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in area ORTONVILLE'S LEADING BUSINESS FIRMS is the heading of this the early 1900s. Remember some of the stores? If so, you're getting up FOR THE WEEK OF May 12, 2009 10 YEARS AGO May 11, 1999 Construction on the city's new water tower began last week, with crews from C'aldwell Tanks hauling in sections of the tower, to be locat- ed near Northridge Residence. Roger Bird of Ortonville was appointed by Ortonville's City Council at its regular meeting last Monday to serve as facilitator in the city's purchasing a parcel of land near the foot of Big Stone Lake from Otter Tail Power Co. Kicking off week one of the Independent Fishing Contest was a six pound, three ounce walleye reeled in by Jesse Gess of Savage. In the bullhead category, Justin Pinkert of Milbank, SD brought his winning fish in to Bud's Bait, weighing in last Sunday at two pounds, five ounces. 25 YEARS AGO May 9, 1984 Good riews for Big Stone Lake State Park advocates which surely must include everyone from this area. Word from Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources, which held an open house on the park in Ortonville last Thursday, is that the park will now definitely be retained, killing rumors of the past few months that the park would be phased out and closed. Local grocery store prices were: whole fryers 59 per pound, five quart pail ice cream $2.89, large dozen eggs 79,six pack Pepsi products $1.59 and a box of angel food cake mix 99 . Excess moisture in these parts, as well as most of Minnesota, because of a late snow and heavy spring rains, has slowed farmers in their spring planting this year. Days suitable for fieldwork during this week averaged but two for the entire state, according to Minnesota's Ag Statistics Service. 50 YEARS AGO May 14, 1959 Believe it or not, there's corn in these parts up nearly four inches, or almost as high as an ordinary pen- cil. The corn planted April 20, may be a record for corn growth and corn planting in Big Stone County. The 46 OHS seniors of the class of 1959 returned safely' last Saturday from their annual Chicago trip, somewhat tired, but all thor- MEMORY'S From the files o! the Ortonville indepe~ent early day photo, taken sometime in there in age too! oughly convinced they had a won- derful time. "The class is to be congratulated," says Supt. Solberg, "for their splendid conduct at all times on the trip." Constantly improving all year, the Trojan thinclads hit their peak last Friday as they came in second place in the Conference track meet in Appleton. Births recorded at the Ortonville Hospital were twins, a boy and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Sherod of Ortonville. 70 YEARS AGO May 11, 1939 Dedication and corner stone lay- ing ceremonies at the new high school gymnasium auditorium, will be held next Monday afternoon, Superintendent L.W. Brown announced Among some of the items of interest to be placed in a copper box which will be sealed by the corner stone will be a parch- ment scroll signed by the entire high school student body and fac- ulty, ~ current issue of the Ortonville Independent and the Ortonic, school publication. Location of the new English Lutheran church will be on the Charles Arnold corner on Third street kitty-corner from the Congregational church. Excavation work on the newly acquired property will begin short- ly just as the present building on the property can be removed. Purchase of the Ortonville branch of the Minneapolis Brewing Company was made recently by Meester and Sherman of Marshall. The new owners put into service two new trucks and changed the name of Big Stone Grain Belt Co. Births recorded at the Ortonville Hospital were a girl to Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Sprung of Big Stone City, SD, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. August Redepenny, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Braaten of Correll, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ward of Ortonville and" a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Rosenwald of Ortonville. f This column sponsored in part by Rock Solid Since 1876 Ortonville, MN 320-839-6131 /, By Gall Maxwell 839-2207 The Grant County Public Library has a branch in Big Stone City. This branch in Big Stone is a public library open to all people. The library is located in the Big Stone City School. The hours are Tuesday 9-1 p.m Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m and Saturday 9:30 - 12:30 p.m Tuesday, May 5 Wade Van Dover and Joe, Clair, Danny, and Paul along with guest Annie Haukos went for a boat ride. Right in the middle of the lake Paul Van Dover decided to push Dan overboard. Joe decided to jump in and swim to his brother,s rescue. Clair was disappointed because she wasn't the first to jump in the lake this year and win the family contest and $5. Wade is going to give Joe and Daniel both $5; because it was almost a tie. Sunday night, May 3 Wade and Cindy Van Dover had Paula Rausch and Gene, Teri, and Alex Sass