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VVA Board of Directors Meeting Call to Order Jon Allen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan, Mike Krehbiel, Flint Hibler, Phil Stockard, Sherry Parkhurst and Mike Booth. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jon Allen asked for a moment of silence in honor of Terry Shank and continued with a prayer. Volunteer of the Month There was no volunteer of the month. Roger Lankford asked to nominate Brock and Barb Horner for volunteer of the month. Flint Hibler moved to accept Roger’s nomination of Brock and Barb Horner. Mike Krehbiel seconded; motion carried. Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the Nov. 12, 2017, board of directors meeting minutes. Phil Stockard seconded; motion carried. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No report. Finance Committee: Troy Lesan announced the 50th anniversary book has been sent to the printer and should be here in time for Christmas. Our first 50 years has been a great ride, but in our first year of the next 50, we are looking at monumental challenges financially. During the last 10 years our bottom line has been flat. We need to build long-term financial strategies. We are faced with the cost of building a new sediment structure for dredging. Glenn Miller has volunteered his managerial and accounting expertise to come up with ideas and recommendations for us to study. The Finance Committee has been meeting twice a month and having



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very long meetings. Troy commented that he had three motions he wanted to present. Troy Lesan moved to add a 3% convenience fee as of January 1, 2018, for all credit card transactions. This should result in a savings for the association and most all of the Finance Committee agreed that this will not impact the collection of fees due. Sherry Parkhurst seconded; motion carried. Troy continued with a report on doing a “cash basis compilation” for year ending 2016. The Finance Committee received quotes from Jeremy Clevenger for $2,000 - $2,500 and Karlin and Co. for $900 or $1,200 (the higher amount includes notes). Troy moved to accept the Karlin and Co. quote for $1,200. Phil Stockard seconded; motion carried. Troy also brought up the fees for clubhouse rental. Troy moved to double the clubhouse rental rates to $50 per hour for upper level and $30 dollars per hour for the lower level. Mike Krehbiel seconded; motion carried. The Finance Committee continues to work on the 2018 budget and will present it to the board in January. Strategic Committee: Sherry Parkhurst reported that they did not have a meeting this month. Sherry did say that Don and Carolyn Leeper have agreed to head up the clubhouse remodel. Sherry stated that no one has dropped the ball on this project; it is a matter of funding. They would very much like to get started but have to figure out how to fund it. Mark Leggett commented his concern about the committee not meeting to discuss the issues of funding. Mary Hibler commented that the Activities Committee is planning on donating part of the money they have raised this year to the clubhouse project. Mary will get with Sherry to discuss. Activities Committee: Mary Hibler presented to

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Now where do we go from here? We know that everyone had a great time at the Lake Viking 50th year anniversary celebration this summer. Now it’s time to plan for the next 50 years. As part of the next 50 years, the Incorporation Study Committee was asked to look at the issue of whether Lake Viking should consider incorporating into a village or class four city. This idea has been tossed around before, so we were asked by the Board of Directors to take a deep dive into data to better understand the pros and cons for Lake Viking and then to write a study with recommendations. The Incorporation Study Committee is chaired by Missy Leggett. Others on the committee include Lowell Kruse, Paula Hepinstall, Tony Gronniger, Tom Johanson , Jon Allen, George Townsend and Susan Zalenski. As part of this process, the Incorporation Study Committee plans to provide several public forums over the next year to share information with association members from experts around this topic and to hear feedback and questions from our association members. We hope that there will be a genuine sharing of information as the recommendations are developed. We believe this is a very important issue that requires the input from our association members as well as experts in this area. We want to take our time to assure that decisions are based on the long term best interest of our Lake Viking association. As we research data for this study, the committee welcomes input from our association members who may have experiences and expertise around this issue of incorporation. Please feel free to reach out to members of the Incorporation Study Committee to share your thoughts … your thoughts are valued. We will keep you informed as we move forward with the study about the pros and cons of incorporating. Please watch emails and the LV Newspaper for future dates of the public forums. We encourage everyone’s participation in this important issue. Susan Zalenski –; 913-707-7832

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the board a list of the 2018 activities they would like to schedule. Flint Hibler moved to accept the activities for 2018. Troy Lesan seconded; motion carried. Building Committee: Flint Hibler reported there were six new permits, with one new house for November. Fire Department: Roger Lankford reported there were two 911 medical calls this past month. Campground Committee: Mary Hibler reported they have 21 winter campers. Flint Hibler has been talking with the electrician about getting the upgrades to 50-amp done. Lake Committee: No report. Cemetery Committee: No report. Infraction Committee: No report. Dredge Committee: Shawn Hepinstall commented on the south silt pond. We have had a couple of months of dry weather so the pond is drying out for us to be able to do some dipping out to make more room. We will be looking at doing some stream stabilization in the three-tubes area [Continued on Page 4]

