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Ortonville =Town with a heart" o00IN N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 2 Sections-24 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 Volume 92: Number 40 , Fire Marshal seeks photos, info. to help investigation State Fire Marshal Casey Stotts is still investigating the cause of the fire which destroyed two buildings on Ortonville's Main Street Sept. 29 DCC Solutions customer care cen- ter and Once 'N Again thrift store occupied the buildings. The fire also extensively damaged the adjacent Radio Shack store and damaged Anderson Tax and Accounting build- ing. Stotts says they are having difficul- ty determining a cause of the fire because there was such extensive BIG TOY FAIR was held at the Ortonville Airport on Saturday, Oct. 9 sponsored by the Ortonville Early damage and nothing left of the build- Childhood initiative. Many trucks, police vehicles, ambulance and more were on display for the kids to view. Many took in this event, with lunch provided. Babysitting club Turkey manure to blame f( r set thisweek A babysitting clinic will be held for youth in grades fifth through foul odor over city last week lating any health standards. The Lismore Colony is permitted by the State of Minnesota, which reg- ulates the hog and turkey operations. The colony has the right to be exempt from the Ambient Air Quality Standards for 21 days. This exemp- tion allows a facility to have odors above the standard air quality for those three weeks. Wilke said, "The odor was not horrific," he said. He did not feel it was necessary to set up meters to test the air quality. "It would have to have been a much stronger odor to cause concern," said Wilke. Turkey manure does not have much liquid content, it is mostly solid. He said, it is rare for a turkey operation to break the odor standards. The Hutterites were just about done incorporating the turkey manure last Thursday. The wind switched - directions and the odor was not as strong in the city. A repugnant odor hung over Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD much of last week. The odor can be attributed to turkey manure from Lismore Hutterite Colony, located 11 miles northwest of Ortonville, said Big Stone County Environmental Officer Darren Wilke. Members of the colony were emp- tying the turkey bunkers and incorpo- rating the manure into the newly har- vested fields. Conditions, with the cli- mate and wind speed coming from the northwest, carried the odor down the lake valley, and the cooler night tem- peratures, held the smll over Ortonville, said Wilke. Wilke received several complaints about the odor. The first complaint was received on Monday, Oct. 11. Wilke went to Lismore the following day to check on the smell. Helearned they had just completed the emptying and incorporation of manure from Lismore's hog operation, which they had started and completed the previ- ous week, and had just began empty- ing manure from the turkey bunker when Wilke visited. The turkey manure is stored in a three-sided, water tight, concrete stor- age bunker. The manure is piled into the bunker and crests over to form somewhat of a seal, said Wilke. When the seal is broke, the odor is quite strong. That is most likely what peo- ple were smelling, he said. Lismore Colony has 49,500 turkeys and 18,000 young hens, for a total of 981 animal units. This com- putes to about 2,500 tons of manure per year. They spread this manure onto 625 acres annually, owned or rented by the colony, and incorporate this into the soil, said Wilke. AcCording to WiUe the Hutt'erites were doing everying according to their manure plan and were not vio- Murder trial continues with second week of testimony MEA week, no school Thursday, Friday A reminder that there will be no school in Ortonville this Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22 due to MEA. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 25. DEED reps to meet with area business owners Lisa Hughes with DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) called the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber office Thursday to let area businesses know that she and DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy will be in Ortonville Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. They would like to meet with business owners. Any business owners interest in meeting with the DEED representa- tives are asked to RSVP at the Chamber office, 320-839-3284, as soon as possible to help in scheduling a meeting space. The trial for an Ortonville man accused of causing the death of his 3- month old son is