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How to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep

By Harvey Mackay New year, new you? Every year, we fool ourselves into thinking that at the stroke of midnight January 1, we will be able to make changes both large and small. And every year, it seems, we realize that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Making a New Year’s resolution is like setting any other type of goal. You have to choose wisely if you want to achieve something significant. Remember that a good resolution, like a solid goal, usually has a few definable characteristics: • Focus. Set a definite target: “Lose 10 pounds by June” is better than “Lose some weight.” • Challenge. Your resolution should be neither too difficult, nor too easy. • Commitment. Share your resolutions with others. That will help you work on them. • Presence. Write down your resolutions in detail, and post your list where you’ll see it often. • Vision. Visualize the results you want to achieve every day. So have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Forget the boring, routine promises you won’t keep, like working out every day and giving up every food that tastes good. Resolve to be more creative in 2012. My friend Jenny staggers her resolutions throughout the year, because she knows it takes about 30 days of trying to actually develop a new habit. Then, when she achieves one self-improvement goal, she tackles another positive move. She started this practice about three years ago, and swears by the results.

Want to get a head start? Here are some thoughts to try for 2012. • Keep a journal. Spend a few minutes every day or so writing down your thoughts, feelings, dreams and ambitions-not your daily schedule or your upcoming appointments. Let your mind wander. This is for your eyes only, so be bold. You may be surprised at the ideas you generate. • Read more. Vary your reading habits and explore different topics. If you usually read novels, try a biography. If you read only history, try a book on modern-day science. Exercise your mind, spark your creative side, take your brain in a completely different direction. • Learn something new. Take a class in something unrelated to your job or your usual hobbies-art, auto mechanics, philosophy, etc. Mastering new skills can refresh your outlook on life. Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku. Visit the museum you drive by every day. Watch the History Channel. Just break out of your daily routine.

• Meet new people. Make a positive effort to make new friends this year (or professional contacts). Look for gatherings of people whose interests match yours, and network. The more people you know, the better equipped you are to learn and grow. Then find a creative way to stay in touch. • Create something for the heck of it. Paint a picture, write a poem, or start a garden-not because you’ll get paid for it, but because you want to. You’ll find satisfaction in achieving personal goals and motivation to keep trying new things. • Volunteer. Find a cause you support, and offer your time and service. You’ll meet new people and enjoy the feeling of helping out with an important cause. There is always a need for committed volunteers whose contributed talents help fill in budget and staffing holes. As important as financial support is, the human factor is critical to the success of many worthy organizations. • Take care of yourself. Get movHarvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events JANUARY 15 • Knights of Columbus Youth Free Throw Contest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Swanville High School gym. JANUARY 18 • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 5-8 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. FEBRUARY 9 • American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. FEBRUARY 11 • Lake Henry Legion & Auxiliary Sweetheart Dinner & Dance from 5-9:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 12 • Albany Legion Breakfast from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Church of Seven Do-

lors Parish Hall, Albany. • Bi-annual Elementary Winter Carnival from 2-5 p.m. at the Upsala School. 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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Upsala Bi-annual Elementary Winter Carnival set for Feb. 12

Get ready for Carnival in Upsala! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the Carnival on Sunday February 12, 2012. The family fun event runs from 2-5:00 p.m. in the commons and gym at school. The auction will be held at 3:30 with the raffle drawing following.

One of the highlights of this year’s Melt-Down will be two huge inflatables from Game World - come to the Carnival and be surprised! There will be many Games, Food, Bingo, Cake Walk, Country Store, Face Painting and a Hair Spray Booth! We will be asking for donations for the Country Store, Cakes for the Cake Walk, and 2 liter bottles of pop. Watch for more information. All are welcome to attend the Upsala Elementary Carnival. Mark your calendars now! For more information contact Wanda Erickson at Upsala Area Schools, PO Box 190, 415 S. Main St. Upsala, MN 56384 or call 320.573.2175. Email: werickson@upsala.k12.mn.us.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 ing after a day at a desk. If you can’t devote 30 minutes in one block, take three 10-minute walks throughout the day. Try a different food. We all know what’s good for us, and most of us can’t sacrifice our favorite things. So resolve to make little changes and see what a difference it makes. • Resolve to see the bright side. Every cloud has a silver lining. Setbacks are part of life. This is the year that you can adjust your attitude to look for the possibilities rather than the problems. This is a resolution you should start immediately if you tend toward pessimism. Use the calendar as an incentive, but

don’t abandon your goals because of an arbitrary date. Every day starts a new year. It’s up to you to make it your best year. Mackay’s Moral: Don’t just ring in the New Year, wring out whatever is holding you back. Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” and the new book “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World.”

