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VVA Board of Directors Call to Order Susan Zalenski, lot 364, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of the clubhouse. Board members present were Mark Leggett, lot 72; Mike Booth, lot 1259; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Celeste Armanees, lot 62; Troy Lesan, lot 576; and Marvin McNabb, lot 28. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mark Leggett led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Celeste Armanees moved to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2020 board meeting. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No Report Finance Committee: Troy Lesan reported that at the halfway point in the year, we are experiencing an unexpected trend of our income numbers being up where we really didn’t expect them to be up. On a comparative basis, the association has actually brought in more funds all the way around than last year at this time. Income is up because the collection of dues and assessments are both up from last year. Adjusting out the extra revenues that did not exist in last year’s fi nancial statements, income is up by $98,000 while expenses are up by $33,000. Certain line items like income from building permits and collections are down while on the expense side payroll expenses and ramp gate expense is up with special lake expense down. Trash expense is also up. The COVID-19 situation has actually presented a reverse effect at Lake Viking. Real estate sales and deed transfers have spiked. The lake is as busy as ever. Earlier in the year, the board advised Lake Manager Shad Mort to hold back on spending for budgeted equipment and materials until we could get a better picture. At present, Shad is looking to go forward now with some of this spending and it now appears that funds will allow it. Shad will talk more about this in his Managers Report. Missy Leggett will continue to monitor interest rates for our CD’s that are maturing. Our two new members attended the meeting via telephone, and the committee immediately benefi tted from their expertise in accounting. The committee was in agreement that in addition to being refl ected in our funds summary, a line item needed to be immediately established for the proceeds of our PPE stimulus amount. John Kmetz informed the committee that his fi rm is advising clients that as long as these funds remain in limbo between being a loan or a grant, we need to post the amount under operating expenses as a liability/equity item. Then, if it becomes a grant as we are hoping, it is moved to the income side of the ledger. The committee also agreed on three goals and will fi nish with priorities sub-headings under each of these goals at next month’s meeting. Strategic Planning Committee: Susan Zalenski said the Strategic Planning Committee met on July 8 and they discussed three goals. Those

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July 12, 2020 goals are as follows: 1.Recruit new members to Strategic Planning Committee for long term success and viability of committee. Bring in new thoughts and leadership. 2.Promote VVA Mission/Vision, Belief Statements, and Parameters with members and staff. Post in public places as reminders. 3.Develop a report card of implementation of strategic plan to identify who has primary responsibility and to celebrate successes. Susan also reported Sue Wolfe would be doing a “Safety Corner” in the Lake Viking News each month. Activities Committee: Celeste Armanees reported on events. The Whiskey Benders Band performed July 18, at the lower level of the Clubhouse. [Continued on Page 14]

Going out with a huge bang! It was another great Fourth of July celebration at Lake Viking! The final event was held on Sunday, July 5. That was Jeff Hower putting on another of his famous anvil shoots in the area north of the clubhouse. This event, held at high noon, which was also viewed by boat traffic, finished the festivities with a really huge bang. The anvil picture was taken from Lake Viking Facebook and posted by Teresa Newport. The top picture was also taken from Lake Viking Facebook, posted by Mary Evans, a beautiful shot of the full moon in a haze of fireworks smoke at Lake Viking on the Fourth of July!

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February 14 March 7 March 19 Sip and Paint Lake Viking Committee, but it has really taken April 11 has always had an Activity Easter Egg Hunt offThis since 2016! Beginning with helping at the 50-year anniversary of Lake Aprilby18 Spring Garage Sale Photo VikingMay in 2017, the committee has followed with an ever-expanding line-up 2 Cinco De Mayo of activities. Along with the growing list of activities, is the food and refreshJune 6 Poker Run mentsJuly provided and Brats, Poker Run, and Kids activi4 at events such as BeerFourth of July ties . . . to name only a few. Craft Fair Clubhouse The Activities Committee would like to Hower say THANK to all who toss Jeff AnvilYOU shoot a few bucks in the Donation Basket at our social events. That money goes toFireworks ward putting on future social events, plus giving back to Lake Viking. For exJuly 18 Patio Party with Band ample, in the past few years your money has helped the Activities Committee August 8 Kids Play Day (Blow Ups) donate to Lake Viking in the following ways. Kids movie night 7-9 pm • All kitchen appliances for clubhouse remodel August 22 Scavenger • Big-screen TV (and 2 years of cable service) forHunt clubhouse remodel September – December ALL Chiefs noon games • Folding chair racks for clubhouse remodel September Fall Garage Sale • Baby changing 12 table for downstairs bathroom October 3 Beer & Brats • Lounge chairs for pool October 31 swings at beaches Trunk or Treat in parking • Painted all the lot swing seats on all playground equipment @ beaches, clubhouse, • New Pumpkin painting campgrounds • An outdoor clock for pool shed Costume contest 31 Adult Party • AOctober popcorn machine for Chief tailgate parties and family movie nights! November 7 Firefighters Chili Cook Off THANK YOUDecorating / December 5 Cookie WeWrapping look forward Party to seeing you at our next party!!

