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1636 "'"s''"''"=AUTO"ALL FOR ADC 980 102 SMAILTOWPAPE 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW w. . SEA'rTLE WA 98136--1208 II,l,,h.i,...lh,lh,il,,,..ll,,hlll,.,l,,h,.hl,ll,,.h,II Ortonville "Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 1 Section-16 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota $6278 Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Volume 92: Number 9 ORTONVILLE FIREMAN responded to a gas leak at Vertical Solutions on Main Street Tue.,sday, March 9. Shown above are Ortonville firefighters attempting to spray water and melt down ice chuncks; from the back of the building. A large icicle hat broken off the Dack of the building and broke off a gas met(er and the line feeding the meter causing the leak. Power was shut off to that section of the street and businessses were evacu- ated as crews fixed the leak. Gas leak on Ortonville'rs Main Street causes evacuation The Ortonville Fire Department was called to the scene of a gas leak at Vet- ical Solutions, owned by Curt Johnson, on Ortonvill+'s Main Street, on Tues- day, March 9 at approximately 10:03 a.m. According to Ortonville Fire Chief Randy McLain, a large ice dam on the back of the building had fallen off, breaking a gas meter and the line feed- ing the meter causing the leak. Minnesota Energy Resources was called in and receommended that the buildings along that block be evacuated due to gas coming into their buildings and also as the power was cut off in that area, until the gas was turned off and yentilated from the buildings. Ortonville Fireman sprayed the back of the building to thaw out the ice that was hanging from the building. Crews working at the scene were able to turn off the gas line going to the building and ventilate the buildings along that side of the street. Traffic was blocked off along that stretch of Main Street so crews could get the gas leak fixed. Crews were on tthe scene for ap- proximately an hour: and half as busi- nesses were then ablle to resume their work day. There werCe no injuries. Responding to thee scene were the Ideal temperatures for spring thaw, lowers lake flood risk Temperatures in the 30's and 40's water and in 1997 which had five to will be ideal thawing conditions," said the past few weeks have caused a eight inches of water in the snow Radermacher. gradual thaw in snow and ice in the watershed thus reducing the amount of flood watersexpected this'spring. .According to Upper Minnesota Watershed District Administrator Dianne Radermacher, officials are predicting Big Stone Lake to rise about five feet from .last weeks levels which would see flooding similar to the spring of 2001. This prediction is based on the amount of moisture in the snow pack. This year there is four to six inches of water in the snow pack, compared to 2001 which had three to six inches of pack. These levels were determined at the beginning of March in the watersheds that feed the lake. The snow packs are reasonably similar, it's the weather between now and peak runoff that will determine the lakes cresting level. Whether or not the area floods and to what degree depends upon how much more rain'or snow the area gets and how quickly temperatures rise. "Temperatures are predicted in the 50's for midweek, cooling down towards the end of the week, with freezing temperatures at night, which The North Central River Forecast Center computations of probability the lake reaching or exceeding certain elevations is based on analyzing the runoff generated by running model simulations with weather records from the past 60 years for March, April and May. "So, for example, if they initialize our model with the current lake level and current snow pack, then run the model out 90 days with the tempera- tures and precipitation from 2007, the model projects a peak of 973.60 feet (Continued on page 3) Big Stone City among 13 SD communities to complete Horizons The South Dakota Cooperative Ex- 18 months ago. They started with a past are still working together, often on tension is assisting their third round of South Dakota communities in com- pleting the Horizons program. Thir- teen communities from across the state are holding "graduation" events this month to honor the work volunteers have put toward the project. Communities completing the pro- gram are Big Stone City, Box Elder, Ede/Roslyn, Gregory, Harding County, Hyde County, Kadoka, Kim- ball, Leola, Reliance, St. Francis, Volin/Gayville, and Whetstone Valley (Wilmot, Corona and Big Stone Lake Area). Each community began Horizons process called, "Study Circles" to have small group conversations about poverty in their areas. Next, they com- pleted a skill-building series called Leadership Plenty. Finally, each de- veloped a strategic plan through a vi- sioning process with