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You’ll never strike out with these baseball lessons -By Harvey Mackay With the baseball season in full swing (pun intended!), it’s time to salute America’s pastime. And in recognition of April being National Humor Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite classic stories from the big leagues, along with the important business lessons from these real-life events. How time flies. A rookie sat next to his manager and watched New York Yankee great Roger Maris gun down a runner trying to go

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from first to third. “Kid, you won’t see a throw like that again in a million years.” Three innings later, Maris duplicated the feat. The rookie turned to the manager and said, “Time sure flies up here in the majors.” Sometimes managers know best. Before a game, St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Frankie Frisch instructed his pitching staff to avoid throwing Brooklyn’s Tony Cuccinello a fastball. Dizzy Dean objected. “He can’t hit my fastball.” He begged Frisch to let him throw Cuccinello a fastball. Frisch refused. Finally with the game in hand, he relented. Dean threw Cuccinello a fastball, and Cuccinello hit it out of the park. Dean turned to Frisch. “By gosh, Frankie. You were right for once.” The truth always hurts. Johnny Blanchard sat in the Yankees clubhouse crying after learning he had been traded to Kansas City. Concerned for his teammate, Mickey Mantle sat down and tried to console Blanchard. “Don’t take it so hard, John. Just think, in Kansas City you’re going to get a chance to play.”

“Hell, I can’t play, Mick. That’s why I’m crying.” Know thy competitor. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, former Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Fay Vincent said the smartest player he ever knew was Warren Spahn. The left-handed pitcher won a record 363 games in his career. Vincent asked Spahn who taught him how to pitch, he replied, “Hitters.” He often sat in the stands to watch the opposition take batting practice. He knew who was having trouble hitting and used that knowledge. Show some respect for authority. Another story Vincent shared was about Frank Robinson, whom Vincent called as tough a player as he ever knew. Vincent asked him about his mother during a Hall of Fame interview, and Robinson unexpectedly teared up. Robinson explained, “One time early in my career I got thrown out of a game for sassing an umpire, and she called me that night to give me hell. She told me she did not raise me to fight with umpires, and that she was embarrassed for me. She said she would come take me home if I did it again. She never had to worry.” And then he gave her credit Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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APRIL 12-14 • Journey With Jesus to Calvary. April 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Francis. See ad on page 7. • Upsala Drama Club to present Mamma Mia. Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Upsala School Auditorium. FRIDAY, APRIL 12 • Smelt & Fish Fry from 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. SATURDAY, APRIL 13 • Moses Dane Cemetery Association Annual Meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Burtrum Community Center. • Water Songs by Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Secondary School. SUNDAY, APRIL 14 • Church of All Saints Matching Grant Breakfast from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall, Holdingford. • St. John’s the Baptist Parish Annual Chicken Supper from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the church basement, Meire Grove. See ad on page 3. MONDAY, APRIL 15 • St. Joseph Parish Fish Fry from 4:308:00 p.m. at The Hub Supper Club, Burtrum. See ad on page 3. SATURDAY, APRIL 20 • VFW Auxiliary Annual Easter Egg & Bake Sale from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11 a.m. at the Melrose American Legion. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Meeting at 10:45 a.m. Potluck, bingo at

noon at the center. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 • Upsala Cooperative Telephone Association Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. at the Upsala Area School auditorium. • Fundraiser of Veterans Community Projects starting at 5 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. See ad on page 4. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 • Holdingford KC’s Spring Chicken Dinner Fundraiser from 3:30-7 p.m. at the Pelican Lake Ballroom, St. Anna. SATURDAY JUNE 15 • Munichfest from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER • Sundays at 1 p.m. 500 cards. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall. BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. FEET FIRST CLINIC • Meets every 1st Tuesday morning at Holdingford City Hall. FOOD DISTRIBUTION • Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution first Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING • Meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert.

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Plow History When my grandparents left Montana and returned to Minnesota during the depression, along with their personal possessions, the rented train box car included a collection of old farm machines. My Grandpa was a blacksmith and due to the depression, his customers did not have cash to pay him for his repair work, so he would be given their no longer used machinery as payment, thinking that the price of iron would increase or that he could use pieces from these old machines as repair parts for future blacksmith repair jobs. When we picture machinery in our minds, we think of something with wheels, gears and lots of chains and belts. Most of that old machinery was manufactured in the 1800’s and could be described as very basic. The first metal plows were simply a “one bottom” implement, pulled by two horses. There were two longer, curved handles on the back, which were used to

