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Obey the 24-hour rule -By Harvey Mackay Don Shula is a legend -- an incredibly successful professional football coach. Some years ago I negotiated a contract for a firstround National Football League draft choice with Shula, and I’ve been closely following his career

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since. He holds the NFL record for most career wins, 347 over 32 seasons. He led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories, including the one that capped the only perfect season in NFL history. How did he do it? By not dwelling on the past. Shula had a “24-hour rule,” a policy of looking forward to the next challenge instead of dwelling on the previous victory or failure. The coach allowed himself, his coaching staff and his players a maximum of 24 hours to celebrate a victory or brood over a defeat. During those 24 hours, Shula encour-

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aged them to feel their emotions of success or failure as deeply as they could. But the next day, it was time to put it all behind them and start concentrating their energy on preparing for their next game. His philosophy was that if you keep your failures and victories in perspective, you’ll do better in the long run. What a difference a day makes! I absolutely agree with Shula’s philosophy. Let me explain why. Let’s start with a colossal failure. How often have you been tempted to throw in the towel after losing a big sale or watching a million-dollar deal fall through, only to have your luck turn a day or two later? Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities. Instead of seeing the possibilities for success, you hesitate, concentrating on the dark clouds rather than the silver lining. Next step in the downer process is the vibes you send out to your customers. Your usual enthusiasm is seriously compromised because you are waiting for rejection. And that’s exactly what you’ll deserve. Snap out of it! You’ve had plenty of success before. This episode was just a bump in the road. Don’t turn it into a detour. Buck Rogers, former vice president

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of marketing at IBM and author of Getting the Best Out of Yourself and Others, has this advice to stay motivated: “To be successful, you have to believe you can change the conditions in your life. You have to get out of the back seat of someone else’s car and get behind your own steering wheel. You can’t wish away the things in your life that make you unhappy and you can’t daydream your hopes into reality . . . Make things happen.” On the opposite end of the spectrum is the spectacular victory -- the referral that turned into your biggest account, the employee of the month award, the amazing idea that turned your company around. Do you think now is a good time to coast or to rest on your laurels? Absolutely not! Celebrate with your co-workers, go home and take the night off, and then come back to work in the morning ready to do an even better job the next day. You are on a roll. Don’t waste the momentum. Your bragging rights expire after 24 hours. It’s fine if others want to congratulate you. Be gracious, thank them and get back to work. A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next grand destination. Success breeds success. My friend Zig Ziglar says he is often challenged by people who want to know what motivation is. He relates a great example: “There are those who say that when someone goes to a motivational session they get all charged up, but a week later they’re back where they were before they attended the session. In short, motivation isn’t permanent, right?” “Of course motivation isn’t permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events MARCH 20 • Holdingford Firefighters Relief Association Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Holdingford Civic Center. See ad on page 2. MARCH 21 • Swanville VFW Fish Fry from 5-8 p.m. at the Hub Supper Club. See ad on page 5. MARCH 24 • Community Builders Meeting at 2 p.m. at the Village Cafe, Grey Eagle. MARCH 26 • Tony Cherne Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. at Paul’s Par-A-Dice, Albany. See ad on page 12. • Wild Game Feed starting at 6 p.m. at the Word of Life Church, Upsala. See ad on page 9. MARCH 27 • St. Rosa Lions Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the St. Rosa Church


APRIL 2 • Spring Expo 2011 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Burtrum Community Center. APRIL 3 • Guardian Angel Youth Group Ham Bingo/Raffle at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish, North Prairie. • Bingo at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church basement, Melrose. APRIL 17 • St. Hedwig’s and St. Mary’s Faith Formation Matching Grant Breakfast from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Holdingford. ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS • Meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Grace Alive, Albany. 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 Monday 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 second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 basis.” Make that “regular basis” every 24 hours. The 24-hour rule allows you to look at each new day as a blank slate. Take along lessons from the past. You can learn as much -- or more -- from failure as from success. But don’t live in the past. Build on what you know so that you don’t repeat mistakes. Resolve to learn something new every day. Be-

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cause every 24 hours, you have the opportunity to have the best day of your life. Mackay’s Moral: If you live in the past, you won’t have much of a future. 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,” and the new book “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us.”

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All are welcome to come and celebrate Clara and Jerry Taft’s 50th wedding anniversary at the Burtrum Community Center on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 from 1-5 pm. No gifts please.

