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Courtesy at work: Your colleagues will thank you By Harvey Mackay Most of us work with relatively sane people who try to behave during the eight hours or so that they’re in the office. And we attempt to do the right things and avoid offending our co-workers as

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well. But some people just don’t get it. As part of a survey on workplace etiquette, the Robert Half organization asked employees to share some of the most outrageous workplace scenes they’d witnessed or heard about. Here are some of the “winners” - although I would more accurately call them losers: • “A employee fell asleep at her desk and another team member took a picture of her snoozing and sent it to the boss.” • “Someone was stealing other people’s lunches from the lounge area.” • “A colleague purposely sneezed in the boss’s coffee cup.” • “After asking me a question, a coworker talked excessively for 30 minutes without letting me get in one word.” • “I once heard an employee screaming at a customer.” • “Someone thought he put a customer on hold and then used inappropriate language within earshot.” • “Employees were walking around

the office barefoot.” • “A person took a cell phone into the restroom while still talking.” Don’t join this club. Studies have shown that rude behavior at work hurts productivity, job commitment, job retention, morale and working relationships. Even worse, it threatens the health and well-being of employees. The word “courtesy” literally means “the way of the court.” This means acting like you would in the king’s court. Displaying the same actions and attitudes appropriate in the presence of royalty is a good guide for all of our everyday dealings with others. Because when you treat others better than they are accustomed to being treated, their response is almost always positive. Here are ten simple tips for proper -- and more productive -- workplace behavior: • Watch your language. Crude language, naughty jokes and insensitive comments don’t belong in the workplace. If you question whether something is safe to say, it probably isn’t. • Don’t criticize or complain in public. Trashing a colleague, customer or boss where others can hear makes you look petty and unprofessional. If you

have a problem, deal with it in private. • Stay cool. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and control your emotions before responding to a difficult coworker or an annoying situation. If you gain a reputation for losing your temper, few people will want to work with you. • Use technology appropriately. While email helps avoid face-to-face confrontations, it’s still important to maintain a civil tone in your communications. Think twice before you hit the send button, and use the “reply all” feature sparingly. Make sure the recipient of your forwarded jokes, recipes or celebrity gossip really welcomes that computer clutter. • Respond as promptly as possible to requests and questions. Making coworkers wait for answers unnecessarily disrupts their schedules. If someone is Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events FEBRUARY 9 • American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. FEBRUARY 11 • Lake Henry Legion & Auxiliary Sweetheart Dinner & Dance from 5-9:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 12 • Upsala Elementary Winter Carnival from 2-5 p.m. at the Upsala School. See ad on page 5. • Albany Legion Breakfast from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Church of Seven Dolors Parish Hall, Albany. FEBRUARY 15 • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 9. • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Membership Meeting at 11:00 a.m. at the Center. FEBRUARY 18-19 • Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions Race on Trace, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 12.

FEBRUARY 19 • New Munich Youth Group Valentine Brunch from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Munich Church basement. • Quilt Bingo at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala.

FEBRUARY 21 • Community Builders Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. at Shipwrex. FEBRUARY 24 • Freeport Youth Group Lenten Fish Fry from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. FEBRUARY 25 • Sobieski & Swanville Lions Clubs 19th Annual Fishing Contest starting at 12noon on Long Lake, Swanville. See ad on page 9. • Upsala Cooperative Telephone Assoc. Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. at the Upsala School auditorium. FEBRUARY 26 • St. Francis Matching Grant Breakfast from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church basement. MARCH 3 • Grace Alive Church Community Chili Cook Off from 4-7 p.m. at the Albany Community Center. MARCH 10 • Todd County Master Gardeners Garden Day from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Long Prairie. 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 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

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Mitchell Schumann and Natasha Wenzel of Long Prairie are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jazlyn Amber-Marie Schumann, born January 29, 2012 at 8:05 p.m. at CentraCare Health System, Long Prairie. Jazlyn weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents are Brian and Dorothy Weekley and Sandra Schumann.

