Lake Viking News October 2018

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VVA Board of Directors Call to Order Phil Stockard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of the clubhouse. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan, Flint Hibler, James Funk, Mike Booth, Susan Zalenski and Mike Krehbiel. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Troy Lesan led in prayer. Guest Time 1. Sarah Vaughn appealed to the board an infraction ticket that her daughter received while on the waters of Lake Viking. The daughter actually received two tickets, the first being “no boater’s certification” and the second for being too close to another watercraft. Sarah did concede to the first ticket of no certification, but does not believe she is guilty of the second ticket for being too close. She asked the board to overturn the Infraction Committee’s ruling of the second ticket and forgive the fine that was accessed. The board was unanimous in upholding the ticket. Sarah then asked to meet with the board again and said that she would like to be represented by legal counsel. President Phil Stockard asked Sarah to call the office next week to set up a date and time for them to meet. Approval of Minutes Susan Zalenski moved to approve the minutes of the Sept. 9, 2018, board meeting. James Funk seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No report. Finance Committee: Mike Krehbiel reported on the recent Finance meeting. The committee reviewed all financials, including the first draft of the 2019 budget. There are not a lot of changes to the 2019 budget compared to this year and the projected capital expenditures for 2019 is $93,000. Strategic Planning Committee: Susan Zalenski moved to add Kenny Southwick to the Strategic Planning Committee. Flint Hibler seconded; mo-

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October 14, 2018 tion passed. Susan reported the Communications Team has been working on a secure login site for our website. This will be an area to post items for members-only to read. You can go on the website ( now and get your password set up. October 27 there will be a Halloween Party in the clubhouse. There will be a silent and live auction, Levi Garrison and Sons will be set up to serve beer, and Smokin’ Gringos are bringing the food. There will also be a costume contest for those that like to dress up. The cost is $15 per person at the door. The proceeds of this event will go to the clubhouse renovation. The Strategic Committee is currently working on how to develop a long term plan for the lake. Activities Committee: Mary Hibler reported that the Beer and Brats night was a success again with 150 people attending. $332.00 was collected for the clubhouse renovation. There was a Halloween Party in Campground 1 Oct. 13, but it was a cold and rainy day so attendance was down. The next activity will be the Firefighters Chili Supper on Nov. 3. Building Committee: The Building Committee approved 10 permits at their last meeting. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger reported they will have their chili supper on Nov. 3. The training room is complete. The Fire Department is still working on the smoke detector installations. Campground: A lot of activity of winterizing campers in the campgrounds Lake Committee: Troy Lesan reported on four tickets that have been written for noncompliance with letters that had been sent out. Troy Knight is working with the Lake Committee on developing a map of the lake showing distances and measurements of coves and such. The Lake Committee is working very closely with the Safety Department to streamline issues with silt fences and other areas that will save time when issuing infractions. Cemetery: No report.

Good News: The spillway spilleth over By Troy Lesan For those who follow the Lake Viking Group Facebook, recent posts provided documentation of a very eventful month of local weather. I like the post by Anthony Dirks that said “The temperature went from 90 to 55 . . . like it saw a state trooper.” And that’s actually what happened on Oct. 4, when the temp dropped 46 degrees in 14 hours. Of course there were the posts from Oct. 15 about the early snowfall the night before. But the biggest story of all was the large amount of rain experienced over the period from Oct. 6-9. During that time, I poured 7.8 inches of the wet stuff from my rain gauge. PWSD #3 Manager Roger Barker, who has the final lowdown on all water-related matters, reported a total of 8.6 inches of rain. And the nice part was that the rain was gradual enough that it didn’t ravage the landscape with erosion as many past 8-inch accumulations have. Of course, the best news was in the post by mailman Jeremy Ripple showing a picture of the Lake Viking spillway accompanied by the post “the water spilleth over.” Yep, it had been a long, long time since we had seen this sight. Drought conditions

