Hometown News June 13, 2024

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The best thing to wear is confidence -By Harvey Mackay

A group was hiking through the mountains when they found themselves engulfed by smoke from a forest fire.

The smoke obscured all landmarks.

They were starting to panic when one of them said confidently, “Follow me.”

Linking hands to stay together, they followed the leader as she led them on a path through the smoke to safety.

One of the hikers asked her, “How did you know the way out?”

“I didn’t,” she said, “but I knew we were goners if we didn’t get out of there, so I set a course and stuck to it.”

The leader had no more knowledge and skill than any of the other hikers, but she had self-confidence.

Self-confidence is a fundamental component of success in various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional endeavors. It is the belief in your own abilities and judgment which allows you to approach challenges with a positive mindset and tackle them effectively. Confidence isn’t about being infallible or knowing everything; it is about trusting that you can handle the situation and learn from it, regardless of the outcome.

“Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true,” Walt Disney opined. “This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

It starts with believing in yourself, that you are capable. This belief acts as the


foundation upon which you build your skills and tackle life’s challenges.

A confident person communicates with clarity and purpose, which in turn inspires trust and respect from others. Confidence is not just about feeling good; it is about being able to perform at your best. It is the difference between freezing up under pressure and rising to the occasion.

Seeking guidance from mentors and being open to feedback can help you improve and build confidence in your abilities.

Years ago, I was mentoring a young salesperson. The individual was talented but extremely nervous and unsure of himself. He had all the technical knowledge needed to succeed but lacked the belief in his own abilities to close deals.

The turning point happened eventually when I convinced him to have faith in his abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

We worked together on a strategy to build his confidence, which included preparation, role-playing, small wins and feedback. He started to prepare meticulously for every sales call, knowing his product inside and out. We role-played various sales scenarios, which helped him anticipate questions and objections. He focused on achieving small wins and celebrating them, which built his confidence over time. He actively sought feedback and used it constructively to improve his approach.

So what are the best ways to build selfconfidence?

Like any skill, confidence is developed through consistent practice. Put yourself in challenging situations and learn how to navigate them.

Preparation is key to self-confidence. You can’t expect to feel confident if you haven’t put in the work required to succeed. This means studying, practicing and preparing for the challenges you will face. When you are well prepared, confidence follows naturally

because you know you have done everything possible to ready yourself for the task at hand.

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. The more you believe in your own abilities and prepare accordingly, the more confidentially you will navigate through life’s challenges.

Remember the famous words of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Developing resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks is crucial. Confidence is as much about handling failure as it is about celebrating success.

Confidence should be tempered with humility to avoid arrogance. It is important to stay grounded and recognize that there is always room for growth.

Confidence is silent; insecurities are loud. It is not just about the knowledge you have, but also the belief in your ability to use that knowledge effectively.

Mackay’s Moral: Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt.

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.”

Upcoming Events

• Concert in the Park: Ring of Kerry Band & Dancers at 7 p.m. Long Prairie.


• Magnifi Financial Member Appreciation Day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grey Eagle & Long Prairie.

FRI.-SAT., JUNE 14-15

• 2024 Avon Spunktacular Days.


• Freeport Fire Department 63rd Annual Ham BBQ - Hog/Beef Raffle from 4:30-9 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center


• Holy Family School's 21st Annual Drive for Education Golf Tournament starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Albany Golf Club.


• Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Meeting at 4 p.m., potluck & Bingo to follow.


• Concert in the Park: Monroe Crossing at 7 p.m. Long Prairie.


• Melrose American Legion Fish Fry from 4:30-8 p.m. See ad on page 3.

FRI.-SUN., JUNE 28-30

• 61st Annual Swanville Mid-Summer Carnival. Sun., June 30 Parade at 11:30 a.m.


• Folk & Old-Time Music & Potluck from 1-3 p.m. at the Village View Apart-


ments, Grey Eagle.


• Meets 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center.


• Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall.

• Planning Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall.


• Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall.


• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Holdingford City Hall.


• Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution 1st Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre.


• Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 8 p.m.


• Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.


• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion Clubrooms.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. (Aux. Sept.-May.)


• Meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany.


• Meets every Monday, weigh in starts at 8; meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle.


• Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building.


• 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of the month at 7 p.m.


• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall.


• Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne

Sheep Ranch 2

Several readers called to say that they enjoyed the story about the Sheep Ranch. To avoid sharing too much information and getting involved with names, I will share two more rather humorous experiences and one historical event.

The heating of the shack was supplied by wood. Each year the group gathered to fix any structural needs and gather enough firewood to supply the coming winter's needs. This group usually was quite well attended, because there were usually about 10 guys that had a sudden urge to ride in the back of the pickup, load some firewood and enjoy some refreshments. On one occasion the pickup pulled up to the door of the woodshed and followed by a lot of people noise. It seems that a Fisher had moved into the woodshed and didn't want to share the space. After a few minutes of threats from the Fisher and some rather loud directions from the guys, the Fisher made a run to the nearest trees. During his escape, he evidently needed to run across several of the guys. The experience was discussed by retelling the experience from all those involved the following evening.

