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You can’t go it alone -By Harvey Mackay

Flying solo is a concept that is rightly left to aviation. For anyone to truly achieve business success, it’s essential to know how to communicate, cooperate, collaborate and celebrate. An idea can come from anyone, anywhere, any time. But it takes teamwork, collaboration and the minds of many to nurture it from concept to creation. Start with the premise that two heads are better than one and three are better than two. It doesn’t matter how smart you are -- or think you are. Ideas and input from outside sources can help you improve and refine your thinking. Let me share a remarkable example. Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Stories Never Told, tells how a multibillion dollar corporation started from very humble beginnings. During a terrible economy, with plummeting markets and hundreds of bank closures, a Midwestern businessman planted an idea that continues to grow 175 years later. That’s right -- this all began in 1837 when Alexander Norris observed that his two sons-in-law needed the same raw materials for their businesses. One was a maker of candles, the other made soap. And they both relied on animal fat. In the bad economy, Norris encouraged them to join forces. They reluctantly

agreed. The little Cincinnati-based business joined the skills of William Procter and James Gamble. Their cooperative venture grew eventually to include more than 250 products, from Pepto-Bismol to Pampers, from toothpaste to toilet paper. Their influence even helped coin the term “soap operas,” first on radio and then on television, sponsored by the soap makers. P&G brands are known around the globe. And just as two heads were better than one in 1837, the company’s innovations that continued through the following decades were the result of collaborative thinking. Michael Eisner, who as CEO of The Walt Disney Company for more than 20 years oversaw many and varied collaborations, says that “a successful partnership allows you to recognize your own weaknesses, and draw on a partner’s strengths, without being uncomfortable about that vulnerability.” He quotes Warren Buffett: “That comfort comes from a complete lack of envy in a partnership.” Eisner continues, “Partners must value trust, must discover how to keep their egos in check, and they must put a premium on not just brains, but human decency. Partners also have to be comfortable with the way that someone else views the world.” I have often touted the importance of my own “kitchen cabinet” -- an informal group of advisors whom I trust to test ideas and give unfiltered feedback.

They have encouraged me to proceed on some projects, and thrown up roadblocks before I crashed and burned on others. Collaborations and partnerships don’t have to be permanent. I’ve written about the importance of the consultants and coaches I hire for both business and personal advice. I don’t go into business with them, but I rely on them to help me stay in business. They bring varied perspectives to my questions and often raise new questions for me to consider. And most importantly, they occasionally remind me that I am not always the smartest guy in the room. We can all do with such a reality check. Anyone who is contemplating a partnership arrangement must underHarvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events MARCH 10 • Hawaiian Luau Vendor Show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the New Munich City Hall. See ad on page 12. MARCH 11 • Holdingford Firefighters Relief Assoc. Annual Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holdingford Civic Center. See ad on page 4. • Freeport Lions Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. 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.

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 • 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. 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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Birth Announcements Elizabeth Laura Middendorf

Tony and Nikki Middendorf of Sauk Centre are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Laura Middendorf, born Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:36 p.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Elizabeth weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Elizabeth is welcomed home by her big brother Carson. Grandparents are Tom and Jeanette Gerads of Freeport; Mike and Laura Kerfeld of St. Rosa and Pat and Carol Middendorf of Grey Eagle. Great-grandparents are Alcuin and Loretta Renneker of Melrose; Frank and Doreen Gerads of St. Francis; Dorreen Berscheit of Long Prairie; Art and Rosie Kerfeld of St. Rosa and Rich and Dolores Hiltner of Melrose.

Daniel Lucas Borgstrom

Lucas and Jody Borgstrom of Fountain Green, UT are proud to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lucas Borgstrom, born March 3, 2012 at 4:17 a.m. at Central Valley Medical Center, Nephi, UT. Daniel weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 23 inches in length. Daniel is welcomed home by his big brother Kyan. Grandparents are Alan and Jan Theisen of Albany; Joseph and Lisa Borgstrom of Billings, MT and John and Joy Rutledge of Hastings. Great grandparents are Luella and Ervin Asmus-Alt of Grey Eagle; Darlene Kortus of Cottage Grove, Robert and Kathy Borgstrom of Winterhaven, FL/ Woodbury, MN; Dina Rutledge of Hastings and Ken and Peg Joki of Fishtail, MT. Jenelle and Brad Herkenhoff of Avon are proud to announce the birth of their daughter born March 2, 2012 at the Albany Area Hospital & Medical Center.


