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By JDK How ridiculous is the on-going dispute between Senator Norm Coleman and A1 Franken the latter who received 300 some votes more than Coleman in their race for the Minnesota Senate seat. A Ramsey County Court has ruled that Coleman must pay Franken the sum of $94, 783.00 to cover costs for Coleman's appeal of the election results. The two men have spent a whopping $50 million so far on their campaigns and legal fights which is more than dou- ble the cost of the 2002 race when Coleman won the seat. Still no deci- sion as to who is the winner. How greedy can you get?! Must be a lot of bucks involved for the win- ner most of which probably comes from the taxpayer?! ***** Our prayers today are with Bob and Marilyn Dybvig. A few weeks ago, Marilyn had a five-bypass heart surgery, and is home now recovering. To be sure, it is tiring, as well we know. God bless for a speedy recov- ery! ***** / Hats off to President Obama for his talk last Sunday, Father's Day, as to his thoughts on "what dads should be!" Obama says he got a basketball, his first name and ambition from his father. Little else! The son gave back more than he received: a life- time of ruminations about the man who abandoned the family, a memoir named "Dreams from My Father," and endless reflections on his own successes and shortcomings as a par- ent of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 10. He's asking American men to be better fathers than his own! ***** Cougrats to long-time friend and farmer, Eldon Knutsou. He was elected for another three year term in District one to the Board of Directors of Agralite Cooperative in Benson. Eldon has served on the Board for a number of years. ***** We've learned via Reuters news service that the famed 6,000 sq. ft. Ennis House in Los Angeles, built in 1924 by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is up for sale with a whopping $15 million price tag. We mention this because there is a local tie-in on this house! To our knowl- edge the house owned today by Todd and Sara Verheul at 550 Orchard in Ortonville, is a "take-off" to the Wright architecture, and we believe it was built by the late Arne Hasslen of Hasslen Construction in Ortonville. Our wonderment is who, and why, would someone pay $15 million? It could be on the market for a long time, especially during these reces- sion times!! The Ennis house is one of only four of Wright's "textile block" homes built with 27,000 16- inch concrete blocks. ***** Big Stone County Engineer NickBonding by a 4-1 vote with Athey Anderson came before the Board on casting the no vote. By moving for- Tuesday, June 16 asking for their ward with the Bonding, it still leaves approval to move forward with the open the possibility of not Bonding, Bonding for the three projects that should interest rates change along the were discussed at the previous meet- way or the public does not approve. ing on June 2. The Board also approved the exe- The projects include the County cution of the contract for Central Road 63 Project, the Big StoneSpecialties, Inc. 0fAlexandria for the County Trail Project and work on County State Aid Highway 6 Project. County Road 78. Total cost for bond- The Board also awarded the ingwouldbe $1.1 million. County Road 63 Project to Riley Board members were in agreemefit Brothers of Morris. This project will the county road projects need to be be done with or without the Bonding. done and that the bonding would be a Work will start in August. possibility. However, discussion on In other action, the Board executed the Trail Project drew concerns from the farm lease of land in Section 16 of some of the Board members as to Browns Valley Township to Tom whether or not the Trail needs to be Maanum. This is a three-year lease paved, beginning this year. "Does the Trail need to be paved?" Don Sykora was appointed to fill questioned Commissioner Wade the term of Isabel Kraemer on the Athey. "Somewhere we need to sep- HRA Board. Kraemer had moved out arate our wants and needs. I'm just of town and resigned her position. not sold on paving the trail at this The Board also approved a resolution point." of support for HRA to apply for Grant After some discussion, the Board Funds from" the Rural Development approved to move forward on the Housing Preservation Grant Program. Secretary of the Interior Ken Wetlands hold and slowly release Salazar announced that the Migratory flood waters, act as filters to cleanse Bird Conservation Commission has water of impurities, and provide approved more than $6.5 million in recreation and wildlife viewing federal funding to conserve nearly opportunities for millions of people. 