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Hometown News Grey Eagle, Burtrum, St. Rosa, Freeport, Upsala, Albany, Holdingford, St. Anna, Avon, Swanville, Melrose

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Take my advice, if you dare -By Harvey Mackay

One afternoon when American League baseball umpire Bill Guthrie was working behind the plate, the catcher of the visiting team repeatedly protested his calls. Guthrie endured this for three innings. But in the fourth inning when the catcher started to complain again, Guthrie stopped him. “Son,” he said gently, “you’ve been a big help to me calling balls and strikes, and I appreciate it. But I think I’ve got the hang of it now. So I’m going to ask you to go to the clubhouse and show them how to take a shower.” There is a time to provide advice and offer an opinion, and there is a time not to. Don’t be too quick to offer unsolicited advice. It certainly will not endear you to people. Sometimes it’s better to wait for people to ask for advice or to be judicious in doling out advice. Socrates learned this the hard way. The Greek philosopher went around giving people good advice. And they poisoned him. Over the years I have been asked for business advice, career advice, public speaking advice, writing advice, travel advice, fundraising advice, and advice on topics I’ve never even heard of. Each time, I take a deep breath and hope what I have to offer will be helpful and pertinent. As I write my weekly column, speak to a business organization, or choose

topics for one of my books, I try to cover subjects that affect businesspeople everywhere. Through stories, examples and morals, I offer my thoughts on how to handle a variety of issues. I realize that people are reading what I write and figuring out whether they can apply my ideas. If my advice is helpful, I have made a friend for life. Before you respond to a request for advice, heed habit five in Stephen Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” When you have the strong urge to make someone understand your point of view, you should always step back and think before you speak. Why? Because you need to ask yourself what kind of situation you are commenting on. Has your opinion been requested? Do you have the experience or authority to offer help? If you give advice, will it be appreciated-or rejected without being considered? If the other person truly is seeking help in solving a concrete problem, then advice might be appreciated. But if not, then you should consider that the other person might merely be looking for someone to listen to what his problem is. In this case advice is not usually appropriate or desired by the other party. This is a skill that is learned over time: determining the best response to another’s needs. Consider also the wisdom of Richard Saunders who said, “Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.” And never forget, the real secret of giving advice is this: once you’ve given it, don’t concern yourself with whether it is followed or not, and refrain from

saying “I told you so.” When advice is freely given, the receiver is free to use it as he or she sees fit. The bottom line is to be picky about to whom and when you give advice. If you are concerned that your words may make you responsible for undesirable results beyond your control, think twice before you speak. If you know the person is asking for your insights just to be polite or politically correct, don’t feel obligated but decline graciously. You might say, “I’m not sure I’m qualified to help you.” And as you are choosing your words and who will benefit from them, keep this in mind: The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. If you wouldn’t follow your own advice, you shouldn’t share it. A man went to see a doctor after feeling out-of-sorts for a month. “Have you been treated by anyone else?” asked the doc. “No, sir,” the man said, “but I did go see a pharmacist.” The doctor scolded him for seeking a layperson’s advice. “What kind of idiotic advice did he give you?” The man thought for a minute. “He told me I should come and see you.” Mackay’s Moral: A person is silly who will not take anyone’s advice, but a person is ignorant who takes everyone’s advice. 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 28 • Brat Supper Fundraiser & Silent Auction from 5-7 p.m. at the Upsala Community Center. MAY 1 • Hog Roast & Silent Auction from 4-8 p.m. at the Community Country Church, Holdingford. • 2nd Annual Chaplaincy Spaghetti Feed from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. at the American Legion, Long Prairie. 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. • National Day of Prayer Holdingford Observance at 12 noon at the city hall. MAY 7 • Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Long PrairieGrey Eagle High School Auditorium, Long Prairie.

MAY 12 • Community Builders Meeting at 2 p.m. at the Village Café, Grey Eagle. MAY 14 • Dad’s Belgian Waffles from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Grey Eagle United Methodist Church. MAY 17 - JUNE 21 • Helping Hands Outreach Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Holdingford. MAY 29 • The Grey Eagle/Swanville Knights of Columbus Sausage & Egg Breakfast from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Grey Eagle. 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 p.m. 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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Birth Announcements Natalee Rose Hoffman

Isaac and Sara Hoffman of Grey Eagle are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalee Rose Hoffman, born April 3, 2011 at 12:51 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre. Natalee weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Grandparents are Gust and Delores Hoffman of Grey Eagle and Dan and Kim Engle of Long Prairie. Great grandparents are Mike and Janis Schoeneck of Alexandria and Eleanor Engle of Sauk Centre.

The National Day of Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Free Lutheran Church just west of down town, Upsala. Participating churches include: Community Covenant, Community Country, Gethsemane, St. Mary’s and Word of Life. Areas of concern which will be lifted up in prayer by representatives from each of these churces are: Government, Military, Business, Families, Churches, Education and Media. This community prayer service will be a very uplifting and supportive experience for all those in attendance. We hope to see you there. As one body in Christ we will show God our desire and our need for His guidance in the affairs of our nation. A prayer guide will be of-

fered for use in our daily prayer life. At 12 noon on May 5 both Grey Eagle and Holdingford will hold a similar prayer service at their city halls. This is a convenience for those who prefer daytime participation.

Harvey and RoseMary Rohe

We would like to welcome friends and family to help in the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Harvey and RoseMary (Finken) Rohe on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church in St. Rosa followed by an open house at the Melrose American Legion.



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Nadine Steuck of Upsala is proud to announce the birth of her son born April 19, 2011 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.

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The family of Adelbert Lambrecht would like to thank everyone for their flowers, memorials, food and prayers. A special thank you to all the staff at the Lutheran Care Center for all the great care dad received while there. A big thank you to Pastor Grein for all the visits you paid dad over the years and during the funeral and wake. Thank you to Hospice and the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville and all those who prepared and served the lunch.

