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Hometown News 29442 120th St. Grey Eagle, MN 56336 Phone: 320-285-2323 Fax: 320-285-5264 Website: Email: The Hometown News is a weekly publication, which is published and distributed every Thursday. Published By

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Tweaking Your Public Speaking -By Harvey Mackay

There are only two times in life when you’re really alone -- just before you die and when you have to make a five-minute speech. Studies have found many people would rather die. You may know Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . His place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Do leaders still sweat it out in the arena? You bet! At least that’s the way I feel every time I make a speech -- and I make 30 to 40 speeches every year! I have a very useful tool to make speech-making easier. It’s called the Mackay 35 to Stay Alive. It’s one of many handouts that are available free on my website, Here are some of the most important points. The most important are the first three: • Room size. • Room size. • Room size! If 100 people are going to attend, the room should seat 75. If 500 people are expected, the room should hold 400. You want the excitement of a standing room only, bumper-to-bumper crowd. I could put the world’s two best speakers in the wrong-size room, or in a room laid out the wrong way, and they would only rate a B. Another hint: Set the podium back a few feet from the audience so you can walk in front of it. You want to create intimacy with the group at critical moments.

Let’s say you are addressing a breakfast, lunch, or dinner audience. Ask your introducer to request politely that the people with their backs to the stage stand up and turn their chairs forward so they can see you better without distractions. And the rest of the audience doesn’t have to deal with them bobbing and stretching throughout your talk. Bring your toolkit: your speech, a ruler and masking tape -- in case the lip of the podium is not high enough to accommodate your papers . . . then build your own lip. Masking tape has another use too: to strap down any creaking door latches that might shut with a bang while you are talking. Your goal is to override noise-makers. Introducers are critical. Always try to have a real pro introduce you. Be wary of someone who is a poor speaker being given the honor. The stage must be set. Outside noise from the adjoining rooms and hallways is the #1 killer of meetings. Is another event being held in the rooms adjacent to your talk? If you can’t hear a pin drop, you’re in the wrong room. A quick phone call to the catering manager will help ensure total quiet. Never, never, never end your program with a question and answer session. You cannot control the agenda or the quality of the questions. The fireworks of your topic can end with a fizzle. Start the Q&A five minutes before the end of your talk. Then transition from one of your answers to a dramatic close. If you have a questionable story, try it out first. Try it out on the person who invited you to speak and at least two others before using it. Better yet: If in doubt, don’t tell it at all. I once asked a friend if I could run a joke by her to make sure it was appropriate. She turned to me and said, “If you have to ask, you already know the answer.”

Find out who the group’s last three to five speakers were and how they were accepted. Probe as to why they were successful or why they failed. Never check a room out with any of the audience present. If the audience has already started to arrive you’re already too late to make substantive changes. Sweating over a malfunctioning microphone demolishes your image. You want the first impression to be you, on stage and in control -- unless it is greeting all the people as they come into the room, which I find makes a great impression. Debrief yourself within a couple hours of a speech. Take 10 minutes to write down what you could do better the next time. With so many unknowns, the amount to be learned is infinite. Try something new every time you speak and you’ll never become stale. Mackay’s Moral: The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about. 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,” and the new book “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World.”

Upcoming Events NOW-DECEMBER 4 • Christmas at the Mansions from 1-7 p.m. at 608 Highland Ave., Little Falls. DECEMBER 1 • St. Rosa Jaycees Blood Drive from 2-7 p.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Church basement. DECEMBER 3 • Upsala Lions Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Upsala School Cafeteria. DECEMBER 4 • Craft & Gift Sale from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Landing, St. Anna. See ad on page 3. • Grey Eagle Community Chorus Christmas Concert at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala and 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grey Eagle. DECEMBER 8 • Senior Pie Social at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, Upsala.

DECEMBER 9 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Christmas Party at 1 p.m. at the center. DECEMBER 10 • Annual Christmas Cookie Care-O-Sell at 8:30 a.m. - Noon at the Community Covenant Church, Upsala. See ad on page 3. DECEMBER 21 • Grey Eagle-Burtrum Lions Annual Holiday Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Grey Eagle. 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 first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

If you have an upcoming event or meeting, please let us know by email: htnews@meltelnet or call 320-285-2323.

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Card of Thanks

Birth Announcement

I would like to thank my children for the wonderful birthday party. I would also like to thank everyone for coming.

Ella Ann Achmann

John and Kelly Achmann of Burtrum are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Ann Achmann, born November 28, 2011 at 10:54 p.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Ella weighed 10 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 22 inches in length. Grandparents are Tony and Darlene Achmann of Burtrum, Agnes Palm of Albany and David Palm of Swanville.

Senior Dining Menus: December 5 - 9 fried beans, layered lemon pie. Albany THUR., DEC. 8: Oriental chicken MON., DEC. 5: Liver & onions or hamburger patty, whipped potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits. TUE., DEC. 6: Oriental chow mein/ rice/vegetables, mandarin oranges peanut butter bar. WED., DEC. 7: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, cream corn, layered lemon pie. THUR., DEC. 8: Sloppy Joe, bun, seasoned potatoes, peas, frosted cake. FRI., DEC. 9: Mushroom & onion pork chop, baked potato/sour cream, carrots, dinner roll, pumpkin bar. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., DEC. 5: Ham/broccoli pasta toss, garden salad, pineapple tidbits. TUE., DEC. 6: Baked potato w/ chili/cheese, Italian lettuce salad, dinner roll, peanut butter bar. WED., DEC. 7: Beef enchilada w/ Mexican rice/lettuce/tomato/onions/re-

salad, fruit, dinner roll, frosted cake. FRI., DEC. 9: Broccoli cheese quiche, fruit, breadstick, pumpkin bar. * Bread and skim milk served with each meal.

