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a heart" i Noo00rDve00ew N O E N T \\; -4 .... 4 ! 7iI i:  i ns take pride in ration of log cabin Felton and their mighty proud these so... of the restora- completed Stone County. of the old log built in 1872 by the which for years S, nderson farm) just moved by the to their land just west they did their which was four seated inside the use the cabin from extra sleeping quar- The cabin is also Viewing if reserva- advance. he cabin is a printed family, which family history of Johannnes 11, 1811. His who was born lived on farms at Sweden. These of Nels Lingren & of the family. in 1854 & that same to seek a better His children were in Sweden them later in three able to earn passage he pronounced as it was a common name Lingren. The to imply second sister arrived in 1, 1869. Neis hired crew in Utah & after 6 months Nels had enough money to send to Sweden so his wife & 2 children could make the journey to America. In June 1872, Nels & some friends decided to locate land to settle on. Their search brought them to Big Stone Lake area. Nels took a claim and soon others staked a claim nearby. On Sept. 10, 1871, the Nels Lingren family arrived at his claim. They had 3 small chil- dren and their possessions included 1 ox team, 2 cows & 2 calves, an old covered wagon, an old stove, & few other articles. The fast shelter they built was a dug-out 3 feet deep, 10 by 14 feet, with a 3 foot wall built out of rails, ballots available Friday 3 general auditor's office. ing, the Big Stone The auditor's office also reminds s office reminds voters mail in ballots will he sent out ballots for the from 14-20 days before the election, will be available and must he returned to the office no Oct. 2. at the later than Nov. 3. today for Warner lifelong area farmer 76, was killed in a corn crib ,he served as of Ortonville's for more than as chairman of the Board. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, Johnson had been loosening corn crust along the inside of the crib when it collapsed on him. Members of the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, Ortonviile Police Department and Ortonville Fire Department worked for more than an hour with shovels and bobcats shoveling corn out of the bin in an attempt to recover JOhnson. He was then taken to Ortonville hospital where he later died. Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. See complete obituary inside this issue. long hay and sod. The fast winter snow drifted six feet over the house. During the summer of 1872 the Lingrens built a log shanty with long hay on top for a roof. An additional room and an upstairs was added to the log house in 1876. This log house served for 13 people. The original log cabin built in 1872 was the first one built in the Ortonville Township. We moved it to it's current location due to the fact that the property had been sold and the cabin would have been torn down. We took out seven feet of rotten log off of the back room. Only did a half loft, added a porch and 1 new upstairs window. The stairs are the original and are dovetailed. Man pleads guilty to sexual conduct William Edward Christie, 73 of Clinton, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree at a plea hearing Wednesday in Big Stone County court. Christie was originally charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct, and had the remaining four charges dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on two. He will face sentencing Oct. 21 in Big Stone County court. Post Prom meet Oct. 11th All parents are asked to attend a Post Prom Committee planning meeting Oct. llth at 7 p.m. at High School Library. This will be an organizational meeting along with making plans for fundraising. We need everyone's help. j Circulars inside [ * Cartwright Drug & Gift * Larson Funeral Home Ducks Unlimited banquet to be held this Friday evening After four years without a Ducks Unlimited chapter in Big Stone County, a group has now joined forces to reform the organization, and those interested are invited to attend the annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet, to be held this Friday, Oct. 2 at the Matador Supper Club in Ortonville. The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, and supper will follow at 7:30. Tickets are $40 for single members or $50 for couples, which includes membership and meals. Rick Chamberlain, Co-Chairman of the group, stated there will be raffles, door prizes and ladies gifts, and sportsmen of all ages should attend. "It's not just a man's banquet," he said. "Ladies and children are also welcome, and there is a Green Wings group for those members 17 and under." There have been 11 guns donated for the banquet, among many other prizes. "Our thanks go out to all the area merchants for the prizes and for all their support," Chamberlain said. "We felt that having a Ducks Unlimited chapter is important for the county because of the large number of hunters here, said