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a heart" I N " NDE hiT f HATTERS attended a luncheon at the Dancing Bean on Thursday. Pictured above are some ville chapter. (L-R) Isabel Tobin, Fran Sester, Lorrayne Karn and Judy Gere. hats/purple dresses galore I Red Hat Society lunch ined at the Dancing saw red, when Society met is an organi- of members SD, Sisseton, SD, Norden, Big SD, Wiimot, at least once a or a field trip, chapter filled the on Thursday for began when a woman named Sue Ellen Cooper, of Fullerton, CA impulsively bought a bright red fedora in a thrift shop. She and a group of friends were then inspired by a poem entitled "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which begins "When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me. There are no rules, but"strong sug- gestion", as members claim. The main suggestion includes wearing a red hat and clashing purple ensemble for members over 50, and a pink hat and lavender ensemble for members under 50 years old. Members are also encouraged to keep up the spirit and purpose of the organization by having fun. Members take turns planning events, so that it does not become a "job" for anyone. Red Hat chapters are in existence throughout the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The Ortonville chapter also attended a luncheon and style show for Red Hat Society members that was held at the Lantern Inn in Milbank, SD. agreements made Shady Oak Realty has many listings Housing Project Shady Oak Realty has been in busi- Dr hess since 1997. Tom and Karen Council and the Development a meeting from LLC to for the Was continued after council meet- members from tg was to arrangement between Prairie Grass Communities and the city that would be agreeable to both parties. One issue discussed was that of a non-compete clause. Prairie Grass offered a non-compete limit for areas within a 15 mile radius of Ortonville. Ortonville's market area, as reported in a Maxfield Study, is larger than that radius, and City Attorney David McLaughlin expressed the desire to increase the non-compete area to (Contihued on page 3) Oakes would like to thank everyone for their past business and support. The Oakes' said "It is great to belong to such a nice community. When new people come into the area, they are so warmly welcomed. We receives Hall of Award for Library work Librarian, Vicki with a Halt of 2003 Pioneerland Dinner on Was held at the Supper Club in and celebrated System's 20 The System was presented had signifi- public ser- by the Staff on behalf of the Ortonville Public Library Board and the Friends of the Ortonville Public Library. The event was hosted by the Litchfield Public Library, and began with a tour of their new state of the art library building, which was complet- ed in late 2002. Guest speaker was Judge Jack Weyrens. His speech was titled "Every Town I've Lived in Needs a Library." Member libraries now include the Canby Public Library. There are cur- rently 32 cities involved in the sys- tem, covering nine Minnesota coun- ties. Patrons served totals 65,000 per- sons. for the 2003 Pioneerland Library System's Public Library's Vicki Grimli. She is shown Uoering, also of Ortonville Public Library. City council resolves to raise fire call charges to offset costs Ortonville Fire Chief Ron Athey met with the Ortonville City Council at their regular meeting Monday, to discuss the Ortonville Fire Department call charge. According to Athey, the Fire Department is currently charging $250 per call to all rural fire calls. This cost is used to cover labor and usages incurred during each call. The Fire Department also has a contract with each township to help cover some costs. Athey stated that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the department, as costs are rising and cuts are being administered at state and federal levels. Based on a survey sent out by the west central firefighters association, Athey stated that most Fire Departments in the area are charging up to $500 per call. He stated the Ortonviile Fire Department feels it is imperative to raise Ortonville's call charge to $500 per call in order to off- set some cost. Councilmembers passed a motion to increase the fire department call charge to $500 per call. Athey also mentioned a DNR Fish and Wildlife Grant the Ortonville Fire Department put in an application for. According to Athey, the DNR has grant money that can be allocated to the Fire Department to be tlsed for and Wildlife Grant. Jim Foster of Ortonville Area Health Services met with the council to discuss OAHS's audit for the 2002 fiscal year. Foster spoke of trend information made available by the audit. Specifically, he noted the shift from impatient to outpatient services that has been occurring at OAHS. Additionally, Foster informed councilmembers that currently, 45 (Coniinued on page 3) wildland firefighting purposes. Athey advised the councilmembers that if awarded the grapt money, the Fire Department plans to use the funds to purchase a new vehicle to be used for fighting wildlife fires. The plan is to