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April 12, 2011

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Good old days in the Ortonville area A FORMER BIG STONE COUNTY Board of Commissioners is shown here. Left to right you see Jim Phalen, Chuck Thompson, Arlen LaCombe and Albert Knutson. FOR THE WEEK OF April 12, 2011 10 YEARS AGO April 10, 2001 According to County Emergency Management Director Doug Tomschin, as of presstime Monday, the level of Big Stone Lake was 971 feet, rising one foot from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon. This is four feet shy of 1997&apos;s total of 975 feet. Effective April 1,2001, Security State Bank of Beardsley will be known as The Buffalo Ridge Bank, with headquarters in Beardsley and branch offices in Ruthton and Holland. Retirees from the Ortonville Ambulance Service were honored at a retirement party recently. Dean Strege had 14 years of service, Vince Kvidera 24 years, Steve Barr 25 years, Phyllis Barr had 19 years, and Mona Strege had six years. Ortonville's City Council final- ized changes to its building permit structure at its regular meeting last Monday, imposing graduated fee structure on other building projects. 25 YEARS AGO April 9, 1986 SP4 Duane Kleven of Appleton has been appointed to a new full- time position with Ortonville's Battery "C", 175th Field Artillery of the Army National Guard. Kleven's job will cover unit armor and supply administration. Big Stone County's Republican Convention was held last Saturday, April 5, in the Cashtown Cafe in Ortonville. Delegates were elected to attend the District and State con- ventions. They are Wes Olson, Paul Perseke, Stanley Rensberger and Richard Brown. Carrie Mac Johnson, four-year- old granddaughter of Loyal and Gladys Johnson of Ortonville, has been selected as contestant for the statewide Minnesota Representative to 1986 Little Miss Jr. America Pageant. Mayor Mike Schmigdall signed a proclamation to designate Library Week for this week April 6-12 in this city. 50 YEARS AGO April 13, 1961 The Independent is challenging South Dakota Governor Arthur Gubhrud and Minnesota Governor Elmer L. Anderson to participate in a fishing contest on Big Stone Lake in May. Last Sunday was a delightful day with people waterskiing and boating on Big Stone Lake and on Tuesday received a snowfall which truly makes it a Theatre of Seasons to be sure. Bill's Drive-In was sold last month to Wally Beyer who in turn sold it this week to LaValle Berkner and Don McCarville of Ortonville. AI's Barber Shop in Ortonville, owned by Albert Larson, has been sold to Duane Gustafson and the shop will now be known as Duane's Barber Shop. 70 YEARS AGO April 10, 1941 According to a telegram received today by The Independent from Senator Henrik Shipstead, the City of Ortonville has been allotted DOWN MEMORY'S LANE From the files OI the Ortonville Independent $20,444 by the Works Progress Administration for the construction of a water supply system. Members of Company "H", the local unit of the Minnesota Defense Force, are completing arrange- ments for a big dance which they will sponsor Wednesday, April 23 iP. the Ortonville Armory. Ott Menke's orchestra will play. ' New assistant manager at Penney's is Harold Shipley who came here from Boscobel, WI where he held a similar position. He replaces Henry Kirchoff, who was transferred to Alexandria. A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Rademacher of Big Stone City, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Weeden of Wilmot are the parents of a baby girl. Big Stone City News By Gall Maxwell 839-2207 The American Legion Auxiliary will meet on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Clubrooms. Hostesses are Denise Scoblic and Agnes Grabow. Let's have a good attendance for our meeting. Setta and Gary Ericson, Deb and Jeff Flowers, Joel and JoLynda Hauser and family, and Ashley Van Hout were visitors at Don and Arvene Van Hout's. They all attended Margaret Schake's 80th birthday in Bellingham. Dale and Trudy Martig of Clinton and Marion Larsen picked up Megan Namken of Canby and went to Marshall to see Brittany Larsen play in a volleyball game. On the way home they stopped off at Casey and Megan Namken's for supper. Brittany and Deanna Larsen were there also. Sue Goldsmith of Sioux Falls vistied with Vern and Gert Goldsmith on Friday afternoon, April 1. Sue visited her mother Loretta Stern at Northridge in the forenoon. Saturday, April 2 Gert Goldsmith and Pat Delgehausen visited Ryan and Brian Krause and