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Thaw (continued from page one) for the gauge at the electric power plant. For the Minnesota Watershed .District gauge the level would be 972.15 feet, 1988 datum," said Radermacher. There is a 1.45 foot difference between the two gauges. So they do that 60 times to come up with 60 pos- sible scenarios. They apply some sta- tistics to rank them and generate prob- abilities.of equaling or exceeding cer- tain levels. There is a 50 percent chance that the lake levels wilt rise one half foot above the level it was in 2001 between now and the end of May. The Little Minnesota River is flow- ing nicely. The recent flood project in the Browns Valley area seems to be working well. At noon Monday, offi- cials were waiting for a ice jam to break loose on the Whetstone River near Rausch Brothers. As soon as it breaks through, things should really start flowing said Radermacher. Anyone wanting further updates or information regarding Big Stone Lake levels may e-mail Radermacher at dianne.radermacher@midconetwork. com. She will keep your name in her database and send out regular updates. Flood (continued from page one) Volunteers may also wish to regis- ter with Minnesota Responds which is a state wide database that will hlp in creating a list for local volunteering and will also give people the chance to volunteer in various times of need throughout the state. Volunteers in Minnesota Responds will be protected under the state's workman's comp. Vol- unteering for Minnesota's Responds does not commit you to anything, it simply means you have an interest to help, you are never obligated to re- spond, said Julie Kunrath, RN of Countryside Public Health. To get your name on the Minnesota Responds list you can register online at sponds. Volunteers may be needed for sand- bagging, preparing food, serving food, handling paperwork, making phone calls, etc. According to Countryside Public Health, the public cannot bring'pre- pared food to volunteers. All food will need to meet their inspection and must be prepared at an official preparation site which will be set up if needed. Volunteers may bring ingredients to the preparation site. Home owners who had flooding is- sues in 2001 may wish to take action now such as raising their appliances and water heaters, moving furniture, "valuables and hazardous material from their lower levels to higher locations. They may want to be sure their sump pumps are in working order. Should flooding appear imminent affected home owners may want to plug their basement, bathroom and util- ity drains to reduce flooding, and shut off electricity to areas of the home that may flood. To prepare for a flood, residents Should start making arrangements in case they need shelter. This includes making arrangements for their pets and should people have to leave .their homes, they should assemble supplies for a possible evacuation including any medications they may have. For futher information cantact Hasslen at the number listed above. Annual Stork Review inside Inside this week's issue of The Ortonville Independent and Northern Star newspapers is the Ortonville Area Health Services baby section featuring babies born at the Ortonville Hospital in' 2009. Daffodil Days is this week Daffodils will be on sale at Hartman's Super Value Foods in Ortonville from Tuesday, March 16 to Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daffodil prices are as follows: One Bunch-S10 donation; Bunch and Vase-S15; Dainty Daffodil-S15; Boyd's Bear and Bunch-S25. Checks should be made payable to: American Cancer Society or ACS. The 2010 sponsor is: Conroy Eye Center, Ortonville. Duplex For Rent Close to downtown with lake view. pet friendly. F!!,SHED_MA! N FLOORJdH!T For rent by the night, seasonal or monthly. Sleeps six! UP_$T UNIT 6-12 month lease Lakeview Lodging Diane L Wolff OrtonviUe, MN 320-305-2665 WE BELIEVE N BANKING THAT'S I Radermacher Open house bridal shower for Jenna Radermacher, bride-to-be of Ben Alden will be held at the Rosen School on Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. She is registered at Target and Macy's. Recipe cards are preferred. Please bring, two ingrediients from your recipe to put in a gifft basket. (ADVx2) Open house bridal Baby girl born shower set for d. to DJ Haggerty s Open house baby shower set for A. (Croatt) 00essman An open house" baby shower for the soon to be born 1baby of Nick and Amanda Tessman otf Bellingham will be held on Saturday/, March 20 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Paul's; Lutheran Church in Bellingham. They are registered at Target and Babies R US. (ADVx2) Olson honored by art meander A tribute has been given to Brent Olson, an artist of the upper Minnesota River Valley: writer and storyteller of the Meander region. In appreciation of the many tributaries that flow into the river of art. As a highlight of the Meander 2010 Brent will be d(oing readings and book signings at thte Red Barn and two other sites alomg the Meander Route. The Meander is held the first weekend of October.'