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Respect: Give it to get it

A wolf spent his nights howling at the moon. He was making fun of her, of how old she was, how slowly she moved and how little light she had.

In the same forest, when the howling had stopped, the little hedgehog would come out to console the moon.

One day, both the wolf and the hedgehog were far from home and were caught unaware by a great storm. When the storm subsided, both animals were lost. As the moon came out, the wolf began his usual howling, while the hedgehog was feeling sad and frightened at being lost.

Before long the hedgehog heard a voice calling him. It was the moon, who was so grateful for the hedgehog's constant help and advice. She gathered up all her light into one single ray, to help show the hedgehog how to get back safely.

The hedgehog arrived home in the early hours, while the wolf remained lost, out in the darkness, and scared to death. Only then did he realize that all his rudeness to the moon had been pointless and cruel. The moon didn't shine for him until the wolf asked for forgiveness for his bad attitude and promised not to bother anyone again like that.

In every aspect of business, from the way we conduct ourselves with our colleagues to the manner in which we serve our customers, respect is a virtue that goes far beyond the emotion of liking someone. It is about acknowledging the inherent worth of individuals and valuing their contributions, regardless of whether you agree with them or not.

Respect in business is absolutely fundamental. It is the cornerstone of building

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trust, fostering effective communication and creating a positive work environment. When respect is present in a business setting, it can lead to a multitude of benefits, including increased employee engagement, higher levels of productivity and improved customer satisfaction.

Here is why respect is so crucial in business:

• Trust and integrity. Respect helps to build trust between colleagues, managers and clients. When people feel respected, they are more likely to act with integrity and be trustworthy in return. Ask for and value their opinions and suggestions.

• Effective communication. Respectful interactions are essential for problem-solving and decision-making. Use polite language and a friendly tone. Reply to emails, messages and calls in a timely manner.

• Positive work environment. A respectful workplace promotes a sense of safety and belonging. Be mindful of physical boundaries and personal space. Respect the privacy of your colleagues and clients by not sharing personal or sensitive information.

• Employee retention. Employees who feel respected are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and stay with a company, reducing turnover and the costs associated with hiring and training new staff.

• Customer relations. Respect extends to how a business treats its customers. A respectful approach to customer service can lead to loyalty and positive word-of-mouth referrals.

Early in my career, I was eager to make my mark and often found myself formulating responses rather than truly listening to what others were saying. One day, I was in a meeting with a potential client who was explaining the challenges his company was facing. Midway through his explanation, I began to interject with what I thought were solutions.

The client calmly said, “Mr. Mackay, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I am not sure you are really hearing me.” That moment was a

wake-up call. I realized that I was inadvertently showing a lack of respect for his experience and knowledge. This realization not only helped me to build stronger relationships but also allowed me to learn and better address others’ needs.

That client became one of our most loyal customers, and our business relationship lasted for many years. He later told me what convinced him to work with us was the respect I showed by listening and valuing his perspective.

If there was ever a time in our history when respect was less evident, I would suggest that time is now. We need to examine our relationships. Politics, social media, even our schools are constantly cited as examples of disrespectful behavior.

But all is not lost. It’s possible to return to kinder times when having differing opinions was met with open minds. It’s important to listen to other points of view. You may learn something that you hadn’t considered before. And it could help you understand why others behave as they do.

Mackay’s Moral: Respect is not just a virtue; it is a vital business strategy that opens the door to success.

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

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


• Melrose American Legion Fish Fry from 4:30-8 p.m. See ad on page 3.


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

• Big Swan Lake Association Meeting at 10 a.m. at the Hub Supper Club, Burtrum.


• Grey Eagle Senior Center Meeting at 4 p.m. Potluck & Bingo to follow.


• 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.


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


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


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


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p.m. at the town hall.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne


In 1846, the United States and Mexico had a conflict referred to as the Mexican War.

The final solution of the war with Mexico was that the lands that are now California, Oregon and Idaho became property of the United States. Since the West Coast was located about 2000 miles from the settled and populated part of the United States, very little was known about the newly acquired land. The space between the West Coast and Missouri was controlled by Indians, Buffalo, desert and mountains.

There was not a lot of excitement about the new land acquisition, it was said that the territory was not fit to be lived in by civilized man. It was looked upon as possibly an area that could be a source of animal hides and not much else. Access to the area was limited to an overland route that took 9 months and was very scary because of Indians, disease, death and treacherous travel conditions. The other route to the West Coast was sailing ships, leaving the

East Coast and sailing around Cape Horn and South America. This trip also required about 9 months. Steam ships had not yet been invented. Suddenly, in 1849, a fellow named Sutter, was digging a millrace on his ranch and uncovered some gold. The news of this discovery reached the eastern part of the country and there was a rush (if you want to call it that) by individuals, later referred to as 49ers, to strike it rich in California.

