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Big Stone II responds to opponents appeal of transmission permit Opponents of the Big Stone II Project are appealing the Minnesota certificate of need (CON) to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) notified the court on June 5, 2009, that they will appeal the CON, which the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted the project on March 17, 2009. "We believe that the opponents' appeal is baseless," said Mark Rolfes, Big Stone II project manager. "Keep in mind that this is a transmission cer- tificate of need and no one disagrees that we need new transmission. The MPUC gave proper consideration to all legal and regulatory requirements proved they gave proper considera- tion to energy conservation and demand-side management techniques before choosing Big Stone II. According to Rolfes. the Big Stone II utilities used load forecasting pro- cedures that are acceptable across the utility industry, for integrated resource planning. "Those analyses showed each of the utilities will need addi- tional baseload generation." he said. "In identifying need for future gen- eration resources, the Big Stone II utilities included the contribution of large amounts of energy conservation and demand-side management," Rolfes said. "However, analyses, showed that, even those high levels in approving our application to will reduce the rate of load growth, MOTORCYCLES LINED THE STREETS OF ORTONVILLE last Saturday to begin the Ride Around The take. Headwaters Grill and Bar sponsored upgrade and build transmission facili- they could not replace baseload gen- the ride.with.proceeds going to Charlie s Angels Family Readiness Group and the local Parkinson's Support Group. The weather was ideal for the ties in western Minnesota. We are eration. We believe that the MPUC rmoe wlm sunshine anti temperatures in me mow 90s. confident the court will reach the gave proper consideration to all testi- same conclusion." In its appeal notice, MCEA claims that not all of the five Big Stone II utilities proved they need additional baseload electricity and that none mony in finding that Big Stone II is our least-cost resource option. We will firmly present our opposition to MCEA's allegations as the appeal moves forward." Is Our Businessll' THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT DEPEND ON IT ENJOYING A NIcE COLD GLASS OF MILK on a warm day are these two youngsters. From left to right are, Alisha Ross, daughter or Allan and Lisa Ross of Ortonville and Chandra I(ovarik, daughter of Dean and Nadean Kovarik of Big Stone City, SD. Pure milk, healthy children and dairy cooperatives go together. For years, farm cooperatives, organized by the dairy farmers themselves, have led in setting higher standards of quality for milk, butter, cheese, ice cream and the many other products made from milk. They have established sanitary regulations, encouraged the use of modern milk-handling equipment and pioneered in efficient distribution of dairy products. Because cooperatives have shown the way they are important in all parts of the dairy industry. Today, most dairymen belong to cooperatives. A cooperative creamery picks up milk from the farm. A cooperative delivers it to the bottling plant. Often a :cooperative delivers it to homes and stores. Other cooperatives manufacture butter, cheese, dried milk, ice cream and other products. The abundance of dairy foods available today, their purity and flavor, their price in relation to other foods, is another American achievement. aardsley Farmers Elevator pany BEARDSLEY, MINNESOTA .=llingham Farmers Elevator BELLINGHAM, MN Clinton CLINTON, MINNESOTA )r )n ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA CLINTON . ORTONVILLE . MILBANK . WILMOT . SISSETON . BROWNS VALLEY . VEBLEN BEARDSLEY III The Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Auxiliary Unit #229 met on June 9, 2009 with 23 members present. The ffostesses were Elaine Hofhenke, Lorrayne Karn and Karin Mack. President Margaret called the meeting to order. Janice and Lamoine advanced the flags and we recited the "Pledge of Allegiance". Chaplain Arvilla led us in prayer; we recited the Preamble to the Auxiliary constitution. Secretary Sue road the minutia, which were approved. Treasurer Lorrayne gave a financial report. New Business: Margaret thanked Arvilla, Lamoine and Lorrayne for the years of service as officers. She also thanked the ladies who cleaned the kitchen on June 2. Discussion was held on the subject of having lunches after our meetings. Suggestions were made to have coffee and one item of food or we could have coffee during the meeting. The II majority voted to continue to have lunch after the meeting. Margaret thanked the Juniors for painting the crosses at St. Charles and Greenwood Cemeteries. They did a great job ! We will prepare the food for Bob and Janice Hinders 50th wedding anniversary reception for June 20. Faye and Gloria will work on Thursday, June 18. On Friday Arvilla, Faye, Lamoine Margaret and Sue will finish the preparation. We will have a float in the Farley Fest Parade on June 26 and also the Odessa Parade on July 26. Please contact Margaret if you can help with the float. A suggestion was made to have copies of the Secretary and Treasurer's reports at the meetings to give to the members. This motion didn't pass. Violet Griepp has become a VIM member. The Executive Committee will meet on July 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Club to prepare next year's unit handbook. We gave scholarships to two seniors graduating from Ortonville; the recipents were Rachel Gruenwald and Kara, Mclain. We will run our candy mint ad for two more weeks. A motion was made by Sharon and Carol Rabe to donate to the Honor Flight of South Dakota. The motion passed. Elayne Fahlgren made a motion to have the money come from the Poppy Fund. We will check to see if our donation can go towards our Legionaries who plan to go. Sue gave a Poppy Report. Bills were presented from Sue and Margaret Hay and they were approved. We will donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Fund. Lamoine and Margaret Schake made a motion to give a new flag to Northridge. Past President Elayne Fahlgren installed the officers for 2009-2010. The flags were retired; Arvilla led us in a closing prayer and Margaret closed the meeting. III Save money with our multi.policy discount! hen you insure your . car and home or mobile home with us, through Auto-Owners Insurance Company, we'll save you money with their multi- policy discount! Mature policyholders can earn even greater savings. Contact our agency today! t/luto.Owners Insurance Life Home Car Business 7/,;~,~'&~ Tom Kindt Agency 113 NW First Street.Ortonville, MN Phone 320-839-6145 2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT - $9,500 Leather, AWD, 30,000 miles 2001 Ford F150 Crew Cab Lariat- $8,900 Leather, Loaded Check out all of our cars on our new website: www.proautosalesandservice.corn Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN 320-839-7197 or 320-839-2911 READY FOR A FORMAL DINNER on dinnerwear and placemats they created are left to right Marian Kuefler, Ana Lee, Jerika Eppel and Jessica Knutson. The dinner was part of the Big Stone Summer Arts pro- gram. Page 8 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 23, 2009