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Board awards bid for County Road 22 project in Graceville Big Stone County Commissioners executed the contract with Bituminous paving, Inc of Ortonville for the tied projects on County State Aid Highways 10 and 13 at their reg- ular meeting on Tuesday, May 17. Bituminous Paving, Inc. came in with the low bid for the project at $836,148. Big Stone County Engineer Nick Anderson then recommended to the Board that the County State Aid Highway 22 project through the City of Graceville be awarded to the sec- ond lowest bidder, Ronglien and Sons Excavating, Inc. of Big Stone City, SD at $820,071.92. The low bidder for the project was States Borders Construction of Graceville and Dumont with a bid of $749,402.03. Anderson presented a letter to the Board stating his reasons for going with the second lowest bidder. It stat- ed that there has been a history with States Borders Construction of jobs not getting completed within the timeframe of the contract. When a contract is not completed within the timeframe it comes at considerable expense to the County in areas of staffing manpower and the costs related to other work being delayed. Construction. funds and the City of Graceville funds. The City will pay 19.4 percent of the difference and State Aid will pay 80.6 percent of the difference. This is based on a break- down of actual bid items under this project. It is vitally important that job is completed in 2011 to avoid leaving Graceville's Main Street in disrepair over the winter. After a brief discussion, the Board approved a motion to award the bid to Ronglien and Sons Excavating, Inc. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Walter Wulff casting the lone no vote. In other business, Anderson informed the Board that th Highway 12 Bridge upgrade near the dam in Ortonville is looking like it is a go for 2012. They are hoping to take bids this winter. It will have more capacity and accommodate the Bike Trail in that area. The Board also approved July 5 at 1 p.m. for the five-year planning meeting at the County Garage. Bruce Casey of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) gave a brief updated to the Board and stated that Big Stone County was in good shape. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, The extra funding will come from June 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board combination of State Aid Room of the Courthouse. Twins Crime Prevention trading cards now available The Ortonville Police Department along with the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association (MCPA) in cooperation with the Minnesota Twins and Park Printing is proud to announce the arrival of the 2011 Minnesota Twins Crime Prevention/Safety Trading cards! The MCPA has provided crime prevention/safety cards to area youth for the last 26 years and we are thrilled to continue to provide this service. This year's cards will feature eight Minnesota Twins players and a McGruff card. All cards will relay important safety and prevention information. Area youth will be able to get the trading cards by stopping by the police department or by talking to any officer from the department. This year's card release is as fol- lows: Week 1-May 23 - T.C. Bear Week 2-May 30 - Joe Nathan Week 3-June 6 - Joe Mauer Week 4-June 13 - Justin Morneau Week 5-June 20 - Michael Cuddyer Week 6--June 27 - Delmon Young Week 7-July 4 - Carl Pavano Week 8-July 11- Ron Gardenhire Week 9-July 18 - McGruff The Crime Dog. THE CiASSIFIED-]00 HUMOR FROM THE CLASSROOM And other places I've hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen Just before Christmas in 1946, my brother Manny and I were riding with our sister Anita and her husband, Hans Schlueter from St. Paul to Odessa. Manny was a junior at Concordia Academy in St. Paul; I was a freshman at Concordia College. Hans and Anita lived in a Quonset village near Concordia, while Hans was attending Hamlin University on the 'G.I. Bill.' Hans had a '34 Ford, which he, as a frugal German immigrant, was con- vinced would last longer if it were not driven over 35 miles per hour. I'm sure it was below zero in the middle of the afternoon that December day, as we 'inched our way' west through Willmar, on the last half of our way to Odessa. It seemed to be taking an etemity to get there; we were 'freezing our buns off,' as the car moved at that snail's pace, While we were chugging along, Manny said, from the backseat, frosty air puffing from his mouth, "Are you sure you have the car in high gear, Hans?" That was it! Hans had had enough from his 'freeloading passengers,' pau- per brothers-in-law that we were. He stopped the car, which didn't take more than two or three seconds at the 'speed' he was going. "Get out!" Hans yelled at us. At first we didn't move; we though he was kidding. Nita even tried to calm Hans down and urged him to get going again, but it was no use; Hans was mad. "Go on!" he growled again. "Get out of my cart I've had it with you guys! Find yourselves another ride!" Manny and I slowly got out of Hans' 34 Ford. The car wasn't the greatest, but as slow as it was going-even with no heat in the backseat-riding inside there was better than standing outside. Nonetheless, we got out and stood on the side of the road. We didn't even take our suitcases with us. Then we watched Hans 'speed' slowly away. The way he drove, even when he was mad, the tires didn't spin on the snow-packed road, and we could See the car slowly disappearing in the setting sun-about 4 p.m. There we stood, looking at each other. "Thanks a lot," I said to Manny. "Your sarcasm didn't make the car go any faster, and here we are." Then I looked at him and said, "But I think what you said to Hans was pretty funny." Then we both started laughing, cold as we were. The reality of our situation, however, kicked in very fast. We stood there, pulling our earlaps down and our coat collars up, about ready to freeze to death. A couple trucks went by. Even though we waved frantically and point- ed down the road with our shivering thumbs, the truckers just waved back at us. I guess, without suitcases, the truck- ers thought we were not going far. Then a few cars went by much faster than 35 miles per hour, and we were wishing we were riding in one of those back seats. On they went, however, as