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a heart" BIG STO00( :,aw i CHURCH arrives at its new home on the grounds of the Big Stone County Museum. is planning a dedication of the church with 'Christmas at the Museumrfestivities on Dec. 8. Church arrives at Stone County Museum LUtheran Church of Malta at its new home on the Big Stone County Nov. 21, after trav- up to lO miles an hour steeple and all. the membership of for 72 years, the Came to the decision to for regular worship to declining membership in obtaining a pastor Small congregation. the closure of the voted to offer Big Stone County $10,000 to the church. According to Ann Lundberg, Museum Board member, "We've been excited about welcoming the church to it's new home ever since. The money was an important aspect to the donation of the church. We've held an Ice Cream Social and also received a donation from tile Aid This was not the first time the Bethany Church has moved. As a matter of fact, local historians believe the church has been moved twice before, maybe three times. Lundberg Construction of Ortonvilte constructed the foundation for the ehtrch at it's new location, Association for Lutherans, but we will "while Milbank House Movers, Inc. have to raise more funds before thff / was responsible for moving the project is completed." Large numbers of Big Stone County residents turned-out for the show, many with cameras in hand as the church traveled along the roads, pausing occassionally for electric crews to lower lines to allow for the tall steeple to pass. church. The Museum will host a dedication of the Church at its new location in conjunction with the annual Christmas at the Museum festivities on Dec. 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Ottertail power plant to be ined by Xcel decision recently announced 22 proposals from further considera- process for up to of electricity. plant is one of those three-part bidding youth to ,mn sing Youth League will be Hymn Sing on 1, 2002 at 7 p.m. We do to give thanks our Lord in song and offering will be taken sponsored response raised will be used needed animals for like to share your contact Jeremy Sellin by Nov. 23, 2002. there? process. The final selections are expected to be announced by Xcel by the end of the year, according to the company press release. Ottertail's bid is based on supply- ing 600 megawatt's of power. "Xcel is clearly our biggest customer, and they are a key element in the potential expansion of the plant," said Mark Rolfes, Manager of New Business Development for Ottertail, and former Big Stone Plant Manager. Two years ago, Ottertail announced the company would conduct a two year business development study to investigate the feasibility of another electric generating plant on the site of the existing plant near Big Stone City, SD. Acceptance by Xcel would mean that Ottertail would be able to go ahead with that expansion. Due to the changes in the utitlity industry over the past year, Xcel's process will be carefully scrutinized. Mark Rolfes explained that price is only one of the criteria that Xcel is considering. Criteria as to emissions, for instance, as well as issues with the distance and route of transmission will also impact the decision. However, "this plant is in a good position to meet the needs of the Minnesota and South Dakota area," said Rolfes. Xcel has encouraged proposals from many types of resources or fuel that would enhance Xcel Energy's electricity supply portfolio, according to a press release from the company. It is expected that the companies chosen will reflect a variety of fuel sources, possibly including wind gen- (Continued on page 31 Alice Sayles in Twin Cities Hosp. Alice (Mrs. Wally) Sayles of Clinton continues to recuperate following another surgery last week at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The surgery involved removing parts of her left foot. Cards may be sent to Alice: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408. ocal shoppers will win 3,000 this holuday season Shop at home this holiday season 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 and Christmas scrip as a "'thank you" for shopping locally. 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. Names will be entered into a A total of $3,000 in Christmas Scrip will be given away during the next four weeks in the annual Ortonville Independent-sponsored Christmas promotion. Registration for winning this year's drawings is underway. 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. 29 and 30, 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 four drawings held Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 and the final four drawings held in double drawing on Dec. 20 and 21. All 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 the-drawing or where the winner registered. In the final drawing, winner (Continued on page 3) 29 Days UNTIL CHRISTMAS Family practice mentor program DeLage/Longnecker team-up BIG STONE HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION'S, Family Practice schol- arship recipient Stacy Longnecker, left, with Dr. Bryan DeLage at the Northside Medical Center, Ortonville. Longnecker and DeLage are par- ticipating in a program designed to give medical students small town medical practice experience. Second-year medical student Stacy (Weeding) Longnecker will be spend- ing time back in Ortonville learning hands-on the practice of rural family practice medicine under the tutelage of,Dr. Bryan DeLage. Longnecker graduated from OHS in1996 and married her high school sweetheart, Isaiah Longnecker, who is employed as a funeral director at Larson Funeral Home in Ortonvitle. "I started thinking about the med- ical field as a career some time early in 7th or 8th grade, and as I got older, it seemed that becoming a doctor was within reach," said Longnecker "It was nice to be home, and get a feeling for what it will be like work- ing with patients. Being a doctor, is not about classroom learning, it's about the people," said Longnecker. DeLage and Longnecker are par- ticipating in a program known as the Family Practice Preceptorship, associ- ated with the University of Minnesota School of Medicine Duluth. The mis- sion of the school has been training family physicians for rut:el Minnesota, and this program has been instrumen- tal in giving prospective doctors small town medical practice experience. The program that brings (Continued on page 3) Soil, water dist. newsletter inside Inside this edition of the Ortonville Independent and Northern Star, local readers will find Big Stone County's Soil and Water Conservation district fall 2002 newsletter. The newsletter is a collaboration between the SWCD and the Big Stone County Environmental office. 3000 Bucks For Yule Shopp Santa Gals and Guys To Serve You With Another All.Victorian Look S Ortonville and IBig Stone City merchants I | invite our neighbors [ | to shop our | friendly cities. J r ville/Big Stone City...2002 "Christmas Bargain'" Cities