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Discipline is the order of the day -By Harvey Mackay

Most people aim to do right; they just fail to pull the trigger. For whatever reason, they just don’t have the wherewithal to finish the job. They are lacking discipline. “Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure,” said the late motivational speaker Jim Rohn. It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general. Hope is not an option. The difference between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. Bob Knight, college basketball’s winningest coach, said: “It has always been my thought that the most important single ingredient to success in athletics or life is discipline. I have many times felt that this word is the most ill-defined in all of our language. My definition of the word is as follows: 1. Do what has to be done; 2. When it has to be done; 3. As well as it can be done; and 4. Do it that way all the time.” Julie Andrews put it a little differently. She said, “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind

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of order that sets me free to fly.” Arthur Rubenstein, one of the greatest pianists of all time said: “If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days of practice, the critics notice it. If I miss three days of practice, the audience notices.” Discipline is all about sitting down and setting goals, figuring out a schedule to achieve those goals, and then following your plan. The formula is the same for athletes, business people, and students: have a no-nonsense attitude, work hard and improve every day. Arrive early and stay late if that’s what it takes to get the job done. I always say to go the extra mile, which is one stretch of the highway where there are seldom any traffic jams. And few people are trying to pass you. It’s the old adage: the more you put in the more you get out. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good,” said Jerry West, the former Los Angeles Lakers great who was nicknamed “Mr. Clutch.” Health and fitness clubs get very busy at the beginning of each year. New Year’s resolutions result in large numbers of people joining, wanting to get fit or lose weight. What happens in February, March and April? The number of people at the club starts to thin out but the well-intentioned folks who lacked discipline didn’t thin down. Good intentions aren’t enough. People have good intentions when they set a goal to do something, but then they miss a deadline or a workout. Suddenly it gets a lot easier to miss again and again and again. Golfing great Byron Nelson said: “The only way one can become proficient at anything is self-discipline and dedication. The people who succeed are

the ones that really do not let personal feelings get in their way from giving their all in whatever they choose to do. The superstar golfers are people who are willing to do and give a little bit more than the others who do not succeed.” The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi maintained: “A player’s got to know the basics of the game and how to play his position. Next, you’ve got to keep him in line.” That’s discipline and what every good manager must have. It’s not enough as a manager to teach your employees how to do the work. You also have to provide the motivation that keeps them moving forward. Perhaps most importantly, a good manager must model self-discipline. To me it is better to prepare and prevent instead of repair and repent. I like the way Jim Rohn described discipline: “It is the bridge between thought and accomplishment ... the glue that binds inspiration to achievement ... the magic that turns financial necessity into the creation of an inspired work of art. “Discipline is the master key that unlocks the door to wealth and happiness, culture and sophistication, high self-esteem and high accomplishment and the accompanying feelings of pride, satisfaction and success. Discipline will do much for you. More importantly, though, is what it will do to you. It will make you feel terrific about yourself.” Mackay’s Moral: If your willpower doesn’t work, try your “won’t” power. 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,” and the new book “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us.”

Upcoming Events APRIL 23 • Schanhaar-Otte VFW Auxiliary Annual Easter Egg & Bake Sale starting at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post #101, 265 Co. Rd. 173, Melrose. APRIL 28 • Brat Supper Fundraiser & Silent Auction from 5-7 p.m. at the Upsala Community Center. See ad on page 8. MAY 1 • Hog Roast & Silent Auction from 4-8 p.m. at the Community Country Church, Holdingford. MAY 5 • National Day of Prayer Community Service at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. • National Day of Prayer Grey Eagle Observance at 12 noon at the city hall.

MAY 12 • Community Builders Meeting at 2 p.m. at the Village Café, Grey Eagle. MAY 17 - JUNE 21 • Helping Hands Outreach Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Holdingford. ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS • Meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Grace Alive, Albany. 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


FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL •Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP •Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. ST. ROSA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building. SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL • First Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Hometown News • Thursday, April 21, 2011 • Page 3

Birthday Open House

Birth Announcements

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Gary and Melissa Eisenschenk of Freeport are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Mileya Bryn Eisenschenk, born April 13, 2011 at CentraCare Health SystemMelrose. Mileya weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches in length. Mileya is welcomed home by her brothers Nick and Brett and sister Kelsey. Grandparents are Leander and Elaine Eisenschenk of St. Joseph and Alcuin and Louise Goebel of Freeport.

