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December 29, 2011

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Hometown News 29442 120th St. Grey Eagle, MN 56336 Phone: 320-285-2323 Fax: 320-285-5264 Website: www.hometownnews.biz Email: htnews@meltel.net www.facebook.com/hometownnews The Hometown News is a weekly publication, which is published and distributed every Thursday. Published By

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Become ‘the most likely to succeed’ -By Harvey Mackay

Were you voted “most likely to succeed” back in high school? That moniker had mixed implications. A recent survey reported in The Wall Street Journal showed that about one third of the respondents described the award as a “burden,” creating pressure to live up to expectations. I suppose that could create some uncomfortable moments at the high school reunion. But about 40 percent who received that designation found themselves more motivated to live up to the title. They are probably the folks you call “the boss.” And then there are the rest of us. We didn’t necessarily have more brains, more talent, more money or more opportunities. But we knew what we wanted and we had the desire to get there. Success comes in many forms and means different things to different people. In the working world, it is often defined as landing the perfect job, achieving a targeted income level, occupying a corner office, or owning a business. However you measure it, success is sweet. And it doesn’t happen overnight. Bumps in the road -- and there will be plenty of bumps -- can derail a successful career and lead down a path of negativity. Discouragement, disappointments, even occasional failures are not the end of the road. Reroute your thinking. Zero in on your achievements. Take a success inventory. Focus on these five categories: • Education. List the classes you

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have completed, the degrees you have earned, professional certifications and specialized training. • Professional positions. Include every major job you’ve ever had, and identify the responsibilities and authority you held. Don’t forget those entry level positions that probably taught you lessons you will never forget. • Projects. Start with the job-related projects that have been successful because of your contributions. Then move on to volunteer projects that worked with your involvement. You should also make note of community events, church activities and hobbies that you are proud of. • Accomplishments. This category is for career achievements such as awards, promotions, significant praise from supervisors, letters of commendation, or recognition that represents your importance to your organization, community, family or self. • Potential. What are you prepared to do with all that successful experience? Is throwing in the towel an option anymore? Now make your list work for you. You did it before and you can certainly do it again. Instead of being overwhelmed by failure, be inspired by success. Rethink your strategy if necessary. Surround yourself with positive people who can provide the encouragement that will help you realize what is possible. Re-evaluate your goals. Are they realistic, achievable, specific and measurable? All those components are necessary if you want to measure your success. How else will you know if you have succeeded? Focus on improvement, not perfection. You can always do more, achieve more, get more. Track your progress so you can see how much closer you have come to reaching your goals and ultimate success. Be proactive. Create your own opportunities by working on what you can

control instead of what’s beyond your reach. Before you know it, more will be within your reach. Don’t be afraid to fail. Put your ideas out there and give them a chance to succeed. Learn from your mistakes. The annals of business history are full of stories of how splendid successes resulted from colossal failures. Make history repeat itself! A man walking down a narrow, twisting road spotted a guru sitting on the grass in meditation. He approached the guru and asked, “Excuse me, master, is this the road to success?” The old man nodded silently and pointed in the direction the traveler was headed. The traveler thanked the guru and went on his way. An hour later, the traveler returned, bleeding, exhausted and angry. “Why did you tell me that was the road to success?” he asked the guru. “I walked that way, and right away I fell into a ditch so deep it took me almost an hour to climb out. Why did you tell me to go that way? Was that some kind of joke?” The guru stared at him. After a long pause, he started to speak. “That is the road to success. It lies just beyond the ditch.” Mackay’s Moral: It’s never too late to be “Most likely to succeed.” 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 FEBRUARY 9 • American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community 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. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday 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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Weekend Weather Saturday

Mostly cloudy. High: 39 Low: 17

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Mostly cloudy. High: 21 Low: 4


Hometown News • Thursday, December 29, 2011 • Page 3

Senior Dining Menus: January 2 - 6 THUR., JAN. 5: Chicken chili, ItalAlbany ian lettuce salad, vegetable sticks, din-

Birth Announcement Bentley Jaxon Greiner

Tonya Jackels and Jeremy Greiner of Cokato are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bentley Jaxon Greiner, born December 27, 2011 at 7:38 a.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Bentley weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Bentley is welcomed home by his big brother Devin (7) and big sisters Kaylee (15), Morgan (13), Sydney (12) and Cambria (9). Grandparents are John and Lori Jackels of Avon, Ron Greiner of Dassel and Sandy Jakanski of Alexandria.

