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Hometown News

Thursday, November 19, 2020 ®


Vol. 20: Issue 30



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Gratitude is a winning attitude -By Harvey Mackay 2

0 2 0 has presented challenges for all of us, not the least of which is wondering if life will ever return to normal. It’s been tough sometimes to be grateful for much, considering what is happening all around us. But I have an idea that a friend shared with me when I heard grumbling about not being able to go to a ball game, or gathering with friends, or having to cancel a long-awaited trip. “Yes, I know it feels like so much has been taken from us. But there’s still plenty of material to mine,” she suggested. “Start by finding joy in small things. Think of all that you have instead of wishing for what you don’t have.” Her point was simple: If you are not grateful for what you have, it is doubtful you will be grateful for what you will get. I’ll admit, at first it took some time and thought to adjust my attitude. But once I started listing what I was grateful for, I just kept going. My list was pretty long. And most of the items were not “things” at all. They were the people and experiences in my life. I’m betting that all of you can make a similar list if you try. Start looking for little things that you can appreciate. November is National Gratitude Month. That seems logical with Thanksgiving always falling on the fourth Thursday of November. But you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to show your gratitude and appreciation. There’s something to be grateful for every morning you wake up. Challenge yourself to greet each day with an attitude of gratitude. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions,” said Zig Ziglar. “The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” In fact, there are some pretty significant physical and mental benefits to gratitude,

which include: • Improved physical, emotional and social well-being. • Greater optimism and happiness. • Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises. • Increased self-esteem. • Heightened energy levels. • Strengthened heart, immune system and decreased blood pressure. • Expanded capacity for forgiveness. • Decreased stress, anxiety, depression and headaches. • Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise. • Heightened spirituality – ability to see something bigger than ourselves That list alone should provide the impetus for looking for reasons to be grateful for what you have. And remember, where you are isn’t where you have to stay. As you ponder the things that you are thankful for, you can also look forward to how you can use those gifts to move to the level where you want to be. Maybe your job isn’t as challenging or fulfilling you’d like it to be. But you have gained professional experience, developed people skills that could lead you to take on more responsibility, provided opportunities to grow your network or discovered that your real passion lies in doing something different – all while being able to pay the bills with a little left over. That kind of education is a reason for gratitude, especially when you move on to your new and better job. Have you told the people around you how grateful you are for their roles in your life? It doesn’t need to be flowery or formal, just sincere. You might be surprised at how they respond –perhaps because no one has ever told them they’ve made a difference.

Now here’s the bonus: not only have you given them a boost, but you’ve also moved your own gratitude meter. Saying thank you out loud has genuine rewards. If a face-to-face conversation is awkward, why not go back to the best kind of mail anyone can receive: the old-fashioned hand-written thank-you note. And I don’t say that just because I’m an envelope guy! Start looking around for reasons to be grateful. It won’t take long, and it won’t cost you anything. You don’t have to be a psychologist to understand that you are responsible for your own happiness and attitude. A four-year-old actress was appearing in a movie with an aging, crotchety star. One day, the star came on the set all made up beautifully, and the little girl said to her, “Gee, you look so nice.” The actress made a pouty face and replied, “What am I supposed to say to that?” The little girl politely remarked, “You could say thank you.” Mackay’s Moral: Thanksgiving is good, but “thanksliving” is better. 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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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 • Upsala Community Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • 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. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • 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.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION • 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 third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. STEARNS CO. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY • Meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany.

SUNSHINE CLUB • 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 third 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. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. TODD COUNTY REPUBLICANS • Meets second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church, Clarissa. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

If you have an upcoming event or meeting, please let us know by email: htnews@meltel.net or call 320-285-2323.

Temperatures Date


11/11 32 11/12 28 11/13 30 11/14 36 11/15 34 11/16 32 11/17 30


10 10 3 28 21 16 10


Partly cloudy. High: 35 Low: 21

Weekend Weather Saturday

Partly cloudy. High: 38 Low: 28


Partly cloudy. High: 37 Low: 21

Hometown News • Thursday, November 19, 2020 • Page 3

“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Native Americans

Clothing was primarily the skins of animals and in some cases they were also used for shelters. These skins were taken along when moving to a new location, but other structure framework and coverings were left behind. It was easier to create new structures at the new location rather than to carry these items for miles. These original groups felt the land was a mother figure that fed, clothed, sheltered and warmed them. They cared for the land and found it hard to understand why the white settlers wanted to change the land for their own purposes. They didn’t like to see their earth being changed and their way of life being destroyed. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