The large number of people moving to California caused a very fast growth of industry. This growth required a communication network Since there were no railroads or telegraph systems, the original method of communication was either the long trip overland or the similar time span by boat.

A solution to the communication problem was developed in 1860. The solution was the Pony Express. The opposition to the new idea was very strong. It was said that no package placed on this line could ever reach its destination and that all of the riders would be murdered along the way.

The initial investment to get the line started included the construction of stops along the way. 600 horses were needed. Men needed to be hired to maintain and defend the stops, which were about 40 miles apart. 75 riders were originally hired.

The riders were paid about $125.00 per

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce

1 Peter 3:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

At our church we have a study in James, actually we are paraphrasing it, but studying verse by verse as we go so that we can understand God’s Truth. Last week we looked at James 1:18 which says, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” Listen to me very closely. God thought so much of us to create us in His image! I am not sure what your circumstances are; many times, I get discouraged and want to give up. But listen to me, or rather listen to God! Our text in 1 Peter 3 says it all, we are a chosen people… once we did not have mercy but now, we have received His mercy through His Son who was brought into the world to bring forgiveness.

The next time you get discouraged, look at these two verses and be reminded that God created you in His image and He thinks so much of you that He wanted to spend eternity with you. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore

we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Live with the knowledge that God loves you more!

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

month plus rations. A rider was allowed 10 minutes at each stop. There was a great desire for the rider jobs, since the wages were very good and the excitement and challenge of the job made it desirable for the younger fellows looking for a job other than the boredom of ranch employment.

The typical load was 10 pounds and the cost of the full distance was 5 dollars an ounce. Under ideal conditions, a package could go from Washington to Sacramento in 8 and a half days.


The Pony Express was operated for about 2 years, after which the telegraph became the communication choice.

US Postage is faster today and you don't have to feed and clean up behind the horses. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

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Dolores Luskey Trutna

Dolores Luskey Trutna, age 99 of Sauk Centre, died Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the Fairway Pines Assisted Living in Sauk Centre, where she has resided for the last 14 years.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose.

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

Dolores Margaret Luskey was born on April 14, 1925, in Round Prairie Township, Todd County, Minnesota to John and Katherine (Pluth) Luskey. She was the youngest of five siblings. On May 25, 1944, Dolores was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Trutna in Grey Eagle, Minnesota. During their 59 years of marriage, they raised ten children. Dolores was dedicated to her faith and her family. Dolores lived her life with an abundant sense of generosity and gratitude. She loved the company of family, friends, and neighbors. Dolores enjoyed crocheting, making scrubbies, quilting, playing cards, bingo, puzzles, gardening, canning, fishing, crafting, and traveling. She was an excellent cook and baker. Her family fondly recalls the smell of warm cinnamon rolls and freshly baked bread that came from her kitchen on Saturday mornings. Her fishing adventures include falling out of the boat while landing a large salmon in Alaska, and her skills with a filet knife were without equal. Her favorite card game was 500 and she enjoyed playing 500 weekly with her daughter-in-law Pat and Pat’s two sisters Joyce and Mary. Her last game of 500 was played this past Easter Sunday. Her embroidered dish towels and homemade scrubbies were coveted Christmas and birthday gifts by the entire family. Dolores and Ted were snowbirds, traveling for many years to south Texas to enjoy the warmth. Together, they also enjoyed trips to Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe.

In addition to raising ten children and making a home, Dolores kept the books for Trutna Trucking, worked at Jennie-O in Melrose, and drove for Tri-cap into her mid-80s. Dolores was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Sauk Centre and a member of Christian Mothers.

Survivors include her children, Tom Trutna (Pat) of Sauk Centre, Dianne Yanish of Rochester, Mary Steele (Curt) of Columbus, Ohio, Cheryl Vidoni (Joe) of Peoria, Illinois, Rick Trutna of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sandy Coudray (Dave) of Nampa, Idaho, Kathy Hinton of Omro, Wisconsin, Mark Trutna (Ledi) of Austin, Texas, Deb Trutna Rivera of Garland, Texas, and Pat Nelsen (Todd) Annadale; 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren; and sister-in-law, Claire Luskey of Cottage Grove.

Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Ted in October of 2003; siblings, Alvina Call, Sylvester Luskey, Helen Poole, and Roger Luskey; and son-in-law Ron Yanish.

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

James J. “Jim” Kramer

James J. “Jim”

Kramer, age 94 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2024 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at the PattonSchad Funeral Home in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Military honors will be by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Inurnment will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date.

