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S mallto IA-UTO~*ALL FOR ADO 980 5026 ," v~Jpapers 2/1/2100 ~altrornia Seattle WA 98~Ave. SW oh- 1208 T- 30 OrtonvJlle "Town with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" RESURFACING OF HIGHWAY 75 began on Monday, May 4 between Ortonville and Graceville. Motorists will experience delays and detours while the work is being done. Work on the project is expect- ed to be completed in mid-July, weather permitting. At the regular meeting of' the Ortonville City Council on Monday, May 4-, Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann submitted his decision to retire from the City of Ortonville and law enforcement effective May 28, 2009. Much discussion ensued with the council deciding to form a committee made up of Councilman Bob Meyer and Steve Berkner and Mayor Blair Johnson to look into the retirement letter and allegations and to bring back their findings to the council. The council did pass a resolution asking Police Chief Hormann not to retire. The vote was 5-2 with Councilman John Cunningham and Mayor Blair Johnson voting no. Hormann's response to the suggestion that he reconsider his letter of retirement was to wait and see what the newly formed committee would come up with. Hormann's intent to retire was sub- mitted to city officials following an investigation into "charges and alle- gations" that were ultimately cleared by the Police Commission. Due to the way the situation washandled and the wording of "charges and allega- tions" that was used to notify the pub- lic of the meeting, Hormann had appeared before the council members in April with legal counsel from Ron Frauenshuh. Councilman Steve Berkner felt that Hormann should be compensated for his legal fees as he really wasn't being "charged" with anything and some council members felt that the wording was inappropri- ate for the situation and that what was being brought before the council was, in reality a list of complaints. Other council members thought they would be setting a precedence for paying the legal fees. On a 4-3 vote the council voted not to pay the legal fees for Officer Hormann. Those voting in favor of. paying the legal fees were Berkner, Meyer and Dorry. There was also some discussion as to commencing negotiations with Big Stone County to consolidate law enforcement services. This was tabled until the next meeting. The City Council accepted the res- ignation of Councilman John Cunningham effective May 20. John and his wife will be moving to St. Joseph to be closer to their daughter and son and their families. The coun- cil will then appoint someone to fill Cunningham's seat which will be for six months as his is one of the seats on the council that will be up for re-elec- tion in November. Also approved at the council meet- ing was the use of Lakeside Park, Ottertail land and all surrounding land for the TRAM that will be held on July 26. The council then approved the DNR City Deer Hunt and admin- istering the Deer Hunt Program. ;ing After years of coming to Ortonville on weekends and family vacations, Dan Bauer of Bauer Building, Inc and his wife Joni decided to buy a letire- ment home here. They bought their home a few miles north of the golf course and have been here regularly for the past five years. They plan to retire here full-time within the next few years. As Dan has been getting to know the people and becoming part of the community, he began to see a need in the area for low maintenance single level housing. He put his design tal- ents to work and came up with a housing plan that he feels is ideal for Ortonville. Bauer plans to build three to four twin or triple homes on Lundell Avenue adjacent to the golf course in Ortonville, next to Fairway View Senior Community. He calls the complex "Fwin Garden Villas, because each home will have two or three units or villas, and each villa will have it's own garden. The homes will all be single level with pl attached one or two car garages. All will have two bedrooms and either one or two bathrooms. The villas will range in price from $119,000 to $159,000 depending on the options ordered, and range in size from 850 sq. feet to 1250 sq. feet. The units will be low maintenance homes for people w.ho may be looking to down size, and not have to worry about doing steps, yard work or shov- eling snow. Homeowners can opt to belong to the homeowners' associa- tion which would provide the mainte- nance of all lawn work and snow removal. Though the units are one level, some of the villas will have what Bauer calls a "safe" room with con- crete walls to go to in times of severe weather conditions, and each unit will have a radon gas vent installed. Bauer, who has been in the build- ing business for more than 30 years, drew up the plans, designed them and is ready to build the homes. He will be building one twin or triple villa as a spec unit for buyers to view and get a feel for what the units will look like once completed. Homeowners can pick out the paint colors, flooring, fix- tures, cabinets, heating and plumbing options they want and custom order to their tastes. The Bauers are excited about their new venture, and look forward to being in Ortonville full-time. Though they live in Independence now and both grew up in the metro area, they have had ties with Ortonville through Joni's family. Her father the late Bill Hynnek, Sr. was born and raised here. 