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you can. Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.” Failure can be one more step on your road to success – you just have to turn it around in a positive direction. Failure can push you harder to succeed. Failure can strengthen your determination to overcome obstacles. Failure can make you braver in the face of opposition. Failure can help you learn what you need to do in order to succeed. Failure can teach you what your limitations are – and your strengths. Failure can encourage you to change your strategy. “Failure is not an option” became a popular catchphrase after the release of the movie Apollo 13. Failure happens, but when you’re responsible for the people working for you, you have to do everything you can to guard against it. As a leader, devote yourself to avoiding these crucial failures in leadership. • Disconnecting from people. Don’t get so caught up in strategy and planning that you forget to talk to the people who work for you. Most of the time, they know more than you about how things work from the ground level, and their insights can be invaluable. • Doing too much. Delegate appropriately so you don’t get overwhelmed and lose sight of the big picture. When you hire, look for people who can perform aspects of your job as well as or better than you can. Your role is complicated enough without adding tasks that your team

should be able to handle. • Avoiding risk. Play it safe, and your organization will never grow. That doesn’t mean being foolhardy with your organization’s assets. Seek opportunities everywhere, and be willing to commit resources wherever you’ve got a reasonable chance of success. • Exhaustion. Take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Eat well, exercise, and take time off so you can stay fresh as you confront the day’s challenges. Pushing yourself to the brink will only increase everyone’s anxiety. • Falling in love with authority. You’re the boss, not a monarch ruling by birthright. Don’t rely on your title, and the volume of your voice, to get employees to do what you want. Base your decisions on your experience and judgment, and be willing to listen to other points of view instead of assuming that only you know what’s right. When J. K. Rowling, author of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, had been out of college for seven years, she found herself at a dark juncture in her life. At that time, she says, she had failed in life on an epic scale. “An exceptionally shortHarvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 • St. Rosa Youth Group Lasagna Supper from 4-8 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church basement, St. Rosa. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Pot Luck/ Bingo Party at 5 p.m. at the center. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 • Sacred Heart School’s 19th Annual Prime & Wine Dinner/Auction from 4:308 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 7. THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 • Upsala Dollars for Scholars Chili Feed from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Upsala Area School Cafeteria. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 • American Red Cross at the Freeport Community Center from 1-7 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 • 25th Annual Valentine’s Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at Word of Life Free Lutheran Church, Upsala. See ad on page 9. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 • Albany Legion Post 482 Smorgasbord Breakfast from 8 a.m.-12 Noon at

Church of Seven Dolors Parish Hall, Albany. • Upsala Area School’s Mid-Winter Carnival from 2-5 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 • Sobieski & Swanville Lions Clubs 21st Annual Fishing Contest & Raffle starting at noon on Long Lake, Swanville. FRIDAY, MARCH 7 • Upsala Area Schools Kindergarten Roundup at 8:15 a.m. 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.

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Birth Announcement Charlotte Ann Eggert

Amanda Bischof and Zach Eggert of Albany are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Ann Eggert, born January 09, 2014 at 6:07 a.m. at the CentraCare Health-Melrose. Charlotte weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 ½ inches in length. Welcoming Charlotte home is her big sister, Danielle. Grandparents are Greg and Barb Bischof of Richmond, Lloyd Eggert of Albany and Doris Eggert of Albany. Great grandparents are Nyla Branstner of Eden Valley, Eugene and Joan Koopmeiners of Holdingford.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 lived marriage had imploded. I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless.” In short, Rowling says she was the biggest failure she knew. And while she says there is nothing ennobling about being poor, she believes she reaped benefits from her failures. Failure, she says, stripped away all the inessential aspects of her life. She stopped pretending to be anything other than herself, and it was then that she began to earnestly pursue the only work that mattered to her. It was not, she says, the fairy-tale transformation to success so often written about her in the media. It never is, by the way. “Overnight sensations” are rare indeed – most of us have to plug away, pay our dues and have a few failures before we can


begin to imagine real success. Mackay’s Moral: Failure isn’t final unless you say it is. 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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Clara B. Pundsack

