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O00.IND EN[)E00T Ilwith a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" TO FARMERS CO-OP ELEVATOR OF ORTONVILLE can be found elsewhere this issue, in of the recent installation of another new bin. The capacity of this bin is 165,000 bushels, lhe total elevator capacity now to a total of 820,000 bushels. You see the new bin at right in Crews repair railways with "assembly line on wheels" The "tie production gang", a crew of 52 men and women from all parts of the country, recently completed a 66 mile reconstruction of the railroad from Bristol, SD to Ortonville. According to Keith Samples, gang roadmaster from Burlington Northern Railroad, the crew laid about 58,000 new railroad ties along the stretch for the project, at an estimated cost of $4 million. The job, called "TPO-5", began in August and ended Oct. 16. Crews drove to work sites, stayed in motels along the way, and were driven to the sight each morning by a Burlington Northern bus. A job which used to be done completely by hand is now taken care of by a series of machines which are all diesel. Fuel is supplied via a tanker that travels with the group. Stored in central locations like Fargo, ND and Brainerd where they are maintained until there is a job, the machinery is loaded on flat box cars to be transported with the crew when needed. In what one worker referred to as an "assembly line on wheels", workers first go along the tracks firearms season opens inHilIMtrSortonvillepens area will be taking weekend as the first seasons opens this Saturday deer will more than likely be grouped in the wildlife management areas, as well as other places that still have cover," he said. "It all depends on what kind of weather hunters run into, but overall it should be another good season." This is the second year where hunters can purchase licenses anytime before or during the season they intend to hunt ............. However, if the license is purchased after the start of their season, the license is not validMtil the second day after it is issued. (For example, a license issued on a Saturday is not valid until Monday.) The exceptions are deer management and intensive harvest permits, which are valid immediately when issued as long as the appropriate regular license is also valid. Previously, all firearms licenses had to be purchased prior to the start of the firearms season, including licenses for seasons that start much later in November. According to the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook, this year, for the first time, youth-only antlerless permits are being offered to firearms hunters in some northern anflerless permit areasthat were restricted to bucks- only hunting last se.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.e.xon. The purpose of the new youth- only permits is to gradually introduce a limited harvest of antlerless deer in permit areas that have begun to show some recovery from losses caused by the severe winters of 1996 and 1997. If populations continue to recover in permit areas where the youth-only antlerless permits are authorized, the handbook stated it is expected that antlerless permits will be available to all hunters within one or two years. to Assistant Area er Mark Spoden, there was excellent !this spring and hunters tg many young deer, some good sized deer should make for a which begins this run from Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 8. The for area hunters will Nov. 14 through rays there are a few less and a half year old deer because of the harsh area had two years ago, shouldn&apos;t notice much early harvest this year, Dustin Hills has opened Hill Motors on Hwy. 75 in Ortonville. Hills has more than 10 years experi- ence in vehicle sales. Hill Motors has a nice selec- tion of vehicles for sale at reason- able prices. Dustin says if he doesn't have the vehicle you want he will get it for you. See ad inside for details. / Ortonville School conferences set Parent-teacher conferences for students at the James Knoll Elementary School in Ortonville who are in grades K-6 will be scheduled at the following times next week: Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. marking bad ties which need to be replaced. They are followed by a tie crane which unloads the new ties, and a spike puller machine, which pulls out the spikes from the old ones. Next in the operation is a TKO machine, which pulls up the old ties, followed by more laborers who take the old tie plates (the plates the ties are spiked to), out from under them. (Continued on page 5) iii Circulars inside * Cartwright Drug and Gift * Unger Furniture ! bune honors Artichoke's Charles Hanson A full page in geese his uncles shot near the family Canada geese. section of the farm on Artichoke Lake in western "It's a lifetime of work," Hanson Tribune of Oct. Minnesota. <- said. was devoted to "I'd watch tbm come in from the Collection goes public Charles Hanson lake with an assortment of water- The collection would be the envy are&Author fowl," Hanson said. "I'd sit spell of almost any-museum. Some of the Writer Doug Smith. bound. I remember thinking there has birds now are rare and no longer hunt- showed to be a way to preserve these gorgeous ed. Obtaining those