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********************** FOR SMALLTQWNPAPE 2 121Qa 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE INA 98136-~1208 ii'i"i"h'"ll,,ll,,ll,,,,,ih,i, ili,,,i,,l,,,i,i, ii,,,i,,i! 30 Ortonville =Town with a heart" =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" 1 Section-16 Pages i Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Nov. 16, 20101 Volume 92; Number 44 in Wl REMOVING DEBRIS from the site of the fire that destroyed the DCC Solutions and Once N' Again buildings is a crew from MAAC, Inc. of Montevideo. They hope to have the site cleaned by thened of this week, weath- er permitting. fi A crew from MAAC Inc. of Monte- knocked down. In this case, the debris video began sorting and hauling the must be sorted mostly by hand. rubble from the DCC Solutions and Larson expects the site to be cleaned Once N, Again buildings in Ortonville by sometime this week, weather per- last week. Both buildings were de- mitting. stroyed in an explosion and fire in late MAAC Inc. also removed the as- September• bestos during the hospital construction According to Dennis Larson, owner project• of MAAC Inc., the iron is being sorted and hauled to the recycling plant in Willmar. One load of building debris has gone to a demolition landfill near Morris. They'll also try to salvage and re-use the granite from the buildings. Larson said that a controlled demo- lition of a building is easier to deal with because all of the salvageable material is removed before the building is fi Shop locally this holiday season and get a chance at winning $3,000 in scrip. Merchants in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD have once again teamed up with the Ortonville Independent to offer holiday shoppers great savings as a "thank you" for shopping in the community. Not only will great Christmas values be found, but shoppers will also have the oppor- tunity to win thousands in FREE Christmas Bucks scrip. A total of $3,000 in Christmas scrip will be given away during the next five weeks in the Zachary Raffety, 20, of Ortonville first-degree murder while committing was found guilty in Big Stone County domestic abuse and first-degree mur- Court in the death of his three-month- der while committing child abuse. old son. The rulings follow a trial in front of Circuit Court Judge Gerald Seibel the judge that covered eight days over issued his verdict Tuesday, Nov. 9 find-' nearly three weeks. ing Raffety guilty of second-degree The trial began Monday, Oct. 11 and murder in the October 2009 death of went through Wednesday, Oct. 13 with Avory Raffety. Seibel found the defen- medical experts testifying along with dant not guilty of two other charges - Avory's mother, Tiffany Larson. The About 50 area residents, mostly vet- two aides, following her stroll around erans, greeted U.S. Senator Amythe room, greeting and shaking hands Klobuchar on her visit to Ortonville with those who came to hear and see last Friday morning at the Big Stone her. She reported stops in Wadena, Lake VFW Post #3964. Morris, Wheaton and Breckenridge Veterans Service Officer Dan Meyer prior to her visit in Ortonville, speak- announced her office had contacted ing mainly on veterans' issues the past him about a stop in Ortonville on Nov. couple days, but also opening a ques- 12, and he made the public aware of tion and answer period. the opportunity to meet with the Sena- She stated that she is "humbled to be tor mid-week last week. a Senator from Minnesota" at this time, Mayor Dave Dinnel introduced the and addressed the important needs for Senator upon her arrival along with veterans and those coming home from MINNESOTA U.S. SENATOR AMY KLOBUcHAR made a stop in Ortonville at the Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964 last Friday. Klobuchar is shown above presenting the American Flag, which flew over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on May 11, 2010, to Big Stone County Veterans Service Office Dan Meyer. She was also presented with flowers from WWII veteran Elwood Throndrud and members of the local VFWpresented her with a VFW cap and declared her an honorary member of the Big Stone Lake VEW Post #3964. annual Ortonville ,~ Independent-sponsored : ~t~hristmas promotion. Registration for winning this year's drawing is underway. Names will be entered into a draw- ing box at participating area business- es throughout the holiday season. Each week, five names from each participating store's drawing box will be drawn out and placed in the final drawing box. The remaining names will be dis- carded weekly, so shoppers must keep registering at participating