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~,~'~li[( . . ~ I. _-'~ " - ' i ) .~' _~ I ~_4 ": _ ~ : -'1 _ ~ ~1~ liiiliJlitlilllItlllllllll n Ortonville "Town with a heart" o IN N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 1 Sections 14 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 Volume 92; Number 30 HIGHWAY 7 THROUGH ORTONVILLE received a makeover as crews from Central Specialties, Inc. of Alexandria put a 24 foot overlay to help improve the condition of the road. The work was done on Friday, Aug. 6. Cou nty approves shari ng H R Director with Stevens County The Big Stone County Board ap- proved a Human Resource Sharing Agreement with Stevens County con- tingent upon Stevens County decision. at their regular board meeting on Tues- day, Aug. 3. Current HR Director Sue Schultz would alternate her schedule with one week spending two days in Big Stone County and threedays in Stevens County.. The next week it would reverse with two day in Stevens County and three days in Big Stone County. The Board also approved a resolu- tion to share information technology resources with Stevens County. Board Chairman Roger Sandberg stated that at this time Stevens County can not supply Big Stone County with an IT Director to be here to handle the needs of Big Stone County. ' However, the IT Director of Stevens County can assist Big Stone County with a comprehensive assessment of the existing Big Stone County technol- ogy eqmpment and practi~es: recom- mend an action plan to meet the future needs of Big Stone County relating to IT services: assist in the recruitment and selection of necessary IT staff for the County; and provide additional guidance during the probationary pe- riod of any new IT employees in Big SmtOne County. This agreement will re- ain in effe6t until Dec. 31,2010 un- less either party indicates that assistance is no longer required or no longer feasible. In other business, on recommenda- tion of the Personnel Committee. the Board approved an employee unpaid intermittent leave request for Rhonda Beckman. Dan Meyer, Big Stone County Vet- erans .Service Officer. provided his monthly review to the Board. Meyer stated that he has 133 office appoint- ments and walk-ins and 11 home/out- reach contacts for a total of 144 contacts for the month of July. Meyer also stated that he will be having at booth at Ortonville's 72nd Annual Cornfest and will have a CVSO float in the Cornfest Parade on Sunday, Aug. 22 as well as distributing U.S. Flags to those in attendance at the parade. Vicki Grimli. Ortonvitle-Graceville Librarian, was present to discuss her 2011 budget request for the library. Grimli stated that they are asking for just over $5,000 for the library in 2011. Grimli went on to say that they are one of the best libraries in the Pioneerland System and that she has been very fru- gal in her requests in pervious years. She hoped that they would honor her request. The Board thanked Vicki and stated they would consider her request. Members of the Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District were pres- ent to present their budget request for 2011. Travis Issendorf. Holly Wellen- dorf. Travis Welle and Tammy Neubauer discussed the work that they have been doing in the county and that they are asking to maintain their budget, not cut it. The Board said they would take their request into consider- ation. The next County Board meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Court- house. Area receives nearly four inches of rain Heavy rain moved through the Big Stone Lake Area early Saturday morning, dumping three to four inches of rain in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD and five inches reported in Odessa. Pea size hail was also reported with the heavy rains. Other areas reposed rain ranging from just less of an inch to just over two inches. No damage was reported" with the heavy rains. Eidskog pie, ice cream social Sat. Eidskog Lutheran Church of rural Ortonville will sponsor it's Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 4-7 p.m. Barbecues. hot dogs, chips, home- made pie, ice cream, pop and coffee will be served. Eve~one is welcome to join in this." time of fellowship and fun. (ADV) Correction In the July 27 edition of the Ortonville Independent, in the Big Stone City School reunion picture class of 1958-59, Mary Lou (Roggenbuck) Smith should have been identified as Carol (Ulrich) Johnson of Erhard. French motorcycle riders stop in Ortonville on way to Sturgis A group of French Harley-Davidson Motorcycle riders are fulfilling a dream Of biking to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being held this week in Sturgis. SD. Members of the Alpes Spirit HOG Chapter of France began saving money for this