I was contacted recently by an apparent native American asking me why I had neglected to include any reference to the people that lived in this area before the European settlers began the idea of owning land. They were living here for many years before this country became “civilized.” It seems that being civilized includes the elimination of any person, natural growth or animal that challenges the existence of the new occupants. The historical local residents moved into Minnesota shortly after the disappearance of the last glacier, about 8,000 years ago. It seems that one of the original languages included Athabaskan, which still is common in Northern Alaska. The original Minnesota residents lived off of the land, which means that their diet was primarily made up of foods that were harvested from the woods and waters when they were in season. There is some history of planting foods in plots to aid in the harvesting process. There were disputes among native groups regarding who had a right to occupy a geographic area, which seen to be primarily caused by other groups trying to take possession of a food supply, which had been discovered and developed by one group for many years. The groups were frequently family groups and seemed to be constantly moving to different locations, rather than building a permanent residence. The movement usually followed the availability of food. Fishing, berry picking, wild rice harvesting, acorn gathering and wild game availability caused the natives to move near the food source. A local historian gives another reason for movement. He owned an area which had been a location of a native village. The group came to that location for about 6 months almost every year due to the availability of food, but since there was no sewer systems in existence, the gathering of human waste was also a reason for moving on. These original groups depended on stone tools to help accomplish their needs, There were no horses and no wheels. They did use watercraft as a means of transportation, but most of the movement was by walking and carrying.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, I let my fiancée use my car to get back and forth to work, and it has a lot of miles on it and a few mechanical issues. The money we’ve put into the car to fix the issues is about the same or more than the car is actually worth. We just started your plan a couple of months ago, and we’ve almost got a beginner emergency fund saved up. We also have very little consumer debt to pay off. I’m afraid, though, if we get into a second $1,000 to $2,000 car, we’ll just experience the same kinds of issues and it will turn into another money pit. I bring home about $5,000 a month, and she works part-time and goes to school. How do you think we should handle things? -Thaddeus Dear Thaddeus, Well, if you’re serious about following the plan, you don’t really have a choice right now. But you’re bringing home a nice paycheck, man. You ought to be able to buy a better $1,500 to $2,000 car with cash in a month or so, just to give you some relief. Then, stick some money aside each month until spring and get something that’s a big step up in the $5,000 to $6,000 range. Listen, I don’t want anyone driving

around in a rust bucket longer than they have to. And it sounds like you really need to get up out of the junk. But if you do some research and buy wisely, you can get a good year or two out of a $1,500 car. The car may not look like much, but you’re not trying to catch a girl’s eye. You’ve already got a fiancée. If you find an old Honda or Toyota that’s still mechanically sound—and yes, they’re out there—it’ll get you by while you save up for something a lot better. But remember, you and your fiancée don’t need to own anything together until you’re married. The kind of arrangement you have now can cause real problems. If you guys get married and combine your resources and dreams, it’ll be better for everyone relationally and financially. You’re playing house already, so you might as well go ahead and get married and combine your lives on every level. It’s time to paint or get off the ladder, dude! -Dave * Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best-selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 16 million listeners each week on 600 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at daveramsey.com and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.

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It is with great sadness we announce the death of Roland (Skip) William Norwood. Roland passed away November 8, 2020 at the Long Prairie Hospital at the age of 55 leaving to mourn family and friends. Roland was born to James Norwood and Marylin (Dvorak) Norwood in Little Falls, MN at St. Gabriel’s Hospital on June 22, 1965. Roland went to Swanville elementary and attended Browerville High School. As a kid he loved to hang out with friends at the roller rink skating, go to the Horseshoe Ballroom and soup up cars and motorcycles. Roland married his sweetheart Katherine Ann (Bohler) Norwood on November 17, 1988. Together they had many adventures. They raised three children, have 14 grandchildren and one great-grand child on the way. The grandbabies were his pride and joy. Roland had many jobs, but his passion was always anything outdoors and animals. He absolutely loved his dogs and cats. He enjoyed his hobby farms, working on his and other cars, having bonfires, helping his good friend Neil mow lawns at the elementary school and cemetery prior to losing his eyesight. Roland was always happiest outdoors. Roland loved to joke around, reminisce about the good ‘ol days with friends and family. Always had a smile on his face. His CB handle was Randall Rowdie and he lived up to it. Roland was proceeded in death by his wife Katherine, his parents James and Marylin, his sister Barbara, brother John, and nephew Earl. He is survived by his children Jayne (Eric) Martinson of Little Falls, Margaret (Mickey) Civilla of Upsala, and Anthony (Kayla) Civilla of Little Falls. His siblings Candace (Ford) Anderson of Clarissa, Delbert Norwood of Hackensack, James (Becky) Norwood of Browerville, Buenna (Warren) Knacke of Darwin, Belinda (Wayne) Prather of Clarissa, Mary (Thomas) Wittucki of Little Falls and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Browerville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville.

Frieda M. Teske

Frieda Marie Teske, age 98 of Albany, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home. Private family services will be held for Frieda. Frieda was born on May 26, 1922, in Krain Township the daughter of Louis and Frieda (Schleicher) Birr. She was united in marriage to Harold Teske at the country church in Krain Township, and their union was blessed with 3 sons. Frieda will remain in the hearts of her children, Duane (Judy) Teske of Menahga, MN, Dennis (LaVonne) Teske of Sauk Rapids; five grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-granddaughter; brother, Clarence Birr; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Teske; parents, Louis and Frieda Birr; son, Gary Teske; and siblings, Rueban Birr, Albert Birr, Oswald Birr, Herbert Birr, Louis Birr, Evelyn Lemke, and Verna Kelm.

