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Positive thinking has no negatives -By Harvey Mackay

One of life’s great annoyances is the tendency of folks who ask you to perform an impossible task, list the issues they foresee and the problems that have plagued previous attempts -and then admonish you to “think positive.” Wow! Does that mean you are so good that you can achieve what no one else has? Or are you being set up to fail? Because I am an eternal optimist, I prefer to believe the first premise. Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better. I think that good attitudes are contagious. I want to start an epidemic! A friend who also prefers to look for the silver lining suggested I Google “The Positive Pledge” by author and inspirational speaker Jon Gordon. Several promises stand out among the fifteen in the pledge, including: • I pledge to be a positive person and positive influence on my family, friends, co-workers and community. • I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity. • When I want to be bitter I will choose to get better.

• When I meet failure I will fail forward towards future success. • I believe my best days are ahead of me, not behind me. The full pledge is a terrific framework for a positive attitude, because we know that positive thinking isn’t always easy. Negative thoughts can creep into our mind - and jump out our mouths - when we least expect them. The trick isn’t to fight them, but to manage them so they don’t paralyze us. Identify the triggers. When you have a negative thought (“This will never work . . . I can’t do this.”), stop and ask yourself what’s bringing it on. You may be tired or stressed out, or you may be affected by someone else’s perspective. If you can locate the cause, the thought itself won’t have as much power over you. Focus on the now. Worrying about the past or the future isn’t very productive. When you start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner, stop and take a breath and ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed. Find something to distract you from destructive thoughts and reset your attitude. Replace the negative. If you find yourself plagued by a recurrent worry, train yourself to think of something else. Memorize a short poem, phrase, or med-

itation, and when you catch yourself in a negative thought, replace the negative with the positive. Your conscious mind can concentrate on only one thought at a time, and driving the negativity away will free you up to move forward again. Years ago, I came across an essay that really solidified my commitment to positive thinking. It has been credited to several people, most often Robert J. Burdette or the ubiquitous “unknown.” Regardless of whoever authored it, here is the message for you to contemplate: “There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept from fear and apprehension. “One of these days is Yesterday with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone. Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 2 • Heartland Chapter of the MN Darkhouse & Angling Assoc. 9th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 7. • Groundhog Day Feed from 4-6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Little Falls. • Pelican Lake Assoc. Annual Fundraiser Dinner from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Landing, St. Anna. See ad on page 5. FEBRUARY 7 • American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. FEBRUARY 8-9 • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, Melrose. FEBRUARY 9 • 24th Annual Valentine’s Banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. See ad on page 4. 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 12 & 15 • Hot Shot Contest at half-time at the Melrose Area School. FEBRUARY 15 • Freeport Youth Group Lenten Fish Fry from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. FEBRUARY 23 • Sobieski & Swanville Lions Clubs 20th Annual Fishing Contest & Raffle starting at noon on Long Lake, Swanville. 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. FEBRUARY 25 • Speaker Bill Davis at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala. FEBRUARY 27 • “Live Clean in a Dirty World” at 8 p.m. for guys only by speaker Bill Davis at Upsala High School Auditorium. MARCH 8 • Upsala Area Schools Kindergarten Roundup begins 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. 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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Hometown News • Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Page 3

Birth Announcements Natalie Elizabeth Kreidler

Anniversary Rodger and Olive Schmidt

Ashley Lanners and Trevor Kreidler are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Elizabeth Kreidler, born on January 22, 2013 at 9:51 p.m. at St. Cloud Hospital. Natalie weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Welcoming Natalie home is her brother Noah, 3. Grandparents are Rodney and Marilyn Lanners and Roxanne and Drew Kreidler. Great grandparents are Robert and Ursula Lanners, Rosemary and the late Joseph Wagner.

Joselyn Joan LaForge

Rick and Jolene LaForge of Melrose are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Joselyn Joan LaForge, born Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:39 a.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Joselyn weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. Welcoming Joselyn home are her 2 big sisters, Tori (4) & Alli (2). Grandparents are Roger and Sue Stoermann and Lonny and Linda LaForge. Great grandparents are Rose Stoermann of St. Rose and June Zirbes of Melrose.

