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*********************** FOR ADG 980 SMALLTOWNPAPERS 2/t/2'1@@ 217 W COTA ST SHELTON ViA 98584-22S3 |-' 29 Ortonville "Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N Section-14 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, June 7, 201 Volume 93: Number 21 ORTONVILLE'S MUNICIPAL Swimming Pool is now open. The pool opened on the last day of school, Thursday, June 2. The pool is open to the public for open swimming everyday from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adult lap swim takes place from 12 noon to I p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Floatie Nights are Monday and Thursday nights and Sunday is Family Night. Private parties are available by appoint- ment. Group and individual swim lessons are offered in the morn- ings and water aerobics will be offered from June 20 through mid August on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from :: 12 noon to 1 p.m. For lessons or classes, register at the City office or the Municipal Pool. EDA reviews funds, hires legal counsel at emergency meeting The Ortonville Economic Development Authority held an emer- gency meeting May 25 to review EDA accOunt funds for Fairway View Senior Community and to appoint legal counsel, due to a possible con- flict of. interest with EDA Attorney William Watson. The EDA accounts for its assisted living complex with substantial sums are under review in an on-going crim- inal investightion. EDA President Craig Randleman closed the public meeting to allow the EDA Board to review the information and docu- ments on the EDA accounts under investigation. The Board reviewed the current process for the monthly expense check signatures for the assisted liv- ing complex. The manager reviews and codes the bills, which are then sent to the contracted accountant and checks are printed, the accountant then delivers the checks to be signed by two authorized EDA representa- tives and the signed checks are returned to the accountant to be processed. The minutes reflected that this policy had not been breached and would continue. Community Development Coordinator Vicki Oakes advised that at the May 18, 2011, Board meeting, the EDA Board had taken action to appoint only the current EDA Board members to the signature card and that if it was their intent to continue to have the assisted living manager's name on the .signature card, then a resolution was needed. Corporate Resolution 2011-01 authorizing bank signators was unanimously passed. Randleman provided Oakes with the bank signature cards with instruc- tion to 'obtain City Councilman Angela Doren's signature, attach the Corporate Resolution 2011-01 to the Bank Cards and deliver to Minnwest Bank. The Board further instructed Oakes to obtain a complete copy of the EDA signature cards that were on file at Minnwest Bank prior to this resolution along with all authorizing documentation supporting the signa- tures on file. Oakes said she had called the League of Minnesota Cities to discuss the current EDA accounts under review. A case has been opened at the League of Minnesota Cities for Ortonville and is now under review for current coverage and process. Oakes is listed as a contact and will be notified of information as it becomes available. Oakes said Watson, had informed the office that due to his status as Big Stone County Attorney, there may be a conflict with a case that he is prose- cuting and the current EDA account investigation. Watson suggested the EDA contact other legal counsel as soon as possible to get advice as to how to protect the EDA's interest. After noting the involvement and / or associations of other attorneys and firms, Watson suggested Harry Hohman of Appleton. Oakes said she called the Upper Minnesota Rural Development .Commission in Appleton as a further reference. The RDC advised that Hohman is the assistant county attorney for Swift County, the Appleton City Attorney and that the UMRDC has used his services on a large number of cases. Hohman said he would be avail- able to represent the EDA and would charge the same rate as the current EDA attorney plus mileage for meet- ings as needed, said Oakes. A unani- mous resolution was passed by the Board to appoint Hohman as legal counsel for the EDA account investi- gation. The EDA Board met again Wednesday with Attorney Hohman present. He suggested the EDA wait until the State files the criminal charges before discussing the matter. He said the meetings can not be closed to the public unless the Board is discussing allegations against an employee, which it wouldn't be doing in this case, or unless the Board is dis- cussing actual litigation strategy. Hohman suggested the Board look into its "checks and balance" system, to ensure future security of its accounts. He also said, he would work on behalf of the EDA on possi- ble civil charges and debt recovery options from third party sources. Watson will be prosecuting the crimi- nal charges on behalf of the state. The next regular meeting of the EDA will be held at Fairway View Senior Community Wednesday, June 15 at 12 noon. Local Farm Service Agency committee nominations The Big Stone County