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Richard W. Kleinschmidt

Richard W. “Rick” Kleinschmidt, age 70 of Sauk Centre, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 near Long Prairie, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, November 16 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery. Richard William Kleinschmidt was born July 27, 1950 in Melrose, Minnesota to Orville “Ollie” and Teresa “Trix” (Liebel) Kleinschmidt. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1968. On June 17, 1972 he married Carol Rasmusen at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rick worked with his father at Centre Jobbing after high school and purchased the business in 1989. Rick sold Centre Jobbing in 2013 but continued to serve his customers to this day. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Knights of Columbus, Sauk Centre Conservation Club, Sauk Centre Jaycees, and the Stearns County Chapter of Pheasants Forever. Rick served as president of the Sauk Centre Hockey Association and was instrumental in bringing high school hockey to Sauk Centre and the construction of the Civic Arena. Being dedicated to his community, Rick was on the Sauk Centre Fire Department for 32 years, 7 years as an assistant fire chief, 12 years as a training officer and 16 years as a MN State Fire Instructor. In 1987 he was nominated for fire fighter of the year in the State of Minnesota. Rick was an active EMT in Sauk Centre for 25 years and retained his license for 41 years. Rick was a coach of the Sauk Centre High School Trap Team and played in many softball leagues. He played on the Collegians softball team that won the state championship in Chisholm, MN in 1975. Rick was an avid beer can collector and had his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest beer can toss. Christmas was one of his favorite holidays and he truly enjoyed playing Santa Claus in Sauk Centre for over 50 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Carol Kleinschmidt of Sauk Centre; sons, Ryan (Abby) Kleinschmidt of Osakis and Jamie “Bird” (Melissa) Kleinschmidt of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren, Carter, Gemma, Blake, Brooke, and Tyson; mother, Teresa “Trix” Kleinschmidt of Sauk Centre; brother, Robbie (Gloria) Kleinschmidt of Avon; and sister, Renée (Gary) Leinonen of Sauk Centre; and brother-inlaw, Phil Behnen of Sauk Centre.. Rick was preceded in death by his father, Orville “Ollie” Kleinschmidt on May 28, 2012; brothers, Randy Kleinschmidt and Ronnie Kleinschmidt; and sister, Roxann Behnen. Serving as casket bearers were John Juelke, Tim Weir, Bob Uhlenkamp, Virgil Marthaler, Dan “Tootie” Moening, and John Haskamp. Cross and scripture bearers were Rick’s grandchildren. Honorary bearers were members of the Sauk Centre Fire Department. Memorials are preferred for contributions to Rick’s many organizations he was affiliated with. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.


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Curtis F. “Curt” Hatfield

Curtis F. “Curt” Hatfield, age 69, of Burtrum passed away peacefully from cancer on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 surrounded by his family at his home in Burtrum, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at a later date due to precautionary measures with COVID. Curtis Frank Hatfield was born August 27, 1951 in Iowa City, Iowa to Francis and Evelyn (Anderson) Hatfield. Curt’s parents were on the faculty of Mankato State College, and he graduated in 1969 from the Wilson Campus School of Mankato State. He married his Duck Lake neighbor, Lynn Ruffing on September 7, 1973 in Wells, Minnesota. In 1977, Curt and Lynn moved to Long Prairie and began a family. Curt taught Mathematics and coached boys and girl’s tennis teams at Long Prairie High School for 30 years; passing on his love of the game. He was an excellent tennis player in his own right. He retired to his home on the lake where he spent his time beautifying the place they built. Curt was a talented wood carver and would spend many hours carving logs into art forms with a chain saw. He enjoyed playing tennis and was involved in leagues. He also enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar, and was an avid Minnesota sports fan and would not miss a Vikings game with the family. Survivors include his wife, Lynn Hatfield of Burtrum; daughters, Jessica (Seth) Hovland of Avon and Kristina (Trent) Biniek of Crystal; five grandchildren, Addisyn and Auden Hovland, Waylon and Bo Biniek, and Naomi Hatfield (fiancé, James Lane); and two great-grandchildren, MaLeah Pennington and Maddix Lane. Curt was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Benjamin Franklin Hatfield. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.

Thomas Duane Koplin

Thomas Duane Koplin of Avon, Minnesota, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at St. Cloud Hospital after an over 3 week fight with Covid-19. He was 71 years young, healthy and very active. Thomas (Tom) Duane Koplin was born October 5, 1949 to Elmer and Olga (Dunker) Koplin. He was born in Perham, one of 10 children, and grew up in Ottertail MN. He attended Evansville High School and Alexandria Technical College for Diesel Mechanics. On June 20, 1969 he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Susan Whetham, with whom he had a great life. He worked as a truck mechanic for 30 years and retired from Granite City Tool in 2015. In his retirement he enjoyed fixing various machines in his shop. Throughout his life, he shared his passion for fishing and hunting with nephews, daughters, and grandchildren. He also enjoyed volunteering at his church. He loved sharing his gift of music with his church, family, and friends. He also stayed active hiking and biking with his wife and friends. He especially loved his time playing pinochle and various card games with his friends. Tom will be dearly missed by his bride Sue, his daughters Sonya (Ryan) McNamara of Lonsdale; Nichole Sandbakken of Albany; and Vanessa (David) Neal of Arlington, VA; grandchildren, Katrina Sandbakken, Aidan McNamara, Soren McNamara, and Keagan Neal; sister-in-law, Virginia Koplin of Perham; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. Preceding Tom in death were his parents, Elmer and Olga, all of his brothers and sisters Marvin Koplin, Melvin (Gloria) Koplin, Leonard Koplin, Vivian (Mervin) Whetham, James (Rosemary) Koplin, Marian (Don) Dertinger, Robert Koplin, Ralph Koplin and LeRoy Koplin. The funeral service will be held privately with burial in the Our Saviors Lutheran cemetery. A public celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.

