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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Volume 98; Number 32
Volume 98; Number 32
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Commissioner Neumann calls for Todd County hiring freeze

By Rin Porter At the Jan. 28 Health and Human Services Board meeting and Work Session, the Todd County Board of Commissioners heard Fifth District Commissioner Randy Neumann call for a hiring freeze in the coun- ty. Neumann did not suggest dates for beginning or ending the freeze. Neumann’s comment was made at the end of a short budget discussion during which Neumann brought up the county budget deficits of the past two years. Neumann apparently believed that a hiring freeze would end the series of deficits in the county’s General Revenue Fund. The Social Services Fund, Public Health Fund, Road and Bridge Fund, and Solid Waste Fund do not have budget deficits cur- rently, and have not had deficits for the past few years, as far as we could determine. Our inquiry to the Auditor/Treasurer’s office was not answered, and the budget summary materials at the Office of the State Auditor’s website were not organized by fund. County Engineer Loren Fellbaum was present at the work session, and Neumann asked Fellbaum whether a payment owed to Todd County Public Works by the State of Minnesota for the Staples U.S. 10 overpass had been received. Fellbaum said it had not, but that Public Works was not in deficit sta- tus because of the late payment. Interim Sheriff Don Asmus and Chief Deputy Jon Sarago were present at the work session, and Neumann asked Sarago whether the Sheriff’s Department would be able to stick to its budget in 2014. The Sheriff’s Department’s expenses in 2013 were more than it budgeted for 2013.

Sarago replied that he was doing an analysis of where the Sheriff’s Department stood in its current revenues and expenses so he could revise the budget so it would match the Sheriff’s Department’s actual expenditures. Sarago explained that during the four years the former County Administrator had prepared all the department budgets, the Administrator had instructed the Sheriff’s Department to underestimate its needs in some line items, so the budgeted expenses would appear to be lower than they actually were. Sarago commented, “The most glaring thing is that under our Administrator, we had dropped our budget in certain areas, even when we knew our actuals would be higher than that.” He gave the example of the line item for vehicle purchases. The Administrator reduced it from $110,000 per year to a low of $85,000 over a three-year period. Sarago said, “We saved $60,000 in three years by juggling. But the same car we could have bought then costs more four years later. We need to focus on what it actually costs” [to operate this department]. Sarago will provide the board with his budget analysis report when it is completed. Correcting of the Sheriff’s Department budget is important, but will not solve the problem of the county’s projected $992,000 General Revenue Fund deficit for 2014. SWCD AND PLANNING AND ZONING ANNUAL REPORTS Also at the Work Session, SWCDD Director Tim Stieber presented a summary of the Soil and Water Conservation District

(SWCD) and Planning and Zoning Departments’ annual reports for 2013, and plans for 2014. Stieber said the SWCD had brought in enough grants to be “almost self-sustaining”, which was good budgetary news. He point- ed out that the county had met the require- ments for feedlot compliance, and had re- registered 345 feedlots during 2013. The SWCD sold more than 10,250 trees to landowners. New employee Sabin Adams worked to educate farmers in conservation programs to establish wildlife habitat, filter strips, and stream buffers as part of the county’s partnership with Pheasants Forever. Several farmers participated in a program to educate them about when to irri- gate their fields most effectively. The Planning and Zoning Department issued 506 building permits during 2013, which was much lower than the number of permits issued for either 2011 or 2012. The septic system inventory project completed 423 properties to assure they were compli- ant. Twenty properties failed the inspec- tions, and plans were made for landowners to bring their systems into compliance. DITCH 20 County Ditch 20, located in the northeast area of Todd County has several drainage issues, according to Ditch Inspector Nancy Uhlenkamp. Uhlenkamp told the board that the origi- nal ditch was built in 1907, but never worked properly. It includes Main Ditch A with Lateral 1, Main Ditch B with Branch 1 and 2, Lateral 2 and Lateral 4. It is 17.56 miles long and

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Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

on page 12. Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week Students from Sacred Heart of Staples, St. Henry's

Students from Sacred Heart of Staples, St. Henry's of Perham, and Christ the King of Browerville gather together to celebrate Mass and a presentation from the Raptor Center on January 30th.

Violent Offender Task Force concludes six month investigation

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Violent Offender Task Force concluded a six month long investigation into the possession and sales of methamphetamine in the cen- tral Minnesota region. This investigation spanned the St. Cloud Metro-area into Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties and also included the City of Little Falls. During this time period investigators with the task force conducted numerous controlled buys of various quantities of methamphetamines and also conducted numerous search warrants in which additional quantities of methamphetamine were seized. In all, approximate- ly 818 grams of methampheta- mine were either purchased or seized with an approximate street value of $50,000.00. Sixteen people have been charged or are expected to be charged with either possession or sales charges. Additional charges against other suspects are expected. Additional charge- sagainst other suspects are expected. In addition, three arrests on outstanding warrants were made as a result of this investigation.

Morrison and Todd County Sheriff’s Offices, along with the FBI and SWAT Teams of the FBI, Stearns-Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Cloud Police Department. The task force is made up of officers from the cities of Little Falls, Sartell and St. Cloud as well as deputies from Stearns, Benton, Todd, Morrison and Sherburne Counties. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into these types of detailed investi- gations and the Todd County Sheriff’s Office remains commit- ted to the investigation of drug crimes in Todd County and this region. Remember, if you see some- thing suspicious or a crime in progress dial 911 or if it is not an emergency call (320) 732-2157 or (800) 794-5733 with Todd County. TODD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DON ASMUS, SHERIFF

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H APPENINGS

Thursday, February 6, 2014

“Milk Pitcher” Award

Thursday, February 6, 2014 “Milk Pitcher” Award Board Chair Kraig Kruse presented Korinna Rohde the

Board Chair Kraig Kruse presented Korinna Rohde the "Milk Pitcher Award" at last Friday's annual Todd County ADA meeting.

Presentation on Haunted Locations

Author Chad Lewis will give a presentation on Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations at the Long Prairie Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 5 p.m. Lewis is author of “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations.” He will pro- vide photos, case histories, eyewit-

ness accounts and ghost lore. All ages are invited to attend this pres- entation. Registration is required. For more information, please visit or call the library at 320-732-

2332.

Long Prairie Public Library • Hours: Mon. 1-7, Tue. 10-6, Wed. 12-6, Thur. 1-7, Fri. 12-6, Sat. 9-12

WonderWeavers

Storytelling

“Books Alive! Stories Alive!” is the title of a presentation by the WonderWeavers for First Grade

children at the Eagle Bend Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Their presentation will be offered twice:

8:45 to 9:45 a.m., and 10 to 11 a.m. The WonderWeavers are profes- sional storytellers who provide an interactive storytelling program including audience participation, songs, puppets and sometimes magic. They combine traditional tales and new versions of old tales to encourage children’s reading. For more information, contact the Eagle Bend library at 218-738-

4590.

Eagle Bend Library Hours:

Mon. 10-5, Tue. 10-5, Thur. 4-7, Sat. 9-12

Elementary Science Fair

On Tuesday, February 11 the Freshwater Education District will be sponsoring an Elementary Science Fair at the Bertha Community Center. The fair involves fourth, fifth and sixth graders from the following elemen- tary schools served by the Freshwater Education District:

Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Henning, Motley, Pillager and Staples. The Science Fair will be open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for public review; the Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m.

Gary Timbs to perform in Staples

Gary Timbs will bring his com- bination of blues, rockabilly, coun- try, and gospel rooted in the deep South, to Centennial Auditorium in Staples on February 15, at 7:30 PM. Gary is an Atlanta native and a Nashville music veteran. He is a dynamic performer who has toured with several acclaimed groups, including the Grammy-winning Statesmen Quartet and Country Music Hall-of-Famer Sonny James. He has jammed with Elvis Presley, the Statler Brothers and George Jones, and performed with Mickey Gilley as guest pianist. Gary was with the Statesmen when their album, "I Believe in Jesus" was nominated for a Grammy, an album which included two songs he wrote. One of those songs, "Roll Back River Jordan" was nominated for the Gospel Dove Award's 'Song of the Year,' losing out to Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me, Lord." That same year, Gary

Lakewood recognized for work with babies by March of Dimes

Lakewood Health System is recognized for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries per- formed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy, as well as having an elective induction rate of less than 5%. March of Dimes says this will give more babies a healthy start in life. Babies delivered before full- term (39-41 weeks of gestation) are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life. This achievement is recognized through a banner from the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association. Babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities. “The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight; they are undergoing impor- tant development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs,” says Lawrence Massa, March of Dimes Board Member and Minnesota Hospital Association President and CEO. “I commend Lakewood Health System for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.” In partnership with the Minnesota Hospital Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait”. The campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than schedul- ing delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. In Minnesota, March of Dimes worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and hospitals to adopt policies against medically unnecessary deliveries before 39 weeks. This change went into effect in January, 2012. Minnesota Hospital Association numbers show the number of early elective deliveries has decreased by 87 percent. More information is available at marchofdimes.com/39weeks. Photo: Back, from left: Tim Rice, President and CEO; Amy Rutten, RN, Women’s Health Care Coordinator; Dr. Erik Dovre, OB/GYN; Dr. Carol Uhlman, OB/GYN; Heidi Storry, RN, OB nurse and Dr. John Halfen, Medical Director. Middle, from left: Renee Symanietz, March of Dimes Community Director; Vanessa Bettis, Women’s Health Scheduler; Wendy Burt, Minnesota Hospital Association VP of Communications and Public Relations; Cindy Denning, RN, BAN, Director of Hospital Nursing and Sarah Baumgartner, RN, OB Nurse Manager. Front: Tina Wood, RN, Women’s Health nurse. (Photo courtesy of the Staples World.)

Health nurse. (Photo courtesy of the Staples World.) was nominated for a Dove Award as 'Most

was nominated for a Dove Award as 'Most Promising New Artist.' The concert will also mark the debut of Gary’s new CD. Songs on the CD that will performed at the concert, include “Georgia on My Mind,” Sonny James hits “Young Love” and “Bright Lights, Big City,” Elvis standards “Love Me Tender” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Hank Williams’ “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry,” and the gospel songs “Stand By Me,” “That’s Enough,” and Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” For more information, check out the Arts Council’s website at www.staplesmotleyarts.org Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance, $15 & $7

at the door. Tickets are available on line, at the Arts Council’s web- site, and also at the Community Education Office of the Staples Motley Public Schools at 218-894-

2497.

