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Get to know the gatekeeper -By Harvey Mackay

Whether you’re looking to make a sale, land a job or seeking a charitable contribution, getting through the fence to the top dog is a lot easier if you know the gatekeeper. Gatekeepers can include security personnel at the entrance, receptionists, telephone operators, special assistants, executive assistants or whoever might screen you from reaching the decision maker. When you’re trying to gain access to a decision-maker, always be courteous to these people because they hold the key to your success. These individuals may be the allies you need to get the desired outcome from Mr./Ms. Big. Correct technique and good manners can turn interactions with corporate gatekeepers from frustrating to fruitful. Gatekeepers are real people like you and me. Unfortunately, it’s all too common to get off to a poor start with gatekeepers because they often aren’t treated respectfully. Too many people concentrate on how to get past the gatekeeper to the decision-maker. The gatekeeper, however, has radar that goes up quickly, especially when salespeople are involved. Remember, you’re not entitled to see someone or be seen. Gatekeepers are not inherently uncooperative. They screen calls and inquiries to limit unnecessary interruptions and distractions for the boss. Your first contact needs to somehow assure them that you deserve an appointment

or voicemail or even an email address, if you haven’t found that on the company website. Your message better be good or you’ll be treated like everyone else. You won’t get through. You have about 10 seconds to build some rapport and spark his or her interest. Take time to prepare your message that will set you apart. Do your homework. Find out about the company and the players involved. Look for any connection or commonality. Don’t ever settle for voicemail because your phone calls will seldom be returned. Always talk with a human being. Whether I’m selling envelopes or promoting a charitable cause, I never place a call to a prospect without first finding out the name of their assistant and how to correctly pronounce it. A mispronounced name can kill the conversation before it starts. It’s easy enough to discover. You simply ask the receptionist. Then when my call goes through, the stage is set for a nice oneon-one, because I’m immediately able to address the gatekeeper by name. Recently, I’ve gotten even better results by not even trying to talk directly with Mr./Ms. head honcho. I tell the assistant, “I would like to work directly with you regarding – an appointment, charitable pledge, study, interview, or whatever it happens to be.” When I’m talking with the assistant, I’m talking with the person I “want” to talk to. If the Big Kahuna has enough faith in that person to appoint him or her to that position, that’s good enough for me. By taking this approach, all I’m asking is that the assistant use their judgment to decide if I’m making a reasonable request. If I am, I’m assuming that they are going to give me their best ef-

fort to see to it that what I’m asking for gets done. Over the years, I have had a lot better success working with people in this fashion than trying to run over or around them. Having gatekeepers in your network and having a relationship with them matters. I look at it like a checking account. You can’t withdraw more than you put in. You have to give in order to receive. It’s much easier to talk with someone the second time you meet them. You don’t have that much more to talk about than you did in your previous encounter, yet somehow everything is just more at ease. When gatekeepers get to know you, they will trust you and want to help you. Friends do anything for friends. It’s human nature. Treat the gatekeepers with dignity. Respect their power. And by all means, acknowledge their help. Not with lavish gifts. That’s gauche. Just little niceties. A creative handwritten note. A humorous card. A plant or flowers. A book. A separate visit where you stop by to see them, and not their boss. Little things don’t mean a lot. They mean everything. Mackay’s Moral: A lot more people would be in heaven if they knew St. Peter, the most well-known gatekeeper. 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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NOVEMBER 10 • Holdingford Craft & Gift Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. NOVEMBER 11 • Veterans Day Dinner & Program starting at 6:20 p.m. at the Upsala Rec Center. NOVEMBER 14 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Membership Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the center. NOVEMBER 15-18 • Fall Musical “All Shook Up.” Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Melrose High School. NOVEMBER 17 • Sacred Heart Church Annual Soup & Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. See ad on page 9. NOVEMBER 18 • New Munich Jaycees Holiday Expo & Craft Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American Legion, Melrose. See ad on

page 9. • Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Church of St. Anthony. NOVEMBER 21 • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. DECEMBER 2 • Craft & Gift Sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Landing, St. Anna. JULY 19-21 • Grey Eagle GEM Fest - Note: Change in Weekend. 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. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. 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. 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. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second 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.

