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VVA Board of Directors Call to Order Susan Zalenski, lot 364, called the meeting to order, via Zoom, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Mark Leggett, lot 72; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Celeste Armanees, lot 62; Troy Lesan, lot 576; Marvin McNabb, lot 28; and Mike Booth , lot 1259. Troy Lesan led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Mark Leggett moved to approve the minutes of the Sept. 13, 2020, board meeting. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: Mark Leggett reported Jason McTheeney has gone through all safety rules in the handbook and will get it to the committee to review. Finance Committee: The Finance Committee met on Oct. 8, via Zoom. In reviewing financial statements for September, on a comparative basis with last year, both income and expenses are up by proportionate amounts. There is a substantial increase in fees collected as a result of the large amount of properties transferred. The biggest line

item decrease in income was collections. Sally noted that there were less accounts turned over to collections this year. She also noted two large items of $49,800 for dredge pay-off and $33,000 for road mix that have already come out of funds in the first few days of October. Application for forgiveness of PPP funding was also reviewed. The final application was sent to our contact at BTC Bank where they have sixty days to review. Then the application will be forwarded to the federal government which will have ninety days to review before making a determination on loan forgiveness. In other business, Missy Leggett presented expense projections for the final quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 in order to project a clearer picture on funds that are available for shortand longer-term investing. As discussed in earlier board meetings, the committee is looking at investment strategies for extra funds that we will have on hand until major dredging and silt basin expenditures are needed in the middle of 2021. On Oct. 10, Missy, Kim Spidle, and Chair John

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October 11, 2020 Kmetz met for the purpose of developing an investment prototype to present to the association. Troy referred to finance committee member Lyle Alexander to explain further. Lyle is in partnership with John as a financial consultant, and he stated that he and John, in their line of work had extensive experience in finding low-risk, highly liquid funds for non-profits and churches. He elaborated on their focus on a fund that incorporates short term cash, ultra-short investment, and investments for the longer term for the association, immediate short term. Strategic Planning Committee: Susan Zalenski reported the committee met on October 6. They went through the strategic plan and identified the progress that has been made on this plan. Susan asked the committee to make some recommendations to the board for what they believe are of high importance to the Lake Committee. Kenny Southwick will give an update on the plans progress later in the meeting. [Continued on Page 14]

A COVID-19 Timeline: Big Challenges Ahead

MEMBERS If you would like to be added to the Lake Viking e-mail list please call the office @ 660-663-2131.

Attention Members The Infraction Committee is looking for a volunteer to serve on this committee. Please call the office for details: 660-663-2131

PWSD #3 The October board meeting for Public Water Supply District #3 was canceled.

Next VVA Board Meeting

Nov. 8, 2020 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse 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.

By Troy Lesan Every day, there is news about COVID-19, and it’s been that way for a long time. Too long! On a local level, our area in rural Northwest Missouri flew under the radar for a while with relatively few cases. But, beginning in the final days of September, things changed. On Sept. 30, Kyle Parkhurst posted on Lake Viking Group Facebook that he and his wife Sherry had contracted the virus, and he urged everyone to stay safe. In that same thread several other Association members acknowledged that they also had the virus. The very next day, Oct. 1, two residents of the Gallatin area died from the virus. The total of confirmed cases in the county was steadily increasing. With this in mind, Lake Manager Shad Mort, with solid backing from the Board of Directors, decided on Oct. 2 to implement protective measures. Once again, the office was closed to walk-in traffic and business with Association members on an appointment basis. And once again, the clubhouse and Association restrooms were closed. Earlier in the day, the Activities Committee cancelled their remaining schedule of social activities until further notice. With all of the above mentioned actions, the unquestioned objective is the protection of membership and Association employees. We take this responsibility very seriously. If this sounds like déjà vu all over again – it is. We know the drill. We already enacted all of these measures in March. And a tremendous advantage to the Lake Manager and Board of Directors has been the fact that a Viking Valley Association Board Member, Mike Booth, is a Regional Coordinator for the State Emergency Management Agency for Missouri. When the Association has made COVID-19 related decisions, we have been able to refer to Mike for guidance. In a recent email recap, Mike Booth reminisced: During the last few months of 2019, the world was reporting that they were seeing an increase in cases of a new virus which was named COVID-19. In expanding, this narrative describes how the entire COVID-19 picture unfolded at Lake Viking. I remember how in January 2020, this new pandemic

had an epicenter in China and began to spread. Susan Zalenski, VVA President, and her husband Len had been planning a big international trip that included the countries of Viet Nam and Korea, but they cancelled. Meanwhile Association Members Ed and Janet White and family members had been on a great trip that included countries of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. While they were travelling in that area, however, COVID-19 was beginning [Continued on Page 6]

These weekly updates have been regularly appearing in the Gallatin North Missourian. This information is from the Oct. 21 edition.