Browerville City Council meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Browerville City Hall

Browerville AA and Al-Anon meet every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Todd County DAC Building

Early Valentine’s Day Party

Early Valentine’s Day Party Wednesday,February 12th Wine Tasting & Snacks 5 pm - 8 pm •

Wednesday,February 12th

Wine Tasting & Snacks 5 pm - 8 pm

• Free Carnation For The Ladies

BROWERVILLE LIQUOR STORE

Wednesday,February 12th Wine Tasting & Snacks 5 pm - 8 pm • Free Carnation For The
Free Carnation For The Ladies BROWERVILLE LIQUOR STORE Peggy’s Potpourri Americas two favorite foods are steak

Peggy’s Potpourri

Americas two favorite foods are steak and potatoes.

The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

Around 3/4 of all Americans say they are content with their lives.

A dragonfly can move up to 35 mph.

The word beagle comes from the Old French word “beguile” and it means a noisy person. Beagles were probably named that for their loud barks.

Two species of baby birds are referred to as eyas. They are the babies of hawks and falcons.

Only 1% of American women are completely satisfied with the way they look.

The Empire State Building contains more than 10 million bricks.

Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men do.

Over 50% of all Americans believe in UFOs.

Isaac Newton’s only recorded utterance while he was a member of Parliment was a request to open the window.

Henry Ford was so convinced that soybeans could be converted into products with commer- cial value, he once appeared at a convention with is entire attire, except his shoes, having been produced from soybeans.

Benjamin

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." Franklin

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Looking for dessert recipes for the crock- pot? Here are two that I have tried. The Chocolate Delight was a little too choco- laty for me, but true chocolate lovers liked it.

Chocolate Delight

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix

1 pt. sour cream

1 pkg chocolate instant pud- ding mix

1 bag chocolate chips (6 oz) 3/4 c. oil

4 eggs

1 c. water

Grease slow cooker; mix all ingredients in cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. DO NOT LIFT LID DURING COOK- ING. Serve immediately with ice cream. Store leftovers in refrig- erator.

Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

3/4 c. brown sugar

6 slices bread, buttered & cubed 1/2 c. raisins

4 egs

1 qt. milk

1 1/2 t. vanilla

1/2 t. lemon extract

cinnamon Spread brown sugar in bottom

of slow cooker. Add bread cubes,

sprinkle with raisins. Beat eggs in

a bowl, add milk, vanilla & lemon extract. Pour over bread. Dust with cinnamon. Cover and cook

for 2 hours. DO NOT

on high

STIR.The brown sugar will form a sauce on the bottom of the cook-

er.

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Obituaries

The Browerville Blade, Page 2 Obituaries Leander Seifert Leander Seifert, 90, Clarissa, passed away January 28,

Leander Seifert Leander Seifert, 90, Clarissa, passed away January 28, 2014, at Central Todd County Care Center, Clarissa. Funeral servic- es for Leander were held Friday, January 31, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarissa with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst officiat- ing. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Clarissa. Leander was born January 15, 1924 in New Ulm, to Florian and Theresa (Dietz) Seifert. He mar- ried Dorothy Zinniel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose on September 18, 1944. In 1960, Leander and Dorothy moved to the Browerville area and started farming in Iona Township. Leander enjoyed going to flea markets, playing cards and was an accomplished woodworker. Leander is survived by his children: Karen (Rudy) May, Browerville, Mark (Lorise) Seifert, Rose City, Ruth Flaspeter, Florida City, FL, John (Wanda) Seifert, Browerville, Leo (Joey) Seifert, Livonia, MI, and Andy Seifert, Clarissa; sister Irene Blonigen, Monticello; 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Leander is preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy, son Thomas, granddaughter Amanda, and daughter-in-law Patty. Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home in Browerville.

Patty. Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home in Browerville. Dorothy Jean Motzko Dorothy Jean Motzko, 79, of

Dorothy Jean Motzko Dorothy Jean Motzko, 79, of Browerville, passed away at her residence January 30, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, February 3, 2014, with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst offi- ciating. Interment was at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery, Browerville. Dorothy was born October 10, 1934, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Fred and Mary (Holms) Sutton. She graduated from Encampment High School in Encampment, Wyoming. Dorothy met Roy Motzko while he was serving in the Air Force, they eloped to Couer d’Alene, Idaho in 1955. Dorothy worked

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as a Quality Control Inspector at UNIVAC and later she worked at Cardiac Pace Makers. While Roy was in the Air Force, Dorothy took instructions and became a Catholic. Their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church in Salina, Kansas in 1956. Dorothy was a member of the St. Peter’s Church in Forest Lake, where Dorothy and Roy both sang in the choir. After retirement, they moved to Browerville. Dorothy and Roy became members of Christ the King Church and joined the Unity Choir. Dorothy is survived by her husband Roy; daughters: Diane Jeannette Reese and Renee Annette (Rob Buzicky) Johansen; two grandchildren:

Josh & Laura Reese and two great grandchildren: Nicholas & Lydia. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son Steven; sister Pat Wood; brother Fred Sutton. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home, Browerville

Marriage

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Births

Molly and Wade Larson, Pine River, girl, Dalia Marie, 7 lbs 10 oz, January 29, 2014 Ellen and Chris Weaver, Browerville, boy, Jadon Matthew, 6 lbs 11 oz, January 30,

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Vanessa and Chris Bostic, Hewitt, boy, Merrik Xavier, 7 lbs 2 oz January 30, 2014

Minnesota State Mankato 2013 Fall Semester Dean’s List

The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean's lists) for the past fall semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced. To qualify for academic hon- ors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the semester. Browerville, Ezequiel Nava, Honor List; Long Prairie, Ana Juarez Chavez, Honor List

St, Cloud Tech & Community College fall honors

St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratu- lates the following students for their academic achievement fall 2013; they have earned recogni- tion on the President's List, for a grade point average of 4.0, or the Dean's list, for a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9. Browerville - Brooke Kolstad, Liberal Arts and Sciences AA, President's List; Elizabeth Becker, Health Sciences Broad Field AS and Practical Nursing AAS, Dean's List; Patsy Lamusga, Liberal Arts and Sciences AA, President's List; Travis Wehrenberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences AA, President's List

Wesley Craig Dreher

and Sciences AA, President's List Wesley Craig Dreher 7 lbs 10 oz & 20 inches Born

7 lbs 10 oz & 20 inches Born December 31, 2013 to Ryan and Rachel Dreher of Browerville

Long Prairie - Preston Irsfeld, Accounting AAS, President's List; Amber Warner, Accounting AAS, President's List; Staples - Trista Koppes, Diagnostic Medical Sonography- Generalist, Dean's List

Looking Back

50 years ago - Feb. 6, 1964

In and About Town: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Weske spent Wednesday evening at the Richard Kahlert home. Mr. and Mrs. Albert May spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Goligowski. Miss Jean Brever was the honored guest at a bridal shower Sunday afternoon. She will become the bride of Donald Goligowski on Feb. 8, 1964.

25 years ago - Feb. 9, 1989

Tyrone the Tiger is safe and living in his new home at a zoo near Hinkley. The Siberian tiger was owned by Lew Schlief of Clarissa. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous phone calls from con- cerned citizens about the loca- tion of the tiger. It was deter- mined that it was best to place him in the zoo.

HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 1974 Love, Linda, D.J. & Laura Brecken, Griffin Tracy & Nick
HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY
2014
1974
Love, Linda, D.J. & Laura
Brecken, Griffin
Tracy & Nick

Milestones

Happy Birthday this week to: Feb. 5: Duane Spychalla, Rosie Johnson, Jerome Kaluza, Kelly Crosby, Nathan Pachan; Feb. 6: Brian Rickbeil; Feb. 7:

Joe Brichacek, Jason Brichacek, Jeremy Johnson; Feb. 8: Gary Christopher, Jr., Byron Bartels, Annette Hummel; Feb. 9: Russ May; Feb. 10: Allen Mortenson, George Deoge, Jenn Sowers; Feb. 11: Keith Kurpiers, Audrey Baron, Barb Perlinger Happy Anniversary this week to: Feb. 10: Harold and Joan Iten

Airman 1st Class Adam S. Cox

Feb. 10: Harold and Joan Iten Airman 1st Class Adam S. Cox Air Force Airman 1st

Air Force Airman 1st Class Adam S. Cox, son of Kellie and Brad Cox, Staples, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2009 graduate of Staples Motley High School and earned an associate degree in 2011 from ITT Technical Institute, Eden Prairie.

Do you know who these people are?

Institute, Eden Prairie. Do you know who these people are? This large photo was brought in

This large photo was brought in to the Blade Office and we need help identifying these folks. Anybody have a clue? The photo was found at the home of Pat Holler. Give us a call at 320-594-2911 if you know.

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O PINIONS

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Letters to the Editor

37 domestic violence homicides in 2013

On Tuesday, January 28, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) released the 2013 edition of the Femicide Report. The 25th release of the Femicide Report memorializes the 37 Minnesotans known to be killed due to domestic violence in 2013. Since 1989, the Femicide Report has provided annual documentation on intimate partner homicides across the state of Minnesota. It includes an overview of the 37 known homicides due to domestic violence, descriptive analysis of the characteristics related to lethal domestic violence, and recommendations for community response, making the Femicide Report the only document of its kind in Minnesota. At the Femicide Report release, it was reported there were at least 37 domestic-violence relat- ed murders: at least 24 women were murdered by a current or former intimate partner; at least 7 men were murdered by an intimate partner; at least 6 friends and family members were murdered; and 12 minor children were left without parents. In addition to reviewing key findings from 2013, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women provided a policy analysis, as well as legislative and community response, to domestic violence in Minnesota. “Domestic violence homicides in 2013 heightened public concern and mobilized Minnesotans to action,” said Rebekah Moses, Program Manager in Public Policy for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. “Safety must be a priority and recognized as a core issue at the legislature and beyond. We are all impacted: in our workplaces, schools, homes, courts and community.” The briefing included perspectives from Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and Deb Lustig, Criminal Justice Coordinator at Hope Center, Faribault, each detailing their experiences with sur- vivors of domestic violence and the challenges they face through current law. Two pieces of bi-partisan legislation have been filed: one provides domestic violence victims a right to notification of a convicted offender’s location upon release from incarceration; the other increases law enforcements ability to apprehend and arrest domestic violence perpetrators who have fled the scene of the crime, or are gone-on-arrival. The bi-partisan authors and co-authors of the two legislative items include Sen. Jensen, Sen. Tomassoni, Sen. Kent, Rep. Yarusso, Rep. Rosenthal, Rep. Cornish, Rep. M. Dean, Rep. Schoen and Rep. Halverson.