Obituaries Jean Harriet Salk

settling back in Albany where she lived the rest of her life. Jean had a lot of interests and hobbies in life including traveling with her husband, but what she took the most pride in was being a mother raising her twelve children. Jean was a member of the Christian Mothers, the Albany Legion Auxiliary, and Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years Dr. Richard Salk, Albany; her loving children James (Mary) Salk, Waterford, MI; Cheryl (Larry) Ellingson, St. Cloud; Corrine (Rob) Jacobs, Rice; Roberta (James) Talley, Sartell; Janet (Tom Baumgartner) Salk, St. Cloud; Steven (Jessie) Salk, Tijeras, NM; Mary K (Joe) Scott, Chaska; Michael Salk, Livermore, CA; William Salk, Cold Spring; Lisa (Russell) Ripka, Rice; Greg (Brenda) Salk, St. Joseph; Susan (Keith) Severson, Maple Grove; her 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and her siblings Wayne (Rachel) Zachman, Texas; Joanne Johnson, Brainerd; Marilee Cripe, Chicago, IL; and Darnell (Gary) Klein, St. Cloud. She is preceded in death by her parents Harriet and Walter Zachman, her sister Carol Thielman, and her brothers Ralph and Harvey Zachman.

Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Jean Harriet Salk, age 88 of Albany took place Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Cletus Connors OSB officiated, and innichment took place in the parish mausoleum following the service. Jean died peacefully Thursday morning, January 9, 2014, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home with her family by her side. Jean was born September 8, 1925 in Minneapolis to Walter and Harriet (Hanson) Zachman. She graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and also graduated from Saint Benedict’s College with a degree in biology. She married Richard Salk on September 8, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. After marriage, the couple lived in Minneapolis, Albany, and an Air Force Base in Wyoming before eventually

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Clara B. Pundsack, age 83 of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 10, 2014 in M e l r o s e , Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Clara Barbara Voller was born March 10, 1930 in Ward Springs, Minnesota to Anthony and Bertha (Rademacher) Voller. On February 20, 1950 she married Jerome Pundsack at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ward Springs. The couple farmed southeast of New Munich until 1971 when they moved to St. Rosa. They owned and operated St. Rosa General Store from 1971 to 1989. Jerome and Clara retired in 1989 and moved to Melrose. She enjoyed volunteering for many different organizations and helping out where she could. She led rosaries for many years and enjoyed going to local stores just to browse around and visit with people. Clara had her own unique way of locating and saving special treasures and items that she

would enjoy showing and sharing with others. She will be remembered as a loving, faithful person who found joy and amazement in the smallest things. Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Christian Mothers. Survivors include her husband, Jerome Pundsack of Melrose; children, Doris Kroska of St. Cloud, Allen (girlfriend, Rhonda Hjelle) Pundsack of Ward Springs, Linda (Steve) Pundsack-Proell of St. Cloud, Jim (Judy) Pundsack of St. Rosa, Glenn (JoAnn) Pundsack of St. Rosa, Susan (Jim) Goshinska of Montgomery, TX, Brian (Cindi) Pundsack of Fairmont, WV, Loren (fiancé, Lynn Hiltner) Pundsack of Melrose, Ervin Pundsack of Winsted, and Jason (Amy) Pundsack of Shoreview; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alma Von Wahlde of Sauk Centre and Erma (Paul) Ahrens of Osakis; brothers, Virgil (Leona) Voller of St. Paul and John (Joan) Voller of Rio Rico, AZ; and sister-in-law, Joan Voller of Sauk Centre. Clara was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Helen Pundsack; grandchildren, Cindy Stancil and Douglas Stancil; brother, Jerome Voller; sister, Rita Krawlewski; and brother-in-law, Richard Von Wahlde. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Upsala Dollars for Scholars Chili Feed Upsala Dollars for Scholars is hosting a Chili Feed Fundraiser on January 30th at the Upsala School Cafeteria from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Menu will include Chili (donated by Senior parents or anyone else that wants to share their favorite chili with us!) toppings of cheese, sour cream,

crackers, bread sticks, beverage and bars for dessert. The fundraiser is used to earn money for scholarships to help Seniors pay for college. Every student that is going to go to either a 2 or 4 year college, if they apply, get a scholarship.