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stand that it involves much more than compatible personalities. Obviously, legal and financial issues must be addressed and clearly resolved. You may have to jump through some hoops. Don’t let that drain the energy out of your big dreams. Anyone can think, dream and imagine. Translating those thoughts to positive action often takes plenty of teamwork and collaboration. Partnerships and alliances between businesses are increasingly common today as competition becomes stiffer and more complicated -- and often as not, global as well. Here’s some perspective from the late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Restaurants. Wendy’s is the third largest hamburger chain in the world, with more than 6,600 locations and 46,000 employees. About three-fourths of those locations are franchised, a prime example of the importance of partnering. “Teamwork is the starting point for

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April D. Fautsch made the academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. Fautsch is honored for a fall semester 2011 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Fautsch is A Global Studies Major, who is joined by more than 1,750 other students receiving the same honor. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed

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treating people right. Most people think that teamwork is only important when competing against other teams. But competition is only part of the picture. “In most things we do in life, people have to work with rather than against each other to get something done. Winwin situations and partnerships are the most important results of teamwork. The best teams in the world are the ones that help people become better and achieve more than they ever thought they could on their own.” Mackay’s Moral: One plus one can add up to great things. 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 Jason L. Gutzwiller

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Jason L. Gutzwiller, age 30 of Albany, will be 11:00 AM, Friday, March 9, 2012, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Jason died Saturday evening from injuries he received in a snowmobile accident near Walker. There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM Thursday and again after 10:00 AM Friday at the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home in Albany. Seven Dolors parish prayers will be at 4:30 Thursday evening at the funeral home. Jason was born March 12, 1981 in Buffalo to Gordon and Joan (Bongaarts) Gutzwiller. He grew up in St. Michael

Larry R. Kostreba

Services celebrating the life of Larry R. Kostreba, age 51 of Holdingford, was held Monday, March 5, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Larry died Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at his home with Maxine and his family at his side. Larry was born August 18, 1960 in St. Cloud to Raymond and Catherine (Cushing) Kostreba. He graduated from high school and the St. Cloud Vocational School. He has lived in the Holdingford area all of his life. He owned “A Welding and Machine” in Holdingford for over 10 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole and the Machinist Union.

Helene E. Habiger and graduated from High School. He moved to Albany in 2004 and he married Carrie Jennissen on August 25, 2007 in Sauk Centre. Jason worked for MidSota Manufacturing in Avon where he did welding and fabrication work. Jason and his family were involved in “Lethal Threat Pulling”; a team that made and competed in lawn tractor pulls. He was also a member of the New Munich Sno Gliders Snowmobile Club and the Albany Sportsman Club. Jason was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Jason is survived by his wife, Carrie, Albany; his daughter, Lily Gutzwiller, at home in Albany; his parents, Gordon and Joan Gutzwiller, Melrose; his brother, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Gutzwiller, Big Lake; his grand-parents, Gordon and Helen Bongaarts, Hanover, and his father and mother-in-law, Paul and Doris Jennissen, Sauk Centre.

Larry is survived by his son, Ray (Brandy) Kostreba, Hutchinson, his parents, Ray and Cathy Kostreba, Holdingford, his significant other, Maxine Henderickson, Holdingford, and his brothers and sisters, Deborah (Wes) Bishof, Burtrum; JoAnn (Dean) Binsfeld, Holdingford; Laurie Kostreba, Waite Park; David (Debbie) Kostreba, Holdingford; Jenny (Jamie) Skroch, St. Joseph and Susan (Jerry) Biniek, Avon. Larry is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Mary Kostreba, Francis and Loretta Cushing and nephew, Michael Bischoff.

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Services celebrating the life of Helene E. Habiger, age 88 of Freeport will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albany. Helene died Monday at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home. There will be a visitation after 10:00 AM Thursday at the church in Albany. Helene was born December 11, 1923 in Albany to Otto and Marie (Hamann) Sabrowsky. She grew up in Albany and graduated from high school then attended beauty school. She

worked as a hairdresser for a short time. Helene and Jerome were married September 6, 1952 in St. Paul. The couple lived on their farm in Freeport their entire marriage. Helen was a good farmer and she was particularly good with the animals. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Jerome Habiger, Freeport and sisters-in-law, Donna Sabrowsky, Villard and Juletta Sabrowsky, Albany. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters, Ella Hodel, Clara Sabrowsky, Loretta Hayman, Ida Christen, William Sabrowsky, Otto Sabrowsky, Arnold Sabrowsky, Nester Sabrowsky and Russell Sabrowsky. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home in Albany.

