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Scrappy ideas to move your intentions forward -By Harvey Mackay Whether you are trying to launch your entrepreneurial vision, close a big deal, land your dream job, get that promotion or support a philanthropic effort, we are all looking for that spot-on gesture that’s the perfect balance of clever, classy and creative to help us move our intentions forward. The quest for great ideas to stand out from the competition in today’s market is challenging, but can also be a fun adventure. My friend Terri Sjodin, a public speaking and communications consultant, suggests, “It may be time to get a little scrappy – make a bigger effort, and shake things up to create new opportunities and connect with key decision makers.” A scrappy effort is a winning mix of attitude, strategy and execution. (And, when it comes to the big picture, whatever your goal, keep in mind that you

don’t have to score on every play – just advance the ball.) Small actions can have a big impact. Then again, sometimes you need the big ideas to get the big results. To help you to connect with that key contact, here are a few simple, easy-toexecute ideas to get you started from Terri’s book, “Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big” Small Efforts might include: • Handwrite personal cards and notes. I’m a big believer in this strategy and like to say, small notes yield big results, in part because they are a rarity today. Don’t just send a generic holiday card with no personal sentiment or note. Terri says, “…that doesn’t make an impression, except to say, ‘You are one in a large stack of people on my list.’” • Reach out to people on unique holidays or occasions. Why send a traditional holiday greeting card and get it mixed in with all the others? Send a Thanksgiving card instead. And don’t forget New Year’s or St. Patrick’s Day for your Irish friends. • Perform random acts of kindness. Simple gestures like volunteering to help at an event or stay late to work on a project can go a long way.

She also suggests Medium Efforts, such as walk meetings. “Instead of sitting down for a meal and taking in extra calories or having another boring office meeting, why not step outside and change the view,” Terri writes. “Invite somebody you want to visit with to meet you for a beach walk, nature walk, power walk. Change things up and stay active at the same time.” Terri also lists several medium items that are near and dear to my philosophy, like using your social calendar to network; invite people to breakfast, lunch or dinner and pick up the check; and send creative and unique gifts. Among the Large Efforts she recommends are: • Hire a ride or provide the ride. If Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 • Upsala School Parent & Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 • Holdingford Blood Drive from 12-6 p.m. at Community Country Church, Holdingford. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 • Sacred Heart School Annual Soup & Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. See ad on page 11. • Craft & Bake Sale from 8:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. at Word of Life Church, Upsala. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 • Upsala Elementary School Title I Advisory Council Meeting at 3:30 p.m. • Upsala School Parent & Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 • Melrose Legion & Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Monthly Meeting at 11 a.m. THURS.-SUN., NOV. 15-18 • Melrose High School Fall Musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ at the Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center, Melrose. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sunday. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 • Melrose Legion & Auxiliary Fish Fry & Meat Raffle from 5-8 p.m. FRI.-SAT., NOV. 16-17 • Upsala High School Drama Club Presents ‘I Hate Shakespeare’ at 7:30 p.m. at the Upsala Auditorium. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 • Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30

p.m. at Church of St. Anthony. • New Munich Jaycees Holiday Expo & Craft Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American Legion, Melrose. See ad on page 3. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Potluck/ Bingo Party at 12-noon at the center. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 • Country Style Breakfast & Silent Auction from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Little Falls. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 • Folk & Old Time Music & Potluck starting at 1 p.m. at the Villagle View Apartments, Grey Eagle. ALBANY COMMUNITY CENTER • Sundays at 1 p.m. 500 cards. 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 every 1st Tuesday morning 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 SENIORS • Exercise Classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Grey Eagle Senior Center. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. HELPING HANDS EXERCISE • Exercise & Line Dancing Every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., Holdingford City Hall. HELPING HANDS COM. LUNCH • Meets the second Thursday of the month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. 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. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. UPSALA COMMUNITY CENTER • Exercise Program every Monday at 10:15 a.m.

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“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Stump Pullers There was a machine which existed on the farms when the loggers had moved along and the farmers were left with some really big stumps in their developing fields. FYI-some really old guys spoke of stories about the loggers leaving 5 foot diameter iron wood stumps – these were really old trees. During the first years the crops were planted around the stumps, but that was not very convenient. Out on our rock pile was a stump puller. I was curious about it and Pa explained it to me. The puller consisted of a one and a half inch rolled up cable with very large clevises on the ends. The cable was wrapped around a very large iron spool, which had more cable on top of it. This machine must have weighed more than a ton. The machine was dragged to a site which had two stumps rather close together. Cable was placed over each stump and the tension was

created by two horses and a long, stout pole. The horses would pull each end of the pole in a circle creating tension on the cable. Each revolution by the horses moved a reduction gear, which gathered up the large cable by maybe an inch. As the tension increased, one of the two stumps was suppose to come out of the ground. As the tension increased, so did the danger. The tremendous pressure created a possibility of the chain or the actual machine breaking. There was also the possibility of the cables slipping on the stump and maybe a violent release of energy, which would send the cable flying through the air. If a man or a horse were hit by the flying iron, he would have serious injuries. Stump pullers are no longer used. They were just too dangerous and heavy to be convenient and they have been replaced by mobile machinery, with much more horsepower. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at If you need help with Health or Life Insurance or for Senior Health Solutions Contact: Tom Kuehne 320-360-0343

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2

you are going to the same event, why not offer to pick that person up or possibly even hire a chauffeur and go in style. Offer to be a designated driver or take someone to the airport. • Treat your guest to a special outing. I built my envelope manufacturing company on T and E – tickets and entertainment. There are lots of events to take clients to – concerts, sports and charities. Golf can be a strategic play for me because if I can get a key contact out on the golf course it provides me four hours of time to connect. In all, Terri provides a wide range of creative ideas on scoring points and building relationships. It doesn’t have to be an over-the top gift – it is about creating authentic connection. What I noticed in all these points is the importance of knowing your customer or key people. That’s where the Mackay 66 Customer Profile comes into play. Get to know your decision makers inside out – their families, hobbies and interests.

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Discover what turns that person on, and then use this information to humanize your selling strategy. Find the Mackay 66 on my website – Terri’s book puts you in the right mindset and provides creative examples and tactics from scrappy people who crafted a “clever work-a-round” and got the win, the deal or the opportunity. She stresses that scrappy execution comes down to the little things. Or I like to say, little things mean a lot … not true. Little things mean everything. Terri stresses that you must take action and launch an effort, adding, “Execution kicks strategy’s butt! Stay Scrappy!” Mackay’s Moral: Don’t worry, be scrappy. 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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Card of Thanks

The family of Gerald Rohde would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, Grey Eagle Fire and Rescue, the Arnzen family: Mike, Beth, Nate and Nick and to Beau and Heidi Krueger. Also, to everyone who sent flowers, cards and kept our family in their thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,

The Family of Gerald Rohde

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100th Anniversary of the close of WWI By Julia Hird Zaborski, Oshkosh, WI and Big Birch Lake, MN With the 100th anniversary of the close of WW1, I thought I would share some interesting information. My father (Cdr. Louis Hird, a summer resident of Big Birch Lake since the 1930s) passed in 2010, and it’s taken me a while to sort through his things. There were old Navy uniforms, letters, old photographs, and a small diary, among other things he had saved. The diary was written by his father, my grandfather (H. B. Hird), who was also a career Navy man. It was written during the voyage of the collier USS Jupiter, a coal ship, from the US to France at the very start of the United States’ entrance into World War 1. When I found it, I set it aside to read later until I came upon a small photograph labeled on the back, “Admiral Benson with his staff and crew at the Paris Peace Talks Dec. 1917.” I could easily identify my grandfather in that picture. I also found an interview in a news clipping from 1935 in which he said he thought the Jupiter was the first American ship to reach Europe after President Wilson declared war on Germany in April of 1917. Evidently, he was in on the beginning and the end of WW1. It was time to read the diary! The diary was all about the trip from May through August of 1917 from the ship engineer’s (my grandfather) point of view. It was interesting and a bit technical, mostly about the running of the ship’s engines with the problems encountered and how they were solved.