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

James John Kramer was born October 13, 1929 in Melrose, Minnesota to Henry and Laura (Schiltz) Kramer. Jim graduated from Melrose High School where he was a proud member of the band and boy scouts. He served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and was able to be stationed all over the world as part of the Army Security Agency. Just a few of his duty assignments included Okinawa, Japan, Tehran, Iran, Anakara, Turkey, and Orleans, France. He was a Combat Veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the Army, he moved back to his home town of Melrose, Minnesota and worked for Jennie-O.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, and a Life Member of the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 and the Melrose American Legion Post 101. Jim’s interests included traveling the United States, fishing, and wood working. His favorite past time was Ham Radio. He was awarded many certificates for making radio contacts with other Ham Radio operators around the globe. His many jokes and his great sense of humor will be missed by all.

Survivors include his children, Terrance (Connie) Kramer of Saint Augustine, Florida, Tammy (Glen) Lane of Castle Hayne, North Carolina, and Tania (Mark) Snyder of Spring Lake, North Carolina; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Micky (Carol) Kramer of Melrose; sister-in-law, Peggy Kramer; and special companion, Erma Moorman.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Roy Kramer.

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

Karen K. Fisher

Karen K. Fisher, age 81 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at the Cura of Melrose Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Karen Kay Cokely was born March 26, 1943 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Francis and Luella (Fenton) Cokely. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School. On February 16, 1963 she married Jerome “Jerry” Fisher at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Karen worked a variety of jobs, the last being at Wacosa in Sauk Centre. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and the Christian Mothers. Karen enjoyed playing cards and BINGO, reading, and word find puzzles.

Survivors include her children, Nancy (Torey Carl) Swanson of Duluth and Todd Fisher of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Marion Schumacher of Sauk Centre, Pat (Terry) Crider of Sauk Centre, and Shelly (Tim) DePue of Rogers, Arkansas; and chosen daughter, Denise (Phil) Terwey of Long Prairie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Fisher on September 17, 2014; parents; daughter, Lisa (Tom) Anderl; son, Scott (Cathy) Fisher; brothers, David and Dennis Cokely; and sister, Diane (Harold) Baker.

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

Walter “Wally” Kiken

Walter “Wally” Kiken, age 69 of Alexandria, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the Alomere Health Hospital in Alexandria, Minnesota.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Inurnment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

Walter Gene Kiken was born November 4, 1954 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Gerrit and Dorothy (Nelson) Kiken. He was united in marriage to Doreen Verhoeff on October 12, 1974 at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. After 27 years of marriage, the couple divorced. Wally served as a farmhand for most of his life. Most recently, he worked at the Osakis Silo Company helping with the construction of silos. Wally enjoyed fishing, playing pool, and spending time with his family and friends.

Gerald J. “Jerry” Zenzen

Gerald J.

“Jerry” Zenzen, age 92 of Avon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer on Monday, May 6, 2024 at his home in Avon, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Seven Dolors Gathering Area in Albany.

Jerry Zenzen was born October 23, 1931 in Albany, Minnesota to Anton and Julia (Silbernick) Zenzen. On August 23, 1960, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Forster at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Jerry worked at the Albany Creamery, Winsted Hospital, Albany Kraft Plant, and St. John’s Abbey & University for 20+ years. Jerry was owner and operator of Zenzen Cesspool Pumping. When Jerry wasn’t working, he would be on his hobby farm working the Belgian draft horses and fixing and tinkering – he could fix anything.

He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Zenzen of Albany; children, Jean (Jeff) Stottlemyer of Shoreview and Brad (Betty Jo) Zenzen of Albany; four grandchildren, Whitney Behrend, Brandon, Megan, and Evan Zenzen.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; children, Mark, Lisa, and Greg Zenzen; sisters, Eleanor Voit, Genevieve Wenning, Lucille Vos, and Bernadine Gasperlin; and brothers, Ervin, Anthony, and Oswald Zenzen.

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

Survivors include his two children, Jamey (Jackie) Kiken of Starbuck and Jennifer Kiken (James Grossinger) of Belgrade; five grandchildren, Jasmine, Jayden, Kiara, Khloe, and Jackson; and many loving relatives and friends.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Barb Notch, Donna Kiken, and Judy Severin.

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

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Edna Golombiecki

Edna Golombiecki, 90 year old resident of Little Falls, MN passed away May 2, 2024 at her home in Little Falls, MN. A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN with Rev. Kari Pancoast officiating. Burial took place in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flensburg, MN. Caring for Edna and her family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.

