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OHS CLASS OF 1954 celebrated their 57th class reunion Cornfest weekend at the Ortonville Clubhouse. Class members are pictured above. In front from left to right are Karen (Lieb) Vipond, June (Hedge) Ziegler, Ioyce (Rohloff) Kaczmarick, Eunice (Hanson) Redfield, Diane (Van Hout) Kvidera and Charles Lindquist. Second row left to right are Doug Orton, Ron Seaton, Cliff Koeckeritz, Maria (Von Eschen) Peterson, Sally (Stotesbery) Gustafson, Brad Karow and Jairus Larson. Back row left to right are Mark Lohman, Stuart Deal, Bob Benshoof, AI Hanson, Bob Brolin and Morris Pyle. / !: CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH CLASS REUNION over Cornfest weekend was the OHS Class of 1961. The class gathered at the Ortonville Clubhouse on Saturday, Aug. 20 and capped off the evening dancing to the music of the "El Camino's". Class members are pictured above. In front from left to right are Judy (Hanson) Lindman, Karen (Sandberg) Balster, Carol (Hanson) Shukla, Alice (Jensen) Anderson, Diane (Ninneman) Plath, Sandra (Mueller) Parkila, Kathy (Munkberg) Schmitz, Darlene (Zahn) Yaeger and Jon (Wiley) Hull. Second row left to right are Phyllis (Peterson) Stapp, Roberta (Schreiner) Prochaska, Janice (Seaton) Groshong, Diane (Stern) Hiner, Grace (Nolting) Hamner, Molly (Lieb) Erickson, Marilyn (Sester) Forbes, Florence (Ell) Loeschke, Karol (Hans) Scherer, John Biel, Sharon (Henningson) Carlson, Don Verhueland Carolyn (Danielson) Verhuel. Third row left to right are Nancy (Bakeberg) Van Winkle, Bob Thompson, Allen Waiters, Doug Davis, Tom Strand, Dick Myerly, Mel Reinke and Jim Ostrander. Back ro~v left to right are Mel Casler (teacher), John Tobln, Arlen Giese, Blair Whitney, Dick Nelson, Gerald Grimm and Larry Kraayenbrink. BLINK, PLOUFS CORNFEST VISITORS. Shown here is a belated photo of special guests at this year's 73rd annual Cornfest, as they visited with Publisher Jim Kaercher. Left to right, are Jackie Blink, Jim, MaryJo (Blink) Plouf, all Ortonville natives, and MaryJo's husband, Dave Plouf, Milbank native. The Blinks grew up in Ortonville, living with their late parents, Jack and Patty Blink in the house atop Greenhouse Hill. Giving a bit of history of our guests is MaryJo ...... as per the following, for which the editors extend thanks: "Been busy with family since we returned to Florida. Had a great time at Cornfest....great weather. For the past 15 years, I have been a travel writer (thanks in large part to Mr. Robt. Furan who taught me English at OHS.) Thanks to his excellent instruction, plus a little addition at the U of M. Am not able to travel the world, currently am editor for Still play a lot of golf (thanks to Chuck teacher at Ortonville Course). To give back a little, I volunteer at Hospice. Stillmarried to Dave Plouf....54 years....of Milbank (Publisher Jim introduced us). Dave and I live in Oldsmar, FL. Brother Jackie lives in Rochester.....he never got too far from home ..... was a pharmacist for many, many years and still plays a lot of golf." (Edi. note: As most golfing readers well know, Jackie and Mary Jo often were known to "burn up" our Ortonville Course. Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in rural MN Health-care reform should have an areas. especially positive impact in the "Mostly because rural areas tend to small towns and on farms across be sicker. They have more of the Minnesota and America, according to kinds of conditions - such as high new research by the Center for Rural blood pressure, obesity, diabetes - that Affairs (CFRA). Report author Jon account for about, by some estimates, Bailey, who is the Center's director 75 percent of all health care costs." for rural research and analysis, says For true health care reform, Bailey that's because the Affordable Care says, Americans need to become Act succeeds in putting a greater healthier, and that's why another focus on prevention, focus of the Affordable Care Act is to "And it's actually creating a real provide education. health care system, one that promotes "And provide the resources to and encourages health, rather than communities and health care just treating the diseases and condi- providers to promote and encourage tions after they're already in place." people to be healthier, which I think is Bailey says the prevention and an important part for rural communi- public health provisions of the ties because they