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IN on. Dve,ewEr,00,.00o0000uE00n,, NDENT 4VILLE ELEMENTARY. Members of the Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Post Elementary School with a new flag last weel(. Right to left are EI-ayne Falgren, aux- Karn, treasurer, and Elementary Principal Joel Stattelman. period open through 6 for county offices rod for elected including opened gh next following Stone Stone )n or districts one County Commissioner - districts commissioner. one, two and four. Including the city of Ortonville, District one includes Malta, first precinct, District Four's current Graceville and Moonshine townships, commissioner is Bruce Swigerd. and the citie .f Graceviltc and Also filing with the county auditor Johnson. Richard Lane is the current are.candidates for county attorney, District One commissioner. ./auditor, recorder, sheriff and District two includes the'/ treasurer. townships of Browns Valley, Toqtia, According to the Big Stone Foster, Prior and Big Stone, and the cities of Beardsley and Barry. Jeanne Krueger is the current District Two Maatz nominated Nice" award Willmar, son of with, Darren looks to her as someone with a life and is looking out for the customer's security at his job, too. Maatz was recognized with a "Proud to be Minnesota Nice" certifi- cate, as well as a mention in the May 31, 2002 West Central Tribune with the state's other nominees. This is the second year in a row he has been nominated for the honor. Winner of this year's "Minnesota Nice" were two paper carriers in Willmar, who received a total of 56 nominations. that even look at a cus- have to deal County Auditor's office, filing is as simple as stopping in during the two week period, paying a $50 filing fee, and reporting campaign expenses throughout the campaign. The filings for federal, state and judicial offices, including the U.S. Senator and District Seven U.S. representative, as well as state senator for District 20, and State Representative for District 20A, governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and attorney general will file with the Secretary of State in St. Paul. A number of supreme court justices and other judicial offices are also up for election this year. Current filings as of presstime Monday include Richard Lane in District One, Jeanne Krueger, Richard Stielow and Wade Athey in District Two and Bruce Swigerd in District Four. Also, incumbents in the county auditor, attorney, treasurer and recorder have filed. Big Stone Firemen Appreciation Day is this Saturday One and all are invited to come enjoy the day and help support the Big Stone City, SD Volunteer Fire Department during a Firemen Appreciation Day this Saturday, July 13. Beginning the day's activities will be water fights from 2-5 p.m., consist- ing of three or four man teams. From 6-8 p.m., a brat and burger feed will be held, with a free will donation collect- ed. Boogie to the music of John Wiik at the street dance later on, from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and at 11 p.m., one lucky person will be riding home on a new Harley Davidson motorcycle after the drawing is held. Tickets for the bike are available from any fireman or at Marquette Bank of Big Stone City. All events will be held at the Fire Hall on the city's Main Street. IEIR PATRIOTIC DRESS was the Steve Lofgren at the Meadowbrook July 4 Parade. Street hockey Sat. at Ortonville School Strap on your gear for a street hockey exhibition this Saturday, July 13 at Ortonville School's north park- ing lot. Beginning the day at 9 a.m. will be the 4 years and under division, and 5- 8 year-oids will follow at 10 a.m. Those age 9-14 will play at 11 a.m. Bring helmets, sticks, elbow and knee pads. Citizens express concerns on Columbian Hotel to council Ortonville's City Council heard comments from several citizens at its regular meeting last Monday night in regards to the city's Columbian Hotel. Recently, due to fire code regulations, two portable toilets had been installed on the front porch of the hotel, which some felt was an undesirable sight. City resident Mary Ann Ulrich addressed the council, stating she was having a difficult time with the unsightly addition to Ortonviile's mainstreet, and added to have such a thing amongst other businesses was a disgrace. Ulrich then asked council members if ordinances existed to pre- vent portable toilets from being installed in a business district. Ortonville Mayor Dave Dinnel. stated further action could be taken to have the bathrooms removed, and added the city has spent a great deal of money to keep up the historic neigh- borhood where the Columbian Hotel sits. The portable toilets were put in place only after citizens had com- plained to the state's fire marshall about too many people in the building, and it was later determined limits would need to be put on the number allowed in