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Abraham Lincoln’s lessons -By Harvey Mackay Even though President Abraham Lincoln was in office during one of the most turbulent times in American history, he became famous for his ability to use humorous stories and anecdotes to make a point. His talent often saved difficult situations from escalating to deep divisions. To explain why he used stories so frequently, Lincoln said: “I believe I have the popular reputation of being a story-teller, but I do not deserve the name in its general sense, for it is not the story itself, but its purpose, or effect, that interests me.” Lincoln explained: “When I tell a funny story, it has the same effect on me that I suppose a good square drink of whiskey has on an old toper. It puts new life into me. The fact is, I have always believed that a good laugh was good for both the mental and the physical digestion.” One tale Lincoln was fond of telling on himself was about two Quaker women in a railway coach who were overheard in a conversation about Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. “I think Jefferson (Davis) will succeed because he is a praying man,” said the first. “And so is Abraham a praying man,” said the other woman. “Yes,” said the first, “but the Lord will think Abraham is joking.” Lincoln was determined from his teenage years onward to advance his general knowledge. He pursued a rigorous program
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of reading, study and self-improvement, often by the light of an oil lamp. Lincoln’s law partner would later describe his ambition as “a little engine that knew no rest.” In 1841, 20 years before he became president, Lincoln doubted whether his life would amount to anything. He confided to a friend, “I would be more than willing to die, except that I have done nothing to make any human remember that I have lived.” His bouts of melancholy were well-known, but even during those challenges, he maintained a wry sense of self-deprecation. When others tried to insult Lincoln, as during his famous debates with orator Stephen Douglas, the orator pointed out that Lincoln used to run a store where you could buy whiskey. But Lincoln turned the tables quickly: “It is true what Mr. Douglas said, that I did run a grocery store, and I did sell goods including whiskey. “But I remember in those days Mr. Douglas was one of my best customers. Many a time I have stood on one side of the counter and sold whiskey to Mr. Douglas on the other side. But the difference is that I have left my side of the counter, but Mr. Douglas still sticks tenaciously to his.” Long before the days of social media, Lincoln had to endure much vicious criticism as president. He accepted that it went with the job, explaining: “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” Through multiple challenges of the Civil War, Lincoln once told a group of
scaremongers the story of a young boy who accompanied his father on a hunting trip. While sleeping on the mountainside, the boy awoke to see a meteor shower. Frightened by the sight, he ran to his father and woke him up, pointing at the sky. The father looked at his son patiently and said, “Son, don’t be concerned with shooting stars. Keep your eyes instead on the fixed stars that have long been our guides.” The moral of that story is as true today as it was 160 years ago. The President was once criticized for referring to the Confederates in kind terms. A woman asked him how he could speak so generously of his enemies when he should rather destroy them. But in characteristic fashion, Lincoln demonstrated his strategy. He answered her, “Why, madam, do I not destroy them when I make them my friends?” Isn’t it interesting how the more things change, the more they stay the same? We are still learning from Abraham Lincoln. Mackay’s Moral: America is a better place because Abraham Lincoln helped shape it. 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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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Early times on the farm (3)
When our reader spoke about winter, he recalled Christmas when he was 12, he and his mother walked to church, 1 ½ miles away, because all roads were closed due to snow depth. At the age of 16, he and his father purchased a corn picker, which at that time was pulled by a tractor. The first reason for the purchase was that he actually hated cutting, shocking and shredding corn. Secondly, since he had a corn picker and other farmers didn’t, he began to do custom picking for his neighbors, at a rate of $3.50 per hour. Corn was picked in the later part of the year, which frequently caused corn to be picked in snow and extremely cold weather. After a couple of months of custom corn picking the first year, he was able to purchase a heat-houser for the tractor. He said that after attaching the heat-houser, he “thought he was in heaven.” His dad had a threshing machine and since he worked in town and there was extra time on the farm, the 16 year old and his first younger brother began doing custom threshing. At first the customers were concerned that the two young fellows would be able to set up the machine to not waste grain, but shortly realized that they did a good job. As the years passed he not only operated a farm, but also began to drive semi over the road. He has remained on the farm during his entire lifetime and drove a truck for 60 years. He has now retired from the trucking industry and is trying to become accustomed to just taking care of the farm. The reader’s name is Elmer and his statement about life is, “I would not trade my life for life today as a kid. I feel sorry for