Chamberlain. "Many people don't realize that Duck's Unlimited has spent more than $1 million for Big Stone County when the chapter was up and running a few years ago, and over 1,300 wetland and upland acres have been restored, enhanced or acquired in the county by the group." He says he would like to see everyone who was a past member attend the banquet, to show his or her support once again and have a little ! i BIG PRIZE FOR DU BANQUET. One of the 11 guns to be given away at this Friday's Ducks Unlimited banquet here is this 870 3-1/2" 12 gauge shotgun, donated by The Ortonville Independent. Editor Sue Kaercher-Blake is shown here with DU co-chairman Rick Chamberlain. This year's Ducks Unlimited banquet is the first here since 1993. A full house is predicted at the Matador Supper Club. fun also. seat by contacting Rick Chamberlain Anyone interested in attending this at 839-3122. year's banquet can reserve his or her Homecoming kicks off On Friday, there will be a pep fest at 12:45 p.m. in the OHS auditorium, and the homecoming parade will follow at 2 p.m. through Ortonville's main street. If offices or businesses are interested in putting a float in the parade, they should contact the school to be put on the parade list. The Trojan football team is preparing for their game this Friday at 7 p.m. against the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks. At halftime, the OHS pep band will perform, and this year's homecoming royalty will be announced. Following the game on Friday night will be the homecoming dance, which will run until midnight. Music will be piovided by Ohm Music System. / The 1998 Ortonville Trojan Homecoming kicked off last night, Monday Sept. 28 with the coronation of this year's homecoming royalty and a bonfire at the foot of Big Stone Lake. There will be dress up days this year, including hat day on Monday, class color day on Tuesday, job day on Wednesday, mismatch day on Thursday, and jersey day on Friday. Events on Thursday include a boys, yes a boys volleyball game at 6 p.m. in the OHS gym, a spirit car crushing match at 7 p.m. at Trojan Field, and a powder puff football game where the girls, not boys play the game for class pride. This will also be held at Trojan Field at 7:30 p.m. Duck hunting begins Saturday, population looks good this year Duck hunters will be flocking to area sloughs and lakes as duck hunting season begins this Saturday, Oct. 3. According to Bruce Nelsen, State Conservation Officer, the population of ducks looks very good for the area, and he expects a great season for hunters. "The season hasn't changed much since last year," Nelsen said. "The limit is still six ducks per day, and the season will run 60 days, until Dec. 1." Nelsen stated the only difference in this year's season is the limit of pintails, which has decreased from three per day last year to only one per day this year. Other seasons this fall include the goose season for the area, which begins Oct. 15, the deer season, which runs Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 14-17, an archery season on deer from Sept. 19-Dec. 31, and a pheasant season which runs from Oct. 10 through Dec. 13. Harvestfest this Friday, Saturday Ortonville merchants have once again joined forces to host the annual Harvestfest promotion this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3. Sales will be held in most stores both days, and craft and produce vendors will he setting up stands on main street. The Ortonville Trojan Homecoming parade will be held during the promotion at 2 p.m. Friday on main street. Anyone interested in having a parade entry or setting up a vending stand is urged to call Kathy Longhenry at 839-3262 or Brenda Molden at 839-2818, B.S. Arts Council awarded grant The Big Stone Arts Council of Ortonville was awarded $3,700 to defray the costs for construction of a 36 foot bronze and mahogany granite sculpture by artist Daroid Bailey. The public sculpture is said to be sited at the foot of Big Stone Lake. The arts council will sponsor the artist and materials for the project. For more information on the project, contact Jeanette Knip at 839- 2618. Storytime signup at city library Time's running out to sign up your preschooler for Storytime at the Ortonville Library ! Please stop by or call the library at 839-2494 to register your four- or five-year-old for a six-week series beginning Thursday, Oct I at 6:30 p.m. We look forward to entertaining your child for an hour each week! District Legion Aux. meetings Wednesday The American Legion Auxiliary Gertje-Van Lith Unit #229 requests members to attend the Dist. IV meeting at the Club in Big Stone this Wednesday, Sept. 30th at a joint workshop meeting at 5 p.m. The Auxiliary will then meet as usual at 8 p.m. FALL IS CERTAINLY HERE, as shown by this scene at the Clifford and lleen Christensen home in Big Stone City, SO. Pumpkin heads, stuffing and old clothes make up the figures, and corn stalks are being added as a finishing touch.