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Letters to the editor I II Letter to the Editor Our kids need help! There is a possible threat of closing the Big Stone City Public School. The support of the entire community is needed. A few years ago the children of this community helped support us. During the spring of the bad flooding, the school children spent some of their school day and their own time filling sand bags to help save homes of the community. I know this because my son and I were there. Now the table is turned, and they need your support to help keep the school open. I recently attended an informational meeting concerning the opt-out at the school. I was appalled at some of the comments that were made during that meeting. Some people do not want taxes to raise; however, the only way to keep our school open at this time is to raise the taxes. One person even compared teaching our children to a business• How does a business compare to educating young children? Some of these people had kids who have gone through the Big Stone School system. I'll bet if they needed taxes raised when their kids were in school, they would not have blinked an eye. Big Stone has a school to be proud of. They have smaller classes where you get a one-to-one interaction between the teachers and students. The teachers also know the parents of each child. This provides a sense of safety for the children. We have very good teachers at our school who really care for our children. We have a principal who donates his own time to teach the younger kids the basics of basketball. Where else are you going to get that kind of environment? These people care about our kids. There's an old saying: It takes more than a parent to raise a child; it takes a community! If our school closes, some people will move to another community that has a school. If families move, it will hurt all' of our churches and businesses. The young children are the future of our town and churches. Why lose them? It would be a shame to hurt the young innocent children of our community• Please support our young children ! Cheryl Kaiser Big Stone City 320-: |24-2689 II Letter to the Editor To whomever wrote the letter below and all those that agree it should have been sent to the local Edgerton Enterprise. SHOW SOME SPORTSMANSHIP. To all the other fine Ortonville • Basketball fans CONGRATULATIONS, to all of you and your Superb A+ team on an outstanding season. BEST OF LUCK in the future. Steve Ondrush Basketball Official, Football Coach, Baseball Coach and Instructor Edgerton Public School To the editor, I am writing in regards to what happened last Saturday, during the State A Boys Basketball Final• For the refs to take over the game the way they did, was terrible. Ortonville totally outplayed Southwest and deserved to win that game. Granted yes, Wiegman did get hurt in the third quarter, but even with him out Ortonville was still in control of the game. Then came the fourth quarter, and once again, just like the second quarter, the refs bailed Southwest out. They called every possible touch foul on Ortonville, and fouled out Pete Ross, with six minutes left, who had taken over the game and was having his way in the point. From then on, the rest is history. In my opinion, the better team lost last Saturday, and I believe this victory for Southwest was tainted. They were totally outplayed, and in my opinion, are nothing but paper champions. Travis Scoblic, Ortonville. Council (Continued from page 1) Existing businesses in the city can also now receive as much as $7,500 for each full time equivalent job retained. This increases from the previous limit of $5,000 per job retained. Ortonville Mayor Dave Dinnel spoke in favor of the changes, stating his biggest fear is the possibility of losing the city's businesses to another community who takes a more aggres- sive approach to giving out tax credits. Ortonville's Economic Development Authority will remain as the contact for all Enterprise Zone Credits in the city. In other business last Monday night, the council opened the lone bid for a deck at the city's golf clubhouse. Swenson and Johnson Construction was the only bidder on the estimated $40,000 project, and entered a. bid of them miss out in elementary school," she said. After discussion, board members took action on reducing those areas which had been recommended, as well as cutting into the school's college tuition program, elementary summer just under $43,000. school and reducing the bus manager G .......... position Also, an activity fee was OlI ano rarKs uperlntenuenr-,.. , " ,  . . • - . plementeo Ior co-curricular groups Paul Tinklenberg told councd mere- rn.I .... , bers there had previously been two Ougla. the amount has not yet been parties interested in bidding on the clermmea. . ...... ro acuon was taken on eHmmat,ng project, but one had not submitted a bid due to a conflict in required mate- rials for the deck. He added his con- cern for the bid amount being above the estimated cost, and stated the city shouldn't exhaust its entire capital out- lay fund for the golf course so soon in the year. Council members voted to send the bid back to the golf board for their opinion, since electrical work was not included in the price. School said than done." Considerable discussion was held on the possible reduction of one ele- mentary teaching position, and which class would be best suited to take the cutback. The reduction had been rec- ommended for the third grade. "Third grade is such a transition year," commented Elementary Principal Joel Stattelman. 