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seniors I JASON ROGGENBUCK is the son of Steve and Linda Roggenbuck, He has been active in football, wrestling, track and driving race car. Jason is an 11 time varsity let- ter winner, two year wrestling captain, three time Section place winner in wrestling, three year Guts Club Member and ended his OHS wrestling career with 108 wins. While in school he has been employed at Progressive Collision and Glass. Following graduation he plans on attending the University of South Dakota to be a Physical Therapist. SAMANTHA I~ARSON is the daughter of DeWayne and Gloria Larson. She was active in junior high band while at OHS. During school she has been employed at the Cenex C- Store. Following graduation she plans on attending Minnesota West technical College in Canby for Medical Coding. CAMERON LARSON is the son of Jim Larson and Shelley Redfield. He has been active in football, golf and enjoys draw- ing. Cameron has lettered in both football and golf while at OHS. During school he has been employed at Hartman's SuperValu. Following gradua- tion he plans on working for a year and then attend college at South Dakota State University. ANNIE VOECKS is the daughter of Ken and Barb Voecks. She has been active in Key Club, Show Choir, Drama, Community Theater, FCCLA, BPA, Choir, gymnas- tics and gymnastics student manager, and solo/ensemble competition. Annie has received the Bright Light Award in Drama grades 8-10, has been on the A and B Honor Roll, received Superior Solo Ratings and Superior Duet and Best In Site. During school she has been employed at Monarch Heights, The Grind and The Pizza Ranch. Following graduation she plans on attending the University of Minnesota-Morris for Psychology with a Minor in Theater. EVAN SAMMON is the son of Jay and Julie Sammon. He has been active in baseball and football. During school he has been employed at Club 7- 75 and Kirchberg Construction. Following grad- uation, Evan plans on attend- ing Concordia College in Moorhead Majoring in Mass Communications and also plans on playing football. CHRIS SHEROD is the son of Dale and Tracy Sherod. During school he has been employed with the Big Stone County Highway Department. Following graduation he plans on working for a year and then go to college. ASHMA TREINEN is the daughter of Paul and Julie Treinen. She has been active in gymnastics, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, drama and dance. Ashma was captain of the volleyball team and cheer- leading squad, an Honor Roll student, lettered in volleyball and softball, and has received award in drama, dance and Johny Cavelle Dancing. During school she has been employed at Mac Daddy's and a Lifeguard at the Ortonville Pool. Following graduation she plans on attending Josef's in Fargo, ND for Cosmetology. MIKE ROE is the SOB of Dalen and Kristin Roe. He has been active in football, track and drama. Mike has been on the B Honor Roll throughout high school. During school he has been employed at Monarch Heights. Following graduation he plans to attend college at Southwest Minnesota in Marshall with his Major undecided. School menu Tuesday, May 12: Breakfast: Hot Breakfast; Fruit; Milk. Lunch: Chicken Sandwiches, Potato Wedges, Vegetable, Milk. Wednesday, May 13: Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk. Lunch: Beef Stew, Bread Roll, Vegetable, Milk or Chocolate Milk. Thursday, May 14: Breakfast: Hot Breakfast, Fruit, Milk. Lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread, Fruit, Milk. Friday, May 15: Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk. Lunch: Mr. Ribb on a Bun, Potatoes, Vegetables, Milk or Chocolate Milk. Monday, May 18: Breakfast: Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk. Lunch: Cook's Choice. Tuesday, May 19: Breakfast: Hot Breakfast; Fruit; Milk. Lunch: Meat Loaf, Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Bread Roll, Milk. Editor's note: The following story was written by Chris Domeier, DNR Fisheries specialist at Ortonviile recapping a year's worth of fisheries work in this area. "What exactly do you guys do all year?" he asked. His tone left me unsure about the intent of his question. Was this an honest question? Or a slightly sarcas- tic "jab," as siblings enjoy giving one another on occasion? As a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries biologist at the Ortonville DNR Fisheries Office, he was helping fund my work. He had bought a fishing license and paid federal taxes on. his fishing equipment, two primary sources of our funding. He wanted to know how we are spending his money. As I answered his question, he pulled the first eleven-inch black crappie through thirty inches of Lac qui Parle ice. It was late March of this year and word had spread that the crappies were really biting on Lac qui Parle Lake. Would tonight be one of those memorable trips? Thinking back over the past year, my first recollection was how often the phone rang last April with con- cerned anglers wanting to know if the ice would be out on Big Stone Lake by the fishing opener. The usual answer was, "We sure hope so." We were as anxious as anyone to wet a line. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and many anglers spent opening weekend stranded on shore stating at a sheet of ice. The late ice-out was followed by a cold, forgettable spring. The fishing was always good, but the catching wasn't. We began April field work by har~ vesting walleye from rearing ponds for several weeks until the water became too warm. We resumed har- vest in September when the ponds had cooled down again. We produced 19,000 pounds of walleye for the year. The majority of these fish were fingerlings but'some harvested adults weighed as much as five pounds. We stocked some five thousand pounds of walleye into local waters that needed a boost, including the Minnesota River and Artichoke, -- ALL WORK GUARANTEED - Botkers, Hendricks, Oliver, and Long Tom lakes. The remaining 14,000 pounds were stocked into numerous other lakesthroughout the state. During May we stocked twenty million walleye fry into Artichoke, John, Long, Marsh, Oliver, Perch, and Steep Bank lakes in addition to thirty- walleye rearing ponds. The fry were produced at Walker Lake and New London State fish hatcheries, Eleven million of those fry received oxytetra- cycline marks to allow future identifi- cation of them as originating from stocking. We also stocked the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge and the Clinton kids' fishing ponds during May with adult bluegill, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch. Several northern pike weighing 10 pounds were stocked, making for some very happy and excited kids (with the exception of one boy who had the pole yanked from his hands by a large northern, never to be seen again). During mid-summer we experi- mented with harvesting young-of- year, one-inch long walleye known as frylings. Although we expected them to be fragile and difficult to harvest during the summer .heat, they proved to be quite hardy and survived very well. We stocked 63,000 of them into Lac qui Parle Lake. Raising walleye fingerlings is an important component of our work and we typically stock between twenty and thirty natural ponds for this pur- pose. These natural ponds have many important ecological functions that could potentially be affected by wall- eye rearing. To evaluate the affects, our walleye crew spent much of July and August monitoring the ponds for changes in water chemistry, vegeta- tion, invertebrates, fish abundances and diseases. Fish from six lakes were sent to our pathology lab in St. Paul to be tested for viral hemorrhagic sep- ticemia (VHS) disease. Thankfully, all fish tested negative. Our assessment crew also spent much the summer evaluating fish populations in Artichoke; Big Stone Refuge, Big Stone, Hendricks, John, Lac qui Parle, Long Tom, Steep Bank, and Traverse lakes, as well as the Pomme de Terre, West Branch Lac qui Parle, and Minnesota rivers. Data collected included the abundances, sizes, ages, and stomach contents of numerous fish species. In August we assisted with con- struction of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible shore fishing station at Boyd's Access on Lac qui Parle Lake. The Lac qui Parle Lake Association proposed the pro- ject and contributed $7,000. The sta- tion provides a badly needed quality shore angling destination and helps relieve congestion on the boat docks. The Lake Association also con- tributed $20,000 for future shore angling improvements to be con- structed at West Twin Bridge. The Traverse County Sportsmen's Club also partnered with us in August by providing funds and labor to help construct a shore angling station along the Mustinka River. Together, we also restored a wetland that now provides diverse fish and wildlife benefits. We were also fortunate to receive assistance from the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District and the Citizens for Big Stone Lake during the summer. They provided mainte- nance and safety gear for a shore fish- ing station"below Big Stone dam along the Minnesota River. September brought the usual night electrofishing sampling for young-of- year walleye. Young walleye move into one to two feet of water after dark and are easily sampled with our elec- trofishing boat. Decent numbers of young walleye were found in the majority of our lakes. Until ice cover began to cover the water, the remain- der of the fall was spent in walleye ponds harvesting and stocking Minnesota's favorite fish. Although equipment care and maintenance is a year-round job, December is the time when even greater focus is placed on making sure all equipment is in safe working order. Boats, motors, and trailers are cleaned and winterized and hundreds of nets are inspected and patched. By early January the potential for winterkill of fish began to increase and until mid-March we monitored dissolved oxygen levels in lakes and ponds. Oxygen levels in Steep Bank Lake dropped very quickly and we opened the lake to liberalized fishing so anglers could attempt to harvest the fish before they died. Steep Bank will be re-stocked with game fish this spring. Local clubs operate lake aeration systems on Artichoke, East Toqua, Hendricks, and Long Tom lakes and we routinely inspect those systems to ensure proper slgnage is maintained for public