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Prosperity is possible in tough times -By Harvey Mackay

During economic downturns, most folks are content to maintain the status quo, not expecting to really get ahead. Turns out, a defeatist mindset like that stop someone from living the life they really want to live. And there is a terrific new book that will change attitudes and inspire people to Prosper, as the book is aptly titled. Co-authors Ethan Willis and Randy Garn are well-qualified to offer this life-changing advice. Together they are founding partners of Prosper, a company that has mentored more than 75,000 entrepreneurs since its inception in 1999. Ethan co-authored the best-selling book The One Minute Entrepreneur with Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson, and has founded or cofounded six businesses in the past twelve years. Randy has founded several companies, which are industry leaders in online marketing including, which has more than 2 million subscribers. What I find particularly refreshing about their book is that it doesn’t concentrate on how to just survive an economic downturn; it challenges readers to make choices and take action that will be sustainable for a lifetime. They write: “We know that it is possible for people to have a life that balances the pursuit of prosperity with happiness. It’s not easy, but it’s not as hard as you may think it is.

“Some people did it by creating new businesses that allowed them to make money doing the things they are passionate about. Others worked within their companies to carve out lives of balance, meaning and increased compensation. Some finally came to understand what they are really good at, then expended their talents to create new careers. Still others learned new expertise, which made it possible to reinvent themselves in areas they had tremendous passion for.” The authors define prosperity by the equation “Money + Happiness + Sustainability = Prosperity.” By money, they mean income sufficient to support one’s goals. How much money is enough? “Enough to support your financial dreams in a way that honors your deeply held values and principles, but not so much that your money distracts or alienates you from those very values and principles,” they say. Happiness includes: • State of mind -- “having positive feelings about ourselves and the world;” • Authenticity -- “living a life consistent with our deepest beliefs, values, and principles, and knowing that our earnings are aligned with our passions and purpose;” • Commitment -- “adhering to what

we most value;” and health and wellness, prosperity that supports complete health in mind and body. Sustainability boils down to four questions: “Can I feel good about it? Can I sustain the work required over a long period of time? Is the prosperity I contemplate ethical, beneficial to others, and environmentally sound? Does it offer lasting value?” To help readers get started, Ethan and Randy offer a Prosperity Assessment (available online at This tool is a 10-minute evaluation which you can complete, and you can invite others to answer based on their views of your level of prosperity. Then you will receive a personalized report identifying strengths and areas to develop. You can take the assessment over and over again as you put their practices into action. And it’s free! The real work begins with their Six Prosperity Practices, which are individually described in separate chapters. I won’t give away their secrets, but I will tempt you with the six points: • Locate Your Polaris Point • Live in Your Prosperity Zone • Earn from Your Core • Start with What You Already Have • Commit Yourself to Your Prosperity Path • Take Profound Action. This isn’t cookie-cutter advice. Rather, it is solid information based on honest self-study that will help you transform your life. I whole-heartedly recommend their practices, because I know it is possible to prosper in any economic times. It’s not just about the money. Harvey Mackay continued to pg 3

Upcoming Events OCTOBER 29 • Swanville Legion/VFW Bingo and Raffle drawing from 7-10 pm at the Swanville Park. • Little Falls Lions Annual BBQ Ribfest from 4-8 p.m. at the Little Falls Golf Course. OCTOBER 30 • Turkey Bingo at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Upsala. • Bingo at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Melrose. NOVEMBER 5 • Holiday Craft & Bake Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Great Hall, St. John’s University. See ad on page 3. NOVEMBER 6 • 2011 Little Falls Holiday Open House from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See ad on page 7. NOVEMBER 10-13 • Melrose High School presents Anything Goes at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13: 2 p.m. at the Melrose Auditorium.

NOVEMBER 12 • Holdingford Craft & Gift Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion. NOVEMBER 19 • Sacred Heart Church Annual Rummage & Soup Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church basement, Freeport. NOVEMBER 20 • Knudtson Family Bluegrass Gospel Concert at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Upsala. NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 4 • Christmas at the Mansions from 1-7 p.m. at 608 Highland Ave., Little Falls. 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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Birth Announcement Anna Catherine Feldewerd

Gary and Ashley Feldewerd of New Munich are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Catherine Feldewerd, born October 24, 2011 at 3:31 p.m. at the CentraCare Health System-Melrose. Anna weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 ½ inches in length. Anna is welcomed home by her brothers Hunter, Owen, and Wyatt and sister Ema. Grandparents are Erwin and Dorene Feldewerd of Meire Grove and Dennis and Cynthia Nord, of Blackduck. Great grandparents are Dennis and Annella Erpeldin of Blackduck and Ray and Barb Voges of Bemidji.

Harvey Mackay continued from page 2 As the authors say, “Prosperity is not a recreational activity but a lifestyle that you have to choose and renew.” My favorite section of the plan, however, is what happens once these practices start to bear fruit. Ethan and Randy write: “You know you are really living in the Prosperity Zone when your passion shifts from accumulating to giving. It’s no coincidence that the most prosperous people in the world have committed to giving the bulk of their

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wealth away.” Mackay’s Moral: The journey to prosperity is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. 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.”

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The family of Ron Weisbrich would like to thank all who cared for him at St. Cloud Hospital, Pastor Allen Treville of Faith Community Church of Burtrum, the ladies who served the luncheon, the professional care by the Cremation Society staff, the Color Guard officiating the Military Honors burial. A special thank you to Ron’s Swanville High School Classmates 1967.

The Family of Ron Weisbrich

We are forever grateful to our family and friends for the tremendous support we received during the death of our husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa Paul. He was a wonderful loving role model to all of us and we cherish his memory. A special “thank you” to Mother of Mercy Nursing Home staff for the extra special care given to dad during his time spent there. Thank you to Fr. Mark Stang and clergy for a very inspirational celebration of dad’s life. The organist and choir for the beautiful music, the lunch ladies for a wonderful lunch and all the work they invested in it. To all our family, friends and neighbors for all the food, flowers, memorials, masses, prayers and kind words of sympathy given in his honor. We love and appreciate all of you. Lastly, a huge “thank you” to Kyle and Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls for the superb job with all the arrangements. May God Bless you all abundantly.