in its second week in Big Stone County Court in Ortonville. Zachery Raffety, 20, was indicted by a grand jury last spring on charges of first degree murder while commit- ting child abuse and first degree mur- der while committing domestic abuse in connection with the death of his son Avory James Raffety last October, 2009. The trial began Monday, Oct. 11 and went through Wednesday, Oct 13 last week with medical experts testi- fying on Monday and Tuesday. Avory's mother, Tiffany Larson, pro- vided testimony for most of the day Wednesday. The trial continued Monday, Oct. 18 with testimony from law enforcement, medical and social workers and family members. Witnesses are expected to testify eighth (it will be open to fourth graders if there is room). The clinics will be held Thursday, Oct. 21 at Clinton Memorial Building in Clinton and Friday, OCt. 22 at the Ortonville School. (Note location change this clinic is full). Time for both clinics is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $12 which covers supplies, lunch, and snacks. Some of the things planned are: Babysitting kits .Skits -Snack Basic First Aid Other activites to make your babysitting adventure a fun one! The Ortonville Clinic is full but you can still register for the Clinton Clinic by contacting the Big Stone County Extension Office at 1-320- 839-6380 or 1-800-279-2518. Benefit planned ;=Or D, Ehrenberg Darin Ehrenberg of rural Correll was seriously injured in a farm accident near his home on Sept. 18. Darin has undergone multiple surgeries and will require extensive rehabilitation therapy. Darin and his wife Kristi have two children, Kelsie and Nathan. A benefit is being planned by friends to be held Sunday, Nov. 14, with a silent auction, bake sale and pancake and sausage brunch. Anyone wishing to donate gift baskets or items for the auction, may bring them to Pro Image Partners in Ortonville or the Appleton Press in Appleton. Monetary donations will be accepted at First English Lutheran Church and Minnwest Bank in Ortonville and Farmers and Merchants Bank in Appleton. KDIO Temps Hi Low Oct. 10 79 52 Oct. 11 79 52 Oct. 12 64 52 Oct. 13 63 45 Oct. 14 66 43 Oct. 15 66 35 Oct. 16 59 43 Ortonville Police investigate two vehicle accident The Ortonville Police Department responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Cliff Street and Stephens Avenue in Ortonville at 11:05 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. A 1999 Chrysler Mini-Van driven by Patricia Foss of Ortonville was traveling northbound on Cliff Street and a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jennifer Miska of Ortonville was eastbound on Stephens Avenue. According to the Ortonville Police Department, Miska did not stop for the stop sign and hit the Foss vehicle. Foss was transported to the Ortonville Hospital by the Ortonville Ambulance and later released with minor injuries. Miska was able to go to the hospital on her own for observation and was later released. Miska was issued a citation for a stop sign violation. Damage to the Foss vehicle was estimated at $4,000 while damage to the Miska vehicle was estimated at $1,500. Assisting at the scene was the Ortonville Ambulance and Ortonville Fire Department. through noon Wednesday, at which time the prosecution's case will likely be completed, said Big Stone County Attorney William Watson. Then the defense will call its witnessess to tes- tify. Watson is prosecuting the case along with Assistant Attorney General William Klumpp. Raffety is being represented by public defender Joe Parise and John Holbrook, a court appointed attorney from Willmar. Raffety waived his right to a jury trial and the case is being heard by Judge Gerald Seibel. In trials without juries, according to Criminal Rule 26.01 Subdivision Two, the judge has seven days after completion of the trial to make a gen- eral finding for conviction or acquit- tal. Raffety remains in custody in the Kandiyohi Couhty Jail in Willmar. ORTONVILLE'S EIGHTH GRADE FOOTBALL TEAM completed a perfect season, finishing 7-0. Team mem- bers arepictured above. In front, from left to right are Dylan Loraff, Eddie Ortega, Drew Danielson, Travis Westlund and Nick Steltz. Middle row, left to right are Andrew Weber, Austin Haas, Tanner Arndt and Jackson Athey. Back row, !eft to right are Coach Joe Eustice, Daniel Sitter, Rile/Thompson, Jacob Hamann, Keaton Eastman and Coach Artie Arndt. Not pictured are Robert Wood and Coach Ryan Danielson. ings but rubble. While the firefighters were extinguishing the fire, the build- ings were bulldozed down for safety concerns. "Safety is always the number one priority," said