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_,/, By JDK Yet another small worider! In last week's column, we told of how read- er and former resident Marian (nee Fletcher) Kasecky of New Kensington, PA, was looking for the name of a man she had met recently in Haines, Alaska. Her son, Michael, lives in Alaska, and she plans to spend more time there. Clinton read- ers Curt and Sharon Bystol read about Marian's search, and they at once knew the name of the man she's looking for. "He's Dave Olerud of Dawson," says Sharon. "He played with Curt for the Dawson team and with the college team at South Dakota State in Brookings." The Bystols know not where in Alaska Olerud lives, but we're certain Marian's curiosity will find him out! Many an angler ... several hundred ... will be converg- ing on Big Stone Lake this weekend, for the annual Mariner/Outboard MWC team tourney. Head promot. er of this event every year, namely Sonny Arndt, says weather has been ideal and "we're expecting a good bite" for the big event. Details elsewhere this issue. We sympathize somewhat with the Tobacco Industry, in getting hit from all sides in their various state law suits. The latest case was that with Minnesota, settled out of court last week for close to $7 billion. True, smoking is bad for one's health, whether it's inhaled directly by a smoker of or by non-smokers in a smoke-filled room. But isn't too much cholesterol from a McDonald's hamburger bad for one's health, too? So why shouldn't there be similar suits brought against that industry?! And what about alcohol? Shouldn't we start a suit against all the nation's breweries!? Carol and Dennis Dragt of Lakeshore RV Park and Fruit Farm just north of Ortonville, inform us their swimming pool will open this Friday for the 1998 season. Lots of other activities await you there also ... one of the highlights being in 18-hole mini golf course. Hats off to the City of Ortonville and the Ortonville Ambulance Service on the completion of their new ambulance garage and meeting/training room. We under- stand many organizations and indi- viduals gave generously of their time and money to furnish the garage and make necessary equipment purchas- es. The community is truly lucky to have such dedicated volunteers. Former resident Donna Drewicke sends us a letter with six Hobo Soup labels and check, asking for two Hobo Soup t-shirts. "Needless to say,"she writes, "I was stunned to find this blast from the past on my local grocer's shelf. It imme- diately brought me back to my mischievous youthful years in Ortonville. I was a bit of a terror, if memory serves me correct, to which I look back at fondly. I wish your family the best, Jim, and hope this short 'hello' finds everyone in good health!" Donna is living now in South Minneapolis. Weight lifting tourney Saturday The 1998 Minn-Dak Strength Association South Dakota State Meet and South Dakota Open will be held in Milbank, SD Saturday, May 16 at the AUD, 419 South Main Street. Lifte'rs will compete in the F Squat, Squat, Bench, Jerk Press, Powerlifting and Marathon Events. You must be a resident of South Dakota and at least 13 years old to enter the State Meet. Anyone from any state or country can enter the Open Meet, as long as he or she is at least 13 years old. Weigh-in for lifters will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Lifting begins around 11:30 a.m. Every lifter who follows the MDSA rules will get a trophy. You do not need to join the MDSA to enter the meet. BPA members fare well at National Competition Steve Powell, Jeremiah Schmeichel, Mike Graham, Mike Barnhardt, Grant Botker and Mike Schumacher traveled to San Antonio, TX last week to compete in the National Competition for Business INofessionals of America. (BPA) Mike Schumacher competed in Verbal Communications/ Extemporaneous Speaking placing 13 out of approximately 72 competitors. Verbal Extemp is a contest in which the student is given a topic and ten minutes to develop into a 3-5 min. speech. Grant Botker competed in Document Formatting and placed 38th out of 72. Document Formatting is a contest in which the student is given a packet of various documents that need to be correct according to BPA standards including correct spelling, grammar, and letter format. The Presentation Management team of Mike Barnhardt, Mike Graham, Steve Powell and Jeremiah Schmeichel placed 7th out of 32 teams. On Thursday they competed for their first time and did an excellent job of presenting. This propelled them into the finals that were held on Saturday. Again they did an excellent job of presenting which gave them their 7th place ranking. Presentation Management is a competition in which teams of 2-4 people create a business presentation utilizing com- puter multimedia and verbal commu- nication skills. The topic is chosen by a national BPA committee and varies from year to year; this years topic was "Why Should Businesses Support Business Professionals of America." Approximately 3000 secondary students from throughout the United States participated in Business Professionals of America's 32nd National Leadership Conference. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meet- ings, leadership workshops, occupa- tional and specialized competitive events, election of national officers, and tours of San Antonio area sites! The highlight of the conference was "-tle presentation of the awards to the w in the national competitive events. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nation wide networking of education, busi- ness, and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. We thank our school district for their continued support of this organi- zation that teaches the life skills hat are needed to survive in today's world. "We would like to thank Russell Fischer of State Auto Insurance Co and Northridge Union for their dona- tions. Thanks to Curt Johnson for his technical support and Julie and Curt Kunde for being our advisors," said Mike Barnhardt, on behalf of the BPA team. Christie makes first appearance on allegations of criminal sexual conduct William Christie of Clinton made his In'st appearance last week on six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. According to the complaint filed by Big Stone County Deputy Sheriff Brian Dahl, on March 9 of this year, Karen Cleland of the Big Stone County Family Service Center called the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department with a report of criminal sexual conduct. The complaint stated that Cleland had said she had received a call from a Clinical Supervisor at Woodfield Residential Treatment Center in Beresford, SD, stating that a 16 year- old male had reported to the staff that he had been sexually abused by Christie at Christle's house. The juvenile had told the counselor that Christle had fondled his "private parts" and performed oral sex on him, and that this had happened about two times a week for aproximately two to three months. The alleged incidents had taken place three years ago. Dahl interviewed the juvenile on March 12, and the juvenile stated that the incidents had stopped when he had moved away from town in December of 1995. Dahi also interviewed Christie on two separate occasions, and Christle stated that sexual things could have happened between him and the juve- nile, but he did not remember. Christie also stated that he did not doubt the juvenile's word, and if he said that it happened, then it probably had. Each of the six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree car- ries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail, a $30,000 fine or both. Two accidents Friday night On Friday night at aproximately 10:02 p.m., a 1992 Mercury Topaz, owned by Lucas Athey of St. Michael, was struck while it sat by The Matador in Ortonville, according to Ortonville Police Cheir Gary Dinnel. Aproximately $2,000 in damage was sustained by Athey's vehicle, and the accident is currently under investi- gation. Also on Friday night at 11:50 p.m., a vehicle driven by a 16 year-old juve- nile was struck by another vehicle dri- ven by a 16 year-old. The first vehicle, a 1986 Buick, was traveling south on Highway 7 near Kemp's Dairy when the driver went to pick up something off the floor and swerved into the other lane, Dinnel stated. The second vehicle, a 1984 Subaru, had pulled up on the right next to the Buick and the Buick ran into it as it swerved back into the lane. Both vehicles sustained aproxi- mately $2,000 in damage, Dinnel stat- ed. Ladies coffee "Stamp-eed" set May 19th Ladies! You will not want to miss our "Stamp-eed" Morning Coffee at Zion Church on Highland Hwy on May 19th, 1998 from 9 to 11 a.m. Special feature will be "Stamping Fun" with Mary Ross and Patty Haukos and they will show us what can be done with rubber stamping. Our music "Embossed Notes" will be a duet by Kelly Miller of Ortonville and Jeremiah Schmeichel of Odessa. They are students at Ortonville High School. Speaker, Jo ButCh, SD, will give her Approval". She Is architect with a Reservations ca calling Ruth (320) (605) 862-8500 by May 16th. Free on site by Tickets are $3 cancellation would b Monday, May 18th. there ! When i'r,'e t, ime hel F you Brock Tatge 123 NW 2rid St, Ortonvilte, MN 56278 320-839-2965 lU= lb OHS Knowledge Bowl team competes at state tournament Ortonville High School's Knowledge Bowl Team traveled to Brainerd on May 4th to take on the top teams in the state of Minnesota. Forty-eight Class A & AA teams met to determine the champion in each division. After the 60 question written round on Monday, Ortonville's team of Scott Sandberg, Grant Botker," Jon Marthaler, Kristi Volkenant, and cap- tain Dave Marthaler ranked 13th in class A, nine points out of first place. The first two oral rounds saw Ortonville taking on new Ulm Cathedral and Sebeka. Though they won one round in Room 4 and fin- ished second in the other. Ortonville dropped to 17th overall because of the higher finishes of the other teams. Though disappointed, the team renewed its efforts and jumped to 9th place after winning-the 'round with Chokio-Alberta and Dilworth- Glyndon-Felton. The final oral round saw Ortonville competing against two tough teams from Grygla and MinnewaSka. Ot'tonville wagdown earlybut they rallied late in the round to finish just behind the other teams. This close finish dropped their ranking, but they still finished in 1 lth place overall. Generally, the team was satisfied with their first trip to the state tourney. As one member stated, "there are no First annual B festival was a More than 150 people from five states attended the first annual Big Stone Bird Festival last weekend. One hundred people rode the train Friday night, and went on field trips to the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, the South Dakota Old Indian Church, Labolt Dam, and Clinton and Graceville area lakes. A seminar Saturday included talks from Dr. Pete Reynan, Dr. Eleanor Haney, and Craig Lindgren of National Camera in Minneapolis. The group found about 125 species of birds, including a peregrin falcon trying to catch another bird for his din- ner and nests of newly hatched bald ig Stone Bird huge success eagles with their parents. A eurasian collared dove, the first of its kind to ever be seen in Minnesota, was also viewed during one of the tours. , Doug Buri, who coordinated the festival, stated that people are still coming from all over just to see it. Buri stated that "without [The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber and] Sonja Pinkert and Mary Hillman, this thing simply would not have come off. Over 150 people attended and spent, in one form or another, about $32,000. That translates to almost $200,000 in extra economic benefit to the commu- nity." INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RFULTS! MINUTES OF CAN DESTROY YOUR CROPS ! 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