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i with a heart" WiN tHIS ",1 :/ %," , tOP ...... SHOP & TONVILLE & CITY ;TONE CITY "o[ CITIES , "T,AS CITIES ISTER HIER  , ISTEII HERE ORTONVILLE & BIG STONE CITY, this holiday season and win Christmas Scrip. Local merchants up with the Ortonville Independent to encourage everyone to shop locally. The drawing boxes the first drawings will be held this Friday and Saturday. Shown here are some of the merchants. In front is Bruce Montzka of AlleyCat Lanes. Left to right in back are Dianna Home Services and Hardware, Linda Hof'henke of Ash and Reedstrom Attorneys at Law e Jo Smithwick of Hair Classics. ncil asks Police Dept., HS for budget cuts Goehring Street recommendation Councilmember Artie is tonight School's Music its fall instru- tonight, Tuesday, Nov. in the Ortonville High High Concert Band, Band, and various will showcase talents during the con- is invited to attend the is $5 for adults Arndt spurred citizen and council debate over core city services, at Ortonville's last City Council meeting, resulting in further budget review for Ortonville Area Health Services and the Police Department. Arndt's budget review served as catalyst to discussions over shifting local police services to the Big Stone County Sheriff's office, and to shaving $50,000 from OAHS. Representatives from the Ortonville Police Department and OAHS attended the meeting and shared their concerns regarding proposed changes in funding. Arndt expressed discomfort with the council borrowing money from capital improvement funds to pay the city's daily expenses. He said the , Lions Club to help have a Merry Chrnstmas Area Jaycees are Christmas again this 3f the Jaycees will be underpriveliged chil- County. the group spent over 197 children. to help with this cash dianations to P.O. Box 53, . or can drop off gifts to Blair in Ortonville. is serving as a drop site this year, and is offering a 25 percent discount on regular priced items purchased in their store for this purpose. Ortonville's Dairy Queen is also serving as a drop site again, and will be giving away a free sundae to any- one who drops off a "new" unwrapped girl there for Project Christmas. The Jaycees would also like to mention the Ortonville Lions Club will be having mitten trees in the area banks. Lions Club mittens will be dis- tributed to children with the Project Christmas gifts. council attended a budget retreat recently and, in reviewing some 20 budget items, made no decisions on cuts. Ortonville resident Jim Heinecke told the council that he had left the last meeting with the impression that the 2004 budget was in place and that more public input would be elicited to learn what citizens want. "You can't just throw out Draconian cuts like that," he said. Arndt and Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann discussed the proposed police budget. Arndt said when department heads were asked to cut money from their budgets, the police department increased its budget by $30,000. Hormann explained the increase included some capital improvements that were cut the previous year. Mayor Dave Dinnel pointed out that 82 percent of the police budget goes to wages and that much of the $30,000 increase was for cost-of- living and merit raises. "It is much easier for departments that can make , capital cuts," observed Dinnel. A decrease of $50,000 in police spending would amount to 2.5 service hours per day. A decision to reduce services could not be made by Chief Hormann as suggested by the Council. Councilmember Dan Oakes shared that there are 28 hours a week in which the city is not covered with police services; with proposed cuts, the figure would rise to 63 hours. Hormann said, "I'm curious how (Continued on page 12) / i!i iLLE'S LIONS CLUB is helping make a Merry Christmas for needy families in Big Stone County. with the Ortonville Jaycee's on their Project Christmas. The Lion's Club is hosting a is of warm mittens of al/sizes. Mittens can be dropped off at the Big Stone Lake Area Minnwest Bank and CenBank in Ortonville. ocal shoppers will win 3,000 this holiday season Shop locally and you could win big bucks? Merchants in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD have once again teamed up to offer holiday shoppers great savings as a "thank you" for shopping in Ortonviile. Not only will great Christmas values be awaiting shoppers, but they will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in FREE Christmas Bucks scrip. A total of $3,000 in Christmas Scrip will once again be given away during the next five weeks in the annual Ortonville Independent-sponsored Christmas promotion. Registration for winning this year's drawings is underway. Names will be entered into a drawing box at participating area businesses throughout the holiday season. Each week, ten names from each participating store's drawing box will be drawn