But, it also talked about dodging torpedoes, finding a sunken ship’s flotsam, reaching France, trouble with finding an open and safe port, the time on shore in France and the military people he met there, then the dangerous trip home to the U.S. and how much he missed his “little family.” Last summer, knowing I’d be in Kansas City for a family wedding, I contacted the World War 1 Memorial and Museum to see if they’d like these items. According to the head Archivist, 98% of the museum artifacts have been donated by families. They were excited to get the diary which will be put on their website research pages and also the picture, which includes Adm. Benson, an important Navy figure during WW1 and during the peace treaty talks at Versailles, France. My husband, Tom, my niece, Cathy Hird Lyons, my brother in-law, Bob Hughes and I toured the Memorial and Museum after we donated the items. It’s an impressive place and I highly recommend visiting it. Finding links to our countries’ history from 100 years ago is unusual, to say the least. The remaining family didn’t know these things about my grandfather and his Navy career. To us (my sisters, Sally Hughes and Laurie Freeman, my cousin Bobby Hird and to me) he was just a tall, gray-haired elderly gentleman whose job was being our loving and well-loved grandfather.

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Obituaries Marlys Juhnke

Services celebrating the life of ofMarlys Swanson Juhnke, age 87 of Little Falls, will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 10 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Marlys died Tuesday, Nov. 6 at St. Otto’s Care Home in Little Falls surrounded by her family. There will be a visitation from 4-8:00 PM Friday and again after 9:30 AM, Saturday at the church in Upsala. Marlys was born October 29, 1931 in Minneapolis to Emil and Mabel (Swenson) Swanson. The family lived in Upsala until Emil died in 1943. Marlys and her mother moved to Lafayette. She graduated from high school in New Ulm in 1949. She attended college in Mankato where she earned a degree in music with minors in art and piano in 1953. Her first teaching job was

Joseph Peter Kaiser

Joseph Peter Kaiser, 90, of Long Prairie, passed away on November 1, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Browerville with Pastor Allan Mortenson officiating. Burial will be held at Zion Cemetery, Browerville. Joseph was born April 25, 1928, in Royalton to Joseph & Barbara (Cekalla) Kaiser. On August 7, 1948, Joseph married Martha Nakladal at St. Augustines Church; they were married 68 years.

in Wells where she taught vocal music. She married Richard “Dick” Juhnke on June 26, 1954. Marlys left teaching for 10 years to raise her children. She returned to teaching in Kiester, where she taught until 1980. She and Dick moved to Upsala where she taught until 1987. She then worked as the food service director at Camp Lebanon on Cedar Lake. Dick died in the summer of 1987. In 1990, Marlys left her job at Camp Lebanon after a liver transplant. She became the director of the Upsala Senior Center as well as continuing keyboarding for her church, Gethsemane Lutheran. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Legion Auxiliary and numerous church organizations. Marlys is survived by her children, Alan (Claire) Juhnke, Lincoln, NE; Karna (Brad) Boquet, Madison, WI and Karl (Joni Giese) Juhnke, Edina. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Zachary (Brianna) Juhnke, Shannon (Brian) Jenkins, Katelyn Kitzrow, Stephanie Juhnke, Samuel Juhnke and Jonathan Kitzrow; and her three greatgrandchildren, Ezekiel, Alexander and Desmond. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dick.

Joseph worked various jobs; retiring from the meat packing plant in St. Paul after many years. Joseph and Martha built a supper club and café; they spent 25 years working in that business. Joseph enjoyed flea marketing, woodworking, hunting, fishing and especially vacationing with the family. For several years he played the button box for family occasions and at local nursing homes; and always wearing his cowboy hat and boots when he did. Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; wife Martha in 2016, brothers & sisters, nephew, niece and grandson. Joseph is survived by his children: Jerry (Jodie) Kaiser, Dennis (Diane) Kaiser, Allan (Jakki) Kaiser, Barb (John) Tabatt, Donald (Doreen) Kaiser, Michele (David) Anderson; 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

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USA Choir to Honor Local Korean War Veterans

By Carol Duke At the annual Veterans Day Show on Sunday, November 11 the USA Chorus will be honoring 5 members of Delvin-Wilcox American Legion 313 who are of the Korean War era. The men being honored are Glenn Palm, Arthur Mortensen, Frederick Lentz, Alvin Van Heel and Robert Popken, all Army Veterans. The program will feature a drill by the USA Honor Squad, third fourth and fifth grade students from Swanville, Upsala, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle schools. They are comprised of 11 youth in the squad and practice every Tuesday in Upsala. Their drill season runs September through November and they present the colors at homecoming, basketball and volleyball games at the schools. Every year the Honor Squad does a sleep over at Camp Ripley and every other year they spend the night at USS Cobia a WW2 submarine located in Wisconsin. They are all required to serve the community also. This year they helped the American Legion at the Carnival hamburger stand. Legion membership dinner and the Legion/VFW Bingo. The purpose of this group is to teach respect, accountability, service to the community, teamwork, leadership and a little history. Recently, the Swanville VFW, Legion and Auxiliary purchased new uniforms for the Honor Squad. The Honor Squad leader is Kira Poppenhagen, Executive Officer Nick Guthrie and Ashley Maciej is the drill instructor. The USA Honor Squad has been performing in the community for 18 years. The USA Choir is directed by Duane Weisbrich of Grey Eagle. The choir is proud to announce the Becker Family (The Slew Foot Family Band) will be joining the choir this year. Some of their selections include “The Navy Hymn,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” Jordon Beck-

November 3: At 12:01 a burglary was reported at a residence on Morrison line road north of Swanville. The burglary happened sometime in the last two days. Missing is a large amount of change. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. November 4: At 12:16 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an ATV crash that occurred on private property in Burnhamville Township east of Long Prairie. The operator of the ATV, 63 year old Timothy Luebesmier from rural Long Prairie died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Based on a preliminary investigation it appears that Luebesmier was negotiating a hill and lost control of the ATV causing the ATV to roll and land on him. The Long Prairie Fire Dept., Long Prairie Ambulance and Petries Towing assisted at the scene.


