Hometown News May 2, 2024

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Taking care of business starts with taking care of yourself -By

A woman joined a local health club but after the first day requested her membership be refunded.

“Is there a problem?” asked the proprietor.

“Yes,” she replied. “Your floors are so low I can’t touch my toes.”

Like so many of us discover, getting started is usually the hardest part. Why not start in May – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Going to the gym isn’t just about staying healthy. Lots of people also use it as a place to socialize and meet like-minded people and network. You can multi-task! It makes your workout go faster!

Research published in the Harvard Business Review notes that exercise is not just vital for maintaining physical health, but it is also crucial for mental acuity, which directly impacts business performance.

I don’t need a study to tell me about exercise. I’ve been doing it all my life. It just makes me feel better, gives me energy to work more productively and, I hope, live longer. My philosophy is exercise doesn’t take time; it makes time.

As motivational author Jim Rohn said, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

There was a time when the pressures of running MackayMitchell Envelope Company could have easily overwhelmed me. The stress of meeting deadlines, managing a large team and constantly innovating to stay ahead of the competition was immense. However, I found

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solace and strength in my commitment to regular exercise. I made it a point to integrate physical activity into my daily schedule, no matter how busy I was.

Whether it was a quick jog in the morning, a brisk walk during lunch breaks or a game of tennis, these activities not only kept me physically fit but also mentally sharp. They provided a much-needed break from the mental load, allowing me to return to work with a clearer mind and fresh perspective.

I specifically remember one particular instance when I was facing a challenging negotiation that would significantly impact the future of our company and feeling particularly anxious about it. Instead of succumbing to the pressure, I took a long run on the morning of the negotiation. During that run, I was able to think through my strategy, anticipate potential counterarguments and, most importantly, calm my nerves. The result? I strode into that negotiation with a level of clarity and confidence that I attribute in large part to the benefits from that morning’s exercise.

When you exercise, you increase blood flow to the brain, which can help to sharpen your mental faculties and improve cognitive functions. This is particularly important in a sedentary work environment where the risk of cognitive decline is higher due to less physical activity.

Regular physical activity can lead to improved concentration, sharper memory, faster learning, prolonged mental stamina and enhanced creativity. These benefits can translate into better problem-solving, planning and dealing with the complexities of business.

Moreover, exercise is a powerful stress reliever. It helps in managing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which, when left unchecked, can impair your ability to think clearly and make well-reasoned business decisions.

Canadian self-help writer Robin Sharma

said, “If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.”

Incorporating more exercise into your routine doesn’t have to be overwhelming. As I’ve mentioned before, starting with manageable segments, such as a 15-minute walk during lunch or after work, can make a significant difference. Gradually increasing the duration and intensity as you become more comfortable can help you maintain consistency and avoid burnout.

Here are a few tips on how to integrate exercise into your business schedule:

• Set specific goals. Just like in business, setting clear, achievable goals for your fitness can help you stay on track.

• Schedule it. Treat your exercise time like a business meeting – non-negotiable.

• Mix it up. Incorporate different types of activities to keep it interesting and work different muscle groups.

• Stay accountable. Find a workout buddy or join a group to keep you motivated.

• Measure progress. Keep track of your exercise routine and improvements in your work performance to see the correlation.

Taking care of your body is a responsibility that should be as high a priority as any business meeting or deadline. Your health is the foundation upon which you can build a successful career and life.

One note of caution: avoid the exercise that lazy people prefer … didley squats.

Mackay’s Moral: Fitness is like a relationship; you can’t cheat and expect it to work.

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 Area Arts Council Festival of the Arts.


• Avon Women of Today Red Cross Blood Drive from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Avon Community Church.


• Holy Family School’s Annual Color Run and 5K at 5:30 p.m. at Seven Dolors Church, Albany.


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


• Smart Driver Class from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. See ad on page 4

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• American Legion Auxiliary of Melrose Poppy Distribution in Melrose & Freeport.


• Burnhamville Township and Burtrum City Clean Up Day from 9-11 a.m., Burtrum. See ad on page 7


• Grey Eagle/Burtrum: 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Cemetery Program. 9:15 a.m. Grey Eagle Parade. 10:15 a.m. Lakeview Cemetery Program. 11 a.m. Burtrum Parade & Moses Dane Cemetery Program.


• Grey Eagle-Burtrum Lions Annual

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


• 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 Weather

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Saturday Sunday Sunny. High: 67 Low: 48 Partly cloudy. High: 61 Low: 37
Date High Low 4/24 61 28 4/25 68 41 4/26 52 43 4/27 50 43 4/28 43 34 4/29 43 34 4/30 59 41 Friday Rain. High: 64 Low: 42
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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne

Funerals, apparently for those who are of advancing years, are about the only opportunity to have a chance to see our relatives. It's frequently a confusing time, because those young kids that we remember, are now trying to tend to their grandchildren and the friends we remember from our younger years are frequently carrying a lot of extra weight and wrinkles. They really do look very different.

The conversations have changed from hunting, fishing, traveling, work, car repair to knee repair, hip repair, back pain and some sort of a medical treatment that is more extreme than the other guy has had. Somehow our interests have changed.

Each time I attend a funeral, I find myself thinking about how that person has affected my life. What experience that person has added to my life. You find yourself reliving your most memorable experiences with that person. When attending a funeral of an elderly person, I think about what those of us still living have lost. There is a whole lifetime of experiences that can no longer be shared with us. History books may tell of the dates and generic feelings made by a happening, but how did it really feel to be drafted knowing that your plans for a career would now have to wait for another three years, how did it really feel to come home after the war, how did it feel to have your son being taken from you and sent to a foreign country or an unheard-of island in the Pacific that nobody you know ever heard of. What was it like to flip a switch and turn on a light, have a machine milk the cows, go potty indoors or see the first kid in the family graduate from high school. How did it feel to know that an electric pump was pumping water for the cattle and one no longer had to pull the handle on the water pump at 20 below. What was it really like when the threshing crew made their stop at your place? What was said about the Spanish flu, tb, polio and the other dread diseases that were part of their lives. How excited were you to finally get a tractor on the farm. Where are the stories of their

parents and grandparents finding a place to create a homestead? We will now miss the stories about the dog that would go bring the cows to the barn, by himself, every morning and evening. We will no longer hear of how the teachers and preachers caused serious physical pain for not following the rules or not accepting the required ideas. A whole history created during a century has stopped. If we have a question, it's not easy to get an answer.

