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Gt)od old days in the Ortonville area IT'S MOST APPROPRIATE to again publish this photo of the late "King Korn" Ed Kottwitz of Ortonville. He reigned as champion of the former corn eating contest for a number of years. He's shown here in about 1931 with a pile of corn he had eaten and his trophy for the championship. His record eating totalled 58 ears. Wow! FOR THE WEEK OF Aug. 16, 2011 10 YEARS AGO Aug. 14, 2001 Sonny's is expanding its custom embroidery and screen printing business to better serve their cus- tomers in their new location, the former Chamberlains/JC Penney building, on Ortonville's main street. Their grand opening will be this week, Thursday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 19. The 63rd anniversary of Ortonville's Cornfest event runs this Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 19. Wallace Rogers, bringing with him 25 years of experience in local government, has been named as the community development specialist for the Blandin Community Investment Partnership (BCIP) grant, benefiting Ortonville and the surrounding area. Stars in the Park, sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council, will be celebrating its sixth annual open air Arts Festival, Saturday, Aug. 18 at Central (City) Park. 25 YEARS AGO Aug. 13, 1986 Cecilie Blum of Correll has been crowned Minnesota Shorthorn Lassie Queen and will represent the Minnesota Shorthorn Association and Lassie Auxiliary at the breed's state functions. A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Arnold of Willmar and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bellefeuille of Ortonville. Barb Jones, daughter of Dave and Beverly Jones of Ortonville, was crowned queen of Ortonville's 1986 Comfest last Sunday after- noon in Lakeside Park. Gwen Anderson, daughter of Boyd and Gayle Anderson of Ortonville, was named First Princess and Denise Pansch, daughter of Dennis and Jane Pansch of Correll, was the Second Princess. Ortonville's Alley Cat Bowling Lanes opened for the season last Saturday, Aug. 16. 50 YEARS AGO Aug. 17, 1961 Proposed swimming pool at the Ortonville School is scheduled to cost $158,000. The Ortonville CC swimming pool committee is mak- ing a survey to determine the feel- ing of the public about the pro- posed project. Some new staff members at the Ortonville High School include Donald Moorhead, Keith Sandro Sr., Frances Goeschy Sr., Harris Selvig and Britt Wedin. "New Green No. 6, to Become Part of City Golf Course Today" was the caption on a picture in this paper. The following births were recorded at the Ortonville Hospital: a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Vietzke of Big Stone City and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Novak of Ortonville. 70 YEARS AGO Aug. 14, 1941 The 1941 Big Stone County Fair opened its gates at Clinton today and is "bigger and better than DOWN MEMORY'S LANE From the files of the Ortonville Independent ever," according to fair officials. Two skeletons were uncovered during the excavation of the Indian mound on the new Ortonville Municipal Golf Course, work on which was completed this week. The excavation was carried out with the cooperation of the WPA under the direction of G. Hubert Smith of the Minnesota Historical Society. On Tuesday, Sept., 2, the Ortonville public school will open its doors for the 57th time to return- ing students and beginners. Four new teachers will join the faculty this year. Miss Leone Richter of Jamestown, ND, assumed her duties on Monday as the new child welfare worker for Big Stone coun- ty. She succeeds Miss Clara Sletten, who left May 29 for a sim- ilar position in Benton County. THIS COLUMN SPONSORED IN PART BY... tzng & . I 00oohngLLc. DeanKovarik, owner L Bil 4t29nle SiDtyH S% 10916 l:1160-:-()018 , Big Stone City News By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Jerri Van Hout and son Chuck went to Clark, SD to visit Jerome and Rosemary Schmitt. Rosemary is Jerri's sister-in-law. Bob and JoAnn Hasslen's grandson Tyler Schablin of Rockford came Sunday, Aug. 7 to spend the week with Bob and JoAnn. Joe and Loretta Van Lith's grandson Parker Van Lith of St. Cloud visited Joe and Loretta for two weeks. Robyn Wulff came to visit Ruth Torgerson on Monday afternoon, Aug. 8. Evelyn Morris visited Lamoine Herrmann on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. . Nadean and Joe Villella's granddaughter Melissa Sherod and her fianc6 Tom along with Melissa's daughter Grace of Minneapolis visited Nadean and Joe for part of the Aug. 5 weekend. Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7 visitors at the home of Arlin and Verna Angerhofer were Julia Angerhofer of Brookings and Ryan Yoder of Watertown. Delores Bengtson was up in North Dakota with her son Paul and Diane and family. While there she visited with her grandson Chad and Amber Bengtson and Travis and the new twins Alexa Joy and Brynlee Nicole born on June 24 at the Bismarck hospital. The twins are identical. Ann Grabow and her daughter Melissa were in Albuquerque, NM for conferences. Saturday, Aug. 6 visitors of Vern and Gert Goldsmith were Kathy Olson of North Branch, Pam Carlson of Minneapolis, and Donnette Wheelock of Mankato. They were all Gert's nieces. Mary Piatz of Browns Valley and Jo Livingston and son Jasper of Brookings, SD visited Vern and Gert also on Saturday. Sunday, Aug. 7 visitors of Vern and Gert Goldsmith were Pat Delgehausen and Ashley Tillma. Rosen News By Adelaide Kirchberg Connor Davis of Sioux Falls spent Aug. I until Saturday, Aug. 6 at the home of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke, and attended the summer vacation bible school at St. Joseph's School. Mr. and Mrs. Mandley Davis and Landon of Sioux Falls were Aug. 5 and 6 guests at the Ray Schuelke home and attended the Bible School program and Mass at St. Joseph's Church and lunch at St. Joseph's School Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmieg, Joan Longhenry and family of Clarkfield, James Longhenry family of Volga, SD, Jon Longhenry family of Montevideo attended the Loeschke family reunion in Milbank at Lake Farley on Sunday, Aug. 7. Carter Moen of Milan spent Saturday, Aug. 6 at the home of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bud Radermacher. St. Joseph's and St. James Bible School was held Aug. 1 through Aug. 5 at St. Joseph's School and a program was presented at St. Joseph's Church after Mass on Friday, Aug. 5 and lunch at St. Joseph's School. Mrs. Lester Millerbernd spent Aug. 1 until Friday, Aug. 5 at the home of her mother Florence Juergens at her apartment in Shakopee. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Radermacher of Arlington, WA, spent a week at the Loran Rademacher home in Milbank and visited with relatives. Tuesday evening, Aug. 2 visitors at the Dennis Rademacher home were Mr. and Mrs. Randy Stuckey of Milbank and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rademacher of Arlington, WA. Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Radermacher, Audrey Mogard, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Radermacher were among relatives at the Lantern Inn on Friday evening Aug. 5 to help Dennis Rademacher observe his birthday. HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TODAY! (for 3, 5 or 10 months) eatrick from France, 17yrs. Make this year the most exciting, enriching Love5 the outdoors and plag soccer, year ever for you and your family. Share your Patrick's dream has been to spend time world with a young foreign visitor from abroad. in America learning about our customs and attending hmerican high sch0ol. Welcome a high school student, 15-18 years R old, from Italy, France, Norway, Denmark, .... " i Spain, Germany, Brazil, Thailand or China as part of your family for a school year (or less) and make an overseas friend for life. For more information or to select your own exchange student please call: FJisa from Italy, 16 yrs. Karen at 952-836-5316 Tj to play tennis, swun, loves to dance. Elm hopes to play American softball and or Marcy at 1-800-888-9040 (Totl Free) learn American 'slang' while in the U or e-mail us at Mr. and Mrs. Paul Volkenant were Saturday and Sunday Aug. 6 and 7 guests at the home of her mother Mrs. Maggie Bergstrom in Marshall. On Saturday they attended a surprise 50th birthday party in honor of Marge Bergstrom. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pavelko and family of Worthington were among visitors at the Bernard Pillatzki home. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbemd, Joann Krakow and Ann Millerbernd of Appleton attended a Millerbernd family reunion at the Richard and Sandra Millerbernd home in Litchfield on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Travis Scofield was not present at the drawing in Bellingham for $60 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, so next Wednesdays drawing will be for $80. Mrs. Roger Sis attended the Weber family reunion at the VFW in Madison on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. Anthony and Alana Rodas of Alexandria spent a week with their grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Roger Karels. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Karels attended the Catholic United Financial Convention at St. John's on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6. BSC 125th cookbooks still available Send your student back to school with a supply of great recipes for good home cooking. Purchase a cookbook from Big Stone City's 125th celebration at a specially reduced price of $7.00. Gift giving season is also fight around the comer. Pick up your copy today at The Grocery Basket or Cottage Inn Cafe in Big Stone City, The Independent office in Ortonville or contact Margaret Kuefler at 862-8502. (Adv.) Athey Benefit to be held Aug. 27 A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held for Teresa Athey on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the American