Hometown News November 9, 2023

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Hometown News

Thursday, November 9, 2023


Vol. 23: Issue 27

Thank you to all our Veterans!

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Joy multiplies when you share it -By Harvey Mackay There was once a high school teacher who supplemented his income by writing short stories. He liked to teach, but he loved to write. He later wrote a novel about a teenager with psychic powers and threw it in the trash. But his wife retrieved it and encouraged him to finish it. The teacher was Stephen King, and the book was “Carrie.” King has written more than 50 novels, and here is how he describes his career: “I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me … I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.” The most joyful people are those who discover that what they should be doing and what they are doing are the same thing. People naturally seek joy because joy connects people more powerfully than almost any other human experience. Look at the power of joy in sports. Watch what happens when teams win championships, like the Texas Rangers in the recently completed World Series. Both the players and fans are caught up in the moment and experience the ecstasy of success. And do you know what? The joy in championship athletics can be duplicated in business. A.T.Kearney surveyed more than 500 employees of varying ages in different industries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. They found joy comes from three categories – clarity, contribution and commendation. Employees who know their roles plus the roles of others and how everything fits into the team concept reported feeling the most

joy at work. Conversely, there was less joy in becoming the jack-of-all-trades. Along the same lines, employees felt joy in knowing their talents and contribution were crucial to the team and the business’ success. Joy stemmed from believing their work was meaningful. Finally, employees felt the most joy when they were commended for their hard work, not only by managers but by fellow employees. It was equally important to recognize the team’s work as it was the employee. The Kearney study also found employees experienced joy at work when they believed their company made a positive societal contribution. Psychologist and leadership coach Rebecca Newton describes four steps to take to rebuild our sense of professional joy: Build your strengths into your day, focus on your professional growth, share your emotions with a trusted colleague, and rebuild relationships through the work itself. I’d like to add my comments to her findings. • Build your strengths into your day. Imagine how hard it would be to have to face each day knowing that your talents and abilities are not valued or useful in your current position. Yes, there may be days when you wonder if what you are doing matters. But for the most part, knowing that you are making a contribution improves your outlook. • Focus on your professional growth. Never pass up an opportunity to learn something new. Be fearless when accepting challenges. Seek advice from seasoned coworkers when you need direction. Be a mentor and share your skills. • Share your emotions with a trusted

colleague. Airing your concerns with dependable friends often results in discovering that others have similar thoughts. It’s an important step to problem-solving and team building. • Rebuild relationships through the work itself. When you love what you are doing, find a way to share your joy with your co-workers. Accomplishing projects together builds trust and friendship. But it also fosters pride in achievement, a clear component of joy. Joy is a powerful emotion. It must come from within. Reaching milestones, achieving success, finding common ground, making friends – all these can lead to joy. But it is based on your ability to feel joy. Comparing yourself with others, always wanting or expecting more, never being satisfied with what you have or have accomplished are joy-killers. Allow yourself to be happy. Take pride in what you achieve, even if it’s something small. Find happiness in little things, because your days are filled with opportunities to be joyful. I refer to the wisdom of Mark Twain to guide my actions. Twain said, “Some people bring joy wherever they go, and some people bring joy whenever they go.” Try to be the first and not the latter. Mackay’s Moral: Joy can be thought, taught and caught – but not bought. Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us,” “The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World,” and “Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door.”


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THURS.-SUN., NOV. 9-12 • Melrose High School Fall Musical "Matilda" at the Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center, Melrose. Nov. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 • Upsala American Legion Post 350 Veterans Day Program & Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Upsala Recreation Center. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Meeting at 10:45 a.m., potluck & Bingo to follow. FRI.-SAT., NOV. 17-18 • Upsala High School Play "Bad Auditions by Bad Actors" at 7:30 p.m. in the Upsala School Auditorium. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 • Christmas Pop Up Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. • Harvest Supper from 5-8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church basement, New Munich. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 • Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Word of Life Free Lutheran Church, Upsala. See ad on page 5. ALBANY SENIORS • Meets 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center.

ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall. BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FEET FIRST CLINIC • Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Holdingford City Hall. FOOD DISTRIBUTION • Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution 1st Saturday of the Month from 10-11 a.m. at River of Live Church, Sauk Centre. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT SENIOR MEETING • Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. with cards/Bingo/coffee/dessert. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 8 p.m. MELROSE TOWNSHIP • Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

MELROSE VFW #7050 POST/AUX. • Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion Clubrooms. MELROSE LEGION #101 POST/AUX. • Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. (Aux. Sept.-May.) STEARNS CO. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY • Meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany. 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 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building. SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL • 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of the month at 7 p.m. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Temperatures Date 11/1 11/2 11/3 11/4 11/5 11/6 11/7

High 36 32 43 45 50 46 37

Low 18 23 23 19 32 32 32


Partly cloudy. High: 37 Low: 27

Weekend Weather Saturday


Mostly sunny. High: 40 Low: 27

Mostly sunny. High: 51 Low: 31

“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Spud Picking Years Ago

the spuds on top of the ground behind the planter. Manual labor then picked and placed the spuds into potato baskets, which were emptied into gunny sacks for transport to the basement potato bins. A gunny sack filled with potatoes weighed about 100 pounds. They needed to be lifted unto the back of the pickup and when they got to the storage, they needed to be carried down the stairs and emptied into the potato bins. Harvesting potatoes definitely created a need to eat another potato for supper that evening. Today my life is quite different. I no longer lift and carry 100 pound sacks of potatoes. I no longer hunt wild game, because I don't want to trip and create more reasons to see the Doctor. There are enough Doctor visits these days. Today, I can be found in my office answering questions about Medicare, a concept that didn't exist when I was a kid. My working life consists of being indoors and having the satisfaction of helping people with Medicare and not picking potatoes. I find it easier on the body and more satisfying at the end of my day. The open enrollment period goes till Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

What were you doing at this time of the year when you were younger? It's interesting to think back to you, years ago and compare that time to what you are doing now. At this time years ago, we had just finished filling and refilling the silo. The young stock had been removed from their summer pasture to the cow yard that was by their shelter. Daily needed repairs were being done to the elevator, corn wagons and the corn picker in preparation for corn picking, which would start in a couple of weeks. There were also some fun things to do. Pheasant, squirrel, duck and rabbit seasons gave a young kid a chance to be like Davy Crocket and hunt the game to bring home to feed the family. Maybe on a Sunday afternoon, you could be lucky enough to have Dad come along. There was a large game population, so you usually had good success. One job that needed to be done now was potato picking. We usually planted about an acre of potatoes. It was very common to have potatoes on the menu two of the three daily meals. Any spuds that were more than we needed were given or sold to those that didn't plant potatoes that year. The basement storage bins held more potatoes than we could use, so toward spring when the stored potatoes began to sprout, they were either sold or cooked as hog feed. None of them were wasted, because wasting something as good as potatoes would have definitely been wrong. My Grandfather, being a blacksmith, sometimes accepted machines as payment for shoeing horses, sharpening plow lays, welding or any other mechanically related repair. So we had a potato planter, which would cut the potatoes and put them in the ground. We had a potato digger that raised the potato plants from the ground, shake off the dirt and leave


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Hometown News •Thursday, November 9, 2023 • Page 3

From the Desk of Pastor Bruce There has been a lot of excitement around here with the Upsala/Swanville Patriots football team going to state. I would like you to consider this thought for just a minute. How many people do you suppose will be at the stadium? I am not even qualified to guess that, but here is something else to consider. How many people who went to the game actually played football? Pastor Bruce, don’t you know that only the players play? Yes, Offensive teams & Defensive teams, the coaches, and referees will be out there and the line markers, and then I suppose the ambulance crew will be close at hand. I’m not sure how many that is, but one thing for sure, there will be many more fans than there will be players. Unfortunately, it’s the same with our

