Hometown News April 25, 2024

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Hometown News On The Inside... FREE PUBLICATION Thursday, April 25, 2024 Vol. 23: Issue 51 www.surfacespecialists.com 320-248-3456 • Bathtub Refinishing & Repair • Install Premium Acrylic Wall Liners Installs over existing tile no removal or remodeling • Install New Floors in Cracked Out Tubs & Showers • Shower & Bath Slip Resistant Floor Texturing • Bathtub Cutdowns & Door Installations • Grab Bar Installation • Glass Scratch Removal • Fiberglass Repair • Vinyl Window Frame Repair • Countertop Refinishing • Tile Refinishing Limited downtime, ready to use the next day! All work is guaranteed. Call the Repair & Refinishing Experts! FREE Estimates Mid-Minnesota Harvey Mackay Page 2 Tom Kuehne: The Good Old Days Page 3 Obituaries: Schimitz, Acevedo, Kuehn-Castagneri, Pages 4-5 Turner, LeBrun, Rodenwald, Sullivan, Tesch Dave Ramsey: Dave Says Page 6 Ask the Motor Medics® Page 6 Local Municipality Minutes: Swanville City Page 7 ROLLOFF CONTAINERS • Remodeling Jobs • Demolition Jobs Shingles • New Construction • All types of Scrap Iron • Household Cleanout (Garbage) Gary, Jordy & Jeremy 120 Washington West, Holdingford 320-746-2819 www.opatzmetalsinc.com Mon.-Fri.: 8 AM-4:30 PM; Sat.: Closed (due to staffing) Call Us Today for your Demolition Estimate! HELP WANTED: APPLY IN PERSON Great For BUSINESS, HOMES & FARMS! We handle any size commercial account! Buyers of all Scrap Metal Aluminum, Tin, Copper, Brass, Stainless, Batteries, Catalytic Converters, Farm Machinery, Radiators, Autos, Computer Components, Prepared & Unprepared Metals, Plus More! 24 HOUR SERVICE Melrose, MN 320-256-4146 • Well Drilling - Residential / Commercial • Well Service / Maintenance • Pump Sales & Service (Jet / Submersible) • Water Treatment & Conditioning • Water Softeners / Salt • Irrigation / Geo-Thermal Drilling wheelswater.com Tyler Graves, Agent AUTO | VEHICLE HOME PROPERTY | LIFE FARM RANCH UMBRELLA (320) 732-3659 11 Central Ave, Long Prairie tgraves@amfam.com American Family Mutual Insurance Company S.I, & its Operating Companies, Life Insurance underwritten by American Family Life Insurance Company, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783 ©2015 006441 – Rev. 2/20 – 19068357 Spring flowers in bloom! Dandelions are an early food source for pollinators. Photo by Lori Young. REALTOR Graduate REALTOR Institute Brandon Kelly Broker-Realtor Give Brandon a Call Today! Email: brandon@centralmnrealty.com www.brandonkellymn.com www.lakehomesbybrandon.com 320-491-6107 • 320-732-2817 LOOKING TO SELL? Nestled in the woods on a quiet dead-end road, completely remodeled turn-key home on gorgeous Little Birch Lake. Oversized lot of nearly 1 acre with 180' of gentle sloped lake frontage. Amazing sunset views. 2+ bedroom home w/ possible 3rd bedroom in the lower-level. Detached, heated oversized garage, tarred driveway, newly constructed steps to the lake & a new over-sized deck for entertaining. Appliances & dock included. Do not miss out on this very rare property! NEW LISTING! $725,000 44283 Birchview Rd, Melrose H ennen Floor Covering 208 Main St. W., Freeport Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 am-5 pm; Sat. 8 am-12 pm 320-836-2177 Add Beauty and Durability with Edco Steel Siding. 320-836-2284 www.strosalumber.com 29033 County Road 17, Freeport, MN • In St. Rosa Steel Siding The perfect solution for low-maintenance siding! 320-836-2126 TMR MIXERS GUTTER CLEANER CHAIN & PARTS www.hartungsales.com 310 Industrial Dr. - Freeport, MN Oldest & Most Experienced Patz Dealer in Central MN! NEW & USED TMRs All Sizes On Hand 320-836-2697 After Hours: 320-267-8568 Building Supplies Mon.-Fri.: 7:30 am-5 pm; Sat.: 8 am-12 pm Building Materials and Custom Designing 320-285-8085 Grey Eagle, MN

To get a good answer, ask a good question

A grandfather was alone at home, so one of his young grandsons came to spend the night with him. The next morning grandpa prepared two big bowls of oatmeal, his own favorite breakfast.

He asked the young boy, “Do you like sugar?”

The grandson nodded yes.

“How about some butter, too?”

Again, yes.

“Of course, you like milk?”

“Sure,” the boy replied.

When grandpa placed the steaming bowl of oatmeal with sugar, butter and milk before his grandson, he refused to eat it. The exasperated grandfather said, “But when I asked you, didn’t you say you liked sugar, butter and milk?”

“Yes,” replied the youngster, “but you didn’t ask me if I liked oatmeal.”

Ask the right kind of question, and not only will you get good information, you’ll get it sooner and tailored to your needs.

I ask a lot of questions. A whole lot. There’s so much information out there, and I want only the good stuff. I want information that will help me make the right decisions and at the same time, won’t waste my time or my money. Is that asking too much?

There’s an art to asking questions and discovering what is central to your success. Here’s the secret: What is it that you really need to know?

The ability to get information when you need it and then act on it is what gets things done.


Before you start any project, ask questions to clarify objectives and expectations. This is the time to ask, “Why are we doing this?” and “What is our goal?”

Ask open-ended questions that need more than a simple yes or no answer. These are the bread and butter of productive conversations. They encourage a full, meaningful answer using the respondent’s own knowledge and feelings, which can help build rapport and trust.

Open-ended questions lead to a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. They help the conversation flow more naturally and avoid making the other person feel like they are being interrogated. Start with questions like this:

• How questions help you understand the process or method. For example, “How do you recommend we proceed?”

• What questions help you explore ideas and possibilities, such as “What will be our biggest advantages as we work on this project?”

• When questions are great for understanding timelines and deadlines, like “When do we need to have this completed?”

