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Time to Come Down Boy Scouts and their leaders in Belle Plaine Troop 324 took down the American ﬂags Saturday that have ﬂown in Veterans Park since just before Memorial Day. The ﬂags will be inspected and carefully put away. Those unsuitable for use next spring will be honorably retired.
City Tax Hearing Next Monday The Belle Plaine City Council will hold its annual budget and tax levy public hearing 6 p.m. next Monday, Dec. 3 at the Belle Plaine Government Center, 218 North Meridian Street downtown. On Sept. 4, the council adopted a 2013 preliminary property tax levy of $4,528,272, an increase of $228,635 (5.3 percent) over this year’s levy of $4,299,637, which was a 2.7 percent increase over the 2011 levy. The 5.3 percent increase for 2013 represents only the city’s
portion of your property tax bill. County and school taxes are not included. Of the 5.3 percent property tax increase, Belle Plaine Finance Director Dawn Meyer said 3.3 percent will go toward increases to the budget. The other 2 percent will go toward expenses associated with the city’s recent purchase of its public works building. For property owners with an average-value home of $167,400, the 5.3 percent hike
will represent approximately a $132 increase on the city’s portion of their property taxes in 2013. Feedback from any resident wishing to comment on the city’s proposed budget and property tax levy for 2013 will be accepted by the council at next Monday’s hearing. The council will adopt the ﬁnal 2013 property tax levy and budget in December, perhaps next Monday. At that time the preliminary levy can be decreased but not increased.
B.P. School District’s Annual Tax Hearing Monday If Necessary, Second Meeting Dec. 10
Although a proposed .44 percent increase in the Belle Plaine School District’s operating levy next year isn’t expected to draw residents to the annual Truth-in-
Taxation hearing in droves, the district will nonetheless host the annual meeting Monday (Dec. 1, 6 p.m.) in the District Center. The proposed .44 percent increase is well below the 1.39 percent increase in the levy the district preliminarily set in September. The reduction is the result of reﬁned information from
Austin Gerres-Overline, 4, being held by his father Justin Overline, is also pictured with his mother Andrea Gerres and little brother Jaxson Overline.
Overline Family Receives Early Christmas Gift From KDWB The Austin Gerres/Overline they were the recipients of a gift family of Belle Plaine learned from Twin Cities radio station late Tuesday afternoon that KDWB’s annual Dave Ryan Christmas Wish-a-Thon.
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the Minnesota Department of Education, said Chuck Keller, the school district’s business manager. The school board will formally approve the operating levy for the coming year at its Dec. 17 (6 p.m.) meeting. Although the district is not certain the impact a .44 percent increase will have on individual properties within the Belle Plaine School District in Scott, carver, Sibley and Le Sueur counties, Keller is certain any tax increase attributable to Belle Plaine School District will be “very minimal.” Because of a mix-up on dates sent to district residents within Scott County residents, Superintendent Kelly Smith told the board Monday night (Nov. 26) he will also present the information to any interested residents who attend a second meeting, this one Dec. 10, 6 p.m., in the District Center. The proposed 2013 levy will generate an additional $19,326.38 – increasing the school district’s operating levy to $4,449,120.14. The overwhelming majority of the district’s $13-plus million in revenue arrives in formuladriven per-student state aid and a voter-approved excess operating levy. The district is reducing the amount it levies for debt service and community education. The only signiﬁcant increase in the general fund is for negotiated retirement health care beneﬁts for teachers hired pre-
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A potpourri of holiday decor will be at the forefront of Belle Plaine’s downtown and highway business districts when the entrants of the chamber of commerce-sponsored Holiday Business Lighting Contest unveil their displays Thursday evening. The event will be centered at Townsend Park, where starting at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will make his ﬁrst visit of the season to Belle Plaine. There will also be cookies, cider and a drawing for 10 turkeys donated by Coborn’s. Holiday decorations and lights must be completed and turned on by participating businesses by the close of business on Thursday. Please do not turn on your holiday lights before then. Contest voting will continue until Dec. 12 The residents of Belle Plaine will determine the winning businesses. Postcards listing the participating businesses were mailed Friday to all households and businesses in the 56011 zip code. For each postcard vote cast, the chamber will donate $1 to the Belle Plaine Food Shelf. In addition, the voter will be entered into a drawing for one of twenty $25 Belle Plaine Bucks prizes. Also on the postcard will be advertising for the entire week’s holiday events. The prizes for the contest are $500, $200 and $100 for ﬁrst through third place, respectively. In addition, all businesses participating in the Holiday Lighting Contest will also be included in a Shop Local Promotion. Residents will receive additional entries into the drawing for Belle Plaine Bucks by making purchases or completing transactions at the participating businesses. The Shop Local Promotion will run the same time as the Business Lighting Contest (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12). Businesses must participate in the Business Holiday Lighting Contest in order to participate in the Shop Local Promotion. For more information, contact Carrie Traxler at the chamber at 952-873-4295 or bellepln@ frontiernet.net.
Holiday Express Dec. 1
The annual Holiday Express, sponsored by the chamber, Early Childhood Family Education and PTO, will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Chatﬁeld Elementary School. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to visit with kids. There will also be crafts and more. At Santa’s Store, children can holiday shop for their family and friends. Gifts will be available for purchase (up to $5). Featured will be merchandise from local businesses. Santa’s helpers will assist younger shoppers while parents wait in the hallway. Holiday Express attendees can donate an unwrapped gift or cash donation to Southern Valley Alliance for a child or mother. For more information, contact Carrie Traxler at the chamber at 952-873-4295 or bellepln@ frontiernet.net.
Jingle Bell Bowling
On Sunday, Dec. 2, the public is invited to participate in the Borough Bowl’s annual Jingle Bell Bowling. The cost is $1 per game and it will take place from 1-5 p.m.
Tree of Life Lighting Dec. 11
The Lutheran Home Campus will celebrate its annual Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Community members are invited to attend this program in the chapel of The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine at 611 West Main Street. This is a special holiday celebration for family members and friends to honor their loved ones who are living and remember loved ones who have passed away. Pastor Ed Fredrich, campus chaplain, will lead the worship service and special
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Sign Up Now for Home Holiday Lighting Contest You can register now to enter the Belle Plaine Rotary Club’s Holiday Home Lighting Contest. Judging will take place the weekend of Dec. 14-16 and winners will be announced in the Herald on Dec. 19, includ-
ing photographs of the top decorated homes. Prizes will also be awarded, for which the Rotary is seeking contributions from local business and organizations. To have your home placed on the list for judging, contact Diane Skelley at 952-873-2467.
Pasek on Administrative Leave
Belle Plaine police ofﬁcer Bryan Pasek has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation following his arrest for DWI Nov. 20 on Highway 169 between Jordan and Belle Plaine. Citing advice from legal counsel, Belle Plaine city ofﬁcials are not saying whether Pasek is on paid or unpaid leave. City Administrator David Murphy said that once the disciplinary procedure is completed, then the issue of whether Pasek has been on paid or unpaid leave Poultry Social will become public information. Bingo Change Pasek was stopped by a state The Poultry Social Bingo at trooper on Highway 169 bethe Vets Club will be held 8 tween Jordan and Belle Plaine p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, not Friday, at 2:26 a.m. He was allegedly Nov. 30 as stated in the chamber postcard that was recently mailed to residents.
traveling 96 mph in a 65 mph zone. A portable breath test indicated Pasek had a blood-alcohol concentration of .17, which is more than twice the legal limit. Pasek, 32, was arrested and booked into the Scott County Jail for third-degree DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. He has since posted bail. Pasek was also arrested for DWI in the fall of 2003, not long after he joined the BPPD. He reportedly paid a $1,025 ﬁne, served 100 hours of community service and was suspended without pay for three days. The Scott County Attorney’s ofﬁce has forwarded the latest case to Carver County to avoid any possible conﬂict of interest.
‘Tis the Season Belle Plaine Boy Scouts and Rotarians gathered outside the city police station at the corner of North Elm and East Main streets Saturday afternoon to assemble the community Nativity scene, a popular symbol of the holiday season. The diorama was ﬁrst presented 61 years ago.