Propane Issue

It has come to my attention through numerous emails and phone calls that propane prices heating

price have doubled to an all time high and Minnesotans are concerned.

I have sent a letter to Governor Dayton as well as our federal legislators asking them for assistance

in this issue. I share everyone’s concern of the skyrocketing prices and will continue to work with the Governor and federal legislators in an effort to lessen this burden on you. There are limited things that my office can do. However, we will continue to work on this issue. Please feel free to contact my office at (651)-297-8063 at anytime with your concerns.

The best part of the day

The best part of the day

Even in January, we have an occasional pleasant winter day. We have had so many brutally cold and windy days, when Sunday was comparably warm and sunny, I decided I needed to do something out- side, even if it was wrong. I thought about raking leaves, but find it hard to care where the leaves end up. One day, a million leaves are scattered across the south lawn while the north side looks great. The next day, things are just the opposite. When my son, Damon called, I was glad to no longer have to ponder the great leaf conundrum. He wondered if I would like to go rabbit hunting with Zane and him. I said “Sure.” Hunting is always better than work. Three generations of Scotts, guns slung over our shoulders, head- ed up the closest draw following Annie, Zane’s terrier. Terriers, in general, make good hunting dogs. They can hunt by using their sense of smell but can quickly revert to being sight hounds. To find a rabbit

By Walter Scott

that is well camouflaged in tall grass and brush, it is imperative to have a scent dog. A person could walk past rabbits all day and never flush one out without a dog. When a rabbit is flushed into the open, a

sight hound can follow. If a rabbit jumps back into the brush, the dog needs to revert to following the scent. Annie has a great nose. She can find a rabbit in the thickest brush and she follows well on sight. The only problem is when she is on a rabbit that darts back into the heavy cover. Annie follows a straight line to where her quarry would be if it had not doubled back on her. The sun was shining and the temperature was above zero as we walked along an abandoned rail- road right-of-way. Annie worked ahead of us as we talked and enjoyed the day. Suddenly, Annie let out her yip-yip-yip signal that a rabbit was on the way. She flushed it out into the open almost long enough for us to swing up when it jumped back into the weeds. Annie, hot on the trail, came out in time to see the rabbit in the open, and ran his tracks to where she thought he may have gone. She was well past the re-entry point before she figured out she had lost him. This experience taught us when the dog

yipped be ready to shoot; there were no second chances. We spread out to cover a larger area, since we never knew where a flushed rabbit might end up. At one point, I found myself crawling for quite a distance under a thick patch of cedar trees. This is where

I

had my best shot, if only I could have pulled up the gun. I heard Annie start to yip off to my right as

rabbit ran a few feet in front of me. I was still on my hands and knees when Annie went zipping by in hot pursuit. Somewhere in the dense patch, the rabbit turned and was never seen again as the lit- tle dog followed a straight line after nothing. Annie did a fine job of finding several rabbits for us. We didn’t get all the ones she flushed out, but we also didn’t miss all of them. She could find them, we just had to hit them. There weren’t enough brought home for fried rabbit for everyone, but just enough for some rabbit, noodles, and dumplings. The best part of the day was getting outside and being able to enjoy a January day without freezing to death.

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Bill Ingebrigtsen, State Senator District 8 Office Phone Number 651-297-8063

Rep. Ron Kresha (09B) - Legislative Update

The extreme cold weather and a series of events from last summer and fall have resulted in a spike of propane prices and shortage. First and foremost, if you or someone you know is in an emergency situation because of the propane shortage, please do one of the following:

1. Visit the Division of Energy Resources website at http://mn.gov/commerce/energy, or by calling 1-800-657-3710 or 651-539-1882.

2. Call my office at 651-296-4247 or email me directly at ron.kresha@house.mn

I have included further information on the propane situation assembled by my colleague Rep. Pat Garofalo in case

you want to know more about the history of the situation or about what is currently being done to rectify the situation.

Last Fall- A tight propane supply occurred in late October when the timing of the fall grain harvest occurred at the

same time across much of the upper Midwest. The supply constraint was exacerbated by the Cochin pipeline reversal. Kinder Morgan, the owner of the pipeline began the process of changing the pipeline from propane supplier from the west moving crude oil distillate suppler from the east. Most of the people affected by the supply shortage last fall were farmers who were drying grain at harvest time. Not anticipating the severity of the 2013-2014 winter, most experts at the time believed the shortage last fall to be a temporary situation. Current Situation- The short supply and increased prices are now largely affecting people who use propane for home heating and for livestock systems. There may some who may have averted the higher prices, at least for now, if they pre-purchased their propane supply last summer or fall. There are several factors contributing to the tight supply of propane and the price spike, including:

The large corn harvest, and unusually wet grain last fall resulted in a large amount of propane use for grain drying last fall. An extended period of severe winter weather throughout the upper Midwest. Supply disruptions as work con- tinues on the Cochin Pipeline for its reversal. A second pipeline that supplies Wisconsin terminals has reportedly been down for maintenance as well.According to a national news report, U.S. production of liquid propane has increased by 2.6 billion gallons since 2008. However, this supply is more than offset by U. S. exports increasing by 3.5 billion gal- lons. What is currently being done- According to a press release issued by the Minnesota Department of Commerce last week, the Federal government is appropriating more money for low income heating assistance. The Commerce Department has begun to take the necessary steps to increase LIHEAP Crisis payments from $500 to $1,000 for appli- cants currently heating their homes with propane and heating oil. The Department believes the crisis payments will be available as early as next week.

A list of local service providers and information on applying for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is avail-

able by visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy Resources website at http://mn.gov/com-

merce/energy, or by calling 1-800-657-3710 or 651-539-1882. EAP is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organiza- tions, and nonprofit agencies. See the Stay Warm Minnesota webpage for a list of resources. Additionally, here are some other things that are currently being done to address the situation:

Executive orders have been issued at the federal level, by Governor Dayton, and by MNDOT to lift the hours of

service restrictions on truck drivers who are transporting propane. This will help keep supplies moving to dealers, and ultimately, to customers. The federal executive order remains in effect for the duration of the emergency, or February 11, 2014, “whichever is less”.Although prices have spiked, it is not anticipated that propane supplies will completely dry up in any area of the state. Many dealers are only partially filling propane tanks to ensure supplies are available to all customers. While this may increase the cost of delivery for customers, and spread out customer’s bills in a more afford- able manner. CHS and other cooperatives are working to beef up their rail car capacity and track facilities in an effort to replace transportation of supplies that would otherwise have been transported via the Cochin Pipeline. There are discussions occurring in the Minnesota House regarding legislative action that can be brought forward after the legislative session begins on February 25th. We need to ensure that a smooth supply chain in the absence of the Cochin Pipeline supply for next fall.

You can

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or ideas around this very important issue. reach my office by phone at 651-296-4247 – or you can email me at ron.kresha@house.mn Ron Kresha, State Representative - District 9B 329 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 296-4247, rep.ron.kresha@house.mn

Sustainable agriculture defined

It seems there are more and more individuals, as well as groups, misusing the term, “Sustainable Agriculture.” Depending on what the agenda might be, the careless and totally wrong use of this term is used to make it more difficult for food producers of Todd County as well as other areas. For the information of your readers:

“Sustainable Agriculture” was defined by An Act of Congress (Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, subtitle A, Section 1603.) We therefore believe there should not be confusion within the various groups who oppose farmers produc-

ing food in the best and safest manner in the world. The following five criteria are not that difficult to understand as per the Act of Congress. “The term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices hav- ing site specific application that will, over the long term:

- satisfy human food and fiber needs

- enhance environmental quality and the natural resources based upon which the agriculture economy depends

- make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls

- sustain the economic viability of farm operations

- enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole Todd County Farm Bureau Directors s/s: Dennis Tyrrell s/s: Tony Haasser

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICA- TION 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 the conditions of the following described mortgage:

Mortgagor: Dustin Wiechmann, a single man Mortgagee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Dated: 12/05/2007 Recorded: 12/06/2007 Todd County Recorder Document No. 453391 Transaction Agent: N/A Transaction Agent Mortgage ID No: NA Lender or Broker: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Servicer: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Mortgage Originator:

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: That part of the Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE 1/4), Section Twenty-one (21), Township One hundred Twenty-seven (127) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West of the 5th P.M., according to the U.S. Government Survey thereof, described as follows:

Commencing at the Southeast corner of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4, Section 21, Township 127, Range 32, then North along the East section line of Section 21, Township 127, Range 32 a dis- tance of 466 feet, then West and parallel with the South line of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21 a distance of 466 feet, then South and parallel with the East sec- tion line of Section 21 a distance of 466 feet to the South line of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21, then East along South line of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21 a dis-

tance of 466 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Todd County, Minnesota. This is Abstract Property. TAX PARCEL NO.: 11-

0032401

ADDRESS OF PROPERTY:

11259 321st Avenue Grey Eagle, MN 56336 COUNTY IN WHICH PROP- ERTY IS LOCATED: Todd ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE:

$195,500.00

AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUD- ING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $209,415.51 That prior to the commence- ment of this mortgage foreclo- sure 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 20, 2014, 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Main Lobby of Todd County Detention Center, City of Long Prairie

L EGAL N OTICES

to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, includ- ing attorneys' fees allowed by law subject to redemption within 6 Months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns. DATE TO VACATE PROPER- TY: The date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under Minnesota Statutes section 580.30 or the property redeemed under Minnesota Statutes section 580.23 is August 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE:

NONE THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR`S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDI- CIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDEN- TIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRI- CULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.

Dated: December 23, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Mortgagee

PETERSON, FRAM & BERGMAN, P.A. By: Michael T. Oberle, Ben I. Rust, Jonathan R. Cuskey,

Michael V. Schleisman, Tracy J. Halliday Attorneys for:

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Mortgagee

55 East Fifth Street,

Suite 800 St. Paul, MN 55101-1718

651-209-7599

THIS IS A COMMUNICA- TION FROM A DEBT COLLEC- TOR.

16309-13-01610-2

NOTICE OF POSTPONE- MENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the above Mortgage Foreclosure Sale is hereby post- poned to April 10, 2014, at 10:00 AM, Main Lobby of Todd County Detention Center, City of Long Prairie and County and State.

