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VVA Board of Directors February 9, 2020 Call to Order Troy Lesan, Lot 576, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. Members in attendance were Flint Hibler, Lot 183; Mark Leggett, Lot 72; Mike Booth, Lot 1259; Eric Odette, Lot 220; Tony Gronniger, Lot 2281; and Susan Zalenski, Lot 364. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Leggett led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Eric Odette moved to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2020, board meeting. Susan Zalenski seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No Report. Finance Committee: Eric Odette reported on finances. We ended 2019 on budget with a $32,793.41 gain. There was a motion made last month to use money from the deferred capital funds for the engineering study. Eric is asking for a new motion tonight to use what money we have in a State Farm Money Market account and the balance from the general funds for this study. The Finance Committee discussed the options for financing the construction phase of the dredge program and concluded that borrowing money was not a good option. Other possibilities are the sale of community areas and an increase in the special lake assessments. Eric also mentioned buying a wood chipper from Shad Mort, but Shad has decided not to sell his. Rental is an option and it will be discussed later in Board Action. Strategic Planning Committee: The Strategic Planning Committee did not meet this month, but Susan Zalenski announced the Board Candidates running at the March Annual Meeting. Those candidates are Celeste Armanees, James Funk, Marvin McNabb, Doug Holland, and Mike Booth. Activities Committee: Flint Hibler reported activities for March are the Wine & Cheese and Sip & Paint. Building Committee: Flint Hibler reported 2 new permits were issued in January. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger reported the Fire Department met Saturday and had a training session and tested the sirens. Tony also said one of their brush rigs is down, but parts have been ordered. Campground: No Report. Lake Committee: Troy Lesan reminded everyone about the Polar Plunge coming up on February 15. Infraction Committee: No Report. Dredge Committee Shawn Hepinstall reported on the Town Hall Meeting that was held Feb. 1. There were approximately 60 people in attendance and for the most it was a very positive meeting. Everyone realized the south end is in a critical state. Shawn broke down in to 3 parts what came out of the meeting. Two parts are short-term. We are going to propose to our members to sell some community areas. We have 23 of these areas and 5 have been identified that we could possibly sell. No one is losing access to the lake. There will still be 18 community areas that give members access. We are also looking at a one-time assessment to help fund this project. Shawn challenged the Finance Committee to think about short-term financing if we don’t get approval to sell the community areas or if they don’t sell right away. The third part is asking for an increase in the Special Lake Assessment. We need to do long-term planning. We need funds to possibly hire another full-time dredge person and funds for long term accrual. Even if we build a new structure now, 8-10 years down the road we may need to clean it or build another one. Shawn and Shad Mort went to Lake Lotawana last week. They have the same kind of dredge we have. They have reconfigured their dredge, so it is not breaking down as often and not clogging as much. There is a system for the front that we can purchase for about $1,200, as well as better seals so they don’t go out as quickly. We gathered a lot of useful information to improve the dredge. Part of the engineering process is that it dewaters the silt. This is why we need an engineered system. Our pond retains the water, so the dipping process can’t keep up. We need to go to the members and ask for support

Next VVA Board Meeting:

Volume 32, No. 10


ANNUAL MEETING March 1, 2020 The Viking Valley Association Annual Meeting will be held March 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the upper level of the clubhouse.

In order to attend the meeting, each person must be an Active Member in good standing. EACH PERSON MUST have their 2019 Membership Card with them to be admitted to the meeting. This is the only verification we have during registration that you are a paid member in good standing. A valid driver's license may also be required to validate identification. As stated in the Viking Valley Association By-laws, Article I and Article II, Renters and Associate Members are not entitled to receive notice of any meeting, to vote, or to participate therein. Only “Active Members in Good Standing” (record owner of a lot or tract of land located in Valkyrie Valley Subdivision) are eligible to attend and participate in the meeting.

Please remember: EACH PERSON MUST HAVE THEIR 2019 MEMBERSHIP CARD IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED TO THE MEETING! in the 3-part process. Jim Miller asked if we were going to reconfigure our dredge like Lotawana has. Shad Mort responded that yes, we are going to try some of these things, but to keep in mind, this doesn’t mean we will never break down. Another thing Shawn learned from Lotawana is they have 2 full-time people running their dredge. We need to consider this. In the increase we will be asking for, some of that will need to be allocated to hire another person. Lotawana charges fees for boat docks, paddle boards, boat stickers, and even kayaks to accrue money.Jeff Yuratovich asked how the funding options would be voted on. Shawn reiterated that the sale of community areas would be voted on first, followed by the one-time assessment. For the long-term revenue we would vote for an increase in the Special Lake Assessment. These will all be separate votes and the increase to Special Lake Assessments will be ongoing every year, with a vote every year. The realtors that appraised the community areas believe a couple of them could sell quickly, even this year. If the sale of these lots and the one-time assessment passes, that would give us the revenue to start from a construction standpoint. If they don’t sell, then we would have to go back to the Finance Committee and the Board and ask about short-term financing. We have options to work with, but we have to do something in order to keep our lake. Resa Wiltse asked what the realtors fees would be and Shawn responded that we would like to market them ourselves and save paying those fees. If a realtor would bring a buyer, we would certainly pay them a commission. Rex Williams asked what the proposed figure is for the one-time assessment. Shawn said it could be $100 or even $300 depending on the other options passing. The one-time assessment is so we can get started on the south end because it is in a critical state. Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. Dredge: The main pump is in Blue Springs for repairs. We are going to do some of the upgrades that were discussed in the dredge report. 2. At the last meeting Shad brought up a letter from the Assessor about the campground covers. Shad has talked to the Assessor again and these covers will not be assessed this year. 3. Annual Meeting Agenda – Shad asked the Board if they had anything to add to the agenda and if so, we need to know in the next couple days. 4. Lake Managers goals for 2020: Shad will update these goals at the April

6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2020 Lower level of the clubhouse

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Board Meeting. 5. Dog pound: the new dog shelter has been approved by the Dept. of Agriculture and we have paid the permit fee of $125. Financials: Flint Hibler moved to accept the monthly financial statements. Eric Odette seconded; motion passed. Guest Time Mark Leggett representing the Daviess County Special Road District #1 spoke about how the road district fits in with the lake. The road district was formed on October 13, 1984 and there are 3 commissioners that serve 3-year terms. The current commissioners are Ron Spidle, Mark Leggett, and Troy Knight. The road district is a taxing entity and the tax levy has to be voted on every 4 years. There are 9 miles of road that are entry levels coming into the lake. We have an annual agreement with Lake Viking on equipment. The road district owns a road grader and they rent it to the Association. We hire the Association for all road maintenance, such as trimming trees and chip & seal. The road district is funded by the tax levy. We get no federal funds. The road district has no debt. In fact, they have 3 CD’s on long-term investment. The Annual Budget is about $160,000 for revenue and $70,000 in expenses. The goal of the current commissioners is to start repaving the entrance roads. Depending on what process we use, it could cost $80,000 per mile. The plan is to alternate the roads and do some chip & seal and pave some that haven’t been paved before. Almost 3 years ago the road district spent $260,000 on 165th St. replacing tubes. There is a map in the office if anyone would like to see where the road districts roads are. A project being worked on right now by the road district is the bridge on 165th. It needs guardrails on it and Mark is working with the County to get this accomplished. There is also a 4’ tube that needs replaced that the County will also help with. The County takes care of all bridges and tubes for replacement. The road district meets quarterly in the Association Office on the 2nd Wednesday of the new quarter. Board Action 1..Activities Petty Cash: Eric Odette moved to set up a separate petty cash fund of $500 for the Committee to use when needed. Mark Leggett seconded;


motion passed. 2..Engineering study funds: Eric Odette moved that instead of using capital funds to pay for the engineering study, we should use a State Farm Money Market account of $29,415.12, and the balance needed from general funds. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. 3..HR Documents: Mark Leggett moved to approve the revised Personnel Manual dated January 2020. Eric Odette seconded; motion passed. There was discussion on the Organizational Chart about adding the Fire Department. Mark Leggett moved to accept the revised Organizational Chart and adding the Fire Department to that chart. Eric Odette seconded; motion passed. Mark Leggett wanted to thank Debra Hayes for all her work on bringing these HR documents up to date. 4..Wood-chipper: Flint Hibler asked the Board about buying a wood-chipper from Shad Mort. Shad has decided not to sell his chipper, but would rent it to the Association for $200 a day with his truck. Flint commented that renting one from Home Depot is $269 a day for just the chipper. Eric Odette moved to rent the chipper and truck from Shad Mort for $200 a day. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. Adjourn: Mark Leggett moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss personnel and Board organizational matters at 7:50 p.m. Eric Odette seconded; motion passed. Attendance: Doug & Resa Wiltse, Lot 494; Len Zalenski, Lot 364/365; Rex & Phyllis Williams, Lot 436; Shawn Hepinstall, Lot 583; Matthew McCubbin, Lot 1204; Robert Walton, Lot 217; Robert Hayes, Lot 389; Jeff & Janet Yuratovich, Lot 563/564; Jim Miller, Lot 455; Kim Spidle, Lot 341; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, Lot 2528/Office. Let the record show that these Minutes are a record of the business transacted at this meeting and a sampling of the discussions. Comments and discussions are not reflected in whole or as actual quotations in the minutes, nor do they reflect all comments by members. Respectfully Submitted, Mark Leggett, Secretary Board of Directors, Viking Valley Association


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2020 Budget Worksheet INCOME

2020 Proposed

Membership Dues



Special Assessments



Special Lake Assessments



Ramp Gate Assessment



Special Road Assessments



Deferred Maint./Capital Projects Assmts.



