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AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 2/1/2101 Smalltownpapers 5026 California Ave SW -1-31 " Seattle WA 98136-1208 B- 11 II,l,I,h,ll,ll,Ih,ll,I,IIh,I,I,I,hll, Ortonville 'Town with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" . . THIRTEEN ORTONVILLE BPA STUDENTS have advanced to the Nahonal Leadersh,p Conference in Dallas, TX May 6-10. Those students advancing are shown above. Front row, from left to right are, Kara left to McLain, Courtney Dawald, Abby Knutson, Melissa Grabow and Shane Maas. Back row, right are Bonnie Sue Stolpman, Chelsea Adelman, Thomas Rausch, David Lee, Colin Plathe and Ryan Delage. Not pictured are Kayla Teske and Seth Maas. BPA Advisors are Kim Johnson and Julie Kunde. The 24th Annual Big Stone County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Banquet will be held this Saturday, Marc.h 28 at the Ortonqcille Armory located at 309 Madison Ave. in Ortonville. Big Stone Pheasants Forever com- mittee invites you to join them for an evening of fun and fundraising at their banquet. Crowing hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. A Pork Loin meal will be served. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, March 26, and are avail- able at Peterson Chiropractic in Ortonville. Tickets will not be sold at the door. A host of guns will be raffled off during the evening and many prints will be auctioned off as well. Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife popula- tions in North America through habi- .South Dakota couple killed in. head on crash tat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike. Pheasants Forever has more than 110,000 members in over 600 local chapters across the conti- nent. Minnesota is the biggest Pheasants Forever state boasting over 20,000 members. Over the last two decades, BSCPF has spent over $200,000 on habitat projects locally. Those funds have helped the chapter complete "almost 700 habitat projects, which have ben- efited more than 3,000 acres across thecounty. The chapter also conducts an annu- al youth day at Big Stone Lake Rifle Range in Ortonville, where youth par- ticipants learn basic gun safety and shooting skills. They also sponsor the entire county's firearms safety cours- es. Please join the Big Stone County Chapter and make a difference for pheasants and environment in our community. Representing Region 8 and the Ortonville Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, 27 OHS stu- dents attended the Spring Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis on March 12-14. BPA Advisors Julie Kunde and Kim Johnson attended the conference as well. The Ortonville students attending the conference were: Chelsea Adelman, Jenny Athey, Keven Berdan, Courtney Dawald, Ryan Delage, Melissa Grabow, Nicole Gulley, Abby Knutson, Isaac Knutson, Ashley Koch, David Lee, Seth Maas, Shane Maas, Kara McLain, Colin Plathe, Thomas Rausch, Kelsey Reisdorph, Natalie Sitter, Charlie Stattelman, Bryn Stock, Bonnie Sue Stolpman, Andrew Strei, Kayla Teske, Jonah Thune, Emily Weber, Brittany Welberg, and Michael Winther. The conference competitive events started on Thursday, Mar. 12 and went through Friday afternoon. The opening general session was held- Thursday evening where Ortonville alumni and National BPA officer Danny Spors, gave the opening speech. In his speech he got the 1200 students in attendance actiyely involved and also motivated and chal- lenged them to find their strengths and step out of their comfort zones. Friday night was filled with relief and excitement as the students had finished their contests. Some students went to the Timberwolves game, as others enjoyed an Ortonville student hallway pizza party. A conference dance was also held. The 2009 MN Spring Leadership Conference came to a close on Saturday, Mar. 14 when Ortonville BPA students as well as the other 1,200 students found out the results of their events. The following students qualified for competing at the National Leadership Conference in Dallas: Chelsea Adelman - Human Resource Mgmt, Abby Knutson - Advanced Word Processing, Shane Maas - Adv Spreadsheet, Seth Maas - Payroll Accounting, Bonnie Sue Stolpman - Fund. Spreadsheet, Kayla Teske - Advance Office Procedures. Teams advancing to the BPA NI .C are: Presentation Management Team: Courtney Dawald, Melissa Grabow, Kara McLain, Abby Knutson and Computer Animation Team: Colin Plathe, Ryan