Mikhail Isaac Lieser

Josh and Linda Lieser of Sauk Centre are proud to announce the birth of their son, Mikhail Isaac Lieser, born April 18, 2011 at CentraCare Health System, Melrose. Mikhail weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. Mikhail is welcomed home by Dominic, Jayden, Isaac, and Keegan. Grandparents are John D. and Marilyn Nathe of Sauk Centre, Donnie Lieser of St. Martin and Kathy and Virgil Lahr of Paynesville.

Jody and Harvey Theisen of Albany are proud to announce the birth of their son born April 11, 2011 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.

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April 16, 2011: At 2:52 p.m. Kenneth and Lynette Smieja reported that their mailbox had been damaged sometime between April 15th at 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. April 16th. Suspects shot a hole in the mailbox using a 12 gauge shotgun with bird shot cartridge. If you have information regarding this incident, please call the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. This incident is still under investigation. April 17, 2011: At 1:22 a.m. a two vehicle collision with injuries was reported on Co. Rd. 103 at the intersection of 130th Street in rural Grey Eagle. Steven Meagher, of Burtrum, was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix with Holly Turner, of Melrose, as his passenger southbound on Co. Rd. 103 when they appeared to collide with Jeff Walker, of Burtrum, who was also southbound on Co. Rd. 103 driving a Pontiac Grand Am. Both vehicles slid into the ditch and over road approaches, with Jeff’s car rolling several times and him being ejected from the car. All three were injured and transported to the Melrose Hospital with Jeff being flown to the St. Cloud Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Steven and Holly were treated and released. Both vehicles were totaled. Alcohol and speed are the main factors in this collision. Assisting the Todd County Deputy at the scene was Grey Eagle Fire and Rescue, the MN State Patrol and the Long Prairie and Melrose Ambulance services. Criminal charges are pending further investigation.

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Cinco de Mayo celebration in Long Prairie

Obituaries Victor Sand

Services celebrating the life of Victor Sand, age 91, of St Anthony, were held Saturday, April 16, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. Victor died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. Victor was born August 11, 1919 in St. Anthony, Krain Township to Nicholas and Anna (Olberding) Sand. Victor married Rufina Theisen on September 4, 1951 in St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The couple settled onto the family farm and raised their five children. Rufina died in

December of 1994. Victor was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was proud that he lived his entire life on one farm. He cared for his cows and he loved his dogs, Yeller and Blitz. Victor is survived by his children, Bernadette (Gerald) Cummings, Boise, ID; Benno (Marlys) Sand, Excelsior; Marie (Timothy) Ostby; Spicer; John Sand, St. Anthony and Madonna (Erik) Reichman, Austin, TX. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Theresa Goebel, St. Anthony; Loretta Petermeier, St. Rosa; Lawrence Sand, Freeport; Vera Ritter, Melrose and eight grandchildren. Victor is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brothers and sisters, Henry Sand; Alfred Sand; Alma Pundsack; Richard Sand; Helen Sand; Alvina Koglin; Elrieda Kerfeld; Monica Ritter and an infant sister, Mary Sand.

Jax Robert Donabauer

Jax Robert Donabauer, infant son of Chris Donabauer and Melissa Wohletz, died April 17, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Riverside Campus in Minneapolis. A gathering for family and friends was held from on Wednesday, April 20th at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon. Jax was born on March 22, 2011 with omphalocele and although his time was

short, he fought strong until he went to rest in the arms of Jesus. He is survived by his parents, Chris and Missy of Avon; brother Ace; grandparents Galen & Karen Donabauer of Avon and August & Shirley Wohletz of Albany; greatgrandmother Virginia Pfannenstein of St. Joseph; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Flor y Canto, a spectacular nine member mariachi band will be performing at the fourth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Long Prairie. Flor y Canto means flower and song in Spanish and Cinco de Mayo means the Fifth of May but this years free dinner and concert will be held on Friday May 6th at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle high school. Serving for a dinner of traditional Mexi-

can food will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7:30. The meal is free At 6 p.m. children will show off beautiful traditional clothing. During this time there will also be face painting for small children. At 7:00 p.m. Flor y Canto will take the stage and entertain people until the end of the evening at 8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to this wonderful free event compliments of the Long Prairie community and the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School District. Cinco de Mayo is a unique celebration with its roots both in Mexico and the United States. Come and share this celebration of community and history with us.

