LVN April 2018

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Lake Viking News

Viking Valley Association Board Meeting Call to Order Phil Stockard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. Members in attendance were Mike Krehbiel, Flint Hibler, James Funk, Troy Lesan, Mike Booth and Susan Zalenski. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Troy Lesan led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Mike Krehbiel moved to approve the minutes of the Feb. 11, 2018, board meeting. Flint Hibler seconded; motion carried. Volunteer of the Month No Volunteer Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No Report Finance Committee: Troy Lesan reported the Finance Committee had met twice since the Annual Meeting in March. They reflected on the hard work that went into the 5-year proposal and felt like the Town Hall meeting prior to the Annual Meeting was a good tool for getting information to the members. Troy Lesan moved to add Phil Stockard as a member of the Finance Committee. James Funk seconded the motion; motion carried. There was a discussion about the current mowing fee of $60 per lot if the Association has to mow your lot. The Finance Committee recommended raising the mowing fee an extra $10 per lot for each of the next three years. After the discussion, Troy Lesan moved to raise the mowing fee for 2018 to $70 per lot. Mike Booth seconded the motion; motion carried. Strategic Committee: Susan Zalenski discussed the topics of the Strategic Committee. The Incorporation Committee met recently and will be presenting their findings by the end of the year. Susan gave an update on the clubhouse renovation. Funds are still needed for this project, but she did announce the Activities Committee would be donating $2,500 to the project. Bud Berg and Chris Ballard met with the Strategic Committee concerning our website and what other content it needs. At this time Gallatin Publishing owns our website. Activities Committee: Mary Hibler reported on the activities that have taken place in the last few weeks. A Sip ’n Paint was held March 17 in the clubhouse with 29 people attending. Marj Locker, who instructed this activity, donated $100 to the clubhouse renovation. The next activity was the Wine & Cheese Tasting on March 24. Approximately 60 people attended this event. Mary reported unfortunately the Easter egg hunt had been postponed twice due to inclement weather. Apparently the Easter Bunny doesn’t like snow. The next activity will be the Lakewide Garage Sales on April 14, and to date there are 37 sales on the map. There will be two food trucks on the lake the day of the sales, one at the parking lot and one at Beach 2. Mary asked the board for approval to have an open air market on the second Saturday of each month. Vendors of all kinds could set up in the parking lot for these events. The Activities Committee would like to donate some new swing seats for the playground. Mary also asked the board to add a new member to the committee. Susan Zalenski moved to add Ramona Miller to the Activities Committee. Flint Hibler seconded; motion carried. Mary commented there would be four different food trucks this year and there will be a calendar available with all the dates they will be available. Building Committee: Flint Hibler reported there was one new permit for a manufactured home. Flint Hibler moved to add Chuck Weldon to the Building Committee. Troy Lesan seconded; motion carried. Fire Department: Dennis Schlaiss reported the Fire Department went on one mutual aid call for Gallatin. The Fire Department will be sending a text message out to members on their meeting days. The Fire Department meets the second Saturday of each month. Campground Committee: Mary Hibler reported the electrician is still working on the 50 amp upgrades. There was a water issue in the shower house due to the cold weather. Lake Committee: Mike Krehbiel has done some research on the growing problem of boat wakes and the damage they can do to docks and shorelines. Mike asked the board about publishing an article from the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division about this issue. The board agreed to publish the article in the Lake Viking News. Cemetery Committee: Shad Mort commented there would be a burial at the Lake Viking Cemetery April 21.

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Infraction Committee: James Funk moved to add Jim Gibbany to the Infraction Committee. Troy Lesan seconded; motion carried. Dredge Committee: Shad Mort reported that he and Bob Hayes had contacted several contractors about cleaning out the south sediment structure. They are still waiting on replies from some of those contractors. The committee will be meeting in the next week to discuss a report from Snyder Engineering. Lake Manager’s Report Campground Electric: Shad Mort updated the board on the electrical upgrade that is being done in the campgrounds. It shouldn’t take much longer to complete, weather permitting, but he had no timeline of completion. Storm Sirens: We have had two storm sirens down, but they have both been repaired. One was a phone line issue and the other we had to replace the motor. Ramp gate: We have continued to have some issues with the ramp gate not operating correctly, but the company that installed it believes they have found the problem. They think it was an electrical issue and it is working at this time. Financials Troy Lesan moved to approve the financials. Mike Booth seconded; motion carried. Guest Time There was no guest time scheduled Board Action 1. Mother’s Day: Mike Krehbiel moved to change the May board meeting to the 20th due to Mother’s Day. Susan Zalenski seconded; motion carried. 2. Building Fee increases: Troy Lesan introduced a recommendation from the Finance Committee on raising Building Fees. The increases on Building Fees ranged from 40% to 100%. The board tabled the discussion on these fees until next month. CURRENT FEE $1,000.00 $450.00 $300.00 $250.00 $250.00

PROPOSED FEE $2,000.00 $650.00 $750.00 $500.00 $500.00

Sand based projects, shelters, sheds, docks, shoreline work, bobcat work.



Concrete projects requiring a truck with less than 4 cubic yards of concrete.



Stack stone projects



Onsite house construction Manufactured / Mobile home construction Garages and hangars Home additions Concrete projects, multiple axle trucks and trailers that would transport heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, trackhoes, track loaders or similar heavy equipment; including landscape projects requiring the same type of heavy equipment.

