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Keep problems in perspective -By
In one of my favorite “Peanuts” comic strips, Linus says to Charlie Brown, “There’s no problem too big we can’t run away from it.” I chuckle every time I think about it because it sounds like such a simple solution to a problem.
We all have problems. It’s how
we deal with them that matters most. Problems move through three phases:
1. The proactive stage when problems can be solved fairly simply.
2. The reactive stage when remedial steps are necessary to turn the situation around.
3. The crisis stage when immediate action is required to avoid permanent damage.
Unfortunately, some people live their entire lives in the crisis stage, while others can go through life avoiding rough times. How can this be?
My good friend Nido Qubein, president of High Point University in North Carolina, told me that if you address problems while they’re still in the proactive stage, it will prevent unimportant things from turning into urgent situations that divert your time and attention away from important things.
Problems seem much worse in the middle of the night. If I wake up thinking of a problem, I tell myself that it will seem lighter in the morning. And it almost always is.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed by one of life’s little problems, I reflect on the story Pope John XXIII told about himself. He confessed, “It often happens that I wake at night and beginHarvey Mackay
to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember I am the Pope.”
Certainly, few of us face that level of responsibility. But worry is universal. We all have problems from time to time.
Try not to borrow other people’s problems. I must confess that I have broken this rule because I wanted to help someone, or I thought I was more equipped to handle a situation. As difficult as it may be, wait to offer advice until you are asked, and don’t be offended if that request never comes. Or if your advice is not heeded.
Problem solving is not easy, so don’t make it harder than it is. Ignoring a problem rarely makes it go away.
Perhaps the worst thing to do is to act as if there isn’t a problem. It’s like the battered fighter who hears his trainer say between rounds: “Champ, you’re going great! He ain’t laid a glove on you!”
The champ says, “Well, you better keep an eye on the referee then, because somebody in this ring is beating the hell outta me.”
The best place to solve a problem is at the point of complaint.
American Airlines has always had a commitment to the customer being satisfied. Years ago, American realized that a large percentage of its passengers who made complaints had them around the ticket counter and boarding gate. To head off complaints before they got started, American created a position of special-passenger service agent to deal with the problems as they arose so that the customers’ problems could be solved before they could criticize the airline.
And then there is the story of a woman who hired a carpenter for repairs on her farmhouse. One day a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit and then his ancient
truck refused to start, so the woman drove him home. He invited her in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
Inside, he smiled and hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. As he walked the client out to her car, she asked him about the tree.
“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I can’t help having troubles on the job, but troubles don’t belong at home. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”
“Funny thing,” he said smiling, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could leave all our work troubles at work and not bother our families or leave our personal problems at home and get on with our workday. Find your trouble tree and put your problems in perspective.
Mackay’s Moral: Get control of your problems before they get control of you.
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.”
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THURS.-SUN., NOV. 10-13
• Melrose High School Fall Musical "Anything Goes." Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. at Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center, Melrose.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11
• Melrose Area Schools Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m. at the Melrose Area Schools main gym.
• Swanville Veterans Day Program at 7 p.m. at the Swanville Lions Park Building. Social at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.
• Upsala American Legion Post 350 Veterans Day Program & Dinner at 6 p.m. at Upsala Recreation Center.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
• Grey Eagle Senior Center Member ship Meeting at 10:45 a.m., Potluck at 12 p.m., bingo following at the center.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
• Toy Bingo at 10 a.m. at RRev's Lake side Tavern.
• Purse Bingo at 2 p.m. starting at 12:30 p.m. at RRev's Lakeside Tavern.
• Harvest Supper from 5-8 p.m. at Im maculate Conception Church basement, New Munich.
SAT.-SUN., NOVEMBER 19-20
• Swanville High School Play "Murder on the 518" at Swanville High School Au ditorium. Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
• Matching Grant Breakfast from 8:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Church of St. Anthony, in St. Anthony.
• Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall.
• Planning Commission meets the second 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.
BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL
• Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
FEET FIRST CLINIC
• Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Holdingford City Hall.
• Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution first Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre.
FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL
• Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING
• Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert.
GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL
• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP
• Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m.
• Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
MELROSE VFW #7050 POST/AUX.
• Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion Clubrooms.
MELROSE LEGION #101 POST/AUX.
• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. (Aux. Sept.-May.)
STEARNS CO. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
• 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.
ST. ROSA CITY COUNCIL
• Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building.
SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL
• First Tuesday after the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
• Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall.