Journey with Jesus to Calvary

The parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Parish (located north of Albany on State Hwy 238 or south of Upsala on State Hwy 238) are presenting “Journey With Jesus to Calvary,” a play written and performed by 50+ parishioners. This play is uniquely different from anything you have ever seen. In the third year of being performed, it was initially written for presentation to religious education students to highlight the events

Card of Thanks

Thank you to the parish of St. Francis and St. Mary’s of Upsala, and to the parishioners of both who donated their time and foods. Your kindness and compassion were extremely helpful during this difficult time. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Patton-Schad Funeral Home for their services. A very special thank you to Father Mike Kellogg for your counsel and words of encouragement. Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude to so many for your prayers, memorials, and flowers. Also, thank you to Herm’s Country Meats customers for all of your patronage and helping Herm achieve his dream.

Matthew Young received a Certificate of Achievement for academic excellence in all subject areas at MTS Minnesota Connections Academy. He attained the A honor roll for first semester. Matthew is in eighth grade and is the son of John and Lori Young of Grey Eagle.

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Obituaries Helerian Laing

Helerian “Larry” Laing, age 87 of Freeport, died peacefully surrounded by his family on We d n e s d a y, March 9, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Monday, March 14 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Roger Botz, O.S.B. officiating and Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. concelebrating. Inurnment will follow in the parish cemetery at a later date. Military Honors were provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Helerian “Larry” Laing was born April 26, 1923 in Freeport, Minnesota to Herman J. and Catherine (Kleve) Laing. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was wounded in combat in 1945. On September 19, 1949 he was united in marriage to Marie Elizabeth Schulzetenberg at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Larry worked with his father, Herman Laing, at the Corner Store, Inc. in Freeport, a grocery, hardware, and general store, until taking it over as owner and operator. He owned and operated the Corner Store for 40 years before retiring in 1988. This was the general store that Garrison Keillor visited and wrote about in Prairie Home Companion. He also operated the Freeport Ambulance Service and owned and operated the Freeport Funeral Home for many years. Larry served on the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department until retiring. He lived in Freeport most of his life until moving to Country Villa Assisted Living in Sartell in 2005 to be near his daughter, and then to the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud in July of 2008. Larry was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends most of all! He liked to go fishing, enjoyed fish frys

with his friends, golfing, watching all sports and wood carving when he wasn’t diligently working or helping others. He truly had a heart of gold and would work endless hours to be sure his customers had what they needed; all items were delivered, serviced and repaired. He was a very giving, caring, devoted, loving father, grandfather and friend. He was a man of endearing faith, unconditional love and selfless acts of kindness and compassion for others. Larry was a member of the St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, Freeport Commercial Club, and the American Legion Post 101 of Melrose. He also served as a church collection counter for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport for many years. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marie Laing of Sartell, formerly of Freeport; children, Lois (Jamie Rask) Tamm of Sartell and Jim (Becky) Laing of Burnsville; five grandchildren, Brandon and Brittany Tamm of Plymouth, Kieran Tamm of Sartell, and Austin and Brooke Laing of Burnsville; sister, Marcella “Sally” Dwyer of Eden Prairie; brothers, Norbert (Muriel) Laing of Bloomington, Harold Laing of Osseo; and sister-in-law, Beverly Laing of Florida. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Laing; sister-inlaw, Betty Laing; and brother-in-law, Henry “Hank” Dwyer. Serving as casket bearers were Brandon Tamm, Kieran Tamm, Gary Meyer, Chick Molitor, Art Van Heel, and Kevin Laing. Cross bearer was Brooke Laing, scripture bearer was Brittany Tamm, and pall bearer was Austin Laing. Gift bearers were Amy Hengel and Lee Meyer. Readers were Karen Molitor and Nancy Jackson. Petitions were read by Ruth Hartman and the eulogy by Becky Laing. Honorary bearers were the St. Joseph’s Men’s Society. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.

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Joshua G. “Josh” Bueckers, age 30 of Ward Springs, formerly of Freeport, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 at his home in Ward Springs. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. officiating. Entombment will be in the parish cemetery. Joshua Glen Bueckers was born December 5, 1980 in Melrose, Minnesota to Glen and Rita (Borgerding) Bueckers. He attended Melrose High School for a number of years and also Long Prairie/ Grey Eagle High School before earning his G.E.D. On December 5, 2009 he married Rachael Leukam at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Josh began working at Wilwerding Dairy before moving on to Grede Foundries in Waite Park, and most recently at Joe’s Trucking in Albany.

