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Thursday, February 27 2014

Volume 98; Number 35

A community newspaper serving Browerville, MN and surrounding areas. USPS 067-560

2014 Browerville National Honor Society


Hon. Daniel A. Benson replaces Carlson in Todd County District Court

By Jason M r . C. Brown, Benson Publisher has exten/Editor sive legal Long experience Prairie a n d Leader demonT o d d strated County commithas been ments to short one p u b l i c j u d g e service. since the As a New Year private after the practice Hon. Jay Hon. Daniel A. Bensontakes the a t t o r n e y, D. Carlson Oath of Office on February 21st. J u d g e requested Benson a transfer to Becker County. was a member of the criminal Judge Carlsons application was defense firm of Benson Law approved last fall by the Office, L.L.C., and is a MSBA Minnesota Supreme Court and certified criminal law specialist. he began work in Becker County Previously, he was a member of on Jan. 1, 2014. Now Todd the Minnesota State Forensic County has a new judge, the Trial Team, a managing attorHon. Daniel A. Benson of St. ney with the Office of the Cloud. Seventh Judicial District Public The opening for a new judge Defenders, and an Assistant in Todd County came about Stearns County Attorney. when Judge Jay Carlson applied Judge Benson earned his B.S. to be rechambered in Becker Degree from the University of County, and Judge Peter Irvine Minnesota School of retired from Becker County. Management and his J.D. from Judge Benson was sworn in the University of Minnesota as the judge of Todd County School of Law. District Court during an investiJudge Bensons swearing in, ture ceremony Feb. 21, after his was a somewhat lighthearted, recent appointment by Gov. though serious event by those Mark Dayton. who already serve on the bench. I am pleased to announce the The Hon. Bernard E. Boland, appointment of Mr. Benson, who senior judge of the seventh disI am confident will serve the trict, offered some remarks people of the Seventh Judicial before the official swearing in. District with distinction, said Im especially honored to be Gov. Dayton in a news release. Continued on page 12.

An assembly was held on Thursday, February 20 to honor the Browerville High School juniors who were selected to become members of National Honor Society. Assisting with the assembly were senior NHS members: Benton Johnson, Trent Johnson, Jackson Polak, Emily Busch, Emily Lisson, Cody Hansmeyer, Jake Iten, and Abigail Irsfeld. The following juniors were selected: Katelyn Middendorf, Katelyn Kellen, Catherine Aksamit, Dominique Ludwig, and MaKenna Hegseth.

Chimney fires are real: a true story from the owner of the Blade
fired furnace, wood stoves require maintenance. Maintenance that should not be overlooked. I was remined of this last Friday evening. For the past couple of weeks I had been telling myself that I really needed to clean out the dampers and lower portion of my chimney. Something you should do periodically, especially with an extended heating season such as this year. Well, I hadnt done so, and I ended up with what could have easily become a very serious problem. At around 8:30 p.m. I went down to the basement to add a little wood to the stove to keep it going through the night. After putting a few pieces of wood in the stove, I closed the lower vent, closed the door to the stove, and shut the damper on the stove pipe about half way. The same way I shut it down for the evening every night. But this time it was different. The stove did not shut down, instead, it began to roar. A deep roar, emanating from the chimney. This is a sound that I have not heard since I was five years old and we lived in rural Bertha. My first instinct was to shut the damper the rest of the way and try to get the fire to shut down. When I closed the damper, a few puffs of smoke came out of the stove pipe, then sucked back into it. Uh-oh, thats not good. I ran around to the front of the stove and opened the door. Continued on page 12.

Todd Board opposes legislation that favors county websites over local newspapers for official information
By Rin Porter During the Feb. 18 Todd County Board meeting, Jason Brown, editor and publisher of The Long Prairie Leader, appeared before the board to oppose legislation that seeks to remove official county notices from newspapers and instead place them on county websites. Brown had the support of the other three newspapers in the county: the Browerville Blade, The Staples World, and The Independent News Herald. Brown presented information showing that in Todd County, very few people have access to the internet, which would be needed in order for people to gain access to the Todd County website. In contrast, local newspapers are readily available at gas stations, grocery stores, and other locations throughout the county, as well as at the Long Prairie, Staples, and Eagle Bend public libraries. Brown offered statistics on usage of the newspapers individual

Chimney fires can start when highly combustible creosote buildup inside the chimney ignites. By Aaron Quirt There is something comforting about heating your home with wood. Ive written before about how rewarding an afternoons worth of work can be when you end up with a good amount of wood to help heat your home in the winter months. This winter, especially with high gas prices, wood is a wonderful alternative to using propane or natural gas for your source of heat. However, just like with a modern gas


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Surviving Joan are her ever important sisters Odilia Iten (Hans), Browerville, and Bernadette Hukriede (Harold), Avon; and brother-in-law Gary Sampson, Edina, MN; sisters-inlaw, Kay Koval, Shoreview and Lucille Koval, Staples; mother of Colton and Jacob, Judy Justice. Internment is planned for this spring in Christ the King Cemetery, Browerville. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home, Browerville, MN. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Marcella Joans name to Holy Family School or the Friends of the Library, Sauk Centre, MN.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


1954 Class Reunion

The 60 year reunion for the Browerville High School class of 1954 will be held Saturday, June 28, from 3-6 pm at Knotty Pine Ballroom, Hwy 71, Browerville. Please plan to attend! dents bring spending money and have health insurance. They come ready to live by the rules and values of YFU and your family. Families around the world trust YFU because of its reputation for quality, high safety standards, and strong support network. One of the worlds oldest and largest exchange organizations, YFU has provided study abroad opportunities to over 250,000 high school students for more than 60 years. International programs for American students and volunteer opportunities are also available. Learn more at, or contact YFUs local Field Director Bernice Wimmer at 320-815-3517 or via e-mail at

Annika Rick receives Bernet Family Music Scholarship

Marcella Joan Wolter Marcella Joan Wolter, 80 years and a day old, of Sauk Centre passed away February 19, 2014 at CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. Funeral services for Marcella were held Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12 noon in Our Lady of Angels Church in Sauk Centre. Marcella Joan was born February 18, 1934 on the family farm in Moran Township, by midwife, to Frank and Clara Koval (Adamietz). As a young girl, Marcella Joan was immersed in the familys farming and gardening efforts with her brothers and sisters. She attended Staples High School (class of 1952), and went on to graduate from Staples Normal Teachers College in 1953. After graduating, Marcella Joan began teaching in one room country school houses in the region until July 7, 1955 when she married then Lt. Ronald A. Wolter of Browerville, MN at St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church, Moran Township. The newlywed Lt. Wolter and his bride lived in El Paso, TX until 1956 when Ron was discharged, and then returned to Browerville to operate the family business. Children and family followed as Marcella Joan, frequently called Joan, worked as a homemaker, mother, and a dedicated teacher. Her teaching career, starting in one room schools before marriage, at El Paso, TX as a newlywed, continuing in one room schools in the Browerville and Owatonna area, in Ann Arbor, MI, and finally at Holy Family School in Sauk Centre, MN spanned 40 years. To this day, often times, young man and woman will approach Joan and say you taught me or you taught my mom or you taught me and my dad. Joans teaching was rewarding and fulfilling to her as she continued teaching until retirement in 1996. Along the way, Joan was also committed to the Friends of the Library, Sinclair Lewis Foundation, Adult Literacy Reading Program (in which she tutored four individuals to read), and the Sauk Centre Country Club Ladies Auxiliary. An avid gardener, Joan would most often be found lately wandering the garden looking at the many vegetables and flowers she cultivated, just as she cultivated young people when she taught. Marcella Joan is survived by her husband, Ronald; children; Steve (Lynn Jamieson), Bloomington, IN, Julie, Sauk Centre, Jordan, Fairbanks, AK; and grandchildren Byron, Benjamin, Colton, and Jacob; and Zachary Justice. Preceding Marcella Joan in death were Joans parents, Frank and Clara; brothers Gerard and Cyril Paul; and sister-in-law Mary Jean Sampson.