3. Trash Service Contract: Shad Mort presented the terms of renewing our trash contract with Advanced Disposal. There will be a $0.25 cent increase per month for each homeowner, and the dumpster rates are comparable to what we are already paying. Troy Lesan moved to accept the terms and renew the contract. James Funk seconded; motion carried. Adjourn: Troy Lesan moved to adjourn into Executive Session at 7:39 p.m. Mike Booth seconded; motion carried. Attendance: Doug & Resa Wiltse, lot 494; Kim & Ron Spidle, lot 341; Sherry Krehbiel, lot 559; Mary Hiber, lot 183; Len Zalenski, lot 364; Don & Carolyn Leeper, lot 22; Dennis Schlaiss, lot 1080; Robert Hayes, lot 389; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, lot 2528/Office. Let the record show that these minutes are a record of the business transacted at this meeting and a sampling of the discussions. Comments and discussions are not reflected in whole or as actual quotations in the minutes, nor do they reflect all comments by members. Respectfully Submitted, Mike Booth - Secretary Board of Directors, Viking Valley Association

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Horsts take a trip

‘Down Under’ By Troy Lesan If you are ever thinking about traveling to an interesting far-away destination, talk to Lake Viking Association members Harlan and Jeannie Horst. They went to Australia and New Zealand on a recent trip and had a great time. They toured panoramic countryside areas and traveled to numerous harbors, two world-class cities, and several islands. The journey lasted 21 days and was jam packed with a busy itinerary filled with spectacular sights. As the crow flies, Lake Viking to Melbourne, Australia, is over 8,900 miles. As the jet airliner flies, it is a four-hour flight from Kansas City to Los Angeles and 15 hours from L.A. to Melbourne, Australia. The Horsts’ trip also included plenty of boat travel including three days on Holland America backtracking from Sydney to Melbourne, and also numerous ferry excursions and at sea once again en route to Tasmania and New Zealand. First on the agenda were the two major cities. Both Sydney and Melbourne have populations of around 4.5 million and both are situated on the coast (Australia has more miles of coastline than the USA) with bustling harbors and plenty of things to see and do. Sydney features two iconic Australian sights, the Sydney Bridge and Opera House which are in close enough proximity that they can serve as a great photo background (see accompanying picture). Harlan and Jeannie saw a play at the Opera House and also went to several Sydney beach-

Harlan and Jeannie at scenic Sydney, Australia.

es and parks, and traveled to the Blue Mountains. This rugged range features a famous rock formation called the three sisters and the world’s steepest railroad. Melbourne also had plenty of sights, including the Queen Victoria Gardens, Federation Square, and the Shrine of Remembrance which is an impressive memorial to Australia’s war casualties. While Harlan and Jeannie were in Melbourne they also viewed Cape Bearing geese, emus and visited a Koala Conservation Center. This began an introduction to the incomparable diversity of wildlife that can only be found only in Australia. Harlan said that they saw a lot of Koalas during their trip Down Under, and they also saw an array

This pastoral scene is of the Richmond Bridge in Tasmania.

of the unique animal life in wildlife sanctuaries. Get your dictionaries and internet search engines ready for some of these species. There were fairy penguins, miniature penguins (would you believe, Australia has 18 species of penguins!), kookaburras, wallabies, cassowaries, fur seals, wombats, dingoes, goannas, kangaroos of course, and last but not least, the infamous Tasmanian Devil. Although separated by a great distance, Australia and the USA have much in common. Both were former English colonies and have language in common. Both began as vast unsettled areas that were colonized and settled as native aboriginal populations were displaced, and both are of similar geographical size. The United States is 20% larger than Australia in geographical area. It is in population, however, where the similarities end. USA population is 323 million. Australia population is only 24 million! Most of Australia is a barren wilderness. We’re all familiar with the expression The Outback. Almost all of the nation’s population is on the east coast facing Polynesia and the nation of New Zealand. This is the area that the Horsts traveled. Once they left the mainland, they visited the state of Tasmania which has a unique place in Australian history. Like America, Australia was used extensively by the British as a penal colony. After the American Revolution it was used even more. I have read reports stating that without convict labor, Australia never would have been successfully colonized and settled, and Tasmania was a prime example. Nowhere is this historical fact more in evidence than at Port Arthur, Tasmania. At The Island of the Dead, 2,000 former inmates are buried on a twoacre tract. In the Tasmanian town of Richmond, the oldest standing bridge in Australia was also built by convicts. (See accompanying photo.) Next, the Horsts’ travels took them to the beautiful nation of New Zealand for stops at Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Port Chalmers, [Continued on next page]

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Down Under continued from previous page

Napier Wellington, and the capitol of Auckland. New Zealand is a nation comprised of two islands and could very easily be the subject of an extensive tour in its own right. A big attraction there is the Lord of the Rings Tour which highlights the spectacular scenery known to fans of that highly successful movie series. Other highlights at New Zealand were at Mount Victoria, a kiwi fruit area, some interesting geothermal areas and a visit to a Maori village. Maoris were the original inhabitants of New Zealand and still comprise 15% of nation’s inhabitants. Anyone getting exhausted by reading this article can begin to understand the scope of this exiting trip which covered a lot of territory and involved a lot of energy for the numerous tours. For those (like me) who haven’t yet made the big move to travel Down Under, the next best alternative is looking at the great pictures and the presentation put together by Harlan and Jeannie Horst. It was the trip of a lifetime that they will always remember.


Are you responsible with your boat wake?


issouri waterways have become increasingly busy over the past few decades. Along with the increased boat traffic, the size of motorboats continues to grow, particularly on our larger lakes. Where there are boats, there are boat wakes. Please join the Missouri State Highway Patrol in promoting wake courtesy to minimize the danger to others using our waterways, damage to docks, and erosion to our shorelines. Operating a motorboat at “plowing” speed is necessary at times, but should not be the norm. Please make note of these reminders so you are part of the solution and not part of the problem: Operate your boat at idle speed, or when you are safely able to do so, operate on plane. Do not continuously plow unless absolutely necessary. Boats that cause excessive wakes should always operate in the middle of the lake to allow their boat wake time and distance to lose energy. Plowing within cove locations is discouraged, unless safety or water sport activities require you to do so.

Koalas were everywhere and also ...KANGAROOS!!!

