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An ego check is in order if . . . U . S . P r e s i d e n t Lyndon Johnson was famous for his welldeveloped ego. For relaxation, Johnson liked to drive himself around his Texas ranch and vicinity. One day he was stopped by a Texas patrolman for speeding. When the patrolman came closer to Johnson’s car and saw who was driving, he reportedly exclaimed, “Oh, my God!!” Looking straight at the patrolman, Johnson replied, “And don’t you forget it!” Unfortunately, many leaders get chapped lips from kissing the mirror too

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often. They worship their self-creation too much. I have a different way of talking about ego in my speeches. If you think you’re indispensable, I tell people, stick your finger in a bowl of water and watch the hole it leaves when you pull it out. I’m not saying that all ego is bad. It isn’t. Everyone should have enough confidence/ego to stand on their own. It’s what defines you and is your spark, your creativity and your individuality. There’s nothing wrong with having drive, passion and excitement. Those are all good. But don’t confuse ego with arrogance. Where people get into trouble with ego is when it is misused. I like to share this reality check with my audiences: When you put yourself on a pedestal and let your ego get the best of you, just remember that the size of your funeral will depend largely on the weather. Former pro wrestler turned movie star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, said: “Check your ego at the door. The ego can be the great success inhibitor. It can kill opportunities, and it can kill success.” Think about those words. Do any of us have too many opportunities or too much success? No. Do any of us have too much ego? Yes. There are some telltale signs that

your ego is out of control. For example, do you complain frequently? Do you need to find fault with things both large and small just to get your fingerprints on a project? That might be a sign you need to take a step back. If being judgmental is your hallmark, ask yourself why your ideas are superior to everyone else’s. I’m not referring to the everyday assessments that managers and committees need to perform. But when snarky is the norm, muzzle yourself. Arguing and fighting with others doesn’t usually provide the desired results. If you have productive suggestions, make them respectfully. Make every effort not to be a knowit-all. Because you can’t – know it all, that is. You can know a lot, or be at expert level, or maybe you even “wrote the book” on a topic. But it’s usually more effective to let someone else brag you up. You achieve better credibility when others toot your horn. When the shoe is on the other foot, how does your ego show itself? Being defensive when you are criticized is unprofessional and immature. Instead of blaming others, learn to listen and see how much they have to contribute. Give your co-workers or subordinates a chance to shine to prove that your ego is not in the way of success. Holding grudges won’t get you Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 • Melrose Legion Post & Aux. Fish Fry from 5-8 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 • 13th Annual Race on Trace starting at 10 a.m., Grey Eagle. See ad on page 12. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 • Quilt Bingo at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 • Seed, Feed & Fertilizer Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Elmdale Community Center. See ad on page 7. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Potluck/ Bingo Party at 12 noon at the center. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 • Sobieski/Swanville Lions Clubs 25th Annual Fishing Contest from Noon-3 p.m. on Long Lake, Swanville. See ad on page 12. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 • Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fundraiser Breakfast from 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church basement. See ad on page 7. • Holdingford Lions Club 14th Annual Indoor Fishing Contest from 1-3 p.m. at the Pelican Lake Ballroom, St. Anna. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 • Freeport Lions Save A Life from 6-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Gymnasium. See ad on page 3. SUNDAY, MARCH 11 • Holdingford Firefighters Relief Assoc. Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

at the Holdingford City Center. • Freeport Lions Breakfast serving from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER • Sundays at 1:30 pm. 500 cards. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall. BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. FEET FIRST CLINIC • Meets every 1st Tuesday morning at Holdingford City Hall. FOOD DISTRIBUTION • Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution first Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING • Meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE SENIORS • Exercise Classes every Monday,

