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Hometown News

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Bill Belichick succeeds by being himself -By Harvey Mackay

S u p e r Bowl LI has to be one of the greatest contests ever: What a comeback! For me, it brought back an incredible memory, when I had the pleasure of interviewing Bill Belichick, Super Bowl winning coach of the New England Patriots for my book “We Got Fired! … And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us.” Belichick was fired by the Cleveland Browns in February 1996 and spent one season as the defensive backs coach with the Patriots. He was the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets from

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1997-99 before becoming the Patriots’ head coach in 2000. He is the only head coach to win five Super Bowls. Analytical as always, Bill acknowledged that his coaching style had changed over the years, especially in the transition from being coach at Cleveland to ultimately becoming the head coach at New England. “I’ve been a head coach for two teams: the Browns and the Patriots,” Bill reflected. “I’m a detail-oriented person. I’ve delegated more with the Patriots than I did with the Browns. At times, I may have been too detail- oriented in Cleveland. Perhaps I should have put my time and energy into some bigger picture things. In Cleveland, I might also have been a little too footballoriented. I felt that so much of the game was determined between the lines, and a high percentage of my focus is still there. But, there are a lot of things that go on outside the white lines that affect the chemistry of the team. I’m trying to be more aware of and sensitive to those.” NFL coaching is the supreme balancing act. They have the desire to hang on to their job, and they have to do what’s right for their team. It’s like the choice between security and opportunity. If they only choose security, they lose both. “You do what’s right for the team,”

Bill firmly believes. “If the team wins, you’ll hang on to your job.” Doing one’s best for the team demands a deep sense of unselfishness. When you listen to Bill Belichick, the interesting twist is the order of the process. He tries to demonstrate it before it’s expected in return. A professional football coach’s job is often compared with that of a manager. In fact, a football coach has to act faster and in more drastic ways. “I have never run a corporation, Harvey. In business, you can make 18 percent and I can make 17 percent and the next guy can make 16 percent – we’re all pretty happy. At the end of the day in athletic competition, one team wins and the other team loses. You both can’t be happy.” Bill recovered so steadily from his setback in Cleveland, I’m convinced, partly because of the tremendous depth of his personal background. First, his father was a fullback for the Detroit Lions and coached at the Naval Academy for 33 years. Bill was able to observe some great coaches during this time. Talk about leveraging a network of information! “It was a coach’s paradise! In the NFL, I was with five different coaches my first five years. That’s not only five coaches, that’s five staffs. Because Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 • Melrose American Legion Fish Fry, from 5-8 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 • Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions 12 Annual Race on Trace, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 3. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 • Quilt Bingo at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Potluck/ Bingo Party at 12 noon at the center. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEB. 24-25 • The Resurrected Artists Present “The Trouble With Summer People” Dinner Theatre starting at 6 p.m. at The Landing, St. Anna. See ad on page 3. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 • Sobieski/Swanville Lions Clubs 24th Annual Fishing Contest from Noon-3 p.m. on Long Lake, Swanville. See ad on page 12. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 • 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 Indoor Fishing Contest from 1-3 p.m. at the Pelican Lake Ballroom, St. Anna. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAR. 3-4 • The Resurrected Artists Present “The Trouble With Summer People” Dinner Theatre starting at 6 p.m. at The Landing, St. Anna. See ad on page 3.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 • Albany Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. at Shady’s Hometown Tavern & Event Center, Albany. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall. BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. FEET FIRST CLINIC • Meets every 1st Tuesday morning at Holdingford City Hall. FOOD DISTRIBUTION • Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution first Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING • Meets the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/lunch. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE SENIORS • Exercise Classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grey Eagle Senior Center.

GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. HELPING HANDS EXERCISE • Exercise & Line Dancing Every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., Holdingford City Hall. HELPING HANDS COM. LUNCH • Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. STEARNS CO. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY • Meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany. SUNSHINE CLUB • Meets every Monday, weigh in at 9 a.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle. ST. CLOUD SINGLES CLUB • Dance & Activities every third Friday from 8-12 at the Waite Park Legion. ST. ROSA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building. SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL • First Tuesday after the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. UPSALA COMMUNITY CENTER • Exercise Program every Monday at 10:15 a.m.