Patrol releases ‘Be aware of your wake’ video Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invites the public to view the new “Be Aware Of Your Wake” video located on the Patrol’s website. Members of the Highway Patrol and Kalkomey Enterprises Inc. developed this five-minute video, which focuses on the importance of being aware of and courteous with your boat wake. “The combination of boaters being aware of the wake they are creating, and boat operators using caution if they encounter large wakes will help reduce the number of injuries we see on our larger waterways,” said Colonel Karsten. “When large boat wakes cannot be avoided, boaters should slow down and approach the wakes at a 45-degree angle to navigate those wakes safely. Alerting passengers to potential rough water is important as well. Doing so allows passengers to brace themselves properly which helps prevent injury.” Every boating season, numerous injuries occur as boaters attempt to navigate large wakes. Large wakes may damage property, such as boat docks, in addition to causing excessive shoreline erosion. Please be a courteous boater and watch your wake, particularly when operating near docks or the shoreline. Help troopers make Missouri’s lakes and rivers safer for everyone. Share the water, share the fun, and always wear your lifejacket. The “Be Aware Of Your Wake” video can be found on the agency’s Water Patrol Division webpage by following this link: WaterPatrol/index.html

Water sport activities requiring excessive boat wakes should be reserved for areas of our lakes where the danger to boaters, damage to docks, or significant shoreline erosion is limited. Cruiser and houseboat owners and operators are a significant and important part of our boating communities, but these boat owners and operators require heightened awareness of the wake they are causing. Remember to be courteous. If you were in a small boat attempting to navigate your boat wake, or you owned a dock that has to survive your boat wake, would you be operating in the same manner? Treat other boaters and property owners as you would want to be treated. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. The great state of Missouri has many beautiful waterways, all of which allow for a wide variety of boating activities. Responsible and courteous boaters help make our waterways safe and enjoyable for everyone’s use. The above is reprinted, with permission, from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division website. As you can see, the state of Missouri, like Lake Viking, is fighting to prevent damage to docks and shorelines from excessive boat wakes. Although not all applies to LV (houseboats?), courtesy and awareness of your boat wake will help the Association avoid making unnecessary and restrictive boating rules. Help us protect our members’ docks and shorelines. Lake Viking Board of Directors Lake Viking Safety Department SHP-272 3/2016

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

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


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Viking Valley Association Income vs. Budget

March 2018

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Income (400... Membership Dues ..................................... $1,575.40 4100 Special Assessments ................................ 11,289.54 4200 Special Lake Assessments.......................... 2,235.75 4150 Ramp Gate Assessment................................. 475.00 4300 Special Road Assessments ............................ 769.25 4350 Deferred Maint./Capital Projects Assmts. .......455.00 4250 Collections-Delinquent Accts. ...................... 3,476.55 4400 Service Charge............................................... 481.62 (450... Campground Income ................................. 68,102.54 4550 Mowing Receipts ............................................ 450.00 4600 Building Permit Fee ..................................... 7,550.00 4650 Clubhouse Income ...................................... 2,290.00 4700 Sales Income............................................... 1,830.00 4800 Cemetery Income {Reimb} ................................. 0.00 4850 Special Road Dist. #1 .................................. 5,194.50 4860 Fire Department Income..................................... 0.00 4870 Activities Income ............................................ 386.00 4900 Interest Earned ................................................517.52 4910 Contract Income-P.W.S.D. #3...................... 2,690.00 4950 Misc. Income ............................................... 3,425.00 Total Income ...........................................113,193.67

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($86,124.60) 1.80% (713,710.46) 1.56% (138,764.25) 1.59% (2,025.00) 19.00% (45,230.75) 1.67% (49,545.00) 0.91% (15,523.45) 18.30% (6,518.38) 6.88% 602.54 100.89% (14,550.00) 3.00% (17,450.00) 30.20% (2,710.00) 45.80% (2,170.00) 45.75% (1,000.00) 0.00% (2,305.50) 69.26% 0.00 0.00% (2,614.00) 12.87% (4,482.48) 10.35% (310.00) 89.67% (1,575.00) 68.50% (1,106,006.33) 9.28%

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40,000.00 100,000.00 5,000.00 3,000.00 8,000.00 33,000.00 7,500.00 10,000.00 51,000.00 80,500.00 23,000.00 6,000.00 13,000.00 9,000.00 4,000.00 40,000.00 1,050.00 110,000.00 1,500.00 1,500.00 6,000.00 9,000.00 95,000.00 4,800.00 52,000.00 8,000.00 8,500.00 5,000.00 20,000.00 25,000.00 13,000.00 8,500.00 2,000.00 750.00 3,500.00 4,000.00 2,000.00 1,058,100.00 $161,100.00 0.00 $161,100.00

(39,844.50) 0.39% (79,674.89) 20.33% (4,287.87) 14.24% (3,000.00) 0.00% (7,596.37) 5.05% (26,131.36) 20.81% (5,785.79) 22.86% (4,521.98) 54.78% (44,803.16) 12.15% (76,792.00) 4.61% (13,705.70) 40.41% (5,325.00) 11.25% (12,300.00) 5.38% (5,490.08) 39.00% (3,335.27) 16.62% (34,562.24) 13.59% (1,050.00) 0.00% (106,860.31) 2.85% (1,500.00) 0.00% (1,380.10) 7.99% (4,393.09) 26.78% (8,778.66) 2.46% (93,310.74) 1.78% (3,621.82) 24.55% (43,251.76) 16.82% (6,070.01) 24.12% (7,816.45) 8.04% (3,138.54) 37.23% (18,241.19) 8.79% (25,000.00) 0.00% (10,149.89) 21.92% (7,519.74) 11.53% (1,658.00) 17.10% (750.00) 0.00% (2,247.89) 35.77% (3,775.16) 5.62% (2,000.00) 0.00% (907,791.72) 14.21% ($198,214.61) (23.04%) 21,267.78 0.00% ($219,482.39) (36.24%)


