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Hire a professional -By Harvey Mackay

A woman received a phone call at work that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left the office and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication, but when she got back to her car, she discovered that she’d locked her keys inside. Desperate, she started to pray: “Dear God, please help me get back in my car so I can help my daughter.” Just then a man pulled up on a motorcycle. He had a long beard and his arms were covered with tattoos. He asked what the matter was, and the tearful mother told him. “Don’t worry,” the biker said. “I can get inside the car.” He went into

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the drugstore and came out with a coat hanger. In minutes, he had the door open. “Oh, thank you!” the woman cried. “I prayed for someone to help me, and God sent me the kindest man in the world!” Embarrassed, the man took a step backward. “I’m not actually a good person, ma’am. In fact, I just got out of prison last week for stealing cars.” The woman looked up toward heaven. “Thank you, God, for sending me a professional!” Whenever I need to get something done, and I realize I don’t have the skills for the job, I hire a professional. Maybe you need help designing a marketing piece or a website. Or you are writing a book and need a professional editor. How about public speaking or planning a special event? You will save yourself many headaches and mistakes if you hire a true professional. After all, you want the best results possible. And most of the time, the payoff far exceeds the expense. Professionals are knowledgeable, experienced, focused and most importantly, they are cool under pressure and used to dealing with the unexpected. They are not infallible and still make mistakes, but they are better equipped with dealing with them. We all have specific skills, but we

can’t know everything. There is no glory in trying to fix a problem if your efforts only make matters worse. You think you will save time and money? It’s far less expensive to swallow your pride than to choke on arrogance. If I want to learn a new skill, I hire a professional coach to teach it to me. I want to practice the right concepts, so I won’t get it wrong. Practice makes perfect … not true. You have to add one word … Perfect practice makes perfect. Legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry explains, “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” Over my lifetime, I’ve had numerous professional coaches to help me develop whatever natural talent I may have. I understand that I will never be as good as the coaches I’ve hired, but I can surely improve on my limited abilities. So I go to the people who know what they are doing. I’ve hired professional coaches for public speaking, writing, ideas/ creativity, foreign languages, running marathons, golf, tennis, water and down-hill skiing, swimming, dancing, bowling, boxing, scuba diving, ice skating, basketball and many others. I’m not spending a single penny; I’m making an investment in myself. Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 • Upsala Lions Club Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Upsala School cafeteria. See ad on page 3. • Mary of Lourdes Home & School Organizations 40th Annual Carousel of Crafts from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Little Falls Community Middle School. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 • Swanville Senior Center Christmas Potluck Lunch starting at 1 p.m. See ad on page 3. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 • Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions Annual Winter Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Grey Eagle. • Community Builders Holiday Kickoff from 4-6:30 p.m. See ad on page 9. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 • 9th Annual Christmas Cookie CareO-Sell from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Community Covenant Church, Upsala. See ad on page 3. • Kaffee Time from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Upsala Community Center. See ad on page 3. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 • Melrose American Legion & Auxiliary Regular Meeting & Christmas Party at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Club. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Annual Christmas Party at 1 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 • Santa Day from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Swanville Senior Center. 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. FEET FIRST CLINIC • Meets every 1st Tuesday morning at Holdingford City Hall. FOOD DISTRIBUTION • Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution first Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING • Meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/lunch. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE SENIORS • Exercise Classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grey Eagle Senior Center.

GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. HELPING HANDS EXERCISE • Exercise and Line Dancing meets every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., Holdingford City Hall. HELPING HANDS COM. LUNCH • Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. SUNSHINE CLUB • Meets every Monday, weigh in at 9 a.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle. ST. CLOUD SINGLES CLUB • Dance & Activities every third Friday from 8-12 at the Waite Park Legion. 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 at 7 p.m. 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. UPSALA COMMUNITY CENTER • Exercise Program every Monday at 10:15 a.m.

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne First Radio

Radios today are thought of as old technology and have given way to television and hand or lap devices. In the later 1910’s a radio was the technology desired by Minnesotans. It gave them access to a voice hundreds or even thousands of miles away. One of my farmer readers shared a story about their first radio. It was in the late 1920’s and the local feed mill operator encouraged some of the local farmers to plant potatoes, because he felt that the price was going up. So they planted, dug and hauled the potatoes to the feed mill, where the operator said he had access to a potato buying firm. He would sell the potatoes and make a good profit for the farmers. One day he drove out to the farms to offer them their cost for the potato crop, but there wouldn’t be a profit, since he said the price didn’t go up. One of the neighborhood farms had a radio and he found out that the price had actually almost doubled. This information traveled through the neighborhood and a group of angry farmers went to the mill to inform the operator that they were not going to do business with him anymore and that he better not sell their potatoes. The operator told them that they better not try to reclaim their potatoes, however the farmers felt differently. They had no way of contacting any potato buyer, since they had no phones and the only possible method of contact was by mail and they didn’t have access to an address to contact regarding the sale of their crop. After consideration, the farmers decided not

to sell their potatoes and they informed the mill operator that they would pick them up from him and when they had all they wanted, he could keep the rest. It is now getting into the winter months and the potatoes in storage began to freeze and rot. The farmers didn’t want to bring a bunch of rotten potatoes home, so they left them at the mill. They felt that it was fair that the mill operator should try to get rid of the stinky rotten potatoes as a penalty for trying to rip them off. This farmer decided that if he had better access to information, it might keep him from getting ripped off in the future. The following fall the farmer purchased a Battery Company 32 volt radio at the state fair. The train delivered it in two weeks. Preparation for the radio’s delivery required the construction of an aerial. The higher the aerial, the better the reception. So they went to the swamp and cut the tallest tamerack they could find and brought it home and put a 20 foot pipe on the top of it. This brought the aerial up about 55 feet. A wire was attached to the top of the pipe and it was dug into the ground for support. The aerial wire was then attached to a 20 foot pipe attached to the upper part of the house and brought down the side in glass protectors. The radio arrived and it had a yellow dial for regular stations, a red dial for police band and a green dial for international reception. It worked great and the whole family stayed up late listening to the programs. Later that night a storm moved into the area and there was an extremely loud bang, causing everybody to quickly run to the main floor of the house to find out what caused the bang. They noticed the grass burning around the aerial pole and a smoky stink in the house, which was found to be caused by a lightning strike. The odor came from a doily smoldering on top of the

