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Hometown News

February 27, 2014

Grey Eagle, Burtrum, St. Rosa, Freeport, Upsala, Albany, Holdingford, St. Anna, Avon, Swanville, Melrose

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Integrity needs no rules -By Harvey Mackay

When Janet looked at her pay stub, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that her company had deposited more than her normal wages into her bank account. However, on the next payday, her paycheck was significantly less than what it should have been, and she went to her boss to complain. “I’m curious,” her boss said, “Why didn’t you say anything when we overpaid you the other week?” Janet responded: “I was willing to overlook one mistake, but two is pushing it.” Integrity: either you have it or you don’t. It’s not something that you can have one day and not the next. It should be a constant in your life, like brushing your teeth. I was invited to speak at the third annual Integrity Summit in Phoenix. Its mission is to significantly increase the integrity quotient in organizations and across the marketplace. The annual event was co-founded by Jerry Colangelo and Gregg Ostro, who also created the Integrity Business Institute for whom I’m a special adviser. Integrity Summit 2013’s theme of Inspiring Individual Integrity to Win could not have come at a more critical time. It seems the anti-heroes – those doing wrong – versus the heroes, who do

right, are being promoted and celebrated in America all too often. Too many messages in the media and across society seem to say that getting what you want – regardless of the means – is just fine. Well, it isn’t. You know that and I know that and so must our employees and job applicants. Cheree McAlpine, chief compliance officer for Avnet, the world’s largest computer parts supplier and a founding sponsor of the Integrity Summit, said: “Our ability to impact change, drive strategy and our ability to lead are all based on integrity. Integrity is not that complicated. It’s not academic. It’s actually quite simple. It’s the lessons we have learned to do the right thing; to stand for what we believe in.” Integrity begins at the top. As leaders we must set the example – that alone inspires our employees to do right. We must live by it in all we do, starting in the corner offices and promoted and expected throughout the organization, ensuring integrity is first and foremost in our decision-making. Enduring leaders know that the numbers will be better if integrity is not optional. Peter Fine, CEO of event sponsor Banner Health, said: “If you’re going to be an organization of integrity, you have to communicate what that means to employees on an ongoing basis. The integrity of our employees is the very best selling tool.” I think it’s smart business to recognize acts of integrity and celebrate and reward them in organizations just as much or more than financial achievements or increased efficiencies or even a brilliant idea are rewarded. Make

no mistake, when employees understand that management requires integrity, it will become the norm. Russ Johnson, CEO of Merchants Information Solutions, also a founding sponsor of this event, has a remarkable job applicant integrity test of which I’m a huge fan and a consultant. We use it at MackayMitchell Envelope Company. It screens out the bad apples who are workcomp abusers, commit fraud, steal, are hostile and so on. It also reduces work comp rates, as well as worker turnover and unemployment payouts. The test takes 15 minutes, is in 21 languages and costs $20 or less. The test is available Here’s an example of what integrity looks like: Tom, a hotel worker could not afford a computer for his son who desperately needed one for school. At the end of a hotel event with everyone gone, Tom discovered a laptop had been left behind. He waited awhile, and no one came back. Was this the computer he so needed for his son? No one would know he took it. No cameras were in the area, and no other workers were around. Tom knew it was Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 • Swanville Elementary School Kindergarten Roundup from 8:30-11:15 a.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Membership Meeting at 11 a.m. at the Center. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Potluck/ Bingo Party at 5 p.m. at the Center. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 • Albany Area Schools’ Kindergarten

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 • Bingo at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church basement, Melrose. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall. BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at

7 p.m. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE SENIORS • Exercise Classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grey Eagle Senior Center. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. ST. ROSA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building. SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL • First Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Birth Announcements Brooklyn Rae Welinski

Matt and Abby Welinski of Sauk Rapids would like to announce the birth of daughter, Brooklyn Rae Welinski, on January 28th, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Brooklyn weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Grandparents are John and Donna Welinski of Upsala and Steve and Patsy Posch of Sauk Rapids.

Emma Jo Servatius

Craig and Jennifer Servatius of Upsala are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Jo Servatius, born February 14, 2014 at 8:38 a.m. Emma weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Welcoming Emma home is her brother, Owen and her sister, Avery. Grandparents are Randy and Judy Servatius of Melrose and Mike and Sandy Brockway of Burtrum.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 wrong to steal, but isn’t helping your son a good and righteous thing? He decided to take the computer. As he went to grab it, his values and his boss’s words about always doing what’s right kicked in. Tom turned in the computer to his boss. Later that day, Tom received a $1,000 check from the executive who owned the laptop, plus he was promoted to supervisor. Tom’s son had a new computer that night. Mackay’s Moral: Only those on the

level can climb the highest peaks. 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.”

