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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Volume 98; Number 28

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Deputy Don Asmus appointed Todd County Interim Sheriff, Gaida is Interim Auditor/Treasurer

Todd Board holds last HHS meeting of 2013; bids farewell to Director, Cheryl Schneider
By Rin Porter On Dec. 27, Todd County held its final Health and Human Services (HHS) board meeting of 2013, mainly devoted to approving several contracts for services to be provided to county residents in 2014 and hearing reports and updates on various projects. It was HHS Director Cheryl Schneiders last meeting before her Dec. 30 retirement. Several commissioners thanked Schneider for her many years of service. Schneider made a brief statement during which she thanked the board for their support, and acknowledged the difficult decisions that the board had to make during her tenure. She tactfully pointed the need for continual maintenance of county buildings and applauded their courage in proceeding with several remodeling projects in recent years. She told commissioners, It takes staff to provide all these services and staff have their limits and can only do so much. The board heard reports from Bill Briggs, Director of Camphill Village in Sauk Centre that provides services for people with mental and physical disabilities; and from Architect Stephanie Howe and Project Manager Earl Fuechtmann on the progress of the remodeling of Annex I and Annex II. Although the remodeling project was originally expected to be completed in November, various issues slowed the schedule of work, and Fuechtmann said they are now looking at a date in midFebruary for completion. Fuechtmann said, Were now in the home stretch, putting finishing touches on roofing and flashing, doing electrical rough-ins, and waiting for the elevator to be delivered.

Todd County Sheriffs Deputy Don Asmus and Denise Gaida are sworn into office. Asmus will assume the remainder of the term of Todd County Sheriff. Gaida will complete the term of County Auditor/Treasurer. By Rin Porter At the last meeting of 2013, Todd County Commissioners appointed Deputy Don Asmus to serve as Interim County Sheriff until December 31, 2014. Asmus will complete the unexpired term of Sheriff Pete Mikkelson, who resigned Dec. 30. The office of sheriff will be up for election in November 2014 for a four-year term. According to Commissioner Dave Kircher, Asmus does not plan to run for the four-year term, and will retire from the Sheriff s Department at the end of 2014 when his interim appointment expires. The appointment was not unanimous. Commissioners voted three to two to appoint Asmus. The two commissioners voting no supported another candidate for the job. Nine people submitted letters of interest in the interim appointment. Commissioner Rod Erickson, who nominated Asmus for the position, cited Asmus seniority as a deputy as the major reason for supporting Asmus. Asmus has been a deputy for 36 years. Commissioners appointed Christopher Odden to serve as Interim County Assessor until the conclusion of the term of this appointed position. Board Chair Randy Neumann thanked Commissioner Mark Blessing for his years of service and presented him with a plaque in recognition of his many years of contributions to Todd County. After the business of the meeting was concluded, Neumann thanked staff for their service, wished retirees well, and marked the end of his term as chair of the county board. In other business, the board: --designated the countys 2014 official newspaper as the Staples World, which arranges for all four county newspapers to carry official and legal notices placed by the county. The Long Prairie Leader was designated as the extra publication for official county legal publications. --approved a 2.3 Malt Liquor License for Don and Daves Store for 2014. --appointed Dr. Quinn Strobl as the countys medical examiner for 2014. --set commissioners salaries and per diem payments at the same level as 2013: Salary of $19,097, and per diem of $50. --approved the recruitment and hiring of a Deputy Auditor/Treasurer. --set elected officials salaries at their 2013 rates plus a 1% increase, and approved step increases as appropriate depending on anniversary dates and other considerations. The new salaries will be: County Auditor/ Treasurer: $63,715; County Attorney: $91,215; County Recorder: $66,745; County Sheriff: $61,824.

Students attend Snowmobile Safety Training

This was one of the first years that there has been plenty of snow on the ground for Snowmobile Safety Training that took place on Saturday, January 4th at the Browerville Public School. Additional photos on page 12.

WEEKLY WEATHER REPORT


Tue. Jan. 7 Partly Cloudy 0/-19 Wed. Jan. 8 Partly Cloudy -1/-13 Thur. Jan. 9 Partly Cloudy 17/13 Fri. Jan. 10 Mostly Cloudy 31/16 Sat. Jan. 11 Cloudy 28/21 Sun. Jan. 12 Cloudy 29/14

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PEOPLE PAGE
Macho, North Branch, Dr. Steve (Cate) Macho, North Java, NY, and Kristi Mickelson, Milliken, CO; sister Geneva (Don) Kitzman, Minneapolis; 23 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Faith and sisters: Leona Deering and Alma Logering. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home, Browerville. Renee Waldoch and Ryan Wozniak, Randall, boy, Isaac Ryan, 6 lbs 10 oz, December 27, 2013 Born to Nichole and Dustan Lick of Merrifield, girl, Bennett Marie, 7 lbs 1 3oz, December 28, 2013 Krista and Kevin Knudsen, Nisswa, girl, Emma Leigh, 7 lbs 13 oz, December 30, 2013 Kelsey Marshall and Dustin Carpenter, Staples, boy, Gauge Michael, 9 lbs 3 oz, December 30, 2013 Marisela Hernandez and Marco A. Ahedo, Long Prairie, boy, Benjamin, 8 lb. 7 oz., December 31, 2013 Tamaria Gruber and Travis Becker, Clarissa, girl, Paycen Gail, 9 lbs 6 oz, December 31, 2013 Amber Hoggarth and Blake Borders, Pillager, boy, Bently Devere, 7 lbs 2 oz , January 1, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Obituaries

Josh Erickson of Sartell, graduated from the College of St. Scholastica on Dec. 14, 2013, with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Josh is the son of Cindy Winkler of Browerville.

NIFTY, NIFTY LOOKS WHOS FIFTY

Vernon Macho Vernon Macho, 86, Motley, passed away December 24, 2013, at the Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples. Funeral services for Vernon were held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Motley. Burial was at St. Isidores Catholic Cemetery, Staples. Vernon was born November 17, 1927, in Ward Township, Todd County, to Anton and Lavena (Smith) Macho. He was educated at District 54 and attended Staples High School; where he received his GED diploma. On October 14, 1950, he married Lorraine Matson at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in St. Paul. Vernon and Lorraine were blessed with eight children. Vernon farmed his lifetime in Ward Township; having dairy, and beef cattle and a hog set up. He built a slotted floor barn first for calves then later built a set up for hogs. Vernon raised irrigated corn and also built his own manure spreader and others. Vernon worked for Grain Exchange and Box Factory and also drove school bus for the Staples School District; he also had a kindergarten route for Staples and did the country school route for District 54. Vernon was employed at Land O Lakes in Browerville for 20 years; starting at a dryer operator and advancing to licensed chief steam engineer. Vernon served as a committee member of the ASCS in Todd County, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3663, and served as Treasurer of the school board for District 54 for many years. Vernon was a member of St. Isidores Catholic Church and St. Michaels Catholic Church in Motley. Vernon helped his children with 4-H and was involved with school activities. He enjoyed working on old machinery and tractors, hunting squirrels and deer and going fishing. He also enjoyed playing cards and traveling; spending 18 winters in Texas where he enjoyed listening to music jams. Camper trips with the children were special. Vernons love for family Id say I love you, he would always answer I love you more Vernon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine; children: Laura (Ralph) Botzet, Jamestown, ND, Barb (Dan) Becker, Connie (Dale) Becker, and Karen (Bob) Spandl, all of Browerville, David (Lynne) Macho, Glenwood, James (Ann)

New Years Baby born at Lakewood Health System

Pearl Pufpaff Pearl Pufpaff, 85, Sartell, (formerly of Browerville) passed away December 31, 2013, in St. Cloud at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Funeral services for Pearl were held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Clarissa United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Wilder officiating. Interment will be at Woodman Cemetery, Clarissa. Pearl was born May 25, 1928, in Long Prairie Village to Lowell and Lelah (Stuart) Swanson. On October 27, 1946, she married Dale Pufpaff in Clarissa. They moved to Browerville in 1955 where they raised their family. Family and friends were of central importance to Pearl. Interests included sewing, crocheting and going fishing. Pearl was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Clarissa. Pearl is survived by her children: Ellen Pufpaff, St. Cloud, Douglas Pufpaff, Long Prairie, Deanna Pufpaff, Coon Rapids, Richard Pufpaff, Big Lake and Cheri Pufpaff, St. Cloud; grandchildren: Sonya (Andrew) Lundstrom, Fisher, Alicia Pufpaff, Rice, Evan Pufpaff, St. Cloud, four great grandchildren; siblings: Darlene (Orin) Baxter, Long Prairie, James (Janice) Swanson, Miltona, and Carol (Don) Hanson, Clarissa. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dale; daughter Laurie; and siblings Robert Swanson and Iris Rogers. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home, Browerville.

Girl Scout Troops make special holiday visit to Lakewood patients


On Friday, Dec. 20, Staples Girl Scout troop 993 visited Lakewood Health System, and brought ornaments for hospital patients and the hospital Christmas tree. Lakewood OB nurse and Girl Scout troop leader, Melinda Guzman orchestrated, in collaboration with the troop co-leaders, the visit on behalf of the Girl Scouts to patients who are hospitalized during the holiday season. The girls were excited about making gifts and personally visiting each patient to wish them peace, health and happiness during the holidays, explained Guzman proudly. The girls certainly have their hearts in the right place. I think the patients appreciated it.

