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INDE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" ND NT g GRADE GIRL SCOUTS Troop #798 helped Senior Citizens plant trees donated Board for Arbor Day They also planted trees in the Peninsula ParK. This will give the community service. I.'eft to right in front are Danielle Athey, Jenny Kaye, Alexis ihey. In back are Sara Swenson, Lindse. Thomson, Amanda Nelson, Molly Sherman, member Diane Dorry and Seniors Cecdia Paul and Betty Menge. sponsoring, a For Life' at athletic field from dusk until 23. and adults from rea are invited to par- as Schools and busi- is a unique, way to raise American Cancer COmmunity, and of the disease and .American Cancer ',It. much of a cancer it ]s a fundraiser. cancer sur- Involvement Progress that has been up the memory of a cancer or support a survivor County American made not only in cancer cure rates, but in the quality of life following cancer treatment. Each team member has two lumi- naries, which are paper bags filled with sand and lit up with candles. The luminaries memorialize people who have died of cancer, or support those who currently have it or have survived the disease. Teams of 10 people collect dona- tions before the event. During the relay, at least one team member is walking, jogging, or running around the track at all times. Meanwhile, a community party atmosphere is creat- ed by team members camping out and enjoying entertainment, food, and fel- lowship. The most solemn part of the event (Continued on page 3) / / ends confrontation knife-wielding suspect Jr. of Beardsley t e County Sheriff's April 26 stating Hisgun's sister, told her to call was drunk reports, officer at the Hisgun m, and was father. door Into earlier and saw him in the comer with a fillet knife. The report stated that Haukos backed to the door and ordered Hisgun to drop the weapon when Hisgun raised the knife and began to approach Haukos. Haukos drew his gun and ordered Hisgun to drop the knife, which he did. Hisgun has also pleaded guilty to abuse of a toxic substance. The sec- ond degree assault charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a $14,000 fine. Hisgun is cur- rently in .the Chippewa County jail awaiting trial. of Ortonville. teacher Elementary that she t to good use leeds started to pick From there, rake lawns for to do it them- m order to keep OVergrown with 20 lawns last doesn't have so she pushing the "If I had a she says, most of the ]'HE ARION MUSIC AWARD, presented annually to a senior for outstanding achievement in vocal music, was recently presented to Jeremiah Schmeichel at the Ortonville High School spring vocal concert. The recipient o-f the award is chosen by a vote of the Concert Choir from a list of seniors who have qualified as candidates. Jeremiah has been active in all areas of vocal music including Concert Choir, Men's chorus, the Men's Ensemble Sound Arrangement, voice lessons, solos, and miscellaneous small roups. He is the son of Jim chmeichel and Rhonda Schmeichel. helps keep the city beautiful Is just a way of vice is important in the community for people young and old. "I am definite- ly in favor of all the help we can get," she says. To further help the community, she also serves on the city's park board and goes through a number of Ortonville's parking lots at least once a day to keep them free from litter, too. While on her walks, she thinks up new projects and looks for places that may be in need of a little attention. "I spent April kind of sore," she said. Sandro did the spring raking for many lawns this year, and though the pain came with it, she said that it was worth it to see the end results. When Sandro travels to other ciUes, she says that the hardest part of it all is not starting in on their lawn and park- ing lots, too. "There's just so much to do in a city that people don't realize, and not many people to do it," she says. "People tease me that I must have done some terrible crime to be sen- tenced with all this community service work," says Sandro. "I just couldn't ever believe that helping out others could be a punishment." project what it help out es. the other house, only had ser- aeed all May Day no mail nZaterial MARCIA SANDRO, retired teacher and long time Ortonville resident, is shown in front of one of the many lawns she mows. MWC World Walleye Championship May 28-30 Big Stone Lake will be the site where 100 of North America's finest professional walleye anglers will compete for the coveted title of Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) World Walleye Champions. This fishing spectacular will take place May 28-29-30, highlighted by indoor weigh-ins at Ortonville's Lakeside Park. The public is invited to attend, including the Pro/Am event on May 27th; admission is free. The Championship field consists of the top 50 point accumulating teams who competed on the MWC last year. (1,000 teams fished the MWC'in 1997). Championship qualifiers will vie for a $73,000 purse, with $20,000 being awarded the World