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The family of Clara Stuckel would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards, and Mass Offerings. A special thank you to Father Ron Dockendorf for the beautiful Funeral Mass. We also want to thank Ralph Muellner, the musicians, Christian Mothers who prepared and served lunch and to everyone else who helped us in any way. We want to express our appreciation and thanks to the staff of Pine Villa Nursing Home for taking such wonderful care of Clara during her time there. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.

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Obituaries Alban J. Meyer

Alban J. “Al” Meyer, age 87 of Sauk Centre, died surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 26 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Dick McGuire officiating and Rev. James Statz and Rev. Sylvester Kleinschmidt concelebrating. Military honors were provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard. Interment followed at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alban John Meyer was born July 10, 1923 in Meire Grove, Minnesota to Aloys and Elizabeth (Nietfeld) Meyer. Alban was the third of ten children and graduated from St. John’s Grade School in Meire Grove and from Morris Agricultural High School. Alban served in WWII in the U.S. Navy Seabees Asiatic Pacific Theater as an Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class where he received a Presidential Unit Citation. After his military service, Alban attended Dunwoody Technical Institute and graduated as an electrician and later became a master electrician. On July 27, 1950 he married Fernalyce Hemmi. The couple moved to Washington State where Al started a business as an electrical contractor. In 1960 they returned to Minnesota and settled in Greenwald, eventually moving to Sauk Centre in 1963. Alban owned Al’s Electric for many years in Sauk Centre and also taught at St. Cloud Technical University. Alban served as Sauk Centre City Water

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Otto E. Friese & Light Commissioner for 22 years and was on the board of the National Association of Electrical Contractors. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and past Commander of the Sauk Centre American Legion. He enjoyed the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and story teller. Alban was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 67 and Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853. Survivors include his wife, Fernalyce “Fern” Meyer of Sauk Centre; children, Carolyn House of Fulton, New York, Michele (Campbell Jenkins) Meyer of Northland, New Zealand, Marie (Marty Swanson) Sedivy of Centerton, Arkansas, Robert (Denise) Meyer of Maple Grove, Susan (Whitney Thurlow) Meyer of Wanaka, New Zealand, Ann (Paul) Zilka of Richfield, Thomas (Marcyne Chalupnik) Meyer of Sauk Centre, Patrick Meyer of Sauk Centre, Joseph (Julie) Meyer of Watkins, and Mathew (Jennifer) Meyer of Edina; 22 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren; brothers, Leo A. (Janice) Meyer of Melrose, Arnold (MaryAnn) Meyer of Sauk Centre, Aloys “Red” (Arlene) Meyer of Melrose, David (Jane) Meyer of Sauk Centre, and Bernard (Rose) Meyer of Parkers Prairie; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Elizabeth Meyer; daughter, Donna Marie Meyer on October 29, 1962; sisters, Anna Meyer and Marcella Lawler; brothers, James and Polycarp Meyer; brother-in-law, Frank Lawler; and sister-in-law, Julie Meyer. Serving as casket bearers were Jeffrey Hendrickson, Sean Meyer, Robin Sedivy, Marcus Meyer, Isaiah Zilka, and Beach Thurlow. Cross bearer was Sara Meyer. Scripture bearer was Brooke Meyer. Mass servers were Emma and Kim Meyer. Honorary bearers were Leo A. Meyer, Arnold Meyer, Aloys “Red” Meyer, David Meyer, Bernard Meyer, and Don Fern. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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Otto E. Friese, 82 year old resident of Burtrum, MN passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN. Funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville, MN with Rev. John Grein officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Swanville, MN. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville. Otto Emil Friese was born June 20th, 1928. He grew up in the rural Long Prairie area. He met his wife at the Pillsbury Pavilion at Pillsbury, MN. They were married September 2nd, 1950. Otto and Bernice raised three children, while farming in Burtrum. Unfortunately, Otto was widowed on October 31st, 1983. Otto was a devoted family man. Through the years, he kept close ties with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sisters. He enjoyed family gatherings and participated in an annual family reunion with his sisters and their families. Otto loved farming. He started with horses to do field work. He sure liked it when he got tractors. After he retired from dairy farming,

he grew crops to sell and helped his son, Randy, with field work. No one could run the chopper as good as Otto---and he’d let you know it! Otto enjoyed going to auction sales. He did not often purchase an item, but he liked the social gathering and seeing what items would sell for. Otto loved to go fishing and spear fishing. His sons have many fond memories of “fishing with dad”. Otto is survived by: his children Douglas (Mary) Friese of Little Falls and Randy (Rhonda) Friese of Burtrum; his eight grandchildren David Theisen (friend Ginene) of Alexandria, Christine (Bruce Sales) of Burtrum, Michael (Aleisha) Theisen of Sauk Rapids, Jeremy Theisen of Burtrum, Matthew (Janelle) Theisen of Mahtomedi, Bethanie Friese (significant other Darrell Baum) of Clarissa, Heidi Friese (fiance’ Beau Krueger) of Burtrum, and Spencer Friese of Little Falls; his seven great grandchildren Jordan and Haileigh Sales of Burtrum, Alexis Blenker of Clarissa, MacKenzie Baum of Clarissa, Nyah Walker of Burtrum, Meelie Krueger of Burtrum, and Ryan Theisen of Mahtomedi; his three sisters Alvina Hasser of Bemidji, Laverne Muehlen of Babbitt, and Luella (Erv Abel) of Arizona. Otto was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Bernice; devoted daughter, Marilyn (Theisen); dear friend and brother-in-law, John Muehlen; and two brothers, Reuben and Robert Friese. Otto was a God fearing man. Devoted to his faith, he worshipped at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Swanville.

