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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Kalusche sisters to be recognized at MLK breakfast BY NATASHA BARBER STAFF WRITER

SAUK RAPIDS – Two Sauk Rapids-Rice students will be honored Monday for their efforts in making an iconic dream a reality. Sisters Hailey and Ava Kalusche are winners in the Dexter R. Stanton Essay and Visual Art Contest. They will be honored at the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Day of Service Jan. 20 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The breakfast takes place from 8-10:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday which observes social activist Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The students will receive a certificate and monetary award, and their work will be displayed at the convention center through February. The Dexter R. Stanton Essay and Visual Art Contest is open to St. Cloud area youth – kindergarten through college – and is named after a St. Cloud State University student who initiated the contest to involve youth in MLK’s legacy and publicly recognize art and leadership abilities. The contest

is coordinated by the Community Anti-racism Education Initiative and organized alongside the annual breakfast. Each year, the contest embraces one MLK quote as its theme. This year, the focus was, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way,” and students were asked to interpret the theme in their submissions. The Kalusches, of St. Cloud, became involved in the contest through their involvement in Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota. Sauk Rapids resident Sarah Drake is a teaching

artist with the Central Minnesota Arts Board and was an artist-in-residence at the nonprofit in fall 2019. “No matter how old


Sisters Hailey Kalusche (left) and Ava Kalusche, of St. Cloud, are two winners of the Dexter R. Stanton Essay and Visual Art Contest. They will be recognized at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Day of Service Jan. 20 in St. Cloud.

Seniors earn AAA honors Neisen fuels her passions BY ANNA HINKEMEYER STAFF WRITER

SAUK RAPIDS – Sauk Rapids-Rice High School senior Abby Neisen can be found in a number of places on a given day. She may be playing in band or pit orchestra, planning prom, preparing for speech or practicing shot put and discus. Neisen is also involved in LINK. Because of her commitments, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School has nominated Neisen for the Minnesota State High School Academics, Arts and Athletics Award alongside male candidate Kyle Conway. “I was surprised, but it’s an honor to be noticed for all the different activities,” Neisen said. “While I am involved in a lot, it doesn’t feel like I am that busy or involved. But, as I was asked to write it down on paper, it was a sigh of relief to see how much I have accomplished.”


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Each MSHSL member school is invited to nominate one female and one male high school senior for the AAA Award. In order to be eligible, BY ANNA HINKEMEYER a student must maintain a cuSTAFF WRITER mulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in MSHSL-sponsored activities and comply SAUK RAPIDS – Leadwith the MSHSL code of con- ing is at the forefront of Kyle duct. Conway’s senior year at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. The Neisen page 4 son of Jim and Linda, he is a

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captain of boys soccer, math league, and boys track and field, and he has participated in travel soccer and worked with KIDSTOP in the community. The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School has recognized Conway for his accomplishments by nominating him for the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Award. Conway represents SRRHS alongside Abby Niesen, the female recipient. “I feel honored to have it, but I know there are a lot of other kids at school who deserve it too,” Conway said. “I am one of many people who have done great things in school, and I am glad to represent them.” Each MSHSL member school is invited to nominate one female and one male high school senior for the AAA Award. In order to be eligible, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in MSHSL-sponsored activi-

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Airport may see new governance structure Council hears information about proposed transition BY NATASHA BARBER STAFF WRITER

SAUK RAPIDS – The St. Cloud Regional Airport could have a new governing authority by this time next year. The St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority could

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become a reality by Jan. 1, 2021, should the city of St. Cloud, and Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties sign a joint resolution, establishing the special taxing district under state statute. Officials of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation and Sherburne County presented information regarding the proposal at the Sauk Rapids City Council meeting Jan. 13 at the Sauk Rapids Government Center in Sauk Rapids. The presentation was requested by Benton County commissioners who hoped to inform the county’s largest city prior to acting on the resolution. In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature granted a $250,000 funding request to provide an optimization study regarding the airport, which is positioned in Sherburne County just south of the Benton County line. Brian Myres, board chair of the Greater St.

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Brent Daniel Ackerman and Trista Aubrey Buckalew announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding. Trista is the daughter of Rick Buckalew, of Hillman, and Christine Turner, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. She is a 2012 graduate of Sauk RapidsRice High School and 2013 graduate of Model College of Hair Design. She is employed at Great Clips in Sartell as a salon Mmanager. Brent is the son of Pete and Mona Ackerman, of Sauk Rapids. He is a 2012 graduate of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School and 2015 graduate of Alexandria Technical

Cloud Development Corporation, said the study’s final report released in February 2019 concluded the airport was an underused asset and there were several ways to improve the airport through discount carriers, corporate travel and more. But, in order to do so Myres said, a different governance structure would need to be initiated. The city of St. Cloud is the owner and operator of the airport. The proposal is for St. Cloud to divest its assets and transition governance to Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. A nine-member board of appointed representatives (two from the city, two from each county and one agreed upon by all parties) would manage the authority. “The city of St. Cloud currently is funding (the airport) to the tune of about $620,000 on operations and $200,000 annually on the capital side from the local option sales tax,” Myres said. “That would continue basically for a period of 10 years.” Following the 10 years and as the airport becomes more economically viable, the city of St. Cloud would be relieved of its financial obligations and removed from the authority board, dropping the board to sev-

en members. “The city (of St. Cloud) has done a good job with running that airport with the means they have,” said Felix Schmiesing, Sherburne County Commissioner. “In order to be truly regional, we’re going to have to make the next step and that is going to need to be regional governance. The secret to this is the idea that the business community is going to be involved. We’re going to appoint a different governance committee to make this work, and that’s going to be the secret to its success.” Before the authority can begin, the Federal Aviation Administration must approve certification and all parties must pass the joint resolution. Sherburne County approved its document Dec. 17, and the resolution should appear before the subsequent parties by the end of March. “It’s highly constrained by statutes, so this is not paving a new path but it is one that is already established,” said Bruce Messelt, administrator for Sherburne County. “It does require FAA approval, and we’ve already received preliminary approval for the resolution you have in your packet. We’ve indicated a goal of being operational on Jan.

1, 2021.” The resolution is expected to come before the Benton County commissioners Jan. 21. In other council news: - Approved the city’s American with Disabilities Act self-evaluation and transition plan following a public hearing where no audience members spoke. Community development director Todd Schultz said nearly all buildings are in compliance as they were built after the ADA was passed in 1990. Schultz said the city’s transition plan states to update to ADA compliance as capital improvement projects are completed. An open house was hosted Jan. 8 for members of the public which wanted to comment or question the plan. One person attended and Schultz corresponded by phone and email with one other resident; comments were considered. Mayor Kurt Hunstiger reminded the audience and those viewing the live cable broadcast from homes that the plan is amendable. - Approved obtaining a certificate of authorization for unmanned aerial vehicle operation and approved UAV training of police department personnel not to exceed $3,000. - Approved the purchase of a public works

pickup truck. The cost of the truck, accessories and applicable licensing fees is about $33,000. - Approved the purchase of a public works park truck with a plow. The cost of truck, plow and applicable licensing fees is about $38,000. - Schultz gave an update on the Southside Park project. The city will be swapping land with the Department of Natural Resources, but has come to an agreement that the city will be allowed to place up to eight wells and well houses on that land should they need to in the future. “(The DNR) have given us the OK to go ahead with the bidding process with understanding that we’ll work through the finer details of the agreement between the and the National Park Service over the next several months,” Schultz said. Schultz said he hopes to have bidding documents to the city council in two weeks. - The Sauk Rapids Police Department will host a public meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, regarding its implementation of body worn cameras. A formal public hearing will take place at a later city council meeting.

Gate City Bank opens Sauk Rapids location SAUK RAPIDS – Gate City Bank has opened a new location inside Coborn’s, 110 First St. S., Sauk Rapids. This full-service bank provides personal, mortgage and business banking. The new location is part of the bank’s growing partnership with Coborn’s Inc., the St. Cloud-based parent company of Cash Wise Foods, Coborn’s and Hornbacher’s grocery stores. Sauk Rapids is one of five Gate City Bank locations announced for 2020. The St. Cloud and Waite Park Cash Wise Foods will open Gate City Bank locations this spring, and the bank will open branches in Cash Wise Foods stores in Dickinson, North Dakota, and Bismarck, North Dakota, in spring and summer, respectively. “We are thrilled to open in Sauk Rapids and bring our innovative banking services to the region,” said Ryan Coye, senior vice president of retail banking at Gate City Bank. “I’m excited to show customers how we can help them save time and money.”

Little Falls man injured in spin out ST. CLOUD – Icy road conditions led to a Little Falls man’s injuries Wednesday. Michael Melin, 62, was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital Jan. 15 after a vehicle he was riding in was struck by another while in the ditch. Michelle Melin, 56, of Little Falls, was traveling south on Highway 10 near County Road 33 when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the ditch shortly before 11 a.m. A truck, driven by Daniel Valerius, 64, of Bemidji, was also traveling south. Valerius lost control, went into the ditch and struck the Melin vehicle. Michelle Melin and Valerius were not injured.

a.m. Jan. 15. McGuire was unable to stop for a red light due to icy roads while traveling north on Highway 15. Cherne was traveling west on County Road 29. McGuire was not injured.

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Snowmobiles restricted from Bend in the River FOLEY – Benton County reminded residents Jan. 13 that snowmobiles are not permitted at Bend in the River Regional Park in Rice. In a release, the county indicated motorized vehicles are not permitted at the park except in designated parking lots. The trails at the park are intended for pedestrian activities such as crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, walking and running. No snowmobiles are permitted on trails or in open areas of the park.