Dated: January 28: 2014

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

Peterson, Fram & Bergman, P.A. By: Michael Oberle Attorneys for:

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

55 East Fifth Street,

Suite 800 St. Paul, MN 55101-1718

651-209-7599

13-01610

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

DATE:

December 10, 2013

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the condi- tions of the following described Mortgage:

INFORMATION REGARD- ING MORTGAGE TO BE FORE- CLOSED

1. Date of Mortgage:

August 11, 2003

2. Mortgagor: Nancy E.

Williams, a single person

3. Mortgagee: Central

Minnesota Federal Credit Union

4. Recording Information:

Recorded on August 18, 2003, as Document Number 420136, in the Office of the County Recorder

of Todd County, Minnesota

5. Assignments of Mortgage,

if any: The Mortgage was not assigned but Mortgagee’s name was changed and now is “Central Minnesota Credit Union”, by rea-

son of conversion from federal to state charter. INFORMATION REGARD- ING MORTGAGED PREMISES

6. Tax parcel identification

number of the mortgaged prem-

ises: 21-0048500

7. Legal description of the

mortgaged premises: Lot One (1), Block One (1), Friendly Acres, Todd County, Minnesota. The property is abstract proper- ty.

8. The physical street

address, city, and zip code of the

mortgaged premises: 20184 –

281st Avenue, Long Prairie, MN

56347.

OTHER

FORECLOSURE

DATA

9.

The person holding the

Mortgage:

is a transaction agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30. The name(s) of the transaction agent, residential mortgage ser- vicer, and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is/are […]. The transaction agent’s mort- gage identification number, if

stated on the Mortgage, is […].

is not a transaction

agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30. The name(s) of the residential mortgage servicer and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is/are: Mortgagee originated and is the sole mort- gage servicer (Mortgagee is Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union now known as Central Minnesota Credit Union, 20 Fourth Avenue SE, Melrose, MN 56352).

10. If stated on the Mortgage,

the name of the mortgage origi- nator, as defined in Minn. Stat.

58.02, is: n/a (not stated). INFORMATION REGARD- ING FORECLOSURE

11. The requisites of Minn.

Stat. 580.02 have been satisfied. 12. The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was $ 46,972.38.

13. At the date of this notice

the amount due on the Mortgage, including taxes, if any, paid by

the holder of the Mortgage, is:

Forty Thousand Five Hundred Twenty-six and 82/100 Dollars

($40,526.82).

14. Pursuant to the power of

sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and

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the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff of Todd County, Minnesota, at public auction on February 20, 2014, at

10:00 a.m. at the Todd County Sheriff’s Office, 115 Third Street South, Long Prairie, MN 56347.

15. The time allowed by law

for redemption by Mortgagor or Mortgagor’s personal representa-

tives or assigns is six (6) months after the date of sale.

16. Minn. Stat. 580.04(b) pro-

vides, “If the real estate is an

owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the notice must also

specify the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mort- gage is not reinstated under sec- tion 580.30 or the property

redeemed under section 580.23.” If this statute applies, the time to vacate the property is 11:59 p.m. on August 20, 2014. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR

ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDI- CIAL ORDER IS ENTERED

UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDEN-

TIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRI- CULTURAL PRODUCTION,

AND ARE ABANDONED.

Name and address of Attorney for Mortgagee or Mortgage

Assignee:

Mark F. Uphus – Attorney at Law

310 Main St. E – PO Box 158,

Melrose, MN

Name of Mortgagee or Mortgage Assignee:

Central Minnesota Credit Union

20 4th Ave SE., Melrose, MN

56352

56352

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICA- TION 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 the conditions of the following described mortgage:

Mortgagor: Dustin Wiechmann, a single man Mortgagee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Dated: 12/05/2007 Recorded: 12/06/2007 Todd County Recorder Document No. 453391 Transaction Agent: N/A Transaction Agent Mortgage ID No: NA Lender or Broker: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Servicer: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Mortgage Originator:

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: That part of the Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE 1/4), Section Twenty-one (21), Township One

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hundred Twenty-seven (127) North, Range Thirty-two (32) West of the 5th P.M., according to the U.S. Government Survey thereof, described as follows:

Commencing at the Southeast corner of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4, Section 21, Township 127, Range 32, then North along the East section line of Section 21, Township 127, Range 32 a dis- tance of 466 feet, then West and parallel with the South line of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21 a distance of 466 feet, then South and parallel with the East sec- tion line of Section 21 a distance of 466 feet to the South line of the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21, then East along South line of the

NE 1/4 SE 1/4 of Section 21 a dis- tance of 466 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Todd County, Minnesota. This is Abstract Property. TAX PARCEL NO.: 11-

0032401

ADDRESS OF PROPERTY:

11259 321st Avenue Grey Eagle, MN 56336 COUNTY IN WHICH PROP- ERTY IS LOCATED: Todd ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE:

$195,500.00

AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUD- ING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $209,415.51 That prior to the commence- ment of this mortgage foreclo- sure 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 20, 2014, 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Main Lobby of Todd County Detention Center, City of Long Prairie to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, includ- ing attorneys' fees allowed by law subject to redemption within 6 Months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns. DATE TO VACATE PROPER- TY: The date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under Minnesota Statutes section 580.30 or the property redeemed under Minnesota Statutes section 580.23 is August 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE:

NONE THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR`S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED

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WRESTLING

Park Region Conference Tournament (Varsity and JV)

On Saturday, February 1 the Tigers travelled to Osakis to com- pete in the Varsity and JV conference tournaments. A total of 15 wrestlers competed on Saturday, with illness keeping a couple of athletes at home. On the varsity side the Tigers finished 9th out of 10 teams with only five wrestlers competing, coming home with one champion, a third and a fourth place finisher. In the JV tournament Browerville had 10 athletes participate, earning two championships and one runner-up finish. At 106 pounds at the Varsity level, Noah Becker went 3-0 on his way to a conference title. He defeated Justin Mattocks of Prairie Valley 15-2 in his opening round match before defeating Jadon Buntjer of LPGE in the Semi-Finals 9-1. In the finals he ran into a quality opponent in West Central Area’s Jake Nohre. After a score- less first period, Becker rode out Nohre in the second period and scored first with an escape in the third to go up 1-0. Nohre then got a takedown to go up 2-1 but Becker worked quickly back to his feet to tie the match at 2-2. In a short flurry, Becker was able to get a snap down and work behind Nohre for the decisive takedown, win- ning 4-2. Jackson Wollenburg was able to come away with third at 138 pounds, going 2-1 on the day. Wollenburg opened with an 8-2 loss to Logan Walz of United North Central but came back to defeat Mason Nibbe of Prairie Valley with a fall in three minutes. In the third place match Wollenburg defeated Ethan McCoy of Royalton/Upsala in a close 3-2 match; he picked up a big three point near fall in the third period to bring the final score to 6-2. James Gaida rounded out the place winners for Browerville taking fourth. Gaida picked up an injury default victory over Landon Oshie of United North Central in the wrestlebacks in between loses to state ranked Logan Nibbe. Improvement was evident in Gaida’s wrestling throughout the day. In JV action two wrestlers went 3-0 on their way to champi- onships. Dawson Quistorff, in his first action of the season, at 126 pounds and Austin Chyba at 220. Devin Lange went 2-1 on his way to a runner-up finish at 170. Other wrestlers competing for the Tigers on Saturday were: Zac Irsfeld (4th), Kellen Pulliam (3rd), John Statema (4th), Nic Becker (3rd), Austin Twardowski (4th), Russell Parteka (3rd) and Eric Sticha (3rd). Overall, the team as a whole wrestled well. The athletes should look to build on this as tournament time approaches. This week Browerville travels to Crosby to wrestle Crosby- Ironton and Proctor on Thursday and to Wadena on Friday to take on Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek. The Tigers wrestle at roughly 6 and 7 both nights.

Tiger duals

On Friday, January 24 Browerville hosted its annual home wrestling tournament, the Tiger duals. Five teams as well as the Tigers came to compete, Belrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Border West, Holdingford, West Central Area/Ashby-Evansville and Prairie Valley. The tournament was a big success thanks to the help and support of many members of the Browerville community. A number of people volunteered for a number of different jobs from running the scoreboard and keeping the book to helping set-up and take down before and after the event, without which none of it would have been possible. We, as a group, are grateful. The fan support was great as both the boys and girls basketball teams were not com- peting and many people were able to make it that are usually on the road with other teams, including many of the players. It was a fun atmosphere. On the mat, West Central Area came out on top going 3-0 and defeating a tough 2-1 Holdingford team 49-26 in the final round of wrestling. Border West also went 2-1 but lost 33-27 to Holdingford. BBE and Prairie Valley each finished 1-2 with each of their victo- ries coming against the home Tigers. As for the Tigers they went 0- 3 losing to Prairie Valley 60-18 in the final round, 57-24 against Border West to open the evening and in the middle wrestled BBE to a 48-18 defeat. There were a number of encouraging signs and the continual goal of getting better each week is evident. Three individuals ended their nights with 2-1 records, and each one recorded a fall against Border West. Noah Becker at 106 pounds picked up a fall against Kayden Spindler in 5:32, Jackson Wollenburg at 132 pinned Chase Odegard in 1:56 and Austin Chyba at 220 pinned Kris Kiendl in 1:00. Each one also picked up a tough defeat at the hands of a quality opponent. Becker went up to 113 and wrestled Josey Tensen of BBE, a returning state entrant, and lost 4-3. Wollenburg lost a 3-2 decision against Colby Schramel of BBE and Chyba went up to heavyweight and wrestled state ranked Logan Nibbe of Prairie Valley and wrestled well but was not able to come up with the victory. Other wrestlers that picked up victories on mat that evening were Jake Gaida, who beat Joe Reller of BBE 6-2, Dalton Butler who defeated Isaiah Gilbert of BBE 14-8 and Russell Parteka who pinned Eric Brauch of Prairie Valley in 1:03 seconds.

who pinned Eric Brauch of Prairie Valley in 1:03 seconds. BOYS BASKETBALL Tigers win one, lose