* Full Service Landscaping * Full Service Property Management and Maintenance * Sand, Gravel, and Rip Rap Sales and Spreading * Erosion Control Services * Lawn and Landscape Irrigation Ca * Seeding, Aeration & Fertilizing * Shoreline Spraying/Weed Control or Removal * Expenses Brush, Tree & Landscape Removal Operating 6000 Gross Wages-Administrative ..................... 30,055.10 122,000.00 (91,944.90) 24.64% * Driveway Entrance Installation 6001 Gross Wages-Maintenance ....................... 25,822.74 122,000.00 (96,177.26) 21.17% Gross Wages-Dredge {Sp. Lake} ................... 155.50 Gross Wages-Security .............................. 20,325.11 Gross Wages-Housekeeping ......................... 712.13 Gross Wages-Lifeguards .................................... 0.00 Credit Card Merchant Fees ............................ 403.63 Employer FICA Tax Expense....................... 6,868.64 Employee Retirement .................................. 1,714.21 Administrative Expense ............................... 5,478.02 Employee Insurance.................................... 6,196.84 Insurance & Bonds ...................................... 3,708.00 Taxes, Licenses & Permits .......................... 9,294.30 Legal & Professional ...................................... 675.00 Promotional & Advertisement ......................... 700.00 Office Expense ............................................ 3,509.92 Postage .......................................................... 664.73 Maintenance Expense ..................................5,437.76 Mowing-Contract Expense ................................. 0.00 Roads .......................................................... 3,139.69 Roads {Special Rd. District} ............................... 0.00 Ramp Gate Expense ...................................... 119.90 Security Expense ........................................ 1,606.91 Fire Department Expense .............................. 221.34 Special Lake Expense ................................. 1,689.26 Interest Expense ......................................... 1,178.18 Electricity ..................................................... 8,748.24 Phones ........................................................ 1,929.99 Water .............................................................. 683.55 Heat {Propane} ............................................ 1,861.46 Fuel {Gas/Diesel} ........................................ 1,758.81 Dredge Fuel........................................................ 0.00 Trash Expense ............................................ 2,850.11 Campground Expense.................................... 980.26 Deed / Lien Expense ...................................... 342.00 Cemetery Expense {Reimb} ............................... 0.00 Social Events............................................... 1,252.11 Misc. Expense ................................................ 224.84 Fish Stocking ...................................................... 0.00 Total Operating Expenses .................... 150,308.28 Net Income (Loss) before Taxes ....... ($37,114.61) 1590 Capital Expenditures ................................... 21,267.78 Net Income (Loss) after Taxes .......... ($58,382.39)

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Listen for the call of the loon Every year, loons make their appearances at Lake Viking. The lake is a regular stopover point during their seasonal migrations to and from Minnesota and Canada. This year there seems to be more of them. In a March 30 Lake Viking Facebook post, Ron Defenbaugh reported seeing six of them while numerous other Association Members reported sightings. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to see a loon, you can always tell they are in the area by their unmistakable call. It’s an eerie high-pitched half-scream, half-warbling sound made famous in the movie On Golden Pond. On April 8, a group of white pelicans also made their semi-annual stopover at the lake. Along with the regular year-round presence of eagles, and the increasing number of visits from the loons, these sightings make for a wonderful array of wildlife to be seen at Lake Viking.

Notice: To avoid penalties, submit assessment sheets before May 1 The Daviess County Assessor mailed out personal property assessment forms to taxpayers in January. Second notices were mailed in at the end of March. The grace period to submit your assessment sheets is coming to an end. If your assessment sheet is not received by the assessor, penalties will be applied on May 1 and cannot be waived. By state law, personal property assessments must be filed with the assessor every year. “The tax rate for everyone in the county is impacted when citizens do not declare their personal property. Completion of the form assures a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden on all taxpayers,” says Sally Black, Daviess County Assessor. The assessor reminds taxpayers that all licensed, unlicensed and permanent plated items must be included on your assessment sheet. This includes RTVs, ATVs, and UTVs, which must be reported even though they are not licensed. The State provides a list of permanent plated items to the assessor to reference as assessment sheets are reviewed. If you do not include a permanent plated item that is on the State’s list, the item will be added to your sheet by the assessor’s office. The burden of proof in this matter is on the taxpayer. Buildings on skids should also be included on assessment sheets. Only buildings less than 100 square feet are not assessed. Residents who have not received an assessment sheet should call the assessor’s office at 660-663-3300 or 663-2240. The staff welcomes residents who have questions or need help filling out their sheets. Viking Valley Association COMPARATIVE BALANCE SHEET March 31, 2018 03/31/18



Assets Current Assets 1050 1056 1057 1089 1059 1061 1113 1500.00

Fixed Assets 1590 1600 1605 1610 1615 1620

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$242,970.32 30,877.68 174,314.42 623.55 225,665.28 28,983.62 16,816.65 500.00

$111,679.08 30,285.31 108,133.70 623.55 225,665.28 29,564.00 16,756.79 250.00

$131,291.24 592.37 66,180.72 0.00 0.00 (580.38) 59.86 250.00

Total Current Assets




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

Other Assets 1900 1910

21,267.78 2,334,389.65 754,017.78 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,935.33

0.00 2,340,603.08 754,017.78 (2,119,822.35) 0.00 26,714.53

21,267.78 (6,213.43) 0.00 0.00 0.00 220.80




0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00

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







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

511.99 36.42 37.14 (75.09) 341.24 6,196.98 2,980.97 129,330.15

1,257.59 0.00 0.00 380.79 822.56 1,075.00 2,789.80 160,141.66

(745.60) 36.42 37.14 (455.88) (481.32) 5,121.98 191.17 (30,811.51)




