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FOR ADC SMALLTOWNP F- 5026 CALiFORN|A SW 980 34 b k, Ortonville =Town with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork presented a Fire, Ambulance and Po- lice Operations Center Space Needs Study at the Ortonville City Council meeting held on Monday, Dec. 6. The study, at no cost to the City, was prepared by Short, Elliot, Hendrickson, Inc. of St. Paul. The preliminary plan calls for a 15,429 square foot building costing between $2.6 and $3 million dollars, that would house the Or- tonville Police, Fire Department and Ambulance. Mork stated that he was doing re- search on a grant on Senator AI Franken's website and found that every year he takes appropriations requests to find funding for one of the areas he likes is public safety for what is called The council approved unanimously to enter into a rental agreement with Big Stone City for the use of the Or- tonville Police State at $100 per month contingent upon Big Stone City pro- viding a liability insurance certificate covering their use of the building: Councilman Mike Dorry was absent from the meeting. In other business, Airport Mainte- nance Supervisor Todd Veheut pre- sented a revised Airport Maintenance Contract for 2011. The one-year con- tract is in the amount of $19,560 which includes mileage to be entered into be- tween the City of Ortonville and Ver- heul effective Jan. 1,2011. Tlae council approved unanimously. Ortonville Mayor David Dinnel ther information will have to be gath- ered before permission to use the space is granted. A determination as to who owns the space will be made by the next council meeting. The 2011 golf fees and clubhouse lease agreement were discussed. The need for a raise in the rates was indi- cated by the current budget figures showing a $I 10,000 deficit in the Golf Fund. A motion was made by Council- man Steve Berkner and seconded by Craig Randleman to raise the 2011 golf fees by 8.3 percent. After some discus- sion, the council decided to table this until a continued meeting to be held on Monday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. The council also passed a motion to appoint City Attorney David Emergency Operations Centers. Mork opened the Public Hearing for Truth McLaughlin and City Clerk-Adminis- WITH THE HELP OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, the Salvation Army and OFC of Ortonville (formerly said that he was exploring all avenues and Taxation-Budget and PropertyTax trator Char Grossman to meet with Ortonville Area laycees) have transformed the Ortonville Public School bus garage into Santa's workshop, as to costing savings and was asking Levy at 7:10 p.m. There being no pub- Darwin Asmus and Nancy Skalbeck to Shown above are the gifts of toys and clothing that approximately 250 children in Big Stone County will be the council to consider moving forward lic testimony, Mayor Dinnel closed the negotiate the 2011 Clubhouse Agree- receiving for Christmas thanks to the many individuals and groups who so generously donated to this project, with this. hearing, ment. The gifts will be distributed Dec. 20-21. The Council asked Mork to look for Deb Larson of the Big Stone Arts The council then went into Execu- P Three adults and a juvenile, all from Baumbarger said if the four are con- took their cell phones to prevent them Beardsley are expected to face fines victed each faces a maximum penalty from contacting the driver of the other and restitution totaling nearly $13,000 of $2,000 for gross misdemeanor shin- vehicle. I could smell the strong odor for a variety of charges from a Novem- ing, as well as a total of $2,700 in fines of alcohol and noticed several empty ber deer poaching case reports the Min- on a variety of other charges. Restitu- beer cans in the truck, as well as two' nesota Department of Natural tion is $500 for each deer. Their hunt- uncased shotguns on the passenger side Resources. Traverse County Attorney ing privileges could also be revoked for of the front seat. Both shotguns were Matt .Franzese is in the process of ill- three years, loaded," Baumbarger said. Several ing documents, Unknown to the accused the inci- slugs and two spotlights were also Jason James Murphy, 22, is charged dent occurred literally at the front door found in the truck cab. with gross misdemeanor shining, trans- of Officer Baumbarger of Wheaton. The two men later admitted that porting a loaded firearm in a motor ve- "I was off-duty, standing outside of they had been out looking for deer, that hicle, discharge of a firearm at a deer my house when I noticed a vehicle the juvenile had shot a deer earlier, and from the road right of way, and open moving on a nearby roadway at a speed that they were there to help harvest and bottle of alcoholic beverage in a motor that didn't seem normal," said Baum- .load the animal, said Baumbarger. vehicle, barger. "The vehicle repeatedly moved A call from the deputy revealed two Tanner Aric Zych, 20, is charged