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the young kids today that never know how good it could be. People my age have seen the good years, hard but good.” After reading and discussing his life story, I began to think that someone with a similar life story such as Elmer’s, would be an effective speaker in a high school graduation ceremony. This story about hard work, goal accomplishment and satisfaction with their own life is inspirational. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joyce A. Schmidt
Joyce A. Schmidt, age 60 of Melrose, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass will be held 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment will be held in the parish cemetery. Joyce Alvina Schmidt was born July 31, 1960 in Melrose, Minnesota to Aloys and Dorothy (George) Schmidt. She graduated
from Melrose High School in 1978. Joyce worked at the V.A Hospital in St. Cloud until her retirement. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Joyce was a wonderful musician who played multiple instruments and also played with the “Custom Classics.” She was animal lover and truly enjoyed gardening and taking an occasional fishing trip. Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Schmidt of Albany; brothers, Donald (Bernice) Schmidt of Freeport, Harry (Deb) Schmidt of Grey Eagle, Ron (Becky) Schmidt of Burtrum, Cheryl (Jim) Harren of Freeport, and Dennis Schmidt of Brainerd; and many nephews and nieces who loved her very much. Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Al Schmidt. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.
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John F. Berscheit, Jr., age 80 of Sauk Centre, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. John Francis Berscheit, Jr. was born September 15, 1940 in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to John, Sr. and Mary (Kresbach)
Albert J. Oevermann, age 89 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, February 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Albert Joseph Oevermann was born May 16, 1931 in Melrose, Minnesota to Joseph and Alvina (Thieschaefer) Oevermann. He lived and farmed north of Melrose his entire life until moving into Park View in 2018. Albert also worked at St. Mary’s Cemetery with mowing and maintenance for eight years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Catholic Order of Foresters, Catholic United Financial, and the Melrose Township Board. Albert enjoyed playing and umpiring softball, bowling, and watching all Minnesota sports teams and high school basketball games. Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Kitty Mueller of Melrose, Donald Oevermann of Melrose, Dorothy Schmitz of Brooten, and Joseph Oevermann of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews. Albert was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Oevermann; sister, Edna Middendorf; brothers-in-law, Edward Mueller, Leonard Schmitz, and Ralph Middendorf; and sisters-in-law, Kathy Oevermann, Carol Oevermann, and Ilene Oevermann. Serving as casket bearers were David Mueller, Greg Oevermann, Michael
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Mildred M. Poepping
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred M. Poepping, age 96, was held Saturday, February 6 at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Munich. Mildred passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, at the Tree of Life Home in New Munich. Mildred was born on July 6, 1924 in Farming, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Rolfes) Evens; she was raised on the family farm with her seven siblings. On September 26, 1945, she was united in marriage to Joseph B, Poepping in Farming and their union was blessed with six children. They shared nearly 70 years of dedication, faith, square dancing, and card games until Joseph’s passing in June 2014. Mildred was later married to Walter Sand in 2015 and they shared four years of partnership until Walter’s passing in December 2019. She was a proud member of the Immaculate Conception Parish, the Christian Mothers, and the Catholic Aid. Mildred will always be remembered by her children, Darleen of Albany, Allen of Melrose, Lee of Milaca, Eugene (Amy) of Sauk Centre; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; siblings, Bernadette Cordie of Cold Spring, Elmer (Gen) of St. Cloud; siblings-in-law, Peter Doll and Mary Evens; as
well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Poepping, as well as her second husband, Wally; parents, Joseph and Rose Evens; children, Marvin (Claire) and Butch; siblings, Joseph Jr. (Lois), Jenny Doll, Larry (Don) Nelson, Benno (Rose), and Buddy.
