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Hometown News 29442 120th St. Grey Eagle, MN 56336 Phone: 320-285-2323 Fax: 320-285-5264 Website: Email: The Hometown News is a weekly publication, which is published and distributed every Thursday. Published By

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Ad & News Deadline The deadline for news and advertising in the Hometown News is Monday. Subscriptions The subscription rates for 13 weeks is $15.00 26 weeks is $30.00 52 weeks is $60.00 Mail to: Hometown News, 29442 120th St., Grey Eagle, MN 56336. Press Releases Press releases are welcome. They must be emailed to: Letter to the Editor Letters and articles of opinion are welcomed. Letters must be signed and include address and phone numbers. Letters should be short and to the point. We reserve the right to edit lengthy letters. Email to: Free Classifieds Personal Classifieds are free. Limit of 20 words; 25¢ for each additional word. 20 words or less can be emailed. Classifieds over the word limit must be prepaid. Business related Help Wanted, For Rent classifieds are $5.00 for the first 20 words, 25¢ per each additional word. Mail to: Hometown News, 29442 120th St., Grey Eagle, MN 56336. email: Card of Thanks Cards of Thanks is $2.50 for the first 50 words, 10¢ per each additional word. Must be prepaid. Announcements Anniversary open house, births, birthday open house, engagements, weddings and obituaries are free of charge for one publication. To have it published twice costs $10. A prestamped, self addressed envelope is required to return photos.

Advanced Networking -By Harvey Mackay

In his book What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell titles one especially worthwhile chapter “The NewBoy Network.” According to Gladwell, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a speech to former Microsoft interns and a young man posed an astute question to Ballmer. After that talk, Ballmer asked this college senior for his e-mail address. Soon Ballmer and the questioner were engaged in a lively discussion about the young man’s “career trajectory.” What triggers career-shaping interpersonal attraction is changing. A mind-bending Tweet or an imaginative Facebook Poke can snip through “Six Degrees of Separation” in a nano-second. What one used to know about networking might have landed you onto the playing field. Today it may not even click you through the stadium turnstile. Readers tell me my book Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty is a networking classic. While the tried and true principles described in it can still work wonders, I hasten to add: Networking is an ever-changing art. The nine most important new things I have learned about networking in the last 10 years are: • Don’t network all prospects the same way. There is no cookie-cutter style that will gain you easy entry into every network. Tailor your pitch to each group. For Bostonians, sometimes humble Roxbury roots count far more than a fancy

Beacon Hill address. • Create an appealing, inspiring presence for yourself in social media. Make sure that it seamlessly supports your professional and business goals. Constantly update it and pay special attention to the list of colleagues who link to you as peers. Share insights and tips. This is becoming an opportunity area for businesses, too. In a column for the brainyard, David F. Carr notes: “InboxQ . . . makes a tool that mines Twitter posts for unanswered questions that can be turned into sales leads.” When you do offer help, accent what’s constructive . . . not self-serving. • Monitor the networking capabilities of subordinates. Networks are so powerful because of how well they expand reach. Your own network is never enough. Whenever you recruit team members, learn about their networks. Industry and community contacts can open untold doors, and they speak volumes about people’s values. Make networking goals as tangible and measurable as you can. Challenge subordinates to link networking to their personal development. • Emphasize your mastery of teamwork. In today’s leaner, faster-moving organizations, executives are increasingly picked for their ability to inspire and integrate teamwork. GE legend Jack Welch exemplified teamwork -- well -electrically! • Plan your networking timeline. Look at where you want your business or career to be in five years and the contacts you will need in order to prosper and excel. The higher the goal, the slower and more demanding the access ramp. Cultivating future networks is second-nature in great politicians. Ronald Reagan’s road to the White House in 1980, experts

say, was ignited by a speech he gave to support the losing Republican campaign in 1964. • Be a competitive, sharp-eyed ally. Everyone values competitive insight. Respect business and trade confidentiality, but help others piece together challenges and threats they might neglect. There’s always a place in the dugout for someone who can pick off the other team’s signs. • Showcase your developmental prowess. Top executives increasingly want to know the answer to one question in evaluating other industry leaders for any role: What top people have you developed and where are they today? Make it a point to keep success stories you helped to groom part of your network. • Collect mentors. Nostalgia and sentimentality may attach you to the same mentor who brought you along in your earlier years. Be respectful, but add new mentors to your list as you set your sights higher or fine-tune your direction. • Teach your children to network in a disciplined way. In Connecticut, I spotted an ad for “Generation.Next: Dale Carnegie Training for Teens.” Networking is indispensible for summer internships and first jobs. Networking may also be one of the most overlooked family values . . . and assets. Mackay’s Moral: Don’t overlook the net in networking. 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,” and the new book “We Got Fired!...And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us.”