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Letter From VVA Board President Dear Neighbors, It’s been seven months since I was elected President of VVA BOD. Based on the past seven months, I thought it might be helpful to give an update on what our VVA staff, Board and volunteers have accomplished. I wish I could take credit for these accomplishments…but the credit needs to go to our Board, our staff, our committees…and our members who volunteer at Lake Viking. All these folks deserve a big thank you….and credit for these accomplishments. Our annual meeting was on March 1, 2020. At that point, we weren’t sure what the impact of COVID-19 might be. It certainly hadn’t hit Daviess County. By the end of that month, we started feeling the impact. Our lake population has basically been at near full capacity since March as we started seeing our members shelter in place at Lake Viking. This pandemic has caused us to make changes…but we have continued to move VVA forward. Here are some of the accomplishments: • Applied for Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan in April to assist with payroll and summer employment. Received loan for $81,900. We just received word that the SBA approved our application to make the loan a grant. Final outcome, we received an $81,900 grant from the SBA to assist with VVA payroll and utilities. • Prototype dredge silt pond completed in Garney area that will be used as model for south end silt pond structures. Expect engineer recommendations in November. • Three road tubes replaced. • Chip and seal road surface outsourced and completed for 4.7 miles of lake. Plans are to do chip and seal every year until lake roads and side roads completed and then repeat cycle. • The sale of two community area lots were completed to fund dredge plan approved at March 1, 2020 annual meeting. We have a pending contract on a third community area property. • Monthly meetings conducted by zoom as COVID-19 protection. • Many protections taken to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 between staff and members. • Caring Network put in place for residents needing assistance running errands to Gallatin and Cameron for food and medicines. • Staff positions filled as vacancies occurred. • Safety app utilized to assist with stickering boats and infraction tickets.

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• Finance Committee, Activity Committee, Building Committee, Infraction Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Lake Committee, Campground Committee, Dredge Committee, Handbook Committee and Fire Department have made incredible accomplishments that are too numerous to mention. Thank you to all our committee volunteers. You are awesome. • Safety boat being replaced per five-year Safety plan (current Safety boats are worn out). • Roof replaced for bath house in Campground 1. • Haying of association owned lots completed by outside people at no costs to VVA. Even with all these accomplishments, our work isn’t done. Here are just a few of the items we have ahead of us: • RFP for trash contract due May 2021. • Select and finalize engineering plan for south end from recommendations from engineers and Dredge Committee. • Finance Committee working on money management options for VVA to maximize return on investment for VVA reserves while still investing safely. • Install new fire hydrant to improve fire protection for homes. • Continue work on technology options to make guest cards electronic and enhance technology capabilities in VVA office to improve efficiencies. • Campground 1 expansion almost complete…thank you campground volunteers. • Receive and review Campground Study Group information. • Figure out how to conduct an annual meeting, BOD elections and voting on other issues safely in a pandemic. What a year. As you can see, we have strengthened the financial position of VVA and made significant improvements to the infrastructure of VVA. It is important to celebrate these accomplishments that we have made for the first part of the year. We still have a lot of work to do, but I did want to share with you the good work that continues to go on with our staff, BOD, committees, and volunteers. We are truly blessed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Take care and be safe and healthy. Susan Zalenski


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

Operating Expenses 6000 Gross Wages-Administrative 6001 Gross Wages-Maintenance 6002 Gross Wages-Dredge {Sp. Lake} 6003 Gross Wages-Safety 6004 Gross Wages-Housekeeping 6005 Gross Wages - Lifeguard 6006 Credit Card Merchant Fees 6010 Employer FICA Tax Expense 6049 Employee Retirement 6050 Administrative Expense 6051 Employee Insurance 6052 Insurance & Bonds 6053 Taxes, Licenses & Permits 6054 Legal & Professional 6056 Promotional & Advertisement 6100 Office Expense 6103 Postage 6200 Maintenance Expense 6210 Mowing-Contract Expense 6250 Roads 6251 Roads {Special Rd. District} 6300 Ramp Gate Expense 6400 Safety Expense 6450 Fire Department Expense 6500 Special Lake Expense 6501 Silt Basin Construction 6550 Interest Expense 6600 Electricity 6700 Phones 6750 Water 6800 Heat {Propane} 6900 Fuel {Gas/Diesel} 6901 Dredge Fuel 7000 Trash Expense 7100 Campground Expense 7300 Deed / Lien Expense 7600 Cemetery Expense {Reimb} 7795 Activities Expense 7800 Misc. Expense 7900 Fish Stocking Total Operating Expenses Net Income (Loss) before Taxes 1590

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$91,455.27 842,161.24 159,169.30 238,674.90 31,733.69 47,572.50 4,540.75 53,038.13 47,296.67 7,613.37 23,522.56 4,104.84 75,058.23 7,514.84 55,875.00 4,975.00 5,000.00 307,565.00 3,756.00 5,053.34 0.00 11,959.57 12,051.66 2,235.00 28,750.26 2,070,677.12

$88,000.00 800,384.00 153,587.00 238,650.00 31,820.00 47,730.00 3,000.00 50,835.00 49,000.00 30,000.00 7,500.00 3,000.00 75,000.00 12,000.00 40,000.00 5,000.00 4,000.00 335,650.00 500.00 7,000.00 1,000.00 10,000.00 8,000.00 3,000.00 15,000.00 2,019,656.00

$3,455.27 41,777.24 5,582.30 24.90 (86.31) (157.50) 1,540.75 2,203.13 (1,703.33) (22,386.63) 16,022.56 1,104.84 58.23 (4,485.16) 15,875.00 (25.00) 1,000.00 (28,085.00) 3,256.00 (1,946.66) (1,000.00) 1,959.57 4,051.66 (765.00) 13,750.26 51,021.12

