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-' _ -_', lln ,lll - I Ii.mlWllllUl *********************** FOR ADC 980 28 k r 6026 CAUFOR tA SW SiEATTL WA 98'136-'!208 I Ortonville =Town with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 2 Sections-20 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 Volume 92; Number 32 A BIKE AND SIGN WERE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED at the beginning of the Minnesota River Trailhead, located behind Hartman's Super Valu in Ortonville. Many have taken advantage of the Bike Trail which runs to the Big stone National Wildhfe Refuge. Ortonville City Council members In other business, the' Council ap- approved the stop sign placement near proved the purchase of Air Lifting the Ortonville HospitM and a plan to Bags for the Ortonville Fire Depart- move three light poles at their meeting ment. The.cost is $5,200, which ~vill on Monday, Aug. 16. With the current help to assist in rescue sittlations. The construction going on at OAHS, they Air Lifting Bags would be able to lift at will be adding a Helicopter Pad to the least six ton each to free a victim from grounds. A stop sign located on the under a vehicle or building collapse. southeast comer of Roy Street and Otto The funds would come from the Fire , Avenue and the three light poles are Department Capital Equipment outlay considered to be in the flight of the hel- budget. icopter and need to be moved. On the recommendation of the Util- According to Ortonville Police ity Committee, the Council approved Jason Mork, they will be removing the the purchase of 16 Transformers for an stop sign on the southeast comer of Electric System upgrade on a section Roy Street and Otto Avenue, leaving along the Lake Road for $20,000, the the current stop sign on the northwest purchase of 12 decorative Street Light comer of Roy Street and Otto Avenue, Heads for $7,800 and four Kilowatt EZ place a new stop sign on thesouthwest Readers for $100. The Kilowatt EZ comer of Roy Street and Otto Avenue Reader is a devise plug that plugs into and place a new stop sign on the north- your appliance and lets you know how east comer of Roy Street and Otto Av- much electricity your appliance uses. enue. The Ortonville Community Center The three light poles near the hospi- received two bids for painting the inte- tal will be moved providing the hospi- rior of the building. The Community tal reimburse the City for the cost. Center Board accepted the low bid of $11200 by Sue Berge for the labor and "materials. The question arose con- cerning proof of insurance coverage should something happen at the Cen- ter. After some discussion, the council referred the matter back to the Com- munity Center to get more quotes and check on proof of insurance. Councilman Steve Berkner brought up a matter concerning a golf ball hit from the Ortonville GoIf Course and breaking a wmdow in a patio door in the Dahle Addition on Thursday, Aug. 12. It was decided to set up and Ad Hoc committee of Councilman Berkner, Police Chief Jason Mork and Golf Course Superintendent Travis Strasser to mitigate this from happen- ing in the future. The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Center. The date was changed due to' the Labor Day Holiday. Scott Busciae, Stevens County In: pervised probationary period for the tonville Early Childhood Initiative. Or- formation Technology (IT) Director person that is hired. Busche stated that tonville YES Group, the Ortonville was present at the County Board meet- he would be of assistance in the hiring School A+ Foundation, the Clinton- ing on Tuesday, Aug. 17 to discuss the process. The Board felt that having an Graceville-Beardsley Public School assessment and needs of an IT Direc- in-house IT Technician ~ould be ben- Foundation and the Rural Energy De- tor for Big Stone County. eficial for the County. The County has velopment Initiative (REDI) loan and Busche informed the Board that budgeted for a possible position, support provided to the wind project after assessing Big Stone County's net- In other business, the Board ap- near Ortonville. work infrastructure and several other proved the hiring of Financial Worker Board Chairman Roger Sandberg areas of needs that require immediate at Family Services closed the meeting at approximately attention, it was his recommendation to The Board approved the filling of 8:40 a.m. to discuss labor negotiations. hire a full time IT Technician for the the Office Support Specialist from a After reconvening~ Commissioner County. pool of candidates that had interviewed Brent Olson on a second by Roger The County had inquired about the back in May. The'Board then approved Sandberg, made a motion to send a let- possibility of utilizing the Kandiyohi the hiring of Debra Steuart as Office ter to the Union asking to open negoti- County IT Director one day a week, Support Specialist. ations for the next contract. The but the Board felt that would not be Liz Maiers, Development Officermotion was approved unanimously. sufficient, for the Southwest Initiative Foundation The next meeting of the Big Stone After some discussion, the Board (SWIF) was present to discuss varmus County Board will be on Tuesday, approved to open up the position to activities and funds that they have been Sept. 7at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room hire a full time IT technician for the associated with Big Stone County as of the Courthouse. county. Human Resource Director Sue the Board prepares the 2011 budget. Schultz stated that their would be a su- They have partnered with the Or- The First United Methodist Church t 885. as the pastorate included both Clinton of Ortonville will be celebrating their In the summer of 1902, the edifice and Pleasant Valley. In 1942 it was first 125 years of faithful service this was raised and the basement putdecided to have a resident minister Sunday, Aug 29. under it. This helped considerably to again when the D.E. Geier family The Methodist Society of solve the problem of the church set- gave the property at 24 NW St. and Ortonville was organized October of tling. Michigan Avenue to the church. This 1879 as an Episcopal denomination. In 1922 another rebuilding of the house was the parsonage until the pre- Church services and Sunday School church, which was begun in 1919 was sent day parsonage was completed in were held in the upstairs hall of a completed. Now it became a stucco 1971. frame building on the comer where finished church with a closed tower, Many events are planned for this Liebe Drug now stands. A few chairs, several stained glass windows and Sunday. A special worship service a wood stove and an organ were the choir and Sunday school rooms, will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop only furnishings. The first Methodist parsonage was Sally Dyck of