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ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIXTH YEAR

BELLE PLAINE, MINNESOTA, january 25, 2017

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Council Considers Possible Land Exchange With School District An ongoing proposal between the Belle Plaine City Council and Belle Plaine School District continued last Tuesday night when the council held a workshop to discuss a potential land swap between the two entities. Belle Plaine City Administrator Mike Votca reported that there have been discussions with School Superintendent Ryan Laager and other school staff regarding the proposal, which would involve transferring the city’s property that is currently used as ice skating and hockey rinks, to the school district in exchange for district land formerly used as tennis

courts. This city’s new land (the old tennis courts) would be used for a future expansion of the municipal swimming pool. The potential swap sites, which adjoin each other, are located next to the high school along Market Street. The council directed staff to file an application for an administrative subdivision and transfer of the land, a process that could take several months. Votca reported that it’s not fully known yet what the cost of the transfer is expected to be, but that it could be covered from within the currently allocated

budget. Community Development Director Cynthia Smith Strack said the process as a whole is still preliminary, and that should the land swap go through, it won’t be until after more details are ironed out. The city currently maintains the ice rinks and dog park, the latter of which is operated during the summer within the hockey rink. The current surface condition of the tennis courts is such that they can’t be used for playing tennis. The district constructed new tennis courts at its athletic

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One-Act Play in Pursuit of 13th Star Public Performance This Thursday Night

by Dan Ruud The 2017 Belle Plaine High School one-act play group has the challenge of trying to match last year’s play that won a section championship and earned a star rating at state. But like a dozen other BPHS one-act play groups that faced the same challenge, the group’s goal is to do just that. This year’s play, “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted,” is the story of a young girl who comes to a rural town in the early 1900s and finds it difficult to fit in. The townsfolk consider

this outsider odd and refuse to treat her kindly, reflecting the intolerance and small-mindedness of that time and place. When a traveling medicine show comes to town, the young girl drinks a radium-infused elixir. Under its influence, the girl’s past comes back to haunt her, leading to dire consequences. Belle Plaine is attempting to make its 13th appearance at the Minnesota State One-Act Play Festival in St. Paul. The group earned its 12th starred rating in program history at state with its 2016 production of “Anatomy of Gray.” The school earned previous star ratings at state in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007,

Teresa Wentworth prepared her hair for a dress rehearsal Thursday at the Performing Arts Center.

2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. This year’s cast consists of senior Lauren Murphy (Mary), junior Cody Klipple (Simon), junior Gabrielle Malecha (Ms. Whitley), eighth-grader Kadence Bran de Leon (Maggie), freshman Dylan May (Doc Jasper), senior Noah Ellingsworth (Sheriff Jackson), sophomore Neil Bigaouette (Gray), junior Hunter Meyer (Caleb), senior Jonah Meyer (Bloodgood), junior Taylor Cote (Rachel), senior Hannah Burmeister (Sarah Slocumb), freshman Katie Piampiano (Susannah), senior Taylor Thompson (Ismene), senior Rachel Fahey (Beauty), senior Teresa Wentworth (Hope), sophomore Siri Kuhn (Mind), freshman Kylee Santovi (Innocence) and sophomore Hunter Schmidt (Father). The sound and lights crew are seniors Hayden Cody and John Franck. Approximately 40 students attended cast tryouts before 18 were selected to be in this year’s play. Tony Hartmann, who is in his 14th year as a director of Belle Plaine’s one-act play, was a codirector for a number of years with Peter Jacobson, who is on a leave of absence to teach in India. Last year, Carol HannonOrr, who was no stranger to the program, joined Hartmann as a codirector. This year, another person who is no stranger to the program,

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Terry Buesgens (foreground), Ben Gregory (back left) and Emmett Luetmer (back right) were among a group that made 500 wooden crosses for people to display on private property as a show of support for Belle Plaine veterans.

B.P. Citizens Supporting Vets and Memorial are Fighting Mad The Belle Plaine City Council’s decision last week to remove a Latin cross from a memorial in Veterans Memorial Park to fallen Belle Plaine soldiers has veterans and some residents steaming mad and willing to stand up for what they believe in. Their angst was directed at a local citizen, the organization that requested the removal of the cross from public property and the city council that acquiesced to the group’s request the cross be removed. The uproar was caused by the city council’s order that the cross be removed following a closed session between the council and City Attorney Bob Vose on Jan. 3. Last Monday (Jan. 16), Mayor Chris Meyer and City Administrator Mike Votca met with representatives of Belle Plaine veterans groups, who begrudgingly accepted the council’s directive that the Latin cross be removed from a memorial. “We didn’t have any option the way they said it,” said Larry Ruehling, commander of Belle

Plaine’s VFW post. “They’re caught between either we do it (remove the cross) or we get sued. It’s a very sad thing.” The following day, the cross was carefully removed from the memorial made by the late-Joe Gregory, a U.S. Marine who fought in the South Pacific during World War II and was part of the occupation force in Japan after the war. Gregory created the memorial to honor those who served and died for their country. The memorial was installed last August. Gregory, who operated Joe’s Service in Belle Plaine for many years, donated the memorial to Belle Plaine’s veterans before his death last fall. “As reported, this issue was first brought to the attention of the city in August of 2016,” said Meyer. “In the months that followed, numerous amounts of time were spent by the city attorney, city staff and the previous mayor and council with additional resources provided by the League of Minnesota Insurance Trust researching and compiling information. Many questions were asked, different scenarios considered – all with the goal of providing the needed information available for determining a decision in the best interest of Belle Plaine. The main piece of information that was brought forward was that legal

action involving this type of issue is not covered by the city insurance coverage and would fall 100 percent back onto the taxpayers of this community. Some of the research looked at the possibility of donating or selling part of the land to the veterans, which also proved to be something that would most likely end up in litigation as shown by previous case law determination and again fell outside the policy coverages.” News that the council decided to have the cross removed from the memorial spread quickly among Belle Plaine’s veterans and their supporters.

St. Patrick’s Planning Meeting Jan. 26

Red Cross Hosting Blood Drive at B.P. Vets Club

The Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Committee will hold its next planning meeting for this year’s celebration on Thursday (Jan. 26) at Neisen’s Corner Bar downtown. All committee members and bar/restaurant owners are asked to attend. It begins at 5:30 p.m. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, March 18. Queen Candidates Sought All Belle Plaine girls who are a junior in high school are invited to be a 2017 Miss Shamrock queen candidate. For more inBelle Plaine’s 2017 one-act play cast and crew are back row, from left, Cody Klipple, Taylor Thompson, Jonah Meyer, Kadence formation, call Jeanette Gloege Bran de Leon and Neil Bigaouette. In the middle row are John Franck (crew), Noah Ellingsworth, Lauren Murphy, Hunter at 873-6684 or 612-501-8529. Meyer, Hannah Burmeister, Gabrielle Malecha, Taylor Cote, Katie Piampiano and Hayden Cody (crew). In the front row are Dylan May, Teresa Wentworth, Siri Kuhn, Kylee Santovi, Rachel Fahey and Hunter Schmidt.

Wooden Crosses

Unhappy with the council’s decision, Terry Buesgens, Gregory’s son-in-law, decided to make 500 wooden crosses at his shop in Belle Plaine Township. He was assisted by a group of others that included Ben Gregory, Emmett Luetmer, Tony O’Brien, Matt and Joe Ruehling. On Thursday (Jan. 19), people supporting the veterans gathered downtown and received wooden crosses. The crosses were distributed at no cost to anyone who’d take them and display them on private prop-

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The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Belle Plaine Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the Vets Club downtown. Appointments are available from 1-7 p.m. The Vets Club is at 221 Meridian Street N. Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.


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Honoring 30 Years of Service With Oak Crest Principal Liann Hanson (right) leading the ceremony, Janis Buesgens, secretary at Oak Crest Elementary School, was the unknowing guest of honor at a surprise student assembly in her honor Monday (Jan. 23) morning. Buesgens was lauded for three decades of service to Belle Plaine Schools. Students presented her handmade posters praising Buesgens for her patience, her calm demeanor and a broad range of knowledge about most everything going on in the school.

Seniors Hannah Burmeister (left) and Kellen Bergs are BPHS’s honorees for the annual AAA award. BPHS Junior Caitlin Preusser (right) is the school’s ExCEL award honoree.

B.P. Trio Honored for Excellence in Classroom, Activities Three Belle Plaine High School upperclassmen are being honored for excellence in a diverse array of activities as well as their academic endeavors. BPHS seniors Hannah Burmeister and Kellen Bergs are the school’s nominees for the AAA – Academic Arts and Athletics – award. Junior Caitlin Preusser is the lone honoree for the ExCEL Award. Seniors Burmeister and Bergs were among a dozen applications entered for consideration as Belle Plaine’s AAA honorees. Preusser was selected from a field of 10 nominees from girls in the school’s junior class. There were no applications from boys in the junior class, said John Bergs, BPHS’s activities director. The AAA nominees will be considered against the applications of other seniors in the sub-section. The advancing students, Bergs said, will be considered in the region field with the winners named at the state basketball tournament.

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The daughter of Allison and Michael Burmeister, Hannah is taking college in the schools (CIS) classes. She is a consistent member of the school’s A honor roll. Burmeister is highly involved in fine arts at BPHS. She has been in band since ninth grade and was in choir as a ninthgrader. She has also been an active participant in the school’s highly touted one-act play troupe since eighth grade. Burmeister and the one act play went to state her eighth-, ninthand 11th-grade years. She has also earned lead roles in Belle Plaine’s fall play this year. Burmeister has also been a member of the speech team since seventh grade, competing at the state level as a freshman and junior. She finished sixth in state in her class as a junior. Burmeister is also a member of the school’s visual arts team since ninth grade. She earned a

superior rating as a sophomore. Burmeister played tennis her junior and senior years and was a member of the BPHS track team as a ninth- and 10th-grader. “I tried out for the varsity tennis team this year, and although it was a very close call with a lot of the girls, I did not make varsity. I had a great talk with the head coach, and even though I was sad about not making varsity, I still was extremely positive and gave it my all every single day as a leader on the JV team,” she wrote on her AAA application. “Honestly, it was good to face defeat, because it made me want to work even harder. I still made a lot of friends, had an amazing season, improved my skills and myself, and I still got to do a sport I love every day.” Burmeister wants to study child psychology at the U of Minnesota next fall. The son of Shannon and John Bergs, Kellen is also an excellent student, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average while being active in sports and other activities. He has played in the school’s band program in ninth through 12th grades. As a member of the percussion section, Bergs earned superior ratings his ninth and 11th grade years and was judged best at site as a freshman. “I have performed in the high school concert band, as well as the pep band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble,” he wrote on his AAA application. “In these smaller ensemble groups, we have had the honor of earning several superior ratings as well as best in show. My senior year, I was named the ‘first-chair’ of the percussion. I have enjoyed being apart of this incredible organization.” Bergs has run on the BPHS cross-country team since he was an eighth-grader. He earned allMRC honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Bergs played basketball his ninth- through 12th grade seasons, earning a spot on the var-

sity his junior and senior seasons. In the spring, Bergs played golf as an eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade seasons and was the team’s captain for two years. He ran track as a junior. “Participating in athletics throughout my years at Belle Plaine High School has had a big impact on my life. It has taught me the importance of hard work, perseverance and dedication to goals. I have learned how to be a teammate as well as a leader in each of my activities and have had the pleasure of competing alongside some amazing people,” Bergs wrote on his application. “I have also been fortunate enough to have success in each of my activities and owe it to my teammates and coaches. They push me to not only be a better competitor, but a better person.” Bergs plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth next year and study business.

ExCEL Honoree

The daughter of Karen and Martin Preusser, Caitlin earned a spot on the A honor roll her ninth-, 10th- and 11-grade years. She is a two-year member of the BPHS National Honor Society. Preusser volunteers her time with her church, the Belle Plaine Food Shelf and community holiday events. She has also given her time to tennis camp as an instructor, dance competitions and Feed My Starving Children. Preusser has played in the school’s band since she was a freshman. She earned a clarinet superior rating in 2016. Preusser is a three-year member of the BPHS tennis team, earning a spot on the varsity since she was a freshman. She was also named the team’s most improved player as a 10th-grader. Preusser is a member of the school’s Cyber Tigers robotics team and a two-year member of the golf team.

Members of the BPHS one-act play got themselves ready for Thursday’s dress rehearsal at the Performing Arts Center. Being dressed in clothes of years gone by (and long before cell phones), some of the cast members decided to take a group selfie before heading upstairs to take the stage.

One-Act Play

Chris Moore, is co-directing the play with Hartmann. Moore, a retired BPHS teacher, directed the school’s one-act plays from 1991 to 2000, during which the school starred at state in 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2000. Before those, he also directed five oneact plays at Arlington-Green Isle High school that went to state. Hartmann said there’s a good reason “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted” was selected for this year’s play. “We read many plays over the summer and fall, but we narrowed our search down to just three shows by the time we held tryouts,” Hartmann said. “After watching tryouts, we selected “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted,” which was written by playwright B. Dwayne Craft. We have performed three of his shows at state one-act over the past 10 years – “The Winner” (2008), “Ridiculosis by Proxy” (2013) and “The Drowsy Professor” (2014). He is an outstanding playwright who we enjoy working with. He is a talented writer, who has always allowed us the artistic freedom to make needed cuts and changes to his scripts in order for us to be able to perform his shows at the MSHSL competition.” Moore is also optimistic about the upcoming competitive season. “Rehearsals have gone very well. The cast is not particularly experienced with several eighth- and ninth-graders, but the seniors have been especially good role-models. High

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school theater is meant to be educational, especially for the actors and technicians. We’ve all learned a lot about theater, America in the early-1900s and its culture. We’ve learned that the issues of bullying, con artists and teenage angst have been with us for many years.” Subsection Contest Saturday Belle Plaine will compete in this Saturday’s Section 2A, Subsection 8 One-Act Play Festival at Jordan High School. Belle Plaine will be joined in the competition by GibbonFairfax-Winthrop, Jordan, Le Sueur-Henderson, Sibley East and Tri-City United. The top two-rated performances will advance to the following Sat-

Homeward Bound Theatre to Offer Program at Chatfield Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Dr. Seuss and Me” Wednesdays, Feb. 8 through March 1 from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. at Chatfield Elementary School in Belle Plaine. Kindergarten through secondgraders will act out their favorite Dr. Seuss stories like “The Cat in the Hat - you find magic wherever you look, sit back and relax, all you need is a book” or “Green Eggs and Ham - I will not eat them in a house, I will not eat them with a mouse, I will not eat them in a box, I will not eat them with a fox,” recreated for family and friends! Participants experience will include warm-up games, theatre exercises and movement.

students who apply. Students will be calling potential donators this Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening. Donations of any and all sizes are greatly appreciated. One of the rising challenges the Phone-A-Thon is experiencing are residents who no longer have land lines and are using cell phones. If you would like to be contacted, please email your contact information to belleplainedfs@gmail.com. If you are not contacted during the Phone-A-Thon but would like to contribute to a Belle Plaine student’s post-secondary education and have your name entered in the prize drawing, you can mail a check to: Dollars for Scholars, PO BOX 81, Belle Plaine, MN 56011, or donate online at www.belleplainemn. dollarsforscholars.org and click on donate now tab. Dollars for Scholars is a non-

profit organization consisting of local volunteers interested in providing local students with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Dollars for Scholars uses the funds raised locally to match scholarships offered by dozens of individuals, businesses and community organizations. All of the funds raised are awarded to Belle Plaine graduates.