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Mildred Pohlmann

I would like to express a big thank you to the Upsala First Response Team. Your care and concern for me after my recent accident was very much appreciated. You are truly an asset to the Upsala community. May God bless each and every one of you on the team. Thank you again.

Bob Theisen

To Submit a Card of Thanks the cost is $2.50 for the first 50 words, 10¢ for each additional word. MUST BE PREPAID. Mail to: Hometown News, 29442 120th St., Grey Eagle, MN 56336.

Holdingford Area Holiday Home Tour The following families will be welcoming guests into their homes decorated for the holidays: In Holdingford: Dick & Mary Struzyk and Doug & Sue Marstein; East of Opole: Mike & Lonnie Strand and Joe & Cathy Lyon. Those participating will enjoy holiday refreshments at Corner Pizza & Antiques located on Main Street. Also, local businesses have partnered with the Holdingford Area Historical Soci-

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Saturday, Dec. 10 • 8:30 a.m.-Noon Community Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, Upsala Christmas Cookies, Breads, Candies, Plus More Seasonal Favorites Sold by the Pound Cookies $8.00/Pound or 50¢ Each Wrapped Gift Trays Available

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Lawrence T. “Rowdy” Rademacher

Obituaries Paul F. Poegel

Paul F. Poegel, 51, of St. Cloud, formerly of the Swanville-Long Prairie area, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 18, 2011. Funeral services for Paul were held on Friday, November 25, 2011, 6:00 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville with Pastor Nate Loer officiating. Interment was held at the Immanuel Cemetery, Long Prairie. Paul was born May 2, 1960, to the late Marvin Poegel Sr. and Betty Ann (Wiseth)

Louise C. Minette

Poegel. He attended school in Long Prairie and Royalton. Paul entered the US Army in 1977. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, reading , and especially spending time with his son Brandon. Paul is survived by his son Brandon, 15 of Duluth, mother Betty Poegel of Swanville, stepmother Kathy Poegel of Long Prairie; siblings: Roxie (Gary) Grell of Swanville, Marvin Jr. (Laurie) Poegel of Swanville, Cheryl (Howard) Hedin of Swanville, Patrick (Cecilia) Poegel of Swanville, Carol (Kenneth) Wimmer of Swanville and John (Janice) Poegel of Long Prairie. Paul is preceded in death by his brother Robert E. Poegel and his father Marvin F. Poegel Sr. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home, Browerville.

Louise C. Minette, age 88 of Sauk Centre, died Monday, November 28, 2011 at her home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 2 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Tim Wenzel officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday evening. Louise Catherine VanHeel was born May 14, 1923 in Freeport, Minnesota to Frank and Agnes (Notch) VanHeel. She graduated from Melrose High School and went on to attend St. Cloud Business College. After college, Louise worked at First State Bank in Sauk Centre. On October 12, 1948 she was united in marriage to Alison “Al” Minette at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Minnesota. The couple farmed outside of Sauk Centre until they retired and moved into town in 2002. Louise enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, baking,

playing cards, and especially spending time with family. Louise was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, St. Margaret’s Mission, and the Sauk Centre Seniors. Louise is survived by her children, Bill (Janet) Minette of Sauk Centre, Tom (Janice) Minette of Sauk Centre, Barbara (Dave) Bodeker of Sauk Centre, Rick (Pat) Minette of New Prague, Christine (Steve) Scepaniak of Waite Park, Mary (Jim) Metcalf of Sauk Centre, and Carla (Tom) Moritz of Spicer; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two on the way; sisters, Leona Schloegl, Marion Huschle, Lorraine Bierschbach, and Bernie Roering; and brothers, Art (Dorthy) VanHeel, Fran VanHeel, Bob (Jan) VanHeel, and Virg (Joann) VanHeel. Louise was preceded in death by her husband Al Minette on June 15, 2010; daughter, Kathy Minette on May 28, 1968; parents; sister, Val Schrantz; and brother, Elmer VanHeel. Serving as casket bearers will be her grandsons, Chad Minette, Matt Minette, Adam Minette, Mike Minette, Alex Minette, Tyler Scepaniak, Travis Scepaniak, Josh Metcalf, and Jacob Moritz. Cross bearer will be Kate Koopmeiners and scripture bearer will be Meghan Metcalf. Arrangements are made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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Lawrence T. “Rowdy” Rademacher, age 94, of Melrose, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Lawrence Theodore Rademacher was born October 27, 1917 in Oak Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to William and Maria (Valentini) Rademacher. On October 20, 1941 he married Hildegard Kemper at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Lawrence was employed at Melrose Memorials and later at Empire Memorials, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, and doing carpentry work for his family. Lawrence was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Melrose. Survivors include his wife, Hilda