Looking Back
50 years ago - Jan. 9, 1964 Melvin Johnson left on New Years Day for Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he is stationed with the National Guard. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schmidt, Linda and Douglas visited at the Ted Lucas home. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brown and family of Anoka spent the weekend of Dec. 29 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown. On Sunday they all were dinner guest at the Joe Host home and supper guests of the Jerry Browns. 25 years ago - Jan. 12, 1989 For the first time in memory, the legal printing bid was awarded to a newspaper other than the Long Prairie Leader. The Browerville Blade was designated Todd Countys Official Newspaper with their low bid. Several times in the past the Leader has been under bid, but commissioners had always considered the higher circulation of the Long Prairie paper to justify awarding them the bid. The Browerville Blade agreed to include the countys official proceedings in the Country Courier.

Blake Borders and Amber Hoggarth, holding baby Bently Devere, surrounded by their delivery team: Rob Schmieg, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Dr. Carol Uhlman, OB/GYN and Brynn Hathaway, Registered Nurse. Twenty-fourteen brings the celebration of birth for Blake Borders and Amber Hoggarth of Pillager, who welcomed their new baby boy, Bently Devere into the world on January 1st. The first baby of the New Year at Lakewood Health System, Bently was born at 7:12 a.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 19 and a half inches. The delivering physician was Dr. Carol Uhlman. To celebrate Bentlys birth, the Lakewood Health System Auxiliary and Piece Makers Quilting Club presented gifts to the family in honor of the New Year. The Auxiliary gave a gift of $50, presented by Marilyn Wilson of Staples. Representing the Piece Makers Quilting Club, Judy Droubie gave a beautiful handmade baby quilt, prepared months in advance just for the 2014 New Years baby. The Auxiliary and Piece Makers Quilting Club annually present gifts to the family of the New Years baby at Lakewood Health System. All patients who give birth at Lakewood Health System receive gifts to enhance their birthing experience and help prepare them for life at home. These gifts include a candlelight dinner, a relaxing massage, an infant car seat, a CD of baby photos, a diaper bag, a complimentary home visit by the expectations team and a case of diapers.

Births
Rebecca Thurmer and Kyle Roeser, Staples, boy, Mason Lee, 7 lbs, December 21, 2013 Megan and Jacob May, Long Prairie, boy, Aicen Jacob, 8 lbs 2 oz, December 21, 2013 Crystal Rekowski and David Herrera, Brainerd, boy, Anthony Micheal, 7 lbs 1 oz, December 23, 2013 Amy and Barry Molitor, Little Falls, boy, Matthew Joseph, 8 lbs, December 24, 2013 Jessica Mertens and Chad Kuhns, Staples, boy, Brekken Daniel, 6 lbs 5 oz, December 26, 2013 Marina and Joe Schoeberl, Park Rapids, girl, Ferrah Edyn, 8 lbs 9 oz, December 27, 2013

Milestones
Happy Birthday this week to: Jan. 8: Wes Edin, Pat Iten, Delores Larson, Richard Robinson; Jan. 9: Steve Zigan, Jeff Winkler, Lisa Parteka, Sharon Fenner, Cheryl Salber, Steven Goligowski, Angela Brichacek; Jan. 10: Larry Lemm; Jan. 11: Rosie Anderson, Kristie Callahan, Theresa Quirt, Irene McTighe; Jan. 12: Wayne Carstensen, Rosemary Robinson, Bruce Bentz, Candy Host; Jan. 13: Kathy Konetzko, Brian Martinek, JoAnn Gmyrek, Madeline Irsfeld; Jan. 14: Gordon Okerlund, Bernard Kolles Happy Anniversary this week to: Jan. 12: Peter and Theresa Quirt

Winter Birds
I can't go visit a snowbird I don't know where he stays. I can't go visit a chickadee He has such flitty ways. I can't go visit a blue jay Atop a snowy tree, And so I scatter seeds around And have them visit ME.

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HAPPENINGS
Browerville Area Food Shelf Holiday Schedule
The Browerville Area Food Shelf will have an adjusted food distribution schedule for January 2014. It will be open Wednesdays the 15th, 22nd and 29th. The hours of distribution will remain the same: 10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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

Battle of the Books


Teens and preteens 8 and older are invited to the Eagle Bend Public Library for a Battle of the Books on Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 to 11 a.m. Battle of the Books is a trivia game. Children answer questions from books chosen by library staff. The selected books are The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Princess Bride by William Goldman, Hoot by Carl Hiassen, and Dead To You by Lisa McMann. Children dont have to read all the books, just the ones they like. They will be grouped with other kids to make a team. Refreshments are provided by the Eagle Bend Area Friends of the Library. Attendance limit is 12 and registration is required. For more information, contact the Eagle Bend library at 218-7384590.

Todd County Republicans meeting


The Todd County Republicans meet the third Thursday of the month, January 16th, at the Church of Christ in Browerville (across from the car wash on the corner) at 8 pm. For further information, can contact Nancy Judd at 320-533-1119. Don't forget caucus night on February 4th! Watch for upcoming local convention.

Make tracks to your library


Between the holidays and the spring thaw stretches a period of dark nights and cold days that may be the best reading time of the year. You can make it even better by taking part in Great River Regional Librarys Winter Reading Program. The program begins at all 32 library locations on Thursday, Jan. 2 and ends Saturday, Feb. 22. The program is for adults and teens in sixth-grade or older. The theme is Make Tracks to Your Library. By completing and turning in a drawing slip after reading five books during the program, participants are included in prize drawings for mugs, calendars and grand prize gift cards. There are no reading restrictions. Adults are encouraged to enjoy fiction, non-fiction books or audiobooks of their choice, and voracious readers can turn in multiple slips to increase their chance of winning. Winter reading will also be encouraged by community read events featuring To Kill A Mockingbird, author talks, book clubs and other events at many GRRL locations. Check the Events page at www.griver.org, or pick up an Event Guide at your local library for more information.

Cold weather warning brings potential dangers


Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary. Follow these simple tips to ensure a warm household. Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary. Stay Warm Keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, at least. Consistently check it to make sure your home is sufficiently warm. Even as heating costs rise, your safety should be a priority. Put a carbon monoxide detector near where you sleep. Ensure that there is adequate insulation, and check and clean the fireplace and furnace. Furnace filters should be replaced monthly. Minimize drafts by filling old socks with sand and using them in drafty windowsills and door jams. Weather-strip around windows and doors. Keep doors to unused rooms closed and close curtains at night. Add an extra blanket to the bed and warm the bed in advance with a hot water bottle. Never use an electric blanket it may be difficult to operate the controls if the temperature needs to be adjusted in the

Diabetic Support Group


The Diabetic Support Group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the board room at CentraCare Health Long Prairie. Anyone who has diabetes is welcome to attend. CentraCare Health Long Prairies diabetic support group offers a support system where members can share their successes, questions and experiences. For more information, please contact Barb Helgeson at (320)7327262.

Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriots


Come to the Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriots meeting on the second Monday, January 13, 2014, at the Church of Christ in Browerville (across from the car wash/Duane's Repair). Social time at 6 pm, meeting starts at 6:30 pm. This month we are having a Meet and Greet with confirmed speakers, Marty Seifert for Governor, Tom Emmer for CD6 Congress, and Julianne Ortman for US Senate, and a tentative from Phillip C. Parrish for US Senate - waiting for more confirmations. More candidates will be coming next month for the February 10th meeting.

Storytime at Eagle Bend Library


Children in preschool through second grade are invited to a 1, 2, 3 Count with Me storytime at the Eagle Bend Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 11, 10:30 to 1 a.m. Attendance limit is eight and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Eagle Bend library at 218-7384590. Eagle Bend Library Hours Monday 10-5, Tuesday 10-5, Thursday 4-7, Saturday: 9-12

night. Dress in layers of loose fitting clothing. If you go outside, make sure your head is covered. Every year, more than 1.6 million seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall. With icy conditions, the chances of falling are even greater. Preventing Falls Take a couple minutes per day and stretch your limbs in order to loosen muscles. Stay inside make arrangements for someone to shovel and salt driveways and walkways. Professional caregivers can assist with to-do items, such as bringing in the mail and/or picking up groceries. Wear shoes or boots with a nonskid sole. Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways. If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.

Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, especially seniors. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur in seniors and impact their emotional health. Some signs to watch for with SAD include: a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of lethargy and tiredness. If symptoms are present, talk to your medical provider about treatment options. Additionally, winter storms can be unpredictable. It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Build a network Stay in touch in with family, friends and neighbors. Schedule phone calls, or enlist the help of a professional caregiver to come in for an hour a week. Make arrangements for assistance in case of a blizzard or power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with nonperishable foods, water and medications.