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Another Wolf Ridge Trip in the Memory Banks
The ďŹ rst phone calls were made at 5 a.m. Oct. 22, beginning the phone tree making sure everyone was up and ready to begin their one of a kind journey to the North Shore. By 6:30 am, kids and parents were piling into the Oak Crest commons by the dozens. With the help of some much appreciated parents, the buses were packed, the kids had their directions and Belle Plaineâ€™s annual ďŹ ve-day, four-night Wolf Ridge excursion was underway. â€œWe were driving to Wolf Ridge and I was thinking about all the things I was going to do. I imagined myself going down the zip line, the wind blowing through my hair, screaming as loud as I can; the 30foot rock wall and kissing the white goat at the top. To look down Marshall Mountain and see the amazing views of Lake Superior,â€? was all sixth-grader Jamie Zahn could think of on the way up to Wolf Ridge - Environmental Learning Center (E.L.C.). When asked if she accomplished all she had set out to do, her reply was, â€œyes, it was a great experience.â€? After a few rest stops, the buses pulled into Wolf Ridge around 11:45 am. Organized chaos ensued with unpacking the buses. Within a half-hour, the kids were enjoying their ďŹ rst Wolf Ridge meal, meatball subs. Within 90 minutes, the students were thrust into action, participating in their ďŹ rst of 11 classes for the week. The demanding schedule doesnâ€™t leave much time to acclimate. So the students have to rely on their preparation and adaptability. The average day at Wolf Ridge begins with a 7:15 a.m. wake-up call, followed by breakfast. The ďŹ rst class then runs from 8:30 to 11:30, followed by lunch. The afternoon classes run from 1:15 to 4:15, followed by dinner. The average evening class goes from 6:15 to 8:15, followed by an evening naturalist program, which is very interactive with the students, that ends at about 9:15. The three naturalist programs were Raptors, History of
the North Shore, and Bats. â€œI enjoyed the Raptor Program because it was cool to see the owl eat the mouse!â€? professed Justin Stauffacher. The students then ďŹ nish out with daily journaling, get ready for bed, and lights out around 10:15. Wolf Ridge consists of 2,000 acres found on Minnesotaâ€™s North Shore, just outside of Finland. Breathtaking views and wildlife are a constant at all the overlooks, through the trees, from the top of Marshall Mountain, or the shores of Wolf or Raven Lake. Many miles were logged as the students can vouch for the distance between each class. However, Jamie Oâ€™Brien would like it known, â€œE.L.C. is one of the greatest places Iâ€™ve ever been to. It was so fun! I wish I could go again.â€? Fun, educational, self deďŹ ning, and physically rigorous all while electronic device free? Whoâ€™d have thunk it? Grace Wallert discovered, â€œThe thing I learned about myself up at E.L.C. was that I can accomplish things I thought I couldnâ€™t and that Iâ€™m braver than I think I am.â€? Rock Climbing, Geology, Voyageur Life, First Games, Lake Study, Wetlands Ecology, Trees & Keys, Adventure Ropes, Forest Ecology, Animal Signs, Birds, Ojibwa Heritage, Changing Climates, Beavers, Geo Caching, Canoeing, Star Lab, Fisheries Management, Renewable Energy, Weather, and Small Mammals round out the classes offered by Wolf Ridge and its staff. The students embraced each of the classes offered by the Wolf Ridge staff and enjoyed participating whenever they could. â€œAdventure Ropes will teach you to take your trust to different heights and levels,â€? stated Lauren Tesch. â€œI learned at Wolf Ridge that teamwork is a really big thing in your life,â€? added Sarah Johnson. When asked about Rock Climbing, Tatum Ackerman
commented, â€œIt helps a person trust more people and to make new friends. It also helps you overcome your fear of heights.â€? Mikkel Schmidt recalled on Beavers class that, â€œIt was cool to learn about what they can do in an environment.â€? â€œIn Renewable Energy you get to learn how to save the earth in a fun way!â€? added Colin Schultz. Alexus Reck divulged about Voyageur Life, â€œItâ€™s so fun! You get to cook, sing and go canoeing. But watch out for the Northwest Company, those stinky pig dogs!â€? Black Bears, Superior View Hike, Photography, Block Printing, Stargazing, Dreamcatchers, Voyageur Canoe, TShirt Design, Night Hikes and Rainsticks are all the classes taught by the Belle Plaine staff. â€œDreamcatchers was probably my favorite evening class. Iâ€™ve always wondered how to make one. When I got home, I made another!â€? expressed Siri Kuhn. Garrett Meeuwen speciďŹ ed, â€œYou need lots, lots and lots of patience for Dreamcatchers, but itâ€™s fun.â€? â€œNow I have my own T-shirt that I MADE! I think that is really cool,â€? chimed Tyson Fahey referring to T-Shirts class. Levi Schmidt afďŹ rmed on the Night Hike, â€œItâ€™s fun to get scared!â€? By the time Friday morning rolled around, the students were still going strong. They were sad they were going to their last class. They were sad they were leaving Wolf Ridge. However, they were elated to make that stop in Duluth, and what many were thinking, but not saying, was how excited they were to see their family again. The welcome home at Oak Crest couldnâ€™t have been better. The kids were welcomed back to open-armed parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. After it was all said and done, Noah Dauwalter testiďŹ ed, â€œWolf Ridge, Iâ€™ve got to say, was a blast.â€?
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A number of Belle Plaine students took the scenic Superior View Hike during their recent trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Center.
Oak Crest Elementary School students Paige Narveson and Sophie Mewes buckled up for what would be an adventurous ride on the Adventure Ropes Course at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center earlier this fall.
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1989. Keller said that amount will dwindle over time as those teachers reach the age where they draw Medicare. Still softening the potential property tax hit of the proposed increase is the ongoing reduction in the value of all property within the Belle Plaine School District. In 2010, the overall value of property in the district was valued $885.7 million for taxation purposes. In 2011, the year being used for the 2013 levy, county assessors valued the same property at $858.5 million, a 3.08 percent decrease from 2010 to 2011.
Oak Crest Elementary School student Addison Zimmerman In other action at its Mon- was among the many Belle Plaine students who completed day meeting, the Belle Plaine the Adventure Ropes Course at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center this fall. School Board: â– Paid bills totaling $1,869,460.36. â– Approved a request to permit the BPHS baseball team travel to Florida during spring break. Players will not miss class time and the players and/ or their families fund the trip. â– Accepted the resignations of Sandy Fjelde, information technology specialist, and Virg Hanson, custodian. â– Approve the hiring of Laura Wilson, a half-time English Language Learners (ELL) instructor. She will be paid $11,583 for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. â– Approved the hiring of Lindsay Sawatsky, information technology specialist, at $17 Pre-order by Wednesday, December 19th per hour for a full-year conALSO...Order yOur pAStrieS, cOOkieS & tract.
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Longtime New Prague Newspaper Editor Passes Away Lois Suel Wann, longtime editor of the New Prague Times and chairperson of the Times’ parent company, Suel printing of new Prague, passed away Nov. 19. She was 90. Her funeral was Saturday at St.
Marian I. Sass Marian Isabelle Sass, 89, of Belle Plaine, passed away on Friday, November 23 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Belle Plaine and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. Interment was a private ceremony in Oakwood Cemetery, Belle Plaine. Urn bearer was Connie Lehman. Marian was born August 18, 1923 in Jordan to parents Tony and Hazel (Smith) Schmidt. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Methodist Church in Jordan. She graduated from Jordan High School. On June 7, 1941 she married Robert Sass in the Methodist Church. On July 13, 1941 she transferred her church membership to the First Presbyterian Church in Belle Plaine where she and Robert lived. She was an active member there for 71 years where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was financial secretary for many years. She was active in the women’s group, opening her home every Monday for seven years to work on craft projects for the church bazaar. She also was very active in the Eastern Stars, holding the office of Worthy Matron at least twice. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary for many years. Bob and Marian owned the Coast-to-Coast Store in Belle Plaine for 25 years. For many years, Marian enjoyed fishing with her family and friends up at their lake home. They spent 23 years wintering in McAllen, Texas where they made many friends from all over the US and Canada. Marian’s hobbies included painting, ceramics, needlepoint on canvas, and knitting on hangers. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends; her specialties were maple creams, fruitcake, caramel rolls and crab salad. She also loved to play cards, especially Canasta; solitaire and other board or card games. She and Bob loved to dance and it was at a dance that they first met. Marian was a loving and wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a gracious, beautiful, generous, nice and caring lady; everyone that knew her loved her. Marian will be deeply missed by her four daughters, Gloria (Roger) Graham, Marilyn (John) McSweeney, Cheryl (Bill) Dreyer, all of Belle Plaine, and Gerri (John) Hennen of Prior Lake; 12 grandchildren, Noreen (Brian) Schultz, Connie (Dan) Lehman, Ron Mueller, Tara (Brad) Eckel, Andrea Hennen, Jeremy (Lauren) Hennen, Jen (Ryan) Remmers, Amy (Ross) Malin, Dan (Megan) Chard; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is proceeded in death by her loving husband, Robert Sass; son, Ronald Sass; parents, Tony and Hazel (Smith) Schmidt; brother, Gene Schmidt; sister, Dorothy Betchwars; son-inlaws, E. Michael Newell and Roger Mueller; grandchildren, Michael, Patrick and Deborah Newell. Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation Services of Jordan are assisting with the services.