Collections on Delinquent Accts



Service Charge



Credit Card Convenience Fees



Campground income



Mowing receipts



Building Permit Fee



Clubhouse Income



Sales Income



Cemetery Income



Special Rd Dist 1



Fire Department Income



Activities Income



Interest Earned



Contract Income- PWSD # 3



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Viking Valley Association Viking Valley Association Income vs. Budget INCOME VS BUDGET For theMonths Twelve Months Ending December 31, 2019 for the Twelve Ending December 31, 2019

Clubhouse Renovation

Misc Income Total Income






2020 Proposed

Gross Wages-Admin



Gross Wages-Maint



Gross Wages-Dredge/Spec. Lake



Gross Wages-Security



Gross Wages-Housekeeping



Gross Wages-Pool



Credit Card Merchant Fees



Employer FICA Tax Expense



Employee Retirement



Administrative Expense



Employee Insurance



Insurance & Bonds



Taxes. Licenses & Permits



Legal & Professional



Promotional & Advertisement



Office Expense



Postage Expense



Maintenance Expense



Mowing Contract Expense






Roads (DCSRD #1)



Ramp Gate Expense



Security Expense



Fire Dept Expense



Special Lake Expense



Interest Expense



Clubhouse Renovation Expense















Dredge Fuel



Trash Expense



Campground Expense



Deed / Lien Expense



Cemetery Expense



Activities Expense Misc Expense


Fish Stocking Total Operating Expense

ACTUAL Income (400... 4100 4200 4150 4300 4350 4250 4400 4401 (450... 4550 4600 4650 4651 4700 4800 4850 4860 4870 4900 4910 4950






2020 Proposed



137,920.35 135,518.88 30,693.36 107,561.45 6,361.20 1,278.00 4,598.06 33,708.38 8,778.04 5,419.60 23,982.92 78,204.46 20,012.49 6,992.50 11,710.65 13,465.00 8,771.51 4,504.27 37,743.40 1,295.00 135,689.51 809.52 719.40 8,629.86 2,615.91 80,698.24 3,213.45 49,975.41 6,069.64 9,916.86 4,328.80 26,164.08 5,216.62 13,069.06 7,082.84 784.75 34.07 9,606.47 1,145.27 2,000.00

134,000.00 130,000.00 40,000.00 110,000.00 5,000.00 2,000.00 5,000.00 33,000.00 7,500.00 7,000.00 45,000.00 80,000.00 35,000.00 6,000.00 5,000.00 11,000.00 9,500.00 4,000.00 40,000.00 2,000.00 105,000.00 1,000.00 1,500.00 7,000.00 9,000.00 95,000.00 4,500.00 52,000.00 7,500.00 8,500.00 5,000.00 20,000.00 20,000.00 13,000.00 7,000.00 1,000.00 750.00 5,000.00 4,000.00 2,000.00

Total Operating Expenses





Net Income (Loss) before Taxes







Capital Expenditures


Net Income (Loss) after Taxes

2020 Capital Expenditures Asphalt roller





Maintenance pickup



Dump truck



Trailer / equipment



Ranger UTV



Concrete work / Clubhouse



Road tubes



Pontoon boats / Maintenance



Mini Excavator trade






Office furnace

Less principle on dredge loan



Pool filters

Less capital expenses



Deferred Maint./Capital Project Expense


(50,000.00) 22,906.00

99.84% 101.36% 100.44% 148.00% 100.98% 92.82% 228.27% 118.78% 106.31% 97.78% 78.86% 173.82% 102.30% 55.36% 57.85% 265.00% 60.57% 124.00% 262.19% 120.21% 151.50% 176.06%



3,920.35 5,518.88 (9,306.64) (2,438.55) 1,361.20 (722.00) (401.94) 708.38 1,278.04 (1,580.40) (21,017.08) (1,795.54) (14,987.51) 992.50 6,710.65 2,465.00 (728.49) 504.27 (2,256.60) (705.00) 30,689.51 (190.48) (780.60) 1,629.86 (6,384.09) (14,301.76) (1,286.55) (2,024.59) (1,430.36) 1,416.86 (671.20) 6,164.08 (14,783.38) 69.06 82.84 (215.25) (715.93) 4,606.47 (2,854.73) 0.00

102.93% 104.25% 76.73% 97.78% 127.22% 63.90% 91.96% 102.15% 117.04% 77.42% 53.30% 97.76% 57.18% 116.54% 234.21% 122.41% 92.33% 112.61% 94.36% 64.75% 129.23% 80.95% 47.96% 123.28% 29.07% 84.95% 71.41% 96.11% 80.93% 116.67% 86.58% 130.82% 26.08% 100.53% 101.18% 78.48% 4.54% 192.13% 28.63% 100.00%






1 new zero turn mowers w/o trade



($143.82) 10,454.19 655.45 1,200.00 479.38 (3,591.63) 25,654.01 1,314.52 189.31 (1,661.49) (3,171.61) 25,100.00 115.00 (2,232.00) (2,529.12) 825.00 (2,957.50) 240.00 8,109.60 1,616.67 1,545.00 11,409.43

Viking Valley Association 2020 Capital Expenditures

Net Income from Operations

Net change in cash position


$88,000.00 769,600.00 147,680.00 2,500.00 48,880.00 50,000.00 20,000.00 7,000.00 3,000.00 75,000.00 15,000.00 34,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 6,000.00 500.00 7,500.00 1,000.00 5,000.00 8,000.00 3,000.00 15,000.00

Total Income



$87,856.18 780,054.19 148,335.45 3,700.00 49,359.38 46,408.37 45,654.01 8,314.52 3,189.31 73,338.51 11,828.39 59,100.00 5,115.00 2,768.00 3,470.88 1,325.00 4,542.50 1,240.00 13,109.60 9,616.67 4,545.00 26,409.43

Operating Expenses 6000 Gross Wages-Administrative 6001 Gross Wages-Maintenance 6002 Gross Wages-Dredge {Sp. Lake} 6003 Gross Wages-Safety 6004 Gross Wages-Housekeeping 6005 Gross Wages-Pool Monitors 6006 Credit Card Merchant Fees 6010 Employer FICA Tax Expense 6049 Employee Retirement 6050 Administrative Expense 6051 Employee Insurance 6052 Insurance & Bonds 6053 Taxes, Licenses & Permits 6054 Legal & Professional 6055 Clubhouse Renovation Expense 6056 Promotional & Advertisement 6100 Office Expense 6103 Postage 6200 Maintenance Expense 6210 Mowing-Contract Expense 6250 Roads 6251 Roads {Special Rd. District} 6300 Ramp Gate Expense 6400 Security Expense 6450 Fire Department Expense 6500 Special Lake Expense 6550 Interest Expense 6600 Electricity 6700 Phones 6750 Water 6800 Heat {Propane} 6900 Fuel {Gas/Diesel} 6901 Dredge Fuel 7000 Trash Expense 7100 Campground Expense 7300 Deed / Lien Expense 7600 Cemetery Expense {Reimb} 7795 Activities Expense 7800 Misc. Expense 7900 Fish Stocking



Membership Dues Special Assessments Special Lake Assessments Ramp Gate Assessment Special Road Assessments Deferred Maint./Capital Projects Assmts. Collections-Delinquent Accts. Service Charge Credit Card Convenience Fee Campground Income Mowing Receipts Building Permit Fee Clubhouse Income Clubhouse Renovation Sales Income Cemetery Income {Reimb} Special Road Dist. #1 Fire Department Income Activities Income Interest Earned Contract Income-P.W.S.D. #3 Misc. Income






