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' " AUTO' ALL FOR "380 SMALLTO NP PERS 2J';12 - 2i7 W CQTA SHELTON S8 2263 32 ii.i. ONE DOLLAR Ortonville "Town with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 2 Sections-20 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 " Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Volume 93; Number 16 Yannic Graf has made many friends and has truly enjoyed this past year as a German Foreign Exchange student residing with his host family Chet and Janet Messmer of Ortonville. Graf is from Korb, Germany, a town of 12,000 and arrived in the United States on Aug. 26, 2010. He quickly jumped in with American customs as the next day he started football practice for the Ortonville Trojans. "I was quite tired from all the trav- eling but it was very exciting to be a part of the football team," stated Graf. Besides football, Yannic also par- ticipated in basketball, baseball and was in the fall play. Yannic was part of a scholarship program through the ASSE program. ASSE was established in 1976 as the American Scandinavian Student Exchange by the Swedish Governement to organize student exchange programs between Sweden and the United States. Since then the program has expanded to include many other countries including Germany. Janet Messmer, Yannic's host mother, stated that they had always wanted to host an exchange student and said it was now or never. "With our son Tate being a senior at OHS, we knew it was time to host now," said Janet. "It is a way to learn other cultures and experiences and we wanted the whole family to be a part of it." Tate, a senior at OHS and Morgan, a sophomore have truly enjoyed the experience. Both are very active in sports and when deciding to host an exchange student, that was a key when looking for an exchange stu- dent. YANNIC GRAF is spending the year as a foreign exchange student at OHS. Pictured above in front from left to right are Chet and Janet Messmer (host parents). Back row left to right are Morgan and Tate Messmer and Yannic Graf. Yannic wanted to be an exchange stu- dent, the most important was to improve his English. "That was a big part of it," said Yannic. "But I also wanted to experi- ence the American culture and learn more about this country. I will have many good memories of my stay here." Yannic stated that having the opportunity to visit Universal Studios in Florida and visiting the Black Hills with his host family was 'an awesome experience.' Yannic's father, Juergen is a Social Worker and his mother, Gabi, is a "Yannic has fit in very nicely with our family,' said Tate. 'He has been nurse in Korb. He has one brother, like a brother to both Morgan and me. David, 21, a student in Germany We all get along great." Yannic will have three more years of There are many reasons why schooling when he returns to ! ORTONVILLE'S MOOSE LODGE recently donated a new TV for training purposes to the Ortonville Fire Department. Pictured above from left to right is Assistant Fire Chief Randy McLain, Dan Wiese, Moose Lodge Governor, Fire Chief Alan Arndt and Training Officer David Ellingson. They are holding Tommy Moose dolls that the Moose Lodge received through the Tommy Moose Community Service Program that is given to calm young children during a crisis. was written in memory of the late movie star James Dean. At this point in the concert it will be time to recog- nize the band's achievements over the past year. Awards and recognition will be given to stu- dents for Pep Band and Solo & Ensemble Contest. Following these awards the 20 seniors in the Maas band will be rec- ognized and the 4 finalists for the John Philip Sousa Award and Suzanne Rasset Memorial Scholarship will be introduced. The finalists are Philip Adelman, Shane Maas, Colin Plathe and Jonah Thune. PHILIP ADELMAN is the son of Stan and Jill Adelman. He has been active in baseball, FCA, concert band, jazz band, pe.p band, solo competition, pit orchestra, LEFT, Legion baseball, peer tutoring 4-H and St. Joseph's Youth Group. Philip has been on the Honor Roll, was this year's Homecoming King and 2010 Nassau Boys State Congratulations to the 2011 Border Walleye Challenge Winners Corey Joy~ of Appleton and Brendan Olson of-Hutchinson catching six walleyes Weighing a total of 14.06 pounds. The win netted the duo $3,800 for first place. The Minnesota team concen- trated their efforts fishing shorelines in the Rocky Ledge. Rounding out the top five included 2nd place Dallas Croatt and Pete McGinty of Madison with 13.84 pounds, 3rd place was Rick and Dillon Robinson of Walnut Grove with 11.79 pounds, 4th place was Tom Sangren and Troy Marco of Dassel with a U.S. Forces kill Osama bin Laden The Ortonville High School Music Department is proud present the Spring Band