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AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 2/1/2100 Smalttownpapers 5026 California Ave SW T-26 Seattle WA 98136-1208 B- 104 I1,1,I,I,11,11,11, I1,I,II1,I,I,I,1,11,I,11 Ortonville "Town with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 1 Section-16 Pages Ortonville. Minnesota 56278 Tues:da.Y June 30, 2009 Volume 91; Number 24 RETIRING FROM THE ORTONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT are teachers and support staff shown above. In front from left to right are Lin Roeder, Pat Collins and Cathy Stoddard. Back row left to right are Wayne Knudson, Nancy Aune, Vicki Dorry and Sue Hanratt)'. Not pictured are Terry Rheingans and bus drivers Roy Haugen, Harlen Nelson and Don Schumacher. A retirement party was held on Friday, June 5 at the Ortonville School. Ortonville School staff gathered on Friday, June 5 to recognize teacher years of service and honor those retir- ing at the end of the school year. Retiring from the Food Service were Sue Hanratty and Vicki Dorry Support Staff included Lin Roeder and Cathy Stoddard, and Bus Drivers Roy Haugen, Harlen Nelson and Don Schumacher. Four teachers, Pat Collins Wayne Knudson, Nancy. Aune and Terry Rheingans also retired from OHS. Pat Collins Pat Collins has spent the past 31 years working with Special Education student in grade K-12. Pat graduated from OHS and attended Willmar Community College before complet- ing her degree at Moorhead State PARA's that have worked with me. They are all very 'special' people, and I treasure all the years I worked with them." Pat went on to state that she has enjoyed working with all the Special Ed teachers and all the other teachers at OHS. She explains working with students. "They are terrific students and I still stay in contact with many of them," sa}d Pat. "Working with the many students over the years and to see their progress and accomplish- ments has been very special." Nancy Aune Nancy Aune has spent 23 years in the education field. She taught one year at Hector Public School before ~, (now Minnesota State University in coming home to Ortonville. Nancy is Moorhead.) . a 1965 graduate of OHS and a 1969 She has two children: Amanda, 26 graduate of the University of and her husband Robert Giossi. They Minnesota, Morris. Nancy taught 5th have one daughter Nevaeh. Bob is grade in Ortonville before taking a with the U.S. Marines and will soon be deployed for the fourth time. Her son Eric, 23, is currently with the Ortonville Guard Unit and is deployed for the second time: With the help of Jan Eifealdt, they were able to organize and hold the Special Olympics here in Ortonville. Pat explains her teaching experience here in Ortonvitle. "When I first started teaching, we had the students in our room, they were never included in anything and now days, the teachers are great about including them in their classrooms," said Pat. "I'm so thankful for the break to raise her sons, Shawn, 33 and Jimmy May, 29. She resumed teach- ing at Ortonville in 1991 teaching 6th grade. While at the Ortonville School, Nancy served as Secretary of the Ortonville Education Association (OEA), was a member of the Superintendent Search Committee and was on various other school com- mittees. In her spare time she like to ride horses, raises Australian Shepherd dogs and quarter horses, and reads, does needlework and music. Nancy tells of her experience teaching at Ortonville. "I worked with wonderful, dedi- cated educators who were good friends," said Nancy. "It will be strange not coming to OHS every day and I will miss it. The students were my greatest joy and wish all of my former students much success in their lives." Wayne Knudson Wayne Knudson spent the last 13 years teaching Shop Class at OHS"-" He previously taught at Pierre, SD Bellingham, Madison High School, Lac qui Parle Valley and Chokio- Alberta. A 1968 graduate of Centerville, SD High School, Wayne graduated from Black Hills State College and received his Masters Degree from Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. He also took classes from Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, NDSU and SDSU. Wayne has a son Chris and wife Kringast of Moorhead and their chil- dren Gavin and Payton; daughter Leslie and husband Greg Kiel of Sauk Rapids; daughter Kellie Knudson of Dawson; and daughters Lindsey and Ashley Knudson of Madison. While at OHS, Wayne served on the OEA Committee, was a Birch Coulee officer and various other school committees. "It was a great experience work- ing for the OHS School system," said Wayne. "We built many new build- (Continued on page 3) By Laurie Maas Policy changes for the 09-10 school year were discussed at the con- solidated school board meeting on June 24. There are some concerns regarding the student dress code, aca- demic progress in the athletic policy, moving up students from junior ,high to varsity in the athletic programs, and holding athletic practices when there is inclement weather. Mr. Stattelman and Mr. Fellows will be holding a meeting in August for the parents, students, and community who wish to attend to discuss student and athletic policy issues. The Bellingham