businesses each week to win. The same process will be used for each of the 12 draw- ings. The drawings for $3,000 in scrip money this year will be disbursed in 12 drawings of $250 each in scrip, with each drawing getting progres- sively larger if the winner is not pre- sent. If the person whose name is select- ed in the first drawing is present in a participating store, he or she will win $250 in Christmas bucks. If the win- ner is not present~ he or she will win It still pays to register even if you $50 in scrip, with the remaining $200 will not be present for that week's carried over to the next drawing, drawing, since even those not present which would then be $450 m can win at least $50 in scrip. Christmas bucks. The first drawing will be held this From then on, the winner gets the Thursday, Nov. ,18 at 5:30 p.m. The full amount if they're present or $50 following 11 drawings will be held in scrip if they're not present. Once every Friday and Saturday from now the full jackpot is awarded, the amount will reset to $250 in scrip the (Continued on page three) following week. Odessa man guiltyof ORTONVILLE AND BIG STONE CITY, SO merchants are kicking off the holiday shopping season with The OrtonvillelndependenFs annual • theft in BSC Court Christmas promotion. They will be giving away $3,000 in holiday scrip 'Wettdell Zoch, 18, of Odessa, to as their way of thanking local shoppers. The first of 12 drawings for at least $250 in scrip will be held this Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. entered a plea of guilty in Big Stone Shown above are some of the participating merchants. In back are Dr. County Court on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to Chance Haugen of Big Stone Chiropractic Health Center, ~Karen the stealing of items from motor McFarlane of Mac Daddy's Diner, Gas Station and Convenience Store vehicles in Odessa the weekend of Nov. 6-7. Several vehicles were and LaVerne Kaye of O'Kayes Home Center. In front is Theresa Van Lith trial continued on Monday, Oct. 18 reported being entered with items of the Big Stone Legion, with her granddaughter Bella Van Lith. through Wednesday, Oct. 20, with tes- timony from law enforcement, medical and social workers, along with family members. The trial was then recessed until (Continued on page 3) serving in our military. She spoke on the need for health care, jobs and school. She stated that while she works in Washington on national issues, she has a Minnesota staff that is willing and able to assist individuals with problems and concerns, and encour- aged anyone with needs or questions to contact her Minnesota offices. They are located in Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester and Virginia. She was asked about the status of the Estate Tax, which she said needed to be addressed before the end of the year, noting "we have to get that done". When asked about why Congress re- ceived a raise, and Social Security re- cipients' compensation has been frozen for two years. She stated that she voted against the Congressional pay raise, and the Social Security pay is deter- mined by law and cost of living data. She stated that she feels "we should not be balancing the budget on the backs of seniors". Regarding veterans' issues, she was asked about the VA providing better dental services, as they do receive good vision and hearing services. She and her aide both indicated that some changes are coming regarding dental care for veterans. Senator Klobuchar made a presenta- tion of the American Flag to Big Stone County VSO Meyer, which had flown over the Capitol on May 11,2010. She was presented a bouquet of flowers from WWII veteran Elwood Thron- drud, and the VFW presented her with a VFW Cap and declared her an hon- orary member of the Ortonville VFW Post. The VFW provided coffee and pie for those in attendance, and Senator Klobuchar was very congenial in visit- ing one-on-one with people at the clo- sure of her visit, along with several photos being taken. Klobuchar then made a stop in Madison, before return- ing to Washington, DC last Sunday. stolen during that time. Zoch was charged with six counts of theft, but entered a plea of guilty to Count 1-Theft-Take/Use/Transfer of a Movable Prop-No Consent. Charges two through six were dropped. Zoch was fined $135 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 99 stayed and will serve 21 days at a sight to be determined. KDIO Temps HA Low Nov. 7 63 32 Nov. 8 64 37 Nov. 9 66 37 Nov. 10 54 37 rain Nov. 11 46 32 Nov. 12 44 32 Nov. 13 39 30 Liebe Drug to hold open house Rausch named Sodak Liebe Drug/Variety staff invites Speaker of House customers and the