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i [ 00oo00,rDve,0000w Es,,a,,er,n00,.,voOon00n00uEn,,00, " N D E NT / / / DAy FOR THE BINSFELDS! Present in St. Charles Church of Big Stone City last Saturday, for of Thanksgiving by newly-ordained Priest Douglas Binsfeld, a Big Stone City native, were a and hundreds of relatives, friends, and well-wishers. Pictured above are those dignitaries in the ceremonies, shown with Father Binsfeld's mother, Betty Binsfeld. On Betty's left is on her Hght is Father Roger Gedits, IC, of Watertown, SD. On Doug's left is Father Zylla qD. Standing behind, left to right, are Father Jim Wolf of Aberdeen, SD, Father John Shelly, ordained in Big Stone City 50 years ago), Father Ray Otto of St. Charles in Big Stone George Lyon, Blue Cloud. Douglas Binsfeld "ned; gives first mass at St. Charles ordained the day before by Bishop theology at Mount St. Mary's in Big Stone City Robert Carlson at St. Joseph's Emmitsburg, Maryland. for the First Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Big Stone Father Binsfeld, 36, is the s/of The first assignment for the new Betty Binsfeld and the late" Rich Priest will be Christ The King Parish In response to petitioners ... Marina group wants public to increase use of city pier Records indicate that Ortonville's City Councils, economic development groups and concerned citizens have tried to create a marina and increase public use at the foot of Big Stone Lake since 1931. The city's attempts made it to the architectural plans, but failed to go further primarily due to the lack of funds. Also the DNR would not allow a break water to be placed at the foot of the lake. The city's pier, already in place, acts as a natural breakwater, making the area between the pier and the park an ideal location for a marina, according to members of Ortonville Marina, Inc. The corporation consists of four investors, LaVaile Berkner, Judy Drewicke, Mike Kelly and Neil Speckeen all of Ortonville. Last spring, members of the marina corporation approached the City Council with plans to build a marina. They asked to lease the. land, between the pier and lakeside park, where the city's former water treatment plant and powerhouse are located. At that time the City Council was in the process of building its new water treatment plant, and as a stipulation to receive the grant funding for the project, the city was responsible for demolishing the old water treatment plant. Cost estimates came in around $75,000. The marina corporation's plan sounded good to the Council. The marina would finally become a reality in Ortonviile. it would cost the city.nothing, and the city would be saving the estimated $75,000 in demolition fees, by having the corporation demolish the building. So the Council passed an ordinance to lease the land to the corporation for $1, with the option to purchase the land, and with the condition the corporation demolish the old water treatment plant and improve the shoreline. The ordinance was published in the Ortonville Independent for two weeks. The first and second readings of the ordinance passed without (Cxmtinued  page 3) SPLIT PERSONALITIES. This tree in Ron Belings' back yard at 329 Grace Street in Ortonville has two different species of leaves on it, both varegated and silver maple. Ron has showed the different types of leaves to neighbors and the Big Stone County Extension Service, and all have no idea how it could have happened. "We think that it may have been cross-pollinated with pollen from another tree and grown out that way," Ron says. Construction underway on Binsfeld of Big Stone City. Dougisa in Sioux Falls, where he will assume Ortonvi!l e street project was officially graduate of OHS, and he studied his duties as Associate Pastor. to finish GirlSCoUtct rd serviceprje OHS bricks to be hgraVe?nweheaheerbeUilet tOedfifveable hadrecommendedQuambecauseof saved by Alums recTh:tructin yf Ortgn:ilefstr luP gr their good work in the past on other began yesterday, Monday, June 29 a! asphalt, before moving on to the next projects in the area. The Ortonville Alumni the intersection of Cliff Street ann area. A meeting was held Wednesday Stephens Ave. Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson for the companies involved, including able to earn the award. She chose to work on the bloodmobile, and has been 'busy calling donors to make appointments and to be walk-ins. Samantha, who will be a freshman at OHS this fall, is also helping to register donors and assisting Ellingson in any way she call. Everyone is invited to come help Samantha have a successful day and to help other people by giving blood. Association has arranged with the school board, the school administration and the contractor, to obtain bricks from the old High School building. These bricks will then be made available to classes when they have reunions to used as door prizes. This week, crews from Quam Construction of Willmar, the general contractor, will be moving in and unloading pipe and other supplies, as well as necessary equipment. Quam will have two crews beginning the actual demolition of present streets next Monday, and two more crews will start July 15. Gary Thompson, estimator and project supervisor for Quam, stated that the crew will be'working in two to. three block increments. "We'll first be going north and then two to three blocks to either the west or south," he said. stated that the project will begin with a single coat of asphalt on Osen Ave., Park Ave., part of Cliff Street, Oak Ave., Pacific Ave., Eastvold Ave., and the rest of Stephens and Orchard this summer, with the second coat scheduled to be completed in the summer of 1999. Those streets listed will also receive new curbs, and this year's portion of the project will be completed by Nov. 10. Jim Schultz from Larson-Peterson and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, stated that many of the U.S. West Communications, TCI Cablevision, People's Natural Gas, and representatives from Quam Construction. Quam will provide all re-routing of traffic, and is required by the contract to notify affected residents 48 hours in advance if their road will be closing. Roman Taffe, city clerk/ administrator stated that anyone who has questions about when and where construction will be done and what roads will be closed should direct them to the County Engineer's Office or the ortonviUe City Offices. i HAVE A SAFE AND SANE HOLIDAY! daughter of of Ortonville, her Silver by assisting coordinating the blood drive 30 from 1 p.m. Catholic Award, a Girl flete certain certain projects lect to help Scouts are Crews will be removing the old roads that are proposed to be repaired method!st ministers at asphalt andcurbsandthenbegin date backtothe1940's, andare I replacing them. Also, they will be cracking and deteriorating. In replacing sewer and water mains in addition, sanitary sewers didn't meet Circulars inside Parkv,ew churches most areas, unless the existing ones new design standards and water * Cartwright Drug & Gifts I | I are still in good shape. The contract mains have caused several problems * Jim's Clothing of Dawson I . with Quam states that the crews must recently, he said. Larson-Peterson has been the Tabor United Big Stone City, Rev. Robert Semrad, who .to pastorates in wife Rev. Jo Frahm Watkins was named pastor of the Parkview United Methodist Church in Milbank, SD. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, Rev. Karl went to Kent State University in Ohio, graduated in 1973, then attended Methodist Theological School in Ohio and i   WATKINS is the new pastor at the Tabor United From left to right is Rev. Karl, who is the pastor of Parkview in Milhank, SD. Not pictured are daughters who are away at college. graduated in 1976. From there he worked in Iowa, and then was back in Ohio whileJo was in seminary. He has also been a minister in Aberdeen SD, and most recently has been in charge of the United Campus Ministries at South Dakota State University. Jo, who also grew up in a small town, has been serving churches at White, Astoria and Sterling. The couple, who will live at the parsonage in Big Stone City, SD, has three daughters; Merle will be a junior in high school, Rachel is a freshman at Kent State in Ohio, and Mikael is a junior at South Dakota State University. The Watkins enjoy a variety of sports and activities. Karl likes to golf, cook, take photographs and collect HO model trains. Jo enjoys many different types of sewing and going to visit the children at college. Both Karl and Jo have also been active with Habitat for Humanity. Watkins says that he is enjoying the area and the many friendly people in a small town like Big Stone City, and looks forward to living and working in the area. County offices closed Friday County offices will be closed this Friday, July 3rd, in observance of the 4th of July. / MUCH HIGHER THAN "KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY!" Area crops are doinggreat this summer as evidenced by this corn crop in the Gayle'Hedge field, west of Big Stone City, SD. Hedge's great neices can barely see over the corn. Left to right are Katie and Chelsea Hedge, daughters of Kenny Kedge of Big Stone City and Janet Hedge of Ortonville.