6,500 acres of wetlands and associat- Projects funded in Minnesota ed habitats in the Midwest. The funds include: are part of $30.4 million in federal Lower Minnesota Valley Wetland funding under the North American Conservation Initiative II: The project Wetlands Conservation Act is part of an initiative to accelerate the (NAWCA) to conserve more than preservation, restoration and 402,000 acres of wetlands and associ- enhancement of the two of the most ated habitats in Canada, Mexico, and endangered natural communities in the United States. Minnesota - prairies and prairie wet- "The needs of waterfowl and wet- lands, The The project will perma- land-dependent wildlife are no less nently protect prairies and wetlands great during these hard economic through fee title acquisition, donation times," said Salazar. "The efficiency and easement acquisition. and effectiveness of our wetland con- ($1,000,000 federal, partner servation system is especially impor- $2,172,880,3,059 acres) tant, thanks in large part to North Jennie Lake Enhancement: American Wetlands Conservation Act (Minnesota Department of Natural grants, the Federal Duck Stamp and Resources) Jennie Lake is a 300-acre the National Wildlife Refuge shallow basin located within the West System." Branch of the Chippewa River water- Wetlands provide many ecological, shed in Douglas County. This project economic, and social benefits. They will support the planning and con- provide habitat for fish, wildlife, and struction of a water control structure a variety of plants. Wetlands are nurs- with pump and outlet channel, with cries for many saltwater and freshwa- the goal of improving the lake's water ter fishes and shellfish of commercial quality. This will lead to increased and recreational importance, abundance and diversity of aquatic Human Resource Director Sue Schultz came before the Board to ask for their approval to reclassify Eric Banken's job in the County Assessor office. Schultz stated that she and County Assessor Sandy Void had dis- cussed that due to the increased responsibility and more decision making that the reclassification of Banken's job would mean an increase of about 75 cents per hour. The Board approved unanimously. The Board also approved the RDC Contract for Updating All Hazard Mitigation Plan. This is a Federal Mandate that all counties have to have and along with Big Stone, the counties of Swift, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Chippewa had applied for a grant for this and had been accepted. This is something that needs to be done every year. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, July 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board Room of the Courthouse. vegetation and invertebrates. ($75,000 federal, $150,243 partner, 300 acres) Waterfowl Production Area Prairie Wetland Project: (Friends of Detroit Lakes Wetlands Management District) The project will restore and enhance prairie wetland complexes, including nesting, foraging and migration habitat for waterfowl, game birds and migratory songbirds and shorebirds. ($40,095 federal, $40,095 partner, 37 acres) West Central Minnesota Grasslands: (Pheasants Forever, Inc.) The project will restore 240 acres of grasslands in Big Stone, Swift and Stevens counties. The purpose of this project is to restore grassland habitats on both public and private lands and is vital to maintaining grasslands that are productive for waterfowl and grassland birds. ($75,000, $79,061 partner, 1470.7 acres). More information about NAWCA grant programs and the NAWCA pro- jects approved today is available on the Web at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grant s/NAWCA/index.shtm. On June 9, 2009, the South Dakota have planned well and that the modi- for its review. Since EPA did not Department of Environment and fications to the Big Stone Plant com- object to the draft permit, the DENR Natural Resources (DENR) issued the ply with the federal Clean Air Act and was able to issue the permit as final. Big Stone Plant a Title V Air Quality the rules that implement it." The Big Stone II project partici- and Acid Rain Permit. The permit is Issuance of the Title V permit fol- pants are Otter Tail Power Company, required in order for the Big Stone lows a 45-day period in which the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Plant to be operated in conjunction permit was reviewed by EPA Region Agency, Heartland Consumers Power with the planned Big Stone II. VIII. EPA had issued objections to the District, Missouri River Energy Mark Rolfes, Big Stone II project permit in January 2009. The DENR Services and Montana-Dakota manager, said receiving the permit addressed those concerns and an evi- Utilities Co. Together these entities points out the careful environmental dentiary hearing was subsequently serve more than one million people in planning that characterizes the Big conducted on the permit April 20-21, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Stone II Project. 2009, before the South Dakota Board Dakota, Iowa and Montana. For more "Integrating the emission controls of Minerals and Environment. The information visit at the Big Stone Plant with Big Stone Board voted unanimously to approve ~. H will be a complex process. The the addressed objections and to for- Title V permit demonstrates that we ward the draft Title V permit to EPA Some timely news out of the latest OHS Alumni newsletter of June 2009. A slug of class reunions are planned this summer, the big one being the class of 1959, their 50th. Others are the class of 48, 49-50 and 1954. The alumni letter lists "EIGHT DO MORES:" Do more than exist live! Do more than touch feel! Do more than look observe! Do more than read absorb! Do more than hear listen! Do more than lis- ten understand! Do more than think ponder! Do more than talk say something! Recently, we bumped into long-time Ortonviile golf promoter, Jim Flavin, a long- time member of the Mpls. Fire Dept. who comes here every year with a total of 36 Mpls. Firemen for their pri- vate golf tourney. Jim says the group