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AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 2/1/2100 Smalltownpapers 5026 California Ave SW T-26 Seattle WA 98136-1208 B- 103 Ihl,I,I,Ih,ll,Ih, I,I,IIl,I,I,I,hll,I,ll Orton~lle ~'mown with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE STUDENT COUNCIL conducted a Seat Belt Challenge during May, moni- toring students, faculty and parents entering the Ortonville School parking lot. Pictured above from left to right are Natalie Sitter, Abby Knutson, Matt Fellows, Bryant Zahrbock, Candice Rushford and Student Council Advisor Laurie Maas. II The Seat Belt Challenge is a pro- gram designed to increase use among high school students. Students begin this program by having an initial sur- vey of seat belt compliance conducted in their school. A variety of activities are chosen to promote seat belt use and safe driving. The program concludes with a final survey of seat belt use to deter- mine if efforts were successful. Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, and Swift County Schools participated in the challenge in our area. Students, faculty, and parents entering the Ortonville School park- ing lot were monitored on the morn- ing of May 1 by members of the Ortonville student council, student council advisor Laurie Maas, and Countryside Public Health nurse Julie Kunrath. This event is supported by the Ortonville Police Department and the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department. Law Enforcement is not visibly involved in the actual check. In the past, student checkers felt many people fastened their seat belts when they saw law enforcement, and this resulted in the compliance rate appearing artificially high. Drivers and passengers were checked. Thirty- six percent were not wearing seat belts. Throughout the following four weeks, students were offered educa- tion on Seat Belt Safety. Facts relat- ed to Seat Belt Safety were read in the daily announcements and messages were posted on the message board in the commons area. "Buckle Up" clings were handed out during the seat belt checks as well as seat belt pamphlets. Reminders to wear seat belts were handed out during student breaks. A radio announcement was developed and recorded to encourage everyone to wear their seat belts. At both checks, compliant students were given Life Savers (signifying seat belts are a life saver) or Smartees (signifying wearing your seat belt is a smart idea) and were eligible for a drawing for gas coupons and t-shirts. Funding for the event was provided by Countryside Public Health. T- Shirts stating "I Got Caught" on the front and "Wearing My Seatbelt" on the back were provided by the local Safe Communities Coalition. On May 29, a second check revealed that 26 percent of drivers and passengers were not wearing seat belts. Student Council members who offered their time in support of this program include Natalie Sitter, Matt Fellows, Bryant Zahrbock, Candice Rushford, Abby Knutson, Michael Winther, Keven Berdan, Emily~ Weber, and Nicole Gulley. Countryside Public Health and Big Stone County Law Enforcement would like to thank the above listed students and their advisor Laurie Maas, as well as Superintendent Jeff Taylor and Principal Joel Stattelman, for doing an outstanding job partner- ing with us to increase seat belt usage. The Big Stone County Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, June 2 had two bid openings for upcoming pro- jects in the county. Two bids were received for the County State Aid Highway 6 project. Bituminous Paving, Inc of Ortonville came in with a bid of $801,411.50 and Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria had the low bid of $670,040.50. After checking over the numbers the Board unanimously awarded the bid to" Central Specialties, Inc. The County Engineers estimate for the project was $834,965. Bids were also opened for the County Road 63 grading project. The Engineers estimate for the project was $825,664.50. The eight bids received for the project were: Riley Brothers Construction, Inc of Morris-S676.898.80. FIRST HOLE IN ONE OF THE YEAR happened on Wednesday, May 20 at the Ortonville Golf Course, when Mark Hughes of Ortonville aced the Par 3, 145 yard, hole #6. This was Mark's first ever hole in one and he used a 7-iron on the shot. Mark was golfing with his wife Dawn at the time. Minnerath Construction, Inc. of Cold Spring-S721,363.50. Ronglien Excavating of Big Stone City, SD-$781,273.95. Bates Construction Company of Twin Brooks, SD-$798,653.55. Midwest Contracting, LLC of Marshall-S849,104.85. Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria-S891,737.93. Monson Corporation of Willmar- $937,045.20. Kern and Tabery, Inc. of Alexandria-S950,754.70. Riley Brothers Construction, Inc. of Morris came in with the low bid, but the Board decided to wait until the next meeting to award the bid. Four bids were also received for the 36 acre, three-year farm lease of land in Section 16 of Browns Valley Township. The four bids received were from Kelly Stattelman at $2,126 per year; Jay and Jeff Wulff of JDW Farms for $2,208.75 per year; Kenny Hendricks for $2,050 per year; and Tom Maanum who bid $110.50 per acre, which converted comes out to $4,044.30 per year. After reviewing the bids, the Board unanimously approved the bid to Tom Maanum. In other business, the Board approved the hiring of Maggie Novak as Family Service Office Support Specialist. Maggie has been working in this position and will be a Grade 4, Step 1, effective May 29. The Board also a approved the Temporary Hires of Jacob Berger and Tracy Martig for the Splash Program and ratified the Welfare Board approval to hire a Social Services Supervisor. Big Stone County Engineer Nick Anderson came before the Board to inform them that he intends to pro- ceed with Bonding for three County Projects. Anderson stated that this would be done without the Law Enforcement Building included and would involve the County 63 Project, The Big Stone County Trail Project and work on County Road 78. Total cost for bonding would be $1.1 mil- lion. li II A weekend of reminiscing, renew- ing old friendships, and just sharing old memories will take place this weekend as the Bellingham commu- nity gears up for an All School Reunion, June 12-14. With the continued declining enrollment, the Bellingham School closed its doors at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. Many at that time thought they should have an All- School Reunion. A committee was then formed, letters were mailed out to one person from each graduating class, who then sent out information to each of their classmates. Invitations were also sent to for- mer and present School Board mem- bers, faculty, bus drivers, kitchen and custodial staff. Friday, June 12 was set aside for the classes to do things on their own. A banquet is planned for Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a program to fol- low. The B-Naturals, formed by Bellingham student Bonnie Sue Stolpman will perform during the banquet. Committee member Lloyd Hanson says the response to the All- School Reunion has been remarkable. "We met with our caterer (Pantry Cafe of Madison) and told them at least 200 maybe 500 people," said Big Stone City, SD celebrates Flag Day All Big Stone City residents are invited to Big Stone City Lakeside Park this Sunday, June 14 from 4-7 p.m. There will be a program at 4:30 p.m. honoring all past and present military people and their families. Free supper will be provided by Horizons III. Big Stone Lake to be on TV this Sat. Tune in this Saturday, June 13 to Fox Sports North (FSN) at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, June 14 to KTTW-Fox TV 17, Sioux Falls at 10:30 a.m. to see Big Stone Lake and the Big Stone Lake area as a feature segment on Midwest Outdoors. The segment is part of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber's efforts to promote the Big Stone Lake area and increase tourism. The show is available to over 30,000,000 viewers across the midwest and nationwide on the Sportsmans Channel. For a full list of stations the show is available on visit www.midwestoutdoors.~onl. Much needed rain falls in Big Stone Lake Area The Big Stone Lake Area received a much needed rainfall over the weekend, receiving nearly 1". The rain started on Saturday, June 6 and continued through the weekend. Rain showers could persist through Wednesday, with sunshine and warmer temperatures by the end of the week. Lloyd. "When we got (~ur total num- ber of paid banquet reservations in came to around 825 This really exceeded our expectations." Following the banquet and pro- gram, a Homecoming bonfire will be held at the Athletic Field in Bellingham. On Sunday, the Bellingham Fireman will be serving a breakfast brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall. At 10 a.m. Sunday morning, an Old-Time gospel Sing Along will be held at the Bellingham School gym, with an ecumenical church service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The All School Reunion Choir will take part in the service and also share in the program on Saturday after the ban- quet. A parade will be held Sunday afterndon at 1:30 p.m. Most classes will be represented in the parade and they are accepting other entries as well. Call 320-568-2511 to get an entry in the parade or just show up and they will find room for you. With no place to display the school trophies forthe future, they will be on display on the banquet tables and sold at a silent auction the night of the ban- quet. The class pictures that go back to 1931 will be hung and displayed at (Continued on page 3) IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR YOUNG FISHERMAN Nate Treinen, son of Paul and Julie Treinen of Ortonville, as he came in with the largest walleye caught by a youth at 10.2 Ibs. Nate was fishing in the Bishop's Charity Fishing Tournament on Monday, June 1 when he caught the walleye. Highway r7 resurfacing in Swift Co. begins June 15 Motorists will experience delays due to detours and lane closures when a resurfacing project begins June 15 on Highway 7. The $3.9 million pro- ject is located between the Highway 7/Highway 75 junction just east of Odessa and Appleton. Highway 7 through traffic will be detoured for approximately four weeks while crews replace pipes along the roadway, mill the roadway's surface and begin paving. The detour will be Big Stone County Road 21, Highway 12 and Highway 119. After the detour is removed, traffic will be controlled with flaggers and pilot cars guiding motorists through the work zone. Work on the paving project will occur Monday through Friday and some Saturdays, and is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of August, weather permitting. The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road- way that has been blocked with barri- ers or cones. For statewide traffic, construction and travel information, Visit, call 5-1-1 or visit www.mndot .gov. soug The Ride Across Minnesota is slat- ed to begin in Ortonville on July 12 and taking bicyclist across the state to the Wisconsin border to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing entertain- ment in Lakeside Park to welcome the riders. Food vendors are needed to set up stands in the park that Sunday. If you or your organization are interest- ed in having a booth, contact the Chamber office at 320-839-3284 for more information. Should the City look into County Policing? That has been the topic of conversation for years in Ortonville and at the City Council meeting on Monday, June 1, the Council suggest- ed a Referendum to put the issue on the November ballot for the residents to decide. Councilman Steve Berkner sug- gested that the City should look into the cost of City vs County and finally put this issue to rest. "This is something that the com- munity should decide," said Berkner. "We need to defuse any tension with this issue." With, the resignation of John Cunningham, the Council appointed Steve Berkner to fill the seat on the Budget Committee to look into this issue to see if it should be put to a vote. The Council was in. agreement that if it is feasible, that this is what should be. done. The budget Committee will be looking at the costs and will bring their recommen- dation to the Council at a later date. In other Council action, Bill Powell was appointed to fill the vacancy of John Cunningham on the City Council. Four people had shown interest in filling the seat, but during the meeting, Dan Oakes, David Dinnel and Ma)'y Gustafson stated they would withdraw their names as candidates. The Council approved "the appointment of Powell on a 5-1 vote with Councilman Bob Meyer casting the lone no vote. It had been discussed earlier that the current six councilman could take care of business up until the November election. But according to Mayor Blair Johnson, "The City's Charter states that we need to fill the seat as soon as possible." After some discussion, it was then acted upon to have Powell fill the vacant city council seat. The council also approved on the Police Commission recommendation to begin the recruitment of a new per- manent Police Chief. Gary Dinnel is currently serving as acting Chief for no longer than a three-month period. It was also noted that the Police Commission was interviewing two candidates for part-time employment with the Police Department. The Council approved the appoint- ment of Becky Parker to the EDA Board. Parker will be filling out the term of John Cunningham. Council members accepted the res- ignation of Angie Larson from the Library Board and appointed Clyde Weros to fill out her term. In other council business, a resolu- tion approving the purchase of a 48" Toro Aerifier for $19,317 failed on a 3-3 vote. Council member Mike Dorry then made a motion to have this go back to the Golf Board so all the members have a chance to discuss and vote on this purchase. There were three members of the Golf Board that were not present at the meeting to vote on this and would like to have the opportunity to discuss it further. On the recommendation of the Utility Committee, the board approved a 30-day Pilot Study to improve Iron Floc and settling-at the Water Plant using Aqua Hawk 2987 at a cost of $5,150. The Council also approved the billing of the Highland Recreation Pool for four years at $184 per year. The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be held on Monday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the City Office Meeting Room.