'Td at least like to have some support there with a half time position." Parents attending also questioned the number of special needs children at Ortonville School. Taylor stated at present, around 12 percent of students at the school are involved in special education in some way. Kathy Johnson, parent of a special needs child who has been main- streamed at the school, stated she did- n't want to see her child's self-esteem be tarnished any further due to budget cutbacks. "If you push one third grade teacher out," she added, I can guar- antee the special needs children in that class will have their self esteem hit the floor. Why can't there be changes made for sports?" Sara Mathes, parent of an elemen- tary student, also commented on the high school programs, and possible cuts which could be made in the more vocational-oriented areas such as welding and mechanics. "I'd rather have my kid learn auto mechanics from his uncle than have CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK R E-U LTS an elementary teaching position. Taylor stated despite the changes made last week, which amounted to approximately $76,000 in savings, there will still be a $75,000 deficit for the 2002-2003 school year. Further cuts will be discussed at another special meeting, which is slat- ed for this Thursday evening. Students needed Recruiters are looking for students to fill openings at the Minnesota Job Corps center during the program's spring recruitment drive, Regional Director Stephen Garlington announced today. Young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are seeking career development and job training are eligible to attend the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center in St. Paul. "This time of year, high school graduates are planning their next move. For those who need more training, but don't have many resources, Job Corps is a good source because at Job Corps, young people are given the chance to obtain the skills and experience necessary to pursue the career of their choice completely free of charge," Garlingon said. "Job Corps is the edge that young people need to be successful in today's competitive job market." Those who want to learn more about Job Corps and what it has to offer call (800) 230-5627 in Illinois or visit the Job Corps Web site at / 00ttbbs Construction GENERAL CONTRACTOR CUSTOM BUILDER erry Tttbbs Rt. 1, Box 166 • Chokio, MN 56221 ID#20013114 / Board moving forw county-wide loan Big Stone County's Board of jobs. thjhl Commissioners at its regular meeting be!hre ° was last Tuesday met once again with should give out .1. C members of Big Stone Area Growth should be part oftl[,i/"a',n regarding a county-wide revolving BSAG had also-h_', ) a rt fro °ok F loan fund for businesses, tion of suppo ,t2 in ,,, designating the n.onPllrl "., wl BSAG Executive Director Roger COrUantYo'S economic n sI Bird had submitted a letter to board members prior to the meeting, stating P Bird "added a". "$Pte'2"-',, " he would like the county to donate the $20,000, which had previously been monies due to go used for revolving loans, toward tions, would be sl! establishing a fund once again, businesses and not  By committing these funds, Bird added as much as $80,000 more could be obtained from the USDA/IRP pro- gram. "We have two potential users of this loan money already," he stated. "One would create a small number of costs. Though the they advised work with the terms of the at the board's Senior Citizen club potluck April 14th The Ortonville Senior Citizen Club will have an afternoon of games and a potluck supper on April 14th. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and supper will be at 5 p.m.• Guests are welcome. Bring a dish to pass and your tableware. Next club meeting will be April 17th at 1:15 p.m. Bingo will be played. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS No one covel's Minnesota better. ItS comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been providing quality health care plans for nearly the variety of plans for individuals, groups and pl Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for John Stolpman Ortonville Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 of ; PRE-SEASON SPECIAL on Janitrol ® Central Air Units starting at $900 installed (no wiring) (5 Year Warranty) HYNNEK Main Street * Ortonville, MN Page 14 RING Janitrol ® Air Conditioning and Heating... There's No Better! 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