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]NDE "A Constructive Newspaper-4n A Live Community" r= NDENT BUS has been of use here in C rides were given in 2001, in Madison, 13,000 in in Appleton. In all year, which of 70,000. At side, Laurel just one of the many dri- off Ortonville's RIDES Five RIDES program I-used in Ortonville mg through white bus Ortonville. of provided of rides of the Action stated in Ortonville, to 17,644 Were the highest cities, with 15,532 rides, and 10,870 in In total, 70,398 rides were provided through the Prairie Five program last year, exceeding the organization's goal of 70,000. Although Prairie Five exceeded its 2001 budget by $27,600, fares and revenue from contracted rides were high and the fare recovery ratio was very good, which allowed the program to under bill the cities and counties for their local share. Ortonville's projected local share of the program in 2001 was $5,258, and due to extra revenues, that number was reduced to $4,904. / Prior to 2002, the funding for pub- lic transit for small cities was 65 per- cent funded by the DOT and the local brothers charged in theft of antiques Morrissette, 25, their first in Big same three third degree, (aid and and ser- against the Sheriff's L Call on March Gt County e, asking at the in Big Officials Joe vehicle sette and stated there were numerous items inside which were old. Some of those found, the complaint alleges, included a stained glass win- dow, as well as a jewelry box with papers inside it bearing the name of Alonzo Haukos. The previous day, Elbow Lake offi- cers had received a call from Heaven Wellnitz, who was living with Steven and James. The documents stated she told officers the Morrissette brothers would leave to hunt raccoons on sev- eral occasions, returning late at night with a car load of antique items. When they would leave to hunt, she added, they would take along a power drill. On March 17, James Haukos looked over photos of items found in (Continued on page 7) share (35 percent) remainder was funded using fares collected and assessing the city for the difference. In 2002, Olson says the local share will come from the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. With the uncertainty of funding from the state level, Prairie Five officials are concerned about the possibility of cuts, and in anticipation have taken steps to cut costs. Though funding for the program in the future is of a concern, Oison says th rates of $.75 per ride are among .tile lowest in the region, and fares in cities throughout this area which are not managed, by Prairie Five can be upwards of $1 per ride. Pool Tournament at Senior Center The Ortonville Senior Center will again host a Pool Tournament. Come and see our "new" pool table with it's new rails and new felt top. This tourney is open to those 55+, and ALL who wish for some friendly competition are welcome to join in the fun. The tournament begins at 1 pm, on Thursday, June 13th and lunch will he served during the afternoon, and prizes will be given for the First and Second place winners. Scholarship for Jessica Sellin Jessica Louise Sellin of Ortonville has been awarded a Heritage Scholarship by Augustana College. Jessica will attend Augustana beginning with fall semester, 2002. Jessica is the daughter of Brad and Ronda Sellin. Goddard, Jan Eifealdt from Ortonville School RESPECTIVE WHISTLE AND CHOIR ROBE are Goddard, left and Jan Eifeaidt, right, after near- service at Ortonville School. Vocal Music has logged 36 1/2 years, taught first in South the finaT33 years in Ortonvilre. For Phy. Ed. here right out of college, she has served Two familiar faces in the hallways of Ortonville School won't be seen after the 2001-2002 school year, as Vocal Music Instructor Jerome Goddard and Physical Education Instructor Jan Eifealdt have retired after nearly 70 years of combined ser- vice. Goddard has spent 36 1/2 years in the teaching profession, working first in South Dakota before spending the final 33 years in Ortonville. Among the highlights in his final year of teaching, Goddard says, was this year's vocal concert, where the stage was filled with nearly every choir student. For Eifealdt, who began here right out of college as Miss Dahlman, she has served 34 years at the school. Eifealdt, who also serves as a track and field coach at the school, helped lead the Trojans to Section competi- tion this year, where several