Hometown News March 28, 2024

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Humor isn’t funny business – it’s fun business

I like to find humor in most situations, no matter how dire. Take for example the devastating tornadoes that hit my home city of Minneapolis in the summer of 1987. There was massive damage and people were emotionally distraught. Our local newspaper pictured a man standing by his car, which had been crushed by a fallen tree. He was smiling, waving at people driving by and holding a sign that read, “newstyle compact car.”

This guy knew there wasn’t much he could do with the cards he was dealt, so why not have a little fun and show some humor in the situation?

mastered archery, golf, softball, sailing and water skiing, as well as a number of other activities her sighted friends had yet to learn.

Speaking before a group of high-school students about her achievements, one student asked if there was anything she wouldn’t try.

“I have decided to never sky dive,” she answered. “It would scare the heck out of my dog.”

Quick thinking

A minister, a boy scout, and a computer executive were flying to a meeting in a small private plane. About halfway to their destination, the pilot came back and announced that the plane was going to crash and that there were only three parachutes and four people.

The pilot said, “I am going to use one of the parachutes because I have a wife and four small children,” and he jumped.

The computer executive said, “I should have one of the parachutes because I am the smartest man in the world and my company needs me,” and he jumped.

Customer service

A local meat market has three or four clerks waiting on customers. One of them always has a line of customers waiting for him – even if one of the other clerks is available. One day, a visitor asked the always-busy clerk the reason for his popularity.

He said: “The other clerks always put more meat on the scale and then take some away to arrive at what the customer ordered. I always put less on the scale and then add to it. It makes all the difference.”


There is an old saying in Africa that goes like this: Every morning a gazelle gets up and knows that it must out-run the fastest lion or it will get eaten. And every morning, a lion gets up and knows that it must out-run the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. So, whether you are a gazelle or a lion, every morning when you get up, you'd better start running.

In other words, if you can’t win, make the person ahead of you break the record.

Laugh at yourself

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With April being National Humor Month, I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to share some humorous stories that have a business message. Really, can’t everyone use a good laugh these days?


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The minister turned to the boy scout and, smiling sadly, said, “You are young and I have lived a good, long life, so you take the last parachute, and I'll go down with the plane.”

The boy scout said, “Relax, Reverend, the smartest man in the world just strapped on my backpack and jumped out of the plane!”


I learned this lesson the hard way from my wife, Carol Ann. While I am accustomed to public speaking and make frequent speeches to large audiences, I was preparing to address a very distinguished audience and was a little nervous. I asked her what kind of remarks might be appropriate for the occasion.

“Whatever you do,” Carol Ann said, “don’t try to sound intellectual, sophisticated or charming. Just be yourself.”

And we are still married after 64 years. Mackay’s Moral: He (or she) who laughs, lasts.

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It's like the two salesmen who fell on hard times and ended up broke in a small town in Montana. They needed money to move on and learned that the town paid $20 each for wolf pelts. They sensed the opportunity. That night they set out with a couple of clubs and some borrowed supplies and made camp in the distant hills. They were no sooner asleep then one was startled by an eerie howl. He crawled outside the tent to find himself surrounded by hundreds of snarling wolves. Back into the tent he crawled and shook his buddy.

“Wake up!” he cried. “Wake up! We're rich!”

Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World,” and “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door.”

Upcoming Events

• Melrose VFW Auxiliary #7050 Annual Easter Eggs & Bake Sale at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion, Melrose. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

• Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at the Burtrum City Lions Park. See ad on page 4.


• Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting at 2 p.m. at CentraCare West Campus Board Room, Long Prairie.


• Folk & Old-Time Music & Potluck from 1-3 p.m. at the Village View Apartments, Grey Eagle. See ad on page 4.


• 44th Annual Grey Eagle Housing Association Meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the Village View Apartments. See ad on page 5.


• Melrose Stages Presents "Hello Dolly" at the Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center, Melrose. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30; Sun. at 2 p.m.


• 2nd Annual Lake Education Day from 8-11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Grey Eagle.

• Friends of the Sinclair Lewis Library Presents Sauk Centre Reads Together at 12 p.m. at River of Life Church, Sauk Centre. See ad on page 5.