Dennis C. Toeben

Dennis C. Toeben, age 69 of Freeport, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 after a battle with cancer at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota. A private graveside service will be held Saturday, November 21 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Freeport. Dennis Clarence Toeben was born September 21, 1951 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Joseph and Dolores (Heinen) Toeben. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1969. Dennis joined the United States Army and served two tours during the Vietnam War. He married Michele Scherping on January 28, 1989. Dennis was a well-known house painter for over 40 years. He volunteered his time with Faith in Action, Salvation Army in St. Cloud, and Lutheran Social Services delivering meals to those in need. Dennis enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and baking. Survivors include his son, Joe (April) Toeben of Albany; grandchildren, Amelia and Harrison Toeben; brother and sisters, Marvin (Linda) Toeben of St. Cloud, Sandra (Chuck) Merden of Avon, Vonnie (John) Botz of St. Cloud, Nona Welsh of Alexandria, and Marlys (Al) Stocker of Albany. Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Michele Toeben on March 8, 2003; parents; and brother-in-law, Lee Welsh. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.

Zida Lorraine Tiemann

Zida Lorraine Tiemann, age 92 of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. A private family inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date Zida Lorraine Tiemann (Kaproth) was born December 13, 1927 in Foley, Minnesota. She was the youngest of ten children, born to Joseph and Pauline (Kampa) Kaproth. She graduated from Foley High School and started working for Nash Finch and Montgomery Ward. When she was hired by Northwestern Bell she moved to Sauk Centre where she met George Tiemann. They married on April 29, 1950. They moved to Dickinson, North Dakota and then to Staples, Minnesota where she continued to work for Northwestern Bell. Later they moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Zida completed her business training at Globe Business College. She worked for Honeywell, Univac and the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad. Zida retired from the Communications division of the Burlington Northern Railroad in December of 1985. Upon retiring, they moved to Roseville and then decided to move back to where it all started, the Melrose area, and lived many enjoyable years on Big Birch Lake. Zida went back to school in St. Cloud to train and then work with hospice patients in Long Prairie for several years. Zida had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She was a fabulous cook, her fish fries and potato salad being family favorites. She enjoyed many hobbies including knitting, reading (one of her favorite books was Dandelion Cottage), fishing, bird watching, walking, traveling and she especially looked forward to playing cards. She took great pride in her husband and five children and loved spending time on Big Birch Lake. Zida was a woman with a high level of integrity and compassion. Her fondest memories involved spending time with her husband, family and friends. She was especially close with the Galarneault’s who she considered family. Survivors include her five children, Joan Carlson of Shelton, Washington, Constance (Robert) Koch of Grey Eagle, Mary Lou (Craig) Tweedale of Grey Eagle, Kathryn Hennemann of Grey Eagle and William (Jennifer) Tiemann of Sauk Centre; her seven grandchildren, Lorne (Amanda) Koch, Dale (Kimberly) Koch,

Christopher Tweedale, Katie (Nick) Zastrow, Curtis (Rachel) Hennemann, Andrew (Stephanie) Tiemann, Alexander Tiemann; her six greatgrandchildren, Keira and Kade (Lorne & Amanda Koch), Cohen and Khloe (Dale & Kim Koch), Adelyn and Theodore (Katie & Nick Zastrow); and sister-in-law, Doloris (Emil) Kaproth. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; daughter, Carol Ann; parents; son-inlaw, Carl Hennemann; her brothers and sisters, Charles Kaproth, Adolph Kaproth, Helen (John) Galarneault, Sister Alphonese (Francis) A.S.B., Emma (Harvey) Latterll, Edward (Delphine) Kaproth, Emil Kaproth, Dominic Kaproth, and Ralph Kaproth. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.