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tigers win one, lose one

By Jim Roberts Early in the season, the Browerville Tigers traveled to Barrett to take on the West Central Area Knights and came home with a loss. Last Tuesday night coach Schueller looked at this game as “a stepping stone to see where we are at.” Coach Schueller was watching Tuesday night to see if his team has gotten better since suffering a loss to the Knights earlier in the season. Well, the Tigers impressed their coach and the fans with an outstanding first half of basketball. Defensively, Browerville set the tone with an aggressive man, trapping, defense. On the offensive end the Tigers also were much more aggressive than the first meeting with WCA. “We simply played aggressively instead of letting their defense determine what we were going to do,” said Coach Schueller. The result was good movement and a balanced offense that put up 35 points in the first half with 7 different players scor- ing for the Tigers. Browerville had a good inside-outside offensive game working with Trevor Johnson’s 9 and Bryce Irsfeld’s 10 points leading the way. The Tiger would take their 35 first half points to the locker room while holding WCA to 23 points. Browerville struck first in the second half after a missed shot by WCA. Trevor Johnson again scored on the inside. After a Knights basket, the Tigers’ defense would resulted in two quick scores. Jackson Polak went in hard for a layup and Cody Hansmeyer Trent Johnson to score 20 seconds later. Browerville kept the attack on and eventually took a 19 point lead. From that point on, the Knights played very aggressive basketball not concerned with fouls to force the Tigers into a free throw game. The strategy worked early on as Browerville would miss the front end of three bonus free throws and then would make one of two on several occasions. The Knights would cut into the Tigers’ lead to get within 7 points. The Tigers then began to hit some key free throws and after a lay- up by Irsfeld, in which he was fouled and made the ensuing free throw, their lead was back to 11 points. WCA was forced to continue with their fouls to try cutting into Browerville’s lead, but the free throws began to fall and the Tigers went on to finish this one out with a final score of 78 to 65. The Knights were led in scoring by Dakotah Kashmark’s 20 points and Jay Zimmerman’s 15 points. Cody Hansmeyer finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Bryce Irsfeld scored 21, had 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Trevor Johnson had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Browerville 50

Upsala 53

What started out looking like a one-sided game ended as an exciting game between the Browerville Tigers and the Upsala Cardinals. The score at half time was in the favor of the Cardinals, 26 to 15. Browerville was continuing with their good defensive effort put forth in their last game versus WCA, but was unable to find their offense against Upsala. “We weren’t playing with a confidence needed against a good defensive team like Upsala,” Coach Schueller commented after the game. Dylan Zimmerman started the game with two long range shots to give the Cardinals an early 6-0 lead. Three point baskets by Trent Johnson and Jackson Polak helped the Tigers stay within reach in the first half. The defense was doing what was needed, but offensively the Tigers just couldn’t put any pressure on the Cardinals. Browerville scored the first 5 points in the second half on a nice transition three pointer by Jordan Thielen and an inside basket by Trevor Johnson. Upsala would again extend their lead to 11 points behind a three pointer and two free throws by Christian Pekarek. But the Tigers’ offense was finding life and con- tinued to dig into the Cardinals lead. With just over 4 minutes to go, the score was now 49 – 45 in favor of the Cardinals. The rest of the game was intense as Browerville took advantage of some missed shots and missed key free throws to give themselves a chance to tie the game. After a missed free throw by Upsala’s Dylan Zimmerman, the Tigers raced down the court to find an open look for a chance to tie it up. A deflect- ed pass and scramble for the ball resulted in a jump ball in favor of the Cardinals and an end to a hard fought ballgame. Browerville finished with 8 different players scoring in a balanced attack. Bryce Irsfeld broke double fig-

ures with 13 points and also pulled down 8 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. Cody Hansmeyer had a strong second half with 8 points and also rebounded well with 6 second half boards and a total of 10 for the game. Trent Johnson scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds, and 3 assistis.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tigers outlast Jaguars in OT

 

By Coach Middendorf

 

Browerville 72 St. Johns Prep 45 Kate Kellen knocked down five three pointers in her first start of the season as the Tigers cruised to a season sweep of the Johnnies

Thursday night in Browerville. Kellen finished with 15 points as the junior knocked down two triples in a 40 point Tiger first half and she drilled three more long range shots in the second half. Crystal Pearson, Kale Knutson, and Paige Callahan all recorded double digits in points to lead a balanced offensive attack. Pearson ended with 19 points, Knutson with 17, and Callahan with 16. The Tigers made

8

three pointers in the game while knocking down 18 of 23 free throws.

Browerville 70

BBE 64 (OT)

Browerville made six of eight free throws in overtime to escape with a 70-64 victory Saturday afternoon in Belgrade. The Tigers shot

27

of 36 at the free throw line compared to BBE s 13 of 29 performance. Crystal Pearson led all scorers with 20 points including 10 of

14

at the line. Quinn Kircher made both of her free throws in overtime and finished with 15 points. Paige Callahan connected on 3 of 4

at the line to finish with 12 points while Kale Knutson also drilled 3 of 4 to end with 10 points. Kendra Buchta nailed both of her attempts and chipped in 8 points. Kate Kellen played very well off the bench including a perfect 2 for 2 at the line while also knocking down a three pointer.

Browerville 60 West Central Area 71 Kale Knutson scored a career high 21 points including four three pointers but it wasn t enough as Browerville fell to the Knights Tuesday night in Barrett. The Tigers scored 31 points in the first half as they connected on five three pointers but the defense gave up points just as quickly as they could score them. The Tigers gave up a season high 41 points in the first half and couldn t make a sec- ond half comeback against the Knights despite a much improved second half defensive effort. Crystal Pearson scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half while Quinn Kircher dropped in 9 points. Kendra Buchta tallied six of her eight points in the first half including two triples while Paige Callahan added six points. Kate Kellen and Katelyn Middendorf each added a bucket for the Tigers off the bench. The Tigers shot a perfect 11 of 11 at the free throw line including five of five from Knutson. Holly Van Kempen from WCA led all scor- ers with 23 points. Browerville currently sits with an overall record of 12-3. The Tigers host Long Prairie on Thursday. Monday, Feb. 10th, the Tigers travel to Royalton for a Section 5A contest.

the Tigers travel to Royalton for a Section 5A contest. Browerville Public School Lunch Menu Mon.
the Tigers travel to Royalton for a Section 5A contest. Browerville Public School Lunch Menu Mon.

Browerville Public School Lunch Menu

Mon. Feb. 10: Pepperoni pizza, green beans/carrots, peach slices/pears, milk Tue. Feb. 11: Chicken fajita, corn, pep- pers & onions, pineapple/mixed fruit, milk Wed. Feb. 12: Mini corn dogs, FF/ketchup, baked beans/cucumbers, apple/orange, milk Thur. Feb. 13: Creamed chicken or hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes/bis- cuit, green beans, peach slices/pineapple, milk Fri. Feb. 14: Taco boat, green beans, pineapple/pears, milk

Tiger Sports

Tue. Feb. 11: BBB hosts Royalton, 5:00; WR team sections; BH hosts Northern Lakes, 5:15; JHGBB @ EV,

4:00

Thur. Feb. 13: GBB hosts WCA, 6:00; BBB @ Osakis, 5:00; JHGBB @ Upsala

Fri. Feb. 14: GBB @ Swan-ville, 6:00; WR team section finals @ ACGC

hosts WCA, 6:00; BBB @ Osakis, 5:00; JHGBB @ Upsala Fri. Feb. 14: GBB @ Swan-ville,

ThunderCats Wrestlers compete in team events

The ThunderCats wrestlers and parents have had a busy couple of weeks. On Saturday, January 25 we hosted our Jaycees Regional Qualifier tournament in Long Prairie. There were 312 area pre-k – 6th grade wrestlers that competed in this tournament. We had 46 of our ThunderCats wrestlers attend, with 22 of them finishing as champions and 7 finishing the tournament in 2nd place. Our Champions in the tournament were Chace Lorentz, Mason Bruder, Jadin Schacherer, Landon Gode, Cael Lorentz, Mason Gode, Justin Crandall, Nye Becker, Ryan Browen, Evan Flan, Kabian Twardowski, Jacob Pesta, Nathan Browen, Wyatt Becker, Gavin Albers, Connor Flan, Cory Krueger, Tate Twardowski, Tye Urman, Caleb Pesta, Gabe Pesta and Ruben Gonzalez. The wrestlers finishing in 2nd place were William Schultz, Tucker Zigan, Omar Zamora Jr, Braden Thom, Joseph Middendorf, Rudy Determan, and Jonathon Gonzalez. Thank you to all of the parents, alumni, current LPGE and Browerville wrestlers and everyone that volunteered to help make this tour- nament possible. On Sunday, January 26 the ThunderCats youth wrestlers competed in the “Brawl” youth duals in St Michael-Albertville. This tour- nament is referred to as the biggest youth dual tournament in the upper Midwest. It is a 32 team tournament that is wrestled on 16 full mats at the STMA High School. We entered the tournament as an unseeded team and wrestled the top seeded team in our bracket, Elk River, in the first round. We were able to defeat Elk River in a very exciting dual by a score of 40-33. Our second round dual, was against a tough Delano team and again the dual came down to the heavyweight match and we were able to pull out the win 35-32. We then wrestled St Francis in our bracket championship and fell by a score of 26-44. After the loss to St Francis, we wrestled against Stoughton, WI and won 44-34 to advance to the fifth place dual against Waconia. In our final dual of the day, we dropped a very close match to Waconia 37-40. We finished the tournament in 6th place overall and our wrestlers were able to participate in a great tourna- ment against some of the best teams in the state. Cael Lorentz and Ruben Gonzalez both finished 5-0 in the tournament, Ruben had 5 pins and Cael had 4 pins and a major decision on the day. On Saturday, February 1 the ThunderCats wrestlers competed in the Pequot Lakes team tournament. This was a 14 team tourna- ment with some very competitive Central and Northern MN teams attending. We entered as the #2 seed in the tournament and had a

bye in the first round. Our first dual of the day was against Cloquet, we won by a score of 62-12. The wrestlers had a great start to the tournament! The second dual was against Elk River in the tournament semi-finals, we lost several close matches and lost the dual by

1 point to Elk River. The final score was ThunderCats 35 and Elk River 36. The loss put us into the 3rd place dual against

Greenbush/Badger, we wrestled very well and won by a final score of 54-21. The following wrestlers finished the tournament unde- feated – William Schultz, Cael Lorentz, Landon Gode, Gabe Pesta, Riley Thom, Joseph Middendorf and Ruben Gonzalez. Overall, we wrestled a pretty good tournament and continue to improve at each event that we compete in. The tough competition does show us areas that we need to continue to work hard and improve on. Great job ThunderCats wrestlers so far this season! This weekend we have a Jaycees Regional Qualifier tournament in Albany on

Saturday and our tournament in Browerville on Sunday, February 9.

and our tournament in Browerville on Sunday, February 9. Now that all of our Parents’ Night
and our tournament in Browerville on Sunday, February 9. Now that all of our Parents’ Night
and our tournament in Browerville on Sunday, February 9. Now that all of our Parents’ Night
and our tournament in Browerville on Sunday, February 9. Now that all of our Parents’ Night