Marriage Licenses
Joshua L. Young, Manawa, WI, and Rachel R. Loken, Manawa, WI Ardin L. Nelson, Virginia, and Peggy S. Becker, Long Prairie Darren D. Remer, Long Praire, and Ashley M. Peterson, Long Prairie

Samantha Mraz and Luke Doud, Crosslake, boy, Oliver Patrick,8 lbs 6 oz, February 15, 2014 Kasha and Justin Dickinson, Clarissa, boy, Tegan Lee, 7 lbs 11 oz, February 18, 2014 Antje Anderson and Robert McMullen, Brainerd, boy, Navy Robert, 7 lbs 3 oz, February 19, 2014 Amanda and Lewis Bell, Staples, girl, Cadence Lilly Marie, 7 lbs 12 oz, February 20, 2014 Erin Weiss, Henning, boy, Caleb Thomas, 8 lbs 13 oz, February 21, 2014 Tara Wojtowicz and Jordan Burns, Browerville, boy, Nolan Kenneth, 7 lbs 11 oz, February 21, 2014

Five Wings announces $43,000 available for artists

The Five Wings Arts Council announced that artists, residing in Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Cass, and Crow Wing counties may apply for over $43,000, through the newly revised Individual Artist grant program. Artists may seek support to complete a project or further their career through training or purchase of equipment. Artists of any discipline are eligible, including those who work in the visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary arts, media arts, and across artistic disciplines. Applicants do not need to have art as their primary form of livelihood. For example, a teacher who volunteers her talents as a musician in a local orchestra may apply to participate in a workshop related to the instrument she plays. A retiree who expresses through writing, may seek funds to hire an editor to prepare a book for publication. A painter or photographer may apply to funds to frame their work for exhibition. The Individual Artist Project Support Grant Program provides up to $2500 to complete projects and or purchase equipment to advance the career of area artists. The Individual Artist Professional Development Grant Program will provide up to $1500 for artists to attend workshop, work one-on-one with a master artist to strengthen their knowledge and skills. This may include workshop fees, mentor fees, travel costs, and supply costs. Artists must supply at least 25% of the total project cost in either cash or inkind support. Creative time may be considered as part of the application request. Review criteria include: merit and artistic quality, ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the project, and the need for the project. To apply, interested applicants should go to the Five Wings Arts Council website at HYPERLINK ""www.fwac. org, click on the Grants Page, where they will find more

This years recipient of the Bernet Family Music Scholarship is Annika Rick, the daughter of Bob and Tammy Rick of Browerville. Annika is in 9th grade and is home schooled. She has taken piano lessons for seven years, guitar for five years, and also studies music theory. Annikas favorite subjects in school are math and Swedish. She also plays in the Rick Family Bluegrass Gospel Band, helps in her church nursery and choir, and participates in triathlons. In her free time, Annika spends time raising and caring for the family animals, including horses, dogs, cats, donkeys, mules, chickens, goats and rabbits and in playing football with her brothers. In the future Annika dreams of attending college and possibly majoring in music education. In 2013 the Bernet Family established a music scholarship at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, in 2013 to honor Sister Maurita Bernet who recently observed her 60th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister and their parents Marie and Joseph Anton Bernet who loved music and made personal sacrifices to provide music lessons to six daughters. detailed information, grant guidelines, and links to the online grant application process. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications that are submitted by the first Friday of the month will be reviewed at that months board meeting, typically the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and December, when the board does not meet. Applicants should contact Five Wings Arts Council to discuss their applications and to ensure they are eligible to apply. FWAC staff members are available to assist artists by providing a preliminary review of the application. Maria Mossmann, Emma LaVoie, Kim Heid, Jennifer Massmann, Kim Pechan, Jackie Spychalla, Tina Lamusga, Anne Stanton, Cindy Cubulla, and Kristi Feist.

Happy Birthday this week to: Feb. 26: George Buhl, Joe Bednarz, Jr.; Feb. 27: Carol Miller; Feb. 28: Tim John, Tony Woeste, Jr., Cathy Allen, Misty Shutter; Feb. 29: Roger Geraets; Mar. 1: Chad Salber, Carol Adamietz, Lon Brichacek, Mike Hoelscher; Mar. 2: Ione Perish, Russ Noland, Sue Twardowski, Abigail Irsfeld; Mar. 3: Margaret Paskewitz, Jeff Becker, Stacy Spindler; Mar. 4: Barb Becker, Sophie Abrahamson, Kris Lemm, Cheri Crosby; Mar. 5: Karen Eggerth, Becky Smieja, Rakel Bryniarski Happy Anniversary this week to: Mar. 5: Craig and Pam Dropik

Christopher Dirkes named to St. Johns University Deans List

Christopher Dirkes, son of Joe and Jan Dirkes, Browerville, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean's list for the 2013 fall semester at Saint Johns University. Dirkes is a junior nursing major. To be included on the dean's list, students must have a semester grade-point average of at least 3.80 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points (A, B, C, etc.) are awarded. Students included on the dean's list cannot have any unsatisfactory or incomplete grades for that semester.

Looking Back
50 years ago - Feb. 27, 1964 Members of the senior class of Browerville were administered the Airman Qualifying Exami-nation. The highest possible score in each of four divisions was 95 with the lowest score being 0. The lowest score by a Browerville student, in only one category was 30. Two students, Gilbert Packer and Stanley Weitemier had the highest possible score of 95 in the mechanical division. Eleven of the 26 boys scored 75 or higher. A number of girls did exceptionally well on the tests too. Diane Hoelscher scored 95 on electronics, 95 on general, 90 on administarative and 90 on mechanical. Patricia Wrobel scored 90 on electronics, general and administrative and 75 on mechanical. 25 years ago - March 2, 1989 Chad Stender was state wrestling runner up at 125 lbs. Tiger Girls Basketball Team was headed to the Region Tournament. Members of the team were: Belinda Bartels, Becky Smieja, Tania Cook, Sheila Asmus, Toni Jesinoski,

Ogden Nash Quotes

People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it. People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long. A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.

