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SMALLTOWHPAPE =17 w COTA ST SHELTON WA ~2g~3 m iLi..i..i,.l,i,i,,i,,I.,l.d,I.,l,l.IL.,IL..lll,,dJJ.l Ortonville "Town with a heart" =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 1 Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota ;6278 Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Volume 93; Number 12 DEPLOYING FOR KUWAIT IN MAY are Joe Eustice and his sons Pat and John. The three will be a part of Operation New Dawn which is the name of the U.S. draw-down phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pictured from left to right are Sergeant Pat Eustice, Command Sergeant Major Joe Eustice and Private John Eustice. The Minnesota Army National Guard's Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, has notified 2,400 soldiers that they will mobilize for a one year deployment in support of Operation New Dawn on May 22. Operation New Dawn is the name of the U.S. draw- down phase of Operation Iraqi Free- dom. This is the second largest deploy- ment of Minnesota Soldiers since World War II. For three family mem- bers in Ortonville, it will mean time away from their family. Command Sergeant Major Joe Eu- stice and his two sons, Sergeant Pat Eu- stice and Private John Eustice will be deployed with the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, based in New Ulm. This will be the second deployment for " fi CSM Joe Eustice and the first for his sons. Joe has been in the Minnesota Na- tional Guard for 29 years. His first de- ployment was in 2003 and was six months to help provide security at Air member of the Minnesota National Guard for one year. According to CSM Joe Eustice, this will work out better if they are to- gether at the same time. "It is never easy for a family when a Force and Army bases in Europe. This member is deployed," said Eustice. time, CSM Eustice along with the "We hope to relieve the family stres~ Colonel will be in charge of 463 sol- with all "three Of us gone at the same. diers out of 700 in the Battal~6n. time. Will it be easy, no. It is more " Both Pat and John will be making tough on the family than it is on the their first deployment and will be a part soldier." of 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, As part of their regular training, sol- Bravo Battery. diers will train on common soldier Pat is a 2007 graduate of Ortonville skills and skills that are specific to their High School and has been a member of personal specialties. They will also un- the Minnesota National Guard for six dergo medical and administrative re- years. Pat resides in St. James with his views at Camp Ripley in May for two wife Erin and six-month old son Rylie. John is a 2010 graduate of Or- (Continued on PageThree) tonville High School and has been a One night four years ago an idea envelope from the publishing company came to Darshell Frevert of Big Stone Xlibris that they wanted to publish the City, SD and she decided to write down book. Her mother had this done with- her thoughts. Today, those thoughts are out Darshell knowing. published in the book, "Myst" which "I was totally surprised," said was printed just last summer. Darshell. "I just couldn't believe that Darshell is a senior at Ortonville Myst was actually published." High School and the daughter of Brian Myst is a story about and elderly Frevert of Big Stone City and Jodi An- lady named Martha, who finds a uni- derson of Quincy, IL. corn in the forest named Myst. One day Darshell had been writing short sto- Myst runs off and Martha goes to look ries for a while now, but this is her first for the unicorn and they continue to get published book, which came as a corn- in more trouble. The book is 46 pages plete surprise, of easy reading around a 5th or 6th "1 let my mom read it and she said grade level. that there is something there and that Darshell has been writing short sto- we should have it published," said ries leisurely for about four years now. Darshell. "I said, yeah right, that will She doesn't actually plan any of her never happen." stories. She thinks of snippets of a pos- It was on her birthday last summer sible story or random ideas come to that her mother presented her with an her. To help her write, she goes offa lot LOCAL AUTHOR DARSHELL FREVERT, a senior at Ortonville High School, is shown above with her first published book, "Myst". Darshell recently did a book signing at the Sports and Leisure Show in Ortonville. oi what she has learned in English classes throughout her school career. Xlibris is a book publishing com- pany