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County Review) p MASS at Schmidt's Landing following the fishing tournament on Monday was Bishop to. sat at picnic tables and surrounding the canopied area where the field mass was eel- shores of Big Stone Lake on Monday afternoon by Bishop Robert J. Carlson.-Review Fishing Tourney Raises s for Seminarians' Education was raised of seminarians annual Bishop's at Schmidt's Lake, on sponsored parish, Big Catholic Eastern South was favor- fishing was team, corn- and Maria 6.5 pounds of and hyVan Meyer. lnalm Very Rev. Sioux newly Rev. Douglas and other temporary under a tent 120 wor- The l][laS8 a social hour and Seminar Center Party scheduled the Ortonville cancelled. party in will be seminar is set for at the Ortonville nsored by the and The .nc., and is made Pharmaceutical the Center will - :nopausal include who is diagnosed and take a stand Each attendee sk assessment, literature. Prints Styles aviabla Thompson 227 MN 56278 In expreesing his pleasure with the response to the first tourna- ment at Big Stone Lake, Bishop Carlson expressed his satisfaction in the fact that five men had been ordained' th/s year to serve the "people of the prairie." This is the largest number ordained in the diocese in one year in the past 20 years. He is looking forward to ordain- ing nine in the year 2002. He also said he was greatly encouraged by the fact that there are now 30 seminarians from the diocese studying for the priesthood. He inla-odncod several that were pre- sent including Dana Christansen of MilbaniL "This great harvest of seminari- ans is due in part ot th prayers of so many'people, parish vocation committees and the parish priest8 who are great role models." He also expressed his thanks to Blue Cloud Abbey without whose help the diocese would not be able to keep its 157 parishes flourishing. In dosing, the bishop also expressed his thanks to the many volunteers who had sponsored the tournament, provided the prizes and helped with the arrange- ments. He will sponsor a second tournament next year. Father Ray Otto, pastor at St. Charles, who offered th doJing prayer, also announced that next year Annunciation Parish, Revillo, will be a co-sponsor with St. Charles. Message From LeAnn... I We are well into summer and are enjoying all the warm weather that has come our way. Our living space has now moved into our backyards and on to our LeAnn Ke decks where we can enjoy all the flowers and trees that are in bloom To add to your [ enjoyment, why not add a Droll Yankees bird feeder! I They have always been a leader in the bird feeding indus- try, creating and producing feeders that are practical, I functional and durable. Their feeders are made to last for ' many years. I A large shipment has just arrived at the store in a great variety of styles and sizes. They would make a great gift ] for the homeowner when you're invited to a backyard bar- u becue! [ Did you know that to prevent spilled bird seed from [ sprouting on the ground, you should bake it lightly? Place I it in a shallow pan at 150 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. ] I "A South Dakota Century Old Business" EPlA/YUEL 00usmruse A#o cAsPer [ HOURS: Mon,-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm I Toll Free 888..4..-4.0 60-4....4..0 306 South Third Street * Milbank, South Dakota 57252 7, 1998 THE EAHTONKA which docks at the foot of Big Stone Lake in Ortonville brought more than 50 people to town last week on a bus from Southwest Tours of Willmar. The tourists took a ride on the 45 ' double decker excursion boat and visited area attractions such as Rausch Bros. Monument Co., the Big Stone Co. Historical Society and Mallard Point. The Eahtonka and Big Stone Lake Excursions have brought more than 10 bus loads of toursists to the Big Stone Lake area this summer from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. They have many more bus tours booked this season. County filings. (Continued from page 1) individual works with townships, cities and school districts to calculate taxes, and is also responsible for calculating delinquent taxes. It is the auditor's duty to make sure the county is in compliance with state tax codes, and also to manage ditch assessments and funding. The office keeps a log of landowners and corresponding ditch systems, and also keeps track of funds available for repair and improvement projects The auditor also serves as clerk for the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners and takes official minutes of the meetings, and also creates agendas and correspondence for the board. Currently, the County Auditor's office has one part time and three full time employees, and has an annual budget of $123,905. The County Treasurer, as custodian of all county funds, is responsible for monitoring cash flow, and has the same position requirements as those of County Auditor. The office of County Treasurer is currently held by Cindy Nelson, who has held the position for 5 years. The treasurer must keep a full and accurate account of all money received and paid out, including preparing a trial balance showing the status of all county funds and requires daily recording of collections, disbursements, cash book entries and bank reconciliations. This requires accuracy in monitoring funds, adherence to legally correct and professional accounting standards, and careful management of the county's cash flow and investment programs. In addition to these duties, the treasurer is also responsible for the collection of real estate, property and other taxes, as well as calculating the financial distribution made to each township, school district, city and special taxing district. There is also one half-time employee to aid in the treasurer's duties. The annual budget h)r the County Treasurer's office is $57,696, and the positio n has an annual salary of $32,417.58. In addition, the county commissioner positions currently held by Elwood Throndrud and Jeanie Krueger are available, with an annual salary of $10,000.12. Krueger's seat (district two) includes the city of Beardsley, and the townships of Browns Valley, Foster, Prior and Big Stone. Throndrud's seat (district four) includes the city of Ortonville, first ward. Commissioners spend a lot of time working with and representing people. They attend regular meetings of the county board as well as meetings of the board subcommittees and county-related boards and commissions. Qualifications of county board members include being a county resident and age 18 or older. No commissioner may hold another elected position at the same time. The primary elections for these positions will be held September 15, and the nationwide general elections will be November 3. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY N N Ortonville Homeowners who live along the street improvement project Now is the time to upgrade the sewer and water pipes on your property to eliminate problems in the future. Save money by doing it now while your yard is torn up, so you don't have to dig it up again and reseed it twice. If you've never done anything to your sewer or water pipes since you've moved into your house, now would be the time. Call Ken Hillman today for free estimates on excavating and pipe replacement. 320-273-2277 or 1-800-939-5126 All types of commercial and i'esidential excavation. ODESSA, MINNESOTA LICENSED- BONDED- INSURED-  INDEPENDENT Page 11