Bill and Laura (Bratsch) Costello of Henderson are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zackary William Costello, who was born on October 16, 2012 at 5:45 a.m. in Waconia. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 inches tall. Grandparents are Gerry and Diane Bratsch of Belle Plaine and David and Sharon Costello of Bloomington.
Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. The editor of the Times for more than half a century, Lois Suel graduated from St. Catherine’s College in the 1940s. She remained with the Times over parts of seven decades before retiring in 2006.Her column, “So Lo Notes,” included opinions, notes on people making news as well as happenings involving family and friends. She was a member of the Minnesota Newspaper Association Half-Century Club and the St. Wenceslaus CCW. Wann also served on the Queen of Peace Hospital Board of Directors, was a member of The Catholic Bulletin’s Editorial Board. -- New Prague Times
Michael and Melissa Breeggemann of Belle Plaine would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Danielle Breeggemann, who was born at 1:55 a.m. on September 23, 2012 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Alexis weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. She has blue eyes and black hair. Grandparents are Bob and Colleen Beckrich of Shakopee and Fred and Sheri Breeggemann of Belle Plaine. Greatgrandmother is Dellie Breeggemann of Jordan. Alexis will be baptized at St. John's Catholic Church in Jordan.
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Tom and Lois Lambrecht of Belle Plaine, along with Rich and Andrea Boumeester of Jordan, are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Kristi Lambrecht and Dustin Boumeester. Kristi is a 2004 graduate of Jordan High School and a 2008 graduate of Mankato State University, and is currently employed with Shakopee Public Schools. Dustin is a 2004 graduate of Jordan High School and is currently employed with Greystone Construction. A New Year’s Eve wedding and celebration will take place on December 31, 2012 in Jordan.
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Senior Dining Seniors 60 years and older are invited to join us for Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. For dining reservations please call 952-873-6311 three days prior between the 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. weekdays. A contribution of $3.75 is requested for each meal. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Cardinal Ridge Apartments CAP Agency Senior Dining
Wednesday, November 28 Birthday Meal Beef Pot Roast w/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Green Peas, Breadstick w/ Marg., Frosted Spice Cake RCD Unfrosted Spice Cake Thursday, November 29 Chicken Penne Pasta Bake, Italian Blend Vegetables, Pineapple, Whole Wheat Bread w/ Marg., Banana Pudding Friday, November 30 Healthy Baked Fish w/Tartar Sauce OR: Grilled Chicken Breast, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Fresh Grapes, Cherry Gelatin Monday, December 3 Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Brown Rice, Two Tone Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Sugar Cookie Tuesday, December 4 Chicken Breast w/Tarragon Cream Sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes, 4 Way Blend Vegetable Blend, French Bread w/Marg., Cherry Gelatin Wednesday, December 5 Beef Stroganoff Casserole, Normandy Blend Vegetables, Fruit Cocktail, Dinner Roll w/Marg., Chocolate Chip Cookie
Our Lady of The Prairie Catholic Church - Belle Plaine Fr. Michael Kaluza 952-873-6564 Wednesday, November 28 8:00 am. Rosary 8:30 am. Mass 9am–9p.m. Eucharistic Adoration Thursday, November 29 8:00 am. Rosary 8:30 am. Mass Friday, November 30 8:00 am. Rosary 8:30 am. Mass Saturday, December 01 4:15 p.m. Mass Sunday, December 02 First Sunday of Advent 8:00 am Mass 10:00 am Mass Tuesday, December 4 8:00 am. Rosary 8:30 am. Mass 9am–9p.m. Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday, December 5 8:00 am. Rosary 8:30 am. Mass 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Communal Penance Service
St. John Lutheran Church 148 S. Chestnut Street Belle Plaine, MN 56011 Pastor Mark Johnson email@example.com 952-873-6492 Wednesday, November 28 5:30 p.m. Pizza 6 p.m. Confirmation & 5th & 6th Sunday School 8 p.m. Women’s Book Club Thursday, November 29 10 a.m. Bible Study Leaders Saturday, December 1 7 a.m. Weight Watchers 9 a.m. Decorate Church Sunday, December 2 Holy Communion 8:00 & 10:30 am Worship 9:15 Sunday School Monday, December 3 8:00 Men’s Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts Tuesday, December 4 10 a.m. Cardinal Ridge 11 a.m. Lutheran Home 1 p.m. Kingsway 6 p.m. W/ELCA Christmas Dinner Wednesday, December 5 5:30 p.m. Pizza 6 p.m. Confirmation & 5th & 6th Sunday School 7:30 p.m. Worship Choir St. John-Assumption Parish 26523 200th Street Belle Plaine, MN 56011 Father Sam 507-248-3550 Sundays: 10:00 a.m. Mass Holy Family Academy & Chapel Traditional Latin Mass 10679 182nd St., Belle Plaine, MN 56011 (952) 873-2582 or 873-6613 (coordinator) Fr. Christopher Leith Sundays 2:15 p.m. Confessions 2:40 p.m. Rosary 3 p.m. Mass Academy Mass - call for times East Union Lutheran Church 15180 Cty. Rd. 40 Carver, MN 55315 952-448-3450 Sundays 9 a.m. Worship (Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays) 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Time & Sunday School
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Immanuel United Methodist Tree of Life Church Church & Ministry Center e-mail email@example.com 312 Water St. 301 Varner St. N., Jordan Jordan, MN 55352 (952) 492-6035 952-492-5277 Pastor Larry Kasten www.treeoflifechurch.info e-mail lzumc.pastor@frontierSenior Pastors: net.net Joseph and Colleen Thunker Sundays firstname.lastname@example.org Worship 10 am Sundays 10 a.m. Contemporary Worship Childcare & Sunday School avail- West Union Lutheran Church 15820 Market Ave. able Cologne, MN 55315 Wednesdays Church: 952-466-5678 7 p.m. Youth Groups (Gr. 6-12) email@example.com Pastor: Wolfgang Laudert Oratory of St. Thomas Wednesday, November 28 the Apostle - Jessenland 10 a.m. Bible Study Father Sam Perez 6:30 p.m. Confimation 507-248-3550 7 p.m. Choir Thursdays: Mass at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 29 7pm Sweet Hour of Prayer St. Paul’s United Saturday, December 1 Church of Christ 7 a.m.-8 p.m Luther Seminary 111 S. 6th Street, Henderson Retreat Pastor-Rev. Brigit Stevens 7:30 a.m. Men’s Group 507-248-3594 (Office) 5 p.m. Youth Group Night Out Wednesday, November 28 Sunday, December 2 7 p.m. HS Faith Group 9 a.m. Worship Sunday, December 2 10 a.m. Family Worship/ 10 a.m. Sunday School/practice R: Katherine Mortensen Communion Tuesday, December 4 Hanging of the Greens 7:30 p.m. Women of Faith 11 a.m. Confirmation Wednesday, December 5 2-5 p.m. Henderson Holiday Showcase @ Henderson Event 10 a.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Confimation Center/RaodHaus 7 p.m. Choir Tuesday, December 4 7 p.m. Budget & Finance mtg. First Presbyterian Church Wednesday, December 5 219 W. Main Street 7 p.m. HS Faith Group Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-873-2966 River Rock Church Pastor Don Genereux PO Box 184, www.fpcbelleplaine.org Belle Plaine, MN 56011 firstname.lastname@example.org www.riverrockchurch.com Inspirational Message Line email: info@riverrockchurch. 952-583-3302 com Saturday, December 1 Worshiping at BP Chatfield 10:00 am-Noon Cookie Walk Elem. School Sunday, December 2nd @ 330 S. Market Street 1st Sunday of Advent Ministry Center: Service of the Lords Supper 124 W. Main Street, BP 9:00 am Worship service & S.S. (952) 873-5453 Wednesday, December 5th Lead Pastor Chris Teien 1:00-2:30 Bible Study Associate Pastor Dan Jetto 2:30 Visitations (Please call for locations) 7:00 pm Council Meeting Zion Lutheran Church & Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church School 500 West Church Street 14745 County Road 153 Belle Plaine, MN Cologne, MN 55322 952-873-6545 952-466-3379 Pastor John C. Zeitler e-mail: brendathompsonzi& John H. Meyer email@example.com www.trinitybelleplaine.org Pastor: Eric Zacharias Wednesday, November 28 Wednesday, Nov. 28 6 p.m. Midweek Confirmation 7:00 p.m. Confirmation Class Class 8:00 p.m. Choir 7 p.m. Senior Choir Friday, Nov. 30 Thursday, November 29 8:15 a.m. Chapel Girls’ Basketball Tournament @ 8:25 a.m. School Chapel 9:30 a.m. Third Thursday Seniors Zion Mayer trip to the Arboretum Saturday, Dec. 1 Girls’ Basketball Tournament @ 6 p.m. Men’s Choir Practice 7 p.m. Midweek Worship with Zion Mayer Communion Sunday, Dec. 2 Friday, November 30 8:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Away basketball games 9:30 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Conregation Christmas vs. Bloomington Lutheran Saturday, December 1 Potluck 8-10 a.m. Women’s Advent 7 p.m. TC^2 Prayer Breakfast at Kingsway 7:30 p.m. Bible Study Sunday, December 2 Tuesday, Dec. 4 8 a.m. Bible Study Basketball at Watertown 9 a.m. Worship Service with Dartball vs. Hollywood Communion (Usher Team 5/ Wednesday, Dec. 5 Video: Schmidt) 7:00 p.m. Confirmation Class Sunday School Sings 8:00 p.m. Choir 10 a.m. Coffee Hour (Hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church Sunday School Families) 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 14226 W. 280th Street 10:15 a.m. Quarterly Voters’ Henderson, MN Meeting Pr. Diane Goulson 5:30 p.m. Open Gym Volleyball 507-665-2932 On Highway 19, 2 miles East 7 p.m. Open Gym Basketball Monday, December 3 of Highway 169 7 p.m. Men’s Bible Study at Wednesday, November 28 Kingsway 6:30 p.m. Confirmation Tuesday, December 4 7 p.m. Trinity Knotters St. Joseph Catholic Church 7:15 p.m. Stewardship Committee 213 South 6th Street Meeting Henderson, MN 56044 Wednesday, December 5 507-248-3550 5 p.m. Advent Supper (Hosted Weekday Mass: Tuesday, by STiC) Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. Saturday Mass: (every week) 6 p.m. Midweek Confirmation Class 5:00 p.m. 7 p.m. Advent Service - Blue Sunday Mass: 8:00 a.m. Christmas (Usher Team 6/Video: Schuette)