• Who and Where questions help identify people and places involved in a situation or project, such as “Who will be responsible for this task?” or “Where do we see the most potential for growth?”

Then during a project, regularly ask questions to monitor progress and make adjustments. After completion, reflect on the project with questions like “What did we learn?” and “How can we improve next time?”

The key is to listen carefully to the answers before asking the next question, so you can build on the information you’ve received and not waste any opportunity to learn more.

When I was just starting out in the envelope manufacturing business, I had a meeting with a potential client who was a key

-By Harvey Mackay player in the industry. I knew that this meeting could be a turning point for my company, so I prepared meticulously. Instead of going in with a list of yes-or-no questions, I crafted a series of open-ended questions designed to get the client talking about their needs, concerns and goals.

During the meeting, I started with questions like, “What challenges are you currently facing with your envelope suppliers? and “How do you see the ideal partnership with an envelope provider?” These questions opened a rich dialogue and allowed the client to share insights that I would never have uncovered with closed questions.

The client spoke at length about their struggles with timely deliveries and the need for custom envelope designs that could set them apart in the market. Listening carefully, I was able to tailor my responses and highlight how my company could address those specific issues.

As a result of asking open-ended questions, I not only gained a deep understanding of the client’s needs but also built a strong rapport. The meeting ended with a handshake on a deal that became of one the most significant contracts for my company at the time. This experience taught me the power of open-ended questions in business and in life. They can transform conversations, deepen relationships and often lead to outcomes that exceed expectations.

Mackay’s Moral: Great questions are the keys that unlock the most valuable answers.

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.”

Upcoming Events

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

• Upsala American Legion Family Day from 2-4 p.m. at the Upsala Area Veterans Memorial.

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


• 52nd Annual Swanycake & Sausage Supper from 3-8:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish.

WED.-FRI., MAY 1-3

• Melrose Area Arts Council Festival of the Arts. See ad on page 7.


• Folk & Old-Time Music & Potluck from 1-3 p.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 4.

• Grey Eagle Handbell Choir May Day Music at 4:30 p.m. at the Grey Eagle Public Library. See ad on page 4.


• Avon Women of Today Red Cross Blood Drive from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Avon Community Church.


• Holy Family School’s Annual Color Run and 5K at 5:30 p.m. at Seven Dolors Church, Albany.


• Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting at 2 p.m. at CentraCare West Campus Board Room, Long Prairie.


• Smart Driver Class from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. See ad on page 4

FRI. & SAT., MAY 10-11

• American Legion Auxiliary of Melrose Poppy Distribution in Melrose & Freeport. ALBANY SENIORS

• Meets 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center. ALBANY TOWNSHIP

• Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall.

• Planning Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall.


• Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall.


• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FEET FIRST CLINIC

• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Holdingford City Hall.


• Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution 1st Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre.


• Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 8 p.m.


• 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.


• Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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“The Good Old Days”


There was a time when television was a new technical dream that our families were not ready to have in their home.

The excuses were that they needed to be repaired often. They were installed in a big cabinet that simply took up too much room in the living room. They didn't offer a good picture, since about half of the time, the picture was distorted, so that the images one was looking at were not recognizable. There was also the concern regarding “what will the visitors think?” Are we becoming the kind of people that are trying to make ourselves show off to the neighbors?

One other important factor was the cost of the TV. Back in the 1850's, the cost of a TV was about $100.00 for a 14 inch model to place on top of the refrigerator. It was small and required viewing from a short distance. A 21 inch console was about $500.00. After the TV arrived, it soon became apparent that the rabbit ears were unable to bring in a good picture, so an 80 foot TV aerial needed to be placed in the back yard for another couple of hundred dollars. Now it was starting to get expensive, since you could buy a new car for $2,000.00 and a new pickup for about $700.00. I guess the farmer needed encouragement from certain family members.

Grey Eagle Community Handbell Choir to present a May Day Concert

The Grey Eagle Community Handbell Choir will present a May Day Concert at 4:30 p.m. at the Grey Eagle Public Library on Wednesday, May 1.

The handbell ringers will play music from the recent season of Lent as well as other songs from this season’s repertoire for this final concert of the season.

The choir receives financial support from the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions, The Swanville veterans’ organizations, from grants provided by M.J. Nelson and from audience members.

The group, led by Robert Kutter, rehearses weekly at the Grey Eagle United Methodist Church from September through April.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Kutter for additional information at 320-491-5604.

Please invite a friend and enjoy the free concert at the library next Wednesday.

-By Tom Kuehne

When one considers that at that time a marketable fed-out steer would sell for about $200.00 and milk was less than $3.00 per hundred, we need to agree with the farmer that maybe the TV was too expensive.

The first time I saw TV was when my Dad, my Uncle and I would go to Grey Eagle to watch the Gillette Friday night boxing in a basement TV store. It was really exciting, even though the picture was able to be seen about half of the time. There were usually at least a dozen guys gathered in the store to watch the fights. A good punch would usually bring verbal approval from the gathering.

Then along came a TV station in Alexandria with a tower about 40 miles away. This made it possible to have at least one TV station that was always clear. I remember getting my outside chores done quickly, so that I could watch TV and was a little unhappy to find that all that was on was the champagne music of Lawrence Welk.

During the first years of our TV, I still looked forward to my favorite radio shows. I guess Gun-Smoke, Gang Busters, The FBI in Peace and War, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Suspense, Our Miss Brooks and Jack Benny were more familiar to me. My Mother would listen to General Hospital the place where life begins and ends, Ma Perkins and a story about a gal from a small mining town in the west, who now lives in New York. We all enjoyed listening to Gene Autry, followed by a show of country music from Nashville Tennessee.

TV has really made a change in our lives. Every bar seems to have several TVs going constantly. Did the bars, in the old days, also have several radios going? I think that years back, before TVs and cell phones, people in bars would just spend their time talking to each other.....

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

If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

I have had hearing aids for over 20 years.

My hearing loss might be hereditary, but more likely it’s from me not wearing ear protection when I was a full-time contractor. I served a church in Cokato, MN as the Associate pastor for a few years and while there, I had a third and fourth grade class on Wednesday night. I had a really hard time hearing those kids.

