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I N D E T Ortonville with a heart" i f ii TO BE REMEMBERED. The Lantis family of Big Stone City, SD enjoyed their side last week as temperatures reached the high 50 s. With a view of Big Stone Lake, Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings on their picnic table which was tablecloth, their good dishes and candles. Left to right are Marge Lantis, daughter-in-law Kathie, Laura and son Jeff. Granddaughter Kris captured the moment on camera. Grandson Eric was it home until the weekend. missioners rescind motion pensate County Auditor County's Board of rescinded a motion at meeting Wednesday originally made at its last Tuesday, to County Auditor Judy gift ideas will be holiday values Chamberlain's Sporting Menswear in Ortonville season, with the perfect in your family. Cindy invite everyone to d bring their Christmas there are bargains for in the family. Kids' Walls available, as well to keep warm while enjoy the wide selection goods, and all sportsmen i up to a variety of Wooirich and men's clothing from to outerwear. , laside for details. Pattison for personnel services performed beyond her job description. The original package came in a motion last Tuesday from Commissioner Elwood Throndrud and was passed in a 3-1 vote. It included Pattison's insurance coverage to remain in force 18 months after her leaving the office on DeL.. 31 ot this year, as welt as an additional $8,000 above her usual salary for duties performed for.-the county beyond her job desqMption, payable to her after the first of the year. Following last Tuesday's meeting, Pattison had contacted Throndrud asking to rescind the motion. Throndrud said she told him it had "created a lot of angry folks". Following her request, Pattison, who was not present at Wednesday's meeting, had both the additional $8,000 and the 18 months of insurance taken back by the county. When contacted later, she chose not to comment. Don Egert of Ortonville was also present at Wednesday's meeting, and stated Pattison had performed a number of duties not originally called for in her job description. "If we let the voices of a vocal minority make our decisions for us," Egert said, "we would get very little done. If we had listened to the vocal minority on other issues like the County Courthouse, thatnever would have happened either.' Egert went on to say Pattison had deserved much more than she had gotten, and asked the board not to rescind the motion because of her extended service to the county. County Attorney Bill Watson stated his concern about the legality (Continued on page 3) Big Stone Chorus has lost its music Big Stone Community Chorus has lost its box of Christmas music. If you know where it is or have any information about when or where it was last seen. Please call 862-8369 or 862-8329. , Helgeson graduate from Maas and Ellie Helgeson of the class of 1998 at the St. Scholastica in Duluth in fall commence- at the college. Both graduated with a Master of in Curriculum and and Maas are both the Ortonville area, and are of Ortonviile High School. daughter of Glenn and of Ortonville, and is the daughter of Roman Karels of Ortonville. received her Bachelor of in nursing from State University, Minnesota, and her Education degree from with masters degrees the University of Minnesota Morris. Maas has been employed by the Ortonville School District since 1995, both as school nurse, and kindergarten teacher. Helgeson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Education from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, and her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Helgeson worked at the Ortonville public school from 1988 to 1998 in various positions in the school, including kindergarten teacher and assistant instrumental music instruc- tor. She is currently the high school band director at Grant-Deuel High School, Revillo, SD. Laurie Maas is mamed to Scott Maas, who is Vice President of Minnwest Bank of Ortonville. They have three children: Jennifer, age 12, Amanda, age 10 and Andrew, age 9. The children attend school in Ortonville. The family belongs to First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Ellie Helgeson is married to Harley Helgeson, a self-employed far- rier and rancher. They live with their three children Adam, age 9, Kaylee, age 6 and Kara, age 4, east of Ortonville. The Helgesons raise regis- tered paint horses, as well as run a beef cattle operation. The Heigeson children also attend school in Ortonville. The Helgesons are mem- bers of St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. :EIVING MASTERS DEGREES from the college of St. in Duluth were Laurie Maas and Eilie Helgeson. Pictured are Dr. Mark Stensvold, Ellie Helgeson, Laurie Maas, and Foss. Professors Stensvold andFoss are directors and in the Master of Education program at the College of St. Vehicle collides with pedestrian Sat. A vehicle/pedestrian accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday morning along Ortonville's Main Street near Pamida. According to Ortonville Police Chief Gary Dinnel, a 1984 Chevy Blazer, driven by a 16-year-old female juvenile traveling north on Second Street, struck Beuy Lane, 52 of Graceville as she was attempting to cross Second Street. Dinnel stated the vehicle only bumped into Lane, who had not been in the crosswalk at the time. No injuries or damage to the vehicle were reported. The Ortonville Police Department reminds motorists that with the holidays coming, more and more pedestrians will be crossing along Main Street. Extra care is advised to Ix)th motorists and pedestrians to help make this a safe holiday sea.,m. Warm weather expected to continue, but for how long? With temperatures in the high 50's much of last week, many folks are wondering