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in IT WAS OCT. 15, 1988, when this photo was taken at Ortonville's Public Library. Molly Potter, at left, is presenting a book she authored after her sailboat excursion with two others around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. The book, titled "Cape Horn to Starboard," is being presented to Barbara Hauer, long-time librarian here. Molly, now living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is the daughter of the late Gene and Helen Potter. Gene, a native of Ortonville, was a long- time rural mail carrier here, teaming up on the job with the late Roger Belgum. Helen, formerly of Hancock, taught third grade at Ortonville for many years. Molly's book is still available for reading at the library. FOR THE WEEK OF Oct is one of the 27 certified fire- DEC. 28,2010 fighters at the Capital Region Campus in Washington, DC. To 10 YEARS AGO qualify as a potential firefighter, Dec. 26, 2000 Lindquist had to be a top finisher in Rick Barnhardt, chief of the Big the "pack test" in which he had to Stone City Fire Department, retired be able to walk three miles in less after 25 years with the Big Stone than 45 minutes while carrying a 40 City, SD Fire Department. Phil pound pack. Kelly is new chief of the depart- Big Stone City American ment and Monty Athey was named Legion will construct its 11 th artifi- new assistant chief, cial reef this year from discarded Ortonville's City Council Christmas trees. Endorsed by the approved the budget and levy for South Dakota Department of the year 2001 at its regular meeting Game, Fish and Parks, the project last Monday, with the 2001 budget consists of trees anchored with totaling $1,480,000. This number cement blocks placed beneath the is a six percent increase from the ice in a double half circle. Trees 2000 budget of $1,394,000. are placed 15 feet apart and each Mark J. Lindquist, a member of row is 20 feet apart. All reefs have AmeriCorps, National Civilian been built in Big Stone Lake. Community Corps (NCCC) since area 25 YEARS AGO Dec. 25, 1985 Ortonville's newest business will open next Monday, Dec. 30, in the basement of Dr. Yaeger's build- ing on Main Street. Marilyn Karels will open a hair salon there, in con- junction with Ordell's Barber Shop, already located there. A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pillatzki, Milbank. Judy Drewicke is the new President for Ortonville's Sons of Norway Storsten Lodge #512. The current President is Art Anderson who has held the position for the last two years. Steel beams have been erected for the new cold storage building on the west side of the Big Stone Cheese Factory in Big Stone City. Construction of the new $1.5 mil- lion facility is continuing despite the cold weather. Hasslen Construction of Ortonville is the contractor for the new structure which will be leased by the cheese factory. 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 29, 1960 Although the number of new homes built in Ortonville during 1960 decreased over the high of 1959, the total value of all the homes, building and remodeling jobs increased over the 1959 peri- od. Officers of the Civic and Commerce were installed Tuesday at the Granite Room of the Cashtown Cafe. Installed was Paul Lindahl, president; Warren Johnson, vice president; Ivan Stem, M.H. Davis, John Jurgens Jr. and Ivan Phillis as directors. Game Warden Jim Meyers will leave his post in Big Stone to take a similar position at Elbow Lake. Births recorded at the Ortonville Hospital included the following: a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Amberg, Ortonville; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson, Minneapolis; and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. George Raddatz of Big Stone From the files of the Ortonville Independent City. 70 YEARS AGO Dee. 26, 1940 A certificate of public conven- ience and necessity for the trans- portation of passengers, express, mail and newspapers between Benson and Ortonville was issued recently to Northland Greyhound Lines, Inc. by the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse Commission. Opening of Everson's new "Blue Key" room will be held on New Year's Eve, O.S. Everson said today. The banquet size room, 27 by 50 feet, was completed and ded- icated by the Kiwanis Club last week. Dr. C.J. Reed was elected presi- dent of the Ortonville Rifle Club at a meeting held Friday night at the Columbia Granite Works office. Grand Opening of Graceville's new, modern theatre, considered one of the finest of its kind in this section of the state, was held Saturday evening. Construction work was done by the Swedburg Construction Co. of Wheaton for W. J. Benfeld, manager of the the- atre. # This column sponsored in part by i Brent Nelson N, Commercial & Residential Wiring Ortonville, MN 56278 - Licensed & Bonded in MN & SD 320-839-2631 J Keepi Tips fo r Minnesota away'. Flu season has arrived and while into your arm, rather than onto your anyone can contract the influenza hand; keeping fingers out of your virus, doctors say children are espe- nose and your mouth." cially susceptible. Pediatrician Dr. This year's vaccine protects against Paul Lively says most people recover two influenza strains and H1N1. in a few weeks, but the flu can lead to Because H1N1 didn't turn out to be complications. He describes what the pandemic that had been feared, parents tell him when their children some say it was "no big deal." get the flu. Cristal Thomas, the Midwest "Typically, what parents will say Director for the U.S. Department of is Johnny was fine and then it's like, Health and Human Services, differs. they say all of a sudden he was "It actually was a a big deal. It coughing, he