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e notices OTICE PROPERTY BOARD OF that Big Stone will hold a 1998 ng variance of: Kenneth G. Sunset View, Section 18, 5 e on the Hwy 7 is from Section the Big Stone Management add a screened 50 feet from level and to feet from unty Shoreland 1992, Section minimum 20 foot setback or 20 is least. )ear or ing or by of any OWner who, for any of this time NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 1998 STREET REHABILITATION CITY OF ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for the following will be received in the Office of the City Clerk-Administrator of the City of Ortonville, Minnesota, located at 315 Madison Avenue, on or before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 1998, at which time and place the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. " Any bid received subsequent to the time specified will be promptly returned to the bidder unopened. Rout, Blow and Seal Cracks and Joints .......... 10,000 L.F. Plans, specifications and bid forms for the 1998 Street Rehabilitation Bid may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk- Administrator, City of Ortonville, 315 Madison Avenue, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278, phone 839-3428. CITY OF ORTONVlt.LE Chadeen K. Groesman Deputy City Clerk-Administrator (April 14, 21, 1998) setback from level on general THE BIG STONE and Section COUNTY BOARD I/e_ Ronda Maas, ronmental Officer _ 20 SE 2nd Street 104 , MN 56278 OFRCIALS BOARD OF that Big Stone will hold a Apdl 24, 1998 ing variance Weber and Lot 47 west of is from Section Land and gement plat a 1 acre a quarter for the township hell. I, District and size of two and non-farm and may appear and place, or o by: of. any, r who, for any of this time order of the Adjustment MINNESOTA that sealed received in Minnesota, on or 4, and read aloud. tne returned to the tone fom for 315 Sealed in on or aloud. time to the PROCEEDINGS OF 315 Mamh 17, 1998 Chairman Torgerson called the meeting to order at 8:30 A.M in the jury room of the courthouse with Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndrud and Maas present. The meeting was held in the jury room due to the use of the boardroom, by the state auditors. Also present was Bill Watson and Judith Pattison. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to approve the minutes of the March 3rd board meeting. Motion carried. Lane requested that the agenda be amended to include discussion of the use ot sick and vacation time and the auditor stated that a letter from John Cunningham needed to be addressed. Motion by Maas and second by Lane to approve the agenda. Motion carried. Brief committee reports were presented. Attorney Watson discussed the electrical wiring problem at the Main Street Industries building and questioned how the board wished him to proceed with the supplier of the deficient winng. He will contact Otter Tail Power to obtain their estimates of the implications of this problem. At 9:00 A.M., the meeting was moved to the courtroom to accommodate the number of persons attending to hear discussions about a proposal of the Department of Natural Resources to acquire property in Akron township. Mr and Mrs. Ralph Schmidt, representing the estate which owns the property ,n question were present. Also present were representatives from the DNR, Akron Township officials, interested landowners, Darren Wilke, Ula Benson and Darrell Pettis. Correspondence from the DNR, iw requested at the March 3rd Board meeting, had been provided to Board members with their agenda packet. The letter dealt with maintenance of the waterway which carries water from Highway #7 and the .a#jacem. m it noad, right-or-way, ill r ou hj the tract or mnoDemg oonetoeractor acquisition. The letter stated thaghe waterway would be maintainel'o the currently existing conditions. C, dpies of a letter faxed to the county on March 17th from the Detroit Lakes District, Minnesota Department of Transportation, was distnbuted to those in attendance. DOT concurred with findings of the county engineer that the culvert under the old township roao needs to be lowered by approximately 0.4' so water is propedy drained from the railroad culvert The DOT requested that the County Board consider approving the sale of the property contingent upon the DNR allowing the MN/DOT to lower the culvert on the old township road and propedy clean out the ditch to allow the water to drain. The lowering of the culvert will help the MN/DOT ditch drainage and also with the county's ditch from CSAH 36. DNR representatives stated that they would provide a letter indicating that the -culvert Would be lowered and that a letter to that affect would be foxed this date; Considerable discussion was allowed from both sides of the issue Motion made by Maas and seconded by Throndrud to adopt the following resolution: N-15 WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources wishes to acquire cerfain lands described as follows for water and wildlife conservation urposes: SE1/4 NEll4, and ovemment Lots 1 and 2, Section 6, Township 