103.93% 105.22% 103.63% 100.01% 99.73% 99.67% 151.36% 104.33% 96.52% 25.38% 313.63% 136.83% 100.08% 62.62% 139.69% 99.50% 125.00% 91.63% 751.20% 72.19% 0.00% 119.60% 150.65% 74.50% 191.67% 102.53%

107,291.11 116,385.29 4,841.60 85,907.34 2,620.07 4,822.92 5,081.71 26,362.76 6,554.98 4,838.81 24,029.86 77,846.35 9,341.86 2,950.00 9,690.00 7,518.30 3,932.70 37,801.44 1,400.00 49,165.99 62.12 7,711.20 9,913.22 3,176.93 70,381.62 57,159.74 1,643.87 40,391.72 5,200.47 8,015.01 2,504.86 16,697.78 0.00 13,430.38 12,464.17 471.50 123.99 11,259.07 7,649.17 0.00 856,639.91

143,000.00 140,000.00 40,000.00 114,000.00 6,000.00 1,500.00 4,500.00 34,000.00 8,500.00 7,000.00 36,000.00 80,000.00 30,000.00 6,000.00 10,000.00 9,500.00 5,000.00 40,000.00 1,500.00 120,000.00 1,000.00 1,500.00 8,000.00 7,500.00 95,000.00 600,000.00 3,000.00 52,000.00 6,500.00 9,000.00 5,000.00 25,000.00 15,000.00 13,500.00 7,500.00 1,000.00 500.00 8,000.00 4,000.00 2,000.00 1,701,500.00

(35,708.89) (23,614.71) (35,158.40) (28,092.66) (3,379.93) 3,322.92 581.71 (7,637.24) (1,945.02) (2,161.19) (11,970.14) (2,153.65) (20,658.14) (3,050.00) (310.00) (1,981.70) (1,067.30) (2,198.56) (100.00) (70,834.01) (937.88) 6,211.20 1,913.22 (4,323.07) (24,618.38) (542,840.26) (1,356.13) (11,608.28) (1,299.53) (984.99) (2,495.14) (8,302.22) (15,000.00) (69.62) 4,964.17 (528.50) (376.01) 3,259.07 3,649.17 (2,000.00) (844,860.09)

75.03% 83.13% 12.10% 75.36% 43.67% 321.53% 112.93% 77.54% 77.12% 69.13% 66.75% 97.31% 31.14% 49.17% 96.90% 79.14% 78.65% 94.50% 93.33% 40.97% 6.21% 514.08% 123.92% 42.36% 74.09% 9.53% 54.80% 77.68% 80.01% 89.06% 50.10% 66.79% 0.00% 99.48% 166.19% 47.15% 24.80% 140.74% 191.23% 0.00% 50.35%

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Current Assets 09/30/20 1052 BTC Bank Gen Checking $237,689.27 1056 BTC Bank CD #2 31,876.73 31,205.36 671.37 1057 BTC ICS 1,508,355.48 281,626.94 1,226,728.54 1058 Edward Jones CD#1 225,000.00 225,000.00 0.00 1059 BTC Bank CD 0.00 0.00 0.00 1061 State Farm Bank MM 29,495.45 29,320.67 174.78 1062 Ed Jones CD#2 Capital Projects 67,000.00 67,000.00 0.00 1066 Ed Jones Capital Projects (Cash) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 Exit 61 off I-35 – Winston, MO – (Shop) 660-749-5310 (Cell) 660-663-7633 1063 Edward Jones CD Interest 132,822.57 3,636.50 129,186.07 1064 Edward Jones CD#4 110,000.00 225,000.00 (115,000.00) 1067 Edward Jones Money Market 0.00 0.00 0.00 1065 Edward Jones CD#5 0.00 225,000.00 (225,000.00) 1113 Farmers Bank Cemetery 19,921.85 16,781.69 3,140.16 1500.00 Petty Cash 500.00 500.00 0.00 Total Current Assets 2,412,661.35 1,449,046.16 963,615.19

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Fixed Assets 1590 Current Year Cap Expenditures 1600 Equipment 1605 & Fixtures (Home) Buildings 660-449-2920 1610 Accumulated Depr.-Equipment 1615 Lots Held For Resale 1620 Land (Lots) Total Fixed Assets Other Assets Oth A t 1900 State Inc. Tax Prepaid 1910 Federal Inc. Tax Prepaid Total Other Assets Total Assets

Current Liabilities 2000 SIT Payables 2010 FIT Payables 2020 FICA Payables 2030 FUTA Payables 2040 SUTA Payables 2085 Insurance Witholding 2086 Garnishment / Support 2089 Simple IRA 2097 PPP Loan 2098 Commerce Bank (dredge) Total Current Liabilities Owners' Equity 3000 Investment in Fixed Assets 3560... Retained Earnings (400... Current Income Total Owners' Equity Total Liabilities & Equity

28,044.25 2,429,323.84 821,098.81 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,935.33 1,185,579.88

26,391.06 2,403,863.34 773,271.61 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,935.33 1,110,638.99

1,653.19 25,460.50 47,827.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 74,940.89

0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 0.00

3,598,241.23

2,559,685.15

1,038,556.08

09/30/20 1,552.33 (1,270.71) (2,430.06) 0.00 0.00 1,644.64 (461.52) 3,410.18 81,809.00 47,364.15 131,618.01