On May 3, 1933, a tiny 3 lb. baby girl was born to August and Frieda (Koschnick) Axel on a country farm in Culdrum Township, Minnesota. The chances of survival were slim so she was quickly Baptized and Christened with the name Edna Lorraine Bertha Axel. Her baptismal sponsors were Walter and Bertha Pfeiffer. Miraculously, with God and a devoted mother who fed her with an eye dropper, Edna survived and thrived. Her bed was a shoe box placed near the oven door. She was number 11 in a family of 12 children. At age 5, Edna began 1st grade at School District 60, a little country school a quarter mile from her home. She remained there through the 6th grade when District 60 consolidated with the Swanville Public Schools. Edna graduated in 1950. Sadly, when she was 12 years old, her mother passed away, leaving her and her 7 year old brother motherless. Fortunately, her sister, only 5 years older than her (Esther Barber), took her under her wing and raised her and her brother. What a wonderful mother she was! After graduating from high school, Edna worked as a housemaid for a dentist, caring for his children and doing general housework in Swanville. She then enrolled at St. Cloud State University, where she received her provisional elementary school teaching certificate. She then taught 4th grade at Long Prairie Public School for 2 years. On April 27, 1957, Edna was united in marriage to Jerome Golombiecki at Sacred Heart Church in Flensburg, MN. They were blessed with 2 children, Sandra and Scott, 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The first year of their marriage was spent working on Jerome’s parents’ farm. The second year Edna and Jerome along with Jerome’s brother Joseph, purchased the Golombiecki homestead, where they raised dairy and beef cattle, chickens and pigs. Sandra and Scott also worked diligently to support the family farm. Besides doing farm chores and raising chickens, Edna did all the financial bookwork needed to manage the farm operation. She spent many hours in the kitchen making meals for the threshing crews and other farm helpers. Edna also made all the meals for traditional holidays and birthdays for her extended family until she was 80 years old. On April 2, 1995, tragedy struck the family when her son Scott was killed in a car accident. This caused a downsize of the family farm and they semi-retired in October of 1999. This left Edna time to pursue her many hobbies, including reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, embroidery (her favorite) writing poetry, playing cards with her lady's group, playing cribbage with friends, picking raspberries, making her raspberry cordial and the occasional trip to the casino. Edna was a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, where she served as lector and usher for many years until her eyesight began to fail. She loved her church family. Edna lived a very fulfilled life with her family, farm work and other activities.

Edna is survived by daughter, Sandra Golombiecki of Alexandria, MN; sister, Esther "Ma" Barber of Swanville, MN; brother, Rhienhold Axel of Sartell, MN; sisters-inlaw, Virginia Axel and Beatrice Golombiecki; grandchildren, Laura (Michael) Handy, Rachel (Jason) Welsh, Preston (Nicole) Waldoch, Gary J. (Jenny) Kostecka and Sophie (Erik)

Thompson; great-grandchildren, Lola & Ava Handy, Sarah & Sadie Welsh, Samantha, Shane & Kelsey Waldoch, Lily & Michael Kostecka and Avery, Emmett, & Reed Thompson; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, August & Frieda Axel; husband of 62 years, Jerry Golombiecki; son, Scott Golombiecki; greatgranddaughter, Audrey Welsh; sisters, Amanda (Herman) Fritz, Hertha (Dick) Barton, Emma (Roy) Hansen, Erna (Walter) Dickmann and Frieda (Joseph) Kedrowski; and brothers, Walter (Doris) Axel, August (Millie) Axel, Lawrence Axel and Donald Axel; brother-in-law Ed Barber, and sister-in-law, Gerada Axel. Edna will be greatly missed.

Bernadette A. Arceneau

Bernadette A. “Bernie” Arceneau, age 74 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2024 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin

Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Bernadette Ann Revermann was born November 8, 1949 in Melrose, Minnesota to Joseph and Lorraine (Primus) Revermann. She graduated from Melrose High School and then worked at Jennie-O for a short time before meeting the love of her life, Val. She was united in marriage to Valentine “Val” Arceneau on May 21, 1977 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed near St. Martin for 23 years before moving to Melrose. Bernie worked at Coborns where she was known for her cheerful personality and contagious smile.

Bernie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and sang in the church choir for many years. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, fixing puzzles, playing bean bags, going out to eat with friends and family, and hosting casino bus trips for 20 years. Her real enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved to go to their activities and the yearly family vacations were the ultimate highlight for her.

Survivors include her children, Joey (Emily) Arceneau of Winthrop, Cheryl (Randy) Hellermann of Melrose, Bob (Anita) Arceneau of Melrose, Dale Arceneau of Melrose, and Cindy (Dave) Hemmesch of Melrose; 14 grandchildren; brothers and sister, Bob (Valinda) Revermann of Willmar, Allan (Sue) Revermann of Melrose, Ralph (Kelly) Revermann of Melrose, and Carol (Mike) Barnard of White Bear Lake; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, Val Arceneau on May 1, 2019; parents; brother, Patrick Revermann; infant brothers and sisters, Gerald, Joseph, Jane Marie, and Mary Revermann; and twin infant boys; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcellus (Lou) Arceneau, Leander Arceneau, Sister Ann Arceneau, O.S.B., Sister Modesta Arceneau, O.S.B., and Catherine Hartung.

