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********************** FOR ASC SMALLTOWNPAPEfl$ Z/ZIO@ =t7 w ST' I SHELTON WA g8584-22113 ]=U Ortonville =Town with a heart" " "7' N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 2 Sections 6 pages Ortonville. Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, August 6, 2011 Volume 93 Number 31 TURF WAR! WEST SIDE STORY? This picture was taken recently at the pier with the pelicans on one end and the geese on the other. In the middle of the pier were two ducks (could they be the referees). It is true, birds of a different feather, flock together. Fun for all ages this weekend during 73rd Annual Cornfest Lots of food and plenty of enter- tainment highlight this year's 73rd An- nual Comfest which will be held this weekend, Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21. Friday's events kick off with the Chuckwagon Jamboree and music from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meal will be served at St. John's Catholic Church with music provided by the "Melody Kings". At 7 p.m., will be the Comfest Roy- alty Coronation held at the Gazebo. MAD Karaoke and DJ will be at Lake- side Park from 7-11 p.m. The beer garden will open at 6 p.m. sponsored by the Ortonville Fire De- partment and a fireworks display will be held at the foot of Big Stone Lake starting at 10:15 p.m.. Saturday starts with Airplane Rides from 7-11 a.m. at the Ortonville Air- port. Helicopter rides will take place all weekend, also at the airport. If you like waffles, try Dad's Bel- gian Waffle Brunch at the Ortonville Fire Department on First Street from 8-11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the BSLA Retail Committee. At 9 a.m. the OHS Class of 1987 will have a paws and reflect pet walk at Trojan Field. A Treasure hunt will take place at the parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. and free G3 boat ride by Go Fasters at the foot of the lake will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. (Weather permitting.) A 3D Archery Shoot will be held at the Minn-Kota Archery Range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 9 a.m., the 12th An- nual VFW Co-Ed Softball Tournament starts at Northside Park. The 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. across from Lakeside Park. Arts, crafts and food booths open at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The OHS Alumni Annual Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Ortonville Public Library Media Center. The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the foot of Big Stone Lake sponsored by the Big Stone Cruisers Car Club. At 10 a.m. the Kiddie Parade will be held at Lakeside Park, Lineaapwill. be near the new playground with prizes awarded for best dressed. Will Hale will provide music for the kids at the Gazebo. Gigantic kites will be flown at the Ortonville football field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Turtle races will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park. Events at noon include Bingo spon- sored by the Ortonville Kiwanis, which will run until 5 p.m. The beer gardens open as well sponsored by the Ortonville Fire Department. At 1 p.m. a hole-in-one contest will be held. From 1-4 p.m. free pontoon rides by Let's Go Fishing will be held at the foot of the lake (weather permit- ting). Music by Mystic Ryder will take place at the beer gardens. "Stars in the Park" will be held at Central Park sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council. Just For Kix will be providing musical entertainment. Water fights will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the lower parking lot spon- sored by the Ortonville Fire Depart- ment. At 4 p.m., Barrel Bowling will be held at the Alley Cat Lanes parking lot. Everything will be provided. At 5 p.m., "Drag Your Nag" couples obsta- cle course will be held at Lakeside Park. Registration will be at 4 p.m. or at www.bigstoneradio.com. The Rock N' Roll Farmer Todd Sandberg will be entertaining the au- dience from 7-11 p.m. at Lakeside Park. Sunday starts with registration for the 5K and 10K run and one mile walk at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 7:45 a.m. with the races starting at 8:30 a.m. A 3D Archery Shoot will take place at the Minn-Kota Archery range from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Big Stone County Museum's church will host services at 8:30 a.m., sponsored by Zion-Eidskog-Siloah Lutheran Churches. Puppets in" the Park will be held in from 10-11:30 a.m. for all ages, featuring Noah's Ark and Critters at the Gazebo at Lakeside Park. This