599,143.73 1,034,966.68 (35,930.50)

599,143.73 788,731.73 (29,872.11)

0.00 246,234.95 (6,058.39)









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Observed child that lives at Lot 2164 get on school bus per request of parents 3-2 Observed Child again at Lot 2164 get on school bus 3-2 Spoke with and answered questions from Missouri Highway Patrol Troopers, Water Division 3-3 Followed up on call about loose Pontoon boat east of Beach 2; Boat was found and tied up on Members dock; owner was notified and came out to take boat back to lot 3-4 Attended Annual Meeting 3-6 Received Report of alarm at Lot 305; follow up found home locked and secure; possible septic tank alarm 3-11 Report of cows out near south entrance; notified Daviess Central 3-12 Flags Lowered to half mast for the day per order from Governor 3-12 Contractor instructed to move parked truck and trailer off Lake Viking Terrace 3-13 Instructed private contractor that he could not use personal boat to install boat lift and would have to do it from Lot owner’s personal lot 3-14 Assisted phone company with testing and confirming tornado sirens on lake are functioning 3-15 Responded to fire off Gulf Stream, first on scene, worked traffic for Fire Dept. 3-19 Received call from member about fence being down between his lot and cemetery; pictures were taken and turned into Association office 3-21 Returned private contractors sign and explained rule 3-22 Issued verbal warning to full time member about putting trash in dumpsters and not having trash service at residence 3-22 Received report of fire on member’s lot; follow up found it to be a controlled burn by owner 3-22 Pig found running loose; taken to kennels and had picture put on Facebook page; owner came picked up pig; issued verbal warning 3-28 Instructed Cement truck he could not park truck on Lake Viking Terrace 3-30 Instructed Lawn Care contractor to move truck and trailer more off of roadway 3-30 Received call about UTV’s driving at excessive speeds and loud around lake; follow up did not find vehicles For the Month of March No Trespassers were found on Lake Viking Properties No tickets issued for the month of March 1 boat washed

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Lake Viking Marine open house held April 14 Lake Viking Marine has built a new showroom on the same site as the old one on the east side of Lake Viking, and the grand opening was Saturday, April 14. It was a big event with face painters and balloon animals for the kids, a whole hog roast with sides for dinner, and live music provided by Ted Stockton. Randy Tague, owner/general manager, says the building is all he expected and more. “It’s amazing,” he said. “The building will allow us to do more business, take care of more customers and provide a better experience for everybody.” The building measures 90’ by 120’ foot and is two stories. The old building allowed only five boats to be displayed; as many as 17-20 boats can be displayed in the new showroom. It was constructed by King City Builders. The old building was about 50 years old and, according to Mr. Tague, “We outgrew it about 10 years ago.” The new showroom will display new Cobalt boats, Manitou pontoons, Yamaha boats and Yamaha personal water craft, along with a wide selection of pre-owned boats. From runabouts, pontoons, inboards and fishing, the Marina has a boat for all your lake needs. The marina is the only on-water facility around, so you don’t have to just look at the boats, you can take them for a test drive on the water. The dealership handles everything from sales and service to financing. If problems arise, factory certified techs at the service center can run your boat on the water and not on a garden hose. Marine Sales Group Inc. acquired Lake Viking Marine Inc. last year. Randy Tague continues as partner-owner.

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CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, president (2020), called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2021), Jeffrey Speaker (2019), and Arlo Aschbrenner (2020). Gary Teegarden (2021) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2018, Board of Directors meeting. Arlo Aschbrenner seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENT There were no visitors in attendance for public comment. OLD BUSINESS Roger informed the board that tower repairs will be completed by Ozark Applicators after Labor Day. NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Troy Lesan moved to approve the March financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Arlo Aschbrenner seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. The 2017 Audit draft from Karlin & Long, LLC was presented for review. The Source Water Plan was discussed and committee members will

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be contacted for an upcoming meeting. A motion was made by Jeffrey Speaker and seconded by Arlo Aschbrenner to accept the resignation of Gary Teegarden from the board effective immediately. All members were in favor; motion carried. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger reported that repairs to the raw water pump have been completed. He also informed the board of an exemplary letter received from DNR commending the district on outstanding test results. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be May 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. Arlo Aschbrenner moved to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker Est. 1864 . . . “News� every week!

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REDUCED! Spectacular turn-key lake home on 2 lots! #10373 & 374 $629,500


REDUCED! Beautiful waterfront home in a quiet cove. #10155 $352,000






Tier Lots For Sale

#2542.................................................................$700 #2483.................................................................$750 #2231.................................................................$850 #1085.................................................................$900 #2301.................................................................$999 #MH-107 .........$1,000 Nice Mobile Home lot in a good area! #MH-112............$1,000 Nice Mobile Home lot in good area! #2524..............................................................$1,000 #1574..............................................................$1,000 #1556..............................................................$1,500

Yacht Club Lots For Sale #3067 #3055 #3056 #3043

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2-FAMILY OPPORTUNITY for Lake Viking property. #10MH-153-154+ $149,900

SSOOL DLD ! ! SOLD! Excellent location needing only a few final touches! #10335 $374,900

#1829 & 1830.......................$1,500 ea #1613 & 2678............................$1,700 #1773 ..........................$2,500 Good View #1779.........................................$2,500 #2438.........................................$2,500 #1825.........................................$3,000 #1759.........................................$4,000 #1761.........................................$5,000 #1124............................$7,500 - SOLD

#3081 . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500 #3101 . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,500

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NEW LISTING! Excellent location, Boathouse & Beautiful Home. #10457 $547,500

UNDER CONTRACT! Lake Viking Waterfront Home. #10182 $325,000

SOLD! Turn Key Lake Jewel! #10348 $385,900




Inexpensive Lake Living! #10 MH-158 $64,500



NEW LISTING! Fabulous, Family, Lake Realty Waterfront Home. #10221 $574,500



SSOOL DLD ! ! SOLD! Panoramic lake views from this home!!!! #10124 & 125 $335,000

