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a heart" IN ons, Ove00ewEoaoer,o,00,0000om00uEn,,, " NDENT ' : iii!i? '' '::: ...... : .- ::i': [i:: '  :iiil,i iiiiiii!! i ;:i:: :! :iiii::i :i  iiiiill  !iiiiiiii::iiiill NEWEST BUSINESS is Heywood Tropical Fish and Roofing. Pictured above are the Ctured above at left, along with their employees, Lu Hagen and Carol Lane. Heywood Roofing is holding their Grand Opening ths week, May 27-31, and invite everyone to stop 's Tropical Fish, Roof rs new to Big Stone City Heywood are in Big called Heywood's Roof Builders. a combination of a and business business. had their Valley for the past running their home. They to Big Stone City, side of Big g. chose to move because of the of the Big Stone felt there in this area to run a successful business. Heywood's Roofbuilders consists of a 10-person crew. Their employees stem from the Ortonville/Big Stone City area. They have been in the construction business since 1978, and specialize in flat and low slope roofs. Heywood's Tropical Fish is run out of the same office building as Heywood Roofbuilders in Big Stone City. They have freshwater fish, and plan to receive more on a weekly basis. They also display 20 small fish tanks and one large tank. They sell snails, apple snails, hermit crabs, plants and aquariums. Additionally, they are selling fish such as Angels, Tetras, and Betas. They specialize in tropical fish, and can order rare tropical fish. Additionally, they will be offering a service to businesses or individuals who choose to buy their fish from Heywood's Tropical Fish. The Heywoods will maintain the aquarium of bowl for you, so you can enjoy beautiful fish without the hassle of cleaning and maintenance. The Heywoods invite everyone to stop in during their open house and Grand Opening, beginning Tuesday, May 27. Door prizes and refresh- ments will be offered to visitors dur- ing this week, and the hours will run Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. of soldier shows her with yellow ribbons Stone City, SD, g her overseas in Kurt Athey, away at the war, ribbon on to a on the front of of the 740th is based in called to duty been fighting ever since. Spend four days in in April, and spend time went too fast. aye, Kurt also Storm war. "I same tree back been serving National Guard is the second a called into to return in February, 21304, but could return earli- er or later, depending on what is hap- pending overseas in future months. "I am planning on a year," says Faye, "if he ends up coming home earlier, that would be great, but right now I have myself set up for a year." Taking a drive past Faye's house, one can see the support she has for her son. One tree is lit up with hundreds of small yellow bows. In addition, she has larger yellow bows tied around the trunks of other trees on her property. She also displays a large American flag on the side of her home, which she lights up at night with a spot light. "I put all of this up, and I will con- tinue to add ribbons until the day he comes home," says Faye, "but once he's home, he will have to take all the ribbons off the tree." Kurt's wife, Tammy Athey, and their two children, Megan and Brianna, are also awating his safe return at their home in Brookings, SD. UPPORT is Big Stone City resident Faye Athey, )n on her tree for every day her son, Kurt Athey She is pictured above in front of the tree. Cuff recovering from accident Mike Cuff, a 1976 OHS graduate, is recovering from a serious accident at Trevilla of Robbinsdale. Cuff is the son of the late Richard and Henrietta Cuff. His sister, Barbara Mencer lives in Clinton. Prayers and cards wishing Cuff a quick recovery are greatly appreciated by his family. Cards may be sent to: Mike Cuff, Trevilla of Robbinsdale 3130 Grimes Ave. N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422. School retirement recognition program There will be an Ortonville Public School Staff Recognition and Retirement program at OHS on June 5th. This program will begin at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium, to honor teachers and staff for years of service and accomplishments. Retired staff, substitute teachers, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Friday evening golf mixer Singles and couples. Come join us at the Ortonville Golf Course beginning at 6 pm on Friday evenings. We will pair up teams for a round of creative 9 hole matches. Join us for an evening of golf, prizes, and fun. Registration fee will be $2.50 for single or $5.00 for a couple. Call Mike Miller at 839-3877 for more information Larson, Ortonville featured in Tribune This area and one of its newer residents, Jim Larson, received some great publicity in Monday's Business section of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune... authored by Neal St. Anthony and >hotographed by Glen Stubbe. You'll find the article and pic- ures reproduced in detail else- where this issue. Regional tourism program gives presentation to County Board Rebecca Jackson of Western Minnesota Prairie Waters, a regional tourism program, gave a presentation to the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at their regular meet- ing Tuesday. The purpose of Jackson's presenta- tion was to inform the commissioners about the program, give them an overview of how the program assists in sustaining local rural economies, and to request funding for the pro- gram in 2004. In her presentation, Jackson noted that the primary function of Western MN Prairie Waters is to help