I finally went to a hearing aid store in Hutchinson, MN and they got me all set up. They put out a magazine monthly and a few weeks after I purchased their hearing aids, they asked me if they could do a story in their magazine on me. I laughed when I saw the title of the article, “Hearing the Call." I was flattered that they would put something like that in a public magazine, but they got the story slightly wrong.

I did get a calling, and I did hear it, but it came from God, not from the good quality hearing aids they were selling. I struggled with my call to be a pastor for a couple of years. My thought was, how could God use a broken-down carpenter like me? The fact is God is in the business of qualifying the unqualified. For months I asked God for a verse that would confirm this calling to be a preacher. And this

is why many of my articles have to do with getting into God’s Word, because He spoke to me in a powerful way. I was reading in Isaiah and its almost like He touched me and said, Bruce, pay attention, these next couple verses are what you have been asking for.

Isaiah 41:9-10 “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Seek God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

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




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LeRoy H. Schmitz

LeRoy H. Schmitz, age 77 of Freeport, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, Minnesota.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in St. Franics.

LeRoy Herman Schmitz was born September 26, 1946 in Melrose, Minnesota to Robert and Mayme (Tschida) Schmitz. He farmed all his life on the family farm in Krain Township. LeRoy was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. He truly loved farming, his pigs and his dogs, and taking trips to Upsala. To his friends, LeRoy was affectionately called “The Road Packer.” LeRoy had a gift to gab and enjoyed driving his 4-wheeler around the farm and down to the lake. He loved going to auctions, touring machinery lots where he’d admire the tractors, and enjoyed an ice-cold Pepsi Cola under his shade tree.

Survivors include his sister and brother, Irene “Reno” Schmitz and Isidore (Beverly) Schmitz both of Freeport; nephews and niece, Robin (Carrie) Schmitz of Freeport, Andrew (Tanya) Schmitz of Clear Lake, and Kelly (Jeron) Wiechman of Freeport; great-nieces, Alice and Cate Schmitz; and great-nephew, Everett Wiechman.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mayme Schmitz; and brothers, John Schmitz on October 5, 2012 and Gilbert Schmitz on March 18, 2021.

Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Odaliz Orozco Acevedo

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Acevedo, age 24 of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Arockya Newton officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Forever Young Choir Welcoming New Members

The summer community choir, Forever Young, is looking for new members--especially tenors. The choir welcomes between 30 and 50 adult singers from the Sauk Centre, Melrose, Grey Eagle, and Freeport area who practice once a week in the summer and present three concerts in the fall. The theme of this year’s concerts will be “Let There Be Peace.”

Practices begin at 3 Thursday, May 9, at the the Melrose Senior Center in the lower level of the City Center.

Contact director Bonnie Nelson via email at bojoboots@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the choir.

Lavonne Kuehn-Castagneri

Lavonne (Bunce) KuehnCastagneri, 96, of St. Cloud and Duluth, MN passed away on April 13, 2024, in Upsala, MN.

Lavonne was born September 4, 1927, to George and Clara Conrad of St. Cloud.

She enthusiastically decorated for every holiday, saved everything, journaled, and loved her cat “Puff”. She enjoyed going to the old cabin on Sturgeon Lake, excursions to Michigan and other places with her friend Babe, and of course family get-togethers and the “September” parties.

She loved to go traveling, and so was given 96 trips around the sun:

96 Winters to snuggle in and be cozy,

96 awakenings of joyous spring,

96 warm and busy summers,

96 autumns to relax and prepare for…

1 more winter to snuggle in.

A lifetime of work and play, happy times and hard times. What follows this is… "family," to carry on from one generation to the next, as God intended.

6 children: Mike (Gen) Kuehn, Margaret (Keith) Johnson, Sue Luebesmier, Nancy (Wally) Ressemann, Tom Kuehn, and Angela Castagneri. 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. Many nieces and nephews (Conrad’s and Gregory’s).

Preceded in death by parents, brothers: Harvey, John (Butch), Melvin, and Frank Conrad, and sister: Renee (Conrad) Gregory. Husband(s) Willie Kuehn (1996) and Angelo Castagneri (1999). Great-grandson Josh Kuehn (2020).

A family celebration of Lavonne’s life will be held Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 2:00-5:00 PM at Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes, St. Cloud.

Darwin A. Turner

Darwin A. Turner, age 55 of Browerville, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024 at his home in Browerville, Minnesota.

A private burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Darwin was born in Sauk Centre on December 22, 1968. He spent his childhood years in Sauk Centre and Brainerd. When he was a teenager, he moved to International Falls and lived there for 31 years before moving to Browerville in 2017 for the remainder of his life. When Darwin was not at home he was at work. He attended the ODC in International Falls and STEP in Browerville.

Darwin enjoyed hanging out with friends, getting hugs, being outside in the sun, running around with his shoes off, listening to music, going for an afternoon ride, and watching his favorite TV shows.

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

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Richard Alan LeBrun

Richard Alan (Rich) LeBrun, age 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 26th at the Sauk Centre United Methodist Church with Rev. Ruth Gangloff officiating. Inurnment will be held later at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Redwood Falls. Military honors will be provided by Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Rich was born May 11, 1944, in Mankato, Minnesota to Anthony (Tony) and Ruth (Rinehart) LeBrun. He farmed with his parents just outside of Winthrop, Minnesota, and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1962 before joining the Navy in 1964. He served four years on the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier. He married Cindy McColley on August 24, 1984, in Long Prairie with a reception in Redwood Falls. He had two daughters from a previous marriage: Hallie and Melanie.

Rich was a hard worker and held a variety of jobs including the railroad, co-owning and running C&R Café, electrician helper, and his lawn service business. In 2006, he retired so he had more time to travel, try his luck at the casino, chat and roll dice with his buddies, putter around his house and barn, and fuss in the garden. His collections were many and varied, from eagles and trains to Coca-Cola and a crazy number of pigs. And he always seemed to have a snack or 2 on hand.

Rich loved his family, friends, and country, as well as his garden and food. He was proud of his daughters and of his many flower and vegetable gardens. He made his nieces and nephews each feel as if they were his favorite. We will miss his laugh and impish grin, and sage reminder in restaurants to “Eat the meat! That’s what you pay for!”