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SOLD! Location & Price. #10219 $130,000

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Lake Viking 2018 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Marian Larason, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Board of Directors President, Phil Stockard; 1st Vice President, Mike Krehbiel; 2nd Vice President, Flint Hibler; Secretary, Mike Booth; Asst. Secretary/Sgt. of Arms, James Funk; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Asst. Treasurer, Susan Zalenski. 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 David Hibler, Dustin Hibler, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building Permits require approval by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of Viking Valley Association. Campground Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Cemetery Committee Shad Mort, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Cemetery plots are available; contact the Association office at 660-663-2131 for further information. Communications Susan Zalenski, Linda Allen, Dennis Schlaiss Community Strategic Planning Donna Archibald, Deanna Sandy, Norm & Marian Larason, Tony Gronniger, Jana Hanson, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Susan Zalenski (Chair/Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Phil Stockard Finance Committee Mike Kemna (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Mike Krehbiel, Glenn Miller, Len Zalenski, Phil Stockard, Missy Leggett, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Kyle Parkhurst, Donna Archibald, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee Roger Lankford, Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Tom Archibald, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m., Lower Level Clubhouse. Lake Committee Troy Lesan, Shirley Leakey, Bill Cullen, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Sherry Krehbiel, Mike Krehbiel (Board Contact) Special Road District Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle Volunteer Fire Department Jeff Johnson, Rusty Hendricks, Roger Lankford, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Fire Department Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. at the firehouse in the association main parking lot. If you have the interest and the time to serve your community, be sure to attend the next meeting.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3 Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2020 - Sub-District #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2019 - Sub-District #4; Gary Teegarden, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #1; Arlo Aschbrenner, term expires 4/2020 - Sub-District #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the PWSD No. 3 office. Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. All payments for metered water bills are to be made payable to Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Daviess County, Missouri. You may abbreviate as PWSD #3. If you have any questions, contact the PWSD No. 3 office, 116 Waterworks Dr., Gallatin, Mo. 64640 (located at the water plant). Phone 660-663-2771. For the convenience of customers of Public Water Supply District No. 3, a drop box is available at the front door of the office located at the water plant for the payment of water bills.


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Office Office Address: Address: 144 E. Main, 144 E. Main, Gallatin, Gallatin, MO MO 64640 64640 Office Hours: Office Hours: April April 1 1 -- Labor Labor Day Day Monday-Friday: Monday-Friday: 88 a.m.-4 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Saturday: Saturday: 88 a.m.-12 a.m.-12 p.m. p.m. Day Day after after Labor Labor Day Day -- March March 31 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. 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.

Property Owners

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.

Fishery Guidelines

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 $60.00 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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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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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!

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 * Maintenance Barn ............................660-663-2777 * Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant) ....660-663-2771 Roger Barker - (Emergency after hours)....660-663-3600

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License office now open for business at Access II The new Gallatin Motor Vehicle and Drivers License Office opened much sooner than anticipated, according to Jessica Adkins, Marketing and Development Director at Access II. The licensing office opened on March 21 at the Access II Independent Living Center building, located at 101 Industrial Parkway, Gallatin. Access II was recently awarded the contract for a license office, and the staff worked to get all of the details arranged with the Department of Revenue. “We’re happy to announce that we were able to get the new technology and the security system in place, and the details worked out quicker than expected,” said Ms. Adkins. “We’re now ready for the public to come in.” Kim Slaughter of Bethany will be the office manager. The entrance to the licensing office is in the front of the building, through the main entrance of Access II. Office hours are Monday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed from 1-1:30 for lunch each day. Phone is 660-663-7917. A drop off service is also offered: drop it by, pick it up later. Access II is a non-profit company. Any excess revenue from the licensing office will be directly funneled back into the programs and services currently provided to people with disabilities in the community. Those services include in-home and consumer directed services, employment services, transportation, durable medical equipment, independent living skills training, transition services, and much more.

Terry Implement expands to Chillicothe this spring Terry Implement Company, Inc., will open a second location in Chillicothe this spring. Terry Implement has had a business located about three miles west of Gallatin on Highway 6 for almost 60 years. Terry Implement officially closed on the building and property in Chillicothe on March 8, according to Brice Terry, general manager. Terry Implement will move into an existing building at 100 U.S. 36 Highway. The building most recently housed Commercial Turf and Tractor. Before that it was a farm equipment dealership. The new location will sit on six acres east of Highway 65, past the railroad overpass, on the south side of Highway 36. “We hope to have it up and running by the middle of May,” Brice said. The previous owners have been in the process of relocating, and some minor renovations need to be done to the building. An office will be partitioned; a wall will be built in the shop area; paint, lighting and an outside awning will be updated; and a 29-foot tall Next Generation Kubota sign will be installed. The expansion will primarily be a Kubota dealership. Five people will be hired. Several of the positions have already been filled, but applications are still being accepted for an experienced parts counter person and an experienced service technician. Brice and his wife Cydney, who is the bookkeeper/accountant at Gallatin, or Mark Morrison, who is the sales manager at Gallatin, will alternate at the Chillicothe office. At some point, a store manager may be hired. “We’re excited about the Highway 36 frontage,” said Brice. “We’ll be on the south end of Chillicothe, which seems to be where all the economic development is taking place.” The expansion of the business will be a challenge, he says, but allows the company to stay relevant. “Expanding seems to be the trend,” he said. “We’re competing against ten or 20 store chains. It’s a nice sized building and we’re hoping to outgrow it.” Expansion will allow the company to spread specialized positions over more than one store. For instance, one store might not be enough to warrant a dedicated tech person, but two stores will allow the company to offer more services. “It’s a nice building in a nice location,” Brice said. “We’re anxious to get up and rolling.”