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Farmers, Ag Businesses Can Obtain Grants Through New Program Minnesota agricultural producers and processors can now apply for grants to implement value added projects to their operations. A total of $700,000 in funding was made available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI), established by the legislature to advance Minnesotaâ€™s agricultural and renewable energy industries. The Minnesota > Department of Agriculture (MDA) will distribute the funds through its AGRI Value Added Grant Program that aims to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets and by increasing market access and food safety. Specifically, these grants are intended to: _ Initiate or expand livestock product processing. _Create feasibility, business, marketing and succession plans for existing and new businesses. _ Purchase equipment to initiate, upgrade, or modernize value added businesses. â€“ Increase on-farm food safety, such as implementation of a food safety plan. â€“ Increase farmersâ€™ processing and aggregating capacity to enter farm-to-school and other markets. Proposals that have a meat processing, farm-to-school (or other institution) component, or are addressing Good Ag-
ricultural Practices (GAP) or similar type of food safety plan will receive priority, but all value added proposals are encouraged to apply. Small- to medium-sized operations will also receive special consideration. Proposals that include business planning, feasibility studies, marketing planning and succession planning are eligible for 50 percent of the total project cost up to a maximum grant award of $30,000. Equipment purchases or physical improvements are eligible for 25 percent of the total project cost up to a maximum grant award of $70,000 with a completed business plan or food safety plan. A business or food safety plan must outline what equipment and improvements are necessary to fulfill the plan. The grants will be distributed in two rounds. Round one applications must be received by the MDA no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. Round two applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 1. Proposals may be delivered by mail, in person or by e-mail. If a proposal is e-mailed, the time and date it is received by the program administrator will be considered the received-by date. Applications are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/valueadded.aspx. For more information, contact David Weinand, MDA grants administrator, at 651-201-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, november 28, 2012
A Rarity Occurs When Council Dismisses Two Fire Call Bills
by Dan Ruud What normally doesnâ€™t happen once a year occurred twice in 15 minutes last week. A number of people over the years have appealed the bill they received from the city after the Belle Plaine Fire Department responded to a call involving their property. Almost all those appeals have failed, but last Monday night (Nov. 19), two appeals were reviewed by the city council and both bills ($300 apiece) were dismissed. The first appellant was Tim Irvin of 836 South Chestnut Street. The fire department was called to his neighborhood on July 11 for a smell of gas. â€œMy wife and neighbor were standing outside talking when they both smelled gas,â€? wrote Irvin in his appeal letter to council. â€œMy neighbor told my wife to call the fire department. She didnâ€™t want to, so she called Gopher One Call at 811. She told the woman (who answered) that she wanted Center Point Energy to come out and check for a gas leak. The woman told her it was protocol to call the fire department. â€œI am a retired fire fighter from Norwood Young America with 22 years of service and five years as an officer,â€? Irvin continued. â€œMy wife is well aware of what it costs to run a fire department, and that is the reason she did not want to put this call in. â€œThe first person on the scene could smell gas as well, but it seemed to dissipate as they were talking. When you have a gas leak from a construction accident, you usually evacuate a one-block square area for safety purposes. You know where the source is. The wind will carry the smell of gas for blocks. Since there was not a leak found and the source was never discovered, I donâ€™t feel we should be charged for this. That smell could have come from anywhere. My wife was just trying to keep herself safe, along with the entire neighbor-
hood,â€? concluded the letter. Irvin was not in attendance at the meeting. According to Dawn Meyer, city finance director, the city billed the property owner for the call per the cityâ€™s policy and fee schedule. â€œThe city does not reduce or dismiss fire bill charges unless there is a discrepancy regarding the type of billing,â€? added Meyer, who forwards the cityâ€™s bills per information received from officers of the fire department. Mayor Tim Lies said that many fire bill appeals are difficult to deal with in that the council must weigh what are often legitimate arguments by the appellant against city policy, which is â€œfire response is billed to the property/vehicle owner, and that the city of Belle Plaine charges individuals for fire response in an effort to defer costs incurred for the emergency, to the specific incident, this reduces the burden on tax dollars.â€? But in Irwinâ€™s case, the council felt there was enough substance in his argument to dismiss the bill. The vote was 3-2 to do so, with Mayor Tim Lies and council members Paul Chard and Gary Trost voting to dismiss the bill. Accounting for the only no votes were Cary Coop and Scott Schneider. Mike Pingalore abstained. Minutes later, after reviewing its second fire bill appeal of the evening, the majority of the council again agreed with the appellant and the bill was dismissed. The appellant, Matthew Klumper, was not in attendance but his letter was reviewed by the council. â€œI live in Tyler, Minn., which is about 140 miles from your city. On May 8, 2012, I was driving through Belle Plaine on my way to St. Paul. Although I had stopped to get out and stretch several times during my drive, I felt myself getting tired and decided it would be safest to find a place to rest for a
short time rather than continue. I parked my car in the far corner of the mini-mall (BP Commons) parking lot on East Enterprise Drive and rested. After about 15 minutes, two police cars pulled up to where I was parked and one of the officers informed me that they had been notified that my car was on fire. I quickly got out of the car and inspected it, but saw no excessive smoke, flames or anything out of the ordinary that even remotely resembled a fire,â€? Klumper wrote. â€œShortly after, someone from the fire department also arrived on scene and quickly got on the radio telling the rest of the fire department to stand down and not to send trucks. Despite my insistence that my car was fine, the firemen still checked it to make sure there was no fire. He confirmed there wasnâ€™t a fire and never had been. After he took down my name for his records, I went on my way with the belief that everyone recognized this incident as a misunderstanding by the person who dialed 911 . . . â€œIn this case, the responsibility lies with the person who called 911 without cause. The cost of the fire call should be the callerâ€™s responsibility because nothing about this situation warranted such a call,â€? Klumper concluded. Nonetheless, Klumper eventually received a $300 bill from the city, prompting his appeal. Again, members of the council found themselves in the position of having to decide between city policy and the points brought forth in the appellantâ€™s letter. In the end, history was made as two fire bills were dismissed in the same evening after the council voted 4-2 in Klumperâ€™s favor. Casting the only no votes were Chard and Coop. City Administrator David Murphy said this week that the city does not intend to contact or bill the individual who made the call reporting that Klumperâ€™s vehicle was on fire.