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St. Cloud woman hurt in collision ST. CLOUD – A St. Cloud woman was hurt after a vehicle collision at a Benton County intersection Wednesday. Mary Cherne, 62, was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after her vehicle was struck by one of Alison McGuire, 20, of Iowa, around 11

Milaca woman in crash on Highway 23 ST. CLOUD – A Milaca woman was injured Jan. 9 as a vehicle attempted to make a left turn across Highway 23. Victoria Johnson, 56, was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the vehicle she was driving collided with a box truck. The box truck was driven by Brian Ovsak, 31, of Braham. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Ovsak was traveling westbound on Highway 23 around 7 p.m. when he attempted to take a left turn at County Road 8. Johnson was traveling eastbound on Highway 23 and collided with the vehicle. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk Rapids Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance assisted at the scene.




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and she chooses “My picture is about self-esteem to encourage because there are a lot of people who are others with self-conscious about their bodies. I will say powerpositivity. ful words to them to encourage them. I hope when you The oil see this picture you are in shock to see how amazing it pastel drawis. One side is positive words and the other side is her ing that Haiimagination. She is seeing the words on the mirror.” ley entered – Ava Kalusche, shows a group fifth grade of people who have painted art and the word help on the wall in order to inspire oth- Hailey said. “I didn’t the courage it takes to ers. Her artist statement know what to do for do that for a topic as reads, “Helping is one my piece, and Sarah important as Dr. King’s of the smallest favors helped me find an idea dream. Giving advice to or things you could do and my friends helped the community through to be good in the com- me find an idea. … their artwork on how munity. It could be from (MLK) helped African they can take steps to picking up things in Americans get less seg- make Dr. King’s dream your house to cheering regation and everyone a reality is a very imup your friends when needs to help someone portant thing, very coutheir sad.” at some point because rageous, and I’m very Hailey said the sim- helping can make any- proud of them. And, I’m ple notion of helping one happy, and I think honored I got to work can go a long way to- happiness is the best with them.” ward MLK’s dream of thing in the world.” The Dr. Martin Luunity. Drake is proud of ther King Jr. Breakfast “Helping is one of the girls’ accomplish- and Day of Service is the nicest things to do,” ments and foresight at free and open to the such a young age. public, but registration “Anything like this is required. Registration as a community mem- for the event is found ber, I love to see it,” at https://www.stcloudDrake said “… Putting art out there is a breakfast. very vulnerable thing;

Students named to dean’s lists for fall 2019 term BRAINERD – Sauk Rapids resident Michael Anderson has been named to the dean’s list at Central Lakes College of Brainerd and Staples. Anderson earned a GPA of 3.25-3.74 to be eligible for the honor. DULUTH – Rice residents Amanda Kollodge, Patrick O’Brien and Austin Tembreull as well as Sauk Rapids residents Hailee Albers, Ethan Bednarek, Damian Fiedler, Gavin Kreutzer, Katie Oltz, Bradley Reuter, Samantha Sepulvado, Allyson Walz and Skylar Zeilenger have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. The students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for the honor. LA CROSSE, Wis. – Rice resident Chad Peichel and Sauk Rapids resident Tara Metzger have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. The students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for the honor. MOORHEAD – Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduates Cameron Bauer, Nicolle Brenny, Amie Britz, Gage Donovan, Angela Konz, Grace Middendorf, Camden Patterson, Summer Schmidt and Zac Spohn have been named to the dean’s list at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Students must attain a 3.25 or higher GPA to be eligible for the honor. RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Brooke Butkowski and Katie Lucas, of Sauk Rapids, have been named to the dean’s list at University of Wisconsin in River Falls. Students must attain a 3.5 or higher GPA to be eligible for the honor. ST. PETER – Sauk Rapids resident Mikayla Zaske has been named to the dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Zaske earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be eligible for the honor. WILLMAR – Sauk Rapids resident Adam Scapanski has been named to the dean’s list at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Scapanski earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for the honor.

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we are, how much money we have or what color we are, we all have something that we are good at that we can use to make our community better and to help Dr. King’s dream be more of a reality,” said Drake, who has been on the planning committee for the breakfast since its inception and chairs the essay and art contest committee. “That was our guide for the project, but how they interpreted it and what materials they chose to use was up to them.” Hailey, a sixth grade student at Sauk RapidsRice Middle School, and Ava, a fifth grade student at Mississippi Heights Elementary School, were selected as two of 30 winners across 157 entrants. Ava’s entry, which was created with paints and oil pastels, depicts a girl staring into a mirror. On the surface of the mirror are the thoughts the girl feels about herself, but beyond the surface is positivity – perspectives reflected by others. “A lot of people are insecure,” Ava said. “… Sometimes what you see is not true.” Ava wrote in her artist’s statement, which was weighted equally to the visual piece during judging, that her picture was about self-esteem

Students names to president’s lists for 2019 term BRAINERD – Sauk Rapids resident Alexis Roberts has been named to the president’s list at Central Lakes College of Brainerd and Staples. Roberts achieved a GPA of 3.75 to 4.0 to be eligible for the honor. WAHPETON, N.D. – Sauk Rapids resident, Andrew Asp, has been named to the president’s list at North Dakota State College of Science of Wahpeton and Fargo. He is studying automation and mechatronics technology.

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Deborah M. Ludwig, age 65, passed away Jan. 12, 2020, at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Debbie was born Jan. 25, 1954, in Stillwater to William and Dorothy (Crivello) Burggraff. She married James Ludwig Sept. 25, 1976, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. Debbie was a postal clerk at the Waite Park Postal Distribution Center and also worked in food service at St. Cloud State University. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice where she was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Rice American Legion Post No. 273 Auxiliary. Debbie enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo, sports, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. She was funny, outgoing, hardworking, and a social butterfly. Debbie loved spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her children, Micah (fiancé, Erica) Auerbach of Sherman Oaks, California, Melissa (Adam) Chase of Woodbury, Katie Ludwig (fiancé, Sean

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Curran) of Leesburg, Virginia, Jessica (Bobby) McMillan of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Stacy Ludwig of Sartell; sisters and brothers, Marnie (Hratch) Azadian of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bill (Chris) Burggraff of Brooklyn Park, Richard Burggraff of Randall, and Maggi (Scott) Bramhall of Winnebago; and grandchildren, Ava, Evan, Griffin, Philip, Arthur, Ashley and Alyssa. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James on Feb. 24, 2012. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids. Obituary and Guest Book available online at http://www. R-3-1B

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Conway from front ties and comply with the MSHSL code of conduct. As Conway considers his leadership opportunities, he is proud of his soccer captainship most. He said he persevered through several seasons of low win-loss records to attain the position. Conway considers the captainship as one of his greatest life accomplishments. Much of Conway’s pride and memories derive from the soccer field. He enjoys being around his teammates and helped transform the team from a 1-14-2 season in 2018 to a 9-9-1 season in 2019. From the 2019 season, his most memorable game was the Oct. 1 home game against Willmar where he scored a bar-down shot in overtime. “The soccer team is a great group of people,

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One of Neisen’s favorite activities is track and field. She has been a part of the program since freshman year and is a specialist in field events. Neisen said track helps her discover her passions and gives her something to be driven about. Next year, she will continue her track and field career at Bemidji State University where she also plans to major in Spanish education. “I want to be a teacher,” Neisen said. “I am so passionate about Spanish and want to share my passion with my future students while helping them discover their passions. I want to make a difference in their lives.” Neisen discovered her desire to teach through a handful of influential teachers. Her greatest role model is Taisha Hoffman, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School. “(Taisha) has been one of my biggest support-

ers since seventh grade,” Neisen said. “She pushes me to try new things, but makes sure to celebrate my accomplishments too. I still keep in touch with her today.” Among her accomplishments Neisen has worked to become a healthier person, mentally and physically. Neisen has spent time focusing on her health and said it has made a difference in her activities and given her confidence. Neisen has immense pride for her school and community, spreading her passions and helping others discover theirs. As she wraps up her high school career and begins her studies at Bemidji State University, she has no plans of changing that. “I put myself out there more and make myself open to everybody,” Neisen said. “I don’t care what someone’s opinions or viewpoints are, I will listen and I am open to anything. I encourage everyone I meet to try new things and go after what they want to do, but still be open to people’s suggestions and advice. I hope I am making a difference in that way.”

and I enjoy the team more than anything,” Conway said. “We have had so much progress, and there isn’t a single person on the team who doesn’t work. It’s the most amazing environment.” Conway enjoys being with his math league and track teams as well, as both are learning environments. Math league is a laid back, team-bonding activity while track pushes Conway to his limits as he competes in the 100 yard run, 200 run, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay. Some of the greatest lessons Conway has learned have been derived from his involvement. He said he has learned how to lose with dignity but also how to work harder to see success. One example of this is his accomplishment of scoring a 34 on the ACT which came from extensive hours of studying. Conway said the lessons will help carry him forward after high school. He plans to attend North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, for civil engineering. In the meantime, Conway plans to continue making a difference within the high school through connecting with his classmates, strengthening the community and creating change, modeled after his assistant soccer coach Karl Johnson. “Karl is always composed and enlightened whenever we are talking about something,” Conway said. “He is a great person who lives with integrity and is humble as well. That’s who I want to be like when I mature more.”


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WHAT'S HAPPENING Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. – The Snow Maiden. Presented by the Minnesota Dance Ensemble. Paramount Center for the Arts, 913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. For more information or tickets, visit http:// Sunday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m. to noon – Omelet Breakfast. Sponsored by the Waite Park Legion Auxiliary. Made to order omelet and includes hash browns, toast and refreshments. American Legion Post No. 428, 17 Second Ave. N., Waite Park. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 55+ Driver Improvement Refresher Course. St. Cloud Life, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. For more information or to register, call 1-888-234-1294 or visit https:// Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. – Benton County Board of Commissioners Meeting. Benton County Administration Building, 531 Dewey St., Foley. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1-2:30 p.m. – Rock Steady Boxing Free Presentation. Learn about this therapy at the St. Cloud Area Parkinson’s Support Group. Bring a water bottle and dress in loose fitting clothes. Independent Lifestyles Inc., 215 N. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. – Rice City Council. Rice City Hall, 205 Main St. E., Rice. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. – Sauk Rapids-Rice One Act Play. The drama department presents, “The Infamous Soothing System of Professor Maillard.” Adapted by Raleigh Marcell Jr. and based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, 1835 Osauka Road N.E., Sauk Rapids.

