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Gerald, Peggy Heck Family Named 2012 U of M Farm Family of Year The families will be officially rec- ognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 9 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Families receiving honors were se- lected by their local county Extension committees and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and sup- porting agriculture and agriculture pro- duction. "These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communi- ties," said Bev Durgan, dean of Uni- versity of Minnesota Extension. "The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities." Area County Farm Families of 2012 Named STAR" CONTINUING THE CLINTON ADVOCATE AND THE GRACEVlLLE ENTERPRISE CLINTON, MINNESOTA 56225 THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012 NUMBER 24 County Board Approves Bid, Solid Waste Licenses Big Stone County board of commis- sioners met for their regular meeting Tuesday, July 17. The meeting was brief as the board members had their annual highway road tour later in the day. Big Stone County Environmental Officer Darren Wilke came before the board to approve solid waste licenses for Mattheisen Disposal, Wittrock and Sons, City of Beardsley, City of Clin- ton and Waste Management. Motion passed unanimously. Terry Ocafia, IT director for Big Stone County, discussed the Request for Proposal for shingling work at the Big Stone County Museum. Commis- sioners awarded the project to the low bidder, Ward Construction of Graceville. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, Au- gust 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse. There are 76 Minnesota Farm Fam- ilies that have been named 2012 Farm Families of the Year by the Minnesota Extension Service. In Big Stone County, the Peggy and Gerald Heck family has received the honor for 2012. Neighboring counties' Farm Fami- lies of the Year for 2012 are: Lac qui Parle County - Duane and Suzi Haugen, Madison; Stevens County - Lambert Farms, Chokio; Swift County - Kevin Voorhees Family; Traverse County - Bruce and Joann Couroy Family. The Gerald and Peggy Heck family of Beardsley has been named Big Stone County's "2012 Farm Family of the Year" by the University of Min- nesota. The Heck farm began when Ger- ald's parents, Richard and Beverly, bought the family farm in 1967. In 1979, Gerald and Peggy were married, and in 1983 they moved to the farm and remodeled a new barn. They milked 47 cows in fie stalls. Richard retired from the family farm in 1988, making Peggy and Gerald the owners. Today the farm consists of corn that is raised for silage and they also raise alfalfa, beans, and wheat. Since the recent death of their daugh- ter, Gerald and Peggy have decided to sell their milking cows; but continue to raise heifers. All four of the Heck children were raised on the farm and they and their spouses help when they can. Daugh- ter Jessica is married to Mark Larson and they have two children; Michael and Mary. Gerald and Peggy's son, Jacob is married to Desa Gross. Daughter Jenna passed away in Janu- ary 2012. Son Jared is married to Brit- tany Berger and they have two children; Josie and Abram. In the community, Gerald has been involved with DHIA and Knights of Columbus. Peggy is active with C.C.W and the Beardsley Town and County Gals. Peggy and Gerald have been active with the Big Stone ADA, Farm Bureau, and Farmer's Union. They are also members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beardsley. Their children were all involved in 4-H. The Heck family is one of 76 farm families from around the state, one from each participating county, being honored by the University this year. Eidskog Pie, Ice Cream Social Aug. 12 The Eidskog Lutheran Church of rural Ortonville will sponsor their an- nual Pie and Ice Cream Social on Sun- day, August 12 from 4-7 p.m. Barbecues, hot dogs, chips, home- made pie, ice cram, pop and coffee will be served. 23-2* NOTICE: NEW DEADLINE: The deadline for news items for The Northern Star is now Tuesday by 10 a.m. - thank you for your cooperation. "randsen Financial Corporation To Acquire Clinton State Bank Strong West-Central Minnesota Bank Complements Frandsen Financial's Commitment to Community Services and Agricultural Banking July 31, 2012 - The Boards of Di- rectors of the Clinton State Bank and Frandsen Financial Corporation jointly announce that Arden Hills, Minn-based Frandsen Financial Corporation will acquire the Clinton State Bank located in Clinton, MN. The transaction is pending regulatory approval and is ex- pected to close prior to year end 2012. Sevrin Steen, Chairman of the Clin- ton State Bank, explains that, "What the sale to the Frandsen organization, we have found an excellent partner to continue our long-standing tradition of meeting the banking needs of farmers, businesses, and individuals in