Hometown News April 11, 2024

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AI: Creating tomorrow’s world

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a fascinating and rapidly evolving field that has the potential to revolutionize the way we live and work. Personally, I view AI as a tool that, when used wisely, can enhance our capabilities and improve our efficiency.

We are already using AI in many aspects of our daily lives, often without even realizing it. Whether it is asking Siri for directions, using Google to search for information or relying on smart home devices like Alexa to play music or set reminders, AI has become an integral part of our routine.

Forbes Magazine says, “By 2025, an estimated 95% of customer interactions will be supported by AI technology.”

It is important to remember that AI is a tool created by humans to serve humans. The goal is not to replace the human touch but to augment it. AI can handle repetitive tasks, analyze large data sets and even assist in complex problemsolving. Artificial intelligence can automate routine tasks, thereby reducing errors. This frees up human workers to focus on more complex and creative endeavors. But, AI cannot replicate the creativity, empathy and intuition that humans bring to the table.

Ginni Rometty, former CEO of IBM said, “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we'll augment our intelligence.”

With its ability to process and analyze vast amounts of data, AI can uncover insights and patterns that might be missed by humans,


• Melrose Stages Presents "Hello Dolly" at the Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center, Melrose. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30; Sun. at 2 p.m.


• 2nd Annual Lake Education Day from 8-11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 7.

• Friends of the Sinclair Lewis Library Presents Sauk Centre Reads Together at 12 p.m. at River of Life Church, Sauk Centre.


• Spring Fundraiser Lunch, Bingo & Raffle at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church Basement-Meire Grove See ad on page 3.

• Spaghetti Dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, Spring Hill.


• Grey Eagle Senior Center Meeting at 10:45 a.m. Potluck & Bingo to follow.


• Melrose American Legion Fish Fry from 4:30-8 p.m. See ad on page 3.


• An Evening of Rhyme and Reason at 6 p.m. at 510 Art Lab, Sauk Centre.


• Upsala Cooperative Telephone Association Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. at the Community Covenant Church, Upsala.

• Long Prairie Orchestra Symphony of Sound Concert at 7 p.m. at the LP-GE High School, Long Prairie.

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aiding in more informed decision-making. AI can drive product development and innovation, helping businesses to stay competitive in a rapidly changing market.

Artificial intelligence can also provide personalized experiences for customers, from chatbots that offer instant customer service to recommendation systems that tailor content to individual preferences.

AI opens the door to new technological advancements and business models, driving innovation across various industries. The initial investment of AI technology can be significant, and not all businesses may have the resources to implement and maintain these systems effectively. However, by automating tasks, AI can help reduce labor costs and operational expenses, reducing the need for manual intervention in certain processes.

Artificial intelligence, however, can be a double-edged sword. While it offers all the benefits I listed above, it also presents certain challenges that we must navigate carefully.

Susan Sly, a two-time AI startup founder who was voted as one of the top 15 women in the world in real-time AI in 2024, spoke to my Roundtable group, explaining: “AI is like a toddler right now. It will grow up to be a teenager, and you know what teenagers like to do – rebel. They do what you tell them not to do.”

The impact of AI on the job market will be severe. A McKinsey report suggests that 400-800 million jobs worldwide could be displaced by 2030 due to automation and AI. Also, an over-reliance on AI could lead to a loss of certain skills and a diminished ability to perform tasks without technological assistance.

During her presentation, Susan listed some of the jobs that will likely be going away, such as therapist, accountant, analyst, executive assistant, translator, medical assistant, fashion designer, paralegal, radiologist, teacher, journalist, editor, architect and influencer.

On the flip side, Susan said the people


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who work with their hands will have the most money and power in the future – construction workers, electricians, plumbers, surgeons and pilots. Good industries to be in include food preparation, transportation, fishing and farming.

This is a stark reminder that we must adapt and learn to work alongside these technologies. Those who embrace AI and improve their skills to complement machine capabilities will likely find themselves at an advantage.

Artificial intelligence systems can raise ethical questions, especially regarding privacy, surveillance and the potential for bias in decision-making processes. AI systems can be vulnerable to hacking and other security breaches, which could have serious implications if they control critical infrastructure or sensitive data. I suspect that’s what frightens people the most.

As we look to the future, the key is to approach AI with a mindset of collaboration rather than fear. By understanding its capabilities and limitations, we can harness its power to create a more efficient and innovative world while also safeguarding the qualities that make us uniquely human. The point is to team up with AI to multiply your own intelligence.

Artificial intelligence can be your best business ally or your worst nightmare. It all depends on how you integrate it into your strategy.

Mackay’s Moral: Artificial intelligence is where data meets destiny.

