Lake Viking News April 2021

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VVA Board of Directors Annual Meeting Call to Order Tony Gronniger, lot 2281, called the meeting to order, held in the upper level of the clubhouse as well as via Zoom at 6:34 p.m. Board members present were Mark Leggett, lot 72; Celeste Armanees, lot 62; Troy Lesan, lot 576; Marvin McNabb, lot 28; Mike Booth, lot 2380; and Allan Slavin, lot 181. Mark Leggett led in prayer. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tony Gronniger opened the meeting with the Vision/Mission Statement: “Lake Viking is a private lake aspiring to preserve our community and environment for future generations.” Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2021 board meeting. Celeste Armanees seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports: Handbook Committee Celeste Armanees reported the committee has one proposed rule change to be discussed later in the meeting under board discussions. Finance Committee Finance Committee met via Zoom on Thursday April 8. Attending were John Kmetz (chair), eight other committee members, and board president Tony Gronniger sitting in. Financial statements were reviewed with attention given to several line item expenses that were above last year’s. Administrative expense was larger due to extra expenses incurred at our annual meeting and additional expense for implementing our new office phone system and safety app. Office expense was disproportionately high this time of year due to seasonal expense of statements (dues invoices), membership cards, etc. Propane cost was also higher but we have everything topped off and should be good until September. Money (dues payments) are coming in now, and the money that we’ve had in checking

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will sustain us without having to dip into bucket one of the Morgan Stanley fund, which presently has earnings of approximately $8,000 above the amount invested as of April 9. Another line item that looks different is #7100 Campground Expense, which is way above last year’s amount. The reason for this is accurate tracking. Sally has pulled campground’s usage out of VVA electric, water, and trash expense and instead put it under campground expense. Going forward, the finance committee would like to further differentiate campground non-utilities vs. campground utilities by creating a new line item “#7101 Campground Utilities” to track these higherdollar expenses of electric, water, and trash. So going forward, VVA electric, water, and trash expense line items will show lower due to the corresponding amounts appearing under new line item 7101 Campground Utilities. That means the existing line item 7100 Campground Expense will be non-utility expenses such as gravel, repairs, a small annual cost for lagoon maintenance, etc… and eventually campground manager reimbursement. Mowing expense will be handled just as it is with association lots. Individual campground members will be billed, just as association members are billed if our staff mows their lots. It was further noted that moving campground’s labor expenses, such as wages paid for bathhouse cleaning and other staff wages, to a generic line item would complicate the reporting of wages for end-of-year taxes. Instead it was agreed that Shad would document these labor expenses as they occur, to track on a separate schedule then add at year-end to campground expense, so can accurately calculate the new campground fee structure for 2022. These and all items will be compiled in September so VVA can calculate total income vs. total expenses and thus set “selfsustaining” campground fees for 2022, according to the campground study recommendation.



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May 16, 2021 6:30PM

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All members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you want on the agenda, you must notify the office on or before the Monday prior to the board meeting.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Can anyone identify a problem here? Has there been a natural disaster? Clean-up from a tornado? Earthquake? Heck no – this is just a typical weekly scene at the Association Dumpsters in the maintenance area. As for the answer to the previous question . . . please read Marvin McNabb’s article on page 6. This is his second article on a growing problem at Lake Viking.


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CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2023), called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2024), Harlan Horst (2023), Jeffrey Speaker (2022), and Mark White (2024). Also in attendance were Roger Barker, Water Superintendent, Gary King, Operator, and Diane Hulett, Clerk.

NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Troy Lesan moved to approve the March financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Harlan Horst seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried.

