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Ortonvflle with a heart" r I 00ACon00D,.uot,v00mewE,00per,nA,_,veCommuEn,ly " NDENT City votes on intent to buy out mHi00ilni Ortonville Auto land, building Provided the business isn't no funding would be available it" he i'i: :  !i i:ili!il ::i :i  THE FOSSILIZED REMAINS on display at the Big Stone County Museum are Megan and Kaitlyn Bahl, 1 rrth graders from Milan Elementary Scllool. The class's field trip last week a scavenger hunt o . museum. sils end 600 million year rney at Historical Society After bringing home several more of the rocks uncovered at the site, Thomas also found other smaller fos- sils from approximately the same time period, including crinoid stems (a rel- ative to the present day sea lily). About 1/4 inch around, these tiny fossils were also uncovered with casts spanning nearly 600 mil- which ended in Ortonville a popular attraction at the County Historical Society fossilized remains of a prehis- excavated along I 75 in Ortonville in early bohind the Crystal Clear were uncovered by Lance of Ronglien Excavating. with Rick Hofftiezer River Energy Services, also working in the area at discovery, stated after the fossil they believed the would most likely be donated listorical society, letting others of history and learn origin. Thumb Program employee Swanson, who works at the stated the fossils have been at the historical society for months. Though traffic has down at the museum as is cus- tomary in the winter months, she says there have still been several visitors who have made special trips just to view the cephalopod. "This is an example of a simple, early specimen dating from the cam- brian period in the paleozoic era," stated Lynn Thomas of Ortonville, earth science teat!let at Kerk_hoven- Murdoek-Sundtmrg high school tll!d amateur paleontologist. What that translates to mean is the fossil dates somewhere between 500 and 570 mil- lion years old. The cephalopod, a relative of the present day nautilus, is thought by Thomas to have been carried down to its present resting place from Canada by a glacier which once covered the area. Thomas related her findings to trips she had taken to Winnipeg, Canada to different quarries, stating the smooth, well-rounded shape of the remains identifies it as being carried by a glac- ier. before the February I, 2000 closing date, Ortonville's City Council passed a resolution of intent to purchase Glenn Nelson's building and property, Ortonville Auto and Supply at its reg- ular meeting last Monday night. The firm is located along Highway 12 between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD, and was damaged by the 1997 flood. Nelson presented council members with a copy of his plans for the busi- ness, as well as his options for the future, after having recently learned Minahan struck in crosswalk Monday At shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, Monday Dec. 13, the Ortonville Police Department reports Jeanette Minahan, 55 of Ortonville, was struck in the crosswalk along Ortonville's mainstreet between Liebe Drug and Cartwright Drug. According to Police Chief Gary Dinnel, a 1990 Dodge pickup, driven by Don Sherman, 57 of Ortonville, was westbound on Madison Ave. when the vehicle stopped at the sign where the street crosses Second Street (Main Street). Dinnel stated Sherman had been watching other pedestrians who were attempting to cross mainstreet as he turned south on mainstreet, striking Minahan in the crosswalk. Minahan was taken to Ortonville Hospital where she was treated for broken bones, including her toe and ankle on her right leg, department records indicated. She also sustained a possible knee fracture, as well as several cuts and bruises. Dinnel stated charges of failure to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk are pending against Sherman. of brachiopods, measuring anywher,;, from 112 to 1 112 inches long. ' , Roger Sandberg, science instructor were to relocate Ortonville Auto. For the past two and a half years, Nelson stated he had been trying to sell the business, though finding a buyer had been difficult thus far due to the property being located in a flood plain. Other items which had affected the sale included requirements for costly flood insurance and additional costs required to maintain the business as a at Ortonville High School, stated he has been looking into more informa- tion about the discovery, and a paleon- tologist from the southern part of the state who specializes in this type of fossil alone, has also been conducting tests. "This display has not yet been fully interpreted, but we're working on that process," stated Historical Society Secretary Judy Drewicke. "The fos- sils will be a valuable addition to the museum, not just as items of curiosity but for education as well." Chrysler franchise. Council members had received a copy of Nelson's plans to sell his property to the city through the Department of Trade and Economic Development's flood buyout program, then terminate the Chrysler franchise and retire. Although the auto sales portion of the business would be lost, (Continued on page 3) SANTA CAME TO TOWN Saturday in Ortonville and