Now that all of our Parents’ Night festivities have concluded and winter tournament time is just around the corner, I wanted to give my perspective on our young athletes so far this school year. Browerville had a banner year in the fall with the volleyball team winning the Prairie Conference South Championship. The girls showed that by working together, communi- cating on the floor, and believing in each other hard work does pay off. The football team started the season out not doing so well on the scoreboard, but with perseverance, hard work, and a never give in attitude they were able to get to anoth- er section final game in the Fargo Dome after a losing season stared them in the face after week four. Again, believing in each other paid off. Winter seasons are in full swing, ready to start the tournament season soon. Our girls’ basketball team seems to be getting better every time they step on the court and look to be ready to make a great run into the play-offs. Their run and gun pace is fun to watch and they all play extremely hard on both ends of the court. Our boys’ basketball team is a mirror image of the girls’ team. They work extremely hard, like to run the floor, play defense as if it is Duke vs North Carolina and every play- er is getting better every single game. Tournament basketball should be a very exciting time for BHS. Our wrestling program has grown by leaps and bounds. If you haven’t had a chance to see our wrestlers perform in person you’re missing out on some of the hardest work- ing young men I’ve seen. There are many new faces in the program and many new wrestlers out for the first time. As a team they may not show many wins on the score- board, but as individuals they have grown and competed at very high levels. It’s a tribute to each of them for trying something that takes so much effort and discipline as they con- tinues to improve and compete. As a team we may be short on numbers but individuals have opportunities to reach great success. I am very proud of all our athletes and the success they have had so far. I am very lucky and proud to call myself a Tiger. Good luck to all our winter athletes, believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Yours in Tiger Pride, Tradition, and Excellence, Wayne Petermeier Browerville Athletics Director

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Freshwater Education District Minutes of the Governing Board of Education of Freshwater Education District January 22, 2014

CALLED TO ORDER at 6:33 p.m. by C. Hasbargen, Vice- Chair in absence of the 2013 Chair

Board Present: C. Hasbargen- Menahga; C. Funk-Sebeka; C.

TRANSFERS: MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY Wolf to authorize J. Nesland, S. Parker, L. Lindquist, T. Miller to make electronic fund transfers as outlined by State Statutes. VOTE-U/C BOARD PER DIEM RATE:

MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND BY

Wolf to approve the same board per diem for extra/special or com- mittee meetings assigned by FED to be at $60.00 for meetings 4 hours or less and $120.00 for meetings in excess of 4 hours. Allowable mileage will be reim- bursed by the current Federal

rate. VOTE-U/C

MEETING

DATE/TIME/LOCATION:

MOTION BY Hasbargen, 2ND

BY Funk to set Board meeting dates as the fourth Wednesday of the month with November being the third Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. for the months of January, April, June, August and November at either Staples Freshwater Conference Room A or W/DC High School, Wadena, MN. VOTE-U/C OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER:

MOTION BY Perkins, 2ND BY Funk to name the Staples World as the official newspaper. VOTE- U/C 2014 COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENTS AS NAMED BY THE CHAIR: Personnel Committee: C. Funk, C. Hasbargen and S. Veronen. NJPA (Service V School District #924): S. Veronen; Todd County Collaborative: R. VanDenHeuvel; Todd County Superintendents; Otter Tail County Collaborative:

R. Thalmann; Supervising

Superintendents: D. Fjeldheim and M. Schmitz. MANDATED ANNUAL REVIEW OF POLICIES:

Wolf-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle;

MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND BY

W.

Perkins-Wadena-Deer Creek;

Perkins to approve the annual

S.

Veronen-Verndale; D. Gaida-

review of Policies 406L, 410, 413,

PROFESSIONAL FINAN-

MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY

MOTION BY Veronen, 2ND BY

Browerville Others: D. Fjeldheim; M. Schmitz; J. Nesland; L. Murdock; S. Ladwig ASSIGNMENT/ROTATION OF OFFICERS: MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY Gaida to appoint the following officers for calendar year 2014 as per FED BYLAWS:

Chair-Curtis Hasbargen, Menahga; Vice-Chair-Mary Freeman, Staples-Motley; Clerk- Charles Funk, Sebeka; Treasurer-Chuck Wolf, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle. VOTE-U/C ADOPTION OF AGENDA:

MOTION BY Veronen, 2ND BY Perkins to approve agenda as presented. VOTE-U/C CALL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TO ORDER at 6:34 p.m. by the C. Hasbargen, 2014 Chair APPROVAL OF PAST BOARD MINUTES: MOTION BY Wolf, 2ND BY Gaida to approve the 11/26/13 minutes as presented. VOTE-U/C 2014 ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD SIGNATURES: MOTION BY

MOTION BY Perkins, 2ND BY

414, 415, 451L, 506, 514L, 522, 524L, 616, 714L, and to direct the Executive Director to main- tain the district Policy Manual in accordance with any MSBA rec- ommended legal revisions and/or legislative mandatory revisions. VOTE-U/C

CIAL AUDIT FOR FY-14:

Wolf to accept the FY-14 Professional Financial Audit Proposal from the firm of Mayer, Porter & Nelson, Ltd. VOTE-U/C NAMING THE 2014 DESIG- NATED SCHOOL LAW FIRMS:

Gaida to name Hitesman & Associates, P.A., Maple Grove; Kennedy & Graven, Minneapolis; as well as Knutson, Flynn & Deans, P.A., Mendota Heights as the 2014 Consulting Law Firms for the Freshwater Education District. VOTE-U/C OLD BUSINESS: Review of 11/26/13 and 1/14/14 Superintendent meetings. NEW BUSINESS- SPECIAL EDUCATION:

Gaida, 2ND BY Funk to author- ize the use of a signature plate. VOTE-U/C

Update given on possible Autism Level IV site. ALC/TARGETED SERVICES:

OFFICIAL DEPOSITORIES:

Veronen to name the following as official depositories: First International Bank & Trust,

Review of enrollment numbers and discussion on Middle Level programming options for FY-15. MOTION BY Wolf, 2ND BY Perkins to accept donation from

Staples, MN, and Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund. VOTE-U/C ELECTRONIC FUND

G. Weber of two speaker systems. VOTE-U/C MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY Veronen to accept the grant

award in the amount of $1,850 from the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation for the Freshwater ALC High Mileage Project. VOTE-U/C TECHNOLOGY: MOTION BY Wolf, 2ND BY Gaida to accept the Superintendents recommen- dation to increase bandwidth from 250 mg to 350 mg for mem- ber districts, effective 7/1/14. VOTE-U/C MEMBER SERVICES:

Review of FY-15 Menu Options and annual district data report. 2013 SERVICE COOPERA- TIVE REGION 5/NJPA BOARD

OF DIRECTORS ELECTION:

Ballots distributed to each FED Board member. REPORTS FROM CONSUL- TANT PROGRAMS AND BOARD COMMITTEE:

CARL PERKINS/VOCATION- AL: MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY Perkins to accept the 2014-2015 school year reallocation of addi- tional secondary funds in the amount of $11,456.95 awarded to the Central Lakes Consortium hosted by Freshwater Education District. VOTE-U/C BUSINESS/FINANCE FINANCIAL REPORT/CUR- RENT BILLS: MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND BY Veronen to approve the 11/27/13 through 1/21/14 cash report and payment of checks numbered 115148 thru 115286. VOTE-U/C ACTION TO APPROVE THE THREE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS RFP AS RECOMMEND-

ED BY THE HEALTH BENE- FITS COMMITTEE REGARD- ING COMPLIANCE WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT:

MOTION BY Veronen, 2ND BY Wolf to approve three health insurance plan RFPs as recom- mended by the Health Benefits Committee that is guided by the Freshwater Agent of Record. All health insurance plan quotations to be due early 4/ 2014. Freshwater Board action at its regular meeting in April. VOTE- U/C ACTION TO AMEND CUR- RENT HRA PLAN: MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND BY Hasbargen to call for recommendations regard- ing the need to amend the Freshwater HRA before 7/2014 to comply with ACA requirement. VOTE-U/C RESOLUTION DISCONTIN- UING AND REDUCING EDU- CATIONAL PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS/BUDGET CON- TAINMENT ACTION: MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND by Member Funk and upon roll call vote, the fol- lowing voted in favor thereof:

Gaida, Hasbargen, Wolf, Funk, Veronen, Perkins whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. OPEB THREE YEAR REC- ONCILIATION: Data reviewed from the 11/1/13 actuarial valua- tion report. MOTION BY Hasbargen, 2ND BY Wolf to approve the authori- zation for Freshwater to provide fiscal host services for a U.S.

Department of Labor Grant for the Youth CareerConnect Program funding opportunity #17.274 if funded. VOTE-U/C MOTION BY Funk, 2ND BY Veronen to authorize to return to the FED, the unused remaining HRA balance for two prior employees. VOTE-U/C PERSONNEL TOPICS MINUTES: Review of 12/10/13 Personnel Committee minutes. PERSONNEL CONSENT ITEMS: MOTION BY Gaida, 2ND BY Wolf to approve the per- sonnel items as follows:

Permission to advertise/hire two FTE Masters level speech pathologists; Increase in hrs.for D. Baune; approval of FMLA request of A. Hochstein-Keller; Voluntary reduction in hrs. for N. Kimber; Retirement of R. Fochs; Resignation of M. Holtberg. VOTE-U/C ADJOURNMENT: MOTION BY Hasbargen, 2ND BY Wolf to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 p.m. VOTE-U/C Preapproved Publication Summary RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT- TED:

S/S Charles Funk, Clerk Freshwater Ed. Dist. # 6004

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VOTE-U/C Preapproved Publication Summary RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT- TED: S/S Charles Funk, Clerk Freshwater Ed. Dist. # 6004

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AROUND THE C OUNTY

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sheriff’s Report

On January 9, Mel Johnson from Mel’s Auto Body in Browerville, reported the theft of a 1999 H & H grey 20’ tandem axle tilt bed trail- er.

At 11:17 pm, January 31, Michael Thomas, Sauk Centre, struck a deer near the intersection of County 51 and 150th St., Section 31, West Union Township. Thomas was not injured; his Chrysler PT Cruiser received moderate damage to the front end. On February 1, at 9:08 pm, the sheriff’s office received a report of

a car/snowmobile accident on County 104, near 321st Ave, Section 15,

Burnhamville Township. Joel Tesch, rural Long Prairie, failed to yield to a Pontiac Bonneville, driven by Brittany Poegel, Swanville. Poegel was not able to avoid striking the Arctic Cat snowmobile. Neither Poegel nor her passenger were injured. Tesch sustained minor

injuries. The snowmobile was a total loss; Poegel’s vehicle received moderate damage to the driver’s side. Anyone with information concerning any of these cases is urged to call the Todd County Sheriff’s Department at 320-732- 2157 or 1-800-794-5733.

