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]00ACoos, rO, veNewEr,n00L0000CommEn,y " NDENT 1 "tRAIN HARVEST IN FULL SWING. Farmers in this area are in the fields today harvesting their li.c.much earlier than usual. You see one combine at work in above photo in a field farmed l.-mar. ardt of rural Ortonville. Operating the machine is Richie Martinson. The field is about three u ot Ortonville. Wheat yields are said to be running anywhere from 30 to 50 bushels per acre in /nderg rten test schedule to used a _ ........... n 1998-99 school year eting of the 99 school year. last Monday, The new schedule would split the schedule for class into two sections, with both  classes for the 1998- sections attending half days of school 00Unty office filings close, 00nlary election Sept. 15 Jltei,,.f offices in Big Stone tri, last Tuesday at5 p.m., 'lit-ttg !o the Big Stone fur s office, primary .ltin.  and Federal offices 'l..t', y Commissioners in !."! and four will be held ..t--' COmmissioner in ne Krueger, Dale iZ Norval Drewelow, 11 ad Wade Athey will RrP.riary ballot, and in Imlt, E men Swihart, David la" Swigerd and Mel ! the ballot. :l -,,n Bill Wats for County Attorney, Judith Pattiaa and Michelle Knutson for County Auditor, Gloria Arndt for Count3/ Recorder, Joe Berning for Coffnty Sheriff and Cindy Nelson and Elizabeth Athey for County Treasurer. Irvin Adelman and Mary Larson have filed for the offices of Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in District four, Lon Moen in District five, and there were no filings for the offices of Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in Districts one and three. The nationwide general elections, which include all available positions an has filed will be held November 3. (Continued on page 7) O nv, lle's 38th annual trail every day for the first semester and full days every other day for the second semester. There would be a morning and an afternoon group the first semester, and even and odd days groups the next semester. The Board originally decided in June from Superintendent Kleven's proposal to hold classes for Kindergarten students on alternate days with alternating Fridays. This would mean that children would attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays one week and Tuesdays and Thursdays the next, with alternating Fridays in school, he said. Several parents then came to the last School Board meeting objecting to the alternating days proposal and wanting half day every day Kindergarten instead. They felt children at this age need a regular routine to follow each day and that alternating days were too hard for them to comprehend. set this weekend .mt .lay c gt:: Will again be On Saturday afternoon at 1:30 . A worship seice will be held at ieh wit8 Annual Trail p.m., riders win parane norua to soum me campsite unuay at 9 a.m. this 'd,.oe.gin its yearly along Ortonville's main street and Several awards will be given out ;" and .ur.aay, Aug. 1 at will continue the ride to the granite following the ride, including oldest :' Will ..... 'g2at t,, continue on outcroppngs near the Big Stone rider, oldest couple, the person who lt.t- r tl tu.. a-m- National Wildlife Refuge. trailered his or her horse the farthest, #lt.gtiide ratl ride is $7 per Food stands will be available the club with the most members Servtce w an fresh attendm and the river rat someon :i- " ill once throughout the event, d " g, " ( e LI' z ili - cooked sweet corn, if available, will who falls in the river during a i:tml et and camp at be served to the riders Saturday crossing.) "t 0fa:aoe) Park, located evening at the campsite. Henry's For more information on this ttlk, g tone Lake along Sights and Sounds will once again be year s trail rde, contact Luella J[ C,'. ween Ortonville and providing dance music for the Hoxtell at 839-3438. -- "'-' on Friday night, evening. OHS class of '83 to hold reunion Ortonville's High School class of 1983 is planning its 15 year reunion for Saturday, Aug. 15 beginning at 2 p.m. at the playground and picnic area of the Big Stone American Legion. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to RSVP to Sue Kaercher-Blake as soon as possible at 320-839-3710 or 320-839-6163. hit the Ortonville area last week with the ; as as 106 degrees Fahrenheit iml Meat Market and Sausage illustrates the heat by wiping his brow for the camera. Special school meetings set There will be a meeting at Ortonviile's Public School to review school dis- cipline and attendance pofi- cies on Thursday, Aug. 6th at 7:30 p.m. Also, a meeting to discuss the athletic policy will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11th at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the High School Gymnasium. Interested par- ents and community mem- bers are encouraged and are welcome to attend. New superintendent begins at Ortonville School District Jeff Taylor began his duties as superintendent of the Ortonville schools July 1. Taylor, a 1973 graduate of Conde High School in Conde, SD, had previously been serving as superintendent and elementary principal at Castlewood School in Castlewood, SD. He started there in 1986 as an industrial arts teacher and worked his way up to secondary principal prior to his current position. He was industrial arts instructor, head football coach, assistant basketball coach and drivers education instructor at Warner School in Warner, SD for eight years, prior to