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2

And, believe me, it comes back tenfold. Many times over the years when I’ve purchased a new electronic gadget, I’ve hired the person who sold me the device and paid them to come to my office to teach me how to use it. Technology can be difficult for me, so I hire a pro to teach me and take copious notes. Does that seem frivolous? Not to me. The sooner I can be up and running, the more efficiently I can work. The old saying, “time is money,” is so true. Why waste your time and money when so much help is available to enable you to save both time and money in the long run? I’ve been on the other side of the equation too. I’ve been honored to be asked to be a mentor, usually not paid, to help aspiring salespeople and

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entrepreneurs hone their skills. It’s so rewarding to pass along professional knowledge and experiences. If I can steer someone away from making a monumental mistake, I’m satisfied. I want to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism so that they understand the importance of seeking the best advice. Mackay’s Moral: Admitting your own weaknesses is a sign of strength. Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World,” and “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door.”

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radio, the destruction of the radio and the wiring in the house, which all had to be replaced. The radio was sent back to the factory and after a few weeks, it was returned and worked well for the next 15 to 20 years. It was replaced after rural electricity was available. The repaired radio was kept until about 5 years ago, when it was sold. It still worked well. Daily farm product prices certainly allowed the farmer to run a more profitable farm and the programming

and music helped to fill the previously quiet evenings. I’m sure that many of you remember the radio as a comfortable companion, especially during a winter evening. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at _________________________________

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Cattle Feeder Days Coming to Central Minnesota December 13

By Brenda Miller, University of Minnesota Extension The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will be bringing the Cattle Feeder Days program to central Minnesota in early December. This program is intended to educate beef and dairy beef producers who feed cattle and those in the beef industry who work with these farms about current hot topics and issues facing the industry. Cattle Feeder Days will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m. at The Hub Supper Club, located at 30905 County Road 13 Burtrum, MN. Registration includes an evening meal and handouts. Online pre-registration will stay open until December 12th. There is a fee. Online registration link: https:// The featured topics at this session

include: • “Beef Quality Assurance Feedlot Assessments”-Ashley Kohls, BQA Coordinator • “Impact of Feedlot Environment on Cattle Performance: What can management do to alleviate it?- Dr. Sheri Bundy, Corn Belt Livestock Services • “Strategies to Feed and Manage Cattle in Open Feedlots”- Dr. Sean Montgomery, Corn Belt Livestock Services • “Market Update and Volatility”-Speaker TBD For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or questions please contact Brenda Miller at the Todd County Extension Office at: nels4220@umn. edu or 320-732-4435 or Nicole Kenney Rambo at the Willmar Regional Office at: or 320-2350726 ext. 2009.

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Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop on Social Security on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 7th St. NE, Little Falls. This workshop has been updated to reflect recent Federal legislation. It is designed for people trying to decide when, and how, to start taking their Social Security benefit. Called “Social Security: Strategize to Maximize,” presented by

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Obituaries Victor A. Buchholz

V i c t o r A.Buchholz, age 88 of Roseville, passed away peacefully at home November 14, 2016. Vic worked at Opus Construction for 42 years and was General Superintendent of field operations

Carol M. Prodinsky

Carol M. Prodinsky, age 68 of Melrose passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the CentraCare Pine Haven in Melrose, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Sauk Centre.


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for many of those years. He was also an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved to fish and hunt. Survived by wife of 51 years, Pat; children Vicky (Mark) Halvorsen, and Joe (Susan); grandchildren, Caroline and John; sister, Elizabeth (Ray) Meldaus; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Albert and Ida; siblings, Doris Guse, William, and Grace Larson. Funeral services have been held. Arrangements by Roseville Memorial Chapel.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church in Meire Grove. Carol Marie Walz was born March 31, 1948 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Leonard and Margaret (Bӧsl) Walz. On February 20, 1971, she was united in marriage to James Prodinsky at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She was a homemaker all her life; raising their five sons. She enjoyed playing cards and games, watching soap operas, and listening to country music. Carol was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Survivors include her husband, Jim Prodinsky of Melrose; sons, Brian Prodinsky of Sauk Centre, Joe (Amy) Prodinsky of Melrose, Jason Prodinsky of St. Cloud, Mike Prodinsky of Melrose, and Kevin Prodinsky of Rochester; brother, Donald (JoAnn) Walz of Sauk Centre; and sisters, Evelyn (Robert) Schmidt of Sauk Centre and Mildred Poepping of Sauk Centre. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Margaret Walz; and sister, Marie Vornbrock.

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J a m e s Morton Neville of St. Louis, f o r m e r l y from Edina, Minnesota, passed away on November 21, 2016, at the age of 77. Jim is survived by his son Steve Neville (Renee Schwanke and her children Aubrey, Arien, and Lacy and grandson Greysen) of Grey Eagle, MN, and his daughter Marty Neville Hereford (Andrew) and his grandson, James Neville Hereford of St. Louis. Jim is also survived by his sister, Laurie Frenzel (Peter) of Middletown, CT and his sisterin-law Kathleen Neville (Boise, ID). Jim was preceded by his wife of 54 years, Judie Neville who died on November 26, 2015, his parents, the Honorable Judge Philip and Maurene Neville, and his brother, Philip Neville Jr. Jim graduated from Edina Morningside High School in 1957. Jim was described by his classmates as “long, lean and likeable” and we’ve been told that his shy demeanor made him a successful “chick magnet.” Jim obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1961 and on September 9 that same year he married the love of his life, Judie Proctor. After a short and very cold honeymoon in Duluth, Minnesota, Jim and his bride returned to the University of Minnesota, where Jim enrolled in Law School. Jim graduated from Law School, magna cum laude, in 1964. Jim was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Minnesota Law Review. After graduation, Jim joined the law firm of Johnson & Thompson (subsequently Thompson & Klaverkamp and eventually Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly) as an Associate and made partner in 1969. In 1970, he accepted the position of Associate Counsel at General Mills, Inc. and became Senior Counsel & Secretary in 1976. In 1983, Jim moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ralston Purina Company. Jim served in this role until his retirement in 2001. Jim cherished the role of mentor to many young lawyers and law students. A true believer in giving back to the legal community, Jim served on the “Justice for All” ball committee for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (1992-2001) and the Capital Campaign Advisory Board (1999-2001). Early in his legal career

