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I00DE ENDENT A Constructive Newspaper4n A Live Community" computer sales and service and Iocksmithing has opened on Ortonville's Main and Mary Jo Larson invite the public to stop in and check out their store. They also games and will soon be a UPS shipping site. puter, locksmith, video re now open here called "General its doors today on areet in the former in computer .service, locksmith video game will soon be a Last November, they decided to The business came about because owners Charlie and Mary Jo Larson fell in love with Ortonville and were ready to get away from Minneapolis. Though they have no relatives here, they have always been fond of Ortonville, as they traveled often through town on their way to Aberdeen, SD, where Mary Jo grew up and where her parents still live. "drag" Ortonville's main street, then they drove all around the city and made their decision to buy a house here for weekends. "After the first weekend here, we cried when we had to go home," said Mary Jo.'Cl'he following weekend we came back and decided then and there to make this our permanent home. "This is the last place we're ever moving to. We absolutely love it United Appeal annual drive set to begin October 13 Ortonville's United Appeal com- mittee has completed the preparation and is ready to kick-off this year's fund drive. Solicitors will attempt to contact every home and business in Ortonville between Oct 13 and 26. If personal contact cannot be made, materials will be left at the door. Residents are asked to make a donation and mail in the contribution in the envelope provided. This year's goal is $12,000, approximately the same amount raised during last year's drive. The commit- tee urges everyone to be generous. Organizations receiving funds this year are American Heart Association, American Red Cross (Bloodmobile), Arthritis Foundation, Birthright, Boy Scouts, Children Home Society of MN, Courage Center, Girl Scouts, Grief Center, Habitat for Humanity, Kidney Foundation, Main Street Industries (DAC), RSVP, Monarch Heights, Prairie Five RIDES Program, Rice Hospice Program, Salvation Army, West Central ndustries, Willmar Regional Treatment Center, and the Women's Advocacy Center. Anyone, business or resident, who isn't contacted should call Beth Mueller at 839-3921 to make a contri- bution. On the business committee this year is Arlen "Red" LaCombe and Kim Sykora. On the residential com- mittee are Kris Unruh, Beth Mueller, Mona Strege and Carol Barrett. Correction Last week's school board story inadvertently stated Ortonville's School enrollment is 775 students. The correct number is 617 total students. The board also approved the low bid aid anticipation certificate of $;;6,984 from US BanCorp Piper 75 designated s.o Jaffray of Minneapolis. $12,000. .," "We told our neighbors not to " worry if they find us lying in the back- Trails on Saturday yard atnight,"MaryJosaid.'We're ivic leaders discuss tourism C just gazing at the stars, which you National Anthem as performed by The Dixie Swing Time Band. Mayor Dave Dinnel will greet everyone and then, at 10:30, in con- junction with all community celebra- tions along the highway, helium filled balloons will be released. Featured speaker at the event will be Jeannie Krueger, Big Stone County Commissioner. The closing song will be "God Bless America." Lunch will be served for a free will offering at the museum also. as far north as will nation of U.S. Historic of Trails," on IS a Big Stone Lake . Big Stone County will begin at museum with the flag to the KING AND QUEEN! Cody Backstrand (parents Kevin icy. Ronglien (daughter. of Mark and Arloa) are ng royalty. Coronation was held last Tuesday in s were donated by Jo-Lee's Jewelry through UNITED APPEAL CAPTAINS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS gathered Sunday night at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. In front, left to right, are Craig Randleman, Becky Parker, and Mona Str ege. Next row, Linda Krogsrud, Lucy Thoreson, and Jackie Domine: Thir row is Aden LaCombe, Carol Barrett, and Joyce Schultz. Back row is Kim Sykora, Kris Unruh and Beth Mueller. United Appeal solicitors Will be knocking on doors in Ortonville Oct. 13-26. The i for the drive is can't see in Minneapolis." The Larsons owned and operated the largest lock-out business in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area called "Lock Poppers." They were ready to retire and wanted to come here so much that they simply closed the business down. Charlie has more than 10 years (Continued on page 2) Gonzalez receives sentence in felony Arthur Gonzalez, 23, of Ortonville, received