Hometown News October 19, 2023

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Hometown News

Thursday, October 19, 2023


Vol. 23: Issue 24



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On The Tom Kuehne: The Good Old Days Inside... Obituaries: Swezey, Chock, Vonada, Gruenke Dave Ramsey: Dave Says Ask the Motor Medics® Local Municipality Minutes: Grey Eagle City, Grey Eagle Township


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Page 2 • Hometown News •Thursday, October 19, 2023

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You can be your own inspiration -By Harvey Mackay Joe was an ambitious young man who never missed a day of submitting a new idea to his boss, and his boss never missed a day of rejecting Joe’s idea. But one day, Joe submitted a suggestion, and his boss said, “That’s sheer inspiration!” “No,” said Joe, “it’s 99 percent aspiration and one percent inspiration.” Inspiration often starts with aspiration. Thomas Edison had a similar take when he said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” The definition of inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. That might be why Dolly Parton said, “When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.” Face it: sometimes it is hard to get inspired. It could be the weather or a variety of reasons. What is the best way to get back to being inspired? Some of the most inspirational people I know are curious. The old saying, “You learn something new every day,” should be taken very seriously. There’s certainly no lack of opportunity. Be curious about everything around you. Do something that you’ve never done before, just for the experience. The future belongs to the curious -- the ones who are not afraid to try something, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out. Let curiosity turn “I don’t know” into “I want to find out.” Curiosity makes us

interested in a broad range of information. We learn for the joy of learning. Curiosity is a hunger to explore and a delight in discovery. When we are curious, we approach the world with a child-like habit of poking and prodding and asking questions. We are attracted to new experiences. Another way to spark inspiration is through imagination. It’s never too late to develop your imagination, although I would caution that the longer you suppress it, the more challenging it will be. Even if you don’t think of yourself as the creative type, you can always amp your imagination up with a little effort. Creativity, thinking outside the box, is another way to get inspired. What has always baffled me, however, is how we got in that box in the first place, and why it is so hard to get out. It can get downright claustrophobic. Connection is yet another path to inspiration. Harvard University tracked the physical and emotional health of 700 people. They followed these people and tested them (e.g., blood samples, brain scans) for 75 years. Here’s the primary conclusion: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Good relationships help you deal with life’s minor annoyances and your most challenging problems. They can snap you out of a listless state and keep you inspired. Why do most people seem to get their inspirations overnight? Because inspiration often comes from dreams. So don’t just follow your dreams, chase them. Maybe that’s why entertainer Carol Burnett said, “When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.” The creation of Google can be traced back to a Larry Page dream in 1996. Page had a dream where he was admitted into college because of a clerical error and thought he would be kicked out at any moment. That anxiety fueled a dream of downloading

and storing the Internet on individual PCs. When he woke up, he was curious to see if it was possible, so he did the math. It wasn’t, given the amount of data, but he could save everything as individual links. That gave him the idea of creating a searchable database of links to web pages that led to the creation of Google. The melody for one of The Beatles’ greatest songs “Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream. In “The Beatles Anthology,” McCartney recalls: “I woke up one morning with a tune in my head and I thought, ‘Hey, I don’t know this tune — or do I?’ It was like a jazz melody…. I went to the piano and found the chords to it, made sure I remembered it and then hawked it round to all my friends, asking what it was: ‘Do you know this? It’s a good little tune, but I couldn’t have written it because I dreamt it.’” Speaking of “The Beatles,” John Lennon, a self-declared dreamer, said his inspiration for one of his best-selling songs came from a dream, and it was appropriately titled #9 Dream. Mackay’s Moral: Aspire to inspire before you expire. 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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Upcoming Events

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 • BINGO at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Melrose. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 • Grey Eagle Senior Center Meeting at 10:45 a.m. 50th Anniversary Celebration Potluck at noon followed by bingo. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 • Red Cross Blood Drive from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Avon Community Church. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 • Melrose/Sauk Centre Lions Fall Tasting Event from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. See ad on page 7. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 • "Building Strong Faith" Women's Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Country Church, Holdingford. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 • Melrose American Legion/Auxillary Post 101 Fall Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. See ad on page 3. • Turkey Bingo at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. See ad on page 4. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 • Our Savior’s Women’s Group Craft Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany. • Craft/Vendor Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pondview Estates, Albany. See ad on page 7. • Albany Area Community Ed Presents The Looney Lutherans at 7 p.m. at the Blattner Energy Arts Theatre, Albany.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 • Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting at 2 p.m. at CentraCare West Campus Board Room, Long Prairie. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 • Christmas Pop Up Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center. 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.