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August 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Movie Night, 7-9 p.m. August 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kids Play Day (Blow Ups) 10 a.m.-noon

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August 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scavenger Hunt September-December. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALL Chiefs noon games September 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Garage Sale September 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wine Hay Tour October 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beer & Brats October 31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trunk or Treat in parking lot

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October 31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adult Party November 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firefighters Chili Cook Off December 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cookie Decorating / Craft Party

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Snowman is pretty cool, not just for winter! If you drive north out of Altamont on Lake Viking Road, 165th Street, and glance to your right, you may have to do a double take. You’re seeing right. It’s a 16-foot snowman decked out in red, white, and blue and proudly waving the American Flag in one hand and what remains of a Chiefs flag in the other. According to Bryson Hunter, 14, it took his family a good year to completely build the structure. They had a general idea of what they wanted to make and looked up a few pictures online for more inspiration. Eventually they settled on the concept and started its construction. Propane tanks make up the three segments of the trunk, circle piping is used for the arms. The nose is flat metal; the buttons of the mouth are metal circles. The brim of the hat is 14-gauge metal cut out on a plasma ta-

ble; the top of the hat is the bottom of a metal barrel. The snowman is painted, except its stars are cut-out vinyl. The whole thing went up last Christmas. Since then, Bryson says people driving out of Lake Viking sometimes stop and get pictures and they have seen several comments on various social media sites. The giant snowman takes on different personalities depending on the time of year. Right now, it is decked out to celebrate the Fourth of July. In the winter, it’s a big white snowman. In the summer, it has on a hula skirt with a beach ball and a sand shovel. Bryson, 14, and Madison, 12, pictured, are the children of Machelle and Billy Hunter. They are students at Gallatin R-5. Their brother Tanner graduated from Gallatin in 2020.

2020 Chautauqua cancelled

The 35th annual Daviess County Chautauqua has succumbed to the coronavirus, joining a multitude of other community events that have fallen by the wayside during this most unusual year. The cancellation of Gallatin’s fall festival, which is held on the third weekend each September, was announced recently by the Chautauqua committee. “Planning for the Chautauqua starts in January,” said Kate Chrisman, Chautauqua chairman. “But this year planning stopped in March, and things just started falling apart. We had booked Lonnie Curtis and the Point Blank band for this year, but he recently passed away. Lonnie was a native of Gallatin. The final thing that made us decide to cancel Chautauqua is that we don’t want to be responsible for any spread of the virus in our community.” Kate added that there are still a couple of projects that the committee is considering for this fall. Revenue from the second annual Piccadilly Ladies Night Auction and Gala, a fund-raising event for the Chautauqua and other community efforts, will be held over for use in the 2021 Chautauqua. The fund-raiser was held virtually in June and raised over $4,500. Other members of the Chautauqua committee include Marcy Gay, Ayron Wilson, Kim Borges, Melissa Everman, Casey Griffin, Rachel Taylor, Kelle Lawson, Rikki Dungy, Kelsey Cox, Kourtney Bird, Kaitlyn Bird, Bethany Vandiver, Cayden Johnson, and Nici Hulett. Winston Jesse James Days another casualty of the pandemic Winston’s Jesse James Days is another county event which would have occurred in July, but organizers feared that there would be no attendance. According to Gary Caldwell of the Winston Historical Society, the annual event will resume in 2021.

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2020 Fourth of July celebration goes out with a bang! By Troy Lesan Once again, Association members came through to help make the 2020 Lake Viking Fourth of July another memorable weekend. On the evening of July 3, the Lake Viking Marine started the ball rolling with a movie on a huge big screen mounted atop their building that could be viewed by boat traffi c. On Saturday, the celebration went into full swing. The Lake Viking Volunteer Fire Department parked their fi re truck by Beach One and began their traditional water stream. The Boat Parade was at 3 p.m. at the Yacht Club with fi rst, second, and third place prizes supplied by Lake Viking Marine. As evening arrived, various fi rework displays began at different locations. As darkness approached, there was a gradual haze of smoke hanging over the lake; and this was before the main event even began. As darkness fell, boats began lining up in the water for the main fi reworks and the lake soon became full of boats. The audience was not disappointed. The main fi reworks display on Beach One was a good one, and the full moon hanging in the sky enhanced the effect. As the boats made their way back home the private displays started up again, most notably, the huge display by the Conforti family on Beach Two. By the time the celebrations of were over, the thick haze laying over the lake was given an especially eerie effect by the light of the full moon. YES! It had been another great Fourth of July celebration, but there was one more event left for Sunday, July 5. That was Jeff Hower putting on another of his famous Anvil Shoots in the area north of the clubhouse (pictured on front page). This event, held at high noon, which was also viewed by boat traffi c, fi nished the festivities with a really huge bang. Looney Tunes was the theme of the day for the annural boat parade. First