Southern Valley Support Groups Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women offers ongoing support groups for victims of domestic abuse living in Scott and Carver counties. Weekly meetings are held in each county at convenient locations with free childcare. For more information, call 952-873-4214.

For more information, call Belle Plaine Community Education at 952-873-2411 or register online at www.belleplaine. k12.mn.us then click on Community Services.

Winter Texans Winter Texans from Belle Plaine, Jordan, New Prague, and surrounding areas will hold their annual luncheon on Monday, Jan. 30 at Harold’s Country Kitchen, 2111 East Business 83, Donna, Texas, at 11 a.m. Buffet dining starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Dick Eischens at 952-2179919.

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Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars Annual Phone-A-Thon This Weekend Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars will conduct its 26th annual Phone-A-Thon this weekend. Dozens of students will take turns manning the phones from the Rose Room at the Belle Plaine Public Library asking Belle Plaine and District 716 residents to make pledges. This year’s donations will generate immediate funds for 2017 scholarships. Annual fund-raisers such as the Phone-A-Thon and Car Raffle generate the monies for scholarships to be awarded each year to the graduating students. One-hundred percent of the money donated goes toward the scholarships. More students are choosing to continue their education at a post-secondary level. As the community and schools grow, the continuing challenge and goal for Dollars for Scholars is to present scholarships to all

urday’s section contest at Le Sueur-Henderson High School, where only the top-rated play will advance to state. Doors open Saturday at 9 a.m. Belle Plaine will be the first to take the stage at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held after every school has performed its play. Each show last’s approximately 35 minutes. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Those costs apply regardless of how many plays you watch. The public is invited to a free showing of “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted” 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Belle Plaine Performing Arts Center.

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Deaths

Joyce Marie Olson

Joyce Marie Olson, 87, of Belle Plaine, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Joyce was born in Buffalo, Minnesota on June 10, 1929 to Carl and Ida (Bodine) Olsen. Joyce married Leo Sconberg and after his death married Carl Olson. She worked as a homemaker raising her seven children and at various jobs during her lifetime. She lived in many communities around the Belle Plaine area including Chaska, Waconia, Bongaard and Jordan. Joyce is survived by her children, Daniel Sconberg, Idella Curtiss of Belle Plaine, Sharon Madden of Chaska and James (Carol) Sconberg of Jordan; sister, Evelyn Nichols of Eden Prairie; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Sconberg and Carl Olson; as well as sons, Allen, Jerome and Douglas.

Orma S. Geister The Lord welcome into his arms, Orma S. Geister, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at The Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. She was 89 years old and longtime resident of Prior Lake, MN. A Celebration of Life Service will honor Orma on Friday, January 20 at 11 a.m., with a visitation starting at 9 a.m., all at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5643 Luther Road, Prior Lake. Pastor Bruce Laabs will preside. Orma will be laid to rest next to her husband at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. On the family farm in rural Belle Plaine, November 12, 1927, Orma Sophie was born the youngest of seven children to Fred and Emma (Dibbert) Mueller. Growing up during the depression families faced many hardships. Orma also faced the challenge of losing her father at the age of 12. Morning and night, she was now responsible of milking seven of the 21 cows, at times in charge of all of them. At the age of 13, Orma received her driver’s license. Since her mother did not drive, each morning Orma would deliver the milk to the creamery before school and then pick up the empty milk cans after school. Orma graduated from Belle Plaine High School. Her first job was at the Greyhound Bus Depot for 2 years. Orma then went to work for Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins for the next 5 years, followed by keeping the books for Brother’s Garage

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for 2 years. Orma found the most enjoyment working in finance for the Prior Lake School District for 42 ½ years. In later years, she was also responsible for scheduling of the bus routes and payroll. In 2006, Orma was named to the Prior Lake Hall of Fame. While attending Snell’s Bar in Prior Lake, Orma’s life was enriched. Through mutual friends, she was introduced to Melvin Geister. On June 24, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine they declared their love to each other. Orma and Melvin were blessed with a son, Randy. She was so proud of being a mother. Orma loved attending his games and making sure Randy was well taken care of. As a family, they enjoyed camping, fishing and visiting family. Orma and Melvin also enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Alaska on a cruise. Orma felt the most comfortable being home, surrounded by family. In later years, she became a loving grandmother. Orma always had time available for the grandchildren. Each one had their own special relationship with her and they loved to witness Orma’s wisdom. However, being a great-grandma to Matthew was the light in her life that kept Orma going the last 9 years. The highlight of her days were the phone calls she would receive from Randy, Patty and her grandchildren. Orma was dedicated to her faith, especially at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was very active in all aspects of church life. Orma proudly served on the church’s Meals on Wheels program for 25 years. With a deep faith, God provided her with the gift of compassion and patience as a caregiver. In 1948, Orma’s mother moved in with her and for the next 16 years cared for her. She also was a caregiver for her handicap sister, nieces, nephews, school children and later in her husband’s final journey. When time allowed, Orma enjoyed the handwork of needlepoint. After the passing of Melvin, on November 26, 1998, she loved creating masterpieces from plastic art, especially Easter baskets. Orma filled her days socializing with friends, especially with the residents at Creekside Commons. She also enjoyed cheering on the Gophers football and basketball, but her favorite was the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Left to honor Orma’s life and mourn the death is her son, Randy (Patty) Geister; grandchildren, Tyson (Danielle Sampson) Geister, Jennifer (Kevin) Gengler, Amy Geister; great-grandson, Matthew Geister; many loving relatives and friends. There to welcome Orma home in heaven is her husband, Melvin; infant twin daughters; parents, Fred and Emma Mueller; siblings, Arnold (Esther) Mueller, Viola (Harold) Hafermann, Elsie Mueller, Alvin (Helen) Mueller, Harry (Luella) Mueller and Howard (Evelyn) Mueller. Acting as pall bearers will be Loren Mueller, Donald Mueller, Gary Mueller, Gerald Mueller, Richard Mueller and David Mueller.

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of Jordan, MN passed away peacefully at his home on January 21, 2017. The visitation will be Friday, January 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan. Father Timothy Yanta will preside. Interment will be at St. John Calvary Cemetery, Jordan. Ralph was born May 31, 1926, on the family farm that was passed on to generations for over 150 years. He was the sixth of seven children born to Guido and Lena (Lambrecht) Wermerskirchen. Ralph entered the Army in 1945, and then returned home to the farm. Ralph married Myrna LaVelle on October 23, 1954 in Jordan. They were blessed with seven children who were taught the importance of hard work. Ralph was larger than life in many ways, from his large hands, gigantic pumpkins, bottomless appetite, and “one that got away”. One of Ralph’s proudest moments was appearing on the David Letterman show with his prize boar that was featured in the Minnesota State Fair for two years. Later in life Ralph became an electrician, lighting up the IDS Center, Metrodome, and many other downtown buildings, as he served alongside his brothers of the I.B.E.W. #292. Ralph was also a member of The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Aid. In retirement, he spent his time fishing, hunting, tending to his fruit trees, and meeting with his buddies at the sales barn. Ralph is survived by wife, Myrna; son, Douglas (Aimee) Wermerskirchen; daughters, Linda (Dave) Mayerhofer, Gloria (Bruce) Ahlbrecht, Mary (Dave) Hanson, Pamela (Bill) Strand, Kimberly (Jeff) Rook, and Rebecca (Eric) Krieger; 17 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; siblings, Paul (Marilyn) Wermerskirchen and Julianne Carpentier. He is preceded in death by parents, Guido and Lena Wermerskirchen; siblings, Walter (Evelyn), Viola (Arthur) Deutsch, Roman (Ruth), Melvin (Loretta), and Roger Carpentier. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Ralph’s memory by the family.

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Evelyn Mae Busker, 93, of Apple Valley, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 27 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin with the Reverend Mark Niethammer officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, 209 2nd Avenue NW, Austin on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and at the church on Friday morning for one hour

PAGE THREE before the service. Evelyn was born January 8, 1924 in Austin to Martin and Inga (Sorlien) Mehammer. She graduated from Austin High School in 1942 and attended Austin Junior College for a short while to up date business courses, mainly short hand, typing, and bookkeeping for her employment at Murphy Finance with Jack Bell managing. Previously, she had worked at the Geo. A. Hormel Co. in invoicing, statistics, the mail room and transportation. On July 21, 1946, she married Edwin (Ed) Busker at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. They were married for 59 years. In 1948, Evelyn and a cousin flew to Norway to visit relatives, as their parents had gone to visit also and were there at the same time. It was an experience not to ever be forgotten. She was there four weeks, but she always said it was too short of time as there was so much traveling to see everything and visit all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her family was most important in her life. She loved to cook and entertained a lot in her younger years. Evelyn and Edwin traveled quite extensively in a motor home, visiting Washington,

California, and Florida. They built a winter home in Summerfield, Florida, where they spent some time. They moved from Austin to Lakeville, Minnesota, where they lived for eight years and then to a town home in Apple Valley and they enjoyed that there was no more yard work and up keep as their health was starting to fail them both. Evelyn is survived by her sons, Larry (Naomi) Busker of Owatonna, MN; Kevin Busker of Independence, IA; and Marc (Judy) Busker of Belle Plaine, MN; eight grandchildren, Jill (Jedi) Britzius of Owatonna, Tracy Busker of Eden Prairie, Martin Busker of Owatonna, Katie Busker of Independence, IA; Lauren (Dustin) Gibbs of Independence, IA, Michael Busker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Adam Busker of Belle Plaine, MN; Alexander Busker of Belle Plaine, MN; four great grandchildren, Austin and Asher Spiker, Jonnalyn and Scout Gibbs; nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Inga Mehammer; and husband, Edwin Busker. She left this earth to her heavenly home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior and soulmate, Edwin.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Dear Editor, My goodness, the people who On behalf of the Belle Plaine don’t like the freedom that our Vets Club I would like to sinBelle Plaine Library Veterans have sacriďŹ ced and cerely recognize everyone who 125 W Main St died for, I would like to start supports our efforts to serve 952-873-6767 a fund and donate $20, so they veterans. website: www.scottlib.org can buy a one way ticket to the We are saddened that a work Library Hours: *NEW* island of King Kong, where of art, created by a veteran, Tuesday & Friday 10 am-5 they can remove all religious showing respect for our fallen pm veterans, has been the subject Wednesday & Thursday 1 symbols. of controversy. We understand Big Don Edberg pm-8 pm Belle Plaine, MN the good business decision Saturday 10 am - 2 pm made by our city leaders and ** All Scott County libraries appreciate their efforts to work will be closed on Monday Febwith our club. ruary 20th for President’s Day At the time of the removal of and Friday February 24th for Dear Editor, the gave marker from the meall staff day. With so much news out there, morial, neither the City nor the Special Events remember to stop, take a breath Vets Club was able to afford a 2/27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and think before you Tweet. lawsuit. At this time both the Smalltown Eclectic and MELSA presents “Loud at I am thankful for Ed Townsend City and Vets Club are explorthe Libraryâ€? Open Mic and and the Belle Plaine Herald and ing options to restore the me99 percent true media. morial. Art Night Daniel C. & Kristin Schmidt We whole heartily appreciate Come join us at the library Belle Plaine, MN those who have stood vigil at for another great open mic and art night. Enjoy local musical Veterans Memorial Park. Any talents, local art display and persons requiring assistance is refreshments. We encourage encouraged to contact the Vets artists of all ages to sign up to Dear Editor, Club. We are happy to provide perform and/or display their art. help to those helping us. Please come 15 minutes early On January 18, 2017, I saw on Very Respectfully, to sign up for mic time and to FOX News where the ofďŹ cials Molly Moonen of Belle Plaine took down the setup art displays. Vice President American CHILDREN’S PRO- cross in Veteran’s Park. Legion Auxiliary The reasons being that it ofGRAMS Trustee VFW Auxiliary fended an organization. Early Literacy Story Time is VFW POST 6202 and I am a Vietnam Veteran. Shame Friday from 10:30-11 a.m. Auxiliary, on the Belle Plaine ofďŹ cials. 1/27 ECFE Pets American Legion Squadron If this offended this organiza2/3 ELC Snow Day tion, too bad! Veterans should 144 and Auxiliary, and Sons of 2/10 ECFE Valentine’s Day the American Legion Squadron 2/17 ELC Dog Sled Racing be able to stand up for their rights. and Iditarod Bob Williams, 3/3 ELC Families Belle Plaine, MN 3/10 ECFE MN Authors 3/17 ELC Muddy March Dear Editor: 3/24 ECFE Springtime The Freedom From Religion 3/21 ELC Construction Foundation appreciates the city Dear Editor, 4/7 ECFE Puddles and Ducks of Belle Plaine for upholding I would like to recognize the the constitutional separation be4/14 ELC Weather city council of Belle Plaine tween state and church. Among 4/21 ECFE Mystery Books for the removal of the cross at the 3,500 complaints over state/ 4/28 ELC Fish NEW ON THE SHELF Easy the Veteran’s Memorial. It was church entanglements FFRF reReaders: Cinderella Finding a step forward to protecting ceived last year were some from Dory: Ocean of Color Moana: the views of those who have Belle Plaine residents over the Quest for the Heart Picture fallen who were not of a Judeo Christian cross that suddenly Books: Fantastic Farm Ma- faith. Moreover, the decision popped up on a governmental chines by Cris Peterson I am to remove it entirely upheld display for veterans in Veterans Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer the Constitution of the United Memorial Park. Doctor Strange: The Path to En- States. After FFRF contacted the city lightenment Juvenile Eerie ElAdin Briggs in October, we learned that the ementary: School Freezes Over Duluth, MN Belle Plaine Veterans Club had by Jack Chabert Beast Quest put up the cross without city apOkawa The River Beast by proval. Imagine the consternaAdam Blade Young Adult: No tion had atheists taken it upon Love Allowed by Kate Evangeourselves, without permission, Dear Editor, lista When I was the Greatest by to claim the memorial for nonI am writing in regards to the Jason Reynolds Gena Finn by Hannah Moskowitz The Guant- Freedom From Religion Foun- believers by adding an athelet by Eoin Colfer Non-Fic- dation and the removing of the ist message, such as “God is tion: Simple Flower Arranging cross from the kneeling veter- Dead.â€? What if satanists had by Mark Welford and Stephen an. What is wrong with people? claimed the veterans memorial Wicks When Someone You How many of them served their by erecting a pentagram honorKnow has Depression: Words country? How many of them ing only Lucifer-worshipping to say and Things to Do by Su- were in combat praying they vets? Such divisive tampering san J. Noonan Brain Lock: Free would live to see another day? would rightly create a furor! It’s Yourself from Obsessive-Com- There are no atheist in the fox just as inappropriate and exclupulsive Behavior by Jeffrey M. holes. No one is saying they sionary for Christians to plant Schwartz Weightwatchers New have to believe, but we should a cross conveying that only Complete Cookbook Fiction: not be made to act like we don’t Christian veterans are worthy of being honored. The Great Christmas Knit- believe either. Off by Alexandra Brown The Just remember it is because Adding a sectarian religious Other Widow by Susan Craw- of the veteran that they have symbol to a veterans display ford Ready Player One by Er- a right to complain, and we not only endorses Christianity, nest Cline Salem Falls by Jodi should have a right to have to but excludes the 30 percent of veterans who are non-Christian, Picoult Large Print Fiction: display the cross. including 24 percent who aren’t Hotel on the Corner of Bitter Mark C. Willems religious at all. With a quarter and Sweet on Jamie Ford The Belle Plaine, MN of veterans today identifying as Total Package by Stephanie nonreligious, it’s high time to Evanovich The Winemakers lay to rest the myth that there by Jan Moran Compact Disc: are “no atheists in foxholes.â€? Miss Peregrine’s Home for PeThe ugly attitudes expressed culiar Children Soundtrack Se- Dear Editor, lah Greatest Hits Audio Book The Belle Plaine Council toward locals who objected to on CD: Emma by Jane Aus- could easily issue a parade this cross violation reveal the ten Mentoring 101 by John C. permit designating the area on importance of honoring our Maxwell The Mistletoe Secret the property as the site of the First Amendment. When a govby Richard Paul Evans Winter parade. There would also be a ernment gets behind religion, Storms Elin Hilderbrand DVD time limit of however months watch out! 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Dear Editor, Only recently has the public been made aware of months worth of conversation of our city leaders about the removal of a cross in Veterans’ Park. This cross, part of a piece of artwork, represented a grave of a fallen soldier; a marker of the burial site. When those in the Armed Forces pay respect to a grave marked with a cross, they are not kneeling in the name of a religion, but rather they are kneeling at a grave site in honor of a fallen soldier, a comrade, a fallen brother or a fallen sister. It is a symbol to serve as a memorial, a remembrance, for those gone before. For some, they may not have known the individual other than knowing this to be a brother or sister in the name of military. Maybe they are at the grave of someone they trained with, served with, or were in battle with. Maybe they are at the grave of someone they were alongside of as the fallen sacriďŹ ced their life for our country. National and state lands are lined with cross-shaped grave markers throughout this country. How beautiful it would be if our small town could offer a small depiction of that awesome sight to our veterans and those currently serving in our midst. What a gift we could offer those who have done so much for all of us, if only to give them one small remembrance they can look to, go to, and remember. For those of us not in the Armed Forces, I don’t know that we can begin to imagine that brotherhood, that comradery. Mr. Mayor, City Council members; Belle Plaine is lined with those who have battled for this country since its birth; and it is also lined with those currently serving. I implore you to put your boots to the ground, and ďŹ ght this battle for the so many who have fought countless battles for all of us. Shelly Selly Belle Plaine, MN