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St. Cloud Hospital, state health department investigate unusual bacterial infections St. Cloud Hospital is working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to investigate unusual bloodstream bacterial infections among a group of 23 patients. The preliminary investigation has focused on patients who were hospitalized on one unit from October 2010 through early March 2011. Hospital and MDH officials believe the patients acquired the infections during their hospital stays. “We are deeply saddened and sincerely regret this situation,” said Craig Broman, St. Cloud Hospital president. “We take this matter very seriously. Our highest priority is to provide safe, quality patient care.” The preliminary investigation suggests the infection occurred because a nurse may have inadvertently introduced bacteria into intravenous (IV) bags of painkillers while diverting drugs for personal use. St. Cloud Hospital has suspended the nurse and a criminal investigation is under way. St. Cloud Hospital followed proper reporting procedures with local, state and national regulatory bodies and federal authorities. There is no evidence to suggest that transmission of blood-borne pathogens

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My Diary: A Thank You to Mom -By Saralee Perel January 2, 1961 “Dear Diary, My sled hit a tree and cracked my head open. My stupid brother said I didn’t crack my head. But I certainly did! Mommy took us to Carvel’s for butterscotch sundays. Goodbye! Saralee Perel” I was 10. Michael was 14. My poor mother. How could she let us out of her sight? Michael loved terrifying me. He said, “If you hiccup and burp at the same time, you die,” Instantly, I hiccupped. I raced to my parents’ bedroom, and cried, “I’ll die if I burp!” Mom patted the bed. Our arms surrounded each other as we fell asleep. January 7 “Dear Diary, I have a sore throat. Mommy officially said No School For You. She let me try on her jewelry. Even her GENUINE diamonds. Goodbye! Saralee Perel” I still have her clip-on earrings, brooches and “genuine” (costume) diamonds. When I’m sick, I often play with them. Sometimes I cry. January 9 “Mommy thinks I’m faking my VERY sore throat. I TOLD her my tempeture. One hundred twenty! Goodbye! Saralee Perel P.S. Mommy’s agrevated with me.”

January 10 “Dear Diary, One of our fishes died. They are Frankie and Johnny. Frankie is the dead one. Mommy won’t get another fish because she is mad I forget to feed them. We had a dog named Friskie. He died because he stopped breathing. Well, that’s all! Except I wish I had a nicer Mommy. Goodbye! Saralee Perel P.S. I really did not mean that. Mom rarely slept well. When I’d need the bathroom at night, I’d sneak past Michael’s dark door. He’d lunge out screaming, “SURPRISE!” I’d go flying 3 feet, then land on all fours. “Mommy!” I always ran to her side. “Michael did it again!” Without opening her eyes, she’d pat the bed, then wrap me in her arms. Once Michael said, “If you sleep on your back, you turn into a corpse in a coffin, and Mom and Dad will bury you alive.” To sleep on my stomach, I’d put pieces of my china tea set against my shoulders, so I’d feel them if I turned. Sometimes they’d break. Mom found out. She cried, holding a delicate teacup with a broken handle. “Please don’t cry, Mommy.” “Grandma gave me this for my Bas Mitzvah. We had tea parties, like you and I do.” I loved tea parties. We’d have Tetley Tea and Keebler cookies. We sang, “Tea for Two,” emphasizing words by singing them loudly. “Just ME for YOU, and YOU for ME.” “There’s some I haven’t broken,

Word of Life Church to host Wild Game Feed and Concert March 26

Word of Life Church in Upsala will be hosting a Wild Game Feed Saturday March 26th 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 the Haining Family from Dalton, MN will be presenting a concert. The Haining Family were winners of the 2004 Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Family Talent Contest, and won the 2010 Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) International Band of the Year award, 2009 CGMA International Bluegrass Artist of the Year and International Vocal Group of the Year, as well as the nu-

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Community Snapshots

LP-GE FFA brount home two 1st place trophies on Tuesday, March 8th from Regional contests in Brainerd. The Ag Sales team took top honors, edging out Staples for the win. Team members are Grant Abercrombie, Sara Wettstein, Byron Oostra, and Annette, Monkvik.


