Hometown News May 25, 2023

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Procrastination is the devil’s chloroform -By Harvey Mackay

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This story is not entirely true, especially the part about the van. But I suspect the president found a more specific way to motivate staff to achieve their goals.

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All kidding aside, procrastination is a thief. It robs you of the one commodity that you just can’t buy back: time. It throws off schedules. It replaces accomplishment with inaction. It turns dreams into nightmares. One of the worst things you can do when faced with a difficult decision in almost any endeavor in life is to procrastinate.

Wikipedia states: “The pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions by delaying stressful tasks. In 2019, research conducted by Rinaldi et al. indicated that measurable cognitive impairments may play a role in procrastination. As the deadline for their target of procrastination grows closer, they are more stressed and may, thus, decide to procrastinate more to avoid this stress. Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.”

Let’s face it … given a choice, most people will perform the least important task first, and the most important last – if at all. That’s why one of these days becomes none of these days.

Here are some tips to stop procrastinating

and join the TNT Club – Today Not Tomorrow:

• Deal with your fear. Fear of failure can be crippling, but fear of success can paralyze your efforts just as severely. Avoiding success may seem irrational, but success brings change, and change is often threatening.

• Make a to-do list with specific deadlines. List what you want to accomplish with a detailed timeline you want to meet. Projects often take longer than expected to accomplish so add in some extra time. I make my to-do list every morning by working backwards: What do I need to accomplish by the end of the day? By the end of the week? The end of the month? That tells me where to focus.

• Break your work into smaller steps. When you look at a big project, it can be overwhelming, so break it down into more manageable parts.

• Don’t get frustrated. Seriously, has frustration ever improved a situation? Better to take a break, collect your thoughts and redirect your attention to a positive first step. Then go on from there.

• Stop overcomplicating things. There is never a best time to accomplish a project. Perfection is a big reason for procrastination. You must dig in. Getting started is often the hardest part. Remember the old saying: Well begun is half done. Once you are off to a good start, it’s much simpler to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

• Eliminate distractions. Interruptions and distractions are productivity’s number one enemy. I’ve even gone as far as hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on my office door. Set aside a period of time each day – even if it’s

only 10 minutes – when you are unavailable for anything less than a four-alarm fire. That goes for office visitors, telephone calls, email and carrier pigeons.

• Reward yourself. I’m a big believer in rewarding myself for completing a challenging task or a big project. I’ll go out and play golf or attend a sporting event or take some time off to relax. Rewards are good motivation. It also clears your mind for the next challenge.

• Hang out with go-getters. I only hang out with positive people who inspire me to take action. Their spirit and drive rubs off on me. It’s like having motivation buddies. And I like to announce what I’m trying to accomplish, because they will check up on me and make sure I’m doing what I said I would do.

There is an anonymous poem called “Mr. Meant-To” that goes like this:

Mr. Meant-To has a comrade

And his name is Didn’t Do. Have you ever chanced to meet them?

Have they ever called on you?

These two fellows live together In the house of Never Win, And I’m told that it is haunted By the ghost of Might-Have-Been. Mackay’s Moral: Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.

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


• Upsala Area Historical Society “Story Time” Get Together at 6:30 p.m. at the Upsala Community Center.


• Upsala American Legion Auxiliary National Poppy Day distributing at Upsala area businesses.


• Grey Eagle/Burtrum: 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 9:15 a.m. Grey Eagle Parade, 10:15 a.m. Lakeview Cemetery, 11 a.m. Burtrum Parade followed by Moses Dane Cemetery. See ad on page 4.

• Upsala Legion Post 350 Memorial Day Commemoration Program at 10 a.m. at the Upsala Area Schools Gymnasium.

• Melrose American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. See ad on page 7.


• Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive from 11 a.m.5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Grey Eagle


• Partkinson’s Support Group Meeting from 2-3 p.m. at CentraCare Long Prairie West Campus Boardroom.


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


• Big Swan Lake Association Meeting at

10 a.m. at the Hub Supper Club, Burtrum. ALBANY SENIORS

• 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. Weekend

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne

The War Years WWII had a great effect on all Minnesota families.

Many of us were concerned with what was happening in Europe long before December 1941. Many of our relatives had their lives interrupted beginning with the middle 1930’s.

Something was very wrong over there, but there was a feeling of relief, that we were here and not living over there.

The war created a need for farm products that was greater than we had ever experienced previously. The prices were really good. The weather was really good. Those farmers who were needed here, on the home front, to produce farm products worked many long hours and were paid well for doing it.

