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Schools (continued from page one) go to a four-day week to coincide with the Orton&apos;ille School. Swartos pres- entation was similar to the Custer, SD School District which has had a four- day school week for 15 years. Ortonville School District's annual budget is approximatley $6 million. The district is financially sound with reserves Of about $1.4 million. Going to a four-day week would save the dis- trict about one percent of its annual budget. Presently the" school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:06 p.m..If a four day week was established school would begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Classes would be held Tuesday-Friday or Monday-Thursday. One concern Taylor mentioned was that the Kinder- garten class would go from a four-day week to a three-day week. Ortonville's second of the three re- quired public meetings will be held on Monday, April 12 in the School Com- mons at 7 p.m. South Dakota Schools are not required to schedule these pub- lic meetings, but both Ortonville and Big Stone City School District patrons are encouraged to attend. Both school boards encourage the public to contact board members and school adminstration to voice their concerns and urge them to provide input at next meeting. Park (continued from page one) matching funds grant from the Minnesota DNR through the State Bonding Bill. The city must match the funds, but it can be matched with in- kind funds such as donations and city man-hours. Ortonville's Early Childhood Initiative raised about $6,000 toward the project by selling walking stones for the park. The city has purchased the proper- ty tO expand the park, invested, in architectural engineering and design . plans and requested bids for the final phase of the project. A decision is expected to be made at the next City Council meeting, as to the fate of the final phase of the project. Bids have come in, and the Council is expected to consider awarding the project to one of the bidders. The Council's decision to award and give the final O.K. for the project comes at , difficult time for the city, which has been hit with drastic reduc- tions in state aid. Mayor Dave Dinnel said he was concerned about the cost of the pro- ject. He knows that many people have put a lot of time and effort getting the project this far, and said the Council would take a hard look at it. The city's Park and Recreation Board and the city's Hospitality and Amenities Work Group has put this as their top priority and urge the Council to go forward with the project now that the grant funds are secured. They feel the Trailhead Project will really showcase Ortonville, the lake and community and be a huge draw for tourism to the area. Along with tourism is the quality of life aspect for current residents and drawing new residents to the city. "One of the things that separate a prospering community from one that is losing its future, is the sorts of amenities that are available ," said Big Stone County" Commissioner Brent Olson. "The reasoning behind spend- ing scarce taxpayer dollars for what is rightfully seen as a frill, [must be understood] because without some careful spending on just such frills, our young people will not move back here and the people who create jobs and expand the tax base beill" see no reason to locate here." This project in Lakeside Park is the first leg of the entire state trail system, said Becky Parker who serves on the city's Economic Development Authority and is a past Park Board member. "This is an investment in our future that will make Ortonville a regional destination. The funds that we com- mit to this project will reap great rewards down the road," said Parker. Memorial service set for C. Stelling A memorial service will be held for Melvin Carl Stetling, who passed away in Surprise, AZ in December, will be held in Ortonville, on Saturday, April 10 at I p.m. at the United Methodist Church located at 819 Roy Street. UMVRDC to host transportation public meeting The Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its transportation public meeting dur- ing the UMVRDC commission meet- ing Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Civic Center, 323 W Schlieman Avenue, Appleton. This meeting will include a presentation on transportation to seek public comment on the draft Area Transportation Partnership Improvement Program (ATIP) for 2011-2014 for projects occurring in Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine Counties. The ATIP lays out the four-year plan for Federally-funded transporta- tion improvements. This plan is then sent on to the State to be included within the State Transportation Improvement Program. A copy of the list of projects can be obtained by calling .Michelle Bouta at 320-289- 1981. Comments or suggestions for transportation improvements are also encouraged to be mailed or called in and will be included in the meeting notes which will be provided to MnDOT and the affected counties. Comments or questions should be directed to: Michelle Bouta, UMVRDC Planner 323 West Schlieman Ave. Appleton, MN 56208, 320-289-1981 phone, 320-289-1983 fax michelle.bouta@ WELCOME HOME CHARLIE CO.! We proudly salute the soldiers of the 1-151st J eM Artillery and commend you on your commitment and dedication to our country. We thank God for answering our prayers for your safe return! This message brought to you by Dr. Ronn E. McDaniel OPTOMETRIST 128 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-3413 Your Eye Care Team OPEN HOUSE 80th Birthday Party for WES STREI Friday, April 9, 2010 5:00 to 7:00 PM Ortonville Golf Clubhouse lie gifts please. NI Mends and family are welcome! Area news digest MILAN-The city of Milan was awarded a $600,000 grant from the Minnesota l Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The money will go towards construction of a water storage tank and replacement of water mains. GRANITE FALLS-Yellow Medicine East school board has accepted bids totaling over $2.3 million dollars to complete ventilation upgrades to Bert Raney Elementary School. Bids came in 18 percent lower than originally projected, with five companies being awarded contracts as well as two alternates. The project is