Congratulations the Upsala Girls Basketball Team for a great season! Pictured (front, from left) Amanda Wuebkers, Melissa George, Rachel Ainali, Brianna Westerich, Kaitlyn Wuebkers, Tracy Herzog; (back) Donna Ripplinger, Brooke Lampert, Aimee Pelzer, Kimmy Mrozek, Dawn Evoniuk, Alissa Zehrer, MaKenna Peterson, Sadie Welinski, Assistant Coach Mark Herbes, Head Coach Paul Pelzer, Assistant Coach Henry Fuchs. Their record was 24-2.

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Swanville Lions’ financial support of $700 for Read Across America at Swanville Elementary makes it a success. Lions members Chris Kircher and Duane Johnson present their donation to Ms. Theresa Bisek, coordinator, and Superintendent Gene Harthan. Photo submitted.

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Swanville High School is pleased to announce its February Athletes of the Month. Holly Pelzer, daughter of Chris and Charles Pelzer, is the Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Month, Michael Mettler, son of Randy and Marge Mettler, is the Boys’ Basketball Athlete of the Month, and Ali Maciej, daughter of Tony Maciej, is the Dance Athlete of the Month. Coaches’ Comments: “The February Athlete of the Month is Holly Pelzer. Holly is a Senior Captain for us. She is 2nd on the team in points and assists and 3rd on the team in rebounds. Holly helps our team in all aspects of the game. She is a true leader both on and off the court. Holly has been a true team player in helping our program gain respect. She had a season high 19 points against Osakis on February 8th. Congratulations Holly and Best of Luck in your future!” - Coach Aaron Gapinski. “Michael Mettler is this month’s Boys’ Basketball Athlete of the Month. Michael helped lead the Bulldogs to wins over Isle, Eagle Valley and Verndale averaging 7 points and 9 rebounds

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Upsala Sr. High Student of the Month Ethan Schultz, a senior at Upsala High School, is our February, high school student of the month. Ethan is the son of Mike and Jan Schultz of Swanville, Minnesota. Ethan is a great role model for other students at our school. He is a consistent member of our “A and B Honor Rolls” and holds several leadership positions including vice president of the Student Council, secretary of the Band Council, and captain of the varsity football team. Ethan represented UHS at the 2010 Boys State program in St. Paul, Minnesota and is a member of our National Honor Society, the band, choir and theatre groups, and participates with our varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. Ethan stated the most valuable academic lessons he has learned at UHS are to do your work and use your time wisely because “they will help you become the best person you can become.” His most valuable life lesson is stated in Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will lead your path straight.” When asked about his most valuable class at school, Ethan said he enjoys his college composition class because his professor “is an awesome teacher” and he learns much about using proper English. Ethan commented that he most en-

joys American history because he “loves learning about this awesome country.” After Ethan graduates from high school he plans to become a US Marine Corps officer. In his spare time, Ethan likes hunting, dirt biking, and cross country skiing. He also works two part time jobs in the Upsala area. His advice for classmates is to “Be strong and be your own person. When something unexpected comes along, pick it up and run with it.” Ethan’s basketball coach, Vern Capelle, stated, “Ethan is an extremely dedicated student/athlete. He strives for excellence in everything he does. Ethan’s commitment to do his best in everything he attempts will lead him down the path to success.” Our congratulations go out to Ethan and his family. We wish him great success in his final year at Upsala Area Schools and encourage him to continue to do his best to be a role model for other students to follow.

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

Co-op Day at the Capitol was celebrated March 3 as the halls of the State Office Building were filled with co-op members from throughout the state. A presentation before the House Ag. Committee that day showed how agricultural technology has advanced with the use of such things GPS and variable rate precision application. As the cost of fertilizer and other crop inputs has increased in recent years, applying just the right amount of product on various parts of a field will save money and reduce the chance of run-off. The cost of this equipment is staggering. A large fertilizer spreading machine with the capability to apply varying rates of as many as six different products according to a GPS map as the machine rolls across a field can be