Court Report

Court appearances are First Appearance, RU8 (second appearance), and Omnibus (third appearance)

January 27:

Eugene T. Buzie, Browervile, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of interfering with a 911 call, two counts of fifth degree assault, terroristic threats and no valid drivers license. An omnibus hearing was set for February 24. William J. Worthing, Cleveland, OH, was sentenced for having no MN drivers license and no proof of insurance. He was fined $385. Karina D. Morrow, Wadena, appeared for an admit/deny hearing. A pro- bation violation hearing was set for February 10. Jordan L. Bruggenthies, Burtrum, was sentenced for transporting a loaded firearm. He was fined $140. Renee E. Scharver, Staples, failed to appear for a hearing on charges of animals running at large. Todd A. Groves, Clarissa, had his omnibus hearing reset to February 24. He is charged with giving a false name to a peace officer and driving after revocation. Lance C. Chase, Long Prairie, made his first appearance on two counts

of criminal vehicular operation and two counts of DUI. A February 10 RU8

hearing was scheduled. Joseph L. Swain, Hewitt, was sentenced for DWI. He was fined $515, sentenced to 30 days, 30 days stayed for two years, and must complete a chemical dependency evaluation and attend a MADD impact panel. Sara L. Ballou, Randall, was sentenced for fifth degree possession of marijuana. She was fined $140, ordered to supply a DNA sample and com- mitted to the Commissioner of Corrections for 13 months. Randy L. Losh, Staples, appeared for a plea hearing on charges for issu- ing a dishonored check. A pre trial hearing was set for February 24. Melinda A. Ortega, Long Prairie, was sentenced for dogs running at large, unlicensed dogs and driving after revocation. She was fined a total of $400. Jane A. Mudder, Browerville, appeared for an omnibus hearing on seven counts of drug charges. A March 3 settlement conference was set. Bryan R. Fallon, S St. Paul, made his first appearance on two counts of DWI charges. An RU8 hearing was scheduled for February 10. Jose C. Martinez, Mpls, failed to appear for an RU8 hearing in charges of driving after cancellation. Alexander J. Miller, Staples, was sentenced for second degree assault. He was fined $140 and committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for 27 months. Douglas R. Moran, Grey Eagle, was sentenced for fifth degree posses- sion of marijuana. He was fined $590, sentenced to 180 days, with credit for 75 days served, ordered to abstain from alcohol, be subject to random testing, complete a chemical use analysis, supply a DNA sample, and com- mitted to the Commissioner of Corrections for 15 months. Imposition of the sentence was stayed for five years and he was placed on supervised probation for five years. Joshua R. Denny, Moorhead, appeared for an admit/deny hearing. A probation violation hearing was scheduled for March 6. Lori J. Gulsvig, Alexandria, admitted violation of her probation and was sentenced to 30 days. Jacob P. Whalen, Long Prairie, appeared for a probation violation hear- ing. His next court date is March 3. He also appeared for an omnibus hear- ing on charges of second and third degree burglary. A March 3 settlement conference was scheduled. Jeffrey L. Sherman, Randall, appeared for an admit/deny hearing. An evidentiary hearing was set for March 6. Alexander J. Miller, Staples, appeared for a probation violation hearing and requested expedition of his sentence. He was committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for 12 months and one day, with credit for 121 days served. He was also fined $1085. Angela M. Techam, Flensburg, had her settlement conference continued to February 10. She is charged with two counts of forgery. Jerome J. Boecker, Grey Eagle, was sentenced for DWI. He was fined $1020, sentenced to 365 days, with 363 days stayed for two years, and placed on supervised probation for two years. He must complete a chemi- cal use assessment and attend a MADD impact panel. Jacqueline L.Kent, Austin, was sentenced for theft. She was fined $135 and sentenced to 365 days.

Ignacio Rodriguez-Herrera, Long Prairie, reached no agreement at a settlement conference. A jury trial was scheduled for March 1. He is charged with fist and second degree assault. Oscar J. Oppegard, Naytahwaush, did not appear and his court date was reset for February 10. He is charged with two counts of DWI, driving after cancellation, and B card violation. Daniel D. Miller, address unknown, appeared for a probation violation hearing. Sentencing was set for March 10. Brett M. Radtke, Long Prairie, admitted violation of his probation and was sentenced to 40 days, will be subject to random testing and must complete a chemical use analysis. Tony A. Rohde, Glenwood, had his RU8 hearing reset to February 10. He is charged with driving after cancellation.

Enrique C. Contreras, Long Prairie, appeared for an omnibus hearing on charges of fifth degree possession of marijuana. A presentence investi- gation was ordered and sentencing set for March 10. Stewart D. Blank, West Union, appeared for a pre trial hearing. A jury trial was scheduled for March 12. He is charged with theft. Todd L. Martin, Staples,failed to appear for a plea hearing on theft and criminal damage to property charges. A warrant for his arrest was issued. Zachary M. Bennet, Motley, was sentenced for fifth degree possession of marijuana. He was ordered to pay $960 restitution, $140 fine, supply a DNA sample and was committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for

15 months.

Heath J. Baier, Owatonna, appeared for a probation violation hearing. HIs next court date is March 3. January 28:

Michaela L. Brown, Eagle Bend, was arraigned on charges of domestic assault and disorderly conduct. A plea hearing was set for February 10. Dylan A. Donovan, Eagle Bend, was arraigned on charges of domestic assault and disorderly conduct. A plea hearing was set for February 10.

How to conserve energy during this cold spell

The cold winter is a growing concern for Minnesotans who use propane to heat their homes as prices rise and long-term sup- plies are stretched. People who use propane to heat their home can take several steps at this time to avoid a situation that would pose threat to their safety. Conserve energy as much as possible. Turn down thermostats and be aware of your propane use. Reach out to family and friends for assistance. Check on your neighbors. Check with your local emer- gency management agency to find resources in your communi- ty.

Call 9-1-1 only in a crisis. The State Fire Marshal reminds residents to use caution when using alternative heating sources such as space heaters. Keep anything flammable - including pets and people - at least three feet away from heat- ing equipment. Make sure portable space heaters have an automatic shut- off. Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Space heaters need constant watching. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep. Never place a space heater close to any sleeping person. Make sure all cords on electric heaters are in good shape and checked periodically for any frays or breaks in the insulation surrounding the wires. Check the cord and outlet occasionally for overheating; if it feels hot, discontinue use. Place the heater on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Use a heater that has been tested to the latest safety stan- dards and certified by a national- ly recognized testing laboratory. These heaters will have the most up to date safety features; older space heaters may not meet the newer safety standards. Consumers who need financial assistance to pay heating bills may find help through the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance, please contact Todd County Health and Human Services at 320-732-4500, or toll free at 888-838-4066.

Traffic Citations

Todd County Sheriff Cody M. Henry, Sauk Centre, fail to stop for school bus-$390.00,

90 days, stayed 90 days, 1 yr, prob-

taion, 1 yr Brice A. Hoffman, St. Cloud,

65/55-$130.00

Kyvan A. Quarry, Cushing, drive after suspension-$290.00 Long Prairie Police Pennie K. Dubbin, Long Prairie,

theft-$140.00

Rebecca L. Kunerth, Long Prairie, drive after revocation-

$290.00

Staples Police Jacob R. Dobbins, Staples, exhi- bition driving-$140.00 Samantha R. Weyer, Staples,

79/55-$230.00

Kassie D. Wolpert, Motley, open

bottle-$190.00

Osakis Police Rachel M. Werk, Long Prairie,

65/55-$130.00

DNR Benjamin A. Anderson, Chisago City, over limit fish-$165.00 Devin M. Kaeter, St. Cloud, fail to display valid snowmobile regis-

tration-$115.00

MN State Patrol Randy D. Norgren, Fergus Falls, no seat belt used-$115.00 Tiffany M. Emard, Osakis, under 21 drink/drive-$365.00, 30 days, stayed 30 days, 2 yr Curtis W. Gagnon, St. Louis Park, inattentive driving-$130.00 Harry B. Gussett, Brazoria, TX,

86/70-$150.00

Emmaline N. Luethmers, Moor- head, 95/70-$230.00 Jake A. Scharber-Pikula, Brainerd, 65/55-$130.00 Jonathan L. Seltvedt, Fargo, ND, 80/70-$130.00 Samantha L. Steidl, Alexandria, marijuana in motor vehicle- $240.00; possess drug parapherna-

lia-$50.00

Dayerik N. Stubbs, Dickinson, ND, no seat belt used-$115.00

Dairy Princess candidates sought

The American Dairy Association of Todd County is seeking candi- dates to participate in this year’s dairy princess/dairy ambassador program. Dairy princesses and ambassadors serve as good will ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events and speaking to consumers and the media The princess contest will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Browerville Community Center. A dairy princess must be a high school graduate by July1, 2014 and not yet 24 years old. Dairy ambassa- dors must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. She or her parents must be actively engaged in the produc- tion of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the current year. A can- didate also qualifies if she or her parents are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity. County dairy princesses are eligi- ble to attend a statewide promotion training seminar to be held this spring and may apply to be consid- ered as a finalist for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Twelve finalists will be selected to compete for the Princess Kay title in August. At all levels of competition con- testants are judged on their commu- nication skills, personality, enthusi- asm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry. For a complete rules brochure and application form, contact Shirley Hulinsky at 320-285-2050 or Kim Harff 320-594-6097 by February 14th .

ASK A TROOPER by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

Question: My car has running lights and I always assumed that meant my rear lights were on as well, but my husband let me know one day as he was following behind me in the fog that my tail lights were not on. Since then, I have noticed that many other drivers must assume the same thing. You might want to let them know they need to actually turn on their lights dur- ing the day when it is foggy or they risk being rear ended. Answer: Very true! We have been fighting that battle for many years now and I hear about it all the time from people. I have always taught motorists to drive with their headlights on at all times, even during the day, so they can avoid the whole issue of when to have headlights on. Even if you think you have headlights on all the time, you might not. Turn them on man- ually; then you will know for sure. Daytime running lights cannot be used in lieu of actual head- lights during the times that actual headlights are required to be on. During those required times of headlights, all the other lights also are required (e.g., tail lights, marker lamps, etc.). Those other lights are not always on when the so-called “automatic” lights are on either. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205.