out and placed in the final drawing box. The remaining names will be discarded weekly, so shoppers must keep registering at participating businesses each week to win. The same process will be used for each of the 12 drawings. The drawings for $3,000 in scrip money this year will be disbursed in 12 drawings for $250 each in scrip, with each drawing getting progressively larger if the winner is not present. If the person whose name is selected in the first drawing is present in a participating store, he or she will win $250 in Christmas Bucks. If the winner is not present, he or she will only win $50 in scrip, with the remaining $200 carried over to the next drawing, which would then be $450 in Christmas Bucks. From then on, the winner gets the full amount if they're present or $50 in scrip if they're not present. Once the full jackpot is awarded, the amount will reset to $250 in scrip the following week. It still pays to register even if you will not be present for that week's drawing, since even those not present can win at least $50 in scrip. The first four drawings, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, will be held during open house promotions at most stores in Ortonville and Big Stone City. There will be a double drawing on each of these days, with the next eight drawings held Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. All 12 drawings will take place at 3 p.m. All winning names will be announced over KDIO radio. If your name is drawn, notify the store manager immediately, who will then notify the Independent office, by calling 839-6163, within three minutes of the original announcement. If no calls are received after three minutes, it will be determined the winner is not present, and the winner will be awarded $50 in scrip. As in previous years, winners will be pictured in the Independent, with the owner or manager of the store where the winner was at the time of (Continued on page 5) BARRY WELLNITZ, 13, of LoUisburg shot Iis first buck on Sunday, Nov. 9th during the first deer hunting season. The nine point buck was taken while hunting with his dad northwest of Louisburg. Two arrested Friday after search warrant was issued recovered was a car stereo that had been stolen from a vehicle in Ortonviile, said Hormann. Felony charges are pending against the following: Lila Kay Anderson, 31, of Ortonville, for Possession of Methamphetamines, Marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and felony charges against Ronald Owen Barnes, 36, of Milbank, SD for Probation vio- lation out of South Dakota. Additionally charges may still be coming. Anderson is being detained in the Grant County Jail in Mibank, SD, and appeared in Big Stone County court yesterday, Monday, Nov. 24. Last Friday, Nov. 21 at approxi- mately 12:41 p.m., officers from the Ortonville Police Department, assist- ed by the Big Stone City, SD Police and Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, executed a search war- rant at 8 SE 3rd Street in Ortonville. In executing the search warrant, officers found several items suspected of being illegal drugs, including Methamphetamine and Marijuana. These items were tested and did test positive for Methamphetamines and Marijuana, according to Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann. Drug paraphernalia was also found and siezed during the search. Also w Check out our web site at ' w w, ortonvilleindependent.comJ Only 30 Days UNTIL CHRISTMAS Kidnapping on Big Stone Lake part of larger manhunt by Kris Goehring Street A harrowing experience for a rural Browns Valley man ended peacefully for him last Thursday but led law enforcement officers on a continued three-county manhunt that ended in Dawson. An armed gunman took Terry Beumer, 47, hostage for a brief time Nov. 20. The suspect released Beumer unharmed and continued his flight from authorities. The suspect, a 17-year-old male from Roslyn, SD, allegedly stole a Marshall County Sheriff's patrol car in Lake City, SD. From there, he headed to Eden, SD, where he is sus- pected of stealing a pickup and head- ing toward Sisseton. It was a rural area along Big Stone Lake, however, where the individual landed, and where Beumer happened across him. Beumer drove the short distance from his home to his secluded cabin on Big Stone Lake Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. As he arrived home from an errand in nearby Browns Valley, a neighbor stopped to tell him he had seen a white pickup truck heading down Beumer's road and assumed it was a trespassing deer hunter. When Beumer arrived at his cabin, he saw the small truck parked next to the building. He got out of his truck and saw a figure running around the cabin. He said at this point he "real- ized it was something else." Beumer ran after the man but didn't catch him. He recalls looking at the windows to see if any were broken. None were, so he never expected the individual to be inside, pointing a gun out the front door, directly at Beumer. The armed suspect, who had bro- ken in through sliding glass doors, looked "pretty irate," according to Beumer. "On a scale of 1 to 10, he was about an 18," he relates. Beumer says he remained very calm, "amaz- ingly calm," during the ordeal. He tried to watch for an opportunity to disarm his captor but none arose. The suspect never took the gun off of ,B, eumer. At one point, Beumer says, ' He put the gun right to my head' and asked, "'Are you afraid to die?" I told him "No, I'm not," he said, "Neither am I." Shortly after that, the suspect tied Beumer up with some rope and cargo straps from his truck. Beumer said he was taken around the cabin and thought the man might shoot him and leave him in the heavy brush there, but instead he shoved him into his vehicle. Beumer, 62 and very muscu- lar, barely fit in the space', his knees on the floor and his torso bent over the front seat of the small cab, Beumer said he felt relief at this point that the suspect was going to use him as a hostage. The suspect drove recklessly up the rough mile-long lake drive, stopped at the top of the hill, and told Beumer to get out. Beumer tried to dissuade him. "Don't go," he said. "Let's just stay here and talk. The police don't know that you're here, and they don't know that I'm here." "When he let me out, I figured somebody was going to end up dead," recalls Beumer. He feared the suspect would kill himself or law enforcement if he continued on his way. Beumer said they talked for sever- al minutes, mostly about faith. The suspect said he was a Christian but wanted to do "something outrageous." He told Beumer he had always want- ed to live like Bonnie and Clyde. In the end, the suspect could not be persuaded to stay. Beumer says the man said he was not going back to prison and told him "I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do." Beumer walked back .to the cabin and his pickup, during which time he was able to free his hands. Upon returning home, he immediately called the Roberts County sheriff. The dispatcher had heard about a sus- pect being sought in the Roslyn, SD, area and suspected it could be the same person. The Roberts County Sheriff's Office received Beumer's call at 12:19 p,m and launched an immediate search of the area for the suspect and his vehicle. A few hours later, the Roberts County Sheriff's Office received notice that Minnesota (Coatimcxl on page 12) i with a heart" WiN tHIS ",1 :/ %," , tOP ...... SHOP & TONVILLE & CITY ;TONE CITY "o[ CITIES , "T,AS CITIES ISTER HIER  , ISTEII HERE ORTONVILLE & BIG STONE CITY, this holiday season and win Christmas Scrip. Local merchants up with the Ortonville Independent to encourage everyone to shop locally. The drawing boxes the first drawings will be held this Friday and Saturday. Shown here are some of the merchants. In front is Bruce Montzka of AlleyCat Lanes. Left to right in back are Dianna Home Services and Hardware, Linda Hof'henke of Ash and Reedstrom Attorneys at Law e Jo Smithwick of Hair Classics. ncil asks Police Dept., HS for budget cuts Goehring Street recommendation Councilmember Artie is tonight School's Music its fall instru- tonight, Tuesday, Nov. in the Ortonville High High Concert Band, Band, and various will showcase talents during the con- is invited to attend the is $5 for adults Arndt spurred citizen and council debate over core city services, at Ortonville's last City Council meeting, resulting in further budget review for Ortonville Area Health Services and the Police Department. Arndt's budget review served as catalyst to discussions over shifting local police services to the Big Stone County Sheriff's office, and to shaving $50,000 from OAHS. Representatives from the Ortonville Police Department and OAHS attended the meeting and shared their concerns regarding proposed changes in funding. Arndt expressed discomfort with the council borrowing money from capital improvement funds to pay the city's daily expenses. He said the , Lions Club to help have a Merry Chrnstmas Area Jaycees are Christmas again this 3f the Jaycees will be underpriveliged chil- County. the group spent over 197 children. to help with this cash dianations to P.O. Box 53, . or can drop off gifts to Blair in Ortonville. is serving as a drop site this year, and is offering a 25 percent discount on regular priced items purchased in their store for this purpose. Ortonville's Dairy Queen is also serving as a drop site again, and will be giving away a free sundae to any- one who drops off a "new" unwrapped girl there for Project Christmas. The Jaycees would also like to mention the Ortonville Lions Club will be having mitten trees in the area banks. Lions Club mittens will be dis- tributed to children with the Project Christmas gifts. council attended a budget retreat recently and, in reviewing some 20 