Another happening during the woodcutting involved the heavy-duty Dodge woodtruck. There were no improved roads through the property. The roads were old logging roads that had only small brush growing on them. This event involved a puddle of water in the trail, which was deeper than expected. The front bumper was on the surface of the water,

which was covering about a foot of gooey gray mud. Triple A would probably not respond, so it was decided that there were enough husky wood cutters to push the vehicle out of the muck. The driver's son, a glasses wearing, defensive tackle looking fellow, along with several other guys pushed against the front of the pickup, while the rest pulled on the fenders and rear bumper. With one force of physical effort the 4x4's clutch was released and with a loud roar, the pickup backed out of the muck. The fun part of this maneuver was that the driver's son was pushing the pickup directly in front of the wheel on the drivers side and became totally covered with gray muck. He backed up a few steps to regain his balance and then removed his glasses. There he stood, a gray muck covered monster with two holes in the muck where his glasses had been. It took several minutes for everyone, including the muck covered monster to stop laughing.

A deserted railroad track runs through the property and it is told that a train became stuck in the snow during the Armistice Day Blizzard. The train was stuck for 6 days and a couple of hardy individuals traveled through the snow to bring back some needed supplies. There seems to be no information available as to the number of individuals stranded, but I'm sure there was a trainload of happy people when the train started moving again. Fun things have happened in most of our lives. If you can think of something funny that you think you might like to share, please contact me. Help from you make stories much easier to write.

For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

Have you ever wondered about the majesty of God? I have! Think about it for just a moment. Our God created the entire universe out of nothing! He spoke it into existence. I make all sorts of things in my wood shop, but I need the things God already created. I need to use something that already exists.

Colossians 1:15-17 says “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” All things have been created through our Lord Jesus Christ! And yet He cares for us. Verse 17 says “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Think about that fact! The God who created everything, also created humans in His own image. Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Our bodies are amazing! And since Jesus Christ, Creator and Savior, all in one created it all, you would think He would just stand back and watch, not getting involved with small piddly things like earth and planets

and solar systems. He is so above all of that! But He cares so for much what He created that He died for our sins, amazing! Hebrews 1:3

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Be in awe of creation, worship the Creator!!!

-Pastor Bruce Miller from Swanville Bible Church, 320-547-2916

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Caroline M. Pohlmann, age 92 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Cura Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Caroline Mary Wiechmann was born May 31, 1932 in Melrose, Minnesota to William and Rose (Austing) Wiechmann. On June 29, 1954 she married Joseph Pohlmann at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. The couple farmed north of Melrose on County Road 13. They retired and moved to town in 1999.

Caroline was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and St. Elizabeth’s Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, teaching the grandkids how to polka, playing card games, and baking her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She always enjoyed a good card game, dancing with Joe to old time music, bowling, gardening, canning, and baking.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Lori Ann) Pohlmann of Melrose, Rosanne (Wayne) Nylander of Big Lake, Paul (Jodi) Pohlmann of Cold Spring, Joan (Mark) Flaig of Willmar, Mark (Amy) Pohlmann of Melrose, and Peter (Carolyn) Pohlmann of St. Cloud; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marge Stroeing of Freeport.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph Pohlmann on March 15, 2012; son, William “Bill” Pohlmann, granddaughter, Kyrsten Pohlmann; brothers and sisters and in-laws, Ervin (Viola) Wiechmann, Florentine (Jerome) Korf, Lorraine (Alfred) Schaefer, Lawrence (Mae) Wiechmann, Clarice (Julius) Massmann, and Vernon Stroeing.

Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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“Frank” Litchy, age 86 of Melrose, passed away on June 9, 2024 at Cura Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota, with family present.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church prior to the funeral.

Frank was born at home on Riverside Avenue in Melrose, where he lived his entire life until moving into Park View assisted living and then Pine Villa (Cura) Care Center. When the weather was nice he could always be found sitting in his front porch where he could watch the cars and people go by. He could spend hours just reading the daily paper, listening to the Twins, enjoying a cold beer, and having a quiet chat with anyone who stopped by. He enjoyed taking leisurely drives around town and to St. Cloud to get “good deals.” He loved ordering gizmos, clothes and coins from catalogs and TV and claimed he would use them all someday. In later years, Frank loved being taken for drives around town and through the cemeteries where he would provide commentary on everyone he used to know. Though he had lived a solitary life, Frank appreciated and thrived on the love shown him in his last years by the caring staff at the nursing home.

Frank was always described as shy, but incredibly smart. He experienced a lifechanging car accident at age 21 in which he lost fingers and toes, yet persevered to return to work at Jennie O Foods for 39 years. Frank was a humble man of faith. He had a quiet sense of humor, and there was a gentleness about him which will be missed.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Anna (Michael) Litchy, siblings, Jerome and Blanche Litchy, infant brother, and sister-in-law, Arlene Litchy.

He is survived by his brothers, Charles Litchy of Stillwater and James (Carol) Litchy of Melrose. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Mary Litchy Schwieters, Beth Ann Volk, Amy Brustuen, Michelle Weiler, Robert Litchy, and Anne-Marie Hotary.

Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

Marcelene Weitzel

With heavy hearts, the family of Marcelene “Marcy” Weitzel, share her passing on Monday, June 10, 2024. At the age of 94 years and one day, Marcy peacefully set sail with her daughters circling her in love at Fairway Pines Assisted Living in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on June 17, 2024 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Father Greg Paffel officiating at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:30 prior to the service at the church.

