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ORTONVILLE FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS received a first hand lesson on how school was conducted years ago in the Artichoke octagon country school at the Big Stone County Museum. Teaching the lesson was Norman Shelsta. Musings from the Museum Information from Big Stone Co. Museum By Norm Shelsta Recently things have been busy at the octagon shaped rural school building that you see as you drive through the grounds of the Big Stone County Historical Museum. About two weeks ago a new concrete ramp was constructed, which will make our school handicapped accessible. The project was done by the Ortonville High School Construction Class under the direction of Wayne Knudson, and assisted by Jeff Hoffman of Bellingham. On Thursday, May 26 it got its first official use, as the fourth graders from the Ortonville Public Schools paid their annual visit to our school. Their teachers, Liz Ketz and Kyle Kirkeby brought their fourth grade classes for some old fashioned rural school education. The group walked to and from the school, the mode of transportation in the days of long ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the forenoon very much. My first five rural schools closed and were consolidated with larger schools nearby. We had 39 students, so half of them were in attendance at school activities, as the other half toured the main museum, the other buildings, and learned the art of rope making, taught to them by Larry and Harley Helgeson. I am always impressed by how polite and well behaved the students from the local school conduct themselves, it was a pleasure to teach them some of the skills. At the end of the forenoon, we had mastered most of the planned curriculum, although we did run short of time. We had the usual visits that rural schools experienced with the unexpected visit by the County Superintendent of Schools, portrayed by Don Lundell, who incidentally spent a life time career of teaching school. The County Health Nurse made a visit, portrayed by Ann Lundberg. She checked on their health conditions and checked into their nutritional needs. Wendell Hanson was on hand to do the video taping, and also gave a brief talk about the bathroom situations long ago, how the furnace was operated, and things no longer common in the operation of a typical school room. After the students and teachers had their lunch on the school grounds, they hiked back to their school. It was a lot of fun for everyone concerned, and hopefully can be done many more times. The octagon school building was built in the late 1890's and served the community well into the 1940's, then was used as a township hall for many years. It was moved from the Artichoke community to our local museum grounds in 1991. Many groups have visited it, several groups have had school there, in addition to the annual visit by the fourth grade class. Feel free to ask to have a group visit, and we can even have some old fashioned rural school with an advanced notice. Be sure to visit and see the improvements made recently. I have been retired from the teaching profession for 20 years. It was fun, indeed, to have some ambitious students around. The school was formerly known as Rural School District 13 in its original setting. Lastly the local area celebrated Memorial Day in many places. We salute the brave young men and women who have given their time and service to keep our country safe and free. Many of them have died so that we can live in a country safe from all harm ! Another fun Youth Fishing day held at Big Stone Refuge Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge held the 1 l th Annual Youth Fishing Day on May 21 and it was another ter- rific event. Because the weather fore- cast predicted rain and thunderstorms, the event was held at the Refuge Head- quarters instead of the fishing pond along the Wildlife Drive as in most years. Approximately 70 youths and their families attended the event. Many of the families joined in the ac- tivities at the headquarters, went out to fish, and then returned for lunch. Those who did fish were quite suc- cessful. The Refuge staff extends a big thank you to the Minnesota Depart- ment of Natural Resources Fisheries staff who stocked a variety of fish in the fishing pond along the Auto Tour Route. They also had a tank of fish at the event to show the kids the different species found in the area. A new addi- tion to the day this year was an arts project sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council. Kids painted clay fish which will be incorporated into a larger project. The fish fry and hot dog lunch was sponsored by the Moose Lodge #407, Pheasant Forever Chapter 43, the Madison Bottling Company, and Cha Che's Caf6. Other local sponsors in- cluded Hardware Hank, Border States Cooperative, Dream for Kids, and the Big Stone Arts Council. Refuge staff would also like to extend their appre- ciation to all these local groups and businesses for their support. Refuge staff sincerely appreciates the dedicated local volunteers who helped with the event. They are Roman Karels, Mike Wellnitz, Shirl Botker, Jenny Coomes, John Coomes, Kristin Fritz, Kyle Grammond, Mark Mustful, Doug Holtquist, Kris Ninne- man, Liz Rackl and Don Sherman. Refuge staff would also like to offer a special .thank you to Mrs. Carol Scherer, Ortonville who donated her husband Jim's fishing poles and tackle box to the refuge. This fishing equip- ment will be available to loan out to kids who don't have their own equip- ment at future Youth Fishing Day events. The Refuge staff thanks her for honoring her husband in this way. Catch some fun on Take- A-Kid fishing this weekend Minnesotans who have yet to net their fishing license catch a break June 10-12 when they can fish without a li- cense while accompanying a child age 15 or younger. Minnesota's annual Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend aims to help keep the state's fishing tradition strong by en- couraging adults and kids to share an angling experience on or along the state's thousands of lakes, rivers and streams. "Many kids would love to go fish- ing - they just need to be asked," said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mentoring coordinator. "For adults, this is the one time of year when they can do just that without having to have a fishing li- cense. If you've never hooked this op- portunity before, go for it." Kurre said it's hard to underestimate the importance of today's adults on to- morrow's angling community. "Most people who fish do so be- cause they received an invitation long ago," said Kurre. "That's the natural path. It's the way friends and families continue the fishing tradition." Kurre said the