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Sputnik

That was his name. He was my Uncle’s black and white farm dog. He came to their farm at the time the Russians were beginning space exploration, so that is why he got that name. He had a nasty attitude. He seemed to think that he was the boss of the farm and anyone who came onto the farm-yard was a trespasser. I always carried a stick when I went onto my uncle’s place, which was usually at least daily. He would bark and make threatening advances to your legs, frequently grabbing hold of your pantleg. This game went on for more than a month. My Grandfather, Pa, a thin slightly stooped, 80 year old gentleman, was a blacksmith, who smoked a curved oldfashioned pipe. Swinging the hammer over the anvil made his arm strength excessive, even at his older age. One day I was working on a tractor in one of my uncle’s sheds and I noticed Pa, walking onto my Uncle’s yard. He was walking slow, puffing on his pipe. Sputnik began his tough-dog act and grabbed Pa’s right pant-leg. Pa turned around and kicked at the dog and said some appropriate German words to fit the situation. A few steps further the dog grabbed his pant-leg again. Pa responded in the same way as he had previously. He walked to a shed on the property, which had an open door, walked into the open doorway and the dumb dog followed him in. Pa calmly shut the door, with the dog still trying to be threatening him on the inside of the shed. I was concerned about Pa’s safety, but I soon learned that it wasn’t Pa I should be concerned about. There soon was a bunch of strong German words and the dog began to yip and cry, the threatening barking stopped. Pa picked up a 2X2 and communicated with Sputnik in a way that he couldn’t fail to understand. The door opened and the dog ran out of the shed, across the yard and under the corn-crib. Pa calmly picked up the tool he had come for and slowly walked off the farmyard puffing on his pipe. After that episode, whenever Pa walked on my Uncle’s yard, Sputnik

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ran and hid under the corn crib. I don’t remember what ever happened to Sputnik, I think he stayed at the farm for a quite a few years, but he quit grabbing pant-legs. I don’t think he ever actually bit anyone. I tell this story because it is one of my favorite memories of Pa. Today the humane society or animal cruelty people would become very concerned, but it happened about 60 years ago and I am the only living witness and I’m not talking. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

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anywhere either. If you plan to keep working with the same people, you really have to work at working with them. Get over yourself! I can tell you from my own experience – sooner or later – you will need their help. If you have burned your bridges, your ego will have a pretty tough time trying to swim against the current. Once you figure out that you may have been wrong or overstepped a boundary, be willing to apologize. A little humility is always welcome, as long as it’s sincere. Admit your mistakes and offer whatever help or support you can. Let’s put this in a nutshell. If you want to overcome your ego, you need to learn to let go: • Let go of being offended at every little thing. • Let go of the need to win and be right all the time. • Let go of the need to be superior. • Let go of identifying yourself by

your achievements and reputation. There are also a few things to keep: • Keep your temper in check. • Keep your sense of humor. • Keep your tone respectful. • Keep your mind and your ears open. A man once told Buddha, “I want happiness.” Buddha replied: “First remove ‘I’; that’s ego. Then remove ‘want’; that’s desire. And now all you’re left with is happiness.” Mackay’s Moral: Get over yourself before you trip over yourself. 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.”

Upsala Community Variety Show Results The Upsala Community Variety Show VIII was held on Sunday, Feb. 11 to a full crowd. Audience members voted for the “Best of Show.” All ticket money went directly towards the Florida Band Tour 2018. The audience chose Monte Abeler and his song “Timeline” for the “Best of Show.”

Second place went to 7th grader Braeden Rene for his vocal selections. Andrew Prokott received 3rd place for his Andy Kaufman Mighty Mouse routine. Paul Jensen entertained the crowd with his original songs and guitar for 4th place.

Church in Sauk Centre earns Legacy grant State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, applauds the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Sauk Centre for receiving a $50,000 Legacy Amendment grant to rebuild the chancel wall in the church. The Minnesota Historical Society is issuing the grant via the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It will allow the church to hire qualified professionals to rebuild the chancel wall in the church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic places. “Nice job to those who put together this successful grant,” Anderson said. “I look forward to seeing the results from this project, which will preserve part of our local heritage so that it may be enjoyed by future generations.”

