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Renata Fernan- dez-Ramon, 30, was last heard from by her family via a telephone call from Ortonville on Oct. 6 according to Or- tonville Police Mork issued a statement last Friday saying the search team combed through a ravine area in Ortonville near the home of Renata Fernandez-Ramon, 4 5th Street SE, Hillside Apartments and also a farm east of Ortonville where her boyfriend, Jose Francisco Munoz-Teran, currently worked• Mork said authorities have received information that Munoz-Teran and the couple's two children, who were stu- dents at Ortonville School, moved back to Mexico on Oct. 7. Apprehension, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol and the Codington County Search and Rescue Team of Water- town, SD went through the area but found nothing. Fernandez-Ramon is described as Hispanic, 5 ft., 2 inches tall and 160 pounds, with shoulder length red/auburn dyed hair. The Ortonville Police Department would not comment on whether foul play is suspected. Kidnapping, stabbing suspect i , to appear n Co court today Chief Jason Mork. Her family and friends have had no contact from her since, wtiieh Mork" said is very unusual, ment, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Hayley Thielke, 18, of Clinton, is in critical but stable condition at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD today after suffering multiple stab wounds to her upper body early Saturday morning. According to Big Stone County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Hills, Kandlyohi County Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:12 a.m. Saturday of a stab- bing that occurred near the intersection of Minnesota Street and Jefferson Av- enue in Ortonville. The Ortonville Ambulance trans- ported Thielke to the Ortonville Hos- pital and she was later airlifted to Sioux Falls. Jeffrey John Papasso, 22, of rural Ortonville has been arrested as a sus- pect and is in custody at Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. He is being held on felony assault charges• No for- mal charges have been filed, but are expected to be forthcoming• He is ex- pected to appear in Big Stone County Court this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 22. Authorities located Papasso within one half hour of the 911 call at his par- ent's home in rural Lac qui Parle County, according to Hills. The suspect initially would not come out of his res- idence and the West Central SWAT Team was activated to come and assist• Papasso surrendered to lw en- forcement at approximately 8: l I a.m. and was arrested and taken into cus- tody. This incident took place while Pa- passo was out on bail from being charged with kidnapping and assault involving Thielke and her younger sis- Mork said a search team last Thurs- Anyone with knowledge of her ter on Nov. 6. • • • According to court documents, Pa- day made up of the Ortonville Police whereabouts or other reformation m ..... . . . Department, Big Stone County Sher- me" ....... cas ,t, r,u"^" tu .......... .u,tct t,,'^ ,.- . passo, ands. Thtelke were hwng together iff's office, "O'f6ii,ilie'"Fire' "DlSr  .... trfiill" PrliC it 32ff--839"-'6l 6 K ............................. in M%'when-T-hieH-boke off the relationship on Nov. 4. On Sunday, Judge supports upgrade at Big Stone Power Plant A Minnesota administrative judge concluded in findings released on- Thursday, Nov. 10, that it makes finan- cial sense for utilities to spend $489 million for "best available" pollution controls on the Big Stone Power Plant in South Dakota, rather than junk the 36-year-old generator and replace it with something else. The upgrade would reduce haze- forming pollutants by 80 to 90 percent, bringing the plant into compliance with federal air pollution regulations de- signed to protect wilderness areas and national parks, including the BWCA and Voyageurs National Park in Min- nesota. Four environmental groups fought the upgrade and pushed for replacing Nov. 6 the couple had an argument at her father, Todd Thielke's home in Clinton, where she was alone with her younger sister. According to the complaint, Hayley said Papasso grabbed the phone out of her hand causing injury.While he left the house to put the phone in his car, she was able to get to the computer and text for help. She further stated that Pa- passo came back in, saw what she was doing, grabbed her around the neck from behind and pulled her away from the computer. Sometime that morning, Hayley was able to contact her dad and told him she needed help. Her father called a friend to go check on her. According to the report, Hayley told the friend that she was not ok and did not want Papasso there• She said she was afraid of Papasso and since he was in close proximity, she could not say more