Marcy was born June 9, 1930 in Sauk Centre to Fred and Julianna (Nathe) Schwartz. She attended St. Paul’s Catholic School (Holy Family School) and graduated from Sauk Centre Senior High School in 1948. Inspired by her home economics teacher, Marcy aspired to follow that path. However, her father was not keen on his daughter wandering too far from home. He arranged for her to become a telephone operator at the local phone company. She took great pride in the position and grew to love it, along with the people she worked with, building long-term friendships. One of these friends arranged a blind date for Marcy with Bud Weitzel. Things didn’t click, at first, but a few more dates turned things around and the rest is history. They were married on June 17, 1952 in St. Paul’s Catholic Church and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where Bud worked for Great Northern Railroad and a little house on Arion Street became home. Away from the confines of her small-town upbringing for the first time, Marcy relished life in the city. With the arrivals of their first three daughters, she was busy, but content. Before long, Great Northern Railroad downsized with the efficiency of passenger jets, so the family moved back to Sauk Centre where Bud and Marcy bought a bulk-oil business and later a gas/service station. Three more daughters made a family of eight in a bustling brick house on Main Street.

As their chicks left the nest, Marcy became involved with the Sauk Centre Historical Society, the promotion of Community Concerts and, always politically informed, she was a poll worker during state and national elections. Marcy was a fan of Sinclair Lewis and served as a board member on the Sinclair Lewis

Foundation. For many years, she enjoyed her role as a tour guide in Sinclair Lewis’ Boyhood Home and was actively involved in the annual Sinclair Lewis Writer’s Conference.

Marcy was a creative force, an idea person. What she lacked in execution, she made up for with enthusiasm. She was bright, clever, witty, resourceful, quirky and, at times, fragile. Marcy had an eagle’s eye for detail and strove for perfection - both a blessing and a hindrance in her life. She would not tolerate half-hearted efforts, poor grammar or spelling errors, often directing her children to the heavy dictionary on the bookshelf next to the volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica. She loved lively conversation, concerts in the park, limericks, the Pickles comic strip, corny jokes, a good belly laugh, babies, dogs, ice cream and newspapers. She latched onto and researched historical tidbits – especially about Sauk Centre. She had a memory like a steel trap and held a wealth of knowledge about the town, which she’d readily share. She delighted in treasure hunting thrift stores and antique shops with the best of intentions in finding the perfect spot for each of her gems. Many of her finds followed her to Lakeshore Estates and, later, Fairway Pines resulting in a truly charming apartment which included Bud’s prize-winning, eight-point buck mount watching over her.

Left to cherish Marcy’s memory are her six daughters: Susan (Robert) Hoffman of Sauk Centre, Ruth Weitzel (Richard Peifer) of Melrose, Janet Weitzel of Maple Grove, Gail (Jeff) Thang of Alexandria, Carla (Roger) O’Hotto of Sartell and Ginnie (Michael) Steichen of Baxter; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Bud” Weitzel on July 17, 2015; parents; brother, Richard “Dick” Schwartz. Memorials are preferred to Fairway Pines activities department and to their Friday afternoon Happy Hour, or to Holy Family School where Marcy, her daughters and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended school.

When you think of Marcy, remember she did the best she could. Those who knew her well will miss seeing life through her pretty blue eyes.

June Kuklok

June Kuklok, (formerly Grabmeier, nee Dunham), age 96, passed away in the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany on June 3, 2024. She was born on June 1, 1928, in Columbia Heights, Minnesota to Willard and Nellie (Pedersen) Dunham. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Sharon Grabmeier, first husband Rudolph Grabmeier, second husband Cyril Kuklok, and brothers George, Lee, and Will Dunham. She is survived by daughter Alexandra (Grabmeier) Blum, sons Edward Grabmeier and David (Lori) Grabmeier, grandchildren Marc Andreottola, Eric Grabmeier, Curt (Kimberly) Grabmeier and Christina Blum, and greatgrandchildren Grace, Raegan, Cole and Connor Grabmeier.

A private family service was held on June 10, 2024, with burial at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Albany.

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Birth Announcement

Dawson David Olson

Shane and Jeana Olson of Holdingford are excited to share the news of the birth of their son, Dawson David Olson. Dawson was born on April 27, 2024 at 4:40 p.m. at the St. Cloud Hospital weighing 6 pounds, 5.7 ounces and measuring19 inches long.

Dawson is the grandson of Dave (Lois) Gaida of Holdingford, Elizabeth Gaida of Sartell and Nadine Harris of Detroit Lakes. Dawson is the great-grandson of Mary Jacobs of Bowlus, and Charlotte Olson of Detroit Lakes.

Joseph G. Oevermann

Joseph G. Oevermann, age 82 of Melrose, died Monday, June 10, 2024 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Requiem Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in St. Cloud with Rev. Fr. Isaac Delmanowski

officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose following the Mass. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church in St. Cloud.

Joseph George Oevermann was born May 28, 1942 in Melrose, Minnesota to Joseph and Alvina (Thieschaefer) Oevermann. He was united in marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” Messer on May 9, 1967 in Sauk Centre. Joe worked at the old Kraft Plant in Melrose for 20 plus years. After the plant closed, he began working at Fingerhut in St. Cloud and then at FDC (Fullfillment Distribution Center) in St. Cloud. Farming ran deep in Joe’s veins. Throughout his life, you would find him working on his home farm, his in-laws’ farm, and later in life, on his daughter’s farm. He also loved gardening, especially his potatoes. He was a die hard Twins and Vikings fan and enjoyed woodworking, doing puzzles, and playing cards.

Joe was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in St. Cloud.

