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Bellingham Blood Drive to give away Joe Mauer baseball During the summer months, when I (and otherpla::=:. H blood donations tend to slow down, I by Arid 3anssen eligible blood donors are needed | Co,c:oyro=rdaae,  -- " I even more. The Red Cross | ot'g zk  m Bloodmobile will be at the .... theybility, thingsasthey  n Bellingham City Hall on Friday, | Ad Aug. 12 from 8 a.m-1 p.m. i m00mn :a Double red cells will also be   /Air collec!ed tha, t day. If you are b!ood type 'O , A negative, or B' And other places I've into the woods and told them to not negative and have not donated hung out over the years make a sound, if they wanted to see double red cells in the last 16 weeks, By Arlo Janssen some other animals, you can set up an appointment by When our son Ted was only about Believe it or not, I got them to be calling Audrey Volkenant at three years old, he already loved very quiet, and we saw several deer, camping. Several times, when we were in the mountains with the tent he said, "I want to sleep outside, eat out- side, and play outside every day." Would you say he liked camping? When Teddy was about eight, we took two of his friends along, when we camped in Rucker Canyon, about 50 miles north of Douglas, in the Chiricahua Mountains. When Teddy and his friends, Ty and Darrell, got out of the car in the mountain park, they immediately started to chase some large lizards they saw in a dry creek bed. Gathering the boys around me, I said, "Boys, those lizards live here; you and I are just visitors." Then I showed them what the animals looked like through a telephoto lens, and I let them each take a couple of pictures. After I got them interested in observing the animals of the area, instead of chasing them, I took them some squirrels, a couple chipmunks; and several unusual birds. Later that afternoon, a family set up a tent right near ours. Two boys in that family, near the age of Teddy and his friends, started to chase lizards, just like Teddy, Ty, and Darrell had done earlier that day. Wonder of wonders! Ty said to them, "Hey, kids, those lizards live here; you and I are visitors." Then he talked to them about the animals that live in the area." Then he asked if he could let them look through my tele- photo lens. You never know what kids are going to learn, if you take a little time to teach them; right? Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen@gmail, corn Mindee Lovgren and Kyle Kuechenmeister " of Bellingham, would like to announce their engage- ment. The parents of the couple are Richard and Tami Lundberg of Ortonville and Robert and June Kuechenmeister of Bellingham. Mindee is a 2002 graduate from Ortonville High School. She is cur- rently working at the Milbank and Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office as a dis- patcher and Jailer. Kyle is a 1996 graduate from Lac qui Parle High School and a 1998 graduate from Ridgewater College. He works at Big Stone Poet and as a farmer. A Sept. 3rd wedding at First English Church in Ortonville with a reception and dance to follow at the Sioux Historic in Ortonville. Musings from the Museum By Norm Shelsta Summer is always a busy and interesting time at the Big Stone County Historical Society Museum. One of the visitors from a far away place came from Mauritius Island east of the country of Madagascar which is located east of the southern part of the continent of Africa. It is interesting to have visitors from places thousands of miles apart in just one day at the museum The newly remodeled and updated Ortonville Area Hospital is now complete. In spite of a very hot day, a record number of people toured this great facility and enjoyed a picnic supper on June 29th. On Tuesday, July 19th there was also an interesting Open House tour and picnic at the new offices of Big Stone Therapies and OccuPro. For a more personal account of how things were "back then", consult our long time friend Rena Bagne, age 103. She was a nurse there, then later on when it was used as a nursing home and even into the hospital that was built in 1950. What a wonderful use for this well preserved 105 year old historic structure ! /,,eck out our web site at  ! k,www.orto, * Williams receives degree from UW- River Falls Bachelor's degrees were awarded to 634 students following spring semester at University of Wisconsin- River Falls. Among those receiving degrees was Megan Williams of Ortonville, BS-CBE (College of Business and Economics)-Business Administration Magna Cum Laude (3.8 grade point average for entire college career). Happy 15th Anniversary Kim  ]oyce Karges on August 3rd! Love, Amber and Nick o0pen for Business July 18, 2011. Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $89.95 $39.95 on Big Stone Lake Have you noticed the blue colored directional signs around town? They are there as the result of an Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant that was recently put to good use. Our thanks to Burt Nypen and Ann Lundberg for securing the grant, the Heritage Preservation Commission, and to the City Workers who are diligently getting them installed. The Museum has a new display case given by Muriel Geier, who was a Girl Scout organizer and leader from 1948 until 1984. The Boy Scout Eagle award boards are also on display. New items available there are some hand-made pine cone birds that were locally made as a souvenir of your visit to the bird museum. Also videos of the old Ortonville school building before is was torn down in 1998 are available. Another interesting item was brought to our attention when records couldn't be found when tracing a family back several generations. During the influenza epidemic in 1918-19 in cases where so many died, they had mass graves. People were not allowed to go to the funerals for fear of spreading the flu, and in some cases the families had to dig the graves themselves as there were too many for the cemetery staff to handle. Record keeping was not a priority during those times. A handicapped accessible concrete ramp has been added to the 8-sided school house on the grounds. Coming up soon will be the Annual Corn rest. The Ice Cream Social will be held again on Friday evening, Aug. 19 at the museum with the public invited to also view the completion of a legacy grant that provided funds to purchase acid-free storage boxes and a new file cabinet for storage of obits. Once again, there will be church services at the historic Bethany Lutheran Church located on the museum grounds on Sunday morning, Aug. 21st. The pastor from Zion/Eidskog Lutheran will conduct the service, but it is an All-Faith Service so all are welcome to attend. Watch th e upcoming ads for correct times for events, but be sure to tour the entire museum. Encourage visitors who are coming back for reunions to visit also! Reunion for Sellin descendants A reunion will be held for the descendants of Emil and Anna SeUin (Sellin-LaLond-Gloege-Rien-Doyle and Menke) on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13 at the Big Stone Camp for Christ. We invite any friends to come visit with us. (ADVx2) Housing sought for Sept. writers' wksp. The Big Stone Arts Council is seeking lodging for participants of an upcoming Memoir Writing Workshop schedulei:l for Sept. 17 and 18 at the Ortonville High School Auditorium. The workshop titled, "Crafting Memoir from Memory" will be lead by published author Dr. Maureen Murdock, MA., PhD. She has taught creative writing for the past 20 years at the UCLA Extention Writers' Program. The workshop will focus on an inspiration to value personal stories, family history and the rich heritage of the region. Housing is needed for workshop participants for Saturday, SepL 17. and possibly Friday, Sept. 16. Anyone in the Big Stone Lake area interested in hosting a writer for the workshop contact Doug Holtquist at or call him at 917-250-2645. Please provide him with the number of beds available and any special needs. Workshop participants will be matched with the homeowners two weeks prior to the event. The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting the BSAC in hosting the workshop. Services Include: Residential and Commercial New Construction & Remodel OHS classes of '48, '49, '50 to meet at Cornfest Cornfest weekend is Aug. 19-21st. Norm and Gen Davis are again host- ing a gathering at their pool on Saturday, Aug. 20th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great way to visit and get re-acquainted with fellow class- mates. The Great Class of '48 will meet for dinner on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Matador. No letters were sent this year so if you plan to attend please contact Lois Knopf at 839-3017. The class of '49 will meet for breakfast at the Ortonville Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 21st at 11:30. They would like classmates from '48 and '50 to join them. Please call Gen Davis at 839-2146 if you will attend the breakfast. (Non-Adv. 2) OHS class of '71 reunion to be held The Ortonville High School class of 1971 reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Diane (Koehntopp) Vangsness lake home at 77651 Meadowbrook Rd. W., Ortonville. If desired, please bring: 1. Dish to pass or snacks to share; 2. Beverage of choice; 3. New white t-shirt (see below); 4. Lawn or folding chair; 5. Free will donation to help defray expenses and replenish class funds. Roast beef sandwiches and potato. salad will be furnished (the rest of the food and snacks will be pot luck) and will be served throughout the evening, so feel free to come and go as you please! Joyce (Hoberg) Kaatz is hoping to arrange a float for us to ride on in the Cornfest parade on Sunday (60's and 70's attire optional) and has volun- teered to tie-dye t-shirts for those who bring one on Friday night. Contact Judy (Hausauer) Fuller with ques- tions. Our former teachers are wel- come! PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMA- TION ON TO ALL CLASS MEM- BERS YOU HAVE CONTACT (320)568-2385. All other regular blood donors are welcome to walk in and donate that day. Everyone who attends the Bellingham