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in HOWARD BENSHOOF and William (De|mer) Benshoof with dog Spotty by their business "Ortonville Auto Salvage," which was across from the bakery on Ortonville's main street. Date of photo unknown. (Photo submitted by Wayne Benshoof) FOR THE WEEK OF June 16, 2009 25 YEARS AGO June 13, 1984 At close of the recent 119th 10YEARS AGO Grand Conclave of Knights June 15,1999 Templar of Minnesota held at After being turned down by the Fergus Falls the highest honor in county for a new location, Strege York Rite Masonary was conferred Auto Parts of Ortonville turned to on Sir Knight Thomas E. the city last Monday in a third Thompson of Big Stone City who attempt to find a location which was presented with the Jewel and will keep their business in the area. Plaque of the Honor. The business has made its home in Oldest farmer still active in Big Ortonville for 65 years. Stone County is Volmer Steen, 82, A 50-year continuous member- who farms and raises beef cattle ship plaque from the Bellingham south of Clinton. He was recog- American Legion, Kanthak- nized at the 1984 Big Stone County Matthies Post #441, was presented Dairy Day in Clinton. to Harvey Plathe recently by Thanks to about a dozen volun- Commander Walter Maatz. teers, Big Stone National Refuge's Plathe's years of continuous service Volunteer Program is off to a good have been from 1948-1998. start, and the auto tour route will be With the July 1st, 1999 merger open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset, now of the Ortonville Transit System through Labor Day. with Prairie Five RIDES came Birth recorded at the Ortonville some local opposition at the regular Hospital was a boy to Mr. and Mrs. meeting of the Ortonville City Neal Block of Appleton. Council last Monday. Dick Olson of Prairie Five stated the jobs cur- 50 YEARS AGO rently held by Ortonville's three June 18, 1959 drivers would be open for applica- Four petitions for curb, gutter tions to the public, and several and sidewalks were received by the applications have already been Ortonville City Council at a meet- received by Prairie Five. ing Monday, June 15. nl) These petitions were referred to the City engineer for feasibility and estimated costs. Ortonville will be well repre- sented at this year's Minnesota State High School Championship Rodeo held in Granite Falls. One of the official entrants will be John F. Taylor of Ortonville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Taylor. He will take part in the bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding and the Brahma bull tiding. Providing donations are ample, Ortonville will again attract thou- sands of area persons to another gigantic July 4th fireworks shoot this year. The shoot will take place from barges in the middle of the lake, near the south end. Another business has opened in ! area From the files Of the Ortonville I~leper, clent this city; it's the new King Koin Launderette, owned and operated by Bill Loehrer. 70 YEARS AGO June 15, 1939 Seven-year-old Eugene Erickson of Ortonville visited Minneapolis last week with his mother, Mrs. Andrew Erickson and sister Katherine and spent nine hours touting the city on his scoot- er. The three were guests in the Leland Mongsene home in the south end of Minneapolis and in the nine hours he was missing he had toured many miles. Twenty-two miles to the gallon for 3,000 miles was the correct guess on the gasoline mileage made by the Mercury test car when it came into town last weekend and three from here hit the mileage on the nose. They were Inez Mittelstaedt, Dr. McHugh and J.K. Olson. Preparations are being made now to move the former Charles Arnold residence to make way for excavation work for the new First English Lutheran Church which will be constructed on the property. Qualify for up to $1500 tax credit on existing homes for 2009.10 taxes! Berkner Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning West Hwy. 12" Ortonville, MN320-839-3234 N( By Adelaide Kirchberg dad Alphonse at Lakeside apartments Sts. Monica and Anthony Catholic on Saturday afternoon, June 6. Aid Council held their quarterly Gene and Rita Patterson of Wall, meeting at St. Joseph's School on SD were.Sunday, June 7 visitors at the Tuesday evening, June 9 with 13 Ray Schuelke home. Rita stayed to members and Field Representative