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ENJOYING HIS SWEET CORN was this young man, Alex, from Wilmot, SD during the free sweet corn feed Sunday, Aug. 20. It was rumored that Alex could take care of four ears of corn easily. Many took advantage of the cool weather to enjoy the delicious sweet corn served at Lakeside Park.

Trojan Takeout to provide food for local children in need

Trojan Takeout is a food backpack program that provides a free bag of food for children in the Ortonville School District when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable on a weekend or school holiday. A sample food bag contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, and one can of vegetables and one can of fruit.  It is hoped that these resources will support the health, behavior, and achievement of every student that participates throughout the school year.

Though the program is intended to help those children whose families find it difficult to have enough food for the entire month, all children are eligible for this program. The program is run completely by volunteers who order and pack the food and secure funding for the program. The program is funded through the generous gifts of local community members, groups, and businesses like you. There is no connection with the school or county food programs.

In Ortonville Schools alone, they anticipate over 110 students to take part in this new program. Each pack of food costs approximately $4. They need approximately $16,000 to fund one year.

For more information or questions, please contact Nancie Haukos at 320-305-0321,  Kerry Chase at 320-305-0484, or Michelle Bauer at 952-237-1786.

Thank you for joining them in the effort to create a unique program that benefits our future generation.  Your contributions are fully deductible. At this time, they are only accepting monetary donations and volunteer time.  Any food donations will be given directly to the local food shelf.

Groups wishing to sign up on the volunteer list can send an email to Michelle Bauer at

Thank you for helping support local children in need.

Board receives update on work throughout county

Big Stone County Engineer, Todd Larson, presented his report to the Big Stone County Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Board members approved a resolution for final payment of a gravel crushing contract to Wm. A Scepaniac, Inc. of Holdingford. This was located near Beardsley.

Larson reported that the first partial payment on the District 4 HSIP lighting project construction was paid out and that the subcontractor has been working on the directional boring, and that he expects the project to rapidly move along. He also stated that Sir-Lines-A-Lot has completed roughly half of the HSIP striping in Big Stone County and should be finished with the project soon.

Larson stated that they have had several requests to review the location of the 30 MPH zone on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15 south of Ortonville near the bike trail. The current 30 MPH zone extends out another half mile to the Ortonville city limits.

Larson discussed this with Tom Swenson, District 4 Traffic Engineer,  and he feels that the the 30 MPH zone could be pushed back even further to begin just outside the curves south of the Junction with Highway 12.

Board members passed a resolution requesting MnDOT to do a speed study on CSAH 15 from Highway 12 to the south city limits of Ortonville.

Board members approved a request from the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group to close CSAH 24 in Clinton Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the cancer walk.

Emergency Management Director, Dona Greiner, along with Deputy Emergency Management Director Krista Hartman, presented the board with an update from their office.

Greiner stated that they have an Ag workshop planned for Dec. 12 in Graceville. This will include Swift, Traverse and Stevens Counties. Big Stone County Commissioners Jay Backer and Wade Athey plan to attend.

Greiner added that she and Hartman had attended a number of different training sessions and meetings during May, June and July.

On Aug. 8, the Homeland Security Emergency Management Railroad-Pipeline-Hazardous held material training at the Ortonville School. There were 44 emergency responders who attended.

Big Stone County Environmental Officer, Darren Wilke, asked the board to approve the solid waste licenses for the County. They include Waste Management of Ortonville, Mattheisen Disposal of Benson, Engebretson Sanitary Disposal of Morris and the cities of Clinton and Beardsely. The board approved unanimously.

Big Stone County Treasurer, Cindy Nelson, presented the board with two forfeited properties in the county. One is located in Barry and one in Ortonville, on the Peninsula. The board assessed the value of each property at $100. The board then approved to have Nelson send a letter to the DNR to have it approved as non-conservation land so the county can sell the properties.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.


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