• Spring Fundraiser Lunch, Bingo & Raffle at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church Basement-Meire Grove


• An Evening of Rhyme and Reason at 6 p.m. at 510 Art Lab, Sauk Centre.


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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“The Good Old Days” -By

School Lunches

Some of us remember well the school lunches of our youth. We probably needed to make a financial deposit to get a ticket for lunch. The amount was somewhere between $.15 and $.25 per meal.

There must have been an inflationary factor applied to the price, because every few years the price went up.

Most of the meals offered a lot of carbohydrates. Potatoes and noodles were very common. Meat, potatoes and gravy were sometimes offered, however hot dishes were more common. As the food line passed the offerings, one of the cooks would put a large scoop of food on your plate along with a slice of buttered bread. The last offering was desert, which may be a piece of cake, a cookie or some form of pudding.

The two menu items that I still remember well are hamburger gravy on toast and the common Friday special of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. I will make these items when I find that I need to cook for myself. After all of those many years have passed, grilled cheese and tomato soup is what is needed to make a Friday complete.

Also, a common part of the meal was a glass bottle of milk. The teacher would say, "Everybody shake your milk," (to mix the cream from the top of the bottle), “now open your milk.” This frequently was the beginning of a hassle. The milk bottle was sealed with a paper disk with a small tab on it. You needed

to grasp the tab and pull to get the disk out. Sometimes the disk didn't come out as it should. The milk then would splash out of the bottle and land on the person opening the bottle or maybe several of those seated nearby. It did break up the monotony of the school lunch. Sometimes on a special day, possibly determined by the dairy delivery service, chocolate milk was also offered. This made that lunch extra special.

In the later years, other lunch items began to appear, such as pizza and dried noodles with a moist meat or vegetable covering. There was more effort to include vegetables and fruits with the meal. Now we are getting more modern and up to date.

Some of us remember the song, “where have all the flowers gone.” My question is, where have all the bottles gone? There was a time when everyone that didn't live on a farm, bought their milk in a milk bottle of some kind. They were always clear, see through bottles and there must have been millions of them. They can't be in storage under some mountain in Nevada. Is there a large pile of them somewhere? Are they offering trips to the milk bottle sanctuary? Have they been recreated to become plastic bottles, which never seem to disappear from the environment?

Our home meals have also changed during the years, but one thing that has stayed on the menu is canned baked beans with chopped wieners in them. Great on Saturday noon following a hard work morning. This recipe is about 100 years old.

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

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Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

Tomorrow is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. Pastor Tony Campolo had a whole sermon around the words, “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming." On Good Friday, Jesus was brutally murdered, on the cross… and so it seems that the day is misnamed. But the phrase “Bad Friday” doesn’t fit either because when Jesus died and shed His blood, Biblical prophecy was fulfilled. But not all prophesies! We needed Him to rise from the dead three days later, which brings us to Easter.

Just before Palm Sunday, Jesus’ very good friend Lazarus dies. When Jesus shows up to comfort the sisters, Mary and Martha, Jesus has a very important conversation with Martha. John 11:17-27 “On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever

you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Listen carefully: because Jesus died, we can spend eternity with Him. If we have put our trust in Him and the work He did on the cross, we will live, even though we die. Hebrews 9:27-28 “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews says we all die once… but if you have not invited Jesus into your heart, you will die a second time, separated from a Holy and Living God.

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








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Susan I. Rolfes-Worms

Susan I. “Sue”

Rolfes-Worms, age 60 of Freeport, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A Funeral Liturgy of the Word will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Susan Irean Rolfes was born April 9, 1963 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Allen and Leilani “Lonny” (Butkowski) Rolfes. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1981. She was united in marriage to Matthew Worms on August 8, 2003 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Sue worked as a bartender for many years at the Corner Pub in Freeport and also worked as a clerk at Kranz’s Holiday in Sauk Centre. She loved the outdoors and being out in the sun, whether it was at the cabin in Baxter in the summer or in Florida during the winter months. Sue always looked forward to spring when she could get out in her garden, enjoy her beautiful flowers, and admire the birds that would come to her birdfeeder.

