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:11 Ortonville =Town with a heart" *********************** FOR ADC 980 SMALLTOWNPAPERS 2tt12100 2t7 W COT& ST SHELTON WA '!L5821 N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N ,2 Sections-20 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Volume 93; Number 15 KEITH ANDERSON OF CLINTON was selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, which gave farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local non-profit organization. A ceremony washeld Monday, April11 at a meeting of the Beardsley Town and Country Gals - the non-profit Keith selected to be the recipients of the award. Pictured are members of the T & C Gals, accepting the check: seated, I-r: Keith Anderson and Mike Binsfield, Monsanto representative; back, Marie Klodt, Nita Holker, Mary O'Neill, Sandy Homan, Sarah Homan, Christy Erickson, Peggy Heck, Holly Deutsch, Jessica Homan, Jeanne Krueger, Sarah Goodhart, and Armand Aswege, local dealer. The money will be used for community projects. See accompanying story. Big Stone County farmer wins $2,500 through AFGC program Keith Anderson of Clinton has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM pro- gram, which gave farmers the opportu- nity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers desig- nate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Anderson choosing our group. It's wonderful that the Monsanto Fund is making this type of commitment to its farmers and their rural communities. We look forward to using the funds to continue our mission of making Beardsley a great place to live!" The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held April 11 in Beards- ley. groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit to view a complete list of winners. Farmers in Minnesota now have an- other opportunity to help their rural community by helping local school districts build a better foundation for education. The America's Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM program, 5th Annual Border Walleye Challenge set for Saturday The Big Stone Walleye Club will be hosting the 5th Annual Border Walleye Challenge this Saturday, April 30. The tournament will feature up to 125 teams competing to win the $4,000 top prize! This year Minnesota will attempt to defend their state title and take a 3-2 lead in the head to head series over South Dakota! The tournament will be held at Lakeside Park in Ortonville along the shores of beautiful Big Stone Lake which borders both Minnesota and South Dakota. Weigh-ins start at 2:30 p.m. KJ's Kountry Store from Clinton will be serving food at the weigh-in and the club would like to invite the public to attend. This will be a catch and release event and teams will be allowed to weigh their largest six fish with only two over 20 inches and a 14 inch min- imum. "This year will be a similar bite compared to the first three years. Water temps are in the mid to upper 40's and the walleye spawn is getting into high gear. Typically contestants have done well with a jig and minnow in the shallows and this year I expect much of the same. With reports of fish coming from 1-2 ft of water on the opener, I am expecting a good bite from the male walleyes this week- end," says club member Artie Arndt. The Big Stone Walleye Club would like to thank the following sponsors: Doug's Anchor Marine, Skeeter Boats, JJV's BEST, Matador Supper Club, BSLA Chamber, Reef Runner Lures, Milbank Ford, Power 106.3, Madison Bottling, Ortonville Independent, Tri-State Printing and Apparel, Seehafer Hardware, Insurance Solutions, Big Stone Therapies, JDRC, Econo Lodge, Ortonville Liquor, Pizza Hut, Club 7- 75, Hardware Hank, Minnesota Tournament Trail, Progressive Collision and Glass, Inc., Hedge and Herberg Trucking, Hasslen Construction, Minnwest Insurance, Bud's Bait, Cenex C-Store, Digger's Taxidermy, Superior Industries, Milbank Communications, Let's Go Fishing, Hagen's Rods, Ottertail, and Minnwest Bank. For more information go to or stop by Bud's Bait in Ortonville. National Day of Prayer history and purpose The local observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place on Thursday, May 5 sponsored by the Ortonville Kiwanis club. The obser- vance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Its pur- pose it to mobilize and encourage per- sonal and corporate prayer; to pre- serve America's Christian heritage and defend the religious freedoms granted by the Constitution and to fos- J;er unity within the Christian Church. The meeting on May 5 with conti- nental breakfast, will be held at the New Life Community Baptist Church at 7 a.m. All city and county officials has designated the Beardsley Town and Country Ga!s, located in Beardsley to receive the donation. Anderson says he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Big Stone County. "I am pleased to select the Beards- ley Town and Country Gals as the re- cipient of this donation, because they help to make Beardsley a quality place to live. This donation will help them continue their many community proj- ects." Sarah Goodhart, Town and Country Gals President, says "The Beardsley Town and Country Gals are both hon- ored and grateful to be the recipient of this generous donation. We thank the Monsanto Fund for providing this op- portunity and Keith Anderson for In more than 1,200 eligible coun- ties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. The America's Farmers Grow Com- munities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local com- munities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is a have been invited to be present as well new pil0,  project that will give farmers local clergy and lay people to par- in Illin0 and Minnesota the opportu- lq[iate. nity to nominate their school districts to compete for grants up to $25,000, to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. In the 69 eligible coun- ties in Minnesota, there are nine eligi- ble Crop Reporting Districts (CRD), and one grant will be awarded to each CRD. Visit www.GrowRuralEduca- for a complete listing of school districts, counties and more in- formation about America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. Eligible farm- ers can fill out a nomination form at or call 1-877-267-3332. Farmers can nomi- nate their school districts through June 30,2011. County to observe Children's Mental Health Awareness Day All across the United States during the month of May, and especially on Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, children and youth with serious mental health challenges and their families will celebrate positive youth development, resilience, recovery and the transformation of mental health service delivery. Awareness Day began in 2005 as a grassroots effort among The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admmistration (SAMHSA)- funded system of care communities. Since its inception, it has served as SAMHSA' s key strategy to: raise awareness of the efficacy of community-based mental health ser- vices for children, youth and their families; demonstrate how children's men- tal health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery and resilience; show how children and youth with mental health needs thrive in their communities. With a nationwide focus on early childhood this year, the goals of the Awareness Day initiative are to: integrate mental health into evey environment that impacts child devel- opment from birth: nurture the social and emotional well-being of children from birth: look for and discuss milestones of a child's social and emotional development from birth. Research has found young chil- dren exposed to several significant risks in the first three years of child- hood face a 76 percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language or emotional development. Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will be observed in Big Stone County on Tuesday, May 3. Walter Wulff, Chairman of the Family Services Board and a Big Stone SIGNING A PROCLAMATION to proclaim Tuesday, May 3 as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Big Stone County, is Welfare Board Chairman and County Commissioner Walter Wulff. Looking on are Children's Mental Health Social Workers Maggie Novak, left and Suzi Kleindl. County Commissioner officially signed the proclamation on April 19. They urge all citizens, agencies and organizations interested in meet- ing every child's mental health needs to unite on that day in observance of such exercises as will acquaint the people of Big Stone County with the fundalnental necessity of nurturing the social and emotional well-being of children from birth and providing efl'ective, accessible services and sup- ports for children and youth with mental health needs and their fami- lies. Big Stone County Family Services, in its policy and planning roles, sup- ports effectively caring fin the mental health needs of children, youth and families in the COlmnunity. OHS Prom 2011 held this Saturday The Ortonville High School Junior Class will present Prom 2011 Saturday, April 30. This year's theme for Prom is "Between the Twinkle of a Star and the Glow of the Moon Magic Happfis". The Grand March will begin at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium and will cost $1 per person at the door. The doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The students will attend dinner at 7 p.m. at Sioux Historic Pavilion with the dance to follow until midnight with Kim Wolf entertainment providing the music. The Post Prom Party will be held at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium at 12:30 a.m. BPA students leave next week for National Conference Ortonville will be represented by eight Business Professionals of America (BPA) students at the National Leadership Conference May 3-8 in Washington DC. Students who qualified for the National Conference include Shane Maas-Payroll Accounting; Isaac Knutson-Basic Office Systems and Procedure; Rachel Berger-Digital Media Production; and Colin Plathe, Charlie Taffe, Tate Messmer and Dan Berdan-Computer Animation Team. Bonnie Sue Stolpman will also be attending the Conference as Region 8 President. BPA instructors are Julie Kunde and Kim Johnson. A salute to these BPA students will be in next weeks Ortonville Independent. THE 14TH ANNUAL BATAAN MEMORIAL MARCH, recalling those men who died and the survivors who made it home, was held at Brainer on April 9, 2011. Local members of-the h4innesota National Guard, SSG Kristin Tritz and SGT Alicia DeCamp of the 175th FSC were participants in the March, and finished tying for third place in the 10- Mile Women's Individual Heavy Division, with a 35-1b. rucksack . completing the march in 3 hours, 15 minutes. In 1942, MG Edward King surrendered 10,000 American forces to the Japanese in the Philippines, including "A" Co. of the 194th Tank Battalion. Survivors of the march became prisoners of war and did not return to Brainerd until 1945. That day in Brainerd, 69 years after the fall of Bataan, the 10 and 20-mile marches were held - in remembrance of those brave soldiers. BSAC to present first Annual Gospel Concert this Sunday The Big Stone Arts Council is pleased to announce a cultural event, a Gospel Concert, to be held this Sunday, May 1 at the Ortonville High School Auditorium from 2-4 p.m. This is a free event and everyone in the Big Stone Lake Area community is encouraged to attend. Please use the west entrance of the school. Please arrive early to visit with your neighbors. All proceeds will go to support the Big Stone Arts Council Cultural Center initiative. High tea will be served following the concert. Locally produced foods will be fea- tured. Everyone is invited to attend. Join them in celebrating traditional and contemporary gospel music with over 12 local church choirs and local talent from this area. Voting ballots for best perfor- mance may be purchased with a $5 donation. The winner will receive a $100 prize. They hope that this is something that the community also feels strong- ly about and comes out to support this free community-wide cultural event. There is free admission to the event. County IT Director to also serve Ortonville School Big Stone County Information Technology Director Terry Ocafia asked the Board to sign the agree- ment with the Ortonville School for the IT services which amount to about eight hours per week. This would take effect July 1 and run through June 30. Ortonville currently hires out their services with an IT person from Marshall. Members of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District Board were present to give the Board an update on the permitting process. They informed the Board that they have made changes to tile permitting. Permit applications are to be received a minimum of five days prior to the next board meeting for consideration at that meeting. If requesting a permit for installing tile, all tile sizes and lengths must be ncluded on the per- mit; applications that do not include tile size and length will not be con- sidered for approval. Darrin Welle, Tammy Neubauer and Vernon Johnson of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) gave an update of what their office (Continued on Page Three) National Take Back Day April 30 in Ortonville, Graceville More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, ac- cording to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Part- nership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Studies also indicate that simply putting them down the drain or in the garbage is having a negative effect on groundwater. In an effort to address this problem, the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the DEA, will be conducting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The pur- pose of this is to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs, no questions asked. The collection locations are the Big Stone County Highway Garage located on North Minnesota Street in Or-, tonville and the Graceville Fire Hall on Main Street, Graceville. This event is open to all area citi- zens, regardless of what city or county you are from. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office or visit the DEA website at e e f i