will be back here again this August! ***** Z O -J RTONVILLE HOSPITAL ' BUII DING A HEAI THY FUTURE" Community Investment $0,2 $0.4 $0.6 $0,8 $1.0 $1.2 $1,4 $1.6 $1,8 $2,0 $2.2 CON'IRIBU FE qO.DA' FOR YOUR HEALTH ( ARE TOMORROW 8o9-4t3a OR loy, on to: vww,bshc/.org For more info call ; We find ourselves agree- ing with President Obama on "BUILDING A HEALTHY FUTURE BEING HERE TO CARE" Capital Campaign is currently at $1,916,565 in his stand or "non-stand" on pledges and gifts! The Capital Campaign's total goal is $2.2 million which is part of a funding package for the heavily protests going on Ortonville Area Health Services new building project, lhe present Ortonville Hospital building fias served the in Iran! It's their country, regardless of alleged fraud in community with healthcare since 1952. Demographic change, life safety code chanl es and technology, voting, and it's their problem among other things, are a few of the many reasons Ortonville Area Health Services is un dertaking a building to solve, not ours though we replacement plan for the hospital. The Project goals include changes that include a Healing Environment, should certainly favor the enhancement of safety and tluality, the recruitment and retention of physicians and staff, staff effectiveness, protesters! If Obama does leveraged technology, integrated care systems, improved parking and provision for future growth. Gifts to the take a stand for the "Building A Healthy Future" Campaign can be made in several ways including cash, real. estate, personal pro[3- protesters, we pray it's a erty, secuntles, hfe insurance and other means. Pledges may be made over a penod of up to five years m strong one! He has verbally amounts and intervals to suit donors' convenience. "Building a Healthy Future being here'to care." Where condemned the action, which will you be? For more information on how you can become involved with this significant project, call the is proper! main Foundation Office at 320-839-4135. Schumacher retirement Congratulations to Don Schumacher on his retirement as an Ortonville bus driver for 32 years. For 20 years you milked cows and then drove bus, 6:30 a.m. The cows were done, you just amazed us. You are a talented man, with a heart of pure gold, xo' your ramlly ana menas you're invaluable - tenfold. With energy, dedication and hard work too, We just wanted you to know that we're so proud of you. For all the trials God has given you, year after year, Don't ever forget you are an incredible asset here! To a special man who deserves a million cheers, Donnie's been bus #12 for 32 years! Congrats from all your family! PS: Dad, you were our bus driver for 12 years. They 'Don't make 'em like you any more ' Love, Michele, Laura 23-1" and 'Mike' I II " fThe-Ortonultle N Independent l FOr all your, printing neeas call 320-839-6163 fax 320-839-3761 email- mail@ , ortonvilleindependen! .corn , Check out our - web site at WWW. ortonvilleindependent .com Memorials for Rice Hospice The following memorials and donations were received by Rice Hospice - Ortonville Hospice for the months of February through April 2009 In memory of Irvin Adelman William and Vicki Dorry Virgil and Erlys Sis In memory of Chester C. Carl Jody and Bryan Biever Morrie and Alice Howland Howard and Vivian Janssen Janet Kirschbaum Alvin and Jacki Mass Darwood Sellin Janis S. Sellin Bruce and Evelyn Swigerd In memory of Agnes L. Christeson Marlton and Joyce Deneui Carol D. Gorder In memory of Harold Dimberg Karen Ceranowicz Pat DuBois Lila Dumcum Ardys Forrest Delores Heilman Patricia and Ervin Schlorf Ardys Stadler In memory of John Frickson Pam and Peter Steinke In memory of Deceased Family and Friends William and Marlene Elmstrom In memory of Robert L. Gustafson Marie Gustafson In memory of Donald F. Hynnek Harris and Marlys Selvig In memory of Donna Klitzke Don and J~anctte Felton In memory of Barbara A. Lee Don and Jeanette Felton In memory of Lee Loeschke Joanne and Daniel Jorgenson In memory of Miranda Redfield Donald and Shirley Botker Family and Friends Dorothy L. Gmiterko Patsy Redfield In memory of Marlys Schlieman Lori and David Larson In memory of Robert E. Swanson Donald and Shirley Botker In memory of Mildred Thymian Don and Jeanette Felton Weston and Ruth Schneck In memory of Marian Weber Cindy and Dan Enke Janet and Chet Messmer Marlys and Eugene Pillatzke Myra Schmieg Virgil and Erlys Sis Pam and Peter Steinke Richard Weber Wayde and Joan Weber Harvey and Virginia Wildung Gifts given by First English Lutheran Women Foster Township United Fund Ortonville United Appeal Donna Rabe St. James CCW St. Peter's Lutheran Donald and Corinne Tiegs Rice Hospice- Appleton, Benson, Dawson, Graceville, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Ortonville, Paynesville, Willmar-wishes to express their grati- tude for these memorials and dona- tions. Earn your degree from anywhere! Homeowners Auto Farm Commercial Property & Liability Health & Medical Supplement Life Crop Hail Multi-Peril Estate Planning Long Term Care AFLAC STOLPMAN STAFF - Left to right, in front, are Susan Ohm, John Stolpman and Sue Stolpman; in back, are Carrie Burczek, Keith Adelman, Joyce Hermans and Bonnie Bergquist. :: Box 277 Bellingham, MN F la2O -91ol 45 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN (s2o) sa9. 194 Page 2 I INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 23, 2009