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C this week is Marlyn Vangsness of Correll, thanks to Independent Christmas drawing. Marlyn registered week at Sonny's and was not present in a participating when his name was called. The next drawing will Friday at 3 p.m. for $450 in scrip, so keep registering locally. Vangsness is shown at right, receiving his iScrip form Dan Wilson of Sonny's. /. CLAUS visited children at the annual awards banquet  |art) of Battery C (DET) 1st Bn. 151st Field Artillery ard eh at the Ortonville Armory.. E4 Charles Fischer of SD and his children nine-month old Elijah and Isaac, 3 1/2 those who visited with Santa. from page 1) only the highest bid Communications bid proposal require- bids (not including varied from a low high of $78,159.00. companies chose to bid due in part, according high level of spec- "on cost issues, and specifications designed Communication, Omaha communications Council recommended be considered by the Board at their next meet- action. Building Committee Council with a construe- the hospital extension building is 75-80% orders--RFP's processed and will be the future. construction of the CT area of the new addi- on the design of The Building it imperative that made now in order to with specifica- the equipment. The option, according to Northern X-ray bid Cat Scan unit. The acceptance of funding sources Marilyn Lindahl and the Health Care Board at the end of the year. will be made by the were approved by the the Land Usage ordi- that the width of a side street shall not be feet (from 30 feet). with the Prairie Five Program for use of as a meal site located in Center was final- was the WAPA Administration) Markets I II II I No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.93 Soybeans ............................ 5.23 Corn ................................... 2.07 Dec. 10, 2001 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 2.98 Soybeans ........................... 4.01 Corn ................................... 1.76 INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Pea rock within city play- also approved. Water Monitor they're bumpingintosofar, believe cC fi is 00h00y'v0000.00ere00a,00ow0000mar000, a,a. M rea n hes as early stage. Some experts say water m!ght one "Top or.,o0000a00 Natl 10 inalist" discussions with the Minneapolis virtual border wars among neighbors Public Housing Authority anl one of and states in the West. Kalynn McCrea, a 7th grader at the biggest land lord groups in apartment-rich New York City. "Our contract of 1,000 student- housing units owned by the Colorado University Foundation is our biggest to date," CEO Randy Mortensen said. "We'll have 5,000 units under contract by the end of 2002 and 500,0(0 by the end of five years And that's only 2 percent of the market. "Our original investors put up $1.2 million in equity. We're just closing on a second round of $500,000. And our financing projections have us starting to raise another $4.5 million beginning in the first quarter of 2003." Water Monitor was founded by Minneapolis building owner Jim Larson, a onetime stockbroker and longtime landlord in the Stevens Square neighborhood. The original nine investors include former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, Minneapolis architect Dean Dovolis of DJR Architecture and engineer Keith Solimar, the former owner of Solimar Pneumatics and Metro Tool Co. The Minneapolis company this year hired Mortensen to bring its latest technology to market and develop a long term business plan. Mortensen, 49, was an early-stage investor in Water Monitor. He was an executive with Energy Masters before it was acquired several years ago by Xcel Energy. After Water Monitor was formed in 1997, a contract-engineering firm i'nvented its first product, which required manual reading and suffered from bugs. Only 100 were made and sold. Several hundred thousand dollars and three years later Water Monitor, working with Dynasonics Inc., a subsidiary of Racine Federated of Wisconsin. jointly developed the "i meter." It measures use from every tap and toilet in each apartment. The information is transferred electronically to Waier Monitor's customer service center in Ortonville. The company's "Meter Reach" software collects the information and consolidates it into a per-unit bill mailed to the tenant or landlord at a cost of $3.75 per unit per month. It costs up to $500 per unit for one-time installation of the monitors. "This isn't rocket science but it took a while to get the technology and applications to this point," Mortensen said, as Solimar chuckled. The original investors, including Mortensen, used to scratch their heads trying to figure out the best way to momtor apartments, tinkering and L damp basement office in Larson'sbuildings. /" The past couple of years were spent perfecting the technology, linking it to the automaled software, testing the system, and, in recent months, signing up dozens of building owners for metering. Mortensen said the average owner recoups his investment within a year to 18 months by switching the expense of sewer and water service to tenants who suddenly get more interested in reporting leaky faucets and curbing