Alan Marcus Kalina

Hailey Wysocki of Long Prairie is proud to announce the birth of her son, Alan Marcus Kalina, born January 25, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. at CentraCare Health System-Long Prairie. Alan weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Welcoming Alan home is his big sister Allahna. Grandparents are Mark and Katrina Wysocki.



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Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 “The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. “This leaves only one day - Today. Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow - that we break down. “It is not the experience of Today that drives men mad. It is remorse or bitterness for something that happened Yesterday and the dread of what will happen Tomorrow.”

That’s a difficult formula to improve upon, and perhaps even more challenging to practice. But I promise you, I’m positive you will be better off for trying! Mackay’s Moral: A positive attitude lightens your load and expands your reach. 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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Virginia M. Knese

Obituaries Donald D. Axel

Donald D. Axel, age 75 of Burtrum, passed away Jan. 24th, 2013. Donald was born Dec. 14, 1937 to August and Frieda Axel in Culdrum Township, Swanville, MN. Don attended grade school in Distinct #60, later graduating from Swanville High School in 1955. Don was active in many sports while in High School; after graduation Don worked on ORE Boats, sailing out of Duluth. Later moving to Minneapolis to work at Big Wheel Auto Parts, on Lake Street, where he was drafted into the US Army in August of 1961.

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After serving for two years, Don was Honorably Discharged in 1963. Don returned to work at Big Wheel Auto Parts, working there until 1965 before quitting and going to work for Twin City Arsenal. In 1973, Don left the Arsenal and bought the Burtrum Bar; his last and favorite job. Don was very active in the Burtrum community; serving on the City Council and later becoming Mayor of Burtrum, serving 4 terms. Don also worked as substitute mail carrier for the Burtrum Post Office. Don was an active member of the Trinity Luthern church in Long Prairie, where he served on the Board of Education. He was a member of the Burtrum Lions Club and the Burtrum Heritage Club. Donald is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia (Gratz), his two children; Dean (Laura) Axel and family of Sauk Centre and Suzanne (Steve) Magner of Fort Myers, FL and grandchildren. One brother Rhienhold and three sisters; Frieda Kedrowski, Esther Barber, and Edna (Jerry) Golombiecki. Many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Luthern Church in Long Prairie, MN. Burial will be at Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, MN at 2 PM.



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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Thursday, January 31, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna for Virginia M. Knese who died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. The Rev. Gregory Mastey will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 9-11 AM Thursday at the church in St. Anna. Virginia was born in Minneapolis to Hubert M. & Katherine (Majerus) Langer. She grew up in St. Cloud and worked for her father at Tech Grocery in St. Cloud. She married Elmer M. Knese on June 17, 1936 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, from this marriage they had three children. Virginia was a homemaker for most of her married life and in her later years worked as a florist for Northside

Ted F. Henderson Sr.

F u n e r a l services were held, January 27, 2013 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon for Ted F. Henderson Sr., 65, who died at his home, Thursday, January 24, 2013. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Ted was born on July 20, 1947 to Loen “Forest” and Virginia (Gilmore) Henderson. He graduated high school in Auburn, Nebraska. Ted resided in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. He was a veteran of the USAF. Ted married Carroll A. Randolph. Ted and his sister, Beth were long time dancers; winning

Floral in St. Cloud. She enjoyed Crocheting table cloths and doylies for her grandchildren. Virginia also enjoyed fishing both in the summer and winter, watching television (especially her soap opras) and praying the rosary every day. Survivors include her children, Jerry Knese of Clear Lake; Jean Knese of Avon; son in law, Terry McIntyre; ex daughter in law, Sue Knese; grandchildren, Cheryl Cranford, Patrice Fontenot, Frank Wicker, Tina Mariotti, Stacie Knese, Karla Scapanski, and Amy Franzen. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Eleanor & Matthew Franzen, Jack & Mason Owens, Casey & Corey Cranford, Kelsey Nestle, Alyssa Laue, Thomas, Andrew, Star Knese, Abigail, Katelyn, Anna, & Anthony Scapanski, Rodney Fontinot III, John Paul & Amy Fontinot, Tanisha & Kaitlynn Wicker, Matthew & Nicolas Mariotti, great-great grandchildren, Rodney Fontinot IV, and Harley Trujillo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2005, daughter, Darleen Wicker McIntyre, and grandson, Mike A. Knese.

