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"WALK OF HEROES" of Cancer Survivors took place in Graceville last Saturday, Sept. 17 during ceremonies for the Big Stone County Cancer Support Groups Walk of Hope. The Walk of Heroes, as shown above, was held at 4:30 p.m. in Graceville, with an evening meal served by the Graceville Fire Department and Graceville Women’s Organization.



“Circus” is the theme for 2016 OHS Homecoming

Homecoming 2016 is right around the corner and students and staff at OHS are preparing for a fun filled week of activities. The theme for Homecoming 2016 is “Circus” which will be held Sept. 26-30.

Homecoming gets kicked off on Monday, Sept. 26 with “Walking Yearbook Day” at OHS. Students and staff are asked to wear a plain white t-shirt and carry around a sharpie for fiends and classmates to sign your shirt.

Coronation ceremonies will be held that evening beginning at 7 p.m. Cost for coronation is $1.  The senior guys and gals will be battling it out during the PowerTuff volleyball game that will be held in the gymnasium following coronation.

Queen candidates for Homecoming 2016 are:

Clarissa Blake, daughter of Phil and Sue. She is active in volleyball, softball, drama, student council and figure skating.

Kayla Sherod, daughter of Rose Sherod and Jim Sherod. She is active in volleyball, softball, student council and BPA.

Rachel Hoernemann, daughter of Bruce and Sheila. She is active in volleyball, basketball, track, BPA, student council, drama, band and jazz band.

Edann Cloos, daughter of Todd and Candee. She is active in volleyball, softball, BPA, drama and student council.

Taylor Wilke, daughter of Darren and Jolene.  She is active in volleyball and softball.

King candidates are:

Nick Miska, son of Craig and Jennifer. He is active in football, wrestling, track and weightlifting.

Nate Treinen, son of Paul and Julie. He is active in football, basketball, baseball, student council and BPA.

Britton Conroy, son of Chris and Traci. He is active in basketball, baseball and golf.

James Erickson, son of James Erickson and Keta Plath.  He is active in football, wrestling, track and drama.

Braden Bohlman, son of Jami and Scott Stallman. He is active in football, rodeos and boat shows.

Class attendants are:

Juniors-Emily Bolsta, daughter of Gordy and Patty. She is active in softball, basketball, football statistician, student council, BPA and drama. Erin Fryer, son of Ron and Pam. He is active in drama.

Sophomores-Bethany Danielson, daughter of Ryan and Julie. She is active in choir, band, girls ensemble, pep band, knowledge bowl, FCA and on Honor Roll. Konrad Fischer, exchange student from Denmark, host parents Carlton Hogness and Tara Leuthardt.

Freshmen-Chloe Banke, daughter of Eric and Lois. She is active in volleyball, softball, BPA, girls ensemble, choir and on Honor Roll, Pete Treinen, son of Paul and Julie. He is active in basketball, baseball and football.

Eighth Grade-Lauren Hicks, daughter of Matthew and Kendra. She is active in volleyball, basketball, drama, choir, band, and on Honor Roll, Micah Henrich, son of Jason and Heather. He is active in football, baasketball and baseball. 

Seventh Grade-Halle Foslien, daughter of Jake and Missy. She is active in volleyball, basketball and softball, Preston Ballard, son of Jason and Naomi. He is active in cross country and track.

Crownbearers for Homecoming 2016 are Amelia Zinski, daughter of Josh and Rachel Zinski and Andrew Lundberg, son of Pete and Deanna Lundberg.

Homecoming dress up days for the week include:

Monday-Walking Yearbook Day.

Tuesday-Tacky Tourist Day

Wednesday-Fake an Injury Day.

Thursday-7th-9th grade-Whiteout and 10th-12th grade Blackout.

Friday-School Spirit Day.

Float construction will be held Friday morning, Sept. 30. The Homecoming Parade will begin on Main Street in Ortonville at 1:30 p.m.  The parade starts at the Family Service Parking Lot and ends at Minnwest Bank. The Homecoming football game will have the Ortonville Trojans battling the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights at 7 p.m. The homecoming dance begins after the football game and lasts until midnight. 


Good opener expected for waterfowl season Sept. 24

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Saturday, Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“All signs point to this being a great year for duck and goose hunting,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “Many hunters look forward to the duck hunting opener all year. It’s a time to get into the marsh and spend time with family and friends.”

Locally, Appleton Area Wildlife Supervisor Curt Vasek, expects to see a good opener for this area.

“I expect a decent duck opener.  Just based on general sightings, duck and goose production in the area looked great,” said Vacek. “While we were pretty dry in early summer, we’ve been pretty wet since mid-July.  The newly flooded vegetation in fields and on wetland edges is attractive to most ducks and it provides excellent cover and food.  Everyone is talking about seeing good numbers of duck and goose broods this year and we’ve also heard encouraging reports from the youth season, where kids were finding good success in flooded fields.  Hopefully, the mosquitos will die back a bit more.” 

Vacek went on to say that overall, if hunters do some scouting, he suspects they’ll find satisfying numbers of wood ducks, blue winged teal, mallards and Canada geese on the opener. 

“After that, it is anyone’s guess on how the season will progress, as it is so dependent on weather, hunting pressure and migrations,” said Vacek.  “All I can say is there will be ducks and geese around; if hunters do their homework they should find success, and even if they don’t get a limit, I hope they enjoy their time in the field.”

Duck seasons and limits

Duck season will again be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.

• In the north zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 24, through Tuesday, Nov. 22.

• In the central zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 2, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 8, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 27.

• In the south zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 2, closes for 12 days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 15, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 4.

The daily bag limits for ducks remains at six per day and individual species limits are identical to those used last fall.

Canada goose seasons and limits

Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 24, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

 
Lindsay Plathe
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