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AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 Smalltownpapers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 2/112100 T-26 B-104 Ihh,l,I,il,Ih,ll,ll,I,lll,I,I,I,hll,I,ll THE Ortonville "Town with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Students of the Big Stone Summer Arts program in Big Stone City, SD have been practicing for their grand finale musical production "Journey Around the" World" to be held this Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Stone City School gymnasium. The public is invited to the perfor- mance which includes, skits, songs and dance. Skits include tall tales from Ireland with an Irish jig number, a Tanzania tale, an Indian dance called Jai Ho and a South American folk tale. Students will also have their visual art pieces on display in an art gallery in the lobby. This is the eighth year that Elaine Haggerty and her daughter Shelley have organized and conducted the Big Stone Summer Arts program. Elaine's love for the arts has been past to Shelley. They truly enjoy sharing all forms of art with the Children of the community. Not only do the children get to make art pieces, sing, dance and act in plays, but they actually get to experi- ence a little culture from different periods of art, and different countries. This year they are dabbling into art from every continent. The Haggertys work with children from first through eighth grades. Once the students complete the program, Elaine and Shelly treat them to a day of art in the metro area, either at a gallery or museum and often take in a dinner theater or play. Many of the students graduating from the program come back to assist the Haggertys with the program. This year's returning artists are Annie Voecks, Molly Rausch, Brenna Rausch, Jeb Thune, Jonah Thune, Bridget Walsh, Melissa Halvorson and Taylor Jones. The young artists were treated to an overnight adventure at the school on Friday, June 19. The evening began with a formal candle lit dinner. The Haggertys and assistants decorat- ed the school with elegant lighting, netting and fancy decorations. The students dressed up in formal costumes and had a delicious meal consisting of chicken rice soup, let- tuce salad, penne pasta with marinara sauce, garlic bread and cheese cake. They were served on custom painted five piece dinnerware, made by each student. The place settings were dis- played on the place mats the students made using the sun dyed technique. They stayed up all night and acted in plays, held a talent show and played games. The event ended at 7 a.m. The students' visual art projects included magnets, floating candles; father's day presents, ceramic pieces, sun dyed t-shirts and place mats. The students also made all the props and sets including foreign flags for the theatrical production. These art pieces will all be on dis- play in the art gallery at the school on Friday night. A NEW AQUILION 32 CT SCANNER has been installed at OAHS that quickly scan any region of the body. for injury as well as increase the exam capacity, meaning more patients can receive the treatment they need faster and be referred to surgery or discharged from the hospital Ortonville Area Health Services has installed the AquilionTM 32 from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. The new scanner is an advanced computed tomography (CT) system that can quickly scan any region of the body for injury, internal bleeding, masses and deliver precise images of bones and organs. In addition to fast CT scans, OAHS expects to significantly increase its exam capacity-which means more patients can receive the treatment they need faster and be referred to surgery or discharged from the hospital. In an emergency room setting, when every second counts, the Aquilion 32 scanner will allow physi- cians to quickly identify injuries to the internal organs and makea confi- dent diagnosis. "Big Stone Lake Area residents have immediate access to the best CT technology available today," said April Staehling, Director of Radiology. "The next closest provider to offer a unit at or above the number of slices is more than an hour away. For trauma patients like auto accident victims, this may prove to be lifesaving technology. For patients with blood clots, infections, and dis- eases like cancer, early diagnosis with the Aquilion 32 may result in faster treatment and improved outcomes." Another aspect to the Aquilion 32 is lowering the patient's radiation dosage. The scanner reduces patient helical scans by up to 40 percent, automatically modifying tube current based on the patient anatomy being ~ scanned. Staehling went on tO comment, "This is a huge improvement over older scanners, especially in pediatric patients. On an average patient, we are utilizing from 60-140 mAs instead of 200-300 mAs. That is a significant statistic for anyone concerned about the radiation dose." Multi-detector CT has dramatical- (Continued on page 3) Ortonville's City Council will be advertising for two different sets of bids for the McCloud Street utility project on the peninsula. The Council voted 5-2 to proceed with advertising for bids for one option of 32' wide street with curb and ~utter, force main Citizens for Big Stone Lake (CBSL) invites everyone to the orga- nization's annual summer meeting to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Milbank Community Center. Juice, coffee and rolls will be provid- ed with the doors opefiing at 8 a.m. Door prizes include three cash draw- ings of $100, $50, and $25 to be made at the end of the meeting. As usual the summer meetings will primarily be used to elect/re-elect three board members and to get public input into setting new CBSL member- ship rates. The meeting is also a chance for you to help steer our upcoming year's CBSL agenda. Guest speakers will be present to report on recent CBSL accomplish- ments and ongoing efforts that your current CBSL board feels have made a large impact on the future water qual- ity of Big Stone Lake. Some of the areas of concentration and accom- plishments of CBSL over the last year include: Help establish base-line water quality measurement standards on the two largest tributaries to Big Stone Lake: the Little Minnesota River and the Whetstone River. Co-funded aerial infrared photog- raphy with Big Stone County of both the Minnesota and South Dakota shorelines of Big Stone Lake to help identify sources of pollution. Helped overturn a request for a large scale animal confinement vari- ance request that would have put 22 additional animal units within one mile of the shores of Big Stone Lake. Working with the federal govern- ment and both Minnesota and South Dakota state agencies to help restore the Whetstone River to its original river banks during its "low flow" sta- tus, reducing the sediment and debris that enters the southern end of Big Stone Lake. "So please set aside a few hours Saturday morning, June 27, to come and join us at the annual Citizens for Big Stone Lake annual