Staples Area Men’s Chorus celebrates end of season with concert at Landmark Inn

Upcoming Wellness Class scheduled

A Wellness Class covering Detoxification, Reducing Environmental Toxins, Obesity and HCG - the Fat Burning Diet on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 5:15-7 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church basement in Freeport.

This class is presented by Dr. Deb Proechel, chiropractic and naturopathic physician. The program is free. Please pre-register by calling 320-836-7150 or 888-827-7859 prior to 10:00 a.m. on the class date.

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Come and enjoy an evening with the Staples Area Men’s Chorus on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Inn in Staples. The annual end-ofthe-season concert has a new venue and a new format. The Landmark Inn located at 631 3rd Ave. NE in Staples will host the concert, and the venue seats 200. The concert will celebrate the release of the SAMC’s new CD, Let the Music Rise. Tickets are available online at or from chorus

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members. The chorus will sing some songs from the new CD including the title song; Let the Music Rise, Loch Lomond and I Have Had Singing. For the afterglow, the chorus will sing some lighter music including Pirate Song and There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame. The chorus is directed by Steve Hoemberg. The CD, Let the Music Rise, will be available for purchase at the concert.

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Hometown News • Thursday, April 21, 2011 • Page 5

Facing Fear: My Triumph in a Taxi -By Saralee Perel

“You can do this,” my husband said, as we were about to get into the back of a New York City cab. “No, Bob. I can’t.” Monstrous claustrophobic tentacles were rearing their hideous suction cups. We were standing in line outside Penn Station. Taxis pulled up, one after another in a whirlwind and whisked everyone, including the women and children, away. What we tell ourselves influences our behavior. And I was giving myself all the wrong messages. As our turn in purgatory approached, I thought, “I’m going to have a panic attack in the cab, and (here’s the important part) I won’t be able to handle it.” This is the same thing that lots of people go through in elevators, dentist offices and airplanes – the fear of the fear. I continued my, “No, I can’t!” thinking. I imagined myself in the tiny space in the back seat with my huge suitcase on my lap smushed up against my face so I’d suffocate and die. This figures, I thought to myself. All this time I’ve assumed I’d die in a car crash, an airplane or from some horrible contagious disease. Instead, I’ll be snuffed out by a Samsonite. Of course, my body systems began to sky-rocket into a full flight or fight panic response. “Breathe,” Bob said. “I am,” I said defensively. “I’m just not breathing out.” “Breathe,” he repeated. “And focus.” “I’m not having a baby, Bob!” I screamed. “I’m having a panic attack.” And so, we walked the eight blocks to our hotel, I was filled with self hatred. This “relapse” as therapists would call it, was, in my mind, going to be permanent. I started to cry as we lumbered with our suitcases down the crowded avenue. I was a pathetic sight, tears dripping down my face. I stopped and put my bags down. “Wait,” I said to Bob. He looked at me with anguish on his face. “It’s ok,” he said, wiping my cheek with his fingers. “No. It’s not. Everybody in the world can get in to a cab but me.”

