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A CORN FIELD NEAR ODESSA was severely damaged by hail after a strong thunderstorm producing baseball size hail moved through the area Saturday evening.

Baseball size hail, strong winds reported in area Sat.

A storm producing high winds and large hail moved through the Big Stone Lake Area Saturday evening, June 27.

The storm originated out of North Dakota and move southeast from a line near Wahpeton, ND, down through Odessa, Louisburg, Bellingham and Madison.

Baseball size hail was reported just east of Ortonville and in Odessa, with many corn, bean and wheat fields seeing significant damage from hail.

There were reports of damage in Odessa to siding of some houses, cars with windows broken and also homes that had windows damaged.

One resident of Odessa stated that he had never seen hail that large in his lifetime.

There were no injuries in the storm as residents of communities in the path of the storm were busy cleaning yards filled with broken tree branches and leaves on Sunday, June 28.

Make plans to attend 130th Anniversary in Big Stone City

Mark your calendars and get ready for the 130th Anniversary Celebration in Big Stone City, SD set for July 10-12. The weekend will be full of activities, with something for everyone.

Co-chairs of the event, Lori Siedell and Donnaa Van Hout have lots of volunteers, but could always use more. If you are interested in helping and possibly working a slot at the information booth at the Community Center or willing to take tickets at the dance, please call the City Office at 605-862-8121.

The new City Logo will be revealed on Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Buy your raffle tickets which will be for a set of four wine glasses or a set of four beer glasses. Raffle tickets are available from committee members, the City Office or the Big Stone Liquor Store.

The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, July 12 starting at 1 p.m. Lineup will begin at 11 a.m. and they are looking for more parade entries. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Call the City Office if you’d like to have an entry, whether it be a business, organization or individuals.

The Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 11 starting at 10 a.m. located between the Big Stone Motel and Midwest Irrigation. Bring your car and register that morning until 10 a.m. For more information, contact Phil Blake at the Ortonville Independent at 320-839-6163 or Todd Berndt at First State Bank in Big Stone City at 605-862-7676,

Show your support for this event by purchasing a button for $3. They also have t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and more at the City Office. Proceeds from these items help offset the cost of the 130th Celebration.

Items seized in arrest of two Ortonville men June 19

At approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 721 Orchard St. in Ortonville.

At the time of the execution of the warrant, the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office took into custody Jerry Austin, 55, of Ortonville for a Department of Corrections hold for a parole violation.  Also taken into custody was Robert Taylor, 27, also of Ortonville for a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Failure to Provide Notice of New Address  out of Minnehaha County, SD.

Additional evidence was seized in relation to other crimes at the time of the execution of the warrant. The information related to the seizure is not being released at this time pending the completion of an on-going investigation.

Austin is currently being held for the Department of Corrections while Taylor is being held pending extradition to Minnehaha County.

Seth Parker
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