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Ortonville heart" ISINESSES ARE supportin troops by creating support displa windows. Pictured above is the dis- at Sonny's. All area businesses are encouragedto display leir support. I =nesses invited to show rt for our troops are encouraged to American troops War against Iraq. and the Chamber of businesses that 's in order or our troops. information, pictures troops is invited to either Sonny's ce to be displayed Any items for our nation's Will be welcome in are encour- of the war in their businesses. Our troops have been hearing of Ortonville's show of support, and all support is greatly appreciated by those who are serving our country. The general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to deployed service members unless they are a family member, loved one or personal friend. The Department of Defense has suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" mail programs. Although they pro- vide a means of support to service members stationed overseas, there are concerns about force protection. In order to allow the public to con- tinue showing their support, three web sites have been put in place. Anyone wishing to send greeting cards, Thank you cards and calling card donations, or to express your support, log on to one of the following Web sites: www'defendamericamil/support- troops.html www.usocares.org/home.htm www.army.mil/operations/iraq/faq. html Mail from family members and loved ones is still encouraged and the military mail system will continue to work hard to get that mail to service members overseas. nnual Gala Affair held April 5th, 2003 Gala Affair will ening, April 5 l. This celebration of the are Foundation, its I quality health still be accepted. doesn't want to Y' There may be choice.. The Social Hour will begin at 5 p.m. with delectable hors d'oeuvres, punch and wine followed by a deli- cious dinner to be served by Bobby Jo's Catering and a brief program. Speaker Brent Olson will help us cel- ebrate our 10th Gala. A cash coffee bar will also be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swingtime Band will again pro- vide beautiful music for dancing and listening. Approximately 25 talented musicians from the Big Stone Lake area make up this band under the direction of Elly Helgeson. Their repertoire will include a variety of music including classic jazz and swing music as remembered from the Glen Miller era. The Gala Affair will open its doors at 8 p.m. for those would like to attend (Continued on page 10) generation of Fullers R at the Independent taking on the at the o.nt, graduate of OHS, Oved back into the ng four years in While in Sioux ling Augustana munications and Business and minoring in Sociology At Augustana, Beth was active In the Concert, College- Community, Symphonic and Tour Bands as well as with the Flute Choir. She also worked full-time at Bankfirst as an Account Manager. Beth is the daughter of Mark and Judy Fuller of Ortonville. Beth's grandfather, the late Bob Fuller worked as Plant Manager at the Independent for over 50 years. Since she was young, Beth has been visiting the Independent with her grandpa, and has seen many familiar faces from her time spent here. "Fuller", as the Independent staff called Bob, is still mentioned almost every day at the newspaper. Beth was quickly given the name "Little Fuller" by her co- workers. In her spare time, Beth enjoys reading, playing flute and piano, and playing NFL Gameday on Playstation. She is an avid American Idol fan, and refuses to miss an episode of the show. Beth is engaged to Chad Wiegman, who is the son of Dan and Carol Wiegman of Graceville. He works at Bauer Countryside Ag Service in Graceville. They will be gettingmar- ried on September 17, 2005 in Graceville. =xcited to become part of the Ortonville communi- tographer for the Ortonville Independent. Fuller recently moved into a house near Graceville, and has been busy trying to get her house in order. She intends to do some painting and deco- rating in the home, but claims that might have to wait awhile. She is excited to be back in the area, and looks forward to becoming reac- quainted with Ortonville. Eric Longhenry competes against Olympic hopefuls Ort0nville native Eric Longhenry competed in the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships Heptathalon on March eighth and ninth, where he achieved a personal record in the pole vault and was awarded ninth place in the competi- tion. Longhenry, who is the