Resurfacing on Highway 10 north of Little Falls starts May 2

Motorists will encounter weekday intermittent lane closures on Highway 10 starting Monday, May 2, when a resurfacing project begins north of Highway 115 at Randall to just south of the Little Falls bypass. This project also includes constructing turn lanes and culvert work. Local access will be maintained. When completed, motorists will experience a smoother, safer road. Hardrives, Inc., of Rogers is the prime contractor for this $9.7 million roadway improvement project. The project is scheduled

to be completed by early September, weather permitting. During construction and road maintenance work, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to: • Check or call 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions. • Stay alert; expect the unexpected. • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. • Plan ahead and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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Mark J. LeClaire

Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Mark J. LeClaire, age 54 of Englewood Beach Florida formerly of Big Birch Lake was We d n e s d a y, April 27, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Father Roger Klassen O.S.B. officiated and burial followed in the parish cemetery. Mark died at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa Florida Thursday, April 21st. Arrangements were made with the MillerCarlin Funeral Home in Albany. Mark Joseph LeClaire was born April 4, 1957 in Melrose to Walter and Betty

(Silbernick) LeClaire. He lived in the Big Birch Lake area until 1978 when he moved to Englewood Beach, Florida. He was the owner of Boca Grande Restoration Corporation where worked as Contractor/ Carpenter. Mark was a free spirit and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed the beach, deep sea fishing, and travelling. Mark was a handyman who could fix just about anything. Mark is survived by his children, Alycia LeClaire, Cleveland, TN; Brandon LeClaire, Cleveland, TN; his two grandchildren Allana Burchell and Jaiden McIntyre; and his brothers and sister Jesse (Cheryl) LeClaire, New Munich; twin brother, Matt LeClaire, Chickaloon, Alaska; and Joyce LeClaire, Melrose. He is preceded in death by his parents Walter “Cook” and Betty LeClaire; his brother, Luke LeClaire; and his sister Lois LeClaire (Roe).

Letter to the Editor

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By Ron Baert, Sauk Rapids Many folks are rightfully upset that our nation’s debt is astronomical and continuing on an upward spiral. They then reason we need to reign in government spending and therefore support a balanced budget amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways to add amendments. A 2/3 majority by the house and senate is required and then it is to be sent to the states for ratification. If passed by ¾ of the States, that is 34, it then becomes part of our Constitution. All 27 amendments so far have been adopted this way. The second way to add amendments is by 3/4 of the states to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional convention. If that were accomplished then it would be mandatory for congress to do so. It is the assumption of those proponents of a Con-Con that it would be limited to only one idea such as a balanced budget amendment. The idea is commendable but suffers from a dangerous flaw. Most constitutional scholars agree that a constitutional convention could not be limited to one idea and in fact the whole constitution would be subject to change. As trampled on and ignored by many,

it still is a remarkable document that has bound down from mischief many with the chains of the Constitution. Many are waiting in the wings to change that very document that has brought freedom to a nation that has set us apart from much of the world. Urge your representative to vote against any proposal in the legislature that would call for a constitutional convention.

Hey, Little Worm!

Written by Jan Klug Hey, little worm beneath the snow what’cha doing? I’d like to know, are you curled up tight in a ball, or isn’t that your style at all? Are you there next to your duddy, waiting to get wet and muddy? Are you munching a tasty treat, or isn’t this the time you eat? Are you tunneling way down deep, or just lying there fast asleep? Hey, little worm beneath the snow, just how deep do you really go? -It’s a secret, you just can’t tell? So, little worm, I wish you well!

The Last Laugh is on Me

By Saralee Perel When my husband Bob and I were walking through a cemetery, he shook his head and said, “Epitaphs are so serious.” “Right, Bob. Strange, isn’t it?” I walked ahead of him, knowing full well where this talk was going. He caught up with me. “W. C. Fields wanted his epitaph to read, ‘On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.’ Want to hear what I want?” “No.” Apparently he thought I said, “YES! TELL ME!” He went on, “I’d rather be at Burger King, but then again, that’s why I’m here in the first place.” That night I couldn’t sleep. I get goofy when I don’t sleep. I was thinking that the person who has died never gets to hear their eulogy. So I wrote my own. When I woke Bob and told him, I added, “Everyone at my funeral will hear the truth instead of some made-up fairy tale of what an incredibly amazing person I was.” “Let’s hear it.” Fifty-five time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Saralee Perel, will be missed by everyone in the universe . . . and elsewhere. Bob interrupted, “I guess you haven’t been sleeping.” I continued: Known as the Mother Teresa of the 21st century, Saralee gave millions of dollars to the neediest. Insisting on anonymity, she disguised herself as Oprah. If it wasn’t for Saralee, Donald Trump would be living in a trailer down by the river. Saralee is the only psychiatrist who could rehabilitate Charlie Sheen. At his first session, he swaggered into her office and chain-smoked cigarettes. Instead of

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answering her questions, he’d respond by singing: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.” By his last session, he had quit smoking (anything). While he was talking to Dr. Perel, he was knitting tiny pink booties for his poodle. He left her office singing, “I’m a little teapot.” Because of her beauty and unparalleled gorgeous body, Saralee was often mistaken for Jenifer Aniston. Coincidentally she was, in fact, Aniston’s personal trainer. By the age of seven, Saralee received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to world literature for her New York Times bestselling book, My Autobiography: A Profile in Courage. “Bob,” I said, snapping my fingers to stop his face from being stuck in that stunned expression. “Now I’ll read my newspaper obituary. I want people to know the real me, not some lofty madeup stuff about how benevolent I am.” Saralee died from asphyxiation while screaming her head off about how benevolent she is, at which point friends and family surrounding her put a pillow over her head. She is not survived by anybody worth mentioning. According to her wishes, Saralee was buried with the Oscar she won for writing and starring in the remake of “Titanic.” She brilliantly changed the ending so that instead of the ship sinking, the passengers were rescued by the pirate, Johnny Depp, after which they all partied on the deck eating Chinese take-out. She was also buried with her Olympic gold medal for the coveted honor of winning first place in the category: “Rock. Paper. Scissors.” Saralee continued to pg 6

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Helping Hands volunteers that received awards are (left to right) RoseMary Jarnot, Kathy and Jerome Ebnet, Roger and Marcy Schmidt, Betty Kutzman and Joann Pinke. Photo submitted. A Spring Concert with music performed by the St. Francis Choral, the Staples Men’s Chorus, and Staples Women’s Chorus was held in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis on April 3, 2011 to benefit Oasis Share-A-Meal and PaintA-Thon. The concert raised $1552 which included $500 in supplemental funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Pictured are Carol Schmidt, Executive Director at Oasis, and Carlyle Olsen, Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Photo submitted.