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Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 12

Birth Announcement Benjamin Mark Vandergon

Trent and Elizabeth Vandergon of Upsala are proud to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Mark Vandergon, born Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2:14 p.m., at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Benjamin weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Grandparents are Bruce and Cheryl Warga of Holdingford and Mark and LuAnn Vandergon of Maple Lake. Great grandparents are Ray and Delores Warga of Holdingford; Bill and Joyce Krivanek of Upsala; Merv and Dellie Keeney of Maple Lake and Bud and Gloria Vandergon of Maple Lake.

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I would like to send a big thank you for all the prayers, support and calls and concerns for me and my family this past year. I am very blessed.

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The Grey Eagle Senior Center would like to thank Eagles Crossing for hosting the Bingo games, prizes, and “best costume” prizes at our “Halloween Pot Luck Party”. The prizes were very clever and helped make the games more fun. Also, thank you to all who attended the party, and especially those who came in costume. That helped make the party a success.

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This year in celebration of Veterans Day, St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special ceremony from 8:30-9:00 a.m on Nov. 12 in Hoppe Auditorium. Employees, patients and family members are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, Reservists and National Guard. The ceremony will include acknowledgments from CentraCare Health System President Terry Pladson, MD; SCH President Craig Broman; and CentraCare Clinic President David Tilstra, MD. Also taking place: Color Guard Procession; National Anthem; Military Care Packages, provided by Human Resources to employees serving in military and description of other types of military

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Leander “Lee” J. Karsch

Obituaries Ositha Amilia Reiling

Zimmermann in Albany. She married Ervin Reiling on September 26, 1939 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She lived her entire life in the Albany area where she worked as a home-maker raising her 4 children. She was a member of the Albany Pioneer Club, the St. Agnes Mission Group, the Christian Mothers, and also Seven Dolors Catholic Church of Albany. Ositha is survived by her children Herbert (Terri) Reiling, Cologne, MN; Gary (Katie) Reiling, Avon; Barbara (Paul) Brixius, St. Cloud; her 12 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Barbara Zimmermann, her husband Ervin Reiling who passed in 1979, her son Patrick Reiling who passed in 1985, and her siblings Gertrude Beutz, Bertha Reisinger, Eleanore Reisinger, Louise Reisinger, Dorothy Wittkop, Walter Zimmermann, Raymond Zimmermann, and Herbert Zimmermann. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Ositha Amilia Reiling, age 91 of Albany will be 11 AM, Saturday, November 10th at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Michael Naughton will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery following the service. Ositha died peacefully Sunday morning surrounded by her loving family at the Golden Living Home in New Munich. There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM, Friday, November 9th at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany, and again from 10 AM until the time of the service Saturday morning at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Parish prayers will take place at 4 PM Friday evening at the funeral home. Ositha was born October 17, 1921 to John and Barbara (Baumgartner)

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Alex and Sophia (Pierskalla) Karsch. He married Patricia “Pat” Ann Schmidt on July 23, 1960 in Albany, MN. Lee farmed in the Avon area and also was employed by Kraft Foods, Master Mark Plastics of Albany and finally for Franklin/WCI/ Electrolux for 30 years retiring in 2008. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and the Machinists and Mechanics Union. Survivors include his wife, Pat of Rice, MN; sons and daughters, Randy (Bonnie) Karsch of Albany, MN; Joan (Timothy) Elfering of Rice, MN; Ricky (Kimberly) Karsch of Rice, MN; Jane (Brian) Skaggs of Sauk Rapids, MN; sisters, Eileen Mohs of St. Cloud, MN; Mildred Reisinger of St. Joseph, MN; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Leander “Lee” J. Karsch, age 72, of Rice, MN (formerly of Avon), died Monday, November 5, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Avon, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the columbarium at St. Benedict’s Catholic Cemetery, Avon, MN. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN. Lee was born April 19, 1940 in Avon Township, Stearns County, MN to