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.”


• Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.


• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion Clubrooms.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. (Aux. Sept.-May.)


• Meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany.


• Meets every Monday, weigh in starts at 8; meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle.


• Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building.


• 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall.

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“The Good Old Days”


Some of us have Emails appear on our computer on a regular basis. Sometimes they are amusing jokes, while the next Email will be very politically charged and the rest will probably be either full of good advice or just some more dumb jokes.

There was an Email recently that really got me thinking about the difficulties we, as seniors have, when trying to talk to the younger generation about the new equipment, concepts and terminologies that are part of our lives today. The terms used in describing everyday technology improvements and how fast they are part of today's language sometimes are quite confusing for us. The Email was a list of things that hadn't been a part of our earlier years without the inclusion of the new technology of today.

Our world started without some things like television, polio shots, Xerox, contact lenses, and the pill. We didn't know about credit cards, laser beams, copy machines, electric typewriters and ball point pens. Our classrooms were next door to a coat room that also included a mimeograph machine that made a sound like two large pieces of sandpaper being scraped together as they passed on an up and down regular movement. Yes, it was noisy, but that is the way it was.

There were no air conditioners, clothes dryers, dishwashers, pantyhose and no one you knew had a motor powered grass mowing machine. If grass was cut next to the house it was done with hand grass clippers. If, on Saturday evening, before your bath it was decided that you needed a haircut, you were subjected to a hand hair clipper that pulled about as much hair as it cut and it left about 1/3 inch of hair, so it was a shorter time till your

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next haircut. You had two pairs of shoes that fit, one was the everyday shoes and the other was the school and church shoes. The church shoes needed to be polished every Saturday evening.

Ways of living has changed. You remember your Grandparents needing to get married before they lived together. You remember your cousin, that had to go live in an institution in the Cities because she was “expecting." We were taught right and wrong, good judgment and common sense. We respected those that came home after serving their country. We respected the older generation for the good things that their lives produced to make theirs and our lives better.

You certainly remember when grass was either mowed or fed to cows. Pot was at one time a tool that Mother used to make soup. If you had contact with aids, you probably were talking to someone that worked in the Principal's office. Software didn't exist, but if it was said, it probably was in reference to knee-high boots. If you heard someone talking about a drone, you thought they were using the wrong word to describe a brown and white cow.

Today we are forced to use smart phones and computers to actually run our lives. There are many times when we can't figure out if we hit the wrong key or if we forgot to hit a key, but our connection to technology stopped. The best solution is to get to know a millennial (never heard of them in the old days) that is willing to help lead you through the hazards of our world's new technology. Be sure you get one that doesn't find your lack of technical ability stupid or funny. You don't need another thing in your life that is making you feel old.

For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

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From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

For those who don’t know, I like to play around with wood. I used to be a licensed contractor and I still dabble in home repair and carpentry jobs. But one of the things that pleases me most is working in my wood shop and creating things. I have two projects going on right now and as I was molding wood and shaping it to fit the project I am working on; I was reminded of how God molds us.

Isaiah 64:8 says “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter we are all the work of your hand.” I have only worked with clay a couple of times and that was in high school art class. But I can relate to this a little because at the time I was creating, I was the potter and whatever I decided to make is what came out (within reason, since I wasn’t very good). But my question as I was pondering this is, how does God mold us and what is He molding us into?

1 Peter 1:6-7 “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” We are molded and refined through trouble in our lives. But also, through His Word we can be changed and

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molded. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Here is my encouragement, praise God no matter what! Know for certain that your trials are for a reason and then stay in His Word, reading and meditating on His Truth.

-Pastor Bruce Miller from Swanville Bible Church, 320-547-2916

An Oops Funny

Seeing a homeless guy begging on the street, a woman took pity on him and gave him a handful of change.

"Thank you," said the homeless man. "Your generosity is much appreciated. You know my life used to be great, but just look at the state of me now."

"How do you mean?" asked the woman.

"Well," he explained. "I was a multimillionaire. I had bank accounts all over the world with hundreds of thousands of dollars deposited in each."

"So where did it all go wrong?" she asked.

The homeless man sighed, "I forgot my mother’s maiden name."