several competitions throughout his childhood. He was an avid sportsman, hunter; including fishing, trapping and wood worker. Ted enjoyed trying new adventures and was always on to something new. He started several businesses including gun cleaning and repair, janitorial, honey, and chickens. Ted is survived by his sister, Beth Haneline of Nebraska; children, Ted Henderson Jr. of Nebraska, Jim (Nancy) of Nebraska, Jennifer Henderson of Missouri, Heidi Henderson of Iowa; step children, Rose Scheckel of Iowa, Cindy (Robert) Shoeman of Idaho, Pam Maxsween-Smith of Colorado, Virginia Smith of Iowa, Mary (fiancé Rich Willenbring) of Minnesota; 20 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. Ted will be remembered as a kind, caring, and creative man. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carroll.

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Andrew Paul McKeown Andrew Paul McKeown, age 36, of Albany, MN. died at home on January 27, 2013. He was born September 27, 1976 in Montevideo, MN to Thomas and Pamela (Wallien) McKeown. A n d r e w graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1995; South Dakota State University in 2001; and Argosy University in 2004. Andy married Jennifer Johnson on September 24, 2004 in South Carolina; they were divorced in 2011. He was employed for the past 8 years at St. Cloud Hospital as a CT Technologist. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, writing and spending time with his two children. Survivors include daughter Kate Maureen McKeown and son Aidan Thomas McKeown of Albany, MN; parents Thomas and Pamela (Wallien) McKeown of Creston, Iowa; sister Megan and brother-in-law Adam Sears, of Lowell, MA; nephew Thomas and niece Emily Sears of Lowell, MA; grandmother Mavis Punt of Lakeville, MN, and grandfather David Wallien of Fairmont, MN, and Tucson, AZ. He is

also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he dearly loved. Andy was preceded in death by his grandparents James Byron McKeown and Alice Jane McKeown of Montevideo; step-grandfather Wilbert Mace of Montevideo; Martin Punt of Sioux Center, IA; and step-grandmother Shirley Wallien of Fairmont. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 1st at 12:00 noon at Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE in St. Cloud, MN with Pastor Wayne Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1st beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church prior to the service. Memorials are preferred for a benefit fund for Kate and Aidan McKeown, children. Donations can be made to US Bank Kate and Aidan McKeown Fund, 1015 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or any US Bank location. Andy was a gentle spirit who wore his heart on his sleeve; he had a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior and is now at peace. His family takes comfort in knowing we will see him again, for it isn’t the end of him but only the beginning! The beginning of a much better life where… “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4.

Celestine E. “Sally” Hinnenkamp

Celestine E. “Sally” Hinnenkamp, age 91 of Melrose, died peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Celestine Elizabeth Hinnenkamp was born January 29, 1921 in Melrose Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Joseph and Elizabeth (Dickhaus) Hinnenkamp. Sally lived in Racine, WI and worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone for 4 years before residing in Melrose. She worked at the Melrose Meat Locker for 60 years and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. She enjoyed taking care of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and also her friends’ pets. Sally was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Sts. Bernard

and Elizabeth Council, Melrose Senior Citizens and held various leadership roles with the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary. Survivors include her brother, Luverne (B Jean) Hinnenkamp of Melrose; sisters-in-law, Marcella “Sally” Hinnenkamp of Melrose and Rose Hinnenkamp of Melrose; many nieces and nephews; and special friend and caregiver, Kathy Zachmann of Melrose. Sally was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sister, Alfred “Al” Hinnenkamp, Elmer Hinnenkamp and Viola Frieler; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Frieler. Serving as casket bearers were Mitchel Heinen, Jena Heinen, Kenny Hinnenkamp, Renee Botner, Dan Frieler and Corey Hinnenkamp. Cross bearer was Sharon Kays and scripture bearer was Richard Frieler. Gift bearers were Sarah Nietfeld, Rena Nietfeld and Hannah Nietfeld. Readers were Christa Heinen and Chantel Heinen.