Pulse on People Local students offered Polytechnic Scholarship

The following students from the area have been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Stout and will be offered a $1,000 automatic, one-year scholarship if they meet or exceed the following criteria: rank in the top 50 percent, with a 3.2 GPA for high schools that do not rank, and have a composite ACT score of 22. Selection will be determined based solely on academic qualifications and of those who apply by Sunday, Jan. 15. Christina Schulzetenberg of Melrose, is a student at Melrose Area High School. Schulzetenberg has been accepted and if enrolls will major in Art. Morgan Tschida of Melrose, is a student at Melrose Area High School. Tschida has been accepted and if enrolls will major in Apparel Design and

Development. UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, is a special mission university in the UW System. The university has a long-standing reputation of serving business, industry, education and the helping professions through its specialized educational programs. Enrollment this year is 9,357.

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MON., JAN. 2: Fried steak, whipped potatoes, gravy, trio vegetables, applesauce. TUE., JAN. 3: Calico bean casserole, beets, lettuce salad, gingersnap cookie. WED., JAN. 4: Deviled pork chop, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, peaches, chocolate mousse pie. THUR., JAN. 5: Liver & onions or mushroom & onion steak, whipped potatoes, gravy, peas, ice cream gelatin. FRI., JAN. 6: Lemon pepper fish, au gratin potatoes, green beans, pudding. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., JAN. 2: Chicken caesar salad, breadstick, applesauce. TUE., JAN. 3: Beef & broccoli stirfry, rice, mandarin orange salad, gingersnap cookie. WED., JAN. 4: Turkey/bacon/ranch wrap, cream of potato soup, chocolate mousse pie.

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December 25, 2011: At 9:46 a.m. Michael Peterson of Swanville reported that his fish house on Pepin Lake near Swanville had been broken into sometime overnight. Taken from the fish house were numerous rod and reel combinations, deep cycle batteries and a cordless drill. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encour-

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Obituaries Norbert W. Ertl

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Norbert W. Ertl, age 87 of Holdingford, was held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 28 at All Saints Catholic Church (formerly St. Mary’s) in Holdingford. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery. Norbert died Saturday at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Norbert was born July 27, 1924 in Brockway Township to Mathias and Ada (Lesniak) Ertl. He served in the

Dorothy Nelson U.S. Army during WWII. He married Theresa Kunstleben on October 1, 1957 in Melrose. The couple farmed together near Holdingford. Norbert was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Holdingford, The Holdingford Knights of Columbus and the Holdingford VFW. Norbert is survived by his wife, Theresa Ertl, Avon; children; Sharon (Rick) Pogatschnik, Avon; Lynn (Jim) Staricka, Williston, ND; Carla (Mark) Daggitt, O’Fallon, IL; James Ertl, Avon; William Ertl, Avon; and Edward (Deb) Ertl, Avon. He is also survived by his brother and sister, Marie Bieniek, Underwood, Clem (Esther) Ertl, St. Joseph; sister-inlaw, Irene Ertl, Sartell and 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Norbert is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Raymond Ertl, Louis Ertl, and Alphonse Ertl.

Robert G. “Bob” Weber Robert G. “Bob” Weber, age 45 of Sauk Centre, took his own life on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Marvin Enneking officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Robert Gerard Weber was born January 14, 1966 in Sauk Centre to Joseph and Vivian (Bertram) Weber. Bob started work at Jennie-O Foods in Melrose and then helped on the family farm. He also drove milk truck for Weber Trucking in Sauk Centre and gravel truck for Pischke Excavating in Sauk Centre before owning and operating Lakeview Custom Cabinets in Sauk Centre for the last 10 years. Bob enjoyed collecting agates, gardening, and

canning vegetables. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Survivors include his parents, Joe and Vivian Weber of Sauk Centre; brother, Roger (Kim) Weber of Sauk Centre; sister, Deb (Tom) Nathe of St. Cloud; nieces and nephews, Josh and Jacob Nathe, and Casey and Ashley Weber; grandmother, Hilda Bertram of Melrose; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his niece, Hannah Weber on March 27, 1995; grandparents, Anthony and Elizabeth Weber and Nick Bertram. Serving as casket bearers were Marvin Marthaler, Roger Schultz, Greg Petermeier, Brad Meyer, Jim Miller, Mark Miller, Jeff Otte, Joel Durbin, and John Thieschafer. Cross bearer was Ashley Weber and scripture bearer was Jacob Nathe. Mass servers were Diana and Ashley Nathe. Gift bearers were Josh Nathe and Casey Weber. Reader was Glen Weber. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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National Cemetery. Dorothy was born September 1, 1926 to Leona and Chester Patterson, Milroy, MN. She is survived by children Sandra Nelson, Minneapolis, MN; Debra (Craig) Dudley, Virginia Beach, VA; Suzanne (Mark) Frederickson, Prior Lake, MN; John Nelson, Minneapolis, MN; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; brothers Mike (Elaine) Johnson, Norm (Irma) Johnson; sisters Dolly (Jerry) Wildman, Elaine Wagner; extended family and many other friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon.