Reorganization of the board was discussed. Harlan Horst made a motion to retain the same APPROVAL OF MINUTES officers. Troy Lesan seconded. All members Harlan Horst moved to approve the minutes of voted to approve; motion carried. the March 16, 2021 Board of Directors Meeting. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members were in DISCUSSION favor; motion carried. Troy Lesan moved to ap- Superintendent Report: prove the minutes of the April 7, 2021 Special Roger reported a leak was repaired at the south Board of Directors Meeting. Jeffrey Speaker end of the lake by Decker Construction earlier seconded. All voted in favor; motion carried. this month. He also informed the board he has found two companies that sell TOC Analyzers, PUBLIC COMMENT and a purchase will be completed once the warThere was no public comment. ranty on each is checked. OLD BUSINESS Kyle Parkhurst, President, announced the next Roger reported that equipment bids from three regular meeting would be May 18, 2021 at companies were recently received. A meeting 4:00pm at the water plant. Troy Lesan moved to with the engineers and potential contractors has adjourn at 5:45 p.m. been scheduled at which time the bids will be reviewed. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker



Special Open Meeting — April 7, 2021 CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2023), called the special meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2024), Jeffrey Speaker (2022), Harlan Horst (2023), and Mark White (2024). Also in attendance were Charlie Zitnik with D.A. Davidson, Sarah Smith with Gilmore & Bell, Roger Barker, Water Superintendent, Gary King, Operator, and Diane Hulett, Clerk. The matter of authorizing the District to adopt Resolution 2021-02 came up for consideration and was discussed. Kyle Parkhurst introduced the resolution as follows: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO. 3 OF DAVIESS COUNTY, MISSOURI, REFUNDING AND IMPROVEMENT CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION, SERIES 2021 AND AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING CERTAIN DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE CERTIFICATES. On motion made by Harlan Horst and seconded by Troy Lesan, the resolution was read and put to a roll call vote. All members were in favor; motion passed. The special meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker


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Strategic Planning Committee - No Report Activities Committee Celeste Armanees reported the calendar of 2021 activities has been posted. The Sip ‘n Paint was held on March 20. The garage sale is April 17. The committee is proposing a new event: Bass Fishing Tournament. Troy Lesan commented he’d like to see the activities committee do another “Meet and Greet” for new members with Jason McTheeney from safety giving a presentation on rules r Regulations. The committee will look into this. Building Committee Marvin McNabb reported there were 18 permits to review in the month of March. Two of those permits were houses. Marvin moved to add Matt Hibler to the Building Committee. Mike Booth seconded; motion passed. Allan Slavin asked if the committee was giving consideration for extra extensions due to the pandemic’s construction delays. Flint Hibler responded that they were giving up to a year on big projects without having to pay extra fees.

Fire Department Tony Gronniger reported the SCBA’s have been certified with only one needing repaired. Tony provided copies of the new fire department SOP for the board. The sirens were tested at this month’s meeting. The fire department is always looking for new volunteer members.

PWSD #3 in construction of a new water plant. The water department is not on VVA property and has individual ownership of water-plant lot; however the plant construction is subject to approval by Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), whose oversight and requirements are more comprehensive than anything VVA has in our building requirements.

Campground Committee The 15 new spots recently added to campground #1 are ready and have been assigned, so the wait list for camp spots is shrinking. There are only two people left on the 30amp wait list. There are two open 50amp spots in campground #1, and two open spots in campground #2.

Infraction Committee / Safety Mark Leggett reported this year’s first meeting is next week. This will be a clean-up meeting for the 12 tickets given at the end of 2020. James Funk (chair) is unable to attend this meeting, so Jason McTheeney will be conducting the meeting. Allan Slavin is the new board contact for this committee.

Lake Committee Troy Lesan reported that roadside inspections have begun. The committee will meet in a couple weeks.

Dredge Committee Mark Leggett asked Shad Mort when they would be taking depth measurements. Shad responded they need to move some docks and add some pipe first. Shad Mort reported the new structure at Garney is almost full, so we will need to monitor it closely so it doesn’t overflow. Shad and Shawn Hepinstall are discussing the possibility of a camera system from the dredge overlooking the pond, so the operator can check the level of the pond periodically.

