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(rtonvi[le heart" IN oo. rDv.00.w.0Ea0.ro0000v. END Community" NT ;HT ONE NICE WALLEYE! Leah Stattelman, 12-year old daughter of Kim and Deanna caught this 28-inch, eight pounds walleye a week ago Sunday while fishing with her Lake. Leah is a sixth grade student at CGB School. 00enior Center Independent fishing ior/Senior Prom contest kicks off are invited Prom for at the Ortonville Wednesday, May p.m. attend the Prom are Ortonville High This will be Prom. Music for both listening and danc- ing will be provided by Karen Meyer of Revillo on piano, Rita Hillman of Odessa on accordion, and Linda Brandt of Clinton doing vocal. Lunch will be served during the afternoon, so bring a friend and come enjoy the music or dancing or both! choir concert to be Tuesday evening Laskowske Kicking off week one of the Ortonville Independent Fishing Contest was a 6 pound 3 ounce wall- eye, reeled in by Jesse Gess of Savage. Gess' fish was weighed in at Bud's Bait of Ortonville May 1. In the bullhead category, Justin Pinkert of Milbank, SD brought his winning fish to Bud's Bait also, weighing in last Sunday at 2 pounds 5 ounces. The week's only competition came in the perch category, where Bob Voldseth Jr.'s fish was beat out by Gladys Mendlik of Milbank. Her fish weighed in at 1 pound 4 ounces and was weighed in at Hartford Beach Resort of Corona, SD. A catch and release entry was also reported last week at Bud's Bait, as Mike Reiffenberger of Ortonville released two nice walleyes, one 28 inches and the other 28 1/2 inches. Year-end jackpots for the walleye, perch and bullhead categories will remain at $100, while the northern categoy's raises to $115. Pheasants Forever has seed available Swemen Hippie chosen by a vote of the Concert Choir, will be awarded to one of the following finalists: Sara Hippie, Jeff Laskowske, Bekka Reisdorph, and Jamie Swensen. Accompanists for the groups include Danielle Beyer, Kassi Karels, Valerie Knoll Carmen Leger, Sarah Miller, LeAnn Pederson, Jill Randall, Emily earns uegree00 Randleman, Bekka Reisdorph, and Ortonville High School graduate Hillary Wiese. Instrumentalists include Michelle Amundson and Kassi Karels - flutes, Lee Van Lith - clarinet and Travis Ninneman - bells. There is an admission charge of $3 for adults and $2 for students. Pheasants Forever has seed corn, grain and forage sorghum available for food plots. Up to $80 an acre will be paid for food plots in Big Stone County. Seed may be gotten from Lon Moen. Signup by July 1st. Valerie Anne Knoll, class of 1995, received the following degrees from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion on May 8, 1999: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Associate of Science in Nursing with RN designation. aps from the Music "With Our final concert of sday, May 18 igh school consists of varied choirs and four Erika Kaiser, ndquist, Jon sdorph, Ben son as be presented will be Music Award, OF THE 15 SPECIES OF WARBLERS seen by participants at the second annual Big Stone :er :1 were Patty Abaft and Tom Nelson of Shoreview. Festival Coordinator Doug Buri 'ur Iq mt of around 80 people from five states for the three day event, where a total of were sighted, including the bald eagle and Peregrin falcon. Guides Bob Janssen and Big Stone National-Wildlife Refuge, and through upland prairie and pothole lakes Council appoints local man as city's real estate consultant Roger Bird of Ortonville was appointed by Ortonville's City Council at its regular meeting last Monday to serve as a facilitator in the city's purchasing a parcel of land near the foot of Big Stone Lake from Otter Tail Power Co. Working as a volunteer consultant, Bird told council members he felt it in the city's best interest to purchase Otter Tail's property and railroad spurs, located west of First Street between County Road 30 (Dike Road) which connects Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD, and Highway 12. "Otter Tail wants us to go through with this so they can deal with the pos- sible contamination," stated Bird. "The city needs to go ahead and pur- chase this property; it's a development potential the city should look at." Councilman Mike Dorry stated, "If this deal is for more development on a lake that's everyones, forget it. We don't need another deal like with the old power plant." Councilman Mary Gustafson added, "Will we end up like we did with the marina land all over again?" "Let's just buy the land," Councilman George Elliott responded, "and then we can have the debate about what to do with it." Area vacation guide inside A Big Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide is inside this week's Ortonville Independent. and Grand County Review. The guide features stories on attractions and happenings throughout the Ortonville and Milbank, SD area, along with a.,ts from local businesses. Bird also told the council the pur- chase of the land, which, if found to be contaminated would be the responsi- bility of Otter Tail to clean up before selling, would not be for private use and strictly reserved for the city. Following discussion, the