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Dixie and Eric Fly of Hutchinson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter born December 27, 2011 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.

Melanie and Dale Hamann of Albany are proud to announce the birth of their son born December 28, 2011 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.

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Obituaries Donna Mae Johnson

D o n n a Mae (Tschida) Johnson, age 84 of Melrose, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Marvin Enneking will officiate with Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment will be at St. Francis Cemetery in St. Francis following the lunch. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. followed by the Christian Mothers and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Donna Mae Wiener was born April 2, 1927 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Bernard and Mary (Riesner) Wiener. On October 7, 1947 she married Virgil Tschida at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple farmed near St. Francis until March of 1978 when Virgil passed away. Donna Mae continued farming for one more year until moving to

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Donald Ringling Melrose. She was a homemaker for many years and then began working as a home health aide for Stearns County, retiring in 1998. On August 12, 2000 she married Albert Johnson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Albert passed away in October of 2001. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Christian Mothers, and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary. Donna enjoyed quilting, making macramé pot holders, painting ceramics, gardening, and canning. She was a very good cook and baker. Survivors include her children, Mary Lou (Ron) Pogatchnik of Clifton, Colorado, David (Mary) Tschida of Melrose, Kenneth (Shirley) Tschida of St. Rosa, Diane (David) Kroll of Sauk Rapids, Darrell (Patti) Tschida of Willmar, Cheryl (John) Zwack of Sartell, Donald (Michele) Tschida of Long Prairie, Joseph (Jackie) Tschida of Melrose, Janice “Jan” (Rick) Ostendorf of Alvarado, Texas, Jeffrey (Char) Tschida of Melrose, and Greg (Julie) Tschida of Melrose; 40 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Leo (Toni) Wiener of Sauk Centre, Ronald Wiener of New York, Bernice Johnson of Sauk Centre, and Joan (Richard) Kortan of Sauk Centre; and brother-in-law, Walter Broermann of Melrose. Donna Mae was preceded in death by her husbands, Virgil Tschida on March 7, 1978 and Albert Johnson on October 5, 2001; son, Gerald Tschida; grandsons, Cameron Tschida, Keith Pogatchnik, and Brent Zwack; brother, Robert Wiener; sister, Alice Broermann; sister-in-law, Marion Wiener; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Johnson. Serving as casket bearers will be Kenneth, Darrell, Donald, Joseph, Jeffrey, and Gregory Tschida. Cross bearer will be David Tschida and scripture bearer will be Mary Lou Pogatchnik. Gift bearers will be Diane Kroll, Cheryl Zwack, and Janice Ostendorf. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

D o n a l d Ringling, age 80 of Melrose, passed away on January 1, 2012 at the Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose, MN. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis with Fr. Dave Petron officiating. Interment will be at the West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis, MN with military honors provided by Osakis VFW Post #7902. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to the service. Donald was born on March 5, 1931 in Warroad, MN to William Henry and Hulda Magdalena ‘Lena’ (Bauernfeind) Ringling. He graduated from Warroad High School and joined the US Army in 1950. He served his country during the Korean War and was sent to Germany as a member of the Occupation Forces. Upon completing 9 months in Germany,

Donald C. Beto

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Falls, MN. Friends may call from 12-1 P.M. on Friday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN. Donald was born on January 12, 1937 in Saint Paul, MN to the late Charles & Eva (Olson) Beto. He was united in marriage to Nancy Seelen in Randall, MN and has been happily married to her for the last 35 years. Donald enjoyed going on camping trips as well as spending time hunting and

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returned to the US and was involved in Guided Missile Technology. He received is honorable discharge in 1953. Donald married June West on April 16, 1955. He worked for Bell Telephone Company in Sioux Falls, SD, then moved to Glenwood, MN where he worked for the Alexandria TV Station. He moved to the Minneapolis area and become an electronic technician for the FAA which took him to Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin, and then Thief River Falls, MN. Some of his interests included traveling and working out in his yard and his vegetable garden. He is survived by his children; Debra Crow of Washington, Richard (Linda) Ringling of Austin, MN, Cindy Ringling of Alexandria, MN, and Lisa Ringling of Washington, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother; Albert (Betty) Ringling of Lakehills, TX, sister; Lucille Gaddie of East Grand Forks, ND. Preceding him in death are his parents and wife, June, who passed away in 2008, brothers; Hugh, William, Edward, Clayton, Vance, Charles, sisters; Evelyn and Irene.