Glorine C. (Ostendorf) Raeker G l o r i n e C. (Ostendorf) Raeker, age 81 of Burtrum passed away Monday, March 5, 2012 with her family at her side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday St. Rita’s Church, 8694 80th St. S. Cottage Grove. Visitation will be from 4-8 pm Wed. at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S. and also one hour

Werner L. Breth

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Werner L. Breth, age 88 of St. Francis will be 1:00 PM, Saturday March 10 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Francis. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Werner died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, at his apartment in Albany. There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM Friday and again after 12:00 PM Saturday at the church in St. Francis. St. Francis parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Friday at the church. Werner was born January 15, 1924 in St. Anthony to Stephen Sr. and Catherine (Gerads) Breth. He grew up in St. Anthony and entered the U.S. Army in 1946, serving as a member of the Military Police. After his discharge, he returned to the area and married Barbara Berscheid on May 18, 1948. The couple has lived in the St. Francis area all of their married life, farming together on their farm. Werner was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and the Albany American Legion. Werner is survived by his wife, Barb, Albany; his children; Glen (Irene) Breth,

prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Ft. Snelling. Glorine was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed time with family, gardening, German music and quilting. Glorine is survived by husband, Eugene; children, Marie (Tom), Deb, Pat (Judy), Brian (Sherry), Barb (Tim), Steven (Colleen), and Peter (Shannon); 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sister Veronica Morgel; and brothers, Clarence and Larry (Phyllis). She was preceded in death by parents, Ben and Mary Ostendorf; brothers, Richard (Edna), Gilbert (Monica), Roman and Herbert (Dee); and sisters Mary and Leona (Cecil) Prokop.

Albany; Thomas (Joan) Breth, St. Joseph; Donald (Susan) Breth, Bowlus; Joan (Gary) Rademacher, Holdingford; Ray (Janice) Breth, Royalton; Carol (Claude) Reimche, Yucaipa, CA; 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Dorain Layton, Portland, OR; Reinhard (Ione) Breth, Upsala; Irene (Ernest) Pierskalla, Albany; Herbert Breth, Melrose; Martin (Alvina) Breth, Albany and Stephen Jr. (Antoinette) Breth, Albany. Werner is preceded in death by his parents, his son, David Breth, infant sons, Gerald and George Breth, his sister-inlaw, Irene Breth and brother-in-law, James Layton. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home, Albany.

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Bob’s in Troubled Waters By Saralee Perel Within one month, the following things broke down: the toilet, the gas heating stove and the kitchen sink. I hate stereotypes. You probably know I say that whenever I’m about to mention one. Hence, why are men so weird about asking for help to fix things? “Sweetheart,” I said ever-so-gently to my husband, Bob. “It doesn’t make you less of a man to call a plumber.” “Yes it does.” He feigned confidence as he pointed to the kitchen faucet, which was leaking a steady deluge of water. “It’s just a tiny drip.” He grabbed one of his 17 new wrenches and casually spun it in the air like a gunslinger, upon which it landed on his head. Again he picked up the wrench. In an effort to nonchalantly toss it from his left hand to his right, it went flying past his hand and shattered the coffee pot, which, of course, was full of coffee at the time. “Bob,” I said, as we rinsed the coffee off the cat, “Let’s call a plumber.” “I can fix it myself!” In a smooth James Bond way, he suavely unscrewed the faucet and lifted it up and off the sink. This was not wise

because he hadn’t turned off the water to the house. Instantly, we had a geyser in our kitchen. Bob, now in his save-the-day Dudley Do-Right mode, shouted, “I’ll get it!” as he raced to the basement to shut off the water. Meanwhile, I experienced the ice-cold beauty of wearing a drenched flannel bathrobe, with no working heat in the house. Finally, Bob called a plumber. In a jiffy, that sink was repaired. I warned him not to defend himself to the repair guy by saying something stupid, which of course he did. He said, “I have wrenches too. I bought them – at a men’s store – where they sell metal stuff. They have nails there too.” As the fellow left, I gave him a loaf of Bob’s award-winning bread. Bob hissed, “Now all he’ll think I can do is bake!” “That is all you can do, Honey.” In a huff, he stormed off to the bathroom. “I’m replacing the toilet.” “No Bob!” I was too late to stop him. With superhuman strength, he pulled our toilet away from the wall. But he had neglected to shut off the valve in the back, which, I now know, supplies water to the toilet tank. The dog and both cats jumped on the bed to seek safety from the new river flowing through our house. I called our neighbor, Pete, who replaced the toilet – in a jiffy.

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Community Snapshots

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Mother of Mercy receives Excellence and Innovation Award and Recognition On Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, staff members of Mother of Mercy Campus of Care, Albany, were recognized at the Aging Services of Minnesota Institute at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. Mother of Mercy was recognized as part of Care Ventures Cooperative, a group of 18 rural long term care service providers. Mother of Mercy received the award for their efforts and implementation of the innovative Fit 4 Life Ventures Program. Fit 4 Life Ventures has been running at Mother of Mercy for about 3 years and takes a unique approach towards exercise that includes Balance, Strength, Flexibility, and Endurance to improve physical and mental health, muscle strength and overall functioning in older adults. Staff members of Mother of Mercy evaluate participants to determine baseline fitness levels. All seniors may benefit from this program which is tailored to their level and ability of participation. This program is also geared toward those individuals who may be at risk for falls. Mother of Mercy strives for a culture of independence with a primary focus on

balancing abilities versus disabilities so that all individuals who are at risk of falling may benefit from the program. Staff of Mother of Mercy and its falls prevention committee consistently monitor residents who may be at risk for falls by assessing their risk for falls, fall patterns, and then implementing safety measures to prevent reoccurrences through the Fit 4 Life Program. Mother of Mercy has also implemented several community outreach programs that allow seniors to remain in their communities longer. While the Fit 4 Life program was initially tailored toward nursing home residents it has already been extended to tenants that reside elsewhere on campus, a campus consisting of a 76 bed long term care facility and apartment complexes totaling 112 units comprised of independent and assisted living as well as memory care, and to members of the community. For more information about Mother of Mercy Campus of Care, 230 Church Ave, Albany, MN 56307, visit www. or call Debbie Breth or John Hoefs at 320-845-2195.