Delage, David Lee Thomas Rausch Other finalists placing in the top 10 were: Administrative Support Team (Chelsea Adelman, Brittany Welberg, Jenny Athey, Kayla Teske), Video Production Team (Nicole Gutley, Bryn Stock, Emily Weber, Keven Berdan), and Interview Skills - Melissa Grabow. The Ortonville BPA students have continued to compete strongly and represent the Ortonville community well during this state wide confer- ence. Ortonville Police Officer Justin Knowles submitted his resignation to the Ortonville City .Council at their monthly meeting on Monday, Mar. 16. Knowles last day was Friday, Mar. 20. Knowles had been with the Ortonville Police Department since April of 2007. Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann will be contacting the Civil Service Commission to convene a meeting and discuss their options. Council members approved the Golf Board recommendation of 'bids for Clubhouse and Course repairs. This was budgeted for the upcoming year. Repairs to be made include roof repairs, by Raffety Brothers Construction for $10,250; chimney repairS, Cordes Enterprises for $1,090; handicap ramp concrete, Lundberg Construction- for $625; Aluminum Railing, Berger Welding for $1,298; and Fence, Berger Welding for $900. total construction costs are $14,163. The council then approved a lease for lawful gambling to Let's Go Fishing at Headwaters Bar and Grill. At the previous meeting, the council tabled this issue to make sure the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association received their portion of funding from the pulltabs. After a brief discussion it was found that the Hockey Association would be receiving their portion. Bob Schlieman of Ultieg Engineers came before the council to discuss 2009 underground utilify and street improvements along McCloud Street and forcemain replacement west of Lake Shore Drive. Proposed improvements in water- main and sanitary sewer improve- ments on McCloud Street, sanitary sewer f0rcemain replacement along Big Stone lake, street improvements on McCloud Street and street improvements to Spring Drive. Schlieman presented two options for the council. Option 1 would be a 22 foot rural section on McCloud Street and reconstruct Spring Drive in kind. Option 2 would be a 32 foot urban street on McCloud Street and reconstruct Spring Drive with 21 foot urban street including curb and gutter on both side. Schlieman estimated assessable (Continued on page 3) HUGE CHUNKS OF ICE built up near the dam behind Pro Auto last week after the warmer tempera- tures caused the Whetstone River to break loose. The Whetstone has since returned to its normal height. An elderly South Dakota couple died when their vehicle hit a semi truck head on in Big Stone County. Marcia Landon, 82, was driving her dodge vehicle westbound on Highway 12 on Monday, Mar. 16. Just after 1 t a.m. her car collided with a semi traveling eastbound. Landon, and her passenger, 86- year-old William Landon, both of Aberdeen, SD, were both killed. The semi driver, Michael Eberhardt, 51, of West' Valley, UT, was not hurt. The Minnesota State Patrol said tl,~e roads were dry at the time of the crash. Assisting at the scene were the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, Ortonville Ambulance, Ortonville Fire Departement, Appleton Ambulance. and Appleton Fire Department. Many family and friends will gath- er this weekend as the soldiers of the Ortonville National Guard Unit begin their journey for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The J st Battali-on 151 s(Artillery National Guard Unit will be deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in April 2009, and the official Deployment Ceremony for the Ortonville National Guard Unit will be held Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Ortonville High .School. This ceremony is open to the public and.everyone is wel- come to attend. The Ortonville unit includes sol- diers from Ortonville, Clinton, Graceville, Beardsley and Wheaton. There are 67 soldiers in the Ortonville Unit. The official deploy- ment ceremony at Morris will be held at 5 p.m. in Morris at the Morris Area Elementary School. The units involved in the deploy- ment, Ortonville, Morris, Montevideo, Appleton, Marshall, Madison and Olivia. The entire 1st Battalion, 151st Ortonville School has lock-down due to terroristic threat A lock-down was put into place Monday at Ortonville School around 2:15 p.m after school officials