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Ortonville "Town with a heart" THE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" AUTO**ALL FOR ADC 980 2/1/2100 Smalltownpapers 5026 California Ave SW T-27 Seattle WA 98136-1208 B- 105 li The Ortonville City Council met of various buildings in the district. The Powell's will be building a new on Monday, July 20 with all council The Council also approved a con- home on the property. members present except Mayor Blair tract with Ehlers and Associates for A number of items were tabled Johnson and Councilman Steve the TIF Management for $14,000. until filrther meetings due to the fact Berkner who were absent. Hardware Hank and the Columbian they did not have a full council. Two Councilman Bob Meyer gave an Hotel have already contributedrecommendations from the Personnel update on the Police Civil Service $4,000 each, with the EDA footing Committee, one approving a 5.8 per- Commission report on the interviews the rest of the payment. Hardware cent cost of living increase in City for the position of Police Chief for the Hank is looking to expand with a new salaries and the other approving a~$75 City of Ortonville. building and is looking at a possible per month health insurance benefit Meyer stated that they had sixnew location. The Council thenincrease for city employees were interviews lined up, with four being approved a service agreement for the table until the Aug. 17 meeting. interviewed and two deciding not to Ortonville Economic Development A decision on what to do with interview on Saturday, July 18. Of Authority TIF District Inspections improvements on McCloud Street the four, the Commission felt three of with Development Services, Inc. was tabled until the Aug. 3 meeting. the candidates had a good history in (DSI) for $75 per site. Bob Schlieman of Ultieg Engineers Law Enforcement and will be doing In other business, Tom Cakes of was present and stated that three bids background checks on them. Of the Ortonville was appointed to the were received for the project. Each three candidates, one is local while Planning and Zoning Commission. had submitted bids for both a 32 foot the other two were from out of town. The council also authorized the wide street with curb and gutter and Council members then passed a Mayor and Chief of Police to sign a for a 28 foot wide street without curb resolution approving scattered site request for permission to Mn/DOT- and gutter. This would be for the redevelopment for a TIF (Tax District 4 to use a section of Trunk stretch of road from Highway 7 to the Increment Financing) District. Bruce Highway 75/7 for TRAM on July 27. Bridge on the Peninsula. Kimmel of Ehlers and Associates, The Council approved the sale of The next meeting of the Ortonville Inc. was present and stated that this Lot 2, Block 1, Course Air Fourth City Council will be on Monday, Aug involves 20 parcels in the downtown Addition located near the Golf Course 3 at 7 p.m. in the City Office Meeting area and helps with the development to Larry and Kyla Powell for $7,500. Room. ON THEIR WAY, across Minnesota are Jan Kirschbaum, the granite TRAM memorial marker in Lakeside Park. at left, and Darlene Born. They are shown next Big Stone County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution at its July 21 meeting in support of Little Rock Wind, LLC's proposed 'commu, nity based wind project to be built in Commissioner Roger Sandberg inquired as to how many permanent employees would remain on staff after the construction, Hopkins-Hoel said from zero to five, as most of the ly from Clinton, asked the board to keep its earlier commitment of $8,000 to fund the Clinton Depot yen- ovation project. The board agreed to help with the project so matching the county. Jesse Hopkins-Hoel, field repre- employees would be off-site. Probably once each summer highly J sent from Little Rock Wind, appeared trained technicians would perform be reduced to $6,655.15, in light of Jan Kirscfibaum and Darlene Born home home health aide. Darlenesa~ wagon, anu me omer is not to left Ortoii~'itie .eh~iy .yesterday morn- moved baclg, to the commtt~ni!y to set cuine--7--- m:-~'m~t. ~ecunu to last is" ~r,out .-bet re. tlae. ooard to asK. ,r r the resolu- maintenance on the turbines, trying to tighten county expenditures. not last. - . . . ing on their biCyc.les to begin their up the Human Resources::t~'~ltio~ in" '. tton snowmg support or a commumtyCommissioners passed a resolution Commissioner Wade Athey voted Many TRAM riders stay ]n motels journey across'Minnesota, in the Big Stone County, ShetieYd that job ~ - based wind project to be erected in the of support with Olson abstaining and against the resolution. All other voted w~th comfortable beds, but not these Multiple Sclerosis Society s 20th .