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"* **** ** * * * *AUTO"" Af.L, FOR AO f4O SHALLTOWHPAP|R$ 2tt21QQ 217 W COTA ST - ( SHELTON WA 98S84-2213 15 Ortonville =Town with a head" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 2 Sections 20 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Volume 93; Number 37 TROJAN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH TREVOR KELLER gives instructions to his offense during their win over Hancock last Friday night, 42-32. The win snapped a 24 game losing streak for the Trojans dating back to September of 2008. The Trojans will travel to Wrested this Friday for a game against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity. A "50s" Homecoming 2011 to be held Oct. 3-7 at OHS Homecoming 2011 is right around the corner and students and staff at OHS are preparing for a fun filled week of activities. Homecoming 2011 is a "50s" Theme which will be held Oct. 3-7. Homecoming gets kicked off on Monday, Oct. 3 with '*50s Day" at OHS. Coronation ceremonies will be held that evening beginning at 7 p.m.. Cost for coronation is $1. The senior guys and gals will be battling it out during the PowerTuff volleyball game that will be held in the gymnasium following coronation. Queen candidates for Homecoming 2011 are: Rachel Berger, daughter of Jeff and Julie. Rachel is active in volley- ball, gymnastics, BPA, Student Council, football cheerleading, FCA, drama, band and pep band. Rikki Roscoe, daughter of Tom and Darcy. She is active in volleyball, basketball, golf, BPA and drama. Emily Giese, daughter of Tim and Michelle. She is active in volleyball, basketball, softball, BPA, Student Council, drama, yearbook staff, band, jazz band and pep band. Kaitlyn Rehn, daughter of Andria Rabe and Jason Rehn. She has been active in volleyball, cheerleading, Student Council, yearbook staff and drama. Bonnie Sue Stolpman, daughter of John and Sue. She is active in BPA, football cheerleading, drama, dance, community theater and worship team. King candidates are: Isaac Knutson, son of Aaron and Michelle. He is active in football, baseball, band, BPA, yearbook staff and drama. Trent Kuechenmeister, son of Troy and Kim. He is active in football, yearbook staff and basketball. Caleb Tollakson, son of Ginger and Jason Barse. He is active in cross country, track, basketball manager, FCA, yearbook staff, band, jazz band and pep band. Austin Swanson, son of Tim and Beth. Austin has been active in foot- ball, basketball, yearbook staff and drama. Trevor Schafer, son of Eugene and Shelly. He is active in football, track, yearbook staff, drama, band, pep band and jazz band. Class attendants are: Juniors-Julia Cunha, host family Doug and Dawn Leger and Nic Benck, son of Chad Benck and Lisa Block. Sophomores-Mackenzie Streich, (Continued on page 3) Council continues to explore ways to fund Chamber, EDA Funding the EDA and Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was the topic of discussion at the Ortonvflle City Council's meeting on Monday, Sept. 19. Council member Angela Doren stated that she felt there was no need to spend the next four to six weeks dis- cussing the budget. "The EDA and Chamber both spend everday looking forward to setting their budget and moving forward," said Doren. Dan Kafka, business owner and Big Stone Lake Area Chamber President, stated that he hopes the council will find the funds to help fund the cham- ber. "The Chamber budget is about $96,000 with the city contributing $8,000 and of that $96,000, $20,000 goes to tourism," said Kafka. "We need finances to continue operating. We need to invest in this community. If we don't, who will." Doren went on to say that the EDA and Chamber work close in hand, try- ing to promote bringing business and tourism to this area. She gave a run- down of the various things that both or- ganizations have done and continue to do to promote this area. "If anyone here can tell me how the EDA will function without the funding I would like to hear it," said Doren. "When DCC Solutions burned down, we lost a number of jobs. We need to get those people back." The Chamber researched the city's proposed 2012 budget and found two places where money was available to fund both the EDA and Chamber. One area was in the designated fu- ture expenditures which is a budget line item of $236,423 just for future possible expenses. This basically is a fund to make the budget balance. Cap- ital Outlay budget is down but 2011 capital outlay budgets totaled $233,565 and 2012 capital outlay is only $76,000, so it has $157,565 less capital outlay but the $236,423 is still $79,000 over the lesser capital outlay, which could easily fund the Chamber and EDA. The other area was a fund, budget line item. The city budgeted $61,513 for miscellaneous and other expenses and have only spent $5,511 of that so there is $56,000 of that fund available which could fund the EDA and Cham- ber. Doren then made a motion to trans- fer from miscellaneous $40,000 to EDA and $8,000 to the Chamber. The motion was seconded by Councilman Berkner. Berkner commented that it was never the intention of the Budget Com- mittee to close the EDA or Chamber, but that the committee had to agree on something to go forward. The commit- tee thought that the chamber could take a hit for one year. The city docks have been in poor shape and the committee (Continued on page 3) Artists works on display for 8th Annual Meander Art Crawl The 2011 Meander, the Upper Min- nesota River Art Crawl, will take place 'this weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. For thousands of years art and cul- ture have had their beginnings along the great river valleys. Some things never change. On the first weekend of October fol- low the Minnesota River Valley from Granite Falls all the way to beautiful Big Stone Lake north of Ortonville and see remarkable art and artists. It's a long weekend full of art, music, entertainment and food. It's a chance to take to the road to enjoy the q0, iet, lovely, fall scenery and revel in t}i'e exuberance of the talented artists and artisans who make this such a spe- cial place to live ,and visit. This is the 8th annual art Meander, a free self guided tour of artists studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The