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Don’t discount the Bruce Halle Story -By Harvey Mackay

To say Bruce Halle is “driven” is putting it mildly. The Discount Tire Company founder’s life story is the subject of a new book, Six Tires, No Plan, which I guarantee will inspire every person who reads it. Author Michael Rosenbaum has perfectly captured the essence of this fearless tire maven. I’ve known Bruce for a long time, and he is undoubtedly one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He is also a bulldog when it comes to his business. Entrepreneurs in particular need to have this book in their collection. His story entertains, educates and exemplifies a work ethic and customer service mentality that is the gold standard. In 1960, after a couple false starts in other businesses, Halle rented an old plumbing supply building, tidied it up, hung up a sign and displayed his stock: six tires, four of which were retreads. It took three days before the first customer walked through the door, and four more days before he sold a tire. Bruce admits he had no business plan, just the desire to be able to support his wife and three young children. By the end of 2011, Halle owned 820 tire stores, with annual revenues north of $3 billion, flourishing in a commodity business with headquarters

in Scottsdale, Ariz. Just as he did with his original store, Rosenbaum writes, “Halle personally scouts out the locations for each store, and the company supplies the capital to buy or lease the property, build the store and provide the inventory and equipment. The store manager is responsible for hiring, training, marketing, scheduling, customer service and cost control - the same roles Halle had with his first store more than fifty years ago. “Halle has made a promise to his people: Do a good job, and I’ll provide lifelong opportunity for you. Following that simple promise, Discount Tire has increased its revenues in every single year since 1960 and has never implemented a layoff.” How did he do it? The ever humble Bruce says: “I think of myself as an ordinary guy, who goes to work every day and has been lucky enough to live as long as I have, and I have been blessed to have beautiful people around me. People sometimes say, ‘Gee, how did you do what you do? How did you build the company?’ “Well, I worked at it for 50 years.... You do the things that anybody did when they started a business. You sweep the floors. You wash the windows. You clean the bathrooms. You talk to all the customers. You create some advertising programs. You pay the rent and try and make it work and little by little, all the pieces kind of come together.” Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, and Rosenbaum steers readers through Halle’s story from child-

hood to the present. He doesn’t skimp on details, and he includes the bumps in the road as well as the fast track. Think you’ve got what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Are you willing to take the risks and face the pitfalls that Bruce did? Are your priorities straight? “In his vision, success comes from focusing on what each person owes to his family, to future employees and to the next customer coming in the door. Everyone has an unbreakable contract to pay forward to the next customer, the next employee and the next generation,” Rosenbaum writes. Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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MARCH 17 • Holiness in Marriage and Family Spiritual Retreat from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Belle Prairie. MARCH 18 • St. Patrick’s Day Social, Celebration & Dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Melrose. MARCH 21 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Membership Meeting at 11:00 a.m. at the center. • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 4. MARCH 23 • Boy Scout Troop 68 Dad’s Belgian Waffle Supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church basement, Melrose. MARCH 24 • Wild Game Feed at 6 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. See ad on page 5. • St. Martin’s Annual Spring Craft, Flea Market, Rummage & Bake Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the St. Martin Parish Hall. MARCH 25 • Bingo starting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church basement, Melrose.

• Ham Bingo & Raffle at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala. MARCH 28 • Dramatic Stations of the Cross at 8:15 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grey Eagle. MARCH 30-APRIL 1 • Journey With Jesus to Calvary: Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m., at St. Francis Church, St. Francis. APRIL 1 • Holdingford All Saints Church Matching Grant Breakfast from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall, Holdingford. APRIL 2 • St. Joseph Parish Fish Fry from 4:30-9 p.m. at Bruno’s Hub Supper Club, Burtrum. APRIL 14 • 8th Annual Rock-A-Thon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grey Eagle Senior Center. 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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Holdingford High School presents Senior Dining Menus: March 19 - 23 Oklahoma Musical Albany Grey Eagle & Upsala Holdingford High School, in coop- and lyrics are some of the best in musi-

eration with R & H Musical Productions New York, New York, proudly presents Oklahoma March 29 - April 2. This musical is set in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the 20th century when cowboys and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy, Curley, and a hired hand, Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will, and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide plenty of laughs. The music