Survivors include his children, Mike (Edna) Oevermann of St. Martin, Anne (Alan) Schroepfer of St. Martin, Maria (Dusten) Hughes of Melrose, Judy (Andrew) Justin of St. Francis, and Susanne (Ryan) Blommer of Sartell; 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way; sister, Kitty Mueller of Melrose; brother, Donald Oevermann of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathy Oevermann on May 7, 2003; infant grandchildren, Gabriel and Rose Justin; brothers, sisters, and in-laws, Richard (Carol) Oevermann; Edna (Ralph) Middendorf, Dorothy (Leonard) Schmitz, and Albert Oevermann; brother-inlaw, Edward Mueller; and sister-in-law, Ilene Oevermann.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

Local Library Events

Albany Library • 320-845-4843

Paint Your Own Ceramics: Pot Spot, the independent family owned ceramic shop, will have a large selection of ceramic pieces to choose from to add your creative ideas and artwork to. The pieces will then be fired and you will be called when they are ready for pick up. Ages 10 and up. Registration required. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Tuesday, June 18: 6-8:00 p.m.

Grey Eagle Library • 320-285-2505

Remarkable Reptiles at the Library: Join herpetologist and author, James Gerholdt, as he uses a variety of artifacts and live reptiles to teach about reptiles. Artifacts like shells, skulls and skins will be displayed along with live turtles, lizards and snakes, including a boa constrictor that you can touch and sometimes hold! All species used are harmless! For all ages. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Monday, June 17: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Melrose Library • 320-256-3885

Paint Your Own Ceramics: Pot Spot, the independent family owned ceramic shop, will have a large selection of ceramic pieces to choose from to learn how to add your creative ideas and artwork to. The pieces will then be fired and you will be called when they are ready for pick up. Ages 10 and up. Registration required. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Monday, June 17: 6-8:00 p.m.

Upsala Library • 320-412-2048

Remarkable Reptiles: Join herpetologist and author James Gerholdt as he uses a variety of artifacts and live reptiles to teach about reptiles. Artifacts like shells, skulls, and skins will be displayed. Along with live turtles, lizards, snakes, and a boa constrictor that you can touch and sometimes hold! All species used are harmless! For all ages. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Monday, June 17: 11:00 a.m.

Jeanette F. Scepaniak

Mass of Christian burial for Jeanette Francis Scepaniak, age 95, Holdingford, will be on Monday, June 17, 2024 at 11 AM at Church of All Saints St. Hedwig, Holdingford, with visitation from 9-11 on Monday, also at the church. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery, Holdingford. Jeanette (Jessie) Scepaniak passed away peacefully at home on June 9th surrounded by loved ones. Arrangements by Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Holdingford. Jeanette (Jessie) was born March 6, 1929, to John and Suzann (Fuchs) Fischer. She grew up on the family farm as the youngest of ten children in Albany, MN and attended Albany High School. She married Louis Scepaniak on May 8th, 1946, at Seven Dolars Catholic Church in Albany, then moved to Holdingford where she lived for the rest of her life (78 years). During that time, she was a devout member of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Christian Mothers Rosary Sodality, Choir, Funeral Luncheon Group, was a Religion Teacher and a Caretaker of the Soldiers Shrine and helped for many years with the Rummage Sale and Bake Sale. She worked at Lane’s Lockers Meat Market for several years before her employment at the Holdingford Elementary School, where she worked for 21 years as a member of the kitchen and custodial staff. After her retirement she continued to help with the box tops program and gifted May baskets for years. She loved to crochet, embroider, garden, play cards with friends, bake coffee cakes, and made the best rhubarb pie. She was a regular member of Helping Hands Luncheon and was Mother of the City in 2013.

She is survived by her children: Kathleen Scepaniak, Grove City, Patricia Scepaniak, Eagan, Barbara Manuel, Avon, Jeffrey Scepaniak (Shelly), Avon, daughter-in-law, Lynn Baggenstoss Scepaniak, Avon, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Louis, sons, Louis Jr. and Dennis, two grandsons, her parents, brothers, and sisters.

Vernon J. Welle

Vernon J. Welle, age 91 of Spring Hill, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, June 10, 2024 at his home in Spring Hill, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. St. Michael’s Men’s Society will pray at 5 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Vernon Joseph Welle was born June 14, 1932 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Henry and Erma (Meyer) Welle. He was united in marriage to Genevieve “Gennie” Lieser on July 17, 1956 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry, Minnesota. Vernon farmed all of his life northwest of Spring Hill. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill and St. Michael’s Men’s Society. Vernon truly loved farming, draft horses, and water witching. He enjoyed going to Iowa for the draft horse sale and taking an occasional trip to the casino.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Gennie Welle of Spring Hill; children, Debbie (Steve) Christians of Montevideo, Bobby (Donna) Welle of Spring Hill, Danny (Deanna) Welle of Spring Hill, and Kathy (Pete) LeClaire of Spring Hill; 12 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren with three on the way; brothers and sisters, Alice (Herb) Peters of Sauk Centre, JoAnn Middendorf of Sauk Centre, Henry "Sunny" (Bunny) Welle of Winona, and David (Marilyn) Welle of Greenwald; sister-in-law, Lillian Welle of Sauk Centre; brother-in-law, Gerald Lieser of Spring Hill and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, John Paul LeClaire; brothers, Al Welle, James Welle, and Charles Welle; and sisters, Carol Pelkey and Marlene Lieser.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games of all time. The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is also an excellent brain game.

Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

How important do you feel identity theft protection is today? Should my husband and I buy it just for ourselves, or should we cover the kids, too? Lastly, where does identity theft protection fall in your Baby Steps plan?


Dear Lanie,

Unless you’ve gone completely off the grid, and have been there for a long, long time, there’s a good chance someone out there has a few of your numbers. Unfortunately, that’s all part of living in today’s world. Between consumer carelessness and data breaches— which have become an all-too-common occurrence these days—almost everyone has experienced, or will experience, some sort of identity theft during their lifetime.

So, yes. I recommend everyone have identity theft protection. I don’t really consider it part of the Baby Steps, because in my mind it’s like car insurance or life insurance, in that it’s something virtually everyone needs. And things like that should just be part of your regular monthly budget.

Good question, Lanie!

Dear Dave,


I own a small rental house, and for the most part my tenants have been conscientious people over the years. Recently, I learned my current tenant is subleasing the property for the short term as a vacation site. This kind of

thing is prohibited in the rental agreement. He has always taken very good care of the place, so should I confront him about this, or just ignore it until it becomes a real problem?


Dear Karl,

This may sound hardnosed, but it’s already a problem. He’s in obvious violation of the lease agreement. If it were me, I’d have a face-to-face talk with this guy today. I’d let him know how much I appreciate that he’s been a good, respectful tenant in the past, but the subleasing has to stop.

An agreement is an agreement. I have several rental properties myself, and I always try to be gentle and nice, but really clear about things. You may not have experienced any problems up until now, but what happens next time? If you don’t know and trust who’s in the house, you could end up with holes in the walls, ruined carpets and worse. On top of all that, what if they don’t have the money to fix things when they leave? It’ll be on you, because you lost control of your property.

Again, be decent when you talk to this guy. It sounds like you two have a good history. But remind him he’s in violation of the lease agreement. And gently let him know if anything like this happens again, you’ll begin the eviction process.


* Dave Ramsey is a seven-time #1 national best-selling author, personal finance expert, and host of The Ramsey Show, heard by more than 18 million listeners each week. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and many more. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build wealth and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for Ramsey Solutions.

Ask The Motor Medics®

Dear Motor Medics, I took my 2012 GMC Yukon into my local mechanic because the brake pedal had become lower to the floor over a week's time. Eventually it ended up on the floor and the red brake warning light came on and the ABS warning light. After they looked it over, I was told that every brake line on the vehicle made of steel needs to be replaced due to the rust. The total cost of replacing all these brake lines is over $2000 and I also need front and rear brakes which will add another $600 or so. Is this a common failure? The vehicle has absolutely no rust anywhere on it and I can’t understand why the brake lines rusted so badly.

-Jerry in Trent, South Dakota Dear Jerry,

This is a very common problem on many cars and trucks. More so with GM vehicles, at least in our area of the country. The metals used to make the brake lines have been reacting in a bad way to the new chemicals on the roads to treat ice in the winter months. This reaction has caused brake lines to be completely rusted away to the point of failure while other body parts are not nearly as affected. The line sets are not too spendy but the labor to install them is intense, taking an entire day. It is a safety concern and should not be patched. Do it right.

-Take care, the Motor Medics Dear Motor Medics,

I have a 2015 Jeep Patriot that my daughter uses to drive back and forth to school with. The vehicle has 70k miles on it and seems to be in great shape other than a transmission hot warning light that comes on only when the vehicle has been driving on the highway

for more than 30 minutes. If she slows down or stops for a few minutes the light goes off until she gets going again for a few miles. We assume since there are no other issues aside from the light that it must be a false light. What do you think?

-Patricia in Branson, Mo.

Dear Patricia, Stop driving this on the highway until you get this sorted out. Based on what we see in our shop alone our suspicion is that it is getting hot and if it is there is damage being done each time. What we see is that the transmission cooler becomes restricted either due to clutch material from the transmission normal wear or a internal failure in the cooler. When this happens, the cooler can no longer keep the fluid cool when the loads are high such as on the highway. The side effect of the excessive heat is transmission damage which will result in a complete rebuild or replacement with a certified used unit and a new cooler. Have your mechanic verify the actual temperature of the transmission after it has been in the highway and make repairs.

-Take care, the Motor Medics For entertainment only. Always consult your local shop and follow all safety procedures before repairs. Come visit the Motor Medics® online at Underthehoodshow.com.

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Local Municipality Minutes

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Swanville City • May 7, 2024

Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. The meeting called to order 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, Norm Carlson, John Dragseth, and Jim Molitor. Absent: Tony Maciej. Also present: Tayiah Loven and Lonny Hutchins.

Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting Thursday, April 11, 2024 were reviewed. A motion was made by Jim Molitor to approve the minutes. John Dragseth seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Jim Molitor and seconded by Norm Carlson to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

Mayor Lange reported to the council the Water Project bids were halted because the National Historical Society did not give the approval of dismissal on the old water tower. Mayor Lange made many phone calls to MN State Representatives including the Governor’s office to try to get the bids rolling again. Through the efforts of the Mayor, bids should start by the end of May.

Council discussed changing the North DeGraff Avenue name in the new First Addition. After discussion, it was decided to change the name to Meadow Avenue.

After much consideration, it has been decided to go with Munibit Municipal for the City’s website. The web site should be up and running in June.

Reminder of the upcoming Clean-up Day, Saturday, May 11, 9-11:00 am

Lead service line inventory mail outs will be going out in the next week. Responses are asked to be in by June 1, 2024.