Serving as casket bearers will be Randy Hellermann, Dave Hemmesch, Kierra Hellermann, Grant Hellermann, Aiden Hellermann, and Gavin Arceneau. The cross bearer will be Elyse Hellermann and scripture bearer will be Agnes Hemmesch. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Stearns Electic Breaks Gound on New Facility

Stearns Electric Association members, Board of Directors and employees came together on Monday, May 6, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Cooperative’s new operations center and headquarters. Excitement was in the air as Stearns Electric CEO Matt O’Shea and Board President Eric Peterson welcomed individuals to the event and shared details of the project.

Also attending were project partners from the City of Melrose, project architect GLTArchitects, and construction manager W Gohman Construction.

Stearns Electric is replacing its current 54-year-old operations center and headquarters with an 89,000 square foot building and a larger pole yard. The additional space, as well as new work and storage areas, are needed to support the Cooperative’s growing operations now and far into the future. The new facility will be located just west of Stearns Electric’s current headquarters along Interstate 94 in Melrose, Minnesota.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My wife and I have three young daughters. Is there a Baby Step for weddings? We didn’t see one in your plan, but I was wondering if it was included in any of the other Baby Steps.


Dear Cedric, This is a really good question. I’m glad you’re thinking about the future and planning accordingly.

I don’t have a specific Baby Step for weddings. If I did, it would probably come after Baby Step 5, which is setting aside a college—or trade school fund—for your kids. Maybe you could look at it as Baby Step 5b. Once you have retirement, education savings and extra house payments underway, you could start putting aside a little something for weddings.

Don’t get me wrong, weddings are special. You absolutely should mark these kinds of milestones with a celebration. But a wedding is only a one-day event. And to be blunt, a good education is more important than a fancy wedding. This idea may not make me popular with some folks, but it’s the truth.

Maybe this is the dad in me coming out, but if I had to choose between paying for more education and paying for big weddings, I’m going to pay for school every time. Besides,

there’s no correlation whatsoever between the size and/or cost of a wedding, and the happiness and success of the marriage.

Good luck, Cedric!

Dear Dave,


My husband and I have our emergency fund account in the same bank as our checking and savings accounts. Do you think we should move the emergency fund to a different bank?

A friend suggested doing this, but I wasn’t clear on why he thought this.


Dear Shari,

Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it too much if I were you. The only exception to that might be if you had loans you owed to that same bank.

Some commercial loan documents give banks the right to take money out of your accounts—without your permission—to pay the loan. This isn’t a common practice, and it usually doesn’t happen unless someone gets way behind on a loan. If you had a car loan with a particular bank, for instance, I wouldn’t keep a lot of money in that bank.

But in your situation, Shari, I think everything’s fine.


* 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 have a 2011 Honda CR-V that has an internal noise. The noise would come and go and usually after a oil change I would not hear it for a week or so. The noise occurs at the first start up of the day and the colder it is outside, and the longer it has been turned off, the louder and longer the noise will be. A couple shops have told me that they think the engine is going out, but another says its just timing chains and can be fixed. This car only has 90k miles on it, should I fix the chains or replace the engine.

-Jeff in Fergus Falls, Minnesota Dear Jeff,

A timing chain noise is a common occurrence on many vehicles. Most of these had timing belts in the past which were silent but had to be changed at regular intervals. Chains, while made to last the lifetime of an engine, will fail if the engine oil is not changed often enough or if it is a lower quality oil. Sometimes they will fail even when that is done. Something to keep in mind, more than just the chains need attention. In our shop we inspect and replace, if needed, the chains, tensioners, sprockets, and the camshaft phasers. All these can wear and can lead to noise. If a part is missed the noise will still occur leading to a disappointing repair. Get details from your shop

-Take care, the Motor Medics Dear Motor Medics,

I have a 2019 Dodge Caravan and the horn and cruise have both stopped working. About the same time that the horn and cruise quit, the air bag warning lamp started staying on continuously instead of shutting off after a few seconds. The cruise did start to work for about a day but quit again. What could cause

my van to have all these electrical gremlins at once and do you think it will spread to other areas? This van only has 55k miles on it and my extended warranty does not cover electrical issues.

- Julian in Springfield, Missouri Dear Julian, We have seen this before. All vehicles made that have any electronics in the steering wheel such as cruise, air bag, radio controls, etc. all have what is called a clock spring or sliding contact spring. This device houses a ribbon cable which wraps up when turned in one direction and unwraps when turned in the other. This allows the electric wires to make a continuing connection to the electrical devices in the wheel to the components of the vehicle. As time goes by, the cable can bend so many times that it breaks just like a coat hanger that is bent too much. Once the cable breaks it must be replaced which requires removing the steering wheel. A shop has to do this, but it is usually not an extremely costly job. Ask for a quote before repairs.

-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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Burtrum City • April 2, 2024

Members Present: Mayor Jenae Ulbricht, Romie Gessell, Irene Ehlert, Juli Scherping, Sara Macho. Staff Present: Brooke Thieschafer. Quorum was met and Mayor Ulbricht called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Approval of Agenda: Mayor Ulbricht added e. Under New Business - Policing Contract Follow-up. Ehlert made a motion to approve the agenda. Scherping supported. All in favor, motion carried.

