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or a DVD on their large screen TV. All area seniors are invited to join the Senior Club for fun and fellowship on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The coffee is always on and there is a variety of goodies to enjoy for a small charge at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Ortonville Community Center has plenty of space to host your party or celebration. Organizations needing a meeting place are welcome during daytime or evening hours. They can ac- comodate your group's noon meetings by providing a noon meal. Just contact the Center for details concerning avail- ability and cost. If you need a ride to the Center, you can call the Transit Bus at 320-839- 2050. Visit the Community Center and you'll find old and new friends and a great place to spend part of your day. Both the monthly menu and calendar are available at the Center. WILLMAR SCULPTOR FRED COGELOW gave a private showing of his new piece, "A Penny Saved ...?" to fifth grade students, shown above, and junior and high school art students from Ortonville School Monday. He shared some of his sculpting techniques and tips. Life-size wood sculpture at CenBank through May 6 The sculpture entitled, "A Penny Saved ...?" by Willmar artist Fred Cogelow, is making its debut in Ortonville at CenBank now through May 6. The life-size piece was sculpted from a supplemented butternut log, augmented with three major and numerous minor laminations. Roughly 500 pounds of wood were reduced to 68 lbs. in the final product. Cogelow brought, "A Penny Saved ...?" and set up the display Monday morning. He visited with the public about his work at an official "Meet and Greet" open house at CenBank beginning at 1:30 p.m. The fifth grade class and juior and senior art students from Ortonville School were given private showings on Monday as well. "A Penny Saved ... ?" was show- cased at the April 5th concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at Dawson's Memorial Auditorium. "A Penny Saved...?" is the fourth and final life- size figure rendered from a supple- mented log by the sculptor. According to Cogelow, "This work depicts an engaging octogenarian about her banking business and is a tribute to all the 'little people' whose fiscal prudence helped them, in the final analysis, outperform such bank- ing giants as Lehman Brothers and Behr-Sterns." Cogelow, who is best known for his portraits of elderly farmers and has been occasionally chastened for ignoring the better-looking half of humanity, states that the piece is his "tribute to the many 'wimmin' what have endeavored to make a better individual of me, with apologies to the majority of them." Doug Holtquist and the Big Stone Arts Council were instrumental in bringing the sculpture to Ortonville. The piece is sponsored in part by a grant through Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Take advantage of this artistic treat to view "A Penny Saved ...?" now through May 6. Big Stone City hopes to get public garden With winter on its way out; thoughts are turning to gardening. With the economy such as it is; more and more families struggle to make ends meet. Horizon's of Big Stone City may be able to help its residents through a community garden project. Harvesting fresh produce would certainly help out with .the grocery bill and planting and caring for a garden is an excellent way to get youth and seniors and everyone in between working together for a most worth- while cause. Input is needed from Big Stone City residents as to anyone having any size plots available for community use. Also residents desiring the use of any size plot are encouraged to respond. Interest in volunteering their help with this project (All ages!) and/or tools is needed as well. In order to get this project up and run- ning, response is encouraged as soon as possible. Please call Horizon President Vicky Torgerson at 605- 862-8358. Bridal shower set for Cynthia Stulz Celebrate Arbor Day in MN this Friday by planting trees Minnesota's Arbor Day is nearly here, and the best way to observe the holiday is to plant trees. Arbor Day in Minnesota will be celebrated on Na- tional Arbor Day, April 29. Before you get started, you want to make sure you're planting the right tree in the right place. A tree serves many purposes. It is wise to first determine which functions are most important to you when selecting a new tree to plant. The main functions of a tree are: Shade: Trees are an excellent source for cooling because not only do they block the rays of the sun, they add water to the air through transpiration. Plant where you want the shadow dur- ing the hottest time Of the year. Beauty: Trees add color and can enhance your home depending on where it's planted. Windbreak: These are most effec- tive when you plant trees in a dense, step-like arrangement of both conifers and deciduous trees. Boundaries: Trees can help delin- eate your property. Once you determine the tree's func- tion, you need to pick the best spot to plant it. To help ensure that you plant the right tree in the right place, there are a few things to consider: Short flowering trees are ideal planted under power lines. These trees will not clash with the lines and will add color and beauty to your yard. Some examples of short flowering trees are redbuds, dogwoods and crabapples. Large deciduous trees are best used to shade your home and yard. These trees should be planted on the southeast, southwest and west side of your home to provide cooling shade in the summer and won't obstruct the low winter sun. Examples of large shade trees are maples, oaks, spruce and many pine species. To slow strong winter winds, many people use evergreen trees, but large deciduous trees work well, too. Wind- breaks should be planted on the north side of your home, a fair distance from the nearest structure. Spruce, firs and pine trees make fine windbreaks. Before you plant, you should also discover which trees grow best in Min- nesota. To do so, consult the Arbor Day Foundation's Hardiness Zone Map at, or contact a local nursery or arborist. Once you've determined the func- tion of your tree and which species you'd like, you're ready to plant. You must take special care of your tree dur- ing planting time to ensure that it will grow healthy and strong. When planting a containerized tree, there are six steps you need to take. 1. Call before you dig. Call the 811 hotline to have underground utilities located. 