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Robert A. “Bobby” Terres

Robert A. “Bobby” Terres, age 67 of Spring Hill, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the CentraCare HealthPaynesville Hospital in Paynesville, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. St. Michael’s Men’s Society will pray a rosary at 4 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Robert Terres was born November 26, 1956, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Jerome and Mary Ann (Meyer) Terres. He attended Vocational Technical College in St. Cloud from 1975 to 1977 for carpentry. He was united in marriage to Jane Jaeger on April 29, 1978 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Bobby worked as a carpenter until 1982, then he and Jane purchased a farm west of Spring Hill and farmed for many years. In 2023, his youngest son, Brent took over the farm while Bobby continued helping on the farm and hauling grain.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and St. Michael’s Men’s Society. He enjoyed farming, driving semi, taking his side by side out for a drive, fishing, camping, and spontaneous visits to wherever the vehicle took him. He also enjoyed getting together with family and friends, and most of all, giving treats to his grandchildren and going to their sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Terres of Spring Hill; children, Jason (Tracy) Terres of Lake Henry and their children, Brady, Brooklyn, Jevan, Quentin, and Taelyn, Kelly (Scott) Lieser of Hawick and their children, Madison, Kaylee, and Chloe, Michael (Leah) Terres of Lakeville and their children, Lofton and Monroe, Brad (Bre) Terres of Elrosa and their children, Mason, Addilyn, and Sawyer, Brent (Maggie) Terres of Spring Hill and their children, Noah and Ella; brothers, Gene Terres of Minneapolis and Rick (Brenda) Terres of Spring Hill; and sister, Sharon (Gary) Thelen of Freeport.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome “Jerry” and Mary Ann Terres.

In honor of Bobby, wear your favorite flannel shirt.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Johnson, age 62, peacefully passed on to her heavenly home, while surrounded by family at her home near Upsala on April 5th, 2024. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at Community Covenant Church in Upsala, MN, with Pastor Steve Weihsmann officiating. Interment will be at the Community Covenant Cemetery in Upsala. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM on Friday and 10 to 11 AM on Saturday at the church. Caring for Mona and her family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.

Mona was born on January 26, 1962 in Minneapolis to Lloyd and Eleanor Johnson. Mona graduated from South West Minneapolis High School in 1980. She was united in marriage to Philip Johnson on June 28, 1980 in Upsala. Together they raised six children on their dairy farm in Upsala. Mona loved being a stay-at-home mother to her three sons and three daughters, her very own “Brady Bunch." Her home was always open to the friends of the Johnson kids too. Mona loved her hobby farm consisting of chickens, ducks, geese and goats. She adored her dogs, Wolfie and Phoebe. Mona stayed busy feeding the dairy calves along with other chores she inherited after the children left the nest. In her spare time, Mona enjoyed gardening, baking, antiquing, and decorating her beautiful farmhouse. Mona was an active member of Community Covenant Church in Upsala. She helped with Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, nursery, and Ladies Aide. Mona and Phil enjoyed retirement in their dream home, which Mona designed and decorated near Upsala. Mona was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January 2024. Mona lived her final months on earth with grace and dignity, spending time with close friends, family, and her nine beloved grandchildren. She continued to serve and trust in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior until God called her home.

Mona is survived by her husband, Philip Johnson of Upsala; son, Zachary (Sara) & children, Evan and Jacob Johnson of Plymouth; daughter, Alison (Jeremy) & children, Joshua, Noah and Luke Glaser of Maple Grove; son, Josiah (Jamie) & children, Laura and Logan Johnson of St. Cloud; daughter, Jessica (Jason) & children, Austin and Audrey Porteous of Scandia; daughter, Amber Johnson of Sunburg; son, Jedidiah Johnson of Fergus Falls; mother, Eleanor Johnson of Upsala; brother, Steven Johnson of Iowa City; and brother, Stuart (Ingrid) Johnson of Upsala.

Mona was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Johnson; grandparents, Bernard and Mabel Stenholm and Otto and Ethel Johnson.

Friedrichs, age 89 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Galeon Community Memorial Home in Osakis, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, April 10 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Inurnment will be held in the parish cemetery at a later date.

Robert Leo Friedrichs was born April 25, 1934 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Roman and Johanna (Koch) Friedrichs. He was united in marriage to Junetta “June” Becker on September 6, 1958 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River, Minnesota. Bob worked for Sauk Centre Recapping from 1957 through 1966. He purchased the city service station and operated it until 1968 when he founded Friedrichs Tire and Oil. Bob sold Friedrichs Tire and Oil in 1984 and started Bob’s Radiator Shop in 1986 which was located on his hobby farm. He owned and operated the shop until 1998. During these years, Bob drove Sauk Centre school bus for 30 years and after retirement drove Tri-CAP bus from 2000 through 2008. Bob and June bought 150 acres which they farmed until they parceled it out and sold 20 lots.

