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........ ******AI.tTO**ALL FOR ADC 2g Ortonville "-Iown with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Ill!!l!l!iLL!!!lll 8 3 _> Sections 22 pages Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Tuesday, Nov. 29 2011 Volume 93 Number 4E DOI NG "I"} { [!. MOST GOOD BELL RINGING FOR THE SALVATION ARMY is underway at Hartman's Super Valu in Ortonville, Pictured above, left to right, are Santa Gal LouiseVerhille, Pastor John Ragan of the Ortonville Kiwanis Club, Jon Hartman of Hartman's Super Valu, (makin~ a donation to the Salvation Army) and Santa Gal Brooke Hanson. Individuals and members of'various organizations will be bell ringing, and Mel Reinke of the local Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who is volunteering their time to help bell ringing during the holiday season. The Salvation Army's Kettle Cam- paign is off and running. They will be ringing at noon and go until 6 p.m. in front of Hartman's Super Valu Foods in Ortonville every Friday and Satur- day up to the weekend before Christ- mas. This is The Salvation Army's big fundraising event for the year. They hope all will remember the less fortu- nate, and give ~enerously during this special time of the year. The need is so individuals, have all given very gen- much greater now than at any other erously of their time in the past, and time, and ALL the money they receive they thank them for helping again this during this time will be spent in Big year. Stone County, during this next year. In advance the Salvation Army They have several organizations wants to say thanks to the people of that help them ring the bells. They are Big Stone County for being such a fortunate to have individuals also who generous group .Your support of them give of their time to help fill spots if is something very special. Also, they for some reason they have spots open. want to wish everyone a very Merry These Organizations, as well as these Christmas and a Happy 2012. t Seventy soldiers from the St. Cloud- cargo from locations in Iraq to Kuwait. son, Colby, 1. based Company B, 2nd General Sup- Our fuelers pumped more than 1 mil- Nathan received a Bology degree port Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation lion gallons of fuel." from South Dakota State University in Regiment returned to Minnesota on "Our maintenance personnel were Brookings, SD in 2002. Nate joined the Wednesday, Nov. 23. top notch in keeping our aircraft in the National Guard in 1996 and has served "We are glad to be home after corn- air," said Foster. "Our six helicopters in the Military for 14 years. This was pleting a successful mission in sup- were well maintained as proven by Nate's second tour of duty overseas. porting the drawdown in Iraq," said having more flight hours per Chinook "Company B was organized in 2005 Army Capt. Nathan A. Foster, com- aircraft than any other Chinook com- as a result of Army Transformation mander for Company B. pany in Afghanistan and Iraq."with its battalion headquartered in West "The numbers speak for them- Foster is a 1997 graduate of Or- Jordan, Utah," said Foster. "The com- selves," said Foster. "We flew 800 tonville High School and the son of pany's first deployment was in support missions, transported 49.500 personnel Jim and Neva Foster of Ortonville. of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006." and more than seven million pounds of Nate and his wife, Melissa, have one The Ortonville City Council ap- water ponds and Bituminous on the end of the fiscal year to cover the cost proved the hiring of Ulteig Engineers back lots. and that priorities do not change. The of Detroit Lakes to prepare cost esti- The council approved unanimously council approved unanimously. mates for the proposed Highway 75 In- to enter into a Golf Clubhouse Lease In other business, Steve Wenzl of dustrial Park Development at their Agreement for 2012 with Gene and First Bank of Milbank, SD presented a meeting on Monday, Nov. 21. Cheryl Hausauer based on a satisfac- preliminary plat for Pier Cove (for- At the Nov. 7 meeting, it was noted tory performance from last year. merly Bird Cove), near the Pier in Or- that the Ortonville Independent had ex- Two bids were received for thetonville. The council approved pressed interest in property at the In- Clubhouse Lease. Adam Ellard of Or- unanimously to approve the prelimi- dustrial park site as they are looking at tonville had submitted a bid for $4,910, nary plat for Pier Cove and to authorize expanding their printing operation and while the Hausauer bid was for $4,510. the preparation of a final plat. need more space. The council discussed that payments The council approved the hiring of Community Development Coordi- from the Hausauer's were submitted on Dena Brackenbury as an EMT for the nator Vicki Oakes stated the project time and that they