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Ortonville "Town with a heart" 21r w 311 , illUl!q!lUIIILItl!l!l!l III "A Constructive Newspaper InA Live Community" l Ii 1 "WALK OF HEROES" of Cancer Survivors took place at the Beardsley City Park last Saturday, Sept. 17 during ceremonies for the Big Stone County Cancer Support Groups Walk of Hope. Teams walked throughout the day and evening, with luminaries in the park in memory of roved ones or of a Joved one who is survlving and battling cancer. Many attended the event in spite of the cooler, windy weather. In the recent report by the Min- who does an exceptional job prosecut- echo) are entering the high-risk age nesota Department of Public Safety ing," said Big Stone County Sheriff group. There were almost 84,000 (28 (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety, Big John Haukos. "Citizens should feel percent) more 15-19 year olds in 2000 Stone County was recognized as Top well represented by the local law en- than in 1990. Thus, the age structure of County for DWI convictions with a forcement working in Big Stonethe population makes predictable an in- 100 percent conviction, followed by County." crease in the number of young, first- neighboring counties Lac qui Parle (97 Several counties had conviction time impaired-driving offenders. percent) and Swift (95 percent), rates that were lower than 70 percent Impaired driving education and en- The report stated that in 2010, Big including: Murray, Ramsey, Dakota, forcement is a component of tbe state's Stone County had 24 charged with Pine, Washington, Hennepin, Grant, core traffic safety initiative, Toward DWI and 24 convictions. Of the 24 Lake of the Woods, Nicollet, Waseca, Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision charged, 15 were made by the Big Mille Lacs and Anoka. Out of 29,918 of the TZD program is to create a safe Stone Sheriff's Office and nine were imparied driving incidents in 2010, the driving culture in Minnesota in which split between the Ortonville Police De- overall conviction rate for Minnesota motorists support a goal of zero road partment and the Minnesota State Pa- was 74 percent, fatalities by practicing and promoting trol .............. According to the report, people in safe and smart driving behavior. Big Sto~,e County's number of their twenties are the most likely to TZD focuses on the application of charges were less than neighboring drink and drive. The large baby boom four strategic areas to reduce crashes; counties, with Lac qui Parle County generation is now well beyond the education, enforcement, engineering having 39 charges and 38 convictions high-offender age group: In 2000, Min- and emergency trauma response. To and Swift County having 37 charges nesota had 14 percent fewer 20-34 date in 2011, there has been 212 traffic and 35 convictions, year-olds, but 43 percent more 40-54 deaths compared to 265 at this time in "This is a credit to the officers who year-olds than it had in 1990.2010. do a tremendous job making the proper However, the children of the baby protocol and to the county attorney boom generation (the baby-boom li Summer is coming to an end and the and skunk firearms hunting this year. day of the hunt and must be removed Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge is However, since the state seasons for at the end of each day. Archery deer preparing for the upcoming hunting fox, skunk and raccoon are open most hunters cannot enter the refuge earlier seasons, of the year, the refuge is more restric- than two hours before legal shooting Dove season started on Sept. 1 and tive for these species, hours. will be quickly followed by the small On the refuge, you may only huntVehicles must be parked in desig- game and archery deer seasons. Refuge fox, skunk and raccoon when another nated parking lots. Parking in front of staff wants to remind hunters of some small game season is open on thegates is prohibited. Camping and of the regulations in effect on refuge refuge and dogs cannot be used for rac- overnight use are also prohibited on the lands for the upcoming seasons, coon hunting. Hunting hours for these refuge. First, hunters must abide by all Fed- species are one-half hour before sun- Other important items to remember eral and Minnesota State hunting regu- rise to sunset. Also, all small game are: lations and must possess all applicable hunters using shotguns are required to Hunters may not retrieve game licenses, endorsements and stamps, use and possess only approved non- from areas closed to hunting. As in the past, the refuge is closed toxic shot. The refuge is closed for ATV's and snowmobiles are not al- to all migratory bird hunting, so the coyote hunting, lowed on the refuge. hunting of dove, waterfowl, coot, The refuge is open to archery deer Baiting and hunting over bait is woodcock, sora, rail, snipe and crow is hunting. No special refuge permits are prohibited. prohibited. Waterfowl taken outside the needed. Permanent blinds and stands It is illegal to use a spotlight, head- refuge boundary may be retrievedare not allowed on the refuge. Hunters light, or other artificial light to spot, lo- without a firearm, up to 100 yards in- cannot use nails, wire, screws or bolts cate or take any wild animal within the side areas of the refuge that are open to to attach a stand to a tree. They are also boundaries of the refuge, with or with- all other hunting. Waterfowl may not not allowed to hunt in a tree into which out a weapon in possession. be retrieved from areas closed to hunt- a metal object has been driven or Hunters are not allowed to shoot ing. screwed in for supporting the