The rural labor force was reduced by the number of those serving in the military and the ones who were employed by the defense plants. Many of the local people moved to the Cities to work in the factories there. But there were also some who went to the West Coast to work in the ship-building plants. They were primarily employed as welders and worked 10 or 12 hour days, 6 days a week, welding together large sheets of metal for the ship structure. The pay was good and since they had been accustomed to living a spartan

Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Crash: May 20, 2023: At approximately 11:26 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a single-vehicle crash with injuries near the 18100 block of Upper Spunk Lake Road in Avon Township.

Upon arrival at the scene deputies located the driver and sole occupant, Nathaniel Wayne Morehouse, 16, of St. Joseph, in one of the nearby yards. Deputies learned that Morehouse was driving a 1993 Ford F150 east on Upper Spunk Lake Road when he entered the south ditch and drove into a grove of trees. The F150 rolled several times and landed on the roof. Morehouse was able to crawl out of the truck and into the nearby yard. Morehouse was transported by Mayo Clinic Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Avon Police Department, Avon Fire Department, and Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

existence out west too. It was not uncommon for 6 or 8 people to share rent on a small one bedroom home.

A farm deferment was available if a man could prove that he was producing a satisfactory amount of farm products. A hired farm laborer could also get a deferment if he worked a satisfactory number of hours for a well producing farm. These considerations emphasize the Government’s concern for food supplies for the troops.

The opportunities for non-farm income were also available for the younger farm boy. The price of fur was good, since it was needed for warmth for the troops. Raccoon, beaver, muskrat, fox and mink prices were good. Raccoon was $5.00-$10.00, beaver was $25.00, muskrat was $2.00, Fox was $10.00 and mink was $20.00 to $30.00. The price of weasel was only 50¢. These prices offered a school student the opportunity check traps before and after school and make some spending money.

The war effort placed some restrictions on what we were able to purchase. Ration books were issued and when your ration stamps for a product were used, you could not purchase any more of that item until the new ration book arrived. The primary rationed items were rubber and gas along with shoes, clothes, sugar, meat, coffee, fuel oil and automobiles. To offset the rations, some individuals roasted rye or acorns to make coffee. Gardens supplied many needed vegetables.

The War caused us to continue to walk to school and work. Maybe that wasn’t all bad.

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I saw a picture once of a sheep dog with its shaggy hair down over its eyes. The caption said something like “I live by faith, not by sight.” Now, even though that is funny and it really states the obvious, I believe our lives ought to exemplify that same thing. Someone is going to read that and say, “Pastor Bruce is off his rocker, he can’t solely walk around with his eyes closed.” Haha, I get that, but let me explain what I am thinking.

The definition of faith in the Bible comes from Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” When God called me to be a pastor, I really did not want to be one. I basically ran from Him. It wasn’t until I accepted His call on my life that I understood that He would take care of me. I asked God for a verse, so that I had something to hold on to, in tough times, like an anchor. You know what, He gave me Isaiah 41:9-10 “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I had faith that God would do all that He told

me, not because I could see it, but because I believed in the One who said it.

How do we get faith? That is a really good question. The easy answer is found in Romans 10:16 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” We need to come to a place in our lives where we realize there is more to life than ourselves. Start reading His Word, and He will speak to you. If you believe Him, then you can act on what He told you. Now that’s faith.

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Nancy Holcombe

Nancy Randall Williams Holcombe, born to Charles and Kittie (Knight) Randall on March 5, 1937, in Mapleton, MN, died peacefully at the age of 86 on May 12, 2023, in Alexandria, MN surrounded by her loving family. Nancy married Loren A. Williams on May 5, 1956; she later married Donald E. Holcombe on December 26, 1998.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Donald Holcombe; son Kevin Williams; her parents; sister Evelyn Pentico; and brothers Waldo Randall, Roscoe Randall, Howard Randall, and Harold Randall.

She is survived by her partner of many years, Fred Wohlman, her four children: Scott Williams (Cynthia Hendricks), Minneapolis; Lori (Steve) Bona, Delano; Michaela (Tim) Quello, Maple Grove; Matthew (Martha) Williams, Sauk Centre; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy attended high school in Garden City and received her LPN degree from Alexandria Vocational Technical Institute. She later earned an associate degree in nursing from North Hennepin School of Nursing in Brooklyn Park. She worked as a staff nurse and nursing supervisor at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre until January 1992 when she moved to Florida. She then worked as an administrative supervisor at Destin Hospital, Destin, FL until May 1994, and as administrative coordinator at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, FL until her retirement in June 1998.

Nancy and Don were married for 10 years, and during that time they lived in both Ft. Walton Beach and Winsted, MN. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where she sang in the choir for many years and was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the UCC Church in Lester Prairie, MN.

