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GYMNASTIC Team Captains are Katie Hedge, right, and preparing for their first competition on Dec. 3. PRACTICE in the Armory demands concentration and coach. Kira Sherod, right, practices form with Holtquist&apos;s assistance. airs needed on ldings School Board current state of its exist- tn a regular meeting 18th A report was possible repairs that yen- discussion The building was the audi- ed by the 1956 addi- building needed fewer estimates of cost were thought that repairs to could be made year. In any event. that money for these available from existing tax n accounts, so no added funding would be needed. The matter was taken under advisement for now, and no final deci- sion was reached. In other news, the first reading of a proposed school web site policy was held. the main concern being one of privacy. Themembership in the SWWC services co-op for the Special Ed Program was continued. Deferred compensation at no cost to the district was authorized, and November bills in the amount of $310,418.00 were paid. A report was given to the board by the elementary principal, Joel GREETING CARD00 ' Available Now Six different choices We do them in-store Five Free With Every 25 Ordered Still Taking Appointments For Christmas Photos L Photo 307 Main St., Milbank Across from Pizza Ranch 432-5222 Nov. 26, 2002 Extension report II I LeRv Williams Regional Extension'Educator 270 Fillmore Street, Suite B090 Alexandria, MN 56308 MASTER GARDENERS ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE Master Gardeners are special and unique people and you too can become one. The Master Gardener program has been active in Minnesota since 1977, members are among a family of 4,500 individuals who have also taken the training. Last year, Minnesota M a s t e r Gardeners volunteered over 70,000 hours improving Minnesota's quality of life. Why would you want to become a Master Gardener? Because you love gardening; you enjoy helping things grow; you want to learn how to become a better gardener; and most of all, you are enthusiastic about helping others grow to appreciate gardening the way you do. What do you have to do to become a Master Gardener? You devote 48 hours of intense horticulture training " and then volunteer hours back. The 2003 Master-Gardener trainings will be in Fergus Falls, Cass Lake, St. Paul, and on the Internet. The Fergus Falls training will be four Fridays and four Saturdays beginning February 21 and ending March 15. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and are taught by University of Minnesota facultyl Classes cover lawn care, soil science, trees and shrubs, insect disease and weed control, houseplants, fruits and vegetables and other horticultural subjects. Volunteer service of 50 hours the first year, 25 hours every year plus six hours of education annually is I III required. The cost for taking the class is $125.00. Another option to taking the course is over the Internet. The online training begins January 20 and ends March 28. You work at your own pace, but each week one or two topics are highlighted with e-mail discussions with instructors. Weekly online tests are given to track student progress. Class size is limited to 75 participants. The cost for the online Master Gardener training is $175.00. Every new Master Gardener wants to know what they have to do for their volunteer hours? Most Master Gardeners answer horticulture questions from citizens. If you ask veteran Master Gardeners they will tell you when people find out you are a Master Gardener they will stop you on the street, in stores, at church -- anywhere, and ask you questions about gardening. Many Master Gardeners give presentations to 4-H clubs, garden clubs and other organizations. Most county Master Gardener groups have annual events such as tours, plant sales, county fair booths and educational events. Some spend time in Extension offices answering questions. What should you do if you want more information on the Master Gardner program? First, call your county Extension office and ask them questions about the program in your county. Second, ask your county Extension office for the name of a current Master Gardener and then call or meet with them. Third, you can visit the Master Gardener web site at: Application and registration forms are available at all Extension omces. Stop by and pick one up and be on your way to becoming a Master Gardener. LeRoy Williams is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Horticulture serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Bellingham school news IIIII I I Mr. Sheldon has made up new 'school cards'. Theyhave the complete website address on. Be sure to check it out. He frequently updates the site with news items and pictures of what's happening in school. It's a great way to check out our school! Parent/Teacher Conferences The Parent/Teacher conferences held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 were vacation Monday, 12-2 Cloverbuds at 3:00 Breakfast Tuesdaygrapple juice, assorted cold cereals, PBJ English muffin and milk. Wednesday--apple juice, french toast sticks, sausage links, and milk. Lunch very well attended and appeared to go 'lesday--French toast, scrambled eeer3 , well. There were many positive eggs, hashbrowns, orange slices and lings and comp|iments.  