fishing. He worked for many years as a truck driver in Minnesota and also worked as a mechanic in Minneapolis. Donald was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. Donald is survived by wife, Nancy Beto of Swanville, MN; children, Gary (Beverly) Beto of Royalton, MN, Cheryl Day of Wyoming, MN, Theresa (Jim) Anderson of Forest Lake, MN, Deborah (Rick) Lambert of Stacy, MN, Tom Beto of Scandia, MN, Shawn (Lorelee) Beto of Little Falls, MN, Donald (Staci) Beto Jr. of Royalton, MN, Lisa (Mike) Hukrieda of Cold Spring, MN, & Shannon (Dan) Stans of Long Prairie, MN; brother, LeRoy (Mabel) Beto of Fort Ripley, MN; sisters, Jeanette Shroeder of Big Lake, MN & Sharon Kramer of Randall, MN; 39 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Donald is preceded in death by parents, Charles and Eva Beto; daughter, Linda Beto; siblings, Kenneth Beto, Irene Bermel, Betty Taylor, Beverly Kurowski, Kathleen Schlumpberger, & Nina Beto.

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Isaac’s Foundation $35,000 donation Pulse on People to Childhood Cancer Research Josh Hiltner ‘12, of Albany, will

be student teaching fourth grade at St. Aloysius Kirribilli in Milsons Point, Australia and Discovery Middle School in Alexandria under the supervision of Joe El-Khoury and Carrie Jepma. Student teaching is an academic career high point for University of Minnesota, Morris education students. A powerful and memorable experience, student teaching allows students to apply knowledge, skills, talents, and techniques developed and nurtured by interaction with experienced Morris faculty and through rigorous, comprehensive, and collaborative programs accredited by Minnesota’s Board of Teaching and the National Council for Accreditation

of Teacher Education. For more information, please contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Division of Education at 320-589-6400. Through personal and academic discovery, the University of Minnesota, Morris provides opportunities for students to grow intellectually, engage in community, experience environmental stewardship and celebrate diversity. A renewable and sustainable educational experience, Morris prepares graduates for careers, for advanced degrees, for lifelong learning, for work world flexibility in the future, and for global citizenship. Learn more about Morris at morris.umn.edu or call 888-866-3382.

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Pictured (front) current Cancer Fighter Jocelyn Dickhoff; (second row, from left) Sandy Niehoff, Founder/Executive Director of Isaac’s Foundation Linda Lieser, Co-Founder of Isaac’s Foundation Josh Lieser, Tina Rousslang; (third row) Childhood Cancer Survivor Gavin Klocker, Jayden Lieser, Reed Dickhoff, Dominic Lieser, Vice President of Isaac’s Foundation Kim Buntjer; (fourth row) Stacy Boecker, Kayla Dickhoff holding Liam Dickhoff, Joe Dickhoff, Deb Essler, Jane Schleicher, Secretary of Isaac’s Foundation Mary Hemmesch; (back) President of Isaac’s Foundation Chrystal Sand, Mandy Goerdt. Not pictured is Treasurer of Isaac’s Foundation Tracy Scherping. Cancer remains the #1 disease killer of America’s children. Recently the team of volunteers and supporters of Isaac’s Foundation got together and for the 2011 year and is proud to share they are again making another donation to the University of Minnesota, this time for $35,000! Now raising their total donated dollars to more than $110,000 to the University of Minnesota to fund Childhood Cancer Research. Isaac’s Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educate and raise awareness of Childhood Cancer and help fund research projects. The vision of Isaac’s Foundation is to find a corporate sponsor(s) that will display on their products the Gold ribbon symbol giving the visibility to childhood cancer that it deserves in HOPES to educate all

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Community Snapshots

On December 10, 2011 two semi trucks arrived, filled with several thousand beautiful wreaths with big red bows. As the sun started to rise and illuminate the Little Falls Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery grounds, many members of the Minnesota Patriot Guard along with members of WreathsForTheFallen. org began unloading the wreaths at the various sections of the cemetery. It had already been carefully calculated as to exactly how many were needed at each section. WreathsForTheFallen.org then coordinated the placement of nearly 3000 wreaths on veterans graves at the Little Falls Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. They had raised over $27,000 in donations for the project which included $500 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Pictured (from left) are Carrie Johnson, Secretary of the WreathsForTheFallen.org board, and Carlyle Olsen, Thrivent Financial Associate. Photo submitted.

