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4 ********************** FOrt A0C 980 sw 'TT E W 9S't ,29a ILL,I,h,JI,ILJt,ILJ, ItI I,J IJ,iL,J, jj 2? Ortonville "Town with a heart" "A Co*nstructive Newspaper In A Live Community" THE SWINGTIME BAND performed in Central Park on Friday, Aug. 20. Central Park was the sight every other Friday during the summer featuring area bands and entertainment. Many attended the festivities and enjoyed the wonderful evenings with family and friends. I The days of summer are waning and Central Park of Ortonville knows that the evenings of music and cama- raderie soon will give way to evein- ings of football and a different season of busy. But what a run the summer of 2010 has been at Central Park. Every other Friday for three months, community people came to hear area musicians share their tal- ents, indulge in treats and offer dona- tions. (Matching supplemental funds have been applied for from Thrivent Lutheran #31319. The donations will be used for picnic tables.) It was fit- ting that members of.the Orton family made the park evem a must on their reunion itinerary. The long list of those who shared their talent and time include: David, Meg and Elena Scholberg; Melody Kings Band; accordian player Earl Lundin; Adam and Kara Helgeson:, JuliAnn French: The Resistance Band; Roman Taffe: The Swingtime band: Linda Brandt, who baked the scrumptious pies in her commercial kitchen; Paul Treinen who shared his apprecianon to the Central Park Restoration group for their work on a community project and the City work- ers who took care of basic needs such as mowing, moving tables and bleach- ers and attending to" other details. Others who shared a part in Central Park include the Strege's who main- tained the flower bed close to where the music happened, Mike Swenson who always found a place in the Ortonville Independent for pictures and notes, Ethel Swenson and the Minnwest Bank Prime Timers for advertising each month in their newsletter and donated napkins and cash, and last but not least the Central Park. group who spearheaded the events, especially Marcy Stotesbery who led the proJect from beginning to end. Central Park knows it is a trove of history with its WPA stone work and tales of how tt was in days gone by. Now Central Park is awaiting the time when the citizens of the community are able to refurbish what the years have eroded so that another chapter can be written about how the varied landscape provides experiences in nature exploration and a venue for amstic and social experiences. As seasons run their cycle bringing in turn summer rain and mosquitoes, giving way to crtmchy fall leaves, which get covered by crusted snow for winter sledding and finally the rebirth of spring green signaling another season of hope and rejuvena- tion, Cent~a~ Park is abiding it's time for a future as notable as i;'s past. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a series of hearings across the country to gather public comment on new protections from toxic coal ash. As the EPA con- siders whether and how to regulate toxic waste from coal plants. Environ- mental Integrity Project, Earthjustice ~and Sierra Club issued a report on the nationwide scope of the problem. The report, In Harms's Way. reveals more than three dozen new sites in 21 states where toxic coal waste has made water supplies unsafe. It documents the steadily growing number of waters known to be poisoned by poor man- agement of the toxic ash left over after coal is burned for electricity. The EPA hearings will be held in Virginia, Colorado. Tex~as. North Car- olina, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ken- tucky. Details can be found at www.sierraclub.org/coalash. "For years nobody, including the EPA, has had a full picture of how much Of this toxic waste is out there. where it is, or if it staying put. It has been dumped with no federal over- sight, and utterly inadequate state poli- cies," said Lyndsay Moseley, a federal policy representative with the Sierra Club. Toxic heavy metals, arsenic and lead were consistently found at levels well above what is considered safe for drinking water, according .to the Sierra Club Their data shows that this toxic coal ash pollution is flowing into nearby communities, polluting private drinking water wells and even putting some public water supply wells at risk. The pollution in coal ash is known to cause cancer, organ disease, respira- tory illness, and neurological damage and development problems. Big Stone Power Plant, a major sup- plier of Minnesota's power was one of the contamination sites featured in the report. Big Stone's coal ash landfill, bottom ash pond, and seven waste dis- posal ponds have contaminated groundwater with heavy metals and other toxins in excess of state and fed- eral standards according to the Sierra Club. Among other contaminants, arsenic content in the aquifer was measured at 13 times the EPA established maxi- mum contaminant level (MCL). Ar- sentc is a powerful, dangerous toxin linked to increased cancer rates that is also a key component in some rat poi- sons. Researchers were not able to obtain documents on toxic coal sites in Min- nesota making it impossible to deter- (Continued on