Central MN Council on Aging With so much in the news these days about health care coverage, access, and the needs of the elderly, it is important to remember that families, not social service agencies, nursing homes, or government programs; are the mainstay for older persons. In 2001, families provided 91% of long-term care in Minnesota. These caregiver spouses, adult children, relatives, and friends help with shopping, transportation, and household chores as well as bathing, dressing, meals and medications. While they are making a huge contribution, these caregivers, mostly women, often experience substantial stresses and burdens as a consequence. The question is: who cares for the caregivers? Nearly four years ago the Federal Government answered that question with the implementation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, administered federally by the Administration on Aging and locally by the Cen-

tral MN Council on Aging. Locally, caregiver programs are now available through funding from the Central MN Council on Aging to local community service providers. These programs offer caregivers information about available services and assistance with gaining access to them; individual training, support groups, respite care, and other supportive services. A recent national survey of older Americans showed that while most caregivers want help, they are unaware of community services. Thus the need for information is great. The Central MN Council on Aging is trying to reach caregivers in our community. We urge anyone who is struggling with caregiving now, or who may be in the future, to call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. Because if aging isn’t your issue now, it will be. For local services in your area, you can also visit www.Minnesotahelp.info.

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Dorothy (Pat) Nelson, age 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep December 20, 2011 at Bridgeway Estates, Little Falls, MN. Services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Community Covenant Church, Upsala, MN. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm at the church. Private interment will take place at Ft. Snelling

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New Year, New You, New Hogwash By Saralee Perel Every New Year’s Day, as a community of humanity, we all wake up pondering the prior night’s resolutions. Then in a collective consciousness of togetherness, we utter these profound words: “Why the hell did I say that?” Resolutions are a set-up for failure. If we haven’t followed through with something during the last 364 days, why should today be any different? I say, “Ban the resolutions!” I’m not going to blame myself for falling short of them any more. I’m going to do the mature thing. Blame someone else. “You’ll help me lose those last stubborn pounds, won’t you?” I said to my husband Bob. “Happy New Year to you too, sweetheart,” he said, getting out of bed while I was looking at the lumpy chunk under my waist commonly known as a stomach. I continued, “From now on, every time I reach for the butter I want you to say, ‘You shouldn’t have that. You know you’re a little heavy.’ Then I’ll turn to you and say, ‘Thank you, honey. You’re so good to me.’ It’ll work out just fine, don’t you think?” He laughed so loud the dog and I jumped. “Here’s what will happen,” he said. “You’ll reach for the tub of butter. I’ll try to stop you. You’ll put your hand around the back of my neck and mash my face into the tub.” “Please help me,” I said. “Have you seen this thing?” I held up the sheet and pointed to the mound. “If I agree your stomach’s big,” he said, “you’ll go ballistic.” “I won’t. I promise. We’re best pals!” He looked at my ode to Mount Vesuvius and said, “Well, you could take a couple inches off that thing.” “Oh yeah? Maybe I’ll find something you could lose a couple inches from.” “That’s it,” he said, walking away. “I’ve made a resolution myself.” “What is it?” “I’m not going to be the fall guy for your weight problems, the way I am