Local Knights of Columbus Council to sponsor youth Free Throw Contest All boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Swanville High School Gym. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C International Headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls ages 10-14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 344,000 sharpshooters participated

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DNR urges caution with fires; burning permits now required Winter is usually a time of low fire danger in Minnesota, but this winter is different, with snow drought in most of the state. Fuels such as grasses and brush, which are usually covered with snow, are freeze-dried and available to burn this winter. Because of these conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to be careful with fire, to check previous fires for possible rekindling, and make sure they get a burning permit before burning vegetation. On Monday, Dec. 26, 750 acres burned near the northwestern Minnesota city of Gully, in Polk County. The fire burned rapidly through wooded areas due to dry fuels and high winds. That fire is now contained, and firefighters are mopping up heavy fuels today. Fighting fires in the winter is difficult, however.

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It was a cold winter day. An old man walked out onto a frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice and dropped in his fishing line. He was there for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice not far from him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later he hooked a Largemouth Bass. The old man couldn’t believe his eyes but chalked it up to plain luck. But, shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled in another large catch. The young boy kept catching fish after fish. Finally, the old man couldn’t

take it any longer. “Son, I’ve been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You’ve been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen fish! How do you do it?” The boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm.” “What was that?” the old man asked. Again the boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarrm.” “Look,” said the old man, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.” The boy spit the contents of his mouth into his hand and said, “You have to keep the worms warm!”

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Melrose Library Snowman Mania: Monday, Jan. 9, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for children ages 3-6. Parents and children can enjoy this time together listening to stories and singing songs, learning about letters and doing craft projects. Other Preschool Storytime dates are Feb. 6: V for Valentine’s Day; March 5: In Like a Lion; and April 2: April Showers Bring May Flowers. The attendance limit is 30 and preregistration is required. Swanville Library Doug Wood: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2-3:00 p.m. at the Swanville School Auditorium for adults and children. Author, illustrator and musician Doug Wood will speak and entertain on Wood’s book, “Old Turtle” has sold more than 1 million copies, and “Grandad’s Prayers Of The Earth” is a winner of the Christopher Award, given to books which affirm the highest values of the human spirit.

Happy Birthday New Year: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4-5:00 p.m. for children ages 5-7 at the Swanville Public Library on The group will read and share books and stories about birthdays and the new year and make birthday hats. The attendance limit is 25 and preregistration is required. Upsala Library I Have a Nook/iPad/iPod/KindleNow What?: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:308:00 p.m. for teens and adults at the Upsala Public Library. If you received an iPad, Nook, Kindle or iPod for Christmas, learn how to use it to download materials from the Great River Digital Library. Bring your device for a learning and Q & A time with Marisa George, the technology library assistant at Upsala Area Schools. She will walk you through eBook readers and how to use them. Discussion will include sideloading other digital content along with accessing GRRL downloads. The attendance limit is 25.

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Moving Minnesota Forward

As we turn the calendar from the holiday season, we can see that the 2012 Legislative Session is right around the corner. This year’s activity at the capitol is scheduled to be shorter; we are set to convene on January 24th and wrap up near the end of April. As you may know, the majority party in the Minnesota Senate recently made a series of adjustments in our caucus leadership. I am optimistic that our new leadership team’s approach and actions will build Minnesota’s confidence. We are proud to have Senator Dave Senjem of Rochester reprise his role as caucus leader and look forward to working alongside the new assistant majority leaders as we continue to advance our primary objectives of private sector job growth, state government reform and limiting spending. Senate Republicans made a major difference in 2011; we achieved a balanced budget without raising taxes and exercised spending restraint that has helped lead to an $876 million surplus. As chair of the Senate Environment Committee, I am currently planning the

full committee’s agenda for the upcoming legislative session. We must continue to work together to provide common sense legislation that allows for job growth while also providing protections so future generations can enjoy our pristine natural resources and wilderness. We will certainly continue to build on the successes we had last session by moving further ahead on streamlining the permitting process to bring about more efficiency for businesses and individuals. A number of businesses and job creators around the state have appreciated our common sense, bipartisan reform efforts to get Minnesotans back to work. We must continue our work and move forward on our efforts streamlining government and creating private sector job growth I expect the environment committee to continue the aggressive work we have done to fight aquatic invasive species. I consider aquatic invasive species, Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels in particular, to be a serious threat to our natural resources across the state, and we must have a sense of urgency in dealing with this issue. The legislature passed a number of policy changes last session that I believe will help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species. The legislation provided more authority for inspections and enforcements, restricting use in in-

