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, )HS seniors on parade KAYLA HOLKER is the daughter of Evan and Wanda Holker. She has been active in drama OFC Project Christmas and enjoys snowmob ng. Kayla has been on the Honor Roll and was the recipient of $4,000 scholarship from the University of Minnesota, Morris where she will attend following graduation with a major in Education. KYLE LOUKS is the son of Ron Louks and Deb Pfeffer. He has been active in choir, drama, serves on the local Advisory Council, and enjoys hunting, fishing and bow and rifle deer hunting. Kyle has been on the A and B Honor roll while at OHS. Following grad- uation he plans on attending St. Cloud State University to get his teaching degree to become a Math teacher. HANNAH TREINEN is the daughter of Paul and Julie Treinen. She has been active in volleyball, gymnastics, track, drama and choir. Hannah was All-Conference in volleyball, Most Valuable Gymnast and a State Track participant. She has been employed at Monarch Heights. Hannah plans on attending Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD for Elementary Education and will take part on the track team. ERIC STELTZ is the son of Doug Steltz and Ahlica McClellan. While in school, he has been employed at DCC Solutions as well as moving grain bins and restaurant work. Following graduation he plans on attending Alexandria Technical College for Diesel Mechanics. NATALIE SITTER is the daughter of Steve and Mary Sitter. She has been active in drama, Student Council, Key Club, BPA, wrestling cheer- leader, Awards Association, band, pep band, St. John's Youth Group, Minnesota Dakota's District Lt. Governor from 2007-2009 and Minnesota Dakota's District Governor from 2009-2010. Natalie quali- fied for BPA Nationals in 2008, Outstanding District Board Member for Minnesota Dakota's Key Club in 2009 and Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lt. Governor Award Recipient 2008. While at OHS she has been employed at Hartman's SuperValu, the Ortonville Pool and Lakewood Supper Club. Following graduation she plans on attending either Arizona State University or the University of Minnesota to major in Business Tourism. FINISHING RUNNERS-UP in Food Innovations at the FCCLA State Meeting April 15-17 were Abby Weber, left, and Katie Berdan. They received Gold Medals and for placing second, they are alternates for Nationals which will be held July 4-8 in Chicago, IL. OHS track teams take part in Montevideo Invitational Ortonville's boys and girls track teams were back in action last Thurs- day, May 6 participating in the Monte- video Meet. The weather was cool and rainy as the athletes took to the track. Team scores were unavailable. Girls Results Shot Put-Kara Helgeson, 1st with a throw of 37' 3 1/2" and Mallory Adel- man, 5th at 27' 3 1/2". Discus-Kara Helgeson, 2nd at 91 '6; Kaity Meyer, 3rd at 77'8 and Morgan Messmer, 4th at 75'4. 100 M Dash-Brenna Giese, 4th and Hannah Mathes, 5th. 300 M Hurdles-Jamie Gulley, 5th. 800 M Run-Hannah Treinen, 4th. 200 M Dash-Morgan Messmer-3rd and Melissa Halvorson-4th. 100 M Hurdles-Mackenzie Streich, 3rd. 4x800 Relay-Mackenzie Gustafson, Kayla Hormann, Melissa Halverson and Desiree Raffety, 4th. 4x200 Relay-Brooke Hanson, Alicia Bellefuille, Morgan Messmer and Mackenzie Streich, 3rd. 4x 100 Relay-Kayla Hormann, Kaity Meyer, Morgan Messmer and Kara Helgeson, 3rd. 4x400 Relay-Mackenzie Gustafson, Hannah Treinen, Desiree Raffety and Brenna Giese, 3rd. Boys Results Pole Vault-Tom Rausch, 2nd. Triple Jump-Jackson Zemke, 4th. Long Jump-Riley Thompson, 5th. Discus-Joe Kellen, 5th. Shot Put-David Lee, 5th. 3200 M Run-Nick Athey, 4th. 400 M Dash-David Lee, 4th. 1600 M Run-Jake Henrich, 5th. 100 M Hurdles-Jackson Zemke, 5th. 4x800 Relay-Nick Athey, Caleb Tollakson, Jake Henrich and Tom Rausch, 3rd. 4x100 Relay-Chris Halvorson, Noah Kottke, Alex Giossi and Jackson Athey, 3rd. 4x400 Relay-Tom Rausch, Riley Thompson, David Lee and Kurt West- lund, 3rd. On Thursday, May t3 the OHS track teams will travel to Granite Falls for the YME Invitational beginning at 4 p.m. Ortonville will host their own Invitational on Friday, May 14 begin- ning at 4:30 p.m. 'V'outh Fishing Day to be held at Big Stone Wildlife Refuge Once again the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge together with the Min- nesota Department of Natural Re- sources Fisheries will be hosting the 10th Annual Youth Fishing Day. The event will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. at a pond stocked with game fish near the Refuge Auto Tour Route. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pop and water will be provided by Madison Bottling Company. A fish fry, hot dogs and chips will also be pro- vided to all that attend. A tank of var- ious fish species will be on hand to learn identification and handling. Youth can fish in the pond and there will be casting contests, minnow races, an environmental education game and an opportunity for everyone to view living microscopic pond life through microscopes. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish in several categories and for the casting contest winners and there will be many other prizes given away. Casting contests will be scheduled to begin with the 4-6 year old group at 9:45 a.m. Contests for the 7-10 and 11- 14 year olds will be held at approxi- mately 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with prize drawings and largest fish awards to follow. Lunch will be available on a continuous basis beginning around 11 a.m. Kids should bring their own rod, reel and tackle. However, a very lim- ited number of rods will be available. It is suggested that appropriate footwear be worn due to slippery rocks and the presence of cactus nearby. The Refuge requests that each child should be pre-registered by Friday, May 20. Children that are not pre-reg- istered are still welcome to attend but late registrations are not guaranteed tackle giveaway bags. This will make registration faster that Saturday morn- ing. This year children under four years old will not be receiving the tackle giveaway bags that were given away in the past, but will receive in age appro- priate goody bag. Please call the Refuge office at 320-273-2191 to reg- ister. Come join the fun. They guarantee that the fishing, eating and prizes will be great. The catching part is up to the kids and the fish. In the event of bad weather, Fishing Day will be held at the Refuge Headquarters west of Odessa, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Highway 75 and Big Stone County Road 19. Money Management Questions to ask your CPA at Tax Time Tackling your tax return can be a challenging task. Thatfs why itfs a good idea to arrive at your tax return preparation appointment ready with questions that will help clarify the issues that concern you most. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers these tips on what to ask your tax preparer at tax time. What are your qualifications? There are many different types of tax preparers out there, so itis good to find out who youffe working with so youfre sure your return is handled correctly. To begin with, ask about the preparerfs education and licensing, and what steps were necessary to achieve them. A CPA, for example, is a tax and finance expert who must pass a rigorous examination and qualify for state licensing, which means these professionals have the most comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of tax laws and filing procedures. In addition to asking about licensing and education, find out how long the person has been preparing returns and whether he or she usually works with clients whose financial situations are similar to your own. What will I have to pay in taxes this year? Your CPA will discuss your total tax payment and whether you will owe additional taxes this year or get a refund. Most important, he or she can also explain how your income and expenses affected the taxes you will pay so that you can better understand the steps necessary to minimize your taxes if possible in the future. How can I tower my taxes? Ask your tax preparer if you are eligible to make contributions to an individual retirement account. If you are, taking that step before April 15 can help lower your taxable income- 6and your taxes. Otherwise, therefs not much you can do to reduce the taxes on the return you are preparing now. However, your CPA can discuss your opportunities for cutting your 2010 taxes. There are many strategies you can use to reduce some of your tax burden, ranging from smalt adjustments to more serious steps. Your CPA can describe which ones apply in your situation. What tax taw changes will affect my return this year? Congress has been very active in passing new tax and economic stimulus and recovery legislation during the last year. In particular, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 made numerous changes for taxpayers. That means there may be new rules that will have an impact on people such as first-time homebuyers, new car purchasers, those who are paying or saving for higher education and anyone receiving unemployment benefits, among other taxpayers. There are also important new credits and subsidies for small business owners. Your CPA can explain the new regulations and discuss how to take advantage of any tax saving opportunities now and in the future. What if I think I made a mistake on last year's return? The IRS will often catch math errors and alert you to them. They may also get in touch with you if they believe there is information missing from your return. If you left out income or didnft claim a credit or deduction, itfs also possible to file an amended return correcting the mistake. Your CPA can discuss your options if you find yourself in this situation. Turn to your local CPA The CPA professionfs 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy offers free information to consumers on many taxpayer questions at And remember that your local CPA can offer advice on the best steps to take when dealing with taxes or any other financial issue. Information and resources are available to the public on the MNCPA Web site ( and at including tax and financial planning information for individuals and small businesses. A free CPA referral service is also available on the Web site or by calling 800-331-4288. The MNCPA is part of the national 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy campaign to help Americansf improve financial literacy; information and resources are available at Secretary of State Mark Ritchie promotes Flag Etiquette Guide Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the availability of a flag etiquette resource m guide citizens on how to properly display our nation's flag during the summer season. Min- nesotans typically display the flag on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day. Flag Day, and tndependence Day. "In the coming months, many Min- nesotans will join their neighbors in proudly displaying our nation's flag," Ritchie said. "The flag is one of our most enduring symbols of freedom and justice for all and must be handled with care and respect." The secretary suggested the guide as a civic-education resource to teach younger citizens about the importance of understanding our common history and recognizing our civic responsibil- ity. To request a free copy of the secre- tary of state's Guide to Flag Etiquette, or to inquire about additional quanti- ties, contact the office by mail at 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone 651-201-1324, or by e-mail secretary.state @ Visit .us to view or down- load an online PDF version of the guide. MR. MERRILL BURGSTAHLER visited the Ortonville High School on Tuesday, May 4 to share with students his experiences in WWll, specifically the liberating of Buchenwald, one of the most notorious of Nazi concen- tration camps. Several differentgrades have been studying the Holocaust, either in History or Literature class- es, and the opportunity to hear first-hand account was a great experience for the students. Mr. Burgstahler is shown above with some of the students who attended. From left to right are Hannah Eustice, Elijah Larson, Megan Baerwaldt, Merrill Burgstahler, Quincy Swenson and Jorden Roggenbuck. Merril Burgstahler is the father of Ortonville teacher Nancy Marthaler. .... ....... ::: COME ENJO Y THE 2010 .:i oils Spring Vocal Concert ..... :::: :::::::::i:i:i:? : ............ uesday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. ADMISSION: IN THE ORTONVILLE. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM Adults " $5.00 featuring Senior High Concert Choir, Junior High Choir, Show Choir, Men's Chorus and students" $3.00 Women's Choir, with selections by State Section Music Contest participants, all under the direction of Wayne Huselid. ARION A WARD WINNER will be announced. Tuesday, May l l, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 3b