building is com- ing back up for bids on June 29. There have been some issues with the Department of Education regarding the carrying of the Bellingham statu- tory operating debt. The administra- tion is working on resolving these issues and getting the Department of Education to agree on the proposal. Julie Laqua was present at the meeting to discuss a trip to Costa Rica for Spanish II and Spanish lit stu- dents. The LQPV Spanish students are planning the trip in March of 2010 and it will be for eight days. The stu- dents would have the opportunity to learn about the culture and language of the area and to observe the daily life of the people. The cost is approx- imately $2,100 and students would do some fundraisers to help defray cost along with contributing some of their own money. The board approved the trip for students meeting the qualifi- cations. The board approved the tuition agreement with Big Stone City School. Ortonville District" receives 95 percent of what Big Stone receives per student from the State of South Dakota. The district will get $5,369.52 per student who attends school in Ortonvi!le. Big Stone cur- rently has 48 students attending Ortonville and Ortonville has 23 stu- dents who attend Big Stone School. The board approved the Minnesota Rural Education Association mem- bership for $1,508 and approved a call for bids for milk, bread, and fuel. They approved a change order to replace the concrete stoop where stu- dents enter the middle playground and various other small changes on both playgrounds. The cost of the change order is approximately $4,500. The contracts for the 48 certi- fied staff were approved with a total cost of salaries and benefits of $2,658,813. The board approved the budget for 09-10 which includes total revenues of $7,146,613.07 and expenses of $7,447,204.63. Mr. Taylor reviewed the MCA II tests that were taken this spring. Ortonville juniors had a 62.5 percent passing rate in the math test, sopho- mores had a 79 percent passing rate in reading, and the freshman had a 90 percent passing rate in writing. Ortonville students scored higher than the state average in each of the tests. The school district is offering a sum- mer remediation program for students in llth grade who didn't pass the math test. Mr. Taylor also reported that changes are being made with the current copier contract that should save the district about $7,000. The district will not be filling the copy room position for 09-10. The district is currently advertising for a cook, bus drivers, and a part time industrial arts teacher. The next meeting will be held on July 20th at 7 p.m. in the library. The last Ortonville board meeting will be held on Monday, June 29th at 7 p.m. To help parents and elementary students to determine their teachers for next year, here is a list of teachers room numbers: Kindergarten-Gustafson-D 109, Maas-D122 1st Grade-Keller-El27, Eastman- El01 2nd Grade-Thompson-El02, Anderson-El 25 3rd Grade-Rasset-El03, Zahrbock-E104 4th Grade-Ketz-E106, Kirkeby- El07 5th Grade-Olson-E108, Radermacher-E 119 6th Grade-Eustice-E109, Hoffman-E 110. Four individuals from Wheaton were arrested by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, June 23 for kidnapping, bur- glary and assault related offenses, which allegedly took place in Beardsley. Danny Barnes 52, Virgil Cole 51, and Darryl Kennedy 43, all of Wheaten were charged with the fol- lowing felonies: Count 1 Kidnapping, Count 2 Burglary in the 1st Degree, and Count 3 and 4 Assault in the 2nd and 3rd Degree. Rebecca Cole 42, also of Wheaton, received felony charges of Aiding and Abetting on those same four counts. According to court documents, the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department received a call about a reported kidnapping on Monday evening, June 22 at ihe Fred Eastman residence in Beardsley. According to documents, upon arrival at the Eastman home, deputies observed that Fred Eastman was visi- bly bleeding with cuts to his head, arms and legs. Eastman stated several suspects had broke through the front door of the house, assaulted him and kidnapped Max Bauer of Traverse County. There was glass lying on the floor of the house, inside the front door and on the floor of the main bedroom according to court documents. Eastman said he was sleeping when the incident occurred and was awakened when something was thrown through his bedroom window. He came out of his bedroom and was allegedly thrown to the ground by two men. He said they held him on the ground, kicked him and told him to, "Stay down and shut up." The documents further states that Eastman said the suspects were yelling, "get him, get him, Max is here." At the time, Bauer, 22, was in an upstairs bedroom and three other residents were in the home. Eastman and two other occupants inside the home said Bauer was drug down the stairs and taken from the home against his will. According to the court reports, the suspects allegedly fled the Eastman property in four vehicles including Bauers. According to the report, Sheriff's Deputies found a bed flipped and bro- ken, in the upstairs bedroom where allegedly Bauer had been, and it appeared a struggle had occurred. Fingerprints