Stearns Co. Sheriff’s Office

Crash: November 2, 2023: At 12:10 p.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a call regarding a crash with injuries on County Road 3 near River Street, east of the city of Holdingford. It was reported that a truck veered into the ditch and rolled. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2010 Toyota Tundra resting on the driver’s side in the ditch. The driver, identified as Wayne Bieniek, 63, of Bowlus, was still trapped inside of the vehicle. Bieniek had been traveling north on County Road 3 when he veered into the east ditch. He struck a field approach and vaulted approximately 100 feet. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. Holdingford Fire and Rescue were able to free Bieniek from the vehicle. He was then transported to the St. Cloud Hospital by Mayo Ambulance.

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Christian faith. Kyle Idleman, a Christian speaker/teacher, has a thought-provoking video series titled “Not a Fan." At the beginning of the series, Kyle explains how many people go through life, going to church and calling themselves Christian. When in fact, they only show up on “game day," but they never played, they are only fans. They sit in the bleachers & maybe even criticize those who are playing. In order to be a player, you must put your own desires last. Committed players train hard, work hard, on & off the field. They are the ones who would understand the scripture that says… Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” I am sure everyone had a great time at the games, but let me encourage you, when it comes to your faith, put that first. Study God’s Word, study the life of Jesus, be a committed believer. Maybe your goal in life ought to be like 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” -Pastor Bruce Miller from Swanville Bible Church, 320-547-2916

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Jerome J. Kuhlmann


Thomas R. Stoermann

Thomas R. “Tom” Stoermann, age 60 of Albany, passed away at a health clinic in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 9 at Avon Community Church in Avon with Rev. Alvin Helms officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church in Avon. Thomas Robert Stoermann was born July 19, 1963 in Melrose, Minnesota to Robert and Sylvia (Fink) Stoermann. He graduated from Holdingford High School in 1981. Tom worked at Blue Stem in St. Cloud for many years and most recently was also working at a home for Astiva Health in Sauk Rapids as a patient caregiver. Tom was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, dressed in purple pride on game days. In high school, he played baseball and football and as an adult, he enjoyed participating in adult softball and bowling leagues as well as a participant on the Holdingford Express Amateur Baseball team. He also volunteered his time on the Holdingford Fire and Rescue. Tom was a member of Avon Community Church where he enjoyed growing in his faith. Survivors include his son, Kyle Stoermann of Albany; sisters, Sharon Stanoch of Holdingford, Sandy Kierzek of St. Joseph, Nancy Paggen of Holdingford, and Julie (Steve) Notsch of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Terri Stoermann of Holdingford; former wife, Danette Baker of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Sylvia Stoermann; brother, Steve Stoermann; and grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Jerome J. "Jerry" Kuhlmann, age 97 of Long Prairie, went home to the Lord, at his home in the presence of his immediate family on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Joe Korf officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 4 p.m. followed by a special time of sharing and stories at 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Jerome was born August 26, 1926 in Duluth, Minnesota to Bernard and Alvina (Terwey) Kuhlmann. He was raised on a dairy farm in Ward Springs, Minnesota with his two sisters. He served in the Army from November of 1945 through December of 1946. He was stationed in the Philippines as part of the signal core (communications). After returning home he worked as a meat cutter in the Twin Cities. He met his forever dance partner and love of his life, Arlen Wyrwicki at the Pillsbury Ballroom. They were married on June 5, 1950, at the Sacred Heart Church in Flensburg, Minnesota. After living in the Twin Cities for several years they moved to Long Prairie where they bought a farm near Little Sauk. Jerome and Arlen had two sons, Darryl and Jeffrey. Jerome worked at Larson Boatworks in Little Falls, Minnesota, and he delivered fuel oil for Hinnenkamp's of Little Sauk. Going to auctions was one of Jerome's favorite past times, along with dancing Saturday nights at the Diamond Point Ballroom. Jerome touched many lives with his humor and big heart throughout his 97 years. Jerome was a member of the Little Sauk Legion for over fifty years. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Survivors are his sons, Darryl (Peggy) Kuhlmann of Long Prairie and Jeffrey (Kristie) Kuhlmann of Grey Eagle; grandchildren, Melissa Sunder of Garfield, Heather (Matthew) Kvilhaug of Sauk Centre, Cameron Kuhlmann of Long Prairie, Devin (Laura) Kuhlmann of Rockville, Maryland, Kali (Jeff) Grobyof Apple Valley, and DJ Kuhlmann of Long Prairie; greatgrandchildren, Austin, Saundra, and Sebastian; great-great-grandchild, Delia; sisters-in-law, Arylis Velander and Carol (Conrad) Keech; and many nieces and nephews that were very special to him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Arlen; parents and parents-in-law; sisters, Virgina and Marceline; brothers-in-law, Duane Ritter, Linus Super, Jean Velander, and Leonard Kulus; sister-in-law, Joane Kulus; neices, Barbara, Beverly, and Beth; and nephew, Kevin. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.