Water Plant Troy Lesan reported that questions have arisen on whether a VVA building permit is needed by

Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. The bar-coding system and the new phone system are operational. There have been a few bugs to work out in these systems, but we are working on them. 2. The new safety boat is scheduled to be complete by May 6. We have the shipping arranged at a cost of $1,950. Jason McTheeney and John Oaks will be going to the manufacturer in Oregon for orientation on the new boat. 3. Marvin McNabb got quotes for installing cameras at maintenance area overlooking dumpsters, and at beach 2. 4. Shad asked the board about changing the board meeting in May, which falls on Mother’s Day. The board changed the date for the May meeting to May 16th. 5. We have a new safety employee, Peggy Lankford. 6. Shad let the board know we have tentatively scheduled several events at the clubhouse. Shad asked if it was safe to open the clubhouse back up for these events. The board gave the okay to open the clubhouse for rentals, with a COVID risk sign posted on the door. Financials Mark Leggett moved to approve the financial reports. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed. Guest Time: No guest time Board Discussions 1. Trash: Shad Mort reported that of the four companies we sent our RFP, two trash companies responded with their bid for trash service. The current contract expires May 31, 2021. After discussing the two bid proposals, the board decided to ask Affordable Disposal to negotiate the residential price of their bid. Mark Leggett has negotiated it down, but would like Shad to talk to him also. The cost spent last year on commercial and residential trash was compared with the new bids from both companies. The board will put this on hold until Shad can negotiate a lower bid price. 2. Activities: Mark Leggett moved to add the proposed Bass Fishing Tournament on Aug. 14th to the activities schedule. Celeste Armanees seconded; motion passed.

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3. Campground: Mike Booth reported the pole has been set for internet service in campground #1. Currently waiting for Farmers Electric to place a meter. Celeste Armanees discussed a clarification change in verbiage to a motion already approved in February for Handbook pg. 30. The original motion passed in Feb. reads: “Max two (2) total spaces per VVA member: VVA annual dues & assessments must be paid on 2nd space (effective Mar. 1, 2022).” Celeste moved to revise it to the following: “Max two (2) total spots per VVA member. “One lot, one spot”: If don’t own a 2nd VVA lot, then the equivalent of VVA dues & assessments must be paid on 2nd spot (effective Mar. 1, 2022).” Mark Leggett seconded the motion. Tony Gronniger opened the floor for discussion. Mike Booth commented he believed this is the same as charging another set of dues and assessments. Troy Lesan asked how many people this would affect. Flint Hibler responded 23 people currently have two spaces. James Funk asked why there was not a grandfather clause for the people who have two spaces now. James also commented he is in favor of the campground being its own entity and they could have their own board and not have to answer to the association board. Mark Leggett replied they would still have to answer to the association and bring a campground budget to the board for approval. Mark also commented campground 2 feels left out. Mary Hibler said she has four new campers already asking for a second spot. Mike Booth did not think this should be voted on now. He would like to see a full year’s financials on the campground before we ask for more fees. Mike also did not like the verbiage of “equivalent to” dues & assessments. After discussion, Tony Gronniger called for a vote. There were four yes votes and two no votes. Motion passed. 4. LLC as members: Mark Leggett discussed an issue the office is having with properties deeded to LLC’s. The problem is identifying the actual VVA member. The office is not getting a clear definition of who actually owns the property, hence the office doesn’t know who to bill or send correspondence to. We ask for their articles of Incorporation, but many times only the attorney’s name who prepared the paperwork is on the document. The office looks for the LLC’s Registered Agent, which in many cases is again the attorney, but not the lot owner. Mike Booth asked if we could just use the president of the LLC, but Mark responded that not all LLC’s list the officers. Mark Leggett moved that anytime a deed shows an LLC as the lot owner, a drafted addendum will be sent with the VVA membership application asking for the point of contact and their role in the LLC. Allan Slavin seconded; motion passed.

