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a heart" c, IN E NDENT to ued in the OHS production of "The Music Man" held last weekend Left to ri ht A - " g nderson, Andy Loraff, in back, who p ayed Mayor Shinn, Katie Thymian, Megan and Chelsie Parady. Wa Tan Ye girls rot shown are Ann Kopitzke and Aubrey Board commits $20K to county revolving loan fund COsts and Diplomat through television :again? 41% 59% Votes poll r VOte e Pol Big Stone County's Board of Commissioners approved $20,000 to help establish a countywide revolving loan fund at its regular meeting last Tuesday, in cooperation with the non- profit organization Big Storre Area Growth. BSAG Executive Director Roger Bird had met with commissioners on two previous occasions, and had been speaking with representatives of the board to iron out details of the agree- ment. Bird stated BSAG will have the ability to secure further monies through a number of other sources to match the county's contribution, and create a sizeable fund to further busi- of Conway, Dooth and Schmesing on the subject of human resources. Among the questions asked to Viler were whether or not a county this size would need a full time human resources coordinator. Vilet stated if the county were to look at the position as one of a consul- tant, rather than a supervisor who would require higher pay, a human resources coordinator may be a feasi- ble concept. "You could spend anywhere from ten dollars an hour to a hundred thou- sand a year," he said, "depending on the expermnce you're looking for." Viler suggested the county look at either the possibility of a human ness development in the county, resources coordinator, costing Big "The EDA can come in here, too,"//tone County around $50,000 per stated Commissioner Dave Torgerson, year, or an employment clerk, whose "and say they're in support of this. We've got to give Roger and BSAG some credit." After discussion, the board voted to commit $20,000 toward the fund, also approving a letter of support for BSAG and its efforts. In other business, commissioners heard a presentation from Vern Vilet wages would range from $10-15 per hour. He added if the county were to look at a higher paid position such as a coordinator, it would be feasible to share the person with the city of Ortonville or other entities to offset the cost. Slow winter fishing means good opener this weekend Thin ice may have kept anglers off Big Stone Lake much of last winter, but that means good news for the wall- eye population, and the chances of netting a keeper during the inland waters opener this Saturday, April 27. "There hasn't been much pressure the last seven or eight months," com- ments Greg Rassett of Bud's Bait shop. "This could mean more fish available than an average year." Rassett says this year's hot lure once again is the jig and minnow com- bination in chartreuse and orange or other brightcolors, as well as a slip bobber and leach rig. The largest walleye on record at Bud's Bait is between 9-9 3/4 pounds, and was brought in during the opener. a couple years ago by a visitor from the Twin Cities. Agreeing with the prediction of a few more available walleye is Assistant Fisheries Manager Chris Domeier, who says spawning is done for the most part which could mean the females biting as well. "We're well into the post spawning period now," he says, "and most should be biting." Though the temperatures are expected to keep the water temp a bit below the optimal 60 degree mark, Domeier says he expects Big Stone Lake to be around the low 50s, which shouldn't make much difference in biting. This year there aren't any regula- tion changes, though a change in the perch limit from 50 to 25 per day is still in effect, with this number in force for possession as well for Minnesota. Also still in effect is that in the state it is illegal to high grade species, meaning once anglers take a fish, they cannot trade it for another and release it. Walleyes must still be a minimum of 14 inches in length, anl the posses- sion limit remains at six per person. Surveys have shown a moderate population, with a fair number of walleye around the 15 inch mark, and Domeier says anglers should be catch- ing more fish than usual, though most should be smaller than the legal mini- mum length. "The surveys have shown the lake didn't lose many fish last winter," he adds, "and since the fishing was pret- ty quiet then, there should be a few more fish available than normal." One interesting misconception is that the lake is lower than normal this year, since rocks which are usually under water are now showing in some areas. Diane Radermacher, administrator of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District, states the lake level is normal, even though rocks have begun to show in some areas. "Ice heaves catch rocks and can move them slightly," she says. "Shifting of the ice and the ice going out have been known to move rocks in some areas." At present, the lake level is at 968.2 feet above sea level, and since its level is usually held at an even 968 feet, just a small amount