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Local Municipality Minutes Freeport City November 29, 2011 A regular meeting of the Freeport City Council was convened at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Matt Worms with Council Members Joe Hennen, Ron Ritter, Carrie Goebel and Ken Goebel also in attendance. Also in attendance: Mike Rennecker, Jean Rennecker, and Carol Moorman. Staff person in attendance: Jon Stueve, Dave Blommel, Dean Jungles and Vicki Holthaus. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by those in attendance. Open Public Forum: No public comment was given. Concent Agenda: K. Goebel moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion approving the Consent Agenda which included the following: Approval of the agenda; approval of the minutes from the October 25th, 2011 Regular Council Meeting; approval of the claims distributed on October 19, 2011 in the amount of $595.51; approval of the claims distributed on October 24, 2011 in the amount of $489,143.70; approval of the claims distributed on October 31, 2011 in the amount of $40,293.02; approval of the claims distributed on November 7, 2011 in the amount of $11,389.52; approval of the claims distributed on November 15, 2011 in the amount of $14,709.82; approval of the claims distributed on November 17, 2011 in the amount of $4,483.14; and approval of the claims distributed on November 18, 2011 in the amount of $117,496.00. Motion carried 5-0. Old Business: Utility Billing Changes. Holthaus reviewed the cost analysis for monthly, bimonthly and quarterly billing with a post card instead of full page bills. Holthaus reviewed software components that would reduce the administrative cost of billing more frequently. USDA approved the additional software. Hennen moved and Ritter seconded a motion to authorize purchase of the ACH module, barcode module, barcode scanner and stand, and the AMR interface for the handheld meter reading system to be refunded through USDA-RD. Motion carried 5-0. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to authorize a monthly utility billing cycle beginning in January of 2012. Motion carried 5-0. New Business: Public Hearing: Variance Request for Nathan & Julie Robertson, 211 Main Street East. Worms opened the hearing at

7:12 p.m. No public was present to speak on the proposed variance. Council discussed the details of the matter. Worms closed the hearing at 7:16 p.m. Resolution 2011-057: Variance Request for Nathan & Julie Robertson, 211 Main Street East. K. Goebel moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-057: Variance for Nathan & Julie Robertson, 211 Main Street East. A roll call vote was taken. Motion carried 5-0. Public Hearing: Vacation of 6th Street Northwest. Worms opened the hearing at 7:17 p.m. Mike and Jean Rennecker were present to discuss the proposed vacation of 6th Street Northwest. The Rennecker’s were concerned about access to western parcels and matters concerning the division of the land. Holthaus explained that case law dictates how land is divided when vacated without petition. Council directed Holthaus to look into the division of the land and the impact to Rennecker’s driveway. K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion to continue the Hearing on the Vacation of 6th Street Northwest at the December 27, 2011 meeting. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-058: Vacate 6th Street Northwest (Norman Road in Hoppe Addition). Postponed until December 27, 2011. Public Hearing: Ordinance 2011-012, An Ordinance Regulating Storm Sewer Disposal: Worms opened the hearing at 7:40 p.m. Holthaus reviewed the language in the proposed ordinance. The proposed ordinance would require residents to connect storm sewer discharge pipes to City storm sewer inlets, when a stand pipe and connection point is provided by the City. The 2nd/3rd Street Northwest project area will be the first section of town where the service is available and mandated. Worms closed the hearing at 7:49 p.m. Resolution 2011-059: Approving Ordinance 2011-012, Private Drains: Hennen moved and Ritter seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-059: Approving Ordinance 2011-012, Private Drains with edited section to read “Upon availability, the discharge pipe must be connected to an available storm sewer inlet provided by the City”. Motion carried 5-0. Public Hearing: Ordinance 2011-011, An Ordinance Establishing Municipal Fees (continuation on December 27th, 2011). Holthaus reviewed changes to the 2012 fee schedule. Holthaus will implement fire department charges and utility rate increases for the 2010 Water