down for steak, brats, and" ice cream cake. Happy Birthday Danny! Friday night, May 1 Wade and Cindy Van Dover attended Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Seminar. I~ was excellent information and Cindy made Wade cut up his credit card! Thursday, April 30 Delores Bengtson went to Watertown and stayed with her daughter Cindy and Rod Bublitz. On Saturday, May 2 Dolores attended the funeral of Rod's mother Ardella Bublitz in Watertown. Delores returned home on Saturday along with Dennis and Pat Bengtson of Isanti, who were also there for the funeral. Dennis-and Pat stayed overnight Saturday at Dolores's. Ruth Torgerson visited Rose Christensen at Northridge on Sunday afternoon, May 3. Kayla Tillman of Twin Brooks, Pat Delgehausen of Big Stone, and Janice Krause of Milbank visited Vernon and Gert Goldsmith on Sunday, May 3. Trudy Taylor was a visitor Sunday forenoon. Sunday afternoon, May 3 Mary Whiting and Frances Murphy of Milbank, Marcella Kohls of Ortonville, and Evelyn Morris of Ortonville visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Wednesday night, May 6 Glenda Loeschke had supper with Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Trudy Martig and Marion Larsen went to the Cities and stayed with Karen Kerrick. Trudy and Marion watched Marion's grandsons play baseball and Lacrosse. On Sunday Trudy and Marion went to Dayton to see Marion's grandson Jacob Larsen receive his First Holy Communion. Saturday evening, May 2 supper guests of John and Jerri Van Hout were Frank and Emily Kvidera of the Cities, Pat and Joane Kvidera of Minneapolis and their son Jim and children of St. Cloud, Gary and Cindy Van Hout, and Chuck Van Hout. Jerry and Diana Stieb went to Eaton, CO. for their grandson Andrew Blum's Confirmation on Sunday, May 3. They spent the May 1 weekend in Eaton at the home of their son Darrell and Jill Blum. Bob and Peggy Dunston went to St. Cloud over the weekend of May 1. They took their granddaughter Marsa to see "High School Musical III. After that they went to the high school to see the play "The Foreigners" where their granddaughter Amanda played one of the leads. The play was terrific and very funny. Also they went to church and then came back home. The Big Stone Red Hatters went to Mac Daddy's for lunch. The theme was Mexican and other Red Hat groups were there. Everyone had a good time. The Lakeside Club met at Judy Lund's and had their last meeting of the season. They decided for their summer outing to go to a winery in Velga, SD. By State Sen. Gary Kubly Homeowner protection As we all know, these tough economic times are having a real impact on nearly every segment of society. Among the hardest hit is the housing sector. Not only is the number of foreclosures continuing to skyrocket, but home prices are Although the major focus of this legislative session will be resolving the state's $6.4 billion deficit in a manner that is fair and lays the foundation for economic recovery, the Minnesota Legislature is also working on other proposals to help individuals during this recession. There are several homeowner-protection initiatives, aimed at helping folks who have purchased a home during these tough economic times, which are moving forward. I believe it's important that we help people protect and preserve their investment. Minnesota law currently requires that homeowners notify a builder of any warranty claims in writing. In practice, most folks have a relationship with their t~uilder and either call or see them in person if a warranty issue arises. To prevent any penalization of a homeowner using this approach, the Legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate the requirement that the notice of a warranty claim be in writing. Another. bill is moving forward that would increase "the period of time that a homeowner has to notify a contractor of a warranty claim from six months to one year. This extension will allow homeowners time to discover and notify their builder of any construction problems that may have gone unnoticed under the previous timeline. Finally, there is a bill that modifies Minnesota law to require a builder to give homeowners a written warranty for their home. These warranties cannot be waived or modified after the fact. Homeowners will also receive written information on their rights under the warranty. These improvements will ensure that homeowners explicitly know their rights and appropriate courses of action to deal with any construction problems that may arise in their home. There are also bills related to attorney fees, recovery of damages in the event of faulty construction, and statute of limitations for homeowner warranty claims, that are making their way through the legislative process. Although these pieces of legislation are more contentious between homeowner advocates and builders, I'm hopeful that all parties can come to a workable agreement and good policy can be moved forward. I'm very pleased that during the economic crisis, the Legislature is advancing bills that will