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k 1575 *********************** FOR ADC 980 98 SMALLT A 502G CALiFORNiA AV~ SW SEATTLE WA 98431~1208 28 Ortonville =l-own with a heart" "A Constructive A Live Community" t 2 Sections 8 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Volume 92 Number 28 MORE THAN 800 RIDERS took part in the 5th annual LTD Memorial Motorcycle Ride Saturday. The ride was held in memory of Sergeant Jesse Lhotka, First Lieutenant Jason Timmerman and Staff Sergeant David Day who died in IraqFebruary 21, 2005. They were members of the Minnesota National Guard First Battalion 151st Field Artillery Unit. Between 20 and 30 riders from Or, tonville and Big Stone City, SD rode just under 300 miles that day. Ortonville's emergency vehicles blocked traffic to allow the motorcade to cross Highway 12 at tile junction of Highways 12 and 75, as the 550 mortocycles passed through town. In a Texas Hold-Em poker tournament which is Free to enter and open to everybne regardless of Poker playing experience. There are cash prizes and Free Grandstand tickets to be won by the top three finishers and fourth place wilt receive two Free Grandstand tick- ets. Thursday, Aug. 5 will find the debut of Kids Karaoke at the Free Stage from 6-8 p.m. This is open to all kids ages 17 and under and will be a fun event for all involved. The outdoor stage at the Beer Garden will be rocking begin- ning at 9 p.m. with the band "Electric Almighty" which includes Chokio na- tive Andy Schuster. The always popular "Melody Kings'i will open the Free Stage on Fri- day, Aug. 6 beginning at 2 p.m The Kids Pedal Pull returns at 5 p.m. for ages four to 11. The Big Stone County Public Libraries have sponsored four One-Act plays which will focus on sto- ries from World War II which are sure to be both entertaining and informa- tive. Each play will last about 15 min- utes and times will be 3:30, 4:00, 6:00 By Bruce Wellendorf, Fairboard Secretary The Big Stone County ldair is only a week away and the Free Entertainment stage and Beer Garden wiq be busy all five days with a wide variety of per- formances and events..As in the past. we are a Free Fair with no charge for outside gate admission or parking and every performance or event in this arti- cle is Free to attend as well. There will be several new events on Wednesday, Aug. 4 to kick off the fair beginning with Free Bingo at 6 p.m. We have a quantity of nice prizes do- nated by an organization to the Fair and the winner of each game will receive one of these prizes which include a handmade quilt, antique doll, col- tectibles and toys. Also at 6p.m., a local "Battle of the Bands" competition will take place at the Free Stage. We are looking for local bands of any mu- sical genre to participate in this friendly competition. Contact Kristi Lillehaug at 320-325-5957 for further information. At 7 p.m. in the Beer Garden will be and 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. on the Free Stage the "Ortonville Area Swingtime Band" will be performing the toe tap- ping tunes they are known for. The Beer Garden will be packed once again for "Big Stone Idol" begmning at 8 p.m,: .Ages 18~and over only for this competition please. Ortonville Area Health Services is bringing the "Zoo Express" to the Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring displays and presenta- tions of animals. The Diaper Derby at 10:30 a.m. and Coin Dig at 11 a.m. will be followed by the Agriculture Scav- enger Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. sponsored by Big Stone County Farm Bureau and 4-H. The University of MN-Morris Jazz Band will perform at both Noon and 4 p.m. on the Free stage with the MN State Fair Talent Contest being held at 2 p.m. also on the Free Stage. The musical group "Cassie & the Bobs - The Music of Patsy Cline" wilt grace the Free stage at 8 p.m. and will take you on a trip down (Continued on page 3) I Ortonville Police investigate burglary The Ortonville Police Department ts investigating a burglary that occurred sometime before 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Hartman's Super Valu in Ortonville. According to Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, entrance to the store was gained through a back door with an undisclosed amount of cash taken. Mork stated that nothing was damaged in the store. The incident is 4till under investigation. If anyone has any information about the burglary, you are asked to contact the Ortonville Police Department at 839-6161. Carlos Huebner Benefit this Sun. A Benefit for Carlos Huebner will be held this Sunday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Big Stone City School with a meal and Silent Auction. Carlos received