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

Temperatures Date

10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17

High 54 55 45 50 57 61 63

Low 32 39 41 41 34 34 32


Mostly sunny. High: 64 Low: 45

Weekend Weather Saturday


Mostly sunny. High: 55 Low: 40

Mostly sunny. High: 56 Low: 39

“The Good Old Days” -By Tom Kuehne Halloween

Halloween is coming soon, but why? What caused Halloween to come each year? How did all of the scary stuff, the ugly faces carved in pumpkins, dressing up in clothes that are similar to those that were worn centuries ago and the threat of playing a trick on someone that doesn't give one a treat? Back in the 8th Century a church holiday was declared, it was called All Saints Day and it was on November 1. November 1 was like the beginning of the year in some countries. The cattle were brought from pastures and moved to shelters, the crops had been harvested, everyone in Europe was preparing for the coming winter. Prayers and remembrances were to be directed to known and unknown saints and those that had passed that were considered to be of benefit to mankind. Angels were at that time to be remembered. This special day was fully accepted until the reformation, when it was questioned as a church holiday. Halloween came to be as a result of the evening before All Saints Day. October 31 was celebrated as the day when those individuals

Grey Eagle Senior Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Grey Eagle Senior Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on Wednesday, October 25th, at noon, with a potluck and bingo games to follow. Please bring a dish to share. An anniversary cake will be donated by the Todd County Council on Aging (TCCA). Please come and help celebrate this milestone!

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting is for anyone with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 2 p.m. at the CentraCare Long Prairie West Campus Boardroom, 20 9th St. SE. The speaker will be Anthony Tolifee, from the MN Parkinson’s Disease Association. For more information contact Rona Bleess at 320-874-0222.

that had died during the year would make one final visit to earth (all hallows eve) before going to their final resting place. Some felt that it was unsettling to have these spirits traveling around the area, so ugly faces were carved in Pumpkins and other vegetables to scare the evil spirits away. There is no scientific evidence as to whether or not it works. When the Irish came to this country, they brought with them their Halloween tradition, since it had been a very important celebration in Ireland. Evidently the rest of the immigrants saw how much fun they were having, so they began celebrating Halloween too. The trick or treat thing evidently came to the US in later years. I believe that someone looked at the ugly faces to scare the evil spirits away and decided to create some evil appearing spirits that came with a threat that if the ugly appearing spirit wasn't given a treat, it would play some possibly ugly trick on the victim. This threat has continued to the present day. The trick or treat thing is continued each year. As the years passed it appears that the evil spirits are getting younger, to the point that some need to be carried to the next victim's door, however these evil spirits remember where the best goodies were last year and will certainly go to those doors in future years and possibly share this knowledge with future generations. Years ago it was said that sometimes the evil spirits would tip over an outhouse. They could also move some corn shocks out into a road. They were also accused of moving someones boat into an intersection in town. Remember that these were just old Halloween stories and if you don't believe in ghosts, they never happened. For feedback or story ideas, email Tom at tom@swanvilleinsurance.com.

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Hometown News •Thursday, October 19, 2023 • Page 3