had good feedback Ortonville Ambulance Service com- would qualify for a maximum ofon how the clubhouse was run this past mencing immediately. $250,000 from a Business Develop- summer. A workshop meeting was set for ment Public Infrastructure matching Council member Steve Berkner re- Monday, Dec. 5 in the Library Media grant. The only way they could move quested the City consider contributing Center to consider a City audit service forward is to know the cost, which they $5,000 per year for three years to the contract with Larson Allen. won't know until they have the cost es- Upper Minnesota River Watershed The next meeting of the Ortonville timates. District (UMRWD) to help phase 1 re- City Council will be held on Monday, The updated option presented by connaissance study for the restoration Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Oakes totaled $454,500 which did not of the old Whetstone River channel. Center. include engineering costs, sanitary This is provided the City has a positive "A" sewer and services, electrical, storm fund balance in the General Fund at the Triple program seeking nominations OHS music department to The Triple "A" program was cre- present Winter Band Concert atedin 1988 to recognize high school seniors who excel in the arts, athletics and the classroom. Seniors who have a The Ortonville Public SchoolSongs to be performed in- "B" or higher grade point average and Music Department will be pre- clude, 'How the Grinch Stolewho participate in League-sponsored senting its annual Winter Band Christmas,' 'March of the Ro- athletic and fine arts activities are eli- Concert on Monday, Dec. 5 atmans,' 'Don't Make Us Come gible for nomination. Nominations are 7:30 p.m. in the high school au- Out There,' 'The Tempest,' and limited to one male and one female per school. ditorium, others. Following the concert, State Triple "A" award recipients The concert will feature allplease join them in the com-will receive a four-year $1,000 schol- of the instrumental ensembles mons for cookies and punch, arship. The application deadline in including the Elementary, Jun- Admission is $6 for adults Ortonville is Thursday, Jan. 6, 2012. ior High and Senior High con- and $4 for children. All bands Triple"A" application forms are posted on the MSHSL website under cert bands as well as the two are under the direction of Mr. "Recognition" at, and high school jazz bands. Matt Lamb. may be submitted (must be typed) to the Athletic/Activities Director. The body of an Ortonville woman the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office with the Ortonville Police DepartmentI who has been reported missing since recovered a body of an unidentified fe- being assisted by the Minnesota Bu- L Oct. 6 was recovered from a freshly male. The body was transported to the reau of Criminal Apprehension and the dttg area east of Ortonville. Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Big Stone County Sheriff's Office. At i According to Ortonville Police Office for an autopsy, this time the Ortonville Police Depart- Chi~ Jason Mork, the Big Stone On Friday, Nov. 25, the Ramseyment advises that there is no threat to Co~nty Sheriff's Office received infor- County Medical Examiner's Office public safety. mation on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in re- positively identified the body as Re- Fernandez-Ramon's boyfriend Jose gards to the missing person's case. nata Fernandez-Ramon, who had been Francisco-Munoz and her two chil- Earlier in the month a landowner found reported missing, dren who were students at Ortonville what appeared to be an area that was According to the medical examiners School, moved back to Mexico on Oct. freshly dug on his property about four office, the death was ruled suspicious 7. Fernandez-Ramon had formerly miles southeast of Ortonville. While and the medical examiner is in the worked at Monarch Heights in Or- deer hunting he noticed the fresh dirt. process of determining cause and man- tonville. He became suspicious after learning of ner of death. the missing person report and notified The investigation is still on-going the authorities. On Thursday, Nov. 24 the Min- -- - ~ nes0ta Bureau of Criminal Apprehen- sio~Crime Lab, with assistance from the Ortonville Police Department and Christmas at the Museum this Sun. The Big Stone County Historical Society will be hosting their annual Christmas at the Museum Open House this Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m. Please come for coffee, hot cider and Christmas goodies. UNTIL CHRISTMAS IL }~ DON REIFFENBERGER OF BIG STONE CITY, SD, at right, was the win- ner of $850 in Christmas Scrip last Friday during the Ortonville Independ- ent Christmas Drawing. Don had registered at the Ortonville Independent and was present at Liebe Drug/Variety. Presenting him with his scrip is Connie Schultz of Liebe Drug/Variety. Jeffrey