The Family of Marcella Frericks would like to express our deepest appreciation to all relatives, friends and neighbors who have supported us during the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Our family was given love and encouragement with all the food, gifts, cards, flowers and hugs. It was wonderful to see how many lives Marcella has touched. Our hearts go out to Dr. Beretta and staff at the Melrose Centra Care Facilities for the wonderful care she received. To Deacon Ernie for the heart warming prayers and Mrs. Don (Deb) Hellermann and Mrs. Dale (Deb) Hellermann for their many acts of kindness during the wake service. Father Ken, Dawn Carrillo and the Resurrection Choir for the beautiful service along with the lunch group for the delicious meal served. Also, Mark and the staff at the Patton Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose for their comfort and support.

Kristina and Brian Weyer of Albany are proud to announce the birth of their son born February 4, 2012 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 relying on you for information, be cooperative. • Minimize interruptions to others. Ask “May I interrupt you?” or “Is this a convenient time for a question?” And if someone barges into your office when you are especially busy, politely ask when you can get back to them. • Leave a signed note when leaving something on a co-worker’s desk. Leave a note when borrowing items too. Be sure to return items when you finish with them. • Be aware of the workloads of other staff. Remember, just because it’s a priority for you doesn’t mean it’s a priority for others. And when you have a lull in your schedule, the person in the next cubicle may have just been assigned a major project. • Remember to say “please” and

“thank you.” So basic, but so important. • Respect each other. Leave paper in the copy machine. Clean up after yourself in the break room. Don’t pry into personal information. Beware of office gossip. As I like to say, little things don’t mean a lot -- they mean everything. Common courtesy is becoming all too uncommon. Help reverse the trend. Mackay’s Moral: Good manners are never out of place in the workplace. 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,” and the new book “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World.”

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Swanville Area School is holding Kindergarten Roundup on Tuesday, February 28 from 8:30-11:15 a.m. at the Swanville Elementary School for families who have children entering Kindergarten next Fall.

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Obituaries Louise A. Thell

Louise A. Thell, age 90 of St. Francis, died Friday, February 3, 2012 surrounded by her family at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis with Rev. Mike Kellogg officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church in St. Francis. The St. Francis Christian Mothers will pray at 6 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the church. Louise Agnes Roerick was born August 19, 1921 in Grey Eagle Township, Todd County, Minnesota to Herman and Agnes (Tobroxen) Roerick. On May 15, 1946 she married Martin Thell at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in

Jeanette A. Brickweg St. Francis. Louise lived and worked as a homemaker on the family farm near St. Francis until 1992. She had lived in Upsala prior to moving to Mercy Manor in Albany. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis, Christian Mothers, and the Sewing Circle. Louise loved quilting, gardening, canning, and was known for her apple strudel. She also enjoyed speaking German and playing cards. Survivors include her children, Dorene (Jim) Czeck of Bowlus, Cathy (Jim) Jesok of Gilman, Mari (Rod) Fischer of St. Stephen, Elmer (Bonnie) Thell of Eagan, Henry (Rosie) Thell of Freeport, Julie (Tom) Toenyan of Freeport, and Mike (Janelle) Thell of St. Joseph; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert (Juanita) Roerick of Freeport; and sister-in-law, Theresa Roerick of Albany. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Thell; parents; brothers, Hubert Roerick, Conrad Roerick, Henry Roerick, and Edmund Roerick; and sisters, Maria Roerick and Alvina Beuning. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Bradley “Brad” R. Neumann A Memorial S e r v i c e celebrating the life of Bradley R. Neumann, 58, formerly of Tucson, AZ will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the MillerCarlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN. There will be a visitation one hour prior at the Funeral Home. Bradley Neumann was born on April 13, 1953 in Sauk Centre to Esther (Jacobs) and Raymond Neumann. Brad served his