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Debra A. Betow Swezey

Debra A. “Deb” Betow Swezey, age 63 of Sauk Centre, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2023 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Entombment will be in Unity Cemetery in rural Sauk Centre. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 4 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Debra Ann Betow was born August 30, 1960 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Martin and Rose (Schmidt) Betow. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1978 and furthered her education by earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching from St. Cloud State University. She was united in marriage to Bruce Swezey on July 28, 1984 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Her love was teaching art in the public school. Deb taught at a number of smaller town schools and her last school she taught at was Morris Area Schools where she taught for over ten years. She also served and was proud to fight as the head of the teachers’ union. Deb was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Survivors include her mother, Rose Betow of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Steve Betow of Maple Grove, Mark (Bonnie Petermeier) Betow of Sauk Centre, Linda Merten of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Karen (Tom) Banal of Sauk Centre, and Marilyn (Alan) Latzka of Sauk Centre; her special Cavachon dog, Bucko; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Deb was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Swezey on March 22, 2016; father, Martin Betow; brother, Ron Betow; and nephew, Tom Latzka. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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Thomas J. “Tom” Chock, age 79 of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, October 16, 2023 at his home near Grey Eagle, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in the Annunciation Cemetery in Mayhew Lake. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Thomas John Chock was born October 6, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to John and Ann (Narog) Chock. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1962 and served in the U.S. Navy with the Sea Bee’s, Unit 11 from 1962 through 1965. Tom worked at the New Brighton Arsenal and later began building and owning apartment buildings in Monticello in 1970. He began trucking in 1975 for Advance United Expressways for nine years while he continued to build and own apartment buildings, which he did for 42 years. Tom finished the third building and started building homes with other local contractors until his retirement. Tom was united in marriage to Darlene Wruck, the love of his life, on March 4, 1995 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, American Legion in Monticello, and the Todd County Food Drive. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, remodeling his home, playing cards, and helping others when there was a construction project that needed to be done. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Chock of Grey Eagle; daughters, Lisa Peet of Brooklyn Center, Laura Woodward of Monticello, Marcy Beal of Big Lake, and Katie Chock of Minneapolis; stepchildren, Linda Ratka (Jim Solien) of Minneapolis, Julie (David) Surma of St. Cloud, and Daniel Ratka of Minneapolis; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol (Peter) Hanson of Columbia Heights and Marilyn (Tom) Dziekciowski of Monticello; and the Wruck family who welcomed Tom into their family. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and stepson, David Ratka. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Muriel M. Vonada, age 92 of Menahga, formerly of St. Louis Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Providence Villa Assisted Living in Sebeka, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 23 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Muriel Marcella Botz was born January 21, 1931 in Grey Eagle, Minnesota to Frederick and Rose (Bromenshenkel) Botz. She was united in marriage to Dean Vonada on July 2, 1955 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The couple resided in St. Louis Park where they raised their son. Muriel worked at St. Louis Park Public Schools for 29 years, retiring in 1993. She was a member of Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga and the Assumption of Our Lady Church Circle. Muriel enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her son, David (JoAnn) Vonada of Park Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Elaine Botz of Sauk Centre. Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Vonada in 1992; parents; greatgrandson, Mason Vonada; brothers, Arthur, Edwin, Clarence “Tony”, Fred Jr. “Pete”, Paul, David, and Robert Botz; and sisters, Alma Saunders, Sr. Lucille Botz, Dorothy Ahrens, and Evelyn Hitt. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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Joan Bertha Gruenke, age 86 passed away on October 3, 2023, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany. A visitation was held Monday, October 16, 2023 at Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes, Albany. The interment was in Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery, Albany. Joan was born on March 15, 1937, in Albany to Ervin and Erma (Kelm) Hodel. She graduated from Albany High School. Joan married Anthony “Tony” Gruenke on October 8, 1960, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Together they owned and operated Paynesville Feed Store, Richmond Mill, and feed mills in Paynesville and Albany. Joan was the bookkeeper for their businesses. Tony passed away on August 9, 2019. Joan enjoyed playing bingo, scratch-offs, and an occasional trip to the casino. Joan is survived by her son, Thomas “Tom” (Nancy) Gruenke, St. Cloud, daughter, Paula Gruenke, Waite Park, 9 grandchildren, brother and sisters, Carrie (Eddie) Heintze, Foley, Duane (Diane) Hodel, Foley, Debbie (Greg) Carter, AZ, sister-in-law, Diane Hodel, Elk River, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Erma, husband, Tony, brother, Donald, and sister, Donna.