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Hometown News • Thursday, February 16, 2017 • Page 3

“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne 1938 Prices

Recently, I received a copy of a Minneapolis Newspaper from 1938. The news articles were very similar to those of today. Most of the stories involved money--taxation, spending, etc. I then began to look over the advertisements, which I found most interesting. The grocery ads really caught my attention. For instance, one pound of butter was sold for $.25. Onions – 10 lbs. for $.15. Cigarettes – 2 packs for $.25. Quaker flour – 49 lb. sack $1.29. Walleyed pike – $.14 per lb. Mission Inn Coffee – 2 lbs. for $.43. Sugar – 10 lbs. for $.46. Palmolive soap – 3 bars for $.19. Kellogg’s All-bran – large package $.23. Kraft cheese – $.30 per lb. Oxydol soap – (2) 24 oz. packages for $.35. Honey – 5 lb. pail $.49. Other ads that I found interesting were ladies shoes in sizes up to 10 – $1.99 per pair. Men’s suede leather jackets – $3.97. Ladies fur coats – $24.50. Wingtip shoes for men – $1.98. There was also a radio guide, similar to our TV guide. It included

some familiar programs which were still running in the 1940’s. Names such as Ma Perkins, Hilltop House, Jack Armstrong, Amos and Andy, Little Orphan Annie, etc. There were also several segments of big-band music. As the programming today, there were also several programs of political commentaries. Getting back to the prices from 1938, we also need to consider how much was paid to farmers for their products. In 1938, beef was sold live for around $5.90 per 100 weight. Hogs were sold for $8.00 to $10.00 per 100 weight. Corn was sold for $.47 per bushel and wheat was $.56 per bushel. These prices were low due to the effect of the depression during the previous years. In 1938 gas sold for $.10 per gallon, but some automobile owners did some engineering on their cars so that they could start the car with gasoline and then switch to kerosene, which was only $.07 per gallon. Wages averaged $.25 per hour. Postage was $.03 and the average cost of a new car was $700.00. Today we watch TV and the old radio programs have gone away. The televisions show visual and sound, which uses two of our 5 senses. The old radio shows only used our sense of sound and we were able to imagine where the players were and what they looked like. Having two of our senses

important. I don’t think you can count on somebody else to motivate you to do something. You have to want to do it personally, and you have to provide that energy. So, you better pick out something you really like to do, because you will have to be your own driving force.” Mackay’s Moral: Learning to be a great coach is the most demanding spectator sport in the world. Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World,” and “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door.”

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Grey Eagle Senior Center Pot Luck/ Bingo Party Feb. 22 The Grey Eagle Senior Center is planning a February Pot Luck/Bingo Party for Wednesday, February 22nd at noon. Anyone who is 55 years of age or older is invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share. Following the meal, we will play “Buck a Card” bingo. Please come, bring a friend, and join in the fun and fellowship.

Todd County Sheriff’s Dept. February 7, 2017: At 14:53 the Todd County Sheriffs Office along with Grey Eagle and Sauk Centre Fire Departments responded to a structure fire on Blue Spruce Rd., Sauk Centre. Tammy and Mark Bruder’s well house caught on fire and was a loss. There were no injuries during the fire. February 8, 2017: At 17:35 a half ton pickup broke through the ice on Little Sauk Lake in Little Sauk Township. The pickup was not far off the public access where ice depth varied greatly on that part of the lake. Citizens are reminded to be sure that the ice is thick enough before traveling on any lake. No one was injured in the incident. February 14, 2017: At 04:49 Mark Proctor of rural Burtrum reported he had hit a deer on County Road 12 near Fitz Road east of Long Prairie with his 2008 Chevy Colorado truck causing front end damage. Proctor was not injured in the accident.

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Harvey Mackay continued from page 2

I saw so many successful styles, I became confident that there wasn’t just one style. I didn’t try to be Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry. I tried to be Bill Belichick.” Finally, I asked Bill if he had three pieces of advice for young people. They have all the zing of a two-minute drill that will march you over the goal line. “Harvey, we all make a lot of mistakes as we go through life. (1) Don’t make the big ones. Take care of yourself and your own personal health. It can all end in a second with one stupid decision, and we’ve seen that happen too many times. (2) It’s not what you know, it’s whom you know. You build your relationships from your childhood through your adolescent years. You control your relationships. (3) It’s the self-starter in each of us that is really

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Obituaries Eunice Thell Oswald

Eunice Thell Oswald, age 85 of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Freeport, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. We d n e s d a y, February 15, 2017 at McGilley Midtown Chapel at 20 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Raytown, MO following the service.

Cordella G. Meier

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Cordella Meier, age 87 of Albany, will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 16 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Help of Christians parish cemetery in St. Augusta. Cordella died Monday at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany with her family by her side. There will be a visitation after 10:00 AM at the church in Albany. Cordella was born July 16, 1929 in

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Norbert J. Funk

Eunice was born May 10, 1931 in Freeport to John and Della (Notch) Thell. She graduated from Melrose High School and Drews Business College in St. Cloud before moving to Kansas City. She is survived by her son, Brian; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Linus (Mary) Thell of Golden Valley, MN, Charlie (Pat) Thell of Freeport, MN; sister, Carol (Ralph) Berenger of Boise, Idaho; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill Oswald in 1965; sons John and David; brothers Gerald and Jerome.