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6,000.00 143,000.00






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ity to issue written notices of violations of the Rules and Regulations (‘Violation Notice’). Current: The Infraction Committee shall hold individThe Viking Valley Association 1st four sentences ual hearings at regular Annual intervalsMeeting to hear will andbe The Safety Patrol shall have the responsibilconsider circumstances presentheld March 1, facts 2020and at 2:00 p.m. in theasupper level ity to issue written notices of violations of the ed by the alleged violator and a member of of the Safety clubhouse. Rules and Regulations (‘Violation Notice’). Patrol. (Remove next sentence) The The Infraction Committee shall hold public Infraction Committee shall have the authority hearings at regular intervals to hear and con- to impose a fine or judgment upon alleged In order to attend the meeting, each person must sider facts and circumstances as presented violator, not to exceed $500 per Infraction, beofanunless ActiveaMember in good standing. EACH of by both the alleged violator and member prescribed fine set by the Board the Security Patrol who issued the Violation Directors is specified in the rule, the suspenPERSON MUST have their 2019 Membership Card with Notice and determine whether or not the vio- sion of Association and facility privileges and them to be admitted to the meeting. This is the only lation stated in the Violation Notice occurred us and the payment of expenses incurred by and , if so, to set the punishment for eachverification vi- the Association we have during registration that you are a in connection therewith. olation. The Infraction committee shall have Add New Paragraph ORA Remove and paid member in good standing. valid driver's authority to impose such penalties as may be Replace Section 6 with the following: license may also be required to validate deemed just and proper upon those member The hearing may be attended by the aland persons which it finds in violation or have identification. committed infractions of said Rules and Regu- leged violator and/or member cited. The lations or By-Laws which may include the levy alleged violator may also be represented by counsel. AnyValley member not contesting of a fine not to exceed $500 per infraction, As stated in the Viking Association By-laws, unless a prescribed fine set by the Board of an Infraction may pay their fine at the Article I and Article II, Renters and Associate Directors is specified in the rule, the suspen- office prior to the scheduled hearing and not attend. are not entitled to receive notice of any sion of Association and facility privileges Members and need use and the payment of expenses incurredmeeting, by to vote, or to participate therein. Only the Association in connection therewith.


PRELIMINARY YEAR END 2019 Viking Valley Association Comparative Viking ValleyBalance AssociationSheet COMPARATIVE BALANCE SHEET December 31,2019 2019 December 31, 12/31/19

Current Assets 1050 1052 1056 1057 1058 1059 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1113 1500.00

Assets Farmers Bank BTC Bank Gen Checking BTC Bank CD #2 BTC ICS Edward Jones CD#1 BTC Bank CD State Farm Bank MM Ed Jones CD#2 Capital Projects Edward Jones CD Interest Edward Jones CD#4 Edward Jones CD#5 Farmers Bank Cemetery Petty Cash Total Current Assets

Fixed Assets 1590 1600 1605 1610 1615 1620

Current Year Cap Expenditures Equipment Buildings & Fixtures Accumulated Depr.-Equipment Lots Held For Resale Land (Lots) Total Fixed Assets

Other Assets 1900 1910


$0.00 158,549.07 31,876.73 182,253.95 225,000.00 0.00 29,419.59 67,000.00 121,960.24 110,000.00 225,000.00 16,775.17 500.00

$84,597.17 9,505.20 31,205.36 530,680.56 0.00 225,895.50 29,102.03 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 16,694.33 500.00



88,727.52 2,334,389.65 754,017.78 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,935.33



0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00







1,352.95 0.00 0.00 10.67 34.03 0.00 0.00 3,292.60 72,720.28

511.99 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100.52 105,506.83

840.96 0.00 0.00 10.67 34.03 0.00 0.00 2,192.08 (32,786.55)




599,143.73 1,306,325.01 342,991.11

599,143.73 1,042,000.90 264,164.11

0.00 264,324.11 78,827.00







Total Other Assets

Current Liabilities 2000 SIT Payables 2010 FIT Payables 2020 FICA Payables 2030 FUTA Payables 2040 SUTA Payables 2085 Insurance Witholding 2086 Garnishment / Support 2089 Simple IRA 2098 Commerce Bank (dredge) Total Current Liabilities Owners' Equity 3000 Investment in Fixed Assets 3560... Retained Earnings (400... Current Income Total Owners' Equity Total Liabilities & Equity

the following Standing Committees. Unless otherwise stated, all members of committees must be Active Members who are current in payment of all dues and all other charges, Pleasethe remember: fees and assessments as provided for under PERSON MUST HAVE MEMBERSHIP VARIANCEEACH ARTICLE IV and whoTHEIR have 2019 satisfied all monetary obligations imposed upon such member CARD IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED TO THE MEETING! under ARTICLE XIV. Proposed from Procedural Rules: ($84,597.17) The Board of Directors may appoint Special 149,043.87 Committees as they feel necessary. All mem671.37 bers must be active members current in dues, (348,426.61) 225,000.00 assessments and all other fees. The Board of (225,895.50) Directors will appoint the following standing 317.56 committees: Finance, Building, Activities, In67,000.00 fraction, Lake Nominating, Handbook, Strate121,960.24 gic, Dredge & Erosion and Campground. 110,000.00 225,000.00 • All committees shall have a minimum 80.84 of three active members and include at 0.00 least one Board member. • No committee or sub-committee may be 240,154.60 formed without Board approval. • All recommendations from committees shall be presented to the Board prior to any actions taken by said committees. (15,439.82) • No action may be taken by any commit69,473.69 19,253.83 tee member that has not been approved 0.00 by the chairperson, Board Contact and 0.00 the Board. 0.00 • New committee members shall be pre73,287.70 sented to the Board for approval.

73,287.70 2,403,863.34 773,271.61 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,935.33

State Inc. Tax Prepaid Federal Inc. Tax Prepaid Total Assets

“Active Members in Good (record owner of ARTICLE VIIIStanding” COMMITTEES Current: (1st three sentences) a lot or tract of land located in Valkyrie Valley The Board shall have the right to appoint such Subdivision) are eligible to attendasand other Special Committees theyparticipate feel nec- in essary. The Board of Directors will appoint the meeting.

Liabilities & Equity


Move the following from Procedural Rules, to be added as Section 7 Time of Voting At Annual Meetings, members have to be present at the time of respective votes for Board Candidates, budget and all other initiatives. Proposed: Move from Procedural Rules to MISCELLANEOUS BY-LAWS ARTICLE VIII Section 4) 1. Roberts Rules of Order shall apply to procedures of order in regular and special meetings. 2. Executive sessions may be used to handle confidential and sensitive matters, such as, but not limited to, legal, personnel, contracts, property negotiations and Board organizational issues. 3. Executive sessions may include the Board of Directors, Lake Manager and subject matter experts, as deemed necessary. 4. Votes cannot be taken in Executive session, (except on personnel matters.)


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Rotary Trivia Night raises $7,000 by Troy Lesan Well, the first weekend of February featured the Super Bowl, and we all know the favorable outcome by now. Yeah, how about those Chiefs? Kansas City fans will now have a year to bask in the glory of the ultimate supremacy of their football team while hoping for another championship in the near future. That same weekend also featured another battle royal for supremacy. Not on a huge national stage, but in a decidedly smaller venue – the 5th Annual Gallatin Rotary Club Trivia Night. This event has become a local tradition and was once again a huge success attracting over 200 persons to the Spillman Center in Jamesport as 22 teams competed for the coveted title. The event was a blast, and it provided answers for many questions that I’m sure have been on everyone’s mind. For example: What is Sting’s real name? How long did Prohibition last? And how about coffee? Everyone remembers the coffee commercials with Juan Valdez of Columbia, but which country really produces the most coffee to the tune of four times the production of Columbia? And, oh yes, many of us may know who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, but in what year was that done? And in what stadium? Whoa – pretty serious stuff. There were questions in the subjects of sports, science, nature, music, and geography to name only a few . . . and the winning team that answered the most questions correctly was: “Coronaberries” – Eric Neumann, Jeremy and Tash Dowell, Gina Dixon, Greg Houghton, Shonna Morrison, Mark Morrison, and Lanny Dixon – who donated their winnings back to the Rotary Club for community projects. Congratulations to the winning champs. The team I have been on for the past few years -

Kyle’s Quiz Kids – was last year’s champion, but this year we were around the middle of the pack. Alas, how the mighty hath fallen. Co-hosting the fun were the two trivia “dandies” pictured above. Doug Nichols and Lance Rains were dressed in bright tuxedos, reminiscent of actors Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the 1994 “Dumb and Dumber” movie. (This is a quote from the Gallatin North Missourian reportage – not my words.) As always, they played their parts well. This fun event raised about $7,000 with about $3,500 generated from 42 silent auction items. Oh, by the way, Sting’s real name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, and Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer by far. Prohibition lasted 13 years. And about the pitcher who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history? I’m actually old enough to remember that it was Don Larsen in 1956. As far as the stadium in which the feat occurred? Hey, I dunno. I mean the answer was one of two choices – Yankee Stadium or the old Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn – but I forgot already. That was obviously one of the questions we missed. Oh well, there’s always next year’s Annual Rotary Trivia Extravaganza.