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Jim often accepted in kind payment from clients who could not afford his fees. Although Jim was not much of an athlete, he was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching professional and collegiate football and hockey and professional baseball. Jim actively participated in March Madness and the Frozen Four. Jim also followed high school sports, both in St. Louis and Minneapolis, including the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, which he followed every year. Jim proudly accepted his grandfather’s name of Bumpy. Bumpy loved to talk sports with his grandson and enjoyed hearing about Jimmy’s own athletic achievements. Bumpy enjoyed teaching Jimmy to play cribbage and they spent countless hours building Lego sets. Jim was an exceptional bridge player. Before moving to St. Louis, Jim and his wife hosted “bridge weekends” at their cabin on Big Birch Lake, in Northern Minnesota, where they played bridge, smoked cigarettes, laughed, and drank martinis all weekend. Jim became a sought after bridge partner in St. Louis, playing in several different bridge groups. His wife eventually got used to friendly women calling him to play bridge. When not hosting bridge weekends, Jim and his wife enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the cabin. He loved taking the kids fishing and water skiing during the morning and in the afternoon he enjoyed relaxing on the porch with his favorite book on his chest. Jim was also a collector extraordinaire, having what we believe to be the only collection of books on playing bridge and the only collection of ice cream scopes. Jim and his wife were active in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Jim served on the Vestry, assisted St. Peter’s with the Capital Campaign, and served on the Search Committee in 2001 for the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Missouri. Jim was very charitable, supporting many organizations including City Academy and the Covenant House of Missouri. Jim lost two nephews to Cystic Fibrosis and so he was also a long time donor to the CF Foundation. Jim also served on the Board of Directors for The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Crisis Nursery of Minneapolis, Goodwill Industries of Minneapolis, and the Park National Bank of St. Louis Park, MN. A memorial service in celebration of Jim’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue on December 2, 2016, at 11:00 with a reception immediately following at Old Warson Country Club. Memorial donations can be made to the Big Birch Lake Association.


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LouAnn B. “Lou” Middendorf L o u A n n B. “Lou” Middendorf, age 78 of Melrose, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the CentraCare Nursing Home in Melrose, Minnesota. Her strength, determination and grace showed throughout her journey. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1 at the PattonSchad Funeral Home in Melrose with Deacon Ernie Kociemba officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Lou Schlicht was born March 23, 1938 in Melrose, Minnesota to Max and Lorraine (Claseman) Schlicht. She worked as a secretary at St. Mary’s School for 19 years. She then worked

part-time at Melrose State Bank/US Bank for nine years; retiring in 2000. Lou was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a volunteer election judge for many years. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling at the Melrose Bowl and traveling to Las Vegas. She also enjoyed dog sitting, Melrose sports, especially boys’ basketball, was a MN Vikings fan and enjoyed scratch offs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Deb (Keith) Miner of Circle Pines, Terry Middendorf of Minneapolis, and Sheila (Robin) Handy of Minneapolis; four grandchildren, Brooke (Sam) Schmitz, Nikki Middendorf, Kelly Miner, and Sammy Miner; and two grand dogs, Maizey and Mickey. Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Lorraine Schlicht. Serving as casket bearers will be Deb and Keith Miner, Sheila and Robin Handy, Terry Middendorf, Sam Schmitz, and Jeff Goihl. Cross bearers will be Brooke Schmitz and Nikki Middendorf and scripture bearers will be Kelly Miner and Sammy Miner.

Benedict “Ben” P. Lapos Benedict “Ben” Lapos, 71 year old resident of Sobieski, MN passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, MN, with Father Jimmy Joseph officiating. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Friday and from 9 to 10 AM on Saturday at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN. Parish Prayer Service at 6 PM on Friday. Benedict “Ben” Patrick Lapos was born on March 17, 1945 in Parker Township, MN to the late George and Rena (Kutz) Lapos. He grew up in Randall, MN and graduated from Little Falls Community High School in 1963. On October 16, 1965, he married Dianne Wimmer, his high school sweetheart, at St. James Church in Randall. Ben and Dianne first lived in Holdingford before buying a hobby farm in Swan River Township where they raised eight children. Ben was a welder at DCI Inc. for 43 years, where he was an active member of the Boilermakers Union. In his earlier years, Ben enjoyed spending time outdoors, visiting relatives and playing cards with neighbors. In his later years he became active in the Little Six Baseball Club, Sobieski Lions, and active in his church in numerous areas. He also found comfort in volunteering at the Care Center


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in Little Falls. Ben enjoyed taking bus trips, gardening and canning his produce, and taking walks while visiting with neighbors. He took great pride in his family by organizing holidays and get togethers, as well as the annual summer campovers. Ben will be remembered as a dedicated husband, proud father, beloved grandfather, and loyal brother. Ben is survived by his loving Children, Lori (John) Kokett, Cindy (Jimmy) Olson, Patrick (Kristy) Lapos and Michelle (Michael) Olson all of Little Falls, Julie (Jason) Kuchar of Pine Springs, MN, Kerry (Sheldon) Atwood of Grand Forks, ND, Andrew (Megan) Lapos of Marine on Saint Croix, MN, Stephen (Shelley) Lapos of Bemidji, MN, and 24 loving grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his mother-inlaw, Bernadine Wimmer of Little Falls; siblings: George (Marilyn) Lapos of Little Falls, Ann Marie (Gerald) Adamski of Randall, MN, Mary Jo Lapos of Randall, MN; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Ben was welcomed into his heavenly home by his wife, Dianne (2011); parents, George and Rena Lapos; father-in-law, Leo Wimmer; infant son, Brian; infant granddaughter, Joy; brothers, Donald, Ervin, and Lawrence Lapos; and sister-inlaw, Darlene Lapos. Open at 2 pm Mon-Fri; Noon on Sat.