UPSALA CITY COUNCIL
• Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
“The Good Old Days”
Senior Health 2023
It's now the time of the year when there is a lot of discussion about health coverage through the Federal Medicare Program. When we speak to individuals that have had a medical procedure lately, we as seniors, have to be extremely thankful for the assistance given by the program. For many of us, the costs involved in any one common procedure would wipe us out financially. Looking back to a time before Medicare, we find it hard to understand how the seniors and disabled individuals were able to afford medical care.
There are several factors that have changed over time. The availability of health care has greatly improved. Today there are new operations and equipment that improve our health and life expectancy. Prior to these new changes, life expectancy was lower than today. These procedures require the help of specialists to research and perform the procedures. These factors are expensive. In earlier years there were a lot of people that never knew what was causing their physical discomfort or lowered life expectancy. In the past few years, we don't hear that someone died of “old age.” We also have many fewer cases of “lumbago.” The problems still exist, but now there is a much better explanation of the problem and probably a treatment to match.
People in the past, usually didn't expect to live as long as they do today. An example would be from those born in 1935, when life expectancy for a female was 64 and a male 60. Those born today have a life expectancy of 79.8 years.
This year there have been more questions from seniors asking about the advertisements that are back on the TV regarding all of the wonderful savings and additional benefits that are available by making a phone call on an 800 number.-By Tom Kuehne
Although the verbal communication could lead someone to think that they are doing a service to those who call, closer examination proves otherwise. There is information on the screen that says that the add is from an insurance agency and that a call will put the caller in touch with a licensed agent. He isn't in the information business.
There are many additional benefits mentioned, that leads the person to believe that those benefits are only available from the source of the ad. What they are talking about is a Medicare Advantage policy. Many seniors are currently covered by this type of plan. There are commonly additional benefits available from these plans. Maybe a contract holder doesn't remember that there are eye exams and help with the cost of glasses. Maybe they didn't show their card at the dentist. They probably haven't used the free annual hearing exam. They probably haven't taken full advantage of the pharmacy benefits. There are frequently cards that can be used for healthy foods and over the counter medications. There are some plans that do reduce the cost of Part B, but these are more expensive, which offsets the reduction.
There are free or reduced cost plans available for those on Medicaid or those that have served in the military. To qualify for Medicaid, an individual's income must be low enough to qualify based on the poverty level.
I, again this year, encourage those in need of help with Medicare questions to do business locally.
For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343
Swanville Schools students explore manufacturing and transportation careers at Alexandria Technical & Community College
Alexandria Technical & Community Col lege hosted Swanville High School students on October 25. The high school students were given a walk-through presentation of manufac turing and transportation careers.
During the Alexandria College tour, stu dents were able to visit with instructors and students in the manufacturing & construction and transportation & mechanics divisions, and learn about programs within those divisions: Carpentry, Diesel Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology, Marine, Motorcycle, and Power sports Technician, Mechanical Drafting, De sign, and Engineering, Mechatronics, Profes sional Truck Drive, and Welding Technology.
The event was an opportunity for students to explore the distinct environments of the re gion’s advanced manufacturing facilities. They not only had a unique chance to explore the workplace setting; they were also given the op tion to consider the educational programs that can lead to careers in those businesses. ATCC and participating businesses worked together to provide students with information that helps them make informed decisions about their fu tures.
Manufacturing & Transportation Tour Days are coordinated with industry partners from across central Minnesota, including
Aagard Group, Brenton Engineering Co., Douglas Machine, Inc., FAST Global Solu tions, Felling Trailers, ForceAmerica, ITW Heartland, Midwest Machinery Co., and Stan dard Iron & Wire Works, Inc.
Alexandria Technical & Community Col lege prepares more than 3,600 students for personal and career success each year. The College offers nearly 50 programs and transfer pathways granting technical and transfer de grees, diplomas and certificates.
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Melrose American Legion Post & Aux. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7 pm.
Lunch Specials: 11 AM-1 PM Fri., Nov. 11: Cheeseburger w/Chili
Fries Mon., Nov. 14: Sausage & Kraut Soup w/Cheeseburger Tues., Nov. 15: Baked Chicken Dinner Wed., Nov. 16: Chicken Tender Melt w/Fries Thurs., Nov. 17: Liver & Onions Fri., Nov. 18: Cheeseburger w/Chili or Fries
Thursday Wraps: (5-9 pm) Choice of: Grilled Chicken $9.00; Crispy Chicken $8.50; Buffalo Chicken $8.50; Taco $8.50; Philly Steak $8.50
Friday: (5-9 pm) STEAK NIGHT • 6 oz. Steak $12 • Add 3 Shrimp $15
• 6 oz. Butter/Garlic Steak $12 • Add 3 Shrimp $15
• 6 Shrimp $9.00
Served with Coleslaw, Toast, French Fries or Baked Potato Saturday: (4-8 pm) 1/4 lb. Hamburger $2.50 Toppings 50¢ each; Bacon 50¢ Slice
Rose Mary Meyer
Rose Mary “Rosie” Meyer, age 86 of Greenwald, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church in Greenwald. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Rose Mary Haider was born December 2, 1935 in Elrosa, Minnesota to Henry and Rose (Fuchs) Haider. She attended District 156 school in Elrosa through the eighth grade. She later obtained her GED while raising her family of five children. She was united in marriage to Philip J. Meyer on June 10, 1958 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. The couple made their home in Greenwald since 1958.