the Minnesota A site was chosen for the new built in the early 1900s at the comer Conference speaking. An alumni building on the comer of Madison of 4th Street and Lincoln Avenue. The choir will provide Special music. Avenue and 4th Street. On a spring Reverend D.E. Wilson and his wife There will be an open house at 2 day in 1885, the First Methodist were the first couple to occupy it dur- p.m. which will include a historical Church of Ortonville was formally ing his pastorate 1891-1894. The presentation and fond recollections of dedicated. The value of the building Reverend Duel was the last to live people and events that have shaped was $1,267, of which $831 was bor- there. From then to 1942, the minis- the church. All are welcome to attend rowed. There were 56 members in ters occupied the Clinton parsonage this celebration. SWCD, NRCS to host public meeting The Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a local input meeting to discuss top resource concerns for EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program). The public input sessmn will be held today, Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Ortonville. Funding will be prioritized for implementing conservation practices that improve the natural resources in Big Stone County. Following the input meeting, the Local Work Group comprised of local resource agencies will meet at 10:30 a.m. to use the information from the input meeting to set priorities for funding applications for conservation practices, For those needing assistance or more information, contact Krecia Leddy, District Conservationist at 320-839-6149. Council members Berkner, Dorry file for re-election The filing, period for filing affadavits of candidacy for three City Council seats closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17 with two candidates filing for three positions. City Council membei~s whose terms expire at the end of 2010 are Mike Dotty, Steve Berkner and Craig Randleman. Those who have filed for the four-year terms were incumbents Mike Dorry and Steve Berkner. Councilman Craig Randleman did not file for re-election. The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2. ORTONVILLE'S FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will be celebrating 125 years'this Sundy, Aug. 29. A special worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Sally Dyck speaking. An Open House will be held at 2 p.m. The filing period for filing affa- Brent Zahrbock, is also up for elec- davits of candidacy for the office of tion. school board member for the Of the seven expired positions, Ortonville Independent School four will no longer exist, leaving two District No. 2903, closed at 5 p.m. open, at large positions for the 2010 on Tuesday, Aug. 17 with five candi- election for a four year term and one dates filing for three postions., for a two year term. School Board members- whose Those who have filed for a two- terms expire at the end of 2010 are year term are James Nelson and Mary Jay Dee Ross, James Nelson, Debbie Gustafson. Filing for the four-year Hoffman, Timothy Henrich, Glen terms were Jay Dee Ross, Debbie "Bud" Radermacher and Richard Hoffman and Timothy Henrich. Johnson. The term of Ron The election will take place on Thompson, who is filling the term of Tuesday, Nov. 2. By Laurie Maas also made to the student dress and ap- Boys Basketball Booster Club pre- The Ortonville School Board dis- pearance policy. The administration or sented goals that the club has for im- cussed the addition of a cell phone pol- the faculty can make judgements on proving the gymnasium at OHS. Jay icy for students at their monthly whether a student's clothing meets the Orvik, Arlo Lindahl, Jason Barse and meeting on Monday, Aug. 16. This policy guidelines. Students will have Bob Ross represented the group, stat- policy will be added to the student to change into different clothing if they'- ing their number one goal is to get wall handbook which parents and guardians have some available at school, other- mats under the varsity gym baskets. can review, wise the school will provide appropri- There is a new style that is padded and There were two changes in the ath: ate clothing. Parents will be notified if can be rolled up when not in use. They letic rules and policies dealing with ac- this occurs. The dress policy w~ll also would also like to add four to six more ademic progress and addressing be in effect for home and away events concerns between parents, coaches, of- that students may be involved in. (Continued on page 3) ficials and students. Revisions were Members of the Ortonvilte Area m THIS 1924 LEFEL STEAM BOILER cooked the corn for the 72nd Annual Cornfest sweet corn feed. Wendell Hanson at left, and the late-Gene Howen, both of Ortonville salvaged the boiler from the former Pflue~er Creamery Building in 1990. Wendall and Gene's son Jeff Howen of Revillo, SD, center, operate the boner each year. Jeff's son Dylan, at right, assisted the two this year. The 2nd Annual Stroll for Epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. One in 10 " who are living with epilepsy and count- will be held in Graceville on Sunday, adul~ts have had, or will have a seizure less others who care about them. aug. 29 with registration starting at of some kind in their life. This is why If you are affected by epilepsy, 3:30 p.m. This event involves a stroll it is so important to increase research know someone who is, or even if you along Toqua Lake, a free will donation funding for this cause. The money want to just come out and enjoy the walking taco supper, t-shirts for sale raised at the stroll will go to the food, fellowship and games, come to and outdoor games in the park. Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Graceville on Aug. 29. The Stroll will Some of the games for this year's (EFM) and the Citizens United for Re- start at 4 p.m. with supper, and games to stroll involve water balloon volleyball, search in Epilepsy (CURE). follow. All involved will be helping to a bean bag tournament, balloon animal The Toqua Park Stroll was started find a cure for epilepsy. creations, a dunk tank and many more. by four families who have children For questions about the Stroll or do- Last year, over 200 people attended in with epilepsy. These families hope to, nation information, contact Maria support of this cause, and the event increase awareness of epilepsy in our Botker at 320-325-5187. In case of in- planners are hoping for an even larger communities, highlight the strength clement weather, the Stroll will be held crowd this year.- and courage of all who live with at the Graceville Community Center Epilepsy is the third most prevalent epilepsy and raise funding for research, located on Main Street in Graceville. neurological condition behind stroke There are many families in the area !