were taken at the scene. The Wheaten Police assisted the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department by apprehending Kennedy, Virgil Cole and his wife Rebecca on Tuesday and brought them to the Traverse County Jail. According to the report, a .25 pistol was found in Rebecca Cole's posses- sion. Big Stone County Sheriff's Department brought three of the wit- nesses from the Eastman household to the jail, where they identified the sus- Break-ins at Penguin Bar, Graceville Golf Club Two break-ins were reported last week, one at the Penguin Bar and Lounge in Clinton early Wednesday, June 24 and at the Graceville G01f Club late Thursday or early Friday, June 25-26, according to the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department. According to Deputy Josh Bohlen, entrance into the Penguin Bar and Lounge was gained by removing a bar and climbing through a window. According to owner Jerry Stattelman, a substantial amount of beer and liquor, some cash and other items were taken, as well as damage to the window. The Sheriff's department confiscated some tools that were left by the perpetrators at the Penguin Bar and Lounge. Stattelman announces he is offer- ing a $200 reward for the apprehen- sion and conviciton of these Vandals. The break-in at the Graceville Golf Club occurred late Thursday or early Friday. They report damage to the cash register and to the window where they gained entry. Deputy Bohlen reported that two other area golf courses were also broken into that night, at Wheaton and at Herman. All incidents are currently under investigation, according to Deputy Bohlen. He also reported there were two accidents over the past weekend, one investigated by the State Highway Patrol and a motorcycle accident investigated by the Sheriff's depart- ment. pects. According to documents, the wit- nesses also alleged that Pastor Danny Barnes of Wheaton was a fourth sus- pect who had entered the Eastman home. The Traverse County Sheriff's Department had received a call Monday night from Barnes that he was on his way to Beardsley to talk to a guy about selling drugs. The Big Stone County Sheriff's Department went to the Chuck Bauer residence in'rural Graceville where they found Max Bauer and Barnes. Barnes insisted that he had been at the Bauer residence all evening. Barnes was arrested and taken to the Traverse County Jail. Max Bauer told the Sheriff and deputies that he was ok. According to Barnes, neighbors have been calling the sheriff's depart- ment for months reporting alleged illegal activities at the Eastman resi- dence. "I will go to any place and use any means necessary to evac someone who calls me for help," said Barnes. "If people are in need of help and you try to use legal remedies and they don't work, I will go and rescue them myself." According to Big Stone County Deputy Mark Brown, the Sheriff's (Continued on page 3) MORE THAN "KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY". The corn in Big Stone County has been growing rapidly, with ideal weather the last few weeks. Showing off this year's crop are the children of Ryan and Julie Danielson of Ortonville. From left to right are Drew, (12), Connor, (2) and Bethany, (8). They are shown in a field at the Glen Danielson farm, Ryan's parents, 16 miles northeast of Ortonville. com More than 550 Soldiers, from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery recent- ly finished their pre-deployment train- ing at Fort Hood, TX. The 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery will leave in July for a one- year deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. There are five Minnesota National Guard units deploying from the communities of Montevideo, Appleton, Marshall, Madison, Olivia, Morris and Ortonville. The 1st Battalion 151st Field Artillery will provide Theatre Convoy Security and Force Protection throughout the Kuwait and Iraq Area of Responsibility. During a teleconference last Friday, Lt. Col. Scott St. Sauver, com- mander of the Guard's First Battalion 151st Field Artillery unit, stated that the troops are ready to go. "Troop moral is very good,', said St. Sauver. "The men are coming off a four day pass and we just re-enlisted 39 soldiers for three to six years, so there is very little trouble with moral." They will be responsible primarily for sustainment, deployment and redeployment convoy operations escorting logistical supplies to coali- tion and Iraqi forces. Headquartered in Camp Virginia, Kuwait, the battalion will be orga- nized with a headquarters responsible for command and control, life support and maintenance of four Convoy Security Companies capable of 24 hour operations across the entire the- ater. GIVING BLOOD WHILE ON A FOUR-DAY LEAVE is Kirby Athey of Ortonville, a member of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Unit. Athey and the rest of the Battalion have completed their pre- deployment training at Fort Hood, TX and wdl be leaving for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July. They are expected to return from their deployment in April of 2010. The Red Cross Bloodmobile was in Ortonville last Wednesday at the New Life Community Baptist Church.