November 28 is a bit special this year. The full moon tonight, also known as the â€œBeaver Moonâ€?, will have a penumbral eclipse. I ran into this in my weekend reading. When I saw the word â€œpenumbralâ€? used to describe the eclipse, I realized that there might be more to eclipses than I had heard of before. I had heard of partial and total eclipses. Obviously, some more reading was needed to understand this a bit better. After a bit of reading and searching, I learned that the partial and total eclipses that I know of are caused when the moon travels partly or totally through the umbra. The umbra is the shadow where the earth completely blocks the sun. The penumbra is a special â€œVâ€? shaped ring where only part of the sunlight passes the earth with the rest blocked by the earth. It is reasonably rare to have the moon pass fully through the penumbra. We should expect to see a dimmer moon and most likely a different copper tinted color. Different parts of the world will see this event differently. We may be too far east here in Minnesota. Switching over the internet, I found this site to help out interested readers: http://www. timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunareclipse-november-2012.html with a more specific URL for our area: http://www.timeanddate. com/eclipse/in/usa/minneapolis. It would be fun to hear reports and see photos from the amateur sky-watchers among our readers. If you would like to learn more, we have many resources for you to use as you do some research. We are entering that time of the year when conditions for driving and walking can change suddenly and severely. The important thing is that all of our readers take the time and care to travel Restaurant, Sports Bar safely as you come to the library & Banquet Room and then return home. 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WEDNESDAY, november 28, 2012
Thirty Years Ago This Week
Raffling Dudley Belle Plaine Future Farmers of America member Brad Latzke was the top ticket seller (132 sold) during the calf raffle held in November of 1982. Latzke is pictured with Dudley, the calf that was raffled at Prairie Farm Supply in Belle Plaine. Dudley, which weighed 280 pounds and was 3 months old, was won by David Savage, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Savage of Belle Plaine. Belle Plaine school officials declared war on the problem of teenage drinking, driving and alcoholism and were using a system of education and awareness to help solve what become an increasing concern for many area school districts. Public concern about drinking came to the fore in Minnesota in 1982 as legislators passed one of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation. Meanwhile, the local driver education program was spending about one-third of its training time on the issue of drunk driving, according to an article written by instructor Chuck Perkins in the school’s most recent newsletter. Steffen’s Hardware and the Vets Club downtown were burglarized, with both entries made through alley doors. A total of $505 in cash was stolen from Steffen’s, but no merchandise was believed to have been taken. A couple of days later, just two doors down at the Vets Club, a rock was used to break the rear-door window. According to Maynhardt Bahrke of the Vets Club, between $70 to $75 in cash was taken as well as gum and cigarettes. Many Belle Plaine stores would start their Christmas holiday hours on Monday, Dec. 6, staying open until 9 p.m. each weekday until Dec. 23. Santa would begin regular visits to his downtown house on Dec. 10. A total of $1,000 in shopping certificates would be given away to those who did their Christmas shopping in Belle Plaine in 1982. The Scott County Fair Board held its annual election and Roger Stier was reelected president. Also re-elected were Oliver Rucks (vice president), Bill Chard (treasurer) and Maynard
Harms (secretary). The BPHS boys’ cagers opened the 1982-83 season with a pair of wins, defeating Waterville 56-40 and Jordan 60-53. Against Waterville, Kevin Wolpern scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jeff Fogarty added 12 points, while Brent Meyer contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds. The key performer in the win against Jordan was Eric Johnson as he hit 11 of 15 field goals and was 4 of 5 from the free throw stripe on his way to 26 points, 15 of those coming in the second quarter. The Tiger girls’ basketball team won its second and third games of the season, crushing Jordan 44-17 and St. Peter 60-30. Sandi Schmidt led the charge against Jordan with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Mary Leonard chipped in 11 points and Laurie Wolpern had 13 rebounds. Schmidt also led the team against St. Peter with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Melanie Martin added 12 points and Leonard 10. The BPHS wrestling team opened the season by topping Mound-Westonka 31-28. The Tiger matmen were powered by three pins courtesy of Brian Clymer (98), Tim Siegle (105) and Bob Fogarty (155). Also recording wins for Belle Plaine were Ed Fogarty (126), Carl Hennen (145) and Joe Dvorak (167).
Belle Plaine had taken on a holiday appearance with its light standards decorated with trees and lights, and its main street intersection criss-crossed with colored lights and evergreen boughs with a large
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bell in the center. The nativity scene, which had attracted wide interest the previous year, was set up in a new location at the east end of Main Street. Therese McRaith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. McRaith, became the bride of Clayton Panek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Panek of New Prague. The December term of district court opened at Shakopee with one of the longest calenders in the history of the county. There were seven criminal actions listed and 90 civil actions. Michael O’Brien, native of Belle Plaine, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home in Webster, Mont., at the age of 51. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William O’Brien. Many who planned a Thanksgiving dinner had missing guests due to the winter’s first storm. The snow measured 6 to 8 inches with high winds. Belle Plaine was the proud possessor of a Boy Scouts troop. Our local troop No. 324 received its first official charter at a special investment ceremony. August Bloedel, who was Norwood’s blacksmith for more than 40 years, died at age 84. He started his blacksmithing career at Blakeley, where he remained until 1897 when he moved to Norwood. Belle Plaine’s independent basketball team lost its opener to Lakeville 50-39. It was decided at a meeting of the state baseball association that New Ulm was to be the site of the 1953 state baseball tournament.
90 Years Ago (1922)
The advent of December brought the first zero-reading night. Following a day of rain, streets and roads were left very rough. After making their home at Gary, Ind., for two years, Mr. and Mrs. Fran Blau moved back to Belle Plaine. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nester took up their residence in Belle Plaine. Their son, Leo, continued on the farm in Carver County. A group of 50 arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Corrigan near Assumption to surprise the couple on their anniversary date. Gould Irwin, 60, died at his home in Dorset. A son of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Irwin, he and his wife, nee Kate Costello, moved to Hubbard County and were one of the first to pioneer the summer recreation resort business in that area. A very fine musical revue, given at the local theater on Thanksgiving Day, was sponsored by Gertrude Neubeiser, in which her sisters participated. At St. John’s Church in Sibley County took place the marriage of Miss Margaret Fahey, daughter of Mrs. P.E. Fahey, to John W. Shaughnessy. Miss Nellie
Nevin and Steven Shaughnessy were the attendants. One of the through passenger trains was derailed near Blakeley without injury to anyone aboard, but several hundred ties were damaged and many had to be replaced. Train service was halted for a time. Dennis Sherlock, native of Faxon Township, died at his home in Wahalla, N.D., and burial took place there. At the Catholic church in St. Peter took place the marriage of Miss Eva Hughes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hughes, to Ray J. Molitor of Henderson. The Hughes family had been living on a farm north of Belle Plaine for several years before moving to St. Peter. After spending several months with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Greenbush in Jessenland, Mrs. Thomas Egan returned to her home at Milk River, Alberta, Canada. C.A. Mason was transferred from Jordan to station agent at Blakeley to begin his long career there. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ronayne retired from the farm at St. Thomas and moved to Le Sueur, their son Connie and wife taking over operation of the farm. Mrs. Michael Ryan, nee Kate Hodnett, formerly of St. Thomas, died at Le Sueur. The famous $20,000 “Hog Case” ended with a verdict for the defendant. Pinske of Arlington had bought for $20,000 a Duroc Jersey board from the Dammanns of Glencoe, and six months after the purchase, the boar died. Pinske sued on the grounds that the hog was not healthy at the time of sale. Le Sueur was to get a new river bridge. The project was included in that month’s call for bids by the state highway department. Burglars made a haul of $25,000 when they broke into the bank at Lonsdale.
120 Years Ago (1892)
Thomas Milton acquired a site between the depot and the Peavey elevator on which he was to begin construction of a creamery building. Belle Plaine was always considered a great farmer’s trading center. A count was taken that Saturday afternoon on a number of teams from the county, and 227 were counted. It was figured that a third more had been in town and gone home before the count was taken. The borough council had brought an action against a Sibley County man who had pledged $25.00 for the river bridge and then refused to pay it. The borough won the suit. The Australian ballot was used that fall for the first time. It confused many. In Scott County, 700 of those ballots were thrown out for incorrect markings; in Carver County nearly a thousand were tossed out.