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throughout the summer had taken a toll. Farmers suffered a terrible corn crop, ponds were extremely low, and at Lake Viking the water level was so low that people couldn’t lower their boat lifts to get their boats out on the water. Yes, water over the spillway is a beautiful sight to behold. On Oct. 1, the water level was 14 inches lower than the spillway. On Oct. 8, after a couple days of rain, water was six inches over the spillway and on Oct. 9, 20 inches over the spillway! Today, on Oct. 17, as I finish my articles, it is still a few inches over. I had to laugh. Among the Facebook comments was one from Sharon Svuba saying “enough already!” Actually, I was beginning to have the same thoughts. On the evening of Oct. 9, both weather forecasts and maps were showing continuous rain from around 10 p.m. through the next five or six hours. If that would have happened, there might have been many more of us crying out “enough already.” Thankfully the weather forecasts aren’t always right. Hahaha. We got zero rain out of those scary looking projections, and thankfully . . . the spillway spilleth over!

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Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee for the 2019 Annual Meeting is looking for individuals to volunteer for this committee. There are 3 current Board Members on the committee and would like to have 1 or 2 other members to serve. Board contacts are Susan Zalenski (chairperson), Troy Lesan and Mike Booth. You may call the Office if you wish to serve on this committee. There are 2 Director seats open for election in March 2019. Infraction Committee: Roger Lankford reported the committee reviewed 20 infractions this month. Once again this month trash violations were a concern. This is the last meeting of the Infraction Committee for 2018. The next meeting will be in April 2019. Dredge Committee: Shad Mort reported the committee met on Sept. 28. They did site visits to the sediment structures. They are focusing on how to get the south structure cleaned out. Shad and Bob Hayes will be meeting this week to discuss how to remove more water from the south structure. Lake Manager Report 1. Dredge: We are getting close to finishing the cove at Pilot and Pirate. We do have some seals leaking so the head is off right now, but will be putting it back together next week. 2. Road work: Road work for this year is complete. We concentrated on the Terrace this year, so next year we will be working on the cul-de-sacs and campgrounds 3. Lake levels: The lake was down about 13.5 inches down a couple of weeks ago and then went up to about 13.5 over and now we are about 4 inches high. 4. S155 lot sale: The lot sold through a silent auction for $9,600. Troy Lesan moved to donate the proceeds of the lot sale to the Clubhouse Renovation Fund. Susan Zalenski seconded; motion passed. Shad Mort did say we had the lot surveyed Continued on Page 8

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

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Association members donate to NWMSU in a big way By Troy Lesan, from info contributed by Mark & Missy Leggett The Hughes Fieldhouse, the largest public-private partnership in the 113 year history of Northwest Missouri State University, and destined to become a showcase fixture of the campus, was unveiled in a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Maryville on Oct. 12, 2018. Construction of the impressive $21 million facility was realized due to a $14 million donation from a team of 50 donors headed by the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Family Foundation. Carl and Cheryl are Lake Viking Association members; their house is one of the largest on the lake and greatly contributes to the aesthetic beauty of the area. Of their big contribution to their alma mater resulting in the Hughes Fieldhouse, Carl Hughes says: “You get behind something you believe in. I

hope this building gets worn out and I expect that competition will be keen to have access. I expect the completion of this building will further enhance Northwest’s strategic mission and that the building will be utilized by countless students and organizations within Northwest and the community.” As Carl’s statement reflects, the Hughes Fieldhouse will host a variety of university and community activities year-round. Northwest club sports and student organizations, from Greek fraternities and sororities to the Bearcat Marching Band, will actively use the facility. All Bearcat athletic teams will benefit from being able to practice inside the facility during their off seasons or inclement weather. The facility will also host intercollegiate and high-school track meets, community fund-raisers, exhibitions, trade shows, business gatherings, concerts, and special events. The Hughes Fieldhouse is a huge facility with an area of 137,250 square feet which is equal to 2.15 football fields or 2.84 acres under a roof. It includes a 90-yard practice turf and 300-meter track and is projected to have an economic impact of