Amanda Summers at their home in Milbank. Sunday, April 3 Mary Piatz of Browns Valley, Gert Goldsmith, and Pat Delgehausen went to Brookings to a baby shower and visited friends and relatives. Jerri Van Hout and her son Chuck went to visit her daughter Debra and Curt Lindman and Curt and Debra's daughter Jerianne Lindman of Blaine for the weekend. Shirley Voeltz attended the Milltones' concert in Milbank on Saturday, April 2. Luverne Hofhenke had a major stroke on Tuesday, March 29 and is in the Ortonville Hospital. On Wednesday, April 6 he will be moving to the Golden Living Center in Milbank. He is not able to talk much, but anyone who wants to may stop in and visit. Tuesday, April 5 Wade and Cindy Van Dover hosted an end of the season party for the sixth grade girls' basketball team from Milbank. The evening began with 10 of thel2 girls joining the Van Dover Polar Bear Club by jumping in Big Stone Lake. After warm showers they played some basketball outside, had a snowball fight, ate pizza, and then watched the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game. Saturday, March 26 to Saturday, April 2 Wade and Joe Van Dover went with the team from Big Stone Therapies to Guatemala, South America. Their fearless leader Paul Treinen and his wife Julie and their kids along with Kelly Taffe and others lead the Mission Trip. Boats, campers to be removed from Cfo. fairgrounds Boats and Campers will be taken out of storage at the Big Stone County '+'Fairgrou-nds' 011 " Saturday, April " 16 ,beginning at 7 a.m. Please note the Saturday date due to Palm Sunday falling on that week- end. Any questions contact Bruce at 320-273-2200. (Adv.) KDIO Temps H Low April 3 46 26 April 4 43 30 April 5 55 30 April 6 55 30 April 7 63 36 April 8 57 35 April 9 53 46 Musings from the Museum Information from Big Stone Co. Museum By Norm Shelsta It is good to be back writing for the museum once again. The museum is now open, so come and see the things that have gone on during the winter. People have made a diligent effort to make it an interesting place to visit. This past winter I have been reminded many times of one of my favorite authors who depicts life on the prairie as quite an adventure. In her story, Laura Ingalls Wilder tells of being eventually out of food as the train is stuck in a snow bank most of the winter. The story "The Long Winter" era 1880-1881 is not too much different than it was for people living in our prairie town of Ortonville. The town of DeSmet, SD is the locale of this interesting winter. In our case the train was stranded far east of here for 126 days. At least, among other things, nobody had to resort to grinding wheat in a coffee grinder for flour, as so many of our early pioneers may have had to resort to doing. The museum is now open during the week days, and hopefully if we can get enough volunteers, we can have it open on weekends in the future. Many people are unaware of the many things we have in the museum in the form of records of the many significant happenings in past times. We have excellent records of over 30 cemeteries, and also have many obituaries on file of Big Stone County residents. You are most Here at Deli Compel[ent you'ii work +t a gr energy onvironment built arourd {nr, ov3tion, co[taboratior-;, c.robtem olvig, ar:d putting de3s <3 work. Thats because we're l:ocdsed O" "iwrv':) our CLiStort'lers Wo!iJ C[a35 sohJt Or S !qt3 makit+g techrqology acccsibk:, ro everyor e. [.)ell Corripei[er[ it; rapidiy expar'..}rig artd is looking to cornp[errienL its vibrL-'.r!t team w+th [he infJusLry+s bes:,, ar'd br=.gtttest, if you are passionate about tecinqoiogy and interested in develop nO cutt;ng-edge inte...]ration technology for orie o+ the r*rlo5- taiked 8b,.'.',Lit En{er,orise Stora[-e comoanes o+;slder joinir'g 'be Deii CorT'p'i;er't team Here are iLJSt some of th 9x(:,ir, oE, p,:,rtunities that ',,e 5a,,c av3iaL'.ie Ergineerin 9 Marl<errg Sales Professior'31 "c,n us for ar! ope!q }qC>LlSe and i'ear about joiq+nc our team fror:' i31ji J, orbr'. 7oLrder of Competter't !:riday. April [-3k'= anytirr!2 betweer ',Y 0(} a m and 4 00 [, m Saturday. April 16th anytln'e between 1000 art'. crO 12:00 p m Keynote address: 2:00 prr to 300 pm on Friday. Apr115,'r Location Sofite[ N1inc;eapc>[;s }i3te[ 5601 WesL/8th Sree Bb:,omigto% MN 55439 Interested? Visit for a complete list of openings.  