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Adjourn: Mark Leggett moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel and board organizational matters at 8:11 p.m. Celeste Armanees seconded; motion passed. Attendance: Flint & Mary Hibler, Mark & Stephanie Closterman, Robert Walton, James Funk, Don & Carolyn Leeper, Shad Mort (Lake Manager), and Sally Zerbe (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, Celeste Armanees, Secretary VVA Board of Directors Next VVA Board Meeting:

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What goes in the burn pile and what goes in the dumpster? By Marvin McNabb VVA Board of Directors

The board of directors is currently engaged in negotiations to renew or replace our trash Hello Maddie and Jennifer! A couple of things regarding my contract. During this process I have visited the husband's ads for the paper dumpster area several times. I noticed each time and Make Viking News: that it seemed the dumpsters were filled with you do not have a trash mostly burnable materials. Yes, carboard boxes, What does this mean?1.IfHe wants to change the time,just you to: are not to use construction wood, furniture, and even several contract, Full or Partname the dumpsters as your weekly trash service. gallons of paint. Ward Appliance Repair the Owners of unimproved lots can purchase paying theI As you might notice in one picture, a grill was privilege to use the dump 2. Let'sby start with a$25 2x3at ad. Association Office and receive a stamp on your forgot to get his photo file thrown into the dumpster. I have observed before he wentIttoalso bed,means so if I membership card as verification. appliances, a load of bricks, a lawn mower, and don't have it to you by the not use the dumpsters, an empty propane tank. The list could go on but visitors and guests may time you need it in the same for contractors.morning, maybe just go with I think the point has been made. some line art that you think

would be good,with or maybe no to be familiar the rules Who can use the dumpsters in the maintenance We urge all members images are needed? Don't put what burns in the burn area? The Rule Book contains the following: for dumpster use, to worry about the patriotic pile and scrap metal of any kind theme, either. in the trailer Maintenance yard dumpsters are the only approved dumpsters for members with parked her of that purpose. Foam, drywall and 3. never Here isbethe critical put in the burn contracted service or unimproved lot owners treated lumber should information we need: pile. Did you know that one tablespoon of ash who purchase a trash stamp. Ward Appliance Repair Warren Ward Electrical Engineer, Field Service Technician 816-266-5119

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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 @ 660-322-9001 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.)

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MDC encourages public to support hummingbirds during spring migration Ruby-throated hummingbirds travel hundreds of miles back to the U.S. after spending the winter in the south.

Clean out those feeders and fill them with nectar – hummingbirds will soon arrive in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to learn more about these tiny fliers during their spring migration.

use feeders in the spring – they’ve just arrived, and they’re hungry!”

“Hummingbirds are important pollinators for many plants that require a long-billed pollinator and they also eat numerous insects,” Kendrick The diet of a hummingbird consists of flower noted. “They bring a lot of joy to many people nectar, tree sap, and even small insects. Those who feed and watch them, and draw people in to who would like to put out feeders are urged to learn more about other birds and nature.” steer clear of adding red dye to sugar water. “It’s time to prepare those feeders! In addition to putting out feeders, growing Hummingbirds will start to make appearances “Adding red dye to hummingbird nectar is native plants is another great way to help in Missouri in mid-April,” said MDC State completely unnecessary – the birds are still hummingbirds and other migratory birds. Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick. “Some have attracted to the red of the feeder and the dye “Native plants, shrubs, and trees attract the most already been reported in Arkansas.” could be harmful to the birds,” Kendrick native insects, which are a vital food source for stressed. “Hummingbirds drink the sugar water breeding birds and their nestlings. Great native Ruby-throated hummingbirds spend the winter without the coloring. May as well save yourself options for hummingbirds include cardinal in Mexico and Central American and begin their a step and err on the side of caution.” flower, jewelweed, and trumpet creeper.” spring migration north as early as March. To track their migration and report hummingbird To make your own sugar water, dissolve one To learn more about native plants for your sightings, Kendrick recommends visiting part sugar with four parts boiling water. Cool landscape and to find retailers, visit grownative. Journey North at the mixture before filling the feeder and replace org. ZDK. This real-time site shows where the birds sugar water before it gets cloudy. In hot weather, have been seen this year as they make their way feeders should be emptied and cleaned twice YOU KNOW: Ruby-throated back to the U.S. and Canada. per week with hot water and a weak vinegar DID solution. In cooler weather, feeders can be hummingbirds average 55-wing strokes per second! These speedy birds often hover, but can Kendrick explained hummingbirds can lose up cleaned once per week. also fly upside down and backwards. Males will to half their bodyweight during their journey. The ruby-throated hummingbird is Missouri’s show off their skills by flying back and forth in “During migration, many fly non-stop over the smallest nesting bird and the only hummingbird a U-shape to attract a female. Learn more about Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula to that nests in the Eastern United States. Despite this species by visiting MDC’s online Field the Gulf Coast of the U.S. – and then they do it their petite size, they make a big impact in the Guide at again in the fall,” she said. “That’s why so many ecosystem.


