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16810 SCF SEATFLE, WA Srnalltownpapers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 2/1/2100 "'"'"'"'""""""',,,,",2,.,,,Ll,,,i,l,.,,,t,,. Ortonville "Town with a heart" T HE "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" WORK IS PROGRESSING at the Ortonville Hospital as the new patient wing lower level has been dug as shown above. This is Phase II of the hospital replacement project which should be completed in about a year. Hasslen Construction of Ortonville is heading the hospital project. ill rvl Fifty-eight Minnesota hospitals campaign's required safety measures, requirements are based on national this month received a total of 85 such as verifying that they are reposi- and state best practices. They're also awards recognizing their superior tioning at-risk patients at least every based on participating hospitals' shar- efforts to prevent the most prevalent two hours to prevent pressure ulcers, ing of information about adverse adverse health events. "These awards set the bar very health events that occurred at their The Minnesota Hospital high," said MHA Patient Safety Vice facilities. Association's Patient Safety President Tania Daniels. "Winning Ortonville Area Health Services Excellence Awards honor hospitals hospitals have achieved measurable was the recipient of the SAFE participating in at least one of the and meaningful progress toward COUNT award. association's four safety campaigns to implementing best practices to drive In this round of winners, First Care prevent': pressure ulcers, or bedsores; down adverse events." Medical Services of Fosston tqok top ~falls;~wrong-site invasiveprocedures The fir~ :ound of winners in thehonors for earning awards in all fou~ and foreign objects retained during new recognition program were named categories. The campaigns are called labor and delivery, in June. Every quarter, MHA willSAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS, To qualify, hospitals must have announce any new qualifiers. SAFE SITE and SAFE COUNT. implemented at least 90 percent of a Each campaign's improvement The general election will be taking place on November 4. There will be one race for Big Stone County Commissioner, that in District 1 where Walter Wulff of Graceville is chal- lenging incumbent Doug Tomschin. Brent Olson is running unop- posed in District 3 and Joe Berning is unopposed in District 5. Howard Tomschin Janssen who cur- rently represents District 5 decided not to run for anoth- er term. The Ortonville Independent asked each candidate two questions, in 100 words or less, about the position they are running for. The first question is "What do you feel is the most impor- tant issue facing the county?" and "Why would you make a good county commissioner?" Doug Tomschin 1 .) Although the county has a multi million dollar budget each and every year. There is only a rather small per- centage of that the county commission actually has the ability to manipulate. Salaries, employer FICA, cafeteria plans etc. take a great majority of the revenue. Since this is the elephant in the living room, so to speak, it is the most obvious task to tackle. Also the most difficult. Reduction in staff by combining offices and cross training people is one avenue. We must restructure how we deliver services to save time and money. Additionally interactive video is a technology we need to utilize on a broader scale to cut down on travel and associated expenses. There are so many more issues to address, but I will stop here. 2.) There are of course good county commissioners and bad county com- missioners. Just like there are good and bad anything else. I think what makes me a good county commis- sioner, is listening. Wul'ff Not just hearing, but really, really listening. Then asking for information where I still think I'm shy on understanding. Once you have put together the facts, now you can make an informed deci- sion. But that is not nearly the end. There are four other board members. You can have all the facts that you may think you need. But if you can't put them together in a cohesive, and persuasive manner, you have lost the battle. Leadership is a simple task, best shown by example, enhanced by experience, and tempered by patience. This is why I feel I make a good coun- ty commissioner. Lastly I would like to commend my opponent Mr. Wulff for taking the opportunity to run for public office. It is a rewarding endeavor, that gives back much more than it takes, in both time and effort. Walter Wulff 1.) I feel maintaining our popula- tion by expanding services such as the telecommunications area, is just one of the many issues facing our county. We also need to keep working on maintaining our county roads, and Five candidates three positions on School Board in the mary election. Those running in this years