Bellingham. Three-year-old Savannah Yordy visited with him at Ortonville's Minnwest Bank. She is the daughter of Carisa Yordy and Roger Yordy Ill. CHRISTMAS Ortonvilie Schools bomb threat will not be forgotten with us about getting radios to keep in contact with each other also," he said. According to Superintendent Jeff Taylor, faculty members enacted the school's emergency plan after the threat was found in a boys bathroom with teachers and faculty members checking each room with the help of (Continued on page 3) Although no arrests have yet been made following the Nov. 22 bomb threat which forced the evacuation of both the Ortonville High School and ]ames Knoll Elementary, Ortonville Police Chief Gary Dinnel issued a statement yesterday, Monday Dec. 13, that the threat "would not be forgot- ten." Besides talking with students on made to the school's newly-adopted crisis policy. Dinnel says different methods of bus loading if the school were to be evacuated were discussed, along with an alternate location at the Ortonville Armory, rather than the primary loca- tion of the St. John's Catholic Church, in case the church were occupied. "The school has also been talking several occasions, Dinnel and Big . Farewell coffee to be held Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning met Ca cide es "" " with schoolofficialslast Wednesday, r ac nts claim liv 'i tO ya reviewing changes which should be U 01r00ly a rtonville Librar on. r HEY of area teen, nborn chtld A fare 11 coffee for the Ortonville grand open house in November of ,.'Io ,accidents, one near Benson McTigbe, 20 of Correll, Jamie Public Library librarian Laurie 1997. KIDS!  wnicn claimedthe lile of an unborn McTighe, 15 of Correll Den Jenson, Hammel will be held Monday, Dec. 20 Hammel has used her talents well child and the other north of Madison, 18 of Willmar and Mary' Jo Myers, 16 b3 Par te liinb:e i h durl ! were Doys o t :nfme:ds ngchtmat:hte liarbracrYo-mS[Ote.iof San a's  claiming the life of a Madison teen, of OrtonviUe, who was pregnant," were reported Friday evening, injured and trasported to the Swift to attend P " P - Comln i  .... 1 h ......... a ,,o ing all books and other checkout g According to the Swift County County Benson Hospital. ......................... v .......... items, issuing new cards to all patrons, -/ffH" Sheriff's Department, at 5:30 p.m. on Officials at the hospital stated UNTIl_ position of reference librarian at writing the "Library Comer" for the Friday, Dec. 10, a 1993 Saturn sedan, Tammey and Mary were then trans- ferred to the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, with Jarnie and Heather released and Den taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Myers' unborn baby girl died the (Continued on page 3) Burnhaven Library in Burnsville. Her last day in Ortonville will be Dec. 23. She came to Ortonville in Oct. of 1997 as the remodeling project of the library was coming to a close. Hammel served as hostess for the newspaper, organizing book sales with Graceville at the Big Stone County Fair, and organizing a float for the Corniest parade in 1999. Her latest project is providing board books for babies born at the Ortonville Hospital. The Friends of the Library is spon- soring the farewell coffee in apprecia- tion of Hammei's dedicated service to the library. GOODIES FOR ALL TO BIG STONE CITY This Saturday, Dec. 18th (See ad inside for further information) driven by Heather McMahon, 19 of Ortonville, was traveling on County Road 6 nead Benson when the driver lost control, driving off onto the shoulder, where it struck a field approach and rolled over. Department records also indicated the vehicle's passengers, Tammey HONORS GARY JOHNSON. Ortonville's Gary Johnson, at left above, receives a granite plaque clock award from 1st Chatlealn, Battery Executive Officer of Ortonville's National unit. Presentation was made at this year's annual Guard Is party here. Engraved on the plaque are the words "For 40 dedicated service and friendship...from Battery C-151-FA." had served 30 of his 40 years in Ortonville as full time and recently retired at the rank of First Sgt. Mork wins $100 in Christmas scrip Christmas scrip winner of the Ortonviile Independent drawing Saturday was Dave Mork of Bellingham. He was not present in a participating business when his name was called, so he won $100 in Christmas Scrip. Dave registered earlier in the week at Pioneer Meat Market This is part of the $3,000 Ortonville and Big Stone City merchants are giving away this holiday season. Two more drawings are yet to be held, Saturday Dec. 18, for $900 in scrip and Thursday, Dec. 23, for at least $500 if a winner is present in a participating business. Both drawings will be at 3 p.m. See ad inside for details. 