community to a South Dakota republicans have Grand remodeling and Holiday Open selected their leaders for the next two House this Friday, Nov. 19 from 10 years in the South Dakota legislature. a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate not only At the state GOP meeting held last this year's kick off of the holidays but week, Val Rausch of Big Stone City, the many remodeling changes andwas named Speaker of the House. pharmacy expansion made to the store, located on Ortonville's historic Milltones in concert at main street. Zion Lutheran Church Pharmacy changes include expanded work and storage areas and The Milltones Barbershop Chorus a private patient/pharmacist consulta- will be presenting a concert at Zion tion window featuring granite counter Lutheran Church, 806 Highland tops. Throughout the store every Highway in Ortonville this Sunday, retail department was reset, several Nov. 21. The concert will begin at 7 health related areas were expanded p.m. with a free will offering going and new wall d6cor and floor cover- towards the Angel Tree Project and ings were installed. Zion's youth. Coffee and bars will Stop in and check out the new be served following the concert. look. Everyone is invited to attend. Classics, Calamities, and Clevercast of suspicious characters all have a Prince Eldric has to marry the smartest Characters will be presented this Fri- possible motive: Claudia Celluloid, woman in the kingdom by midnight to- day, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday by the famous movie star; Edgar McMuf- morrow, or'the throne reverts to his evil the Ortonville High School Theater de- fin, the hamburger magnate; Dr. Fixit, cousin Duncan. Unfortunately, he can't partment in two different shows of the scientist; Twyla Tinkweather, cos- marry the woman he loves, the royal three one-act comedies (see ad in the tume designer; Mr. and Mrs. Hen- magician Merlene, because it's decreed entertainment section for dates and penny, Bobby Eager, and many more? that he also has to marry a commoner. times). The production features the tal- Watch as our sharp sleuth carefully un- Duncan is plotting with Carolina the ents of 85 students, grades 7-12, who ravels the mystery and the surprise mo- Cruel to make sure any wedding plans love to entertain an audience, tive behind it all? We hope you will are foiled, so they use the Dragon's HAMLET WITH EXTRA love the clever tongue-in-cheek humor Cloak of Invisibility to kidnap the CHEESE and will be on the edge of your seat prince. Can Genevieve, a strong-willed This play dares to ask the questions with hilarious uncertainty as Holmes swordswoman, rescue the kidnapped Shakespeare was afraid to answer? and Watson solve the mystery at Bi- prince and save the kingdom from cer- Lady Macbeth, troubled by bloodstains cuspid Manor. tain doom? If she does, will she be -why not use Oxy-Clean? What is the HUH, LEVEL 12,AND THE GE- forced to marry him? With sword- Crocodile Hunter doing with Cleopa- OLOGICAL HORSES fights, magic potions, secret passages, tra's asp? Are there no plans for a se- In this high-energy, flexible play, an bad puns and more than one surprise quel to Hamlet? Does this witch's ensemble of students gathers to tell the romance, this light-hearted comedy outfit make me look fat? Four major audience how they write a paper. They turns the traditional tale on its ear. plays are wrestled to the ground: are quick to point out, however, that OTHELLO Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, this is not a"how to" but a"how we"- You may know of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Macbeth. This is a totally not how a paper should be written, but tragedies, but you've never seen one new slant on Shakespeare using slap- how they actually do write it. From like this! You'll laugh heartily at this stick, vaudeville humor, and social mishearing the assignment to nights of tragedy4urned-comedy, moved from satire, procrastination to begging for an ex- Europe to the American West. Watch HOLMES ON THE RANGE tension, this play comically treats a the egotistical and manipulating Iago Join the buffoonery and fun as Sher- universal problem: homework, as he directs the blindly-trusting Oth- lock Holmes and, of course, his asso- THE SMARTEST WOMAN IN ello and his friends into destruction. ciate, Dr. Watson, investigate yet THE KINGDOM Unlike the original play, nobody dies; another murder in this clever farce. Take a basic tale, turn it inside out, Poor Sy Raited, the owner of a knife and you have The Smartest Woman in (Continued on page three) company, has been slain. The entire the Kingdom? The not-too-bright r" r