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Lidwina J. Brake

Obituaries Richard “Rick” J. Browen Richard J. “Rick” Browen, 54, of Superior, died Monday, October 17, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services were held Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Downs Funeral Home, Superior, with Reverend Father Ronald Olson officiating. Burial followed at the Calvary Cemetery, Superior. He was born May 3, 1957 in Moorhead, Minnesota, son of Ivan and Donna (Donovan) Browen. On January 31, 1976 in Superior, Richard J. Browen and Monica R. Kiminski were united in marriage. Rick and Monica attended Holy Assumption Catholic Church and St. Williams Catholic Church. For many years, Rick worked as a truck driver for L.M.E. Rick was a quiet man with many friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, as well as watching football and baseball. There was no one that he enjoyed doing things with more

Thomas P. Costello

T h o m a s Patrick Costello, 61 of Chandler, AZ passed away at St. Michaels Hospital in Sauk Centre on October 23rd, 2011, due to complications related to an injury. Thomas was born December 30th, 1949 in Richland, WA to Donald and Alice (Trumble) Costello. He married Linda McElrone on November 26, 1969 in California. Tom was in the industrial chemical business for most of his career.

than his friend of 37 plus years – Mike Foerst. However, his greatest love was being with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his wife, family and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Preceding him in death were his father, Ivan Browen; and brother, Donald Browen. In addition to his wife of 35 years, Monica, he is survived by his son, Jeremy (Katie) Browen, Foxboro; daughter, Amy (Eric) Eliason, Superior; grandchildren, Dylan, Logan, Carter and Ethan; mother, Donna Browen, Burtrum, MN; sisters, Audrey Browen, St. Cloud, MN, Raelene (Myron) Minkel, Rice, MN, Paula (LeRoy) Kiminski, Superior, and Marilyn Browen, Melrose, MN; brothers, Terry Browen and Jon (Laurie) Browen, both of Burtrum, MN; father-in-law, Raymond Kiminski, Superior; sister-in-law, Linda (Burt) Hunter, Wrenshall, MN; brothersin-law, Tom (Darla) Kiminski, Maple, WI, and John Kiminski, Superior; and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were Jeremy Browen, Eric Eliason, Michael Foerst, Chad Lyons, Terry Browen and Jon Browen. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Johnson, Jim Fender, John Tuomi, Ronald Kiminski and Carter Eliason.

He retired in 1997 and enjoyed living in Maui (sitting on the beach almost daily) and traveling the country in a motor coach for the last few years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will leave behind many fun and loving memories. Tom is survived by his wife of 43 years Linda Costello, Chandler AZ; his son Kevin and daughter-in-law Ann (Matchinsky) Costello from Big Birch Lake near Grey Eagle, daughter Kari and son-in-law Chris Hardy from Gilbert Arizona, and five grand children, Scott (13), Lea (10), John Thomas (6), Madeline (1) and Macy (4 months). Funeral services will be held in Arizona at a later date.

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Lidwina J. “Ma” Brake, age 95 of Sauk Centre, died Monday, October 24, 2011 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 28 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Todd Schneider officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at the church in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home in Melrose. Lidwina Josephine Hinnenkamp was born March 19, 1916 in Melrose, Minnesota to Bernard “Ben” and Mary (Angelbeck) Hinnenkamp. She attended school in Melrose and Radiology Technician School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On May 23, 1939 she married Henry Brake at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Lidwina and Henry farmed near Sauk Centre in West Union Township until 1962 when they retired from farming and moved to Sauk Centre. Besides helping on the farm and raising three children, she returned to work as an X-Ray technician at

Edith A. Ritter

Edith A. Ritter, age 88 of Melrose, died Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Rev. Virgil Petermeier, Rev. Ken Thielman, and Rev. Art Hoppe concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. followed by the Christian Mothers and the Sts. Bernard & Elizabeth Council at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Edith Anna Maus was born February 8, 1923 in Melrose, Minnesota to Peter and Mary (Doepker) Maus. On June 6, 1946 she married Roman Ritter at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple lived and farmed northeast of Melrose until their retirement in 1982. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Christian Mothers, Sts. Bernard & Elizabeth Council, Association for

St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre for 25 years, retiring in 1978. It was there that everyone fondly called her “Ma Brake”. That title remained with her throughout her life. Lidwina was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and the Christian Mothers. Lidwina cherished the visits and telephone calls from her family and many friends. She was also proud to be able to remain independently in her home until her final days. Survivors include her children, Ralph (Helen Beuning) Brake of Duluth and Janet (Jim) Pieper of Nevis; grandchildren, Gary (Kathy) Pieper, Jason (Stacy) Pieper, Patrick (Lori) Brake, Michael (Cheryl) Brake, Mark (Alison) Brake, Shonna Banke, and Aaron Banke; 18 great-grandchildren and two greatgreat-grandchildren; brother, Robert Hinnenkamp; sisters, Irma Otte, Bernadine Winter, and Collette VonWahlde; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Banke. Lidwina was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Brake on May 7, 2002; parents; son, Kenneth Brake in 1979; infant granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Isadore Hinnenkamp, Clarence Hinnenkamp, Teckla Blenker, Bennie Hinnenkamp, and Herbert Hinnenkamp. Serving as casket bearers will be her grandsons, Gary Pieper, Jason Pieper, Patrick Brake, Mark Brake, Aaron Banke, and great-grandson, Kenny Brake. Cross bearer will be Shonna Banke and honorary bearers will be everyone in attendance at Lidwina “Ma” Brake’s Christian Burial.