Seeking host families

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), a nonprofit intercultural exchange organization, seeks local volunteers and host families to mentor and host high school exchange students. Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome to host. Share your family traditions! Welcome an international teenager eager to experience American culture, learn about social responsibility, and build bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime. YFU exchange stu-

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Browerville City Council meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Browerville City Hall of all ages are invited to hear Karsten talk about growing vegetables and flower gardens directly in conditioned straw bales. Karsten will describe how to use this method to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, and without weeding or ever lifting a shovel. The attendance limit is 50 and registration is required. For more information, please visit or call the library at 320732-2332. Long Prairie Library Hours: Mon. 1-7, Tue. 10-6, Wed. 12-6, Thur. 1-7, Fri. 12-6, Sat. 9-12

Thursday, February 27, 2014

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS IN THE CITY OF BROWERVILLE Due to the cold temperatures, some of the water pipes are freezing in the city. We would like residents to please check the temperature of their water. Run water for about 10 minutes and then check to see what the temperature is. If its 40 degrees or below, please call city hall at 594-2201.(320) 533-0021

Low income septic system cost share program

The cost to build a septic system to state and county standards has risen over the years as costs for gravel, concrete, labor, and excavation have increased. Often it is difficult for homeowners to afford to upgrade their septic system. Several grants have been obtained by Todd County Planning and Zoning to assist low income landowners with septic upgrades. Preference for project funding is based on income status, condition of existing system, and proximity to surface water. Household annual income thresholds are based on the medium income levels for Todd

county and household size starting at $34,500 for a single person household. Applicants cannot exceed the annual income thresholds to be eligible. Maximum annual household income that cannot be exceeded: Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Maximum Income 34,500 39,500 44,400 49,350 53,300 57,250 61,200 65,150

Browerville AA and Al-Anon meet every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Todd County DAC Building septic system for new dwellings even if it is to replace an existing non-compliant system. Applicants must not have any existing land use violations on their property (excluding septic violations). How to Apply: Complete an application form available on the Todd County Web site or from the Planning and Zoning Office 320-732-4420. Applications will be accepted until funding is fully utilized

Straw bale gardening

Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens, will give a presentation at the Long Prairie Public Library on Saturday, March 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m. People

Successful applicants will have from 75% to 85% of replacement septic system costs covered by the program. These funds are not be available to cover costs on

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Peggys Potpourri
In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (twoway radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1. In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only six people were injured. In the last 4000 years no new animals have been domesticated. Most lipstick contains fish scales. The word "samba" means "to rub navels together." The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead." There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Terri Guillemets Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan. Mix chicken, chili powder, and 1 c. cheese together. Place in tortillas, roll up and put in pan. Melt butter in med. saucepan. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk smooth. Heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in sour cream, green chilis, cilantro, pepper, onion and garlic powder. DO NOT BOIL! Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake 30 minutes.

White Chicken Enchiladas w/Green Chili & Sour Cream Sauce

8 flour tortillas 2 c. Monterey Jack Cheese or more 2 c. chicken broth 1 can diced green chilis 1/2 onion powder 1/4 t. black pepper 2 c. cooked, shredded chicken 3 T. butter 3 T. flour 1 c. sour cream 1 t. cilantro 1/2 t. garlic powder 1/2 t. chili powder

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Hi all,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A bad day for coyotes

I do not support indiscriminate killing of most things, but a few animals on earth come close to the criteria of wipe them all out. Rats serve no purpose that I can see. My wife would add snakes to the list, but I rather like snakes. A person doesnt dare make light of their wifes phobia about snakes when they themselves run around in circles and scream like a little girl if a rat comes at them. She is not so much bothered by rats or mice, but to her, the only good snake is a dead snake. We do agree, coyotes and mosquitoes all deserve to die. There is little we can do about mosquitoes other than swat them and try to reverse the ban on DDT. We can though work on the coyote problem. Coyotes are an interesting animal. They can adapt to changing situations faster than just about any species in history. If their natural prey of deer fawns, rabbits, and mice are in short supply, they will switch to hunting sheep, calves, and other livestock. If livestock is not around, such as in a city, they will hunt By Walter Scott pet cats and raid garbage cans. It seems the more humans encroach on their habitat, the better they do. In our area, coyotes are hunted relentlessly, and each year, more move in to replace the ones taken by hunting. It does seem, if the object of the hunt is to control the population, the hunters are losing. They do have an awfully good time at it though. Sunday, Damon was coming over to our place to plow the snow out of the driveway for the forty-second time this year. He saw a coyote run across the road in front of him and stopped to call some friends who were already hunting. The plowing would have to wait while he went home to get his dogs and meet the other hunters. The fresh track was found and the hunt was on. Dogs were baying and powder snow was flying as the pack picked up the trail. There are few animals happier in this world than a coyote hound in hot pursuit. From a distance, a person can hear the enthusiasm in their voices. Damon called me when the dogs were heading toward our house. I put on my coat and racked a bullet in the .223 while waiting on the front porch. I rather enjoy shooting a coyote, but not enough to chase dogs all over the county to get a shot. If they run by, fine. If not, somebody else will get the shot. We could hear the dogs cross the lake, out of sight and run north. They crossed the road again about a mile away and ran across another section. One of the hunters dropped a coyote as it crossed the road but most of the dogs continued on their hunt. Apparently, two coyotes were running. The second coyote continued on for another mile or so, with several dogs in hot pursuit. It ran across a pond and decided to hide out in the drain pipe that went through the pond dam. Normally, this type of culvert makes a good hiding place. If a dog is small enough to follow the coyote into the tube, there is not enough room to fight. A dog can get beat up in close quarters. This day, the pipe was not such a good idea. The coyote ran in, somehow managed to turn around, and exited faster than he entered. A bob cat was already relaxing in what the coyote was hoping to be his hiding place. Running into a pack of dogs seemed a better choice than fighting with a bob cat in a culvert tube. Either choice made a bad day for the coyote.

Letter from the Country

As many of our readers know, my house is always busy with children and their pets. From birds to rabbits to baby ducklings to fish. My oldest son, Zachary, is by far the biggest animal lover in the house. Morten, Hunter, Casey & Emma love them too -- but not like Zac. This past fall Zac purchased a lizard Sir Reginald. His turtle Tiny didnt seem impressed. Shortly after that a set of hamsters arrived Stella and Fluffy Butt. Before I knew it Charlotte, the white mouse, was occupying space in the house. Then at the beginning of February Zac picked up Oscar, a beagle, and, although cute as anything, his howl/bay is not like any other beagle we have ever had. Just when I thought we were done with new pets for the time being, Zac came home Saturday with a baby ferret Elley. She is a baby and actually fairly cute but she is a smelly little bugger. Although she is descented there is still a funky musky smell to her. I am usually all excited about new pets and hold them and play with them but I have yet to hold Elley. I fear her pet mates will start teasing her and call her Smelly Elley. We do not allow bullying in our house and the other pets will have consequences if they choose to treat Elley poorly. I do think Zac will have to have the tough chat with her about bathing and hygiene. I now live in a petting zoo! Yes, we love out pets, but I feel Zac has maybe gone a bit too far. His room has been transformed into a pet habitat and I just smile and shut the door. He is 18 and can take on the challenge of multiple pets if he wishes. Im sure he gets his love for critters from me and as long as he keeps taking care of them and I dont have to then they critters can stay. Until next time, Stacey

Pete Berscheit, Veteran Service Officer 347 Central Ave Suite 3, Long Prairie, MN 56347 320-732-4419