serious injuries from a train accident on June 12. He and his wife Amber, nee Folk, are residents of Big Stone'City, SD and have five children. Carlos was self employed before the accident with Huebner Construction. All proceeds go toward medical expenses. Ben6fit funds can also be sent to First State Bank & Trust, c/o Carlos Huebner Benefit, 215 4th Ave. W, Milbank, SD 57252. Supplemental Funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Grant County Chapter 30581 Charlene (DeShazo) Nanos of Tucson, AZ came to Ortonville last weekend to celebrate her 50th birth- day, where she was born on July 24, 1960, She and her parents left when she was just 15 days old, and had never been back since. But Char and her morn talked many times about one day returning to visit the town where Char's life began. Char's mother Jude passed away five years ago, before they had the opportunity to travel back to Ortonville where Char's birth is recorded. Her parents often told her of the many fond memortes they had of their short time in the community. Char wanted to do something spe- cial on her 50th birthday, and was sad her morn couldn't be with her to cele- brate. She thought, coming back to the place where she was born, would bring her closer to her mom than any- thing. So Char and her husband Chris Nanos flew to Minneapolis last Friday and drove to Ortonville that evening. Chris knew how important this was for his wife, so unbeknownst to Char, he called ahead to the Ortonville Independent office to have someone stay late to meet them at the newspaper office and show them the original published birth announce- ment from the Ortonville Independent files. Char's story is quite interesting. Her father John DeShazo was a trav- eling salesman who sold caskets for Western Casket Company out of Chicago, IL. He called on mortuaries throughout the midwest. In July of 1960 he went on a routine sales trip, accompanied by his wife Jude, who CHAR AND CHRIS NANOS came to Ortonville to see the town where she was born fifty years ago. They are shown in front of the building on Ortonville's main street which once housed Schoen's Furniture and Mortuary, where Char's parents stayed until she was released from the hospital in July of 1960. was about seven months pregnant. They drove to Minnesota for the first time and went to Ortonville to call on the local mortuary. The couple had planned to stay the one night at the Poplar Motel in Ortonville. In the middle of the night, Jude woke her husband, saymg she thought it was time to go to the hospi- tal. They called the nurses at the Ortonville Hospital who reassured the soon-to-be-mother that it was too early for her to be going into labor and it was probably just a false alarm. She woke her husband again about an hour later, as she was pretty sure it was time to go. He told her just to try and rest. About an hour later at 4:40 a.m., Charlene Ann DeShazo was born at the Ortonville Hospital, " (Continued on page 3) Tabor Methodist flower show set On Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 the Tabor United Methodist Women in Big Stone City will be presenting their 47th Annual Flower Show. The flowers are gathered from the yards of church members as well as friends and neighbors in the surround- mg communities. This year's theme will be "Rock of Ages." A variety of unique and precious rocks and stones will be incorporated into the displays. The ladies of Tabor United Methodist Church invite everyone to come and enjoy the beautiful and cre- ative floral displays and delicious sandwiches, pies, and beverages from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. If you would like to share flowers to display, please bring them to Tabor United Methodist Church the evening of Aug. 4 between 6-9 p.m. or before 9 a.m. on Aug. 5. All submissions will be gratefully accepted. You do not have to be a member of Tabor Church to share your flowers. (ADV) Eidskog Lutheran to hold pie, ice cream social Eidskog Lutheran Church of rural Ortonville will sponsor it's Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Barbecues. hot dogs, chips, home- made pie. ice cream, pop and coffee will be served. Everyone is welcome Io join in this time of fellowship and fun. (ADVx2) Notice is given that the filing peri- od for filing affadavits of candidacy for the office of school board mem- ber for the Ortonville Independent School District No. 2903, will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 3 and close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17. School Board members whose terms expire at the end of 2010 are Jay Dee Ross, James Nelson, Debbie Hoffman, Timothy Henrich. Glen "Bud" Radermacher and Richard Johnson. The