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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Once again, the Belle Plaine Food Shelf has benefitted from the generosity of the Belle Plaine Community. We have had High School students bring us several truck loads of food that they collected for us. Recently we had a successful Annual Fundraiser with many people attending and giving of their time and talents. Last week 23 baskets of food were put together for families in need, celebrating Thanksgiving. We will do that again for Christmas. The Belle Plaine Food Shelf opened its doors in July 2011. We are currently serving 381 families in the Belle Plaine Area. I am so proud of our community and the support that it gives those in need. Our activities could not be done without all of you. Have a wonderful holiday season! Betsy Ollhoff President
Dear Editor, On November 6 we did a good thing. We have celebrated, taken a well deserved rest. Now it’s time to get back to work. We cannot afford to fall asleep like we did in 2010, when the tea party came to town. We need to stay engaged now to keep moving forward. On Nov. 7 I wrote John Kline congratulating him and reminding him that “the people” had spoken. 60% of whom, in response to exit polls, including 42% of republicans, said that we should raise taxes on the top 2%. I.e. repeal the Bush tax cuts. They also voted against the privatization of Medicare, Medicaid, social security, and public schools. We “the people” need to hold John Kline accountable for representing US now, before we go off the cliff. This is our responsibility. Government “of the people, by the people, for the people” demands that we stay engaged. And since we can’t all go to Washington we have John Kline there to represent US. We need to communicate with him, now that he represents US. If he wants to keep his job he needs to actually represent US, not just 2% of us, not just the special interests that funded his campaign, but the majority of the American people who just won this election. Tell him to repeal bush tax-cuts, pass the Buffet rule, and maintain entitlements, and pass the President’s American Jobs Act. Lest we repeat the mistakes of the past (that handed our legislature to the tea party) we must be awake and empowered NOW. I assure you that the right wing extremists are fully awake with their hair on fire! Let’s keep the activism, and the energy (sans flames) going, and keep moving forward. If we truly want to be a democratic republic which is representative of ”the people” voting is only the first ( and arguably the most important ) step. It is good we had such a fantastic turn- out, and won so much. But if we just take our prize home and throw it in the corner, it will surely go to waste! We must use this opportunity to make changes happen. Please write John Kline and tell him to serve the will of the people, before Christmas: Washington, D.C. Office 2439 Rayburn HOB. Washington D.C. 20515….. (202) 225-227
Kline.house.Gov Remind him that his vote against raising minimum wage cost us a great stimulus. Peace, Jon Frasz, Northfield
Dear Editor, Wed. Nov. 21 was a scheduled pick up day for the Epilepsy Foundation and I thought about how I can give back to those who are less fortunate than me. So I diligently went through my closets and put together three boxes of items for donation. The card instructed us to have the items to the curb by 7:30 a.m. so I placed my items at the curb on Tues. evening. As I was leaving for work on Wed. morning, low and behold someone had taken one of the three boxes. Let’s just say I was very upset that someone had the guts to do that. Being a Christian woman, I took a deep breath and said a prayer that whoever decided to take the box marked Epilepsy Foundation, really needed the items as much as the other people I intended to help but I was thankful that they left behind the other two boxes. So, I made a new sign and set out for work. Thanksgiving was the next day, so I pray that the person or persons who have these items really appreciates them and enjoys them because they were put out there for others in need and I trust that God put them into the right hands. May God bless you today and always. Kelly Zurn Belle Plaine
Dear Editor, While the results of the 2012 election mean that I will no longer serve in the majority, I remain passionate about ensuring our conservative voice is heard in St. Paul. I am also confident that we will continue to work for the bi-partisan common sense solutions that are 90% of our work at the Capitol. In the last two years we have seen a significant improvement in the state’s fiscal position. When I first ran for office in 2010 we were facing a $6 billion budget shortfall. We will now hand off a $1.3 billion surplus to the DFL majorities and to the governor. The surplus coupled with a projected 6% increase in revenues ($2 billion) should be enough to pay off the school shift and fund priorities without raising taxes on Minnesotans. Governor Dayton has indicated however that the election was a mandate for his ideas of larger government and higher taxes. He has also stated that he does not intend to ‘squander’ that mandate. I disagree with that assessment, but the stark reality is that the governor and the DFL majorities have full control over the legislative agenda of the next two years. I intend to lead the fight to ensure that more moderate voices prevail. As always I enjoy hearing from constituents throughout the district and would like to hear your ideas for making Minnesota a better place to work, live, and play. It is a privilege to serve as your State Representative. Kelby Woodard State Representative Elect, District 20A
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St. Thomas Masses offered at St. Thomas Church officiated by Father James Burns: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9 a.m.; Christmas Day, Dec. 25 at 9 a.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. Massed offered at St. Anne's in Le Sueur officiated by Father George Stavig: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. for Timothy J. Burns, deceased; and at 5:15 p.m. for parish. Mass was offered for Timothy Burns today, who was 86 when he passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012. His wife, Rosemary, and her children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and relatives were among those attending. Hanna Koller was born in Arlington Hospital on November 21 to Mitch and Stephanie Koller. Her grandmother is Colleen Rohloff of Henderson. This is Colleen's first grandchild, and we are so happy to share the news. Joshua and Heather Kinkeade of Jordan served their many relatives and friends on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday with much good food, playing,
cards and pictures taken. Everyone had a good time, it was such a great day. David Burns spent the weekend and Thanksgiving Day with his parents, Danny and Lisa Burns, and joined his parents who were guests at the Charlie and Pat Rein home in Shakopee on Thanksgiving Day. David attends college at Fargo, N.D. but was home to join his dad for deer hunting. What a great weekend. The funeral for Robert Sullivan was held at St. Thomas Church on November 21. Robert passed away at his home. He was the son of Gerald and Loretta (Feeney) Sullivan and married Iris Sindelar at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague. A large group of people including family and caring friends attended. May his soul rest in Heaven! John Burns, son of Bob and Jean Burns of Le Sueur, and Tami Kenke were united in marriage on November 16, 2012 at the St. James Historic Hotel in Red Wing, close to family and friends who were present. They will be making their home at the Jack and Vangie Burns home in St. Thomas on the farm.
Union Hill St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church Father Dave Barrett and Deacon Bob Wagner. Saturday Evening Mass at 8:15 p.m. Sunday Mass 10 a.m. Mass Servers on Saturday: Samantha and Bradley Kubes. Mass Servers on Sunday: Nick and Abby Knutson, Lacy Walerius and Gloria Lemke. Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Word and Communion Service. * * * * * Father Hessian had our Masses last Sunday. He will be heading to Florida now for the winter. He jokingly said, â€œItâ€™s a hardship but somebody has to do it.â€? We very much appreciate all the weekends he helped out saying Mass. Father Dave is quietly healing at his parentsâ€™ home and also having therapy at Northfield Center for Sports Medicine and Rehab. Quoting Father: â€œLest you think I am going to try out for the Vikings!â€? Abbey Weiers was home for Thanksgiving from her teaching duties in Maryland. Gathering for lunch at the Classic Bar & Grill last Monday were cousins Bob Barten of St. Paul, Edna and Flavian Weiers, Noreen Seurer and Genevieve Metzdorff. Jason, Robbin, Carson and Brooklyn Weiers from Erhard were home for the
Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday evening the children, grandchildren and great - grandchildren of Flavian and Edna Weiers gathered at the Weiers home for Thanksgiving dinner. All the children of the religion classes had their Thanksgiving Program last week Wednesday at St. Johnâ€™s Church. The children sang beautiful songs for the Word and Communion Service with Deacon Bob. The church was full to capacity and all the children were very quiet and devout. We thank all the teachers for their hard work. The 6th annual Roman Barten Memorial Walk was again held on Thanksgiving morning. The group walked from the Flavian Weiers home to Union Hill where they visited St. Johnâ€™s Cemetery and back to the Weiers home to enjoy coffee and rolls. The weather was perfect until later. Thanksgiving: Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell. While others may be hungry, weâ€™re eating very well. With home, health and happiness, we must remember not to fuss. Because by the stack of evidence, Godâ€™s been very good to us. - Author unknown Humor Corner: Lars asked his shrink to show him one positive result from all his visits. The psychiatrist showed him his new Porsche.
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(continued from page 1) ceremony. People also have the opportunity to honor or remember family members and friends by reserving a light for $10 or a string of lights for $25. Donations received for the Tree of Life will be used to help enrich the lives of the residents on The Lutheran Home Campus. For more information or to make a donation, call 952-8732215.
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The Lutheran Home Campus in Belle Plaine is again inviting community groups, family members and organizations to share their Christmas joy and carol throughout the halls of its buildings. There are five locations on the campus where caroling groups can share their spirit â€“ The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence, Boessling Lutheran Village Apartments, Faith Residence Apartments and Kingsway Retirement Living. Caroling groups can share their Christmas songs at one building or all them. Group leaders are asked to call Dawn Giesen at 952-873-2124 to coordinate their groupâ€™s visit.