During the last funeral we attended, we were at a table with a young fellow, his wife and their 4 yr. old daughter. Our conversation included questions like, who was that, how was he related, when did a specific thing happen, where did they live, etc. Since he had heard that I wrote stories about history, he had a request for me. His mother died about 20 years ago and he was wondering about family history to tell his daughter. Was his Grandpa born in the US, or back in Europe. How many brothers and sisters did he have? When did his family come to this country? The suggestion he made was that I make a suggestion for the older members of the family to write somewhere, some of the history of their family. Knowing that the younger family members wouldn't be interested, but as they mature, they may begin asking about these things and a short history would be very convenient.

We are all an accumulation of history, compiled during our lifetimes, however long that might be.

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

If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

Every Sunday at church we sing our 2024 theme song, we have a call to worship, and we sing some worship songs and hymns. All of these are used to prepare our hearts to receive the preaching of the Word. At the end of our services I use a benediction, mainly used to remind the congregation of the Truth we already have learned in our service.

This last week our benediction was John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

It’s an interesting text! Most of us like to think that we have life wrapped around our little finger, or that we are in total control. I like to tell people that “I am in complete control, it’s the situation that’s out of hand." But in reality, we can do nothing at all, without Jesus. We need to be connected to Him! I have illustrated this once by putting some sawhorses on stage with a 2x6 laid across them. On the 2x6 were three nails barely nailed in. Inviting

three students up, I asked the students how many hits they thought it would take for them to drive the nail all the way down. At the end of all three kids, I set another nail and asked, “How many swings do you think it will take for me to hit it home?” As the kids were all shouting out their answer, I reached under the pulpit and grabbed my nail gun. One kid thought that was cheating, haha. But the gun didn’t work. One kid yelled out, “You need compressed air!” So, I reached to the hidden air hose, and I put in three nails, with one hit per nail. The kids were impressed. In the same way, we need to be connected to Jesus, if we are to be useful.

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

In The Details
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• Buck Off Adult BeverageDuring Double “R” Bar & Grill www.doublerbarandgrill.com Grey Eagle • 320-285-2965 LUNCH SPECIALS Fri., May 3: Hot Beef Sandwich Sat., May 4: Prime Rib Sandwich Sun., May 5: Sunny Side Up Burger Tues., May 7: Chicken Strip Melt Wed., May 8: $6 Baskets Thurs., May 9: BBQ Ribs KITCHEN HOURS Sun.: 11 AM-8 PM • Mon.: CLOSED Tues.-Thurs.: 11 AM-9 PM Fri.-Sat.: 11 AM-9:30 PM BAR HOURS Sun.: 11 AM-10 PM • Mon.: 2-7 PM Tues.-Thurs. 11 AM-11 PM Fri. & Sat. 11 AM-1 AM OFF SALE Mon.: 2-7 PM • Tues.-Sat.: 11 AM-10 PM Sun.: 11 AM-6 PM FRIDAY: 5-9 PM Includes Salad Bar & Choice of Potato • Ribeye $24.95 • Teriyaki Chicken over Rice Pilaf $14.95 • Deep Fried Cod $16.95 • Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo $15.95 or Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo $17.95 w/Breadsticks SATURDAY: 5-9 PM Includes Salad Bar & Choice of Potato • Prime Rib $24.95 • Ribs $20.95 • Deep Fried Walleye $17.95 • Creamy Sweet Chili Chicken, Wild Rice, w/ Breadsticks $14.95 WEDNESDAY: 11 AM-9 PM • 1-1/2 lb. Wings $6.00 • $6 Baskets Your Choice: Shrimp Basket, Angus Slider Basket, 1/4 Chicken Basket, Nachos or Quesadillas w/Beverage Purchase Specials to go $1.00 charge THURSDAY: 5-9 PM Includes Salad Bar & Choice of Potato • Chicken & Ribs $17.95 • 8 oz. Ground Sirloin $15.95 • Creamy Sweet Chili Haddock w/Wild Rice $17.95 TUESDAY: 5-9 PM Burger Night $3.00 1/3 lb. Fresh Ground Hamburger on Brioche Buns! Dine In w/Beverage Purchase SUNDAY: 3-8 PM Includes Salad Bar & Choice of Potato • Steak & Shrimp $21.95 • Pork Prime Rib 1-Bone $15.95 2-Bones $18.95 • 1/2 Chicken $12.50 • 1/4 Chicken $10.50 NOW HIRING! Bartender/Servers & Fry Cook During Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3-5 PM Adult Buck Off Beverage MELROSE AMERICAN LEGION Post 101 265 Co. Rd. 173 SE, Melrose - 320-256-3581 • Cell 320-429-4008 Gambling Licence #01053-001 OPEN Mondays: 3-8 PM Line Dancing Fridays: 3-9 PM BURGER NIGHT HORSE RACES • PULL-TABS • ETABS • ELECTRONIC BINGO Dog Tag $150 Friday, May 3 4:30-7:30 PM Call to Book Your Event! May 5: Dance: Schjei Band: 1-4 May 10: Burger Night May 17: Fish Fry Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10:30-3:30, Sat.: 8-2 or by Appointment • Memorials • Sympathy • All Occasions We Deliver Floral Arrangements in a 20 mile radius. TUXEDO RENTAL Starting at $99.95 Chris' Country Store Floral & Gift 105 State St. E. Grey Eagle • 320-285-2600 Order 24/7 @ www.flowershopnetwork.com Check Out Our Thrift Shop! Always something new! Booking Weddings, Flowers for the Wedding Party, Church & Reception Remember Mom with Fresh Flowers or a Plant Basket on her special day! 13 Vendors RJ's Country Store 28916 County Rd. 17 - St. Rosa 320-836-2583 Gas/Diesel/Premium • Propane Exchange Groceries • Pep's Pork • Schaefer's Market Harry's Pizza • Bait • ATM ALL STARS SPORTS BAR & GRILL St. Rosa • 320-836-2154 STOP IN FOR ALL YOUR OFF SALE NEEDS! Busch Light $21.00 +tax MONDAY 5-9 PM BURGER NIGHT Join us for THURSDAY • Boneless Wings & Fries • Bone-In Jumbo Wings & Fries 8 Sauces & 3 Dry Rubs to Choose From! HELP WANTED! COOKS & BARTENDERS Nightly Specials Monday: (5-9 pm) $3.50 Build a Burger Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions (raw/fried), Mushrooms, Jalapenos, Sauerkraut, Cheese (Swiss, American, Pepper Jack) Toppings 50¢ each; Bacon 50¢ Slice Tuesday: (5-9 pm) Choice of: 3 Chicken Strips w/Toast & Fries $7.50 6 Drummies w/Toast & Fries $7.50 Walleye Wednesday: (5-9:30 pm) Walleye Fingers w/Fries $8.50 Dine In Only - With Beverage Purchase Corner Pub & Grill Freeport, MN • 320-836-2120 HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Wed.: 4:30-6:30 PM $3.00 Thursday: All Day/Night $3.00 LUNCH SPECIALS Monday-Friday: 11 AM-1 PM Thursday: (5-9 pm) Taco Wrap $8.50 Friday: (5-9 pm) Choice of: • 6 oz. Steak $12 • Add 3 Shrimp $15 • 6 oz. Butter/Garlic Steak $12 • Add 3 Shrimp $15 • 6 Shrimp $9.00 • Served with Baked Potato • 6 Butterfly Shrimp w/Fries $10 Fri., May 10: Addition of BBQ Pork Ribs Saturday: (4-8 pm) 1/4 lb. Hamburger $3.00 Toppings 50¢ each; Bacon 50¢ Slice
Coffee Shop • Curiosity Shop • Ice Cream • Homemade Fudge • Yard Art • Solar Lights Downtown New Munich: 420 Main St., New Munich, MN 56352 COFFEE + CURIOSITIES + ICE CREAM + FUDGE THURSDAY, MAY 23 Wood Fired Pizzas Staring at 5 PM Greenhouses Full of Bedding Plants & Veggies Hours: Wed.-Sat.: 8 AM-8 PM Sun.: 8 AM-2 PM Boyz Familiar with Max & Ivan Lamuska Playing @ 6:00 PM May 30: Ben Schirmers Playing 320-285-3576 11977 County 47 Grey Eagle Lower Level Bar Thurs.-Fri.: 4-10 PM; Sat.: Noon-11 PM Thursday Specials: Chicken or Rib Basket $8.95 Chicken & Rib Basket $13.00 Dining Room Friday-Saturday: 4-8 PM Sunday Brunch OPEN 10 am-2 pm Hiring Cooks! Karaoke Every Friday Night Mother's Day Specials Sunday, May 12 10 AM-2 PM: Brunch: Moms get a FREE Mimosa Bar & Dining Room: Opens at 4 PM 4 PM: Prime Rib & Tenderloin Steaks Available Moms get a FREE Dessert
Bavarian Gardens

Marie J. Unger, age 87 of Sauk Centre, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Long Lake Assisted Living in Long Lake, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 27 at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Marie Jeanette Wengler was born February 15, 1937 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Theodore and Irene (Pangburn) Wengler. Marie always had a passion for helping others. This started at a young age while helping her parents with the family grocery store as well as watching her younger siblings, Rosella and Jim. As the years went on, she married the love of her life, Dick, on May 5, 1962, at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. They raised 2 kids, Keith and Lynda.

Throughout her life, she had a flare for being creative. She did candle making, jewelry making, cake decorating (she made Randy and Lynda's wedding cake), she made over 200 dolls to sell. She founded Mittens To Go, and with the help of other people, would sew mittens, pillows, and stocking caps for the needy. Marie also would sew stuffed teddy bears to give to the police station to hand out to people that were involved in a car accident to give comfort. Marie's loving heart will always be remembered and truly missed by all that would ever come in contact with her.

Survivors include her son, Keith Unger of Jordan; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Randy Hesse of Chaska; granddaughters, Erica Unger of St. Paul and Stephanie Unger of Belle Plaine, and their mother, Anna Marie Unger of Jordan; and sister, Rosella Maile of Avon.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Unger on March 25, 2018; parents; and brother, Jim Wengler.

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

Robert H.

“Bob” Kirchner, age 96 of Elrosa and formerly of Waite Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waite Park, Minnesota following the lunch. Military honors will be by the VFW Post 428 of St. Cloud.

Visitation will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Robert Henry Kirchner was born June 18, 1927 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Albert and Elizabeth (Imdieke) Kirchner. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1949 during WWII. On April 18, 1953, he married Margaret Wilmes at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. With this union, they were blessed with six children. Robert worked with the Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement in 1991.

Margaret passed away on May 16, 1993. Robert married Edna Molitor on October 30, 1998.

