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Exercise your body to exercise your brain -By Harvey Mackay

I went for a jog with two good friends the other day. A very long jog. A halfmarathon, in fact. Mark Paper, a friend since childhood, and Bobby Eldridge, both very successful businessmen, joined me for the second straight year of P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix, in late January. These are two guys who know about going the distance. They push me when I need it, and I am grateful. You’ve probably heard me repeat one of my favorite aphorisms: They don’t pay off on effort, they pay off on results. Of course, there is no result without effort. A 13-mile jog takes plenty of effort. Finishing it is an awesome result.

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And if I ever need more motivation, I think back to my first New York marathon, which I ran in 1986. Of the 20,000 runners who started, the most amazing was a Viet Nam veteran, who finished last – in 4 days, 2 hours and 47 minutes. He covered the 26.2 miles with no legs. He ran on his hands. When my daughter Mimi and I saw him in the early part of the race, his example convinced us that we could finish that grueling race. Marathons, half-marathons, even 5K races are all great tests of accomplishing your goals. Who says you aren’t tougher, smarter, and harder working than your competition? If you believe you can do it, and prepare yourself properly, you will have results you can be proud of. I am committed to taking care of my physical health because I believe that it has a positive effect on every other facet of my life. I don’t compete for money or medals. I participate because I win rewards that no outside organization can offer. I want to achieve my personal best. I have been running for more than 40 years, and have completed 10 marathons including the 100th Boston. Two hip replacements have meant a change to my regimen, but I can’t give up trying. I even get a rush out of watching other runners compete. I’ve been attending the summer Olympic Games nearly as long as I have been running, and I always watch the marathon. Enviously.

I know I will never match these athletes’ super-human times, but I admire their determination and dedication. They inspire me to keep pushing myself. What does any of this have to do with business advice? Plenty. There are obvious parallels to perseverance in tough business cycles, dedication to going the extra mile for customers, determination to seeing a job through to the end. Setting goals and doing what is necessary to achieve them, always trying to improve your performance, and a commitment to be your absolute best are always on the mind of top performers in business and marathons. And then with the accomplishment of the goal, celebrating success. Around this time every year, all those New Year’s resolutions about getting more exercise and taking better care of our bodies start to fade. Too often, we fall back into bad habits and decide it’s just too hard to stay with a new routine. It’s time to refocus and recommit. Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 • Valentine Mass & Meal starting at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 • Pelican Lake Association of St. Anna Annual Fundraiser, Dinner, Silent Auction, Meat Raffle starting at 5 p.m. at The Landing, St. Anna. See ad on page 4. • Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions Race on Trace, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 12. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 • Quilt Bingo at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 9. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 • Sobieski & Swanville Lions Clubs 21st Annual Fishing Contest & Raffle starting at noon on Long Lake, Swanville. See ad on page 12. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 • Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fundraiser Breakfast from 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church basement, St. Francis. See ad on page 9. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 • Upsala FFA Chapter Donkey Basket-

ball at 8:30 p.m. in the Upsala School Small Gym. See ad on page 9. SUNDAY, MARCH 2 • New Munich Lions Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church basement, New Munich. FRIDAY, MARCH 7 • Upsala Area Schools Kindergarten Roundup at 8:15 a.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 9 • Holdingford Firefighters Relief Assoc. Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Holdingford Civic Center. • Freeport Lions Club Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 • Albany Area Schools’ Kindergarten

Registration Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Elementary cafeteria.

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 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. 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.

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Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 A study by the National Academy of Sports Medicine finds that “Maintaining an active healthy lifestyle helps increase productivity and diminishes health care costs. Employees involved in a corporate wellness program tend to miss fewer days and have fewer doctor visits. Exercise has many positive benefits including reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, exercise improves cognitive function, reduces stress, and improves your mood.” I can’t argue with any of that. I know that not everyone has access to a corporate wellness program. How about starting a walking club during lunch hour or after work? Exercising with friends provides great motivation to continue. Start with a reasonable goal of 15 minutes, and work from there. If you break exercise into manageable segments you are more likely to stick with it. You realize that you can

make time to take care of your body without compromising your other responsibilities. But really, shouldn’t one of your greatest responsibilities be taking care of yourself? One of my favorite pleasures is hearing from readers about their successes in business after they have found some helpful advice in my columns or books. I would be thrilled to hear how exercise has improved your career progress and business ventures. Mackay’s Moral: Stop running around in circles – take care of your health. 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.”

Free Thrivent Financial workshop on Estate Planning Basics Thrivent Financial is hosting two free educational workshops on estate planning. Called “Estate Planning Basics,” these one hour workshops will be held at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 7th St. NE, Little Falls, MN. The two workshops will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and again, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The workshops are being presented by Carlyle Olsen, Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial.

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The “Estate Planning Basics” workshop helps participants understand the three essential elements of any good estate strategy: wills, durable/financial powers of attorney, living wills/medical powers of attorney. As a result of attending the workshop, attendees will be better prepared to take action to protect their estates and pass them on according to their wishes. For more information, contact Carlyle Olsen at 320-632-1655.

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MON., FEB. 17: Swedish meatballs, potatoes, steamed broccoli w/ cheese sauce, pears. TUE., FEB. 18: Shepherd’s pie, romaine salad, cinnamon glazed apples, corn bread w/honey. WED., FEB. 19: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, trio vegetables, carrot cake. THUR., FEB. 20: Special of the day. FRI., FEB. 21: Egg salad sandwich, scalloped potatoes, garden salad, mandarin oranges. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., FEB. 17: Beef enchilada w/ Mexican rice/lettuce/tomato/onion/refried beans. TUE., FEB. 18: Orange chicken rice bowl w/Cantonese vegetables, /cinnamon glazed apples, corn bread w/honey. WED., FEB. 19: Chicken penne pasta salad, beef vegetable soup, fruit, carrot cake. THUR., FEB. 20: Special of the day. FRI., FEB. 21: BBQ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Scandinavian vegetables, mandarin oranges.