JoAnn V. Zenzen

JoAnn V. Zenzen, age 70, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at her home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 19 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Meire Grove. Mass will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.catholic-sc.org JoAnn Verna Koopmeiners was born June 30, 1950 in Melrose, Minnesota to Herman and Florence (Pohlmann) Koopmeiners. She graduated from Melrose High School. On August 16, 1969, she was united in marriage to Albin “Albie” Zenzen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. JoAnn worked at the CentraCare Clinic in Melrose for 21 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Christian Mothers, and Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary of Melrose. JoAnn enjoyed playing cards, baking (she was known for her lemon meringue pie), cooking, walking, dancing, traveling, watching her grandkids’s activities, and praying at the St. Faustina Chapel. JoAnn was also known for giving good warm hugs. Survivors include her son, Daryl (Abby) Zenzen of Sauk Centre; daughters, Sara (Mike) Decker of Melrose and Bethany (Darin) Krattenmaker of Holdingford; grandchildren, Amelia, Matthew, and Isaac Zenzen, Jacob and Claire Decker, and Caleb, Grant and Keegan Krattenmaker; sisters and brother, Carol (Butch) Klaphake of Melrose, Mary Jane Austing of West St. Paul, and Jerry (Margie) Koopmeiners of Melrose; mother-in-law, Lydia Zenzen of Albany; sister-in-law, Aurelia Schwanke of St. Cloud; and brother-in-law, Steve Uphus of Hastings. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Albin “Albie” Zenzen on August 9, 2002; parents; twin sister, Joyce Koopmeiners; sisters, Irene Pohlmann, Margaret “Margie” Roering, and Florentine Roering; brothers, Elmer Koopmeiners, Berthold Koopmeiners, and James “Jim” Koopmeiners; father-in-law, Clarence Zenzen; brothers-in-law, Albert “Sonny” Austing, Lawrence Pohlmann, Gerald Roering, Marcellus “Sal” Roering, Arthur Zenzen, and Dave Schwanke; sisters-in-law, Verlia Koopmeiners, Cathy Koopmeiners, Mary Zenzen, and Anna Mae Uphus. Serving as casket bearers will be Joey Klaphake, Ben Klaphake, Brady Klaphake, Nathan Klaphake, Neil Schneider, and Mason Schneider. Cross bearer will be Annette Schneider and scripture bearer and reader will be Tricia Klaphake. Memorials are preferred to Holy Family School in Sauk Centre. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

Edward A. Walker

Edward A. Walker, age 80 of Burtrum, died peacefully Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 20 at Brighter Days Family Church in Burtrum, Minnesota. Burial will take place in the Moses Dane Cemetery near Burtrum, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church in Burtrum. Edward Adrian Walker was born November 1, 1940 near Grey Eagle, Minnesota to Edward F. and Anna (Olson) Walker. Ed grew up in Todd County, near Grey Eagle. His folks moved to Minneapolis in 1950. When Ed was 15, he moved to Sauk Centre and worked for farmers. Then he moved back to Minneapolis where he cleaned boats at Sheldon’s Resort on Medicine Lake, later he worked for a drywall company. In 1958, on his 18th birthday, he purchased a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible and drove it off Hansen Pontiac showroom floor. In 1964, he drove semi-truck between St. Paul and Anchorage, Alaska for three years. In the late 1960’s, and early 70’s, Ed played softball; beginning in beer leagues and then moved to industrial leagues. He was named All Star Pitcher. He also played horseshoes and was an outstanding player throwing “ringers” all the time. From 1968 to 1986, he worked at Colberg Manufacturing “Pioneer Engineering” in Minneapolis as a maintenance machinist and worked hard learning the trade. He rebuilt machines and received recognition for doing quality work. In the late 1970’s, Ed started his love for Blue Grass and Old Time Country Music. He met Lou Ann at a music fest in Todd County and they both enjoyed each other’s company. On May 26, 1988, Edward married Lou Ann Paul in Neosho, Missouri. Together they worked in their mechanic shop for 16 years. In 1985, Ed and Lou Ann began the Blue Grass Band and then the Ed and Lou Ann Walker and the Good Old Boys. They enjoyed their home in Burtrum where they restored a 1947 Dodge pickup truck. Ed was a member of the Country Cruisers, Bluegrass Association and Brighter Days Family Church in Burtrum. He is survived by children, Adrianne Walker of Osceola, WI, Scott and Barbara Walker of Cambridge, Jennie and Greg Stevens of Virginia, and Jeff Walker of Tower; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings, Inez Karnes of Little Falls, Robert (Pearl) Walker of Pequot Lakes, and Patty Srnsky of Thief River Falls. Ed was preceded by his wife, Lou Ann Walker on July 9, 2016; parents; and siblings, Clinton Walker, Anna May Polley, and Betty Towle. Serving as casket bearers will be Joe Durand, Scott Walker, Cody Drinkerd, Bryce Johnson, Tiffany Viebrock, and Stephanie Ham. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.