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Swanville Sr. High Student of the Month

Swanville Jr./Sr. High is proud to announce Ali Maciej as the February Student of the Month for 10-12th grades. Ali is a senior at Swanville. Ali is the daughter of Tony Maciej and the late Kellyann Lehrke. Her grandmother Sheila Maciej has been an important influence and caretaker in the years since her mother’s passing. Ali is a busy young lady, participating in many school activities. She has been in volleyball all throughout junior and senior high. She was a dance team member from sixth through eleventh grades. She is currently in band and has participated since seventh grade. She also participates in drum line and marching band. She also was a flag team member from seventh tenth grade. She participated in choir for four years. Her theatre career started in seventh grade and continues on as a senior. She is currently a member of the speech team and also participated during her freshman and sophomore year. Her involvement in community includes being a Vacation Bible School teacher for four years, in her church choir since sixth grade, and church youth group since seventh grade. She also has helped with her parish Harvest Dinner since ninth grade. Ali is a multiple letter, earning varsity letters in Band, Dance, and Theatre. She was selected as athlete of the month for dance as a junior. She is consistently on the honor roll. Ali’s future plans include attending CLC for a two-year degree in accounting. She would like to work for a while and then return and get her full

degree in both accounting and computer science. Her advice for other students is to “Do the things you like in high school. Don’t give up, because when it is all done and over you will glad you stuck with it.” Kathy Detloff, English teacher states, “Alex Maciej has been my English student since 7th grade, is currently a member of our speech team, and has been an actor in the high school plays since junior high. She is a problem solver on stage. When one of the actors in the fall play had a bloody nose, Ali quickly figured out how to cover the situation and gave the audience what it needed to know so smoothly that no one except the director knew there was anything wrong. She works hard to get good grades, spending as much time as she must to get those grades and asking for help whenever she doesn’t understand something. One of the things that I admire is that she is fearless about asking questions in class. When she doesn’t understand, she raises her hand. While many students would just sit and pretend to know, Ali asks and gets the answer not just for herself but also for all of those not brave enough to ask on their own. Ali is a kind and thoughtful person with an infectious laugh. She cares about people and volunteers to help if she sees someone in need. Our school is lucky to have Ali Maciej as our student.” Char Bzdok, Science teacher adds, “I have had the wonderful opportunity of being Ali’s teacher for the past six years. I have taught her many types of science including Biology, Forensics, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry and Physics. It has been such a wonderful experience for me to watch Ali grow and mature into such a wonderful young woman! Even more importantly, I have watched her become an outstanding student in my science classes! I am so very proud of Ali and all her ambitions! She is very deserving of this award.”

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

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Local Municipality Minutes Freeport City January 31, 2012 A regular meeting of the Freeport City Council was convened at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Matt Worms with Council Members Joe Hennen, Ron Ritter, Carrie Goebel and Ken Goebel also in attendance. Also in attendance: Gwen Shaw and Carol Moorman. Staff person in attendance: Dave Blommel, Dean Jungles and Vicki Holthaus. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by those in attendance. Open Public Forum: Gwen Shaw presented a claim for $1,500 to Maciej Construction, LLC. The expense was incurred to relocate a curb stop for the water service installed during the CR-11 project last summer. The contractor placed the curb stop just outside of right of way, as is standard procedure. However, the Shaw’s had filed a permit and received consent to build a commercial building that would occupy the entire lot, including a section that was in Stearns County road right of way. Holthaus commented that the county highway department permitted the construction in the road right of way and the contractor and consulting staff were aware of the planned construction. Worms moved and Hennen seconded a motion to pay the claim for $1,500 to Maciej Construction, LLC. Discussion offered. Motion carried 5-0. Consent Agenda: K. Goebel moved and Ritter seconded a motion approving the Consent Agenda which included the following: Approval of the agenda; approval of the minutes from December 27, 2011 Regular Council Meeting; approval of the claims distributed on December 22, 2011 in the amount of $74,024.22; approval of the claims distributed on December 27, 2011 in the amount of $9,622.37; approval of the claims distributed on January 5, 2012 in the amount of $361,045.72; approval of the claims distributed on January 9, 2012 in the amount of $5,201.80; approval of the claims distributed on January 17, 2012 in the amount of $6,730.40; approval of the claims distributed on January 24, 2012 in the amount of $6,599.02; approving February 28, 2012 as the Annual Area Fire Service Meeting; Approving April 24, 2012 as the Local Board of Appeals Annual Meeting; Resolution 2012-001 - Freeport State Bank Corporate Resolution; Resolution 2012-002 - Central Minnesota Credit Union Corporate Resolution; Resolution 2012-003 - TriCounty Humane Society Stray Impound Agreement; Resolution 2012-008 - Freeport State Bank ACH Agreement; approve 2012 Appointments; approve 2012 Fire and Rescue Department and Fire Relief Association Officers; approve 2012 Close-out Transfers; approve Gambling License for Sacred Heart Church July 21-22, 2012; and approve Liquor License for Sacred Heart Church July 2122, 2012. Motion carried 4-0. Member C. Goebel abstained due to conflict of interest.

