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October 13, 1998

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Onolle heart" 0/100 H E IN'DE.A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community.E N D E T RADIO SHACK OWNERS, Steve and Joan Stern, shown here in front of their all-new invite everyone to their Grand Opening underway this week. io Shack to hold grand ing this week in Ortonville Shack of Ortonville is nts grand opening this Oct. 17, with door throughout the store. and Joan Stern invite Stop in to register for and for free cookies and see the wide variety of consumer electronics offered at Radio Shack, including a full line of Zenith televisions and VCRs, home and automobile speakers and stereos, DirectTV and Primestar satellite receivers, telephones, electronic components, the Compaq line of computers with great financing deal, invited to stop in and bowhunters seeing results this season home security systems, camcorders, radio controlled vehicles and hand- held games. Plus, there are more than 400,000 items available through the Radio Shack catalog. Working with high tech gadgets is not new to Steve, since he and Joan have owned Big Stone Cellular in the same location for the past five years. Three years ago, the business added the DirectTV line, which offerS satellite programs with hundreds of channels for complete home entertainment. "I chose to start the cell phone (Comieued oil page 8) New administrator hired at OAHS Effective Nov. 2, 1998, Paul Anderson will be assuming the position of Administrator of Ortonville Area Health Services. He has agreed to a contract through the Spring of 1999. He was the finalist in the recent search for an administrator. He and his wife, Suzanne, have four children. As part of his duties, Paul will be a very visible community citizen and will be responsible for developing the strategic plan for Ortonville Area Health Services in conjunction with neighboring communities. Anderson comes to Ortonville after a long, professional career as the hospital administrator in Decorah, IA, where he worked both for the County Board and, prior to that, with Rochester Methodist Hospital, a Mayo Health System facility. this season has seen in Big Stone County, hunters coming home Baker of Ortonville four point buck he shot 24. Baker stated he Big Stone National e of Odessa and he good luck there. Kelly Stattelman, 14 doe he shot along the home along Highway 7 Ortonville. He bagged on Sunday, Sept. Son of Joel and Kathy said he has gotten a doe 'Years in the same special else hunts in. He also in the fall and enjoys and geese, too. season this year 19-Dec. 31. "We turnout of hunters of .s year, and plenty of home good-sized Soehren, Area for the DNR, Kiwanis Club celebrates 75th anniversary The 75th anniversary of the Ortonville Kiwanis club was celebrated last Saturday night at the New Life Community Center. Many dignitaries from the Minnesota-Dakota's District were on hand to install the new officers of the local club, induct new members and present awards. The original gavel, presented in 1923 by the sponsoring Downtown Kiwanis club of Minneapolis, was used to call the anniversary meeting to order Lt. Governor Brett Jacobsen presented District Governor, Bernadine Martin of Duluth, Minnesota with a granite name plate for her desk as a memento of her visit. A division council meeting for the officers of the 11 clubs in division 16 was held before the banquet while the spouses were given a tour of the Historical Society museum by Judy Drewicke. Entertainment at the banquet was provided by The Meyer Sisters, Mark Lindquist and Leonard Johnson. The meal was catered by The Too Made Cafe and served by members of the high school Key Club. Advisors named "Friends of 4-H" at achievement night Three adult advisors were selected as "Friends of 4-H" and recognized for their contributions to the Big Stone County 4-H program at the annual 4-H Achievement Night held Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Memorial Building in Clinton. Sarah Krueger of Beardsley is a lifetime member of 4-H. After I I years of active 4-H membership, she has continued her involvement as a 4- H adult leader. Throughout her 4-H career she has been a consumer decision making team leader and recently has served as coach, chaperone and teacher. She has been involved with the 4- H financial-food stand committee and has served as food stand manager for the past two years. Her skills in the food service and business industries have helped the 4-H program greatly. Council seeks member for Mark Chase of Clinton has worked on the club, county and project level of 4-H. He has been actively involved with the 4-H county livestock committee and has been" instrumental in several county fair improvement projects involving livestock and the food stand. He enjoys working with kids and helped set up project bowl teams this past year, as well as serving as general livestock coach. Mark is always willing