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S"ALLTOWNP0000,0000S a!0000,a00Oo 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2283 Ihh'h'l"hhh'hihd-hl,,IdJl..ll,,,,lll,.hhhl 3G Ortonville =Town with a heart" =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N Section-14 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota i6278 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Volume 93; Number FOUR ORTONVILLE FCCLA STUDENTS qualified to the National level at the State Conference held April 28-30 in Bloomington. Pictured above is the Parliamentary Procedure Team with their medals. From left to right are Joe Larson, Abby Weber, Katie Berdan and Isaac Cloos. FCCLA Advisor is Peggy Duffield. (Submitted photo.) Ortonville FCCLA students shine at State Conference Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) hosted its annual state con- ference in Bloomington from April 28- 30. Over these three days, youth members along with adult chaperones and advisors participated in engaging activities and competed in STAR Events. Among the attendees from Or- tonville's FCCLA Chapter were Stephanie Arndt, Katie Berdan, Isaac Clops, Brenna Giese, Annie Haukos, Joe Larson, Mackenzie Streich, Abby Weber and Advisor Peggy Duffield. Keynote speaker and former NFL football player Keith Davis spoke dur- ing the opening session about using one's abilities to do great things in life. He encouraged state conference dele- gates to be good students and to never give up. Davis not only motivated youth and adults with his words but also with his strength demonstrations. Other guests made appearances dur- ing the conference including former national FCCLA president Jason West- erheide, Minnesota state colleges and universities government relations asso- ciated Candi Walz, president of Life- touch Studio Nancy Dahl and Morgan Croft, this year's national vice presi- dent of public relations for FCCLA. There were many fabulous work- shops and sessions held during the state conference. Among them included: tae kwon do and Hip Hop sessions, a fit- ness workshop with the National Guard, a Thrivent Financial workshop and a Children's Miracle Network ses- sion with Gillette Children's Hospital representatives. The highlighter party, dance, and talent and dance showcases were very popular events to go for fun. FCCLA delegates were not only ,,. seen at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloom- ington, but also at the State Capitol in St. Paul. That Friday morning, 140 (Continued on Page Three) Inland fishing opener this Sat. Minnesota's interstates, highways, and county roads will fill with anxious anglers in anticipation of the May 14 walleye and northern pike inland fish- ing opener. Once anglers arrive at their favorite fishing spot, they may en- counter a conservation officer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR). "The fishing opener results in an in- creased workload for our officers, so we are asking for everyone's help," said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforce- ment chief. "We want anglers to have a safe and enjoyable experience. We feel the best way to assist a conservation of- ricer is by providing information on common rules and regulations to an- glers prior to the opener." Here is helpful information for an- glers. Fishing License: All residents and nonresidents age 16 years or older are required to have an appropriate fishing license while angling. To purchase a li- cense, residents and nonresidents must have their social security number on file with DNR or must provide it. An- glers can buy a Minnesota fishing li- cense electronically at one of nearly 1,600 participating bait or outdoor ATV training class May 21 in Ortonville An ATV Safety Training Class will be offered at the Ortonville Public School on Saturday, May 21 beginning at 9 a.m. Students should arrive 15 minutes early to register and receive materials. Please bring completed CD test, and a check for $15 made out to the: MN DNR. ATV training CD's can be picked up at: Go Fasters Power Sports or contact Conservation Officer Craig Miska at .320-839-4230. Students must be 11 years of age before the class start date in order to be eligible to take this class. Drop box available Council authorizes Police at Courthouse for tax payments Chief to apply for COPS grant within the two years, the City shall have the option to repurchase the lot at the original sale price of $7,500. Council members then approved the request to hold the Grand Parade for Cornfest on Highway 7 through Or- tonvile. Mayor Pro Tem Dorry then closed the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. and called an Executive Session to discuss and employment matter regarding the former City Administrator. Mayor Pro Tern Dorry then closed the Exective Session at 7:44 p.m. A motion was made by Councilman Berkner and seconded by Councilman Mel Reinke to change the exemptions from one to three for the former City Administrator's last paycheck. All five council members voted nay to the mo- tion. The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be held on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Center. Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork asked for authorization to apply for a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant through the Federal government at the Ortonville City Council meeting on Monday, May 2. Mayor Pro Tern Mike Dorry resided over the meeting in place of Mayor David Dinnel. This grant would provide funds for hiring an additional full-time police of- ricer for three years through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), provided the City pay for the fourth year. CHP is a competitive grant program that provides funding diriectly to law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority to impact their community policing capacity and problem solving efforts. The applica- tion deadline for this grant is May 25. On a motion by Councilman Steve Berkner and second by Councilman Bob Meyer, the council passed unani- mously to authorize Police Chief Mork to proceed with the application until further information could be obtained from the Police Commission and from current overtime records. Dinnel, along with Council Members Angela Doren and Mel Reinke were absent. Reinke arrived at the meeting at 7:35 p.m. Council members then discussed the purchase of an oxygen generating and filing station for the Ortonville Ambu- lance Service. The Ambulance Service will meet with the City Attorney in re- gards to liability and contracting is- sures for the operation. This was then tabled until the next meeting. In other business, the council ap- proved the seconding reading and adoption of an Ordinance authorizing the sale of Lot 3, Block 1, Course Air Fourth Addition at the Ortonville Golf Course. The sale of the lot shall be subject to the condition that the pur- chaser must construct a home on the lot within two years of the purchase. If the purchaser fails to construct a home OHS Spring Vocal Concert set for Tuesday, May 17 The 2011 Spring Vocal Concert will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ortonville High School ;:?" i Westlund "Riversong", Auditorium. An enjoyable evening is planned with performances of many musical selections by the choirs, ensembles, and some of the participants who performed at the State-Section Music Contest. The Junior High Choir will be performing "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella, and "Cry Out and Shout". Also, included in the concert on May 17, will be an awards presenta- tion recognizing senior choir mem- bers, solo and ensemble partici- pants, All State Choir members, as well as "The Most Improved Awards", and the "Arion Award". ):}:. Rausch In order to be eligible for the Arion Award, a student must be a senior choir member, must have participated in solo/ensemble work during his/her sophomore or junior year, and must perform a solo during the senior year. Three students qualify as finalists for the Arion Award this year. The three finalists for the 2011 Arion Award are: ASHLEY WESTLUND is "the daughter of Angela Doren and Raymond Westlund. She has been active in Choir, Show Choir, B Naturals and Key Club. THOMAS RAUSCH is the son of Mike and Lonie Rausch. He has been active in Choir, Show Choir, Jazz Band, cross coun- try, basketball, track, FCA, BPA, Key Club. Drama and Robotics Team. COLIN PLATHE is the son of John and Mari Plathe. He has been active in Choir, B-Sharps, Band, trumpet Plathe player for church services, Student Council, BPA, Drama and baseball. A representative from the Milltones will also be present to award their annual scholarship. The concert will conclude with the combined choirs performing "Sahayta", the Sanskrit word for "helpfulness", which is a "call-and- response" song written by Ben Allaway. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. We hope you can join us for the Spring Choir Concert. 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. "California Dreamin'", "Earth Song", and "3 Contemporary Latin Settings". The Tuesday Lights will entertain the audience with "Fix You" and "Linus and Lucy". "Stand Together" will be sung by the Women's Choir and the Men's Chorus will be singing "Pirate Song". The Concert Choir will be per- forming the two songs they sang for the Large Group Contest at Granite Falls on March 14, "Dirait-on". and "Ye Followers of the Lamb". They also will be singing "Fields of Gold", stores statewide, or by calling 888-665- 4236, or online at mndnr.gov/buyali- cense. Also, pick up a copy of the 2011 Minnesota Fishing Regulations hand- book along with the license as a ready reference guide to limits and trans- portation of fish. Watercraft Registration: Motor- ized watercraft operators must have their registration on board. The number issued to a boat and the current state validation decal must be displayed on the forward half of the hull on each side of the boat. Aquatic Invasive Species: Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and spiny water fleas have affected many Min- nesota fresh water ecosystems, but there are ways to stop the spread and protect the resource. State law requires that boaters: remove any visible plants and an- imals from your boat, trailer and other boating equipment. drain water from the boat, livewell, bilge, and impeller by remov- ing drain plugs and open water drain- ing devices before leaving any water access. Boaters are also encouraged t9 spray, rise or dry boats and recreational equipment before transporting to an- other water body, especially after leav- ing zebra mussel and spiny waterflea infested waters. Experimental and Special Regula- tions: Experimental and special fish regulations such as slot limits or catch- and-release, which differ from normal statewide regulations, are used to man- age a specific lake or stream