part of the controversial $14 million facilities ]upgrade that is facing legal action from local citizens. WI-IEATOI 9n March 11  the city council approved an ordinance that would make it difficult for unlicensed counselors to start drug and alcohol programs in Wheaton. The ordinance is in response to community concerns over a similar program run by Thy Kingdom Come Church. The church has since disbanded and the program is closed. Danny Barnes, who provided counseling at the church, is currently in prison after being convicted of kidnapping and burglary charges in Big Stone County in January. MINNEOTA-A Minneota restaurant is closed because of a fire March 10. The kitchen in CJ's Restaurant suffered damages caused when an employee had a burner up too high, causingthe fire. Many items in the kitchen'were scorched and some plastic items melted. A grill and possibly a fryer will have to be replaced. Smoke also got into the ceiling. CJ's Restaurant will be closed until repairs are complete. I ' Ortonville News t By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Harold Rothi and Wesley of Elk River were out for the weekend of March 19 to visit John and Anna Rothi. The Homerite people served BBQs, chips, dessert, and coffee to the residents and those people interested in a tour of the apartments. Earl Komis hosted the Homerite residents with angel food cake. Don and Carolyn Verheul stopped in to see their mother Vi Hansen on Monday morning, March 22. St. John's youth group is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt after Mass on Easter Sunday. It is open to preschool t.hrough third grade. It is sponsored by Catholic Aid. Further details will be announced at the time of the hunt. Wednesday, March 17 Harvey and Jo Ke!zer, Marilyn Ketchum, and Ed and Marie Karels of Rosen had supper at the Pizza Ranch to celebrate the belated birthdays of Marilyn, Harvey, and Ed. On Thursday, March 18 Harvey and Jo Kelzer and Harold and Mary Jane Ingall of Clear Lake, SD had supper at the Matador and enjoyed an evening of visiting. David Kelzer and Diane Lindstrom of Shakopee were Friday, March 19 through Sufiday, March 21 visitors of Harvey and Jo Kelzer. On Saturday they went to the Sports and Leisure "Show. Saturday evening David Kelzer took everyone, out to Lakewood Lodge for supper to celebrate the birthdays of Harvey and Jo. After four days of going out to eat, Jo forgot how to cook! Saturday, Marcli 20 Zuki Haukos, Lynn Giese, Mary Gustafson, and Edison Haukos went to Loft Strei's for coffee. On Wednesday, March 24 Kippy and Craig Randleman traveled to Fargo to spend the balance of the week staying with their grandchildren Andy, Josh, and Lindsey Lien. Jenny and Sid Lien had traveled to Florida for a business trip. Eric and Jessie Randleman were also in Fargo with their two daughters Lucy and Greta to visit at the Lien home. Florence Nelson of Appleton visited Dan and Joyce Nelson on Tuesday, March 23. Kathy Morgan of Battle Lake came on Thursday, March 18 and stayed for the day to visit her mother Fran Sester of Northridge. Pat and Jim Sester brought Fran Sester of Northridge a peach pie; so they could all enjoy it for lunch on Sunday afternoon, March 21. Jeff Bergseth and family of Sioux Falls were home over the weekend of March 20 to visit relatives. Arvilla Bergseth enjoyed supper at the Judy Roberts' home on Saturday, March 20. Gregory Pew and Frank Hoffman and a few other relatives of Urban and Ludie Stolpman visited for the weekend of March 20. They all enjoyed the Sports and Leisure Show at the school and ate dinner at Pizza Ranch. .Jim and Neva Foster went to Sioux Falls the weekend of March 20 to visit Loren and Judy Pattison to celebrate Loren's birthday. Two of Jim and Bona Rasset's grandchildren had birthdays this month which they celebrated.. One "was Drew Danielson, who turned 13 and is the son of Julie and Ryan Danielson. Second is Sienna Russet, who is Greg and Heather Rasset's daughter and turned four. Both birthdays are the same day the 18th of March. Laura Lamb's parents visited Laura and Matt Lamb and family from Thursday, March 18 to Tuesday, March 23. Matt and Laura Lamb went to the cities for a break from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21. Laura attended a convention on Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23. Becky Stattelman and Kristi Delage have been working with the sixth grade of the Ortonville school with some seed art which was hung at Java Jules on Tuesday, March 23. March is designated nation wide ]as youth art month. Don and Zelda Kohl visited Palma Gutzman on Thursday, March 18. The face painting at the Sports and Leisure Show was a great success. Big Stone Arts Council members donated their time to do the face painting. The supplies were furnished by the Chamber of Commerce. Free will offerings were made for the face painting. Proceeds went to the Big Stone Arts Council for future events. Brandon Hillman demonstrated a video game he designed in college. Brandon was at the Arts Council Booth at the Sports and Leisure Show. Brandon is the son of Duane and Mary Hillman. Donald and Betty Beetem's son Donald Junior and his son Emmanuel from Taylorville, IL visited Donald and Betty for three.days. Shirley Karels was a guest at Alice Rademacher's house the occasion being the celebration of Connie Anderson's birthday on Tuesday, March 23. Marge and Kayla Knudson of Monty, daughter o.f Gen Adelman, came to visit Gen on the 19th. On Saturday, the 20th Gen went with Marge to Marge's house and came home on Wednesday morning, March 24. Marge and Gen also .visited Wilfred Adelman at Northridge on March 24. Marge, Gen, and son Don visited Veronica Adelman Wednesday eve, March 24 at Fairway View. Pre school reg., child screening in Big Stone City The'Big Stone City Public School District will be conducting develop- mental screenings for all children in the district who are three, four or five years old: If you have a child, or know of one who is this age and did not receive an appointment letter from the school, please call 605-862-8108 and speak with Supt. Dan Swartos to schedule an appointment. The screenings wili be on Tuesday, March 30 at the Big Stone School. 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