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Luella I. Marthaler

Luella I. Marthaler, age 89 of Greenwald, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, MN. Per Luella’s request, a private service will be held at a later date. Luella Ida Hortsch was born February 24, 1934, in Buckman, Minnesota, to Frank and Barbara (Lange) Hortsch. On September 3, 1955, she married Virgil Marthaler of Greenwald at St. Andrew Catholic Church. She and Virgil made Greenwald their home, and it was where they raised their five children. . She is survived by Virgil, her husband of 68 years, her children Mary (Nick) Barten of Bloomington, Carole Weber-Brown of Alexandria, Linda (John) Kociemba of Grey Eagle, and Dan Marthaler of Maple Grove in addition to her brothers Lawrence (St. Cloud) and Vern (Milton, WA) and eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Luella was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Lambert (1963) and Leon (2014), and by her daughter, Joan (Glen) Gerads (2020). Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

Loren W. Philippi

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in St. Wendel for Loren W. Philippi, age 88 of Avon who passed on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at his home. Reverend Gregory Mastey will officiate. Interment with military honors will take place at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church in St. Wendel. Loren was born March 22, 1935 in Avon, Minnesota to Louise and Marie (Kremers) Philippi. He served his country in the Army National Guard of Minnesota. Loren married JoAnn M. Warzecka on July 30, 1958 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. He was employed as a Material Handler and Truck Driver by the Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railroads for 39 years retiring in 1996. Loren was a member of St. Columbkille Parish and the National Association of Retired Veteran Railway Employees. Loren enjoyed hunting, especially deer and elk, camping, bowling, playing 500, farming, raising cows and pigs, taking car trips in the mountains, doing ironwork and in his younger days he played softball. Loren enjoyed spending time with his friends and especially his family. Loren is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Lori (Brian) Rudolph of Little Falls and Lisa (Larry) Bunyea of Melrose; six granddaughters, Bridget (Jason) Williams, Cathy (Brett Tiemann) Bunyea, Samantha (Josh) Goebel, Tina Mader, Holly (Nick Secord) Mader, Tabatha (Jeremiah Moe) Bunyea; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Salina Hector of Melrose. He was preceded in death by his parents; and twin brother, Floren.