spend several days at the home of her Rebecca Anderson present. Secretary sister. and Treasurer reports were read and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg accepted as read. Bills were allowed, attended the Heart of the Prairie Day After old business, new business in Clarksfield on Friday, June 5. included plans for July 4 celebration Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd with Mass ~/t 11 a.m, Kiddie's parade, spent June 6 weekend at the Martin pot luck dinner, council will furnish Millerbernd home in Omaha, NE. hot dogs and buns, games for all ages Ashley Longhenry of Volga, SD is in the afternoon, spending several days at the Lawrence Mary Schwarz and sons Daniel and Schmieg home. Issac of New Ulm were Sunday, June Ran and Pat Karels of Paynesville, 7 until Monday afternoon guests at the Sara Uhlenkamp, Brendan, Nick, home of her folks Mr. and Mrs. Kate, Jimmy, Stacy Karels, Stephanie Lawrence Millerbemd. Schmitz and Leonard all of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Adelman Paynesville, Fran and Carol Karels of attended the Piano recital at the Senior Ortonville, Jason, Susan, William, Community Center in Ortonville on Hope Karels (Big Stone City), Dave Sunday, June 7 where their "and RitaKarels, Chris, of Bellingham, granddaughters Amelia and Allison Jerry and Rogann Karels, Caleb, of St. Adelman participated. Cloud, Gene and Marlys Pillatzke of Tuesday afternoon, June 9 visitors Milbank, Joey, Jack, Jemma Pillatzke at the Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg home of Brookings, Curt, Michelle, Stewart, were Monica Karels of Mesa, AZ, Timmy, Heidi, of Burnesville, Phil Mrs. Gene Pillatzki and Karels of Willmar, Melanie Karels, grandchildren, Heidi and Timothy and Eileen of Dawson, Vic Jones of Stewart of Bumsville. Fargo, Terry, Jesse Resendan, Zada, Reports of rain in the Rosen area Van of Fargo, Aaron and Jennelle were four tenths to an inch June 6 Holmquist, Nick and Haley of Fargo, weekend. Joe and Sue Karels of Bellingham, Kristi Volkenant of Bowling Joey Karels of Fargo, Jonathan Karels Green, OH returned home on June 8 of St. Cloud, Monica Karels of Mesa, after spending two weeks at the home AZ, Mark and Rhonda Karels of St. of her parents Paul and Audrey. She Cloud, Brian and Liz Hilsgen, and will be moving to Dansville, PA for a Tessa of Sartell, John and Colleen one year internship at Geisinger Karels, Sara, of Fargo, and Andy of Health System. Savage attended the get together of Mr~ and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd the late Ralph and Almira Karels spent Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3 family at Lincoln Park in Willmar on and June 4 at the Steve Millerbernd Saturday, June 6,2009. home in St. Cloud. Joey Karels of Fargo spent several Lawrence Schmie~ visited with his davs at the Joe Karels home. THIS COLUMN SPONSORED BY P.O. BOX 98, BIG STONE C~TY, 57216 PH. 862-8143 COLLEEN & GAYLE HEDGE, OWNERS By Gall Maxwell Senior Center in the afternoon,house guests of Don Haukos and 839-2207 Arlin and Verna Angerhofer wereAnnie were Paula Darr of Cecil, AR Darvin and Neoma Ballhagen of Friday, June 5 overnight guests at their and her daughter Stacey Darr from Wilmot were Monday evening, June 8 daughter Julia Angerhofer's home in Van Burn, AR. visitors at Lamoine Herrmann's home. Brookings. They spent time visiting Don Haukos, Patti Holtquist, and Evelyn Morris was a coffee guest with her on Saturday and returned Annie Haukos and her friend Tiffany with Lamoine Herrmann on Fridayhome Saturday evening, traveled throughout Minnesota, afternoon, June 5. Donald and Arvene Van Hout had Wisconsin, and Illinois. Rosemary Stock of Correll was aguests Sunday night, June 7 for an Derrick and Liza Loeschke, Glenda Tuesday afternoon, June 9 visitor of indoor picnic. They were Roger and and Donavon Loeschke, and Adam Lamoine Herrmann. Phyllis Gruenwald, John and JoAnne and Kendra Rademacher came to visit James Beasley from Germany and Van Lith, Etmer andAudrey Binsfield, Ralph and Lavina Loeschke on his son Erik from Chicago and George and Jack and Joanne Cloos. Sunday, June 7. They all came to help Beasley of Tucson, AZ were guests of Annie Haukos had several friends Ralph celebrate his birthday. Frank and Clara Zeek and Clifford over Friday night, June 5. Shirley Voeltz met JoAnne Van Christensen and Bea