Upcoming Events OCTOBER 15 • Public Square Rosary at 12-noon on Main Street, Albany, near Seven Dolors. OCTOBER 16 • Holdingford Area Knights of Columbus Chicken & Ham Dinner from 3:30-7 p.m. at the Pelican Lake Ballroom, St. Anna. See ad on page 6. • St. Columbkille Christian Women Annual Turkey Bingo Party starting at 1 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, St. Wendel. See ad on page 4. • Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. See ad on page 4. • Catholic United Financial Potato Pancake Supper from 3-8 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Meire Grove. OCTOBER 19 • Freeport Community Center Chicken Fry from 5-8 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. See ad on page 6. OCTOBER 20 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Membership Meeting at 12:45 p.m.

OCTOBER 22 • Country Gospel Night at 7 p.m. at Faith Community Church, Burtrum. See ad on page 5. • Craft & Bake Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. • Annual Harvest Dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Swanville. OCTOBER 23 • Holy Family Catholic United Financial Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church basement, St. Rosa. ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS • Meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Grace Alive, Albany. ALBANY TOWNSHIP • Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. • Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany City Hall. BURNHAMVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Burtrum City Hall.

BURTRUM CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL • Meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE CITY COUNCIL • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. GREY EAGLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. ST. ROSA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Park building. SWANVILLE CITY COUNCIL • First Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. SWANVILLE TOWNSHIP • Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 p.m. at the Swanville Fire Hall. UPSALA CITY COUNCIL • Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Senior Dining Menus: October 17 - 21

Birth Announcements


Katelyn Rose Bredeck

Jeffery Bredeck and Abigail Rose of New Munich are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Katelyn Rose Bredeck, born Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 10:46 a.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Katelyn weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Grandparents are Susan Bredeck of Albany, Leona and Dean Simpson of Albany, Cheryl and James Birr of Avon and Andy Rose of St. Joe. Great grandparents are Mike and Jodi Hoppe of Pequot Lakes, Norbie and Marie Schleppenbach of Albany and Erma Birr of Albany.

Avery Virginia Johnson

Jeff and Kristin Johnson of Grey Eagle are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Virginia Johnson, born October 7, 2011 at CentraCare Health System-Long Prairie. Avery weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces. Welcoming Avery home were her big brothers: Devon and Peyton, along with her big sister, Kailee. Grandparents are Jim and Virginia Johnson of Grey Eagle and Roger and Linda Gates of Burtrum. Great grandmother is Nona Walker of Grey Eagle.

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Obituaries Delores J. Zierden

August G. Schmidt

Dolores J. “Mutz” Zierden, age 70, of New Munich, died peacefully surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at her home near New Munich. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 11 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. officiating. Inurnment followed in the parish cemetery. Dolores Jane Mayers was born August 7, 1941 in Sauk Centre , Minnesota to Gilbert and Caroline (Wimmer) Mayers. She was united in marriage to Valerian “Larry” Zierden on August 25, 1959 in Holdingford. Mutz was a homemaker until 1991 when she started working at various jobs including, Stearns County Publishing and catering food to Jennie-O Foods. Mutz worked until being diagnosed with cancer in March of 2009. Mutz was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed going to garage sales, gardening, watching old western movies and spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mutz was an avid Twins fan and loved to read.

Survivors include her children, Connie Zierden of New Munich, Cindy (Reuben) Bertram of Spring Hill, Kevin (Barb) Zierden of Avon, Char (Travis “Woody”) Fread of Freeport, Mike (Sharon) Zierden of Melrose, Keith (Carrie) Zierden of Freeport, Michelle (Lloyd) Parker of Avon, Matt (Karla) Zierden of Albany, Kristy (Steve) Schlangen of Paynesville, Stacy Zierden of New Munich; 19 grandchildren and one due in December and four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Howard (Sue) Mayers of Apple Valley, Ray (Flo) Mayers of Conrad, MT, Marlene (Elmer) Keppers of Avon, Marie (Alex) Masiarchin of Hartford, WI, Nellie (Mike) Sumera of Waukesha, WI, and Rich Mayers of Albany; sister-in-law, Dianne Schlichtmann of North Dakota. Mutz was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry Zierden on July 13, 1991; infant daughter, Beverly Zierden; brother, Ralph Mayers. Serving as urn bearer was Christopher Bertram. Serving as cross bearer was Amanda Zierden and scripture bearer was Nathan Zierden. Mass servers were Zach and Gabe Zierden. Gift bearers were Marlene Keppers, Nellie Sumera, and Marie Masiarchin. Reader was Darren Mayers and Matt Zierden read the eulogy. Picture bearer was Brock Zierden, angel bearers was Mitchel Schlangen and Valerie Parker, and vase bearer was Adam Bertram. Honorary bearers were Mutz’s friends and neighbors. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