Following Don’s death in 2008, Nancy continued to live between MN and Florida and in 2010 she met Fred Wohlman, who has been her loyal and loving friend. In these 13 years together, they continued wintering in Florida and summering in Winsted, keeping busy with activities such as golfing, fishing, and lots of home improvement projects. Since 2019, Nancy and Fred have enjoyed living exclusively in Sauk Centre close to family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2023 at the PattonSchad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre with Rev. Dave Hormann officiating. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home in Sauk Centre.

Memorials are preferred to Alexandria Technical & Community College Foundation to be directed towards a scholarship in Nancy’s memory for students going into Nursing. Alexandria Technical & Community College Foundation, 318 17th Avenue East, Alexandria, MN 56308.

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

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Mary Ann Amundson

Mary Ann Amundson, age 75 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at Minnewaska Lutheran Church in Starbuck with Rev. Joel Rolf officiating. Inurnment will be held in Minnewaska Lutheran Cemetery in Starbuck. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Mary Ann was born to Walter and Alva Amundson on May 5, 1948. She was the eldest of 5 children.

Mary worked on the family hobby farm. She cared for many animals and later drove her Dad’s stock trucks. Mary loved her horses and rode them every day. She had two horses which she rode in competitions and won many awards with.

On May 4, 1968 she married Charles E. Hedglin and they moved into a house on Shady Lane. Together they had one son Patrick C. Hedglin on March 17, 1969. Mary and Chuck did lots of fishing during their life together. Mary was well known for the crafts she made and sold. During their marriage Mary mowed 10 lawns a week for many summers.

Charles passed away on December 8, 1993. Mary moved to her house on Pine Street and worked at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre in the dietary department for 18 years, retiring in 2014.

Mary loved owning her own home and built many gardens, bird houses, and feeders.

In her words “Life was awesome with many friends.”

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and brother, Robert.

She is survived by her sisters, Eloise, Linda, and Wanda.

Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

Katelyn Nolting

Katelyn T. Nolting, age 31 of Holdingford, passed away in her sleep from unknown causes on Friday, May 19, 2023 at her home in Holdingford, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Katelyn Toni

Nathe was born December 1, 1991 in Albany, Minnesota to Jeffrey and Michelle (Cady) Nathe. She graduated from Albany High School in 2010. She was currently furthering her education in forensic psychology through Southern New Hampshire University. She enjoyed coloring, doing jigsaw puzzles, and painting bears for her mom.

Survivors include her fiancé, Cody Hoffenkamp of Holdingford; parents, Jeff and Michelle Nathe of Albany; brother, Zachary Nathe (fiancée, Kendra Hoffarth) of Farming; grandparents, Ken and Lucy Nathe of Avon and Richard Cady of Donnelly; Godparents, Toni Cady of Aberdeen, South Dakota and Neil Nathe of Albany; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Katelyn was preceded in death by grandmother, Patricia Cady; and uncle, Sean Cady.

David Ivan Johnson

Funeral Services were held

Friday, May 19, 2023 at the Round Prairie Community Church in Round Prairie for David Johnson, 33, who passed away Monday, May 15 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

David was born December 15, 1989 to Randy and Lois (Shultz) Johnson in Long Prairie. Diagnosed with Coffin Lowry Syndrome at birth, he began his life showing determination to beat the odds. Most with this illness are not expected to be able to walk or talk. David attended and graduated from the Browerville High School in 2009. He earned several medals when participating in Special Olympics. He belonged to Sons of American Legion and to American Legion Riders. He proudly wore the several hats he was given by veterans and others. David loved riding motorcycle. Semis, or anything else with wheels, fascinated him. Listening to music and dancing gave him great joy. He touched the lives of so many people with his cheerful personality. Nobody could resist joining him in laughter after hearing David’s deep chuckle, He will be sorely missed by his parents Randy and Lois of Long Prairie; his sisters, Lacy Johnson of Long Prairie and Kacey (Troy) Benning of Sauk Centre; grandparents Ivan and Dorothy Johnson of Long Prairie and a nephew, Keenum Benning of Sauk Centre and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who loved him. He is preceded in death by his grandparent Dennis and Pat Shultz; and his uncles, Dale and David Johnson: cousin Mike Mousseau.

RoseAnn H. Finken

A celebration of life for RoseAnn

H. Finken, age 80, of Albany, will be on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, MN, at 11 AM. Visitation will be 9-11 AM prior to the service. Burial will take place at a later date. Rosie passed away on May 21, 2023 at Mother of Mercy, surrounded by her family.

RoseAnn “Rosie” Hilda (Neubauer) Finken was born July 23, 1942, in Belgrade, Minnesota to Norbert and Magdeline (Schoenberg) Neubauer. She married James Finken on April 11, 1964, in Spring Hill, MN. Rosie grew up in Spring Hill, and after marriage lived on a farm near Freeport. Rosie was a homemaker and farmer. Jim and Rosie owned and operated the Ranger Bar from 1990 until 2004. Rosie was an active volunteer for many years of her life. Rosie was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, MN and Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, MN.