'Her mother Stella Hynnek lives in Ortonville as well as Joni's brothers Bill and Tom Hynnek. The Bauers have always felt that Ortonville was a part of them, and are glad to be able to call it their home. If anyone is interested in learning more about the Twin or Triple Garden Villas, you can call Bauer at 612-860- 5699, or Tom or Karen at Shady Oak Realty, who will be handling the sales of the villas. The 2009 Spring Vocal Concert will be held Monday, May 18, in the OHS Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Groups fea- tured in this con- cert will be the Senior High School Concert Choir, Junior High Choir,Show Choir,Men's Choir,and the Women's Choir. There also will be Peterson an assortment of selections sung by some of the partic- ipants that performed at the State- Section Music Contest. Selections performed by the Concert Choir include "The Pasture", "A Maiden Is In a Ring", "Love Psalm", "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", "Tournament Galop" and "Good Night". Some additional songs that will be performed by the other choirs are "I'11 Be Seeing You", "Charleston, Flappers, and Razz-A- Ma-Tazz", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Won't You Join the Dance?", "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor. " "Sophomoric Philosophy", "Give Us Hope", "Life's Joy", "Oh, Come Sing a Song" and "Papa Loves Mambo" All groups are under the direc- , tion "of Wayne Treinen Huselid. Also included in the concert on Monday will be an awards presenta- tion recognizing senior choir mem- bers, solo and ensemble participants, as well as "The Most Improved Award", and the "Arion Award". In order to be eligible for the Arion Award, a student must be a senior choir member, must have participated in solo/ensemble work during his/her sophomore or junior year and must perform a solo during their senior year. Four students qualify as final- ists for the Arion Award this year. The four final- ists for the 2009 Arion Award are Michael Peterson, Michael Roel Ashma and Annie Voecks. MICHAEL PETERSON is the son of Greg Peterson and Chris Peterson. He has been active in Roe band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Milltones Barbershop Chorus, and is a member of the First English Lutheran Church Choir. ASHMA TREINEN is the daugh- ter of Paul and Julie Treinen. She has been active in choir, show choir, gym nastics, cheerleading, softball, drama and dance. MICHAEL ROE is the son of Dalen and Kristin Roe. He has been active in choir, football, track and The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) has been very active helping to prepare our area youth in their learning process. They recently purchased Preschool and Toddler kits that you can now checkout at the Ortonville Library. You will find 16 different back- packs for kids to take home and share, all filled with fun, hands-on activities that reinforce basic skills, from count- ing to nutrition. Each pack features four double-sided, write and type cards to sample, step-by-step instruc- tions for completing the activities and all the materials children need to complete the activities. Ortonville Public Library awarded LSTA grant The Ortonville Public Library was recently notified that the LSTA Grant for the Library project "Shaping the 21st Century Public Library" was approved by the Minnesota State Library and the Commissioner of Education in the amount of $48,519. The funds will be used for a media center in the lower level of the library. This grant will start July 1, 2009 ! The Toddler Theme boxes are take home boxes that introduce toddlers to basic early childhood themes. Each box includes a friendly puppet and a simple, fun-to-sing Song, as well as everything you need to give tots and involving, hand-on e ;perience with key concepts, from a board book to beanbags. The ECI is also sponsoring Imagination Library for children birth to five that live within the Ortonville School District. Imagination Library is off to a great start here in Ortonville. All children in the Ortonville School district are encouraged to sign up for this program. Each registered child receives an age appropriate, hardcover book once a month up until their 5th birthday for free. This is a great way for children to continue to develop their reading and learning skills while having fun doing it. You can pickup registration forms at ECFE classes or at Big Stone Area Growth located at Blair Johnson's office on Main Street Ortonville. If you have any questions about this or any program, contact Kari Dorry at 839-6229 or Laura Lamb at 839-7100. Tickets go on sale. Fri. for Blackhawk Cornfest concert The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has booked Blackhawk to perform an outdoor concert Saturday, Aug. 21, during the 71st annual Cornfest celebration at the foot of Big Stone Lake ORTONVILLE'S EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE recently donated Blackhawk is a country/rock band over $1300 of parenting and educational materials to the Ortonville that took the music industry by storm Library. They are also sponsoring Imagination Library for children birth in the nnties. The band has recorded to five within the Ortonville School District. Pictured above are several albums and have had children enjoying some of