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Good old days in the Ortonville area ........ REMEMBER THIS VINTAGE AUTO...a 1908 Buick, owned by the late Alex Semrau of Ortonville? Alex used to drive the vehicle in area parades for many years. He's shown driving his prize possession in one of Ortonville's Cornfest parades. Riding with Alex, now deceased, is the late Don Duncan. Duncan owned and operated a body shop here for many years. His wife Bernice and son Ed both live in Milbank today. Note the steering wheel on the old buick is on the right side. 10 YEARS AGO March 18, 1988 Galen Streich was present- ed the John Philip Sousa Award as the outstanding senior in instrumental music. Geri Newman was named the valedictorian and Galen Streich was named the saluta- torian of the class of 1988 of the senior class at Ortonville. Brad Donais has been selected as a member of the All-State Choir. The longest day of golf will be played June 6th for the ben- efit of the Cancer Society. Raymond Cox and Valerie Sherod of Ortonville are the parents of a boy born at the Ortonville Hospital on May 16th. 25 YEARS AGO May 10, 1973 The City has granted a license to.Jack Wi!te and Richard Kaxnpa, both of St. Cloud for a supper club to be constructed near the Ortonville Airport. Julie SeUin has been select- ed to sing with-America's Youth in Concert. She will join Doyle Robertson who has also been selected to sing with the group. Pat Vinopal won double honors recently in Chicago where she was runnerup in the Miss Chicago contest and placed first in the Ozark con- test. Gregg Lindahl and Mark Scholberg are the candidates for Student Council president, Wanda Johnson, Monte Dybvig and Connie Hanratty are candidates for vice presi- dent for next year at the Ortonville School. The Jaycees and Mrs. Jaycees held their installation of officers Sunday at Pearson's Lagoona Beach Supper Club. 50 YEARS AGO May 27, 1948" -., Harlan Parker Jr. was elect- ed qomnaander oLthe .Sol, k- .. in Ortonville. Other officers elected were Joe Petriek, Harold McNiff, Harry Geier, Ben Zimmerman, Glenn Shaw and Vincent Stegner. Members of the executive committee include Dr. Roger Nolop, Richard Karn, Cal Lowe and J.E Karn. Phillip Peterson was elect- ed president of the Ortonville Jaycees. Other officers are John Sparrow, Fran DeVries, Leo Smith and Paul Lindahl. The first half of the person- al property taxes are due by Monday, May 3 Ist. John Nelson won two first places and one second which makes him eligible to compete in the State track meet. Kathleen Lentz and LeRoy Monshaugen were united in marriage May 26th at St. John's Church in Ortonville. Five births were recorded Public notices PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD March 25, 1998 Members of the Big Stone County Board met at 10:00 A.M. in the conference room at the Ortonville highway department. Present were Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Torgerson, and Maas. Throndrud was absent. Also present was Gall Mittelstaedt, Terry LaVoi, Mark Thompson, Bill Watson, John Haukos, Beth Tinklenberg, Sharon Finke and Judith Pattison who introduced Cheryl Reed and Joan Grotjahn from Meadowbrook Insurance Group. Meadowbrook serves as the principal service provider for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust and Ms. Reed and Ms. Grotjahn specialize in the area of employee benefits. Their expertise had been requested by the county insurance committee.. Chairman Torgerson turned the discussion over to Ms. Reed who distributed an informational packet that had been prepared. She stressed that the county be extremely careful in putting out a request for proposals in order to assure that equity be maintained in the plan design. She stated that one of the services that they could provide is preparation of a comparison regarding benefits, networks and rates quoted by those providers who may submit a proposal should the county bid their coverages. Much discussion was held. The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M. COUNTY REVENUE American Business Forms ......... $227.46 American Communications Inc .5,131.37 Bear Graphics ............................... 643.03 Benton County Teasurer .............. 750.00 Big Stone Lake Shotting club ....... 100.00 Bih's Plumbing & Heating ............. 129.25 Business & Legal Reports Inc ...... 320.08 Chippewa County Sheriff ............. 150.00 Computer Professionals Unlimit .................................... 2,329.55 Dallas Hanson Const., Inc ........ 4,350.00 Dictaphone Sales Agency ......... 3,121.00 Double Tree Park Place Hotel ..... 338.33 Douglas County Sheriff ............. 1,804.86 Emblem Enterprises Inc ............... 277.74 First National Bank ...................... 186.38 GE Capital ................................ 1,142.75 Girards Business Machines ......... 171.00 IBM ............................................... 111.22 Jean Kvols ................................... 252.25 Lac qui Pade County Sheriff ..... 1,300.00 Lexis Law Publishing ................... 251.61 Martin, Nelson, Glasrud, Inc ........ 941.25 Microforge .................................... 233.12 Milbank Communications .......... 1,498.92, MN Dept of Administration ........... 930.00 MN Elevators Inc ......................... 133.67 MN State Auditor ...................... 2,593.75 '  ti'i k Office Systems ............................. 401.02 Ortonville Independent ................. 