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Dear Editor, I respectfully write this note to express my great disappointment after watching the Channel 5 newscast regarding the removal of the cross from Veteran’s Memorial. I ďŹ nd it incredible that this was removed after the complaint of one person and feel this is disrespectful to the veterans who sacriďŹ ced their lives for us! I guess this touches me because my father was a WWII Veteran and I have heard many stories of the horror they endured. He landed on Normandy Beach, and after the war, helped liberate our soldiers from despicable prison camps. There’s a great chance that people who aren’t even especially religious may think of a “Supreme Beingâ€? as they are dying and they should not be denied their right to have the symbol of the cross. Did the majority of the people in Belle Plaine decide they wanted the cross removed? It is a dangerous precedent and a stain on democracy when a single person can decide for the majority, perhaps even without a ďŹ ght! I have been to Washington, D.C. and there are indeed many crosses and other religious symbols on the memorials and in the museums. The cross is a universal symbol, as old as ages past and present, and should not be a threat to those of different religious viewpoints. Our religious freedom allows for the display of a cultural icon to be displayed. We need to safeguard our republic, defending our freedoms and vote of the people. I encourage the Mayor, Council and the people of Belle Plaine to speak up on this important issue! Kathy Nyquist Cokato, MN

Dear Editor, I was appalled as I read about the “demandsâ€? of the FFRF and that our council acceded to those demands. Once again the demands of the few have caused the majority to cower in fear. True, the cross is a sign of the Christian religion. But in this case the cross along with the kneeling soldier, represents a fallen comrade, not it’s religion. The kneeling soldier represents a member of the military paying tribute to a friend, comrade in arms, or another member of the military who has lost their life in the line of duty. The silhouette of the soldier alone could be a soldier catching his breath during a lull in the ďŹ ghting, but the silhouette of the cross immediately signiďŹ es the grave of one of our fallen heroes. This display is recognition of those who have given their lives in defense of our country. The FFRF seems to believe in the “natural worldâ€?. I wonder, are their members buried at all, or how many are buried in a Christian cemetery. How are their gravesites marked, with a rock or perhaps a brick? The cross signiďŹ es the location of the fallen, and not the religion. If you doubt this, go to one of the national cemeteries and look at the gravestones. In some locations crosses simply represent the fallen military, while in others, the gravestones are marked with such symbols as the Star of David, the Native American Church, the Bahai Star, the Muslim Crescent and Star, and even the Atheist. The FFRF aim is to make this a “natural worldâ€? without crosses or references to God on public grounds. Will the FFRF “demandâ€? that the crosses be removed from our National Cemeteries next? The Obama Administration has done little to help this situation. The silent majority needs to step up and be heard. If you have similar feelings about this travesty of justice, I urge you to take action today. Write a letter or email the Belle Plaine Herald, the mayor and council members and to your Senators and Representatives. Tell them to “PUT THE CROSS BACK.â€? Urge your legislators to pass legislation that will support and protect the cross in displays of remembrance of our fallen heroes. Tom Bartholomew Belle Plaine, MN

Dear Editor, Let the FFRF Wolf Huff and Puff Your city has been deceived by the Bad Little Atheist Wolf. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a militantly anti-Christian group of truth-twisters, are ďŹ ne with pagan and satanic symbols, but hate the Cross. Do they sue the national capitol, where Christian symbols and sayings abound? Did they sue Obama, or Trump, for taking oaths on Bibles? No. But these radicals love to huff and puff at small towns. One threatening letter, one attorney warning about the cost, and the wolf walked right in. The cross is a symbol of hope, forgiveness, resurrection, and memorial. Even highly secular people wear crosses as jewelry. But a tiny minority demands the majority remove a dear symbol, no less than one honoring fallen heroes. Such bigotry and intolerance! There is no guarantee of “freedom from religionâ€? in the Constitution, and no “wall of separation of church and stateâ€? either. The ďŹ rst is the radical atheists’ dream; the latter, Thomas Jefferson wrote to some Baptists. And if T.J. knew how that phrase would be distorted, I doubt he would have ever used it! The First Amendment successfully banned State Religion, which, elsewhere, has imprisoned and executed “hereticsâ€? and “apostates.â€? But the FFRF seeks a State Religion of Atheism, banning the majority from our “free exercise.â€? Let the wolf huff and puff. Call his bluff! Many communities have done so, without a nickel spent. The FFRF wolf just runs away with his tail between his legs. Or use their own tactic. The FFRF built an offensive monument to atheist soldiers at a cemetery in Alabama, on PRIVATE ground. Cede a small plot to an individual or group, reinstall the cross, and the Bad Little Atheist Wolf can huff and puff until he’s red in the face. But he can’t blow it over. Unless you let him! Phil Trieb Gary, SD

Dear Editor, True Relief Requires True Reform Minnesota Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session earlier this month. Among its top priorities, addressing the rise in health care insurance premiums inicted onto Minnesotans purchasing their health care insurance on the individual exchange. Many of these citizens own and operate small businesses and farms across greater Minnesota. A one-time subsidy to relieve the cost of their 2017 health care insurance premiums does not go far enough to address the elephant in the room. The Minnesota legislature must also implement reform too. Minnesota SF1 - Health Care Emergency Aid and Access Act is now making its way through the state legislature and will hopefully be met with approval at the governor’s desk with his signature. This bill will provide a relief package to citizens who are hardest hit by soaring insurance premiums and addresses the need to cover acute physical and mental illnesses by allowing patients to keep their doctors. Meanwhile, reform measures will also provide insurance companies a “Relief Valveâ€? to curb costs when insurance claims become out of control. It will allow Minnesota small businesses more exibility to implement a “Stop Lossâ€? provision and to participate in the DeďŹ ned-Contribution Plan. Lastly, this bill will provide farmers in greater Minnesota the opportunity to obtain health care insurance through their local agriculture co-op known as a MEWA. This legislation requires cooperation from the Minnesota Commerce and Revenue Departments. It should be done swiftly, but with concise decisions that will stabilize the individual market for the future. I pray and remain hopeful that this legislation will be the beginning steps to resolving the high cost of health care insurance in Minnesota. Rob Yost New Prague, MN


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017

BELLE PLAINE HERALD, BELLE PLAINE, MINNESOTA

Thirty Years Ago This Week

Fire inicted heavy damage to the 4-year-old home of Don and Mary Stier in Belle Plaine that early Monday morning. The buzzing smoke alarm awoke them about 1:30 a.m. and they, including son Scott, barely had time to ee the burning house. The kitchen, livingroom and Scott’s bedroom were completely destroyed, along with the roof in that part of the home. The Belle Plaine City Council was one step closer in the process of applying for a grant from the state that would be used to assist Prairie Plastic of Belle Plaine. That step came following a public hearing to consider submitting an application for a grant under the Small Cities Economic Development Program. The state would loan the city of Belle Plaine $88,000 to $100,000 and the city in turn would loan the money to Prairie Plastics. In the meantime, Key Tool and Plastics of Big Lake was looking at purchasing Prairie Plastics from a group of Belle Plaine stockholders. Plans were continuing for Belle Plaine’s ďŹ rst ever All-Night Post-Prom Party. At a parents’ meeting, a deďŹ nite theme was chosen, and some of the games for the evening would include video horse racing and carnival and casino games. Food and pop, selected to go along with the theme, would be served continuously throughout the night, and students would not have to pay for the party. Joe Fahey Jr. of Belle Plaine was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Auctioneers Association at its annual meeting in New Ulm. Although there hadn’t been much snow by Minnesota standards that winter, it was more than Belle Plaine Rotary Foreign Exchange student Kathleen Dunnion had ever seen as she was pictured in the Herald making a snowball. She was from Perth, Australia. The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team lost two of three games that week – losing to St. Peter 69-44 and Mankato Loyola 50-42, and beating Montgomery 53-39. In the win, Jeff Johnson had 18 points, while Matt Lenz had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The BPHS girls’ basketball team lost to Arlington-Green Isle 49-34. Julie Halquist had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers. The Tiger wrestling team improved to 7-3 on the season after rolling over Mankato Loyola 58-3 and Montgomery 61-3. Brian Stier recorded two ďŹ rst period falls as he improved his record to 13-3.

1987 One-Act Play Paul Miller as Tony, Gretchen Koenig as Carolyn and Tony Hartmann as Marshall were among the cast in Belle Plaine High School’s 1987 one-act play, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.� Pictured below are Sheral Kahle as Margaret and Mike Gaffney as Jonathan rehearsing a scene.