the area, while offering the highest level of per- sonal local service. This is a "Win- Win" situation for both our customers and Frandsen." The purchase by Frandsen Financial Corporation will provide Clinton State Bank customers with expanded agri- Brobst Twins Win "Adorable Baby" Event at BSC Fair The Big Stone County Minnesota Citizen's Concerned for Life are pleased to announce the results of their "Those Adorable Babies" promotion held at the county fair. Chosen to represent Big Stone County MCCL in the Ortonville Corn- fest Parade as "Adorable Baby 2012" are Olivia and Bryer Brobst, twins of Clayton and Kristin Brobst of Clinton. Grandparents are Kent and Kathy Mor- rill and Mark and Colette Brobst of Grygla. They will fide in the Cornfest parade and will also receive first prize of a $50 Savings Bond. .ond prize goes to Brooklyn Jean Thymian, daughter of Nick and Lacy Thymian of Ortonville. Grandparents are Mark and Arloa Ronglien and Jen- nifer Thymian and the late Bill Thymian. cultural and commercial capabilities, investment and trust services, as well as a full array of consumer loan, real estate, financial services, and internet technologies. The Bank will also have a significantly higher lending limit to service its larger agricultural and com- mercial clients. David Alberts, a native of Clinton, will continue to serve as President. He anticipates no changes in the Bank's personnel. Alberts states, "Bank cus- tomers will continue to be served by the same officers and staff. Our dedi- cation delivering the best service to our customers will not be any different. We're still community bankers that want existing and new customers to prosper." Rich Hoban, CEO of Frandsen Fi- nancial Corporation reiterates, "Clin- ton State Bank customers are unlikely to notice much change in business op- erations following the Frandsen pur- chase. Just as the Clinton State Bank has done for the past 109 years, Frand- sen remains committed to community banking, local service, and a friendly, consultative approach to determine and meet customer needs. We are thrilled to add the Clinton State Bank to our family of community banks." About Clinton State Bank: The Clinton State Bank, with total assets of $70 million, has been an in- dependent, locally owned bank since inception in 1903. We are committed to providing a friendly, informed ap- proach in order to interpret the various needs that our customers have a fight to expect from their bank. Our com- mon sense approach has served us well for many years and helps us continue to be "The Bank That Understands". About Frandsen Financial Corpo- ration Frandsen Financial Corporation (FFC) is an inter-state, multi-bank holding company, operating 35 full- service community bank offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. FFC has assets totaling more than $14 billion, In addition, FFC has $200 million in assets under manage- ment in its Wealth Management & Trust operations. Both banks are members of the FDIC. OLIVIA AND BRYER BROBST, twin children of Clayton and Kristin Brobst of Clinton win "Adorable Babies" contest at Big Stone County Fair. Third prize goes to Lilly Lovgren, berg and Bob and Linda LeMieur. daughter of Eric and Ivy Lovgren of MCCL thanks all who participated and Ortonville. Grandparents are Jr. and supported the fair booth. Renee Lovgren, Rich and Tami Lund- Monument Dedicated To Missionary Benedictine Sisters' Service to Area FIVE MISSIONARY BENEDICTINE SISTERS, who served Holy Trinity Hospital for many years, are pictured with the granite monument placed in their honor at Holy Trinity Hospital. The engraving states: "Dedicated on July 27, 2012 to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Norfolk, Nebraska for their 66 years of service to this facility and to this community. Pictured: I-r: Sister Pia, Sister Mary Joseph, Sr. Hilda, Sr. Paula and Sister Ann Teresa. Below, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters who attended the community event are pictured with the new monument as it appears in the front with the following inscription "The rule of St. Benedict Chapter 36 - Before all things and above all things care must be taken of the sick to that they will be served as if they were Christ in person". A large crowd attended the event on a beautiful Friday evening. TRACTORS AGAINST CANCER RIDE SATURDAY - The Tractors Against Cancer drivers will be leaving Clinton on Saturday, August 4 at 9 a.m. They plan to arrive in Ortonville at 11 a.m. and will leave at 12 noon, stopping in Graceville aboui 3 p.m. They will return to Clinton by 4:30 or 5 p.m. If you are unable to join them on the nrde, you are welcome to join the group for lunch at noon at Lakeside Park in Ortonville or for supper at the Penguin Bar and Lounge in Clinton at 6 p.m. A free will donation will go to support the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group.