meeting," said Steve Berkner, CBSL President. "Hope to see you there." A NEW 800 MEGA HERTZ RADIO SYSTEM TOWER was erected 13 miles east of Ortonville at the former Dexter Store location through the statewide ARMER Program. This cooperative effort between the State of Minnesota and Big Stone County will be active in the near future, with the 800 system being active this fall. Agencies that will have the capability of using this 800 (not 911) system will be DOT Trucks, State Patrol and different local law enforcement agencies that choose to go 800. Big Stone County owns the land, with the State owning the tower. The tower is currently at a higher level than before which will make things much better. " " " " " " r n DANCERS AND ACTRESSES m the B=g Stone Summer Arts program mv=te the publ,c to the=r G a d Finale" performance this Friday, June 26 at the Big Stone City School gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Their "JourneyAround the World" includes plays, skits, songs and dance and they will have an art gallery op.en with their art orojects on display. Left to right are, in front, Hannah Strei, Clarissa Blake, Kierstin Bubl!tz, Chandra Kova'rik, Katie Boy}e and Stephanie Rausch In back are Ana Lee, Mikki Gimmestad, Rachel Fenhaus, Eden Cloos, Lael Jacobson, Alisha Ross and Takara Ehlebracht. City-wide garage sales in Big Stone Big Stone City is having City- Wide garage sales on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27. If anyone wants their name and address added to the City-Wide List they need to con- tact the city office by Thursday, June 25. List for the garage sale can be picked up at the Grocery Basket, Cottage Inn, the City Office and Big Stone Liquor Store. sanitary sewer and water utility lines; and option two, with the same utili- ties, but with a 28' street without curb and gutter. Cost estimates for option one are $583,000. Costs for option two are $615,000. The Council was under the impres- sion that a 6/7 majority was needed to proceed with the bid advertising. However, according to City AttOrney Craig Ash, the city needs only the majority vote to proceed with the bid advertising. The 6/7 majority is need- ed to actually approve the project. According to the city's engineer Bob Schlieman of Utlieg Engineering, by bidding the project, the city can determine what the actual costs will be and will also be able to submit the project for federal stimulus grant dol- lars. The city can find out how much of the project will be paid for in grant funds before actually approving the project, said Schlieman. By-bidding the project with two options, the city will have real numbers and then can determine whether or not to go ahead with the project, and which option if any to take. Council members Bob Meyer and Mike Dorry voted against the resolu- tion. Dorry said he thought the city should wait on the project until the economy improved. In other action, new council mem- ber William Powell was sworn in at the start of the meeting. Two part time officers were hired, Jennifer Cronen and Kyle Arndt, both Ortonville natives. The Council discussed the Lakeside Park renovation project which is part of the Minnesota Trail Project. Pat Reisnour of Interstate Engineering was at the meeting with specifications for the project which include a concession stand, new play- ground equipment, a basketball court, curb and gutter, a parking lot and cul- de-sac. Total cost of the project is $258,000. He said the city has a grant for o half of the project and the city must pay for half of the project, or $129,000. Reisnour said the city's portion could be raised in in-kind funds, such as labor, volunteer time or fund rais- ing. Many community members have "donated money for the project through the Early Childhood Initiative efforts. "If the city had a priority, this wouldn't be on it," said Dorry. "We have more important things we have (Continued on page 3) i ne,II li Western Area Power Administration has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project. The Final EIS contains four vol- umes: Volume I, the Final EIS; Volume II, Responses to Comments; Volume III, Appendices; and Volume IV, Public Comments. All four vol- umes of the Final EIS are available for review at local public libraries in Ortonville, Appleton and Milbank, SD. Other regional libraries also have them for review. Western issued the Draft EIS in May 2006 and the Supplemental Draft EIS in October 2007 for public com- ment. The public comment periods on the Draft EIS and the Supplemental Draft EIS expired July 24, 2006, and Feb. 28, 2008, respec- tively. All comments received on the Draft EIS and Supplemental Draft EIS were carefully reviewed and con- sidered in preparing the Final EIS. The Final EIS addresses the potential environmental impacts of Western's proposed action and the proposed Big Stone II Project. Decisions by Western and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be made no sooner than 30 days from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's published Notice of Availability for the Final EIS in the Federal Register. For further information on the Final EIS or to request additional copies (please note that only printed versions of the Executive Summary or Volumes I and II or an electronic copS' of the full EIS will be provided), call (800) 336-7288 or email BigStoneEIS@wapa.gov. A+ Foundation Golf this Saturday The A+ Ortonville School Foundation is sponsoring an 18-hole golf event this Saturday, June 27, to raise funds for the Ortonville School playground. The A+ Open will use a three-per- son scramble format with no drive limitations. Each team's handicap total will be divided by 10, i.e a team that has a handicap of 28, the starting mark would be -2.8. There is a maximum of 40 strokes for players who have never played before. The team entry fee of $150 includes a meal and beverage ticket for each team member, and greens fees for nonmembers. Teams desiring carts will need to contact the Clubhouse for rentals. Teams may still register this week up until the event on Saturday. The A+ Foundation's on-going goal is to raise $150,000 for the play- ground project. If you are unable to participate in the Golf Event, you may still support the school with a dona- tion to this endeavor by mailing your financial gift to the A+ Foundation, Ortonville Public School, 200 Trojan Drive, Ortonville, MN 56278. The A+ Foundation is affiliated with The Southwest Initiative Foundation, so contributions made to the A+ Foundation are tax deductible. The top three teams on Saturday will receive trophies, and a "bragging rights" trophy will be awarded to the OHS graduating class with the most participants present. There will also be special prizes awarded on the course during the day. Come out and join the fun Saturday. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For further information and registra- tion form, go to the Ortonville School website at www.ortonville:kl2.mn.us or contact the Ortonville Municipal Golf Course at 320-839-3405.