Tom Collins, who had been making his home in California for several years, died in that state. He was the son of the late Patrick Collins, who had been section foreman at Blakeley for many years. Gertrude Neubeiser, who was studying music in Milan, Italy, was disappointed that the climate of “Sunny Italyâ€? was damp and cold that winter. There was another farm ďŹ re in the area. The large barn on the William Lemke farm just north of Gotha burned to the ground, and with it several horses and 11 head of young cattle. Martin Krenz, for 40 years known locally as “Uncle Martin,â€? died at the age of 80. He was known for his jovial disposition and dapper appearance. Fatal automobile mishaps were many in those years. Two fatalities occurred in the Shakopee area in one week. Miss Lorena Rolf left for 60 Years Ago Cleveland, Ohio, for a lengthy visit at the home of her aunt, (1957) Mrs. Melcher. A new phase of postal service Mrs. Bridget A. Fearing, widwas inaugurated here with the ow of the late Dave Fearing, advent of red, white and blue died at the age of 84. A native busses to be known as Highway of Ireland, her family located in Post OfďŹ ces. The new service Faxon Township in 1857, and replaced railway postal cars in 1860 she married Dave Fearoperating on this division of the ing of Belle Plaine. Omaha railroad. Peter Weldon, the highway Laurel Trimbo was Betty maintenance man, lost one of Crocker Homemaker of Tohis horses when it lunged over morrow at Belle Plaine High the high ďŹ ll at the Devine hill, School. She received the highpulling the other horse and est score on a written examinagrader with him. tion on homemaking knowledge 90 Years Ago In Los Angeles occurred the and attitudes. Her paper was death of the former Mrs. Ellen (1927) entered in competition to name Murray, nee Hanrahan, who the state’s candidate for the title The severe January with its came as a pioneer to Sibley extreme cold and much snow of All-American Homemaker. County in the 1850s. Commissioner Thomas Stepka ended on a warmer note – a real of the ďŹ fth district was selected thaw. 120 Years Ago chairman of the Scott County We had a local telephone (1897) Board with Commissioner E.J. company in those years. J.A. Wermerskirchen as vice chair- Schoell and F.J. Fideldy were The cold spell had passed and man at the 1957 organizational the delegates to the state meet- there was talk of “the winter bemeeting of the board. Commis- ing of independent telephone ing over.â€? sioners Chas. Haas, ďŹ rst dis- companies. The Stratton Supply Co. got in an ice plow, the ďŹ rst ever brought here, for use in the ice harvest. A horse pulled the saw over the ice. Local citizens turned out in • Dr. Tasha Strait • Dr. Mora Cervenka • Dr. Monique Baune large number to consider reincorporation of Belle Plaine as a city. A committee was named We Offer: to push the matter through – Preventative, F.J. Whitlock, F.C. Irwin, Peter R.A. Stratton and W.H. Restorative, Becker, Weibeler. Orthodontic, Henderson won its courthouse Cosmetic, contest with Arlington by a margin of 215 votes. Denture The following were school & teachers in our area: T.J. BieImplant der, F.J. Bieder, Edward BarServices. rett, S.A. Bowler, Margaret Stratton, Fanny McDevitt, Mrs. Ronayne, Miss Carney and New Patients Welcome H.B. Conlon. There were 200 couples at a January dance. The crowd overowed Weibeler’s hall and the borough hall had to be opened 201 West Raven Street and additional music secured. trict; Sylvester Deveney, third district; and Frank R. Franek, fourth district, completed the membership of the board. Winter ďŹ nally hit the area in the closing week of January with a row of sub-zero temperatures. An inch of snow gave the area a white covering. The month had previously been bare of snow, most unusual for these parts. Bob Volek, who had been local representative for the Minnesota Breeders Association for three years, resigned that position to take over a milk route in Carver County. Replacing him was Alvin F. Peterka from Faribault. Fire destroyed the old Baier homestead in San Francisco Township, four miles east of Belle Plaine, sending the occupants out into the winter cold. The local Boy Scouts troop were to take over the borough hall for a day Feb. 5 and were planning other events in connection with National Boy Scouts Week. Scouts were to elect their own mayor, ďŹ ve councilmen, a clerk and ďŹ re chief. The remainder of the troop was slated for ďŹ remen jobs. Belle Plaine won a 61-58 overtime victory over Lester Prairie. Roger Hoelz had drove in and tied up the game in the ďŹ nal seconds of regulation time. Ronald Effertz and Emmett Hessian were named 1957 Heart Fund co-chairmen for Belle Plaine.

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The week of Jan. 16-22, Belle A person on the 400 of North Plaine police responded to the Cherry Street called for medifollowing selected calls: cal help at 6:31 p.m. A man was transported to an area hospital. Thursday, Jan. 19 Monday, Jan. 16 A school staff member on the A Belle Plaine woman, 31, 1100 block of West Commerce was stopped at 8:10 a.m. near Drive reported at 10:16 a.m. a the intersection of Ash and East person was dumping trash in Main streets for no working the school dumpster. Police ad- brake lights. She was also cited vised a man to discontinue the for driving with an expired license. practice. At 8:17 p.m., a person on the A woman on the 200 block of 200 block of West State Street South Chestnut Street reportreported a domestic dispute. A ed at 7:46 p.m. she had been man, 34, was arrested for do- scammed while trying to buy tickets on Craig’s List. mestic assault. Friday, Jan. 20 Tuesday, Jan. 17 A person on the 500 block of A person on the 300 block of East Church Street called for North Cedar Street called for medical help at 12:55 a.m. A medical help. A man was transwoman was transported to an ported to an area hospital. area hospital. A person on the 400 block of A person on the 600 block of East Forest Street reported at Court Street called for medical 10:05 a.m. a missing person. help at 10:24 a.m. A woman The man was later located. He was transported to an area hos- was arrested on an outstanding warrant. pital. A person on the 200 of West A man from Jordan, 52, was State Street called for medical caught stealing items from a help at 10:59 a.m. A woman business on the 100 block of was transported to an area hos- East Enterprise Drive. The man was issued a no-trespassing orpital. A person on the 300 block of der and cited for theft. The loss North Meridian Street reported was $26. at 12:28 p.m. a case of credit A Montgomery man, 29, was card fraud. Someone in another stopped at 10:38 p.m. near the state used the person’s credit intersection of West State and North Meridian streets. He was card. A Waconia man, 45, was cited for driving after license stopped near the intersection revocation. of North Walnut and East Main Saturday, Jan. 21 streets at 9:30 p.m. for a speed- While investigating a report ing violation. The person was of a domestic dispute near the also cited for driving with an intersection of South Meridexpired license. ian Street and West Commerce Drive at 7:59 a.m., police disWednesday, Jan. 18 Police took a report at 8:57 covered an Oakdale man, 35, a.m. of a street sign that was hit left the scene. He was later loand damaged by an unknown cated and cited for driving after license revocation. driver.

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A man reported at 9:53 a.m. grafďŹ ti on the entrance wall to the tunnel beneath Highway 169. At 5:43 p.m., a person on the 600 block of East Forest Street called for medical help. A woman was transported to an area hospital. A Belle Plaine police ofďŹ cer working a special patrol in New Prague arrested a Montgomery man, 20, for underage consumption, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A property-damage crash on the 100 block of North Aspen Lane was reported at 11:57 p.m. A man hit a concrete post. Sunday, Jan. 22 A man, 26, on the sidewalk along the 100 block of North Meridian Street was cited at 1:12 a.m. for having an open beer on a public sidewalk. A person on the 400 block of West Main Street called for medical help at 2:15 p.m. A woman was transported to an area hospital. A person on the 600 block of West Main Street called for medical help at 5:08 p.m. A man was transported to an area hospital.

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The week of Jan. 9-15, Belle Plaine ďŹ reďŹ ghters responded to the following selected calls: Saturday, Jan. 21 FireďŹ ghters responded at 5:44 p.m. to a call for medical help from a person on the 600 block of East Forest Street. A woman was transported to an area hospital.

Boys’ Basketball Tigers 62, LS-H 59 A game of runs ended when the Tigers ďŹ nally laid out the Giants in overtime, outscoring them 9-6 en route to a 62-59 triumph. Curtiss drove the length of the court and scored in the ďŹ nal seconds of regulation to force overtime. He led the Tigers with a double-double (28 points and 12 rebounds). Bigaouette had 14 points and Hastings 13. Nelson, Kellen Bergs and Tommy Dikmen had two points apiece and Hunsader one. Big-

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a solid victory Monday night in Belle Plaine. Narveson had 14 points for Belle Plaine, while Elizabeth Johnson, Vinkemeier and Sarah Lenz each had seven points. Alexa Lenz added four points, followed by Lauren Johnson with three. Scoring two each were Struck-Schmitz, Tori Johnson, Sidney Schafer and Maria Larson. “I thought we came out and played very well against a very good team,� Carlson said. “They (W-M) have two really good guards and Jaylen StruckSchmitz and Elizabeth Johnson did a good job containing them. We had some problems with their size but kept battling. Paige Narveson, Sarah Lenz and Lily Vinkemeier also had nice games, especially offensively. 2016-17 BPHS Girls’ Basketball Results and Remaining Schedule Nov. 29 at WEM L 53-49 Dec. 1 at JWP W 64-52 Dec. 2 at C. Falls W 49-46 Dec. 6 vs. S.E. L 49-41 Dec. 9 vs. TCU L 61-57 Dec. 13 at Fairmont L 71-49 Dec. 15 at Jordan L 76-48 Dec. 20 at Mayer L. L 65-41 Dec. 22 vs. G-SL L 69-32 Dec. 29-30 at NYA Tourney vs. Mpls. So. L 78-34 vs. New Ulm L 86-44 Jan. 3 vs. Farib. BA L 70-60 Jan. 6 vs. NYA L 83-24 Jan. 7 vs. St. Peter L 65-44 Jan. 12 at LS-H W 66-35 Jan. 20 at S.E. L 64-52 Jan. 23 vs. W-M L 83-50 Jan. 26 at Tri-City United Jan. 31 vs. Jordan Feb. 3 vs. Mayer Lutheran Feb. 6 at Mound Westonka Feb. 9 at Norwood YA Feb. 10 at GFW Feb. 13 vs. LCWM Feb. 14 vs. Le Sueur-Hend. Feb. 21 at Breck Feb. 28 Begin Section

(continued from page 11) aouette had four steals. Otto and Dikmen had seven and six rebounds, respectively. “Brody Curtiss also took two charges and Andrew Hunsader, Matt Nelson, Kellen Bergs and Patrick Bigaouette displayed great hustle and terriďŹ c defense throughout the game,â€? said Ti-

gers coach Paul Fogarty. “Our pressure defense forced doubledigit turnovers to help us win this game.� Fogarty added that “the Tigers also received good news in that senior Nathan Herman will return from injury within the next two weeks.�

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Mass. The children also did the readings and sang a last song with sign language. They all did awesome. We appreciate all the teachers, directors and music accompanist, Dave. Fran Barten recently returned from a trip to Richmond Virginia. The occasion was the baptism of her 31st grandchild, August James Barten, son of Stephen August Barten and Renee Lamb Barten. Baptism was held on New Year’s Day, during Holy Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Richmond. A beautiful “Southern Hospitality” reception followed at the home of maternal grandparents, Charlie and Patricia Lamb with many family and friends attending. August James is named after his two great grandfathers, August Legatt and James Lamb. A week before his baptism, August James spent Christmas with his mom and dad and all the Barten uncles, aunts and cousins at Grandma Fran’s home. Humor Corner: Ole reports that Lena sent two hours in the beauty salon last Tuesday “and” says Ole, dat vas yust for da estimate.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, along with the city of Henderson, Sibley County, Scott County and Le Sueur County, has initiated a feasibility study to investigate transportation improvements in the Minnesota River Valley during flood events. The goal of the study is to identify safe and accessible routes to and from Henderson and to limit the length of detours and impacts to businesses and regional traffic during high-water events. The focus of the study is on the bridges and approach roadways for highways 19 and 93 and Sibley County Road 6. “Henderson has been hit hard in recent years with closures due to flooding, during these flooding events and the impend-

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Raising Backyard and Small Flock Chicken Workshop Jan. 26 Small-scale and backyard poultry is emerging throughout Minnesota. Our workshop, to be held in Belle Plaine, is filled with multiple topics geared toward the needs of the beginning farmer, hobbyist or backyard producer, and those who would like to raise birds on a small scale. The Backyard and Small Flock Chicken Workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5:30

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Union Hill by: Edna Weiers St. John’s Catholic Church St. Scholastica Church Father Dave and Deacon Bob Saturday Mass at 8:15 p.m. at St. John Servers: Joseph & Trenton Huebl Sunday Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Scholastica Servers: Leo Pexa & Lydia Schmitz Sunday Mass, 10 a.m. at St. John Servers: Teagan Lambrecht, Sarah & Morgan Pint and Abby Knutson Wednesday Mass 5 p.m. at St. John, confessions to follow at 5:30 p.m. Gathering at the Flavian and Edna Weiers home Sunday afternoon and evening dinner were Audrey Zurn, Fran Barten, Genevieve Metzdorff, Noreen and Aaron Seurer. Gemtlichkeit, food and a few drinks were enjoyed. Maddie and Hannah Weiers, daughters of Joe and Lauren Weiers, were among the St. Wence school children’s choir that sang at the 8:30 Sunday

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ing cleanup. Three of the four major routes into Henderson are frequently closed to traffic,” explains Matt Young, Mn/DOT project manager. Road closures have been at an all-time high in recent years.” More specific tasks of the study include a benefit/cost analysis of elevating roadway profiles (Highway 93 and County Road 6), raising bridge and roadway approaches (Highway 19) and improving roadway stability to mitigate slope failures. Techniques that will be used include developing hydraulic models, modeling traffic and designing alternatives. The first newsletter has been posted on the at www.dot.state. mn.us/d7/projects/hwy19study/ and the first open house will be held in the spring. St. Gert’s Gardens 5.5 High Game:Deb Shaughnessy 235 High Series: Deb Shaughnessy 605, Deb Fahey 561, Judy Keefer & Lisa Yahnke 527 Congrats to Wild Night Karaoke on winnin the 2nd Trimester! City League Bowling Scores Neisen’s Corner Bar 177 Foline Auto 158.5 Ag Power 153.5 Co-op Tire & Auto 151.5 Borough Bowl 114.5 Johan’s 109 High Game: Tony Olson 263, Jerad Zwart 236 High Series: Jason Piche 690, Lyle Krentz 648 Pin Bashers Schoeppner 19.5 State Bank of BP 12.5 Boys High Game: Carson Mulroy 127 Boys High Series: Carson Mulroy 350, TJ Williamson 315 Girls High Game: Kylie Ehresmann 84 Girls High Series: Kylie Ehresmann 236, Adriane Nelson 122 Strikers Angie’s Daycare 17 Herman’s Landscape Supplies

by: Loni Graham Father Andrew Stueve celebrates mass at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur on Saturdays at 5:15 p.m., and Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Father James Burns celebrated Mass here in St. Thomas to about 80 on Saturday, January 22, assisted by Marvin Halloran. Jim Walker read the Liturgy, Doc O’Connell, Kevin and Beth Halloran and Jim Flaspeter brought up the Gifts. The 50th Anniversary of the St. Thomas Sportsmans Club is not until 2018. Jason Retka is getting anxious to build the Sportsmans collection of old pictures and stories as soon as greater St. Thomas folks get them to him. Dick O’Connell is home after spenting last week biking in the Phoenix, Arizona area and visiting with a few of the local snowbirds. Just in time to attend the Belle Plaine Rural

Fire Protection annual meeting Monday night. Our sympathies to Jerry and Sheila Halloran Soukup and their boys in the loss of Jerry’s dad, Joe Soukup. Gus Meger’s 70th birthday party was a surprise party alright, but not to Gus, who wore a satisfied expression for the day. The ole boy surprised workers and relatives setting up for his party at The Bar in Le Sueur by arriving early. Many of Gus’s family, Megers, Duane and Bev Honza, Doc and Rita O’Connell, Gloria Simonette, and Rusty, jncluding the Labens, Gills, Callahans, neighbors Tom and Kathy Connelly...and many buddies also enjoyed the party. First timers at the Henderson Roadhaus, Emmett and Karen Fogarty, and their family enjoyed dinner Friday night. They’ll be back. Have a good one, folks