Retarded Citizens, and St. Mary’s Mission Society. Edith taught religion and led the rosary before mass for many years. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, and volunteering at local charities. Survivors include her children, Dennis (Judy) Ritter of Melrose, LuVerne (Jean) Ritter of Melrose, Joann Ritter of Melrose, and Edna (Marvin) Goebel of Albany; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and brother, Albert (Ana) Maus of San Diego, California. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Roman Ritter on Dec. 31, 2000; parents; grandson, Timothy Ritter; brothers, Raymond Maus, Leo Maus, Wendelin Maus, and Donald Maus; and sisters, Caroline Winters, Florence Miller, Veronica Springer, Frances Waldorf, Mary Maus, and twin sister, Edna Maus. Serving as casket bearers will be Randy Ritter, Brian Ritter, Kurt Ritter, Scott Ritter, Chad Ritter, Jeremy Goebel, Aaron Goebel and Christopher Goebel. Cross bearer will be Cindy Hellermann and scripture bearer will be Rebecca Lahr. Arrangements were made with PattonSchad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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My First National Broadcast By Saralee Perel Last month I received a horrifying e-mail from a wellknown psychologist named Dan Gottlieb, who hosts his own weekly show on National Public Radio called Voices in the Family. His e-mail read: “We are doing a show on therapy dogs and your story could be part of the show.” He was referring to my caregiver dog, Gracie, who helped me re-learn to walk after my spinal cord injury. He added, “Could you e-mail my producer whatever information is relevant? Thanks so much.” Now, you might be saying, “What’s so horrifying about that?” And I’d answer, “WHAT?! I’ll be so nervous that I’ll go blank after everything Dr. Gottlieb asks me. Listeners will think there’s a mime on the air!” A week prior to the show, which aired several weeks ago, the producer, Jennifer, called me. She said that the broadcast wouldn’t be taped. It would be live. I begged, “Oh please, can we tape it? I’ll give you my husband if you agree

we can tape it.” “It’s much better live.” So I laughed knowingly and tried saying, “Of course it is,” which came out, “Yep, I know that. I mean I knew that. I mean, oh heck, know or knew, tomato, tom-ah-to – ” Before I could complete my inane sentence, Jennifer, probably thinking, I can’t believe Dan wants this bonehead on his show, said, “Let’s have a mock interview ahead of time.” We set a date for that. My husband, Bob, heard my part of the mock interview. And actually, it went surprisingly well. So Bob helped boost my self-confidence. (Please note I’m being sarcastic.) He said, “You sounded amazing. You were so calm and composed and articulate that I couldn’t believe it was you!” Jennifer told me that Gottlieb would be interviewing me via our landline telephone. My part of the hour-long show would take place at precisely one half hour into the program. At that time, my phone would ring and I’d be right on the air. I was not to say hello. What I’d hear was Dr. Gottlieb welcoming me. I had rehearsed – oh I’d say about 4,500 times, the words, “Thank you for having me here.” On the day of the broadcast, 15 min-

utes before airtime, Jennifer called to make sure I was OK. What was I supposed to say to that? “Oh sure, Jenny. I’m about as OK as a woman swimming in the ocean who, upon seeing a huge fin speeding toward her, gets excited about appearing in a remake of Jaws and then realizes there’s no film crew.” Instead I said I was just ducky. When the show came on the air, Bob and I listened to the first half hour on our cell phones. When it was a few seconds before my airtime, I heard, “And now, we have Saralee Perel, who is a nationally syndicated award-winning columnist whose dog, amazing Gracie, became her 24/7 caregiver after she suffered an inexplicable spinal cord injury 8 years ago.” As expected, my landline rang. I picked up and heard Dr. Gottlieb say, “Saralee, welcome to the show.” “Thank you for having me here,” I said, which came out perfectly, thank God. There was silence. Then he said, “Do we have you?” I said, “Yes! I’m here.” But nobody could hear me. I heard him say, “We must have a line that’s down.” Don’t you find it unbelievable that there was a malfunction at that very second, and instead of my planned “thank you” statement, my national debut on NPR consisted of nothing but dead air? Bob took the phone and hung up quickly, assuming they’d call right back.

During this time, I was banging my forehead against my wooden desk and saying, “Bob, Bob, Bob. Why do these things always happen to me?” Before he could answer, the phone rang. Bob handed it to me. I could hear Dr. Gottlieb saying, “We have Saralee back on the line.” “What a way to start!” I said, now on the air. Amazingly enough, I was able to respond pretty well to all of his questions about Gracie, and how she had found her purpose in life, which was to selflessly take care of me. You might wonder why I agreed to be on the show. I wanted to be on the show so that Gracie’s courage would be remembered. She always thought of me as her hero. But she was always been mine. She has put herself in harm’s way by protecting me from traffic, from joggers, bikers and aggressive dogs. She would have given up her life for me. She has been my biggest fan and my greatest supporter, my lifeguard and guardian. Gracie was my champion, who would never, ever let fear stand in her way. And so I’ve learned from her, neither will I. Award-winning columnist, Saralee Perel, can be reached at Please “Like” her new Facebook Community Page: Saralee Perel Presents Gracie, My 4-Footed Coach.

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Community Snapshots

Fifth and sixth grade students from Swanville Elementary displayed sportsmanship, competition and plenty of energy during the annual flag football games held on Friday, October 14, 2011. Students were able to demonstrate their football skills during four ten minute quarters which were played on the Varsity football field. Pictured is Steven Namvar, Peyton Jackson, Ref. Mr. Swisher and Derek Kirk.

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Swanville Jr. High Student of the Month Swanville Jr./ Sr. High is proud to announce Aspen Anderson as Student of the Month for October. Aspen is the daughter of Mark and Kristi Anderson. Aspen’s interests include reading, playing violin and piano, and dancing. Although Aspen is only a seventh grade student she is already very involved in school activities including volleyball, band, and student council, serving as the class president for her grade. Her day outside of school is just as busy, as she is a member of the Con Brio and Sforzando Orchestras and the Long Prairie Just for Kix dance team. Her advice for other students is to “Always aim to do your best in everything you do.” Tom Bzdok, Social Studies Teacher has these words regarding her, “Aspen is extremely deserving of this recognition. She is a very mature young lady who has become a leader by setting positive examples for her classmates to follow. She

