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a heart" I N.rDve..w Espaper,nA/i,,eC, muEnity " N D E NT EASTER EGGS by residents of with help 'care chil- out three KaDe "Lane, 7 Jacob is the son Wiik of Big SD and KaDe the Dan and Carol Lane At side, five year- a chat with my (a.k.a. Kim Sherod home, of Kirstin Scoblic on week's Ortonville boys basketball ompson was inadver- as David Guse. wth corrected caption issue. HRA meet County's Housing and Authority will be lonthly boarcl meeting pril 9, 2002 at 7:30 at the Lakeside room. .'ting is the regular and place for the q ............ f. -q_ Stone City residents to on school opt out issue Big Stone City, SD's be going to the April 9 to determine to opt out of a tax of $200,000. members from the district made the 11 meeting to opt tax freeze by By "'opting 37 out", the school board used its author. ity to increase property taxes in district. Following the action, a petiimn was circulated to bring the opt out to a vote, rather than allow the school board to decide whether or not to raise taxes. Twenty-seven signatures were required and 35 were recorded, which now brings lhc issue to a vote. Big Stone School Principal Tom Libka stated the main reasons for opt- ing out of the tax freeze is the school's declining enrollment and reserve funds which will soon be depleted to cover operating expenses. Libka added state revenue is not keeping up with financial needs, and in the past five years, enrollment in Big Stone has dropped from I 15 to 85. The school, which currently does have a $90.0 surplus, would use that reser,,'e by next year. Although passing the vote would mean an increase m property taxes, new legislation already in force to reduce property taxes would nearly offset the increase. Imposing an excess tax levy of $200,000, states the Grant County Auditor's Office, would mean an increase in property taxes of $161 annually on a home valued at $50,fKI0. However, due to the legislation from Governor Janklow, property taxes on a $50,000 home would he reduced by $159 annually in 2003. This would mean a $2 difference per year in prop- erty taxes for the average homeowner. If the opt out vote were to fail, Big Stone School would fall $100,000 short of its 2002-2003 budget, and once the reserves were used up, that deficit would increase to $200,000 the following year. This would force the school to begin cutting personnel and programs. Those cuts, according to a letter sent out by the school, could equate to (Continued on page 3) EATER is Elementary Joel Stattelman. was "pied" year as a thank- students than The stu- their teachers Price is Right" the winners to pie the prin- I sun april7 remember to set your clocks al-iead.r Co-op retires $75K in stock, payroll now tops $1 million Big Stone C(x)perattve patrons, at the co-ops annual meeting earlier this year were paid $75.f)0 from retire- ment of stock, Up |rom $48.{XX) last year. this Is just one of the changes and mprovements to se'ices for one of the county's largest employers. Another highlight from 2(X)t was the cooperatlve's payroll, which topped $1.(,vo0.0X/ for the first time ever. At present, there are 54 total employees spread between the Clinton. Ortonville and Milbank, SD locations. Co-op Manager Mel Domine says it's essential for cooperatives to keep up with technology advancements and continually prepare for the future. This year, the co-op purcha.d various fertilizer tender equipment and one new sprayer Rogator and a Bobcat loader for its fertilizer operation. In Ortonville. a new Profit Point computerized check-out system is being used at the C-Store and new gasoline pumps as well. For the 2001 fiscal year, savings have grown from $270,011 to $332,763. Sales figures topped $15 million, up from $12.8 million in 2000. Board members for this year include President IXmg Diekmann, Vice President Richard Strei, Bruce (Continued on page 3) Swigerd benefit Friday evening A benefit supper for Brandon Swigerd. who was seriously injured in an automobile accident recently, will be held this Friday evening, April 5 from 5-7 p.m at First English Lutheran Church m Ortonville. On the menu are BBQs, chips, sal- ads. bars, coffee and pop, and there will be a free will offering for the meal. Proceeds from the benefit will go towards medical expenses, and a por- tion of the money raised will be applied toward matching grant fund through AAL Branches #6843, #1531, 2S16. #9735 and I.utheran . aS,,."crh,d Branch 92. GRAPPLING HIS WAY TO STATE COMPETITION is second grade wrestler Dillan Roggenbuck, right, at the recent Beilingham Elementary Tournament. Diilan, along with fellow Bellingham wrestlers Eric Croatt and Hanna Fredrichson, will travel to state this weekend in Rochester. Also attending will be Ortonville wrestlers Andrew Treinen, Ridge Lindberg, Damian Pillatzki, Derek Pillatzki and Micah Reiffenberger. See next week's Ortonville Independent for photos o the young wrestlers and results from state tournament action. Experience Middle Eastern food, culture in Ortonville this Sunday Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime oppor- tunity for many will he coming this Sunday, April 7, to Dancing Bean Coffees in Ortonville. The Twin Cities' acclaimed Sinbads restaurant will be presenting Middle Eastern cuisine and culture from 4-7 p.m., featuring ethnic dancers and a buffet style meal of Middle Eastern dishes. The chef himself, Sami Rasouli, will actually be preparing the dishes here in Ortonviile for the meal, which features vegetarian dishes, sweet breads and a variety of meat dishes as well. Not only was Sinbad's featured in the August, 2001 issue of MinneapoliSt. Paul Magazine, but the gourmet cook also graced the issue's cover. Rasouli originally came to the country to seek medical treat- ment for his oldest son and says he's always dreamed of being in America. Besides the restaurant business, he has been a teacher in the countries of lraq, United Arab Emirates and Germany. Rasouli also caters to patients of the Mayo Clinic who are native to the region where his dishes come from. He has a soft spot for Ortonville and said he is very fond of the community. This is not Rasouli's first trip to Ortonville, however. Last November, he brought of cuisine from his restau- rant, Sinbad's Cafe' and Market, to the home of Jim Larson for sampling by Larson's friends, One of those trying the Middle Eastern dishes for the first time was Ortonville's Phil Blake. "I'm the type that would never have walked into a restaurant like Sinbad's," Blake comments, "but the f(vd was extraordinary and it definite- ly changed my mind about Middle Eastern cooking. I strongly encourage everyone to try it." Middle Eastern cultural entertain- ment is also in the works, with ethnic music and dance. Only 200 tickets are available for the event. Cost is $25 each or $20 each if ordering two or more. They are available at Dancing Bean Coffees and The Ortonville Independent. States Larson, "It's a cultural expe- rience to go into his restaurant and to speak with Sami. I'm proud that Ortonville can now enjoy his cooking and his company." See ad inside for more details. INDEPENDENT Elementary students have WANT ADS PAY Post Prom meet "Something to Sing About" this Sun. at OHS There will he a meeting of the Post Prom group this Sunday, April 7 at 5 p.m. in the Ortonville High School commons area. Final plans are being made so all junior and senior parents are asked to attend. Anyone interested in working the night of post 9tom, which is May 4 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., call Mona Strege at 839-2019. I Kindergarten through fourth grade students at Ortonville Elementary School will present a music program entitled "Something to Sing About" on Friday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the High school Auditorium Each grade will perform a variety of selections. The Kindergarten class will sing the traditional song "Put Your Finger in the Air" and the well-known "Baby Beluga". The first graders will show everyone how to do the "Penguin Polka". Second grade features a fun song called "Funny Bunny", while the third graders perform "Slick Back Jack" in their portion of the program. Besides playing a song on songflutes, the fourth graders will be singing a big band style song called "I Can't Stand Still Under Those Raindrops". 11ae public is invited to attend the program. There is no admission charge. PREPARING FOR THE UPCOMING CONCERT are Mrs. Thompson's second graders from James Knoll Elementary. Their song, "Funny Bunny,, and many others from grades K-4, will be presented this Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Pictured left to right in front are Destiny Eastman, Danielle Mastel, Kaitlyn Meyer, raig Schlimme, Trent Kuechenmeisler, ara Tinklenberg, Emily Giese and Toilakson. In back are Iglazer Valdez, Taylor Jones, A/stin Swanson, Ashley Johnson, William Kortkamp and Isaac Knutson. The pubic is invited to attend this program; there is no admission charge.