had a runny nose, his actually did have much higher mortal- fever spiked 103, and he just felt like ity rates than general flu for the gen- he was going to die. And that's what eral population, especially young influenza feels like." people." Dr. Lively says severe complica- And Thomas says all strains of the tions from the flu are most common flu bring risks of complications. in children younger than age two, or "Traditional seasonal flu results in those with chronic health problems, a high number of hospitalizations, Dr. Lively says to stop the spread and thousands of preventable deaths of germs, remember to clean toys and every year." surfaces that children touch and to The U.S. Department of Health practice basic hygiene, and Human Services recommends "Hand sanitizing, washing hands annual flu shots for everyone over the are top priority, along with sneezing age of six months. By Adelaide Kirchberg Ulm were also Sunday brunch guests. The Children's Nativity Mass was St. Joseph Youth Group and held at St. Joseph's Church at 10:30 leaders Tim and Cindy Henrich met at a.m. with Fr. Bob Goblirsch Celebrant St. Joseph's School on Saturday, Dec. and St. Joseph and St. James Religion 18 to make cookies and goodies and students participating. The Bell Choir made plates of goodies and delivered had several Christmas hymns after them to elderly and shut in's. Communion. The children received Mr. and Mrs. Randy Kirchberg and Christmas bags, which were donated sons of New Ulm were Dec. 18 by St. Anthony and St. Monica weekend guests at the Warren Catholic Aid Council after Mass. Kirchberg home. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mrs. Brian Long of Lake Preston, Millerbernd spent Sunday in New SD spent Dec. 18 weekend at the Ulm and visited at the Tom Schwarz Edward Karels home. home and attended the Christmas Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schuelke were program at Immanuel Lutheran Wednesday forenoon Dec. 15 visitors Church where some of their grandsons at the Conrad Schuelke and Joan participated. Ronglien homes in Ortonville. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd Snowing and blowing to start spent Friday, Dec. 17 at the Steve Christmas week with temperatures in Millerbernd home in St. Cloud and the teens and school closings at noon. were Saturday and Sunday guests at Senior Citizens pot luck Christmas the Derek Jones home in Andover and dinner was held at St. Joseph's School attended their grandchildren's on Tuesday, Dec. 21 with 12 seniors Christmas program, attending. After the Pledge of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rademacher Allegiance and table prayer, happy were among guests at the Albert Folk birthday was sung to those having home in Milbank on Sunday, Dec. 12 birthdays in December. The afternoon to help their father celebrate his was spent playing games and cards birthday, and visiting. Jan. 18 will be the pot Marvin Kirchberg of Bloomington luck in 2011 and all area seniors are spent Thursday, Dec. 16 until Sunday, welcome. Dec. 19 at the home of his mother Tuesday evening guests at the Mrs. Mrs. Adelaide Kirchberg. Tom Adelaide Kirchberg home were Mrs. Kirchberg of New Ulm was a Steve Barr of Ortonville, Mrs. Wayne weekend guest and Mr. and Mrs. Brehmer and Mrs. Dave Mork and Randy Kirchberg and sons of New enjoyed a carry in supper. (Edi. note: This is the Wall et al. (1982) determined that fourth of several articles pro- zero to 30 percent of suspected sedi- vided by the Upper Minnesota ment in streams comes from bank ere- River Watershed District re- sion, and 70 to 100 percent comes from garding agricultural drainagecropland sheet erosion. These numbers and tiling. The article is writ- were determined by studying 11 small ten by Heather Fraser and (<6,000 ha) agricultural watersheds Ben Fleming, P. Eng Ridgetown College-University over a two year period. Because of the of Guelph. Citation: Fraser, additional storage volume that tile H Fleming, R. 2001. Envi- drainage can create within the soil pro- ronmental Benefits of Tile file, a tile drainage greatly reduces the Drainage Literature Review. amount of destructive overland flow From: http:/gis.lrs.uoguelph,from a field, and thus the amount of ca/AgriEnvArchives/bioen- sediments lost. Baker and Johnson ergy/downioad/drainage.pdf. (1976); Loudon et al. (1986); Belcher Date accessed: Apri121, 2010.) and Fogiel (1991); Skaggs et al. 605-432-5032 (1994); and Thomas et al (1995) all re- ported that tile drainage can reduce the amount of sediment lost from an agri- cultural watershed. Some chemicals and nutrients, such as pesticides (mostly herbicides) and phosphorus (a constituent of phos- phate), are strongly absorbed to soil constituents. By reducing the amount of sediments lost from a watershed, as- sociated chemical and nutrient losses can also be reduced (Gaynor et al. 1995). Loudon et al. (1986) found that tile drainage is an effective method of reducing non-point source pollution in areas where sediment and phosphorus are the major concerns. Skaggs et al. (1982) also determined that tile drainage should be considered a best management practice for reducing ero- sion on relatively flat land. This rec- ommendation was made after it was found that tile drainage could reduce the amount of soil lost to erosion by a factor of 10 on a Goldsboro sandy loam, with a two percent slope in North Carolina. Soil erosion from tile drained fields is further reduced by tile drainage be- cause a tile drainage improves soil structure, and therefore makes soil more stable and less likely to erode (McLean and Schwab 1982; Hundle et al. 1976); and b) spring planting can be done earlier. 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