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Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be pre- pared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas. Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recov- er.

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The family of Albina Biermaier would like to thank everyone for their kindness that was shown to us when we lost our mother, grand- mother, and great grandmother. A very special thank you to Mike and Heidi Iten for the care they showed, the Central Todd County Care Center, and the funeral lunch committee at Christ the King. The family of Albina Biermaier

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DNR's new mobile web- site is a boon to out- door recreationalists

A new, one-of-a-kind website that employs extensive mapping resources to help users locate hunting lands, state parks and forests and a wide range of other recreational areas is now avail- able on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced. The mobile "Recreation Compass" is available at www.mndnr.gov/mobile/compass. After accessing the website, users can bookmark it among other favorites on their mobile device. "The website helps you find opportunities for recreation when you're away from your computer," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. "It not only provides you with the location of recreation lands, but you can also find infor- mation such as types of vegetation and availability of trails and other resources."

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The mobile Recreation Compass features more than 5.5 million acres of public lands administered as state forest, wildlife management areas, state parks and recreation areas, waterfowl production areas, aquatic management areas, and scientific and natural areas, state trails, including water trails, Walk-In access areas, hunter walking trails and nearly 3,000 public water access sites. The mobile website has lake, river and stream names, as well as federal, state and local high- ways and roads. Users can choose from a variety of backgrounds, such as the 2011 color aerial photography and color infrared photography of the state. The infrared imagery allows users to discern what kind of vegetation covers the landscape, such as whether a particular area is cov- ered in pine trees, prairie, oaks or other types of vegetation. The agency opted to create the service as a mobile website instead of an app because a mobile website is device inde- pendent and can be easily updat- ed and maintained. The mobile website runs on just about any- thing using a modern web brows- er.

The Recreation Compass has been available on desktop and laptop computers since 1998, but the mobile version was developed in 2013 and has been tested extensively since last August. The mobile Recreation Compass also links to other DNR mobile websites such as LakeFinder and Fall Colors.

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Go Green Against Cancer

On Feb. 20 & 21, the Browerville Tiger Girls and Boys Basketball games are attempting to raise money for Coaches vs Cancer. Free admission to the games is offered to those purchasing a green “Shooting for a Cure” t-shirt. T-shirts are available to order at Knotty Pine Embroidery, down- town Browerville. Cost is $8 and shirts are available in sizes YS through adult XXXL. Deadline to order shirts is February 12. For more information please contact the school at 320-594-2272

About Coaches vs. Cancer

The Coaches vs. Cancer program leverages the personal experi- ences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basket- ball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. This program provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the American Cancer Society's lifesaving efforts to help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back through legislative action at the local, state, and national levels. Since 1993, high school and college coaches across the country have raised nearly $87 million to support the Society's fight against cancer. College basketball coaches spend hours planning and preparing for their opponents. Each year, mem- bers of the NABC also spend tireless hours to prepare a game plan off the court in the fight against cancer through their involvement with the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Users, however, should not use mobile Recreation Compass as their sole navigation aid. While the mapping system shows boundaries of recreation areas, they are a general reference only. Users should still consult on-the- ground signage to confirm bound-

aries to avoid trespassing on pri- vate property. As always, people should ask permission before entering pri- vate land.

Commissioners, continued

includes both Long Prairie River Watershed and Crow Wing River Watershed. Many privately-owned properties border the ditch. An effort is being made by some of the landowners to support what is called a “redetermination” of the ditch’s benefits and damages to see whether present land values have changed, and whether the ditch’s ben- efits and damages to owners of property have changed. Before the ditch can be cleaned to restore proper water flow, a rede- termination must take place. The process is expensive and would cost more than $100,000. This cost would be divided among the landowners. It takes the signatures of 50% of the landowners to require the Ditch Authority to order a redetermination proce- dure to take place, or the Ditch Authority can order it without the signatures. The county board operates as the Ditch Authority. Commissioners will discuss the issue fur- ther at a future meeting. COUNTY SOLID WASTE ROLL-OFF CONTAINERS AND DEMO LANDFILL DIS- CUSSION Solid Waste Director Mike Hagen appeared before the board to explain the current state of demolition containers, emp- tying of containers, and transport of their contents to the county’s demolition landfill. Presently, the county owns containers of several capacities, including those of 20, 30, and 40 yards. These containers are rented out to individuals and companies who need them to dispose of debris from construction, weather events, building tear-down, or other situations. The Solid Waste Department has $60,000 in its budget this year to purchase and repair roll-off containers so that the county can provide the roll-off service. One private company, Long Prairie Sanitation, doing business as Todd County Roll-off, also supplies containers, but only the 20-yard size. There are no private com- panies within Todd County that supply larger containers, i.e., 30- or 40-yard containers. One Stearns County company and one Crow Wing County company can supply the large containers. The county board asked Hagen to explain whether the Solid Waste Department is covering its costs in supplying demolition containers to individuals and companies who need them. Hagen said yes. The county board asked what would hap- pen if the county got out of the container business and left it to private companies, and Hagen said he was not sure, because the only suppliers of large containers were out- side the county. Hagen explained that when a demolition container is full, it is returned to the county transfer station, where it is inspected. If the container includes no unacceptable materi- als, it is then allowed to proceed to the dem- olition landfill where it is dumped out. If the demolition container does have unaccept- able materials in it, then it is dumped out at the transfer station and the county charges $25 per hour to sort the materials, reload the acceptable ones, and take them to the dem- olition landfill. There is also a charge to dis-

pose of the unacceptable materials that were

in the load. The board will discuss the issue further at

a future meeting. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PRESENTATIONS During the HHS Board meeting, several county employees gave presentations to bring commissioners up to date on the per- formance of services provided by HHS. Katherine Mackedanz and David Determan explained the progress of the Youth Alcohol Prevention Grant project, now underway for 2.5 years in the county. A sur- vey of students in Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Browerville school districts showed that fewer students report using alcohol during the 30 days just before the survey, than was true last year. This was an encouraging find- ing. The project uses billboards, radio ads, posters in school, school curriculum, and other methods to reduce student use of alcohol. Lisa Chapin told commissioners about the progress of the MNSURE program in enrolling eligible Todd County residents in affordable health insurance programs. Chapin acknowledged the difficulties experi- enced by people trying to use the online enrollment process, but said that the prob- lems are being addressed by the state as quickly as possible. The private contractor that devised the computer enrollment system has been reprimanded by Governor Dayton. Beth Shell presented the 2013 Child Support Enforcement Performance Report. She said county employees had been so successful in their work that the county had established paternity at the rate of 106% in contested cases, meaning that some cases from prior years had been resolved, along with 2013 cases. Court orders for child sup- port to be paid had been established in 92%

of cases, collections of current child support payments were successful in 76% of cases, and collections of back child support pay- ments were successful in 79% of cases. These percentages were enough to earn the county more than 90% of the federal incen- tive payments made for effective child sup- port enforcement. The county employs just four child support enforcement officers who work on more than 1,000 child support enforcement cases each year. Jena Peterson presented the 2013 Year End Budget Report to commissioners. The information indicated that the HHS Division

is running in the black and had a balance of

$324,000 at the start of 2014. Commissioner Rod Erickson gave a brief update on the Annex I and Annex II renova- tion project. He said that delivery of large glass panels for the building exterior had been delayed. This will cause the completion date of the project to be changed from about Feb. 15 to about March 1. The project remains on target to have about a $70,000 overage in costs. This amount can be cov- ered by the HHS budget, according to Interim HHS Director Emily Steinert.

“We’re Open for Business” – Eagle Valley School Board declares

By Rin Porter At the Eagle Valley School Board’s annual retreat held Jan. 29, members and administrative staff declared their commitment to the Eagle Valley School District’s offering a full set of

educational opportunities, pre-K through 12th grade in the com- ing years. The board and administrators spent three hours revising the district’s strategic plan, review- ing past goals, and setting new objectives to assure the district can reach its goals for the next two to five years. The district’s three goals are:

· Develop a 20-year facil-

ities maintenance plan.

· Enhance pre-K-12

Curriculum and improve instruction

· Continue to provide

effective staff development During the next month, standing committees will create a list of clear, specific, measura- ble, attainable objectives for each of the three goals, to be accomplished during the next two to five years. The district’s task is compli- cated by the fact that it is work-

ing in Statutory Operating Debt (SOD) according to the Minnesota Department of

Education (MDE). This means

to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). This means The Browerville Lions Club served over 200

The Browerville Lions Club served over 200 guests during their Annual Super Bowl Breakfast held on February 2nd at the Browerville Community Center.

held on February 2nd at the Browerville Community Center. Audrey Berg and Leona May's essays win
held on February 2nd at the Browerville Community Center. Audrey Berg and Leona May's essays win

Audrey Berg and Leona May's essays win 2 new iPads for CTK. Alice Coudron from the Catholic Foundation presents the iPads to CTK.

from the Catholic Foundation presents the iPads to CTK. that the district had an operat- ing

that the district had an operat- ing fund debt of 2.5% or more

during fiscal year 2012-2013.

The MDE requires that any school district in that status sub-

mit a three-year plan for getting

out of debt. At the retreat, Supt. Barry Johnson submitted his SOD three-year plan and the board approved it without discussion. Johnson said the plan must be submitted to the MDE by Jan. 31, then evaluated, and hopeful- ly approved by the MDE soon. Modifications can be made as the months and years go by, depend- ing on changing conditions. Supt Johnson said one good sign is that the per-student fund- ing set by the Minnesota

Legislature will increase during the next fiscal year, 2014-2015. Also, closing the Eagle Bend High School building will reduce the district’s expenses by an esti- mated $150,000 per year, and help in operating debt reduction. The district must reduce its expenses by $300,000 over the next three years. Salaries and wages are the largest cost the district faces, and new labor con- tracts are due to be negotiated this year. Although the district faces challenges in maintaining its building, providing program- ming and curriculum needs, maintaining staffing, recruiting and retaining student enroll- ment, and other issues, there is

good news, Supt. Johnson said. The good news? “We have good people, good staff, a supportive school community, and an oppor- tunity to grow our district,” he declared in his retreat presenta- tion. “We have supportive, ener- getic, committed, dedicated organizations like the PTO and the Boosters. We want the best for our students, staff, and school community.” The school board will hold a special follow-up meeting Feb. 27 at 6 PM to hear the results of the work of the standing committees on creating objectives to meet the district’s goals.