St. Cloud to Henry and Agnes (Lichy) Cremers. She married Siegfried Kloeppner on September 27, 1950. He died in 1968. Cordella married George Meier on May 7, 1977. She worked as a bookkeeper for Consolidated Oil in Sauk Rapids before she married George and moved to Albany. She was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and the Seven Dolors Christian Mothers. Cordella is survived by her children, Sharon Ann (James) Westphal, Fargo; Kevin (Cindy) Kloeppner, Annandale, Julie (Dan Dahlin) Kleve, Albany; sister, Donna Mae Muntifering, Buffalo; brothers, Orville (Lou) Cremers, St. Nicholas, Thomas (Patti) Cremers, Paynesville, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Siegfried Kloeppner, her second husband, George Meier, her son, Victor Kloeppner, her son-in-law, Roy Kleve, her sister-in-law, Audrey Cremers and her brother-in-law, Fritz Muntifering.

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Norbert J. Funk, age 96 of New Munich, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Ken Thielman officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the St. Joseph’s Men’s Society and the New Munich Lions Club at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Norbert Joseph Funk was born October 1, 1920 in Oak Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to John and Elizabeth (Bloch) Funk. On May 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Valeria Boecker at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in

Card of Thanks

Gerald Taft and family would like to thank our family and friends for the prayers, cards, flowers and visits while I was in for surgery and after. I am recouping nicely at home now. Your thoughts and prayers will never be forgotten. God bless you all!

Gerald and family

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St. Rosa. The couple moved southwest of New Munich and farmed until their retirement in 1985. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, and the New Munich Lions Club. Norbert enjoyed bowling, farming, and watching the Minnesota Twins. Survivors include his children, Cecilia Humbert of Melrose, John (Dorothy) Funk of New Munich, Robert (Carolyn) Funk of Birch Lake, Sylvia (Michael) Nelson of Blaine, Allan (Carla) Funk of Eagan, Laura (Gordy) Roy of St. Cloud, and Bruce (Jan) Funk of New Munich; 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; brother, George (Rose) Funk of Melrose; and sister-in-law, Beatrice Funk of Melrose. Norbert was preceded in death by his wife, Valeria Funk on December 5, 2008; parents; brothers, Anton, Henry, and Ed Funk; and sisters, Anna Funk, Sister Clement Funk, and Barbara Wenker. Serving as casket bearers will be Eric and Ryan Humbert, Mitchell, Greg, Jeff, and Karl Funk. Scripture bearer will be Melissa Hall and cross bearer will be Olivia Funk. Honorary bearers will be the New Munich Lions Club and the St. Joseph’s Men’s Society.

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Hometown News • Thursday, February 16, 2017 • Page 5

Whose to Blame? #heartcheck By Sheila Ripplinger I often wonder, in regards to certain events, ‘What would my dad think about this?’ I miss the talks and debates we would have over all sorts of things in life. He was a man that taught me to stand up and fight for what I believe in...even if it hurts! He wasn’t always right... so of course our debates got heated at times which was part of the fun for both of us. And he may have proved me wrong a time or two. I don’t think he would mind if I shared a little bit about his life while here in this world. As we all can see, strong opposition surrounds us and hatefulness is on the rise. Not only is hate being displayed and lived out, but the groups that rally in this way ironically hold up signs that say ‘love’ or ‘peace.’ How complicated is that? The finger of blame is getting pointed at everyone that disagrees with their divisive views on any given matter. There is apparently no personal heart check to decipher who is really to blame. Clouded judgements and deceitful news stories promote the blaming of all those around while failing to self examine. I believe the statement that sums this up is: When we point our finger at someone, we have three more of our fingers pointing back at our own sorry self. My dad grew up in a very difficult environment. He was the third child of parents that had a total of seventeen births. My dad’s father was an abusive man. When my dad was about two years old his grandmother tried to help with raising him. Then he got passed on to an uncle. And then to another aunt and uncle to help on their farm and live with them. He did not grow up with his siblings and they resented him for being the lucky one that got away. However he did not see it that way. When he was old enough, he joined the Army. Hence my tremendous respect and gratitude for those who serve our great County! After the Army, he worked very hard and got a degree as an electrician and had a family whom he loved dearly. This man had every solidified reason to blame his unfair life circumstances on his rotten upbringing. He