Bloodmobile will have a chance to win a collectible Twins baseball, autographed by catcher Joe Mauer! Roll up your sleeve at the Bellingham Bloodmobile, Friday Aug. 12 from 8 a.m-lp.m, at City Hall. Area news digest |ROWNS VA LEY-Aaron To, k, Jackson Metz |rowns Valley wrestled for T tra South Dakota )uals held in rlando, FL. TI !olkstyle tournal, ation with 13( cams participat g with participant, tates and was fld at the ESP x[ide World of S t ackson wrestl t for South D o!a White and to, wrestled for South Dakota Red and took third place. API'LETON-Th,, l eam q)f 13oL posi :ion in the A])t leton M :n s July 19. They had a score of 12. BROWNS VALLEY-Aaron Toelle, Jackson Metz and Casey Goodhart, all of' Browns Valley, wrestled for Team South Dakota at the Disney Scholastic Duals held in Orlando, FL. The folkstyle tournament is the largest in the nation with 130 teams participating with participants coming from 40 different states and was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Aaron and Jackson wrestled for South Dakota White and took third place and Casey APPLETON-The team of Bob Stark and Joel Lund moved into first place position in the Appleton Men's Golf League after the 10th round of play on MADISON-This year has been wet for everybody in Lac qui Parle County, but for a few families in Agassiz Township, water has caused a major inconvenience as County Road 15 remains submerged, forcing them to find alternate routes home. Now, at the urging of Lac qui Parle County Board of Commissioners, Lac qui Parle County Highway Department will attempt a temporary fix to at least make the road passable. BENSON-Post offices in Clontarf, Danvers and Holloway are among 3,700 post offices that the United States Postal System is proposing to close. The list was released July 26th. Degraff, with its population of 115, lost its post office a number of years ago. In addition to closing small town post offices, USPS is pushing to eliminate six-day mail by cutting Saturday mail delivery. There are seven post offices in Swift County: Benson with a population of 3,240, Appleton, population of 1,412, Kerkhoven, 759, Murdock, 278, Clontarf, 164, Danvers, 97 and Holloway, 92. Ortonville News By Gall Maxwell 839-2207 One day the week of July 18 Arvilla Bergseth had supper with Judy Roberts and Judy's granddaughter from Sioux Falls. Olive Wendland of Broken Arrow, OK was a guest of Jeanne Berg's from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 22. They had a good visit. She enjoyed visiting former friends from when she lived here. Jeanne Berg and Olive Wendland attended Christian Women's Club on Tuesday, July 19. The special feature was Tammi of the Ortonville Flower Shop. The music was provided by vocalist Pat Spanton of Ortonville and accompanied by Jan Schmidt. The inspirational speaker was Ellen Schwenk of Brookings, SD. They enjoyed the morning brunch. Lydia and Isaac Nielsen of Hermantown are visiting their grandparents Marlyn and Reva Schumacher for several days. John and Eunice Bergstrand of Boise, ID came to visit for a few hours his sister Eleanora Quast and then they all went to Northridge to visit Richard Quast. John, Eunice, Eleanora, and John and Eunice's niece Kathy Korth all had dinner together. From Ortonville John and Eunice left to visit their daughter in the Cities. A wonderful getaway for Oscar and Jane Streed who were ferried to Lincoln, NE and on to Denver, CO for a three week visit with children and grandchildren in Colorado. The families live within 25 miles of each other; so renewing and visiting was easy. They were all thrilled with the train tour through the Royal Gorge at Canyon City. The family gathering included Michael and Stephanie Streed, Chris and Paul Read, Joel and Jenny Streed, and Sue and Dean Van Hut. Also included were the grandchildren who live in Colorado and those that came from Lincoln, NE. Kathy Gilsdorf attended Bowl of Love at St. John's Catholic Church on Thursday, July 21. The ladies sent out recycled cards to shut-ins, attended Mass, and had a potluck. On Saturday, July 23 Vi Hansen attended a picnic for 31 family members and friends hosted by AI and Linda Johnson at their lake home on Big Stone Lake. Everyone had an enjoyable time. Sunday, July 24 Sue Hanratty picked up her mother Vi Hansen and attended a picnic with Verheul family members at the home of Don and Carolyn Verheul. Monday, July 25 the Homerite residents enjoyed treats for the Homerite open house hosted by Robyn and Scott, part of management of the Homerite apartments. Marcy Rose Lilleboe of rural Pelican Rapids visited Johnny and Arlene Larson on Tuesday, July 26. Scott and Laurie Maas' daughter Amanda got married to Adam McMahon at the United Methodist church in Ortonville on July 9. The reception and dance were held at Sioux Historic. Adam's relatives from Nashville, TN had a live band at the dance. Jim and Bonna Rasset, Ryan and Julie Danielson and Connor, Drew, and Bethany, and Greg and Heather Rasset and Brenna, Mikaylah, and Sienna have been spending a few days at their cabin near