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1647 *********************** FOR ADC 980 99 SMALLTOWNPAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 IM" fM,,-fr,,ff,,fh,,,,fk,hlfk,,f,,k,,M, ff,, Ortonville  k Town with a heart" N N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Volume 92: Number 25 Volunteers sought St e nCity, SD125th for Huebner benefits O n elebratlo this weekend bake sale during the Big Stone City 125th anniversary celebration this weekend. Anyone interested in helping serve at the stand, or baking cookies, bread or bars, is asked to contact Sara Shelstad at 605-521- 5464, or 320-487-0149. A BBQ feed and auction is being planned for Aug. 1 at the Big Stone City School. A planning meeting will be held Saturday, July 17 at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in helping plan the benefit or distribute flyers is encouraged to attend the meeting. If you have items you wish to donate toward the auction, contact Shelstad. Huebner is recovering at Regions Hospital after sustaining injuries from a train accident. Cards can be sent to him at the following address: Carlos Huebner, Regions Hospital, W3 Rm. 3604, 640 JacksonStreet, St. Paul, MN 55101. Carlos owns and operates Huebner Construction. He and his wife Amber have five young children. First Bank and Trust Milbank has established and is accepting deposits to a benefit account for Huebner. Contributions can be made payable to the Carlos Huebner Benefit Account, c/o First Bank and Trust, 215 4th Avenue W., Milbank, SD 57252. Big Stone City man injured in truck rollover A Big Stone City, SD man is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries after a single- vehicle accident on Highway 75 near Clinton early Sunday morning. Nathaniel A. Harmening, 25, was 'traveling south on Highway 75 south of 350th Street when his 2000 Dodge Dakota Truck ran off the road hitting a field approach and rolled several times. Harmening was alone in the vehicle at the time. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Harmening was transported by the Ortonville Ambulance to the Ortonville Hospital and later airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Assisting the Minnesota State Patrol at the scene were the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, Ortonville Ambulance Service, Ortonville Fire Department and Clinton Fire Department. Correction The Ortonville City Council will meet Tuesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center of the Ortonville Public Library; not on Monday, July 5 as stated in last week's Ortonville Independent. HOT OFF THE PRESS are the new Big Stone Lake Area guides. Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Director Katie Weber is shown above at the Ortonville Independent receiving the first of the new magazines. They are free to the public and are available at local businesses and at the Chamber office. The guides contain information about area activities, happenings and attractions. The guides'were pub' lished by the Independent with advertising sold by Tri-State Printing and Aiparel in cooperation with the Chamber. Loraine Nolting to.serve as parade Grand Marshal Long time Big Stone City, SD res- ident Loraine Nolting, has been selected as the Grand Marshal for this weekend's" 125th Celebration Parade in Big Stone City. Loraine has lived in Big Stone City since 1930 and has resided at her cui'rent address since 1950. For 47 years, Loraine taught piano lessons to area students, Worked 19 years as.a Clerk for the Big Stone City Post Office and as she states, has been a housewife for 70 years. "The students that I gave piano lessons to made my day," said Loraine. "Being Clerk at the Post Office, I met some wonderful people. Every job I had I enjoyed." Loraine has been very active over the years in Big Stone City. She was a member of the Round Table Club most of her adult life and became an honorary member last year. She was also a member of the Big Stone Alumni Choir as an accompanist. The Alumni Choir formed in 1982 and performed through out the area until about one year ago. A member of the Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, Loraine sang in the choir, played piano and taught Sunday and Bible School. Loraine has two children; Cheryl McDaniel of Pensacola, FL and Gary McDaniel of Victoria; two step-chil- dren; Jan Schmidt and Larry Swenson; three grandsons, one grand- daughter, six great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Loraine is humbled and honored' to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 125th celebration. "This is really quite an honor," said Loraine. "I'm very humbled and at the same time very excited to have this experience." Work continues on Phase 3 of Hospital Replacement Project pital nurses station Starting at patient room #306 and south. This area will be the connecting link to the new inpatient building. Once Phase 3 is completed, PHASE 4, the