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$4.00 Ortonville =Town with a heart" ***''*"'*AUTOD  50g02 SMALLTOWAPERS 2/15 \\; \\; 217 W COTA \\; 'VSHettON wA N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" . III111! !1![11]1[ ILl! I[1!1 Ill N 1 Section; 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Volume 96; Number 19 Local Veterans Groups to host Memorial Day Services Ortonville, Big Stone City, SD, and Bellingham will be having Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26. Ortonville Big Stone Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3964 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #3964 will be having their Memorial Day program on Mon- day, May 26 at 9 a.m. at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium. Parade of Colors will be provided by the VFW, VFW Auxiliary and Char- lie Co. 1-151. The OHS Band, under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb, will perform the "Star Spangled Banner", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and "God Bless the U.S.A.". Master of Ceremonies for the pro- gram will be Dr. A1 Ross. Gene Hausauer will give the Memorial Day Address. The Reverend Amy Atkins will give the Invocation and Benedic- tion and Liz Ketz of the VFW Auxil- iary will give the welcome. Ortonville students Taylor Kuechen- meister and Camille Scholberg will be doing the readings. The program will continue at Mound Cemetery for the decoration of the Monument, with Wreaths at the Big Stone Lake Pier by the VFW and VFW Auxiliary. Big Stone City, SD Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 of Big Stone City will con- duct Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 26. The ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Cemetery in Big Stone City with ceremonies to follow at Greenwood Cemetery and at Big Stone Veterans Memorial Park lo- cated next to the Whetstone River on east highway 12 in Big Stone City. Me- morial Day, originally called Decora- tion Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. While Memorial Day is intended to honor our fallen, we should not forget those who have pledged to make the same sacrifice if called upon - the young men and women still serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States and in more than 130 foreign lands. All local citizens are encouraged to make a special effort to attend the cer- emonies to honor veterans of past wars and as a way of showing their support for those still serving this Great Land. Legionnaires are asked to assemble at the post clubrooms at 10 a.m. on Sat- urday, May 24 to form a work detail to decorate veterans' graves and again at 9 a.m. on May 26 prior to the cere- monies. Bellingham The Bellingham Legion and Auxil- iary are planning a Memorial Day Pro- gram for Monday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited as they grate- fully honor the memory of deceased veterans. The Bellingham Legion and Auxil- iary encourage everyone to take some time this Memorial Day to remember the dedication, heroism, courage and service of those who gave their lives for their country and the cause of free- dom. Memorial Day also brings the red paper poppy, the flower of sacrifice, that is handmade by veterans. Wearing the red poppy is a sign of remembrance and the emblem of keeping faith with all those who served in the United States Miliary. The memorial service will include a reading by Blake Trygestad, 2014 Bellingham Legion Boys State Repre- sentative. Blake is the son of Warren and Becky Trygestad of Louisburg and a junior at Lac qui Parle Valley High School. The Dorothy Jorgensen Family will serve coffee and donuts from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in loving memory of Alvin "Shorty" Jorgensen who fought in WWII. Lindquist to sing Anthem for Twins, College World Series Mark J. Lindquist, 1999 OHS grad- uate and son of Gordon and Diane Lindquist of OrtonviUe is on stage again, only this time he's performing for tens of thousands at a time. On Sat- urday, July 5, Lindquist will stand be- hind home plate at Target Field in Minneapolis and sing his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner for the Min- AUDITIONING AT TARGET FIELD BACK IN MARCH is Mark Lindquist, son of Gordon and Diane Lindquist of Ortonville. Mark was informedthat he has been chosen to sing the National Anthem before the Twins-Yankees game on Saturday, July 5. He will also be singing the National Anthem on June 20 for the semi-final game at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, NE. that will probably sell-out at Target Field is also a thrill of a lifetime. And finally, July 5 is also my 33rd birthday, so that makes it an extra special treat." In addition to the Minnesota Twins game this summer, Lindquist has also been selected for a few other presti- gious National Anthem performances around the region. On June 20, Mark will sing for the semi-final game at the PREPARING FOR GRADUATION are these three OHS seniors, who will be a part of the class of 50 students receiving their diplomas this Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. during the 128th commencement ceremony at the Or- tonville High School Gymnasium. Pictured above from left to right are Andrea Hoffman, Hayden Knip and Ken Schumacher. Fifty OHS seniors to receive their diplomas this Sunday00 Ortonville High School will hold its nesota Twins vs. New York Yankees 128th annual commencement cere-. game starting at 1:10 p.m. mony this Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in Lindquist said, "It's an honor in so the Ortonville High School Gymna- many ways. First of all, to be able to sium. sing our National Anthem for my home Processional will be played by the team on July' 4th veekend is just inr:;--Otteville High School Band, under credible. Secondly to sing for a game the'direction of Matt Lamb: The Senior Band Ensemble will perform the Na- tional Anthem. Senior Band Ensemble members in- clude Skyler Anderson, Dylan Arndt, Katelyn Berdan, Isaac Cloos, Shawn Eidem, Hanna Fredrichsen, Brenna Giese, Adam Henrich, Andrea Hoff- man, Kayla Hormann, Hayden Knip, Joseph Larson, Abby Weber, Kurt NCAA College World Series in Omaha, NE. A few weeks ago the College World Series