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and the south end to help control what is coming into the lake. We have talked with several dredge and engineering companies in regards to building a new silt pond. They all want to design, build and do the dredging when it is built. If they were to just design the pond, they have said it would be at a cost of $30,000 - $50,000. Shawn said he was going to look at some of the universities that might have a student engineering team that might want to do something like this. We are estimating the cost of a new structure to be $250,000 - $300,000 with a capacity of approximately 175,000 cubic yards. Brett Bush volunteered to help with this project. Communications Team: Susan Zalenski gave an update on the communications plan for the lake. Their three goals were to set up communications through e-mail, text messaging and to update the Lake Viking website. Susan reported she has received between 275 to 300 e-mail addresses so far and they are ready to enroll members in the emergency text messaging system. Susan wanted to thank Dan Lockridge and Farmers Bank for providing the text messaging service at no cost to the association. There will be an article in the Lake Viking News explaining how to sign up for text messaging. Jon Allen thanked the Communications Team for their hard work on this. Lake Manager’s Report Dredge: The dredge has been pulled out of the water and parked at maintenance for the winter. We will be doing some repair work on the dredge while it is out of the water. Dam Lights: We have removed the lights on the dam. They were in disrepair and a lot of them were not working. Shad commented that if we put lights back on the dam, we should think about hardwiring them instead of using solar. Gates at Launch Ramp: We have had a lot of issues with the gates since they were installed, but we believe they are working fine now. Clubhouse Electrical: Shad is going to work on the electrical issues at the clubhouse. He will be talking with an electrician about these issues. Financials Troy Lesan moved to approve the financials. Mike Krehbiel seconded; motion carried. Guest Time There was no guest time. Board Action 1. Frisbee Golf Agreement: At the last meeting, the board approved to move forward with the Frisbee Golf course. Jon Allen explained that the board did not understand there was going to be an agreement or contract along with the contribution from the Sandy family. Jon asked the board for their thoughts on this agreement. Mike Krehbiel commented he was concerned about the agreement being in perpetuity. Norm Larason presented an addendum to the agreement to the board which basically stated a change in what the course would be named and a provision for disbanding the course and removing the equipment. Phil Stockard asked the board to reconsider the entire project for several reasons including the terms of the agreement between the Sandy family and the association. Phil has been contacted by several people that have lots of questions. Phil went on to say he is concerned about the cost to the association to get this course built as well as ongoing costs that are mentioned in the contract. Norm Larason suggested that someone from the board speak with David Sandy about the issues in the contract. Bill Kemper addressed the board on behalf of himself and 10 other members from the cove where the course is to be built. He stated that no one is opposed to having the course, but are opposed to building it on Community Area 9. They are worried that the increase in traffic on both the road and water will impact their quiet cove. These members believe the community areas on the waterfront should be left open for members to use as they were originally intended. They also believe this would set a precedent for the use of other community areas. Other concerns are restroom facilities, trash removal and overall upkeep – a financial concern. Even though the Sandys have generously offered to donate $9,000 for this project, the members do not believe the association should spend anything on this course. Their thought is that we have too many pressing needs,

such as new silt structures. And the budget is too tight as it is. On behalf of these 10 members, Bill Kemper stated: “For these reasons, and many more, we respectfully request that the board rescind its previous decision to put a Frisbee Golf course in Community Area 9.” There were other comments, such as not spending money for attorney fees; and two members commented that this community area has been a good fishing and swimming spot for many people. Mark Leggett commented on the lights that were put on the dam several years ago. They were not kept up, so maintenance just recently took them down. They were also done as a memorial. Jon Allen asked Mike Krehbiel and Phil Stockard if they would talk with David Sandy about some of these issues. Phil Stockard moved to rescind the motion from the last meeting, which carried to move forward with the Frisbee Golf course. Troy Lesan seconded; motion carried. 2. Nominating Committee: Jon Allen asked for one board member and three other members to serve on the Nominating Committee for the annual meeting in March. Phil Stockard will serve as the board member and the following three people will also serve on the committee: Mary Miller, Mary Hibler and Bill Kemper. 3. 2018 Budget: Shad Mort reported to the board that the Finance Committee will have the 2018 budget ready for their approval at the January board meeting. 4. Ramp Assessment: Sally Zerbe reminded the board about the ramp gate assessment that was passed at the last annual meeting of the members. The assessment was a one-time assessment per lot owner. This motion did not provide for ongoing new members, so Sally asked the board, on behalf of the Finance Committee, to allow a new assessment to be on the agenda for the 2018 annual meeting. Troy Lesan moved to put the new assessment on the 2018 annual meeting agenda. Phil Stockard seconded; motion carried. Adjourn Sherry Parkhurst moved to adjourn into executive session at 7:45 p.m. Flint Hibler seconded; motion carried. Attendance: Mary Hibler, lot 183; Doug & Resa Wiltse, lot 494; Norman & Marian Larason, lot 917; Sherry Krehbiel, lot 559; Mark & Missy Leggett, lot 72; Ron & Kim Spidle, lot 341; Roger & Maggie Lankford, lot 644; John King, lot 207; Tony Southwick, lot 1594; Brett Bush, lot 2415; Shawn & Paula Hepinstall, lot 385; Bill Kemper, lot 211; Gary & Nancy Salmon, lot 202; Len & Susan Zalenski, lot 364; Nathan & Amanda King, lot 2149; Don Leeper, lot 22; Bo & Kitty Steed, lot 444; 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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Crossroads 4 – The Final Frontier By: Phil Stockard Well folks, we have come full circle on the Crossroads articles and for those of you who have stuck with me on this venture, I appreciate it; as well as your thoughts and comments. We have covered some things over the last four months pertaining to the lake itself and where we stand, so it’s time to think a little bit about our future. One thing in particular that we have learned is that dues and assessments alone are not going to support the lake itself. This lake was designed to operate in a perfect world scenario, where every lot available for private ownership is owned and each owner responsibly puts forth their financial commitment to the association. If that were happening, we would not even be having this discussion. This is not a perfect world, which is why we have passionate annual meetings and issues to address. It is time to move forward and give serious consideration and action to utilizing assets that we have to generate some revenue and to help offset assessment increases. The bottom line is the party is over, and we have to pay the bills. As I indicated when I ran for a board position, I am concerned about “over growing” the lake and many of you that I have talked with share that concern. We have seen evidence recently of that with increased boat traffic, shoreline erosion, dock damage and traffic on our roads. And there have been increased demands on office, maintenance and safety personnel and equipment. There are differing opinions on how we manage the growth of the lake, which is good, and it is my hope that we can tackle these problems in a judicious manner. That being said, we have a battle to fight and not everyone will be happy with the manner in which we move forward. However, it is imperative that we move forward. I also suggested that we give serious consideration to opening up some of our assets to the “outside world.” Believe me, I am not particularly fond of having to do it. However, as we learned over the past few articles, we must be particularly careful in increases of assessments, given the fact we are vulnerable to “out pricing” ourselves to part-time ownership – those owners that provide the bulk of the assessments. Talk about a double-edged sword. I am also particularly sensitive in exploiting our community areas and I am in no way advocating that. What I am advocating, however, is what I consider our “common area,” the area at the main entrance to the lake, the clubhouse and office area. For my definition purposes, this includes that area roughly from the north side of the marina to the south side of Main Street where housing begins from the office parking lot. It is more or less the center of activity for the lake. Clubhouse: First, I believe we need to take the step to open up our clubhouse for outside rentals. It is a fine building (albeit a little dated – working