Donation Resolution #24-0507 was presented to council stating the Swanville Women’s Civic Club would donate $300.00 toward purchasing flowers on main street. Jim Molitor made a motion to accept Resolution #24-0507 and appreciates the Women’s Civic Club for their donation. John Dragseth seconded the motion. All members were in favor, motion carried.

A land use permit for the Swanville School to put up solar panels to the south of the softball fields was presented. After discussion, Jim Molitor made a motion to give the School a land use permit to put up the solar panels. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion passed.

The school is doing some major work to the duct work inside the school, with that, they are asking if the city would allow parking on 6th Street by the gym. After discussion, it was decided to allow 15 minute parking rather than no parking for now.

Tayiah Loven was present to inquire the cost of a lot in the Industrial Park. Council will get back to Loven after checking on available lots.

Mayor Lange presented a Flood Plain Ordinance the city can adopt. After discussion, it was decided to have a Public Hearing at 6:45 pm before the June 4th meeting.

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. John Dragseth seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm with a Public Hearing taking place first at 6:45 pm in the Swanville Center.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Jim Molitor and seconded by Norm Carlson to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:00 pm.

Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer

Grey Eagle Township • June 3, 2024

Call to Order: Mike Rohe called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Members Present: Mary Ann Primus, Mike Rohe, Alan Roering and John Young. Also present were Erv Herdering and Sharon Roering.

Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Mike asked if there were additions to

the agenda. John suggested having Blaine from Widseth speak after the minutes were approved rather than later in the meeting. John made the motion to approve agenda with that change. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried

Approval of Minutes: John made the motion to accept the May 6, 2024 minutes. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion passed.

Blaine from Widseth Engineering explained the lowest bid for the work on 341st, Part of Brakken and 130th E came in from Joe Riley Construction. He stated the cost would come to $456,476.80. The crew would be able to start soon and would probably take 1-2 weeks depending on the weather. John made the motion to accept the bid from Joe Riley Construction, Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Blaine then asked if the board was planning on supervising the work or if they should be doing that or a combination. John made the motion to have Widseth oversee the project and keep the supervisors informed as the project gets underway. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion caried.

Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for May. Claims list included claims 3959-3971 for a total of $59,593.00. John made the motion to pay the claims. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mail included the population estimates from the State of Minnesota as of April 1, 2023 population is 550. PNP reimbursement has been received by the Secretary of State.

The financial report was presented, John made the motion to approve the financial report, Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Board members instructed the clerk to check on loan options and whether to cash in the CD that is up for renewal.

Road and Bridge Report: John presented the tree policy he has been working on and the board will review it and discuss at July meeting. John will order the signs that were approved at the May meeting. Chiippewa RD- discussion on spray for the road from the last property owner around corner to 150th. John made a motion to have the end of the road sprayed, Alan made the second, All in favor. Motion carried. Also had a request for when that road will get tar. Angler Drive- property owner asking about what could be done to correct the washout issue. There isn’t really a ditch there, Erv and John will check out the site. John made the motion to have Hinman Lawn Service do the beach maintenance and some work on the grounds but not to do anything with the shoreline right now, due to high water level. Alan made the second, Motion carried. Discussion was had about the fee for use of skidloader for maintenance by a supervisor. John made a motion that it be set at $100 with a minimum of 1 hour. Alan made the second, All in favor. Motion carried.

Additional agenda item: Information from Sourcewell was reviewed and it was decided to invite someone from that office to a future meeting. District Meeting will be held in Clarissa on August 22. Insurance rates were presented. Election judge training is underway and judges will need to be appointed next month. At the clerk’s request, John made the motion to have the clerk order reflective vest for supervisors when out on the roadways. Alan made the second, all in favor.

Motion carried.

Public Comments: None

Adjourn: Motion to adjourn by Alan second by John. All in favor. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 pm

Minutes not approved.

Submitted by Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer

Todd County Legacy Planning Roundtable to be Held

June 18

The North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in partnership with Todd County Development Corp. and the Office of Rep. Mike Wiener (MN 5B), is hosting a legacy planning roundtable on June 18th in Long Prairie. The roundtable is designed to be a community-wide discussion on the strategies and best practices for ensuring the smooth transition and sustainability of small businesses in Todd County. It will be held from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM at Thunder Lodge (22056 Hwy 71S, Long Prairie).

The roundtable is open to all community members who are interested in learning more about legacy planning and supporting small businesses in Todd County. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to:

• Learn about resources that can help with buying and selling businesses

• Connect with Rep. Mike Wiener and share thoughts on supporting the future of small business in Todd County

• Network with small business owners and community champions

“Legacy planning, also commonly referred to as exit or transition planning, is a

critical topic for our rural communities,” said Katie Heppner, Regional Director of the North Central SBDC. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economy. Ensuring their smooth transition and future success will take the whole community’s support. We are grateful for Rep. Wiener’s strong engagement on this topic.”

The North Central SBDC provides nocost one-on-one business consulting and lowcost trainings to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and succeed. The North Central SBDC is hosted by Central Lakes College and works throughout an 11 county and two sovereign nation region. The geographic region served by the North Central SBDC includes: Aitkin, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Todd, and Wadena counties and the sovereign nations of the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe. To learn more about the North Central SBDC and to register for services visit www.clcmn.edu/small-business-development-center or contact Katie Heppner, Regional Director, at katherine.heppner@clcmn.edu

Upsala High School 2024 Spring Semester Honor Roll

A Honor Roll: Grade 12

Claire Arvig, Bryce Binek, Noah Boeckermann, Brenna Graves, Jacob Gunderson, Daniel Kokett, Dillon Krebs, Isabelle Leners, Monica Nienaber, Erica Roske, Aden Warga, Dylan Warga, and Alyssa Young.