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones. But words shall never hurt me.” How many have ever heard this before? Maybe you have said it as a child… or maybe someone has said it to you. Most of you are adults (I am assuming) and know that this isn’t even close to the truth. It’s only meant to make the person who has hurled insults at you feel like “No damage was done!” Ephesians 4 is an incredible chapter that I think every believer ought to study. V. 2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This was written to the church in Ephesus which had some interesting dynamics going on. Jesus had made both the Jews and the Gentiles one, meaning that God was accepting both groups into the church. So, Paul says… “Bear with one another in love.” V. 29 says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This was written to the same group of people, but there is a whole lot more going on here than meets the eye. Unwholesome here means “rotten or worthless” but more than that really, it is a spreading of rottenness, like gangrene. Pay attention now, the Bible says that what we speak comes from our heart. Matthew 15:18 “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” The problem is that everyone is in the same boat. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?” Here is my encouragement: spend as much time as you can with God, reading and studying His Word. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” This is how we ought to treat one another, but we can’t do it on our own strength, we need the Holy Spirit’s help. -Pastor Bruce Miller from Swanville Bible Church, 320-547-2916

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Congratulations to the LPGE Dairy Cattle Team placing 1st as a team in region competition in Pierz Oct. 11th. Team members: (from left) Katylin Saarela, Nick Becker, JP Buntjer, Haylie Wielenberg, Jax Zigan, Kailee Johnson, Chloe Zigan, and Haydn Goff.

Stan Mensen, on behalf of the Grey Eagle/Swanville Knights of Columbus, Council #14616 presented Kelly Andreasen, President of the Little Sauk Legion Auxiliary a check for $100. It will be used for sewing supplies for the laundry bags, grocery bags, school bags and wheel chair bags that they make for the veterans at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration. Submitted by Cindy Mensen.

Swanville Senior High Student of the Month

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Swanville High School is pleased to announce the September Senior High Student of the Month, senior Colton Villnow. Colton is the son of Nate and Sylvia Villnow. He enjoys fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. He is undecided about his post graduation plans, considering either working at DeZurik’s as a water controller or building barns. Colton has volunteered with Vacation Bible School at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. His advice to other students is to “do what you love and never give up on your dreams.” His favorite part of school is simply being in class with friends. High School Science and Industrial Tech Instructor Joel Rieffer states, “I have known Colton since he was in sixth grade Physical Science. I have watched him grow into an impressive young adult. I am fortunate to have had him in many of my classes. He joined the super mileage team a few years ago and showed his talent for designing, fabricating and welding on a car he and other students

built from scratch to compete at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota, against many other schools in Minnesota. He has been my TA for a couple of years now and has become quite an asset to me in my classes. When I am helping a student and several need help, he is right there to give me a hand or help other students with their projects. He is a senior this year and has set a good example for other students in my classes. I’m not sure if Colton plans to go on to college, but no matter what he plans to do in the future, I believe he will do his utmost best, as he does in my classes. It is comforting to know Colton and students like him will be the ones contributing to our community for many years to come.” Tom Bzdok, High School Social Studies instructor adds, “I have had Colton in several classes over the years. He has always been an extremely hard working individual who never hesitates to do what is asked of him. Colton is also very dependable and is a man of his words. If he says he is going to do something, you can be assured he will do it to his best ability and has a lot of pride in the work he does. Colton always seems to be in a good mood and never fails to greet you in a friendly way. He gets along well with others, and is well liked and respected by his classmates as well as adults. Colton is very deserving of this recognition - Congratulations!”

Swanville Junior High Student of the Month

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a delight to have in class. She is motivated to stay on top of her work, and I’ve seen her go above and beyond in many ways. Hannah balances school, work, and activities without complaint. She has really blossomed as an actress in our theater productions over the past couple of years. Hannah is positive, understanding, cooperative, and respectful, and she brings a sense of humor to everyday tasks. She will be great at anything to which she aspires and will raise up those around her as well. I’m so happy for Hannah for being recognized for her hard work. Congratulations!”