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Cindy LeBrun of Sauk Centre; daughters, Hallie (Eric) Anderson of Maple Grove and Melanie (Timothy) Frederiksen of Redwood Falls; stepdaughter, Kristin Schell; grandsons, John and Justin Frederiksen and 4 grand-cats; siblings, Francis LeBrun, Jeannie (Jan) Shockman, and Eileen (James) SullivanGreen; sisters-in-law, Phyllis LeBrun and Linda (Allen) Radermacher; brother-in-law, Jeff (Pam) McColley; many nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

Preceding Rich in “goin’ up to the spirit in the sky” were his parents; siblings, Roger LeBrun and LaDonna Totman; brothers-in-law, Darwin Totman and Dale McColley; sister-inlaw, Marian LeBrun; parents-in-law, Mary Ann and Gerald Zachariason; and 3 nephews.

Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

Carol D. Rodenwald, age 81 of Albany, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the Cura of Melrose Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany with Rev. Anthony Christoffels officiating. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Albany. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Carol Diane Klein was born June 5, 1942 in Holdingford, Minnesota to Paul and Rose (Baggenstoss) Klein. She graduated from Albany High School in 1960. She was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Rodenwald on June 24, 1963 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Carol was a giving and caring person who always wanted to help and provide for others. One of her favorite things to do was to buy gifts for people and see the reaction they would have after receiving that gift.

Carol was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Rodenwald of Albany; children, Mark (Barb) Rodenwald, Todd (Sarah) Rodenwald, Gail (Mark) Hoffmann, Angela (Matt) Haux, and Wade (Tiffany) Rodenwald; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sharon Lehner, Janet Cigelske, Arlene Landowski, and Doris Koehn.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ervin “Billy”, Alvin, Earl, Marvin, Lloyd, and Jerry; and sisters, Hildegard, Verna, Rose, Bernice, Amanda, Beverly, Erma, and Ardell.

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Arlene Mae Sullivan

A memorial service will be at 12:00 PM, Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie for Arlene M Sullivan (Melrose) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on April 15th, 2024, one day after her 79th birthday. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the funeral home. The celebration of Arlene’s life will continue with lunch at The Hub Supper Club, 30905 County Road 13, Burtrum from about 1-3 pm.

After the service, people are welcome to stop at the Lake Beauty Public Landing to listen to the bagpiper play a song on the lake. We will then continue to the Hub Supper Club for lunch. (Weather permitting)

Born April 14, 1945 to Ethel and Arthur “Raymond” Melrose of Canby, MN. Arlene, and her twin-sister, were the youngest of their six children. After graduating from Canby High School in 1963, Arlene moved to Minneapolis where she found work at Donaldson’s department store. She also met Richard “Dick” Sullivan who became her constant companion, devoted husband and “partner in crime” for nearly sixty years. Arlene was fond of saying that she married Dick because he made her laugh. Following their wedding in 1966, they moved to Waseca, Minnesota, where they raised three children, Richard Jr., Daniel and Gina – of whom she was fiercely proud and who were recipients of her unconditional love and support.

During their years in Waseca, Arlene worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Jerome Welna. In the years before she retired, Arlene worked at the CentraCare clinic in Long Prairie.

In 1997 Arlene and Dick said good-bye to their community and many friends in Waseca and moved to the shores of Lake Beauty, outside of Long Prairie, MN, realizing their life-long dream of living in a cabin on a lake.

Arlene relished life on the lake, especially sunrises, evening pontoon rides and watching the wildlife (especially the loons) from her swinging chair in the screenhouse. And she always looked forward to her daily walks with the other “ladies of the lake." But she was happiest when her whole family gathered there for holidays and summer vacations.

Arlene was blessed with many creative talents. She was famous for baking homemade caramel rolls for neighbors, friends, and family. She also carried on her mother’s tradition of making lefse – using the moniker “Lena’s Lefse” – which kept her busy, and covered in potato flour, each fall filling orders for this those who appreciated this Norwegian delicacy. Arlene was also a gifted seamstress, skills she mainly used to sew projects for others. She made clothing of all types including wedding gowns, prom dresses, and graduation regalia. She also made pillows, stuffed animals, Halloween costumes, and tote bags of every kind. If a project involved fabric, Arlene could make it.

She loved traveling, and together with her husband, visited many countries in Europe, including Germany, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands. But without question their favorite destination was Ireland, where they had several extended visits. When not traveling abroad, they toured extensively in the Western U.S., including several winters spent in Chandler, AZ and taking frequent road trips to Illinois to visit her beloved granddaughter, Bella.

Arlene was an avid card player. And she was always eager to play Tripoli, first with her girlfriends as young mothers, and later with her family. The stakes were always low – she played for pennies and nickels – but the laughs and the memories were precious.

Arlene always wore a smile, greeted strangers warmly, and was quick to offer compliments to people she met. She had a trade-mark twinkle in her eye that would brighten whenever she landed a particularly funny pun. She exuded a special warmth and compassion that was felt by many and will be missed by all who loved her.

Arlene, is survived by her husband Richard Sullivan Sr., children Richard Sullivan Jr., Daniel Sullivan, and Gina Sullivan; granddaughter Bella Sullivan; sister Linda Anderson, twin sister Darlene Kirkeide, and sister-in-law Milly Melrose.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Ethel Melrose and brothers Leland, Milton, and Charles Melrose.

Phyllis Darlene Tesch

Phyllis Darlene Tesch was called to her heavenly home on April 17, 2024, at Meadow Place Assisted Living in Long Prairie at the age of 92 years. A Funeral was held Monday, April 22, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie. Phyllis was born in Round Prairie Township to William and Mary (Hinman)

Raschke on October 10, 1931. She was baptized on November 8, 1931, and confirmed in her faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle, Minnesota on May 20, 1945. She attended country school for 8 years, Long Prairie High School, and St. Cloud Teacher’s College for 2 years. Following graduation, she received her elementary teaching degree and taught second grade in New York Mills, Minnesota for two years.

On June 6, 1953, Phyllis was united in marriage to Wilbur Tesch of Long Prairie at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle. In the spring of 1954, they purchased a farm outside of Long Prairie. Together they dairy farmed for 36 years. Phyllis continued teaching elementary school in the Long Prairie School system and at Trinity Lutheran School for several years. She did some substitute teaching as well.