whether or not the abnormally warm conditions will last; and if so, for how long? A lot of the talk has focussed on La Nifia, the "little sister" of the El Nilio weather pattern which burdened Minnesota with heavy snow, high winds and bone-chilling temperatures during the winter of 1996-97. Dave Dahl of KSTP Television stated in a Nov. 10 report the La Nitia pattern is expected to bring Minnesota a "short, hard-hitting winter, though not as harsh at the one two years ago." According to the Data Transmission Network at the Clinton Farmer's Elevator, a computer satellite system which gives weather forecasts at area farm service businesses, the short term forecast looks alxmt the ,same as what the area is seeing now, with above normal temperatures and normal precipitation through the first week of December. What may come as a surprise, though, are below normal temperatures forecasted by the DTN that may stretch as far as next March. The 30-day DTN forecast shows temperatures well below normal with normal precipitation. Average high temperatures in the area fir the month of December are usually in the teens, DTN records indicated, and the reports forecast temps well below thorn numbers. The agony is expected to continue for the first two months of 1999, as DTN reported temperatures in west central Minnesota would also be below normal, with normal precipitation over the next 90 days; somewhere in the 2-4" range. Forrest Johnson of Correll, who is filling in for Charles Hanson of Con'ell giving weather reports, stated the thermometer topped 60 degrees Thursday afterntx)n with sunny, calm and beautiful skies. There was a small decrease in the high over the weekend, but Johnson stated high temperatures still remained well into the upper 50's. Johnson's report also stated the low temperatures for the area last week were ptty warm as well, with the lowest being 29 degrees Friday evening. Will La Nifia give the area a repeat of the harsh winter two years ago, or will the days of wearing only spring jackets stick around until summer? No one ems to want to say, but as the saying goes in Minnesota - "If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes and it'll change." Interim manager at Big Stone Co-op Curt Bystol of Clinton has been named interim manager at Big Stone County Cooperative Oil Association. Bystol replaces Bruce Mlsna, who submitted his letter of resignation in October. Bystol, who has been with the Co-op for the past 3 1/2 years, stated he should be serving in the Bystol position until the end of December or early January at the latest. Before coming to work for the Co- op, he owned and operated Bystol Oil lli,: Oeo-w.ille for t years, and he and wife Sharon have been Clinton / residents for the pa,t 22 years "The Co-op will be taking applications for the manager position through the end of November, and will begin interviewing applicants in December," Bystol said. "We expect the position to be filled by early next year." Bake sale Saturday at Baptist Church New Life Community Baptist Church in Ortonville will be holding a "Christmas Bake Sale" this Saturday, Dec. 5 at the church, 605 N. Minnesota St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come early for the best selection of frosted and sprinkled sugar cookies, gingerbread cutouts, krumkake, rosettes; springerle, lefse, spritz, breads, candy and much more. (Adv.) Circulars inside * Cartwright Drug & Gift * Napa Auto Parts Ortonville Auto BIG STONE COUNTY'S SALVATION ARMY bell ringers are out again during the holiday season collecting funds for ..eople within the county who are in need. Members of Ortonvdle's Kiwanis Chapter will be handling the bell ringing in front of Bill's Super Valu Plus in Ortonville. Left to right are Beth Mueller of the Kiwanis, LeRoy "Bud" Knippen of the Salvation Army and Bill Hartman, Jr. of Bill's Super Valu Plus. OHS music dept. to present Christmas Concert Tuesday Ortonville High School's Music Department will present its annual Chrismuts Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the high school auditorium. This year's program entitled "Joy, Joy, ,Songs of Joy" will feature the six choirs from the junior and senior high along With the four ensembles "Choral Connection," "Harmonic Reflections," "Sound Arrangement," and "Treble Dimensions." Soloists in the program include Mark Lindquist, Jamie Sweusen and Linda Wentland. Accompanists are Mike Barnhardt, Danielle Beyer, Katherine Karels, Carmen Leger, Sarah Miller, LeAnn Pederson, Jill Randall, Emily Randleman and Becca Reisdorph. Instrumentalists are Kelsey Henningson and Cassandra Torgerson flutes; Ruth Goergen, Jeff Laskowske, Amanda Meyer, and Carmen Leger - trumpets; Jill Randall bells, and Mark Lindquist, Jon Radermacher, Liz Thompson-miscel- laneous percussion. In keeping with tradition, this con- cert is presented to the public as a "gift" with no admission charge. Due to the construction at the school, the audience is reminded to use the north dtxr of the new high school building. WANT ADS the inexpensive way to shop CONGRATULATIONS TO THE $1,000 CHRISTMAS SCRIPT WINNER Steve Devorak and his family. He was the first winner in the Ortonville Independent's Christmas drawing. Steve registered earlier in the week at True Value Hardware in Ortonville andwas present Sunday at Liebe Drug/Ben Franklin when his name was drawn. Left to right are Trish Hamann of Liebe Drug, the Devorak family - Kayla, Kandi, Nathan and Steve and Stacy Schmidt of Liebe Drug. Ortonville and B'g Stone City, SD merchants are sponsoring three more drawings in the Christmas promotion. The drawings will be every Saturday till Christmas at 3:06 p.m. Keep shopping locally to register for the drawingg. You must be present in a participating store to win. See details inside on page ad.