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Albert B. Rodenwald

A l b e r t B. “Sonny” Rodenwald, age 84 of Albany, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on We d n e s d a y, November 1, 2023 at his home in Albany, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 7 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with Rev. Mark Stang officiating and Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. concelebrating. Entombment was at the parish cemetery. Albert Bernard Rodenwald was born December 5, 1938 in Albany, Minnesota to Alfred and Johanna (Renneker) Rodenwald. He attended school in Albany, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Diane Tiemann on April 6, 1961 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Minnesota. Sonny worked for D.H. Blattner Energy for 30 years in Avon, Minnesota and farmed the family farm in Albany until 1968. He worked on the Kaw Dam in Ponca City, Oklahoma from 1968 to 1970 before moving back to Albany for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed farming and collecting antique tractors and farm equipment, especially IH-Farmall. He also enjoyed participating in tractor pull competitions. Sonny was a life-long member of Seven Dolors Church in Albany, the Local 49, Knights of Columbus Father Pierz Council #3628, and Catholic United Financial #400. Survivors include his wife, Diane Rodenwald of Albany; children, Brian Rodenwald of Deadwood, South Dakota, Deborah Smith of Burtrum, Terri Rodenwald of Kelly Lake, and Ross Rodenwald of Freeport; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and siblings, Vonnie vonBrauchitsch of Granite Bay, California, Sharon Schmitt of Avon, Marlys Backes of Avon, Floyd Rodenwald of Albany and Linda Maples of Isle. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Johanna; infant grandson, Lucas Allen; brother-in-law, Dennis vonBrauchitsch; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Salzl, Cathy Koopmeiners, and Adeline Tiemann. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

Barbara Kay Tabatt

Barbara Kay Tabatt, age 56, passed away peacefully in her home in Albany, MN, surrounded by her loved ones, after a courageous, 6-year battle with cancer on November 4, 2023. Barbara was born in Sauk Centre, MN to Donald and Bernice (Boogaard) Messer on October 3rd, 1967. She lived in St. Cloud for 15 years before moving to Albany in 1998. She married David Tabatt on May 4th, 2002, at St. Paul’s Church in Sauk Centre. Barb worked for Electrolux for 32 years as a Quality Auditor, retiring on July 15, 2019. Barbara was a people person and was loved by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed camping with family and friends, riding 4-wheeler, gardening, singing karaoke with her family, playing cards and board games, hanging out with her pets Lucy and Mids, cooking and trying new recipes, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Barbara is survived by her husband, David Tabatt, and their son, Cody Tabatt; her parents, Donald and Bernice (Boogaard) Messer; her siblings, Lori (Brian) Nilles, children Alex and Anja; Bonnie (Mike) Quistorff, children Brooke (Chaz) Bloom, child Wayne; Hanna (Dylan) Carlson, child Caden; Emma (Justin) George, child Lincoln; Andrew Quistorff; Lisa Messer and Jason McVinua; Lisa’s daughter, Britta Messer, and Ryan Magnan; Britta’s son, Isaac Messer. Funeral services will take place at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, MN on Thursday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service. The interment will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date.

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Brandon and Teri Voller of Burtrum are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Everley Margaret Voller, born November 3, 2023 at Sauk Centre-Centracare. Everley weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She is welcomed home by siblings: Wesley, Brantley, and Paisley. Grandparents are Dave and JoAnn Voller of Burtrum, and Raymond and Ruth Bense of Burtrum.

Human Trafficking: Identify the Signs and Source Everyone 15 and older is invited to attend this 2-speaker event! It will be held at the Upsala Area School Auditorium on Saturday, November 18, starting with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. The program will start at 4:00 p.m., featuring Cynthia (Ceecee) Terlouw, Founder & Executive Director at Terebinth Refuge and Paul Klassen, Executive Director at Broken Strength Ministries. Terebinth Refuge is a shelter for women to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity after sexual exploitation or trafficking. Broken Strength Ministries examines the heart, providing testimonies of men who have experienced freedom from porn. For more information go to terebintherefuge.org or apathtopurity.org or call 320-232-0148.

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This year’s fall production at Upsala High School is “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” - a two act comedy by Ian McWethy. Carol Danes (Evelynn Aleckson) is charged with directing a community theatre production of “Romeo & Juliet” and she is given one day to find the two leads. With her not-so-helpful assistant Roger (Jacob Gunderson), they witness bad audition after bad audition. Also in the cast are Lucylee Aleckson, Trygg Aleckson, Abigail Carlson, Lilieana Daniel, Addisyn Hovland, Olivia Kleve, Bianca Mrozek, Genevieve Mrozek, Raven Nienaber, Aubree Roerick, Eli Roerick, Addie Scepaniak, Ethan Young, and Nicholas Young.