Birthday Open House Alphonse Kunstleben

A surprise party for the 70th birthday of Alphonse Kunstleben will be held Sunday, March 2, at the Kunstleben family farm at 33566 Sand Lake Rd. south of Albany.

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The family of Esther Pfaff would like to thank everyone who had a part in celebrating with us. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in cards and gifts for masses and memorials. A very special thank you to Father Ron for the beautiful mass, also the ladies for the special music. We really appreciated Gary Sufka for the nice eulogy and readings. Thank you to the ladies who put on a wonderful lunch. Thank you also to the Brenny Funeral Home. Thank you so much to the Hospice staff for helping her in her final days.

Family of Esther Pfaff

I would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Long Prairie CentraCare for the wonderful care they provided for me during my back problems. As well, I would like to thank the Grey Eagle Rescue Squad, the Long Prairie Ambulance Service, and the neighbors and friends who have helped me. The prayers, gifts, phone calls, food and well-wishes were also sincerely appreciated. Finally, thank you to my family - they have been wonderful! I am on the mend. Thanks for being here for me.

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Esther Pauline Pfaff

Obituaries Barbara M. Breth

Barbara M. Breth, age 91 of St. Francis, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis with Rev. John Odero officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Barbara M. Berscheid was born May 27, 1922 in Krain Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to George and Theresa (Buchholz) Berscheid. She was united in marriage to Werner Breth on May 18, 1948 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. After marriage, the couple farmed near St. Francis until 2008 when they moved to Albany. Barbara was a lifelong member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St.

Francis where she was a member of the Sewing Circle and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting, visiting and spending time with family. She knew no stranger. Survivors include her children, Glen (Irene) Breth of Albany, Thomas (Joan) Breth of St. Joseph, Donald (Susan) Breth of Bowlus, Joan (Gary) Rademacher of Holdingford, Ray (Janice) Breth of Royalton, and Carol (Claude) Reimche of Yucaipa, CA; daughter-in-law, Martha Breth of Holdingford; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild; and sister, Hildegard Nelson of Milaca. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Werner Breth on March 7, 2012; infant sons, Gerald and George Breth; son David Breth; brothers, Ray and Elmer Berscheid; and sister, Alvina Meier. Casket bearers were Joe Breth, Matt Breth, Ross Breth, Chris Breth, Tony Breth, Clint Rademacher, and Adam Rademacher. Cross bearer was Emma Goerger. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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E s t h e r Pauline Pfaff, 84, of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully at Sauk Centre Hospital on February 20, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 22 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Interment took place at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery near Camp Ripley at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 24, 2014. Esther was born January 26, 1930, in Flensburg, the daughter of Steve and Pauline (Kedrowski) Yanta. Following her marriage to Glen Pfaff on October 24, 1953, the couple made their home in Columbia Heights before purchasing a farm in Stanchfield and later a Resort in Isle. They also owned a liquor store in Nelson, WI. In addition to help run the

family business, Esther worked at the Brainerd Hospital, St. Cloud Hospital, Munsingwear, and Sunshine Biscuit. The couple enjoyed heading south for the winters; spending time in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In 1989, they purchased a home in Alamo, TX and the following year they bought a home on Swan Lake. They were able to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this past October. Esther was a spirited, devout Christian who cared deeply for her family and friends. She loved music, traveling, playing cards and going to the casino. She also liked to cook and bake for her family. She will be missed by many and is survived by her husband, Glen; children, Nancy (John) Woods, of Richmond, Mark, of Isle and Paul (Cynthia), of Isle; grandchildren, Christa, Jessica, Colt, Nicholas, and Steffan; greatgrandchildren, Neveah, Tyler, Peyton, Colten, Carter, and Tenley; and brother, Clarence Yanta. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joy; parents, Steve and Pauline; and brothers, Henry, Richard, and Frank.