Compellent [)eli i5 aa AA/ em  oyer welcomed to make use of these resources. The museum welcomes pictures and other data of anything that pertains to the history of Big Stone County. To be of value to the museum, the pictures should be documented and dated, as this is of utmost importance to anyone doing any type of genealogy of their ancestry. Researchers want the accurate facts in their plot, which is the time and place of the events in their story. We have resources that are of great value in the archives of the museum. Newspaper articles are available that go back to days of long ago. Some of our earliest newspapers are no longer in print, but have carefully been preserved by faithful folks who had an interest in preserving the history of the events of the past times. We trust you will find these many resources useful in your research of historical events, which are important to you. In May we look forward to having the fourth graders from the local school visit our museum rural school. They can experience life in a country school. They can observe the unexpected visit by the county superintendent of schools, which unknown to the students was the teacher's worst nightmare. The county health nurse will also pay a visit to see that everyone is in healthy condition. Rural life on the prairie was much different before radios, television, computers, cell phones and so many things that children in today's society just take for granted. One of my favorite memories of my childhood and rural schools was riding to school in a sleigh pulled by my Dad's swiftly trotting Percheron horses. Isn't it interesting how the term "the good old days" seems to advance in stages as we ourselves get to that point in life. i If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! Open house shower Dunnihoo-Walters An open house bridal shower for Amanda Dunnihoo, bride-to-be of Christopher Waiters, will be held April 23, 2011 at the Milbank Community Center from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Amanda is the daughter of Gregg and Rita Dunnihoo. Chris is the son of Chuck and Deb Waiters. They are registered at Sears and Target. Recipes are welcome. Everyone is welcome to attend. (ADVx2) Rosen News By Adelaide Kirchberg Mike and Bev Block of Grenville, SD were Sunday dinner and afternoon guests at the Ray Schuelke home. Rita Patterson of Wall. SD spent Friday, April 1 until April 7 at the home of her sister Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Radermacher of Ortonville were Sunday, April 3 dinner and afternoon guests at the Bud Radermacher home. Ashley Longhenry of Volga, SD spent Friday, April 1 until Monday, April 4 at the Lawrence Schmieg home. On Sunday afternoon April 3, they visited Blanche Twist at Northridge Nursing home. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Millerbernd and family of Omaha, NE, Mr. and Mrs. Derek Jones and girls of Andover, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Millerbernd and sons of St. Cloud spent April 2 weekend at the home of their parents Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg visited at the Leon Stoick home on Wednesday evening March 30. Francis Brott age 65, died at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on Friday, April 1,2011. His funeral was at Lutheran Church in Sartell on Saturday, April 9, 2011 with burial at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville after the funeral Saturday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rademacher were Sunday afternoon visitors at the Albert Folk home in Milbank. Jerry Karels and Caleb were Sunday, April 3 afternoon visitors at the Dave Karels home. Julie Henrich returned home on Sunday, April 3 after spending two weeks visiting at the Bert Mathres and Paul Kindlespire homes in New Hope and Maple Grove. Jeanette Heipler of Apple Valley spent Tuesday. March 29 until Friday, April 1 at the home of her sister Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd. Eleanor Block was not present when her name was called for $40 at the Bellingham Community drawing on Wednesday, April 6, so next week the drawing will be for $60 on Wednesday, April 13. Mrs. Tom Pillatzki, Mrs. John Adelman. Mrs. Paul Volkenant and Mrs. Joan Strei attended the Region IV Spring gathering at St. James Parish in Dawson on Tuesday evening, April 5, 2011. St. Joseph Youth presented the Living Stations on Wednesday, March 30 and Sunday, April 3 at St. Joseph's Church at 7 p.m. LOCATION: Bayview Shores Resort, on SW hare I Pelican Lake, 20393 Pelican Dr S, Pelican Rapids MN I [ AIS Cooperang Broker, Barb Grunewald, Coldwell UtTI|I| Bankers Preferred Properties +'+'+ ....... 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