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r OF NEBRASKA'S rowing team trained on Big Stone Lake over Labor Day Weekend. Shown of the novice team on one of their first training runs. For more details see story inside. m00ss00oners approve ed budget-levy Commissioners 16. One item on budget proposed levy 6 tal figure until after the truth ;in December. use permit was RV Park and allow for facility. In other business, annual permits for solid waste haulers in the county were approved as was a Comprehensive Plan for Big Stone County. A public hearing was set for amendments tO the Subdivision Controls Ordinance at the Memorial Building in Clinton on Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Paul Michaelson, from Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, was pre- sent to request funding to support the regional GIS program. The commis- sioners voted to give the RDC $12,000 for the program but they will discuss at a later meeting how and when the money will be spent. Space needs for county offices were also discussed with the commis- sioners strongly considering the pur- chase of another facility. No decisions were made except to discuss it further at aJuture meeting. ,: rs abound SatUrday for west zone goose opener when the and hunters attire as the goose season 28. at noon. People season con- 26. Hunters may hour before sun- Other days of the are six per day, enthusi- no canvasbacks Year. Only one pin- tail can be shot per day and two kept in possession. The pintail season ends Oct. 27. Motorized spinning wing decoys may not be used until Oct. 5. See the 2002 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations for limits of spe- cific duck species. Conservation Officer Bruce Nelsen recommends all hunters to read through this booklet to become acquainted with the rules. West zone goose season begins Saturday as well and continues until Nov. 6. West zone includes most of western Minnesota but only parts of Big Stone and Lac Qui Parle counties. Ortonville and the Lac Qui Parle Goose Zone is included within the West Central Zone, whose season begins Oct. 5 and ends on Nov. 13. Lac Qui Parle Goose Zone will close Nov. 13 or when the total har- vest reaches 12,000 birds. A map of these zone is shown in the supplement to the hunting regulations booklet mentioned above. Hunters are reminded to hunt safe- ly and obey the rules. There is a Turn In Poachers ('riP) hotline available by dialing 1-800-652-9093. Bye Memorial Award to Supt. Burton Nypen for Schools, and for- Schools," Sept. annu- with a mini- SUccessful admin- serving Schools. iraust demonstrate leadership, a life- development foster innovations hold walk a fundraiser is set to take Farley Park in 28. 10 a.m and the After the walk prizes and enter- co-sponsored Health services, and St. William's ad inside this in education to enable students to develop personal skills and values such as perseverance, responsibility, and leadership. Burt has been ra superintendent serving schools" in west central Minnesota for 34 year. He has been a champion for small schools since 1955. Burr helped to orchestrate one of the first consolidations of country schools in 1967 by bringing the com- munities of Chokio and Alberta together. He was instrumental in securing a community grant for an indoor swim- ming pool. While serving as Superintendent in Ortonville, Burt worked in collabora- tion with the Big Stone City, SD and Bellingham school districts to educate all high school students in Ortonville. Currently in Browns Valley, he collaborates with the Sisseton, SD 6chools, the Wheaton schools, and Clinton Graceville Beardsley schools to provide greater educational oppor- tunities for rural students. Burr has been a rolo model to many younger administrators and teachers, including his daughter, Mary, who is a principal in Rochester. Burt says, "My most important work, as a teacher and school admin- istrator, has been to provide the best possible education for students attending the schools in which I have served." He has worked to employ enthusi- astic, talented, and dedicated teachers, and to give them encouragement, freedom, and the necessary resources to enable them to provide their stu- dents with a positive and meaningful school experience. Burr has been active in his greater community as well. He was involved in the construction of a group home for developmentally challenged per- sons in Ortonville. While serving as President of the Ortonville Development Corporation, the city was designated as a Boarder City Enterprise Zone by the State of Minnesota. BuR has been a part of Kiwanis and city and county economic devel- opment boards. He has served on the boards of the Prairie Pioneer Television, Habitat for Humanity, and the Bonanza Educational Center. He" is also active with the First English Lutheran Church Council, and sings in his church choir. Burr hold's a bachelor's degree (Continued on page 14) Assault ends in sentence for youth Jordan William Gibson, a 17 year old Beardsley youth, was sentenced Wednesday at the Big Stone County Courthouse in Ortonville. Gibson had earlier entered a plea of guilty to the charge of assault stemming from an incident at a Graceville parking lot. The youth was given 60 days detention, 52 days stayed. In lieu of eight days detention, the youth is directed to attend anger management. . He was placed under the supervision of court services for an indeterminate length of time and was also ordered to make restitution for the victim's med- ical expenses. Ducks Unlimited banquet this Friday at the Matador Big Stone Lake Area Ducks Unlimited banquet is Friday