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Theodore B. “Ted” Kramer, age 93 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Ted’s request was to donate his body to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. No services will be held. Theodore Bernard Kramer was born March 16, 1924 in Melrose to Bernard and Mary (Klein) Kramer. He served in the Army during WWII in Germany where he earned the European-African-

Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with three battle stars. Ted was a carpenter in the Melrose area for many years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, and a life member of the American Legion Unit 101. Ted enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Little Birch Lake. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, Bud, Leo, and Raymond Kramer; sisters, Alvina Spaeth, Alma Kramer, Rose Illies, Louise Spehn, Veronica Wolf, Marie Parish, Ann Uhlenkamp, and infant sister, Helen Kramer. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Kathleen “Kathy” Sauer Services celebrating the life of Kathleen “Kathy” Sauer, age 76 of Avon, will be at 12:00 PM Thursday, February 15th at the MillerCarlin Funeral Home Chapel in Albany. Kathy died Sunday, February 4 peacefully at her home. There will be an hour long visitation from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. Kathy was born October 30, 1941 in Brainerd to Robert and Florence (Zupan) Henkemeyer. She graduated from Stanbrook Hall High School in 1959 and attended the St. Scholatica Monastery before moving to St. Cloud where she met her husband of 52 years, Ervin Sauer. The two married on November 20, 1965 in St. Cloud. Kathy graduated from St. Benedicts School of Nursing and worked as an RN at the Milaca Hospital and the St. Cloud Manor. Kathy and Ervin moved

to Princeton with their three daughters and together they built HDL, a hardware distribution company. After 16 years in Princeton, the couple moved to their lake home near St. Anna. In addition to being a continuous support to Erv, and raising her daughters, she devoted much of her time to serving others through ministry at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Princeton, Immaculate Conception in St. Anna and St. Benedict’s Monastery. It was always her desire to share her passion for music and her devotion to the Church with others. Kathy is survived by her husband, Ervin Sauer, Avon; her daughters, Mary Beth (Mike White) Sauer, Buffalo; Vicky (Dan) Neff, Plymouth; Kelly (Paul) Koziol, Plymouth; seven grandchildren and her brothers and sisters; Jerry (Barb) Henkemeyer, Belton, MO; Paul Henkemeyer, Interlachen, FL; Tom (Chong) Henkemeyer, Salinas, CA; Janice Mlodzik, Interlachen, FL; Carol (Rich) Brusseau, Palatka, FL; Doreen (Jim) Gerwing, Pierz, MN; and Steve Henkemeyer, Interlachen, FL. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ken Henkemeyer.

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Stephanie always had a hug to give you and a smile on her face. She will be remembered for always putting others first and had a kind and caring attitude. She was a wonderful cook. Stephanie was currently working at Rays Deli in Little Falls and Red’s Irish Pub in Swanville. Stephanie enjoyed her time working and volunteering at the Morrison County Humane Society. Left to cherish her memory are her father, Leon Koll of Little Falls; Jenny (Derek Eidenshink) Lowe of Swanville; sister, Samantha (Aaron Christianson) Koll of Eau Claire, WI; special friend, Danny Benson of Little Falls; grandmother, Mary Ann Stumpf of Little Falls; step-brothers, Emmet and Chester Lowe of CO; and many aunts; uncles; cousins; and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Melvin Stumpf, Edmund and Irene Koll; step-dad, Jeff Lowe; stepgrandparents, Keith and Donna Lowe.

Marcelline (Scherer) Rueter Marcelline (Scherer) Rueter, age 91 died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Swanville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church in Freeport. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the Christian Mothers and the Goldenaires Senior Citizens at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Marcy was born June 18, 1926 in Saint Cloud, MN to Matthew and Elizabeth (Lahr) Scherer. Marcy was the oldest of ten children. She attended school at Saint Joseph’s Parochial School in Saint Joseph, MN through the eighth grade and then helped raise her siblings at home on the farm near Saint Cloud. She was united in marriage to Julius Rueter of Freeport, MN


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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

A look at some top issues as 2018 session nears

With the new legislative session set to start next week, on Feb. 20, let’s take this time to briefly review the previous session and then look ahead to what could be happening this year. The two major items I supported last year were tax reform and increased funding for roads and bridges. Both were accomplished, with the tax bill providing over $650 million in relief over the next two years and nearly $800 million in 2020-21. That represents the largest tax relief package for Minnesotans in nearly 20 years. Among its features is a reduction in state income tax for seniors receiving Social Security. Over 280,000 tax returns are expected to show a reduction in state tax, and of that total, an estimated 72,000 will no longer pay state income tax on their Social Security benefits. In the area of transportation, we made the largest investment, without a gas tax increase, in our state’s history. The increase is more than $300 million over the next two years. As part of that total, there is also a sizeable increase in funding for local roads and bridges, with $48 million additionally going to counties and $15 million to cities. Turning to the upcoming session, I think another serious look at state taxes is in order. The reason being the massive tax bill passed at the federal level. If we do nothing in terms of conformity, the state stands to collect an additional $700-$800 million in tax revenue this year. And that amount grows in future years. The reasoning is that most are expected to have higher net incomes with the new federal tax provisions. The standard deduction will double, and federal


