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ht BPA students from OHS to national competition 0000INDEPENDENT a sophomore at OHS, placed second in digital media pro- BPA earlier this month. She and seven other members school's Business Professionals of America group will now national conference. On March 7-9. Ortonville High Scho(d's Business Professionals of America students competed at state c(,mpetition in Minneapolis. "The Ortonville students did great at the event." Advisor Kim Johnson comments "They competed well and were also an excellent representation of our community." Finalists in their contests, ranking in the top 10 winners in their category, included ninth grader Nicole Pfleger in computer azded graphics and Katie Thymian. a semor, in the database competition. Other finalists included the parlia- mentary procedure team of Kady Sykora, Mike Stone, Eric Anderson, Jenny Maas, Amanda Krogsrud, Alvssa Adelman and Kristin Re]orph, all sophomores. OHS BPA Knowledge Bowl team of Sykora, Stone, Anderson and Adelman were also finalists. Qualifying for the national confer- ence in Chicago, IL were sophomores Kelly Sis, placing second in digital media production, Jenny Maas, taking fourth in parliamentary procedure individual competition, and Eric Anderson who was third in fundamen- tal word processing. Other national conference atten- dants will include the presentation team of Kristin Taylor, Ashley Zahrbock, Jesse Cloos and Rob Stolpman, who placed second, and Katie Thymian. a senior, placing fourth in administrative support con- cepts. 's City Council passed a regular meeting last ,ith a new crib designation for the ,spiral, which could thousand dol- reimbursement for the designation could mean hospital reimbursement Area Health Services Ken Archer and Jim members a recent federally designat- program will have gwe the hospital a of reimbursement for lifted. Ortonxille was unable to quali- fy as a "critical access" site previous- 1,,. He added the only other changes the hospital would need to make for the designation would be a license for only 15 acute care beds, compared to the 31 it is licensed for now Archer said the hospital ha.,, not gone over 15 inpatients for man)' years, and this would not be an issue. In addition, the hospital has received a $7.500 federal grant to help implement the program Archer also stated if the program fails to work for Ortonville and enough benefits aren't seen. the hospL- tal can withdraw at any time. in mileage from which has now been to the editor Southwest out by calling every touch foul on Ortonville, and fouled out Pete Ross, with six minutes left. who was having his way in the paint. From then on, the rest was history. In my opinion, the better team lost on Saturday, and I think this victory for Southwest is tainted. They were totally outplayed and in my opinion, are just paper champions. Travis Scoblic Big Stone City, SD The Classifieds Editor in regards to what rang the State A For the refs to game the wa,, + they did, Ortonvill'e totally and deserved to Wiegman did get hurt but even with him was still in control of came the fourth again the refs bailed In other business last Monday night, council members approved a new snow removal fee schedule for homeowners in the city who fail to clear their walks following a snowfall. Under the new rules, charges to the homeowner will be $20 for the first time city crews must clear their walk, and $40 each time thereafter. It was also noted that even a light dusting of snow could mean a possible lawsuit against the city, and snow- blowers also leave a light coating behind, so residents should take care to remove all snow or be assessed the removal charges. w Check out our web site at ' J K-4th grade music program set for April 15th The kindergarten through fourth graders of Ortonville Elementary School will present a music program called "Something to sing About" on Friday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. A variety of songs will be sung from "I Bought Me a Cat" by the kindergarten class to the big band sound of "I Can't Stand Still Under Those Raindrops" performed by the fourth graders. The public is invited to attend this performance. There is no admissmn charge. ? OIL SALE ON NOW! STOCK UP FOR THE HOME PLACE. Your equipment deserves Ihe premium-qtmlib,  klxi- kct sale ot  y,m,.. Stop in for o Brat 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. .;Ortonville All Oil Wednesdayl March 27 JJlif *Clinton Thursday, rarch 28 . LUBRICANTS Big Stone Cooperative CLINTON - ORTONVILLE - MILBANK p [ -. m,m m h'r4.1,11,,I!m MatMen praise Section 7A "Coach of the Year" Eustice Trojan MatMen Wrestling Coach Joe Eustice was recently honored as the section's Coach of the Year, nomi- nated by his fellow wrestling coaches from the area. Besides being recog- nized at the team's year-end banquet Sunday night, a number of the wrestlers and their parents wrote in to The Independent with comments about their favorite coach. Leon and Marcia Schmieg, whose son Blake went to state for the second consecutive year in 2002 and other son Cory also wrestles, wrote: "Coach Eustice started coaching the elementary wrestlers when Blake was a sixth grader. Blake and Cory were looking forward to joining the new wrestling program that Joe start- ed up with about five wrestlers (including state wrestler Jamie Karels). We enjoyed the sport of wrestling as a winter family activity that we all looked forward to each year. Coach Eustice told our young team that some day their hard work and determination would pay off. Boy, did it ever! We've had close to a full roster of wrestlers the last coupl e years and have broken many school records. If Joe Eustice's coaching career is any indication of what his life is like, our community has made a very good investment in choosing him to be a teacher and coach of our stu- dents at Ortonville." One of Eustice's wrestlers, who wished to have his name withheld, added that Euctice had taught him many things including how to work hard, how to succeed, and most impor- tantly how to be a good person. "Coach just wasn't there to teach us about wrestling," he said. "When I couldn't buy a win, he always asked me if I did my best and I would always say 'yes', then he'd tell me I didn't have anything to hang my head about." Jim and Pat Collins, whose son Eric is with the program, wrote: "Coach never gave up on his wrestlers and they never gave up on him. He was there to encourage our son not to give up and to remind him his day would come when he would win his matches, and this year it hap- pened. Coach has done a lot of hard work to keep the wrestling program alive in Ortonville." It seems no one could be excluded from Eustice's kind words and the determination he instilled in his wrestlers. Elmer and Char Athey, whose son Matthew wrestles with the MatMen, confirmed this with their words: "When one is the parent of a spe- cial needs child, one does not usually expect that child to have much of a chance to he a participating member of a sports team, outside of the Special Olympics, and one certainly would not expect the coach of a team to ask that student to become a member of his team. When the student hesitates, he continues to encourage him to join. When this happens, you know you have a pretty special coach." Besides those comments printed here, several other parents and wrestlers flooded The Independent with e-mails and letters regarding Eustice and his good work with the wrestling team. Truly, Ortonville is lucky to have such a fine teacher and coach SECTION 7A COACH OF THE YEAR. Ortonville Trojan MatMen Coach Joe Eustice was selected by his fellow coaches for the section's coach of the year honors recently, after helping lead a record five MatMen to the state tourney this year. r 00hanks one and all 2001-2002 Ortonville 00rojans for the greatest season in cage history at OHS. you're #1 in our book... ..... and always will be! 3 : % / "Because we care/" , 00'ff/CenB an_k " \\;7 113 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 V Phone 320-839-6123 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 l.n,.be, 24-hour banking 1-877-569-2265 * R)lc