Rosie is survived by her children, Deb (Glen) Klaphake, Melrose; Diane (Bob) Spicer, Gilbert, AZ; Donna (Steve Shay) Klaphake, Albany; Dennis (Sara) Finken, Albany and Darlene (Al) Kociemba, St. Anna; 22 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and one on the way; brothers, Roman (Judy) Neubauer, Blaine and Harvey (Phyllis) Neubauer, Osakis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norbert and Magdeline Neubauer, husband James Finken in 2006, son, David Finken in 1999 and brothers Tony and Donald Neubauer.



Cemetery Program

Parade - Downtown Grey Eagle Lakeview Cemetery Program


Janet “Jan” Susan (Pulchinski) Schiffler, age 69 of Albany courageously battled ALS until she passed away on Mother’s Day. Family and friends gathered Sunday, May 21st at Shady’s Hometown Tavern in Albany.

Janet was born October 11, 1953, in Chicago, IL, to Eugene and Georgiana Pulchinski. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Schiffler on June 17, 1977. Jan owned and operated the Albany DMV for 43 years. She loved fishing, tanning, exercising, golfing, and playing softball and pickleball. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Jan is survived by her children, Amy Schiffler, Albany; Kris (Amanda) Schiffler. Albany; Cory (Lisa) Schiffler, Albany, and Jill (Jordan) Parrott, Maple Grove. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Haley, Hannah, Braxton, Beckham, and Brayden Schiffler; and her brothers and sisters, Karen Candusso, IL; Dennis (Lori) Pulchinski; IL, Kathy Doran, FL; Tony (Kathy) Pulchinski, MN; Linda (Steve) Kloeckner, MN, and brother-in-law Kevin Huhne.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Huhne, and husband, Bob Schiffler.

Rita I. Solarz

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Rita I. (Kroll) Solarz, age 88 of Holdingford, was held Wednesday, May 17th at All Saints-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. Rita passed away Sunday, Mother’s Day at Mother of Mercy in Albany.

Rita was born June 25, 1934, in the St. Wendel Township to Paul and Helen (Masog) Kroll. She married Ted “Teddy” Solarz March 1st, 1954 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. She spent most of her time in Holdingford. She was a lifelong member of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church where she prepared the altar clothes, decorated the church, and was a cemetery administrator. She was a homemaker, daycare provider, worked as a school custodial sub, worked at the Holdingford Hearld as a type setter, and helped Mrs. Kroll cater weddings. Rita was a very active member of the Christian Mothers and Rosary Sodality. She was a member of the Holdingford Legion Auxillary (0211) since 1965.

Rita is survived by her children Gerald (Jan) Solarz, Rice; Diane (Michael Reget) Solarz, Plymouth; Doris (Roger) Preusser, St. Joseph; Glen (Karen) Solarz, St. Wendel; Donna Mae (Mitchell) Wickstrom, Motley; Greg Solarz, St. Wendel; her grandchildren James, Jill, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jenna, Nicole, Ryan, Adam, Sara, Jacob, Joshua, Elizabeth, Rachael; her greatgrandchildren Noah, Zachary, Abigail, Haley, Jaylee, Jackson, Jonah, Lyla, Wade, Hunter, Hazel, Harlie, Brayden, Emory; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her Husband Ted “Teddy” Solarz, her parents Paul and Helen (Masog) Kroll; her grandson Anthony Wickstrom, her brothers; Theodore, Leo, Aloys, Valentine, and Raymond.

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In the event of inclement weather, the St. Joseph’s Cemetery program will be held at St. Joseph’s Church Hall and the Lakeview Cemetery program will be held at the Grey Eagle Methodist Church. Sponsored by: Grey Eagle Cemetery Association, Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions & Grey Eagle American Legion
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Upsala Elementary Kindergarten students filled and delivered Sunshine Bags to people in our community. It was a great opportunity to show love and kindness to our community! Submitted by Mary Jo Peterson.

Great River Regional Library Kicks Off 2023 Summer Reading Program

Get ready to find your voice this summer with Great River Regional Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Program!

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will kick off the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) on Monday, June 5, continuing through Saturday, August 5.

Registration begins on Monday, June 5, in the Beanstack app, on griver.beanstack.org, or by visiting your local library during open hours. Participants track their reading in the Beanstack app or using a paper slip, which they return to their library. Participants are eligible for prize drawings at the end of the program. In addition, each branch offers a unique assortment of prizes!