Robert enjoyed traveling to Arizona for the winter, hunting and fishing. He was a former member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park, a current member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE), Waite Park American Legion Post 428, and VFW Post 4847 of St. Cloud.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Kirchner; children, Rick (Char) Kirchner, Debbie (Ernie) Hengel, Cindy (Pete) Daniel, Diana (Barry) Beckers, Joe (Laura) Kirchner, and Lori (Don) Tomsche; step-children, Marlene (Mark) Spliethoff, Alvin (Kathi) Molitor, Linda (Ron) Benoit, Eugene Molitor, and Kim (Kym Gully) Stummer; 15 grandchildren, 36 greatgrandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Thelen; and brother Al Kirchner.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Kirchner; parents; greatgranddaughter, Loreha Tomsche; stepgranddaughter, Ashley Spliethoff; brothers, Jim and Steve; and sister, Millie.

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

May 24, 2024 is National Poppy Day. Poppy Day is a day to honor the fallen and support the living who wore our nation’s uniforms. In preparation for Poppy Day, Upsala American Legion Auxiliary Unit 350 sponsored a Poppy Poster Contest at Upsala Area Schools. Each winner received a certificate and a ten-dollar check. Winners are (from left) Kaylea Losheider (grade 12), Keyona Carlson (grade 11), Roman Bruggenthies (grade 5), Ashlyn Tanner (grade 6), and Aubree Roerick (grade 8). Submitted by Kristi Wacker.

Invasive Species

Whether you are riding out on a boat on Lake Osakis or driving out in the country you may have unfortunately come across invasive species such as zebra mussels or buckthorn. What are invasive species you may ask? Invasive species are plants or animals that are not native to a particular area that can cause great environmental harm to the new area. Often times these species are a major problem in both terrestrial and aquatic environments as they have no natural predators here to control the population and are rapidly reproducing. In lakes and rivers, they can be a major problem as they can greatly reduce recreational opportunity and alter the ecosystem. In terrestrial environments, invasive plants can overcrowd natives and make it more difficult for them to compete.

A few examples of invasive species you may see in Todd County include Common Carp, Buckthorn, Zebra Mussels, Leafy spurge, Wild Parsnip, Curly Leaf Pondweed, and Purple Loosestrife. While we may not be able to completely stop the spread of these species everyone can do their part to help slow the spread. For lakes and rivers, be sure to clean your boat, drain all water, and dispose of unused bait before leaving a public access. Additional steps may need to be taken such as using a decontamination unit that has hot water or high pressure if AIS is seen on boat.

For controlling the spread of terrestrial invasive species, many things can be done to help slow spread. These include cleaning your boots or shoes when walking in a new area, making sure camping gear is free of seeds and soil, and before buying plants for a garden check to see if plant species is listed as invasive. In addition, reestablishing native vegetation in areas can make it more difficult for invasive to become established

due to competition.

If you do happen to have an invasive species infestation on your property many control options exist to help manage or control the infestation. For invasive plants, common control methods include frequent mowing and burning, grazing with animals such as goats, cut stump herbicide treatment, leaf application, and basal bark spray. If you have any questions or concerns regarding invasive species feel free to reach out to the Todd County Soil and Water office at 320732-2644, or stop by the office.

Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Blood Drive

Coming May 31st

Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions will be hosting their annual summer American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, May 31, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Church in Grey Eagle at 118 Minnesota St. W, Grey Eagle. The drive will run from 11:00 AM til 5:00 PM. This will be the club’s 43rd Blood Drive. In those 43 drives, 2785 units have been collected from the caring donors in the area. That means that at least 3 people have been helped by every unit collected. Congratulations to all our donors and thank you from all the people you have helped over the years. If you would like to join our donor list, please call Linda at 320-285-2670 for more information or to make an appointment. See you soon!

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Today I did a delicious thing. I bought, for this mama, a pretty rope swing. Now whenever I desire a fling, I sit in the swing, and like fowl, take wing. Flocks of birds like it too, I hear them sing. Of this joy to the soul, there is no sting. I am pumped! Let it ring! Especially from this lowly swing.

The LPGE FFA Chapter took part in the 2024 Minnesota State FFA Convention April 21-23. 22 members competed in 7 different events, Dairy Judging, Dairy Foods, General Livestock, Horse Judging, Crops, Soils, and Forestry. Pictured are (front from left) Kailee Johnson, Caylee Kuehne, Kayla Holmquest; (middle) Isabell Otremba, Haylie Wielenberg, Lily Stanely, Haygen Goff, Aiden Cable, Max Berscheid, Carter Denny, Maria Buntjer, Caroline Kuehne; (back) Tyler Lemke, Caden Frerichs, Clayton Reimer, Colton Park, Austin Parker, Jp Buntjer, Preston Wielenberg, Asher Cebulla, Travis Wettstein, and Konner Hemmingson. Submitted by Curt Gjerstad, LPGE Agriculture Department-FFA Advisor.

Birth Announcements

Milo Thomas Berg

Mathew and Megan Berg are the proud parents of their first boy, Milo Thomas Berg, delivered by Dr. Dunn at Centracare Hospital in Sauk Centre on April 23, 2024.

Milo weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 19.75 inches in length.

He has two sisters: Maeve 5 years old and Meara 3 years old.

Grandparents are Brenda Berg of Paynesville, James Berg of Brooklyn Center, and Sarah Yarke of Sauk Centre.

A Drive Funny

A little boy took his dog on a "take your pet to school" day. There were prizes for the smallest, the prettiest, the cutest, and the smartest pet.

Determined that his dog win a prize, the boy put his pet through a whole series of tricks. Finally the boy turned to the dog and asked, "Mindy, how much is two plus two minus four?"

The dog sat quietly, making no sound, remaining still and silent.

"Right!" exclaimed the boy. His dog won first prize.

Todays Thought

The first person to hear a parrot talk was probably not okay for a few days.

Albany Senior Dining

Mon., May 6: Chicken rice casserole, green beans, pineapple.

Tues., May 7: Hamburger, baked beans, carrots, cookie.

Wed., May 8: BBQ chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, baked apple slices.