Peggys Potpourri
Cataract surgery (removal of lens from eye) was first done in 1748. But the first anesthesia wasn't until 1842. In 1809, a woman had a twenty-two-pound ovarian tumor removed without anesthesia. As late as 34 years after the public introduction of anesthesia, some doctors refused to use it. Some said that the shock of pain is a necessary ingredient to recovery. Others were afraid, because some preachers said that anesthesia was the work of the devil. Researchers at Ohio University accidentally proved that love and attention is good preventive medicine. They were doing experiments with rabbits to test effects of cholesterol blocked arteries. All the groups of rabbits got sick as expected except one group. Everything was the same for this group except one thing: Each rabbit in this group was being held and stroked by the student in charge of feeding them. Later experiments specifically involving loving some rabbits and ignoring others proved that the effect is real. If a salamander is injured, it can repair the damage much better than a human. If part of the salamander's heart, eye or brain is removed, a replacement part re-grows in its place. If they lose a leg, a new one is grown. Some small stars spin at over 38,000 rpm (revolutions per minute) on their axes. This is more than ten times faster than a lawnmower at full throttle. Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell

Strawberry Cake Heath Bar Cake


1 1 2 2 box yellow cake mix box instant chocolate pudding c. warm water egg whites 1 box white cake mix 1 pkg. strawberry jello 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. oil 3 eggs 1 sm. box strawberries Mix cake, jello, water and oil. Add eggs one at a time. Drain berries (save juice) and mix with batter. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Topping: 1/3 c. powdered sugar 1 stick butter berry juice Mix and spread on top of cake. Let cool. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Mix together and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Frosting: 1/4 c. soft butter 2 egg yolks 1 c. powdered sugar 8 oz. Cool Whip Top with: 2 Heath bars crushed

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OPINIONS
Hi,

Thursday, January 9, 2014

To be able to do it again
For most of us, deer season is over. I still have a tag for bow season, but I find it difficult to draw a bow and shoot accurately while wearing fifty pounds of clothes. I thought about going out Sunday, but the wind chill factor was between 30 and 40 below zero. It would be more pleasant to stay in the garage and hit my fingers with a hammer or work on income taxes. Either would be preferable to freezing to death in a tree stand. I can get tags for late season muzzle loader and later season rifle but I have enough meat in the freezer as well as having thinned out the population as much as I feel is necessary. During shotgun season, we can get a good idea of how the deer herd is doing. Early bow season finds deer wandering far and wide. Its difficult to estimate the size of the local herd. Our bucks might be looking for love two miles away and bucks from the opposite direction might be at our place. The does generally stay in their home territory but its difficult to discern if a person saw ten does one mornBy Walter Scott ing or one doe ten times. Everything is moving about during the rut. The rut is over when shotgun season starts. The resident herd has settled down so a person can tell what is in the area. A normal drive of the South Place will push out forty or more deer of all ages. A person blocking the drive will see this years fawns, young does and bucks, as well as big does and the mature bucks that rule the area. It was quite a shock when we made our usual drive. We knew there was some death loss in the deer herd from blue tongue or epizootic hemorrhagic disease but had no idea how bad the epidemic had been. The disease is contracted from a biting insect, called a midge, during dry weather. Creeks and streams dry up which forces the deer to the muddy edges of ponds where the midge lives. Once a deer contracts the disease, they die within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. From my non-scientific observation, I would guess we lost half of our deer. The ones that seemed to be missing were the ones I thought would be most likely to survive a disease. We saw a lot of this years fawns, most without mothers. The fawns were old enough to live without their mothers that would be three, four and five years old. These are the does that have twins and triplets. There were several young does with one fawn, and a few big old does with a single. The bucks seemed to have much the same death loss as the does. Young bucks with a small ten point basket came out with the big old giants of the forest. We saw very few bucks that would be in the middle aged bracket. It seems the old and the young survived without difficulty while many of the deer in their prime succumbed to the disease. For me, its time to settle back, make some jerky, and leave the deer alone for the year. We had a good time watching them during the spring and summer. We had a great time hunting during the fall and early winter. I am going to leave them alone, hoping they have a good winter, so we can do it all again next year.

Letter from the Country


All right all right....I know we Minnesotans are known to be a hardy bunch, but I do believe enough is enough! I cant wait for a warm day, say ten above? I may even wear shorts that day, but probably not. Seriously, everyone I know is tired of the deep freeze we have been in for over a month now; the past few days being the worst. Not only does it take its toll on vehicles, equipment, etc, it also wears on a persons psyche. A person, me in particular, needs to be able to get out once in a while. My dog too. Benjamin and I have been doing a lot of sitting in the greenhouse lately and reading every magazine I can get my hands on. Well, I read them to Ben. Reading has never been his strong suit. I know we all laugh it off and say Well we all know what its like to live in Minnesota, but come on! Ok, enough griping about the deep freeze. Wait a few months and I will complain about the heat instead. This past weekend we had Kims family Christmas at our house. Even though about half the guests did not make it due to the weather, we had a good time visiting with those who did make it, and eating....LOTS! It was fun to see a lot of the people that we have not seen for a long time, and the young kids always provide good entertainment. Jordan had to work the weekend, but she was able to come home for a couple of days late last week. Always enjoyable to have her home for a few days. I worry about her on her own in Minneapolis during the winter with my parents gone to Mexico for the winter. I am always worried that her car wont start or she will be stranded some place. Luckily she has lots of other family in the Metro area she can turn to for help in emergencies. Nicholas is finished with school, and waiting for his Passport to arrive so he can visit Mexico for a month or so. He plans to go to the same town Peter and Theresa are in, but will be attending a Spanish Language School and staying with a host family. I think it will be a really good experience for him. We are not certain what his plans are for when he returns, but he is considering enrolling in some classes, possibly in Alexandria. I am going to cut this short for now. Its nearly noon on Monday and time to put the paper to bed as they say so we can return home and hunker down for another brutal evening of cold! Warm thoughts...... Aaron Sooo-how about these cold temps? Everybody seems to think this is the worst cold spell ever--but I remember many very cold days when I was a kid and some major blizzards. I dont think we have had a really bad blizzard in years. I mean the kind with snow drifts so deep on the roads that the snow plow couldnt handle them and the big maintainer had to come through. The kind where school was cancelled for days. The kind where you couldnt see the barn from the house and the wind blew and the snow flew and so on and so forth. One time there was a February snow storm; probably 1963 or 64, when we had friends stop on a Sunday afternoon and they got snowed in with us until Wednesday. After the snow and wind stopped, we had a drift on the top of the hill in our driveway so high we could step over the telephone wires. Another storm I vividly remember was the winter of 1975. It snowed and blew for a couple of days nonstop. Our kids swingset was completely covered by a huge drift. I have a picture of Kristi and Melanie sitting on the top of the swingset with their feet resting on the top of the snowbank on Easter Sunday of that year. It took that long for the snow to settle and/or melt enough to see the top of the swingset sticking out of the bank. Those were snow storms, and that is a real blizzard. We havent had the likes of them for a very long time. And that is just fine with me. So, although I cant say I like the cold temps, at least we have clear, dry roads to travel on, and that is ok with me. I hate driving on icy roads, by the time I get to work I am so stiff from tension I can hardly pry my fingers off the steering wheel and unbend enough to get out of the car. And--most importantly--we live in Minnesota, we know it gets very cold here in the winter. So, unless we want to pull up stakes and move south, (where we would suffer in the summer with humidity and heat) we will just have to make the best of it. Spring always comes--and it will this year too. We too had a family get together this weekend. Sonny and I went to Kristi and Jeff s to have a family get together with them as their son, and my grandson, Justin is home on leave. All my other kids and their spouses were there too, for a pot luck dinner and dirty dice Christmas gift exchange. The bar has been set VERY high for next year. I dont know how anyone will outdo Jeff s gift that ended up going to Melanies husband, Stacy. The gloves are off for next year I think. Peggy

Letters to the editor


Thanks Todd County for your bright and caring spirits
We have experienced a cold Christmas season this year; however the warmth shown by the people of Todd County generated hope and a boost of spirits for many. It is hard to even begin to realize the number of individuals, businesses, churches, organizations, students, schools, clubs and people who gave generously to buy groceries, warm clothes, toys, personal care products, cleaning supplies, pajamas, coats, boots, etc. for kids and families in need. Thanks to you for your kindness and goodness. Our thanks and appreciation to each of you for your bright and caring spirits. May you be blessed with peace and joy in the New Year. The staff of Todd County Health and Human Services

Making more with less, and still hearing complaints


It seems there is not an end to the relentless, unfounded assaults on agriculture in Todd County. Much of this is due to NIMBYs (not in my back yarders). Everyone demands the best food, yet some criticize the practices of those who produce it for them. If everyone in this nation produced more than they consume, there would not be a need for production agriculture. Anyone who does not feed themselves, does not have a basis for complaint. We would like to provide the following information to the readers of your paper. This information is not based on hysterical emotionalism; it is based on facts collected from NASS and other government agencies presented at the Minnesota State Farm Bureau meeting and other sources. In 1960 there were 59 million pigs in this country. It took 6 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb. of pork. today there are 59.8 million pigs in this country and it only takes 3 lbs of feed to produce 1 lb. of pork. In 1960 there were 96.2 million beef cattle. The feed conversion was 8 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb of beef. Today there are 98.1 million head of beef cattle and the conversion ratio is 4 to 1. In 1960 there were 19 million head of dairy cattle producing 123 billion lbs of milk. Today there are only 9.2 million head of cattle producing 189 billion lbs of milk. This area alone reduced the carbon footprint need to produce milk and cheese for the world by 70%. Today, mainly due to urban sprawl and the unincorporated decimation of open space, there is 50 million less crop producing acres as in 1930. That is 15% less acres for food production, yet there are three times more people in the world since 1960. In 2010 there was 87% more corn produced in this nation than in 1980, while applying 4% less nutrients. In approximation, that amounts to twice as much food with the same amount of crop nutrients. Do people realize that about 17% of the arable land is irrigated while the same produces well over 40% of the food. Is is estimated over 90% of the potatoes grown are irrigated. If one does not like irrigation stop eating potatoes. Unfortunately these facts seem to be irrelevant to some NIMBYs and as a consequence it becoming more and more difficult for local food producers to stay in business. Roger Zastrow, Long Prairie Roger Dukowitz, Browerville

