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/ can you play a game of horse outside on Dec. 11. That's exactly what Eric Richardson, d Scott Karels did Saturday. The temperatures were in the high forties and no snow has yet hit the akinl it ideal conditions"to pl, m basketball with only fall jackets. They are the sons of Dave and Richardson of Ortonville, andf a dine and the late Frank Karels of Ortonville, respectively. 0000nCll tiaue.gl from page I) tUred all concerned the Parts franchise would be his current staff has llg. other job offers or had lltre, with only one of the llees of Ortonville Auto o00ituaries "We're losing no matter which way we go," stated Councilman Mel Reinke regarding the buyout. "This is a no-win situation for Ortonville." After hearing Nelson may have found a buyer for the business, the council voted 4-2 their intent to pur- chase the building and land, provided the business isn't sold to a private party first. Council members Mel Reinke and Mary Gustafson cast the dissenting votes. Another flood-affected business, Strege Auto Parts, was discussed at Monday's meeting. Owner Jim Strege was in attendance along with realtor Weston Schneck, as Schneck ques- tioned why Strege would have to maintain a license with the city for use of an undeveloped roadway which runs through his new property along Highway 75 in Ortonville. ion Monday from 2-8 p.m. ff church Tuesday preceding Will be in the St. John s " Cemetery in Alban IP, Grant County, SD. s will be Roger Schwandt, 11, Mark Mueller, Howard . _Jhoan Loeschke, and Gaylen ilder. l as born on March 28, 1910 tig Stone City, SD, the IL LI9 r Ernest and Clara (Siegert) F I Luella attended country ,/ Alban Township. She and became known as The Light House which was a small appliance sales and repair business in Milbank. Luella operated the Light House for forty-four years retiring in 1990. She still maintained a license to do electrical repair of small appliances in her home. Luella was a longtime member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, first at St. John's Lutheran Church in Alban Township until it closed and then at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. She taught Sunday School class, and had been an organist, and choir director and a member of church circles and ladies aid. Luella was one of the original builders of the Whetstone Valley Nursing Home in Milbank (later the Whetstone Valley Care Center and now Beverly Healthcare). She was instrumental in starting the Vesper Service at Whetstone Valley Nursing Home in 1967. In the past she had Strege's building and land had also been voted on recently to be pur- chased by the city with DTED dollars, along with funding his relocation. Schneck told council members it wouldn't look favorable for a property owner not to have ownership of the road which runs through the center of their land. "The city could withdraw the license at any time, essentially divid- ing Strege's business in half," he said. Although the license would be good enough for temporary purposes, Schneck and Strege requested the city deed the strip of land, known as O'Neil Street, to the business. Councilman Bill Hynnek then offered the first reading of an ordi- nance to vacate O'Neil Street, since state statute provides anyone who owns property on both sides of a vacated street could then take posses- sion of it. Turning down a flood buyout of $55,000 through the DTED program, LaValle Berkner told council mem- bers his interests in Berkner Plumbing and Heating have been purchased by part owner Mike Spors, giving Spors total ownership in the business. Berkner went on to say the busi- ness, which is also located in the flood plain between Ortonville and Big Stone City, would continue in its cur- rent location. Berkner added both he and Spors appreciated the effort put forth by the council in attempting to relocate them to Highway 75 in Ortonville. In other business, the council voted to hire a manager at the Ortonville Airport for a period of one year, pend- ing legal approval. Effective January 1, 2000, Todd Verheul will service and fuel aircraft, serve as a flight instructor and do some light aircraft maintenance at a monthly salary of $800 plus a com- mission of 10 cents per gallon of fuel sold. Prior to Verheul's hiring, Ortonville had been contracting with Dave Hamner. on an hourly basis for main- taining the airport. Verheul stated he would also make minor repairs to the building, while cleaning the facility, maintaining the runway and taxiway lighting, and mowing grass in the summer months. Fireworks could make a triumphant return to the 2000 Ortonville