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Iwilh a heart" END "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" NT Conroy Eye Care to hold grand opening this Friday .... THE NEW DRY HYDRANT southwest of Correll are members of the Correll Fire A demonstration of the hydrant's capabilities, including the ability to fill an entire water truck utes, was given last week at the site. / hydrant systems can it rural fire departments aUmbers of people are 'k!ng in rural areas and beyond the fire hydrants, ,.the problem is seeing m rural areas - dry for fire trucks made of plastic zdrant is a non- a pipe Water and allows it to hookup mounted ately three miles joins MN board Minnesota Foundation annOUnce that Becky southwest of Correll, this most recent dry hydrant will benefit the fire departments of Bellingham, Louisburg, Correll, Odessa and Appleton, according to Randy Nelson of the Prairie County Resource Conservation and Development Council. Nelson stated rural fire departments must be prepared tO deliver large volumes of waterA'6 the fire scene by tankers, and tl distance they travel to refill trucks is critical to the lives of fire victims. At a demonstration Wednesday, the Correll Fire Department showed the capabilities of the dry hydrant, which can fill an entire water truck in a time of under three minutes. "The cost for a project like this is very minimal compared to the benefits it gives rural areas," Nelson said. "Since the construction is simple, we were able to keep the cost of this unit down around $300." Nelson also stated the RC&D began looking at the project back in 1993, and other dry hydrants have year resident of currently involved building assets in Advisor with working with tax. lent, protection Ortonville and is a member of Club Advisor and Activities for her chairperson of the Recreation advisory Co-Op Thursday of the Farmers '.Vator of Ortonville P.m. this Thursday, the basement of clubrooms. of the meeting is to and transact any other ay come before the ram has been will be served given away. O'Kayes r now Center in a "Fall Home With special prices Ote. ! complete and floor have many to choose laminates dents, bums, a several mattress and is the largest In the area. See ad since been put in place in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Yellow Medicine Counties. He stated a simple system like this can greatly improve the capabilities of rural fire departments in protecting property and saving iics. "It was put , in'with the hopes we'd never have to-" use it, but at least we know it's there if we do," he said. Conroy Eye Care in Ortonville will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with door prizes and a gift certificate for a complete eyewear package to be given away. KDIO Radio will also be doing a live remote, starting at 1 p.m. with Paul Zahn. Coffee, cookies and Pepsi will be served throughout the day. The public is invited to stop in and see the new optometric clinic, and meet Dr. Chris and his wife Traci. The Conroys, both from Wheaton originally, are not new to the area, having moved back from Portland, OR to raise their family in a small community. "We had always hoped to move back here," Chris says, "but we made up our minds to definitely do it when we found out my father had cancer." Chris and Traci (Nelson) have three children. Son Ashton is 8, daughter Lauren is 5, and their younger son Britton is 4 months. The family enjoys spending time with their grandparents at Lake Traverse, skiing, fishing, swimming and other water sports. Ashton and Chris also like all kinds of sports. The eye care business is not new to the Conroy family, since Chris' uncle runs an eye clinic in both Milbank, SD, and Wheaton, and Chris runs a practice in Appleton also. Conroy Eye Care provides comprehensive eye care service, carrying a full line of frames, contact lenses and state-of-the-art equipment. They have the latest visual field analyzer, which is used to check retinal sensitivity and calibrate vision loss. It is most useful in assessing visual field tss in glauccmm patients. .. Another instrument used by Conroy Eye Care is a biomicroscope, which helps to assess ocular health by using high magnification. It also has a camera mounted to it. This allows Chris to videotape what he sees on the outside and inside of the eye, and then project it onto the video screen. "Patients don't truly understand what I'm seeing until they can see it for themselves. We use some of the latest technology to diagnose and treat various eye diseases, and co-manage many types of systemic health problems with the patient's general physician," Chris says. Chris also says testing eyesight is different for patients of different ages, (Continued on page 3) DR. CHRISTOPHER CONROY, Traci Conroy and Brenda Zahrbock invite you to the open house at Conroy Eye Care in Ortonville this Friday, Sept. 18. A RARITY AMONG THE RARE! Hole-In