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LEGAL NOTICES
10:00 a.m. PLACE OF SALE: Todd County Sheriff s Office, the East entrance to the 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, including attorneys fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to five (5) weeks under MN Stat. 580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2013, 2014. 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. M O R T G A G O R ( 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 JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: September 17, 2013. MINNESOTA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee Marinus W. Van Putten, Jr., Reg. No. 11232X BEST & FLANAGAN LLP 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 339-7121 Attorney for Assignee of Mortgagee THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT The sale scheduled for November 14, 2013, in the above Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale is, at the request of the Assignee of Mortgagee, postponed to January 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at the East entrance to the Todd County Detention Center, City of Long Prairie. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on July 9, 2014. 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. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 202 Ward Street, Grey Eagle, MN 56336 TAX PARCEL ID NUMBER: 34-0018100 Dated: November 12, 2013 MINNESOTA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY Assignee of Mortgagee Barbara M. Ross, Reg. No. 182941 BEST & FLANAGAN LLP 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Attorney for Assignee of Mortgagee THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE


THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: May 14, 2003 MORTGAGOR(S): Keisa K. R. Hauck and John E. Retka, each a single person MORTGAGEE: Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Filed for record May 15, 2003, as Document No. 417656 in the office of the County Recorder in Todd County, Minnesota ASSIGNMENT(S) OF MORTGAGE: Assignment dated May 14, 2003 to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency filed for record May 15, 2003 as Document No. 417657 in the office of the County Recorder in Todd County, Minnesota Said mortgage is not Registered Land. TRANSACTION AGENT: None TRANSACTION AGENTS MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: None LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, a division of U. S. Bank Association MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 202 Ward Street, Grey Eagle, MN 56336 TAX PARCEL ID NUMBER: 34-0018100 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot Six (6) and Seven (7), Block One (1), Woodmans First Addition to the Village of Grey Eagle, according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds, in and for the County of Todd and State of Minnesota COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Todd ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $77,300.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY ASSIGNEE OF MORTGAGEE: $76,178.79 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof. PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: November 14, 2013, 2013 at

13-094116 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: April 19, 2006 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $33,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Frank J. Barthel and Cheri G. Barthel, husband and wife MORTGAGEE: Washington Mutual Bank, FA LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON THE MORTGAGE: Washington Mutual Bank, FA SERVICER: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Filed April 24, 2006, Todd County Recorder, as Document Number 441490, Thereafter modified by LOAN MODIFICATION AGREEMENT dated February 20, 2013 and recorded May 28, 2013 as document number 484566 ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association; Dated: October 2, 2012 filed: October 18, 2012, recorded as document number 481029 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 1, Block 31, Tweed's Fourth Addition PROPERTY ADDRESS: 503 3Rd Ave Sw, Long Prairie, MN 56347 PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 36.0061600 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Todd THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: $36,598.80 THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with; 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, 10:00am PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff's Main Office, 115 Third Street South, Long Prairie, MN 56347 to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within 6 months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s) the personal representatives or assigns. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property, if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23, is 11:59 p.m. on August 20, 2014, or the next business day if August 20, 2014 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. "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 JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES SECTION 582.032 DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN 5 UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: December 27, 2013 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Assignee of Mortgagee SHAPIRO & ZIELKE, LLP BY Lawrence P. Zielke - 152559 Diane F. Mach - 273788 Melissa L. B. Porter - 0337778 Randolph W. Dawdy - 2160X Ronald W. Spencer - 0104061 Stephanie O. Nelson 0388918 Gary J. Evers - 0134764 Attorneys for Mortgagee 12550 West Frontage Road, Ste. 200 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 831-4060 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR
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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 Mortgagees name was changed and now is Central Minnesota Credit Union, by reason of conversion from federal to state charter. INFORMATION REGARDING MORTGAGED PREMISES 6. Tax parcel identification number of the mortgaged premises: 21-0048500 7. Legal description of the mortgaged premises: Lot One (1), Block One (1), Friendly Acres, Todd County, Minnesota. The property is abstract property. 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: [check one] is a transaction agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30. The name(s) of the transaction agent, residential mortgage servicer, and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is/are []. The transaction agents mortgage 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 mortgage 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 originator, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is: n/a (not stated). INFORMATION REGARDING 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 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 Mortgagors personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months after the date of sale. 16. Minn. Stat. 580.04(b) provides, If the real estate is an

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE


DATE: December 10, 2013 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: INFORMATION REGARDING MORTGAGE TO BE FORECLOSED 1. Date of Mortgage: August 11, 2003 2. Mortgagor: Nancy E. Williams, a single person 3. Mortgagee: Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union

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ThunderCats Youth Wrestlers compete in area tournaments


The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/ Browerville ThunderCats youth wrestlers competed in two area tournaments over the weekend. On Saturday, January 4 we had 17 wrestlers compete in the Pierz Open Tournament. We finished the tournament with 8 individual champions and 3 wrestlers that finished as runner-up in their bracket. Wrestlers that ended the day in 1st place were Evan Flan, William Schultz, Wyatt Becker, Gavin Albers, Joseph Middendorf, Caleb Pesta, Zane Coyer, and Justin Crandall. Other ThunderCats wrestlers competing in Pierz were Tommy Miron, Justin Houdek, Tucker Zigan, Connor Flan, Cory Krueger, Shawn Houdek, Tyler Nelson, Tate Strom, Aiden Rech. On Sunday, January 5 there were 26 ThunderCats wrestlers that attended the Royalton youth tournament. We had a terrific tournament as a team finishing with a 49-19 overall record and we won the team championship. We had 14 wrestlers that were undefeated in their bracket at this tournament. Our individual champions were Tate Strom, Chace Lorentz, Mason Bruder, Cael Lorentz, Mason Gode, Justin Crandall, Ryan Browen, Evan Flan, Wyatt Becker, Gavin Albers, Connor Flan, Tate Twardowski, Gabe Pesta, and Ruben Gonzalez. The following wrestlers also competed and wrestled very well in this tournament Aiden Rech, Landon Gode, Zane Coyer, Colby Twardowski, Nathan Browen, Justin Houdek, Aaron Kraska, Shawn Houdek, Omar Zamora JR, Bergen Pesta, Caleb Pesta, Jonathon Gonzalez. Our ThunderCats youth wrestling season is just getting started and there is still time to register your pre-k 6th grade child to be a part of our season. Please contact Coach Scott Albers at 320-309-4608 for more information on the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville youth wrestling program.

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Browerville Public School Lunch Menu


Mon. Jan. 13: Mini corn dogs, FF/ketchup, baked beans/carrots, apple/orange, milk Tue. Jan. 14: Spaghetti/ sauce, lettuce salad/cherry tomatoes, garlic bun, pineapple/peaches, milk Wed. Jan. 15: Chicken chow mein, rice/chow mein noodles, green beans/carrots, oranges/ pears, milk Thur. Jan. 16: Baked turkey on a bun, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas, broccoli, pear slices/apple, milk Fri. Jan. 17: California burger, tater tots/ketchup, grapes/ oranges, milk

Tiger Sports
Tue. Jan. 14: BBB hosts Osakis, 5:00; GBB @ Pillager, 6:00; WR @ LPGE Dual, 6:30; JHGBB @ Osakis, 4:00 Thur. Jan. 16: GBB @ Royalton, 6:00; JHGBB @ Royalton, 4:30 Fri. Jan. 17: GBB hosts Henning, 6:00; BBB @ LPGE, 5:00; WR @ Osakis, 4:00; JHGBB vs Swanville, 4:30 Sat. Jan. 18: GH host Lake of the Woods, 2:00; BH hosts Bagley, 1:00

$22 In Todd County $27 In Minnesota $32 Out Of State $15 College Rate (9 month)

March 14, 2014

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 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 distance of 466 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Todd County, Minnesota. This is Abstract Property. TAX PARCEL NO.: 110032401 ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 11259 321st Avenue Grey Eagle, MN 56336 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Todd ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $195,500.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $209,415.51 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/ Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: February 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, including 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 PROPERTY: 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. M O R T G A G O R ( 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 JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL 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 COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. 16309-13-01610-2
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owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the notice must also specify the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 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 MORTGAGORS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL 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 56352 Name of Mortgagee or Mortgage Assignee: Central Minnesota Credit Union 20 4th Ave SE., Melrose, MN 56352
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13-093699 NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE


THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: April 27, 2006 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $79,500.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Fabiola Botello Becerra a/k/a Fabiola Botello and Miguel Carrillo, Wife and Husband MORTGAGEE: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON THE MORTGAGE: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. SERVICER: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Filed May 3, 2006, Todd County Recorder, as Document Number 441719 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 7, Block 13, Tweed's Fourth Addition to the Village of Long Prairie. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1202nd Ave SW, Long Prairie, MN 56347 PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 36-0048800 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Todd THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: $74,885.22 THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with; 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: January 30, 2014, 10:00am PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff's Main Office, 115 Third Street South, Long Prairie, MN 56347 to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within 6 months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s) the personal representatives or assigns. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mort-

gagor(s) must vacate the property, if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23, is 11:59 p.m. on July 30, 2014, or the next business day if July 30, 2014 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. "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 JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES SECTION 582.032 DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN 5 UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: December 10, 2013 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Mortgagee SHAPIRO & ZIELKE, LLP BY Lawrence P. Zielke - 152559 Diane F. Mach - 273788 Melissa L. B. Porter - 0337778 Randolph W. Dawdy - 2160X Ronald W. Spencer - 0104061 Stephanie O. Nelson 0388918 Gary J. Evers - 0134764 Attorneys for Mortgagee 12550 West Frontage Road, Ste. 200 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 831-4060 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE


THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in 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 distance 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 section line of Section 21 a distance