steer and regulate the depth. The farmer had to be quite physically strong to walk behind the plow all day. I wonder what he would say when the plow bottom hooked on a solid rock, flipped forward, scared the horses and needed to be righted, the horses calmed down and again lined up to continue to turn over the dirt. Not fun. The next improvement to the plow involved the addition of wheels. A wheel was sometimes attached on the front end of the plow, to help regulate the depth of the plowed furrow. There were also wheels attached to the sides to maintain control the plow and make it easier to move it around and maintain depth control. Sometime around the turn of the century plows changed again. Someone felt that the plow, if it was made stronger, would be able to have two or three “bottoms” be pulled by as many as four horses and have a seat on it, so the farmer could ride rather than walk all day. I suppose you figured it out, but the “walking plow” was soon left in the grove behind the machine shed. Farming is getting easier. In the earlier part of the 1900’s tractors began to appear on farms. These heavy, smoking monsters needed to be put to work, so they were attached to the front of the plows, there-by replacing the

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for his success. You have to have some fun. On July 15, 1973, the California Angels’ Nolan Ryan pitched his second career no-hitter (and his second of the season), a 6-0 shutout versus the Tigers in Detroit, with a major league record 17 strikeouts in a no-hitter. The “Ryan Express” was so on that day, Norm Cash came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and resorts to using a piano leg to get a hit. Home plate umpire Ron Luciano, nearly falling down laughing at this ruse, made him use a real bat. Cash flied out to left-field, ending the game. Communication is crucial. When Joe Pepitone first came to the Cubs, he told manager Leo Durocher he was fast enough to steal a base. So the first time Pepitone reached first base, Durocher decided to test him. First base coach Peanuts Lowery flashed the sign to Pepitone – a wink. Pepitone didn’t budge. So Lowery winked again. Still, Pepitone stood pat. Again, Lowery winked. This time, Pepitone responded. He blew Lowery a kiss. MLB manager great Casey Stengel had a unique usage of the English language that became known as “Stengelese.” He once said, “I’ve always heard that it couldn’t be done, but sometimes it don’t always work.” And he’s actually right. Stengel once sat on the board of directors of a California bank.

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According to the “Wall Street Journal,” Casey described his responsibilities this way: “There ain’t nothing to it. You go into the fancy meeting room and you just sit there and never open your yap. As long as you don’t say nuthin’ they don’t know whether you’re smart or dumb.” My version of this: You don’t have to take back words you don’t say. Mackay’s Moral: Baseball can teach you lessons to survive the extra innings in business and life. Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World,” and “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door.”


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To our friends, neighbors, parishioners, and the community: You have truly touched our hearts with your love, friendship, offers of help, and assistance, and the generous support you showed at the benefit raffle held on behalf of Scott and our family. It was a wonderful occasion and showed us clearly how joy can be found in even the darkest of situations. We are so grateful to all those people that helped coordinate and make the benefit possible, those who helped with the lunch, and to all the people that showed their support. Thank you also to the many business sponsors and donors who contributed to the benefit raffle. May God bless you all.

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four horses and giving the farmer a more comfortable seat on the tractor. Plows, designed to be pulled by a tractor soon began to appear. Fields got bigger and crop production increased. The one great problem farmers faced when plowing was rocks. The plow would hook into them and if they were small enough, the rock would move. If they were too big and they didn’t move, the plow and tractor would come to a sudden stop, causing the farmer to have an uncomfortable meeting with the steering wheel. The plow may also get damaged. A heavy spring was installed in the hitch to reduce the shock of hitting a rock. John Deere offered a “de-clutcher” that automatically released the clutch if the plow hit a rock. After several farmers had their knee damaged from the clutch lever slamming into it, most farmers took the device off and put it in the back of the machine shed. The next solution was to have the plow automatically unhitch itself from the tractor. This solution worked, but when the plow unhooks, the tractor will continue to move for a few feet, causing the hydraulic hoses to disconnect from the tractor and usually squirt hydraulic fluid before landing in the dirt. The next solution was the “trip