Ernie Van Heel

Ernie Van Heel, age 88 of Golden Valley, died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 29, 2013. Ernie was born in Freeport, Minnesota and grew up working hard on the family farm in St Anthony, Minnesota. He moved to Minneapolis in 1944 to begin his career as a carpenter. In 1965, he started his own business as a remodeling contractor. He married Maryann Donovan in 1952 and they had six children.

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Community Snapshots


Dillon Krebs, center, gets ready to race across Africa as classmates Peyton Gerads (left) and Erica Roske (right) look on. Dillon’s First Grade classmates at Upsala Area Schools cheer him on. (left to right) Mrs. Opatz, Madison Tschida, Mrs. Heather Johnson, April Kimlinger, Jake Gunderson, Landon Baggenstoss, Bryce Binek and Brooke Opatz Swanville Public School received a donation from Dan’s Prize for $125.00 from their 2012 Dan’s Prize Christmas Card Contest. The donation was in honor of the students (pictured front, from left) Leah Eggerth, Courtney Och, Clayton Eggerth; (back) Amber Barton, Art Teacher Marie Francis and Audrey Barton for entering in the contest. Submitted by Sheryl Johnson.

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By Jill Kurowski Grey Eagle Electric Inc. is owned and operated by Kevin and Nancy Bitz, and their son Darrell Bitz is a full time employee. Kevin and Nancy started the business in 1975 which is located at 303 Highway 28, Grey Eagle. Kevin grew up at a resort on Little Birch Lake and Nancy lived on a farm north of Grey Eagle. The Bitz’s have four children: Denise, Darrell, Michael, and Josh and ten grandchildren. Kevin went to Vo-tech in Wadena for two years and holds an “A” Master Electrician License. The business is licensed and insured. In the summer the children always helped out in some way or another. In 2008 Darrell started working for the business. Darrell is married to Carissa and they have two children: Annika and Eddison. They currently live in the home at the business site. Kevin and Nancy moved to their home on Little

Birch Lake. Grey Eagle Electric can do anything from wiring a new home or business, to repairing a bad switch. They do residential, commercial and farm electrical needs. They do trenching for underground and service wires. They also sell and repair motors and almost anything electrical. Nancy said, “They answer the phone 24 hours a day and go to work 24 hours a day for emergencies.” What would greatly improve their business is if new housing market would grow in this area. This is the sixth in a series of stories that feature Grey Eagle/Burtrum Area businesses. The project is sponsored by The Community Builders Organization of Grey Community Builders Grey Eagle/Burtrum Area Eagle and Burtrum.

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

State Budget Proposal Unveiled Coming up with a two-year plan for funding Minnesota’s state government is no simple matter. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal for the upcoming biennium runs over 2,000 pages, and even though it was released last week, questions still remain about certain aspects of the document. Receiving the most attention, at least from the e-mails I’ve been getting since last Tuesday, is the governor’s plan to expand the base of our sales tax while at the same time lowering the rate. Under his plan, the rate would drop from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent while more items and services would be subject to the tax. Clothing items priced over $100 would be subject to the revised sales tax, as would a variety of services such as bank charges, legal and accounting fees, auto and household repairs, computer services, and personal instruction. Also on the list of taxable items released last Friday is “admissions.” I asked for a clarification, wondering if admissions to high school athletic contests would fall under that classification, but didn’t receive a re-


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shift in the coming biennium that begins in July. He pushes that out two more years, into the next budget cycle. As mentioned in a recent column, that makes sense to me. We are making good progress in re-paying the shift, and another payment should go out next month. If we were to pay it all back in the new budget, which would take new funding, money that instead could go to another purpose such as all-day kindergarten and special ed. Keep in mind that this is the governor’s proposal. The Legislature, after receiving the February forecast, will craft its own budget. However, since the Democrats control both chambers and the governor’s office, I look for the Legislature to rely heavily on Dayton’s figures. The sales tax proposal seems to be the most problematic, with business interests generally against the expansion. That’s the area most likely to see major changes from the governor’s plan. 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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Local Municipality Minutes

