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Ortonville =Town with a heart" N "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" MAYCEE-KLEIN HARTMAN OF ORTONVILLE shows the new myoelectric prostheses she was fitted with on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Thanks to the Shriners Hospital in Minneapolis, Maycee can crush cans with her new hand as well as move it on her command. On the table are the many prostheses that Maycee has worn since she was six months old. Holiday season extra special for young 10-year-old girl The holiday season is a time spent with family and loved ones and also re- ceiving and giving gifts. For 10-year - old Maycee-Klein Hartman of Ortonville, her biggest gift came just before the holidays. Maycee, daughter of Krista and Jon Hartman of Ortonville and Joe Muehlberg, was born with what doc- tors then called a "short ann" or Con- genital Limb Deficiency. Her right arm wasn't fully formed at birth and ends about 2.5 inches below her elbow. Maycee requires prosthetics, which she will have to wear the rest of her life. Last Tuesday, Dec. 20, was a very special day for Maycee. She and her family traveled to the Shriners Hospital in Minneapolis where she was fitted with a myoelectric hand prostheses. "I first saw one of these while at Camp Achieve in Minneapolis," said Maycee. "A friend of mine had one and I dreamed of getting one someday and it finally happened." Camp Achieve is held for four days during the summer for patients with limb deficiencies. Maycee has been at- tending for the last three to four years, where the kids get to do different things like fishing and swimming. They cap the week off with an ice cream party and awards. Myoelectric prostheses is an alter- native to conventional hook prostheses for patients with traumatic or congeni- tal absence of forearm(s) and hand(s). These prostheses have a stronger pinch force, better grip, and are more flexible and easier to use than conventional hooks. Myoelectric control is used to oper- ate electric motor-driven hands, wrist, and elbows. Surface electrodes embed- ded in the prosthesis socket make con- tact with the skin and detect and amplify muscle action potentials from voluntarily contracting muscle in the residual limb. The newest electronic control systems perform multiple func- tions, and allow for sequential opera- tion of elbow motion, wrist rotation and hand motions. Maycee has worn a prostheses since she was six months old. She does have to remove the prostheses during gym class, swimming or other physical ac- tivities. When fully charged, the Myo can last all day. "Dick Niessen of the Shriners Hos- pital has been a big help to our family," said Maycee's mother, Krista Har- man."Everyone there has been very good to us and we can't thank them enough. We were all very excited for Maycee." Maycee is a very active 10-year old. She swims, fishes, rides bike and plays the french horn in the school band. She also received a Presidential Fitness award for doing two pull-ups one handed. She has two sisters, Adeline, 3, and Norah, 2 who give her a run for her money. Last year, Maycee did her Science Fair Project at the Ortonville School on the myoelectric prostheses. It was enti- tled, "Can You Lend Me A Hand." It was one of the favorites of the judges in Ortonville and she was able to attend the Science Fair in Mankato where she won a Purple Ribbon. To see the excitement in Maycee's eyes with her new arm makes this hol- iday season even extra special. Commissioners put a freeze on own salaries for 2012 For the fourth year in a row, Big Stone County Commissioners voted at their Dec. 20 meeting to freeze their 2012 salaries. Commissioners salaries shall remain at $13,306.02 and the per diem rate shall remain at $50 for serv- ice on any board, committee, or com- mission, or for performance of services by individual commissioners when re- quired by law. The Board also approved a two per- cent increase in salaries for elected county officials for 2012. Elected county officials include the County Au- ditor, Recorder, Treasurer, Sheriff and Attorney. This increase reflects the same increase for non-union salaries. Board members approved the 2012 Levy and Budget. The complete budget is available for public inspection at the office of the County Auditor. Several Highway 75 landowners were present at the meeting to discuss concerns about Strata Corporation, an aggregate supply company based in North Dakota, making plans to open a new granite quarry just south of the Or- tonville city limits, about a half mile southwest of Highway 7/75. The landowners expressed their dust, rail cars blocking their view and how the blasting will affect their wells and water. No action was taken, but landown- ers were informed to present their facts and findings at a future Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. As of this meeting, Strata officials had not applied for a conditional use permit. Commissioner Brent Olson brought up discussion concerning the Prairie Country RC&D. The Prairie Country RC&D has a long history of solid ac- complishments. However, organiza- tions, just like people, have a natural life span. Given the surplus organiza- tional capacity in our region, the changing funding climate and recent retirements, it is the opinion of the Big Stone County Board that now would be an opportune time for Prairie Country RD&C to delegates its remaining tasks to other groups and close its doors with dignity and the thanks of the region for past service. This action would be in the interest of the taxpayers and show the state of our region's determination