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tax rates have been adjusted downward. If the state doesn’t adjust its rates and folks have higher incomes, that means more tax revenue for the state. There are other factors as well, including the doubling of Section 179 fast depreciation on federal returns. Currently, Minnesota allows only $25,000 to be deducted in the year an item is purchased, with the balance spread over the next 4 years. Another factor that will make this situation even more challenging is a change in how the IRS views the value of equipment “traded in” on newer machines. The value of the tradein equipment will now be classified as income on federal returns. If Minnesota keeps its $25,000 maximum for fast depreciation, that will also mean higher income levels for many. With the state budget set last year, the upcoming session will also see work done on a bonding bill. Even though one was done last year, the even-numbered year sessions are traditionally marked by major bonding legislation. The reason one was done last year is because 2016’s bill was derailed in the final minutes of that session by an amendment providing funding for light rail. We also need to provide additional funding for the Rural Finance Authority. With this current downturn in the ag economy, the need is higher than usual for re-financing. With RFA money backing local banks in the process, it’s hoped more farmers can make it through these difficult times and remain on the farm. Other areas where our Ag. Policy Committee may look into are the nitrogen rule being worked on by the Dept. of Agriculture, the ditch mowing situation, buffers, and compatibility issues with equipment as we move ahead with B-20 diesel fuel this May. Rep. Anderson can be contacted by email at rep.paul.anderson@house. mn or by phone at 651-296-4317. To receive email updates sign-up on his webpage at



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Community Snapshots


The Swanville Kindergartners celebrated the letter “Dd” and our 100th day enjoying donuts with our Dads! Pictured is Pedro Lopez and Guadalupe Lopez-Ojeda. Swanville Public Schools recently held their district Spelling Bee. Seventh grader Lucas Miller was the champion and 6th grader Karley Loven was the runner-up. Lucas will now compete in the regional Spelling Bee at NJPA on March 7. Congratulations to Lucas, Karley and all those who participated.

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Birth Announcements

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Addalyn Kay Feldewerd

Matt and Rachel Feldewerd of Greenwald are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Addalyn Kay Feldewerd, born Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. at the CentraCare Health-Melrose. Addalyn weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Welcoming Addalyn home are her big brothers Mason 7 and Teagan 4 and big sister Riley 9.

Carter Joseph Rademacher

Cody and Greta Rademacher of Avon are proud to announce the birth of their son, Carter Joseph Rademacher, born Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. at the CentraCare Health-Melrose. Carter weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22 inches in length. Grandparents are Mike and Diane Keller of Paynesville and Joe and Lu Rademacher of New Munich. Great grandparents are Dorothy Rademacher of New Munich, Vern Eibensteiner of Albany, Kenny and Louisa Keller of Paynesville and Marlene Vander Beek of Paynesville.

Swanville January Sr. High School Student of the Month Tanner Koetter, the Senior High January Student of the Month, is a Senior and the son of David and Ann Koetter. Tanner plans to go college for something technological. Tanner has been on the A Honor Roll consistently throughout high school. He is active in his church and community, and he recently joined the Knights of Columbus. Tanner advises his fellow students to be involved, not just in school, but also in the community. He enjoys talking to his friends during school and outside of school and work, he also likes to go hunting and fishing. Math teacher Liza Hasse said “Tan-

ner is very deserving of being chosen as student of the month. He works hard to do his best in his classes and he strives to make the school a better place. Tanner will go out of his way to help someone no matter the task. He is always kind and courteous to those around him. He takes time to help younger students as well as his classmates and staff. As the student body president, Tanner has proven to be a positive leader in our school. Congratulations Tanner and best of luck in the future.” Phy-Ed teacher Mr. Poegel said “I am honored to write a student of the month letter for Tanner Koetter. Tanner is our student body president at Swanville school. He has a 3.95 grade point average and has participated in football, baseball, band, theatre, and has done a lot with our American Red Cross blood drive. He also does a lot with his church and is a religion teacher sometimes on Wednesday evenings. Some of the best qualities of Tanner are that he is very