She worked as a teacher’s aide for numerous years at St. John’s-St. Andrew’s School in Greenwald. She later obtained her insurance license and worked at Melrose Mutual for many years. She was also secretary for the tri-parishes of St. John’s, St. Andrew’s, and St. Michael’s parishes for a number of years.
Rosie was very dedicated to her faith. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald and St. Andrew’s Christian Women. She was rosary leader for many years also a founding member of St. Andrew’s Catholic United Financial.
Rosie enjoyed baking, playing piano, playing cards, gardening, traveling, and tending to her beautiful flower garden. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Philip Meyer of Greenwald; children, Dale of Andover, Randy (Joan) of Alexandria, Tim (Sue) of Melrose, and Julie (Mike) Wehlage of Meire Grove; eight grandchildren, Kendra (Adam) Harlander, Kenedy Meyer, John Meyer, Katelyn Wehlage, Brandon Wehlage, Jadyn Wehlage, Rachel Meyer, and Rebecca Meyer; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Roman Harlander; brothers and sisters, Rita Gregory-Huseth of St. Cloud, Leona Bertram of Greenwald, Vincent (Donna) Haider of Elrosa, Gene (Jeanie) Haider of Elrosa, and Henry “Butch” (Marge) Haider of Melrose.
Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Perry on December 20, 1986; brothers and sister, Leander Haider, Valeria Bertram, and infant brother, Duane Haider.
Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.
Celebration of life for Dan Robideux will be held Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Dan and Ashley's home: 34503 Overton Rd., Melrose, MN 56352.
LeRoy J. Stangler
LeRoy J. Stangler, age 91 of Waite Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at his home in Waite Park, Minnesota.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minnesota at a later date.
LeRoy Joseph Stangler was born September 28, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Joseph and Rose (Kuhlman) Stangler. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on July 26, 1955. He was united in marriage to Sharon Sorenson on January 21, 1961 by a Catholic priest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. LeRoy really enjoyed playing card games and going to farm auctions. He started his own successful refuse hauling business, Roy’s Refuse, and ran it for many years. LeRoy loved to joke around with family and friends.
Survivors include his children, Dawn Beach of Eagan, Alan Stangler of Eagan, Robert Stangler of Waite Park, JoAnn Stangler of Waite Park, Darleen Stangler of Sauk Rapids, Rose Degree of Columbia Heights, Mary Stangler of St. Cloud, Margaret Stangler of Portland, Oregon, Barbara Stanger of Marysville, Ohio, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Stangler on April 23, 2017; parents; and sister, Colleen Hanson.
Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.
LaVaune M. Schultz
Funeral Services were held Monday, November 7, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie, for LaVaune “Daisy” Schultz, age 91, of Long Prairie, MN who passed away on Wednesday, November 2, at CentraCare Long Prairie Nursing Home. Rev. Noah Wehrspann officiated and burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Long Prairie.
LaVaune was born February 28, 1931, to Everett and Frances (DeBord) Dailey in Dodge Center, MN. Her family moved to Jefferson, OR where her parents worked the farm fields. At the age of eight, she moved to Long Prairie which became her lifelong home. While attending Long Prairie High School she acquired the nick name “Daisy”. Ever since, few have known her by another name. Daisy graduated High School in 1950. She married Harold W. Schultz on January 6, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie. The couple purchased a dairy and general livestock farm near Long Prairie where they raised their four children.
She was always a hard-working woman. Prior to marriage she worked as a waitress. After marriage she was involved with the dairy, livestock, and farming operation. She worked at the Browerville Milk Plant in Browerville, the Larson Boat Works in Little Falls, and she had the job of de-boning ham at a meat
processing plant before accepting a position at Land-O-Lakes in Browerville where she retired as a Laboratory Technician. After retiring she became a caregiver for the Oak Ridge Group Homes. She found this extremely rewarding and maintained contact with some of the young men for whom she cared in her 15 years of service there. Finally, at 82, she retired from her work life.