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Grey Eagle City • September 12, 2023 The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:00 pm on the 12th of September 2023 in Council Chambers. Council members present were Brad Johnson, Brian Hollenkamp and Chris Browen. Roland Ahrendt was not present. Also in attendance were Dan Kough and Beth Ramacher, and guests: Sheriff Mike Allen, Tim Ainali, Bill Pohlmann, Chad Hallermann and Annie Cribb. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the minutes of the July 18th special meeting. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the minutes of the August 15th special meeting. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the minutes of the August 8th meeting. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Todd County Sheriff Mike Allen was present to discuss the rate increase for the 2024 police contract. The current price is $42 per hour and the last increase was in 2020. The Council will discuss the new rate of $45 per hour at the October meeting. Bill Pohlmann was present to request a building permit to replace landscaping rocks with concrete. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the building permit application. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Dan Kough discussed various park and maintenance items: • There is a hollow basswood tree at Bass Lake that should be taken down. The Council requested a quote from Klemish Tree Service for this. • The dock/fishing pier at Bass Lake needs attention; the dock is leaning and needs a new float(s). The City will contact the DNR and work with them to get this fixed. • The New Holland tractor needs fluid in the rear tires to add more weight. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to have Friedrich’s Tire and Oil in Sauk Centre put non-corrosive fluid in the rear tires. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. • The F450 needs service and new batteries. • A motion was made by Brad Johnson to purchase a Dewalt pole saw from Neville Hardware for $259.99. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. Mayor Arnzen will schedule to meet with Duane Karls and Bryan Bye to further discuss the drainage issue on the south end of the Fire Hall. Discussion was held on the overhead doors at the Fire Hall and City maintenance shed and garage. Some of the doors need new rip cords, seals and the antennas for the remotes need to be moved or replaced. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to have American Door Works service all the overhead doors on the City buildings. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to have Cans R Us quit servicing Laughlin Park effective October 31, 2023. A second was made by Joe Arnzen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the quote from Art Johnson Construction for $4578.19 to build a new dugout for the ballfield. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The north/south alley between parcels 340019500 and 34-0019400 was discussed; it has not been used for years. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to vacate the alley. A second


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was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Clerk will work with the City Attorney to get this processed correctly. A quote was reviewed from Greg Graves for $6472.00 to build a concrete gutter valley. The Council requested another quote from A&H Concrete in Sauk Centre. The Clerk provided information about Sourcewell and funding options that are available to the City through Sourcewell. The quotes from Meyer Plow World were reviewed. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to have the plow serviced at Meyer Plow World in Sauk Rapids. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve the quote from Arvig for $431.62 for a new phone in the Fire Hall, with monthly service of $4.55. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A quote from Election Source was reviewed for new voting booths. No action will be taken at this time; further discussion to be held at a future meeting. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve Resolution 2023-08: Accepting a $25 donation from Bernice Tschida for the Grey Eagle Fire Department. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows: RESOLUTION NO. 2023-08: A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING $25.00 DONATION FROM BERNICE TSCHIDA FOR GREY EAGLE FIRE DEPARTMENT WHEREAS, money has been donated by Bernice Tschida; and WHEREAS, the City Council feels that the donation will benefit citizens of the area; 1. That the City Council of the City of Grey Eagle formally accepts the donation from Bernice Tschida for the Fire Department. 2. That the City Clerk is authorized and directed to make the appropriate revenue and expenditure budget adjustments as needed to reflect this donation and its intended use. Adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council this 12th day of September 2023. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to approve Resolution 2023-09: Adopting the Preliminary Levy Payable for 2024. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows: RESOLUTION NO. 2023-09: A RESOLUTION ADOPTING PRELIMINARY LEVY PAYABLE IN 2024 THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following preliminary levy for 2024 was approved and adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council on this 12th day of September 2023. FUND LEVY AMOUNT % OF TOTAL General $90,749.00 59% Fire $13,548.00 9% Street Imp. Project $17,580.00 11% Street Restoration $32,283.00 21% TOTAL $154,160.00 100% Adopted by the Grey Eagle City Council this 12th day of September 2023. A motion was made by Brad Johnson to set the Truth in Taxation meeting for Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve payment of Claims #2832-2854, totaling $12,912.23 and include additional payments of the following: MN Power $2356.04 and Rahn’s $501.06. A second was made by Chris Browen and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The Council appreciates John Call for his time and dedication to the City of Grey Eagle. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to adjourn the meeting at 8:23 pm. A second was made by Brad Johnson and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 in Council Chambers. Beth Ramacher, Clerk/Treasurer

