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OHS SENIOR BAND MEMBERS Isaac Adelman and Kelsey Mulder were the recipients of the John Philip Sousa Award and the Suzanne Rasset Memorial Scholarship Award.  Both are shown above with OHS Band Director Matt Lamb. Adelman, left, plays percussion and tied with Mulder in receiving the John Philip Sousa Award and was the recipient of the Suzanne Rasset Memorial Scholarship Award. Mulder, right, plays trombone, and shared the John Philip Sousa Award with Adelman. The awards were presented at the OHS Spring Band Concert held on Tuesday, May 10. Adelman is the son of Stan and Jill Adelman. Kelsey is the son of Kor Mulder and Ciska Goerres. 

Fire Departments resond to fire at Eidskog Church

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, the Odessa Fire Department received a call of a fire at the Eidskog Lutheran Church of rural Ortonville.

According to Odessa Fire Chief Chris Teske, upon arrival the church was engulfed in flames, with only a corner of the church standing. Teske stated that they called the Ortonville Fire Department for mutual aid.

According to Teske, the building was completely destroyed. Eidskog Lutheran Church had been closed since last October, with most of the inside such as the pews, alter and other items removed and either given away or kept as momentums by members of the congregation.
Only some paper items remained in the building.

Teske stated that the south side of the roof and walls on the south side had been removed prior to the fire.

Odessa and Ortonville firemen were on the scene until approximately 3:45 p.m. to make sure no smoldering occurred.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Assisting the Odessa Fire Department at the scene were the Ortonville Fire Department, Ortonville Ambulance and the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Department.

Fish kill reported on North Fork of Yellow Bank River

On Thursday, April 28, a concerned area resident called to report numerous dead fish in the North Fork of the Yellow Bank River.  Chris Domeier and BJ Bauer from the MN DNR Ortonville Area Fisheries, and Jamie Pekelder from South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks investigated the kill shortly after the call. 

Recent rains had increased the river flow substantially and the water was cold and very clear. Dead fish were present at numerous road crossings in Minnesota and South Dakota and the kill appeared to have affected 15 stream miles. The fish appeared to have been dead for one to three days. An estimated 6,000 fish died. Many of the species were “high quality” minnows and redhorses. Environmental agencies from Minnesota and South Dakota have collected water and fish samples and are working to determine the cause of the kill.

This is the third documented fish kill on the North Fork of the Yellow Bank River. Previous kills were reported and investigated in 1994 and 1998. No cause was determined in the previous kills.

The North Fork Yellow Bank River provides important fish habitat for over 20 species of fish. Many of the species reside in the stream year-round and other species use the stream primarily for spawning and nursery habitat. So although many of these smaller streams may not be “fishing” destinations, they are still very important to the overall fish population though out their entire watersheds. The North Fork Yellow Bank confluences with the main stem of the Yellow Bank River which flows north into the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge East Pool.

Fish Sampling

Site 1.

Fish collected: 1 White Sucker, 2 Creek Chub, 2 Central Stoneroller, 3 Common Shiner, 1 Sand Shiner, 1 Blackside Darter.

Site 2.

Fish collected: 2 Shorthead Redhorse (405 mm, 95 mm), 2 Golden Redhorse (310 mm, 62 mm), 1 Creek Chub (136 mm), 2 Bluntnose Minnow, 2 Central Stoneroller (136 mm), 6 Common Shiner.

Site 3.

Fish collected: 1 Shorthead Redhorse (340 mm), 2 Golden Redhorse (373 mm, 310 mm), 2 Creek Chub, 1 White Sucker (126 mm), 1 Central Stoneroller, 3 Horney head Chub, 21 Common Shiner, 1 Greater Redhorse (507 mm).

Thomson participates at BPA Leadership Conf. in Boston

Mikhail Thomson, son of Ivan and Marina Thomson of Big Stone City, SD, participated in the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in Boston, MA, May 5-9. Mikhail competed in Computer Network Technology/MTA Networking Fundaments and Fundamentals of Web Design/MTA HTML5 Application Developer Fundamentals. Mikhail passed both industry exams and is now a certified Microsoft Technology Associate in HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals and Networking Fundamentals. Exams are sponsored and administered at BPA NLC by Certiport. These exams are derived from a global database which tracks and authenticates certification exams administered by over 12,000 testing centers worldwide.

The National Leadership Conference is a culmination of the hard work and effort put in by members throughout the year. It brings students from across the country together to participate, network and compete. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers, and tours of Boston sights and attractions! The highlights of the conference included the revival of legacy competitions such as typing and shorthand, a Golden Celebration at Fenway Park, setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD STM title, and the presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests.

Approximately 6,000 students, advisors and guests from across the United States participated in Business Professionals of America’s 50th National Leadership Conference. Ortonville advisor and MN BPA State Board Vice President, Julie Kunde, accompanied Mikhail.

“We wanted to celebrate this historic milestone for BPA by hosting a conference that 50-years from now our members can look back on and say they were a part of something amazing,” said Executive Director Kirk Lawson. “What better way to celebrate not only the past 50-years of our organization, but all the amazing accomplishments of our students and advisors than to hold the 50th National Leadership Conference in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Business Professionals of America, Inc. (BPA) is the leading career technical student organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, office administration, marketing and other related career fields. Established in 1966, BPA is an intra-curricular national membership organization dedicated to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. The organization serves secondary, post-secondary and middle level students and educators by offering programs based on national standards spanning five career pathways: finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication and design and management, marketing and communication.

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Lindsay Plathe