Roger Nilson

Martha had a booth at the Little Falls Craft Fair. He was a charter member of the Upsala Lions and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, a lifelong member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala and the Barbershop Quartet. Roger loved music, was a dedicated Minnesota Twins Baseball fan and enjoyed playing cards. He was passionate about his church, faith and his family. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Martha of Sartell, MN; children, Nancy (Jim) Koetter of Little Falls, MN, Randy (Sheila) Nilson of Burtrum, MN, Betty (Mark) Craft of Princeton, MN and Rick (Lori) Nilson of St. Cloud, MN; siblings, James “Jake” (Devota) Nilson of Upsala, MN and Kae (Tony) Sovich of St. Louis Park, MN; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and brothers-in-law, Aymer Nelson of Albany, MN, and Dan Tolbert of Robbinsdale, MN. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Verna Nelson and Jane Tolbert.

R o g e r Nilson, age 90, of Upsala, MN, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Country Manor in Sartell, MN. Funeral Service was held, November 4, 2012, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala, MN, with Rev. Trisha Jorgenson officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery in Upsala. Roger was born on May 9, 1922 in Upsala, Minnesota the son of Justus & Hillevi (Nelson) Nilson. He grew up in the Upsala area and graduated from Upsala High School where he was active in the men’s chorus and basketball. He was united in marriage to Martha Soltis on June 15, 1946 at South Elmdale Congregational Church. The couple made their home in Upsala where they raised their family. Roger owned and operated a dairy farm north of Upsala. He also worked as a carpenter for Lampert Lumber in Little Falls starting in 1967. He then went to work for Avon Lumber until his retirement. Roger enjoyed making hockey stick furniture, raising and riding horses, travel, camping with family. For many years Roger and

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Do You Have What It Takes? -By Dr. John C. Maxwell In the documentary film chronicling her journey to superstardom, performer Katy Perry advises her fans: “Believe in yourself and you can be anything.” However, if eleven seasons of American Idol have taught us anything, it’s that self-belief is not sufficient for success. At the beginning of each season of Idol, vocalists audition in front of the judges, and some are dreadfully tone-deaf and off-key. Amazingly, despite their obvious lack of talent, these musically-challenged contestants truly believe they are destined for celebrity. In fact, they’re genuinely shocked when the judges candidly provide them with negative feedback before dismissing them from the set. Certainly, at many junctures in the leadership journey, you must be supremely self-assured to press forward through adversity. But while self-confidence factors into a person’s success in life, a number of other qualities come into play as well. Here are six questions to ask yourself to gauge whether or not you have what it takes to reach the pinnacle of your profession. 1) Does your dream align with your natural abilities? Olympic sprinters spend countless hours learning how to accelerate out of the starting blocks and to perfect their stride. With years of practice, they’re able to shave off precious fractions of a second off of the time it takes them to complete a race. However, in actuality, every world-class sprinter began his or her athletic career with loads of inborn ability. Absent of God-given talent, the average person, even after years of disciplined training, could not hope to keep pace with these elite runners. In my experience, a person can only improve about one or two notches above their natural talent in a given area. For example, if on a scale of 1-10

