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Ortonville "Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 2 Sections-20 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Volume 92: Number FIRST ANNUAL WALK AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL against Child Abuse was held on Monday, April 19. Many walked from the Family Service Center building to the Courthouse where the Candlelight Vigil was held. This event was held in honor of child abuse survivors, children lost to child abuse and in support of families who have been affected by child abuse. Shown above are some of the many walkers that ventured through main street to the courthouse. DREAM for Kids holds first annual walk/vigil last Monday The DREAM for Kids Team devel- oped the idea of a walk/vigil to raise awareness that child abuse DOES HAPPEN in our small communities. The Team's hope was that once people realized that fact, they would be will- ing to do something about it. The event was held in honor of child abuse survivors, in memory of children lost to child abuse, in support of heal- ing families who have been affected by child abuse and to shine a light of hope for those children currently being abused. On Monday evening,April 19, more than 100 people attended the walk/vigil. Men, women and children from throughout the area gathered at the Family Ser'vice parking lot, donned blue prevent child abuse ribbons, and made the walk to the Big Stone County Courthouse where they more than filled the rotunda. Big Stone County Attorney and DREAM for Kids Team supporter Bill Watson welcomed the group and talked about his experiences working with child abuse in the Big Stone County area. Pastor Raymond Smith, Trinity Lutheran Church, gave an inspirational opening prayer and the benediction to close the event. Sharon Finke, DREAM for Kids Team member, pre- sented a very touching video that in- cluded statistical information about child abuse in Big Stone County. Gale Mittelstaedt, Big Stone County Family Service Director and DREAM for Kids Team member, asked every- one to remember that "even one child being abused is too many". She stressed that doing what you may think to be very small things (like lend a helping hand or even smile at children as you pass them) to support and help children and their families, rather than being critical of them, is very impor- tant in the fight to end child abuse. Barb Weise, Guardian Ad Litem, re- quested that all citizens consider be- coming Foster Parents to provide temporary care for children when it's needed (contact Family Services at 839-2555). She, as well as the entire DREAM for Kids Team, feels it's im- portant that everyone knows that child abuse does happen in the Big Stone County area; and unfortunately hap- pens more often than most people would ever know. Now it's time to take action ! We all have opportunities to support children and families by doing what we can when that "moment" presents itself. Children and families are counting on ALL of us to help, not to judge, blame or criticize. NO family is perfect; at some point, ALL families need the sup- port and nurture of their community to be strong and healthy. There is no in- come guideline, no educational guide- line, no status guideline; it can happen in any family. Let's start making families a priority in our community.., it starts with YOU! Contact DREAM for Kids Team at 839-2111 or Family Services at 839- 2555 if you want to help. 4th Annual Border Walleye Challenge set for May The Big Stone Walleye Club will be hosting the 4th Annual Border Walleye Challenge this Saturday, May 1. The tournament is full again this year with 125 teams competing to win the $3000 top prize! This year Minnesota will attempt to defend their state title with 146 anglers com- peting against 94 South Dakota Anglers! This years tournament is dedicated to all U.S. Veterans and the tournament will have 28 U.S. Veterans fishing. In the youth division it will be past money winner CJ Nagel competing against last years champi- on Mason Deal for the $100 bonus. 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 Few fish caught during .border water opener Weather played a part in the border waters fishing opener last weekend as rain all day Saturday and cool, windy weather on Sunday limited the number of fisherman who went out to try their luck. According to Greg Rasset of Bud's Bait in Ortonville, fishing was fair with the north end of Big Stone Lake seeing the most success as a few seven pound walleyes were caught. Rasset stated that around Mallard Point north and on the South Dakota side was where most of the better fishing occurred in the shallow water. Some did try their luck from shore with very few fish being caught. 