Eleanor E. Schwieters Eleanor E. Schwieters, age 92, of Melrose, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the CentraCare Pine Haven in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Eleanor Elizabeth Walz was born May 7, 1921 in Elrosa, Minnesota to Carl and Gertrude (Woeste) Walz. She was united in marriage to Norbert Schwieters on October 22, 1940 at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. The couple farmed near Padua for 41 years; retiring in 1984. Since then, Eleanor has resided in Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Christian

Mothers, and the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters. Survivors include her children, Jan Schwieters Baltes of Melrose, Joan (Allen) Otterness of St. Cloud, Robert (Carol) Schwieters of Rosemount, Linda (Harold) Borgmann of Sauk Centre, Diane (Scott) Jacobson of Brooten, and Mary Jane (Tom) Kowal of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 18 step-greatgrandchildren, and two great-greatstep-grandchildren; sisters, Marion (Henry) Evens of Sauk Centre and Roni Ebensteiner of Chaska; brother, Melvin (Arlene) Walz of Zimmerman; sisters-inlaw, Erma Walz of Melrose and Olivia Schwieters of Melrose. Eleanor was in preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Schwieters on May 2, 1998; parents, Carl and Gertrude Walz; step-mother, Ann Walz; brothers, Ervin, Norbert, and Virgil Walz; sister, Donna Spaeth; sisters-in-law, Ione and Kathleen Walz; brothers-in-law, Jack Ebensteiner and LeRoy Spaeth.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, I know you hate payday loan companies. Do you feel the same way about check-cashing companies? -Brian Dear Brian, C h e c k c a s h i n g companies are not a good deal, but they’re nowhere near as bad as payday lenders. All check-cashing businesses do is charge a fee to cash a check. Honestly, it’s kind of silly to me that places like this can make money when all you have to do is walk into a bank and open an account. But there’s a percentage of our population that people in financial circles call “unbanked.” This means they avoid banks for whatever reason, but in the process they leave themselves susceptible to bad deals like this. So I don’t feel the same way about check-cashing companies as I do about payday lenders. It’s still not a financially smart move to pay a storefront operation a fee just to cash a check, but these businesses aren’t nearly as abusive as payday lenders. -Dave Dear Dave, My 6-year old son has saved up $400. He said he wants to buy a motorcycle with it someday, but he recently changed his mind and wants to buy a computer tablet. Is it okay for him to change his mind like this, and how should I handle things? -Christina Dear Christina, I’m not really concerned whether it’s a motorcycle or a tablet, especially if he’s saved his own money. I think the big thing we’re looking for in all this is a teachable moment. Certainly regret is a concern, especially with a kid so young. But the reality is that neither the decision nor the possible regret afterward will ruin his

life. If you talk to him and try to advise him beforehand, and he gets upset later because he feels like he made the wrong choice, it gives you the opportunity to step in and gently say, “I’m sorry you think you made a bad choice, but that’s why I wanted you to really think about it first. You had a chance to listen to mom’s wisdom and didn’t. I’m sorry you feel sad now, but I want you to remember it and learn something from this bad decision.” It’s a process of controlled pain and natural consequences. One of my daughters did something similar years ago when we went to an amusement park. All the kids had a set amount of money for the day, and we warned them not to spend it too soon. She turned around and blew all her money on carnival games, then she spent the rest of the day whining while her brother and sister rode the rides and had lots of fun. We didn’t give her any more money, but a controlled amount of pain taught her some valuable lessons that day. She learned to listen to her mom and dad, she learned that carnival games are a rip-off, and she learned to control herself a little bit and think things through. Allowing kids the emotional dignity of making some decisions for themselves is vitally important. You just have to make sure this liberty is supervised and comes with parental warnings and protections. Just because they saved the money doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. It still has to be used in a way that you, as a parent, are comfortable with and deem appropriate. There will be some natural tension in the process, but it’s a great way to teach kids about money, decision making, maturity and life choices! -Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at

Upsala Kindergarten Roundup planned

Upsala Elementary School will be holding its annual Kindergarten Roundup on Friday, March 7, 2014. Registration for the class of 2027 will begin at 8:15 a.m., for all children who are interested in attending kindergarten at Upsala Elementary School starting in the fall of 2014. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization record when they come on this day. Kindergarten Roundup is for both parents and children and will run from