budget items, made no decisions on cuts. Ortonville resident Jim Heinecke told the council that he had left the last meeting with the impression that the 2004 budget was in place and that more public input would be elicited to learn what citizens want. "You can't just throw out Draconian cuts like that," he said. Arndt and Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann discussed the proposed police budget. Arndt said when department heads were asked to cut money from their budgets, the police department increased its budget by $30,000. Hormann explained the increase included some capital improvements that were cut the previous year. Mayor Dave Dinnel pointed out that 82 percent of the police budget goes to wages and that much of the $30,000 increase was for cost-of- living and merit raises. "It is much easier for departments that can make , capital cuts," observed Dinnel. A decrease of $50,000 in police spending would amount to 2.5 service hours per day. A decision to reduce services could not be made by Chief Hormann as suggested by the Council. Councilmember Dan Oakes shared that there are 28 hours a week in which the city is not covered with police services; with proposed cuts, the figure would rise to 63 hours. Hormann said, "I'm curious how (Continued on page 12) / i!i iLLE'S LIONS CLUB is helping make a Merry Christmas for needy families in Big Stone County. with the Ortonville Jaycee's on their Project Christmas. The Lion's Club is hosting a is of warm mittens of al/sizes. Mittens can be dropped off at the Big Stone Lake Area Minnwest Bank and CenBank in Ortonville. ocal shoppers will win 3,000 this holiday season Shop locally and you could win big bucks? Merchants in Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD have once again teamed up to offer holiday shoppers great savings as a "thank you" for shopping in Ortonviile. Not only will great Christmas values be awaiting shoppers, but they will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in FREE Christmas Bucks scrip. A total of $3,000 in Christmas Scrip will once again be given away during the next five weeks in the annual Ortonville Independent-sponsored Christmas promotion. Registration for winning this year's drawings is underway. Names will be entered into a drawing box at participating area businesses throughout the holiday season. Each week, ten names from each participating store's drawing box will be drawn out and placed in the final drawing box. The remaining names will be discarded weekly, so shoppers must keep registering at participating businesses each week to win. The same process will be used for each of the 12 drawings. The drawings for $3,000 in scrip money this year will be disbursed in 12 drawings for $250 each in scrip, with each drawing getting progressively larger if the winner is not present. If the person whose name is selected in the first drawing is present in a participating store, he or she will win $250 in Christmas Bucks. If the winner is not present, he or she will only win $50 in scrip, with the remaining $200 carried over to the next drawing, which would then be $450 in Christmas Bucks. From then on, the winner gets the full amount if they're present or $50 in scrip if they're not present. Once the full jackpot is awarded, the amount will reset to $250 in scrip the following week. It still pays to register even if you will not be present for that week's drawing, since even those not present can win at least $50 in scrip. The first four drawings, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, will be held during open house promotions at most stores in Ortonville and Big Stone City. There will be a double drawing on each of these days, with the next eight drawings held Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. All 12 drawings will take place at 3 p.m. All winning names will be announced over KDIO radio. If your name is drawn, notify the store manager immediately, who will then notify the Independent office, by calling 839-6163, within three minutes of the original announcement. If no calls are received after three minutes, it will be determined the winner is not present, and the winner will be awarded $50 in scrip. As in previous years, winners will be pictured in the Independent, with the owner or manager of the store where the winner was at the time of (Continued on page 5) BARRY WELLNITZ, 13, of LoUisburg shot Iis first buck on Sunday, Nov. 9th during the first deer hunting season. The nine point buck was taken while hunting with his dad northwest of Louisburg. Two arrested Friday after search warrant was issued recovered was a car stereo that had been stolen from a vehicle in Ortonviile, said Hormann. Felony charges are pending against the following: Lila Kay Anderson, 31, of Ortonville, for Possession of Methamphetamines, Marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and felony