Ross. They all Don Haukos had some campfire Lith and JoAnne's daughter Mary had dinner at Frank and Clara Zeek's guests Brad and Sandy Hanson, Steve Spreckar and JoAnne's three week old on Sunday night, June 7. and Carol Rabe, Doug Holtquist, Patti granddaughter Sidney from Moorhead The Breezers and Geezers met onHoltquist, and Annie Haukos. at the Bird Feeder in Big Stone on Wednesday, June I0 at the Big Stone The weekend of June 5 weekend Wednesday, June 10. Veterans organizations from around the state and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) are teaming up for what is expected to be the largest Vietnam Veteran event in Minnesota history. More than 5,000 veterans, families, Drive and John Ireland .Boulevard. For advance press kits or to coordi- nate live broadcasts, contact Anna Lewicki Long at (65,1) 757-1536 or anna .long @ state .ran .us. Hosted by MDVA, this event is designed to unite the Minnesota cam- friends and supporters are expected to munity in support, gratitude and cele- gather June 13 on the Minnesota State bration of the brave men and women Capitol grounds to honor and remem- who served during the Vietnam War ber all Veterans who served during the era. In addition to the formal program Vietnam era. at 2 p.m the newly minted Minnesota Media check-in and press kits will Medal of Honor Plaque will be dedi- be located at the event information cated during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. booth on the Lower Capitol Mall at in the Court of Honor. the corner of Martin Luther King The event, which is free and open rm P National Wind, LLC, has received the 2009 Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) Green Business and Environmental Management Award. The award recognizes National Wind's business model of partnering with communities to build utility- scale wind farms. National Wind is currently devel- oping 12 families of wind projects across the Midwest and Plain States. The company has more than t,000 landowner partners and over 1,300 megawatts (MW) of locally-owned wind projects in development or oper- ation in Minnesota alone. "National Wind's partnerships with communities are excellent exam- ples of green business developments that help preserve the environment for to the public, will feature a roll call of all service members killed in action and mission in action from the Vietnam War, a remembrance ceremo- ny, multiple aircraft flyovers, guest speakers, Vietnam memorabilia, food, reunions, resources for veterans and families, live entertainment, a vintage car show and more. A replica of the National Vietnam Memorial Wall will also be on display~ Vietnam era Veterans can register online or by call- ing (651) 296-2562. For more infor- mation about this event, visit future generations," says MEI National Wind couples these benefits Executive Director, Mike Harley. with the economies of scale achieved "Their grassroots wind energy pro- by utility-scale wind development. jects start with local communities. By "We have accepted this award on creating opportunities for community behalf of our 50 employees, our 450 members to influence the develop- rural farmer-partners and the thou- ment process and own a stake in the sands of landowners that will partici- project, National Wind engenders pate in our projects," .says Leon broad support for clean energy and Steinberg, CEO of National Wind, environmental stewardship." LLC. "Without all of their involve- The key innovative component of ment, this award would not be possi- National Wind's business model is ble. We want to acknowledge MEI's joint ownership with local landown- success in building consensus to tack- ers to develop utility-scale wind le important environmental issues. farms. This business structure is We also want to thank the utility unique among utility-scale wind sponsors of the 2009 awards, namely developers. Community owned wind Great River Energy, Xcel energy and farms provide greater financial bene- Minnesota Power." fits to local economies than non-com- munity owned wind projects. dealer for details! LIGHTWEIGHT IN STOCK Oom#t on It. ECHO CHAIN Weed Trimmers, Gas Powered Blower Vacs, Hedge Trimmers, Gas Powered Pruners 5 YEAR CONSUMER WARRANTY Mi/bank, South Dakota :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 3 YEAR WARRANTY Tuesday, June 16, 2009 INDEPENDENT Page 5