Daisy always enjoyed travel. She and Harold enjoyed driving to horse sales and shows within the region. They also took longer trips to Florida, California, and Oregon. Their trip to Nome, Alaska was particularly memorable. She always preferred to be outdoors, but she also liked to bake things that contained her favorite ingredient, chocolate. Daisy was a person who put the needs of others before her own. Above all though, she loved her children and grandchildren. Taking part in their 4-H and sporting events gave her great joy. Staying involved in the lives of her family gave her meaning and sustained her, especially in her later years.
Daisy is survived by children, Sandra Ducharme of Little Canada, Cindy (Patrick) Petersen of Waconia and Duane Schultz of Nome, AK; son-in-law Tom Rohr of Long Prairie; sisters-in-law Elsie Keller of Long Prairie and Mildred Dreher of Alexandria; and grandchildren Neil (Vanessa) Ducharme, Megan Rohr, Ashley (fiancé Dennis Thiel) Rohr and Katie (Darin) Geray.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold; daughter Gelene Rohr; son-inlaw Tom Ducharme; sister Marcella (William) Watson; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Maxine) Schultz, Wendelin Keller and Reuben Dreher.
Swanville School Fall Play: Murder on the 518
Swanville students are preparing to per form their fall play, Murder on the 518 by Michelle Giles. This comedic murder mystery stages a host of lively characters—a professor, a doctor, an athletic scout, bickering married restauranteurs, honeymooners, an aspiring
writer, and more—together in a dining car on a train from Salt Lake City. When the travelers sit down to dinner, chaos and murder ensue. Can the passengers figure out who’s to blame before more of them fall victim or they disem bark in Los Angeles? Come and find out!
The students will perform Saturday, No vember 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. in the Swanville High School au ditorium. This show is produced by special ar rangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado.
Celia Coco Portugal Birth
Antonio and Emilea Portugal of Melrose are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Celia Coco Portugal, born on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 5:30 a.m. at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital.
Celia weighed 8 pounds, and measured 20. 5 inches long.
Grandparents are Bob and Bonnie Arnzen of St. Rosa, and Socorro Portugal and Xochitepee Morelos of Mexico.
Swanville Senior High Student of the Month
Swanville High School is pleased to announce the September Senior High Student of the Month, senior Lau ren Miller. Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Renee Mill er. Lauren enjoys reading, hunting, spending time with family and sports of all sorts. She plans to attend a four-year college and eventu ally would like a job working with kids. She is a well-rounded athlete, participating in vol leyball, basketball and softball since 6th grade. She is currently one of the captains of the vol leyball team She is also on student council, serving since her freshman year.
She was in band from grades six through eleven. She tried trap shooting as a sophomore and was in theatre her tenth and twelfth grade years.
Activities Director Aaron Gapinski states, “Lauren Miller is a terrific choice for Swanville Student of the Month. She goes above and be yond in everything she does and is a great asset to our school. She has goals for herself that she works hard to achieve, but not at the expense of others. If given the choice, she would make sure others are taken care of before herself, and that is a huge reason why I can’t speak highly enough of Lauren. Congratulations Lauren and keep showing up with heart and passion in all that you do!”
Lauren is a member of Swanville Athletic
Boosters and spends many hours volunteering with them. She also volunteers at her church with Vacation Bible School and for the local Dollars for Scholars chapter. Her achieve ments include being on the A Honor Roll since 9th grade. She is currently working on her As sociate of Arts degree from Central Lakes Col lege in addition to attaining her high school di ploma. She was on the President’s List at CLC for academic year 2021/2022. She has been athlete of the month multiple times in all of her sports. Lauren was selected to be on the Morri son County Records All Area Team for basket ball as both a sophomore and a junior. She has been on the Prairie Conference All-Academic Team in all three sports since eighth grade. She has been All conference in volleyball and basketball during her tenth and eleventh grade years. She has also been honored as the Music, Spanish, Math and English Student of the Year. She was one of our ExCEL award recipients as a junior. Her favorite thing about school is yearbook class and participating in and watch ing our local sporting teams. Her advice for other students is “Don’t procrastinate, enjoy it while you can and don’t stress yourself out too much!”
Art instructor Kerry Osberg adds, “I have known Lauren since she was in 6th grade - my first year as the art teacher here at Swanville. Lauren is a bright, conscientious student and she always strives to go above and beyond any expectations. She cares very deeply about the people around her and is a natural leader. Her hard work in the student council and through out the school community cannot be overstat ed. She will be missed greatly after she grad uates, and I am sure that she will go on to do great things in this world!”