09/30/19 1,368.95 (297.77) (332.34) 139.49 127.60 0.00 (692.28) 3,259.93 0.00 81,027.86 84,601.44

VARIANCE 183.38 (972.94) (2,097.72) (139.49) (127.60) 1,644.64 230.76 150.25 81,809.00 (33,663.71) 47,016.57

599,143.73 1,652,277.28 1,214,037.21 3,465,458.22

599,143.73 1,306,919.28 569,020.70 2,475,083.71

0.00 345,358.00 645,016.51 990,374.51

3,597,076.23

2,559,685.15

1,037,391.08

Liabilities & Equity

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to spread. Along with Italy, Spain was turning into an early COVID hotspot. Ed related to me that he felt lucky because by the time he and his family departed, on Feb. 1, other countries were already beginning to restrict travelers on international flights from Spain. At the Viking Valley Association Annual Meeting on March 1, 2020, Coronavirus still seemed to be something that was happening in other countries but not here. At that meeting, I recall reaching to shake someone’s hand and, instead, receiving a fist bump. That was my first tangible wake-up call. On March 7, the Activities Committee held a wine and cheese event, but by March 19, realization set in that COVID-19 had arrived. Using CDC and state guidelines, restrictions were put in place. The Lake Viking Board of Directors and Lake Manager Shad Mort made the difficult decision to stop all in-person meetings; we closed the office except for appointments only, and postponed or cancelled all indoor activities. These measures were put in place to provide for the safety and health of our lake family. As these restrictions remained in place for approximately six weeks, the Board of Directors and several committees conducted meetings on ZOOM. Then, in June, nationwide restrictions were relaxed and replaced with reopening guidelines. Reopening allowed in-person gatherings with restrictions on occupancy and the Association resumed in-person meetings, instead of the ZOOM format, and established a maximum occupancy for the clubhouse gatherings. Then, in a special study session on ZOOM, the Board took up the swimming pool. Many towns and municipalities had simply closed their pools, but after consulting with Mike Booth the Board was able to agree on social distancing guidelines and set occupancy and time limits for opening the pool on June 8. Meanwhile, as it became apparent that the Northwest Missouri area was experiencing a minimal rate of COVID-19 infection, the Activities Committee began to resume a normalized schedule. After the cancellation of Cinco de Mayo the activities schedule went into high gear. On June 6, the poker run was a resounding success. That event was followed with a flurry of activities. Within the next four months, Activities Committee put on a tremendous, albeit an abbreviated lineup. On Sept. 19, the Wine Hay Tour, on the clubhouse grounds, was the icing on the cake (see accompanying pictures in this edition). Now, it seems we are back to square one. Covid-19 has become an undeniable reality at Lake Viking and in Daviess County. Every day, I hear of someone else who has contracted the virus. For the past few months, the Gallatin North Missourian newspaper has run an update each week. As I write this article, the county has experienced 208 cases with 11 currently in the hospital and 3 deaths. By the time this newspaper is out there will be more. Mike Booth confirms that the numbers are on the rise in his 15-county region. Mike notes “a lot of positive cases in long term care and nursing homes.” He also reports that some counties have enacted face mask rules. The purpose of this article is not to induce mass hysteria. It is, rather, another appeal to be safe. This report is pretty much common knowledge of a constantly changing landscape. The Board of Directors and the committees are back to meeting on ZOOM . . . but another question is looming large: What about the Annual Meeting? March 7 seems a long way off, and we could be in better shape with the COVID-19 cases by then. Or we could be worse. Currently the accepted social distancing standards would allow for 50 people to be seated in clubhouse. Attendance at our last two annual meetings was 173 and 150. Stay if current COVID-19 Savetuned, to current week folder beforetrends alteringcontinue, this ad. we are going to have some unprecedented decisions to make.

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James William “J.W.” Gann 1924-2020 James William “J.W.” Gann, age 96, of Sun Lakes, AZ, and formerly of Gallatin, passed away Sept. 17, 2020, at Hospice of the Valley Dobson Home in Chandler, AZ. He was an early Lake Viking Association member. J.W. was born on Feb. 23, 1924, the son of William Judson and Della (Place) Gann at home in Gallatin. He grew up in Gallatin and was a 1941 graduate of Gallatin High School where his favorite sport to play was basketball. After graduating from Gallatin, he received an associate degree in business administration from Wentworth Military Academy in 1943. Due to World War II, J.W. was unable to attend his Wentworth Military Academy graduation ceremony in order to report to Camp Roberts, CA, to begin basic training. In November 1943, J.W. left San Francisco for the Southwest Pacific where he served in the 182nd Infantry during World War II. J.W. received two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his selfless sacrifice and service to our country. Some of these were awarded to him later in life. At the ceremony, he stated he was glad to still be alive to receive the medals, but the most humbling comment was, “I am very proud to have served my country.” Upon return from the war he joined his parents in the family business, Gann’s Bargain Store that was established in 1916, later purchasing it, allowing his parents to retire. On Sept. 16, 1951, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Booth at the First Baptist Church in Gallatin. To this union three children were born. Beatrice preceded J.W. in death on April 6, 1970. On March 15, 1980, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Teale Ayers at the Cameron Lutheran Church. He was a faithful member of the Gallatin First Christian Church for over 80 years. Other memberships include Gallatin Masonic Lodge #106, the Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph, and Daviess County Country Club. J.W. enjoyed spending quality time and entertaining his family and friends at The Lake of the Ozarks and later at Lake Viking, including boating, water sports and fishing. After retirement he became an avid golfer, enjoying the game until 89 years young. J.W. was a lifetime fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. He also enjoyed Royals and Arizona Diamond Back’s baseball. Following retirement, he and Marilyn lived in Hobe Sound, FL, where they provided care for Marilyn’s parents, before moving to Sierra Vista, AZ, and then Sun Lakes, AZ. J.W. was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Margaret Hyde; and granddaughter, Stephanie Frost. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of the home; son, Steven (Deby) Gann of Gallatin; daughter, Judith Gann of Dallas, TX; son, Carlan Gann of Kansas City; stepson, Randy (Jody) Ayers of Edgerton; stepson, Bruce (Deb) Ayers of Kansas City; stepson, Terry (Kim) Ayers of Queen Creek, AZ; grandchildren, Corri (Adam) Barnhart of Franklin, TN; Nathan (Molly) Gann of Millersville, PA; Addilea