Thurs., May 9: Pork roast, whipped potatoes, gravy, broccoli, cantaloupe.

Fri., May 10: Chicken alfredo, noodles, mixed vegetables. Pre-registration requested to dine daily. For more info. call 320-845-4070.

Tony and Nikki Middendorf of Sauk Centre are proud to announce the birth of their son, Philip Gordon Middendorf, born April 14, 2024 at 11:25 p.m. at CentraCare-Melrose.

Philip weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches in length.

Siblings are Carson, Ellie, Kalvin and Colton.

Grandparents are Tom and Jeanette Gerads of Freeport, Mike and Laura Kerfeld of St. Rosa, and Pat and Carol Middendorf of Grey Eagle. Great-grandparents are Frank and Doreen Gerads of Freeport, Art and Rosie Kerfeld of St. Rosa, and Dorreen Berscheit of Albany.

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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, My husband and I are following your plan, and we’re on Baby Step 2. We just learned that the person who has done our taxes for the last three years made mistakes on all our returns. They were really nice and did our taxes for free, but now we owe back taxes in the amount of $18,000. Since we’re still paying off debt, the only savings we have is the $1,000 in our beginner emergency fund. Should we take out a personal loan to take care of this, or set up payments with the IRS?


Dear Laura,

Take out a personal loan. Period. Let this sink in for a minute. How often does Dave Ramsey tell people to borrow money? Almost never. Why am I doing it now, in this situation? Because the IRS is the worst creditor on the planet. They have almost unlimited power, which they use and abuse, and they have ridiculously high penalties and interest rates. With a personal loan from a local bank or credit union, you’ll at least have more input and flexibility in deciding the terms of the agreement.

Now, I don’t know about you, but if the person doing my taxes screwed things up to the tune of $18,000, I’d find someone else in a heartbeat. I understand you want to work with someone nice, and free is usually a great price. But in this case, free was not so free after all.

Just go to your local bank or credit union, explain the situation and see what you can work out. I always recommend small banks or credit unions over any of the mega banks. Places like Bank of America and Fifth Third just have no soul or empathy whatsoever. And the customer service at a credit union or small bank is a hundred times better than what you’ll find at a big bank. Sure, they’re still bankers, but there’s a human element in there. You’re not just a number to them like you are to the mega banks.

I hate debt, Laura, and I’m sorry you guys are in this situation. But 100% of the time, I’d rather have personal loan debt than IRS debt. In my mind, it’s the lesser of two evils.


* 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.

Dear Motor Medics,

I drive a 2011 Hyundai Elantra with 78K miles. It started making a steering noise lately that happens only when I gently turn the wheel left and right. I have found that if I turn the engine off and leave the steering wheel unlocked the noise goes away completely. I took it into a shop that was not sure what I needed. They thought maybe a steering column as the noise was located up high in the column. I then took it to a dealership who also said I needed to replace the entire column because the motor gears had gone bad. I have not been able to locate a good used column yet and a new one will cost over 3k installed. Is there another wat to repair it at a lower cost?

-Mark in Rapid City, South Dakota

Dear Mark,

Those big repair bills hurt, but we may have a solution you should like. The motor for the electric steering is coupled to the column via a rubber motor coupler to give it a smoother feel. This coupler falls apart with age and now is available only on Amazon as far as we have seen. The part cost is about $6. Yep, that’s it! We see a lot of people try to install it themselves and usually get it done in two to three hours but safety first, so a couple hours shop labor should do it.

-Take care, the Motor Medics Dear Motor Medics,

Do you know a way to get the smell of a skunk out of a car? We drive a 2010

Suburban that’s in really nice shape with only 90k miles on it but we had an issue. We came home from a camping trip and had the kids help us unload tents, gear, and food.

One of the doors was left open and when it got dark about midnight, we saw the dome light on and noticed a side door was open. We ran out and shut it but that was not the end. The next weekend we went out to load the car for camping and we found a dead skunk. It must have got in through the door. It sprayed the interior, and it can’t be driven. What can be done?

-Tina in Duluth, Minnesota Dear Tina,

We have seen things like spilled milk that are bad, but this tops it. If you have full coverage insurance, use it. Cleaning probably won’t help. You will need to remove and replace anything that encountered the skunk. Or its spray. Seats, wall panels, carpet, all of it. If there is no insurance coverage, you could try to get some parts from a self-service auto parts yard that you pull yourself. We have seen people do this. Parts are usually very affordable at those yards but there is the labor. Otherwise sell it to someone who can’t smell very well.

-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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Local Municipality Minutes

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Burnhamville Township • March 26, 2024

The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville was held March 26, 2024 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Clerk Shirley Hulinsky. Members present include Supervisors Joe Muellner, Bruce Johnson and Mike Berscheit; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky and Treasurer Pam Throener. Also present was Carol Herdering.

Newly re-elected officers took oath of office before tonight’s meeting.

As this is the reorganizing meeting; Sup. Muellner moved in a motion to appoint Mike Berscheit as Chair. Sup. Johnson seconded the motion. Sup. Muellner moved in a motion to appoint Bruce Johnson as Vice-Chair. Sup. Berscheit seconded the motion. Motions passed.

The minutes from the regular meeting of February 27, 2024 were approved on a motion by Sup. Johnson and second by Sup. Berscheit. Motion passed.

For correspondence the township received notice of MAT short course training and Todd County Noxious Weed meeting on March 27 postponed because of the weather. Complaint of Empire Trail not graded often enough, Township Day at the state capital is April 8-9, Todd County Township officer meeting will be April 4 in Clarissa, ads for black top crack filling and tree service with side-mounted ditch mower, officer mailing list, information from Sourcewell, and a request from another credit union for investment, Planning and Zoning meeting notice of feed lot ordinance changes and Paul Van Gorp request which the board has no contest with.

A motion was moved by Sup. Muellner to pay all bills numbered 6595 through 6617 totaling $13,513.18. Sup. Berscheit seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The board set road inspection date as April 18 starting at 2 pm.

