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j I'NDE "A Constructive New)ar-tn A LNe Community" t=- NDENT i PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EXCURSION BOAT is revved up for business with its new cial thanks goes to Curt's Auto and Sports Center, Dependable Crane, The Shop, cavation for their excellent service. Bllg Stone Area Growth, with the cooperation is helping to promote this tremendous tounsm amenity. Whether you're looking for a party, or a I 1/2 hour sunset stroll on the lake, call 1-800-519-7075 for reservations. page. Don't miss the Pepsi Fireworks Cruise! K-9 program will end rug dog flunks test its K-9 in force here the city's dog Felony after also for and :t for the dog he's le depart- calls, but service commission met June 11 to has also been used by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department and at Ortonville School. Unfortunately, during this year's recertification, Police Chief Curt discuss the K-9 program, test results and the program's effects on drug use and possession. As for Felony, who has made many friends hem during his two and one Hormann stated Felony was unable to half year tenure, he will be tentatively make the necessary finds in the allot- findg a new home with the Glencoe ted time, and will therefore need addi- /Police Department, where one of the tional training. Hormann added a failed recertifica, -//heads of the state s drug dog program will attempt retraining. If Felony tion isn't uncommon among drug passes, Hormann says placement with canines. Members of the police civil another department may be possible. Friedrich retires after rs, farewell is unday of the at St. Peter's Churches of of and united for fert I party t eran Ip hall to Seifert after the 9 in marriage by the same pastor--as Pastor Robert Friedrich has served these congregations for almost 27 years--since August 24, 1975. Robert Friedrich was born in Willow Township, Green County, Iowa to Rev. Walter and Alma Friedrich. "I first knew I wanted to be a pas- tor when I was about six years old and again when I was a senior in high school and choosing which of five occupations I would enter," Friedrich said. "The Lord called me to be a minis- ter," Friedrich said, adding that his father, three brothers and three uncles are all pastors so he has been exposed to family members who are in the ministry all of his life. His education included 1-4 grades at Willow Township #4, Green County, Iowa; 5-8 grades at St. John's Lutheran School, Fenton Iowa; 9-12 grades at Fenton High School, Fenton, (Continued on page 3) Comfest committee chairs meet Wednesday Cornfest committee chairmen for this year's event will meet this Wednesday, June 26th, at 12 noon at the Chamber offices. You're asked to bring your own lunch. man will step in as city ministrator July 15 Stone Therapies. After numerous*questions from council members, the resolution was made for Grossman to take the posi- tion, provided her acceptance was given the following day. Char lives in Ortonville with hus- band Rod, who is a longtime Ortonville Post Office employee. ORTONVILLE, who has served 30 years with clerk/administrator July 15. approved as the at a spe- Worked in the ;, and has most clerk, Taffe, Since 1998, for Big They have two children- Kari (nee Grossman) Bentrup of Alexandria and Tracy, who is attending St. John's University in the pre-dentistry pro- gram. Grossman adds she looks forward to continuing her service to the city of Ortonviile. The council's regular meeting was held last Monday, where it was once again decided to deny a variance request by Doug and Micheile Jorgenson. After repeated requests to both the city's planning commission/board of appeal and the council itself, the mat- ter was referred back to the planning commission for their input. Findings from the commission stat- ed the Jorgensons' request to operate a piano restoration business in a resi- dential zone, from their home on Minnesota Street, would unreasonably increase congestion on a public right of way. Further, it was reported the use may increase danger of a fire or endanger the public safety, and may unreasonably diminish or impair established property values within that neighborhood. After discussion, council members voted to accept the planning commis- sion's findings, and later voted to deny the Jorgensons' variance request. m L Big Stone County Fair enters 21st century with its website The age of technology has now spread as far as the Big Stone County Fair, as promoters of the annual event have created a website to help fairgo- ers. Beginning as a concept some three years ago, Big Stone County Fair Board member Travis Fitzner of Clinton began work on the site in April of this year, with help from Rich Thurston of Clinton's Computer Technical Services. After some leg work and a few long nights, a model of the site Was brought to the fair board last month. Upon their approval, and a great deal of help from internet provider MaxMinn, the page was available for  web surfers in mid-May. Sponsors from throughout the Big Stone Lake area have contributed to the site, and therefore toward the fair's operating expenses, through web commercials and links to their own web pages. For ten dollars, sponsors get a link to their own site, or a listing