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********************** FOR ADC 980 2"17 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-22S3 \\;,Q Ikl"k'|'J'l'l'J-k.h,kk,hh.,,,jh,,dtk.M, id 29 Ortonville "Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N PREPARING FOR GRADUATION are these three OHS seniors, who will be a part of the class of 53 stu- dents receiving their diplomas this Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium. Pictured above from left to right are Jessy Kampen, Bridget Walsh and Alex Sis. Fifty-three OHS seniors to receive diplomas Sunday Ortonville High School will hold its 125th annual commencement cere- monies this Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in the Ortonville High School Gymnasium. Processional will be played by the Ortonville High School Band, under the direction of Matt Lamb. The Senior Band Ensemble will perform the National Anthem. Senior Band Ensemble members include Philip Adelman, Daniel Berdan, Emily Burman, Darshell Frevert, Melissa Halverson, Theresa Hoffman, Jackee Knutson, Chase Kuefler, Timothy Larson, David Lee, Shane Maas, Tate Messmer, Colin Plathe, _Thomas Rausch, Amber Scherer, Stephanie Schumacher, Bonnie-Joy Smith, Jonah Thune, Jessica Valek and Bridget Walsh. The Senior High Choir will also perform during the commencement under the direction of Mr. Wayne Huselid. They will be singing "The Blessing". Seniors in Concert Choir include Nicholas Giese, Shane Lindahl, Colin Plathe, Thomas Rausch and Ashley Westlund. Ortonville's three foreign exchange students will also be recog- nized during the program. They include Mai Cao of Vietnam, and Jacqueline Meisohle and Yannic Graf both of Germany. Announcement of scholarships will be conducted by Ortonville Superintendent Jeff Taylor. Principal Joel Stattelman will present the class of 2011. Diplomas will be presented by Ortonville 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 "We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other with us." C/ass Colors are Orange and Black, and the Class Flower is the Orchid. See inside this issue for graduate photos, sponsored by area merchants, as well as open house announcements for the graduates this weekend. Salary contracts for 2012 approved by School Board by Kathy Nelson Members of the OHS Robotics Team gave a presentation at the May 16 Ortonville School Board. They showed a video, demonstrating what they gthrough in robotics competi- tions. Part of the video showed how the robots can grab items to put on a peg, using attached hooks. Team members presented the robot they built and demonstrated how it works. School Board members asked ques- tions and thanked the group for explaining how their program works. Kindergarten Roundup was held Friday, May 6. Superintendent Jeff Taylor stated, "At this time, there are currently 29 kindergarten students registered for next year. The numbers had been projected for 34." However, kindergarten teacher, Kelly Gustafson, said it would be closer to the 29 number. The Board was presented with a letter from substitute teachers: Jay Sammon, Jill Adelman, and Don Donais, requesting an increase in pay for substitute teachers. The letter stat- ed that it had been four years since they had an increase. Sandy Helgeson also sent in a letter that reinforced how important it is to have substitutes in our school district. After discussion, it was decided to change substitute teachers' pay from $15 an hour to $17 an hour. There was continued discussion on the 2011-2012 school budget. The Board was presented with a prelimi- nary budget this month and will need to make a final approval of a budget at the June meeting. Taylor also gave the Board some follow-up information on the Minnesota School Board Association's student board member scholarship program. He said there are actually no guides to set up this program and that the Board members could decide if they wanted to go ahead with this. " Taylor said he had interviewed one applicant for the speech therapist position that will be vacant next year. He stated the applicant had requested a higher s'alary which would match her current job's salary. He informed her that he could not approve that OHS ARION AWARD WINNERS for 2011 are Colin Ilathe, left, son of John and Marl Plathe and Tom Rausch, right, son of Mike and Lonie Rausch. They are shown above receiving their awards from Vocal Director Wayne Huselid. Colin was also the recipient of the Milltones Annual Scholarship. This is the first time since 1976 that two choir members have shared the Arion Award. The recipients that year were David Schlagel and Becky Schmiechel. without going to the board. Taylor gave other options to the Board, including purchasing services from Southwest West Central Service Co-op or they could contract with Big Stone Therapies. Current Speech Therapist, Sandra Josephson, who will be on an extended leave of absence starting next