This year’s theme, “Find Your Voice!” encourages kids to use their voices and realize their voices have power. We will share stories, express ourselves, and spark change by not only the words we say but also what words we write, the art we create, the movements we perform, and the actions we take each day to impact our world. The program is open to all kids ages 0 to 18 and divided by age: pre-readers (ages 0 to 3), kids (ages 3 to 12), and teens.

Our mission of the reading program is simple: Encourage children and teens to read throughout the summer! Summer reading isn’t just fun; it’s extremely beneficial. Regular reading goes far in combating the “summer slide,” the phenomenon of students losing academic footing during a long academic break. Students who join public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate – in some cases, significantly higher.

Visit your local library to learn more about how your children can get involved this summer. See your library’s hours at griver.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Starting Parkinson’s Support group for anyone with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. The first meeting will be June 6th from 2-3 p.m. at the CentraCare Long Prairie West Campus Boardroom.

For more information contact Rona Bleess at 320-874-0222.


org/locations. Visit the library’s website for program details at www.griver.org/kids/summer-reading-program.

Local Library Events

Albany Library • 320-845-4843

The Dollipops!: Get ready to sing, dance, and laugh with the engaging, high-energy, highly interactive kids’ show! Dolli and Pop are sisters who have traveled all the way from Sweet Tart City to bring you on a magical and musical road trip that is sure to get kids (and their parents!) moving, grooving, and making memories. From classic beach tunes to current Hollywood and pop hits, Dolli and Pop use music to allow kids the chance to use their imaginations, to sing and dance along, and even to enjoy their very own four and a half minutes of fame! For children and families. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

Tuesday, June 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Sauk Centre Library • 320-352-3016

Tiny Art Show: Display your artistic talents in our Tiny Art Show! Register now to receive a mini artist kit. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, please return it to the Library by Friday, June 30 to be part of the exhibit! The exhibit will run from July 10 through August 5. For ages 8 and older. Registration required. Kits may be picked up starting June 5.

Giant I Spy Board: Find your voice at your library! Look at our I Spy board to find items relating to books, comics, art, movies, music, and more! Find all of the items on the list and get a treat. Come back each week for a new list!

Monday, June 5 to Saturday, September 2 during library open hours.

Upsala Library • 320-412-2048

Tiny Art Show: Display your artistic talents in our Tiny Art Show! Register now to receive a mini artist kit. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, please return it to the Library by Friday, June 30 to be part of the exhibit! The exhibit will run from July 10 through August 5. For ages 8 and older. Registration required. Kits may be picked up starting June 5.

Giant I Spy Board: Find your voice at your library! Look at our I Spy board to find items relating to books, comics, art, movies, music, and more! Find all of the items on the list and get a treat. Come back each week for a new list!

Monday, June 5 to Saturday, September 2 during library open hours.

Swanville Preschool Registration

Let us partner with you in providing this early learning experience for your child. We focus on hands-on, play based learning, with an emphasis on social-emotional skills (such as self-regulation, sharing, dealing with disappointment, etc.) along with building on emerging academic skills. Preschool registration is open for Swanville School District’s highly rated School Readiness Program for 3 & 4 year olds. Enroll your preschooler today for our free 2023-2024 classes. Child must be 3 or 4 years old by 9/1/2023. Two sections are offered for 4

year olds, choose from Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday options. Busing and breakfast are included for 4 year olds. Class runs from 8 am-3 pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8 am-11 am are offered for 3 year olds, parents must provide transportation for 3 year olds. Again, please note there is no cost for Swanville’s preschool programming. For questions or to register please call: Beka Swisher 320-631-2509 or email: bswisher@midstate.k12.mn.us.

Upsala Preschool Registration

Preschool registration is open for Upsala School District’s highly rated School Readiness Program for 3 & 4 year olds. Enroll your preschooler today for our 2023-2024 classes. Child must be 3 or 4 years old by 9/1/2023. Two sections are offered for 4 year olds, choose from Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday options. Busing and breakfast are included for 4 year olds. Class runs from 8 am-3 pm. Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 am-11 am are offered for 3 year olds. Let us partner with you in providing this early learn-

ing experience for your child. We focus on hands-on, play based learning, with an emphasis on social-emotional skills, such as self-regulation, sharing, dealing with disappointment, etc., along with building on emerging academic skills. Payment for classes is determined by sliding scale fee and scholarships are available. For questions or to register please call: Beka Swisher 320-631-2509 or email: bswisher@midstate.k12.mn.us.

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Catholic United Financial #300 Holly Family Volunteer Team of Grey Eagle did a ditch clean up on Co. Rd. 102 on Saturday, May 20. Participants were (front from left) Eddison and Carissa Bitz; (middle) Cindy Mensen, Annika Bitz, Kathy Roske, Sherry Larson, Darrel Bitz; (back) Stan Mensen, Theresa Pansch and Mark Larson. Submitted by Cindy Mensen.