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CMCU to host free home buying seminars Central Minnesota Credit Union will host free home buying seminars this spring to help potential buyers become better informed. CMCU mortgage lenders will discuss the process of obtaining pre-approval, how to evaluate your credit, finding the right home and much more. The public is invited to attend and seminars will be held in the following locations: • Monday, March 10th, 7 pm at CMCU’s Sauk Centre Branch • Monday, March 10th, 5:30 pm at CMCU’s Perham Branch • Tuesday, March 11th, 7 pm at CMCU’s Albany Branch • Tuesday, March 11th, 6 pm at CMCU’s Long Prairie Branch • Tuesday, March 11th, 6 pm at CMCU’s Little Falls Branch • Thursday, March 13th, 7 pm at CMCU’s St. Joseph Branch • Monday, March 17th, 7 pm at the Upsala High School • Monday, March 17th, 6 pm at CMCU’s Moorhead Branch • Tuesday, March 18th, 6 pm at CMCU’s Wadena Branch • Saturday, April 5th, 9 am at CMCU’s Paynesville Branch • Thursday, April 24th, 6 pm at the Willmar Public Library Space is limited. You can reserve a seat today by signing up online at CMCU is an equal housing lender.

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Swanville Kindergarten Roundup

Swanville Elementary School is planning their Kindergarten Roundup on Wednesday, March 12 from 8:30-11:15 a.m. for families who have children entering Kindergarten next Fall. Parents are to bring the child’s immunization forms along. We are very excited to again offer All-Day, Every-Day Kindergarten next year! Please contact our school office at 320-547-5100 to register your child.

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Minnesota Through The Lens:

Students in Mr. Gapinski’s and Mrs. Bjorge’s classes at Swanville Elementary recognized Presidents’ Day by presenting a Presidential Wax Museum to the school, staff, and parents. The students were responsible for researching a President, creating a display board, dressing like their President and had to give a presentation when prompted. The students are (front, from left) Cooper Thieschafer, Shane Lambrecht, Austin Hollerman, Lauren Miller, Aliana Pechan, Logan Leyendecker, Eusebio Juarez, Reese Johannes, Zaidee Lundeen; (2nd row) Tucker Hedin, Lucas Miller, Tyler Bartkowitz, Haley Kircher, Alexis Hand, Andrew Notermann, Lucas Kizer, Gracie VanHeel, Tyler Czech, Amelia Hudalla; (3rd row) Nathan LeBrun, Daniel Vikhtinski, Samuel Primus, Gavin Hasse, Aiden Shattuck, Jasper Terwey, Blake Crandell, Riley Johannes, Christina Fiedler, Kendel Hagen, Brett Schneider; (4th row) Alex Kraker, Marvin Pechan, Parker Schultz, Beau Thoma, Emily Carrillo Ledesma, Kaleb Kurtz, Zachary Wimmer, Ethan Jacobson, Courtney Och, Nicholas Kedrowski and Gavin Moyle. Not pictured: Ava Anderson.

Winners Named for the Upsala Community Variety Show

Best of Show winners, “The Out of Towners Band”. Pictured (from left) Paul Jensen, Paul Ripplinger, Aidan Guthrie, Josh Knudtson and Glory Knudtson. By Bill Abeler There were many “winners” in the Upsala Community Variety Show VI held Sunday, February 23 in the Upsala School Auditorium, including the two large audiences that took in the matinee and evening shows. The only “losers” were those who missed the entertaining two-hour spectacular that showcased twenty samples of Upsala’s “finest and funnest.” Singing a pair of Johnny Cash’s most popular tunes, the “The Out of Towners Band” was the overwhelming crowd favorite in winning “Best of Show” honors and the $100 first place prize. “Folsom Prison Blues,” as sung by junior Aidan Guthrie (guitar), was

the big hit. Rounding out the band were Paul Jensen (guitar), junior Paul Ripplinger (drums), Josh Knudtson (banjo/ vocal), Glory Knudtson (bass fiddle), Denise Cheney (trumpet) and senior Kaelin Smieja (trumpet). In a close vote for second place, the audience chose the Douvier family, as father Mark (guitar/vocal) joined daughter Margaux (vocal) and son Gabe (bass guitar) in performing “Iris,” an alternative rock song made famous by the Goo Goo Dolls. Third place was awarded to third grader Hannah Luedtke and fifthgrader Paige Binek, who played guitars and sang a bright rendition of “Sweet Home, Minnesota!” Only nine votes separated the next