you happen to be a “3” as a singer, then taking voice lessons and music appreciation courses may lift you to a “4.” If you’re especially diligent in studying how to sing, you may even improve to a “5.” Even so, you’ve only improved from bad to average—and people don’t pay to hear an average singer. The formula for success is to build your career around skills in which you’re already a “7” or an “8” and to spend your time perfecting them. Food for Thought: In what ways are you naturally gifted? That is, in what areas are you already a “7” or an “8”? 2) Can you handle stress? A stress fracture occurs in the body, not from a single injury, but from repeatedly putting too much weight on a bone. In a like manner, leaders do not generally break down from an inability to handle a particularly busy stretch on the job. Rather, they crack as a result of taking on the stresses of work, day after day, without finding healthy release valves for the pressure. They let the demands of the office crowd out the joys of relationships with loved ones. Or, they allow the responsibilities of leadership prevent them from experiencing the beauty of nature or the healthfulness of exercise. Eventually, the repeated stress of work becomes too much, and they suffer a broken relationship, physical ailment, or mental illness. Food for Thought: Which person in your life does the most to lift your spirits? How often do you spend time with him or her? Which outdoor recreational activity does the most to replenish your energy? How often do you get to participate in the activity? 3) Are you comfortable with risk? I think it’s unfortunate that risktaking has taken on the connotation of gambling or recklessness. Many times inaction, rather than action, is the most dangerous path. With a doubt, failure to innovate and adjust spells certain doom in today’s fast-paced world of evolving technologies. Experience has shown me that taking risks has specific advantages. First, you learn things faster than the people who don’t take risks. Second, you have a broader range of experiences

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complaining about challenges, they welcome them as catalysts for growth. Food for Thought: Can a person intentionally become more creative? If so, how? If not, why? 6) Are you competitive? If you always draw back when presented with a challenge, then you’ll never make it to the top. To develop as an influencer, you must revel in the chance to your strength as opposed to shrinking from challenges. Ideally, competition isn’t about separating winners and losers, but sharpening the skills of all competitors. I like how Paul Lee Tan’s describes the benefits of competition: “My competitors do more for me than my friends do. My friends are too polite to point out my weaknesses, but my competitors go to great expense to advertise them. My competitors are efficient, diligent and attentive. They force me to search for ways to improve my technique and my service. My competitors would take my customers away from me if they could. This keeps me alert to hold what I have. If I had no competitors, I might become complacent and inattentive. I need the discipline they force upon me.” Food for Thought: At what point does competition become destructive rather than productive? Dr. John C. Maxwell has authored over 30 books, including such New York Times best-sellers as “Failing Forward” and “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

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Community Snapshots

The Upsala Area Schools staff grouped together for Halloween day with their theme/slogan “You can count on us - to help you here at Upsala Area Schools.” They dressed in black with numbers and marched together in the costume parade. Pictured are (front, from left) Kara Poissant, Jen Henry, Mindy Wessel, Ann Marschel, Caitlyn Anderson, Jessica Hovland, Pam Johnson; (back) Curtis Robertson, Colleen Harren, Mary Jo Peterson, Vicki Pangrac, Desiree Bengston, Jim Drill, Sheri Johnson and Marla Swanson. Submitted by Jim Drill.


The Grey Eagle Senior Center sponsored a lively evening of entertainment on Tuesday, October 30th. Several individuals, along with 14 people who came in costumes, had a wonderful pot luck meal and played bingo with the prizes being donated by Eagles Crossing. A great time was had by all. Submitted by Harry Grammond.

Swanville Junior High Student of the Month

These Swanville Elementary students were “Caught Being Good” during the months of September and October. Pictured are (front, from left) Jasmine Johnson, Kennedee Chuba, Zach Gapinski; (second row) Alex Bellefeuille, Jamison Koetter, John Muhlenkamp, Dalton Larson, Jackson Thieschafer, Steven Namvar, Connor Nohner; (third row) Nathan Lambrecht, Abby Pearcy, Austin Lemke, Nicole Gill, Hannah Schneider, Avery Jackson, Abby Kurowski, Gage VeRisseghem and Dylon Kurtz. Of these students, Gage VenRisseghem’s name was drawn, and he received a free book.