Upsala Sr. High March Student of the Month “Keep your head up and do your best” is the advice Upsala High School’s March student of the month, Amanda Wuebkers, gives her peers. Amanda is very active in and out of school following her advice by keeping her head up and doing her best. She participates in three sports, volleyball, basketball and softball, lettering in all three, and leading as a captain in softball and basketball. As a member of the band and choir, Amanda has participated in both concerts and contest. She takes part in the spring musical as well. Even with all her activities Amanda has worked hard academically and has been on the honor roll every quarter. Amanda has been a leader outside

of school. Being an active member in 4-H, Amanda has held three offices, president, vice president and secretary. She has had 4-H needle art projects and beef qualify to be shown at the state fair, where she earned a blue ribbon for her needle art project and a red ribbon for the beef. During the summer months she has taken time to coach Little League. Amanda is a member of the youth group at her church and works each year at the church’s bazaar. Working on neighbors’ farms milking cows and stacking bales is how Amanda earns money for school and spending. When she manages to find some spare time, Amanda enjoys snowmobiling, hunting or spending time with friends. At home Amanda can be found with her parents Robert and Gail Wuebkers and three younger sisters, Kaitlyn, Jenny and Kristin. Amanda plans to attend Alexandria Technical & Community College to study phlebotomy.

Helping Hands Outreach held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

On April 8th over 90 guests attended the banquet to give thanks to the volunteers. These people have given over 440 hours of caregiver coaching, did 112 hours of chores, almost 1000 hours of homemaking, 400 hours of in-home respite and gave over 360 rides. This was all done by a group of volunteers who give of their time and talent to help those in need. The evening started off with a chicken and fish dinner with all the fixings. Entertainment was provided by Irene Schmidt, Cathy Lyon and Allan Dobis of the Sizzling Seniors doing a dance routine and a comedy skit. The staff was also included

in a skit about the Little Caboose. Presentation were given to those who have volunteered 5 years including: Jean Borgman, Alice Hlebian, Jim Jarnot, RoseMary Jarnot, Betty Kutzman, Donna Nentl, Marcy and Roger Schmidt and Rosanne Voss. Those receiving awards for 10 years were: Lenore Dawson, Jerome and Kathy Ebnet, Ramona Fedor, Joyce Hess and Carol Stanoch. We ended the evening with a slide show with pictures from luncheons, outings, classes and much more. If you would like to volunteer to help an elder or adult with disabilities please call our office at 320-746-9960.

Saralee continued from page 5 Saralee was most proud of being nominated and accepted by the prestigious society, The Who’s Who of Owls. Visiting hours will be held at the end of her driveway, anytime. Knock on the front door and Bob will toss her over his shoulder and lug her out. BYOB. An informal mass and barbeque will be held in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. In lieu of donating money to charitable foundations, send exorbitant gigantic flower arrangements. “Bob?” I called out. “Can you hear all this from the kitchen?” “No. That’s why I’m here.”

So I yelled louder, “All I have to do now is my epitaph for my tombstone.” He slowly came into the room. “I’ll write it,” he said solemnly. He wrote: Get my drift, I ask of thee. Here “lies” Saralee. We knew when we heard her eulogy, she’ll be lying throughout eternity. Award-winning columnist/novelist, Saralee Perel, welcomes e-mails at or via her website: She also welcomes friends on Facebook: http://www.

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Swanville Jr. High April Student of the Month Swanville Jr. High is proud to announce Haleigh Sales as the 7-9th grade student of the month for April. Haleigh is the daughter of Bruce and Chris Sales. Haleigh lists her hobbies as shopping, sports, babysitting, hunting and spending time with family and friends. Her future plans include going to college. Haleigh keeps herself busy at school with volleyball, basketball and softball. She was also recently in the Junior High Play. Her advice to other students is to do well in school. Tom Bzdok, Social Studies teacher

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Swanville Sr. High April Student of the Month Swanville Sr. High is proud to announce Marissa Evans as the April Student of the Month for 1012th grades. Marissa is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Evans. Marissa has a wide array of interests including four wheeling, and dirt biking, playing volleyball and basketball, assisting with youth basketball. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. Marissa is very active in school activities. She has played flute in the band since 5th grade, participated in volleyball and softball since 7th grade. She has played basketball for many years, beginning her career in 3rd grade. She has been a student council member since 7th grade. Her day does not end at the end of school though; she also volunteers at the hospital and church and helps younger students with volleyball. Her future plans include going to college and playing sports while there and then becoming a physical therapist. She is a previous student of the month, a member of the All Area Softball and Basketball Teams, All Conference for Basketball and the Prairie Conference Player of the Week for basketball. Her advice to other students is to “work hard, it will pay off in the end.” Char Bzdok, science teacher, comments “I have had the pleasure of teaching and coaching Marissa for the past several years. In this time Marissa has matured into a wonderful young woman

who is very reliable. Marissa takes pride in everything she does and strives to do her best. In the classroom Marissa’s work is always outstanding and she is the type of student that will go above and beyond. This excellent work ethic is also seen on the volleyball court and softball field. She is the type of athlete that gives a 100% all of the time- no matter if it is practice or game time. I am very honored to have her as my student and athlete. Marissa is very deserving of this award!!” Tom Bzdok, Social Studies teacher had this to say in regards to her, “Marissa is extremely deserving of this award. She is a very mature and respectful young woman who sets positive examples for her classmates to follow. Academically, Marissa sets high standards for herself and works hard to achieve them. You can always expect her work to be of the highest quality without exception. Marissa’s dedication and commitment to excellence can also be seen in the many activities that she is involved with outside of the classroom. No matter what she does,she does it to the best of her ability and to the highest standards. With these attributes, Marissa will go far in life. Congratulations Marissa!