Minutes of the Meeting of the Health & Human Services Meeting held on November 26, 2013
Call to Order The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Todd County Historic Courthouse in the City of Long Prairie MN on the 26th day of November, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. with all members present. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Approval of Agenda On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the agenda with the following addition. 1. AddDiscussion with Deb Gruber, Morrison County Administrator regarding the HHS Director Position Approval of Minutes On motion by Blessing and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the October 22, 2013 minutes as presented. General Glenn Anderson, Northern Pines Mental Health Center was present and updated the Board with 2013 and 2014 business. Contract will be brought to a December, 2013 meeting for approval. On motion by Kircher and second by Blessing, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve purchase of the Service Agreement with Parent Education Services of Alexandria, effective Jan 1, 2014-

Dec 31, 2014. Financial Implications: 39/hour which includes travel in Todd County; not to exceed $30,000/year. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Purchase of the Service Agreement with Greater MN Family Services Wilmar ; effective date of Jan 1, 2014- Dec 31, 2014. Financial Implications: Therapist $85.48hr; Family Counselor $60.55hr. On motion by Kircher and second by Blessing, to waive rules for discussion on the DAC Rate Variance. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Todd County DAC Rate Variance set at $12.57 daily rate and the service plan approved with this funding increase. Financial implications: $26,321 increase which continues annually; If waiver caps are met then service amounts will need adjustments. Katherine Mackedanz gave the MnDOT Transit Expansion Grant Update. The Eagle Bend Transit pilot study was denied by DOT. May have to delay because of the funds needed. Rainbow rider costs are $20.00 to Alexandria, maybe could get funding from the Initiative Fund. Cheryl Schneider, Health & Human Services Director gave an update on the highlights of the 2014 Legislative Platform of MN Local Public Health. Information has been posted to the County Website. Annual Report was given by Rural MN CEP, Inc. On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the contract with MN Rural CEP, Inc. effective date January 1, 2014December 31, 2014. Lisa Chapin, Financial Support Services Unit Manager gave an update on MNSURE and Todd County. On motion by Blessing and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve moving the Health & Human Services Meeting from December 24, to December 27, 2013 at 9:00 am. Discussion was held regarding the Health & Human Services Director Position. Social Services Fund Warrants On a motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher the following motion was approved by unanimous vote: To recommend to the County Board the approval of all claims as presented on the Integrated and Disbursements Audit List for the Board on record at the Social Service Office, Courthouse Annex, representing claims in the amount of $170,375.78. On a motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher the following motion was approved by unanimous vote: To recommend to the County Board the approval of all claims as presented on the Integrated and Disbursements Audit List for the Board on record at the Social Service Office, Courthouse Annex, representing claims in the amount of $151,149.48.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 and Judity Dinkel as trustee of the Frederik G. Dinkel Trust dated 1-26-11 and Judity E Dinkel Trust dated 1-26-11 1218-13 pt Lot 1 Blk 1 Meadow Hills Townhomes rec 12-18-13 WTY-JT Dorothy A Moris to Jerry R Jackson etux 11-21-13 NW4SE4 20-132-33 rec 12-18-13 QCD James J Salwasser etux to Shirley W Worms Revocable Trust under agreement dated 524-13 pt GL 3 20-127-32 rec 1219-13 WTY-JT R D Properties LLC to Rocky L Karnes etux 12-20-13 pt GL 1 12-127-35 rec 12-23-13 QCD JP Morgan Chase Bank NA to Federal NAtl Mortgage Assn 12-10-13 pt SW4SW4 28130-33 rec 12-23-13 WTY The Sauk Centre Country Club to Robert M Polipnick 12-17-13 Lot 29 Blk 1 Greystone Add Common Interest Community No. 16 rec 12-23-13 WTY-JT Lorraine S Beilke to Roanld Beilke etux 12-18-13 N2NW4; SE4NW4 & Lot 6 17127-34; pt SW4SE4 7-127-34; NW4NW4 & pt GL 7 20-127-34; pt SW4NW4 20-127-34 rec 1223-13 WTY-JT Justin Sing etux to Gary Gertken etux 12-19-13 pt GL 1 30-128-35 rec 12-23-13 QCD Matthew J Chenoweth to Jennifer P Lundell 11-21-13 SE4SW4SE4 25-132-33 rec 1223-13 WTY Jennifer P Lundell fka Jennifer P Chenoweth to Dexter Lamont Lee 11-127-13 SE4SW4SE4 25-132-33 rec 1223-13 SPECIAL WTY The Secretary of Housing and Urban Develop of Washington DC to Mary Martin etux 12-20-13 Lots 4 & 5 Blk 2 Forest Park Add to Staples rec 12-23-13 WTY-JT Patricia S Lynch fka Patricia A Swenson etux to David A Ness etux 12-16-13 Lot 25 Blk 1 Spring Beach rec 12-2313 LIM WTY JP Morgan Chase Bank NA to Erik Saber St. George 12-19-13 pt Lot 7, all Lot 8 & pt Lot 9 Blk 2 Bonds First Add to Village (now city) of Eagle Bend rec 12-23-13 QCD Nancy Ann Zimmel to Nancy A Zimmel trustee of the Nancy A Zimmel Revocable Trust dated 12-16-13 Lot 2 8-131-35 rec 12-23-13 QCD-CPEC Exchange 36992 LLC to Nancy A Zimmel trustee of the Nancy A Zimmel Trust dated 12-16-13 SE4NW4 8-13135 rec 12-23-13 WTY Mary Ann Kotval to James A and Linda L Line as trustees of the James A Line and Linda L Line Trusts deated 1-2108 12-23-13 W2SW4 31-131-34 & NE4NE4 & N2SE4NE4 1-130-35 rec 12-26-13 NON-MERGER QCD Larry Fearing etux to First International Bank & Trust 1216-13 Lots 18 & 19 Blk 8 Stewart & Bartraws Add to the Town of Staples Mill now City of Staples rec 12-26-13 WTY William J Neuman etux to Roland E Ahrendt 12-19-13 pt Lot 20 Blk 10 Townsite of Grey Eagle rec 12-26-13 WTY-JT Wallace A Walker etux to Kirk M Larson etux 1213-13 pt NE4 34-128-32 rec 1226-13 WTY-JT Bank Midwest to Michael Cronier etux 12-16-13 Lot 3 Blk 1 Rainbow Cottages CIC No 18 rec 12-26-13 WTY-JT R.D.S.L. Inc to David W Vogel etux 12-5-13 N2NW4SW4 & pt S2NW4SW4 2128-33 subj to esmt for drainage purposes over, under and across pt of W2SW4 2-128-33 rec 12-2713 WTY Dane A Bosl to Chad Bosl etal 12-5-13 GL 2 & 3; NE4SW4; pt NW4SW4 9-128-34 rec 12-24-13 QCD Jennifer J Rapatz-Harr etux to Stephen Rapatz-Harr & Jennifer Rapatz-Harr as trustees of the Revocable Trust Agreement of Steven RapatzHarr dated 12-13-13 & Revocable Trust Agreement of Jennifer J Rapatz-Harr dated 12-13-13 rec 12-27-13 QCD Ryan J Ohrmundt to Sarah C Ohrmundt 12-12-13 S2SW4NW4 6-133-34 rec 12-2713 QCD Blaine E Petrie etux to Blaine E & Bernice B Petrie as trustees of the Blaine E Petrie & Bernice B Petrie Trust Agreement dated 11-11-13 pt of NE4NW4 20-129-33 rec 12-27-13 LIM WTY Leo M Andrews etux to Homes Plus Designers/Builders Inc 12-24-13 E2SE4 21-132-32 rec 12-30-13 WTY Erma M Meagher to jason O Uecker 12-27-13 Lot 3 & pt Lot 4 Blk 3 Woodmans First Add to Grey Eagle rec 12-30-13 WTY Corey Robinson etux to Edward L Jose 12-26-13 Lots 5 & 6 Blk 4 New Hampton Add to Staples rec 12-30-13 WTY-JT Ervin H Meyer etux to Glenn Klimmek etux 12-13-13 pt NE4 34-130-32 rec 12-30-13 WTY-JT Ervin H Meyer etux to Bruce Johnson etux 12-13-13 pt NE4 34-130-32 rec 12-30-13 WTY-JT Monica L Nelson etux to Bradley Rach etux 12-27-13 Lot 8 Klimmeks Revion of Lots 3,4 & 7 Auditors Plat of NW4NW4 11-132-35 rec 12-3113 you are being followed too closely, you basically have two options. First, slow down a bit and give that close-follower a chance to pass. If they dont pass within a short or reasonable amount of time (your discretion), then you need to just pull over and stop on the shoulder (not in a turn lane or driving lane like a bypass lane) and let that aggressive driver pass you. Let the driver get ahead of you before coming back out onto the roadway, and dont forget to look (checking your mirrors too) and signal before coming back into your lane of traffic. If you are following another vehicle, the general rule taught nationwide is to allow at least three seconds minimum between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. A majority of drivers do follow too closely on a regular basis. Add a second for each condition that exists that you cant control (e.g., lighting, weather, road, traffic, etc.). We all have the responsibility to drive safely within the existing conditions and many drivers dont. This is all especially critical in winter weather and road conditions. Thanks for asking. 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. branching), increasing their susceptibility to ice storms. Examples include Siberian elm, American elm, hackberry, green ash, and honey locust. Trees with imbalanced crowns are also more susceptible to ice damage. Generally, though, susceptibility can vary greatly depending on the time of year, geographic location and overall health of the tree. ICE STORM DAMAGE MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION: PLAN, THEN PLANT Think about your future. When planting a new tree in your yard, you should have a clear understanding of the size that tree is expected to grow. Is it too close to the house? The overhead wires? The sidewalk? Proper tree placement, away from structures, will reduce property damage. Trees should not be planted in locations where growth will interfere with aboveground utilities - branches that grow into power lines and fail during ice storms create power outages and safety hazards. Trees pruned regularly from a young age should be more resistant to ice storms as a result of removal of structurally weak branches, decreased surface area of lateral branches, and decreased wind resistance. Professional arborists can install cables and braces to increase a tree's tolerance to ice accumulation in situations where individual trees must be stabilized to prevent their failure. After storm damage has occurred, hazardous trees and branches require immediate removal to ensure safety and prevent additional property damage. Trees that can be saved should have broken branches properly pruned to the branch collar (stubs and flush-cut pruning result in weakly attached sprouts and future insect and disease problems). Loose bark should be cut back only to where it is solidly attached to the tree. A split fork can be repaired through cabling and bracing. Tree species resistant to ice damage can be planted to reduce tree and property damage from ice storms: FIND A PROFESSIONAL A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best trees and shrubs to plant for your existing landscape. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. It has more than 2,000 member companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA has the nation's only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the "Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies" program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on www.treecaretips.org.