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A l v i n u s J. “Al” Thull, age 80 of New Munich, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 9 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Alvinus John Thull was born May 4, 1938 in New Munich, Minnesota to Alphonse and Anna (Welle) Thull. Al enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. On June 28, 1961 he was united in marriage to Marcella Schwindel at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Al farmed west of New Munich until his retirement in 2004 but remained active helping on the farm until 2011.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Leo Court 786 Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Two Cylinder Club. Al enjoyed fishing, reading and watching westerns, and enjoyed his trips to the Eagles Crossing. Survivors include his children, Duane (Rhonda) Thull of Oldham, South Dakota, Allan (Therese) Thull of Maple Grove, Judy (Rick) Rotzien of Blaine, James Thull of New Munich, and Dean (Delrita) Thull of Albany; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Roman and Donald Thull; and sister, Valeria Gerding. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Marcie Thull on May 18, 2017; parents; granddaughter, Jacqueline Thull; brother, Marvin Thull; and sister, Dorine Salzl. Serving as casket bearers were David Schwindel, James Schwindel, Jordan Thull, Matthew Rotzien, Benjamin Rotzien, and Jakob Thull. Cross bearers were Isaac and Caleb Thull and scripture bearer was Kristyne Thull. Honorary bearers were the Catholic Order of Foresters. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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profession in 1984. Throughout the 23 years, BC had the privilege of caring for 54 children from age 6 weeks to 12 years old. Following BC and Bud’s retirement – both in 1984, they enjoyed wintering in Texas for 18 years. She enjoyed fishing with Bud or just reading in their boat. Her favorite stories were murder mysteries and she always had a book with her. She also enjoyed doing handicrafts and making jewelry. Together Bud and BC traveled the United States making campgrounds their home as they explored. BC enjoyed spending time with her husband and had a great love for the family dogs - Bridget, Dusty, and Ginger. She will be deeply missed by sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Kathy Pendroy of Coon Rapids and Jerry and Joan Pendroy of Spring Lake Park; grandchildren, Heidi Pendroy, Sarah (William, I) Lane, Laura (Timothy) Rath, James Pendroy, Jenny (Matt) Lavigne, and Jodi (Jeff) Leirness; great grandchildren, Hailey Lane, William Lane, II, Maya Pendroy O’Toole, Liam Lavigne, Lyssa Lavigne, Holden Leirness and Linden Leirness; and many nieces and nephews who really loved her. BC was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Bud” Pendroy exactly 3 years to the date of his death, April 5, 2016; their infant daughter, Diane Pendroy; parents, Casper and Barbara Van Heel; and her six siblings, Herbert Van Heel, Isabelle Luskey, Albert Van Heel, Edward Van Heel, Florence Engstrom, and Raymond Van Heel. Serving as casket bearers are her grandchildren, Heidi, Sarah, Laura, James, Jenny, and Jodi. Cross bearer will be Hailey Lane and Liam Lavigne will be scripture bearer. Gift bearers included William Lane II, Maya Pendroy O’Toole, Lyssa Lavigne and Holden Leirness.

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Bernice “BC” Pendroy, age 88 of Sauk Centre and formerly of Grey Eagle and St. Paul, died quietly with her family around her on Friday morning, April 5, 2019 at the Quiet Oaks Hospice Home in St. Augusta, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf presiding. Interment will be held in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday before the funeral mass at the church. Parish prayers will be said at 7 p.m in the church. Bernice Marie (Van Heel) Pendroy, daughter of Casper H. and Barbara E. (Wogdoll) Van Heel was born, April 28, 1930 on the family farm near rural St. Francis, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, she was united in marriage to Charles G. Pendroy on September 16, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, Minnesota. Together, BC and Bud were blessed with three children, Diane, Tom, and Jerry. As a tiny infant, Diane suffered an untimely death which truly took a severe toll on BC and Bud. BC was a stay-at-home mom and 1960, the Pendroy’s took on a foster child, Allen. He was part of Pendroy family until his adoption in 1961. BC opened her licensed home day care in 1961 and retired from her day care

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Edmund “Eddie” Pohlmann E d m u n d “ E d d i e ” Pohlmann, age 95 of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his home in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating and Rev. Marvin Enneking concelebrating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose. Edmund Pohlmann was born May 25, 1923 in Melrose Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Joseph and Mary (Soenneker) Pohlmann. He married Bernadine Blommel on May 3, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. The couple dairy farmed north of Melrose until their barn burned in 1976. Eddie worked at Kraft Foods for 10 years until his retirement in 1987. He left the farm in 2011, moving to Rose View Manor where he enjoyed the company and activities of that community. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic

Church in Melrose and Sts. Bernard and Elizabeth Council. He and Bernie enjoyed traveling together, taking many bus trips and a few airplane trips which Bernie wasn’t too thrilled about. Eddie was an incredible caregiver for Bernie when her health declined. He was a blessing to many; his faith in God and commitment to his family and friends will be remembered by all who knew him. In May of this year, Eddie would have celebrated 41 years of sobriety, something he and his family are very proud of. He helped many in the community. Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Harald Moore) Pohlmann of Melrose, Lucy (John) Shonyo of Oronoco, Mary (Richard Loxtercamp) Pohlmann of Osakis, John (Sandy) Pohlmann of Harrisburg, South Dakota, and Jane (Sam) Salzl of Melrose; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sister Paula Pohlmann, O.S.F. of Little Falls and Marie Dobmeier of Albany. Eddie was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine Pohlmann; parents, Mary and Joseph Pohlmann; daughter, Ann Henderson; infant son; grandson, Adam Loxtercamp; brothers, Joseph Pohlmann and Lawrence Pohlmann; and sister, Valeria Boeckers. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Services will be Saturday, April 13 at 3:00 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albany, for Harvey O. Koglin, 98 of Albany. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 pm at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Krain Township. Arrangements are with MillerCarlin Funeral Homes in Albany. Harvey Otto Koglin, was born January 26, 1921 in St. Paul, MN to Walter and Elizabeth (Christen) Koglin. He was united in marriage to Esther Ehrlichmann on October 16, 1982 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. They made their home in Albany.