cal theatre with songs that include “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “I Can’t Say No”, “Oklahoma!” and many more. Performances are Friday-Monday, March 29-31 and April 1-2 in the High School Little Theatre. Friday, Saturday, and Monday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the High School Office by calling 320-746-4312 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 What really gives this book traction is the abundance and variety of lessons from Bruce’s life. Astute entrepreneurs will learn plenty about: • risk-taking, • treating employees and customers well, • hands-on involvement, • giving back, • handling adversity and • maintaining focus. Okay, aspiring business owner: What’s he got that you haven’t got? Bruce has a fairly simple credo: Find something to like in everyone. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Negative thoughts are a waste of time. Be kind and have a passion for humility. Lattie Coor, past president of Arizona State University and now Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, says of Bruce: “Who he is

and how he expresses it, what he does with it, is absolutely a manifestation of someone who knows who he is, knows what he wants, knows what he wants to do, and doesn’t need to show off.” If ever a businessman had bragging rights, it’s Bruce Halle. If ever there’s a businessman you will never hear bragging, it’s Bruce Halle. Mackay’s Moral: Let Bruce Halle’s example steer you. You’ll avoid some of the big bumps in the road. 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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A special thank you to all of you who helped with our poll. Your input, thoughts and prayers were very helpful. I had many responses on how important you felt it was to keep the store open. One comment that I really took to heart was “When you call a customer by name, smile and say how are you, you really mean it!” The last few years I’ve had a lot of changes and a lot of tough decisions to make, but now it’s time for new beginnings. A new name for the business - same great service by a great staff! Thank you Kathy, Judy, & Mitchell. Some new looks are happening inside the store. Stop in and see the changes, like one of my favorite customers said, “you can tell Chris is back, things are moved.” Ha Ha. Thanks for letting me serve you, God willing for many years to come. Chris

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Obituaries Conrad Fristedt

Memorial services were held for Conrad Fristedt on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Nelson with Rev. Barbara Lund Thompson officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Conrad died on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Conrad was born on July 5, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Albin and Hazel Fristedt. He attended South High School and graduated from Augsburg College with a Teaching Degree in English. Conrad served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was Honorably and medically discharged and awarded the Bronze Medal and two Purple Hearts.

Wilma Amanda Schwanke On March 26, 1955, Conrad and Evelyn (Iverson) were united in marriage at Vinji Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minnesota. Conrad taught English for close to thirty years. He spent his first years teaching in Westbrook and Watertown, Minnesota. He went on to teach most of his years at Grey Eagle, MN, retiring in 1987. Conrad enjoyed living on Smith Lake with his family. He loved to read, fish, watch sports and old movies but he treasured the time he spent with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons: Mark (Linda) of Portland, OR, Gregg of Blooming Prairie, MN; daughters: Mindy Bendickson of East Bethel, MN, Melissa Wick of New Ulm; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister, Jeanne (Howard) Miller of Mercer Island, WA; brother, Wendell (Goldie) of Brainerd, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Paul and Rodney and sister, Colleen. Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home.

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Lloyd W. Johnson

Lloyd W. Johnson, 79 year old resident of Upsala, MN passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, MN. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at Community Covenant Church in Upsala, MN with Rev. Craig Johnson officiating. Burial will take place at the Word of Life Cemetery in Upsala, MN. Friends may call from 12-2 P.M. on Friday at Community Covenant Church in Upsala, MN. Lloyd was born on April 6, 1932 in Morrison County to the late Otto and Ethel (Anderson) Johnson. He grew up and lived west of Upsala, MN and attended school at Upsala Schools. Lloyd was united in marriage to Eleanor Stenholm on March 18, 1955 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN. To this marriage Lloyd and Eleanor had two sons, Steven and Stuart, and one daughter, Mona. He worked for Axel Ohman

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Construction, Twin Cities Tile, and Acme Tag Co. for 38 year as a machinist. They lived in Minneapolis, MN for 40 years. Upon their retirement in1994 Lloyd and Eleanor moved to St. Cloud for 6 years, after which they relocated where they have resided until the present time. Lloyd enjoyed attending sporting events and watching sports whenever he could. He also was an avid card player and fisherman. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Lloyd is survived by wife of 57 years Eleanor Johnson of Upsala, MN; sons, Steven (Debra) Johnson of St. Cloud, MN, and Stuart (Ingrid) Johnson of Upsala, MN; daughter, Mona (Philip) Johnson of Upsala, MN; sister, Virginia Thompson and husband Edmund Nelson of Upsala, MN; 13 grandchildren, Corey, Daniel, Stacy, Tharen, Anders, Lars, Maisa, Zachary, Josiah, Amber, and Jed Johnson, Alison Glaser, and Jessica Porteous; 9 great-grandchildren, Shelby, Blake, Reed, Joshua, Noah, Evan, Grace, Ella, and baby girl in May. Lloyd is preceded in death by parents, Otto & Ethel Johnson; sisters, Bernice Holmen and Violet Johnson; and niece, Patricia Holmen. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Upsala, MN.