Hard Laundry -By Jan Klug I once did help my mother Pick hard laundry off the line. Carrying in those frozen clothesFavorite memory of mine! Red, burning, stinging fingers Were a sure part of the day; Plus trudging thru knee high snow Where shoveled path once did lay. The long johns were cold and stiff, I even thought they would break, (If in case I did bend them, Or worse, drop them by mistake.) I pulled hard to get them down, Causing quite a bit of strife.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, M y husband works construction, so we barely scrape by during the winter months. Should we build an emergency fund for the slow times? -Cathy Dear Cathy, I think that’s a great idea. Although, I’d probably call it something other than an emergency fund. How about a squirrel fund? Squirrels need to have nuts saved up for winter, and in your case you’d be setting money aside during the summer to get you through the slow winter months. You may think I’m playing games with the name, but really I’m not. This sort of saving isn’t for emergencies. It’s a budget issue, because you’re planning and setting aside cash leading up to the down time you know is coming. Keep your emergency fund of three to six months of expenses separate from this, and take a careful look at what he made this winter and how much that left you short each month. Remember, we’re not talking about some random amount of money here. It’s an exact amount that you can budget for accordingly. Teachers can do the same thing if they’re not paid 12 months a year. It’s a simple matter of planning ahead for the down time, and setting aside enough during the other nine months to see you through! -Dave

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Community Snapshots


These Swanville Elementary students were “Caught Being Good” during the month of December. Of these, Thomas Bartkowitz’s name was drawn and he received a free book. Pictured are (front, from left) Zach Wimmer, Ethan Jacobson, Kacie Wunderlich, Makayla Meagher, Kaylee Kremers, Jaiden Nielsen and Olivia Athman; (back) Jasmine Jaurez, Thomas Bartkowitz, Marty Block, Isaac Johnson, Nyah Walker and Ronnie Spiczka. Not pictured is Darcy Hayes.

The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA chapter sponsored a youth snowmobile training Jan. 4th. 18 students attended the one day training with a day of instruction, a written test and driving test. Congratulations snowmobilers! Submitted by Curt Gjerstad.

Legislative Update -By State Rep. Ron Kresha

Can you believe it? The 2014 legislative session is just around the corner, and we’ve been busy in St. Paul working to pre-file bills as we get ready to get to work next month. With the legislature set to convene on February 25th, the prefiling deadline for bills was last Friday, January 10th. I wanted to update you on the bills I pre-filed as the chief authored, and some of those that I coauthored. HF1937 is a bill that would give

school districts more flexibility and discretion on how to spend their tax dollars. It empowers schools to divert more funds to the classroom with the goal of giving schools the ability to better control their academic performance. I’m a firm believer that schools and school districts, not the state Department of Education, knows best how to spend dollars to educate students. If schools are able to direct more dollars to the classroom, I believe it will go a long way to improving student education, which is the ultimate goal of any school district. In the spirit of Governor Dayton’s call for an “unsession,” I’ve chief authored HF2137 that would make the property tax late-fee sched-

ule simpler. This bill will roll back the late fee schedule to what it was in 1975, when property tax late fees were capped at 6% rather than the current level of 8%. While I don’t advocate paying property taxes late, there are times when tragedy strikes or hard economic times stress the family budget. Our current property tax system is complicated and leaves little room for assistance when people need shortterm help. This bill leaves penalties in place, but creates a simple, fairer penalty system. I’m also a co-author on a variety of bills including legislation to repeal the statewide business property tax, a bill to repeal the so-called “marriage penalty” for married couples, and a bill that would eliminate the harmful warehousing tax passed last session that kicks in this April. As always, I welcome any suggestions you have for legislation, and welcome your comments and thoughts on what legislation we should be focused on tackling when the legislature returns next month. You can reach my office by phone by calling 651-296-

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Tithes & Offering

Sunday morning was Family Day at church so my grandson Hunter was sitting with me in “big church.” When it came time for the tithes and offering, Hunter took the tip of his tie and held it in the air. During the prayer, I peeked at him and he just kept holding his tie in the air. I whispered at him and asked what he was doing. With a mischievous grin he whispered back, “He said to hold up your ties and offerings for the prayer.”