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on that) and one of our premier assets. So here are some fun facts. For November 2017 the clubhouse generated $150 in revenue. In that same month, we spent $601.99 in maintenance and utilities (not counting propane). Now I have never been exposed to the “new math” being taught today, but in my book that represents a loss. While we may not incur maintenance costs on a monthly basis, utility costs are always there. In 2016, the clubhouse upper level was rented 20 times, or slightly less than twice a month. The lower level was rented 12 times, or once per month. There is absolutely no guarantee that if we open it up to outside rentals that bookings will fly in and save the day. However, by not opening it up, we are guaranteed the same or perhaps even worse results than we already have. Opening up to outside rentals would include making it clear that renters were restricted to the “common area” of the lake and do not have privileges to utilize other lake assets such as water, beaches or community areas. While weekends would be the most anticipated rentals, perhaps we should also target the weekdays – such as marketing for business “training facilities/opportunities” where a business desiring a training/retreat session could get away from the office and enjoy the beauty of the lake setting. Food and drink vendors could be solicited and listed as “recommended providers” by the association, with the vendor paying a nominal fee to the association for the listing. If rentals increase, perhaps the clubhouse itself could be self-sustaining budget wise. Lakeside Shelters: We have all seen the four lakeside shelters located at beach 1 directly behind the clubhouse. How many times have you seen them utilized? I have been a resident of the lake for 10 years and can probably count on one hand how many times I have seen them used. They are, however, a nice place where one could have a family picnic or get-together for a day. Right now they are in fair condition with some serious wood rot going on and in desperate need of a paint job. However, most repairs would be cosmetic. So would you pay $50 for an 8-hour rental on one of those shelters? It’s a real possibility to entertain. And yes, being that close to the water, those renters would more than likely want to swim. Personally, I don’t have a problem with them using the beach swimming area as a part of their rental. It would be made clear in the rental agreement that ONLY the designated swimming area can be utilized. And, in addition to that, renter behavior and the behavior of their guests would be subject to review by safety personnel monitoring. If safety found their actions to be offensive or disruptive, the safety personnel would have the right to immediately terminate the use of facilities by the renter/party and they would be escorted from the property, no refunds. I believe the physical appearance of all four shelters could be improved for less than $800 with some volunteers doing the painting.

Wedding Venue: When I spoke in March, I mentioned that my son was getting married the following month, and I inferred that weddings were expensive, and it is a fast growing racket ... I mean business. Fast forward eight months and now I am going to be the father of the bride next year. I am not yet acting like Steve Martin; however, I feel his pain. Lake Viking, while not necessarily suited for a big wedding, can easily fill the niche for a small to medium-sized wedding, up to roughly 150 people or so. Naturally I have been interested in the venues being sought out for “the big day,” and it is unbelievable how far in advance these places are booked – and what they charge. One facility offers a venue for approximately $5,000. That is to book the day and the building. Period. Nothing else. Another venue was a mere $12,000 for about the same. These were 10-hour rentals. Then you start talking tables, chairs, food, drinks, flowers, a bottle of Jack Daniels for the father of the bride, and the list goes on and on. One venue that just opened in August of 2017 is booked every weekend through November of 2018. The demand is definitely there. We at Lake Viking are fortunate to have a beautiful sweeping vista in “the terrace” where the proposed restaurant was to go, which makes a fantastic area for a wedding with the lake as a backdrop. Combined with a clubhouse rental for a 10-hour period, it could potentially rent for anywhere from $2,800 to $3,000 or more. The expense to the association would be minimal, such as cutting the grass in preparation for an event, and erecting an arbor (nice white maintenancefree arbor at Menards is $200), and perhaps the purchase of some decent looking trash receptacles, with trash pickup the following day. My daughter, ever the visionary, also identified “the circle drive” down by the safety patrol dock as a potential area for a second venue – although smaller than the terrace. It would require some landscaping and pavement smoothing. However, it could be deferred until revenue to support the rehab of the area is generated from the terrace venue. Imagine two venues in the same weekend. Another opportunity would be available to solicit area businesses and vendors to be listed as “preferred providers” by the association in the venue packet for a nominal fee – tent and chair rentals, along with food and beverage, D.J. and licensed bartenders, etc. And as with the clubhouse rental, again, use of the lake itself would be restricted to members only. These in my mind anyway are some easily manageable opportunities to supplement the budget and help restore the crumbling infrastructure that I am adamant about. As I have said in past articles, we have some major expenditures headed our way, and regardless, we are going to have to deal with them. We can either skyrocket assessments, which in turn will have an adverse effect on lot ownership, or we wisely utilize what we have to help us out. You will have the opportunity in the coming months to hear even more about a huge issue of sediment storage from the dredge that you may not have considered. The bottom line is – we are full up and no place to pile it anymore. It’s that simple. We have maintenance and safety vehicles that have outlived their normal service life. Safety watercraft that have done things they were never designed to do, and are showing the results of that. We have been fortunate with mild winters in the past, to where some road maintenance could be deferred. But we can’t do that anymore. In addition to normal maintenance, we have approximately five LARGE road tubes that have managed to hold together for 50 years and are now in rapid decline and need replacing. Don’t believe me? Drive through the dip by community area 9. We have a dam traffic issue to address, and a restroom facility at beach 2 in need of repairs and upgrading. I know it is somewhat depressing, but as Joe Friday would say, “It’s just the facts.” On a happier note I would like to close wishing each of my Lake Viking family a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. May the peace of the season be yours, and I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year. As always, comments and positive suggestions are welcome at