in a spe- cial way. These regulations help the DNR improve fishing quality, protect unique fisheries, provide additional fishing opportunities, or protect threat- ened species. The DNR regularly eval- uates experimental regulations to see whether they are worth continuing. A partial list of water with experimental or special regulations, which are posted at access sites, is available in the 2011 Minnesota Fishing Regulations hand- book and online at mndnr.gov/regula- tions/fishing/special.html. Turn-in-Poachers: Poachers are not sportsmen. Overtimits, license and closed season violations impact the re- source and diminish opportunities for everyone. Tips are received through the 24-hour phone line 800-652-9093. ORTONVILLE THIRD GRADE STUDENTS are shown above presenting Mrs. Ketz a check for the A+ School Foundation. The students are in Mrs. Bonna Rasset and Mrs. Kelly Zahrbock's third grade classes. They have been studying income, profit and interest in social class and decided to give some of their profit from their rummage sale to the foundatiori. Pictured from left to right are Allyssa Kirchberg, Abby Dejong, Chloe Banken, Mrs. Liz Ketz, Jocelyn Meyer, Tanner Stein and Richard Brown. Two arrests made in local residential burglary case Two suspects were arrested in Chippewa County last week for the burglary and theft that took place at the Phil and Sue Blake home in Big Stone County at the end of March. William Charles Boerjan, 34, and Kristina Remund, 29, both of Montevideo were arrested Wednesday and each charged with four felony counts. The first three charges include, burglary in the second degree, theft and receiving stolen property of over $5,000. Each count carries a maxi- mum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The fourth charge, of receiving stolen property valued at $1,500, carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Both suspects had their first appearances before Judge Gerald Seibel in Big Stone County Court on Thursday and both requested a court appointed attorney. Big Stone County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the case since March 31 when the Blake home, located about four and a half miles north of Ortonville, was burglarized and thousands of dollars worth of electronics were stolen. With assistance from the Chippewa County Sheriffs Department, Montevideo Police Department and ':':' :'iiiii . i!i!i;ii 00ii!i!ili Boer jan Remund the Blake's own investigation, the Big Stone County Sheriffs Dept. was able to secure warrants for the arrests on April 27. Boerjan, who grew up in Ortonville, is an ex-con with a crimi- nal history. He served close to 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, SD and fined $1029.50, after being convicted of two forgery charges on Nov. 17, 1998 in Grant County Court. Boerjan was released twice on parole during those 10 years and returned to prison for violating parole conditions both times, according to the South Dakota Department of Correction Central Records. He was released from prison Nov. 16, 2009. Boerjan has yet to pay the fine, according to the Grant County Clerk of Court's office. According to Big Stone County Court Administrator's Office, Boerjan was also convicted in Minnesota on Sept. 11, 1996 for theft of a motor vehicle, on Nov. 12, 1997 for a second theft of motor vehicle and again in January 1998 for a third theft of motor vehicle. He was also convicted for an additional theft in 1998. On April 4 of this year Boerjan pleaded guilty on a theft charge and was sentenced to pay $417 in fines, had a 90-day jail sentence stayed pro- viding he remained law abiding for one year. After his court appearance Thursday, Boerjan was taken to Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. He was released Saturday after paying $150 bail for a $1,500 bond. Remund went to Montevideo High School. Her maiden name is Tazelaar. She has children and is married to James Remund of Montevideo. She was released on her own recog- nizance. Boerjan is scheduled to appear in Big Stone County Court in Ortonville on May 18 at 9 a.m. He will be rep- resented by Public Defender Kenneth L. Hamrum of Morris, Remund is scheduled to appear June 8 at 9 a.m, represented by Public Defender Carter Greiner of Willmar. Border States Cooperative helps raise two million meals Border States Cooperative helped raise over two million meals for hun- gry families in the first ever CHS Har- vest for Hunger food and funds drive. "We're thrilled to report that CHS Harvest for Hunger reached double its goal," says Dean Longnecker, general manager. "And for every donation we collected here in our community, CHS Country Operations is making a local contribution that will be reinvested back into a local cause to help our friends and neighbors." In only 18 days, CHS employees, customers and partners worked to- gether to collect 314,162 pounds of food and $247,935 in cash and grain for Feeding America's network of re- gional food banks. Border States Cooperative is giving their local contributions to the Browns Valley Food Shelf and the Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf. "Our thanks to everyone who par- ticipated in CHS Harvest for Hunger," says Longnecker. "Together we proved how much the country cares about helping others in need." Border States Cooperative is a busi- hess unit of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods company committed to providing essential resources that