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Swanville Sr. High Student of the Month Swanville Sr. High is proud to announce Courtney Sieben as the October Student of the Month. Courtney is the daughter of Mark and Deb Sieben. Courtney has many interests to fill her free time. She enjoys figure skating, snowboarding, scrapbooking and hanging out with family and friends. Throughout her Junior/Senior High School career she has been involved in volleyball, softball, Student Council, National Honor Society, Healthy Communities Collaborative and was a statistician for the girls basketball team. Outside of school Courtney has been a member of the Winter Wonderland Skating Club for eleven years. She has been in a number of their productions and has coached younger skaters. The main reasons that she loves skating are that it allows her to individually push herself and express herself through her hard training and events. Her future plans include going on to college and eventually obtaining her

dentistry license. Her advice for other students is “to smile, it confuses people.” Char Bzdok, High School Science Teacher says about Courtney, “I have had the pleasure of teaching and coaching Courtney for the past six years! In this time, Courtney has displayed many outstanding qualities. In the classroom, she has always given one hundred percent on her schoolwork and has high academic standards. On the court or on the field, Courtney also displays a great attitude toward her teammates and coaches - her peers definitely look up to her. I have also been very fortunate to have Courtney as my teacher assistant the past two years. She is very thorough in all the tasks that she does for me on a daily basis - I don’t know what I would do without her!! Courtney is very deserving of this award! Kerie Thoma, Activities Director adds, Courtney has a positive attitude and is not afraid to voice her opinion. Her leadership capabilities have allowed her to excel in her athletics as well as her academics. She is a captain of the volleyball team this season. She pushes herself to do her best and leads by example. Congratulations to Courtney on all her achievements and this award.”

Kringen’s Korner - By Jon Kringen, LPGE Superintendent

Operating Levy Faq: The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School District will be holding a special election for the purpose of extending the current operating levy; this week’s column will answer some frequently asked questions that have not been previously addressed. Q. Do I need to be resident of the District in order to vote or am I eligible if I own land but do not reside in the District? A. You must be a legal resident of the District in order to vote; owning land alone most likely will not qualify you as a voter. Check with your county of residence to make sure. Q. What does “tax extension” mean? A. This is an extension of an existing property tax levy that is scheduled to expire. This would maintain the current $700 levy for 10 years. Q. Will my taxes increase? A. This is not an increase in taxes, we are simply proposing to maintain what we currently have and extend the length of time in an effort to provide one stream of stable funding for the District. However, changes in the valuation of individual property and the elimination of the Homestead Tax Credit may have an impact on individual taxpayers; both of these situations are not the responsibility of the school district. Q. What will you do with the money if it passes? A. The money generated from this levy will be used to maintain programs

and staffing consistent with enrollment and financial constraints. Q. How much money will be raised for the District and does it all come from the local taxpayer? A. The levy currently generates (in round numbers) $975,000 for the District of which 60% is paid by local taxpayers and 40% by the state government. The amount of money raised is based on the number of resident students in the District. Q. Why do you need to have the levy? A. Funding from the State of Minnesota has been inconsistent at best. The $50 increase per student this year, while helpful, is not adequate to keep up with inflation or to maintain programs. Continuation of the Operating Levy is needed to provide a stable stream of funding into the future. Q. Do other schools in our area have Operating Levies? A. The answer is yes, please refer to the chart below that includes the statewide average levy. Browerville $126.18

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Q. Has the District done anything to reduce the budget or cut expenses? A. We have made significant reductions in spending the last few years having cut well over $2,000,000 from the budget; in addition, we continue to look for efficiencies. We will continue to make enrollment-driven adjustments to staffing levels and program offerings. Q. Do farmers pay levy taxes on all of their agricultural acres? A. No, agricultural property taxes for the proposed levy will be based on the value of the house, garage and surrounding one acre of land only. Feel free to contact me at the school 320-732-2194 or via email (jkringen@ if you have questions.

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St. Benedict’s Senior Community hosts free memory ‘check-up’ St. Benedict’s Senior Community and St. Cloud Hospital Home Care & Hospice encourages everyone to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on Nov. 8 and 15. The events are part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating. Join us for pie, coffee and information about memory loss from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community, Monticello, 1301 East Seventh St. The event includes free, confidential memory screenings, tours, vendor booths and presentations from 2-3 p.m. titled “Dementia Care at Home” by Mary Eisenschenk, RN, and Sharon Winkelman, Occupational Ther-

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Local Municipality Minutes Melrose City August 25, 2011 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due notice being given thereof. Present were Council Members Dick Christenson, Joe Finken, Tony Klasen, Jenny Mayers, Mayor Tim Vogel, City Administrator Michael Brethorst, and Human Resource Technician Diane Gruber. Mayor Vogel presided thereat. The Council then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried that the agenda be approved as amended. There was no one requesting to speak at the open forum. The following items were considered for approval under the Consent Agenda: a. The minutes from the Council’s July 21 Regular Meeting. b. List of bills in the amount of $271,875.44. c. List of investments for the month of July. d. The Initiative Foundation has submitted a request for support in 2012. The Foundation is seeking financial support in the amount of $1,500 from the City of Melrose in 2012; this is an increase of $100 from 2011. In the past, the City and Utilities have agreed to share equally in the annual pledge amounts. The Utilities Commission approved its 50% match at its August meeting. e. Moved. f. Authorization for the Melrose Fire Department to submit the necessary application for the 2011 Firefighter Assistance Grant through FEMA, which is a 95% (FEMA) and 5% (Fire Department) match, requesting funding for jaws-of-life and a thermal imaging unit. Fire Chief Jeremy Kraemer will be submitting the application in the amount of $45,000 ($42,750 FEMA / $2,250 Fire Department) g. Summary of events and costs of the City-Wide Open House to be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Utilities Commission will give consideration to this issue at its September 12 meeting. h. The City received a 2:00 a.m. Closing Liquor License Application from Scooter’s Tavern. City Code Chapter 113 adopts M.S. Ch. 340A by reference which allows sales of intoxicating liquor between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. after obtaining a permit from the State of Minnesota. The State provides the application form and collects the license fee. The City has the ability to also establish a fee, however, has chosen not to. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to approve the consent agenda. City Administrator Brethorst reported that the City has been notified by Stearns County Emergency Management Services that Stearns County qualifies for the filing of an application for assistance under the FEMA guidelines. The initial Request for Public Assistance has been filed with Stearns County. Staff is compiling costs and will be submitting the application to Stearns County Emergency Management Services. City Administrator Brethorst is hopeful that the City will also be able to submit for mitigation expenses for the burial of some electrical lines which are at risk during high winds. Police Chief John Jensen presented the Police Department’s July monthly report. He stated that there were 332 requests for service during that period compared to 183 for the