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er will solo on “ Old Army Hat.” Also performing are former US Air Force “Singing Sergeants” Tom Speckhard and Maureen Putnam. They will be performing songs from each year of the Korean war including “Mona Lisa” and “ P.S. I Love You.” Tom will also solo on “The Navy Hymn” with the choir. This program is to honor all our Veterans and a video produced by Skip and Cookie Messerich and Royce Bacon will show the highlights of what our Veterans groups do for the community. This program will also highlight various historical aspects of the Korean War, also known as the “Forgotten War.” The Korean War has not been forgotten by our Veterans. Please come honor all veterans by coming to this program, Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swanville High School Auditorium.

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Dear Dave, My fiancé and I are getting married in three weeks, but he lost his job as an experienced H V A C technician at a hospital a few days ago. Do you think we should still go on a honeymoon, or wait until things are more stable? I’m on Baby Step 3 of your plan, and I make $56,000 a year. I also have $7,000 in an emergency fund. He was making $64,000 a year, and he’s on Baby Step 2 with about $10,000 in car debt remaining. We have $3,000 already set aside for the trip, plus another $2,000 we were planning to put toward fixing up his place. -Corina Dear Corina, First, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I hope you two will have long and happy lives together. Usually, I’m not a big fan of spending when someone loses a job. But I think your situation is a little different than most. You’re both serious about dumping debt and getting control of your finances. Plus, you’re working together, and you’ve already got a nice chunk of cash parked in the bank. That tells me you’re both wise enough to know the importance of saving. Your guy can find another job in a couple of weeks, considering his field and experience. Companies everywhere are hiring people right now, and the economy is booming! If he gets out there and really busts it looking for another position leading up

to the wedding, I think you two will be fine. He might even be able to work it out to start right after the honeymoon. You two have some financial padding, his job is an easy one to replace, and his income will be restored soon if he’ll just get out there and make it happen. Go on the honeymoon, and have a wonderful time. God bless you both! -Dave Dear Dave, Should I keep buying dental insurance for my kids, or is it just a gimmick? -Brenda, Dear Brenda, Dental insurance is one of those things where it’s easy to see that the payout is greater than the return. We’ve had dental insurance proposed to us at my company several times as an employee benefit, but when you add up what you pay for it you’ll find you rarely spend that much on dentistry. In many cases, I advise self-insuring for dental care. Now, there is a dental discount company I highly recommend called This kind of thing is worth it. As a member, you get discounted rates on dental work when you visit an in-network provider. I’ve gotten to know the folks behind this organization, too, and they’re great people. Hope this helps, Brenda! -Dave * Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven bestselling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 13 million listeners each week on 585 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at daveramsey. com and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.

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By Pat Scherf, Area Supervisor The mission of the Foster Grandparent Program is to purposefully align senior volunteers with children who have special or exceptional needs. Since 1965, Foster Grandparents have been placed in non-profit settings with children creating intergenerational bonds with on-site children and staff. The different generations work together toward positive outcomes for all involved. Students assisted by Central MN Foster Grandparents make progress. During the 2017-18 school year, 93% of school aged children increased academic engagement, 98% demonstrated improved math and/or literacy skills, and 94% of children improved school readiness and social-emotional development goals. Young learners know they go to “Grandma” or “Grandpa” for specific tasks, and they get encouragement. Teachers directly supervise students with Foster Grandparents who are used to enhance classroom experiences. FGP volunteers contribute to their communities; they’re recognized as positive role models for our future adult citizens. It’s not coincidental that Foster Grandparents report improved health and well-being. Volunteering offers less isolation, increased activity, added purpose, and FGP benefits include continued learning, a stipend plus travel reimbursement, and school meals plus more! Most importantly, they feel the joy of

giving. Do you know that aging doesn’t automatically equal declining health? Physical and/or mental health challenges can stem from a variety of changes in life. Poor diet, stress, isolation, financial struggles, and less activity are among negative contributors. Schools/sites receive caring, consistent, affordable classroom workers who both students and teachers need and rely on. Possibilities for precarious learning and social-emotional gaps are lessened for children when Foster Grandparents are present in classrooms. In turn, Foster Grandparents receive amazing benefits. Individual lives, classrooms, and communities are improved. Mission accomplished! Best regards from the Central MN FGP, Catholic Charities of St. Cloud, MN Senior Corps, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. We appreciate your support!


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Community Snapshots


Your Children, Their Education

Upsala fall play cast: pictured are (seated) Olivia Peterson, Audrey Thomas, Cheryl Zimmerman, Alexis Krebs, Anna Blonigen; (standing) Anders Aleckson, Devin Prokott, Annika Gunderson, Braedan Rene, Kennedy Allen, Bryce Westrich, Alice Hebig, Collin Prom, Hannah Luedtke, Kylee Roerick, Savannah Stumpf, and Emma Scepaniak. Not pictured: Brandon Young, Jessi Lange, Jacob Lezer, Micah Ripplinger, Karlee Warga, Ryan Johnson, and Paige Gerads.

Upsala Drama Club to present fall play

The Upsala High School Drama Club is producing “I Hate Shakespeare” for their fall play. The show exposes you to the plays of Shakespeare, but with a modern comedic twist. Think Hamlet and MacBeth combined with infomercials, Jerry Springer, the Dating Game and more. Performances will be November 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upsala Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door

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In today’s world, the role that fami- communities. ly plays in a child’s academic success is The Foster Grandparent Program huge. It isn’t just about having a parental places adults, 55+ in age, in classpresence in the house. It’s rooms with children in about an engaged, loving, need of additional supencouraging role model port, encouragement, and who makes education a guidance. The Central priority, spends time readMN Foster Grandparent ing to and talking with a Program has over 175 sestudent, and offers advice niors volunteering in 16 and experience as stucounties. These older voldents navigate childhood unteers mentor hundreds decision making, temptachildren and invest many tions, and opportunities. thousands of hours of their Whether the child attime. Those hours aren’t tends a tough inner-city just spent helping with school, a rural lower math or spelling words. economic school, or a Think of all the other life suburban neighborhood lessons that are taught and Wanda Thompson, magnet school, it can bemodeled by our grandparLPGE Elementary come clear within the first ents - hard work, sacrifice, School week of the new school compassion, patriotism, year which children are being supported and fairness, just to name a few. in their education by someone at home. Thanks to the Foster Grandparent Often that support comes from one or Program, our young people who need a both parents, but many times it comes little extra love and guidance are learnfrom a grandparent or another older ing those same values from their schoolfamily member. In fact, many school- time “Grandparent.” Students are not aged children live in a three-generation the only ones who are benefiting. These household, and a percentage of children classroom “Grandmas” and “Grandpas” are raised almost exclusively by their are providing a useful service to our grandparents. But what about the chil- community, playing a meaningful role dren who have no one at home who is in the lives of another generation, and making education a priority? Those chil- reaping the rewards that comes from dren tend to struggle more academically, connecting with children. with behavior problems, and sometimes In a time when more and more of end up dropping out of the education our society is becoming self-centered, system altogether. That’s why the Foster digitally consumed, and driven by inGrandparent Program is so important to stant gratification, our senior helpers are an important reminder of what it means to be part of a community, to work hard, and respect others. We can all agree that Echo Dealer our young people need to learn these Small Engine Repair lessons and, of course, a reminder to “be Sharpen Chain Saw Blades sure and do their homework!” Sharpen & Balance Lawn Mower Blades For more information or to become a Foster Grandparent classroom worker, AUTO REPAIR contact Pat Scherf, FGP Area Supervisor Rebuilding Alternators, at 320-293-0682 or pscherf@ccstcloud. Towing Starters & Generators org.The Central MN Foster Grandparent Program is under the direction of the Corporation for National and Commu216 W. Main St., Freeport 320-836-2122 nity Service, Senior Corps and Catholic Hours: Mon.-Fri: 8 am-5 pm; Sat: By Appointment or Call Ahead Charities of St. Cloud, MN.

