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AUTO*~M I FOR' t~DC 980 2/!/7100 Sma!ftownp.~r~rs - ~026 '-.8hforn~a Ave SW r-2/ Sea le WA 9,3136-1208 B- !06 Ihl"h'h':dl,lh,ih,ll,I,!lh,l,l,i,hll,h,ll THE Ortonville ~'Town with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" CULPEPPER & MERRI.WEATHER CIRCUS will be in Ortonville on Friday; July 17 at the south end of Big Stone Lake. There will be two scheduled performances at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bring the whole family out to the circus, as the performers will amaze and delight everyone of all ages. Thanks to the sponsorship of OFC, (formerly the Ortonville Jaycees), Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America's Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Ortonville on Friday, July 17 at the south end of Big Stone Lake with two scheduled performances at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Culpepper & Merriweather Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic's Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program. Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in Ortonville is transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the FREE Tour. This presen- tation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about their performers, the histo- ry of their show and the different species of animals in their Circus Family. In this preseritation they will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all of the animals receive. In recent years the Tent Raising and Moming Totir has become a pop- ular program for families and interest- ed community members. It is present- ed in a way everyone, young and old can learn many interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Family. This is a special part of Circus Day that should not be missed. On circus day, the performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute show. This year's lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers. The per- formers are sure to amaze and delight audience members of all ages. Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. Advance tickets are available at: Minnwest Bank Central, Cenex and CenBank. Prices for advance tickets are $6.00 for chil- dren ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free, and $8.00- for adults. On show day tickets will be $7 for chil- dren ages 2-12 and $11 for adults. To purchase tickets with credit card call 866 Big Top 6, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy your tickets early and save. The Ortonville Police Department reports that on Wednesday, July 8, a total of 11 vehicles throughtout Ortonville had been broken into and some items stolen from them. All of the vehicles had the glove boxes gone through and items in the vehicles were thrown all over inside and out- side the vehicles. These incidents started before 2 a.m. and were reported between 2:10 a.m. and 2:07 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. According to Ortonville Interim Police Chief Gary Dinnel, while tam- pering with these vehicles, vandals found one that had keys in the igni- tion. This vehicle was parked in the owners driveway at 915 Main Street. The suspect then stole the 1992 Plymouth Acclaim belonging to Gerald Goetsch. At approximately 10:09 a.m. on July 9, the Ortonville Police Department received another call from a party that lives at 1141 Highway 12 in the Tralier Court in Ortonville, stating that his vehicle had been stolen sometime the night before or early that moming. Taken from in THE FERRIS WHEEL was one of the main attractions for carnival rides at the Big Stone County Fair. front of the house of Jeffrey Koch was a 1998 GMC Jimmy. The keys were left in the ignition. "When I left the scene of the Koch stolen vehicle, I checked the area and found the vehicle was stolen from Gerald Goetsch about a half a block away from where the Koch vehicle was stolen," stated Interim Chief of Police Gary Dinnel. "Apparently the ones who stole the first vehicle also stole the second one." At approximately 7:07 p.m. on July 9, Ortonville Police recovered the Koch vehicle that was stolen stuck in a ditch by the Big Stone City, SD softball diamonds. Although both vehicles were recovered, this does not always hap- pen. Chief Dinnel would like to take this time to tell the citizens of Ortonville that we do have crime and that one way for citizens to help them control crime better would be to keep your vehicle locked, whether on" the stre& or in your garages, or lock your garages. "VCe believe that most, if not all of these vehicles would not have been tampered with had they .been locked." said Dinnel. "I would like to urge the public to call the Ortonville Police department at 839-6161 anytime they hear or see anyone walking around their neighborhood after 1 a.m. Please do not feel you are bothering us. We want to know who is running around town this time of the morning. If a dog starts barking or you hear voices, give us a call and we can check it out. " Dinnel would like to thank the cit- izens of Ortonville for any coopera- tion they can give them. Together we can make our town a safer place to live. I KDIO Temps Hi Low July 5 82 57 July 6 82 57 July 7 73 63 rain July 8 77 61 July 9 82 63 July 10 75 61 July 11 73 55 "Bike into Crazy Specials" is the theme for this year's Ortonville Crazy Day set for this Saturday, July 18 in downtown Ortonville. Come to Ortonville and get ready to Bike for some terrific buys up and down Main Street. The following events will all be held at the Lower Parking Lot, locat- ed across from Hartman's Super Valu in Ortonville. Starting things out at 10 a.m. will be the Coin Dig which will be followed by Design-A-Bike OHS Summer School to begin rgrades 7-12 Ortonville junior and senior high summer school is scheduled for July 20-Aug. 13. It will be held in the Ortonville High School Media Center/Computer rooms. The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Mission Trip Presentation by Kayla Morrill July 15 Kayla Morrill of Clinton will pre- sent a program on her Mission trip to Guatemala this past spring on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Living Hope Fellowship Church in Ortonviile. Bars, coffee and juice will be served following the presentation. All are welcome to attend. I II Ortonville City Council members on a 4-3 vote approved a 63-month lease agreement for a new mail insert- er and postage meter for the City Office at their meeting on Monday, July, 6. The cost for the postage meter is $6,867 and a 5-year maintenance agreement for $1,041.25. Cost for the mail inserter