Trivia “dandies” Doug Nichols and Lance Rains

The winning team: “Coronaberries” pictured from left, Eric Neumann, Jeremy and Tash Dowell, Gina Dixon, Greg Houghton, Shonna Morrison, Mark Morrison, Rotary President Sandy Ward, and Lanny Dixon



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February 14 Valentine Party By Shawn Hepinstall Dredge Committee Chairman March 7 Wine and Cheese 19 been amazing to me Sipthe andamount Paint of passion and care It March has always April 11 have for the stewardship Easter of Egg Hunt our members our lake. We have been April of 18the Lake Viking community Spring Garage SaleThe lake, the members for 20 years. May 2 our community are truly Cincospecial. De Mayo people, and Along the way there Poker Run haveJune been 6a lot of challenges and our members always make the 4 for the health of ourFourth rightJuly decision lake. of July Craft Clubhouse Silt and dredging have been a fact of Fair life from day one at Lake ViJeff Hower Anvil shoot of silt and king. Upon the completion of the lake in 1969, discussions dredging began showing up in theFireworks board minutes. 18 of 1975, just five short Patio Party with Band InJuly October years later, the first “mud cat” August 8 Kids Play Day (Blow Ups) dredge was purchased for $59,000. In April of 1976 the members Kids movie night 7-9 voted to approve the first dredge assessment, $10 per lot pm owner. Over August Scavenger Huntthe silt from comthe years we22 have done a lot to capture and slow September December ALLstudies Chiefswith noon games ing into the lake, –including engineer recommendations. September 12 Fall Garage Sale Retention ponds, rock weirs and stream bank stabilization have all 3 Beer & Bratswith a 9,203 acre wabeenOctober implemented. Lake Viking was designed October Trunkrain or Treat parkingsix main ter shed (14.331 sq. miles) that captures waterinthrough lot feeder creeks. Four of the main creeks are in the south end. As with Pumpkin any manmade lake in an agricultural area,painting silt comes in with the Costume contest water. October Adultwith Party Once again,31 our community is faced a major decision on how November 7 Firefighters Chili Cook Off to fund our dredging efforts and finance the construction of a new December 5 Cookie Decorating / dredging on basin to hold the silt on the south end of the lake. Each Wrapping Party removes 80,000-100,000 cubic yards of silt. the south end typically This is done every 4-5 years. During the annual meeting last year, the dredge committee presented an overview of this project, preliminary cost estimates between $500,000 to $700,000, and possible options to fund this major capital expense. During this year we have explored and gathered information on these options so our members can make an informed decision. 1. We created a Request For Proposal (RFP) which was sent to engineering companies for plans to build the silt retention basin. Preserving and protecting our lake is always one of our top priorities. Expanding or building a retention basis that could potentially hold 250,000-300,000 cubic yards of silt requires a professional plan from engineers with previous experience. We challenged them to develop a basin that will not only hold the silt but develop one we can maintain, clean out and use for many years into the future. We cannot afford to have a breech in the walls or build something that has a limited life span.

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2. Funding – options presented at the Annual Meeting a. 5 Year Deferred Maintenance Plan We currently have $67,000 accrued and are on target to commit an additional 50,000 to this fund YE. Projected total $117,000. b. New Dredge Assessment The current lake fund assessment is $30 per member. To raise enough capital via assessments it would require a substantial increase. 1,100 members x $100 = $110,000 1,100 members x $250 = $275,000 1,100 members x $450 = $495,000 c. Loan or Financing - Apply for a long term capital loan making monthly payments. d. Sell some Lake Viking Community Areas - We own 23 Community Areas. They are all important assets owned by our community. Twelve of them are used extensively by our members and are important amenities. Eleven of the Community Areas are dormant and get very limited, if any use by our members. The proposal presented for membership consideration would offer 4-5 of these Community Areas for sale to generate needed funds. They are buildable lots and not part of the feeder creek system that replenishes the lake. Selling a few of these Community Areas rather than harboring this unused asset can benefit everyone. I encourage all members to look at the lake map and visit the actual Community Area sites. This is a viable option for our members to consider. e. A Combination of the above - Any combination of the options listed above could be approved by members. A town hall meeting is being scheduled for Feb. 1, 2020, to discuss A Monthly Newsletter our options andfor inform our members. The decisions on how we move Lake Viking lot owners produced by Gallatin Publishing Company forward and what options we choose will affect the lake for years to come. The stewardship and health of our lake is something we are all concerned with and take pride in as Lake Viking members. Please watch for future announcements on this meeting in February.


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Meet the candidates for VVA Board ... Celeste Armanees Lot 62

Current career setting: Recently retired Number of years an Association Member: 10+ Previous VVA Board or committee service: None Additional personal or family data: My husband & I have 2 grown children, complete with grandkids & nieces and nephews… all who enjoy the lake as a “gathering place” where family & friends come together on many a weekend to make unforgettable happy memories for a lifetime. The lake is “our happy place”, so we are here almost every weekend… year-round. What qualities of Lake Viking led you to become a property owner? Lake Viking is the area’s “best kept secret”. Our quality of life here is truly something special, primarily due to the wonderful people and its small-town feel. Just being at the lake encourages us all to slow down and enjoy the “good things in life”—family and friends, some good old-fashioned R&R, the beauty of nature and each other. Describe aspects of your background that uniquely prepare you for Board service: As a medical sales rep for 28 years, I learned how to listen to all input from various perspectives. This is essential to gain agreement on: 1) Where we are (the current issue/problem); 2) Where we want to go (the end-point we want to get to); 3) How to get there (the best path/solution to reach that goal. In doing so, I developed organizational skills, analytical skills to identify various options for the best solution, researching the pros/cons of each option and presenting to an audience. Key to all of this is listening and understanding concerns from various perspectives…to achieve a mutual desired goal for all. What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing our Association? Preserving the lake’s quality of life for future generations. What are the top two issues you want the Board to focus on? 1) Dredging the lake 2) Financial stability Describe your vision for Lake Viking: Same as most members of this wonderful lake community, I want to pass on to our children and grandchildren our lake house & love of Lake Viking. I want to leave to future generations a Lake Viking in as good or better condition than when we found it This is part of being a good steward of wht we are all so blessed to enjoy as members of Lake Viking. We’re all in this together!

Mike Booth Lot 1259 Current career setting: Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Regional Coordinator; Kansas City, MO Fire Dept. (Retired – 28 years) Number of years an Association Member: 9 years Previous VVA Board or committee service: Current Board Member for the past 3 years. Lake Viking Fire Dept. Board contact and member. Campground Committee member, 2018 Campground Review working group chair. Additional personal or family data: We have five grown children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

What qualities of Lake Viking led you to become a property owner? We had started making plans to retire somewhere in north Missouri. After a few visits with family we really liked the beauty of the lake, fishing and most of all the welcome we received from members. Describe aspects of your background that uniquely prepare you for Board service: As a member of the Kansas City Fire Department. I was selected as the program manager for the Metropolitan Medical Response System Initiative. In this capacity I initiated several committees to assist with planning and responding to terrorism/mass care incident. I developed goals and objectives for each committee so that we were able to reach the desired outcome. As MO SEMA’s Region H Coordinator, I work with several local and regional committees that assist with the development of plans and resources to handle an emergency. What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing our Association? How to maintain, sustain and improve infrastructure and amenities such as swimming pool, culverts, dredge and maintenance equipment. What are the top two issues you want the Board to focus on? Updating aging maintenance equipment and funding to continue dredge operations. Describe your vision for Lake Viking: Ensure that we as members make decisions that will protect and improve the lake for the next 50 years.

James Funk Lot 2904

Current career setting: General Manager – Office Depot Number of years an Association Member: 8 years Previous VVA Board or committee service: Board Member 2018, Campground 2013 – present, Infraction Committee 2018-2019 Additional personal or family data: Married to Gina for 13 years. We have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. We enjoy having our kids and grandkids at the lake with us. This is a very fun and comfortable place to be and has always been a friendly community. This is the main reason we love it here at Lake Viking. What qualities of Lake Viking led you to become a property owner? The comforts of the lake and the peace we feel when we are here. The convenience of the lake to our house in Gladstone was also a big draw for us to purchase here and look to be here long into the future. Describe aspects of your background that uniquely prepare you for Board service: I served on the Board in 2018. I’m currently on the Campground and Infraction committees. I have been involved with the lake every year that we have been here. I’ve run thriving businesses for 32 years. What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing our Association? Funding of major projects that need to be done for the future. ie: Dredging and sustaining our infrastructure. What are the top two issues you want the Board to focus on? We have to focus and keep focusing on the future of the lake. I believe there has been a good start with the Strategic Planning Group this past year. Describe your vision for Lake Viking: My vision is to try and help keep our beautiful, friendly lake that way. By having people wanting to buy and stay at the lake in the future. By showing what the lake is about people, will keep coming and help keep the lake flourishing.

