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00JEEP LIBERTIt'S Super Selection!! ncil approves golf course res, blocks dock at the Ortonville Municipal can look forward to new and possibly lusher greens to the city council's actions on 1. voted unani- to spend $34,875 on 15 2001 the motion was made by and seconded by Mel , The course plans to replace 15 carts with the new ones, a total of 25 golf cars. also voted to sell the 15 a set on bids. related business, the council Blair Johnson, golf board regarding sprinkler systems. advised that a $50,000 in a new sprinkler system Pay for itself in four years, due revenue and savings in labor. extra revenue realized, labor would recover costs in 12 ncilmembers voted unani- to seek bids on such a sprin- If the project ultimately is the course plans to borrow from the city's electric fund, over a five-year period. council also discussed two properties in the Cashtown section that could be conveyed to the city. The county, while obligated to make the property safe, has no obligation to demolish the properties. The council discussed the suggestion that Ortonville's Economic Development Authority (EDA) take over the proper- ties, which the EDA voted to do as of Wednesday, Dec. 3. In other business, Mayor Dave Dinnel shared a draft of a letter to Ortonville residents and business owners concerning the budget crisis faced by the city. The letter asks con- stituents to give the council some direction on what areas to cut in the budget or suggestions of ways to increase revenue, such as increased taxes. Councilmembers agreed with the value of a special community meeting to address budget cuts. The council chose to keep the agenda clear for the January 19 meeting to which the pub- lic will be invited. Citizens unable to attend the meeting have the option of responding in writing to the council's budget questions. In other action, councilmembers You won't be penalized " $15.15 a month and your benefits are effective immediately. If you are 55 or over call us at 1-800-704-6993 or log on to www.deltadentalmn.org, This limited enrollment offer expires on December 31, 2003. Serving the needs of JA " Minnesota for more DI= =J PL= of tai=o= than 30 years, Thia is an invitation to inqulro abOJt ngl. I!o deciding to enroll, pleme mad the matarials in our ennnmnt kit thoroughly. OolwpIotm dotldla .m Included in the Dontal InofR Plan Summary you'll moe4m wHh your  packeL O 2003 Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota . for going over 55. "/, esotans age55 and over are , ced with few choices for affordable ! 4. !i dental insurance. In response to I this community need, Delta Dental i " Plan of Minnesota ispleased t ° introduce SingularDentaZ Plans begin at split in a decision to purchase a new 80-foot dock meant to increase Ortonville tourism among boaters. Councilmember Arndt updated the council on money raised privately in support of the dock. The council dis- cussed concerns over which city department would pay for the city's portion of the dock's cost, with the beach fund and the Parks Board sug- gested as possible sources. When the motion came to a vote, the council split over the $13,419 dock; Councilmembers Arndt, Oakes and Sellin voted in favor of the dock, while Councilmembers Berkner, Dinnel, and Reinke opposed it. Man charged with Tom's Bar burglary Christopher Gean Bowen, 22, of Graceville was released on his person- al recognizance after appearing in Big Stone County Court Monday, Nov. 24. Bowen, charged with burglary in the third degree and escape from custody, appeared before Judge Seibel. The charges against Bowen involve a burglary at Tom's Bar in Correll on Jan. 9 in which alcohol, dart supplies, cash, and a wedding ring were stolen. Escape charges involve an incident on Sept. 21 in which Bowen allegedly escaped from a patrol car after being picked up for parole violations. Jim Heinecke's  have new granddaughter Jim and Kate Heinecke of Ortonviile announce a special blessing; a granddaughter born on Thanksgiving Day 2003. Her name is Katherine Grace Schmidt. "Katie's" parents are Amy and Jeff of New London. Welcoming her home are brothers Jake (3) and Noah (18months), Parternai grandparents are Harold and Nelda Schmidt of Annandale. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY HEY KIDS! Come get your picture taken with Santa this Saturday, December 13th from 9:30 to 11:30 Stop in at Minnwest Bank and get a FREE PICTURE taken and receive a FREE TREAT from Santa and Minnwest Bank! MINNWEST BANK ORTONVILLE Member FDIC MINNWEST BANK GROUP 21 Southeast Second Street • Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 • MoneyLine 1-888-616-2265 • www'minnwestbank'c°m Open house for Bud Haukos' 80th An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ortonville's Bud Haukos will be held Saturday, Dec. 20th. Hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. in the basement of Ortonville's VFW Club. All are welcome. Engaged INCLUD • 700 Anytime minutes • Unlimited Nights & Weekends ° Unlimited Mobile to Mobile minutes • Nationwide Long Distance Included NEW *24 month service agreement required "Ends 12/31/2003 NIMI Onika Ruth Lindholm and Robert Michael Allen announce their engagement. A Dec. 27th wedding is planned. Parents are Deb and Dan Lindholm of Milbank and Mike Allen of Miltona. Both Onika and Bob live and work in West Fargo, ND. Indepe n dent Ad s Get Noticed. ('You're reading this one aren't you?) , , ,,, • ,', ...... ,=i ,,'i; - (_ Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ,, No one coveys Minnesota better. It'S comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that vrk with Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for more information. U John Stolpman I.. OrtonviUe Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota Wrap Up Your Hol i c lays With Half Off HALl: ,)FF your cable bill. HALl: ()FF your Internet bill. HALl: ()FF your phone bill. Better Yet, HALF OFF All Three For 6 Months! Want To Get Hooked For Half Price? Get the convenience of one company and one bill. With great customer service and exciting new products, you won't find a better value anywhere! And now, get HALF OFF for six months. • Over 200 channels of Midcontinent Classic and Digital Cable  with premium movie channel packages available. • The fastest High Speed lnternet in town. • Local and Long Distance Phone Service with custom calling features available. Already Hooked? If you're already a Midcontinent customer you can still save big. Upgrade to any of our Digital Trio packages and save $150 ($25 credit per month) over six monthsJ Or upgrade to a Digital/Phone package and save $75 ($12.50 credit per month) over six months! Call for details. Get Hooked! Call For Detailsl 1-800-888-I 300 Midcontinent COMMUNICATIONS Half prke offer available |or new culomer$ only Cu$lorner who disconnct after 9/2/03 are not eligible. Service not available in all are Some restrictions may appl Depott may be required. Offer expires 12/1| IO] Dec. 9, 2003  INDEPENDENT Page 3 00JEEP LIBERTIt'S Super Selection!! ncil approves golf course res, blocks dock at the Ortonville Municipal can look forward to new and possibly lusher greens to the city council's actions on 1. voted unani- to spend $34,875 on 15 2001 the motion was made by and seconded by Mel , The course plans to replace 15 carts with the new ones, a total of 25 golf cars. also voted to sell the 15 a set on bids. related business, the council Blair Johnson, golf board regarding sprinkler systems. advised that a $50,000 in a new sprinkler system Pay for itself in four years, due revenue and savings in labor. extra revenue realized, labor would recover costs in 12 ncilmembers voted unani- to seek bids on such a sprin- If the project ultimately is the course plans to borrow from the city's electric fund, over a five-year period. council also discussed two properties in the Cashtown section that could be conveyed to the city. The county, while obligated to make the property safe, has no obligation to demolish the properties. The council discussed the suggestion that Ortonville's Economic Development Authority (EDA) take over the proper- ties, which the EDA voted to do as of Wednesday, Dec. 3. In other business, Mayor Dave Dinnel shared a draft of a letter to Ortonville residents and business owners concerning the budget crisis faced by the city. The letter asks con- stituents to give the council some direction on what areas to cut in the budget or suggestions of ways to increase revenue, such as increased taxes. Councilmembers agreed with the value of a special community meeting to address budget cuts. The council chose to keep the agenda clear for the January 19 meeting to which the pub- lic will be invited. Citizens unable to attend the meeting have the option of responding in writing to the council's budget questions. In other action, councilmembers You won't be penalized 4 " $15.15 a month and your benefits are effective immediately. If you are 55 or over call us at 1-800-704-6993 or log on to www.deltadentalmn.org, This limited enrollment offer expires on December 31, 2003. Serving the needs of JA " Minnesota for more DI= =J PL= of tai=o= than 30 years, Thia is an invitation to inqulro abOJt ngl. I!o deciding to enroll, pleme mad the matarials in our ennnmnt kit thoroughly. OolwpIotm dotadla .m Included in the Dontal InofR Plan Summary you'll moe4m wHh your  packeL O 2003 Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota . for going over 55. "/, esotans age55 and over are , ced with few choices for affordable ! 