Old Business: Holthaus noted that the list of Fire Relief Officers for 2012 was missing from the Consent Agenda packet and asked for Council’s approval. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion to approve the 2012 Fire Relief Officers. Motion carried 4-0. Member C. Goebel abstained due to conflict of interest. New Business: Resolution 2012-004 - Post Issuance Compliance Procedures: Holthaus noted that the Post Issuance Compliance Procedures were instituted by the Internal Revenue Service and recommended by the City’s bond counsel, Briggs and Morgan. Hennen moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2012004 - Post Issuance Compliance Procedures. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2012-005: G.O. 2012A Bond Resolution: Holthaus reviewed the sales summary. The refunding produced a net future value savings of $82,858 with an average interest rate of 1.85%. K. Goebel moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2012-005: G.O. 2012A Bond Resolution. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2012-006: Minor Subdivision Request 115 1st Avenue North: Holthaus has not received the certificate of survey for the minor subdivision request and asked that the request be postponed until the March meeting. Resolution 2012-007: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Joint Powers Agreement: Holthaus reviewed the proposed agreement and noted that the BCA is updating the agreement with all agencies that require access to BCA records. Holthaus noted that the agreement would allow the City’s prosecuting attorney to access BCA records, although access is rarely needed. Resolution 2012-009 - Second Half 2011 Gambling Licenses: Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2012-009 - Second Half 2011 Gambling Licenses. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2012-010 - Second Half 2011 Zoning Permits: K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion on Resolution 2012-010 Second Half 2011 Zoning Permits. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2012-011 - Second Half 2011 Donations: Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2012-011 Second Half 2011 Donations. Motion carried 5-0. Service Extension Area Hookup Fees: Holthaus asked if Council would consider a reduction in the water access charge (WAC) for residents that have water service available to their property, but are not currently hooked up. The property owner would still be responsible for the cost to install the service from the curb stop to the home. K. Goebel moved and Hennen seconded a motion to provide a $1,000 credit on the water access charge for existing homes that are not currently hooked up to municipal water service, yet the service is available to the property; the reduced fee will apply until 1/31/12. Motion carried 5-0.


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Reports: City Engineer, S.E.H.; Scott Lange, Dave Blommel: Blommel reviewed his written report. Resolution 2011-012 General Construction Payment Application No. 5. Hennen moved and K. Goebel seconded a motion on Resolution 2011-012 General Construction Payment Application No. 5. Motion carried 5-0. Resolution 2011-013 Dakota Supply Group Payment Application No. 2: Hennen moved and Ritter seconded a motion on Resolution 2011-013 Dakota Supply Group Payment Application No. 2. Motion carried 5-0. Blommel suggested the Council make a decision on the design of the new water tower at the February meeting. Public Works Report, Jon Stueve: Stueve was absent from the meeting. City Clerk/Treasurer’s Report, Vicki Holthaus: Holthaus received consent from Rural Development to add the email billing feature to the utility billing system. Holthaus will add the module. At 7:56 p.m. Worms moved and C. Goebel seconded a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Motion carried 5-0. Victoria M. Holthaus, City Clerk Swanville City February 8, 2012 Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Community Center on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Peterson, Jim Molitor, AJ Johnson, and Tim Grittner. Absent: Jim Piekarski. Also present: Reporter Liz Verley and Brain Zapzalka. Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held January 3, 2012 were read. Mayor Peterson made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The treasures report was given. A motion was made by AJ Johnson and seconded by Tim Grittner to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried MN Pollution Control sent the Mayor a letter stating four corrections on the waste water application must be completed before approval will be given. The maintenance man is working with the pollution control agent and the application will be submitted when required sampling results is completed. This application is done every four years. The remodeling of the library and city office project was voted on by the Swanville Lions. It was passed to give the project a maximum of $25,000.00. Bids for this project was looked at and discussed. Tim Grittner made a motion to have a council member and the mayor go over the bids with the contractors to make sure nothing was left out of the bids and then grant the project to the contrac-