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$23.8 million which is the equivalent of 946 new jobs. The fieldhouse culminates an involvement with NWMSU that began when Cheryl Deweerdt Hughes (NWMSU class of ’78) was a Bearcat cheerleader and member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, while Carl (NWMSU class of ’76) was a Bearcat football player and member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 was followed by a Bearcat Tailgate Zone on Oct. 13 that featured tours of the fieldhouse, live music, and interaction between kids and Northwest student athletes. The events marked an exciting occasion for the Northwest Missouri State University family.

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Billing Notice for PWSD #3 Customers The billing software conversion is now complete and we would like to make our customers aware of a few changes. Thank you for your patience as we work out the final details. • Each customer now has a unique account number which is no longer their lot number - use the new account number on all payments and correspondence. • If you are a multiple lot owner, you will receive one bill with all lots listed and the total balance due. • Only one check is required to pay multiple lots. • The web portal is now available for making online payments, signing up for AutoPay, or updating contact info. The address is • There is a $2.50 or 3% fee (whichever is greater) on all debit, credit, or electronic check transactions. • There is no charge for Auto Pay which deducts the amount due automatically from your checking/ savings account. Using a credit card for recurring payments will incur the fee mentioned earlier. • The option to have your bills emailed is now available - please contact the office if interested, or sign up online. • The due date on quarterly tap fee bills has changed to the 20th.

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CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, president (2020), called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2021), Jeffrey Speaker (2019), and Arlo Aschbrenner (2020). Randy Tague (2021) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Arlo Aschbrenner moved to approve the minutes of the Sept. 18, 2018, Board of Directors meeting. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENT There were no visitors in attendance for public comment. OLD BUSINESS There was no old business. NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Troy Lesan moved to approve the September financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Discussion was held on updating the district rules and regulations. Revisions will be made and submitted at the next meeting. As a result of the recent billing software conversion, the need to change the due date for the quarterly tap fee bills to coincide with the water billing due date was discussed. A motion was made by Jeffrey Speaker and seconded by Troy Lesan to change the tap fee due date from the day before the last business day of the month to the 20th. All voted in favor; motion carried. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger Barker reported that the past year’s EColi results were calculated and our average EColi count over the last 12 months was 1.18, with anything below 100 considered acceptable. He also advised the board that water tower repairs should be completed next week and that the 2005 UTV was traded in for a 2018 Polaris Ranger last month. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be Nov. 20, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. Jeffrey Speaker moved to adjourn at 5:30 p.m. Arlo Aschbrenner seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker


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Safety Patrol Report September 2018

Time for Flu Shots Flint Hibler is pictured getting his annual shot at the Lake Viking Clubhouse. The Daviess County Health Department provided the shots and better yet the nurse with a magic touch. This nurse has given me shots and taken blood on numerous occasions, and I barely ever feel the needle. For those who were unable to get their flu shots at the clubhouse, they will be available locally at the Daviess County Health Department and Gallatin Shopko throughout the year. ~ Troy Lesan


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Assisted new renter


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Assisted KAW responding to a controlled burn by Maintenance


Assisted lot owner with correct footage needed for silt fence


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Assisted Windstream correcting warning siren issues.


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Assisted KC ambulance in returning lot owner to residence


Responded to fire call


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Issued hunting permits

Found wallet, contacted Gentry Co. Sheriff’s Department Owner notified


Recovered unattended sailboat and returned to lot


Secured campground dumpster signs reflecting new fine schedule.