Survivors include her husband, Matt Worms of Freeport; daughter, April (Jason) Wolbeck of St. Cloud; step-children, Carmen (Jason) Drentlaw of Prior Lake, Lauren (Chris) Van Hove of Plymouth, and Neil (Elizabeth) Worms of Rogers; grandson, Luca Wolbeck with one grandaughter on the way; and many loving relatives and friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Lonny Rolfes.

Donation can be made to Sacred Heart School in Freeport.

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

David W. Ostendorf

David (Dave) Ostendorf, age 65, passed away suddenly on February 12, 2024, following a stroke. Throughout his life, Dave dedicated himself to overcoming kidney disease, which he battled for over thirty years, serving as a tremendous source of inspiration for others. Many sought guidance, advice, and hope from him and his wife, Sue. Despite his struggle with Alport syndrome, Dave maintained a cheerful outlook and sense of humor, courageously recovering from two kidney transplants. His resilience was a beacon of strength to all who knew him.

Dave was born Sept. 18, 1958. He married Sue Pilkey in 1989 in Freeport, MN. Together, they enjoyed numerous mini road trips and found joy in training and sharing their golden retrievers with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients for therapy. Dave had a deep love for his dogs. He was in his element in the kitchen and delighted in sharing his baked goods with those he loved. He cherished moments spent with family, especially swinging in the hammock by the lake at Sue's parent's home in Park Rapids. Dave was known for his vibrant personality and was often the life of the party. In recent years, he developed a passion for creating wreaths and swags and took pleasure in nurturing his gardens at home. Dave's love for teasing and laughter made him the fun uncle in the family. He found fulfillment as Regional Manager for Wendy's, Arby's, and Hardee's. He mentored and inspired countless individuals. His passion for helping people and his ability to transfer his understanding of the dynamics of the restaurant business helped others reach their full potential in the industry.

Dave is survived by his devoted wife Sue; siblings Sue (Chuck) Walz and Keith (Marina) Ostendorf; stepmom Phyllis Sopkowiak; stepsiblings Jerome (Lisa) Sopkowiak, Lyle (Jaye Ann) Sopkowiak, Joyce (Ron) Wohler, Joanne (Richard) Foust, and Lois Reishus; mother-in-law Leona Pilkey; sister in-laws Diane (Dan) Ellis and Patty (Dan) Harsha and brother-in-law Jay Pilkey; numerous nieces and nephews; and dogs Trevor and Dezi.

Eugene R. Gergen

Eugene R. “Gene” Gergen, age 75 of Osakis, died peacefully, surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer on Monday, March 25, 2024 at his daughter’s home in Long Prairie, Minnesota.

A Requiem Mass will be held 10 a.m Tuesday, April 2 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Long Prairie with Rev. Isaac Delmanowski officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Eugene Raymond Gergen was born January 16, 1949 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Isadore and Clarice (Keller) Gergen. Gene graduated from Rosemount High School and attended St. Thomas University. He was united in marriage to Catherine Brossard on November 25, 1978 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Pine Island, Minnesota. Gene farmed near Osakis for the past 20 years. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Long Prairie. Gene enjoyed deer hunting, repairing old machinery, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cathy Gergen of Osakis; children, Gene, Jr., John, Lisa, Denise, Deidre, Daniel, Desiree, Dominic, and Diane; many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; brothers and sisters, Larry, Tom, Margaret, and Pat; and many loving relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Gergen; daughter, Deanna Smith; grandson, Michael Smith; and son-in-law, Mark Ruegemer.

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

Jackson Neuens-Studer

Mary Ann Zierden

Mary Ann Zierden, age 92 of Melrose, formerly of New Munich, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at CentraCare-Melrose Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. Mary Ann was called to heaven 29 years to the day Edzie passed, together again at last. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 27 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Mary Ann Zierden was born on June 17, 1931 in New Munich, Minnesota to George and Mary (Raeker) Koenig. She attended school through the 8th grade. She married Edzie Zierden on October 5, 1957 in New Munich. Mary Ann was a housekeeper and cleaned the church and various businesses and homes in New Munich.