invited Mark down to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha for the An- them finals and a few days ago Lindquist was notified of his selection. "It's one of those 'I can't believe this is happening' moments," said Lindquist. "I started out singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the OHS ath- letic field 16 years ago and now I have the chance to sing for my first national event." The semi-fmal game (Game 12) will be broadcast on ESPN, although Lindquist doesn't know if they'll air the anthem performance for the 7 p.m. game. Lindquist, a current Fargo resident, is also pursuing National Anthem gigs a little closer to home. "The University of North Dakota Men's Hockey pro- (Continued on page 3) Backstrand, Heinrich win Cabela's MWC Tournament second day. The Cabela's Masters Walleye Cir- cuit continued a rich tradition in com- petitive team walleye fishing when it returned to Big Stone Lake May 16-18 for a regular-season qualifying tourna- ment. Local anglers did very well in the tournament with the local team of Artie Arndt of Ortonville and Mike Frisch of Elbow Lake placing second 31 lbs 10 oz. The team of James Hartman and Dan Sunne of Milbank, SD was third with a two day total of 30 lbs seven oz. Kelly Stattelman of Ortonville and Monty Athey of Big Stone City, SD were fifth, Brent Hasslen of Ortonville and Ritchie Seidell of Big Stone City place sixth. Rounding out the top 10 in tenth place was the team of Rick Robinson of Big Stone City and Dillon Robinson of Walnut Grove. The team of Isaac and Todd Pauly of Arlington and Omaha, NE had the biggest fish for the two days at nine lbs one ounce. For the two days, a total of 303 walleyes were caught and released. A total of 50 teams participated in the tournament. The local team of Cody Backstrand of Ortonville and Justin Heinrich of Rogers weighed in an impressive two day total of 34 lbs 3 oz. of walleyes to win the Cabela's Masters Walleye Cir- cuit tournament on Big Stone Lake, May 16-17. Backstrand and Heinrich weighed five walleye for 20 lbs the first day and five more walleye for 14 lbs 3 oz. the Westlund. The Senior High Concert Choir will also perform during the commencement under the direction of Mr. Wayne Huselid. They will be singing "You Are the New Day," arranged by Peter Knight. The Lights Out group will be performing "For Good," arranged by Audrey Snyder. Members of the group include Katie Berdan, Kelly Taffe, Abby Weber, Hannah Mathes, Samantha Rushford and Morgan Plathe. Announcement of scholarships will be conducted by Ortonville Superin- tendent Jeff Taylor. Principal Joel Stat- telman will present the class of 2014. Diplomas will be presented by Or- tonville Board of Education Chairman Jim Nelson, and the OHS band will play the recessional for the graduates. Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be announced this week, once all the grades are in for the graduates. The Class Motto is "Don't tell us the sky is the limit when there are foot- prints on the moon." Class Colors are black and silver, and the Class Flower is the carnation. See inside this issue for graduate photos, sponsored by area merchants, as well as open house announcements for the graduates this weekend. Filing period begins today for county offices, board sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders. Locally, three Ortonville School Board members and three city council members will be up for re-election. The filing period for both the Or- tonville School Board and City Coun- cil is from July 29-Aug. 12. Candidates will need to file for office during that time frame. Ortonville City Council members whose terms are up after this year in- clude Mike Dorry, Ron Thomas and Gene Hausauer. These are all four-year terms. Ortonville School Board members whose terms expire at the end of the year inlcude John Plathe, Tim Henrich and Deb Hoffman. These are all four- year terms. The filing period for county offices, two county commissioners position and Soil and Water Conservation Dis- trict officially begins today (Tuesday) and runs through June3. On the county level, terms are up for District 1 Commissioner Walter Wulff and District 4 Commissioner Roger Sandberg. Wulff's district covers the City's of Barry, Graceville and John- son, Graceville Township, Toqua Township and Moonshine Township. Sandbergs district covers the City of Ortonville-Precinct 1. Those holding county offices that will be up for election in Big Stone County include Sheriff John Haukos, Auditor Michelle Knutson, Recorder Elaine Martig, Attorney William Wat- son and Treasurer Cindy Nelson. Candidates running for partisan of- fice need to file for office during this MWC TOURNAMENT WINNERS Justin Heinrich, left, and Cody Back- strand hold high their first place trophies last Saturday following the weigh- ins at Lakeside Park. The local team had a two-day total of 34 Ibs 3 oz., catching their five fish limit each day. window of time. All are for four-year terms. The Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has two Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD can- didates appear on the ballot for the gen- eral election which will take place November 4, 2014. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. The two nomination areas in- clude Moonshine, Graceville and Toqua Townships, along with Akron, Odessa and Artichoke Townships. This year, voters will head to the polls to vote for a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House of Representative seats, as well as for governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Min- nesota House of Representative seats. The 2014 election will include many county commissioners, and all county OHS SENIOR BAND MEMBERS Abby Weber and Isaac Cloos were the recipients of the John Philip Sousa Award and the Suzanne Rasset Memorial Scholarship Award. Both are shown above with OHS Band Director Matt Lamb. Weber, left, plays trombone and received the John Philip Sousa Award and Cloos, right, plays percussion and re- ceived the Suzanne Rasset Memorial Scholarship Award. The awards were presented at the OHS Spring Band Con- cert held on Tuesday, May 13. Abby is the daughter of Mark and Mary Weber. Isaac is the son of Todd and Candee Cloos.