Phyllis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie being an active member of the Ladies groups over the years – Dorcas Circle and Ladies Circle; teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Release-time classes for many years. Besides being involved at church, she loved raising her family of three girls and working on the family farm. Phyllis loved gardening, especially her flowers, sewing, and quilting, making many quilts for her children and grandchildren.

After retiring from farming, they built a retirement home a mile from the family farm where they spent the rest of their lives together. Phyllis loved spending time with her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was watching her eight grandchildren grow up and raise families of their own. What a joy for her to see those greatgrandchildren when they came to visit.

In January of 2022, Phyllis moved into Meadow Place Assisted Living. She enjoyed her new friends at the facility and partaking in all the activities like Bingo and playing cards. She loved being with people and visiting with them. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Mary (Mark) Collins, LuAnn (Dennis) Zigan, Jane Zirbes (Hermie Imdieke; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan) Ager, Tim (Geri) Zigan, Derek (Amanda) Zigan, Rachel (Frankline) Onsinyo, Alana Collins, Nathan (Kimberly) Zigan, Jesse Zirbes, & Jenna (Luke) Hatton; fifteen greatgrandchildren; sister-in-law, Karen Tesch; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Raschke; husband of 65 years, Wilbur Tesch; sister, Joan Faust; brother, William Raschke Jr.; Sister-in-laws, Shirley Sarazin, and Linda Raschke; brother-in-laws, Harlan Faust, Kenneth Tesch, and Donald Sarazin; niece, Jennifer Tesch.

Birth Announcements

Teagan John Barlau

Brandon and Katrina Barlau of Albany are proud to announce the birth of their son, Teagan John Barlau, born April 5, 2024 at 7:33 a.m. at the Melrose Hospital.

Teagan weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21.5 inches long.

His big brothers are Tanner age 8, and Tate age 5.

Grandparents are JoAnn Hendrickson of Albany, John and Mary Hendrickson of Avon, Jane Barlau of Albany, and Bruce and Barb Barlau of Paynesville. Great-grandmothers are Lorraine Schmidt of Sauk Centre, and Loretta Hendrickson of Virginia, MN.

Graham Daniel Weber

Spencer and Samantha Weber of Melrose are proud to announce the birth of their son, Graham Daniel Weber, born April 19, 2024 at 7:38 a.m. at CentraCare-Melrose.

Graham weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

His siblings are Colt age 4, and Haddie age 2.

Grandparents are John and Kristy Dockendorf of Melrose, Dan Weber of Melrose, and Rhonda Weber of St. Cloud. Great grandparents are Ann and Kevin Viere of Melrose, Rita Mehr of Greenwald, and Carlyn Ellering of Melrose.

Swanville Senior High Student of the Month

Swanville Schools are pleased to announce our March grades ten through twelve Student of the Month as senior Kennedee Chuba. She is the daughter of Mike and Tracy Chuba. Ken, as she is known to friends, is an active young lady and enjoys singing, playing piano, playing just about any sports and hanging out with her sister and cousins. Her post high school plan is to attend Concordia College in Moorhead to major in Biology for a Pre-Optometry Degree.

Math instructor Liza Hasse writes, “Kennedee has developed an impressive work ethic, demonstrating a willingness to invest the necessary time and effort to consistently deliver high-quality results. Her approach to goal setting is realistic; she sets high targets while remaining aware of her capabilities, ensuring that her goals are both challenging and attainable. Not only dedicated to her own education and school community, she actively engages in local initiatives, generously volunteering her time with organizations like SAB and at events like the Swanville Carnival. Known for her kindness, respect, and helpful demeanor, she earns respect from peers and adults alike, both in academic settings and on the sports field. Despite facing setbacks like an ACL injury, her resilience shines through as she works to overcome obstacles and excel in her pursuits. Given her determination and proven track record, she is a deserving candidate for student of the month.”

When in school Kennedee stays busy with participating in volleyball, basketball and softball, she has done so since seventh grade. She has lettered in all of her sports endeavors and has been an athlete of the month several times. She was also in band for a number of years. She has participated in many theatrical productions. In addition to graduating from Swanville in May, Kennedee will also earn her Associates of Arts from CLC College in May. She has

been on the President’s List at CLC throughout her time there.

Outside of school Kennedee keeps herself busy with volunteering with SAB (Swanville Athletic Boosters), helping with parades, youth softball and baseball tournaments and meat raffles. She is also a leader at her church for Vacation Bible School. She has lettered in all three of her sports and is a former recipient for Student of the Month. Her favorite thing about school is becoming closer to classmates throughout her senior year. Her advice to other students is “Work hard and have fun, high school will be over before you know it.”

Aaron Gapinski, elementary teacher and Activities Director says, “Kennedee Chuba isn’t just a leader; she is a perfect example of resilience and determination. Whenever faced with challenges, she stays strong and finds solutions. Whether it’s personal struggles or leading teams through rough patches, Kennedee remains focused on getting things done. Kennedee doesn’t just bounce back from setbacks; she learns from them. She sees problems as chances to grow and find new ways to succeed. Her optimism rubs off on others, making it easier for the team to tackle any obstacle. Kennedee isn’t just a leader; she is a role model for turning tough times into triumphs. I’m confident she will excel in anything she sets her mind to.”

Todays Thought

I keep hearing it takes a village to raise a child. Do they just show up, or is there a number to call?

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Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games of all time. The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is also an excellent brain game.

Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

A few years ago, I had a real problem with credit card debt.

Since then, I’ve gotten much better at handling my money, and I’m making about $80,000 a year.

Two weeks ago, I received a letter about a credit card I had in 2020. The amount owed is $7,688. The letter doesn’t say I’m being sued, but it says I have to appear before a judge in two months for a pretrial conference. I live in Florida, and I’ve never heard of anything like this. I only have $1,000 in savings.

Dear Damari,

I’m glad to hear you’re handling your finances better now than you did in the past. But at this point, you’re learning that old debts don’t necessarily die, aren’t you? Ignoring debts isn’t a good plan, because many times they come back to life like a zombie and come looking for you.

I’m not an expert on Florida law, but a pretrial conference in a case like this—over a $7,688 credit card bill—is highly unusual. I’ve been helping people with money problems for 30 years, and I’ve never heard of anything like this. It could be some kind of new tactic the collections attorney is using to try to intimidate you.