page 3) PASTOR IVA LAUDERMITH began her call to Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, SD and Parkview United Methodist Church in Milbank, SD on July Pastor Laudermith had previously served churches in White River, ~[) and'Mission, SD. She is originally from Scotland, SD. Pastor Iva Laudermith of Scotland, SD has accepted the call to Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City, SD and Parkview United Methodist, Milbank, SD. She began serving the two churches on July 1. She succeeds Beth Conrad, who recently retired. Pastor Laudermith graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree m Business Administration. After working for 10 years for the State of South Dakota Department of Education, she went to Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO and received her Master of Divinity Degree. Pastor Iva has served churches in North Dakota, Kansas and Huron, SD before her three years in Mission and White River. "The Bishop and God called me here," said Laudermith. "They felt my gifts and talents would be well used here." Pastor Laudermith has two grown children. Her daughter, Angelica Laudermith is currently on an Individual Volunteer Mission in Haiti and her son, Aaron resides in Chicago, IL. Pastor Iva says things have been going great and the people have been very caring. As parents and guardians wrap up the. school shopping, another school year begins at Big Stone City School this week, and at Ortonville School on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Big Stone City School opened its doors yesterday, Monday, Aug. 30 with a pre-K through eighth grade total enrollment of 114 students. The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Monday through Friday with pre-school classes running 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Big Stone City School Superintendent Dan Swartos said they City-wide Fall garage sale set for Sept. 11 A city-wide "garage sale" is planned for the entire Independent local reading area on Saturday, Sept. 11, sponsored by The Independent. If you wish to take part, call The Ortonville Independent at 320-839-6163 and give us a list of major items you'll be selling at your garage sale. Be sure to list hours of your sale and "address of the sale. When the editors have a complete list of those residents taking part, we will publish a half-page ad in the issue just prior to the sale, showing a map of the areas taking part and designating sites where sales will be held by numbers on the map, corgesponding with the list of items to be on sale at that location. DON'T DELAY . . . place your call to confirm your garage sale by Wednesday, Sept. 1 and have your list of sale items ready for posting with our editors. Cost will be $10 (if paid in advance, $12 if charged) for 25 words for one week and 20 per word over 25 words. 7:0AOTP Ortonville Trojan GRID 'ENER Correction The first place 2010 Cornfest but- ton number was incorrectly listed in last week's Ortonville Independent. The correct winning number is, "7t4". If you have this winning number bring your button to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber office by Sept. 10 to claim your prize of $200 in Chamber bucks. Second place winner was Audrey Tobin of Ortonville and third place winner was Alice Holtquist of Big Stone City, SD. A virulent strain of Newcastle Dis- ease is responsible for the death of nearly 1,000 gulls and 500 cormorants in Minnesota this summer. The specific strain of Newcastle Disease was confirmed this week by the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. Wis The practical implication of this finding is that Minnesota poultry pro- ducers should practice sound biosecu- rity procedures, including the monitoring of their poultry flocks for signs of illness and taking steps to pre- vent wild birds from having contact with their flocks. Newcastle Disease has not yet been have recently renovated the school kitchen. They have new stainless steel appliances to comply with state health codes and have new counters and cab- inets. They also have new flooring in the kitchen. Janelle Kelly will now be serving as a para-professional aide in the pre- school class in addition to serving as school librarian. Swartos a new business manager was hired this week and is expected t~ begin in mid September. The school had an open house last week where students filled out all nec- essary forms and took school pic- tures. Students who were unable to make it to the open house, may com- plete the forms this week at the school and may have their pictures taken on the re-take photo day Tuesday, Sept. 28. Swartos and the staff at Big Stone City School are excited to begin the new school year and welcome all the students back to school. Ortonville School will begin at 8:15 a.m. next Tuesday Ortonville School Superintendent Jeff Taylor said the 2010 - 2011 enrollment is estimated at 510 students in grades K- 12. That is down slightly from the 530 students enrolled last year. Taylor stated it breaks down to 225 in the ele- mentary and 285 in grades 7-12. "We are pleased to have parents as partners in the education of their chil- Salad Luncheon set at St. Charles Members of St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City, SD