for every single problem you complain about. This is your issue. Not mine.” So, I realized I had to take charge of my quest. After all, it was the only fair thing to do. “I’m not eating any more carbohydrates,” I vowed loud enough for Bob to hear. “That means you can’t have pizza. And say good-bye to bread. It’s evil. The FDA’s taking it off the market you know.” “Bread isn’t the problem,” he said, wiping our counters with the super absorbent dishtowels I got him for Christmas. “Oh no? So, tell me. Since you obviously know more than all the weight loss experts. Why can’t I lose weight?” “Because you eat too much.” “Hah! You are so out of the loop. It’s bread. The staff of death.” “And another resolution,” he said, “is that I’m no longer agreeing to be the patsy for all your articles. We went to four parties last month. And everybody patted my shoulder and said, ‘So you’re Bob. What a good sport.’” “Everyone loves you. People fawn over you. Nobody even said, ‘Hi Saralee’. They said, ‘Where’s Bob?’ If I stop writing about you, all of America will protest.” And so, we’ve scrapped the resolutions. I can write about Bob. And bread is back on the menu. But he did add one thing. “Well, you could make me out to be a little less peculiar,” he said. “That’s one resolution you can count on me keeping,” I vowed. Then he gave me a hug, put on his lace-trimmed gingham apron and tenderly took this morning’s quiche out of the oven. And so, New Year’s Eve and Dorothy’s ruby slippers have something in common. They only have potency because of our will to make things work. As the good witch said, “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.” Our resolutions don’t depend on a particular day. We’ve been wearing those ruby slippers all year long. Happy New Year. Nationally syndicated columnist, Saralee Perel, can be reached at sperel@saraleeperel.com. Please click “like” on her Facebook Page: www. facebook.com/4footedcoach/.

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Community Snapshots

The Upsala Cub Scouts got together to do the outline of their pinewood derby cars and made birdhouses with the help of Gretchen Schleper and the Upsala School wood’s class. Pictured is (front, from left) Ty Poppenhagen, Braeden Rene, Max Lange, Taylor Cramlet; (middle) Tyler Sczublewski, Riley Morrison, Jaiden Kanieski, Mason Lange, John Russell; (back) Linda Piasecki, Skyler Kasper, Alex Kasper and Brandon Rohde.

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Santa and his helpers visited the Swanville Elementary Students to listen to last minute requests, courtesy of the Swanville High School Student Council! Ms. Bisek’s first graders enjoyed hopping onto Santa’s lap and adding to their list of wishes. One student even had his list ready for next year! Each student was also given a candy cane and an apple. Pictured is (front, from left) Carter Hollermann, Marissa Mellgren, Gavin Hasse, Tyler Czech, Sam Primus, Beau Thoma, Lucas Kizer; (middle) Elf (Courtney Sieben), Mrs. Claus (Molly Jordan), Amelia Hudalla, Lucas Miller, Haley Kircher, Riley Johannes, Santa (Keith Evans), Logan Leyendecker, Ethan Jacobson, Nick Kedrowski, Daniel Vichtinski, (back) Elf (Lexi Loven), Elf (Katie Kruzel) and Parker Schultz.

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On December 21st, the Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions sponsored another successful blood drive. They have been sponsoring blood drives twice a year for 30 years. Long time chairpersons, Jim and Linda Gohman, reported that the goal for this drive was 61 units and a total of 74 units were donated because of the wonderful turn out of donors and volunteers. Several donors received multigallon pins. Submitted by Harry Grammond.

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Fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the historical building site of Swany White Flour Mill in Freeport. Within 2 hours the century old building was completely destroyed. Fire departments from Freeport, Melrose, Albany, Avon and St. Martin assisted with the fire. Photos by John Young.

John Gessell Sr. of Swanville has taken retirement to the next level with his craftsmanship to design and recreate a little history out of wood. He has made replicas from horse drawn wagons to antique cars and trucks, to trains and tractors to a school bus. John puts in numerous hours making each item to their exact scale and showing all their intracasies. His wooden toy display is available for viewing in the back room at Granny’s Cafe in Swanville. The display will be on hand for a limited time. Photos by Lori Young.

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Local Municipality Minutes Melrose City November 17, 2011 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 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 Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried that the agenda be approved as submitted. There was no one requesting to speak at the open forum. However, Mr. Finken offered an apology on behalf of the City for not getting the flags out for Veterans Day. He stated the City’s support of all veterans and stated this omission will not occur again. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a. The minutes from the October 20 Regular Meeting, November 3 Special Meeting, and the November 3 Special Joint Meeting with the Public Utilities Commission. b. List of bills in the amount of $154,363.32. c. List of investments for the month of October. d. Resolution No. 2011-45, donation of $500 from St. Rosa Lions Club towards the Melrose Fire Department thermal imaging unit. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda as submitted. Ervin Bueckers, owner of Bueckers City Sanitation, along with Pam Nissen and Missy Bueckers, was on hand to address the Council and to answer any questions or concerns regarding the services provided by Bueckers. The Council stated they had no concerns with the services being provided and expressed appreciation for the single recycling bin as well as Bueckers offering to let residents bring their debris from the summer storms to the Bueckers facility. The Bueckers representatives reminded customers that all food scraps should be placed in the garbage, not the recycling. City Administrator Brethorst presented the General Fund Financial Third Quarter Report. He pointed out that the overall revenues and expenses appear to be within budgeted amounts, and noted that the excess revenue reflected in the Debt Service Funds is due to the advance refunding of debt earlier in 2011. It was also noted that only the first half of LGA, MVHC and property taxes are reflected as the remaining property taxes are received in November/December and the last LGA/MVHC payment is received in late December. Police Chief John Jensen pre-