If I were in your shoes, I’d call the attorney who’s suing you and try to negotiate

a payment plan or settlement. Do you have anything you can sell? Because I’ve got a feeling if you can come up with $3,000 or so and offer it as payment in full, they’ll take it. I don’t mean to be unkind, but these guys figure you’re a deadbeat because you’ve got a 5-yearold debt hanging over your head and haven’t tried to pay it. They’ll take almost anything they can get at this point.

In general, when you go to court over a situation like this, you’re going to lose. You have a legal debt, and you haven’t paid it. It’s that simple. So, if you don’t have anything to sell to make some money that way, you need to get busy working an extra job or two. I’m talking about doing Door Dash or something— in the morning before work or in the evening after work. Kiss those weekends goodbye too. Just go nuts for a few weeks, and make a bunch of extra money fast.

It won’t be easy, and you’re going to be dog-tired for a while. But you can scrape together $3,000–4,000 before June easily if you’ll just put your head down and make it happen. Then, offer it up to the attorney. Demand a written release, with the debt declared settled and paid in full, and chances are, this thing will be off your back!


* Dave Ramsey is a seven-time #1 national best-selling author, personal finance expert, and host of The Ramsey Show, heard by more than 18 million listeners each week. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and many more. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build wealth and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for Ramsey Solutions.

Lately it seems like at every corner I have to put another thousand bucks in her to keep her on the road. Tires, brakes, struts, and a new transmission all within a year. Overall, she has been a great truck and with new trucks costing what they do I’m way ahead of the game. Last week the truck started to make a noise in the front left area by the tire. I have figured out that when I turn the 4x4 on the noise goes away. The noise is not steady, it comes on slowly after the 4x4 is turned off and growls. Two shops have no clue.

-Christopher in Redwood Falls, Minnesota Dear Christopher,

Whenever we hear from someone who names their vehicle, we know they are usually more in-tune to how they run than most. It’s more like a family member than a form of transportation so let’s get Betsy back to her old self. We see this issue a lot on Ford trucks in this year range. Most often it is caused by a leaking or broken vacuum line on one or both front wheel hubs which control the 4x4. It can also be caused by failing 4x4 solenoids or leaking hubs. Either way, that noise that changes with the 4x4 switch position almost always comes from that area. Start looking there.

-Take care, the Motor Medics

Dear Motor Medics,

I have an electrical gremlin in my 2022 GMC Yukon with 70k miles. It is out of warranty, so the dealership is no longer responsible for it and doesn’t have a clue what’s wrong with it. I’ve already spent over a thousand dollars with them and five hundred at another shop and neither one can find the issue. If I drive the truck every day it works fine, but if I let it sit for three days or longer

it won’t shift out of second gear. It shifts from first to second but then won’t shift until I turn it off then back on and then it drives perfectly but only if I have let it warm up completely first. Then, if I drive it every day no issues ever.

-Ben in Sioux City, Iowa Dear Ben,

We are assuming that these shops spent quite a bit of time trying to duplicate and find this issue as that’s a fairly good chunk of diagnostic money spent. Unfortunately, you are no better off. We have never heard of this, ever. We see hundreds of cars in our shop and have seen some that can be duplicated by operating them a certain way and that’s what the shop will need do, know this info, and connect scan equipment to it after it sits those three days then drive it and see what is wrong. It’s a lengthy process for a shop.

-Take care, the Motor Medics For entertainment only. Always consult your local shop and follow all safety procedures before repairs. Come visit the Motor Medics® online at Underthehoodshow.com.

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Local Municipality Minutes

Swanville City • March 5, 2024

Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The meeting called to order 5:00 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, Norm Carlson, John Dragseth, Tony Maciej, and Jim Molitor.

Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting Tuesday, February 6, 2024 were reviewed. A motion was made by Jim Molitor to approve the minutes. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Norm Carlson and seconded by Jim Molitor to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

Water Project, City Attorney is working on the easements connected to the project, when these are completed, they will be forwarded to Rural Development. Bidding should start in April.

Applications were presented to council for the part-time cleaning person. After review and discussion, Jim Molitor made a motion to hire Marcella Waltman. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Waltman will be asked to begin next week.

Reminder, the 2024 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be held Wednes-

day, April 24, 2024 10:30 a.m. in the Swanville Center.

Council was asked to consider making a contribution to the Swanville Rural Fire Department which would be used toward the purchase of a fill station for the firefighter’s oxygen tanks. Mayor Lange stated that the Safety Aid Money received from the State of MN could be used for this project. After discussion Tony Maciej made a motion to contribute $3500.00 to the Swanville Fire Department for the fill station project. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

Swanville City Wide Clean-up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the City Park.

The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the council were furnished with a listing. Tony Maciej made a motion to approve the claims. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. in the Swanville Center. Notices will be put up for the time change of the April meeting.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Jim Molitor and seconded by John Dragseth to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 5:30 p.m.

Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer

Todd County Planning and Zoning News

The process for adjusting property lines and/or splitting land in Todd County is often misunderstood. What can be done legally, and the process to follow, depends on the zoning district where the land is located. Todd County Planning and Zoning is here to assist. You can also do some quick research by reviewing our guidelines for property sizes. Stop in our office to get a handy chart or go to the Planning and Zoning webpage https://www.co.todd.mn.us/

Autism Awareness

What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by differences in social interaction and communication as well as the presence of restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interest or activities. People on the spectrum may experience a range of abilities and characteristics. Some people may have very noticeable characteristics, others may not.

Core characteristics of Autism include:

• Differences in social interaction and communication

• Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

• These characteristics typically appear early on in development (18 to 24 months), often before children enter grade school, but may not become fully noticeable until social demands increase (24 months to 6 years).

Developmental milestones

Although every child is unique and will learn and grow at their own pace, children are expected to develop in similar ways. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones.

Keeping track of developmental milestones will allow you to:

• Support your child as they grow

• Identify right away if they may need extra help to learn

You can review development milestones by age here: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

If you have concerns that your child is not meeting important developmental milestones, make an appointment with your child’s primary care doctor for an evaluation.

For more information visit the MN Autism Resource Portal: https://mn.gov/autism/

divisions/soil-water-conservation-and-development/planning-zoning/ Under “Zoning District Information” click Shoreland District Zoning or Rural District Zoning links to view the PDF.

