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a heart" l Non00rDve00ewEo00.n00.00000000mEo00, N D City council hears update on hospital renovation project RIDES were eiven in Ortonville last weekend and will be given Saturday, Dec. 21 also by the  Jolly Workers 4H c]'ub, Dalen Roe and his team of horses. The 4H students assist riders on and off nriage.They are collecting donations from riders as part of their winter fund raising project. Left to front are Liberty and-Ginger BayBridge, Dan Schmeichel, Ben and Mike Roe. In back are adult W Jam Schmeichel, Penny BayBridge and Dalen Roe. "00onshine land, public health, concerns before Count5, Sioux Watershed. Approximately 1200 acres may be part of the restora- tion of wet-lands for the purpose of flood control, County involvement is crucial on matters pertaining to the continued Good O1' St. Nicholas This Saturday, Dec. 14th County Commissioner updated Board members at County Commissioner Dec. 3 on the continuing for the purchase of land area by the Boise de maintenance of the county ditch orig- inally built to drain property in the early 1900s, according to Nick Anderson, County Engineer. County Commissioner's gave approval for a request by Dan Hanratty, Family Services Administrator and Darlene Nichols-Born HR F)ircctr. t begin tk process to fill the position ol fiscal officer for the Big Stone County Family Services Department. Commissioner's voted to support the Ken Archer, OAHS Administrator, brought a number of items to the Ortonville City Council meeting on Dec. 2, including Prairie Grass Communities/Farr Development rep- resentatives, Brent Christiansen and Darrel Farr. The majority of City Council members attended the assist- ed living open house, so Christiansen reiterated the interest by Prairie Grass Communities in building an assisted living facility in Ortonville. Christiansen stated the company's willingness to work with existing health care entities would be a benefit allowing for a continuum of care to meet the needs of residents to 'age in place.' He noted that Prairie Grass esti- mates a two-year transition period and that the EDA must be involved in order to fund the project through city bonds. The City Council members received a preliminary operating bud- get, or cash flow summary from which Christiansen stressed that the goal was to manage successfully and profitably. Christiansen corrected previous estimates that the equivalent of 12 full time jobs would be created lowering the estimate to 91/2 to 10 equivalent jobs. Mayor Dinnel, questioned the robust marketing costs. Christiansen described in detail the process of com- municating the building design, costs, and ingredients of each of the three components, assited living, indepen- dent living and memory care to poten- tial residents, and the training of a key staff person for that purpose. Archer announced the contract documents had been viewed by David Mclaughlin, City Attorney, and Council members were provided a New pastor to be ifistalled at rural proposal to participate in county based Lutheran church purchasing of health related services per Installation services of Pastor James Hesse for St. Peter and Trinity Lutheran Churches of Bellingham will be held Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Town Walter Church, Bellingham. Lunch will be served following the service. the Medical Assistance/GAMC request. ;Approval was given to the Main Street Industries proposal for improve- merits to the building they use. The Prairie Water Advisory Board approached the County Commissioners for nominations for at-large positions on the Board. Currently Dave Torgerson represents the County and Mel Reinke, the City of Ortonville. The Commissioner's offered no addi- tional nominations. (Continued on page 7) ter Monitor featured in Mpls. Star draft of the attorney's response. The City Council formed an ad- hoc committee consisting of Oakes, Sellin and Dinnel to meet with the City Attorney, and Prairie Grass Community representatives to look at the legal aspects more closely. No date was set for the meeting, but it will be held prior to the next City Council meeting. Dec. 16. No city action was taken on the recommendation by Barbara Voecks of DataWorks, Inc, regarding the cabling project as part of the new hos- pital addition, also presented to the Council by Archer. Three bids were (Continued on page 3) hono NATIONAL GUARD HONORS went to Stanley Mack of Ortonville Sunday at the Battery C National Guard Christmas Dinner and annual awards ceremony. Mack received nnumerous awards and decorations over theyears, including two purple hearts. Mack left Ortonville in 1941 with L Company of the 135th infantry during WWll and made many campaigns starting with north Africa to Italy and into Germany. Mack is shown in center receiving an engraved granite plaque from Command Sgt. Major Dwayne Koentopp, retired, at left, and Battery C. Commander Kent Porter, of Montevideo. Don't be alone for Christmas Come join us for a free Christmas dinner, which will include turkey, ham and all the holiday trimmings. It will be held on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. Serving will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Reservations are needed, please call 1-800-519-7075, by Friday, Dec. 19 and leave a message with number of persons that will be attending. Sponsored by anonymous local k, can(leD your part to help ' up Big Stone Lake!J Tribune Hanson to celebrate 100th birthday gthy article featured Water Monitor, Inc. on the front page of the Section of the Mpls. Star dated last Tuesday, Dec. 3, IWriter Neal St. Anthony was hor of the piece headlined NO [l I.:EAKS, with a sub-head lat "THE COMPANY IS LORDS TO MAKE TENANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN WATER USE." The story continues as follows: ***** Water Monitor Inc. was formed five years ago out of a landlord's frustration with mounting sewer and water bills. Now the northeast Minneapolis company is projecting more than $12 million in revenue in 2003. The company just landed its largest customer ever - a 1,000-unit dormitory complex in arid Colorado - and employment is expected to double to 30 or more thanks to its small electronic measurement devices that allow water use to be measured in individual apartments so tenants can be asked to pay their own water bills. Water-sewer bills total 5 to 10 percent of the average apartment building owner's bill, partly because tenants have no reason to conserve. and the cost of water is skyrocketing, particularly in the West. Even in water-rich Minnesota, municipalities are struggling to modernize and expand expensive water-treatment facilities. For years, landlords had to go door to door to find profligate users or leaky faucets. Water Monitor is one of two companies nationwide that has developed an at-the-tap system that takes accurate readings for every apartment. As with electricity and heat, building owners increasingly are asking residents to pick up pari Or all of the tab to control use. For additional incentive, several Twin Cities-area cities, their tax bases eroded by lower assessments on commercial real estate and apartment buildings, plan to raise water sewer rates by 10 percent or more next year. Homeowners, too, are being hit with water-sewer bills approaching $100 per month unless they conserve with flow restrictors or other measures. Water Monitor struggled for four years but is now capitalizing on this trend and built its business to more than 5,000 units in several cities. The company also is in pilot-project (Continued on page 3) Clifford Hanson will be celebrating his 100th birthday Dec. 14th. His daughters are hosting an open house for him at the Senior Citizens Center on Saturday, Dec. 14th from I to 4 p.m. We invite all relatives, friends and neighbors to come and celebrate with him. No gifts please. (Adv.) MONITOR'S "I-METER" helps apartment owners monitor use and detect leaks unit by unit. It also enables landlords to tenants pay their own water bills. 1 UNTIL CHRISTMAS RANDY MORTENSEN, LEFT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF WATER MONITOR INC., and Keith and Karen Solimar, who are investors in the company. Mortensen, an early investor in the company, was hired as CEO this year. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune.