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*********************** FOR AOC 980 SMLTOMINP 2/112400 S028 GA&|FOk, AVI[ :SW SEATTLE WA S813S--1208 I ]i | ]l H ' ]l I 26 Ortonville "Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N Sections 16 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56271 Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 Volume 92: Number 43 Veterans Day Program this Thurs. at Ortonville School In honor of our area Veterans and their families, the Ortonville School is holding its 7th Annual Veterans Day program this Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasi- um. The Ortonville High School Band under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb will present the prelude followed by the Posting of the Colors by the Army National Guard, VFW Post 3964 and Ladies Auxiliary. Lauren Conroy of the OHS Student Council will present the wel- come and along with Mrs. Lisa Berdan will have a recognition of area Veterans. Students will be singing and play- ing music and there will be an ABC of Veterans skit by the 1st grade. They will have Specialist Samantha Meyer, MN National Guard as a speaker and MSG Paul Unruh USA retired will be singing. The Ortonville Senior High Choir will perform "O America" under the direction of Mr. Wayne Huselid and Bonnie Sue Stolpman and Kaitlyn Rehn will sing a duet "Come Home" accompanied by Lisa Berdan. The Charlie's Angels Group will be serving cookies and coffee fol- lowing the program and there will be a free will donation for supporting our local troops. Veterans Day is a day for every cit- izen to remember and honor the sacri- fice of our nation's veterans. Come and pay tribute to those who have and are continuing to protect the United States of America. MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE SCHOOL PATROL were recently installed as Captains for the 2010-2011 school year. All are sixth graders and were installed by Trooper Kathy Peterson. Pictured from left to right are Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, Rachel Hoernemann, Valerie Scholberg, Alex Gustafson, Britton Conroy and Trooper Kathy Peterson. Sandberg, Athey unopposed, re-elected to County Board In the General Election held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 all of the candidates in Big Stone County ran unopposed. For County Commissioner District 2, Incumbent Wade Athey received 433 votes, while County Commissioner for District 4 Roger Sandberg received 460 votes. Both will serve a four-year term on the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners. Other Big Stone County officials running unopposed for four-year terms were County Auditor Michelle Knut- son who received 1,923 votes, County Treasurer Cindy Nelson received 2,039 votes, County Recorder Elaine Martig had 2,010, County Sheriff John Haukos had 1,983 votes and County Attorney Bill Watson received 1,892 votes. All county officials will be sworn in at the County Board Meeting on Jan. 4, 2011. Scott Gillespie ran unopposed for Soil and Water Supervisor in District 1 and received 1,970 votes. Lon Moen was unopposed for Soil and Water Su- pervisor for District 5 and received 1,929 votes. In the State Senator race for District 20, DFL Incumbent candidate Gary Kubly defeated Republican challenger Gregg Kulberg. Kubly received 15,876 votes to 11,970 for Kulberg. For State Representative in District 20A, DFL Incumbent Andrew Falk de- feated Republican challenger Jay Backer. Fa!k had 7,418 votes to Back- ers 6,818 votes. DFLer Collin Peterson easily won re-election for US Repreentaive in Dis- trict 7. Peterson received 133,039 votes, Republican challenger Lee Bry- berg had 90,652 and Independent can- didate Glen Menze received 7,900 votes. In the race for Governor and Lt. Governor in Minnesota, a recount is possible as DFL candidate Mark Day- ton and Republican Tom Emmer both- received 43 percent of the vote in Minnesota with Dayton receiveing 919,216 votes to Emmer's 910,442. A decision on a recount is expected by Nov. 23. Independence candidate Tom Hormer received 11 percent of the vote with 251,495 votes. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Sate Auditor Rebecca Otto and Attor- ney General Lori Swanson, all DFLers were all re-elected to their positions. Council to address letter for removal of debris from fire Mary Zahn of Ortonville came be- fore the council at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 1 to inform the council that the debris left after the fire, that de- stroyed the DCC Solutions and Once N Again buildings, it could be removed if was deemed a public hazard. Zahn stated that a contractor had been contacted and that they could start removing the debris immediately. A Permit by Rule allows immediate re- moval to a landfill, otherwise they would have to wait a minimum of 10 days to approve it. Zahn asked the council to write a letter deeming the area a public hazard and could it be re- moved as soon as possible. This letter would then be sent to the Big Stone County Environmental Office for their approval. With winter weather approaching, they would like to get the debris re- moved as soon as possible. Zahn stated that she had visited with Steve Clay, owner of DCC Solutions, and that they were on board with their in- surance companies to get this done. The debris would be taken to private property that the Environmental Office had done tests on prior to make sure it means all the guidelines. After some discussion the Council passed a motion 6-0 to have the City Attorney write the letter and send to the Environmental Office. Council member Steve Berkner was not pres- ent. In other business, Ortonville Ambu- lance Director Christine Boyle came before the council to address concerns with repairs that are needed for their two Ambulances. Boyle stated that Car #19 has a power steering leak which would cost approximately $1,195 not including labor. This vehicle has been quite reliable and they can cover this repair from their budget. Car #20 has become a concern. It is a 1996 with over 129,000 purchased in 2009. The vehicle has an oil leak which if repaired would cost between $5,000-$8,000. It also has a diesel fuel leak and Boyle stated that this rig should not even be on the road. Lia- bility issues are a top concern with this vehicle. Council members passed'a resolu- tion to have the power steering fixed on Car #19. The Council also informed Boyle to have Car #20 off the road and to inform Kandiyohi dispatch that when Car #19 is getting repaired to have one of the local communities am- bulance on stand by. The board also asked Boyle to look for options to re- place Car #20 and bring those back to the next council meeting. The Council then approved the Prairie Five Senior Nutrition Program meal-site facility one year contract commencing on Jan. 1,2011. The next meeting of the Ortonville Council will be held on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Ortonville Library Media Center. Vet's Day program Bellingham Nov. 11 )While we never forget their service or;their sacrifice, each year at this time we remember with special grati- tude the courage, commitment, and devotions to duty of America's veter- ans. The Bellingham Legion and Auxiliary will present a Veteran's Day Program on Thursday, Nov. llth at the Bellingham City Hall. Coffee and donuts will be served from 9 to 10 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Do you want to be a Santa Gal/Guy? Ortonville Independent staff is looking for guys and gals of all ages to stroll the streets in Victorian costume as Santa gals and guys. They will spread good cheer and Christmas greetings to Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD shoppers. This is an excellent opportu- nity to serve the community. It looks great on a resume or col- lege application. It can also be very rewarding for retired guys and gals. If interested call Sue at 320- 839-6163. Big Stone School to host Veteran's Day program The Big Stone City, SD School invites everyone to join them this Thursday, Nov. 11 in honoring our Veteran's at their Veteran's Day Program. The program will start at 2:30 p.m. in the school gym. Dan Meyer, Big Stone County Veteran's Service Officer will be the guest speaker. Good tumout in last week's city election Voters went to the polls in Ortonville last Tuesday, Nov. 2 and cast their ballots in the city's general election. Three Ortonville City Council Seats At-Large, for four-year terms were on the ballot. Two candidates ran unopposed. Mike Dorry received 570 votes and Steve Berkner 567. There were 416 write-ins, with Ron Thomas receiving 233 votes and Galen Swihart 144. Berkner, Dorry and Thomas will take their seats on the Ortonville City Council Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. In Odessa, Mayor Catherine Teske ran unopposed and received 47 votes. Council members Verden Gerber and Lon Moen also ran unopposed. Gerber received 41 votes and Moen 33. All three will take their seats at their January meeting. JADE AND HOPE HASSLEN OF ORTONVILLE shot two nice bucks on Saturday, Nov. 6 during the opener of the firearms deer season. Jade, at lef[, shot a 15 pointer while sister Hope shot a 9 point buck. They were hunting south of Ortonville with their dad Brent