athletes narrowly missed qualifying for state. Next year will be the first time since 1960 there has not been a Mrs. Eifealdt at the school. Jan's mother- in-law Ellen Eifealdt taught sixth grade and english for many years. Golfers head to state meet this week at Izaty's Resort Three Ortonville High School ath- letes, Lindsey Nelsen, Matt Pfingsten and Pete Ross, will represent OHS at the state golf meet this week, held at Izaty's, a resort course on Mille Lacs Lake near Onamia. Wednesday, Ross will be the Nelsen first of the three to tee off, beginning his round at 11 a.m. Pfingsten will follow at 11:15 and Nelsen at 11:40. Pfingsten fired a two over par 74 to take runner up honors at the Section 3A Golf Tourney held at Marshall May 24. Ross placed third with a score of 75, as both advanced to the Class A State G o i f Championship. Matt finished in a tie for eighth place last year and Pete tied for Ross tenth place. Both have excellent chances to better those previous .accomplishments. Lindsey Nelsen, shooting a 36-45 for 81 at sectionals, helped her team place third behind Redwood and first place Luverne, with Canby tak- ing fourth. Last year, with the entire team attending, the boys took third in state. Neisen, who also attended state last year, totalled 172 for the 36 hole match, putting her Pfingsten in a three way tie for twenty-second place in State Class A. Good luck Trojan athletes! OHS graduates share more than $16,000 in scholarships The class of 2002 from Ortonville High School received more than just their diplomas at commencement exercises last Sunday. Members of the class were notified they would share in a total of $16,310 in scholar- ships. Both Hilary Libka and Kathleen Thymian received $2,500 from the Boyde Sigloh Scholarship. Megan Reiffenherger received $1,000 from the Boyde Leifferman scholarship. Recipients of the Joyce Sis Scholarship ($500) were Maria Rausch and Jessica Sellin. OHS Alumni Association Scholarships ($500) went to Joshua Miller, Sarah Olson, Samantha Strege and Emily Randleman. Lindsey Nelsen received a $500 scholarship from the Big Stone Health Care Foundation, and Rob Stolpman $500 from Bellingham Fireman's Relief/.. Bituminous Paving awarded a $500 scholarship to Alexis Barr, and Joel Chindvali received the Virginia Horton Anderson award of $400. Kristin Taylor received $300 from the Bill Mainerich Scholarship, Jesse Cloos and Jessica Chase were each $300 recipients from the Loena and Inez Wolfe Scholarship, and Stuart 11 Circular inside I, CarlsonThrifty White Drug Stone received the Harold Kahlberg science award of $300. Denielle Scoblic and Blake Schmieg each received the Big Stone American Legion award of $250, Kelsey Henningson and Casey Bohlman got $250 from the Ortonville Health Services Auxiliary, and Maria Rausch was awarded $250 from the Milltones. Ortonville's Education (Continued on page 7) SPONSORING A BASEBALL TRIP for underprivileged children in the area was the Salvation Army, represented by Bud Knippen at left. Other sponsors included the Moose Lodge #407 (representative Heath Sherod is shown at right), VFW Post #3964, Minnwest Bank and Cenbank of Ortonville. Two Ortonville Boy Scouts work on Eagle Scout projects Two members of Ortonville's Boy Scout Troop #28 have been working on their Eagle Scout projects, with one already completing the task. Scout Jason Pfleger, son of Gary and Vicki Pfleger, has officially earned his Eagle Scout designation through his work at the Ortonville High School. Part of Pfleger's project was the design of a landscape fence to hide unsightly items in the school's parking lot, then placing the fence with the help of his family and fellow scout members. J.T. Gregory, son of Jim and Donna Gregory, is still in the process of earn- ing his award, and has been assisting the Big Stone American Legion with rearing ponds on Big Stone Lake. J.T. has also aided the legionaires in obtaining Christmas trees for place- ment in the lake as an artificial reef. J.T. will be a sophomore next year, and Jason a senior at OrtoQville High School. Both scouts spoke to fellow troop members, friends and family at a pro- gram held last week in Ortonville's Central Park, behind the city's Armory building. BOY SCOUTS J.T. Gregory, left and Jason Pfleger, right, discussed their Eagle Scout projects with family and friends at Ortonville's Central Park recently. Also shown is leader Gary Pfleger.