MON., FEB. 17: Ham/pea salad, fruit, sherbet. TUE., FEB. 18: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, scone. WED., FEB. 19: Roasted pork loin, potatoes, sauerkraut, spice cake. THUR., FEB. 20: Swedish meatballs, baked potato, beets, cinnamon applesauce. FRI., FEB. 21: Vegetable soup, ham salad sandwich, fruit, dessert bar.

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Obituaries Doraine M. Ritter

Doraine M. Ritter, age 79 of Grey Eagle, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 10 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Interment was in St. Bernard’s cemetery in Ward Springs. Doraine Mary Douvier was born May 14, 1934 in Melrose, Minnesota to John and Katy (Wolbeck) Douvier. She was united in marriage to Donald “Don” Ritter on October 23, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Doraine was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Eleanore Irene Miller

F u n e r a l S e r v i c e s celebrating the life of Eleanore Irene Miller, 82, of Avon were held Tuesday February 11, 2014 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. Eleanore passed away Friday, February 7, 2014. Eleanore was born on October 12, 1931 in rural Albany to Theodore and Grace (Christian) Lemke. She attended country school in Albany and later received her GED. She married Bill Miller on October 17, 1951 in International Falls. After marriage the couple lived in rural Avon. Eleanore took great pride in raising her three sons. Eleanore enjoyed flowers and gardening, fishing, and watching professional bull riding. She was proud of

Steven L. Ostendorf in Grey Eagle. She enjoyed riding around the countryside looking for deer with Don, collecting butterflies, and playing scratch off lottery tickets. Survivors include her sons, Lonnie (Nancy) Ritter of Grey Eagle and Mike Ritter of Grey Eagle; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Monica Stiever of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Regina Pirkl of St. Joseph. Doraine was preceded in death by her husband, Don Ritter on January 20, 2011; parents; daughter, Pamela Smith; daughterin-law, Bonnie Ritter; and brothers, Harold Douvier, Gilbert “Gib” Douvier, Tony Douvier, and Hubert Douvier. Serving as casket bearers were Tim Ritter, Travis Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Josh Ritter, Andy Ritter, and Cody Ritter. Cross bearer was Chris Ritter and scripture bearer was Tiffany Ritter. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.

her lemon tree that she grew in her house. She also was an avid hunter; she went hunting while 7 months pregnant with her second son. Eleanore was a loving mother and grandmother to so many as she took in 6 nephews/nieces after their parent’s death. She was a member of the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Albany. She was always active in church as a Sunday school teacher, and in the ladies aide groups. She is survived by her husband Bill; children, Alan (Cathy) Miller, Rice; Bryan (Andrea Wolbeck), Avon and Kim (Tara Petron), Avon; 9 grandchildren; 5 greatgrandchilren; Elmer “Wid” (Florence) Lemke, Sturgeon Lake; Verna Durband, St. Paul and Gracie Solarz, Albany. She was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Grace Lemke; grandchildren, Robert and Elizabeth; and brother, Howard Lemke.

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Steven L. Ostendorf, age 55 of Grey Eagle, died Monday, February 10, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer at the CentraCare Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Military Honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Parish prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the church. Steven Lee Ostendorf was born March 15, 1958 in Tacoma, Washington to Joanne Ostendorf. He graduated from Grey Eagle High School in 1977. Steve enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1979 and retired in 2005. In September of 1982 he married Marise Janorschke in Buckman,

Minnesota. After seven years of marriage, the couple divorced. Steve also worked at Gold’n Plump in Cold Spring for 26 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Steve was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on vehicles, plumbing, and electrical wiring. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his children, Heather Ostendorf (friend, Eric Douglas) of St. Cloud and Nathan Ostendorf (fiancé, Lorena Barrera) of Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Bailey, Annica, and Sophia; mother and step-father, Joanne Heffron and Richard Heffron of Grey Eagle; and many loving relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernard and Matilda Ostendorf; Godparents, Wilfred and Juletta Ostendorf; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Serving as casket bearers will be Arthur Lyon, Lloyd Lyon, Brad Folta, Eric Douglas, Richard Roerick, and Nathan Ostendorf. Cross bearer will be Bailey Ostendorf and scripture bearer will be Annica Ostendorf. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.

Kindergarten Registration date change for Albany Area Schools to March 27 The registration night has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Avon Elementary cafeteria, located at 410 Avon Ave. North in Avon. The meeting is for parents of Kindergarten-aged children for the 2014-15 school year. On Wednesday, February 5th, the Albany Areas School Board voted to introduce all day every day Kindergarten for every child in the District for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration forms will be available and collected for enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Kindergarten teachers will give a presentation on curriculum, student expectations and how to know if your child is ready for Kindergarten. School Nurse, Kay Han-

son, will discuss Kindergarten immunizations, physicals and other student health concerns. Avon Elementary Principal, Jean Weis-Clough, and Albany Elementary Principal, Ann Schultz, will be present to welcome and meet parents and address any questions or concerns. Lynn Jenc, Community Education Director, will speak about Kid’s Company, before and after school child care that is available in the district as well. Contact Brenda Levinski with any questions about Kindergarten registration, at Avon Elementary (320-3567346 x 7100) or contact Kelly Neu at the Albany District Office (320-845-2171 x 5060) to confirm that your family is on the Albany Census List and will be sent Kindergarten information.

