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You be the judge - Make wise decisions -By Harvey Mackay

I have felt all my life that good judgment is a critically important skill for any person to have, but especially so for those in leadership positions. Good judgment is such an important attribute that it is often listed first by employers as required qualities of job applicants. We can easily name examples of bad judgment: drug use, lax financial management, questionable choice of friends and so on. And bad judgment usually leads to bad outcomes. In business, the success or failure of the organization hinges on judgments made at all levels. Poor judgment has led to some epic failures over the years. For instance, how about these memorable judgment calls: “Everything that can be invented has been invented,” said Charles H. Du-

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ell, commissioner of U.S. Patent Office in 1899. “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau,” said Irving Fisher, professor of economics at Yale University in 1929. “I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper,” said Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.” “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,” said an executive at Decca Recording Company in rejecting The Beatles in 1962. So what is good judgment? That’s a tough question, but let me try. Good judgment is the ability to make the best decision possible based on the information you have, without being swayed by others or predetermined ideas. What kind of a decision-maker are you? If you don’t know, you should take a few minutes to contemplate the question, because once you become aware of how you make (or don’t make) decisions, you will be more apt to make wiser choices in the future. Most people have a way of handling decision-making, which mainly fall into these three common approaches: • Snap decision-makers. Often people rely on gut instincts when they make quick decisions. While this can work well for some people, it’s not always the best way for others. This is because some snap decision-makers make choices based on fear or discomfort with the decision-making process. They just

want to get the whole thing over with, so they choose quickly without weighing options and without relying on trusted instincts. Attention should be focused on whether you are making your decisions quickly for good or bad reasons. • Serious option-weigher. While people who make decisions this way are often admired for the careful attention they give to the process, beware of those who practice serious option-weighing to a debilitating extreme. These decisionmakers put so much time into weighing every detail of every option that they © Karych often get lost along the way - and find it difficult to ever come up with a decision they are happy with. Serious consideration is a good thing in most cases, but be careful not to waste time and energy to unnecessary details. • The flip-flopper. This might seem like the person has weighed each option Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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FEBRUARY 10 • Albany Legion Smorgasbord Breakfast from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Church of Seven Dolors Parish Center, Albany. • New Munich Youth Group Valentine Brunch from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Munich Church basement. FEBRUARY 15 • Freeport Youth Group Lenten Fish Fry from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. FEBRUARY 24 • St. Francis Catholic Aid Council Matching Grant Fundraiser Breakfast from 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Church basement.

MARCH 8 • Upsala Area Schools Kindergarten Roundup begins at 8:15 a.m. JULY 19-21 • Grey Eagle GEM Fest - Note: Change in Weekend. 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.

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By Gene Waldorf, Grey Eagle In a recent Letter to the Editor on the “Fiscal Cliffs” bill, I reported that Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Franken and House Representative Peterson had voted in favor of the bill. Since that letter was published in the Hometown News, I received two phone calls, both indicating that Peterson had voted against the bill. The callers were correct, Collin Pe-

terson did vote against the measure, according to current information. I received the information for my letter from an internet report, and I reported it as given to me. I had no interest in passing along misinformation, which I unfortunately did. I apologize to the Hometown News readers and Congressman Peterson for that mistake. Perhaps I could have caught the error if I had checked additional sources.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 and made a firm decision, but often after a few minutes, days or even weeks the person shifts his or her thinking entirely on the matter. These decision-makers usually have a problem with committing themself to the possible outcomes of their decisions, so fear drives them to change in quick succession. In a piece called “Decision making for giants and elves” on the Practical Success Solutions Web site, Malcolm Harvey recommends a four-step process in order to avoid making poorly thought out or ego-based decisions. Here they are: • Make a decision. You have to face that in decision-making there are consequences - and then make the decision to face those consequences. • Make your own decisions. Don’t go to others to make your decisions for you. Take responsibility for what you decide. • Work toward fruition. Once you’ve