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three spots. Fourth place went to Paul Ripplinger, who performed the Variety Show’s first ever drum solo. In a virtual tie for fifth and sixth were two pianists from the DJ Prom family. Rachel, a freshman, played Yimura’s “River Flows In You” while her sixth grade brother, Collin, performed “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar. The balance of Sweet music was the program brought and Paige Binek even more variety Minnesota!” to the Show, including high-energy performances from the Upsala High School Dance Team and two elementary dance teams. Three families, the Knudtsons, Swansons, and VanHeels, combined for bluegrass renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “I Can’t Even Grow a Beard,” a hilarious Duck Dynasty tribute. American’s favorite pastime was showcased first with Joe Schumer’s recitation of “Casey at the Bat” and later in a fun adaptation of “Who’s On First” by Leonice Prokott and Pam Schoon. Two additional routines demonstrated the beauty of the saxophone. Curtis and Jenna Robertson joined Denise Cheney in performing Phil Buttall’s “The Lone Arranger” and Terry and Isaiah Wardlaw combined for a father-son medley of “Saxophone Fun.” Hosted by Camp Lebanon’s Bill Abeler and Pastor Craig Johnson of Community Covenant Church, the show was not without a lighter side, including a round of “Gorilla Gets the Man,” a camp version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Filling out the program were the insertions of three video productions produced by 2013 Upsala graduate, Matthew Abeler, including “Ghetto Wagon,” “Pass the Salt,” and “Top 5 Annoying Things about Girls.” Proceeds from ticket sales, bake sale, and floats topped $2500, making winners of the Upsala High School band who will use the funds to underwrite

performed by Hannah Luedtke (left) (right) as they sang, “Sweet Home, their spring trip to Orlando, Florida set for March 26-April 1. The band closed out the Show with a rousing version of “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin and the Upsala Fight Song (“Minnesota Rouser”). The Show’s ultimate winner was the Upsala community, which once again came together to celebrate a delightful combination of creative talent, root beer floats, and good will.

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STRANGE BREED by Steve Langille

Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Back at Capitol for New Session

State Rep. Paul Anderson joined 133 other Minnesota House members in returning to the Capitol to launch the 2014 legislative session Tuesday. One of the first things the House did upon convening was to bipartisanly pass $20 million in additional heating assistance to help ease the pain of an ongoing propane supply shortage. “This is a serious issue, so I am pleased we were able to provide some relief right away this session,” said Anderson, who is authoring legislation to increase propane storage capacity in our state to mitigate future supply shortages. “It appears propane prices are coming down but, with the cold weather continuing, we are not out of the woods just yet.” This is not a budget year in the Legislature - that happens in odd-numbered years - but Anderson said the House still faces many important issues this year. One of the top items he said will be up for discussion this year is a capital investment bonding bill to pay for projects all across the state. Gov. Mark Dayton


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Thought for the week:

Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom. -Tim Allen

Area student named to Dean’s List

Jesse Lucien Womack of Albany was named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Deans’ List/Honor Roll for the fall semester of the 201314 academic year. Womack is a junior philosophy major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Qualification for the Dean’s List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Honor Roll for undeclared students in Explore Center and pre-professional programs. Listed below are the minimum grade-point averages on a 4-point scale (4.0 equals A) for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a minimum of 12 or more graded semester hours. Students can be on the Dean’s List for more than one college.

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Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the world’s greatest novelists and story tellers. He wrote one of the most interesting, compelling and hearttouching stories of all time: “A Christmas Carol.” However, there is an interesting story that has been told about him. Whenever he left his home to travel or spend the night with friends, he would take his compass with him. After looking at his compass and before he retired for the night, he would always turn the head of his bed to the north. He believed that he would sleep more comfortably with his bed in that position. David had his own routine for falling asleep. He said, “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you O Lord, will keep me safe!” The important word in this verse of Scripture is peace. David did not say that he would lie down and sleep in peace. Rather, the peace that he experienced in his heart is what enabled him to sleep. But where does this peace come from? For David it came from the Lord. David said that God gave him a greater joy than those who had experienced abundant harvests. The joy and gladness that David experienced in his heart came from his relationship with God. We will never find joy, gladness or peace if we seek them for selfish reasons. But they will fill the life of a Christian if we meet with Him in prayer, seek Him in His Word and worship Him with all of our heart.