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Swanville Junior/Senior High School is proud to announce Carter Loven as the October Student of the Month for 7-9th grades. Carter is a ninth grade student. He is the son of Jay and Heidi Loven. Carter loves participating in and watching any sport that is in season. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, four wheeling and snowmobiling. Carter has participated in football in grades seven through nine, basketball grades seven and eight, with plans to participate also this winter season. He also played baseball in junior high. He has played on the Junior Victory League for Flensburg. He volunteers at his church, helping with the yearly craft fair and other things as needed. Carter has been on the Junior High Honor Roll in both seventh and eighth grades. His future plans include going to college and eventually hopes to become a game warden. His advice to other students is “Study and get your work done!” “Carter is extremely deserving of this recognition,” writes Tom Bzdok, Social Studies teacher. “He is a very

mature young man who has become a leader by setting positive examples for his classmates to follow. Carter never makes excuses, or complains when things do not go as planned. He always has a good attitude, an eagerness to learn, and works hard to achieve his goals. Carter is the type of student who will not be satisfied unless he has put his best effort into it. I am glad Carter received this award, he deserves it.” Marvin Poegel, Physical Education Instructor adds, “Carter is a very caring and positive role model. I have known him since he was very young and I am impressed how he matures each year. He is quick with a smile and he has the ability to work hard while keeping it fun. Carter enjoys many different activities like hunting, fishing and all his sports. He knows that he has to take care of his classes in order for him to play in sports. Carter is respectful to staff and students and he is willing to help others succeed. He is eager to go beyond the minimum requirements in his classes. I am very proud of him and want to congratulate him on this nice honor.”

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Swanville High School Student of the Month

Swanville Junior/Senior High School is proud to announce Chloee Larson as the October Student of the Month for 1-12th grades. Chloee is a senior and is the daughter of David and Susan Larson. Chloee plans to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead for Speech Language and Hearing. Chloee enjoys being with her family and friends and playing guitar. She also enjoys hanging out with her best friend Abbey. Chloee has participated in many activities in high school. She has played basketball every year since seventh grade and played softball her junior year with plans to participate this spring also. She was a class representative as a junior in Student Council and is the current Senior Class President. She has been on National Honor Society both as Upsala, MN


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a junior and senior. She has participated in drama since seventh grade and this year was also the volleyball statistician. Outside of school she is active in 4-H and received awards for showing different animals. She is also active in her church youth group. She is a past recipient of Student of the Month, earning the honor in 8th and 10th grades. She also attended a Leadership Conference as a representative for the school her junior year. Her advice for other students is “Don’t procrastinate in school, do your work and do your best.” Tom Bzdok, Social Studies teacher writes, “Chloee is a very friendly and respectful young lady who comes into class every day with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Chloee has always impressed me in the classroom with her untiring work ethic and desire to achieve the highest standards possible. She can always be counted on to give you her best effort with everything she attempts. Chloee is well liked by her classmates and is friendly towards everyone she meets. She always has an encouraging comment and seems to brighten any situation with her presence. Chloee is the type of student who will make the right decisions in life, and is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.” “Chloee is a wonderful young lady!” adds Char Bzdok, Science teacher. “I have had the opportunity of teaching Chloee the past few years in several of my science classes, in this time, Chloee has displayed leadership skills and academic success. Chloee is looked upon highly by her peers and classmates because of her great personality and moral standards. She treats everyone with great respect. She is very deserving of this award!”

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CentraCare Clinic, Sauk Centre, 433 Elm Street N., recently received health care home certification from the Minnesota Department of Health: In a “health care home” a doctor, patient and family work together as partners to improve health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with chronic health conditions and disabilities. The primary doctor coordinates specialty care for patients and oversees a treatment plan. The development of health care homes in Minnesota is part of the ground-breaking health reform legislation passed in May 2008. The legislation includes payment to doctors for partnering with patients and families to provide improved coordination of care. To be certified as a health care home, doctors and clinics must meet a rigorous set of standards that were developed through a public-private stakeholder process and complete an application. Certification represents a transformation of care delivery that can benefit all patients who receive their care in a health care home. Patient feedback also is an important part of the certification process and one patient commented, “This is the best

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MON., NOV. 12: Pork loin, oven browned potatoes, green beans, pudding/topping. TUE., NOV. 13: Beef cabbage rolls, garden salad, Boston cream pie. WED., NOV. 14: Baked chicken, scalloped potato, dilled carrot slices, lemon cake. THUR., NOV. 15: Potato soup, tuna salad sandwich, fruit, cookie. FRI., NOV 16: Meatloaf, boiled potatoes, creamed peas, baked apple. * Bread and skim milk served with each meal.