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all over the world who came to the United States to learn about western farming methods. She loved to cook, garden, attend card parties and visit with her family and friends. She especially loved being a grandma and great-grandma. Wilma will also be joining these passed-on family members, parents Ernest and Emilie (Schmidt) Asmus; brothers, Ernest Jr., Melvin, Arden and Vern Asmus; sister, Lenora (Herman) Kuehne; and son-in-law, Michael Griep. Wilma is greatly missed by her son, Wayne Schwanke; daughter, Carol (Griep) Demmon; granddaughter, Alissa (Griep) Pesta; Alissa’s husband, Casey Pesta; great-granddaughters, Mia and Mikaela Pesta; brother, Peter Asmus and sister, Ruby Alsleben. Wilma was a member of the Cremation Society of MN and she preferred to leave this life with minimal attention. There will be a small graveside gathering at Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle, MN on May 19 at 1:00 pm.

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Six Simple Rules For Life -By Dr. John C. Maxwell A five-year old slugger smacks the baseball out into the field and sprints toward third base. A tiny midfielder, playing her first soccer match, reaches down and scoops into her arms the ball rolling through the green grass toward her. A small child on the basketball court receives a pass from a teammate and excitedly races to the hoop…without remembering to dribble. If you’ve ever coached a children’s sports team, then you know the importance of explaining the simple rules of the game. Initially, chaos and confusion reign supreme as children accustomed themselves to unfamiliar regulations. Yet over time, the onceconfusing rules become second nature, and the kids play together without even having to think about them. RULES TO LIVE BY Playing a sport without knowing the rules leads to chaos, confusion, and even can result in injury. Likewise, going through life without a reliable set of rules gives rise to disorder, dissatisfaction, and even harm. In this lesson, I’d like to share six simple rules that have helped me to navigate life. I hope they provide you with food for thought as you consider, or reevaluate, the rules you live by. RULE #1: Put family first. Lots of leaders give lip service to putting family first, but they don’t actually practice giving their spouse or kids top priority. What does it mean to put family first? For me, it involves redefining success. I do not measure my success in terms of career accomplishments. For me, success is when those closest to me love and respect me the most. Practically speaking, I make sure to schedule time with loved ones before setting my work calendar. It’s far more important for me to give prime time to my family than to “get ahead” by working overtime. RULE #2: Follow the Golden Rule.

As followers, we universally ask three questions about our leaders: 1) Do they care for me? 2) Can they help me? 3) Can I trust them? As a leader, regularly pose those same questions to yourself—Am I caring? Am I helping? Am I reliable?— as a reminder to treat others the way you would like to treated. RULE #3 Take care of yourself. Doing something for yourself is not a selfish act; it’s a sustaining act. In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, spoke of the relation of work to one’s other responsibilities: Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls—family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. I’ve learned the importance of this rule the hard way—through the trauma of a heart attack. If you’re not carving out time to rest and replenish, to exercise,

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and to monitor your spiritual wellbeing, then eventually you’ll breakdown. When that happens you’re no good to anyone. RULE #4 Choose a positive attitude. Happiness cannot be won, bought, or brought to you by another person. Rather, it results from a conscious choice to be grateful for our blessings and to make the best of life’s letdowns. Whatever happens to us, we always have control of one thing: our attitude. RULE #5 Have a personal growth plan. The key to personal growth is to have a beginner’s mindset. Beginners admit they don’t know everything and proceed

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Word of Life to host Wild Game Feed Word of Life Church in Upsala will be hosting a Wild Game Feed Saturday March 24th at 6:00 p.m. Included on the menu will be a variety of Wild Game dishes as well as fish, salads and desserts. Following the meal “Audience of One”, the Craig Knudtson family will be presenting a concert.


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Community Snapshots


Ben Primus, from Swanville, recently won the local district and regional Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA Crops Team are (from left) Jordan Marcyes, Joe Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition. Pictured is (from left) Jim Sinclair, Gerald Thoma, Ben Primus and Ken Sinclair. Photo submitted. Sweazy and Blake Kleinschmidt. (Not pictured Eli Benny.)

