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Ortonville "Town with a heart" THE ":2 ,:~:~ 026 California Ave SW ]--29 Seattle WA 98136-1208 100 Ihh,h,h,,,ih,ih,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ii "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" I .=~z~ ~ . ":% ~:"~::~ : , " : " - ........... ..- ~. - ~:~ -. ~,~.:~:-~ .-~-~.::. ~ ,~- ..... ..... ., A FAMILIAR SIGHT was City Employees removing snow in Ortonville after a snowstorm dumped seven to 10 inches of snow in the area during the Christmas holiday. City workers are shown above removing snow on First and Main Street in Ortonville as well as the side hills. Ii Snowplows will be getting a good storm since Wednesday, Dec. 23 range work out this week after a Christmas from 10 to 16 inches in the Twin Cities blizzard dropped seven to 10 inches of and much of northern, central, western snow on the area. and southern Minnesota with the ex- The snowstorm started on Christ- ception of southeastern Minnesota mas Eve and started to wind down late around Rochester which has had lower Saturday. Interstate 29 and 90 in South snow amounts. The highest snow Dakota reopened on Sunday, but travel amounts have been near Duluth with conditions were slow as the light rain over 24 inches of snowfall. that fell before the snow made for poor In Ortonville, plows have been out traveling, since Saturday removing snow and Snowfall accumulations with this area residents have been getting good use out of their snowblowers and shov- els. Motorists are reminded that most area roads are still icy and slippery and should slow down their speed. With this snowstorm, and most certainly not our last, those venturing out on the roadways should remember to pack a survival kit. Blankets, flashlights, food, etc., are essential to have with Ortonville City Council members cided to wait until this spring. on the recommendation of the Golf Council members then approved the Board approved the 2010 Clubhouse 2010 Fall Membership fees of$130 Lease agreement with Darwin Asmus after Aug. 15 and $80 after Sept. 15. and Nancy Skalbeck for another year These were missed at the last Golf at their Dec. 21 meeting. The term of Board meeting. An item that was also the lease will be begin Apr. 15, 2010 missed at the last Golf board meeting and continuing through Apr. 14, 2011. concerned fees that the people that had The Council also approve the Club- prepaid the five year cart shed rental A resolution approving an applica- house basement upgrade. Darwin will pay more because of the change in tion to the Outdoor Recreation Grant Asmus came before the council to in- cart shed rental into trail fees. Council Program was passed by the council. form them that they would like to ren- members then approved a $100 dis- This grant is for the Trailhead Project. ovate the downstairs so that more count on 2010 trail fees for those that The City of Ortonville has the legal au- gatherings could be held at the Club- prepaid in the five year rental,thority to apply for financial assistance, house. He stated that due to a lack of In other business, the council ap: and financial capability to meet the space, they turned down some groups proved the appointment of Kathy match requirement and ensure ade- last summer because they did not have Korth as interim Ortonville Ambulance quate construction, operation, mainte- the room. Service Director. Korth will also be nance and replacement of the Trailhead The Council approved the renova- considered as a candidate for the offi- Project for its design life: The council tion not to exceed $6,600. According cial position when the City Council approved the resolutioo on a 6-1 vote to Asmus the Couple Tournament has names that position, with Councilman Mike Dorry voting agreed to donate $3,000 and the Men's Korth will serve on an interim basis no. Club is donating $2,000 towards the so she can immediatley address the de- The next meeting of the Ortonville renovation. They are also hoping an- ficiencies identified by the Minnesota City Council will be on Monday, Jan 4 other organization will donate to this Emergency Medical Services Regula- at 7 p.m. in the City Office Meeting project. Labor for the project is being tory Board (MSRB) that threaten the Room. Three new council members donated by various individuals and Ortonville Ambulance Service state li- and, one incumbent will be sworn in at groups, censing, this meeting. They include newly A resolution was passed to repaint The Council accepted the high bid elected Mayor David Dinnel and the bridge on hole #2 next spring or and approved the lease agreement for Councilmen Bob Meyer, Mel Reinke summer at a cost of $2,300. The bridge land adjacent to the Ortonville Munic- and Angela Doren. is need of a fix up and they were hop- ipal Airport to Brandon Nelson for ing to get it done this year but have de- $46,997.40. Others bids included MAKING GOOD USE OF THE SNOW THAT THE AREA RECEIVED LAST WEEK were from left to right, Bryn Stock, Cameron Larson and Jesse Roscoe. The three buill.this snowman, that stands about six and]~alf feet tall. They had a ton of fun building "Frosty" on Christmas Day evening. By Laurie Maas The Ortonville School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 21. Superintendent Jeff Taylor re- viewed the 2009-10 budget as part of the Truth-In-Taxation process. The general'- fund balance is $6,245,836 and this budget reflects the day to day operations of the school dis- trict. The food service budget balance is $371,561 and the community serv- ice budget balance is at $93,610. There are two expenses in the debt service fund which include a building payment of $707,400 and a QZAB bond pay- ment of $22,560. When the voters approved the build- ing project in 1996, the state aid was 50 percent and now the payment is all local levy. The trust fund has a balance of $81 250 and the interest on this money ~s used to fund scholarships. Enrollment projections were reviewed and it is estimated that over the next 5 years enrollment will drop by about 50 students. Consolidation statutes allow the dis- trict to combine referendums of the consolidating districts and the new dis- trict cannot levy for more than the combined total of the two districts. Or- tonville had a referendum of $900 per student and Bellingham had a referen- dum of $1,536 per student, therefore the combined referendum will be Snowmobile safety A youth snowmobile safety class will be held Tues. Jan. 5 and Thurs. Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m. and Sun. Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m. in room Bl12 at the Ortonville School. Cost for the class is $5 (paid by Women's VFW Auxiliary), and you must be 11 years old or older. A sign-up sheet is available at the Ortonville High School Office. Any questions, contact Alan Arndt at 839-2431. $1,039 per student. The total levy that the district has proposed is $1,649,966.02. The board passed the 2009 Payable 2010 levy. Bob Foley, Joan Foley, Liz Ketz, Lori Schafer, and Jane Anderson pre- sented information regarding Or- tonville student scores on MCA and MWEA testing. All students were pro- ficient in math in the district except in the special education area. Only two percent of special education students are exempt from testing, otherwise they must take the test at the grade level they are in. The teachers are using the data to improve the math curricu- lum in all grades. The board voted on the priority areas so they can work on goal setting for the year. These votes will be tabu- lated and then they will get together for a special meeting to work on the top three or four key areas. The board approved the Ortonville audit with the change that zeroed out the Fund 4 in Community Education due to increased costs in the pre-school program. The Bellingham audit was not complete and an extension was given so the board can approve it at the January meeting. In other business, the board ap- proved the 2007-2011 technology plan and the 5-year document retention plan (Continued on 3) you as.well as a cell phone. ~ ~-:~-- ..... ~ .~ ,rtonvllle { 1"-'-- _ ....... o=I Iffqll '#ZIP : :% ~ .... ~ ~ . r 2010 t , i ORTONVILLESPEClALEDUCATlONformedasinginggroupcalled the Special Edition. Members of the group are pictured above. Seated 1 ! Whempner. Middle row from left to right are Sawyer Olson, Adam Steven Walter for $45,387.90, Kevin " in front, from left to right are lulia Brown, Amber Karges and Shelby Gloege for $43,858.88 and Kelly Stat- | /I / 1 / " t ! Essington, Nick Karges and Zach Dittle. Back row left to right are Craig telman for $41,367.37. | 1 '11,4 Ilt .4 IIl, ..I I Emde and Josh Hasslen. A second reading of the ordinance | | 1|1 ! IA rll! "1 lip'1 II 1 i vacating Dakota Avenue was passed. | 14V M M,4! ! [ Council members then approved the t INDEPENDENT I adoption of the ordinace to vacate | ..................... ...... | Dakota Avenue. " -; ...... =- .......... class forms sin n! The Ortonville Special Education Members of the group include class formed a new singing group Julia Brown, Josh Hasslen, Amber called the Special edition. They meet Karges, Craig Emde, Shelby once a week on Fridays and practice Whempner, Zach Dittle, Sawyer singing and playing precussion instru- Olson, Nick Kargas and Adam ments. Essington. Since October, they have been Teachers and paraprofessionals practicing a variety of Christmas that helped make this program a suc- songs and put on a Christmas Concert cess are Anne Johnson, Gayla Athey, for their parents. They also performed Becky 'Block, Jennifer Block, Marie for the residents of FairwayView and Papaso, Sandy Paulsen, Diane Rieck, Lakeside Apartments. Julie Thymian and Cindy VonEschen. Baby Contest Prizes Galore In Store For. First Baby Born Here In 2010! (DETAILS INSIDE THIS ISSUE) Bloodmobile in County Next Week Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities in Big Stone County: Tuesday, Dec. 29 - Ortonville - New Life Baptist Church - 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Sue - 839-3860 Wednesday, Dec. 30 - Beardsley - United Methodist Church - 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Carol - 265-6250 Thursday, Dec. 31 - Clinton - Memorial Building - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gerry - 325-5296 How to Donate Blood Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1- 800-448-3543) or visit giveblood- to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permis- sion in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements The Environmental Quality Incen- tives Program (EQIP) is a federally funded program providing cost sharing and incentive payments to assist pro- ducers in establishing conservative practices on their land. During 2009, over $247,000 was re- ceived for conservation practices in Big Stone County. In the past cost- share and/or incentive payments have been paid for residue management (strip-till, no-till, mulch-till), pre- scribed grazing, fencing, water devel- opments, shelterbelts/field windbreaks, grass seeding, prescribed burning on native prairie, grass waterways, sedi- ment basins and well sealing. During recent years there has been musch interest in EQIP. Each year a Local Work Group (LWG) meets to ad- dress the natural resqurce concerns and set funding priorities for the 2010 EQIP sign-up. The Local Work Group membership is limited to Federal, State, County, or local government representatives. Local input is encouraged from the public prior to the LWG meeting. A local input listeqaing session will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Pizza Ranch in Ortonville at 10:30 a.m. Fol- lowing the Public Input Session the LWG will meet at 11:00 a.m. to set funding priorities. For those needing assistance with sign language interpreters, Braille, large print or other alternati:ve formats, contact Krecia Leddy, District Conser- vationist at 342 NW 2nd St., Or- tonville, MN 56278 or by phoning 320-839-6149 by Jan. 8 for the re- quired accommodations.