to advance government redesign and efficiency. The motion passed by a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Walter Wulff erans Service Officer presented his monthly report to the Board. Meyer stated that November veteran/family contacts was at 284. Dan said that he remains busy helping the veterans in the county. In other business, the Board ap- proved the 2012 Tobacco Licenses. Businesses that applied and approved were Bonnie's Hometown Groceries, TD&C, Inc. (Cenex C-Store in Or- tonville), George's Bar and Grill, Graceville Bar and Lounge, Graceville Country Market, Hartman's Super Valu, Headquarters Bar, Inc, Holiday Station Store, KJ's Kountry Store, LLC and Tri County Coop. The Board appointed Kenneth Schumacher as the 2012-2014 youth representative to the Big Stone County Extension Committee Board. Kenneth is a sophomore at OHS and the son of Ronald and Tammy Schumacher. Shawnda Johnson was also appointed to a second term as a committee board member. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the courthouse City Council approves final +2012 Budget, Tax Levy Service. The council approved the sec- ond reading and adoption of ordinance setting Natural Gas Franchise fees. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 due to the New Year's Holiday. There will be a workshop held that night at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Li- brary Media Center. The Ortonville City Council ap- proved the 2012 Budget and Levy at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 19. The 2012 Final City Budget consists of $2,212,319 in revenues and $2,212,319 in expenditures. The mo- tion passed on a 4-3 vote with council members Mike Dorry, Angela Doren and Bob Meyer voting no. Discussion was then held on the 2011 Tax Levy, collectible in 2012. The.~Levy was increased by one per- cent, which amounts to an increase of $6,~;~After calling for the vote, Council members Mike Dorry, Bob Me~, Angela Doren and Ron Thomas vot~ no on the motion which failed on a 4-~Vote~ /~ motion was then made to show a zero percent increase in the levy which passed on a 4-3 vote. Those voting against were council members Steve Berkner, Mel Reinke and David Dinnel. With the change in the Levy, the budget will have to be changed to reflect changes. The Levy was origi- nally set at $627,527. Golf Board member Isaiah Long- necker presented information to the council on purchasing a Point Of Sale (POS) System for the Ortonville Golf Course. Longnecker stated that the Golf Board felt the system would more ac- curately track marketing, green fees, memberships, allow marketing strate- gies and demographic strategies for the golf course. Isaiah stated that members of the golf board had seen a video of thisequipment and feel that this would allow for accurate, quick sales without confusion to allow the consumer to get on the course quickly and enjoy their round of golf at the Ortonville Golf Course Golf Board members feel that pur- cha~;~g a MS system would make the Ortonville Golf Course better, more ef- ficient and self sufficient to bring for- ward more members and outside consumers to Ortonville. This would not only benefit the golf course, but our local businesses as well. Council members stated that they would need more information on this equipment before making a decision. The council did approve a Golf Board recommendation to sell used golf course equipment and to increase the rate for college toumaments from $10 per player to $20 per player. The council then acknowledged Norm Davis for his volunteer work at the golf Big Stone School awarded Team Nutrition Grant The Big Stone City, SD School has been awarded a Team Nutrition Gar- den to Table Grant through the South Dakota Department of Education/South Dakota Extension Service. The grant will go towards the plan- ning and building of a raised bed gar- den on the school grounds. Students from various classes will have a chance to actively participate in grow- mg and harvesting the produce. The produce will be offered to students as a free choice offering during school lunch. Partnering with the Big Stone City School are the Big Stone County Af- terschool Adventures, Eager Beavers and Jolly Workers 4-H Clubs. The Clubs will assist with the garden dur- ing the summer. Jr. High Knowledge Bowl team advances course. Discussion was held on the High- way 75 Industrial Park development. The Ortonville Independent had in- quired about acquiring a piece of the property for possible development for their business. At this time, there is still discussions being held but no decisions have been made. In other business, the Council ac- cepted the resignation of Mike Hart- man from the Ortonville Ambulance CALEB TOLLAKSON OF ORTONVILLE is shown above donating double red cells at the Bellingham Bloodmobile on Thursday, Dec. 22. ]'he OHS senior called the coordinator, Audrey Volkenant, to ask if he could have the first appointment that day. When Audrey- asked if there was no school, Caleb replied that there was, but he could take a little time offto help save .a, life. ,The Be!!'m,gham BIop. dmobilecoUected 44 tmil~day ~h 16 of mem acing oouble red, thanks to blood donors like Caleb, who also re- ceived a one gallon pin that day along with Joanne Sorenson, and a 10 gal- lon pin went to Carol Asche. (Submitted photo.) Correll Fire Department awarded $4,000 DNR grant "Priority is given to fire depart- ments that have the greatest need," ac- cording to Tom Romaine, DNR fire supervisor south. "Additional consid- erations include the type of project, fire runs and number of previous years funded ." Romaine added that $441,874 in matching grants are being awarded to 250 fire departments across the state for 2012. More information on the DNR Vol- unteer Fire Assistance Grant program can be found at www.mndnr.gov/grants/ruralfire/vol- unteer.html. The Correll Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $4,000 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Volunteer Fire As- sistance Grant program. The grant program provides finan- cial and technical assistance to Min- nesota fire departments in cities or communities with populations under 10,000. The primary objectives of the .program are saving lives and protect- ing property in rural areas: Rural fire departments must use the grant money for fire protection and comply with existing state and county rural fire protection plans. The grants are made on a 50/50 match basis. Baby Contest Annual Prizes Galore In Store For First Baby Born Here In 2012/ (Details inside this issue.) concerns about losing the scenic out- voting no. to Regionals croppings, dynamite blasts, breathing DanMeyer, Big Stone County Vet- Big Stone Power Plant wins Big Sto County accepti g oO+i,le un++ now,- ne n edge Bowl teams competed in the Re- approval for new upgrades gion 6, Sub-Section Tournament held on Friday, Dec. 16 in Marshall. 20 d fe app Ortonville Team #1, consisting of The first in what could be a wave of coal power plant near Fergus Falls at a 12 wil li , lications JustinRadermacher, Nathan Roe, costly environmental upgrades to large, cost of up to $250 million. Instead, the commission ordered the utility to study whether it makes sense to keep or re- tire the units, which began generating in 1959 and 1964. The report is due in nine months. The retrofit of the Big Stone plant would reduce haze-forming pollutants by 80 to 90 percent, bringing it into compliance with federal regulations designed to protect wilderness areas and national parks, including the BWCA and Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Across the U.S., utilities and regu- lators are facing similar decisions on expensive upgrades to coal-burning power plants. Besides the haze rule, coal plants face regulations for mer- cury emissions expected to be released The NRCS office is accepting ap- plications for improving wildlife habi- tat. Through the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), applica- tions are scored and submitted for ap- proval. The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Pro- gram (WHIP) is a cost share program to install wildlife practices. Some of the practices cost-shared include: Restoration and management of native grasses and wildflowers. Plant native trees and shrubs. Streambank protection and fish habitat improvement. Wetland restoration Prescribed burning of native rem- nant prairie. Eligible participants include those individuals who own or have control of the land under consideration. All lands are eligible for WHIP, except; land cur- rently enrolled in the Conservation Re- serve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, or Environmental Quality In- centive Program. Participants are offered technical and financial assistance for the estab- lishment of wildlife habitat develop- ment practices. USDA and the participant enter into a cost-share agreement. This agreement generally lasts from five to 10 years. Under the agreement, the landowner agrees to in- stall and maintain the WHIP practices. Landowners maintain control of the land, and no public access is required. WHIP does not provide rental income or purchase easements. In addition, if the landowner agrees, cooperating Federal and State wildlife agencies and nonprofit or private or- ganizations may provide expertise or additional funding to help complete a project. Applications for WHIP technical and financial are accepted on a contin- uous basis. However, if you are inter- ested in submitting an application for 2012, it is recommended that you work with the local NRCS office as the 1st ranking period will end Jan. 27. For more information about WHIP, and el- igible wildlife habitat practices, contact the Big Stone County NRCS office at (320) 839-6149, or on the World Wide Web at www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov. Kelsey Mulder, Emma Ostlund and Mikhail Thomson placed ninth out of 33 teams with a score of 92. Ortonville Team #2 made up of Hope Hasslen, Gina Nelsen, Stephanie Rausch, Chris Parker and Chase Speth finished with 58 points. Glencoe-Silver Lake Team #1 won the tournament with 145 points. They were followed by Hutchinson Team #1 with 107.5 and Glencoe-Silver Lake Team #2 and Willmar Team #2 which tied with 96.5 points. Ortonville Team #1 will move on and compete in the Regionals on Tues- day, Jan. 3 in Marshall. This will be a combination of teams from Regions six and eight, starting at 9 a.m. The top 12 teams from the Sub-Section ad- vance to the Regionals. coal-fired power plants won approval recently from Minnesota utility regula- tors. Otter Tail Power Co. of Fergus Falls says it needs a $489 million retrofit of the 36-year-old Big Stone power plant near Big Stone City, SD to comply with regulations to limit air pollutants that cause haze in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Environmental groups had argued that extending the power plant's life would be a costly mistake because of rising coal prices and likely future reg- ulation of greenhouse gases, but the Minnesota Public Utilities Commis- sion voted 5-0 to endorse the retrofit as "prudent." * State regulators hit the pause button on the utility's separate plans to up- grade its smaller, two-unit Hoot Lake (Continued on page 3)