I watched as cabs sped by, knowing they were forever off-limits to me. And that’s when the miracle and the magic happened. Bob, always mysteriously simpatico, put his arm around my shoulder. “Everybody’s afraid of something,” he said. He saw me eyeing the cabs. “You don’t have to do it, but if you wanted to, how would you pull it off?” “With a whiskey IV.” “I mean it.” I tried to remember what had worked for me in the past. “I’d tell myself that anxiety symptoms are just that and that I’m not insane. And I’d say that the symptoms feel terrible but they won’t last.” He nodded encouragingly. Now I was on a roll. I pictured myself in the taxi, not necessarily in a calm state, because I knew realistically that was not likely to happen this time. Instead I saw myself looking out the window, feeling quite anxious, but (and this is the important part) knowing I could handle it. I wasn’t going to go crazy or have a heart attack or whatever my fillin-the-blank terror would be. Becoming calm wasn’t necessarily my goal. Doing what I wanted in spite of and along with the anxiety was. I wanted to hail a cab. I took one step toward the sidewalk. The prickly heat of tension covered my arms. I stopped. “I’m not letting you win,” I growled silently to my demons. I took two more venturing steps ahead. I forced my arm in the air and a cab slowed down. My knees lost most of their strength but they still held me up. I turned back. “I can’t do it for you,” Bob said. “It has to be your victory.” And with the hard steel look of an Olympian sprinter poised in the ready, I heard the starter gun go off in my head. With my level of terror only matched by my level of determination I raised my arm. The cab stopped. I opened the door quickly before I could talk myself out of it. “I am doing this come hell or high water or anything you want to throw at me, you lousy panic monster!” The symptoms came on like a rushing army. “I can tolerate it,” I thought. My heart pounded; my body shook. I felt the dread of impending doom. “Nothing’s going to happen,” I said like a mantra. “These sensations can’t hurt me.” My breathing became rapid and shallow. “You’ve been through this a hundred

times before,” I said to myself. “Breathe from your diaphragm. Long deep breaths to the slow rhythmic count of four. That will take you down. It always does. Just wait it out.” “I can’t handle this!” I began to think. “Don’t listen in,” I said back to myself. “Concentrate on your breathing. You can handle this. It’s an adrenaline rush and I promise it will pass.” And then I added, with a loving whisper to my frightened brave soul, “I am so very proud of you.” We made it to the hotel. I had given myself well-rehearsed “Yes, you can,” messages. And it worked. Now lots of people might not think it takes courage to get into a cab. Not compared to scaling a mountain or speaking in front of two hundred people. But it’s all the same. I believe everything in this life is what we make of it in our hearts and our heads and therefore our actions.

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Community Snapshots

The Grey Eagle Seniors held their 7th Annual Rock-A-Thon last Saturday. Due to the support of the community and the surrounding area, the project raised $4,500 and that amount will cover the operating expenses of the Senior Center for a year. Photos submitted by Harry Grammond.

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Pictured are the Upsala Elementary School students that participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge on March 11 at Sauk Rapids Middle School: (front, from left) Rachel Prom and Parker Barth; (back) Adviser Mr. Herbes, Joshua Schlumpberger, Eric Koetter and Ben Blonigen. Submitted by Mark Herbes There were 34 teams of students that competed individually and as a team on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition. Blonigen, a sixth grader, placed eighth in the individual round and the team finished fourth. Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth-grade competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition was expanded to include sixth-graders. This year, there are about 4,000 fifth-and

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

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By Jon Kringen, LPGE Superintendent How can you afford to do something when you are cutting the budget? One of the interesting parts of my job is responding to questions from members of the communities we serve. This week’s column will address the relatively frequent question of how we can pave a parking lot or install carpet when we are reducing the budget? One aspect of school finance that many people find frustrating and do not understand is the concept of “fund accounting”. Essentially, school fund accounting describes the various pools of money that schools use to keep track our expenditures. Minnesota has twelve (12) funds to account for school expenditures. The General Fund is the most common and is used to pay for most of the school’s expenses including salary, benefits, utilities, supplies, etc. Our District uses Food Service, Community Education, Debt Service and Trust Fund. Sub accounts for each of the twelve funds above include unreserved accounts that can be used for any expenditure in the account. The General Fund has an Unreserved balance which is essentially the District’s savings account. The most interesting are the Reserve Accounts such as Deferred Maintenance. Deferred Maintenance is a relatively new fund created by the legislature that allows schools to levy a small amount of money (it is an equalized levy) to fund certain projects that fall under the category of deferred maintenance. The use of this fund is limited to very specific projects. We use this fund to pay for maintenance types of projects such as parking lots and carpet replacement. This fund cannot be used for any of the general fund expenses such as salary and benefits. Another interested Reserve Account is Operating Capital. Operating Capital can only be used for things such as equipment and books; like the Deferred Maintenance account, it cannot be used for General Fund expenses such as salaries and benefits. We also have balances in our reserved fund accounts such as Disabled Accessibility, Safe Schools and Severance Pay. All of these balances are included in the overall fund balance but can only be used for specific purposes. The intent of this week’s column is simply to explain why the District can spend money in some areas when we do not have funds for other expenses. Some have questioned why the school can repair parking lots and/or buy equipment when we are laying off staff; the answer is that the money we are using to make repairs and replace equipment is coming from funds that are not used to pay teacher salaries. This is the system created by the legislature and we must use the system.

