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Obi__ tuari___es Martha Wiese ,, By JDK For some reason the other day, we started thinking about chickens and eggs, and found ourselves having a number of questions about the remarkable process of laying eggs. We still don't know if the chicken or the egg came first, but our leaning is towards the chicken coming first! To satisfy our curiosity, we went straight to the egg-master himself namely farmer and egg producer Marlyn Schumacher who operates just north of Ortonville, He, too, leans toward believing the chicken did come before the egg. We learned, too, that the average chicken which has a life- span of about four years, will lay about 240 eggs per year. The only time the egg will become fertile is when the rooster enters the picture. Fertilization takes place in special breeding barns and the egg is then incubated for 30 days to produce a chick. Marlyn has been in the egg- producing business since 1972 and no doubt about it, he's kept just as busy watching the clock as a dairy farmer, collecting his eggs daily. He keeps about 20,000 chickens at his place, and he says he's one of the smaller operators. His chickens lay their eggs between 6 and 11 a.m. and he's there shortly after to collect them. A trucker picks up his eggs (except for what he sells locally) about twice a week, taking them to a plant in Iowa for processing. The "fresh" eggs one buys in the grocery store, says Marlyn, are really about 4 weeks old by the time they get on the shelf! Vernon Goldsmith and wife of Big Stone City are, indeed, very honest souls ... which fact is highly support. ed today by Dave and Michelle Dobmeier of Ortonville. Michelle had lost her purse one day last week, and was frantic about it for several hours, as there was a considerable amount of cash inside. They reported their loss to the Ortonville Police Dept. and had gone home to "just hoper might turn up." And turn up it did! A few hours after returning home, they received a phone call from the Goldsmiths that they had found the purse near Elmer's in Big Stone City. Everything inside was intact, too ... which delighted the Dobmeiers to no endI Dave works for Hasslen Construction and Miehelle works at Holiday. Reader and former resident Marian (nee Fletcher) Kasecky of New Kensington, PA writes that she's "been looking for a man I met in Haines, Alaska. I wrote his name down but can't find it. He was from Boyd, Minnesota, and remembered hitting a home run when playing against Ortonville sometime in the 1960's. He was the curator of a museum in Haines. While building the museum, a wall fell on him, leav- ing him partially paralyzed, so he does his lecturing from a wheelchair. I heard his Minnesota accent, so asked him where he was from. He was sure I wouldn't know where Boyd was! Fires are always devastat- ing, but I'm certainly glad yours was under control so quickly and business was almost as usual. Have a wonder- ful summer. I plan to spend more time in Alaska. My son, Michael, and his family live in Anchorage." Was good to see former resident Floyd Folkens one day last week when he stopped in the office, here visiting friends and relatives in the area. Floyd, as many will remember, was Big Stone County Register of Deeds for many years, lie's now living in St. Cloud. He had by-pass surgery a couple years ago and says he's never felt better. His wife and fami- ly, too, are doing fine! Funeral services for Martha Wiese, 85, of Morris, formerly of Correll, were held Friday, May 1, 1998 in the United Methodist Church at Ortonville. Rev. Jeanne Semrad officiated with Janet Hipple, organist. Active pallbearers were Jason, Jenna, Jed, Jared, Justin and Jocelyn Wiese, Scott and Kris Mahoney, Jennifer and Kristen Plank. Interment was in Mound Cemetery of Ortonville. Martha Wiese was born Oct. 30, 1912 at Vienna, Austria, to parents Joseph and Agnes (Zalesak) Herzog. When she was nine months old her parents left her in Europe while they escaped to America to avoid the German Draft. Martha lived with her grandfather Prokop Zalesak and her aunts, Marie and Eleanor Zalesak in the small Village of Zeravice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia from about 1913 to 1922. After the Atlantic Ocean was cleared of mines from World War I, Martha came to the United States with her Aunt Antonia Zalesak. She was reunited with her parents, who she had not seen for about eight years, near Viking, Marshall County, Minnesota. The Herzogs farmed near Viking until 1924 when they moved to a farm near Bloomquist. They purchased a I I0111 Btt ildcr .lilt] \\;tilt lit ,ill I ,umIx \\;t, d Ill Dahl on MSU high honors list Jonathan Dahl, son of Robert and Lois Dalai, formerly of Ortonville, has been named to the high honors list at Mankato State University for winter quarter. To qualify for the high honors list, a student must achieve a 4.0 straight "A" average and be enrolled in at least 12 credits, Making the honors list, for students earning a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point aver- age, was Brandon Prasnicki, son of Sberrie Giese of Ortonville. tam1 in the height of The Depression 1931, near Olivia where they remained unti their death. Martha graduated from the Olivia High School in 1931 and from Normal Training in Olivia in 1932. She taught school at District #67, Renville County from 1932 to 1935. He pay checks were used to help her parents pay for their farm. Martha graduated from Duluth State Teachers College in 1936. She wanted to teach in every state of the union but she never left Correll. she taught at the Consolidated District #55 in Correll from 1936-1941. On June 24, 1940 Martha was united in marriage to Herbert J. Wiese at Rock Rapids, IA. They farmed in Akron Township, Big Stone County until Herbert's death in 1977. Martha sold apples and raised chickens for many years. In 1970, Martha graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with a BA in Elementary Education. She taught at the Elementary School at Barry from 1968-70 and the Hutterite Colony near GraceviUe from 1970 to 1974. Martha enjoyed gardening very much and had large flower gardens all of her married life. She belonged to the Eden Valley Club of Big Stone County, the Merry Mixers Homemakers Club and was a Charter member of the Green Thumb Garden Ortonville City Council awards water tower bid At a special meeting of the Ortonville City Council Thursday, the city's water tower project was award- ed to Caldwell Tanks, Inc. of Louisville, KY. At an estimated cost of $364,000, the 300,000 gallon