place went to the Anderbergs, Lot 473; Second place went to Heather Fitzgerald, Lot 736; Third place went to Tyler Miller 4 Sheriff. The trophy was donated by Activities Committee. Prizes: One Bottle of Wine in a Custom Designed Lake Viking Bottle; $50; and $25. Prizes were donated by Lake Viking Marine. (Photos by Troy Lesan)

Boat Parade: Second place went to Heather & Nick Fitzgerald.

Boat Parade: First place went to the Anderbergs, Lot 473. Their entry included both of the above pictures.

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Welcome New Members! June 2020 Lot 401 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gregory & Duff y Coin Lot 1840. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randy & Jennifer Coble Lot 2289. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John & Tiff ani Collins Jr Lot 1585. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Todd & Janae Stuart Lot 2017. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ethan Marsh Lot 505. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lloyd & Nicole Eshnaur Lot MH26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monty & Sharon Finck Lot 474. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad & Danyelle McCauley Lot S122 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rex & Phyllis Williams Lot 589. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steven & Sheila Puckett Lot 1790. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward & Janet White Lot 192. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan & Rebecca Meyerkorth Lot 94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian & Marcel Streich Lot 7088. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan & Danita Minor Lot 1876. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Travis Day Lot MH79 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randy & Lisa Rystrom Lot 3043. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William & Mary Ortery Lot 2170. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas & Laura Radke Lot 2341. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Watkins Lot MH116 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chance & Sherri Smith Lot 617. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .James & Sandra Lindsay Lot 2467. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nasim & Cortney Hassani Lot 569. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy & Brandi Rose Lot 700. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher & Tiff any Kimball Lot 328. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert & Laura Bolin Lot 1031. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shawn & Emily Embry Lot 40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dana Roe Lot 479. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce & Stephanie Campbell Lot 704. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rian & Emily Tilgner Lot 218. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian & Elizabeth Edwards Lot 1673. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Daniel W.M. Graves Lot 1199 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gregory & Patricia Buhler Lot 1556. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donald Dudley Lot 581. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin & Mandy Gaston Lot 75. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jennifer & Lindsey Smith Lot S162 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Troy & Kristen Knight Lot 648. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yan & Viktorya Zaslavsky

Cliff and Lois Agenstein observe 65th anniversary On Friday, July 3, 1955 Clifford Hale Agenstein, Jr. of Gallatin and Lois Jean Ramsey of Jamesport were united in marriage by the bride’s brother, Reverend Charles Edwin Ramsey, at the Jamesport United Methodist Church. It was a hot, sweltering summer day, but the heat didn’t mar the joy and happiness of the couple. On Friday, July 3, 2020 Cliff and Lois celebrated their 65 years of love and friendship with friends and family. During the years, their love produced four children and three grandchildren and fi ve great- grandchildren. “Our parents are the perfect model of a happy marriage; they are each other’s best friend and they love us all unconditionally,” said daughter, Debra Protass. “Our parents taught us the gift of love and laughter,” said daughter, Kathy Henderson. “There isn’t a better teacher for hunting, fi shing and cooking,” says their son, John. “It takes a moment to say I love you, but a lifetime to show it,” says son, Steve. Their happiness and love has endured 65 years and continues today. A celebration of their abiding love was celebrated at their home in Gallatin with their family and friends and a bottle of delicious champagne! Save to current week folder before

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As in everything this year that has been affected by COVID-19, participation in the June 27, 2020, Lake Viking Garage Sale was a little down. There were less sellers – only 30 as opposed to the usual norm of 50 or so –but still plenty of buyers. . . .and business was brisk! (Photos by Troy Lesan) At right: Would you believe a 1917 Model T? Runs like a clock. Oh yeah, don’t forget the pup-tent. Above: Donna Sue Morris helps her friend Donna Smith every year at the LV Garage Sale. This year, they were busier than ever. Above right: Denny Weidner was prepared to offer a huge discount on this exotic Man-in-the-Moon statue