120, Range 44; (excepting therefrom railroad dght-ot-way and subject to highway right-of-way: and SW1/4 NEll4, 6ectk)n 6, Towneh=p 120, Range 44; xcepting that part lying below the 945 foot contour line as shown on the right-of-way map of the Lac qui Pads Reservoir Project, dated Oct. 22, 1935; and taken for Flood Control purposes by Final Certificate recorded in Book 'lvr' of Miscellaneous, pages 362, in the Office of e County Recorder, Big Stone County, Minnasoxa WHEREAS, the proposed acquisition was considered by the Big Stone County Planning Commission whose recommendation to the County Board was to deny the request; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Big Stone County is an agricultural community and it is the policy of the County to retain as mucn productive farm land as possible to preserve and protect the local economy: The Big Stone County Board finds that the best use of the land in question is in agricultural production and these local concerns outweigh the use of the land intended by the 13epartrnent of Natural Resources. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Big Stone County Board support the recommendation of the Planning Commission and hereby deny acquisition of the property by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resourcas. Voting "AYE" for the resolution were Commissioners Mass, Thr0ndrud and K..?Jpr Voting "NAY" for the resolution were Commissioners Toerson and Lane. Resolution is hereby adopted this 17th da Mamh, 1@98. rd members returned to the jury room to resume their meeting. Lane moved that Big Stone County employees hall draw upon accumulated sick leave benefits when they are unable to work due to 1)their own illness or injury 2) routine or necessary medical or dental care which cannot reasonably be scheduled during non-working hours or 3) the illness or injury of their immediate family as defined in the applicable union contract or personnel policy Throndrud offered a second to the motion. In order to maintain the schedule of appointments on the agenda, voting was tabled until later in the meeting Laurie Hammel, Ortonville librarian introduced herself to the Board. She discussed the growth which had occurred in library membership and activities. Maas moved to authonze the final payment of Big Stone County's share of the Pioneedand Library System automation project. Motion was seconded by Krueger and unanimously carded. Gloria Arndt, County Recorder, met with the Board to discuss a staflin level situation which has developed m her office. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Krueger, that effective March 9, 1998, Karol Stotesbery be placed on full time status for six months, without additional insurance benefits. At the end of that period the matter will be re-evaluated. Motion carried unanimously. County engineer Darrell Pettis and District State Aid Engineer Tallock Johnson came before the board regarding a proposed partnership with the Department of Transportation and possibly Traverse County to build a salt/sand shed in the Beardsley area. Such joint ventures have been implemented in several areas with additional ones being explored. They prove to be cost effective as well as more fdendly to the environment. At 11:00 A.M. pursuant to published notice, bid were opened for two road projects The engineer was excused from the meeting to venfy compliance and accuracy of the bids received. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Lane to authorize payme.nt of the bills as presented. Motion carnee. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by. Maas to approve the agreement with the Office of the State Auditor to perform the audit of the 1997 financial records of the county. Motion carried. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to authorize the auditor to make payment to the Big Stone County Histoncal Society in the amount of $4,000, per the 1998 county budget. Motion carded. Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution: 98-16 WHEREAS, under the provisions of M.S. Section 86B.105, the sheriff of each county is required to carry out the provision of Chapter 86B and the Boat and Water Safety Rules, hereinafter referred to as the Minnesota Rules, romulgated by the Commissioner of atural Resources, including patrol, enforcement search and rescue, watemraft inspection, waterway marking and accident investigation; WHEREAS, in connection with the Shenff's duties, MS. Section 86B.701 provides that the county submit to the Commissioner of Natural Resources a budget to carry out the Shedffs duties; and WHERF_JkS, M.$, Section 868.701, and the Minnesota Rules provide for the allocation of funds by the Commissioner to the County based on certain cnteda and conclusions to assist the funding of the Sheriff's duties; and WHEREAS, the county has submitted a proposed budget to the State; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that tile State shall advance the County the amount of $1,994 for the activities stated in Chapter 86B. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Krueger that Toqua Park attendants Herman and Patdcia Wencel shall each receive $8.20 per hour for maintenance work performed at the park, Motion carried. Commissioners Lane and Krueger will meet with the Wenceis to consider improvement and maintenance needs. Motion made by Mass and seconded by Throndrud to approve the application o| Club 7-75 for a Consumptron and Display license. Motion carried. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to authorize the auditor to hire Janet Messmer, effective March 23rd, to the temporary position of deputy auditor, pursuant to the terms of employment as advertised. Motion carried. The Chair then called for the vote on - the motion regarding the usage of sick leave. By unanimous vote, the motion was adopted. Mr. Pattie and Mr. Johnson returned to the meeting following review of the bids, the result of which were: BDDEB Bituminous Paving Inc. CSAH 12 Sp 06-612-08 ................... $213,985.20 CSAH 16 Sap 06-616-06 ..................... 60,098.83 Riley Brothers CSAH 12 cScs06-612-08 .................. $221,438.51 AH 16 Sap 06-616-06 ..................... 50,950.72 Central Specialities CSAH 12 Sp 06-612-08 .................. $208,518.39 CSAH 16 Sap 06-616-06 ..................... 56,375.73 Motion made by Lane and seconded by Maas to accept the low bid of Central Specialties for CSAH 12 in the amount of $208,51839. Motion carded. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Throndrud to accept the low bid of Riley Brothers in the amount of $50,950.72 for CSAH 16. Motion carded. In order to review the proposed union contracts. It was decided to hold a work session of the Board st 9:00 A.M. on Monday March 30 in the jury room of the courthouse. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by'Maas to reaffirm the decision prewously made b" the Board to designate deputy auditor Sharon Finks as the network/pc specialist in charge of all corrections to the main server through which the MnNet state computer network provides internet CCasS. This posit" n will be resporb. " is. r mainraimng the counnouss local area network and will be the contact for the MN Department of Administration, the county's computer support personnel and all county office personnel in order to secure the integrity of the system, in light of the new duties assigned to this position, a job duties listing shall be submitted to DMG Associates for evaluation. Motion carded unanimously. There being for further business before the Board, Chair Torgerson declared the meeting adjourned at 12:00 P.M. COUNTY BOARD MEETING Mamh 25, 1998 Members of the Big Stone County Board met at 10:00 A.M. in the confarence room at the Ortonville highway department. Present were Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Torgerson, and Maas. Throndrud was absent Also present was Gall Mittelstaedt, Terry LaVoi, Mark Thompson, Bill Watson, John Haukos, Beth Tinklenberg, Sharon Finke and Judith Pattison who introduced Cheryl Reed and Joan Grotjahn from Meadowbrook Insurance Group. Meadowbrook serves as the principal service provider for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust and Ms. Reed and Ms. Grotjahn specialize in the area of employee benefits. Their expertise had been requested by the county insurance committee. Chairman Torgerson tumed the discussion over to Ms. Reed who distdbuted an informational packet that had been prepared. She stressed that the county be extremely careful in Hattie Finberg Memorial services for Hattie (Cox) Finberg, 86, of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 1998 in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Clinton. Rev. Larry Kasten will officiate with leanine Mills, pianist, . and Dennis Hoyles, soloist. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Hattie's many friends. There will be no visitation or reviewal. Interment will be in the Beardsley Community Cemetery. Hattie Mac (Cox) Finberg was born February 5, 1912 at Canby, MN to parents, Thomas J. and Matti M. (Lewis) Riley. She was baptized in the Baptist faith in 1930 at Clear Lake, flowers and plants. Hattie raised chickens and she would sell eggs in town to buy ice things for her children. She was so generous with her time, talents, and love. Hattie was a wonderful role model for her family. Hattie passed away on Friday, April 3, 1998 at the Clinton Good Samaritan Center, reaching the age of 86 years, one month and 28 days. Survivors include six daughters, Dorothy (Alvin) Jorgenson of Bellingham, Hazel (Donald) Iverson of Beardsley, Edna Konold of Dawson, Marjorie Prodoehl of Beardsley, Katherine (Maurice) Herberg of Graceville and Kathleen (Harold) Ness of Fraze; two sons, Nelson (Darliss) Cox of Clinton and Raymond (Vicki) Cox of Alena, TX; She is also survived by two step- daughters, Shirley (Paul) Ferguson of Peoria, AZ and ]anice (Ray) Frazier of Brainerd; two step-sons, Donald (Shirley) Finherg of Clinton and Dale putting out a request for proposals in order to assure that equity be SD as an adult. She attended country maintained in the plan design She school near Clear Lake. stated that one of the services that