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Some rural hospitals receiving CARES Act money, some not Some rural hospitals in Missouri are receiving as much as $150,000 in CARES Act funding to help offset a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Others, meanwhile, might have to pay back parts of previous pandemic-related relief.

Plans slated for Missouri Days Marching Festival Plans are underway for the 2021 Missouri Days Marching Festival in Trenton set for Saturday, Oct. 16. “This year will be special in many ways,” reports Phil Ray, speaking on behalf of the Marching Festival Steering Committee. “With the cancellation of last year’s festival resulting in the staging of a virtual marching festival, we fully expect everyone wanting to be back on the street, on the court, and on the field as we look forward to the 2021 marching season. “This year, Missouri is celebrating its bicentennial, and Trenton is the home of THE Missouri Day Festival. We will be welcoming several special guests from across the great state to celebrate with us on Oct. 16.” The Missouri Days Marching Festival will once again play host to numerous bands from across Missouri and southern Iowa. This year’s marching Festival will include parade, indoor guard, indoor percussion, and field show competitions. Ray says, “We strive to create a diverse panel of judges to offer a fair and conducive educational environment for students and instructors, a longtime tradition of the local marching festival.” Online registration is now available for schools who are ready to register for the October event by going to Missouridaysmarchingfestival@ Watch for more announcements about special additions to this year’s event.

Abrutz said he has been made aware Cameron Regional Medical Center may have to pay back about half of its payment protection loans, amounting to about $5 million.

“We would hope to receive some of the money from that $1.9 trillion this year, but unless A news release from the Missouri Department there’s something different it would be a of Health and Senior Services stated 62 rural pleasant surprise if we received any money of hospitals that provide services to underserved what was passed a couple weeks ago,” Abrutz populations would be receiving funds if they said. “We were pleased with what we received can attest that business interruptions resulted in last year, but quite frankly we were not pleased with what was passed by the administration and loss of revenue. Congress.” But that doesn’t include all medical facilities. Officials at Cameron Regional Medical Center Dave Dillon, a spokesman for the Missouri not only don’t expect to see new CARES Act Hospital Association, said in an email that funding, they are concerned they may need to overall rural hospitals are expected to have a positive operating margin for 2020, but each pay former grants back. hospital has its own set of financial challenges. Joseph Abrutz Jr., hospital administrator at Not all received grants, and some will have to Cameron Regional Medical Center, said some pay back portions to the U.S. Treasury. Payment Protection Program (PPP) grant money previously given to the facility may need to be Mr. Abrutz said the hospital has provided a significant amount of resources for COVID-19 returned to the federal government. testing and vaccinations and has used money Mr. Abrutz said the hospital received more out of its own pocket. He said he believes they than $11 million last year for payment of about could use more grant money than they have 400 workers. He said the Cameron hospital received. experienced a revenue dip of around $13 million dollars this year.