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

Curtain Call for the ‘Church Basement Ladies’ The Gallatin Theater League production of Church Basement Ladies had a smaller than usual cast (five + two nimble stage managers), but it was no less effective. Audiences on March 15-16-17, including many Lake Viking Association members, were once again delighted by another great comedic performance. Shown from left are Amy McMahon, Annie Gibson, Glennie Peery, Dena Plant, Pearl Netherland, Lance Rains, and Kayli Burrell.

Smoking in Clubhouse - page 38 of handbook: Smoking in the Clubhouse is prohibited at any time. (2/2018)

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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Chapter Six Written by Carolyn Mueller Illustrated by Christopher Grant

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But of course Sam already knew that!

Marshall, my father Jim continued to demonstrate his abilities through daily performances.

Everyone agreed that Jim was an amazing dog. But no one, not even Sam himself, could figure out how Jim actually did “his stuff!”

“Jim, show us a married man.” “Jim, show us a blonde woman.” “Show us the man who plays the tuba.” Jim obediently followed each and every command. Visitors tried to challenge him. “Jim, show us a boy wearing g-l-a-s-se-s,” they said, spelling the word. Jim trotted right up to a little boy wearing wire-rimmed spectacles. On one occasion, a spectator wrote a command on a piece of paper. Show us a man with red hair. Calm and certain, Jim placed his paw directly on a red-headed man in the room. Everyone was amazed! As Jim’s fame spread, Sam and his loyal companion traveled across the region. After a performance at the Kemmerer Hotel in Wyoming, a newspaper reporter covering Jim’s story referred to him as “Jim the Wonder Dog, and the name stuck.”

like my father could actually know what he knew. But time and time again doubters were proven wrong once they actually saw what Jim was capable of. One such doubter, a dentist named Dr. W.M. Bickford, did not believe one word he’d heard about Jim. So he marched himself right over to the Ruff Hotel to see Jim do what Dr. Bickford called, “his stuff.” “What would you like him to do?” Sam asked. Dr. Bickford took one look around the room. “Show me the man with the Shriner’s pin on,” the dentist said. Of course, my father walked right on over to the correct man and placed his paw on his leg. Didn’t I tell you Missouri was the Show Me State? That day, Dr. Bickford became a believer.

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Sam took Jim to the University of Missouri to be observed by veterinarians and scientists. Dr. A.J. Durant, the university’s head veterinarian at the time, did a thorough examination and found nothing abnormal about my father. As far as the doctor could tell, Jim was just a regular dog! Then Jim gave a demonstration. He was asked questions in Italian and French, languages even Sam didn’t know. Of course, Jim got them right every time! The professors at the University of Missouri declared that Jim was the smartest dog they’d ever seen. Jim was beyond smart. In fact, his abilities seemed to be more like magic. No other time was this closer to the truth than when Jim began predicting the future. Just before the 1936 World Series, Sam placed Jim in front of two pieces of paper with words on them. One read “New York Yankees,” the other “New York Giants.” “Now Jim,” Sam said. “Tell me which team is going to win the World Series.”

Jim placed his paw on the Yankees. And what do you know? The New York Yankees won that series four games to two. Jim picked Franklin D. Roosevelt to win the 1936 presidential election. He always chose the winning race horse, including predicting the winner of seven consecutive Kentucky Derbys, and he helped expectant mothers determine whether their babies were boys or girls. Sam, despite his dog’s growing fame, continued to be a good, honest man and owner. Even when Hollywood came calling, Sam didn’t accept any movie deals offered to him and his famous setter. He believed that Jim’s powers were something extraordinary, something no one could really, truly understand, and he refused to profit on them in any way.

Paper training Jim predicted winners of sporting events. Newspapers are a great place to read about sports. Look in the Sports section of your newspaper. Find synonyms for “win” and “lose.” Learning Standards: I can read historical fiction and make text-to-text and text-to-world connections. For a companion teaching guide, visit mo-nie. com and use download code: teachmo17.

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Jim the Wonder Dog is an 8-part series about a real dog who lived in Marshall in the 1930s. It is provided through the Reading Across the Nation project from the National Newspaper Association Foundation, the Missouri Press Foundation, and the Marshall Tourism Commission. This series is reprinted from the Gallatin North Missourian and will appear in the Lake Viking News over the next few months.

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Finding her way home again...

Rhonda Smith has arrived

Editor’s note: The name of this abuse victim is not revealed due to privacy issues. But “Rhonda Smith” is a graduate of Gallatin R-5 High School and all other aspects presented here are factual. by T.L. Huffman, North Missourian staff writer

After trudging on foot all across the United States with a man who abused her physically, emotionally and spiritually, Rhonda Smith has found her way back to her hometown. It was a rough road and not a journey she’d wish on another living soul. But after a harsh and harrowing start to life, Rhonda is finding her way.

Life not fair for Rhonda... Life wasn’t fair for Rhonda from the start. She told her story at a Chief ’s Tea sponsored by the Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton on March 23. Rhonda was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. The effect on functional abilities varies greatly. Rhonda grew up in a small rural town, the youngest of five children. When she was just two months old her mother abandoned the family. The kids were left with a single father who did not handle things well. Her three brothers “beat her up a lot” and when she was 12, the youngest of her three brothers started to molest her. In emotional and mental pain, Rhonda began to cut herself as a cry for help. “It was my way to speak out without speaking,” she says. A school counselor realized Rhonda’s situation and called the police. She was removed from the home. She was in foster care for nine months. She went back home when she was 13. When she turned 15, her father started raping her. “He made me believe it was normal for a father and daughter to have sex,” Rhonda says. She began drinking with him and cutting herself even more than before. The school counselor knew something was not right. She asked Rhonda what was going on. But Rhonda was too scared to tell. “My father was the only one there for me,” she says. “I didn’t want to get him into trouble.” Her father told her not to tell anyone because nobody would understand.