Bruce A. Strassman
Bruce Strassman, 54 of Burturm, MN passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the CentraCare Hospital in Long Prairie. The family has chosen a private farewell for Bruce. Bruce Allen Strassman was born December 25, 1966 to Harry and Ester (Frozena) Strassman in Two Rivers, WI. He graduated from High School in Bruce, WI. He worked various places in Wisconsin. On November 1, 1990 he married Candace Marquardt in Prairie Farm, WI. The couple moved to Albany where he accepted a job at Geobles Dairy. He worked there for 7 years while he farmed near Burtum. He retired from farming in 2020 and began working for Ace Hardware in Long Prairie. Bruce was a hard worker but in the little bit of free time he had, he loved to fish. He will be dearly missed by his wife Candace and his two sons, Daniel of Burtrum and Zachary Strassman (Shaina Carney) of Rochester. He is also survived by a brother Wesley of Bruce, WI and two sisters, Sue and Barb Strassman. He is preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings.
Swanville Senior High Student of the Month Swanville Public School is pleased to announce the January Senior High student of the month, senior Rebekah Muhlenkamp. Rebekah is the daughter of Margaret and Levi Muhlenkamp. Rebekah enjoys a wide variety of activities, including backpacking, reading, playing sports, activities with BSA, hanging out with current friends and making new ones. She plans to attend University of MN Duluth for Biology or Pre-Med. She also plans on running on the track and field and cross-country teams. Her love of sports is demonstrated by playing volleyball, bas-
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bekah gives back to our youth programs as well, always encouraging and helping out the younger students. Rebekah was named Swanville’s AAA winner (Arts, Academics, and Athletics) and she was very deserving of this honor. I know Rebekah will keep her work ethic, her positive attitude and her leadership abilities as she finishes up high school and goes on to the next chapter of her life! Congratulations Rebekah!”
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Melrose City • December 17, 2020 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via global/GoToMeeting pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Tony Klasen, Justin Frieler, Mark Hill, Travis Frieler, and Mayor Joe Finken, City Administrator Colleen Winter, and City Clerk Patti Haase. Mayor Finken presided thereat. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Justin Frieler with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Member: Klasen, Justin Frieler, Travis Frieler, Hill, and Mayor Finken; AGAINST: None Mayor Finken then opened the floor to public comment. There were no comments. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda a. The minutes from the Commission’s November 19 Special Meeting, the November 19 Regular Meeting, and the November 25, Special Meeting b. List of bills in the amount of $449,266.78. c. List of investments for the month of November d. The Council to give consideration to approval of the following tobacco licenses: 1) Coborn’s Inc. – Coborn’s Store 2) Melrose 1 Stop 3) Casey’s General Store #2650 4) SPIRITZ Liquor, Inc. 5) Coborn’s Inc. – Coborn’s Liquor 6) Dollar General 7) Casey’s General Store #3657 Minnesota law requires cities to obtain proof that all license holders provide workers’ comp insurance for their employees. Also, the City must obtain licensees’ social security numbers, and Minnesota and federal tax identification numbers for the Department of Revenue’s use. The licenses are effective January 1, 2021. e. Donation Resolutions 1) Resolution No. 2020-64, donation in the amount $300 from James and Nancy Mohs towards the Melrose Fire Department. 2) Resolution NO. 2020-66, donation in the amount of $1,000 from the Greenwald Lions Club towards the Melrose Fire Department f. City Administrator Winter is requesting that the Council consider renewing the contract with Tri-Cap bus service. The City of Melrose purchases 20 hours of bus service a week from Tri-Cap at a monthly cost. TriCAP is not increasing rates for 2021. Tri-Cap ridership has decreased by 53% from October 2019 to October 2020. The ridership counts through October 2020 were 3,477. g. On January 6, 2021, Receptionist Stephanie Perez will complete one year of service. Finance Director Beuning has completed a review and it was favorable. Therefore, Ms. Perez is eligible to move to Step 2 on the pay scale. A motion was made by Mr. Travis Frieler to approve the Consent Agenda items. The motion was seconded by Mr. Hill with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Member: Travis Frieler, Hill, Justin Frieler, Klasen, and Mayor Finken; AGAINST: None Mayor Finken presented MADA Member George Jensen with a Certificate of Recognition and token of appreciation for his 17 years of service on the Melrose Area Development Authority. In addition to serving on the MADA Board, Mr. Jensen also served as a member of the Parks Board and City Council. We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for Mr. Jensen’s experience, dedication and vision for the City. Police Chief Maus presented the Police Department’s November 2020 report. Chief Maus noted there were 267calls for service during that month, compared to 320 calls for November 2019. A total of 18 citations were written for the month of November. There were 65 verbal warnings and 10 written warning. The yearto-date number of calls is 3,520 compared to 3,987 in 2019. For the month of November 2020, the Department received 29 agency assist calls.