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Old age assistance in Daviess County, MO

1913 Infirmary

1949 Daviess County Boarding Home

1966 Highlands Nursing Home

Gov. Warren Hearnes at Highlands Nursing Home Dedication Public efforts to assist the elderly and poor date back to the Civil War in Daviess County, MO. A 160-acre “poor farm,” purchased in 1864 for $15 an acre, was soon discarded; a 100-acre farm located five miles southwest of Gallatin was then purchased, using its white 2-story home as an infirmary beginning in August, 1873. By 1914 operating conditions at the county farm were described as miserable. A petition signed by 700 taxpayers proposed a special election to erect a modern 1992 Alzheimer’s Unit Addition infirmary. The ballot proposition, however, was defeated. Improvements were authorized by the majority of voters approved the measure. county as revenue permitted in the ensuing years. In 1965 all buildings on the Before and during the Great Depression there were very few nursing homes operating in America. nursing home grounds on the When the parents became elderly, they usually lived west edge of Gallatin were with their children. In the late 1930s the government razed except for the house initiated steps to provide old age assistance to the el- where most nursing services were given. derly in a more organized fashion. The Daviess County From February 1936 to July 1937, the federal government spent approximately $149 million dollars for Nursing Home of Gallatin old age benefits nationwide. The average pension var- was voted on May 21, 1966. ied from place to place. The pension bill, as originally Construction for a facility to announced, called for a maximum payment of $30 a accommodate 64 residents was $550,000 with $275,000 to month to single persons and $45 a month to couples. In 1944 Daviess County constructed a wing on an be paid by bond issued for 20 existing residence on 120 acres of land purchased the years and $275,000 supplied previous year on the west edge of Gallatin. The county from Hill-Burton funds. The county commission apcourt then leased the home to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boor as a private Daviess County Boarding Home. pointed a Board of Directors Other couples contracted to operate the home at vari- to make decisions relative to ous times. In 1959 the county reached a lease agree- the building and operation of ment with Earl and May Dowell for their operation of the nursing home, including 2009 Daviess County Daviess County Rest Home. The lease called for an the selection of an administraannual payment of just $12; records show a new water tor. The board reorganized at least twice before the facility began operations on Feb. 1, 1968. The new faservice line was constructed. In 1964 an initiative petition put a new nursing cility was located on the same acreage already owned home proposal on the spring election ballot. This first by Daviess County. John Gotschall was the first nurseffort failed to attract the necessary 2/3rd-majority ing home administrator when 22 residents moved into threshhold mandated by law. But those favoring a the new facility from the old county home which stood new nursing home were encouraged since a simple nearby. This old county home, leased by Mr. and Mrs. Denver Whitt, was razed upon completion of the new facility. The official name of the nursing home as announced in 1968 at dedication ceremonies was Highlands Nursing Home. Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes 1993 Gallatin Sunrise Center was guest speaker at ceremonies held in July. At that Private enterprise also provided elderly care. In 1952 Sullivan Nurstime all 64 beds of the new facility were in use. ing home changed ownership and became Cox Nursing Home at 611 In October 1973, voters approved a $140,000 bond W. Johnson Street in Gallatin. Another home, Eastside Nursing Home issue to add 16 rooms (32 beds) to expand Highlands located on East Grand, merged into the Cox home which became an Nursing Home. The effort was spearheaded by com18-bed facility. In 1983 Everett and Beverly Boyd purchased the home, munity leader Roland Merrigan. Evelyn Morrissey renaming it Gallatin Sunrise Center. New construction was completed succeeded John Gotschall as administrator and in May, 1993, expanding services to offer adult day care and assisted served in this capacity for many years. living apartments as well as nursing and residential care. Facilities later The next significant upgrade occurred in April 1992 closed for nursing care, privately sold for other use.

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1999 Daviess County Care Center

Nursing & Rehab when voters approved a $125,000 bond to construct an Alzheimer’s Unit on the east wing of the nursing home. Marketing the improved facility was reflected in a new name, Lake Viking Health Center. In 1999 the Lincoln Group entered into a 10-year management lease with the county. The facility was renamed Daviess County Care Center. In 2009 a company with offices in West Des Moines, OsbyCorp, took over management of the nursing home, changing the name to Daviess County Nursing & Rehab. The company renewed its 10-year lease agreement with the county and continues managing the nursing home in Gallatin today. Despite management changes, many local citizens still commonly refer to the nursing home as “Highlands,” a name pointing to its proximity to the highest elevation (Highland Switch) on the former CRI&P railroad which bisected Daviess County east and west. The Daviess County History Book noted that Highlands had been home to 723 people when the book was published in 1985. No update on this census is kept.