Sauk Rapids Police Department activity Jan. 6 1738 hrs: Officers received a complaint of a stolen dog from the 800 block of Ninth Avenue North. Upon returning to the police department, officers found the dog in a kennel in the department garage. Animal control did not notify dispatch they had picked up the dog running loose. The dog was returned to its owner. Jan. 8 0351 hrs: Officers responded to the 200 block of 18th Street North for a suspicious vehicle. Kwik Trip staff said a female had been in her vehicle for several hours sleeping, and staff wanted to make sure she was OK and assured of nothing suspicious. Jan. 12 0144 hrs: Officers responded to the 1300 block of 13th Street Circle for suspicious people knocking on the door and looking for someone who was not there. Caller said one appeared to have some type of pole or pipe. Upon arrival, officers could not locate the suspects. Incidents: 37 parking violations, 17 assists, 16 traffic stops, 16 various calls, 14 suspicious activity calls, 13 welfare checks, 12 medical calls, 6 accidents, 6 permits, 5 alarms, 5 ordinance violations, 5 driving, 4 child, 4 property, 3 human services reports, 3 domestics, 2 criminal damage to property, 2 disturbances, 2 harassments, 2 extra patrol, 2 fraud, 2 animals, 2 vehicles and 2 burglaries.

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Jan. 9 1319 hrs: Officers received a complaint of a dog left outside on the 4200 block of 125th Street Northwest. Officers spoke with the owner and observed an insulated and heated doghouse and fresh water for the dog. Incidents: 5 thefts, 4 various calls and 2 assists.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7-8 p.m. – Adult Book Club. Call 320-650-2500 for this month’s selection. Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Friday, Jan. 24, 10-11 a.m. – Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Program. Music by J.S. Bach, Joaquin Rodrigo, Alberto Ginastera, Maria Kalaniemi, Prince and Maja Radovanlija. Question and answer following the event. Refreshments provides. Open to all ages. Cosponsored by Community Action Respecting Elders. The ROC, 141 Fourth Ave. N., Foley.

Community Education Corner Babysitting Clinic This hands-on babysitting clinic includes activities that focus on basic first aid, fire and weather safety, child development and parent expectations. Handbook will be provided, and each participant will receive a certificate after successfully completing the two-hour course. For students in fifth through eighth grades. Saturday, Feb. 1, 9-11 a.m. Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School, 901 First St. S., Sauk Rapids

Friday. Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m. – Adapted Martial Arts. Free one-month introduction classes. All abilities welcome. Bring a water bottle and dress in loose fitting clothes. Independent Lifestyles Inc., 215 N. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. Call Scott Ridlon at 320-267-7717 with questions.

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Seeds are amazing things, ranging from an orchid seed that weighs only .81 micrograms to the double coconut plant where each seed weighs 50 pounds. Each seed is a tiny plant compressed into a shell and waiting for the right conditions, warmth and moisture to BY LINDA G. begin growth. Some seeds also TENNESON need light while others remain Green and dormant in too much light. Growing in Some seeds need a cold period Benton County before a warm period before growth will begin. Tulips, daffodils and other bulbs must be planted in soil and experience winter temperatures before they will begin growing in the spring. Seeds also breathe while growing, taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide. Seeds planted in hard packed soil may not be able to breath properly and so will not grow. That is why gardeners are advised to use soil mixtures where the soil particles are light weight and pulverized into a fine texture. The shiny or light-colored particles found in commercial seed starting soil are perlite or vermiculite which improve the soil’s ability to hold air and water. Without these conditions, seed remain dormant and some may do so for thousands of years. Seeds found in Egyptian tombs have germinated and grown into plants. The length of time seeds remain viable is different for each species of seed. Seeds that are kept cool and as dry as possible have the best chance of remaining viable. Seed viability may be tested by wrapping a few seeds in a wet paper towel and encasing that in a plastic bag. Keep the bag at room temperature or slightly warmer and check it often to see if any roots or leaves have emerged. It may take up to two weeks before any germination is seen. If you test 10 seeds and only one sprouts, then the germination rate is only 10%, and the chance the rest of those seeds will germinate is very low. Each seed is encased in a hard shell that protects it. Many fruit seeds, like peaches and apricots, have thick hard shells that need the digestive chemicals of an animal stomach to soften them enough for germination to begin. These seeds are found inside attractive fruits that encourage the animal to eat the fruit including the seed. The seed that emerges from the animal as manure is then able to begin growing. The embryonic leaves inside each seed may be singles and grow to become grasses and long leaved plants such as daylilies. Or, they may emerge as two leaves and become any of the plants that have both stems and leaves. Each seed contains enough nutrients to begin growth but needs fertilizer to continue. That is why some bulbs may be placed in a container with only water and grow producing a bloom. However, this kind of culture results in a bulb that is exhausted afterward and is unlikely to bloom a second year even if planted in soil with good growing conditions. Many seeds begin growth by extending a shoot out into the soil. This shoot straightens and pulls the first leaves out of the soil and into the air. Other seeds extend a root farther into the soil and then the stem and later the leaves grow up into the open air. Many seeds have a remnant of the seed coat still attached to those first leaves when the stem emerges into the air. Hollyhock seedlings often do this. Those seed coat remnants should be left to drop off on their own. If you try to remove them, you may tear those first leaves. The Penn State Extension website has an excellent article, with additional details. Linda G. Tenneson is a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener and Tree Care Advisor.

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Cold, close quarters Snap, cold snap that is. It is to be allows his coals to go cold. He prefers to expected but uncomfortable nonethekeep them stoked. The hobby farm he has less. Last year, at the end of January, initiated keeps his pistons moving when there was a polar vortex our family house projects are at a low. We have found will never forget because our sweet out our wood stove is necessary in keepsurprise babe was born. My husband ing one half of our house warm enough had to regularly start our van to keep for the children during these months, but the engine from freezing while it was wood does not cut itself. Making sure the parked in the ramp at the hospital. He animals have water, hay and the mouswas up for the adventure. As an outers are able to stick around to keep the doorsman, he made a sport out of es- BY MERCY NYGAARD rodents away are part of the work too. caping from the hospital environment. And so, it is apparent God has built Life by Faith The new year ends bow hunting this man to power on, full steam ahead. season and starts my husband’s ice Our family tries to keep up and somefishing season. The heavy snow and the 30 below times begrudgingly. The close quarters in the bitter zero temperatures on their way are threatening his cold have us observing each other’s habits up close hopes of fishing. and personal. Fights spark when he mistakes my “I’ve never had good luck fishing in really cold balancing act for idleness. The devil would have weather,” my husband said. us reduce our giftings to industrious and idleness, And, guess who that makes happy? If he is ex- such stark contrasts with complete self-seeking pecting to busy himself with outdoor adventures motivation behind each of them, but it is not that but is kept from it on account of the weather, then it black and white. I will attempt to explain in my is the best time to approach him for house projects. next column when I write about this balancing act Yay for the wife. I have an entryway bench that we call life. Ultimately, God has called us accordneeds tweaking, a kids closet that needs shelving ing to his purpose, each functioning with giftings and an entertainment cabinet that needs building. and for his glory. Each of us sojourn with the adNow you might be thinking, how dastardly of versary, the devil, at our heels seeking to destroy. me to take up his leisure time and fill it with labor. Each of us need a savior, a helper and wisdom from But let me assure you, if this man makes the slightest the ancient of days. Each of us experience biting notion he desires rest, I will make the environment cold and long for the warmth of the son. ripe for rest. But, this steam engine of a man rarely

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Todd Waytashek, Watab Township Supervisor I have had several conversations with residents concerning the article in last week’s paper, trying to understand the whole MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) program within Watab. I commend Natasha Barber for trying to make this muddy issue clear; I am only trying to address continuing concerns with additional information. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requires cities, towns and townships with a population of over 1,000 (urban townships) to have a MS4 program. Watab crossed that 1,000 threshold somewhere around the early 1980s, and we are currently at 3,228. Another additional feature noted during our training are the ditches along the roads, which according to the MPCA are also part of our stormwater system – something we do need to look at in any updating of the ordinance. Last item, the fines for not having this program in place, including conducting the inspections, can be as much as $5,000 per day. The confusion referred to in the article comes from the interpretation of the MPCA rules and training we received and how it relates to Watab Township Ordinance 6.

While current MPCA rules only require inspections of projects over 1 acre in size or that are part of a development or plat, Watab Ordinance 6 also states “(2.a.v.) Any land development activity, regardless of size, that results in a building permit application or the township determines is likely to cause an adverse impact to an environmentally sensitive area or other property.” This is the basis for how the MS4 program has been run since Ordinance 6 was implemented in 2015. The supervisors of the township at the time had the foresight to set this program up in order to protect the waters and other landowners in the township. Little Rock Lake is well-known for being impaired, and the Mississippi River is our entire western border, which is shared by many all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Both waters have been steadily improving over the last five years due to many efforts throughout the watershed, including this ordinance. The ordinance has helped protect these waters and all land owners throughout the township. The ordinance was developed to achieve that protection and has been commended by the MPCA for doing an outstanding job on the road projects in 2018.



NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: July 25, 2017 MORTGAGOR: Mitchell Freeby, single. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Resolute Bank, its successors and assigns. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded August 23, 2017 Benton County Recorder, Document No. 424686. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: American Neighborhood Mortgage Acceptance Company, LLC. Dated December 10, 2019 Recorded December 19, 2019, as Document No. 440280. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT’S MORTGAGE I D E N T I F I C AT I O N NUMBER ON M O R T G A G E : 101310921706160197 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE

ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Resolute Bank RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: American Neighborhood Mortgage Acceptance Company, LLC. M O RT G A G E D PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1710 Summit Place, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 190318300 L E G A L DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot Ten (10), Block Two (2), Summit Oakes, according to the plat and survey thereof on file and of record in the office of the county recorder in and for Benton County, Minnesota. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Benton O R I G I N A L PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $178,423.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $180,618.26 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part

thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: February 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Benton County Sheriff’s Office, 581 Highway 23 Northeast Foley, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owneroccupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2020, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM



NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: September 6, 2011 MORTGAGOR: Christopher J Schaefer, a married man; also executed by Stephanie M. Schaefer, a married woman MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for U.S. Bank N.A. its successors and assigns. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded September 22, 2011 Benton County Recorder, Document No. 383901. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: U.S. Bank National Association. Dated August 14, 2019 Recorded August 19, 2019, as Document No. 437649. And thereafter assigned to Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC Dated October 1, 2019 Recorded October 1, 2019 as Document No. 438493. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT’S MORTGAGE

I D E N T I F I C AT I O N NUMBER ON M O R T G A G E : 100021200004357553 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: U.S. Bank N.A. RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC M O RT G A G E D PROPERTY ADDRESS: 611 8th Avenue North, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 19.02342.00 L E G A L DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: A parcel of land situated in the State of Minnesota, County of Benton, described as Sect-23 Twp-036 Range-031 Scenic View Plat 2 Lot-018 Block-004. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Benton O R I G I N A L PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $180,000.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $164,701.54 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action

or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Benton County Sheriff’s Office, 581 Highway 23 Northeast Foley, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owneroccupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 14, 2020, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks


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REGULAR MEETING SAUK RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL SAUK RAPIDS GOVERNMENT CENTER, 250 Summit Ave N. Monday, December 9, 2019 MINUTES 6:00 P.M. The Minnesota Twins 1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance finally made the move their Mayor Kurt Hunstiger called the meeting to order at fans have been clamoring 6:00 p.m. All members present. for since the Pohlad family 2. Additions or Changes to the Agenda acquired the team in 1984. The Ross Olson requested to add Authorize Payment for team signed free agent third Acquisition of Temporary Construction baseman Josh Donaldson Jan. Easement for Frey Enterprises, LLC on the 2020 Ben14 to a four-year, $92 million ton Drive Improvements Project as agenda deal that includes an $8 million item 9-M. by ANDY THAYER buyout or a $16 million team 3. Approve the Agenda Sports Columnist Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and secoption for a fifth year in 2024. onded by Councilperson Sauer to approve the amended Donaldson’s deal is the largest free agent signing in Twins history by over $37 million Agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously. 4. Approve Minutes dollars, and it sends a strong message this team is A. 11-25-19 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes committed to winning in the short term. Motion: Moved by Councilperson Thronson and seconded Donaldson is the definition of an impact player. by Councilperson Seamans to approve the 11-25He won the American League MVP award in 2015 and 19 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes. Motion carried has performed at an all-star level in six of his seven unanimously. full seasons in the big leagues. His fWAR totals have 5. Receive and File ranged from 4.9 to 8.7 in five of the past six years NONE 6. Mayor’s Communications (injuries marred his 2018 campaign), and he would have been the best position player on the Twins by this • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District Update—Aaron Sinmetric five times in the last seven years. This is not clair, Sauk Rapids-Rice Superintendent, only a nice addition to the Twins lineup. They simply thanked the City Council for their support of the recent of the Pleasantview referendum. Sinclair thanked acquired an absolute animal who will be their best all- passing the City Council for taking the time to be involved and around player by a significant margin. engaging in the process. Donaldson slashed .259/.379/.521 last year in Sinclair said that with the passing of the referendum, the Atlanta with 37 homers and 100 walks. His patience work now officially begins. He noted that District staff at the plate and keen eye make things exceedingly and leaders will soon be taking a bus tour of four different difficult for opposing pitchers who are going to have elementary schools that were constructed in the last few an exceedingly tough time navigating through the years. heart of the Twins lineup. You cannot pitch around • Brent Bukowski, 20 Years of Dedicated Service to Sauk both Donaldson and Nelson Cruz unless you really Rapids Police Department—Mayor Hunstiger recognized want to face Miguel Sanó, Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, Police Sergeant, Brent Bukowski, for 20 years of dediservice to the Sauk Rapids Police Department. He Mitch Garver and others with multiple runners on cated talked about some of the achievements that Bukowski has base consistently. The 2019 Twins Bomba Squad set accomplished over his career. Mayor Hunstiger said that the all-time record for home runs in a season, and in addition to being a great Police Sergeant, former K-9 they dramatically improved their lineup by adding an Officer, and Fire Fighter for the City, Bukowski also has a MVP-level slugger. Let that sink in for a hot second. wonderful rapport with the residents and everyone who he In addition to his offensive prowess, Donaldson comes in contact with. also led the entire National League with +15 defensive • Thank you to Sauk Rapids Police Department, Fire Deruns saved in 2019, which is incredible for a 34-year- partment, and Public Works—Mayor old third baseman. Infield defense was one of the Hunstiger thanked all of the staff who assisted with Saturbiggest weaknesses last summer, and this move will day’s winter parade. A Year in Review—Mayor Hunstiger noted that as 2019 go a long way toward shoring up that issue. Miguel •draws to a close, he wanted to take a Sanó will slide over to first base where he should minute to reflect on all that the City of Sauk Rapids acbe able to effectively replace C.J. Cron (who signed complished in 2019. He reviewed the various equipment with Detroit), and the Twins should immediately start purchases, financial accomplishments, and project comreaping the benefits of the defensive upgrade at the hot pletions that took place over the last year. Mayor Huncorner. stiger said that he wanted to thank all City staff and his Donaldson is notably not a starting pitcher fellow City Council members for another great year. He which is the biggest gripe I have heard about this said that he also wanted to thank the residents for allowing move. Because this move means the team is likely him to continue to serve in the coolest job that he has ever done making significant moves in free agency, it is had. Mayor Hunstiger said that he looks forward to all that proposed to take place in 2020, and he will cover more technically true the Twins did not address their biggest is of the City’s accomplishments at his State of the City adweakness this winter. However, I think the team’s dress in March. front office chose their best possible alternative after • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year-Mayor Hunstiger striking out with the high-end free agent pitchers. wished everyone a very Merry The team reportedly made legitimate offers to Zack Christmas and a happy New Year. Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu and 7. Audience Items/Visitors Total Time Limit 2 Minwere unable to seal those deals for various reasons. utes for Items NOT on the Agenda There is not much a team can do if a player does not NONE 8. Public Hearings want to sign with them. Rather than spending premium prices for second-tier pitchers, the Twins opted to sign A. Applicant City of Sauk Rapids the best available position player and double-down Purpose on their already-historic offense. Expect a lot of 11-8 To Discuss the City’s Proposed Budget and Property wins this summer. Tax Levy for 2020 Donaldson was the best available free agent this 1. Open Public Hearing offseason other than Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg 2. Close Public Hearing and Anthony Rendon, and the Twins outbid Atlanta Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and seconded and Washington for his services. If that does not get by Councilperson Ellering to close the public hearing. Moyou fired up as a Twins fan, I do not know what to tell tion carried unanimously. 3. Consider Action you. Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and secondThe payroll for 2020 is now in excess of ed by Councilperson Ellering to approve the resolutions $140 million which is uncharted territory for this adopting the 2020 property tax levy. Motion carried unaniorganization. They finally re-invested the money they mously. saved when Joe Mauer retired toward the acquisition Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and seconded of an all-star caliber free agent, and this move goes a by Councilperson Ellering to approve the resolution adoptlong way toward showing the team is serious about ing the 2020 general fund budget. Motion carried unaniwinning. With all of the sign-stealing sanctions mously. Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and seconded swirling around the Houston and Boston franchises right now, there is a strong argument to be made that by Councilperson Ellering to approve the resolution adoptthe Twins are definitively the second-best team in the ing the 2020 enterprise fund budgets. Motion carried unanAmerican League today, and they might still have a imously. Applicant trade to make to add a high-level starting pitcher. By B. City of Sauk Rapids simply ponying up cash and signing Donaldson, the Purpose Twins have cemented themselves as a contender and To Discuss the City’s Proposed Changes to the significantly improved a roster that won 101 games Fee Schedule last year. 1. Open Public Hearing 2. Close Public Hearing

Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and seconded by Councilperson Ellering to close the public hearing. Motion carried unanimously. 3. Consider Action Motion: Moved by Councilperson Seamans and seconded by Councilperson Sauer to approve the ordinance amending the City’s fee schedule. Motion carried unanimously. Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and seconded by Councilperson Thronson to adopt the summary of publication resolution. Motion carried unanimously. 9. Consent Agenda A. Accept Donation of $1,000 from the Metro Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association B. Approve Personnel Policy Updates C. Approve Boards and Commission Appointments for 2020 D. Approve Attendance to the 2020 Annual Institute for Building Officials E. Approve Sending Police Staff to Training in Detroit Lakes F. Approve Rinke Noonan’s 2020 Legal Rates G. Approve Resolution Certifying Local Match for Second Avenue South Improvements H. Approve SEH’s 2020 Hourly Rate Schedule I. Approve Resolution of Support for the CSAH 1 Trail Improvement Project J. Approve Resolution Agreeing to Maintain the CSAH 1 Trail Improvements K. Approve Resolution Certifying Local Match for the CSAH 1 Trail Improvements L. Approve Sending Police Staff to Training for Managing the Property and Evidence Room M. Authorize Payment for Acquisition of Temporary Construction Easement for Frey Enterprises, LLC on the 2020 Benton Drive Improvements Project Motion: Moved by Councilperson Thronson and seconded by Councilperson Ellering to approve consent agenda items 9A-9M. Motion carried unanimously. 10. Regular Agenda A. Riverside Park Project Update Todd Schultz said that the Riverside Park project is essentially made up of four different components/phases, which are (1) the River Avenue improvements, stormwater, and parking, (2) the buildings, (3) landscape architecture, and (4) is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON) grant approval. He provided an update on each of the four components that make up the Riverside Park project and answered any questions that the Council had. Schultz concluded by saying that the hope is to have bid documents within the next month or so for this project. 11. Other Staff Items A. Reminder: This is the last regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council for 2019 Mayor Hunstiger noted that tonight’s meeting marks the last regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council for 2019. 12. Other Council Items and Communications Property Maintenance Ordinance-Mayor Hunstiger noted that he has asked staff to look into if there are grants or programs available to assist the elderly in the area as it relates to the City’s property maintenance code. 13. Approve List of Bills and Claims Motion: Moved by Councilperson Thronson and seconded by Councilperson Sauer to approve the List of Bills and Claims. Motion carried unanimously. 14. Adjournment Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and seconded by Councilperson Thronson to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Mayor Hunstiger adjourned the meeting at 6:57 p.m.. R-35-1B

City of Sauk Rapids PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE You are invited to attend a public hearing on Monday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Sauk Rapids City Hall Council Chambers, 250 Summit Avenue North to consider the following matters that require a public hearing. APPLICANT City of Sauk Rapids PURPOSE To consider am Ordinance amendment to the existing property maintenance code by adding a vacant commercial building section and standards for commercial parking lots. Please contact Sauk Rapids Development Director Todd Schultz at (320) 258-5315 or with questions or stop by City Hall to obtain a copy of the application. Any person desiring to comment on these matters is invited to do so in writing or orally at the time of the public hearing. Published in the Sauk Rapids Herald Saturday, January 18, 2020. R-3-1B



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CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 (1) The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted is: Storied Acts of Kindness. (2) The address of the principal place of business is: 2022 27th St. SE Apt. 103, St. Cloud, MN 56304 United States. (3) List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Ethan Hauer, 2022 27th St. SE Apt. 103, St. Cloud, MN 56304 United States. (4) By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Ethan Hauer 01/03/2020 R-2-2P

CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 (1) The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted is: Lake Country Supported Living Services. (2) The address of the principal place of business is: 181 Little Rock Road NW, Rice, MN 56367. (3) List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Lake Country Living Services, LLC, 181 Little Rock Road NW, Rice, MN 56367. (4) By typing my name, I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Natalie R. Burdick, Member of Lake Country Living Services, LLC 01/10/2020 R-3-2B NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING (Workshop) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Benton County Planning Commission will hold a special meeting for a workshop on January 23rd, 2020 in the Commissioner’s Room, Benton County Government Center, Foley, beginning at 6:00 PM, for the purpose of reviewing Benton County Development Code changes. FR-3-1B

Boys basketball secure win over Rocori Storm prepares to host Princeton BY ANNA HINKEMEYER STAFF WRITER

The Sauk Rapids-Rice boys basketball team came into the Jan. 14 road game at Rocori High School in Cold Spring with a 3-9 record. SRR quickly pulled into a 10-point lead over the Spartans and maintained the lead through most of the game, ultimately taking the 57-52 win. “It felt really nice (to win),” said Derek Peterson, SRR boys basketball head coach. “The kids have been playing well,

SRR 28 29-57 Rocori 24 28-52 SRR: Josh Schloe 25 points, and this game just built off Ethan Opsahl 12, Kobe of the last two.” Lee 11, Alex Harren 5 and While the Storm Landry Seaman 4.

pulled off the win, free throws were one of the biggest shortcomings, particularly in the start of the game. The team scored only seven of 15 attempted shots from the charity stripe but made up for it in other areas such as tallying 32 rebounds. The Rocori game was the final of a five-game road trip for the team. The team is eager to return to its home court where they will host Princeton at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Apollo 70, SRR 65 With one minute left, SRR had the chance to shoot and tie the game, but the shot was missed. In that final minute, Apollo was able to gain five points and secure the 7065 win over the Storm. SRR traveled to Apollo High School Jan. 9 to take on the Eagles in St. Cloud. The Eagles boasted an 8-1 record before tipoff – its only loss came against Delano. Despite the record dif-

ference, SRR came into the game with fervor and a desire to compete. By halftime, the Storm was up by nine. “Everything was clicking and being done right,” Peterson said. “We should have won that game.” After the half, the Storm stumbled and gave Apollo the opportunity to score 11 points. SRR was quickly down by two and finished the game with a five-point deficit. SRR 36 29-65 Apollo 27 43-70 SRR: Schloe 20, Lee 16, Opsahl 15, Seaman 6, Harren 4 and Carter Loesch 4.

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Orth contributes to Storm’n Sabres’ victory Girls hockey skates past Willmar 6-2 BY ANNA HINKEMEYER STAFF WRITER

Senior forward Anna Orth has led the Storm’n Sabres girls hockey team in scoring all season, but when Sartell-Sauk RapidsRice traveled to take on the Cardinals at the Willmar Civic Center Jan. 9 in Willmar, she stepped it up

a notch. Orth assisted on four goals before knocking in one of her own to pull the Storm’n Sabres ahead 6-1. SSRR started off with its first goals midway through the first period. Sophomore defender Erika Johnson scored followed several minutes later by junior forward Rachel Wieland who was assisted by Orth. The second period saw a similar trend. Shortly after starting the period, eighth-grade forward

Nora Sauer found the back of the net with Orth’s help on a power play. Willmar answered with one a little over one minute later, but Wieland responded with SSRR’s second goal of the period. Wieland tallied a power play goal off a pass from Orth and junior forward Lauren Wensel. Junior forward Jayden Lommel shot the puck into the net early in the third period to continue the Storm’n Sabres lead. Lommel was assisted by Orth.

Midway through the period, Orth found a goal of her own while SSRR was shorthanded on a penalty. Willmar posted its second and final goal with five minutes remaining to play. The Storm’n Sabres had 42 shots on goal to Willmar’s 23. SSRR sat 10 minutes on five penalties while Willmar sat eight minutes on four. Senior Chloe Stockinger made 21 saves to help seal the win.

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Turnovers, 3-pointers costly in loss Payonk scores 30 in Orono matchup

Roesch 10, Ady Froiland 7, Belle Haddy 6, Noel Reberg 6, Mackenzie Felchle 2, Keanna Guggisberg 2 and Mia Rogholt 2. Big Lake 74, SRR 45 The Storm scrambled in its road game Jan. 9 against Big Lake. SRR started the game slow and only scored 18 points in the first half to Big Lake’s 45. The BY ANNA HINKEMEYER | STAFF WRITER second half was more even with SRR scoring 27 to Big Lake’s 31, but it was not enough to pull through and Senior center Shayna Payonk has eased well into narrow the scoring gap created in the first. 18 27-45 her position this season on the Sauk Rapids-Rice girls SRR 43 31-74 basketball team. Payonk earns the title of leading scor- Big Lake SRR: Payonk 14, Evans 7, Felchle 5, Roesch 5, Reberg 4, Keer game after game. At SRR’s two matchups this week – Jan. 9 against anna Guggisberg 4, Haddy 2, Froiland 2 and Rogholt 2. the Hornets in Big Lake and Jan. 14 against Orono in Sauk Rapids – the statistics reflected similarly. Payonk posted 14 points in the loss against Big Lake and scored a whopping 30 points against the Spartans at home. “It makes me proud, and I feel like a leader on the team,” Payonk said. “My teammates got me the ball to Public Notice finish off plays.” January 7, 2020 The girls travel to Chisago Lakes High School for New Equipment in use for 2020 Elections a 7:15 p.m. game Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Chisago Lakes. (January 2020 and Forward) Orono 84, SRR 76 Nadean Inman, Benton County Auditor-Treasurer anThe Storm played its best offensive game of the nounces that Benton County residents will be using new season Jan. 14 against Orono High School. SRR made ballot counters in the polling places for the 2020 elections 48% of its shots throughout the game with 52 rebounds and future years. These new machines will have larger and improved screens for the convenience of voters and also (18 offensive) to Orono’s 29. While the Storm trailed 39-31 at the half, they re- provide a higher degree of accuracy and security of elecmained consistent with the Spartans as the teams re- tion results. A demonstration voting machine will be on display at turned from the locker rooms. Each team scored 45 the Benton County Auditor-Treasurer’s office beginning points in the second half. January 21st and going through March 2, 2020 between the However, the Storm had 27 turnovers to Orono’s hours of 8:00AM and 4:30PM. The address is 531 Dewey six. The opponents also outshot SRR on 3-pointers go- St Foley, MN 56329. ing 11-21 to the Storm’s 4-11. SRR lost by eight. If you have any questions, please contact the Benton

SPECIAL MEETING SAUK RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 250 SUMMIT AVE. N. Monday, December 16, 2019 4:00PM MINUTES 4:00 PM Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance Mayor Hunstiger called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. All members present: Nick Sauer, Ellen Thronson, and Jason Ellering. Members absent: Dottie Seamans. Approve the Agenda Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and seconded by Councilperson Thronson to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously. Regular Agenda A. Approve Purchase of Ballistic Shield for Police Department Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and seconded by Councilperson Sauer to approve the purchase of a ballistic shield that can withstand rifle rounds. Motion carried unanimously. B. Approve 2020 Union Contracts Motion: Moved by Councilperson Sauer and seconded by Councilperson Thronson to approve AFSCME, Teamsters, and LELS one-year collective bargaining agreements. Motion carried unanimously. Adjournment Motion: Moved by Councilperson Ellering and seconded by Councilperson Thronson to adjourn the meeting. Orono 39 45-84 County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at (320)968-5006 or Motion carried unanimously. SRR 31 45-76 email elections@co.benton Mayor Hunstiger adjourned the meeting at 4:09 p.m. FR-3-1B R-3-1B SRR: Payonk 30 points, Kyanah Evans 11, Grace