Swanville Junior High Student of the Month
Swanville Public School is pleased to an nounce the Sep tember Junior High Student of the Month, ninth grade student Re ece Jackson. Re ece is the daughter of Todd and Stacy Jackson. She en joys playing sports, as well as hanging with her friends, family and her cats. She has a lot of interests and isn’t sure what that will mean for the future, but she knows she wants to continue her education while continuing to play sports. Reece has played volleyball, basketball and softball since sixth grade. She served on student council during her seventh-grade year. Outside of school, Reece is also very active. She volunteers at Vacation Bible School and also works during Swanville Carnival. She is consistently on the A honor roll and was a Student of the
Month her eighth-grade year. Her favorite thing about school is seeing her friends. Her advice to other students is “continue to work hard, and good things will happen.”
Math instructor Liza Hasse says, “Re ese is a very pleasant student to work with in class. She shows up every day with a smile on her face and is ready to learn. Reese al ways does her best on every assignment and submits high quality work. She has devel oped good problem-solving skills and is al ways willing to try a problem before asking for help. I absolutely enjoy working with Reese and I look forward to working with her in the future.”
Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey
Dear Dave, My wife and I are looking to move from Washington, D.C., to Greenville, South Carolina, in a couple of months, and then sell our current home in February or March after she gets things wrapped up with her job. We are a little worried, though, because of all the things we’re hearing about the housing market crashing. Could you speak to this, please?
Your emotions and things you hear can creep up on you. I get that. But the fact is, there are still four buyers out there for every house that’s up for sale. Now, are the buyers and the market as active and frenzied as they were several months ago? No. But you have to remember, the last couple of years have been crazy-strange times for the housing market.
I’ve been in the real estate business since 1978, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Usually, it takes about 90 days to sell a house. You’ll get some offers, and none of them will be at full price, but everyone will have time to think about things. That’s normal, and it’s probably a lot closer to how things will work themselves out for you now in Greenville.
But in any economy, my advice to you
would be don’t buy another house until yours has sold. If you end up with two house payments and your old house is sitting empty while you’re having to pay for the mortgage, taxes, utilities and all the upkeep to make sure it’s ready to show, you’re going to become what’s known as a motivated seller. I don’t want you to just give it away, but you’ll need to be very careful to make sure the timing on this deal makes sense.
Personally, I wouldn’t buy another house until the first one sells.
* Dave Ramsey is a seven-time #1 national best-selling author, personal finance expert, and host of The Ramsey Show, heard by more than 18 million listeners each week. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and many more. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build wealth and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for Ramsey Solutions.
Albany Senior Dining
Mon., Nov. 14: Kielbasa, O'brien pota toes, broccoli, peaches.
Tues., Nov. 15: Cod sandwich on bun, baked beans, coleslaw, apple slices, cake.
Wed., Nov. 16: Apple bourbon tenderloin, cheesy hashbrowns, applesauce, peas.
Thurs., Nov. 17: Roast beef, whipped po tatoes, gravy, green beans, pears.
Fri., Nov. 18: Bouja, sandwich, grapes, cake.
Pre-registration requested to dine daily. For more info. call 320-845-4070.
Upsala - All Ages
BREAKFAST: Mon.-Fri. 7-10 a.m.: Walk in & dine. Take out available, call ahead.
Mon., Nov. 14: BBQ ribs, potato, vegeta ble, dessert.
Tues., Nov. 15: Tater tot hotdish, dinner salad, garlic bread, dessert.
Wed., Nov. 16: Sweet & sour chicken, rice, dessert.
Thurs., Nov. 17: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert.
Fri., Nov. 18: Liver & onions, baked pota to, vegetable, dessert.
Pick up or eat in by 11:30 a.m. For meals, call a day before: 320-573-4435.
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Dear Motor Medics, I have a 2003 Chevy suburban with 200,000 miles on it, but it runs and looks great! No really…I’m serious. I want to know is about the tire pressure monitors and if I can reset them at home. The owner’s manual says I can. I service the vehicle regularly and they charge me for resetting the monitor every time I have the tires rotated but the rotation is free with the oil change. Love the show!
