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Longhenry featured as "Athlete of the Week" on WCCO television OHS senior Eric Longhenry was featured on WCCO television last week as the station's "Athlete of the Week". The crew came to Ortonville last Tuesday and fihned Longhenry during track practice. They also asked how the team was doing this year and taped an interview with him, which was aired Wednesday night. Longhenry, who has been in track since seventh grade, was nominated by Coaches Joe Eustice and Kyle Inforzato for the award follow- ing the Sisseton track meet, where Longhenry won the Most Valuable Athlete award Longhenry had a big day at the Sisseton meet, taking first place in all four of his events. He won the 110 meter hurdles with a near meet record time of 15.51, took first in the 300 meter hurdles in 43.75, first in the high jump with 6', and was on the first place mile relay team with Mike Lovgren, Jamie Karels and Justin Wittnebel Longhenry stated that he tries to do his best in all of his events, but his best is the 110 meter hurdles. Even though he was more of a high jumper last year, he s now concentrating a lot on the hurdles, he said. Coach Eustice stated that Longhenry usually brings home first place in his events at every meet, and averages 32.5 points per meet. When asked what the biggest factor was in his performance this year, Longhenry replied that growing three inches in the last year has helped out quite a bit. Longhenry stated that he is proud of the accomplishments of the entire team this year, and is glad to be a part of it. "We've all had a good track season this year, and I've been able to set many personal bests," Longhenry said. After graduating from Ortonville High School this spring, Longhenry plans to attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, majoring in criminal justice. He is the son of Gerald and Kathy Longhenry of Ortonville. He is currently practicing hard and hopes to make it to the state meet this year. The team will be competing at the Sub-Section meet m Morris Thursday, and if they advance from there, they will compete at Sections on Saturday, May 30 and possibly state competition June 5. 8th, 9th graders take Basic Standards test On Feb. 3 and 5 of this year, almost 100,000 Minnesota students took the Basic Standards test in reading and mathematics. These are tests the students must pass in order to be considered for graduation in Minnesota schools. Students in the current sophomore class are the first required to meet these statewide standards. This year all Ortonville eighth and ninth graders took this test for the first time. The test has been given across the state for the last three years. Students must now take the test in eighth grade for the first time. A score of 75 percent or higher must be achieved in order to pass. * Sixty-nine percent of Ortonville eighth grade students passed the math test. * Eighty-five percent of Ortonville ninth grade students passed the math test. * Sixty-three percent of Ortonville eighth grade students passed the reading test. * Eighty-four percent of Ortonville ninth grade students passed the reading test. The Minnesota state average for eighth grade was 71 percent passing the math test and 68 percent passing the reading test. "We are reviewing our results and will be working toward improvement for next year," says a school official. "Part of the review process will be developing a remediation plan for students who did not pass the test. It is important to remember that this is a graduation test and students get a chance each year to take and pass the test through their senior year." IN THE CI.ASSIFIED00 h  ....  : THE "HOEDOWN SONG" was performed by Bellingham third and fourth grade students Musical/Graduation Program. FLOWERS GATHERED around the scarecrow Gregory Larson, in "The Garden Hoedown" Bellingham Elementary Spring Musical and Graduation Program. Cancer Society encou prostate cancer aware In 1998, approximately 184,500 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. In Minnesota alone, an estimated 3,100 men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. In fact, more than 75% of prostate cancers are diagnosed after age 65. Prostate cancer, if detected early, can be highly survivable. If the cancer is caught at a localized stage, the 5- year relative survival rate is 100%. The American Cancer Society recommends that all men age 50 and over talk to their doctor about annual prostate cancer screening. The best thing a man can do to combat prostate cancer is to be informed. The American Cancer Society has long been a leader in the fight against prostate cancer. The Society is the grassroots organlZ comprehensive program that education, information, support. They latest information and its treatment. Cancer Society with questions or with any cancer Kaerchers testify from experience. JIM STRONG AND SON PAUL, at right, of Strong Insurance in Ortonville, bring smiles front Publisher Jim Kaercher and daughter Sue Kaercher Blake, as the Strongs present a check for Independent sustained in its fire of last February. Fire Last February Resulted in Serious Damage to The Ortonville Independent's Printing Department. Had it not been for adequate fire insurance in a policy which Insurance of Ortonville made sure The Ortonvi//e Independent haoe force, and which yearly has been brought up to date by the Strong s' loss could have been most crippling to the printing firm's total o Indeed, the Kaerchers and entire Independent staff are thankful the insurance through Strong was more than adequate, leaving the department today even better off than it was before the Kaerchers and staff today say... Thank You Strong lnsurancer. Page 12  INDEPENDENT