He was a member St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Bob enjoyed fixing old tractors, traveling, going to Bluegrass Music Festivals, camping, spending time with family, and loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, June Friedrichs of Sauk Centre; children, Dennis (Cherie) Friedrichs of Las Vegas, Nevada, Julie (John) Brau of Sauk Centre, Bryon (Kris) Friedrichs of Sauk Centre, and Patrick (Lynn) Friedrichs of Alexandria; six grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, Emily, Whitney, Jordan (Andy), and Jay; four great-grandchildren, Easton, Carson, Hudson, and Reagan; and many loving relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Evelyn Bisel, Marcy Heinen, Levern Friedrichs, Arthur Friedrichs, Arlene Schmidt, Mardel Libbesmier, and Richard Friedrichs.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

Magdalene Teckla Studniski

Magdalene Teckla Studniski passed peacefully in the arms of her parents on April 3rd, 2024. She was born at 12:47 p.m. weighing 5 lb, 1.6 oz, 18.11 inches long at the St. Cloud Hospital. Magdalene was freed from sin by baptism in the OR by Father Gregory Mastey and became a member of Christ incorporated into the catholic faith and church.

Magdalene was diagnosed prenatally with multiple congenital anomalies and entered into the Kingdom of God as a saint 5 precious hours after her birth. A beautiful baby girl was a faithful inspiration to her parents and touched so many lives in such a brief time. The love we shared with her will live on forever in our hearts.

Magdalene Teckla is the daughter of Troy and Marissa Studniski of Avon, MN. Magdalene is survived by three siblings, Tristen, Maria, and Trenten Studniski. Her paternal grandparents are Thomas and Theresa Studniski of Avon, MN, and her maternal grandparents are Thomas and Kimberly Garry of Fairmont, MN. Magdalene is also a beloved niece and cousin by many family members who were able to embrace and cherish her love on this earth.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna, MN. The visitation will begin at 9:00 on Friday until the time of the service at the church.


Beverly Jean Nathe

Beverly Jean Nathe, 87, passed away in her home on Easter Monday, April 1, 2024.

Born June 23, 1936, to Henry & Clara (Nieland) Roberts in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Bev attended and graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud in 1954. She was a proud Crusader. She married Gerard Nathe on May 25, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. They made their home in Avon where they raised their six children.

Bev would say her most important job was raising her six kids. If there was a school program, concert, activity, or sport competition for one of her kids, she was there. If they were involved in a group, she quite possibly organized or led it. For 25 years, she volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for her four daughters’ troops, and for 10 years she served as a Den Mother for her two sons’ Cub Scout packs.

Next to her family, Bev was possibly most proud of her work with the Avon Food Shelf. Growing up in a family with limited means, she embraced the opportunity to help others who may be hungry. In 1980, Bev was involved in St. Benedict’s Renew program which led to her being key in the founding of the Avon Food Shelf. Making sure families were fed was important to her. She worked as the director for many years and just recently stepped down from her role there. At Christmastime, Bev would deliver gifts to local families’ homes to make sure children had something under the tree on Christmas morning.

Bev was a member of the Church of St. Benedict for more than 65 years. Bev was a past director and member of the Christian Mothers. She helped form St. Benedict’s local chapter of the Catholic Aid Association. She coordinated the altar servers for ten years. Over the course of many years, she and her family ran the fishpond and the country store at the annual church bazaar. She and Gerry instilled in their children the importance of volunteering.

Bev became a salesperson for Avon Cosmetics in 1983 and worked part time at the local True Value.

Bev had a passion for most any crafting. She would proudly enter her embroidered dishtowels in the county fair. For many years she taught craft classes at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. Her love for crafting was matched by her love for baking. Banana bread, pumpkin bars, rhubarb crisp, along with many kinds of Christmas cookies were among her favorites. There was always an ice cream pail of cookies on the kitchen counter. Each birthday, family members would look forward to what special cake she was decorating for them. From Bert & Ernie to Barbie to fishing, they were decorated with love.

On three separate occasions in her lifetime, Bev cared for a sister battling cancer. In 1998, she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined to not let cancer beat her, she fought hard and survived.

Bev is survived by her six children, Geralyn Nathe-Evans, St. Cloud; Mary (Chuck) Merchant, Baudette; David (Amy) Nathe, Surprise, AZ; Vicki (Steve) Dawson, Fargo, ND; Paul Nathe, Avon; and Nicole (Zach Quamme) Nathe, Fargo, ND; 12 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerry, her son-in-law Dave Evans, her siblings Viola Barthelemy, Opal Waltzing, Bernice “Dolly” Heinen, Jeanette Marose, and Jim Roberts, and grandsons Charles Merchant and Jacob Dawson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2024, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon. Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will officiate with Concelebrant Reverend Edward Vebelun. Private burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be at St. Benedict’s on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 3:45 p.m. and Christian Mothers’ prayers at 6:30pm. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to Monday’s services.