coucil voted to purchase Otter Tail's land, with Bird as the facilitator in a 4-3 (Continued on page 3) LOTS OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED since Lorraine Lesnar began teaching country school at age 18 almost 43 years ago. Lesnar, who is retiring after her thirty-second year at the Big Stone School, says influ. ences and education needs have changed a lot through the years, but the basics still remain the same. Local ties to Oklahoma, Kansas tornado disaster There are a number of local ties to the killer tornadoes which swept through Oklahoma and Kansas early last week. Several area residents were concerned about friends and relatives near the areas in Oklahoma where at least 38 people had been confirmed dead as of late last week, or in Kansas where five had been found dead. Among those who saw the disaster firsthand was Bev (nee Sherod) Cleveland, daughter of Odessa's Orville and Lois Sherod and sister to Ortonville's Bob and Darrell Sherod. Cleveland, her husband Ken and daughter Nicole live in Moore, OK, about two miles from the tornado's path, though she stated many areas right outside her door had been com- pletely flattened. "We could see the actual tornado go by us," she said, "and it looked like a big cloud of dirt hanging fight above the ground." While Ken has been busy helping pick up the pieces of the air base near- by where he works, Bey said the fam- ily has been helping out where they can. "We pretty much cleaned out our closets and sent donations to people," she says. "People have really been helping out a lot and those in need have gotten a lot of donations, which is good." Eleven counties in Oklahoma and one in Kansas had been declared dis- aster areas as of presstime Monday, with damage costs for the two states estimated to reach upwards of $1 bil- lion. See photos inside this section. WINNER OF THE "HOOKED ON NAPA" sweepstakes was Eric Collins, 13 of Ortonville. The prize for the Ortonville Auto NAPA store drawing included a 245piece fishing kit with a soft sided tackle box, valued at $125. (Adv.) Spring instrumental concert tonight The annual Spring Instrumental Concert will be held tonight, Tuesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The concert will be presented by the Senior High Concert Band, the Senior High Jazz Band, the Sophomore Dixieland and the Junior High Concert Band. Admission charge will be $3 for adults and $2 for students. CONSTRUCTION ON THE CITY'S NEW WATER TOWER began last week, with crews from Caldwell Tanks hauling in sections of the tower, to be located near Northridge Residence. (rtonvi[le heart" IN oo. rDv.00.w.0Ea0.ro0000v. END Community" NT ;HT ONE NICE WALLEYE! Leah Stattelman, 12-year old daughter of Kim and Deanna caught this 28-inch, eight pounds walleye a week ago Sunday while fishing with her Lake. Leah is a sixth grade student at CGB School. 00enior Center Independent fishing ior/Senior Prom contest kicks off are invited Prom for at the Ortonville Wednesday, May p.m. attend the Prom are Ortonville High This will be Prom. Music for both listening and danc- ing will be provided by Karen Meyer of Revillo on piano, Rita Hillman of Odessa on accordion, and Linda Brandt of Clinton doing vocal. Lunch will be served during the afternoon, so bring a friend and come enjoy the music or dancing or both! choir concert to be Tuesday evening Laskowske Kicking off week one of the Ortonville Independent Fishing Contest was a 6 pound 3 ounce wall- eye, reeled in by Jesse Gess of Savage. Gess' fish was weighed in at Bud's Bait of Ortonville May 1. In the bullhead category, Justin Pinkert of Milbank, SD brought his winning fish to Bud's Bait also, weighing in last Sunday at 2 pounds 5 ounces. The week's only competition came in the perch category, where Bob Voldseth Jr.'s fish was beat out by Gladys Mendlik of Milbank. Her fish weighed in at 1 pound 4 ounces and was weighed in at Hartford Beach Resort of Corona, SD. A catch and release entry was also reported last week at Bud's Bait, as Mike Reiffenberger of Ortonville released two nice walleyes, one 28 inches and the other 28 1/2 inches. Year-end jackpots for the walleye, perch and bullhead categories will remain at $100, while the northern categoy's raises to $115. Pheasants Forever has seed available Swemen Hippie chosen by a vote of the Concert Choir, will be awarded to one of the following finalists: Sara Hippie, Jeff Laskowske, Bekka Reisdorph, and Jamie Swensen. Accompanists for the groups include Danielle Beyer, Kassi Karels, Valerie Knoll Carmen Leger, Sarah Miller, LeAnn Pederson, Jill Randall, Emily earns uegree00 Randleman, Bekka Reisdorph, and Ortonville High School graduate Hillary Wiese. Instrumentalists include Michelle Amundson and Kassi Karels - flutes, Lee Van Lith - clarinet and Travis Ninneman - bells. There is an admission charge of $3 for adults and $2 for students. Pheasants Forever has seed corn, grain and forage sorghum available for food plots. Up to $80 an acre will be paid for food plots in Big Stone County. Seed may be gotten from Lon Moen. Signup by July 1st. Valerie Anne Knoll, class of 1995, received the following