00YoShp Ortonville ur Christmas CityJ SHARING THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS with Northridge residents Sunday were members of the Ortonville High School Key Club, Ortonville Kiwanis Club and the Builders Club. The residents were treated to songs, holiday cookies and bingo. Pictured above, left to right, are Key Club member Bekah Zahrbock, resident Mrs. Harold Monson, and Pam Jacobsen with daughter/helpers Jessica,10, and Jennifer, 9. Ortonvflle with a heart" r I 00ACon00D,.uot,v00mewE,00per,nA,_,veCommuEn,ly " NDENT City votes on intent to buy out mHi00ilni Ortonville Auto land, building Provided the business isn't no funding would be available it" he i'i: :  !i i:ili!il ::i :i  THE FOSSILIZED REMAINS on display at the Big Stone County Museum are Megan and Kaitlyn Bahl, 1 rrth graders from Milan Elementary Scllool. The class's field trip last week a scavenger hunt o . museum. sils end 600 million year rney at Historical Society After bringing home several more of the rocks uncovered at the site, Thomas also found other smaller fos- sils from approximately the same time period, including crinoid stems (a rel- ative to the present day sea lily). About 1/4 inch around, these tiny fossils were also uncovered with casts spanning nearly 600 mil- which ended in Ortonville a popular attraction at the County Historical Society fossilized remains of a prehis- excavated along I 75 in Ortonville in early bohind the Crystal Clear were uncovered by Lance of Ronglien Excavating. with Rick Hofftiezer River Energy Services, also working in the area at discovery, stated after the fossil they believed the would most likely be donated listorical society, letting others of history and learn origin. Thumb Program employee Swanson, who works at the stated the fossils have been at the historical society for months. Though traffic has down at the museum as is cus- tomary in the winter months, she says there have still been several visitors who have made special trips just to view the cephalopod. "This is an example of a simple, early specimen dating from the cam- brian period in the paleozoic era," stated Lynn Thomas of Ortonville, earth science teat!let at Kerk_hoven- Murdoek-Sundtmrg high school tll!d amateur paleontologist. What that translates to mean is the fossil dates somewhere between 500 and 570 mil- lion years old. The cephalopod, a relative of the present day nautilus, is thought by Thomas to have been carried down to its present resting place from Canada by a glacier which once covered the area. Thomas related her findings to trips she had taken to Winnipeg, Canada to different quarries, stating the smooth, well-rounded shape of the remains identifies it as being carried by a glac- ier. before the February I, 2000 closing date, Ortonville's City Council passed a resolution of intent to purchase Glenn Nelson's building and property, Ortonville Auto and Supply at its reg- ular meeting last Monday night. The firm is located along Highway 12 between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD, and was damaged by the 1997 flood. Nelson presented council members with a copy of his plans for the busi- ness, as well as his options for the future, after having recently learned Minahan struck in crosswalk Monday At shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, Monday Dec. 13, the Ortonville Police Department reports Jeanette Minahan, 55 of Ortonville, was struck in the crosswalk along Ortonville's mainstreet between Liebe Drug and Cartwright Drug. According to Police Chief Gary Dinnel, a 1990 Dodge pickup, driven by Don Sherman, 57 of Ortonville, was westbound on Madison Ave. when the vehicle stopped at the sign where the street crosses Second Street (Main Street). Dinnel stated Sherman had been watching other pedestrians who were attempting to cross mainstreet as he turned south on mainstreet, striking Minahan in the crosswalk. Minahan was taken to Ortonville Hospital where she was treated for broken bones, including her toe and ankle on her right leg, department records indicated. She also sustained a possible knee fracture, as well as several cuts and bruises. Dinnel stated charges of failure to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk are pending against Sherman. of brachiopods, measuring anywher,;, from 112 to 1 112 inches long. ' , Roger Sandberg, science instructor were to relocate Ortonville Auto. For the past two and a half years, Nelson stated he had been trying to sell the business, though finding a buyer had been difficult thus far due to the property being located in a flood plain. Other items which had affected the sale included requirements for costly flood insurance and additional costs required to maintain the business as a at Ortonville High School, stated he has been looking into more informa- tion about the discovery, and a paleon- tologist from the southern part of the state who specializes in this type of fossil alone, has also been conducting tests. "This display has not yet been fully interpreted, but we're working on that process," stated Historical Society Secretary Judy Drewicke. "The fos- sils will be a valuable addition to the museum, not just as items of curiosity but for education as well." Chrysler franchise. Council members had received a copy of Nelson's plans to sell his property to the city through the Department of Trade and Economic Development's flood buyout program, then terminate the Chrysler franchise and retire. Although the auto sales portion of the business would be lost, (Continued on page 3) SANTA CAME TO TOWN Saturday in Ortonville and Bellingham. Three-year-old Savannah