help families .protect the largest asset and most Important investment they will likely ever make-their homes. I encourage you to contact me with' your questions or comments on any issue. You may call me at 651-296- 5419, send an e-mail to, or write to G-24 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155. J, Take advantage of the available tax credits. I I[ i! ii lnstall a ground source heat pump! I i ii': iiiiii O ua,/y/orur, to I Berkner Plurnblng HeatingI ,AirCond,ioning I West Hwy. 12 ~le, MN 320-8-39-3234 By Adelaide Kirchberg Sunday, May 3 was a special day at St. Joseph's Parish, when five youth members and guest members of Holy Rosary Parish received their First Holy Communion at the 10:30 a.m. mass with Fr. Robert Goblerisch celebrant. They were Anthony Charles Abramowski, Amelia Rose Adelman, Logan Robert Hooser, Brianna Rae Kirchberg, Meagan Elizabeth Radermacher and Samuel Edward Adelman. Sunday, May 3 dinner and afternoon guests at the Travis Volkenant home in honor of their son Logan Robert were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Volkenant. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Rademacher, Mrs. Bryan Anderson, Sarah and Jake attended the confirmation of their granddaughter and niece Jennie Redepenning in Lakeville on Sunday, May 3 and were visitors at the Paul Redepenning home in Farmington. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke were Thursday afternoon April 30 visitors at the Betty Binsfield home in Big Stone. Lawrence Schmieg visited his dad Alphonse at his Lakeside apartment on Tuesday, April 28. Joan Longhenry and family of Clarkfield were May 2 weekend visitors at the Lawrence Schmieg home. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg visited Alfred Volkenant at Fairway View in Ortonville on. Sunday evening May 3. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pillatzki were Saturday, May 2 untilSunday, May 3 guests, at the .Curtis Stewart home in Burnsville and attended the First Communion mass at St. John the Baptist church where they're granddaughter Heidi Stewart was in the First Communion class Mr. and Mrs. Joe Karels attended the Chanhassen Dinner Theater on Saturday, May 2,2009. Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Radermacher entertained relatives and friends at their home on Sunday, May 3, after the First Communion Mass in honor of their daughter Meagan's First Communion. Mary Spors of Moorhead and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Spors was honored at an open house bridal shower at St. Joseph's Sclaool on Sunday afternoon May 3, 2009. She will be married to Matthew Pierce on July 11,2009. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Markstrom" of Sioux Falls were May 2 weekend guests at the Eddie Radermacher home. Mrs. Joan Strei returned home May 2 after spending a month at the home of her daughter and family Mr. and Mrs. Sam Selzer in Fairfax, IA. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Seizer and family of Fairfax, IA were May 2 weekend guests at the Mrs. Joan Strei and Jeanette Abramowski home. Additional Sunday, May 3 dinner guests in honor of Anthony Abramowski!s First Communion were Mrl and Mrs. Roger Abramowski, Mr. and Mrs. Dru Olson, Bryce and Grace and Fr. Robert Goblirsch and Mrs. Jennifer Fatland and Steven of Sioux Falls. Mr. and Mrs. John Adelman spent May 2 weekend at the Patrick Richter home in Bismark, ND and attended the First Communion of theii" daughter Madonna on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Jim Bruss of Hanska, Tom Kirchberg of New Ulm were Monday until Wednesday evening May 6 guests at the Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg home and tried their luck at turkey hunting and fishing in this area. Mrs. Dave Mork and grand children Kaydyn and McKenna of St. Cloud were Tuesday, May 5 afternoon visitors at the' Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg home. to stay at Seniors who need services that help older persons remain in their homes may be interested in Minnesota's Alternative Care and Elderly Waiver programs. These programs also provide ser- vices that help spouses and families .care for their senior family members. Some seniors can get help paying for these services. The programs include a wide vari- ety of services that help older adults, including home health aide services, home delivered meals, family cares- sive support and training, adult day care serv|ces, nurse visits, transporta- tion, personal care assistants, medical supplies and equipment, companion services, homemakers, assisted living services and more. Additionally, we are now able to help fund the new tele-homecare. This involves a telemedicine monitor placed by a skill nurse in an individ- ual's home. Through this equipment vial health information is recorded and reviewed, ongoing. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact Big Stone County Family Service case managers at (320) 839- 6385 or (320) 839-6387. 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