St. Columbkille Christian Women Annual Turkey Bingo Party Sunday, October 16

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A u g u s t G. “Auggie” Schmidt, age 97, of Freeport, died Friday, October 7, 2011 at the St. Michael’s Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. August Gerhard Schmidt was born May 7, 1914 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Clements and Anna (Ruetter) Schmidt. On May 7, 1946 he married Marie Brake at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ward Springs. The couple farmed near Melrose for six years. During that time, Auggie was employed at the Creamery in Freeport. In 1952, the couple moved to Freeport and Auggie began working for the State of Minnesota doing highway maintenance. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and going to the casino. August was a member of Sacred Heart

Loretta Knapp

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Loretta Knapp, age 90 of Avon, was held Saturday, October 8, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Loretta was born July 30, 1921 in Avon to Peter and Mary (Kalla) Klein. She grew up in St. Cloud and graduated from Cathedral High School. She was working in the office of Dr. Gaida when John Knapp came in for new glasses. They were married in June of 1946. Loretta worked as his legal assistant in John’s law office in Albany before John became Chief Judge of the Minnesota State Tax Court in 1965. She raised her four sons, Dennis, Tom, Bob and Mark in their home in Albany. In 1985, the couple built their retirement home on Kalla Lake, south of Avon. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, the Seven Dolors Christian Mothers, the St Ann’s Mission Group, the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the

Sacred Heart Church Basement in Freeport

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Catholic Church in Freeport, St. Martin Lions Club, Albany Knights of Columbus, Council 3628, and the St. Cloud Eagles Club. Survivors include his children, David (Julie Slaughter) Schmidt of Olivia, Raymond “Ray” (Diane Tschida) of Avon, Judy Schmidt of Melrose, Jerome Schmidt of Melrose, Mary Schmidt of Melrose, Conrad Schmidt of St. Cloud, Debra Schmidt of Melrose, and Sandy (David) Thielen of Hawick; nine grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Regina Stiel of Eagle Grove, IA and Rosie Betow of Sauk Centre. Auggie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Schmidt; daughter, Dorothy Studer; brothers, Joe, John, Tony, Herman, Alphonse, and Hubert Schmidt; sisters, Cecilia Perish, Annie Speaker, and Marie Toenyan. Serving as casket bearers will be Scott Studer, Joel Studer, Aaron Thielen, Zach Cusick, Sylvester Schmidt, and John Schmidt. Serving as cross bearer will be Sister Helen Brake, O.S.F., and scripture bearer will be Agnes Bearson. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.

Albany American Legion Auxiliary. Loretta is survived by her sons; Dennis, Brooklyn Park; Thomas, St. Cloud and Mark, Avon. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Ann (Allen) O’Donnell, John (Alexia) Knapp, Robert Knapp and Stephen (Lindsey) Knapp and one great-grandchild, Matthew Knapp. Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 2006, her son, Robert in January of 2011, and her brothers, Leonard Klein and Harold Klein. Loretta was most proud of her four sons, her four grandchildren and her greatgrandson. Loretta love her husband, her family and her life. She will be sadly missed by her many friends who knew her as a kind, loving person. At the core of her life was her deep abiding faith and love of God.

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Olivia H. Blenker

Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Olivia H. Blenker, age 85 of Albany will be 11 AM, Friday, October 14, 2011 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Eberhard Schefers will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery following the service. Olivia died at Mother of Mercy nursing home in Albany early Monday morning. Friends may call from 4-8 PM, Thursday, October 13, 2011 and again from 10 until the time of the service on Friday at Seven Dolors Catholic Church parish hall.

Parish prayers will take place at 4:30 PM, followed by the Christian Women praying the rosary at 6PM. Olivia was born July 19, 1924 in Richmond, MN to Joseph and Barbara (Schlangen) Schefers. She lived in Richmond until marrying Michael Blenker in November of 1944 when the couple moved to the Albany area where she lived the rest of her life. Olivia was a farmer, a homemaker, and a loving wife of 66 years. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church of Albany and the Christian Women. Olivia is survived by her husband Michael Blenker, Albany. She is preceded in death by her mother and father Barbara and Joseph Schefers, and her siblings, Catherine Ostendorf, Alphonse Schefers, Sylvester Schefers, Edmund Schefers, Leona Weisz, Lucille Etten, Leander Schefers, and Edward Schefers.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Oct. 15 - Dec. 7

It is important for all Medicare beneficiaries to be aware of a change in the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for this year, 2011. Beginning this year the Medicare Open Enrollment Period will occur from October 15th - December 7th. This period is a time for individuals to compare plans that will be available for 2012, make sure their current plan will fit their needs in the new year, as well as switch plans if an individual wishes. If one does decide to change plans during this time, the new plan will become effective January 1st of the upcoming year. Please help spread the word about this important change so Medicare beneficiaries do not miss their

opportunity to compare and/or switch plans for 2012. For assistance comparing plans, please call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Assistance is available over-the-phone or in person. 2012 Annual Health Care Choices Guide: The annual statewide Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare guide is published by the Minnesota Board on Aging. The guide offers free, comprehensive, objective information about options for Minnesota Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® to request a free copy at 1-800-333-2433.