the building, and addition- al restrooms would be needed to adhere to regulations. Columbian Hotel owner Holly Arnst was also present at Monday's meeting, stating the restriction on number of occupants was a rule no other business in town seemed to fol- low. Arnst said she had spent a lot of money in renovating the building after saving the landmark from failing down five years ago, and though the hotel's "Coyote Thursday" promo- tions bring in large crowds from out of town, the council seemed to continual- ly think of reasons to close down the legitimate business. She finished by inviting council members and those concerned citizens to stop by the Columbian Hotel, to dispel the rumors which are circulat- ing about the business. The council took no action, though Dinnel stated he would look into ordi- nances preventing portable bathrooms from mainstreet. In other business last Monday night, a vote to rename Ortonville's Central Park to Orton Park failed. The city's park board had recom- mended the name change after Douglas Orton, descendent of Ortonville's founder, requested the change to pay tribute to the town father. Councilman Dan Oakes stated his opposition, since the entire city was already named after the Ortons and many others have made contributions to the city through the years. Council members denied renaming Central park with their 3-3 vote, as councilmen Oakes, Mel Reinke and Mayor Dinnel opposed the change. GRAND MARSHALS of the Fourth of July parade at the Bayview Addition of Meadowbrook along the Minnesota side of Big Stone Lake were Duane and Mary Jennett, Iongtime residents of the area. Big Stone County creates human resources position Big Stone County's Board of Commissioners approved the job description and advertising for a human resources director, a newly- created position in the county, at its regular meeting last Tuesday. A grade 30 job, the director's pay would range from $19.14-$26.55 per hour, and the HR person would be responsible for supervising all non- exempt staff not already assigned to a department head. The additional cost, though still uncertain until the posi- tion is filled, will be levied to the tax- payers along with other salaries. Commissioners reviewed the essential functions of the job, which include acting as a resource to all 70 county employees on personnel issues such as keeping personnel files updat- ed and providing consistent treatment for all employees throughout the hir- ing process and employment. These duties had previously been performed by department heads, though new laws each year have forced many counties to create a position strictly to deal with personnel matters. Commissioners stated the position could save money for the county in the Circulars, C,,00OThrifty Whiteinside JD.,g long run, since Big Stone County would be keeping up with personnel issues which hadn't been getting addressed previously, and could result in costly lawsuits. Though the county has a personnel committee, its function involves main- ly department head evaluations, and those serving on it have not been trained for personnel matters. Depending o.n the person selected, the position may be full or part time. The human resources director job is similar to that of Traverse County, which has smaller population and maintains a full time coordinator. In other business last Tuesday, board members approved the hiring of Suzanne Souza as the county's 4-H program coordinator, with the county sharing payroll costs with the state. Due to restructuring of the county's extension service, Big Stone County must now provide its own 4-H coordi- nator, but the rearranging of positions has meant no change in county costs. Welcome service for new First English pastOr Sunday First English Lutheran Church of Ortonville wel- comes its new pas- tor Marlene Elmstrom as lead pastor with an installation service this Sunday, July 14 at 9 a.m. Pastor Elmstrom has been for the past eight years associate pastor at Tracy Lutheran Church. Prior to attending seminary she was fiscal administrator in a large public school system. She and her husband Bill, who is the Southwest Minnesota Synod Planned Giving and Stewardship Coordinator, have three daughters and three grandchildren. Both grew up in Forest Lake. All are invited to attend and to par- ticipate in a reception in the fellow- ship hall following the installation and to greet the new pastor and her family. A complete story on Elmostrom and her family will appear in a future issue of The Ortonville Independent. NEARLY 120 YEARS OF HISTORY came to a close Monday morning as the First Baptist Church was torn down by a crew from Ronglien Excavatin of Big Stone City, SD. Beginning its life as a Methodist church in 1885, the building was later sold to the city's Baptists in 1961, before falling into disrepair late in its life and being turned over to the city for demolition.