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Local Municipality Minutes Grey Eagle City March 8, 2011 The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Jim Gohman at 7:00 p.m., on the 8th day of March, 2011 in Council chambers. Council members present were Thom Muellner and Joe Arnzen. Council members Dennis Barrett and Andrea Kraska were absent. Also in attendance were Lori Hellmann, Doug Goodrich and Travis Winters from the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, and guest Harry Schramel. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Joe Arnzen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2011 meeting as written. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council discussed complaints regarding parking on City streets. The Clerk will contact the City Attorney regarding City ordinance and will provide the Council with information at the April meeting. The following maintenance items were discussed: 1. Bids will be obtained for sewer jetting. 2. Bids will be obtained for disposal of the old snow plow. 3. Discussed complaints received regarding snow removal. Plowing is being done as fairly as possible. The following Fire Department items were discussed: 1. Joe has been attending the 800 MZ meetings and is on the committee for the purchase of the equipment. The following items were discussed during the Mayor’s report: 1. SEH is working on the grant for the proposed RV park. 2. Will be attending the Mayor’s meeting and a Noxious Weeds meeting on Wednesday, March 16th. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve Resolution No. 2011-03, A Resolution Accepting $2,500 Donation from the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club for Park Maintenance. A second was made by Joe Arnzen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The above stated resolution may be read in its entirety at the Clerk’s office. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve the resignation of the Library Custodian. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council discussed a part time summer employee. Del Uecker

is willing to return on a part time basis. The Council discussed the proposal from SEH for a feasibility report for maintenance and replacement items for the water treatment plant and City wells. It was the consensus of the Council to not proceed with a feasibility study. The spring leaf and brush pick up for the City is scheduled for Friday, May 6th. There will be no City wide clean up this year. The Council discussed a proposal for a replacement snow plow through Amby Herdering. It was the consensus of the Council to not purchase a snow plow at this time but will continue to search for a suitable replacement. Herdering, Inc has been providing snow removal and will continue for the remainder of the season. Bids will be obtained for sweeping of City streets and presented at the April meeting. The Council has received complaints regarding dogs running at large. Residents are reminded that pets are to be contained to their own property or on a leash at all times. The Council was reminded that the Board of Appeals - Equalization meeting for the City of Grey Eagle is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., in Council chambers. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve a donation of $100 to Experienced Works. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council would like to remind residents that no unauthorized motorized equipment is allowed on the two business blocks of Main Street (State Street). The Clerk was instructed to proceed with delinquent utility bills as allowed by ordinance. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the various fund transfers as follows: $17,975 from the Sewer Fund to the Rural Development Debt Service Fund, $767.86 from the Fire Fund to the Fire Hall Debt Service Fund, $71.15 from the General Fund of which $16.15 goes to the Water Fund and $55 goes to the Sewer Fund for Fire Hall and Library utilities, and $117.50 from the Sewer Fund to the Sewer Rehab Fund for January and February. A second was made by Joe Arnzen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to pay the bills as listed, and to include payment of the following additional items: $2,755.71 to Minnesota Power, $46,468.36 to Metro Fire, $158 to Minnesota DNR Waters, and $2,600 to the Grey Eagle Volunteer Relief As-

Grey Eagle Township March 7, 2011 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, Ray Bense, John Young, Mary Ann Primus, Bev Eggerth. Mike Kutter was absent. Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Ron asked if there were additions to the agenda. John made the motion to accept the agenda. Ray made the second. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: The clerk provided copies of the February 7, 2011 minutes to the board. John made the motion to approve the minutes as presented. Ray made the second. Minutes approved. Zoning Report: Bev reported that Joe Krueger had finished with his review of the ordinances. The board needs to decide how they want to handle the board of adjustment or the planning and zoning commission. The board will read through his recommendations and it will be on next month’s agenda. Town Clerk’s Report: Dennis Bacon was present to review the Annual meeting reports for the board. After short discussion it was decided he would make copies for the annual meeting and present again there. Clerk presented the claims list for February. Claims list included 9 claims for a total of $6,540.62. John made a motion to pay the claims as listed. Ray made the second. Motion carried. The clerk reported on an unpaid fire claim that will be sent to the county and a notice of the Township Officers meeting that will be held in Browerville on April 14th at 12:30. Treasurer’s Report: Mary Ann Primus presented the treasurer’s report as follows: Beginning Balance as of January 31, 2010: $97,838.29; Checks cleared: 14, $6,300.59; Deposits including interest: $16,098.47; Balance as of February 28, 2011: $107,636.17; Outstanding Deposits: 0.00; Outstanding Checks: 0.00; Cash Available: $107,636.17; CD Balance: $41,286.30. John made the motion to accept the Treas.Report. Ray made the second. Motion carried. Road and Bridge Report: John received calls on snow being pushed onto the roadways, after

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actually owns the land the road is on rather than just an easement. Additional agenda items: The weed meeting and training for local weed inspectors will be held on March 16, 2011 at 1 pm. at the Browerville Community Center. Public Comment: Public comments were made regarding the waste of township monies for zoning, when we are already paying for that at the county level. Too much money was spent on the head election judge. Too much brush cut on rustic road, and not enough detail in the financial report under road and