Mary Ann was an avid gardener, taking care of her many vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed Sunday drives to view the fall colors and traveling to Arizona, Florida, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Mary Ann loved to play Yahtzee and 500 Rummy with family. In her years at Pine Villa, she enjoyed playing bingo, 6-5-4 dice game, and embroidering pillowcases and kitchen towels until arthritis was too much for her to keep going. But, above all, Mary Ann loved her family and friends the most. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial, and St. Ann’s Christian Women.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Zierden of Brainerd; grandchildren Doug (Erin) Zierden of St. Cloud, Tony (Heather) Zierden of Bemidji; and Amy (Josh) Meyer of South Haven; and great-grandchildren, Riley, Mady, and Carter Zierden, Brionna and Lily Zierden, and Donovon, Arianna, and Courtney Meyer; sistersin-law, Theresa Koenig of Sauk Centre and Sister Geraldine Zierden, O.S.B. of St. Cloud; and brother-in-law, Rich Hoppe of New Munich.

Preceding Dave in death were his parents Dorothy in 1985 and Larry in 2024; siblings Michael in 1992, Joanne in 2002, and Sharon in 2020; and fatherin-law Dave Pilkey in 2023.

On April 5, 2024 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Minnesota, we will honor Dave with a visitation starting at 9:30 a.m., mass at 11:30 a.m., and a meal at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a tribute to his dad Larry at this time. In accordance with Dave's wishes, his body was donated to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program for science research. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Freeport cemetery. Memorials are preferred.

Arrangements with Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka.

Jackson Ross Neuens-Studer, age 3 weeks, of Sauk Centre, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024 at the CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

A private family Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Jackson was born February 25, 2024 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Amber Vornbrock of Sauk Centre and Spencer Neuens-Studer of St. Joseph. Other survivors include his grandparents, Donald and Kelly Vornbrock of Freeport; Gail NeuensStuder (Todd Bensen) of St. Joseph and Jeffrey Studer of Cold Spring; great-grandfather, Gerald Vornbrock of Burtrum; and many aunts and uncles.

Jackson was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Howard and Lois Adams, Phyllis Vornbrock, Ray and Margaret Studer, and George and Vera Neuens.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Koenig; husband, Edzie Zierden on March 20, 1995; son Kenny Zierden on February 6, 2011; daughter-in-law, Mickey Zierden on June 8, 2020; daughter, Lori Zierden on February 18, 2024; and brother, Ed Koenig on July 7, 2022; and sister, Flossie Hoppe on September 22, 2023.

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

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Freeport Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges in North Dakota

United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Dakota, announced that Deanna Marie Gerads, age 33, appeared in Federal court on March 26, 2024, in Fargo and pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances before Chief District Court Judge Peter D. Welte. Gerads is scheduled to be sen-

Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Snowmobile Crash: March 26, 2004: At approximately 6:22 p.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a report of a snowmobile crash with injuries approximately ½ of a mile northwest of the intersection of 4th Street and 426th Street, in Holding Township. Initial reports were that a male had hit a tree at a high rate of speed and was injured.

Upon arrival, Stearns County Deputies learned the location of the crash was approximately ½ of a mile from any roadway. The Holdingford Fire Department had arrived on scene and was with the victim after utilizing their snowmobiles. Through investigation, Stearns County Deputies learned that the driver of the snowmobile, Jeffrey Stoermann, 59, of Holdingford, was northbound in an area where snowmobile traffic is common. Stoermann came over a hill and when he got to the bottom of the hill, there was a lip which caused his snowmobile to go airborne. After the snowmobile landed, Stoermann could not correct in time and struck a wooded area at a high rate of speed. Stoermann was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Stoermann had extensive experience in operating snowmobiles and was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Holdingford Fire Department and Mayo Ambulance.


I would like to express my utmost thanks to the Grey Eagle Fire Department crew who came to my aid when I fell and broke my hip. I was just home less than two hours after spending five days in the hospital for pneumonia. Back to the hospital again. They then sent me to St. Cloud. After three days I had surgery to replace my broken hip.

A special thanks to my wife, Viola, for all she has been doing for me; through all the many trips to St. Cloud for the 35 radiation treatments and 3 chemo treatments for throat cancer, and the hospital visits; and to those who visited me there and in the Melrose Hospital.

Now, home again with more tests and treatments to go. I am starting to mend slowly.

Lake Associations Offer Education Day April 13

The Big Birch Lake Association and the Little Birch Lake Association collaborated to offer the second annual Little Birch and Big Birch Education Day on April 13.