Farm Serv- ice Agency's local committee election is coming up soon. The last day to return nominating petitions for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee election is August 1. Nominations for the committee election will be accepted from eligible producers in Artichoke, Akron, Big Stone, Odessa, Ortonville and Otrey townships. The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA's programs here in this area. Members of the committee work with area residents to maintain the local focus on many USDA pro- grams, inform people of what's avail- able, and help producers understand how the programs work. Committee member's work to help shape national programs into working local programs and all they really need to know is farming in this community. The county committee nomination period begins June 15. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 4 and the final date to return these ballots is Dec. 5. The newly elected county com- mittee member will take office Jan. 2 2012. If you think you can help, contact your local Farm Service Agency Office to obtain a nomination form. It is im- portant that all parts of the farming community have a voice. New liver is a "gift of life" by Adam Conroy, published in the Western Guard ,f,, June 1, 2011 ;-A benefit for Joseph "Alan" loggenbuck of rural Nassau is anned for June 12 as he continues to recover from a liver transplant that ved his life.  Roggenbuck laid unconscious in his home Jan. 7, comatose and swollen from ascites fluid buildup ballooning his weight from the 130s up to 193 pounds. He was flown to Rochester where doctors were able to reverse the coma. Roggenbuck's condition was dire, and he needed a donor liver as soon as possible. Two weeks later, after Roggenbuck was able to return home, his wife, Gloria, walked in the house and .swered the ringing phone - doctors a:]iver for Alan. Once again, Roggenbuck was flown to Rochester, this time with a potential end to his illness in sight. Doctors retrieved the donor liver, tested if it would match and per- formed surgery that fateful Jan. 21 day. Two days prior to the transplant, Roggenbuck's body was so full of ascites fluid - watery fluid that accu- mulates in the peritoneal cavity in association with certain diseases - that his skin was tight and fluid excreted through the surface of his arms. Today, post transplant, Roggenbuck is doing well. Though his immune system is non-existent due to anti rejection medication, he should make a full recovery as long as he does his part. "Everybody rejects," Roggenbuck said about his body's reaction to the new liver. "If you take your medicine as you're supposed to, your odds are real good. Should be just fine." Being "just fine" is all the -Rogger?oucks can ask for after Alan's diagnosis in 2008. In 2008, Roggenbuck was diag- nosed with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Home destroyed by fire in Ortonville The Ortonville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 182 Mill Road in Ortonville on Saturday, June 4 at 6:43 p.m. Mill Road is located near the former canning factory. Upon arrival, the house being rented by Mark Mustful and owned by Dale Kaercher was engulfed in flames. The Big Stone City, SD Fire Department was also called to the scene. According to assistant Fire Chief Randy McLain, the fire was believed to have started from a ruptured LP line from one of the tanks near the house. The house was a total loss and a van parked near the home was severely damaged. There were no injuries in the fire. Ortonville and Big Stone City Fire Departments were on the scene for approximately one hour. Goergen, Trojan boys advance to State Golf Tourney The Trojan boys golf team and Amanda Goergen of the Ortonville girls golf team will be participating the State Class A Golf Tournament June 15-16 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker. The Trojan boys are the defending State Champions and won their third consecutive Section 5A Title on Wednesday, June 1 at the Benson Golf Course. Sophomore Amanda Goergen placed fifth after a two hole playoff with two other girls in the Section 5A Tournament in Benson on Wednesday, June 1 to advance to the State Tournament. The boys are scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. both days of the tournament, while the girls will tee off at 11:40 a.m. Individual tee times will be announced later in the week. Complete stories of the Section Tournament appear elsewhere in this edition. Seat open on Dist. Watershed Board Upper Minnesota River Watershed District has a Big Stone County board manager position available for appointment. The position is for a three-year-term, and is currently held by Terry Gillespie of Clinton. The two other Big Stone County manager seats on the UMRWD Board are held by Gary Haugen of Clinton and Brent Hasslen of Ortonville. ALAN AND GLORIA ROGGENBUCK have had a trying last three years deal- ing with the difficulties of Alan's liver disease. After a liver transplant in January, his health has improved drastically. A benefit for Alan will be held in Rosen June 12. Photo by Adam Conroy. "His heart went into a fib (fibrilla- tion - irregular heart beat), so he took