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OHS TROJAN Tiffany Finke hits a low ball in last week's softball game. Trojan softball season comes to an end The 1998 softball season concluded this past week. On Thursday, Wheaton came to town to play a game that had been rained out last Monday. The guests left town with a hard fought 12-9 victory. Wheaton jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Ortonville got two back in the bottom of the fifth, to close the gap 4-2. Wheaton added three more to make it 7-2. The Trojans fought back again to tie the score at 7 in the sixth inning, and had the game within their grasp. Wheaton rallied for five runs to go up 12-7. Another rally was started by the Trojans in the bottom of the seventh but fell short. Danielle Beyer took the loss, but pitcheda tough game, striking out 13. Errors in the infield proved to be the difference in the ganle. On Saturday, the Trojans entered Sub-Section play as the number seven seed and faced number two BOLD. The-game was lost 14-6, but anybody who was there would say that it was a much closer game. BOLD built a 5-0 lead, but once again the bats came to life for the young Trojans in the top of the fifth, and with some good hitting and aggressive base running, the score was tied up at five each. BOLD came up with a big fifth inning, and took a 14-5 lead. They held on then for a 14-6 victory. The Trojans finished the season with a 2-11 record, and 2-6 in the Pheasant Conference. Final stats and comments will be published next week. READY TO POP ONE to the outfield is-0-HS Trojan Kylene Huizenga. Trojan girls take second at Conference meet The Ortonville Trojan girls golf team took second place at their Conference meet, held in Wheaten last Monday. Freshman Jennifer Berning won medalist homers with a 43, and eighth grader Lindsey Nelsen was third with a 47. West Central area was the low team, with a 208, followed by the Trojans at 216. Other contributing scores for the team were Liz Olson with a 61 and Ashley Zahrbock with a 65. On Tuesday, the Quad-County Conference meet was held at Pebble Lake golf course in Fergus Falls. Underwood took home the team title with a 410, followed by Ashby at 420, West Central Area 429, Ortonville 441, Eagle Valley 454, Chokio-Alberta-Clinton-Graceville 468,and Osakis 494. Berning took fourth place with a 97 and Lindsey Nelsen took eighth INDEPENDENT WANT ADS Health officials urge private well owners to have their water tested once a yem; Minnesota Health officials are the directions provided by your lab for Nitrate generally isn't a problem reminding the htrivawat-ce4|e,Rnd oubmittiug.water for older children add However, well owners that  shh allll    in youlager,ingants, lira ca be Make sure the lab you've cliosen converted into another ehefiical - their wells tested, on a regular basis, has been certified by the stt to nitrite - in the digestive tratt'i The for the presence of contaminants like bacteria and nitrate. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has long-recommended that private well owners have their water tested once a year for bacterial contamination. Nitrate tests are recommended every two to three years - more often if nitrate has been detected previously in the well, or if an infant under the age of six months will be consuming the water. Nitrate is a significant health concern primarily for infants in that age group. About 400,000 households in the state rely on private wells as their source of household drinking water, making the tests an important public health priority for the state. Community water supply systems are legally required to test their water periodically for a broad range of contaminants. Private well owners are also encouraged to safeguard the quality of their drinking water - by maintaining their wells properly, and having them tested on a regular basis. Newer wells will typically provide safe drinking water for many years - with relatively little maintenance - as long as they have been built in compliance with the current well code, using modern construction techniques. However, appropriate maintenance procedures and regular testing are still important, especially for shallow well or older wells. Getting your well tested is a relatively simple process, first, find a testing laboratory - they're usually listed in the Yellows Pages under "Laboratories testing." Then follow nitrite then interferes with the ability of the baby's blood to carry oxygen, resulting in a dangerous condition called methemoglobinemia - or "blue baby syndrome." If levels of nitrate or related compound exceed the current health limit of 10 milligrams per liter, infants under six months of age should not consume the water. Nitrate contamination-can be the result of agricultural runoff, improper use of fertilizers or failing septic systems. Deeper wells are generally considered" to be less susceptible to nitrate problems. Although other kinds of contaminants are much less common in Minnesota's private wells, a small percentage of wells are known to be susceptible to contamination with fuels, chemical solvents or pesticides. The source of these contaminants is usually located close by. Some wells, particularly in west central Minnesota, are also susceptible to contamination with naturally-occurring arsenic, at