The half-day event will feature topics related to lake members’ properties and lake resources.

wrap up at 11 a.m.

The speakers will talk about shoreline health, landscaping, rain gardens, ways to control runoff and the permitting needed for projects near the lake.

tenced on July 2, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.

Gerads was apprehended in Mexico on August 1, 2023, by Mexican immigration authorities and deported from Mexico. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was instrumental in providing information that led to the apprehension of Gerads, who had been a fugitive for over a year.

This case is part of “Operation Unfinished Business II,” an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into the international trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl.

This case is being investigated by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force (CMVOTF), Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Cloud Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Sartell Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Internal Revenue Service – CID, Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher C. Myers and Alex Stock, District of North Dakota.

The event will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with coffee, donuts and fruit available. The program will begin at 8:20 and

Speakers will be Adam Ossefoort and Deja Anton from Todd County Soil and Water Conservation and Development and Chris Stumvoll from Minnesota Native Landscapes Ecological Restoration and Landscapes Company.

ATTENTION! Grey Eagle Housing Association Members

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Grey Eagle Housing Association will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, in the Menge Community Room at Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle. (Our Monthly Meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m.)

Nomination & Elections of 2 Directors: If you qualify as a member of Grey Eagle Housing Association and live in the area, you may nominate yourself, or another member of the association, to the Board of Directors either at the meeting or in writing before the meeting. This year we will elect 2 people to three-year terms. Please submit the names you wish to nominate to Margaret Newberg, 303 Cedar Street North, #25, Grey Eagle, MN 56336.

For more information, please call 320-285-3973.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My wife and I owe about $40,000 on our mortgage. My father-in-law, who is a very nice and generous man, said he wants to pay off the house for us, then let us pay him back over time. We’ve borrowed much smaller amounts of money from him in the past, and we were always able to repay it with no issues and no pressure. How do you feel about us taking him up on his offer?


Dear Seth,

I understand you and your wife have been fortunate in these kinds of situations over the years. And I know your father-in-law would probably be a lot easier to work with than a mortgage company when it comes to the size and frequency of payments. But I still think you’re playing with fire if you take him up on the offer.

I assume your father-in-law is doing pretty well financially, since he can afford to make this offer. But the downside is just too risky. If I were him, I might offer to pay off the mortgage as a gift to my daughter and son-inlaw. But a loan? No way. There are no strings attached to a gift that comes from the heart.

Don’t get me wrong, Seth. I’m not badmouthing your father-in-law. What he’s

making is a very generous offer, and it’s an incredibly nice thing to do. But in my mind, a very important consideration is being left out of the equation, and it’s a spiritual issue. The borrower is always slave to the lender. Always. And sadly enough, nowhere is that more true than within a family.

Accepting this offer could bring instant discomfort into the relationship for you and your wife. This money situation is likely to hang over things like a dark cloud. Thanksgiving, Christmas and other special occasions will feel different—and kind of weird—when you’re suddenly celebrating with your mortgage lender instead of just good, old dad.

Even if you come from a reasonable, stable family, and it sounds to me like your in-laws are very good-hearted folks, this debt will always be in the back of your mind. But if you’re involved with a dysfunctional or controlling family, that tension is going to be right there—constantly.

I’d thank your father-in-law for his generosity and for the offer. But in my mind, it’s just not worth the risk.


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

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Mon., Apr. 1: Tuna noodle casserole, garden salad, steamed carrots, pudding.

Tues., Apr. 2: Sloppy Joe w/bun, sweet potato, chuck wagon corn, apples.

Wed., Apr. 3: Roast beef, whipped potatoes, gravy, beets.

Thurs., Apr. 4: Chicken tetrazzini, peas & carrots, peaches.

Fri., Apr. 5: Baked pork chop, whipped potatoes, gravy, squash, applesauce.

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

Ask The Motor Medics®

Dear Motor Medics, I picked up an electric Ford Lightning truck used. It’s 2023 with 30k miles on it. My intended use was to and from work about 8 miles a day. My camper hauler was my 2004 F150 but the engine failed and due to the rust, I decided to scrap it. I travel about 100 miles at the most to camp and I’m not confident in the Electric Lightnings ability to tow my camper that far. It weighs 6k pounds. Do you think I can tow my camper without an issue?

