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.............. AUTO*'ALL FOR ADC 980 SMALLTOWNPAPEIRS 2hli2#00. 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SEATTLE WA 981~~ ~ II,h,i,,I,,,,lf,,ll,,ll,,..ll,.i.ltt,.,i.l..t.l.L,.|.i| 31 Ortonville Town with a heart" =A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" US AIR FORCE Major Mark Hanson is shown above with the Good Year Blimp, just one of the many aircraft he has flown throughout his military career. il Ortonville High School junior Kara Helgeson is one of 32 students in Minnesota named as a 2011 EXCEL Award recipient. Celebrating its 15th year of recognizing high school juniors, the Minnesota State High School League has announced their recipients of the 2010 EXCEL Award. EXCEL, Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership -- is a unique recognition program that is awarded annually to high school juniors who are leaders in tl~ir schools and who work voluntar- ily in their community helping others. AAA Minneapolis is the award spon- sor. The EXCEL award program began in 1996. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves League member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota. More than 3,000 students have been recog- nized with this award, Two-hundred and fifty-six students were nominated by their schools this year. Kara, daughter of Ellie and Harley Helgeson of Ortonville, is involved in volleyball, track, basketball, drama, LEFT, Awards Association, band, jazz band, pep band, concert choir, show choir, All-State Choir, solo and ensemble contest and Knowledge Bowl at OHS. Beside being active in High School, Kara has been involved in 4- H for 11 years and currently serves as Vice-president of the Clever Clovers 4-H group. She is also a member of the Swing Time Band, is an acolyte at First English Lutheran Church, as well as perfroming special music at church and is involved in her church youth group. She also enjoys dancing and reading. Other students receiving the EXCEL Award include: Autumn Aeling, Bertha-Hewitt; K a y 1 e n Larson, East Grand Forks; Spencer Brand, Alexandria; M o 1 l y Larson, Norwood-Young America; Michael Burgdorf, Buffalo; Ellen Mathiowetz, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's; Maria Donnay, Kimball Area; Richell Mehus, Spring Grove; Shannon Field, Eastview; Samantha Paripovich, Buffalo; Brittany Fossell, Mesabi East; Zac Plein, Kasson- Mantorville; Alex Golbuff, Glenville- Emmons; Cody Preisler, LeCenter; Shane Halverson, Orr; Elias Radtke, Woodbury; Desiree Hartman, Bloomington Kennedy; Robert Rasmussen, Hutchinson; Sydney Remus, Sleepy Eye; Arianna Hesemann, Southwest Star Concept; Thomas Roberts, Morris Area; Jackson Houston, Howard Lake- Waverly-Winsted; B r y o n Schuldt, Nevis; Makayla Jorgensen, Little Falls; Ashley Trout, Deer River; Megan Kilbride, Lakeville South; Lauren Trumm, Alexandria; Ryan Killion, Providence Academy; Ryan Watkins, Maranatha Christian Academy; Kyle Krzmarzick, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's; and A f t o n Windsperger, Watertown-Mayer. Ortonville can be proud of one of its native sons, for he has done what few others can boast. He flies the country's most presigious aircraft for the United States Air Force. Maj. Mark A. Hanson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in December, 2010. The Test Pilot School is the pro- gram in which tlle Air Force's top pi- lots, navigators and engineers learn how to conduct flight tests and gener- ate the data needed to carry out test missions. Human lives and millions of dollars depend upon how carefully a test mission is planned and flown. The comprehensive and challenging cur- riculum of Test Pilot School is fimda- mental to the success to flight test and evaluation. Documents on the Edwards Air Force Base website define what it takes to master the Test Pilot School Program. Bravery and flying skills of the highest order have always been re- quirements for the flight test mission, but much more is demanded of today's (Continued on page 3) II Big Stone County Recorder Elaine Martig presented the 2010 Vital Statis- tics Report at the County Board Meet- ing on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The statistics were compiled from the records of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Big Stone County Office of Vital Statistics. Big Stone County births, which does not include confidential births, were at 50 in 2010 compared to 61 in 2009. Deaths occurring in Big Stone County were 66 in 2010 compared to 76 in 2009. Big Stone County resident deaths were 68 in 2010 compared to 81 in 2009. Marriage licenses showed an in- Crease. Marriage licenses issued at the regular fee were 18 in 2010 compared to 13 in 2009. Licenses issued at the reduced fee were 18 in 2010 compared to 14 in 2009, for a total of 36 in 2010 and 27 in 2009. Passports were up in 20t0. A total of 167 were issued in 2010 while 150 were issued in 2009. Notary Public was 51 in 2010 compared to 24 in 2009. Martig also stated that the total in- come for her office for 2010 was $109,385.80 compared to $106,574 in 2009. Big Stone County Sheriff John Haukos asked the board to approve the retirement and settlement for County Dispatcher Patricia Stangeland. Stan- geland had been employed with the County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. Commissioners approved the retire- ment and thanked Stangeland for loyal service to the county. The vote was 4- 0 with Commissioner Joe Berning ab- sent. Dan Meyer, Big Stone County VSO, reported that he had 148 of- rice/home contacts and 167 telephone contacts for a total of 315 Veteran con- tacts for January. Meyer stated that things remain busy in his office and that he 'has many outreach events scheduled for the upcoming year. In other business, the Board ap- proved the appointment of Kesha Schweer, daughter of Kyle and Sara Schweer, to a two-year term as the Youth Representative on the County Extension Committee. Kesha is a member of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club of Ortonville. The term of youth representative Stephanie Schumacher expired at the end of last year. The Board then approved the art- work of Cathy Mueller to be displayed in the Courthouse for the next three