sented the Police Department’s October monthly report. He stated there were 263 calls for service during that month compared to 205 for the same period in 2010. Year-todate calls totaled 2707 compared to 2102 in 2010. Chief Jensen noted, however, there continue to be a large number of thefts. He stated most are crimes of opportunity and encouraged people to not keep valuables in their vehicles, but instead keep them in the truck, to lock vehicles, garage doors, take keys out of vehicles, etc. Chief Jensen also noted that the storm sirens have been going off recently due to some updates being made. City Attorney Scott Dymoke reported that he had working on the following issues for the City over the past month: • Warrior Boats sale of property and business subsidy documents • CapX2020 easements over City property • Music License agreements and regulations and a recommendation that the City enter into the agreement and pay the fee • Proposed floodplain regulation amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance • Abatement of the Peterson house violations and demolition of same Director Harren reported that Breitbach Construction Co, Inc. has completed the improvements to the stormwater infrastructure along with the curb and gutter in Daylight Court. City staff will monitor the drain tile over the next several years to evaluate the effectiveness of the improvement. Administrator Brethorst reported that the Council and Utilities Commission, at a Special Joint Meeting on November 3, took action approving the 2012-2013 AFSCME CBA. He noted his appreciation for all those involved for the cooperation in arriving at an agreeable CBA. Administrator Brethorst also reported that the Council and Utilities Commission, at a Special Joint Meeting on November 3, took action approving changes to the following personnel policies which are also part of the AFSCME CBA regarding health insurance, sick leave payout, health care savings plan, and long term disability insurance. The Council also gave approval to a proposed wage scale for the Ambulance Department, election judge salaries, and an employee/volunteer/elected recognition program. He stated that the Council and Commission will further discuss COLA adjustments for non-union employees, bereavement leave changes, clothing allowance, and an additional health insurance option at a special joint meeting to be held on December 1. The results of this meeting will be reported at the Council’s December 15 regular meeting. Administrator Brethorst stated that, at its meeting on November 3, the Planning and Zoning Commission held public hearings on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and on the request of J-T of Melrose, Inc. for a variance for an additional cor-

ner side yard setback encroachment to accommodate the expansion of the Stearns Veterinary Outlet facility. Following the hearings, the Commission took action recommending Council approval of both the Comprehensive Plan and the variance encroachment request. In addition, the Commission reviewed the proposed capital improvements for Year 2012 as outlined in the City’s proposed Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, found them to be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, and authorized the Council to be so informed in accordance with state statute. Also discussed were pending amendments to the Zoning Ordinance prompted by changes in FEMA’s floodplain maps and regulations. It is necessary to amend the Zoning Ordinance to accommodate these changes in order for the City’s residents to remain eligible to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The Commission will hold a public hearing on the floodplain-related amendments to the Zoning Ordinance at its meeting on December 1. Consideration was given to the Contract Voucher No. 1 (Final) from Breitbach Construction for the 2011 Daylight Court Improvements. This pay request is for $14,695.33, which is $93.22 less than the original bid amount of $14,788.55. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to approve Contract Voucher No. 1 (Final) from Breitbach Construction in the amount of $14,695.33 and to accept the project as complete. Administrator Brethorst reported that the City of Melrose has been approached by the ASCAP to enter into a contract to allow the City to hold a license for festivals, community events, Music in the Park, etc. He stated that staff has reviewed their request and consulted with the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and other Minnesota municipalities that currently subscribe to the license. Based on this review and discussions with the City Attorney, staff stated that it is the recommendation of the LMC, City Attorney and staff to subscribe to this license. The Council expressed concern over this group suddenly enforcing the requirement to pay this license fee. They inquired whether there have been court cases in the past on this issue, and felt this license was unwarranted. The City Attorney and City Administrator stated that due to the decline in revenues for the music industry because of changing technology, it appears that ASCAP is being more forceful in pursuing this agreement. The City Administrator stated that he had received several calls from an ASCAP individual on this matter. The base license fee for the City of Melrose is approximately $309. Administrator Brethorst restated his recommendation to approve the license fee as a way to limit liability exposure to the City. After further discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to