made your decision, then work tirelessly toward the end you would like to see. Focus on detail and practice patience. • Stick with it. Don’t let your doubts torment you. You’ve made your decision; you’ve taken action and responsibility. You will likely make mistakes along the way. When you do, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and reassess the situation. Mackay’s Moral: Mark Twain said, “Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.” 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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Sarah Hanson, of Avon and Alex Kleinfehn, of Melrose have been named to the University of Minnesota, Morris Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. Students on the list achieved a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits. Morris is the University of Minnesota’s public liberal arts college, a residential campus located in west central Minnesota. Through personal and academic discovery, the University of Minnesota, Morris provides opportunities for students to grow intellectually, engage in community,

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Obituaries Anna Mae Lensing

Anna Mae Lensing, age 83 of Greenwald, died peacefully on Thursday, January 17, 2013 surrounded by her family at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial as held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 21 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Omar Guanchez officiating and Rev. Marvin Enneking concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Anna Marie Lensing was born October 7, 1929 in Spring Hill, Minnesota to Michael and Theresa (Athmann) Wander. On June 9, 1953 she married Cletus Lensing at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill. The couple farmed south of Greenwald until 1992 when Cletus passed away. Anna Mae moved to Greenwald and their son, Ray, continued farming the family farm. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, embroidering, quilting, baking, singing, and watching Twins baseball. She had strong faith and religion was very important to her. Anna Mae’s motto was “You shouldn’t need to stand at the pulpit and tell people you’re Catholic; it should be reflected in the way you live.” Anna Mae was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in

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Merle T. Dowell Greenwald, St. Andrew’s Choir, St. Ann’s Christian Women and the Willmar Area Sweet Adelines. Survivors include her children, Herman Lensing of Greenwald, Theresa (Jerry) Eisenschenk of Rice, Rose Lensing of Greenwald, Jane (Brent) Imker of Lamberton, Mariann (Tim) Lucken of Greenwald, Rita (Bill) Wehseler of Tofte, Ray (Tammy) of Leander, TX, Gloria (Bill) Brinker of Holdingford, Mike (Cathy) of Grey Eagle, Julie (Bill) Berscheit of Grey Eagle, Beth Lensing of Freeport and Dave Lensing of Sauk Centre; 35 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren; sisters and brothers, Lorraine Schwieters of Freeport, Monica Barten of Spring Hill, and Al (Jeanette) Wander of Belgrade; sistersin-law, Lorraine Wander of Elrosa, Rosella Breitbach of Belgrade, Collette Illies of Spicer and Marcie Lensing of Melrose; brother-in-law, Al Petermeier of Richmond. Anna Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cletus Lensing on April 20, 1992; son, Andrew Lensing in 1968; sisters and brothers, Eleanor Winter, Alfred Wander, Edwin Wander, Ray Wander and Christ Wander; brothers and sister-in-law, Ernest Winter, Casper Schwieters, MaryAnn Wander and Alfred Barten. Serving as casket bearers were Russ Eisenschenk, Troy Lensing, Peter Lucken, Nathan Brinker, Mike Lieser, Tom Imker, and Jerry Imker. Cross bearer was Nick Berscheit and scripture bearer was Heidi Imker. Gift bearers were Gretchen Lucken and Wendy Imker. Lectors were Bonnie Imker, Rachel Brinker and Bridget Lensing. Petitions were Alisha Brinker and Craig Lensing. Mass servers were Alex Lucken, Naomi Lucken and Gabe Lensing. Singers were Paul Lucken and Catherine Lucken. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Merle T. Dowell, 94 yearold resident of Long Prairie, MN passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Valley View Estates Assisted Living in Long Prairie. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Swanville Bible Church in Swanville, MN with Rev. David Packo officiating. Burial took place in the Moses Dane Cemetery in Burtrum, MN. Merle T. Dowell was born September 16, 1919, in Watertown, South Dakota to the late Thomas Omar & Christine Dowell. He was united in marriage to Evelyn B. Michels on October 20, 1941 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Merle and Evelyn briefly resided in Minneapolis, MN and Upsala, MN before settling on the family dairy farm near Burtrum, MN. After retirement, the couple moved to Grey Eagle, MN. Evelyn passed away in 2005 and Merle moved to an apartment