Doug Holland Lot 676 Current career setting: Retired Number of years an Association Member: 15 years Previous VVA Board or committee service: None Additional personal or family data: My wife Mary and I have resided in Saint Joseph, MO most of our adult life and been mostly summer residents at Lake Viking since 2004. We have two daughters Sarah and Clara, and seven grandchildren. I graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I’ve worked in the fields of Manufacturing, Customer Service, Distribution, and Transportation for 37 years; retiring as an officer for Hillyard Companies in 2017. I feel my experiences with people, budgets, and problem solving could be beneficial as a Lake Viking Board Member. My gratitude for those that have served the lake as volunteers in the past motivated me to give back. What qualities of Lake Viking led you to become a property owner? Family oriented summer recreational lake close to our home in St. Joseph, MO. Describe aspects of your background that uniquely prepare you for Board service: I have had experience serving on committees and problem solving most of my career. What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing our Association? Demographics of members and their participation. What are the top two issues you want the Board to focus on? Finance and Lake Describe your vision for Lake Viking: I would like to see our lake continue as a vibrant summer destination for generations to come.

Marvin McNabb Lot 28 Current career setting: Retired Number of years an Association Member: 20 years Previous VVA Board or committee service: None Additional personal or family data: My wife Candace and I purchased Lot 28 in 2000. We enjoyed many years of evening and weekend use until six years ago when we relocated to Parker, Colorado. I retired in 2016 from Ferrellgas and my wife retired in July of 2018. We built our retirement home earlier that year and have been fulltime residents at the lake since July 2018. What qualities of Lake Viking led you to become a property owner? We had seen signs for Lake Viking on our many trips to Des Moines. On one such trip we decided to drive thru and were so taken with the serenity and beauty that we started looking for a lot. We visited the lake every weekend for several months before we found it and we decided then we would retire here. Describe aspects of your background that uniquely prepare you for Board service: I have previously served seven years on the Board of Directors of Parvin Estates, a 300 unit not for profit, mixed us apartment complex in Kansas City. I served four years on the neighborhood homes association of Northbrook Neighborhoods in Kansas City. I was a finance [Continued on next page]


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committee member and chairperson for six years and council president for four years for our church in Kansas City. What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing our Association? I feel the greatest challenge facing Lake Viking in the years to come is to balance the needs of those who call Lake Viking home year around, many on a fixed income, with the many who look to Lake Viking as a weekend getaway from the city. The cost to live here at Lake Viking is increasing at such a rate that might find some longtime members unable to afford to remain in homes they once thought would be their last What are the top two issues you want the Board to focus on? 1. The lon-term solution to address and control erosion and silt issues that consume so many resources and so much time for everyone who cares about the futre of this lake. 2. Ensuring that this lake association stays solvent while remaining affordable for its members. Describe your vision for Lake Viking: My vision for Lake Viking is that the beauty and serenity we all enjoy so much is preserved and enhanced by careful planning and execution of critical processes that ensure we have a safe, friendly and affordable community I would also like to see our community actively engaging suppliers leading to natural gas and high-speed internet being installed around the lake.

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2020 census count to begin in March The Missouri 2020 Census Complete Count Committee has launched a statewide media campaign to educate Missourians on the importance of being counted in this year’s census. The campaign will receive help from notable figures such as Ozzie Smith, Benji Molina, and Maya Moore. “A complete count of all Missourians in the 2020 Census is critical to the wellbeing of our residents for the next ten years,” Governor Mike Parson said. “We are proud of our Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee and its partners around the state for working hard to share this important message and ensure Missouri counts in 2020.” Census Day is April 1, 2020. In mid-March, Missouri citizens will begin receiving postcards asking them to respond to the 2020 Census through the 2020 Census website or by phone or mail. The state’s 2020 Complete Count Committee is asking all Missourians to make sure all people living in their household are counted. When all Missourians are counted, communities receive more funding for education, hospitals, roads, and more.

Assessment sheets due Daviess County property owners should have received their 2020 assessment sheets. Please return assessment sheets to the office by March 1 to avoid penalty. Penalties range from $15 to $105, based upon valuation of the property. These penalties are assessed by state statute. Timely submission of your assessment sheet allows tax entities to record accurate valuations, which in turn enables tax levies to be based on the correct valuation. The office will be open through the noon hour from January through April. Please come in or call the office if you have any questions, 660-3300 Ext. 1.

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ARTICLE XI - DWELLING RENTALS Section 1. A member can only rent one house at a time. Only a house is an eligible rental property. Garages, unimproved lots, shelters, private docks, private shorelines, beaches and campground spaces are not eligible for renting to non-members. Individual rooms in a house cannot be rented separately. Rental is for the entire property. Section 2. Non-member renters will pay Viking Valley Association a Renter’s fee for every whole or part of every 12 month period equal to the current year dues and Assessments. This Fee does not constitute any kind of membership. This Renter’s Fee is due on or before first day of occupancy. Member is responsible for ensuring Renter’s Fee is paid on or before first day of occupancy and upon any extension or renewal of lease. This fee is not refundable or subject to proration under any circumstances. We are grandfathering in the 10 current renters as of March 6, 2016 for the term of the current lessee. Section 3. Non-member Renters must show the Member’s guest pass for access to the pool, clubhouse facilities, beaches and community areas. If a Member is not in good standing, the Member’s guest passes are invalid. Section 4. No non-member renters are allowed to have watercraft titled in their name on the lake. All watercraft must be titled to a property owner. Renters with a valid guest pass may only use watercraft of a member in good standing. All watercraft are stickered according to the lot number of the Member. No guest and/or non-member watercraft allowed. Section 5. It is the Member’s responsibility to deliver a copy of their lease in its entirety to the Association office prior to the start of renter occupancy. Member shall have 10 days to notify the Association office of any changes or amendments to that lease pertaining to occupancy extensions or renewals. Section 6. Every non-member renter must attend a Zebra Mussel information session at the Association office within 10 days of the first day of occupancy. Section 7. All non-member renters must abide by the By-Laws, Covenants and Restrictions. Members shall be responsible for compliance of such Rules and Regulations by renters.


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a)All City dwelling owners (houses, mobile King Lumber homes and dwellings of a similar construc208 E. Putnam tion) will have their lot number prominentKing City, MO 64463 ly 660-535-4337 displayed so that it is clearly visible from theCurrent roadway. Notes: July 2016: Four New Pix b) Lettering and numbering needs to be3716, located h/customers/king city lumber/ at 0174, least 33808, inches4466 high and sign colors need to be contrasting colors so the sign is easily read. c)Owners having multiple adjoining lots may include on the sign at the principle residence. d)Lots with structures (shelters, sheds, boat or swimming docks, decks, etc.) will have their lot number(s) prominently displayed so that it is clearly visible from the water (on lake front lots) and from the road way. e)As of August 1, 2014, all docks must have their lot numbers displayed on the lower right side of the dock, facing the water. All lake front dwellings will have lot numbers clearly visible from the water. This rule is in place for your safety in case of an emergency! Safety, Fire Department, First Responders and Ambulance personnel need to be able to see your address and lot numbers to respond!!

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2020 Polar Plunge – the last installment of a great run By Troy Lesan In terms of the weather, what a difference 24 hours can make. Early Friday morning, Feb. 14, the temperature was five below zero. The next day, on Saturday, Feb. 15, it was warm and sunny with the thermometer headed for 40 degrees. That was good news for the participants in the 13th Annual Lake Viking Polar Plunge. Although the water was still cold – very cold! — the improvement in temperatures made it more tolerable for the 44 brave souls coming out of the water. It was another fun-filled and exciting day in the 13-year history of this Lake Viking event, but this will be the last year. Next year the probable location of the plunge will be Chillicothe. Seven groups of plungers scampered into the frigid water then hurried back out and made a headlong sprint for the heated tents to change out of their cold and soggy clothes. All totaled, 44 plungers (including one pee-wee plunger) helped raise $11,000, but those numbers tell a bigger story. A few years ago, there were 100 plungers with $32,000 raised at the Lake Viking event. The noticeable decline is a result of several factors, the biggest of which is the absence of Jim and Judy Rash. The Rashes are former residents of Lake Viking, and although they moved to the Trenton area several years ago, they remained as the event’s biggest promoters. There were years in which Jim Rash was personally responsible for $25,000 in funds raised, and Judy worked hard on organizing the event each year. When Jim stepped out of plunging two years ago, as a result of doctor’s orders, the writing was on the wall. Another factor is the absence of the Cameron Crossroads Correctional Center which has closed. Crossroads took the lead as the sponsoring law enforcement organization for the Lake Viking Plunge in the beginning. Carrie Pfeifer and the Chillicothe Correctional Center have done an admirable job of taking care of business during the past few years and, in fact, the growing number of participants from Chillicothe has made that city the logical candidate to hold future plunges for the area. It was a wonderful run for Lake Viking. Thirteen years of memories. (See the Lake Viking 50th Anniversary History, pages 25-27. Copies available at the Association Office or online at lakevikingmo. com.) Good luck to Melody Prawitz and the Saint Joseph group of the Special Olympics of Missouri for the future.