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Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA Ag Mechanics Team are (from left) Dylan Berry, Ryan Dolence and Ben Mueller. By Curt Gjerstad The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA Chapter competed in regional events on March 6th at CLC in Brainerd. Our Crops team placed 1st and our Ag Mechanics team took home 2nd place in a very close contest. Both teams will advance to state April 23rd. So far we have 4 teams qualified for state, with 3 events to go.

Three boys and one girl from Swanville, ages 11 to 14 were named local Council champions of the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships and have earned the right to compete at the District level. Monsignor Lorsung Council #14616, in Grey Eagle/Swanville sponsored the local competition at the Swanville High School on January 15th, 2012. All youngsters ages 10-14 were eligible to participate. Emily Beseman was the winner in the 11 year old girls division, making 11 of 15 attempts. Ben Primus was the winner in the 12 year old boys division, making 13 of 15 attempts. Troy Evans was the winner in the 13 year old boys division, making 11 of 15 attempts. Austin Johnson was the winner in the 14 year old boys division, making 11 of 15 attempts.

All four qualified for the District competition in Osakis on January 29th, 2012. Congratulations to all the winners. At the District competition, Ben Primus made 21 of 25 attempts to qualify for the Regionals. At the Regional competition, Ben made 17 of 25 attempts to qualify for the State. A “special” congratulations to Ben Primus for winning the Local, District and Regional competition. The State competition will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Cathedral High School Gym in St. Cloud. Best of luck to Ben at the State competition.

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Minnesota Through The Lens:

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A group of supporters are pictured here after taking part in the Climb for a Cure for CF at the IDS Tower. The group was called Team Puffin for Paula Muellner of Grey Eagle.

To submit a nature photo for Minnesota Through The Lens, email it in it’s original (large) size to Reminder: When a class doesn’t reach the minimum required, it will be cancelled. If you are signed up for a class, encourage a friend to sign up too, so it fills up! Here are a few upcoming classes you can still sign up for! Upcoming Adult classes: Rain Barrels, March 19, we need 5 more people. A Chemical Free Home, March 22 Aquatic Intruders, March 29 Egg Painting, March 29, we need 2

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By Stacey Austing-Jacobson, Melrose Area Community Education Director Please note, the Melrose Summer Recreation Brochure will be mailed out a few weeks later this spring due to some unforeseen circumstances. The swimming lesson information will be available online March 13, but the full brochure will come in the mail in early May. Did you know that this past fall, Community Education served over 1,400 people with over 68 classes and events? And, over the past 2 months we have served over 600 people, and have offered 67 classes and events from January through May? What this means is that people are staying active and engaged, and if they are not, it’s not due to a lack of opportunities. Thank you to our instructors who make this all possible! Make sure to check out all we have to offer and try something new before spring! Also, don’t forget to attend “Talent Unleashed in Melrose” on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. The annual event takes place at the Melrose High School auditorium and tickets will be sold at the door. Archery Update: At a National Ar-

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

This week promises to be a busy one here at the Capital in St. Paul. That’s because Friday, March 16th, is the first deadline for proposed legislation to pass through its first committee hearing. There will probably be a rush of bills submitted early in the week, and then committee meetings lasting into the evening the rest of the week as we hear as many bills as possible before Friday’s deadline. One of the bills I have up for a hearing this week pertains to unemployment insurance benefits for children of seasonal business owners. Legislation passed last session fixed the problem for those sons or daughters to get full unemployment benefits during the winter months, for example. However, it turns out there is additional language in statute