moving to Castlewood. Taylor says he looks forward to being involved with the new building project now in progress at the Ortonville School, and has worked with several building projects in the past. Working extensively with architects and contractors, he headed up a $1.7 million bond issue to build a new school in Castlewood, and also completed a $1.2 million lobby and gym project there. The oldest of seven children originally from Conde, SD, Taylor enjoys golf, woodworking and fishing when he gets the time. His wife Trudy currently works at Norwest Bank in Watertown, SD. Taylor's oldest daughter Lindsey will be a sophomore this fall at South Dakota State University, and his other daughter Jenni will be in the ninth grade at OHS. Taylor's educational background includes a specialist degree in school administration from the University of ICircuJars inside I * Bumper to Bumper ..... Auto Parts South Dakota in Vermillion, SD in 1992, a master's degree in secondary education with a major in industrial .arts and a minor in physical education in 1977, both from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD. Taylor chose Ortonville schools because he wanted to administer a larger school system. "This is a good opportunity for me from a standpoint of advancement in education, and I look forward to being a superintendent only," Taylor said. Coming from Castlewood, a smaller school with only 335 students in grades K-12, Taylor says that he and the rest of the family are anxious to move to the community. Currently, he is staying with a friend in Milbank, SD pending the completion of the family's house in Ortonville, and the rest of the family will be joining him in August. Taylor says he has great views of the Ortonville school system and the new building project. "People need to keep in mind that there's a lot of progress happening at the school," he said. "I have very positive feelings  about this school system, the kids in it, and the city of Ortonville for the future." JEFF TAYLOR began his duties as Superintendent of Ortonville Schools July 1. He is shown at left with wife Trudy and daughters Jenni, who will be a freshman this fall at OHS, and Lindsey, who will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University. Pacific Ave. vacation denied by City C()uncil in 4-2 vote where the corporation would lose," (Continued on page 7) Man charged with fleeing an officer A one vehicle accident occurred Sunday morning at approximately 2 a.m. in Ortonville along the north end of Minnesota Street. According to court doccuments, 1988 Ford Thunderbird, driven by Brian Ulrich, 19 of Ortonville failed to stop for Officer John Haukos and ran in to a bean field. Big Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning stated that Ulrich was arrested and taken to the Lac qui Parle County Jail. He made his first appearance on the felony charge of fleeing an officer and several traffic charges yesterday, Monday July 27. According to Berning, Ulrich's vehicle sustained some body damage, and no injuries were reported. Ulrich was released on his own recognizance, and will make his next appearance Aug. 12 in Big Stone County Court. At the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council last Monday night, a resolution to go ahead with the vacation of the south half of Ortonville's Pacific Avenue was denied in a 4-1 vote. At a public hearing on the subject, a petition was presented to the city council with the names of 605 citizens against the vacation. The council had agreed to table its decision on the matter until both their It's Craz00 Days at Unger's Morris Unger's Furniture in Morris is holding its annual "Crazy Days" promotion this Wednesday through Saturday with crazy prices marked on everything in the store. Unger's is offering 12-months free financing to qualified buyers on all home furnishings. Don't miss the "Super Crazy" specials to be held Wednesday only from 6:30 to I0 a.m. See ad inside for details. attorney and the Marina Corporation's attorney were present. The City Attorney said the petition should have been brought to the council's attention 30 days after the ordinance passed last summer. He also said the council was opening itself to litigation from the Marina Corporation since the Pacific Avenue vacation was part of the original agreement. Attorney Bill Watson, who represents the Marina Corporation, stated at the meeting that this land would give the group more to work with, and recommended that the council approve the vacation. Councilman Dan Oakes stated that with the large amount of public opposition on the issue, the council should not pass the resolution to vacate the land. "The Marina Corporation is setting themselves up for failure with this much opposition," he said. "If this is passed, these 600 citizens who origina!!y signed the petition could circulate it again, which would require a public vote J HONORARY LIFETIME GOLF MEMBERSHIPS were presented to Ortonville's Vince and Marguerite Stegner in recognition of their contributions to the Ortonville area. The Stegners were the instigators of creating the additional nine holes at the city's golf course. Members of the Ortonville Golf Board presented the membership plaque to the Stegners. Left to right are Roger Sandberg - secretary/treasurer, Vince Stegner, Mary Gustafson - City Council representative, Marquerite Stegner, Mike Hynnek - past president, and Dan Oakes - president.