Pelican Lake Association of St. Anna

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, How can I get credit card companies to stop sending us preapproved offers? My wife continues to sign up for these, and now we have $40,000 in credit card debt. -Dan Dear Dan, Chances are you’ll never get credit card companies to stop sending stuff, but there a few things you can do that might help slow things down. Access your credit bureau report, and opt out of marketing offers. You can also freeze your credit report, and send direct requests to the credit card companies to take you off their mailing lists. I’ve been telling people not to use credit cards for 20 years and, believe it or not, even I get offers in the mail. The more mailing lists you get on, the more your mailbox will fill up with junk mail. If you have magazine subscriptions and things like that, your contact information is circulating all over the place. The next thing I’m going to say may sound cruel, but I really don’t mean it that way. You don’t have a junk mail problem, Dan. You have a relationship problem. You two are not on the same page about money. Either she doesn’t feel like you two have enough money, and she’s resorting to credit cards for this reason, or she does this because she’s a spoiled brat who thinks she should always have what she wants when she wants it. Her behavior is destroying your financial lives and driving a wedge between you. My advice would be to sit down and have a gentle, loving talk with her about all this. Try to find out why she feels the need to have all these credit cards, and explain that you’re worried about what it’s doing to your marriage and

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By Mike Austreng Butch Sprenger, a 1975 graduate of Grey Eagle High School, is coming back to the area with his girls varsity basketball team that he coaches from Southwest Christian High School in Chaska, MN. Southwest Christian will play the Melrose girls in Melrose on February 28th at 7:30 p.m. – JV will start at 6:00 p.m. (The team will also be in the area on February 25th when they play at St. Johns Prep at 7:00 p.m.) Butch moved from this area to the Twin Cities about 30 years ago and has been operating Destiny Homes, his remodeling and home building business, in the metropolitan area.

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Community Snapshots


Upsala Jr. High Student of the Month The faculty of Upsala Area Schools is proud to honor Nakomis Becker as the January student of the month. She is the seventh grade daughter of Glendon and Dawn Becker and Kayla Wike. Nakomis has three sisters and three brothers. Nakomis loves to go sledding, read books, ride bike and play with her siblings Nakomis’ favorite hobbies are drawing, coloring

and baking cookies with her dad. Nakomis’ future plans are to finish school, and go to college to become a veterinarian. She loves animals! Nakomis reports that her favorite class is Life Science with Ms. Heinen. She likes science because she loves learning about all the animals. Nakomis’ science teacher, Ms. Heinen, reports, “Nakomis is a very hard worker in class. She is great about setting goals, and works hard to meet them. She is curious and asks questions when necessary and often goes above and beyond what is asked of her.” When asked what advice she has for her classmates, Nakomis said, “Do your homework and stay on top of your work, so school is more fun!”

Upsala Sr. High Student of the Month

Holy Family School received 2 iPads from the Catholic Foundation of the St. Cloud Diocese for winning essays submitted from the school. Students at Holy Family wrote essays with the theme “How I would tell the story of Jesus on an iPad”. Essays by Nathan Kollmann Gr. 1, Vincent St. Marie Gr. 3 and Noah Scherping Gr. 6, were chosen to be submitted to the Foundation’s essay contest. Each of these students received a $10 gift card. Pictured are Nathan Kollmann, Vincent St. Marie, Noah Scherping and Alice Coudron (Catholic Foundation).

The Upsala School staff is proud to honor Tara Christian as Upsala School’s January Senior High Student of the Month. Tara is the 11th grade daughter of Sheila and Duane Christian Jr. Tara is an active member of the dance team and FFA. She is a valuable member of the dance team as a student coach. She has also made the A honor roll throughout high school and has been an FFA officer for the past two years. Her favorite high school class is art because she likes to be able to express herself through her artwork. She believes that math class is the most valuable class in high school because it teaches the fundamentals that get used

on an everyday basis. Outside of school, Tara is involved assisting the Royalton Sportsman’s club as well as working at a gas station in Albany. Jessica Hovland, Tara’s college algebra teacher says about her, “Tara Christian is a wonderful student to have in class. She is always hard working and will always do whatever is assigned without complaint. She has really come out of her shell this year to be a good leader and positive influence to those around her.” When Tara isn’t busy with school and community activities, she finds many other things to occupy her time. She enjoys listening to music, reading, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. Her future plans include attending Alexandria Technical College for paralegal studies and to raise a family in the country. Her advice for classmates is “No matter how hard things seem to become, remember that with support, you can make it through anything.”

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Minnesota Through The Lens:

Submitted by: Lori Young

Pictured are a few players from the 1957 football team.

Upsala Hall of Fame Welcomes Four Inductees

By Bill Abeler The Upsala High School Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees, Kristi Pangrac, Neal Swanson, Bob Soltis, and the 1957 Football Team, at the Second Annual Induction Ceremony held during half time of the boys’ varsity basketball game on Friday, February 7.

A star volleyball player on the first Upsala team to reach a high school tournament, Pangrac (2003) finished as a career leader in kills (1011) and blocks. Named to the All State Volleyball team in 2002, Pangrac was part of a Cardinal dynasty that won all 36 Prairie Confer-

ence games in her three years as a starter. She earned a scholarship to St. Cloud State where she was a three-year starter and in 2006 was selected to the North

Central All Conference and All North Central Region teams. Swanson (1955) was a two-sport athlete starring in baseball and basketball. In baseball, he was a five-year starter and all-conference shortstop and later was the leader in steals and hitting for the Upsala town team. In basketball, Swanson started four seasons and earned all-conference honors as a senior. Not only was he the first to introduce the jump shot in Upsala, he was also the first to lead the team onto their new gym floor in 1955.