Grey Eagle Dining Site: 320-285-4481 Upsala Dining Site: 320-573-4435

MnDOT seeks applicants for $4 million in Safe Routes to School grants Minnesota elementary and middle schools and their partners are invited to apply for Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, and are available at www. Kindergarten through eighth-grade schools in Minnesota may apply for grants in three categories: • Infrastructure implementation grants: Schools, in partnership with cities or counties, will receive grants to support infrastructure that improves safety or access for children walking and bicycling to school. • Non-infrastructure implementation grants: Schools will receive small grants

to support education, encouragement, enforcement or evaluation activities related to safe walking and bicycling to school. • Planning assistance: Schools will receive expert assistance to complete a Safe Routes to School plan, which will analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions. Minnesota has $3.2 million available for infrastructure grants and $800,000 available for non-infrastructure and planning grants for 2013-14. All SRTS grants use federal funds, and no local match is required. All non-profit organizations and government entities in Minnesota may be eligible partners, including tribal nations, Word Search Answers from Nov. 1 schools, school districts, cities, counties and regional planning organizations. Infrastructure grants require a city or county sponsor. Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded $11.3 million in federal funds to communities to support SRTS. The majority of funding ($9.9 million) was awarded for infrastructure projects. The remainder is allocated for non-infrastructure items and activities, such as SRTS planning, education, encouragement and enforcement. Funding for Safe Routes to School is available in all 50 states. For more information, visit or contact Lisa Bender at 651-366-4195 or

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The Upsala Drama Club will be presenting the comedy “The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes Or Less” on November 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. The show does just as the title suggests. It is a fast-paced attempt to go through basically every story in Greek mythology with laughs, cheesy props, and a modern twist. The myths and stories include the Trojan horse, Pandora’s box, Odysseus battling the cyclops and literally many more. The cast includes Bekha Scepaniak, Emma Guthrie, Josiah Lojovich, Mat Hansen, Ruthie Flaa, Audrey Schleper, Lacey Brezinka, Anne Vos, Kristin Wuebkers, Paul Ripplinger, McKenzie Barth, Andrew Prokott, Ben Blonigen, Stephanie Pohlmann, and Danica Westrich. Tickets will be available at the door.

Upsala Jr. High Student of the Month

The Upsala High School staff would like to recognize the October Jr. High Student of the Month, Darius Westrich. Darius is the son of Byron and Trudy Westrich. He has five siblings: Delaney, Danica, Dunkin, Darla, and Damon. Darius has worked very hard this year as an eighth grader. One of his favorite classes is math. Which is enjoyable for him because he has always worked well with numbers. Besides schoolwork, Darius is involved in football, basketball and baseball. When Mr. Westrich takes a break from his studies, you may find him doing one of his favorite activities,

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basketball. High school graduation is a long way off, but he would like to keep basketball coaching or playing as an option for his future. When not in school Darius can be found shooting hoops or spending time with his family in rural Upsala. When asked, “What advice do you have for your classmates?” he replied, “If you study, do your homework, and try your best, you will get good grades.” This advice is evident in class. Mrs. Cheney states, “Darius is very deserving of this honor. He uses his class time very wisely and works hard. He is continuously getting his work done so he can use his free time at home for other things. He plans accordingly and gets as much of his homework done in school as possible while still having fun. He is a hard worker that always has a smile.” Congratulations to Darius for achieving this honor. The staff at Upsala hopes that you continue in your success this year and in the future.