same month in 2010. Year-to-date requests for service total 1874 compared to 1396 in 2010. Chief Jensen noted that the number of traffic stops and citations were up due to the Safe & Sober campaign held over the July 4th weekend. City Attorney Scott Dymoke reported he has been working on the following projects for the City: 1. Peterson house: prepared and filed motion papers and supporting affidavits with the Court Administrator in preparation for hearing on request allowing demolition of building. Also attended hearing on motion and obtained order from court allowing demolition. 2. CentraCare lease: attended conferences with City staff and CentraCare officials to discuss modifications to existing lease agreement. Reviewed application of business subsidy requirements with bond counsel and attorney Tom Mathews. Community Planning/Economic Development Director Gary Walz gave an update on the progress of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan project. He noted that the Alternatives Phase has been completed and the project has entered the Draft Plan Phase. This began with drafting of the text for the eight chapters and is scheduled to be completed by late August 2011 when it will be delivered to the Committee and the Council for initial review. Director Walz reported that staff is recommending a Special Joint Meeting between the Council and Comprehensive Plan Committee be held on Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. to review the draft plan with Consultant Tina Goodroad of Bonestroo. This would be followed by an open house to be held on September 28. Mr. Finken suggested that consideration be given to hosting the Comprehensive Plan open house in conjunction with the Citywide Open House on October 8. Director Walz stated that he will check with Consultant Goodroad to see if this will work with her schedule. Public Works Director John Harren reported that the Stearns County Highway Department has notified the City that work on the reconstruction project of the entrance of 9th Street North onto County Road 170 will begin the week of August 29, 2011. He noted this is a relatively small project and there would be no cost to the City. Public Works Director Harren reported that the sidewalks on the south and west sides around the old school building/County building are becoming a liability and these sections were not identified or included in the sidewalk improvement plan. Staff has been directed by prior Councils to remove these areas as they become a liability. The Melrose School District was contacted regarding the repairs that are needed and/or the removal and supports their removal. The Street Department will be removing the sidewalk and seeding those areas as time permits. The west sidewalk will be removed totally and on the south side the three-foot section between the curb and main sidewalk will be removed. Mayor Vogel reported that he is working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on concerns regarding weeds, sedimentation, and low water levels in the Sauk River Mill Pond and reviewed the response he had received from the DNR in response to his email sent to them in August addressing his concerns. Mayor Vogel recommended that a core group be appointed in late September to work with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and DNR

on this issue. This item to again be discussed at a future meeting. City Administrator Brethorst reported that a request has been made to review and revise Chapter 113 of Melrose City Code regarding the Community Festival License Application – Private Property and Public Property. The City Code has been amended to revise the application process modifying the filing period of the application. The filing period has been changed to reduce the length of time for filing prior to the event. Ordinance No. 08-25-2011, An Ordinance Amending Melrose City Code Chapter 113 Regulating the Sale of Liquor. A motion was made by Mr. Finken to adopt Ordinance No. 8-252011, An Ordinance Amending City Code Chapter 113 Regulating the Sale of Liquor and Codification of Melrose City Code, Chapter 113. The motion was seconded by Mr. Klasen with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Finken, Klasen, Mayers, Christenson; Against: None; Abstain: Mayor Vogel. Mayor Vogel reported that a request was made by for a Community Festival License – Public Property by The Dam, Inc. and Sudz Bar for Saturday, September 10, 2011. The event will be held outdoors and a portion of 4th Avenue NE would be closed. Mayor Vogel reported that this event must comply with City Code Chapter 113.23 (D) which deals with Community Festivals – Public Property. He noted that Police Chief Jensen and Public Works Director Harren have reviewed the Community License Application and recommend approving the application. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers to approve the Community Festival License application. The motion was seconded by Mr. Christenson with a roll call vote recorded as follows: For: Council Members Finken, Klasen, Mayers, Christenson; Against: None; Abstain: Mayor Vogel. City Administrator Brethorst reported on correspondence the City received from the Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC) requesting the City’s support. He stated that MAOSC represents small cities with populations less than 5,000 and lobbies the Legislature on many issues that affect these small cities. Total dues for the City would be $1,665.20/year. City Administrator Brethorst reported that, in the past, the City had chosen not to be a member. He reported that the City has been a member of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) for several years noting that the CGMC serves all greater Minnesota cities providing electronic communication of legislative proceedings, financial information, and allows the City to obtain labor and employee relations support at a discounted rate. The annual fee for CGMC membership is $4,800/year. Discussions included the value of the CGMC vs. MAOSC. City staff was directed to contact the MAOSC and request that they give a presentation to the Council regarding their services. Action on this item was tabled until a future meeting. The Council then gave consideration to scheduling a Special Joint Meeting with the Comprehensive Plan Committee at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 15 for the review of the draft 2030 Comprehensive Plan with Consultant Tina Goodroad. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried scheduling the meeting for September 15. Mayor Vogel reported that the City received correspondence from

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received. He noted that the sixmonth trial period is up and reported that staff has not received any comments regarding agenda publication. The cost of publication for the past six months was approximately $580. The agenda is also posted on the City’s website and in the library. Several Council Members commented that they had received favorable feedback regarding agenda publication and recommended it continued to be published. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to continue with publishing the agendas and that this matter be reviewed again in January, 2012. City Attorney Scott Dymoke reported that on August 15, Judge Pearson heard the City of Melrose’s motion for a summary enforcement order. After reviewing the motion and pleadings with himself and Community Development Director Gary Walz, Judge Pearson issued an order affirming Resolution No. 2011-23, declaring the Peterson residence at 306 2nd Avenue SE a hazardous building and directing that the building be razed. By the terms of the order, Mr. Peterson has until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2011 to demolish the residence and clear the lot. If the demolition and clearing is not completed by this deadline, the City of Melrose is authorized to raze the building and clear the lot which according to Stearns County is currently owned by Mr. Peterson and may remain so in the future. The City of Melrose may possibly recoup the costs of demolition, together with attorney’s fees and court costs, by assessing the project costs against the property for collection with the real estate taxes. Before making this assessment, the City will need to prepare and present an itemized statement of the project costs to the court for review and approval. After the court approves the project costs, the City may make the assessment. It was noted that the Council is scheduled to meet Thursday, September 8 and then not again until Thursday, October 20. If the Council intends to complete this abatement process initiated in 2010 including razing the building, removing the basement, filing the cavity and restoring the site prior to the onset