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How this stretch run to adjournment works out is anyone’s guess. The Republican-controlled Legislature has crafted bills that balance the budget without raising taxes. With all the talk about reducing and cutting the budget, actual spending will increase in the coming biennium. One thing quickly learned when analyzing government spending is that a “cut” often means a decrease in a spending increase. The Health and Human Services bill is an example, with the discussion centering on the highly publicized $1.6 billion in cuts. Actual spending in the coming two years will be several hundred million dollars more than the current biennium. That’s because, under current law, automatic increases would have resulted in over-all spending being much higher. The Governor has called for tax increases that would raise state spending by 22 percent. The Legislative plan calls for an approximate 8 percent increase. This area of projected state spending is where the major negotiations will take place. One item that has generated lots of comments is the “Two-line Fishing Bill.” Other states, such as Wisconsin, allow multiple lines during open water angling,

and our state does too, but only on border waters such as Lake Pepin and Big Stone Lake. The concern lies with the DNR, who says they would need to evaluate limits if two-line fishing were allowed. They estimate that catches would increase and, as a result, they would probably lower limits. Walleye limits, for example, may be lowered from the current six down to two. The bill was amended in committee to allow two-line fishing only from shore, a dock or pier, or from an anchored boat. It would not be allowed while one was trolling. To me, the main point here is what the DNR would do with limits. If they would be lowered as a result, I don’t think I’d support the bill. A bill in the Colorado Legislature to eliminate daylight saving time was postponed indefinitely. It was proposed by Rep. Ed Vigil on behalf of “all those who can’t deal with going backward and forward.” According to the magazine STATE LEGISLATURES, a recent study showed more injuries suffered by

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Local Municipality Minutes Melrose City March 17, 2011 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Joe Finken, Dick Christenson, and Tony Klasen, Mayor Tim Vogel, and City Administrator Michael Brethorst. Council Member Jenny Mayers was absent. Mayor Vogel presided thereat. Also in attendance were several American Government students from the Melrose Area Public High School. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Vogel administered the Oath of Office to City Administrator Michael Brethorst. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as amended. Mayor Vogel then opened the floor to public comment. There were no comments. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a) The minutes from the February 17 Regular Meeting, February 17 Special Joint Meeting with Area Township and City Officials, February 24 Emergency Joint Meeting with the Commission, and February 24 Special Joint Meeting with the Utilities Commission. b) List of bills in the amount of $ 180,146.29. Included in the list of bills was the purchase by the Melrose Fire Department for a breathing air compressor. The cost of the equipment is covered by FEMA grant money with the City’s 5% matching funds. c) List of investments for the month of February. d) Donation Resolutions: 1) Resolution No. 2011-10, donation of $5,000 from Melrose Dairy Proteins LLC toward the Melrose Fire Department ladder truck; 2) Resolution No. 2011-11, donation of $2,000 from Mel-TV towards the Melrose Senior Activity Center. e) Ambulance Department uncollectible accounts that were submitted to Revenue Recapture: Toni Hahn- Gysberg, $756.00; Wayne Thull, $756.00; Dale Peterka, $2,052.00; Total $3,564.00 f) The following Fire Department uncollectible accounts that were submitted to Revenue Recapture: Richard Elfering, $105.00; Total $105.00 A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda items.

The Council, at 6:02 p.m., then held a public hearing on the request of Coborn’s Incorporated, DBA Coborn’s Liquor for an Off Sale Intoxicating Liquor License. A public hearing is required because of City Code Chapter 113 Liquor Regulations. The regulations require a public hearing before granting a new license or transfer of a license. The City Administrator presented the Affidavit of Publication. Michael Kosloski of Coborn’s Incorporated was on hand to answer questions the Council may have. Allen Vogel, owner of the Dam Bar, commented that he was opposed to issuing the Off-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License. Mr. Vogel is not opposed to competition, but noted that locally-owned businesses do not have as deep of pockets as large corporations. Alyssa Klaphake with SPIRITZ Liquor noted that she was opposed to issuing an Off-Sale Intoxicating due to her concerns that it will have a negative impact on sales at SPIRITZ Liquor and felt that there is already enough competition in the community. (City Code does allow for a total of six OffSale Intoxicating Liquor Licenses) Gerry Osendorf, a resident of the City of Melrose, commented that he was opposed to issuing the liquor license but not due to competition. As an avid snowmobile rider and knowledgeable on statistics relating to snowmobiling, he noted that 75% of all snowmobile accidents are alcohol-related. Therefore, he is opposed to having another off-sale liquor establishment. There were no further comments. The Public Hearing was closed at 6:10 p.m. Ben Glynn with Johnson Controls presented an overview of their company and the products and services they have to offer. The Council directed Mr. Glynn to conduct a preliminary energy audit of the City and Public Works facilities and to present the results of the preliminary analysis to the Commission and Council Members. Assistant County Assessors Jeff Johnson and Kelly Lemke provided an update on valuation changes and other items pertaining to the assessment process. Mr. Johnson presented data for the residential property sales for the period of October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. Twenty-seven residential property sales occurred during this period. Mr. Johnson reported that there were two commercial/industrial sales in Melrose