final phase, will be a short one to two month phase and will bring the final project all together with a single common entrance and removal of the last part of the 1952 building and create an expanded patient and visitor park- ing area. They estimate completion of the total project to be in early 2011. Another part of the project that will be completed will be the new Heli-pad, which will be located on the west end. of the building. Cornfest planning meeting set Thurs. Work continues to progress on the Ortonville Hospital Project as Phase 3 is expected to be completed sometime this fall. Phase 3 encompasses the new main entrance, combined hospital and clinic admissions and business office, laboratory, medical records, environ- mental services, surgical services, out- reach services and completion of the trauma area. Phase 3 began with the demolition of most of the old hospital. The only part that is remaining operational dur- ing Phase 3 is the area south of the hos- PHASE 3 OF THE ORTONVILLE HOSPITAL REPLACEMENT PROJECT is continuing and is expected to be completed sometime late this fall. Shown above is the future location of an electric fireplace that will reet visitors as they enter the main lobby in the front entrance of the ospital. Volunteers wil.1 be meeting this Thursday, July 8 at 12 noon in the back room of the Pizza Ranch in Ortonville to help organize events for Ortonville's 72nd annual Cornfest celebration. Anyone who is interested in helping or bringing ideas for activities is encouraged to come to the meeting. If you would like to help, but cannot attend the meeting, call Katie at the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-839- 3284. This year's Cornfest will be held Aug. 20 - 22. The work and preparation is wind- ing down as Big Stone City gears up for their 125th Celebration this week- end, July 9-11. Committees have been hard at work for a year planning the many events tfiat will take place. Big Stone. City was founded in .1880, but the incorporation of Inkpa City, Geneva, Big Stone City and Betcher's Addition took place on March 13, 1885. Events will start with a bang this Friday at 6 p.m. with the lighting of firecrackers and the opening of the time capsule. This will be followed by a Little Miss and Mr. contest, old time dance and beard judging all at the Liquor Store parking lot. At 9 p.m. Soundwave will play in front of the Fire Hall. Saturday will start with Dad's Bel- gium Waffle Feed from 7-10 a.m., fol- lowed by kid's games, kiddie parade, kiddie tractor pull, chili cook-off, water fights, lawn mower poker run and the motorcycle poker run. A Car Show , will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with Bingo at the Senior Center from 2-4 p.m. Events will be held in the down- town area. The Fireman's Burger and Brat Feed will be held at the Fire Hall from 5-7 p.m. with a free will offering. Many vendors and food booths will also be open throughout the weekend. Saturday night will include a street dance with MasterPlan starting at 8 p.m. and Kory and the Fireflies at 9:30 p.m. The drawing for the Harley Davidson Motorcycle will be held at midnight. In addition to the celebration on Sat- urday, an all-school reunion will be held at the Big Stone American Legion Post. The reunion committee includes Arvene VanHout, Howard Janssen, Virginia Bunting, Larry R0ggenbuck, Clara Zeek and Deb Wiik. It's not to late to sign-up for the all-school re- union. Send $15 to the Big Stone City Alumni, PO Box 41, Big Stone City, SD 57216 There are currently over 200 signed up for the all-school re- union. Sunday starts with the Alumni serv- ing rolls and coffee at Douthitt Park followed by a non-denominational church service at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m., the Grand Parade will begin. A reminder that line-up for the parade will begin at noon. There are nearly 75 parade entries. Lorraine Nolting will be this years Grand Mar- shal. Lorraine grew up in Big Stone City, graduating from Big. Stone High School in 1938. She has lived in Big Stone City all her life. The events on Sunday will conclude with ,'. watermelon feed at the Fire Hall after the parade, at which time the win- ners of the parade floats and vintage clothing contest will be announced. There will be raffle drawings taking place for a special edition" rifle, 32" TV, Wii gaming system and many more items. At 5 p.m. there will be an old timers softball game at the Big Stone City ball field. Throughout the weekend, there will be parking available across from the The Shop, St. Charles Catholic Church and the ball field. They will be running trolley rides to take people from the parking areas to downtown and also to the church service. Make sure to purchase your Cen- tennial buttons and bring the whole family for a fun filled weekend for the 125th Celebration in Big Stone City. Plaque honoring founder of Ortonville unveiled Saturday The history of Ortonville