. Watch for more info. "Congratulationss to Brent and thank you for many, years of writing stories that put smilles on everyones face." Big Stone Artts Council. Small stefps, big changes "Small Steps, tBig Changes", an interactive prograrm for those with diabetes, will be mffered on Friday, March 19, 10:3(0 a.m., at the Ortonville Commumity Center. Come and learn how to irmprove your quali- ty of life i n spite of cdiabetes, and bring any questions you haave. Our presenter will be Jeanette Felton, R,N, CIlinical Services Coordinator at OAFdS. Handouts will be available. This will be a fun and information-filled program you'll be glad you came! GOOD FOR BUS N ESS F R EE B US l N ESS C H E C KIN G A good account for every small business! If you're a budding entrepreneu r or an established small business with limited checking account activity, Minnwest's Free Business Checking should be in your financial plan. Free Business Checking has a full range of benefits... 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Let Minnwest Bank impact your bottom line! Minnwest Bank 21 Southeast Second Street, P.O. Box 128 1 tonville, MN 56278 ........ (320) 839-2568 Member FDIC LENDER Big sister Morgan would like to announce the birth of her sister Brooke Marian Haggerty born Jan. 14, 2010. She weighed seven pounds one ounce. Proud parents are DJ and Kristin Haggerty of Ortonville. Grandparents are David and Janet Weber of Ortonville and Elaine Haggerty of Big Stone City. Great-Grandparent is Arlene Danielson of Ortonville. UMVRDC to meet The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Area news digesi GRANITE FALLS-Yellow Medicine East school district is facing a lawsuit over planned renovations to the school. Two Clarkfield residents have filed legal paperwork with Gislason & Hunter LLP of New Ulm, stating that YME's attempt to fund the over $12 million renovations by using the Alternative Facilities Bonding and Levy Program would be contrary to law, and if the project is approved, litigation would be pursued against YMEand possibly the Minnesota Department of Education.. YME is required to respond to the complaint within 20 days after receiving it. ATWATER-Atwater city council voted unanimously to accept bids for the renovation of the historic Hotel Atwater to be used as a city hall, police department, and library. Though a vote was passed to accept bids, no final decision has been made on whether or not to go forward with the project. That decision will be based on the result of the bids. Estimated renovations cost is $632,000 and an additional $36,000 if a sprinkler system is included. The project has been awarded $130,000 in matching grant money from the Minnesota Historical Society. The Hotel Atwater first opened its doors in 1903. HANCOCK-A man faces multiple felony charges including kidnapping, making terroristic threats, burglary, assault, fhrearm possession, and possessing of material used to make meth. Dustin Andrew Backman, 26, was charged for his involvement in a Feb. 6 incident where he reportedly assaulted a man and beat his female roommate before allegedly threatening to kill her in their home. On Feb. 11, Backman reportedly broke into a man's house looking for his roommate, found the man, and began beating him in front of the minors. The firearm and meth charges stem from a December 2009 incident where Backman was found in possession of a firearm as a convict and also possessing materials to make and manufacture methamphetamine. Backman could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is currently in custody with bail set at $310,000 for unconditional release and $145,000 for conditional release. TRACY-Tracy Elementary School is offering their students free breakfast each morning. School staff felt the importance of breakfast was too great and decided offering it to all students for free would have a positive effect on student achievement. Previously, the school offered breakfast for free or a reduced price based on family income; otherwise, there was a $1.35 fee. The breakfast consists of milk, juice, a nutrition bar, and cereal. Ortonville News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Don and Carolyn Verheul picked up Vi Hansen to take her to lunch with Sue Hanratty and Todd and Sarah Verheul and Mark at Hilltop on Sunday, March 7. On Sunday, March 7 Phyllis Schluter and son Richard had soup supper at St. Charles in Big Stone and then attended the Living Stations of the Cross which were very inspiring. Joy Mathison .and Mary Ann McArdle from Minneapolis spent the weekend of March 12 with Joy's mother Irene Mathison. Dinner guest at the Roman Karels's home on Sunday, March 6 was Viola Zadow of Milbank. Jason Helgeson was a visitor at his grandparents' Roman and Shirley Karels on Monday evening, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9 in the afternoon. Lauryn Schumacher and family of Fulda were home to visit Marlyn and Reva Schumacher the weekend of March 5. They all celebrated Andrew Strong's 7th birthday at the h6me of his parents Ruth and Paul. March 2 and 3 Matt and Charlene Karels went to Moorhead to visit Larry Karels. They enjoyed supper out with Larry and his friend. On Saturday, March 13 Matt and Charlene Karels went to Morris to attend the family military meeting for when the guards come back. Inga Koeckeritz spent time at the Jim Steen's home in Hanover. The