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table action on subscribing to the ASCAP license. It was reported that staff has contacted Stearns County and inquired about including improvements to 6th St NE in 2012 when the County mills and overlays County Highway 173 (3rd Ave NW). The County was receptive and will include it in their bid package. Sixth St NE is 320 feet in length and is a dead end street. The estimated cost is less than $15,000. Mr. Klasen inquired whether the City would need to proceed with the improvements if the bids came in higher than the $15,000 estimate. Public Works Director John Harren stated that this roadway is deteriorating and needs to be fixed. A motion was then made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to authorize staff to work with Stearns County to have 6th St NE included in the County’s project. Administrator Brethorst then reported that Assistant City Administrator/Treasurer Karen Thostenson has submitted her formal notification of her intention to retire with her last day of work being February 24, 2012, so as to assist through the 2010 audit. Ms. Thostenson has worked for the City since December 15, 1980. Administrator Brethorst expressed his appreciation to Ms. Thostenson for her years of service. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to approve Ms. Thostenson’s retirement effective February 24, 2012. Administrator Brethorst then noted that, due to the upcoming retirement of Ms. Thostenson, staff has evaluated the job duties of the Assistant City Administrator/Treasurer (ACA). It is staff’s recommendation to realign the position to a traditional Accountant position. The existing duties of Assistant Administrator and Office Manager would be reassigned within the existing staff and the Treasurer responsibilities will be added to the City Administrator position. Administrator Brethorst presented the proposed Accountant job description and noted that it is recommended that the top wage for this position be $49,441 per year, or $23.77 per hour. The pay equity points are recommended to be 358. He requested authorization for staff to proceed with advertising for the position. The Utilities Commission, at its November 14 meeting, took action approving the job description and to concur with the Council regarding wage scale and pay equity points, and to authorize staff to proceed with advertising for this position. Administrator Brethorst stated that it is hopeful to have this position filled by or near the beginning of 2012. If necessary, options have also been researched regarding having some financial services provided by an outside firm dependent on the selection. Administrator Brethorst stated that it may be necessary to reevaluate the pay equity points for all of the positions due to the restructuring and realignment of duties. This is proposed to be done prior to the 2013 wage and benefit discussions. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to approve the Accountant job description, wage scale and pay equity points, and to authorize staff to post the position and conduct interviews. Mayor Vogel 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 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief, and Training Officer were accepted through October 15. Five applications were received for the two Assistant Chief positions and four applications were received for the Training Officer position. Interviews were conducted by Fire Chief Jeremy Kraemer, Fire Relief Association Vice President Shawn Waldvogel, and Executive Committee Members Bunker Hill and Loren Pundsack. They are recommending that Rick Berens be appointed as 1st Assistant Chief, Tom Budde as 2nd Assistant Chief, and Joe Woeste as Training Officer. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to concur with the Executive Committee recommendation and

appoint Mr. Berens as 1st Assistant Chief, Mr. Budde as 2nd Assistant Chief and Mr. Woeste as Training officer for the years of 2012 and 2013. Administrator Brethorst reported that the City has been given preliminary approval for two separate planning grants. The first is a $1,500 match for the City’s Strategic Plan retreat which has already been approved by the Council and Utilities Commission. Plus, the City received a $5,000 matching grant for funds to assist in the design/plan for a water/skate park in the Sauk River Park. If approved, staff will be submitting a full grant application by the end of December for both of these planning events. Administrator Brethorst noted that history has shown that once a City is asked to submit a full application, the final application is traditionally approved. The $5,000 planning grant match will be placed on the agenda for the December 1 Council Budget Meeting to determine if the City wants to expend planning funds for a water/skate park. Prior to this meeting, City Administrator Brethorst stated that he would obtain a quote for professional services for this type of plan. Mr. Klasen expressed concern over whether this was a good time to expend any funds on a skate/water park due to the economic uncertainty. He questioned whether there was any benefit to having a study completed if there are no funds to construct or maintain such a facility and that there are so many City facilities that already need to be maintained. Mr. Finken and Ms. Mayers felt that having the study completed would give the City a better idea of the costs for construction and maintenance of a skate/water park. They also felt strongly that it is important to have amenities that will draw people to Melrose. Mayor Vogel stated that he agreed that this may not be the best time economically to consider a skate/water park, but also noted that he had driven his son to other communities to use their skate parks, and this trip typically also included stopping for a snack or something. Administrator Brethorst felt that proceeding with the study grant would provide the City with good cost estimates for construction and maintenance of a skate/water park. After further discussion, a