Cletus A. Opatz

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 22, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel for Cletus A. Opatz, 69, of Avon, who died suddenly at his home on January 15, 2013. The Reverend Gregory Mastey officiated. Inurnment with Military Honors were in the parish cemetery. Cletus was born in St. Cloud on February 20, 1943, to Anthony and Erma May (Wolney) Opatz. Cletus was raised on and eventually operated the family farm in St. Wendel. He was a member of the Carpenters Union for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. After

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in Long Prairie, MN where he resided until May 9, 2012. Merle then moved to Valley View Assisted Living in Long Prairie. Merle enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and wintering in Arizona. Merle is survived by his sons Gerald (Connie) Dowell of Pella, IA, Wayne (Wilma) Dowell of Albany, MN, Roger (Dorcas) Dowell of Albany, MN, and Larry (Lori) Dowell of Mendota Heights, MN; daughters Donna (Robert) Johnson of Burtrum, MN, Kathryn (John) Pavlicek of Grey Eagle, MN; brother Lloyd Dowell of St. Louis Park, MN; sister-in-law, Adeline Wolbeck of Sauk Centre, MN, 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Merle is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Omar & Christine Dowell, daughter Barbara Russell, brother Leonard Dowell, and granddaughter Brigitte Dowell. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Johnson & John Pavlicek. Pallbearers were Larry Dowell, Roger Dowell, Wayne Dowell, Gerald Dowell, Robb Johnson, and Michael Russell. Funeral arrangements were with the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville, MN.

retirement he was employed by Auto Value of St. Cloud. He married Mary Jo Eveslage on November 28, 1970 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. His passion for friends, family and animals were his greatest strengths. He enjoyed hunting in Northern Minnesota, socializing with family and friends, and spending time with his dog Jack. He will be missed by his family and friends and will never be forgotten. Our sorrow is deep and our hearts are broken. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Cletus is survived by: wife Mary Jo; children Tony (Codi), Jennifer (Brent) Myers, Tom (Ashley Tamm); grandchildren William and Samuel Myers; sisters Marlys Brinkmann, and Dava Dene Schleper. He was preceded in death by his parents.



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When a Marriage Changes By Saralee Perel Many people tell me they envy the relationship my husband, Bob, and I have. But nobody would be envious upon seeing what I’m like when he’s sick. Lately Bob has needed extra care from me. Until now, I’ve assumed that I would handle this role with patience and grace. But I haven’t. Last week, when Bob took a heavy box to the truck and then jogged back to the house, I said, “The cardiologist said you’re not supposed to strain or run. I can’t follow you around all day making sure you don’t do something foolish.” He felt terrible. “I’m sorry I’m doing this to you,” he said, wanting to make up with a hug, which I returned with obvious reluctance. “I hate it when I worry you.” You see, Bob thinks more about my feelings than he does his own. I’m shocked at the awful, angry person I have become. When I see him smiling sweetly as he’s trying to make me feel better about myself, my guilt is relentless. Feeling isolated and lonesome, I realized I couldn’t keep everything inside anymore. So I decided to talk to my very best friend. “Bob, can we talk? I’m disgusted with myself.” He took both of my hands in his. “You’re just scared. How can you not

Obituary Loretta E. Meldaus

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Community Snapshots

The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Poultry Team placed 3rd at regional competition last week Thursday at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Matthew Middendorf placed 9th Individual in the contest. They will compete at the state FFA convention April 29th on the U of M St. Paul Campus. Pictured are Team Members (from left) Ashley Rohr, Danyell Marcyes, Shyanne Johnson and Matthew Middendorf. Submitted by Curt Gjerstad.