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dinals outscored their opponents 276-0. The team had it all, including quick receivers with great hands, a fleet-footed quarterback, a strong offensive line, and a nasty defense. Present for induction (pictured left top) were John Atkinson, John Heisick, John Soltis, Art Ohotto, Ralph Nelson, Ken Welle, Gary Osberg, David Chuba, James Goebel, and Coach Brever’s son, Tom. The inductees were selected from a number of candidates nominated by past graduates and members of the Upsala community. To be eligible, candidates must be graduates from Upsala High School and have been out of school for at least ten years. The inaugural class of 2013 included Dave Holmen, Paula Lange, Stanley Nordin, and Ralph Soltis. Soltis (1958) is described as a oncein-a-generation type of athlete, a fouryear, four sport letter-winner in baseball, football, basketball, and track. He earned multiple all-conference honors in each sport and was one of the first Upsala athletes to be chosen to the All State Football Team. Bob quarterbacked the Upsala football dynasty team whose winning streak reached 27 games in 1957, Bob’s senior year. The 1957 football team, coached by Don Brever (pictured left bottom), dominated its opposition on both sides of the ball, finishing its season undefeated and unscored upon. The 8-0 Car-

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STRANGE BREED by Steve Langille

Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Economist: Times are changing in ag

An economist at a meeting of the Rural Finance Authority last week in St. Paul was fairly blunt when he said that times are changing in agriculture. Cash grain farming, which has been quite profitable the past few years, will be hard pressed to show positive numbers in the next few years, while livestock producers should see strong profits in the immediate future. The reason for the switch is falling grain prices that are lowering production costs for those who milk cows or feed livestock or poultry. Statewide, 2012 was a record high year for farm income. Pushed up by the price of corn and soybeans, net farm profits soared for those who made their living by selling those commodities. Last year, with strong yields in the main part of the Corn Belt, supplies of corn and beans recovered and prices fell dramatically. From a high of nearly $8 per bushel, the price of corn has dropped to between $4 and $5, with shipping costs (basis) lowering that price to around $4 at the elevator.


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“We are going back to narrow, or in some cases, negative margins for crop farming,” said University of Minnesota extension economist Dale Nordquist. “Smaller farms, especially those that no longer have any livestock, could have a difficult time competing in this environment.” Plugging in numbers for an average crop farming operation show little margin for error. As an example, if a farmer produced 175 bushels of corn per acre and was able to sell that corn for $4.75 per bushel (about 75 cents above current new-crop prices), he would still be beneath the cost of production. The same is true of soybeans as a 46-bushel per acre yield, if it were sold for $12 a bushel, results in a negative return of $9 per acre, according to Nordquist’s figures. “The coming year looks to be a correction year for crop farming,” he added, “and it may be difficult for some to adjust to more lean times.” It appears that prices for propane gas may have peaked, at least for the time being. With the new month, supplies of LP increased and they seem to be holding in most locations. The wild card in all this is, of course, the weather because if it stays cold and demand continues to be high we may have supply issues toward the end of the month again. Forecasts are calling for a much-anticipated warm-up later this week, with highs in the 20’s being cause for celebration! The Chippewa Valley ethanol plant operating in Benson, Minn., held its annual meeting Feb. 8. General Manager

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Local Municipality Minutes Grey Eagle Township February 3, 2014 These are unapproved minutes. Call to Order: Ron Frericks called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Members Present: Ron Frericks, Ray Bense, Mary Ann Primus & Mike Rohe. Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Ron asked if there were additions to the agenda. Ron asked to include Trygg Hansen. Ray made the motion to accept the agenda with that addition. Mike made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: The clerk provided copies of the January 6, 2014 minutes to the board. Ray made the motion to approve the minutes as written. Mike made the second, all in favor. Minutes approved. Trygg Hansen spoke about the Mound Lake access road. He asked that the township consider a joint powers agreement rather than an easement. In the joint powers agreement the state would retain ownership of the road and allow the township ingress and egress access. This would be less costly, and the state would still have to make improvements to the road, including correcting the property line issues. Trygg will draw up a rough draft and send it to the township for the board to review. Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for January. Claims list included 6 claims for a total of $12,434.52. Mike made the motion to approve the claims; Ray made the second, Motion carried unanimously. Clerk shared mail received this month including the Township Association bus trip to the Capital and a reminder of the Audit meeting set for Feb. 10. Treasurer’s Report: Mary Ann Primus presented the treasurer’s report as follows: Beginning Balance as of January 1, 2014: $226,797.38; Checks cleared: 13, $8534.07; Deposits including interest: $4021.31; Balance as of January 31, 2014:

$222,284.62; Outstanding Deposits: 0.00; Outstanding Checks: 0.00; Cash Available: $222,284.62; CD Balance: $203,365.02. Ray made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Second by Mike. All in favor, Motion carried. Road and Bridge Report: Erv H. reported that he had to push back snow piles on Angler Trl. and Arctic Drive. Ray asked that he not apply sand and salt until the weather warmed up a bit. Additional agenda items: Some discussion on the No Net Gain resolution, Ray will check to see if the County is updating theirs and would include the township. The resolution presented by the MN Association of Township to support transportation funding that would include increased, sustainable and dedicated revenues to local authorities including townships was discussed and then passed on a 3-0 vote. Public Comment: None. Adjournment: Motion by Ray to adjourn the meeting. Mike made the second. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer Upsala City February 3, 2014 These are unapproved minutes. Members present: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Robert Maciej, Brian Lange, Dennis Westrich. Interim Clerk/Treasurer Reva Mische. The City Council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson. Motion made by Council Member Brian Lange and seconded by Council Member Robert Maciej to accept the minutes as revised from the January 6th, 2014 Regular Council Meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Council Member Robert Maciej and seconded by Council Member Brian Lange to accept the minutes from the January 15th, 2014 Special Council Meeting. Motion carried

unanimously. Motion made by Council Member Robert Maciej and seconded by Council Member Brian Lange to accept the agenda. Motion carried unanimously. Guests and Presentations: Wendy Rene and Annette Lange were present to discuss snow removal on and along main street sidewalks. • Proposed ideas and solutions were discussed. • The Interim City Clerk will research other cities’ procedures for snow removal on and along business sidewalks. Fire Chief, Jay Baggenstoss, was present for announcements during the Fire Department Report. Department Reports: Maintenance Report, Frank Koopmeiners: Water and Sewer Usage was down for the month. • The baseboard heater in the Clerk’s office has been replaced and is now working more efficiently. • The Holiday decorations have been turned off for the season. Fire Department Report, Lange: Roger Roerick’s letter of resignation was presented to the council. Fire Chief Jay Baggenstoss and the City Council expressed their gratitude for his years of service. • Elections were held and all current Officers have stayed. • The FEMA grant has been submitted for a new water truck. Planning Commission, Lange: No Minutes to Report. UCDC, Olson: No Minutes to Report. Recreation Board, Johnson: No Minutes to Report. • All Commissions are to meet by mid-March. Unfinished Business: The Greater MN Gas Franchise Agreement was reviewed and will be up for approval after the February 26th, 2014 Public Hearing. Unpaid Utility Bills for 104 South Main Street and 106 South Main Street were discussed. The Council will follow up at the Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting in May.