Anna Pastian and the Uff-da Mountain Boys coming to Burtrum Oct. 22 Anna Pastian and the Uff-da Mountain Boys will be featured at the annual Country Gospel Night at the Faith Community Church in Burtrum on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. The Mountain Boys present a program of Blue Grass and Country Gospel at their concerts accompanied with instruments common to this type of music. Refreshments will be served following the program. There is no charge for

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This “Do Unto Others” Bit is Not a Bad Idea -By Saralee Perel What does a broken-down car have to do with church? I’ll tell you. My friend, Patty Kogut, invited me to the North Congregational Church in Middleborough, Massachusetts where she was to be installed as their new minister. Having been raised Jewish, I’m not familiar with church. Feeling terribly shy, I sat in the last pew. I was embarrassed to be the only one with a gift-wrapped present for Patty in my lap. A few days later, I was somewhere in Rhode Island, which is about 2 hours from our home on Cape Cod. My Ford truck broke down. It was hot and I had my shepherd/collie with me. “My truck just died,” I called to a woman who was quickly going in her front door. “Can you just tell me where I am?” “Portsmouth,” she said. I called for a tow from the car phone. My trembling pup had to stay in my truck while it was towed to a Ford place. At the service desk, I said, “Please help me,” to a guy named Arthur, who had an, “It’s 4 o’clock on Friday. I don’t need this,” attitude (I thought). “I have to get home,” I said. “I have other pets there.” Soon, the mechanic came out. “It started right up,” he said. I explained that I live on Cape Cod and I was sure the truck wouldn’t make it. “Nothing we can do,” he said, and handed me the keys. I found a water fountain in the hallway and knelt to give my panting pup a Evening Specials Serving 5-10 PM

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Community Snapshots


Upsala Jr. High Student of the Month Upsala Area Schools Junior High Student of the Month is Sami Van Wienen, the daughter of Scott and Karla Van Wienen. Sami is active in FFA, drama, and a student council representative. She is the recipient of the FFA Star Discov-

Last Wednesday the LPGE FFA Chapter took home a 1st place Soils Team and a 4th place General Livestock Team in regional competition. Both teams will advance to state competition April 23rd. Soils Team members (pictured above) Lenard Bennett, Tommy Buchta, Josh Primus and Ryan Middendorf. General livestock (pictured below) Nick Zastrow, Luke Mueller, Devin Roering and Craig Donabaurer.

ery degree, earned by exceptional effort as a junior high member. She is continuously on the honor roll and applies herself academically. Outside of school Sami is a mass server and works on her home farm. Sami’s favorite class is Agriculture; because “it is so fun and exciting, intriguing and interesting.” Sami feels her most valuable class is Science because she learns a lot in a fun way. We wish Sami Van Wienen the best in the future, her diligence and ability to focus on the task at hand like a laser will enable her to achieve her goals. Congratulations, Sami.

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Donna Ripplinger, daughter of Keith and Teresa Ripplinger, has been selected as the September Student of the Month at Upsala Area Schools. Donna, a senior, is happy to include family time with her three brothers and four sisters in her busy schedule. She has been highly involved in activities on and off campus. She is a member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, and has lettered in both volleyball and basketball. Her service in the church community has centered on youth group mission trips. Donna enjoys sharing

time with her friends, playing sports, and time with her family. Her plans after high school include college majoring in Exercise Science. Donna cites Art as her favorite class, stating, “It’s a time to relax and is stressfree.” She considers Economics her most valuable class, “So I can learn how to make a lot of money.” Having achieved the honor roll continuously since seventh grade, Donna’s advice to underclassmen is, “Stay with it no matter how tough it gets and be yourself.” Social Studies teacher, Roxanne Lewis, remarked, “Donna is a fine representative of the excellence UAS strives for in its students. She is well-rounded academically and extra-curricularly and consistently exhibits a positive attitude and pleasing demeanor that is contagious. Her humor and eagerness to please makes her a joy to have in the classroom.”