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joyful spirit touched many lives. Jeanette loved playing RummiKub and cards. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and watching polka music programs. Her kindness and wonderful sense of humor will be missed. Survivors include her children, Jim (Joni) Brickweg of Opole, Bob (Lynelle) Brickweg of Alexandria, Sharon Brickweg of Alexandria, Amy (David) Schneider of Plymouth, Mary (Kevin) BrickwegKerfeld of Sauk Centre, Pat (Jon) Molitor of Waite Park, and Paul (Diane) Brickweg of Alexandria; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Beatrice Pryatel of New Prague, Joan Barutt of Graceville, and Viola (Don) Ware of Ray, North Dakota. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Brickweg on June 28, 1990; parents; sons, Kenneth Brickweg and Roger Brickweg; grandson, Adam Funk; great-grandson, Griffin Brickweg; sisters, Evelyn Hart and Helen Becker; and brother, Leo Hoeschen, Jr. Serving as casket bearers were her grandsons, Randy Brickweg, Bryce Brickweg, Kyle Funk, Jason Bruggeman, Cole Molitor, Joshua Brickweg, and Corey Brickweg. Cross bearer was her granddaughter, Hope Nguyen and scripture bearer was her granddaughter, Amy Wegner.

looked forward to family gatherings. She was a member of St. Columbkille Parish in St. Wendel. She touched a lot of lives in her 98 years. She was a dear lady with a big heart, a great sense of humor and a mischievous streak which still showed through in that sparkle in her eye and the grin on her face even after Alzheimer’s had robbed her of her memory. Survivors include her sons and daughter; Elmer (Jenny) Maciejewski of Avon, John A. Maciejewski of Avon, Sister Mary Rebecca, OSC (Poor Clares Monastery) of Sauk Rapids, David Majeski of Avon, Roger (Lisa) Majeski of Freeport, and Richard Majeski of Holdingford; daughter-in-law, Lois Maciejewski of Avon; sister, Edna Sufka of Little Falls; 18 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John in 1970; son, Kenneth in 2010; and infant son; an infant daughter (Arlene); daughters-inlaw, Jeanette Maciejewski and Cynthia Majeski; grandsons, William Maciejewski, Michael Maciejewski and Adam Majeski; brothers, Otto and Louis; and sister, Louise Sobieck.

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The Visit of a Lifetime -By Saralee Perel Pulse on People Last week my brother, Michael, came to visit from his home in Virginia. I’ve finally come to terms with my sibling rivalry. I no longer feel like his rival. I feel like his insane immature substandard sister. Does Mike try to make me feel inferior? Nope. My parents? No, they’re both dead. So who’s putting me in this stupid approval-seeking mode? (Yes, I do have a mirror handy.) It is unbelievable that Mike and I came from the same womb. He’s a very focused person and is fixated on appliances. Backing up a bit for context, I’d like to tell you that his son, Benjamin, just had knee surgery. All went well, thank God. When I called to find out how Ben was doing after the operation, my husband, Bob, could hear only my side of the conversation. My phone call with Mike went like this: “How is Ben?” “Fine.” “Oh, Mike, I was worried that —” “There were major complications. The dishwasher that Sears delivered while we were at the hospital was the wrong size!” “Major complications,” I feigned compassion. “I’m so very sorry.” Bob began crying as he grabbed one Kleenex after another. Not having remembered that he had no idea what Mike and I were discussing, I whispered, “It’s OK, sweetheart. They can always get another one.” “Oh no!” Bob threw himself onto the couch, sobbing hysterically. I wrote him a note while I was still on the phone. It read, “They’re so easy to replace. Mike will never notice the difference.” Bob ran out of the room. I heard him crying in the bedroom. Michael’s wife is named Jeanne. We’re different. She has to be right all the time. Am I this way? No! It’s Jeanne

