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Musings from the Museum TOP FIVE TEAMS from the May 1 Border Walleye Challenge on Big Stone Lake are pictured above. Shown holding their $3,000 first prize check is the team ofShane Spooner and Chad Hauger of Watertown, SD. In no particular order are the remaining four teams. Second place Rene Marelic and Eric Lee of Dassel ($1,500), third place Jack and John Beutler of Watertown, SD ($1,200), fourth place Andy Berdan of Waseca and Keven Berdan of Ortonville ($1,100) and fifth place Rick Misterek and Jerry Arback of Sisseton, SD ($1,000). Kelsey Watkins named AAUW Outstanding Senior Woman A University of North Dakota Atmospheric Sciences student was recently named American Association of University Women's Outstanding Senior Woman Ortonville native Kelsey Watkins, a University of North Dakota senior majoring in atmospheric sciences, is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Senior Woman Award. The award is presented by the UND Chapter of the American Association of University Women to a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement, significant contribution to the community, and potential in her field. Watkins plans to attend graduate school in the fall, has earned numer- ous national scholarships during her undergraduate career, including the prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hollings Scholarship. She has pre- sented her research at national confer- ences including the American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences meeting and the AMS 90th Annual AMS meeting, both this year. Watkins is the daughter of Gary and Sharon Watkins of Ortonville. By Norm Shelsta On this date in the State of Minnesota History Files followed by an event from the Big Stone County History Files: May 12, 1806-James Shields is born in Ireland. He would be a U.S. senator for three different states: Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri. After moving to Faribault in 1855, he would be one of the first two senators selected by the state's legislature, and while in office he would encourage Irish immigration to Minnesota. Shieldsville in Rice County is named for him. He died in 1879. May 12, 1890-Eidskog Lutheran Church started work on a building-but in 1917 the church was blown off its foundation. In 1875 W.R. Brown was appointed County Superintendent of Schools. May 13, 1824-General Winfield Scott arrives to inspect Fort St. Anthony. Impressed with what he sees, he suggests that the fort be renamed for Colonel Josiah Snelling, supervisor of its construction. May 13, 1920-First issue of the Ortonville Independent started by A.B. & Lemuel A. Kaercher. In 1974 William H. Bowman was the first birth recorded in Prior Township. He established Bowmanzie Grove as a park. He was a Civil War veteran buried in Matthews Cemetery along the lake. May 14, 1988-The University of Minnesota Law School's 100th class graduates with 234 candidates: 98 women and 136 men. May 14, 1933-Twenty one recruits for Forestry Corps leave for Fort Snelling for the Civilian Conservation Corps. May 15, 1896-The St. Paul Saints, at the time a Western League professional baseball team, play their first home game at Aurora Park, beating the Grand Rapids Yellow Jackets 17-0. May 15, 1820-Commercial water transportation traveled through Lake Pepin, the Minnesota River and Big Stone Lake. In 1939 the cornerstone was laid for the Ortonville School Auditorium. May 16, 1898-The 12th, 13th and 14th Regiments of the Minnesota Volunteer Infantry department for training to fight in the Spanish- American War. Only the 13th Regiment would see combat, in the Philippines. May 16, 1974-Bonanza Big Stone Lake State Park was featured on the Minnesota State Park Permit. May 17, 1837-Methodist missionary Alfred Brunson arrives at Fort Shelling. He would establish the first Methodist mission in Minnesota at Kaposia (now South St. Paul). May 17, 1894-School District #54 was formed from parts of Districts 14, 24, 25, and 48. May 18, 1931-Minneapolis-born aviator Charles "Speed" Holman is killed during an air show in Omaha. A pioneer of aviation, his best-known aerial stunt was looping and he had won the US air speed trails in 1930. At his funeral, four 109th Air Squadron planes flew in the first recorded Missing Man formation, a vacant spot reserved in Holman's memory. Holman field at the