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i N coo00,rDve.00w000E0e00o00000000commuEo,,00 N D E N T 11 Ir was welcomed as the new Project Manager at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. Shown son Ethan, 5, with Pepper. In back are Joan, Ron, and daughter Lilly, 8. life refuge welcomes project leader non Cole National Wildlife Ron Cole as their April 3. Heinecke. who Leader of Big Stone Rich Papasso, manager, has been leader since his B.S. in Wildlife Humboldt State 1982. The majority been focused on wetland and with the U.S Fish Division of employment as a Lake NWR in east- Biologist at the Complex in a Refuge Forrest NWR in and most recently as a Deputy Project Leader at the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in . Lakeview, OR, rounding out his 15 year career. /-" His recent position in Lakevie), " focused on restoring the 850,000 acre refuge complex from a primarily shrub dominated landscape back to a native high-desert grassland. The use of a well-planned prescribed fire pro- gram to help restore native plant com- munities has played an important role in his career to date Cole said that there is a lot of vari- ety in the Big Stone Refuge, and he looks forward to his job here, as soon as the family gets through the moun- tain of boxes presendy residing in every room of their new house. Originally from Liverrnore, CA, Cole and his wife Joan met at an east- er dinner at her house in 1985, while Ron was working at the Clement Basin, CA National Wildlife Refuge. They nowhave two children, Lilly, (Continued on page 3) Drobny at Sioux Valley Hospital Ginger Drobny, 34, of Belling, ham is recovering at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) at home early Sunday morning. She was rushed to the OrtonviUe Hospital by the Marietta Ambulance and then air lifted to Sioux Falls. Drobny says the doctors give her a good prognosis and she expects to be released from the hospital soon. Cards can be sent to her at Sioux Valley Hospital, P.O. Box 5039, Room 5257, Sioux Falls, SD 57117- 5039. Improvements on Ortonville streets to begin this summer More than 25 people attended the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council Monday, April 6, where the council decided that phase one of Ortonville's street and utility improve- ment project will go ahead this spring At a special meeting of the Ortonville city council Thursday, April 2, where citizens expressed their concerns about the project, Jim Schultz from Larson-Peterson stated that phase one of the city's five year plan for street improvements wilt be broken into four segments for sum- mer, 1998, with estimated costs of all four being around $3,380,000. The council made the decision Monday that Larson-Peterson and Grams here Thursday for after-flood tour US Senator Rod Grams of Minnesota will be in Ortonville this Thursday, April 16th, to meet with city officials as one of his many stops that day on his "one year after the floods" tour. Grams will meet at City Hall with Mayor Ellingson and city officials at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, following which he will tour the local flooded area. Associates will handle the advertise- ments for bidding for the job. Bidding will take place now, phase one of the five year project will begin this sum- mer with a single coat of asphalt on all four segments, and the second coat is scheduled to be completed in the sum- mer of 1999. In other business, discussion was held over a report from Larson- Peterson and Associates' proposal to improve pavement at the Ortonville Airport. At an estimated cost of $272,000 to $327,000, the improvements would involve repaying runway 16-34 and the taxiway, repairing cracks in other areas, and remog and reconstruct- ing the aggregate base in the middle and south aprons of the airport. David Grinaker of Larson-Peterson had recommended that under the cur- rent five year plan for airport improve- ments, the Ortonville airport eliminate the possibility of Federal Aviation Administration funding, since it does not meet FAA requirements for the number of based aircraft and annual II I (Circulars insiae00 [ Jrim & Sons Lumber / [.Pegasus Satellite Television / Bumper-to-Bumper Auto PartsJ operations. (Continued on page 3) New branch mgr. at Big Stone Co-op Rob Gronholz is the new Ortonville Agronomy Branch Manager at Big Stone Cooperative. Originally from Appleton, he graduated from Appleton High School in 1990. He received an ag business degree from Will mar Technical College and has worked the past five years in the agronomy department at Watertown Co-op Elevator Association in Bruce, SD. Gronholz and his wife Kristi have two daughters, Hiiiori, 7, and Rhealee, 1. Gronholz is a member of the vol- unteer fire department and city coun- cil in Bruce. He enjoys hunting, fish- ing and snowmobiling and is looking forward to becoming involved with the Big Stone Lake communities. Gronholz and the agronomy staff at Big Stone Co-op are ready to help with plant food and crop protection needs. See the Big Stone Cooperative ad inside for details. band instructor I u c ky to be thePROGRESS IS MOVING ALONG at the Ortonville Municipal PoOl.project, which is scheduled to be completed June 1. MC+R Pools of Sioux Falls is handling after car-truck collision No fear of flooding FLA/FHA chapter from OHS There is no concern at the Upper and air bag saved sore ribs and a cut head at Rice and nearly an hour before rescue crews the words of Director, Don bed last was driving semi-truck. was rushed by Hospital by air-ambu- y Medical released. The mishap, indeed, was a drastic life altering event for Don. He suf- fered two broken clavicles, a broken right arm, a cracked sternum, and a broken, as well as dislocated, hip. Don was traveling west on Highway 9 last Thursday, from the St. Cloud area when the accident occurred around 1 p.m. about a mile east of Sunburg. Donais, 5 l, was pinned in his car, but never lost consciousness. It took 47-year-old Tom was treated for A TOTAL LOSS is the Donais car after the collision is by Bill Zimmer, West Central Daily Tribune mar. were able to cut him free and in Don's words, "pry me off the dashboard." His 1997 Toyota Camry was termed a total loss. Don is currently at the Hennepin County Medical Center and hopes to be released this Wednesday. It is not known how long he will be incapacitated from his school duties. Despite his physical limitations, Don retains a positive attitude toward his recovery. He reportedly asked the doctor, "When will I be able to fide my bike?" OHS Spring Concert dates exchanged The spring vocal and instrumental concerts at Ortonville High School are exchanging dates from what was previously announced in order to better accommodate the scheduled remodeling of the band room. The spring vocal concert will now be on Tuesday, May 12 and the band concert will be on Tuesday, May 19. The vocal concert will begin at 8 p.m. and the band concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the art show following. Please note that the two dates are the same but the gr,9.g are traded. inkpa Days meeting set Inkpa Day volunteers will be meeting Thursday, April 16 at the Big Stone City Fire Hall at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in helping plan the event, and seeing a successful festival is urged to attend and bring their ideas. Minnesota River Watershed District office of potential flooding of Big Stone Lake this spring. Recent sunny weather and dry conditions have melt- ed snowcover and the lake is now at normal level for this time of year. Lake levels are now at 968.1 feet above sea level, according to Dianne Radermacher, administrator of the UMRWD and superintendent of the Big Stone Lake Whetstone River flood control structure. attends region meeting Nine local members of Future Leaders of America/Future Homemakers of America attended the annual Region five meeting this year at the Minnewaska High School in Glenwood. Attending as a volunteer from the community was LeAnn Burdick. Highlights of the day included pro- motional skits, a talent show, election of new officers, STAR event competi- tion and Lifesmarts ompetition. Students receiving gold medals on their STAR events advance to state competition held in Bloomington April 23-25. Silver medal winners will be chapter delegates for the State Convention. FLA MEMBERS at the annual Region 5 meeting. From left to right in front are diver medal winners Traci Barnhardt, Megan Zahnow, RachelKasten and Melinda Murley. In back, gold medal winners Lynn Johnson, Liz Thompson, Nicole Volkenant, Tami Barnhardt and Anna Schumacher.