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(Jared) Andrews of Gallatin; Jenna Gann of Kansas City; Brandon (Kelsey Bower) Gann of Kansas City; Daniel (Janeanne) Ayers of Blue Springs; Tim Ayers of Independence; Sam Ayers of Kansas City; Casey Ayers of Kansas City; Brittany Ayers of Chandler, AZ; Tyller Ayers of Gilbert, AZ; Dalis Smith of Queen Creek, AZ; and Dylan Smith of Queen Creek, AZ; as well as great-grandchildren, Ella, Hudson, Simon, Marion, Beatrice, Clayton, Jean, William and Jonathan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hillcrest Cemetery or Daviess County Library in care of the funeral home. A graveside memorial service with full military honors was held Sept. 25, 2020, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Gallatin, with arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home, Gallatin. Donald F. Dors 1926-2020 Donald F. Dors, 94, passed away peacefully Sept. 25, 2020, after living a long, full life. Don was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 22, 1926, to Ed and Helen (Knudten) Dors. He was the father of Lake Viking Association members Ellen Dors and Joan Jones. He was drafted into the Army in the 1st Infantry Division of the Big Red One immediately following high school and served in Europe (France and Germany) during WWII. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded while serving in Germany. He then met the love of his life, Patricia (Hawkins) Dors, and they were married at Gesu Church in Milwaukee on Oct. 15, 1955. Don worked for the family business, Knudten Brothers Color Center, and in 1960 transferred to Prairie Village where he worked for Colony Paint/ Valspar, retiring in 1991. Don and Pat became involved members of St. Ann’s church for 30 years, raising their four children. In 1990 they moved to Overland Park and became members of Ascension church, where again they were actively involved. Don was a Knights of Columbus member and developed many lasting friendships. Don and Pat were charter members at Leawood South CC and were avid sports fans. They were KC Chiefs season ticket holders at Municipal and Arrowhead Stadiums. Don never missed watching the Green Bay Packers on TV. He loved their lake house, first at Lake of the Ozarks, then at Lake Viking, and he enjoyed his weekends there with family and friends. In 2008 Don and Pat moved to Santa Marta Retirement Community where they embraced another new family. Don was one of a kind, soft spoken and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Don loved his family, sports, refinishing furniture, painting, travel and “dad jokes.” He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Dors. Don is survived by his four children: Karen (Dave) Crandall, Joan (Rick) Jones, Ellen Dors (Chris Evans) and Patrick (Maggie) Dors; 11 grandchildren: Kayla (Chris) Lipp, Hannah (Joe Tauk) Crandall, Jared (Jessica) Crandall, Hilary (John) Cornwell , Parker (Andrea) Jones, Spencer (Sarah) Jones, Lindsey and Brian Jones, Mary, Katie and Patrick Dors; and three great-grandchildren.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Head for the Cure Foundation, 1607 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108. https://www.headforthecure. org/content/donate. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held around the Thanksgiving holiday. Rex L. Lesan 1924-2020 Rex Leroy Lesan died on Sept. 27, 2020, at age 96, in the Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton, IA. Rex was born to Glenn and Mabel Lesan on April 25, 1924, in Mount Ayr, IA. He attended school in Lesanville and Mount Ayr, graduating from Mount Ayr High School in 1941. He was the father of Lake Viking Association member Troy Lesan. After graduation, Rex farmed with his father and served in the Army Air Corps before marrying Betty Jean Butler in 1945. Together, he and Betty had three children (Troy, Wendy, and Bret). In the early years of their marriage, they bought a farm in Kellerton IA, where they farmed and raised cocker spaniels, until moving to Des Moines, IA, where Rex began a long and successful career with Forney Welders. Betty died of cancer in 1972. In 1975, Rex married Marilyn Yvonne Brooks. He, with his three children, and she, with her six children (Terry, Brian, Kelly, Greg, Brent and Brett), joined together and created one large, loving family. With those of their children still living at home at the time of their marriage, they moved to Leon, IA where their house became a joyful place over the years, especially when all of the children and grandchildren were home. Rex ended his career with Forney in 1975, and, together with Marilyn, started the Y’VON cattle business, raising Black Angus on his farm in Kellerton. The cattle business and the farm were among the most treasured things in Rex’s life. He was proud to be able to continue with the cattle business until he was 89 years old when he and Marilyn turned the operation of the business over to a family member who continues it today. In August of 2015, at age 91, Rex sold the Kellerton farm and he joked he had then “officially retired.” Rex and Marilyn lived in their home in Leon, where they were long-time members of the Loving Chapel United Methodist Church, until 2018 when they moved to Durant, IA. Shortly thereafter, at age 94, Rex moved to the Cedar Manor Home in Tipton where he where he lived for the remainder of his years. Rex was a hard-working, honest, kind, good-humored man who was loved and respected by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; parents, Glenn and Mabel; brother and wife, Robert & Lorraine (Drake) Lesan; brother-inlaw, Park Rinehart; grandson, Timothy Lee Wilson; and great-grandson, Kaleb Retherford. Those left to honor Rex’s memory include his loving wife, Marilyn; their children, Troy (Shirley) Lesan, Wendy (Jim) Wilson, Terry (Jill) Brooks, Brian (Linda) Brooks, Bret (Marcia) Lesan, Kelly Brooks Robison, Greg (Wendy) Brooks, Brent (Suzi) Brooks, Brett (Cheri) Brooks; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; his sister, Joan Rinehart; and five nieces and nephews.