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A Honor Roll Grade 12: Parker Barth, Benjamin Blonigen, Samantha Blonigen, Noelle Kedrowski, Alexandra Kludt, Jolene Kremers, Rachel Prom, Andrew Ripplinger, Mia Roerick, Joshua Schlumpberger, Cody Stoermann, Katlin Welinski. Grade 11: Ashley Biniek, Gabriel Douvier, Matt Herzog, Ester Rica Jerez, Stefani Pohlmann, Andrew Prokott, Bennett Westrich, Anna Woidyla. Grade 10: Caitlyn Douvier, Annika Gunderson, Bailey Hayes, RaeAnn Koetter, Alexis Krebs, Mason Lange, Mathew Tholl, Alexandra Wuebkers, Brandon Young, Cheryl Zimmerman. Grade 9: Amber Biniek, Shanna Campbell, Peyton Guthrie, Alison Harren, Laura Lange, Michael Lange, Collin Prom, Abigail Ripplinger, Isaiah Wardlaw. Grade 8: Paige Binek, Anna Blonigen, Shanna Dobmeier, Darcey Hayes, Olivia Hollermann, Carter Johnson, Ana Juarez-Lucio, Gavin Koetter, Shelby Krebs, Emma Kremers, Gracie Leners, Wil Leners, Grace Maciej, Ethan Moon, Olivia Peterson, Audrey Thomas, Journey Wenker, Austin Wensmann, Zoe Wiegers. Grade 7: Rachel Ainali, Brooklyn Bense, Kristine Biniek, Michael Blonigen, Christina Fiedler, Christen Fouquette, Gracie George, Kaitlyn George, Luke Harren, Abigail Klein, Levi Lampert, Jessica Lange, Zaidee Lundeen, Chloe Mayer, Jeremy Mugg, Bennet Pundsack, Micah Ripplinger, Kylie Roerick, Taylor Soltis, Nyah Walker. B Honor Roll Grade 12: Bethany Boeckermann, Anna Bruder, Mathew Cavegn, William Gerads, Dylan Graves, Isaac Guthrie, Eric Koetter, Cody Rahn, Myron Ripplinger, Bethany Snedker, Lane Soltis, Michael Welinski, Sean Wensmann. Grade 11: Brockston Kuhl, Dalton Louden, Rhiana Mayer, Emanuel Pederson, Eric Staricka, Samantha Thieschafer, Hayley Townsend, Lori Vornbrock. Grade 10: Nakomis Becker, Cody Blais, Anna Boeckermann, Laurie Breth, Zachary Bruder, Shelby Gilbertson, Erica Hollermann, Jorgan Kiley, Emma Rahn, Jenna Ripplinger, Alexis Soltis, Alex Thieschafer, Dylan


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Local Library Events

Melrose Library • 320-256-3885 Storyhour with Kandice: Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 0-5. Enjoy stories, arts and crafts along with a snack. Attendance limit is 30. Upsala Library • 320-573-4282 Behind the Scenes: Monday, Dec. 5, from 6-9 p.m. the adult movie group that meets quarterly. A new-ish movie will be shown, followed by snacks and critical commentary. Cards & Cocoa: Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Make holiday cards with your own design while enjoying hot cocoa. All necessary card making supplies will be available. This is an overflow program for the filled Nov. 30 session. Registration is required, but please do not register for this session if you are already registered for Nov. 30.

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Community Snapshots


A rose blooming- we all do remember. Rare sight for the 11th of November! Submitted by Jan Klug.

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Each November, the Snappy Elmdalers 4H Club hangs their club banner at Great River Regional Library~Upsala. This year’s banner highlights the theme, “Believe In Yourself.” The members designed and crafted the banner. Snappy Elmdalers pictured (front from left) Daniel Gunderson and Eli Thielen; (middle) Jacob Gunderson, Anna Blonigen and Alli Thielen; (back) Annika Gunderson, Shelby Krebs, and Lucy Thelen. Submitted by Wanda Erickson.

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Birth Announcement

Minnesota Through The Lens:

Submitted by: Jody Wessel

Adley Colette Von Wahlde

Mike and Rachel Von Wahlde of Melrose are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Adley Colette Von Wahlde, born Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:48 p.m. at the CentraCare Health-Melrose. Adley weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 ½ inches in length. Welcoming Adley home is her big brother Luke, 4 and big sisters Madisyn, 8 and Greta, 6 years old. Grandparents are Jerome and Vera VonWahlde of Melrose, and Jerry and Mary Mayers of Freeport.

Swanville Sr. High November Student of the Month Levi Beseman, the Senior High November Student of the Month, is a senior and the son of Tom and Theresa. Levi has been involved in baseball, basketball, and football, lettering in all three. He is on the B Honor Roll and has been in Super mileage for three years. Levi plans to attend Wadena Technical College and work in the gas utility industry. Levi wants to encourage his fellow students to turn work in on time because grades do matter. Shop teacher Joel Rieffer has known Levi for many years and has been impressed with how Levi has matured into an outstanding young adult. Mr. Rieffer says “Now that Levi is one of my students, I see that he is a great

student, classmate and a terrific addition to the student body. When Levi is asked to do something, I know it will be done, that says a lot for his character and work ethic. I know that Levi will successfully achieve the goals he sets for himself in the future.” History teacher Tom Bzdok adds “I enjoy having Levi in class. He is a positive upbeat student who is a lot of fun to be around, but he also takes class seriously. He is always focused and works hard to achieve good grades. Levi is well liked and respected by his classmates and has become a leader by setting positive examples. He is a mature young man with so many good qualities that he is sure to be successful in life. Congratulations Levi!” Outside of school Levi volunteers by raking leaves, playing bingo, and helping with bingo and garbage during the Carnival. He enjoys spending time with family, being outside, and playing basketball and baseball with friends and family.