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time. City Administrator Brethorst presented an overview of the preliminary 2012 Budget and property tax levy. He noted that the proposed budget and levy will be discussed in length at the Council’s September 8 Regular Meeting at which time the preliminary tax levy will need to be adopted in order to be certified with the County Auditor before September 15. Some of the highlights of City Administrator Brethorst’s presentation included the methodology to keep operating expenses in check as much as possible; the goal is to minimize tax, rate or fee changes, to develop a realistic and achievable operating budget, and to maximize staff and board training. City Administrator Brethorst also reported that the preliminary budget included that there are no levy limits in place for 2012. The City received notification from the State on the amount of local government aid (LGA) it will receive in 2012, which is $614,850 - the same amount as in 2011 and 2012. City Administrator Brethorst reported that some of staff’s concerns include LGA funding changes, continued funding of capital (fund 203) - capital bonding versus funding depreciation, increase in health care expense, future levy limits, impact of market value home credit, impact of loss revenues and their impact on services, and impending staff retirements. Also included was the budget timeline for the 2012 budget process, the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan and the updated Finance Plan. These will be discussed in further detail on September 8 and/or during subsequent meetings on the budget. Director Walz presented an application from EKA LLC/Melrose Metalworks, Inc. for Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) funding in the amount of $75,000. He reported that staff has been working with the Freeport State Bank regarding the participation loan format with which they are comfortable. The initial total project loan request is $190,000 for the construction of a 60’ x 162’ manufacturing facility on the vacant EKA-owned property located between their five-structure manufacturing site and the Munson Feed truck wash and storage facility. The security for the loan will be the real property assets of EKA/ Melrose Metalworks. The appraisal of the real estate requested by the Freeport State Bank is in process. Director Walz reported that it is the recommendation of the RLF Committee, consisting of MADA President Jerome Duevel, Mayor Vogel and Utilities Commission representative Lyle Olmscheid, and MADA to grant the RLF funding request. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Finken and unanimously carried grant RLF request of EKA LLC/Melrose Metalworks. Mayor Vogel reported that part of the property at 116 Main Street East, leased by the Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU) to Benchmark Realty is former Burl-

ington Northern Railroad right-ofway, which the City of Melrose sold to CMCU in November 1995. Subsequently, CMCU combined this portion of the railroad right-of-way with its adjoining property to create Lot 1, Block 14, Melrose Burlington Plat II. Mayor Vogel reported that CMCU is in the process of selling Lot 1, Block 14 to Kenzie Investments, LLC. The title examination prepared in conjunction with the sale has determined that the record title to the former railroad right-of-way in Lot 1, Block 14 is still in the City of Melrose. The deed for the railroad right-of-way that the City of Melrose issued to CMCU in November 1995 was apparently never recorded and cannot be located. Mayor Vogel reported that CMCU is requesting that the City Council, at CMCU expense, adopt Resolution No. 2011-38 authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a new deed to clear the title to Lot 1, Block 14. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the new deed. The following informational items were discussed: a. The minutes from the Public Utilities Commission’s July 11 Regular Meeting. b. The minutes from MADA’s July 25 Regular Meeting. c. Great River Regional Library’s Activity Report. d. Correspondence from George Traeger regarding the grass and weed growth in mill pond. e. A letter which will be included in the August utility billing requesting all customers/residents to disconnect their sump pumps from the City’s sewer system. This item will also be presented at the Council meeting stressing the importance of disconnecting all sump pumps from the City sewer system. f. The minutes from the Planning and Zoning Commission’s June 16 Regular Meeting. g. The Building Permit Summary Log for 2nd Quarter. h. The following are schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1. EVOC Law Enforcement Training August 15 at the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center. Registration fee: $386 per person. Attending: Police Chief Jensen, Sergeant Maus, and Police Officer Nechanicky. i. The following are purchases that no longer require Council approval but are presented as informational items: 1. Chader Business Equipment - Digital Voice Recorder – $2,212.31. The invoice to be paid from the Police Department forfeiture fund. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. Patricia Hasse, City Clerk Melrose City September 8, 2011 The Melrose City Council met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Melrose City Center pursuant to due

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without the City logo and authorized staff to obtain quotes. Acting Mayor Finken reported that Ambulance Department Member Dennis Overmann has submitted a letter of resignation from the Ambulance Department effective August 28, 2011. He has served on the Department since February 1, 2005. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Mr. Christenson and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Mr. Overmann from the Ambulance Department and commend him for his 6 ½ years of service. Acting Mayor Finken reported that Ambulance Coordinator Jenn Tschida is requesting Council approval to hire Stephanie Tillman from Sartell as a volunteer EMT. Coordinator Tschida has conducted the interview. Ms. Tillman is already EMT-certified and has a flexible schedule so would be available for call during the day, evenings, and on weekends. The hiring of Ms. Tillman would be contingent upon her passing a pre-employment physical and drug test. A motion was made by Ms. Mayers, seconded by Mr. Klasen and unanimously carried to appoint Ms. Tillman to the Ambulance Department contingent upon passing a preemployment physical and drug test. Acting Mayor Finken noted that, in preparation for 2012 and reaffirmation or development of future goals, City Administrator Brethorst proposed to the Council and Utilities Commission that they hold a joint planning retreat to discuss these issues. Springsted provides a quality service to assist in this effort by facilitating a 4-6 hour Work Session to go over various issues. This would be a portion of the total retreat with the remainder being team building, budget review, and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan development/review. It was the consensus of the Council to schedule the retreat in January or February of 2012. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to establish a working session retreat and coordinate with Springsted to facilitate the work session. A tentative schedule has been set for January or February of 2012. The Utilities Commission to give consideration to this retreat at its September 12 meeting. City Administrator Brethorst presented the proposed 2012 Budget for the General Fund. State law requires that the City certify the proposed tax levy to the County Auditor by no later than September 15; therefore, it will be necessary to review the budget and take action on adoption of the proposed preliminary budget and the proposed tax levy at this meeting. The final levy adopted in December can be lower than the levy certified in September, but cannot be higher. The Council discussed the proposed budget and levy at their regular meeting held on August 25 and at a Special Meeting on September 6. Administrator Brethorst stated it is proposed that the preliminary property tax levy be certified at $1,087,236, and a debt levy of $219,030 for a total proposed tax levy of $1,306,266 and an estimated tax capacity rate of 60.757% which is slightly less than the final tax capacity rate of 60.80% for 2011 taxes payable. He stated that the City must also provide the County Auditor with precise information on: • Time and place of a public hearing for the adoption budget and levy will be discussed. • The public must have the opportunity to speak and the meeting must not be held before 6:00 p.m. • Date, place and time of the public hearing at which the final budget and levy will be determined, with this meeting to be scheduled after November 24 and before December 27. Staff recommended and the Council concurred that this hearing be scheduled for the Thursday, De-