months. Mueller and her husband Stan are originally from Madison and now reside along Big Stone Lake. The next meeting of the County Board will be on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. ii ) : %11;, i ..... BROOMBALL CHAMPS! Pro Image were the Champmns of the Broomball Tournament held last Saturday at the Ortonville Ice Skatin~ Rink. Pro Image defeated the Ortonville Independent twice in the championship round of the duble'elimmatin tournament. Team members are shown above. In front from left to right are Carmen Benin~a, Luke Kafka and Chris Fellows. Back row left to right are AI Hodenfield, Josh Zinski, Brian Benck and Chris Smith. Not pictured is Jason Oakes. Six teams competed as the snow fell during the entire tournament. TWENTY-ONE ORTONVILLE BPA STUDENTS will now advance to the state competition in Minneapolis March 10-12. Shown above are the OHS students that participated at the Region 8 competition in Granite Falls on Jan. 28 Pictured in front are from left to right, Isaac Cloos, Emily Giese, Rachel Berger, Bonnie Sue Stolpman, Rikki Roscoe and Eli Block. Second row, left to right are, Katie Berdan, Alec Larson, Jarett Haugen, Thomas Rausch, David Lee, Colin Plathe and Abby Weber. Back row, left to right are, Joseph Larson, Isaac Knutson, Timothy I_arson, Shane Maas, Jonah Thune, Dimitiri Cuneo, Charlie Taffe, Dan Berdan and Tate Messmer. ill Region 8 Business Professionals of America (BPA) held its region com- petitive events conference on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Granite Fall Technical College. Twenty-two Ortonville stu- dents attended and competed. The Ortonville BPA students who placed in their respective events and are now eligible to compete at the state level are: Dan Berdan-Computer Ani- mation Team; Katie Berdan-Parlia- mentary Procedure; Rachel Berger-Digital Media Production and Global Marketing Team; Isaac Cloos- Parliamentary Procedure and Funda- mental Spreadsheet Applications; Dimitiri Cuneo-Human Resource Man- agement; Isaac Knutson-Advanced Word Processing Skills and Basic Of- fice Systems and Procedures; Alec Lar- son-Website Design; Joseph Larson-Parliamentary Procedure; Tim Larson-Video Production Team; David Lee-Video Production Team; Shane Maas-Advanced Spreadsheet and Pay- roll Accounting; Colin Plathe-Com- puter Animation Team; Tom Rausch-Video Production Team and Legal Office Procedures; Rikki Roscoe-Global Marketing Team; Bon- nie Stolpman-Global Marketing Team and Graphic Design Promotion; Jonah Thune-Video Production Team and Banking and Finance; Abby Weber- Parliamentary Procedure; Tate Mess- mer-Computer Animation Team; Jarett Haugen-Website Design Team; Charlie Taffe-Computer Animation Team; and Emily Giese-Website Design Team. Leslie Bauman, Granite Falls Tech- nical College BPAAdvisor stated, "All of the faculty, staff, and judges were very impressed with the student's be- havior and skills". The Minnesota Business Profes- sionals of America State Spring Lead- ership Conference is March 10-12, in Minneapolis. The 21 Ortonville stu- dents will be competing with students from around the state to via for qualifi- cation to the National Conference, Or- tonville Chapter Advisors are Kim Johnson and Julie Kunde. Ortonville school to make up snow days Due to missing school on Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1 due to the weather, the Ortonville School will now be in session on Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21 as indicated on the 2010-11 school calendar. Winter Carnival at OHS this week Winter Carnival festivities will be held this week at the Ortonville School with various activities going on through out the week. During the week, there will be different dress up days. Tuesday is Gangsta versus Camo Day; Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday: Thursday is Pajama Day and Friday is Duct Tape Day. Friday afternoon students will be involved with activities during 6th and 7th hours including Trojan Runway, Minute to Win It and Trojan Olympics. The Winter Carnival dance wilt be held in the OHS Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 11 following the girls basketball game. The dance will run until midnight. OHS students present "Death by Dessert, Care Murder" this Sun. Murder mystery mayhem strikes this Sunday, Feb. 13, as 22 students from OHS perform Death By Dessert and Caf6 Murder by Nathan Hartswick for their annual dessert/dinner theater events at New Life Community Baptist Church gymnaSium. Delicious, decadent, and .... dan- gerous? Yes, it is "death by dessert", but what a way to go! In New York's Little Italy, the Donnaducce and Duccedonni families have been feud- ing for a generation while operating two competing Italian restaurants that share a common wall. At rise, the building's landlord is dead at cen- ter stage, and everyone is a suspect - from the old-world Italian grand- mother and mafia don grandfather to the passionate chefs and bumbling wait-staff. In Caf6 Murder, Herb (a loud, annoying hypochondriac) is celebrat- ing his birthday at a restaurant with his four kooky brothers. When he disappears, and is presumed mur- dered, the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are the audience mem- bers, who must cast their vote. No one is above suspicion in this light- hearted murder mystery, including the brothers, the passionate French chef, and the self-taught detective. The talented cast of juniors and seniors from the OHS theater depart- ment will be enjoying the interactive~ nature of both mysteries, involving the audience as much as possible. As the cast performs while the audience enjoys the refreshments, the perfor- mance moves along at a fast pace! Plan now to enjoy an afternoon (2:30 performance with dessert buffet) or evening (6:00 p.m. catered meal of chicken by Bobbi Jo's) of laughter and good fellowship! Tickets are available from the cast members, or you may arrange tickets through the high school office at 839- 6181. Although advanced tickets are preferred, a limited number of tickets will be available at the door the day of the performances. The proceeds from the event will help defray expenses of upcoming productions, including this spring's musical performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.