Directed contractor move truck/trailer from LVT


Provided traffic control for maintenance

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30-day letter issued for abandoned watercraft


Removed downed tree from LVT, maintenance advided


Removed unattended dock float from lake

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Responded to medical emergency


30 day letter issued for unlicensed vehicles


Provided traffic control for maintenance


Provided traffic control, assisted maintenance


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Infractions issued………….10 Stickered Watercraft………9 Hot washed…………………….4 Issued gate card………………1

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VVA Board Minutes at a cost of $500, so the proceeds would be $9,100. Financials: Troy Lesan moved to approve the financial statements. Mike Booth seconded; motion passed. Guest Time Mark Leggett discussed the goal of the Oct. 27 Halloween Party. The group planning this party has a goal of raising $10,000 to go toward the Clubhouse Renovation. It’s $15 per person at the door or you can prepay at the office before Oct. 26 and it will be $10 per person. Mark also presented a 5-page report on the proceeds from the 50th Anniversary celebration from last year. Mark had a spread sheet with Income vs. Expenses with net proceeds of about $8,100. There was a slight discrepancy with what the office had for these totals, but Mark will get the numbers to Sally for comparison. Mark presented a proposal for an outdoor amphitheater to be built behind the clubhouse. He also had a design drawing for this as a 3-tiered structure that could realistically be built by our Maintenance Department. Mark had a cost analysis to accompany the plans. There was discussion and questions from the board, but no decision was made at this time. The board will take it under review. Board Action 1. Nominating Committee: Phil Stockard asked for volunteers from the board to get started on nominations for next year’s Annual Meeting. Susan Zalenski will chair the committee along with the help of Troy Lesan and Mike Booth.

Business Future: 1. Mike Booth gave a report from the Campground Review Group. Mike thanked all that were involved in this group. The main goal was to put to bed the rumors that the campgrounds were losing money. Their report included income and expenses for the years 2013 through 2017. The average overall of the five years showed the campground made approximately $8,200 which equates to about $1,641 per year. There were years like 2015 that expenses were higher due to expansion of the campgrounds. Moving forward, starting in 2018, there will be two extra expenses, including a DNR permit for the lagoon in the amount of $600 and insurance in the amount of $1,500. The Review Group is recommending that the campgrounds be self-sufficient. The income from the campgrounds should be enough to sustain the expenses. The group also reviewed the campground rules in the handbook and would like the Campground Committee to review them and make their recommendations to the board. Mike would also like the Finance Committee to look at the financials of the Campground Review and make their recommendations. This report will be provided to that committee for further review. Adjourn: Troy Lesan moved to adjourn into Executive Session at 7:15 p.m. James Funk seconded; motion passed. Attendance: Len Zalenski, lot 364; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Mary Hibler, lot 183; Sherry Krehbiel, lot 559; Frank Armanees, lot 62; Robert Hayes, lot 389; Bo & Kitty Steed, lot 444; Roger & Maggie Lankford, lot 644; Mark & Missy Leggett, lot 72; Mark & Stephanie Closterman, lot 1900; Victoria Vaughn, lot 90-91, guest; 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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Activities Committee produces lineup of great events Mary Hibler and her Activities Committee continue to generate enthusiasm and good turnouts at their events. On Sept. 29, 130 people attended the Beer & Brats event at the clubhouse. Once again the Levi Garrison and Sons Brewery of Hamilton provided liquid refreshments while the Joe Jump Eatery and Smokehouse of Gallatin donated the brats and buns. Brett Bush and Jim Power helped with cooking. It was another evening of good food and fellowship at Lake Viking. The event advertised “German Oktoberfest Attire welcome.” Darrin Lund, pictured above, responded by wearing his favorite Lederhosen. ~ Troy Lesan

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Lake Viking 2018 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Ramona Miller, 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 Chuck Weldon, Jim Miller, 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, Dennis Schlaiss Community Strategic Planning Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Robert Hayes, Sherry Parkhurst, Carolyn Leeper, Don Leeper, 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, Troy Knight, Gary Covey, Jim Gibbany, 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, 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, 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 $70.00 for each mowing.