Rademacher of Melrose; children, Gerald (Joyce) Rademacher of Melrose, Jim (Julie) Rademacher of Melrose, and Kenny Rademacher of Melrose; eight grandchildren and ten great-granchildren; brothers, Richard (Lorna) Rademacher of Shoreview and Leander (Nancy) Rademacher of Big Lake; and sister, Jeanette (Melvin) Ramler of Sartell. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe and Clarence Rademacher; sisters, Betty Wensman, Lenore Lenarz, and Lorraine Sylvester; infant sister, Rosalia Rademacher; and great-grandson, Brady Rademacher. Serving as casket bearers were Andy Rademacher, Dan Rademacher, Jeff Rademacher, Jason Rademacher, Scott Althaus, Ron Hellermann, Cole Arnzen, and Chad Rademacher. Cross bearer was Heidi Althaus and scripture bearer was Pam Rademacher. Reader was Michelle Rademacher. Petitions were read by Callie Arnzen and Savannah Rademacher. Gift bearers were Dylan Rademacher, Dallas Rademacher, Cameron Rademacher, Maura Rademacher, Katie Rademacher, Tyler Rademacher, and Ashley Rademacher. Eucharistic Ministers were Ruth Traeger, Pat Seanger, and Vern Hollermann. Eulogy was read by Rich Rademacher. Arrangements were with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Anthony B. “Tony” Boeckermann A n t h o n y B. “Tony” Boeckermann, age 85 of St. Francis, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 surrounded by his family at his home in Krain Township, Stearns County, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 30 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis with Rev. Mike Kellogg officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Anthony Bernard Boeckermann was born July 3, 1926 in Melrose, Minnesota to Bernard and Amanda (Toenyan) Boeckermann. On May 13, 1952 he married Edna Hoeschen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Tony attended country school between St. Rosa and Melrose through the eighth grade. He worked at Franklin Manufacturing in St. Cloud and farmed east of Upsala for 12 years. He then moved east of St. Francis and farmed there until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis and the St.

Francis Men’s Society. Tony enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, playing cards, watching the Minnesota Twins, and loved spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Edna Boeckermann of St. Francis; children, Gerald (Mary Jane) Boeckermann of Freeport, Donna Mae (Marvin) Rakotz of St. James, Allan (Maggie) Boeckermann of Glencoe, and Peter (Joan) Boeckermann of Albany; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Marie Kampsen of New Munich, Caroline Ahrens of Grey Eagle, Helen (Donald) Hallermann of Sartell, Roger (Irene) Boeckermann of St. Rosa, and Monica Rieland of New Munich. Tony was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Eleanor Wiechmann, Stella Ostendorf, Lawrence Boeckermann, Rose Mary Boeckermann, Edmund Boeckermann, Wilfred Boeckermann, Bernadine Hallermann, and Frank Boeckermann; and great-grandson, Brady Rademacher. Serving as casket bearers were Timothy Rakotz, Thomas Rakotz, Jonathan Boeckermann, David Boeckermann, Russell Boeckermann, and Richard Boeckermann. Cross bearer was Anthony Rakotz and scripture bearers were Gretchen Wolbeck and Julie Lange. Arrangements were with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Joseph B. “Joe” Otte Joseph B. “Joe” Otte, age 88 of Melrose, died Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. F u n e r a l services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 30 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with Rev. Ken Thielman officiating. Interment was in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Sauk Centre. Joseph Bernard Otte was born August 20, 1923 in Melrose, Minnesota to Ben and Catherine (Hemmesch) Otte. On March 3, 1954 he was united in marriage to Elsie Pederson at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Joe was a farmer for a number of years and also worked at City Sanitation in Sauk Centre, the

Marcella M. Katzner

Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Marcella Marie Katzner, age 88 of Albany was held on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Michael Naughton officiated, and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Marcella was born March 25, 1923 to Peter and Elizabeth (Denne) Moonen. She married Leo Joseph Katzner on October 28, 1941 in St. Anthony. After Leo’s passing, she later married Earl Kraus on April 18, 1980. She lived her entire life in the Albany/Cold Spring area. Marcella worked as a home-maker raising 6 children, as a cook at Sand’s Restaurant in Albany, and as a housekeeper at St. John’s. She was a member of Seven Dolors Church, Christian Mothers, the Parish Life Committee, and she

North Star in Sauk Centre, and Jennie-O Turkey Store for six years. He enjoyed playing cards, playing keyboard, and listening to polka music. Survivors include his children, Ruth Egan of Sauk Centre, David (Debra) Otte of Holdingford, Diane (Joseph) Ness of Paynesville, Robert Otte of Sauk Centre, Harold (Dorothy) Otte of Little Falls, and Kathy Engel of Pierz; 16 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren; and sisters, Irene Tiemann of Melrose, Anna Mae Denne of Melrose, Bonnie Mickels of Moorhead, and Betty Dickhause of Melrose. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Otte on September 3, 1980; parents; two grandsons, Robert Joseph Otte and Clinton Joseph Ness; brother and sisters, Catherine Otte, Casimir Otte, Marie Rademacher, and Sister Edna Otte. Serving as casket bearers were Dave Otte, Robert Otte, Marv Holmquist, Matt Sand, Travis Harlander, and Ryan Beste. Arrangements were with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

served on the Board of Directors at the Cold Spring Senior Center and Oak Parks Villa. She was a member of the Intergenerational Choir at St. Boniface, and also was a past President and Treasurer of the St. Jude’s Mission Group in Albany. Marcella is survived by her children Joann (Sylvester) Ludwig, Roscoe; Joseph (Sue) Katzner, Rice; Norman (Juli) Katzner, Roscoe; Leo (Cindy) Katzner, Shakopee; Allen Katzner, Roscoe; Dennis (Linda) Katzner, Albany; her sister Lorraine Klimmek, Melrose; Earl’s children Rachel and Sharon; her 19 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, husbands Leo Katzner who passed away on May 25, 1976, Earl Kraus who passed away in 1990. Marcella’s siblings Emil Moonen, Robert Moonen, Victor Moonen, Werner Moonen, Richard Moonen, Anne LeVasseur, Esther Dirkes, Alma Westbrock, Juletta Nierengarten, Dorothy Moonen, infant sister Lucella Moonen, grand child Betty Ludwig, Earl’s children Jim and Yvonne, and friend Vince Kunkel.

