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School (continued from page one) superintendent were approved, total- ing approximately $251,000. The resignation of Julie Laqua, the current Spanish instructor, and Lori Maas as student council advisor were accepted. Taylor also asked approval for summer school programs, which will be offered the same as last year. Mary Dahle will be working with the junior high students and Sandy Haugen will be working with the high school stu- dents on an online program. The ele- mentary program will be held in August. Contract agreements with Big Stone Student Services and Prairie Five were also approved. Taylor said that the preschool pro- gram will have changes next year due to the high number of students. There will be two three-year-old classes and two four-year-old classes. Taylor ended the meeting with a letter that he had sent to Governor Dayton asking that he think about small schools when deciding about what cuts to make. Taylor stressed how important education is and that Ortonville is a small school but it makes a big difference. He also said that any future cuts could affect the quality of education offered at Ortonville. The next Ortonville School Board meeting is set for Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the School's Media Center/Library. I KDIO Temps Hi Low May 15 64 39 May 16 66 39 May 17 72 45 May 18 72 45 May 19 68 52 May 20 64 57 rain May 21 73 57 rain Cards of Thanks CARD OF THANKS Just a bit of recognition and a thank you to the five business places who took part in serving samples of low calorie, but tasty, offerings of foods to all of us who had occasion to try. Their efforts were really signifi- cant and they are to be compliment- ed. This is the first time I can remem- ber their working with local OAHS dietician, Julie Danielson, to try to find foods pleasing to the palate and lower in calories. It looked like much effort and work went into their offer- ings. Thank you ! Joan Jurgens, 19-1 * Ortonville CARD OF THANKS Thank you hardly seems enough to say to all of our family and friends for all you have done. All the kind words, prayers, gas cards and extra help at Lakewood and Sioux Historic are so much appreciated. Shane con- tinues to improve daily. We are truly blessed to live in this caring commu- nity. 19-1 * Shane Thompson and Family CARD OF THANKS The Ortonville Ambulance Relief Association would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to all of those in the Ortonville and surrounding com- munities who braved the weather to attend our annual pancake breakfast. We sincerely appreciate all the contri- butions that you have given to us. We now are looking into ways to upgrade how we fill our oxygen tanks. With- out your help this would not be possi- ble, again "Thank you!" We enjoyed seeing everyone and look forward to seeing you all again next year. Ortonville Ambulance 19-1" Relief Association OHS Awards Association to hold annual ceremony The Ortonville High School will hold its annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The Awards Association, a stu- dent-led organization that seeks to recognize participation and achieve- ment in extra-curricular and co-cur- ricular activities, organizes the event. They record points for every student in each of the activities the school sponsors and, along with the Drama Awards, the Knowledge Bowl Awards, the Business Professionals Association awards, the Family Career Community Leaders of America awards, and the OHS acade- mic awards, they present white activ- ity letters (lst 1000 points) and gold bars (each subsequent 500 points) to their fellow students at the end of the school year. Everyone is welcome to attend. The representatives elected to the Awards Association by their respec- tive classes are: 2011 Tate Messmer. 2012 Kara Helgeson, 2013 Morgan Messmer, 2014 Isaac Cloos, 2015 Andrew Weber and 2016 Hunter Winther. 00000000000000000 CARD CF THANKS Sunday, May st is a day that will go down in my nind as one of the most memorableexperiences of my life. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the 13ig Stone Arts Coun- cil members and especially to Doug Holtquist for organizing the Commu- nity Gospel Concert. What an inspir- ing and uplifting afternoon of music it was at the Ortonville School Audi- torium. And thank you as well to the Big Stone Local Foods group for a tasty lunch following the concert. All of the food was so good. Thank you to my friend, Vicki Oakes, for the wonderful videotape of the entire program and to Rob Rakow for the outstanding photography. I also wish to say thank you to the community members who attended the concert and awarded me the honor of being your "favorite performer" of the day. There were many very talented peo- ple who participated in the concert and I am truly humbled by your expression. Thank you for your sup- port and faith in me. I really do appreciate it and I feel so fortunate to live and work in this area. With appreciation and thanks, 19-1" Julie French CARD OF THANKS May is National Foster Care Month. Big Stone County Family Services would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated foster care providers in Big Stone County who have opened their hearts and homes to children and adults in need - Art and Mary Arndt, Wayne and Charlotte Athey, Pam and Gerald Davis, Keta and James Erickson, Phyllis Nilson, Diane Plath, Scott and Karla Roelke, Paul and Ruth Strong, Brenda and Brent Zahrbock. You make a difference! 