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_ THE N =Town with a heart N =A Construct,ive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 1 Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 Volume 92; Number 29 DOUG HOLTQUIST OF ORTONVILLE is shown above with his latest sculpture entitled "Farm Family Portrait" which is currently on display at Lakeside Park. The piece will be moved this week to a vacant lot nex't to Strong Insurance on Main Street Ortonville, and then sometime in October it will be permanently placed along the Minnesota River Headwaters Recreational Trail. The sculpture is a group of five Threshing Stools arranged as though absent sitters of three generations are posing in their Sunday best for a traditional family picture. Doug Holtquist art piece to be on display in Ortonville Artist Doug Holtquist of Ortonville has completed his latest piece of art. which is on display at Lakeside Park this week and will be moved to the va- cant lot next to Strong Insurance on Or- tonville's Main Street. Eventually, the piece will be locatedon the Minfleso[a River Headwaters Recreational Trail. The sculpture entitled "Farm Fam- ily Portrait" is a mixed media sculp- tural installation addressing the vanishing state of America's traditional farm family. It is a group of five Threshing Stools on a 4" thick granite platform arranged as though absent sit- ters of three generations e posing in their Sunday best for a traditional fam- ily picture. This self-initiated, public art project has broad community support and demonstrates considerable collabora- tion between the artist, Big Stone County, the City of Ortonville, and the Big Stone Arts Council. It has also re- ceived in-kind support from local busi- nesses. Rausch Brothers Monument and Strong Insurance. The Threshing Stools are similar to Doug's "Baby Farmall" which was ju- ried into last year's exhibition, "Hori- zontal Grandeur," celebrating the life and art of the prairie at the Stevens County Historical Museum in Morris. Each Threshing Stool is unique, sculpted in granite to resemble a shock of wheat and has a cast iron implement seat bolted to its top; they are of vari- ous family heights ranging from baby- sized to farmer daddy-sized. The use of Minnesota granite to sculpt the shocks symbolizes the physical hazards and the hard. arduous life on a family farm. Each implement seat is also dif- (Continued on Page Three) Plans underway for 2010 United Appeal Campaign The United Appeal of the City of Ortonville and Ortonville Township met on Tuesday, July 20 to make plans for the 2010 Campaign. The residen- tial drive will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10 between 3-6 p.m. The United Appeal is in need of someone to co-chair the residential campaign. If anyone is interested in helping with this, please contact Beth Mueller at 320-839-3921. The United Appeal of the City of Ortonville and Ortonville Township is a non-profit corporation and is not as- sociated in any manner with the United Way nor is it a member of any national or state association. This is a local organization whose impact is personal and whose sole pur- pose is to raise funds to help meet the needs of severall health, human serv- ice and non-profit agencies that serve our community. Numerous agencies in the commu- mty have benefited from United Ap- peal, including but not limited to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, Big Stone County Cancer Support Group, Bonanza Education Center. Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, Someplace Safe. Salvation Army and Let's Go Fishing: Volunteers are needed to help make the 2010 Campaign successful. Any- one interested in helping should con- tact any of the following: Robin Redepenning (320) 568-2482; Becky Parker (320) 839-3000; Ethel Swenson (320) 839-3866; Beth Mueller (320) 839-3921; or Linda Hofhenke (320) 839-2551. Christensen honored Saturday at big homecoming ceremony PRESIDENT of the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Sue Christensen spoke to members and guests of the Big Stone City American Legion Auxiliary at an open house held in her honor. The open house was held Saturday at the Big Stone Legion Gertje Van Lith Post #229. Newly elected president of the South Dakota State American Legion Auxiliary Sue Chrisfensen was hon- ored Saturday at a homecoming cere- mony. Christensen of Ortonville was elected President for the 2010-11 ....... :.:::: ..... term in June of this year at Spearfish, SD. The "Strength In Numbers" President's Homecoming Celebration was held at the Big Stone