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Dancers fifth in Central Boys hockey Lakes Conference capitalizes Season winding Willmar win down before

SRR adds road losses


The Sauk RapidsRice Storm dance team had a successful week of competitions as they competed in the Central Lakes Conference championships Jan. 10 at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. SRR placed fifth in the kick and jazz events. The team followed the competition with a AAA contest at Anoka High School in Anoka Jan. 11 where the jazz team took third and kick fourth. As the dancers prepare for the Section 4AAA championships Feb. 1 at Forest Lake High School in Forest Lake, the team is aiming to improve its stamina and degree of accuracy in hopes to improve scores and earn a spot at the state meet. SRR competes at the St. Michael-Albertville invitational Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Michael-Albertville High School in St. Michael. Anoka invitational The Sauk RapidsRice performances came together well at the Anoka invite Jan. 11. The jazz team claimed the thirdplace spot while kick took fourth. “Anoka was amazing for our team,” said Ali Mohr, SRR dance head coach. “We had the opportunity to go against teams in our section, which was a good indicator of how sections could turn out.”

SRR varsity jazz composite scoring: turns and kicks technique 37, leaps and kick height 37, creativity 40, visual effectiveness 40, difficulty of routine choreography 38, difficulty of



Morgan Hoffman (center) competes with the Sauk Rapids-Rice High School varsity jazz team Jan. 10 at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. SRR earned fifth in both kick and jazz during the Central Lakes Conference championships. formations and transitions 37, difficulty of skills or kicks 38, placement and control 35, degree of accuracy 37 and routine effectiveness 39. Overall jazz team (rankings) and results: 1. Brainerd (3) 415 of 500 points, 2. Anoka (6) 393, 3. SRR (13) 378, 4. Burnsville (13) 372, 5. Hopkins (13) 370, 6. Forest Lake (18.5) 363, 7. Rogers (19) 354, 8. Elk River (21.5) 350, 9. Moorhead (27) 280 and 10. Park (30) 240. SRR varsity kick composite: turns and kicks technique 35, leaps and kick height 36, creativity 38, visual effectiveness 39, difficulty of routine choreography 40, difficulty of formations and transitions 38 difficulty of skills or kicks 42, placement and control 34, degree of accuracy 35 and routine effectiveness 41. Overall kick team (rankings) and results: 1. Anoka (4) 399 of 500, 2. Brainerd (6) 401, 3. Hopkins (9.5) 382, 4. SRR (10.5) 378, 5. Burnsville (15) 366, 6. Forest Lake (19) 344, 7. Elk River (20) 339, 8. Rogers (24) 326, 9. Moorhead (27) 295 and 10. Park (30)


CLC championships The Storm ranked fifth amongst Central Lakes Conference teams in the Jan. 10 championships at Rocori High School. Overall, Mohr said the team performed well, but it was not the team’s best performance as of late.

SRR varsity jazz composite: turns and kicks technique 48, leaps and kick height 49, creativity 51, visual effectiveness 52, difficulty of routine choreography 48, difficulty of formations and transitions 47, difficulty of skills or kicks 50, placement and control 46, degree of accuracy 47 and routine effectiveness 50. Overall jazz team (rankings) and results: 1. Sartell (4) 587



r The Storm kick team performs Jan. 10 at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. The Storm competed against teams from Sartell, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Alexandria, Willmar and Cold Spring in the Central Lakes Conference championships.

of 700, 2.Brainerd (7) 572, 3. Tech (12) 517, 4. Rocori (16) 501, 5. SRR (19) 488, 6. Apollo (24) 463, 7. Alexandria (28) 393 and 8. Willmar (31.5) 363. SRR varsity kick composite: turns and kicks technique 47, leaps and kick height 49, creativity 52, visual effectiveness 56, difficulty of routine choreography 51, difficulty of formations and transitions 53, difficulty of skills or kicks 54, placement and control 47, degree of accuracy 48 and routine effectiveness 53. Overall kick team (rankings) and results: 1. Sartell (4) 607 of 700, 2. Brainerd (8) 586, 3. Rocori (14.5) 512, 4. Tech (15.5) 498, 5. SRR (17) 510, 6. Apollo (24) 465, 7. Alexandria (27.5)

438 and 8. Willmar (32) 404.

Emma Miller performs with the Storm jass team Jan. 10 in Cold Spring. The Storm took fifth amongst teams within the Central Lakes Conference.

Starting the week with a 5-3 win over Willmar Jan. 9 at Sports Arena East in Sauk Rapids was what the Storm boys hockey team needed for motivation against two northern Minnesota teams. While Sauk Rapids-Rice dropped its games Jan. 10 against Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl 6-1 and Jan. 11 against Bagley-Fosston 4-3, play was even and showed effort from across the roster. SRR travels to the Princeton Ice Arena in Princeton for a 7 p.m. game against Becker Tuesday, Jan. 21. Bagley-Fosston 4, SRR 3 The Storm played a well-rounded game Jan. 11 as the team took on Bagley-Fosston at Bagley High School in Bagley. SRR boys hockey head coach Ken Karna said SRR dominated the game, but the skaters struggled to bury the puck in the net. Bagley earned an early first period goal before the Storm slashed in two mid-period goals. Sophomore forward Tim Krueger scored on an assist from sophomore forward Will White. Senior defender Brady Pesta scored the second goal. Caleb Euteneuer collected a goal near the end of the second period, and Bagley netted two in the second and one in the third to round out the scoring. Euteneuer was assisted by junior forward Calvin Comstock. The Storm outshot Bagley 39-15, with both teams sitting 10 minutes on five penalties. Junior Riley Weinand made 11 saves. Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl 6, SRR 1 The Jan. 10 game at Miner’s Memorial Arena in Virginia had a strong start for SRR. Each team was scoreless through the first period. SRR began to slip in the second. Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl scored two early-period goals and continued the trend to score four more goals early in the third. Within the final three minutes of play, senior forward Durham Welch found the net with help from senior forward Frank White and sophomore forward Easton Portner to put the Storm on the board. SRR had 25 shots on goal to its opponent’s 35. The Storm sat two minutes on one penalty, while their opponents sat six minutes on three. Weinand made 29 saves. SRR 5, Willmar 3 Each of the SRR lines were successful Jan. 9 at home as the Storm worked toward a third period win. Frank White scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into play with help from junior defender Carter Kayser. Willmar answered with three of its own, spanning through the remainder of the first period and midway into the second before the Storm rallied back. Comstock scored the Storm’s second goal near the end of the second period assisted by freshman forward Broden Fawcett. Junior forward Brandon Bokelman found the net in the third with assists from sophomore forward Cayden Christensen and junior forward Landon Lunser. Welch scored next on an assist from Frank White. Christensen rounded out the scoring as he received a pass from Pesta and Bokelman. Sauk Rapids-Rice outshot Willmar 36-28 and sat fewer penalty minutes – four minutes on two infractions as opposed to Willmar’s six minutes on three. Weinand made 25 saves for the Storm.



Storm makes strides in Kiffmeyer Duals


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Granite City great in weekend sweep over Wausau Lumberjacks prepare for huge North Iowa series BY EVAN MICHEALSON STAFF WRITER


Sawyer Simmons wrestles against a New Prague competitor in the 132 pound weight class Jan. 11 at Tech High School in St. Cloud. The Storm competed in the match as a part of the Kiffmeyer Duals tournament.

SRR tops Cougars with team effort BY EVAN MICHEALSON | STAFF WRITER

The annual Kiffmeyer Duals can present some razor-thin victory margins as teams battle to the bitter end for St. Cloud supremacy. For the Sauk-Rapids Rice Storm wrestling team, however, razor-thin does not accurately describe their second-round win over Lakeville South. Hunter Farnick picked up six points in a win by fall at heavyweight as the Storm defeated the Cougars 37-36 and finished sixth in the eight-team tournament Jan. 11 at Tech High School in St. Cloud. “We had a very strong performance by a lot of our wrestlers to win that dual,” said Cole Wilson, SRR wrestling head coach. “It takes a whole bench of guys bringing the energy to carry out a win in that fashion.” Winning against the resilient Cougars was an admirable feat; the Storm needed to recover in the final match of the dual to seize victory after taking a significant lead early. SRR dominated early classes with Alex Diederich and Jared Spohn picking up five points each with technical fall wins. Sean Christopherson, wrestling in the 113 pound weight class, toppled Nick Thomas by fall at two minutes, 56 seconds, giving the Storm an early 11-0 advantage as its bench’s energy continued to lift its fellow wrestlers. “We need to continue to work on bringing the energy into every match,” Wilson said. “To be successful, our bench needs to be there for whomever is out on the mat.” The Cougars, behind a huge tide-turning 8-5 decision win from No. 10 Ryan Cripe in the 138 pound weight class, put together a sharp comeback effort, turning a 25-point deficit into a two-point lead. Cole Ackerman’s win by fall at 0:20 gave the Storm the lead once again, and Farnick secured the one-point escape with a timely triumph by fall at 2:13. The win was a coordinated bounce-back effort as the Storm kicked off its Kiffmeyer appearance with a 61-12 stumble to the New Prague Trojans who went on to win the entire event. Farnick shut down No. 9 Evan Anderson by fall at 1:01 to conclude the one-sided first-round match on a positive note. “Rankings can be very arbitrary and our guys know that,” Wilson said. “They’re aware of how they need to go out and compete at a high level, regardless of who is across the mat.” SRR concluded a mixed bag of a tournament with a 48-28 loss to host Tech-Apollo. Andrew Wollak picked up his first win of the day, besting Brett Kayfes by fall at 1:58, while Spohn and Sawyer Simmons compiled back-to-back wins by fall. After a laborious stretch of difficult road matchups, SRR hosts its first home match of the season, facing the Tech-Apollo cooperative once more at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Sauk RapidsRice High School in Sauk Rapids.