were alerted to a threatening note handwritten on a bathroom stall. According to Superintendent Jeff Taylor, "We took the threat seriously, in this day and age we have too." Taylor called the Ortonville Police Department, which sent officers to search the thoroughly search the school. They were looking specifically for a weapon. Nothing was found and the lock-down was lifted just before 3 p.m. An assembly will be held Tuesday with the high school students to discuss the severity of the matter. According to Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann, this is an extremely serious crime that should not be taken lightly. Anyone with information about the threat, is asked to call the Ortonville Police Department. ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT AND BIG STONE COUNTY PHEASANTS FOREVER are donating a S evens Goldwing O/U12"gauge shotgun for this year's Annual Banquet. Shown above are Greg Peterson, left, of Pheasants Forever and Ort0nville Independent Publisher Jim Kaercher. The Banquet will be held this Saturday, Mar. 28 at the Ortonville Armory beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m. Field Artillery, which is being deployed in April, has soldiers from 234 Minnesota communities. Veterans organizations from local communities have been invited to participate, with the Ortonville VFW providing the Posting of Colors. Members of the veterans organiza- tions and the mayors of the communi- ties will be special guests at the cere- mony. Pastor John Ragan, Zion/Eidskog Lutheran parish in Ortonville and Siloah Lutheran Church, GraceviHe, will give the invocation and benedic- tion at the ceremony. The Clinton-Graceville-High School Band, under the direction of James Pope, will provide patriotic musical selections prior to the cere- mony Sue Sykora and Stacey Borgheiinck will sing the National Anthem, and lead the audience in the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". There will be speakers representing the Minnesota NMional- , Guard,during the program. Everyone in attendance is request2 ed to wear red, to show support for the soldiers. LTC St. Sauver sated, "I would like a sea of red at these cere- monies." It is a symbol to honor those who are currently serving and to remember those who have fallen. The public is invited to a dance as well as the Silent Basket Auction, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Big Stone Legion Club in Big Stone City. yatB A Benefit for Gall 0lson will be held this Sunday, Mar. 29 from noon- 3 p.m. at the Big Stone American Legion. Lunch will be served with a free will offering and Silent Auction. Gail's family would like your sup- port in any of the following three ways: -Donating items .to the Silent Auction. Ship or drop off the items off at Heritage Printing, 102 2nd St. NW, Ortonville, MN 56278. -Donate to the Gall Olson Benefit Account by dropping off or mail to this ion Minnwest Bank, 21 SE 2nd St Ortonville, MN 56278. -Donate food, drink or desserts to the benefit lunch by contacting Scott Arndt at 320-589-0174. Gail has recently been diagnosed with cancer. She is currently unable to work and is undergoing chemother- apy and radiation. If you would like to help Out in any way, please feel free to contact Artie Arndt at 605-880- 8892, Scott Arndt at 320-589-0174 or Michele Stein at 320-305-0266. Your support is much appreciated. River breaks open. last week causing ice jams .With the warm up in temperatures last week, the Whetstone River broke loose, causing ice jams by the bridge between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD. The Whetstone did return to its normal height after a couple days of the warm up. Diane Radermacher of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed district stated that this is normal when the weather warms up as fast as it did. As far as the Minnesota River and Big Stone Lake, Radermacher says that as of right now, we are not in dan- ger of any flooding. "The level of Big Stone Lake is currently at 969 feet, a foot over its normal height of 968," said Radermacher. "We just need to avoid the quick storms such as last Sunday and we will be alright. If we do get anymore heavy rainfall over the next few days, then we will have to keep monitoring the lake more frequently." The area received anywhere from 1.75 inches to 2.5 inches on Sunday as the thunderstorm that moved through the area dropped heavy rains, along with thunder and lightning.