result of demonstrating the provision of high quality advice to her clients. The President's Recognition Award recognizes advisors who have made quality of advice a priority in their practices and document their written advice in a way that is clear, specific, thorough, and objective. Parker works at the Ortonville office located at 33 NW 2nd Street. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. is the nation's leading financial planning company and currently owns and/or manages more than $273 billion in assets. Founded in 1894 in Minneapolis, the company provides financial planning and the products and services to implement those plans. Through a network of more than 12,600 financial advisors, the company provides ongoing, long- term financial planning and high quality financial products to over 2.3 million clients worldwide. For more information please contact Becky Parker at 1-320-839-