In the road report the contractor did a good job plowing the recent snow storm as no gravel was thrown into the ditches. The tree trimmer did a good job on Dogwood Loop and one pile needs to be clean up yet. The supervisors will need spray stumps also. At the annual meeting a resident complained of poor road grading near Long Lake. A supervisor went to view it, but the

road had just been graded, so no issue visible.

The board discussed the location of the May 18 Clean-Up Day with the owner of the old school. They approved of using their lot for the dumpsters and the city will mark Wilson Ave. south of State 28 as a one-way street for that morning. The clerk will send out bid letters to set provider of clean-up day.

Next the board discussed annual reorganization. Sup. Berscheit moved a motion to keep all wages the same. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Sup. Berscheit moved a motion to use IRS standards for mileage reimbursement. Sup. Johnson seconded the motion. Sup. Berscheit moved to keep gopher tail bounty at $3 per tail and beaver bounty at $50 per beaver. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Sup. Berscheit moved a motion to keep depositories as First State Bank of Swanville and Magnifi Credit Union, Grey Eagle. Motion was seconded by Sup. Johnson. Sup. Berscheit moved a motion to again use Long Prairie Leader and Hometown News newspapers as legal publishing papers and the Burtrum Bell Bulletin Board as official posting site. Sup. Johnson seconded the motion. Sup. Muellner moved a motion to keep meeting schedule the same as last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Burtrum Community Center as official meeting schedule. Sup Berscheit seconded the motion. Motions passed.

The board reviewed bids received for Class #5 Gravel, blading of roads and dust control. Sup. Johnson moved a motion to accept the contract bids from Herdering, Inc. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Sup. Johnson brought up that Sam Lange of Dozer Excavating is requesting a conditional use permit. He purchased the gravel pit on Fitz Road and would like to add a cement plant for use on site. After discussion the board approved the request. The township will send approval to Planning and Zoning.

The Treasurer’s report shows balance of $121,065.73. Report approved on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and second by Sup. Johnson. Motion passed.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and a second by Sup. Johnson. Next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 7 pm in the Burtrum Community Center.

Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Stearns County’s Household Hazardous Waste mobile unit will soon begin its spring/ summer collections. The green trucks are heading out, driving to communities around Stearns County to collect environmentally hazardous products homeowners want to get rid of, such as paints, cleaners, poisons, fuels, antifreeze, motor oil & filters, gas, any automotive chemicals, batteries, propane cylinders, pesticides, fertilizers, garden and pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, Christmas bulbs, car seats, adhesives, aerosols, and many other products that can’t be thrown into the garbage.

New this year, the Sheriff’s Office will also be at four of the scheduled HHW mobile events to collect unwanted medicines, sites marked with ** in the schedule below. This is a great opportunity to clean out the medicine cabinet as well!

Local collection locations include:

**Wednesday, May 8: Sauk Centre Hockey Arena: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

**Wednesday, May 22: Melrose Parking lot North of fire hall: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26: Holdingford School SW Lot: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 26: Albany Our Savior

Lutheran Church: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14: St. Martin Church parking lot: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Saturday, September 21: Kimball A.M. Maus and Sons: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

** Also medication collection sites

Products can be disposed of at no charge. It’s a free service offered by Stearns County’s Environmental Services Department.

Items that cannot be accepted through the Household Hazardous Waste Program include explosives, furniture, household garbage, tires, medical waste, appliances, or any other unknown products. Also not accepted is business waste. These collections are designed to collect home, not business, products.

For those who cannot make one of the scheduled mobile collection times, the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 3601 5th Street South in Waite Park accepts products year-round. Go to the Stearns County website at stearnscountymn. gov/1496 for hours of operation or to get the mobile collection unit locations, dates and times. Regular business hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and every second and third Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Got Stuff To Get Rid Of?

Septic System Replacement Loan Opportunity

Todd County Planning and Zoning has applied for funds through the Clean Water Partnership for septic system replacements as a continuation of the existing program. The Clean Water Partnership provides loans to Local Governments to in turn provide low interest loans to local land owners for non-point source pollution reductions measures. If funded, these loans will be available to eligible land owners for replacement of noncompliant, failing, or outdated septic systems. Loans will be issued on a first come, first serve basis to land owners that meet the criteria of the program. Eligibility is very simple, the land owner’s property must have value of 3 times the cost of the septic system and the land owner’s property taxes must be paid up to date. In addition, there will be a $100 application fee. At the time of application land owners must have a septic design and a bid for that system.

The major difference between the new funding as compared to the previous cycle is that the interest rate of loans has increased slightly and the term limit has been shortened. Previously, loans were set at 1.5% interest paid over 10 years. Now, loans will be paid back at 3% interest over 7 years. The loans will continue to be paid back as a special assessment of property taxes, two payments per year with the first and second half.

As Planning and Zoning waits for funding to arrive, we ask land owners to contact our office to express interest in the program. Having a list of potential applicants allows us to gauge the work load for this program. If all funds are exhausted during the loan period, additional funds could be applied for by Planning and Zoning. Having a waiting list of potential applicant provides justification for additional funding.

In addition to low interest loan funds, Todd County has grant funds for eligible land owners. Grant funds are income based and require submittal of tax documents for verification. Todd County aims to cost share approximately 75% of the system cost if those that qualify. Cost share payments depend upon the amount of grant funding available and how many land owners apply for funding. While trying to keep cost share payments around 75%, we also look to assist as many land owners as possible.

If you have questions about this potential funding program or would like to express your interest. Please contact Planning and Zoning

as your earlier convenience. We will provide prioritization of funding to those that inquire about the program in advance. You can contact the Planning and Zoning Office at 320-7324420.