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Local Municipality Minutes Burnhamville Township March 29, 2011 The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville Township was held March 29, 2011 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Clerk Shirley Hulinsky. Members present include Supervisors: Mike Berscheit, Bruce Johnson, Louis Thompson; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky; and Treasurer Pam Throener. Others present: Erv Herdering. Newly reelected officers were sworn in before the meeting. Sup. Thompson made a motion to appoint Sup. Mike Berscheit as chairman for this year. Sup. Johnson seconded the motion. Sup Johnson made a motion to appoint Sup. Louis Thompson as vice-chair for this year. Sup. Berscheit seconded the motion. Motions passed. Sup. Berscheit made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2011 regular meeting. Motion seconded by Sup. Thompson. Motion was made by Sup. Johnson to pay all bills numbered 4461 through 4478: Rev. $2,519.31, R&B $5,199.40, Fire $8,873.50. Sup. Berscheit seconded the motion. Motions passed. Correspondence included notification of the Todd County Association of Township Officers meeting on April 14th at 12:30 p.m. and a report on the county bridge inspection. The board received phone calls about items in the roadway on Forrest Lane. As this is not a road maintained by the township the board has no jurisdiction There also was a request from the Todd County administrator asking for support of county wide broadband services. Sup. Berscheit made a motion to pass resolution #2011-01 supporting the Todd County Fiberband Initiative. Seconded by Sup. Johnson. Motion passed. A copy of the resolution is on file in the clerks office. An update of the Long Lake project done by the Swanville Lions and supported by the DNR was given. It is hoped to do the project in June or July. The board heard a report on the county weed inspection meeting and copies of the material were shared. Several rules were changed for this year. The board will gather more

gravel and grading quotes and will award the contracts next month. Contractors will be asked for class #5 gravel test. The dust control contract was awarded to Herdering, Inc., with a price of $.68 per foot at 18 feet wide, on a motion by Sup. Thompson and a second by Sup. Johnson. The board will also seek ditch mowing quotes. Dust control was discussed and decided to do same as last year. Residents on 150th St. will be covered by the neighboring township spraying. Road inspection was set for Friday, April 15th at 2:30. Township clean up day is set for Saturday, May 21st from 9 until 11 a.m. and will be held in conjunction with the City of Burtrum. The board heard a report on the officer training day. Wages for all board members will remain the same as last year with mileage following IRS rules. Long Prairie Leader will be the official newspaper and Hometown News will be used as another notification of township business. Gopher bounty will remain at $1 per tail for gophers trapped in Burnhamville Township. First State Bank of Swanville and Central Minnesota Credit Union will be the official depositories. Motion by Sup. Berscheit to approve the new year designations. Sup. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion passed. Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $150,867.13 before tonight’s bills. The report was approved on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and seconded by Sup. Thompson. Motion passed. A motion was made by Sup. Johnson to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Sup. Thompson. Motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m. Next regular meeting will be on April 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Burtrum Community Center. These are unofficial minutes. Shirley Hulinsky, Clerk Upsala City April 11, 2011 Pursuant to due call and notice thereof; the city council of the city of Upsala met in regular session on April 11 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Upsala City Hall. Present: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Robert