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Local Municipality Minutes Grey Eagle Township March 5, 2012 Call to Order: Ron Frericks called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Members Present: Ron Frericks, John Young, Ray Bense, Mary Ann Primus & Bev Eggerth. Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Ron asked if there were additions to the agenda. Ron asked to include discussion on Mound Lake Access under R&B. John made the motion to accept the agenda with that addition. Ray made the second. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: The clerk provided copies of the February 6, 2012 minutes to the board. Ray made the motion to approve the minutes as presented. John made the second. Minutes approved. Zoning Report: Bev reported on the public hearing on the Felling property. Some discussion on Todd County ordinance updates and new title for the office being Soil, Water, Conservation and Development Division. Bev reported that she has not heard of anything new with the rehabilitation home. Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for February. Claims list included 7 claims for a total of $4,565.28. Ray made the motion to approve the claims, John made the second, Motion carried. Reviewed letters received for the Todd County Township’s meeting, short course, several advertisements for brush and grass cutting and a letter for a required election resolution. The Equalization meeting this year will be on April 24, at 9:00 am. Treasurer’s Report: Mary Ann Primus presented the treasurer’s report as follows: Beginning Balance as of January 31, 2012: $175,628.99; Checks cleared: 11, $4,986.05; Deposits including interest: $16,439.10; Balance as of February 29, 2012: $187,082.04; Outstanding Deposits: 0.00; Outstanding Checks: 0.00; Cash Available: $187,082.04; CD Balance: $61,810.65. John made the motion to accept the Treas. Report. Ray made the second. Motion carried. Road and Bridge Report: Ron asked about the speed sign on Breezy Drive. Ray will pick one up. The contract with Elmdale Township has been signed. Ron received a call from Tryg

Hanson of the DNR about the access to Mound Lake. After some discussion it was decided to have Mr. Hanson attend next months’ township meeting. Ray questioned Erv on why he had to make so many trips with snowplow on 341st. Erv explained they try to get the tar roads first, then go back and do the gravel side roads. His driver also goes to Burhamville Township and has to get back again. Erv presented a new product for dust control that would be less toxic and contains only about 1% chloride; therefore the cost may be less. Erv will keep the board posted on any new information. Additional agenda items: The Township budget was discussed and after going over the townships’ income and expenditures it was decided to recommend leaving the budget and levy the same as last year. Public Comment: None. Adjournment: Motion by John to adjourn the meeting. Ray made the second. Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m. Minutes not approved. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer Upsala City March 5, 2012 Members present: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Robert Maciej, Joan Olson, Brian Lange. Clerk/ Treasurer Adrian Welle. The City Council meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson. Motion made by Council Member Robert Maciej and seconded by Council Member Joan Olson to accept the minutes from the February 6, 2012 Regular Council meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Council Member Brian Lange and seconded by Council Member Robert Maciej to accept the agenda. Motion carried unanimously. Citizen Appeals and Presentations: Gene Harren was in attendance to speak with the council about the portion of 50th Ave that the city owns and gave ideas of what the city could do to help control dust. Motion was made by councilmember Brian Lange and seconded by councilmember Robert Maciej instructing the city clerk to do research on costs, feasibility, assessments and get estimates on the project. Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports: Maintenance Report (Frank Koopmeiners): Usage was discussed with the council, Sewer and Water usage was down the month of February. Fire Department Report (Lange): Minutes were presented to the council • The council was informed that the department has ordered 20 sets of lightweight turn out gear which will be paid for by raffle funds. Planning Commission (Lange): Did not meet. UCDC (Olson): Did not meet. Recreation Board (Johnson): Did not meet. Unfinished Business: Clerk Adrian Welle updated the council on the council vacancy that exists. There are 0 applicants for the council position and it will remain open until filled. Jeff Ledin was present from the city’s engineering firm to discuss water plant painting. Motion was made by councilmember Robert Maciej and seconded by councilmember Joan Olson to authorize SEH to move forward in a proposal to complete the project. Motion carried unanimously. New Business: Motion was made by councilmember Brian Lange and seconded by councilmember Robert Maciej to accept the Recycling grant from Morrison County. Motion carried unanimously. Motion was made by Mayor Rollie Johnson and seconded by councilmember Robert Maciej to accept the Cleanup grant from Morrison County. Motion Carried unanimously. Financial Report: Treasurers Report with an February 29, 2012 bank balance of $82,430.36 as presented by Treasurer Adrian Welle . Motion made by Council Member Joan Olson and seconded by Robert Maciej to approve the bills for February for the amount of $12,644.47 as presented by Treasurer Adrian Welle. Motion carried unanimously. Reminder to residents and council that the next Regular scheduled council meeting will be April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m. These are Unofficial Minutes. Adrian Welle, City Clerk

Legislative Week in Review

The Minnesota Senate and House took a brief pause from meetings last Wednesday as many of us traveled to Granite Falls to attend services for state Sen. Gary Kubly, who passed away March 2. The lawmaker and Lutheran minister served in both chambers and was remembered not just for his public service, but also for his softspoken personality and sense of humor. Protecting Lakes & Rivers: Aquatic invasive species that are invading Minnesota’s rivers and lakes will be the target of study at a proposed cooperative research center at the University of Minnesota. Administered by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS), the center’s objective would be to develop and implement new technologies to permanently control and eliminate aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. These prevention methods and objectives include developing screening tools to accurately and rapidly determine the presence of invasive species, to study their movement and how to eradicate them, and serve as a state-of-the art source of information on the biology of invasive species. Permit Streamlining Bill passed: The Minnesota Senate gave strong bipartisan support Thursday to an environmental review and permitting efficiency bill, the second phase of a process that streamlines permitting and creates a better business climate for jobs in our state. The measure continues to streamline the permitting process, removes duplicate services, and reforms government so it moves at the ‘speed of 21st Century commerce.’