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After loss of 164 pounds:

A new journey, a new life C indy Curtis didn’t start life off overweight. She wasn’t a chubby baby. All through her childhood she was a perfectly normal kid in a perfectly normal body. But something happened in high school. She started putting on weight. By the time she was 19, her weight was causing health issues — serious health issues; she had her first stroke. “This is when I found out my weight was causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides,” Cindy says. Cindy fought her weight, but for whatever reason, losing pounds was extremely hard for her. “I tried too many weight-loss programs,” she says. “I tried walking and going to the gym, but the weight kept coming on.”

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indy, 59, was born in Nebraska. She has lived most of her life in Kidder. She went to school in Hamilton. She’s been married for 31 years to Randy L. Curtis, a Gallatin native. They have four children: three sons, Matheuw, Randy, and Spenser; and one daughter, Kimberly; and four grandchildren, Leigha, Thomas, Remington, and Hudson.

Over the years, Cindy raised her family and worked outside of the home in a few places. She was a server at Taco Bell and a store manager for Casey’s. She went back to college and got an associate degree in early childhood development. She then taught Head Start in Cameron.

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ut more health problems due to her weight put an end to her career. In 2000, Cindy found out she was diabetic. Worse, she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. She was put on pills for the diabetes and high blood pressure. She had a year of radiation treatment for the cancer. The pounds kept coming on. “I couldn’t get my blood sugars under control and ended up taking medication and shots four times a day,” Cindy says. Depression set in. In 2013, she had to have surgery on her leg, due to plaque build-up from the radiation treatments. Later that year doctors put two stints and two balloons in both her legs. “I ended up with neuropathy in my left leg, which makes it hard to walk, no less exercise,” she

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Three receive award for heroic action in Winston incident

Governor Mike Parson recently awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 11 first responders and six civilians for heroic and live-saving actions during 2019. Three of the medal winners were involved in an incident which occurred in Winston, when an officer was assaulted by a prisoner that was being transported from Trenton. The Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award is awarded to a civilian who has provided valuable or courageous assistance to members of a Missouri public safety agency in an emergency situation. Jason C. Gamm, Rick L. Shannon and Wesley W. Teague were nominated by the Trenton Police Department for the actions they took to save the officer who was being assaulted. On June 14, 2019, Trenton Police Department Officer Jasmine E. Diab was transporting a prisoner to a mental health evaluation. During the transport near Winston, the prisoner assaulted Officer Diab. Officer Diab was shot in the abdomen and the prisoner was shot in the hand during the struggle. The prisoner tried to take control of the vehicle and, positioned on top of the officer, attempted to drive away from the scene. Officer Diab continued to fight the prisoner. Several passing civilian motorists realized the officer was in extreme danger. Jason Gamm and Rick Shannon heard one of the gunshots. Mr. Shannon retrieved a gun from his vehicle and gave it to Mr. Gamm. Mr. Gamm and Wesley Teague approached the rear of the police vehicle. Mr. Gamm carefully moved around the vehicle to the driver’s door and managed to pull the prisoner from the vehicle. The prisoner continued to fight. Mr. Teague then grabbed the prisoner’s legs with his arms, and Mr. Shannon assisted holding him on the ground. All three civilians held the prisoner until law enforcement arrived and took him into custody. Officer Diab was hospitalized and continues to recover. If not for the heroic actions of Mr. Gamm, Mr. Shannon, and Mr. Teague, who acted without concern for their own safety, Of-

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Activities Committee Artistry (from Dustin & David Hibler)

Lake Viking Fall Wine Festival

A post on Lake Viking Group Facebook said it best. “We’re so blessed to have this wonderful Activities Committee. These people put so much work into their projects. This was above and beyond anyone’s expectations. Thanks to all.” Amen! Couldn’t have said it any better. This event was a showcase for the tremendous creativity and effort by our Activities Committee. Hopefully these pictures will do justice to the Sept. 19 event that officially ushered in the fall season at Lake Viking. ~ Troy Lesan