2010 OHS Prom this Saturday The Ortonville High School Junior Class will present Prom 2010 this Saturday, May 1. This year's theme for Prom is "I Could Not Ask For More". The Grand March will begin at 6 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 lot different bite compared to the first three years. Water temps are in the low 60's and walleye spawn has been over for a few weeks. Typically contestants have done well with a jig and minnow in the shallows and this year I expect a variety of fishing techniques to work. With reports of several big fish from opener, I am expecting some big weights to come in this weekend," says club member Artie Arndt. The Big Stone Walleye Club would like to thank the following sponsors: Matador Supper Club, BSLA Chamber, Milbank Ford, Tuffy, G3, Big Stone Lake Realty, Power 106.3, Madison Bottling, Ortonville Independent, Vali-Vu Motel, Rolling Acres Boutique, Tri- State Printing and Apparel, Seehafer Hardware, Huebner Construction, Insurance Solutions, Big Stone Therapies, JDRC, Speedway Bar, Econo Lodge, Ortonville Liquor, Pizza Hut, Hardware Hank, Minnesota Tournament Trail, Lakemaster, Progressive Collision and Glass, Inc., Hedge and Herberg Trucking, Hasslen Construction, Minnwest Insurance, Bud's Bait, Cenex C-Store and Minnwest Bank. For more information go to or stop by Bud's Bait in Ortonville. A SUCCESSFUL OPENING WEEKEND of fishing for Joseph Arndt, 5, son of Artie and Krista Arndt of Ortonville. Joseph caught and released this 7 lb. wallm/e Sunday night on Big Stone Lake. Tlie border water fishin opener last weekend-saw a few venture out on the lake even thougn it rained all day Saturday. Sundaysaw a few more fisherman on the lake. Council set to discuss last p.m, in the Auditorium and willcost $1per person at the door. Thedoors Big Stone City school to will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. nig ht Lakeside Park Project ,00.0000.00attdcintsu:jH]lisattt0000d diannant present "The Wizard of Oz" with the dance to follow until Join the local children of Big Stone sion is set in contemporary America at midnight with ProSound and Light Show providing the music. The Post Prom Party will be held at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium at 12:30 a.m. City School in a wonderful journey through the Magical Land of Oz, as they take the stage this weekend along with two professional actors in Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of the "THE WIZ- ARD OF OZ"! Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at the Big Stone City School gymnasium in Big Stone City. Featuring original music and script by Daniel Nordquist, "THE WIZARD OF OZ" continues Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's tradition of pre- senting classic tales, as you've never seen them done before. Based on L. Frank Baum's classic American fairy tale Prairie Fire's ver- the beginning, and it is from there that the tornado takes Dorothy over the rainbow to Oz. Prairie Fire Theatre professionals Daniel Nordquist and Deborah Pick will play the roles of THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST and THE SCARECROW as well as directing the production. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and ages five and under are free. Tickets are available at the door prior to the performance. This Prairie Fire Children's Theater residency is being sponsored by Big Stone City School. For more information please con- tact Mrs. Marilyn Chindvall at the Big Stone City School at 862-8108 ext. 13. Ortonville City Council members . continued their discussion on the Lake- side Park Project or Minnesota Trail- head Project at their April 19 City Council meeting. They recessed the meeting and scheduled a Special Meet- ing to continue discussion on Monday, April 26. This issue of the Ortonville Independent went to print prior to the meeting. A vote was expected on whether or not to proceed with the project. At the April 19 meeting, Council- man Steve Berkner stated that the bids have been gathered through Interstate Engineering, Inc., with the lowest bid at $400,000. Berkner said they took a real hard look to see how much could be saved on the project and that they got that number down to $290,000 by eliminating closing the road and the paving of the parking lot. He men- tioned that the Park and Rec Board has $30,000 budgeted this year for the project. If they could mirror that next year for an additional $30,000, Inter- state Engineering has talked about de- laying their payment until next year. What it boils down to is they need to find $80,000 said Berkner. Mayor David Dinnel stated that he was not clear as to what the Park Board is proposing. Berkner said the Board would like to be able to move forward and make some cuts, and to have a tar- get date as to when the council are going to vote on this project. "I'd like to see some numbers," said Dinnel, "and at least a sketch of the plan, and,where the money's going to come from before I could vote on this." Berkner said he thought some funds could come from the EDA and that he would like to work with City Clerk/Administrator Char Grossman to see if any funds could come from other areas of the budget. The Council asked Berkner to bring forth his findings at the Special Meet- ing on Monday. Deb Larson of.the Big Stone Arts Council came before the council to dis- cuss a meeting they had about SMAHC funding. They are planning on having John Davis, founder of the nationally known New York Mills Regional Cul- tural Center, speak on May 7 at Adri- anne Stattelman's home. Larson invited the council to attend the meet- ing and to tour some Ortonville build- ings the following day, including the Odd Fellows building on Ortonville's Main Street for possible renovation of a Cultural Center. She asked that they please help spread the word, invite neighbors, friends and families to ac- company them on the tour to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8. "It's not just about artists, it's about all of us in