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Grey Eagle Township • October 2, 2023 Call to Order: Mike Rohe called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited. Members Present: Mary Ann Primus, Mike Rohe, Alan Roering and John Young. Erv Herdering was also present. Agenda Approval: A preliminary agenda was presented. Mike asked if there were additions to the agenda. John made the motion to accept the agenda, Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Approval of Minutes: John made the motion to accept the September 11, 2023 Township minutes. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion passed. Town Clerk’s Report: Clerk presented the claims list for September. Claims list included claims 3865-3878 for a total of $31,190.98 this included the 2nd half of the fire contract and crack sealing. John made the motion to pay the claims. Alan made the second. All in favor. Motion carried. Mail included Mn Dept of Transportation survey dealing with the 20year plan. Also, advertising from EZ street asphalt repair. The financial report was presented, Alan made the motion to approve the financial report, John made the second. Motion carried. John made a motion to renew the CD for 12 months, Alan made the second. Motion carried. Discussion on election judges to send to pollpad train-

ings- Head election judge will be paid at $20 per hour and others at $15.00. Road and Bridge Report: Discussion on which roads to work on first, Precision Sealcoating has done some of the roads but need follow up. Arden Drive has small holes to fix. It was decided to work on 341st next year with some shouldering done this year to prepare. 130th E could work on the frost boils there. Several culverts are on the list for work also. Alan will meet with snowmobile club representative about moving the trail. Brushing is set for Brakken, Chickadee, 295th, Arden and Chipmunk. John will contact Feldewerd to check on beaver dam on 116th. Additional agenda item: Culvert resolution was reviewed, John made a motion to amend the Culvert & Approaches Resolution 2023-2. Alan made the second. All in favor, motion carried. Mary Ann reported on the clerk’s training and the dates for the election training. Snow removal bid was presented by Erv Herdering- Alan made the motion to accept the bid, John made the second. All in favor, Motion carried. Public Comments: None Adjourn: Motion to adjourn by Alan, second by John. All in favor. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm Minutes not approved. Mary Ann Primus, Clerk/Treasurer

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is excited to announce that all lanes are open on Interstate 94 between Avon and Sauk Centre in Stearns County. Crews resurfaced the mainline lanes with a new layer of asphalt between Highway 238 in Albany and St. John’s Road in Collegeville, near Avon. The project included access ramps at various interchanges between St. John’s Road and Highway 71/28 in Sauk Centre, along with the two rest areas near Avon—Big Spunk rest area along eastbound I-94 and the Middle Spunk Lake rest area along westbound I-94.

Motorists may encounter minimal lane or shoulder closures as crews remove traffic control devices. Benefits of the $9.6 million project include smoother road surfaces and reduced maintenance costs on Interstate 94 between Collegeville and Sauk Centre. MnDOT appreciates the patience from the public during this project. For current road conditions and detours on Minnesota highways, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

Appointments are now available to receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic location near you. Vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older. The updated COVID-19 vaccine more closely targets the XBB lineage of the Omicron variant and could restore protection against severe COVID-19 that may have decreased over time. It is expected to provide better protection against the variants that are currently making people sick. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, now is the time to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself this fall and winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the below recommendations for receiving the vaccine: Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. Children aged 6 months-4 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine. It is safe to get a flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’d like to receive both vaccines at your appointment, make that request when calling to schedule.

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Door Prizes Must be 21 to attend.