to give a hand when he can to help get the project done. Tracy Kellen of rural Beardsley wants to "give back to 4-Hers what I learned", and is doing just that. She is a past Cass County 4-Her and upon moving to the area has been "giving back" to Big Stone County 4-Hers. She was instrumental in helping monthly horse project meetings get started and has served as a training instructor for summer horse riding lessons. Her enthusiasm and willingness to serve as a coach has helped children get interested in forming horse project bowl, hippology and horse judging teams. Tracy has also provided insights into the livestock and other committee programming. Carrie Ann Olson, Extension Educator, stated "We are lucky to have such caring, committed and talented people involved in the Big Stone County 4-H Youth Development Program. Congratulations to our friends of 4- " available seat In order to fill the open position on the Ortonville City Council, the council has asked for those interested to write out a "vision statement" of where they see the city going in the next five years. According to Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson, potential candidates for the position previously held by the late Butch Mittelsteadt are asked to write out what changes they foresee for Ortonville in a five year timespan. He stated at last Monday's meeting that this would be an effective way to determine who would be best for the r)sition. "We want to see what goals potential council members hope to accomplish, and seeing it in writing will give them all a fair shot and make our decision as a council that much easier," he said. "I encourage anyone interested to voice their concerns and thoughts for the future of Ortonville". According to the city charter, any registered voter 18 years of age and a resident of Ortonville is eligible for the opening. Ellingson asked that the statements be turned in to the city office by this Friday, Oct. 16 in order to give the council time to view them. A decision on filling the vacancy could be made at the next City Council meeting Monday, Oct 19. THE "FRIEND OF 4-H AWARD" was given to these lucky recipients at the annual H awards banquet held Sunday evening, Oct. 4. Shown from left to right are Sarah Krueger, Mark Chase and Tracy Kellen. Man in custody following violation of release orders William Edward Christie, 73 of Clinton, was taken into custody Wednesday following violation of his release conditions set in Big Stone County court. He had pled guilty to two of six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree at a hearing Sept. 23, and was then released awaiting sentencing, according to Big Stone County court documents. According to Big Stone County Deputy Sheriff David Hills, Christie allegedly had contact with a minor following the Sept. 23 hearing where his conditions of release were established. One of those conditions, according to court documents, was that Christle have no contact with any vulnerable person or person under 18 years of age, under penalty of arrest. Hills stated Christie is currently being held in the Lac qui Parle County jail in Madison on $10,000 bond. He will face sentencing on the charges next Wednesday, Oct. 21. Write-in votes sought for school board seats board will accept the candidate with the highest number of write-in votes following the election. If that candidate declines, the board will appoint someone to fill the seat. In the past, the school board election was held in May at the school. This year for the first time, instead of voting at the school, voters will be cast their ballots for school board positions at their regular polling places set for the general election Nov. 3 Term limits for the board have changed for this election, with board members now serving a four year term instead of the original three year term. As with the county, state and federal elections, absentee ballots are available at the Big Stone County Auditor's Office in the Big Stone County courthouse. With the Nov. 3 general election approaching and. only one of the two available seats on the Ortonville School Board filed for, voters will be asked to write in their choices for the remaining position. Two seats on the board, held by Ron Thompson and Jim Nelson are up for re-election this year, and as of the Sept. 8 closing date for filings, only incumbent Thompson had filed. To fill the position, the school OVER 80 YEARS OF PERFECT ATTENDANCE. That's the sum held by two Ortonville Kiwanians, Jim Geier (47) and Jack Gable (34) who were so honored at the club's 75th anniversary celebration last Saturday night. Doing the honors of pinning on Jim is Bernadine Martin, Duluth, Kiwanis Governor of the Minnesota-Dakota's Division. Waiting for his pin to Jim's right is Jack. At left is Kiwanis President Jan Schmidt. Looking on with approval at rear is'Brett Jacobsen, new Kiwanis Lt. Governor, Division 16. The diamond celebration was held in Ortonville's New Life Community Baptist Church.