The team from Lake Viking Marine and the Trenton police department in the ice cold water at the 13th Annual LV Polar Plunge. Plunge Results: $11,000 raised by 44 plungers, Host agency was Chillicothe Correctional Center. Special Olympics of Missouri is grateful for the support of the Lake Viking Association and Lake Manager Shad Mort throughout the years. Golden Plunger Awards: First Individual - Catherine Jackson-Martian; Second Individual - Elijah Henington, NASA Astronaut; Third Individual - Emmett Young, NASA Astronaut. 1st Team: Access II – Lady Aliens; 2nd Team: Chillicothe High School - Green Aliens; 3rd Team: The Justice LEOs/Trenton PD - Tie Dyed Highest Fund-raiser Individuals (All from Chillicothe Corrections): 1st Mike Lowe - $2,500; 2nd Mark Parkhurst - $1,503; Catherine Jackson $900. High Fund-raiser Team: 1st Access II - $520; 2nd Lake Viking Marine - $375; 3rd The Justice LEOs -$270. Top Schools: 1st Chillicothe HS - $1,533.83; 2nd Gallatin HS - $500; 3rd Cameron HS - $180.

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Where else will you see a Polar Bear and an alien from outer space? These Cameron High students are headed for a “chilling” experience.

This group led by Trenton High School students can’t get out of the water fast enough

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“Wayne” Burris was a longtime Lake Viking resident. He was intelligent and thoughtful with interests in the medical profession, land conservation, hunting and fishing. He always knew where the fish were biting and the size and species of the

fish being caught. And he usually knew the fishing report at neighboring lakes. At Lake Viking, the Burris residence featured an impressive display of big game trophies. Upstairs, there was a nice rack of moose antlers and a large bear skin rug from Wayne’s hunting adventures. Downstairs featured stuffed birds, ducks, small game, and larger trophies from a hunt in Africa. Also in the basement was a full-sized vault from the famous Jesse James Gallatin Bank robbery in 1869. There were also impressive fishing trophies on the wall and it is again fishing that comes to mind when remembering Wayne. At the Lake Viking business office there are maps available to interested parties that show fishermen the locations of 30 crappie beds around the lake. Wayne helped build some of these crappie beds and was helpful in creating the map. Seven years ago, when Wayne was on the Board of Directors, he started a campaign to raise the awareness level of a dangerous threat to aquatic life on the lake. He began talking, to anyone who would listen, about the threat of zebra mussels – an invasive species, originally from Europe that was spreading like wildfire around lakes in the Midwest. Wayne stressed that zebra mussels, once introduced to a body of water by boats or even fishing gear and life jackets from other infected lakes,

could reproduce at an astronomical rate and devour vegetation which in turn resulted in massive fish kills. Wayne went to government agencies for brochures and pamphlets and started a campaign to get the information out. The Fourth of July is the biggest weekend at the Lake and I remember one of those weekends where Wayne and his friends stood at the main entrance of the lake handing out brochures to vehicles coming into the lake. Wayne was a tireless advocate, an evangelist, and his message was prevention. He stressed that there were measures that could be taken to keep the invasive species out of the lake, and because of his early perseverance, Lake Viking implemented a security gate for incoming boats and a hot-wash station that is mandatory for incoming boats that may have been on other lakes. And even inexpensive monitors that cost about $3 to build which will provide early detection allowing for corrective measures before the situation gets out of hand. Lake Viking is an ever-changing landscape with new lot owners coming in all of the time, and today, it still remains zebra mussel free. Property owners who continue to enjoy the uncontaminated waters of the lake owe a great debt of gratitude to Wayne Burris and most don’t even realize it. ~ Troy Lesan


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Almost everything... you need to know about Lake Viking Lake Viking 2020 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Ramona Miller, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Resa Wiltse, Janet Hillman, Vicky Walton, Janet Yuratovich, Eric Odette (Board Contact) Board of Directors Board of Directors: President, Troy Lesan; 1st Vice President, Susan Zalenski; 2nd Vice President, Mike Booth; Secretary, Mark Leggett; Assistant Secretary, Tony Gronniger; Treasurer, Flint Hibler; Assistant Treasurer, Eric Odette. Viking Valley Association Board of Directors Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. All members in good standing are welcome to attend. Building Committee Flint Hibler (Board Contact), Doug Wiltse, Jim Miller and Tom Johanson. Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building permits are required to be approved by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Viking Valley Association. Campground Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Flint Hibler, Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Mike Booth (Board Contact). Community Strategic Planning Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Don Leeper, Kenny Southwick, Randy Tague, Susan Zalenski (Chair/Board Contact) Dredge Committee Shawn Hepinstall (chairman), Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Shad Mort, Mark Leggett (Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Flint Hibler Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Chairman), Missy Leggett (co-chair/ secretary), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, Troy Lesan, Flint Hibler, Tom Johanson, Eric Odette (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Tony Gronniger (Board Contact). Infraction Committee Roger Lankford (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, James Funk, Mark Leggett (Board Contact) Infraction Committee meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m., Lower Level Clubhouse. Lake Committee Shirley Leakey, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Sherry Krehbiel, Mike Krehbiel, Ramona Miller, Tom Johanson, Robert Walton, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Special Road District Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle, Troy Knight Volunteer Fire Department Rusty Hendricks, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mark White, Mark Closterman, Anthony Dirks. Mike Booth (Board Contact). Fire Department meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the firehouse in the association main parking lot. If you have the interest and the time to serve your community, be sure to attend the next meeting.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3

Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2020 - SubDistrict #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2022 - Sub-District #4; Randy Tague term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #1; Harlan Horst, term expires 4/2020 - SubDistrict #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the PWSD No. 3 office. Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. All payments for metered water bills are to be made payable to Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Daviess County, Missouri. You may abbreviate as PWSD #3. If you have any questions, contact the PWSD No. 3 office, 116 Waterworks Dr., Gallatin, Mo. 64640 (located at the water plant). Phone 660-663-2771. For the convenience of customers of Public Water Supply District No. 3, a drop box is available at the front door of the office located at the water plant for the payment of water bills. Payments received after 4 p.m. in the drop box will post the following day. For the convenience of Association members, a drop box is available in the front door of the association office for the payment of association bills.



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Viking Valley Association Office Address: 144 E. Main, Gallatin, MO 64640 Office Hours: April 1 - Labor Day Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Day after Labor Day - March 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Property Owners

Emergency Phone Numbers * DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY ....................911 Ambulance - Fire - Rescue * Fire - Lake Viking Fire Dept...............................911 To Report Fire Only * Lake Viking Safety Patrol.................660-663-2204 * Sheriff, Daviess Co...........................660-663-2031 or 663-2149 * Highway Patrol (Emergencies) ....1-800-525-5555

***************** Important Phone Numbers * Association Office.............................660-663-2131

You are responsible for your guests and their actions. It is your responsibility to educate them on the rules and regulations of Lake Viking. Lake Viking is private property, but all lots are owned by some other individual. Please do not drive or ride ATV vehicles or bicycles on neighboring lots, or walk across lots to fish or use others’ property without first getting the property owner’s permission.

* Maintenance Barn.............................660-663-2777

Fishery Guidelines

* Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9...660-663-2134

Bass: Release all bass 12” to 19”. Fishermen can keep one bass per day of 19” or longer. Crappie: Keep all crappie caught, within the state limit, which is 30 per day. Walleye: Fisherman can keep Walleye at least 21” in length, release all catches under 21”.

Mowing Regulations

You are required to have your lot mowed by May 1st, June 1st and September 1st of each year. If you do not keep your lot mowed, or hire a contract mower, the Association will mow it, and bill you $90.00 for each mowing.

The Association does not want to be in the mowing business.

Please self-mow your lot or hire a contract mower to do it for you. All contract mowers are required to submit a customer list to the Association office. If you are not on their initial list, you may be accidentally billed by the Association, so please contact your mower early. The below listed mowers have registered with the Association office and can usually be reached in the evening. There may be other mowers who advertise in the Lake Viking News.

Contract Mowers Can Save You Money

Jason Burns......................................... 660-605-2151 Mike Cline............................................. 816-465-0092 Eric Critten.......................................... 660-663-9122 Randy Gatton....................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig................. 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244 Ron Huston..............660-663-3234 or 816-390-5161 Jeff Johnson........................................ 660-334-0604 Jim Miller..............................................816-520-3280

Please Keep Control of Your Dogs

Dogs are not allowed off the member’s property and shall be contained by a fenced enclosure or controlled by a leash. Guests’ dogs are included. Violation of this rule may be subject to an Infraction Ticket issued to the property owner.

Building Permit Notice

Building Permits are required, but not limited to the following projects: fences, storage shed, shelters, decks, boat docks, boat houses, room additions, porches and any alteration of the roof line; and any other construction that requires large earth moving equipment, concrete trucks and other equipment that requires multiple axle trailers. Failure to comply with building regulations could result in a minimum fine of $500 and loss of lake privileges. Any construction not in compliance with these regulations could result in forced relocation of the structure.



