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*********************** FOR AC 980 $MALLTOWNPAPERS 2/11211)0 5028 CALIFORNfJk AVE SW 3O Ortonville "Town with a heart" N =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" N 2 Sections 20 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 Volume 92; Number 45 A TRAGEDY-TURNED-COMEDY as the Ortonville High School Theater Department presented "Classics, Clamities and Clever Characters" in two different shows of three one-act commedies, Nov. 19-22. Shown above is a scene from "Othello: A Tragic Comedy in Way Too Many Acts". This comedy takes place not many years ago in Louisiana and South Texas. Pictured from left to right are Jonah Thune (lago), David Lee (Othello), Tate Messmer (Cassio), Dimitiri Cuneo (Brabantio) and Eli B-lock (Roderigo). Council approves purchase of new Ortonville Ambulance Ortonville's City Council approved the purchase of a new ambulance, for the Ortonville Ambulance Service at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 15. In the absence of Mayor Dave Dinnel, Mayor Pro Tern Mike Dorry conducted the City Council meeting with all other council members present. Christine Boyle, Ortonville Ambu- lance Coordinator, gave a rundown of quotes she gathered on used ambu- lances. She stated that of the quotes re- ceived, the ambulances had a lot of miles and that it was her recommenda- tion that they would be dealing with the same issues and problems with the am- bulances that they have now. Chris Haseley of Everest Emer- gency Vehicles, Inc. of St. Paul was present to answer any questions the council may have had. The Council did have a chance to view the ambu- lance which was on display before the council meeting at the Ambulance Garage. The newer ambulance is up to date with low miles. A grill guard and curb- side outlet will be added• Total cost for the new ambulance is $129,450. This will be a rig that they will be able to count orfor many years and will se- cure the safety of the patients. Financing for the new ambulance was discussed. TheOrtonville Ambu- lance will use part of their funds, with the City financing the rest. City Clerk/ Administrator Char Grossman stated that they have money available in var- ious funds that could be paid back over a period of time. Council members felt that the need for a newer ambulance was much needed. Dr. Bryan Delage presented numbers that indicate that the ambu- lance service had 521 runs in a 21 month period with 14! transfers and 34 pickups at the airport. The council also approved the Am- bulance standby fees for assisting at the Hospital Helipad. Discussion centered on what would be a fair fee for this service. Ambulance Coordinator Chris- tine Boyle stated that after checking rates from other services it ranged from $85-$100 per hour. Jim Foster of the Ortonville Hospital stated the hospital had no problems with $100/hour rate. The Council then approved that fee with anything over the hour charged in $100/hour increments. in other business, the council denied • . % a claim from Brenda Dmnel m the amount of $609.16 for the repair of sewer hook-up based on city prece- dence that has already been set in other instances. The vote was 5-1 with Dorry opposed• The council then accepted the resig- nation of Debra Hicks as Accounts Payable Clerk as of Nov. 30 after 29 years of service• The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be held on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center of the Ortonville Library. Video recording policy on school buses approved By Laurie Maas The Ortonville School Board ap- proved at their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, the new policy re- garding video recording on school buses. These recordings can be used for evidence in disciplinary action brought against students arising out of student's conduct on the bus. Record- ings may be viewed by school officials on a random basis or when discipline problems on the bus have been brought to the attention of the school district. Currently there is one bus with a video camera. The Ortonville Area Basketball Booster Club representatives requested permission to put the banners from bas- ketball conferences and subsections up in the gymnasium, purchase a new scores table that is padded, get a mixer for the sound system, and unveil the new mats at the girls basketball on No- vember 30th. The board approved these items. Sixth grade teacher Mr. Joe Eustice presented his military leave request be- ginning January 2, 2011 until May 2012 and it was approved. The board approved the contract for Jan Eifealdt as 7th and 8th grade girls' basketball coach and Jennifer Nordly as the 9th grade girls coach. Candice Henning- son was approved as the Trojan Tech supervisor• The board approved the resignation of Kevin Rademacher from the Board beginning in January of 2011. There was some damage to the lights at Trojan field due to wind but insurance will not cover it because it is less than $2,500. Custodial Supervisor Glenn Henningson is working to get the lights fixed. Wellendorf's will not be doing snow removal this year. The school is in the process of getting quotes for this service. The district will install curb and gutter along Minnesota Street where the football practice field is. Grass will then be planted so no one drives on the property. The next meeting of the Ortonville School Board meeting will be on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the library. A BARE LOT after the debris was removed from the site of the fire that destroyed the DCC Solutions and Once N' Again buildings in Ortonville back in September. MAAC, Inc. of Montevideo sorted and hauled the rubble out over the past two weeks. Many attend Veterans Day program at Big Stone Legion The Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 held their annual Veterans Day "Uniform Party" Banquet and Program on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Big Stone American Legion. The meal was served at 6 p.m. and was catered by Trevett's Cafe. The program followed with Joe Van Lith serving as Master of Ceremonies. He gave a brief rundown of different things the Legion have done over the past year and also thanked the many who helped with the remodeling of the Legion. Ret. Builder Chief in Navy and current Legion Commander Dan Seoblic welcomed those in atten- dance and thanked the many veterans for their dedicated years of service. Jim Holman of Deerwood present- ed a U.S. Flag in memory of his Uncle John Vengen who was killed in WWII. The flag will be a part of the Avenue of Flags. Dave Cloos, representing the fam- ily of John and Joan Cloos of