birds today would his work, taken creatures." be nearly impossible. Hanson's col- Marlin He began dabbling in taxidermy, lection grew for years at his farm near the photos is His first attempts were, he acknowl- Ortonville, where he would occasion- here, with the edged, "pretty marginal." . ally show it to lmsloads of Boy Scouts a fine tribute to But that was a long time ago. and others who beard of it. area.) Hanson, now 62, eventually took to But Hanson recently decided the ***** taxidermy like, well, a duck to water, collection would best be in public in the 1940s, Charles He learned and refined his tech- hands, where it could be viewed and ducks and niqnes and soon had a small collection admired by more people, even after he of birds. "It mushroomed from a hum- is gone. A big-city museum wasn't gt ble start to what it is now," Hanson what be had in mind. on)s said. "I wanted it someplace close, so I What it is now is one of the largest could make adjustments and see that it Published and most impressive mounted bird was properly cared for, he said. And to l journal, Patient Care, collections in the United States and add to iL an instructional possibly the world. His collection So he donated it to the Big Stone includes more than 500 birds primari- County Historical Society in ly waterfowl, including virtually all of Ortonville. There, on a bluff over- North America's waterfowl. His arctic looking the Minnesota River valley sea duck display alone likely is and nearby South Dakota, Hanson unmatched anywhere, moved his uncle's 70-year-old ..... Hanson, a retired farmer, has trav- Artichoke Lake store to the museum fled the continent, including seven grounds, where it will house the col- times to Alaska, to hunt waterfowl, lection. Among the more exotic birds in his Come spring, the little county collection are elegant emperor geese museum's big addition will be open to from Alaska, beautiful Baikal teal the public. from Siberia and colorful Chiloe wid- "I think people will come from a geon from South America. distance to see it," he said. a hairsbreath" and Other birds will be more familiar Hanson, a softspoken man and' :-ray findings that to Minnesotans, including canvas- backs, widgeon, pintails, mallards and (Continued on page 3) Shelf Jaycees need Referrals Parents ofelementarystudents will receive letters with appointment 1 times, and there will be no classes for said. Families in Need 1mentary students on Friday, Nov. toroids,B&L Industries. w'hich aremanufactureSelectronic Man sentenced on "Parents of children in grades 7-12 components used on circuit boards in auto theft charge say that the Christmas Christmas time is a time to think a help from the community to bring are invited to attend conferences next computer-controlled devices such as William Charles Boerjan, 22 of way too early, and it bit about how fortunate we are, and some Christmas joy to needy families Thursday evening from 4 p.m. - 8 telephones, computers and Ortonville was sentenced Wednesday Halloween time may about how we might be able to help in our area. Through the combined p.m. in the elementary gym. No televisions. The company also has a in Big Stone County court on the to start thinking about someone whose Christmas nends may efforts of Feod Shelf, Jaycees, and the appointments are necessary for branch in Morgan, which is seeing charge of theft ofamotor vehicle. needs for Christmas. go beyond a PlayStation or a new community, many families and indi- parents of high schoolchildren. Boerjan was sentenced to 17 needs and viduals who would not be able to have several layoffs as well. and there are needs Starter jacket. "Right now there are no definite months in jail, along with $150 in County that last year- The Big Stone County Food Shelf a Christmas dinner with all the trim- yt dates for rehiring those who were laid fines which included $100 in and theOrtonvilleJaycees are seeking (ContinllgXl oo page 3) Vote Toda off,,, Johnson said. "We just hope to restitution. Due to losing one of its largest customers, Ortonville's B&L Industries is in the process of cutting back on employees until the situation is resolved, but will still be serving its other customers. According to owner Lon Johnson, more than 15 people from the Ortonville branch of the company have been laid off so far. "We've been cutting down to the bare minimum for a short while until we can see what the future holds," he get as many of them back as we can." He also stated even though there could be more cutbacks at both plants, salaries of cut:rent employees will not change. Johnson responded to rumors around the area about the plant closing its doors by saying, "At this point, it doesn't look like we'll be closing down completely," and if things go well we could be back where we were before by the end of next month." B&L Industries announces layoffs at Ortonville plant BIG STONE ARTS COUNCIL held a book signing event Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Ortonville's Public Library. Pictured are Krlsti Delage, illustrator of children's stories and Brent Olson, author of "The Lay of the Land, A View from the Prairie." Brent's book may be purchased at Arrow Drug in Clinton. The next book signing with Brent will be Nov. 13th at Clinton State Bank.