election include Marlowe Klepel, Kathi Thymian, Brent Zahrbock, Renee Eustice and Harley Helgeson. Absentee ballots have been mailed out to registered voters, who may Klepel vote at any time. The Ortonville Independent asked each candidate two questions about will be vying for the Ortonville November 4 pri- their running for the Ortonville School Board. The first question was "What do you think the most important issue is facing the school district?" and the second question was "Why do you feel you would 'make a good can- didate for the Ortonville School Board?" Marlowe Klepel Thymian 1). I believe the most important issues at this time are .bringing the consolidation of the Members of the American Legion Atixiliary, Gertje Van Lith Post #229 of Big'Stone City, SD were treated to a special presentation by 1st Lt. Travis Lieb last week. Travis has been serving in Iraq since January 2008 with the South Dakota Army National Guard, Battery B. 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery. Lieb was discharged from the SD Guards to be reappointed to the U.S. Army to attend Judge Advocate General school which starts Oct. 26 in Charlottesville, VA. Lieb is a Big Stone City native, having graduated from Ortonville High School in 1995. He attended the Information needed for those serving in military Laurie Maas and Kelly Gustafson of the Ortonville School are in the process of working on the Veterans Day program and would like to get some information from the men and women in the Ortonville area that are currently serving in the military. They are planning a power point showing members of the military that are currently serving our country. They need to get their name, rank, unit, branch, years of service, spouse and children information, and a short reason they joined the military. Please include a military picture to go along with it. Information and picture can be e- mailed or sent to Laurie Maas at the Ortonville School. Her email address is laurie.maas@ ortonville.kl 2.mn.us and the address at school is 200 ~a~xx~jan Drive, Ortonville, MN 56278. If anyone has any questions, they can them at the Ortonville School at 839-6181. U.S. Military Academy and graduated soul searching. He decided to go to from West Point in 1999 with a law school at the University of South Bachelor of Science degree in general Dakota in Vermillion. management. Lieb had always want- ed to have a career in the military. "I thought if I couldn't fight the Unfortunately due to a medical condi- bad guys on the battlefield, I'd fight tion, Lieb was unable to fulfill his them in the courtroom," said Lieb. officers duties in the Army and took a Though he liked the idea of prac- four and half year break from the mil- ticing law, he really wanted to ~zive itary. (Continued on page 3) During this time Lieb did a lot of '4 ! GUEST OF HONOR was 1st Lt. Travis Lieb at the Big Stone American Legion Auxiliar),'s October meeting. Lieb is Shown above with his parents Phyllis Lteb and George Lieb of Big Stone City, SD. They are shown above with tapestry pillow and rugs from Iraq. I especially our township roads. Making hard choices between all these Whatever other issues may arise, I clashing priorities wiU be the greatest Hyden evaluation completed, will work hard to represent the patrons challenge coming up in the next four " ~ of the District. 2.) Having served over 20 years on the Moonshine Township Board and three years with Planning and Zoning, it has kept me up to date with the issues of the county. I have spent time work- Oison ing with the County Engineer and Watershed District on various issues and feel I will represent the patrons of District 1 to the best of my ability. Being a res- ident of Big Stone County all my life, I feel this is a good opportunity to give back to the community. Brent Oison 1.) I believe the most important issue facing the county is, "How do we keep the problems of Wall Street and Washington from trickling down to affect our county government?" Due to prudence and careful planning for many years, Big Stone County has no debt and some reserves to tide us over. But on the other hand, the coun- ty has projects that should be complet- ed and citizens in need to whom we are committed to helping. There are actions county government can take to spur economic development and make this area more prosperous for busi- nesses and more desirable for resi- dents, but our taxpayers are already heavily burdened by taxation; no mat- ter which candidate wins the election, those burdens are likely to grow. Ortonville and Bellingham Districts to completion. There are still issues that need to be dealt with. Absolutely the most important issue is giving our students the best education we can, and making our school a place where students want to be and par- ents want their children to attend. 