brother, Roger Raeker; sister, Mary Hance and daughter-in-law, Anne Raeker of Waite Park. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove State Hwy 4 S., Meire Grove, MN, with a visitation one hour prior at the church. Memorials preferred to St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund in Melrose, MN.

Harvey worked on the family farm, in bridge construction, and for Albany golf course. He also cut grass for the Village of Albany until he was 92. Harvey enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, trap shooting, playing cards, and bowling; once hitting a perfect ‘300’ game. He is a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Albany where he sang in the choir for many years. Harvey is survived by his brother, Howard (Janice) Koglin of Albany, sisterin-law Patty Koglin of Paynesville, step daughter, Enid (Floyd) Kalla of Albertville. He is also survived by his step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, step great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, a few cousins, and good friend Steve Bates. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Esther in 2005, brother, Raymond, niece, Bonnie Hansen, and step grandchild, Tom Johnson.

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After Al passed away in 2017, Lorraine moved to Parkview Center in Melrose. Survivors include her children, David (Sandy) Skaya of Upsala, Joleen (Mark) Schindeldecker of St. Paul Park, Ron (Sandi) Gangl of Becker, Shari Gangl (Russ Carlson) of St. Paul, and Amy Proell (Chad) of Mounds View; seven grandchildren, John, Shannon, Mary Beth, Rebecca, Dan, Russell, and Kayla; eight greatgrandchildren, Anthony, Deseree, Aaron, David Jr., Brooke, Emma, Meta, and Lilian; brother, Tom (Marlene) Vogel of Sartell; and sister, Mary Ann Arnzen of Melrose. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Alcuin “Al” Gangl; parents; and siblings, Loretta, Roman, Leander, Warner, Ervin, Elmer, Joe, Gene, and infant sister Viola. Memorials are preferred to the St. Mary’s School Education Fund.

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Lorraine V. Gangl, age 90 of Melrose, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the PattonSchad Funeral Home in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Lorraine Veronica Vogel was born June 6, 1928 in New Munich, Minnesota to Joseph and Catherine (Poepping) Vogel. On June 20, 1951 she was united in marriage to Alcuin “Al” Gangl at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Lorraine was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary. She enjoyed taking care of her many flower beds in her yard and garden.

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John C. “Clarey” Raeker John C. “Clarey” Raeker, age 96 of Melrose, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 5th, 2019 at Melrose Centra Care. Clarey is preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; parents; son, Thomas; brothers, Gerard, Wilfred, Harvey; sisters, Helen, Anella, Rosamond and Antoinette. Survivors include his daughter, Carol Lagermeier of Coon Rapids; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;

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Community Snapshots

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Water Songs with LPCO coming April 13

The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra welcomes the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Chamber Choir to the stage on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Prairie Grey Eagle High School Commons and Auditorium. Come, hear the youthful talent of the Chamber Singers, an ensemble only available to those who successfully audition for the ensemble! The two groups will perform together “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s opera Nabucco, and John

Rutter’s “Good Ale”. In addition, the orchestra will present Smetana’s Die Moldau, Douglas Wagner’s arrangement of “River Songs”, Johann Strauss’s “Hands Across the Sea” march, and selections from Handel’s Water Music. Leading up to Earth Day, this water-themed concert is free to all attendees! For more information, visit thelpco. org.

Upsala Senior High Student of the Month The Upsala staff are proud to announce Abigail Ripplinger as February Senior High Student of the Month. Ripplinger is the eleventh grade daughter of Myron and Kristy Ripplinger. Her siblings are Chris, Kayla, Katie, Myron, Jenna, Isabel, Noah, Morgan, and Benjamin. Ripplinger plays volleyball, basketball, and softball. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has consistently been on the A Honor Roll.