Melrose City January 3, 2013 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Jenny Mayers, Joe Finken, Dick Christenson, and Tony Klasen, Mayor Tim Vogel, City Administrator Michael Brethorst, and City Clerk Patti Haase. Mayor Vogel presided thereat. Also in attendance were several American Government students from the Melrose Area Public High School. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The City Administrator/Treasurer administered the Oaths of Office to Council Members Jenny Mayers and Tony Klasen who were re-elected to the City Council in November of 2012 for four-year terms. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as submitted. Mayor Vogel then opened the floor to public comment. There were no comments. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a. The minutes from the December 13 Regular Meeting. b. 1) Planning and Zoning Commission: The Council to appoint one member for a four-year term. Incumbent Randy Dufner is seeking reappointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission. No other applications have been received. The Council to appoint Mr. Dufner to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term. 2) Assistant Weed Inspector: Mayor to appoint for a one-year term. Streets/Parks Supervisor Mark Maus has served in this position in the past and will accept reappointment. 3) City Forester: Mayor to appoint for a one-year term. Streets/ Parks Supervisor Maus has served in this position in the past and will accept reappointment. 4) Animal Control Officer: Mayor to appoint for a one-year term the Melrose Police Department as the City Animal Control Officer. c. Animal Shelter: The Council to give consideration to designating the Minnesota Veterinary Associates, Inc. as the Animal Shelter. The Council to take action on this designation. d. Resolution No. 2013-1, Resolution Designating Official Depository and Supplemental Depositories for City Funds. This resolution designates the depositories of City funds for 2013. US Bank, Melrose, Central Minnesota Credit Union, and Freeport State Bank, Melrose were designated for 2012 and the City Treasurer was given the authority to name additional depositories for the deposit of funds. The Council may wish to again grant the City Treasurer the author-

ity to name the depositories. This could be done with the understanding that US Bank, Melrose, Central Minnesota Credit Union, and Freeport State Bank, Melrose would also be used as depositories. The motion designating the depositories of City funds should include the following, “For the purpose of being certain that all funds in financial institutions will be insured, the City Treasurer shall have the authority pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 118A.02, Subd. 1, to name depositories for the deposit of funds so as to make certain that all City funds are either insured or collateral has been pledged by the depository as security, as permitted by M.S., Chapter 118A.” The Council to take action on the proposed resolution. e. The following Ambulance Department uncollectible accounts have been submitted to Revenue Recapture (RR) or written off (WO): Habibo Salat (CA) $286.13; Josefina Raya (for minor child) (WO) $1,328.40; Rosalyn McCormick (RR) $112.95; Kayla Derik (RR) $646.38; Kevin Mansell (CA) $468.04; Mark Hanson (CA) $751.20; Carly Anderson (CA) $615.60; Luke Amundson (CA) $615.60; Mary Blenker (WO) $745.20; Amelia Evesalge (WO) $44.84. Total: $5,614.34 f. Ambulance Coordinator Jenn Tschida is requesting approval for Clay Anderson, who has completed the EMT Course on December 6, 2012, to be appointed to the Department. He has been doing ride-along with the Department. Mr. Anderson’s hiring is contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical and drug test. The Council to take action appointing Mr. Anderson to the Ambulance Department contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical. g. Resolution No. 2013-2, donation of a park bench for the west Sauk River trail received from the Minnesota Dark House & Angling Association Heartland Division. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to approve the consent agenda items. Senior Citizens Activities Director Mary Ann Primus addressed the Council with a request to remodel a portion of the Senior Center. The group wishes to add a dance floor. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried directing staff to work with the Senior Activity group on this item. Consideration was then given to the following appointments: a. 1) A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to appoint Mr. Finken as Acting Mayor for 2013. 2) In 2012, Dymoke Law Office PA was appointed to serve as the City Attorneys for general matters. Correspondence has been received from Dymoke Law Office seeking reappointment for 2013 with the rate of pay for services at