Library moves to phase four, expanded re-entry

The Daviess County Library is excited to announce further expanded re-entry into the library buildings. Stage 4 allows the majority of library services to be reintroduced and all locations to reopen to “new normal” access, with masks required for entry and baskets for browsing. The Jamesport branch will reopen to regular hours on Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some seating is re-introduced, but confi gured to allow for social distancing. Computers are available and families are allowed free access. Programs and meeting rooms are not yet available, but coming soon. Patrons wishing to continue contactless service due to personal caution may do so by speaking with a library assistant. This service will return to outdoor pick-up service between 1-5 p.m. in Gallatin, 1-4 p.m. in Jamesport. Patrons entering the building will be required to wear masks and collect their books at the front desk. Children are invited to join the library for movies on the lawn under the big shade tree on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. Library staff will even serve popcorn. “We appreciate your cooperation and compliance as we strive to keep our staff healthy and serve our patrons while cautiously moving forward,” said Elizabeth S Plotner, Library Director.

Sheriff warns: Scammers are on the prowl — Beware!

According to the Daviess County Sheriff’s offi ce, there have been many recent reports of phone scams. At least two elderly Daviess County residents have lost signifi cant sums of money to these scammers. Please, Daviess County residents, NEVER give out your personal information to anyone over the phone. A legitimate business would never ask you for it. Please talk to friends and family members who may not be aware of this. The sheriff’s offi ce has received packets from the Missouri Attorney General which are loaded with information on how to protect yourself from various scams. If you or a friend or family member would like to have one of these packets, a deputy will bring the packet to you. If you would like one, message the sheriff’s offi ce through Facebook or the website, You can also email them at sheriff@ or call the offi ce at 660-663-2031.

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911 Addresses and Lot Numbers to be displayed a) All dwelling owners (houses, mobile homes and dwellings of a similar construction) will have their lot number prominently displayed so that it is clearly visible from the roadway. b) Lettering and numbering needs to be at least 3 inches 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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This month’s “Safety Corner” features several items that we hope membership will give attention to. Please read the update from Safety Director Jason McTheeney, then take note of the Safety Department Contact list, and fi nally the graphic on walking and biking submitted by Sue Wolfe. It has been a busy summer with our lake full of boaters and our roads accommodating walkers, bicyclists, ATVs, cars, and trucks. As Association Members, we need to educate our guests and pay particular attention to boating rules, featured in our 2020 VVA Handbook. We also need to observe speed limits and display courtesy and common sense and while on our roads! Boater Safety Update from Safety Director Jason McTheeney In an effort to gain voluntary compliance with the association handbook, the Safety Department would like to remind you of a couple of rules. First, when operating a vessel at nighttime, you are required to display state approved navigational lighting when underway. This means you must have the red and green lights in the front of the vessel and a white or yellow light that is visible from 360 degrees. If you are stationary, you must display a white or yellow light that is visible from 360 degrees. These requirements can be found on page 26 of the 2020 association handbook. The bottom line is, please light up your vessel for safety! We have also encountered a lot of people on the lake without the required boater safety certifi cate and photo ID. On page 28 & 29 in the 2020 association handbook, any person born after Jan. 1, 1984, required to have a boater safety certifi cate on Safety’s ‘Senior’ Members is their vessel. The rule goes on to require the memLast month, we featured a picture of the Asso- ber to also have a valid photo ID so safety can enciation’s Water Safety Patrol. This picture is of our sure the operator is the holder of the certifi cate. Safety Patrol’s two senior members – Safety Co- We understand that you may not want to put an ordinator Jason McTheeney (left) and John Oaks ID on the vessel for obvious reasons. The safety (right). Jason and John both have strong law en- department will accept a color photo copy of an ID forcement backgrounds. Jason is employed by the along with the boater safety certifi cate. Missouri State Highway Patrol, while John had a We are here to serve you by promoting complicareer in Law Enforcement which included work ance with the handbook. both as an offi cer and an instructor in St. Joseph. Jason


Safety Report June 2020 Enforcement Contacts Safety officers issued 11 infraction notices during the month of June. The infractions are as follows: 2 - Prohibited Parking of Boats or Trailers 2 - Unauthorized Watercraft 1 - Unattended Electrical Use 1 - Improper Towing 1 - Watercraft on Lake During Lake Closure 1 - Dog at Large 1 - Prohibited Storing of Watercraft without Current Sticker 1 - Failure to Maintain Trash in a Sealable Container 1 – Careless and Imprudent (Water)