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Dave Says -By Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, My husband and I want to do a live-in and flip real estate purchase. The idea is to buy a fixer-upper and rent out the basement to help with the mortgage payments. How do you feel about ideas like this? -Erin Dear Erin, In a situation like this you need to do a basic business analysis. You’ve got to have a plan in place, and you’ve got to figure out the worst-case scenario. Part of this is determining whether you can survive if things fall apart. In this case, the worst case is that you can’t get a renter, and the house doesn’t sell. It puts your family in jeopardy, so to me it’s not an option. Want my honest opinion? I think you’ve both got a case of house fever right now. The possibility I just mentioned isn’t a rare occurrence. Lots of people have had the same idea, with the best of intentions, and still wound up in a big mess. I love real estate. I mean I really love real estate. And I’ve flipped more than a few houses in my day. But the particulars of this deal make me a

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A Generation Funny

They call us "The Elderly." We were born in the 40-50-60's. We grew up in the 50-60-70's. We studied in the 60-70-80's. We were dating in the 70-80-90's. We got married and discovered the world in the 70-80-90's. We venture into the 80-90's. We stabilize in the 2000's. We got wiser in the 2010's. And we are going firmly through and beyond 2020. Turns out we've lived through EIGHT different decades... TWO different centuries... TWO different millennia... We have gone from the telephone with an operator for long-distance calls to video calls to anywhere in the world. We have gone from slides to YouTube, from vinyl records to online music, from handwritten letters to email and WhatsApp. From live matches on the radio, to black and white TV, color TV and then to 3D HD TV. We went to the Video store and now we watch Netflix. We got to know the first computers, punch cards, floppy disks and now we have gigabytes and megabytes on our smartphones. We wore shorts throughout our childhood and then long trousers, Oxfords, flares, parachute pants, shell suits, and blue jeans. We dodged infantile paralysis, meningitis, polio, tuberculosis, swine flu and now COVID-19. We rode skates, tricycles, bicycles, mopeds, petrol, or diesel cars and now we drive hybrids or electric. Yes, we've been through a lot but what a great life we've had! They could describe us as "exennials"; people who were born in that world of the 50s/60s, who had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood. We've kind of seen it all! Our generation has literally lived through and witnessed more than any other in every dimension of life change. A big round of applause to all the members of a very special generation, which will be UNIQUE.

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Burnhamville Township • September 27, 2023

The regular meeting of the Town Board of Burnhamville was held September 27, 2023 at the Burtrum Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chair Mike Berscheit. Members present include Supervisors Bruce Johnson, Joe Muellner and Mike Berscheit; Clerk Shirley Hulinsky and Treasurer Pam Throener. Also present were Bruce and Chris Sales and Carol Herdering, The minutes from the regular meeting of August 29, 2023 were approved on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and second by Sup. Johnson. Motion passed. For correspondence the township received letters new plat, poll pad and election equipment, electronic fund transfers, Swanville Rural Fire contract, Bass Lake property line dispute which was clarified, update on unimproved house on Long Lake and buffers. The board discussed poll pad maintenance fees and thought they were too high since we only kept them a few years. The clerk also completed the noxious weed grant. Sup. Berscheit made a motion to accept the Swanville Rural Fire Association contract as presented. Motion was seconded by Sup. Muellner. Motion passed. A motion was made by Sup. Berscheit to pay all bills numbered 6504 through 6520 totaling $40,656.43. Sup. Muellner seconded the motion. The township will bill the City of Burtrum for half the improvement of 331st Ave. Motion passed. Bruce and Chris Sales presented their plat to the township which was for one lot,