Senator Gazelka and Representative Kresha introduce first Bill together; Military Pension Tax Exemption State Senator Paul Gazelka (R-Cass County), introduced his first bill in the 88th Legislative Session on Monday, January 14th. Senate File 32 is a bill to exempt military pension recipients from income taxes. This bill will be a great help to military veterans and is expected to be heard next week in the Senate Tax Reform Division, a committee on which Senator Gazelka serves. SF 32 has gained bipartisan support and is expected to reach the Senate floor for a full vote. Senator Gazelka said, “Military service members are a distinct asset to our community and deserving of this legislation. The time has come to move this legislation forward on behalf of retired Veterans across Minnesota. It

is a good bill, it helps our veterans, and it will help to keep Minnesota’s economy competitive by attracting more retirees move in or stay in Minnesota.” With the passage of this legislation Minnesota could join 31 other states offering tax exemptions for all or part of residents’ military retired pay from state income taxes. “Our military is an all-volunteer force. If we wish to maintain this volunteer force we must care for those Americans who choose to sacrifice and risk their lives to protect what we hold dear. We cannot take these treasured Americans for granted,” said Gazelka. Representative Ron Kresha is expected to introduce the House version of Senate File 32 within the week. “It


The LPGE FFA Fish &Wildlife team went to regional competition last Thursday at CLC Brainerd. As easy as this topic may sound this is a very competitive contest in our region, there were three returning teams who placed in the top 10 as a team in state last year. LPGE placed 10th out of 14 teams. Pictured are Team Members (from left) Jordan Marcyes, Evan Gessell, Brian Stans and Anthony Loehrer. Submitted by Curt Gjerstad. is important to establish Minnesota as a friendly state for retiring veterans. It is my hope that this bill will continue to attract and keep veterans in Minnesota,” Kresha said State Senator Paul Gazelka encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached at 651-296-4875, by mail at 145 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, or via email atsen. Representative Ron Kresha welcomes and encourages all constituent input, he can be reached at 651-2964247, by mail at 329 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, or via email

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It took 80 years to get this far, so help LuVerne Hollenkamp celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 3 after the 9:00 a.m. mass at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Grey Eagle. LuVerne was born Feb. 5, 1933 at Spaulding, in Todd County.

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Upsala Area Schools National Geography Bee was held Tuesday, January 15 at Upsala Area Schools. Pictured are the winners and participants (front, from left) Erika Stenvik (First Place Winner), Bennett Westrich (Second Place), Noelle Kedrowski; (middle) DJ Wolfley, Isaiah Wardlaw, Collin Prom, Cody Stoermann, Rachel Prom, Wil Leners, Carter Johnson; (back) Alexandra Wuebkers, Hayley Townsend, Brandon Young, Adam Ripplinger, Annika Gunderson (Third Place), Isaac Guthrie, Armando Perales and Cody Rahn. Submitted by Wanda Erickson.

Swanville School Athletes of the Month Swanville High School is pleased to announce its December Athletes of the Month. Tren Dinius, son of Janal and Allen Kruzel is the Boys’ Basketball Athlete of the Month, and Marissa Evans, daughter of Mary and Kevin Evans, is the Girls’ BasTren Dinius ketball Athlete of the Month. Both are seniors, and very valuable members of their teams. Congratulations Tren and Marissa! Coaches’ Comments: “Tren Dinius is the December Athlete of the Month. He started off the season where he left off from last year, averaging about 12 points per game and 3.4 steals per game. Tren is a very hard worker and for the first time in four years playing varsity basketball he missed a half day of practice so he could see his sister who was

going to Irag to serve our country. In the Christmas tourney, Tren had 10 steals against Menagha and in the championship game against Henning Tren scored 19 points. It’s nice to have a guy that can score and play defense the way Tren does.” - Coach Steve Miller “My December Athlete of the Month is Marissa Evans. Marissa is a three year starter for us on our basketball team and has been one of our leading scorers and rebounders each year she has started. On December 20, she scored her 1,000th point at the Free Throw Line with 5:02 Marissa Evans remaining in the game against Royalton. This is a great accomplishment for her and her teammates. Congratulations Marissa!” Coach Aaron Gapinski