safety. Potential winterkill conditions in the Aitkin Area benefited us in January when northern pike rescued from lakes in that area became avail- able for stocking. We made several trips to Aitkin and stocked 3,000 northern pike into Artichoke, Long Tom, and East Toqua lakes. During February, in conjunction with the Hutchinson Fisheries Office, we managed to do some underwater filming in the Minnesota River and the Hutchinson staff obtained some very interesting flathead catfish footage. We hope to pursue this work more in depth next winter as we strive to increase management, of the Minnesota River fishery. Much of the winter was spent in the lab examining samples collected during the field season. There were fish scales to be aged, otoliths ("ear stones") to be examined for oxytetra- cyline marks, and invertebrate sam- ples to be sorted through. This was followed by the more mundane task of collating the information into reports for use by stakeholders. Lastly, there were numerous meet- ings related to water quality, flooding, budgets, projects, and safety. "Hey Dad, that's thirty!" my son exclaimed, bringing me back to reali- ty. The crappies had been "on fire" during the past two hours on this memorable March day. I never did get around to explaining tO" my brother what we do during the course of a year but I'm sure he would agree that on this day he definitely got his money's worth. Then they To help prevent suicide in seniors call 800-511-SAVE or go to www, save.orq vo, ' SAVE ; E~ation (SAVE) and the MN Dept. of Health. boy golfers with two more wins last week / The Ortonville Trojan boys golfalso had respect~b!e scores with 82's, team continued their winning ways The Trojan golfers continued their last week with two more wins. winning streak at the Wheaton On Tuesday, May 5 they traveled to Elbow Lake at the Tipsinah Mounds course for the eight-team Ashby Invitational and finished first with a team score of 307. Finishing second was Chokio- Alberta/Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (CACGB) with a score of' 332. Pillager was third with a 353, fol- lowed by Osakis with 359, Ashby 365, Underwood 366, Wheaton 372 and Browerville a 398. Trojan junior Jesse Roscoe shot a one over par 71 to capture medalist honors. Dustin Ringsaker was fourth at 77, Bryn Stock fifth at 79 and Cameron Larson sixth with an 80. Nick Giese and Charlie Statttelman Invitational on Thursday, May 7 with a team.score of 149. CACGB was second with at 160, followed by Ashby at 190 ~nd Wheaton with a 196. | The Trojans placed four individu- als in the top si~as Dustin Ringsaker shot even par 361 for medalist honors. Jesse Roscoe and Charlie Stattelman had 37's for second place and fourth place respectively, Cameron Larson shot 39 for fifth. Ortonville's r cord now stands at 39-0 and they wlll travel to Henning for the Henning Invitational today (Tuesday) at Tl~umper Pond. On Friday, May 15 tfiey will be at Benson for the Sub-Section Meet. ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR BRYANT ZAHRBOCK received another honor as he was selected with the local Academic, Arts and Athletics Award (Triple A). OHS Principal Joel Stattelman is shown above presenting Bryant with his award. ]he award goes to high school seniors who have a "B" or better grade poin[average and w[ o participate in League-sponsoeed athletic and fine artsi activities. Bryant ts the son of Brent and Brenda Zahrbock. ent Honors Day tUMM Adam Helgeson, a sophomore at no;Bert Michals~heck, tenor.; Jessica the University of Minnesota-Morris Henry, French Horn; Laura Woltjer, and the son of Harley and Ellie soprano; and Mitch Grussing, piano. Helgeson of Ortonville, will be one The recital is free an open to the pub- of the featured performers during lic. Student Honors and Awards Day on A Parent's Reception will begin at Friday, May 15 at the University of 6 p.m. Friday in,he Turtle Mountain Minnesota-Morris. Cafe, followed bythe Student Honors The day s celebration will begin at and Aw~dS Ceremony at 7 p.m. in 3:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall with thes~ev Edson AudJiOfiia~: enth annual Honoring Ceremony for Vice Chancellor for Academic American Indian graduates. A light reception will follow. The annual Honors Recital will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Chosen com- petitive audition, honors recitalists are recognized for outstanding perfor- mances during the academic year. Performances will be given by Adam Helgeson, baritone; Kati Hamlin, piano; Tricia Johnson, sopra- Affairs and Dean, Cheryl Contant, will provide the welcome. Bradley Deane, associate professor of English and recipient : of the Alumni Association TeaChing Award, will give the addresst "Morris Saves the World, followec~ by the presentation of honors and awards. These events are free and open to the public. /Free Custom Floorplans! ,/Free Whirlpool Appliances/ /Energy Efficiency Package/ Before You Build l designhomes.com ~ 800.627.9443 Kevin Raaf Complete Collision Repair Glass Replacement and Chip Repair Frame and Suspension Repair Work (320) 839-3066 Home 605-676-2457 Cell 605-880-4252 Page 10 ~,~ INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 12, 2009