invite you to their annual "Salad Luncheon" to be held Wednesday, Sept. 15 in the church hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A large variety of salads will be served, along with dessert and coffee. Cost is $5 per person. Everyone is encouraged to join in the good food and fellowship. Don't miss the scarecrows. (Adv.) Early copy deadline for the next issue. Sept. 7, 2010 issue will be Thurs Sept. 2, at 12 noon. dren at the Ortonville School," said Taylor. "We believe a team effort is required to educate our students, a team made up of parents/guardians, staff, school board and community. As the year progresses, we encourage you to call the school and talk with those who might be of help." Taylor stated that one of the goals is to see the parents and guardians of students, like the students themselves, feel at home at Ortonville School. "To help accomplish this, a weekly school calendar of events is sent home each week with all elementary stu- dents," said Taylor. "I would also encourage parents to take advantage of the Ortonville School website, which is www.ortonville.k 12.mn.us." With the help of the Ortonville LEFT Group grant, the school was able to replace lights in the elemen- tary classrooms, gymnasium, audito- rium, band and choir rooms this sum- mer. There are no new 'teachers at the Ortonville School this school year, however, Nikki Mosey will be replac- ing Angela Bellefeuille as a cook in the kitchen area. Taylor reminds parents and guardians to make sure all informa- tion, such as phone numbers and addresses are correct for the Reach Communication System at the school. "With the student, parent and school staff all working together we can create a school that will provide students with the opportunity to be successful and productive students." said Taylor. 125th Big Stone cookbooks still available 125th Anniversary cookbooks can be purchased at the different places in Big Stone City as following: City Office, Grocery Basket, Bank, Cottage Inn Cafe. Bird Feeder, Lori Seidell Beauty Shop, MacDaddy's, Ortonville Independent, and The Treasure Pit or.contact Margaret Kuefler at 753 Elm St. or 862-8502. They make great gifts at $10 for one or three for $25. WIC voucher pickup for Sept. Sept. 2: Multi Media Center, Madison from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7: Countryside Public Health, Ortonville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16: Appleton Armory Appleton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. County 4-Hers to show at state Big Stone County 4-Hers are preparing for a very exciting Minnesota State Fair. The first week- end of the fair. Big Stone County will have 21 4-Hers exhibiting animals at the fair. Members exhibiting animals will be Justin Athev. Andrea Burman. Emily Burman. Chalmer Combellick. Cormick Combellick: Andrew Diekmann, Tristan Eastman. Kesha Schweer. Myles Genzler, Talen Genzler. Jennifer Henrich, Kayla Hormann. Cody ]-Iormann, Collin Kellen, Seth Maas, Shane Maas. Kayla Moberg, Stephanie Schumacher, Kenneth Schumacher, Audrey Souza. and Hayley Souza. The general encampment of the fair for Big Stone County willbe held on Sept. 2-4. We will have 13 4-Hers attending this encampment. 4-Hers attending this encampment will be Andrea Burman, Andrew Diekmann. Kara Helgeson, Kaylee Helgeson, Cody Hermann, Kayla Hermann, Shelby Johnsrud. Kaitlyn Meyer, Kavla Moberg, Shandy Newton, Thomas Newton, Kenneth Schumacher. and Stephanie Schumacher. The Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show will be held Sept. 17-20 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Participating this year from Big Stone County will be Andrea Burman, Andrew Diekmann, Kaylee Helgeson, and Paige Thomson. The University of Minnesota. including the University of Minnesota Extension Service, is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race. color, creed, religion, national origin, sex. age, marital status, dis- ability, public assistance status, veter- an status, or sexual orientation. detected in Minnesota's poultry flocks. If birds show clinical signs suggestive of this disease, producers should im- mediately contact their veterinarian or the Board of Animal Health at 320- 231-5170. Similarly, cormorants, gulls and pelicans suspected to have the dis- ease should be reported tothe local De- partment of Natural Resources (DNR) area wildlife office. Cormorant and gull die-off occurred earlier this summer on Marsh Lake in Big Stone County and Wells Lake in Rice County and in recent days sick and dead cormorants have been dis- covered at Leech Lake in Cass County. Additionally, the National Wildlife Health Center is conducting tests on dead cormorants, gulls and pelicans collected from Lake Vermillion and Lake of the Woods. To date, all dead birds have tested negative for the avian influenza virus. A viral avian disease, Newcastle rarely affects humans. When it does af- fect humans it generally causes a rela- tively mild pink eye. Newcastle Disease is not new to Minnesota. The last virulent outbreak of this disease occurred in 2008, when about 2,400 birds died at eight differ- ent locations. State officials ensure that dead birds are buried or incinerated.