Comfest, as the council voted unanimously to pay insurance costs for the display during the annual festival next August. Mona Strege stated she and other con- cerned citizens had been working to bring back the display, with letters being sent out to Ortonville postal patrons in hopes of raising money for ' "Pete and Sam." Following school she when a minister was unable to come. 1 services for longtime worked at the Fruit Farm in Ononville Her 52 years of volunteer service r- , a n k .... and as a housemaid in Big Stone City, included assisting with vespers, inter- + ., !oman  SD. Luella also worked at the Big ; room devotions and visiting the II1[] eller, 'll! Stone m.ing=ltory!:wk.4h residents. [i tlbank, drove a horse and buggy to and from If one had followed Luella around 1 at 2:00 work. During the years of WW II, the Care Center you would have found -jilesday, Luella lived in Portland, OR, where her to be a very direct, told-it-as-it- "|1999, in she and Deiza managed a store for a was kind of lady and had a very gentle anuei Japanese family who had been placed way with the residents. Her appraoch ]thurch [./ in an inland relocation center. In was genuine as she asked questions of k, SD e  1946, she moved to Milbank where the residents, sometimes expecting an she worked for Russel L. Larson at answer, and also knowing at other Mark   Larson Electric. Luella had learned to times that she may not have received a Ilion and repair electrical appliances from her response at all. It made no difference "rend Dennis L. Schultz brother who had taken an electrical to her, her compassionate ways were J Y tl course by mail. She purchased the to offer and to pray with the residents ied on Saturday, Dec. 11, business from Mr. Larson and it and for them. Most often the evening )/St. Bernard's Providence prayers were spoken in English, but in Milbank. Family when requested, Luella would pray 'U are asked to meet in the the Lord's Prayer and the Benediction apel by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in German. Of her volunteer work services. Music will be and her relationship with the residents ,/_,l tl by Phyllis M. Schultz, at Beverly Healthcare, Luella perhaps, )/0 v and the Emanuel Mixed summed it up best when she said, / ]Visitation will be at the "Just because I no longer have The Patterson Funeral Home in Light House does not mean that my light can not still shine." In addition to her volunteer work, she loved to fish on Big Stone Lake whenever she could and enjoyed her visits from her forty plus nieces and nephews. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Esther Ell, of rural Ortonville; and many nieces and nephews. Luella was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Gottlieb, Philip, Paul and Martin Mueller and two sisters; Goldie and Elizabeth Schwandt. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the [r played "kittenball" on a arrangements per and they were known as been in charge of the vesper service / the fireworks' return. Also, Paul Strong of Strong Insurance brought some good news to the council, stating the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, to which Ortonville belongs, had returned a little more than $15,000 in dividends to the city from the past year. Bomb threat (Continued from page 1) law enforcement officials before chil- dren were allowed to return. "We take this sort of thing very seriously," Taylor stated. "If it's ever determined who wrote this note they will be severely punished." Dinnel commented if the person or persons responsible are found, there will still be stiff prosecution involved. Currently, evidence from the threat is being analyzed as the police and sher- iff's departments continue to talk to students and await the results. Accidents following day. The department indicated the acci- dent is under investigation. Just three hours later at 9 p.m. Friday, the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's office reports a one vehicle roliover three miles north and three miles east of Madison on Lqp County 26. Department records indicated at the scene, four injured victims were trans- ported to the Madison Hospital for ini- tial treatment. The department stated Colbey Ehlenz, 15 of Madison, passed away later that evening as a result of her injuries. Ashley Ronglien, 16 of Madison, was transported by air ambulance to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Held for observation in Madison was Chasity Odden, 16 and Natasha Bergerson, both of Madison. The vehicle, a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero, left the road, entered the ditch and rolled over, the records stat- ed. The accident is currently under investigation. UMVRDC Dec. Meeting The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 20, 1999 at the Appleton VFW, to begin at 6 p.m. Flute Christmas Carc00ing Downtown The Milbank-Ortonviile Area Flute Players will be performing Christmas carols downtown Ortonville Saturday Dec. 18 starting at the Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m. They will go up and down main street to entertain the various businesses and patrons. I Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 2.88 Soybeans ........................... 