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SOZ6 CALIFOR A, SW SEATTLE, Ortonville =Town with a heart" =A Constructive Newspaper In A live Community" 2g s ene on Ortonvdle's Mam Street last Wednesda, Se t 29 FOUR AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS were on the c y, p. air. The fire departments worked well together to avoid the fire spreading to other businesses along the street. as they battled a fire at DCC Solutions. Firefighters from Ortonville, Clinton, Big Stone City, SD and Milbank, At this time it is not know what caused the fire. The State Fire Marshal is continuing their investigation. SD battled the blaze most of the morning. The fire started around 4:30 a.m. wi[-h flames snooting high in the Two landmark buildings are gone brought in a Ozone machine to help Building and the Ortonville Police De- ! ,.from Ortonville's Main Street, de- clear the air and professional cleaners partment. stroyed by a fire early Wednesday are expected to arrive this week to help No decision-was made as to a loca- morning, Sept. 29. DCC Solutions detail the building. She is still waiting tion but Mayor Dinnel and Oakes will customer care center and Once N' to meet with her insurance adjuster and work with the businesses to see if one INPULSE, the country's hottest a porary group for seven years. They On Thursday, Oct. 14, the group Again Thrift store occupied the build- hopes to be open for regular business of those buildings would work. capella vocal band, will be performing have performed at hundreds of schools will meet with the Ortonville regular ings. by the end of the week. Customers can The Council was in the majority to a concert in Ortonville on Thursday, throughout the country, inspiring and scheduled classes, with the senior high At this time it is not known what leave messages at her office or call her do this, as they do not want to see these Oct. 14 at the Ortonville High school challenging young singers to go further session at 12:30 p.m. and the junior caused the fire that began in the DCC cell phone as they will be in and out of businesses locate out of the area. Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with their music and sparking many high session scheduled from 2:15-3:05 building. City Employee Wade Swezey the building all week. A meeting will be held today (Tues- INPULSE is a nationally touring a new students to take up music,p.m. and Ortonville Policeman Clint Souva Mary Zahn, who owns Once N' day) at 10 a.m. at the Workforce and cappella group that performs entirely INPULSE will perform and work INPULSE has performed in 39 happened to be two blocks north of the Again, had just replaced the windows, Media Center at the Lower Level of the without instruments, creating a mind- with students for two days as part of an states across the country to audiences scene when they heard an explosion at finished a tuck pointing project and re- Ortonville Public Library with repre- blowing mix of music that crosses all artist residency made possible through of all ages and has worked with over 4:25 a.m. from the DCC building and placed the roof on the building which is sentatives of the Upper Minnesota Re- styles and genres. Their show features funding from the Southwest Minnesota 100,000 students. Most recently, they called 911. The explosion also cracked now rubble. She doesn't know what gional Development Commission and driving bass, slamming beats, soaring Arts and Humanities Council and the performed two days at the Minnesota the glass across the street in the win- the future holds for the thrift store, the Department of Employment and melodies and searing harmonies, cou- State Legislature. State Fair as part of the Bandshell en- dows oftteritage Printing. Within min- Presently, DCC Solutions has tem- Economic Development to discuss op- pled with unparalleled stage presence On Wednesday, Oct. 13, they will be tertainment, utes, Ortonville Fire Chief Randy porarily transferred its calls to their of- tion for employees who have been dis- and will leave you saying "I can't be- presenting a masterclass from 1-3 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for students, McLain was passing through Or- rice in Superior, WI. According to placed due to the fire. The EDA will be lieve my ears." which is open to all area schools $10 for adults or $25 for a family and tonville's Main Street on his way to Steve Clay, CEO of DCC Solutions, holding its regular meeting at noon The group is comprised of classi- (choirs). They will cover topics rang- can be purchased at the door. The con- work when he noticed glass on the road they are still trying to access the situa- Wednesday and will be discussing cally trained singers from St. Olaf and ing from the importance of vocal cert will also feature members of the in front of the DCC building. He drove tion. He met with his insurance ad- business relocation, grants, loans and Concordia Colleges who have been warm-ups, to blending voices, to pop Ortonville High School Choirs.directly to the Fire Hall and suited up juster Monday and they are focusing on other funding sources. performing as a professional contem- vs classical vocal technique, in his gear and by the time he got back keeping their existing clients serviced. The Area Ministerial Association is to the scene, the blaze had consumed Some of the Ortonville employees planning to host a benefit supper for the building, are helping at their Superior location, those affected by the fire. No date has "We feel the explosion was caused A meeting was held with the Ortonville been set as of yet. by the fire building up inside due to the employees and they were advised to The State Fire Marshal has not yet intense heat," said McLain. Firefight- file for unemployment, determined a cause of the fire and is ers main objective was to stop the fire At this time