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Minnesota Through The Lens:

Bill Lunser drove his collector in the GEM Fest Parade in Grey Eagle this past summer. (Photo by Lori Young) By Bill Lunser, Used by permission: Willys-Overland-Knight Registry Inc. The Starter Two years ago I received a call from a gentleman named Harold Bisel saying that, through a mutual acquaintance, he had heard that I owned a Willys Knight automobile. He went on to say that his grandfather, LeRoy Preston Greener, was a Willys Overland dealer in Grey Eagle, that he had many fond memories as a child hanging around in grandpa’s garage and asked if I would mind if he came over and took a look at the car. Harold resides in Waite Park and I in St. Augusta, two cities separated by St. Cloud, Minnesota. I said indeed he could and, to his delight, told him that the car was in fact purchased new from Greener’s Garage. Grey Eagle, population 350 or so, is a picturesque little farming community in central Minnesota surrounded by lakes, farms and hill country, some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. In bygone years it had all the essentials of life in the country, railroad, creamery, pickle factory, grain elevator and retail shops to supply your every need. There were two auto dealerships, Greener’s Garage and “Peanuts’” Garage. Peanuts sold Ford while Greener sold Willys. With the early 1930’s financial straights of the Willys Overland Co., Mr. Greener opted to sign on with Chrysler Corporation to sell Plymouths, which he did until the early 1960’s.

With it’s attraction to seasonal lake shore owners in summer, year round fishing and hunting and winter sports, Grey Eagle has been able to adjust to the changing times and remains a healthy and vibrant town to this day. Before Harold was able to get out to see the car I called him to say it would be at a show to be held at a local VFW and invited him to come on over. He did and to my surprise presented me with several items of memorabilia, a tally of vehicle registrations by make for 1927 through 1929, a price list of Willys vehicles FOB Minneapolis and, my favorite, an advertizing gizmo to pin on your car’s upholstery to remind you when service is due. Did you know that W/O placed third in 1929 under Ford and Chevy. I didn’t.

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To submit a nature photo for Minnesota Through The Lens, email it in it’s original (large) size to able to save on shipping expense, he corrected me by saying that that was not the case. Mr. Greener, by paying for the train tickets, would pocket the much greater freight cost. That way, his profits grew, the farm couple got away to see some sights and everyone was happy. The reason the history of my car is so well known to me is simple. I am the second owner, the Lawins (pronounced Laveen) were my aunt and uncle. My father, Alex Lunser, held a special fondness for the car and recounted many a trips with his sister and brother in law to places like Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Canistota, SD. He would never pass up an opportunity to explain the inner work-

ings and virtues of a sleeve valve engine. Uncle Eddie passed away in early 1952 and Aunt Minnie did not drive. Being fifteen at the time with a brand new drivers license it was decided by dad and Minnie that the old car was perfect for me. (I think dad wanted it worse than I.) So for 35 dollars earned from a paper route, the car was mine. I recall Aunt Minnie shaking her finger in my face and in her German accent saying “Now Billy you must promise not to go over 25 miles an hour.” Needless to say the promise was broken before the ride home ended. She always referred to the car as the “shinnawagon” which Memory Lane continued to pg 8

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Memory Lane continued from page 7 I thought had something to do with it’s tendency to shimmy. Perhaps my dear sweet Aunt Minnie was being sarcastic for now I’ve learned that the German word for beautiful is schoen and car is wagon. The car got me through the winter of 52-53 but soon something with more speed was an absolute must. So the Willys Knight found refuge in dad’s chicken coop. Fifteen years went by before he and I began the job of bringing her back. W/O’s brash claims that “they improve

with use” and “an engine that grows smoother and quieter with age” is not without merit. Although we completely disassembled and cleaned it up, the engine remains original and continues to run like a fine Swiss watch. They’re all gone now, dad, mom, uncles and aunts. But once or twice a year the shinnawagon takes me back, a distance of 65 miles, to visit graves, look up old friends and relive the memories of days gone by. Thank you Mr. Willys. Thank you Mr. Knight.

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Notes from the Capitol By State Rep. Paul Anderson

A meeting of local government officials with House Property and Local Tax Division Chairperson Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines) was held in Melrose Oct. 7. Commissioners and tax assessors from Stearns and Pope Counties, along with officials from several cities and towns in District 13A, were in attendance. Runbeck gave a brief overview of the recentlypassed tax bill and heard concerns about one aspect of the legislation, which was passed during the July special session and signed by the governor. Most of the discussion centered on the elimination of the Homestead Tax Credit and its replacement, the Homestead Tax Exclusion. The old credit was a direct reduction of homesteaded property taxes with the state reimbursing local governments for the difference. However, in the past ten year because of budget problems, the state has fully paid the credit amount only once. Local governments were then left short and had to either increase levies to compensate for the lower state reimbursement or cut spending to make up the difference.