Mr. Dymoke was not present at the meeting. City Administrator Winter presented projects Mr. Dymoke has been working on: • Declaration of Local Emergency – Prepared updated Resolution declaring a local emergency due to the COVID pandemic. • Bonner Nuisance – Received report of possible attempt by Bonner to sell the manufactured home declared a nuisance property. Reviewed the requirements for obtaining a preliminary injunction against a possible sale and forwarded a summary to City staff. Mike Nielson with WSB & Associates provided an update on the various city projects. • Pavement Management: The proposal for design and construction services will be presented at the December council meeting. • WSB Project No. R-014036-000 – CR 65 Drainage Improvements -Contractor: Anderson Underground. I have contacted Nick Anderson and he is reviewing a financial settlement to leave the pipe in place as is to avoid having to dig into CR 65. • WSB Project No. R-015456-000 2020 Street Improvements including 5th Street N, 4th St. N & 3rd Ave N Punch list items will be completed in the spring of 2021. • 2nd Street S and 3rd Ave SE Flooding Issue -5th Avenue Storm Sewer System Survey work has been completed on this project. The stormwater model will be completed in January and alternatives will be discussed with staff. • WSB Project No. R-015500-000 Melrose Road, Dam, and Bridge – Roadway: - Evaluating potential alignment shift of 5th Street to remedy the substandard sight line from 1st Street. - Roadway alignment and profile to be finalized after verification of bridge low member elevation and depth. Structures: No update since 5/14/20 project update. • Dam inspection on October 29, 2020 Reviewed O&M manual on October 29, 2020 • HWL elevation to be finalized week of 12/7/2020. Bridge low member finalized week of 12/7/20. Preliminary bridge plan progressing. • AET under contract to complete foundation boring for bridge. Expect completion in early January. • Dam inspection report submitted 11/12/2020. • Dam O&M manual- expected submittal 12/28/2020 Stream Analysis: - Wildlife bench included under north side of bridge. (small wildlife) - DNR and USACE coordination is ongoing. No further milestones with these agencies until 60% design stage. - Formal DNR and USACE permit application submittal following 60% design stage. 60% roadway plans in March 2021. City Administrator Winter provided an update on city projects. Provided an update on the Minnesota Emergency Relief Funds that will be made available through DEED to assist businesses impacted by COVID The Council held a public hearing on the 2021 Budget and Tax Levy. The public hearing is to allow public comment and questions. Revised budget information will be available at the meeting. 2021 Budget and Levy/Resolution No. 2020-65, Resolution Adopting the Tax Levy and 2021 Budget/2021-2025 Five Year Capital Improvement Plan Finance Director Beuning delivered the Truth in Taxation presentation. At the September 11 meeting, the Council first reviewed the proposed 2021 Budget. The preliminary property tax levied to the County at that time was: Initial General property tax $1,510,518 Debt Levy: 2008 Fire and Ambulance Station Lease Revenue Bonds $90,000 TOTAL LEVY $1,600,518 Since that time, the Council and staff have reviewed the budget to determine adjustments needed to arrive at a more balanced budget, as well as plan for upcoming capital needs, and potential decrease of state funding. Based on those meetings, the general levy is
