2nd Annual High Fashion for the Foundation Fundraiser!

Join us November 6!

Join us November 6!

Once again the Foundation will be working with the ladies at Linda’s Fashions for our 2nd Annual High Fashion for the Foundation fundraiser.   The event will be held Thursday, November 6 beginning at 5:30 (Social Hour) at the Matador Supper Club in Ortonville.

Tickets are on sale now at the Foundation Office…call 320-839-4135 or 4194 to order.  You can also email Sally.Rakow@oahs.us or Megan.Grabow@oahs.us.  Or stop by our offices in the Dialysis Building!

2014 Oak Tree Classic–What a Day!

Scott Simonitch-Hole in One Hole #6

Scott Simonitch-Hole in One Hole #6

The weather was absolutely perfect for the 36 teams that played in the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s 23r Annual Oak Tree Classic Golf tournament held Saturday, September 6 at the Ortonville Golf Course. Conditions were also perfect for the tournament’s first Hole

in One! Scott Simonitch aced Hole #6 for $10,000 and a four day, three night Golf Vacation at a select Fairmont Golf Resort, which was sponsored by Unzen Motors.

Roger & Coralie Sandberg

Roger & Coralie Sandberg

First place went to Roger, Coralie and Mike Sandberg with a score of 56.

Bill Vangsness, John Tobin, Mike Vangsness

Bill Vangsness, John Tobin, Mike Vangsness

Second place was the team of John Tobin and Bill and Mike Vangsness who scored a 58.1

Phyllis Barr, Dave Torgerson, April Staehling

Phyllis Barr, Dave Torgerson, April Staehling


Third place honors went to April Staehling, Dave Torgerson and Phyllis Barr with a 59.1.



Ranet Schmeichel, Mary Weber, Liz Sorenson

Ranet Schmeichel, Mary Weber, Liz Sorenson

The Best All Women’s team prize went to the team of Rochelle Reede, Lori Larson and Mary Weber.  They received gift baskets which contained massage certificates from Big Stone Therapies, chocolates, wine from Ortonville Liquors along with a pair of wine glasses etched with the Oak Tree Classic logo.

Kevin Benson, Heather Tietjen, Rochelle Reede

Kevin Benson, Heather Tietjen, Rochelle Reede

Second to the last place honors went to Kevin Benson, Rochelle Reede and Heather Tietjen with each receiving Oak Tree themed wood items made and donated by Wade Swezey.

Raffle winners were Robin Klemme of Merrill, IA won the Oak Tree Golf Cart and Kim Anderson, Marge Dragseth, Greg Peterson and Julie Sammon won the cash prizes of $200, $100$50 and$50.

Pick-A-Prize winners were: Dee Strong for the Men’s Golf Clubs made by Chuck Natalie and donated by Dr. Robert Ross; the Keurig with K-cup stand and K-cups donated by Northside Medical Center and Ortonville Hardware Hank was won by Ranet Schmeichel; the Trio Tablet, Case and Stylus donated by Northside Medical Center and Design Electronics/Radio Shack was won by Phyllis Barr and the Guided Fishing Trip donated by Artie’s Bait and Tackle went to Bill Vangsness. On the Silent Auction, the Adrian Peterson signed football with display case was won by Blair Johnson and the “Home & Away” package went to Mark Cottrell.      Challenges and games of chance out on the course are a fun part of the Oak Tree Classic and several golfers won prizes:   Jim Nitz had the longest drive on Hole 7, Kelsie Thomas had the longest drive for women on Hole 4, Dr. Steve Winther had the longest putt on Hole 3 and Sue Rausch was closest to the pin on Hole 15 which got her $50 from IdeaCom.  Other Game winners include Dan Schmeichel who won $152 for the longest Marshmallow Drive on Hole #1, Mitch Meyer who won the ‘just for trying’ prize of a Galaxy Tab 4 (and accessories) from Northside Medical Center and Design Electronics/Radio Shack, $160 went to Steve Dannen which was half the pot on the “Between the Sheets” game on Hole #2, Colin Banken won half the pot ($155) on the “50/50” card game n Hole #4, Dan Nelson won a cooler full of goodies from Eide Bailly on Hole #6, Pete Ross won half the pot on the Ship Ahoy game on Hole #15 which netted him $145 and Dr. Greg Peterson won the Shotgun donated by Dr. Ross on Hole #17. Wheel of Fortune winners on Hole #6 include: Aston Conroy (Shady Beach Steak Certificate), Sue Rausch, Bill Vangsness, John Tobin and Shannon Dannen all won $25 gift certificates from the Matador Supper Club, Steve Schmeichel and Bill Thyne each won $25 gift certificates from Club 7-75. Off the Green and Gopher Hole Bar certificates went to Mary Ross, Mark Cottrell, John Thomas, Steve Strei, Jim Schmeichel, Larry Spaulding, Randy Christensen and Dan Schmeichel. The $75 Visa Gift Card donated by Northside Medical Center was won by John Meyer.