Under the new plan, which goes into effect for taxes payable in 2012, qualified homesteaded property will receive a reduction in its taxable market value. Under a formula, homes valued around $76 thousand will receive the greatest reduction in market value, with the exclusion gradually being reduced and eventually eliminated at a value of just over $400,000. According to tables I’ve studied, homes with values around two hundred thousand would receive nearly similar tax breaks under the old homestead credit and the new exclusion plan. The concern arises because, with the state no longer reimbursing local governments for the credit given to homeowners, that difference must be made up somehow. Unless the actual levy amount is reduced, other classes of property will see increased taxes to make up the difference. Several in attendance expressed a concern that com-

mercial property, for example, will see an increase to make up for the exclusion given to homesteaded property. It was pointed out by Rep. Runbeck that the Legislature did pass tax relief for commercial property during the last session by reducing and eventually eliminating the statewide tax on commercial parcels. Unfortunately, that tax bill was vetoed by Gov. Dayton. Another homeowner portion of the tax code was actually given an increase in funding. The Property Tax Relief (PTR) was allocated an addition $30 million to provide relief for home owners in proportion to their incomes. Another aspect of the new tax bill aligns Minnesota’s estate tax exemption with federal IRS standards. Ours has been increased by $4 million to make it easier for farmers, for example, to pass land on to their children. The increase in the estate tax exemption took affect July 1st. Pushed by high temperatures and windy

conditions, the fall harvest is rapidly progressing. Soybeans lost moisture quickly and corn is doing the same. The last beans I hauled in were around 8 percent, which is way too dry. Corn harvest has also begun, with some moisture reports running in the 13-15 percent range, which means no artificial drying needs to be done. Mine isn’t down there yet, and our family’s usual tradition is to harvest corn during MEA week, which is coming up next week. However, with all the neighbors hitting it hard, I might not be able to resist and wait that long. Rep. Anderson encourages constituents to contact his new office with input regarding any state legislative issue. He can be reached on the web at and via email at rep.paul.anderson@house. mn. To contact Anderson by phone, call (651) 296-4317. Mail can be sent to Rep. Paul Anderson, 445 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.

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Local Municipality Minutes Grey Eagle City September 13, 2011 The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Jim Gohman at 7:00 p.m., on the 13th day of September, 2011 in Council Chambers. Council members present were Thom Muellner, Dennis Barrett, Andrea Kraska and Joe Arnzen. There were no council members absent. Also in attendance were Lori Hellmann, Doug Goodrich, Matt Zinniel and guests Jeremy and Tracy Berscheit, Bernice Tschida, Rhonda Friese and Deputy Jon Sarago. A motion was made by Dennis Barrett to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2011 meeting with the following change: page 1370, paragraph 8, “thank you” to be in lower case letters. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the minutes of the August 25, 2011 emergency meeting as written. A second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council discussed burning in the City. DNR Enforcement Officer Rhonda Friese explained what was considered a recreational fire and items that were allowed to be burned. The DNR can enforce State laws regarding burning but cannot enforce local City ordinance, so any burning complaints would be addressed if it is a violation of State Statutes. The Council asked for clarification on who should be contacted if a resident has a complaint regarding burning. Contacts are as follows: calls can be made to the Todd County Sheriff’s Department at 1-800-794-5733 and ask them to contact Rhonda Friese and she will return your call, or calls can be made to the State Dispatch at 320-255-4224. A motion was made by Andrea Kraska to support the addition of Shining Stars Childcare and Preschool that will be run out of a portion of the KB’s Specialties building located at 315 Maple Street North. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Doug informed the Council that he spoke with Loren Fellbaum regarding the clean out of the road ditch along County Road 33. He stated that if the City would supply the labor to do they work, the County would reimburse the city for the use of a machine. The County is currently working on the road ditch on both sides of County Road 102. The Council requested that the Clerk contact Loren to see if the County would provide a written authorization prior to any work taking place. The repairs to the Fire Hall/City Hall roof are complete with the exception of the rain gutters. It was suggested that perhaps the City should consider extending the new color to the south end of the building. A verbal estimate for labor and materials to finish off the building was $1,000. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to extend the new color to the south end to tie the entire building together if the price does not exceed $1,000. A second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council read a letter from a resident regarding drainage issues on their property. The road ditch will