purchase a one ton, four wheel drive vehicle. Athey also stat- ed that because additional funding will be needed, even if awarded the grant, Ortonville's Fire Department will use additional funds from their budget. Councilmembers passed a motion to enable the Ortonville Fire Department to continue with the application process for the DNR Fish A LOF OF WALLEYE LIMITS were caught on Big Stone Lake during the season opener last weekend. Two of those who had success were these anglers from the metro area, fishing at the Phil Blake lake home. At left is Jim Pribbenow of Minneapolis, and at right is Roy Erlandson of St. Paul. often hear comments about how friendly everyone is and what a beau- tiful commulaity the Ortonville/Big Stone area is," says Karen Oakes. Shady Oak Realty specializes in all types of real estate. There are five agents available to help you at any time to find that special place called home. To view any of the listings that Shady Oak Realty has, check out their web page at www.shadyoarealty.com. For professional service with a smile and great results, give them a call today. Be sure to check out the Shady Oak Realty full page ad eslewhere in this issue. (Adv.) Kuefler benefit set May 3 A benefit supper will be held for Ed and Margaret Kuefler of Big Stone City, SD to assist with concurring medical costs. The benefit will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Big Stone City Fire Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Silent auction items will be displayed, a free will donation. Everyone is encouraged to attend. "'Circulars inside * Pro Auto - Tire One * Carlson Thrifty White Drug i i Ash & Reedstrom open new law office ,with R.D. Schreiner Attorneys R.D. Schreiner, of Ortonville, and Craig O. Ash and Mark A. Reedstrom, of Milbank, SD have associated to form a new law office in Ortonville. The new law office will be known as Ash & Reedstrom and Schreiner will be asso- ciated with the firm with "of counsel" status. Schreiner will continue to see clients at the new office and Linda Hofhenke will continue as the firm's legal secretary. Craig O. Ash is originally from Underwood, ND. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1988 and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1991. Ash has practiced law in Milbank for the past seven years. Mark A. Reedstrom is originally from Fergus Falls. He received his undergraduate degree from Moorhead State in 1982 and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1985. Reedstrom served as deputy state's attorney in Sioux Falls, SD, for 10 years prior moving to Milbank in 1997. Reedstrom was elected Grant County State's Attorney in 1996 and he and Ash have been partners in the practice of law since 1997. Ash and Reedstrom are licensed to School district pays for advance items several school policies reviewed. A presentation was made to the board by representatives of the Minnesota River Valley Education District at Montevideo. Ortonville is one of several school districts with membership in the MRVED. Goals of the district are to improve student learning, increase accuracy of reports to the state, and increase the flow of funds to the districts. April school bills were paid in the amount 967,740.70. The appointment of Superintendent Jeff Taylor was approved as LEA representative for title programs. He will act as district representative in signing for Title pro- grams. The boards next regular meet- mg will be May 19th at 7 p.m. in the school library. By Arnold Souba The Ortonville School Board at regular meeting April 21st voted to order school books, computer lab equipment, and a school bus out of the 2002-03 school budget. The vote was unanimous. These items would have been needed in three or four months anyway. The board felt it desirable to anticipate these expenditures, partly due to the state budget crunch. Staffing changes were made for the 2003-04 school year. A 5th grade position, and also a kindergarten posi- tion vere eliminated due to declining enrollment. A math position and assis- tant football contract for 2003-04 was approved, as were co-curricular con- tracts for tall. A summer program for basic skills testing was approved, and practice law in Minnesota and South Dakota and they will maintain offices in both Ortonville and Milbank. Ash and Reedstrom purchased the former Minnwest Bank building on Ortonville's main street and have ren- ovated the main floor into profession- al office suites. The building is locat- ed at 25 2nd Street NW and the new law office will be located in this building. Schreiner has relocated his prac- tice and all of his client files to the new office and the firm is open and ready for business. The firm will operate a general law practice and offer a wide variety of legal services including real estate, estate planning arid probate, family law, business law, personal injury and insurance disputes. See ad elsewhere this issue. (Adv.) THE LAW OFFICE of Ash and Reedstrom has opened on Ortonville's main street. Attorneys are, at left, Mark Reedstrom, seated at right is R.D. Schreiner, standing