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heart" I N on00,rDu00t,ve00ew00oEo00r,o.00ive Community,,END NT f / l / / / r"  ::-  ..  . ., , -% of the proposed Strege Auto Parts building east of the Cenex Fertilizer Plant along .. Owner Jim Strege says the new facility will have the entire yard fenced in with r, almost completely blocking the view of the yard. in addition, all vehicle dis- inside the self-contained facility. "After a couple years, it'll just look like a grove says. Strege Auto Parts will stay if city meets land sale request After being turned down by the county for a new location, Strege Auto Parts of Ortonville turned to the city last Monday in a third attempt to find a location which will keep their business in the area. The business has made its home in Ortonville for 65 years. Ortonville realtor Weston Schneck, working on behalf of Strege's, was able to obtain an option for a new site for Strege's on land just east of the Cenex Fertilizer plant in Ortonville, adjacent to Highway 75. Strege is requesting a few more acres, however, that adjoin this property and which are owned by the city of Ortonville. So one of the deciding factors today on whether or not Strege's will be able to keep operating in Ortonville depends on if the city will consent to selling the few acres in question.., which Strege's requested of the council at its last regular meeting June 7. Attending that council meeting, along with Strege Auto Parts owner Jim Strege, was Schneck, who told council members he had been working on finding a site for Strege's relocation since March of last year. "We have now received a three month option to purchase a little over five acres of land adjacent to the city's (property), and are asking if the city would consider selling or entering into an option for the rest of the land it owns," Schneck stated to the council. "We could decide on a price now and you could sell if and to concerned homeowners.., when the project gets going." Burt Nypen, representing the ig tly Ortonville Development Corporation, .'s proposes s h , Inkpa Day meet free salvage facility at the present location was recently completed and found no significant contaminants," stated Jim Strege. Monitoring wells will be placed at the proposed location to monitor ground water, and the business plans to move approximately 1/2 of its current inventory of more than 2,000 vehicles to the new site. Jim Strege stated the pressure now lies on the Ortonville City Council, who owns approximately three acres near the proposed site. Son Dean added their decision to sell the land to Strege's, along with the other parcel of land they have an option to purchase, will mean the difference between keeping the business in town or losing the 65 year old firm, and the taxes they pay, to another town. Jim and Dean invite anyone with questions, concerns or comments to contact them any time at 839-2579. of Ortonville, is looking and March of last h has made its at the present currently is in water runoff lste generator also a licensed ealership, and required by option for is a tract of the Cenex e, adjacent Strege have as the previous if they are relocate their propose to foot steel The entire yard would be fenced in, with all salvage operations being performed inside the building and the fenced yard. The building and fence would be set back from the highway 150 feet, and Strege's plans to have one six foot by eight foot sign by the driveway and a sign on the front of their building. The proposed plan for the third location is to purchase 15-20 acres of land, fence in the entire operation with privacy slats in for screening, and plant trees for screening as well. Strege's stated 90 percent of all dismantling will take place inside the building to prevent noise pollution. This would include removing fuel tanks, freon, oil and anti freeze, parts removed and inventoried, and the body of the,'ehicle placed in appropriate rows within the fenced area. "A phase two environmental study medals at State Golf Tournament Grossman shot to place eighth Class A State t.Cloud Country Par 72 course, a ?Y wind, rain, mosquitos. of 39-39 (78), tie going into nine 41 on the second day, Tracy responded with an even par 36 to total 155 and eighth place. This is the second year Tracy has competed in the State Golf Tourney, shooting a 152 for third place last year as a sophomore. Our area was well represented with top honors going to Dan Suedbeck from Redwood Valley (149) and Adam Hanson from WCA (152) for third. Five RIDES to lease hire its own drivers Birthday calendar changes needed If you have corrections or additions to the Big Stone American Legion birthday calendar please call Mrs. Richard Karn at 839-2353. Inkpa Day parade entries are needed Entries are being sought for the Big Stone City Inkpa Days parade on Sunday, July 1 lth. If you have an entry for the parade, please contact Janet Smith at 862-8121 or 862-8280. merger of ,stem with some local meeting of Council last ie Five stated Ortonviile's opened for and several already been ire. anization cities, ppleton and :h Montevideo also. Ville's transit .d by Prairie approve the and changes if of the city's ers, was in meeting the merger. "When you read the paper and see your job is going to be eliminated, and the new one has pay cuts, added jobs and hours with no benefits, you get a little disturbed," Thielke said. "Why can't we forget this thing and stay part employees of the city?" Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson responded, stating if the service was kept with the city, there would need to be a full time person hired to control the program, including drug tests for drivers, and the hiring of another person would not be cost effective for the city. City Clerk/Administrator Roman Taffe added, "The drivers will have the weight of their years of service working for them and will not take a huge cut in pay." Following discussion on the merger, council members voted in a six month agreement to allow Prairie Five to lease the city's buses for no cost, pro'vided Prairie Five pay to insure and maintain them. stated the group had held a meeting that same day and passed a resolution in opposition to this location for Strege. "We wouldn't be gaining a whole lot by selling it and ask you delay action," he said. "We would rather work with Strege to try and find another option." Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson stated, 'Tve looked at this and agree we should sell. Strege's needs a home and we want him in Ortonville, but we should look at the other side of the coin and think what will we have left for future development?" Councilman Dan Oakes stated, "I agree that area is a fine area but there should be more planning done. We'd better make sure that we do have a plan." "I agree the city needs a new (Continued on page 3) There will be an Inkpa Days meeting at 8 p.m. this Thursday, June 17, at the Big Stone City firehall. A 50 YEAR CONTINUOUS MEMBERSHIP PLAQUE from the Bellingham American Legion, Kanthak-Matthies Post #441, was pre- sented to Harvey Plathe recently by Commander Walter Maatz. Plathe's years of continuous service have been from 1948-1998. Several locals preparing for 10th annual TRAM July 25&26 The tenth annual Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) will return to Ortonville July 25&26, with several locals taking part in the bicycle tour to battle multiple sclerosis. Coming to this year's TRAM with the most experience is Larry Walsh of Ortonville. Two of his daughters, Lori Johnson and Leanne Walsh have also accompanied him two of his eight years riding. Last year, Larry says he was proud to have his granddaughter Emily Johnson along, too. After receiving his new knee four years ago, Larry decided not to ride but instead volunteered his time to drive first aid vehicles for the riders. This year, he and a group from St. Paul will take on the tour, and will be among the fortunate ones to know people along the tour. They will have hot showers each night as they stay at friends' homes along the way. Joan Stern of Ortonville has ridden in the event for seven years, and says running has been keeping her in shape for the upcoming tour, though it's a bicyclist's backside which needs to be in the best shape to ride those many miles. Right behind Stern in experience are Bob and Peggy Dunston of Big Stone City, SD. The pair were motorcycle escorts for TRAM two years, and Bob says this will be his sixth year riding. Peggy worked at the rest stops the years Bob rode alone, and the pair rode together on their "bicycle built for two" last year, and plan to ride tandem once again this year. The whole family seems to get involved in TRAM and raising money for MS. As many as seven in the Dunston family have ridden at one time, and Bob's son and grandson are planning to join them again this year. Also riding for the sixth year will be Jan Wollschlager of Odessa. Jan will ride once again this year with her grandson Trevor Schwenzfeier, 11 of Washburn, WI. "It's my vacation," says Rosa Schuelke of Big Stone City about her four years riding in TRAM. "It may not be the best, but it's mine." Schuelke stated even though it means a lot of work, she enjoys the time away from it all and riding for a good cause. Two rookies in the bicycle tour this year are Tom Gronseth and Don Donais of Ortonville, both riding for the first time. Gronseth, who is a co-chair of this year's event along with Donais, says he had ridden the first leg of the tour to Benson in 1995, but a busy schedule kept him from finishing with the group. "I'd like to just do it once to say I've done it," says Gronseth. Donais adds, "It's a great way to see the state." Laura Blanshan of Ortonville takes on a special task for each year's TRAM, as she drives along with the group in the "saggin' wagon", helping her three daughters who ride, one of whom is Joan Stern. "The best part is you get to know people really well," Blanshan says. "We're all like a big family." An estimated record number of 2,000 bicyclists and support staff will be in Ortonville July 25 to kick off the 10th anniversary TRAM ride. Giese benefit set A chicken and fish fry benefit will be held for Mary and A_rlen Giese of Ortonville Monday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Odessa Rod and Gun Club. Proceeds from the benefit will go to help defray expenses incurred from Mary's medical treatment. The benefit is sponsored by Moose Lodge #407 of Ortonville. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. i Circulars inside * The Pizza Ranch * Pegasus Satellite Television GEARING UP FOR THIS YEARS TRAM was this group of local riders last week. From left to right are Robert Dunston, Pey Dunston, Tom Gronseth, Don Donais, Laura Blanshan (driving the 'saggin wagon"), Rosa Schuelke, Joan Stern andLarry Walsh. Other mcm rmers not pictured include Jan Wollschlager, Dr. Brian Delage andfamily, and several others. The tenth annual TRAM will be held July 25-26. heart" I N on00,rDu00t,ve00ew00oEo00r,o.00ive Community,,END NT f / l / / / r"  ::-  ..  . ., , -% of the proposed Strege Auto Parts building east of the Cenex Fertilizer Plant along .. Owner Jim Strege says the new facility will have the entire yard fenced in with r, almost completely blocking the view of the yard. in addition, all vehicle dis- inside the self-contained facility. "After a couple years, it'll just look like a grove says. Strege Auto Parts will stay if city meets land sale request After being turned down by the county for a new location, Strege Auto Parts of Ortonville turned to the city last Monday in a third attempt to find a location which will keep their business in the area. The business has made its home in Ortonville for 65 years. Ortonville realtor Weston Schneck, working on behalf of Strege's, was able to obtain an option for a new site for Strege's on land just east of the Cenex Fertilizer plant in Ortonville, adjacent to Highway 75. Strege is requesting a few more acres, however, that adjoin this property and which are owned by the city of Ortonville. So one of the deciding factors today on whether or not Strege's will be able to keep operating in Ortonville depends on if the city will consent to selling the few acres in question.., which Strege's requested of the council at its last regular meeting June 7. Attending that council meeting, along with Strege Auto Parts owner Jim Strege, was Schneck, who told council members he had been working on finding a site for Strege's relocation since March of last year. "We have now received a three month option to purchase a little over five acres of land adjacent to the city's (property), and are asking if the city would consider selling or entering into an option for the rest of the land it owns," Schneck stated to the council. "We could decide on a price now and you could sell if and to concerned homeowners.., when the project gets going." Burt Nypen, representing the ig tly Ortonville Development Corporation, .'s proposes s h , Inkpa Day meet free salvage facility at the present location was recently completed and found no significant contaminants," stated Jim Strege. Monitoring wells will be placed at the proposed location to monitor ground water, and the business plans to move approximately 1/2 of its current inventory of more than 2,000 vehicles to the new site. Jim Strege stated the pressure now lies on the Ortonville City Council, who owns approximately three acres near the proposed site. Son Dean added their decision to sell the land to Strege's, along with the other parcel of land they have an option to purchase, will mean the difference between keeping the business in town or losing the 65 year old firm, and the taxes they pay, to another town. Jim and Dean invite anyone with questions, concerns or comments to contact them any time at 839-2579. of Ortonville, is looking and March of last h has made its at the present currently is in water runoff lste generator also a licensed ealership, and required by option for is a tract of the Cenex e, adjacent Strege have as the previous if they are relocate their propose to foot steel The entire yard would be fenced in, with all salvage operations being performed inside the building and the fenced yard. The building and fence would be set back from the highway 150 feet, and Strege's plans to have one six foot by eight foot sign by the driveway and a sign on the front of their building. The proposed plan for the third location is to purchase 15-20 acres of land, fence in the entire operation with privacy slats in for screening, and plant trees for screening as well. Strege's stated 90 percent of all dismantling will take place inside the building to prevent noise pollution. This would include removing fuel tanks, freon, oil and anti freeze, parts removed and inventoried, and the body of the,'ehicle placed in appropriate rows within the fenced area. "A phase two environmental study medals at State Golf Tournament Grossman shot to place eighth Class A State t.Cloud Country Par 72 course, a ?Y wind, rain, mosquitos. of 39-39 (78), tie going into nine 41 on the second day, Tracy responded with an even par 36 to total 155 and eighth place. This is the second year Tracy has competed in the State Golf Tourney, shooting a 152 for third place last year as a sophomore. Our area was well represented with top honors going to Dan Suedbeck from Redwood Valley (149) and Adam Hanson from WCA (152) for third. Five RIDES to lease hire its own drivers Birthday calendar changes needed If you have corrections or additions to the Big Stone American Legion birthday calendar please call Mrs. Richard Karn at 839-2353. Inkpa Day parade entries are needed Entries are being sought for the Big Stone City Inkpa Days parade on Sunday, July 1 lth. If you have an entry for the parade, please contact Janet Smith at 862-8121 or 862-8280. merger of ,stem with some local meeting of Council last ie Five stated Ortonviile's opened for and several already been ire. anization cities, ppleton and :h Montevideo also. Ville's transit .d by Prairie approve the and changes if of the city's ers, was in meeting the merger. "When you read the paper and see your job is going to be eliminated, and the new one has pay cuts, added jobs and hours with no benefits, you get a little disturbed," Thielke said. "Why can't we forget this thing and stay part employees of the city?" Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson responded, stating if the service was kept with the city, there would need to be a full time person hired to control the program, including drug tests for drivers, and the hiring of another person would not be cost effective for the city. City Clerk/Administrator Roman Taffe added, "The drivers will have the weight of their years of service working for them and will not take a huge cut in pay." Following discussion on the merger, council members voted in a six month agreement to allow Prairie Five to lease the city's buses for no cost, pro'vided Prairie Five pay to insure and maintain them. stated the group had held a meeting that same day and passed a resolution in opposition to this location for Strege. "We wouldn't be gaining a whole lot by selling it and ask you delay action," he said. "We would rather work with Strege to try and find another option." Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson stated, 'Tve looked at this and agree we should sell. Strege's needs a home and we want him in Ortonville, but we should look at the other side of the coin and think what will we have left for future development?" Councilman Dan Oakes stated, "I agree that area is a fine area but there should be more planning done. We'd better make sure that we do have a plan." "I agree the city needs a new (Continued on page 3) There will be an Inkpa Days meeting at 8 p.m. this Thursday, June 17, at the Big Stone City firehall. A 50 YEAR CONTINUOUS MEMBERSHIP PLAQUE from the Bellingham American Legion, Kanthak-Matthies Post #441, was pre- sented to Harvey Plathe recently by Commander Walter Maatz. Plathe's years of continuous service have been from 1948-1998. Several locals preparing for 10th annual TRAM July 25&26 The tenth annual Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) will return to Ortonville July 25&26, with several locals taking part in the bicycle tour to battle multiple sclerosis. Coming to this year's TRAM with the most experience is Larry Walsh of Ortonville. Two of his daughters, Lori Johnson and Leanne Walsh have also accompanied him two of his eight years riding. Last year, Larry says he was proud to have his granddaughter Emily Johnson along, too. After receiving his new knee four years ago, Larry decided not to ride but instead volunteered his time to drive first aid vehicles for the riders. This year, he and a group from St. Paul will take on the tour, and will be among the fortunate ones to know people along the tour. They will have hot showers each night as they stay at friends' homes along the way. Joan Stern of Ortonville has ridden in the event for seven years, and says running has been keeping her in shape for the upcoming tour, though it's a bicyclist's backside which needs to be in the best shape to ride those many miles. Right behind Stern in experience are Bob and Peggy Dunston of Big Stone City, SD. The pair were motorcycle escorts for TRAM two years, and Bob says this will be his sixth year riding. Peggy worked at the rest stops the years Bob rode alone, and the pair rode together on their "bicycle built for two" last year, and plan to ride tandem once again this year. The whole family seems to get involved in TRAM and raising money for MS. As many as seven in the Dunston family have ridden at one time, and Bob's son and grandson are planning to join them again this year. Also riding for the sixth year will be Jan Wollschlager of Odessa. Jan will ride once again this year with her grandson Trevor Schwenzfeier, 11 of Washburn, WI. "It's my vacation," says Rosa Schuelke of Big Stone City about her four years riding in TRAM. "It may not be the best, but it's mine." Schuelke stated even though it means a lot of work, she enjoys the time away from it all and riding for a good cause. Two rookies in the bicycle tour this year are Tom Gronseth and Don Donais of Ortonville, both riding for the first time. Gronseth, who is a co-chair of this year's event along with Donais, says he had ridden the first leg of the tour to Benson in 1995, but a busy schedule kept him from finishing with the group. "I'd like to just do it once to say I've done it," says Gronseth. Donais adds, "It's a great way to see the state." Laura Blanshan of Ortonville takes on a special task for each year's TRAM, as she drives along with the group in the "saggin' wagon", helping her three daughters who ride, one of whom is Joan Stern. "The best part is you get to know people really well," Blanshan says. "We're all like a big family." An estimated record number of 2,000 bicyclists and support staff will be in Ortonville July 25 to kick off the 10th anniversary TRAM ride. Giese benefit set A chicken and fish fry benefit will be held for Mary and A_rlen Giese of Ortonville Monday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Odessa Rod and Gun Club. Proceeds from the benefit will go to help defray expenses incurred from Mary's medical treatment. The benefit is sponsored by Moose Lodge #407 of Ortonville. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. i Circulars inside * The Pizza Ranch * Pegasus Satellite Television GEARING UP FOR THIS YEARS TRAM was this group of local riders last week. From left to right are Robert Dunston, Pey Dunston, Tom Gronseth, Don Donais, Laura Blanshan (driving the 'saggin wagon"), Rosa Schuelke, Joan Stern andLarry Walsh. Other mcm rmers not pictured include Jan Wollschlager, Dr. Brian Delage andfamily, and several others. The tenth annual TRAM will be held July 25-26.