make marketing affordable for small Chambers of Commerce. The program targets primarily families, birdwatchers, sports men and women and bus operators who are looking for new areas to vacation, hold conferences, or market them- selves. According to Jackson, the ambi- tions of WMPW's full-time staff, and a new user-friendly website are the major components of the program, both of which contribute to the eco- nomic success of the program. During the presentation, Jackson noted that the economic impact, as estimated by Western Minnesota Prairie Waters, is $716,000. The total impact is a combination of return on investment, increased traveler spend- ing and increased website visits. She also stated that in a recent sur- vey, 77 percent of website visitors were more influenced to visit after seeing the website. Additionally, 66 percent of potential visitors were influenced by the materials distrib- uted by Western Minnesota Prairie Waters. According to Jackson, the cost of individual communities to par- ticipate in that level of marketing on their own, would cost approximately $66,000 a year. No decision was made by the Commissioners as to whether or not the county will assist in funding Western Minnesota Prairie Water's campaign. In other action, Big Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning met with the Commissioners to inform them of the Sheriff Department's wishes to increase fees for finger printing, mileage and for conceal and carry gun permits. According to Berning, there is cur- rently no charge for finger printing, and the department wishes to charge $5 per card. The mileage rate is cur- rently 35 cents, and the department is requesting an increase to 40 cents, and a request was made by Berning to increase the conceal and carry gun permit charge to $100. The Board carried the motion to increase charges on the finger printing cards and the mileage rate. No deci- sion was made on the conceal and carry permits, as the board prefers to compare the fees of other counties before making a decision. County Engineer Nick Anderson (Continued on page 3) MINNESOTA VIKING'S KICKER Gary Anderson, and his 12-year old son Doug were invited by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to fish Big Stone Lake. They went fishing last Saturday, May 17, and Doug caught a seven pound, four ounce Walleye behind the islands. Ryan Damelson acted as a tour guide for the Andersons. They are pictured above, and Doug is displaying his Walleye. Photo courtesy of Scott Meyer. OHS graduate Dennis Raddatz is serving on the U.S.S. Princeton Dennis Raddatz, a 1991 OHS graduate enlisted in the United States Navy in August, 1991. In the years following his enlist- ment, Dennis has traveled the world. He has seen Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Hawaii, Somolia, Phillipines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and has lived in Misawa, Japan. According to Dennis, it is a diffi- cult decision when it is time to re, en- list, but when he knows the bonus, the decision becomes much easier. Dennis' morn says, "He has always wanted to go aboard an aircraft carri- er and see Australia." One of the first deployments was aboard the aircraft Carrier USS Independence to Perth, Australia. Dennis is a CTRI, a Cryptologic ARION AWARD WINNER Alex Johnson is pictured above. Alex received the award at Tuesday's Spring Choir Concert. Alex is the son of Liz Ketz and Bob Johnson. Technician, who is in morse code communication and operation of radio direction-finding equipment. His rank is Petty Officer, 1st Class. Dennis left March 3 aboard the USS Princeton from San Diego, CA. The Princeton CG-59 is an oil,burn- ing ship, it is a giuded missile cruiser. The Princeton is in the battle support group of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz. The Nimitz is nuclear-powered by two reactors that drive the ship's pro- pellers. This carrier deployed to the 'Persian Gulf to take the place of another carrier, U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Dennis' family receives email messages from him through relatives and friends, so they know aboard the Princeton are all safe. They also receive a monthly newsletter called $24,000 scholarship to Arts Center graduate Sherman Visual Arts student Marika Sherman of Ortonviile will be graduating with honors from the Perpich Center for Arts Education- Arts High School on Friday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. About 150 students from all over Minnesota will be graduating from the Perpich Center for Arts Education this year. Marika has been accepted at Mpls. College of Art and Design. She has been awarded a $24,000 Mead Merit scholarship and has been Scholastic Art Awards in 2002 (two the Princeton Post, which keeps fami- ly members up-to-date on happenings on base in San Diego and aboard the ship. The Princeton will be in the Gulf to keep the calm and bring peace to the people of Iraq. Dennis is the son of Don and Linda Raddatz of Big Stone City, SD, and the grandson of Elaine Raddatz of Big Stone City, and Violet Uhden of Milbank, SD. silver) and in 2003 (one silver, two merit). Princeton. ii I i FORMERLY OF ORTONVILLE, Dennis Raddatz is pictured above. Raddatz is a Cryptologic Technician inthe United States Navy, and is currently serving on the USS GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER, the USS Princeton steams alongside air- craft carrier USS Nimitz. Former OHS graduate Dennis Raddatz left aboard the USS Princeton on March 3. Tlie cruiser left from San Diego, CA. a heart" IN ons, Ove00ewEoaoer,o,00,0000om00uEn,,, " NDENT ' : iii!i? '' '::: ...... : .