Stotts. "It was too dan- gerous to leave them in the state they were in." He said he was done inspecting the debris and is working on photos and interviews to help in his determina- tion. If anyone has any photos of the fire, or any information which may be helpful in determining the cause of the fire, please contact Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, or e-mail him at Stotts says, even if you aren't sure if your photo or information is help- ful, please contact the police, because even the smallest bit of information could help in the investigation. The Fire Marshal does not believe it was arson. The investigation is still ongoing. He will not leave the case open. Some cases have remained open for four to five years, he said. A SUCCESSFUL PHEASANT HUNT for David Hardwick, 13, of Colorado Springs, CO, and grandson of Eugene Nelson of Ortonville who was in Ortonville last weekend for his first Pheasant Opener. Accompanying David on his first pheasant hunt were from left to right Jim Lindholm of Seattle, WA; John Lindholm of Rice; and David's uncle, Bill Nelson of St. Paul. David is the son of Karen and Rob Hardwick of Colorado Springs. Jim and John are sons of Marie Fuller of Ortonville, and also nephews of Eugene. David is shown above with the pheasant he shot. Open house to be held at City Community Center The Ortonville Community Center, formerly known as the Senior Center, has a new, updated look! Please come help celebrate at an Open House on Friday, Oct. 22, from 2-4 p.m. Thanks to the Senior Club, who gifted the Center with a large fiat-screen TV, for all to enjoy. Since 1981 the Ortonville Senior Center has been a place for older adults to come together for services, fun events and activities. The Prairie 5 Senior Nutrition program has been providing hot, delicious and balanced dinners to thousands of seniors since 1985, as well as frozen meals, avail- able to the homebound, or those who wish to enjoy them on the weekend. Area seniors can choose from a variety of activities offered at the Center: cards, bingo, knitting and cro- cheting for charity, greeting card recy- cling, a friendly game of pool, and a half-hour long exercise routine every morning. Quilters are invited to bring their projects and join the group that meets every Monday morning at 9 am. All area Seniors and invited to join the Senior Club, which meets every third Wednesday at 1:30 pro. Services offered include free blood pressure checks by Countryside Public health nurses each month, hearing aids and service by the Accuquest Hearing Center, and infor- mative health seminars. For more information about any of our activi- ties, events and services offered, or about Senior dining or the availability of frozeffmeals, please call 320-839- 3555. Consider renting the Center for your next birthday party, anniversary, reunion, wedding or other reception, rummage sale, or other event, or ask about using the Center for your orga- nization's meeting place. You'll enjoy the best view of the foot of Big Stone Lake, and of the beautiful murals across the street dur- ing our Open House on Friday, Oct. 22 from 2to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served, and put your name in the hat to win a prize! New program, "Get Involved" now serving Big Stone County area Karin Mack, in a statement to local media, states, "As the coordinator, it's my pleasure to announce to you a new program serving the Big Stone County area .... it's called Get Involved. Below is our logo and list- ed below my signature are the current projects we're involved in .... there will be many more to come in the near future. All projects are and will continue to be identified and designed by you and others in our area, this is our community, we know what we need to do and how it will work best for us and what resources we have to make it work. As you can see by our logo (designed locally by Patty Haukos) our primary focus is to get back to the American way of JOINING HANDS - all ages, genders, races, beliefs - munities the best place for each of us to not only live but to grow and thrive. If you'd like to Get Involved with any of our current projects or have suggestions for the program; please feel free to call, email or stop in the office. My current 'normal' office hours are 8:00AM-4:00PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. My email address is 1 look forward to hearing from you! i '1 F ' 'l I 1 III[[[F!] IIlIll0000llW[l00]=i]lFiiIIIlIllll,llm00 I I II ,llJUlillllllll/lIll[lllll |i00IlHI ,111,1 .... 00I;I 'l0000|tl=tlllll00l IIIlIlIlI|llfillllll'llilllIiUIIllNlIIi00 I1 |!t1'100,,11 i , ; ;i]i ,, , , ,