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]NDE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community"  Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, July 7, 1998 Volume 80; Number 23 RAL FOR THE BIG STONE COUNTY MUSEUM. Larry Megaard of Watertown, SD is shown on the prairie chicken display in the Artichoke Lake General Store at the Big Stone County rd st'ated he paints the" lan'dscapes to "make you feel like you're there" aqd will also be I blades of crass for the disp|ay. Funding for the mural was donated by Vincent and etegh=.r of OrtonviHe. The Stegners stated the North American Wildlife display, a collection of =..UO-birds and other animals, sould be in place by late September, and an upcoming raffle of a prairie chicken print will help fund other improvements at the museum. 00'Stone City's inkpa Days ratnon set. thus weekend /, July I I & 12 marks ofBi Stone Cit , SD's icx_  Y 7'Jays celebration. trday morning, the One car accident With the weigh in for pull at 10 a.m. at The kiddie parade 1 a.m., and begins at the school playground. A miniature tractor pull is at 11:30 a.m., and the antique tractor pull will be at noon. Spectators are asked to bring their lawn chairs for these events. At 1:30 p.m., the turtle races will start, with alamb chase following at 2:30 p.m. The frisbee contest will Dike Road at 1 p.m., with the parade (Continued on page 10) Saturday morning A one-car accident occurred Saturday morning at 2:53 a,m. along Hanson, Lieb enrolled in elite U.S. service academies Two local men, Mark Hanson of Ortonville and Travis Lieb of Big Stone City, SD, are both currently enrolled in the country's top service academies, Travis is in the Army at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and Mark is in the Air Force at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, CO. Mark Hanson, 19, son of Dallas and Marilyn Hanson of Ortonville and a 1997 OHS graduate, is enrolled in a four year program at the academy, which includes general education classes, flight training and other military courses. He is one of- only about 1,000 cadets accepted t 9 the program per year, and is currently. home on summer leave until July 19. "I've wanted to fly evei" since I was little, and in high school my dad suggested the academy, so I started applying," Hanson says. "Everyone told me that I'd never make it in, but ! did." To receive acceptance into the academy, a cadet must receive a recommendation from a United States Congressman. Hanson had applied for a spot in the academy since his junior year in high school and received his recommendation from Congressman. David Minge. Applicants are selected based on grades, physical fitness and high school and community activities. Hanson was notified of his acceptance into the four year program in February of 1997, and began his six week basic training June 26. Hanson says that training at the U.S. Air Force Academy the first year consists of a good deal of academics, including rifle runs, Air Force history and knowledge. "Following the first year," Hanson says, "you get into the good stuff, like soaring, flight Classes at the academy are taught mostly by upperclassmen, and he says that the older cadets also teach underclassmen a lot about respect. "The freshmen have their rooms inspected daily by the seniors, and the freshmen have to serve the upperclassmen at meals," Hanson said. "We have to remember exactly what each one likes, right down to the number of ice cubes in their water glass." Hanson chose to major in chemistry at the academy, and says that if a career in the military ever falls through, he will definitely become a doctor. (Continued on page 9) MARK HANSON AND TRAVIS LIEB are both attending elite United States Service Academies, and were home last week on summer leave. Hanson, left, of Ortonville, is a sophomore at the United States Air I benefit st= at 3:30 p.m., and the bale rolling Highway 12 between Ortonville and Force Academy near Colorado Springs, CO, and Lieb, right, of Big Stone contest is at 4 p.m. Big Stone City, SD. " simulation and combat." City, SD is a senior at West Point near New York, NY. Officer Natalie Hanson of the St. July 17 e lawn mower obstacle course, ,,.banceforDeWayne which teststheskillsofmowerhot Cloud StateHighwayPatrolstated Karels fights wildfires in Florida lln family of Odessa rodders, will start at 4:30 p.m. .... that the driver, Cheryl Elizabeth Bue, hOme in a fire Jun e Therewill be arts and crafts alllddy 17 ofMilbank, SD, was alone in the ,., ,, naten=n- " , 1Lm/kldFriday, Julyl7th from l0a.m, until early even(ng at vehicle, a,1989 Pontiac 6000 headed was featured on NBC' l tO midnight at the Big the ballfield, with vendors displaying west. Bue s vehicle ran off the road S Legion , their creations, and struck a tree. "We have nothing ll,, be provicled by'Kick There will be a pork feed at the official at this time, but we assume d?KdarI'en3ta yil;ndwthe ;r w  - Todd Sa0dlrg D.J. Big Stone City Fire