January 19, 2013: At 4:36 p.m. the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a theft of a motor vehicle from the address of 110 State Street West, next to the Junction Gas Station, in the city of Grey Eagle. Arthur Shroyer Jr. called to report that he had started his car and as it was warming up, someone stole the car and left Grey Eagle southbound on State Highway 28 towards Ward Springs. At 4:42 p.m. the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a one vehicle rollover accident south of Grey Eagle on State Highway 28 and County Road 2. The caller stated that there was nobody at the scene of the crash. When TCSO arrived, they learned that this was the car just reported as being stolen from the city of Grey Eagle. During the investigation, it was learned that a witness or passer by to the

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Gov’s budget proposal provides clues Many in St. Paul and around the state await the release of the governor’s budget on Tuesday (Jan. 22). It will give the first real indication of what Gov. Dayton wants to accomplish during the next two years and, maybe more importantly, how he intends to pay for it. There have been many calls around the Capital for increased spending but, so far, no plans for how to fund these potential increases. One proposal sure to invoke much discussion would broaden the sales tax to clothing. One variation gives tax credits to low income folks to offset what they would spend on the increased tax. Another plan would tax only those clothing items with a cost of over $200. It’s my opinion none of these ideas will go anywhere unless there’s a lowering of the overall sales tax rate. I’ve seen figures showing that broadening the base of taxable items while at the same time lowering the rate by one-half or even one whole percent would still bring in increased revenue. Of course, the wild card in this scenario is just ex-


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After the first two weeks of session, committee schedules are ramping up. In the Housing Finance and Policy Committee I serve on, we held our first meeting last week, and it was a bit raucous. A bill aimed at giving consumers more protection during foreclosure proceedings was given its first hearing, and the chamber was packed with interested spectators. Several of the items this bill addresses will be part of new federal guidelines soon to be released dealing with foreclosures. The Environment, Natural Resources, and Ag Finance Committee has had two meetings at which professors from the University of Minnesota have presented information from topics ranging from climate change to land use to ground water recharge. The ongoing drought is raising concerns about water supplies heading into this spring and summer. Water flow on rivers is low. In fact, it’s at an all-time low on the Missouri River and in some locations, soil moisture levels are also at all-time lows. Without significant rainfall this spring and summer, the situation could become worse. If wells start going dry, it could have implications for all of us. Rep. Anderson can be contacted by email at or by phone at 651-296-4317. To receive email updates sign-up on his webpage at

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Burnhamville Township December 18, 2012 The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville Township was held December 18, 2012 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by chair Mike Berscheit. Members present include Supervisors: Mike Berscheit, Bruce Johnson, and Louis Thompson; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky; and Treasurer Pam Throener. Others present: Erv Herdering.

Sup. Thompson made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting November 27, 2012. Motion seconded by Sup. Berscheit. Motion was made by Sup. Berscheit to pay all bills numbered 4735 through 4744: Rev. $1,069.77, R&B $2,593.50, Fire $33.66. Sup. Thompson seconded the motion. Motions passed. Correspondence included a request to snowplow Long Lake Access, notice of filing period January 1-15, a request to look into ag clas-

sification change that raised taxes and an online land survey request. On December 4 the City of Swanville held the hearing about land annexation. No concerns were voiced so the request was approved and the process will continue to the state level. In the road report the contractor will sand roads where needed depending on the weather. Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $183,020.53 before tonight’s bills. Treasurer’s report accepted on a

motion by Sup. Johnson and seconded by Sup. Berscheit. Motion passed. Motion was made by Sup. Berscheit to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Sup. Thompson. Motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m. Next regular meeting will be on January 29,2013 at 7 p.m. in the Burtrum Community Center. These are unofficial minutes. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Clerk