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Legal Notices CITY OF BELLE PLAINE PUBLIC NOTICE The Belle Plaine Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as persons may reasonably be heard, at City Hall, 218 North Meridian Street, Belle Plaine, Minnesota 56011. The Belle Plaine City Council will also conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as persons may reasonably be heard, at City Hall, 218 North Meridian Street, Belle Plaine, Minnesota 56011. The Commission and Council will hear public comment on proposed Ordinance 17-01, which, if approved, will amend Section 1107.16, Subd. 3(1)(G), Home Occupation Requirements, of the City Code. The proposed amendment would allow one (1) four (4) square foot nameplate sign relating to the home occupation provided it was non-illuminated and affixed to the dwelling wall. The current Code standard is one (1), one (1) square foot nameplate sign. Copies of the proposed Ordinance are available in their entirety at the Belle Plaine City Hall, 218 North Meridian Street, Belle Plaine, Minnesota 56011 for review. Written comments may be mailed or delivered to: City of Belle Plaine, 218 North Meridian Street, P.O. Box 129, Belle Plaine, MN 56011. All oral and written comments will be heard at this time. Dated this 11th day of January, 2017 Cynthia Smith Strack Community Development Director Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

CITY OF BELLE PLAINE PUBLIC NOTICE The Belle Plaine Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 13 2017 at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as persons may reasonably be heard, and the Belle Plaine City Council will also conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as persons may reasonably be heard, at City Hall, 218 North Meridian Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011. The purpose of the hearings is to receive and consider public comment on a request by Ridgeview Medical Center for signage variances at Ridgeview Health Campus, 165 Commerce Drive West. The subject property is part of a planned unit development in the B-2 Highway Commercial District and subject to Chapter 1170.20, Subd.11(3). The Applicant proposes two monuments signs of 200 square feet each. The standard under 1170.20, Subd. 11(3) (B) is a maximum of 150 square feet. The Applicant also proposes on-site directional signs that are six square feet in area rather than the four square feet allowed under 1170.20, Subd. 11(H). The variances are part of a unified sign plan submitted to the City. Information pertaining to this request is available for review at City Hall, Monday- Friday, 8:00am-4:30 pm, or by calling 952-873-5553. All oral and written comments will be heard at the above referenced hearing times, or may be mailed or delivered to the City of Belle Plaine, 218 North Meridian Street, P.O. Box 129, Belle Plaine, MN 56011. Cynthia Smith Strack Community Development Director Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

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State of Minnesota County of Scott District Court Judicial District: First Court FIle Number: 70-CV-17-195 Case Type: Harassment NOTICE OF issuance of harassment order for relief by publication Mary Ann Bolland, Ross Ernest Cadwell, Petitioners vs. Marty Michael Northrup, Respondent To Respondent named above: You are hereby notified that a Harassment Order For Relief has been issued in the above matter. You may request a hearing on this

matter if you file a Request For Hearing with the Court within 45 days of issuance of the Harassment Order For Relief. You may obtain a copy of the Harassment Order For Relief from the court administrator's office at the following address: 200 4th Ave. W., Shakopee, MN 55379 (Rm. JC115). Failure to appear at a scheduled hearing or to obtain a copy of the Harassment Order For Relief will not be a defense to prosecution for violation of the Court's order. Dated: Jan. 23, 2017 Filed in Scott County Courts Jan. 23, 2017 By: Alex Ess, Court Administrator/Deputy Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

State of Minnesota County of Scott District Court Judicial District: 1st Court FIle Number: 70-FA-17-410 Case Type: Domestic Abuse NOTICE OF Hearing by Publication (Minn. Stat. 518B.01, subd. 8) In the Matter of: Anna Marie Mayer, Petitioner vs. Carlton Raymond Lewis II, Respondent To Respondent named above: An order has been issued directing you to appear at 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, MN 55379 on 2/2/17 at 9:00 a.m. and explain why the relief sought in the Petition for the Order for Protection should not be granted. You may obtain a copy of the Petition and any order issued from the court from the Scott County Court Administrator's Office. If you do not appear at the scheduled hearing, the Petitioner's request may be granted as a default matter. Failure to appear will not be a defense to prosecution for violation of the Court's Order. Dated: Jan. 12, 2017 Filed in Scott County Courts Jan. 12, 2017 By: Linda Guimond Court Administrator/Deputy Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: May 10, 2013 MORTGAGOR: Erin C. Longo and Christopher R. Longo, wife and husband. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded May 17, 2013 Scott County Recorder, Document No. A 936218. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association. Dated April 19, 2016 Recorded April 25, 2016, as Document No. A1000263. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT'S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100061907000376467 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Summit Mortgage Corporation RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 4854 South Park Court, Savage, MN 55378 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 261280480 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 15, Block 4, Lexington Place COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Scott ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $225,732.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $218,338.51 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff of Scott County, Civil Unit, 301 South Fuller Street, Shakopee, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys' fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. ยง580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on August 14, 2017, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat.

Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None "THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR'S PERSONAL R E P R E S E N TAT I V E S OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED." Dated: December 9, 2016 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 30 - 16-007729 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, December 21 and 28, 2016 and January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017.

State of Minnesota County of Scott District Court probate division first Judicial District FIle No. 70-PR-16-23061 Statement of informal probate of will and appointment of personal representative In Re: Estate of Robert E. Grassmann, Decedent. The Application or Informal Appointment of a Personal Representative signed by John R. Grassman, came before the Registrar on 12/21/2016. The Registrar, having considered the Application, determines the following: 1. The Application is complete. 2. The Applicant has declared or affirmed that the representations contained in the Application are true and complete to the best of Applicant's knowledge and belief. 3. The Applicant appears from the Application to be an interested person as defined by the Minnesota law. 4. On the basis of the statements in the Application, venue in this Court is proper. 5. The decedent's original, duly executed Will dated January 28, 1994, and decedent's original, duly executed Codicil dated June 19, 2007, are in the possession of the Registrar. The Application indicates that the Applicant has conducted a reasonably diligent search, and is unaware of any instrument revoking the Will or any other unrevoked testamentary instrument. 6. Any notice as required by Minnesota law has been given. 7. Decedent died on August 31, 2016 at Shakopee, MN and at least 120 hours, but not more than 3 years (except as permitted in Minn. Stat. 524.3-108), have elapsed since the Decedent's death. 8. From the statements in the Application, the person appointed below ha priority and is entitled to be appointed personal representative, and is not disqualified to serve as personal representative. 9. The Application indicates that there is no personal representative appointed in this or another county of Minnesota whose appointment has not been terminated. 10. Decedent's heirs are as identified in the Application. 11. All persons identified as heirs under Minnesota law have survived the Decedent by at least 120 hours. 12. Decedent left no surviving spouse. It is Ordered: 1. The Application is granted. 2. The decedent's original, duly executed Will, dated January 28, 1994, and codicil dated June 19, 2007 are informally admitted to probate. 3. John R. Grassman is informally appointed as the personal representative of the Decedent's Estate, with no bong. 3. Upon filing any required bond and statement of acceptance and oath, letters testamentary will be issued. Dated: 12/21/16 Filed in Scott County Courts: Dec. 21, 2016 By: Phil Bird Registrar, Deputy Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 18 and 25, 2017.

State of Minnesota County of Scott District Court First Judicial District Probate division FIle No. 70-PR-16-18729 NOTICE OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Intestate) In Re: Estate of Karen Elizabeth Maas, Decedent. Notice is given that an Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar. No Will has been presented for probate. The Registrar accepted the application and appointed Sandy Smiths, whose address is 3695 Ponds Edge Court, DePere, Wisconsin 54115, to serve as the personal representative of the Decedent's estate. The personal representative has a legal counsel Derk Schwieger, Schwieger Law Firm, PLLC, 7101 York Avenue South, Suite 309, Edina, Minnesota 55435, phone: (952) 854-2900, e-mail: derk@lawslf.com

Any heir or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters of general administration, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the Decedent. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. section 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the Decedent's estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: October 19, 2016 Filed in Scott County Courts October 19, 2016 Vicky L. Carlson, Registrar Phil Bird, Court Administrator, Deputy By: Derk Schwieger Schwieger Law Firm, PLLC Derk Schwieger, J D, LLM MN# 309394 7101 York Avenue South, Suite 309 Edina, Minnesota 55435 Telephone: (952) 854-2900 Facsimile: (952) 854-2909 e-mail: derk@lawslf.com Attorney for Sandy Smits, Personal Representative Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 18 and 25, 2017.

TOWNSHIP OF ST. LAWRENCE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ST. LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP HALL JORDAN, MN 55352 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Lawrence Township Annual Audit Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Township Hall, County of Scott, State of Minnesota. At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors will audit the books of St. Lawrence for the year ended 2016. The Board of Supervisors will also set the proposed agenda and levy for the annual meeting along with taking care of other workshop items. Ramona Bischof Township Clerk Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 2017.

Minnesota Secretary of State Certificate of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number 926310600026 Filed January 4, 2017 1. Assumed name: Riverstone Chiropractic and Wellness 2. Principal Place of Business: 3764 Minnehaha Ave. Suite B Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA 3. nameholder(s): Riverstone Chiropractic and Wellness, PC 3764 Minnehaha Ave. Suite B Minneapolis MN 55406 USA By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. signed, Barbara J. Weckman Brekke bbrekke@bcrlawyers.com Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 2017.

State of Minnesota County of Scott District Court First Judicial District FIle No. 70-PR-17-1119 NOTICE OF INFORMAL probate of will and informal APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS In Re: Estate of Francis Lepley, a/k/a Francis E. Lepley, a/k/a Francis Eugene Lepley, Decedent. Notice is given that an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Personal Representative was filed with the Registrar, along with a Will dated October 23, 2015. The Registrar accepted the application and informally appointed Corisa M. Peterson, whose address is 1037 Jackson Street South, Shakopee, MN 55379, to serve as the personal representative of the Decedent's estate. Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Any objection to the appointment of the personal representative must be filed with the Court, and any properly filed objection will be heard by the Court after notice is provided to interested persons of the date of

wednesday, january 25, 2017 hearing on the objection. Unless objections are filed, and unless the Court orders otherwise, the personal representative has the full power to administer the estate, including, after thirty (30) days from the issuance of letters of testamentary, the power to sell, encumber, lease, or distribute any interest in real estate owned by the Decedent. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. section 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the Decedent's estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court within four (4) months after the date of this notice or the claims will be barred. Dated: January 18, 2017 Filed in Scott County Courts January 18, 2017 Vicky L. Carlson, Registrar Phil Bird, Deputy, Court Administrator Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A. Kevin J. Wetherille MN# 033036X 206 Scott Street Shakopee, MN 55379 Telephone: (952) 445-2817 Facsimile: (952) 445-0812 e-mail: kwetherille@jmwlaw.com Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 2017.

NOTICE OF CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of The Woodview of Prior Homeowners' Association (henceforth the Declaration) dated February 29, 2000 and recorded in the Office of the County Recorder in and for Scott County, Minnesota on August 8, 2000 as Document No. 481034, which said Declaration covers the following described property situated in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota, to-wit: Lot 4, Block 4, Woodview Estates, CIC No. 1077, according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the Office of the Scott County Recorder. Street Address: 17335 Sunray Circle Southwest, Prior Lake, MN Property ID #252300160 WHEREAS, pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of the date of this Notice by Mark A. Legut, as unit owner, to The Woodview of Prior Homeowners' Association the principal amount of Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-two Dollars and 92/100 ($7,852.92) for condominium assessments, interest and past due attorney fees through December 2016; and no action being now pending at law or otherwise to recover said debt or any part thereof, and; WHEREAS, pursuant to said Declaration, and the statute in such case made and provided, said debt creates a lien upon said premises in favor of The Woodviview of Prior Homeowners' Association. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that by virtue of the power of sale created by statute, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said premises with the hereditaments and appurtenances, which said sale will be made by the Sheriff of Scott County, Minnesota at the Scott County Law Enforcement Center, Civil Division, 301 Fuller Street South, in the city of Shakopee in said County on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said condominium assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney's fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owner, his personal representatives or assigns, is six (6) months from the date of said sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE THE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied single family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the unit owner must vacate the property if the lien is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 2, 2017. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate the property is the next business day at 11:59 p.m.

Dated: December 20, 2016 THE WOODVIEW OF PRIOR HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION FULLER, SEAVER, SWANSON & KELSCH, P.A. By: Timothy D. Fuller 32694 12400 Portland Avenue South, Suite 132 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-0888 Attorneys for The Woodview of Prior Homeowners' Association Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, December 28, 2016 and January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2017.

NOTICE OF CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration for Prairie Bend Condominiums (henceforth the Declaration) dated May 31, 1995 and recorded in the Office of the County Recorder in and for Scott County, Minnesota on May 31, 1995 as Document No. 353122 as amended by Doc. Nos. 353750, 354269 and 357113, which said Declaration covers the following described property situated in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota, to-wit: Unit No. 2609, CIC Number 1024, Prairie Bend, a Condominium, located in Scott County, Minnesota. Street Address: 681 Roundhouse Street, Shakopee, MN 55379 Property ID #27-1991260. WHEREAS, pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of the date of this Notice by U.S. Bank National Association, as unit owner, to Prairie Bend Association the principal amount of Two Thousand Nine Hundred Forty-three Dollars and 50/100 ($2,943.50) for condominium assessments, interest and past due attorney fees through January 2017; and no action being now pending at law or otherwise to recover said debt or any part thereof, and; WHEREAS, pursuant to said Declaration, and the statute in such case made and provided, said debt creates a lien upon said premises in favor of Prairie Bend Association. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that by virtue of the power of sale created by statute, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said premises with the hereditaments and appurtenances, which said sale will be made by the Sheriff of Scott County, Minnesota at the Scott County Law Enforcement Center, Civil Division, 301 Fuller Street South, in the City of Shakopee in said County on March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said condominium assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney's fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owner, their personal representatives or assigns, is six (6) months from the date of said sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied single family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the unit owners must vacate the property if the lien is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 14, 2017. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate the property is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. Dated: January 16, 2017 FULLER, SEAVER, SWANSON & KELSCH, P.A. By: Timothy D. Fuller 32694 12400 Portland Avenue South, Suite 132 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-0888 Attorneys for Prairie Bend Association Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 2017.