-Martin in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Dear Martin,

You are asking us a lot if you want to know if everything will be ok. There is a lot to consider. Will the Lightning tow your camper as far as weight goes? Yes, it should be able to do that. Will it make it 100 miles one way with the air on and maybe wipers and a radio? Well, it’s hard to say. The Lightning has been found to have a lower-than-expected range by many people when towing and the heavier the load the faster the range will fall. We would start by planning your camping along a route where you can charge the truck if needed and you can plan from there. Don’t count on being able to charge at a campground as many prohibit that. Check online actual driver’s forums to see what real world towing results have been before venturing out.

-Take care, the Motor Medics

Dear Motor Medics,

I have a 2020 Range Rover and I can’t get anyone to work on it. I tried my regular shop which I have been using for over twenty years and they turned me down fast. They suggested a

radio show.

few others and all of them said the same thing. It’s a very long drive to Omaha to get anything done and I have made that trip many times. It is out of warranty and things seem to keep breaking. Why won’t shops repair it where I live? Is it that much different than working on a different kind of vehicle? Is there a way I can find out who in my area does work on them?

-Denver in Kearney, Nebraska

Dear Denver,

This is quickly becoming more of an issue for vehicle owners. As the technicians at shops age, they are not being replaced as fast as they leave and that goes for many businesses. Some of those techs were experienced with more specialized vehicles and now that they are gone the shop simply won’t touch them. In some cases, there may still be a tech there who can do the work but to the complexity compared to other vehicles they focus on the quicker more profitable jobs. There is a learning curve to get up to speed on them and parts can be harder to get. Ask a local parts store what shops they see working on them.

-Take care, the Motor Medics

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

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Grey Eagle City • February 13, 2024

The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:00 pm on the 13th of February 2024 in Council Chambers. Council members present were Brad Johnson, Brian Hollenkamp and Chris Browen. Council member Roland Ahrendt was absent. Also in attendance were Beth Ramacher and guest, Greg Stang.

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the agenda. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the minutes of the January 9th meeting. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A public hearing was held to discuss vacating an alley running down the middle of Block 1, Callahan’s Addition. No residents were present for this hearing. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to close the public hearing. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve Resolution No. 2024-05: Vacating an Alley Running Down the Middle of Block 1, Callahan’s Addition. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows:


WHEREAS, the City Council previously passed Resolution No. 2024-04 noting its interest in vacating pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 412. an alley running down the middle of Block 1, Callahan’s Addition legally described as:

An alley located in Block 1 of Callahan’s Addition to Grey Eagle, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the northeast corner of Lot 10; thence running south along the east lines of Lots 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6 to the southeast corner of Lot 6; thence east to the southwest corner of Lot 5; thence running north along the west lines of Lots 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 to the northwest corner of Lot 1; thence west to the northeast corner of Lot 10, being the point of beginning, all within Block 1 of Callahan’s Addition to Grey Eagle.

However, reserving unto the City of Grey Eagle an easement for utility purposes, over, under and through the above described alley and setting a public hearing to consider the vacation of such alley; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing to consider the vacation of such street was held on the 13th day of February 2024, before the City Council in the City Hall located 202 Woodman Street South, Grey Eagle, MN 56336 at 7:00 pm after due published and posted notice had been given, as well as personal mailed notice to all affected property owners by the City Clerk on the 9th day of January 2024 and all interested and affected persons were given an opportunity to voice their concerns and be heard; and

WHEREAS, any person, corporation or public body owning or controlling easements contained upon the property vacated, reserves the right to continue maintaining the same or to enter upon such way or portion thereof vacated to maintain, repair, replace or otherwise attend thereto; and

WHEREAS, the Council in its discretion has determined that the vacation will benefit the public interest because the alleys are not being used by the City and economic development will occur with their vacation; and

WHEREAS, four-fifths of all members of the City Council concur in this resolution;


That such vacation is hereby granted and the alley described as follows is hereby vacated:

An alley located in Block 1 of Callahan’s Addition to Grey Eagle, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the northeast corner of Lot 10; thence running south along the east lines of Lots 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6 to the southeast corner of Lot 6; thence east to the southwest corner of Lot 5; thence running north along the west lines of Lots 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 to the northwest corner of Lot 1; thence west to the northeast corner of Lot 10, being the point of beginning, all within Block 1 of Callahan’s Addition to Grey Eagle.