American Legion Gertje VanLith Post #229 in Big Stone City, SD on July 31. Nearly 200 well wishers from all districts in South Dakota attended the reception. Christensen has served the Auxiliary as Secretary for the past four years. She also served as the District President for two years. Sue will remain as a member of the Big Stone unit even though she will be busy with state business this coming year. Sue has always been active in vol- unteer vork," serving as coordinator with the Salvation Army in Ortonville for the past five years: a coordinator for the bloodmobile in Ortonville; a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge; and has been active as a member of Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City. She has served as a Sunday School teacher, as an usher and has helped with the annual flower show. New Ortonville resident to pedal 824 miles in four days It was one year ago when Jason Harms. along with his wife June, nee Dahle. now of Ortonville completed the "Gut Check" bicycle ride across the state of South Dakota. The "Gut Check" is sponsored by the Chron's and Colitis Foundation of America. It raises funds and awareness of chrons and colitis, gastro-intestinal diseases_ which affect millions of Americans each year. The ride. which was a 412 mile journey from Wyomirig to Minnesota along Highway 212, was accomplished in 48 hours. This year, the "Gut Check" ride will be 824 miles in four days,Aug. 11-14. This will be from South Dakota to Wyoming and then back to South Dakota along Highway 212. This year Jason will be riding his bike with his wife June trailing with their vehicle. Jason has been training hard with this being a longer ride. "Well. I'm trying to get more riding in this time. This is longer than last year. but I am excited to get going," said Jason. Jason. 37. was diagnosed with coli- tis in .2008. He was hospitalized for qmte a while and could barely walk just prior to last year's race. He loves to ride and is ready to accomplish the feat this year. To follow his journey, you can search for him on facebook. 'Jason's Journey to Hell and Back." With the extra two days to accomplish this ride. the public can help by making a dona- tion. To donate through paypal, you can visit his facebook page, or send your donation to: Jason Harms 120 Dahle St Ortonville. MN 56278 The couple recently moved to Or- tonville and both are employed at Larry's Refrigeration and Heating, Inc. They continue to be avid bike riders. This ride means a lot to Jason as he continues to fight against this disease everyday. Main street parking limited to two hours The Ortonville City Office has received a number of calls lately in regards to parking along Second Street, the city's main street. Shoppers have complained to the City office that they have had a tough nine finding a place to park when they do business in town. By law, parking is limited to two- hours along the mare street, to allow the shoppers to utilize these spots. The Ortonville Police Department does enforce this ordinance. As a reminder, business owners and employees are encouraged to park in the parking lots or along side streets to leave the main street spots for customers, and to avoid receiving possible parking tickets. JASON HARMS OF ORTONVILLE will be riding his tandem recumbent bike 824 miles from South Dakota to Wyoming and back in four days, Aug. 11-14. Fun for everyone this week at the Big Stone County Fair 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" 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 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" beginmng at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and over only for this competition please. Ortonville Area Health Services is bringing the "Zoo Expiess" to the Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring displays and presenta- tions of animal s. 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 nd 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 Citizens urged to spruce up property Ortonville city crews have been working to clean up city property, parks and sidewalks in preparation for the city's annual Cornfest celebration to be held Aug. 20 - 22. Crews have been spraying and pulling weeds and cleaning up around town. Residents and business owners are asked to do the same to their properties. "We are gearing up for the summer's bi event and we want our town to reflect a good image on those visiting," said Char Grossman. city clerk/administrator. Business owners are asked to do what they can to spruce up the front and back sides of their buildings, and