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New Business: City Cellular Phones are due for an upgrade and will be replaced. The Interim City Clerk will continue to look into the ongoing Flood Zone Designation/Flood Insurance Program issue. Financial Report: Treasurers Report with a January 31st bank balance of $126, 749.06 as presented by Interim Treasurer Reva Mische. Motion made by Council Member Robert Maciej and seconded by Council Member Dennis Westrich to approve the Treasurers Report. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Mayor Rollie Johnson and seconded by Robert Maciej to approve the bills in the amount of $51,674.58 as presented by Interim Treasurer Reva Mische. Motion carried unanimously. Updates/FYI: The 2014 Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Improvements Informational Meeting for Property Owners will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00 p.m. in City Hall. • The Greater MN Gas Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, p.m. at the Community Center. • The 2014 Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Improvements Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, 7 p.m. in City Hall.

• The Greater MN Gas Public Hearing will be held Wednesday, February 26th, 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Reminder to residents and council that the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting will be Monday, March 4th, 2014, 7 p.m. in City Hall. Motion made by Mayor Rollie Johnson and seconded by Council Member Robert Maciej to adjourn the City Council Meeting at 8:59 p.m. Reva Mische, Interim Clerk/ Treasurer Swanville City January 7, 2014 Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The meeting called to order 7:30 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Peterson, Jay Bartkowicz, AJ Johnson and Jim Molitor. Absent: Tim Grittner. Also present: Mike Rude and Tony Maciej. Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held December 3, 2013 and an emergency meeting held November 27, 2013 were read. A motion was made by Jim Molitor to approve the minutes as read. AJ Johnson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

The treasures report was given. A motion was made by AJ Johnson and seconded by Jay Bartkowicz to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Tony Maciej was present to discuss with council if any license are needed if he were to purchase the laundromat & apartment building. Council agreed no licenses would need to be obtained for this business. Mike Rude, city engineer, was present to go over the Rhoda Avenue Project. Mike stated that there is a change order in Disbursement Order #4 to add two safety aprons and make one man hole a size bigger. Jim Molitor made a motion to accept the change order, Jay Bartkowicz seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Mike then presented council with Disbursement #6 and Larson Excavating partial payment for $16,671.46. After discussion, Jay Bartkowicz made a motion to approve Disbursement #6, Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Council welcomed Lonny Hutchins as the City full time maintenance person. Mayor Peterson asked Lonny for a monthly update of work that is being done in the City. Lonny was given the

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Residents of Burnhamville Township Notice of Board of Audit

At the regular meeting of the Burnhamville Township Board at 7 p.m. on February 25, 2014 in the Burtrum Community Center the board will audit the financial books of the clerk and treasurer. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township clerk


That the Council of the City of Upsala will be holding a Public Hearing concerning a Franchise Agreement between Greater MN Gas and the City of Upsala. The Hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 26th at 7 pm in the Upsala City Hall. Written comments can be submitted to the Clerk’s office or at the drop box located alongside City Hall. Other comments and questions may be directed to the Clerk at (320) 573-4950.

Notice of Hearing on Improvement

Notice is hereby given that the city council of Upsala, Minnesota will meet in the council chambers of the city hall at 7:00 p.m. on February 19, 2014, to consider the making of the 2014 Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Street Improvements, the improvement of Walnut Avenue from Main Street to Hillcrest Street, and Hillcrest Street between Oak Avenue and Walnut Avenue by the installation of streets, sanitary sewer, water main, services, and drainage facilities, pursuant to Minn. Stat. 429.011 to 429.111. The area proposed to be assessed for such improvement is property abutting Walnut Avenue from Main Street to Hillcrest Street, and Hillcrest Street between Oak Avenue and Walnut Avenue. The estimated cost of the improvement is $973,745. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting.

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For more info., contact Mrs. Schleper at 320-573-2176 ext. 142 or email:

Friday, February 21, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. In Their Honor:

Annette Lange & Lori Fellegy



P.O. Box 130 • Upsala, MN 56384 • Phone: 320-573-2111 • Fax: 320-573-2114 • Member FDIC



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employee policies and procedures booklet and job description hand out, which he then signed. Council told Lonny any purchasing of parts, tools, supplies, things of that nature, does not need approval by council if under $1000.00. Lonny stated he would like to go to the Rural Water Conference held in St Cloud. Council approved. CR Peterson turned in 62.5 hours for plowing snow in December. Council agreed to pay Peterson $15.00 an hour for plowing. Council discussed giving city substitute maintenance man vehicle compensation and a bonus for extra work done in November and December. After discussion, it was decided to pay $200.00 a month vehicle compensation and an extra $5.00 an hour for hours put in November and December, 2013. Council talked with city engineer about obtaining maps with the

2009 and 2013 water/road projects. The maps will have water curb stops for each resident and business. Greater MN Gas would like to meet with Swanville residents to discuss putting in the gas line that will be coming into the city. Council agreed to have the meeting at 6:15 pm before the regular council meeting on February 4, 2014. Notices will be put up around the City and in the paper to inform residents. The Mayor passed out estimate costs for new furnaces in the Community Center and in the Swanville Center. Council will look over and discuss at the next regular meeting. Water meter fee for future replacement meters was tabled. JennieO water and waste water charge tabled until next meeting. This being the first meeting of the year, the following organizational actions are made: 1. AJ Johnson will be acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Pe-

