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/......,/,,. By JDK We found it hard to sleep last night upon hearing the story of Fox television about a Moslem ffither who killed his two daughters, shoot- ing them 11 times because they wronged his morals by falling in love with men of another faith! It has been called an "Honor Killing." And to think this belief is said to be grow- ing in our country We respect Fox which has been working on this case for several years, still trying to locate the murderer, who is apparently in hiding under support of other Moslems. Christians everywhere should rise up in arms against such a religion, if that's what it's called. Horrible is not even the right word! Sad news today for five- year-old Karolyn Barrett, daughter of Mike and Tammy Barrett of the metro area. Karolyn has been diag- nosed with Leukemia and will be undergoing chemotherapy for several months. She is the grand- daughter of good friend Carol Barrett and the late Bob Barrett. Cards can be sent to 5651 154th Ave., Ramsey, MN 55303. Shame, shame, shame, and more shame on President Obama and his first lady Michelle. It takes a TON of gall in these down-economic times. with millions out of work...for them to cart her and a plane full of atten- dants in Air Force Two for a vacation time in Spain. Unbelievable, to say the least. And some of the critics, we understand, are being called racists. And this is America???? Can you imagine this! Of all the fast food places in our nation, the only place where you can get a good old American Hot Dog is at Dairy Queen. We checked personally with all the others and each answer was a NO! Of course there are the Holidays, the Super Americas, and thank God, some of the still-alive Ma and Pa local restaurants! What a pretty sound there was in our city last Saturday and Sunday, if you're a horse lover, you know what I mean! The whiney of horses has always been a pleasant sound to us. It came from over 200 horses here for the annual Big Stone Trail Ride. The group changed their usual route down Main Street because of the newly laid tar surface. Good think- ing ! And while we are on the subject of shame and politics, it's common knowledge that former President Bill Clinton and wife Hilary spent upwards of three million for the wedding of their daugh- ter Chelsea. They say it was their own money...not tax- payers (we hope)...but wouldn't it have been a WONDERFUL GESTURE had they just had a common home town wedding, or maybe even had told the cou- ple to elope...AND THEN GIVE THE three million to charity or the handicapped and needy? Surely that would have demanded high respect and CHEERS from all Americans. But, as they say and as many will argue, to each his own, right?!?!?!?! Twins manager Gardenhire was at it again....two times...last week. in the clubs two victories over the Tampa Bay Rays. Rather than follow the long-time thinking of former Twins Pitcher Burt Blvleven (leave the starter in as long as he's HOT) not taking him out until he starts to both wins. the Twins nearly lost the games, the first one where Baker was outstanding, and the sec- ond where Slowey was also outstand- ing! Shape up Gardenhire...listen to ace Blyleven! ! It's like "driving on air!" We refer to the newly-laid blacktop surfacing on Ortonville's Main Street last week. We tip our hats to those who authorized the work, and to those who actu- ally did the work. It's a won- derful asset to our communi- ty! INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Raffety trial now schedule for Oct. Th~ trial for an Ortonville man accused of causing the death of his 3- month old son has been postponed until October. Zachery Raffety was indicted by a grand jury last spring on charges of first degree murder while committing child abuse and first degree murder while Committing domestic abuse in connection with the death of his son Avory James Raffety last October. Raffety's trial had been scheduled to start Aug. 10 in Big Stone County court, but County Attorney Bill Watson said it has been postponed until October. Watson said the delay is due to concerns over the availability of witnes ;es and attorneys preparing for the tri~ 1. Raf ~ety waived his right to a jury trial at this point and the case is schedaled to be heard by Judge GerakSeibel in Big Stone County CourtnOrtonville. Raf Fety remains in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. Knippen places third at World Horseshoe Tournament AI Knippen of Big Stone City, SD placed third in the Men's Open Class at the 2010 World Horseshoe Tournament held July 26-Aug. 7 at Cedar.Rapids. IA. Knippen's record during the tournament was 12.5 wins and 2.5 losses. His ringer percentage was 24.17. He received a cash prize along with a large trophy for his efforts. Don Tiegs of Ortonville According to Don, "I could not find the stake." There were 153 horseshoe players from Minnesota that took part in the tournament. In all, 1,268 pitchers were entered in various divisions m the tournament. Clinton man injured in ATV rollover The Big Stone County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of an ATV rollover in Clinton on Thursday, Aug 5 at approximately 4:44 p.m. Mark Chase of Clinton was driving his ATV at his farm when it rolled over. Chase was transfered to the Graceville Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his shoulder. He has since been released from the hospital. Also responding to the scene was the Clinton First Responders. Madison man found dead in grain bin On Monday, Aug. 2 at approximately 8:04 a.m. the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting an individual stuck m a grain bin in rural Madison. The Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office resonded to the scene with the Madison Fire Department and Madison Ambulance Service. Keith Harstad, 58, was found submerged in corn. Harstad was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Minnesota State patrol. Bellingham Fire Department and numerous neighbors The incident is under investigation by the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office. Reddentt ~n I~ ~m- .