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J ..f a heart" i Nco. Dve,ewE, n,.,.,mmuEn,t,. N DENT SUPPER CLUB IN ORTONVILLE is celebrating its first anniversary, under new with a customer appreciation celebration this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Owners and Ryan Kehnle invite you to stop in and enjoy one of their specials. dor Supper Club to ustomer appreciation year in OWners of Ortonville's Club, Nikole and will be holding a cus- and anniversary this Tuesday through 19 - 21 at the Matador is our way of say- the first year," said have enjoyed their and are excited to be at have both always supper club busi- was just right when the business from niece of the late former owner of the so much from Bill. He man and one of the operators around," doesn't go by when =a " question for him." up around the her uncle Bill run learning from him. Thrifty White Drug Hut Their family is very close and pitched in a lot in the kitchen, serving tables, and decorating when ever needed. She always dreamed of one day com- ing back to Ortonville and running the supper club.. After graduating from OHS, she received a criminal justice degree from Moorhead State University. Nikole was employed at the cooper- ate headquarters of Target in down- town Minneapolis when she metj Ryan. / // Ryan had always wanted to open his own restaurant and bar some day. He is a native of Wayzata and an Augsburg University graduate with a business management degree. The couple met through mutual friends and were married in 2000. It was in July of "2001 when Bill asked them to .buy the business from him. By October they found themselves iiying out their  of being in the Supper club business. (Continued on page 1 I) Essington family seriously injured in head-on crash Brian and Kelly (Backstrand) Essington and their two children of Rice, formerly of Ortonville, were seriously injured in a head-on colli- sion last Monday midway between Sunburg and New London. Brian and Kelly are listed in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Their five-year-old daughter Nicki Jo was treated and released from Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with a broken arm, while their four-week-old son Adam rermains unconscious and on a respirator at Fairview University hospital in Minneapolis. The accident was reported at 6:56 p.m. just west of the Kandiyohi County Road 5 intersection on Highway 9. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol vehicles dri- ven by Brian David Essington, 26, of Rice and Lois Lynn Holmgren, 40, of Baxter collided head-on in the east- bound lane of Highway 9. (Continued on page 11) ndation's Oak Tree "c proceeds go to OAHS of the 2001 and Classic Tournament to the Ortonville Services Building President of the Big Stone Health Care Foundation Board of Directors has presented two checks in the amounts of $13,541.87 for 2001 and $16,001.89 for 2002 to Ken Archer, CEO of OAHS. This total amount of $29,543.76 represents pro- ceeds from the golf tournament, the raffle, silent auction, sponsorships and cash donations to the Oak Tree Classic. The Oak Tree Classic is the main annual fund raising event sponsored by the Big Stone Health Care PRESIDENT of the Big Stone Health Care two checks totaling $29,543.76 to Ken Hearth Services. Foundation. Because of generous sponsors, donors, raffle ticket buyers, silent auction item purcb.asers and of course all of the golfers, the Foundation is able to realize net prof- its that are used to continue to support local quality health care in our com- munity. The Foundation also sponsors the annual Gala Affair. Saturday, April 5, 2003 is the date for the 10th Annual Gala. The Gala is mainly an apprecia- tion event for the wonderful health care services the community enjoys and has been known as a 'friend rais- er'. However, the 2002 Gala did real- ize a net profit of nearly $1,500.00 with a record attendance of 227 peo- ple. Currently, the emphasis of Foundation activity is on the Capital Campaign for the OAHS building project. As we see the Outpatient ser- vices building progressing we know there are many needs to be met for the building and the necessary equipment. Many people, businesses and organi- zations are pledging or giving gifts designated for this project. Donors of $500 or more (which can be given over a period of 5 years) will be rec- ognized on a Granite wall of honor. For more information on becoming involved with this major community project, call 320-839-4135 or email Business helping business with economic development (Big Stone Area Growth economic update) United Hardware needed the space (15,000 sq. ft.) that the Big Stone Cooperative had leased in the old Morris Rodweeder building in Ortonville for a distribution contract that would result in up to eight new jobs, in Big Stone County. (story next week). Big Stone Area Growth asked for the cooperation of the Big Stone Cooperative Board and they initially said no based on the time it would take to build a new 15,000 square foot building and the availability of land. BSAG convinced Big Stone Co-op general manager Mel Domine that they had cooperation for a partial release of some option land just to the east of the Cenex bulk plant from land owner Jim Kaercher. His cooperation allowed us to move