Check with Planning and Zoning and make sure your split is possible. There are numerous standards that have to be reviewed and checked to ensure the split can be done. A few details that should be noted: taxes must be paid in full for the entire year on the parcel that will be split, a survey or scaled drawing done by a licensed land surveyor is required, and legal descriptions for both properties are required. Shoreland can be divided through an administrative split on a parcel that is 40 acres or greater. With parcels less than 40 acres a subdivision application would be required. In districts AF-1 and AF-2, special attention should be paid to the number of dwellings currently in the original government 40 if your goal is to add a dwelling.

Feel free to give us a call or stop in to chat about your project. Planning & Zoning office number: 320-732-4420.

At approximately 9:12 a.m. the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a call regarding a possible domestic incident. Stearns County Deputies and other officers responded to the scene. The caller provided information that prompted a request for assistance from other agencies. When deputies arrived on scene, they spoke with the caller and established probable cause for misdemeanor domestic assault. The suspect, identified as Anthony Joseph Vankirk, 42, Meire Grove, was also the subject of a felony arrest warrant for second degree arson from an incident in Albany in August of 2022. Deputies attempted to make verbal contact with Vankirk from the hallway of the apartment without success. For over an hour deputies and officers on scene attempted to make contact with Vankirk verbally, by phone, and with PA announcements given from squad cars. Vankirk failed to respond or acknowledge these attempts to gain cooperation from him.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. the Stearns-Benton SWAT team was called to the scene to assist. The apartment building was evacuated, and nearby residents were advised to shelter in place or leave the area until further notice. Over the next several hours attempts to contact Vankirk by phone as well as announcements and commands via squad PA continued without success. Shortly before 1:00 p.m. limited verbal contact was made with Vankirk, and he refused to cooperate with deputies. The SWAT team was utilized to force open an apartment door to facilitate more effective communication with Vankirk. Shortly after that deputies were able to see Vankirk and he began responding to commands. Vankirk exited the apartment and was placed under arrest on the domestic assault charge and the warrant.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Sauk Centre Police Department, Melrose Fire Department, and Melrose Ambulance Service. After being checked on scene, Vankirk was transported to the Stearns County Jail.

Local Library Events

Albany Library • 320-845-4843

Author Visit: Mary Seifert: Mary is the author of the Katie and Maverick cozy mysteries. Her stories are set in outstate Minnesota and are peppered with puzzles, history, geocaching, and tasty cocktail recipes. Mary will talk about her new book and share about her publishing journey. For adults. No registration required. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Monday, May 6: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Melrose Library • 320-256-3885

Author Visit: Mary Seifert: Mary is the author of the Katie and Maverick cozy mysteries. Her stories are set in outstate Minnesota and are peppered with puzzles, history, geocaching, and tasty cocktail recipes. Mary will talk about her new book and share about her publishing journey. For adults. No registration required. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Monday, May 6: 6:30-7:30 pm.

Toddler Time: Join Miss Jennifer for a funfilled toddler storytime. We will read stories, have fun, and learn. For ages 1 to 4 and their families. Registration required. Sponsored by Melrose Area Community Education and the Melrose Friends of the Library. Tuesday, May 7: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Swanville Library • 320-547-2346

Bruce the Bug Guy: How well do you know your creepy crawly critters? Bruce the Bug Guy’s show is specifically designed to teach young audiences about insects (and related arthropods) in a fun and entertaining way. It’s a dynamic blend of show-and-tell, storytelling, interesting facts and fun hands-on activities - including LIVE critters from the Bug Guy’s zoo! For families. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Saturday, May 4: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Burnhamville Township

Interested residents may contact the clerk at 320-285-2050. You may also send check directly to: Burnhamville Township, 33624 170th St., Burtrum MN 56318.

Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk Festival

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will be applying a dust abatement product on township roads where requested by residents. The cost is $ .95 per foot. The township will pay half and the requesting property owner will pay half the cost. Call by May 10, 2024 to be put on the list. Payment must be received before spray is
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1-3, 2024 This is a 740 ART Event that showcases our talented community. We are a local group known as the Melrose Area Art Council (MAAC). We want our arts of all areas to SHINE! Local Community Authors & Visual Artists Displays Locations: Freeport State Bank and Melrose City Center Hours: During regular business hours Wednesday-Friday Quilt Display & Workshop Come and see quilts that have been crafted by local artists and join in the fun of crumb piecing and making scrappy star blocks. Location: Senior Activity Center (in the lower level of the Melrose City Center) Hours: 9 AM-5 PM Student Vocal & Instrumental Music Performances Wednesday • Choir Soloist & Speech Performances 5:30 PM in Auditorium Public welcome! Student Artwork Displays Melrose High School Library by Mrs. Anderson Elementary Library by Ms. Aslesen Hours: During school for the students; Public is invitied from 3:30-7 PM This event is coordinated and sponsored by the Melrose Area Arts Council, Melrose Area Public Schools and Local Businesses Please Join Us! Thursday • Choir & Speech Performances 5th Hour in Auditorium • Elementary Music Performance 1:30 PM: Elementary Cafeteria • Speeches, Band Solo or Ensemble 5:30 PM in Auditorium Public welcome! Friday • Choir & Speech Performances 5th Hour in Auditorium • Speeches, Soloist or Instrumental Ensemble 5:30 PM in Auditorium Public welcome! 320-836-2130 Freeport 40+ Yrs. in Business • BBB Approved HOESCHEN AUTO REPAIR Plus Many Other Tire Brands Complete Auto Repair Ben
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Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office Eagle Outdoor Services Lawn Care • Landscaping Tree Trimming Call For All Your Outdoor Needs! Call or Text Tyler 320-247-3744

LOST: Key fob between the Rock Tavern and Swanville. Has one key attached. Call 320-250-8965. 5/2

HELP WANTED: Front counter/butcher position. Apply in person at Elmdale Creamery & Locker or call for details, 320573-2607.

WANTED TO BUY: Butcher cows, bulls, fats & walkable cripples: also horses, sheep & goats. 320-235-2664. SC-odB

WANTED: Machinery for scrap or salvage specializing in combines and old buildings. Call 320-292-8993.

FOR SALE: Black Angus beef bull. Call 320-250-0052.