and infor- mation about their business or organi- zation. A web commercial can be had for $50, which is a streaming video of 30-90 seconds. Fitzner says this has been quite successful on the Stevens County Fair site, since prospective customers make the choice to watch the commercial and have therefore already expressed interest in the prod- uct being advertised. Besides listings of fair events, pre- mium lists and information for exhibitors and visitors, anyone wish- ing to claim a booth for the fair Oust $25) can register and pay online with a credit card if they so choose. Participants in the demolition derby, or any of the county's three enduro races, may also register and pay at the site. After the enduro race or demo, winners and their sponsors are posted on the page that evening, complete with color photos and highlights from the races. Highlight photos of past Big Stone County Fairs will also be available for viewing throughout the rest of the year, and info on entertain- ment and events for the next year's fair will be added as those decisions are made. More than 250 hits have been recorded on the site in just the first two weeks of June, and Fitzner says interest from both sponsors and prospective attendants is growing each week. "We've seen that with other coun- ties' fair websites," he adds, "there's been an increase in out-of-town peo- pie attending who may not have known about the fair had it not been for the internet. Even if we can bring in a handful more people each year with this website, that'll make it worth all the effort we've put into getting it up and running." This year's fair dates are Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. Everyone is invited to check out the Big Stone County Fair's website at www.bscfair.org, and to patronize those sponsors listed on the site who are helping to continue making the fair a success for years to come. Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE SAFE AND SOBER PROGRAM, Ortonville's Police Department once again received a personal breath tester. At left is Brad Kollmann, law enforcement |iason for Safe and Sober Minnesota, presenting the tester to OPD officer Jason Mork. Ortonville among participants in regional wind energy program The city of Ortonville, one of the 56 members of Missouri River Energy Services, is participating in a new pro- gram aimed at developing wind ener- gy in the region. The program is enti- tled RiverWinds. After giving their approval to the rate changes at their regular city coun- cil meeting last Monday, city residents will have the ability to purchase blocks of RiverWinds wind energy. MRES stated municipal customers have shown an interest in renewable resources and in response, local municipal utilities have committed to offer renewable energy options. With the wind energy program, customers get to choose how their energy is pro- duced. Those wishing to purchase RiverWinds energy may do so in 100kWh blocks for an additional $2.50 per month. The first project under the RiverWinds program will be the con- struction on two large wind-powered generators near Worthington. These wind turbines will begin producing electricity by July. "Federal and state incentives will about half of the energy they need from the federal government's hydro- electric plants located along the Missour River." Those interested in the RiverWinds program may get more information by contacting Ortonville's municipal util- ities, or logging on to www.river- winds.biz. help RiverWinds develop wind energy products such as the one near Worthington," said MRES Marketing Director Jeff Peters, "but these incen- tives are not our only reasons for this development. MRES and our mem- bers have a long history of environ- mental stewardship. Our members get All invited to Habitat for Humanity open house Sun. income people." On this most recent home, Aid Association for Lutherans offered a $20,000 match if Habitat raised the same amount. Hoei adds the board has chosen the seventh family already, and are begin- ning to locate more funds. Kim Jenkins and her two children are the most recent home recipients, and also invite the public to attend on Sunday for coffee, punch and bars, and to see what the hard work of Habitat volunteers has created. See ad inside for details. Six houses in six years! Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its sixth birth- day with the completion of the organi- zation's sixth home. An open house will be held this Sunday, June 30, from 4-6 p.m., with a dedication at 5:30 p.m. Habitat Board Member Bill Hoel stated the organization has completed three of its houses in Ortonville, with the remainder in Milbank, SD. "The community has been very supportive," he says, "and we've got an amazing crew of volunteers helping us provide affordable housing for low ORTONVILLE'S HOSPITAL ADDITION IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE, as workers installed the brickwork on the new clinic's east side late last week. The new Ortonville Area Health Services facility will add new ser- vices to the hospital, provide space for new and visiting doctors, as well as increase the simplicity of the entire process for its patients, according to OAHS Administrator Ken Archer. Completion is anticipated for November of this year.