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2017 ORTONVILLE CITY COUNCIL is shown above. In front, from left to right are Mike Dorry, Mayor Gene Hausauer and Paul Radermacher. Back row, left to right are Jake Dorry, Dustin Roggenbuck, Kim Sykora and Ashley Berger. The three elected council members taking their seat in January were Dorry, Sykora and Roggenbuck. Berger was appointed by Mayor Hausauer to fill his seat on the council.


    Simonitch appointed to Ortonville Health Care Board

Ortonville City Council members approved the appointment of Scott Simonitch to the Health Care Board at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 6. Simonitch is filling out the term of Marilyn Lindahl, who retired from the board in January.

Council members approved the 2017 golf course fee schedule. There will be no change to the fees for the upcoming season. Those looking to purchase their memberships with the offered discount, must do so by March 21. The motion passed on a 6-1 vote, with council member Kim Sykora voting no.

Discussion was held concerning the Ortonville Golf Course. Council member Kim Sykora asked, if we are leaving the fees the same, are we moving anywhere toward trying to make money at the golf course.

“For three years we have said something needs to get done to increase the  revenue at the golf course,” said Sykora, “but so far nothing.”

Mayor Hausauer added that the golf course did increase the fees last year and there will probably be some changes next year.

City Clerk/Administrator Char Grossman, stated the memberships were at 260 last year and can remember when memberships were around 500. The population is just not here like it was years ago,

Sykora added it is time to start doing some planning to figure out what needs to be done. It was decided to have a workshop among the golf board and city council to discuss the financial situation at the golf course. Mayor Hausauer will contact the golf board to set up the workshop.

Council members approved the resignation of part-time City of Ortonville Police Officer, Gary Dinnel, effective as of Jan. 1.

Dinnel worked full-time for the Ortonville Police Department for 29 years, with the last five years serving as Chief of Police. He then served part-time from 2002-20016. The council thanked Gary for his many years serving the community.

Mayor Gene Hausauer was appointed as representative to the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and to the Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency. City Attorney David McLaughlin was appointed as the alternate.

In other business, the council approved the appointments of Stefanie Haugen and Kelsie Thomas to the Park Board.

Council members approved a gambling permit for the Pheasants Forever Banquet that will be March 25 at Sioux Historic Pavilion.

The council approved a hangar lease agreement with Hot Shot Aviation, Inc

Due to the President’s Day holiday, the next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Library Media Center.

    Board reappoints Olson to Big Stone County EDA

Big Stone County Board reappointed Commissioner Brent Olson to the Big Stone County Economic Development Authority Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Olson’s reappointment to the County EDA Board will be for a six year  term.

Big Stone County Veterans Service Officer, Dan Meyer, presented his monthly report to the board. Meyer stated they had 87 walk-ins/home contacts and 164 telephone contacts for a total of 251 for January.

Meyer informed the board they delivered eight blankets to the St. Cloud VA to be distibuted to veterans, In total, 172 blankets have been delivered to the St. Cloud VA in the past year.

Meyer will be having a VA benefits outreach booth again this year at the Annual Sports and Leisure Show. At this time, the number of families of deceased Veterans on the miscellaneous pending list is 60.

A letter was received from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board). The occupational regulatory agency is in charge with the vital responsibility of maintaining selection, education and licensing standards for the 445 Minnesota law enforcement agencies that employ over 10,500 peace officers across the state.

The POST Board conducted a review in January of the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office. They reviewed their records concening mandated employee training and department policies and informed the county that the Big Stone County Sheriff’s office passed the review.

Suzanne Souza, 4-H Program Coodinator, and Big Stone County 4-Hers Mary Larson and Zak Angelo, gave a report on their trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Larson and Angelo gave a brief rundown of their experience and the different things they did during the week. Both stated they met some very interesting people as well as other 4-H youth and staff from other states. In all it was an experience they will never forget.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.


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