Local Library Events

Albany Library • 320-845-4843

Storytime: Join Miss Jennifer for a fun-filled storytime. We will read a story, make a craft and learn. For ages 3 to 8 and their families. Registration required. Tuesday May 14: 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Long Prairie Library • 320-732-2332

Story Stroll at Harmony Park: Little Blue Truck: Get outside and explore a book! Take a walk around the park and enjoy nature and spring weather while reading together. Story pages will be posted at Harmony Park, located southeast of the LPGE Elementary School. For all ages. Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9: 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Story Stroll at Harmony Park: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Get outside and explore a book! Take a walk around the park and enjoy nature and spring weather while reading together. Story pages will be posted at Harmony Park, located southeast of the LPGE Elementary School. For all ages. Monday, May 13, through Thursday, May 16: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Melrose Library • 320-256-3885

Storytime: Join Miss Jennifer for a funfilled storytime. We will read a story, make a craft and learn. For ages 3 to 8 and their families. Registration required. Monday, May 13: 6:006:45 p.m.

Swanville Library • 320-547-2346

Author Will Weaver Book Talk and Signing: Will Weaver’s latest novel is Power & Light which is a finalist for the 2024 Minnesota Book Award. His work has gained notices from The New Yorker to The Los Angeles Times. His fiction includes Sweet Land (short story collection and film), and his enduring novel of the Midwest, Red Earth, White Earth. He is also the author of a number of stock car racing themed novels for teens. This program was made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. For teens and adults. Location: Swanville School, Tuesday, May 14: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Upsala Library • 320-412-2048

Crafternoon: Join us for a fun craft project led by librarian Gwen. All supplies will be provided. Limit 12. Registration required. Friday, May 17: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Weekend Fishing Challenge

Moms who live in Minnesota are invited to join a free virtual fishing challenge Saturday, May 11, through Sunday, May 12, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, when all Minnesota moms can fish without purchasing a fishing license. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Student Angler Organization and Women Anglers of Minnesota to host the challenge.

To participate in the Mother’s Day weekend fishing challenge, moms simply need to join the Facebook group called “Minnesota Moms Fishing Challenge 2024” and post one photo of each fish they catch.

All participants who submit one or more fish photos will have their name entered in a random drawing for prizes provided by the Student Angler Organization and their partners, including gift cards for SCHEELS and Lund. Additionally, participants are invited to tune in for a pre-challenge virtual Fishing 101 class, hosted by Women Anglers of Minnesota in the challenge Facebook group (facebook. com/groups/967975514717550) on May 7.

Rick’s Painting

Burtrum • 9 AM-11 AM

Residents of Burnhamville Township and Burtrum City may bring their old household items from this township or town in to dispose of them in a convenient manner. Old appliances, bulky furniture and tires will have a small fee.

General garbage such as old furniture, toys,

windows will be free to dispose of for Burnhamville and Burtrum residents. No hazardous wastes will be accepted. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk

Challenge details are available on the Minnesota DNR website (mndnr.gov/takemomfishing). All fish species and sizes are welcome in the challenge. Participants can snap a photo and let their fish go or keep it if it’s in season.

The Minnesota State Legislature established Take a Mom Fishing Weekend in 1988 to coincide with Mother’s Day. This year, the weekend also coincides with the fishing opener — seasons begin Saturday, May 11, for walleye, northern pike, bass, and trout in lakes.

Fishing season dates and regulations are available on the Minnesota DNR fishing webpage (mndnr.gov/fishing). Find out how and where to fish, learn about fishing equipment, read about ways to catch different kinds of fish, and get acquainted with fishing ethics and being stewards of Minnesota’s natural resources, on the Minnesota DNR learn to fish webpage (mndnr.gov/gofishing).

Hometown News • Thursday, May 2, 2024 • Page 7
Eagle Outdoor Services Lawn Care • Landscaping Tree Trimming Call For All Your Outdoor Needs! Call or Text Tyler 320-247-3744
Burnhamville Township Residents Clean Up Day ~ Saturday,
May 18, 2024
Commercial/Residential Interior/Exterior • Painting/Staining Outbuildings/Decks

CHURCH GARAGE SALE: May 2-4: Our Savior’s, 840 Lake Ave., Albany. Thurs. 5-7; Fri. 8-5; Sat. 8-noon. Sat. clothes $1/ bag.

GARAGE SALE: Melrose: Thurs., May 2: 4-7 p.m. and Fri. & Sat., May 3 & 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Multi family event. Furniture, tools, household, and collectibles. 102 10th Ave. SE, Melrose. 5/2

LOST: Key fob between the Rock Tavern and Swanville. Has one key attached. Call 320-250-8965. 5/2

HELP WANTED: Front counter/butcher position. Apply in person at Elmdale Creamery & Locker or call for details, 320573-2607.

WANTED TO BUY: Dairy Heifers and Cows. 320-894-7175. SC-evB

WANTED: Machinery for scrap or salvage specializing in combines and old buildings. Call 320-292-8993.

FOR SALE: Black Angus bull. Call 320250-0052.

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

FOR SALE: Lund Rebel 16' boat, Evenrude 40 h.p. motor with trailer, good condition, $7,250. Call 320-285-4495.

FOR SALE: 17 ft. aluminum Osagian canoe with 2 wooden paddles, very good condition, $750. Call 320-248-2146. 5/9

FOR SALE: Oak 4x4s, 10 & 12 ft. lengths, good for sign post or fence post, $6. Call 320-248-2146. 5/9

FREE: In good shape adjustable height basketball hoop. Come and get it. Call 320-2497227.

FOR SALE: Plastic roll-in dock tires, new, two for $50. Call 320-573-2340.

FOR SALE: Crestliner 172 Tournament, 2001 Yamaha motor F115 TXRS, Shoreland'r trailer, clean, good condition, $12,000. Middle Spunk Lake 320-266-2923.

FOR SALE: 1999 F-150, 2 wheel drive, $1,500 or b/o. Call 320-573-2862.