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for Youth Program with Todd-Wadena Community Corrections. Be it Resolved, by the Grey Eagle City Council that Todd County act as sponsoring unit of government for the project entitled Community Concern for Youth to be conducted by Todd-Wadena Community Corrections during the period from 01/01/12 through 12/31/12. Mark Blessing, Chairperson, Todd County Board of Commissioners, is hereby authorized to execute such agreements and funding as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of the Grey Eagle City Council. Be it Resolved, that the Grey Eagle City Council hereby agrees to contribute $302.00 for the project entitled Todd-Wadena Community Concern for Youth during the period from 01/01/12 through 12/31/12, which is to be paid on 01/01/12. It is understood that the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School Board contributes $2,747.00, and the Long Prairie City Council contributes $2,174.00, for a total community contribution of $5,223.00. I hereby certify that the above resolution was adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council on September 13, 2011. Estimates were received from Darryl’s Tree Service for trimming nine trees behind the Fire Hall/City Hall for $2,800 or the removal of the nine trees for $5,400. It was the consensus of the Council to table the matter as they felt these estimates were too high. Ken Messer is installing drain tile on his property and requested that the culvert under the alley be cleaned out and allow the drain tile to go up to the culvert. The culvert will be looked at but no more can be done with the drain tile until the City has a chance to assess the situation. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve Resolution No. 2011-14, A Resolution Accepting $4,455 Donation from the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club for the Park Project. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The above stated resolution may be read in its entirety in the Clerk’s office. The Council discussed a letter from a City resident on several issues. At the time the letter was received, the Clerk was instructed to contact the City Attorney and the Todd County Sheriff’s Department to discuss what options the City may have as to the concerns addressed in the letter. Other than enforcing City ordinances, the City has no legal right to prohibit a person’s right to reasonable use of their property. A motion was made by Joe Arnzen to authorize Matt to sign and submit a user agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for submitting monthly DMR reports online. A second was made by Dennis Barrett and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Matt reported on the following water/wastewater items: 1. He will be completing requirements for renewal of his licensure next year. 2. Sampling is taking place for fall discharge. Doug reported on the following maintenance items: 1. Everything is going well, lawn care is slowing down. 2. Sewer jetting will take place sometime in October. 3. The dehumidifier in the water plant is working well. The Mayor gave the following update: 1. The estimates for the installation of a gate valve for the school building in the City was higher than expected. Names of other contractors were provided to the Superintendent. The Clerk was instructed to proceed with delinquent utility bills as allowed by ordinance. A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the various fund transfers as follows: $107.60 ($82.50 to the Sewer Fund and $25.10 to the Water Fund ) for Fire Hall, Library and Old City Hall utilities. A second was made by Andrea Kraska and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Dennis Barrett to approve the payment of the bills as listed which is to include the payment of the following: $1,154.48 to Arnzen Construction, $6,000 to H & M Construction and $2,724.61 to Minnesota Power. A second was made by Joe Arnzen


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Grey Eagle Township October 3, 2011 Call to Order: Ron Frericks called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Members Present: Ron Frericks, Ray Bense, John Young, Mary Ann Primus, Bev Eggerth. Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Ray made the motion to accept the agenda as presented. John made the second. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: The clerk provided copies of the Sept. 12, 2011 minutes to the board. John asked that a correction be made regarding the planting of the shrubs/bushes to state that the township would remove the plants if deemed necessary and it would not be the responsibility of the property owner. Ray made motion to approve the minutes as corrected. John made the second. Minutes approved with corrections. Zoning Report: Bev reported no permits this month. Only 4 more pages and ordinances would be complete and ready to put on the website. Bev will not be attending Nov. meeting but will report if necessary. Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for Sept. Claims list included 12 claims for a total of $22,690.77. This included the second half of the fire contract and 3rd quarter taxes. John made a motion to pay the claims as listed, Ray made the second. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: Mary Ann Primus presented the treasurer’s report as follows: Beginning Balance as of August 31, 2011: $139,353.89; Checks cleared: 11, $11,082.72; Deposits including interest: $127.86; Balance as of September 30, 2011: $128,399.03; Outstanding Deposits: 0.00: Outstanding Checks: $160.83; Cash Available : $128,238.20; CD Balance: $41,577.70. Ray made the motion to accept the Treas.Report. John made the second. Motion carried. Road and Bridge Report: John presented the road report. He began by saying he felt the spraying that should have been done did not happen but he will continue to check into it for next spring. Discussion on the road tour that was done - small areas in need of gravel, some edging and some brush trimming but no major projects. Discussion again on the trial with the soybean oil and perhaps bringing this up at the annual meeting - to do larger areas. The maintenance agreement for planting shrubs/bushes was discussed and will include the height at 6 ft., the width at no more than 4 ft., and that the township retains the right to remove if deemed necessary. The property owner must also maintain the area and meet with a supervisor before planting begins to determine proper location. Erv H.- snow contract was discussed with the supervisors asking to have more salt added to the salt/sand mixture this year. John made a motion to accept the contract. Ray made the second. Motion carried. Additional agenda items: None. Public Comment: None. Adjournment: Motion by Ray to adjourn the meeting. John made the second. Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m. Minutes not approved. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer

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and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Thom Muellner and seconded by Dennis Barrett to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 p.m. Motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in Council Chambers. These are unapproved minutes. Lori Hellmann, Clerk


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Hometown News • Thursday, October 13, 2011 • Page 11