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who’s so competitive. Drives me nuts. Why? I just cannot win! Hmmm. Did I just write that? I didn’t mean it. I don’t need to win ... like she does ... all the time ... about everything that I know I’m right about. I’ll make up a good example of her know-it-all style. You see, sometimes, like many women, I’d like to just talk about my problems. I don’t want someone to actually tell me what to do about them. “Jeanne, my house is on fire!” “Call the fire department!” Do you see what I mean? Where does Michael get this kind of taste in women? (No, I’d rather not look in a mirror again.) The relationship between siblings is so different from any other. We grew up with them. They know all about our childhood times of growth, beauty, disappointment and recovery. This is the only family relationship in which we jointly go through our parents’ varied seasons of their lives. We share more than the same generational label of “the children of -.” Our brothers and sisters follow us past the point when our parents are still on this earth. Something remarkably unexpected happened when Mike came up to visit. My brother went from being just my parents’ son, in my eyes, to my friend. Frankly, I was startled at my feelings, and so wished that I realized the exceptionality of my brother a long time ago. Why hadn’t I realized this until now? The truth is Mike is particular about anything I serve to eat; the way I keep house doesn’t touch his standards; the way I dress and look pales in comparison to his ultra-conservative tastes. But I will tell you: Nothing on this list matters. Not even a little. What does? Well, while sitting on our couch talking about his life, his work, his good deeds and kindnesses to others, I looked at him with intense admiration. I felt blessed to be his sister, but even more honored to be his friend. Friends are by choice. The thing is he looked at me the same way, but this time I realized ... he always has. Nationally syndicated columnist, Saralee Perel, can be reached at Please click “like” on her Facebook Page: www.

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The following local residents were among more than 1,321 students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls who made the fall semester Dean’s List. To be named to the Dean’s List, a full-time undergraduate student must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an “A” and “B” average. Vanessa Richter from Albany, MN, is majoring in Marketing Communications. Marjorie Schleper from Holdingford, MN, is majoring in Animal Science, Pre-Professional. UWRF is located on 226 acres just 30 miles from downtown St. Paul and provides small town living with big city opportunities.

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Don Lapos, a retired farmer east of Swanville near Flensburg, has been busy trapping this year with 13 fox (3 silver ) and 1 coyote. Submitted by Bob Koetter. Two Local Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA members will receive the State FFA Degree April 30th during the FFA State Convention. Alex Hulinsky and Ryan Dolence have been working toward this achievement for close to 4 years. They have kept records on their SAE programs and have applied and were interviewed Feb. 3rd by the regional committee. They will both be eligible to apply for the American FFA degree in 2014, which is the highest FFA degree attainable. Less than 1% of members achieve this level. Congratulations. Submitted by Curt Gjerstad.

Upsala Area Schools Jr. High January Student of the Month Brandon Wolbeck, son of Doug and Jackie Wolbeck, has been selected as the Junior High January Student of the Month at Upsala Area Schools. Brandon, an eighth grader, has enjoyed participating in both basketball and baseball. He has worked hard to make the academic honor roll. Brandon finds that study hall is his favorite class because he can finish all his homework and stated that his favorite activity is basketball because he can hang out with his friends. His advice to classmates is, “Do your homework and pay attention.” During time away from

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Legislative Week in Review

Environmental Permitting Efficiency: Last year in a bipartisan manner the legislature and the Administration moved forward in decreasing the time and costs in the environmental review and permitting process while also adding certainty and clarification to permittees. I look forward to again move to identify areas that can be streamlined, increase efficiencies, remove duplication and overlap and bring into the 21st Century the regulatory process in Minnesota. SF 1567, which I chief authored, is a permitting efficiency bill endorsed and supported by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The bill passed out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee this week and is now headed to the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee. As companies look to expand in this international economy, one of the area they areas they review besides taxes, energy costs and workforce is how long it will take to obtain a permit for their expansion or building of their new facility. I pledge to find and alleviate as many areas on of concern that I can to create jobs and promote economic development in Minnesota while still ensuring our environment is protected for future generations. I believe this bill is a great positive step for Minnesota and I look forward to working with the Governor and his administration in creating a better business environment in our state. Commissioner Confirmations: Last Monday, the Senate confirmed three of Governor Dayton’s commissioner appointees: Public Safety Commissioner Ramona Dohman, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Mn/DOT Commissioner