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

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Shortly before leaving for college my saintly pastor came to visit me and offer me a few words of advice on the importance of being well prepared to serve God. During our conversation he advised me to take every course that had anything to do with speaking or writing. “Larry,” he said in a voice that reflected sincerity and compassion, “it does not matter how much you know about the Bible, if you can’t explain it so people can understand it, accept it and live it, you’ll be letting God

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Grey Eagle Township February 5, 2018 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. Ray made the motion to accept the agenda. Mike made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: The clerk provided copies of the January 8, 2018 minutes to the board. Mike made the motion to accept the minutes, Ray made the second. Minutes approved. Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for January.. Claims list included claims 3145-3153 for a total of $4,961.31. Ray made the motion to approve the claims; Mike made the second, Motion carried. Mail included advertising, trainings, equalization meeting notice and P&Z. Road and Bridge Report: Ray had a call about 116th st., possible water on the road. Erv H. repaired some frost heaves, the cracks on the Millwood Line Road and did some work on the Big Birch Lake access. Additional agenda item: Reminder of Audit meeting on February 12 at 8:00 p.m. Adjournment: Motion by Ray to adjourn the meeting. Mike made the second. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer Minutes not approved.

Swanville City January 3, 2018 Minutes of the Public Hearing held in the Swanville Center on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The meeting called to order 6:45 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, Norm Carlson, Tony Maciej and Deb Wood. Absent: Jim Molitor. Also present: George Minerich, Reporter Sheila McCoy and Lonny Hutchins. George Minerich from MN Department of Health was present to explain the Well Head Protection Plan-Part I. Minerich distributed maps to all present explaining the area of the well head protection. He also stated that the city’s water meets all the health standards for the Department of Health and Clean Water Act. Minerich recommended to start planning to build a new well within the next 10-20 years, preferably to the south or southeast area of the city. The public hearing was then closed and the regular monthly meeting was held. Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The meeting called to order 7:00 p.m., with the following members present: Sandy Lange, Norm Carlson, Tony Maciej and Deb Wood. Absent: Jim Molitor. Also present: Bryan Allen, Quentin Bryce, Brooke Klein, reporter Sheila McCoy, and Lonny Hutchins. Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting Tuesday, December 5, 2017 were reviewed. A motion was made by Deb Wood to approve the minutes as printed. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by Deb Wood to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Bryan Allen, owner of Red’s Irish Pub, was present to introduced Quentin Bryce and Brooke Klein. Bryce and Klein are planning on purchasing Red’s Irish Pub on March 6, 2018. Council asked if they would be present at next month council meeting to finalize the new date of the liquor license. The new owners stated they would. Mayor Lange presented to council Resolution #18-0103 for a $10,000.00 donation from the Swanville Lions Club for improvements of the shoreline on the Pillsbury Beach. Tony Maciej made a motion to accept Resolution #18-