Maciej, Joan Olson, Lynn Depa, Brian Lange. Staff Michele Caron, Clerk and Frank Koopmeiners, Maintenance. Agenda Reviewed: Motion made by Lange to accept agenda as presented, second by Maciej; unanimously carried. Minutes Reviewed: Motion made by Lange to accept minutes as presented, second by Maciej; unanimously carried. Visitors, Requests, Petitions: David Drown from Drown and Associates financial services for municipalities attended to speak regarding the Tax Increment Financing possibility for the café’ property. The TIF district allows the city to collect the difference between what the average taxes were on the property and the new taxes and use it for a set amount of years to pay back expenses for their investment into making the property a viable space. There is a 30 day review period for the school and the county. Motion by Johnson to adopt the resolution to call a public hearing on June 1st at 7:00 p.m. addressing the creation of the TIF District, second by Maciej; unanimously carried. Mr. Drown discussed his fees for assisting the city in the creation and implementation of the district. This is a small project by comparison of others and his fee is less than usual due to that factor. Motion by Johnson to hire David Drown at $3,500 second by Olson, unanimously carried. Bill Krivanek, Community Center update: Progress on the HVAX plans was reviewed. Motion by Johnson to approve the lease from May 1 2011-April 30 2013,with electric, heating fuel, and propane are included as the city liability, and leasehold improvements the Community Center responsibility, second by Olson; unanimously carried. Jeremy Carlson: Addressed the council regarding the use of golf carts in town. We have an ordinance that addresses this use. The clerk agreed that one place it states Minnesota Drivers license and another valid driver’s license. Jeremy asked the Minnesota requirement be removed. He was also questioning the use of a large slow moving vehicle sign. Lange suggested reflectors are more important than slow moving vehicle signs. The golf cart ordi-


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nance will be revisited at the May meeting after the clerk researches reflectors, permit and fee and Rollie will call Avon regarding the general use in town. Maintenance Report: Water down and Sewer up by one hour at 4.32 hrs per day. Infiltration of water into lines creates an increase in sewer. Thien Well submitted the cost of refurbishing well number three at $7,000-$9,000. According to our records the last service to the wells was several years ago. Motion by Johnson to approve rehabilitation of well number three with Thien Well Company, second by Lange, unanimously carried. • Consumer Confidence Drinking Water Report: Is posted on the website under April Council Minutes, attached to copies at the Community Center and Library, and a full version will be posted in the city hall window once the current posting comes down. Hard copies are available from the clerk’s office by request. Our drinking water is safe to drink, and the details are in the report. • Items in the Park: Depa presented pictures of grills that are rusted out and appear to not be used. Frank will remove them. Canopy on playground needs to be removed. Lange suggested the city pay for materials for a possible Boy Scouts project to build a roof over that area. The canopy does not last long once it is replaced. • Borgstrom Street Parking: The no parking on the area by the school became an issue several council members heard about. The discussion was whether or not it should be year round or just in the winter. Motion by Lange to amend the no parking to “from November 1st through March 31st to allow for plowing, and no parking between signs placed near the driveway to allow for good visibility, second by Maciej; unanimously carried. • Minnesota Department of Health: Annual inspection report recommends protective posts or other barriers to protect against accidental damage by vehicles. • Flags: Frank will be taking down decorations and putting up flags. He will let Rollie know what numbers of flags need replacing. • Training: Frank at certification training on April 20th. • Vacation: Frank on vacation June 12th-21st. Julian will cover for him. • Upsala Signs: Signs attached to Upsala population signs are fading. Slow children at play need two. St Mary’s no parking along street three. • Fire Department Report, Lange and Koopmeiners: Kubota all terrain vehicle purchase tabled as the department is discussing options. • First Responders ordered items from the donation received by the Lions. • Burning Ban begins Friday the 15th of April.