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The first graders at Swanville Elementary continued in the tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving Feast for family and friends on Wednesday, November 23rd. The students participated in the preparation by creating some special projects to make the tables festive. Ms. Bisek’s class made turkey sugar cookies from scratch. Mrs. Waltman’s class made yummy turkey cupcakes to share. Each of the first graders helped to cut up the vegetables or fruit, making for the most delicious fruit salads and chicken vegetable soup! Following the feast, the students gave a little performance. Mrs. Waltman’s students shared what they were thankful for and placed their leaves upon a tree. They also sang a little poetic song. Ms. Bisek’s class chanted “The Turkey Hunt” song and used the letters from “Happy Thanksgiving” to tell of things they liked or images of Thanksgiving. Submitted by Ms. Theresa Bisek.

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Money Can’t Buy Us Love By Saralee Perel It looked like Bob’s birthday was going to be a pretty gloomy day. He’d be a few hours away at a veterinary oncology group, where he takes our cat, Eddie, for cancer treatment. Plus, I couldn’t get out to pick up even a cake, much less a gift, because I had the flu. I had an idea. And that idea, which started as tiny as a single apple seed, grew into a massive 10-acre orchard. I sent messages to every person I know, including people on Facebook, asking them to please send Bob a birthday e-mail, whether they knew him or not. Instantly, people responded. “I’m on it.” “Will do.” “Count me in.” “Sure thing.” Right then, I could tell that something much bigger than my request for birthday e-mails was brewing. Poet Mary McManus created a birthday poem. It began: Although I do not know you, I know your lovely wife And know you’ve had more than your share of stress & daily strife. I e-mailed the director of human resources at the veterinary group: “It’s Bob’s birthday. Would you please have the staff sing the birthday song?” Before leaving for the appointment, I told Bob how badly I felt about not having a present for him. He said, “Taking Eddie so he’ll feel better is a great present.” As Mary wrote: A heart so full of loving, you give, provide such care To Eddie and to Persy and all the animals whose lives you share. An arthritic blind duck and hummingbirds, A St. Francis of the modern day, With warmth, dry wit and an uncanny calm, you rise above the fray. Rapidly, the energy of people band-

ing together gathered jet-engine force. Friends of friends joined the cause. There were 35 e-mails. My friend Karyn posted on Facebook: “Saralee wants her husband to be flooded with birthday e-mails today. She has the flu and he’s taking their beloved pet for cancer treatment. She’s harnessing the power of Facebook to brighten his day. I love it! Whether or not you know him, please send him birthday cheer.” E-mails came pouring in. The count was 62. When Bob arrived at the veterinary group, he called me to say he made it safely. I said, “Great. Bye!” And hung

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Helping Hands Outreach news By Linda Breth Things are always happening at Helping Hands Outreach in Holdingford. December 7th we will provide a ride to St. Cloud for those who have shopping, errands or appointments to do. Please call our office if you would like to ride along. December 8th is the Community Christmas luncheon featuring the music of the Becker family and of course we will have the usual awesome meal and a few Christmas surprises. Call your family and friends and come spend the afternoon with us. December 29th we have our monthly Caregiver support Group at 2:00 p.m. at the Helping Hands office. If you need

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Obituaries David L. Rohde

Memorial services will be at 12-Noon on Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud for David L. Rohde, age 77 of Grey Eagle who passed away on November 29, 2011 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Darin Towle will officiate. Private interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Grey Eagle at a later date. Family and friends may call after 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. David was born on May 9, 1934 in Grey Eagle, Minnesota to Edward and Vivian (Walker) Rohde. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He married Esther Hallquist and they later divorced. Dave later married Betty A. Weidendorf on June 29, 1983 in Long Prairie. He was employed as a

Louis F. Baggenstoss Louis F. Baggenstoss, age 89 of Albany, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 surrounded by his family at his home in Albany, Minnesota. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial were held Monday, November 28, 2011 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with Rev. Michael Naughton, OSB officiating. Inurnment will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 482. Louis Frederick Baggenstoss was born March 16, 1922 in Albany, Minnesota to Alexander and Gertrude (Madden) Baggenstoss. He was a 1940 graduate of Albany High School. Following high school, Louie served in the Navy as part of the SeaBee’s in World War II. On May 12, 1948 he married Addie Sperl at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. He worked as a cook in Faribault and then moved back to Albany where he worked for Seven Dolors Catholic Church and later at the Albany Enterprise as a pressman and as an Ad man. He also served his community as a police officer, volunteer fireman, and village justice. He continued to serve his community as manager of the American Legion in Albany until his retirement in 1985. His retirement didn’t last long as he began driving bus for the Albany school district. In addition to being an avid volunteer in the Albany area, Louie loved reading, fishing, and hunting. He shared his love for hunting by teaching gun safety through the DNR for over 35 years. He was very athletic and loved boxing, dancing, and the game of baseball. He played in the Great Soo league and has loved the Minnesota Twins since the