ahead to the bid process. BSAG also received tremendous !turn around times and help from RD Schreiner and Linda Hofhenke, Nyberg Engineering, and the County Recorders office. "Cenex staff worked on the design, and we brought in building contrac- tors who specialized in this kind of building and who could commit to an October completion date," said BSAG director Roger Bird. Minnwest Bank made the financial commitments needed, and the Big Stone Cooperative Board was con- vinced that the project would be com- pleted on time, so they changed their vote to yes. Special thanks to Mel Domine and the Big Stone Cooperative Board of Directors: Doug Diekmann, Richard Strei, Bruce Hoernemann, Neil Pinkert, Bruce Moberg, Ray Hamann, and Gene Boerger. "The following contractors not only did a great job, in record time but they also contributed funds to Big Stone Area Growth. They want to see more building projects in Big Stone County," said Bird. "We can keep building economic success stories in Big Stone County, but it will take County and City gov- ernment support and a lot of coopera- tion from businesses helping busi- nesses. Our role at Big Stone Area Growth is to help "facilitate" that process, and make it happen," he said. Our special thanks to the following contractors: Foltz Buildings, Henrich and Sons, Rotglien Excavating and Nelson Electric. Board members of the Ortonville Development Corporation and Big Stone Area Growth voted to merge their boards so that they can work together to make Big Stone County economically viable. A joint annual meeting is required for ratification and will be announced soon. Current Board members of both corporations are as follows: Terry Gere, Blair Johnson, Gary Swenson, LaValle Berkner, Burr Nypen, David McLaughlin, Larry Cartwright, Dallas Hanson, John Jurgens, John Cunningham, Dave Torgerson, Jim Mckinney, Mel Domine, Rusty Dimberg, Roger Bird. Big Stone Area Growth is a fully charitable corporation, that needs per- sonal property and real estate donated from both business and private citi- zcns. BSAG also needs volunteers for fund raising and general labor. Call anytime at 320-839-3939 if you'd like to take part in the econom- ic growth of the area. THE NEW 15,000 sq fl Cenex seed and equipment warehouse on Hwy 75, Ortonville. From garbage to grandeur;. deer stand built f,)r comfort The Rothi brothers, John and Bob,of Ortonville and Odessa, like to hunt. The brothers also like the com- forts of home, things like heat, light and carpeting. So, they built The Hacienda--a deer stand that provides all the comforts of home. Thi Hacienda, as the structure was christened, became an invention of availability. The base is the bottom half of a retired windmill, 'stored' at the Bob Rothi scrap iron stock pile, awaiting a stroke of creative genius, (the top half was used years before for mounting a TV antennae). John saw the potential, the base was dragged out, and 'The Hacienda' began to take shape. Construction started in the sum- mer/fall of 1992. All of the metal came from the farm scrap pile, some of the wood from the odds-and-ends shed, a few pieces were actually pur- chased. The Hacienda is a work in progress. Each year, since it's inaugu- Homes for sale, rent in Ortonville Ortonville Property Partners has 13 homes for rent and/or sale in Ortonville. The housing company uses a lighthouse as its logo, symbolizing clean, safe affordable housing. All the homes have been renovated with new and updated plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, recently insulated and furnished with stoves, refrigerators, washers dryers and garbage disposals, children and pets are welcome. See ad inside for details. ration on October 24, 1992, the stand has undergone modifications, addi- tions, improvements. Contributors include the 'regular' hunting group; Greg Lockwood, Ron Butte, Scott Lindberg, Hams and Wade Selvig, Bob, John, Curt and Harold Rothi. A retired boat trailer was the mak- ings of one of the more practical improvements. Mounting the stand on the wheel axles, complete with hitch, enables the stand to be moved to the best hunting spot. It's easily leveled and stabilized. Roof and sides were covered with pole-shed siding. The walls have 1% inch foam insula- tion. The stand is 15'/ feet high. The floor 6V: x 6V. feet. The viewing height is about 12 ft. from the ground. The Hacienda is carpeted, has a 12 volt electric light, and an LPgas stove. Bob writes,"Whether you call it a deer stand, observation tower, or ele- vated fish house, it is an experience to sit in the field and oversee nature in its splendor from dawn to dusk"....with all the comforts of home. Eidskog youth to hold hymn sing The Eidskog Youth League will be hosting their Annual Hymn Sing on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 at 7 p.m. We do this as an opportunity to give thanks and praise to our Lord in song and music. A free will offering will be taken for the ELCA sponsored response program. Money raised will be used to provide much needed animals for farmers in Kenya. If you would like to share your talents, please contact Jeremy Sellin at (320) 839-2497 by Nov. 23, 2002. Hope to see you there! JOHN ROTHI AND GRANDDAUGHTER, JESSICA Rothi, pose for pic- tures with deer shot by John this year from The Hacienda.