• Train the Trainer classes on radio changes. Jay and Brian will be taking them and training for fire department members will follow. Planning Commission, Lange and Johnson: Minutes April 6th meeting discussed café and a resident requested use of a commercial rented storage bin when moving into town. The clerk spoke to him and confirmed it is o.k. as long as setbacks are adhered to. It is temporary to hold personal items when moving into town. Upsala Community Development Commission: Planning meeting needs to be held to review the mission of the group. • Heritage Festival discussion. • Basketball court locations in the park with a simple hoop and backboard area and probably half court. • Next meeting May 2nd • Informational meeting May 11th 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on Heritage Festival. Recreation Building Board, Johnson: Minutes Review from April 5th. • Toning Plus putting in security camera by bathroom area and wondering if the city would be willing to pay for the cost of the camera and/or installation. Discussion. The council appreciates the idea of security but at this time will not be able to help the group fund the camera system. • Lean area-Lions will be constructing it with a new concrete pad for everyone’s use by the concession stand. Motion by Lange to approve the project, second by Maciej; unanimously carried. • Painting and lighting of horseshoe and archery area discussed. The current wall coverings may be hard to cover with paint. There may be a covering that could go up that is less maintenance and costs the same. • Animal Ordinance: Tabled. • Uptown Café’: List of tasks to be handled. Waiting for State to award the county that the city may purchase it. Need to claim the TIF District. Waiting for Title to clear. Minor amount of asbestos abatement before demolition. Liquor license amendments public hearing to amend ordinance to allow a change in distance from church. Public Hearing to be held same day as TIF District June 1st at 7:00 p.m. items inside of Café to be offered to Ms. Haux once we own it and then the remaining sold. New Business: Lawn and Leaf Day May 6th leaves bagged and sticks tied in bunches at curb 8 a.m. • Spring Clean Up Day June 4th general rubbish, appliances, tires, etc. Reminders will be on utility bills and Recreation Building Sign. Miscellaneous: Clerk’s office hours, staffing, wages discussed. The issue will need to be reviewed in the future by the council. Meeting adjourned 11:30 p.m. Michele Caron, CMC/MCMC

Grey Eagle City April 12, 2011 The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Jim Gohman at 7:00 p.m., on the 12th day of April, 2011 in Council chambers. Council members present were Thom Muellner, Dennis Barrett, Andrea Kraska and Joe Arnzen. There were no members absent. Also in attendance were Maintenance Supervisor Doug Goodrich, Fire Chief Bill Berscheit, Clerk Lori Hellmann and guests Virginia Hansmann and Harry Schramel. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2011 meeting as written. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve a building permit for Virginia Hansmann to build a deck to the front of her house, with all set back requirements being met. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The following Fire Department items were discussed: 1. Joe has been attending meetings regarding the 800 MZ radios. A grant has been obtained for the radios but does not include the cost of installation. It has not yet been determined what the potential cost to the City may be. 2. The Fire Department will be looking for bids to modify a 500 GPM pump that would enable them to pump lake water. 3. The new air packs will be put into service once training takes place. Mayor Jim Gohman opened discussion of the parking issue by stating that this issue was not initiated by him or any family members. Several complaints have been received resulting in action needing to be taken. After gathering information from the City Attorney, it was the consensus of the Council that the current parking ordinance be enforced. The Council would like residents to be aware that parking on ANY City street is limited to 48 hours. Any vehicle parked for longer than 48 hours will result in the Sheriff’s Department being notified. The following Maintenance items were discussed: 1. Estimates are being obtained for sewer jetting. 2. Sweeping City Streets was discussed. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to have the City streets swept at the lowest cost between Astech and Caldwell Asphalt. A

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Residents of Burnhamville Township Dust Control for 2011

The Township will again be applying a dust control product on township roads where requested by residents. The cost is $ .68 per foot. The township will pay half and the property owner will pay half the cost. Interested residents may contact the clerk at 320-285-2050. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville clerk


Grey Eagle Township will be contracting for dust abatement treatment of gravel roads during the month of May. Magnesium Chloride suppressant will be applied at the cost to the property owner of $34.00 per hundred feet. 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 320 285-4551. Mary Ann Primus, Grey Eagle Township Clerk April 7, 2011

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second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. 3. An estimate was obtained for a 48” snow blower that could be installed on the street sweeper/ lawnmower from Midwest Machinery at the cost of $3,300. All existing equipment would work and there would be no added items needed for installation. 4. The Council discussed whether to purchase another snow plow truck or purchase an F450 truck and equip it with a plow. The purchase of an F450 would enable year round use rather than just during the winter months. It was the consensus of the Council to go with an F450 and Doug will come up with cost estimates for Council approval. 5. The old snow plow truck will be advertised for sale by sealed bids. Bids can be with or without the plow and wing. Bids will be accepted until Friday, May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., at the Clerk’s office. A motion was made by Dennis

Barrett to purchase the snow blower from Midwest Machinery. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. 6. Repair to a gate valve on Cedar Street South was discussed. The Mayor reported that the school would like to use the ball field for three high school games. Stan would do the necessary ground preparation if the City would make sure that the bathrooms were open. There is also a possibility of some use of the ball field for travelling teams during the summer months. The Council addressed complaints regarding dogs. The Council would like to remind residents that dogs are to be kept on a leash or on the premises at all times and not allowed to roam free. Letters will be sent to individuals in violation of the ordinance. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to authorize a letter of support for broadband services for Todd County. A second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor,