Safety officers issued 75 warnings during the month of June. The warnings were as follows: 18 - Unauthorized Use of Membership/Guest Card 8 - Lake Closure 5 - Careless Operation of a Watercraft 4 - Failure to Display Orange Flag 3 - Underage UTV Operator 3 - Direction of Travel on Lake 3 - No Life Jacket within 50 Feet of Water 3 - Prohibited Storing of Watercraft 2 - Illegally Parked 2- Unauthorized Watercraft 2 - Unattended Electrical Use 2 - Failure to Maintain Proper Distance from Spillway 2 - No Boater Safety Card on Person 2 - Careless and Imprudent Driving (Land) 2 - Improper Towing 2 - Pet in Beach Area 2 - Unauthorized Use of Fireworks 1 - Failed to Contact Safety before Using the Dump 1 - Failure to Maintain Lot 1 - Failure to Maintain Trash Service 1 - Failure to Notify Association Before Parking a Camper in the Driveway 1 - Displaying an Unapproved Sign 1 - No Lot Numbers on Camper 1 - Unlicensed Vehicle 1 - Excessive Speed Behind No Wake Buoy 1 - Dog at Large 1 - Swimming in Main Channel

Safety Corner … Walk AGAINST traffic; Bike WITH traffic … Maggie Lankford 1930-2020 Maggi “M.G.” Lankford, 89, Gallatin, died July 5, 2020 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Braymer. Maggie was born on Sept. 17, 1930 in Salem, IA, to Herman and Elva Jueden. On Oct. 18, 1959 she was united to Roger Lankford in Las Vegas, NV. Maggi taught English as a second language in adult education. She was a member of Lake Viking Church. Maggi was preceded in death by her son, Roger L. Lankford, Jr; daughter-in-law, Myra Lankford; sister, Donna Jean Sar; and brother, Harold. Survivors include her husband, Roger; daughter, Peggy; son, David (Cecelia); sister, Deloris Bornhardt; brothers Everett (Patty), Kenny (Sedra), and Johnny; and two grandchildren. Private family services for Maggie Lankford have been entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home, Gallatin. Burial will be at Lake Viking Cemetery, Gallatin.

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WALKING: If you are on a road (with or without a shoulder) you should walk against traffic—that is, vehicles should be driving toward you. Walking against traffic allows you to make eye contact with approaching drivers. BIKING: When on a bicycle, think of yourself as a vehicle on the road. You should bike with traffic. The goal—blend in with traffic and help it flow. While there may be a fear you will be hit from behind, the most frequent cause of car-bike crashes are from bicyclists riding on the left side of the road. So remember: Ride on the right!

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VVA Board Minutes The makeup date for the Now and Then Band is July 31. Family Movie Night is August 7 and on August 8 there will be a kids’ play day.

Building Committee: Marvin McNabb reported fourteen new permits were submitted. There is one new house permit on hold for state certification on the septic system. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger gave each board member a gift pack of hand sanitizer and wet wipes, compliments of Daviess County. Tony also left some for the members to pick up. Campground Committee: Mike Booth announced, with heavy heart, that the campground lost a longtime member. Marion R. Crawford passed away Sunday afternoon. He had been a member of Lake Viking for many years and a longtime camper in the campgrounds. Mike reported that they have a new roof on the shower house and the sewer and water lines are complete on the new expansion. They are waiting on Farmer’s Electric to come set a new pole to get the electric done. The campgrounds were very busy over the Fourth of July. We have been able to get a few names off the waiting list. New signs have been put up at the weekend camp spaces and the tent area. Lake Committee: Troy Lesan reported that on June 23, committee members toured the lake and assessed each of the association’s no wake buoys. Committee members were in unanimous agreement with the placement of all buoys in coves, except for one. This would be the buoy that was mentioned at last month’s meeting as a result of a letter to the lake sent by Sal Paris, lot 135. It is the recommendation that this buoy, in the third cove south of clubhouse, be moved ahead in the cove to a center position on a line between lots 139 and 172. This move will add six lots on each side of the cove to the no wake area and will expand the no wake area further out from the point where the cove drastically narrows. I telephoned Mr. Paris and told him of our recommendation and he expressed the opinion that this move would be an improvement to the boating safety in that cove. In the past, other association members have taken exception to the placement of this particular buoy. Finally, the lake committee entertained a proposal by committee member Robert Walton who volunteered to place solar lights atop association no-wake buoys to be visible at night. This would strictly be a volunteer effort by Mr. Walton with lake committee members assisting. Ideally if the lights were red, this would be a further reminder to boaters of the no wake speeds in effect after dark. This would also be a possible means of protecting expensive buoys from damage. Infraction Committee / Safety: Mark Leggett gave the infraction/safety report. They met on July 11, and reviewed fourteen new infraction tickets. There were five people that attended in person for their ticket. A total of $1,320 in fines were issued. The warnings seem to be working to get members attention. The committee has challenged Jason McTheeney, Safety Coordinator, to come up with a 1-year to 5-year plan of goals. There were eleven new tickets written in the month of June. The two major issues written were prohibited parking of boats and trailers and unauthorized watercraft; however, Safety issued 75 warnings for the month of June. Of the 75 warnings, 18 were unauthorized use of the membership guest card. Dredge Committee: Shawn Hepinstall discussed what was happening at the Garney area. We are installing a new silt basin to test a drain concept that Bob Hayes and Steve Warger have put together. If this drainage concept is successful, it will be implemented into the bigger project at the south end. The weirs that have been installed in the 3 tubes area are working. They are keeping the silt out of the main bowl area where there are several docks. We will be laying pipe soon so we can get the dredge back in the water. We still have plans to hit the danger area again this year. Shad Mort will talk more on the dredge report and the community area sales. Susan Zalenski thanked everyone for doing a great job on the Fourth of July. She thanked Shad, Safety, the Yacht Club, and Jeff Hower for all they