$105 per hour. Recommend the following items apply when making the appointments: (a) Statements to be detailed and to include the time spent on each item; (b) City Attorney to attend Council meetings with only the first hour of each meeting being charged at the $105 per hour flat rate and all additional minutes, hours, etc. to be non-chargeable. If the Council meeting runs less than an hour, each meeting would be charged at a flat rate of $52.50; (c) City Attorney to attend Board/Commission or special meetings upon request with only the first hour of each meeting being charged at the $105 per hour flat rate and all additional minutes, hours, etc. to be non-chargeable . If the Council meeting runs less than an hour, each meeting would be charged at a flat rate of $52.50; (d) The hourly rate to be $105 per hour for general matters; (e) Legal costs for special items to be negotiated with an hourly rate and the total cost not to exceed a set amount. Statements for special items to be submitted monthly; (f) Copies of statements to be submitted to the Council for their review. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried to appoint Dymoke Law Office PA to handle general matters for 2013 with the rate of pay to be $105 per hour. 3) Public Utilities Commission: The Council to appoint one member for a three-year term. Incumbent Lyle Olmscheid is seeking reappointment to the Melrose Public Utilities Commission. No other applications have been received. The Council to appoint Mr. Olmscheid to the Public Utilities Commission for a three-year term. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers and seconded by Mr. Finken to appoint Mr. Olmscheid to the Utilities Commission for a three-year term. A roll call vote was recorded as follows: For: Council Members Mayers, Finken, Klasen, and Christenson; Against: None; Abstain: Mayor Vogel due to conflict of interest. Next discussed was appointing a Council representative for a one-year term to the Utilities Commission. Dick Christenson served as the Council representative for the year of 2012. Mr. Christenson expressed interest in being reappointed. A motion was made by Mr. Finken and seconded by Ms. Mayers to reappoint Mr. Christenson to the Utilities Commission for a one-year term. A roll call vote was recorded as follows: For: Council Members Finken, Mayers, Klasen, and Christenson; Against: None; Abstain: Mayor Vogel due to conflict of interest. 4) Planning and Zoning Commission: Council to appoint a Council representative for a one-

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Thursday, January 24 Upsala 66 • Onamia 21 Halftime score: Upsala 39 • Onamia 7 Stats: Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 22 2 0 4 7 Danica Cheney 5 2 0 2 1 Tracy Herzog 15 7 3 3 2 Kristin Wuebkers 0 0 0 1 0 Sara Herzog 6 2 1 1 1 Sadie Welinski 4 1 0 1 0 Katie Ripplinger 4 2 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 3 9 0 1 2 Kaelin Smieja 1 0 0 0 0 Brooke Westrich 0 2 0 4 2 Katlin Welinski 6 1 1 2 1 Saturday, January 26 Upsala 68 • Maranantha 70 in OT Halftime score: Upsala 30 • Maranantha 24 (66-66 in regulation) Stats: Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 28 10 3 7 9 Danica Cheney 0 0 0 0 0 Tracy Herzog 12 8 1 2 0 Kristin Wuebkers 0 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 11 3 0 2 0 Sadie Welinski 0 4 1 5 1 Katie Ripplinger 0 2 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 8 10 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 0 2 0 0 0 Brooke Westrich 6 5 1 0 2 Katlin Welinski 3 2 1 0 0 Tuesday, January 29 Upsala 77 Browerville 58 Halftime score: Upsala 36 • Browerville 24 Stats: Pts Rebs Blocks Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 25 7 1 2 11 Danica Cheney 1 1 0 0 1 Tracy Herzog 11 14 2 0 3 Kristin Wuebkers 1 1 0 2 1 Sara Herzog 4 2 0 2 2 Sadie Welinski 3 2 0 0 0 Katie Ripplinger 1 2 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 15 10 0 1 0 Kaelin Smieja 2 0 0 0 0 Brooke Westrich 4 5 0 0 1 Katlin Welinski 10 1 1 0 0

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Mayers, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried approving MAOSC membership for 2012-2013. The Council then discussed scheduling the annual meeting with area township and city officials regarding the proposed 2014 budgets for the Fire and Ambulance Departments. It is recommended that this meeting be scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire and Ambulance Station. The proposed 2014

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Area students named to Dean’s Lists Letter to the Editor Gregg Raisnem, Dean of Academic Affairs at Alexandria Technical & Community College recognizes individual students for academic excellence, achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher during fall 2012. Jeremy Krebs of Albany is enrolled in the Communication Art & Design program. Helen Marshall-Adamietz of Albany is enrolled in the Interior Design program.