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Birthday Open House

Minnesota Through The Lens:

Submitted by: Harry Grammond

Rita Frieler

Please join our open house for Rita Frieler’s 90th birthday party on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Meire Grove City Hall, from 1-4 PM. A light lunch will be served. No invitations will be sent.

Swanville Senior High Student of the Month away so you can hang out with your friends and have fun! Make as many memories as you can because they are really fun to look back on.” Art teacher Kerry Osberg said, “Having Avery in my art classes and yearbook for the past few years has been a delight! Avery’s curiosity and eagerness to learn make it really fun to be a teacher. She is a natural leader, and she is always willing to help other students in the class. This year, Avery is one of the editors for yearbook. She is already showing a lot of enthusiasm, and she has the capability of delegating various tasks to other students in the group. Avery is a very caring and compassionate person. She never misses the opportunity to make others feel good about themselves. I can honestly say I will miss her after she graduates this spring, however I am positive that she will go out into the world to do great things!” Math teacher Liza Hasse adds, “Avery has proven to be an exemplary student. She works very hard in class and on her work to always do her best. Avery is an enjoyable student to have in class, she has a contagious positive personality and is respectful towards others.”

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Swanville High School is pleased to announce Avery Jackson as the October Senior High Student of the Month. Avery is the daughter of Todd and Stacy Jackson. Jackson is consistently on the A honor roll. In the future she plans to attend college for Elementary Education, but she is undecided about which college to attend. In school Avery enjoys volleyball, basketball and softball. She has participated in all three sports since sixth grade. Avery has received several athletic awards including Prairie All Conference in volleyball in 2016 and 2017 and in basketball in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Avery’s hobbies include playing sports, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. What she enjoys most about school is seeing her friends every day, and she has come to cherish it even more this year as she is a senior. Her advice for other students is: “Don’t procrastinate! Get your work done right

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Word Search Answers from Nov. 1

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.

Thought for the week:

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -Barack Obama

As John left for the Army in World War I his mother slipped a copy of the Twenty Third Psalm into his hand. “Here,” she said with tears in her eyes and pain in her heart, “take this with you wherever you go, never lose it and read it every time you are afraid and ask God to protect you!” He followed her advice, even in combat. One day during a time of fierce fighting he slipped the Psalm from his pocket and started to read it. Suddenly, a bomb burst near him and he jumped For All Your Cabinet Needs...

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into a fox hole and lost the tattered piece of paper. It frightened him and he said, “Now, I’ll always have bad luck.” After the battle he went to a tattooist with a copy of the Psalm and asked, “Please, Sir, tattoo this Psalm on my arm. I never, ever want to be without it.” Many of us are like that soldier. We have God’s Word in our Bibles but not in our hearts. We keep His Word on our tables or desks but not in our minds. We do not allow it to become part of us. It’s outside and “nearby” but not inside where it can make a difference in our lives. “Praise the Lord, O my soul,” said David, “and do not forget all His benefits - Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all Your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” When we pause and think of this Lord that David is writing about, it does not make any sense to keep Him in a Book or on a piece of paper. He deserves to be living deep within our hearts, guiding and guarding our lives.

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Melrose City September 20, 2018 The Melrose City Council met in a regular meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Dick Christenson, Tony Klasen, Justin Frieler, and Mayor Joe Finken, City Administrator Michael Brethorst, and City Clerk Patti Haase. Council Member Josh Thieschafer was absent. Also in attendance was Bob Dickhaus and Stearns County Sheriff Candidate David Bentrud. Mayor Finken presided thereat. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as amended. Mayor Finken then opened the floor to public comment. Bob Dickhaus, resident of Melrose, thanked the citizens of Melrose and the surrounding area for their support during his campaign for Stearns County Sheriff. Mr. Dickhaus noted that his views, ideas and vision aligns most closely with those of candidate Bentrud and, therefore, is endorsing Mr. Bentrud for Stearns County Sheriff. Mr. Dickhaus stated that he believes Mr. Bentrud’ s thoughts and solutions are best for Stearns County. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a. the minutes from the Council’s August 16 Special Meeting, the August 16 Regular Meeting, and the August 22 Special Meeting. b. list of bills in the amount of $915,750.25. c. list of investments for the month of August. d. The Council to give consideration concurring with the Melrose Public Utilities Commission approving the 2017-2018 Safety Management Program Contract between the City of Melrose and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) for their safety program. The agreement is in effect from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Total program fees have increased $437.50. The fees are cost shared between the general and utilities funds. The Council to concur with the Commission approving the Safety Management Program Contract. e. Resolution No. 2018-41, Resolution Appointing Election Judges. The election judge appointments are for the General Election that will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. f. On September 29, Office Assistant II Sharon Blaskowski will complete two years of service with the City. Finance Director Beuning has conducted a review and it is favorable; therefore, recommends approval of a step increase from Step 5 to Step 6. The Council to concur with the Commission approving Ms. Blaskowski’s increase. g. Gambling Resolutions: 1) Resolution No. 2018-42, Resolution Approving Gambling License to the Melrose Area Chamber of Commerce for an exemption from lawful gambling license to conduct a bingo and hold a raffle on November 2, 2018 at the Melrose American Legion located at 265 Country Road 173 SE. 2) Resolution No. 2018-43, Resolution Approving Gambling License to the Melrose Area Chamber of Commerce for an exemption from lawful gambling license to hold a raffle on November 23, 2018 at 223 Main Street E. 3) Resolution No. 2018-48, Resolution Approving Gambling