urged to spray and pick weeds from the sidewalks and alleys adjacent to their properties. Residents are urged to use this opportunity to make their homes yards look the best they can. Contest 15eing held at 2 p.m. also on the Free Stage. The musical group "Cassie & the Bobs - The Music of Patsy Cline" will grace the Free stage at 8 p.m. and will take you on a trip down memory lane with the powerful por- trayal by Cassandra Wiese of Patsy Clines' music. With a full backing band including steel guitar and fiddle. this show promises to be a musical event you will not want to miss. "The Blackwells" will take the outdOor stage by the Beer Garden at 9 p.m. and con- tinue until closing time with a good se- lection of rock and country songs everyone will enjoy. Tina and Lena are back by popular demand and will take over the Free stage on Sunday, August 8th with their brand of humor and music which makes them one of the most popular performers at the Fair. Their shows at 1 and 4 p.m. draw big crowds, so come early to grab a seat and get ready to laugh and have some l"un. The Big Stone County Fair Raffle drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are still available. Cash totalling $2500 will be given away with $1000 being the top prize. Thank you for support- ing the Fair with a purchase of a raffle tcket for $20 with only 250 being sold. 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 to join in this time of fellowship and fun (ADVx2) 4H Dog Show set for tonight The 2010 Big Stone County 4-H Dog Show will be held tonight. Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Big Stone County Fairgrounds. Big Stone. Stevens and Traverse County 4-Hers enrolled 'in the dog project will be competing in this year's show. This event is free of charge and county 4-H dog members and their dogs will be judged on Shovmanship, Obedience, and Agility. Please come support the 4-H youth and enjoy a fun evening. The 2010 Big Stone County Fair will get underway this Wednesday, Aug. 4 and run through Sunday, Aug.. 8. There will be something for the whole family. On Wednesday, Aug. 4 a new addi- tion to the grandstand schedule will be ATV and Lawnmower Obstacle course races. Thursday evening, Aug. 5 will bring the Antique and Stock Tractor Pull to the track for a display of power and traction. Friday evening, Aug. 6 the Enduro cars will be roaring around the oval track to see who can complete the most laps in this timed event. Demolition Derbies are by far the most popular Grandstand events during the fair and we have two days of Derby action to quench your thirst for de- struction. The Saturday Derby on Aug. 7 will feature the 80's Chain cars. Pick- ups and small trucks/SUV's. The Sun- day afternoon Derby on Aug. 8 is the big one with Combines, Compacts and the Weld class cars. Advance sale ride tickets for Cres- cent City Amusements are now on sale at local businesses. A sheet of 20 tick- ets costs $25. Each ride will only need ONE advance sale ticket. Tickets sold by the carnival during th+ fair will cost $1 each and rides will take from two to five tickets The advance sale cost breaks down to $1.25 per ride which is a tremendous savings over tickets bought during the fair and is the lowest cost of any carnival in the area that we are aware of. Advance gale ticket sales will end at noon on Aug. 4. Tickets can be pur- chased at the following locations: KJ's Kountry Store and Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in Clinton. Cenex C-store and Hartmans SuperValu in Ortonville, Country Corner,Mini Mart and Coun- try Market in Graceville, Bobby Jo's Cafe in Beardsley, Cenex C-store in Browns Valley, and Cha Che's Cafe in Odessa. There will be several new events on Wednesday, Aug. 4 to kick off the fair beginning with Free Bingo at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m.. a local "Battle of the Bands" competition will take place at the Free Stage We are looking for local bands of any musical genre to participate i-n this friendly competition. Contact Kristi Lillehaug at 320-325- 5957 for further information. At 7 p.m. in the Beer Garden will be a Texas Hold-Em poker tournament which is Free to enter and open to everyone regardless of Poker playing experience. There are cash prizes and Free Grandstand tickets to be won by the top three finishers and fourth place will receive two Free Grandstand tick- ets. F '  " . ] II ]r'!i'=!l' r|||rlIlll|iliIl I$'llllll,lllllll[lll//'Irlllllll|llr IIlilllfl, ll IIl"/li|llli,',llil| ,{ IlltlTIl,l;I |11 ; ,i I  ; lUi ;I]ltllliilll ]!! 4t[i/tl!i ! .... i|ilillllllltl llll/llliil: "