approximately 3 acres in size, they will sell to their son for a house. This plat had already received a variance for sharing a driveway with the house already there. The board had no issues with this plat. Owners will now present to county board. The Emerald Drive improvement was completed. Some residents were concerned about the depth of the ditch by the cul-desac. Supervisors thought it was good depth and board will mow ditch. After discussion board will wait until spring for road improvement to settle then evaluate need for dirt or plant additional grass. The township received a complaint of messy lot on Lady Lake. After discussion the board does not feel the township should judge landowners yards, but wishes all property owners keep their lots reasonably clean. In the road report the north end of crushed tar area on Dunlin Road is crumbling. Contractor will not grade for now. With the dry weather the board felt only some areas needed ditch mowing before winter. After review Sup. Muellner made a motion and Sup. Johnson seconded to accept the snow plowing contract from Herdering, Inc. Motion passed. The Treasurer’s report shows balance of $70,941.05. Report approved on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and second by Sup. Muellner. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 7:44 p.m. on a motion by Sup. Berscheit and a second by Sup. Muellner. Next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 7 pm in the Burtrum Community Center. Shirley Hulinsky, Burnhamville Township Clerk

A New Kind of Student Loan Forgiveness By Jade Warshaw “You’ll die with this debt.” That’s the lie my husband and I were told. And it’s the lie that so many Americans with staggering amounts of student loan debt have come to believe. There’s no way out. There’s no hope, because the amount of debt I owe is overwhelming. You’re not alone. With the three-year pause on payments and interest accrual ending in September—along with any talk of mass forgiveness—many borrowers are left feeling angry, scared and frustrated. Many feel played by the system or tricked by the reality of compounding interest and a balance that keeps getting bigger. Some feel like the government, and even the adults in their lives, let them down by allowing them to become caught up in a predatory loan system. Because of this, borrowers are desperate for another relief option. Will it come in the way of forgiveness? Maybe it should—but not in the way you’re thinking. I want to share with you how I was able to achieve full forgiveness for my student loans. Remember the Great Recession? The housing market was tanking, gas prices were soaring, and financial struggle was everywhere. My husband, Sam, and I were just completing our first year of marriage at the time, and we started becoming aware of our own private financial crisis. But it wasn’t a subprime home loan or a gas-guzzling SUV. For us, it was owing $460,000 in the form of consumer debt, two vehicles, credit cards, a small townhome and the kicker: $280,000 of student loans. We were musicians making $30,000 a year while trying to find our way in the world. Things were spinning out of control, and the government wasn’t coming to save us anytime soon. We could only forbear and defer our student loans for so long. And even with the payments temporarily paused, we still felt the heaviness of their presence. That’s when we decided dying with our debt was not an option. Believing you’ll die with your debt means believing the lie that someone else is to blame and they have to make it right. This steals your confidence in your own ability

to seek freedom and keeps you waiting for someone else to save you, leaving you at the mercy of a system that has never and will never put you first. Only you can do that. So, here are some hard truths: You may never get the apology. You may never get “what they owe you.” So, what are you going to do? Focus on you. Change you. Forgive you. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself so that you can move on. Forgiveness is yours for the taking, independent of anyone else’s actions or validation. Forgiveness brings peace, clarity and lessons learned. And forgiveness allows you to walk forward into the hope of your future. The end of the story goes like this: My husband and I realized that if we wanted to be free from our debt, it was up to us to forgive it (and ourselves) by paying it off. So we started the process. It required deep sacrifice. It challenged our mindset about money and our own abilities. And it changed us forever. With each dollar of debt we paid, we forgave ourselves for getting into this mess to begin with. We let go of the government, institutions and adults that “owed us,” and we paid ourselves with freedom. In just over seven years, the pile of debt, shame, fear and frustration was paid in full— and forgiven in full. By us. Together. We became the heroes in our own story. Just two regular folks taking an irregular journey to freedom. So, here’s my challenge to you: Choose to take your own journey to financial forgiveness. Stop waiting for a hero to ride in and save the day. You are the hero. And you are more powerful than you could ever imagine. After paying off nearly half a million dollars in consumer debt, Jade Warshaw works as a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach and debt elimination expert. Learn more about her at ramseysolutions.com/ jade-warshaw.