is $4,958.10 and a 5-year maintentance agreement for $1,891. The equipment they have now is old A Public Hearing was held during the regular meeting of the Big Stone County Board on Tuesday, July 7 con- cerning the Bonding of three County projects. The projects include the County Road 63 Project, the Big Stone County Trail Project and work on County Road 78. Total cost for bond- ing would be $1.1 million. The hearing began at 10 a.m. with Board Chairman Brent Olson explain- ing to those in attendance why the timing is good right now to bond for these projects. "We are concerned about extend- ing our reserves," said Olson. "We just don't know where State Government is going to take us. The timing involved, and speaking for myself, it's hard for me to foresee a situation where there is so many hun- gry contractors, people looking for work, and pushing the bidding cost Former professional baseball play- er Mike Kingery will be speaking at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran church in Ortonville, Sunday, July 19 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend this evening of music and worship and enjoy the inspirational words of Kingery. Mike Kingery played professional baseball for 17 years. During that time, he played with the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh ~irates. Throughout his career, he nearly won the National League bat- ting title before the strike shortened the season in 1994 (he was batting .349 at the time). At one point, he (along with Roberto Mejia) hit the first-ever back-to-back home runs at Coors Field. He played alongside All- Plate from 10 a.m. to noon. At 11 a.m. there will be Bike Races with a Bike Parade at 11:45 a.m. Age group for the bike races and coin dig are 0- 4, 5-8 and 9-12. Then at noon, the Ortonville Independent will be sponsoring Fish for Cash in front of the Ortonville Independent. Kids ages 12 and under can sign up to win a bike at the following Ortonville businesses: Radio Shack, Carlson Drug, Liebe Drug, CenBank, Minnwest Bank, JoLee's Jewelry, Hilltop Video, Hartman's Super Valu, GoFasters, Ortonville Flower Shop, Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, NAPA, Hardware Hank, Village Crafts and Gift Shop, Heritage Printing and Krueger License Bureau. Join in the summer fun and get bargains galore up and down Main Street Ortonville this Saturday, July 18 for "Bike into Crazy Specials" Crazy Day. WINNER OF THE HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE during Big Stone City Fireman Appreciation days on Saturday, July 11 was Rod Gustafson of Big Stone City. Rod is shown above with his wife, Lori. Winning $100 was Eldon Wagner of Ortonville and $50 winners were Ed Holker of Beardsley and Justin Athey of Big Stone City. and the lease is expiring and on the recommendation of the Utility Committee the council approved the resolution. Those voting against the purchase were Councilmen Steve Berkner, Mike Dorry and Bob Meyer. The Utility Committee also recom- mended the purchase of a riding floor sweeper for the public works garage. Cost of the equipment is $6,729.51. Money used to pay for this piece of equipment would have come out of the Water Fund. After taking the vote the purchase failed on a 3-3 vote with Councilman Bob Meyer abstaining. Darwin Asmus of the Ortonville Clubhouse was present to inform the council that the clubhouse kitchen had been anywhere from 90 to 100 degrees due to the various kitchen equipment running. With the com- pressor units running at full capacity (Continued on page 3) down and interest rates as low as they are. It's really a unique situation we are in right now." Carolyn Drude of Ehlers and Associates, Inc. was present to answer any questions those in atten- dance may have had. After a brief discussion, the Public Heating was adjoumed at 10i20 a.m. Following the Public Hearing, the County Board passed on a 4-1 vote to authorize the issuance of the Bonds in an amount not to exceed $1 million and approves the plan. Ehlers and Associates, Inc. is hereby authorized, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes to pre- pare and distribute an Official Statement and to solicit proposals for the Bonds on behalf of the County on a negotiated bases. The Board will then meet on Tuesday, Aug. 18 for the purpose of considering proposals for the pur- chase of the Bonds and of taking such action thereon as may be in the best interests of the County. Commissioner Wade Athey cast the lone dissenting vote. Members of the Land Stewardship Project gave a presentation before the Board to envision of where we eat our food and how we can support our local producers better. The group asked for and was granted their sup- port for continuing their efforts. In other County action, the Board approved the On Sale and Sunday Liquor License for Club 7-75 of Odessa. They also renewed their con- tract with Roberts County in South Dakota for housing incarcerated indi- viduals. The next meeting of the County Board will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. Star outfielders including Bo Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr Dante Bichette, and Larry Walker. Mike was born in St. James, in March, 1961. Later that year his fam- ily moved to Atwater. Mike was a highly decorated athlete when he graduated, from Atwater High School* in 1979, winning All-State awards in football, baseball, and track and field. Consequently, he was signed as a free agent out of high school by the Kansas City Royals, Over time, Mike progressed through the Royals minor league system and eventually earned a starting spot in rightfield in 1986. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 1987 where tte played centerfield, only to give way to Ken Griffey, Jr. In 1982, Mike married his wife Chris. Chris and the growing Kingery family traveled with Mike throughout their 15 years in baseball. They settled in Minnesota after Mike's retirement from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996. The Kingery family now lives near Mike's hometown of Atwater. Mike and Chris have eight children; Rachel, Anna, Michelle, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Abigail, David, and Joshua. The most important thing in life to Mike is his relationship with Jesus Christ. During the 1980 baseball season in Sarasota, FL, Mike became a Christian through the ministry of a small Baptist church. Mike is a well received moliva- tional speaker. Using his life experi- ences in baseball and the experience of raising a large family, he relates valuable insights and engages any audience with his good nature and humor.