goals that they continue to work toward. Community coaches assisted each site with the processes, and local steering commit- tees helped recruit participants and set up logistics. Horizons communities are encour- aged to continually involve new peo- ple and set new goals. Communities that have completed Horizons in the new projects that come up in their towns. Communities completing Hori- zons each receive $10,000 from the grantors, the Northwest Area Founda- tion in St. Paul. They are also provided with a laptop computer for public use in their community, and other incen- tives as they met goals of the project. Big Stone City'sHorizons III grad- uation ceremony will be held on Sun- day, March 21 at 5 p.m. in the Big Stone City school gymnasium. Plans include door rrizes, free lunch, com- mittee updates, and the presentation of the "Diploma". Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Area officials plan ahead for OrtonvilleFireDepawtment, Ortonville possible flood conditions Police, Big Stone County Sheriff's De - ;:" partment and Minnesota Energy Re- sources. Insurance agencies merge STOLPMAN INSURANCE AGENCY is pleased to announce the merger of Iverson Insurance into Stolpman Insurance Agency. Making th,e merger official are left to right, Sue and John Stolpman, Les Iverson and Joan Reiffenberger. in Big Stone City. They invite the public to stop in at John and Les want to ensure their any of the locations to see how they customers that they will still be can help you find the best insurance receiving the same service as before, plans for your needs. but will have the added benefits of See ad elsewhere this issue and shared staff and a wider variety of visit ,them at the Sports and Leisure companies from which to offer. Show. John Stolpman and Les Iverson are pleased to announce that they have merged Stolpman Insurance Agency of Bellingham and Ortonville and Iverson Insurance of Big Stone City, SD. They will now operate under Stolpman Insurance Agency. The new venture will allow them to better serve their customers with a combined staff and additional resources at three locations. All staff will remain on board with John, Sue, Susan and Carrie in Bellingham, Les and Joan in Big Stone City and Joyce and Keith in Ortonville. Les lverson started Iverson Insurance in 196.7, first operating out of his home. The firm moved to its present location on Big Stone City's Main Street in 1977. Stolpman Insurance Agency has been in business since 1918. John's grandfather John T. Stolpman started the business in Rosen. His son Victor took over in 1949. John A. began in the insurance business in 1973 and received his Certified Insurance Counselors degree in 1977. The parent office is located in Bellingham and satellite office will still be located in Ortonville and now 17th Annual Sports and Leisure Show this weekend Officials from Big Stone County, the cities of Ortonville, and Graceville, public health and OAHS met last week to prepare for possible flooding, water is expected to rise about five feet along Big Stone lake. Water is expected to flow heavily into Graceville from ditches from the east, and ground wa- ters may cause problefns for area home owners since the ground is so satu- rated. So officials want to be prepared to take action if necessary.. According to Big Stone County Emergency Management Director Jim Hasslen, the county will be setting up an Emergency Operation Center at the  County Highway garage. The EOC will be used as a headquarters for flood assistance. The county has 10,000 sandbags in Graceville and about 15,000 sandbags in Ortonville. Volunteers will be coor- dinated to fill sandbags for home- steaded properties within the county if necessary, said Hasslen. Sandbagging efforts will be coordinated from the EOC. Property owners of non-home- steaded properties will be on their own to sandbagging is necessary. If property owners wish to have their own sandbags on hand they may purchase them through private ven- dors. One vendor is Northern Bag and Box Company out of Grand Forks, ND. The company's phone number is 800-551-6982. Sand may be obtained from local excavators. Hasslen is encouraging anyone who wishes to volunteer to call him to get their name on a volunteer list and indi- cate what expertise they may have. For instance, if someone has a CDL, Exca- vators's License, Nursing experience, or would like to volunteer preparing food, this will give the county a good database from which to draw for vari- ous needs at the time, said Hasslen. Volunteers who are registered with the county will be covered under the county's workman's comp plan and will be protected from liability issues, he said. Hasslen's number is 320-305- 1205 or they can e-mail him at (Continued on page 3) NWTF 11th Annual "Hunting Heritage Banquet" this Sat. The Minnesota River