Thomas K. Sorel. Public Safety Commissioner Dohman has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, and has served in police departments in both the metro area and greater Minnesota. She will be the first female Public Safety Commissioner. Transportation Commission Sorel has over 30 years of experience, served under both Dayton and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and has federal government experience. He turned the morale at MnDOT around after it had been very low. DNR Commissioner Landwehr is the former Assistant State Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and now oversees a DNR staff of about 2,700 located in St. Paul and around the state. My committee worked with Commissioner Landwehr throughout the 2011 session and I believe he will do an excellent job leading the DNR. I look forward to continuing that work this year. Tax Relief for Job Growth: Last week, the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee passed one of several tax relief bills that will be a top priority this year addressing the business property tax issue. Minnesota taxes employers twice on their business property; they pay local property taxes as well as a general statewide property tax. As Minnesota’s economy begins to recover, reducing and phasing out the business property tax is a way to make Minnesota an attractive state to do business and sends a strong signal to job creators that they can feel confident to invest and expand. Thanks for taking the time to read my update and please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments. State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached at 651-2978063, by mail at 132D State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, or via email at

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

The first bills passed off the House floor Feb. 1 dealt with reforms to our court system. In all, four bills were passed, with the intent being to improve fairness in litigation and decrease costs. If enacted, this legislation should also lead to speedier resolutions and increase the financial certainty for Minnesota businesses. These reforms were supported by regional Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations that represent more than 58,000 employers in our state. One of the bills lowers Minnesota’s general statute of limitations from six years to four. One deals with reforms for class action lawsuits, and another with interest rates that can be assessed during the prejudgment portion of lawsuits. The fourth requires courts to consider the reasonableness of attorney fees in relation to the amount of damages awarded. A bill I am carrying had a hearing in the Education Policy Committee last week where it was passed unanimously and sent directly to the House floor. It deals with changing a statute affecting schools’ conference affiliation and the


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London-Spicer joined the Wright County Conference, and Albany became a charter member of a new conference, known as the Granite Ridge. Melrose was eventually placed back in the West Central, but because of the 180 day waiting period, they did not rejoin in time to be part of the conference football schedule for next fall. As a result, they scrambled and put together an 8-game non-conference schedule that has them traveling a great deal. Among their four road games, they will play International Falls in Grand Rapids and Glenwood City, Wisconsin, at Chaska. I need to make a correction concerning charter schools and their transportation funding. I wrote last week that school districts provide bus transportation for them, but was informed by the

director of the Glacial Hills Charter School in Starbuck that charter schools do receive transportation funding from the state. They can choose how to handle their students’ transportation, and in the case of Glacial Hills, they have chosen to partner with the Minnewaska school district, who then provides their bussing. Rep. Anderson encourages constituents to contact his new office with input regarding any state legislative issue. He can be reached on the web at www. and via email at rep.paul. To contact Anderson by phone, call (651) 296-4317. Mail can be sent to Rep. Paul Anderson, 445 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.

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Local Municipality Minutes Freeport City December 27, 2011 A regular meeting of the Freeport City Council was convened at 7:05 p.m. by Mayor Matt Worms with Council Members Joe Hennen, Ron Ritter, Carrie Goebel and Ken Goebel also in attendance. Also in attendance: Jean Rennecker, Jean Hemker, Megahn Hemker and Carol Moorman. Staff person in attendance: Dave Blommel, Scott Lange and Vicki Holthaus. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by those in attendance. Open Public Forum: No public comment was given. Consent Agenda: K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion approving the Consent Agenda which included the following: Approval of the agenda; approval of the minutes from the November 29th, 2011 Regular Council Meeting; approval of the claims distributed on November 29, 2011 in the amount of $29,211.00; approval of the claims distributed on November 29, 2011 in the amount of $51,716.51; approval of the claims distributed on November 29, 2011 in the amount of $78,394.00; approval of the claims distributed on November 29, 2011 in the amount of $143,803.72; approval of the claims distributed on December 1, 2011 in the amount of $668.72; approval of the claims distributed on December 12, 2011 in the amount of $59,896.29; approval of the claims distributed on December 19, 2011 in the amount of $2,132.40; approval of the Sidewalk Closure Permit for Uptown Hair Studio; and a Gambling Permit for Stearns County Pheasants Forever on March 10th, 2012 at the Freeport Community Center. Motion carried 5-0. Old Business: Continue Hearing: Vacation of 6th Street Northwest. Council discussed Renneck-