the community and how a cultural center can help revitalize a community," said Larson. In other business, the Park Board met and it was brought up as to why the concession stand is not open during the school year at Northside Field. Council member Angela Doren asked why are the concessions sitting empty when we are trying to raise money for the parks? The Park Board had asked her to come up with a use policy that she thinks can be run with volunteers ' and parents who have kids playing in the ballgames who are willing to work. Motion was made for Angela to be in charge on behalf of the Park Board (Continued on page 3) Author Jill Kalz to appear at Ortonville Public Library yard. Jill Kalz is the author of nearly 50 titles for children, including the Tuckerbean beginning-reader series and the picture book Farmer Cap ("Pfeffernut County" series), finalist for a 2008 Minnesota Book Award and winner of the Readers' Choice Award and an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award. Kalz has also" published work for adults in The Nebraska Review, The Ohio Review, Cream City Review, and other maga- zines. Her short story "Last Call" was a runner-up for Minnesota Monthly's Tamarack Award. Kalz received her MFA in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato. and currently works as a children's book editor. A complete list of Kalz's titles can be found at Author Jill Kalz will give a presen- tation at the Ortonville Library on Saturday, May at 1 p.m. Jill will dis- ,cuss where she gets her story ideas, the process FARMER CAP went through from black-and- white sketches to final art, and why she loves what she does. Features a read- ing of FARMER CAP. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Jill Kalz grew up in New Ulm, a small German town in southern Minnesota (which explains her fond- ness for sauerkraut and her unusually high tolerance for polka). She received her BA and MFA, both in creative writing, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is cur- rently putting them to good use as a senior editor at Picture Window Books, an educational children's book publisher. In addition to her nearly 50 titles for children, Jill has also published work for adults in Minnesota Monthly, Jill enjoys traveling (especially to places on the ocean), buying books, playing with her Nikon P80, watching movies, and going to the theater. She lives in New Ulm with a charismatic Bichon named Tuckerbean, who loves peanut butter, leaf piles, and chatting up the deer, squirrels, and bunnies that regularly visit his back- Art Exhibit at Java Jule's Thursday An Art Exhibit Opening, "Fiber and Fabric of Art", will be held on Thursday, April 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m at Java Jule's in Ortonville. Featured Artists will be Tracy Kellen, Erlys Sis, Cindy Smart and Mary Taffe. Everyone is invited to stop by, meet the artists and enjoy a complimentary snack and dip sampling experience. This is Sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council. Several contests to be held during Big Stone City 125th The 125th Anniversary of the incor- poration of Big Stone City, SD will be having several contests during the cel- ebration weekend, July 9-11. Among them will be a vintage clothing contest, barrel painting and they will also be judging the best floats from the parade. This will take place on Sunday, July 11. The flamingoes are arriving on the yards within Big Stone City and any- one wanting to buy flamingo insurance should contact Pat Kaiser by May 1. There will be souvemrs, t-shirts, belt buckles, cook books, a history/memory book and many more items for sale in the coming weeks. Watch for the OPEN sign in the old North Star Dairy building on the corner of Main Street and Cornell Avenue by the former gas station. If anyone would like to pre- order and pay for a cook book they should contact Margaret Kuefler and for a history book contact Deb Wiik, Phyllis Lieb, Pam Steinke, Kathy Stod- dard, or any of the Round Table club members. The next meeting of the 125th Cel- ebration will be on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. They are looking for more volunteers to make this celebration a big success and everyone is welcomed. Board to conduct community survey on four-day school week By Laurie Maas Regarding how the Ortonville School Board should proceed with gathering information about the four day school week was discussed at their April meeting on Monday, April 19. There was discussion on the possibil- ity of adding or modifying bus routes so some students were not on the bus for longer than one hour. They also discussed having a three day versus a four day kindergarten program. The board decided to go ahead with a com- munity survey so that they would have a better idea on how the majority of the community felt regarding a four day school week. No third meeting will be held until the results of survey are com- pleted. Julie Laqua and five members of the Spanish class who visited Costa Rica gave a presentation to the Ortonville School board. The group learned a lot about the culture and language and had a fun and educational experience. Neva Foster from the Big. Stone Arts Council requested that a tile art project be displayed in the Commons are'a. The tiles were made by youth and com- munity members. The board revisited the information (Continued on page 3)