Swanville Jr. High November Student of the Month Congratulations to eighth grader Sydney VanRisseghem, daughter of Brent and Angie, our November Junior High Student of the Month! S y d n e y hopes to become a nurse in the future, and wants to remind other students to “always keep your head up.” At school, Sydney has received many awards and participates in bas-

ketball, volleyball, softball, and student council. Sydney attends youth group when she can and enjoys sports, camping, going to the lake, and hanging out with friends and family. Social studies teacher Tom Bzdok says “Sydney is a wonderful student to have in class. She never makes excuses or complains when things do not go as planned. She always has a positive attitude and encourages classmates in a positive manner. Sydney is the type of student who will make the right decisions in life and is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Congratulations Sydney!”

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November 25, 2016: At 6:41 TCSO responded to a vehicle in the ditch at 16825 271st Ave, Grey Eagle, that appeared to have hit a deer and slid sideways where 50 lb. bag it hit an approach. No one was around the (Valid until 12/10/2016) vehicle at the time. Petries Towing towed the vehicle from the scene. November 27, 2016: At 5:12 he Todd County Sheriffs Office responded to a suspicious vehicle driving in a pasture on County 38. Upon arrival the driver, Cody Babineau, 20 of Bowlus, was arrested for Centra Sota DWI. Long Prairie Police Department asUpsala Division sisted with the incident. November 28, 2016: At 17:12 Jes320-573-2186 sica Repp of Long Prairie, was traveling eastbound on Cty 12 near Cty 101, when three deer entered the roadway, and struck them with her vehicle. The vehicle, a 2008 GMC Acadia, sustained damage to the front end. November 29, Contact me to find out how I can help 2016: At 19:02 Samanprotect your dreams. tha Adamek of Sauk Centre reported that her vehicle was broken into Cori Ahles Agency, Inc. on 11/11/2016 on Coun161 4th Street ty Road 48 in Round Albany, MN 56307 Prairie Township and a (320) 845-4447 number of items were taken including a cell 1-800-MY-AMFAM phone, an Apple IPAD mini and an Apple IPAD AIR. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriffs American Family Mutual Insurance Company, American Family Insurance Company 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783 ©2015 010611 – 6/15 Office.


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

Thought for the week:

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. -Garrison Keillor

Miss Sims taught the third grade Sunday school class. One morning she was struggling to teach them the importance of cleanliness - personal cleanliness and Godly cleanliness. She spent a considerable amount of time in her effort to compare germs and bacteria to disobedience and sin. After going to great lengths to make what she thought was a good comparison she asked her class, “Cleanliness is next to what?” “Impossible,” shouted Blair. What an honest answer! So many of

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us seem to have a difficult time trying to survive the temptations of life. We read God’s Word, understand His expectations, and ask Him to keep us from sin and just when we think we have life under His control - it happens once again: The power of temptation is greater than our faith in God and we fall into sin. Living a godly life does seem next to impossible. In Psalm 71 the author writes, “You will restore my life once again.” Though we fail He will not forsake us. If we fall He will lift us. Any time and every time. There is no limit to the grace of God for those who love Him, seek His guidance and look to Him for His cleansing. God offers us the presence and power of the risen Christ to face the temptations of life. And He offers us His strength - which can never be exhausted. He offers us His love - which endures forever. He offers us His salvation - which can never be taken from us. And He offers us His forgiveness which continually restores us.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, We have three preschool grandchildren, and they get tons of stuff for Christmas every year. We’re in really good shape financially and would like to do something for their future this year instead of giving a toy that might get thrown in the corner. Do you have any suggestions? -Valerie Dear Valerie, I’d do both. You don’t want to be those grandparents who only hand envelopes at Christmas to 4-yearolds. No, they need things to play with. They’re kids and they should be allowed to act like kids and be happy at Christmas. The good news is you can do both without spending an arm and a leg. In addition to a few special toys, perhaps you could work with their parents to launch Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) for them. This would get their college funds started, and it’s what we do. We use mutual funds in their ESAs, where each child is allowed to have up to $2,000 contributed in their name per year. The beauty of the ESA with the mutual fund inside is that it’s growing completely tax-free. You have to name a custodian of the account until the child turns 18, and that could be you guys or their parents. Just make sure that together you don’t over fund the ESAs and cause yourselves tax problems. Merry Christmas, Valerie! -Dave

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4-H Youth and Family Connections

Eagles on Roadways – Give Them a Brake For people who encounter an injured eagle, Herwig recommends either contacting a permitted wildlife rehabilitator or letting nature take its course. Some eagles can survive their injuries and be transported to a rehabilitator like the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, which rehabilitates more than 800 sick and injured hawks, eagles, falcons and owls a year. Again, there are exceptions to federal laws, including an allowance for those attempting to bring wounded birds to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Citizens may not rehabilitate wildlife without a permit. Before transporting an eagle to the Raptor Center, DNR office or wildlife rehabilitator, Herwig recommends to first contact the local DNR office or rehabilitator. Transporting any injured animal, particularly a raptor, can be challenging and even dangerous. Thick leather gloves should be worn and a blanket (without loops) could be put over the head of the animal to calm it down. Be sure the animal is contained in a secure and appropriately sized pet carrier or box. Do not feed or water the animal, and bring the animal to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. Being near humans and around unfamiliar, loud noises is stressful to wildlife, especially when they are injured. When transporting any wild animal in a vehicle, passengers should remain quiet, leave the radio off and leave the animal alone. Information about wildlife rehabilitation including a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators: www.dnr.state. People can help support Minnesota’s Nongame Wildlife Program by making a tax-deductible donation using the Nongame Wildlife checkoff this tax season. For more information on bald eagles and the Nongame Wildlife Program, visit