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11th Annual Lake Viking Polar Plunge set for Feb. 24 This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters of Lake Viking. The event is set for Feb. 24, 2018, at the Lake Viking Clubhouse. Registration is at noon; the traditional parade of costumes at 1:30 p.m.; and the plunge immediately follows at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Let your inner Zeus loose!” In 2017, the Lake Viking Plunge had about 100 plungers and raised over $30,000! This one-of-akind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, crazy costumes and lasting memories for everyone! Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 each by event day. Fundraising prizes will include an anorak pullover at the $300 Goosebumps Level; a backpack at the $500 Chilly Level; a packable puffer jacket at the $1,000 Frost Level; and a weatherproof down blanket (plus one of each other level) at the $2,000 Arctic Level. This year, an added attraction will be the PeeWee Plunge for youngsters, located under the shelter behind the clubhouse. (Children under the age of eight are required to wear life jackets to be within 50 feet of the water, which is why the event is located behind the clubhouse.) This event, for future Polar Plungers, will require participants to raise $25, and they will receive a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO). SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved. Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference! The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Missouri. Chillicothe Correctional Center, Western

Coming Soon: Mark Your Calendars for 2018 event Question: Where in the world do you witness a scene like this? It would appear that this small army of fairy princesses, complete with their magic scepters, is making a mad dash for the icy cold water. Ah yes, it’s the Lake Viking Polar Plunge scheduled to happen on Feb. 24, 2018. It will be here before we know it. This, the 11th Lake Viking Plunge, has become one of the great annual traditions of Northwest Missouri. Mark your calendars now. ~ Troy Lesan

Missouri Correctional Center and Crossroads Correctional Center are proud to host this event. Polar Plunge is a family friendly event. Special Olympics Missouri promotes inclusion as a way of life for not only the athletes but everyone at the events. Organizers reserve the right to ask anyone to alter/remove their costume if found offensive or harmful to those in attendance. You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Polar Plunge, 2300 Frederick Ave.,

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More donations from the Lake Viking Quilters By Troy Lesan Association member Therese Smith is pictured here with Cody and a stack of 14 quilts donated by Shirley Leakey of the Lake Viking Quilters. The quilts are for Foster Adopt Connect. Foster Adopt Connect was actually started in Cameron before it moved its office to Chillicothe. The organization also has offices in Independence, Olathe, Springfield, and Poplar Bluff, and many of the children the organization places with foster families are abused and neglected. Therese and her husband Troy have recently moved to Lake Viking and, all totaled, they have taken in 13 foster children from Foster Adopt.

The children, mostly very young, have been placed with the Smiths for varying lengths of time, some for only a few weeks until permanent foster care can be found, others for longer terms. Pictured with Therese is 8-monthold Cody. When Cody came to the Smiths, who are his foster care parents, he was underweight and slow to respond. His condition has improved dramatically since he has been in the Smiths’ loving care. As the photo shows, he is a happy, healthy young man. The quilts pictured with Therese and Cody are among numerous donations made this year by the Lake Viking Quilters.

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by T.L. Huffman Off the interstate by choice... “It’s only five miles north of Morrell Ron Kroeger, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Morrell Ranch and Re- Ranch to I-35,” says Mr. Kroeger. “Phil sort, calls the comfort and amenities to be could have built access to the interstate, found at the Grand Lodge equal to a “Hil- but he didn’t. He wants people to drive through Gallatin on their way to the ton in the woods.” Mr. Kroeger has been employed at the ranch. He’s looking out for the whole comranch since August of this year. He got munity.” The work at the ranch is done locally the job after attending an event there. Mr. Kroeger is a Google Trusted Photog- and the help is hired locally, as much as rapher. These are the photographers who possible. Mr. Morrell is “good at bringing people give you the street view for Google Maps. You can find any building you want with together around water.” So it is only natuthese maps and even enter the buildings ral that Morrell Ranch features at its heart themselves. And so he naturally sought the Legacy Ranch on his mobile device. a lake. It is called Swan Lake. It is manmade. You can swim in the lake, and boat He didn’t find it. During the event he commented to and fish. Ten-pound bass are not unusual. owner Phil Morrell that a “map in 360” The geese live there year-round, along could only enhance the visitor’s experi- with two swans. The namesakes have ence of the ranch. Mr. Morrell must have names themselves although Mr. Kroeger can’t remember been impressed them right off. with his knowHe has a lot of how because Mr. Phil Morrell names to rememKroeger was ofacquired over ber. There are 15 fered a full time job full-time workers 3,000 acres “helping the busiwith jobs as varied ness grow through here with goals as cattle rancher, virtual reality picin mind.... horse trainer and tures.” guest coordinator. Mr. Kroeger alAs for Mr. Kroeger, lowed us to look around the area on foot and by vehicle and he does whatever the owner asks to be done. His job includes sales, marketing, gave us a guided tour of the landmarks. The resort is located about four miles promotion and technology. The first thing a visitor to Morrell Legnorthwest of Gallatin off of Hwy. MM (21708 Nickel Avenue). This is the high- acy Ranch will see as you come down the way, newly resurfaced, that goes west gravel road is the Grand Lodge. Mr. Kroeger says the foundation for the past Casey’s. The highway ends and turns 100x80 square foot building was poured to into gravel and you just keep going. give out-of-work local construction crews A little background on Phil Morrell ... something to do. Phil Morrell bought the land in 2005 “Mr. Morrell didn’t know what was goand over the years has acquired some ing to go on it, but he wanted to keep them 3,000 acres. in business. It was a swimming pool for a About 500 of those acres have been dewhile.” veloped into the Morrell Legacy Ranch, It’s a rustic lodge with six hotel-style which includes a lake, camping and resort suites now. It has a tongue-in-groove floor, area. The goal is to eventually develop all a library, a fireplace, and a collection of Inof the land. dian artifacts, some of which were found Mr. Kroeger says his boss, Mr. Morrell, during construction. The basement of “has had some business success.” He has the lodge has a movie room, a gaming had quite a lot of business success, acturoom, an exercise room, a pool area, and ally, and is the founder and chairman of a seasonal swimming pool. The suites are the Board of Morrell International. all decorated in different themes. All the Mr. Morrell contracted for eight milirooms have DirectTV and some have firetary dining facilities in Iraq, providing up places. to 100,000 meals per day to U.S. troops. He “The theme is American Indian/ has seven bottling plants across Iraq and ranch,” says Mr. Kroeger. “We want peohis company has been the sole bottled waple who come from St. Joe and Kansas ter supplier to the US military since 2005. City to have that ranch experience.” His company supplied housing to thouHe says 80% of the business so far has sands of military and security personnel been weddings, youth and church groups, during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt but corporations are beginning to arrive. Lake City. The ranch is fully booked from the end of A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Morrell May to July in 2018. has started other businesses in fields as “Weddings, family reunions, youth diverse as home remodeling, publishing, groups, and corporations are starting to landscaping, agriculture brokerage, and come,” he says. “Missouri Quilt held a coreven a snowboarding company. porate meeting here in September. The Mr. Kroeger says Mr. Morrell is not all Cameron Hospital is expected in October about business; he is equally dedicated to and November.” helping others. He has initiated philanEven though the lodge is the first thing thropic projects in Iraq, post-Katrina Misyou’ll see coming into the ranch, it isn’t sissippi and earthquake-ravaged Haiti. the first place you want to stop if you’re