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chose to live. To really live. He chose to do a personal heart check and make the best out of the life that God had given him, knowing that ultimately it is how we lived our life that matters in the end. He never ever played the ‘poor me’ card! His poor choices were his. And he dealt with them personally. He did not blame anyone else even though he had the reasoning to do so because he certainly was not dealt a fair hand in his early years. Living with resentment, blame, and unforgiving hearts is not what the Lord wants for us. He taught us so much through the physical human life of Jesus that is so lovingly recorded in the Gospels. Jesus boldly defended what was good and right and true. And He also genuinely loved the whole world- John 3:16. He taught us to pray and serve with our hands, not point fingers with them. There will be a Day when every knee will bow before the One True God. Even those who have rejected Christ Jesus. There will be no protest marches on that Day. No explaining your reasons for why you chose to hate and reject the Truth. It will be too late once that Day arrives if you have not made peace previously. You will either bow down with a heart of gratitude or you will bow with extreme humiliation. Again I say, you will have no one to blame because your life is a single separate soul that will stand before a Holy and Just God. I strive to live each day to the fullest despite the challenges that arise. I sometimes don’t get it right...and if my dad were here he would surely tell you. Haha! But I would ask you, ‘think about who in your life could you thank for helping you to be who you are today?’ Who has been an example of gratefulness and not hatefulness? And who do you want to be? It’s your life. Live. Romans 8:1~ There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Philippians 2:10&11~ At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! St. Rosa Jaycee’s

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Community Snapshots

Swanville School’s fifth graders presented their Johann Sebastian Bach “haunted houses” that was the culmination of their studies of the great composer. Pictured are (front from left) Front row: Jasmine Johnson, Samantha Sobiech, and Madison Kottschade-Ehrenberg; (back) Colton Villnow, Morgan Bellefeuille, Kennedee Chuba and Caleb Zellers.

Swanville School’s sixth graders worked on their Beethoven project after learning about the composer and his music. Students had a choice of projects, including creating a collage, puzzle, miniature grand piano, Beethoven doll, or playing one of his pieces. Pictured are (front from left) Riley Johannes, Gavin Hasse, and Ethan Jacobson; (back) Tyler Czech, Nicholas Kedrowski, Amelia Hudalla, Samuel Primus, Marvin Pechan-Klemish and Lucas Miller.


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Swanville 3rd and 4th grade boys took third place in the Staples/Motley Tournament on Feb. 11th, 2017. Pictured are (front from left) Jordan Crandell, Brody Kircher, Caden Beseman, Ethan Barthel and Nicholas Graves; (back) Coach Chris Kircher, Zach Gapinski, James Reese, Alex Karnes, Hunter Moore and Coach Brandon Moore. Submitted by Meghan Crandell.

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Birth Announcement

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Daniella Jo Pyka

Tonia Nortan and David Pyka of Sauk Centre are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Daniella Jo Pyka, born Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:31 a.m. at the CentraCare Health-Melrose. Daniella weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Welcoming Daniella home is her big brother Cedric and big sisters Anna and Brianna. Grandparents are Cecelia and Vincent Denk of Sauk Centre and Donna Pyka of Minneapolis.

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Swanville Elementarty students Caught Being Good for January. Pictured are (front from left) Alex Karnes, Christopher Harrison, Violet Peterson, Addison Hudalla, Ayla Sandelin, Delaney Chuba; (row 2) Claudia PechanKlemish, Logan Gallus, Travis Roden, Abby Wimmer, Ethan Zellers, Hannah Kruchten; (row 3) Cristian Ledesma-Carrillo, Raymond Carrillo-Ledesma, Libby Wimmer, Ellie Johnson; (row 4) Nicholas Graves, Kacie Wunderlich, Isaac Gapinski, Alex Elias, Logan Leyendecker, Tyler Bartkowitz, Parker Schultz, Karley Loven and Madison Kottschade-Ehrenberg.

Swanville School District announces freshman Jamison Koetter as the January Student of the Month for grades 7-9. Jamie is the son of Ann and David Koetter. Jamie has been active in various activities since seventh grade. He has been active in football, baseball and student council. He is consistently on the A and B honor rolls. Liza Hasse, High School Math instructor comments “Jamie has proven to be a remarkable student. During class time, he works very hard to understand the concept at hand by participating in class discussion, offering thoughtful problem solving suggestions and working on his assignment. Jamie only seeks help when he has thought through the problem and has tried at least one ap-

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proach to the problem. Jamie has developed remarkable problem solving strategies. Jamie is kind, thoughtful and caring towards those around him. He is always willing to offer help to whomever may need. I enjoy working with Jamie and look forward to continue working with him in the future.” In his off time, Jamie enjoys hunting and fishing, hanging out with friends and family. He is also active in the St. John’s youth group. He is looking forward to going to college for welding or mechanics. His advice to fellow students is “It’s never too late to become a better person.”