Approval of the Minutes: March 2024 - Correction: Centennial items; motion to do all items, not just shirts. Ehlert made a motion to approve the agenda. Gessell supported. All in favor, motion carried.

Approval of the Bills: Gessell made a motion to approve the bills from March 2024. Ehlert supported. All in favor, motion carried.

Todd County Sheriff's Report - City Clerk gave an update about the calls.

Old Business: Easter: The event was a huge success. A lot of people donated extra eggs. A discussion was had for next year to split into age groups. Total egg hunt lasted 2 minutes and 45 seconds. There are some gifts left over. The kids loved it.

City Clean-Up: City Clean-Up Day will be May 18th. Ideas of having it at the old school. Goal is direct traffic better this year, and talked about posting a route to go. Put signs up of Enter and Exit. Looking for volunteers. Township is getting bids, more to come at the next meeting.

New Business: Permits: None

Lock Updates: Two digital locks have been installed. The office and main door. The main door goes off wifi. We are not able to set temp codes for use of the community center, and track who comes in and out. There is also an app to lock and unlock. More to come on the other doors.

Inventory: Will pick a day to finish.

LMC- There will be a conference held in Rochester, MN June 26-28. Mayor asked if anyone was interested in going. 2 night stay, hotels

Stearns Electric continued from pg 5 our long-term ability to continue meeting the energy needs of our members,” O’Shea said. “This project will help us make our services more efficient, which will allow us to control costs more effectively and keep our energy rates competitive.”

The new facility will feature larger garages, an enhanced mechanic shop, meeting areas and storage spaces for important material and equipment like poles, wires, transformers and meters. Additionally, office departments and workspaces were designed for efficient workflow, productivity and collaboration for all employees.

“The new operations center and headquarters facility is a building for employees and members alike,” Peterson explained. “The additional space will help us better maintain our fleet of vehicles and equipment needed to sustain the delivery of reliable electricity our members expect and deserve.”

The projected cost of the project is $21.5 million. Expected completion is in late summer or early fall of 2025.

Stearns Electric operates an operations center and headquarters in Melrose along with a branch office in St. Joseph. Both facilities are essential to the reliability of service needed to the Cooperative’s membership. The Stearns Electric branch office in St. Joseph will be unaffected by this project.

Those interested can learn more by visiting our website: https://www.stearnselectric. org/melrose-facility/. A live stream video of the worksite is also available on the website.

are anywhere from $120-219. It does cost about $600 per person to go. Looking for 1-2 people from the council to attend. Great way to network, what are other smaller cities doing. More to come next weekend. Macho made a motion to send 2 people from the council. Scherping supported. All in favor, motion carried.

Open Floor: Bobby Velkamp Jr. will be bringing back the plow truck at some point.

Announcements: Sara Macho will bring the extra eggs and gifts back to the office. Pull a map of roads that need to be plowed within the city limits. A recommendation was made to start looking for smaller snow plow truck.

Adjournment: Gessell moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 P.M. Ehlert seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

Next City Council meeting is scheduled for May 7th at 7:00 PM at the Burtrum Community Center.

City Clerk, Brooke Thieschafer

Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Turkey Barn Fire: April 30, 2024: At approximately 10:30 p.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a turkey barn on fire at the address of 39356 McCormic Lake Road in Sauk Centre Township. The turkey barn was reported to be 64’ by 200’ and fully engulfed at the time of the call.

Upon arrival on scene deputies observed the barn was fully engulfed. Further investigation indicated that the fire likely started in the mechanical room on the northwest side of the building. The property owner, Peter Klaphake, 46, of Sauk Centre, stated that there were approximately 7000 turkeys in the barn at the time of the fire. The barn appeared to be a total loss. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sauk Centre Fire Department, Sauk Centre Ambulance, Melrose Fire Department, Freeport Fire Department, Sauk Centre Police Department, Ilgen Excavating, and Centre Towing.

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Join the Between the Covers book club for adults on the fourth Monday of every month. Refreshments are sometimes provided. Stop in for a copy of the book in print or audiobook (when available) ahead of time. Mondays, May 20, June 24, July 29 & Aug. 26: 7-8:00 p.m.

Join Miss Madelyn for a fun filled storytime about planting and gardens. We will read garden stories, craft a flower, plant lettuce seeds, and enjoy a snack. Our storytimes teach listening comprehension, letter recognition, and vocabulary. Enjoy time with your child while building a foundation for reading success while having fun! For ages 3 to 8 and their families. Limit 15. Registration required. Tuesday, May 21: 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Duane N. Lieser

Duane N. Lieser, age 79 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, May 6, 2024 at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Vince Lieser officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Duane Nicholas Lieser was born March 28, 1945 in Paynesville, Minnesota to Andrew and Bergetta (Gruber) Lieser. He grew up on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade. Duane completed his high school education and one year of college at the Crosier Seminary and finished his education at Willmar Technical College. He was united in marriage to


Janice “Jan” Kleinschmidt on May 10, 1969 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple lived in the Twin Cities for 40 years and during that time, Duane worked at Honeywell for 25 years.