trip two years ago. Arnaud Do- nati, Assistant Director of the group says this has been a long time coming. "We are all avid bikers and when we started to put money away for our trip, we never thought the day would come,' says Donati. "So far our trip has been wonderful." Donati was one of the few in the group that spoke English He helps translate for the rest of the group. They have two vehicles that trail in case of an emergency. The group of 25, 23 of which are from the French Alps and two from Switzerland, arrived in Chicago, IL from France a few weeks ago. They rented their Harley-Davidson motorcy- cles in Chicago and began their 70 day adventure. They have stopped to see many dif- ferent sights along the way and just last week made a stop in Ortonville at Headwaters Grill and Bar. From there they traveled to Aberdeen, SD and this week will be at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. "We all love' riding our Harley's back home and most of us 'have been members of the Alpes Spirit Chapter for a few years now." said Donati. "The people we have met along the way have been very gracious.'" The group plans to spend a good portion of their time in the U.S. in Stur- gis and visiting Mt. Rushmore and other sights along their route. HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE GROUP FROM FRANCE made astop in Ortonville on their way tothe Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The group, Alpes Spirit Chapter, have been planning this trip for two years. This is their first time in the United States. " " State Primary Election Today The "Primary Election for Minnesota voters will take place on Tuesday, August 10 at the polling places designated by your local coun- ty/township/city/school board offi- cials. At the Primary election voters must vote on a straight ticket; meaning, yQu must vote for candidates in one party. You are not allowed to 'cross- over' and vote for a candidate from a different party. The parties on the local ballot include the Independence Party, the Republican Party and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The only race for U.S. Representative in the Primary is on the Republican ticket, with Alan Roebke and Lee Byberg on the ballot for the 7th District Congressional spot on the ballot in November. On the State Office area, the Independence Party has five sets of candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor; the Republican Party has four sets of candidates, and the DFL party also has four sets of candidates. The leading pair of candidates in each party will appear on the General Election ballot on November 2, 2010. The Republican party has a race for a spot on the general election ballot for Attorney General, with Chris Barden and Sharon Anderson as the candidates. The DFL party has two candidates for the Secretary of State office, as well as the Attorney General position. The DFL candidates for the Secretary of State spot on the ballot are "Dick" Franson and Mark Ritchie. The DFL candidates for November's ballot are Leo E Meyer and Lori Swanson. There are no names on the ballot for the upcoming Big Stone County election, as there are no contests. In Big Stone County, three town- ships and three cities hold elections at their polling places, The polling site for Almond Township and tile City of Clinton is the Clinton Municipal Building. The Big Stone Township polling site is the Big Stone Town Hall, and for Otrey Township, it is the Otrey Town Hall. Graceville residents vot.e at the Graceville Community Building and Ortonville voters cast their ballots at the Ortonville City Shop. Township hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; city hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For voters in the cities of Barry, Beardsley, Correll, Johnson and Odessa, as well as the townships of Akron, Artichoke, Browns Valley, Foster, Graceville, Malta, Moonshine, Odessa, Ortonville, Prior, and Toqua in Big Stone County, mail ballots are used, with the polling place for non- registered mail ballot precincts is the County Auditor's Office at the Courthouse in Ortonville. NINTH ANNUAL RIVERSIDE TRAIL RIDE took place last weekend with well over 200 riders partaking in rides throughout the weekend. Shown above is the group on their annual ride Saturday, heading south onto Ortonville's Main Street. Marsh Lake water bird die-off caused by Newcastle D sease Hundreds of double-cro6ted cor- morants and ring-billed gulls on Marsh Lake in Big Stone County have died from Newcastle Disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As of Wednesday, about 500 cormorants and 400 ring- billed gulls had been found dead at the lake. which is near Appleton in west- ern Minnesota. More testing is being conducted