studios will be open starting Friday, Sept. 30 from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A free brochure detailing the locations of the studios Will be sent to anyone who calls 1-866- 866-5432. This brochure can also be downloaded from the web at Share the weekend with friends and family visit- ing a wide variety of artisans and artists in their studios. Local artists who will be displaying their works include Doug Holtquist, exhibiting at Studio Holtquist, 12 miles up the Lake Road to 820th Ave. Artists displaying at the Red Barn, six miles north of the Lakeroad on County Road 38 include Beverly Schultz of Corona, ;' SD; John and Betty Wanke of Clinton; and Carol Knutson, Neva Foster, Mark Mustfu, Deb Beautaunt and Barb Ash. Mary Taffe of Ortonville will be dis- playing her work at her home studio at 535 Lakeshore Drive; Deb Larson of Ortonville displaying at Java Jules in Ortonville and Darold Bailey of Odessa at his home studio. Displaying their works at Sherman Studio on Main Street in Ortonville will be Don Sherman and Rob Rakow. New artists this year include Martha Roisen Alvarado, a fiber artist showing on her home farm place, the Lac qui Parle Valley Vineyards near Dawson, Corey Speh, wood artist showing at Hinterlands Vineyard near Clara City, and Tom and Delite Ludvigson, furni- ture artists showing at their home south of Madison. This year the Meander Kickoff Event on Friday, Sept. 30 will be in downtown Granite Falls, from 4-8 p.m. featuriiag music, food and entertain- ment. For more information on this event, contact Nicole Zempel at 320- Love and Logic series begins Oct. 3 The Love and Logic Parenting seven part series begins Monday Oct. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ortonville Library. Classes are FREE (many places charge $50 or more per person) and you receive a FREE Becoming a Love .and Logic Parent handbook. If you have questions or want to register just call 320-839-2111 and leave your name and phone number or email your information/question to dreamforkids.BigStoneLakeArea@g The series is also open to those who have attended past sessions and want a refresher. 564-4039. On Saturday night, Oct. 1, A Night of Jazz with Nancy Harms will be play- ing in Dawson at 7:30 p.m. Harms is a native of Clara City and is coming from her current home of New York City to perform. Tickets will be avail- able at the door and for more informa- tion please contact the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association at 320-769-2955 ext 246 or at The Meander featured artist for 2011 is Kerry Kolke-Bonk. A painter who lives near Appleton, she does wa- tercolor, acrylic, and collage work. She's lived in or near Appleton for nearly 35 years and her Meander brochure painting exhibits that history and insight by its portrayal of an old windmill, white coneflowers, and mod- em wind turbines," What goes around comes around". This three day event showcases some of the best of what western Min- nesota has to offer. A portrait of the old, the new, and the neverchanging and only a brief sample of what awaits you on the river trail. Visit to plan your trip to this fall's Meander. GENUINE LOVERS OF HOBO SOUP is this "young-spirited" elderly couple from St. Cloud. You see Ted and LaVona Sherarts of St. Cloud, married couple of 48 years, visiting Ortonville for their first time because "we wanted to meet the founder of that wonderful Hobo Soup," that, of course, being Independent publisher, Jim Kaercher with his late father-publisher Lem. During their special trip here, Ted and LaVona stayed a night at Econolodge and enjoyed a dinner at Matador Supper Club. LaVona says for most of her life, she had lived spiritually much like a Hobo....a great lover of freedom forever cherished by the Hobo, recalling with Jim that two famous Hoboes were Art Linkletter of show business and famous author James Mischner. In addition to stocking up on some cans of Hobo Soup, you see photo-proof that LaVona left town with her Hobo Soup t-shirt. A most interesting couple, whom Publisher Jim assured them Ortonville's welcome mat is always here anytime and always for their return visit. School Board concerned with low i00upil math scores by Kathy Nelson Ortonville School Board met on Monday Sept. 19. The school year started with 498 students down from last year's attendance of 512 students. Superintendent Jeff Taylor present- ed the board with the results of the Annual Report on Curriculum Instruction and Student Achievement. He reported that the math scores were lower then he would like to See. Board member Marlowe Klepel asked if the school could put together a report for the board to see the growth of an individual throughout his or her elementary years. This might help to determine if and when a student starts to struggle in math. Principal Joel Stattleman said he could possibly have the data team put together some scores from previous years. Items approved by the board were contracts with Joan Foley and Christine Boyle for volleyballcoach- ing. An agreement with Bonanza Education Center and an agreement with Wheaton School for the purchase of time for their art teacher, Laura Mrzlak. Custodian Glenn Henningson gave the board a quote from Climate Control for replacing the heating/ven- tilation unit in the shop area of the school. Henningson stated they have worked with this company before and he feels comfortable with the work they have done, and he felt the bid was reasonable. The board voted to go ahead with the new unit which will cost $26,544, using interest free money from the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds that must be spent by March 2012, or be (Continued on page 3) / / / / 2011 HOMECOMING KING CANDIDATES are shown above. From left to right are Caleb Tollakson, Austin Swanson, Trevor Schafer, Trent Kuechenmeister and Isaac Knutson. Homecoming events will be held Oct. 3-7. On Monday, Oct. 3 it will be 50s Day at OHS. OHS HOMECOMING QUEEN CANDIDATES are shown above. From left to right are Ktitlyn Rhn, Emily Giese, Bonnie Sue Stolpman, Rikki Roscoe and Rachel Berger. Coronation ceremonies will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Ortonville High School Auditorium. Admission will be $1. !