the owners are unsure continuing their investigation. Or- in the thrift store and prevent it from of their future plans. Clay will be visit- tonville Chief of Police Jason Mork is spreading to Radio Shack he said. ing with Vicki Oakes of the Ortonville asking anyone who has early moming Firefighters from Ortonville, Clin- Economic Development Authority photos of the fire to submit them to the Over the past few weeks, reports The next day, Jesse and his family ture of the mountain lion," said Fossen. ton, Big Stone City, SD and Milbank, later this week to see what options and Ortonville Police Department or email had surfaced that a mountain lion had saw animal tracks that appeared to be "Normally we see deer, raccoons and SD battled the blaze for most of the help might be available, to These been sited in the immediate area. A those of a mountain lion. The tracks coyotes." morning and no injuries were reported. Ortonville City Council held anphotos could help the fire marshal de- photograph taken by Mike Fossen of Fossen and his son come back and The Ortonville Ambulance also as- emergency meeting the afternoon of termine the cause of the fire. measure about four inches in length hunt on their land and have a trail timer sisted at the scene. Most of Main the fire as council members discussed See The Ortonville Independent's Spicer, who owns land east of Or- and looked like those of a large cat. tonville, was recently confirmed by the According to the Grant County Re- camera installed to check the activity Street or Highway 7, was blocked off, options to try and help relocate those website for more photos of the fire, as emergency workers took control of businesses. Many ideas were discussed including early morning shots local DNR. Fossen had installed a trail view, Grant County Conservation Of- of animals. The picture of the moun- the situation. The Milbank firefighters and it was decided to have Mayor submitted by cell phone users. Go to: timer camera and retrieved the photo ricer Jamie Pekelder was notified as tain lion was sent to the local DNR attacked the fire from above using their David Dinnel and Vicki Oakes contact and recently while he and his son were was Big Stone City Police Officer Bob where it was confirmed, click on the first fire photo to get to hunting, aerial boom truck. Big Stone City fire- these businesses with offers to assis- A recent sighting of a mountain lion Goergen. Pekelder inspected the tracks, Brad Olson, Assistant Area Wildlife man fought the fire from the roof of tance. Possible relocation sites in- the photo gallery, containing several was reported in Big Stone City, SD. but did not confirm that they were Manager, visited the site of the photo Radio Shack, while Clinton hauled cluded the former Hardware Store On Sept. 13, Jesse Roscoe was turning those of a mountain lion. to confirm. He stated that assuming water from the lake with their tanker owned by Dan Peterson, the Anathon more pictures. into his driveway when he noticed an The photograph of the mountainthe photo is not doctored, then assume truck. Ronglien and Sons Excavating, ~ animal running in front of his vehicle, lion was taken at 6:51 a.m. on Sept. 19 there is a mountain lion in the area. Inc. assisted the firefighters by knock- east of Ortonville. Fossen stated that Spotting of a mountain lion is very ing down what was left of the top of the At first, Roscoe thought it may have at the time he had no idea that there rare in this area. Mountain lions are a buildings. It was a well constructed ef- been a deer or dog, but then recognized was a mountain lion in the area. very secretive animal and the odds of a fort with all departments working well tJkl!~.~ it as a mountain lion. "I was shocked when I saw the human being attacked by one are quite together said McLain. rare. If a person does come across one DCC Solutions had 92 full and part- they should not run away, keep their time employees and Once N' Again distance and if the animal starts to ap- proach, make loud noises and make had one full-time and three part-time yourself as big as possible, employees. The DNR is asking residents to con- According to Big Stone County tinue to monitor and report any addi- records, the DCC brick building, lo- tional sightings, cared on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Second Street, was built in the A PHOTOGRAPH OF A MOUNTAIN LION was taken by a trail timer camera four miles east of Ortonville by Mike Fossen of Spicer. Fossen owns land near Stoney Run and was surprised when this picture showed up on his camera. early 1900's and the adjacent Once N' Picture day set at Again wood frame building was built Ortonville School in the 1880's. Radio Shack which is adjacent to Individual student pictures arethe north of Once N' Again sustained scheduled to be taken at Ortonville massive smoke and water damage and School by Sherman Studio for the has temporarily relocated and open for " 2010-2011 yearbook and for package business across the street that formerly orders, housed The Max. Owner Steve Stern Students in grades seven through and his crew tore out carpeting last 11 and three-year-old preschool will weekend and will have professional be photographed Monday, Oct. 11. cleaners throughout the building this Pre K-6 students and three and week. four-year-old Pre-school students will Also receiving considerable smoke be photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 12. and chemical damage from the fire was Envelopes with instructions andAnderson Tax and Accounting building HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN FOR 2010 were crowned pricing will be sent home with stu- just north of Radio Shack. According during Coronation on Monday, Sept. 27. This year's royalty are King dents this week. (ADV.) to owner Phyllis Anderson theyPhilip Adelman and Queen lauren Conroy.