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i'Nn Dve00e w E " N D E NT , tu " FOR EARTH DAY were students from Ortonville's James Knoll Elementary. Each class park, amassing a great deal of garbage which is illustrated above. A few of the stu- i -- -- ght in front, Katie Remund, Zoe Polamera, Scott Erickson, Kyle Rockensock, Isaac Stephanie Sherod. In back are Cole Mastel, Paulina Chaloupka, Cord Burns, ch, Kara Helgeson and Ashley Eastman. 0000lohn's new parish center Bpleted, open house Sat. 4, an open Celebrating the parish center Catholic is invited lsts of parish and work- and class- stor- 11,023 com- OCCU- place short- and attended to. on of Ortonville pro- ren of architectural l%u h, pastor of St. plex is a wel- Ik-' trttln church, and ,. -,-ile'-Ceks to all who itti ned effort, be Il crews, building I 'cet Workers or con- |  great praise to the parishioners for their encouragement to contribute as well as they have in and support, for providing such fine the past," Fr. Bob adds. facilities. The parishioners extend a Services at St. John's are held sincere invitation t :dl interested par- ever 3' Saturday evening at 5 p.m., and ties. Sundays at 8:30 a.m., with the excep- The building committee included tion of the last Sunday of the month, Robert Barr, Ruth Donais, Judy Gere, /when services are held at 10:30 a.m. Thomas Henrich, Jerry Kunz, Vickiej .... Among the classes held in the new Pfleger, Mark Ronglien and Jamds parish center are Sunday School for Strong. The building is a true asset to the community. Plans for the parish cen- ter have been in the works since the 1980s. The amount of $150,000 was on hand at the inception of the project. From there, $465,000 in one year was raised through pledges and contribu- tions. St. John's sister churches from the area, St. Joseph's in Rosen and St. James' in Nassau, and their parish- ioners also aided in the funding for the project. Though the addition did come in more than $84,000 under the original budget of $695,000, the church has still incurred a debt of $180,000 from the project. "We're hoping people will continue classes K-6; including first commu- nion classes for second graders, Wednesday night religious education classes (CCD), and adult formation and bible classes which are available from time to time. St. Johns' youth group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. Parishioners may also take advantage of the church's library, where the church council, as well as church committees, get togeth- er for organizational meetings. Everyone is invited this Saturday to view the new addition to St. John's and to the Ortonville community. See salute inside from the contrac- tors and area businesses with photos and further details on the open house celebration. RISH CENTER is now complete. An open house celebration for the $611,000 project May 4 from 2-4 p.m. 0000_SguiltYharge Carlson Drug holds Grand Opening .... sale iLn:I;"Y ea to harass- .,l"l phone calls ,.-- li!t , Ountv Court Oonvfll ii jim't!ltl hi " " holds Car s,o,jrThnrd, fth: g: ftrb:rOanPsrZl sae d top. mBtsguet e i/'10200.r oe .00is w,t. s00ia, ,o stoo eo00t.oi* i 1 '''u two lesser prices throughout the store, special "Customer Appreciation i i. t With intent to FormerlyCartwright Thrifty'White Day," from 2 to 4 p.m. to visit with i 'naent/staiking_ Drug, the store is now owned and the staff and enjoy coffee and cook- i .'t docum llk. eats, an .to have the ''ird. . with Oiand l00i00a" maximum t " Jail, a $3,000 B &l', ently" released Jlil ce, will return }m " ,a in Big Stone operated by Mike and Pat Carlson of Ortonville. To celebrate their new venture and the store's name change, the Carlson's, along with their staff, invite the public to stop in during their grand opening this week. Shoppers are encouraged to regis- ies. See ad elsewhere this issue for details and store specials, plus the Thrifty White coupon book inserted inside this newspaper with additional bargains found at Carlson Thrifty White Drug. Churches hit with electric rate hike, usage charges Following an electric rate study conducted recently in Ortonville, churches in the city have begun to see higher and higher electric bills, some even doubling. The study, conducted by Missouri River Energy Services, suggested the classification for churches in the city should be changed from residential to commercial like in other cities. Following