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"Every hunter assumes an incredi- ble responsibility when he or she picks up a sporting firearm and heads afield," said Hammer. "It's up to the hunter to make sound shooting deci- sions. If there's even the slightest hint something isn't right, the hunter should not shoot. There will be other opportunities. Wait for the next chance and take pride in knowing you made the right choice." Some major changes will take place for the 2008 deer hunt. Changes include: Scott McMahon be held at Ortonville School graduates FBI Academy Gustafson, Eddie Ortega, Dylan Loraff, Jazmine Sletten and Alex Gustafson. Amanda Maas, a 2006 graduate of OHS will also be a part of the program. From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, our Veterans have borne the costs of America's wars and they have stood watch over America's peace. The American people are grateful to the veterans and all who have fought for our freedom. Veterans Day is dedicated to all who answered the call to service. whether they live in honor among us, or sleep in valor beneath our sacred ground. We give thanks for the 24 million Americans who strengthen our nation with their example of ser- vice and sacrifice. Our veterans are drawn from many generations and from many backgrounds. Some charged across great battlefields. Some fought on the high seas. Some patrolled the open skies. And all contributed to the character and to the greatness of America. On this Veterans Day, we're hum- bled by the strong hearts of those who have served our country. Many of our veterans bear the commitments to those who have risked their lives for our freedom. As we raise our flag and as the bugle sounds, we remember that the men and women of America's Armed Forces serve a great cause. They follow a great tradition, handed down to them by America's veterans. We give thanks for the freedom we enjoy because of their willingness to serve. In honor of our area Veterans and their families, the Ortonville School is holding its 5th Annual Veterans Day program on Tuesday, November 1 lth at 1:30 p.m. in the school auditorium Charles Angels Group will be provid- ing coffee and cookies following the program. A free will donation will be accepted to help with their efforts to support our troops. Please come and pay tribute to those who have and are continuing to protect the United States of America. A Readers Theater Program will consist of High School students Jacob Berger, Matt Fellows, Ben Gere, Nicole Gulley, Mike Lee, Ross McLaughlin, Kelsey Reisdorph, Jeb Thune and Sean Watldns. Elementary students participating in the program include Hannah Mathes, Mackenzie Grand jury indicts Hyden on five counts, judge sets $1 million bail An indictment was issued from the of attempted murder in the second ' working with Big Stone County. degree. These last four counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. This indictment stems from an alleged stabbing of a Clinton woman and alleged stabbing and alleged criminal sexual conduct on her daugh- ter in Clinton on Aug. 1. When asked by Judge Gerald Seibel, who presided over the court proceedings, if he had anything to say, Hyden indicated no. Hyden's attorney Kent Marshall of Barrett asked the judge for a Rule 20 Evaluation which determines if the defendant is competent to proceed to trial and to examine the defendant concerning a mental illness or mental deficiency defense at the time of a trial. Matthew Frank, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota is Attorney William Watson on the pros- ecution of this case. .; Frank asked the judge .to increase the bail to $1 million due to the seri- ousness of the alleged crimes. Judge Seibel did not rule on the Rule 20 Evaluation. He dismissed all previous charges against Hyden in this matter, upholding the grand jury indictment on the five felony counts. Seibel set bail at $1 million. Marshall is the court appointed public defender representing Hyden in this matter. Hyden is being held in Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. Attorneys will be scheduling conferences later this week to determine when the next proceedings will take place. Scott McMahon, a former Big Stone City resi- dent fand 1989 graduate o f:::: Ortonville Highi School. was recently among the 250 graduatesi from the FBIi Nationall Academy in[ Washington, D.C. The 10-week course offered advanced investigative, management, :.f fitness training; returning to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. The FBI National Academy began in 1935 and has had 41,948 graduates in the law enforcement work. Scott is the Assistant Chief of Police in Watertown, SD and has been with that department since 1994. Scott is married to the former Kerri Hamann of Ortonville. They have a son, Dylan, 11, and a daughter, Carissa, 9. His parents are Gerald (Joe) and Sue McMahon of Big Stone City, SD. Ortonville Police investigate broken car windows The Ortonville Police Department responded to a call on Saturday, Nov. 1 that the windows had been broken on a Chevy Tahoe owned by Kelly Dockter who resides in Ortonville. According to Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann, a BB was found in the car. The incident is still under investigation. If anyone had any information about the incident, please contact the 0rtonville Police Department at 839- 6161. grand jury in Big Stone County Court Friday afternoon, Oct. 31 against Christopher Hyden, 28, of