- ::i': [i:: '  :iiil,i iiiiiii!! i ;:i:: :! :iiii::i :i  iiiiill  !iiiiiiii::iiiill NEWEST BUSINESS is Heywood Tropical Fish and Roofing. Pictured above are the Ctured above at left, along with their employees, Lu Hagen and Carol Lane. Heywood Roofing is holding their Grand Opening ths week, May 27-31, and invite everyone to stop 's Tropical Fish, Roof rs new to Big Stone City Heywood are in Big called Heywood's Roof Builders. a combination of a and business business. had their Valley for the past running their home. They to Big Stone City, side of Big g. chose to move because of the of the Big Stone felt there in this area to run a successful business. Heywood's Roofbuilders consists of a 10-person crew. Their employees stem from the Ortonville/Big Stone City area. They have been in the construction business since 1978, and specialize in flat and low slope roofs. Heywood's Tropical Fish is run out of the same office building as Heywood Roofbuilders in Big Stone City. They have freshwater fish, and plan to receive more on a weekly basis. They also display 20 small fish tanks and one large tank. They sell snails, apple snails, hermit crabs, plants and aquariums. Additionally, they are selling fish such as Angels, Tetras, and Betas. They specialize in tropical fish, and can order rare tropical fish. Additionally, they will be offering a service to businesses or individuals who choose to buy their fish from Heywood's Tropical Fish. The Heywoods will maintain the aquarium of bowl for you, so you can enjoy beautiful fish without the hassle of cleaning and maintenance. The Heywoods invite everyone to stop in during their open house and Grand Opening, beginning Tuesday, May 27. Door prizes and refresh- ments will be offered to visitors dur- ing this week, and the hours will run Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. of soldier shows her with yellow ribbons Stone City, SD, g her overseas in Kurt Athey, away at the war, ribbon on to a on the front of of the 740th is based in called to duty been fighting ever since. Spend four days in in April, and spend time went too fast. aye, Kurt also Storm war. "I same tree back been serving National Guard is the second a called into to return in February, 21304, but could return earli- er or later, depending on what is hap- pending overseas in future months. "I am planning on a year," says Faye, "if he ends up coming home earlier, that would be great, but right now I have myself set up for a year." Taking a drive past Faye's house, one can see the support she has for her son. One tree is lit up with hundreds of small yellow bows. In addition, she has larger yellow bows tied around the trunks of other trees on her property. She also displays a large American flag on the side of her home, which she lights up at night with a spot light. "I put all of this up, and I will con- tinue to add ribbons until the day he comes home," says Faye, "but once he's home, he will have to take all the ribbons off the tree." Kurt's wife, Tammy Athey, and their two children, Megan and Brianna, are also awating his safe return at their home in Brookings, SD. UPPORT is Big Stone City resident Faye Athey, )n on her tree for every day her son, Kurt Athey She is pictured above in front of the tree. Cuff recovering from accident Mike Cuff, a 1976 OHS graduate, is recovering from a serious accident at Trevilla of Robbinsdale. Cuff is the son of the late Richard and Henrietta Cuff. His sister, Barbara Mencer lives in Clinton. Prayers and cards wishing Cuff a quick recovery are greatly appreciated by his family. Cards may be sent to: Mike Cuff, Trevilla of Robbinsdale 3130 Grimes Ave. N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422. School retirement recognition program There will be an Ortonville Public School Staff Recognition and Retirement program at OHS on June 5th. This program will begin at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium, to honor teachers and staff for years of service and accomplishments. Retired staff, substitute teachers, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Friday evening golf mixer Singles and couples. Come join us at the Ortonville Golf Course beginning at 6 pm on Friday evenings. We will pair up teams for a round of creative 9 hole matches. Join us for an evening of golf, prizes, and fun. Registration fee will be $2.50 for single or $5.00 for a couple. Call Mike Miller at 839-3877 for more information Larson, Ortonville featured in Tribune This area and one of its newer residents, Jim Larson, received some great publicity in Monday's Business section of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune... authored by Neal St. Anthony and >hotographed by Glen Stubbe. You'll find the article and pic- ures reproduced in detail else- where this issue. Regional tourism program gives presentation to County Board Rebecca Jackson of Western Minnesota Prairie Waters, a regional tourism program, gave a presentation to the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at their regular meet- ing Tuesday. The purpose of Jackson's presenta- tion was to inform the commissioners about the program, give them an overview of how the program assists in sustaining local rural economies, and to request funding for the pro- gram in 2004. In her presentation, Jackson noted that the primary function of Western MN Prairie Waters is to help make marketing affordable