He was a former member of St. Helena Catholic Church in south Minneapolis until becoming a member at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre where he served as Eucharistic Minister and helped run festivals. Duane also worked with the Deanery and the Archdiocese. Duane enjoyed genealogy, camping, reading, classical music, and poetry. He was very creative when it came to cooking. Duane was a problem solver and had the mind of a mechanical engineer, especially when it came to computers and was quite the Mr. Fix It.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost 55 years, Jan Lieser of Sauk Centre; son, Brian (Bethany) Lieser of Big Lake; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers and sisters, Dianne (Ed) Budde, Gene (Sue) Lieser, Dan (Karen) Lieser, Harvey (Marilyn) Lieser, Mary Lee (Jarett) Hemmesch, Linda (Steve) Hittle, and Brenda (Dana) Timm; and many loving relatives and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Lieser.

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

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Minnesota Property Taxes Due May 15

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay first half property taxes is right around the corner. The first half of 2024 tax payments for real estate and agriculture properties is due Wednesday, May 15.

Residents have several options for paying their taxes.

• Online at StearnsCountyMN.gov/670. Online payments can be completed with E-Check (free) or credit card (2.5% service fee).

• By mail. Payments must be postmarked by the Post Office no later than May 15, 2024 to avoid penalties. Include the first half payment stub and/ or the Property Identification Number (PIN), along with a check payable to Stearns County Auditor - Treasurer and mail to: Randy R. Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer, P.O. Box 728, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0728

• In person at either Stearns County Treasurer’s Office location, the Waite Park Service Center at 3301 County Road 138 (payments can also be dropped off at the License Center drive-thru) or the downtown St. Cloud Administration Center, 705 Courthouse Square, Room 136. Both offices


Mon., May 13: Hamburger tomato casserole, peaches, corn, bread.

Tues., May 14: Chicken ala king, biscuit, peas & carrots, mandarin oranges.

Wed., May 15: Salisbury steak, paprika potatoes, broccoli, bread.

Thurs., May 16: Meatloaf, whipped potatoes, gravy, carrots.

Fri., May 17: Egg & hashbrown bake, sausage, applesauce, cinnamon roll.

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

accept in-person payments Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Set up ACH payment plans for next year. These payments are automatically deducted either quarterly or over a 10-month period from a checking or savings account at no cost. To sign up, fill out the form on our website at StearnsCountyMN. gov/670 then select Payment Plans.

Head-to-head traffic on I-94: Alexandria to Osakis until November

Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Osakis will encounter reduced speeds and one-lane traffic in each direction. On Friday, May 3, the westbound lanes closed and traffic was directed onto the eastbound lanes while crews began work on concrete resurfacing and bridge replacements on westbound I-94. Through November, there will be one-lane head-to-head traffic through the project area, just west of the Highway 29 interchange near Alexandria to the Douglas/Todd County line near Osakis. The Burgen Lake Rest Area, located within this area on westbound I-94 near Alexandria, is also closed to all travelers until November for an adjacent parking lot expansion project. The I-94 resurfacing and bridge replacement project will be constructed over two years. This year, crews will resurface westbound lanes, replace the westbound bridges over the CP Railway and Douglas County Road 23, and make repairs to three additional westbound bridges. In 2025, crews will replace the eastbound bridges over the CP Railway and County Road 23.

Hometown News • Thursday, May 9, 2024 • Page 7
Eagle Outdoor Services Lawn Care • Landscaping Tree Trimming Call For All Your Outdoor Needs! Call or Text Tyler 320-247-3744 Got Stuff To Get Rid Of? Burnhamville Township Residents Clean Up Day ~ Saturday, May 18, 2024 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, doors, windows will be free to dispose of for Burnhamville and Burtrum residents. No hazardous wastes will be accepted. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk Rick’s Painting Commercial/Residential Interior/Exterior • Painting/Staining Outbuildings/Decks Call for an Estimate: 320-248-0731 613 1st St. S. Long Prairie, MN PRAIRIE WOODS LAUNDRY OPEN 24/7 Local Library Events 320-836-2130 Freeport 40+ Yrs. in Business • BBB Approved HOESCHEN AUTO REPAIR Plus Many Other Tire Brands Complete Auto Repair Brian BLENKERS ROOFING, LLC 320-256-5400
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• Memorials • Sympathy • All Occasions We Deliver Floral Arrangements in a 20 mile radius.
Check Out Our Thrift Shop! Always something new!
Remember Mom with Fresh Flowers or a Plant Basket on her special day!