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

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

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Jason Burns......................................... 660-605-2151 Mike Cline............................................. 816-465-0092 Eric Critten.......................................... 660-663-9122 Randy Gatton....................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig................. 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244 Ron Huston..............660-663-3234 or 816-390-5161 Jeff Johnson........................................ 660-334-0604 Jim Miller..............................................816-520-3280 Gary Salmon........................................660-663-9363

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!

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


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Kickin’ Cancer event draws good response Billy Gene McGinnis 1925-2018

Billy Gene McGinnis, 93, Cameron, formerly of Gallatin, died Sept. 27, 2018, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. Billy Gene was born on April 8, 1925, in Orrick, to Omer Neal and Mattie Ashley (Hall) McGinnis. Billy was a proud Navy veteran that served in World War II and was called back to Korea. He worked in a cabinet shop, an appliance and furniture store, delivered ice, and was a teller at the Old Trust Company Bank. He moved to Gallatin in 1954. There he managed a hardware store, owned an appliance store, installed carpet and worked for Hope Funeral Home. He started his own floor covering business, built houses and contracted with JC Penney’s for flooring. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the VFW #2172 Frank Frazier Post. He retired and lived at Lake Viking in Gallatin. He moved to Excelsior Springs, and then to the Veterans Home in Cameron, where he became a greeter and tour guide. He NEVER knew a stranger and nothing was ever his fault. Survivors include his loving partner, Barbara Davis of Kearney; his son Rod (Linda) McGinnis of Hermitage; one brother J.B. (Shirley) McGinnis of Excelsior Springs; four grandchildren, Abby McGinnis, Scott McGinnis, Tanner Gooding, Whitney (Graham) McCaulley; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, John Knapp of Overland Park, KS; one son-in-law, Phil Gooding of Kearney; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jill Ann Gooding, his sisters, Peggy Dooley and Betty Sue Knapp, and brother-in law Ralph Dooley. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Veterans Home Assistance League. They can be dropped off or mailed to the Cameron Veterans Home Assistance League, 1111 Euclid Avenue, Cameron, MO 64429. A memorial service was held Oct. 4, 2018, in the chapel at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. Graveside services with internment will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of arrangements. Please share your memories with the family by visiting

Inclement weather forced the 2018 version of Kickin’ Cancer from “street party” status to inside the Gallatin Methodist Church, but no problem. The cold and damp weather didn’t seem to put a damper on turnout. The musicians were moved to the church choir loft, dinner was set up in the basement, while tables full of silent auction items lined the periphery of the sanctuary. This event – the fifth annual – has grown into a Gallatin autumn tradition with this year’s turnout numbering 150 attendees. The money raised, which provides fuel cards for Daviess County residents traveling to and from cancer treatments, stands at $10,022. Once again the Gallatin Men’s Club came through with an 11th hour donation of $2,000 to provide icing on the cake. Event organizers and Daviess County residents who attended are to be commended for providing another year of generous funding for a great cause. ~ Troy Lesan