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terson. 2. The First State Bank of Swanville will be the designated depository of the City. The Morrison County Record will be the designated official newspaper of the City. 3. The regular meeting date for the City Council meeting is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each month. Special meeting only after proper notification and publication. 4. The Bond of the City Clerk/ Treasurer will be set at $12,000.00. 5. Assigned duties to the following Council Members and Citizens of the Community: Community Center- Julie Hollermann, City Park-Duane Johnson and Sandy Peterson, Streets and SidewalksAJ Johnson and Jay Bartkowicz, Springbrook Cemetery-Julie Hollermann and AJ Johnson. City Weed Inspector-Jim Molitor and Lonny Hutchins, Rural Fire Assoc. RepSandy Peterson and AJ Johnson, Police Service-Sandy Peterson and Jim Molitor 7. City Attorney-The law office of Peters & Churchwell 8. City Engineer-Widseth, Smith & Nolting 9. Representative on the Senior Center board-Sandy Peterson A motion was made by AJ Johnson to accept these actions as stated. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Salaries for Employees and Council Members for 2014 1. Mayor’s salary-$1800.00 annually+$15.00 per hour for special meetings. 2. Council Members salaries-$900.00 annually+$15.00 per hour for special meetings. 3. Clerk/Treasurer salary-$900.00 monthly+$15.00 per hour for special meeting. 4. Cleaning Community Center-$125.00 monthly 5. Maintenance Man Salarynew $32,000.00 annually + 60% Health care+Disability Ins.+2 weeks paid vacation 6. Substitute Maintenance Man Salary-new $15.00 per hour 7. Park Helper/Center Cleaner-$9.00 per hour A motion was made by Jay Bartkowicz and seconded by Jim Molitor to accept the above salaries. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the council were furnished with a listing. Jim Molitor made a motion to approve the claims. Jay Bartkowicz seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The next monthly meeting will be held February 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Greater MN Gas Company meeting 6:15 pm. There being no further business, a motion was made by AJ Johnson and seconded by Jim Molitor to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 9:15 pm. Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/ Treasurer

Area students named to Dean’s List The North Dakota State College of Science has named 368 students to its fall semester 2013 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. The honorees include: Emily Harren, Freeport: Occupational Therapy Assistant; Kayla Roering, Grey Eagle: Occupational Therapy Assistant. About North Dakota State College of Science: NDSCS is a two-year, comprehensive college with a residential campus located in Wahpeton, N.D., and a commuter location, referred to as NDSCS-Fargo, located in north Fargo, N.D. NDSCS offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in more than 80 academic options in traditional career and technical studies as well as liberal arts. The College also offers a variety of distance education and online courses. Approximately 98 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing additional education. Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton boasts a university atmosphere with more than 20 affiliated student clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and numerous social activities. For more information, visit Follow NDSCS on Facebook at ndscs and Twitter at

Gregg Raisanen, dean of academic affairs at Alexandria Technical & Community College recognizes individual students for academic excellence during fall 2013. Renee Hommerding of Albany; Madison Toughill of Avon; Alexander Hulinsky, Burtrum; Amanda Notch and Christine Wiechman, Freeport; Debbie Bullock and Louis Bullock of Grey Eagle; Tannia Becerra, Jeremy Becker, Jordyn Hetland, Kaitlyn Hillig, Hannah Kroll and Jonathan Wenzel of Long Prairie; Santina Lovelace, Marisa Primus and Jennifer Van Drehle of Melrose; Amy Engelmeyer of New Munich; Aimee Harren and Kathy Koetter of Upsala.

The following area students have been named to the University of Minnesota, Morris Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits, two-thirds of these credits on the A-F grading system. Kayla Barthel, of Swanville, Matthew Ebaugh, of Avon, Sarah Hanson, of Avon, Kari Haynes, of Albany, Nathan Hulinsky, of Burtrum, Alex Kleinfehn, of Melrose, Victoria Noe, of Holdingford, Brooke Olmscheid, of Freeport and Evan Reller, of Melrose. Morris is the University of Minnesota’s public liberal arts college, a residential campus located in west central Minnesota. Through personal and academic discovery, the University of Minnesota, Morris provides opportunities for students to grow intellectually, engage in community, experience environmental stewardship and celebrate diversity. A renewable and sustainable educational experience, Morris prepares graduates for careers, for advanced degrees, for lifelong learning, for work world flexibility in the future, and for global citizenship. Learn more about Morris at or call 888-866-3382.


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At the University of Minnesota, Morris, teacher education students work with experienced faculty in rigorous, comprehensive, and collaborative programs that are accredited by Minnesota’s Board of Teaching and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Multiple field experiences in a variety of settings provide students the opportunity to refine their skills as they work with child and adolescent learners. Kayla Barthel, of Swanville, will be student teaching social studies at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle under the supervision of Paul Urman. Evan Reller, of Melrose, will be student teaching social studies at Morris Area High School under the supervision of Caleb Greene. For more information, please contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Division of Education at 320-589-6400.

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Providing Second Chances Rescue Shelter Annual Meeting Providing Second Chances rescue and shelter will be holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the American Legion Post in Long Prairie. This meeting is for all members, fosters, volunteers and anyone interested in this animal rescue organization. Members in good standing, that have paid their $20 annual membership dues

Andrew and Frederick: Are They Cousins?

Join the St. Cloud Area Genealogists on Tuesday, February 18th, at 7:00 p.m. to hear a presentation by local genealogist Dan Schroeder. He will discuss two case studies on familial relations and how to use evidence and proof to understand your family tree. A family tree, also known as a pedigree or ancestry chart, represents family relationships in a conventional tree structure and is vital to understanding genealogy. St. Cloud Area Genealogists’ Meetings are free and open to the public. The St. Cloud Area Genealogists, Inc. was organized in October 1973 to promote genealogical interest and research, compile records for organizational and public use, and encourage public interest in genealogy by providing educational activities and opportunities. The organization meets the third Tuesday of the month January through May and September through November.