-Myron in Kansas City, Missouri Dear Myron, Tire pressure monitors on this vehicle can be reset at home without special tools but not all vehicles are this way so you will have to spend the money in some cases. To reset the monitors on this vehicle is relatively simple. When the tires have changed positions i.e., rotating, a relearn must be done. Start by applying the parking brake, next turn the key to the on position then turn the headlamp switch from off to park lamp three times within five seconds of key on and the horn will beep twice. Now you must decrease the tire pressure starting with the driver’s side front tire until the horn beeps. Move to the passenger side front tire then the passenger rear tire and last the drivers rear tire. When you are done with the last tire turn the key off and inflate the tires to the correct pressure. It gets easier once you have done it once.
-Take care, the Motor Medics Dear Motor Medics, I broke my daughters’ car, and she won’t leave me alone about it. Never mind that I am the one who bought the car and pays for the insurance, the gas, the tires, I could go on forever but she’s just not going to get it. I didn’t even break it that bad. I borrowed the car and when I went to adjust the rearview mirror it fell off. I’d tell you the story of what happened when she borrowed my car last, but she would never get over the embarrassment. Anyways, I am stuck with this mirror thing. The metal tab that should be stuck to the window won’t stick. I have tried many kinds of glue and it just keeps coming off. Can you help me get this fixed so that I can get my life back?
-Helen in Duluth, Minnesota Dear Helen,
Isn’t it fun how these things work? At least you didn’t break something more serious. If you had, we could probably help you with that too. As for the mirror, you just need better glue. What you need is special glass glue for mirrors that is available at auto parts stores. Ask the counter guy and they will help. Make sure to follow directions exactly, cleaning as directed and don’t over apply the product. When they say one drop, they mean it. Once installed it won’t come off so be sure to align it right.
Take care, the Motor Medics For entertainment only. Always consult your local shop and follow all safety procedures before repairs. Come visit the Motor Medics® online at Underthehoodshow. com.
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Grey Eagle Township • October 3, 2022
Call to Order: Ron Frericks called the meet ing to order at 8:00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited.
Members Present: Ron Frericks, Ray Bense, Mary Ann Primus, Mike Rohe, and Erv Herder ing. Nikki Deyle was also in attendance.
Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Ron asked if there were addi tions to the agenda. Added Nikki Deyle to the agenda, Ron asked to speak about the hall ren ovations. Ron made the motion to accept the agenda with those additions. Mike made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes: Ray asked that a cor rection be made about the minimum mainte nance sign- Not all wanted it removed, it should say the Johnsons were in favor of having it removed. Mike made the motion to accept the September 12, 2022 minutes with that correc tion. Ron made the second. All in favor. Motion carried.
Nikkie Deyle- candidate for County Com misioner gave a presentation about her cam paign and invited the board members to attend or listen to the radio Candidate Forum on Oct. 12 at 7:00 pm.
Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for September. Claims list included claims 3733-3742 for a total of $37,376.61. This included the second half of the fire con tract. Mike made the motion to pay the claims. Ray made the second. All in favor. Motion car ried. Mail included advertising and trainings. An email received to set the meeting on Angler Trail for Oct. 24 at 11:00. Also, Ron received a letter from the Census Bureau again, and a phone call from Aspen Drive. Ron received a call from Tim Edgerton stating the DNR will match the cost of the Township improvements by doing some culvert cleaning and drainage. Some reshaping was done along the parking lot and the boat ramp. Ron also read some e-mails he received from Greg Butler-about the soil erosion issue, the sign and maintenance on the public water access. The financial report was reviewed, Ray made a motion to accept it as presented. Mike made the second. All in favor, motion carried.
Road and Bridge Report: Ray reported the culverts have been replaced on 321st north and 321st south. Herdering will begin work on 150th when the field work is finished. Chip munk Rd- Erv had suggested possibly placing a culvert part way up the hill to divert water from running all the way to Hwy 28. Ray will contact the property owners to see if they have any is sues with having a culvert there. Mike made the motion to install the culvert. Ron made the sec ond. Ray then reported a paving company had tore up some of the patching on 341st, he will contact them for fixing the patching. Erv asked about a frost boil on Chickadee Rd, supervisors decided to wait and see what next year brings. The FEMA meeting is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm. The 2022-2023 snow contract was reviewed. It is higher than last year. Mike made a motion to accept the bid, Ray made the second, all in favor. Motion carried. Erv had filled in some corners on 341st and Arden Drive. Ray will fill in the dip on Brakken Road if he can get the product.
Additional agenda item:
Approval of election judges – same as for the primary election with one addition, provid ed she has completed the training. Mike made that motion, second by Ray, all in favor. Motion carried. Board of Canvas will meet on Monday, November 14 at 8:00 pm. Motion by Mike, sec
ond by Ray. All in favor. Motion carried.