4. !i dental insurance. In response to I this community need, Delta Dental i " Plan of Minnesota ispleased t ° introduce SingularDentaZ Plans begin at split in a decision to purchase a new 80-foot dock meant to increase Ortonville tourism among boaters. Councilmember Arndt updated the council on money raised privately in support of the dock. The council dis- cussed concerns over which city department would pay for the city's portion of the dock's cost, with the beach fund and the Parks Board sug- gested as possible sources. When the motion came to a vote, the council split over the $13,419 dock; Councilmembers Arndt, Oakes and Sellin voted in favor of the dock, while Councilmembers Berkner, Dinnel, and Reinke opposed it. Man charged with Tom's Bar burglary Christopher Gean Bowen, 22, of Graceville was released on his person- al recognizance after appearing in Big Stone County Court Monday, Nov. 24. Bowen, charged with burglary in the third degree and escape from custody, appeared before Judge Seibel. The charges against Bowen involve a burglary at Tom's Bar in Correll on Jan. 9 in which alcohol, dart supplies, cash, and a wedding ring were stolen. Escape charges involve an incident on Sept. 21 in which Bowen allegedly escaped from a patrol car after being picked up for parole violations. Jim Heinecke's  have new granddaughter Jim and Kate Heinecke of Ortonviile announce a special blessing; a granddaughter born on Thanksgiving Day 2003. Her name is Katherine Grace Schmidt. "Katie's" parents are Amy and Jeff of New London. Welcoming her home are brothers Jake (3) and Noah (18months), Parternai grandparents are Harold and Nelda Schmidt of Annandale. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY HEY KIDS! Come get your picture taken with Santa this Saturday, December 13th from 9:30 to 11:30 Stop in at Minnwest Bank and get a FREE PICTURE taken and receive a FREE TREAT from Santa and Minnwest Bank! MINNWEST BANK ORTONVILLE Member FDIC MINNWEST BANK GROUP 21 Southeast Second Street • Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 • MoneyLine 1-888-616-2265 • www'minnwestbank'c°m Open house for Bud Haukos' 80th An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ortonville's Bud Haukos will be held Saturday, Dec. 20th. Hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. in the basement of Ortonville's VFW Club. All are welcome. Engaged INCLUD • 700 Anytime minutes • Unlimited Nights & Weekends ° Unlimited Mobile to Mobile minutes • Nationwide Long Distance Included NEW *24 month service agreement required "Ends 12/31/2003 NIMI Onika Ruth Lindholm and Robert Michael Allen announce their engagement. A Dec. 27th wedding is planned. Parents are Deb and Dan Lindholm of Milbank and Mike Allen of Miltona. Both Onika and Bob live and work in West Fargo, ND. Indepe n dent Ad s Get Noticed. ('You're reading this one aren't you?) , , ,,, • ,', ...... ,=i ,,'i; - (_ Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ,, No one coveys Minnesota better. It'S comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that vrk with Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for more information. U John Stolpman I.. OrtonviUe Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota Wrap Up Your Hol i c lays With Half Off HALl: ,)FF your cable bill. HALl: ()FF your Internet bill. HALl: ()FF your phone bill. Better Yet, HALF OFF All Three For 6 Months! Want To Get Hooked For Half Price? Get the convenience of one company and one bill. With great customer service and exciting new products, you won't find a better value anywhere! And now, get HALF OFF for six months. • Over 200 channels of Midcontinent Classic and Digital Cable  with premium movie channel packages available. • The fastest High Speed lnternet in town. • Local and Long Distance Phone Service with custom calling features available. Already Hooked? If you're already a Midcontinent customer you can still save big. Upgrade to any of our Digital Trio packages and save $150 ($25 credit per month) over six monthsJ Or upgrade to a Digital/Phone package and save $75 ($12.50 credit per month) over six months! Call for details. Get Hooked! Call For Detailsl 1-800-888-I 300 Midcontinent COMMUNICATIONS Half prke offer available |or new culomer$ only Cu$lorner who disconnct after 9/2/03 are not eligible. Service not available in all are Some restrictions may appl Depott may be required. Offer expires 12/1| IO] Dec. 9, 2003  INDEPENDENT Page 3