year, said that she felt it would be better to have one person there to handle it all, rather than to contract with companies. The school has received only one applicant for the four vacant volley- ball coaching positions. The Board passed the final resolu- tion placing Sue Spors, Kelly Zahrbock, and Kerry Klepel on unre- quested leave of absence. Taylor said that they were put on unrequested leave of absence due to budget cuts and if the Board gets enough in the budget, they can hire them back at a later date. Sue Spors will be serving as a long term substitute teacher for Joe Eustice's sixth grade class while he is on military leave. Also approved at the meeting were the 12-month support staff contracts which totaled approximately $327,800. Included in these contracts were transportation supervisor, secre- tarial and custodial staff, food service manager and payroll. Administrative contracts for the business manager, principal and (Continued on Page Three) . * -,*fl *. ...... 00i:i Day.20[!. Yearbooks for sale to local businesses The Ortonville School has 2011 Yearbooks for sale to local businesses. Cost of the Yearbook is $40. Businesses can contact Kim Johnson at Ortonville High School at 839-6181. Local Veteran Groups to host Memoria00Day Serv,ces Ortonville, Big Stone City, SD, and Bellingham will be having Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30. Ortonville Big Stone Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3964 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #3964 will be having their Memorial Day program on.Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at the Ortonville High School Auditorium. The OHS Band, under the direc- tion of Mr. Matt Lamb, will perform the "Star Spangled Banner", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and "God Bless the USA". Master of Ceremonies for the pro- gram will be Dr. A1 Ross. JayDee Ross, Co-Author of the WWII Veteran's stories which have appeared in the Ortonville Independent, will give the Memorial Day Address. Father Robert Goblirsch will give the Invocation and Benediction and Liz Ketz of the VFW Auxiliary will give the welcome. OHS students Isaac Oakes and Ryan Jankord will be doing the read- ings. Performing Taps will be Buglars Tate Messmer and Colin Plathe. 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 will conduct Memorial Day services at St. Charles and Greenwood Cemeteries as well as Big Stone Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, May 30. Services will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Cemetery, followed with cer- emonies at Greenwood Cemetery and then at Big Stone Veterans Memorial Park located next to the Whetstone River on east Highway 12. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remem- brance for those who have died in our nation's service. Legionnaires are asked to assemble at the post club- rooms at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 to form a work detail to decorate vet- erans' graves and again at 9 a.m. on May 30 prior to the ceremonies. Joe Van Lith, Post Adjutant, encourages everyone to join the members of American Legion Post 229 as they dedicate the new Grant County Veterans Memorial at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 30. The veterans memorial is located west of the Milbank City cemetery on US Highway 12 and across from the Milbank Visitors Center. Complete details of the dedication can be found in this edition of the Ortonville Independent. Bellingham Bellingham Legion Post #441 and Auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day services beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Bellingham City Hall. There will be a fellowship hour with coffee and donuts served from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sue Ohm, Treasurer of the Auxiliary will give the Prelude, with the Opening Prayer conducted by Dick Ohm, Chaplain. Richard Johnson will give the Welcome. Katlyn Gloege, 2010 Girl's State Representative will recite "Memorial Day", 2011 Girl's State Representative Bonnie Sue Stolpman will recite "I Am the Poppy" and Morgan Plathe will do a solo. Alice Stolpman, Bellingham Legion Auxiliary will recite "What Heroes Gave" and Tom Rademacher, Legion vice-commander will do the Reading of Deceased Veterans Names. Performing Taps will be John Plathe. Katie Rien, Auxiliary Chaplain, will read "We Will Remember". Ceremonies will then continue at the cemetery. Each Memorial Day it is our solemn duty to remember the sacred list of brave Americans who have sac- rificed their lives for the cause of free- dom and the security of our nation. The noble sacrifices of our service men and women must not be forgot- ten. Every name, every life is a loss to our military, our Nation and to their loved ones. As Americans we must stand with the families who grieve, and we must share in their great sor- row and great pride. Please take the time to attend a