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*********************** FOR ADC 980 . 2/I . ,00 Sr'ALLTOWNPAP~RS ~"' 5026 CALiFORNiA AVE SW SEATTLE WA ~t3~8-t=G'~ " 33 ii,h.i,h ih,th,it il.i,||i |,i.ddJh.|.ii Ortonville rrown with a heart" "A Constructive Newspaper In A Live Community" Volume 92 Number 50 III The Ortonville City Council up-Grossman stated that the raises built in reported to the council that the Com- ~~: proved the final 2011 budget and the to the budget were promised to the em- munity Center was deeded to the Hous- '.~ final 2010 Tax Levy collectible in 2011 ployees in the last round of salary he- ing and Redevelopment Authority in at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 20. gotiations. The employees always re- 1980. The Council then approved a The council discussed the budgeted ceived the Social Security Cost of motion to ask the local Arts Group to $8,000 to the Chamber of Commerce. Living raise, but during the last negoti- contact Mary Beling of the Bi~ Stone Concerns were raised that the money ations the cost of living increase was County Housing and Redevelopment be spent on purchases and programs 5.8 percent. The council at that time Authority for us of the downstairs part that directly benefit the city. By Con- felt that was too much to raise salaries of the building. sensus of the Council, the Cityin one year so the employees were Council members voted to suspend Clerk/Administrator and the City At- promised a two percent increase in sidewalk snow removal regulations in torney were asked to prepare a letter to 2010 and a three percent increase in the residential area only for the rest of the Chamber stating the City will re- 2011. the snow season. Councilman Berkner quire copies of invoices from the The council then voted to adopt and was the lone no vote. Chamber showing expenses that di- certify the 2011 Final City Budget, A resolution was passed approving rectly benefit the City. Contingent upon consisting of $2,085,430 in revenues the southwest Initiative Foundations City Council approval, the City will re- and $2,085,430 in expenditures. Those 2011 request of $500 for support for imburse the Chamber of the expenses, voting no were Mayor David Dinnel the organization. Mayor David Dinnel expressed con- and Councilman Steve Berkner. Court- At the close of the meeting, Mayor cern that employee pay raises were cil member Angela Doren was absent. Dinnel expressed appreciation to Craig built into the 2011 budget when the The council then approved unani- Randleman for his service as a City State of Minnesota is looking at a $6.5 mously the 2010 Tax Levy, Collectible Council member. Randleman thanked billion deficit next year. The Mayor in 2011 at $621,314. the Council and the community for the IT WAS A FROSTY MORNING on Sunday, Dec 26 as cold temperatures and fog frosted up the trees around also stated that there is apossibility that In other business, the Council up- opportunity to serve. Randleman the area. The scenery made for a perfect setting following the Christmas holiday Local Government Aid could be cut proved the appointments of Rick Ash, elected not to run in the previous elec- because of the State's budget shortfall. Dan Oakes, Burt Nypen, Roman Taffe tion. Councilmen Mike Dorry and City Clerk/Administrator Charand Lisa Berkner to four-year terms as Steve Berkner, along with Ron Thomas City of Ortonville Charter Commission will take their seats on the council at OHS financial aid members, the Jan. 3 meeting. " meetina Jan. 10 City Attorney David McLaughlin Ortonville High School Counselor, Tim Marthaler has By Kathy Nelson in the second semester of the current Nelson to fill the vacated board mem- announced that a College Financial , The Ortonville School Board re- school year. The cost for the change ber seat of Kevin Radermacher, who Aid Meeting will be held on viewed the 2010-2011 budget at their will be $5,600 for math textbooks. In resigned at the end of this year. Board Monday, Jan. 10, from 7-8:15 p.m. monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. the next two years, changes would in- members approved to purchase a new in Ortonville High School Room 22. The meeting was moved fromclude changing the math curriculum for school bus and lease four additional F127. Monday, Dec. 20 due to the weather, the ninth through 12 grade. Principal buses. At the meeting, Jill Beauregard, The proposed General Fund Budget Joel Stattelman stated that it will soon A le'tter was read to the board from the financial aid director at the shows projected revenues . of be required that Algebra be taught in a Browerville parent who commented University of Minnesota, Morris, will $6,100,381 with projected expenses of the eighth grade, on the Ortonville wrestling team. The discuss the types of financial aid $6,048,278. A revised budget will be The Board approved a team teach- wrestlers were commended for their available to help parents fund their presented to the board at the January ing position between Candice Hen- sportsmanship and praised for their child's education. She will also give Board meeting. There.has been various ningson and Ivy Lovgren for the sixth conduct during a recent meet. everyone a start on the electronic stimulus funding over the past two grade long term substitute for the re- Superintendent Taylor thanked out- application process and answer any years that will not be available for the mainder of the current year. They will going board members Richard John-, 2011-2012 budget year. teaching Joe Eustice's class, as Mr. Eu- son, Glen Radermacher, Kevin 'questions. The meeting is especially Board members also reviewed the stice will be taking a military leave of Radermacher and Jay Ross for their designed for parents of high school Levy. The public was given the oppor- absence, past years service. tunity to comment on the Levy. Fol- Superintendent Jeff Taylor pre- The January School Board meeting juniors and high school seniors and their parents, but it would be helpful lowing the comment period, the Board sented information pertaining to online was moved to Thursday, Jan. 20 as for anyone whose children will be approved the 2010 payable 2011 