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Boosters; Entomology: Samuel Mettler, Burtrum Boosters, and Natasha Crowe, Burtrum Boosters; Pets: Nicholas Mettler, Burtrum Boosters; Cats: Bailey Hayes, Burtrum Boosters; Youth Leadership: Hannah and Heather Hulinsky, Burtrum Boosters. Photography and Video Awards which were presented to Hannah Hulinsky, Burtrum Boosters. Natural Science Awards: Indoor Gardening Reserve Champion: Yasmine Crowe, Burtrum Boosters; Flower Gardening Champion: Raquel Crowe, Burtrum Boosters; Flower Gardening Reserve Champion: Raquel Crowe, Burtrum Boosters; Vegetable Gardening Champion: Yasmine Crowe, Burtrum Boosters; Vegetable Gardening Reserve Champion: Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters; Fruit Reserve Champion: Raquel Crowe, Burtrum Boosters. Potato awards were presented to Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters. Shop Awards recipient was Darcey Hayes, Burtrum Boosters. Heather Hulinsky, Burtrum Boosters received the 2016 State Fair Dairy Exhibitors award. Dairy awards: Reserve Champion Intermediate Show person: Heather Hulinsky, Burtrum Boosters. A graduation certificate and a 4-H memento were presented to nine 4-H’ers graduating from 4-H this year. Following the Awards Program, approximately 100 members, leaders, parents, award sponsors and 4-H friends enjoyed a reception. The Awards Program is made possible by the many businesses and individuals who make donations and the following 4-H Leaders and parents who solicit these donations.




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It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads. Why do eagles get hit by vehicles? After all, people rarely see a crow injured or dead along the roadway. Crows simply fly off. Just as an overloaded plane can’t take off, eagles can “over eat” and become too heavy to fly until they digest their meal. Eagles can also suffer from neurological issues if they are exposed to lead in the carcass of the animal they are eating. When this happens, eagles become disoriented and do not know to fly off when a car is approaching. “When deer are particularly active, we tend to get calls about eagles that are injured or killed by vehicles or sick and dying from lead poisoning,” said Christine Herwig, DNR northwest region nongame specialist. “If you see a dead deer on the road and can safely move the deer off the roadway, this improves the safety of other motorists and wildlife.” People who encounter a dead eagle, can leave it alone or bring it to the nearest DNR office; it’s a good idea to call ahead to be sure they have a freezer. Eagles are sent to a national feather repository where the feathers and other eagle parts are cleaned and distributed to Native American reservations for use in ceremonies. “You may not keep a dead eagle, but by law you are allowed to transport a dead eagle to a state or federal wildlife agency office.” Herwig said. “In 1940, Congress enacted the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which makes possession of an eagle or an eagle feather a federal crime punishable by a $10,000 fine and a year in prison.”

The 2016 Todd County 4-H Achievement Program was held Sunday evening, November 20, at the Browerville Community Center. More than 150 area organizations, businesses and individuals sponsored numerous awards to deserving 4-H’ers and their leaders. 4-H pins were given to 4-H leaders and members for completion of varying years of service. Receiving honorary pins for successfully completing ten years of 4-H work in Todd County were: Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters. Lloyd and Dorothy Strassburg of Burtrum sponsored the 2016 Outstanding 4-H Youth Leader Award. The Todd County 4-H Leaders Council presented the “Friend of 4-H” Award to the Todd County Ag Society for their continuous support to the Todd County 4-H Program. Fine Arts Award was presented to Sophia Broz, Burtrum Boosters. Sophia Broz, Burtrum Boosters, was the recipient of the Champion Creative Arts. 4-H Food and Nutrition Awards were presented to Natasha Crowe, Burtrum Boosters. Samuel Mettler, Burtrum Boosters received Champion Performing Arts Award. The 4-H Club Award went to Burtrum Boosters. Burtrum Boosters, received a cash award for their outstanding work completed in the 4-H Health Project. Livestock trophies were awarded to champion 4-H exhibits at the Todd County Fair. Swine Awards: Senior Champion Showmanship: Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters. Beef Awards: Intermediate Champion Showmanship: Hannah Hulinsky, Burtrum Boosters; Intermediate Reserve Champion Showmanship: Cathleen Rieffer, Burtrum Boosters. Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters was awarded the 2016 Reserve Champion Premier Showmanship Award. Poultry Awards: Champion Senior Poultry Showmanship: Lawrence Mettler, Burtrum Boosters; Champion Intermediate Poultry Showmanship: Nicholas Mettler, Burtrum Boosters. Horse-Related and Horseless Horse Awards: Bailey Hayes, Burtrum Boosters. Cash awards: Forestry: Lawrence Mettler and Samuel Mettler, Burtrum

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The Community Builers Will Have Drawings for Prizes - All Ages! Central MN Credit Union Location • Hayride from 4:30-6:30 PM • Visit with Santa 4:30-6:30 PM

• Prizes for a Coloring Contest • Goodie Bags for the Kids

FREE POPCORN the Entire Week (December 5-9)!