2. Handle your tree with care. Al- ways lift it up by its root ball and keep its roots moist until you plant it. 3. Dig the proper hole. Dig 2 to 5 times wider than the diameter of the root ball with sloping sides. 4. Dig to the proper depth. The trunk flare of your tree should sit slightly above ground level. 5. Back fill the hole with native soil. That is, unless the soil is all clay. Tamp soil gently to fill large air spaces. 6. Mulch your new tree. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around the planting area but keep it 1-2 inches away from the trunk. Planting instructions for bare-root trees and ball and burlap trees can be found at ing.cfm. Americans have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872. Nebraska City,. Neb., resident, civic leader and agriculturist J. Sterling Morton urged Nebraskans to "set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit." The tree-planting holiday was so popular that by 1920, more than 45 states and U.S. territories annually celebrated Arbor Day. Today, the tree-planters' holiday is observed in all 50 states and in many countries around the world. There will be an open house bridal shower on Sunday, May I, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. for Cynthia Stulz, bride-to- be of Lawrence Karels. The shower will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. RSVP to Charlene Karels at (320) 839-3207. (ADV) Chanhassen event planned for May 7 See "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater! Swift- Big Stone Thrivent Chapter 31319 is .planning a trip for Saturday, May 7. It is open to all persons. Cost for the event is $70. This includes the bus fare and dinner theater. The bus will load in the County Courthouse park- ing lot in Ortonville at 7:30 a.m. They will leave the theater around 3:20 p.m. to return home. For reser- vations, call Pam Schneck at 320-325- 5528 or Phylliss Rieppel at 320-289- 1713. Your check will secure your reservation. (ADV) Jeff Warner's Ortonville Community Center "Ultimate Strength" follow-up meeting where old, new friends gather "We want to everyone ,n West Central area for allowing us to Where can you shoot a game of pool, enjoy a terrific meal, take in the best view of Big Stone Lake and the beautiful murals across the street and play a game of cards with some fun folks? It's the Ortonville Community Center, formerly known as the Or- tonville Senior Center. Their great cook, Ruby, cooks up a wonderful hot and tasty meal that's served every day at noon, and with menus like baked chicken and potato salad, roast beef commercial and ribs and kraut, you may be tempted to take your noon meal with you every day - and they do the dishes. Monthly menus are available at the Center and are also published in the Ortonville Independent. They also ac- comodated those needing Diabetic, Low-Cholesterol and Low-Sodium diets. Make your reservation by calling the Community Center at 320-839- 3555 the day before you wish to eat. You may leave a message on their an- swering machine at any time. While the highlight of the day at the Center is the noon meal, the Center has many activities and services available to add fun to your life or provide assis- tance in various ways, and several have been added to those already on the cal- endar. New activities at the Community Center include: -Balance Screening by Big Stone Therapies held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Appoint- ments are necessary, call the Center for this free service. -Afternoon at the movies is held on the first and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The movies look great on their new big-screen TV. Re- freshments are served and there is a $1 charge for this activity. -If balancing that checkbook is giv- ing you a headache, make an appoint- ment on the second Tuesday of the month for assistance from CenBank starting at 10 a.m. This is a free service. -Western MN Legal services is at the Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. They can answer any legal questions you may have. Appointments are necessary and last approximately a half hour. There is no charge for this service. Additional opportunities at the Community Center include: -Blood Pressure checking by Coun- tryside Public Health the first Monday of the month for free at 12:30 p.m. -Vintage Stitchers meet the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. They knit and crochet items for charity and all are invited to join. -Old greeting cards find new life as they recycle them into beautiful new cards, available at the Center for $.50. This takes place the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. -Their pool table gets a good work- out daily starting at 8 a.m. If the com- petitors are game, a pool tournament can be arranged the fourth Thursday of each month at no charge. -Card games are popular and played mornings and afternoons. Bridge is played Friday afternoons at 12:50 p.m. -Quilters are invited to bring their projects and work on them with the ladies who meet the first Monday of each month a 9 a.m. -The 'No Pokin Along' exercise group meets every morning at 10 a.m. They work out to either an audio tape present Jeff Warner's Ultimate Strength program. We believe it was a positive message of hope and persis- tence in these times. Everyone, espe- cially our young people need a mes- sage of hope at this time as we see some losing faith in their own futures. A special thanks to those who attended our evening event as it was a great time of fun, and Faith. Jeff made it clear that his success was due to hard work, persistence, and his own personal faith in the Lord. For those of you who surrendered your lives to Jesus we want to encourage you to begin reading the gospel of John. We wanted to have a follow up meeting for any questions on Sunday, May 1 at the Graceville Community building at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. We are also planning other events for the summer and fall if you would like to hear about those events. We are simply trying to plan so there can be a continued positive message for our area and young people. Thank you, Pastor Tom Fangmeier, Pastor David Homrighausen Chuck Bauer." (ADV) AUTHOR CHAD LEWIS entertained a standing room only group of over 90 people at the Ortonville Public Library on April 2 with his pictures and stories of Hauntings in Minnesota and South Dakota. He is pictured above with the books he has written or co-authored. ON for you Teamwork. 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