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Entry level FT Teller/Bookkeeper position at First State Bank of Swanville. Applicant must be personable and detail oriented. Computer and cash handling experience preferred. Pay based upon qualifications, and reviewed after 90 days. Benefits include: 401K, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, sick time, and paid vacation. Please forward resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grey Eagle • Burtrum Lions
RACE on TRACE The Races will be held on Trace Lake, 1/2 mile West of Grey Eagle
Saturday, February 20, 2021 RACING STARTS AT 10:00 AM Admission: $10.00 - 1 Day (Under 12 yrs. FREE)
CMPR SNOWMOBILE ICE OVAL RACES
On Shaved Ice 1,000 ft. 2,000 ft. Shutdown
Starts at 10 AM • Ending at 4 PM
Racing Starts: Noon
Fastest Speed On Ice Track TOP SPEED $1,000
26 Vintage & Late Model Classes Country Cat F-500 Series Super Mod 0-300 340 Leaf Spring Series 2019 CMPR Late Model ProLite 440 Super Mod Series Super Stock Contact: Mike 320-815-1888
Top 2 Trophies
40 Snowmobile Classes 1 - 120’s 1 - Kitty Cat 1 - 200’s
Non Traction 2 Classes N-1 0-600 N-2 601 and Up 1 - Motorcycle 1 - Quads 1 - Side x Side
Food & Beverage Trailer on Ice Awards Banquet Immediately Following the Races at the
$20 for 2 Runs $40 for 5 Runs $50 for Unlimited
Double R Bar & Grill General Info.: Bob 320-493-8485
FOR SALE: Wheel chair, $125 or best offer. Call 320-249-4429. FOR SALE: Dodge Stratus 2004, runs excellent, $1000. Call 320-290-0924. FOR SALE: 2 LG flat screen TV’s, both work well, one about 30”, the other around 40”, $100 for both. Call 320-360-0343.
FLASK FOURS GRANDPARENTS HANDY INSIST KEEPS
MUSICIAN NIGHT OFFERS OPENS OUTFIT PARENTHESES PLAIT RADIUS RAFTS REFUSE SEESAW SHEEP SIGHT SKATE SORROW STERN SUPER THOSE THROUGH TRICK TUSKS USEFUL VAPOR WOUND
FOR SALE: 1982 Yamaha Maxim 1100, 9,000 miles, excellent condition, $2,500. Call 320-573-2355. JA-tfn
A Florist Funny
A man stops by his local florist shop to buy flowers for his new girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. He asks the proprietor, “You know the expression, ‘You should say it with flowers’?” “How about three dozen of my finest roses?” the florist asks. “Make it a half dozen roses,” the man answers. “I’m a man of few words.”
Contact: Nick 320-760-6244 FOR SALE: Building lot in Freeport, $130,000. Call 320-290-6103.
By Jan Klug I once milked the dairy cow, I really enjoyed it too. I don’t know this lifestyle now, Doing what I want to do. I stay up late, get up late, I still won’t hear any mooing. They are home in someone else’s barn, For sure wondering what I’m doing.
DIESEL FUEL CONTRACT PLANS AVAILABLE
Pre-Buy or Pay As You Go Call the Melrose Office for details.
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Hometown News February 11, 2021 Harvey Mackay Tom Kuehne: The Good Old Days Obituaries: Schmidt, Berscheit, Oevermann, Poepping, Stra...
Published on Feb 11, 2021
Hometown News February 11, 2021 Harvey Mackay Tom Kuehne: The Good Old Days Obituaries: Schmidt, Berscheit, Oevermann, Poepping, Stra...