the new items that are available at the numerous top hits. Ortonville Library. Pictured from left to right are Owen Dorry, Eliot The midwest band Eclipse will be Dorry, Madeleine Lamb and Reese Cronen. back on the big big stage in Ortonville as the opening group to Blackhawk. Concert tickets go on sale this Friday, May 15 at the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office. general admission tickets are $25, reserved seating tickets are $45 includes reserved chair, V.I.P. tickets are $80 include reserved chair, free food and drink. Local merchants will be offering coupons for $5 off the ticket price. The coupons are available at participating Chamber businesses and will be valid on tickets purchased before Aug. 1. See the Chamber for details. Sponsorship packages are also available by calling the Chamber office at 320-839-3284. Any and all donations are welcome to help the Chamber make this year's Cornfest a memorable event. 0HS Endeavors inside this issue A special section saluting the artistic and academic achievements of Ortonville High School students is included in this issue. drama ANNIE VOECKS is the daughter of Ken and Barb Voecks. She has been active in choir, Show Choir, Drama , Community Theater, FCCLA, BPA, gymnastics and gymnastics student manager, and solo/ensemble competition. A representa- Voecks tive from the Milltones will also be present to award their annual scholarship. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 dollars for students. The public is invited to attend this concert which will be held in the OHS auditorium next Monday. The concert is sure to be a hit with everyone, both young and old. pri in the air, seat belt is on the Unbelted motorists account for nearly half of Minnesota's traffic deaths each year. To counter this trend and stop preventable deaths and injuries, Ortonville Police Department officers will conduct enhanced seat belt patrols May 18-31 as part of a statewide Department of Public Safety (DPS) Safe & Sober-- Click It or Ticket enforcement effort. A seat belt citation is $25 but can cost as high as $115 with court and admin- istrative fees. DPS 2006-2008 preliminary data reports in Big Stone County, one motorist was killed not wearing their seat belt. Another three unbelted motorists were seriously injured dur- ing this period: Statewide over the past three years, preliminary data shows 1,096 motorists were killed in crashes--518 were unbelted--and another 1,151 unbelted motorists were seriously injured. "Increased seat belt patrols are essential to preventing needless tragedies," says Officer Jason Murk. "But enforcement can't save lives alone--every motorist should insist their passengers buckle up to ensure a safe ride." A focus of the enforcement will be teens and young adults--the groups l~st likely to buckle up and overrep- resented in traffic deaths. Statewide each year, motorists ages 15-29 account for 45 percent of all unbelted deaths, yet this group represents only 25 percent of all licensed drivers. Of these unbelted deaths, 80 percent -occur in Greater Minnesota. This same age group accounts for 55 per- cent of all unbelted serious injuries- 70 percent occur in Greater Minnesota. Ortonville Police Department will also conduct special nighttime seat belt enforcement patrols during the effort. DPS 2006-2008 preliminary data reports there were 276 vehicle occupant traffic, deaths during night- time hours and 169 of the traffic crash victims--61 percent--were not belt- ed. In a similar seat belt enforcement effort in May of last year, Ortonville Police Department issued one seat belt citations. Around 400 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will partic- ipate in the enforcement effort coordi- nated by DPS as a component of the state's Toward Zero Death initiative (TZD). TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, edu- cation, engineering and emergency trauma care. Countryside information Health has H1 N1 influenza According to Countryside Public Health, the virus affecting people worldwide is now called H1N1 novel influenza virus instead of the swine flu. That is a better way to identify this specific virus, and their "Health Alert", issued this week, stated, "We can expect a confirmed case in one of our communities in the coming days. Like the seasonal influenza virus, and colds,'it is spread by droplets in the air or on objects." Like most influenzas, you may feel like you have "been hit by a truck", however in most cases, the HINI virus is relatively mild. You will have body aches, perhaps a fever of at least 100.4, a headache, maybe a sore throat, swollen glands, a stuffy nose, and a.cough and occasionally people have experienced nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you are sick, you should story home, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. Over the counter medications can be used to relieve the symptoms of the flu. Countryside has been working with the County Emergency -Managers from the five counties it serves, the hospitals and medical clinics to plan for such an event as a flu epidemic. They are now sim- ply following the planning that has been done. The information from the Minnesota Health Department and Center for Disease Control say that children can shed the virus or be con- tagious for 10 days after the onset of (Continued on page 3)