Arrangements by Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home.

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Bernice Helen Carlson

Bernice Helen Carlson, 96 year old resident of Bowlus, passed away on Saturday, April 6 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus with Father Gregory Sauer officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the service. The burial will be held in the parish cemetery.

She was born on March 18, 1928, in Harding, MN, to Albert John O’Hotto and Margaret Mary (Hoppe) O’Hotto. She was also known as Auntie, Aunt “B” and Aunt Bert. Bernice’s life was filled with remarkable experiences and accomplishments. At the age of 14, she ventured to North Dakota to pick potatoes, beginning her journey of hard work and determination. By 16, she was operating elevators at JCPenneys in the Minneapolis area, and at 18, she joined Honeywell, where she contributed to the production of thermostats and military electronics. Her career allowed her to purchase a home on Lake Minnetonka, where she resided until 1983. Bernice then moved to Bowlus, Minnesota, and founded the B&B Café, a beloved establishment in the community. She was a woman of many talents and interests. Bernice had a passion for music, playing in bands during her youth and entertaining others with her harmonica skills at Diamond Willow. She was an adventurous traveler, exploring the country by plane, bus, and her conversion van. In her younger days, she excelled at snowmobiling and even won several trophies in races from the early 1970s. Gardening brought her immense joy, and her meticulous care for her lawn and garden was admired by all, including the residents and staff at Diamond Willow. It was said leaves, weeds and dandelions were afraid to come into her yard.

Bernice will be dearly missed by her niece, Kay Collins of Lincoln, CA; her nephew and wife, Rod and Deanna O’Hotto of Hillman, MN; special friends Kathy and Gene Bechtold of the rural Bowlus area; numerous great and greatgreat nieces and nephews; as well as the staff and residents of Diamond Willow.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Margaret O’Hotto; brothers, Reinhart, Donald, Harold, Eugene, and Robert; sisters, Evelyn, Madelyn and Janet.

Morrison Co. Sheriff’s Office

Tractor Accident: April 9, 2024: At approximately 11:14 am, received a report of a man that was run over by a tractor pulling a trailer at a residence off 85th Avenue, just north of Flensburg, MN in Pike Creek Township.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 22-yearold Albin Oldakowski of Little Falls, MN was attempting to get a tractor and trailer unstuck using another tractor and trailer. Oldakowski got caught under the wheel of the tractor that was being pulled out and was ran over. He was transported to St Gabriel’s Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital by North Air Care with unknown injuries.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Little Falls Police Department, Swanville First Response Team, North Air Care and Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

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Patrick Stephen Johnson

Patrick Stephen Johnson, age 64, passed away at his home in Albany on April 7, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. A service will be held Friday, April 12, 2024 at 4:00 PM at Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany. Visitation will be from 3:004:00 PM at the funeral home. A gathering of family and friends will be following the service at Millstream Park, St. Joseph on Friday.

Patrick was born on October 11, 1959, to Arnold and Margaret (Dykes) Johnson in St. Paul. Patrick worked as an assembly technician for New Flyer in St. Cloud. He moved to Albany in 2004 with “his better half," Jennette Goetsch. He loved fishing and was a Sound Technician for many years with his son, Aaron. For Patrick, music and playing his guitar were two of his greatest enjoyments.

Survived by his partner and friend, Jeanette Goetsch, Albany, daughters, Katie (Jesus) Johnson, Willmar, Deidre (John) Johnson, Appleton, Annah (Joshua) Dockendorf, St. Joseph, Angela Sexton, St. Cloud, Dezirae Keudell, Brookings, SD, and son, Aaron Keudell, Albany; sisters, Brenda (Jeff) Stensrud, Willmar, Kelley (Robert) Farrow, Minneapolis, Mary (Rodney) Johnson-Thompson, Williams, and brother, Patrick (Heather) Johnson, St. Cloud.

Preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Margaret, infant son, Patrick Jr., grandson, Demitri Sanchez, brother, Michael Gaye, and sister, Annie Johnson.

Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Crash: April 5, 2024: At approximately 8:35 a.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a report of a crash with possible injuries near the intersection of 4th Street West and River Street, in the city of Holdingford. The initial call was an automated crash alert from the driver’s cell phone indicating a crash had occurred. Shortly after this, multiple witnesses called 911 reporting the crash. Callers stated the vehicle was badly damaged and as deputies and medical responders were en route, the vehicle started to drive away. Callers stayed on the line with dispatch and followed the vehicle at a safe distance. The vehicle went into the ditch again where it came to rest just north of the intersection of County Road 9 and County Road 151.