Hometown News • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 9

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Stock 0-500 Chris Gottschalk, Camp Ripley MN 83.4 Debbie Hayes, Hillman MN 77.7 Stock 0-600 fan Lisa Domeier, New Ulm MN 80.1 Ron Bray, Anoka MN 77.8 Stock 501-600 Ron Bray, Anoka MN 108.1 Jeremy Reid, Harris MN 105.4 Stock 601-700 Jeremy Reid, Harris MN 111.5 Mike Welling, Waite Park MN 101.6 Stock 701-800 Harvey Otremba, Wyoming MN 116.2 Ron Bray, Anoka MN 111.1 Stock 801-900 Chris Hoff, Fergus Falls MN 114.3 Jason Mullenix, Pillager MN 97.2 Stock 901 & up Alex Hayes, Hillman MN 103.3 Jim Becker, Long Prairie MN 96.0 Improved Stock 0-500 Lee Imdieke, Sauk Centre MN 91.0 Improved Stock 0-600 fan Tracy Rosenow, Grey Eagle MN 73.3 Improved Stock 501-600 Nick Kapsner, Foley MN 103.5 Bob Squires, Brainerd MN 101.7 Improved Stock 601-700 John Jacklitch, Motley MN 119.6 Dragon Racing, Fort Ripley MN 119.2 Improved Stock 701-800 Harvey Otremba, Wyoming MN 124.0 John Jacklitch, Motley MN 123.1 Improved Stock 801-900 Jim Becker, Long Prairie MN 90.7 Improved Stock 901 & up John Stevens, Pine City MN 127.6 Modified 0-500 Greg Christianson, St Paul MN 130.1 Ed Engstrom, Alexandria MN 116.3 Modified 501-600 Lisa Domeier, New Ulm MN 126.6 Daren Myren, Alexandria MN 123.8 Modified 601-700 Dragon Racing, Fort Ripley MN 130.3 Jeremy Becker, Long Prairie MN 93.5 Modified 701-800 Rick Shellbach, Rush City MN 134.4 Mike Welling, Waite Park MN 131.5.1 Modified 801-900 Rick Schellbach, Rush City MN 135.8 Modified 901 & up Vern Engstrom, Kensington MN 158.0 Mike Martin, Galesburg, IL 157.1 Motorcycle Keith Nohner, Grey Eagle, MN 91.0 4 Wheeler Ryan Opatz, St Anna MN 70.7 Travis Traut, St Stephen MN 67.9

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Vintage 0-340 Greg Maaninga, Menahga MN Lisa Domeier, New Ulm MN Vintage 440-500 Liquid Aaron Johnson, Brainerd MN Vintage 0-500 Fan Lisa Domeier, New Ulm MN Vintage 501-600 Lisa Domeier, New Ulm MN Rober Simota, Litchfield MN Vintage 601 & Up Brent Kollmann, New Ulm MN Aaron Johnson, Brainerd MN Snow Track Don Hayes, Hillman MN Adam Klinkner, St Francis MN Dave Borchert, Grey Eagle MN

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Burnhamville Township Residents Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Officers March 11, 2014

Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Burnhamville Township, County of Todd, and State of Minnesota, that the Election of Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Burtrum Community Center. The election hours will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Offices to be voted on include: One supervisor for a three year term and One clerk for a two year term. The Annual Meeting will begin at 8:20 p.m. to conduct all necessary business. The Board of Canvas will be held after the meeting. In case of inclement weather the election and meeting will be held March 18, 2014, same time and place. Shirley Hulinsky, Clerk

February 20: Upsala 71 • LPGE 58 Name Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Brooke Westrich 7 3 0 2 Kendra Lange 0 1 0 0 Katlin Welinski 23 10 1 1 Katie Ripplinger 5 4 0 4 Danica Cheney 4 4 0 1 Kristen Wuebkers 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 13 5 0 4 Jessie Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 Kiley Smieja 3 5 0 3 Mariah Prokott 3 3 0 0 Lacey Brezinka 0 0 0 0 Alyssa Kulla 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 13 5 1 3 February 21: Upsala 59 • Pillager 53 Name Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Brooke Westrich 13 4 0 5 Kendra Lange 0 0 0 0 Katlin Welinski 17 6 1 3 Katie Ripplinger 4 3 0 4 Danica Cheney 5 2 1 0 Kristen Wuebkers 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 9 2 0 5 Jessie Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 Kiley Smieja 4 3 0 2 Mariah Prokott 5 4 0 2 Lacey Brezinka 0 0 0 0 Alyssa Kulla 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 2 0 0 1 February 24: Upsala 61 • Browerville 81 Name Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Brooke Westrich 17 12 0 2 Kendra Lange 0 0 0 0 Katlin Welinski 8 5 1 1 Katie Ripplinger 0 7 0 3 Danica Cheney 2 1 0 1 Kristen Wuebkers 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 10 3 1 0 Jessie Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 Kiley Smieja 6 4 0 0 Mariah Prokott 3 5 0 0 Lacey Brezinka 0 0 0 0 Alyssa Kulla 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 15 5 0 0 February 25: Upsala 75 • Onamia 44 Name Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Brooke Westrich 3 11 0 4 Kendra Lange 8 7 0 1 Katlin Welinski 14 3 0 0 Katie Ripplinger 8 3 0 5 Danica Cheney 4 2 0 2 Kristen Wuebkers 3 0 0 1 Sara Herzog 15 0 0 6 Jessie Evoniuk 0 0 0 1 Kiley Smieja 2 3 0 2 Mariah Prokott 6 6 0 0 Lacey Brezinka 2 5 2 0 Alyssa Kulla 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 10 1 1 0