Information includes reseach by Daviess County Clerk Ronetta Burton and local historian Wilbur Bush. If you can add more details or photo identification or if you have other old photos of anything relating to the lifestyles and history of Daviess County, MO, please email We’re updating our archives and want your input.

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Lake Viking 2021 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Ramona Miller, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Resa Wiltse, Janet Hillman, Leanne Lee, Vikki Walton, Janet Yuratovich, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact), Dan & Connie Weidmaier

Board of Directors

President, Tony Gronniger; 1st Vice President, Mark Leggett; 2nd Vice President, Mike Booth; Secretary, Celeste Armanees; Assistant Secretary, Allan Slavin; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Assistant Treasurer, Marvin McNabb.

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.

Crappie: Keep all crappie caught, within the state limit, which is 30 per day.

Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger (Board Contact), Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Terry Nibarger, Sue Wolf, Brad Trenkle, Don Leeper, Susan Zalenski (Member), Anthony Dirks

Dredge Committee

Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Shad Mort, Rick Roberts, Shawn Hepinstall (Chairman), Mark Leggett (Board Contact)

Employee Board Contact Mark Leggett

Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Committee Member), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, John Kmetz (Chairman), Lyle Alexander, Missy Leggett, Flint Hibler, Marvin McNabb, Celeste Armanees, Troy Lesan (Board Contact)

Handbook Committee

Fishery Guidelines

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 Eric Critten.......................................... 660-663-9122 Randy Gatton....................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig................. 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244

Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact)

Jim Miller..............................................816-520-3280

James Funk (Chairman), Allan Slavin (Board Contact), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, Kyle Loehnig, Ed White, Bob Shinogle

The Lawn Rangers...............................214-577-7223


Lake Committee

Shirley Leakey, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Mike Krehbiel, Sherry Krehbiel, Eric Odette, 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.

Gary Salmon........................................660-663-9363 Lyle Hoover..........................................816-244-0752

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.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3 Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2023 - Sub-District #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2022 - Sub-District #4; Mark White term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #1; Harlan Horst, term expires 4/2023 - Sub-District #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4 pm at PWSD No 3 office. Office Hours: 8am-4pm • 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. Online payments can be made at 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.

* Fire - Lake Viking Fire Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911

* Association Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660-322-9001

Bass: Release all bass 12” to 19”. Fishermen can keep one bass per day of 19” or longer.

Community Strategic Planning

Ambulance - Fire - Rescue

Property Owners

Marvin McNabb (Board Contact), Doug Wiltse, Jim Miller, Flint Hibler, Matt Hibler.

Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Mike Booth (Board Contact)

* DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . 911

Important Phone Numbers

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.

Campground Committee

Emergency Phone Numbers

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. 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.

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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!

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 *****************

* Maintenance Barn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660-663-2777 * 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 * Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9. . . 660-663-2134 * 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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Stay Safe …

Shirley Gallup 1937-2021 Shirley Gallup, 84, of Cameron, MO, passed away Saturday morning, March 27, 2021, at The Village of Cameron.

May is National Water Safety Month. Knowing basic water safety is important as someone dies from drowning every 10 minutes—and one out of every five are children. Here are 10 tips to remember … please share them with your family.