Local Library Events

Albany Library Author Mary Casanova: Saturday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. for families and children of all ages. Mary Casanova is an award-winning children’s author of novels and picture books. Her awards include two Minnesota Books Awards, an American Library Association “Notable,” a Booklist Editor Choice and more. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border. Two of her characters were American Girl ‘Girls of the Year.’ Grey Eagle Library Return to Honor: Friday, April 29, 7:00 -7:45 p.m. Swanville Library Berenstain Bears Explore & Connect Workshop: Friday, April 29, 3:305:00 p.m. for children ages 5-8.

motion carried. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to allow use of the Fire Hall to the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club for the community appreciation meal that will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011. A second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to allow use of the Fire Hall to the Community Builders for the Easter Egg hunt on April 16, 2011 in the event of inclement weather. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council discussed properties in the City where regular lawn care needs to be addressed, and letters will be sent. The Council tabled the sewer back up coverage resolution for further clarification from the League of Minnesota Cities. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the Fire Service contract addendum for Grey

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Eagle Township. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Building permit violations were discussed. No action was taken at this time, but the matter will be monitored. A motion was made by Andrea Kraska to approve the various fund transfers as follows: $767.86 from the Fire Fund to the Fire Hall Debt Service Fund, $10,989.38 from the Central Minnesota Credit Union checking account to the First State Bank of Swanville check-

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The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of City of Melrose seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director. This is a part time position (20-25 hours/ week) managing Rose View Manor, a 30 unit apartment building. The individual selected will direct and assume responsibility for all aspects of the Authority’s activities, including planning, personnel, housing management, finance, budgeting, procurement, maintenance, as well as tenant and community relations. A prime consideration will be whether or not the candidate is readily available in emergencies. The Executive Director reports monthly to a five member Board of Commissioners. The Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To get an application call 320-256-4600, or write Executive Director Search, 16 First St. SE, Melrose, MN 56352. Applications must be received by April 30, 2011.

voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Dennis Barrett to adjourn at 8:39 p.m. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Council Chambers. These are unapproved minutes. Lori Hellmann, City Clerk

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ing account for ACH payment of utility bills, and $71.35 from the General Fund ($16.35 goes to the Water Fund and $55 goes to the Sewer Fund) for Fire Hall and Library utilities. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to pay the bills as listed and to include $2,555.91 to Minnesota Power and $1,240 to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members


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Personal For Sale, Wanted, Giveaway type ads are FREE up to 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid. Business Ads: For Rent, Help Wanted, Service type ads are $5.00 for 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid. **We Do Not Accept Classified Ads Over the Telephone.**

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Earth Day is April 22 (Good Friday) (Friday, April 22 only) from 8 am - Noon We are Paying 80¢ a pound for Aluminum cans. No additional food shelf applies on this day, but you are always welcome to donate here for the local food shelf!

Do Your Part. Protect the Earth.

Recycle Today for a Better Tomorrow Opatz Metals, Inc. ~ Buyers of All Scrap Metal ~ • Aluminum Cans • Copper PO Box 151 Holdingford, MN 56340 • Brass Phone: 320-746-2819 • Stainless • Batteries Toll Free: 800-510-2819 • Autos Gary & Jordy Opatz, Owners 120 Washington West

Pelican Peak 4-H Club Recycling Event April 30 • 9 AM - 1 PM at the Freeport Fire Hall Electronic (E-Waste) Items Include: Computers (no charge) Monitors • Printers • Cell Phones • Copy Machines • TV’s/VCR’s DVD’s • Stereo Equipment • Power Cables/Wires • Refrigerators Appliances • Tools/Shop Items • Florescent Light Bulbs Cost to dispose will be based on weight (.35/lb) For more information call 320-248-5253. The 4-H Club reserves the right to deny any item. Home-bound scheduled pickup is available. Call 320-250-2357

This is a safe and secure way to dispose of your personal items. Come support your local 4-H club and help keep our world clean!



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