A Honor Roll: Grade 11

Evelynn Aleckson, Lilieana Daniel, Eli Johnson, Hailie Luedtke, Brayden Mack, Jack Primus, Beau Ripplinger, Isabel Ripplinger, and Joseph Steuck.

A Honor Roll: Grade 10

Aiden Brannan, Hannah Heesen, Holly Johnson, Austin Klein, Isabelle Klug, Meeli Krueger, Brayden Leners, Courtney Roske, and Isaiah Sobiech.

A Honor Roll: Grade 9

Lucylee Aleckson, Lynn Arvig, Emily Ashbrook, Ethan Ashbrook, Abigail Carlson, Vincent Eggert, Quinn Guthrie, Lydia Kokett, Landon Krebs, Nolan Kuepers, Samuel Laliberte, Calvin Leners, Zoey Leners, Brenden Mack, Genevieve Mrozek, Alexa Pilarski, Carson Primus, Anne Ripplinger, Owen Smith, Matthew Tschida, Emily Wiechmann, and Nicholas Young.

A Honor Roll: Grade 8

Braxton Allie, Trygg Aleckson, Avery Hallermann, Bianca Mrozek, Evan Pipenhagen, Owen Sobiech, Richelle Thompson, and Elyn Zinniel.

A Honor Roll: Grade 7

Jakson Blenker, Madison Goebel, Em-


Grey Eagle Township is looking for someone to mow township road ditches. The board is looking for someone with equipment to cut an 8-10 foot wide swath. Proof of insurance is required. The board is looking for quotes by the hour. This project includes approx. 60 miles of road as some areas will not be mowed. Interested applicants can meet with the township road supervisor, John Young or call 612-597-4499 before presenting a bid for the project. Quotes may be sent to Grey Eagle Township, P.O. Box 202, Grey Eagle, MN 56336 before the July 1, 2024 meeting. Mary Ann Primus, Grey Eagle Township Clerk/Treas.

malyn Harren, Natalee Hoffman, Owen Klug, Brogan Mack, Benett Pilarski, Emily Ripplinger, Bryce Roerick, Isaac Roerick, Aaron Schneider, Owen Schulte, Owen Servatius, Carter Steinhofer, and Isabella Warga.

B Honor Roll: Grade 12

Hunter Boeckermann, Brayden Bushaw, Natasha Crowe, Lukus Daniel, McKenna Graves, Carter Gudvangen, Joseph Guthrie, Kaylee Kremers, Kaylea Loscheider, Brooke Opatz, Madison Tschida, and Dustin Yurczyk.

B Honor Roll: Grade 11

Dominic Eggert, Dakotta Hartsock, James Jensen, Eric Landowski, Allie Maciej, Corryn McDermond, Brandon Mugg, Samantha Pilarski, Kira Poppenhagen, and Eli Roerick.

B Honor Roll: Grade 10

Sierra Bense, Paul Blonigen, Jacob Brinkman, Desiree Kuhl, Jake Leners, Jack Sowada, and Victoria Wiechmann.

B Honor Roll: Grade 9

Caleb Guthrie, Jacob Kremers, Jack Peterson, Noah Ripplinger, and Addie Scepaniak.

B Honor Roll: Grade 8

Daniel Gunderson, Addisyn Hovland, Skyler Landowski, Ayden Pitcher, Aubree Roerick, and Ethan Young.

B Honor Roll: Grade 7

Suzette Guthrie, Edward Horvath, Erica Johnson, Avery Kleve, Bradon Lange, Ori Prokott, and Brookelynn Schmidt.

Hometown News • Thursday, June 13, 2024 • Page 7
613 1st St. S. Long Prairie, MN PRAIRIE WOODS LAUNDRY OPEN 24/7 Service • Sewer Cleaning • Furnace Installation Remodels • New construction We Offer a Veteran Discount • Free Estimates 19 Years Experience Pete Norgren • 320-420-8711 norgrenplumbing.com THE JUNCTION Convenience Store • Bait OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM 320-285-2383 • Grey Eagle Pizzas • Cold Spring Bakery Schaefer’s Meats • T-Shirts Leanin’ Tree Gift Cards ACCEPTING VENISON TRIMMINGS FOR SAUSAGE
Upsala Farm Store Inc. LP Gas Refill 320-573-2216 211 S. Main St., Upsala OPEN 7 Days a Week Mon.-Sat. 8-6; Sun. 9-2 OPEN 7 DAYS
WEEK! Plumbing Supplies Schwan’s Ice Cream Treats Central McGowan ICE
BLENKERS ROOFING, LLC 320-256-5400 Eagle Outdoor Services Lawn Care • Landscaping Tree Trimming Call For All Your Outdoor Needs! Call or Text Tyler 320-247-3744




YARD SALE: (Weather permitting being outdoors) 4 Families! Thurs.-Fri., June 1314: 9am-5pm. 30991 State 28, Grey Eagle, (one mile East of Grey Eagle on State Hwy 28). Lots of clothing, children-adults, household items, toys, books, (lots of children’s) much misc. Many items priced at .50 cents!