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Cold Spring Bakery • Schaefer’s Meats Leanin’ Tree Gift Cards • DVDs

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Local Library Events Albany Library Author Visit: Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. for adults and teens. Minnesota author Frederick Blanch will read excerpts from his book, “Last Words: Frederick’s Bionary”. Blanch grew up in the tiny farming community of Claremont, Minnesota, and endured Great Depression struggles. He went on to be a printer, actor, beekeeper, television producer and published writer. His book is a biography in the form of a dictionary which takes readers through his life using specific words as a roadmap. The attendance limit is 50 and preregistration is required. For information about programs and activities, call the Albany library at 320845-4843. Swanville Library Author Talk: Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-7:00 p.m., for adults at Swanville Senior Center. Author Frederick Blanch will speak about his book “Last Words, which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award in 2011. Blanch spent the Great Depression years in the small Minnesota farming community of Claremont. Many of his stories take place there and depict small-town life of that era. The book is themed around individual words that have had lasting meaning to Blanch. For more information contact the Swanville Public Library at 320-5472346.

Classified Ads

WANTED TO BUY: Good slaughter cows, big bulls, also lumpjaw, foundered, lame steers, etc. (Pay with green.) Henry Kasper, 320-547-9913, cell 320360-9913. 12/13P WANTED: Baum’s Custom Logging wanted to buy standing timber. White Oak, Red Oak, Basswood, Maple, and Poplar. Office 320-285-3565 or Steve’s Cell: 320-815-1863. SBtfnB WANTED: Music records. Call 320764-2646.

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FOR SALE: MTD 5 hp self propelled lawn vacuum, very good condition. 320492-8032.

FOR SALE: Australian Shepherd pups, good herding stock. Call 320-429-0495.

FOR SALE: 2 cords of white Oak firewood, split & dry, full 4x4x8. Call 320746-2759. 11/8

FOR SALE: Malti/Poo puppies M and F, vaccinated, very playful. Call 612730-9453. FOR SALE: Receiving hitch. Call 320256-7178. FOR SALE: 4 chairs. Call 320-2567178. FOR SALE: Electric fireplace. Call 320-256-7178.

FOR SALE: Wooden toddler bed with mattress, $30. Call 320-309-8957 or 815-685-7683.

-Must be 62 years or older, handicapped or disabled. -Rental assistance available for qualified individuals -Free cable TV - Heat included -Well maintained -Laundry rooms available -Mail delivery and pickup at building

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FOR SALE: Solar roof vent, excellent condition, $100 or B/O. Call 320-5732757, leave message. tfn FOR SALE: 24 oz. cleaned Suri Llama fleece, 2 lbs. carded wool. Call 320-3339774 for prices. tfn FOR SALE: 2000 Arctic Cat ATV 2x4 300, excellent condition, $950. Call 320-836-2011. 11/8 FOR SALE: Oak firewood, $200 per full 4x4x8 cord picked up in yard. Delivery available. 320-285-3565. SBtfnB FOR SALE: Firewood, cut, split, dry, also boiler wood, $100 cord. Call 320845-2043, leave message. tfn FOR SALE: Big square & round bales of hay. Call Josh, 320-761-0778. tfn

FOR SALE: Wood, Maple, Ash mixed, split. Holdingford, 320-746-2320.

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FOR SALE: Maltese babies, little marshmallows, 1M 2F, vaccinated. Call 320-492-8032.

FOR SALE: Yorky puppies, purebred toys, excellent quality. Call 612-7309453.

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FOR SALE: Winchester model 97 12 ga. shotgun, pump action. Call 320-4928032.

FOR SALE: 1985 Ford Ranger pickup, drives good, 2WD reg. cab, long box. Call 320-492-8032.

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FOR SALE: Yorky/Maltese pups, smart and cuddly, excellent pets, 1M, 2F, vaccinated. Call 320-492-8032.


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(8)-25’5 5/8” Trusses, 4/12 Pitch, 2’ O.C. & 2’ overhang, $400 for complete set.

GIVE AWAY: Egg cartons & tin coffee cans. Call 320-256-7178.

FOR SALE: Dark blue couch & chair, both reclining, excellent condition. Call 320-845-7801. 11/15


GIVE AWAY: Manual treadmill and an Ab Pro circle machine. Call 320-3562112.

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FOR SALE: Reg. hitch. Call 320-2567178.

Cats Ok

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HELP WANTED: Part-time cook, apply in person at Granny’s Cafe, Swanville. 11/8B

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