19-1" Open house baby shower set for Linda Hoeppner Please join us in celebrating an open house baby shower in honor of Linda (Hoffman) Hoeppner on Saturday, June 11, 2011 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph school in Rosen. Baby Hoeppner is registered at Target. (ADVx2) Hours to change at Family Services Summer hours for Big Stone County Family Services will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Cancer Soc. to sell root beer floats The Oldies But Goodies  team of the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group will be serving root beer floats at Hartman's Super Valu on Friday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a donation of $1.50. All proceeds go to the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group. The Walk of Hope 2011 will be held in Beardsley Sept. 17, 20II from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Davis receives degree in Nursing The Granite Falls Campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosted it's Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10. Among the gaduates was Melissa Davis of Ortonville with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Melissa graduated as a High Honor student (GPA between 3.75-4.0). Three local students graduate from LATI The 44th Annual Lake Area Technical Institute graduation ceremony was held Friday, May 13, 2011, in Watertown, SD with 558 graduates receiving their diplomas. Ashley Nelson of Ortonville and Shawna Sparby of Big Stone City, SD, both received diplomas in Dental Assisting. Mallory Roelke of Ortonville received an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The students were presented their diplomas by Deb Shephard, President of Lake Area Tech. Area news digest MADISON-Work resumed on the citywide infrastructure project as the final phases of the project move toward a June 15 completion date. City Engineer Dean Helstrom reported on the project May 9 to Madison City Council officials. Helstrom noted street replacement, including curbs, will be addressed on 5th and 6th Streets, along with 6th Avenue. Helstrom commented the entire project has been walked to check for cracks and other items compiled on a "punch" list. Council members and Helstrom discussed hairline cracks on driveways and other areas. What will be done is still questionable. Helstrom also noted seeding areas, and residents should mow where the grass is long. Payment requests in the amount of $163,087.98 were approved. Helstrom concluded stating contractors still feel there is a possibility of meeting the June 15 completion deadline. APPLETON-Swift County will have to wait until next year to get legislation passed which would allow it to appoint the offices of auditor, treasurer and recorder rather than have the offices elective. Commissioners have been considering going to appointed rather than elected officials for key administrative jobs because of the growing complexity of local government. While the people who currently hold these offices are seen as doing good jobs, by the county board, they have all grown into their positions. Auditor Byron Giese and Treasurer Ron Vadnais have served in their respective jobs since 1982 having each been elected to eight four-year terms. Recorder Donna Lilleberg was elected to her four-year term in 1990. The wrong person in office could cost the county tens of thousands, or more, through poor or incompetent decisions or less effective local government. WHEATON-Three teachers will be leaving Wheaton School District 803 when classes wrap up in June. The school board Monday night approved the resignations of long-time elementary and middle school teacher Beth Blume, and Carissa Krenz and Kalia Capouch, who each taught in the district for one year. Blume, currently a sixth grade teacher, has been with Wheaton Schools since 1979. Blume taught several grades at Pearson Elementary, before moving to the high school about 10 years ago. She also served as the school's volleyball coach beginning in the program's second year of existence in 1979. Blume compiled a 135-45 record as head coach. BENSON-Benson Chief of Police Jim Crace has informed the city that he will be leaving by July 1, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the city council Monday night. Wolfington recommended that the city start looking for a new police chief by first accepting applications from within the current police depagment. He would go through the applications and then present them to the council. If the city does not get any applications from within the department, it would then start an extemal search process. Ortonville News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Cousin Tom and Carol Karels of Odessa visited Delores Karels on Sunday afternoon, May 15. Vi Hansen and her daughter Sue Hanratty had coffee with Ann and Jerry Hanratty on Saturday, May 14. Vi Hansen, Sue Hanratty, and Dick and Rita Verheul were invited to Todd and Sarah Verheul's for brunch on Sunday, May 15. The weekend of May 13 visitors at Jim and Darlene Loeschke's home were John and Emily Loeschke from Isanti. Nikole, Ryan, and Makenna Kehnle, Chuck and Verda