levels exceeding current federal drinking water standards. People with concerns about these other kinds of contaminants - or other well-related issues - can get advice from MDH, their local health department, or their local licensed well contractor. Well specialists are available to answer questions at MDH district offices in Bemidji(218) 755- 3820), Duluth (218) 723-4642), Fergus Falls (218) 739-7585, Marshall (507) 537-7194), Rochester (507) 285-7289, St. Cloud (320) 255-4216, and the Twin Cities (612) 215-0811. Boys' golf team wins County champions The Ortonville boys' golf team racked up their second consecutive Quad County Conference Championship at Fergus Falls with a team score of 318. Other teams and their scores included Eagle Valley 332, WCA 336, CACG 337, Osakis 349, Ashby 351, Hancock 362, Hillcrest 363, Underwood 370, Henning 373, and Wheaten 401. Tracy Grossman was the medalist for the meet with a five over par 77, and teammate Andy Ross took the silver with a 79. Pete Ross finished tied for third place with an 80, Scott Sandberg shot 82, Dan Ross 84 and Mike Sandberg 87. All six Trojan golfers made the All-Conference squad, and Grossman finished one stroke from the lead for second place. Andy Ross was third, Pete and Dan Ross tied for fourth, Scott Sandberg was sixth and Mike perform the tests you're requesting. Your local community health department may also provide testing services. The cost generally ranges from $10 to $50 per test. To detect possible problems with bacterial contamination, health officials rely on a test for total coliform bacteria. This test detects a broad group of bacteria that are used as a general indicator of possible contamination problems even though they don't usually cause disease themselves. Coliform bacteria are present virtually everywhere on the soil surface, but they usually can't be found more than a few feet below the surface. When they're detected in well water, it means that surface contamination may have entered the well. It also means that disease organisms - from human or animal waste - may be present. From a health standpoint, any detectable level of coliform bacteria in drinking water is considered unacceptable. The water will need to be boiled for a minimum of three minutes before using it for drinking or cooking - until the well can be disinfected with chlorine and retested. In some cases, more elaborate steps may be needed to fix the problem - including repair or replacement of the well. Persistent problems with bacteria contamination are most commonly seen in older wells - especially if they haven't been properly maintained. Nitrate contamination involves a some what different set of issues. Sandberg had individual scores honors ranged nine holes to The boys consecutive Friday, shooting of 306. BOLD with a 326, Men1 BDRSH fourth at Benson 355, Grossman posting a one medalist honors. 76 for third, Dan teammate Scott Pete Ross an 81 an 82. The Trojans' 121-12 and will Friday to take part championships. E3 Get $1 worth of Schmidt's Landing bait bucks for every Mystic Shad purchase. El Buy a Daiwa line counter combo for $159.99 or a Gary Roach combo for $189.99 and get $20 in Schmidt's Landing bait bucks and a Daiwa cap. with a 100. Other Ortonville scores were Liz Olson 118 and Ashley Zahrbock 126. The Ortonville Municipal golf course was the host site for the Sub- Section tournament on Friday. Berning won medalist honors with a 42 and a 44 for a total of 86. and will compete in the Section tournament on Friday. Berning was three strokes ahead of Benson's Trisha Nordaune. Benson won the team title by shooting a 375, followed by Lac qui Parle Valley at 406, BOLD 431, Ortonville 441, Montevideo 465, MACCRAY 502 and BDRSH 590. Other Ortonville scores were Lindsey Nelsen, with a 53 and 56 to equal 109, Liz Olson with a 56 and 57 for 113, Ashley Zahrbock with a 74 and 59 for 133, Nikki Thielke with 66 and 67 for 133, and Rebekah Zahrbock with a 67 and 73 for a 140. BRING QUICK RESULTS! I Baseball team loses to first round of Su The Ortonville Trojans lost to New London-Spicer 8-6 in the first round of Sub-Section tournament play on Saturday at Benson. NLS scored three runs in the second, and one in the third. Ortonville used five hits to score three runs in the third, and three hits to score one run in the fourth. NLS scored two in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-4 lead. Ortonville tied the score in the top of the sixth on one hit, an error, and a wild pitch for their two runs. NLS banded Men's Golf Schedule NO LEAGUE SCHEDULE THURSDAY, MAY 21 /r . . . /r MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT together later that the lead to 8-6. Derek Homri Pearson and Jim each for the Chris Engebretson, Jeremiah each. Adam Thymia.n innings, allowing three and striking pitched the last allowing two hits. Winkelman column By Babe Winkelman How wold you feel if your home were going up in flames while firemen debated how to extinguish the blaze? That's how scientists trying to resolve the snow goose dilemma must feel about now. You're probably familiar with the snow goose problem. The midcontinent population has out: grown the carrying capacity of its arctic and sub-arctic breeding grounds. The birds are eating themselves out of house and home, eradicating the