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After enduring a difficult 80-shot debacle, the Wausau RiverWolves sought revenge in the second game of a two-part matchup with the Granite City Lumberjacks, scoring a first-period goal to gain their first lead of the series. Trailing to a team they had shown they could impose their will on, the Lumberjacks came alive in the final minutes of the second period, receiving huge tallies from Ryan Pogue and Nicholas Richert in a 6-1 triumph Jan. 11 at Marathon Park Arena in Wausau, Wisconsin. Similarly to the night before, Granite City put up 80 total shots as they asserted themselves in their opponent’s zone. “Sometimes you get complacent when you play a team you know you have the ability of scoring a lot of goals against,” said D.J. Vold, Lumberjacks associate head coach. “They want to do everything themselves and that’s when we get in trouble. I don’t care who we play, you can’t win with one guy.” Pogue’s goal at just shy of three minutes left in the middle period allowed Granite City to open up its offense, something Vold and the coaching staff were looking for after a sluggish first period that was underwhelming by the staff’s standards. “I think everybody committed to playing the right way for the last two periods,” Vold said. “Using everybody on the ice makes it easier for everyone involved. The point of emphasis we put on during the first intermission was using everybody available, and they did a great job of that the final two periods.” Pogue’s game-altering score gave him his 14th point in his last eight games after tallying his first goal of the 201920 season Dec. 17, 2019, leading to two West Division Player of the Week selections. The co-captain of the Lumberjacks has turned a lot of heads. “After he got the first one to go in, the flood-

gates opened and he was able to do what he wanted on the ice,” Vold said. “He’s dynamic, a good skater and hard to play against – a thorn in opponents’ sides. We’ve been getting the Ryan Pogue we expected to have.” And now, the team hopes a similar cycle of success begins with forward Tristan Birdsall who scored his first goal of the season in the third period, a 20-minute stretch that saw the Lumberjacks record four notches on the scoreboard. The Chisholm native scampered past the Wausau defense and faked out RiverWolves goaltender Tyler Klatt with an excellent move to his right for the memorable goal. “The whole bench was really excited when he scored,” Vold said. “We’ve been waiting for it since he’s playing good hockey as of late. He took advantage of his speed this weekend and was a good player to lean on.” Six Lumberjacks found the back of the net as the visitors compiled 13 total points in the mammoth team effort. After trailing 1-0 despite a 23-9 shot advantage, Granite City put together splits of 27-5 and 30-5 in the second and third periods to outshoot the RiverWolves 80-19. “We played really well in just four of the six periods (in the series) and still put 80 shots and six goals (in each game),” Vold said. “We felt really good about those four periods but need to work on the other two. I think having them score first helped. It ramped us up, and we showed up.” Granite City goalie Nate Johnston blocked 18 of 19 Wausau shots on his way to his 14th win, denying the RiverWolves of scoring opportunities. Blake Spetz picked up his 15th goal on an unassisted chance nearly six minutes into the third period to give his team a cushiony 3-1 lead. “He’s figured out what it takes to get into the right spots and get scoring opportunities,” Vold said. “He’s done a great job of capitalizing on them.”

Taking advantage of scoring chances will continue to loom large in the Lumberjacks locker room as the team prepares for the most impactful series of the season to date. They will grace the ices of Mason City Arena for a twogame series against the West Division-leading North Iowa Bulls beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Mason City, Iowa. “Weekends like this are the reason kids want to play here,” Vold said. “We look for rivalry games, playing games in opposing arenas and sending crowds home disappointed. That’s what we want to do this weekend.” Granite City 6, Wausau 0 As most hockey teams realize, outshooting opponents does not guarantee a victory. The puck has eyes, after all. It did not need to have eyes, however, when the Lumberjacks traveled to Wausau, Wisconsin, to battle the struggling RiverWolves. Granite City bombarded Wausau goaltender Klatt with 80 shots on goal, converting six of them into goals in a dominant 6-0 victory Jan. 10 at Marathon Park Arena. Klatt stood on his head for the RiverWolves; his 74 saves marked a career high. However, the Lumberjacks rebounded from a scoreless first period to slam home three goals in the second period. Pogue scored twice in four minutes as the second-year forward picked

up his first hat trick of the season. Troy Dahlheimer and Bailey Sommers recorded two apples apiece as Granite City saw 11 players register a point. Spetz tallied two points, including his 14th goal of the season. Granite City goaltender Johnston, despite a lack of activity, made 14 saves on 14 shots against to lower his NA3HLhigh goals-against-average to 1.4. The Rogers native’s .938 save percentage ranks fourth in the league. Granite City 5, Willmar 2 With three matchups within two weeks, the Willmar WarHawks were becoming a familiar division opponent to the Lumberjacks. And the results in each contest were similar: Sommers and the Lumberjacks lighting up the scoreboard in victories. The tenacious cocaptain registered three points for the third straight game as Granite City used a three-goal second period to sail to a 5-2 victory over Willmar Jan. 8 at Willmar Civic Center Arena in Willmar. Defenseman Jacob Schuldt got the scoring started with his fourth goal of the season nearly five minutes into the first period, assisted by Richert and Birdsall. Sommers made his mark early in the second period, tallying an unassisted score four minutes in. He would later team up with co-captain

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The extremely wet conditions of 2019 in Minnesota led to planting delays and unprecedented levels of prevent plant acres. Where planting delays continued late into the growing season, farmers needed to decide whether or not to plant a crop during or after the late planting date for crop insurance. Historical planting date information was helpful but limited for planting dates in June (corn for grain) and July (corn for silage and soybean). The University of Minnesota Extension is asking farmers to share their 2019 experiences to help increase our knowledge base on the impacts of late planting and other weather-related factors on yield and grain moisture in corn and soybean. This information will be used to help fill knowledge gaps in the decision-making progress if and when we are faced with a late-planting situation in the future. This information may also be used to help identify future research needs. Information requested

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Diane Maslonkowski (front, from left) and Char Lewandowski; (back, from left) and brothers Terry, Todd and Tim Lewandowski stand in Terry’s shop Jan. 8 on the Lewandowski Farm northwest of Gilman. The group works together to find and restore tractors.

Lewandowski restores tractors, history BY ELIZABETH HOAG STAFF WRITER

GILMAN – Restoring tractors is Terry Lewandowski’s favorite pastime. The Gilman native transforms rusted bar-boned frames to machines in tip-top shape. Terry, a corn and

soybean grower, spends his winter months restoring International Harvester, Case and John Deere tractors. With help from his brothers, Tim and Todd, brother-in-law, Keith Olson, nephews, Ethan and Emitt Olson, and Hunter and Ryder Lewandowski, Terry rebuilt a rare 1984 3688 International Hi Crop tractor.

The restoration was complete Dec. 27, 2019. “There are only seven recorded makes of this model,” Terry said. “Todd found it on Craigslist. We just added it to our list of to-dos.” Terry assessed the damage, took the machine apart and ordered parts from many vendors including

Arnold’s Inc. in St. Cloud, Gotvald Implement in Hillman, Worthington Ag Parts in Worthington and Ickler Company in St. Cloud. “It should have been used for salvage material,” said Diane Maslonkowski, Terry’s significant other. “That is how bad of shape it was in. The tractor was locked up and rusted from

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Case tractors, 30 and 70s Series, rest in the yard at Terry’s Lewandowski’s farm July 28, 2019, northwest of Gilman. Lewandowski restored each tractor.


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front to back and inside and out.” To begin, Terry followed a protocol he came up with to restore tractors 32 years ago. Before overhauling, the engine parts are sent away, including injector pumps and injectors, along with other parts that can be salvageable. “My mother, Char, is our parts runner and grocery getter,” Terry said. “She is always making sure we are fed and healthy while conducting these



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Brothers Todd (from left), Terry and Tim Lewandowski hold a picture of their father sitting on a Farmall H tractor Jan. 8 at Terry’s home northwest of Gilman. Terry restored the tractor which was the first his father, Albin, had purchased brand new years ago.

projects. She is our greatest asset and loved by many.” After the parts return to Terry, he reassembles the tractor, including the motors, transmission and torque amplifiers to ensure everything is running smoothly and up to correct pressures. “Once I assemble everything and inspect it for leaks, I disassemble everything to sand blast,” Terry said. “And that’s where it gets critical because every part cannot be sand blasted. Others need to be sanded by hand.” Terry then tackles the paint job. He applies two coats of primer, two coats of color and then three coats of clear coat which are wet sanded by hand, buffed and polished. “Wet sanding and buffing are the necessary steps in order to make the paint sine,” Diane said. Terry’s latest project took four years to complete. Diane helps with final touches, selecting and installing the cab interior, decals and floral arrangements for the shows. Terry and his family have restored roughly 30 tractors, 20 of which have been fully restored. Terry has focused his attention on the Case 30 and 70s series – specifically 630, 730, 800, 830 Hi Crop, 870 and 1070 Agri King – as well as International

Harvester, Farmall and John Deere. “A 1206 Farmall tractor we found on Craigslist was probably the most challenging one to retrieve,” Tim said. “We had to cut a few trees down to get the

tractor out. Tall, thick weeds were growing through the frame and the tires were shot. We had to put rims on the frame to load it onto the trailer.”