Ripplinger says her favorite class is Human Development because it is a small class and she enjoys learning about the growth of human, especially children. She believes her most valuable activity is basketball because it has taught her teamwork and confidence. She has grown close to her teammates and learned not to let little things bother her. Outside of school, Ripplinger enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and babysitting. She also likes to spend time outdoors. Ripplinger is employed at Lange’s and as a summer custodian at Upsala Area Schools. After graduation, Ripplinger plans become an Early Childhood Teacher. Her advice to her classmates is to have fun because the time goes fast.

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Upsala City April 1, 2019 Call to Order/Attendance: The City Council meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:00 P.M. The pledge of allegiance was said. On roll call members present were: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Brian Lange, Crystal Benson, Dennis Westrich and Lana Bartells. People present: MC Record reporter Sheila McCoy, Branch Services Coordinator for Upsala Wanda Erickson, Library Assistant for Upsala Jenna Miller, First Responder Secretary Garrett Doucette, Sheri Johnson, Don Trettel, Darlene Maciej, Public Works Frank Koopmeiners, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens. Minutes: Westrich moved to approve minutes from March 4, 2019 City Council meeting, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Bartells moved to approve minutes from March 14, 2019 Special City Council meeting, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously. Added agenda items: Benson moved to approve the agenda with the addition of Benson attending the LMC Annual Conference in Duluth, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Presentation, Citizen Appeals: Wanda Erickson acknowledged the Council for their support. She announced that Jenna Miller is the new Library Assistant for Upsala. She also was excited to share that the Great River Regional Libray is giving the Upsala branch three more hours per week; they will now be open Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Erickson also explained the library is doing a fundraiser for a pallet painting class with artist Rose Borman for kids. Their goal is to raise $500.00. Please drop off your donations at the library. Department Reports: Economic Development: Johnson explained that the DNR grant for the park improvements has been submitted. Stevens announced that Reva VanVleet resigned from CEDA; Tara Kohl is taking her place. Maintenance Report: Koopmeiners reported on water and

sewer levels. Fire Department Report: The Fire Department presented their February minutes. Open house will be Sunday, October 6; the first Sunday of Fire Safety Week. First Responders: The First Response Team minutes were presented. Doucette explained they had two major calls; one motor vehicle, and one fire. Their May meeting is moved from May 8 to May 7 so members can attend a Life Link training in Brainerd. The mock car crash is set for April 29; right before prom. Doucette also stated the department is looking at two more oxygen tanks for the team. City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the March Calendar. Lange, Westrich and Johnson will be attending the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Planning Commission: Lange updated the Council on what the Planning & Zoning Commissioners have been doing. UCDC: Benson shared the progress of Heritage Days which is set for August 9-11. The Wild Card Tractor Pull has been booked. The Fire Department will do the kids pedal pull instead of a fire department demonstration. Many food venders are signed up. Raffle donations are starting to be collected with raffle tickets ready by May. The Wild West Show is scheduled. All-Time Favorites has been booked as the DJ on that Saturday evening. Unfinished Business I & I Ordinance: Benson stated she would like to see inspections for Inflow and Infiltration done to homes before a home is purchased or rented. Assisted Living: Johnson reported that he has had positive meetings to get an assisted living in Upsala. Public Works Position: Stevens explained that she has received four applications for the Public Works position so far. The deadline is 3:00 p.m.on April 10, 2019. Benson suggested posting the position on Don Trettel also suggested posting on Minnesota Job Force. New Business: LMC Request for Resolution – Comprehensive Transportation Funding The League of Minnesota

Cities has asked cities in Minnesota to pass a resolution supporting Comprehensive Transportation Funding. Resolution to switch from Accrual Basis Accounting to Cash Basis Accounting Bartells moved to pass resolution 4-1-19-2, a resolution electing to move to the Regulatory Basis of Accounting allowed by the Office of the State Auditor, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. Change wages taken from Water and Sewer: Benson moved to have no wages taken from the water or sewer funds; to have all wages for employees be taken only out of the general fund, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Park Playground Equipment: The Council discussed what to do with the current playground equipment in the park if the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant goes through. The DNR grant would fund a new playset. Added agenda Items: Lange move to have Benson attend the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference in Duluth June 26-28, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Sheri Johnson shared with the Council the idea of a property tax rebate program for new-build homes. Don Trettel commended the Fire Department on their efforts at the barn fire last night. Acknowledgements The City greatly appreciates Wanda Erickson for her hard work at the library offering an amazing variety of programs for people in our community. On account of Wanda, the library hours are now extended! Starting tomorrow the library will be open on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm. Financials: Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously. Next regular Council Meeting, May 6. Leaf & Lawn Clean Up, Friday, May 3. City Wide Garage Sale May 17 & 18. City Wide Clean Up Day Saturday, June 1. Adjourn: Bartells moved to adjourn at 8:47 p.m, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously. Michelle Stevens, Clerk/ Treasurer

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Burnhamville Township will again be applying a dust abatement product on township roads where requested by residents. The cost is $ .75 per foot. The township will pay half and the requesting property owner will pay half the cost. Call by May 1, 2019 to be put on the list. Interested residents may contact the clerk at 320-285-2050. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Clerk, 33624 170th St., Burtrum, MN 56318

Notice to Residents of Melrose Township Important Information Regarding Property Assessments. This may affect your 2020 property taxes.