Concert on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the High S c h o o 1 Auditorium. The two Jazz Bands will kick off the concert with a mix of swing and rock charts and will feature soloists on a variety of i n s t r u m e n t s. Adelman Songs to be per- formed include 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Cellular Bones.' and 'Steppin' Out.' Following the Jazz Bands, the Junior High Band will take the stage to perform four selections. These will be 'Tamborine Mountain Overture." "Hadrian's Wall," "Of Kindred Spirit,' and 'Raiders March,' from the Indiana Jones movies. The Senior High Band will close the concert with five selections. They will begin with Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' fol- lowed by 'Journey Into Diablo Canyon.' The next piece is titled 'As Summer Was Just Beginning,' and Germany. Graf stated that he hopes to some- day come back for a visit and he also looks forward to the day when the Messmer's can come to visit him in Germany. Yannic will be leaving on June 13 and will spend some time in Washington, DC with the other exchange students on the scholarship program. He then will return to Germany to be reunited with his fam- ily. "I have made many friends that I will cherish the rest of my life," said Graf. "I will definately miss my host family the Messmer's. They have been terrific." Cornfest button design contest on Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a design contest for the 2011 Cornfest buttons. The winning design will appear on this year's button. The winning designer will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks. Designs will be accepted through May 10 and can be e-mailed to: or send it to: Big Stone Lake Area Chamber, 987 US Hwy 12, Ortonville, MN 56278 Included in your design must be the words, "73rd Annual Cornfest" and "2011." If you have any questions call Lucinda at the Chamber office 320-839-3284. Drop box available at Courthouse for tax payments Big Stone County Courthouse now has a drop box available for tax payments. The box in located by the north door of the courthouse. The drop box is available anytime of day. The Courthouse closes at 2:30 p.m. on Friday's. Representative. SHANE MAAS is the son of Paul and Barb Maas. He has been active in baseball, BPA, Knowledge Bowl, pep band, jazz band, solo and ensemble contest, drama and 4-H. Shane has been on the Honor Roll, placed 7th at BPA Nationals. received a supe- rior drum solo, Plathe served as County 4-H Federation President and has received the 4-H Key Award and Presidential Spirit of Community Award. COLIN PLATHE is the son of John and Mari Plathe. He has been active in baseball, BPA, drama, band student council, junior high football, choir, B-Sharps, trumpet player for church services and TAPS and com- munity theater. Colin has received first place at State in BPA three years in a row, Superior ratings at solo and ensemble choir and band and was a Bright Light Award winner in drama. JONAH THUNE is the son of Jim and Jeanne Thune. He has weight of 11.42 pounds and 5th place was Nate Gilkey of Waconia and Craig Popken of Minnetonka with a weight of 10.90 pounds. A field of 119 anglers from five states faced an extremely challenging event with afternoon winds gusting from 25 to 40 mph out of the north and a brief rainstorm before noon. A total of 142 fish were caught for a total weight of 264.1l pounds. Many anglers reported catching fish earlier in the week, but found it tough going on Saturday. Many of the walleyes that were caught and weighed were located near shore. Team Minnesota won the Border Walleye Challenge placing 16 fisher- man in the top 15 teams to South Dakota's 14. The Traveling Trophy is now in favor of Team Minnesota with- three wins and South Dakota with two wins.This is the third straight year that Team Minnesota has won the chal- lenge. On behalf of the Big Stone Walleye Club, thank you to all fisherman who participated and a very special thank you to all sponsors and the nearly three dozen, volunteers who helped put this event on. To view the full results go to Reprinted fromCNN's website of May 2, 2011 by the CNN Wire Staff ffhe operation that killed Osama bin Laden was designed to do just that, not to take him alive, a U.S. government official told CNN Monday. DNA matching is under way on samples from the body of the slain terrorist leader, the official said. There are photographs of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individual who is not unrecognizable as bin Laden, the official said. The mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil was killed by U.S. forces [early morning] Monday in a mansion in Abbnttabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Pakistani capital oflslamabad, U.S. officials