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ASHLEY ATHEY is the daughter of Monty and Lynn Athey. She was named Student of the Quarter and Student of the Year in 8th grade at Big Stone City School. During school, Ashley has been employed at New Dimensions Home Health Care and Montage in Milbank, SD. She also enjoys shopping. Following graduation, she plans on working full-time at Montage. JACOB BERGER is the son of Jeff and Julie Berger. He has been involved in basket- ball, track, BPA and Steeple People while at OHS. Jacob has been on the A and B Honor Roll, was named Pheasant Conference-All Conference in basketball and track MVP. While in school, he has been employed at Hilltop Video and Mound Cemetery. Following graduation, Jacob plans on attending North Dakota State University. / announces MELISSA GRABOW is the . daughter of Mark and Ann Grabow. While at OHS, she has been involved in BPA, vol- leyball, football cheerleeding, Key Club, softball, drama, bas- ketball, pep band, jazz band geer tutor and lector at St. harles Catholic Church. Melissa served at Miss Big Stone Lake Area Queen, state qualifier for BPA, 2008 Homecoming Queen and 2006 Homecoming attendant. While RYAN PARADY is the son of Nancie and Ron Haukos and Jay Parady. He has been active in football, basketball, baseball, drama and choir. Ryan lettered in all three sports, was a 2008 Homecoming Attendant, and ~raduated from the National uards Basic Training in August of 2008. While in school he has been employed at Club 7-75, Hartman's Super Valu, The Matador Supper Club SAMANTHA LINDAHL is the daughter of Arlb and Kada Lindahl. At OHS, she has been involved in volleyball, basket- ball and Choir. While in school, she has been employed at Lakewood Lodge. Following graduation, Samantha plans on attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead for General Studies. Guard to help fight flooding Over 200 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry have been active to support flood fighting activ- ities in the Red River Valley. The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the Governor, will provide assistance to civil author- ities to support their flood fighting efforts. Court report (Week of Feb. 17, 2009) Big Stone County Sheriff Wayne Allen Salden, Odessa, Driving After Cancellation, Fined $685, Stayed/Jail 118 days for one year. MN State Patrol Thomas Charles Kiecker, Edgeley, ND,Speeding 73/55, Fined $145. Petro Povoroznyk, Oak Creek, WI, Unsafe Equipment, Fined $125. Monday Nite - 3/19/09 Won Lost Moose 18 6 Mt. Dew 135 105 Precision Glass 135 105 Otrey Lake . 12 12 Pepsi ; I! 13 Ortonville Independent H 13 Minnwest I0 14 Larrys 7 17 HTSG: Precision Glass - 923; HTSS: Moose - 2559; HTHG: Precision Glass - 1094; HTHS: Precision Glass - 3052; HISG: Tyler Scoblic - 245; HISS: Ryan Hage - 608;HTHG: Tyler Scoblic-286; HTHS: :on Homrighausen-664. ***** THURSDAY SPARKLERS-3/19/09 Won Lost SMAC Enterprises 16 4 VFW . 14 6 Alley Cats 12 8 Refuge . 12 8 Bellingham Elevator .9 11 Wanna B's/Moose .9 11 Sunrise Gals .8 12 HISG: Betty Zahnow - 265; HIHG: Betty Zahnow- 283 HISS: Betty Zahnow - 626 HIHS: Betty Zahnow- 680 HTSG: Sunrise Gals- g39; HTHG: Sunrise Gals - 1043; HI~S: SMAC Enterprises - 2328; HTHS: Bellingham Elevator- 2847. rail U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that Minnesota will receive more than $94 million in fed- eral funding for Minnesota trans- portation projects as part of the recently p~ssed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will go towards vital transit projects in both rural and urban areas of Minnesota, and create jobs while modernizing Minnesota's transporta- tion system. "Creating a 21st Century trans- portation system meets real needs, creates real jobs and delivers a real boost to the economy," Klobuchar said. "Investing in our infrastructure will not only jump-start our economy in the short-term, but fuel local in school, she has been and Lounge and Pizza Ranch. * * * * * Velu and Lakewood Lodge. plans to attend A.I.T. for the "S Our Business Following graduation she National Guards in Oklahoma plans on attending college for and then attend NDSCS in Business Administration. Wahpeton for Building THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT Construction ' inn economies to compete in the long- term." The funding was disbursed today by the Obama Administration and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Metropolitan Council will receive $75 million for transit projects in the Twin Cities Metro area. The FTA also disbursed over $19 million to the Minnesota Department of -Transportation for rural transit pro- jects throughout the state. Emphasizing the need for job cre- ation, Senator Klobuchar worked to provide robust transportation funding during consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The White House estimates that the bill will create 66,000 jobs in Minnesota and a recent analysis of the recovery bill by Moody's Economy.com concluded that the eco- nomic recovery bill could create as many as 91,000 jobs in Minnesota by 2010. In addition to the transit funds announced today, last week, Senator Klobuchar announced that over $107 million in federal funds included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which is currently being consid- ered by the Senate. The funds would go towards completing additional transportation and mass transit pro- jects, including the NorthStar Commuter Rail Line and the Central Corridor Light Rail Line. By: Scott Kudelka, Communications Coordinator Passion for something or a place isn't always that easy to come by. That isn't the case when you are talking to Del Wehrspann about the Minnesota River. Del arrived in the Montevideo area in 1968 searching a new to put down roots. "We wanted to get away from the Iowa farm I grew up that had turned into a biological desert," Wehrspann related "even though it was producing a lot of crops." A cattle buyer by trade, Del has always felt a deep connection to the Minnesota River and a desire to learn more about this