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tor with the best bid. AJ Johnson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The Mayor asked if there are any questions about the 2012 budget. After discussion Jim Molitor made a motion to accept the budget. Tim Grittner seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The City has received a check for $10,000.00 from the Morrison County IRP Loan fund. This is the final payment to close out what the city put into the fund. The Swanville Lions have been paying the city maintenance man and the City $200.00 each per year for the grassing cutting to the west of Hwy 28. The Lions would like to stop paying this amount. Council decided this will be part of maintenance man job description. Mayor Peterson reported that there is still one home owner spot open for the Small Cities loan fix up project. An ad will be put in the Flyer to see if anyone else is interested in the fix up loan. The city plow truck has the new plow and sander installed. The council feels the trucks value should be changed to $52,000.00 on the insurance policy. The clerk will contact the insurance agent and have this changed on the policy. MN Department of Health has completed its sanitary survey report. The requirements and recommendations on the report were discussed. City maintenance man, Brian, stated he is talking with the representative and what will be done to complete the requirements. Mayor asked about the biosolids that was talked about at a previous meeting. Brian stated he did not hear back from Todd County yet on this matter. The animal humane society sent out their yearly agreement. After discussion, Jim Molitor made a motion to sign the 2012 agreement. Tim Grittner seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. It was bought to the council’s attention that the Swanville Lions would like to take out the existing booths that are in the park building along the east wall and replace

them with tables and chairs. After discussion, Tim Grittner made a motion to have the Lions replace the booths with table and chairs. Mayor Peterson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Brian stated he would like to go to the MN Rural Water Conference for continued water classes on March 6-8. Jim Molitor made a motion to send Brian and the Mayor, if she decides to go, to this conference. Tim Grittner seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the Council were furnished with a listing. Tim Grittner made a motion to approve the claims. AJ Johnson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The next monthly meeting will be held March 6, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. There being no further business, a motion was made by Jim Molitor and seconded by Tim Grittner to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:45 p.m. Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/ Treasurer Community Builders Annual Meeting February 21, 2012 Present: Diane & Dennis Kramer (Eagles Crossing), Jim Gohman (City of Grey Eagle), Linda Gohman, Mark & Sherry Larson (Grey Eagle / Burtrum Lions Club), Loren Roe, Steve Neville (Plumbing on the Side), Theresa Pansch (Village Café), Jill Kurowski (Style n Go), Shelly Primus (CMCU), Shawn Ehlert (Shipwrex), Andrea Kraska (CMCU), Don Brown (Leisure Resort). Minutes: were read by Theresa Pansch. Changes made were: Medallion Hunt: March 1st the first clue were made available in the Hometown News, the GE city website and also available at the following business: Style n Go, Village Café, Grey Eagle Library, CMCU, Update Building Supplies, and Burtrum Liquor. • Empty Stocking was a suc-

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cess and the program was able to assist those participating the Grey Eagle/Burtrum Area. Recap of events the Community Builders and Lions Club cosponsored were: Easter Egg Hunt. • Cabin Packets were put together advertising the local businesses that decided to participate. • Calendar of Events was put together advertising events in May, June, July, and August. • Three Concerts in the Park were held with the Grey Eagle Community Choir, Slewfoot Band, and Meire Grove Submarine Band provided entertainment. • Two City Wide Garage Sales were held. One was in May over Fishing Opener Weekend and the other was held during GEM FEST. • Kid’s Carnival and Farmers Market were held during GEM FEST • First National Night Out was held during one of the Concert in the Parks • Halloween / Trick or Treat to businesses New Business: Future of Community Builders: It was decided to continue another year with the organization. If anyone in the two communities has any suggestions/comments/concerns, please attend a Community Builder meeting to discuss and implement. Meetings are advertised in the Hometown News under Upcoming Events. • Dues: Dues will be collected this year to help offset the cost of advertising as well as cost for events. There will be a mailing describing these in further detail. • Medallion Hunt: First clues will be available March 1st at locations listed above. There will be a new clue each week. Must be found by March 31st. Prize for locating medallion will be $50 in Eagle Dollars. These funds can be spent as cash at Grey Eagle Burtrum businesses. • 2012 Easter Egg Hunt: This will be held on March 31st. Watch for details in the Hometown News and posters around town. Next Meeting: June see Hometown News for location and time.