of water is being let out. And so, provided another freak snowstorm isn't in the works this week, anglers should have a good time once again for the opening weekend of fishing. Mittelstaedt is new secretary of Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Visitors to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office will be seeing a new face, as Orlou Mittelstaedt has taken over as the chamber's secretary. Mittelstaedt, originally from Minnetonka, has roots in the Ortonville area. Her husband Jamie's father James grew up in Milbank, SD, -nd lamie's mother is Viva Lambert of Ortonville. Also, Mittelstaedt's grantlparents Frank and Marguerite Mittdstaedt were both dentists in Milbank for many years. Related to the Otreys, Orlou's father is a descendant of William Otrey, for whom the lake and town- ship are named. Mittelstaedt lived in Dallas, TX while Jamie worked for Braniff Airlines, before moving back to Minnetonka in the 1960s where they basketball coach resigns, eliminates ESL position year-old man of Education of three year Coach Kyle meeting last which the team traveled to the state tournament twice, Kirkeby and the Trojan boys amassed a 72-12 varsity record. In other business Monday, board members took final action to eliminate the school's English as a Second Language instructor position. Kelly Vangsness, who was hired after the start of the 2001-2002 school year, will not have her contract renewed for 2002-2003. Ortonville School Superintendent Jeff Taylor stated there are between eight and 12 students utilizing the ESL program at this time, though some will be leaving after this school year. Taylor added all schools, despite the number of students needing the program, must provide English as a Second Language instruction. Dollars made available through the state will generally cover the cost of the pro- gram, No action has yet been taken on how to offer ESL for the coming school year. No further action was taken on budget reductions, though a commit- tee will be looking at the school's pro- grams and presenting recommenda- tions for cuts next year at this time. "THE MUSIC MAN" was presented the drama dep.artment at OHS Frida Saturday evenings, and included a appearance by the Dialtones, a quartet Mdl"'tones singers. Members of ' Dialtones, seated left to right, are Steve Strege, Les Bockes, Jack Gable and Verden Gerler. Atop the podium is Lady Liberty Katie Thymian, and looking on at left is Andy Loraff. Quarry accident claims life of 21- An accident yesterday morning, Monday, April 22 at Milbank, SD's Dakota Granite claimed the life of 21- year-old Matthew Veen. According to Dakota Granite General Manager Chuck Monson, officials from the Mining Safety and Health Association will be investigat- ing the incident today, Tuesday April 23. Monson asked not to comment on the incident until the investigation has completed, and added in Dakota Granite's 77 years of operation, there has never been a fatal accident. Since the incident occurred on pri- vate property, Grant County Sheriff Mike McKernan stated no official report will be filed by the department. Emanuei-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the arrange- ments for Veen. teach- had the boys taking as head the "wants in his life during owned and operated their own travel agency. The couple lived in Santa Barbara, CA in the mid-80s, but returned to Minnesota once again to be near their parents in the Twin Cities. Orlou and Jamie have five children and 14 1/2 grandchildren. They enjoy camping, living on Big Stone Lake, wildlife, and Jamie is a representative on the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association. "It's just so beautiful here," she comments. "We really like that this area is so laid back compared to the cities. Mittelstaedt welcomes everyone to stop into the chamber office and say hello, and adds she looks forward to meeting more of the people here and promotmg the Big Stone Lake area. Spring Salad Luncheon at Methodist church The Spring Salad Luncheon will be held this Wednesday, April 24 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ortonville. Advanced ticket sales only. Contact Anna Rothi at 839-2408 or Joyce Scherer at 839-2719. (Adv.) NEW CHAMBER SECRETARY. OrLou Mittelstaedt is the new secre- tary of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. CONSTRUCTION SEASON IS HERE, and a number of projects are in the works in and around Ortonville. Above, crews along Highway 12 between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD work on concrete and bituminous milling. Milling and surfacing, states the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will take place along Highway 12 for an anticipated 35 working days, beginning yesterday, Monday, April 22. Motorists along the road can expect single lane closures with flagging and "step and take turn" operations. In addition, a realign- ment of 1/2 mile of curved road on Highway 28 west of Graceville will begin in early June, expecting to last until mid-October. Traffic detours with reduced speeds should be anticipated.