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ENDENT a heart" II A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" PLACE invites you to check out their quality windows for replacement or new to right are Jeff Waldner, A.J. Gingerich and owner David Miller. m vinyl windows made at The Window Place custom made vinyl built at The south of Big SD. and a crew of three windows on site. tke odd size windows in your home or POpular window is the Which tilts in for easy n L k: sliders, pic- ture windows and basement replace- ment, as well as offer casement win- dows and patio doors. They also put nailing fins or j- flanges for new construction and they work great in mobile homes. Miller says he runs a highly ethical business. "Our goal is to have satis- fied customers who will tell others. Word of mouth is still the best adver- tisement." All the windows from The , no serious Avenue. A 1997 Chevy driven by Blayn Ronglien of Big Stone City was trav- eling westbound on Highway 12 attempting to turn left on 486th Avenue when he collided with a 1999 Nissan driven by Daniel Hanratty of Ortonville traveling eastbound on Highway 12. According to the Grant County Sheriff's department, Ronglien said he was blinded by the sun glare and did not see Hanratty's vehicle. Also according to documents, a DWI was issued to Hanratty. Ronglien was taken to St. Bernard's hospital in Milbank, SD while Hanratty went to the Ortonville hospital. Both were treated and released. Hanratty's car was totalled and damage estimated at $7,000 to Ronglien's vehicle, according to the  sheriff's report. near Big Stone City report an accident junction of Highway 12 and 486th n, :: h Ly, Oct. 30 at Highway 109 and ig Stone City, SD. of rural Big Stone a 2002 Jeep, heading Brenda McMahon City, was driving a heading north on collided as Frevert east onto County Big Stone id were taken to the treated and Vehicles were deemed to Big Stone  :rt Goergen. by both drivers prevented what more serious accident occurred approximately 4:40 Stone City at the on an extension of the Ortonville water line have |eep and working long hours near the Cashtown intersec- 12 and Second Street. Ronglien Excavating, Inc. of Big the work. Window Place axe double paned and double sealed. They come with a life- time warranty against chipping, peel- ing, warping or fading. They have a 20 year warranty against seal failure. The U-value of Miller's windows is as good as any in the industry. They have been tested by a certified testing plant in New York. Low E glass with argon gas befween the panes is also available /and is a great option for this area where the weather gets so cold. Not only does it reflect the suns ultra vio- let rays, but it also gives about one third more insulating value. "It does what the triple pain window does, without the added weight," says Miller. Tinted glass is available and there are several grid options from which to choose. Miller has been in the window business for 20 years, almost as long as vinyl windows have been around. He opened The Window Place in the spring of 2001. Miller and his wife Ida were raised in Amish communities, David from Ohio and Ida from Pennsylvania. They met in North Carolina. The Millers brought with them the craftsmanship the Amish have been known for. 'I'he Amish have many commendable values that we don't want to lose," said Miller, "such as good work ethics and family together- nss." They don't have television because they feel it deteriorates the values they are trying to instill in their chil- dren. "The Amish are very traditionally exclusive. We need to be able to see beyond our own church doors or denominations," said Miller. "When I was born again by the spirit of God, I wanted to tell others. "There are many hurting people in the world around us and I wanted to tell them there is a better way avail- able because of Jesus Christ," he said. One of Miller's closest friends and employee A.J. Gingerich, along with his family and three other families came from North Carolina to Minnesota and South Dakota. They (Coatiaued on page 13) Illl Illl II II I I I Remember to vote today Tuesday, Nov. 5 promises to be one of the more interesting election days in our State's his- tory. Be sure to vote! Polls will be open until 8:00 p.m. If you have not registered, you may do so at the polling sites. Due to the death of Senator Paul Weilstone, official supple- mental ballots for the U.S. Senate will be handed out by election officials at the polls today. If you have any questions regarding the validity of your mailed ballot, you may pick up an official supplemental ballot today from the auditor's office at the Ortonville Court House. Ortonville school board studies challenge of declining enrollment "Don't count on the legislature for additional funding" was brought home to the Ortonville School Board in the management study they com- missioned from Donald Andersen of The ADM Group, LLP. The overall purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the Ortonville school system in general terms, particularly in view of the impact of enrollment decline and the resulting implications in terms of finance. "Ortonville is fortunate to have a $600 per pupil operating referendum in place. The timing and passage of this referendum is testament to the foresight of the Board and the support of the community." However, Andersen's report makes clear that continued enrollment decline will present challenges to the board for the forseeable future. While acknowledging that the Ortonville school is a 'between' size district, Andersen cautioned that cost cutting measures must be balanced with the necessity of maintaining a quality educational experience. Enrollment is clearly the key to what happens in a school district as fixed costs do not necessarily decrease in proportion to enrollment decline. Andersen also strongly rec- ommended that broad internal and community involvement should be part of the strategic planning process. The report spanned several key areas including enrollment, facitilites, organization, scheduling and staffing, budget, and programs. No easy answers were provided. The School Board will find an ongoing need to monitor the school's student to staff ratios by considering multi-age grouping, specialist teachers and dif- ferentiated staffing. Realistically some low cniollment classes will have to be discontinued, while others are necessary to maintain the school's integrity as an educational institution Administrative staffing will need to be adjusted, according to Anderson. The Board will be considering a num- ber of options for reorganization. Possibilities might include sharing a superintendent with a neighboring district, operating with teaching prin- cipals or expanding their assigned (Continued on page 13) i iiiiiii i i I III II iiii ii iiii Circulars inside * Unger Furniture * Carlson Thrifty White Drug im ii, m,ml i,i,, , i i DON HYNNEK AND HIS DOG, SAM regularly bring home a goose on their early morning hunts near Odessa. Golfers propose non-profit to manage Ortonville golf course Interested golfers met last Wednesday to discuss proposing to the City Council the formation of a non-profit (501-C) organization to manage the Ortonville golf course. Modeled after a similar organization currently in place in Benson, if the proposal were accepted, the city would maintain ownership of the course while turning over the opera- tions of the golf course and clubhouse to the board of the non-profit organi- zation. "We would like to see the club run by golfers, for golfers," said Mike Miller, one of the group spearheading the recommendations to the City Council. If the council were to accept the proposal, individuals would be asked to buy stock in the non- profit.qualifying them to vote for a board of directors which would then set policies and fees, hire appropriate staff, and respond to the golf course membership. All profits would be put back into improvements and maintenance of the golf course and governed by the statutes pertaining to non-profit orga- nizations. "The biggest advantage will be achieving accountability from the club's employees," according to Miller." Dan Oakes stated that the golf course has been self sustaining in recent years. "Benson has been successtull with their non-profit management since 1977, and has been able to respond quicker to the needs of the golfing membership without the restrictions that face the city council," according to Blair Johnson who has been researching the issue and looking at budgets. "It may be difficult getting enough people wanting to step up to serve on the board," cautioned Melanie Simonitch. "It takes time and will be lots of responsibility." Golfers will meet again prior to the December l si council meeting to for- malize the proposal. Contact Blair Johnson for information or comments. 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