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did over the holiday.

Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. Dredge pump repairs: The pump has been put back in and we are doing some work on the cutter head and should be ready to put back in the water soon. The long reach has been working at the Garney area in anticipation of moving the dredge in to clean that area. 2. Fourth of July: Shad thought the fireworks were the best we’ve ever had, and it was the busiest fourth we have ever had. Shad thanked the staff and reported there were no accidents. 3. Community Area Sale: Community area 21 has sold and we have a contract on community area 14. There are 3 more community areas for sale. We are taking sealed bids on community area 15 until July 22. The other 2, 4, & 59 are open to the public for sale. 4. New Member Checklist: Shad handed out a list to the board for their review.


• Ride along with lake manager: firsthand view of lake operations. • Facilities walk through: maintenance, office, security, clubhouse, campgrounds. • Meet with staff and learn who they are and what they do. • Have office manager or lake manager give a financial overview of the association. • View copies of VVA Handbook, Personnel Manual, and any other related documents. • Learn about the various rules and regulations as well as the by-laws. • Gain some knowledge of the history of Lake Viking. • Find out what different committees we have and what they do. • Interactions with PWSD#3 and DCSRD#1.

When in doubt, don’t assume anything – Please ask questions! Mark Leggett asked if the document could be put in a different format so the board members can check things off as they accomplish what is on the list. He would also like to add assets to #2. Financials Mark Leggett asked about the PPP Loan and the increase in collection of dues and assessments in comparison to how many dues paying members we have. Mark also asked if we should consider the PPP Loan a windfall and where that money could be spent. Troy agreed the Finance Committee should look at that. Mark Leggett moved to approve the financials. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. Guest Time 1. Katie Trenkle, lot 454 Katie addressed the board about a building code. She is an architect and has been reviewing our building rules. The International Building Code requires you to have an egress window well if you have a basement. Lake Viking building rules do not have any code for egress window wells. Katie explained why it is important to have them for safety reasons. If a person is in a basement and there is a fire, that person could use the window well as an escape route. These wells can extend into required yards up to four feet. In all the cities that Katie works in, the building codes require houses to have these window wells. There is nothing in the Lake Viking building codes that allow window wells to project into the side easement. Susan asked for comments from the Building Committee. Flint Hibler discussed it with the Building Committee and their stance was to not allow it in the easement in case the lake needed that easement at some point in time. They have allowed concrete driveways in the easement only if the property owner signs a waiver stating they will be responsible for repairs if the lake has to tear it out to have access to the easement. Katie’s argument was the safety issue involved. Tony Gronniger commented if the house was built smaller it would not have to encroach the easement. After a lengthy discussion, Mark Leggett moved to adopt a variance for egress window wells as long as a waiver is signed for that easement. Mike Booth seconded. A vote was taken, and the motion passed with five yes votes and one no vote. Tony Gronniger voted no. Board Discussions 1. Road Signage: Tony Gronniger reviewed Safety’s survey of where we need some new signage. In Tony’s opinion the hot spot for signage is from