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

Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, I live in Dallas, Texas, and I’m wondering if I should sell my condo in order to pay off debt. I owe $120,000 on it, and it’s worth around $260,000. Plus, the homeowners association fee used to be $450 a month and has gone up $100 each year for the last two years, so now we’re paying $650. No one has ever told us why the fee went up so much. There haven’t been any major improvements to the complex in the last five years, so I don’t know what to think. Can you give me some advice?


a $650 HOA fee every month, especially when the fee has gone up that much for no apparent reason.

There’s always the possibility the company is building up a war chest for improvements in the next year or so. But you have a right to know exactly where the money you pay in HOA fees is going. Ask to see a copy of their financials, and if they won’t do that—or explain why the fee is so high and where the money’s going—you need to sell the place because it’s being poorly managed. You’ve got to get an explanation. You’re owed one. And, if you try to sell the place, you’re going to have to tell prospective buyers why the HOA fee is so high. Maybe there’s a good reason for it buried somewhere. But without knowing more, as a buyer, there’s no way I’d take this thing off your hands.

Ask The Motor Medics®

From the Hosts of the Under The Hood radio show.

Dear Motor Medics,

There's smoke coming from near my steering wheel at times right out of the column. It's not a lot of smoke but I can see it and smell it and it scares me. All my vehicle systems seem to be working fine now but a few months ago my turn signals were acting up. The car is a 2001 Buick Regal. Is this something I should be concerned about or can I let it go?

-Robert in Sheldon, Iowa

you guys have some of the most useful car advice I have ever found, and it's free which is the best kind in my book. I read your column each week too and a while back you had talked about a reader's car that had a fueling issue. When the car was being filled with gasoline it would not fill quickly, it would fill for a few seconds then click off the pump and it would do this over and over again. My 2008 Impala is doing this now. What was it and could it be the same thing with my car?

-Doug in Branson, Missouri Dear Doug,

Dear Daniella,

As a homeowner, I’d want some answers by the end of day as to why the HOA fees are so high. I mean, for a $260,000 condo, the fee you mentioned is ridiculous unless the building owners are doing a major renovation, like replacing the parking lot or updating the community’s clubhouse. Even then, it’s crazy! On top of all that, it devalues your condo. Nobody wants to buy a $260,000 condo with

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There are a lot of red flags fluttering around the situation, Daniella. Even in a place like Dallas, this HOA fee is about double what it should be for a $260,000 condo. I’m not saying this just because I don’t like HOAs, which I don’t. And that’s mainly because I don’t like paying money for something, and then being told by someone else what I can or can’t do with it. But you need some answers for your own information, peace of mind and to give potential buyers an honest answer when they ask why the fees are insanely high. Lose the headache. Sell it.


* 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.

Albany Senior Dining

Mon., May 29: Closed.

Tues., May 30: Shepherds pie w/whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, garden salad, pears.

Wed., May 31: Pork chow mein, rice, Asian vegetables, chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges.

Pre-registration requested to dine daily.

For more info. call 320-845-4070.

Dear Robert, Your car is smoking... There is no way we would let that go without a thorough check out for safety. Without seeing the car handson it's hard to say but we have seen smoke generated in this way due to failing turn signal switches. The switch can fail simply because it is old or it can be stressed by things like shorted wiring, failed bulbs or adding an extra load to the system such as a trailer which has an added load of extra lighting that has to be carried by the cars wiring. The first step will be verifying where the smoke is coming from. That will require someone experienced with the system to open it up and inspect the parts. If any parts are found to be burnt they will need to be repaired then the rest of the effected system will need to be diagnosed to make sure that what caused the first failure does not happen again.

-Take care, the Motor Medics

Dear Motor Medics,

I listen to your Under The Hood radio show here in Branson almost every week and

Upsala - All Ages

BREAKFAST: Mon.-Fri. 7-10 a.m.: Walk in & dine. Take out available, call ahead.

Mon., May 29: Ravioli/meat sauce, vegetable, garlic bread, dessert.

Tues., May 30: Chicken strips, gravy, potato wedges, vegetable, dessert.

Wed., May 31: Beef & broccoli, rice, egg roll, dessert. Pick up or eat in by 11:30 a.m. For meals, call a day before: 320-573-4435.

It is common on many cars especially GM cars and trucks to have this happen and it is often caused by a failure in what is called the evaporative emissions system. The fuel system is a closed system which prevents fuel from evaporating into the atmosphere which would cause pollution and also be a waste of your money as your fuel would simply disappear over time. The system does need to vent at times for things like filling the tank and also when fuel is being consumed by the engine or it would back up like yours does. Also, in the case of the engine using fuel the tank would eventually collapse. This is just one possible problem.