Senior Dining Seniors 60 years and older are invited to join us for Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. For dining reservations please call 952-873-6311 three days prior between the 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. weekdays. A contribution of $3.75 is requested for each meal. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Cardinal Ridge Apartments CAP Agency Senior Dining
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Scott County is joining Dakota County in pulling out of the group charged with recommending ways to clean up the Minnesota River. The county board decided informally at its 2013 organizational workshop Nov. 13 to leave the Minnesota River Basin Board. It will formally approve Scott Countyâ€™s departure at the 2013 organizational meeting, traditionally held during the first board meeting of 2013. Commissioner Joe Wagner of Sand Creek Township, Belle Plaineâ€™s representative on the county board, believes the river basin board is an ineffective group that doesnâ€™t have legislative authority or funding to enact significant regulations that will result in a cleaner Minnesota River. He cited the concerns former Commissioner Jerry Hennen of Shakopee raised three-plus years ago. â€œJerry said it all the time. All they do is talk about ways to clean up the river. Nothing actually gets done. If the legislature wants the river cleaned up, they should pass laws to get it done,â€? Wagner said. He was the boardâ€™s representative to the river basin board but did not attend, citing the boardâ€™s inability to enact anything. â€œIn eight years, nobodyâ€™s so much as picked up a pop can.â€? Wagner said a runoff from cities and chemicals from agriculture through small tributaries have long plagued the 335-mile
riverâ€™s cleanliness. The river flows from the South DakotaMinnesota border southeast to Mankato and then turns northeast toward Belle Plaine and the Twin Cities, meandering its way through 15,000 square miles, some of it being the richest agricultural lands in the state. There are 37 counties in the river basin, 23 of which are represented on the board. Using a formula that includes population and the area along the river, membership dues range from $625 a year to the $2,500 Scott County pays. The boardâ€™s efforts are also funded in part by a $42,000 grant from the state board of soil & water resources. Among the most common challenges the river faces are excess levels of nitrates and phosphorus chemicals essential for plants and animals. But in the river, they are frequently found in levels that can cause harmful effects. Tests indicate high levels of the agricultural chemicals accetochlor, atrazine and metolachlor are routinely found in the river, according to the river basin boardâ€™s Web site. They have been in samples collected the past three years at Judson, in the Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers (tributaries to the Minnesota River). The river also suffers from sediments clouding the water and increasing turbidity, which obstructs growth of aquatic
plants. â€œIâ€™d be supportive of membership in the river basin board if it could actually accomplish something other then have a bunch of people sit around and talk about it,â€? Wagner said.
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On the positive side of the coin, the state recently announced water tests the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency took between Shakopee and St. Paul taken during the summer show water quality and oxygen levels have improved to the point the river can now support fish, mussels, plants and other aquatic life. Tests show long-term efforts to reduce the nutrient phosphorus from agricultural and urban runoff, which suppresses oxygen in water, were a good investment. Efforts to reduce phosphorus levels entering the river since 2004 have cut the nutrientâ€™s level in half, according to PCA test results. The test results gave PCA Commissioner John Linc Stein reason to believe that longterm, dedicated efforts to repair the river from the impacts of agricultural and urban runoff are worthwhile. The PCA says if further testing shows the oxygen levels persist even at lower flows, then the last 20 miles of the river will no longer be considered â€œimpairedâ€™â€™ for low oxygen, a pollution designation it has been saddled with since 1992.
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The Scott County Parks and Trails Department, 200 4th Avenue West, #114, Shakopee, MN 55379 is seeking proposals for the lease of crop and hay fields owned by the County. RFP materials may be found at www.co.scott.mn.us by going to the tab â€˜Your County Governmentâ€™ and choosing â€˜Doing Businessâ€™. Paper copies are available at above address. Deadline for proposals is 3:00pm, December 21, 2012. The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids in the complete discretion of the County. Advertisement of proposals is pursuant to Minnesota Statues Sections 375.21, 471.345, and 471.35. (Published in the Belle Plaine Herald, November 21 and 28, 2012.)
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This is the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Students will learn self defense, self control, history, sparring and techniques needed to test in the beginning level of Tae Kwon Do. Advanced students will continue on at their own pace. Students attending class in BP are also welcome to train at other Kroells Karate Club locations at no additional cost. SESSION 2: Wednesdays, Nov. 7â€“Dec. 19 (No Class Nov. 21) TIME: 6:30â€“ 7:30pm AGES: 5 years old and CLAY SLAB HOUSE up LOCATION: Chatfield Elem., Activity Room COST: $36.00/ (Back by popular demand!) session INSTRUCTOR: Linda Using our slab roller and a milk Kroells INSTRUCTOR: Ruth Schwartz (16 years of experience) carton, students will learn to create a house out of clay. Use your YOUTH WRESTLING imagination to add extra details to Tigers to the mat!!! Belle Plaine your house. Then add the finishing Kid Wrestling is getting ready to touches by adding color using a start. This program is open to all variety of glazes. 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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres brings its audiences another new Main Stage production with the musical classic, Bye Bye Birdie; and get prepared to â€œPut on a Happy Face!â€? When Elvis-like rock & roll star Conrad Birdie is about to be inducted into the Army, the teen nation is united by a national publicity contest where Birdie will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with an all-American kiss live on â€œThe Ed Sullivan Show.â€? Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio wins the honor and all the telephones in her town are ringing off the hook. When Birdie arrives in Sweet Apple people of all ages begin to swoon and the entire town is reeling. A satire done with the fondest affection, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres breathes new life into this Broadway Tony-Award winning musical of the â€˜60â€™s. The imaginative musical score includes such hits as: â€œGoing Steady,â€? â€œPut On a Happy Face,â€? â€œTelephone Hour,â€? â€œA Lot of Livinâ€™ To Doâ€? and â€œKids.â€? Bye Bye Birdie and its theme of parents and teens will still resonate with audiences of today. DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 TIME: Depart at 10:30 am (District Center) Return at 4:30 pm COST: $75.00 (includes lunch, show & transportation) DEADLINE: Friday, Dec. 21 Check out the Fall Community Education Brochure for numerous youth enrichment activities and many sports camps/leagues.
College Grad Shari L. Jorissen, PhD, daughter of Judy and Robert (late) Jorissen, recently graduated from Walden University. Jorissen received her Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning in October 2012. This is her second doctorate degree having earned a PhD in Psychology from Walden University in 2008. Jorissen is currently the Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Walden University. Her plans involve continuing in this role as well as beginning to teach graduate level classes at Walden University. In addition, she has recently had articles accepted for publication in professional journals, presents at a variety of professional conferences, and serves in different professional organizations. Jorissen graduated from Belle Plaine HS in 1989.
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Representatives of the station surprised the family at their home late Tuesday afternoon, weeks after family friend Melissa Mellgren nominated them to be a Christmas wish recipient (see letter below). Andrea and Brianâ€™s 4-year-old son, Austin, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year, which has placed considerable strain on the family, both mentally and financially. Mellgran, felt the family was deserving of a surprise visit from the KDWB Christmas Wisha-Thon crew. The station would not divulge to the Herald on Tuesday what the Gerres/Overline familyâ€™s gift would be until after the surprise visit to their home. By that time, the Herald had already went to press. Every year, KDWB finds local families, individuals and organizations in need of help during the holiday season. For nearly 20 years, the station, through its Christmas Wish-a-Thon fund-raiser, has provided clothing, food, gasoline, car repairs, appliances and more to people in and around the Twin Cities area. These are people â€œwho, through no fault of their own, but because of a death, job loss, injury, illness or other unforeseen matter, have found themselves in need during the holiday season.â€?
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By Dr. Kelly Smith
The Thanksgiving Holiday snuck up on me with the early date this year so I was not ready with this column prior to the holiday. At this time of year when we are thankful for family, good health and all that we have been blessed with, I also want to give thanks for all the key pieces of our Belle Plaine School system. I am thankful for a supportive community that has stood by our schools financially as we have worked hard to improve our facilities and the technology available within them. We have been supported by our community through the passage of our operating levy several years ago and that levy has been a critical piece to the financial stability that we have seen over the past five years. I am thankful for the wonderful students who enter our buildings every day to improve themselves academically and personally. We have great students here in Belle Plaine doing great things for themselves and for others. Our vision for the district is â€œExpecting Excellence from Everyone, Every Day!â€? Our students exhibit that passion for excellence in the classroom, on the athletic field or court, and through the arts. I am thankful for a great team of employees who are dedicated to increasing the academic capabilities of all of our students. Whether it is the building administrator, the classroom paraprofessional, or the classroom teacher, all have a common goal of academic excellence for our students. Our teachers, led by each of our building principals, have truly engaged in the difficult work of organizational change and improvement. Our work conversations have a focus today than they did not have five or ten years ago. The conversations concentrate on the work necessary to improve teacher competence and skills that will result in improved student academic performance. I am thankful for community members who are willing to run in an election to serve the community as a member of the Belle Plaine School Board. Being a board member can be a difficult duty at times and I am fortunate to have worked with outstanding board members who have been committed to high academic performance and fiscal responsibility throughout my years here in Belle Plaine. As we enter December, it is the season for various school concerts. On Monday, December 10th our 7-12 grade band program will perform in the north gym. One week later in the same location will be the 7-12 grade choir concert. On Thursday, December 20th, our 5th & 6th grade band students will present their concert at Oak Crest Elementary. A quick note of some date changes for meetings in December. The school board will be meeting on Monday, December 3rd and Monday, December 17th at 6 p.m. each night instead of our normal 2nd and 4th Mondayâ€™s of the month. On December 3rd, we will have a report from our school district auditor on the 2011-2012 fiscal year and will present our annual Truth in Taxation Hearing that evening as well. Our regular meeting will be held on the Monday, December 17th. Representative Woodard and our new Senator (at this time it appears to be Kevin Dahle pending a recount on Friday) have been invited to talk about the upcoming legislative session. As always, if you have any questions about school matters, please feel free to call me at 873-2400 or check our website at www.belleplaine.k12.mn.us. Go Tigers and Panthers!