is sponsored by Living Hope Fellowship Church. The hole-in-one contest begins again at 10:30 a.m. and the beer gar- dens open at noon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. get your fill of fresh sweet corn free at Lakeside Park, provided by Lakeland Foods of Brooten. Comfest button purchase is encouraged. The Grande Parade will begin at 2 p.m. with Grand Marshals Rena Bagne and Edna Paasche. At 3:30 p.m., the kiddie tractor pull will be held at Lake- side Park. An Adirondack Chair auction, de- signed by local businesses will take place at Lakeside Park, with the Corn- test button drawing at 4 p.m. "Music Today" performance will be held at the Gazebo at 4:30 p.m. Whatever your age or interests, there should be something to enjoy at this weekend's Comfest Celebration. Big Stone Cruisers to host annual Cornfest Car Show Car enthusiasts of all ages are in- vited to check out the 25th annual Cornfest Cruise-In Car Show this Sat- urday, Aug. 20 at the foot of Big Stone Lake. The show, sponsored by the Big Stone Cruisers Car Club is one of the highlights of Comfest weekend. The show runs from 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. with vehicle registration taking place between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. In year's past the show has brought between 60 to 80 cars from the region ranging in all makes and models from street rods to muscle cars. The club provides entertainment for the family with music, name that tune songs, trivia quiz, a judged stereo com- petition and a blow up car contest and lots of prizes from local sponsors. Trophies will be awarded for: poster car, best paint, best of show, po- lice officer's choice and sheriff's choice. Enter your classic car or truck, or just stop by the show and view the cool vehicles from the past. Three vie for Little Miss BSLA Three young ladies have signed up for a chance to win the title of "Little Miss Big Stone Lake Area." The winner will be decided by a luck of the draw at the Big Stone Lake Area Royalty Pageant this K, Stegner Friday, Aug. 19 at the gazebo in Lakeside Park at 7 p.m. The candidates are Julia Wiik, daughter of Joe and Jennifer Wiik of Big Stone City, SD; Melissa Wellendorf, daughter of Bruce and Lynette Wellendorf of rural Ortonville; and Kennedy Stegner, daughter of Will and Melanie Stegner of Ortonville. Each girl will receive a box with a bracelet inside. The girl who picks the box with a pic- ture of a crown in it, will be crowned Little Miss. The girls will be escorted by thei fathers. M. Wellendo M a c K e n z i e Streich, daughter of Paul and Janice Streich of rural Marietta, who was crowned Miss BSLA Queen in 2010, agreed to continue her reign for 2011- 12, due to only one candidate entry received by the deadline set by the Royalty Committee. That entrant, Stephanie Amdt, will then be crowned Princess at the coronation. Arndt is the daughter of Alan and Vicki Amdt of Ortonville. She is sponsored by Big Stone Chiropractic Health Center. Streich is spon- sored by Dr. Ronn E. McDaniel. I. Wiik Miss Big Stone Lake Area Queen, the Princess and the Little Miss will represent the Big Stone Lake area at events throughout the year and will travel to parades in other cities as ambassadors for the Big Stone Lake area. Bagne, Paasche named 2011 Cornfest Grand Marshals Grand Marshals of the 2011 Or- tonville Cornfest parade this year are Big Stone County's oldest living resi- dents, Rena Bagne and Edna Paasche. One would never know these two sis- ters ha(h a combined age of 204. Rena Bagne, age 103 and Edna Paasche, I01, are sisters who were born to oarents Olaf and Inga Haldor- son d] a farm near Saskatoon, Saskatewan, Canada. The family re- turned to the United States in 1911 lo- cating on a farm between Cyrus and Starbuck. Rena became a nurse and could tell you stories of the first hospital in Or- ' tonville. She married Walter Bagne, who was the bookkeeper for the Big Stone Canning Company. The couple had Bagne's Gift Shops in two differ- ent locations on Ortonville's Main Street. Both Sisters have helped in "Day of Love" at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville where Rena re- mains a stead-fast worker, making quilts. Edna was married to Fred Brown, one of the first couples married by Rev. Arling E. Thompson at First English Lutheran Church. Fred was the owner and operator of Brown's Jewelry in Or- tonville. They had one daughter, Au- dree Thomas, who now lives in Pleasanton, CA. After Fred died, Edna married Mentz Paasche. Both sisters live in the same apart- ment building in Ortonville, but in sep- arate apartments and take total