without him hearing. The friend gave her cell phone to Hayley to call her fa- ther. According to the documents, Pa- passo said he would take her to the the plant with natural gas-fired genera- tion and renewable energy like wind power. But Administrative Law Judge Eric L. Lipman, after reviewing cost esti- mates by majority owner Otter Tail Power Co. and others, said the upgrade is the least expensive option, even if potential future taxes on emissions linked to global warming are consid- ered. The judge's findings are not the final word on the project, which faces scrutiny by the Minnesota Public Util- ities Commission and its counterparts in two other states. But the finding is the first "advance determination of pru- dence" for any power plant project, a regulatory step authorized by a 2010 Minnesota law to assess whether major pollution-control projects are worth doing. Fergus Falls, Minn.-based Otter Tail Power, which owns 54 percent of the plant, is a publicly traded utility that brought in $1.1 billion in revenue last year. It serves 129,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Its 60,500 Minnesota cus- tomers are in the western third of the state. If the company goes ahead with the project, its half share would represent the single largest investment the utility has ever made. The other owners are NorthWestern Energy of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. of Bismarck, N.D. j yi gti hospital for medical attention to her Verh lie en o n me as hand. So Hayley and her sister went with Papasso in his vehicle• Boerjan to be Fore gn Exchange Student sentenced Dec. 27' LOUISE VERHILLE is spending the year as a foreign exchange student with host parents Ron and Ginger Athey. Louise, a junior at OHS, is pic- tured above in center with herhost parents. Louise will be leaving at the end of December for Netherlands where she will finish out her year as an exchange student. for me before I attend college." Louise was a part of the OHS cross country team and will be a wrestling cheerleader through the end of Decem- ber. She will also be a santa girl during the holidays and part of the fall Drama Departments performace of Masters of Disguise. Louise likes to dance, read, watch TV, shopping and going out with friends. She was able to do some fish- ing on Big Stone Lake and was excited to be able to catch some fish. Her mother Frederique is a govern- ment worker in Belgium and her father, Jean-VIarie resides in France. She also havei step-brother Paul, 13. At the end of December, Louise will be leaving Ortonville to finish her ex- change program in Netherlands to learn the Dutch language• After com- pleting the exchange program, Louise will be attending college where she will study law in hopes of becoming a judge• Louise's host family, Ron and Gin- ger Athey, have enjoyed their time with Louise. "We thought it would be a good ex- pereince for us," said Ginger. "Louise has been a joy to have with us and will be missed when she leaves•" Louise stated that she plans to visit the area in the future and is not ruling out the possibility of someday working in the United States. William Charles Boerjan, 34, of Montevideo, entered a plea of guilty to Count 1-burglary in the second de- gree in Big Stone County Court on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The other three counts were dismissed. The charges stem from a burglary and theft that took place the end of March at the home of Phil and Sue Blake. The Big Stone County Sheriff's Department investigated the case on March 31 when the Blake home was burglarized and thousands of dollars worth of electonics were stolen. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing will be held on Dec. 27 in Big Stone County Court. 33 Louise Verhille is experiencing life in Minnesota as one of four foreign exchange students at OHS. Verhille, a junior at OHS, is staying with host family Ron and Ginger Athey. Louise is from Mons, Belgium, a town of 91,000 near the French border. She arrived here on Aug. 30 and has been enjoying her time in Ortonville. "The people here have been very nice," stated Verhille. "The students have been fun to be around and the teachers have been very helpful." Louise is part of the International Student Exchange (ISE) program. ISE accepts highly qualified and well- screened students from over 55 coun- tries around the world. Based on the materials submitted by ISE and reviewed by the Council on Standards for International Educa- tional Travel (CSIET), an independent national educational organization founded in 1984, ISE has been granted a listing every year. In 2009, ASA In- ternational, DM Discoveries, and INTO Ed Ventures were merged with ISE. Indicative of its high level of pro- fessionalism and respect within the foreign exchange