night at the Matador in Ortonville. Social hour begins at 5:30, supper is at 7:00. Cost of the event is $40 for a single, $50 for couples. Seventeen years and under are $25. Tickets include membership in Ducks Unlimited. Sponsorships will be sold to singles for $260 and couples for $270. Sponsorships includc meal, member- ship in Ducks Unlimited, an official Minnesota Ducks Unlimited print, raf- fle tickets and a chance to win a shot- gun. In all, 20 guns will be given away. There are also many other miscella- neous prizes and a silent auction of many wildlife prints. Ducks Unlimited spends most of their money on habitat conservation. Eleven proposed projects in west cen- tral Minnesota, including Big Stone County, total over a half million dol- lars. Total project spending in Minnesota will be over two million. BSLA Ducks Unlimited committee member Brent Hasslen commented that funds do stay local. In fact, the cost of some of "the projects exceed local fundraising efforts. Tickets may be purchased from any Ducks Unlimited committee member, or at Hasslen Construction, DUCKS UNLIMITED COMMITTEE MEMBERS, left to right, Steve Roggenbuck, Doug McKinney, and Brent Hasslen, display a Winchester Super X2 shotgun, one of 20 guns to be given away during Friday's ban- quet at the Matador. Progressive Collision and Glass, Jim and Sons Lumber, Sonny's, Ellingson's Inc., and Shady Oak Realty. Committee members are Attic Arndt, Ron Athey, Eric Banken, Jim Collins, Eric Brandriet, Rusty Dimberg, Dave Ellingson, Ronn McDaniel, Doug McKinney, Tom Oakes, Steve Roggenbuck, Ross Erickson, Isaiah Longnecker, and Mike Hartman. Homecoming celebrated at Ortonville school this week Homecoming activities highlight thOrtonville school calendar this 00ek. A" flurry of sporting activities took place yesterday. The 8th grade football team hosted Dawson, the B football teamed travelled to Dawson, 7-8 grade volleyball team travelled to Canby, cross county hosted the Ortonville Invitational, and the varsity volley ball team hosted KMS. Coronation will be held tonight, Tuesday Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the OHS Auditorium. Aiyssa Adelman will pro- vide the processional and recessional music. Jason Pfleger and Aaryn Hoye will MC and introduce the candidates. Candidates for king are Tony Weber, Kelly Stattelman, Bryan Shelstad, Jason Kellen, and Cody Backstrand. Vying for queen are Vicki Kunrath, Lacy Ronglien, Laura Brown, Heidi Hansen, and Amanda Arndt. Sara Miller will accompany a vocal selection before Melissa Gloege, the 2001 queen, crowns this year's royal- ty. Once again, JoLee's Jewelry of Ortonville is donating the queen's crown. Each day at school will be special this week. Pajamas, lips, pirate, 80's day and hat and spirit day will all be celebrated. On lips day, each student receives paper lips to pin on their.hj - blue for boys and pink for gfrlsBefore noon, boys cannot talk to a girl. After noon, girls may not talk to a boy. If one does, he or she must give that per- son the paper lips. Prizes will be given for the boy and girl who has the most lips at the end of the day. Friday's homecoming events begin with a pep fest at school at ! 2:45 p.m. Ortonville's main street is the place to be for the parade that begins at 2 p.m. Trojan gridders host the Canby Lancers at 7 p.m. and the dance, 9-12 p.m., concludes the week of home- coming activities. Council lets DA allocate tourism dollars for city i Ortonville's City Council spent much of its meeting Monday, Sept. 16, discussing which entity should over- see the city's lodging tax dollars. Mayor Dave Dinnel reported to the council that the EDA was willing to handle the tourism part of the budget. Councilman Artie Arndt noted that the EDA really hasn't been involved with tourism in the past. "My concern is that other groups who have worked hard might not be i0cluded now." Dinnel countered, "If tourism isn't economic development, what is it?" Councilman Lisa Berkner said, "The EDA won't be a block to what the tourism committee has been doing." Dinnei said, "Now, both the council and EDA get approached for funding by the same groups. The intent is to channel everything through the EDA Committee." It was noted also that there are three councilmen on the EDA Committee. Lodging tax revenue is projected to be about $8,600. The city is budgeting $5,000 for tourism too. "The total budget line for tourism is $13,600," stated Dinnel. "The EDA will give these funds out to tourism groups." A motion was made to give the EDA the tourism dollars. Voting yes were Dinnel, Berkner, and Mel Reinke. No votes were cast by Arndt, and Lenore Sellin. Councilman Dan Oakes was not present. In other business, Diana Anderson of the Southwest Minnesota Foundation was present to highlight the organization and the ways it can help the city and its citizens. A charity, the foundation exists through the gen- erosity of others and offers an array of loans and grants to promote economic, social, and cultural growth. Anderson asked the city to support the founda- tion with a gift of $1,600, the same level as the past two years. Mayor Dinnel said the council would act on the request at a later meeting. A request to replace the tall win- dows on the west side of the city's club house dining room was unani- mously approved. The low quote was (Continued oo page 14) ORTONVILLE'S BRUCE SWIGERD scored his first hole in one Wednesday Sept. 11 on hole 17. He hit a six iron on the 127 yard, par 3. The shot landed about five feet off the green and rolled into the cup. Swigerd was accompanied by Bob Pflueger, Arlen "Red" LaCombe, and Charlie Radermacher.