New Therapy Helps Minnesota Veterans Who Suffer From Psychological Trauma
An innovative therapy which involves controlling rapid eye movements during times of stress has been shown to help clients reprocess and desensitize disturbing memories and experiences to relieve the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to Elaine Wynne, EMDR Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant for the Trauma Recovery EMDR HAP Veteran Resilience Project of Minnesota, not only is it evidence based therapy for trauma, it has been successfully used to treat many other stress related conditions like phobias, grief, and phantom limb pain. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment involves an 8-step process designed to relieve patients of the effects caused by traumatic events. This non-invasive method of psychotherapy identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brains natural coping capacity and have therefore brought on traumatic symptoms. Through EMDR therapy Veterans are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive, helping eliminate their symptoms. The treatment begins with learning how the process works, adding tools for self-comfort and gaining a connection with the therapist. The second phase involves the client telling the therapists what they believe they need, what still bothers them and some of the history of their discomfort. The beginning steps help the client and EMDR therapist determine the course of treatment. In the next phase, therapists will focus on present disturbances and triggers of emotional stress in order to desensitize the memories and process them in a way so they will be remembered, but not be disturbing. In the final phase therapists focus on what skills clients will need in the future to prevent emotional trauma from returning. The EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program - Trauma Recovery is partnering with therapists across Minnesota to make this treatment available to more Veterans. As a part of the Minnesota Veterans Resilience Program, up to 100 Veterans in Minnesota can take advantage of this treatment for free. Initially the program aims to help those who have served in combat or military deployment since 2001 to help ease the effects of emotional or unseen injuries. The only organization in Minnesota offering EMDR therapy by trained and experienced therapists who serve Military/Combat Veterans at no cost is the Veteran Resilience Project. It relies completely on community contacts for referrals of Veterans who may benefit from the service. Most referrals are made within a 75 mile radius of the Twin Cities, but there are also project therapists in the Minnesota communities of Virginia, Grand Rapids, North Branch, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Cambridge, Fairmont, Bemidji, Mankato, Buffalo and Rochester. For more information or to refer a Veteran who could benefit from EMDR treatment visit the Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs website, or contact Cortney Amundson, Veteran Outreach Coordinator at (952) 992-0356 or by email at

Letter to the Editor

March in Minnesota means Food Share Month
What was once considered emergency help is now becoming sustaining programs for more people. In spite of other programs out there, more clients seem to be coming to food shelves for help. The Browerville Area Food Shelf serves the communities of Browerville, Clarissa, and Eagle Bend. In 2013 we distributed 67,532 pounds of food to 823 households, which is a definite increase in usage from previous years. The local food shelf depends on the income from the March drive to carry us throughout the rest of the year, since revenue received after that is very little, only matching grants from MN FoodShare and the Feinstein Foundation which barely amounts to $1,000. The Feinstein Foundation is a philanthropic organization that annually donates $1 million dollars to all food shelves in the nation, based upon the amount of money raised locally during March and April. It does not match funds, but uses a ration to determine the amount distributed to each food shelf participating in the program. We spent $23,526 during 2013 to purchase grocery products. Please keep the Browerville Area Food Shelf in mind during the March Campaign to Fight Against Hunger! We encourage all schools, churches, business places, clubs, organizations and individuals to participate in our March campaign. Checks made out to the Browerville Area Food Shelf and donations of non-perishable items can be left at all area churches, the Browerville City Hall, and at the Food Shelf in Browerville on Wednesdays from 10:00 am until noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Your generous donations, both cash and food items are so much appreciated. Be assured that every dollar given is used to purchase items for distribution. All our work is accomplished by volunteers. Please do what you can to assure the continuance of our service to our three community area. Florence Rickbeil Executive Director

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Motion by Duncan, second by Irsfeld and carried to approve the request from the BPA to participate in the State BPA Competition on March 6-7, 2014, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center. Motion by Irsfeld, second by Heid and carried to approve the dissolution of the pair agreement with St. John Vianney in boys golf. Other Business Mr. Vedbraaten shared information given by MSBA is reference to conflicts of elected positions. Bills Motion by Duncan, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve vendor claims in the following accounts: General Fund $186,910.28 Food Service 17,621.67 Transportation 38,934.74 Community Service 4,294.23 Capital Expenditure 2,884.39 Debt Service Trust and Agency 5,330.57 Total $255,975.48 Motion by Jeziorski, second by Irsfeld and carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 P.M. Heidi Iten - Clerk, I.S.D. # 787 Browerville Public School

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Proceedings of the Board of Education Regular Meeting #2 Independent School District #787 February 10, 2014 Browerville, Minnesota Conference Room 7:30 P.M.
Members Present: Denis Irsfeld, Bob Bryniarski, Mike Jeziorski, Heidi Iten, Joe Duncan, and Corey Heid Members Absent: Denise Gaida Others Present: Scott Vedbraaten-Superintendent, Patrick Sutlief - K-12 Principal, Darla Schaefer - Business Manager, Wayne Petermeier Activities Director, Robert Schueller Browerville Education Association The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bryniarski at 7:30 P.M. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Iten, second by Heid, and carried to approve the agenda as presented. Recognition of students/staff/ public - none in attendance. Reports K-12 Principals Report: Students in grades 7-12 participated in the ATOD survey called the Positive Norms Survey as part of the school s alcohol prevention grant. A passive consent form was mailed out to all parents of the participants. The National Honor Society Selection Assembly for grades 9-12 will be February 20 at 12:30 in the high school gymnasium. The financial aid presentation will be February 20 from 5:00 -7:00. The Bridges Academy Career Fair in Brainerd will be Friday, March 7. Activities Directors Report: Mr. Petermeier reviewed; Spring coaches and the numbers of participants in each sport. There is some concern about the number of girls out for softball. Food Service Report: Mr. Vedbraaten gave the January 2014 breakfast/lunch report. Mr. Vedbraaten also reported on the availability of cost savings on the 2005 bonds. Personnel Motion by Heid, second by Irsfeld and carried to approve the hiring of Wilmer Engle as part time custodian following the passing of a background check. Motion by Jeziorski, second by Duncan and carried to approve the hiring of the following spring coaches: Baseball Matt Middendorf and Robert Schueller, Softball Nathan Meissner and Mary Irsfeld, and Track Rollin Lais, Wendi Emery, and Jamison Wagner Old Business Motion by Duncan, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the 2014-2015 school calendar. New Business Motion by Irsfeld, second by Duncan and carried to approve the revised 2013-2014 budget as presented. Motion by Jeziorski, second by Iten and carried to appoint Patrick Sutlief as Title I Local Educational Administrator for the 2014-15 school year.

Todd County Board of Commissioners Minutes of the Meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners held on January 21, 2014
Call to Order The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioners Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN on the 21st day of January, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kneisl. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. All members present. Approval of Agenda On motion by Neumann and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the agenda with the following additions/changes: Add Retiree Payout Discussion Routine Business On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the January 7, 2014 Regular Board Minutes as read. It was brought to the clerks attend the minutes in the newspaper had Blessing approving the December 3, 2013 minutes and the November 27, 2013 minutes and should have read Motion by Erickson and second by Kneisl. On motion by Erickson and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Auditor Warrants #221629 - #221836 in the amount of $1,024,406.75. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Commissioner Warrants #36516 - #36678 in the amount of $210,456.72 and the HHS Commissioner Warrants in the amount of $41,885.04.