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Daniel “Dan” Sjurseth

D a n i e l Arthur Sjurseth, age 76 of Albany Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota after a long battle with cancer. A Christian funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose, Minnesota. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery near Albany, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Daniel Arthur Sjurseth was born September 11, 1944, in Devils Lake, North Dakota to Arthur and Allegra (Lemke) Sjurseth. His childhood was spent in Albany, Minnesota. Dan graduated from Hope (North Dakota) High School in 1962, where he enjoyed an active life in athletics playing baseball, football, track, and basketball throughout his years there. From 1963 to 1967 Dan served as an active member of the United States Navy working as an Electronics Technician and later as Supervisor of Electronics watch section. During his time in the Navy, he also worked with Space Avionics and Westinghouse. He was honorably discharged in September 1969 and continued his career as an Electronics Technician with Westinghouse until 1975. In October 1967, on a blind date, he met Louise “Pat” Gillette in St. Louis, Missouri. Dan and Pat got married on May 25, 1968, in St. Charles, Missouri. During his time at Westinghouse Dan and Pat traveled extensively in the United States and also lived in Spain. In 1971 they purchased Otto and Clara Lemke’s farm in Albany, Minnesota. The family farm was an important part of Dan’s life and he had many stories and fond memories of spending time there as a young child with his grandparents. In 1976 Dan and Pat moved to the St. Charles, Missouri area where they welcomed their first two children, Luke and Jyl. Dan worked as a meat cutter in the St. Charles area from 1976 to 1983. Dan began his career with Lystads/Ecolab in 1983 after moving to Wausau, Wisconsin where Dan and Pat’s third child, Lance, was born. In 1986 Dan moved his family to Hutchinson, Minnesota where they lived for 8 years. In 1994 Dan took a position at the Ecolab office in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and bought a home in nearby Crookston, Minnesota. Dan retired from Ecolab in 2006 after 23 years of service. Dan and Pat retired to the Lemke family farm in the summer of 2006. In retirement, Dan was an active member of the Albany American Legion where he served as an Honor Guard. Dan loved to spend his time fishing, hunting, watching sports, spending time with family-especially his grandchildren, and hosting extraordinary fish-fry gatherings at the family farm. Dan cherished his faith, family, lifetime friends, and the simple things in life. He truly embodied the quote by J.R.R. Tolkien: “It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” He was held in high regard and loved dearly by family and friends, he was a genuine spirit who helped people readily, and provided a steadfast example of kindheartedness, service, and sacrifice. Survivors include his wife, Louise; children: Luke (Karen) Sjurseth of Grand Rapids, MN, Jylian (Jeremy) Charles of Winona, MN, Lance (Hyebin) Sjurseth of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Safa, Sean, Amelia, Summit, Creedence and Deacun; brothers: Allen (Sonja) Sjurseth, Keith (Jean) Sjurseth; aunt, Ardella Kjelstad; and beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces. Daniel was preceded in death by father, Arthur Sjurseth; mother, Allegra (Lemke) Sjurseth; uncles, Erhard Lemke, Robert Kjelstad; aunts, Pat Bjorklund, Adeline (Lemke) Campbell; cousins, Michelle Campbell, Rob Kjelstad.

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The world lost a beloved woman, our sweet mother Irene Evelyn Botz, 96, of Long Prairie peacefully went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 PM, Friday, November 27, 2020 at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Fr. Omar Guanchez will officiate and burial will be at the Long Bridge Cemetery in Little Sauk at a later date. Irene was born September 13, 1924 in to Clarence and Julia (Leseth) Thompson in Little Sauk, MN. She attended school in Sauk Centre. At a very young age, in the depression era, she had to work just so she could stay in school. Even so, she was unable to complete High School. Her goal was never lost. In 1981, at 57, she earned her diploma. During WWII, as a teenager, she met and fell in love with a handsome blond haired, blue eyed sailor, Norbert Botz. They married when he returned on leave November, 22, 1943. When Norb return from the Navy they settled on a farm south of Long Prairie where they raised seven children. Money was scarce and work abundant on the farm but loving and caring for the children left little time to dwell on it. Irene was a “doer” and when something needed to be done, she met the challenge. She made sure her family went to church each week and enjoyed fun times with her growing family. Sadly, the marriage to Norb ended in 1980. Life was hard but she persevered with strength and grace throughout. Irene, meaning “peace” demonstrated that trait throughout her life. She was kind, caring and loving person who was known to be humble and soft-spoken. Her great faith was apparent in the way she lived her life. Giving of herself to others if someone needed help, she was there to lend a hand. Irene also worked as clerk at Lubert’s Grocery, a nurse’s aide at the LP Hospital, later at the LP nursing home, and as home health aide. Irene did not let any grass grow under her feet, even after “retirement”, she worked with a good friend, painting houses and apartments, inside and out, until she was 79 years old. Even though the jobs she held did not pay much, Irene could make a lot out a little. Somehow, she always found ways to attend graduations, weddings and special events of family and friends, no matter where they were and enjoyed regular vacations. Irene was absolutely the best mother offering everything she could to her family - faith, time and love! Her legacy lives on through her four sons, Marvin (Jeanne) of Wall, SD, Norman (Janice) of Chiniak AK, Conrad of Eagan MN, Tom (Connie) of Delano, MN; three daughters, Norene (Roger) VanValkenburg of Reno, NV, Marie ( fiancé Gene Miller) George and Janet (Rick) Byland both of Sauk Centre, MN; in her grandchildren Nichole, Julie, Kara, Michelle, Jason, Jackie, Angie, Jody, Dusty, Jeremy, Tim, Jon, Katie, Conrad II, Jasmine, Tyler, Ben, Rochelle, Lucas, Mackenzie, Molly, Jess, Ricky, Whitney and is further continued in 61 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Loved ones preceding Irene in death are parents; infant son John; son-in-law Dwight George; her brothers Gordon and Donald Thompson; a sister Lorraine Loheim and several grandchild and greatgrandchild losses.