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Daylight Court Street condition. The storm water infrastructure along with the curb and gutter are heaving due to the frost and the wet weather conditions. Mr. Hanson noted that 11th Ave NE was constructed in the summer of 2006. The pavement section for the 36-foot wide street (from face of curb to face of curb) consisted of a geotextile separation fabric, 15 inches of subgrade granular borrow, and seven inches of aggregate base Class 5 and 3.5 inches of bituminous surfacing. A four-inch perforated polyethylene drain tile with fabric sock was installed in the subgrade granular borrow layer to a point 100 feet upstream from catch basins and will be behind the curb draining into the storm water system. The City standard curb and gutter was installed on this project. In Spring 2010, the City staff noticed movement of the roadway and the displacement of the catch basins and curb. Staff did take preventive action last summer by resealing the inside ring of the catch basins. This action did not solve the problems that the roadway was experiencing due to the frost heave. In Spring 2011, the roadway, curb and catch basin experienced even greater

movement. It is Bonestroo’s recommendation to construct an additional drain behind the curb that would help lower the water table. The drain tile would connect into the existing catch basins. The drain tile would be extended parallel with the curb and the trench would be filled with a granular material to provide adequate drainage. City staff would monitor the drain tile over the next several years to evaluate its effectiveness of the improvement. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $12,745. A motion was made by Mr. Klasen, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried authorizing Bonestroo to prepare the plans and specifications and receive bids on the 2011 Daylight Court Improvements. John Jensen, Chair of Labor Management Communication Group (LMCG) provided an update on the newly formed LMCG as recommended in the Springsted Staffing Study. The Committee held its Organizational Meeting on August 11 at which time Committee terms and officer appointments were determined. The following informational items were discussed: a. Thank You note has been sent to George Traeger for help with

mowing grass for the City and to Ervin Bueckers for bringing the campers to the Sauk River Park the weekend of August 27, 2011. b. Public Utilities Commission’s August 8 Regular Meeting minutes. c. The Department of Revenue along with Stearns County has scheduled a Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Training Session for Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park. The session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. d. The following are schools and/or conferences where registrations were made: 1) Amber Alert Training held in Minneapolis on August 22-24. Registration fee: N/A. Attending: Police Officer Chris Swanson; 2) Basic Forensic Response to Missing & Abducted Children held in Minneapolis on August 22-24. Registration fee: N/A. Attending: Police Sergeant Craig Maus. A motion was made by Mr. Christenson, seconded by Ms. Mayers and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Patricia Haase, City Clerk

Todd County Sheriff’s Dept 800-794-5733 • 320-732-2157

October 16, 2011: At 12:11 a.m. the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jenny Ahrendt. She was calling to report that Louis Thompson, rural Burtrum, was driving her GMC van and struck a deer on 315th Ave. N. of 150th St. The van received moderate damage to the front end and Louis was not injured in the incident. October 17, 2011: At 2:47 p.m. the Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Mikel Nelson. Mikel was calling to report that his son, Andrew, both from rural Burtrum, had rolled their 2002 Mercury Sable on 341st Ave. and 160th St. Andrew had been traveling northbound when he lost control and rolled the car over. Andrew received minor damages from the seat belt and the car received moderate damage.


Competitive Estimates

Melrose • 320-256-5400

APARTMENTS FOR RENT Quiet 1 & 2 Bedrooms Oak Grove Living in Meire Grove Under New Management & Taking Applications Rents at $560 & $650 a Month Ask about our Senior Discount!

Call Dave at 866-378-4881

Townhomes For Rent

Long Prairie: Terrace Townhome Melrose: Village Townhome East Village Townhome Glenwood: Gables Townhome Sauk Centre: Centre Crossing Townhome Centre Village Townhome Little Falls: Edgewater Townhome Courtyard Townhome Royalton: Platwood Townhome

2 Bedrooms • No Steps Community Room All Maintenance Included Attached Double Car Garage Available

For Info. Call 320-749-2611

UPSALA SALE: 107 Main St. Oct. 28, 29; 8 am. Cedar chest, secretary, more furniture.

FOR SALE: Australian Shepherd pups, purebred, good cattle dogs. Call 320815-1139.

ST. MARTIN’S: Annual craft, used Christmas, flea market, rummage & bake sale Saturday, Nov. 5: 9 am-2 pm, St. Martin Parish Hall.

FOR SALE: Indoor kittens need home before winter, black, black/white, orange/white, adorable, tame, needing loving family, $5 ea. Call 320-254-8496.

WANTED TO BUY: Good slaughter cows, big bulls, also lumpjaw, foundered, lame steers, etc. (Pay with green.) Henry Kasper, 320-547-9913. 10/2/0P FREE: Outdoor farm kittens to a good home. Call 320-573-2163. 12/29P

FOR SALE: Balzer 6 row stalk chopper, excellent condition, Holdingford. Call 320-746-2613.

FREE: Outdoor kittens would love to live in your barn & catch mice. Call 320285-2288. 10/27 FOR SALE: 2003 I35 Infiniti, luxury sedan, black ext., black leather int., 83,000 miles, Bose stereo, excellent condition. $8,900. Call 320-285-5543. FOR SALE: Meadow hay, small squares, no rain, stored under roof, excellent for horses or sheep, Melrose. Call 320-250-3874.