On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve acknowledgement of Central Planes Aviation of Sauk Centre, MN for spraying of tent caterpillars in Todd County in the calendar year 2014. Public shall be notified 48 hours prior to spraying. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: GAMBLING PERMIT FOR PHEASANTS FOREVER X03882-10-002 WHEREAS, the Todd County Board of Commissioners are establishing their approval for a Gambling Permit for the Pheasants Forever X-03882-10002 through this resolution. RESOLVED, that the Todd County Board of Commissioners approve a one day, Gambling Permit for the Pheasants Forever X-03882-10-002 to hold a raffle at the Hub Supper Club located at 30905 County Rd 13, Burtrum, MN on April 5, 2014. On motion by Neumann and second by Erickson the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve adding David Determan to the Park and Trails Board. Planning & Zoning On motion by Erickson and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: Rezoning application to change the current zoning of the below described property from Residential -10 to Ag/Forestry-2. Property Owner: Mose & Laura Miller 33223 Co 11, Clarissa, MN 56440. (40 acres) Parcel #070039400. Approved without conditions. On motion by Erickson and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: Conditional Use Permit to operate a commercial sawmill for custom sawing. To construct a 30x60 ft building for the operation. Use Permit is required for a commercial business in Ag/Forestry District. Property Owner: Mose & Laura Miller 33223 Co 11, Clarissa, MN 56440 On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: Conditional Use Permit for a residential subdivision located at Mound Lake to be known as Oyens Subdivision. Property Owner: John & Laura Oyen 33872 Breezy Drive, Grey Eagle, MN 56336. On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: FINAL PLAT APPROVAL RED PINE ACRES PLAT 2 WHEREAS, ownerDevelopers Darrell Bacon and Eugene & Cathy Gergen have applied to subdivide property in the NW4 of NE4, Section 18, Round Prairie Township. Proposed Plat of Red Pine Acres Plat 2 consists of Lot One, One Block containing 2.78 acres. Plat abuts an existing public road 233rd Avenue. Property is located in Residential-2 zone

District. RESOLVED, the final plat of Red Pine Acres Plat 2 be approved as presented. On motion by Erickson and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve to adopt the 2014 fee schedule as presented. Proposed changes include eliminating SSTS Compliance Fee since county employees no longer provide this function, RV permits no longer need to be renewed after 3 yrs, cost to print an ordinance increased by $10 to $35, and a reduction in cost for a privy permit from $200 to $100 in an effort to get these simple systems installed and inspected properly. Human Resources On motion by Erickson and second by Neumann, the following resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: RESOLUTION LEAVE OF ABSENCE DON ASMUS WHEREAS, in the early retirement incentive discontinuing on December 31, 2013 and; RESOLVED, that Don Asmus be granted a leave of absence for one (1) year effective December 31, 2013 until the newly elected Sheriff and is seated in January 2015. On motion by Neumann and second by Erickson, the following resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: RESOLUTION 2014 SALARY COUNTY SHERIFF DON ASMUS WHEREAS, Don Asmus gross salary for 2013 was $72,778. RESOLVED, that Don Asmuss salary be set on Grade 25 Step 6 on the 2014 Todd County Salary grid at $75,156. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon completion of the Interim Sheriff term, Don Asmus will be returned to the Deputy Sheriff s position and pay scale in effect at that time. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approves Human Resources to begin recruitment of a Deputy Assessor. On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the hiring of Jolene Sabrowsky to fill a vacancy in the Auditor Treasurer at her current pay grade and step on file with the Todd County Human Resource Department starting date of January 22, 2014. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the waiving of the 90 day waiting period and to begin the recruiting process to fill the position of Taxpayer Services Generalist (with Real Estate Background) immediately. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the hiring of Jane Zirbes to fill vacant Generalist/Real Estate position in the Taxpayer Services Division, at a Grade 16, Step 2, $14.527 per hour with a starting date of February 3,

2014. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the hiring internal candidate Deana Callahan into the position of Confidential Administrative Assistant. On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To authorize Human Resources to begin recruitment, interviewing, and recommending to hire to fill the vacancy of Client Account Specialist. On motion by Neumann and second by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve to use money in the Countys Savings Account at the American Heritage Bank in the amount of $242,792.52. The amounts will reflect in each department affected for the 2013 Budget. Legislative Update Representatives Mark Anderson and Ron Kresha and Senator Paul Gazelka were present and gave an update of the 2013 legislative changes and future projects in the future for 2014. Commissioners Report Nothing at this time. Adjourn On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann the meeting was adjourned for the month of January. Auditor Warrants Vendor Name Amount AMERICAN HERITAGE BANK 38,177.36 AMERICAN SOLUTIONS BUSINESS 4,896.51 COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS 3,968.82 FLEET SERVICES/ WEX BANK 4,971.89 GENE-OS COUNTRYSIDE REST LLC 5,298.56 LONG PRAIRIE SANITARY SERVICE 2,957.21 MIDWAY FORD COMPANY 24,730.27 MN DEPT OF FINANCE 5,492.00 MORRISON COUNTY 44,834.40 Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Auth 14,326.22 RESOURCE TRAINING AND SOL 202,696.50 STEARNS COUNTY HWY DEPT 34,176.61 SWARTZENTRUBER/ ENOS M & MARY 2,850.00 TODD CO AGRICULTURAL SOC. 10,000.00 TODD COUNTY DAC 4,642.63 TODD SOIL & WATER CONS DIST 11,010.66 TRI CITY PAVING INC 87,791.40 VERIZON 3,353.35 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 17,359.97 BENS STRUCTURAL FAB INC 33,388.55 BLANSHAN CONST SERVICES 22,800.00 CENTERPOINT ENERGY 4,327.11 CENTRAL SUSPENSIONS INC 8,550.00 CITY OF LONG PRAIRIE 7,670.12 CONTEGRITY GROUP INC 4,039.74

