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MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM, with the help of local volunteers, helped prepare the corn for the corn feed on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Lakeside Park during the 76th Annual Cornfest. Pictured from left to right are Tanner Arndt, Andrew Weber, Alex Gustafson, Colin Hartman, Nathan Strong and Paul Strong.

Five file for Ortonville School Board

The filing period for city offices in Ortonville, Odessa and Correll, as well as the Ortonville School Board closed on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

In Ortonville, the incumbents whose terms will expire Dec. 31, 2014 all filed for re-election. They include Mike Dorry, Ron Thomas and Gene Hausauer. These are all four-year terms.

In Odessa, the terms of Mayor Catherine Teske and council members Verden Gerber and Lon Moen will expire at the end of the year.

Catherine Teske has filed for re-election as Mayor. Also filing for Mayor was Jerry Smith. Both Gerber and Moen have filed for re-election to the city council. These are four-year terms.

In Correll, no one filed for mayor, city council member or city clerk. Currently holding those positions are Diane Koepp-Mayor; Josh Stock-Council member; and Crystal Koepp-City Clerk. These are four-year terms.

The Ortonville School Board had five candidates file before the Aug. 12 deadline. Those filing for three seats on the school board are John Plathe, Jay Ross, Holly Wellendorf, Mary Gustafson and Lois Banken.  These are four-year terms.

Those whose terms expire at the end of the year inlcude Tim Henrich, John Plathe and Deb Hoffman. Both Henrich and Hoffman did not file for re-election.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Backer to challenge McNamar in upcoming Nov. election

The Minnesota Primary Election was held on Tuesday, Aug. 12 with roughly a 10-11 percent voter turnout.

Endorsed Republican candidate Jeff Backer won the Republican nomination for State Representative in District 12A  on Tuesday, Aug. 12 capturing 56 percent of the votes in his primary election contest against Morris businesswoman Nancy Taffe. Backer now goes on to face DFL candidate Jay McNamar in the November election. Backer received 1,777 votes, besting Taffe, who received 1,422 votes.

In the gubernatorial primary, Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, won the Republican endorsement, to take on Gov. Mark Dayton in the November General Election.

Johnson received 30 percent of the vote, with Kurt Zellers receiving 24 percent, Mary Seifert 21 percent and Scott Honour with 20 percent of the vote. 

Businessman Mike McFadden swept to an easy victory Tuesday for the Republican Senate nomination in Minnesota, setting up a matchup with Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the November election in which Republicans hope to regain control of the Senate.

Mike McFadden received 71 percent of the votes. Steve Carlson, running as an Independent, received 33 percent of the vote.

In the race for Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon won the DFL nomination, Dan Severson won the Republican nomination and Bob Helland won the Independence Party nomination. Current Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is not running for re-election.

For State Auditor, incumbent Rebecca Otto easily defeated challenger Matt Entenza in the Democratic race. Otto received 80 percent of the votes and will be challenged by Republican candidate Randy Gilbert and Independent Party candidate Patrick Dean.

In the race for Attorney General, Democratic incumbent Lori Swanson will be challeged by Republican Scott Newman who defeated Sharon Anderson. The Independent Party candidate is Brandon Borgos.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Red Cross Bloodmobile to be in County Sept. 2-5

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

In Big Stone County:

• Sept. 2 from 1-7 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church, 605 N. Minnesota St., in Ortonville. 

• Sept. 3 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Room, 415 Studdart Ave., Graceville. 

• Sept. 4 from 1-7 p.m. at Memorial Building, 92 Main St., Clinton. 

• Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Forest and Church Streets in Beardsley

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.