PLANT SALE: May 9-11: 9 am-6 pm. 25625 Co. Rd. 30, Albany.

GARAGE SALE: May 16-17: 8-5. May 18: 8-12. Much home decor, garden stuff, flower pots, etc. Electric tools, steel folding chairs, life water vests. Much more. No baby clothes. 2933 50th Ave., Holdingford, MN (1/2 mile east of Upsala). 5/9P

GARAGE SALE: Thurs. & Fri., May 1617. 5109 Agate Road (off Balcony Road & 50th Street), Burtrum.

CITY WIDE GARAGE SALES: Upsala & Surrounding Area. Fri. & Sat., May 17 & 18.

GARAGE SALE: West of Rice bridge on Co. Rd. 2. Athletic wear, puzzles, farm equipment & more. May 15-18: 9 a.m. 320252-9756.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR SALE: 2250 count Winchester (WAA) wads 12 gauge $35. Call 320-573-2340.

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


Holtz Tree Service and Firewood Bowlus, MN; is seeking individual interested in Full Time Employment. Duties include outdoor work pertaining to firewood/tree work. Day shift work Monday thru Friday, no weekends. Paid weekly wage based on performance. Will train.

Must have a valid driver’s license. Call or text 320-360-3512

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

FOR SALE: Boat lift with wheels, excellent condition, new cable and pulleys. Can deliver, $395. Call 320-249-5454.

FOR SALE: 1994 Corvette, 60,000 miles, new tires. The car is like new, $15,000. Call 320-290-0924. 5/16

FOR SALE: TV console with fireplace insert 60"L, 19"W, 32"H asking $100. Please call 320-845-7801.

FREE: Cabinetry: Base 94.5"x23.5, finished on both sides. Upper 96"x12.5. Call 517-5123342

FOR SALE: 125 bushel bin. Sun Dolphin pedal boat. Both like new. Call 320-527-2013.

FOR SALE: Used Elkay undermount two bowl black granite sink; and Brizo single lever contemporary faucet system, good condition. 320-4291255 5/23

FOR SALE: Pontoon lift, 24x10.5 with canopy cover, $2500. Call 320-2900924. 5/16


• 23 - One Bedroom Apartments: Approx. 620 sq. ft.

• 1 - Two Bedroom Apartment

• Rent is 30% of income after medical deductions

• Electric heat included

• Free access to DISH Network

• Elevator and Accessible Entry door openers

• Well maintained by caretakers who care

• Raised gardens

• Controlled Access entrance door locks

• Community room with kitchen for large gatherings

• Mail delivery and pick-up in building

• Two laundry rooms, craft room, three lobby areas for visiting

• Air conditioned halls and public areas

• Friendly residents

• Monthly Board Meetings

• Pet Friendly

Little Birch Lake Improvement

Northen Pike to improve

has suggested that the mid-size Northern population is too large, and they are feeding on smaller game fish, thus we should reduce the number of Northen Pike in Little Birch Lake.

The “LBL Northen Harvest Tournament” will run ffrom May 11 to June 30.

We suggest releasing “trophy” size, greater than 30” Northern’s, after being measured and recorded. If you want to keep your trophy fish, that is your choice. The DNR Rules for Northern Pike for our area, the north-central zone, anglers can keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. Please follow these rules.

A fishing APP called FishDonkey will be used to track entries and automatically keeps the leaderboard updated. FishDonkey may be downloaded from the APP store. Instructional videos are on the FishDonkey.com website or You Tube.

To join the tournament:

1. Download the FishDonkey App

2. Register on the App

3. Select the “LBL Northern Harvest”

4. Enter your catch by following the instructions

a. Take pictures of the length of the fish

b. Take a selfie with the fish

c. If you catch a “trophy” size fish and plan to release it, you may want to take a video of the release 5. Then submit your entry.

Northern Pike is good eating fish, if properly prepared. Those pesky “Y” bones are what deters many people from eating them. Below are links to 2 different ways to fillet a northern taking the “Y” bones out and unique recipe.

How To Clean a Northern Pike boneless:

How To Clean A Northern Pike (Boneless!!) - YouTube

How To Clean Northern Pike Boneless - YouTube


The Best Way to Cook Northern Pike - YouTube

How to Cook a Fresh Pike (oureverydaylife.com) https://frommichigantothetable.com/pickled-pike/


The Association is sponsoring a 7 week-long fishing tournament to harvest Walleye, Crappie, and other game fish population in the lake. The MN DNR
Good Luck Fishing! Little
Supply Equal Housing Opportunity
Birch Lake Northen Pike
GREY EAGLE Low Income Elderly or Disabled Section 8 Subsidized Grey Eagle Housing Association is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider
Garages when available Village View Apartments 320-285-3973 • Email:
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