the main entrance to the marina. Tony would recommend new speed limit signs at all entrances to the lake and he would like to see at least 36” signs. Shad Mort asked if there was a list of signs that are needed. 2. Campground gravel: Mike Booth addressed the board about how to control the use of gravel in the campgrounds. He presented the board with a Campsite Improvement Proposal and included a form to be filled out when a site is vacated. The process is as follows: “The office will notify the campground manager and the campground board contact when a campsite has been vacated. The campground manager, board contact, or campground committee member will perform an inspection of the site for any needed repairs. The suggested repairs will be noted on the Campsite Work Order and approved by the campground manager before being turned into the lake manager. The lake manager will order gravel or other supplies that are needed to repair the campsite for a camper.” Mike added that further improvements such as installation of an RV port and improvements listed in the handbook shall be the responsibility of the member with approval by the Campground Manager. Mike also requested that a pile of gravel once again be dumped at the campground, but would be restricted use with a shovel only. Mark Leggett asked what size area of a campsite should be graveled? James Funk commented that every spot is not the same size so you could not designate a uniform area to be graveled. These are not rule changes, just a policy to direct decisions on improvements. It was decided this would be handled through management and not adopting it to the Handbook. 3. Campground Study Group Review: Susan Zalenski brought up a concern from a member about the campground waiting list. She believes we need an ad hoc committee to look at what goes on in the campground. At last month’s meeting there were 28 people on the waiting list that were not currently in the campground, but we had a lot more people on the list that are currently in the campground that want a different space. One thing Susan noted was that we have 23 people in the campground that have multiple spaces. Susan presented five suggestions we need to look at: • What is the intent of our campground? • Determine a process for all to use. • Finances – fair market rate • Identify & Prioritize our campground needs • Alternative Revenue (Cabins) Susan asked the board to allow a study group or ad hoc committee to look at these issues. Susan would also like Frank Armanees to chair the group along with two campground members and two noncampground members. Mark Leggett asked about a time frame for this group to bring something back to the board. Susan would like to see some recommendations by October. Mark Leggett commented this cannot be rushed. Mike Booth is not in favor of another committee. A lengthy discussion ensued with many opinions. Mark Leggett made a motion to move forward with an ad hoc committee. Tony seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 5 – yes and 1 – no vote. Mike Booth voted no. 4. Guest passes – held over for next month 5. Office Technology – Mark Leggett needs more time on this issue. Adjourn: Mark Leggett moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel and board organizational matters at 8:06 p.m. Attendance: Robert Hayes, lot 389; Kim Spidle, lot 341; Len Zalenski, lot 364/365; Shawn & Paula Hepinstall, lot 543; Eric Hoel, lot 2; James Funk, lot 2904; Robert Walton, lot 217; Janet & Jeff Yuratovich, lot 563/564; Flint & Mary Hibler, lot 183; Missy Leggett, lot 72; Doug & Resa Wiltse, lot 494; Cindy Wolfe, lot 580; Tony Southwick, lot 1594; Don Leeper, lot 22; Randall & Rosana Davidson, lot 1222; John & Marj Locker, lot 44; Mark & Stephanie Closterman, lot 1900; Katie Trenkle, lot 454; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, lot 2045/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, Tony Gronniger - Secretary Board of Directors Viking Valley Association

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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, Leanne Lee, Vikki Walton, Janet Yuratovich, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact) Board of Directors President, Susan Zalenski; 1st Vice President, Mark Leggett; 2nd Vice President, Mike Booth; Secretary, Tony Gronniger; Assistant Secretary, Celeste Armanees; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Assistant Treasurer, Marvin McNabb. 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 Marvin McNabb (Board Contact), Doug Wiltse, Jim Miller, Tom Johanson, Flint Hibler. 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), Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Sue Wolfe, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Community Strategic Planning Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Don Leeper, , Susan Zalenski (Board Contact) Dredge Committee Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Tom Johanson, Shad Mort, Rick Roberts, Shawn Hepinstall (chairman), Mark Leggett (Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Tony Gronniger Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, John Kmetz, Lyle Alexander, Missy Leggett, Flint Hibler, Tom Johanson, Marvin McNabb, Celeste Armanees, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact) Infraction/Safety Roger Lankford (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, James Funk, Mark Leggett (Board Contact) 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.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3

Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2023 - SubDistrict #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 - 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. Online payments can be made at https://pwsd3daviess. 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.

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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 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.


