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THE NINTH ANNUAL L.T.D. MOTORCYCLE RIDE was held on Saturday, July 19 with hundreds of bikers taking part. Pictured above is the Ortonville Fire Truck leading the bikers along Highway 75 through Ortonville. The event is in honor of SGT Jesse Lhotka, 1Lt Jason Timmerman and SSG David Day who died Feb. 21, 2005 in Bahgdad, Iraq.



Gillespie reappointed to UMRWD for three-year term

The Big Stone County Board approved the reappointment of Terry Gillespie of Clinton to the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District (UMRWD) board at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Gillespie was reappointed to a three-year term.

A loan request of $40,000 from the Big Stone County Historical Society was approved. The loan request is to complete the addition building project at the Musuem. Big Stone County approved the loan to be paid back over four years at one percent interest with the option to pay off early if sufficient donated funds become available.

Big Stone County Commissioners approved a request by the Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to submit an application to the Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program for housing rehabilitation in the amount of $52,000.

This is a program designed specifically for very low income range people and will benefit with helping with needed repairs.

In other business, the board approved the annual liquor license request for the Club 7-75 in Odessa.

A tobacco license for the Dollar General Store in Ortonville was approved. Dollar General is expected to open on Aug. 10.

The board set Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. for the Highway 5-year Planning Meeting.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Big Stone County Courthouse.


Applications for 2014 City Deer Hunt now available

Portions of the City of Ortonville will be open to archery deer hunting by special permit. This deer control program is an effort to reduce the city deer population and the damage to property the deer cause.

The season will run the length of the 2014 regular deer archery season, Sept. 13 to Dec 31.  A proficiency test and a $10 administrative fee will be required to qualify. Archers must also possess a valid Minnesota archery deer hunting license to participate. Qualifying applicants will be allowed to purchase one (or more) bonus deer permits for this hunt. Archery hunters wishing to participate must be at least 18 years of age by the opening day of the hunt.

Applications and regulations for the hunt will be available at the City Clerk’s office or on the Ortonville Police Department website at  www.ortonvillepd.com beginning Monday, July 21. Applications must be submitted to the Ortonville City Office with the $10 administrative fee by the close of business hours on Friday, Aug. 8. Applications can be mailed to:

Ortonville City Deer Hunt

315 Madison Avenue

Ortonville, MN 56278

(320) 839-3428