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On a motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher the meeting was adjourned for the month of October, 2013. WARRANT LISTINGS Vendor Name Amount # 11876 $2,791.50 DHS $14,248.45 DHS-MSOP MN SEX OFFENDER PROGRAM $6,900.60 HORMEL FOODS BENEFIT SERVICES $3,503.62 INFORMATION SYSTEM CORP $102,218.46 OTTER TAIL CTY HUMAN SERVICES $2,569.35 PERISH/ALAN $2,701.24 Payments less than 2000 $35,442.56 Final Total $170,375.78 Vendor Name COMMUNITY & FAMILY SRVS LLC $11,562.86 DHS $16,050.90 #4453 Foster Care Provider $4,680.00 HEARTLAND GIRLS RANCH $5,280.00 KINDRED FAMILY SRVS $3,252.60 MERIDIAN SRVS INC $3,495.05 NORTHERN PINES MENTAL HLTH CTR $41,296.84 NORTHWOOD CHILDRENS SRVS $4,526.55 PINEHAVEN YOUTH & FAMILY SRVS INC $15,963.30 PRODUCTIVE ALTERNATIVE INC - FERGUS $3,410.01 TINIUS PHD PA/TIM $6,400.00 TODD COUNTY DAC $8,724.37 WEST CENTRAL REG JUVENILE CTR $5,706.00 Payments less than 2000 $20,801.00 Final Total $151,149.48 On a motion by Kircher and second by Blessing the preceding minutes of the Health & Human Services Meeting held November 26, 2013 were duly approved by a unanimous vote by the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Social Service Board Meeting held on December 27, 2013. Witness my hand and seal Randy Neumann, County Board Chairperson Karen Busch, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer
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Plant ice resistant trees


Winter storms that coat everything in layers of luminous ice leave a very beautiful but dangerous calling card. We know ice covered trees are susceptible to breakage from the added weight. But if you take a look around your yard, how do you know which of your trees are more likely to give in to the devastation of ice layers? "There are a number of growth features that increase a tree species' susceptibility to breakage in ice storms," says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. "Among them are: included bark, decaying or dead branches, increased surface area of lateral (side) branches, broad crowns or imbalanced crowns, and fine branch size." Included bark results from ingrown bark in branch junctions. This is a weak connection and increases the likelihood of branch breakage under ice-loading conditions. "As an example," says Andersen, "Bradford pear branches are known to break during ice storms; this is because they commonly have included bark in branch junctions. In contrast, the Aristocrat pear has few branches with included bark and sustains less damage during ice storms. Decaying or dead branches are already weakened and have a high probability of breaking when loaded with ice. The surface area of lateral branches increases as the number of branches and the broadness of the crown increase. With an increased surface area, more ice can accumulate on lateral branches; the greater ice load results in greater branch failure. Many broad-leafed tree species, when grown in the open, form broad crowns (decurrent

ASK A TROOPER
By Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: One thing that bothers me while driving is when a faster vehicle comes up close behind, but cant get past me due to oncoming traffic, a no-passing zone, etc. Sometimes, to get the guy off my bumper, I look for a right-turn lane or a large driveway on the road ahead - then signal, move to the right and pretend thats where Im turning. The faster vehicle goes ahead of me, then, I pull back onto the road and go on my way without feeling pressured. Occasionally when Ive had a passenger, Ive gotten quizzical looks, like: What are you doing? Once my passenger even commented that this wasnt the way the rightturn lanes are supposed to be used. Maybe not, but is there anything wrong or illegal about what I do? Answer: If you pull over and they go past you, and you were not stopped yet and the lane is clear, then technically, I suppose that you can signal and go back out into the lane. Be very careful and remember that generally, turn lanes and shoulders are not driving lanes. If you get in a crash, you could be charged with a few different things, including (but not limited to) unsafe change of course. Drivers that follow too closely are dangerous drivers. They also are aggressive drivers. If

NOTICE
The Little Elk Town boards next regular meeting will be on Thursday January 23rd at 10 am. at the town hall. Clerk Wm Hollenbeck
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Property Transfers
TRUSTEES DEED-JT Beverly M Fretty & Jacob Fretty Jr as Trustees of the Jacob Fretty Jr Revocable Trust U/a/d 10-09-02 to Keith M Woodworth etux 11-25-13 Lot 4 Blk 20 Original Townsite of Staples rec 12-18-13 WTY Stanley L Kieckof etux to jodie L Walsh 12-16-13 Lot 8 Blk 1 Sandy Shores Townhomes CIC #12 rec 12-18-13 WTY-JT Nicholas L Mertens etux to Anthony Pogreba etux 12-13-13 Lot 7 & pt Lot 8 Blk 6 New Hampton Add to city of Staples rec 12-18-13 QCD-JT Dan B Shingledecker to Dan B Shingledecker etux 1212-13 N2NE4SW4 14-133-35 rec 12-18-13 WTY-JT Howard W Hoel etux to frederick G Dinkel as trustee

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AROUND THE COUNTY


ASK A TROOPER
By Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: People seem very confused at a four-way stop. They dont seem to know who should go first. Please help! Answer: I get asked this question a lot, probably because of the actions of aggressive drivers out there. Police dont sit and watch to make sure that everyone is taking turns and going in the right order. The bottom line is that we dont crash. The only thing the law says is that you have to yield to the driver on your right. If you are the first one there you should be the first one to go see M.S.S. 169.20 Sub 1(b). We seem to have a lot of problems when there is a lot of traffic. Typically, the turning traffic needs to yield to the straight ahead traffic. It is important to signal your intention to turn, so other drivers can adjust. We see that what often happens is that when one driver is going straight ahead, the driver coming in the opposite direction will go, too, and then the other direction of traffic will do the same thing. That works out well, until a driver wants to turn, and other drivers dont seem to know what to do. Having eye contact with the other drivers helps a lot, because you can gesture someone to go. We need to be courteous and not be concerned about who has the right of way. We just need to get through these intersections safely, without a crash. I hope this helps. Dont be in a hurry, and drive defensively, using common sense and patience. Thanks for asking. 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.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sheriffs Report
On December 13, 2013, the Todd County Sheriff s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of County Roads 4 and 57, Section 34, Gordon Township. Dustin Gilson, Westport, was traveling north on County 57 in his Chevrolet truck, when he slid through the intersection at County 4 and struck Darwin Maus, rural Osakis. Maus Chevrolet Impala went off the road and rolled onto the roof. Maus was extricated from the vehicle and transported by Sauk Centre ambulance to St. Michaels Hospital in Sauk Centre and later transferred to St. Cloud Hospital for his injuries. Gilson was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle to be treated for his injuries. Osakis Fire/Rescue and Sauk Centre ambulance assisted at the scene. Anyone with information concerning any of these cases is urged to call the Todd County Sheriffs Department at 320-7322157 or 1-800-794-5733.

DNR to fly deer and elk surveys


Pending suitable snow cover, the Department of Natural Resources plans to fly whitetailed deer population surveys from December through March in central and southeastern Minnesota. In the transition zone between agricultural and forested lands, which generally stretches from the northwest to southeast across Minnesota, we use aerial surveys to recalibrate the deer population model, said Gino DAngelo, DNR farmland deer project leader. These survey flights help us make decisions on deer permit area designations that achieve our population goals. DNR pilots will fly low-level helicopter surveys in 18 deer permit areas during daylight hours at an altitude of approximately 200 feet. Areas targeted to be flown include: Deer permit areas 214, 215, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 229, 239 and 241 in Becker, Benton, Clay, Hubbard, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin and Wright counties. Deer permit areas 341-343 and 345-349 in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties. Aerial elk surveys using both an airplane and helicopter are also planned for the Kittson County and Grygla elk ranges in northwestern Minnesota. The flights are conducted annually during winter. Questions about survey flights should be directed to the DNRs farmland wildlife research office in Madelia, 507-642-8478, the northwest regional wildlife office in Bemidji, 218-308-2651 or the Rochester area wildlife office, 507-206-2859.