life-giving vegetation so necessary for their survival. Because the tundra is such a fragile ecosystem, scientists aren't sure whenor if--the vegetation will grow back. There currently are three to five million geese in the midcontinent population and biologists say that number must be reduced by at least two million birds before Mother Nature thins the population by starvation and/or disease. An international task force called the Arctic Goose Joint Venture Work Group was established to find ways to reduce the population to sustainable levels. Unfortunately, most of the recommendations set forth by this distinguished panel of scientists seem hopelessly snarled in'a ball of bureaucratic red tape. The US Fish & Wildlife's Service Regulation Committee (SRC) met in Washington in late January to consider the laundry list of population-thinning proposals. Scientists hoped that most--if not all--the recommendations would be implemented as early as this fall. Instead, most were rejected, tabled or shuffled off to committee for further The idea behind conservation tags was to allow hunters to legally kill extra birds on such days. Since the goal is to reduce the population, it seemed like a logical notion. Amazingly the concept got a cool reception in Washington, where participants at the meeting voiced concerns about wanton waste, as if letting several million birds die of starvation or disease is less wasteful than having a hunter kill 20 geese in a morning. Others, particularly game wardens, were concerned about possible confusion over bag limits and foresaw difficulty in enforcing the regulations. Reciprocal licenses also were discussed. Because the movements of migrating geese are so unpredictable, scientists proposed reciprocal licenses which would allow hunters to chase the birds across state or provincial lines. Establishing such laws would be up to the individual states and provinces. But that plan got a quick thumbs- down from local lawmakers who fear increased hunting pressure in their states would be unpopular with landowners. Officials also are waffling on proposals to legalize electronic calls and establish a spring conservation hunt. So what is being done? Three work groups have been assigned to come up with more detailed recommendations and an Environmental Assessment, which hopefully will be completed by the end of the year, is being prepared. Meanwhile the midcontinent snow goose population is migrating steadily towards the y-ravaged breeding grounds, where over 35 percent of the Trojan team The Ortonvillc Chokio-Alberta 13- night at Ortonville. The Trojans fell the first inning, catch-up the rest score was 7-5 after 10-7 after five. Ortonville scored last two innings, enough to close the 1 The team throughout the Homrighausen had by Jim May, Etl Sykora and Chokio got 15. Trojans had 1 . Laskowske and got three hits apiece.. two hits, and Christ Jeremy Ohm and onehiteach Annual golf here May 2 Ortonville's Men will stage its with a tee time start p.m. The event will tourney,with an golfer. Signup is on tourney. Play will be a handicap. Pay-back the number  In this tourney, ] partner will each and record your play is over, the and your handicap actual score. potential "We need to set agendas and find done," warns JohnSOta, late." Tune into award-winning Fishing" on Supe] 9:00 a.m. (Central); F o.__r information Winkelman's new Outdoor Sports 800-333-0471 am - 5:00 pm Ce S.O.S., P.O. Box 56401. Visit us o11 study, vegetation has been destroyed," ,. .Modem Cabins .Camping I "Everyone seems to be looking for another 35 percent is badly damaged Boats/Motors ,Bait & Tackle I .. reasons not to do anything," says the rest is heavily overgrazcd. - ......... I  Mike Johnson, waterfowl specialist Durin the next few months tens of :tore .uloe erve i ...,=n= o I  for the North Dakota Game and Fish thousands of goslings will die of Jim and Donna Gregory De ar nt n I .d  p tme' " Bismarck and a starvation and more vegetation will be ]l)J Big Stone City, SD 57216 I 1; member of the snow goose group, uprooted, leaving large tracts of the IBIRlkllllk'l[rl] 605-432-6911orl-800-610-4928 |  One proposal was to issue tundra looking like a moonscape Big Stone Lake .... ll FOR A-B- "conservation permits" which would and threatening the future not only of on " '  '" ; "" ; Lxr. 'qgk"=; ' taaarr sh ' allow sportsmen to exceed the daily snow geese but of other arctic nesting .......... [ Wall/,i IIRRI /41/ bag limit when the opportunity arose, birds. Many scientists feel an it bucks for eve| ys'Shadpurchase. [ "v YOU While white geese are typically outbreak of disease is inevitable. 159.99 or a at loach combo for I ''",, BJ'lW'"AeU difficult to hunt, there are rare days Snow geese could become an asterisk iding bait bucks :1 a Daiwa cap. [  Itl  when weather conditions are such at in the annuls of wildlife management even wary om aomts are easy to [ool. and the breaucrats are juggling  l  ia    llllil Support The Trojans! OHS Spring Sports - TRACK BASEBALL sire rIME GOLF DArE srr00 May 21 Sub-Section Morris DATE MEET SITE TIME May 30 Section Moorhead 10:00 a.m. June 5 State Blaine May 22 Section (G & B) Marshall 9:00 a.m.  May 14 C-A OrtonvRle June 1-2-3 State (G & B) St. Cloud TBA May 16-18-20 Sub-Sectkx 'E May 23-25-26-27 Sections Page 6 00INDEPENDENT :!