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Watch When & Where You Burn!

Anytime you are burning brush, etc., on your lot, make certain you are burning on your lot and not someone else’s property. Unattended burning is prohibited and burning is not allowed when winds are in excess of 15 mph and shall be subject to an Infraction Ticket and fine.

Member Reminders

• Helmets are required to be worn when operating a motorcycle within the Lake Viking Subdivision. • Goose population control is hard to manage... The first step in this process is DO NOT FEED THE GEESE!

* Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant).....660-663-2771 Roger Barker - (Emergency after hours)....660-334-0100

* Lake Viking Marine, Inc., Lot #1000.660-663-3722 * Farmers Electric Co-op., Inc. * During business hours............1-800-279-0496 * After Hours...............................1-800-927-5334 * Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.1-800-346-6844 or 1-800-778-7652 * Windstream Telephone Company * Customer Service (Residential).1-800-347-1991 * Repair Service.............................1-800-782-6206

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PWSD #3 of Daviess Co. CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2020), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2020), Mark White (2021), and Troy Lesan (2021). Jeffrey Speaker (2022) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent; Gary King, operator; Diane Hulett, clerk; Mark Baltzer, Bartlett & West engineer; and Robert Hayes, guest. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Harlan Horst moved to approve the minutes of the Jan. 21, 2020, Board of Directors meeting. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENT There was no public comment. OLD BUSINESS Mark Baltzer from Bartlett & West gave a presentation on the completed engineering study. After review by the board, a motion was made by Harlan Horst and seconded by Mark White to accept the Engineering Study Report as presented. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Roger reported that the official DNR Inspection Re- Open Meeting Feb. 18, 2020

port had been received with no major issues to report. NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Harlan Horst moved to approve the January financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Mark White seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. The bank signature card was updated to reflect the recent change in director. The audit figures from Karlin & Long were presented for review. Troy Lesan made a motion to approve the 2019 Audit. Harlan Horst seconded. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Amendments to the annual budget were discussed. Troy Lesan made a motion to amend the 2020 Operating Budget as presented. Mark White seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger reported that the carbon in the GAC units will need to be replaced prior to May 1. He also informed the board that he will be attending the upcoming MRWA Annual Conference. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be March 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Harlan Horst

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Help Wanted Accepting resumes for City Hall Secretary. The City of Gallatin, Missouri is accepting resumes for a full-time City Hall Secretary. The secretary’s responsibilities will include collecting utility payments, calculating the daily deposit, answering calls, taking messages, completing work orders and service orders. The secretary will be expected to provide administrative support to the City Clerk and City Administrator. The City is seeking an individual with strong customer service skills which will include providing helpful information, answering questions, and responding to

complaints. Compensation will be based on experience and include an excellent benefits package. Submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and references to: City Hall Secretary Search, City of Gallatin, 112 E. Grand, Gallatin, MO 64640. How to Apply/Contact: Resumes will be accepted until 4:30 pm on March 9th, 2020. Please contact City Hall for additional information at 660-6632011. The City of Gallatin is an equal opportunity employer.

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Rule Changes February 2018 Dumpsters (Building Regulations) - page 19 of handbook: Dumpsters and/or a portable receptacle capable of containing construction debris will be required for onsite construction, at the property owner’s expense, but is not limited to: New home construction, garages, hangers and home additions. Other projects that may require the use of a dumpster or receptacle will be determined at the time a permit is approved. Both the permit and the job site placard will identify the container requirement. A dumpster or receptacle on new home, garage, hanger or home addition construction is not required until the foundation is completed. Only scrap lumber may be piled outside of the container and burned on the job site in accordance with burning rules and guidelines. Material waste where no permit or dumpster/ receptacle was required may be placed in the appropriate receptacle in the maintenance yard in accordance with refuse disposal restrictions and yard disposal rules. Failure to secure and maintain a debris receptacle will result in a minimum $250.00 fine. (2/2018) Smoking in Clubhouse - page 38 of handbook: Smoking in the Clubhouse is prohibited at any time. (2/2018)

Attention Members

The Viking Valley Fire Department will be meeting the 2nd Saturday of every month @ 9 a.m. at the Fire Station. The Sirens will be tested at this time.

REMINDERS!! 6 Exceed Maximum

Posted Speed Limit: The maximum speed limit for the operation of any vehicle or conveyance upon the roads, ways, streets, and thoroughfares of the subdivision shall be thirty (30) miles per hour except in those areas where additionally restricted speed limits may be posted, whether temporary or permanent.

6 Improper Parking:

The parking of motor vehicles on the traveled portion of any street, road, or way within the subdivision is prohibited except for an emergency which does not allow immediate removal.

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The Associa�on provides dumpsters for the Beaches, Campgrounds and some Community Areas, for the purpose of accumulated trash in these areas, not day to day household trash. Please DO NOT dump building materials of ANY kind, such as lumber, sheetrock, shingles, etc. in these dumpsters.

Private Ramp Recommendation The Board of Directors would like to recommend that all private ramps be chained and locked when not in use by property owner.


for Committees and Their Members The Board of Directors may appoint Special Committees as they feel necessary. All members must be active members current in dues, assessments and other fees. The board of directors will appoint the following standing committees: finance, building, cemetery, infraction, lake, nominating, handbook, strategic, and campground. ~ All committees shall have a minimum of three active members and include at least one board member. ~ No committee or subcommittee may be formed without board approval. ~ All recommendations from committees shall be presented to the board prior to any actions taken by said committees. ~ No action may be taken by any committee member that has not been approved by the chairperson, board contact and the board. ~ New committee members shall be presented to the board for approval.

About your trash service Just a reminder to all members with dwellings or commercial buildings, you must pay for trash service to the trash removal company providing the service. Full time residents will pay for 12 months of trash service and weekend or part-time residents will pay for 6 months of trash service (April 1 thru Sept. 30.) If you need the phone number for our trash service, please contact the association office, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. for more information @ 660-663-2131. Anyone setting trash out prior to pickup day must have trash in a container with a closeable / sealable lid. (This was adopted, by motion, at the Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 10, 2008.)


Runway for Aircraft Only Now that spring is here, not only is there an increase in boat traffic, but also more aircraft using the LV airport. While we do not have a great deal of air traffic, remember that our runway is for aircraft use only. For your protection, and that of others, please keep all vehicles and pedestrians clear of the airport runway at all times.

JUST A REMINDER SPEED CREATING EXCESSIVE WAKE: Trolling speed will be used when approaching within seventy-five (75) feet of boat docks, marina, and coves marked with Association buoys, or other areas marked with permanent or temporary Association buoys.

Animal Rules & Regulations Allowing dogs to roam/animal bite: Dogs are not allowed off the member’s property and shall be contained by a fenced enclosure or controlled by a leash. Guests’ dogs are included. Any animal whether leashed or unleashed that attacks or bites a person, and after review of the circumstances, is deemed to be a vicious animal and must be removed from the lake. The owner of the animal is subject to a minimum $500.00 infraction ticket.

Cemetery Decorum

Flower bouquets are permitted any time of the year. For the spring and summer seasons beginning March 1st and extending to December 1st of each year, no wreaths or sprays, or other decorative materials shall be used on any lot, except such decorative materials as can be contained in vases mounted to the marker base. Exceptions will be made for a period of one week following an interment service, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Wreaths, flowers, and other materials left on graves, which have withered or become unsightly, will be removed by the cemetery without notice. Wreaths and other decorative materials must be removed from shipping boxes and containers before placing said materials on any grave.

ATTENTION CAMPERS Just a reminder, camp spaces are NOT transferrable with the sale of your lot or camper. The campground agreement that each of you have signed states: Section Eight: Privilege Not Assignable Licensee’s privileges under this Agreement shall not be assignable by Licensee in whole or in part.

Attention Dock Owners!! Boat dock wiring must be protected by a ground fault interrupter (GFI). If your dock wiring is not GFI protected an electric accident can occur. You can purchase a GFI electrical tester at any hardware store to see if you are already protected or contact a qualified electrician to install a GFI to protect your dock.