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SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS DATA CENTER AND LOBBY HVAC UPGRADES 200 Fourth Avenue West Shakopee, Minnesota Scott County will receive single prime sealed bids via mail or in person for the Data Center and Lobby HVAC Upgrades until 2:00 PM local time on February 23, 2017 at the Scott County Government Center, Procurement Office, Room 215, 200 Fourth Avenue West, Shakopee, Minnesota, 55379, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in conference room B3 (basement level) of the Government Center. Bidding documents, including the Proposal Form, Drawings and Specifications, will be on file at the Offices of the Architect, Wold Architects and Engineers, 332 Minnesota St., Suite W2000, Saint Paul, MN 55101 - (651) 227-7773; at the Minnesota Builders Exchange; McGraw Hill Construction/Dodge Plan Center; Reed Construction; iSqFt Plan Room (St. Paul, MN); and from PlanWell at www.e-arc.com/MN/ Plymouth, Albert Lea Builders Exchange; Austin Builders Exchange; Mankato Builders Exchange; Builders Exchange of Rochester; St. Cloud Builders Exchange; This project includes: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades to the data center, IT office area, and building front lobby area. American Reprographics Company, 4730 Park Glen Road, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 (952) 697-8800, facsimile (952) 697-8803 will provide complete downloadable sets of the Bidding Documents to prospective bidders and subcontractors. The downloads will be available January 20, 2017. Each set may be downloaded via the internet at http:// www.e-arc.com/mn/saintlouispark and clicking on the PlanWell icon, then the Public Plan Room icon, select Data Center HVAC Upgrades. Make proposals on the bid forms supplied in the Project Manual. No oral, telegraphic or telephonic proposals or modifications will be considered. Submit with each bid, a certified check or acceptable bidder's bond payable to Scott County in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish satisfactory Labor and Material Payment Bond, and Performance Bond. Bids may not be withdrawn within thirty (30) days after the scheduled time of opening bids, without the consent of the Owner. The Owner reserves the right to accept any bid or to reject any or all bids, or parts of such bids, and waive informalities or irregularities in bidding. A mandatory pre-bid walk-through will be held on February 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Scott County Government Center beginning in conference room B3. The Owner requires Substantial Completion of the project on or before May 5, 2017. Board of Commissioners SCOTT COUNTY Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 2017.


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SUMMONS IN APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF LAND STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF SCOTT DISTRICT COURT FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT Case Type: Torrens Court File No70-CV-16-17781

In the Matter of the Application of Jason A. Miller to Register Title to the following described real estate situated in Scott County, Minnesota: Parcel A Lot 1, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 36, Township 115 North, Range 22 West, Scott County, Minnesota, described as follows: Beginning at the northwest corner of Lot 1, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence on an assumed bearing of South 59 degrees 17 minutes 12 seconds East along the north line of said Lot 1, a distance of 78.87 feet to the most easterly line of said Lot 1; thence North 05 degrees 55 minutes 19 seconds West along the northerly extension of said most easterly line 25 feet, more or less, to the shoreline of Prior Lake; thence westerly along said shoreline to its intersection with the northerly extension of the most westerly line of said Lot 1; thence South 00 degrees 46 minutes 57 seconds East along said northerly extension of the most westerly line of said Lot 1, a distance of 16 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Parcel Address: 5594 Candy Cove Trail SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 Parcel B Lot 2, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 36, Township 115 North, Range 22 West, Scott County, Minnesota, described as follows: Beginning at the northwest corner of Lot 2, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence on an assumed bearing of South 59 degrees 17 minutes 12 seconds East along the north line of said Lot 2, a distance of 72.23 feet to the east line of said Lot 2; thence North 15 degrees 05 minutes 30 seconds West along the northerly extension of said east line 47 feet, more or less, to the shoreline of Prior Lake; thence westerly along said shoreline to its intersection with the northerly extension of the west line of said Lot 2; thence South 05 degrees 55 minutes 19 seconds East along said northerly extension of the west line of said Lot 2, a distance of 25 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Parcel Address: 5604 Candy Cove Trail SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 Parcel C Lot 3, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 36, Township 115 North, Range 22 West, Scott County, Minnesota, described as follows: Beginning at the northwest corner of Lot 3, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence on an assumed bearing of South 59 degrees 17 minutes 12 seconds East along the north line of said Lot 3, a distance of 126.17 feet to the east line of said Lot 3; thence North 18 degrees 37 minutes 01 seconds West along the northerly extension of said east line 93 feet, more or less, to the shoreline of Prior Lake; thence westerly along said shoreline to its intersection with the northerly extension of the west line of said Lot 3; thence South 15 degrees 05 minutes 30 seconds East along said northerly extension of the west line of said Lot 3, a distance of 47 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Parcel Address: 5614 Candy Cove Trail SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 Parcel D That part of Government Lot 2, Section 36, Township 115 North, Range 22 West, Scott County, Minnesota, described as follows: Beginning at the southwest corner of Lot 1, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence on an assumed bearing of South 60 degrees 52 minutes 50 seconds East along the south line of said Lot 1, a distance of 44.55 feet to the northerly rightof-way of State Trunk Highway 13; thence southwesterly 45.11 feet along said northerly right-of-way being a non-tangential curve concave to the southeast having a radius of 11634.41 feet, a central angle of 0 degrees 13 minutes 20 seconds, and the chord of said curve 45.11 feet in length and bears South 58 degrees 06 minutes 38 seconds West, the terminus of said curve is at the intersection of said northerly right-of-way and the southerly extension of the west line of said Lot 1, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence North 00 degrees 46 minutes 57 seconds West along said southerly extension of the west line a distance of 45.52 feet to the point of beginning. Parcel Address: No address assigned Parcel E That part of Section 36, Township 115 North, Range 22 West, Scott County, Minnesota, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeasterly most corner of Lot 31, Candy Cove Park, according to the recorded plat thereof; thence North 60 degrees 52 minutes 50 seconds West (assumed bearing), along the south line of said Lot 31, a distance of 14.98 feet; thence South 45 degrees 56 minutes 50 seconds West, a distance of 124.38 feet; thence South 08 degrees 47 minutes 45 seconds East, a distance of 29.00 feet to the northwesterly right-of-way line of Trunk Highway No. 13; thence Northeasterly, a distance of 116.71 feet along said right-of-way line, being a non-tangential curve, concave to the southeast having a radius

of 11,634.41 feet, a central angle of 00 degrees 34 minutes 29 seconds, and a 116.71 foot chord which bears North 57 degrees 42 minutes 43 seconds East to the intersection with the southerly extension of the west line of Lot 1, Block 1, THE BLUFFS OF CANDY COVE, Scott County, Minnesota; thence North 00 degrees 46 minutes 57 seconds West along said southerly extension of the west line of Lot 1, Block 1, a distance of 45.52 feet to the point of beginning. Parcel Address: No address assigned Applicants, vs. State of Minnesota; City of Prior Lake; Mark Toohey; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Andrew J. Hoiland III; Cynthia J. Hoiland; Christie Conrady; Wilhelm Conrady; William Conrady; Mathilda Mavis Anderson; Matilda Mavis Anderson; Mathilda Maves Anderson; Kurt W. Bigalk; Jeanine L. Bigalk; Dale E. Braddy; Susan A. Braddy; Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative; Alice Wilfond; Edward M. Birdsong; Ira W. Anderson; Walter C. Mavis; Richard D. Pauley; Evelyn M. Pauley; Avis Stepka; Mathilda Maves; Rose K. Jones; also all heirs and devisees of any of the above named persons who are deceased and “all other persons or parties unknown, claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in real estate described in the Application or amendments herein,” Defendants. THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Application of the Applicant in the above proceeding and to file your answer to the said Application in the office of the Court Administrator in said county, within 20 days after service of this Summons upon you exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Application within the time aforesaid, the Applicant in this proceeding will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein. Filed in Scott County Courts December 27, 2016 WITNESS, Scott County Court Administrator and the seal thereof, at Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, this 27th day of December, 2016. By: Audrey K. Brown Deputy Attorneys for Applicants HUEMOELLER & GONTAREK PLC Anton Cheskis #0390001 16670 Franklin Trail Prior Lake, MN 55372 (952) 447-2131 Approved for filing on this 23rd day of December, 2016. By: Stephanie Young Deputy Examiner of Titles Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 18, 25 and February 1, 2017.

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: April 5, 2005 MORTGAGOR: Felicia K. Baysah and Anthony M. Baysah, wife and husband. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded May 18, 2005 Scott County Recorder, Document No. A 698419. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as successor trustee to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as trustee for the certificateholders of Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Trust 2005-AR3 Mortgage Pass-through Certificates Series 2005-AR3. Dated November 16, 2009 Recorded November 18, 2009, as Document No. A840719; and by Document Dated March 28, 2012 Recorded April 13, 2012 as Document No. A903155. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT'S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100285700000114594 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Winstar Mortgage Partners, Inc. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 13666 Alabama Avenue South, Savage, MN 55378 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 261440020 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 2, Block 1, Huntington Estates 2nd Addition COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Scott ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $184,000.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $249,751.00 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff of Scott County, Civil Unit, 301 South Fuller Street, Shakopee, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys' fees

BELLE PLAINE HERALD, BELLE PLAINE, MINNESOTA allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2017, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None "THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR'S PERSONAL R E P R E S E N TAT I V E S OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED." Dated: December 23, 2016 The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 38 - 16-007509 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8, 2017.

"THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR'S PERSONAL R E P R E S E N TAT I V E S OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED." Dated: December 22, 2016 MB Financial Bank, N. A. Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 161 - 16-007747 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8, 2017.

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: February 29, 2016 MORTGAGOR: Kenneth Stever, a single man. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded March 1, 2016 Scott County Recorder, Document No. A997105. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: Freedom Mortgage Corporation. Dated November 1, 2016 Recorded November 28, 2016, as Document NOTICE OF MORTGAGE No. A1015306. FORECLOSURE SALE TRANSACTION AGENT: THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION Mortgage Electronic Registration OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT'S OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100867100000479152 THIS ACTION. LENDER OR BROKER AND NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ORIGINATOR default has occurred in conditions of MORTGAGE STATED ON MORTGAGE: the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: October American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc. 2, 2014 RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE MORTGAGOR: Lucas B. Bennett, a single person and Julie A. SERVICER: Freedom Mortgage Corporation Schneider, a single person. MORTGAGED PROPERTY MORTGAGEE: M o r t g a g e Electronic Registration Systems, ADDRESS: 14548 Lockslie Trail, Savage, MN 55378 Inc. TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 262861040 DATE AND PLACE OF LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF RECORDING: Recorded October 7, 2014 Scott County Recorder, PROPERTY: Lot 47, Block 5, Featherstone Lake Estates, CIC No. Document No. A966335. ASSIGNMENTS OF 1068, Scott County, Minnesota. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY MORTGAGE: Assigned to: MB Financial Bank, N.A. Dated March IS LOCATED: Scott ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL 7, 2016 Recorded March 14, 2016, AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: as Document No. A997861. TRANSACTION AGENT: $171,817.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED Mortgage Electronic Registration TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT'S NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: $178,705.39 That prior to the commencement of 100880800060807654 LENDER OR BROKER AND this mortgage foreclosure proceeding MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee STATED ON MORTGAGE: MB complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no Financial Bank, NA RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE action or proceeding has been instiSERVICER: MB Financial Bank, tuted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, N.A. MORTGAGED PROPERTY or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale ADDRESS: 318 Wagner Way, Elko contained in said mortgage, the New Market, MN 55054 above described property will be TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 230080180 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF sold by the Sheriff of said county as PROPERTY: Lot 10, Block 2, follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: Whispering Creek 2nd Addition, March 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM Scott County, Minnesota. PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff of Scott COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY County, Civil Unit, 301 South Fuller IS LOCATED: Scott ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL Street, Shakopee, MN to pay the debt then secured by AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on $216,015.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED said premises, and the costs and disTO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF bursements, including attorneys' fees NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, allowed by law subject to redemption IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their $222,501.16 That prior to the commencement of personal representatives or assigns this mortgage foreclosure proceeding unless reduced to Five (5) weeks Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no PROPERTY: If the real estate is an action or proceeding has been insti- owner-occupied, single-family dwelltuted at law or otherwise to recover ing, unless otherwise provided by the debt secured by said mortgage, law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the propor any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale erty if the mortgage is not reinstated contained in said mortgage, the under section 580.30 or the property above described property will be is not redeemed under section 580.23 sold by the Sheriff of said county as is 11:59 p.m. on September 21, 2017, unless that date falls on a weekend follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the February 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff of Scott redemption period is reduced to 5 County, Civil Unit, 301 South Fuller weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 Street, Shakopee, MN to pay the debt or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION the costs and disbursements, includ- ON MORTGAGE: None "THE TIME ALLOWED BY ing attorneys' fees allowed by law FOR REDEMPTION subject to redemption within six LAW (6) months from the date of said sale BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE PERSONAL by the mortgagor(s), their personal MORTGAGOR'S representatives or assigns unless R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S ASSIGNS, MAY BE reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN OR REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS PROPERTY: If the real estate is ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA an owner-occupied, single-family STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, AMONG dwelling, unless otherwise provided DETERMINING, by law, the date on or before which OTHER THINGS, THAT THE PREMISES the mortgagor(s) must vacate the MORTGAGED property if the mortgage is not rein- ARE IMPROVED WITH A DWELLING stated under section 580.30 or the RESIDENTIAL property is not redeemed under sec- OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, tion 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on August ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN 21, 2017, unless that date falls on a AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, weekend or legal holiday, in which AND ARE ABANDONED." Dated: January 23, 2017 case it is the next weekday, and Freedom Mortgage Corporation unless the redemption period is Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. USSET, WEINGARDEN AND Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. LIEBO, P.L.L.P. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION of Mortgagee ON MORTGAGE: None

PAGE nine 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 46 - 16-007690 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 2017.