Legion in New London from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Athey, 46, formerly of Big Stone City, SD now of Willmar, has been diagnosed with cancer and is recovering after a double mastectomy and second surgery. A complete chicken dinner will be held with a silent auction, bake sale and bucket raffles. Anyone who would like to donate items for the silent auction please contact Sue Kaercher-Blake at the Ortonville Independent 320-839- 6163. She is also selling $3 can koozies in support of the benefit, available at the Ortonville Independent office. Teresa is the daughter of Marilyn and the late Stanley Athey of Big Stone City, SD. Big Stone County programs featured on MN Public Radio by Julie Siple, Minnesota Public Radio Ortonville, Minn. -- Marie Gagnon has owned her home since 1966, and she still loves tending her garden. At 93, she still manages to keep up with the house, but because she lives on $1,095 a month from Social Security, she sometimes has to close- ly watch her spending to afford nutri- tious food. So when a friend suggested Gagnon might qualify for a box of free food from the federal govern- ment, she signed up. The box from the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors comes once a month, with canned fruit, cereal, and a big block of cheese. It helps stretch her budget, especially in the winter when she doesn't have a garden. "There for a while, I couldn't afford to buy lettuce, and I love let- tuce, and it's good for you -- greens!" Gagnon said. "So now I can afford that." Senior citizens like Gagnon are especially vulnerable to the negative effects Of hunger, because many live on fixed incomes and already face health problems. Ensuring they have proper nutrition will be increasingly important in Minnesota, where about 700,000 people will reach retirement age in the next decade. Research shows that seniors who struggle with food are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor health. One study shows being hun- gry is like adding 14 years to your age, when it comes to limiting the activities of daily living. In Big Stone County, where Gagnon lives near Minnesota's west- ern border, a quarter of the population is at least 65 years old. Like many seniors there, she's figured out a way to get by -- with a patchwork ef help and a well-practiced ability to make money go a long way. The box of food also helps Gagnon put aside a little money for other important needs. "I'm working on my funeral, because that's important," Gagnon said. "I want to be buried, and it's ter- rible expensive, a funeral." But not everybody is doing as well as she is. "If you're very elderly, and you're living in a house you've maybe lived in lbr 50 years, but the property taxes have gone up dramatically, there's not enough money," County Commissioner Brent Olson said. Big Stone is a sparsely populated county of about 5,269 people. The towns are small and spread out, with weathered farmhouses in between. Dream for Kids and Early Childhood Initiative launch website Two organizations from the Big Stone Lake area, Doing Right Every Available Moment (DREAM) for Kids and the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), have joined forces and launched a website designed to help parents be the best parents they can be and to share pro- grams and opportunities to support children. The website promises to be a go-to page for parent resources, pro- viding links to sources on topics rang- ing from raising teenagers to dealing with bullying to prenatal health. As the main website for the DREAM for Kids program and Ortonville ECI, it also provides information about pro- grams and events which the two are hosting, such as the Love and Logic seminars, the Lunch Buddy program. Tot Swim, and the FRED program. The website also serves as your one stop shop for a listing of family friendly events in the Big Stone Lake area. The website can be found at: Right now DREAM for Kids and Ortonville ECI are looking for sug- gestions from area residents as to what kinds of programs they would like to see implemented in the Big Stone Lake area. For a full list of offered programs and events, see the website. Feel free to contact DREAM for Kids coordinator, Karin Mack, at or at 320-839-2111 with any questions or ideas. The coordinators of the Ortonville ECI are Kari Dorry and Laura Lamb. Kari can be reached at or at 320-839-6229 and Laura can be reached at mattandlau- or at 320-839- 7100. DREAM for Kids is a group of individuals who have a unified dream for children in the Big Stone Lake area; a dream where all children are able to grow up in a family and a com- munity that cares for, supports, and protects them as they grow to become healthy and productive adults. The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative commits to building community part- nerships that enhance childcare, edu- cational opportunities, and family support for children from birth to age five. 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