The following students have been named to the Fall 2012 Dean’s List at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN: Ashley Altendahl of Freeport, is a Senior majoring in Nursing. Kaitlyn Roerick of Swanville, is a Senior majoring in Nursing. Lisa Smeby of Swanville, is a Senior majoring in Nursing. Dean’s List members have achieved a 3.75 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale. The College of St. Scholastica is happy to commend all students for acaContinued from Pg 9

budget information will be presented to the Council at their January 24 meeting. The contracts between the City and area townships and cities require the City to hold this meeting annually. After discussion, it was agreed to schedule the meeting with the cities and townships for Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Several members of the Council will be attending the Incident Command System Overview for Elected Officials to be held January 24 at the Stearns County Service Center at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This will conflict with the Council’s regular meeting scheduled at that time; therefore, the regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 24 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center. The following informational items were then reviewed: a. The City has received the 2012 property/casualty dividend in the amount of $27,743 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT). The City’s share of the dividend is determined by premiums paid, years in the program, etc. The

demic achievements. The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities. The Washington Post has rated St. Scholastica as one of the nation’s 100 “hidden gems” among U.S. colleges and universities. Barbara McDonald, Dean of Academic Affairs at Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, has named 335 students to the 2012 Fall Semester Dean’s List. Students qualified for this honor by completing a minimum of 12 credits and attaining a grade point average between 3.25 and 4.0. The following Grey Eagle area student was placed on the Fall Semester Dean’s List: Jorden Pangrac.

dividend is split between the General Fund and Utilities Fund. b. Utilities Commission’s December 10 Regular Meeting minutes. c. Planning and Zoning Commission’s October 11 Regular Meeting minutes. d. MADA/COC’s October 22 Regular Meeting minutes and November 13 Regular Meeting minutes. e. The following are schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1) Stearns County Shoreland Training, January 31 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. Registration fee: $30 per person. Attending: Planning and Community Development Director Walz f. Website Hits. g. Charter Communications Correspondence – Program LineUp Change Notification. h. Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Elected Officials. Stearns County will be holding Incident Command System training for elected officials on January 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Stearns County Services Center.

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They will be discussing the role an elected official plays during an incident and outlines the roles and responsibilities. A motion was made by Mr. Finken, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried that the meeting be adjourned at 6:30 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk Burtrum City January 7, 2013 The meeting of the Burtrum City Council was called to order at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 by Mayor Allen. The oath of office was taken by Kevin Wunderlich as council member. All other council members answered roll call. Minutes of the Dec. 3rd meeting were read and approved on a motion by Clara Taft and seconded by Anna Payne. Upon vote motion carried. Finance report was given and approved on a motion by Ron Strassburg and seconded by Clara Taft. Upon vote motion carried. After some discussion, a motion was made by Kevin Wunderlich to pay Ron Strassburg for checking the furnace at the hall. Motion seconded by Anna Payne and carried. Checks number 7075 thru 7080 were approved for payment on a motion by Clara Taft and seconded by Ron Strassburg. Upon vote motion carried. Under old business, a motion was made by Clara Taft and seconded by Kevin Wunderlich to assess the cost of the fire call to a property owner. All members voted in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by the Mayor to issue a violation citation to a citizen for violating ordinance number 26 & 27. Motion seconded by Anna Payne and upon vote carried. Under new business, the tree by the City Hall needs to come down. Property owner will be notified. “Children at Play” signs will be put up in the spring on a motion by Kevin Wunderlich and seconded by Anna Payne. Motion carried. Being no further business, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Anna Payne and seconded by Clara Taft. Motion carried. These are unapproved minutes. Dorothy Strassburg, City Clerk

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By Gene Waldorf, Grey Eagle Two recent national polls produced the following results: Is reducing the federal deficit a worthy goal? Yes: 77%; No: 17% Is federal spending out of control? Yes: 83%; No: 11% Just last week our Congress voted to raise the borrowing limit for four months. Don’t they get it? Franken and