With snow still on the ground, now is a good time for residents to complete winter cleanup by burning brush piles, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Snow on the ground drastically reduces the chance of a fire escaping and igniting unintended areas,” said Ron Stoffel, wildfire supervisor. Burning permits are not required in the winter. As the snow melts, burning restrictions will be put in place over much of the state. Burning restrictions are used seasonally to reduce the chance of wildfires. The majority of wildfires in Minnesota result from human carelessness or lack of understanding about fire. Even with a continuous blanket of snow, fire officials caution everyone to pay attention to their surroundings. Parts of northern Minnesota are behind

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bridge. When doing big projects like brush cutting the board needs to get other bids and a supervisor should check on the work as it is being done. Rather than using calcium chloride on the hills, should try soybean oil, however, this may be more costly. Adjournment: Motion by John to adjourn the meeting. Ray made the second. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m. By Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/ Treasurer Minutes not approved.

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Legislative Week in Review

Next step in budget process taken: Senate Republicans announced budget targets this week as part of an upcoming plan to solve the state’s projected budget deficit. The overall budget spending level is set at roughly $34 billion for the 2012-13 budget, protecting funding levels for education, health and human services and public safety. I believe this plan recognizes the core constitutional requirements of state government while also scaling back automatic, and unnecessary, government growth and spending. Reworking how government programs are paid for Earlier this week, lawmakers announced HF681 and SF434, an initiative for performance pay for state government programs. The pilot project would focus on accomplishments for recipients of state money. By demanding measurable results in order to receive funding, the program would ensure that state government is working for taxpayers. Through the use of appropriation bonds rather than state general fund spending, it also provides new private sector investment and encourages fiscal discipline, transparency and public-private collaboration. Senate acts to protect safety dogs: A bill that I co-authored unanimously passed the Minnesota Senate that increases penalties for people who harm or kill police and other public safety dogs in police actions, search and rescue, correctional facilities or arson investigations. Under the bill, killing or causing great bodily harm to such a dog could prompt a fine up to $5,000 and restitution costs up to $25,000. As part of the

first K-9 unit in Douglas County, I know firsthand how important police dogs are to a police force and to the people they help and protect. Veterans affairs commissioner approved I am proud to say that Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito received unanimous approval on the Senate floor Thursday. Shellito graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and spent time in district 11 as President of the Alexandria Community and Technical College. Most recently, he spent seven years as Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, before retiring last year. Shellito served in Vietnam and spent 37 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Unemployment extension signed: A Senate Republican initiative passed unanimously which permits unemployed adult children of business owners to collect unemployment benefits under the same eligibility rules as other unemployed employees. Coal moratorium seeks to ensure future power: In separate committees in the Senate and House, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted this week to allow the state’s utilities to buy electricity made from coal. If the measure becomes law, it would open the door for Minnesota companies to sell energy generated at a new North Dakota plant. A current state moratorium on new use of electricity produced by coal is under court challenge and sponsors say the restriction puts the state at an unacceptable risk when considering a reliable supply of electricity in the future. Coming up next week: Moving forward, Senate committees will continue to hear bills in a timely manner in order to meet the earliest committee deadlines in recent history. As Chair of the Environment & Natural Resources my committee and I will be working towards hearing all bills relating to the budget as well as creating our budget targets by the aggressive March 25 deadline. Committees will also hear bills that consider Minnesota’s health care spending

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to comply with federal health care law, prohibiting certain cell procedures likened to cloning, and job training programs. The Local Government & Elections Committee will begin week-long hearings on bills requiring a photo ID to vote, and the Senate will hear a bill that proposes an “I’m not taxed enough already” check-off on tax returns.

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and signing. Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lovesome Dove, said, “I read Pomme de Terre with the greatest interest and enjoyment. It’s a very vivid telling of this tragic American story. I’ve long been wanting something in fiction about the Great Sioux Uprising, and this book is the best I’ve seen.” For additional information regarding Candace Simar and her novels, please visit Abercrombie Trail and Pomme de Terre are available at the Todd County Museum gift shop, at bookstores and on-line at North Star, and Barnes & Noble.