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Notice is given to residents of Grey Eagle Township, Todd County, that the Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed to the third Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The Annual Meeting will be held at 8:00 PM to conduct any necessary business prescribed by law. The Annual Meeting will be held at The Grey Eagle Town Hall, 214 East State Street, Grey Eagle, Minnesota. Mary Ann Primus, Grey Eagle Township Clerk

Burnhamville Township Residents Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Officers March 13, 2012

Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Burnhamville Township, County of Todd, State of Minnesota, that the Election of Officers and Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Burtrum Community Center. The election hours will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Offices to be voted on include: • One supervisor for a three year term and • One clerk for a two year term. The Annual Meeting will begin at 8:20 p.m. to conduct all necessary business. The Board of Canvas will be held after the meeting. In case of inclement weather the election and meeting will be held March 20, 2012. Shirley Hulinsky, Clerk

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March 1: Upsala 65 • Verndale 40 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 19 4 7 5 Kimmy Mrozek 6 2 1 0 Tracy Herzog 13 15 1 3 Kaitlyn Wuebkers 17 10 2 1 Brianna Westrich 0 0 0 0 Donna Ripplinger 2 5 1 1 Sadie Welinski 4 6 0 2 Dawn Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 Melissa George 0 0 0 0 Katie Ripplinger 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 0 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 4 4 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 0 0 0 0 brooke westrich 0 0 0 0 Full Team 65 46 12 12 March 3: Upsala 77 • Walker/Hackensack 47 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 16 5 3 14 Kimmy Mrozek 0 0 0 0 Tracy Herzog 20 8 1 2 Kaitlyn Wuebkers 17 9 4 5 Brianna Westrich 0 0 0 0 Donna Ripplinger 8 2 5 1 Sadie Welinski 3 5 0 0 Dawn Evoniuk 4 2 2 0 Melissa George 0 0 1 1 Katie Ripplinger 0 1 0 0 Sara Herzog 2 1 0 1 Alissa Zehrer 6 1 1 1 Kaelin Smieja 1 1 0 0 brooke westrich 0 0 1 0 Full Team 77 35 18 25 March 6: Upsala 64 • Sebeka 57 Name: Pts Rebs Steals Assists Aimee Pelzer 17 7 4 9 Kimmy Mrozek 5 0 2 1 Tracy Herzog 14 8 4 0 Kaitlyn Wuebkers 14 7 0 2 Brianna Westrich 0 0 0 0 Donna Ripplinger 7 8 2 2 Sadie Welinski 7 2 1 1 Dawn Evoniuk 0 0 0 0 Melissa George 0 0 0 0 Katie Ripplinger 0 0 0 0 Sara Herzog 0 0 0 0 Alissa Zehrer 0 0 0 0 Kaelin Smieja 0 0 0 0 brooke westrich 0 1 0 0 Full Team 64 33 13 15

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By State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen Budget Update: The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its February state budget forecast update on Wednesday, showing a dramatic turnaround from the $6.2 billion budget deficit in the November 2010 forecast. The numbers show a positive balance of $323 million, following an $876 million positive forecast last November. The turnaround assures Minnesota taxpayers that the $1 billion cash flow and budget reserve accounts required by law are replenished. The remaining $318 million will be used so the state can pay almost half of the school shift created by the last budget compromise on an earlier schedule than anticipated. This dramatic 15-month turnaround validates the fiscal discipline Republicans applied during last year’s budgeting session, including reducing projected state spending for the biennium from 22 percent down to six percent. Minnesota is beginning to recover, and we will work to keep it on the right track by encouraging job creation and reforms that make government more affordable for taxpayers. Reforming Teacher Layoff Process: Last week the Senate passed a bill that will end Minnesota’s strict “Last In, First Out” (LIFO) standard for layoffs of teachers that addresses only seniority and not performance. The change made by this bill would authorize schools to base layoff decisions on effectiveness before seniority, letting them keep quality teachers in the classroom. Minnesota is one of only 11 states that base

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layoffs on seniority, without consideration for teacher effectiveness. Allowing Veterans Hiring Preferences: Last Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved a plan to allow Minnesota companies the option to put in place their own veterans hiring programs where previously the federal government had prohibited hiring preference for veterans. In the years since 9/11 and the war on terrorism, U.S. veterans are currently experiencing unemployment at rates more the twice the general population. This rate is even higher in Minnesota where our Reserve Force has very high rates of volunteerism and deployment. The measure gives protections and allows, but does not mandate, that private companies have the option to take steps to help solve our state’s veteran employment crisis. Stadium: Legislative authors, the Governor, Vikings owners, the Minneapolis Mayor and others announced they had reached a tentative agreement and were introducing a bill. Early details from the working group determined that there will be two separate bills with two separate votes, one dealing with the Vikings stadium in specific and one to address the Target Center in Minneapolis. Plans released by the group said no new taxes would be required, either in Minneapolis or statewide, and no state General Funds would be requested. The Vikings would contribute more than half to the construction and operating expenses, and would be required to play in the new stadium for 30 years. 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