Page 8 • Hometown News • Thursday, October 19, 2023 CLASSIFIED ADS CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE: All Saints -St. Hedwig's, 250 Cedar St., Holdingford. October 19-20: 7:30am-6:30pm; October 21: 9am-2pm; October 22: 9am-Noon. YELLOW BARN: Garage Sale! Friday, Oct. 20: 8am-6pm; Saturday, Oct. 21: 8am5pm; Sunday, Oct. 22: 9am-3pm. Antiques, Fancy exercise bike, Swedish kick sled, lots of furniture, men XXL, women XL, books, puzzles galore, dishes, household, lamps, clocks, snowblower, blowmolds, microwave, collectibles, pictures, tools, Christmas houses, Die Cast metal toy cars, Much, much, more! New items are added daily! Clean sale, No junk! 727 Birch Street South, Sauk Centre, MN. No Early Sales! 10/12 WORN-A-BIT RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE: Sat., Oct. 28: 9-1; Sun., Oct. 29: 9-12. Lunch available. St. Michael's Church basement, Spring Hill. CHRISTMAS SALE: Hand crafted, vintage, decor, baked goods! Friday, Nov. 10: 9-7, Saturday, Nov. 11: 9-3. 15202 450th Street, Bowlus. WANTED TO BUY: Dairy Heifers and Cows. 320-894-7175. SC-evB WANTED: Lumina or similar brand all aluminum motorcycle trailer. Call 320-8151768. FOR SALE: 2017 Polaris Ranger 1000XP, VG cond., new tires, windows, lights, fluids changed, ready to go. Details & pics. 320815-8922. tfn FOR SALE: AKC Reg. Black Lab pups born 8/4/23. Vaccinated, wormed & healthy vet exam. Repeat litter. Excellent hunters. $800. 320-360-9285. DR-tfn FOR SALE: 2 quilt frames, 9 ft. & 7 ft. long, $350 for both. Call 320-224-4576. 10/26 FOR SALE: 55 gal. plastic barrels, $5 each. Call 763-229-5275. 10/19 FOR SALE: 2002 Ford Taurus. Call 320285-2742. 10/26



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Employment Opportunity Todd County HHS is looking for reliable, service oriented individual to serve the citizens of Todd County in the following position:

** Social Worker – Child Services

(full-time) To learn more about this opening and how to apply, visit the official Todd County website at https://www.co.todd.mn.us Questions may be directed to Todd County Administration: (320) 732-6155.

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Freeport Gas & Grocery

Full Time or Part Time Cashier/Deli

New Munich Gas & Grocery Part Time Cashier


FOR SALE: 1947 8N Ford tractor, new tires & battery, good shape. Call 320-5330975. 11/2 FOR SALE: Kewanee 16 ft. disk with dual wheels & hydraulic cylinder, $2,000 or best offer. Call 320-491-8366. 10/19 FOR SALE: Arctic Cat 4x4 400 4-wheeler & trailer, clean, $3,500 cash. Call 320-5845039. 11/2 FOR SALE: 2 dolly pads w/handles, 2 load locks, new cold weather airlines, 3 new triangles, $100 cash takes it all. 320-815-5163 11/24 FOR SALE: Field sprayer, grain cleaner, bale elevator, Oliver 5 bottom plow, grain elevator John Deere 40 ft. Call 320-2529756. 10/26 FOR SALE: Ice Castle, like new, not hydraulics, 8'x12'. Call 320-285-4642. 10/26 FOR SALE: Harley Davidson new take offs, pipes, muffler, shocks, $150. Call 612283-2718.




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FOR SALE: 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup, 127,000 miles, $4,000. 1926 Ford Model-T Roadster $15,000. Pool table $150. Elliptical machine $150. Records. 320-251-3133. FOR SALE: Squash. Call 320-573-2969. FOR SALE: Small 4 ft. Christmas tree, prelit, tree decorations & misc. Christmas decorations. Call 320-380-5722. FOR SALE: Leg exerciser. Call 320-3805722 FOR SALE: Potatoes and carrots. Call 320632-3336.

FOR SALE: Sewing machine cabinet stand, 20"x40" excellent condition, $59. Call 320845-2266. FREE: Firewood, 40-50 adult trees, stumps & brush can stay at location, easy road access. Call 320-980-4944. 11/2 FOR SALE: Ryobi 20 in. electric snowblower, 40V hp Brushless single stage cordless 6.0 AH battery & charger, used 2 seasons, $450. 612-709-2344 FOR SALE: 8'x8' floating swimming, diving raft, wood, supported by 6 plastic barrels, $50. Call 320-224-6150.

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