“But I was 19 and I knew everything, so I didn’t listen,” Rhonda says. A week after they met, they were living together. He began controlling Rhonda. He would not let her answer the door or go anywhere. She was not allowed to talk to family or friends. “I thought it was love, that he was looking out for me,” she says. Four months after they met, they married. A week after their marriage he went to prison. It turns out he’d been on parole when they married and he had violated the parole. He was in prison for 15 months. While he was in prison, he told Rhonda to go live with his family in Arizona. She moved in the middle of the night. “I did what he said,” she says. “Even from prison, whatever he told me to do, I did it.” She did not get along with his family in Arizona. So her husband sent her to Connecticut to live with a ‘woman friend.’ Then he got out of prison. “He had a plan,” Rhonda says. “We were going to backpack around the states.” During this time, they lived off of Rhonda’s disability check. “My husband spent the money on alcohol and cigarettes,” she says. “It all went out the window.” To help make ends meet, they turned to panhandling. At first they both panhandled on the streets. Eventual-

More abuse from a husband... While Rhonda was in the care of others, she attended Gallatin R-5 High School, where she made the honor roll, was a teacher’s aide, in Art Club, and in the Grand River Technical School. She graduated from GHS with the Class of 2010. After graduation, she got her own place. Then she met somebody. He paid attention to her and she was attracted to him. “Whether it’s good attention or bad attention, we all want attention,” Rhonda says. Her friends warned her that her boyfriend was ‘bad news.’

Backpacking and on drugs... Again, she and her husband were homeless and backpacking. Rhonda started using meth. She went into labor in the freezing cold woods of Washington in November of 2015. Her husband delivered their son. “I was holding my second son when he died in my arms,” she says. They buried the baby in the woods. Again, they started walking. This time they headed east. They wound up in Minnesota. Her husband was arrested again. Rhonda was taken to a women’s shelter. “I realized a door had opened,” she says. “It was my chance to leave him for good. The people at the shelter were willing to help me get back home.” She told the staff at the shelter about the baby who had died. The police had to be notified. An investigator

They buried the baby in the woods... wanted to know where the baby was. “I told them I couldn’t tell them,” Rhonda says. “But if they would take me back, I could find him.” She was flown to Washington. The police drove her back into the woods. “It was in the middle of nowhere,” says Rhonda. “I pointed at a tree. There was six foot of snow on the ground. The police wanted to know how I could tell that was where my baby was buried. I told them I could feel him.” They found him where she said he would be. A doctor had already determined the unborn baby would have multiple and severe health problems and wouldn’t survive. He died a natural death and Rhonda was not in trouble with the law.

‘He made me believe it was normal...’ “He let me do whatever I wanted. I could drink and stay up late,” Rhonda says. “It was a way to control me so I wouldn’t tell.” The school counselor got her removed from the home a second time. “Finally, somebody listened,” Rhonda says. Charges were brought against her father. At the trial, her father was told that if he didn’t plead guilty, Rhonda would testify against him. Rhonda asked to say something to the judge. She asked the judge for her father to have the maximum sentence. She also asked to say something to her father. She asked him, “Why did you do this to me?” Her father just put his head down and wouldn’t look at her. Rhonda says, “It took a weight off of me to confront him.”

was allowed to visit her son on the weekends. Things were just starting to look up, when she discovered she was pregnant again. When she was five months along, she was told by a doctor that her unborn child had multiple health problems and wouldn’t survive. Rhonda says: “I was in shock, I was overwhelmed. I had a breakdown.” She told DHS to take her first son. She went back to her husband. “It was all I really knew,” she says. “I would go back four times before I would leave him for good.”

Help from Green Hills Shelter... Rhonda (not her real name) is a GHS graduate

ly, he made Rhonda panhandle on her own because he thought she’d get more sympathy. “I was scared out there on the street by myself,” she says. “Anything could happen.”

Pregnant while homeless... They backpacked and panhandled across the country for 15 months straight. In 2014, while still homeless, she experienced her first pregnancy. “All this time, we had no photo IDs, which caused major problems,” Rhonda says. Her husband constantly caused problems with the police, so they were never in any one place very long. She went into labor in a small town in Oregon. “We got to the hospital just in time to have the baby,” she says. The hospital staff accused her of getting pregnant just for the benefits. They reported her to the Department of Human Services (DHS). “When he was four days old, they took my child,” Rhonda says. “I didn’t even get to hold him.” They then went to Washington where her husband was arrested again. “I’d had enough,” Rhonda said. She left him. Away from him, she was determined to get her son back. A caseworker bought her a bus ticket to Oregon. She stayed at a women’s shelter in Oregon. She

On Feb. 24, 2016, the Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton got a call from Minnesota. Rhonda Smith needed help relocating. Rhonda was flown to Missouri. She obtained an order of protection against her husband. She got a divorce. “I got my last name back,” she says. “I didn’t really like it, but it was better than the other one.” Rhonda says the biggest issue for her as far as leaving an abusive relationship was just walking away. “All you want is to be loved,” she says. She had left before, each time for a couple of weeks or months. “Then I’d hear his voice and run back,” she says. Rhonda has lived on her own for 18 months now. She has her own home. She is getting along just fine. She admits she has thought about going back to her ex-husband even now, and has been close. “But then I think about him choking me to the point my eyes roll back in my head,” she says. “I don’t’ want to lose everything I’ve worked so hard for.” Rhonda says she has a message for other women in an abusive situation like hers. “You don’t have to have somebody controlling you,” she says. “If he can’t let you have a life without him, he’s controlling you.” She is proud that she finally stood up. “I’ve been to hell and back,” she says. “I’ve made peace with my past. I’ve made peace with my family and my father and my ex-husband. There’s no point in being angry with the past, because you can’t do anything about the past.”

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