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Board approves 2011-2012 levy Derek Flanagan from Eide Bailly presented the 2010-2011 audit of the Ortonville School District at the Or- tonvil!e School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. There was a down- ward trend on available cash and liq- uidity. This trend is largely due to the State's policy of delayed payments of general education revenue. Due to state mandated tax shifts local levy revenue increased and state revenue decreased by $341,475. Compared to 42 districts nearly the same size, the Ortonville School was very comparable in all service areas. Last month the board certified the 2011 payable 2012 levy document for the maximum amount Superintendent Jeff Taylor reviewed the changes to the levy document since then and there was an increase from the previous doc- ument, but the levy amount was still 9.98 percent lower than last year. Eide Bailly has been doing the school's audit since 1999 and had sub- mitted a three year letter of engage- ment for the board's consideration. A local CPA asked to be considered for future audits as well. Board members stated that they were pleased with Eide Bailly and did not want to change something that is working well. Lisa Berdan and students from her dramatic literature class were available to present information about their play that addresses bullying and helps peo- ple understand the concept of empathy. The school plans to implement school wide anti-bullying activities to coin- cide with the play that they hope to present in December or January. In other business, the board ap- proved the 2011-2011 Seniority list and appointed Jeff Taylor as the Human Rights, Title IX, and 504 coordinator. The board approved Kristin Roe as junior high Knowledge Bowl supervi- sor and Sara Wollschlager as Trojan Tech Supervisor. They also approved food service contracts with Lisa Joi and Michele Fredrichsen. A pairing agreement with CGB for .gymnastics was approved at the meet- rag. This pairing agreement will begin with the 2011-2012 school year, The board dissolved the previous hockey agreement due to changes in participating schools. Minnewaska School wishes to not continue their participation. The board then approved the new hockey agreement that will in- clude CGB. The Ortonville School has a balance of $117,000 in the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) account. If the money is not used for qualified ex- penses before March of 2012, the board has the option of using the bal- ance to help pay back the bond princi- pal. Technology expenses are eligible QZAB expenses. At the previous meeting, the board had asked for information about IPAD's. Superintendent Taylor re- viewed information that he had re- ceived from a school using the IPAD's for grades 5-12. The board directed Taylor to look into implementing an IPAD program using the QZAB funds. The nextmeeting of the Ortonville School Board will be on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the school library. More motorists buckling up following seat belt campangn Ninety-one percent of Ortonville area motorists are buckling up follow- ng 2011 Click It or Ticket enhanced Seat belt education and enforcement campaigns that occurred in May and October, according to the Ortonville Police Department. Ortonville Police Department con- ducted informal belt observational sur- veys of motorists earlier this year. "It's encouraging more motorists are making safe decisions," says Or- tonville Chief of Police Jason Mork. "The math is simple, the more of us buckling up, the fewer preventable tragedies there will be." in Big Stone County during the last three years, zero unbelted motorists were killed and two were seriously in- jured. Statewide during this same pe- riod; 409 unbelted motorists were killed and 814 suffered serious, life-al- tering injuries. Seat belts must be worn correctly -- low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back. During the October seat belt cam- paign, Oct. 14-27, officers enforced the state's primary seat belt law that re- quires passengers in all seating posi- tions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Ortonville Police De- partment issued zero seat belt and zero child restraint citations during the two week effort. The campaign also included en- forcement of Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law which re- quires children to use a booster seat starting after they have outgrown a for- ward-facing harnessed restraint (typi- cally 40-60 pounds, depending on seat's weight limitations). Children should remain in a booster until they are age eight or 4 feet 9 inches tall whichever comes first. It is recom- mended, however, to keep a child in a booster based on their height rather than age. Boosters help adult seat belts fit children correctly. The Click It or Ticket seat belt edu- cation and enforcement campaign is a component of the state's Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vi- sion of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and pro- moting safe and smart driving behav- ior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes education, enforcement, engineer- ing and emergency trauma response. Plathe to perform in Augustana College Fall Band Concert Bellingham native, Lindsay Plathe, a Senior at Augustana College and member of the College/Community Band (Comet), will perform in the Au- gustana Band Fall Concert, set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center. Lind- say is the daughter of John and Marl Plathe. The concert will feature guest soloist, Greg Hustis, principal hem of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of Jeremy Hegg's transcription of "Concerto for Horn .... and String Orchestra" by Eric Ewazen. Hegg is a 1994 graduate of Augustana. He and his brother, Jon '99, make up The Hegg Brothers, a popular local singing-and-piano-playing duo. The Band, under the direction of Dr. Brace Ammann, iS an 80-piece ensem- ble comprised of student musicians representing a variety of majors and professional play, The Augustana College/Community Band is a group of nearly 130 college students and community members in- cluding physicians, teachers, lawyers, airline pilOts and more, who gather to share their love of instrumental music and the opportunity to continue in its study, despite their busy professional lives. The Augustana Band performance will include the following selections: "...Go," by Samuel R. Haze "Slalom," by Carter Pann "Concerto for Hem and String Or- chestra," by Eric Ewazen. transcription by Jeremy Hegg, featuring Greg Hus- tis, guest hem soloist. The Augustana College/Community Concert Band performance will in- clude the following selections: "Ignition," by Todd Stalter "Rhapsodic Celebration," by Robert Sheldon "On the Merrimack," by Andrew Boysen, Jr. "The Avenger March," by Karl L. King, arr. By Gene Milford Tickets are $5 for adults; free for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at or by calling 605-274-5320. Workplace injury rate near all-time low in Minnesota A recent survey estimates Minnesota's workplace injury and ill- ness rate to be near an all-time low. According to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the state had an estimated 3.9 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) work- ers in 2010. This is up slightly from the 2009 estimate of 3.8 cases per 100 FTE workers, but substantially below the rate of 5.1 from five years ago (2005). It is also the second-lowest since the survey began in 1972. The survey estimated the number of Minnesota's nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses to be 76,700 for 2010, down from 78,100 for 2009 and 104,100 for 2005. "We are encouraged by these results," said Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry commissioner. "They are a positive sign that more worksites con- tinue to make employee safety and health an integral part of their day-to- day operations." member and Honor Those Who Have Served or Are Serving Our Country! Bring in a photo of a family member, friend or neighbor who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces. Cost is $10.00 The Ortonville Independent will publish the photos in their Veterans Day issue dated Nov. 8, 2011. Please send payment and photo to: KENNEI'H KIIIIFLER Ortonville Independent, PO Box 336, Ortonville, MN ........ ,1967-69, Vietnam 1968-69 56278, Photos may be returned by enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Photos may also be e tailed  ail@ortc ,viii, =, I,ne" ,s Noon on Nov. 3, I ORTONVILLE BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS EARN DANCER BADGE. To earn the "Dancer" badge, the girls first earned about ballet, including some basic positions, from Natalie and Hannah Strei. The girls then attended the Continental Ballet Company's "Cinderella" production held at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Pictured with some of the dancers are Girl Scouts Tenley Wildung, Naomi Sherod, Taylor Ross, Kelly. Ericks0n, Keely Foley, Tia Cloos, Isabella Davis, MCKenzie Huebner, McKenzie Anderson, Melissa Wellendorf, Paige Seidell and Juliana Zepeda. "RED LAKE FALLS GIRLS" were a part of the group, along with the Red Lake Falls boys, enjoying pheasant hunting the second weekend of the season. 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