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Word Search Answers from Feb. 9

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

Thought for the week:

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know. -W. H. Auden

The mind has a mind of its own. Occasionally, it takes little trips and goes on interesting journeys that bring back memories from long ago. Memories that are both pleasant and painful. Memories that are both welcomed and worrisome. Memories that must have been stored there by God to help us remember His mercy and, at times, His judgment. Psalm 77 is very egocentric. Take

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time, if you will, and count the number of times the personal pronoun “I” occurs. It is rather amazing. It begins with the writer carefully reviewing many instances of feeling forsaken and abandoned by God. He writes of calling for help - but no voice responded. His eyes would not close and he was reminded of tragedies he wanted to forget. He felt rejected and unloved and even gave up on God ever being faithful or kind to him again. Then, suddenly, his mind called things to a halt. God seemed to awaken him and he said, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds.” Our minds do wander and walk through dark valleys filled with deep sorrows and painful valleys. And when it does, it only takes a moment, if we choose to turn things around and change the shadows and sorrows and valleys in to sunlight and smiles and mountain tops. God did this for the Psalmist. He wants to do the same for us: recall His miracles in our lives that give us eternal hope.

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Earlier Legislative Deadlines Could Pay Dividends Later This Session One concern voiced in recent years about legislative action was that all the major bills were done in the last few days at the end of session. That can lead to a lack of transparency and even a mistake or two. The much-publicized one-word mistake in last year’s tax bill was the reason Gov. Dayton gave for vetoing the bill. I will quickly add that mistakes can and do happen in these bills, which can be complicated and full of legal jargon. Because of that, the last bill usually done each year is called a “revisor’s bill,” where all the small incidental and grammatical mistakes are corrected. Earlier this week, leadership in the House and Senate announced committee deadlines for the current session. Granted, the session began earlier this year than last, but the deadlines are a month earlier than in 2016. The first deadline is March 10, when bills must be heard in at least one committee. The second deadline is March 17, when bills that are the same or similar must be heard in the other body. And the final deadline is March 31 when finance bills must be heard. Hopefully, this schedule will result in a more orderly end of session, with time allowed to correct mistakes or work with the governor on bills he won’t sign. A bill dealing with the recent Mn-

DOT rules concerning ditch mowing is scheduled for a hearing in the Transportation Policy Committee this week, on Wednesday, the 15th. The original bill language dealt with all “road authorities,” which includes townships and counties, in addition to MnDOT. I would prefer that the bill have its scope narrowed and concentrate on state highway ditches only. We will see what happens at the hearing, where it’s expected several outstate residents will testify about their concerns with the new ditch mowing rules that require permits and liability coverage for those who want to mow grass in ditches. Last weekend was busy as I attended community meetings in all three District 12B counties. Health insurance was one of the top issues discussed at all the meetings, along with concerns about property taxes. Real ID also was a discussion point. Sen. Torrey Westrom and I are planning to host a series of town hall meetings next week, on Friday, Feb. 24. Stay tuned for final details about times and locations, either through e-mail updates or in my newspaper column next week. Here’s a correction on an item in last week’s column dealing with local labor laws enacted by Minneapolis and St. Paul. I said both had already passed rules mandating a $15 per hour minimum wage in addition to paid time off. They have not formally passed the minimum wage increase yet. Rep. Anderson can be contacted by email at or by phone at 651-296-4317. To receive email updates sign-up on his webpage at

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Midwest Outdoors Unlimited to hold fundraising banquet March 4

Midwest Outdoors Unlimited gave Jackie Wilwerding a chance to hunt. By Barb Graves On Saturday, March 4th, 2017 Midwest Outdoors Unlimited will be hosting their 7th annual fundraising banquet at the Hub Supper Club. This event includes dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions. There is something for everyone at this banquet. MOU is an organization that helps handicapped and disabled people get back into the outdoors. We have helped so many people. Young and old…sometimes it is a dying wish. Recently we have had the privilege to help Jackie Wilwerding of the Freeport area in December of 2016. Jackie has been sick for the last 4 years fighting for her life. Jackie is a 26 year old that has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and siliary dysfunction which prevents Jackie’s lungs from providing her body with the life giving air that she needs. Jackie has had many surgeries and has more to come. Jackie is a lover of the outdoors and has hunted for many years. Over the last 8 years she has enjoyed hunting and loves to bow hunt. Turkey and pheasant hunting are also a favorite of hers. With her illness it has limited her ability to get out and hunt due to being in and out of the hospitals. This is where an organization like Midwest Outdoors Unlimited comes into Jackie’s life. Jackie heard about the Prairie Partner’s Chapter of MOU though her boyfriend, Cory Beumer, who has helped with the annual fundraising banquet for the last 7 years. Ron Welle, CEO of MOU, contacted Jackie to see if she