Headwaters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be having their 11 th Annual "Hunting Heritage Banquet" this Saturday, March 20 at Sioux Historic Pavilion in Ortonville. Gobbling hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend their l lth Annual Membership Banquet. Highlights of this year's event will include guns, collectible artwork, live and silent auction, numerous raffles and a great dinner to boot. Tickets are available in advance or at the door by contacting Pete Karels at 320-273-2108 or Dalen Roe at 320- 839-3502. They also have a special offer; buy a $100 "Raffle Package" and receive $160 in FULL-STRUT raffle tickets and a special NWTF camouflage hunting cap. ' It has been another record" year for the wild turkey in Minnesota, with more permit's issued than ever before. They want to continue that trend and are committed to the resource and the sportsmen and women of Minnesota. Last year, proceeds from state NWTF banquets were used to fund the following projects: Youth Outdoor events; educational scholarships; win- ter food plots; conservation seed corn plantings; tree and shrub plantings; tree planting equipment; turkey trap and transplant program; land acquisi- tion projects; 4-H shooting sports; Jakes education boxes supplied to over 95 Minnesota elementary schools; Women in the Outdoors events; and support for the Hunting Heritage Fund that fights to protect our right to hunt and fish. The local chapter of the NWTF was also insti-u- mental, along with other various local organizations in bringing an Archery Program to the Ortonville School. Spend the evening with fellow turkey hunters and outdoor enthusi- asts talking about your experiences this past spring, have a great meal, help out the conservation effort in Minnesota and maybe win a few great prizes. Spring is in the air as the 17th Annual Sports and Leisure Show will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 20 and 21 at the Ortonville School. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and l l a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Sponsored bY the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, this years show will feature over 100 booths, entertainment, food, semi- nars, arts and crafts, door prizes and fun for the whole family. Saturday will start with the Pancake Breakfast served by the Ortonville Kiwanis Club. They will be serving from 8-11 a.m. with the cost for adults $5 and children 12 and under $3. The Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (CGB) danceline will perform at 10 a.m. at the High School Auditorium. The Just For Kix Dance Team will be providing entertainment at 11 a.m. in the Auditorium. All ages will be involved, coached by Kerry Klepel. At noon, the local Tae Kwon Do club will be performing. Students in the class vary in age, but still train among each other. Miss Naomi Even has been teaching the class for two . years. Health First Chiropractic will be presenting a seminar titled "Ear Infections" from 1-2 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. the "Swingtime Band" will perform. This will be held in the Commons area. On Sunday from 12 noon-1 p.m., Great Plains Zoo of Sioux Falls, SD will showcase many different species of animals ranging from bugs, reptiles and birds to skunk and oppossum. From 1-2 p.m., you can meet some of the Zoo's education animals during a unique, hands-on and educational experience. This will take place in the Auditorium. The Swingtime Band will perform Sunday from 1-2 p.m. m the Commons area. Stop by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber booth to purchase raffle tickets. Cost is $5 each or five tickets for $20. This giveS you a chance to win a 32" Flat Screen TV donated by Radio Shack, loLee's Jewelry, Minnwest Bank and the Retail Committee. Other prizes include a Portable Magellan GPS donated by Pro Image Partners, Inc.; One Dozen Roses from the Flower Shop; Tastefully Simple Basket by Rolling Acres Boutique; and a Spring Fishing Package from Hardware Hank. The Big Stone Arts Counci] will be doing face painting and have games for all ages. There is Free Admission and fun for all at the" 17th Annual Sports and Leisure Show this weekend at the Ortonville School. IT'S THE 11TH ANNUAL NATIoNAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION BANQUET this Saturday, March 20 at Sioux Historic Pavilion in Ortonville. Gobbling hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner set for7 p.m. Shown above is Pete Karels, standing next to the display at Mmnwest Bank in Ortonville, ot items that will be auc- tioned off during the evening. Some of the items incliJde a NWTF Wooden Chest, a Turkey Resin Sculpture, along with prints and many other items. For more information contact either Pete Karels at Minnwest Investment and Insurance Center or Dalen Roe of CenBank.