industry, ISE is des- ignated by the Department of State as an official sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program. ISE is headquartered on Long Is- land, 60 minutes from Manhattan. Forty-four fully staffed Regional Of- rices are strategically located in the United States. Louise stated why she became an exhange student. "One of the main reasons was to learn English," said Louise. "I also thought it would be a good experience DAYS Todd Thielke tried calling his daughters cell phone and Papasso's cell phone numerous times and received no answer. At approximately 12:50 p.m. he contacted the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department and reported his two daughters missing• After receiving no answer from Pa- passo's phone, Deputy Sheriff Josh Bohlen alerted surrounding county of- ficials of the kidnapping and a descrip- tion of Papasso's vehicle. The girls were missing until approximately 5:10 p.m. when DNR Conservation Officer Craig Miska contacted Bohlen thatPa- passo had arrived at his parent's home with the gids. At that time Papasso was arrested and taken into custody and placed in jail in Willmar. He appeared in Big Stone County Court on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and was charged with six felony counts includ- ing: kidnapping to commit great bod- ily harm/terrorize; kidnapping to facilitate felony or flight; false im- prisonment-intentional restraint; and domestic assault by strangulation. He was also charged with two misde- meanor counts of fifth degreo assault and domestic assault. Papasso was released on conditional (Continued on page 3) BRENNA GIESE OF ORTONVILLE shot this eight point buck on Saturday, Nov. 5 while hunting with her grandfather, JimRasset also of Ortonville. Pick up Angel Tree Project tags The Salvation Army Angel Tree Project desperately needs your help. This year they will be buying clothing for 247 children in Big Stone County. If you could "adopt" a child or two this Christmas season, simply stop at Cenbank or Minnwest Bank in Or- tonville, First State Bank in Big Stone City, Clinton State Bank in Clinton, or Liebe Drug in Graceville and pick up a tag. There are many tags remaining. The tags indicate the age and sex of the child as well as sizes of items of clothing they could use. The tags do look different than previously, but they have the same information. Once you have purchased the item, return it (unwrapped, please) to the place from which you took the tag by Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tags will be available until Wednesday, Nov. 23. If you would O • prefer to leave a cash donation, you may do that as well. Any help you can give would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your great support in past years; your help makes a difference in the lives of the children in our county. Retirement ceremony held for CMSgt. Mark Villella A retirement ceremony was held for CMSgt Mark Villella, a 1982 graduate of Ortonville High School, from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron in Fort Campbell, KY on Friday, Nov. 11. Chief Villella is the Squadron Su- perintendent for the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron. He is responsi- ble for overseeing the operational ef- fort of over 150 tactical Air Control (TACP) personnel aligned with various echelons of the Army's 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault)• Chief Villella entered the Air Force in August 1982. His background in- cludes various levels of responsibility in the tactical air control party career field and assignments as a command chief master sergeant at the wing and Number Air Force level. Assignment bases that Chief Villella served include South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Hawaii, Texas and Qatar. Villella also served overseas in Germany, Southwest Asia and deployed in support of Operations Urgent Fury, Golden Pheasant, Just Cause, Restore Democracy, Iraqi Free- dom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Before assuming his current posi- tion, Villella served as the United States Air Forces Central, Command Chief Master Sergeant, AI Udeid, Qatar. Chief Villella has received major awards and decorations and was awarded the Six Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service at the ceremony held in his honor• Mark and his wife, Nina have two children and four grandchildren. Their daughter Jaqi and husband Joe Thomp- son, along with children Victoria and Ryan reside in South Carolina• Their son Chris and wife Monica, along with children Andrew and Carter reside in Texas. Mark's parents, Joe and Nadine Vil- lella of Big Stone City, SD, and his sis- ter Sue and husband Bill Kleespie of Morris all traveled to Fort Campbell for this momentous occasion• e