Sponsored by Community Builders - Grey Eagle/Burtrum Area

Page 10 • Hometown News • Thursday, December 1, 2016

MnDOT Adopts New Mowing/Hay Baling Standard and Permit Permit applications accepted early in 2017 The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges those who want to mow and or bale hay on state right of way, land along Minnesota’s state roadways, to put in their permit applications early next year. MnDOT recently adopted a statewide standard for mowing and baling in the right of way and has developed a new permit form. State law requires that MnDOT manage right of way mowing, which includes cutting in advance of baling. And, by state law, it is a misdemeanor to mow on state highway right of way without a permit. “Having local landowners mow, and bale hay if they choose, in the right of way can be mutually beneficial,” said Steve Lund, MnDOT’s state maintenance engineer. “But we want to ensure that it is done at the right time of year to make sure we are protecting habitat for

wildlife and pollinators. And we want to ensure that those who mow and harvest hay are doing so safely.” The new permit provides information on when and where mowing and baling can occur, safety measures required and how long baled hay can be left in the right of way. Large round hay bales are heavy and can be a significant hazard to vehicles that might run into the ditch. Landowners who want to mow on right of way adjacent to their property need to apply for a permit before the end of January. On Feb. 1, all others may apply for permits to mow on state right of way. MnDOT will accept, review and approve permits on a first-come, firstserve basis. The new permit can be found at:, or by looking on MnDOT’s A to Z website directory for mowing/hay baling permit.

First-of-its-Kind Fully Dissolvable Heart Stent Now Available in Minnesota A drug eluting coronary stent that dissolves, completely and naturally, in the body over time is now available in Minnesota. Abbott’s Absorb device represents a major advance in the interventional treatment of coronary artery disease – the next significant innovation in a chain of revolutionary treatments starting with balloon angioplasty in the 1970s, bare-metal stents in the 1980s and drug eluting stents in the 2000s. On October 17, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist Thom Dahle, MD, along with a multidisciplinary team, became the first in Minnesota to insert the Absorb stent, which the FDA approved this past July. Like a metallic stent, Absorb props open a diseased vessel to restore blood flow. However, like dissolving stitches, Absorb disappears, usually within three years, once it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the vessel. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants. The new dissolving stents bring several benefits. They allow vessels to ex-

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pand and contract as needed to increase the flow of blood to the heart in response to normal activities, such as exercising. Also, they allow more flexibility for future diagnostic and treatment options and may reduce the need for long-term anti-clotting medications. About Coronary Artery Disease: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women around the world, and coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. Coronary artery disease occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked due to plaque buildup (fatty deposits), leading to chest pain (angina) and increasing the risk of a heart attack. About the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital: CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is a comprehensive heart center dedicated to the prevention, discovery and management of heart disease. It offers a full range of heart services and is one of the few sites in Minnesota with a heart research program.

Pickup Truck Snow Plowing for Driveways Contact Lee Buchholz 320-815-0125

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Morrison County Sheriff’s Office

November 28, 2016: The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to be aware of another scam that is circulating. According to Sheriff Shawn Larsen, the most recent case is a person posing as a representative from Dish Network, advising the caller that they need to change their receiver in order to get better service as well as a clearer picture. Dish Network was contacted and they advised that this is a scam that is currently going around. Sheriff Larsen stated that in this particular case, the victim’s personal information was not given out. Larsen wants to remind residents that if they receive an offer that seems too good to be true, it’s more then likely a scam. Residents have many options and one option is to get a call back number and have it researched. Scams continue to be an ongoing problem nationwide and residents are encouraged to never give out their personal information over the phone.

Upsala - All Ages

MON., DEC. 5: Polish sausage, tritaters, baked beans, lemon fluff. TUE., DEC. 6: Turkey/rice hot dish, mixed fruit, cookie. WED., DEC. 7: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed cabbage, peach cobbler. THURS., DEC. 8: Chili, corn muffin, applesauce, rice crispy bar. FRI., DEC. 9: Cook’s choice. Call a day before you choose to dine. Upsala Community Center: 320-573-4435

Albany Senior Dining

MON., DEC. 5: BBQ riblet, O’Brien potatoes, Scandinavian vegetables, ice cream. TUE., DEC. 6: Taco salad w/beef/ cheese/lettuce/tomato, breadstick, applesauce, ginger snap cookie. WED., DEC. 7: Chicken chow mein, noodles, rice, Oriental vegetables, mandarin oranges, pie. THURS., DEC. 8: Pork chop, baked potato w/sour cream, mixed vegetables, frosted white cake. FRI., DEC. 9: Chili, lettuce salad, honey glazed corn bread, pears, pumpkin pie. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., DEC. 5: Cashew chicken/broccoli, rice, spinach salad, ice cream. TUE., DEC. 6: Club sandwich, minestrone soup, cucumber slices, ginger snap cookie. WED., DEC. 7: Turkey/cheese sandwich w/lettuce/tomato, beef vegetable soup, mandarin oranges, pie. THURS., DEC. 8: Chicken chili, lettuce salad, veggie sticks, frosted white cake. FRI., DEC. 9: Egg salad sandwich, vegetable soup, garden salad, pumpkin pie. Bread, milk and coffee served with each meal. Albany: 320-845-4070

Swanville Senior Center

TUES. NOON, DEC. 6: Tater tot hot dish, roll. THURS. 5 PM DEC. 8: Commercial hot turkey, mashed potatoes. * Dessert, milk and coffee served with each meal.

Call Kim 320-630-4046 a few hours in advance. Swanville Senior Center

MnDOT Releases Statewide Freight System Plan

Plan addresses challenges and strategies to support state’s economy The Minnesota Department of Transportation released the 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan, which guides the agency and its partners in preserving and improving the state’s freight transportation system. The freight plan describes the state’s current freight system and its role in Minnesota’s economy, current and emerging trends, system performance, and current and future issues and needs. The 2016 plan is one of MnDOT’s transportation plans that support the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and the Minnesota GO 50-year for transportation in the state. “Our freight transportation system allows Minnesota industries and businesses to move their goods and products to market, both within and outside Minnesota, including internationally,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “The freight system also serves our communities and Minnesota consumers; it needs to be reliable, safe and efficient.” Freight tonnage is expected to grow significantly by 2040, demanding improvements in the condition and capacity of freight infrastructure, including roads and bridges, rail lines and ports,

according to Bill Gardner, Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations director. “From the beginning, the public-private advisory committee that guided the development of the plan made clear that its objective was a realistic action plan,” he said. “The plan’s action agenda outlines the next steps that MnDOT and its freight industry partners can take to keep pace with the expected growth.” The action agenda addresses challenges and strategies that will improve performance for highways, rail, waterways and air. The highest priorities for future action are system reliability, safety, congestion, bridge and pavement condition, and economic development. The Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee was instrumental in helping MnDOT develop the plan and will oversee and help guide its implementation in the future, Gardner said. “An efficient and effective freight transportation system will help us maintain our economic competitiveness in the national and global marketplace,” said Bill Goins, MFAC chair. The plan and a video explaining the plan development are online at www. html.