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Deputies arrived a short time later and found that the driver, James Rusthoven, 61, of Watkins, was still in the vehicle. Through investigation, deputies learned Rusthoven was initially southbound on County Road 9 approaching the stop sign at County Road 17, when he ran the stop sign and went into the field to the south. He struck a sign at a high rate of speed and then drove out of the field. He then continued eastbound through Holdingford before going southbound on County Road 9. He then went into the ditch where he remained until deputies and other responders arrived.

Rusthoven was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Rusthoven was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Holdingford Fire Department, Car Co Towing, and Mayo Ambulance Service.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My husband and I are in a bad situation, and we’re thinking about taking my parents up on their offer to move in with them. We both work two jobs. I’m a medical transcriptionist with a small business on the side, and he’s a warehouse clerk who is also trying to get a business off the ground. Combined, we bring home about $70,000 a year, plus we have $80,000 in debt between credit cards and a car loan. On top of all this, our rent went up 18% at the first of the year, and we can’t afford the increase. Should we move in with my folks?


Dear Melissa,

I’m not opposed to families jumping into a situation together to solve a problem. That includes grown children moving back home for a short period of time. Sometimes, when the right people are involved (and proper boundary expectations are established and agreed upon), it can work out well for everyone. I just want you to be very careful that you’re not using a move like this to mask the real problem.

I’m going to shoot straight with you. The real problem isn’t an 18% jump in rent.

The real problem is what that rent increase revealed about you both—the fact that you have weak careers. You guys are like two hamsters in a wheel right now. Neither one of you is afraid of work. That much is obvious. And you’re working four jobs between the two of you, so there’s no lack of effort. But you’re not gaining any traction. You’re not making a lot of money, and the debt hanging over your heads isn’t helping either.

Your parents are obviously good-hearted people, Melissa. If you do this, I want you, your husband and your folks to go into it with this mindset—your stay with them is a brief stopover on your way to prosperity. Don’t go into this—any of you—with an attitude of the world is mean, rent went up, and we can’t make it out there. This is a safety net, not a hammock. Use this time to begin addressing your financial issues, and take a long, hard look at your career and income situation. If you use this opportunity wisely, you can emerge in a better place with your money and with getting ahead in your careers.

God bless you all!

Dear Motor Medics, I just purchased a 2021 Yukon with 80k miles. It was a dealer purchase, and I did follow your advice and have a neutral third-party shop perform an extensive pre-purchase inspection. After driving the truck for two months I have already had to replace the brakes and front struts and a driver’s side wheel bearing. Since I purchased it, my mail has been full of extended warranty offers. Should I think about an extended warranty? It seems like they all are promising different things and they cost a lot of money. Are my problems just bad luck or are these vehicles known for problems?

-Mark in Pipestone, Minnesota

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Dear Mark,

Well… that’s a lot of stuff going on there. The inspection was spot on. We highly recommend one every time and not from where it is being purchased. As for the problems you have had, they are all common issues at 80k on these but not always. They don’t set off our alarm bells. The warranties on the other hand do. While there are some exceptional extended warranty companies out there, there are many more that are not so great. A warranty is there to protect you and save you money, but they tend to be expensive and if they won’t pay for a repair when you have a problem then it does you no good. Read the fine print many times and understand what’s covered before committing to one.

-Take care, the Motor Medics

Dear Motor Medics,

I’m looking to purchase a used car for my high school senior who will graduate in the

spring. This will be her first car and we hope that it will get her through college and maybe longer. Maybe graduate school if we’re lucky. She will be commuting across the country to Arizona with trips back to Kansas several times a year. We want something that is good on fuel but also one that is safe and won’t break down but cheap to buy too. What are your suggestions.

-Karen in Salina, Kansas Dear Karen,

Although we get this question multiple times a year, it is still one of the hardest situations to deal with. We can’t simply point you in the direction of a used car model and say go for it. There are too many things to consider. In the end you must make the choice for yourself, but you need to be smart in your search. We suggest setting a budget first, then choosing a car she likes. Once you have several models chosen, look up fuel economy and consumer reports on the likelihood of repairs needed. You can then use those factors to narrow down the choices. Once you have them narrowed down look at the safety ratings and you can further narrow down the choices to just a few and at that point you should be able to settle on just one based on miles and price.

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Local Municipality Minutes

Upsala City • April 1, 2024

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: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Members Wendy Rene, Lana Bartells, Alan Gunderson, and Mitch Lange. Staff present: Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp.

Minutes: Rene moved to approve minutes from March 11, 2024, City Council Meeting, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.