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for the reporting period. Mr. Johnson reminded the Council that the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting for the City of Melrose is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center. Mr. Johnson asked the Council if they wish to have a representative from the County Assessor’s Office available to meet with the residents one week prior to the Local Board of Appeals and Equalization Meeting to review any questions concerning their estimated market value for taxes payable in 2012. This has been the past practice and has been highly successful. It was the consensus of the Council for the County Assessor’s Office to again conduct the open session. Mr. Johnson then presented the initial 2011 tax capacity rate information from Stearns County which shows a rate of 60.800% for the 2011 taxes payable. The tax rate for 2010 was 61.404%, therefore, there is a decrease of 0.0604%. The rate was estimated at 61.35% at the time the final 2011 levy was certified. On an average home valued at $150,000, this should result in a decrease of about $9 in their annual taxes. Police Chief John Jensen presented the Police Department’s February report. He noted there were 225 calls for service during that month, compared to 157 for February 2010. Mr. Klasen expressed concern over unlicensed and uninsured drivers and the lack of penalties available. He questioned whether it is possible to tow these vehicles. Chief Jensen was requested to further discuss this issue with City Attorney Bob Pottratz, as well as check with the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and other communities on what options are available to deal with these drivers. Police Chief Jensen to further research potential penalties and how to enforce these penalties and to report on his findings at the Council’s April meeting. City Administrator Brethorst stated that staff would provide an update at the next meeting as to options to include education and other options. City Attorney Scott Dymoke reported that he has been working on the following items for the City: Manufactured homes - reviewed proposed FEMA storm shelter construction grant documents to identify City obligations. He also discussed obligations with City staff and explored options to recover funds advanced by the City for the benefit of park owners. Nuisance Property - Reviewed with City staff


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Brethorst stated that he would work with Planning and Development Director Gary Walz to develop an updated time line by the next Council meeting. The Council next gave consideration to a request that an Intoxicating Liquor License (License #6 Off Sale) be issued to Coborn’s Incorporated, DBA Coborn’s Liquor. A background investigation has been completed by the Police Department and no records were found that would prevent issuance of the license. Council Member Klasen expressed concern in issuing an Off-Sale Liquor license due to the competition it would create for the existing Off-Sale license holders, especially in this economy as well as hardship that it may impose on the smaller, locally-owned establishments competing against a larger corporation. Council Member Christenson also shared in the concern of is-

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born’s Inc. The motion died for lack of a second. City Attorney Scott Dymoke advised the Council they would either need to approve or deny the license or table the request until a future date. A motion was made by Mr. Finken approving the off-sale intoxicating liquor license to Coborn’s Inc. The motion was seconded by Mayor Vogel with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Member Finken and Mayor Vogel; Against: Council Members Klasen and Christenson; Absent: Council Member Mayers. It was a tie vote. A motion was then made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried tabling action at this time and to give consideration to the request at a future date when all Council Members are present. Mayor Vogel reported that the Melrose Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Freeport have received a SHIP Grant from Stearns County. Some of the grant money will be used to fund Lake Wobegon Trail signs. The County refused to submit their original request to the state until the two communities would promise 40 parking spots and an additional $3,400 (which is proposed to be paid from the grant funding received). Therefore, after working with the County, SHIP, and Freeport it was decided to share the Lake Wobegon Trail signs. One will be located on the St. Cloud side of Freeport and list the two exits. The other sign will be located on the west side of Melrose and will also include the two exits. Mr. Christenson introduced Resolution. No. 2011-12, Conditions of Stearns County Application for Lake Wobegon Trail Signs Along I-94 showing the City’s support of the trail signs on I-94. The motion was seconded by Mr. Finken with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Christenson, Finken, Klasen and Mayor Vogel; Against: None; Absent: Council Member Mayers. A copy of the resolution is on file in the City Administration Office. On April 10, Police Officer Shawn Swanson will complete four years of service with the City. A performance evaluation was completed and was favorable. Police Chief Jensen recommended that Officer Swanson receive a step increase from Step 3 to Step 4 on the wage scale, which is an increase of $.91 per hour. A motion was made by Mr. Finken to approve the step increase for Officer Swanson. The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with

a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Finken, Klasen, Christenson, and Mayor Vogel; Against: None; Absent: Council Member Mayers. Mayor Vogel reported that the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) recently approved contains overtime language that is different/inconsistent with City Personnel Policy #19 – Overtime in that paid time off leave, with the exception of sick leave hours, is included in the calculation of hours worked for the week in determining overtime compensation. City Personnel Policy #19 does not include any paid time off leave hours to be included for the purpose of calculating overtime (under FLSA standards). The LELS CBA (Police contract) refers to the City’s overtime personnel policy as adopted on December 10, 2009. Since the adoption of the AFSCME CBA, non-union employees have inquired as to whether or not the City’s Personnel Policy regarding overtime will be modified to reflect the change in the calculation of overtime to be the same as the AFSCME CBA. In December 2010, at the Special Joint Meeting of the Council and Commission, it was agreed that only the personnel policy dealing with health insurance would be revised at that time and that the rest of the personnel policies would be reviewed along with a proposed paid time off (PTO) policy starting in early 2011. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried instructing the Ad Hoc Labor and Personnel Committee consisting of Council Member Jenny Mayers, Council/ UC Member Dick Christenson, and City Administrator Michael Brethorst to work with City staff on the review of the City’s personnel policies which would include discussion of the overtime policy. Mayor Vogel reported that Part-Time Police Officer Gordon Stevens has submitted his resignation effective February 28, 2011. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Mr. Stevens. Mayor Vogel reported that due to the resignation of Mr. Stevens as a part-time Police Officer, Police Chief Jensen is requesting approval to fill this part-time vacancy. Because this part-time position is expected to work an average of less than 14 hours per week, it is not considered to be part of the Police Collective Bargaining Agreement. Chief Jensen is requesting that he able to hire for this position without advertising. By law, the City is not required to advertise for job open-