System Improvement Project for review on December 27th. Resolution 2011-060: Stearns County Payment Application No. 3. Blommel reported that Kim Lucas reviewed the quantities with Stearns County staff. K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-060: Stearns County Payment Application No. 3. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-061: Abdo, Eick & Meyer Engagement Proposal for 2011 Financial Statement Preparation & Audit: Holthaus will complete the State Auditor Reporting Form proposed at $575. In addition, a single audit will be required as a grant condition of USDA-RD for $2,500. Holthaus explained that Abdo would commit to a two year renewal with no cost increase for 2013, if approved by Council. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-061: Abdo, Eick & Meyer Engagement Proposal for 2011 adding a single audit at $2,500, removing the State Auditor Report for $575 and granting a two year renewal with no cost increase in 2013. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-062: 2012 Final Budget & Tax Levy: Holthaus reviewed the impact of the State Legislature’s implementation of the Market Value Exclusion Program. Holthaus explained the benefits of an alternative debt management system which would consolidate general obligation debt service funds and result in more static tax levies for debt service. An additional benefit would be decreased pressure on the 2012 tax levy. Members will continue discussion on the 2012 budget and tax levy at the December 27, 2011 meeting. No action was taken on Resolution 2011-062. Reports: City Engineer, S.E.H. Scott Lange, Dave Blommel: Resolution 2011-064: Dakota Supply Group, Payment Application No. 1. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-063: Dakota Supply Group, Payment Application No. 1. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-063: J.R. Ferche, Inc., Payment Application No. 4. Blommel reported that all punch list items were resolved aside from the wear course and site cleanup which will be completed in the spring. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2011-063: J.R. Ferche, Inc. Payment Application No. 4. Motion carried 5-0. Public Works Report, Jon Stueve: Stueve reported that new well house equipment was installed

Father Daughter Ball to be held March 18 in Little Falls

Targeting fathers and welcoming daughters of any age, the Father Daughter Ball is a memorable evening celebrating the unique and important relationship between dads and their girls. “Evidence is showing that the stronger the relationship between fathers and daughters, the less chance girls are likely to engage in risky behaviors as they mature” said Mark Whittington, father of 14- year old Victoria. “I believe now is the time for dads to step up and set the standard of righteousness and to support our daughters as they develop healthy relationships.” Whittington expressed interest in helping plan the Father Daughter Ball when he learned that a small group of “concerned moms” from churches in the area were trying to decide if the event was something that would even interest fathers. “We (the moms) wanted to do something,” said Tami Kalpakoff, member of the Father Daughter Ball planning team. “It can be troubling to see our daughters struggling with the influences of modern culture. It’s somewhat common for moms to want to connect with their daughters, but it’s very powerful

and impactful to the relationship when a girl can really share her heart with her father.” The Father Daughter Ball is a formal evening of fine dining, music, dancing, photographs, flowers and a ceremony calling fathers to sign a covenant on behalf of their daughter(s) promising to “live as a man of integrity before God and protect the heart of (my) daughter(s).” Likewise, daughters are invited to participate in a special prayer with their father designed to strengthen the bond of their relationship and to ask God’s blessing upon her life. Volunteers are needed to help wait dinner tables and serve before, during and after the event. It’s a great opportunity for mothers and sons (brothers) to get involved and offer support to their family members as well. The Father Daughter Ball will be held Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 4 - 9:00 p.m. at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. To learn more about the event or to volunteer, contact: Kate Bjorge 320632-0748 or Mark Whittington 320-3604095.

