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April 9, 2002

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I Nor,0trDe,00e00v N D E NT iii00i.00 A FEAST OF MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE AND FOOD. Dancing Bean Coffees was the place to be evenin as Sami Rasouli of Sinbad&apos;s Cafe and Market brougm i taste of the Middle East to Ortonville. Thanks to his a ;istants several local sponsors and the more than one hundred wh( attended the event, Ortonville received a little taste of a far land. Above, Tiffany Tieche (a.k.a. "Nadia") performs a dance for the crowd following the buffet-style meal. More photos from the event appear throughout this issue. I approves tax credit changes for businesses :ity Council last changes to Zone Credits tax credits for that are a source and job amended policy, now be defined not only as a business which hasn't previously been operated in the city limits, but also as a business which has been closed for more than 90 days. In addition, an existing business was redefined as one which is currently operating in the Enterprise Zone or a firm which hasn't been closed greater than 90 days. Amounts of tax credit allocation were also changed. For new business- es, credits for each full time equiva- lent job created in Ortonville are now $3,000, compared to $1,500 per man- ufacturing job or $1,000 for each other job on the previous agreement. (Continued on page 14) Annual Gala Affair Saturday The Ninth Annual Gala Affair will be held this Saturday evening, April 13 at the Sioux Historic Pavilion. This event is an annual celebration of the Big Stone Health Care Foundation, its supporters and our local quality health care. Reservations can still be accepted with entree choice limited to prime rib and Bavarian pork loin. The Social Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with delectable hors d'oeuvres, punch and wine followed by a deli- cious dinner to be served by Pioneer Catering and a brief program Guests will also enjoy music presented by a string ensemble from the University of Minnesota-Morris during the Social hour and dinner. Swingtime Band will again pro- vide beautiful music for dancing and listening. Approximately 20 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 9 p.m. for those who would like to attend just the dance A donation of $5 per person will provide several hours of wonderful music as well as the opportunity to experience the elegant atmosphere of the Gala. A special feature of the evcning will be drawings for several items. JoLee's Jewelry donated a silver dated collector's bell and we have a beauti- ful centerpiece donated by Ortonville Flower Shop. Ken's Fireworks has donated two $50 gift certificates and the Dickens Village piece entitled "Gad's Hill Place" has been donated "by Carlson's Drug. Jane Roehr, a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant of Milbank is donating a basket of products. Tastefully Simple is a company with over 30 upscale convenience driven gourmet foods in their line. Othcr generous sponsors assisting with some of the costs of this event include Big Stone Therapies, Inc., Bill's SuperValu Plus, CenBank, Cenex "C" Store, Conroy Eye Care, Ken & Barb Voecks at DataWorks and Ken's Electric; Fluegel, Helseth, McLaughlin, Anderson & Brutlag, Chartered; Heritage Printing, Dr. Anthony Hilleran, Jan's Floral & Gifts, Liebe Drug & Variety, Dr. Ronn McDaniel, Marquette Bank, Minnwest Bank, Northside Medical Center, Ortonville Area Health Services, Ortonville Independent, Dr. Gregory Peterson, Pioneer Meat Market, Strong, Inc., The Meat Center of Appleton and Dr. Steven Winther. For more information about either the Gala Affair or the Big Stone Health Care Foundation call Jan at 320-839-4135. Net proceeds benefit the Big Stone Health Care Foundation. School Board meets to reduce budget, more cuts yet to come Ortonville's Board of Education held a special meeting last Thursday in the OHS library to discuss the school's declining enrollment and the possibility of cutting staff and pro- grams. School Superintendent Jeff Taylor presented enrollment figures and pro- jections through the 2006-2007 school year, which showed 768 students enrolled in 1997-1998, and predicted only 547 enrolled for 2006-2007. At present, Ortonville School enrollment is approximately 667 students. Cuts recommended for board dis- cussion included the loss of elemen- tary athletics, a junior high baseball ./ hn's Catholic Aid C;o00Jncil ' .=red at meeting March 18 ,'redD2' thethe Cast. JohniC ;;eeTie2rnes YhOUrtoli:viln.arM2ke grI2t 2r0olaC2thol3.dAlisalratuChnl g I in Ortonville. the Catholic Aid field representative, raise more than $825,000 for Catholic t " naembers from The St. John Catholic Aid Council schools and religious education. Since L ling communi- will work to help support the Catholic 1955, Catholic Aid has awarded over 2,900 college scholarships to its mem- bers, totaling more than $1,000,000. Catholic Aid also awards grants to new Catholic schools to help defray construction costs. Other Catholic Aid fraternal pro- grams include hosting youth programs and participating in Join Hands Day, a national day of community volun- teerism. For more information about the Catholic Aid Association, call 651 - 490-0170 or 1 -800-568-6670, or visit our web site at all Catholics members of the St. John community, especially by providing volunteer and financial resources for religious education programs. The Catholic Aid Association is a St. Paul, Minn. based not-for-profit membership society offering benevo- lent and fraternal programs as well as life insurance and annuities. Membership is open to all practicing Catholics. Founded in 1878, Catholic Aid serves 75,000 members with 168 active fraternal councils in lowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. C00IIt'::;LIC AID <:. i "!:ll I ,+tm,i/ will serve as for the council. elected as include: Irvin Lon Moen, vice record- fraternal treasurer; Joe Eustice s, auditors; and " ir AID COUNCIL CHARTERED. Catholic Aid members elected as council officers representatives of the Catholic Aid Council are shown above at the recent ceremony. Left Mike Bredeck, insurance representative for the area, Fr. Bob Goblirsch, Catholic Aid Lon Moen, Council Treasurer Candee Cloos, and Council Junior Liason Paul Treinen. and Dorothy Gmiterko of the audit committee, Catholic Aid Committee Chair Irvin Association President Michael McGovern, Council Fraternal Secretary Renee Eustice, tber Joe Eustice and Veronica Adelman, secretary of the council. staff person, summer conditioning, summer instrumental program, extended vocational contracts, reduc- tion of print room and elementary sec- retary contracts, elimination of one teacher's aide, and the largest savings ($36,142), which would come via the elimination of one elementary teach- ing position. "We tried not to change the core curriculum with these cuts," Taylor stated. "Another possibility would be to make equal cuts across the board based on the percentage each area uses of the budget, but this would be easier (Continued on page 14) Cast your vote in Big Stone City Residents of Big Stone City, SD's school district will be going to the polls today, Tuesday, April 9 to determine whether or not to opt out of a tax freeze by the amount of $200,000. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ballots may be cast at the Big Stone City Senior Citizen's Center. SPRING FLING is being held this week, April 8-12, at Ortonville School. Coronation will be held tonight, Tuesday April 9, at 7:30 in the OHS Auditorium, with a dance Friday night from 8-11 p.m. Above, king can- didates are, left to right, Joe Henrich, Ross Wiegman, Jesse Cloos and Joey Karels. Inset photo is Ryan Finke. Queen candidates in below photo are, back row, Amy Haukos, Casey Bohlman and Jessica Chase. In front are Kristen Taylor and Nicole Nelson.