created by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists, and on how print on demand technology and new ap- proaches can be applied in the publish- ing industry, they provide authors publishing services to help them get published. Xlibris has been publishing books for more than a decade. With over 25,000 titles now in print for almost 20,000 authors, you can count on Xlib- ris' extensive experience to provide de- pendable, long-term, individualized support through the publishing process and in the years that follow. Myst is available at any book store or online at or Both the Or- tonville Public Library and the Or- tonville School Library have the book available. Darshell will graduate from OHS in May and plans on moving to Illinois pursuing a career in the medical field. She did say that she does have more story ideas. "I have a few other possibilities of story lines, so we'll see what happens," said Darshell. "I really enjoy writing short stories and hope to continue writ- ing in my spare time." ,rrection In the front page census article in last week's Ortonville Independent, it should have read that Steven's County, (not Swift County) had 327 less people in its 2010 count than in 2000. It should have stated that Traverse, Lac qui Parle and Swift Counties were three Minnesota counties which lost more than 10 percent of their populations in the last 10 years according to the latest census report. Travers Co. declined by ahnost 14 percent, Lac qui Parle Co. saw an 11.1 percent decrease and Swift Co. is dowI1 22.2 percent. It appears that the weather has Radermacher stated that the Little -The Minnesota River flowing helped considerably in slowing down Minnesota River has hit its second through the heart of Granite was ex- the possibility of flooding on Big Stone crest and will slowly recede with no pected to crest on March 29 at around Lake and the Minnesota River. additional crests expected unless there 891 feet, which would qualify as the Preparations began back in Febru- is a significant rainfall event within the ninth highest recorded flood. With the ary with sandbagging efforts due to the watershed, city laid out as it is today - meaning amount of snow the area had received According to the National Weather with a number of houses moved etc. - this winter. However, according to Di- Service, the forecast for the Big Stone it is considered a minor flood up until it anne Radermacher, Upper Minnesota Lake Area calls for just a slight chance reaches the moderate stage of 893 feet. River Watershed District Administra- of rain tl~rough Monday, April 11 as Thus far, the flood has caused few tor, things have improved, temperatures are expected to climb into problems by the city thanks to the just "The current lake level as of 7a.m. the lower 50s throughout the week. under $17 million in flood mitigation Monday morning, April 4 is 970 feet Other reports around the area: efforts of the past seven years. Ac- which is two feet above our normal -The slow melt has been a blessing cording to Kent Lokkesmoe, DNR Di- summer pool elevation of 968 feet," as the Pomme de Terre has been quite rector of Capital Investment, citing said Radermacher. "The lake is ex- gentle so far. The ice hasn't even com- what he deemed "pretty conservative" pected to crest at an elevation of 971 pletely gone out and the majority of the FEMA estimates, "For every dollar feet on Thursday morning April 7 pro- water is likely to arrive with the higher spent on flood prevention, four dollars vided there is no significant precipita- temperatures. Therefore, expect a more are saved." tion prior to that date." substantial peak within the next week. i ii WATER CONTINUES TO FLOW FREELY at the Dam located near Pro Auto in Ortonville. Big Stone Lake is expected to crest this Thursday at 970.90 feet ,which is two feet above the normal summer pool elevation of 968 feet. At this time it does not appear that there will be any issues with flooding on Big Stone Lake as long as there is no significant rainfall. Fahleen enters' plea in County Co. Jeremy Fahleen, 30, of Sisseton, SD pied guilty to Count 2, Burglary in the Third Degree-Steal/Commit. Felony or Gross Misdemeanor for the alleged burglary of the Cenex Convenience Store in Ortonville on Saturday, Jan. 8. Fahleen was charged with six counts ranging from burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and damage to property. He entered his plea Wednesday, March 30 in Big Stone County Court. According to court documents, Fahleen allegedly stole money from an ATM Machine in the store, an