-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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A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life.

A Call Funny

A woman meant to call a music store but dialed the wrong number and got a private home instead. "Do you have 'Eyes of Blue' and 'A Love Supreme'?" she asked.

"Well, no," answered the puzzled homeowner. "But I have a wife and eleven children."

"Is that a record?" she inquired.

"I don't think so," replied the man, "but it's as close as I want to get."

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Grey Eagle City • April 11, 2023

The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:00 p.m., on the 11th day of April 2023 in council chambers. Council members present were Brad Johnson, Roland Ahrendt, Brian Hollenkamp and Chris Browen. There were no council members absent. Also in attendance were John Call and Beth Ramacher, and guests: Bob Kutter, Sherry Kutter, Craig Johnson, Peter Rutherford, Tim Ainali, Barb Ainali, Wes David, Jen David, Bobby Pallansch Jr., Doug Evans and Alisha Sunderman.

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

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2023 meeting with the addition of the actual date of the Car Show-September 3, 2023. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

The Minnesota Historical Society has awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $10,000 to the City of Grey Eagle. Bob Kutter presented information on the grant for the Grey Eagle Village Hall Conditions Assessment, as well as proposals from multiple vendors. The City Attorney will review.

Tim and Barb Ainali were present to discuss their water and sewer connection.

Wes and Jen David were present to discuss a possible future liquor license for their coffee/ ice cream shop. Wes will get back to the Council with the exact alcohol percentages of the items they wish to serve.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the Tobacco License Application for the new owner, Spencer Austing, of The Junction. 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 the quote from Terrain Aesthetics for weed control for the same services as the 2022 season. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to approve the Right of Way Permit Application for Arvig to install fiberoptic in 2023. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held about the old International tractor with loader. Detailed information will be gathered and discussed at the May meeting.

Discussion was held on the pressure washer quotes. The motion stands from the March meeting and the City will order from Neville Hardware.

Discussion was held on the Kubota Lawn Mower. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve Arnold’s in St. Martin to replace the plastic gear for the height adjustment for $200 as well as a complete inspection of the mower. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Bobby Pallansch, Jr. and Doug Evans were in attendance to discuss the Car Show scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2023. The Clerk will get quotes on the traffic signs needed.

A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to remove Lori Hellmann from the accounts at the Swanville First State Bank. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to have Joe Arnzen, Brad Johnson and Beth Ra-

macher on the accounts at the Swanville First State Bank. 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 Utility Billing Transaction History for the first quarter of 2023. 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 approve the transfer from Sewer to Capital Project Fund for the 2021 and 2022 principal and interest payments totaling $40,282. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding the two-way radio antenna on the top of the water tower for Herdering, Inc. Granite City Electric would do the work and Herdering would be responsible for all costs. A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to approve Herdering using the antenna again for a fee. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held on speed signs at the four roads coming into town. The City will contact the State of Minnesota and Todd County to see if they are willing to cover part of the costs for the signs and installation.

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to rent a lift to take down the Christmas lights and put up the summer banners. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding the City Parks. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to purchase 2 new nets for the tennis courts. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to approve payment of Claims #2698-2719, totaling $16,635.30 and include additional payments of the following: MN Power $2504.83, Long Prairie Sanitation $2541.50 and Herdering $4748.50. 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 adjourn the meeting at 8:08 p.m. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp 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, May 9, 2023 in Council Chambers.

Beth Ramacher, Clerk

Grey Eagle City • April 17, 2023

The emergency meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:10 p.m., on the 17th day of April 2023 in council chambers. Council members present were Brad Johnson, Roland Ahrendt, Brian Hollenkamp and Chris Browen. There were no council members absent. Also in attendance was Beth Ramacher and guests: Bob Kutter, Craig Johnson and Mike Kutter.

A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve and submit the Village Hall Conditions Assessment Grant. 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 adjourn the meeting at 7:18 p.m. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.

Beth Ramacher, Clerk

Burtrum City • May 2, 2023

Present: Jenae Ulbricht, Irene Ehlert, Juli Scherping, Chad Landowski and Brooke Thieschafer. Others present: Steve Marty, Bobby Velkamp, Adam Ulbricht.

Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor Ulbricht called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.

Approval of Agenda: Motion by Irene Ehlert seconded by Juli Scherping. All in favor, motion carried.

Approval of the Minutes: Motion by Juli Scherping, seconded by Chad Landowski. All in favor, motion carried.

Approval of Bills: Total bills for the month were: $6,041.029. Deposits totaling: $411.00. Motion by Irene Ehlert seconded by Juli Scherping. All in favor, motion carried.