son of Gerald and Kathy Longhenry of Ortonville, is a Northern State University track star. On January 23, Longhenry competed in the Northern State Indoor Pentathlon. He achieved a personal best score of 3,860 points, which qualified him for the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. He competed as an unattached athlete, as he had used up his indoor eligibili- ty last season. In Chapel Hill, Eric had the oppor- tunity to compete with athletes such as Tom Pappas, who is ranked second among the world's best decathletes, and a hopeful for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Eric competed in the heptathlon, which consists of seven events, including the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. During the competition, Eric achieved a personal best record in the pole vault, achieving a vault height of bffl1_lqMT 300VINC.6Ti00E 13 Sql'IbflT, ............... rll00iL00 KK TO 3ET TOLE  (IMMb! K-4th graders "Spring Sing" set Tile kindergarten through fourth graders of Ortonville Elementary School will present a music program called "Spring Sing" on Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. 13 feet, 9 1/4 inches, which exceeded his previous record by over a foot, and earned him 673 points in the competi- tion. He also achieved a time of 8.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, adding another 867 points, and time of 2:58 in the 1,000-meter run, adding another 683 points. Eric's parents, Gerald and Kathy, as.well as his NSU track coach, Jim Fuller accompanied him to the championships. This trip was Eric's first visit to the East. Eric is the first Northern State University track team member to advance to the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships. Eric took home ninth place. His finish in the top ten will rank him within'the top-15 nationally among postcollege and collegiate athletes. He will com- pete for his final season of outdoor track and field with NSU this spring. Eric is a 1998 graduate of Ortonville High School. During his senior year, he competed in the Minnesota State track meet for both high jump and hurdles. He is current- ly a senior at Northern State and will be graduating this May with his B.S. in Criminal Justice Eric is the grand- son of Helen McPherson of Ortonville. OHS GRADUATE AND track star Eric Longhenry is shown above competing in the hurdles. Longhenry is on the track team at NSU, and recently placed ninth at the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Volunteers needed for clean-up day Bonanza A variety of songs will be sung from "Alison's Camel" by the kindergarten class to the thoughtful message of "You Are Our Heroes" performed by the fourth graders. The public is invited to attend this performance. Bonanza Education Center needs your help with a Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 am to energy and are eager to get out in the spring air, please join us! All ages are welcome and you can come for the Ortonville sold er honored on military fire f ghter memor al Former resident of Ortonville, Gerald Fredrickson is listed on the National Military Firefighters Memorial, a memorial for those mili- tary servicemen who have lost their lives while fighting a fire. Among the many military careers one can embark on, the job of a mili- tary firefighter is often as dangerous and unpredictable as any other mili- tary work. Military firefighters are rarely rec- ognized for their work, yet many have lost their lives in order to save others' lives. Among those who have lost their lives is 1965 OHS graduate Gerald Fredrickson. Fredrickson enlisted in the military in 1965, along with fellow OHS grad- uates Bob Carlson and the late Curt Randleman. The three men trained with the U.S. Navy. After training, Carlson and Fredrickson were sent to Jacksonville, FL for Ordinance School. According to Carlson, no man wanted to be in Ordinance School at that time, because of the looming threat of the Vietnam War. Once Carlson and Fredrickson were able to leave Ordinance'School, Fredrickson joined the troops on the USS Forrestal, where he began work- ing as a firefighter. On July 29, 1967, a Zuni rocket caused by an electrical surge struck an A-4 Skyhawk. The surge caused the fan's fuel to spray out, which began igniting bombs. The men on the ship only had one minute ,and 28 seconds before the first bomb detonated. The firefighters could not use the fire hose to wash away the burning fuel. It took five days to extinguish all the fires. During the fire, the USS Forrestal lost 11 men who were fight- ........ , ,_ day or for half an hour Hot dogs and :or pro. tonanza will oe buildln an . s plenty of water will be rovlded amphitheater and restoring a prairie P " this spring, but before that can be Please bring a good pair of work gloves Call BEC at (320)265 6944 if started there is a lot of brush and old " ' - " you would like to help out farm junk that needs to be cleared up ' - and moved. If you have time, a little (Continued on page 10) 00o!dier hot ored on , f,ghter m ;,mOerm!m,a! i "I he others gdrtihsofire4 e ai,nsgotmhel 1 as include men from Hauser Canyon in " " P" P Y ' 4 " " ,, ,..t. 19 3, Travls Air Force Base in 1950, lost men due to 1,000 po.u ,u.u .................. . Ubb toxer In 1"33l, wnlteman lr detonations and two men who died ............. from toxic g',-as while fitghting oeiow", force tase. . m tvoz, and me u Enterprise in 1969. the deck. Many other men have lost An on who is ar, le ",- v-rifv the their lives fighting fires in times of , . y e . . , ,tYe y w-r ....... ,, -- : .- . " oeath o[ a serviceman Wnlle righting a il , il; WIDII iJ.. in times Ol peace. ,. . .... . . The Militar" Firefi-hters Herita e nre is asked to send his name, (late ot Fou .... "- :Y" g ...... g, the fire, and the place and circum- nuation Wil erect me matlonai stances of his death to VFW Military Firefighter Memorial, which ;: " " ! ....... : .... will h, l,,,-,t,,a in ,cw,-if.ll ..... Tv ,, wagazlne, Attn: rre[lgnter ueams, ........ 406 W 3 th St., Suite 523 Kansas the military hrehghting academies :,. k'c " (.lty, 11X U'fl I I training center. Gerald G. Fredrickson The memorial will also be honor- will be listed on the memorial, along ing anyone in the armed forces who with his shipmates that also lost their died while volunteering to rescue oth- lives fighting the fire on July 29, ers during a fire, and military person- 1967. nel that did not have a firefighter At this time, six companies that MOS, but died with a hose in his have lost men to fighting fires will be hand. ORMER HIGH SCHOOL and Ordinance School classmates Bob Carlson and Gerald Fredrickson are pictured above. Fredrickson has been honored in the National Military Firefighters Memorial in Goodfellow, Texas. Ortonville heart" ISINESSES ARE supportin troops by creating support displa windows. Pictured above is the dis- at Sonny's. All area businesses are encouragedto display leir support. I =nesses invited to show rt for our troops are encouraged to American troops War against Iraq. and the Chamber of businesses that 's in order or our troops. information, pictures troops is invited to either Sonny's ce to be displayed Any items for our nation's Will be welcome in are encour- of the war in their businesses. Our troops have been hearing of Ortonville's show of support, and all support is greatly appreciated by those who are serving our country. The general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to deployed service members unless they are a family member, loved one or personal friend. The Department of Defense has suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" mail programs. Although they pro- vide a means of support to service members stationed overseas, there are concerns about force protection. In order to allow the public to con- tinue showing their support, three web sites have been put in place. Anyone wishing to send greeting cards, Thank you cards and calling card donations, or to express your support, log on to one of the following Web sites: www'defendamericamil/support- troops.html www.usocares.org/home.htm www.army.mil/operations/iraq/faq. html Mail from family members and loved ones is still encouraged and the military mail system will continue to work hard to get that mail to service members overseas. nnual Gala Affair held April 5th, 2003 Gala Affair will ening, April 5 l. This celebration of the are Foundation, its I quality health still be accepted. doesn't want to Y' There may be choice.. The Social Hour will begin at 5 p.m. with delectable hors d'oeuvres, punch and wine followed by a deli- cious dinner to be served by Bobby Jo's Catering and a brief program. Speaker Brent Olson will help us cel- ebrate our 10th Gala. A cash coffee bar will also be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swingtime Band will again pro- vide beautiful music for dancing and listening. Approximately 25 talented musicians from the Big Stone Lake area make up this band under the direction