Last session, the Legislature worked with the Governor to pass a law that would to streamline permit processing for new projects subject to approval by the Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. HF1 established a 150-day goal for commercial/industrial permit decisions. SF1567 is a next step, further streamlining the process and potentially clarifying points of contention that Minnesota businesses have identified. The measure contains clarifying language from a provision passed last year that dealt with notification on whether permit applications are “substantially complete” and allows DNR permit holders who have a permit or have applied for a permit to continue to operate during a suspension of government services as long as they abide by all rules and regulations in the permit. It also amends the language for conservation rate structures in local water supply plans, changes the state disposal system (SDS) permits for feedlots from 5 to 10 years, and contains the 150-day goal clarifying language. Tax Breaks for Veterans: The Senate Tax Committee heard a bill last week that would broaden the veterans’ income tax credit, eventually phasing out the income limit. Since tax year 2009, Minnesota has provided a $750 individual income tax credit to certain military retirees for their past military service. Current law fully phases out this credit at $37,500, but this legislation gives the credit regardless of income. The committee is holding the bill for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill later this session. Thanks for taking the time to read my update and please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments. State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached at 651-2978063, by mail at 132D State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, or via email at

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First-time adult women turkey have the chance to go afield and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer during mentored hunts being offered this spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. “The adult women turkey hunters will learn life-long outdoor skills and how to be a responsible hunter,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Thanks to the NWTF, their outdoor coaches will help create the next generation of family oriented hunters.” Women are encouraged to sign up with a friend or adult daughter for an educational adventure in wild turkey huntHOME OF PIONEER FEEDS



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New administrator joins CentraCare Clinic

Mark Thompson joined CentraCare Clinic as an administrator for the River Campus site, 1200 Sixth Avenue North. He will have responsibility for the following areas: rheumatology, neurosurgery, neurology, nephrology, dermatology, pulmonology, health information management, transcription and the Little Falls outreach site. Thompson, a Stearns County native, comes to CentraCare Clinic with multiple years of health care leadership experience, most recently from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

CentraCare Clinic president announces plans to retire






Adrian Welle announces candidacy

Pierz City Council member Adrian Welle announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 9B running as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. As a result of recent redistricting this district is comprised of portions of Morrison and Todd counties. Welle was elected to the Pierz City Council in 2008. He currently serves on the cities Safety and Regulations committee. He has been an active member of the Pierz and Little Falls communities. While pursuing his degree he served as an intern for the city of Little Falls in the spring of 2011. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in Public Administration. He currently serves as the City Clerk-Treasurer for the city of Upsala

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Minnesota. With his strong background in municipal government, Welle says “I know firsthand the struggles of municipalities and the people of rural Minnesota.” Adrian Welle is a lifelong resident of Morrison County. Welle, grew up on a chicken and dairy farm, near the city of Lastrup, Minnesota, with his mother and father, David and Roxanne and also 2 sisters and a brother, Amy, Aric and Anna. Welle enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling and meeting new people. Welle also states “Spending my whole life in this district has given me a strong sense of pride for this district and its people. I look forward to working together with the people of House District 9B and meeting with residents to discuss issues important to them.”