DNR's website in- cludes much helpful fishing informa- tion, including the location of fishing piers. Local bait shops can also offer good advice on where to take a child fishing. Kurre said adults unable to partici- pate in this year's official Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend should still consider inviting a youth to go fishing. The cost of an annual resident fishing license is just $17, he said, and valid through April 30, 2012. "Why not make every weekend take a kid fishing weekend?" said Kurre. POURING CEMENT FOR A SIDEWALK LEADING TO THE ARTICHOKE SCHOOL HOUSE at the Big Stone County Museum were students of Mr. Wayne Knudson's Carpentry Class. The students, with the help of some adults, were put to work on Friday, May 20. Tour of Homes to be held June 18 Big Stone Lake Tour of Homes, sponsored by Citizens for Big Stone Lake, will be held Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 per person and will be available at Sioux Historic Pavilion beginning at 10:30 a.m. on June 18. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds from the tour will support Big Stone Lake improvements. Citizens are also encouraged to attend the annual meeting of Citizens for Big Stone Lake to be held at Sioux Historic beginning that morning at 9 a.m. Firms to donate 112 price items The following businesses have agreed to donate items at 1/2 price for the silent auction at the Rod and Lori Gustafson benefit to be held Friday, June 24 at the Big Stone American Legion. Individuals may purchase items for the silent auction at 1/2 price at any of the following firms: Carlson Drug & Gifts, Radio Shack/Design Electronics, Linda Fueglie Therapeutic Massage, Ortonville Dairy Queen, Ortonville Flower Shop, Lakeshore RV Park, JoLee's Jewelry, Pro Image Partners, Snortum's Landscape & Design, Java Jules Coffeehouse and Bistro, Headwaters Grill and Bar, The Pizza Ranch, Pro Auto Sales & Services/Carquest of Ortonville, The Furniture Shoppe, Otrey Lake Gallery, The Styling Hut. Auction items will stay at the store purchased and a benefit committee member will pick them up and bring them to the benefit. Individuals will be recognized for the donation and a list of participating business donors will also be at the benefit. Proceeds from the benefit and silent auction will go to Rod and Lori who are both having medical issues that are creating a financial hardship for their family. THE CLASSROOM (and other places rve hung out over the years) ...... :,  ".::..::.l ".. :i :: Containedinthiscol .... illbeactualexperi .... fromrnyfourdecades of teaching, from one-room elementary to college. I kept volu .... f notes  I  over the years and will recreate, to the best of rny ability, things as they |  ...... d. Though the storie .... eal, th ..... have b .... hanged. |  As many of you k .... I've had an interest in h ..... ince I .... hild. |  ; (Brought up #7 out of lO children born to our parents, I'd have to hat' ..... 1     ._ .... ohumoRight?) II/V And other places I've hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen There were many birthday parties in the farm community where I taught in the one-room school in the late 1940's. Before, after, and between card- game-hands at those parties, the men liked to tell stories. One night I heard some interesting tall stories. Here are a few: One man Said he conducted an experiment with two fish he had in a horse tank one summer. He wanted to find out how long the fish could be kept out of water. He said he started with 20 minutes a day; each week he increased keep- ing the fish out of water 10 minutes more. Finally he was keeping the fish out of water an hour each day. Then he said that one day when he put the fish back in the water after the hour, they both drowned. Another man said that one very cold night he, too, performed an experiment. He put a bucket of warm water outside at midnight. By sun-up in the morning the bucket of water was frozen sold, and it was still warm. A fellow from the city said it was, so cold one morning that he saw a cow near the highway giving her calf frozen yogurt. A farm boy said to him, "I can tell you're from the city;. cows don't produce yogurt." The boy. from town was ready for that fellow;. he answered, "But I could see that this cow had culture." When the laughing (and the groan-, ing) died down, a retired farmer wh0" had just spent a winter in Phoenix told. the others that he heard in Arizona that they can always tell when a flash ; flood is coming down the creek. "There's always a school of fish just l ahead of it, kickin' up the dust," he said. When the laughing died down this time, a boy who'd never been in the Southwest, asked, "What's a flash flood?" Signed copies of Arlo's book about. growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo janssen@ gmail, com Parade Entries Requested for Celebrate Clinton Parade June 11 Celebrate Clinton Day will be held Saturday, June 11, a one-day event, sponsored by the Clinton Women's Civic Club, with assistance from the Clinton Fire Department. The day begins with the 4th Annual Clinton Cruise Walk/Run - registration begins at the Fire Hall at 7:30 a.m. with the Walk/Run to begin at 8:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by Essentia Health Graceville and Ortonville Area Health Services/Clinton Clinic. The Kiddie Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. with line- up at the Clinton Memorial Building. All area kids are invited to participate in the Kiddie Parade. The main parade will be held at 11 a.m. with lineup at CGB Elementary School. Parade entries are being solicited for the parade, Please contact Donna Moberg, Denese Gustafson, Melisa Benson or Rondi Lillehaug for more information on parade entries. A noon lunch will be served at the Clinton Memorial Bulding for a free will donation. The Kids' games and Kids Water Fight will follow at 1 p.m. The Clinton Cards will have a. baseball game at 4 p.m. and the evening ends with the Clinton Firemen's Street Dance with music by "Kid Hollywood." MSCTC announces President's List Drew Johnson of Ortonville has been named to the President's List for the 201 spring semester at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. To earn this scholastic. achievement, a student mustl complete 12 or more credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. This highestl attainable average is 4.0. Motorola 99 year activa|ion and pal required. ; ;ore I GI HD Dj00'STGN 00LECTRONZCS (00RadioShack. ,..J"= Main St., Ortonville, MN 320-839-3264 venz.00n East Hwy. 12, Milbank, SD Authorized Wireless Retaller 605"445"0526 k, .Sisseton, SD 605-698-3849 .Morris, MN 320-585-1923 , Ou Surcharges (incl. Fed. Univ. 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