DNR Question

By Capt. Greg Salo, DNR Region 3 Enforcement Manager Q: Do I need to put my name on my fish house if I’m not leaving it on the lake? A: All shelters, except for occupied portable shelters, placed on the ice must have one of the following: complete name and address; driver’s license number; 9-digit DNR number. A person using a portable shelter on the ice that does not display identification must remain within 200 feet of the shelter. A shelter may not be left unoccupied or unattended anytime between midnight and one hour prior to sunrise unless the shelter is licensed.

by February 15, 2014, will be electing new Directors to the Board. Please join us to learn of our hopes and dreams for the future, and then help us decide if there will be a future.

Local Library Events

Melrose Library • 320-256-3885 Historical Quilt Program: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2-4:00 p.m. for adults. This program is part history lesson and part craft class. It will cover the important role quilts played in the Civil War, women’s roles, and Minnesota’s connection to the war. Participants will learn about fabric types and colors and patterns that can be used in a Civil War reproduction quilt project, and also create a miniature Civil War quilt block during the program. A pattern, instructions, needle and materials for the miniature quilt block will be provided. The attendance limit is 12 and preregistration is required. Upsala Library • 320-573-4282 Author Mary Casanova – Feb. 24 & 25 for children and young adults, at the Upsala Area Schools and Holdingford Public Schools. Casanova writes books that stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canada border. She has received two Minnesota Books Awards, an American Library Association “Notable,” a Booklist Editor Choice and other awards. On Monday, Feb. 24, Casanova will be at Upsala Elementary School where she will speak to third grade students from 9-10:00 a.m., and to grades 5-6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Casanova will be at Holdingford Public School. She will speak to first and second grade students from 8:30-9:30 a.m., grades 3-4 from 10-11:00 a.m., and to grades 5-6 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Knitty Gritty Craft Group: Friday, Feb. 28, 6-8:00 p.m. for adults and teens who enjoy creative crafts such as crochet, knitting, quilting and cross stitching.

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UPSALA SALE: 107 Main St., Feb. 14, 15; 8 am -4 pm. Furniture and more.

WANTED TO BUY: Good slaughter cows, also lumpjaw cattle, foundered steers, etc. (Pay with green.) Henry Kasper, 320-547-9913, cell 320-3609913. 4/17P WANTED TO BUY: Standing Timber: White Oak, Red Oak, Basswood & Poplar. Minimum of 3 acres. For more info, contact Steve Baum Custom Logging & Firewood Sales, Burtrum, MN. 320-815-1863. SB-tfnB WANTED: Wood water skis. Please call 320-763-6580 if you have some to sell. FOR SALE: Firewood, cut, split, dry, also boiler wood, $100 cord. Call 320845-2043, leave message. tfn

Townhomes For Rent

Long Prairie: Terrace Townhome Melrose: Village Townhome East Village Townhome Glenwood: Gables Townhome Sauk Centre: Centre Crossing Townhome Centre Village Townhome Little Falls: Edgewater Townhome Courtyard Townhome Royalton: Platwood Townhome

2 Bedrooms • No Steps Community Room All Maintenance Included Attached Double Car Garage Available

For Info. Call 320-632-5918

FOR SALE: Big square & round bales of hay. Call Josh, 320-761-0778. tfn


In Albany: 1 & 2 Bedroom Cats Ok

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HOME FOR RENT: Spacious, well kept 3 BR 2 bath, large deck, all appliances, 2 car garage on large acreage near Eagle Mountain, no inside smokers, $850 plus utilities, dep. & ref. req., agent. Call 320-232-0022. LM-tfnB

WANTED: Any caliber lever action rifle; used riding lawn mower, reasonable. Call 320-296-8239. FOR SALE: 2004 50CC Honda Metropolitan scooter, 1600 miles, $950. Call 320-352-2664.

County Line Cleaning

FOR SALE: Maltese pups, little sweethearts, M/F, vac./vet. checked. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: Shih Tzu pups, M/F, cute and cuddly, vac./vet. checked. Call 320492-8032. FOR SALE: Cavelier King Charles male puppy, very smart and cute. Call 612-730-9453. FOR SALE: Chihuahua Toy puppy, 1F, loves to snuggle. Call 612-730-9453. FOR SALE: 6x8 fish house on wheels v front, can drive 4 wheeler in. Call 320249-5454. FOR SALE: 20’ car trailer, $1,600. Call 320-296-8239.


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

Bobcat Snowblowing Also Available

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2 & 3 Bedroom Homes Available in a Nice Quiet Setting, Attached Garage, Washer & Dryer Hook Ups, Close to Bike Trail. Call for Details! Office: 320-256-3630 Cell: 320-219-3158

FOR SALE: Maple hutch $150; Pro Wing desk $50; full futon mattress $50, Melrose. Call 320-493-1163.

FOR SALE: 3BR, 2BA, split-level, finished basement with 2nd kitchen, corner lot, fenced backyard, south edge Freeport, $194,900. Call 320-290-6597.