in back is Craig Asch. a heart" I N " NDE hiT f HATTERS attended a luncheon at the Dancing Bean on Thursday. Pictured above are some ville chapter. (L-R) Isabel Tobin, Fran Sester, Lorrayne Karn and Judy Gere. hats/purple dresses galore I Red Hat Society lunch ined at the Dancing saw red, when Society met is an organi- of members SD, Sisseton, SD, Norden, Big SD, Wiimot, at least once a or a field trip, chapter filled the on Thursday for began when a woman named Sue Ellen Cooper, of Fullerton, CA impulsively bought a bright red fedora in a thrift shop. She and a group of friends were then inspired by a poem entitled "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which begins "When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me. There are no rules, but"strong sug- gestion", as members claim. The main suggestion includes wearing a red hat and clashing purple ensemble for members over 50, and a pink hat and lavender ensemble for members under 50 years old. Members are also encouraged to keep up the spirit and purpose of the organization by having fun. Members take turns planning events, so that it does not become a "job" for anyone. Red Hat chapters are in existence throughout the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The Ortonville chapter also attended a luncheon and style show for Red Hat Society members that was held at the Lantern Inn in Milbank, SD. agreements made Shady Oak Realty has many listings Housing Project Shady Oak Realty has been in busi- Dr hess since 1997. Tom and Karen Council and the Development a meeting from LLC to for the Was continued after council meet- members from tg was to arrangement between Prairie Grass Communities and the city that would be agreeable to both parties. One issue discussed was that of a non-compete clause. Prairie Grass offered a non-compete limit for areas within a 15 mile radius of Ortonville. Ortonville's market area, as reported in a Maxfield Study, is larger than that radius, and City Attorney David McLaughlin expressed the desire to increase the non-compete area to (Contihued on page 3) Oakes would like to thank everyone for their past business and support. The Oakes' said "It is great to belong to such a nice community. When new people come into the area, they are so warmly welcomed. We receives Hall of Award for Library work Librarian, Vicki with a Halt of 2003 Pioneerland Dinner on Was held at the Supper Club in and celebrated System's 20 The System was presented had signifi- public ser- by the Staff on behalf of the Ortonville Public Library Board and the Friends of the Ortonville Public Library. The event was hosted by the Litchfield Public Library, and began with a tour of their new state of the art library building, which was complet- ed in late 2002. Guest speaker was Judge Jack Weyrens. His speech was titled "Every Town I've Lived in Needs a Library." Member libraries now include the Canby Public Library. There are cur- rently 32 cities involved in the sys- tem, covering nine Minnesota coun- ties. Patrons served totals 65,000 per- sons. for the 2003 Pioneerland Library System's Public Library's Vicki Grimli. She is shown Uoering, also of Ortonville Public Library. City council resolves to raise fire call charges to offset costs Ortonville Fire Chief Ron Athey met with the Ortonville City Council at their regular meeting Monday, to discuss the Ortonville Fire Department call charge. According to Athey, the Fire Department is currently charging $250 per call to all rural fire calls. This cost is used to cover labor and usages incurred during each call. The Fire Department also has a contract with each township to help cover some costs. Athey stated that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the department, as costs are rising and cuts are being administered at state and federal levels. Based on a survey sent out by the west central firefighters association, Athey stated that most Fire Departments in the area are charging up to $500 per call. He stated the Ortonviile Fire Department feels it is imperative to raise Ortonville's call charge to $500 per call in order to off- set some cost. Councilmembers passed a motion to increase the fire department call charge to $500 per call. Athey also mentioned a DNR Fish and Wildlife Grant the Ortonville Fire Department put in an application for. According to Athey, the DNR has grant money that can be allocated to the Fire Department to be tlsed for and Wildlife Grant. Jim Foster of Ortonville Area Health Services met with the council to discuss OAHS's audit for the 2002 fiscal year. Foster spoke of trend information made available by the audit. Specifically, he noted the shift from impatient to outpatient services that has been occurring at OAHS. Additionally, Foster informed councilmembers that currently, 45 (Coniinued on page 3) wildland firefighting purposes. Athey advised the councilmembers that if awarded the grapt money, the Fire Department plans to use the funds to purchase a new vehicle to be used for fighting wildlife fires. The plan is to purchase a one ton, four wheel