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Notice is given to residents of Grey Eagle Township, Todd County, that the Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed to the third Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The Annual Meeting will be held at 8:00 PM to conduct any necessary business prescribed by law. The Annual Meeting will be held at The Grey Eagle Town Hall, 212 East State Street, Grey Eagle, Minnesota. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk, Grey Eagle Township

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Dining Menus: March 3-7 Albany Senior

MON., MAR. 3: Country fried steak, whipped potatoes, gravy, cinnamon carrots, fruit cocktail. TUE., MAR. 4: Meatballs w/tomato sauce, rice, steamed cabbage, pears, molasses cookie. WED., MAR. 5: Salmon or meatloaf, baked potato, creamed peas, coconut pie. THUR., MAR. 6: BBQ riblet, au gratin potatoes, vegetable medley, corn bread muffin w/honey, apricots. FRI., MAR. 7: Tuna noodle casserole or goulash, green beans, fruit compote, chocolate mousse. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., MAR. 3: Cashew chicken & broccoli, rice, mandarin almond salad, fruit cocktail. TUE., MAR. 4: Club sandwich, minestrone soup, cucumber slices, molasses cookie.

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WED., MAR. 5: No menu. THUR., MAR. 6: Taco salad, black bean salad, dinner roll, pears. FRI., MAR. 7: No menu. * Bread and skim milk served with each meal.

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MON., MAR. 3: Chicken, tater tots, Calif. vegetables, dessert bar. TUE., MAR. 4: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, stewed tomatoes, cake. WED., MAR. 5: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, garden salad, breadstick, applesauce. THUR., MAR. 6: Potato soup, egg salad sandwich, vanilla fruit salad. FRI., MAR. 7: Hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, fruit. * Bread and skim milk served with each meal. Call by 10 a.m., dine at 11:30 a.m.

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Attendees will learn how to: set realistic goals for staying active; stay safe at home; increase strength and balance; and identify and control your fear of falling. Classes are led by Mackensey Stang, Injury Prevention Specialist, St. Cloud Hospital and Tom Jacobs, RSVP volunteer. For more information or to register, call 320-251-2700, ext. 53807. Class size is limited to 12-14 participants per session. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Trauma Services.

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Albany Library • 320-845-4843 Pages of Music Concert: Wednesday, March 5, 5-6:30 p.m. for adults. The venue has changed and will take place at the Albany Library. Rolf Erdahl on double bass and Carrie Vecchione on oboe, who perform a repertoire influenced by ethnic folk songs, dances and jazz. Grey Eagle Library • 320-285-2505 Straw Bale Gardening: Wednesday, March 12, 7-8:00 p.m. for teens and adults. Joel Karsten, author of “Straw Bale Gardens,” will give a presentation and talk about growing vegetables and flower gardens directly in conditioned straw bales. Karsten will describe how to use this method to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, and without weeding or ever lifting a shovel. Figure Drawing: Friday, March 14, 4-5:30 p.m. for ages 10-18. Artist Shayann Hoffer will provide instruction on the fundamentals of figure drawing, and how to create interesting characters. The workshop will also explore manga and other popular cartoon styles. Participants may bring ideas and personal work to share. Upsala Library • 320-573-4282 Book Club: Wednesday, March 12, 7-8:00 p.m. for adults. Each month a new title is chosen by the group for the following month’s discussion. Check at the library for a copy of the book and additional club information. World Poetry Day Event: Friday, March 21, 7-8:00 p.m. for adults. Featuring Author, Laura Hanson, owner of Bookin’ It bookshop in Little Falls, recently received ten awards for her poetry at the League of Minnesota Poets fall conference.