the last glimmer of the sun shown across the 'mantle of white' on the west- ern Minnesota landscape. After about 20 or 30 minutes, in the twilight, we saw a Ford coming toward ug at a thundering 'speed' of about 35. "That looks like Hans' car!" Manny called out. The car slowed down and stopped; it was the old Ford, with a couple more miles on it than when we were ordered out by our 'loving' brother-in-law. Nita, I guess pressured him to have mercy on her wayward brothers, so he circled around a few square miles of frozen fields and returned to where we were still standing by the side of the road. We got in and huddled into the back- seat. As the Ford chugged away, I nudged Manny with my elbow; then he said, "I'm sorry Hans; thanks for com- ing back for us." Nita turned her head "and smiled weakly, but Hans said nothing. And that's the way it was the next 60 miles to Odessa: total silence for two hours, but at least we were moving-a little faster than we could walk, especially in the snow. We finally arrived in Odessa, but Hans didn't talk to us until the next day. Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E-mail: arlo.janssen@ gmail, corn Guthrie Theater ' artist at library / The ortonville Public Library along with the Guthrie Theater will be presenting two educational classes on Thursday, June 2 at the Ortonville Library. The first class will be at 4 p.m. for 7-10 year olds entitled "Acting Games". The second class will be at 6 p.m. for 11-13 year olds entitled "Duke It Out: Intro to Stage Combat." Fight, fall and use swords without hurting anyone - just like actors do on stage. Guthrie Teaching Artist Aaron Preusse will be instructing the classes. Class sizes are limited to 20 for each session so sign up now. by contacting Ortonville Librarian Vicki Grimli at 320-839-2494. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. ---,.D .......................... =1"11"-- ChiI2 pc. Chester'= Fried cken for $12-99 Golden Plump rttl"erte$7.99 Chicken / 1/ ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL hosted the American Red Cross Blood drive Friday, May 13. There were over 40 students, teachers and community members who came to donate. A total of 37 units were donated. Student Council members donated food and worked at the drive. Pictured are some of the workers during the event. Front row, left to right are, Lauren Conroy, Rachel Berger, Theresa Hoffman and Kaitlyn Rehn. Back row, left to right are, Charlie Taffe, Taylor Jensen and Emily Giese. Ortonville woman charged with Theft by Swindle Susan Pillatzki, 34, of Ortonville was charged with four counts of Theft by Swindle for allegedly swindling $33,568.41 from clients while she was employed by Blair Johnson, CPA from July 1, 2009 through March 25, 2011. The first three counts are Theft by Swindle which has a penalty of 10 years in jail and or a $20,000 fine. The fourth count of Theft by Swindle car- des a penalty of five years in jail and or a $10,000 fine. According to court documents, Blair Johnson had received a call from Mike Carlson, owner of Carlson Drug in Ortonville, who is a client of Johnsons. Carlson stated that in reviewing his business statements, he found some checks being paid each month since around July, 2009. Carlson questioned what they were for, indicating he did not believe the checks to be his. Johnson then contacted Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork and explained that Carlson Drug gives his office their invoices and that his office issues checks to the vendors for Carlson Drug. Johnson indicated that the Carlson Drug account was han- dled by his employee Susan Pillatzki. Deadline for 2011 DCP/ACRE sign up is June 1 for producers USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Minnesota Executive Director Linda Hennen reminds producers that June 1 is the enrollment deadline for the 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the tra- ditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP). "Farmers in Minnesota who are interested in enrolling in these pro- grams need to add this important deadline to their list of 'must do' jobs," Hennen said. "Producers should contact their local county office right now to set up appoint- ments before the June 1 deadline." Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program bene- fits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by the June 1, 2011 deadline. For the farm and ranch calendS, here's a schedule of FSA program deadlines coming up in the next sev- eral months: May 31, 2011 - 2010 Crop Year Final Loan Availability Date for According to court documents, there were two locations on the trans- actions, that Carlson was questioning that had been paid through his busi- ness account since July 2009. The money paid out to Capital Bank totaled $16,087.83 and money paid out to HSBC Services totaled $16,627.74. Johnson stated that after continuing his internal audit, there were two other unauthorized transac- tions to the Carlson Drug account in the amount of $852.84. Johnson stated that he called Pillatzki into his office to question her about the monthly transactions and she told Johnson that she had gotten into some financial problems and began paying her monthly credit card payments through the Carlson Drug account. According to court documents, Pillatzki has apologized for what she has done and that she was going to enter herself in the Avera Behavioral Health Center for medical and psy- chologicl help. Pillatzki is scheduled to appear in Big Stone County Court on Wednesday, June 8. Corn, Soybeans, Grain Sorghum, Sunflowers, and Pulse Crops. June 1,2011 - Deadline for 2011 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) Enrollment and for 2011 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program Election. July 15, 2011 - 2011 Crop Year Acreage Reporting Deadline for most crops and deadline to file 2010 Production Reports for most Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program" (NAP) crops. July 29, 2011 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program Signup Deadline. August 1, 2011 - Deadline to Request a 2011 Farm Reconstitution September 1,2011 - Deadline to file 2010 Production Reports for ACRE. This deadline was extended from July 15, 2011 for 2010 produc- tion only. 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