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C a r o l i n e “Connie” Mary (Dubisar) Beck, 72, of Long Prairie, passed away on November 12, 2020. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Clotho United Methodist Church with Pastor Kali Christensen and Pastor Ronald Beck officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Connie was born July 3, 1948, in Hutchinson to Jerry & Arlene (Damlow) Dubisar. After graduation from high school she attended beauty school in Las Vegas. On July 26, 1969, she married Gerald Beck in Hutchinson. In 1980 the couple moved the family farm where they raised their family. Connie loved working at the hospital and nursing home; she enjoyed all the residents that she cared for. Her hobbies included gardening, going on gardening tours and attending tons of music concerts through the Central Area Concert Association. She was active with the American Legion and enjoyed working different events there. Connie had an incredible love for her grandsons and her time spent with them. She was a simple person and loved her family. Connie is preceded in death by her dad Jerry; husband Gerald; mother in-law & father in-law Ollie and Enid Beck; sister in-law Barb Beck. Connie is survived by her mother Arlene Dubisar of Hutchinson; children: Penny (Chris Bengtson) of Sauk Rapids, Holly Beck; grandsons: Cole Hoops, Chase Hoops, Kennedy Beck; siblings: Evie (Ron) Hansen, Geri (Dan) Smith, both of Hutchinson, Laura (Scott) Tomes of Minnetrista, Carl Dubisar of St. Louis Park, Tom (Aileen) Dubisar of Winona; in-laws: Steve (Karen Hudalla) Beck of Browerville, Becky (Larry) Reynoldson of Boone, IA and Ronald (Joy) Beck of Menahga.

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Customer Service Representative/Scheduler Owned by 13 rural electrical cooperatives, Heartland Security installs and services alarm systems and cameras in homes and businesses in central, western, and southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. We are seeking the right candidate to serve as a customer service representative/scheduler in our Melrose, MN office. This is a full-time position with benefits. Prior alarm experience or technical experience is preferred. Responsibilities: • Answer phones and resolve customer concerns • Provide the highest quality of customer service via phone • Work with other departments to schedule installation/service appointments with customers in a timely manner and maintain a logical flow of technician’s route. Utilize Sedona software to select appropriate technician and get appropriate documentation to technician. Ensure that proper parts and equipment are available for technicians. • Review daily reports and notify customers of trouble conditions on alarm system • Troubleshoot security system issues with customers on the phone • Assist with inventory, closing and billing jobs and service tickets. • Follow up on notifications from response center from after-hours technical support • Assist with month end reports • Perform other office duties as assigned Requirements: • High school graduate or equivalent. College education preferred. • Superior verbal and written communication skills • Ability to maintain confidential information • Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills • Ability to pass background check • Above-average computer skills to include Excel and Access • Ability to navigate software and/or take notes while speaking on the phone • Ability to multi-task with attention to accuracy and detail Please email resume with optional cover letter to


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

Louis Joseph Laganiere Jr.

Grey Eagle, Minn. Louis Joseph Laganiere Jr “Louie” 79; passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at his home. Louie was born February 21, 1941 in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Louis “Little Joe” and Pearl Laganiere. He married Karen Evenson of Rushford, Minnesota at the Rushford Lutheran Church in 1959 and had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on September 19. Louie was a carpenter of all trades and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 930. He was proud of his little ponderosa “Up North” and took pride in fixing and remodeling the home where he and Karen chose to settle 31 years ago. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, golf cart rides with his dogs beside him, Nascar (Tony Stewart) and politics… only if you agreed with him! He also enjoyed time spent with family and friends to talk about everything and anything and would follow you out the door in conversation until you got into your car. Throughout the years, he and Karen had many Jack Russell Terriers that they loved and raised like children, while their own kids with laughter, would tease that he treated the dogs better than them! Age did not slow Louie down too much in his elder years, he still could raise a glass and tell you like it is! Louie is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Karen. Their children; Scott Laganiere of Eyota, MN; Stacy Draper (Jed Johnson) and Patrick (Stacey) Laganiere both of Lanesboro, MN; Todd (Tammy) Laganiere of Dodge Center, MN and Jesse (Jen) Laganiere of Rochester, MN; 12 grandchildren: Dustin, Jennifer, Lucas, Melody, Misty, Cory, Dylan, Sophia, Coltan, Kiara, Keyan, Devin and 17 great grandchildren; brother, LaMonte Laganiere; and sisters Barbara Long, Michon Pingree and Yvonne (Mike) O’Neil all of Rochester, MN and Clorees (Phillip) Haug of Lanesboro, MN along with many nieces and nephews and his 4 beloved Jack Russells; Mountain Dog, Snooky, Ginger and Mabelline. Louie is preceded in death by grandson Cody Laganiere, his parents, brother Carroll Laganiere, and sisters Gail Bennett and Constance Laganiere. Louie will be deeply missed by his loved ones. A Celebration of Life honoring Louie will be held at a later date.