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truck driver at La Salle Cartage Company in Minneapolis for many years retiring in 1982. Dave also owned and operated Brook Park Bar and Grill and the Pub in Cloverdale. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #445. Survivors include his daughters, Diana (Clayton) Piipke of Blaine and Debra (Trevor McLean) Hall of Australia; stepchildren, Robert Beaulieu, Rose (Wyatt) Freitag, Rebecca Mattison, Roberta (Dave) Lindquist, Dwight (Laura) Erb, Donny (Sandy) Towle, Bruce (Carroll) Towle, Lori (Chico) Hellmann, Mark (Margaret) Towle, and Ervin (Kara) Towle; three grandchildren, Andrew, Miranda and Cory; two great grandchildren, Logan and Carter; and numerous step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, June Waldvogel, Linda Rohde, Lorraine Denne, Vera Denne, Gerald “Bud” Rohde, and Harold Rohde. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; daughter, Pamela O’Brien; granddaughter, Lacie May Zulawski; brothers and sisters, Frederick Rohde, Myron Rohde, James Rohde, Lavern Rohde, Glen Rohde and Virginia Denne. very beginning. Along with baseball, Louie loved golf, playing golf, talking about golf, anything golf related. His love of golf was rewarded when he shot a hole-in-one on Father’s Day at the age of 78. Louie was an excellent cook and was very good at canning. He was known for his pickles and horseradish. He was very unselfish with his time and cherished his grandchildren. He was always singing to them and telling them stories. He was very proud of his family and he was very devoted to them, especially his wife Addie. He was a long time member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, Past President and member of the American Legion Post 482, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050, Albany Fire Department, and charter member of the Albany Golf Club. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Addie Baggenstoss of Albany; children, Lois Sandvig of Minneapolis, Dean (Mary) Baggenstoss of Bemidji, Ross (Susan) Baggenstoss of Avon, Craig (Debbie) Baggenstoss of Albany, Lisa (Dan) Lundberg of Avon, Leah (Dean) Hoffarth of Albany, and Lynn (Dennis Scepaniak) Baggenstoss of Avon; 18 grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and sisters, June Everson of Seattle, Washington and Daisy Donkers of Faribault. Louie was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Gertrude Baggenstoss; sister, Erna Davis; brothers, Vernon “Jim”, Harold, Elwin, Gordon, Jake, Lloyd, and Graydon Baggenstoss. Serving as urn bearer was his daughter, Lois Sandvig. Cross bearer was Sal Sperl and scripture bearer was Ansie Sperl. Serving as honorary bearers were the past and present members of the Albany Fire Department.

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A d e l i n e Hartwig, age 90 of Swanville, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011. F u n e r a l services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville. Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Swanville. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2011 and Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10-11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church. Adeline was born on March 20, 1921 in Absaraka, ND to the late August & Anna (Schwandt) Beseman. She graduated from Swanville High School with the Class of 1939. Adeline was united in marriage to Walter Hartwig on September 16, 1941 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville, MN. The couple farmed in the Swanville area for many years where they raised their family. Adeline and Walter retired from farming

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Delmar H. Canfield, 77 year old resident of Battle Lake, MN formerly of Swanville and Little Falls, MN passed away Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the Golden Living Center on Otter Tail Lake. F u n e r a l Services were held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls with Rev. David Packo officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Delmar H. Canfield was born on August 17, 1934 in Nobles County, Minnesota to the late Howard & Martha (Stumpf) Canfield. He attended Worthington Elementary School, until the family moved to Grey Eagle, Minnesota where Del attended country school. He joined the U.S. Army on March 12, 1953 serving in Germany and in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1961. Delmar was united in marriage to Delores (Dee) Opsal in August of 1958. The couple resided in Swanville, Minnesota. He worked as a mechanic for Loven’s for 32 years, then drove semi’s for Sonny Peterson Trucking in Swanville until retiring in 1999. In 2003 Delmar moved to Pine Grove Manor in Little Falls then to Bridgeway Estates Apartments.

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and moved to Swanville, MN in 1974. She was a prolific writer, writing articles for both the Morrison County Record and the Long Prairie Leader. Adeline enjoyed working in her flower gardens, watching basketball and the Minnesota Twins. She was also an avid card player, loved feeding birds, and working on embroidery projects. Adeline was very involved with 4-H, which she received several leadership awards. She was also a life long member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville, MN. Adeline was actively involved as a Sunday School Teacher, Release Time Teacher, Catechism helper/associate, and member of Ladies Aide. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly and will be greatly missed by many. Adeline is survived by her children, David (Esther) Hartwig of Albany, MN, Linda Hetland of Roseville, MN, Daniel (Patti) Hartwig of Swanville, MN, Larry (Sandy) Hartwig of Athens, WI, and Joan (Todd) Anderson of Tomah, WI; brothers, Ken Beseman of Swanville, MN and Don (Irene) Beseman of Bemidji, MN; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Adeline is preceded in death by, husband, Walter Hartwig; brother, Gordon Beseman; and parents, August & Anna Beseman.

He enjoyed deer hunting and was a member of the Swanville VFW Post #6037. Delmar was also a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. He is survived by his son, Brian Canfield of Swanville, MN; daughters, Sheryl (David) Hedin of Swanville, MN, Laurie (David) Walker of Park Rapids, MN, Peggy Muellner of Long Prairie, MN, and Penny (Bruce) Hoemberg of Staples, MN; sisters, Louise (Roger) Walter of Little Falls, MN, Anna Meagher of Grey Eagle, MN, Luetta (Bud) Rhode of Burtrum, MN, Marian (Lonny) Leebens of Slayton, MN, Sylvia (Eugene) Hoffman of St. Cloud, MN, and Elizabeth (Turk) Vanlith of Delano, MN; brothers, Norman Canfield of Ellsworth, WI, Lorenz Canfield of Fairfax, MN, and Leonard Canfield of Winnemucca, NV; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Delmar was preceded in death by his parents, Howard & Martha (Stumpf) Canfield; son, Steve Canfield (1990); son-in-law, Jon Determan; sisters, Delores Graber, and Gloria Clear; wife, Delores (Dee) Canfield (2008). Casketbearers were Jerimiah Determan, Mickey Walker, Jason Walker, Joni Canfield, Ginny Determan, and Shawna Muellner.