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STRANGE BREED by Steve Langille

Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Reports fill the news seemingly every day with revelations about problems with the new insurance exchanges, both at the national level and here in Minnesota. We are one of 15 states with its own online health insurance purchasing system and, although MNsure has been performing better than the national exchange, it, too, has its problems. Among them are issues with processing applications, incorrect program determination and tax credit calculations, problems with the electronic transfer of information to health carriers, the inability to handle paper applications, security concerns, and lengthy call-center wait times. Aside from those technical issues,

I have heard from residents who are seeing their health insurance premiums increase dramatically. They are frustrated and wonder why. I don’t pretend to understand all the factors that go into determining rates, but after visiting with those who work in the industry, a couple of facts seem to stand out. Premiums are based, at least partly, on claims experience, which is a look back at usage in a particular group of insured people. Another factor in determining rates is a projection looking forward at future claims; something called “perceived risk.” If it’s determined that usage is expected to increase, premium rates will be adjusted upward to reflect that. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), no one can be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. That is a good feature for those with medical conditions. However, rates will, in all likelihood, be established higher for everyone because of the perceived risk of increased usage for those

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with pre-existing conditions. Another factor that concerns me about the viability of the new health insurance system is the low number of younger people signing up for coverage. The latest figures for Minnesota show that, as of January. 4, only 20.4 percent of all enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 35. The federal goal for participation in this segment of the population is 33 percent. The reason that’s significant is because this group, with fewer health concerns because of age, will statistically have less usage than older people. And the rates charged to this younger group are supposed to help defray the higher cost of insuring the rest of the population. If sign-up of this age group remains below forecast, it could greatly affect the price of premiums next year in a negative way. I recently attended a conference of legislators from agricultural states, and the topic of one of the sessions dealt with the increased use of drones. Like other technology items, the price of these small model airplane-sized instruments has come down. What cost $25,000 several years ago can now be purchased for under $10,000. Uses for these remote-controlled items are

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Leading From The Middle of the Pack -By Dr. John C. Maxwell

In many areas of life, the middle is the most miserable place to be. Where’s the worst seat on an airplane? The middle. Aisle seats are roomier, and easier to climb in and out of; window seats offer a better view along with a place to rest your head. What’s the most difficult stage of school? Arguably it’s middle school--the awkward phase between the carefree days of elementary school and the growing independence of high school. Even being born in the middle seems undesirable! Firstborns enjoy a period of undivided attention from their parents, and the baby of the family typically gets doted on and spoiled. While the eldest child gets all the glory, and the youngest child gets away with everything, the middle child often feels forgotten. Indeed, an entire sitcom has been built around the travails of middle children (Malcolm in the Middle). Making the Most of the Middle My contention is that leading from the middle of an organization also comes with its share of challenges. In this lesson, I’ll identify three of the foremost difficulties, and I’ll give recommendations for dealing with them. My hope is that you’ll gain insight on how best to navigate the challenges of supporting those above you while at the same time influencing those

An evangelist was visiting with a group of missionaries in South America. He asked them many questions about their work, their families, the natives in that particular country and what they missed most while they were away from their families and friends. As he was concluding his visit, he asked one final question: “What is the greatest problem you face in your work as missionaries?” The answer surprised him. “Inconsistent Christians,” they replied. “The way they live confuses the unsaved because they are one way one day and another way the next day. They come between God and the sinner and make our work difficult!” When we live inconsistent lives, those around us are unable to predict the difference that Christ makes in our lives or the difference He can make in their lives. There is no path for them to follow, no promises for them to claim and no peace for their anxieties. The life of a Christian should be a bridge to the greatness of God that reflects the power of the risen Christ and the joy that comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives. Christians are responsible for setting an example for everyone to follow because we profess to be followers of the One who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” If we are irresponsible and inconsistent in the way we live, what do we have to offer others that is different from what the world has to offer? We must be careful not to stand or come between God and the sinner.