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Browerville Tiger Wrestling results
The Browerville Blade, Page 6, Thursday, February 27, 2014 On Friday, the snow, wind and ice led to a closing of school and a postponement of the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament. In the end, the delay made for a long day but produced quality results. The Browerville Tigers qualified their first individual for the state tournament since the pairing with Eagle Valley dissolved. Noah Becker placed second at 106 pounds, earning a trip to St. Paul next weekend. Becker, the number one seed, started well, in the quarterfinals he ran out to a 17-5 lead over Wyatt Frank of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted before pinning him in 2:28. In the semifinals Becker again controlled the match beating fourth-seeded Payton Schiefelbien of Kimball 7-0. In the finals he matched up with the number two seed, Rylan Molinaro of ACGC. The opening period began scoreless with Becker controlling the tempo of the match on his feet, nearly securing a takedown on the edge but ended up going out of bounds. Molinaro chose down in the second period, a flurry nearly led to back points for the Tigers but again came up just short. Becker rode Molinaro for the entirety of the second period and the score remained 0-0. With his choice Becker chose down and got an early escape to lead 1-0. After a couple of shot attempts Molinaro got in deep on a shot which led to a flurry of action and a takedown for the ACGC wrestler, and nearly back points but Becker was able to get off of his back and secure an escape to tie the match at 2. With the match tied it went to a sudden victory period where Molinaro was able to secure the final takedown and capture the victory 4-2. The remaining Tiger wrestlers also wrestled well with two of four also placing. Senior Jackson Wollenburg placed 5th at 138 pounds and eighth grader Dalton Butler placed 5th at 132 pounds. Jackson had a long day, drawing pigtail matches on both sides of the bracket en route to finishing with 4 wins on the day, two by pin fall, one by an 8-1 decision and earning fifth with an injury default victory over David Cox of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. Dalton went 2-2 in the tournament on his way to fifth, picking up a fall a mere eight seconds into the second period against Dylan Pelnis of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted to ensure placing. In the fifth place match Butler secured a 12-8 victory over David Ambriz of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Both wrestlers had a good tournament wrestling at a high level throughout the day. Jake and Jamie Gaida also competed for the Tigers but failed to reach the podium. Each of these wrestlers had difficult draws but wrestled well and should be proud of their seasons. To seniors Jake Gaida and Jackson Wollenburg their wrestling careers are over but they certainly made their mark on Browerville wrestling. Often times off the mat, their legacy will be in how hard they worked and their ability to lead, they will be missed. The wrestling season comes to an end this weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Noah Becker wrestles in the first round against Ethan Cota of Kenyon-Wanamingo at 9 oclock on Friday morning (February 28th). Winners advance to the quarterfinals to wrestle at 4:30 Friday, losers who advance to the wrestlebacks wrestle at 7:30 Friday night.

Tiger Sports
Mon. Mar. 3: GBB pigtail game Tue. Mar. 4: BBB semi final Thur. Mar. 6: GBB Fri. Mar. 7: BBB section final Sat. Mar. 8: GBB 1/4 final

Browerville Public School Lunch Menu

Mon. Mar. 3: Sloppy joe, FF/ ketchup, corn, pineapple/pears, milk Tue. Mar. 4: Chicken pattty/ bun, nacho chips/cheese, celery/ PB dip, baby carrots, apple/ orange, milk Wed. Mar. 5: Cheese pizza, green beans/broccoli, PB/butter sandwich, peach slices/apple, milk Thur. Mar. 6: California burger, tater tots/ketchup, peach slices/mixed fruit, milk Fri. Mar. 7: Shrimp poppers, mashed potatoes, corn, pear slices/orange, milk

2014 Browerville National Honor Society

An assembly was held on Thursday, February 20 to honor the Browerville High School juniors who were selected to become members of National Honor Society. Assisting with the assembly were senior NHS members: Benton Johnson, Trent Johnson, Jackson Polak, Emily Busch, Emily Lisson, Cody Hansmeyer, Jake Iten, and Abigail Irsfeld. The following juniors were selected: Katelyn Middendorf, Katelyn Kellen, Catherine Aksamit, Dominique Ludwig, and MaKenna Hegseth. Katelyn Middendorf has volunteered to help with youth basketball and volleyball. She has been a church server, has spent time babysitting, as well as being a summer custodial worker at BHS. She has taken several college classes, including Composition I, Psychology, and Human Biology. She has been involved in band, Jazz Band, choir, BPA, FFA, and 4-H. During her years at BHS she has served as a choir representative, Tiger mascot, and Peer Helper. She has participated in basketball, volleyball, and track. This past fall she was selected All Conference and MVP of the South Prairie Conference in volleyball. She was also recognized as the Vikingland Athlete of the Week. Katelyn is the daughter of Paul and Bonnie Middendorf. Katelyn Kellen has volunteered to help with youth basketball and volleyball. She has been a church acolyte, sang in her church choir, and helped decorate her church. She also spent time helping at the Legion Baseball Tournament, keeping clock and stats for games, and assisted with Browerville Days. She works at Steves Country Foods, and has also done some babysitting. She has taken many college classes, including Composition I, Psychology, Human Biology, Social Problems, and Interpersonal Communications. Shes been involved in band, choir, Pop Singers, yearbook, FFA, and BPA. Basketball, volleyball, football cheerleading, and softball are sports she has participated in. Last year she received an All Conference Award in softball. During her years at BHS she has served as a choir officer, band president, and a class officer. She is currently serving as a basketball captain, and is the Junior Class President. Katelyn is the daughter of Alex and Peggy Kellen. Catherine Aksamit has volunteered at CentraCare Nursing Home, and has spent time helping with Browerville Days. She works for Aksamit Transportation, and has done some babysitting. She has taken the following college classes: Composition I, Psychology, and Human Biology. Shes been involved in band, Jazz Band, choir, FFA, and BPA. Last year she participated in the state BPA contest. She has participated in volleyball, softball, football and basketball cheerleading. She also spends time in Just 4 Kix Dance, and is a Junior Olympic Volleyball captain. During her years at BHS she has served on Project Alert, ENABL, as a BPA treasurer, and student council secretary. Catherine is the daughter of Mike and Jenny Aksamit. Dominique Ludwig has volunteered at Lions Park, helping with clean up and building tables, and has also spent time feeding pheasants. She has worked as a nanny and done some office cleaning. She has taken the following college classes: Composition I and II, American History, and Human Biology. She has been involved in choir, yearbook, and ENABL, while participating in volleyball, basketball, and track. During her years at BHS she has served as a Peer Helper and the YEAH secretary. Dominique is the daughter of Robert and Julie Gaulke, and Leroy Ludwig. MaKenna Hegseth has volunteered to help with youth basketball and volleyball. She has helped serve breakfast at her church, and volunteered to mow lawn and clean at Hillside Apartments. She works at Total Express, and has worked at Coborns. She has taken many college classes, including Composition I, Psychology, Human Biology, and Interpersonal Communications. She has been involved in band, choir, FFA, and BPA. Basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and softball are sports shes participated in. Last spring she received an All Conference Award in softball, and received Honorable Mention in volleyball last fall. During her years at BHS she has served as a class officer, Peer Helper, and is currently serving as Junior Class Vice President. MaKenna is the daughter of Jill Hegseth and Ted Hegseth. To be selected students must first apply to our local chapter and complete an application form. Standards for application include scholarship, leadership, character, and service. A minimum GPA of 3.4 for seniors, and 3.6 for juniors, is required for students to be able to apply. Application forms require students to document ways they have shown leadership and service to others. All faculty and staff members who work with these students are asked to rate students on their character. Finally, our NHS faculty council review the students application and look at staff rankings to determine who will be selected as members. NHS is a national organization that is recognized by colleges and scholarship committees across the United States. Being a member is an honor, but also comes with responsibilities. Members must continue in good standing in their school and community, and continue participating in service events. Like other clubs at school students will elect officers, plan activities and fundraisers, have meetings, and complete service hours. A formal induction ceremony for students and parents will be held in March with a banquet meal.