undetermined amount of cash and rolls of quarters as well as cigarettes from the safe and store. Fahleen is expected to be sentenced in Big Stone County Court on June 8. He is currently being held in the Traverse County Jail. Thousands of dollars worth of elec- addition, neighbors on both sides of tronics were stolen from a residence, the Blake residence were home at the four and a half miles northof time of theburglary. Ortonville, along Highway 7, Big Stone County Sheriff's Thursday. Department is investigating the bur- The family home of Phil and Sueglary and have leads on a possible Blake was burglarized between 9:30 suspect. They believe the burglary a.m. and 1 p.m. Phil left the house that was targeted specifically to the Blake morning around9:30 a.m. He returned home and that the suspect knew the shortly after 1 p.m. and noticed the electronics were in the house. screen doors on the main floor and the If anyone saw anything unusual at basement were propped wide open, or near the Blake home, or has any along with the house doors, information which might be helpful Besides the missing electronics, regarding the incident on Thursday, several drawers were opened andMarch 31, please call the Big Stone lights were turned on in every room. County Sheriff's Department at 320- The intruder or intruders were bold 839-3558 or the Ortonville to enter the home in the daytime, Independent at 320-839-6163. when the family was still in town. In, I || B ig Stone Health Care Foundation's 18th Annual Gala Affair will be held this Saturday, April 9, at Sioux Historic Pavilion in Ortonville. Cost of the event is $45 per person which includes a social hour with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and "The Classic," a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute act. All proceeds of the Gala Affair benefit the Big Stone Health Care Foundation to fulfill its mission to maintain and expand area health care. As always, the Gala is an evening of celebration and fun--and this year's theme of "Classic Hollywood Glam- our" promises to take guests back to a time when the stars were truly glam- orous and sophistication was fashion- able, said Sally Rakow, executive director of BSHCF. The evening be- gins with a social hour with waiters serving hors d'oeuvres, champagne (sponsored by GCC Ready Mix) and the opportunity to visit "Dino's Martini Bar." The sit-down dinner which includes the choice of beef tenderloin and chicken with tarragon hollandaise sauce as entrees, begins at 7 p.m. with a short program and a drawing for gifts to follow. All who make reservations phasis on raising friends, said Rakow. are included in the gift drawing which Each year the Big Stone Health Care includes jewelry from JoLee's Jewelry, Foundation honors its donors as well as Pink Papaya Spa Products donated by the volunteers and employees of our Kari Conlin, Hollywood merchandise, health care organization. merchandise certificates from Carlson Sponsors for this year's event so far Drug and Liebe Drug, a DVD player include Big Stone Therapies, Inc., Bor- from Radio Shack, and a trio of hand- der States Cooperative, Cenbank, Con- made purses from Saggy Bottom Bags roy Eye Care, Fluegel, Anderson, donated by Kari Conlin. McLaughlin & Brutlag, Chtd., GCC Dessert and coffee will be served Ready Mix, Hartman's Super Valu, during The Classics' intermission. The Hasslen Construction Co., Inc., Nelson Classics (sponsored by Sanford Health) Electric, Northside Medical Clinic, are, according to their website"a cou- PLC-Physician Group, Minnwest ple of guys who love music--all kinds Bank, Ortonville Area Health Services, of music. They are doing what they Ortonville Independent, Dr. Gregory. love, enjoying themselves and having Peterson, Pheasants Forever-Big Stone ablast! They truly enjoy sharing their Co., Pro Image Partners, Sanford unique p~ek into the "Rat Pack" Health, Stolpman Insurance Agency, music." Strong, Inc., Transmed, Inc., Sioux Gala committee members are Barb Historic and Vision Marketing. Ash, Kristi Delage, Neva Foster, Sandy So, get out your glad rags and dia- Hanson, Patty Haukos, Cheryl monds and join us foran unforgettable Hausauer, Hillary Henrich, Lisa Ross, evening of celebration, said Rakow. Mary Ross, Nancy Skalbeck, Jayne For more information about the 18th Stecker, Ethel Swenson, Ronda Annual GalaAffair or for sponsorship Thielke, Heather Tietjen, Cindy Van- opportunities, please call Sally Rakow Dover and Barb Voecks. at 320-839-4135 or email The Annual Gala Affair is an excep- tional fundraising event with an era- N