Audrey Blommel of Freeport to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris Audrey Blommel, of Freeport, has been accepted to and has chosen to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris, one of the most respected public liberal arts colleges in the nation. Blommel, a 2013 graduate of Melrose High School will attend Morris beginning Fall 2013. Blommel is the recipient of an Achievement Scholarship, renewable up to four years. Achievement Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments at the time of application. All first-year students who submit an application to Morris are automatically considered

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The Morrison County Animal Humane Society is celebrating February’s “I love to read” month by hosting a used book sale Saturday, February 9th, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church (2100 Riverview Drive, behind Falls Furniture) in Little Falls. The community has generously donated a wide variety of gently used fiction, non- fiction, and children’s books for the event. Prices on all books, including hardcover, are free will donation. All proceeds from the sale go directly to the care for the homeless animals

Bill Davis returns to Upsala

Monday, Feb. 25: 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Speaker Bill Davis from Florida will tell his life story of making many bad choices (robbery, drugs), leading to prison time with Charles Manson, thoughts of suicide and finally choosing life. Wednesday, Feb. 27: 8:00 p.m. at the Upsala High School Auditorium. Speaker Bill Davis will speak to guys only, 9th grade and up, about how to “Live Clean in a Dirty World.”


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Klobuchar voted “Yes”. Collin Petersen voted “Yes”. (S 365). Obama said he will sign it. If you voted for Obama, Franken, Klobuchar and Peterson, you have the government you asked for. The problem is the rest of us have to live with it too. Source for votes: Senate, The Christian Post; House, That’s My Congress.

of Morrison County. Feel free to bring your own bags or boxes. Last minute donations of books will be accepted through Thursday, February 7, and can be dropped off at the shelter located at 200 7th Ave. NE, next to the city of Little Falls office, Tuesday-Sunday from noon - 4:00 p.m. Call 320-6320703 for more information.

An Invitation to Local Government and Residents

Come to the Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriot’s – Browerville area, meetings on the second Monday of the month, February 11, 2013, at the Church of Christ in Browerville (across from the car wash) at 6:30 p.m. The goal of this group is to educate the community of what is going on around us. Come and learn about Agenda 21 and how it is/will affect your “everyday life and activities” whether it be culturally, financially, with our local government, etc. If America goes down economically, we will go down militarily. If America goes down militarily, the world goes down - this is the UN Agenda. Are we going to let that happen?! Come and voice your opinions.

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Local Library Events Albany Library GREAT Murder Mystery: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for adults and teens 16 and older. Two actors from GREAT Theatre will lead participants through a fun and interactive murder mystery. Theme and costume suggestions will be available after sign up. Some participants will be selected to take part in the mystery. The program limit is 12 and preregistration is required. For information about programs and activities, call the Albany library at 320-845-4843. Swanville Library Weaving to Wear, Weaving to Share: Sat., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for adults, teens and children eight and older at the Swanville Community Center. Participants will try weaving on a variety of looms, including floor looms, table looms, rigid heddle looms, inkle looms, lap looms, and card looms. They will weave a rug and a second item for the library. They will weave samples on five looms during class. All samples will be cut off the loom and may be taken home the same day. Presented by weaving expert Naomi Binsfeld. The attendance limit is 10. Preregister at the library or online at, events. For more information contact the Swanville Public Library at 320-5472346. Upsala Library Daughters of Africa: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Upsala Area Schools Auditorium located at 415 S. Main St. in Upsala. The Mixed Blood Theatre will present “Daughters of Af-

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DNR Question of the Week

By Steve Simmer, DNR Fire Administrative Supervisor Q: Do I still need an open burning permit for my brush pile even though it is winter? A: The snow and cold of a Minnesota winter generally make this time of the year a better and safer time to burn brush piles. When there is less than three inches of snow cover, open burning permits are required by law. In communities that regulate open burning, permits are generally required year-round regardless of the weather conditions. Property owners should contact local DNR Forestry offices to ask about the need for a permit before burning any brush pile. For more information about burning permits, go to forestry/fire/questions.html.

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