Tigers crush Knights

By Coach Middendorf Browerville 91 West Central Area 50 The Tigers avenged an earlier season loss to the Knights with an outstanding performance Saturday afternoon in Browerville. Crystal Pearson led a balanced scoring attack which saw four Tigers reach double figures in scoring. Pearson scored the first six points of the game and never looked back as the sophomore finished with 24 points including 20 in the first half. Browerville used an effective full court press to pressure the Knights backcourt. A number of early turnovers allowed the Tigers to build leads of 12-2, 24-5, and eventually 52-27 at halftime. Browerville kept the pressure on in the second half with solid defense and their offense was equally as effective. Paige Callahan came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 7 rebounds. Quinn Kircher scored 8 points in each half to finish with 16 points and Kendra Buchta tallied 13 points. Kale Knutson took control and ran the offense tremendously and finished with 9 points. Katelyn Middendorf knocked down five free throws off the bench and Kate Kellen chipped in two buckets to aid the Tiger scoring attack. Browerville finished 17 of 24 at the free throw line while West Central only got the line four times. Browerville 70 Verndale 78 Browerville cut a 15 point second half deficit to four points with 2 minutes left but the Pirates iced the game with successful free throws in a great Section 5A battle Tuesday night in Verndale. In a rematch from the opening game of the season which saw the Tigers come out victorious, Verndale countered with an attacking offense that allowed the Pirates to get the free throw line 42 times. They connected on 28 of those attempts as they forced the Tigers into foul trouble early and often. The orange and black put up 32 points in the first half but allowed 38 to the quick Pirates and went into the break down by a half dozen. Verndale quickly widened their lead in the second half as they attacked the basket and beat the Tigers off the dribble. Sara Moenkedick led all scorers with a game high 32 points including 6 lay ups. Crystal Pearson played tough in the post and finished with 25 points including 6 of 7 at the free throw line. Kale Knutson ran the point well and finished with 11 points while Quinn Kircher and Kendra Buchta combined to score 23 points in limited action. Paige Callahan chipped in six points and Kate Kellen dropped in five the aid the Tiger scoring effort. Browerville currently sits with an overall record of 17-4. Friday the Tigers travel to Osakis and Monday the orange and black will host Royalton in their regular season finale.

The Browerville Blade, Page 7, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tigers upend Thunder

By Nels Neilsen The Browerville Tigers gained their sixteenth win of the season by defeating the Long Prairie/Grey Eagle Thunder last week in Prairie Conference play. Much like the last meeting between these two teams, LPGE jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind two three pointers by Trevor Bergmann and another basket by Tommy Geisenhof. The Tigers answered with back-to-back three pointers of their own by Bryce Irsfeld and Cody Hansmeyer. With 8:35 remaining in the half, LPGE was leading 19 to 12 after another three pointer by Geisenhof. Browerville then went on an 18 to 4 run to finish out the half with a 30 to 23 lead. Browerville would not give up the lead in the second half. LPGE pulled within three points at 35 32. Minutes later, Browerville was up six points and then went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to twelve points. The Tigers received strong performances from Trent and Trevor Johnson in the second half as the two combined for 20 of the teams 36 points. Four of the Tigers starters finished in double digits with Bryce Irsfeld leading the way with 17 points. He also had 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Trevor Johnson finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds. Trent Johnson scored 13 points while handing out 6 assists and getting 4 steals. Cody Hansmeyer scored 11 points. Jordan Thielen scored 7 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

Tigers survive Huskie attack

By Nels Neilsen The Browerville Tigers traveled to Pillager last Thursday night for a non-conference game versus the Huskies. The game featured two solid performances by both teams and was exciting right down to the finish. The Pillager Huskies shot the ball very well, including making their first 6 shot attempts to start the game. Browerville found themselves down by as much as ten points in the first half, but continued to score enough to not let the Huskies open up too big lead. Bryce Irsfeld scored 16 first half points to help the Tigers keep pace. His three point basket to end the half allowed the Tigers to pull within two, 39-41, as they headed into the locker room. Trent Johnson made both free throws after getting fouled 11 seconds into the second half to tie the score at 41 each. Pillagers Tristan Litke would then connect on back-to-back three pointers to give the Huskies back a six point lead. With the score 52-50, in favor of the Huskies, Browervilles Irsfeld scored eight points in a row. And, after a Trent Johnson basket, the Tigers had taken an eight point lead, 60-52. Pillager would not lie down and stormed their way back to within one point. Browervilles Trevor Johnson connected on 3 of 4 from the line also made two baskets down the stretch to help the Tigers maintain a slight edge. With just over 1 minute to play, Pillagers Ryder Hunstad nailed a three pointer to pull the Huskies within one point. The Tigers took care of the ball and with 4.1 seconds remaining, Irsfeld was fouled. He would make the first free throw to give the Tigers a 72-70 win. A final desperation shot by the Huskies came up short. Bryce Irsfeld finished with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Trevor Johnson scored 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. Trent Johnson had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.

4th & 5th Grade Lady Tigers take first place in the BBE Tourney this past weekend

Browerville Elementary School: A great place for academics, arts, and technology
By Wayne Petermeier Our world is constantly changing, and as a school we are changing as well to keep up with the technological advances and make sure our students experience arts and music in our school. To help get our students prepared for the future, our school now has two mobile technology labs we are able to transport from class to class. One lab consists of Learn Pads and the other has Laptop computers. Teachers have the capability to have all students on the same devices at the same time while carrying out a lesson. The teacher may also be logged onto the Smart Board so the students are able to follow along with the processes being covered. Students are actively engaged with these lessons, whether they are science labs, reading centers, or using Kahn Academy help resources. Along with having these devices in our classrooms, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students are currently taking keyboarding classes and computer technology taught by Denise Olander. Browerville Elementary students have art throughout the school year with art teacher Jody Hagenson. Sixth grade students meet three times a week for band instruction with band teacher Tony Sanders. Browerville Elementary is striving to give each student a wide variety of learning and stimulation in all areas of education from the sciences, to the arts, to focusing on the core curriculum.

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EAGLE CONST CO INC 90,174.00 FLEET SERVICES DIVISION 3,441.60 GUSTAFSON MECH ANICAL INC 15,265.73 LONG PRAIRIE OIL COMPANY 33,034.10 MN ELEVATOR INC 19,534.47 RIKE-LEE ELECTRIC INC 3,745.85 ROYL MASONRY COMPANY 33,005.85 TODD TRAILS ASSOCIATION 53,777.25 YAMRY CONSTRUCTION INC 11,853.32 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 5,691.36 AMERICAN HERITAGE 5,947.44 NESSLER/DUANE 8,500.00 NORTHERN STAR COOP 3,842.11 PEMBERTON SORLIE RUFER & KERSHNER 11,868.06 STEINER LUMBER 5,349.01 STOECKEL JAHNER INC 10,200.00 UNIV OF MN-EXT FISCAL & ACCT 30,133.14 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 9,765.99 CARD SERVICES COBORNS 2,893.18 CENTERPOINT ENERGY 4,346.19 KEPPERS/TOM 15,164.25 MINNESOTA POWER & LIGHT 13,309.80 RAINBOW RIDER 5,000.00 WILLIAMSON/ THOMAS 3,928.00 ZAYO ENTERPRISE NETWORKS 3,193.52 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 12,121.37 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 5,011.28 FINAL TOTAL 1,024,406.75 Commissioner Warrants Vendor Name Amount ECKMAAHS & ASSOCIATES, LLC 2,860.00 INDEPENDENT EMERGENCY SERVICES 20,420.32 IVERSON REUVERS LLC 9,858.18 KRIS ENGINEERING 15,415.41 MASWCD 2,249.50 MCCC, MI33 11,658.14 MCIT 18,308.00 MN COUNTY ATTORNEYS ASSOC 2,685.00 MN STATE SHERIFFS ASSOC 5,320.28 MORRISON CO PUBLIC HEALTH SERV 4,895.45 NORTH AMERICAN SALT 41,679.76 NORTHERN STAR COOP 3,238.09 OLSONS TRUCK & TRACTOR SER 2,733.12 SPECTRUM PRINTING 2,119.58 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING INC 2,203.50 YIPA 2,325.00 ZUERCHER TECHNOLOGIES LLC 11,476.00 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 51,011.39 FINAL TOTAL 210,456.72 On a motion by Kneisl and second by Erickson, the preceding minutes of the County Board meeting held January 21, 2014 were duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Regular Board Meeting held on February 18, 2014.

