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heart" 00 ] AConslrDuctiveNe w EspaperlnALiveCommunity N D E NT FOR A WAGON RIDE A group of students from the Wheaton schools get ready for a ride a Education Center during the Fall Bonanza Days Festival on Nov. 1. Thanks to Dalen Roe e Roe (holding the horses) for taking the time to bring their wagon and horses to Bonanza for Moore, Bonanza Program Specialist and organizer of the festwal is also shown standing to on. Bonanza Education 's of Oct. 24, estimated total of the festival dur- Oct. 24 and Nov. 1 were from the area classes from Stone City, Chokio, and Rosholt. Nov. 1 from the surrounding was cool, but bright on all three the chance to to come about the history life and what skills to ensure survival in There were also test ones own skills Athey elected Commissioner for District 2; only County race There was a large turnout of voters in Big Stone County Tuesday and in the only race for Big Stone County offices, Wade Athey defeated incum- bent Jeanne Krueger by 32 votes. Athey received 314 votes, compared to Krueger's 282. Four years ago Krueger was the winner in another very close race, which after a recount was only one vote - 260-259. Other Big Stone County officials were re-elected, and did not have challengers, including Richard Lane, First District Commissioner; Bruce Swigerd, Fourth District Commissioner; Micheile Knutson, Auditor; Gloria Arndt, Recorder; Ortonville selects three to School Board Incumbant Ronald Thompson received the highest number of votes with 1064 to fill one of three positions on the Ortonville School Board. James Nelson, also an imcumbafft received 1010 and Jay Dee Ross will be new to the board, receiving 913 votes. They will serve four year terms. Ross Bonanza Days at B EC rEeCikvSOg7VSvtthees, fOurth candidate Odessa chooses two annual Fall Bonanza and try different things such as weav- providing horse-drawn wagon tides ing a rug or steps to make a pair of snowshoes. Bonanza Board and Staff would like to thank the following presenters for their part in making this event a success: Dave Huebuer, 1805 Fur Trade, Ed Evenson, Journey of Discovery, Paul Winkler, Frontier Soldiering, April Becker, The Weaver of Wool, Curt Alsaker and Vern Lauer, Beginning Flint Knapping, Bob Beasley, Frontier Fire Arms, Carol Beasley, Pioneer Etiquette, Mary Ekola, Spinning the Wool, Windy Lewis, Frontier Life, Brian Akipa, Joseph Berning, Sheriff; Cindy Nelson, Treasurer and William Watson, County Attorney. Statewide it was a night for Republicans, as Tim Pawlenty was elected Governor over DFL'er Roger Moe; and as of press time Wednesday, it appeared that Norm Coleman defeated Walter Mondale for the U.S. Senate. Mondale was the last minute DFL candidate following the death of Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash on October 25. In other state races, Mary Kiffmeyer was re-elected Secretary of State over "Buck" Humphrey; Patricia Awada won over Carol Johnson; Mike Hatch won re-election as a DFL'er for Attorney General. In Senate District 20, Gary Kubly and to the Builders Club and the Key Club of Ortonville for providing lunch on Nov. 1. Finally, thank you to Harold Moore, Bonanza Program Specialist, for organizing a wonderful Two positions on the Odessa Council will be filled by Verden Gerber with 53 votes, and Lon Moen with 37 votes. The third candidate, Paula Bailey received 35 votes in a close race. festival that was very educational and fun for all who attended. Man pleads guilty is to drug charge Bonanza Education Center located 18 miles north of Ortonville and 8 miles south of Beardsley on MN State Highway 7. Intergenerational programming at Bonanza is supported m part by the Southwest Minnesota Foundation. If you would like to receive more inbrmation about the Dakota Flutist and Butch Felix, center and its programs, please call us Lakota Guitarist. Thanks also to JoAn at'(320)265-6944 or e-mail at bonan- Melchild, Neva Foster and DalqJ" Adland for bringing in their artwork for the art exhibit, to Dalen Roe for Robert Lee Swint, 54, of Ortonville pleaded guilty to possession of a 4th degree controlled substance in Big Stone County Court on Nov. 6. He had r',een charged on or about March 16th for unlawfully selling one or more mixSures containing a controlled sub- stafice, methamphetamine. was elected to serve the new District' 20, defeating Republican Harper; and Aaron Peterson, DFL, won over Jeff Moen for the House Seat District 20A. Collin Peterson, DFL, was re-elect- ed to serve Congressional District 7 in the U.S. House of Representatives and will be the Congressman for Traverse and Big Stone Counties, as well as most of the counties on the west side of Minnesota. In the CGB School District elec- tion, Vernon Powlish was re-elected. He was unopposed. According to Auditor Michelle Knutson on Wednesday morning, voter turnout in Big Stone County was about 80%. DR. ROBERT ROSS was honored for his 25 years of service at Ortonville Area Health Services. Ross entered the medical field in 1977 joining the late Dr. Robert Knip at Northside Medical Center and practicing at the Ortonville Hospital. Ross and his wife Mary were honored by OAHS with a noon luncheon last week. Assisted living proposal to EDA, Council thanks volunteers public meeting scheduled Nov. 13 trees, adopts draft Representatives from Prairie Orass Communities attended the Ortonville for the purchase of at the foot of the old power between the City Ottertail representa- tives. City concerns overresidual environmental issues have delayed the purchase. Costs associated with monitoring the site for contamination through 2008 have been estimated by GIVES $500 contribution to Food Shelf Program. Social Service Director at left and Deb Berning with the shown above accepting the check from Earl Hills, PowerPlant begins gy demonstration employees are 3- i Stone Power Plant, of Energy, environ- energy industry as awaiting results of cutting edge of our opportunity for the to demonstrate that will insure that will remain a electricity in this