said. WINNERS OF THE 5TH ANNUAL BORDER WALLEYE CHALLENGE Four others in the compound also held Saturday on Big Stone Lake were Corey Joyce, left, of Appleton were killed. One of them was bin Laden'.s adult son, and another was a and Brendan OIson of Hutchinson. They caught six fish for a total wom~ being used as a shield by a weight of 14,06 Ibs. The pair won $3,800 for thelr day of fishing. niale combatant, the oft-iciais g iia. .... BPA smdeni atLeadership ...... Conference in Washington, From May 4-8, get ready to "Stand Out From the Crowd" at the 2011 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference! This week, thousands of students from around the country will gather to compete, showcase their business skills and develop their leadership acumen. Ortonville High School will be represented by eight students and their advisor after qualifying at the Spring Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, March 10-12. Those students qualifying were: Shane Maas-Payroll Accounting; Isaac Knutson-Basic Office Systems and Procedures; Rachel Berger- Digital Media Production; and Colin Plathe, Charlie Taffe, Tate Messmer, Dan Berdan-Computer Animation Team. Region 8 President Bonnie Sue Stolpman will also be attending the National Conference where she will be attending various leadership sessions. Also attending is BPA Advisor Julie Kunde. Rachel Berger, along with the Computer Animation Team, placed first overall in their categories at the Spring Conference. Students attending the 2011 National Leadership Conference will experience the Opening Session with the Washington Monument serving as their background. This is an amazing opportunity for the members and will serve as their Special Event for the 2011 National Leadership Conference. All members will be bused on Wednesday, May 4 from the Hilton and Omni Hotels to the Washington Monument grounds where they will experience the Opening Session of a lifetime. Bin Laden's body was later buried at sea, an official said. Many Muslims adhere to the belief that bodies should be buried within one day. The official did not release additional details about the burial, but said it was handled in keeping with Muslim customs. The death of the founder and leader of al Qaeda comes almost 10 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed [thousands] of people. The killing of bin Laden was the culmination of years of intelligence work and months of following a specific lead, senior U.S. administration officials said. been active in cross country, track, FCA, BPA, Key Club, con- cert band, jazz band, pep band, First Robotics, drama, Steeple People and Knowledge Bowl. Jonah has been on the Superior Honor Roll, Pheasant Conference Champions for boys track for two years, S p o t 1 i g h t lhune Award winner, recipient of various Knowledge Bowl medals, State BPA, President of Key Club and First Robotics. David Holsinger's 'The Gathering of the Ranks at Hebron' will follow the award presentations with the Sousa Award and Rasset Scholarship to follow the piece. The last piece on the program is Karl King's 'Circus Days.' Please join us in the commons following the concert. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. All bands are under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb. EIGHT ORTONVILLE" BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA (BPA) students will be participating at the National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, May 3-8. OHS students are pictured above. In front from left to right are Isaac Knutson, Bonnie Sue Stolpman, Rachel Berger and Colin Plathe. Back row left to right are Charlie Taffe, Tate Messmer, Dan Berdan and Shane Maas. BPA Advisor lulie Kunde will be accompanying the students. Knoll Elementary K-4 ring Concert this The Kindergarten, first, second, third, and. fourth grades of James Knoll Elementary School in Ortonville will present a spring music program on Friday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The kindergarten and first grade classes will perform songs from "Gettin' Down with Mama Goose" which offers a wild, fresh new approach to some familiar favorites. The second grade will perform sever7 al songs which includes "Sing a Rainbow", "Glad to Have a Friend Like You," and "Listen to the Water". "Hop Up, My Ladies", and "Each of' Us is a Flower" will be sung by the third graders and who will also pre- sent tunes playing the Boomwhackers. The fourth grade will be singing "We Go Together", and "Rockhopper" and will also per- form selections with their recorders. The students are excited about their upcoming performance and hope you can join them for this concert. There is no admission charge for the concert. The vocal music is directed by Wayne Huselid.