Seating at the outdoor wedding pavilion leads down to a floating stage on the lake

grounds all have electric hook ups. “It’s the best-kept-secret and we want people to know about it,” said Mr. Kroeger. “It’s a great offering, weekend package for $299, plus food.” You shouldn’t lack for anything to do while you’re there. You have your choice of 25 activities. You can fish (fishing gear is provided), swim, canoe, play Frisbee golf, go hiking, skeet shooting, and horseback riding. There are 15 bikes available. Of course, there are inside activities in the Grand Lodge, like billiards, and a swimming pool and spa and sauna and movies and games and a state-of-the-art fitness room. “We are constantly building Vaulted guest center, bunk house and comfy suites and expanding,” Mr. Kroeger says. “We have volleyball sand pits in the works. We have a giplanning to stay. You should drive past the ant hill on the ranch and it will be devellodge to the Guest Center. You will want oped for sleigh riding and snowboarding. to check in here and make your reserva- We may even get a snow maker and have tions. Amanda Loucks of Gallatin runs the skiing over the winter months.” The ranch is big, though if you’re center. The Guest Center started out as a hearty you can walk from one end to the horse stable. It is deceptively small look- other. There are greenhouses, orchards, ing; it is not a small building at all. The beehives and vineyards. And there are litGuest Center has a banquet area where tle critters in pens, baby alpacas and peathe indoor weddings and reunions are cocks. Scot Grey is the animal entertainer held in a room with high vaulted ceilings for the petting zoo. The Morrell Legacy Ranch is a workand wooden beams. Plans are underway to build a restau- ing ranch. They raise low line cattle with rant that will seat 140-150 in the back of 100-150 head; and alpaca and deer for market. There are 20 deer, 20 alpaca, six the center. horses, and two Shetland ponies. Hunting A lodge with cabins and more... is permitted, but well off the 500 developed You have lots of choices where to stay acres. The farm is 100% organic. No pestiat the ranch. cides. The cattle are given antibiotics. There’s the lodge. Then there are eight Mr. Kroeger says he is an American/ cabins to stay in for couples or small fami- Italian from New Jersey who fell in love lies. If you stay in the cabins, you have ac- with Kansas City, where he lived for 15 cess to the amenities at the nearby lodge. years, then Gallatin, and then Morrell You can spend a week or all summer in Ranch. He has seven children. His daughthe luxury bunkhouse. There are four bed- ter is Naomi Ruth, who is working on the rooms and two baths in the bunkhouse. ranch with Social Media Marketing and You have everything you need to keep will be attending BYU, lives on the ranch; house, ovens to cook and dishwashers to he has two boys finishing school in Kansas clean. City, one daughter on a church mission Or you can settle into a family cabin. in Boise Idaho; two in college; and one There are nine of these and they can hold working at the Ford plant. Phil Morrell’s 80 or more people. The family cabins are daughter and son-in-law, Nate and Annie located on the east side of the develop- Fogth, are the operations managers at the ment and are shaped a lot like mobile ranch. Mr. Morrell and his daughter live homes. They were salvaged from a min- at the ranch. His daughter is a senior at ing camp in South Dakota. They have all Gallatin HS. the amenities, sewer, water, electric, but Mr. Kroeger says he has a personal are not as expensive as the cabins. They goal for St. Joe, Kansas City, North Misall have an outside grill. souri, all of the region and beyond — If you don’t want to stay in a cabin or at “I want people to know how wonderful the lodge, you can stay in a tepee. These this place is. We invite everyone to come, should be set up in the campground area hold your wedding and family reunions soon and the campground will accommo- here, build stronger relationships with date about 200 people. You can camp out your family, and have a good experience in a tent if you want. The improved camp- in the great outdoors.”

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PWSD #3 Open Meeting December 19, 2017 Call to Order Kyle Parkhurst, President (2020), President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held after dinner at the home of Arlo & Mary Aschbrenner. Members in attendance were Gary Teegarden (2018), Robert Clemens (2019), Arlo Aschbrenner (2020), and Troy Lesan (2018). Also in attendance were Roger Barker, Superintendent, and Diane Hulett, Clerk.

Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the November 16, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting. Gary Teegarden seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried.

Public Comment There were no visitors in attendance for public comment.

Old Business Arlo Aschbrenner moved to approve the 2018 Budget as submitted. Troy

Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried.

New Business Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Arlo Aschbrenner moved to approve the November financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Gary Teegarden seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Discussion was held on changing the regular meeting time from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Arlo Aschbrenner moved to make this change beginning with the January, 2018 meeting. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Robert Clemens submitted his resignation from the board effective December 31, 2017.

Discussion Superintendent Report: Roger gave a brief report on the leaks and system repairs which occurred during the month

of November. Executive Session: A motion was made and seconded at 7:30 p.m. for the board to enter executive session to discuss personnel. Roll Call: Kyle Parkhurst-yes; Troy Lesan-yes; Arlo Aschbrenner-yes; Gary Teegarden-yes; Robert Clemensyes. The board returned to regular session at 7:45 p.m. The Board and Employees expressed thanks to Arlo & Mary Aschbrenner for hosting the Christmas dinner meeting. President, Kyle Parkhurst, announced the next meeting would be on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the water plant. Robert Clemens moved to adjourn. Gary Teegarden seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried.

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Terry John Shank 1938 – 2017

Terry John Shank, 79, Gallatin, passed away Nov. 30, 2017. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Lake Viking; details forthcoming. Cremation is under the direction of McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Terry was born in Lexington, Mich., July 31, 1938. He spent many years as a car salesman in the Detroit, Mich., metropolitan area. Prior to retirement, Terry worked for the sheet metal workers union in the Detroit area. After retirement, in 2000, Terry and Julia relocated to Missouri. They settled into their residence at Lake Viking in Gallatin in 2001. Terry enjoyed his family, friends and pets, and he loved to socialize. He was an avid sports fan. Terry was preceded in death by parents John and Helen (Terry); sister, Sue (Patterson); and wife, Julia Ann (Muller) in 2015. Terry is survived by his three daughters, Karen Simmons and her husband Timothy of Detroit, Mich., Linda Torey and her husband Norman of Minneapolis, Minn., and Diane O'Dell and her husband Troy of Kearney; four grandchildren, Sarah Grimmer, Tyler Zajac, Maxwell Storey and Alexandria Storey; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may go to the Active Aging Resource Center, 109 S. Main, Gallatin, Mo., 64640.

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

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 qualifi ed electrician to install a GFI to protect your dock.

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Most miserable day in Missouri forecast for Jan. 4, 2018 Missourians can expect their darkest and coldest day on Jan. 4. Weather stats taken from the last 30 years pinpoint on which day each state is forecast to experience the coldest temperature and least amount of solar energy. If you’ve not already stocked up on your firewood, prepare to brace yourself as the odds are, the weather is only going to get worse as we head towards the end of the year. But forewarned is forearmed, and if you only knew when the coldest and darkest day of the year was likely to be, then you could be fully prepared with whatever it takes: extra sweaters, thick woolly socks, fleece-lined reindeer-patterned onesie, and a full day spent in bed watching Netflix… you name it. Sleepopolis, a mattress review and comparison website, has painstakingly researched the last 30 years of weather data to find out exactly on which date we can expect the lowest temperatures and

least amount of solar energy* – that is – the most miserable day of the year; so you can stay in bed and hibernate (or go out and build a snowman, whatever floats your boat). It turns out that statistically, The Show-Me State can expect its coldest day on Jan. 22 (33°F); the darkest day on Dec. 18 (2.0kWh); and therefore the most miserable day of the year will be on Jan. 4, 2018 (based on an average of the coldest and darkest day). Different states will experience their most miserable days on separate dates. The oceanic climate of the West Coast, for example, means Washington is going to be the first state to experience its most miserable day on Dec. 22. East Coast states however will have to hold on that little bit longer for the inevitable day to arrive, as it’s not due until the new year (Jan. 11). At least they can live in hope that the day of cold temperatures and dark skies will wait till after the holiday season!

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Lake Viking 2017 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, Jon Allen; 1st Vice President, Phil Stockard; 2nd Vice President, Flint Hibler; Secretary, Mike Booth; Asst. Secretary/Sgt. of Arms, Sherry Parkhurst; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Asst. Treasurer, Mike Krehbiel 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, Sherry Parkhurst (Chair/Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Jon Allen Finance Committee Mike Kemna (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Mike Krehbiel, Glenn Miller, Len Zalenski, Missy Leggett, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Kyle Parkhurst, Donna Archibald, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Phil Stockard (Board Contact) Infraction Committee Roger Lankford, Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Tom Archibald, Phil Stockard (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 Chris Feiden, Jeff Hower, Mark Leggett Volunteer Fire Department Jeff Johnson, Rusty Hendricks, Chris Feiden, Roger Lankford, Dallas Engel, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, 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; Robert Clemens, 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; Ruth Gibson and Diane Hulett, Clerks. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 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.

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

* Lake Viking Marine, Inc., Lot #1000 660-663-3722 * Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9..660-663-2134 * Farmers Electric Co-op., Inc. * During business hours ...........1-800-279-0496 * After Hours ..............................1-800-927-5334 * Advanced Disposal Services, Inc 1-800-346-6844 or 1-800-778-7652 * Windstream Telephone Company * Customer Service (Residential) 1-800-501-1754 * Repair Service ............................1-800-782-6206

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

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

Contract Mowers Can Save You Money Jason Burns ........................................ 660-605-2151 Mike Cline ................ 816-583-4352 or 816-465-0092 Eric Critten ......................................... 660-663-9122 Dallas Engel ........................................ 660-334-1265 Randy Gatton ...................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig ................ 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244 Ron Huston .............660-663-3234 or 816-390-5161 Jeff Johnson ....................................... 660-334-0604 Jim Miller .............................................816-520-3280 Gary Salmon .......................................660-663-9363

Please Keep Control of Your Dogs

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

Building Permit Notice

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



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Watch When & Where You Burn!