the week prior. Stueve brought used meters to the recycling center. Stueve noted that Holdingford reported increased flows with new meters, as old meters become corroded and plugged. City Clerk/Treasurer’s Report, Vicki Holthaus: Holthaus explained that an additional hearing would be necessary to resolve nuisance complaints brought from residents that discharge sump pump drains into the street causing street and curb repair. Worms moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion calling a public hearing on Ordinance 2012-001, Misdemeanors. The hearing will be set for January 31, 2012. Motion carried 5-0. Holthaus reviewed the Health Partner’s renewal document for coverage in 2012. Less than a 1% increase was quoted for medical coverage. Worms moved and Hennen seconded a motion to approve the renewal from Health Partners. Motion carried 5-0. Hennen moved and Ritter seconded a motion setting the rental for City Hall at $35 during normal business hours, rentals after business hours are at the discretion of the City Clerk. Motion carried 5-0. At 8:54 p.m. Worms moved and Hennen seconded a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Motion carried 5-0. Victoria M. Holthaus, City Clerk Swanville City December 6, 2011 Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Community Center on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Peterson, Jim Molitor, and Jim Piekarski. Absent: AJ Johnson, and Tim Grittner. Also present: Mark Hallen, Diane Borgert, Julie Zupko, John Dragseth, John Hoogenhaus, and Brain Zapzalka Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held November 8, 2011 were read. Jim Molitor made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Jim Piekarski seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Jim Piekarski and seconded by Jim Molitor to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried. A plan was presented to the council to have the city office move to the senior center building and have the existing walls taken out between the library and the clerk’s office and remove the ladies bathroom, and add walls in the waiting room to increase the size of the library. This would make the waiting room for the dentist smaller. The clerk has met with the senior center board, talked with the librarian and the dentist and all are in favor of the idea. Jim Molitor made a motion to have bids for both remolding jobs by the next council meeting. Jim Piekarski seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The audit service contract from Gary Paulson, CPA was discussed. After discussion, Mayor Peterson made a motion to accept the three year contract with audit fees for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. John Hoogenhaus is asking for a variance because the garage he built on his property on Forest Hill Lane is too close to the property

line. There was a public hearing held in November and the Planning and Zoning Committee has discussed this issue and the covenant for the Springbrook Addition. After much discussion Jim Molitor made a motion to grant Hoogenhaus the variance and not enforce the covenant at this time. Mayor Peterson seconded the motion, motion carried. Hoogenhaus paid the $100.00 variance fee. Council member Piekarski then made a motion to charge a fee of $250.00 for anyone wanting a “quick” land use permit that would require a special meeting of Planning & Zoning and Council to meet. There would be a three day notice before this meeting would happen. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All voted in favor, motion carried. The city maintenance man requested pay for his remaining two weeks of vacation. Council did not

see a problem with that. Julie Zupko, city insurance agent, was present to go over the renewal for the city insurance. Building coverage and replacement costs were looked over and discussed. The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the Council were furnished with a listing. Jim Molitor made a motion to approve the claims. Jim Piekarski seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The next monthly meeting will be held January 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Peterson and seconded by Jim Molitor to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 9:00 p.m. Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/ Treasurer

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December 28: Upsala 73 • Maple Lake 51 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 22 11 4 9 Kimmy Mrozek 21 9 3 3 Tracy Herzog 10 9 3 2 Kaitlyn Wuebkers 11 11 2 1 Brianna Westrich 7 3 4 2 Donna Ripplinger 0 0 0 0 Sadie Welinski 0 5 0 0 Dawn Evoniuk 2 3 1 0 Melissa George 0 1 0 1 Katie Ripplinger 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 0 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 0 1 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 0 0 0 0 Full Team 73 53 17 18 December 29: Upsala 61 • Staples/Motley 73 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 17 7 3 6 Kimmy Mrozek 11 4 1 1 Tracy Herzog 15 8 1 0 Kaitlyn Wuebkers 2 6 0 4 Brianna Westrich 8 1 0 0 Donna Ripplinger 8 3 1 2 Sadie Welinski 0 1 0 0 Dawn Evoniuk 0 0 1 0 Melissa George 0 0 0 0 Katie Ripplinger 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 0 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 0 0 0 0 Full Team 61 30 7 13 January 3: Upsala 71 • Isle 62 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists

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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.

Brighter Days Family Church, Burtrum Pastor Anna Payne 320-285-7262 Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Midweek Service, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Faith Community Church, Burtrum Pastor Allen Travaille 320-285-3390 • 320-763-4671 Sunday Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Bi-weekly Bible Study.

