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THE 57TH ANNUAL AUGUSTANA BAND FESTIVAL was held at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, Nov. 15. Five Ortonville High School band members participated in the event, either in the Blue Festival Band or the Gold Band. Pictured from left to right are Nathan Roe (Blue Band), Kelsey Mulder (Blue Band), Stephanie Arndt (Blue Band), Hannah Mathes (Gold Band) and Emma Ostlund (Blue Band).

Hasslen Const. to design plans for new Senior Housing

The Ortonville City Council approve the hiring of Hasslen Construction Co. Inc. of Ortonville as Construction Manager for the Ortonville Area Health Services Senior Housing Project at their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 17.

OAHS CEO Rick Ash informed the board that they had received four bids for Construction Manager of the project. He said the OAHS building committee had met several times and recommended Hasslen Construction.

“Even though they were not the lowest bidder, Hasslen came highly recommended,” said Ash.

City Attorney Dave McLaughlin stated that they had met all the recommendations needed even though they were not the lowest bidder. At this time, the cost will be $25,000 for construction services which would take it to the construction phase. Any other costs would have to come back to the council for approval.

A resolution approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement bids for improvement of Evergreen Lane, Pomroy Stret, Dyer Street and Spring Drive in Ortonville passed unanimously. With the approval, advertisement for bids will be published for a minimum of 14 days, with bids opening on Jan. 14, 2015 and considered at the Jan. 20, 2015 City Council Meeting.

Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork introduced new full time city police officer Jordan Reiner to the council. Reiner is filling the position of Kyle Arndt, who accepted a police officer position in Nashville, TN. Mork stated that Reiner has completed his field training and will officially begin work on Friday, Nov. 21. Mayor Steve Berkner officially swore in Reiner during the meeting.

In other business, the council approved the certification of  the canvassing results of the 2014 City General Election. The final results were Mike Dorry, 604 votes; Gene Hausauer, 569 votes; and Ron Thomas, 546 votes. All three will be serving a four-year term.

The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be on Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. in the library media center.

Ortonville School to make up snow day on Feb. 13

The Ortonville School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Library. Superintendent Jeff Taylor informed the board that due to school being canceled on Nov. 10, the make-up day has been scheduled for Feb. 13.

This year, the board had two snow days built into the school year. Taylor stated that the next make-up day is scheduled for April 6, with all other days being made up at the end of the year.

A resolution was approved authorizing issuance of certificates of election and acceptance of the office and oath of office.

These documents were signed at the end of the school board meeting by the three candidates who received the most votes in the election held on Nov. 4. They include Holly Wellendorf, John Plathe and Jay Ross, who will take their seats on the Ortonville School Board in January.

The board approved a junior high boys basketball coaching contract with Larry Powell. He will coach the eighth grade boys basketball team during the 2014-15 season.

In other business, the board heard reports from Principal Joel Stattelman and Dean of Students/Activities Director Jake Foslien.

Principal Stattelman reported on school activities that occured during the past month. Some of the events included elementary students trip to Bonanza, senior college trip to the University of Minnesota, Morris, the Teddy Roosevelt program, the Robotics Fundraiser, the Veterans Day program and others.

Mr. Foslien reported on the spring sports teams and their seasons. He also stated that the winter sports teams have all began practice, with the boys basketball and wrestling teams opening their seasons this week.

Superintendent Taylor reported that they are in the process of organizing a Targeted Service Program. He stated that they are able to offer this program through the Minnesota River Valley Education District (MRVED). At this stage, they are planning to begin with grades 3-6 and target students that need help passing the MCA test in the areas of reading and math. The program could start after the first of the year.

The next meeting of the Ortonville School Board will be on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Seth Parker