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would be interested in going to the Orwell Dam Hunt Nov. 16-18 of 2016. This is a hunt that is held in Fergus Falls at the Orwell Dam. It is a hunt that only handicapped and disabled people are able to go on and it is limited to a certain number of people. It is truly an honor to be considered for this hunt. Jackie was excited and this was a great opportunity for her. Jackie was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 8th and underwent an 8 hour surgery, which set her back. She had complications with the surgery which kept her in St Mary’s of Rochester for months. As she recovered from her surgery she kept this hunt in her mind to keep her motivated to fight every day because she didn’t want to miss out on the Orwell Dam Hunt. Unfortunately she was not able to attend the hunt as she was too sick to leave the hospital. During this time the doctors were not sure that Jackie would pull though. Ron Welle of MOU was not giving up on finding Jackie a hunt. Ron called Jackie and offered her a hunt at Autumn Antlers Trophy Whitetail Lodge, owned by Jim Gerchy. The hunt was scheduled for Dec. 10th, just days before another surgery. Jackie was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 5th for a pneumonia infection. Jim and Ron worked together to move the hunt to Dec. 17th and Jackie was well enough to make it. Autumn Antlers set Cory and Jackie up with a guide by the name of Keith Imholte, which was a good friend of Cory’s. If you remember Dec 17th was one of those really cold days, but Jackie

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said, “it didn’t scare me or prevent me from hunting.” Jackie and Cory were taken out to a heated deer stand. With Jackie’s condition she gets winded very easily which makes her cough. With all of Jackie’s medical equipment in tow, they were ready for the hunt. With Keith’s help, Jackie was in a nice warm blind and was ready for the hunt to begin. As the day progressed they chatted and Jackie was able to relax and take in the moment and realize that this hunt was really going to happen for her. Just as the sun was going down, Jackie spotted a deer walking out of the woods and she was so excited. Then as she watched, another deer came out to follow the first one. Jackie was shaking so bad they were the biggest deer that she had ever seen and the best part was that they were close enough for her to get a shot at one of them. Keith was watching Jackie as they both checked out the deer slowly approaching them. Jackie asked Keith, “is this the one?” It was HUGE!! They all patiently watched and waited for the right time. Jackie raised her gun and was trying to relax to get the perfect

shot. Keith told her, “whenever you are ready shoot.” It took Jackie a little bit to get over the “buck fever” that was running through her body. Jackie then pulled the trigger as Keith watched to see where the deer would fall. Jackie was so excited that she thought that she needed more oxygen. As Jackie, Cory and Keith made their way over to the deer- Jackie was so excited. As she knelt down to see the deer, she commented “I will cherish this memory forever.” The deer scored a 147 2/8 on Boone and Crocket scoring. Jackie is having the head mounted by a taxidermist. Jackie states that she is grateful to Ron Welle of Midwest Outdoors Unlimited- the Prairie Partners & the Wobegon Partners Chapters, and the State Chapter. Also to Autumn Antlers, the New Munich and Freeport Lions Clubs to help make the hunt happen. If you would like to learn more about Midwest Outdoors Unlimited and meet the volunteers behind this organization or to find out more on the March 4th fundraiser, contact Ron Welle at 320-260-6032 or Barb and Curt Graves at 320-732-2467.

Shoulder pain slowing you down? Many people are limited by shoulder pain in their everyday lives. As a result, playing with kids or grandkids, golfing, gardening and other cherished activities may bring more pain than joy. Join us for a shoulder pain seminar 6-7:30 p.m. March 2 at St. Cloud Orthopedics 1901 Connecticut Avenue S. Sartell. Matthew Hwang, MD, orthopedic surgeon will discuss: • Shoulder pain • Surgical and non-surgical shoulder

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Upsala City February 6, 2017 These are unapproved 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, Joan Olson, Brian Lange, Dennis Westrich, and Lana Bartells. People present: MC Record reporter Sheila McCoy, Public Works Frank Koopmeiners, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens. Minutes: Lange moved to approve minutes from January 3, 2017 City Council Meeting, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously. Lange moved to approve minutes from January 19, 2017 Special City Council Meeting, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Added agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda with an addition of the City Hall location, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Presentation, Citizen Appeals: St. Mary’s church requests a temporary liquor license for their February 11th Valentines Dinner, as well as a gambling permit for two separate bingos. Westrich moved to approve the temporary liquor license to St. Mary’s Church for their Valentine’s Dinner 2-11-17, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Lange moved to approve Lawful Gambling with no waiting period for St. Gregory the Great Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Church located at 308 South Main for a Quilt Bingo to be held February 19, 2017 and a Turkey Bingo on Oct., 2017, 2nd Westrich. Motion carried unanimously. Department Reports: Maintenance Report: Koopmeiners reported on water and sewer levels. Koopmeiners stated that the pump on the lift station is scheduled to be repaired. The southeast hydrant at the park is temporarily off; there is a water leak on that line that will get fixed after the winter thaw. Koopmeiners found the City’s jetter machine can operate a root cutter. The council requested Koopmeiners purchase a root cutter at an estimated cost of $1400.