drive vehicle. Athey also stat- ed that because additional funding will be needed, even if awarded the grant, Ortonville's Fire Department will use additional funds from their budget. Councilmembers passed a motion to enable the Ortonville Fire Department to continue with the application process for the DNR Fish A LOF OF WALLEYE LIMITS were caught on Big Stone Lake during the season opener last weekend. Two of those who had success were these anglers from the metro area, fishing at the Phil Blake lake home. At left is Jim Pribbenow of Minneapolis, and at right is Roy Erlandson of St. Paul. often hear comments about how friendly everyone is and what a beau- tiful commulaity the Ortonville/Big Stone area is," says Karen Oakes. Shady Oak Realty specializes in all types of real estate. There are five agents available to help you at any time to find that special place called home. To view any of the listings that Shady Oak Realty has, check out their web page at www.shadyoarealty.com. For professional service with a smile and great results, give them a call today. Be sure to check out the Shady Oak Realty full page ad eslewhere in this issue. (Adv.) Kuefler benefit set May 3 A benefit supper will be held for Ed and Margaret Kuefler of Big Stone City, SD to assist with concurring medical costs. The benefit will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Big Stone City Fire Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Silent auction items will be displayed, a free will donation. Everyone is encouraged to attend. "'Circulars inside * Pro Auto - Tire One * Carlson Thrifty White Drug i i Ash & Reedstrom open new law office ,with R.D. Schreiner Attorneys R.D. Schreiner, of Ortonville, and Craig O. Ash and Mark A. Reedstrom, of Milbank, SD have associated to form a new law office in Ortonville. The new law office will be known as Ash & Reedstrom and Schreiner will be asso- ciated with the firm with "of counsel" status. Schreiner will continue to see clients at the new office and Linda Hofhenke will continue as the firm's legal secretary. Craig O. Ash is originally from Underwood, ND. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1988 and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1991. Ash has practiced law in Milbank for the past seven years. Mark A. Reedstrom is originally from Fergus Falls. He received his undergraduate degree from Moorhead State in 1982 and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1985. Reedstrom served as deputy state's attorney in Sioux Falls, SD, for 10 years prior moving to Milbank in 1997. Reedstrom was elected Grant County State's Attorney in 1996 and he and Ash have been partners in the practice of law since 1997. Ash and Reedstrom are licensed to School district pays for advance items several school policies reviewed. A presentation was made to the board by representatives of the Minnesota River Valley Education District at Montevideo. Ortonville is one of several school districts with membership in the MRVED. Goals of the district are to improve student learning, increase accuracy of reports to the state, and increase the flow of funds to the districts. April school bills were paid in the amount 967,740.70. The appointment of Superintendent Jeff Taylor was approved as LEA representative for title programs. He will act as district representative in signing for Title pro- grams. The boards next regular meet- mg will be May 19th at 7 p.m. in the school library. By Arnold Souba The Ortonville School Board at regular meeting April 21st voted to order school books, computer lab equipment, and a school bus out of the 2002-03 school budget. The vote was unanimous. These items would have been needed in three or four months anyway. The board felt it desirable to anticipate these expenditures, partly due to the state budget crunch. Staffing changes were made for the 2003-04 school year. A 5th grade position, and also a kindergarten posi- tion vere eliminated due to declining enrollment. A math position and assis- tant football contract for 2003-04 was approved, as were co-curricular con- tracts for tall. A summer program for basic skills testing was approved, and practice law in Minnesota and South Dakota and they will maintain offices in both Ortonville and Milbank. Ash and Reedstrom purchased the former Minnwest Bank building on Ortonville's main street and have ren- ovated the main floor into profession- al office suites. The building is locat- ed at 25 2nd Street NW and the new law office will be located in this building. Schreiner has relocated his prac- tice and all of his client files to the new office and the firm is open and ready for business. The firm will operate a general law practice and offer a wide variety of legal services including real estate, estate planning arid probate, family law, business law, personal injury and insurance disputes. See ad elsewhere this issue. (Adv.) THE LAW OFFICE of Ash and Reedstrom has opened on Ortonville's main street. Attorneys are, at left, Mark Reedstrom, seated at right is R.D. Schreiner, standing in back is Craig Asch.