Scott County Board Proceedings BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COUNTY OF SCOTT JANUARY 3, 2017 (1) The Board of Commissioners, in and for the County of Scott, Minnesota, met in the Courthouse Board Room in the City of Shakopee, Minnesota, and convened at 9:00 a.m., with the following members present: Commissioner Beard, presiding, Commissioner Weckman Brekke, Commissioner Wolf, Commissioner Beer and Commissioner Ulrich. (2) Swearing-In Ceremony: Retired First Judicial District Judge Phil Kanning administered the official oath of office to Commissioner Barb Weckman Brekke of Commissioner District 1. First Judicial District Judge Rex Stacey administered the official oath of office to Commissioner Tom Wolf of Commissioner District 2 and to Commissioner Dave Beer of Commissioner District 4. (3) Reorganization for 2017: A. Commissioner Wolf nominated Commissioner Beard as Chair of the Scott County Board of Commissioners for 2017. Following three calls for other nominations, Vice Chair Beard called the vote. The motion carried unanimously B. Commissioner Ulrich nominated Commissioner Wolf as Vice Chair of the Scott County Board of Commissioners for 2017. Following three calls for other nominations, Chair Beard called the vote. The motion carried unanimously. Chair Beard recessed the meeting at 9:12 a.m. for a reception honoring the officials, and reconvened the meeting at 9:31 a.m. (4) Approval of the Agenda: Commissioner Wolf moved, seconded by Commissioner Ulrich, to approve the agenda as presented. The motion carried unanimously. (5) Minutes: On a motion by Commissioner Wolf, seconded by Commissioner Ulrich the Minutes of December 20, 2016 were approved on a vote of three ayes with Commissioners Weckman Brekke and Beer abstaining. (6) Consent Agenda: On a motion by Commissioner Wolf, seconded by Commissioner Weckman Brekke , the following actions were approved unanimously. All resolutions are available in the office of the County Administrator and are made a part of this record by reference. A. Adopt Resolution No. 2017001; Appointing Commissioners and

Other County Officials to Boards and Committees for 2017. B. Adopt Resolution No. 2017-002; Adopting the Scott County Board of Commissioners Operating Rules and Guidelines and Rescinding Resolution No. 2016-002. C. Approve the 2017 County Board meeting calendar. D. Approve the Renewal Application for a 3.2 Malt Liquor License for 2017 for Einar Odland dba Water’s Edge Golf Course in Jackson Township. E. Approve the Renewal Application for an Intoxicating Liquor License for 2017 for Heritage Links Golf Club in Credit River Township. F. Set a public hearing for January 17, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. to receive comments and consider an Off Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for S.S.K. Group, LLC dba Doherty’s Tavern in Spring Lake Township. G. Approve the Service Agreement with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative for the Families Moving Forward Southwest Program effective January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 in an amount not to exceed $135,000. H. Adopt Resolution No. 2017-003; Authorizing Final Payment for the Quarry Creek Collaborative Ravine Stabilization Project (CSWQC01) to Dahn Construction Co., LLC in the Amount of $10,000. I. Adopt Resolution No. 2017004; Authorizing Entering Into a Maintenance Agreement With Credit River Township for a Segment of Lucerne Trail Located in Credit River Township. J. Adopt Resolution No. 2017005; Approving the Summary of Performance Evaluation and Establishing the 2017 Salary for County Administrator Gary Shelton and Rescinding Resolution No. 2015-108. K. Separation of employment for John Glisczinski, FT Business Manager, Health and Human Services Division, effective 02/01/17. Separation of employment for Colleen Zastrow, FT Probationary Residential Appraiser, Community Services Division, effective 12/16/16. Separation of employment for Hilaire Thomas, FT Temporary Office Assistant-Unclassified, Community Services Division, effective 12/30/16. Intermittent (34% FTE) employment for Sylvia Stoehr, Office Aide-Unclassified, Health and Human Services Division, effective 12/12/16. The recognition of the following individuals as volunteers which will enable them to be covered for liability insurance purposes in accordance with the insurance contracts currently in force with Scott County: Nitya Sumhadri and Jon Dressen. On a motion by Commissioner Wolf, seconded by Commissioner Beer, the meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m. Michael L. Beard, Chair Gary L. Shelton, County Administrator, Clerk of the Board Debra K. Brazil, Deputy Clerk to the Board This is a summary of the Board proceedings (M.S. 375.12). The full text is available at www.co.scott. mn.us (which can be accessed at any public library), and in the office of the County Administrator. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

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H.S. Dance

Belle Plaine Captures MRC Title The Belle Plaine High School Explosion dance team won two more Minnesota River Conference meets this past week and with them the overall 2017 season championship. Last Tuesday’s Minnesota River Conference meet at Jordan was postponed until last Thursday’s meet at Waterville, where both jazz and high kick competitions took place. Belle Plaine then competed in the ďŹ nal MRC meet of the season at Randolph Monday night, again taking ďŹ rst in both kick and jazz to sew up the championship (see ďŹ nal standings below). “The girls danced great Monday night,â€? said Belle Plaine coach Shyler Egan. “The kick team implemented changes on Friday and performed them on Monday with little to no errors. They also performed the best they have all season. Jazz did great as well, scoring

higher than they have all season. Coaches could not be more proud of all the hard work the girls have put in this season.â€? Receiving all-conference honors for Belle Plaine were Rachael Eliason, Mia Pribyl, Allison Skluzacek, Selin Dikmen and Filiz Dikmen. Kate Haege received honorable mention. Next up for Belle Plaine is an invitational at Mounds View this Saturday, which will be Belle Plaine’s ďŹ nal competition before the section meet at Waconia on Feb. 4.

High Kick Pts. (1) Belle Plaine 35 (2) Randolph 30 (3) Tri-City United 25 (4) Mayer Lutheran/W-M 20 (5) Waterville-E-M 15 (6) Jordan 8 (7) Norwood YA 6 2016-17 BPHS Dance Team Remaining Schedule Jan. 28 at Mounds View Inv. Feb. 4 Section Meet at Waconia

Final 2016-17 MRC Dance Standings

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Jazz Pts. (1) Belle Plaine 28 (2) Randolph 24 (3) Tri-City United 19 (4) Mayer Lutheran/W-M 17 (5) Waterville-E-M 12 (6) Norwood YA 6 (7) Jordan 5

Girls in grades 4-12 are invited to tryout for the 2017 Belle Plaine Junior Olympic Volleyball season. The tryout will take place on Monday, Jan. 30 at Oak Crest Elementary School. Please email bpjovb@gmail. com for more information and instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is Saturday, Jan. 28.

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H.S. Girls’ Basketball

Tigers Fall to S.E. and Watertown by Dan Ruud The Belle Plaine High School girls’ basketball team’s onegame winning string was snapped as the Tigers dropped a pair of games to Sibley East and Watertown-Mayer Friday and this past Monday, respectively. The Tigers, 1-6 in the Minnesota River Conference, 3-14 overall, will be at Tri-City United for a MRC game 7:30 p.m. this Thursday before hosting Jordan at the same time next Tuesday. Sibley East 64, Tigers 52 The Tigers dug themselves an early 20-point hole (15 at halftime) as the Wolverines gained a season sweep of Belle Plaine Friday night at Sibley East. “We came out and did some things well,� said Belle Plaine coach Randy Carlson. “The dif-

ference was they made shots and we did not. We had a lot of trouble with their size – they were 2 to 4 inches taller than us across the lineup . . . In the second half, we got the lead down to six points but they held us off and closed out the game. It was really a credit to our kids that they battled back from a big deďŹ cit and gave a good team a lot of trouble on the road.â€? Scoring for Belle Plaine and their point totals were Elizabeth Johnson (14), Paige Narveson (12), Alexa Lenz (8), Sarah Lenz (7), Jaylen StruckSchmitz (6), Lily Vinkemeier (3), Lauren Johnson (1) and McKenna Herrmann (1). Rebounding leaders were Alexa Lenz (9), Sarah Lenz (8), Elizabeth Johnson (6) and Narveson (5). Elizabeth Johnson and Struck-Schmitz had ďŹ ve and four assists, respec-

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Standings as of Jan. 24 Girls’ Basketball W L Norwood YA 6 0 Mayer Lutheran 6 1 Jordan 4 3 Tri-City United 4 3 Sibley East 3 4 Belle Plaine 1 6 Le Sueur-Hend. 0 7 Results S.E. 64, Belle Plaine 52 NYA 68, LS-H 34 Jordan 79, Sibley East 52 Mayer Lutheran 70, TCU 67 Jordan 67, TCU 51 Mayer Lutheran 81, LS-H 21 Boys’ Basketball W L Jordan 4 0 Sibley East 5 1 Tri-City United 2 2 Belle Plaine 2 3 Mayer Lutheran 2 3 Norwood YA 1 3 Le Sueur-Hend. 0 4 Results TCU 57, Belle Plaine 53 Legal Notices Belle Plaine 62, LS-H 59 Sibley East 62, NYA 57 Sibley East 67, TCU 56 Mayer Lutheran 72, NYA 69 Wrestling W L Scott West 3 0 Sibley East 2 0 Le Sueur-Hend. 2 1 Tri-City United 1 3 Norwood YA 0 4 Results Scott West 50, LS-H 18 Sibley East 30, TCU 29

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COUNTY HIGHWAY PROJECT Bids Close December 12, 2006 Jordan, Minnesota NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until 1:00 p.m., December 12, 2006, by Mitchell J. Rasmussen, County Highway Engineer, Scott County, Jordan, Minnesota on behalf of the Board of Commissioners of said County for the construction of the following project. Proposals will be opened and read publicly by the County Highway Engineer in the Scott County Highway Department Offices, 600 Country Trail East, Jordan, Minnesota 55352. Minimum wage rates to be paid by the Contractors have been predetermined and are subject to the Work Hours Act of 1962, P.L. 87-581 and implementing regulations. READ CAREFULLY THE WAGE SCALES AND DIVISION A OF THE SPECIAL PROVISIONS AS THEY AFFECT THIS/THESE PROJECT/PROJECTS The Minnesota Department of Transportation hereby notifies all bidders: in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Act), as amended and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Subtitle A Part 21, Non-discrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation, it will affirmatively assure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded maximum opportunity to participate and/or to submit bids in response to this invitation, and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, disability, age, religion, sex or national origin in consideration for an award; in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, and Title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 230 Subpart A-Equal Employment Opportunity on Federal and FederalAid Construction Contracts (including supportive services), it will affirmatively assure increased participation of minority groups and disadvantaged persons and women in all phases of the highway construction industry, and that on any project constructed pursuant to this advertisement equal employment opportunity will be provided to all persons without regard to their race, color, disability, age, religion, sex or national origin; in accordance with the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minnesota Statute 363A.08 Unfair discriminatory Practices, it will affirmatively assure

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: December 23, 2003 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $465,000.00 MORTGAGOR: Anderson Family Homes, a Minnesota partnership. MORTGAGEE: ProGrowth Bank, a Minnesota corporation. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Mortgage, Assignment of Leases & Rents, Security Agreement and Fixture Financing Statement filed on December 29, 2003 in the office of the County Recorder of Scott County, Minnesota as Document No. A639825, which mortgage was modified by a certain Modification of Mortgage dated September 7, 2004 and filed September 22, 2004 as Document No. A672396. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 2, Block 2, Hickory Hollow. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Scott AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE,

INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $666,034.73 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding, mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof. PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said County as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: December 13, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. PLACE OF SALE: Scott County Law Enforcement Center, Scott County SheriffĘźs Office, Civil Unit, 301 Fuller Street South, Shakopee, Minnesota 55379 to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneysĘź fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor, their personal representatives or assigns. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORĘźS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: October 11, 2006 PROGROWTH BANK, Mortgagee LINDQUIST & VENNUM, P.L.L.P. By John J. Bowden Attorneys for Mortgagee 4200 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 (612) 371-3968 THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Published in the Belle Plaine Herald on Wednesdays, October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2006.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COUNTY OF SCOTT NOVEMBER 7, 2006 (1) The Board of Commissioners, in and for the County of Scott, Minnesota, met in the Courthouse Board Room in the City of Shakopee, Minnesota, and convened at 9:01 a.m., with the following members present: Commissioner Ulrich, presiding, Commissioner Marschall, Commissioner Wagner, Commissioner Vogel, and Commissioner Hennen. (2) Chair Ulrich noted the addition to the agenda of the appointment of Aldeen Goehring to the Board of Adjustment/ Planning Advisory Commission. (3) On a motion by Commissioner Hennen, seconded by Commissioner Vogel, the Minutes of October 24, 2006 were approved. (4) On a motion by Commissioner Vogel, moved, seconded by Commissioner Hennen, the following items were approved unanimously. A copy of each resolution is available in the office of the County Administrator and made a part of this record by reference. A. Application to Sell 3.2 Malt Liquor at Retail for 2007 of Ronald L. Edmiston DBA Superamerica #4439 in Jackson Township, Jams R. Hupp DBA Holiday Stationstore #246 in Jackson Township, and Joleen Yong DBA Suzette Inc. in St. Lawrence Township. B. Application for Precious Metal Dealer License of Mark A. Smith, DBA PawnXChange in Shakopee. C. Receipt of funding from the MN Department of Public Safety for administration of the Safe Communities Grant in the amount of $40,300 effective October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 to be shared by the Safe Communities Coalition. D. Resolution No. 2006-160; Authorizing Final Payment on the 2005 Overlay Projects to Buffalo Bituminous Inc. in the Amount of $25,000.00. E. Resolution No. 2006-163; Authorizing Entering Into Cooperative Agreements With the Cities of Shakopee and Prior Lake for Phase 2 Construction of the Southbridge Transit Station. F. Resolution No. 2006-164; Honoring Joseph Graham Upon Receiving the Eagle Scout Award. G. Resolution No. 2006-165; Honoring Joshua Gunter Upon Receiving the Eagle Scout Award. H. Resolution No. 2006-166; Honoring Sam Ringstad Upon Receiving the Eagle Scout Award. I. Payroll processing of personnel actions indicated below and certified by the Employee Relations Director and the Appointing Authority to be in compliance with provisions of Minnesota Statutes 375.56 - 375.71 and the Scott County Merit Personnel System:

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H.S. Wrestling

Panthers Flatten Giants; Take First at Eastview Invitational After winning a 50-18 Minnesota River Conference meet over Le Sueur-Henderson on Thursday night in Le Sueur, the Scott West wrestling team rolled into Eastview High School in Apple Valley for the 2017 Lightning Invitational. It is the ninth straight year that the Panthers have competed in the tournament, with their first appearance coming in 2009 when Scott West placed fourth as a team. Before Saturday’s team championship performance, the Panthers’ only team title in Eastview came in 2011 when they dominated the tournament field with 280.5 team points This year, the Panthers accumulated 197.5 team points, which would better team runner-up Faribault’s 162, even though they did not have an entrant in the brackets at 106 and 152. Scott West’s team championship performance was led by three individual champions and two runner-up finishes. The three championship performances came in a row as the Scott West lightweights, led by Jacob Strack and Justin and Jackson Stauffacher, dominated their brackets at 113, 120 and 126, respectively, while the Huss brothers wrestled their way to second place finishes at 138 and 160. Jacob Strack dominated his individual bracket at 113 pounds by recording two pins and a major decision for the championship. After scoring a 15-5 semifinal major decision over Logan Rotzien of Coon Rapids, Strack finished off his championship performance with a second period pin as he tied up the arms of Faribault’s Sam LaCanne and powered him tightly to his back. “Jacob is really starting to wrestle fundamentally well from all positions,” insists Ripley. “We are really excited about his progress over the last couple of weeks. He is starting to emerge as a potential difference maker for us.” The Stauffacher brothers have already emerged as Scott West difference makers and both Justin (120) and Jackson (126) both dominated their tournament brackets on the way to championship titles. The pair of brothers recorded five bonus-point wins during the six

The Panthers’ Jacob Strack tried to free his leg from the grip of his opponent Thursday night in Le Sueur. matches that they wrestled as onship performance was also Jackson pinned his way to his enhanced by solid third place title at 126. Justin recorded two finishes by Deshawn Carter at major decisions before winning 170 and Calvin Menke at 220, his 120-pound title match 7-0 while the Panthers got fourth over Woodbury’s Brady Mo- place performances from Tyler Shackle at 132, Dylan Aslakesenthin. Senior Parker Huss trailed son at 182 and Ben Alexander Sauk Rapids-Rice returning at heavyweight. Tariq Smith at state place-winner Hunter Ra- 160, Jace Demmers at 145 and jkowski 5-1 in the third period. Joshua Backlund at 138 also However, a high school wres- placed in the top six. Justin tling match is six minutes and Backlund, who picked up his Huss would score a reversal first Scott West varsity win at and then, after releasing Ra- 132 pounds, and John Hilgers jkowski to make it a 6-3 score at 195 did not place in the top in favor of the Storm wrestler, six of their respective weight Huss sent him flying to his back classes. near the edge of the mat for After wrestling a couple of an 8-6 match-winning throw. weeks on the road, the Panthers Huss was beaten 9-1 in the will return to their home mat 138-pound championship final this coming week as they will to Centennial’s returning state look to build on their 11-0 dual meet record by hosting Glenchampion Jakob Bergeland. Parker’s brother, Jon, ex- coe-Silver Lake this Thursday ecuted some big moves of his night and Sibley East on Friday own as the sophomore wrestled night, with both meets being his way into the championship held in Jordan. round at 160 pounds where he Eastview Team Results would finish as the runner-up. Scott West (197.5), Faribault Following the lead of his broth- (162), Centennial (150), Easter, Parker, Jon scored a big win view (150), Woodbury (144), in the semifinals as he knocked Winona (143.5), Coon Rapoff Eastview’s #2-seeded Chris ids (136.5), Sauk Rapids-Rice Abbey 5-3. Jon the lost his 160- (88.5), St. Paul Highland Park pound championship final 17-9 (33.5), Rosemount (22), Minto Winona’s Chase Pomeroy. neapolis Southwest (7). Scott West’s team champi-

Belle Plaine’s Brody Curtiss had 28 points and 12 rebounds at Le Sueur Thursday night.

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Tigers Split Two MRC Games by Dan Ruud The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team needed overtime at Le Sueur-Henderson Thursday night to gain a three-point victory and a split of last week’s two Minnesota River Conference games. Earlier in the week (Tuesday), the Tigers fell at home to Tri-City United by four points. The Tigers 2-3 in the MRC, 8-7 overall, will begin a stretch of five games in seven days when they host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 7 p.m. Thursday. They will be at Sibley East 7:30 p.m. Friday and at Mayer Lutheran 7:30 p.m. next Monday. Next Tuesday night they’re at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown for a 7:15 p.m. start before heading to Tri-City United 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. TCU 57, Tigers 53 Belle Plaine could not make up a 10-point halftime deficit (32-22) as it lost 57-53 to TriCity United last Tuesday night at the BPHS gym. Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Brody Curtiss’ 20 points. Andrew Hunsader (14) and Patrick Bigaouette (12) were the other scoring leaders. The only other Tigers to score were Jack Otto (3), Matt Nelson (2) and Noah Hastings (2). Curtiss was tops in rebounds (5) and assists (2). Bigaouette had five steals.

Boys’ Basketball (continued on page 5)

Belle Plaine’s Kellen Bergs put up a shot during Thursday night’s victory at Le Sueur.

Scott West’s Tyler Shackle dominated his opponent during Thursday night’s dual at Le Sueur.

Scott West’s Justin Stauffacher, pictured at Le Sueur Thursday night, won this match and then went on to win the 120-pound title at Saturday’s Eastview Invitational. His brother, Jack- The Tigers’ Matt Nelson tried to put up a shot between two Giants Thursday night at Le son, won Thursday night as well and the 126-pound title at Eastview. Sueur.


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complex adjacent to Oak Crest Elementary School a number of years ago. Prior to last Tuesday’s workshop, the council, in regular session, voted 4-0 to approve a charitable gambling premises permit for the Belle Plaine German Days Committee at the Belle Plaine Vets Club. Council Member Theresa McDaniel, who is the charitable gambling manager for German Days, abstained. *Unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Chris, Vice Mayor Paul Chard

and City Administrator Mike Votca to be city signatories at the State Bank of Belle Plaine. *Unanimously appointed Ashby Carter to the Belle Plaine, Blakeley and St. Lawrence township planning boards. *Unanimously appointed Zachary Olson as an ice rink attendant. The next regular meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the City Hall building at 218 North Meridian Street downtown.

Woman Sentenced for Flooding Two Cardinal Ridge Apartments A Belle Plaine woman was recently sentenced to jail time and may be required to pay restitution for damage she caused by flooding an apartment at Cardinal Ridge Apartments. Alicia Natasha Dhuman, 32, was recently found guilty in Scott County District Court of criminal damage worth over $1,000 to property at the apartment building on the 200 block of West State Street last spring. She was sentenced to eight days in the county jail earlier this month and could also be required to pay for the damage she caused, depending on the outcome of a restitution study. Dhuman was also placed on three years probation. The criminal complaint says Dhuman left her third-floor apartment the morning of May 12, 2016 with the water running in the kitchen. The drain was clogged with food, allowing the water to overflow from the sink, flooding her apartment and the apartment below hers. Police checked the apartment below Dhuman’s and found water was currently running through the ceiling and filling a light fixture in the kitchen. The criminal complaint says there were numerous areas on the ceiling where water drained

onto her property and the floor. The criminal charge says the damage to the apartments was estimated to be well in excess of $1,000. Police had been called earlier that morning for a confrontation between Dhuman and another tenant. The officer was told Dhuman previously had a confrontation with another resident. Dhuman was cited for disorderly conduct after the incident, according to the charge against her. The tenant believed the flooding was “retaliation” for that incident, according to the criminal complaint. Dhuman was arrested in the apartment building’s parking lot May 13. She told police, according to the criminal charge, she didn’t recall flooding her apartment, the charge states. Dhuman admitted putting the water on to flush some soup down the sink, but said she shut it off. Dhuman told police she wanted revenge on people in the apartment, according to the complaint, but that flooding the apartment wasn’t revenge. Dhuman said she hated the people in the apartment, “but they haven’t seen her real wrath yet,” the charges states.

DNR Walk-In Access Sign-Ups for Landowners Underway Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources’ Walk-In Access program. Signups are open Monday, Jan. 23, to Friday, April 28. “This has been a great program for both landowners and hunters,” said Scott Roemhildt, DNR Walk-In Access coordinator. “It provides extra income to landowners and allows hunters to access quality private land open to public hunting.” Eligible parcels must be at least 40 acres and covered by high quality natural vegetation. Landowners are paid by the acre to allow hunting access from Sept. 1 to May 31. Bonuses are paid on parcels that enroll in a three-year contract, are more than 140 acres and are located near a state wildlife management area or federal waterfowl production area. Walk-In Access parcels are for public hunting only; no

motorized vehicles are allowed on conservation land. Bright yellow-green signs identify area boundaries and parking is along roads or in designated parking areas. Recreational use laws provide extra liability protection for acres enrolled in the Walk-In Access program. Landowners should contact their local soil and water conservation district office for enrollment information. Additional details can also be found at the Walk-In Access page. Walk-In Access began in 2011 and has grown to more than 23,000 acres in 2016. The program is currently funded through 2018 with a three-year grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A7516-509. Other funding sources come through a surcharge on non-resident hunting licenses, a one-time appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature in 2012, and donations from hunters.

SnowFest Royal Court Belle Plaine High School is observing its annual SnowFest this week. The 2017 SnowFest royalty are guys, from left, John Karl, Matt Nelson, Jared Miller, Michael Berger, John Morrison and Kade Skelley. The girls are Jade Hipp, Mackenzie Bergland, Alexa Lenz, Tatum Pass, Kate Haege and Schuyler Sterk. SnowFest activities are taking place throughout the week, culminating with Friday’s dance (grades 9-12) from 9 p.m. to midnight at Oak Crest Elementary School.

Veteran’s Display (continued from page 1) erty as a show of support to veterans. The first batch of crosses delivered to Neisen’s Corner Bar didn’t last long. “We thought it was a pretty good gesture. We wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Buesgens said. Jason Lilleskov was among the group of residents who waited at Neisen’s Thursday morning for another batch of crosses. It was Lilleskov’s first-ever visit to the corner tavern. “I think it’s pretty bad when they have to attack the veterans,” he said. “They went a little too far.” The uproar over the cross began when Belle Plaine resident JoAnne Gill called police to question the legality of the Latin cross on city property shortly after it was installed in August. Gill, who made a similar objection to a Nativity scene on city property in December of 2015, said she was only asking if the cross on public property was legal and that if it is not, police should remove it. Gill said via e-mail she wishes “nothing but love, peace, compassion, kindness and joy to everyone. Love one another.” Ruehling said the stone monument at Veterans Park honoring the community’s war dead was the perfect place for the memorial – a silhouette of a soldier on bended knee, rifle in hand, honoring the gravesite of a fallen comrade. When Gill’s request was not immediately granted, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the city to remove it. The city claims the foundation’s request constituted threatened litigation. The council directed the cross be removed from the memorial, a task assigned to veteran Joe Burmeister. Gill says she did not call the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “I want all this to stop,” she said. “Love one another. I love everyone.”

Rallying the Troops

On Friday, Apple Valley resident Jeff Hom, known as “Capt. Democracy,” came to Belle Plaine to stand at the memorial, American flag in hand, in support of veterans. Other community members and groups supporting veterans standing vigil at the park have since joined him. Last week, Ruehling received a call from an attorney, a veteran, from Alliance Defending Freedom. The organization is reportedly willing to take the case on a pro-bono basis and fight the Freedom From Religion Foundation in court, according to an anonymous post on the Facebook page, Defend Veterans Park. Meyer said the city has not formally considered the potential of a group representing the veterans’ use of a city park. “There is a group that made an initial contact to the city

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Apple Valley’s Jeff Hom (seated, holding flag) visited with Belle Plaine and area residents supporting veterans at Veterans Memorial Park last week and into the weekend. Hom came to Belle Plaine to show his support for veterans after the city council ordered a Latin Cross removed from a memorial to the community’s war dead. regarding possible legal rep- the great place to live and raise flag. resentation (Alliance Defend- a family while providing safe- Novotny said she’s not ining Freedom) but a request for ty, financial management and terested in compromising her additional information to vet the necessary services. This is belief with another symbol the process has never been for- a federal issue that has been replacing the cross as part of heard before the Supreme Court the memorial. “God didn’t warded,” he said. Katie Novotny, one of sev- on numerous occasions and is compromise for us,” she said. eral Belle Plaine residents who outside the authority of a local “Once you let them start taking away our religion, our freedom, spent much of her weekend at municipality.” Veterans Park, is among the cit- Ruehling believes the veter- what’s the next thing?” izens who want the city to fight ans have few other options. If “As mentioned in an earlier for the veterans of the commu- the city was to donate the land statement, the city values all to the veterans, the vets would veterans regardless of race, nity. “We elected him to do the have to maintain it and pay creed or religion, and this was right thing for the citizens of property taxes on the land. That the main reason the park was Belle Plaine,” she said of the would create a financial burden developed,” Meyer said. “The mayor. “I know he’s obviously the Belle Plaine veterans can’t city has a long history working just come into this, but we want handle, according to Ruehling. with the local veteran organizations and looks to continue this him to fight for this.” as a great relationship moving Meyer defended the decision A Unifying Action that the city grant Freedom If anything good came of the forward. From Religion Foundation’s city council’s decision that the request to remove the Latin cross be removed from the mecross. morial, supporters of veterans “With the information and say the action has brought peodata provided, the council re- ple together. viewed all the options to come On a damp, chilly Saturday to the determination of a deci- (Jan. 21), a group of people, sion that was mutually agreed including Belle Plaine residents upon with the local veterans or- and members of the Minnesota ganization. As a council, before Freedom Fighters, gathered at As it aims to help Green Isle a decision is made on this type Veterans Park. They presented and area businesses expand, of question, an in depth look at a show of unity and support. the city is hosting an economic how this would affect the over- Though the steel cross had development open house Monall operating budget of the city been removed, several wooden day (Jan. 30, 7 p.m.) evening at while factoring in any type of crosses had been placed in the Green Isle City Hall. legal expenses is reviewed. The ground in defiance of the coun- The open house will allow businesspersons to learn about truth of the issue is that had a cil’s directive. different decision been made, “It’s been very unifying for economic development proan immediate re-structure of our town to have someone care grams available through Sibley the budget would have had to enough to come here from Ap- County. be considered in the event of a ple Valley,” said Katie Novotny, The city is seeking money to lawsuit,” Meyer said. “If the le- standing next to Hom as he sat start a revolving loan fund simigal action would continue into in a chair holding an American lar to the one the county offers. additional years as many of the past cases have proved, then there would either be a need to increase property taxes or make additional budget cuts to cover the legal expenses. “As elected officials, we all Best wishes on your took the oath of office to act in the best interest of all the citizens of this community that ~ January 28, 1967 ~ led to the only choice to ensure Love, Wendy, Chad & Kelly the financial well-being of the taxpayers,” Meyer continued. “We all ran for these positions to continue to keep Belle Plaine

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