motion was made by Mr. Finken and seconded by Ms. Mayers to approve the preparation and submission of the full grant applications for the $1,500 Strategic Plan Retreat and the $5,000 skate/water park study. A roll call vote was recorded as follows: For: Council Members Finken, Mayers, Christenson and Mayor Vogel; Against: Council Member Klasen. Administrator Brethorst reported that the property located at 306 2nd St SE, Melrose (aka Peterson House) has been deemed hazardous and an order to raze the property has been ordered by the City Council. Assessco Environmental Services was awarded the contract to abate all hazardous material from the house. The City has posted notice and requested bids for the demolition of the property. Bids are due by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. The demolition is to occur by December 20, with the final seeding, etc. to be completed by May 16, 2012. Staff estimates the bids to be $20,000 or less, and recommended authorizing staff to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder if the quote is less than $20,000. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to authorize staff to award the demolition bid to the lowest responsible bidder. Administrator Brethorst reported that the Council, at its August 25 meeting, tabled action regarding membership to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC). The 2012 assessment for Melrose is $4,840 which includes services for labor and employee relations. The membership dues were frozen in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The CGMC Board had unfrozen the dues; however, the increase is only $5 from the 2009-2011 level. The City has been a member of the CGMC for several years noting that the CGMC serves all greater Minnesota cities providing electronic communication of legislative proceedings, financial information, and allows the City to obtain labor and employee relations support at a discounted rate. Administrator Brethorst stated that these costs are shared equally between the Utilities and General Fund. The Utilities Commission, at its August 8 meeting, approved the

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2012 membership dues for CGMC membership. Administrator Brethorst also noted that the Council, at its August 25 meeting, tabled action regarding membership to the Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC). MAOSC represents small cities with populations less than 5,000 and lobbies the Legislature on many issues that affect these small cities. Total dues for the City would be $1,665.20/year. City Administrator Brethorst reported that, in the past, the City had chosen not to be a member. Administrator Brethorst stated it was staff’s recommendation to renew the membership to the CGMC for 2012. He felt that while the MAOSC provides good services to smaller cities, they are a much smaller organization so their lobbying efforts on behalf of small cities would be less than what is provided by CGMC. He felt that the City benefits from CGMC’s professionalism, strong lobbying, and labor management consultant, legislative issues and other informational ser-

vices. Mayor Vogel inquired what services are provided by CGMC that would not also be provided by MAOSC. Mr. Klasen and Ms. Mayers suggested trying MAOSC for a year, but Mr. Finken felt more comfortable staying with CGMC. After further discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Klasen and seconded by Ms. Mayers to enter into a one-year membership with MAOSC for legislative and lobbying services for 2012. A roll call vote was recorded as follows: For: Council Members Klasen, Mayers and Mayor Vogel; Against: Council Member Finken; Abstain: Council Member Christenson. Administrator Brethorst reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission, on November 3, held a public hearing on the final draft of the City of Melrose 2030 Comprehensive Plan as required by Minnesota Statute, Section 462.355, subdivision 2. The Commission then took action making recommendation to the Council to adopt the Plan as presented. The draft final Plan had previously been delivered to the Council. Administrator Brethorst

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recommended the Council consider taking action to concur with the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to adopt the City of Melrose 2030 Comprehensive Plan. He stated that Minnesota Statute, Section 462.355, subdivision 3 requires that in order for a comprehensive plan to be adopted by the council, the action requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all its members or in the case of Melrose’s five member Council, the action must receive at least four affirmative votes. Mr. Klasen introduced Resolution No. 2011-48, Resolution Approving the Adoption of the City of Melrose 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update. The motion was seconded by Ms. Mayers with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Klasen, Mayers, Finken, Christenson and Mayor Vogel; Against: None. A copy of the resolution is on file in the City Administration Office. The Council then reviewed the proposed 2012 meeting schedule for any possible changes. The hearing on the final 2013 budget and levy is proposed to be set for Thursday, December 13, 2012. Please note that due to appointments necessary, January will have two meetings instead of the usual one meeting per month. The 2012 meeting schedule was approved by consensus. Administrator Brethorst reported the City had received information from its Auditors, Abdo, Eick and Meyers, regarding the implementation of GASB Statement No. 54, which is required to be adopted by 2011 yearend. The objective of GASB No. 54 is to enhance the usefulness of fund balance information and provide clearer fund balance classifications that can be more consistently applied and by clarifying the existing governmental fund type definitions. The following are the new fund balance classifications based on the level of constraint on those resources under GASB No. 54: Non-spendable fund balance; Restricted fund balance; Committed