Papasso, 22, of Ortonville, According to the criminal complaint, one half hour of the 911 call at his par- made his first court appearance on Papasso's mother came upon the two ents' home in rural Lac qui Parle Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Big Stone County arguing at the scene. The complaint County. The incident took place while Court in connection with a stabbing on states she witnessed her son stabbing Papasso was out on bail from being Saturday, Nov. 19. the victim and tried stepping between charged with kidnapping and assault Papasso is charged with two counts them and pulled Jeffrey off the victim, involving Thielke and her younger sis- of attempted first degree murder, one His mother made the 911 call and she ter on Nov. 6. count of attempted second degree mur- stayed with Thielke until the ambu- According to Big Stone County At- der, one count of first degree assault, lance and police arrived, torney William Watson, Papasso re- one count of second degree assault The Big Stone County Sheriff's De- mains in the Kandiyohi County Jail in with a dangerous weapon, domestic partment obtained a search warrant of Willmar on a $1 million bond. Pa- abuse and tampering with a witness, the Papasso home where they recov- passo's next court appearance is sched- The alleged incident occurred near ered a knife which appeared to have uled for this Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 the intersection of Minnesota Street blood on the blade and a suicide note a.m. in Big Stone County Court. and Jefferson Avenue in Ortonville, on the bathroom floor. Forensic eVi- Thielke is home recovering follow- where law enforcement officials found dence was collected from the house ac- ing surgeries at Sanford Hospital in 18-year old Hayley Thielke with mul- cording to the complaint. Sioux Falls. tiple stab wounds to her upper body. Authorities located Papasso within by Kathy Nelson Sue Spors gave an update on how ogy project will zero out the loan, ac- The main topic of discussion at the the Minnesota Reading Corps program cording to School Business Manager November Ortonville School Board is being implemented in the elementary LuAnn Hansen. meeting was the Trojan football pro- classes. Renae Shelstad is working The Board accepted, with apprecia- gram. The School Board accepted the with students in phonics and reading, tion for their services, the resignations resignation of head football coach, The Board approved the purchase of ofRyan Danielson as ninth grade foot- Trevor Keller and discussion was held 96 Ipads and upgraded infrastructure ball coach and Dave Dinnel, as eighth on the future of the program, wiring and installation necessary for grade boys' basketball coach. Artie Arndt, along with Staceyoperating the tablet computers de- The Board approved the request by Gustafson, presented the board with in- signed, by Apple Inc. Thirty-six of the vocal music teacher Wayne Huselid to formation on having a nine-man versus Ipads, which are primarily used as a reduce his teaching position to half an eleven-man football team. Arndt platform for audio-visual media, will time. He stated he would like to con- stressed the disadvantage for the foot- be given to staff and 60 will be avail- centrate on the secondary area and ball players playing nine-man football able for students on a check out basis asked the Board to hire a halftime el- during the season and then having to per class, ement~Jy music teacher. The board ap- play eleven-man in the playoffs. He Terry Ocana, the school's network proved the request pending it fills the asked the board to consider having a administrator, stated that most of the spot for a half time elementary teacher. public meeting for the community's upgraded infrastructure work could be The contract for Patrick Buttke, jun- opinions on the matter, completed by the new year. ior highs girls' basketball coach was A special School Board meeting is Total cost of the Ipad project is approved. The position for the junior set for Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in $114,679, with $52,000 of that going high boys' basketball coach is still the school library to get public input on toward the network upgrades, open. the football program. Funding for the project will come The Board then closed the meeting A presentation on the new reading from the Qualified Zone Academy for a negotiation strategy session. The curriculum was given by Liz Ketz and Bonds. The school had the QZAB in next regular Ortonville School Board Pat Thompson. They showed how to place to fund the new playground and meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 19. use the program in the classroom and heating unit projects, with the balance how students, along with parents can to be used for technology. The bonds access the information on-line at home. are at no interest and this Ipad technol-