FOR SALE: Jointer planer, air compressor w/75 ft. hose, air impact wrenches, 3 CBs. 320-260-2159 MT-tfn

FREE: Red raspberry plants, you dig, Albany. Call 320-845-2266.

FOR SALE: Fishing boat trailer, new used once, $950. Call 612-283-2718.

FOR SALE: Lund Rebel 16' boat, Evenrude 40 h.p. motor with trailer, good condition, $7,250. Call 320-285-4495.

FOR SALE: 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup with topper, 2 door, 4x4, $3,000. For more info. call 320-533-0975. 4/25

FOR SALE: New Holland 640 auto twine wrap round baler, Freeport. Call 320-836–2401.

FOR SALE: Winchester 12 gauge waa wads 2250ea., $40. Call 320-573-2340.

FOR SALE: 17 cubic foot Frigidaire Freezer in excellent condition. Call 320-8457801.

FOR SALE: 5000 Winchester small pistol primers (WSP) $300. Call 320-573-2340.

FOR SALE: Trane xr90 furnace, good condition, $300. Call 320-573-2340.

ST. MARTIN GARAGE SALES: Spring city-wide. Fri. & Sat., April 26-27. Watch for balloons.

GARAGE SALE: Thurs., Fri., Sat., April 25-27: 9am-5pm. 210 8th Ave. NW, Unit 116, Melrose. Electric fireplace, set of 8 Style House china, patio table & 4 chairs, new throws, luggage, numerous misc. items, electric frying pans, bike helmets, silverware-new.

GARAGE SALE: Melrose: Thurs., May 2: 4-7 p.m. and Fri. & Sat., May 3 & 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Multi family event. Furniture, tools, household, and collectibles. 102 10th Ave. SE, Melrose. 5/2

CITY WIDE GARAGE SALES: Upsala & Surrounding Area. Fri. & Sat., May 17 & 18.

FOR SALE: John Deere 317 skidloader, quick attach, 7,000 hrs, clean machine, newer tires. Call 320-630-5694.

FOR SALE: 1994 Corvet, 60,000 miles, new tires, car is like new, $16,000. Call 320-290-0924. 4/25

FOR SALE: 17 ft. aluminum Osagian canoe with 2 wooden paddles, very good condition, $750. Call 320-248-2146. 5/9

FOR SALE: Oak 4x4s, 10 & 12 ft. lengths, good for sign post or fence post, $6. Call 320-248-2146. 5/9

FOR SALE: 2- 36” diameter steel spoked cart wheels. Also 2 milk cans, size is 10 gals. Phone 320-250-3874, leave message.

FOR SALE: 3 bedroom house, detached garage, Melrose. Call 320-292-5736.

RV is in excellent condition and ready to meet your recreation vehicle needs. EXTERIOR FEATURES & OPTIONS: 32 ft. long, two slide-outs (6 ft & 14 ft – nearly doubles interior space when open), gel coat fiberglass exterior, 1 piece TPO roof covering & R-14 fiberglass insulation, front electric jacks, rear scissor jacks, Eternabond wall construction R-11 sidewalls, 3 large ‘basement’ storage areas, Dexter E-Z Lube axle hubs, aluminum wheels, spare tire & carrier, 13 ft electric awning, 2 auto/marine batteries, 2 large propane tanks, outside shower, outside speakers, rear view & side view cameras with in-truck display, 30 amp service, 60 gal fresh water/70 gal gray water/35 gal black water tanks. INTERIOR FEATURES & OPTIONS: Rear kitchen with solid wood core cabinets, pantry & lots of storage, 3-burner stove top, range hood, oven, microwave & 2-door refrigerator/freezer, bathroom with toilet, sink & vanity, powered roof vent & shower with glass doors & skylight, 15,000 BTU air conditioner (ducted), 35,000 BTU furnace, 2 recliner chairs, free-standing dinette with 4 chairs, queen bed with storage & night stands, jack-knife couch, 6-gallon water heater (gas & electric), 40 inch TV & TV mount in bedroom, stereo radio tuner with inside/outside speaker control, kitchen & bedroom manual roof vents, CO & LP leak detector, fire extinguisher, smoke detectors AND MORE!

Clean & Well Maintained, Ready to Tow & Go!

Wheel Hitch, king pin tripod and 5th Wheel Pickup Tailgate** For Appointment to checkout the trailer: 320-249-7694 from 8 AM to 6 PM

Swanville Junior High Student of the Month

Swanville Schools are pleased to announce our March grades seven through nine Student of the Month as freshman Ronelle Hasse. Ronelle is the daughter of David and Liza Hasse. Mr. Bzdok, Social Studies teacher, writes, “I have had Ronelle in several classes over the last few years. Throughout that time, she has shown an exceptional commitment to her studies, always pushing herself to do her very best. Ronelle puts in the hard work needed to excel, setting a great example for her classmates who look up to her. Not only is Ronelle academically impressive, but she is also a great person to have in class. She is kind, helpful, and is always willing to lend a hand to her classmates. Congratulations Ronelle on this well-deserved recognition.”

Ronelle knows that she would like to continue her education after high school but is not sure in what field yet. When not in school Ronelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sports, spending time outside on the farm and playing cards. She has been a part of the volleyball and softball teams since before sixth grade. She has been the basketball manager since sixth grade as well. She

is a Student Council member and has participated in the play both her 7th and 8th grade years. Her advice for other students is to “Always work hard and do your best because it pays off in the end.” Her best part of the school day is playing sports and making memories with friends.

Ronelle is very involved in her church and has been on many mission trips. She volunteers where necessary and has helped at Vacation Bible School multiple times. She is consistently on the A Honor Roll.

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting

For anyone with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers, the next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7th at 2 p.m. at the CentraCare Long Prairie West Campus Boardroom-20 9th St SE.

Speaker will be Amy McKinley from the Parkinson’s Neuroscience Division of Abbvie, talking about the Levodopa pump.

For more information contact Rona Bleess at 320-874-0222.

Todd County HHS Employment Opportunities

Todd County HHS is looking for reliable, service oriented individuals to serve the citizens of Todd County in the following positions:

**Paraprofessional Case Aide (full-time)

**Eligibility Worker (full-time)

To learn more about these openings and how to apply visit the official Todd County website at https://www.co.todd.mn.us Questions may be directed to Todd County Administration: 320-732-6155.

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