Shirley was born on Feb. 24, 1937, the daughter of Harley and Opal (Rice) Holcomb in Gallatin. She was a 1955 graduate of Gallatin High School. She was united in marriage to James R. Gallup in Miami, OK. Shirley worked as a secretary for Standard Oil and John Knox Village in Kansas City prior to retirement. She and Jim retired to Lake Viking, before moving to Cameron. Shirley attended Turning Point Church in Cameron. She loved to crochet and raise border collies. Shirley was a sweet Christian lady that loved spending time outdoors with her dogs. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; brother, Paul Holcomb, and sister, Jean Kirkpatrick. Survivors include son, Steve (Ann) Holcomb of Gallatin; grandchildren: Jared, Travis, Lauren, Molly Kurtz and Trevor Lowe; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to McFall Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2021, at McFall Cemetery in McFall. There is no scheduled family visitation. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin. Online guestbook at

1. Never swim alone … practice the buddy system. 2. Supervise children when they are in the water. 3. Always wear a life vest. Water wings, floaties, pool noodles, etc. do not take the place of a certified life jacket. 4. Don’t play breath-holding games … holding your breath for too long can increase the risk of passing out under water. 5. Enter the water feet first. Severe head and back injuries take place every year when someone unintentionally dives into shallow water. 6. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend. Practice the “Reach, Throw, Don’t Go” technique. 7. Stay away from pool drains. Hair, bathing suits and limbs can become caught in broken or faulty drains. 8. Stay within designated swim areas. Never swim in an area that is beyond your ability. 9. Avoid using alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgment, coordination and balance. 10. Learn CPR. Knowing how to perform CPR can be the difference between life and death. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

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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.





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Activities Corner Photos & text by Troy Lesan April 3 . . . Easter Egg Hunt

In 2021, the March equinox occurred on Saturday, March 20, at 6:37 A.M. CDT. Thus, in the Northern Hemisphere, this was the beginning of SPRING. Around Lake Viking, the first few days of the new season got off to a sluggish start with cloudy and gloomy weather, but on April 3, the day before Easter, that all changed. The lake became a beehive of activity, full of people. The roads were lined with folks out taking a walk, people on their ATVs, and with traffic everywhere. But, perhaps, nowhere was the arrival of Spring at Lake Viking more evident than at the Activities Committee Annual Easter Egg. Over 100 excited kids (accompanied by parents and grandparents) showed up behind the Association Clubhouse for the first Activities Committee event of 2021.

Lake Viking Garage Sale The weather wasn’t the best – cool and cloudy – but that didn’t stop the stream of cars belonging to eager buyers. Fifty vendors had signed up to be in the Lake Viking Garage Sale and from the looks of the busy traffic, with cars and trucks loaded with merchandise, the event was a success.

Busy traffic for L. V. Garage Sale on April 17

Buy the golf cart – get the margarita mix for free

Where else can u find used fur coats? Sharon likes the white one

A nice looking antique cradle

The key to a successful garage sale is good helpers.

A lifetime worth of precious treasures from the Marge McAfee estate. Marge, who was a Lake Viking Legend and beloved by many, passed away last month. She lived at Lake Viking until she was 97 years old! Her sale featured a house full of unique mementos including some of her 800 Nutcrackers and her extensive silver collection.

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Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Winning entries will be featured on the department’s social media platforms. The deadline to submit photos is Oct. 1. Entries can include images from anywhere in Missouri, featuring beautiful natural resources, unique state parks and historic sites, natural phenomena, outdoor recreation, scenic landscapes, weather, wildlife and people enjoying the outdoors. Contestants can submit entries in the following categories: Natural Resources: Photographs of Missouri’s air, landscapes and waterways. Unique Places: Photographs taken within one of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. For a list of all parks and sites visit People Enjoying Missouri’s Outdoors: Photographs of people enjoying and exploring Missouri’s great outdoors. Judges will choose first, second, third and honorable mention winners for each category. For more information or to submit photos, visit dnr. Questions about to the photo contest can be sent to

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Their Members Doug & Waugh King City Lumber 208 Putnam TheE.Board of Directors may appoint King City, MO 64463 Special Committees as they feel necessary. 660-535-4337 All members must be active members current Current Notes: July 2016: in dues, assessments and other fees.Four TheNew Pix located h/customers/king lumber/ 3716, board of directors will appoint city the following 0174, 3808, 4466 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.


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