St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Elmdale Father Michael A. Kellogg 8550 Hwy 238 • 320-573-2975 Sacrament of Reconciliation Sunday 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Bowlus Father Michael A. Kellogg 104 Main St. • 320-584-5313 Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m. Friday Mass 8:00 a.m. Community Country Church Chaplain Rev. Gregg Valentine Pastor Emeritus Reverend Jesse W. James 3 mi N of Holdingford • 320-573-2968 Sunday School & Adult Bible Study 8:45 a.m. Worship Service 10 a.m. (nursery available). Wednesday AWANA at 6:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Freeport Father Roger Klassen 106 3rd Ave NE • 320-836-2143 Sunday Mass 9:15 a.m. Weekday Mass: Wed. & Fri. 8:15 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:00 a.m. or by appt. Tri-City Christian Center, Freeport Pastor Bob Bernard 338 W Main St • 320-836-2542 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday evening Worship 7 p.m. (2nd & 4th Sunday). Wednesday Family Night: nursery, graded classes, teen Bible study and Marriage & Family class.

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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St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holdingford Father Mark Stang 311 River Street • 320-746-2231 Weekday Mass: Tues. 7 p.m., Wed. 8 a.m., Thurs. 8 a.m. Fri. 8 a.m.

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. stmarysofmelrose.com 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 Mark Stang 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 7:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 8:00 p.m. Wednesday Mass 8:00 a.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. St. John’s Catholic Church, Swanville Father Mark Willenbring Associate 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 9:00 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. 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 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Mass 7:00 p.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.

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Upstage Players cast members are (seated) Carolyn Kokett, Larry Johnson, Lisa Hansen; (Standing) Pam Schoon, Wendy Rene, Leonice Prokott and Joe Swanson. The Upstage Players, Upsala’s community theatre group, will be presenting a dinner theatre featuring the play “A Wing And A Prayer” by Craig Sodaro - a comedy a with a bit of audience participation thrown in. Performances will be held on two Saturdays: January 28 and February 4 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. The setting for the play is a church potluck and building fund meeting. The richest woman in town announces a donation of $1.5 million in jewels, but when she goes to retrieve her purse it is empty! Everyone is questioned. Person-

al secrets are revealed. But what happened to the diamonds? Cast members include Lisa Hansen, Larry Johnson, Carolyn Kokett, Leonice Prokott, Wendy Rene, Pam Schoon, Andrew Swanson and Joe Swanson. The show is directed by Dan Cheney. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and include the show as well as a three course meal. Guests can choose between chicken, steak or pasta. You can order tickets by contacting Chantelle Frie at 320-573-2507 or chantelle@upstageplayers.org. Tickets will also be sold at select Upsala basketball games and through cast members.

Transportation efforts in 2011 improve quality of life for Minnesotans

Several transportation projects, programs and initiatives implemented in 2011 by the Minnesota Department of Transportation improved safety for the traveling public and the overall quality of life for Minnesotans. “In 2011, we worked closer toward our goal of building and maintaining a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system that improves Minnesotans’ quality of life, helps the economy and respects the natural environment,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. Here’s a look at some transportation highlights from 2011: Traffic deaths declining: There have been 346 traffic deaths in 2011 as of Dec. 30, compared to 397 at the same time last year. If the final 2011 count stays be-

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Transportation continued from page 10 a Better Minnesota infrastructure improvement program announced in May by Gov. Mark Dayton and Commissioner Tom Sorel. The four-year program, aimed at improving existing highways determined to be in ‘poor’ condition, will result in approximately 9,900 direct and indirect, private sector jobs across the state. www.dot.state.mn.us/betterroads/. Transportation vision for generations: Ensuring accessibility, building to a maintainable scale and connecting key regional centers are among the guiding principles that form the state’s new 50year vision for transportation, which will be the basis for all future multimodal transportation plans. The Minnesota GO vision is the result of months of work that included input from the public and diverse representatives of the transportation industry. www.dot.state.mn.us/minnesotago/. High-profile projects: The majority of work on the Interstate 35 Mega Project in Duluth and Highway 169 Triangle project in the northwestern Twin Cities Metro Area wrapped up this year. The projects were among 258 state highway and bridge projects under construction in 2011. • The substantially completed I-35 Mega Project includes two miles of new concrete pavement, five miles of repaired concrete pavement, total replacement of three 1,000-foot-long bridges, improvements and repairs to 40 other bridges, ramp reconstruction work and the installation of 39 new tower lights that replaced more than 300 individual lights. Improvements will provide motorists with a safer, smoother ride for many years to come. • The Highway 169 Triangle project in Brooklyn Park and Osseo converted the existing intersection at Hennepin County Road 81 and 85th Avenue into an interchange, reducing congestion and improving safety for northwestern Twin Cities motorists.

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