they On september 12, 1930 she was could provide is preparation of a comparison regarding benefits, networks and rates quoted by those providers who may submit a proposal should the county bid their coverages Much discussion was held. The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M. COUNTY BOARD MEETINO March 26, 1998 Chairman Torgerson called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M in the courtroom of the courthouse with Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndmd and Maas present. Also present were Beth Tinldenberg, Sharon Finks, Gall Mittelstaedt, Diana Huits, Mark Thompson, Terry LaVoi and Judith Pattison. Present at the request of the insurance committee was Todd Swanson, marketing representative with John Hancock Mutua/Life Insurance Company. He has been woddng with the City of Graceville to provide health insurance coverage t.o city employees. He reviewed a variety of indiwdual coverage options andpremiums for consideration..As the meeting had been called for the purpose of gathering informat on only, there was no action taken. The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M. SPECIAL SESSION March 30, 1998 A special work session of the Board was called to order by Chairman Torgerson at 9:00 A.M. in the jury room of the courthouse. Present were Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndrud and Maas and County Attomey Watson. As the focus of the meeting pertained to discussion of labor contracts, the Auditor did not attend but was available if needed. The purpose of the meeting was to review the proposed labor contracts from both Family Services and the H.ihway department. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Lane and carried that the 1998 salades of the five elected officials be established as follows: Attorney - $44,365.62; Auditor $44,056.'4; Recorder - $34,683.74; Sheriff - / $40,072.24; Treasurer - $32,417.58. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Lane that the 1998 Labor Agreement with the Big Stone County Highway Department be approved with Section 11.02 - Use of Sick Leave - amended to read that "employees shell draw upon accumulated sick leave benefits when they are unable to work due to .." Motion carded unanimously. Torgerson stepped down as Chair and moved that the 1998 Labor Agreement with the Big Stone County Family Services Unit be approved with Section 11.02 - Use of Sick Leave - be amended to read the same as the Highway Department Contract. Lane offered the second and the motion carried unanimously. Both agreements provide that all salary grades and steps be auet W 3-- Discussmn was also held regarding the negotiations with the employees not represented under a labor agreement. It was decided that those employees be also offered a 3% salary adjustment to all grades and steps and, also the ind .Mduals err...=oyed as a dep .uy.. sheriff eaon receive  per pay penoo mr ume spent "on calF. At 11:45 the Chair declared the meeting adjourned at which time he provided the auditor with the pertinent mforrnatJon from the meeting. Attest Judith Pattison, Auditor David Torgerson, Chair Prairie Five united in mamage to Neal Albert Cox in Watertown, SD. Hattie was a wonderful wife and loving mother and grandmother. She was very proud of her large family. Hattie and Neal farmed in Minnesota and South Dakota. They moved to the Beardsley area in 1957. They then moved to Clinton in the early 80's. Mr. Cox passed away in 1989. In 1990 Hattie was united in marriage to Marlow Finberg. She was always willing and ready to help others. She volunteered to drive friends to appointments and church. Hattie made many lovely quilts for her families. She was a good cook and did her share with a large family to feed. She always had a large garden with Duane Buholz Funeral services for Duane Buholz of Northfield, formerly of Ortonville and Brookings, SD,were held last Friday, April 3rd, 1998 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfieid. Officiating was Rev. Leslie Svendsen and Rev. Joseph Crippen. Duane passed away March 31 st at his home in Northficld. Organist was Ruth Fcrguson and vocalist was Winnifred Albcrg. Interment was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, on Saturday, April 4th. Pallbearers were Styen Buholz, Daniel Buholz, Holly and Richard C6k , Glad-tVlc'CYaciff, and 13.  