ESTATE SALE: Lots of power and hand tools, Red Oak lumber and cord wood. 27906 Ambassador Dr., Grey Eagle. June 13-15: 8-5. 6/13

HELP WANTED: Front counter/butcher position. Apply in person at Elmdale Creamery & Locker or call for details, 320573-2607.

WANTED: 2 or 3 CD player. Call 320-2563775.

WANTED: Pontoon lift to rent & use on its current BBL site for this Season. Due to my wife’s declining health, we needed to sell our multi-level BBL home. We have kept our pontoon & hope to continue enjoying the lake. Please call or text Kent & Loretta Trulson 320-492-1404. 5/30-B

FOR SALE: Lund Rebel 16' boat, Evenrude 40 h.p. four stroke motor, live well, with trailer, good condition, $7,250. Call 320-285-4495. tfn

FOR SALE: Air impact wrenches, 3 CBs: 1 Cobra 19, 1 Galaxy 959, 1 General Lee, 1 set of 17" tire chains, new in the box. 320260-2159 MT-tfn

FOR SALE: Vibo boat lift, holds 2400 lbs., $1,000. Call 320-285-4495. tfn

FOR SALE: 2017 Prime Time Crusader Lite 5th wheel RV, 32-ft., 2 slides, excellent cond., $24,500. 320-249-7694 between 8am-7pm. tfn

FOR SALE: 1999 Ford F-150, 2-wheel drive, $1,500 or b/o. Call 320-630-8596. 6/20

FOR SALE: 1994 Corvette, 60,000 miles, new tires. The car is like new, $14,000. Call 320-290-0924. 6/13

FOR SALE: Meadow hay, small squares, load right off the racks. Text or leave a voice mail 320-250-3874.

FOR SALE: Router table with 1-1/4 hp router and many bits, most never used, $250. Call 320-733-9061.

Lumber Company, Inc. 320-836-2135 Freeport, MN www.hennenlumber.com


Holtz Tree Service and Firewood Bowlus, MN; is seeking individual interested in Full Time Employment. Duties include outdoor work pertaining to firewood/tree work. Day shift work Monday thru Friday, no weekends. Paid weekly wage based on performance. Will train. Must have a valid driver’s license. Call or text 320-360-3512

FOR SALE: Electric hospital bed in good condition. Call 320-836-2640.

FOR SALE: Tan/brown sofa in good condition. Call 320-836-2640.

FOR SALE: Black Angus beef bull. Call 320-250-0052. 6/27

FREE:1941 wedding dress. Call 320-5732340.

FOR SALE: Box of misc. books, Romance and Mystery, approx 70+, $10. Call 320732-4577.

FOR SALE: John Deere 317 skidloader, quick attach, 7,000 hrs, clean machine, newer tires. Call 320-630-5694.

FOR SALE: 25.5 5th wheel Jayco Eagle Super Lite camper, very clean, new tires, $16,000. Call 320-232-0211. 6/27

Take down & cleanup of silos in congested areas • Mobile Concrete Crushing • Fully Insured 507-236-9446 topdownsilo.com

Albany Senior Dining

Mon., June 17: Swedish meatballs over noodles, mixed vegetables, pineapple, bread.

Tues., June 18: BBQ pork on bun, tater tots, green beans, apples.

Wed., June 19: Pizza casserole, peas, peaches, bread.

Thurs., June 20: Country steak, whipped potatoes, gravy, broccoli, pears, bread. Fri., June 21: Egg & hashbrown bake, sausage patty, applesauce, pastry.

Pre-registration requested to dine daily. For more info. call 320-845-4070.


• Selfie Photo Booth

• Ceremony Sound System

• Ceremony Officiating

• Off Grid Capabilities For The Party Your Guests Will Rave About For YEARS!

Entertainers Michael Young and John Young

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We are looking for Full Time Help in our Warehouse/Shipping & Delivery Area! CDL License a Plus, but willing to help acquire
Competitive Wages
Stop in to Apply
Call Equal Housing Opportunity
Benefits Include:
Provide Dental
Low Income Elderly or Disabled Section 8 Subsidized Grey Eagle Housing Association is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider • 23 - One Bedroom Apartments: Approx. 620 sq. ft. • 1 - Two Bedroom Apartment
Rent is 30% of income after medical deductions
Electric heat included
Free access to DISH Network • Elevator and Accessible Entry door openers • Well maintained by caretakers who care • Raised gardens • Controlled Access entrance door locks • Community room with kitchen for large gatherings • Mail delivery and pick-up in building • Two laundry rooms,
lobby areas
craft room, three
Pet Friendly Garages when available Village View
320-285-3973 • Email:
303 Cedar Street N., Grey
MN 56336 For details & a tour, GIVE US A CALL! Live Music Wednesday, July 3 Happy Father’s Day! TAPE THAN THEE THEIRS THEME TRUE VIRUS WERE WHAT WIPES WISE • Reception DJ Entertainment • Master Of Ceremonies • Decor
• Air conditioned halls and public areas • Friendly
• Monthly Board Meetings •
612.597.4499 john@johnyoungweddings.com 320.630.9233
124 2nd St NE, Little Falls, MN 56345 320-639-2453 Mon.-Fri.: 9 AM-6 PM; Sat. 9 AM-2 PM
WANTED TO BUY: Dairy Heifers and
320-894-7175. SC-evB JET SKI RENTALS: Seadoo Spark TRIXX. Text or call 320-200-0300. tfnB

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