0103 for the donation. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Mayor Lange stated there is a resident interested in purchasing lots 28, 29 and 30 in the Forest Hill Lane Addition. These lots are considered unbuildable. After discussion, council decided to offer the lots at $5000.00 each. Mayor Lange will report back at the next council meeting on the decision. This being the first meeting of the year, the following organizational actions are made: 1. Jim Molitor will be acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Lange. 2. The First State Bank of Swanville will be the designated depository of the City. 3. The regular meeting date for the City Council meeting is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. 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 & Deb Wood City Park: Lonny Hutchins and Sandy Lange Streets and Sidewalks: Tony Maciej and Lonny Hutchins Springbrook Cemetery: Julie Hollermann and Lonny Hutchins City Weed Inspector: Jim Molitor and Lonny Hutchins Rural Fire Assoc. Rep: Sandy Lange and Tony Maciej 6. City Attorney: The law office of Brown, Krueger and Vancura 7. City Engineer: Will be decided when needed 8. Representative on the Senior Center board: Norm Carlson 9. Planning and Zoning Committee: Sandy Lange, Jay Bartkowicz, Val Sobania, John Dragseth, Tony Maciej, Steve Gruber, and Lonny Hutchins. 10. Well Head Managers: Lonny Hutchins and Jim Molitor A motion was made by Deb Wood to accept these actions as now listed. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Salaries for Employees and Council Members for 2018: 1. Mayor’s salary: $1800.00 annually + $20.00 per hour for special meetings (1 hr. min. pay). 2. Council Members salary: $900.00 annually + $20.00 per hour for special meetings (1 hr. min. pay). 3. Clerk/Treasurer salary: $1200.00 monthly + $20.00 per hour for special meeting (1 hr. min. pay). 4. Cleaning Community Center: $150.00 monthly. 5. Maintenance Worker Salary: $40,000.00 Annual wage + 60% health care/disability ins. & 2 weeks paid vacation and cell phone monthly fee. 6. Substitute Maintenance Man Salary: $16.00/hr. 7. Park & City Center Cleaner: $12.00/hr. 8. Summer part-time worker: $10.50 9. Mileage at present 55¢ a mile A motion was made by Deb Wood to have all salaries as stated above. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The Morrison County Animal Humane contract was looked at and discussed. After discussion, council decided to not sign the contract.

The hockey boards are up on the ice rink. There was discussion to see if an organization from the area would like to paint a section to represent them. The city plow truck is in need of a shaker to shake the salt down from the dump truck box. Tony Maciej made a motion to have the salt shaker installed for no more than $2000.00. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the council were furnished with a listing. Norm Carlson made a motion to approve the claims. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by Deb Wood to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 7:45 p.m. Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/ Treasurer Upsala City Special Meeting February 5, 2018 These are unofficial Minutes. Call to Order/Attendance: The City Council meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was said. On roll call members present were: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Brian Lange, Joan Olson, Lana Bartells, and Dennis Westrich. People present: Charlie Gunderson, MC Record reporter Sheila McCoy, City Engineer Scott Hedlund, First Responder Vice President Garrett Doucette, Public Works Frank Koopmeiners, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens. Minutes: Lange moved to approve minutes from January 2, 2018 City Council, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Added agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously. Presentation, Citizen Appeals: Charlie Gunderson is running for District 5 County Commissioner. The primary is February 13 at Upsala Fire Hall from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Charlie shared his points on why he is running and encouraged everyone to get out and vote. City Engineer Scott Hedlund discussed the need to start the process to work on the sewer system. Bartells moved to hold a special meeting on April 2, 2018 following the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. Department Reports: Maintenance Report: Koopmeiners reported on water and sewer levels. Fire Department Report: The Fire Department presented their November minutes. Three new probationary firefighters were put on the roster, their training will start this spring. Welcome to Amber Koopmeiners, Brandon Voller and Paul Kasella. The FEMA grant was submitted for new turnout gear. First Responders: Interviews for three new First Responder members is scheduled for this Wednesday. The First Responder Department was audited by Public Health and passed. City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the February Calendar. She also reported that the newsletter was sent out on the first of February. Planning Commission: The Commissioners proposed two ordinances; Public Right-of-Way and


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Small Cell Wireless. Bartells moved to call for a public hearing to be scheduled during the regular March 5 City Council meeting on March 5 at 7:15 p.m. to review the proposed Public Right-of-Way ordinance 3-5-18-1, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Lange moved to call for a public hearing to be scheduled during the regular March 5 City Council meeting on March 5 at 7:20 p.m. to review the proposed Small Cell Wireless ordinance 3-5-18-2, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. UCDC: The minutes from the January meeting was presented. Bartells moved to add Stacy Hennen to the UCDC Committee, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. Recreation Board: The Rec. Board submitted their minutes from last month’s meeting. Safety Committee: The Safety Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 instead of the 13 due to the election for District 5 County Commissioner scheduled that day. Unfinished Business: Maintenance Building: Westrich gave an update on the progress of the Maintenance Building. Lange moved to approve partial payment to St. Rosa Lumber in the amount of $100,000.00, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Westrich reminded staff that the gas bill for the water plant needs