Senior Dining Menus: March 21 - 25 Albany

MON., MAR. 21: Swedish meatballs, parslied potatoes, trio vegetables, pears. TUE., MAR. 22: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, cream style corn, chocolate mousse. WED., MAR. 23: BBQ chicken, beans, coleslaw, biscuit, cookie. THUR., MAR. 24: Lasagna, green beans, lettuce salad, garlic breadstick, raspberry parfait. FRI., MAR. 25: Crab stuffed pollock or fried steak, rosemary roasted potatoes, dilled carrots, dinner roll, sherbet. ~ The Lighter Side Menu ~ MON., MAR. 21: Sweet/sour pork,


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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 651-297-8063, 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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rice, mandarin oranges, pears. TUE., MAR. 22: Stuffed green pepper, fruit, dinner roll, chocolate mousse. WED., MAR. 23: Ham/cheese sub, vegetable soup, fruit sauce, cookie. THUR., MAR. 24: Chicken spinach salad, breadstick, raspberry parfait. FRI., MAR. 25: No Lighter side. Albany: 320-845-4070

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MON., MAR. 21: Pork chop, mashed potatoes, gravy, Calif. blend vegetables, pudding/topping. TUE., MAR. 22: Beef noodle bake, mandarin oranges, starburst cake. WED., MAR. 23: Meatloaf, baked potato, creamed cabbage, dessert. THUR., MAR. 24: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, baked apple. FRI., MAR. 25: Creamy potato soup, cheese sandwich, mandarin oranges, cookie. Grey Eagle Dining Site: 320-285-4481 Upsala Dining Site: 320-573-2335

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Spring truck weight restrictions begin March 18 for north, north-central zones

Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will begin March 18 for Minnesota’s north and north-central frost zones. Spring weight restrictions for the south, southeast and Twin Cities Metro area frost zones began March 14; restrictions for the central frost zone begin March 16. Mn/DOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened during the spring thaw. Spring load restriction dates and the six frost zones in Minnesota are listed on Mn/DOT’s website at Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions” for the most up-to-date infor-

mation. The information also is available toll-free by calling 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling 651-366-5400 in the Twin Cities Metro area. Ending dates for spring load restrictions are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. All changes are made with a minimal three-day notice. Travelers in Minnesota can get upto-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports from Mn/DOT’s 511 traveler information service. Dial 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn. org.

Register your American Cancer Society Relay for Life team March 24

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of the Long Prairie Area, gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. This marks the 10th Anniversary of the Relay in the Long Prairie Area, which includes anyone who wishes to participate. Previous teams have been from Long Prairie, Grey Eagle, Browerville, Eagle Bend, and Clarissa, to name a few. The Team Registration night will be on Thursday, March 24th at the Long Prairie City Hall. It will start at 5:30 and run until 8:00 with committee members there to help with the registration. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a short kickoff meeting, to share some of the new and exciting things that will be happening at this year’s relay. This will give everyone in attendance an opportunity to meet our American Cancer Society staff partner, Kate Steinbach. Or if no one from your team can attend you can call Jessica Rosenow at 732-2859, or Angie Berkness at 760-8913. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. The Relay For Life of the Long Prairie Area takes place from 5:00 p.m. on July 22, until 5:00 a.m. on

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July 23, at the Long Prairie Grey Eagle Track. Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at or by calling 800-227-2345. Locally you can contact co-chairs Sev Blenkush at 594-6494 or Debi Clasemann at 7322581.

Upsala Girls Basketball

By Coach Paul Pelzer 3-8-11 at Long Prairie Upsala 55 • Sebeka 58 Halftime score: U-23 • S-28 Upsala Stats: Tracy Herzog: 19 pts, 10 reb, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks; Aimee Pelzer: 14 pts, 9 reb, 5 assists, 2 steals; Kimmy Mrozek: 11 pts, 5 reb, 3 assists, 5 steals; Kaitlyn Wuebkers: 9 pts, 9 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals; Brooke Lampert: 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals; Brianna Westrich: 4 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals The Cardinals finished the season 24-2, most wins ever. We were undefeated in the Prairie Conference for the 2nd straight year. Sub section runner winners.

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GIVE AWAY: Two wooden TV cabinets. Call 320-836-2553. WANTED TO BUY: Good slaughter cows, big bulls, also foundered steers, etc. Will pick up (pay cash). Henry Kasper, 320-547-9913. 3/24P

WANTED: Youth 243 rifle or youth 20 gauge shotgun. Call 320-859-5864. WANTED: Young couple is looking to dairy farm or take over dairy farm. Call 320-630-5694. 3/17

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