do not have those Affordable Care Act have been seri- resources currently." ously overlooked and so far, under- Those resources vary widely, but funded, and yet, he says, they are could include more workout facilities, among the most important measures biking trails and nutrition education, of the law for rural people, to name a few. Bailey notes that rural Bailey says that focus on preven- America also has a shortage of doc- tion, from regular check-ups to per- tors, a problem the law is also sonal responsibility for healthy addressing choices, is something that's needed The report is online at :everywhere, but more so in rural Bierschbach Dental Sprinkler systems help stop 81 building fires in 2010 The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has announced that 81 building fires were put out by automatic sprinkler systems in 2010. This is a slight increase from 78 building fires in 2009. Data from the SFM shows most residential buildings involved were apartment buildings. Commercial buildings include warehouse, manu- facturing, educational, entertainment, restaurants, funeral and healthcare facilities. State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says the value of a sprin- kler system is both economic and personal. "The benefits of sprinklers, whether they're built into the facility or retro-fitted, become very clear when they knock down a potentially devastating fire," Rosendahl said. "An automatic sprinkler system can save a building and most of its con- tents, reduce insurance costs, mini- mize business interruption, keep peo- pie in their homes and, most impor- tantly, save lives." Minnesota state fire code requires sprinkler systems in larger, newly constructed apartment buildings and hotels. "A large number of buildings saved by sprinklers in the last two years were apartment buildings," said Rosendahl. "That's significant. It means hundreds of families were kept in their homes and lives were saved." The life-saving capacity of sprin- kler systems is related to escape time. Research from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows the average safe- escape period in a building fire has dropped from 17 minutes in the mid- 1970s to about three minutes today. The decline is attributed to faster- burning synthetic materials in modern buildings and furnishings. Rosendahl explained fire sprinklers activate in one to two minutes and can control a fire, extending escape time for occu- pants. SUPPORT OUR FAMILY FARMS First English Lutheran Church invites YOU to join us for RALLY SUNDAY Sept. 11th God's Work, Our Hands 9:00 AM Worship 10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast Sunday School & Adult Bible Study Regular Fall Schedule 9:00 am Worship (KDIO Broadcast) 10:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH 9 NW 3rd Street Ortonville, MN 320-839-2527 OHS CLASS OF 1971 held its 40th reunion on Friday, Aug. 19 with a picnic supper at the Diane and Bill Van~sness lake home at Meadowbrook. Following the ~otluck supper, Joyce Hoberg Kaatz took them back to the 60s and 70s by leading a tie-dyin~ sessmn with class members making tee shirts to wear ,n the Cornfest parade Joyce also brought items from her daughters vintage clothing collectmn to share with those wanting to wear them in the parade. On Saturday morning, a group gathered for brunch and-float construction. About 20 "slightly wilted flower children and old hippies with artificial hips" rode on the Class of 1971 float in the Cornfestparade on Sunday. Class members pictured in front from left to right are Kathy (Kraemer) Larson and Claudia (Randleman) Solberg. Second row left to right are Judy (Hausauer) Fuller, Milli (Schueneman) Bowen, Dawn (Block) Leger, Dorienne (Weeding) Huizenga, Sally (Verhuel) Tyler, Marion (Van Hout) Jost, Bonita Sitter and Peggy (Hoxtell) Anderson. Third row left to right are Mark Fuller, Doug Leger, Joyce (Hoberg) Kaatz, Diane (Hoernemann) Van Dierendonck, Betty (Iverson) Reinke, Don Felton, Bill Mellon, Jeanette (Roeder) Felton, Dave Scholberg, Terri (Simonitch) Sellers and Bob Vangsness. Back row left to right are Gerald Longhenry, Tim Rabe, Gary Hyatt, Bob Zahnow, Diane (Koehntopp) Vangsness, Steve Stern and Bill Sellin. Others attending but not pictured include Doug Wiley, Dave Johnson, Randy Thomas, Doug Lundell, Peggy (Stewart) Hedman and John Welch. / Page 16 ". \ INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 6,2011