to get separated; St. Rosa Lumber agreed to pay for the heat during construction of the new maintenance building. New City Hall Space: Stevens reported on the progress of the new City Hall location. Olson moved pass resolution 2-5-18-1 a resolution to hold all future City Council Meetings here forward in the new City Hall location at 105 South Main Street Suite 2 in the Stearns Bank Building, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Deadman’s Corner: The corner located at Highway 238 and 4th Avenue West, also known as Deadman’s Corner, has seen its fair share of accidents. Brad Desormey from Minnesota Power said he would install a 250 Watt Sodium Vapor light as close to the corner as he can; the north side of 4th Street is owned by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power cannot use their poles or space. New Business: St. Mary’s Gambling Permit: Bartells moved to approve the quilt raffle and bingo at St. Mary’s Church on March 23, 2018, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Disaster Recovery Program: The Initiative Foundation has invited the City of Upsala to participate in developing a Long-Term Disaster Recovery Program training. Speed Signs: Olson moved to purchase up to four Speed Signs in conjunction with NJPA, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unani-

mously. City Attorney: NJPA is no longer offering day to day attorney services for cities. They instead will offer help on specific issues. Mayor Johnson stated that our previous attorney recommended Joe Krueger. Joe Krueger stated he would attend the March Council Meeting. Fund Balance Policy: Bartells moved to approve resolution 2-518-2 a resolution approving the Fund Balance Policy as presented, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. 2020 Census: Mayor Johnson and Stevens attended the 2020 Census Training held at NJPA in Staples last week. Johnson explained the importance of the Census and how it affects the City financially; the number of people in Upsala directly correlates to how much money the City gets via Local Government Aid. It also affects how many State Representatives the state gets to send to Washington D.C. Thank you and Acknowledgements: Thank you to Wayne Peterson for 50 years with the Upsala Lions. Wayne and his wife Muriel have given so much time and talent to make this community an amazing place to live. Financial: Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Adjourn: Olson moved to adjourn at 8:56 p.m., 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer

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By Connie Nelson When we think of February, we probably think cold temps, Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl and Valentine Day. I have another thought about February, it’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to stop and think about love, relationships, and respect, specifically for the teens and preteens and those in early adulthood. Unconditional love and a healthy relationship is a blessing of a lifetime, and one that all men and women deserve, no matter their age. What kind of a dating partner are you? Are you kind, caring, considerate of others feelings, and respectful of your partners boundaries and right to be an individual, a good communicator and compromiser? It’s really not hard, and the reward is a loving, safe and peaceful coexistence with each other, and a rewarding lifelong relationship. Partners should be able to go out with friends, to have their privacy, their own likes and dislikes, spend their time the way they choose, not have to share passwords to on line accounts or phones, not have to let the partner view texts, listen to voicemails or read on line posts. Lastly, your partner should never hit or slap you or force you to

have sex or do sexual things that you don’t want to do. If any of these things are happening in your relationship, you need to tell someone, a trusted adult, parent, aunt, uncle or a teacher, counselor at school, or perhaps your minister. Let someone know before it gets dangerous. Remember, you can chose what you want in a relationship, and you can also choose to be the kind of person that someone else would want to have a relationship with. You can set a good example for your friends and younger siblings. Choose Respect and talk with friends and family about healthy relationships. If you have concerns about your relationship or are concerned for a friend, you can stop in or call Hands of Hope Resource Center for free, confidential, and compassionate conversation about what’s happening. We can help with resources, safety planning, and support counseling. We are located in the Main Street Government Center in Long Prairie, across from Post Office, Monday thru Friday, 8:30-4:30. You can call our crisis line at 1-800-682-4547 or our office number at 320-732-2319, or visit our website.

