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November 17, 1998

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J a heart" I rDe00ew000E0ern00,000000om00uEo00, " N D E  "4 \\; State township officials annual conference Nov. 20-21 About 400 to 500 township offi- cials from all over the state will gath- er to discuss Minnesota issues with members of the state legislature and high profile agents from state agen- cies at the Minnesota townships annu- al conference, to be held Nov. 20 & 21 at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The conference theme is "informa- Man found guilty // by jury trialFri. Brian Laurence Ulrich, 18 of Ortonville was found guilty on seven counts Friday in Big Stone County court by jury trial. According to court documents, Ulrich was found guilty of fleeing an officer, a felony, along with six lesser charges which included underage consumption/driver, reckless driving and four counts of stop sign violation. Court documents stated Ulrich had failed to stop for four stop signs and for Officer John Haukos July 26, and had then driven into a bean field along the north end of Minnesota Street in Ortonville. Jib Ulrich was released on his own recognizance and will now undergo a pre-sentencing investigation before facing charges. THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS OF ORTONVILLE last Wednesday were these two young men - 9, at right, and Micah Reiffenberger, 9, at left. Heavy snow Monday evening and-all day severalsuch "mountains" to spring up all over town. "We keep trying to find the biggest He is the son of Randy and Krist] McLain of Ortonville and Micah is the son of Mike and .*rger of Ortonville. ille schools open house be held this Thurs. evening from 6-6:30 p.m., and those with children in grades 9-12 from 6:30 ..... p.m. Members of the school board will be assisting visitors to the various activities in the high school and elementary btildings throughout the evening. See the two page ad and photos inside this issue. Ort. Ambulance needs med. techs Ridgewater College from Willmar will be conducting an EMT Class starting Jan. 11, on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Ortonville Ambulance Garage. Purpose of the class is to train and certify persons interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician. Ortonville Ambulance needs you. If interested; phone Joan, daytime 839-4130 or nights 839-2792 or contact one of the EMT Personnel for more information. 'ill be an open house held ay, Nov. 19 at the from 5:30 p.m. to a variety of activities for parents. house is in conjunction Education Week, from Nov. 15-21. Mayor Dave Ellingson )roclamation last week week in Ortonville. community are tour the new high school as well as the newly :elementary building. new items in both the replacement with white boards in new carpet, doors and in the elementary school, an computer lab location. Also in for the first time, of students, is the grades K-6. ill be able to meet and children's teachers in the open house, work on display elementary halls and prom committee will be in the elementary gym to 7 p.m. dom will also be fair in the elementary to 7 p.m. 'ill again be holding a high school home es room throughout the AN " AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK poroclamation was signed by rtonville Mayor David Ellingson declaring this week Nov. 15-21 be recognized in Ortonville. The Ortonville school is holding its open house in conjunction with American Education Week, this Thursday. evening, with a large selection of baked goods. Meetings on graduation standards rules will be held in the high school studyhall, hosted by Bill Mainerich, the school's curriculum coordinator. Parents of students in grades 3-6 will meet at 5:30 - 6 p.m., grades 7 and 8 tion and cooperation for 2000 and beyond." The conference format has several concurrent workshops on per- tinent topics for local government elected officials including Census 2000, land use planning, road issues, 2000 Millenium, insurance and year end accounting. Several guests speakers are on the VOLLMER OF took home this 12 on Saturday during of firearms (Photo by Bud's ISD #62 annual report inside See inside this issue of The Ortonville Independent for the complete annual report on curriculum, instruction and student performance of Ortonville Independent School District #62. Each year, Minnesota schools are required to communicate to their communities a summary of the process they use to review and improve instruction, curriculum and assessment. Included in the report is a summary of achievement off statewide testing, a review of progress made on last year's improvement plan, this year's improvement plan and a review of the Assurance of Mastery (AOM). A complete report is available at the Superintendent's Office at the school. agenda, including Robert Johns, Deputy Director from the center for transportation studies, who will speak on the transportation and regional growth study. Governor elect Jesse Ventura has been invited. THIS PAIR OF NICE BUCKS were brought in last week by Erick Klepel of Odessa, left, and Eric Eastman, right, of Ortonville. Erick's deer was a nine-pointer, and Eric's eight point buck was his first deer ever. Eric is the son of Kevin and Jo Eastman of Ortonville. (Photo by Bud's Bait) First winter storm hits area hard last Monday, Tuesday A large area of west central Minnesota was hit hard last week as the first snowstorm of winter 1998-99 arrived Monday evening and lasted throughout the night on Tuesday. Dropping heavy, wet snow on the area, the storm was the cause of several power outages including a loss of power much of the day on Tuesday in Ortonville, and a 5 1/2 hour outage in Clinton. Many Agrilite customers east of Ortonville in the Akron, Odessa and Artichoke areas were without power most of Tuesday and Wednesday. Big Stone County Engineer Darrell Pettis stated final snowfall totals ranged from eight to ten inches when the storm was finally over. "We had the plows called back in on Tuesday because of the bad weather," Pettis said. "They went out all day Wednesday, though, and cleared off all highways and township roads." Pettis also stated the road conditions in the county have gotten steadily better as the warm weather last week melted most of what was on the roads, though early storms such as this one do a lot of damage to gravel roads. "It was an unexpected nuisance, but I think everyone's getting ready for a cold, wet winter this year," he said. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, there were reports of more than 20 vehicles in the ditch along Highway 75 between Clinton and Ortonville as of Wednesday morning, and many truckers and travelers spent Tuesday night in communities along the way, waiting out the storm. School in Ortonville was called off on Tuesday and cancelled all day Wednesday, as many country roads were still blocked by packed and blowing snow and busses could not get through. According to " Dave Dahl, meteorologist with KSTP Television, the winter of 1998-99 will be controlled by a weather pattern known  "La Nifia". "This is the little sister of El Nifio, the weather pattern we saw last winter," Dahl said on the Tuesday, Nov. 10 broadcast. "We will be seeing a short and harsh winter this year, just the opposite of what we saw last season." KSTP also reported the barometer reached an all-time low last Tuesday, and the storm was like a "hurricane on land" with winds of hurricane force. IT LOOKS LIKE MICKEY MOUSE! What you see is a flower garden in the back yard of Dr. James and Lorri Nelson of Bismarck, ND. In the picture are Jenny, Andy and Amanda Maas, children of Scott and Laurie Maas of OrtonviUe. In August, the local television station in Bismarck did a segment in the Nelsons' back yard. Jenny was visiting her aunt and uncle and was shown putting on Caddyshack Hill, the miniature golf course that Jim designed in his back yard. The station is doing two segments on the Nelsons' unique back yard. The station also did a segment on Eljay's Diner, which is located in the lower level of the Nelson home. The diner is an authentid 50s room and Elvis has been seen there on occasion. Jim is the son of the Glenn Nelsons of Ortonville.