charges against Ronald Owen Barnes, 36, of Milbank, SD for Probation vio- lation out of South Dakota. Additionally charges may still be coming. Anderson is being detained in the Grant County Jail in Mibank, SD, and appeared in Big Stone County court yesterday, Monday, Nov. 24. Last Friday, Nov. 21 at approxi- mately 12:41 p.m., officers from the Ortonville Police Department, assist- ed by the Big Stone City, SD Police and Big Stone County Sheriff's Department, executed a search war- rant at 8 SE 3rd Street in Ortonville. In executing the search warrant, officers found several items suspected of being illegal drugs, including Methamphetamine and Marijuana. These items were tested and did test positive for Methamphetamines and Marijuana, according to Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann. Drug paraphernalia was also found and siezed during the search. Also w Check out our web site at ' w w, ortonvilleindependent.comJ Only 30 Days UNTIL CHRISTMAS Kidnapping on Big Stone Lake part of larger manhunt by Kris Goehring Street A harrowing experience for a rural Browns Valley man ended peacefully for him last Thursday but led law enforcement officers on a continued three-county manhunt that ended in Dawson. An armed gunman took Terry Beumer, 47, hostage for a brief time Nov. 20. The suspect released Beumer unharmed and continued his flight from authorities. The suspect, a 17-year-old male from Roslyn, SD, allegedly stole a Marshall County Sheriff's patrol car in Lake City, SD. From there, he headed to Eden, SD, where he is sus- pected of stealing a pickup and head- ing toward Sisseton. It was a rural area along Big Stone Lake, however, where the individual landed, and where Beumer happened across him. Beumer drove the short distance from his home to his secluded cabin on Big Stone Lake Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. As he arrived home from an errand in nearby Browns Valley, a neighbor stopped to tell him he had seen a white pickup truck heading down Beumer's road and assumed it was a trespassing deer hunter. When Beumer arrived at his cabin, he saw the small truck parked next to the building. He got out of his truck and saw a figure running around the cabin. He said at this point he "real- ized it was something else." Beumer ran after the man but didn't catch him. He recalls looking at the windows to see if any were broken. None were, so he never expected the individual to be inside, pointing a gun out the front door, directly at Beumer. The armed suspect, who had bro- ken in through sliding glass doors, looked "pretty irate," according to Beumer. "On a scale of 1 to 10, he was about an 18," he relates. Beumer says he remained very calm, "amaz- ingly calm," during the ordeal. He tried to watch for an opportunity to disarm his captor but none arose. The suspect never took the gun off of ,B, eumer. At one point, Beumer says, ' He put the gun right to my head' and asked, "'Are you afraid to die?" I told him "No, I'm not," he said, "Neither am I." Shortly after that, the suspect tied Beumer up with some rope and cargo straps from his truck. Beumer said he was taken around the cabin and thought the man might shoot him and leave him in the heavy brush there, but instead he shoved him into his vehicle. Beumer, 62 and very muscu- lar, barely fit in the space', his knees on the floor and his torso bent over the front seat of the small cab, Beumer said he felt relief at this point that the suspect was going to use him as a hostage. The suspect drove recklessly up the rough mile-long lake drive, stopped at the top of the hill, and told Beumer to get out. Beumer tried to dissuade him. "Don't go," he said. "Let's just stay here and talk. The police don't know that you're here, and they don't know that I'm here." "When he let me out, I figured somebody was going to end up dead," recalls Beumer. He feared the suspect would kill himself or law enforcement if he continued on his way. Beumer said they talked for sever- al minutes, mostly about faith. The suspect said he was a Christian but wanted to do "something outrageous." He told Beumer he had always want- ed to live like Bonnie and Clyde. In the end, the suspect could not be persuaded to stay. Beumer says the man said he was not going back to prison and told him "I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do." Beumer walked back .to the cabin and his pickup, during which time he was able to free his hands. Upon returning home, he immediately called the Roberts County sheriff. The dispatcher had heard about a sus- pect being sought in the Roslyn, SD, area and suspected it could be the same person. The Roberts County Sheriff's Office received Beumer's call at 12:19 p,m and launched an immediate search of the area for the suspect and his vehicle. A few hours later, the Roberts County Sheriff's Office received notice that Minnesota (Coatimcxl on page 12)