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE: Oct. 15: 10-4. St. Rosa City Park, 28835 County Rd. 17, St. Rosa. 7-FAMILY GARAGE/CRAFT SALE: Friday, October 14: 10 am-6 pm and Saturday, October 15: 9 am-3 pm, on Long Lake, Cty Rd 167, 3 miles N of Freeport. CRAFT-BAKE SALE: October 22, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala; 9 am-2 pm, bake sale & lunch; St. Mary’s Christian Mothers. GIVE AWAY: 3 female Yellow Lab dogs, 8 yrs. old, retired, looking for loving homes. Call 320-256-4647. WANTED: Small table top card rack for displaying greeting cards. Call 320-2852289. WANTED TO BUY: Good slaughter cows, big bulls, also lumpjaw, foundered, lame steers, etc. (Pay with green.) Henry Kasper, 320-547-9913. 10/20P


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WANTED: Scrap iron, junkers, cash! Anything related Triumph Norton BSA motorcycles. Call 320-412-0261. 10/13P FOR SALE: Yorky puppies, tiny toy, reg., vaccinated and dewormed, absolutely precious. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: Fe Cavelier poodle puppy, cute and cuddly, very playful, started house training. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: Fe Australian Shepherd puppies, vaccinated, purebred. Call 320-815-1139. FOR SALE: 8x10 overhead garage door. Call 320-285-2640.

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FOR SALE: 1973 Volvo 4dr sedan, 38 years old and in very good condition. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: 1989 Ford F-150 4x4, 1/2 ton, $1,000. Call 320-412-0261. FOR SALE: 2002 Sandpiper travel trailer, 27 ft. w/10 ft. slide, 21 ft. awning, w/hitch & sway bars. Call 320845-2889. FOR SALE: John Deere garden tractor with lawn mower, snow blower and wheel weights, good condition. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: 36” Wheelhorse snowblower, fits most tractors, $175 or BO, great shape. Call 763-688-3664 or 320285-2370. FOR SALE: Steel tanks, 5000 gal, for storage or will make good culverts, dry for cutting. Call 320-492-8032.

Local Library events

Albany Library Count Whackula: Thursday, Oct. 20, 1-2 p.m. for school aged children. The program also includes safety tips for trickor-treating. Albany, Grey Eagle, Swanville “Much Ado About Nothing” Guthrie Bus Trip: Sunday, Oct. 23 for teens and adults ages 16 and older. The bus will pick up passengers at the Grey Eagle Community Library 2:15-2:30 p.m; at the Swanville Library 2:15-2:30 p.m at the Albany Library 3-3:15 p.m. There will be time for dinner at a Guthrie restaurant or brown bag meal prior to the performance at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for the bus or theater admission but meals are not provided. The attendance limit is 35 for each library and preregistration is required. Swanville Library Spooky Tales to Tell: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4-5 p.m. for young children in preschool - second grade.

FOR SALE: 5 burner gas grill, $100; black lacquer china closet, 4 shelves, glass doors, excellent condition, 48”x79”x16”, $450. Call 320-2564914. 10/13

FOR SALE: 10-12 -6 ft. fence posts. Call 320-836-2883, St. Rosa.

A little boy, playing on a wharf in a harbor, lost his footing and fell between the wharf and an 8,000 ton ship. “He’ll be crushed to death,” cried one. “No, he won’t,” said another, and he called for help. Within a few minutes two hundred men had rushed to the spot. Together they pushed the ship aside until the boy was lifted to safety. It takes the united effort of the home and church to save a boy or a girl from evil. They need us to be Bible-readers, not Bible rejecters; church-attendees, not church absentees; prayer-partners, not pleasure mongers; true hearted, not two faced.

FOR SALE: Two 23.1x26 used Goodyear 10 ply tires on yellow 8 hole wheels, $400. Call 320-732-2272. FOR SALE: Craftmatic adjustable bed, heated mattress pads, remote controls, very good shape. Call 320-845-6820. FOR SALE: Firewood, cut, split, dry, also boiler wood, $100 cord. Call 320845-2043, leave message. tfn FOR SALE: Split firewood. Maple, Ash, Bass wood and mixed. Call 320746-2320, Holdingford. 10/20 FOR SALE: Split, seasoned mixed firewood, $100/cord; Oak, Ash $140/cord. Call 320-547-3040. FOR SALE: 3x3x8’ square grass hay, 4’x5’ rounds, net wrapped, stored inside, also corn and wheat straw, delivery

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HOME FOR SALE: Freeport, 2 bedroom, new roof, furnace, plumbing, just blocks from Wobegon Trail, downtown, church, school, $97,000. Call 320-2483508. HOME FOR SALE: In Melrose on the Golf course, 4BR/1.5BA, large lot. $134,500. Call 218-820-9998. FOR RENT: 1 bedroom apartment on Long Lake near St. Rosa, available immediately. Call 320-761-9551. 10/20P FOR RENT: New home Freeport, Clear Lake area, 3 bed/3 car, $1,175/MO, rent to own. Call 763-286-0978. 10/20B

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