2014 Hole in One Sponsors: Border States Co-op, Investors Advisory Management Group, OAHS, Hanratty & Associates, West Central Radiological Associates, Sanford Health Network, Big Stone Therapies/OccuPro, Rausch Granite, Berkner Pizza, Conroy Eye Care, Strong Inc., and Main Street Fitness of Clinton, LLC.   Hole sponsors AAA Collections Inc., AOS (in memory of Ken Voecks), Ash Law Office, Benson Family Dental Care, Bierschbach Dental, CenBank, CliftonLarsonAllen, Dallas I. Hanson Construction, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Hasslen Construction, Lakewood Supper Club & Sioux Historic Pavilion, Minn-Kota Anesthesia, MinnWest Insurance Agency, NXC Imaging, Off The Green, Ophthalmology Associates-Drs. Curt Wischmeier & Dr. John Bormes. Ortonville Plumbing & Heating, ProImage Partners, R & K Agronomy, Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Seloris Medical Billing, Steven Winther DDS, Stolpman Insurance, Strata Corporation, Transmed Inc., Valley Office Products and Winthrop Resources Corporation. Other sponsors and donors include: Investors Advisory Management Group, Ortonville Independent, Northside Medical Center, MinnWest Bank , Big Stone Therapies, Ortonville Liquor, IdeaCom, Hartman’s SuperValu Foods, Dakota Winds Golf Course, Dr. Robert Ross, Big Stone Radio, Dan Kafka, Rausch Granite, Unzen Motors, NB Golf Cars, Gene & Cheryl Hausauer, Chuck Pryzmus, AAA Collections, Pro Auto and Car Quest of Ortonville.

Volunteers for this year’s Oak Tree were Barb Ash, Kristin Barr, Dr. Grant & Michelle Botker, Sandy Brown, Neely Drewelow, Jim Foster, Janelle Hartman, Michelle Kroupa, Roger Nornes, Larrie Bea Oase, Luke Pies, Aidan Rakow, Ethan Rakow, Rob Rakow, Mel Reinke, Kristin Taffe, Jessica Tarnowski, Brittany Welberg.

Oak Tree Classic Committee Members are Dr. Greg Peterson (Chair), Steve Barr, Chris Batchelor, Dr. Chris Conroy, Tony Rausch, Val Rausch, Dr. Robert Ross, Coralie Sandberg, Ranet Schmeichel and John Thomas.

The Oak Tree Committee and BSHCF Board want to thank Adam Ellard and Andrew Buchholz and their crews for the beautiful course and the fabulous food as well as all the sponsors, golfers, silent auction bidders and volunteers who make the Oak Tree such a successful fundraiser.  This year’s Tournament proceeds will go directly to Physician Recruitment and to further the Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s mission to maintain and expand top quality, local healthcare.

Pick-A-Prize Items!

Pick-A-Prize items will be located by the club house. Through out the day $5 raffle tickets can be bought for each item for a chance to win!


Golf Clubs donated by Dr.Bob Ross


Keurig Donated by Northside Medical
K-cup holder donated by Hadware Hank


Tablet donated by Design Electronic and Northside Medical


Full Guided Ice Fishing gift certificate donated by Artie’s Bait and Tackle

Too Cool to Not Share…

We accept your challenge, Artie!

High School Scholarship Recipients

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Taylor Kuechenmeister will be attending North Dakota State University in the fall of 2014. North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, North Dakota. Taylor has always had her heart set on becoming a Dietitian. A Dietitian is a doctor of food. Taylor always had an interest in how the food you eat can either hurt or help your body. Dietetics is a four-year program. North Dakota State University has a solid program for Dietitians. Taylor is also considering doing summer classes just to get done with school sooner. Taylor would like to thank the Big Stone Health Care Foundation for the help they have given her.


Lorra Arens










Lorra Arens will be attending North Dakota State University to obtain her associates degree as a Health Information Technician. Lorra will learn the importance of keeping patients health records confidential, managing patients health records according to federal and states regulations, and abstracting information from the health records. Some of the college courses Lorra will be taking are Pathology, Medical Terminology and Healthcare Quality Management. Following graduation Lorra will take the national certification examination administered by the American Heath Information Management Association. This examination will make it possible for Lorra to become Registered Health Information Technician. Lorra would like to work in a clinic setting after college.