Old Business: Handicap Railings at Community Center: Mike Berscheit said the township of Burnhamville would be willing to chip in costs toward the handicap railings. Romie Gessell was absent from this meeting and will follow up at the next scheduled meeting.

City Phone Number/Wi-Fi Community Center: Mayor Ulbricht went over pricing and listing options. The Mayor had great examples of what each plan all entailed and price points. Mayor Ulbricht explained the permitting of the wi-fi, and changing the password monthly through an app on all different options. No discussion was made at this time until all board members are present.

City locks: Mayor Ulbricht went over three quotes. Most locks will require Wi-Fi. Will report back at the next meeting. No action needed at this time.

City Clean Up Bid: City Clean up day is scheduled for May 20th, 2023 from 9am-11am. Mike Berscheit from the township was present and went over pricing for items. No hazardous waste. The city clerk, Brooke Theischafer, will make flyers to post. Mayor Ulbricht asked if the township needed assistance from the council. Mike stated they have it covered. Chad Landowski made motion to approve, seconded by Irene Ehlert. All in favor, motion carried.

Quinlivan & Hughes (city attorney): No update.

City Sign/Logo: Mayor Ulbricht brought print outs of all the examples of logos submitted by the Central Lake College students. Those present at the meeting were able to review. The board discussed how we were going to vote on the logo. Eligible voters must be within the city or township limits. Discussed to see if the Grey Eagle/ Burtrum Lions would consider donating toward the sign. City Council picked the top 7 logos, and voters will choose only one from those 7. Mayor Ulbricht is donating $100 of her personal money toward the winner of the logo that is chosen.

New Business: Grants: Mayor Ulbricht stated we missed the Grant deadline for the year. She did discuss there are grants specifically for updating Community Centers. There also was a Memorial Grant, but that had a deadline of 5-1-23. There is also grants for smaller communities. A discussion was had with the board to see what peaked their interest. The city would look into hiring a grant writer who specializes in writing grants to help assist since there is very certain language and verbiage the grants need. Once the board decides on a grant, quotes would be needed and submitted with the grants. No final discussions were made at this time.

Office/Backroom: Mayor Ulbricht, Brooke Thieschafer, Sandy Prout and City Council Member Juli Scherping cleaned up and organized the office at the Community Center. Juli is going to look at pricing for a Rubbermaid storage container to purchase to store our cleaning supplies. Juli will have pricing at next month’s meeting. Look-

ing for help to organize and clean up the back room as well.

Bean Bake Rental: Steve Hoppy was present and asked if the board had made a decision on pricing. Irene Elhert mentioned the popular weekends. Bean Bake used to happen during the week. Right now the city is looking at charging the Bean Bake group $150 to use the community center for 2-3 days. Discussion was had on all the prepping that takes place and how many days the group needs the center. Bean Bake group is looking at using the community center for 8-9 days potentially, most of those being weekends days. On average the money raised for this event is $2000 after funds are taken out for supplies. Mayor Ulbricht talked about an option of giving a certain percentage back to the community of the profits made. No discussion was made at this time.

Add to the Agenda: Building Permit: Budda is looking to build a 36x40 garage and is looking for approval and building permit. Chad Landowski made a motion to approve. Irene Elhart seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

Open Floor: Bobby Velkamp asked what is the plan for the plow truck? Discussion was had on the maintenance of the truck and talked about options of purchasing a new one. Looking at the State of MN when they sell their trucks. Look at possible contracting the snow plowing out for the winter. No further decision was made at this time.

Mike Berscheit stated 331st Road was really bad. The township is willing to share the costs of inspections and repairs to the road to ensure safety and keep the water off. Will work on getting a quote. No further decision was made at this time.

Chad Landowski talked about repairs to the roads within the city limits, talked about the wide roads and dust control costs. Mayor Ulbricht has the city of docket.

Irene Elhert stated the speed sign was put on the wrong side of town. There was a grant for this sign. Would also like a speed sign on the other end of town as well. No further decision was made at this time.

Adam Ulbricht talked about who is in charge of the Memorial parade that takes place on Memorial Day. Bobby Velkamp stated his father is. The parade starts at 11am. Show up if you want to participate. Line-up for the parade starts by the school. A flyer will be made and posted on the City Page. The Mayor and City Clerk will work pull permitting with the county.

Announcements: Mayor Ulbricht acknowledges the following people: Bobby Veldkamp for plowing the snow. Brooke Thieschafer, Juli Scherping and Sandy Prout for helping with the office. Chad Landowski for taking care of the Christmas Lights.

Adjournment: Motion by Chad Landowski, seconded by Irene Elhert to adjourn meeting at 8:18 P.M. Motion carried.

Next City Council Meeting is scheduled for June 6th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Minutes not approved.

Brooke Thieschafer, City Clerk-Treasurer

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