care of themselves. The Big Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Rena and Edna lead the parade in the highest honor of Grand Marshals. SERVING AS GRAND MARSHALS for the 2011 Cornfest Parade are Edna Paasche, left, and Rena Bagne of Ortonville. They are Big Stone County's oldest living residents, witli a combined age of 204. Grand re-opening Anti-bullying group to lead on for R-Graphix L' *'Ra'apbix is hosting- a grand re opening this Wednesday through Fri- day, Aug. 17-19 to celebrate new ownership of Ken and Carolyn Giessinger and a new location in the Center Mall on Ortonville's Main Street. The Giessingers and store manager Fawna Berger invite the public to stop in the new store, check out the large display of merchandise and see what they have to offer including; embroi- dery, screen printing, signs, vehicle graphics, banners, lots of Trojan and CGB wear and more. Ice Cream Social at Big Stone County Museum this Friday The annual Ice Cream Social at the Big Stone County Museum will be held on Friday evening, Aug. 19 from 7-9 p.m. Root Beer floats and Sun- daes will be served for a free will do- nation. An Open House will be held in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social, celebrating the completion of the Legacy Grant received for a collec- tions archival storage system. With this grant, steel shelving units, acid free storage boxes and a new filing cabinet for obituaries were purchased. You are invited to come and see the new storage system in the "back room" during the Ice Cream Social. Special attractions during the open house include: making homemade ice cream, rug making on the loom, how the telephone switchboard worked. and churning butter. The Charles Han- son Wildlife Display, the Bethany Church and the District #13 School- house will also be open. OHS '86 class to reunite at Cornfest Ortonville High School's Class of 1986 will be gathering Cornfest week- end to celebrate its 25 year reunion on Friday night, Aug. l 9 at the Ortonville Golf Course Club House beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour and supper at 7 p.m. Classmates will meet informally on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Ortonville Moose Lodge at 7pm. E-mails have been sent as well as information posted on Facebook, Re- union organizers ask everyone to spread the word to as many classmates as possible. Please call Noelle Saeger at 320- 839-3892 or email her at sierra- sun@wat.midco.net or contact John Meyer at 320-305-0998. They are hoping for a good turnout, and look forward to seeing everyone again. Kiddie Parade Saturday .......... This Saturday, Aug. 20, a Min- neapolis based non-profit called Proj- ect Footsteps will be stopping in Ortonville as part of their five-day 10,000 Footsteps Tour. During the Tour, Project Footsteps staff will be travelling around outstate Minnesota raising awareness about the organiza- tion's mission, and their newest initia- tives. The mission of Project Footsteps is to inspire, empower and prepare youth and community to be agents of change, social leaders and volunteers. Project Footsteps is here to create a movement that changes the way young people are included and utilized in their schools, communities and soci- eties. As part of this broad movement, Project Footsteps has recently launched a new initiative called I'm Getting Bullied. I'm Getting Bullied is a national movement dedicated to ending bully- ing by giving power to victims, creat- ing more accountability for on-lookers, and creating opportunities for young people to share their stories with the world through the move- ment's new website, www.imgetting- bullied.com. During the Tour's stop in Or- tonville, Project Footsteps' staff will be leaders of the Kiddie Parade at Cornfest set for 10 a.m. in L.keside park; hosting games, events, free food, and overall fun! Enjoy the Cornfest activities at Lakeside Park with your children this Saturday, Aug. 20 and hangout with the Project Footsteps staff and have some fun while learning how to rid your schools and community of bully- ing. PEDALING HIS WAY ALONG ORTONVILLE'S BIKE TRAIL is Adam Ess- ington, son of Brian and Kelly Jo (Backstrand) Essington during Adam's Ride last Saturday. Many took advantage of the cool day to help raise funds for the purchase of Adam's first bike. Enough money was raised from the event to purchase the bike. Adam is riding on his bike that was made in Scotland and arrived the week prior. Adam rode one mile on the trail on his new bike. A total of 460 miles were put on the trail by those registered for the bike ride and walkers. (Photo by Tanny Meyer.)