under your supervision. leader in the middle, priorities may shift at a moment’s The Tension Challenge notice. While making sure not to neglect duties in Being caught in the middle causes increased any of his roles, he must ask: which “hat” deserves pressure. As a middle manager, you possess some the majority of my time and energy? Oftentimes, power, but only indirectly. You depend on a higher- the team’s objectives will help to determine the best ranking leader to empower you with the resources approach to take. and authority to do your job. Also, you are expected Dr. John C. Maxwell has authored over 30 to take initiative, but you must always be careful not books, including such New York Times best-sellers as to overstep your bounds. Finally, you’re subject to an “Failing Forward” and “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of organization culture that stems from the personality Leadership.” of your leader and affects the people on your team. You have limited influence on the culture from your position in the middle, but at the same time you do not have enough clout to change the company’s DNA. January 14 Nothing frees a person from tension like clear Upsala 63 • Isle 64 lines of responsibility. As a leader in the middle, Name Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Assists proactively seek a precise understanding of what’s Brooke Westrich 20 9 3 3 3 expected of you. Then, initiate an ongoing dialogue Kendra Lange 0 0 0 0 0 with your supervisor concerning those expectations. Katlin Welinski 10 8 1 1 2 Once you’re clear on what areas you “own,” be careful Katie Ripplinger 0 2 0 3 3 not to abuse your power, to undermine your leader’s Danica Cheney 2 1 0 0 0 authority, or to violate your boss’s trust by shirking Kristen Wuebkers 0 0 0 0 0 your responsibilities. Sara Herzog 3 4 0 3 2 The Frustration Challenge Jessie Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 0 Following an ineffective leader gives rise Kiley Smieja 14 10 1 0 0 to frustration. Some leaders refuse to delegate Mariah Prokott 2 0 0 2 0 responsibilities, or even when they do, they Lacey Brezinka 0 0 0 0 0 micromanage every detail. Other leaders simply do Alyssa Kulla 0 0 0 0 0 not have the experience or skill required to succeed in Kaelin Smieja 12 5 0 1 3 their position and subsequently they limit the team’s effectiveness. Still other leaders seek self-advancement at the expense of everyone else. Over the course of Word Search Answers from January 9 time, they wreck relationships and sap morale. While it can be infuriating to work for controlling, incompetent, or self-centered leaders, your job isn’t to fix them. Rather, as a middle manager, your task is to find ways to add value to them. With this end in mind, fight the urge to withdraw from a relationship with an inept leader. Instead, search for your leader’s strengths and find ways to maximize them. When possible, seek permission to develop a game plan to complement your leader’s weaknesses. You must tread carefully here, not offering your opinion on a leader’s shortcomings unless asked about them. However, if you get the opportunity to have a discussion about her weaknesses, look for ways to shift workloads and responsibilities so that your leader can spend the bulk of her time in her strength zone. Finally, tactfully expose your leader to good leadership resources (books, articles, etc.). The Multi-Hat Challenge Leaders in the middle have to be versatile enough to handle demands from those above them, partner with those beside them, and give direction to those below them. Without setting the vision, they must be able to champion it to their team. As an additional complication, leaders in the middle Public Invitation: are often responsible to meet deadlines without necessarily being the Saturday, February 8 • Starting at 6:30 PM person directly doing the At the Word of Life Church in Upsala work. Furthermore, they a Wonderful joy (1 Mile West of Upsala on Co. Hwy. 19) En to me Co must constantly discern ent! nm tai ter En & Cost: $14.00 per Person • Payable at the Door al Me when to assert their A Program of Music will follow the Banquet. leadership and when to Meal is being catered so RSVP’s would be appreciated by February 3rd. play a background role. Call 320-573-4450 leave a message, 320-573-2073 leave a message for Brenda, or email: The secret of the Come for a relaxing evening and share the invitation with family members and friends! multi-hat challenge is to be aware of changing contexts and to adjust flexibly to them. For a

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Grace Alive! Evangelical Free Church of America Albany Pastor Joe Williquette 209 Co Rd 156 (Rocky Ridge Outlet) • 320-845-7676 Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Nursery provided.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) Albany Reverend Fred Kutter 23845 Co. Rd 40 • 320-845-2620 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Study 10:35 a.m. Our Saviors Lutheran Church-ELCA Albany Pastor Bradley Pearson 840 Lake Ave • 320-845-2405 Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Education Hour.

Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany Father Michael Naughton, OSB 151 2nd St S • 320-845-2705 Mon.-Wed. Mass 7:30 a.m. Wed. 9 a.m. HFS. Fri. 7:30 a.m. Sat. 7:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Avon Community Church Pastor Chuck Pelkey 204 Avon Ave. N • 320-356-9001 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Avon 320-356-7121 Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose Father Marvin Enneking 211 5th Ave SE • 320-256-4207 Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Monday 7:30 a.m. communion service. Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Mass. Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 a.m. Friday All School Mass 8:30 a.m. www. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Melrose Pastor Kevin Mann 207 E 5th St N • 320-256-3847 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Service 6:30 p.m.

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Bowlus Father John Odero 428 Main St. • 320-573-2132 Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m.

