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Governor awards Ortonville $200,000 flood relief grant Yet another small worlder. For the past two years, we have sold a case of our Hobo Soup to former resident, Ruth (Spanyers) Brown of Starbuck, Attention area businesses: if your business had been adversely affected by the 1997 flood, assistance is now available through a $200,000 Minnesota Investment Fund grant to the city of Ortonville. Under the provisions of the grant, the city of Ortonville will make deferred loans to businesses hurt by the spring flood. Jeanette Knip, Ortonville Economic Development Authority secretary stated that priority will be given to businesses located in the 100 year flood plain and those which have received damage to their structure as a resultof the 1997 floods. Governor Arne Carlson stated ",.hat he was pleased to be able to provide some economic recovery assistance to the businesses Of Ortonville that were damaged by the natural catastrophe. "While this assistance may not completely cover the losses, it will supplement their own efforts and allow them to return to operating their business," he said. Jay Novak, Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development commissioner added that the awarding of this grant meets this administration's goal to retain and who has displayed it at the city's annual Heritage Days held in June. She has told us the sale of the soup has gone over in a big way both years. Last week, we received a call from a Marlys Opheim of Pine City, who owns and operates a business called "Memories", which features thousands of items sold on consign- ment. She and her husband have operated the place for the past three years, and she wanted to buy a cou- ple cases of Hobo Soup to sell at her store• Where had she learned of Hobo Soup? The Opheims had lived in Starbuck for many years and were good friends of Ruth Brown and her late husband Les (a former OHS Supt. for many years). Thank you Marlys ..• and thank you, Ruth, for another Hobo Soup customer! An end of another era was marked last week with the passing of Ruby (Meyers) Balster. For many years, Ruby was one of the leaders among women in our com- munity, and she was a devot- ed fan of this newspaper, her husband, the late H.R. "Heinie" Balster serving as the foreman and head lino- type operator for The Independent for a total of 55 years. An avid sports lady, highly active in the Ortonville Ladies Golf Association, Ruby was instrumental in starting our city's tennis courts. To be sure, she will be missed by many and especially by yours truly and our entire staff. Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (VBOB) have completed plans for its Annual Reunion in San Man sentenced Wednesday for auto theft in Ortonville James V. Rioux, 22 of rural Twin Brooks, SD was sentenced Wednesday to 22 months plus restitution on a charge of theft which occurred in September of 1995 in the Bills Super Valu Plus parking lot in Ortonville. According to court documents, on September 19, 1995, the Ortonville Police Department received a call from Bea Homan that she had parked her vehicle, a 1987 Cadillac, on First Street near Cenbank with the keys in the ignition• Homan stated that she had entered the grocery store for approximately 10 minutes and when she returned, the vehicle was missing• Approximately 45 minutes later, the Milbank Police Department reported a 1988 Nissan stolen in Milbank, SD. The Nissan was recovei'ed the same day in the Super Valu parking lot in Ortonville, the documents stated• Court documents also stated that on October 12, 1995, the Ortonville Police Department received a call from officer Mike Hassbrock of the Customs Office in Blaine, WA inquiring if the car was still listed as stolen. Hassbrock stated that there were two suspects in the vehicle, one a juvenile and the other James Rioux. Hassbrock turned the matter over to the Blaine Police Department, and Rioux was released on his own recognizance. Rioux was ordered to pay restitution to Homan for her vehicle, valued at approximately $8,000, but had not paid as of the due date in March of this year, the documents stated. At Rioux's plea hearing Wednesday, he was ordered to serve 22 months, and though he will pay no fine, he was ordered to pay restitution as a civil judgement. Construction underway on three area highways Minnesota State Highway 7, which extends north from Ortonville to Beardsley, Highway 12 starting three miles east of OrtonviUe and extending 18 miles to the east, and Lac qui Parle County Highway 7, which becomes Big Stone County Highway 15 at the county line, will be undergoing con- struction in the coming weeks. Leroy Anderson, Lac qui Parle county engineer, stated that their county highway will have some regrading and widening done, with new shoulder slopes and-grovel for done at intermittent locations• Starting