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VVA October Board Meeting Activities Committee: Celeste Armanees stated that due to safety reasons for the recent local outbreak of COVID, the committee has cancelled all activities and social events through the end of the year. The Activities Committee will continue to meet to come up with a plan to welcome new members to Lake Viking. They will also decide what to purchase with the many donations our members give and donate to the lake. In past years they have purchased a tv and appliances for the clubhouse. Susan Zalenski thanked the Activities Committee for all their hard work. Building Committee: Marvin McNabb reported last month the Building Committee approved 18 permits, including three houses. So far this month there have been five permits with two of those being houses. One house from last month had to be rescinded because they had to do a new septic permit. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger reported on their last fire meeting. The sirens were tested as usual every month. The fire department is working on a long-range plan. They have done an assessment of turn out gear and have ordered four new pagers to enhance their ability to respond when needed. Campground Committee: Mike Booth reported they are making progress on the expansion in Camp 1. The electrical lines have been laid and are ready for the posts. The campground bathhouses will remain open until the end of October. Lake Committee: The Lake Committee will be meeting in the next week. Troy Lesan said they would be spot checking the zebra mussel detectors and following up on a few properties that were sent non-compliance letters for property maintenance. Infraction Committee / Safety: Mark Leggett gave the infraction report. There were nine tickets heard this month, with a total of $720.00 in fines being assessed. The next meeting will not be until April 17, 2021. Roger Lankford has resigned as chairperson of this committee. James Funk will be taking over as the new chairperson. This committee is recruiting for new members. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the office. Dredge Committee: In Shawn Hepinstall’s absence, Shad Mort was asked to give the dredge report. Shad reported the dredge is in and operating. We are testing the new silt structure in the Garney area and after six hours of running the dredge, we discovered a problem with the structure. One of the bottom pipes kinked up and wouldn’t allow it to drain, so we used some big rocks and cable to try to hold the pipe in place. Bob Hayes gave a big kudos to the maintenance staff, Riley and Patrick for their hard work. Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. COVID: We have closed the office to walkins, but give us a call if you need assistance. The beach bathrooms are also closed. There is a wedding this weekend in the clubhouse, but this will be the last event for this year. 2. Roads: Vance Brothers came in this week and did 4.7 miles of chip and seal for us. We have a couple more tube replacements to do and a little more patching and road work will be complete for this year. 3. Ramp gate: We have had some ramp gate issues of late. A new mother board was installed this past week, and everything seems to be working fine. Susan Zalenski asked Shad about bow hunting deer at the lake. Shad responded that anyone wanting to hunt needs to contact Safety and sign up. Susan asked about them signing a waiver of liability. Shad said he would get with Jason on that. Financials Mark Leggett moved to approve the financial reports. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed. Guest Time 1. Lot 212: Elaine Kremer appealed to the Board of Directors to overturn an infraction ticket she received for not maintaining her trash in a sealed container. Mark Leggett explained, as follows, why the ticket was written. Elaine had some broken glass that she cut her hand on and did not

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want to put it in a trash bag for safety reasons. She put the glass in a cardboard box and set the box out on Sunday for trash pickup, on Monday. She felt this was the safest way to dispose of it. When Safety made their rounds on Sunday night, they noticed the box and wrote the ticket for not having it in a sealed container. Mark Leggett moved to reverse the infraction ticket. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed. Board Discussions 1. Cares Act: Sally Zerbe explained to the board that a motion needs to be passed accepting an agreement with Daviess County to submit a claim to the Cares Act. Mark Leggett made a motion that the governing body of Viking Valley Association adopt the Daviess County Intergovernmental Agreement to participate in the 2020 CARES Act Funding program as presented, and further motioned to appoint Sally Zerbe to sign the agreement on the board’s behalf. Marvin McNabb seconded. 5-Aye, 0-No, 1-abstain, motion passed. 2. Strategic Plan: Kenny Southwick gave a review of the progress of the strategic plan. This plan was started in 2019. We are only 6 months into this plan, but from a seasonal standpoint, we wanted to share the progress. Kenny mentioned one of the parameters that was a topic of discussion at this meeting. “Consider all reasonable investments to meet our goals.” Some of the highlights of Kenny’s review included fiscal responsibility, such as, study income vs. cost of amenities, budget for emergency reserves and continue to employ line item budgeting, consider and create new sources of income. Other areas of review: maintain a healthy lake, maintain our environment, continue development of longrange plan for dredging, establish a practice to welcome new members, establish a set of employee standards and enhance safety communications to all members. These are just a sampling of the overall plan and all mentioned are a work in progress. Kenny thanked all the board members for taking this plan seriously. This is a multiyear plan, and it is going to take the board, staff, volunteers, and all our committees to continue to focus on this plan and to make it work. Mark Leggett suggested some additions to the Safety Section 5.1. Safety is working on a video piece for new members and a top 10 most ticketed infractions. Mark also thought the section 5.3.4 might want to consider this to be a stand alone point. Other than this plan, Susan Zalenski challenged this committee to bring recommendations to the board for what they feel like is top priority. Kenny mentioned the following items as some of those recommendations. a) Long-range plan for dredge silt b) Identify budget items c) Urgent, verify condition of clubhouse septic d) Establish GFI inspections 3. Recognition of Mike Booth: Susan Zalenski recognized Mike Booth. Mike works in the emergency preparedness for the State of Missouri.