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ings. A motion was made by Mr. Finken approving Police Chief Jensen’s request to begin the hiring process to fill the part-time Police Officer vacancy. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christenson with a roll call vote as follows: For: Council Member Finken, Christenson and Klasen; Against: Mayor Vogel; Absent: Council Member Mayers. The motion passed. Mayor Vogel reported that during a 2010 League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) Loss Control Audit, LMC staff recommended that the City/Utilities enter into a Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) Business Partner Records Access Agreement that would allow City staff to obtain motor vehicle records for its employees. In 2009, the Council and Commission revised Personnel Policy #43 - Commercial Driver’s License, Use of City Vehicles which addresses commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs) and the City’s Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. It also addresses the use of City-owned vehicles by employees. This policy notes that a driver’s record check will be conducted on all new employees. In addition, the City will make periodic motor vehicle record (MVR) checks for all persons who might operate a City vehicle. These checks should be done to ensure the employees do not have a record of reckless or drunk driving, traffic violations, or a high number of accidents that could expose the City to liability if the employee is involved in a traffic accident. However, in order for City staff to obtain the MVRs of employees, the City must complete the DVS Business Partner Records Access Agreement and submit it to the Driver and Vehicle Services for authorization. The form provides DVS with organizational contact information and designates the contact person for the organization. The fee for this service agreement is $100. Local police departments have access to Minnesota DVS data on driving records for law enforcement purposes only and not employment related matters. City employees will be required to sign an annual release. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried authorizing Human Resources Technician Diane Gruber to submit the Agreement request and to designate her as the City/Utilities contact person. Mayor Vogel noted that Planning and Development Director Walz has contacted the four parties that may hold an interest in the vacant residence located at 306 East Second Street South which may be


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in a possible hazardous condition due to its 2008 fire. Two of the parties have signed Consent to Search authorizations allowing the City or its designee to enter the premises to conduct an evaluation of its condition. A third party claimed no interest in the property. The fourth, a law firm representing the mortgage company, stated that since the owner of record, according to Stearns County, remains the original owner, that individual can grant the City or its designee admittance if he so desires. The original owner is willing to give the City access to the residence at its request. Staff recommends that the Council consider proceeding with the performance of a health and safety evaluation of this structure to be performed by the City’s Building Official Dan Marthaler of MidMN Code Enforcement Inc. along with Fire Chief Jeremy Kraemer. The cost for Mr. Marthaler’s services is $250 with a report submission date of April 14, 2011. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried authorizing the evaluation by Mr. Marthaler as proposed. Mayor Vogel reported that on March 7, Chief Jensen and Director Walz met with Hazard Mitigation Administrator Jim Russell of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Melrose Mobile Home Park Owner Randy Dufner regarding partial program grant assistance for the construction of Tornado Safe Rooms/Storm Shelters. Jeff Bonner of Melrose Community LLC / Rose Park joined the meeting by phone. According to Mr. Russell, it appears that partial matching grant funding assistance may be available for both of these proposed shelters. It also appears that if Mr. Dufner and Mr. Bonner pursue assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Program, the City will be required to play a significant role in the process which may include the passage of resolutions committing to providing a portion of the matching grants (which would be reimbursed by the park owners), to possibly bidding out the project, and to serving as the projects’ fiscal agent. Since safe room/ storm shelter grants through this program have historically been for public entities rather than private ones, Mr. Russell will continue to research the extent of the City’s evolving role. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried authorizing City Attorney Dymoke to draft an agreement between the City and each of the mobile park owners to ensure that any costs incurred by the City or other financial commitments made by the City would be reimbursed by the property owner. Mayor Vogel noted that the Council’s request to expand the Utilities Commission membership has been submitted to Senator Gimse and Representative Anderson. Representative Anderson’s office has taken the lead regarding the

requested legislation. Public Works Director Harren has been working with Representative Anderson and has received proposed legislation, S.F No. 931. The proposed legislation limits the number of Commission members to five and calls for three-year terms, and the initial terms of the additional members to be staggered so that no more than two positions on the Commission are open for appointment in any year. The Council directed staff to contact Representative Anderson requesting that the language in S.F No. 931 be changed allowing the number of Commission members and terms to be established by local ordinance. As discussed at the Council’s February 17 meeting, Director Harren has been working with Dave and Lisa Rahn regarding the installation of equipment for a wastewater line to Mr. Rahn’s property located at 1220 Main Street E. Staff has prepared a draft of Petition and Waiver Agreement by and between the City of Melrose, Minnesota and David and Lisa Rahn. The principal amount of the special assessment for the wastewater service line improvement shall not exceed Twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) with the special assessments levied against the Subject Property over 15 years and shall bear an interest rate at 5.2%. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried approving the Petition and Waiver Agreement by and between the City of Melrose, Minnesota and David and Lisa Rahn. City Administrator Brethorst presented information received from Fiscal Consultant Paul Donna of Northland Securities regarding the advance refunding of the 2004 GO Improvement Bonds dated October 1, 2004 (the “Series 2004 Bonds”) and to crossover refund on February 13, 2013 the February 1, 2014 through 2021 maturities of the City’s GO Improvement Bonds, Series 2005A dated September 1, 2005 (the “Series 2005A Bonds”) for interest cost savings. The City’s general obligation rating was reaffirmed at “A1” by Moody’s Investor Services. The NET PV Benefit is 3.308%. Mr. Klasen introduced Resolution No. 2011-13, Resolution Providing for the Issuance and Sale of $2,155,000 General Obligation Improvement Crossover Refunding Bonds, Series 2011A, Pledging Special Assessments for the Security Thereof and Levying a Tax for the Payment Thereof. The motion was seconded by Mr. Finken with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Klasen, Finken, Christenson, and Mayor Vogel; Against: None; Absent: Council Member Mayers. A copy of the resolution is on file in the City Administration Office. The following informational items were then discussed: a) The City of Melrose Local Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City