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Dahle-Dudley Recount Friday Wolf Expected to Return as Scott County Board Chairman in 2013 The Scott County portion of the recount of the Senate District 20 race between Kevin Dahle, a DFLer from Northfield and Republican Mike Dudley of New Prague will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m., at the Scott County Law Enforcement Center in Shakopee. Votes will be recounted in Rice County
today and Le Sueur County tomorrow. The latest unofficial count from the Minnesota Secretary of State has Dahle in the lead by 78 votes – 20,628 to 20,550. There are also 53 write-in votes cast in the election. Given the accuracy of electronic vote counting ma-
chines, Dahle previous stated he doesn’t expect the total to change much. Dudley’s wins in Scott and Le Sueur counties (cumulatively, 13,621 to 10,254) were not enough to overcome Dahle’s huge win (10,374 to 6,929) in Rice County. In Scott County, Senate District 20 includes Belle Plaine city and Belle Plaine Township, Blakeley, Cedar Lake and New Market townships as well as the City of Elko New Market and the New Prague precinct within Scott County.
City Seeking Applicants for Pet Adoption Boards and Commissions Dec. 1 Several positions on the city of Belle Plaine’s boards and commissions will expire on Jan. 31, 2013. The city is in the process of advertising for candidates to fill the following positions: Park Board – Rachel Kelm’s and Dan Gardner’s three-year terms. Planning and Zoning Commission – Ashton Pankonin’s four-year term. Economic Development Au-
thority – Troy Witt’s six-year term. Design Committee – Rick Krant’s and Kathy Joerg’s fouryear terms. All applicants will be brought forward to the council in January for interviews and possible recommendation for appointment. For more information, call 952-873-5553 or stop by the Belle Plaine Government Center at 218 North Meridian Street downtown.
Volunteers for the CarverScott Humane Society will hold a pet adoption Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. It will be hosted at PETCO in Chaska, which is located off old Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail. CSHS is without its own building and all pets are housed in foster care. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees are $175+ for cats and $200+ for dogs. Call the Society for more information on adopting a homeless pet at 952-368-3553 or visit www.carverscotths.org.
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The Scott County Board will have a familiar face as its leader in 2013. The board decided informally at its organizational workshop Nov. 13 that Commissioner Tom Wolf of Credit River Township will return for a third consecutive year as chairperson. Commissioner Joe Wagner of Sand Creek Township, Belle Plaine’s representative on the county board, will serve as vice chairperson. The county board will formally decide its chairperson and vice chairperson at its organizational meeting in January. Both Wolf and Wagner believe they have the support of the majority of the county board. “Tom has done a good job running meetings,” Wagner said. Wagner returning to the vice chairperson’s role, a job he held in 2011, means Commissioner Barbara Marschall of Prior Lake will apparently not make the move from 2012’s vice chairperson to chairperson and is a sign of an ongoing division between commissioners that surfaced last January. The county board stopped the rotation of commissioners from vice chairperson to chairperson in 2010. “Commissioners Hennen, Marschall and (Jon) Ulrich de-
cided we would stop the rotation back then,” Wagner said. “It turned out to be a good idea to name the chair by consensus, not just because it was someone’s turn.”
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The county board had planned Tuesday to OK a study that would help commissioners approve the salaries for themselves and the elected county sheriff and county attorney in 2013. Scott County commissioners are paid $47,500, plus one $50 per diem each day for attending board-approved committee meetings. To define the wage for elected officials, Scott County opted to rely on an analysis of salaries suburban metro counties (plus St. Louis and Olmsted coun-
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Each of the scenes has a scripture verse to be read aloud to your family. Actors and live animals depict the verses. Many people are involved in the scenes and many more are behind the scenes preparing for the event. Experience the joy of a special holy night in Bethlehem. The traditions of Christmas continue in Arlington by telling the story of Christ’s birth.
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cards of thanks A very special Thank you to each and everyone who was so kind to me when I was in St. Francis and St. Gert's. Thank you to everyone who sent masses money, gifts, flowers, cards, phone calls and visits. And a big Thank you who sent so much food to the house, and helped with the yard work, grapes and garden work. And special thanks for finishing canning my vegetables. Thank you and God Bless you, Ruth and Roman Hoofhower
Thanks to all our family and friends for cards and flowers and memorials during our loss. Thanks to the staff at Kolden Funeral Home for their help and guidance and The Lutheran Home for the care they gave my mother. Thanks to Pastors Meyer and Zeitler for their prayers and visits and also the Ladies Aid for the wonderful lunch.
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The Lutheran Home Campus in Belle Plaine is currently accepting applications for the following positions: â€˘ LPN/RN â€˘ Nursing Assistant We are now offering a sign on bonus for Nursing Assistants totaling $500 over the course of one year! We offer very competitive pay and benefits. Full-time and part-time positions are available. The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine is also accepting applications for a Nursing Assistant class. Students will be hired to attend our three week class and work as a Nursing Assistant in our facility after completion of the course. Students must be hired for a position for enrollment to be accepted. There are day, evening, and overnight Nursing Assistant positions available. There is no charge for the course, but students will be responsible for their testing fee. This fee will be reimbursed after 90 days of employment as a Nursing Assistant. Application deadline is December 6, 2012. For additional information or to apply online, visit The Lutheran Home Association website at www.tlha.org or call (952) 873-2164.
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Cologne Fire Truck, Ballpark Lighting Moving Forward In Both Cases, Fund-raising Efforts Continue
Several months after the Cologne City Council heard updates on plans to upgrade the cityâ€™s historic fire truck and bring lights to Fritz Field, groups are making impressive efforts to raise their share of the funding. The requests to the council include the inherent expectation the city will assist with funding the improvement at the ballpark in 2015 as well as the renovation of the truck in time for the Cologne Fire Departmentâ€™s 125th anniversary in 2014. Representing the Cologne Baseball Board at the Nov. 19 meeting, Craig Pexa and Darrin Good told the council lights would allow Fritz Field to host more games and attract more people to the city. The field was used 66 days during the summer and fall seasons by area school teams, the Cologne Hollanders town baseball club and a fall instructional league. The lights will cost about $150,000 â€“ although â€œsweat equityâ€? could reduce the cost to around $110,000, Good said. The baseball board has been working on fund-raisers for several summers. It hopes Now accepting applications for current & future 2 Bedroom Apartments at Belle Plaine Apartments. $488/ mo. Must income qualify. Call (952) 758-9004 for more information or pick up application at building, www.smrrental.com. TF
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to have about $40,000 raised toward the lights through fundraisers by the end of next summer and $50,000 to contribute by 2015. But Good and Pexa stressed they are not trying to pressure the city into helping with funding. â€œWe want to partner with the city and not doing it ourselves,â€? Good said. While he canâ€™t commit a future council, Mayor Bernie Shambour said the cityâ€™s participation in paying for the lights at Fritz Field could potentially be part a larger bond issue.
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Firefighter John Hendel, representing the Cologne Fire Relief Association, told the council firefighters have raised about half the $40,000 they believe will be needed to fully restore the cityâ€™s first motorized fire truck â€“ a 1924 LaFrance-Brockway â€“ to its original condition and transport it in an enclosed trailer. The majority of the funds for the project have come through drive-in theater nights the past few summers. The 2013 drivein is already slated for Aug. 1617. The truck will leave for the restoration project after the holidays. They hope to have it back by the summer of 2014. Along with the work on the engine and other facets of the truck, the project will require additional time to find as many authentic
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