of Elly Helgeson. Their repertoire will include a variety of music including classic jazz and swing music as remembered from the Glen Miller era. The Gala Affair will open its doors at 8 p.m. for those would like to attend (Continued on page 10) generation of Fullers R at the Independent taking on the at the o.nt, graduate of OHS, Oved back into the ng four years in While in Sioux ling Augustana munications and Business and minoring in Sociology At Augustana, Beth was active In the Concert, College- Community, Symphonic and Tour Bands as well as with the Flute Choir. She also worked full-time at Bankfirst as an Account Manager. Beth is the daughter of Mark and Judy Fuller of Ortonville. Beth's grandfather, the late Bob Fuller worked as Plant Manager at the Independent for over 50 years. Since she was young, Beth has been visiting the Independent with her grandpa, and has seen many familiar faces from her time spent here. "Fuller", as the Independent staff called Bob, is still mentioned almost every day at the newspaper. Beth was quickly given the name "Little Fuller" by her co- workers. In her spare time, Beth enjoys reading, playing flute and piano, and playing NFL Gameday on Playstation. She is an avid American Idol fan, and refuses to miss an episode of the show. Beth is engaged to Chad Wiegman, who is the son of Dan and Carol Wiegman of Graceville. He works at Bauer Countryside Ag Service in Graceville. They will be gettingmar- ried on September 17, 2005 in Graceville. =xcited to become part of the Ortonville communi- tographer for the Ortonville Independent. Fuller recently moved into a house near Graceville, and has been busy trying to get her house in order. She intends to do some painting and deco- rating in the home, but claims that might have to wait awhile. She is excited to be back in the area, and looks forward to becoming reac- quainted with Ortonville. Eric Longhenry competes against Olympic hopefuls Ort0nville native Eric Longhenry competed in the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships Heptathalon on March eighth and ninth, where he achieved a personal record in the pole vault and was awarded ninth place in the competi- tion. Longhenry, who is the son of Gerald and Kathy Longhenry of Ortonville, is a Northern State University track star. On January 23, Longhenry competed in the Northern State Indoor Pentathlon. He achieved a personal best score of 3,860 points, which qualified him for the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. He competed as an unattached athlete, as he had used up his indoor eligibili- ty last season. In Chapel Hill, Eric had the oppor- tunity to compete with athletes such as Tom Pappas, who is ranked second among the world's best decathletes, and a hopeful for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Eric competed in the heptathlon, which consists of seven events, including the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. During the competition, Eric achieved a personal best record in the pole vault, achieving a vault height of bffl1_lqMT 300VINC.6Ti00E 13 Sql'IbflT, ............... rll00iL00 KK TO 3ET TOLE  (IMMb! K-4th graders "Spring Sing" set Tile kindergarten through fourth graders of Ortonville Elementary School will present a music program called "Spring Sing" on Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. 13 feet, 9 1/4 inches, which exceeded his previous record by over a foot, and earned him 673 points in the competi- tion. He also achieved a time of 8.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, adding another 867 points, and time of 2:58 in the 1,000-meter run, adding another 683 points. Eric's parents, Gerald and Kathy, as.well as his NSU track coach, Jim Fuller accompanied him to the championships. This trip was Eric's first visit to the East. Eric is the first Northern State University track team member to advance to the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships. Eric took home ninth place. His finish in the top ten will rank him within'the top-15 nationally among postcollege and collegiate athletes. He will com- pete for his final season of outdoor track and field with NSU this spring. Eric is a 1998 graduate of Ortonville High School. During his senior year, he competed in the Minnesota State track meet for both high jump and hurdles. He is current- ly a senior at Northern State and will be graduating this May with his B.S. in Criminal Justice Eric is the grand- son of Helen McPherson of Ortonville. OHS