The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Melrose Township will meet April 17, 2019, 1:00-1:30 p.m., at the Melrose Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor. If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization. Cecilia Tylutki, Melrose Township Clerk

Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, As a business owner, how do you find a life balance between work and home? I have my own small business, and sometimes I feel like I’m putting in too much time at the shop and not spending enough time with my husband and kids. -Molly Dear Molly, The idea of everything being in balance, on an everyday basis, is a myth. It’s simply not possible to perfectly juggle every aspect of our lives every single day. The key, I think, is to strive for an overall balance over time. You know first-hand the long hours and how work can interfere with other things if you’re not careful. The answer lies in really being into whatever you’re doing. When you’re not at your shop or taking care of work-related matters, actively participate in conversations with your spouse and kids—and listen. Spend time with them! Turn off your cell phone when you go on dates with your husband and when you take your kids on outings. When you’re with your family you should really be with them. Then, when you have to work, chances are they won’t be so upset, and you’ll feel better about things, too! -Dave Dear Dave, Our son is 17, and he is in school. He has a good part-time job, and my wife and I started teaching him basic


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money management at a young age. He understands the importance of saving, giving, and spending, plus he is setting aside money for technical school after he graduates from high school. Do you think it would be an appropriate realworld exercise if we started charging him a very small amount in rent each month to prepare him for life when he leaves home? -Barry Dear Barry, I appreciate the fact that you’re looking for teachable moments, but I really think charging a teenager rent while he’s living at home is going too far. Now, if he was 28 or 29, that’d be a different story. But as parents, it’s still your responsibility to provide a home for your 17-year-old child. It sounds like you’ve done a fantastic job already of helping your son grow into a responsible young man. He knows how to work, and he has grasped the basic concepts of managing money. I meet people three times his age on a regular basis who still haven’t done that. With this kind of start, I’ve got a feeling your kid will be fine. I also think, with this kind of start, he has a great chance of becoming wealthy some day! -Dave * Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven bestselling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 13 million listeners each week on 585 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.

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The town board of Millwood Township, Stearns County, Minnesota will conduct a public hearing on the 29th day of April, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., at the intersection of 385th Street and 285th Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to consider and act upon the connecting of the final gravel portion of 385th Street with 285th Avenue. All persons interested in this matter are encouraged to attend the hearing. The tract(s) of land through which said road passes and the owners and occupants thereof, as nearly as we can determine, are as follows: Clarence Borgerding,

The West Half of the Northwest Quarter (W1/2 NW1/4) of Section Three (3), Township One Hundred Twenty-five (125) North, of Range Thirty-two (32) West; also that piece or parcel of land, described by metes and boundary lines as follows: Beginning on the line between the Southeast and the Southwest Quarter of Section Three (3) of Township One Hundred Twenty-five (125), of Range Thirty-two (32) at a point six and seventy eight one hundredths (6.78) chains north of the Southwest corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section Three (3) on the North line of railroad right-of-way; thence running North seven chains and fifty links (7.50); thence South Eighty-five degrees East One chain; thence South Seven chains and fifty links (7.50); thence North Eighty-five degrees West One chain to place of beginning, containing three-fourths (3/4) of an acre, more or less; the West Half of the Southwest Quarter (W1/2 SW1/4) of Section Thirty-four (34) and the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4 SE1/4) of Section Thirty-three (33), in Township One Hundred Twenty-six (126) North of Range Thirty-two (32) West, Stearns County, Minnesota.