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Grey Eagle • Burtrum Lions

Sobieski & Swanville Lions Clubs 21st


RACE on TRACE FISHING CONTEST The Races will be held on Trace Lake, 1/2 mile West of Grey Eagle

Saturday, February 15, 2014 RADAR RUNS


Raffle Drawing at Red’s in Swanville at 6:00 p.m. on February 22nd

Gate Fee $10, Kids 12 & Under FREE • 3 Runs for $10 • Races Start at 10:00, End at 4:00 Porta Potties on Site • Food, Snacks & Pop Available • Mini 120’s Participation Trophies

ICE TRACK 2500 Foot Shaved Track 1st & 2nd Place Trophies 27 Classes $ 300 Top Speed on Ice Track $ 150 2nd Place on Ice Track

SNOW TRACK 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Trophies No Classes $ 100 Top Speed on Snow Track

CLASSES: Stock 0-500 0-600 fan 501-600 601-700 701-800 801-900 901 & Up

Improved Stock 0-500 0-600 fan 501-600 601-700 701-800 801-900 901 & Up

Modified 0-500 501-600 601-700 701-800 801-900 901 & Up

Vintage (1985 & Older) 0-340 440-500 Liquid 0-500 fan 501-600 601 & Up

License No. 02126 and RAFFLE Saturday, February 22, 2014 on Long Lake, Swanville, MN TICKETS: $5.00 12 Noon to 3 p.m.

Motorcycles Open 4 Wheelers Open

RAFFLE PRIZES: 1. $2500.00 Cash - Sobieski and Swanville Lions 2. $1000.00 Cash - Sobieski and Swanville Lions 3. Jiffy Model 30 Ice Auger with 9” Drill - Swanville Insurance, Kremers Construction, and Mid American Auction Company 4. $200.00 Gift Card - Scheels Sporting Goods, St. Cloud 5. Stainless Steel Spear- $140.00 Value Opatz Metals 6. $150.00 Cash - Peters & Churchwell 7. $100.00 Gift Card - Nilson’s Hardware 8. $100 Cash - Mielke Oil 9. $100.00 Cash - First State Bank of Swanville 10. $100.00 in Trade - Herbie’s Bar 11. $100.00 Gift Card - Loven’s Service 12. $100.00 Shopping Spree - Bob & Fran’s Grocery

(Need Not Be Present To Win!)

13. $100.00 Cash - Badger Creek Farm 14. $100.00 Cash - Water Stop Corp. 15. $100.00 in Trade to Kamp’s Korner Red’s Irish Pub 16. $100.00 Cash - Duane Chock Construction 17. $100.00 Cash - Cans-R-Us 18. $100.00 Cash - Tony Noterman Law Office 19. $100.00 Cash - Maciej Construction 20. $100.00 Cash - Edward Jones, Long Prairie: Jeff Barth, Financial Advisor, 320-732-3108 21. $100.00 Cash - Riverside Meats 22. $100.00 Cash - Swanville Redi-Mix 23. $100.00 Cash - Last Year’s Winner 24. $100.00 in Trade to Red’s Irish Pub Kamp’s Korner

25. $100.00 Cash - Johnson Stump Removal 26. $75.00 Visa Gift Card - Central MN Credit Union, Grey Eagle 27. $75.00 Visa Gift Card - Central MN Credit Union, Grey Eagle 28. $75.00 Cash - Art Johnson Construction 29. $75.00 Cash - Sonny Peterson Trucking 30. $75.00 Cash - Nelson Insurance Agency 31. $75.00 in Trade - 12 Mile Tavern 32. $75.00 Cash - Petersen Body Shop 33. $75.00 in Trade - Polish Palace 34. $75.00 in Trade - West Side Liquor 35. $75.00 Cash - Jerry’s Tractor Repair 36. $75.00 Gift Card - Ski’s Lumber 37. $75.00 Cash - Yard Barbers 38. $75.00 Cash - D & B Auto, Sobieski 39. $75.00 in Trade - Flensburg Liquor 40. $75.00 Cash - MT Repair





NOR THE Fish Prizes: RN $200 for Largest Fish

Each Species of Fish: $50 for Largest - $25 for 2nd Largest - $10 for 3rd Largest

For more information call Dave Borchert at 320-249-2018.

1st 100 kids under 12 entered on lake will receive a FREE JIGGLE STICK SS H


NEW EVENT: CROSS COUNTRY RACE (Approx. 5 Mile Course) Registration 9-11 • Race Starts at Noon 25 Entry Trophies for 1st & 2nd in the Following Classes: Leaf Spring 0-500cc 0-500 liquid or 0-600 fan Open Class Semi Pro 0-600 $50 Entry 100% Payback Classic IFS 0-440 (1997 & Older) 0-600 liquid Long Track (136 or Longer. No Studs)


For more information call Bob Pallansch at 320-493-8485.

Awards Banquet Immediately Following the Races at the Double R Bar & Grill, Grey Eagle



• Food and Refreshments on Lake • 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

• Lions Will Sell Bait and Drill Holes •


$5.00 entry fee per contestant. $2.00 Raffle - $3.00 Fishing. Must fish in designated area, and have ticket in possession. All fish entered must be brought to judges stand immediately. Only live and unfrozen fish are eligible. All holes provided. No power augers in fishing area. Entrant is to maintain holes. Must have a current Minnesota fishing license and abide by state laws. Coolers or large containers are not allowed. No fish houses or vehicles allowed inside of fishing area. All personal articles will be subject to search for illegal fish. Parking will be provided. Security will be provided. Decisions of judges will be binding and final. All ticket sales are final. No refunds. All prizes are guaranteed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased from Club Members or their authorized ticket vendors. This is a non-profit contest. Profits will be used for charitable needs in Morrison County and Todd County. All winners are responsible for their own taxes. Failure to comply with these rules may lead to a contestants disqualification and cancellation of participation in this contest. Site of contest will be on Long Lake. Hours will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. Live bait will be available on the ice. Always be weary of ice conditions. We are not liable for any injury or loss of life or property. Any alcoholic beverages won have to be claimed by persons of legal age. Restroom facilities will be available on the lake. Participants must act and behave in an orderly manner and be responsible for their actions. No debris is to be left in your fishing area after the contest!

Drawing on Lake for Kids 12 & under 2 - $100.00 Kid’s Packages Donated by Mark & Mary Kedrowski and Jim & Sally Waltman Spectrum Marketing Services

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Hometown News Feb. 13, 2014


Hometown News Feb. 13, 2014