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A WINCHESTER SUPER X3 12 GAUGE SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN will be one of the many guns to be raffled off during the 2014 Big Stone Lake Area Delta Waterfowl Banquet to be held this Friday, Sept. 19 at Sioux Historic Pavilion.  The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m.  Shown above is Sue Kaercher-Blake, right, of the Ortonville Independent donating the gun to Doug McKinney of the local Delta Waterfowl Chapter.



2014 Delta Waterfowl Banquet set for Friday, Sept. 19

The Big Stone Lake Area 2014 Delta Waterfowl Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 19 at Sioux Historic Pavilion, beginning with Social Hour at 5:30 p.m and the dinner at 6:45 p.m.

There will be raffles, games, live and silent auctions with many guns as prizes.  There will also be a number of door prizes given away.

Banquet tickets are still available by contacting Kristen Fritz at 507-236-1669, Pete Vangsness at 320-815-1009, Doug McKinney at 320-305-1903 or Liz Rackl at 320-305-1039.

This year you can purchase a ticket for the Jacob Riley Memorial Kid’s Raffle. You must have firearms safety certificate and previous winners are not eligible. The Jacob Riley Memorial Kid’s Raffle includes a Stealth Duck Boat, Remington .887 Camo Shotgun, one case of shells, duck and goose calls, duck decoys, decoy rope and anchors, gun case, gun cleaning kit, decoy bag, paddle and life vest.

The Sponsor ticket is $200 which includes membership, meal, a chance on sponsor gun which is a Weatherby Vanguard II. 22-250 caliber. A single ticket is $35 and includes membership and dinner; spouse meal is $15; youth meal is $20 (must be 17 or younger). A pre banquet special is buy $140  worth of general raffle tickets and receive a Delta Waterfowl travel bag for $100.

Delta Waterfowl is in line with what the local chapter committee has as priorities which is getting kids involved in the outdoors. Another focus for Delta is predator control. With the change, they will be able to keep 25 percent of the funds from their local banquet for scholarships, youth hunts, nesting projects and more.

Delta Waterfowl committee members include Kristin Fritz, Pete Vangsness, Matt Hipple, Cal and Liz Rackl, Phil Ostlund, Doug McKinney, Tom Oakes, Jon Bartz and Lance Swezey.


10th Annual “Walk of Hope” this Sat. at Lakeside Park

Big Stone County’s Cancer Support Group’s 10th  annual “Walk of Hope” will be held at Lakeside Park in Ortonville this Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-9 p.m. with the “Walk of Heroes”planned to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Chili and Beer Cheese soup will be available beginning at 12 noon from Donnie’s Deere Ones. Other food will be available all afternoon including caramel apples,  BBQ’s, pie and the bake sale.

While many teams have been or are being organized, you don’t have to belong to a team to participate. Everyone is invited to participate and to come and walk, if you wish - or just enjoy the activities that will be provided, including food, fellowship and happenings throughout the day.

There will be entertainment and music provided by area musicians including Paul Unruh, Swing Time Band, Hutterite Women’s Chorus and a band that Janice Hinders of Ortonville is a member.   The popular Jail and Bail will be held, face painting,  basket auction, wine by Riedel Club,  local vendors, bake sale, chair massages, pop for a year game, raffles, quilt raffle and more activities will be held throughout the day. There will also be three inflatable games available for kids’ enjoyment.

The newly published Cancer Support Group Cookbooks will also be available for sale.

In the afternoon there will be  cancer survivor speakers including Tina Schmitz, Dick Eckberg and Ernie Tharaldson.

The “Walk of Heroes” is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The Cancer Support Group asks that anyone who is battling cancer or is a cancer survivor, to please participate in the Walk of Heroes. Rides will be available, if you wish.

There will be a basket auction during the Walk of Hope. Each team will be donating a basket and they will gladly accept donations from anyone. They may be dropped off with Nikki Radosevich at Shear Grace Salon in Graceville, First Independent Bank in Beardsley, Donna Layman’s home in Graceville, Elaine Martig’s home in Clinton, or with  Kim Kuechenmeister at Minnwest Bank. You may also contact Elaine Martig, Bette Johnson, Kathy Issendorf or any other Cancer Group or team member or bring them to the walk in Ortonville.

The evening  meal will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the concession stand at Lakeside Park. The Catholic United Financial Council 349, Ortonville with assistance from area youth will be serving Hardee’s Roast beef sandwiches, beans, chips and a beverage. This meal is open to anyone who would like to come and support the Walk of Hope.  A free will  donation will be accepted for the meal.

Supplemental funds have been applied for through Swift-Big Stone Chapter #31319 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Luminaries are available prior to the walk by contacting Kim Kuechenmeister at Minnwest Bank at 839-2568, Bette Johnson at 839-2048, Elaine Martig at 325-5929, Donna Layman at 748-7173 or Kathy Issendorf at 265-6134 for more information.

Please join the  Big Stone County Cancer Support Group teams as they work to raise funds to help our family, friends and neighbors who are battling cancer.