Hall Saturday that the vehicle Was totalled," Hanson I wife, and she was told the group given awa =ill ni ht - g, Y g evening from 6-8:,30 p.m., and a street said., la uAS :t nt othtr Chieli tf h: James is in lost 200 homes to the fire :-", cket drawings held dance featuring ' Henry s Sights and According to the State Patrol's featured on the Division of Forestry and works with last Wednesday and five of the Sounds ' will start at 9 p.m. report, Bue was cited for driving June 26 edition of the Florida State Forestry Office. He group's firemen were sent to the Sunday begins with a clean-up at 7 under the influence and taken to the NBC's Dateline, lives with his wife Debbie and two hospital. "We just pray that they're l,re details in next Ortonville hospital. She was later Independent. a.m. Parade line-up begins" along the released with no injuries. open today for many Stone County positions two00 klL-mn and s in ight o fill a two part series county positions the duties eas include. This btlight is on the trot, Treasurer and oner's seats. is looking for a number of Ithe county including I t County' Auditor, 'COrder, Sheriff and 'eli as two county "s and four Soil and ervation District supervisors, Responsibilities of the County Auditor include calculating taxes, property taxation, coordinating elections, and being the "chief financial officer of the county", stated Judy Pattison, who has held the office for 16 years. In addition, the Auditor is responsible for bill paying and the processing of those payments. County employee compen'sation and the administering of fringe benefits are also duties that the Auditor must handle. Annual salary for the position is $,$4,056.74. Applications for the Auditor position, as well as the other available positions will be taken July 7, and sign up for this election year ends after a two week filing period at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Besides paying a $50 filing fee, applicants must also be eligible to vote in the state of Minnesota, be at least age 21 by next January when the term begins, and he a resident of the county for a minimum of 30 days. The County Auditor delivers many services to area residents, the most important of which is taxes. The (Continued on page 11) and spoke about his work fighting the wildfires on the fireline in Florida. According to the Dateline program, the wildfires, which total more than 1,500 since Karels Memorial Day, have burned 79 homes and almost 247,000 acres - mostly forest, palmetto scrub and swamp land, from one tip of the state to another. Karels, a 1979 OHS graduate, stated that "it' like we're losing battles every day out there. When conditions get this way, there's nothing anyone can really do to stop it physically." Karels studied forestry for two years in Crookston and received his degree in forest resources silviculture from the College of Forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1984. He children Joe, 7, and Ben, 4, in Tallahassee,'FL. Working between 16 and 18 hours per day, Karels and thousands of other firefighters flown in from all across the country work continuously on the blaze. The Dateline report stated tractors are digging lifelines, planes are dropping water and other chemicals, and fire engines help to contain the blaze around the clock, while Karels works on the front lines. He stated that a fire of this size is actually capable of making its own weather, by sending clouds of ash into the sky which produce lightning storms, igniting more and more fires and allowing it to grow. Karels' mother Cathy says that she hears only a few small details every now and then from her son, since he's not able to leave the front lines for too long and is only home three or four hours per day to sleep. Cathy said that she tries to keep updated as best she can from James' all safe down there," she says. James said, "When you're out there, your mind is constantly racing. Your always thinking of what you're next move is going to be and where the safety zones are:" As of presstime Monday, all of Florida's 67 counties have been affected by the blaze, and a total of 458,000 acres and 222 homes and businesses have been destroyed. County Fair Premium lists now available Big Stone County Fair will be held July 23-26 this year and it's time to think about exhibiting! Premium Lists are now available in the area banks or you may get one by contacting Elaine Gustafson at 325-5963. Residents of Big Stone County and neighboring counties are invited to exhibit. If you haven't exhibited in recent years, it is hoped you will consider exhibiting this year. / HIGH SCHOOL IS GONE. The three story building housing Ortonville High School down last week. A new media center will now occupy the area where the old building had to be demolished in the school renovation project because it did not meet fire safety codes and was not handicap accessible. The 4uilding's debris will 6e completely gone by the end of this week. (photo by Mike Barnhardt)