Mike commented this year has been a unique year. At the beginning of the pandemic everything was shut down and then in June things begin to open up a little bit. We enacted some guidelines here at the lake according to the CDC and the Show Me State Recovery Plan. It is Mike’s belief that we need to be thinking ahead to our annual meeting. How are we going to provide social distancing and everything that goes with it? In the last few weeks, the numbers have begun to climb in rural Missouri. We need to limit situations where we can’t maintain social distancing. Looking forward to our annual meeting, recommendations include maintaining six feet for social distancing, modifying the layout, ventilation, and limit the attendance. Mike put together a list of planning items for the annual meeting, including face masks required, provide hand sanitizer, disinfect microphones between members, and taking temperatures of attendees. Mark Leggett suggested Mike and Troy Lesan put something together to put in the paper giving the members a heads up about what may come and how we will handle a difficult situation. Susan Zalenski would like to create a committee at next month’s meeting to start planning for the annual meeting. 4. Future Items: Susan Zalenski mentioned some future items coming up such as: a) Annual meeting agenda / By-Law changes b) Finance Committee Town Hall meeting in February c) Trash RFP’s d) November meeting / Dredge plan 5. Walleye: Mark Leggett mentioned 10”-12” walleye will be stocked in the lake sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. Adjourn Mark Leggett moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel and board organizational matters at 8:06 p.m. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed Attendance: Robert Hayes, lot 389; Missy Leggett, lot 72; Tony Southwick, lot 1594; Kathy Price, lot 153; Kenny Southwick, lot 381; Kim Spidle, lot 341; Lyle Alexander, lot179; Sue Wolfe, lot 1188; Deon & Jodie Roush, lot 116; Elaine Kremer, lot 212; Mary Hibler, lot 183; Bo Steed, lot 444; 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

REMINDERS!! 6 Exceed Maximum

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

6 Improper Parking:

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


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

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

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. azurewebsites.net. 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 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

* 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

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.

Infraction/Safety James Funk (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, Kyle Loehnig, Mark Leggett (Board Contact)

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

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

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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.

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

Emergency Phone Numbers

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.

Community Strategic Planning Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Terry Nibarger, Sue Wolf, Brad Trenkle, Don Leeper, Susan Zalenski (Board Contact)

Employee Board Contact Tony Gronniger

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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.

REMEMBER SPEED LIMIT ON LAKE VIKING ROADS IS 30 mph

30 MPH

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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She lost 164 pounds “He was losing weight, but I was only taking a little off,” Cindy says. Then she was invited to the home of a friend who had lost a lot of weight. Cindy asked her about the weight loss, and her friend told her she had bariatric surgery. Cindy was intrigued. But concerns about another surgery after having heart surgery gave her pause.

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On Dec. 3, 2018, Cindy had the surgery. Gastric bypass surgery works by decreasing the amount of food a person can eat at one sitting and reducing absorption of nutrients. The surgeon cuts across the top of the stomach, sealing it off from the rest of the stomach. The resulting pouch is about the size of a walnut and can hold only about an ounce of food. Normally, your stomach can hold about three pints of food. Then, the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch. Food then goes into this small pouch of stomach and then directly into the small intestine sewn to it. Food bypasses most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine, and instead enters directly into the middle part of the small intestine.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child—making sure millions of children experience the Good News and great joy of the holiday. Samaritan’s Purse is committed to its mission of reaching millions of children across the globe with hope. “Much of the world has been gripped with fear, and this is especially hard for children,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Now more than ever, these boys and girls need to know God loves them. Operation Christmas Child delivers the hope found only in Jesus Christ.” The Samaritan’s Purse project has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys—to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a mission project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. Simply pack shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys. Then, bring them to one of more than 4,000 Drop-Off Locations during National Collection Week Nov. 16-23. Drop-Off Locations will be listed starting in early November at samaritanspurse.org and can be searched by city or zip code. Even if churches and groups are not yet meeting, families are encouraged to pack shoebox gifts at home. Through Operation Christmas Child’s network of thousands of churches around the world, God uses these simple gifts to make an eternal impact. The organization also offers an option to virtually pack a shoebox gift. Through this online tool, churches and groups can also set up a goal page to rally together to reach a larger goal. It’s easy—simply set a goal, invite your friends, and start packing! Whether your goal is 50 shoeboxes or 5,000, anyone can Create a Goal Page and work together with church members, friends, and family to share the hope of the Gospel with children around the world. Those interested in more information on Operation Christmas Child COVID-19 protocols, can visit Important COVID-19 Updates for the latest information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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Watch For Deer! Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert. If you strike a deer, call 9-1-1 or *55 on a cell phone and report it. Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,320 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every two hours in the state. In these crashes, there were nine fatalities and 449 people were injured. The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur during the 6-6:59 a.m. and 6-6:59 p.m. Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. Drivers in urban areas of the state should watch for deer as well. When you see a deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. At night, watch for deer eyes to reflect your headlights, which could give you more time to react to their presence. Drivers are reminded that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Overreacting usually leads to more serious traffic crashes. As soon as you see a deer, the best course of action is to reduce your speed. Other drivers may be doing the same, so be sure to pay attention to traffic patterns and always wear your seat belt. Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back …” Follow the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Twitter @MSHPTrooperGHQ

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