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Local Municipality Minutes Community Builders November 10, 2011 Presence: Theresa Pansch (Village Café), Jill Kurowski (Style ‘n Go), and Shelly Primus (CMCU) Minutes & Treasurers Report were reviewed and approved. Halloween Meet & Greet Business owners went well. Thank You to all the business that participated. If you have any suggestions or comments for next year, please let Jill Kurowski know. Empty Stocking Ad has been posted in the hometown news. Janine Pohlmann and Sue Ahrens will be took care of requests for the 2012 season. Community Builders will be doing a Medallion Hunt in February. Watch for more details. Next meeting is the Annual Meeting. This will be February 21st at 7:00 with location to be determined. Watch the upcoming events section of Hometown News for location.

Melrose City October 20, 2011 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Dick Christenson, Joe Finken, Tony Klasen, Jenny Mayers, Mayor Tim Vogel, City Administrator Michael Brethorst, and Assistant City Administrator/Treasurer Karen Thostenson. Mayor Vogel presided thereat. Also in attendance were students from Mr. Rushmeyer’s American Government class. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Christen-

son and unanimously carried that the agenda be approved as submitted. There was no one requesting to speak at the open forum. However, Mayor Vogel took the opportunity to inform the public that construction on the new Warrior Boats facility has begun, and he thanked all those involved in helping this project become a reality. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a. the minutes from the August 25 Regular Meeting, the September 6 Special Joint Meeting with the Public Utilities Commission, the September 8 Regular Meeting, the September 26 Special Joint Meeting with MADA, and the October 10 Special Meeting. b. list of bills in the amount of $276,271.85. c. list of investments for the month of September. d. Resolution No. 2011-44, donation of $25 from Melrose Area Women of Today for Night to Unite. e. Approval for the City Clerk to enter into a contract with the St. Cloud Technical College for Fire HAZMAT Operations Training. Two Fire Department members will register for the refresher course and up to seven members for the initial training for a total cost of $7,950, with a portion of the cost ($3,450) to be paid by the HSEM Grant. f. Quote from Granite Electronics for the replacement of 10 pagers at a total cost of $5,354 for the Ambulance Department. The costs to be paid from Miscellaneous Equipment setaside funds. g. Police Officer Patrick Nechanicky will complete five years of service with the City on October 23. A performance evaluation was

completed and it was favorable. Police Chief John Jensen recommended that Officer Nechanicky be granted a step increase from Step 4 to Step 5 on the wage scale which is an increase of $.91 per hour. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to approve the consent agenda. Melrose School Board Members Kathie Dziengel and John Funk gave an update on the upcoming Melrose School referendum vote. This proposed three-year referendum will replace the expiring referendum for the years of 2012-2014. The referendum is proposed at the same level of $700 per pupil, and would result in annual revenues of approximately $1.1 Million. These funds are used to help maintain existing programs. Ms. Dziengel and Mr. Funk stated the Melrose School District has already made about $2.1 million in cuts over the past few years to address the declining enrollment, as well as increased costs for fuel, transportation, special education, materials, etc. They encouraged the Melrose voters to support the renewal of this referendum to help keep education at its highest level possible for Melrose. Jill Sletten, President of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities, and Jeff Thompson, Mayor of Paynesville, provided a brief presentation on the benefits of membership to the MAOSC. They stated that MAOSC’s focus is to provide lobbying and educational services to the small Minnesota cities with populations less than 5,000. There are currently about 300 member cities. It was noted that MAOSC also lobbies at the federal level for small cities. They asked Melrose to consider joining MAOSC.

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Dan Frank, Program Manager for Community Development, then provided a brief presentation on the Initiative Foundation and some of the projects they have helped fund. He noted that Melrose has been both a supporter and grant recipient of the Initiative Foundation (IF) for many years. Administrator Brethorst stated that Melrose currently has two applications for consideration for grant funding that have been submitted to IF, and it is hopeful to know by mid-November whether either or both will be funded. Mr. Frank stated that some of the areas that IF provides grant funding for is to train citizens and community leaders, assist communities in recovering from disasters, start community endowment foundations, partnering with other lenders on business loans, etc. The IF is again requesting City participation for 2012 in the amount of $1,500. In past years, this participation cost has been shared between the General and Utilities Funds. Mr. Frank requested the City again consider being a participant in IF funding. Police Sergeant Craig Maus presented the Police Department’s September monthly report. There were a total of 215 calls for service during September, compared to 200 calls for the same month in 2010. The year to date calls total 2443 compared to 2011 in 2010. Sergeant Maus stated that this increase in calls is due to a change in how calls are now logged in the records management system. Mayor Vogel inquired as to the high number of agency assists. Sergeant Maus stated that this number includes any assists to either neighboring communities, the state patrol, or Stearns County, and includes assisting in the serving of warrants. He stated that the number of assists by these other departments to Melrose is probably about the same number. These assists are designed to provide quick response and stabilization of a situation, and to provide officer safety. Mayor Vogel inquired whether the recording of these assists could be separated with actual agency assists to areas outside of Melrose separate from those assists in serving warrants within Melrose. Sergeant Maus stated he would discuss this with the Police Chief and Police Secretary to see if it is possible. City Attorney Scott Dymoke report that he has been working on the following projects for the City over the past six weeks: • Prepared documents and agreements necessary for the Warrior Boats development. • Received Summons and Complaint for Melrose Motors quiet title action, and determined that this required no response by the City as it pertains to land abutting the Kraft Drive right-of-way.