Ron reported on the hall renovations. Nat ural Gas should be hooked up, air conditioner was placed on the roof, a cistern was located and needed to be filled in creating extra cost. Discussion on a sidewalk behind the building to divert runoff from the roof. Ray made a motion to include the sidewalk. Mike made the second. All in favor. This will also be at an extra cost. Mike made a motion to purchase shelving for the backroom, Ray made the second. All in fa vor. Motion carried.
Adjournment: Motion by Ron to adjourn the meeting. Ray made the second. Meeting ad journed at 9:15 pm.
Minutes not approved
Submitted by Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/ Treasurer
Burnhamville Township • September 27, 2022
The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville was held September 27, 2022 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chair Mike Berscheit. Members present include Supervi sors Bruce Johnson, Joe Muellner and Mike Berscheit; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky; and Treasur er Pam Throener. Also present was Erv Herd ering.
The minutes from the regular meeting of August 30, 2022 were approved on a motion by Sup. Johnson and second by Sup. Berscheit. Motion passed.
For correspondence the township received Swanville Rural Fire Ass’n contract, notice from Federal government that due to high re quests it will take more time to review and approve damage requests, comment on the late dust control spraying, rebate offer on play ground equipment, notice of payment on weed grant, and complaint of fire damaged house not cleaned up. Supervisors will check with county on how they are handling the issue.
The clerk notified the board that she will destroy election papers older than 22 months according to the records retention schedule.
Sup. Berscheit made a motion to accept the snow removal contract from Herdering, Inc. which included a monthly fee. Motion second ed by Sup. Muellner. Upon vote motion passed.
A motion was made by Sup. Berscheit to pay all bills numbered 6319 through 6334 to taling $31,279.08 Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Sup. Berscheit made a motion to appoint the same election judges for the general election the primary election. Motion seconded by Sup. Johnson. Motion passed.
Todd County was granted FEMA help for May storms. Now we are waiting for Federal approval to enter information online.
Sup. Berscheit made a motion to accept the Swanville Rural Fire Association contract as presented. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Motion passed.
In the road report supervisors noticed trees hanging down and hitting equipment on 331st Ave. Sup. Berscheit made a motion to have tree trimming contractor also trim trees on 331st Ave. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. Mo tion passed. Supervisors and contractor will keep checking on beavers in culvert under 321st Ave. Contractor was told to add gravel and fix culvert on 321st Ave. cartway and on Flower Trail. Ermine Drive has more washouts to fix and check springs on 162nd St. The property owner on 154th St. has not removed debris the DNR notified him about. Clerk will send a letter stating a deadline for removal.
Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $93,116.64. Sup. Berscheit motioned to ap prove and Sup. Muellner seconded the motion.
Due to a conference the clerk will be at tending next month Sup. Berscheit made a mo tion to move the October meeting to Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 7 pm. Sup. Muellner sec onded the motion. Motion passed. Clerk will post meeting change notice.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m. on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and a second by Sup. Johnson. Next regular meeting will be on Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm in the Burtrum Community Center.
Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk
Upsala City • November 7, 2022
Call to Order/Attendance: The City Coun cil meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:00 P.M. The pledge of allegiance was said.
On roll call members present: Mayor Rol lie Johnson, Council Members Lana Bartells, Crystal Benson, Mitch Lange, and Wendy Rene.
Staff present: Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp. Minutes Lange moved to approve the regu lar city council meeting minutes from October 3, 2022, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unan imously.
Added agenda items Bartells moved to ap prove the agenda as presented, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations, Citizen Appeals/requests: Department Reports: Fire Department Re port Chief Nick Johnson updated the council on the Fire Department’s activities. The fire de partment selected 4 new members with two full time and two provisionary.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported three calls for October. The open house was a great success.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City. The city hy drants have been flushed. Bathrooms are win terized by the ball field.
City Office Report: Popp reviewed the No vember Calendar. Popp invited council mem bers to the City Collaboration Meeting that will be held on December 7 at 12:30 in City Hall. The trick or treating at local businesses was also a great success.
Planning Commission Larry Bartells re ported on the Planning Commission’s meeting.
Public Hearing: Mayor Johnson recessed the regular meeting and opened the public hear ing at 7:22 p.m., a hearing on the request for up dating Fire Department Ordinance #38. Various citizens shared their views on the issue.
Lange moved to close the public hearing, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor called the meeting back to order. Ordinance #38 updated Rene moved to ap prove the updated ordinance #38 as presented, 2nd by Benson. The motion was unanimously approved with one abstention.
Mayor Johnson recessed the regular meet ing and opened the public hearing at 7:29 p.m., a hearing on the request for updating First Re sponse Ordinance #60. Various citizens shared their views on the issue.