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

Member Reminders

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

CARD CLUBS: Couples Club Ladies Bridge - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in homes. Contact: Marian Larason, 663-3395 HOMEMAKERS CLUB: Homemakers Club meets the 2nd Thursday at noon, lower level Clubhouse. Bring a covered dish and your own table service. Good programs and fellowship follow. Contact: Shirley Leakey, 663-3744. LAKE VIKING CHURCH (Interdenominational): Sunday School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Ladies Bible Study, Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.; Adult Bible Study and prayer meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. Robert Nelson, Minister, 663-7433; Jo Gould, contact, 663-3914. LAKE VIKING LIONS CLUB: Meetings are held the 1st Thursday at 7 p.m., upper level Clubhouse. Contact: David Chesney, 816284-3894. OATS BUS: Daviess County OATS transportation is available to anyone regardless of age or income. The driver will pick you up at your front door and return you home. Many trips are enjoyed throughout the year such as St. Joseph. To schedule a ride, call Joyce Becerra, 663-3474. QUILTERS GUILD: This group meets September through May on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-??., lower level Clubhouse. Bring a sack lunch. Contact: Joyce Becerra, 663-3474 or Shirley Leakey, 663-3744. SUPPER CLUB: Bring a covered dish and your own table service the 3rd Friday, 6 p.m., lower level Clubhouse. Some type of entertainment following ... or playing cards/games, fellowship. Contact: Shirley Leakey, 663-3744.

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Lake Viking News Merry Christmas, Lake Viking!

One more look at our 50th Anniversary


Animal Rules & Regulations

By Troy Lesan I guess I’ll call it my Christmas gift to Lake Viking. The Lake Viking 50th Anniversary Edition will arrive this month right around Christmas. Originally, when meeting with the Lake Viking 50th Anniversary Committee, we had planned on an October target date for my publication. Since the book was, in effect, only covering the 10-year period since my Lake Viking 40th Anniversary History, I projected a much smaller publication than the 40-Year History – maybe 28 to 30 pages. As planning for the 50th Anniversary two-day celebration progressed, and the extensive lineup of events began to fall into place, I calculated that the book might be bigger – say 36 pages? Then, as the event drew closer and the schedule came out, it became very clear to me that I would need a small army of photographers. I was planning on taking pictures and, more importantly, I had accomplished photographer Jeff Hower lined up for picture taking. But there was no way that even two of us could keep up. Therefore, I called on Rob Provance, who is another expert photographer. Rob, also known as The Gray Wizard, has an arsenal of different cameras, and has taken a lot of pictures around the Lake. Then, just as an afterthought, I asked Water Department Manager Roger Barker to enlist the aid of his wife Cindy Barker, who is also an accomplished photographer, and even has her own little business. Meanwhile Jody Manahan, who did such a great job organizing the Water Sports Event, affirmed that she would have her camera on hand to take pictures. Add a couple of folks with contributions from their Smart Phone cameras and I was suddenly flush with photographers and ready to rock. It was a good thing. Once the 50th Celebration started – with a big bang, literally, from Jeff Hower’s anvil shoot – the action was non-stop! The celebration was a resounding success with one great event after another, and in rapid succession. The result was that I ended up with hundreds maybe even thousands of pictures to edit. I had so many great pictures; my dilemma became “which ones to use?” It soon became obvious that the book would be bigger than planned – 44 or 48 pages now – especially with the inclusion of all the corporate sponsors. But wait a minute; I was also taking on sponsors for the book itself: it was definitely going to take 52 pages. I also changed the concept of printing another history book. Historical facts do not change, and the 40th Anniversary Book, published ten years ago, was really full of historic facts. Therefore this book became The 50th Anniversary Edition, and is full of pictures celebrating the beauty, the quality of life, and the impressive lineup of activities that have been and are available to Association Members. By the time this article is being read, Christmas will be upon us and The 50th Anniversary Edition will have probably arrived. The book will be available to Association Members, one book per membership. Merry Christmas.

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

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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Safety Patrol Report November 2017 11-3

50th Flashbacks

Taking a look back at some scenes from the unforgettable 50th Anniversary Celebration in August. David Sandy had a busy afternoon coordinating both the Magic Show and the Talent Show. In the picture above, David’s handpicked version of the Mario Brothers ham it up before becoming involved in “amazing feats of levitation.” The picture below features the top three acts in the Talent Show. More pictures are forthcoming in the Lake Viking 50th Anniversary Edition scheduled to arrive at the Association Office this month.

Issued warning to private contractor about careless driving on Lake Viking Roads 11-3 Assisted motorist with vehicle 11-3 Closed open door to garage of residence 11-8 Responded to medical emergency and assisted Ambulance 11-9 Stopped suspicious vehicle (possible poacher); Found to be member 11-9 Worked traffic for contractors moving trailer from MH area 11-11 Instructed member cutting wood on Association property to stop and informed them they must have permission first 11-12 Issued ticket for allowing dog to roam 11-17 Responded to call about unattended fire; follow up found it was attended 11-18 Responded to call about suspicious vehicle; follow up found nothing 11-19 Notified Daviess Central about cows out near south entrance 11-26 Responded to call about utility vehicle chasing deer; follow up found nothing 11-27 Removed floatation device from around the damn 11-28 Responded to call about injured deer near Community Area 3; Deer was not found 11-29 Responded to medical emergency and assisted Ambulance 11-30 Removed floatation device from member’s lot 11-30 Stopped careless driver on Lake Viking Terrace; warning was given 11-30 Had private contractor move truck off Lake Viking Terrace For the month of November No Trespassers were found on Lake Viking Properties No boats were washed Two tickets were issued: 1 Not displaying correct lot numbers on Camper in Campground 1 Allowing dog to roam off leash