License to Midwest Outdoors Unlimited Inc. DBA Wobegon Partners for an exemption from lawful gambling license to hold a raffle and to sell pulltabs on January 12, 2019 at the Melrose Legion Club, 265 County Road 173 SE. h. Pay Voucher No. 4 / Change Order No. 1 – 1st Street NE / 4th Avenue NE Improvement Project. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried to approve the Consent Agenda items. Mayor Finken recognized the Meals on Wheels volunteers. David Bentrud, candidate for Stearns County Sheriff, addressed the Mayor and City Council. Mr. Bentrud stated that his tenure has provided him with a unique insight into the technology needs of municipal agencies and as Sheriff, he would work to open up avenues by which local police agencies can access various features and functions of technology that will help enhance information sharing and improve public safety. Mr. Bentrud noted other critical issues he would address include mental health, sex trafficking and school safety. Police Chief Craig Maus presented the Police Department’s August report. He noted there were 511 calls for service during that month, compared to 348 for August 2017. A total of 30 citations were written for the month of August. The year-to-date number of calls is 3,523 compared to 2,307 in 2017. For the month of August 2018, the Department received 41 agency assist calls. Chief Maus noted that school is back in session and things have gotten off to a good start. Mr. Finken thanked Chief Maus and the Police Department for their professionalism and response to the Sauk Centre standoff incident. Community Development Director Lisa Atkinson provided an overview of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s September 10 Meeting. Ms. Atkinson noted that the Commission considered the Kraft lot and City Center rezoning and are recommending Council approval on both of these items.They also considered the Portable Storage Ordinance and Sign Ordinance and also recommended Council approval on those items. MADA met on September 13 regarding Carstens proposed project and recommended Council approval. City Attorney Scott Dymoke reported on projects he has been working on for the City: • Charter Cable Franchise: Reviewed Charter’s proposed franchise renewal agreement and proposed amendments to cable franchise ordinance with City Administrator and Charter representatives. • Nuisance Actions: Attended hearing and obtained court order directing abatement of nuisance on residential property. Prepared proposed abatement order and hearing notice for service on commercial property owner and lender. • Sign Ordinance Regulations: Reviewed proposed amendments to the sign regulations. Discussed proposed amendments with City and staff recommended additional changes. The City Council held a Public Hearing to determine if conditions identified on the property located at 215 Main Street E are a public nuisance and consider issuing orders to abate the nuisance. Attorney Scott Dymoke provided an overview of the nuisance violations and the process of abating the nuisance. Council Member Christenson inquired as to the time it takes to obtain a license if the vehicle does not have a title. Chief Maus stated that the process does take additional

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time compared to a license renewal; however, it is able to be done. There being no further comment, the Public Hearing was closed at 6:31 p.m. Mayor Finken stated that earlier this evening, a Public Hearing was held to determine if conditions identified on the property located at 215 Main Street E are a public nuisance and consider issuing orders to abate the nuisance.City Attorney Dymoke stated that if the Council wishes to move forward with the abatement of the nuisance conditions for the above listed property, they will need to take action adopting the resolutions. In so doing, the property owner has 30 days in which to come into compliance with the applicable City codes and regulations. A motion for summary enforcement of the order will be made to the Stearns County District Court unless correction action is taken, or unless an answer is filed within the time specified in Minn. Stat. §463.18 which is 20 days. If the City must take action to enforce this order, all enforcement costs will be specially assessed against the property and collected in accordance with Minn. Stat. §463.22, §463.21 and §463.161. Council Member Frieler introduced Resolution No. 2018-44, Resolution Ordering the Abatement of Nuisance Conditions Located at 215 Main Street East, Melrose, MN. The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Klasen, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSTAIN: Council Member Christenson ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer Fire Chief Tom Budde stated that the Fire Department in 2012 and the City of Melrose, as the guarantor for the Melrose Fire Department Retirement Program, entered into an agreement with PERA to manage the retirement program and funds for the Department. At that time, there was a five-year lock at the $1,500 per fireman. The program is funded by three primary areas: Fire State Aid, Investment Income and Local Contribution. Melrose has agreed to make an annual contribution of $8,200. This amount has been adjusted over the years. As per the PERA bylaws, there is a five-year vesting into the program where no changes to the benefit level can occur. In 2017, the City Council approved an increase from $1,500 to $1,900 after being locked in for five years. In 2017, a full analysis had been conducted by PERA and reviewed by the Finance Director, City Administrator and Fire Chief. Based on review of the benefit level, it is projected that there be no estimated required additional contribution by the City if the benefit level were to be raised from $1,500 to $2,100. The cost analysis in 2017 shows a $772 required contribution if the City were to increase to $2,100; however, this does not consider the additional contribution the fund receives each year in the amount of $8,200. Based on this analysis, it was recommended to adjust the benefit level to $2,100. It is additionally recommended to review this annually to determine the level of benefit based on the funds’ performance. In 2017, Council Member Klasen stated that based on the limited amount of performance data of the funds and the fact that the amount cannot be decreased, he proposed the amount be set at $1,900 per year. Mr. Klasen stated if the funds continue to perform well, he would be open to revisiting the benefit level. Mr. Christenson concurred. A review has been conducted again in 2018, by the Statewide Volunteer Firefighter (SVF), Fire Chief and City Administrator for contribution

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levels of $1,900, $2,000, $2,100 and $2,200. A contribution level of $2,000 would have a funding ration of 117%, a contribution of $2,100 would have a funding ration of 112% and $2,200 would have a funding ration of 107%. Based on this review, the fund would support all three options. It is Fire Chief’s recommendation to support a $300 increase to $2,200. Council Member Klasen stated that the way he looks at this is that the funds are in invested in the stock market and the current investment has not been through an economic downturn. Mr. Klasen’s concern if there is stock market correction, what effect this would have on the investment and the funding ratio. Mr. Klasen is also looking to future firefighters benefit levels as if there is a decrease in funding levels, there might not be an increase to the benefit level for several years. Mr. Klasen just wants it to be fair for firefighters today and tomorrow. Fire Chief Budde stated he is recommending keeping the benefit level at 107%-108% funded going forward. Council Member Frieler stated he has checked with other surrounding fire departments and he believes an increase is in order. Council Member Christenson stated that it is important to have a fire department and rescue squad and appreciates having volunteers for these organizations. The community benefits from having these organizations. Council Member Frieler introduced Resolution No 2018-45, A Resolution Opting to Increase the Benefit Level for Firefighters Who Are Vested in the Voluntary Statewide Volunteer Firefighter (SVF) Retirement Plan as amended with the benefit level to be set at $2,200 per year. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christensen with at roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Christenson, and Klasen AGAINST: None ABSTAIN: Mayor Joe Finken, due to a conflict of interest ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer Fire Chief Tom Budde noted that the Fire Department proposes to replace the 1984 Chevy brush/ rescue truck. The Five Year Capital Improvement Plan calls for a $40,000 budget. Fire Chief requests approval to develop specifications and seek quotes for the replacement and disposal of this rig. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried authorizing the Fire Department to develop specifications and seek quotes for the replacement of truck and disposal of the 1984 brush/rescue truck. Mayor Finken stated that the City Council, at its budget meeting, discussed a nominal increase to the Council, and various Boards’ and Commissions’ salaries. The Public Utilities Commission, at its September 10 meeting, approved the Commission’s increase. Ordinance No. 09-20-2018-1 establishes compensation and reimbursement for expenses for Mayor, Council Members, and other Boards and Commission Members. Council Member Christenson introduced Ordinance No. 09-202018-1, An Ordinance Establishing Compensation and Reimbursement for Expenses for Mayor and Council Members, and Other Boards and Commission Members. The motion was seconded by Mr. Frieler with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members