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An 82 R-model Mack is stationed outside Terry Lewandowski’s shop August 2015 northwest of Gilman. The truck sat behind a barn for over 10 years before Lewandowski replaced the original cab and stretched the frame to accommodate a new grain box.


An 82 R-model Mack truck is parked in Terry Lewandowski’s shop Jan. 8 northwest of Gilman. Lewandowski used to drive the truck for Hess Trucking, Inc., owned by his uncle, Ronny Hess, and has since restored it.




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A rare 1984 3688 International Hi Crop tractor rests on the Lewandowski Farm northwest of Gilman June 2015. Terry Lewandowski resides on the property and restores Case, International Harvester and Farmall tractors.

their farm when we were young kids.” After graduating from high school, Terry drove truck full time for his uncles hauling milk for Ron Hess Trucking Inc. before taking over the 550 acre Lewandowski farm. “What I do has come full circle,” Terry said. “When my uncle, Ron, passed, I got his milk truck and restored it within two years.” The 82 R-model Mack that Terry used to drive for Hess Trucking, Inc. went through a complete makeover after sitting


A 4230 Hi Crop John Deere sits idle on the Lewandowski Farm northwest of Gilman June 2015. Terry Lewandowski restored the John Deere tractor within six months.


A fully restored 4230 Hi Crop John Deere is parked in Terry Lewandowski’s shop northwest of Gilman December 2015. Lewandowski restores tractors as well as Scorpion snowmobiles and Chevy pick-up trucks.

behind the barn for over 10 years. Terry replaced the original cab with that of an old concrete truck from New York. The original frame was stretched to accommodate a new grain box. The cab was then painted using IH colors for the paint scheme and the interior was reupholstered. “I try to keep everything as authentic as possible because I like the originality and factory look,” Terry said. “I do not like anything modified. The truck is priceless and very sentimental.” While Terry operates his restored International 88 series in the field, he stores his treasured tractors and the truck in a shed for safekeeping. During the warmer months, the group displays its hard work at parades at Albany Pioneer Days, Foley Fun Days, Gilman Days, Milaca Bluegrass Festival, Bowlus Fun Day and other events. “There are not a whole lot of these old tractors left,” Diane said. “They have either been restored or scrapped, so it is nice to get out and share them with others.” Terry agreed. “I have the best job in the world,” he said. Terry gives credit to the businesses and people that have helped him along the way. “I enjoy what I’m doing, but I also think it is important,” Terry said. “By restoring these old tractors, it keeps history alive. Back in the day farming was strong for small dairy farms and these tractors are a symbol of

that.” Terry’s greatest recognition is when friends and neighbors like Ron Larson stop over and reminisce about old times and what farm life once was. He also enjoys meeting new people at the tractor shows he attends. “It’s worth every ounce of work it takes to get them there,” Terry said.

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Despite struggles, the brothers enjoy tackling these projects because farming and the love of agriculture runs in their blood. “We grew up with Farmall and International,” Terry said. “My dad, Albin, bought his first tractor, a 1947 Farmall H, brand new. All family farms are important to us. We love our farm just as much as everyone else loves theirs.” The Farmall H, Terry’s favorite tractor, holds a special place in his heart as it was the first tractor he learned how to drive and one he restored prior to his father’s passing. I’ll never forget the first time on the H,” Terry said. “We were raking hay and my dad kept the wheel straight, showing me how it was done while I sat on the seat and he stood on the drawbar.” Tim’s first experience was similar. He rode on a 706 Farmall tractor. “Our uncles, Ronny and Jerome Hess, taught us a lot,” Tim said. “I remember riding in the tractor cab with Ronny while we chopped corn. We also helped out on

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DETROIT LAKES – For years, Ted Matthews has been a household name L in the agriculture industry as the community’s mental health specialist. Now, there is another L name to remember. A Monica Kramer McConkey became Minnesota’s second rural mental health specialist Oct. 1 after last year’s legislative session L provided the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with the funds needed to support the position. L “We’re at a critical point in agriculture where we’re in our seventh year of a downturn in the economy and f farmers are chronically stressed,” McConkey said. “There’s a lack of cultural competence around agriculture in the mental health profession, so having another position like this is wonderful.” McConkey is a licensed professional A counselor, providing support for the agriculture industry through Central Lakes College’s Farm Business Management program based in Detroit Lakes. While she technically covers the central and northern region of the state, McConkey does not limit her outreach. “Both Ted and I travel across the state,” McConkey said. “First and foremost, I’m here to offer mental health support to farmers, their spouses and industry professionals.” The Minnesota native grew up on a grain farm near Bejou in Mahnomen County, where her parents, brother and nephew continue to run the land. McConkey also helps when able with her children, Wyatt, 19, Austin, 17, and Katie, 16, and her fiancé, Bill. Following high school, McConkey pursued a career in counseling. After nearly 20 years in behavioral health, McConkey’s career brought her back to the agriculture industry. “It’s always been ingrained in me to help, and I feel like I’m fulfilling my purpose by helping others feel hope, feel healthy and offer some relief from anxiety all with a little intervention and ideas to

think differently about life,” McConkey said. “To me, that’s rewarding.” She spent the past three years as a speaker and offered trainings on farm stress issues; a collaborative initiative with the Red River Farm Network. “More farmers are filing for bankruptcy, they’re not getting operating loans, they’re liquidating their herds,” McConkey said. “These are huge issues and the impending worry of being the last one [to farm] is always on the mind.” The mental health specialist offers support over the phone, in person on the farm or any other location of the individuals’ choosing. Her objective is to be a person for farmers and their families to confide in when they may feel alienated, anxious or hopeless. McConkey also offers support for those in the industry looking for advice. “If someone comes to me worried about a farmer they work with, I want them to know what to watch for, what questions to ask and what to do,”

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2019 was not a good soybean and corn. Their year for agriculture, but ministry also renewed there is a sense of cautious certificates for existing optimism that maybe the genetically modified crops worst is behind us, and the that include corn and new year will bring better soybean. days for farmers. The potential impact Let us start with for dairy is still an unknown China. For all of last year, but there are signs of a the loss of the Chinese better year for producers. market was a huge weight That optimism is fueled by on markets with all of BY ROGER STROM lower cow numbers and a the uncertainty regarding The Business of Farming slowing increase in milk agriculture sales. production. Now we are on track University of to begin phase one of a new trade deal Wisconsin dairy economist Bob Cropp that has the potential to generate $40- is projecting Class III prices well above $50 billion in agricultural purchases in $17 for the first quarter of 2020, maybe the first year. dipping closer to $17 in the second We do not know the specifics, but and then rebounding above $18 for the some Chinese market analysts say they second half of the year. He is projecting could buy close to $19 billion each of a Class III average of $17.90 to $18 for sorghum, corn and distillers grains, and all of 2020, about a buck higher than $1.5 billion of wheat. 2019. Soybean growers are expected Adding to the optimism for 2020 to see the biggest gain but corn, pork, is the passing of the United Statesbeef and poultry sales will also benefit. Mexico-Canada Agreement by the Purchases of pork products are House and the expected passage by estimated at over $2 billion; poultry the Senate. This is a huge deal with and chicken part buys are projected to the two countries buying about $43 be around $2 billion. billion of U.S. farm products annually. Plus, there is speculative talk the Combined, Canada and Mexico are the Chinese are interested in buying up to U.S. corn industry’s largest and most 300 million gallons of ethanol a year reliable customers, plus they also buy with rumors they may begin a 10% about 40% of U.S. pork production. ethanol program nationwide. 2020 may not be the greatest year, It is also worth noting that China but there are some positive signs for at is softening its stand on genetically least a better year than 2019. And while modified organisms with the approval it may be guarded optimism, it is still of safety certificates for 203 new optimism. genetically modified crops that include … just sayin’.



Happy New Year. It is them often and be able to the start of a new year, and achieve them in the set I think we are all looking amount of time. Long term forward to putting 2019 goals should also be written behind us and looking down and be thorough. forward to 2020. The If the overall goal is to be beginning of a new year is achieved in five years, are always a great time to set there ways to break it down goals for the coming 12 into smaller one-year goals? months. Setting goals is For example, if your goal is important to personal and to improve reproduction, business success. When I BY EMILY WILMES perhaps within one year talk with farmers, I always you can reach a certain University of ask them about their goals. benchmark and then build MN Extension It may be what their goal is on that benchmark in for a specific project they are working subsequent years. Whether goals are on. Sometimes, we discuss big picture- short or long term, they should be type goals for the farm. No matter what written down and have a timeline. type of farm you have or what stage Third, are they everyone’s goals? you or your farm are at, goal setting is A trick we use for goal-setting in farmimportant. transfer situations can also be useful in There are several things to think setting other types of goals on the farm. about when setting goals. First, are your It is a three-step process that involves goals SMART? Specific, measurable, developing, blending and prioritizing. attainable, relevant and timely. In the first stage, developing, you As you write each goal, ask yourself: come up with goals on your own. In Is it specific? Is it measurable? Is it the second stage, blending, you share attainable? Is it relevant? Is it timely? and combine your goals with your If it is not SMART, think about how spouse or siblings or whoever is in your you could re-write it to make it so. generation on the farm. In the last stage, Second, are your goals for now or prioritizing, all people and generations later? Thinking about goals in both the on the farm come together to share their short term and long term is important. goals and create one prioritizing list. Typically, anything that is to be Like I said before, we usually encourage accomplished within a year is a short- this process in farm transfer planning term goal. If the goal has a timeline situations, but there is no reason you greater than a year, it is a long-term cannot do it for your other goal-setting. goal. Short term goals can be written as Setting goals is important for any a to-do list. Write them down and hang farm as it keeps the business moving them up in a high-traffic area, like on forward and striving for the next step. the fridge. You will be reminded about