Hasslen. Teenager injured in hunting accident south of Refuge On Saturday, Nov. 6 the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office of a hunting accident one mile south of the Big Stone National Wildlife headquarters. At approximately 2:08 p.m., Douglas Gess of Bloomington told investigators that he was loading his shotgun when the gun accidently discharged. The slug traveled through the pickup box into the cab of the pickup, where it struck his 16 year old son, Jesse Gess, in the back. He was seated in the cab when the gun discharged. Jesse was transported to the Ortonville Hospital by his father. He was listed in stable condition when he was air lifted to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD that same day. As of Monday, Gess was listed in critical but stable condition. The accident was investigated by the Big Stone and Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Offices. Gertje-Van Lith Post 229 to host Veterans Day Program Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 of Big Stone City, SD will hold their Annual Veterans Day "Uniform Party" Banquet and Program this Saturday, Nov. 13. The festivities will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m., with a program to follow at the Post 229 Clubrooms on U.S. Highway 12 west of Big Stone City. Veterans are encouraged to wear all or part of their military uniform to the event. The guest speaker for this year's program is Dan Meyer, Big Stone County Veterans Service Officer. Dan will provide information to update veterans and their families on recent developments and changes in veteran's benefits. The clubroom addition and remodeling are completed so please come and see the great improvements to the finest American Legion Club in the area. Hoffman, Henrich, Gustafson elected to Ort. School Board Three candidates-elect will take their seats on the Ortonville Independent School district #2903 School Board in January, 2011. In the race for a four-year term where voters elected two to the School Board, Debbie Hoffman and Tim Henrich will take their seats after garning the most votes. Hoffman received 979 votes and Tim Henrich 759 votes. Jay Ross received 710 votes, while write-in candidates Jason Barse had 91 votes and Michelle Zepeda received 88. In the special election to elect one two-year position on the Ortonville School Board Mary Gustafson received 748 votes while Jim Nelson received 706. Gustafson will fill the two-year term of Brent Zahrbock who resigned in April. The postion had been filled by Ron Thompson, who chose not run in this year's election. With this election, the Ortonville School Board will now have eight members flown from the 12 currently on the Board. By the year 2012, the Board will be down to six members. Hoffman, Henrich and Gustafson will join Marlowe Klepel, Kathi Thymian, Mike Hamson, Kevin Rademacher and John Plathe on the Board in January. The School Board will have to fill the postion of Kevin Rademacher, who resigned his posi- tion as of Jan. 1,2011. BIG STONE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Museum located at Hilltop in Ortonville. Nearly 100 people attended the Open House. Shown above is LaValle Berkner next to a train set that he donated to the Museum. Those in attendance were welcomed to coffee and cake and were treated to a video of the history of the Museum that was put together by Vicki Oakes. Appleton prison may reopen in 2012, house California inmates The Prairie Correctional Facility at Appleton may reopen in 2012 and house prisoners from California, the owner of the vacant 1,600-bed prison announced on Friday, Nov. 5. According to a news release from Corrections Corporation of America, the California Department of Correc- tions and Rehabilitation intends to award a new contract to Corrections Corporation of America to manage up to 3,256 offenders at the Appleton fa- cility and the company's Crowley County Correctional Facility in Col- orado. According to a report in (he West Central Tribune, Ron Ronning, mayor of Appleton and a 16-year employee of the Prairie Correctional Facility, said that the information was positive for his community and for the employees who lost their jobs when the prison closed in February. "The good news is they are coming in 2012," he said. "The bad news is that it's a year away." Ronning is hoping the prison will reopen early in 2012 and that employ- ees get back to work before the open- ing with training and gearing up. The 1,600-bed prison closed in Feb- ruary. When and if employees might be rehired is still uncertain. When at full operation, the economic value was estimated at $45 million a year.