However, reserving unto the City of Grey Eagle an easement for utility purposes, over, under and through the above described alley.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorized to sign all documents necessary to effectuate the intent of this resolution and file a notice of this vacation as required by law.

Passed by the City Council of Grey Eagle,

Minnesota this 13th day of February 2024.

Greg Stang, from PeopleService, was present to discuss various water and wastewater items. There was a recent freeze up in the chemical room. Additional outlets will be hardwired to eliminate extension cords. It was mentioned that the water tower needs to be cleaned and inspected – both interior and exterior. Discussion was held on updating the water treatment plant; Greg will work with Widseth to start the discussion and process.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the quote from Grey Eagle Electric to replace the streetlight by The Junction. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Various maintenance items were discussed. The Council would like to have a quote for a new windshield and gasket on the John Deere snow blower. They would also like a quote to fix the second fuel tank and gauge. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the purchase of “City of Grey Eagle” stickers from PJ Signs for the property and equipment of the City. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

The Council would like to get a quote for tarring the streets that were not tarred when the sewer project was done. The Clerk will work with Widseth on this.

Discussion was held on the 10-acre football field and an old desk from the fire hall.

Unlicensed vehicles were discussed. The Council was instructed to get license plate numbers and/or make and model of vehicles and locations. This will be further discussed at the March meeting.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve Resolution No. 2024-06: Adopting Election Judges for 2024 Presidential Nomination Primary. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows:


BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Grey Eagle as follows:

The persons named below are hereby appointed election judges for the March 5, 2024 Presidential Nomination Primary elections to be held in the City of Grey Eagle, County of Todd, State of Minnesota.

The judges appointed and designated polling place wherein they shall serve, and the hours of voting are as follows:

Jeri Ahrens, Ruby Eiden, Linda Gohman, Janice Lind, Beth Ramacher, Head Judge, Edith Ramacher, Head Judge, and Brenda Schwanke

City of Grey Eagle City Hall and Fire Hall at 202 Woodman Street South / Grey Eagle MN 56336

Election Hours: 7:00am – 8:00pm

Adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council this 13th day of February 2024.

The Primary Elections fall on Tuesday, August 13, 2024 which is a scheduled Council meeting night. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to change the meeting to Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to rescind Resolution 2024-01: A Resolution Adopting 2024 Appointments. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Chris Browen to disband all committees. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve Resolution 2024-07: Adopting 2024 Appointments and Designations. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows:


WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council Members can only act collectively as one unit. Streets, Parks, Utilities, City Hall, Health & Welfare, Building Permits, Library and Community Builders will be the responsibility of the entire Council. The other official designations are as follows:

Acting Mayor: Brad Johnson

Official Auditor: Brian Koehn, CPA

Official City Attorney – Civil: Quinlivan & Hughes, Joe Krueger

Official City Attorney – Criminal: Todd County Attorney

Official Depositories: Magnifi Financial

(Grey Eagle Office) and First State Bank of Swanville

Official Newspaper: Long Prairie Leader

Adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council this

13th day of February 2024.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve Resolution 2024-08: Entering into an Agreement with the MN DNR to install a New Fishing Pier in Bass Lake. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows:


WHEREAS, the City of Grey Eagle and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) entered into an agreement to establish access to public waters in the form of a fishing pier in Bass Lake and,

WHEREAS, the City Council will enter into an agreement between the MN DNR and the City of Grey Eagle for the best interest of the citizens which provides a desirable benefit in the form of an additional method of accessing Bass Lake, and WHEREAS, the cost of the fishing pier material will be provided by the MN DNR. The City of Grey Eagle will perform general maintenance, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council shall allow the Mayor and Clerk/Treasurer to be authorized and directed to sign the necessary forms and documents as may be required to carry out the agreement with the MN DNR.

Adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council this 13th day of February 2024.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the 2023 Pay Equity Report to be submitted to the Minnesota Management and Budget Office. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Chris Browen to approve the transfer of $3817 from the Sewer Fund to the Sewer Rehab Fund for 2023, per the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Chris Browen to approve the 2023 budgeted transfer of $13,239 from the General Fund to the Fire Fund. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve using Splashtop for remote computer access going forward. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to give Lance Chase a one-time variance to burn the brush pile on his property within City limits with a burning permit. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Multiple quotes for updating the website were discussed. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve renewing as-is with Catalis for one year with a 6% price increase. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Community Impact Funds available from Sourcewell. Possible options for this application include: new computers, banners, new website, speed signs, street tarring and welcome to Grey Eagle signs. More discussion to follow at the March meeting.

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve payment of Claims #2972-3002, totaling $12,852.99 and include additional payments of the following: MN Power $3011.21, Gopher State One Call $63.50, Rock Bottom Diesel $1805.50, David Motors $78.97 and Eagle Fabricating $525.00. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to adjourn the meeting at 8:57 pm. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in Council Chambers.


Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Gift Card Scam: Fraud, in all its forms, is sill occurring. The good news is the more we talk about it the more folks may catch on and take steps to avoid it. This recently happened at a Dollar General store in Holdingford where an employee recognized what was occurring and intervened. The employee called our office to report a concern about an older gentleman who was trying to purchase gift cards and put a large amount of money on them. A store employee recognized what was happening and would not sell the gift cards to the man. There was some interaction, and perhaps some disbelief on the purchaser’s part, but staff told the gentleman that they were going to alert the Sheriff’s Office. The scammer was on the phone with the potential victim. When the scammer heard staff say they were contacting law enforcement, he told the intended victim to leave the store. The victim, while still on the phone, went to his vehicle and sat in the lot for a bit before he left. Store staff, thinking proactively, called other Dollar General stores in the area to alert them to the possible scam. Holdingford Dollar General staff was able to provide Deputy Chad Schwegel with a license plate and responded to the owner’s residence to check on him. Deputy Schwegel made contact with the intended victim and a family member. The intended victim had received a phone call from an unknown party who claimed to be with an insurance company. Deputy Schwegel assisted the victim in blocking the phone number and discussed how to handle something of this nature in the future. Thankfully in this instance, no money was lost. The key thing to remember here is that legitimate businesses, nor law enforcement agencies, operate in this fashion or except gift cards as payment for anything official.


Board of Appeal and Equalization: Important Information Regarding Property Assessments; this may affect your 2025 property taxes. The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Millwood Township will meet on April 10, 2024 at 11:30 am - 12:00 am, at the City of St. Rosa park. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor. If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation and classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.


Important Information Regarding Property Assessments This may affect your 2025 property taxes

The Board of Appeal-Equalization for Grey Eagle Township is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm. at the Grey Eagle Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.

If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. The board will review your assessments and made corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local Board before appealing to the County Board of AppealEqualization.

You must make an appointment to appear before the board of appeal and equalization. For appointments, contact Todd County Assessor's Office at 320-732-4431.

Grey Eagle Township Clerk

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HELP WANTED: Apply in person at Elmdale Creamery & Locker or call for details, 320-573-2607.

WANTED TO BUY: Butcher cows, bulls, fats & walkable cripples: also horses, sheep & goats. 320-235-2664. SC-odB

Todd County HHS Employment Opportunity

Todd County HHS is looking for a reliable, service oriented individual to serve the citizens of Todd County for the following position:

**Social Worker – Child Services (full-time)

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WANTED TO BUY: Manual operated grain mill grinder to grind flour. Call 320412-9632. 3/28

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FOR SALE: Black Lab puppies, 7 weeks old, males $200, females $250. Call 320836-2899. 4/4

To learn more about this opening and how to apply visit the official Todd County website at https://www.co.todd.mn.us

Questions may be directed to Todd County Administration: (320) 732-6155. EOE

FOR SALE: Jointer planer, air compressor w/75 ft. hose, air impact wrenches, 3 CBs. 320-260-2159 MT-tfn

FOR SALE: Chicken eggs $3 a dozen. Call 320 632-3336.

FOR SALE: Dining set table, 2 leaves, 6 chairs, good shape. Call 320 292 3196.

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All raised their hands except little Ronnie. The teacher asked him why not.

"I'm sorry," Ronnie replied. "Mommy told me to come right home after Sunday school."

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