to determine the strain of Newcastle Dis- ease. Avian influenza tests, however, were negative. Newcastle Disease is a viral disease that most commonly infects cor- morants, but has also been documented ia gulls and pelicans. Clinical signs Of infection in wild birds are often neuro- logic and include droopy head or t'xisted neck, lack of coordination, in- ~ifity to fly or dive and complete or lzartial paralysis. Juveniles are most commonly affected. Newcastle can rarely affect humans, generally causing conjunctivitis, a rel- atively mild inflammation of the inner eyelids. It is spread to humans by close contact with sick birds. Wild birds can be a potential source of disease if they have contact with domestic poultry. Area farmers need to practice sound bi0security procedures, including mon- itoring their poultry flocks for signs of illness and taking steps to prevent wild birds from having contact with their domestic birds. If birds show sign of sickness, producers should contact their veterinarian or the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at (320) 231- 5170 Another die-off of 50 of cormorants has beeh discovered on 'Wells Lake in Rice County. Samples are being tested, but the specific cause of the birds' ill- ness is unknown. DNR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services staff are conducting site clean-ups and col- lecting swab and carcass samples for lab analysis at both locations. Newcastle Disease is not new to Minnesota. The last outbreak covered a seven-county area in 2008, when about 2.400 birds died. In 1992, multi- ple mortality events affected double- crested cormorant colonies across the Great Lakes, upper Midwest, and Canada. with more than 35,000 birds estimated dead. Minnesota has about 39 nesting colonies of double-crested cormorants. 87 percent of which occur along with other colonially nesting water birds. Most active nesting sites have a long history of use, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s City Council approves new' mow, ng, snow .removal rates Ortonville City Council members ~proved new mowing and snow re- oval rates for the City at their regu- ar meeting on Monday, Aug. 2 These ates are applied if City employees are 'equested to do the work. Mowing rates are as follows: -$100 for a Residential Lot -For larger lots. with a Woods Mower, $150 per hour; Sickle Mower, ~150 per hour: and 72" Mower, $100 t~er hour. A $25 Administration Charge llso applies. Snow removal rates: -Front Lot, $50 -Corner Lot. $100 with a $25 Ad- ministration charge applied. Randy McLain. Ortonville Fire uhief, came before the coun6il re- esting $8,500 to make a bid on a ed Rescue Truck with rescue equip- anent that is currently up for bids from le Mayer Pqre Department. This ve- icle and its equipment would allow ~em to be more efficient at respond- mg to structure fires, grass fires, and all ,pes of vehicle and farm accidents. The Rescue Truck is a 1987 Chevy 1-950 Step Van, 18' body, 366 gas e~n- ine with 11,750 miles. Bids were After some discussion, the question was brought up if $8.500 would be an acceptable bid to purchase the truck. McLain stated that he thought it would, but the council decided that they should go as high as $10.000 if needed for the bid. Money for the truck would come from the Fire Truck Capital and Equipmeni Capital that has sufficient funds to cover the expense. City Clerk/Administrator Char Grossman gave a brief update on the Lakeside Park Project. Grossman stated that the new bathroom facility is on track to be completed before the Cornfest. The new playground equip- ment is in and the City is looking for volunteers to help with the construc- tion. Those that are willing to help should contact the City Office. Work is expected to take place on Aug. 13- 14. In other businessl the Council ap- proved the Cornfest Parade permit and application for'the fireworks display with Pyrotechnic special effects. The council also approved the Prairie Five Community Action Council Vendor Agreement for the 2011 Energy Assis- tance Program. City Council will be held on Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Center. Seatbelt saves life of Beardsleygirl According to the Minnesota State Highway Patrol a 16 year old girl from Beardsley is alive today because she was wearing her seatbelt last Thursday'. The State Patrol received a call at 11:46 a.m. on Aug. 5 of a one vehicle car accident on Highway 7about 15 miles north of Ortonville. Destiney Lynn Greeters.was driving a 1996 Chevy Blazer south bound when her vehicle went off the road o~ the right side, hit an approach, r(~lled and struck a tree in mid flight according to Todd Philippi of the State Patrol. 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