degrees from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion on May 8, 1999: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Associate of Science in Nursing with RN designation. aps from the Music "With Our final concert of sday, May 18 igh school consists of varied choirs and four Erika Kaiser, ndquist, Jon sdorph, Ben son as be presented will be Music Award, OF THE 15 SPECIES OF WARBLERS seen by participants at the second annual Big Stone :er :1 were Patty Abaft and Tom Nelson of Shoreview. Festival Coordinator Doug Buri 'ur Iq mt of around 80 people from five states for the three day event, where a total of were sighted, including the bald eagle and Peregrin falcon. Guides Bob Janssen and Big Stone National-Wildlife Refuge, and through upland prairie and pothole lakes Council appoints local man as city's real estate consultant Roger Bird of Ortonville was appointed by Ortonville's City Council at its regular meeting last Monday to serve as a facilitator in the city's purchasing a parcel of land near the foot of Big Stone Lake from Otter Tail Power Co. Working as a volunteer consultant, Bird told council members he felt it in the city's best interest to purchase Otter Tail's property and railroad spurs, located west of First Street between County Road 30 (Dike Road) which connects Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD, and Highway 12. "Otter Tail wants us to go through with this so they can deal with the pos- sible contamination," stated Bird. "The city needs to go ahead and pur- chase this property; it's a development potential the city should look at." Councilman Mike Dorry stated, "If this deal is for more development on a lake that's everyones, forget it. We don't need another deal like with the old power plant." Councilman Mary Gustafson added, "Will we end up like we did with the marina land all over again?" "Let's just buy the land," Councilman George Elliott responded, "and then we can have the debate about what to do with it." Area vacation guide inside A Big Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide is inside this week's Ortonville Independent. and Grand County Review. The guide features stories on attractions and happenings throughout the Ortonville and Milbank, SD area, along with a.,ts from local businesses. Bird also told the council the pur- chase of the land, which, if found to be contaminated would be the responsi- bility of Otter Tail to clean up before selling, would not be for private use and strictly reserved for the city. Following discussion, the coucil voted to purchase Otter Tail's land, with Bird as the facilitator in a 4-3 (Continued on page 3) LOTS OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED since Lorraine Lesnar began teaching country school at age 18 almost 43 years ago. Lesnar, who is retiring after her thirty-second year at the Big Stone School, says influ. ences and education needs have changed a lot through the years, but the basics still remain the same. Local ties to Oklahoma, Kansas tornado disaster There are a number of local ties to the killer tornadoes which swept through Oklahoma and Kansas early last week. Several area residents were concerned about friends and relatives near the areas in Oklahoma where at least 38 people had been confirmed dead as of late last week, or in Kansas where five had been found dead. Among those who saw the disaster firsthand was Bev (nee Sherod) Cleveland, daughter of Odessa's Orville and Lois Sherod and sister to Ortonville's Bob and Darrell Sherod. Cleveland, her husband Ken and daughter Nicole live in Moore, OK, about two miles from the tornado's path, though she stated many areas right outside her door had been com- pletely flattened. "We could see the actual tornado go by us," she said, "and it looked like a big cloud of dirt hanging fight above the ground." While Ken has been busy helping pick up the pieces of the air base near- by where he works, Bey said the fam- ily has been helping out where they can. "We pretty much cleaned out our closets and sent donations to people," she says. "People have really been helping out a lot and those in need have gotten a lot of donations, which is good." Eleven counties in Oklahoma and one in Kansas had been declared dis- aster areas as of presstime Monday, with damage costs for the two states estimated to reach upwards of $1 bil- lion. See photos inside this section. WINNER OF THE "HOOKED ON NAPA" sweepstakes was Eric Collins, 13 of Ortonville. The prize for the Ortonville Auto NAPA store drawing included a 245piece fishing kit with a soft sided tackle box, valued at $125. (Adv.) Spring instrumental concert tonight The annual Spring Instrumental Concert will be held tonight, Tuesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The concert will be presented by the Senior High Concert Band, the Senior High Jazz Band, the Sophomore Dixieland and the Junior High Concert Band. Admission charge will be $3 for adults and $2 for students. CONSTRUCTION ON THE CITY'S NEW WATER TOWER began last week, with crews from Caldwell Tanks hauling in sections of the tower, to be located near Northridge Residence.