Many of you may have received the Helping Hands Outreach newsletter for the first time recently. We have tried to update our database to include all those in our service area to make you aware of who we are and what we do. Spring truck weight restrictions If you have an e-mail that you check regularly the begin March 9 newsletter can be sent electronically, in color even. You can call us with any questions you may have at Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways 320-746-9960, we would love to hear from you. Also will begin Friday, March 9 for Minnesota’s central feel free to join in any of the activities that we have frost zone. planned each month. Winter load increases and overweight permits reMarch 15: Monthly Community Luncheon at 2:00 main in place for the state’s north-central and north p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. An Attorney on Elder frost zones. Law will speak on Power of Attorney, Health Care DiMnDOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to rectives and more. Entertainment will be provided by roads weakened during the spring thaw. the “Fun Singers” a group of 20+ elders who will lead Spring load restriction dates and the six frost zones us in our old favorite tunes. Lunch will be at 3:30 p.m. in Minnesota are listed on MnDOT’s website at www. Grab a friend and join in the fun. Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” March 19: “Countdown to Retirement” discus- then click on “Spring Load Restrictions” for the most sion by a panel of experts to share some tools for a up-to-date information. healthy retirement. We will start with a free soup and The information also is available toll-free by callsandwich supper at 6:30 p.m. This is a time to have ing 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada your questions answered on social security, finances, or by calling 651-366-5400 in the Twin Cities Metro balancing time, working and playing in retirement and area. much more. All those 50+ or newly retired persons are Ending dates for spring load restrictions are estabencouraged to attend. lished by monitoring roadway strength as weather conCall 320-746-9960 to come along with the Mys- ditions change. All changes are made with a minimal tery Lunch Bunch to a “secret” location for a relaxing three-day notice. lunch and socializing. Call your friends to join you for Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date infora great time. mation on road conditions, construction and weather March 29: Helping Hands Caregiver Support reports from MnDOT’s 511 traveler information serGroup will meet at the Helping Hands office at 2:00 vice. Dial 5-1-1 or visit p.m. If you are a caregiver and could use some support from others doing the same job you won’t want to miss this. Respite for your Complete Auto Repair loved one can be provided by calling us at the office. Helping Hands is there for our Elders for rides, Plus Many Other Tire Brands Custom Processing chores, homemaking, etc. 31 Yrs. in Business • BBB Approved and those with disabilities On the Farm Butchering for the resources that can 320-836-2130 Freeport answer your questions or Upsala, MN: 320-573-2162 HOESCHEN AUTO REPAIR other needs you may have.

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Local Library Events

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Upsala Library “Bake, Boil & Broast Better with Books”: Friday, March 16, 7-8:00 p.m. for teens and adults. Learn about the wide variety of information and materials available through Great River Regional Library’s collection on cooking, baking and food preparation. The program will be presented by Chantelle Frie, Friend of the Upsala Public Library and cook. For more information call 320-5734282.

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MON., MAR. 12: Beef tips, gravy, egg noodles, green beans, pears, pudding. TUE., MAR. 13: BBQ riblet, whipped potatoes, gravy, squash, applesauce gelatin. WED., MAR. 14: Beef cabbage bake, lettuce salad, cookie. THUR., MAR. 15: Chicken a la king, biscuit, peas/carrots, oranges, oatmeal cake. FRI., MAR. 16: Salmon loaf or meatloaf, fried potatoes, peas/cream sauce, crunch bar. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., MAR. 12: BBQ pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato wedges, pudding. TUE., MAR. 13: Teriyaki beef rice bowl,w/Oriental vegetables, mandarin oranges, applesauce gelatin. WED., MAR. 14: Ham/cheese sandwich, cream of broccoli soup, lettuce salad, cookie. THUR., MAR. 15: Baked potato w/ bacon/cheese/broccoli, oatmeal cake. FRI., MAR. 16: Lent. No menu. * Bread and skim milk served with each meal. Albany: 320-845-4070

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The Winter Community Education brochure was mailed out 2 months ago, so you may have forgotten that we still have some great classes coming up this spring. The brochure is available online; you can still view all options and sign up for classes if the deadline for that class hasn’t passed. Congratulations to the 42 Lakes Area Tae Kwon Do students who took their colored belt test with Master Jen Doll. Everyone did a great job. Please remember when school is closed due to bad weather or other issues, Community Education programs are also cancelled. I will do my best to reschedule if possible. Here are a few upcoming classes you can still sign up for! Elementary Competitive Swimming, Begins March 13. Rock Collecting 101, March 15 Wonderful Ones & Twos, ECFE Class, begins March 15. Spectacular Sounds of Science for Youth, March 16. Rain Barrels, March 19.

Interested in improving interactions with people with dementia? St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. S.E., will be offering two free series of Validation courses. After successfully completing the course, participants will be “Associate Validation Workers” and will have earned 24 contact hours. The first course runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 14 and 15, April 19, and the morning of May 17 in Woodland Hall, Gorecki Care Center. The second course runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 13 and 14, July 19 and the morning of Aug. 16 in Woodland Hall. Meals and snacks are provided. Coursework is required between sessions. Call Michele Neuman, director of Education, at 320-252-0010, ext. 30289, for details.


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