Christenson, Frieler, Klasen, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer Mayor Finken stated that following its review of the Planning Report, the related information and documents associated with the application from the City of Melrose regarding Lot 1, Block 1 of Melrose Riverview Addition, according to the plat and survey thereof, (Parcel number 66.37011.0200) the former downtown Kraft site located at 325 1st St NE, Melrose, MN 56352, the Council gave consideration on the application to rezoning from R-3, Residential to C-5, Mixed Use Downtown. The Planning and Zoning Commission, at its September 10 meeting, made a recommendation that the City Council approve the application of rezoning contingent upon the Comprehensive Plan Amendment being approved. Council Member Frieler introduced Ordinance No. 09-20-20182, An Ordinance Amending City of Melrose Zoning Ordinance No. 1989-1-A, as Amended, and Adopted by Reference as Chapter 153 of the City of Melrose Code of Ordinances to Rezone Lot 1, Block 1 of Melrose Riverview Addition (Former Kraft Lot) Owned by the City of Melrose MN from its Zoning of R-3, Multi-Family Residential to C-5, Mixed Use Downtown Commercial Downtown (RZ-7-2018305). The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Klasen, Christenson, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer The Council reviewed the Planning Report, the related information and documents associated with the application from the City regarding Lots 1, 2 and East 93’ of Lot 3, Block 43, Townsite of Melrose, and Lots 2, 3 and & 93’ Lot 4, Block 57 Clark’s Addition to Melrose, according to the plats and surveys thereof, (Parcel number 66.37349.0005), the Melrose City Center located at 225 1st St NE Melrose MN, rezoning from R-1, Residential to P, Public Institutional and Lot 2, Block 1 of Melrose Riverview Addition (Parcel number 66.37011.0201) rezoning from R-3, Multi-Family Residential to P, Public Institutional. The Planning and Zoning Commission, at its September 10 meeting, made a recommendation that the City Council approve the application. Council Member Frieler introduced Ordinance No. 09-202018-3, An Ordinance Amending City of Melrose Zoning Ordinance No. 1989-1-A, as Amended, and Adopted by Reference as Chapter 153 of the City of Melrose Code of Ordinances to Rezone Lots 1, 2 and East 93’ of Lot 3, Block 43, Townsite of Melrose, and Lots 2, 3 and & 93’ Lot 4, Block 57, Clark’s Addition of Melrose, Owned by the City of Melrose, MN from its Zoning of R-1, Residential to P, Public Institutional, and Lot 2, Block 1 of Melrose Riverview Addition from R-3, Multi-Family Residential to P, Public Institutional (RZ-7-2018306). The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Klasen, Christenson, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT Council Member Thieschafer Mayor Finken stated that a previous version of the sign ordi-

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nance was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their August 6 meeting and slated to go forward to the City Council pending a review of the freedom of speech implications. The City Attorney directed staff to revise the ordinance and bring it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission. After the August 6, 2018 draft of the sign ordinance, staff revised the flow of the ordinance to include a more logical flow through the various portions of the ordinance. It now includes the following subsections: • 701. Purpose (Existing section, but with some new language, primarily from Alexandria’s code) • 702. Findings (New section, primarily from Alexandria’s code) • 703. Application of Regulations and Substitution Clause (New section, likely from Alexandria’s code) • 704. Severability (New section, likely from Alexandria’s code) • 705. Definitions (the definitions numbered .xx are new) (Existing section, but with some new language, primarily from Alexandria’s code) • 706. Scope (indicating what is not regulated as a sign) • 707. Permits (New section, likely from Alexandria’s code) • 708. Exemptions (indicating what is permitted without a sign permit, including non-commercial and philosophical signs 708.11) (New section name, with some existing language from other areas of the code and some elements from Alexandria’s code) • 709. Prohibited signs (Existing, with mostly existing language from this and other areas of the code) • 710. District Sign Regulations – regulations specific to the zoning district that the signs are located. Note the increase in commercial and industrial signage, although there are some size limitations. (Existing section, but with some new language, primarily from Alexandria’s code) • 711. Specific Sign Regulations (billboards, sexually-oriented business signs, sandwich board signs, monument signs) (New, with mostly existing language from other areas of the code) • 712. Billboard Overlay District (Existing, no change) • 713. Administration (defines permit submission requirements and processing) (New) • 714. Sign Maintenance (New, with some existing language from other areas of the code) • 715. Substitution (New) The Planning and Zoning Commission, at its September 10 meeting, made a recommendation that the City Council adopt the ordinance pending legal review. This review has been completed and the City Attorney’s comments have been incorporated into the revised ordinance. Community Development Director Atkinson stated that since the publication of the agenda, there has been some discussion amongst staff in regard to reviewing other areas of the sign ordinance prior to Council adoption. Staff is recommending that Council table action for further review. A motion was made by Christenson, seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried to table the ordinance until the October regular meeting.

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Mayor Finken stated that the City of Melrose has contracted with Stearns County Attorney’s Office since 2015. The contract is set to expire December 31, 2018. The three-year average of contested files is 34. The County proposes to continue contracting with the City for another two years. The amount paid per year are noted below dating back to 2013: • 2013: $23,081 contracted services with Pottratz • 2014 : $24,492 contracted services with Pottratz • 2015-16: $12,500 per year-Stearns County • 2017-18: $16,500 per year-Stearns County • 2019-20: $13,500 per year-Stearns County Stearns County proposes to lower the annual contracted fee by $3,000. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to approve the two-year Prosecution Agreement with the Stearns County Attorney’s Office. Mayor Finken noted that Jake Altendorf of Carstens Industries has requested TIF assistance for a 7,000 square foot building expansion. Carstens does fiberglass work and processing in their facility. Carstens creates the fiberglass boat shells and interior fixtures for Warrior Boats. They have been having difficulty working on the boats in their current building due to low interior ceiling heights. The proposed new addition will allow them to better serve Warrior Boats, giving additional room to work in a higher-interior ceiling area. Additionally, they are currently limited in hiring due to space limitations and this $400,000 project, including equipment, would allow them to hire at least three additional full-time employees. Staff has considered the possible methods for providing financial assistance. Carstens is in an existing TIF District, so creating a new district would be difficult. The project, at $400,000, is significant, but would only generate about $30,000 in increment. This makes it difficult to justify the cost of creating a new TIF District. Traci Ryan of Ryan Consulting suggested an alternate idea. The existing Carstens TIF has excess increment, due to property value increases in the larger district that included Carstens. She suggested that we close out the existing TIF District, which we need to do by State Law anyways due to the excess funds. She suggested using the money the City gets back to pay Carstens for the TIF they would get if the City went through the effort of creating a new TIF District. Further, by not creating a new TIF District and by decertifying the prior district, the property and the larger district will be generating taxable income for the City from this point forward. It is a win-win for both the City and the developer who gets assistance needed to make the project expansion work financially. The City gets to support two community businesses (Carstens and, more indirectly, Warrior Boats), reduce the number of TIF Districts, and start collecting tax revenue from the former TIF District area. Council Member Frieler introduced Resolution No. 2018-46, Resolution Decertifying Tax Increment Financing District No. 7-2, Carstens. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christenson, with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Christenson, Klasen, and Mayor Finken

AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer A motion was then made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried to develop a modified Business Subsidy Agreement and forgivable loan terms as outlined in memo and authorize signature. Mayor Finken stated that Council Member Josh Thieschafer has submitted his letter of resignation effective immediately. Mr. Thieschafer has recently purchased a residence outside of the jurisdiction of the City. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to adopt Resolution No. 2018-49, Resolution Accepting Resignation and Declaring Vacancy. Mayor Finken stated that Council Member Josh Thieschafer served as Acting Mayor. Due to his resignation, the Mayor and Council will need to appoint an Acting Mayor for the remainder of the year. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen nominating Mr. Christenson as Acting Mayor for the remainder of the year. The motion was seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried electing Mr. Christenson as Acting Mayor. Finance Director Beuning presented the proposed 2019 Budget for the General Fund. State law requires that the City certify the proposed tax levy to the County Auditor by no later than September 30; therefore, it will be necessary to review the budget and take action on adoption of the proposed preliminary budget and the proposed tax levy at this meeting. The final levy adopted in December can be lower than the levy certified in September but cannot be higher. It is proposed that the preliminary property tax levy be certified at $940,000. Also included is a total debt levy of $440,000 for a total proposed tax levy of $1,390,000 and an estimated tax capacity rate of 66.99% which is a decrease from the final levy of 69.00% for 2018 taxes payable. The City must also provide the County Auditor with precise information on: 1) Time and place of a public hearing for the adoption budget and levy will be discussed. 2) The public must have the opportunity to speak and the meeting must not be held before 6:00 p.m. 3) Date, place and time of the public hearing at which the final budget and levy will be determined, with this meeting to be scheduled after November 24 and before December 27. a) Staff recommends this hearing be scheduled for the December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center. 4) Phone number that City taxpayers may call if they have questions related to the auditor’s property tax notice, which is generally delivered in November. (320.256.4278) 5) Address where comments will be received by mail. (225 1st Street NE, Melrose, MN 56352, Attn: Finance Director) The above-noted items are part of the revised Truth in Taxation requirements. The information must be included in the minutes and the City must comply with existing publication requirements for minutes.

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Council Member Christenson introduced Resolution No. 2018-47, Resolution Adopting Proposed Tax Levy Approving 2018 Tax Levy, Collectible in 2019 and Setting Hearing Dates (See attached resolution). The motion was seconded by Mr. Frieler with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Christenson, Frieler, Klasen, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried approving the preliminary 2019 Budget. Mayor Finken stated that the City Council, at its August 16, 2018 meeting, considered a revised version of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Temporary Storage Structure/Portable Storage Ordinance. There were quite a few changes requested by individual Council Members before the meeting. Additional changes were requested at the meeting. The Council worked toward consensus, talking through most of the areas of concern and then referred the document back to the Planning and Zoning Commission, asking staff to send mailed notices to relevant business owners known to have these kinds of structures.The Planning and Zoning Commission, at its September 10, 2018 meeting, discussed the revised ordinance. Representatives from two businesses, Leedstone and Carstens, were present at the meeting. Both businesses expressed their concerns with the proposed ordinance. They were willing to work with whatever the City adopted but expressed their concern and discomfort with the setbacks and quantity regulations. Leedstone indicated they have approximately 10 semi-trailers they use for storage, including four permanently at their loading dock which would not be behind the building or meet primary structure setbacks. Carstens indicated that they have around seven semi-trailers they use for long-term storage of fiberglass molds that they need to keep on hand and do not access often, which makes the low-cost storage in trailers a good fit for them. Most are behind the building, but one is located in front of the building and might not meet primary structure setbacks. They purposefully purchased a nicer trailer for this since it would be in view from the street. After hearing these concerns, the Planning and Zoning Commission determined that perhaps the best course of action was not to regulate semi-trailers in the C-2 and Industrial zoning districts at this time. Staff constructed language that reflects some base level standards for these zoning districts and basically allows semi-trailers and other storage units for use by the related business to be exempt from permitting. There were quite a few other changes throughout the document. Staff recommends approval of the revised ordinance, consistent with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation. Council Member Frieler introduced Ordinance No. 09-20-2018-5, An Ordinance Amending Zoning Ordinance No. 1989-1-A, As Amended, Adopted by Reference as Chapter 153 of the Melrose City Code Amending Chapter 600. General Regulations, by the Addition of Section 613, Temporary Storage Structures. The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Klasen, Christenson, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer A motion was then made by Mr. Frieler to the adopt the Official Title and Summary of Ordinance No. 09-20-2018-5. The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: FOR: Council Members Frieler, Klasen, Christenson, and Mayor Finken AGAINST: None ABSENT: Council Member Thieschafer Mayor Finken stated that SEH has completed its initial draft assessment of the City Center HVAC. Below is a detailed summary of estimated costs and priority for repairs. The Utilities Commission has recommended that we move forward with adopting the phased approach and to work with SEH to develop the bid and specifications for the repairs. 1. Air Handling Unit Upgrades Quantity Units Total a. Clean hot water coils – two each: $1,000 b. Replace R-22 cooling coils – two each: $11,504 c. Replace damaged piping insulation – 40 feet: $800 d. Rebalance unit – two each: $4,600 e. Upgrade AHU controls – two each: $16,000 f. Replace humidifiers – two each: $30,420 i. Total: $64,324 2. Condensing Unit Upgrades Quantity Units Total a. Split system condensing units – two each: $75,750 b. Refrigerant piping – copper tube insulated – 200 feet: $20,865 c. New roof box and ancillary roofing – two each:


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$13,000 i. Total: $109,615 3. Boiler System Upgrades Quantity Units Total a. High efficiency boilers – three each: $90,400 b. Boiler breaching – 300 feet: $23,985 c. Boiler pumps – two each: $11,634 i. Total: $126,019 4. Fan Powered VAV Upgrades Quantity Units Total a. Replace VAV damper actuators – 36 each: $28,800 b. Replace VAV control valves – 36 each: $14,400 c. Re-Balance VAV box – 36 each: $4,680 i. Total: $47,880 5. HVAC Control System Upgrades Quantity Units Total a. Upgraded graphics software – one each: $3,925 b. New DDC controllers – two each: $71,850 c. Programming – one each: $8,520 i. Total $84,295 A review has also been conducted to determine if GeoThermal is an option for the Melrose City Center. This review has been conducted as part of the report. It is estimated to cost upwards of $1 million dollars to support a system like that. Therefore, the Utilities Commission has opted not to pursue this as a financially feasible option. Based on the report, the priority for repairs is the condensing units and air handling followed by boiler / VAV upgrades and then the controls. It is proposed to be completed over a three-year period. Based on the report, the priority for repairs is the condensing units and air handling followed by boiler / VAV upgrades and then the controls. It is proposed to be completed over a three-year period for an estimated cost of $431,113. Council Member Klasen stated that he found the cost to be excessive. He will further research ideas by contacting heating and air conditioning contractors. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried concurring with the Melrose Public Utilities Commission to update the Five-Year Plan to include the boiler/ VAV upgrades. Mayor Finken noted that the Melrose City Center was built in 1990 and when built, it constructed a standard HVAC system, within the system they built standard duct work throughout the facility. However, no access panels were installed, nor a plan developed for routine five-year cleanings of the duct work. The facility has never had its ducts cleaned out. With the plan to start a replacement of HVAC components, it is recommended to clean the duct work prior to starting the projects. Plus, it is recommended to do this prior to the 2018-2019 heating season. Two quotes were received for the cleaning from Restoration of Waite Park ($53,297+ taxes) and Dust Busters of Alexandria ($24,895 + taxes). The City does have funds to cover the duct work cleaning as part of the facilities budget, but it is not part of the previous facilities maintenance plan. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to award the bid to Dust Busters of Alexandria. Mayor Finken stated that the Melrose City Center has a skylight as a main design feature for the facility. It is constructed of fiberglass and originally installed using a product called kalwall. Efforts are being made to secure quote for a one for one replacement and for a steel roof, with skylight accents and led lights on the interior with a sheetrock ceiling. Inspections are being conducted monthly of the condition of the skylight. As per the manufacture, it has passed its useful life and needs to be replaced. The condition of the panels all for heat loss as well are in a condition that no longer yields much if any snow load. Once quotes are received, it is recommended to place this on the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for replacement in 2019. The City Administrator stated that he has received a quote from Kalwall for $79,000 to replace the skylight. Staff has also reached out to Kraemer Lumber for a bid to construct a blue steel roof with some type of skylight features and LED lighting. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Frieler and unanimously carried to place skylight replacement on Five Year Capital Improvement Plan. Mayor Finken noted that Stearns County will be completing a mill and overlay of Riverside Avenue. After reviewing the adjacent roads and possible partnership, it is proposed to mill and overlay approximately 240 linear feet of 3rd Ave NW. The 2015 OCI for the road was 63%, it is estimated that OCI in 2018 is now below 50%. This would warrant a mill and overlay. This project would not require soil borings or engineering as the contractor will take this as part of the County project. Plus, the City did soil borings approximately 200 feet to the south on 3rd Ave in 2017; however, the City would have to pay for the mill and overlay. A quote for the work is being sought for said project. The work would begin in late September and overlay would being in early October. Staff has received a quote from Knife River in the amount of $13,975. A motion was made by Mr. Frieler, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to approve the mill and overlay of approximately 240 linear feet of 3rd Avenue NW. The following informational items were reviewed:

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Stearns History Museum Free to Veterans on Nov. 12 Veterans will receive free admission to the Stearns History Museum on the Monday, November 12, this year’s nationally observed Veterans Day. Veterans Day, previously Armistice Day, was established one year after the end of World War I by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The war formerly ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Today we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. The Museum’s exhibit, “Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye,” seeks to understand the experiences of Stearns County residents as they struggled to

both survive and make sense of World War I. It explores these tumultuous times through artifacts and images and draws heavily from the words of those from Stearns County. The exhibit also looks at the affect the war had on many Stearns County residents of Germanic heritage and the environment of mistrust and fear in which they lived. Join us for donuts and coffee from 10 to 11 a.m. to honor your service to our country. If you have any questions regarding the event or the Museum, please feel free to contact Executive Director Carie Essig at the Museum, 320-253-8424 or

Stearns History Museum Opens Firefighting Exhibit “Bucket Brigade,” an ode to our area firefighters, recently opened at the Stearns History Museum, 235-33rd Ave. S. Attain a better understanding of early firefighting methods and its limitations. Discover the stories of our area’s significant historic fires, including the Royal Melrose Granite Fire and the 1957 Sears Continued from Pg 10

a. The minutes from the Utilities Commission’s August 13 Regular Meeting. b. The following is a list of schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1. APA Conference: September 26-27. Attending: Community Development Director Lisa Atkinson. 2. 2018 Regional Meeting – League of Minnesota Cities – October 4: Attending: City Administrator Mike Brethorst c. Charter Communications correspondence. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried that the meeting be adjourned at 7:40 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk



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fire that left downtown St. Cloud coated in ice. Take a “selfie” in the boots, hat, fire coat and pants worn by of some of our local heroes. Examine the elegance and sheer horse power of the 1929 Ahrens-Fox Fire Piston Pumper, the display’s centerpiece. Once owned by the St. Cloud Fire Department, the Ahrens-Fox is considered one of the finest fire engines of its time. The fire truck, part of the Stearns History Museum’s collection, is often seen in Central Minnesota summer parades and at local events. The exhibit is ongoing and artifacts will change throughout its year run. For more information, contact the Stearns History Museum at (320) 2538424 or check out the website at

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Albany Library • 320-845-4843 Friends of the Albany Library Meeting: Monday, Nov. 12: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Help support your local library. Grey Eagle Library • 320-285-2505 Fleece Scarf Making: Saturday, Nov. 10: 11-12:00 p.m. ages 9 and up. Make a tie fleece scarf for yourself or as a gift. Limit 18. Long Prairie Library • 320-732-2332 Tech Tutors: Tuesdays, Nov. 20 & Dec. 18: 3-5:00 p.m. Need help with your laptop, smartphone or other devices? Drop by the library for individual help during Tech Tutor time. A librarian will be available to work with you one-on-one. Registration is required. Limit 4. Swanville Library • 320-547-2346 Intro to Watercolor Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 17: 10:30 a.m. for teens and adults. Create a watercolor still life. The artist leads you through several basic watercolor techniques (wet on wet and resist, as well as tips for painting from observation. You leave with a completed watercolor still life. Limit 12. A Legacy event.


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GARAGE SALE: Indoor Christmas sale. Nov. 8: 4-6 PM, Nov. 9: 9-4 PM; Nov. 10: 9-2 PM. Eagles Crossing, 103 Spruce St., Grey Eagle. COOK WANTED: Part-time weekends. Apply at Corner Pub, Freeport, 320-8362120. HELP WANTED: Personal care assistant for morning help. Must pass finger print & background check. Possible child care option. Wages discussed at interview. Call or text 320-533-1183. Please leave message, we will return call. 11/8B BARTENDERS WANTED: Part time, nights & weekends, will train. Apply at Corner Pub, Freeport, 320-836-2120. HELP WANTED: Full time cooks & bartenders. Apply at Hillcrest Restaurant, Albany, 320-845-2168.

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FOR SALE: 14 foot aluminum boat $100, (boat only). Call 320-267-5632. tfn FOR SALE: Mountaineer wood stove, 104,000 BTUs, heats up to 2,000 sq. ft., good condition, $350. Call 320-285-4495. tfn FOR SALE: 8x12 insulated fish house with bunks on skids, always stored inside. Call 320-250-5288. FOR SALE: Winter ice spears, hand made tempered steel, $155. Call 320-260-7128. FOR SALE: Ford 2012 Escape. Portable Allen infrared heater. Call 320-429-5767. Cedar Lake Area Upsala, MN


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