2). I have expe- rience in dealing with the issues fac- Zahrboek ing our school. I have always and will continue to put the welfare and education of our stu- years. 2) I have four years on the job as a county commis- sioner and many years, of experi- ence in dealing with the issues that affect our area. I've worked for wages and met a payroll. Big Stone County is my Berning home, I've lived here all my life. I'm very proud to live here and it is r~y burning desire to help this area l~'osper and grow so our children and grandchildren can enjoy the good life here, too. Joe Berning 1.) One of the biggest issues is the economy, and what the effects of the stock market and other factors are going to have in the future. We have seen cuts in programs and aid for the last several years. Meeting these issues in the future will be a very dif- ficult and challenging task. Trying to keep taxes down, existing programs in place and people employed is not going to be easy. 2.) I can get along with most peo- ple. I am a good listener and I am familiar with the county government process. Someone once told me years ago before I was Sheriff that if I had common sense, some compassion and was even tempered most of the time I would do well. I think I have most of those traits and am looking forward to using them in county government. =1 dents first. My experience from work- ing with the Bellingham School Board on consolidation will be a big asset in dealing, with all the remaining issues facing our new dis- trict. I will contin- ue to look at all issues with an open mind and be able to compromise with other board members so we do what is best for the students and school. Kathi Eustice Thymian 1). I believe one of the most impor- ITV hearing set Oct. 21 The two evaluations, requested by may file an objection to the Rule the defense attorney for Christopher 20.01 portion of the report of the I Hyden, age 28, have been completed, examiner. according to Big Stone County Hyden was charged with two iI Attorney William Watson. counts of attempted premeditated murder in the first degree, one count i of attempted murder in the first l i On August 13th, the Big Stone Coiunty Court ordered a psychologi- cal evaluation under Rule 20.01 of degree while committing criminal the Rules of Criminal Procedure to sexual conduct with force, two counts determine if the defendant is compe- of attempted murder in the second tent to proceed to trial and under Rule degree, not premeditated, and two 20.02 of the Rules of Crimina.l counts of first degree assault, great Procedure, to examine the defendent bodily harm. The charges stemmed concerning a mental illness or mental from an incident in Clinton on Friday, deficiency defense at the time of trial. August 1, 2008 when a woman and Release of the contents of the her daughter were attacked. report is restricted at this time, but~he Following the August 13th court court has scheduled a hearing on appearance, Hyden was taken to competency matter (Rule 20.01) for Kandiyohi County for incarceration and remains at the Kandiyohi County jail; bail was set at $600,000. October 21,2008 at 1:45 p.m. on ITV. under tlae Rules e~ther party k ATV stolen near HWY 7, 12 junction in Ortonville The Ortonville Police Department reports that a 2008 Arctic Cat 500 ATV, owned by GoFasters of Ortonville, was stolen near the Highway 12 and 7 Junction by the Holiday Station Store on Thursday, Oct. 9. A reward is being offeredl If anyone has any information, contact the Ortonville Police Department at 839-6161. taut issues facing our school is money. The school dollars we get from the State is tied directly to the number of students we have. Yes, it will help and it will be great with the addition of Bellingham stu- dents. But with the state of economy as it is, we cannot depend on much of an increase, if any at all, in state aid. Raising taxes is not an option either. HelQeson (Continued on page 7) KDIO Temps Hi Low Oct. 12 66 48 rain Oct. 13 52 37 Oct. 14 61 34 Oct. 15 54 37 Oct. 16 55 30 Oct. 17 51 42 Oct. 18 63 36 Public invited to attend Freedom Support Group The community is invited to join the Freedom Support Group for their next open meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 28. The meeting will begin at 7 p,m. in the Appleton TACC/Armory. The Freedom Support Group's main goal is to help past, present and future military personnel, and their families. All branches of the United States military - National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard - can find community referral and spiritual resources through the Freedom Support Group. If you are a Soldier, in any way related to a Soldier, or just interested , in supporting local military personnel, you are encouraged to attend the Freedom Support Group's open meet- ing Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the " Appleton TACC. ! t . , I .k