er’s concerns over long term maintenance of the road easement area. Vacation of the platted roadway would force Rennecker’s to relocate access to their home. Worms moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to close the hearing at 7:26 p.m. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-058: Vacate 6th Street Northwest (Norman Road, Hoppe Addtn) K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion on Resolution 2011-058: Vacate 6th Street Northwest (Norman Road, Hoppe Addtn). A roll call vote was taken: Hennen - nay; K. Goebel - nay; Worms - nay; C. Goebel - nay; and Ritter - nay. Resolution denied 5-0. New Business: Continue Hearing: Ordinance 2011-011, An Ordinance Establishing Municipal Fees. No additional public comment was provided. Holthaus reviewed changes to the fee schedule for 2012. Worms moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to close the hearing at 7:26 p.m. Resolution 2011-065: Ordinance 2011-011, An Ordinance Establishing Municipal Fees. K. Goebel moved and Ritter seconded a motion on Resolution 2011-065: Ordinance 2011-011, An Ordinance Establishing Municipal Fees. Discussion offered. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-062: 2012 Final Budget & Tax Levy. Holthaus reviewed the opinions provided by the City’s audit firm and fiscal consultant regarding the consolidation of debt service funds. Holthaus reviewed the debt levy projections under the consolidated debt service fund plan. Holthaus reviewed the general fund, line item budget per Council request. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2011-062: 2012 Final Budget & Tax Levy. Discussion of-

fered. Motion carried 5-0. Other: Worms spoke of the tragic loss of the historic Swany White Flour Mill earlier that day. Worms and Council asked Holthaus to send a letter to Gary & Sharon Thelen and Walter & Lucille Thelen expressing the City’s condolence over the loss of the mill. Reports: City Engineer, S.E.H. - Scott Lange, Dave Blommel. An oral review of the written report was provided. Public Works Report, Jon Stueve: Stueve was absent from the meeting. City Clerk/Treasurer’s Report, Vicki Holthaus: Worms reviewed the EDA’s decision to act on the Options Agreement with Mark & Kathy Middendorf. Closing on the purchase of the industrial park property by the EDA will be in January. K. Goebel moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion to confirm the EDA’s purchase of the remaining land available under the Options Agreement with Mark & Kathy Middendorf. Discussion offered. Motion carried 5-0. Hennen inquired about the ability to rent out the land in 2012. Holthaus has additional questions for the County Assessor’s office regarding the tax implications of renting out the land for agricultural purposes. Holthaus discussed electronic data management and security with Council. Council preferred Holthaus purchase an external media storage and create a weekly backup protocol over online backup services that have a monthly fee. At 7:59 p.m. Worms moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Motion carried 5-0. Victoria M. Holthaus, City Clerk

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February 3, 2012: At 12:14 p.m. Patrick Kennedy of 18317 County 59 reported some time over night of Feb. 1-Feb. 2 someone smashed his mailbox. The incident is under investigation. February 3, 2012: At 1:52 p.m. Judith Hagstrom was exiting the driveway of 17905 Dunlin Road during her mail route with her 2005 Buick Century when she drove into the side of a 1999 Volvo driven north by Marion Hubbard. Minor damages to both vehicles. Nobody was hurt. Both drivers were alone at the time. The driveway and Dunlin Road were snow covered. February 6, 2012: A black cloth looking purse/book belonging to Kristie Kunz was lost in and or around the Long Prairie area. If found please call the Todd County Sheriff’s Office or drop it off with the local police. February 7, 2012: At 5:15 p.m. the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible phone scam. The company ‘United Benefit Advantage’ called a Todd County resident in an attempt to sell a 20 issue magazine sub-