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Ann M. Loehr

Private Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill for Ann M. Loehr, age 95, of Melrose, who passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. Reverend Vince Lieser officiated, assisted by Deacon Charles Loehr. Burial was in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Spring Hill. Ann was born on December 27, 1924 to Hubert and Katherine (Schoenberg) Athmann in Spring Hill, Minnesota; she was the third of ten children. Ann was raised on the family farm in Spring Hill and attended country school until eighth grade. When Ann was twelve years old, her father passed away, prompting the family to move from the family farm into Spring Hill. She met Art Loehr, a schoolmate of hers, at the Spring Hill Ballroom. They were united in marriage on September 6, 1943 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Art and Ann loved to dance, especially to the Rangers Waltz, which extended to their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, they moved to Art’s family dairy farm, working hard to raise hogs, chickens, milking cows and tending to her massive garden. Ann enjoyed canning vegetables, making homemade noodles and baking bread and cookies. She also sold strawberries, raspberries, eggs and pickles. In 1979 they built their home at the edge of the farm, at which point Art retired from farming. Ann went on to work for Kraft Foods and later H.E.I. in Sauk Centre, retiring at age 70. After her retirement, Ann kept busy by giving of her time and talents by volunteering at St. Michael’s Church, working potato pancake suppers, rummage sales, and cleaning the church. She loved her church family. It was the hardest thing for her to leave her Spring Hill home and move to an assisted living facility in Melrose. She was a devout member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Christian Women, 500 and Solo Card Clubs and the Birthday Club. Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, fishing and camping. She was an excellent seamstress and crocheted countless doilies and scrubbies. Ann loved the Lord, she was a powerful prayer warrior. You were glad she was on your side. She attended daily mass, prayed the Rosary and read her Bible. She is survived by her children, Chuck (Jean), Mary Thielen and Jane (Kent) Brown; ten grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; sister, Hortense Walz; brothers, Eldred, John, Norman (Marlene) and Vernon (Donna); and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ann is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Art of 67 years; sister, LaVera (Michael) Schramel; three young brothers, Leander, Joseph and Anthony; sons-in-law, George Ritter and Paul Thielen, sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Athmann and Kay Athmann; and brother-in-law, Michael Walz.

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Dear Motor Medics, I drive a 2012 Cadillac with a ton of electronic gadgets. I bought the car when it was brand new and I was still working. I was at a point in my life where a car like this made sense but have since retired and the car is beginning to nickel and dime me, or hundred and thousand dollar me to death. It all started with head gaskets at 90k miles then a transmission followed by all the brakes and tires and various sensors and now shocks. The problem is the shocks cost 1k dollars each and they say I need all four. Should I just get rid of the car and find something cheaper and newer or keep it? It now has 95k miles. Why do the shocks cost so much? The shocks on my last car were a few hundred installed complete. -Denver in Kansas City, Missouri A 2012 Cadillac with only 95k miles is still a desirable car in the used car world. It sounds like you have done a lot of the repairs that are common so overall it may be in good shape yet. Struts are fully electronic on these cars and are expensive, but you may try a conversion kit to save a bunch of cash. Most people do not notice a huge difference in ride quality. Consult with your local mechanic for options and ask them their overall opinion of the car and if it should be kept. -Take care, The Motor Medics Dear Motor Medics, I bought a 2015 Ford F150 with a 3.5 ecoboost this spring to pull my camper because it had a lot of power for towing and could get great mileage when unloaded for daily use. The truck only had 40k miles on it and I have put over 20k on it since then. During that time, I had to replaced both turbos after pulling my camper across the country. They failed in the mountains. The second trip out there the engine blew. Both times it was not overheating and was pulling fine, so I do not understand why it Upsala, MN



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failed? My camper title says it weighs only 9500 lbs. Well under the 11k towing capacity the internet says my truck has. -Evan in Okoboji, Iowa While we see a few of these engines fail, we would not say we see an abnormal amount fail when not overworked. However, if overworked they love to break in just the fashion your engine has. These engines do have a lot of power so they will keep pulling faithfully until they explode. Double check that camper weight when fully loaded with all your supplies and add in the weight of you and passengers and other gear. It should be 80% or less of the tow capacity. Also verify total towing capacity with your dealer. Only specially equipped F150s can pull that much. Most without the tow package and gearing are not near that rating. -Take care, the Motor Medics For entertainment only. Always consult your local shop and follow all safety procedures before repairs. Come visit the Motor Medics® online at Underthehoodshow.com.






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A couple were going out for the evening. They’d got ready, all dressed up, set the lights, and put the cat put out. Their Uber arrives, and as the couple opened the front door, the cat zips back in between their legs and disappears up the stairs. They don’t want the cat shut in the house, so the wife goes out to the car while the husband goes upstairs to find the cat and put it out. The wife, worried abut some recent breakins in their neighborhood and not wanting it known that the house will be empty, explains to the Uber driver “He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.” A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab apologetically, “Sorry I took so long” he says, “Stupid old thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger and grab her by the scruff of the neck to get her to come out! Then she slipped away and ran into the closet, but I quickly trapped her in the corner and got a good hold on her.”




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