GRADUATE AND track star Eric Longhenry is shown above competing in the hurdles. Longhenry is on the track team at NSU, and recently placed ninth at the U.S.A. Indoor Combined Events Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Volunteers needed for clean-up day Bonanza A variety of songs will be sung from "Alison's Camel" by the kindergarten class to the thoughtful message of "You Are Our Heroes" performed by the fourth graders. The public is invited to attend this performance. Bonanza Education Center needs your help with a Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 am to energy and are eager to get out in the spring air, please join us! All ages are welcome and you can come for the Ortonville sold er honored on military fire f ghter memor al Former resident of Ortonville, Gerald Fredrickson is listed on the National Military Firefighters Memorial, a memorial for those mili- tary servicemen who have lost their lives while fighting a fire. Among the many military careers one can embark on, the job of a mili- tary firefighter is often as dangerous and unpredictable as any other mili- tary work. Military firefighters are rarely rec- ognized for their work, yet many have lost their lives in order to save others' lives. Among those who have lost their lives is 1965 OHS graduate Gerald Fredrickson. Fredrickson enlisted in the military in 1965, along with fellow OHS grad- uates Bob Carlson and the late Curt Randleman. The three men trained with the U.S. Navy. After training, Carlson and Fredrickson were sent to Jacksonville, FL for Ordinance School. According to Carlson, no man wanted to be in Ordinance School at that time, because of the looming threat of the Vietnam War. Once Carlson and Fredrickson were able to leave Ordinance'School, Fredrickson joined the troops on the USS Forrestal, where he began work- ing as a firefighter. On July 29, 1967, a Zuni rocket caused by an electrical surge struck an A-4 Skyhawk. The surge caused the fan's fuel to spray out, which began igniting bombs. The men on the ship only had one minute ,and 28 seconds before the first bomb detonated. The firefighters could not use the fire hose to wash away the burning fuel. It took five days to extinguish all the fires. During the fire, the USS Forrestal lost 11 men who were fight- ........ , ,_ day or for half an hour Hot dogs and :or pro. tonanza will oe buildln an . s plenty of water will be rovlded amphitheater and restoring a prairie P " this spring, but before that can be Please bring a good pair of work gloves Call BEC at (320)265 6944 if started there is a lot of brush and old " ' - " you would like to help out farm junk that needs to be cleared up ' - and moved. If you have time, a little (Continued on page 10) 00o!dier hot ored on , f,ghter m ;,mOerm!m,a! i "I he others gdrtihsofire4 e ai,nsgotmhel 1 as include men from Hauser Canyon in " " P" P Y ' 4 " " ,, ,..t. 19 3, Travls Air Force Base in 1950, lost men due to 1,000 po.u ,u.u .................. . Ubb toxer In 1"33l, wnlteman lr detonations and two men who died ............. from toxic g',-as while fitghting oeiow", force tase. . m tvoz, and me u Enterprise in 1969. the deck. Many other men have lost An on who is ar, le ",- v-rifv the their lives fighting fires in times of , . y e . . , ,tY e y w-r ....... ,, -- : .- . " oeath o[ a serviceman Wnlle righting a il , il; WIDII iJ.. in times Ol peace. ,. . .... . . The Militar" Firefi-hters Herita e nre is asked to send his name, (late ot Fou .... "- :Y" g ...... g, the fire, and the place and circum- nuation Wil erect me matlonai stances of his death to VFW Military Firefighter Memorial, which ;: " " ! ....... : .... will h, l,,,-,t,,a in ,cw,-if.ll ..... Tv ,, wagazlne, Attn: rre[lgnter ueams, ........ 406 W 3 th St., Suite 523 Kansas the military hrehghting academies :,. k'c " (.lty, 11X U'fl I I training center. Gerald G. Fredrickson The memorial will also be honor- will be listed on the memorial, along ing anyone in the armed forces who with his shipmates that also lost their died while volunteering to rescue oth- lives fighting the fire on July 29, ers during a fire, and military person- 1967. nel that did not have a firefighter At this time, six companies that MOS, but died with a hose in his have lost men to fighting fires will be hand. ORMER HIGH SCHOOL and Ordinance School classmates Bob Carlson and Gerald Fredrickson are pictured above. Fredrickson has been honored in the National Military Firefighters Memorial in Goodfellow, Texas.