to a field approach, paused and then bucks were in the back of the other ve- With gross misdemeanor shining, trans- backed out, using its headlights to spot hicle driven by the juvenile while Ryan porting a loaded firearm in a motor ve- deer." Murphy was a passenger. hicle, open bottle of an alcoholic Baumbarger went back inside hisDuring the course of the investiga- beverage in a motor vehicle, and under house, put on his uniform, got in his tion Ryan Murphy and the juvenile ad- age 21 possession and consumption of patrol vehicle, and followed the sus- mitted to shooting the two bucks. an alcoholic beverage, pect vehicle, observing it sweeping "They both said they knew what Ryan Jay Murphy, 18, is chargedfarm fields with its headlights, before they were doing was illegal, but they with gross misdemeanor shining,meeting up with a second vehicle were tired of everyone else doing it shooting at deer from the road fight of parked along a township road. (shining deer), and they decided to do way, untagged big game, and failure to Assistance was requested from the the same thing. Two wrongs don't Validate a site tag. Traverse County Sheriff's Department, make it right," Baumbarger said. A 16-year-old juvenile is charged and while a deputy followed one of the Investigators seized the two deer, as with gross misdemeanor shining, gross vehicles to a residence, Baumbarger well as a 2009 and a 2004 pickup truck, misdemeanor transport of an illegally tailed the second vehicle, containing four shot guns, and two spot lights, taken deer, shooting a deer from the Jason Murphy and Tanner Zych, to an which are now property of the state of toad right of way, and taking deer with- establishment in Beardsley. Minnesota. oUt a firearms deer license. "As they exited the vehicle I A trial date in Traverse County Dis- State Conservation Officer Daniel stopped them, identified myself, and trict Court has not been set. "~ They get together once a month to visit, have coffee and cookies and to 'share their gifts of knitting and cro- cheting for needy families in the com- munity. The Vintage Stitchers are a group of ladies who have been meeting monthly since February at the Ortonville Community Center. The group was formed to knit and crochet items for charity. The women's first projects includ- ed "chemo caps" for chemotherapy patients and "lapgahns" for hospice patients at the Ortonville Hospital. Paula Reisdorph, community cen- ter coordinator, enjoys knitting and Crocheting. She knew other women Who also liked to knit and crochet, so she called them up and they decided t0 form the "Vintage Stitchers." ~eisdorph contacted Ortonville Area ealth Services and learned they were thrilled to receive the handmade items for their patients. The Vintage Stitchers made lots of ,chemo caps" and "lapghans". Now they are making hats, scarves and mit- tens to be included in the gift boxes put together by the Big Stone County Salvation Army. Anyone is welcome to join the Vintage Stitchers. Whether you can make it to every month's gathering or just once in a while, the Stitchers would love to have fellow knitters and drocheters join them. Some of the regular group mem- bers include Paula Reisdorph, Sharon Johnson, Lany McKinney, Elda Sehmidt, Ellen Dimberg, Carol Knutson and Carol Newman all of Ortonville; Virgina Novak ofOdessa and Carol Jean Kellen of Clinton. The ladies meet at 10 a.m. the first funding for the project from earmark money from the legislature, the USDA and from FEMA. Mork also asked for permission to rent out a part of the Police Station to .the Big Stone City, SD Police to use for six months to two years while they are waiting for a new city building to be completed. Bad weather cancels Whitey's book-signing Due to blizzard conditions in this area during the past weekend, the planned book-signing on Saturday, Dec. 11 for the memoirs of Wayne G. "Whitey" Johnson, scheduled for the Big Stone ,egion, was cancelte~t ...... Whitey informs The Independent he will be signing several books and will send them to The Indepenent via his daughter. Price will remain the same, $18.95 for paper back, and $33.95 for hard copy. The public will be informed when the books arrive. Santa Day reset for Thurs. in Ortonville Santa Claus's reindeer couldn't make it to town with the bad weather Saturday, so he and Mrs. Claus plan to be in Ortonville this Thursday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Kids of all ages are invited to have their picture taken with the famous couple from the North Pole. There will be lots of activities for children including crafts, bingo and cookie decorating. The event is sponsored by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. and Cultural Center Initiative Steering tive Session to consider litigation re- Committee asked the council to use the garding former City Clerk lower level of the Community Center Administrator David Lang. After re- in Ortonville for an outreach and re- convening, a motion passed unani- source