Charles R ............. Duane Eldon Buhoiz was born menu I Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 Chicken Breast, Make-Ahead Potatoes, Harvard Beets, Sherbet, Rye Bread Wednesday, April 15 Salisbury Steak, Boiled Potatoes/Gravy, Wax Beans, Chocolate Yum Yum, WW Dinner Roll Thursday, April 16 Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes/ Gravy, Italian Blend Vegetable, Cookie, Raisin Bread Friday, April 17 Cook's Choice, Soup, Sandwich, Fruit Monday, April 20 Pork Chop, Scalloped Potatoes, 'Oriental Vegetables, Fruit Sauce, Raisin Bread Tuesday, April 21 Baked Fish, Lemon Parslied Potatoes, Green Beans, Coconut Crumb Dess., Wheat Bread INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY (Avis) Finberg of Salem, OR; five sisters, Winnie Yocom of Albert Lea, Rosie Brusven of Grants Pass, OR; Gladys (Lestr) Asher of Seattle, WA; Iva (Paul) Jackson of Seattle, WA and Darlene (Gordon) Nelson of Wadha; two hrothers, Homer (Hazel) Riley of Davenport, IA and Ralph (Leona) Riley of Colorado Springs, CO; sister- in-law, Lois Riley of Montevideo; special friend, Raymond Kahl of Clinton; 24 grandchildren, 42 great grandcbildren, one great-great grandchild; several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one son, one sister, three brothers, one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of the arrangements. May 4, 1922, in Big Stone City, SD, the son of Henry William Buholz and Lydia Elizabeth Henkelman. "Duane's early training and education outside the home was received in the Evangelical Church as well as schools in Odessa and Ortonville where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1940. Four years of study at North Central College in Napervill, IL, were interrupted by three years of service in the United States Army Air Corps in the continental United States and the Ninth Air Force in Europe. Buholz entered the service in June 1942, and was commissioned as a single-engine fighter pilot. He saw action in Europe. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and ten Air Medals. His unit received two Presidential Citations and commendations from Generals Bradley and Patton. He flew P47 Thunderbolts in 72 missions in France, Germany and Belgium. Duane continued his service in the United States Air Force Reserve and retired in 1982 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On June 15, 1946 Duane was united in marriage to Norma Lois Olson in Eidskog Lutheran Church in Big Stone County. To this union three children were born: Steven William, an attorney in Dallas, TX; Holly Ann Corrick (wife of Richard Corrick), a teacher in Glencoe; and Daniel Olson Buholz, a millwright in Seguin, TX. Grandchildren are Mark and Katy Bt]hblZ, Scott arid KelyCorricL and" Walter Cassidy. , , Duane was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in- law Ardys and Melbert Gess. Following a year teaching in the High School in Brookings, SD, Duane served as administrator of the Brookings Clinic, P.A., for 39 years, retiring in 1986. Norma and Duan spent their precious and declining years in Northfield and in Sun City West, AZ, as well as Glencoe. Graveside Services were conducted by Chaplain It. Col. Robert J Semrad of Tabor Methodist Church, Big Stone City, SD. (Edi. note: This obituary was written by Duane on April 19, 1994, while living at Orchard Estates h-! Gleneoe.) Verna Kuyper Funeral services for Verna Kuyper, 90, of Ashland, KY formerly of Derby, KS were held Friday, April 10, 1998 in the United Methodist Church of Ortonville. Rev. Larry Kasten officiated with Pat Kunz as organist. Active pallbearers were John Clark, Harold Hippie, Mark Kuyper, Douglas Mielitz, Howard and Steve Sitter. Honorary pallbearers were Loren Clark, Donald Mielitz, Ron Pinkei-t and Clyde Sitter. Interment was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Verna Kuyper was born Feb. 9, 1908 at Yellowbank Township. Lac qui Parle County to parents Herman and Lillie Sellin Rich. She was baptized and confirmed at the Yellowhank Evangelical Church. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1924 and completed Ortonville Normal Training. On June 4, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harold Arthur Kuyper in the Odessa Evangelical Church where they met while performing in a play in the young people's group. They farrr/ed in the Odessa area until retirement in 1972. Harold and Verna soon moved to Santa Barbara, CA and then to Derby, KS where Harold died in 1987. In 1996 Verua moved to Ashland, KY to live with her son. Verna taught in one room country schools before her marriage and again from 1950 to the late sixties. In the early years she had to build the fire to heatthe school and she was also the janitor. She taught school in districts #33, #48, #14 and taught at Odessa aad Correll. Verna enjoyed quilting, tatting, growing African Violets and braiding rugs. Verna was a pianist and a Sunday School teacher at the Odessa Evangelical Church for many years. She and her sister Marjorie Milbrandt sang duets at many church functions. Verna was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Verna passed away Sunday, April 5, 1998 in Kings Daughters Medical Center of Ashland reaching the age of 90 years, I month and 26 days. Survivors include two sons, Joel D. (Irene) of Ashland, KY and H. Alan (Susan) Kuyper of Derby, KS; four grandchildren; one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold and sister, Marjorie Milbrandt. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville was in charge of the arrangements. ". i " . , , - : : ".' .... . ....... - -:, f . Comfortable Reading " l ] "]qewspapers come mto gour :home, almost like part] ]of your famtly. You greet them in your bathrobe,| ].carry them rote your breakfast room, iouqg with them| tin the den. They may be the only companions yo;| uL INDEPENDENT Page 9b