• Prepared a summary of past discussions with Joe Roelike regarding drainage concerns involving the I-94 Industrial Park. • Reviewed and advised staff of the City Subdivision Ordinance and the application of the ordinance to a proposed development. • Received notification that Judy Adams appeal of the District Court’s dismissal of her suit against the City regarding Rose Park has been dismissed by the State Court of Appeals as it was determined to have not been filed within established timelines. Community Development Director Gary Walz gave an update on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. He stated that, on September 15, the draft Plan was reviewed at a joint meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the Council. The formal Open House for the Comprehensive Plan seeking additional community input on the Plan was held on September 28, which was followed by an informal Open House, where the Plan and maps were on display, held on October 8 as part of the City Open House Exploring Melrose ’11. Director Walz stated that the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold the required Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, November 3. The Plan will then be presented to the Council for adoption on November 17. Administrator Brethorst reported that Northern States Power Company DBA as Xcel Energy as part of the CapX2020 project has requested a permanent easement to place power lines on City-owned property. City Attorney Dymoke reviewed the Easement Agreements and submitted recommendations regarding Parcel No. AQ185/186. The Easement Agreement for Parcel No. AQ185/186 has been revised to address these issues. Administrator Brethorst stated that staff has reviewed the request for impact to utilities, Wellhead Protection Plan, and legal compliance. The Planning and Zoning Commission has also reviewed the easement requests and their compliance with the Comprehensive Plan as required by Minnesota State Statute 462.356 Subd 2. The Commission is in agreement that the easements are in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan as outlined in the Commission’s report to the Council. Administrator Brethorst stated it is staff’s recommendation to approve the permanent lease as presented. Staff also recommended that the funds generated from the Lease be placed in Fund 203 and designated for future land purchases. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to approve the Land Easements for the construction of power lines and the acceptance of

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funds and dedication of said funds for future land purchases. Consideration was then given to approving the 2011-12 Safety Management Program Contract between the City and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA). The agreement is in effect from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. The fee for the program is $8,950 which is an increase of 3.2% from 2011. The fee for 2011 was $8,675. In addition to the safety program cost, there is an additional 2011-2012 JTS (electric only) training at the cost of $2,200 The total training costs are $11,150 and are split as follows: Streets: $2,559.70; Water: $635.45: Wastewater: $2,559.70; Electric: $3,195.15 plus $2,200.00 JTS. The Utilities Commission, at its October 3 meeting, gave approval to entering into the safety agreement with MMUA. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to concur with the Utilities Commission and to authorize the Public Works Director to execute the Safety Management Program Contract. The Council, at its September 8 meeting, authorized Stantec (formerly Bonestroo) to prepare the plans and specifications and receive bids on the 2011 Daylight Court Improvements and set the bid opening for October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Melrose City Center. A bid was received from Breitbach Construction in the amount of $14,778.55. The engineer’s estimate was $9,745. Stan Hanson, the City’s Engineer from Stantec, was on hand to answer any questions and made recommendation that the bid be awarded to Breitbach Construction. He stated that although only one bid was received, the project was too small to make it cost feasible to rebid. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to award the 2011 Daylight Court Improvements Project bid to Breitbach Construction in the amount of $14,778.55. Administrator Brethorst reported that the City has been approached by Mark and Barb Meyer of Melrose regarding parcel 66.37038.0000, which has two elm trees that are in need of removal due to Dutch Elm disease. The estimated removal cost is $1,200 as per a quote from Hoffman Tree Service of Sauk Centre. Mr. Meyer has requested the City cost-share in the removal of the tree at 50% or $600. Administrator Brethorst stated that during two separate staff meetings on October 10 and 11 with Bill and Mark Meyer, staff reviewed the plat and unplatted areas, and it appears there may be a flaw in the

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description, plat and title of the lot in the question. The lot in question is in dispute due to the road dedication dated prior to the 1961 Plat titled River Heights as well as an 1874 unplatted parcel of land that is adjacent to the parcel currently owned by Bea Kraker. During staff discussions with Bill Meyer, former City Attorney, the City required the land to be dedicated as a future road placement. However, due to the unclear records of the day of the parcel, the Engineer, City Attorney and surveyors were unable to provide clear description of the parcel. It was determined at the time between the City, affected parcel owners, Engineer, City Attorney and Surveyor that the plat should proceed with the parcel in question to remain as is, which is currently in Barb Meyer’s name. Mark Meyer stated that it is his intent to transfer the affected parcel to an adjoining property owner upon the removal of the trees as the lot is unbuildable as is. The Council expressed concern over removing trees from private property as this has not been the protocol in the past. After discussion, Mayor Vogel called for a motion three times to

cost share in the tree removal costs from the Barb Meyer property. The issue died for lack of a motion in the affirmative. Administrator Brethorst reported that, according to the Fire Department Policies, Officers’ terms expire every two years. The terms will expire on January 1, 2012; therefore, applications for Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief, and Training Officer were accepted through October 15. One application was received for the Fire Chief position which is from the current chief. Therefore, it was recommended that Jeremy Kraemer be reappointed as Fire Chief for the years of 2012 and 2013. Four applications have been received for the two Assistant Chief positions and two applications have been received for the Training Officer position. The applications are being reviewed by Human Resources Technician Diane Gruber to ensure they meet minimum qualifications. The interviews for the Assistant Chiefs and Training Officer will be conducted by the Fire Chief and Executive Fire Relief Association Executive Committee Members Loren Pundsack and Bunker Hill. A recommendation on these