weekend of Feb. 26 Inga visited at the Ralph Braun' s home in Zimmerman. Elaine Gable just returned from Rock Rapids, IA from her daughter's FRG meeting set for this Thursday On Thursday, March 18 there will be a Family Readiness meeting at the Ortonville armory starting at 7:45 p.m.. At this meeting Jim Mitchell will be there to talk with employers of the deployed soldiers and the employers of family members. The purpose of this meeting is to brief employers on their rights and obligations as to reemploying our Service Members. They also want the families to hear this information along with what rights and obligations the Service Member has to meet their reemployment 'rights. They will also address employment and unemployment issues with information from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). They will also present information regarding the reintegration process and what that entails for the Service Members and those connected to them. Daycare will be available on site for those in need of these services. Two Madison men die in car accident Two residents of Madison were killed Sunday morning, March 14 in a single-car accident near Madison, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Driver Jacob Hancock, 25, and passenger Carey J. Bissett, 26, died when their vehicle, a 2003 Mitsubishi was going north on Highway 75 near Madison about 8 a.m. Sunday morning when it drove straight off a curve on the highway, hit a gravel road and went airborne. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Neither were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Assisting the Minnesota State" Patrol at the scene were the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff and the Madison Police Departments. Allison Van Aartsen and family. Elaine was there from Jan. until Monday, March 8. Elaine babysat Allison and Scott Van Aartsen's four children; while Allison and Scott participated in a community theater production of the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Allison and Scott's son Benjamin was in the children's chorus. Jack Gable joined Elaine in Iowa in order to see the production They celebrated Allison and granddaughter Mich'ele Vahlsing's birthdays by going out to eat on SUnday, March 7. Jack and Elaine's daughter Lisa Ver Meer from Little Rock, IA joined them for the birthdays and the musical. On Friday, March 5 Benjamin Van Aartsen performed in the Missoula Children's Theater production called "King Arthur's Quest". They all enjoyed the play. Chad and Carol Gustafs.on and Courtney and Allysa from New London came Saturday, March 13 to visit his mother Mary Gustafson. Chad also visited his sisters the Gieses and the Streis. Evelyn Morris's son Ronnie Morris and wife Juli of Tampa, FL visited Evelyn the weekend of March 5. Richard and Eleanora.Quast and Kathy Korth went to Milbank on Saturday, March 6 to help celebrate Oliver Korth's third birthday. They had dinner together with cake and ice cream. Palma Gutzman and Eleanora Quast and Eleanora's daughter Kathy Korth attended the Mother Daughter banquet on Sunday night, March 7 held at tlieir church the Methodist Church. The en prepared and served Free tax aid Free tax assistance will be avail- able at Lakeside Apt. on Fridays, Feb. 19 arid March 19, from 10-3. Almost everyone will qualify for the $25 Minnesota lower income motor fuel tax credit this year. Call LuVeme Swezey at 839-2967 for appoint- ments. the dinner. Gen Adelman was a Saturday night, March 6 supper guest at Doug and Amy Adelman's of Rosen. Gen also spent Sunday with them and her son Don. On Monday evening, March 8 Mari and Allisson Plathe of Bellingham brought in supper for Gen Adelman and visited with Gen. Gary and LaVonne Beachem sure enjoyed Deb Goergen's visit on Sunday, March 7. Deb is from Duluth. Harold Rothi and Wesley from Elk River were March 5 weekend visitors of John and Anna Rothi. Monday afternoon, March 8 Eleanor Pavin had coffee with Blanche Westermeyer at Blanche's in Big Stone. Marilyn Brown's mother Julia Vaage of Odessa will be 91 March 14. Her children Marilyn, Phyllis, Tim and Larry helped her celebrate. Julia is the oldest one in Odessa. Palma Gutzman's daughter Dawn Schenk from St. Cloud and her friend Lisa visited Palma Gutzman for a day. They all went up to see Dawn's father Reuben at Northridge. Don and Zelda Kohl visited Palma Gutzman Monday night, March 8. Saturday afternoon, March 6 Jim and Lany McKinney and Darrell went to Winthrop to visit Gail and Darren McKinney and children Sophie, Breeze, Emmie Rose, and Asher. The Lakeside Homemakers Exte.nsion Club met on Wednesday, March 10 at Arlene Larson's at Fairway View. Reva Schumacher brought and served the lunch. 80th birthday open house set for L. Mortenson An open house 80th birthday party has been set for Louise Mortenson on Saturday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m. at Henry Hill Apartments, 150 7th Ave in Fergus Falls. Let your presence be your gift. (ADV) PLAN NOW! BE PREPARED! Officials are predicting flooding... We have sand to fill your sandbags. I GIVE US A CALL TOLL FREE AT 877-851-5658 Mh in ODESSA, MINNEOTA Tuesday, March 16, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 3