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% KINDERGARTEN CLASS OF 2010 at Ortonville School has been learning about how to be smoke free. The students have learned the hazards of smoking and did an experiment that showed how the lungs turn brown from cigarettes. The students received T-shirts that say "Clean air for kids and living things - Class of 2010." The students hope all people respect their right to be smoke free and set a good example for this new genera- tion. New K-12 bill boosts revenue to area schools Special grant to Ortonville will help with cost of school building project School districts in west-central Minnesota will see state aid increases of up to $90 per student for 1998-99 under a new K-12 education funding bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature, according to Rep. Doug Peterson. "With a $1.9 billion surplus, it was only right that we start providing some equity in funding to rural schools," Peterson, of rural Madison, said. "Every school in our area will see additional dollars coming in to reduce class sizes, put computers in the classrooms and help students pre- pare to meet the new graduation stan- dards and statewide testing require- ments we have imposed." In addition to the general funding increase, Peterson won special fund- ing for the Ortonville School District that will help with the cost of that school's building project. Peterson obtained $200,000 in the form of a grant for a technology integration pro- gram at the new building. The purpose of the program is to "demonstrate suc- cessful and effective uses of technolo- gy for students, teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and par- ents to implement Minnesota's gradu- ation standards and trtck student per- formance in meeting the standards." "This year, as in last year's special session, the Republicans made a polit- ical issue out of legislation that would have helped. Ortonville out of the cost bind created by the new 'prevailing wage' law," Peterson explained. "Sinceat road was blocked, I sought and won state funding for the class- room technology element of the new building. So although construction costs are still higher than anticipated, the state is picking up more of the dis- trict's cost in another area. It's not the solution we originally wanted, but it will help and I will continue to fight for additional funding for the Ortonville district." Peterson noted that the K-12 and tax bills in combination have increased the state's share of basic school costs to nearly 70 percent. That means schools will rely on property taxes less, and that means a perma- nent school tax cut for every property owner - whether home, business or farm - across the state. Many west-central Minnesota dis- tricts also qualified for a new "equity aid" program designed to help equal- ize funding among districts based on graduation standards. This program provides districts with an extra $26 per pupil beyond the $57 per pupil provided by general statewide state aid increases. The total of new revenue to area school districts under the K-12 bill are shown below: School District New Revenue School Distric New Revenue Bellingham #371 $12,088 Ortonville #62 $41,934 * Dawson-Boyd #378 $46,257 * Beardsley #57 $16,123 e Lac qui Parle #2853 $144,067 e Browns Valley #801 $13,409 e Clinton-GraceviUe #55 $5"T,572 e Benson #777 $82,185 Kerkhoven-Murdock- Sunburg #775 $60,20 e Montevideo # 129 $99,742 MACCRAY #'2180 $96,572 e lvanhoe #403 $29,278 e Morris #769 $75,446 Chokio-Alberta #771 $19,037 Hancock #768 $31,993 Canby #891 $51,570 Yellow Medicine E. #2190 $146,850 e e = Equity Aid Recipient * These totals do NOT include the $200,000 technology grant to the Ortonville schools or the $1 million community center grant to the Dawson-Boyd Schools. SCOTT ALLAR, at left, and Tom Diercks, winners of last year's MWC Big Stone Lake tournament. Good Friends. Good Tunes. Good Times. These are all good_ reasons to celebrate prom and graduation. Alcohol is not. Your good neighbor State Farm agent is taking this opportunity to remind everyone that when you invite alcohol to your prom and graduation celebration, you invite trouble. Celebrate smart. Celebrate safely. 'il Del Silberstein, Sr. 118 Nw 2nO Street Ortonville, MN 56278 ,.,....c 1320) 839-2531 Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. State Farm Insurance Companies * Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois ALL MWC TOURNAMENTS ARE CATCH AND RELEASE. The Big Stone Lake uses a "walleye slide" to return tournament-caught fish to the water. :one City Gaff Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 The Big Stone City Round Table Club met at the home of Cora Boomgarden with l0 members present on April 27. The members worked on finalizing the plans for Inkpa Days. The May meeting will be held at the Matador at 6:30 p.m. Each member bring a May basket for roll call. Joan Reiffenberger of Big Stone came last Friday morning to visit Jean Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Stan Adolphson of Ortonville visited Jean last Friday night. On Tuesday late afternoon Gladys Erens, Grace Van Hout, and Eldora Nelson visited Florence Trapp at Northridge and played cards. Last Sunday evening Dorothy Weber from Bellingham, Edna Kamin from Ortonville and Marcella Kohls from Ortonville visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. The ladies who are officers from the Christian Women's Club met at the home of Naomi Sandlin for their monthly meeting and brunch. Sixteen ladies were in attendance. Wednesday Calvin and Naomi Sandlin were guests for lunch at Marlyn and Roseanne Lindahl at Wilmot. Wednesday evening visitors at the home of Elmer and Charlotte Athey and family were Pete and Dianne Haugen of Arizona City, AZ. Tuesday Eldora Nelson, Grace Van Hout, and Gladys Ernes went to the Ortonville Senior Center for dinner and then played bingo. They met the new Senior Center Director Paula Reisdorph. Last weekend Delores Bengtson and Bonnie Swezey and Amanda and It,s Send the FTD Loving : ..... . houghff" Bouquet for Mother's Day,  i May 10. For all she's done.., for all she is... show her she's always in your thoughts. I Large Selection of 1 Blooming and Green Plants and Beautiful, Fresh Arrangements Ortonvifle Flower Shop Ortonville, Minnesota * Phone 320-839-2818 Lance were-in the Cities to visit Delores' two sons in Coon Rapids. While there they attended an Alan Jackson concert. Orla Onken talked about and showed her quilting projects at the Big Stone County Extension luncheon on Tuesday. Ruth Lauster sought medical attention with an orthopedic doctor in Milbank on Thursday morning. Melvin Ballhagen of Beardsley, Elaine Smith of Browns Valley, and Ervin and Lamoine last Sunday luncheO Herrmann's. Margaret SchakC was a coffee gu Herrmann on The Peter Steinke with Bodo and Appleton last Saturday Peter and Pare SI Katrina Rede open house Sunday, Evy Rodne-Cole Evy Rodne-Cole is available for appointments in Ortonville. Evy's includes counseling couples, enjoys working with all age Evy is employed by Prairie Counseling and is a participating provider and UCare. For appointments call: (320) 589-2222 or 1-80C For all the momsyou Send a card to those who with a mother's heart. We all have women in our lives who and our children. Tell them you appreciate Mother's Day card from Hallmark Mother's Day is Sunday. May If) Hallmark Cards & Gifts Precious Moments and other collectibles * Jewelry - Fragrance * Russell Stover Candy , Or choose a special gift from the JCPenney Catalog! Liebe D Ortonville, MN Liebe will your gifts Remember t Grandma, "-| Page 10b INDEPENDENT