a sentence on Wednesday at the Big Stone County Courthouse stemming from the charge of coer- cion. He entered a plea of guilty to this charge last month. Gonzalez was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. All but 75 days of the prison term were stayed. Gonzalez is also to participate in anger management, undergo DNA and chemical testing. ' Circulars inside * Milbank Pizza Hut * Federated Telephone * Ortonville School Picture day set at Ortonville School Individual Student pictures are scheduled to be taken at Ortonville School by Sherman Studio for the 2002-2003 yearbook and for package orders. Elementary, early childhood, and special education students will be photographed Tuesday, Oct. 8. Headstart and students in grades seven through 11 will be photographed Wednesday, Oct. . Envelopes with instructions and pricing will be sent home with students this . (Adv.) Fall fundraiser at Eidskog Lutheran The WELCA of Eidskog Lutheran Church of rural Ortonville will be having a Fall Fundraiser Turkey, Dressing with all the trimmings and homemade pie dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us for good food and great fellowship - hunters welcome! Matching funds are applied for through Lutheran Brotherhood Branch #8392. Dave Vogel, from Minnesota's Department of Tourism, was here last Tuesday to talk tourism at the Dancing Bean. Locals on hand ranged from business leaders, city councilmen, county commissioners, and citizens concerned about tourism and econom- ic growth. Vogel's message stressed hope and working together. "Don't expect things to ha open over night. It takes time, years perhaps, but keep working together." Lanesboro's story was shared to illustrate how working together with just one idea can change a community given time, work and some marketing. A few people solff this small Minnesota community (population about 900) on the idea of building a bike trail. Vogel said the mainstreet of the city was in trouble, with many empty stores. Working together through the process and marketing the finished product has transformed the town. After ten years of effort, sales tax receipts have doubled. New restau- rants have opened along with bike, wine and cheese shops! Of course, it isn't just the citizens of the town who support these businesses, but the many tourists who visit the community. According to Vogel, the fastest growing tourism segment in the U.S. is bird watching. "Perhaps your area could capitalize on this," he said. Rebecca Jackson, from RDC's Prairie Waters, commented that there is bird- ing information on the Prairie Waters website. Lodging taxes and who distributes them were discussed. Vogel stated that the city must give them to the one entity that does tourism for the area. This body may in turn give money to other groups or organizations to spend on tourism. It was emphasized that lodging taxes are not taxes placed on the busi- ness owners. The tax is paid by the customer or, in most cases, tourists. The money collected is then used to market a city or area in hopes of attracting more and more people. The benefits of this, of course, is more eco- nomic activity within a community. First English Lutheran to celebrate 75 years featuring the former pastors, staff members and others who have served the congregation, as well as sons and daughters of EE.L.C. serving Christ's church in other places. All who feel a strong tie to First English either currently or in the past are encouraged to join us on this day of celebration and thanks giving for God's gifts to this congregation. The anniversary committee of First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville has set Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 as the day to celebrate their 75th anniversary. The congregation was formed in the late 1920's during the great depression, and was organized as the First Lutheran Church in Ortonville to use english as the language for the entire worship service. The current church building at the corner of Jackson Ave. and 3rd St. was built in 1939 using local granite and labor. God has blessed the congregation greatly throughout the years. The Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 6 will be a time to celebrate these gifts. The day will include a church service at 10:30 a.m., a catered luncheon at noon followed by a program at 1:30 SOYBEAN HARVEST NEARS COMPLETION. Area harvesting of soybeans is well underway this week and nearing completion. Yields are reportedly running between 40 and 50 bushels per acre, very dry, and with a test weight of about 57. In photo above, you see Evan "Holker harvesting his field but a few miles north of Ortonville.