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$1.00 Ortonville "Town with a heart= THE AUTO**MtXED ADC 50902 SMALLTOVVlCOAPERS 2/1/25 1 217 WCOTA SHELTON WA 2263 =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" , IIIUl[IJ,LISllti!!!Ll!!lll. 25 1 Section; 14 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Volume 96; Number 10 Twenty-five Ortonville Business son, Andrew Weber, Abby Weber and Faith; and Patriotism- -then log their Professionals of America students Hunter Winther. activities in a Torch Resume. along with their advisors, Kim Johnson Students competed on Thursday and Friday evening some students at- and Julie Kunde attended the State BPA Friday and attended the Opening Gen- tended the Minnesota Timberwolves conference in Minneapolis on March 6- eral session that was held on Thursday~ game. The students also enjoyed the 8. The theme this year was "Accelerate night. Jackson Athey, Region 8 Presi- conference entertainment which was Your Future". Students who qualified at dent,' helped preside over the session. Comedy Sports and Brian Imbus, the Region 8 level and competed at Torch awards were presented at the cer- Hypnotist. State were: Jackson Athey, Katelyn emony. Jerika Eppel was called to the The Grand Awards Ceremony was Berdan, Isaac Cloos, Edann Cloos, stage to receive her earned Statesman held on Saturday morning. The fol- Wyatt Dewitt, Jerika Eppel, Emily Er- Torch Award. Business Professionals of lowing Ortonville students were fi- ickson, Mikala Gimmestad, Mackenzie America's Torch Awards Programnalists in their events: Katie Berdan Gustafson, Hope Hasslen, Rachel Ho- frames and guides a BPA member's and Abby Weber, 5th in Economic ernemann, Taylor Kuechenmeister, leadership and service to their chapter Research Project Team; Taylor Gina Nelsen, Sam Rushford, Daniel and community. Students complete ac- Kuecheumeister, Samantha Rushford, Sitter, Mackenzie Spaulding, Shelby tivities in the seven Torch categories-- Shelby Strei, Kelly Taffe, placed 4th Strei, Hannah Strei, Jonathon Taffe, Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Kelly Taffe, Josh Teske, Riley Thomp- Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, (Continued on page 3) TWENTY-FIVE OHS BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA (BPA) STUDENTS attended the State BPA Con- ference held March 6-8 in Minneapolis. The theme this year was "Accelerate Your Future". Pictured above in front, left to right, are Mikala Gimmestad, Gina Nelsen, Mackenzie Spaulding, Hannah Strei, Kelly Taffe, Samantha Rush- - ford, Shelby Strei and Edann CIoos. Second row, left to right, are Emily Erickson, Jerika Eppel, Mackenzie Gustafson, Abby Weber, Katie Berdan, Taylor Kuechenmeister, Jackson Athey, Hope Hasslen and Rachel Hoerne- mann. Back row, left to right, are Andrew Weber, Isaac Cloos, Daniel Sitter, Riley Thompson, Wyatt Dewitt, Jon Taffe, Josh Teske and Hunter Winther. Four OHS students are National qualifiers. They are Jerika Eppel, Isaac Cloos, Emily Erickson and Riley Thompson. The 2014 BPA National Leadership Conference will be held in Indi- anapolis, IN, April 30-May 4. Ortonville Pizza Ranch owners Lisa ated with the name, but we felt more tions, along with our normal buffet and Steve Berkner have announced restaurant menu options were needed items, being available starting at 10 that after 25 years they will be leaving for our community especially with the a.m., then over time we will be adding the Pizza Ranch franchise and will be recent closing of Ortonville's Hilltop additional food items to both our regu- changing the name of their business to Car6 and fire loss a few years ago of lar and buffet menus." Berkner Pizza. the Too Mad Car6." Berkner added, "With the name Their last day of doing business as Berkner stated that they intend to change we are being forced to get a Pizza Ranch will be on March 30. They duplicate their existing pizza, chicken, new phone number where our phone will be closed on Monday March 31 to wrap sandwiches and appetizer menu number will now be 320-839-3660. make some necessary signagechanges and that their customer base should not This will probably be the most frustrat- and re-open on Tuesday April 1 as notice any significant changes in these ing part of the change for our cus- BerknerPizza. types of items, tomers but it was unfortunately The Berkner's started the Pizza Berkner said, "Our plan is to first unavoidable." Ranch in Ortonville in 1988. "This was make the official restaurant name Berkner said other changes would not an easy decision," said Steve change and maintain providing the include adding more "ala cart" pricing Berkner. "We felt that the Pizza Ranch same food items we currently have and for their individual buffet menu items franchise structure was too limiting to then over time add additional menu as well as lowering the age for "senior the needs of a community our size. items and buffet choices, discounts" from age 65 to age 62 and "The basic concept of Pizza Ranch "Beginning immediately we will of- raise the eligibility for "kids discounts" is still a very good one and we will al- ficially be adding breakfast menu items from age 10 to 12 that the franchise ways cherish our years being associ- to our weekend buffets with those op- structure did not allow. AFTER 25 YEARS AS THE PIZZA RANCH, owners Steve and Lisa Berkner have announced they will be leaving the franchise and re-naming their business to Berkner Pizza. Their last day of doing business as the Pizza Ranch will be March 30. They will be closed on March 31 to make signage changes and will re-open on April I as Berkner Pizza. Steve and Lisa are pictured above along with their current staff. A HUGE SUCCESS was the 21st Annual Sports and Leisure Show held Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 at the Ortonville School. Folks enjoyed the beautiful weather and took in the show, which featured many vendors, boats, recreational vehicles, music, dance and great food. OHS Seniors On Parade underway ring ram The Ortonville Independent is once again featuring 'Seniors On Parade'. Ladies and gentlemen! Step right turing Brenden Wojahn and Charlie This highlights the OHS Class of up, step right up, the circus is coming Thomson on the trombone. The Mid- 2014. Parents or guardians are asked to town! The Big Stone City School die School Band will perform "Fac- to remind their sons and daughters to will be presenting a Spring Program, ulty versus Band, the Final Conflict". return their forms and picture to the Tuesday, March 25. There will be an This number will feature faculty mere- high school office by Thursday, March afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. and an bers playing various "instruments". 