an ambulance ride to Sioux Falls," said Gloria. At Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, Roggenbuck had testing done, and his liver function test was high, indicating PBC. According to the Mayo Clinic Web site, "Primary biliary cirrhosis is a dis- ease in which the bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed. Medication can slow the progression of the disease, especially if treatment begins early." Roggenbuck's disease was more advanced. By the time he was diag- nosed, he was already in stage four. "For the last three years, he's been in n-stage cirrho," said Gloria. "Liver is just not functioning, so other organs have to compensate, and that's hard on them." Roggenbuck's symptoms were serious. Ascites fluid buildup and internal bleeding were direct results of Roggenbuck's failing liver. "Bleeding was mostly in the esophagus," said Roggenbuck. "Veins would create a new route to the heart, then they would pop out and bleed out. Those had to get banded." The bleeding was so profuse that Roggenbuck needed approximately 30 blood transfusions in 2010, receiv- ing between one and two pints each time. At the time of Roggenbuck's diag- nosis, his prognosis wasn't exactly promising. "What they do tell you is that what they usually see after onset of ascites fluid is that peO' usually live about two years," said Gloria. (Transplant continued on pg. 3) Arrest made for multiple weapons violations Big Stone County Sheriff's Department received information on May 8 of criminal damage to proper- ty of mailboxes shot at by a shotgun. According to court documents, officers observed a white chevy pick- up driven by Evan Kraft, 23, of Correll and pulled the vehicle over for a stop. The officer oberserved a large amount of shells for a shotgun on the floor of the vehicle as a hunting knife on the center counsel. After interviewing Kraft, he admitted to shooting the mailboxes. Kraft was also asked about an inci- dent in the lower parking lot above Hartman's Super Valu. The Sheriff's Department informed Kraft that a cit- izen in Ortonville reported three loud bangs that sounded like a shotgun fired from the lower parking lot. Kraft later admitted that he used a 12 gauge shotgun to fire shots in the lower parking lot and that he also pointed the gun at another person in the park- ing lot. Kraft is charged with Count 1- Assualt-2nd Degree of a Dangerous Weapon, Count 2-Terroristic Threats- Reckless Disregard Risk, Count 3, Dangerous Weapon-Manufactured Sell Weapon, Count 4-Damage to Property-4th Degree-Intentional Damage and Count 5-Dangerous Weapon Intentionally Point A Gun. The charges range from 90 days to seven years in jail and up to a $14,000 fine or both. Kraft is expected to make his first court appearance on July 6 at 11:30 a.m. Fargo, ND woman charged with theft by swindle Alisha Steckelberg, 20, of Fargo, agreed on the purchase price of ND was charged with one count of theft by svindle after an alleged inci- dent involving the sale of a car from Graceville. The count theft by swindle has a penalty of five years in jail and or a $10,000 fine. According to Big Stone County Court documents, the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department met with John Drewelow, Jr. of Graceville on Sept. 7, 2010. He stated that his son had an ad on Craig's List to sell his 1999 Black Grand Prix. Drewelow stated that Alisha Steckelberg was interested in purchas- ing the vehicle. She informed Drewelow that she would only be able to purchase the vehicle with a payroll check from her employer. Both parties $1,800. She then endorsed her pay- check of $2500 over to Drewelow if he would be willing to write her check for the $700 difference, which he did. According to court documents, Drewelow went to Star Bank in Graceville on Sept. 7 to deposit the payroll check in his account and was advised by the bank that the payroll check had a stop payment on it. Drewelow tried to contact Steckelberg, but was unsuccessful and put a stop payment on the check he wrote to Steckelberg. Steckelberg was expected to make her first court appearance on May 18, 2011 but failed to appear. She is scheduled to appear in Big Stone County Court on Wednesday, June 8. Ortonville's fourth graders visit Big Stone Co. Museum On Thursday, May 26 the staff and volunteers at the Big Stone County Museum hosted a morning of activi- ties for the OHS fourth grade ele- mentary students. The day began when the students from Mr. Kirkeby's and Mrs. Ketz's classes walked to the museum. In the old Artichoke octagon country school house, Mr. Norman Shelsta taught the students a lesson similar to what was taught in the days of the country schools. Mrs. Ann Lundberg played the role of county health nurse and offered the students advice on the importance of good nutrition and per- sonal hygiene. After their lesson in the country school, students were given a tour of the museum, the Charles Hanson bird museum, and the Bethany Lutheran Church. In addition, Harley and Larry Helgeson gave a demonstration of how rope was made. The students were extremely well behaved and the museum would like to extend them and their teachers a sincere "thank you" for coming to visit.