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grey Eagle Pastor Ron Tibbetts • Missouri Synod 219 Cedar St • 320-285-2902 Sunday Service 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Holy Communion 1 & 3 Sunday. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle Father Ron Dockendorf MN & Bovee Sts • 320-285-2545 Saturday Service 4:30 p.m. Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. United Methodist Church, Grey Eagle Pastor Gary Taylor 30422 Co Rd 2 • 320-285-8013 Sunday Worship & Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

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Four More Words That Will “Shape” my 2014 -By Jeffrey Gitomer Last year I posted four words on my bathroom mirror: FINISH, WRITE, SHAPE, and YES. Based on last year’s success, this year I decided to create two four-word categories. One for achievement and one for improvement. Not “goals” in the sense that you may be thinking about – rather intentions that I consciously and subconsciously work on every day, and build success all year long. By posting the words on my bathroom mirror, I consciously see them each day, and subconsciously think about them and act on them regularly. Because they’re right in front of me every morning and every evening, they are inescapable mental confrontations. Oh, and the process works. After I explain each achievement and improvement word I have selected for this year, I’ll provide a lesson that you can incorporate into your life as you select your word or words. The lesson is the motive behind the word so you can use the same principle as you generate your words. Improvement means GET BETTER at what you’re already doing. If you’re looking to start something new, and make it happen, that’s achievement. For example, when you want to achieve your sales plan, you must improve your sales skills, presentation skills, or your networking skills. On the improvement side of life, my four words are: INSTAGRAM – BLOG – SHAPE – BEST INSTAGRAM – It’s the new Facebook. Thousands of teenagers are abandoning Facebook every hour and refocusing their social efforts on Instagram. Interestingly, Microsoft Word, the word processing program I use to write with, thinks Instagram is a misspelled word. That’s a pretty good indicator of where Microsoft is in the social media world: nowhere. You have to figure there’s got to be a pretty good reason Facebook paid a reported one billion dollars for Instagram. For you as a salesperson and/or a business person, there’s got to be a pretty good reason as well. Here’s what I intend to improve this year: I already have a business and personal account. My personal account is jeffreygitomer. My business account is gitomer. I want to let my family, my customers, my friends, the readers of my books, the followers of my blog, the subscribers to my YouTube channel – all of my social connections – have a chance to view me as a person and as a business person. And you need to consider the same. Every day or so I post a picture to my personal account. And every day it is my intention to post one meaningful quote on my business account. My intention is to give my followers something to think about, something to learn about, something to smile about, and something to replicate. I try to be both a lesson, and an idea.

LESSON: All of your connections both business and personal need to see your human side, and your intellectual side. There’s an opportunity in Instagram for you to create a leadership position. BLOG – I intend to make my blog much more personal this year. On (pretty good URL, eh?) I’ll be posting on-the-road insights from my travels, kitchen thinking, morning thinking, ideas I captured from reading, and the most important ideas I’m capturing from and for my daughters and granddaughters. LESSON: A blog is a place to document and expose. When you put yourself out on the Internet, blogging is the best way to be found. Hundreds of millions of people have jumped on that bandwagon and will stay there. The key to blogging is consistency. At the moment I post two or three times a week. You should begin by doing the same. Just a paragraph or two, but make sure they contain keywords that others can find as they search about you, your products and services, and your company. SHAPE – Last year I failed to lose the weight I promised myself I would. This year I have a personal trainer and a new eating habit set in motion. My mantra will be better health leads to increased wealth. LESSON: I didn’t achieve my goal. I didn’t follow through on my own intentions. But the lesson is not failure. The lesson is persistence. Just because I didn’t do it last year, doesn’t mean I won’t get it done. If you don’t meet a goal, if you don’t achieve your intentions, keep moving baby! BEST – One thing that the BEST people I know have in common – they’re all seeking to become better. My best skills on the business side of my life are: selling, speaking, writing, humor, friendliness, and creativity. The reason I’m excellent at those skills is that I seek to become better at them every day. My driver is very simple, I just ask myself this one question: Am I doing the best I can right now? LESSON: Ask yourself this question after EVERY meeting, phone call, project, and social and social media outreach: Is this the BEST I can do? Hopefully the words I have chosen for improvement and achievement, and the lessons I have provided, will inspire you to write and define your words for the year. Interestingly, you most likely mentally know what they are, but have yet to bring them to the visual surface as Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror. Want both columns and my bathroom postings from last year? Sure you do! Go to and enter the words IMPROVE ACHIEVE in the GitBit box Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of twelve best-selling books including The Sales Bible and The Little Red Book of Selling. He just published two new sales books Win Now! and The Sale Re-Defined. They will change the way you think and sell. His website, www., will lead you to more information about training and seminars, or email him personally at salesman@

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