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Pictured is Deputy Zach Milne, Kurt Ritter, Robert Welle, and John Elfering. On Tuesday, February 6, at the regular meeting of the Stearns County Board of Commissioners, a Stearns County deputy and three good samaritans were presented with lifesaving commendation awards. On February 19, 2017, Deputy Zach Milne responded to a one vehicle rollover with unknown injuries off of County Road 11 near Freeport. Upon arrival on scene, the vehicle was approximately 100 yards away from the roadway and a large amount of white smoke was coming from the vehicle. As Deputy Milne approached the vehicle, he could see flames coming from underneath the vehicle near the front and rear passenger side doors. He used his fire extinguisher to try to extinguish the flames. Deputy Milne looked inside the vehicle and saw one occupant seated in the driver’s seat. The driver said he was unable to turn off the vehicle so Deputy Milne entered through the passenger door to turn off the ignition. The driver was injured and unable to move. The fire reignited from under the car again and the flames were increasing in size and starting to travel up the doors again. Deputy Milne continued to fight the flames awhile awaiting assistance. A passerby, John Elfering, drove up on his ATV and offered assistance. Deputy Milne told Elfering to go back home to get a fire extinguisher and return as quickly as possible. Shortly after another individual, Robert Welle, approached and offered to help. The driver side window was rolled down approximately three inches. Welle reached inside the car and grabbed the top portion of the window and by pulling it, the window shattered. Deputy Milne and Welle used their pocket knives to cut the shoulder

and lap belts of the driver. The driver was still unable to move and Deputy Milne and Welle tried to pull the driver from the vehicle but were unable to. Kurt Ritter came running up to the car to help. Elfering arrived back on scene with his fire extinguisher and started to extinguish the flames. While Elfering was fighting the fire, Deputy Milne, Welle and Ritter were able to successfully pull the driver out of the vehicle and to a safe area 30 yards away until medical assistance arrived. The quick action and assistance of these men saved the driver’s life. Deputy Milne, Elfering, Welle and Ritter were all presented with certificates of commendation which were well deserved. Thank you for putting your lives in a dangerous situation to save the life of another. Freeport Fire and Rescue, Melrose Ambulance, and LifeLink also assisted with this call.

Todd County Sheriff’s Office February 10, 2018: At 18:13 received multiple calls about a vehicle swerving all over the road. It was also reported that the vehicle jumped up on the curb at the intersection of Lake St South and 1st Ave South in the city of Long Prairie and ran over a street sign. 51 year old Grant Welle, Waite Park, MN, was later stopped in his Infinity G35 sedan south of Long Prairie. The vehicle sustained minor damage and Grant was not injured in the incident. The report has been forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office for review.

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The Upsala High School Athletic Hall of Fame proudly welcomed one new inductee, Duane “Whitey” Herzog, at the Sixth Annual Induction Ceremony held between the boys and girls varsity basketball games on Friday, February 9 in the Upsala Gym. Herzog joins the fourteen inductees honored in past years: Dave Holmen, Paula Lange, Stanley Nordin, Ralph Soltis, Kristi Pangrac, Neal Swanson, Bob Soltis, Darren Lange, Carol Lampert, Jackie Fuchs, Ken Solarz, Chris Leners, Jennifer Boeckermann, and the entire 1957 Football Team. Inductees are 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. A 1989 graduate and four-year letter winner in basketball, Herzog was known for his hustle, long-range shooting ability, and pure love for the game. His 1216 points set a boys school record at the time and he also led his team in steals and free throw percentage. Three times he won All-Conference honors and twice was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player. “When Whitey stepped on the floor,

the game changed,” recounted Ken Solarz, former Upsala Athletic Director. “He was a fun player to watch and a role model to follow for those that wanted to play the game the right way.” After high school, Herzog attended St. Cloud Technical College and Willmar Community College, where he was twice voted “Best Defensive Player.” He finished his college basketball career at Mayville State University in North Dakota. Upon graduation, Herzog returned home and worked for Arnzen Construction before starting up New Age Builders. At age 46, his life was tragically cut short in a work accident on February 28, 2017. Receiving the Hall of Fame plaque in his honor were his father, Donald, and eight siblings. In a Hall of Fame night doubleheader featuring two nail biters, both Upsala basketball teams topped their opponents from Browerville-Eagle Valley. Feeding off the electric atmosphere of a full and noisy gym, the boys fought back from two deficits to best the Tigers 41-40 in game one. In the night cap, the girls used a Laura Lange three-pointer with thirteen seconds left to claim a hard-fought 32-30 victory.

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