Clinton. He was indicted on five felony counts, including first degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree. A grand jury, made up of 16 to 23 Big Stone County residents, had been called for the purpose of handing down an indictment for a felony count which could carry a maximum sen- tence of life in prison. The grand jury decision was earlier that day. Hyden was indicted for the follow- ing felony counts: criminal sexual conduct in the first degree which car- des a maximum sentence of life in prison due to the heinous elements of the crime; two counts of attempted murder in the first degree; two counts -The all-season deer and multi- zone buck licenses have been elimi- nated. Hunters can now purchase three .stand-alone licenses (archery, firearm, and muzzleloader). -The traditional firearm zone licenses (1A, 2A. 3A. 3B. 4A, 4B) have been consolidated into two licenses types: statewide season Option A and Late-Season Season Option B. -Statewide "A" is valid in any open area during the Statewide A Season, which begins Nov. 8 -Season 3B is valid only durirg the traditional 3B season in southeastern Minnesota, which begins Nov. 22. -Zone 4 has been eliminated and the permit areas have been moved to Zone 2 and renumbered. -All firearm deer hunters may now buy a muzzleloader license (including southeast 3B hunters). -The centerfire cartridge restriction has been simplified. All centerfire cartridges .220 or greater are legal for (Continued on page 3) .:.i" :,:::.::.::? :' . ::, "e: ". :.. . EVERYONE CAME OUT FOR HARVEST MADNESS last Friday on Ortonville's Main Street including these two half miniature Dachshund and miniature Shelty dogs. On tlie left is Pirate "Willy" and the right is witch "Kiki", who are owned by Michele Stein of Ortonville. Big Stone City fire destroys garage, damages vehicles A fire early Monday morning destroyed a garage at the Mike Wojahn residence in Big Stone City, SD. At approximately 2:45 a.m., the Big Stone City Fire Department responded to a call that a garage was on fire at the Mike Wojahn residence at 404 Second'Avenue. According to Big Stone City Fire Chief Joe Wiik, upon arrival, the garage was engulfed in flames. The fire then spread to a garage to the north owned by Jim Smith where a motorhome and vehicle received minor damage. According to Wiik, the fire was extinguished at approximately 4 a.m. Wiik stated that the Wojahn garage was a total loss, and their house received some damage to the siding, There was considerable damage to the Smith garage. There were no injuries at the fire. Responding to the scene were the Big Stone City Fire Department and the Ortonville Ambulance. Also respond- ing to the scene were the Big Stone City Electrical Supervisor as a power- line had fallen and needed attention. Voters urged to "Get Out and Vote" Registered voters will go to the polls on today (Tues.), and cast their ballots in the general election. In Big Stone County, the general election will be held at the following locations: -Almond Township at the Clinton Memorial Building from 10 a.m; to 8 p.m. -Big Stone Township at the Big Stone Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. -City of Clinton at the Clinton Municipal Building from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. -City of Graceville at the Graceville Community Building from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. -City of Ortonville at the Ortonville City Shop from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. -Otrey Township at the Otrey town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All votes will be counted following 'the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. tonight. Voters are also reminded to black- en the oval on their ballots; do not use an "X" or check mark. Everyone is encouraged to get out and vote today. FORMING OF THE WALLS BEGAN LAST WEEK at the Ortonville Hospital on the new patient wing basement. This is Phase II of the project which should be completed in about a year. Hasslen Construction of Ortonville is heading the hospital project. The nice weather the past week had helped move along the project. Ortonville Jaycees Project Christmas now underway Ortonville Area Jaycees are getting geared up for Project Christmas again this year. The Jaycees will be buying gifts for underprivileged children in Big Stone County. Last year, over $3,000 went towards gifts for 175 children. If you would like to help with this excellent cause you can send cash donations to Project Christmas, P.O. Box 53, Ortonville, MN 56278 or you can drop off "new" unwrapped gifts or donations at Blair Johnson, CPA and Minnwest Bank :in Ortonville. The Jaycees hope to buy all the toys locally. They, plan to do their shopping on Saturday, Dec. 6. Please have all toys and cash donations at the drop off sites by Friday, Nov. 28. If you have any questions regarding this please call Lisa Merritt at 320-839-6284 or Carri Hamann at 320-839-2774. NOVmMBER 4 Angel Tree "Fags available now The Salvation Army Angel Tree Tags are at the following businesses: First State Bank, Big Stone City, SD; Cen Bank and Minnwest, Ortonville; Clinton State Bank, Clinton; and Liebe Drug, Graceville. Please take one or more of these tags and purchase the clothes that are suggested for the child. The age and sex of the child is indicated on the tag. Return the gift and tag unwrapped by Nov. 24 to the business where you obtained the tag. Thank you for helping the children of Big Stone County.