October 17, 2011: At 7:38 p.m. David Gorka reported that he had struck a deer on County Rd. 13 near the address of 31924. David was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan, that sustained moderate damage to the right front area of the vehicle. No one was injured in the accident. October 23, 2011: At 10:35 a.m. Frank Kuhlmann called and reported that his mailbox had been vandalized. Frank reported that the damage occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 23. If any information is known about the incident, please contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

FOR SALE: 2008 Ranger, 2wd, 5-speed, 57,000 miles, new tires, topper, $9,995.; Lopi wood burner, glass door, $450. Call 320-732-2272.


FOR SALE: Ford van, 1 ton 4x4 XLT package, very nice. Call 320-492-8032.

· Oak, $200/cord · White Birch, $250/cord · Basswood, $150/cord · Delivery Available

For more info, call Steve at Office • 320-285-3565 Cell • 320-815-1863

FOR SALE: Great Dane puppies, blk & boston, $300-400. Call 320-250-7741. FOR SALE: Winter boots for person with small feet, Sorrel Paks size 5 and size 7, like new. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: Yorky pups, tiny toy, vaccinated and dewormed, excellent. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: John Deere snowblower on John Deere tractor 112 w/42 in mower, works good. Call 320-492-8032.

FOR SALE: Shih- Tzu male adults, vaccinated. Call 320-492-8032. FOR SALE: 1988 Oldsmobile station wagon, good condition. Call 320-4928032.

In Albany: 1 & 2 Bedroom Now $445 - 2 Bedroom Available $395 - 1 Bedroom

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

Equal Housing Opportunity

For more information, contact Julie at 320-573-2151.

FOR SALE: 3x3x8’ square grass hay, 4’x5’ rounds, net wrapped, stored inside, also corn and wheat straw, delivery available. Call 320-761-0734. tfn HOUSE FOR SALE: Albany 220 Forest Ave., 3 bdrm & 1 1/2 bath, built 1967, newer furnace. Call 320-356-7398. FOR RENT: 1 & 2 bedroom apartments in Albany available now, 2 bdrm $445/ mo., 1 bdrm $395/mo., $100 deposit, cats ok. Call Loreen 763-238-0616. AAtfnB


Pole Wood for Outdoor Furnaces $375 for Big Load, Plus Delivery Charge. 320-573-3939


Standing Timber: All Species Specialize in Selective Harvesting.

We do a nice clean job, all tops are pulled out of woods. We also do clear cuts. Certified by the State of Minnesota.

Baum's Logging • 320-285-3565

Business Ads: For Rent, Help Wanted, Service type ads are $5.00 for 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid.


One Bedroom Apartment Available Immediately

FOR SALE: Firewood, cut, split, dry, also boiler wood, $100 cord. Call 320845-2043, leave message. tfn

Personal For Sale, Wanted, Giveaway type ads are FREE up to 20 words. 25¢ For Each Additional Word. Pre-Paid.

Call Loreen for Details!


FOR SALE: Banty chickens; also Oak and Maple firewood. Call 320-7462759. 10/27

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Cats Ok

FOR SALE: 6x14 fish house on wheels, $3,000 or B/O. Call after 6 p.m. weekdays or anytime weekends, 320-2933271.

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Burtrum Liquor/Don Axel --------------------------------------------- 114 Main St, Burtrum Brian’s Painting/Brian Middendorf ----------------------- 10727 Alum Trl, Ward Springs Bitz Plumbing & Heating / Loren Bitz ------------------- 27432 Alpine Ln, Ward Springs Grey Eagle Electric/Kevin Bitz ---------------------------------- 303 Hwy 28 S, Grey Eagle Arnzen Trucking/Joe Arnzen ------------------------------------ 207 Spruce St, Grey Eagle Gessell Realty-Gessell Auto Sales/Romie Gessell -------- 327 State St W, Grey Eagle Annie’s Corner Store/Chris Browen & Annie Bruggenthies (Formerly Browen’s Country Market) --------------------- 105 State St E, Grey Eagle Kutter Insurance/Mike Kutter ---------------------------------- 107 State St E, Grey Eagle Village Café/Theresa Pansch ---------------------------------- 111 State St E, Grey Eagle The Office/Gene Waldorf ---------------------------------------- 113 State St E, Grey Eagle Style N ‘Go/Jill Kurowski --------------------------------------- 115 State St E, Grey Eagle Bitz Hardware/Steve Bitz --------------------------------------- 121 State St E, Grey Eagle Grey Eagle Gas & Grocery/Dave Rahn ----------------------- 219 State St E, Grey Eagle Hub Supper Club/Bruce Rohde ------------------------------------ Main Street Grey Eagle Grey Eagle Community Library -------------------------------- 118 State St E, Grey Eagle Senior Citizen’s Civic Center ----------------------------------- 114 State St E, Grey Eagle GE Laundromat/Jerry Baxter ----------------------------------- 112 State St E, Grey Eagle Precious Angel’s Daycare/Lori Leyk ------------------------ 311 Bovee St N, Grey Eagle Grey Eagle Housing (Village View)/Harry Grammond ---- 303 Cedar St N, Grey Eagle Central MN Credit Union --------------------------------- 114 Woodman St N, Grey Eagle KB Specialties/Kathy Berscheit ------------------------------ 315 Maple St N, Grey Eagle Shining Stars Daycare/Tracy Berschiet --------------------- 315 Maple St N, Grey Eagle Tschida Daycare/Angie Tschida ------------------------------ 208 Maple St S, Grey Eagle Eagle Fabricating/Tim Ainali ------------------------------------ 13265 CO 33, Grey Eagle City Limits Salon/Traci Rosenow ----------------------------- 304 Pearl St E, Grey Eagle JGK Trucking/John Karnes ----------------------------------- 14664 State 287, Grey Eagle Shipwrex on Mound Lake/Shawn Ehlert ---------------------- 13218 CO 103, Grey Eagle Bitz Marine/Joe Bitz --------------------------------------------- 14162 CO 103, Grey Eagle

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