Please join us for our 13th annual Upsala High School Book Fair beginning Monday, March 4, during Parent Teacher Conferences. The Fair will run from Monday, March 4 through Monday, March 11 and will be open weekdays after school until 8:00 p.m., in the Upsala School Commons. The event raises funds to purchase books for the Cardinal Media Center at Upsala High School. In celebration of Kindergarten roundup we will be carrying a supply of early readers and be open for parents from 11:15-12:30 on March 7. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be coming to the Elementary lunch to remind everyone to stop by the fair and for photos. He is celebrating his 50th Birthday this year!

The fair will feature popular titles for kids as well as parents. We carry a large variety of cookbooks too! The fair will participate in the All for Books, a Scholastic program that allows all funds donated to stay at Upsala while giving the corresponding amount in books to national literacy initiatives. If you can’t make it to the fair or would like more selection, please consider buying from our online fair at The online fair is open 24/7 from February 27-March 19. Online fair purchases are delivered to the school and sent home with your child. The Book Fair will get everyone excited about reading. Unleash the power of reading!

Grace Alive! Church moving to new location Grace Alive! Church is on the move! But they didn’t move far, just to the north side of I-94 in Albany. Sunday worship services are still at 10:00 a.m. Small groups meet in homes, restaurants, or at the parks for community fellowship and Bible-to-Life interaction.

If you’re coming off the highway, turn north into Albany. At the stop sign just go straight three more blocks and it will be on the Right on the corner of 8th Street and Lake Avenue. For more information to go www.

Social Security: Strategize to Maximize Workshop set for March 4 Are you considering signing up for Social Security? Did you know that there are hundreds of options associated with your Social Security retirement benefits? Come and explore how to sort through the choices. Join us at the Little Falls Senior Center, 510 7th St. NE, on

Tuesday, March 4th at 2:30 p.m., and again, at 4:30 p.m. Help ensure the decisions you make are ones you can live with - for the rest of your life. No products will be sold at this event. For questions, contact Carlyle Olsen at 320-632-1655.

Upsala Carnival Melts Goals

The Eleventh Bi-Annual Upsala Elementary Carnival brought hundreds of parents and kids to the Upsala Area School gym for food, fun and excitement. “The total funds raised far exceeded our goals,” enthused Desiree Bengsten, coordinator of the 2014 event. The Upsala

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Central MN Tea Party Patriots meeting

Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriots will be meeting on Monday, March 10th, with social time at 6:00 p.m., meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Browerville. We are delighted to have Todd Kuikka from the Veteran’s Community in Sauk Centre called Eagle’s Healing Nest. They are doing great things out there for Veterans who are having a hard time integrating into society. The other topic will be “The Case

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Against Case Law: Is Our Legal System Really Legal?” This really goes into what our students are learning in college and is also a good preface for next month’s meeting when we will have a speaker on Church and State. Deep thinking and interesting! Share this information with your conservative friends and encourage them to attend with you.


Join other avid genealogists at the Stearns History Museum on Tuesday, March 4th from 10-11:00 a.m. for an indepth instructional webinar on Ancestry. com. Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives will be the presenter. is one of the top genealogical websites. Its collections, databases, and tools provide helpful assistance in everyone’s genealogical research. This presentation will provide a tour of the site, the various subscriptions including the Library Edition (available in the Research Center at the Stearns History Museum), how to search the collections and how you can use sites like this to organize your research. Lori will also explain how fits into the online genealogical community. There will be information for all levels of genealogical expertise. RSVP is required and space is limited. About the Presenter: Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, one of the top five genealogical libraries in North America, since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on genealogical topics for over 25 years and has been researching family history for over 35 years. Please RSVP to Sarah Warmka, Stearns History Museum Archivist, 320.253.8424 or by email swarmka@ Feel free to contact Sarah with any questions or for more details.

Kresha, Minnesota House Vote to approve LIHEAP Funding increase On the first day of the 2014 legislative session, the House voted 133-0 to approve $20 million in additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which was scheduled to run out of funding on March 1st, 2014. The program has been under strain this winter due to unusually cold conditions and a propane shortage that caused a dramatic price spike. “I’m pleased to have joined my colleagues in unanimously approving additional funding to give peace of mind to Minnesota families feeling the effect of this unusually cold winter,” Rep.

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