Ones seem to happen often on Ortonville's Golf Course. Hole-in-ones are, indeed, a rarity. But when two of them take place on the same day, and on the same hole, and within but a couple hours apart...that, to be sure, is a rarity. That's exactly what happened during regular men's night golf last Thursday. The first ace on Hole No. 6 was by Ortonville Minnwest Bank President Terry Gere, shown at left. He used a 7 iron and was playing with Gary Johnson, Bob Dybvig and Don Tiegs. Terry has a 15 handicap and has been playing golf for 35 years. He had another ace last year on Hole No. 17 here and "aces" are somewhat commonplace in the Gere family. His wife, Judy, had one, their daughter Suzanne Pansch has had two, and her husband Bill Pansch also claims an ace...four total in the Gere amily. Claiming last Thursday's second HIO was Dan Nelson, who moved to Ortonville just over a year ago. He works for AMPI in Dawson and has been golfing also for 35 years. Dan used an 8 iron for his ace, playing with Greg Peterson, Bernie Kirchberg and Curt Bystol. As with Terry, the ace for Dan is also his second, having aced the 17th hole here just a month earlier! You see Dan in right photo with his 10-year-old son, Michael. 42 garage sales set Saturday in Ortonville, Big Stone City Forty-two garage sales will be held this Saturday, Sept. 19 in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD in response to the Ortonville Independent's annual community- wide garage sale event. Inside this section of the Independent is a map showing the locations of all the garage sales. Two of the sales came in too late to show on the map, they are listed on the classified page with their addresses posted in the ads. Good luck to all those holding the sales and happy shopping to all those looking for merchandise. Individual student pictures are scheduled to be taken at Ortonville School by Sherman Studio for the 1998-99 yearbook and for package orders. Elementary and early childhood and special education students will be photographed Tuesday, Sept. 22. Headstart and students in grades seven through eleven will be photographed Wednesday, Sept. 23. Envelopes with instructions will be sent home with students this Thursday, Sept. 17. (Adv.) strong investment growth. Ortonville's share of the local tax levy had remained constant for the last three years. In other business, the council discussed a recommendation from the Board of Appeal/Planning and Zoning Commission for changes in the city's building inspection process and fee structure. "There should be one fee for up to a certain amount of improvements and another fee for anything beyond that," stated Councilman George Elliott. "It costs more to build a garage in Ortonville than a $100,0iX) house in Milbank." Councilman Bill Hynnek added, "Out of all those I've talked to, only one person was satisfied with the building permit fees in town the way they are now. If we have the second lowest wages in the state, why not give people a break? We should only make so much on an inspeclion." Ken Simonitch of the city Board of Appeal/Planning and Zoning Commission stated that if the city were to go with only a fiat fee for inspections, there would be no money to pay the inspector. "It'll be a miracle if we can find someone to do inspections that cheap," he said. "People try to save a few bucks by doing improvements themselves, and that guy is charged the same as someone hiring a contractor. You (Continued on page 3) Two file for city office in Bellingham The general election offices/filings for the city of Bellingham have been announced, and the results are as follows: Filing for the position of Mayor, with a term of two years is incumbent Gary Wolischlager, and filing tor City Councilman, with a term of four years is incumbent Jeffrey Hoffman. No one has filed for the position of City Clerk, with a term of four years. Bellingham School Board election The terms of Richard Johnson and Tim Henrich will expire, effective Jan. I, 1999, and both have filed for the open seats once again. Both seats will be a four year term. The election will take place in conjunction with the state general election Nov. 3. At the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council last Monday, the council adopted the budget for 1999 and approved next year's tax levy, at an increase of three percent. City Clerk/Administrator Roman Taffe stated this year's tax levy increase, from $3-35,000 to $404,946, is mostly due to a $75,000 levy for phase one of the Ortonville street project. "There were some decreases in funding requests this year," Taffe said. "The library fund has decreased about $10,000 because they didn't require additional equipment purchases as was the case last year." Taffe also stated the Fire Department Relief Association levy has gone from $2,000 to zero, due to Picture daysetat 00City Council approves three Ortonville School percent tax levy increase