Are you interested in Astronomy? There will be an “Aim for the Stars” 4-H Sky Adventure on Saturday, March 31, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. at Kandota Town Hall. All ages are welcome and is open to the public, so bring your friends! You will have the chance to use several telescopes, astronomy binoculars, and the Sky Scout GPS System to view the moon, stars, and planets after an introduction by two 4H Sky Coaches. Please dress warmly for this familyfriendly outdoor activity! This event is sponsored by “Aim for the Stars” 4-H Astronomy Program and Todd County Ex-

tension. Kandota Town Hall is located on Todd County Road 2, Kandota Township. Directions: US 71 to Todd County Road 2; turn west on CR 2 and travel about 1 mile to the town hall. Or: Todd County Road 11 to Todd County Road 2: turn east on CR 2 and travel about 1/2 mile to the town hall. In case of inclement weather reschedule date is Sunday, April 1. Pre-registration requested with the Todd County Extension Office 320-732-4435 or

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Allen Horn, M.D., president of CentraCare Clinic, has announced plans to retire on Sept. 14 of this year. Horn, a Family Medicine physician, has led the clinic for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, the clinic has grown from 626 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) to 788 FTEs; from 19 to 40 FTE advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants); and from 119 to 201 FTE physicians. Also during the past 10 years: · CentraCare Clinic - River Campus has undergone major remodeling; · CentraCare Clinic - St. Joseph has moved into a new clinic to better serve patients; · CentraCare Health System – Melrose built a new outpatient clinic and added providers; · Big Lake Clinic was built in collaboration with New River Medical Center of Monticello and opened to serve patients in the Big

Lake and Monticello communities; · Lakeview Medical Clinic in Sauk Centre joined CentraCare Health System and is now CentraCare Clinic – Sauk Centre. Horn was instrumental in the implementation of CentraCare Health System’s electronic medical record and in enhancing CentraCare Clinic’s quality and customer service programs. Horn is well-known in the community through his weekly WJON radio program, “Health Matters,” in which he provides health care advice and insight on numerous topics. The new CentraCare Clinic president will be chosen from interested physicians currently employed by CentraCare Clinic. A nominating committee has been formed to review the applications and make a recommendation that requires approval by the physicians employed by CentraCare Clinic. Prior to becoming clinic president, Horn practiced medicine for more than 30 years in Melrose.

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Exhibit and opening reception The Stearns History Museum announc- to learn how Girl Scouting has touched es a new exhibit, “Year of the Girl: Girl their lives. Girl Scouts will be admitted free Scouts 100th Anniversary,” which show- and Girl Scout alumni will be admitted at cases the history of girls and celebrates 100 half price admission by presenting a memyears of Girl Scouting. The exhibit opened bership card or by wearing a Girl Scout union March 12, and will run through De- form or some Girl Scout insignia. cember, 2013. A public opening reception For more information, call 320-253is scheduled for Sunday, March 18 from 8424 e-mail at 1-3:00 p.m. Through artifacts, Word Search Answers from March 8 photos and text, “Year of the Girl” explores how times have changed and girls have thrived in scouting since it began in 1912. This exhibit features items on loan from the Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council, as well as some photos and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. Photos available upon request. The exhibit will kick off with an exhibit opening reception on Sunday, March 18 from 1 - 3:00 p.m. Come and enjoy Girl Scout cookies and lemonade, and visit with others

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Anderson announces candidacy On Monday, March 11, State Representative Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck) formally announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 12B. Anderson has served for the past four years, representing constituents in Pope County and parts of Stearns and Kandyohi Counties in House District 13A. In February, a five-judge panel released official maps showing new boundary lines for all legislative and congressional districts in the state. This redistricting places Anderson in the new District 12B which includes parts Pope, Stearns and Douglas Counties. Of the 34 townships in the district, Anderson has represented all but five during his first two terms in office. Those five townships include: LaGrand, Hudson, Lake Mary and Orange in Douglas County and Farming Township in Stearns County. “I’ve met and worked with many constituents in this area and have thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Anderson. “I look forward to getting acquainted with even more folks in the weeks and months leading up to the November election.” Anderson is a fourth generation family farmer and a lifetime resident and of Pope County. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has served as a Township Official and a County Commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2008. He currently serves on the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee; and as Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee. Anderson is a fourth generation family farmer and a lifetime resident and of Pope

County. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has served as a Township Official and a County Commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2008. He currently serves on the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee; and as Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee.

Local Library Events

Melrose Library “I have a Nook/iPod/iPad/Kindle. Now What?”: Monday, March 19, 6-7 p.m. for adults and teens. If you have questions about how to use these devices, join this class for step by step instructions, and to receive helpful hints on how to use the library’s website. The attendance limit is 35 and preregistration is required.

Cab Driver

The passenger tapped the cab driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a department store window. For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, “Look mister, don’t ever do that again. You scared me half to death!” The passenger apologized and said he didn’t realize that a little tap could scare him so much. The driver replied, “You’re right. I’m sorry. Really, it’s not your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.”


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