term of Ron Thompson, who is filling the term of Brent Zahrbock, is also up for elec- tion. Of the seven expired positions, four will no longer exist, leaving two open, at large positions for the 2010 election for a four year term and one for a two year term. The candidates ug. must specify if they wish to run for the two-year term or four-year terms; they cannot run for both terms. This will make it an eight member board, which will eventually be down to a six member board following the 2012 election. Affidavits of Candidacy are avail- able from the school district clerk at the Ortonville Public Schools. The filing fee for this office is $2. A candidate for office must be an eligible voter, 21 years of age or more on assuming office, must have been a resident of the school district from which the candidate seeks,election for 30 days before the general election and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or next ensuing general elec- tion. Family Sunday at The Ortonville EDA is hosting a fundraiser event for the Minnesota River Trailhead Park project this Sunday, Aug. 1, Funds raised will be held for future expenses and expan- sion of the project (such as sidewalk, curb/gutter, parking lots, etc.) The band "The Regulators" will be featured at Lakeside Park Gazebo (weather alternative is the Armory). In addition there will be a food booth along with activities for the kids and silent auction items to be announced. The Big Stone Arts Council is inviting kids of all ages in'helping to paint a movable wall (mural) and will have this activity down at Lakeside Park during the fundraiser event. Night fundraiser Lakeside Once the event is over, BSAC artists will add some finishing touch- es and move the mural over to the Trailhead to draw attention to the 'newest asset. This way the mural will face the road and be more visible. The event on Aug. 1 will run from 3-9 p.m. (with the Regulators playing from 4-8 p.m.). Cost is $10 for Adults 14+; $5 for ages 7 to 13 (ticket comes with a chance to win a bike as Hardware Hank is donating one boy and one girl's bike) and ages 6 years and under are free. If you would like to donate items for the event or are available to vol- unteer your time to help, please call Angela Doren at 763-202-3487 or the EDA Office at 839-3284. ,MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE gathered for the ground breaking of the Regional Trailhead playground at Lakeside Park last week. A Family Fun Night Fundraiser will lie held Pare to raise funds this Sunday, Aug 1 at Lakeside for future expenses and expansion of the project. The band "The Regulators" will be providing music at the event, along with activities for the kids, a silent auction and a food booth available: " - shari HR Director County Board members discussed the possible sharing of their Human Resources (HR) Director with Stevens County at their Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 20. Stevens County is looking for an HR Director and this is something that could be worked out with current HR Director for Big Stone County Sue Schultz. Schultz has been in contact with the interim director of Stevens County with this possibility. In turn, Stevens County would share an IT Technician with Big Stone County. This comes as the Board accepted the termination agreement with Curt Johnson of Vertical Solutions as of July 7. The Board thanked Curt for his .diligent servi'ces to the County. "Depending on the contractual agreements that would need to be worked out. this could be a cost sav- ings for both counties." said County Board Chairman Roger Sandberg. At this stage, they are just in the early process of seeing if this would work out. The Board will have further information at upcoming meetings. In other business, the Board approved the On-Sale Liquor License for Club 7-75. They also approved the annual Assessment Agreement with Malta Township. Jim Hasslen, Emergency Management (EM) Director was pre- sent as the Board approved the con- tract with Safe Assure for $4,100. OSHA did a compliance check and checked their manual that is about four or five years old and some things needed to be taken out and updated and Hasslen said they provide train- ing and other things that are useful. The next meeting of the County Board will be on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. may Ortonville High School students wanting to participate in extra-curric- ular athletics this school year may need a physical before participating. Physicals are usually accepted for three years, sophomores and incom- ing seventh graders typically will need a physical. Please check the date of your last physical and make an appointment to have a physical if needed.