today, Tuesday July 21, crews will begin working on the shoulders of Highway 7, with the overlaying of the new driving surface starting on Wednesday. It is expected that the project will take five working days to complete. Along with this new dri- ving surface, a one-foot gravel shoul- der will be added to each side of the roadway. The Highway., 12 overlay work will take three working days to complete. During this resurfacing project, Francisco, Sept• 3-7, 1998• Activities future asphalt surfacing consist of a healthy dose of cama Craw will be workingoaJ.h¢ bigh- raderie, tours of the city and Golden way from now until September, he Gate Bridge, etc. There will be many said. other functions plus a rededication of a memorial in honor of those Battle of the Bulge veterans who were killed in action or have since passed away, and many other functions. Former resident and native son Randy Roder, now of Waite Park sends a nice letter to Ortonville's Ron According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, work is set to begin on Highway 7 near Ortonville this week. The 15-mile project will start two miles north of Ortonville and end 17 miles to the north. The project will involve overlaying a new driving sur- face on this stretch of road, to provide a new and smooth driving surface. Highway 12 will have overlays traffic on both highways will be limit- ed to one lane. Since visibility., on Highway 7 is limited and the project will be moving throughout the day, MNDOT will use a pilot car to guide traffic through the work zone• This car will also increase traveler safety throughout the project. Traffic on Highway 12 will be con- trolled by flaggers on the scene stop- ping traffic in one direction and allow- mg it to proceed in the other, while taking turns throughout the day. During evening hours, both lanes will be open for tmffig to pass through. Beling regarding the "split personality" photo of Ron and the unusual tree in a recent issue. We feel it wor- thy of print here: "Dear Ron: It was nice to see the tree in your back yard is still grow- ing. I remember when my father, Dale Roder, planted the trees. At one time there were two trees in the back- yard. One was located west of our garden and one to the east. One day a strong wind came through and both trees were broken. My father took the broken off top from the tree to the west and attached it to the trunk of the tree to the east, which is the one remaining in your backyard. Ever since the following sum- mer, the tree has had two dif- ferent types of leaves. Hope you enjoy it. We sure did. 1998 relay for life Form or join a team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. What are you doing on Saturday night, August 22? How does an all nighter with your friends, family or coworkers sound? What if it involved games, food, exercise and a party atmosphere? What if it helped save lives? You're invited to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, an overnight event held at the Ortonville track field• Teams of 10 people walk, run or jog from dusk till dawn for the battle against cancer. One member of each team must be on the track at all times• For those not walking or running, there will be games, activities, food and live enter- tainment. Oh, you want to sleep? Teams also set up tents around the track for those who need to rest. The Relay for Life supports the Big Stone County Unit of the American Cancer Society, which offers services to cancer patients and their families, educates people about reducing their cancer risks, and pro- vides money for critical cancer research. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, and to get to know the ones you already have. It is also a chance to have fun while fighting America's biggest killer. Call Monte Matheson, 839-2836 to sign up to be a member of a team or to register your own team. Friend and former colleague Dave Torgerson of Clinton asked us the other day if we had heard of the new "tag" that is going around. People ask if you're a CAVE person or not, to which Dave informs us that CAVE means "Citizens Against Virtually Everything !" Seems there are a lot of this type all over the world, says Dave. We agree! Saeger hired by Sioux Falls Radio Station Nate Saeger, a 1993 OHS graduate and 1988 graduate of South Dakota State University, has accepted a full- time position as Broadcast News Assistant at Midcontinent Radio of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. Nate is one of four persons who make up the Midco Radio News Team, reporting for KELO-AM, KELO-FM, KRRO, WSN an'd KTWB. Nateds the brother of Noelle Saeger and grandson of Helen Johnson and Betty Saeger, all of Ortonville. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS expand business in Minnesota, which in this Case will protect the businesses . and the jobs of the Ortonville area. The Minnesota Investment Fund is an eomic development tool used to create-and retain high quality jobs across Minnesota. DTED uses the resources of state government to help foster a business climate that creates quality jobs in the state. Knip stated that the deferred loans will be given based on need, location and the amount of damage sustained. Those interested in obtaining a loan can contact the Ortonville EDA at 839-2618• Women fails to appear in court on auto charges Jennifer Lynn VanVranken, 20, of Graceville failed to appear for sentencing at the Big Stone County Courthouse Wednesday, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. According to court documents, VanVranken had pied guilty to an amended charge of theft, a gross misdemeanor at a hearing held June 26 at the Big Stone County Courthouse• VanVranken was originally charged with two counts - theft and theft of a motor vehicle, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five jail, a $10,000 fine or both. She agreed to plead guilty to the amended theft charge, and the other was dropped, according to Big Stone County Court documents. VanVranken was arrested by Big Stone County Deputy Sheriff John Haukos June 13 after she had returned to Ortonville, and was taken to the Stearns County Jail in St. Cloud. She made a first appearance on both charges in Kandiyohi County Court June 15, and again in Big Stone County Court June 26 where the guilty plea was entered. Court documents also indicated that following the plea hearing, VanVranken was released on her own recognizance. Big Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning stated that the department has heard VanVranken may be headed for Indiana, and may now be facing additional charges. Gov't will help fund child care ' Big'StGne Ctiffnty Family Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning, currently have funds available under the Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Program to help parents to cover the costs of child care if the parents are not on MFIP and their income is within program limits. Basic Sliding Fee can assist with child care costs for: Work: You may get help with child care if you work 20 hours or more per week and earn at least minimum wage. Job Search: You may get help with child care for a limited time to look for work. School or Training: You may get help with child care for a limited time to complete your education. At-Home Infant Care Credit: You may be able to receive payment for one parent to provide child care for a child less than one year old in your own home. Farmers and self-employed people are eligible for this program as well. There are inc(rme and other eligibility guidelines, and there may be a waiting list, so you will need to contact the Big Stone County Child Care Assistance worker to see if you are eligible, or to place your name on the waiting list. The Child Care Assistance worker is Bill Martig. He can be reached at 320-839-2555, ext. 14. CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES on the Ortonville street improvement project. Here, crews work on Osen Avenue.replaclng water mains. Jim Schultz, project engineer stated that the next step of theproject will be to replace water mains on (3sen Avenue from Cliff Street to Orchard Street and on OrchardStreet from Stephens Avenue to Osen Avenue. • % '90 Ford F150 4x4 '95 351 - Auto - XL7 - Local Trade VG- Fully DARE TO COMPARE...MILBANK FORD WILL (:all Us Toll Free For A Deal - "Working hard to earn your business." Milbank Ford & West Hwy. 12 • Milbank, SD *All sale prices reflect rebates, Man to appear on property damage Jonathan Mark Raffety, 20 of Ortonville has been charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both, according to Big Stone County court documents. Just after midnight on June 14, the Ortonville Police Department received a call that the windows were broken out of a car in the lower parking lot in Ortonville. Officer Curtis Horman arrived on the scene and saw the vehicle, an Oldsmobile Cutlass owned by Andy Kaye of Ortonville had the windshield, sunroof and side windows broken out, the documents said• Kaye told Horman that Raffety had done the damage, and two witnesses stated that they had seen Raffety break the windows• Court documents also said that Horman found Raffety later that evening on a bench at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Second Street. Horman smelled alcohol on Raffety's breath and Raffety told him that he was underage. Raffety'tried to walk away from Horman, and Horman cuffed him and transported him Raffety asked for failed. Horman s ticket for him he would be breaking the him to leave, the At 1:12 a.m. Andy Kaye and his the police Raffety had parking lot and the windows in the Court Horman found and arrested him, Horman why he Raffety replied, I start." 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