Big Stone City, SD presented Post 229 with the Tolling Bell used to honor those veterans deceased during the past year. His father, John, had found the bell many years ago while work- ing on a house and it has been used every year since. MC Joe Van Lith stated that they hope to install a sign on the Bell in memory of John and Joan, who were long time members of the Legion. Guest speaker for the program was Big Stone County Veterans Service Office Dan Meyer, who gave an Icy roads blamed for accident Sun. Icy roads were the cause of a two vehicle accident on Main Street in Ortonville on Sunday, Nov. 21. At approximately 7:30 a.m., a 1998 Chevy pickup driven by Tom Scoblic of Ortonville was traveling down the hill on Monroe Avenue when it slid on the icy conditions through the intersection and struck a State of Minnesota Sand Truck. The Scoblic pickup received over $1,000 damage with the State of Minnesota truck receiving minimal damage. No one was injured in the accident which was investigated by the Ortonville Police Department. 32 DAYS Community service for Thanksgiving The Ortonville Community Thanksgiving service will be this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at New Life Community Baptist Church in Ortonville. Participating churches are Living Hope Assembly of God, First United Methodist, United Congregational Church of Christ, Artichoke Lake Baptist, and New Life Community Baptist. The host church is located at 605 N. Minnesota St. Any questions call 839-3440. PRESENTING A TOLLING BELL to the Big Stone American Legion Post 229 is Dave Cloos, right, on behalf of the John and Joan Cloos family. The Bell is tolled tohonor those veterans deceased during the past year. Accepting the Tolling Bell is Legion Commander Dan Scoblic. inspirational speech about the dedi- cated service our veterans have given. Dan also provided information to update veterans and their families on the recent developments and changes in veterans benefits. The program concluded with the Tolling of the Bell to honor those vet- erans deceased within the past year. Following the program, many in attendance renewed old aquantances and enjoyed great fellowship. Moorhead man escapes injury in Semi-Tanker Truck rollover A Moorhead man escaped injury after the semi-tanker truck he was driving rolled one and a half miles east of Poet Bio-Refining Ethanol Plant in Big Stone City, SD on Wednesday, Nov, 17. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, at approximately 11 a.m. a call was received that Roger Bye, 40, of Moorhead was driving a semi-tanker truck east on 144th Avenue when he was distracted and lost control of the rig, over corrected and entered and rolled the tanker in the south ditch. The semi-tanker truck, owned by Farstad Oil of Fargo, ND, was fully loaded with 8,100 gallons of ethanol. About 200 gallons leaked before authorities were able to contain it. Bye was transported by the Ortonville Ambulance to the Ortonville Hospital where he was treated and released with minor injuries. Assisting the South Dakota Highway Patrol was the Big Stone City Police, Grant County Sheriff, Big Stone County Sheriff, Grant County Emergency Management, Big Stone City Fire Department, Ortonville Ambulance and Grant- Roberts Ambulance Service. Specialty Designs celebrates 25 years Twenty five years ago, a group of friends who enjoyed creating specialty ornaments, home decor and unique gifts, gathered together and decided to display their wares at an event f6r the public, in hopes they could sell some of their handmade items. This was the beginning of what would become an annual tradition of the Specialty Design Craft Sale, held each fall in Ortonville's Community Center. Aletta Simonitch came up with the idea to host the first event. It was held in the home of Eileen Adolphson lo- cated on Minnesota Street near the Or- tonville School. The designers included Aletta, Eileen and her daugh- ter Lorayne (Adolphson) Swenson, Mary Jane Sandborn and Carol New- man. They wanted to make the event spe- cial, they didn't want to refer to it as craft show, so they came up with the name, "Specialty Designs." Each one of the designers made something dif- ferent than the others, for a variety of item. Eileen Adolphson loves to do ce- ramics and has two kilns in her base- ment. Her daughter Lorayne enjoyed painting and painted beautiful rose- maled designs on sweatshirts. Lo- rayne, now of Canby, was the director of activities at Northridge at the time and the two of them held ceramic clas- sic classes at the nursing home. One year they helped residents make 129 ceramic Christmas trees. Simonitch specialized in making fabric and pine cone wreaths and intri- cate Christmas ornaments. She re- members they featured an area called, "Grandma's Attic," which they sold quality used items the ladies didn't use anymore. This was a big hit for many of the shoppers. Sandborn, who taught home eco- nomics at OHS for many years, cre- (Continued on page three) Salvation Army tOhkiick-off Kettle Campa,gn t s Wed. The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign will kick-off this Wednesday, Nov. 24 with the Ministerial Association. They will start ringing at noon and go until 6 p.m. A big thank you to the Ministers for giving of their time to help us. The Salvation Army will have their kettle placed in front of Hartman's Super Valu Foods in Ortonville every Friday and Saturday up to the week- end before Christmas. This is The Salvation Army's big fundraising event for the year. They hope all will remember the less fortu- nate, and give generously during this special time of the year. The need is so much greater now than at any other time, and ALL the money they receive during this time will be spent in Big Stone County, during this next year. They have several organizations that help them ring the bells. The Kiwanis and Key Club take the first two weekends. The Firemen will take the third weekend and the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes will do the fourth weekend. They are fortunate to have individuals also who give of their time to help fill spots if for some reason they have spots open. These Organizations, as well as these indi- viduals, have all given very gener- ously of their time in the past, and they thank them for helping again this year. In adwmce the Salvation Army wants to say thanks to the people of Big Stone County for being such a generous group.Your support of them is something very special. Also, they want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011. If any one is interested in donating some time to be a bell ringer, contact Mel Reinke at 839-3084.