~! participated in the Elders Class (age . _ 70 and older) and had eight wins and seven losses during the tournament. was His rrnger percentage 23 Bierschbach Dental 605-432-5032 .J J The Staff of Larson Funeral Home warmly invites you and your family to a picnic of :::o Hope andHealing f~'bn Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Park ~ Ortonville, MN This gathering will allow us to share our hope for the future as we continue our healing and remember the loved ones that blessed our lives. Food and refreshments will be provided at the gathering, followed by an informal opporttmity to share a memory of your loved one and release a balloon in their honor. Please contact us to reserve your place so we may plan accordingly. Phone: (3'20) 839-2588 E-mail: We look forward to sharing the evening with you. "'Celebrating Life, One Family at a Time "" Ortonville ~ Clinton ~ Graceville ~ Browns Valley t" You owe it to Compare Our Prices! Call to see how we can sa~e you money on your: Lake Cabins, Boats, Jet Skis, 11 ' will'showyou 0 yo C sa e. vxotorcyctes , Call Gene or ! (d More Laurie Today. Serving the Big Stone Lak~ Are: For All You:Insurance Needs! AUTO HOME HEALTH LIFE COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE Gary L. Miller Agency AMERICAN FAMILY ~2r2t oN viW112e:dMfI~r ;;278 II ; 2 I1~! ~ [ hone 320-839-2965 I I~'-I _ W'__ _ --n Fax 320 839-2942 Upgrades to Power Plant could cost $400 million Courtesy of the Grant Co. Review The Big Stone Power Plant owners continue to make plans for major pol- lution control upgrades that would allow the plant to keep functioning for many years. The consequence for not making the upgrades is plant closure. The upgrades are expected to cost nearly $400 million. Earlier this year the state of South Dakota, based on EPA directives, out- lined what the plant must do to meet federal and regional haze regulations. Mark Rolfes of Otter Tail Power was appointed to research the problem and work with an, engineering firm to de- velop a plan. The firm of Sargent and Lundy, Chicago, was hired for the job. On Tuesday, July 27, the Big Stone Plant owners (Otter Tail Power, Mon- tana-Dakota Utilities and Northwest Energy) selected the technologies for the project. Contactors will install a massive dry scrubber to control sulfur dioxide. The owners could have selected a wet scrubber, but the dry scrubber will po- sition the plant better for any future re- quirements, said Rolfes. A selective catalytic reducer (SCR) will be installed: That is the best avail- able technology and was not a difficult decision, he said. A new bag house will be installed to capture particulate matter. While the state did not require the installation of a new bag house (one was installed in 2007), the partners decided to invest in a new one. According to Rolfes, the new dry scrubber and SCR would dou- ble the pressure of the air going into the bag house. That could damage the ex- isting equipment. The updated bag. house will be able to easily handle the increase m pressure. "It was an issue of structural integrity," said Rolfes. A new.bag house is one of the fac- tors that has driven up the total cost of the project. Originally, the upgrades were expected to cost $200 to $300 million. Now the figure is probably closer to $400 million, Rolfes said. "By September we should have design plans and firmer cost estimates," he said. While Big Stone Plant officials knew that emissions control upgrades ' would have to be made in the future. they Were banking on Big StoneII being built. Emissions from both plants were going to be routed through one new rfiodern system. When Big Stone II parmers voted to end the proj- ect last fall. that put new pressure on Big Stone I to make its own improve- ments. Rolfes stated that the upgrades do not include carbon capture technology. At this point CO2 reductions are not mandated. He said the carbon capture technology is very expensive. The proposed environmental up- grades at the Big Stone Plant must be app,toved by the Public Utilities Com- mission. Construction permits and other permits must be obtained. "The permit process will not be as difficult as Big Stone II," said Rolfes. "We won't have to get writer or trans- mission permits." Construction could begin as early as the fall of 2012. The project would be an economic boost to the area. Approximately 300- 400 workers would be on site for three: years. After the equipment is installed- five to 10 employees would be hired tO operate it. Although the cost of the environ- mental upgrades is high, it would ex- tend the life of the plant by 20 or perhaps 30 years. When asked if the Big Stone Plant could justify the expense of the up'-i grades to the Public Utilities Commis;- sion Rolfes stated, "The alternative is- to shut the plant down. Then we are back to (electrical generation) projects that cost one billion Elus instead of mil- lions Of dollars. We expect to be suc- cessful." UMVRDC to meet The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24. 2010 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Senior citizens club news The Ortonville Senior Citizens club will meet on Wednesday, Aug, 18 at 1:30 p.m. for the monthly meeting at the Community Centeg- At 2 p.m. there will be a meeting on "Planning for Incapacity." Concerning estate planning, wills etc. The presenter will be a local attorney. 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