Duane L. Karstens 1932-2018

A celebration of life service for Duane Karstens was held Sept. 29 at the Lake Viking Church near Gallatin. Inurnment is at a later date at Lake Viking Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin to help with funeral expenses. Duane L. Karstens, 85, Gallatin, died Sept. 25, 2018, at the Riverside Place in St. Joseph. Duane was born Nov. 7, 1932, the son of John and Sophia (Kloppenberg) Karstens in Atlantic, IA, where he grew up and graduated from high School. After graduation Duane started working at the Atlantic Police Department. He was united in marriage to Barbara Yarger July 27, 1952, in Wiota, IA. The couple made their home in Iowa for several years before moving to a farm north of Gallatin in 1975. Duane was employed at a feed store in Gallatin and worked at the Lake Viking Marina on the dock crew, retiring after many years. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara, son David Karstens, and daughter Jacque Karstens Prindle. Survivors include his son, Larry Karstens; siblings, Eva Simpson, Evelyn Karas, and Ken Karstens; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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Raise Your Glass By Troy Lesan The evening began at the iconic Boulevard Brewery perched on the periphery of the crossroad district in Kansas City. The brick and stone façade with walls of glass and exposed steel beams definitely projects the trendy industrial look with the Muehlebach Suite on the third floor offering some spectacular views of the Kansas City skyline. If this article begins with an “architectural” flavor, it is appropriate. We are, after all, raising our glass to an architect. Lake Viking Association Member Rick Jones is a senior partner in the architectural firm Nearing, Staats, Prelogar, and Jones. NSP&J is a prestigious and highly respected company that has designed corporate buildings, million dollar homes, condominiums, apartments, multi-family dwellings, and historic building renovations in Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Idaho, Colorado, California, Utah, and Saudi Arabia. The company has been in existence for 57 years with Rick as part of the firm for 45 of those years. This month, Rick is not only celebrating his 70th birthday but he is going into semi-retirement as well. Yes, it’s definitely time to raise your glass. At his “semi-retirement” celebration, Rick an-

“Semi-retirement” is the “in” word these days. As Joan Jones says, “Nobody really retires anymore.” Especially with photo-shop in the picture.

nounced that he would be turning over projects and responsibilities to associates and junior partners at the firm, most of whom were in attendance at the party. Normally a “retired” status would allow Rick and his wife Joan (who is not yet retired by the way) a carefree life of world travel, and spending more time at the lake with family, while Rick could also spend more time with his favorite pursuits like long distance bicycle riding. Actually Rick and Joan already did pretty well in all of the above endeavors when they were fully employed. Besides, Rick is not a person to sit around. At the lake, he’s always busy working on various projects around the property or relaxing by taking a long walk, and he has probably ridden his bicycle around the lake more times than you would believe. Nope, there’s nothing sedentary about this guy. He’s in good shape, and has even been known to play a round or two of tennis on days with the temperature hovering around 95 degrees. “Semiretirement” is the best we’re going to get. So at his “Raise Your Glass” celebration, attended by nearly 200 guests, Rick confirmed that he was going to scale back his workload but probably still show up at the office every once in a while (after all, old habits are hard to break), but also do a few more of the things he wants to do. Rick’s wife Joan refers to his new life-style as “Jonesin.” Like chillin’ or cruisin’, Jonesin carries that leisurely, laid-back connotation, and we’re sure Rick will excel at it. Meanwhile, look for this new word – Jonesin – to soon make its debut in the dictionaries around the world. From the outpouring of good will and appreciation at the semi-retirement party, it is obvious that Rick has left a mark with friends, family, and business associates. Locally, in the Lake Viking vicinity, he also left his mark, a few years ago, by contributing the architectural design plans for the construction of the parish hall of Mary Immaculate Church in Gallatin. At his party, one of the many clever personal touches was a pair of oars on a table. Guests were encouraged to sign the oars with a black marker. Eventually those oars will be on display at the Jones’ Lake Viking house. The Lake Viking House was originally owned by Joan’s parents, Don and Pat Dors and has been the center of family activity. To celebrate his new status, Rick has already embarked on separate trips with each of the five children. Now, Rick and Joan will hopefully be spending more time boating in the Cobalt with family, children, grandchildren, planting more flowers and garden, and just Jonesin around. Cheers. Raise your glass.

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for Committees and Their Members The Board of Directors may appoint Special Committees as they feel necessary. All members must be active members current in dues, assessments and other fees. The board of directors will appoint the following standing committees: finance, building, cemetery, infraction, lake, nominating, handbook, strategic, and campground. ~ All committees shall have a minimum of three active members and include at least one board member. ~ No committee or subcommittee may be formed without board approval. ~ All recommendations from committees shall be presented to the board prior to any actions taken by said committees. ~ No action may be taken by any committee member that has not been approved by the chairperson, board contact and the board. ~ New committee members shall be presented to the board for approval.