Olson questioned who maintains the skating ring. Koopmeiners explained that Ken Abrahamson maintains it through the school, however the skating rink is hard to maintain with the weird weather we have had. Fire Department: Report Submitted. The department recommends the following to approved as officers for 2017: Chief: Baggenstoss, Asst. Chief: Frank Koopmeiners, Captains: Billy Koopmeiners, Brian Lange, Mike Kremers and Kevin Lampert, Secretary: Brian Lange, Training Officers: Garret Doucette and Joe Trettel. Johnson moved to accept David Cichon’s resignation from the Fire Department, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Squad: The rescue squad recommends the following officers for 2017: President: Lisa Hansen, Vice President: Garrett Doucette, Secretary: Mary Doucette, Treasurer: Charlie Gunderson, Training Officer: Larry Bartells. City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the February Calendar. Stevens discussed the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute put on by St. Cloud State University in May, asking how we should handle the City Council meeting that will be on the Monday during the training. Stevens asked the council to offer information to be put on the new website. Planning Commission: The Planning Commission discussed the plan for the Elmdale Farmers Mutual building and approved the building permit. They also discussed the maintenance building design. Their next meeting is Wednesday, February 15 at City Hall. UCDC The January meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Recreation Board: Report Submitted. Meetings will be held quarterly this year. Johnson asked Koopmeiners and Westrich to look into the water runoff that is eroding an area off the southeast corner of the Rec Building. Unfinished Business: Vacation/ Personnel Policy: Tabled. Designations: The Council readjusted the 2017 designations-

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changing the some of the officer positions in the Fire and the First Responders teams. Lange moved to approve the updated designation for 2017, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously. New Business: RFP: City Attorney. Johnson explained that NJPA (Nation Joint Powers Alliance) would offer attorney services for Upsala at a portion of the cost. Olson moved to request a contract with NJPA for basic legal services, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. The council requested Stevens to present a different RFP for an attorney to be on hand for extra-ordinary legal services. Tower Road/ CSAH 19: Westrich moved to pass Resolution 2-6-17-1 authorizing engineering services agreement for rehabilitation of Tower Road, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. Legislative Conference for Cities: Bartells moved to approve up to two council members to attend the 2017 Legislative Conference on March 23, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously. City Hall Location: The council discussed the proposal from Steve Domine, Stearns Bank, to move City Hall into the space; Elmdale Farmers Mutual will be moving out. Bartells moved to relocate City Hall to 105 South Main Street this summer after the office space has been vacated and renovated, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Maintenance/City Hall Building The council reviewed the financial option that Jason Murray, associate with David Drown’s office, recommended that the City use General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds. They directed Stevens to contact Murray to develop a Capital Improvement Plan for the March 6 City Council meeting with a public hearing to be held in April. Thank you and Acknowledgements: Mayor Johnson thanks David Cichon for 17 years of dedicated service to the Upsala Fire Department. Financial: Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Updates/FYI: None. Adjourn: Lange moved to adjourn at 8:54 p.m., 2nd by Olson. Motion carried unanimously. Michelle Stevens, Clerk/ Treasurer

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Upsala High School announces Second Quarter Honor Roll. A Honor Roll Grade 12: Parker Barth, Samantha Blonigen, Noelle Kedrowski, Jolene Kremers, Rachel Prom, Mia Roerick, Joshua Schlumpberger, Cody Stoermann, Katlin Welinski. Grade 11: Ashley Biniek, Stefani Pohlmann, Andrew Prokott, Samantha Thieschafer, Hayley Townsend, Bennett Westrich, Anna Woidyla. Grade 10: Caitlyn Douvier, Annika Gunderson, Bailey Hayes, Alexis Krebs, Alexandra Wuebkers, Brandon Young, Cheryl Zimmerman. Grade 9: Kennedy Allen, Amber Biniek, Shanna Campbell, Peyton Guthrie, Alison Harren, Raymond Kokett, Laura Lange, Collin Prom, Abigail Ripplinger. Grade 8: Paige Binek, Anna Blonigen, Shanna Dobmeier, Olivia Hollermann, Carter Johnson, Shelby Krebs, Emma Kremers, Grace Maciej, Ethan Moon, Olivia Peterson, Audrey Thomas, Zoe Wiegers. Grade 7: Rachel Ainali, Brooklyn Bense, Kristine Biniek, Emily Blonigen, Christina Fiedler, Christen Fouquette, Gracie George, Kaitlyn George, Luke Harren, Abigail Klein, Levi Lampert, Jessica Lange, Zaidee Lundeen, Chloe Mayer, Jeremy Mugg, Anthony Nienaber, Bennet Pundsack, Micah Ripplinger, Kylie Roerick, Taylor Soltis, Nyah Walker.