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Center. b) Utilities Commission’s February 10 Bid Opening Meeting Minutes and the February 14 Regular Meeting minutes. c) Thank You Note from Community Education Director Stacey Austing-Jacobson. d) Community Education Summer Recreation Enrollment information submitted by Community Education Director Stacey Austing-Jacobson. e) Correspondence from Charter Communications regarding fee changes. f) The following are schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1) Long Hot Summer Conference on Trauma & Emergency – March 11-12 in Brooklyn Park. Registration fee: $199 per person. Attending: Ambulance Department Members Lori Jackels, Mike Klein, Kay Klein, and Katie Rademacher; 2) 2011 Executive Training Institute April 4-7 at the St. Cloud Civic Center. Registration fee: $325 per person. Attending: Police Chief John Jensen; 3) League of Minnesota Cities Legislative Conference for Cities, Counties, Schools, and Townships - March 24 in St. Paul. Registration fee: $80. Attending: City Administrator Brethorst and Mayor Vogel. g) Moved to Item #7b(1) A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried that the meeting be adjourned at 8:15 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk Burtrum City April 4, 2011 The meeting of the Burtrum City Council was called to order on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. by Mayor Allen. All members answered roll call. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved on a motion by Jenny Ahrendt and seconded by Clara Taft. Upon vote motion carried. Finance report was given and accepted on a motion by Ron Strassburg and seconded by Anna Payne. Upon vote motion carried. Bills were presented. Motion to approve payment of checks number 6847 thru 6854 was made by Clara Taft and seconded by Anna Payne. Upon vote motion carried. The condition of the streets in town was discussed. We will call to have them bladed. The condition of several properties in town was discussed. Please make an effort to clean them up. Swanville School requested to use the ball field at the park. A motion was made by Jenny Ahrendt and seconded by Ron Strassburg to sign a lease with them. Upon vote motion carried. Being no further business, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Clara Taft and seconded by Ron Strassburg. Upon vote motion carried. These are unapproved minutes. Dorothy Strassburg, Clerk

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Senior Dining Menus: May 2 - 6 Grey Eagle & Upsala Albany MON., MAY 2: Swiss steak, baked potato/sour cream, beets, pears. TUE., MAY 3: Deviled pork chop, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, peaches, chocolate mousse. WED., MAY 4: Pork roast, potatoes, gravy, steamed cabbage, coconut pistachio pie. THUR., MAY 5: Stew, French bread, 7-layer salad, butterscotch bar. FRI., 6: MAY 6: BBQ turkey/bun, potato salad, corn, lemon chiffon. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., MAY 2: Chicken stir fry w/ vegetables, rice, garden salad, pears. TUE., MAY 3: Chef’s salad w/lettuce/ meat/cheese/vegetables, breadstick, chocolate mousse. WED., MAY 4: Beef ravioli w/Italian tomato sauce, romaine salad, coconut pistachio pie. THUR., MAY 5: Sausage quiche, fried potatoes, fruit, muffin, butterscotch bar. FRI., MAY 6: Fish fillet sandwich, seasoned potato wedges, peas, lemon chiffon. Albany: 320-845-4070

MON., MAY 2: BBQ chicken breast, baked potato, peas & carrots, dessert. TUE., MAY 3: Lasagna, lettuce salad, toasted medallions, dessert. WED., MAY 4: Ring bologna, boiled parslied potatoes, sauerkraut, dessert. THUR., MAY 5: Burger/bun, potato salad, lettuce salad, dessert. FRI., MAY 6: Roast beef, creamed potatoes & peas, dessert. Grey Eagle Dining Site: 320-285-4481 Upsala Dining Site: 320-573-2335

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Kringen’s Korner - By Jon Kringen, LPGE Superintendent State agencies call on motorists to share Bullying/Harassment: The issue of knows. Most often, the activities that con- the road following first bicyclist fatality

bullying/harassment is one that can always be addressed and your local school is not immune to this issue; we do take it seriously and this week’s column will discuss our policy and procedures. District Policy 514 on Bullying Prohibition is available for public access on the LPGE website, this policy sets out the basic procedures for reporting and for District action. Parents are encouraged to review this policy. Perhaps even more important than the policy is the action(s) that should be taken if you believe that your child is being bullied/harassed at the school. #1 - Report the activities to the building level administrator. It is not possible for administrators or teachers to see or know everything that is happening in the school. If we are not informed, we are not able to help. #2 - Don’t assume that someone

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Albany Library Brothers Grimm Drama Workshop: Monday, May 2, 3:30-5 p.m., for children ages 5-10. This workshop features drama exploration, crafts, and theater games to help children develop creativity and selfexpression. The attendance limit is 24 and preregistration is required. Grey Eagle Library Return to Honor: Friday, April 29, 7-7:45 p.m. for adults, teens, and children over 10 accompanied. “Return to Honor,” a presentation by Climb Theatre is a forty-minute play, appropriate to community members, family and friends of war veterans, dealing with issues of reintegration

stitute bullying/harassment start outside of school and are very subtle. #3 - Look for changes in your child’s behavior that may indicate they are having problems and talk to someone that can help. #4 - Monitor the social media websites and cell phone activity of your children. This is where most bullying/harassment activities occur and this generally happens after school and on weekends. This type of monitoring can prevent students from being the bully or from being bullied. #5 - If the school is going to take action, we need to know specifics such as the who, what and when of the problem. We all have a role in the prevention and cessation of bullying/harassment activities. This is not a problem that the school can solve alone; parental involvement and support is a critical part of the process.

The snow is gone and Minnesota bicyclists are back on the road, meaning motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The first Minnesota bicyclist fatality in 2011 occurred Thursday, April 21, in Minneapolis. Officials expect a continued surge of bicyclists in 2011 and urge caution for those who may be new to bicycle commuting. Mn/DOT and DPS officials say the law is clear-bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. Eight “rules of the road” to improve bicycle safety are: • Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted - such as interstates. • Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic. • Motorists must at all times maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.

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for adults at the Swanville Senior Citizens Center. If you have not yet started to put your memories to paper, this introduction to memoir writing is for you. A professional teaching artist from the Guthrie Theater will teach the basics of getting your thoughts and ideas from pen to paper. The attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. Brothers Grimm Page to Stage Workshop: Wednesday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for children ages 5-10 at the Swanville Library. This workshop features drama exploration, crafts and theater games to help children develop creativity and selfexpression. The attendance limit is 24 and

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