Joseph Wiechman, Millwood Township Clerk

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson Significant differences to reconcile in short order for setting new state budget

One week of session remains before the Legislature takes its traditional one-week break for Easter and Passover. After finishing up business on Friday, we won’t be back in session until Tuesday, April 23. What makes it a bit more challenging this year is that Easter comes at nearly the last possible day in the somewhat complicated method in which it is figured. Something about the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. So, taking a week off just when preliminary work on budget bills has finished could be somewhat challenging. That means, when we return, only

four weeks will remain in the session. And there is lots of additional work to accomplish before these bills are passed in their respective chambers and reconciled in conference committees. The tentative calendar has those budget bills coming to the floor for initial votes during that first week back after recess, followed by the task of finding compromises that both bodies can agree on for a new two-year state spending plan. It won’t be easy. The House follows the governor’s budget plan pretty closely. That means a 20-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, a very expensive new program pertaining to paid family leave, and retention of the two percent provider tax. The Senate has said “no” to all these proposals and, in fact, the gas tax increase has been called a “non-starter” by Republican leadership. If you also take into account the additional tax increases in the House plan, one can see the vast differences that need to be worked out. I visited with a spokesperson from

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make donations to. The Nebraska Farm Bureau has also set up a fund to accept donations. Here is the address: Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Attn: Disaster Relief Fund P.O. Box 80299 Lincoln, Nebraska 68501 Rep. Anderson may be reached at his legislative office by emailing rep. or by calling 651-296-4317.

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Mon., April 15: Country fried chicken, country gravy, potatoes, squash, fruit sauce. Tues., April 16: Glazed ham, creamy potato bake, peas & carrots, dinner roll, lemon cake. Wed., April 17: Chef’s choice. Thurs., April 18: Sloppy joe on bun, baked beans, vegetable ranch salad, butterscotch bar. Fri., April 19: Closed, Good Friday. ~ Soup and Sandwich Menu ~ Mon., April 15: Soup, pork sandwich, salad bar. Tues., April 16: No lite, salad bar. Wed., April 17: Cream of potato soup, turkey sandwich, salad bar. Thurs., April 18: No lite, salad bar. Fri., April 19: Hearty vegetable soup, egg salad, salad bar. Dessert, milk and coffee served with each meal.

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BREAKFAST: Tuesdays & Fridays 7-10 a.m.: Eggs, meat, pancakes, French toast, pancakes, toast, biscuits & gravy, & beverage. No reservations needed. Mon., April 15: Chicken patty/bun, tritaters, dill glazed carrots, fruit cup. Tues., April 16: BBQ ribs, baked potato, garden salad, rosy pears. Wed., April 17: Roast beef, potatoes, gravy, baked squash, lemon sponge cake. Thurs., April 18: Chili, corn bread, fruit cup, sherbet. Fri., April 19: Fish patty/bun, oven fried potatoes, green beans, cookie. Bread, milk and coffee served with each meal. Call a day before you choose to dine. Upsala Community Center: 320-573-4435


Saint John’s Abbey invites applications for a part-time, benefit eligible position, 3 days per week, in the Abbey Retirement Center (night shift, 11 pm –7 am). Applications accepted on-line only at:

PART TIME HELP WANTED Looking for part-time help in a custom meat processing facility. Duties would include but not limited to deboning, cutting, and wrapping meat. Person(s) interested would be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen. Hours of employment would be M-F approximately 30 hours/week. Wage based on experience. If interested, call 320-573-2607.

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the Nebraska Farm Bureau last week and heard about the destruction caused by massive flooding in that state. She called it a “perfect storm” of conditions that came together to cause the worst flooding in the state’s history. Cold weather in the western part of the state, the so-called bomb cyclone blizzard, dumped heavy snow in that area. Warmer weather further east that led to large amounts of rain. The result was an incredibly fast thawing of the winter snow pack that, along with up to four inches of rain, simply devastated large parts of the state. Ranchers attempted to move their livestock to higher ground, however the water reached areas that had never been flooded before. In some areas, mainly the northeast part of the state, large amounts of topsoil washed away, which was replaced by up to six feet of sand and silt. Some of that ground may never be farmed again! A dam, called the Spencer Dam, gave way and broke, sending massive amounts of water, ice chunks and other debris cascading downstream. Whatever was in the way was either heavily damaged or destroyed - buildings, grain bins, roads, and bridges. Early estimates put livestock losses at $400 million, with another $440 million in crop losses. And that doesn’t come close to the damage done to infrastructure. Roads and rail lines washed out, deep gullies alongside broken-up pavement that used to be highways. Those damage estimates range into the billions of dollars. The need is great. Hay and other supplies have been coming into the state. And cash donations are also pouring in. The Red Cross has done amazing work and would be a good organization to

To learn more about these openings & how to apply visit the official Todd County website at or careers/cotoddmn. Questions can be directed to Todd County Administration (320) 732-6155.

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Bitz and Piecez -By Pastor Bitz Caretakers of the Vineyard – Luke 20:920 Jesus tells the religious leaders of his time a pointed parable hoping they will repent. According to the parable they were the ones entrusted to care for the vineyard that was built and entrusted to their care. The vineyard they cared for was the congregation of God’s people and their fruit matters to God. Too often the leaders of God’s people move away from encouraging people to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. When church leaders use their power and authority get what they want out of God’s people God has issues with that. The fruit God is looking for from his people is repentance which leads to salvation and eternal blessing of his people. “Surely Not!” is the response the scribes and chief priests gave when Jesus told them what would happen to the unfaithful leaders. Surely they knew best.