will come to life this weekend with the unveiling of a plaque honoring the Founder of Ortonv]lle, Cornelius Knute Orton, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the comer of Madison Avenue and Main Street. Cornelius Orton was born in 1846 in Dane County, WI. His parents were Knute Ole and Anne Knutsdtr Hov- land. In 1853, the family moved to Iowa and in 1857 to Fillmore County, MN. Cornelius grew to manhood in Fillmore County and married his wife Augusta Westling in La Crosse, WI on June 1, 1869 She was born in Sweden on Nov. 9, 1851, came ,to America as a young child, and grew to omanhood in Wabasha County. In 1871, C.K. and Augusta moved to Big Stone County. He took 160 acres on which to town that bears his name, Ortonville, was founded. Orton helped organize Big Stone County and served as chairman of the board of County Commissioners, along with being mayor of Ortonville and its first postmaster. He was president, of Orton's bank, served as a director of the Fargo Southern Railroad and was a large stock-holder in the Big Stone Lake Navigation Company. Cornelius and Augusta had six chil- dren: Clara Alice Janette, born Feb. 19, 1872; Clark Walter born March 7, 1874; Mary Adella, born March 15 1876; Carl Edward, born Oct.'2, 1877; Nell born Aug. 2,0, 1879; and Dwight Wesley, born April 8, 1881. C.K. Orion died at his home on Dec. 24, 1890. The Orton family reunion is being held this weekend. The plaque was in- stalled through a grant from the Insti- tute of Museum and Library Services. The goal of this project was to " stim- ulate, encourage, and promote the Or- tonville and Big Stone Lake Area as a welcoming, desirable and friendly place to visit and live." Everyone is invited, to attend this event as the Ortons are welcomed to Ortonville. Hospice launches pet visits program for area patients "Canine Care for the Journey" is a Rice Hospice program tllat has been in place since December of 2009. Ortonville/Graceville, Willmar and Montevideo were the first communi- ties to implement the program that consists 0fpet visits to people in hos- pice care. The pets are proven to be a calm- ing presence and have a soothing effect to patielats they visit, said Kathy Oakes who is one of the certi- fied pet handlers in the canine care program in the Ortonville/Graceville satellite offices of Rice Hospice. Oakes has been a volanteer for Rice Hospice since the Ortonville/Graceville branch was formed in the 1980s. She has always enjoyed visiting and helping care for patients in hospice and she has always had a love for dogs. So when she learned of the new pet program she was excited to become a part of it. Though she and her husband Terry of Ortonville don't have, a dog at the present time, they have had dogs most of their lives. Their son Dan and wife Vickie have a Labradoodle, which is a Labrador/Poodle cross named Maxine, that was needing attention now that their son Tenton had left the house for college. Kathy talked to them about the Hospice pet program and they all decided it would be a perfect fit for Max because she is such a social and friendly dog: The dogs are certified through Therapy Dogs Incorporated, which means they and their handlers have been through a' training program designed for dogs to work with peo- ple, andin this case, they visit hospice patients. They also have their American Kennel Club Good Citizen certification. "Studies have shown that during pet visits, if a patient isn't afraid of dogs pulse rates and blocd pressure t-nay be lowered, triglyceride and cho- lesterol levels are decreased, and endorphins are released which may decrease pain. The pets can be quite a substantial diversion from the day to day routine for patients allowing a new focal point," said Mary Seifert, READY FOR A VISIT to someone in hospice care are Kathy Oakes of Ortonville and Max!ne. They enjoy visiting with patients in the community. Therapy Dog Coordinator, Rice Hospice. The dogs may also elicit entirely different conversations from patients. Some patients who haven't communi- cated in years began sharing verbal stories about their own pets. Kathy and Max were among the first graduating class of the Rice Hospice Canine Care for the Journey program in October of 2009 in Willmar. When working, Max wears her purple training vest and Kathy wears her Rice Hospice Badge. She carries in her backpack at all times water and a collapsable dish, a cloth to wipe Maxine's paws and their certification papers Max along With all the dogs in the care program recieve yearly vet- erinary exams, fecal checks and are up to date on all shots. Kathy's grand- son Trent gives Max regular baths Kathy and Max visit hospice patients in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes about two to three times a week in Ortonville, Clinton, Graceville and Appleton. Canine Care for rthe Journey is a complimentary program offered by Rice Hospice along with Music Therapy and Healing Touch.,