FOR SALE: Oliver 5 bottom plow, bale elevator, Germain diesel head, field sprayer, 4 row cultivator. Call 320-252-9756.

FREE: White kitchen sink and faucet. Call 517-512-3342.

FOR SALE: Antique metal bed frame (full) $100. Call 517-512-3342.

FEATURES & OPTIONS: 32 ft. long, two slide-outs (6 ft & 14 ft – nearly doubles interior space when open), gel coat fiberglass exterior, 1 piece TPO roof covering & R-14 fiberglass insulation, front electric jacks, rear scissor jacks,

detector, fire extinguisher, smoke detectors AND MORE!

FOR SALE – 5TH WHEEL RV - 2017 PRIMETIME CRUSADER LITE 275RK Priced according to J.D. Power evaluation with options listed **ALSO

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May 2,
AVAILABLE: Pullrite 16K Slider 5th Wheel Hitch, king pin tripod and 5th Wheel Pickup Tailgate** Text or call for appointment: 320-249-7694 from 8 AM to 6 PM RV is in excellent condition and ready to meet your recreation vehicle needs. EXTERIOR
wall construction R-11 sidewalls,
spare tire & carrier, 13 ft electric awning,
outside speakers, rear view & side view cameras with in-truck display, 30 amp service, 60 gal fresh water/70 gal gray water/35 gal black water tanks. INTERIOR FEATURES & OPTIONS: Rear kitchen with solid wood core cabinets, pantry & lots of storage, 3-burner stove top, range hood, oven, microwave & 2-door refrigerator/freezer, bathroom with toilet, sink & vanity, powered roof vent & shower with glass doors & skylight, 15,000 BTU air conditioner (ducted), 35,000 BTU furnace, 2 recliner chairs, free-standing dinette with 4 chairs, queen bed with storage & night stands, jack-knife couch, 6-gallon water heater (gas & electric), 40 inch TV & TV mount in bedroom, stereo radio tuner with inside/outside speaker control, kitchen & bedroom manual roof vents, CO & LP leak
Clean & Well Maintained, Ready to Tow & Go! H ennen Lumber Company, Inc. 320-836-2135 Freeport, MN www.hennenlumber.com We are looking for Full Time Help in our Warehouse/Shipping & Delivery Area! CDL License a Plus, but willing to help acquire Benefits Include: Competitive Wages Health Insurance Provide 401K Provide Dental Stop in to Apply or Call YOUR COMPLETE FARM & HOME STORE www.fleetsupplymn.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-7:00pm; Sat. 8:00am-6:00pm; Sun. 10:00am-4:00pm Little Falls: Mon.-Sat. 8:00am-8:00pm; Sun. 9:00am-5:00pm Long Prairie: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-7:00pm; Sat. 8:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm Faribault: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-7:00pm; Sat. 8:00am-6:00pm: Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm SAUK CENTRE 1050 Centre St. 320-352-5261 LONG PRAIRIE Hwy. 71 South 320-732-6195 LIT TLE FALLS 1800 1st Ave. NE. 320-632-9240 PAYNESVILLE Hwy. 55 West 320-243-3556 GLENWOOD Hwy. 28 & 55 • 320-634-5209 GLENCOE Hwy 212- 3105 10th St. E. • 320-864-4304 FARIBAULT 80 Western Ave. • 507-334-3232 MAY BARGAINS of the MONTH® NO SUBSTITUTIONS ON BOM ITEMS Great States Corp.®
3 large ‘basement’ storage areas, Dexter E-Z Lube axle hubs, aluminum wheels,
2 auto/marine batteries, 2 large propane tanks, outside shower,
Green Thumb Welded Bow Rake Welded bow rake wood long handle. #109582
Green Thumb Long Handled Round Point Shovel Round point shovel with wood long handle. #109588 1999 Earth Brown Adirondack Chair Ergonomic, weather resistant resin finish, weight capacity 250 lbs. #172337
Green Thumb Square Point Garden Transfer Shovel Welded bow rake wood long handle. #109600
Green Thumb NeverKink Hose 5/8” x 50’, heavy duty garden hose. Microshield antimicrobial protection, crush resistant. 1429 Green Thumb Home and Garden Sprayer, 2 Gal. In-tank filter for resistance against dirt and debris, compatible with common herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and cleaners. #272295 1999 Green Thumb 16” Hedge Shears or 16” Lopper. Shears are duralight 16” portable mini hedge shears, high-carbon steel blades, onyx coating, durable, lightweight and sharp. Lopper has high carbon steel blades, onyx coating, 1.25” cutting capacity, softgrip handles, performance design. #109620, #109700 YOUR CHOICE 899 Master Electrician Outdoor Extension Cord 16/3 SJTW, 20 ft. green, outdoor extension cord. #765125 599 Scotch 1.88”X 60 Yd. Blue Tape Removes clean and easy without leaving adhesive. #865352 1499* Ortho Roundup Weed and Grass Killer, RTU Trigger, 1 gal., kills tough weeds and grasses to the root. #5375504 *$5 mail-in rebate. Limit 2 rebates. Starts 4/29/2024. Great States Corp.® Great States Corp.® Adams Mfg.® Teknor-Apex Co.® Woodland Tools Import® 3M Co.® PT HO Wah Genting® Chapin R E Mfg. Works® Scotts®
Holtz Tree Service
Bowlus, MN;
in Full Time Employment. Duties
outdoor work
to firewood/tree
Day shift work Monday
Paid weekly wage based on performance. Will train. Must have a valid driver’s license. Call or text 320-360-3512 Natures View Tree & Yard Care LLC Lot Clearing • Woods Cleaning Dale: 320-493-6329 SENIOR DISCOUNTS LARGE TREE REMOVAL & TRIMMING BLENKERS ROOFING, LLC 320-256-5400
and Firewood
individual interested
thru Friday, no weekends.

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