4.07 Corn ................................... 1.40 Dec. 14, 1998 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.33 Soybeans ........................... 5.05 Corn ................................... 1.60 CLASSIFIED ADS BRING OUICK RESULTS Thank - ' I Special thank you from my  heart to my friends, neighbors and relatives for .. all the kindnesses, prayers and expressions of caring, before and after my surgery. Thank you to the Ortonville health care system and Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital. We are so i fortunate to have such good health care in western Minnesota. Sincere gratitude to Rev. Carl Watkins and the congregation for your special prayers - and to many of the prayer chains . within other churches. I am overwhelmed by your expressions of kindness. Thank you! - ORTONVlLLE IS THE TOWN WITH A ! Sincerely, a Mary Ann Ulrich 00e00inar SPE. This Friday, December 17th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Big Stone City Branch office +}  '._ .-' _1 -- -/ " I ' \\;  . BIG STONE Cl. STAFFlnvil. youlo.opinforthelrHolldayOpenH--.L'torlghl. P    Thank you to the Big Stone City community/or I Thursday, Dec. 1600- a.oo to s:oo g / re00&mg o00t? geT00ous00ym W ,.7 o ........... ], " " " " l,,,/,',,, ,,,,,,,,  " " I -i'l'der I Salvation Army Anger ree 'rojec. to tt, VtLc ttct ot td dttl dt o ote ttottt ootlte r ] top ,n, vwtt ita ow [5[5   wiaa #ooaiea., It  1 "and I All the requests have been filled and many local e'. ] c,.    I ,,ats! I children will now have a wonderful Christmas! '"| Dr. Ronn McDaniel ,,, - Marquette /j+  Your Eye Care Team ++++I II ill . ..... , Banks,,,+_++ :] Sat 9am 12noon ' --E - , [[[l +i 451 Main Street * Bi Stone Ci , SD * 605 862 8163 - . t,l 'bec. 14, G 00iNDEP-E-ND-E00 Page3 + / can you play a game of horse outside on Dec. 11. That's exactly what Eric Richardson, d Scott Karels did Saturday. The temperatures were in the high forties and no snow has yet hit the akinl it ideal conditions"to pl, m basketball with only fall jackets. They are the sons of Dave and Richardson of Ortonville, andf a dine and the late Frank Karels of Ortonville, respectively. 0000nCll tiaue.gl from page I) tUred all concerned the Parts franchise would be his current staff has llg. other job offers or had lltre, with only one of the llees of Ortonville Auto o00ituaries "We're losing no matter which way we go," stated Councilman Mel Reinke regarding the buyout. "This is a no-win situation for Ortonville." After hearing Nelson may have found a buyer for the business, the council voted 4-2 their intent to pur- chase the building and land, provided the business isn't sold to a private party first. Council members Mel Reinke and Mary Gustafson cast the dissenting votes. Another flood-affected business, Strege Auto Parts, was discussed at Monday's meeting. Owner Jim Strege was in attendance along with realtor Weston Schneck, as Schneck ques- tioned why Strege would have to maintain a license with the city for use of an undeveloped roadway which runs through his new property along Highway 75 in Ortonville. ion Monday from 2-8 p.m. ff church Tuesday preceding Will be in the St. John s " Cemetery in Alban IP, Grant County, SD. s will be Roger Schwandt, 11, Mark Mueller, Howard . _Jhoan Loeschke, and Gaylen ilder. l as born on March 28, 1910 tig Stone City, SD, the IL LI9 r Ernest and Clara (Siegert) F I Luella attended country ,/ Alban Township. She and became known as The Light House which was a small appliance sales and repair business in Milbank. Luella operated the Light House for forty-four years retiring in 1990. She still maintained a license to do electrical repair of small appliances in her home. Luella was a longtime member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, first at St. John's Lutheran Church in Alban Township until it closed and then at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. She taught Sunday School class, and had been an organist, and choir director and a member of church circles and ladies aid. Luella was one of the original