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AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 2/'1/210 Smailtownpapers 5026 California ,Ave SW T-26 Seattlc,WA g6I 36-1208 B- 1( ihh, I,I,Ih,ll,Ih,Ih,hllh,I,I,I,l,lh, THE D Ortonvflle "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live 'Town with a heart" Community" Volume 91; Number 22 Ortonville. Minnesota 56278 2 Sections-20 Pages Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Officer trainee at Minnwest Bank For the past three years, Brianprize for best cabin at the end of the camp is done, they can't wait to return Pearson has been serving as Camp week; 10 a.m.-worship'; 11 a.m. is the next year. Pearson says that it is Director for the Big Stone Camp for skill challenge for the senior and still possible to sign up. Christ, located about five miles north junior high; noon-lunch; 1 p.m. is "The camp cost is $90 and we are on Highway 7 along the Lake Road. mail delivery, and whoever receives still accepting campers," said During that time, he has seen many of three letters or a package has to sing a Pearson. "They can call 320-305- the children at the camp really come song; 2 p.m. is rest time, (where the 0800 for the upcoming two weeks. It alive, campers can swim, socialize or just is a wonderful experience for those "I really look forward to this every relax); 6-7 p.m. is dinner, followed by that attend and also for the counselors year," said Pearson. "It is fun to build various games and fun activities, and myself. The kids stay busy and on relationships that are made and see Those attending the Big Stone leave knowing they have made many the kids come out of their shell and Camp For Christ come from all over friends." experience the fun of camp. The kids the Big Stone Lake Area, and once are really cared for which makes it very special." Big Stone Camp For Christ was started in 1946 by Pastor Sven Haakedalen. The non-denominational ALL GEARED UP FOR DRIVERS ED are students Austin Swanson, left, and Trent Kuechenmeister, right, of camp is owned and operated by the OHS. Students are taking drivers training this summer, using a Dodge Grand Caravan provided by Hill Motors Artichoke Lake Baptist'Church, with of Ortonville. Instructors for drivers ed are Ryan Danielson and Jay Orvik. counselors from the various churches i~in the area. The staff is made up of ~about 20 adults each week, with the rs sou The Ride Across Minnesota is slat- ment in Lakeside Park to welcome the ed to begin in Ortonville on July 26 riders. Food vendors are needed to set and 27 and taking bicyclist across the up stands in the park that Sunday. If state to the Wisconsin border to raise you or your organization are interest- money for the Multiple Sclerosis ed in having a booth, contact the Society. Chamber office at 320-839-3284 for 'The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber more information. of Commerce is organizing entertain- spea il of Faulkton, SD has at Minnwest Bank as an ag loan officer trainee. He began duties in Ortonville two weeks ago. John grew up on a farm and helped his father with their John Miller joined the staff :attle. They calve "ustunder 500 Angus. He spent every summer putting up hay. He graduated from Faulkton High School in 2005 and from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall with majors in finance and business management and a minor in agri-business. He loves all sports and is excited to get to know everyone and become part of the community. com,ng County Cancer Support Group will be presenting Ms. Gavin with a check to continue MOCA's funding efforts for ovarian cancer research. MOCA keeps all funding money within the state of Minnesota, with most going to either the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic. MOCA w~s founded in 1999 from a small grotp of ovarian cancer survivors to fund ovarian can- cer research and promote earlier detection in Minnesota. MOCA's Mission is: To create an awareness regarding early warning Signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer. To create and promote resources for support, networking and education for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families. To unite and educate individuals, the medical community and organiza- tions to achieve earlier diagnosis, bet- ter treatment and a cure for ovarian majority college students. The first week of camp, June 14-19 is for Senior High kids, June 21-26 is for Junior High and June 28-July 3 is for grades 2-5. About 130 kids attend the camp, but Pearson says they should pass that total this year. "It really is a good experience for the kids," Pearson said. "It is a great place come and get to know God. There are games, skill classes, theater classes, art class and we have even taught guitar lessons. With worship, we have energetic music and on occa- sion guest speakers." A typical day for the campers looks like this: 7 a.m.-rise and shine; 8 a.m. breakfast; 9 a'.m. cabin clean- up, which they grade and award a Ortonville's Police Department had a busy month with lots of action and criminal activity taking place here. According to Interim Police Chief Gary Dinnel, the department received a call Tuesday, June 2 from Glenn Henningson, head custodian at the Ortonville School, stating the conces- sion stand and a storage shed at Trojan Athletic Field had been broken into. cancer. Possibly taken were several bags of To advance ovarian cancer potato chips and a few bottles of pop. research toward earlier diagnosis, bet- ter treatment, and a cure. An attempt was made to break into the The 2009 Big Stone County men's bathroom, but access was not Cancer Support Group Walk of Hope will be held on Saturday, September 19 in Clinton. For information about how you can get involved in the event or to find out how you can receive financial assistance for cancer treat- ment through the Big Stone County Support Group, contact a member of the group. Library meet Pioneerland Library System Board will meet Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Willmar Public Library. If you would like an agenda, one is available at your local library. gained. The following day, another school janitor, Mark Munchow, called the police to report that someone had again broke into the men's restroom and the same storage shed as the night before and attempted to break into the concession stand at Trojan Field, but did not gain access to the stand. It appeared as though nothing was missing on the second occasion, but there was damage to the locks and doors, said Dinnel. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Ortonville Police Department. On Monday, June 8, the police received a call from Ortonville Retirement open house for Hinrichs ' The community is invited to a Farewell/Retirement Open House for Pastor Dave and ClaireRene Hinrichs on Sunday, June 28th at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to help us honor them for the past 14 years they have served in our church, and our commu- nity. Correction In last week'S Ortonville Independent the incorrect date was given for TRAM to start in Ortonville. The correct dates are Sunday, July 26 and Monday, July 27. Want name on Legion calendar? Call Karn Planning Comm. to meet today City of Ortonville's Planning Commision will hold a regular meet- ing at 4:30 p.m. today Tuesday, June 16, at the City Meeting Room 315 Madison Avenue in Ortonville. The Big Stone County Cancer Support Group has invited Kathleen Gavin, Executive Director of Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA), and Joy Wetzel, ovarian cancer survivor and MOCA Board Member, to speak at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. This event is made possible through funds raised by the Walk of Hope, which was held in Graceville last September. Each year, the majority of funds raised from the Walk of Hope is used to help support Big Stone County res- idents who have been diagnosed with cancer. Twenty-five percent of funds raised through the Walk of Hope are donated to a Minnesota organization for cancer research. The Big Stone Bellingham teachers to be put on Ortonville salary schedule By LaurieMaas would have totaled $38,100. Mr. The Ortonville School Board Seiler will be getting $26,900 of #2903 held a special meeting to dis- insurance back pay that will be paid cuss placement of the incoming by the Bellingham School District. Bellingham teachers on the pay scale. The regular board meeting for There was much discussion and the District #2903 will be held on board voted to place the teachers on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the the Ortonville teacher's salary sched- library. The Ortonville District #62 ule according to the years of service will hold their final meeting on that each Bellingham teacher has. Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the The board then voted against a sev- library. erance package for Ray Seiler that READY FOR ANOTHER SUMMER OF FUN is Brian Pearson, Camp Director for Big Stone Camp For Christ. This is Brian's third year. of running the camp which runs through July 3. Postmaster Arlo Lindahl stating that cer Jason Mork informed the police the side window of a mail carrier dispatcher that the stolen pick-up had vehicle was shot out while it was just stopped at a residence across from parked on Park Street in Ortonville. his house in Ortonville and was now No one was in the vehicle at the time. turning west onto Stephens Avenue. A juvenile suspect admitted to According to Dinnel, a check at a shooting at a bird with a B/B gun and residence on Dixon Street, where the accidentally hit the window. Possible suspects could have gone, revealed charges are pending, said Dinnel. the stolen pick-up in the driveway. Also that day, the police received a The suspects were in the house, but call from Kevin Backstrand of Pro escaped through a window in the rear Auto stating one of his vehicles was of the house. The two suspects were stolen from his lot that morning eventually found hiding in a city resi- between 3 and 8 a.m. The vehicle is a dence and were arrested around 9 p.m. 1979 orange Jeep CJ7 and was parked The male was transported to the at his car lot on Highway 12. This jail in Milbank, SD and the juvenile vehicle had approximately 1/2 tank of female was taken to jail in Sisseton, gas and was possibly headed towards SD. South Dakota. The vehicle has not yet "We strongly advise the public to been recovered, said Dinnel. lock their cars and houses and encour- If anyone should see this vehicle, age them to never leave their keys in please contact the Ortonville Police their vehicles," said Dinnel. Department at 320-839-6161. An accident was also reported to On Tuesday, June 9 the police the Ortonville Police Department on received a call from Keeta Erickson of June 2. A 2002 Buick owned by Dan Ortonville stating her husband parked Kafka of Ortonville, parked in the their 2002 blue Ford crew cab pick-up alley behind Prolmage Partners, was in their driveway around midnight and side swiped by a semi delivery truck by 7:15 a.m. the vehicle was missing, driven by Jeffrey Swanson. The keys were left in a cup holder Damage to the Kafka vehicle was on the console and the pick-up was estimated around $3,300. The semi left unlocked, had no damage reported. Around 5 p.m. off duty police offi- Anyone who would like to change LOCAL GOLFER DAN NELSON OF ORTONVILLE recorded his third or add names or order birthday calen- BELLINGHAM'S ALL-SCHOOL REUNION brought hundreds of BHS alumni back to the community for hole in one at the Ortonville Golf Course on Wednesday, lune 3. Dan dars from the American Legion gatherings Friday with individual classes, a banquet with more than 825 in attendance Saturday evening at used his 5-iron on the Par 3, 157 yard hole #15 to ace the hole. He Auxiliary should contact Lorrayne the school and and a parade with 106 entries on Sunday. Shown above is the float from the class of 1952 was golfing with Ed Toilefson at the time and it was also witnessed by Karn at 839-2353. with Lloyd Hanson and Sandy (Edquest) Hanson of Bellingham, both members of the planning committee, Gladys Paulsen and Kris Hamann. Dan has also aced holes #6 and #17 Anyone may have their name on at left, and Kenneth Block of Bellingham, at right. Also on the float were Ivy (Ecklund) Vonderharr of on the Ortonville Course. the calendar. Madison and Ann (Brehmer) Christiansen of Hurley, SD. See more parade photos inside this issue.