resource. He was one of the hand-full of local people who helped form and develop the nonprof- it organization Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) to bring con- cerned citizen's together and organize activities for improving water quality. In 1992, Wehrspann referred to the Minnesota River as "the canary that is lowered into the mine to see if there are problems.', Over the year he has brought attention to the river through his involvement in CURE and by his own personal actions. This has includ- ed hosting an annual catfish invita- tional on the fiver for both citizens and natural resource managers and restoring former cropland back into native prairie and wetlands. "The first thing I did was restore this wetland, broke the tile, and I feel probably the best about this than any- thing that we've done," De! quietly spoke. Called Curley's Prairie after one of his favorite dogs, Wehrspann planted native grasses along with trees and shrubs to hold the soil on the ground and keep it from washing into the Minnesota River. To see Del's eyes light up go for a ride with him as he points out why wetlands are important for the land- scape and the community. "Here is a wetland that was planned to be drained because the county owned it and because it had no significant value as a wetland," states Del. "It wouldn't grow corn and you couldn't build a house on it. But look what's here, look at the geese on the wetland, look at the big motel on the other side of the wetland, overlooking the wet- land, look at the bicycle trail along the wetland. This is what they could not see." One of the best places for Del to be is on the Minnesota River as he relates his feelings about the natural environ- ment around us. "You don't have to take it all. You can't take it all. Just because you aren't getting anything you can eat or wear. There is tranquil- ity, the spiritual rebirth that I get every time I go on the river, and I don't know how you can put a price tag on it." Del Wehrspann's experience with the Minnesota River is one of the sto- fies you will find on the Minnesota River Interactive Web Site. This web site has been developed to tell the sto- ries of long-time residents of the Minnesota River Watershed: Go for a tour of the Minnesota River Basin by clicking on the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" at http://mrbdc.mnsu.edu/mnbasin/inter views/mterviews.html. Hear the voic- es of long-time residents and see what gets them excited about this natural environment. Each interview features video clips, maps, photos and an inter- view transcript. Other aspects Of the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" include a place to explore the impaired waters in the Minnesota River Basin using an interactive map. Find out what rivers, lakes and wetlands have been assessed and are now on the Federal government's imp'aired waters 303(d) list. There is also a chance to see many tributary confluences with the Minnesota River from historical pho- tos, and 360 degree panoramic photos. Through the use of the Google Earth Flyover program, people can also get a bird's eye view flying the fiver val- ley. More on the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" will be featured in future issues of the Minnesota River Minute. The Minnesota River Minute high- lights what is happening across the Minnesota River Watershed, courtesy of the Minnesota River Watershed Alliance. This regular feature covers various aspects of the watershed including current events, history, nat- ural characteristics, and much more. Look for it in your local paper. The Minnesota River Watershed Alliance (Watershed Alliance) is an organized network of citizens, public agencies and private organizations dedicated to communicating the bene- fits of an ecologically healthy Minnesota River Watershed to others and are actively working toward its improvement and protection. The Watershed Alliance meets four times a year and encourages landowners and recreational users of the river to be part of this effort. il Students from Alexandria Technical College's Communication Art and Design Program received 67 of 94 awards at the American Advertising Federation (Adfed) of Central Minnesota ADDY Awards competition. Luke Kafka of Ortonville was one of the students from Alexandria Tech to take part in this awards competi- tion. Kafka received a Gold Award for his Caribou Coffee Campaign and a Silver for his Plum Haven Salon Stationary. The competition was held Feb. 21 at the Regency Plaza in St. Cloud. The awards included three Judge Choice awards and Best of Show. The ADDY Awards are the world's largest and, arguably, toughest adver- tising competition. They represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all types of media and creativity by entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world. Adfed of Central Minnesota is a non-profit organization comprised of advertising professionals in the sales, marketing, creative, publishing, print, radio, television and photography industry. Unique to this professional ad club, students are encouraged to attend events and allowed to partici- pate in the annual awards event. Winning in a professionally judged competition affirms to students that ?- @ the education and training they receive is reflective and relevant in RECEIVING HIS ADDY AWARD for his campaign for Caribou Coffee today's work environment. Because (gold award) is Luke Kafka, a 2007 graduate of OHS and now in his of its audience, this competition has second year at Alexandria Technical College. Luke also received a proven to be an excellent source of Silver Award for his Plum Haven Salon Stationery. The Awards potential employers forcompetition, held on Feb. 21, had a 50s theme this year. Alexandria Communication Art arid Design Technical College is one of many school's that attend, and this year Students at Ale~iandria Technical they walked away with 67 out of 94 awards.' Luke is the son of Dan College. andBrenda Kafka and the late Cindy Christensen. Tuesday, March 24, 2009 INDEPENDENT Page 3b