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fund balance; Assigned fund balance; Unassigned fund balance. The Council gave consideration to adopting the following: 1) Ms. Mayers introduced Resolution No. 2011-46, Committing Fund Balances for Specific Purposes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christenson with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Mayers, Christenson, Finken, Klasen and Mayor Vogel; Against: None. A copy of the resolution is on file in the City Administration Office. 2) Ms. Mayers introduced Resolution No. 2011-47, Committing Specific Revenue Sources and Confirming Restrictions for Specified Purposes in Special Revenue Funds. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christenson with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Mayers, Christenson, Finken, Klasen and Mayor Vogel; Against: None. A copy of the resolution is on file in the City Administration Office. 3) A motion was then made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr.

Klasen and unanimously carried to adopt the Fund Balance Policy as presented. Mayor Vogel stated that Minnesota Statutes Section 462.356 Subd. 2 requires that the City’s proposed real property acquisitions and dispositions be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, and also applies to the City’s proposed Capital Improvements. The Planning and Zoning Commission, on November 3, reviewed the non-equipment Capital Improvement Projects proposed for Year 2012 as addressed in the City’s Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for Years 2012 through 2016 for compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. It was the determination of the Planning and Zoning Commission that the City’s various Capital Improvement Projects proposed for Year 2012 are either in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan or are unrelated to it. The Commission’s written findings were provided. The following informational

items were then discussed: a. The following are schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1) 2011 CGMC Fall Conference, November 16-18 in Fergus Falls. Registration fee: $155 per person. Attending: City Administrator Brethorst. 2) Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers 2011 Annual Conference, November 16-17 in Mankato. Registration fee: $120 per person. Attending: Economic Development Director Gary Walz b. The minutes from the Public Utilities Commission’s October 3 Regular Meeting, October 18 Special Meeting, and November 3 Special Meeting. c. MADA’s October 24 Regular Meeting minutes. d. Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Melrose Financial Statement for the year ended June 30, 2011. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried that the meeting be adjourned at 7:40 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk

Swanville Sr. High Student of the Month Swanville Jr./ Sr. High is proud to announce Lexi Loven as the December Student of the Month for 10th-12th grades. Lexi is the daughter of Jay and Heidi Loven. Playing sports, shopping and hanging out with friends and families top Lexi’s list of favorite activities. Her future plans include going to college to become a pediatrician. She is a 6-year veteran of the basketball and volleyball teams, has participated in softball since seventh grade and plans to participate in that this spring. She was a band student for five years, and also received superior ratings for while participating in Voice Contest. She is a 2-year member of the National Honor Society and has been involved with Student Council since her sophomore year. She is a former student of the month and also has been chosen numer-

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Swanville Jr. High Student of the Month Swanville Jr./ Sr. High is proud to announce Kiley Loven as the December Student of the Month for 7th9th grades. Kiley is the daughter of John and Tanya Loven. Her many interests include sports, shopping, playing the saxophone and hang-

ing out with friends. Although only a seventh grade student, Kiley stays very busy with school activities. She participated in Junior High Volleyball this fall, played Junior High Softball as a sixth grader, is an active participant in Junior High Band, participated in the Fall play this year and has plans to go out for Junior High Basketball later this winter. Her busy day does not end at the end of the school day. She also participates in her church, including singing in the Choir. She participates in JO Volleyball and summer rec. activities in the summer. She is a past recipient of the Horizon Health Essay contest, taking home First Place honors. She was on the A Honor Roll this fall in the Junior High. Her future plans include going to St.

Cloud State to become a kindergarten teacher. Her advice for other students is to “strive for good grades and always do your best.” Tom Bzdok, social studies teacher states, “Kiley is a wonderful student to have in class. She comes in everyday with a big smile on her face, an eagerness to learn, and has a wonderful attitude that spreads to everyone around her. She always has so much energy and ambition to learn which has become a positive influence upon her classmates. Kiley is well liked because she is polite and very kind to everyone she comes across. She never has anything but pleasant and positive comments to say towards everyone. Kiley 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 Kiley, you are very deserving of this recognition!” “Kiley displays positive leadership characteristics that I hope she continues to develop over the years,” add Mrs. Liza Hasse, math teacher. “I have had the pleasure of working with Kiley in the classroom this year. She is a highly motivated young lady who wants to learn and do her best. She is very kind and respectful towards others and is well liked by her peers. I believe that Kiley is very deserving of this award as she is a quite impressive seventh grade student.”

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