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Knutson-Harrington vows told Jennifer Knutson and Paul Harrington were married April 24, 1998, at the Church of the Annunciation in Mpls. Father Kenneth Pierre officiated at the 7 p.m. ceremony. Mary McCormick, friend of the bride, was soloist. The two readers were the groom's sisters, Margaret Harrington from Minneapolis and Mary Armstrong from Eden Prairie. Parents of the couple are Eldon and Carol Knutson of Ortonville and Mary and the late Chies Harrington of Virginia. The bride wore her mother's wed- ding gown from 1964. The brides- maids wore floor length navy blue gowns and carried yellow mixed flo- ral bouquets. Deb Lutz of Maple Grove, friend of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were fiends of the bride, Darci Trebil of Scottsdale, AZ, and Bina Vaehhani of Mpls. The bride's personal attendant was Sara Olson, cousin of the bride from Maplewood. John Harrington from St. Cloud attended his brother as best man. Groomsmen were brothers, Capt. Joseph Harrington from Newport, Rhoda Island, and Thomas Harrington from Fridley. Ushers were brothers of the bride, Aaron Knutson from Ortonville, Adam Knutson from Albertville, Andrew Knutson from Edina, and brother-in-law of the groom, Ty Armstrong from Eden Prairie. Following the ceremony the recep- non and dance were held at the Metamorphos Event Center. The cou- ple honeymooned in the Virgin Islands and are now at home in south Mpls. Jennifer is a graduate of Ortonville High School, Concordia College- Moorhead and the U of M graduate school. She is a research scientist at R & D Systems, Techne Corp. Paul is a graduate ot" Virginia High School and the U of M, Duluth. He is self employed with Carlson and Harrington, Inc., commercial real estate consulting firm. In the evening of June 20th a "Picnic in the Pasture" reception was held at the Eldon and Carol Kf'utson farm. "Everyone wore lovely clothes and acted just free. We had eats at the Metamorphus and a picnic in Otrey on 6/20/98. A long and fruitful union is hoped for by both mothers. His father has passed on and her father is pleased as punch." Installation set July 12th for Lookingbill All are welcome to come and celebrate the Service of Installation for Duane Lookingbill as Pastor ahd Teacher of Congregational UCC Churches in Ortonville and Graceville. The installation will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 12th at Congregational UCC in Ortonville. A reception will follow, hosted by members of the parish. All pastors, congregations and friends of the Congregational UCC Church in Ortonville and the Congregational UCC Church in Graceville are invited to attend, to welcome Rev. Lookingbill to the communities, and offer him encouragement and God's blessings. Members of the Congregational UCC Churches in Ortonville and Graceville are especially encouraged to take part in this service of celebration and covenanting. Kendra Hanson graduates USD; now in Ecuador Commencement exercises of the University of South Dakota were held ,in the Dakotadome on the University Campus, Vermillion on Saturday, May 9. Kendra Hanson of Bellingham, graduated cum laude, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Crimina41 Justice studies, with a minor in Spanish and Alcohol and Drugs. Kendra was a recipient of the Phillip Roche Award which is given to a Criminal Justice major who has clearly displayed a sense of community service and commitment. She also received a Larber Lund Writing/Research Award. Kendra is presently attending school at the Estudio Internacional Sampre (International Language School), Cuenca, Ecuador, where she, is taking an intensive six week Spanish course. Students receive 25 Spanish and 5 culture lessons each week, plus tour local points of interest. . Maxwell.honored at Bemidji state Arianne Maxwell of Ortonville received a departmental achievement award this year from Bemidji State University. Maxwell, a junior political science major, was named the student delegate to the Naval Academy Foreign affairs Conference as well as received an award as the Outstanding Political Science Undergraduate. Letters to the editor Dear Editor, The petition chrrently being taken from door to door in Ortonville begins with the words: "The pier is part of Ornville History...Please help to preg'r,'e it.' It sounds like such a noble cmse....certainly one that most people might think they should support. And so, the signatures to the petition have come