scription for $50. United Benefit Advantage advised that the customer would get a $250 gift certificate to Walmart in return for the purchase. The customer has not received any magazines or a Walmart gift card and is also seeing other charges applied to their bank account from the same company that have not been approved by the customer. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office asks that you be aware of who you are dealing with and do not give out personal information over the phone.

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CLC Staples campus to host second Ag & Energy Expo Feb. 24 The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo from 9:30 a.m. - 3:25 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, a free event featuring Michael Reese the Renewable Energy Director at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris. The day-long event that includes breakfast and lunch is co-sponsored by CLC and Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank of Wadena, Staples, and Long Prairie. Reese has participated as project manager or coordinator on several renewable energy research and demonstration projects including large scale wind energy, biomass gasification, renewable hydrogen, and other renewable energy systems. He has spoken at regional, state, and national conferences on the topic of renewable energy. He maintains a strong focus in agriculture, rural economic and business development, and community vitality. Julia Palmer, public relations and event coordinator for Mid-Central, said exhibitors registered for this annual event include several companies emphasizing conservation and natural resource stewardship with wind energy and solar power technological advancements and considerations for both home and commercial utilization, soil and water, and energy project funding. “We have many exhibitors registering from many regions who will promote a variety of products and solutions,” Palmer said. “Interests include wind towers and turbines, solar heat, and energy efficiency equipment, grain-drying crop demonstrations, home en-

ergy and gasification boilers and bio equipment.” Break-out sessions and a webinar will provide a large array of opportunities and will address energy crop opportunities and developments, on-farm use of straight vegetable oil, silent power projects, energy project funding, and wind energy considerations at the CLC Agriculture and Energy Center near Staples. One afternoon program, “Assistance to Pay for Renewable Energy,” will be presented by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Another is by John Ihle of Local BIG Wind, who will speak on experiences in local energy production from wind. Break-out session presenters include Tom Schultz, David Winkelman, and Reese. Participants from Central Lakes College include Robert Schafer, Del Lecy, Bob Rick, Keith Olander, and Nathan Converse. “We had a phenomenal response and attendance for our first Expo,” said Palmer. “Last year was a huge success. We had embraced a topic that is pertinent to the wellbeing of our local communities with future thoughts on energy conservation and natural resource, and financial opportunities.” Palmer said those attending do not need to be a member of the bank or affiliated with the college to attend or be an exhibitor. For information or to register, contact Palmer at 218-639-7615 or 218-640-0193 or Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank staff at 1-877-631-1414 or Cindy Hase of CLC at 218-894-5100.

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The Singers’ Mid-Winter Journey The Singers, a professional 44-voice chamber choir from Minneapolis will present a program entitled “Mid-Winter Journey-Songs of Love, Loss, and Healing “in Staples Centennial Auditorium on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7.30 p.m. Staples Area Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Staples Motley High School A Cappella Choir will join The Singers on stage for a portion of the program. Matthew Culloton, artistic director of The Singers is already known to Staples Motley area community for his work with the Staples Area Men’s Chorus as a singer and commissioned composer. Bryan Blessing, music advisor of The Singers, who sings in the tenor section, grew up in Staples and emphasizes the impact of long, strong choral culture of the area on his career. “I am thankful to have grown up and been a part of the musical traditions in Staples and am glad for the foundation it has given me as I sing with The