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The University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN, recognizes our students’ remarkable academic performance through the 2016 Fall Dean’s List. Jenna Primus of Swanville Dean’s List students must: Complete a minimum of 12 credits on the A-F grading system and achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.666 or better. The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of fall semester 2016 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2016. Katie Posch of Holdingford graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Business The University of Minnesota Crookston enrolls approximately 1,800 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota. The University of Minnesota

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B Honor Roll Grade 12: Benjamin Blonigen, Bethany Boeckermann, Anna Bruder, Devon Butkowski, William Gerads, Alexandra Kludt, Cody Rahn, Andrew Ripplinger, Myron Ripplinger, Bethany Snedker, Michael Welinski. Grade 11: Gabriel Douvier, Matt Herzog, Ester Rica Jerez, Brockston Kuhl, Emanuel Pederson. Grade 10: Nakomis Becker, Cody Blais, Anna Boeckermann, Laurie Breth, Zachary Bruder, MaKayla Ganz, Shelby Gilbertson, RaeAnn Koetter, Mason Lange, Connor Meagher, Emma Rahn, Katie Showalter, Alexis Soltis, Alex Thieschafer, Mathew Tholl, Dylan Van Wienen, Jeron Wensmann. Grade 9: Adam Blonigen, Shannon Johnson, Michael Lange, Tiffany Loscheider, Gage Louden, Carver McDermond, Haley Opatz, Devin Prokott, Matthew Ressemann, Alex Roerick, Brandon Rohde. Grade 8: Zachary Bartkowicz, Anthony Boeckermann, Austin Breth, Tanisha Dingmann, Darcey Hayes, Nicholas Herzog, Ana LucioJuarez, Gavin Koetter, Gracie Leners, Wil Leners, Kalie Olson, Matthew Pundsack, Rebeka Snedker, Journey Wenker, Austin Wensmann, Michael Young, Dylan Yurczyk. Grade 7: Zachary Boeckermann, Jacob Montreal, Riley Morrison, Jake Muellner, Julia Peterson, Emily Press, Christian Ripplinger, Tyler Smieja, Peyton Soltis, Wyatt Woidyla.

Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visit The College of St. Scholastica held its fall 2016 commencement ceremony Dec. 17 in the Reif Gymnasium on campus. The following local students graduated: Bobbie Bertram of Avon graduated with a Master of Business Admin. in Business Administration. Michelle Klein of Albany graduated with a Master of Business Admin. in Business Administration. Gina Lomheim of Albany graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Heather Smith of Holdingford graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The College of St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for quality. Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Money magazine classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. Learn more at

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Lack of Snow Means Burning Restrictions Will Happen Soon The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds woodland owners to take care of vegetative debris such as dry branches now, as annual open burning restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt. “This winter burning permits have been required in areas of the state that have not been fully covered with snow,” said DNR wildfire prevention supervisor Linda Gormanson. “Warmer temperatures in February could quickly melt the snow that remains.” A burning permit is required if there is less than 3 inches of snow on the ground. The chance for a fire to escape and burn into unintended areas and endanger lives, homes and property is greatly reduced when adequate snow cover is present. Check local city and municipalities for burning regulations prior to burning. The DNR recommends composting leaves and twigs instead of burning to reduce air pollution and the chance of starting a wildfire. Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website for information on how to start composting

yard waste: After the snow melts, spring fire restrictions take effect and open burning will be restricted until vegetation turns green. The highest number of wildfires are in April and May when vegetation is dry and people commonly do spring clean-up activities. Due to the high number of wildfires during this time, the DNR initiates open burning permit restrictions to coincide with spring fire season. The DNR has seen a significant decrease in accidental fires when burning restrictions are in place. Depending on weather and spring green-up conditions, restrictions remain in effect for four to six weeks. Visit www. for information on open burning restrictions. Overall, 98 percent of wildfires in Minnesota are caused by humans. Individuals are responsible for costs to control an escaped fire and the damage it causes.

Cold Temperatures Create Ideal Tree Pruning Conditions

Winter is the ideal time to prune trees and help prevent the spread of diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm, according to experts with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “My rule of thumb is when winter weather conditions are less desirable for humans, the timing for tree pruning is great,” said DNR forestry specialist Randy Schindle. “Pruning in the winter is less risky to tree health, and it’s a good way to get some outdoor exercise and stay warm.” The reason for wintertime pruning is simple—it minimizes the risk that an open wound could invite decay or insects that carry oak wilt or Dutch elm disease—according to DNR forestry outreach specialist Jennifer Teegarden. “In the spring and summer, tree sap from open wounds can attract insects that carry oak wilt and Dutch elm disease. The moisture from the sap in a fresh wound can also encourage decay,” Teegarden said. “Another consideration is that when trees lose sap, they lose energy to grow in the spring. Winter pruning reduces sap flow from a wound.” Winter pruning also allows the wound time to dry out before the sap runs and insects become active. “Much

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