I. hybrid particulate to improve col- from emis- Stone Power Plant. the first of its kind the U.S. and is part demonstration par- the Department of of the electricit m by coal. "This Other product in the energy generation business from a particulate standpoint. After running about two weeks, we've seen our opacity reading (the test for visible emissions) drop from 15% to 2% or less. "We monitor opacity on a continu- ous basis. We're at the point now that as to fine particulates, the air is clean- er leaving our plant, then when it comes in." Installation of the equipment was supervised by Jeff Endrizzi, plant manager, Bill Swanson who was responsible for developing the project and working with the Dept of Energy, and Tom Hrdlicka, engineer in charge. ELEX, a Swiss company was respon- sible for design of the system. "For the Big Stone Plant, partici- pation in this demonstration has been great," says Endrizzi. "'We fixed a maintenance concern by replacing aging equipment while being a part of a larger demonstration that has the potential to make a big difference in the energy business." Ottertail to be around $20,000. Mayor Dinnel stated at last Monday's City Council meeting, that the transfer of property may be com- pleted this year but not until the city attorney has reviewed the documents. Ottertail will continue toown the sub- station locations and hold an easement for right of way to the substations. On Wed., Nov. 20 at noon the City will hold a public hearing regarding the purchase of city land near the pre- sent water tower on the corner of Madison and 4th Street. Residents within 300 feet will receive notice. Council member Dan Oakes and members of the council commended Artie Arndt and thanked volunteers who worked on the Jaycee Haunted Halloween Park in Nielsen Park. "Better every year," was the consen- sus of the Council. Dalen Roe reported that the Ortonville Tree Board met with Gary Johnson from the University of Minnesota Urban Forestry Dept. to discuss tree placement and varieties. The Council accepted the tree board's recommendation to plant seven Autumn Blaze Maples along Stephens Avenue and the football field with the contingency that the trees would not interfere with recently placed cable. Roe will research and also get cost estimates. The council unanimously adopted the Draft Comprehensive Plan pre- (Continued on page 11) EDA (Economic Development Authority) meeting last week to introduce themselves and explain to the members what they offer in terms of the construction of an assisted liv- ing facility. Also attending the EDA meeting were four members of a task force, who had visited a facility recently completed by the company in Harmony and Ken Archer, administra- tor of Ortonville Health Services. Prairie Grass Communities works primarily with small towns, building smaller scale facilities that combine independent living apartments with assisted living facilities and a memo- ry care unit. Prairie Grass is recom- mending a 34 unit building that would cost in the range of $2.7 to $2.8 mil- lion. A specific budget proposal should be available next week. No formal commitment has been made with Prairie Grass Communities at this time. An Open House has been scheduled for Wed., Nov. 13, (see notice elsewhere in the Independent) with representatives from the compa- ny will be on hand to answer ques- tions and members of the task force who visited the Harmony site will share their observations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. If approved, Prairie Grass would build the facility, train staff, and even- tually turn over ownership of the facility to the EDA. The city would issue bonds to generate sufficient ORTONVILLE STUDENTS LINE UP to receive applause after Saturday evening's performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and "The funds. The facility at Harmony was built using this model, and has been well-received by those involved. Projected monthly fees for the independent living component are $650 for a one bedroom, $850 for a two be.droom; assisted living studios would cost $1,700, $1,900 for one bedroom; no "projections were provid- ed for the memory care unit compo- nent. Task force members indicated that this was below the average costs of like-care facilities throughout the state. Other business at the meeting included discussion of possible EDA participation in the Minnesota Community Capitol Fund program, whereby the EDA would invest $25,000 in the fund, and be able to tap up to ten times the amount in loans. No decision was made untit further research has been completed. A motion was made and approved to turn over design and updating of the kiosk on east Second street to the Ortonville High School Key Club. Special EDA meet There will be a special meeting of the Ortonville EDA this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, a noon in the EDA Conference Room. The agenda items will be Guys' Express Lube and Assisted Living. Midcontinent cable area upgrade nears completion Tom Simmons of Midcontinent Communications reports that work rebuilding the Milbank, Big Stone City, Clinton, and Ortonville cable service is on target and nearing com- pletion. Cable television customers in Ortonville received letters this past week explaining the service, indicat- ing that the cable service is available now, and internet service via the new fiber optics cables will be available Dec. 16. The new fiber optic cables will allow for a wider array of services. Fiber optics increase the band width and the digital transfer of information allows greater speed and access to many more channels. In addition the two way service, provided by the reverse system makes the high speed internet component possible through those same access nodes or cable boxes. Simmons sees the potential educa- tional uses of the larger bandwidth as an important and growing component made possible with fiber optics. Simmons said, "The new system provides all kinds of potential for downloading vast amounts of infor- mation, quickly." Christmas Carol," directed by Lisa Berdan.