Senator Gazelka comments on Gov. Dayton Budget Proposal On Tuesday Governor Dayton proposed his biennial budget for FY 2014-15 calling for $37.9 billion in state spending. This is roughly a 7.6% increase in spending over the current FY 2012-13 budget. His new budget includes a tax increase of $3.7 billion of new or expanded taxes on Minnesotans. Included in his budget is the first ever sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, business services tax, and higher income taxes on some Minnesotans. Senator Paul Gazelka, [R-Cass County], commented on Governor Dayton’s proposal, “Everyone is going to pay more taxes now. Under the Governor’s budget, get ready for more taxes. Governor Dayton expects $2.1 billion more in taxes from Minnesotans, and primarily by the middle-class. He’s increasing income taxes on everyone in Minnesota, clearly his ‘tax-therich’ rhetoric was disingenuous.” Senator Gazelka also said “It’s the biggest tax increase I can ever remember. It’s a huge expansion of

government and still does not repay the rest of their school shift back. In its present form it will drive jobs out of the state. There will be new sales tax on everything, from clothing to a .94 cent increase per pack of cigarettes, from oil changes and haircuts, even over the counter drugs like Advil and Tylenol are not exempt. This is a giant, colossal tax increase that will generate $2 billion more in revenue that I don’t believe is needed. We cannot continue to operate under the illusion that we have a revenue problem in Minnesota. Our state has more than enough money. What Minnesotans deserve is responsible budgeting solutions that look at where we are spending money that doesn’t need to be spent, and then stop spending it.” State Senator Paul Gazelka encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached at 651-296-4875, by mail at 145 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, or via email at sen.paul.gazelka@

Another Father Daughter Ball to be held March 10 at the Falls Ballroom Fathers and daughters who missed the opportunity to attend the 2012 Father Daughter Ball will have another chance next March 10, 2013. “There was so much interest in the ball last year, we unfortunately had to turn some away due to limited seating and catering deadlines ”explains 2012 event co-chair Kate Bjorge. “The intent was to offer the ball every other year, but since there were some who really wanted to attend, the committee felt it was important to offer it again this year.” The Father Daughter Ball is a formal evening of fine dining, music, dancing (think “Thriller dance” as well as ballroom waltzes - instruction is part of the evening), photographs, flowers and a ceremony calling fathers to sign a covenant on behalf of their daughter(s). The covenant is a promise to “live as a man of integrity before God and protect the heart of (my) daughter(s)”.

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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.

Immaculate Conception Church, New Munich Father Roger Klassen 106 3rd Ave NE • 320-836-2143 Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 10:30 a.m. Weekday Mass: Tues. & Thurs. 8:15 a.m. Sacrement of Reconciliation 8:00 a.m. or by appt. Immaculate Conception Church, St. Anna Father Gregory Mastey Father John Paul Knopik, Parochial Vicar Co Rd 9 • 320-356-7313 Sat. 8:00 p.m. St. Anthony Catholic Church Father Michael Naughton, OSB 24328 Trobec Street • 320-845-2416 Thurs. Mass 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Father Michael A. Kellogg 44055 State Hwy 238 • 320-573-2975 Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 3:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m.