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

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Scam proposes property purchases Another scam is being leveled at residents in Daviess County according to the county sheriff’s department. Apparently some residents are receiving a bogus “Purchase Agreement” proposing an offer to buy your property in Daviess County. The hoax appears to come from a Houston, TX, firm called Deed Ventures LLC which presents itself online

with a website and complete contact information. The scam letter identifies a parcel with legal description and offers a purchase price good for only a limited time. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reminds you to be wary of unsolicited purchase offers that sound too good to be true.


Private Ramp Recommendation

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.

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

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USE OF DUMPSTERS The Association provides dumpsters for the Beaches, Campgrounds and some Community Areas, for the purpose of accumulated trash in these areas, not day to day household trash. Please DO NOT dump building materials of ANY kind, such as lumber, sheetrock, shingles, etc. in these dumpsters.

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Can old soldiers hold together through the gap? Only six combat veterans gathered for a meeting of Frank Frazier Post #2172 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), according to active member Carl Carder. The meeting was considered crucial — a quorum of members was necessary to continue operations of the aging organization or dissolve it completely. Gary Jones was elected post commander during the meeting. And in the way of old soldiers in an epic battle for survival, they were unwilling to surrender. “We decided to move forward and keep plugging away to see if we can get some more active members,” says Mr. Carder. There are still perhaps 100 or more veterans eligible for membership in the local VFW post. Eligible veterans in the county will be contacted by phone, email and letters and encouraged to join. Those attending the Oct. 11 meeting were Steve Agenstein, Jerry Ferguson, Robert Smith, Carl Carder, Gary Jones, and Ray Clevenger. Most of the six members are from the Vietnam/Korean era. Mr. Carder at 63 is one of the youngest members. “I served just as Vietnam was ending,” he says. “The Vietnam boys are 60 to 70 years old; the boys that served in Korea are 70 to 80 years old, and those serving in World War Two are now in their 90s.” New blood is needed. But younger veterans of military service rendered in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflicts since Vietnam have not responded to calls to join. Realizing it’s time for change, Mr. Carder said the post plans to talk to other veteran groups like AMVETS, which accepts all veterans regardless of service branch or type of military service. The VFW is specifically organized for veterans serving in armed conflicts overseas. But Robin Wandell with the nearest AMVETS, located in Salisbury, says not to get their hopes up. “Right now, we’re just barely staying open with four active members; the rest are just numbers on the roster,” he says. “Most are too old to attend the meetings.” The inclusiveness of AMVETS is its recruiting point, he says. The organization accepts all soldiers who have been honorably discharged and also accepts those who served in the Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. “It doesn’t seem to help,” he says. He says AMVETS has tried everything to attract new members, from dinners to fund-raisers, to inviting them in for a free meal. Nobody signs up. “A couple of years ago, we offered a one-year free membership around Veterans Day in November,” he says. “We got about seven to sign up. But they never went to a meeting and they never renewed. They just disappeared.” The local American Legion is in the same boat, he says. They don’t even have meetings anymore. WWII veterans stayed together, he says. But attitudes have changed through the different eras. “Nobody wants to be involved in anything,” he says. “That may change, but it’s hard to get anybody to commit to anything.” But Mr. Wandell, an Army combat veteran with heavy engineers who served 1980-1986, says the age factor may be the key. The newest era of soldiers has jobs and families right now, but give them a few more years. “I didn’t belong until I was in my 40s,” he says. “As you get older, you start thinking it might be neat to get back together. There’s a gap in there. The question is, can we hold together through the gap.” Mr. Carder says Gallatin’s Frank Frazier Post #2172 will hold its ground to the last man standing: “The meeting was disappointing, but we’ll continue to push and try to keep the VFW going.” Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, in Gallatin’s old fire station located west of the business square at the end of Jackson Street.