builders of the Whetstone Valley Nursing Home in Milbank (later the Whetstone Valley Care Center and now Beverly Healthcare). She was instrumental in starting the Vesper Service at Whetstone Valley Nursing Home in 1967. In the past she had Strege's building and land had also been voted on recently to be pur- chased by the city with DTED dollars, along with funding his relocation. Schneck told council members it wouldn't look favorable for a property owner not to have ownership of the road which runs through the center of their land. "The city could withdraw the license at any time, essentially divid- ing Strege's business in half," he said. Although the license would be good enough for temporary purposes, Schneck and Strege requested the city deed the strip of land, known as O'Neil Street, to the business. Councilman Bill Hynnek then offered the first reading of an ordi- nance to vacate O'Neil Street, since state statute provides anyone who owns property on both sides of a vacated street could then take posses- sion of it. Turning down a flood buyout of $55,000 through the DTED program, LaValle Berkner told council mem- bers his interests in Berkner Plumbing and Heating have been purchased by part owner Mike Spors, giving Spors total ownership in the business. Berkner went on to say the busi- ness, which is also located in the flood plain between Ortonville and Big Stone City, would continue in its cur- rent location. Berkner added both he and Spors appreciated the effort put forth by the council in attempting to relocate them to Highway 75 in Ortonville. In other business, the council voted to hire a manager at the Ortonville Airport for a period of one year, pend- ing legal approval. Effective January 1, 2000, Todd Verheul will service and fuel aircraft, serve as a flight instructor and do some light aircraft maintenance at a monthly salary of $800 plus a com- mission of 10 cents per gallon of fuel sold. Prior to Verheul's hiring, Ortonville had been contracting with Dave Hamner. on an hourly basis for main- taining the airport. Verheul stated he would also make minor repairs to the building, while cleaning the facility, maintaining the runway and taxiway lighting, and mowing grass in the summer months. Fireworks could make a triumphant return to the 2000 Ortonville Comfest, as the council voted unanimously to pay insurance costs for the display during the annual festival next August. Mona Strege stated she and other con- cerned citizens had been working to bring back the display, with letters being sent out to Ortonville postal patrons in hopes of raising money for ' "Pete and Sam." Following school she when a minister was unable to come. 1 services for longtime worked at the Fruit Farm in Ononville Her 52 years of volunteer service r- , a n k .... and as a housemaid in Big Stone City, included assisting with vespers, inter- + ., !oman  SD. Luella also worked at the Big ; room devotions and visiting the II1[] eller, 'll! Stone m.ing=ltory!:wk.4h residents. [i tlbank, drove a horse and buggy to and from If one had followed Luella around 1 at 2:00 work. During the years of WW II, the Care Center you would have found -jilesday, Luella lived in Portland, OR, where her to be a very direct, told-it-as-it- "|1999, in she and Deiza managed a store for a was kind of lady and had a very gentle anuei Japanese family who had been placed way with the residents. Her appraoch ]thurch [./ in an inland relocation center. In was genuine as she asked questions of k, SD e  1946, she moved to Milbank where the residents, sometimes expecting an she worked for Russel L. Larson at answer, and also knowing at other Mark   Larson Electric. Luella had learned to times that she may not have received a Ilion and repair electrical appliances from her response at all. It made no difference "rend Dennis L. Schultz brother who had taken an electrical to her, her compassionate ways were J Y tl course by mail. She purchased the to offer and to pray with the residents ied on Saturday, Dec. 11, business from Mr. Larson and it and for them. Most often the evening )/St. Bernard's Providence prayers were spoken in English, but in Milbank. Family when requested, Luella would pray 'U are asked to meet in the the Lord's Prayer and the Benediction apel by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in German. Of her volunteer work services. Music will be and her relationship with the residents ,/_,l tl by Phyllis M. Schultz, at Beverly Healthcare, Luella perhaps, )/0 v and the Emanuel Mixed summed it up best when she said, / ]Visitation will be at the "Just because I no longer have The Patterson Funeral Home in Light House does not mean that my light can not still shine." In addition to her volunteer work, she loved to fish on Big Stone Lake whenever she could and enjoyed her visits from her forty plus nieces and nephews. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Esther Ell, of rural Ortonville; and many nieces and nephews. Luella was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Gottlieb, Philip, Paul and Martin Mueller and two sisters; Goldie and Elizabeth Schwandt. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the [r played "kittenball" on a arrangements per and they were known as been in charge of the vesper service / the fireworks' return. Also, Paul Strong of Strong Insurance brought some good news to the council, stating the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, to which Ortonville belongs, had returned a little more than $15,000 in dividends to the city from the past year. Bomb threat (Continued from page 1) law enforcement officials before chil- dren were allowed to return. "We take this sort of thing very seriously," Taylor stated. "If it's ever determined who wrote this note they will be severely punished." Dinnel commented if the person or persons responsible are found, there will still be stiff prosecution involved. Currently, evidence from the threat is being analyzed as the police and sher- iff's departments continue to talk to students and await the results. Accidents following day. The department indicated the acci- dent is under investigation. Just three hours later at 9 p.m. Friday, the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's office reports a one vehicle roliover three miles north and three miles east of Madison on Lqp County 26. Department records indicated at the scene, four injured victims were trans- ported to the Madison Hospital for ini- tial treatment. The department stated Colbey Ehlenz, 15 of Madison, passed away later that evening as a result of her injuries. Ashley Ronglien, 16 of Madison, was transported by air ambulance to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Held for observation in Madison was Chasity Odden, 16 and Natasha Bergerson, both of Madison. The vehicle, a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero, left the road, entered the ditch and rolled over, the records stat- ed. The accident is currently under investigation. UMVRDC Dec. Meeting The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 20, 1999 at the Appleton VFW, to begin at 6 p.m. Flute Christmas Carc00ing Downtown The Milbank-Ortonviile Area Flute Players will be performing Christmas carols downtown Ortonville Saturday Dec. 18 starting at the Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m. They will go up and down main street to entertain the various businesses and patrons. I Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 2.88 Soybeans ........................... 4.07 Corn ................................... 1.40 Dec. 14, 1998 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.33 Soybeans ........................... 5.05 Corn ................................... 1.60 CLASSIFIED ADS BRING OUICK RESULTS Thank - ' I Special thank you from my  heart to my friends, neighbors and relatives for .. all the kindnesses, prayers and expressions of caring, before and after my surgery. Thank you to the Ortonville health care system and Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital. We are so i fortunate to have such good health care in western Minnesota. Sincere gratitude to Rev. Carl Watkins and the congregation for your special prayers - and to many of the prayer chains . within other churches. I am overwhelmed by your expressions of kindness. Thank you! - ORTONVlLLE IS THE TOWN WITH A ! Sincerely, a Mary Ann Ulrich 00e00inar SPE. This Friday, December 17th 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Big Stone City Branch office +}  '._ .-' _1 -- -/ " I ' \\;  . BIG STONE Cl. STAFFlnvil. youlo.opinforthelrHolldayOpenH--.L'torlghl. P    Thank you to the Big Stone City community/or I Thursday, Dec. 1600- a.oo to s:oo g / re00&mg o00t? geT00ous00ym W ,.7 o ........... ], " " " " l,,,/,',,, ,,,,,,,,  " " I -i'l'der I Salvation Army Anger ree 'rojec. to tt, VtLc ttct ot td dttl dt o ote ttottt ootlte r ] top ,n, vwtt ita ow [5[5   wiaa #ooaiea., It  1 "and I All the requests have been filled and many local e'. ] c,.    I ,,ats! I children will now have a wonderful Christmas! '"| Dr. Ronn McDaniel ,,, - Marquette /j+  Your Eye Care Team ++++I II ill . ..... , Banks,,,+_++ :] Sat 9am 12noon ' --E - , [[[l +i 451 Main Street * Bi Stone Ci , SD * 605 862 8163 - . t,l 'bec. 14, G 00iNDEP-E-ND-E00 Page3 +