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Todd County Planning & Zoning News The Todd County Planning & Zoning Ordinance is the strict standard for land uses and building requirements in unincorporated Todd County. Landowners may request variances from the Ordinance in instances where a practical difficulty exists, so long as it is not self-imposed. Additionally, a variance cannot be granted that would allow any use that is prohibited in the zoning district in which the subject property is located. This means a variance could not be granted for having a feedlot in shoreland zoning (excluding up to 25 chickens on a parcel greater than 1 acre), because this is a prohibited use in shoreland zoning. Common variance requests are ones that attempt to reduce a building setback. For example, a request to reduce the setback from the ordinary high water level of a recreational development lake from 100 feet to 80 feet for the purpose of building a dwelling structure. Practical difficulties can include things such as restrictive topography features like steep slopes, small lot sizes, etc. A variance cannot be granted based on economic considerations

alone. This means if there is buildable space where a group of trees sits, the reason to request a variance cannot be “because it’ll cost too much to cut down all the trees” – there must be a practical difficulty established. The variance process consists of multiple steps which can be summarized as: submitting a complete application including the fee, and ensuring your septic system has been found compliant in the last 3 years (new septic systems are compliant for 5 years). Next would be attending the public hearing for the variance request, which will be deliberated by the Board of Adjustment. Following a variance being granted, a permit may still be required depending on the request – such as a land use permit for building a dwelling structure. There may also be conditions that need to be met in relation to the variance. If a variance is denied by the Board of Adjustment, the decision may be appealed in district court. A variance that is granted must be acted on within 3 years, otherwise the request is void.

Signal crayfish confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of signal crayfish, an invasive non-native species, in Lake Winona, adjacent to Alexandria in Douglas County. This is the first confirmation of signal crayfish in Minnesota waters. A commercial harvester contacted the DNR after trapping two signal crayfish in Lake Winona. Since the first catch, the harvester has found eight additional signal crayfish in Lake Winona. The DNR followed up with trapping in Lake Winona and in two adjacent connected lakes but did not capture additional signal crayfish. One female was among the 10 adult signal crayfish captured and removed from Lake Winona. At this time, there is no evidence of reproduction; no eggs or juveniles have been found. Signal crayfish are larger and more aggressive than Minnesota crayfish and the invasive rusty crayfish. They eat aquatic plants, detritus, fish eggs, smaller crayfish species and other beneficial native invertebrates. Signal crayfish might outcompete native species for food and habitat. Signal crayfish can spread between connected waterways or be transported by people. They can also crawl over land at night and during wet weather. “Importing live, non-native crayfish to Minnesota is illegal without a permit,” DNR Aquatic Invertebrate Biologist Don Eaton said. “Regardless of species, it is illegal to release non-native plants or animals into the environment. We deeply appreciate that people harvesting crayfish are keeping a close

watch on their catch and that, in this case, the harvester quickly reported this unusual-looking crayfish to the DNR.” Signal crayfish are bluish-brown to reddish-brown in color, with large, smooth claws and a smooth carapace – the protective covering over their head and mid-section. They have a white or pale blue-green patch near their claw hinge, which looks like a signal flag. People who think they might have observed signal crayfish or other invasive species should note the exact location, take photos, keep the specimen, and submit their observations to EDDMapS (eddmaps.org/project/ midwest/tools/infestedwaters/?page=map) or their local invasive species specialist (mndnr.gov/invasives/ais/contacts.html). To help confirm sightings of signal crayfish, photos of the blue-green patches on claws, the bright red coloring on the underside of the claws and full-body views from above and below are ideal. Placing the crayfish next to a ruler or other size reference is also helpful. The DNR website (mndnr.gov/invasives/ trade-pathways.html) has information about signal crayfish (mndnr.gov/invasives/aquaticanimals/signal-crayfish.html) and about pathways by which non-native, prohibited and invasive species are typically introduced.

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