Yordy visited with him at Ortonville's Minnwest Bank. She is the daughter of Carisa Yordy and Roger Yordy Ill. CHRISTMAS Ortonvilie Schools bomb threat will not be forgotten with us about getting radios to keep in contact with each other also," he said. According to Superintendent Jeff Taylor, faculty members enacted the school's emergency plan after the threat was found in a boys bathroom with teachers and faculty members checking each room with the help of (Continued on page 3) Although no arrests have yet been made following the Nov. 22 bomb threat which forced the evacuation of both the Ortonville High School and ]ames Knoll Elementary, Ortonville Police Chief Gary Dinnel issued a statement yesterday, Monday Dec. 13, that the threat "would not be forgot- ten." Besides talking with students on made to the school's newly-adopted crisis policy. Dinnel says different methods of bus loading if the school were to be evacuated were discussed, along with an alternate location at the Ortonville Armory, rather than the primary loca- tion of the St. John's Catholic Church, in case the church were occupied. "The school has also been talking several occasions, Dinnel and Big . Farewell coffee to be held Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning met Ca cide es "" " with schoolofficialslast Wednesday, r ac nts claim liv 'i tO ya reviewing changes which should be U 01r00ly a rtonville Librar on. r HEY of area teen, nborn chtld A fare 11 coffee for the Ortonville grand open house in November of ,.'Io ,accidents, one near Benson McTigbe, 20 of Correll, Jamie Public Library librarian Laurie 1997. KIDS!  wnicn claimedthe lile of an unborn McTighe, 15 of Correll Den Jenson, Hammel will be held Monday, Dec. 20 Hammel has used her talents well child and the other north of Madison, 18 of Willmar and Mary' Jo Myers, 16 b3 Par te liinb:e i h durl ! were Doys o t :nfme:ds ngchtmat:hte liarbracrYo-mS[Ote.iof San a's  claiming the life of a Madison teen, of OrtonviUe, who was pregnant," were reported Friday evening, injured and trasported to the Swift to attend P " P - Comln i  .... 1 h ......... a ,,o ing all books and other checkout g According to the Swift County County Benson Hospital. ......................... v .......... items, issuing new cards to all patrons, -/ffH" Sheriff's Department, at 5:30 p.m. on Officials at the hospital stated UNTIl_ position of reference librarian at writing the "Library Comer" for the Friday, Dec. 10, a 1993 Saturn sedan, Tammey and Mary were then trans- ferred to the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, with Jarnie and Heather released and Den taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Myers' unborn baby girl died the (Continued on page 3) Burnhaven Library in Burnsville. Her last day in Ortonville will be Dec. 23. She came to Ortonville in Oct. of 1997 as the remodeling project of the library was coming to a close. Hammel served as hostess for the newspaper, organizing book sales with Graceville at the Big Stone County Fair, and organizing a float for the Corniest parade in 1999. Her latest project is providing board books for babies born at the Ortonville Hospital. The Friends of the Library is spon- soring the farewell coffee in apprecia- tion of Hammei's dedicated service to the library. GOODIES FOR ALL TO BIG STONE CITY This Saturday, Dec. 18th (See ad inside for further information) driven by Heather McMahon, 19 of Ortonville, was traveling on County Road 6 nead Benson when the driver lost control, driving off onto the shoulder, where it struck a field approach and rolled over. Department records also indicated the vehicle's passengers, Tammey HONORS GARY JOHNSON. Ortonville's Gary Johnson, at left above, receives a granite plaque clock award from 1st Chatlealn, Battery Executive Officer of Ortonville's National unit. Presentation was made at this year's annual Guard Is party here. Engraved on the plaque are the words "For 40 dedicated service and friendship...from Battery C-151-FA." had served 30 of his 40 years in Ortonville as full time and recently retired at the rank of First Sgt. Mork wins $100 in Christmas scrip Christmas scrip winner of the Ortonviile Independent drawing Saturday was Dave Mork of Bellingham. He was not present in a participating business when his name was called, so he won $100 in Christmas Scrip. Dave registered earlier in the week at Pioneer Meat Market This is part of the $3,000 Ortonville and Big Stone City merchants are giving away this holiday season. Two more drawings are yet to be held, Saturday Dec. 18, for $900 in scrip and Thursday, Dec. 23, for at least $500 if a winner is present in a participating business. Both drawings will be at 3 p.m. See ad inside for details. 00YoShp Ortonville ur Christmas CityJ SHARING THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS with Northridge residents Sunday were members of the Ortonville High School Key Club, Ortonville Kiwanis Club and the Builders Club. The residents were treated to songs, holiday cookies and bingo. Pictured above, left to right, are Key Club member Bekah Zahrbock, resident Mrs. Harold Monson, and Pam Jacobsen with daughter/helpers Jessica,10, and Jennifer, 9.