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Throughout time the Church has been used to gain political power. Even today church leaders try to harness the political power christian voters have to affect elections and political policy. Christians are called to be salt and light to the world around us but church leaders must be careful not to beat up God’s messengers when they are calling them back to their proper task of cultivating God’s people for God’s glory. Nowadays we have many church bodies all doing what they think is best for their vineyards. Division that is contrary to God’s will. Division that is unable to be resolved because some leaders refuse to heed God’s Word and act in God’s interest for His vineyard. There are and were authorities in the Church who would rather keep power than give God his share of the harvest. “Surely not!” was the leaders’ response to Jesus when he first told this parable. As we take care of our own redeemed hearts and minds we can fall into this same trap. When we beat up and reject the word of God because we don’t like what it is asking us to do, we are unfaithful caretakers of the vineyard. For God desires one thing from his church and his people and that is fruit in keeping with repentance. Far too many

Todd County Sheriff’s Office

March 31, 2019: At approx. 21:38, received a report of a head on collision on US 71, near County 6. While deputies were responding, they learned one of the drivers of one of the vehicles involved had fled the scene of the crash. The suspect vehicle was located by a sheriff’s deputy while on the way to the crash scene. The suspect had fled from the vehicle prior to the deputy’s arrival. Law enforcement searched the area looking for the suspect, but did not locate the suspect. The driver of the second vehicle involved was transported to the Long Prairie Hospital with serious injuries. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Minnesota State Patrol on this accident. Assisting agencies involved are the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk

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soul. That is the parable Jesus told, that is how it works. Surely if you reject the messengers and kill the Son you will not continue to be caretakers of the vineyard. Amen. This is a summary of the sermon delivered on April 7th, 2019 by Pastor Bitz at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle, MN. God’s Blessing!

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Centre Police Department, Long Prairie Police Department and Long Prairie Ambulance & Fire Department. April 5, 2019: At 09:45 a two vehicle accident with injures was reported at the intersection of County Road 11 and County Road 38. A white Nissan truck driven by Kenneth Bills of Long Prairie was going east on County 38 when he was crossing County 11 a red jeep Cherokee driven by Chad Gerding of Paynesville was going north on 11 and hit the Bills truck in the box area. Gerding had an adult male passenger and a juvenile passenger also, Bills was alone in his vehicle. Long Prairie Fire and Long Prairie Ambulance assisted a the scene. All parties were taken to Long Prairie Hospital with non life threating injures. April 8, 2019: During the week of March 31st through April 6th, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office responded to 183 calls for service. The following were the types of calls: 67 traffic stops, 20 civil process, 11 suspicious activity type complaints, 7 phone scams, 5 traffic complaints, 5 assist other agencies, 5 property damage accidents, 4 domestics, and 3 car/deer accidents. Todd County dispatch received and dispatched 106 - 911 calls.

church leaders reject Jesus because he calls them to repent. Surely Not!, surely those of us leading the church wouldn’t reject God’s Word to further our own gain. Yet far too often the Word of God is ignored, changed, or manipulated to leave us with their authority rather then God’s. Are we able through our own devises to save ourselves? I think not. So when the Word of God calls us to repent we should surely repent. When the word of God confronts our sin we should give God what he seeks and that is the fruit of repentance. Sinners took it upon themselves to have Jesus crucified and we still do it today. Today we are called to be faithful caretakers of God’s vineyard and repent of sin, turn to the Son and produce fruit in keeping with repentance and the gift of God will be the eternal well-being of our

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Swanville February Athletes of the Month

Swanville High School is pleased to announce its February Athletes of the Month, Hannah Schneider for Girls’ Basketball and Nicholas Mettler for Boys’ Basketball. Coaches’ Comments: “The February Athlete of the Month is Hannah Schneider. Hannah really picked up her play towards the end of the season. During the month of February, Hannah averaged almost 10 points a game. Hannah also played solid defense and rebounded the ball extremely well.” - Coach Aaron Gapinski “The February Athlete of the Month for Boys’ Basketball is Nicholas Mettler. Nicholas was the 6th man for us

this year, and was a great spark off the bench. He also started 8 games for us due to injuries and he filled in perfectly. Nicholas averaged 11 pts, 8 rebounds, 2 assists this year.” - Coach Derek Pfeiffer Congratulations Hannah and Nicholas!

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