that recommendation, the classification of every church in Ortonville was changed late last year from residential to commercial. One of the city's churches in the higher rate class is Zion Lutheran, where their average electric bill of $500 per month is now nearing $1,000. Zion Pastor Shalom Kropfl stated the building utilizes electric heat, which could account for part of the $484 demand charge assessed last month. "We've been talking about some alternatives to help save some money," she says, "like not heating the main church and holding services in the fellowship hall instead in the cold- er months." "As a little church," Kropfl says, "we just don't have that kind of Plans underway for condensed TV Diplomat Ortonville Independent editors are working on publishing a condensed version of the TV Diplomat weekly program guide. The decision was made to stop the publication due to increased costs of printing and postage and lack of sponsorship. After receiving numerous calls from readers wanting the publication back, editors are checking into printing a condensed version which should appear in one of the next issues. money." As commercial customers, City Clerk-Administrator Roman Taffe stated churches have seen a rate increase from 4.6 cents per kilowatt hour as residential users to the current commercial rate of around5.3 cents per kilowatt. Those commercial cus- tomers that exceed 30 kilowatts of demand in a month for three months during the past year are moved to a large commercial class that carries a much lower rate of 3.3 cents per kilo- watt, but are also charged a'demand fee for peak consumption. Demand charges are assessed to customers placing the greatest demand on the local electric system at any given time during the month. Taffe says only a couple of Ortonville's churches fall into that cat- egory. Though some churches not utiliz- ing electric heat like Zion may not (Continued on page 11) LOYALTY DAY PROCLAIMED. Ortonville Mayor Dave Dinnel pro- claimed May 1 of this year as Loyalty Day, celebrated annually for more than 40 years and co-sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dinnel stated this is an incentive for every true American to reaffirm his and her love of flag and country, and urges all individuals, schools, churches, organizations, business establishments and homes to display proudly the U.S. flag andparticipate in Loyalty Day activities co-spon- sored by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary. Year's first fishing tourneys to be held Saturday, Sunday Big Stone Lake's first fishing tour- nament of the year, the World Walleye Association Tournament, will he held this Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. The WWA's Minnesota Division tour- ney will he Saturday, and the South Dakota one day tourney is Sunday. Entry fee for each event is $150, which includes a $10 conservation fee. Paybacks will be 80 percent, paid out to the top 15 percent of the field. Based on the maximum number of teams registered, which is 100, pay- backs for each of the two tourneys will be $2,800 for first place, $1,700 for second, and $I,100 for third. Fifteen places will be paid, and an optional big fish pot will be available. A mandatory rules meeting will be held at the Matador Supper Club, on lriday evening for the Minnesota division competitors and on Saturday evening for the South Dakota partici- pants. Both will begin at 5 p.m. For those fishing for points with the WWA, each one day event is worth a total of 400 points. Finishing posi- tions will be awarded in two point decreasing increments. Teams not weighing fish will be awarded 100 points for participating. Spectators are invited to the weigh- ins both days, beginning around 3 p.m. in Lakeside Park at the foot of Big Stone Lake. RECEIVING NEARLY $4,000 in proceeds from Jaycee pulltab sales were representatives of the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association. Proceeds from the pull tabs, which were sold at Baxter's Beef and Brew, will go toward ice time, referees and other game expenses. Shown above, left to right in back, are Hockey Association Treasurer Aaron Knutson, Jaycees rep. (OFC) Blair Johnson, Elaine Young and Joan Baxter of Baxter's, and Carrie Hamann of Blair Johnson's office. In front are hockey players Craig Schlimme, Josh Tinklenberg, Sean Watkins (behind Josh), Isaac Knutson and Sara Tinklenberg. i m