St. Paul Downtown Airport was named in his honor. May 18, 1922-Queen of the Lake passenger boat was launched on Big Stone Lake. Auxiliary Notes The Gertje-Van Lith Auxiliary Unit #229 met on April 13 with 18 members present. The hostesses were Lorrayne Karn and Eleanor Nickolauson. President Margaret called the meeting to order. Chaplain Sharon led us in prayer. With the flags present, we recited the "Pledge of Allegiance" and the Preamble to the Auxiliary Constitution. We sang the "National Anthem." Secretary Sue read the minutes; corrections were made and Margaret Schake and Lamoine approved the minutes. Treasurer Jo gave a financial report which was approved by Lamoine and Geneve. Bills were presented; $7.50 for the delegate fees for the Spring District Meeting, $72.48 for a candy ad (mints) in the Valley Shopper. Committees: Rehabilitation-We will send a check to the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs for the April Shower Supplies. Scholarship-We have received five applicants. At the next meeting we will announce the two scholarship winners. Poppies-The poppy posters rules are at the Big Stone City School. April 29-Meet at Java Jules at 1:30 to deliver the Ortonville Poppy Business Cards. May 5-6-The posters will be picked up from the Big Stone City School. May 6-Judge the posters at Sue's home at 4:30 p.m. May 13-Distribute poppies in Big Stone City and Ortonville. We will distribute the Big Stone City Poppy Business Cards after we have the poppy posters. Communications-Sue read a thank you card from Lois Pflueger. Nominating-Next meeting is our election. If any Auxiliary member would like to be an officer, contact Janice Hinders or Margaret Kuefler. Service-On May 22 we have a wedding reception; the meal is at 7:30 p.m. Chaplain Sharon will mail our prayer book by May 10. All prayers have to be to Sharon by April 19. Margaret reported that our annual reports were good. She also thanked the Auxiliary members who attended the celebration party for our members of 50 years or more. We will discontinue our Sunday serving; Margaret will talk to Dan the Legion Commander, for dates that we can serve meals. Our next meeting is May 11. The hostesses are Denise Scoblic and Agnes Grabow. Sharon led us in a closing prayer and Margaret closed the meeting. STARTING FRIDAY, MAY 14 (G) ENDS THURSDAY, MAY 13 (PG13) with Jennifer Lopez "The Backup Plan" CONTINUING (PG13) "DATE NIGHT" CONTINUING (PG13) "IRON MAN 2" The Bird Feeder BIG STONE CITY, SD Milan presents... Newezl,a ART, C'R,t'tgTt, Foo DowntownSATURDAY MAYMilan,15-10Mn am-4 pm 2 010 Thursday, May 13 "Italian Night" with Live Music! Thursday, May 20. "French Special" RATED TRY US!!! S. HWY. 15 MILBANK, SD PH. 605-432-4421 $:00 9M to Close Y l l - General Ta AY I - Seafood F Cream Sauce 4AY 13 - Pepperjack Burger 14 - Southern Fried with Mashed Potatoes ,Y I  - Beef with , , M^'it,- C,!u" ,.. lAD 1 [ E$SERT OF TH Red Velvet Bar so opel May 15th for details! Janet Martin - Humorist "Growing up Lutheran" "Church Basement Ladies" John Lauritsen 1:00 pm WCCO TV Reporter C"rl{,Rel,l' "(ICTIVITleg Scavenger Hunt I i:00 an, fl$1CIANS IVITESEID SMORGAAS TEA Norwegian Church Service 9:30 am Smorgaas Tea 10:00 am- 1:00 pm N'hre details available at: Douglas Wootl AUTHOR . COMPOSER SPEAKER . SINGER - WILDERNESS GUIDE WILL BE COMING TO THE ORTONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:00 p.m. Everyone Welcome! 'This project was funded in part or in whole through the Arts and CuRural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment, by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, to preserve Mitmesota's arts and CUltural heritage)  Xhe r isLli rb ins made by "The B=rd Feeder" on Monday, May 1 7 from 11:00am to 1 :OOpm CLUB SANDWI;H ;it;  ,ii ;,:i::iii}ii  CHOCOLATE CREAM P or - :i / SANDWICH with  ll, RHUBARB PIE   includes Sandwich, Chips, Fruit, t  Salad, Cookies & Dessert " CALL TO ORDER BY FRIDAY, MAY 14TH! Call the Chamber today at number available! II.,g ,t.e La'" IIl Area Chamber Ortonville, MN * 320-839-3284 Black Old Mill Light or Velvet Old Mgl $175 $" 75 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND/ Wednesday Night: ALL- YOU-CAN-EA T i Chicken Fettucini w- ' ""s7"95 eonesday Lounge Specials: 25 Wings (se.eO unti/ gone) flit Rq PffC . 0000,mlN Friday Nleht, May 14th THANK YOU MTT Fishermen! Tuesday, May l 1,2010 INDEPENDENT Page 13