hunter, from or over roads and parking areas. The refuge will be open to pheasant, All portable or temporary hunting For more information, contact the partridge, rabbit, squirrel, fox, raccoon blinds and stands can only be set up the refuge office at 320-273-2191. Big Stone County Board of Com- Athey declared the hearing adjourned In other business, representatives missioners approved at their Sept. 6 at 10:02 a.m. from the SWCD introduced Blayne meeting the proposed 2012 budget and The Board then approved the Johnson of Litchfield as the new Dis- the gross levy be established at amendments whichinclude:decreasing trict Technician. Tammy Neubauer' $4,607,059. The public meeting to take the number of Planning Commission then presented the proposed budget for comments on the proposed budget and members; clarification of the definition 2012. levy will held on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 of Home Occupations; adding a defini- John Meyer of the National Guard p.m. in the Board Room of the Court- tion and related language for Home Ex- was present to explain the Beyond the house, tended Business Occupations; adding Yellow Ribbon Program and request Countryside Public Health Admin- Home Occupations and Home Ex- that the County become a Yellow Rib- istrator Liz Auch was present to ex- tended Business Occupations to Per- bon Community. The program is de- plain the changes to funding formula mitted Uses in the Ag District; adding signed to create awareness for the for 2012. Following some discussion, wind and meteorological towers to per- purpose of connecting service mem- the board approved adjusting the mitted Conditional Uses in the A-1 dis- bers and their families with community budget to the proposed amount as pre- trict, reducing the front setback in support, training, services and re- sented by Auch. residential districts; incorporating leg- sources. Meyer requested that a steer- Board Chairman Wade Athey islative changes to the language re- ing committee be formed. opened the Public Hearing at 10 a.m. garding variances; correcting language Commissioner Roger Sandberg then to take comments on the Big Stone regarding notice and hearing require- asked each commissioner to think of a County Land and Related Resources ments for amendments; and clarifying person in their district that could serve Ordinance. Big Stone County Environ- exceptions to required permits,on the committee and report back at the mental Officer Darin Wilke gave an A printed copy of the entire Ordi- next meeting. overview of the changes. With no pub- nance is available to view at the Envi- lic comments received, Chairman romental Office in Courthouse. Ortonville's City Council has pro- posed to stop all funding to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and reduce funds to the Economic Development Authority from $60,000, two years ago, to "$20,000 next year, and eventually phase out all funding to both organi- zations in the future. The proposal, recommended by the city's Budget Committee, attempts to recover a shortfall in the budget due to the city's reduced funding from state Local Government Aid dollars and reduced market value credit reim- bursements. ; Greg Peterson, representing the Chamber said, it's crucial the city continues to fund the Chamber. "Many of the community activities are made possible through that fund- ing, including Cornfest, the Sports and Leisure Show, Arctic Fest, Harvest Fest, seminars for businesses, a networking website, etc. Peterson said the Chamber has a very fight budget as well, and only has one part-time employee with no bene- fits. He said dues are as high as they can go, without losing members. Having served on the City Council in the past and on the city's previous Budget Committee, Craig Randleman said, "The EDA is the best opportuni- ty to increase the city's tax base. We need to expand our existing business- es and attract new businesses." The EDA has accomplished a lot of things over the years, working with new businesses and helping existing firms with the small cities develop- ment grants and rural development funds, said Randleman. "We hope you will reconsider these proposed cuts," Randleman .~sgid. "Keeping an EDA program in Ortonville is essential. We need to regenerate our tax base. We can't hope things will happen by accident." Mayor Dave Dinnel said, "The budget committee spent many thoughtful hours in developing a bud- get for 2012, addressing the city's infrastructure needs, while at the same time recognizing the reductions [in state funding.]" Council member Steve Berkner said, "We need to do just as much with a lot less money." He reminded the Council members that they didn't need to set the budget that evening. KDIO Temps Hi Low Sept. 11 88 59 Sept. 12 84 55 Sept. 13 70 46 Sept. 14 55 39 Sept. 15 57 34 Sept. 16 55 44 Sept. 17 64 50 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. 21 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. Cpst is $6 per person. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the salads and fellowship. Theme this year is "Hot Chili Pepper." The luncheon is sponsored in part by Catholic Aid Association. (Adv.) Picnic set for 0-5 playground Join the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative in celebrating the completion of the Birth-Five Playground and personalized walk- way at Lakeside Park! The park cele- bration will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, from 5-6 p.m. at Lakeside Park. The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative is providing a meal fit for grownups and children alike, catered by Crazy Apron Catering. The menu will include barbecues, peanut butter and jelly roll-ups, fruit ka-bobs, and puppy chow. The entire community is welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend this event, but free-will dona- tions will be accepted. For more information on the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative, contact coordinators Kari Dorry (839- 6181 ext. 435) or Laura Lamb (839- 7100). (ADV) i, They were only required by law to set much money from Fairway View)' the levy by Sept. 14. Doran, who sits on the EDA Board, Discussion was held that the EDA said the EDA has done a lot for corn- could continue to use funds from the munity businesses which create jobs Fairway View account to operate, for the citizens. It helped get a new Council member Angela Doran business in the hospital, a new build- said the EDA agreed to use profits ing is going up on main street. It has from Fairway View as a one-time fix helped numerous people make major last year, so they could get the repairs to their businesses...and Lakeside Park project completed. It you're talking about cutting the EDA was clearly understood that the down to $20,000 this year and eventu- Council would continue to fund the ally down to zero? I'm embarrassed," EDA to its original amount of $60,000 said Doran. the following year, she said. According to a study from the "If we continue to take Fairway League of Minnesota Cities, most View profits to fund the EDA, the towns, with populations of 2,500 or senior community facility will suffer, less, fund six percent of their budget We can't keep doing this," said to their EDAs, she said. Doran. "Those profits need to go back "I don't think this decision [to cut into Fairway View for improvements funds to the EDA] is representative of etc." the community or its members. I Council member Mel Reinke said, (Continued on page 3) "I'm concerned we may be taking too I! II i lI 1 ) ( FOUR FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be spending the 1 upcoming 2011-2012 school year at Ortonville High School. Seated in front from left to right are M[n Ching Lee of Taiwan, whose host family is Dan and Brenda Kafka and Carita Carstenson of Finland, whose host family is Tom and Deb Bennett. In back from left to right are Julia Cunlia of Brazil, living with the Doug and Dawn Leger family and Louise Verhille of Belgium, living with host family Ron and Ginger Athey. All four are juniors at OHS. Minnesota set waterfowl for this Waterfowl hunters will be taking south duck zone will be open Sept. 24 to the sloughs for this weekends 2011 and 25 then close Sept. 26-30, resum- duck opener, ing Oct. 1. Goose hunting in the The Minnesota Department of nat- Rochester goose zone will be open ural Resources (DNR) has made sig- Sept. 24 and 25 then close Sept. 26- nificant changes to Minnesota's duck 30, resuming Oct. 1 through Nov. 27 hunting regulations this year.then close Nov. 28-Dec. 7, resuming The regular waterfowl season will Dec. 8 through Jan . 1. Other geese opens this Saturday, Sept. 24..(White-fronted, light geese and Shooting hours for ducks, sandhill Brant) may be taken only when and crane, rail and snipe will be one-half where the Canada goose season is hour before sunrise until 4 p.m. from open Sept. 24 through Oct . 8 and until Historically, Minnesota goose sunset thereafter. Duck hunting in the hunters were very dependent on the north duck zone will be open through Eastern Prairie Population (EPP) of Nov. 22 and in the south zone will be Canada geese. These geese nest along open Sept 24 and 25, then close from the west shores of Hudson Bay and Sept. 26-30, resuming Oct. 1 through migrate into western Minnesota, Nov. 27. The daily bag limit has especially around Lac qui Parle increased to two hen mallards and WMA. three wood ducks. Hunters should consult the 2011 Goose hunting in the north duck Waterfowl Regulations for additional zone will be open Sept. 24 through information or contact Lac qui Parle Dec. 17. Except in the Rochester WMA for further details. goose zone, goose hunting in the Johnson begins duties as District Technician for SWCD The Big Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to announce that Blayne Johnson is the new District Technician and officially began working in Big Stone County on Aug. 29. Johnson, 23, is a 2006 graduate of Litchfield High School and. received his Bachelor Degree am excited about what this area has to offer." Blayne's parents, Bruce and Barb, reside in Litchfield whe~:e Bruce is employed as a truck driver and Barb is and X-ray technician with Meeker Memorial Hospital. His older brother, Bryar, 25, is employed with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Texas, and his younger sister, Brenna, 20, is a junior at Minnesota State University, Moorhead where she is in Wildlife and Fisheries from South Dakota State University in ,, spent with his five-month old puppy.. Brookings, SD in May of 2010. Blayne is making his home In As the District Technician, Ortonville and says work has been Johnson will be in charge of tree and going well. grass planting in the county and will "The SWCD and NRCS staff have be working closely with the NRCS been great in making me feel at office. Johnson stated that he is excit- home," said Johnson. "They are a ed with his new position, good group to work for and I am "This is a very nice community," excited about having this opportunity said Johnson. "I know this area offers to work for the residents of the coun- a lot of good hunting and fishing so I ty." majoring in elementary education. In his spare time, Blayne enjoys hunting and fishing, sports, camping and hiking. Most of his time now ~s