for small Chambers of Commerce. The program targets primarily families, birdwatchers, sports men and women and bus operators who are looking for new areas to vacation, hold conferences, or market them- selves. According to Jackson, the ambi- tions of WMPW's full-time staff, and a new user-friendly website are the major components of the program, both of which contribute to the eco- nomic success of the program. During the presentation, Jackson noted that the economic impact, as estimated by Western Minnesota Prairie Waters, is $716,000. The total impact is a combination of return on investment, increased traveler spend- ing and increased website visits. She also stated that in a recent sur- vey, 77 percent of website visitors were more influenced to visit after seeing the website. Additionally, 66 percent of potential visitors were influenced by the materials distrib- uted by Western Minnesota Prairie Waters. According to Jackson, the cost of individual communities to par- ticipate in that level of marketing on their own, would cost approximately $66,000 a year. No decision was made by the Commissioners as to whether or not the county will assist in funding Western Minnesota Prairie Water's campaign. In other action, Big Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning met with the Commissioners to inform them of the Sheriff Department's wishes to increase fees for finger printing, mileage and for conceal and carry gun permits. According to Berning, there is cur- rently no charge for finger printing, and the department wishes to charge $5 per card. The mileage rate is cur- rently 35 cents, and the department is requesting an increase to 40 cents, and a request was made by Berning to increase the conceal and carry gun permit charge to $100. The Board carried the motion to increase charges on the finger printing cards and the mileage rate. No deci- sion was made on the conceal and carry permits, as the board prefers to compare the fees of other counties before making a decision. County Engineer Nick Anderson (Continued on page 3) MINNESOTA VIKING'S KICKER Gary Anderson, and his 12-year old son Doug were invited by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to fish Big Stone Lake. They went fishing last Saturday, May 17, and Doug caught a seven pound, four ounce Walleye behind the islands. Ryan Damelson acted as a tour guide for the Andersons. They are pictured above, and Doug is displaying his Walleye. Photo courtesy of Scott Meyer. OHS graduate Dennis Raddatz is serving on the U.S.S. Princeton Dennis Raddatz, a 1991 OHS graduate enlisted in the United States Navy in August, 1991. In the years following his enlist- ment, Dennis has traveled the world. He has seen Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Hawaii, Somolia, Phillipines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and has lived in Misawa, Japan. According to Dennis, it is a diffi- cult decision when it is time to re, en- list, but when he knows the bonus, the decision becomes much easier. Dennis' morn says, "He has always wanted to go aboard an aircraft carri- er and see Australia." One of the first deployments was aboard the aircraft Carrier USS Independence to Perth, Australia. Dennis is a CTRI, a Cryptologic ARION AWARD WINNER Alex Johnson is pictured above. Alex received the award at Tuesday's Spring Choir Concert. Alex is the son of Liz Ketz and Bob Johnson. Technician, who is in morse code communication and operation of radio direction-finding equipment. His rank is Petty Officer, 1st Class. Dennis left March 3 aboard the USS Princeton from San Diego, CA. The Princeton CG-59 is an oil,burn- ing ship, it is a giuded missile cruiser. The Princeton is in the battle support group of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz. The Nimitz is nuclear-powered by two reactors that drive the ship's pro- pellers. This carrier deployed to the 'Persian Gulf to take the place of another carrier, U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Dennis' family receives email messages from him through relatives and friends, so they know aboard the Princeton are all safe. They also receive a monthly newsletter called $24,000 scholarship to Arts Center graduate Sherman Visual Arts student Marika Sherman of Ortonviile will be graduating with honors from the Perpich Center for Arts Education- Arts High School on Friday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. About 150 students from all over Minnesota will be graduating from the Perpich Center for Arts Education this year. Marika has been accepted at Mpls. College of Art and Design. She has been awarded a $24,000 Mead Merit scholarship and has been Scholastic Art Awards in 2002 (two the Princeton Post, which keeps fami- ly members up-to-date on happenings on base in San Diego and aboard the ship. The Princeton will be in the Gulf to keep the calm and bring peace to the people of Iraq. Dennis is the son of Don and Linda Raddatz of Big Stone City, SD, and the grandson of Elaine Raddatz of Big Stone City, and Violet Uhden of Milbank, SD. silver) and in 2003 (one silver, two merit). Princeton. ii I i FORMERLY OF ORTONVILLE, Dennis Raddatz is pictured above. Raddatz is a Cryptologic Technician inthe United States Navy, and is currently serving on the USS GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER, the USS Princeton steams alongside air- craft carrier USS Nimitz. Former OHS graduate Dennis Raddatz left aboard the USS Princeton on March 3. Tlie cruiser left from San Diego, CA.