Court Report
Court appearances are First Appearance, RU8 (second appearance), and Omnibus (third appearance) December 23: Walter P. Hoppe, Burtrum, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of driving after cancellation, no insurance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An omnibus hearing was scheduled for January 13. Christian S. Anderson, appeared for an RU8 hearing on third degree refusal to test, fourth degree DUI, and driving after revocation charges. A January 13 omnibus hearing was set. Joseph D. Derosier, Sauk Rapids, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer by other than a motor vehicle, and driving after cancellation. An omnibus hearing was set for January 13. Todd A. Groves, Clarissa, appeared for an RU8 hearing on giving a false name to a peace officer and driving after revocation charges. A January 13 omnibus hearing was scheduled. Lee A. Bekkerus, Glydon, had her omnibus hearing reset for January 13. She is charged with giving a false name to a peace officer, no insurance, and driving after revocation. December 30: Phillip M. Johnson, Eagle Bend, was sentenced for harassment/ violating a restraining order. He was fined $590, committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for 21 months. Execution of the sentence was stayed for five years and he was ordered to spend 212 days in jail. Johnson received credit for 208 days in jail and upon his release on January 3 was ordered to be taken directly to a chemical dependency treatment center. He must undergo a chemical use evaluation and comply with all recommendation of the treatment center, complete domestic abuse counseling, abstain from alcohol, be subject to random testing and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Here are key ice fishing tips from DNRs MinnAqua program, which provides resources to teach fishing skills, aquatic ecology and conservation stewardship of our lakes and rivers: Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with winters icy chill. Layers keep you warm in cold conditions by creating pockets of warm air and helping moisture evaporate. Portable ice shelters can increase the enjoyment of the experience by keeping kids warmer. Plan for a shorter, quality experience that will make a happier memory. Cold, bored kids dont ask to go again. Bring snacks and warm beverages to make a comfortable experience. Bring a variety of baits to increase chances of success.

Beware the insulation contractor who does not include air sealing
Consumers should beware of insulation contractors who offer to insulate attics without checking for and sealing attic air leaks. If the offer to insulate does not include sealing air leaks, then the contractor is in violation of the Minnesota energy code, which says Attic insulation may not be installed unless accessible attic bypasses have been sealed. Before building science demonstrated the role that air leaks play in energy loss, it was commonly believed that insulation was enough to stop heat flow through a home or building. Although insulation slows heat transfer, it is easily compromised by air flow. The only way to stop this air movement and associated heat lossis by eliminating the air leaks between the inside of the house and the outside. First step to tightening ones home: Identify air leaks and seal them. Adding insulation is a great way to reduce the amount of energy that you use, but it only reduces energy costs if it is installed per the manufacturers instructions and in conjunction with air sealing activities. Consumers should conduct careful research before investing in any energy-efficiency technology or improvement and before signing with a contractor. Get at least three bids. Utility companies and nonprofit energy groups may have contractors they recommend, and utilities may offer consumer rebates for insulation work. Get references and check sources like the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota (651-699-1111 or 1-800646-6222) to see if there are any complaints or actions against contractors. For more information on insulation and other energy-efficient measures to improve your home, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) at 800-657-3710 or 651539-1882 or visit www.energy.mn.gov. DER provides a free home energy guide called Home Envelope with detailed information about air sealing and insulation, saving energy, and selecting a contractor.

Traffic Citations
Todd County Sheriff Lisa L. Bartkowicz, Swanville, DWI-$1015.00, 365 days, stayed 335 days, 6 yr, supervised probation, 6 yr, chem. depend. eval, MADD impact panel w/i 180 days Walter P. Hoppe, Burtrum, DAC-$125.00, 365 days, stayed 312 days, 2 yr Gregory R. Lemke, Long Prairie, no valid license-$190.00 Thomas R. Proell, Sauk Centre, DAC-$590.00, 90 days, stayed 90 days, 1 yr Wesley S. Tuthill, Watertown, SD, 70/55-$150.00 Stewart E. Weekley, Staples, possess marijuana-$700.00, 35 days, supervised probation, 5 yr, complete treatment, no alcohol/ controlled substance, random testing, attend AA, obtain employment Tyler M. Wieczorek, Little Falls, possess marijuana$140.00; possess drug paraphernalia-$50.00 Sherri L. Wolpert, Crosby, 3rd degree drugs-$585.00, C of C 21 mo., stayed 25 yr, supervised probation, 25 yr, complete treatment, no alcohol/controlled substance, random testing, DNA sample Long Prairie Police Luis E. Ramirez Tovar, Long Prairie, 45/30-$150.00

Bruce M. Young, Long Prairie, DWI, violated driving restrictions-$990.00, 365 days, stayed 305 days, 6 yr, supervised probation, 6 yr, chem. depend. eval, no alcohol, MADD impact panel Staples Police Terry J. Bowen, unknown, no valid license-$290.00 Cole W. Cottrell, Verndale, DWI-$510.00, 90 days, stayed 89 days, 2 yr, supervised probation, 2 yr, chem. depend. eval, MADD impact panel Reid L. Eastvold, Staples, 75/55-$230.00 Travis C. Geesey, Staples, no valid license-$185.00 Riley S. Hoops, Two Harbors, fail to stop-$140.00 DNR Robert A. Maher, Osakis, fail to display ATV registration$115.00 Charles S. Sengre, Eagle Bend, fail to display ATV registration-$115.00 MN State Patrol Albert J. Cales Rodriguez, Wahpeton, ND, 90/70-$225.00; limited license violation-$100.00 Douglas C. Haataja, Baxter, 70/60-$130.00 Sarah D. Melo, St. Paul, 91/70-$230.00 Zachary J. Renshaw, Mpls, no child restraint-$140.00

DNR QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Q: Why does the fur coat of a deer change colors depending on the time of year a reddish color in the spring and brown in the fall? A: The deers coat is designed to provide both a means for thermoregulation and camouflage. Summer coats appear reddish and are thin, allowing deer to better cope with heat stress. In the fall, deer begin a process of molting, which is triggered by hormonal changes that reflect the changing seasons. The reddish summer coat turns into a faded gray or brown color as the new winter coat begins to grow. The new coat is comprised of two layers. The outer guard hairs are hollow, stiff and grow about 2 inches longer than the undercoat. The inner layer is soft and dense which insulates deer from the cold weather and snow. Coat color, regardless of the season, tends to be darker in forested areas and lighter in agricultural areas where deer are exposed to more direct sunlight. - Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor

Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 18-20


Minnesotans age 16 or older can try ice fishing or spear fishing without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for family and friends to get those special kids in their life outdoors enjoying the fun and beauty of a Minnesota winter, said Roland Sigurdson, DNR aquatic education supervisor. What better way to celebrate our winter heritage than by passing on the tradition of ice fishing. Ice fishing presents some unique challenges, but with basic equipment, a few skills, and good planning, ice fishing can be easy, enjoyable and exciting.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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CROCK POT RECIPES


Cheesy Winter Vegetables
1 lb. potatoes, washed and cut in wedges 1 lb. baby carrots 1 c. frozen peas, thawed 1 c. shredded cheese 2 t. Worcestershire sauce 1/8 t. red pepper 1 stalk celery, cut in chunks 1 can Cheddar cheese soup

Combine potatoes, carrots and celery in slow cooker. Mix soup, Worcestershire sauce and red pepper; pour over vegetables. Stir gently to coat. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, gently stir in peas and shredded cheese. Cover and cook additional 15 minutes. Serves 12

Saurerkraut & Noodles


1 1/2 lb. egg noodle dumplings 2 (27 oz) cans sauerkraut 2 onions, chopped 1 stick butter Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Grease slow cooker. Drain 1 can sauerkraut. Layer cooked egg noodles, sauerkraut (both drained and undrained cans), onion and butter in cooker. cover with plastic wrap and lid; marinate in refrigerator for 2 days. Remove plastic wrap and cook 1 hour on high. Cook 5 hours on low. Stir a few times and add water if necessary.

Spinach Casserole
2 (10 oz) pkgs frozen spinach, thawed & drained 2 c. cottage cheese 4 T. butter, cut in pieces 1 1/2 c. cubed American cheese 3 eggs, beaten 1/4 c. flour 1 t. salt Grease slow cooker. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and pour into cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Mexican Corn Bake


1 can creamed corn 2 eggs 1/2 c. sour cream + more 1 can chopped green chilis 2 T. soft butter 2 boxes corn muffin mix 4 T. chunky salsa + more Grease slow cooker. Combine corn, eggs, sour cream, chilis and butter; blend well. Stir in muffin mix; pour into cooker. Scatter salsa over the top and lightly swirl into corn mixture. Cover and cook on high for 2-2 1/2 hours. Turn off heat and remove lid. Cool for 10 minutes; serve. Garnish with extra sour cream and salsa.

Sweet Corn Potluck Pudding


1 2 1 1 lb. frozen corn cans Mexicorn can cream style corn pkg. corn muffin mix 3/4 c. water 1/4 c. butter, melted 1 t. salt

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Stir mixture; cover and cook an additional 2 to 3 hours, until pudding is slightly puffed in center.

Baked Beans
1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 c. chopped onion c. b. sugar c. molasses lb. bacon 3 1 1 1 1/2 c. dry navy beans lb. smoked ham t. salt t. dry mustard

Soak bean overnight (beans should be soft before mixing with sugar and molasses). Drain, reserving one cup liquid. But beans in crockpot. Add all remaining ingredients along with one cup reserved bean liquid; mix well. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. Cut ham from bone and return to crockpot. If thicker beans are desired, uncover and turn to high during last hour. VARIATION: Stir in 2/3 c. catsup and 2 T. prepared mustard during last hour.

Calico Beans
1/2 c. chopped bacon 1 lb. ground beef 1 can pork and beans 1 can kidney beans, drained 1 can butter beans 1 can lima beans, drained 1/2 c. catsup 1 c. brown sugar 1 c. chopped onion 3 T. vinegar 1 t. dry mustard 1/2 c. chopped celery Cook bacon and ground beef in skillet until done. Drain. Mix bacon, ground beef, beans, catsup, onion, vinegar, mustard and celery in crock pot. Cook on low for two-four hours.

Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes


1/2 t. cream of tarter

Orange Glazed Carrots


3 c. thinly sliced carrots 2 c. water 1/4 t. salt 3 T. orange marmalade 2 T. chopped pecans 3 T. butter Combine carrots, water and salt in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, until carrots are tender. Drain well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on high 20-30 minutes.

Spicy Beans
1 1 1 1 1 3 lb. hot sausage c. brown sugar can pork and beans can yellow beans, drained can kidney beans, drained strips bacon 1 1 1 1 1 (12 oz) can tomato paste can chili beans can lima beans, drained can green beans, drained bottle barbeque sauce

3 T. butter, melted 3 lb. potatoes, peeled & sliced 1/2 t. salt 1 can golden mushroom soup 1/4 t. pepper 1/2 c. water 1/4 t. garlic powder 14 c. flour 1/3 c. Parmesan cheese Combine 1 c. water and cream of tarter. Add sliced potatoes, toss to coat; drain. Place potatoes in slow cooker. Combine soup, 1/2 c. water, flour, butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour over potatoes; stir gently to coat. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Sprinkle cheese over top just before serving.

Brown sausgae in saucepan. Drain. Stir in tomato paste and brown sugar. Stir in beans. Mix. Place in slow cooker; cover with barbeque sauce and bacon. Cover and cook 3-4 hours.

Slow Simmered Kidney Beans


No Fuss Party Potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup 1-8 oz. container sour cream 1 can green chilis 1 c. shredded cheese 1 pkg. hash browns 2 1/2 c. nacho chips 3 green onions, sliced 6 strips bacon, diced 4 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. molasses 1 t. salt 2 apples, cored & diced 1/2 lb. cooked Polish sausage, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 c. ketchup 1/4 c. honey 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. mustard

Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray. Combine soup, sour cream, chilis and cheese, mix well. Arrange half of potatoes in slow cooker. Top with half of sour cream mixture; repeat layers. Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. Just before serving sprinkle with crushed chips and onions. Serves 12

Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Drain. Add sausage to drippings and cook 5 minutes. Drain. Combine all ingredients except apples in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours. Stir in apples. Cover and cook 2 hours.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rates & Policies


Classified Ads: . . . . . . .15 words = $7.00 each additional word 15 Advertising Rate: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.25 per column inch Inserts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 each $80.00 per thousand Card of Thanks: . .Up to 25 words = $7 25 to 50 words = $10.50 Over 50 words, 5 each additional word In Memory: . . . . . .Up to 25 words = $10 25 to 50 words = $12.50 Happy Birthday Ads . . . . . . . . . . . .(3 inch) with picture = $15.00 Copies: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1/2 x 11 20 each, 1 side 2 sides =30 11 x 17 = 35 each, 1 side 2 sides = 50 Engagement, Birth, Wedding . .announcement with photo $15.00 Engagement, Birth, Wedding . . .announcement no photo $10.00 Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .no photo $6.00 Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .with photo $10.00 FAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .first sheet $1.50 each additional sheet 20 Notary Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5.00 Error responsibility: It is the responsibility of the person placing the ad to check for errors and notify our office with corrections. We reserve the right to edit or reject any copy or illustration that does not meet our standards. Letters to the Editor: Letters are welcome and will be published at our discretion. The Browerville Blade reserves the right to refuse, edit or ask for changes in any letter submitted for publication. All letters must be signed and include the authors name, address and a phone number. Printed letters will include only the name and address. Letters to the Editor should include opinions and ideas but should not be personal or libelous. Letters to the the Editor should not be confused with Cards of Thanks Endorsing letters: A letter written only to endorse a political candidate will be considered an advertisement and will be charged as such. Todd County Country Courier: Circulation 10,000 plus Ad rates: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6.00 a column inch Inserts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 each $80.00 per thousand Deadlines: Browerville Blade: All news and advertising should be at the Blade office by Friday at 3:00 p.m. for publication the following week Country Courier: The Courier is published 11 times a year, mostly on the first Friday of each month. Deadlines are at the week before the first Friday of the month.

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impairment significantly affects use by humans and wildlife. The plan also includes 58 priority actions to protect and restore the landscape and, ultimately, delist the AOC. Since 2010, federal funds have been available from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for priority work in the estuary, but projects still needed state or local sources of money to leverage those federal funds. As the largest and most complex AOC on the Great Lakes, project leaders faced the difficult task of competing for funding with smaller projects that could be completed more quickly. Fortunately, with the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008, a state source of funds was readily available to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through the Clean Water Fund to address water quality issues, and to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through the Outdoor Heritage Fund for projects to restore wetlands and critical habitat. The Minnesota Land Trust contributed contract management services, and a wide variety of citizen groups, tribal organizations, and others provided continuing support and advocacy. Each funding program has a specific set of requirements for the types of work they can perform, so it takes a carefully coordinated effort to balance available funding with complex and multi-phased projects, said DNR AOC Coordinator John Lindgren. The progress made to date is a functional example of government and non-government organizations working together to most efficiently apply dollars, time and resources for the best conservation outcomes. To date, Legacy dollars are being applied to assist with projects to remove historical logging waste at Radio Tower Bay and Grassy Point, restore trout habitat at Knowlton Creek, restore and enhance historically degraded wild rice beds, and restore critical spawning habitat at Chambers Grove, among other

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Todd County Employment Opportunities
Applicants must complete an official Todd County Application for Employment Submit to: Todd County Administration, 215 1st Avenue South, Suite 300, Long Prairie, MN 56347 or email to lori.jorgenson@co.todd.mn.us Applications and job descriptions are available online at www.co.todd.mn.us Social Worker - Child Protection Health & Human Services Requires a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or related field. Must be Merit system qualified for this position. Position open until filled, first review of applicants January 15, 2014 Social Worker - Adult Mental Health Health & Human Services Requires a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or related field. Must be Merit system qualified for this position. Position open until filled, first review of applicants January 15, 2014 Social Worker-Intake-Health & Human Services Requires a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or related field. Must be Merit system qualified for this position. Position open until filled, first review of applicants January 15, 2014 MN Merit System Applications may be found online at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mnmeritsystem/default.cfm Todd County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Legacy funds boost effort to restore 150 years of degradation in the St. Louis River estuary
When the St. Louis River estuary was federally designated in 1987 as Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) by the Environmental Protection Agency, local citizens and resource agencies knew the task of restoring the estuary would be herculean. What they didnt know was that 21 years later, Minnesota voters would give the project a boost by approving the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. As Lake Superiors largest tributary, and home to the worlds busiest freshwater shipping port, the St. Louis River estuary is both an important waterway for commercial trade throughout the upper Midwest and a critical area of habitat. But 150 years of historical actions such as improper municipal and industrial waste disposal and unchecked land use practices, including dredging and filling of aquatic habitat and damaging logging practices, contributed to the complex set of issues at the time it was listed. Written in 1992, and updated in 2013, a remedial action plan for the estuary identified roadmaps to removing the nine identified beneficial use impairments (BUIs) that have resulted in environmental problems from pollution to habitat loss. BUIs are designated when a body of water has undergone a change to its chemical, physical, or biological integrity to a point that the

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things. Partner agencies are on track to remove five of the BUIs by 2018, and hope to have the remaining four removed by 2025. In 2011, four young sturgeon were sampled in the estuary; the first evidence of sturgeon reproduction in many decades and a sign of improving habitat and another step toward recovery for fish and other species. We have more to do, but its clear we wouldnt be this far along in delisting the estuary (AOC) without the Legacy Amendment dollars. It was the right tool, at the right time, added Lindgren. For more information about the DNRs Legacy Amendment funded projects in Minnesota, visit www.mndnr.gov/legacy. View a video about the piling removal at Radio Tower Bay, part of the St. Louis River estuary, and one of the funded projects: www.youtube.com/watch ?v=kYFBcYQpiuw.

The Pirate
A land-lubber and a pirate were talking. Like any selfrespecting pirate, he had a peg leg, a hook in place of a hand, and a patch over one eye. The land-lubber just had to ask how the pirate got into such bad shape. How did you lose your leg? he asked. I lost my leg in a battle off the coast of Jamaica. the pirate responded. Did you lose your hand at the same time? No, answered the pirate, I lost it to a shark off the Florida Keys. What about your eye? asked the land-lubber. The pirate answered, I was lying on the beach when a sea gull flew over and dropped a feather right in my eye. How could a little feather make you lose your eye? queried the land-lubber. The pirate snapped, It was the day after I got my hook.

Sheriff Asmus grew up in Browerville


By Rin Porter Newly-appointed Interim Sheriff Don Asmus has lived in Todd County all his life. In November 2013, he began his 37th year in law enforcement. Sheriff Asmus was one of a set of twins, possibly the first set born at the then-newly built Long Prairie Hospital. He grew up on his familys dairy farm off CR 14 east of Browerville. It was a big farm. They milked Holsteins, and raised hogs and chickens as well as grains. Don and his brother Dave attended a country school until eighth grade, and then went on to Browerville High School. Don attended the community college at Staples, taking courses in auto mechanics. After finishing his schooling, he worked at Hillig Auto Center in Long Prairie for a time. As soon as I turned 21, I started at the county as a dispatcher, Sheriff Asmus said in a telephone interview. That was Nov. 1, 1977 under Sheriff Kenneth Gothman. My brother Dave served as sheriff for eight years, from 1986 to 1994. During that time I went to community college at night to get my AAS degree, and went to full-time deputy status and went on the road in 1990. Don married in 1976, and he and his wife have four sons, all graduates of Browerville High School, all married. His son Dan is a sheriff s deputy in Aitkin County. In his spare time, Don enjoys working part-time on a farm He also dabbles in woodworking.