mi|k. We appreciate the concern of the parents for their child or children's education. Thank you for your attendance, concerns and comments. Ray'Seiler & teaching staff Attendance: Preppies 100% Kindergarten 100% First grade 100% Second grade 100% Third grade 100% Fourth grade 92.3% Fifth grade 100% Sixth grade 100% Wednday--vegetable beef soup, summer sausage sandwiches, applesauce, pine apple, PB/PBJ and milk. Calendar Thursday, 11-28 Thanksgiving Day Friday, 11-29 Thanksgiving school eeded Stattelman. In a special meeting held Oct. 28th, a management study report was given by Donald Anderson of the ADM group. In view of declining enrollment, the report proposed, among other recommendations, multi- age classrooms in elementary school, possible reductions in administration and the creation of a long-term strate- gic plan. Next regular meeting of the board will be on Monday, Dec. 16th, at 7:30 PM in the school library. OHS WRESTLERS Dylan McLain (right side up) and Cory Homan (up side down) build their strength at practice in preparation for their first meet this year on Dec. 3. OHS wrestlers begin practice Twenty two wrestlers reported for the first wrestling practice on Nov. 18. Coach Joe Eustice said that despite a young team, "....we will have a num- ber of talented wrestlers that will work hard to improve on the great season we had in 2001-2002. Ortonville had five great wrestlers leave due to graduation: State entrants Joe Karels, Stuart Stone, Blake Schmieg, and Josh Kellen. Also grad- uating was Keith Haggerty. Eustice said, "These young men were responsible for helping build the wrestling prgram in Ortonville and set a number of school records and will be greatly missed." Megan Croat, a section place winner, will not bc on the team this year choosing to be a cheerleader instead, "We have some big shoes to fill." "We have a strong nucleus of vet- eran wrestlers to build around. We have five returning section place win- ners in Eric Collins, Dustin Roggenbuck, Ben Rudnick, Cory Schmieg, and Jon Karels. Jason Kellen is a returning state entrant." Eustice feels there are a number of underclassmen that are expected to have good years also, including Patrick Eustice, Dylan McLain, David Webster, Matt Koval Luke Oval, Eric Croatt and Micah Reiffenberger. The number of first year wrestlers that have looked good in practice the first week include: Drew Johnson, Dustin Kuefler, Michael Miller, Irving Becerril, Tim Rudnick and Cody Grant. "Our big challenge will be filling every weight class. With the addition of the 215 lb. class there are now 14 weight categories which will be diffi- cult for small schools to fill. In many matches, having the ability to fill every weight will give us a good chance to win the meet," said Eustice. "I look for us_to have a successful season. I do not know if that will mean we will win more dual meets then we did last year or not, I do know that we have the potential to do very well if everyone will continue to work hard. I look for big things from our seniors, Jason Kellen and Eric Collins have a great chance to be in the state tournament. Ben Rudnick improved a great deal last year and should have a very good season. We are hoping to see Matt Athey pick up a win this year." First action for the Mat Men will be Dec. 2 in Milbank for the junior high. The Varsity will get under way Dec 3 at Eagle Valley vs. BEV and WHN. Everyone come out and sup- port the team! Community tree lighting set Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m., Rice Hospice and The Grief Center at Rice would like to invite members of our hospice communities to participate in a tree lighting ceremony. This is the ninth year that trees will be lit simul- taneously in each of the Rice Hospice locations. The trees will be lit in mem- ory or in honor of a loved one. "This year, hot refreshments will be served during the tree lighting cer- emony. They have 'usually been served inside after the ceremony is over. We felt this would add a special touch to the ceremony," said Les Erickson, director of Hospice Services. Tree lighting events will be held in the following locations: Appleton--Near Pleasant View Apartments. Benson--Near the hospital employ- ee entrance. Dawson--Behind Johnson Memorial Hospital. Granite Falls--In front of the Waste Management will not be working on Thursday, Nov. 28th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL GARBAGE AND RECYCLING WILL BE PICKED UP ON FRIDAY, NOV. 29th. Have a safe and Granite Falls Hospital. Montevideo--In front of the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital near the parking lot. Ortonville--In the south solarium of the Ortonville Hospital. Paynesvi!le--In front of Koronis Manor. Willmar--Selvig Park near Rice Memorial Hospital. "By lighting the trees outside we feel they can be enjoyed many evenings by the entire community," said David Rivers, coordinator of the Grief Center at Rice. "During the hol- iday season, memories of special peo- pie and the wonderful time we spent with them become more vivid. We see this as a way of remembering our loved ones in a very special way." Members of the community are invited to "Share a Memory" of a loved one with a light, and/or by attending the tree lighting ceremony. All gilts will go to support the Grief Center which serves west central Minnesota, including Appleton, Benson, Dawson, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Ortonville/Graceville, Paynesville and Willmar. For addi- tional information, please call David Rivers, The Grief Center at 320-231- 4714. THANKSGIVING Have a safe holiday season from our family to yours. THE ROGGENBUCK FAMILY. Clockwise are tinda, Dustin, Jason, Dillan, Jorden and Steve. PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. 109 SE 2nd St. * Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2255 or 888-819-2255 < INDEPENDENT Page 9