Bartz, Janet and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Biller, and Adam Ellard Went to watch Summer hours will start Tuesday, - Quinlan Kehnle perform in her first May 31 and go through Friday, Sept. Just for Kix program. It was held at 2. the Ortonville School on Saturday, May 14. Janet Weber attended the band Maas awarded AgCountry Scholarship AgCountry Farm Credit Services has awarded 24, $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from northwest and west central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Criteria for selection included academic record, vocational promise, financial need, personal attributes and leadership/extra-curricular activities. One of the recipients is Shane Maas, son of Paul and Barb Maas of Ortonville. Shane will be graduating from Ortonville High School and plans 1o attend the University of Minneosta-Duluth. AgCountry Farm Credit Services is owned and operated by the farmers, ranchers and rural customers they serve. They provide credit and financial services to more than 12,000 farmers and ranchers through 27 offices in 18 counties in eastern ND and 25 counties in northwest and west central MN. AgCountry also provides agribusiness loans and leases in 42 states nationwide. The company, headquartered in Fargo, ND, has managed assets in excess of $4 billion and over 400 employees. BHS class of '66 45th reunion set The Beardsley High School class of 1966 is having a 45th class reunion on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2011. An informal gathering is being planned at the old City Hall on Friday, July 15 and the main event will be a meal at Bobbi Jo's in Beardsley on Saturday, July 16. If you are a family member of BHS class of '66 please share this announcement with them. Any ques- tions can be directed to Sue Rook Lundell at 320-839-2614. LG 47" LED W Sku#47LV5500 Full HD 1080p Resolution TruMotion 120Hz, Wi-Fi Reg. Price $1499.99 SALE PRIC LG INSTANT FINAL COST 0 !iiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iiii!Reg ........ :: 00'00RadioShack. J 'Main St., Ortonville, MN 320-839-3264 East Hwy. 12, Milbank, SD   605-445-0526 WIC voucher pickup for June June 2: Multi-media Community Room, Madison from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7: Countryside Public Health, Ortonville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13: Countryside Public Health, Benson from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16: Civic Center, Appleton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21: Countryside Public Health, Montevideo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Slsseton, SD 605.698.3849 .Mords, MN 320-585-1923 D00jSIGN If LECTRONZCS concert at the Ortonville High School. David and Janet Weber's grandchildren Katie and Jennifer performed in it. Denny and Pat Spanton are celebrating their May birthdays at Shady Beach. Wayne and Sandy Kumm are expecting a visitor, Sandy's sister from Rapid City. On Wednesday, May 11 Harvey , and Jo Kelzer went to Milbank and had noon lunch with his sisters Elaine Ries of Watertown, Mary DeVaal of Milbank, and Vivian and Harold Strei of Ortonville. They enjoyed an' afternoon of good visiting. Jeanette Bohlman's brother Jerry Abramowski of Freeport, IL came to visit Jeanet'te on Sunday, May 15. Gary and LaVonne Beachem's son " Dustin Gary Beachem graduated with the highest honors summa cum laude from Moorhead State in Health Service Administration Management on Friday, May 13. He is spending the summer with his parents and hopes to do his internship here at the hospital. Phyllis Schluter and Idella Ross came to visit and play cards with Johnny and Arlene Larson on Phyllis Schluter enjoyed Christian Women's Club on Tuesday morning, May 17 at Zion Lutheran Church. The fashion show by Linda's of Milbank was good. The inspirational speaker was interesting. The brunch included muffins and fruit. Monday, May 9 Lois Ritter was in Fargo and saw her granddaughter Mackenzie Mackner's track meet. On Friday night, May 13 Larry and Cynthia's wedding party had a dinner at the Fargo Zoo. They ate inside where there was a merry-go-round. Matt and Charlene Karels and family and friends attended Larry and Cynthia Karels' wedding in Fargo on Saturday, May 14. It truly was a Cinderella and Prince Charming wedding dream come true. Matt and Charlene enjoyed talking with friends and relatives at the reception. Larry and Cynthia are on a cruise for their honeymoon. The Centennial Club met on Monday, May 16 at Northridge so their honorary member Ruth Hoernemann could be with them. Five members were present. They had a good visit and a delicious lunch. Luane Huizenga attended her great-grandson Dylan Arndt's Tuesday, May 17. They had a good Confirmation at Abiding Faith time. Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 15. Phyllis Schluter and son Richard After the Confirmation Luane attended baccalaureate services at St. attended a dinner in honor of Dylan at John's Catholic Church on Sunday Artie and Krista Arndt s. evening, May 15. It was most Vicky and Dave Sager of Dassel enjoyable. The graduates did a good were May 13 weekend guests at the job in planning hzme of John and Anna Rothi. This Weel(s Featured .oh ga.i.i ttlOKI;N t, AVOCAPO ON FOOAO01A Tuesday, May 24, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 3