Missourians warned of new telephone tax scam State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has issued a tax scam alert, warning Missouri residents about a new telephone scam. The State Treasurer’s Office recently received a call from a concerned citizen after she was contacted by would-be scammers. She said she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Department of Revenue telling her she owed over $1,000. They attempted to get her to pay over the phone with a credit card. After she declined, they told her to send a certified check to the Department of Treasury at a post office box located in St. Louis. “As treasurer, it is my job to protect Missouri taxpayers,” said Schmitt. “I want all Missourians to know my office is not responsible for collecting taxes and will never call demanding payment. Anyone who receives such a call should report it to the proper authorities immediately.” The scammers use a fake caller-ID featuring a phone number that belongs to the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office. Citizens are urged not to provide any personal information to these callers. The Department of Revenue will always contact citizens via mail regarding any tax-related issue. Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be from the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office asking for a tax payment should hang up and contact the Missouri Attorney General’s office at 866-289-9633 and the United States Treasury Inspector General at 800-366-4484. Victims may also report fraudulent phone calls to any FBI field office. Law enforcement officials were informed of the scam earlier.

‘Doublewide Texas Christmas’ coming up in Gallatin Nov. 15-17 Practices are underway for Gallatin Theater League’s fall production of “A Doublewide Texas Christmas.” Performances for this comedy written by Hope, Jones and Wooten are slated for Nov. 15, 16 and 17. Advanced ticket sales are underway. Tickets may be purchased at Eileine’s Beauty Shop in Gallatin. Come join us as Christmas in Texas will be lots of crazy fun. Pictured left to right: Jan Stout, Chance Smith, Dena Plant, Tammy Gay, Sherri Smith, Jackie Nichols, Annie Gibson, Rachel Peery and Doug Nichols. Not pictured: Mark Gay.

Joe Jump Eatery & Smokehouse to open in Gallatin early November A new restaurant will be opening in Gallatin in early November in the building formerly occupied by Cycles at 200 Park Street. Tim and Stephanie Champagne, owners, say Joe Jump Eatery and Smokehouse will focus on farm-to-table dishes, always fresh, never frozen. A variety of family-style meals will be included, from steaks to baked chicken. Favorite barbecues, like smokehouse ribs, sausages and burnt ends, will also be on the menu; but the Smokehouse will not serve exclusively barbecue. “We’ll have good home-cooking, feel-good type meals,” the Champagnes say. The goal for this fall is to open the main part of the building. By next spring a sports bar area with TV is slated for another section of the building. Catering and private parties will be offered as well. The name of the restaurant — Joe Jump — was chosen for its connection to the town’s past. “We wanted to tie the theme of the restaurant to local history,” the Champagne say. “We read up on the history of the Gallatin area and thought Joe Jump would be a catchy name.” Joe Jump was the name of one of two men hanged in Gallatin’s first (and certainly the last) execution. Joe Jump and John Smith murdered William Gladson in 1885. Smith was hanged two weeks after Jump. These hangings were among the last conducted in Missouri. Light interior work is being done on the building and some outside painting. Mr. Champagne grew up in Michigan, took his culinary studies at Oakland, MI, and his internships in Makinac Island, IA. He now lives in Shawnee, KS. Tim has worked on-and-off in several restaurants through the years, though the past 20 years he has been flipping houses, and he owns several other businesses in Kansas City. Stephanie also has a vast amount of experience in the food industry. Their connection with the area is through Lake Viking, which they have been visiting the past eight years. Dustin Hibler of Gallatin, who has worked in the restaurant industry for many years, will be a managing partner at Joe Jump’s. Employees are currently being interviewed. “We love the town of Gallatin and the hospitality of the people there,” the Champagnes say. They are hoping to draw customers from all of the nearby communities. “We’ve met a lot of good people in the surrounding towns. We consider them our extended family. We’ll be looking for their input as to what to put on the menu. Hopefully, we can give them something that will meet their needs.”

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