elevated water storage tank is scheduled for comple- tion in 1999. Other alternates to the new tower were considered by the city, including a painting alternate at a cost of $14,700, but a letter from Larson Paterson and Associates recommend- ed the city accept the low bid from Caldwell, and have a new tower built. The location of the new tower will be on the north part of town near the Northridge Residence. Also, the council voted to advertise for bids for the city's street and utility improvement project. - -, Next meeting .... for Legion Aux. set May 14th By Darlene Barnhardt, Secretary Pro-Temp Gertje Van Lith Unit 229 met Thursday, April 16 at the Legion Clubrooms with Sharon Smith and Janet Knutson as hostesses. In the absence of our president, the meeting was conducted by vice president Mary Ann Holtquist. Plans for holding the first Junior Auxiliary meeting this summer were discussed by the member. Margaret Schake brought copies of the patterns for items to be made for our veterans. Mary Ann Holtquist gave a report on Dist. meeting. The Auxiliary voted to give two $200 scholarships to graduating Seniors, entering the medical field. The Auxiliary will sponsor floats in three parades this summer. They are: Inkpa Parade in Big Stone City July 12, the Trainfest parade in Milbank Aug. 9th, The Cornfest parade in Ortonville, Aug. 16. Mary Ann Holtquist read the poem "It's Only a Paper Poppy". Plans were made to have it published in honor of poppy days. Election of officers will be held at the next meeting. Next meeting will be May 14 with Mary Ann Holtquist and Sylvia Johnson as hostesses. As your home and family change with the times, so do your insurance needs. We can construct .an up-to-date homeowners policy to make you feel secure. Call today. Brock Tatge 123 NW 2nd St. Ortonvflle, MN 56278 32O-839-2965 IlIIIiII(IIIml  mcm mlk Imd i  "J k JiIm Iki Mi-Ii M gaq3 f U//..J,,m Jim Schultz from Larson-Peterson and Associates gave an update on the plans for the project, and stated that the costs of the first five segments of the street improvement project will be around $3,396,400. Advertisements for bids for phase one of the five year project will begin next week, construction will begin this summer with a single coat of asphalt on all four segments, and the second coat is scheduled to be com- pleted in the summer of 1999. In other business, the council voted to have the Ortonville Senior Center advertise for a part time janitor, and the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was granted exemption from a lawful gambling lic,&nse for a raffle to be held during the World Walleye Championship May 26-30. Zych to perform in mixed recital Jennifer Zych, Graceville, will perform in a Mixed Student Recital to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the Recital Hall of the Humanities Fine Arts Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Zych will perform on the tenor saxophone Leon C. Karel's "Quintra," and will be accompanied by Heather Thompson, Alcester, SD. Her instructor at UMM ig Clyde E. Johnson. Club. She was the Akron news correspondent for Ortonville and Appleton. Martha was an honorary member 'the Correll United Methodist Woin's Fellowship, having joined in 1940. She was also a member of the Correll United Methodist church, adult leader in Correll Comades 4-H Club and participated in several Round Robins for over 45 years. Martha was an avid traveler. Her travels took her to D.C. and at least 30 states including her favorites Texas and Hawaii. She also traveled to Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In 1977 she visited her homeland Czechoslovakia and Austria for one month. In her lifetime, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean Five times. Martha lived in the Country Manor Adult Foster Home Care in Morris until August of 1997 and from there she had entered the St. Villa Nursing Home in Morris where she passed away Tuesday, April 28, 1998, reaching the age of 85 years, 5 months and 28 days. Survivors include three daughters, Tessa (Dennis) Mahoney of Appleton, Nancy Gilbertson of Williston, ND and Tami (Doug) Plank of Morris; one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Wiese of Appleton; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Wiese of Correll and Lillian Dehne of Iowa; 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Herbert, an infant brother, son Terry Wiese, two grandsons, Jacob Wiese and Joel Taylor. Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville, was in charge of the arrangements. Area students to graduate Southwest Four hundred and thirty associate, bachelor's and master's degree candidates are scheduled to participate in the 30th annual Southwest State University commencement exercises at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9 in the Recreation/Athletic Facility on campus. Graduating from this area will be Lisa Renae Abbot and Kristi Lynn Chase, both of Clinton, Tommie John Webb of Graceville, and Joseph Thomas Eustice and Gary A. Pfleger, both of Ortonville. New arrival Karels accepted NDSU with distinction Paul Karels, son of David and Rita Karels of Ortonville, has been admitted to North Dakota State University "With Distinction." He plans to major in electrical engineering at NDSU beginning in fall 1998. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Karels as an honor student. Karels is a member of the Business Professionals of America, Knowledge Bowl, concert choir, men's choir and wrestling and track teams. Winners of state sheriff scholarship Sheriff Berning of Big Stone County announced today the 15 winners of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program for 1998. The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association has awarded 15 scholarships in the amount of $600 each for the year of 1998. Due to an excellent response and the fine qualific applicants, the expected to expand award more to come. The MSA promoted by the Minnesota. Winners from this N. Holien, Maynard Berning, Ortonville. Mobile Tuesday, April May 8: Norm and Muriel Geier, Do0 Monday, April 11 April 15: Don Betty Hausauer, Ann Maxwell, BSU The winter been released by University, and from this area. of Graceville and of Ortonville. Message From Contemporary, rustic, tional and more. You more options for your have today. And while HeiOi Emanuel quickly, it is always a good buy quality furniture - stand the test of time. Few people have captured the essence American heritage than American Timberlake. 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