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Hometown News • Thursday, December 1, 2016 • Page 11

Anderson Retains Ag. Policy Post

Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, will remain chairman of the House Agriculture Policy Committee for the 201718 biennium. Anderson, elected to a fifth House term earlier this month, has served on agriculture committees throughout his time in office. It was announced by House Republicans Tuesday he will chair the Agriculture Policy Committee for a second consecutive term. “It is an honor to continue serving as chairman of this committee,” Anderson said. “As a lifetime farmer, this suits me very well. We made progress on a number of issues during the last two years, but I look forward to taking on additional challenges we face in helping farmers in our state.” Throughout his legislative career, Anderson has been an advocate for people in the agriculture industry and Greater Minnesota in general. During the last two years as ag. policy chairman, this

includes everything from a tractor rollover kit reimbursement program Anderson led, to passage to protecting landowners multiple ways. Anderson said he continues to hear concerns over recently instituted buffer zones and he will look to gain further clarity over public water vs. private ditches during the upcoming biennium. Another top priority Anderson said will be to examine issues related to farm chemicals Gov. Mark Dayton brought to the forefront last summer. “The governor’s surprise announcement regarding farm chemicals caught a lot of people by surprise,” Anderson said. “We need to make sure farmers are able to use all the tools available to them in safely producing crops.” The Legislature is scheduled to convene at the Capitol in St. Paul Jan. 3, with Republicans gaining a Senate majority in addition to retaining control of the House.

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Bob’s Woodcraft

FOR SALE: Movable Santas, play Christmas music and moves, serial numbered and collectables. Call 320492-8032.

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Holdingford Gas & Grocery

UPSALA SALE: Dec. 2 and 3; 8 am. 107 Main St. Furniture, seasonal decor.

Huge Christmas Garage Sale Fri., Dec. 2 & Sat., Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lots of New Department 56, Hallmark, and Cherish Teddy’s along with TONS of other decorations and gift items. Located at 103 Spruce, Grey Eagle in basement of

Eagle’s Crossing Adult Day Center A Sale You Don’t Want to Miss.

WANTED TO BUY: Dairy Heifers and Cows. 320-894-7175. SC-evB FREE: Clothes dryer, works, needs new timer. Call 320-285-5605. FOR SALE: 2003 Ford F350 dually, crew cab, 6L, power stoke, diesel, V8, excellent condition. Call for details. Rini 320-492-2405. 12/1P FOR SALE: 40 ft. aluminum ladder, like new, $375. Call 320-267-5632. tfn

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FOR SALE: Copier/fax all in one HP C4200, works good, with book, $30. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: Poodle puppies, 2M, 1F, vac/vet chd, ready to go. Call 320-4928032. FOR SALE: Cava/Poo puppies, 1M, 2F, vac. to date, very lovable. Call 320429-4823. FOR SALE: 2003 Ford Taurus SE, like new, no rust, white/grey interior, 3.0L, new tires/brakes, $2850, Rineke. Call 320-291-6933. FOR SALE: Pasture raised Berkshire pigs, no hormones or antibiotics, fed on non GMO corn. Call 320-333-2677. 12/8 FOR SALE: 10 gallon genuine Red Wing crock $97, cabbage shredder $35. Call 320-573-4152. FOR SALE: Laying hens, Production Reds and White Leghorns. Call 320250-1970. 12/8 FOR SALE: Geese. Call 320-6322227. FOR SALE: 2 Indy 500 Polaris snowmobiles, 1997, 1996, low miles, $1,000 each. Call 320-547-2102.

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FOR SALE: Harley Davidson Barbie dolls, collectables, new in box. Call 320-492-8032.

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211 River St. Holdingford

“What’s the capital of the United States?” “Alabama.” “Which state is farther east, California or Florida?” “California.” At this point, the doctor thought that my friend was confused and probably had suffered a brain concussion so he told the coach to take him out of the game. But I quickly spoke up. “Don’t do that, Doc. Let him play. He’s alright. He didn’t know that stuff even before he was hit.”

FOR SALE: Vikings beer glasses and mugs, also unopened DVD of top 5 Vikings games. Call 320-492-8032.

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A Football Funny

Football is a dangerous sport and players can be hurt while playing. That happened to a friend of mine in a college game who was hit pretty hard on one play. The doctor came onto the field while we all stood around him, waiting to learn how badly he was hurt. In order to do that, the doctor asked my friend a few questions as he lay on the field. “What’s three plus three?” the doctor asked him. “Seven,” my friend said.

FOR SALE: Model DC Case tractor w/ Farmhand high lift loader, great for piling snow. Call 320-492-8032.

Personal For Sale, Personal Wanted, or Giveaway type ads are FREE up to 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid.

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Business Ads: For Rent, Help Wanted, Wanted (For Profit), or Service type ads are $5.00 for 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid.


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Townhomes For Rent Long Prairie: Terrace Townhome Melrose: Village Townhome East Village Townhome Contact Jeri at 320-250-7932 Glenwood: Gables Townhome Sauk Centre: Centre Crossing Townhome Centre Village Townhome Little Falls: Edgewater Townhome Courtyard Townhome Royalton: Platwood Townhome

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