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PREPARING FOR GRADUATION are these three OHS seniors, who will be a part of the class of 37 students receiving their diplomas this Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. during the 129th commencement ceremony at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium. Pictured above from left to right are Mariah Kuefler, Tristan Adelman and Travis Westlund

Thirty-seven OHS seniors to receive diplomas this Sunday

Ortonville High School will hold its 129th annual commencement ceremony this Sunday, May 24  at 2 p.m. in the Ortonville High School Gymnasium.

Processional will be played by the Ortonville High School Band, under the direction of Matt Lamb. The Senior Band Ensemble will perform the National Anthem.

Senior Band Ensemble members include Garion Mulder, Stephanie Arndt, Hannah Mathes, Mackenzie Gustafson, Nicole Emde and Dan Sitter.

The Senior High Concert Choir will also perform during the commencement under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Neu. They will be singing "Thank You" arranged by Jay Althouse. The Mixed Ensemble group along with the senior choir members will be performing "Remember Me This Way" arranged by Mark Brymer. Members of the group include Hannah Mathes, Rhaelee Gronholz, Jenny Delage, Mersadie Packard, Lauren Swanson, Courtney Schellberg, Drew Danielson, Edgardo Strobel, Andrew Weber and Travis Westlund.

Announcement of scholarships will be conducted by Ortonville Superintendent Jeff Taylor.  Principal Joel Stattelman will present the class of 2014.

Diplomas will be presented by Ortonville Board of Education Chairperson Kathi Thymian, and the OHS band will play the recessional for the graduates.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be announced this week, once all the grades are in for the graduates.

The Class Motto is "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of time, if only one remembers to turn on the light."  Class Colors are orange and black, and the Class Flower is the Ranunculus.

See inside this issue for graduate photos, sponsored by area merchants, as well as open house announcements for the graduates this weekend.

Local Veterans Groups to host Memorial Day Services

Ortonville, Big Stone City, SD, and Bellingham will be having Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25.


Big Stone Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3964 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #3964 will be having their Memorial Day program on Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m. at the Ortonville High School Gymnasium.

Parade of Colors will be provided by the VFW, VFW Auxiliary and Charlie Co. 1-151.

The OHS Band, under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb, will perform the “Star Spangled Banner”, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, and “God Bless the U.S.A.”.

Master of Ceremonies for the program will be Dr. Al Ross. Big Stone CountyVeterans Service Officer Dan Meyer will give the Memorial Day Address. Pastor Melanie Reiners will give the Invocation and Benediction and Liz Ketz of the VFW Auxiliary will give the welcome.

Ortonville High School senior students Emily Erickson and Lauren Swanson will be doing the readings.

The program will continue at Mound Cemetery for the decoration of the Monument, with Wreaths at the Big Stone Lake Pier by the VFW and VFW Auxiliary.

Big Stone City, SD

Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Post 229 of Big Stone City will conduct Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 25. The ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Cemetery in Big Stone City with ceremonies to follow at Greenwood Cemetery and at Big Stone Veterans Memorial Park located next to the Whetstone River on east highway 12 in Big Stone City. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

While Memorial Day is intended to honor our fallen, we should not forget those who have pledged to make the same sacrifice if called upon – the young men and women still serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States and in more than 130 foreign lands.  All local citizens are encouraged to make a special effort to attend the ceremonies to honor veterans of past wars and as a way of showing their support for those still serving this Great Land. Legionnaires are asked to assemble at the post clubrooms at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 to form a work detail to decorate veterans’ graves and again at 9 a.m. on May 25 prior to the ceremonies.


The Bellingham Legion and Auxiliary are planning a Memorial Day Program for Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited as they gratefully honor the memory of deceased veterans.

The Bellingham Legion and Auxiliary encourage everyone  to take some time this Memorial Day to remember the dedication, heroism, courage and service of those who gave their lives for their country and the cause of freedom.

Memorial Day also brings the red paper poppy, the flower of sacrifice, that is handmade by veterans. Wearing the red poppy is a sign of remembrance and the emblem of keeping faith with all those who served in the United States Military.

The Memorial Day Service will include readings by Violet Boergerson, Barb Schmeig and Sue Ohm of the Legion  Auxiliary. Featured speaker will be Pastor Matt Silker of the United Methodist Churches of Bellingham and Appleton. Legion 1st Vice Commander Tom Rademacher will do the Reading of the Roster, with John Plathe performing Taps. The Closing Prayer will be done by Katie Rein, Auxiliary Chaplin.

The Barb Schmieg Family will serve coffee and donuts from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Donuts are compliments of the Bellingham Auxiliary. The Memorial Day Steak Fry will be held at the Bellingham Legion from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Seth Parker