Champions. All of the teams share in the prize money, which is funded by the MWC sponsors. No entry fees are paid by the contestants. A Pro/Am event (May 27th) will precede the Championship competition. An amateur angler will be assigned to each of the 50 teams, providing them the thrill of tournament fishing with one of the top pro-walleye teams in North America. There's a $100 fee to fish the Pro/Am. Interested anglers should contact the Big Stone Lake Area Tourism Association/Big Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce, tel. 800 568-5722 or 320-839-3284. Heading the Championship field June calendar The June Community Calendar will appear in The Independent's May 26th edition. If you would like .your event or meeting to appear on the calendar, please have copy in by THURSDAY, MA v 23T are the reigning MWC Team of the Year, Chad Kinkade (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Tommy Skarlis (Waterloo, lowa). For further information, contact the MWC, 3137 W. Hilltop Ln., Franklin, WI 53132-9119, tel. 414-761-0657. The MWC is a nonprofit corporation which conducts a series of professionally run fishing tournaments at which family participation and conservation of fishery resources are stressed. MWC sponsors are Berkley Trilene, Lindy Little Joe, Mariner Outboards, MotorGuide, North American Fishing Club/North American Fisherman, Quantum, Ranger Boats, and Wille Products. A PRO-AM DAY IS HELD at the MWC World Walleye Championship. Last year's top amateur shows off his lunker walleye. Amateur entry fee is $100 and is open to the public. f Locals place second in Big Stone Lake MWC tourney #lasters Walleye Circuit anglers were greeted with warm weather and a perfect "walleye chop" on Big Stone Lake last weekend for the Mariner Outboards/Wille Products MWC Team Tournament, where the local team of Brent Hasslen of Ortonville and Ritchie Seidell of Big Stone City, SD took second place. The pair ended the tournament with 29.18 pounds from eight fish over the two days, and took home $7,500 in prize money. The team threw crank baits and used a shallow running number five Shad Rap Fire Tiger. They looked mainly for muddy water areas where the carp were, and caught most of their fish north of Mallard Point. The last two walleyes came on Sunday at 1:45 p.m., and the teams all had to be in in less than an hour. Ritchie, a 1985 OHS graduate who works at Dakota Granite, stated that the pair fishes together quite a bit. They fished together in last year's MWC on Big Stone Lake, hut didn't place. Brent, a 1990 OHS graduate, stated that there was a lot of luck involved in the tournament, and this is his third year in the MWC tourney. "It was like a dream come true for me," he said. After the last lunker was weighed in and released back into the lake, the father and son team of Bob and Jim Schomer from Fon Du Lac, WI went home with first place. The Schomers ended up with 39.98 pounds from 10 fish spread over the two day tournament, and went back to Wisconsin with $13,000 Vacation guide inside this issue The Big Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide can be found in this week's issues of the Ortonville Independent and Grant County Review. The 48 page guide contains numerous articles on the entire Big Stone Lake region and advertising from area businesses. In addition to being inserted in the two newspapers, copies are available at most area businesses. They will be distributed throughout the summer to vacationers in the area. LOCAL ANGLERS Brent Hasslen, at left, and Ritchie Seidell took 2nd place in the MWC Tournament last weekend on Big Stone Lake. They won $7,500 for catching eight walleye, weighing a total of 29.18 Ibs. in prize money. "We caught over 40 walleyes over 21 inches long on Saturday, and they were getting so heavy that we could- n't lift the net anymore," Jim said. The team caught their fish with slip bobbers, staying mainly in the rocky areas and only fishing four to (continued on page 3) City purchases former Hilltop Sales building Four members of the Ortonville City Council, including Mayor Dave Ellingson, attended the public auction yesterday and purchased the former Hilltop Sales building for the city at a cost of $77,000. At a special meeting of the council last Monday night, council members discussed acquiring the building for storage of city equipment. Currently,some of the equipment is stored outside at the ortonville airport, which creates a conflict in funding for the airport improvement project. Councilman Bill Hynnek stated that to build a new facility could be upwards of $300,000, so purchasing this building for $100,000 or so would be best for the city. The council had agreed at the last meeting to spend up to $125,000 on the main building and adjacent shop, and to have the mayor and three council members attend the auction to bid on the property. "The building will be more than large enough to fit our needs," stated Councilman Butch Mittelstaedt. The remainder of the land was purchased by Big Stone Cooperative for $30,500.