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How to keep from wheezing and sneezing this flu season The Daviess County Health Department has been giving flu shots in the Gallatin Office since the end of September on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has offered clinics throughout the county, and will continue while supplies last. Check the health department out on Facebook, or their newly updated website at for more information. If you have private insurance please call your insurance company (phone number should be on the back of the card) prior to your visit and make sure Daviess County Health Department is a provider and that they cover for immunizations. This will help make your appointment go much quicker, and will keep you from having to cover the cost if your insurance doesn’t cover the flu shot. The following is a list of insurance companies the health department has a contract with for immunizations: BCBS, UHC/UMR, Cigna, and Coventry/Aetna. Medicare, Medicaid, managed Medicaid providers – Mo State Health, UHC, Mo. Care, and private insurance will be billed. Please bring your cards. If your insurance doesn’t cover immunizations, the health department can offer you a flu shot at no cost as an under-insured individual with vaccine pro-

vided by the state. If you don’t have insurance, the health department can offer you a flu shot at no cost as an uninsured individual with vaccine provided by the state. If you have insurance and it covers immunizations but we are not a provider of your insurance, you can go to a covered provider or pay the $20 fee. Pneumonia vaccine will be available in limited supply to those adults who qualify. The health department advises its clients to call and verify insurance and Medicare providers and payment prior to your visit. It would be helpful if those interested know the date and type of previous pneumonia vaccine if at all possible. What is influenza? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average, 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu and about 36,000 people die from the flu. Some people, such as the el-

derly, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The symptoms of the flu include: sudden onset of fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults. Complications of the flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. So if you feel sick, stay home and be sure to wash your hands!

Chapter Two Written by Carolyn Mueller Illustrated by Christopher Grant

We dogs are a pretty smart

Clever Hans

bunch. We do lots of things for humans, not just hunt quail. We also herd sheep, pull sleds, find people who are lost or need help, guide the blind and assist the police and military. Everyone knows that dogs can be trained to perform a number of tasks. Why, even I can shake hands, sit, lie down, and catch a tennis ball with the best of them! But what my father, Jim, did was different. The first time Sam realized that Jim was more than just the average bird dog, they were in the woods together. It was a warm, fall afternoon, and Sam was looking for a shady place to rest. The shade of a hickory tree is a fine place to enjoy an autumn afternoon. Sam said, “Jim, let’s find a hickory tree.” Sam was really just talking to himself. He didn’t expect Jim to understand. But my father knew much more than any human had ever given him credit for! As soon as Sam asked the question, Jim ran right over to a hickory tree and placed his front paw on it. He looked at his master as if to say “Here’s one!” Of course, humans are a doubtful bunch, so, naturally Sam thought this had to be a coincidence. Nevertheless, it was pretty funny, so he thought he’d give Jim another try.

Many animals are famous for showing unique intelligence. In the early 20th century, there lived a horse named Clever Hans. Hans was famous for being able to do math! His owner, Wilhelm Von Osten, could ask him “Hans, what is 45+11?” and Hans would stomp his hoof 56 times. Hans was almost always right, and everyone believed that the horse could not only understand the German questions, but also solve math problems! Soon though, people realized that Hans often got problems wrong when the person asking him did not know the answer.

“Yes sir, Jim, that is a hickory,” Sam said. “Now show me a black oak.” Sam was shocked when Jim calmly trotted over to another tree and placed his paw right on the trunk of a black oak. Once again, he looked to his owner as if to say, “Here’s one!” This time Sam got excited! It couldn’t have been a coincidence! What were the chances his setter would be right twice in a row? Sam intended to find out. He asked Jim to find more trees and other plants.

They learned that Hans actually did not know how to do math. He was picking up on subtle signs given by his questioners. For example, when Hans stomped his hoof and got closer and closer to the right answer, the people around him would get excited, communicating tension to the horse through their body language. When Hans stomped the correct number of times, this tension was released, so Hans knew that he should stop stomping. Pretty clever, but he wasn’t doing any math. Horses communicate with each other through body language, so once Hans figured out how to read the humans, he could stomp away, getting questions right nearly every time! Scientists decided to call undetected signs humans accidentally give off when communicating with animals the Clever Hans Effect after this horse. Jim the Wonder Dog’s observers designed clever evaluations to see if he was actually just responding to the Clever Hans Effect. Jim passed these tests with flying colors!

“It’s alright to tell me this, Sam,” she said. “As long as you don’t tell anyone else.”

“Walnut tree! Hazel bushes! Show me a stump!” he called out.

She had reason to think her husband had lost his marbles. Humans have always questioned animal intelligence.

Again and again Jim placed his paw on the right object. Sam believed he had a miracle on his hands. The trouble was, who else would believe him?

When Sam told his wife that their dog could understand English and identify trees, she thought her husband was either crazy or had been somehow tricked.

But doubt never stopped my When Sam returned home that father. Jim the Wonder Dog evening, he recounted Jim’s tale to his wife. She looked at him skeptically. was just getting started.

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Paper training Choose five headlines. Rewrite each as a complete sentence, using correct punctuation. Imagine Jim’s special talents have been highlighted in a news story. What would the headline say? Learning Standards: I can read historical fiction and make text-to-text and text-toworld connections. For a companion teaching guide, visit 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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ATTENTION CAMPERS Just a reminder, camp spaces are NOT transferrable with the sale of your lot or camper. The campground agreement that each of you have signed states: Section Eight: Privilege Not Assignable Licensee’s privileges under this Agreement shall not be assignable by Licensee in whole or in part.

Cemetery Decorum

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

New Building Regulation Effective Immediately Dumpsters and/or roll offs will be required for onsite construction, at the property owner’s expense, but is not limited to the following: New home construction, garages, hangers and home additions. Other projects that may require the use of a dumpster or roll off will be determined at the time a permit is submitted for approval.



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