consumption. "The average individual uses 65 gallons of water a day," Mortensen said "In some apartments we analyze, we see up to 150 gallons per person, which equates to about a $45 per- month bill. We've seen bills as high as $89 per month. That's a lot in an $800-per month apartment." The principals of Water Monitor, who cite a San Diego based company as the only sub-metering competition DO-IT-YOURSELF Laminate Wood Flooring UltraLock: A patented form of tongue and groove firmly locks the elements together, both lengthwise and crosswise. It is faster and easier to lay the floor whether it is done by a profes- sional or a do-it-yourselfer. UltraLock: Just join the two boards, fold it down - ready! High Quality Flooring Two Colors In Stock $2.29.. .,,I HOME CENTER "I belieCe water is the biggest environmental issue we face in the 21st century in terms of quality and quantity," Christine Todd Whitman, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency told a trade magazine last summer. The Bush administration is offering in its 2002 Energy Bill a $30 per meter tax credit for each installation of sub-metering equipment on water, electrical and heating systems to help inspire conservation. Neal St. Anthony can be reached at 612-673-7144 or Nstanthony "Christmas Joys" theme for next Ortonville CWC "Christmas Joys" is the theme for the morning coffee at the Ortonville Christian Women's Club on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Highland Hwy., Ortonville. "Gifts for All" will be shown by local gals in the form of theme baskets for a special friend or family member. Pre-brunch music features Mary Ross on the violin and she will also lead the group in singing some "Merry Melodies" befitting the season, Our speaker from Lake George, is Helene Kahlstorf, a registered nurse who enjoys reading, swimming and traveling. She also likes to be a friend. Her topic is "The Greatest Gift." Tickets are $3 inclusive. A free nursery is available upon request. Morning coffee reservations are made by calling Violet (605-862-8500) or Susie (320-273-2340) by Saturday, Dec. 14.. All area ladies are invited to this Christmas coffee. UMVRDC Dec. meeting The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 at the Appleton VFW. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Milbank Middle School, competed in the Miss National Pre-Teen Academic Achievement Program held in Orlando, FL, Nov. 23-30. This Program seeks to award honor students for their excellence in school and community activities. Its mission is "to recognize achieve- ments, intelligence and contributions of tomorrow's American women. To help them build self-confidence. To encourage them to pursue edu- cational and career goals and become involved in community service." National Candidates from most states including Puerto Rico compet- ed in academics/achievements, inter- view, personality projection, and for- real presentation. Candidates also competed for recognition in acade- mics and scholastic abilities through the scholarship foundation awards and savings bonds. Candidates could elect to partici- pate in a variety of optional competi- tions- such as talent, public speak- ing, creative writing, and sports- wear modeling. They could also sub- mit portfolios, scrapbooks, and cre- ative Toys-for-Tots gifts for recogni- tion and awards. Kalynn participated in the talent - singing a Je. us Loves Me-Amazing Grace Medley", the public speaking - reciting an essay entitled "My Most Embarrassing Moment," submitted a portfolio and a Toys-for-Tots gift, and has submitted a short story - results will be announced in January 20032 Kalynn McCrea, daughter of Kim McCrea, finished as a Top 10 Finalist in the Princess Division and was awarded "Miss Photogenic" for her Prairie Five Rides closed Dec. 24-25 Ortonviile RIDES and Prairie Five RIDES will be closing down at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24th, and will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25th. Correction The Ortonville Study Club will meet on Wednesday, Dec. ! 8. ability to work well with and follow instruction from the photographer and her ability to photograph well Jayme Brunner, from Bell Fourchc, SD, also finished as a Top 10 Finalist in the Queen Division. Other candi- dates representing South Dakota were Caitlin Bisping, Watertown, SD and Kristen Gietzen, Huron, SD. ,,,,, =,, FtAPPY 1 8th Birthda9 BOB (Cowbo9 Jacko) on the 15th! w Check out our web site at /] / :: A lifelong resident of this area, Larry Helgeson lives in rural Ortonville with his wife Sa00dra daughter Sa.y, who a shomore at Ortonville High School. Larry graduated from OHS and completed the of Directors of the Big Stone County Historical Socie and a county 4-H adult leaderi His interests include running, gardening, genealogy and he recently corn- , a history of the country schools in Big aone Cty, which is on display at the museum. to attend Stop in and meet ^. Larry and Chad today, enacl " 00'-00-/00'ff/CenBank Becausewecaret'- / 113 NW lstStreet Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 1-800-335-8920 * Fax 320-839-6127 MDcer 24-hour banking 1-877-569-2265 * www'cenbank'cm 10, 2002  INDEPENDENT Page 3