Benson moved to close the public hearing, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously. Mayor called the meeting back to order.
Ordinance #60 updated Benson moved to approve the updated ordinance #60 as present ed, 2nd by Bartells. The motion was unani mously approved with one abstention.
Unfinished Business: Park Bathrooms: Johnson is still waiting to get an update on the rafters for park bathrooms.
Update Website: Rene stated the website is looking good and very user friendly. Andy Poster attended sporting events to do some photography and videos.
New Business: Approval of New Firefight ers: Rene moved to approve Mitch Lange and Nick Freiler as full time firefighters and Neil Gerads and Bethany Burggraff as provisionary firefighters, 2nd by Benson. The motion was unanimously approved with one abstention.
Approve Lions Club Donation of $7,500 for City Park Restrooms Resolution 11-7-20221 Rene moved to accept resolution 11-7-20221, accepting $7,500 from the Lions Club for City Park Restrooms, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
ODUB Assessments to the County Popp presented the current list of overdue utility bills. Bartells moved to approve assessing any delinquent city utility bills to the property taxes as of November 30, 2022, via Morrison Coun ty, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to the Upsala Lions Club for donating $7,500 to wards the city park restrooms. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
To the businesses who participated in the Business Trick-or-Treat.
Congratulations to the pumpkin decorating contest winners.
Financials Benson moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Lange. Motion car ried unanimously.
Adjourn Benson moved to adjourn at 7:48 p.m., 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unani mously.Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer
Upstage Players announce auditions for winter show!
The Upstage Players is hosting audi tions for its winter community theatre mur der mystery.
Auditions will be held in the auditorium at the Upsala High School on November 20, 2022, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Show dates are January 20 and 21, 2023 at 7 P.M. and January 22, 2023 at 2 P.M.
Those auditioning will be asked to dra matically interpret a short section of the script. The roles in this murder mystery are adult roles that can be played by actors in the teens and up. Visit upstageplayers.org for a tentative rehearsal schedule.This schedule is subject to shift (minimally) due to actor availability. Rehearsals will be on Sundays from 3-5, Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Upsala High School.
This winter’s murder mystery will either be Too Soon for Daisies, written by William Dinner and William Morum, or The Hollow, written by Agatha Christie. The script will be dependent upon the number of people au ditioning (more actors auditioning = needing a script with more roles), but both scripts are
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quite entertaining. Don’t miss your opportu nity to alleviate the winter boredom with a highly engaging who-done-it!
A Genie Funny
A secretary, a paralegal, and a partner in a big law firm are walking through a park on their way to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, "I usually only grant three wishes, so I'll give each of you just one."
"Me first! Me first!" says the secretary. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.
"Me next! Me next!" says the paralegal. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of exotic foods, and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.
"You're next," the Genie says to the partner. The partner says, "I want those two back in the office right after lunch."
VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW: Sat., Nov 12th: 10-3 at Little Falls VFW. Scentsy, Goats lotions, Thirty One, Pure Romance, plus more.
WANTED TO BUY: Butcher cows, bulls, fats & walkable cripples: also hors es, sheep & goats. 320-235-2664. SC-odB
WANTED: Good used van, low miles, reasonable. Call 320-267-5632. RBftn
FOR SALE: 1997 Ford pickup, 2 wheel drive, needs work, $1000. Call 320-2675632. RB-ftn
FOR SALE: Sofa sleeper, very clean, $200 or best offer. Call 320-293-1120.
FOR SALE: Heavy duty 2 wheel trailer, exc. shape, 7x9 floor w/rails. Call 320250-3874. Photo available.
FOR SALE: MAAX sliding glass show er doors, & tracks. 52 1/2 inch wide; doors- 68 inches high, like new, $225 cash. 329-492-1404
FOR SALE: Shower spray nozzel, & spray wand with grab bar/wand holder like new, 50 cash. Text 320-492-1404.
FOR SALE: 2015 black Ford Fiesta SE 34,174 miles, very clean, $16,500 cash. Text 320-492-1404.
FOR SALE: 4 beautiful club chairs & copper patina round coffee table, like new, $375 cash. Call 320-492-1404.
FOR SALE: Large assortment of roost er & chicken decor. Ceramic rooster & chickens, canister set, clocks, dinnerware, cookie jar, wall decor. Call 320-836-2913 in mornings.
FOR SALE: 2- Jiffy ice augers, run good, $75 & $95. Call 320-260-4551.
FOR SALE: Roll top desk, $185. Call 612-283-2718.
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