20. evening show at 7 p.m. The program will conclude with Grades Kindergarten through 3rd grades four through six presenting Scholastic Book grade will be presenting the musical Lighten Up, amusical revue by Teresa "Circus, Circus" by John Jacobson Jennings. This show is full of jokes, Fair next week at and John Higgins. There will be acro- puns, tongue twisters and lots of silly Big Stone School bats, sword swallower, bears, lions, songs! tight rope walkers, animal trainers, Everyone is invited to come for clean up crew and of course lots of good music and a good laugh, or two. The Big Stone City School will clowns! There will be no admission for this host a Scholastic Book Fair, March The Elementary band will perform program. 9~1r27. Funds raised will help purchase "Attack of the Slide Trombones" fea~ ' ~books for the School Library. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in file hallway outside the school cafeteria. Hours will be Monday from 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m. and 5:30- 8:30 p.m. (before and during the two Spring Music Programs); Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon; and Thursday from 2-8 p.m. (before, during and after the Par- ent/Teacher Conferences. Families, faculty and the commu- nity are invited to attend this fun read- ing event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair offers specialty priced books and educational products, including popu- lar series, award winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers and other great reads from more than 100 pub- lishers. Help support the Big Stone City School by attending the Scholastic Book Fair. Rachael Hanel, author of the book, in mass communications and history We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You and a master's degree in history, both Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's from Minnesota State University, Daughter, will be at the Ortonville Mankato. She has been speaking pub- Public Library on Thursday, March 27 licly for more than 20 years. at 7 p.m. Since her book has been published Hanel lives and writes just outside in March of 2013, Hanel has given of Mankato. She is a former newspa- presentations to both individuals and per reporter and copy editor and groups. Everyone is invited to hear her teaches Mass Media at Minnesota speak on March 27. Resfreshments State University, Mankato. She is the will be served. author of more than 20 nonfiction- This program is made possible by books for children. We'll Be the Last the Minnesota State Legislature from Ones to Let You down: Memoir of a the State's Arts and Cultural Heritage Gravedigger's Daughter, is her first Fund with money from the vote of the book for adults, people of Minnesota on November 4, Rachael holds a bachelor's degree 2008. ill Delta Dental of Minnesota, in col- laboration with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Minnesota Family, Ca- reer and Community Leaders of Amer- ica (FCCLA), has awarded more than $30,000 in annual youth service mini- grants and in-kind donations of dental hygiene supplies to 48 sites in 32 com- munities across the state. The competitive grants are awarded through Delta Dental's Serve a smile mini-grant program which promotes youth volunteer activities that culmi- nate with a public celebration during Global Youth Service Day at the Mall of America on April 12. Locally, a $450 grant was awarded to Jerika Eppel of the Ortonville FCCLA to be used for a project called "The Water Wish". In this Delta Dental Serve a Smile project, high school stu- dents will promote and educate water use and it's effects on oral health, nu- trition, obesity, and health prevention, as well as the benefits of recycling. It also inlcudes the installation of a water fountain attachment in the school that will make refilling water bottles easier and more efficient, thus making water more available to the student body. "We are thrilled to empower Min- nesota youth to create solutions to im- prove the oral health and overall health for those in our local communities," said Susan Hammel, executive director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Founda- tion and director of community affairs at Delta Dental of Minnesota. "We know that access to oral and overall health extends beyond affecting an in- dividual; it can also impact families, schools and the greater community." Hammel added, "Serve A Smile is based on the belief that when creative and resourceful youth volunteers are given an opportunity to participate in public service initiatives with their fam- "Through our work across Minnesota, ily, friends, school and community we know that when young peopleare leaders, they can contribute in mean- engaged as contributing members of ingful ways to help solve important is- their communities, they increase the sues." likelihood of their high school gradua- "Delta Dental of Minnesota and tion and continue service to their com- FCCLA have been exceptional partners munities." over the past 11 years on this important For more information, visit initiative," said Sarah Dixon, CEO. www.nmyouth.taet. Minnesota Alliance With Youth. JERIKA EPPEL OF THE ORTONVILLE FCCLA is shown above with a check for $450 from the Delta Dental of Minnesota. She received the grant money to be used for a project called "The Water Wish". This will be used for in- stallation of a water fountain attachment in the school that will make re- filling water bottles easier and more efficient.