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Murder in Daviess County, MO


The shooting of Editor Wesley Robertson Veteran Editor Shot to Death

Tarwater Gets 35 Years

Thursday, Dec. 25, 1919

Wesley L. Robertson, senior editor of the Gallatin Democrat, and widely known and esteemed Northwest Missouri newspaper publisher, was shot down and fatally wounded in the Democrat office about 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon by Hugh Y. Tarwater, city clerk. A .32 caliber gun was used, and three bullets struck Mr. Robertson, one going through the right lung, ranging downward, and coming out in the small of the back, another just below the right shoulder blade, and the third through the third finger of the left hand. Mr. Robertson died at 7:15 p.m. No tragedy in years has shocked and stirred the community more than this sad affair and is deeply deplored. The shooting is a result of differences of extended standing. The Democrat is defendant in a libel suit, the result of publishing an article in the paper last spring, charging Mr. Tarwater with drunkenness. Following publication of the article, Mr. Tarwater sued the Democrat publishers for $20,000, alleging his character and good name had been damaged to that extent. The case was called at the October term of the Daviess County Circuit Court, but was continued by agreement to the February term. Tuesday night some important depositions were to have been taken in the case and it is said Tarwater was giving much thought to the final results of the trial. The facts, as we are able to ascertain, are as follows: Mr. Robertson was at his desk in the Democrat office attending to his usual routine of work. Henry Beck of near Jameson, had just finished making a subscription payment to him and was leaving the office as Tarwater entered. In just a few brief minutes the fatal shots were fired. Mr. Beck had just time enough to go up the street, and had reached the Knauer Store when attracted by crowds going to the Democrat office. R.J. Ball, postmaster and partner of Mr. Robertson in the Democrat, entered the office just as the shots were fired. He was coming to the office from the post office, and had passed Mr. Beck in front of the Hope Undertaking Store, two doors south of the Democrat office. As Mr. Ball passed the south window of the Democrat office, he saw Mr. Tarwater standing in front of the middle door which leads back to the press room. Just as Mr. Ball entered the front door of the office, we understand, the first two shots were fired. Mr. Ball made a rush for Tarwater, but the bullet from the weapon had struck Mr. Robertson. He fell just in front of the door, with his head toward the desk north side of the office. Mr. Ball engaged in a scuffle with Tarwater in an effort to get the gun, and it is said, the gun exploded while they were wrestling, the shot grazing Mr. Ball’s coat. Mr. Ball got hold of Tarwater’s hand which held the gun, and called for help to Arthur Daugherty, who works in the mechanical department of the Democrat, and who was in the back room. Daugherty rushed to his assistance and was followed by Fred Harrison, who was correcting some proofs on the Democrat’s linotype machine. Efforts were made by the three to get the gun from Tarwater. He held to it until the arrival of Constable Ben Houghton, who took the gun from him, and placed him under arrest.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 1920

Missouri’s Newspaper Martyr

The scene of Tarwater confronting Uncle Wes was one of four selected by the Missouri Press Foundation to be featured in the Missouri Press Heritage Collection. A print of the work by artist James Burkhart is displayed at Gallatin Publishing Company, 609B South Main. Other heritage prints also on display depict “The First Wilderness Newspaper,” “The First Newspaper Press Arrives in St. Louis,” and “The Country Newspaper Office,” a typical scene during the 1930s. Wesley L. “Uncle Wes” Robertson was editor and co-publisher of the Gallatin Democrat for over 25 years, the first president (1891) of the Northwest Missouri Press Association, president to the Missouri Press Association (1901), and is remembered as Missouri’s Newspaper Martyr. His funeral services, conducted by the Rev. G. B. Smith at the Methodist Church under auspices of the Masonic and Oddfellows lodges, was exceptionally large. Mr. Ball refuses to make any other statement than that the killing of Mr. Robertson was just plain, cold blooded murder. Mr. Ball suffered greatly from the shock, had several bruises about the face and eyes, and was under the care of physicians Tuesday night. Physicians were called as soon as possible, and Mr. Robertson was removed to his home. Shortly after arriving at home, he became rational, and made a dying and signed statement to L.B. Gillihan, prosecuting attorney. He was able to recite the facts which Mr. Gillihan put in writing, read to him and he signed same. Tarwater was taken in charge by Constable Houghton and turned over to Sheriff J. Atch Blair, who took Tarwater to St. Joseph, where he was placed in jail. We are told that here was some little talk of violence on the part of the street crowds, and the sheriff took precaution by taking Tarwater out of town. Tarwater made the following statement Tuesday night in St. Joseph: “Let the people decide from the condition of Uncle Wes’ body, whether or not the shooting was in self-defense. I did not intend to shoot anyone. I could have shot Ball as he came in from the back room, but I did not intend to shoot anyone.” The Democrat was very active in waging a war to clean up the town of bootleggers. It was during this crusade that the article appeared which referred to Mr. Tarwater, and charged him with drunkenness.

Inquest, Dying Statement Thursday, Jan. 1, 1920

The preliminary hearing of Hugh Y Tarwater, charged with the killing of Wesley L. Robertson, late editor of the Gallatin Democrat, will be held in Gallatin Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1920, before Squire J.T. Cope. The state’s attorneys are, Nat G. Cruzan, special prosecutor, assisted by Scott J. Miller and T.H. Hicklin of Chillicothe,

and Omar Robinson of Kansas City. Tarwater has retained Attys. Boyd Dudley and J.C. Leopard to defend him. The coroner’s inquest into the death of Editor Wesley L. Robertson was held last Friday. The inquest was conducted by Dr. J.D. Dunham of Pattonsburg, coroner. The hearing was started about 10 a.m. and the first work of the jurors was to view the body. The jury listened to five witnesses, Drs. M. A. Smith, P. L. Garner, Sheriff J. Atch Blair, Constable Houghton and R. J. Ball. The jury was composed of Don R. King, John Musselman, Lewis Smith, A.T. Ray and F.A. Fi(sic)erer and W. Glen Smith, foreman. At the inquest, Mr. Robertson’s dying statement was read. It follows: “I, Wes L. Robertson, believing that I am mortally wounded and that I cannot live, I make the following statement as a dying declaration: “Hugh Y. Tarwater came into my office on the afternoon of the 23rd day of December and said to me, I want it understood that I do not want anything published in this paper (meaning the Gallatin Democrat), in which my name appears, and I said, we are running this paper and will print what we want to. He repeated the request again, and I do not remember what I said to him. We were both standing and he again said, you understand that I do not want anything printed about me in your paper and I do not remember what I said, but he commenced shooting at me.” Signed, Wes Robertson The jury finished the examination of witnesses at 3 p.m. and returned the following verdict about one hour later: “We, the jury find that the deceased came to his death from wounds produced by shots fired from a revolving pistol, a deadly weapon, against the body of the said Wesley L. Robertson by Hugh Y. Tarwater at Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri, on Dec. 23, 1919, and we further find that the deceased was unarmed at the time he was so shot and killed, and that the shooting and killing of the deceased by the said Hugh Y. Tarwater was premeditated, deliberate and malicious.”

The jury returned a verdict at 9:30 a.m. finding Hugh Y. Tarwater guilt of murder in the second degree and fixing his punishment at 35 years in the state penitentiary. Mr. Tarwater was not moved by the verdict, and seemingly evinced no interest in the court decree as read. The verdict was singed by Louis Dowell as foreman. When the case of the State of Missouri against Hugh Y. Tarwater, charged with the murder of Editor Wesley L. Robertson Dec. 23, 1919, was given to the jury last night at 6:45 p.m., it was the end of one of the longest and most hotly contested trials in the history of Daviess County. The trail was commenced Oct. 11, making nearly 11 days of continuous hearing. After listening to more than six hours of closing argument on the part of the attorneys, the jury only remained out about an hour and a half last night, retiring at 10:30 p.m. It took them only a little more than one hour to reach a verdict this morning. There were not many present in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Throughout the trial, the courtroom had been jammed to hear the evidence. Mrs. Tarwater, who had been with her husband every day in court, was unable to be present this morning on account of sickness, due to a nervous breakdown. Tarwater was called to the stand and told how he decided to go to the office of the Democrat and ask “Uncle Wes” not to mention their difficulties in the Christmas issue of the paper. His boy was to be home for Christmas, and he wanted the day unspoiled, he said. Tarwater claimed the editor said ‘You are a scoundrel and should be published every day. You have been drunk and crazy for the last 20 years” and then struck him a vicious blow which knocked him into a desk. He said he began reaching for his revolver in his hip pocket and saw Robert Ball coming in the door. “Ball dived and jumped on me. I knew two were on me. I knew I had to shoot. I wanted to shoot. I tried to shoot. The next thing I knew a man was in front of me demanding the revolver.” Mrs. Tarwater was on the stand some time, and told of the years she had lived in fear of him. She stated ever since he had returned from the asylum she had lived in fear. Also how the husband had ‘shot up’ the house, under illusions that he was shooting at his enemies. The defense had experts on the stand as to sanity tests. The jury was instructed that they could find the defendant either guilty of murder in the first or second degrees or guilty of manslaughter, or acquit him upon the grounds of self defense or insanity.

This information reprinted from selected editions of the Gallatin Democrat. Bound copies of the Democrat and North Missourian are archived at Gallatin Publishing Co. Microfilm of old newspapers may be viewed at the Daviess County Library in Gallatin. Digital editions since 2000 may be viewed online at

Reprinted from the January 22, 2020, issue of the Gallatin North Missourian



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