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appointments will be made at the Council’s November 17 meeting. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to reappoint Mr. Kraemer as Fire Chief for the years of 2012 and 2013. Chief Kraemer was commended for the great job he has been doing as Fire Chief over the past years of service. Sergeant Maus, on behalf of Police Chief Jensen, requested authorization to obtain quotes for a new squad car for delivery in 2012. He noted that the Department would be trading in the 2006 Crown Victoria for a 2012 all-wheel drive vehicle that would be the Chief’s vehicle, but would be used by the Officers during inclement weather. Administrator Brethorst stated that the Department is starting a 5.3 year per vehicle average replacement schedule, with the Police Chief’s vehicle being kept for eight years, and the squad cars being replaced after four years. Sergeant Maus noted there has also been some interest expressed in the nonrunning former Reserves Suburban. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to approve the Police Department to obtain quotes for a 2012 vehicle. Joe Roelike was on hand to express his concerns over the potential effect the proposed Warrior Boats development may have on the drainage within the I-94 Industrial Park. He noted that the stormwater runoff has worked fine, but is concerned over what there will be any water backup onto his property during the spring thaw. He felt that a stormwater pipe should be installed through the I-94 Park to prevent this from ever happening. Mayor Vogel inquired whether

Grey Eagle Library Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop: Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for children in grades 6 - 12. They will design their own print and using an etching process create a plate, ink the design and print it onto colored card paper. Students will be able to experiment with designs and colors for unique holiday season cards. All supplies will be provided. Upsala Library Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop: Friday, Dec. 9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for children in grades 6 - 12. Cartoon Art Workshop: Friday, Dec. Storage Space Available 9 from 12:15 - 3:00 p.m. in the Art Room You Store It, Lock It at Upsala Area Schools. Session times are: Starting at $35/Month & Keep The Key Grade 2 from 1:23-2:13 p.m.; Grade 5 from COUNTRYSIDE STORAGE 12:30-1:19 pm.; and Grades 7 -12 from 320-285-7116 2:17-3:00 p.m. The attendance limit is five Burtrum, MN per session, and preregistration is required, 320-573-4282.


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the County ditch Mr. Roelike was referring to had ever frozen in the past. Mr. Roelike stated this has not happened for over 40 years. Mayor Vogel stated the City is committed to being good land stewards and that this issue would be continually monitored. Administrator Brethorst stated that Warrior Boats has been made aware of the drainage requirements that need to be included in their development plans. Mr. Hanson from Stantec stated the design of the I-94 Park is for the water to run to the retention pond, not the ditch. But the ditch collects the runoff water from many properties westerly of the Roelike and I-94 Park properties. Mayor Vogel reported that at the Council’s first meeting in January 2012, consideration will be given to making appointments to the various boards and commissions. A notice regarding same was published informing residents that those interested in seeking appointment should submit their application to the City Clerk by no later than November 11. Applications are available on the website at under City Information or at the Melrose City Center. Terms are expiring on the following boards and commissions: • Housing and Redevelopment Authority: one member (fiveyear term). Term expiring: Donald Meyer. • Planning and Zoning Commission: two members, four-year term. Term expiring: Dave Rodahl and Kevin Thomes, Council Representative, this is an annual appoint-

ment. Tony Klasen is the Council Representative. • Public Utilities Commission: Council Representative, this is an annual appointment, Dick Christenson is the Council Representative. • Melrose Area Development Authority: Council Representative, this is an annual appointment, Jenny Mayers is the Council Representative. Administrator Brethorst stated that the Melrose City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of taking action on a possible request for variance by the Planning and Zoning Commission. He also recommended that a Budget Workshop Meeting be scheduled for Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. to address the impact that the change from the Market Value Homestead Credit to a Market Value Exclusion basis adopted by the State legislature will have on Melrose residences and businesses, and what the City can do to mitigate these impacts. The following informational items were then reviewed: a. correspondence from Charter Communications on network upgrades. b. Public Utilities Commission September 12 Regular Meeting and October 3 Regular Meeting minutes. c. CentraCare Health System – Melrose Financial Statements Years Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010. d. Summons for Quiet Title for

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Real Property as described in Section 7 of the attached summons. e. The following purchases that no longer require Council approval but are presented as informational items: 1) H & L Mesabi: cutting edges for the snow plows; Street Department purchased under the state contract, approximately $2,429.75. f. Community Education Director Stacey Austing-Jacobson’s summary of the Summer Recreation Enrollment. g. MADA’s August 22 Regular Meeting minutes. h. Planning and Zoning Commission’s September 1 Regular Meeting minutes. i. Building Permit Summary Log for Third Quarter 2011. j. Correspondence to Roger Stradal with the DNR regarding the Mill Pond sediment buildup. k. The City has been contacted by Warrior Boats requesting an extension on the construction completion date. The development agreement originally stated that the construction to be substantially completed by January 2, 2012. The Warrior group is requesting that the substantial completion date be extended from January 2, 2012 to March 28, 2012. This has been discussed with the City’s Development Consultant Traci Ryan who sees no impact on the City by granting this request. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried that the meeting be adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk

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