Added agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.

Presentations: Ryan Schmidt from Schlenner Wenner & Co to review the audit.

Department Reports: Fire Department Report Chief Baggenstoss was absent, and Lange reported that bar bingo in Elmdale will continue until the end of April.

First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Haus reported ten calls for March. They are selling raffle tickets. The New members training started April 1.

Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the city. Tschida installed the new fluoride equipment.

Barry Johnson from Moore and Rob Layne from Kotzer Excavating talked about the timeline of the water project after the easements have been signed.

City Office Report: Popp reviewed the April Calendar.

Planning Commission: Larry didn’t have any updates.

Unfinished Business: Heritage Days: Rene moved to remove Lana Bartells and Michelle Stevens as check signers for the Heritage Days account and to add Tina Gunderson as a signer, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.

New Business: League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference – June 26-28 Discussed the opportunity if anyone was interested in attending.

City to donate to the Heritage Day Funds: Gunderson moved to approve that the city donates $5,000 to the Heritage Day Funds, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 4-1-2024-1 Sourcewell Grant for Dump Truck: Rene moved to accept resolution 4-1-2024-1 to submit the Impact Funds Grant Application to Sourcewell for a dump truck, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 4-1-2024-2 Donation of $2,500 from Upsala American Legion Post 350 for Heritage Day Fireworks: Lange moved to accept resolution 4-1-2024-2 accepting the donation of $2,500 from the Upsala American Legion Post 350 for Heritage Day Fireworks, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.

Public Safety Aid Bartells moved to accept the Public Safety funds of $21,180 to be divided equally to the Fire Department and

the EMS Team each entity will be allowed to spend $10,590 on needs that meet the eligibility requirements of public safety criteria, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously with Lange abstaining.

Acknowledgements: To Upsala Legion Post 350 for $2,500.00 contribution for Upsala Heritage Days fireworks.

Financials Rene moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.

Updates/FYI: Next Regular City Council Meeting will be May 6 at 7:00 pm.

Adjourn Gunderson moved to adjourn at 8:13 pm, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.

Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer

Grey Eagle Township • April 1, 2024

Call to Order: Mike Rohe called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Members Present: Mary Ann Primus, Mike Rohe, Alan Roering and John Young. Also present were Erv Herdering, Ron and Doris Frericks and Sharon Roering.

Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Mike asked if there were additions to the agenda. John made motion to approve agenda. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried

Approval of Minutes: John made the motion to accept the March 4, 2024 Township minutes with the addition to Taylor’s approval that they follow Township guidelines and that a supervisor be present to check on driveway installation. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion passed.

Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for March. Claims list included claims 3933-3947 for a total of $26,081.44. John made the motion to pay the claims. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mail included P&Z, advertising, equalization notice, and feedlot information. Short course date change. Weed meeting changed also.

Motion was made by Alan and 2nd by John to renew 10 month CD at 5.35%. All in favor, Motion carried.

The financial report was presented, Alan made the motion to approve the financial report, John made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.

Road and Bridge Report: John reviewed the work he had done on the tree and vegetation policy. He gave supervisors copies to review. Some discussion on how to handle costs for use of equipment- possibly get numbers from the County. Erv presented dust control costs for 2024, at .95 per foot for 18 ft wide application. John made the motion to accept the bid for dust control, Alan made the second, All in favor. Motion carried. The Township will be applying the same as last year, as many roads need gravel before dust control can be added. Gravel request from Milllwood Township on Stearns Line Rd, which is a shared road. John made the motion to approve having Erv add a 3” lift to that road.


Grey Eagle Township will be contracting for dust abatement treatment of gravel roads for the 2024 season. Magnesium Chloride Road Saver will be applied at the cost to the property owner of $47.50 per hundred feet by 18 ft. Cost sharing for 2024 will be limited to 400 ft. per property. If you are interested in having the gravel road treated in front of your property, send a check and a note indicating the area you wish to have treated and include your address to:

Grey Eagle Township PO Box 202

Grey Eagle, MN 56336

Product will not be applied until payment is received. If you have questions call Mary Ann Primus at 320-815-8224.

Mary Ann Primus, Grey Eagle Township Clerk

MELROSE TOWNSHIP Important Information Regarding Property Assessments This may affect your 2025 property taxes

The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Melrose Township will meet on April 18, 2024, at 3:00 pm, at the Melrose Township 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

Alan made the second, all in favor, Motion carried. Road check will be done on April 17th starting at 5 pm. Erv also presented his bids for gravel and blading-slightly higher than last year. John made the motion to accept the bids for gravel and blading, Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.