Singers and teach music in Bloomington, MN. Director Matthew Culloton and I met singing in the Staples Men’s Chorus when I was in high school, with my father standing in between us! I and my colleagues are looking forward to this collaboration”. The program features a variety of contemplative choral masterpieces, including works by Minnesota composers. The Singers are joined by the local choirs in Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna for Chamber Orchestra. Steve Hoemberg who conducts the High School A Cappella Choir considers this event to be an excellent opportunity for the students and singers: “They can not only listen, but participate in performing side-by-side with a professional ensemble in a contemporary work for a mass choir. What a learning experience that will be.” Matthew Culloton and a teaching team of the group will conduct master classes for local community and high school choirs during the week of the concert. From Staples, The Singers continue to Duluth Upsala Cardinals Girls Basketball where they perform a new work from Joshua Shank February 2: Upsala 86 • Browerville 47 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists commissioned in memAimee Pelzer 13 4 2 11 ory of a young missionKimmy Mrozek 25 8 3 5 ary who died in the 2010 Tracy Herzog 14 8 2 2 Haitian earthquake. This Kaitlyn Wuebkers 10 4 1 5 tour is funded, in part, by Brianna Westrich 0 0 0 0 the Minnesota State Arts Donna Ripplinger 4 2 1 1 Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as Sadie Welinski 7 7 0 1 appropriated by the MinDawn Evoniuk 4 5 1 0 nesota State Legislature Melissa George 2 0 0 3 with money from the LegKatie Ripplinger 0 1 0 1 acy Amendment vote of Sara Herzog 3 1 0 0 the people of Minnesota on Alissa Zehrer 4 8 1 0 November 4, 2008. Kaelin Smieja 0 0 0 0 Founded in 2004, The Full Team 86 48 11 29 Singers organization is dedicated to giving worldWord Search Answers from Feb. 2 class performances of the finest choral literature. The Singers exists to serve as artists, educators, and ambassadors of the choral art. The Singers has premiered and commissioned over fifty new works by composers Stephen Paulus, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen and Craig Carnahan. In March 2011, The Singers performed at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago. Ticket info: Call 218-894-2497, or www.; http://; ctJYRHlFXR8;



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Arvig has begun a search for scholarship candidates, according to David Arvig. If selected, candidates will receive a one-time $2,000.00 scholarship from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation. Local telecom companies participating in the MTA’s scholarship program are approaching high schools in their serving areas looking for potential scholarship winners. To be eligible, applicants must be attending post secondary education at either a university, college or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from Arvig. A telecom alliance panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on applicants’ grades, academic achievements and extra-curricular ac-

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Local Library Events

Upsala Library Portraits Of Us: Friday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m. A unique family and community historical project. A local professional photographer will create a visual record of the community by taking family portraits. Families will take one free photo home and the library will keep one for the community exhibit. A preservation specialist will be on hand to answer questions on how to preserve family treasures. Families will be able to complete a 3-D family tree craft activity. Preregistration is required. Facepainting Workshops: Friday, Feb. 24, 12:15-3 p.m. for various age groups. Offers a fun and temporary alternative to

tattoos. Workshop instructor and artist Judy Uebelacker will provide workshops at Upsala Area Schools and also at the Upsala Public Library. Uebelacker will conduct special sessions in the Art Room at Upsala Area Schools for grades 2, 5, and 7 through 12. Session times are: Grade 2 from 1:23-2:13 p.m., Grade 5 from 12:30-1:19 p.m., and grades 7 - 12 from 2:17-3:00 p.m. The attendance limit at each session is five, and preregistration is required. She will also teach facepainting at the Upsala Public Library from 3:30-5 p.m. for grades two through adult. This workshop will teach the basics of design and color when painting faces. The attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. For more information about library activities visit the Upsala Community Calendar at or contact the Upsala Public Library at 573-4282.

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Two men went hunting. They had tramped through the fields all day. They had seen many rabbits, but they hadn’t hit any. At dusk one said, “Let’s miss two more and call it a day.” This they did, and they went home empty handed and tired. The same thing happens to many in their work and their worship. It’s not enough to be active – accomplish something. Beware of the barrenness of a busy life. Your work isn’t real if you don’t get results, and your worship isn’t worthwhile if you don’t witness and win others to the Lord. He said, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.”


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