Waubay, SD. Abiding Faith Lutheran Church had their church services at the Clinton fair when they had the Clinton fair. Nell Gutzman from Prior Lake visited his mother Palmy Gutzman on Saturday and Sunday. Nikole and Ryan Kehnle and Makenna and Quinlan and Verda Bartz attended the play "Seussical" in Madison on Monday night, July 25. Dave and Vicky Sager from Dassel were July 22 weekend guests of John and Anna Rothi. John and Anna Rothi and Harold Gibson of Beardsley went to Fargo to visit Ione Gibson in the hospital. Jeanette Bohlman went to the fair on Sunday, July 17 and enjoyed the music. On Saturday, July 23 Jeanette Bohlman, Gladys Paulson, and Marge Parker went to the concert in Labolt. Centennial Club met Monday, July 18 for a potluck lunch at Mary Ann Ulrich's. Seven members were present. They had a very good time and visit. Dawn and John Schenk of St. Cloud, Olive Wendland of Oklahoma, and Palma Gutzman went up to Rolling Acres to visit with Don and Zelda Kohl and Donnette Herberg and family and also did some shopping. Don and Zelda Kohl and Donnette Herberg and Brennen and Birkley took Palma Gutzman out for dinner and then they returned to Palmy's to visit on Friday night, July 22. Matt Lamb's parents from Canada came to visit Matt and Laura Lamb and girls on Thursday, July 21 and left Open house baby shower set for Owen Thymian There will be an open house baby shower to introduce Owen Reese Thymian, son of Adam and Erin, on Saturday, Aug. 6 between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Feel free to come and go as necessary. Owen was born July 6. He is regis- tered at Target. The shower will be held at Owen's grandparents, Russ and Kathi Thymian. From Ortonville go eight miles east on Highway 12, turn north (left) on County Rd 77 for one mile, turn east (right) on County Rd 64 for one mile to 640th Ave and turn left for one mile to the brown house on the left. Everyone is invited and no invita- tions have been sent. (Adv. 2) c12 . Chester's Fried hJeken for $12.99 Gold'n Plump ' Rotisserie " Chleken $7.99 Farm Wiring W/TH, AS NO MASS MAILING IS ," ........ oGeneral Service Work BEING DONE. Facebook members (/.__.S Bonded&Insured can search OHS Class of 1971, 'i/i [Oi[1[[[ '?our fast, affordable alternative," Ortonville, MN, for comments, etc. JKAnE, mtmamptt 320-/61-0358 . (ADVx2) , 2 for $1o.99 (,, DO your part te, help ' ',f-,f='' -Su.s.*Pr'"l ,clean up Big Stone Lake!.,,) ",r,,> ...-' -p.s,.a _ . on Saturday, July 23. Wayne and Sandy Kumm had grandchildren from Sioux Falls visit for the week of July 18. They helped with outside chores and were rewarded by swimming in the lake. Elaine Gable was in Iowa at the Van Aartsens from before her granddaughter Sarah Claire was born until Tuesday, July 26. Kevin and Beth Gable and Kevin Junior and Corn Mae were down there July 16 to celebrate Kevin Junior's birthday at Chuckee Cheese's. Kevin and Beth Gable and family came to see Sarah Claire and stayed overnight until Sunday, July 17. On Sunday they all went to .church and after worship services went to Pizza Ranch. Urban and Lucille Stolpman had a surprise 63rd wedding anniversary party at their home. Those at the party were Bert and Amy Loehrer and Ean, John and Judy Loehrer and family, and Dan and Shelly Loehrer and family all of Milbank. On Monday, July 25 Jim and Lany McKinney and Darell went to Winthrop to visit Darren and Gall and the four children. Lany McKinney is celebrating retirement from the lumberyard. Their oldest son Doug has officially taken it over. Bob Schluter of Bloomington visited his mother Phyllis Schluter and brother Richard Schluter on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. Sally (Schluter) Burkett from Plymouth visited her mother Phyllis Schluter and brother Richard on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26. On Tuesday evening, July 26 Phyllis Schluter re-celebrated her birthday with sister Jerri Van Hout and nephew Chuck Van Hout, brother Vince Kvidera and wife Diane, brother Richard Kvidera and wife Carolyn, friends Terry and Kathy Oakes, and son Richard Schluter. They had a good time at the potluck. Visitors at the home of Evelyn Morris the weekend of July 23 were Rod, Julie, and Katie Morris of Tampa, FL; Wanda Berry of Robbinsdale; and David and daughter Michele Morris of Fort Worth, TX. Bob and Joan Foley and family just got back from Philip, SD where they visited Bob's mother and dad and brothers and sisters for two weeks The weekend of July 23 Josh and Rebekah Haag and family of Sebeka visited her parents Brent and Brenda Zahrbock. Daily Hoursi Mon.-Fri. 8AM-6:00PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONMILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 PerLb. Locally GrownBeef-PerLb. $2 19 DELl TURKEY....: ............ $3.99 1/2 or 1/4 BEEF ............ Seasoned - Per Lb. PORK SAUSAGE ........... $1.99 00ooa,,, Por,,Pe,,,. .oo ..................... 99 90*/, HAMBURGER Lean- Per lb. PATTIES ......................................................... $3 .29 Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 3