~md also served as the ~Emergen~.y ;.~ " eastern part olt~lg ~tone ~ounty. we all others voting in favor of the pro- in favor. Board Chairman Brent gals. Though they may ache a little annual bike ride, "The Ride Across Management Coordinatoi" until ",~fie purcnasea me assets or t~lg ~tone ject. Olson said, if the county is going, to more in the mnrnino~ th,~,~ r~,-, ut~ill wlno m secUon elglat ot ArtlcnoKe In other business, Erin Arndt of (continued on page 2) Minnesota.' retired about three antia half years be tentin it alon t~ae'wa~ - Township We must obtain this resolu- Clinton and Joel Stattelman, original- ~ in TRAM would be a diffi- ago. She is married to Bob Born. The) g g Y. "-" " cult feat for anyone, but for these two, live 17 and 1/2 :miles east ofThey have ridden through some tion of support required by law," he Ortonville in the Articfi0kearea. tremendous wind and rain. Darlene said. The proposed project extends Contestants sought for Big who are 69 and 70 years young, respectively, it is, what they call, "old hat," for this is the 18th straight year Darlene has ridden in TRAM and Jan's 10th TRAM ride. Darlene, who had a birthday Monday, rode in her first TRAM in 1992 with her daughter Robin Johnson. Darlene had so much fun that she talked Jan into joining in the cause the next year. That was the year they formed their team called the "Prairie Pedalers." which has now grown to as many as 27 riders they've met over the years, from across the state and Wisconsin, all donning the "Prairie Pedalers" t- shirts. The original group consisted of Darlene, Jan, Darlene's daughter Robin and friend Nita (Swenson) Holker, all from rural Ortonville, hence the name fit the team quite well. Jan and Darlene are more than just cycling partners, they have been close friends since childhood. They met at Big Stone Camp for Christ, north of Ortonville on Big Stone Lake, in 1949 when they were cabin mates, and have been great friends ever since. Though they both went their sepa- rate ways, they stayed in touch over the years. Jan stayed in Ortonville and raised her family here, while Darlene lived all over the country. Today Jan is married to Ken Kirschbaum. They live six miles east of Ortonville. Jan works for Ortonville Area Health Services as a Of all the years the gals have-been remembers one year, when TRAM biking TRAM, neither has had to use started near Duluth, and she woke;:up the "sag wagon," which is the term for 30 degree temperatures and the rig that gives cyclists a ride and snowflakes. They were cold, but they hauls their bikes if.they feel they need survived. She says riding against a rest along the trek. strong winds is the most difficult for "i'm not above riding on the sag her. wagon," said Jan. "I'lldo what I have Jan can handle the wind, it's the to do." She said she sets her goals for heat that is her worst enemy on the riding rest stop to rest stop, which are ride. They remember one year during set up to be every 10 to 15 miles along TRAM the heat index was 109 the route, degrees, it was extremely humid and Darlene on the other hand says she (Continued on page3) has two goals "One is to not ride the by Terry O'Keefe Ortonville beginning Aug. 17. Big (reprinted from Watertown Public Opinion) Stone County Attorney Bill Watson The trial of a Clinton man facing said Friday Judge Michael Thompson attempted murder and sexual assault ordered the trial moved to Kandiyohi charges has been moved from Big Court in Willmar following a survey Stone County to Kandiyohi County. of potential jurors in Big Stone Christopher Hyden, 29, faces the County. Eidskogl,--""u*h charges stemming from an incident Watson said although the prosecu- Aug. 1, 2008, in Clinton when he tion and defense argued against the to host pie, ice allegedly attacked a 28-year-old move, the judge felt the close relation- woman and her six year old daughter, ship between witnesses and potential cream social Both had their throats cut during the jurors limited the available jury pool assault and the daughter was also in Big Stone County. The Eidskog Lutheran Church allegedly sexually assaulted. Hyden faces attempted first degree Youth League or rural Ortonville will Hyden, who has been held in jail murder charges along with criminal sponsor their annual Pie and Ice since his arrest the day of the attack, sexual conduct charges. The trial date Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 9 from was scheduled to stand trial in remains Aug. 17. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Barbeques, hot dogs, chips, home- made pie, ice cream, pop and coffee will be served. Matching funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Branch #31319. (ADVx2) into Stevens County and he will be asking commissioners from that coun- ty for support also. National Wind, based out of' Minneapolis, is the developer of the project and Little Rock is the local LLC. National wind has 15 projects across the country, with 11 in the upper midwest. The focus for utility scaled wind projects like this is typi- cally 150 megawatts, which is about 30 towers or so. Seventy to i00 tours is the goal of little Rock. Hopkins-Hoel explained that, dif- ferent from corporate owned pro- jects, community owned projects will give typically 300 to 400 percent greater economic impact to the coun- ty due to increased tax revenues, local business support during construction, employment, land owner payments and local investors revenues. "This all generates dollars back into the local community," he said. The project is expected to take four to seven years before it's up and running. Stone Lake Area ro, grant funds could be obtained, but the previous resolution was amended to The Royalty Committee of the Big Those who wish to compete for the Stone Lake Area Chamber of Lil' Miss Title must be entering 1st or Commerce is seeking interested can- 2nd grade or the equivalent this fall. didates to compete in the Miss Big The candidates will not be judged; Stone Lake Area Royalty contest, rather it will be a "luck of the draw" Those competing for the Queen contest to determine a winner. title must be entering llth or 12th Candidates must be available for ,grade or the equivalent this fall. all events the entire weekend of Candidates for the Junior Miss title Cornfest, August 21, 22, and 23. must be entering 9th or 10th grade or Eligible candidates may be from all the equivalent this fall. Candidates towns covered by the Big Stone Lake will write an essay based on a ques- Area Chamber of Commerce includ- tion for each age category prior to ing Ortonville, Big Stone City, Cornfest weekend, Aug. 21-23. Odessa, Bellingham, Clinton, Candidates will present this essay Graceville, and Beardsley. to the judges and be interviewed by Miss Big Stone Lake Area Royalty them, the Friday evening of Cornfest will represent our area at parades, weekend. Candidates will also be Chamber and community events. judged on their ability to interact with Application and contest rules are people in the community during the available for all categories at the weekend of Comfest. At the corona- Chamber office. Applications must be tion the candidates will be asked one filled out and returned to the Chamber final question related to their essays, by July 31 st to make preparations for All candidates will be required to the contest. If you have any questions supply a sponsorship fee of $50. This please contact Adrienne Stattelman at can be given by one or two business- 320-305-0424 or Holly Deutsch at es, or family members. There will be 320-265-0109 or the Chamber office a Queen and a Princess chosen from at 320-839-3284. (ADVx2) this age category. GRAND MARSHALS of Odessa's 13Oth anniversary parade held Sunday were Julia Vaage, at left, and Darlene Novak. They were driven by Lbrwin Z'ahrbock of Madison. Inkpa day mtg. set to plan 125th Big Stone Inkpa Day planning meeting is being held today, Tuesday, July 28th, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizen's Center in Big Stone City, SD. The public is invited to help plan for the City of Big Stone City's 125th Day Celebration that is being held on July 9-11,2010. Enjoy music in Central Park Fri. Central Park Restoration Committee invites you to enjoy the sounds of the Swingtime Band in Ortonville's Upper Central Park (Washington Ave.) this Friday, July 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your own chair (root beer floats, lemonade, and sundaes) will be served. All proceeds will go toward restoration of Central Park. MELANIE WIEGMAN shot a hole in one on la01e 17on the Ortonville Course during the Couple's Tourney on Sunday. She aced the hole using a seven wood. Witnessing the feat were her husband Jerry Wiegman, Mary Ross of Ortonville, Jim Geier of Big Stone City, SD, Cliff and Jane Mattson of Oxbow, ND.