645.97 RDJ Specialities ........................... 165.11 Rinke-Noonan .............................. 200.00 Rosemary Brown ......................... 241.50 SchafferLawn Care ..................... 102.00 Stattelman Lumber Inc ................. 467.71 Stein's, Inc ................................... 212.70 Supedor Ford Inc ......................... 121.00 Td State Water Condition Inc ....... 142.93 University of Minnesota ............... 165.02 Vertical Solutions ......................... 863.73 Viking Office Products .................. 297.14 West Cen Reg Juvenile Center.3,795.00 West Central Bank ....................... 250.00 West Publishing Corp ............... 2,153.40 William Watson ............................ 462.36 Xerox.corp ................................... 126.38 35 Payments Less Than $100..1,296.51 Total CountyRevenue .......... $41,528.07 ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Computer Professionals Unlimit $207.86 Ortonville Independent ................. 143.24 14 Payments Less Than $100 ..... 561.10 Total Environmental Services ....$912.20 COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE American Society of Civil Eng....$762.50 Berkner Plumbing & Heating ....... 549.65 Big Stone Cooperative ................. 236.97 Brandon ra & Auto Center ...... 1,564.80 Engineering CADD ...................... 108.76 Cadson Drywall ............................ 325.00 Chapin Construction Bulletin I ..... 278.40 Chris Lupkes ................................ 166.00 Commissioner of Transportation ....... i ................ 1,002.13 Computer Professionals Unlimit ..298.22 Curt's Auto & Sports Center ......... 409.47 DTN corp ..................................... 206.07 Elan Financial Services Corp.... 1,272.52 Griffith Hardware .......................... 135.48 H & R Construction Co ................ 535.64 Hydraulic Specialty Co ................. 389.16 Hydraulics Company .................... 164.60 Jim & Sons Lumber Inc ............. 1,174.11 Johnston Fargo Culvert Inc .......... 166.14 Johnstone Supply ........................ 445.64 Kim E's Decorating ...................... 277.64 Little Falls Machine, Inc ............... 134.05 Midwest Truck & Parts ................. 808.12 Milbank Communications ............. 127.80 Milbank Winwater Works .......... 2,623.10 Nelson Electric .......................... 2,078.43 Northern Hydraulics, Inc ........... 1,108.41 Northwest Technical College ....... 650.00 Ortonville Auto & Supply .............. 323.62 Ortonville Independent ................. 790.25 R & A Supply ............................... 164.76 Riley Bros Const Inc ............... 20,330.85 States Borders Turf Co ............. 5,130.00 Sturdevants .................................. 871.44 Sykora Plumbing ....................... 1,425.54 The Forum ................................... 108.40 True Value Hardware ......... : ......... 553.02 Valley Office Products .................. 240.43 Woods Carpet Connection ........ 1,814.00 Ziegler Inc ................................. 2,528,64 15 Payments Less Than $100 ..... 882.02 Total County Road & Bridge .$53,181.68 FINAL TOTAL ....................... $95,621.95 BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD March 26, 1998 Chairman Torgerson called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M. in the DOWN MEMORY'S LANE From the Files of The Or4onville ]ndependent at the Ortonville Hospital: a boy on May 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hay of Milbank, a boy on May 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Kraayenbrink of Ortonvile, a girl on May 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Severin of Ortonville, a boy on May 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Olson of Clinton and a girl on May 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mensen of Big Stone City. 70 YEARS AGO May 17, 1928 Verda Sorenson won first in declamation, Dorothy Drewicke won first in oral spelling and Burton Henningson won first in writ- ten spelling in the county con- tests. They are now entitled to represent the county at the state contest to be held in con- junction with the state fair. The Ortonville Kid Band will leave today by chartered bus for Minneapolis to com- pete in the state music contest. 2,000 people were in atten- dance today at the Runestone Rally held at Sioux Historic Park. Gov. Theo Christianson was the main speaker at the event. C.T. Timm was elected superintendent of the consoli- dated school at Correll at a meeting of the board. He will succeed V.V. Bergtold. f This column sponsored in part by courtroom of the courthouse with Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndrud and Mass present. Also present was Beth Tinklenberg, Sharon Finke, Gall Mittelsteadt, Diana Huits, Mark Thompson, Terry LaVoi and Judith Pattison. Present at the request of the insurance committee was Todd Swanson, marketing representative with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He has been working with the City of Graceville to provide health insurance coverage to city employees. He reviewed a variety of individual coverage options and premiums for consideration. As the meeting had been called for the purpose of gathering information only, there was no action taken. The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M. BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD March 30, 1998 A special work session of the Board was called to order by Chairman Torgerson at 9:00 A.M. in the jury room of the courthouse. Present were Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndrud and Maas and County Attorney Watson. As the focus of the meeting pertained to discussion of labor contracts, the Auditor did not attend but was available if needed. The purpose of the meeting was to review the proposed labor contracts from both Family Services and the Highway department. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Lane and carried that the 1998 salaries of the five elected officials be established as follows: Attorney - $44,365.62; Auditor $44,056.74; Recorder $34,683.74; Sheriff- $40,072.24; Treasurer- $32,417.58. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Lane that the 1998 Labor Agreement with the Big Stone County Highway Department be approved with Section 11.02 - Use of Sick Leave - amended to read that "employees shall draw upon accumulated sick leave benefits when they are unable to work due to .." Motion carded unanimously. Torgerson stepped down as Chair and moved that the 1998 Labor Agreement with the Big Stone County Family Services Unit be approved with Section 11.02 - Use of Sick Leave - be amended to read the same as the Highway Department Contract. Lane offered the second and the motion carried unanimously. Both agreements provide that all salary grades and steps be adjusted by 3%. Discussion was also held regarding the negotiations with the employees not represented under a labor agreement. It was decided that those employees be also offered a 3% salary adjustment to all grades and steps and, also the individuals employed as a deputy sheriff each receive $55 per pay penod for time spent "on call". At 11:45 the Chair declared the meeting adjourned at which time he provided the auditor with the pertinent informafion from the meeting. BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD April 7, 1998 Chairman Torgerson called the meeting tO order at 8:30 A.M. with (32o) e" i e l) Hwy. 75 North Ortonlle, MN 56278 J Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Throndrud and Maas present. Also resent was Bill Watson and Judith attison. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carried to approve the minutes from the following meetings: March 17th, regular meeting, March 25, March 26 and March 30 special sessions. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Maas to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried. During committee reports, Mass brought up the need for a dry hydrant in the Artichoke Lake area. Throndrud mentioned that such projects had been something that the RC&D had been actively involved in for some time. Motion made by Throndrud and seconded by Maas to authorize a cooperative effort between the county and the RC&D for installation of a hydrant. Motion carded. Bill Watson updated the Board about the electrical wiring issue at Main Street. Industries and stated that Otter Tail Power Company will be retesting to verify installation of correctly coded electrical wiring. Discussion was conducted about the increase in the usage of electronic filing of a variety of financial transactions, some of which are being required by state departments. Motion made by Krueger, seconded by Maas and carded to adopt the following resolution: 98-17 WHEREAS, M.S. 471.38, subd. 3 states that =electronic funds transfer is the process of value exchange via mechanical means without the use of checks, drafts, or similar negotiable instruments" and further authorizes school districts to make an electronic funds transfer for such payments. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that designated Big Stone County departments shall be authorized to process transactions by electronic means and that a list of al/transactions made by electronic means shall be available to the Big Stone County Board. Ryan Stattelman of the Ortonville Independent arrived at the meeting. John Haukos and Beth Tinklenberg, negotiators for the non-union employee group, were present to question two decisions that had been reached at the March 30th Board meeting. Doug Tomschin was also present for the discussion. The first item was the decision to authorize payment of $55 per pay period for time spent =on call" by the deputy sheriffs. Mr. Haukos suggested that this is considerably less than the customary rate of $150 per month. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Krueger to raise the offer to $62.50 per pay period. Voting =AYE" were Commissioners Lane, Krueger, Torgerson and Mass. Voting "NAY" was Commissioner Throndrud. Motion passed. The other issue pertained to payment of holidays for part time employees. Torgerson stepped down as Chairman to offer the motion that part time employees be paid their regular rate of pay for Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and July 4th, when any of these holidays fall within a regularly scheduled work week. Vice-Chairman Maas called three times for a second to the motion. Hearing none, the motion failed for lack of a second. At Mr. Tomschin's request, a meeting with the Personnel committee to discuss his full time employment status was set for 3:00 P.M. following the Board meeting. County Auditor Judy Pattison then requested the authority to make the 3% retro-active payroll adjustment effective for all work hours included in the first 1998 pay period. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Torgerson to so move and that payroll be issued accordingly. Motion carded. County Treasurer Cindy Nelson presented a recommendation regarding outstanding county checks. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Throndrud that any outstanding checks of $ 100 or less, issued one year or longer, be investigated and canceled at the discretion of the County Treasurer. Any outstanding checks over $100 issued over one year shall be presented to the County Board for approval before canceling. Motion carried. She also distributed a summary report of county investments. Motion made by Lane, seconded by Krueger and carried to approve the following payments to Sioux Engineering: Ditch #7 - $1,171.11; Ditch 10/11 - $7,108.53. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke met with the Board in regards to several issues. He discussed the Countywide ISTS Loan Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The $50,000 awarded to Big Stone County will allow the county to expand the Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program to fund non- conforming septic systems throughout the county. Motion made by Throndrud, seconded by Krueger and carried to authorize the necessary signatures to execute the Agreement with the MN Department of Agriculture. He then informed Board members that the required county match under the Natural Resources Block Grant has been established as $1,413. Motion made by Lane and seconded by Maas that the Environmental Services Office be authorized to submit a reimbursement application for the costs associated with the petroleum clean-up and analysis at the Main Street Industries construction site. Motion carried. Motion made by Torgerson, seconded by Lane and carded to adopt the following resolution: 98-18 WHEREAS, there is a demonstrated need for mutual understanding and cooperation between governmental units in order to implement the Community-Based ianning Act as set out in Minnesota Laws 1997, Chapter 202, Article 4, Sections 1 to 13; and WHEREAS, there is a demonstrated need for mutual understanding and cooperation between undersigned governmental units in order to plan for growth in areas which they govern; and WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section 394.232, subd.3, authorizes a county to establish a joint planning district with other counties, municipalities and towns, under the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, Section 471.59; and WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section 462.3535, subd. 3, authorizes a city or town to establish a joint planning district with other municipalities or count es under the Joint Exercise.f Powers Act, Section 471.59; and WHEREAS, the respective members hereto are desirous of establishing a joint planning district for the purposes hereafter set out. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual terms, covenants and conditions herein agreed, Big Stone County agrees to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with other municipalities located in the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission Region to create a multi- jurisdictional joint planning district. Gary Haugen, maintenance supervisor of the highway department, presented the contract and bond for Central Specialties for projects S.A.P. 06-634-04 and S.A.P. 06-606-12. Motion made by Krueger and seconded by Maas to approve both documents. Motion carded. Motion made by Maas, seconded by Krueger and carried to adopt the following resolution: 98-19 BE IT RESOLVED, that Big Stone County act as the legal sponsor for projects contained in the Business and Community Development Application to be submitted in 1997 and the the Executive Director County HRA are apply to the MN and Economic of this Project on County. BE IT FURTHER Big Stone to apply institutional, capacity to construction o and replacement project for its desi BE IT FL Big Stone County Federal, State of fraud, bribery, graft, conflict of interest corrupt practices. BE IT FURTHER upon approval of its State, Big Stone an Agreement wit Minnesota for the projects and Big that it will comply laws and regulatio Contract Ag the Compliance Business and Application. NOW, RESOLVED, that Chairperson and Auditor or their authorized to as are necessary to project on behalf of the Motion made by by Lane and following resolution: 98 WHEREAS, th Department of WHEREAS, Bloct distributed by the through the Depar Secunty to support Job Training WHEREAS, the Board desire to development, and administration NOW, of the covenan agreements Powers Agreement, t Stone, Chippe Jackson, Lac qui Murray, Nobles, F Rock, Swift and hereby establish Partnership J Motion made bY seconded by of the pre course to be sheriffs. Mc At 11:00 A.M., were opened for Bids received were as Blackto[ Central S Board action 21st, County Attorney the meeting to di Based suggestions Chmrman Torg matter further them contact Mr. concerns. Board make tfieir contingent upon also d Countryside Pub development of a The Board then At 1:30 P.M. with Person background employment history expertise in the s issues Motion seconded by agreement to revise the Personnel Policy. must and state The auditor was department committee to There being no before the Board, declared adj David Torgerson, Chairman PRINTING Is Our THE ORTONVILLE IN 4 SIZES OF STORAGE 5'x10' o10'x10' .10'x20" Richard and Nancy Annett, Owners Phone (320) 839-2469 or (605) 75 NORTH ORTONVILLE Page 4b " INDEPENDENT