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[ OHS seniors on parade DAN BERDAN is the son of Glenn and Lisa Berdan. He has been active in football, basket- ball, baseball, drama, band, jazz band, BPA, Student Council LEFT, community the- ater and American Legion,VFW and Rox baseball. Dan was MVP, All-Conference and Captain of the basketball team, All-Conference in football, on the A Honor Roll, attended BPA Nationals twice, Homecoming attendant in eighth grade and as a senior and the recipient of the Concordia College Excellence Scholarship. While in school he has been employed with Strei Construction and Design. Following graduation Dan plans on attending Concordia College in Moorhead for Pre- Physical Therapy. CHASE KUEFLER is the son of Todd and Sharon Kuefler. He has been active in baseball, football and enjoys hunting and fishing. Chase has lettered in both baseball and football while at OHS. During school he has been employed at Mac Daddy's. Following graduation Chase plans on attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD for Civil Engineering. SAMANTHA PETERSON is the daughter of Brent and Kathy Peterson. She has been active in volleyball, basketball and Yearbook Staff. Samantha was basketball captain and was All-Conference Honorable Mention in basketball the past two years. She was also eighth grade Homecoming attendant and senior Winter Carnival Attendant. While in school she has been employed with the DNR YCC Group in Odessa, Ortonville Golf Course Clubhouse and ECFE. Following graduation Samantha plans on attending Barry University in Miami Shores, FL with the major undecided. CHARLIE TAFFE is the son of Roman and Carol Taffe. He has been active in football, basketball, Student Council, BPA, LEFT, drama and commu- nity theater. Charlie's Computer Animation team has taken first place in State BPA and has traveled to National BPA competitions in 2010 and 2011. He has been employed part-time in construction dur- ing the summer. Following graduation Charlie plans on attending Concordia College in Moorhead to Major in Business and play football for the Cobbers. MICHAEL PAPASSO is the son of Richard and Marie Papasso. He has been active in baseball while at OHS. Michael was lOth grade Winter Carnival Attendant and has been on the Honor Roll throughout high school. During school he has been employed at Progressive Collision and Glass, Rocky Knolls Golf Course and Hartman's Super Valu. Following graduation Michael plans on attending college for Computer Information Systems Technology. AgCountry Farm Credit donates to local food shelves AgCountry Farm Credit Services has donated over $14,000 toward hunger relief efforts in eastern North Dakota and northwest and west cen- tral Minnesota. The Graceville branch office made a contribution to the Browns Valley Food Shelf, Big Stone County Food Shelf and Traverse County Food Shelf. This is the 21st year AgCountry FCS has donated funds to local hunger relief efforts. "The demand at food banks throughout North Dakota and Minnesota continues to increase, par- ticularly during these challenging economic times," says Bob Bahl, President and CEO, AgCountry Farm Credit Services. "As an agricultural cooperative serving farmers that put food on our tables," he adds, "we con- sider it a privilege to help provide for the current and future hunger needs of our communities." "We are committed to helping solve the challenge of hunger in our community," says Tim Hanson, Branch Manager/Senior Loan Officer, AgCountry Farm Credit Services. "We are pleased to support the local county food pantries in their efforts to create a hunger-free community," he adds. S]0070TS CAN KILL. mnartscount.com Do you sing? Paint? Write? Dance? Draw? Act? Sculpt? Photograph? Weave? Play an instrument? Compose? Your art matters! Be proud, be counted today. www.mnartscount.com Call toll-free 1-800-748-3222 ext. 225 I Buy a walleye stamp, help support stocking program Anglers who want to support Minnesota's walleye stocking pro- gram can do so by simply purchasing a walleye stamp wherever Minnesota fishing licenses are sold. More than 32,000 anglers bought the stamp in 2010. Stamp sale pro- ceeds were used to purchase 200,000 walleye fingerlings from the private sector for stocking and improve an important walleye rearing pond. "When you purchase a stamp, your voluntary contribution goes into a dedicated account for walleye stocking," said C.B. Bylander, out- reach section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The account is used to sup- port the state's rearing and trans- portation of walleye and the purchase of walleye from certified private pro- ducers." Legendary walleye angler Al Lindner is helping the DNR promote the 2011 walleye stamp, reminding anglers, "Hook a Minnesota walleye stamp. It's a great catch!" A walleye stamp validation costs $5. For $2 more, the DNR will mail the actual stamp to anglers as a col- lector's item. This year's stamp was created by artist Stuart Nelson of Cloquet, who painted a walleye about to strike a leech and jig. A walleye stamp is not required to fish for or keep walleye. "It's never too late to snag a wall- eye stamp," Bylander said. "They are available year-round and can be pur- chased days, weeks or even months after you've bought your fishing license." THERESA HOFFMAN OF ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL has been awarded a Champion Scholarship at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Theresa will be an incoming freshman at DSU in the fall 2011, majoring in elementary education. Theresa, a senior at OHS, is the daughter of Gary and Deb Hoffman of Odessa. Dakota State awards Champion Scholarships to incoming freshman on the basis of their ACT composite score and cumulative high school grades. Award amounts vary from $500 to $2,150 annually, and are renewable for four years for a total award at the $2,000 Achievement, $6,600 Merit, or $8,600 Presidential level. Theresa is pictured above receiving her scholarship from Dr. Doug Knowlton, President of DSU. FEA00ING AT HOME IN ORTONVILLE are Traci, Jasmine and Terry Ocafia. Terry and Traci Ocafia It was alway the hope for Terry and Traci that they could one day return to a small town, near a lake to work and raise their family. That became a reality back in November of 2010 when Terry accepted the Information Systems Technician position with Big Stone County. The couple had been living and working in Salem, OR when they found out about the posi- tion with the County. Terry was working in the same position with CLD Pacific Grain, which is 50 percent owned by Cargill of Minnesota. With the help of Traci's parents, Clyde and Jo Weros of Ortonville, they pursued the County position and they have been very happy ever since. Traci is originally from the Twin Cities area and the opportunity to be near family was very important to them. "Terry's family no longer resides in Oregon, and with my family still in Minnesota, this was the move we wanted to make," said Traci. "This is such a beautiful area and we are glad to be able to live here." Traci is currently taking college Psychology courses on line and would like to eventually work in that field. Their daughter, Jasmine, 10, is a fifth grader at James Knoll Elementary and is involved in tae kwon do. She also like volleyball, gymnas- tics, archery and riding her bike. Terry also has two sons, Coady, 19 of Washington State and Tyler, 18, a high school senior in Indiana. They also have a family pet dog, Sydney, a Collie/Lab mix. Terry has been employed with the County now for over five months and truly enjoys his work. "I really love the job," said Terry. "I am for- tunate to work with and for a wonderful group of people. We like the small town living and couldn't be happier." As a family, they enjoy fishing and hoping to do a lot of that this summer. They are also avid Vikings fans. But for now, besides work, their time will be spent remodeling their home. "We are looking at a busy summer," said Terry. "Hopefully, we'll be able to get on the lake and at the same time get our house remod- eled." Series sponsored by Minnwest Bank MINNWEST BANK'S MASTERcARD ATM/DEBIT CARD NOW WITH OVER 15,000 SURCHARGE-FREE ATMs NATIONWIDE MINNWEST SIMPLY F p E BANK G No minimum balance No monthly service charge FREE MasterCard ATM/Debit Card* FREE MoneyPass ATM transactions** FREE Online Banking FREE Online Bill Payi FREE Checks (standard design) All Minnwest Bank checking accounts come with Minnwest Bank's MasterCard ATM/Debit Card. The card that does triple duty. 1. 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