easily. But, the petition goes on to assume that vacating the south half of Pacific Avenue (we are referring here to a portion of Pacific Avenue that has never been made in to a road) would not be in the best interest of the pier nor for it's accessibility by the public. My "opinion is that vacation of Pacific Avenue WOULD be in the best interest of the preservation of the pier. I further believe the public's use of this area will be enhanced WITH LESS USE OF PUBLIC MONEY. Currently there is little public use of the pier and we would, like to see that change. We would like the pier and the marina area to be improved upon so that the public would find it a place they could enjoy anytime. Rumors that the marina corporation intended to put up fences in ANY place are simply false. We would be very foolish if we didn't do everything we could to encourage the public's use of the pier, the beach, and the park areas. We would like to be able to provide many additional recreational opportunities for families and visitors to our community. The City of Ortonville would like to do those things, too, I'm sure, but they simply don't have the money. Our Economic Development Authority worked on plans for development of the lakeshore for years, including the drawing up of extensive plans in 1991 by SEH Architects and Planners. Still, the project could not go forward for lack of funding. More recently, one of the persons passing around the petition tried to obtain a grant for improvements to the pier but was turned down by the DNR based on too few numbers of people using the pier. The DNR reportedly said at that they would like to replace the pier with another floating fishing dock. I believe that the recreational opportunities planned by the marina corporation would help to save the .pier. First, it would be in our best mterest to assist in maintaining the pier. Secondly, rather than be a hindrance to a potential grant, there is a possibility we could be the vehicle that allows a grant. (Any discussion of grants is only speculative at this point since no one knows what might be available at any given time, but historically there have been grants available through the tourism department specifically for private industry.) We envision an area in which one can stroll the entire lakeshore area from the public docks through Lakeside Park and on over to the pier. We envision improvements to the granite benches, and a large deck on the fornaer water department building, both of which would allow comfortable seating to view some spectacular Big Stone Lake sunsets. We expect that the marina will be a source of all sorts of sporting rental items, such as paddle boats, canoes, fishing boats and motors, and bicycles. One of the year 'round sports we hope to provide for is indoor volleyball courts. Guests to our community, whether at motels, private campgrounds, or state parks are frequently looking for such evening activities according to those persons who manage or own such facilities. And every dollar that someone from out of town spends in our own town is a new dollar (as opposed to dollars that are recycled within a community) and therein lies the economics of tourism. Our only interest in access to the pier is to be able to put a mooring dock on the south side of the pier for the eventual tying in of the Eahtonka to the marina business. I feel this is important because of it's easy accessibility. Many of the motorcoaches that now visit Ortonville (because of the Eahtonka) have a larger proportion of older people for whom it would be easier to walk on broad sidewalks. The vacation of Pacific Avenue simply allows us to have access to the pier while keeping it as a park and yet allow for possible expansion of the marina spaces. We would love to have the opportunity to bring some of our visions for the lake shore area to life. Vacation of Pacific Avenue will help to bring that about. If you signed the petition without understanding ramifications of the wish instead to tourism climate in oat you may ask to removed from the list person who brought you, you may call office to advise them. Friedrich from Bern Nathan Friedrich graduated from University with a degree in industrial Friedrich was one students completing degree requirements the quarter. Old Mill The Old Mill the calling of Logan Bruce, SD. There dancing. Guests were and Watertown. Calling be area callers with emcee. This will be the Ben and Mary 20 miles south of corner of highways casual. Upcoming Hank Prasnicki will The Old Mill Wednesday nights High School northeast door. VisitOrS welcome. CLASSIFIED QUICK Big Stone will temporarily be across the street at 108 NW 2nd while we remodel and our current Ortonville news Gail Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lynch of Glendale, AZ visited at the Eugene O'Neill home Thursday. About 200 members of the Kenny O'Neill families from l0 states gathered Saturday, June 27th at the Beardsley Park for a reunion. They were celebrating 120 years that the family farm has been in continual ownership since Grandfather Peter O'Neill and wife Mary homesteaded there. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrick drove visitors in his covered wagon all around the farm while Eugene told various stories of events that occurred during that grOwing up years 4 p.m. Father Bill Kenney presided at Mass with one from family participated in the liturgy. He also baptized Michael Patrick Perra, infant son of Dr. Jerry and Eileen Perra of Spirit Lake, IA. His final blessing was for Philip and Vivian O'Neill who celebrated 50 years of marriage by repeating their vows. A roast pig picnic supper was served by Mike and Mary followed by wedding cake and ice cream. The evening ended with dancing at the Beardsley Auditorium. The following is information gotten from Urban Stolpman of Ortonville. The graduation class of 1938 of Bellingham high school is having a festive 60th class reunion on Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th. Friday evening, July 24th dinner will be followed by picture taking, visiting, and live music. On Saturday, July 25th they will be taking a 60 mile bus tour of the Bellingham, Rosen and Nassau areas and the Lac qui Parle school. Following this will be the Bellingham Appreciation Day dinner. Last Saturday Sylvia Pinkert accompanied Marvin and Joan Block to Barum for Russell Anderson's high school graduation celebration. After the graduation party, Marvin, Joan, and Sylvia drove into Spooner, WI staying last Saturday and last Sunday evenings atBruce and Pam Miller's. Sylvia Pinkert visited with her sister and brother-in-law Ray and Delia Miller in Spooner. Last Friday Marvin and Joan Block and Doug and Dawn Leger attended Carmen Leger's band and vocal Page 8 concert at Brookings, SD, Bill Martig and family were dinner guests on Friday, June 19th at the Brent Olson farm. They were among friends invited for a dinner party. Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Schellberg, Mr. and Mrs. Don Julius, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Swanson and Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Mielitz and Heather were guests of Delores Goetsch for Delores' birthday Sunday, June 21 st. Wednesday Audrey Koch visited Gladys Meister of Milbank. Vickie King of Minneapolis visited Lillian Danielson of Northridge Wednesday afternoon. Vickie is the daughter of the deceased Hilda King of Ortonville. The Joe Skorczewski family of Aberdeen, SD spent last weekend at Ortonville visiting relatives. Ann and Dale Fremo and Joanne Tyler visited Lillian Ninneman Sunday, June 21st. Jim and Kathy Mathison from Midland, TX spent from Friday, June 19th to Tuesday, June 20th at the home of their parents Orlend Mathisons and Ray Thompsons. Chuck and Sarah Camerillo and children Kayla, Jenni and Dave from Minot Air Force Base, ND spent from Saturday, June 20th to Tuesday, June 23rd at the home of their grandparents Orlend Mathison and Ray Thompsons. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gable spent from June 15th to June 21st in Little Rock, IA with their daughter Lisa Ver Meer and husband Walt and their daughter Michelle. In addition to visiting their daughter, they were in a musical review for the Heritage Day celebration in Rock Rapids, IA on June 19th and 20th. On Sunday, June 21 st they celebrated Father's Day. Mr. and Mrs. Roman Karels attended Mass at St. Bernards Hospital at Milbank last Sunday. Afterwards they visited with Sister Jone, Sister Genevieve, and Shanaw Peterson. They all had a nice visit. High bridge players of the Friday afternoon bridge party at the Ortonville Senior Center were Ted Nelson and Glennis Pomerenke. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon. Gu300"00 Express Lube OIL, FILTER, LUBE, CHECK ALL FLUIDS $ Do foronly 21 Fast Service Pickup and Delivery GUY'S EXPRESS LUBE 209 NW 1st Street Ortonville, bin 56278 (320) 839-3040 6?emo00eling Sale! 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