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MANY ANGLERS TOOK TO BIG STONE LAKE last weekend for the border waters fishing opener. Pictured above are some of the anglers taking to the lake early Saturday morning. According to reports, the opener saw some nice walleyes being caught both days. The weather started out decent on Sunday morning, but gusty winds and rain hampered the fishing by late afternoon.

Council grants request for 1st Annual Lake Days June 17-18

Council members gave their support to the 1st Annual Lake  Days Celebration, June 17-18 in Ortonville at their regular meeting on Monday, April 18.

Karen Oakes, representing the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, asked the council for permission to use Lakeside Park and the restroom facilities, campground, a temporary beer license, extra policing, and electrician on call, permission for a campfire and extra dumpsters. The City agreed to work with the Chamber on providing what services it can.

The 1st Annual Lake Days Celebtration will feature The Johnny Holm Band and the band Too Drunk to Fish. Many activities will be held those two days at the foot of Big Stone Lake and Lakeside Park.

Council members approved the hiring of Justin Leuthhardt as part time park employee. Leuthhardt will start at a Step 1 on the seasonal wage schedule and began employment on April 19.

The council approved Tim Larson as a part time seasonal worker at the Ortonville Golf Course under the Minnesota Work Force Center Employment Program.

A resolution was approved hiring Logan Schoon and Joe Abramowski as seasonal part time golf course ground maintenance employees.

At a previous meeting, the council discussed appointing a committee to discuss the Northridge Residence Building and what to do with it once it becomes vacant. The council passed a resolution appointing the following to the Northridge Committee: Bill Powell, Mel Reinke, Steve Berkner, Tom Oakes, Kim Sykora and Gene Hausauer.

In other business, the council approved the bid for 2016 street seal coating to Bituminous Paving, Inc. of Odessa as well as for the street and sidewalk repairs. They also approved gravel and other quotes to Sev’s Gravel and Excavating.

The 1st Reading-Ordinance for installing two-hour parking restrictions on the south side of Jefferson Street, between 1st and 2nd Street was approved.

The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be on Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m. in the Library Media Center.

Riley Brothers awarded bid for CSAH 35 road project

The Big Stone County Board approved the awarding of contract for County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 35 to Riley Brothers Construction, Inc. of Morris at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

Riley Brothers came in with the low bid of $586,427. The Engineers estimated cost of the project was $870,868.60. Twelve different businesses bid on this project that is for the area north of the Golf Course in Ortonville.

The Board then executed the contract with Bituminous Paving, Inc. of Odessa for work around Toqua Park. They are expected to begin work in approximately a month.

The Board accepted the resignation of Social Worker Molly Taffe. Taffe plans to continue her education and informed the board her last day will be on Aug. 11. The Board then approved advertising for the Social Worker position.

In other business, the Board approved the Master Joint Powers Agreements and Court Data Services Subscriber Amendments to CJDN Subscriber Agreement.

This court data services subscriber amendment is entered into by the State of Minnesota, acting through its Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the County of Big Stone on behalf of the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office, and for the benefit of the State of Minnesota acting through its State Court Administrator’s office, who shall be entitled to enforce any provisions through any legal action against any party.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.

Board accepts resignation of basketball coach Jay Orvik

The Ortonville School Board accepted the resignation of boys basketball coach Jay Orvik at their monthly meeting on Monday, April 18.

Orvik’s resignation is effective immediatley. Jay has served as head basketball coach for the past nine seasons and sighted health reasons for resigning.

“This was a diffucult decision for me to make,” said Orvik. “But I personally feel I am making a move in the right direction.”

The board approved the 2015-2016 Principal’s contract for Mr. Joel Stattelman. They also approved a letter of retirement proposal for Mr. Stattelman, effective, June 30. Board members then approved a Return-To-Work Agreement for Stattelman. To be eleigible for the Return-To-Work Agreement, you must be at least 62 years of age, entered into a written agreement with an employing unit to return to work, and submit a Teachers Retirement Asscociation (TRA) retirement application and begin to receive a TRA benefit annuity. This will be in effect on July 2. The board tabled a Principal’s contract with Mr. Stattelman until an agreement is reached with the Principals Union.

In other business, current Kindergarten teachers Laurie Maas and Kelly Gustafson have accepted other positions within the Ortonville School. The board approved the hiring of Kylene Nelson for one of the Kindergarten positions. According to Superintendent Jeff Taylor, an offer was made to another  candidate for the other Kindergarten position, but the candidate declined the offer made. This will now go back to committee for discussion on options of what to do with the other Kindergarten position.

Board members approved the advertising for a Social Science position for the 2016-17 school year. Mr. Jon Fellows will not be returning to the part time social studies position. This position will be advertised with coaching duties.

The board approved the 2016-17 School Psychologist contract with Jay Trenhaile.

The 2016-17 school calendar was approved. A committee decided to eliminate spring conferences and remove the Open House from the required 182 staff days. They also eliminated one student day. This allowed both MRVED staff development days to be included without adding any cost to the budget.

The next meeting of the Ortonville School Board will be on Monday,May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Lindsay Plathe