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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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Open Meeting July 21, 2020 Call to Order Kyle Parkhurst, President (2023), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2023), Jeffrey Speaker (2022), and Troy Lesan (2021). Mark White (2021) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, Gary King, Operator, and Diane Hulett, Clerk. Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2020, board of directors meeting. Harlan Horst seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Public Comment There was no public comment. Old Business Rules and regulations were reviewed. A motion was made by Harlan Horst and seconded by Troy Lesan to add Policy #2020-03 regarding the sale of grandfathered lots. All voted in favor; motion carried. Roger informed the board that DNR has requested additional information before the final engineering report can be approved. The engineers have submitted the supplementary information and are waiting for a response. New Business Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Harlan Horst moved to approve the June financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Worker’s Compensation insurance bids were reviewed. A motion was made by Harlan Horst to cancel the policy with Missouri Employer’s Mutual effective 8/3/2020 and begin coverage with Missouri Rural Services Work Comp Trust beginning 8/3/2020. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. The CARES Act Relief Grant Application was discussed. A motion was made by Jeffrey Speaker and seconded by Troy Lesan to apply for the Coronavirus Relief Funds through the CARES Act which are to be distributed by Daviess County. All members voted in favor; motion carried. Discussion Superintendent Report: Roger informed the board that the installation of the church line has now been completed. He also reported that the MRWA quarterly board meeting is July 22, 2020, which he will be attending. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be Aug. 18, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker

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Highway Patrol offers summer water safety tips

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging everyone to incorporate safety into any plans to enjoy Missouri’s waterways. Troopers patrol the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Everyone enjoying these areas is asked to do their part!

Swimming Safety Wear a life jacket, take a friend with you, know your swimming ability, and stay sober around water. Pay close attention to children around water. Missouri’s lakes and rivers can include currents, drop-offs, and floating debris that make swimming more challenging. Exhaustion is a very real possibility if you’ve been swimming for a long period of time. Don’t make the mistake of overestimating your swimming ability. All swimmers are encouraged to use a life jacket, especially young children and inexperienced swimmers. Younger, inexperienced swimmers may become exhausted before they realize they are in trouble. Avoid putting yourself at risk when trying to assist someone who is struggling in the water. Assist them by tossing a floatation device or extending an object to them. Keep yourself safe! If you do have to

enter the water to assist them, always put on a life jacket first.

Floating Safety Check the weather and the river level before you go floating. A lot of rain affects the speed of the current and the amount of debris in the water. Know the river conditions before you go. Be aware of changing conditions downstream which may endanger yourself or your group. Consider each person’s level of experience, and base your float plan on the person with the least experience. Pair inexperienced floaters with those who have more experience, and make sure everyone in your group knows your rescue plan. Bring a life jacket for each person, dry clothing, and a first aid kit. Store extra items in watertight containers. Everyone should use a life jacket, especially those vulnerable to drowning, such as children and adults drinking alcohol. It takes a lot of energy to navigate a canoe, kayak, or inner tube on a float trip. Packing snacks and beverages to help you refuel is a good idea. Make sure you follow the law for these types of watercraft. Glass beverage containers are not allowed. Ensure coolers are sealed. Collect your trash and take it with you after the float. Leave no trace, so Missouri’s waterways




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remain beautiful for others. If you capsize in swift water conditions, hold onto your craft and move immediately to the upstream side to avoid being trapped between the boat and an obstacle. Float on your back, feet together and pointed downstream, and release your craft only if it improves your safety. Boating Safety Pay attention to other boats and watercraft, so you can make boating maneuvers early and deliberately when encountering other vessels. Understand that distractions and alcohol consumption slow reaction time. Please designate a sober captain. Drinking alcohol irresponsibly on the water puts you at greater risk of being involved in a boating crash or becoming a drowning victim. Alcohol affects your judgement, reaction time, vision, coordination, and comprehension. It affects you more on the water than on land due to boating stressors. The movement of the boat, vibration and noise from the boat’s motor, sun, and wind are all boating stressors and enhance the effect of alcohol on your body. If alcohol is part of your water activities, drink responsibly. Never operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol. Many injuries suffered on our lakes during the boating season occur when boats travel across large wakes and the operator or passengers are injured from the impact. Each boater should do their best to reduce the size of their wake and know how to navigate across large wakes. Reducing your speed, approaching the waves at a 45- to 90-degree angle, and keeping the bow of your boat elevated is the safest way to navigate a large wake. Be alert to rough water conditions to protect yourself and your passengers. & each time you Inspect the engine Trucks compartment fuel up. Use your engine’s blower Trailerssystem to properly ventilate the compartment for several minutes after fueling up and prior to starting the boat. Gas fumes can result in a fire or explosion if not vented properly. At night, remember to check your vessel’s navigation lights before heading out, and be sure to have spare bulbs on board. Avoid overloading your boat with too many passengers. This can cause the boat to become swamped and affect the handling of the boat. Observe Missouri’s nighttime speed limit of 30 miles per hour on the water. Slow down and take your time. Nighttime crashes tend to involve more serious injuries and damage. If you need assistance or witness criminal activity on Missouri’s waterways contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others. Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

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