Levy college classes. There are currently 13 there will be no school on Monday, attending college in the near (or at $1,628,320.44. students registered to take the classes. Jan. 17 due to the Martin Luther King distant) future. Everyone in the area Discussion was held on the current In other business, the Board ac- Holiday. The February meeting was who is interested is invited to attend. math curriculum. It was decided to knowledged the A+ Foundation for a also moved to Thursday, Feb. 17 due to FOODS FOR TODAY CLASS taught by Peggy Duffield at the change the current math curriculum for $10,000 donation for the playground the President's Day Holiday on Feb. Skating rink now Ortonville High School, made gingerbread houses again this year. the seventh and eighth graders starting project. The Board also appointed Jim 12. Durin the o en house held on Tuesda, Dec. 21 eo le voted for their open in Ortonville favorige housP;. Shown above is first ~;lace winPer Pf reshman Brooke Hanson, daughter of Fay Hanson. Ortonville's ice skating and hockey rinks are open and in use. Lots of skaters have already been spending time there figure skatingAnnual Baby Contest and playing a few pick up games of hockey. The public is encouraged to Circuit Court Judge Gerald Seibel Zachary Raffety and Tiffany Larson the longer sentence, make use of both the pleasure and ***** handed down a 17 1/2 year prison sen- both of Ortonville. Raffety must serve up to two-thirds hockey rinks. tence on Tuesday, Dec.21 inBigStone Minnesota sentencing guide!ines of the prison sentence with the balance The warming house will be open Prizes Galore In County Court to Zachary Raffety, 20 call for a maximum prison term of 128 being on supervised probation. He was and staffed now through Friday, Dec. in the October 2009 death of his 3- to 180 months for a second degree also ordered to pay $8,580 in restitu- 31 from 1 to 5 p.m w~ekend hours Sto/"e fo~" month-old son Avory. murder conviction. Papers filed with tion and was fined $2,085. Raffety will will be posted on the door. Once Raffety was found guilty of second the Big Stone County Court Adminis- serve his prison sentence at the St. school resumes, the warming house First Baby Born degree murder last month by Judge trator's Office indicated Seibel devi- Cloud Correctional Facility. will be open and staffed from 3:30 to Seibel following a court trial that cov- ated from those guidelines to a longer The case was prosecuted by Assis- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with Here In ered eight days over nearly three prison term because of aggravating cir- taut Attorney General William Klumpp Saturday, Sunday and holiday hours , weeks. Seibel found the defendant not cumstances, and Big Stone County Attorney Bill posted on the door. All times are guilty of two other charges- first de- In his judgment ruling filed in early Watson. Raffety was defended by Pub- weather permitting. 2 0 11 ! gree murder while committing domes- November, Seibel said he found the lic Defender Joe Parise and court-up- The Big Stone Lake Area Hockey ~ tic abuse and first degree murder while age of the victim and the role of re- pointed attorney John Holbrook of Association has been holding * * * * * committing child abuse, sponsibility held by the defendant as Willmar. practice at the hockey rink and plans Avory Raffety was the infant son of aggravating circumstances, leading to to have concessions available when (DETAILS INSIDE THIS ISSUE) rvey for rant sent to B" the warming house is open. -- District residents The City of Big Stone City, SDinformation provided will remain has commissioned First District to confidential and no personal informa- conduct a survey to determine if the tion will be released to the public. city is eligible for a Community Big Stone City will have the names Development Block Grant to build a of who received the surveys and who new community center, responded, but will not see the sur- Big Stone Fire District residents veys themselves they will be tallied both in Grant and Roberts Counties in Watertown. So if you do receive will be randomly selected for this one, please answer it immediately and survey consisting of one sheet with send it to Watertown. They thank you some general information questions for your cooperation in this matter. on it and there is a stamped self The sooner they get the responses the addressed envelope that you mail to better. First District in Watertown, SD. All ry fi "1 ny counts A jury found 33-year old Joseph incident in May in which Northside Pelowski of Ortonville guilty on two Medical Center of Ortonvile reported felony counts in Big Stone County a forged prescription that was passed Court on Tuesday, Dec. 21. at Carlson Drug. The 12 panel jury found Pelowski The Ortonville Police Department guilty on Count 1-Aggravated along with the Big Stone County Forgery-Utter or Possess Sheriff's Department executed a Writing/Object and Count 2-Drugs- search warrant for the Pelowski resi- 5th Degree-Possess Schedule 1,2, 3, deuce and motor vehicle and accord- 4-Not Small Amount Marijuana. ing to the complaint, officers did find A MOST TOUCHING PHOTO! Sergeant Andrew Simonitch originally from Ortonville is shown above with the five children of Gene and Helen Potter, former Iong- A third count was added beforetwo marijuana pipes and pipe screens the trial, but was similar to one of the in the Pelowski residence, time residents of Ortonville. They are pictured at Arlington National Cemetery, following a ceremony for Helen Potter who was interred along side her husband Gene. other counts, thus there was no con- The judge then ordered a Pre- Helen died Sept. 20, 2010. Andrew is the son of Scott and Monica Simonitcb of Ortonville and Kris and .tim Poehler of Ada, and serves as a member of the Old Guard viction. Sentence Investigation. No sentenc- at Arlington National Cemetery funerals. From left to right, are Molly Potter l'hayer of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Alison Purificato of Marvin, NC; Lori Potter of Denver, CO; The charges stem from an alleged* ing date has been set. Sgt. Simonitch; Rick Potter of Frankfort, It; and Peggy Ryder of Springfield, It.