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, St. Rosa Father Roger Klassen 28905 Co Rd 17 • 320-836-2537 Saturday Mass 8:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Weekday Mass: Mon. Thurs. 8:00 a.m.; Fri. 8:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation 15 min. before weekday Mass or by appt. Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Sauk Centre Father Roger V. Phillips 520 Main Street South 320-352-6882 or 320-285-2310 Holy Communion/Morning Prayer, 10 a.m. Wed. 1 p.m. Bible Study. St. John’s Catholic Church, Swanville Father Ron Dockendorf 22nd 1st St • 320-547-2920 Saturday Service 7:30 p.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (LCMS), Swanville Pastor John O. Grein 505 Berkey Ave • 320-547-2928 Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class 10:15 a.m. Swanville Bible Church Pastor Dave Packo 301 Berkey Ave • 320-547-2916 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Community Covenant Church, Upsala Pastor Craig Johnson Nathan Hillman, Director of Youth & Family Ministries Main Street • 320-573-2672 Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship Service 10:15 a.m.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church ELCA, Upsala Pastor Trish Jorgenson 418 S Main St • 320-573-2001 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. for all ages, Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.; Holy Communion every Sunday. Fellowship following worship. Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church, Upsala Pastor Fred Kutter 201 Johnson St • 320-573-2630 Sunday Service 8:00 a.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala Father Michael. A. Kellogg 402 Main Street • 320-573-2975 Sacrament of Reconciliation Sunday 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m.

Word of Life Free Lutheran Church, Upsala Pastor Jon Benson 3328 1st Ave W • 320-573-4450 Wednesday Kid’s Club, Youth Group & Adult Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Bitz and Piecez -By Pastor Micheal Bitz

Truth and Lies, Isaiah 43:1-7 and Romans 6:1-11 On this Sunday two of our scheduled readings address important scriptural truths. The Reading from Luke 3:15-22 deals with truth about Jesus but is not as immediately applicable as the other two are from Isaiah and Romans. The Romans reading talks about baptism and how we have new life through baptism into Christ. The Isaiah passage touches on the reality that God has created us and calls us by name as His beloved children. These Biblical truths, and really all the truths contained in God’s Word, are important for our lives. When we take a hard look at creation and God we find that Satan is the father of lies. He brought sin into creation through his lies to Eve and still works to trap people in flat out lies. God, on the other hand, is Truth - and to be reminded of these truths is a valuable weapon against the lies of Satan. Recently (and the reason I have skipped a few Sundays) I succumbed to what is called burnout. A downward spiral of increasing stress, less energy, and an inability to work and function normally which typically leads to some type of depression all of which I ran into at the end of this last year. As a proclaimer of God’s truth into this world it is no surprise that Satan would target me and other pastors with his lies. (Burnout for Pastors is higher than most other professions.) Some of his lies I began to believe were that I was not a good pastor, that I needed to hold my own if I wanted to feel forgiven, that I was not loved and cared for by the peo-

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The Father Daughter Ball will be held Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 4 9:00 p.m. at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Volunteers are needed to help wait tables, greet, and decorate. To learn more about the event or to volunteer contact: Mark Whittington 320-360-4095 or Julie Shelstad 320-632-1826. Tickets are available from the following locations in Little Falls: Coborns Superstore, the Good Book & Gifts store, Falls Radio station and Faith Lutheran Church (LFCMS Commons Sundays between 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.). Seating is limited. For additional information visit the Faith website and click on “Father Daughter Ball”



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Melrose Library Family Movie Nights Series: Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25 and April 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. All movies are family friendly, and a popcorn snack will be provided. Bring your own beverage. The attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. Call the Melrose library at 320-2563885 for more information. Upsala Library Make a Fleece Scarf: Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6-8:00 p.m. for adults and teens. No sewing is involved. If you can, bring along some sharp scissors to cut the fleece. All materials will be provided by the Friends of the Upsala Public Library. The attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. Dr. King’s Dream: Thursday, Jan. 31, 10-11:00 a.m. for adults, teens and children in fifth-grade and up at the Holdingford Public Schools gymnasium. A performance by the Mixed Blood Theatre presentation, open to the public, that draws from Dr. King’s letters, sermons, books and speeches. Dr. King is portrayed by Warren C. Bowles, who authored the play. The Mixed Blood Theatre is a multicultural professional theater group based in Minneapolis. This presentation is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information call 320-5734282.

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