base for the arts. mously to comply wit a binding City Attorney David McLaughlin arbitration order regarding Lang setting stated the ownership of the space was forth a payment amount to be paid by transferred to the Housing and Rede- Jan. 13, 2011. velopment Authority in 1980 and fur- ng at man I, SD A Big Stone City, SD man was life in prison and a $50,000 fine. He is killed in a shooting on Saturday, Dec. being held in the Davison County Jail 4 in Mitchell, SD. Matthew Montag, on $100,000 cash bond. 19, a student at Mitchell Technical According to the Mitchell Daily Institute, was shot and killed while Republic, Mitchell Police Det. Lt. attending a gathering at a house in Don Everson said the fatal shooting Mitchell. took place at about 9:20 p.m. after a The group had been socializing at caller reported a shooting. Everson the rented home of William Dean said Montag and Davis were not in a Davis, 21, a student at MTI. dispute at the time of the fatal shoot- According to police reports, Davis ing had been drinking, when he aimed a Montag, the son of Larry and Anne shotgun, which he believed to be Montag, was a native of Big Stone unloaded, at Montag. The gun dis- City. He was a 2009 Milbank High charged. Montag was pronounced School graduate. dead at the scene. Funeral services were held on Davis is charged with first-degree Saturday, Dec. 11 at St. Lawrence manslaughter, a Class 3 felony pun- Catholic Church in Mitbank, SD. ishable by a maximum sentence of LOTS OF HATS, MITTENS, SCARVES AND AFGHANS will be dis- tributed to members of the community thanks to the Vintage Stitchers. Shown above with the handmade items are, left to right, Sharon Johnson, Paula Reisdorph and Lany McKinney. Thursday of every month. Anyone the group, the ladies would greatly interested in joining the group is appreciate it. This is a great way to encouraged to stop by the Community give back to the community and keep Center or call 320-839-3555. families warm this winter. If anyone wishes to donate yarn to '- HEY KIDS! Santa's Coming WITH GOODIES FOR ALL TO B.; SXONE CZX This Saturday, Dec. 18th j MARY LOU MEYER OF ORTONVILLE, right, was the winner of $1,450 in scrip in last Friday's Ortonville Independent Christmas drawing. Mary Lou had registered at Larry's Refrigeration and Heating, Inc. and was present at the Cenex Convenience Store. Presenting Mary Lou with her scrip is Joni Cole of the Cenex C-Store in Ortonvil|e. Two drawings will be held this Friday and two on Saturday. DNR ice warnin lakes with aeration systems The Minnesota Department of post aerated lakes; "Thin Ice" and Bellingham holiday Natural Resources (DNR) warns ice Warning" signs. The person who events rescheduled anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and applies for the permit (permittee) is to other outdoor enthusiasts to use cau- maintain "Warning" signs at all c~om- tion when going onto any lake cov- monly used access points to the lake. Due to inclement weather ered or partially covered with ice, This sign warns people approaching Saturday, holiday events in especially those that feature aeration the lake that an aeration system is in Bellingham have been rescheduled systems, operation and to use extreme caution. for this week. "Open water areas created by aer- The permittee must also put up This Wednesday, Dec. 15 The ation systems can shift or change "Thin Ice" signs to mark the perime- Checkered Flag will be hosting Santa shapes depending on weather condi- ter of the area. Some municipalities Claus bingo at 1 p.m. Santa Claus tions," said Marilyn Danks, DNRmay have ordinances that prohibit ~ill be visiting with kids of all ages aquatic biologist. "Leaks may devel- entering into the thin ice area and/or in the back room also beginning at 1 op in air lines creating other areas of prohibit the night use of motorized p.m. Their annual smorgasbord will weak ice or open water." vehicles on lakes with aeration sys- begin at 2 p.m. along with Tom and In Big Stone County, those lakes terns in operation. These local regula- Jerry's which will also be served on include Artichoke, East Toqua, Long tions are often posted at accesses Saturday during the turkey drawings. Tom Lake. where they apply. Bellingham's annual holiday Aeration systems are generally Aeration sYstems are inspected for turkey give-away will be held this operated from the time lakes freeze safety and compliance with regula- Saturday, Dec. 18 with drawings at 2 until ice break-up in the spring. They tions by permittees and DNR person- p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The help prevent winterkill of fish, but nel. smorgasbord at the Bellingham they also create areas of open water For more information call a American Legion will be held at 3 and thin ice, which are significant regional fisheries office or the DNR p.m., along with Tom and Jerry's. hazards. Information Center at 651-296-6157 The legion will open at 2 p.m. Two types of signs are used to or toll-free 888-646-6367. t