Memorial Day Program. Fly your flags and wear a poppy, the flower of sacrifice. Work to start this summer on various Ortonviile city streets Ortonville City Council members approved a resolution accepting the low bid on Bituminous Paving, Inc for 2011 street seal coating at their May 16 meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dorry presided over the meeting in the ab- sence of Mayor David Dinnel. Bituminous Paving, Inc. came in with the low bid of $27,000 for oil for seal coating and $14,000 for Aggregate and will be doing various streets in Or- tonville this summer. Council members also awarded bids to Bituminous Paving, Inc. and Sev's Gravel and Excavating for the 2011 season's street and sidewalk repairs. Both were accepted on the Street Com- mittee's i'ecommendation. Rory Lenton of Minnesota Energy Services Corporation came before the council, asking them to enter into a new natural gas franchise agreement.. The current franchise expires on May 29, but the current agreement will re- main in force until a new one can be negotiated. The council passed unani- mously a motion to refer the proposed franchise agreement to the Utility Committee for consideration. William Powell of Ortonville came before the council asking that the Council look at dilapidated properties and take action to abate the nuisances in various areas of the City. The coun- cil will refer specific complaints to the City Attorney for consideration. The Council passed a resolution to approve hiring 2011 Ortonville Munic- ipal Pool employees as well as Or- tonville Summer Recreation employees and set their 2011 salaries. A list of employees is available at the Ortonville City Office. Three part-time seasonal golf course workers were hired. The council ap- proved the hiring of John Tobin, Lon- nie Knutson and Trent Kuechenmeister at Step 1 of the Park/Golf Pay scale. In other business, the council ap- proved the hiring of Penny Hormann as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Ortonville Ambulance Service commencing immediately. They then accepted the resignation of Darcy Roscoe from the Ortonville Ambulance Service effective as of May I. A resolution was approved to enter into a Letter of Agreement between Or- tonviUe Area Health Services and the Ortonville Municipal Airport for Heli- Pad usage for Emergency Transport ef- fective as of May 1 pending legal approval. The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Center. Cyclists ride across state to promote "Let's Go Fishing" VOLUNTEERS from Lets Go Fishing in Duluth and Ortonville shared ideas to promote the program. Shown above, left to right in back are Darlene Loeschke, Chuck Wollack, Nancy Saari, Clarence Nylund and Roman Karels. In front are Sue Nylund and Craig Randleman. May 10 and visited with members of the Ortonville Let's Go Fishing chap- ter. The Duluth chapter is the biggest Let's Go Fishing chapter in the state. It is in the process of raising $30,000 to purchase a new pontoon. They cre- ated the Joy Ride originally to raise funds for this project, but have since expanded the goal to visit all the Volunteers from the Let's Go Fishing Duluth chapter are raising awareness of the organization by bicycling throughout the state in the "Joy Ride" to visit all 27 Minnesota chapters. Seven cyclists and four support stafflefi Duluth May 4 and planned to make the 1,450 mile trek within 13 days. They stopped in Ortonville on state's chapters and raise general awareness of the Let's Go Fishing program, and share ideas with volun- teers throughout the state as to what works for each chapter. Let's Go Fishing with Seniors is a .statewide program founded in 2002 by Joe Holm of the Willmar area and has since grown to 27 chapters. The organization provides free recreation- al boating, and fishing outings for seniors throughout the State. According to Chuck Wollack, pres- ident of the Duluth chapter, the riders, who are all in their 50s and 60s, have encountered rain, head winds, tail winds and fiat tires and when they reached Ortonville, they hadn't had any accidents. He said most of the rid- ers are not experienced cyclists, "We're just crazy," he said. They traveled an average of 105 miles a day, with most of the volun- teers tiding about 40 to 50 miles a day. One of the tide organizers, Dr. David Spoelhof usually bikes the entire route. One of his longest rides was 130 miles in a day. Riders included Chuck Wollack, Clarence Nyland, Nancy Saari, Dennis Hoelscher, Jim Rohweder, Jenny Jackson and Dr. David Spoelhof. They were accompanied by two support vehicles driven by Sue Nyland, Jan Rohweder, Dave and Corrine Carlson. Ortonville's Let's Go Fishing chap- ter operates a pontoon out of Big Stone Lake. There are about 30 volun- teers in the local organization. Any senior wishing to go for a ride, or to go fishing can call Darlene Loeschke, rides coordinator at 320-839-3247. President of the local chapter is Rob Robbinson.