Public Comments: None

Adjourn: Motion to adjourn by Alan second by John. All in favor. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm Minutes not approved.

Additional agenda item: Topics reviewed from the annual meeting. Sign at BBL access, check with Township attorney on location of snow fence and possible repair of tar further on Brakken Road where holes are appearing.

Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer

Stearns Electric Association Annual Meeting

Stearns Electric Association hosted its 87th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Melrose Area High School Auditorium.

Three incumbents, Randy Rothstein of Richmond, Jeff Koehler of Belgrade and Jerry Fries of St. Cloud, were re-elected in districts 4, 5 and 9 respectively and will each serve one three-year term.

The results were as follows:

District 4: Farming, Zion, Munson, Paynesville, Eden Lake and Luxemburg townships: Neil Franz 73, Randy Rothstein, incumbent 259, Write-In 1.

District 5: Bangor, Crow Lake, Crow River, Getty, Glenwood, Grove, Grove Lake, Lake George, Lake Henry, North Fork, Raymond, Roseville, Spring Hill and St. Martin Townships: Jeff Koehler, incumbent 181, Jeff Peter 70, Write-In 0.

District 9: St. Joseph, Wakefield, Rockville and Maine Prairie townships: Jerry Fries, incumbent 271, Rick Schultz 144, Write-In 0.

Total voter turnout for this year’s election was 14.2%. Members in voting districts could vote one of three ways: online, by mail or in person.

During the meeting, Cooperative executives and Board President Eric Peterson an-

nounced Stearns Electric’s official plans to build a new operations center and headquarters facility in Melrose. Excavation work is expected to begin on May 6, 2024 with approximately 14 months of construction to follow. More information about this announcement, as well as details on an upcoming open house about the project, is available at stearnselectric.org/ melrose-facility.

Following the Annual meeting, the Stearns Electric Board of Directors held an organizational meeting. The following directors have been re-elected to serve as the Board officers:

President: Eric Peterson, District 8

Vice President: Randy Rothstein, District 4

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Cramer, District 3.

Over 250 members attended the 87th Annual Meeting of Stearns Electric Association. Members present received a one-pound block of cheese and one pound of butter as a gift from the Cooperative. Additionally, all members present at the meeting were entered in a drawing to win one of 10 door prizes, each valued at $100.

Stearns Electric also live streamed the meeting from its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stearnselectric. A recorded video of the meeting is available there.

Did You Know you can buy Trees from Todd County Soil Conservation District?

Todd Soil and Water Conservation District (Todd SWCD) has a tree and plant sale program. The sale typically starts around Thanksgiving for Spring pick up. We currently have Norway Pine, Red Oak and Lilac left in the inventory for Spring planting. To place your order, call 320-732-2644.

Unsure what type of tree would do best on your property? We have staff available to help you decide on your tree selection.

We have field technicians available for assistance in designing field windbreaks, shelterbelts and reforestation plans. We offer free tree plan designs and our site visits are free.

Todd SWCD offers cost share funding for planting field windbreaks and reforestations. Contact our office to see if we have funding in your area.

Cost Share funding, is not just for trees, cost share funds can be used on any project that is addressing Water Quality and Erosion concerns– such as, not limited to:

• Sealing unused wells

• Closing unused manure pits

• Stacking slabs

• Cattle Crossings

• Exclusion Fencing

• Shoreline/River bank Erosion projects

• Water Retention Projects

• Cover Crops

• Field Erosion

• Wetland Restoration projects

• Forest Stewardship Plans

Todd County also has a low interest loan

program to replace failed septic systems.

If you any questions about Todd SWCD programs, and/or would like to be put a on mailing list to receive the tree order, please call our office at 320-732-2644.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Goodrich, Hands of Hope Resource Center, Todd County

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Building Connected Communities,” calls on each of us to work together to prevent sexual abuse, harassment, and assault. We believe when anyone experiences sexual violence, every community member is affected.

We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence in our community. Our actions, big and small, have a ripple effect on those we teach, guide, and influence. From modeling healthy behavior to addressing inappropriate conduct, everyone can make a difference.

Changing beliefs which contribute to sexual violence starts with believing survivors of sexual violence when they share their stories. Remind those around you that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Seemingly small actions like this make a critical impact.

Get engaged this April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and join advocates and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence and create change for the future.

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Reminder, if your project consists of adding a bedroom, septic compliance and sizing will be reviewed. System are considered in compliance for 5 years after initial installation or for 3 years with a passing compliance inspection. Some septic and setback requirements will apply when adding on. We are happy to help you meet all requirements spelled out in the Todd County Planning and Zoning Ordinance.

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