Witness my hand and seal Gary Kneisl, County Board Chairperson Denise Gaida, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer

Minutes of the Meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners held on February 4, 2014
Call to Order The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioners Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN on the 4th day of February, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kneisl. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. All members present except for Commissioner Erickson. Approval of Agenda On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the agenda as presented. Routine Business On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Auditor Warrants #221837 - #222056 in the amount of $1,610,950.76. On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Commissioner Warrants #36679 - #36764 in the amount of $89,072.41. On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year Set-up license for Head of the Lakes Resort for 2014. On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year on sale and Sunday Liquor License for the Thunder Lodge Sports Bar and Supper Club for 2014. Auditor-Treasurer On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve to rescind previous Board Action to appoint Johnny Saarela as alternate to Emergency Services Board. On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To appoint Commissioner Neumann as the alternate Commissioner to the Emergency Services Board. On motion by Neumann and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve to enter into State of MN Rental Agreement with Metro Sales with the annual cost of $1,230.36. Todd County Development Corporation Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) Executive Director Rick Utech was present and gave the Year End Progress Report for 2013. On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve Todd County Development Corporation to make a full application to the

Initiative Foundation for a challenge grant in the amount of $3,500.00 Todd County Recorder Todd County Recorder, Cheryl Perish presented the County Recorder/Registrar of Titles Year End Report for 2013 . Commissioners Report Neumann reported there maybe more than 2 Commissioners attending the Economic Development Meeting held in Browerville February 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Kneisl reported on the frozen water pipes at the Todd County Government Center. Adjourn On motion by Kircher and second by Neumann the meeting was adjourned for the month of January, 2014. Auditor Warrants Vendor Name Amount ASSOC OF MN COUNTIES 10,564.00 COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS 5,527.39 DLT SOLUTIONS INC 6,728.41 GREAT RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY 80,014.00 MCIT 353,720.00 MN DEPT OF FINANCE 5,116.50 MORRISON COUNTY 19,549.40 TODD CO HISTORICAL SOCIETY 8,500.00 US BANK 513,423.13 VERIZON 2,094.35 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 9,332.03 AMERICAN HERITAGE 6,087.14 LONG PRAIRIE OIL COMPANY 2,713.23 LONG PRAIRIE SANITARY SERVICE 2,025.00 NORTHERN STAR COOP 2,606.92 Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Auth 36,317.80 RAINBOW RIDER 5,000.00 TODD COUNTY DAC 2,731.75 TOENGES/ROLLAND 2,480.00 TOMFORD/LILA 4,596.60 ZAYO ENTERPRISE NETWORKS 3,161.45 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 15,238.82 ANOKA CO GOVT CENTER 16,407.00 CENTERPOINT ENERGY 2,416.76 CENTERPOINT ENERGY 7,332.62 CONTEGRITY GROUP INC 3,312.51 GUSTAFSON MECHANICAL INC 6,650.00 METRO SALES INC 8,322.23 MITCHS FUEL SERVICE 26,025.00 MN ELEVATOR INC 49,095.19 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 5,547.54 AMERICAN HERITAGE BANK 11,866.68 CITY OF BERTHA 4,459.12 CITY OF BROWERVILLE 2,104.10 CITY OF EAGLE BEND 5,569.47 CITY OF HEWITT 2,364.11 CITY OF LONG PRAIRIE 6,451.26 CITY OF STAPLES 14,774.17 SCHOOL DISTRICT 213 12,320.72 SCHOOL DISTRICT 2170 13,800.76 SCHOOL DISTRICT 2753 43,964.64 SCHOOL DISTRICT 2759 11,084.53 SCHOOL DISTRICT 486 8,166.65

The Browerville Blade, Page SCHOOL DISTRICT 740 2,024.41 SCHOOL DISTRICT 743 10,845.22 SCHOOL DISTRICT 786 12,782.92 SCHOOL DISTRICT 787 8,339.57 TOWN OF BARTLETT 2,281.76 TOWN OF BERTHA 3,379.53 TOWN OF BIRCHDALE 2,211.00 TOWN OF BRUCE 4,076.07 TOWN OF BURLEENE 2,428.32 TOWN OF BURNHAMVILLE 3,674.95 TOWN OF FAWN LAKE 2,864.90 TOWN OF GREY EAGLE 3,993.00 TOWN OF HARTFORD 3,608.01 TOWN OF IONA 2,572.56 TOWN OF LITTLE SAUK 4,081.84 TOWN OF LONG PRAIRIE 4,475.72 TOWN OF MORAN 2,242.01 TOWN OF REYNOLDS 2,131.14 TOWN OF ROUN PRAIRIE 3,964.46 TOWN OF STOWE PRAIRIE 3,488.43 TOWN OF WARD 3,480.65 TOWN OF WYKEHAM 4,899.17 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 21,199.92 AMERICAN HERITAGE BANK 32,673.34 CARD SERVICES COBORNS 3,360.43 CLIFTON LARSON ALLEN, LLP 15,200.00 FLEET SERVICES/WEX BANK 6,609.95 GENE-OS COUNTRYSIDE REST LLC 4,650.85 MINNESOTA POWER & LIGHT 17,168.02 PETERS & CHURCHWELL 3,847.20 QUAM/LANCE 30,000.00 WADENA COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES 7,000.00 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 15,832.43 FINAL TOTAL $1,610,950.76 Commissioner Warrants Vendor Name Amount CENTRA CARE HEALTH SYSTEMS LONG PRAIRIE 2,811.70 FLEET SERVICES DIVISION 3,556.32 H & L MESABI 6,233.78 INFORMATION SYSTEM CORP 21,818.00 KRIS ENGINEERING 5,943.99 LONG PRAIRIE MACHINERY CO INC 20,866.64 SHIRLEYS GAS & GROCERIES 3,110.40 STAPLES WORLD 4,076.17 PAYMENTS LESS THAN 2000 20,655.41 FINAL TOTAL $89,072.41 On a motion by Erickson and second by Neumann, the preceding minutes of the County Board meeting held February 4, 2014 were duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Regular Board Meeting held on February 18, 2014. Witness my hand and seal Gary Kneisl, County Board Chairperson Denise Gaida, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer

8, Thursday, February 27, 2014 IONA TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Iona Township, County of Todd, State of Minnesota, that the annual election of town officers and annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until March 18, 2014. The election poll hours will be open from 4:00 p.m. (or right after the meeting, whichever comes first) until 8:00 p.m. at which time the voters will elect: One supervisor for a three year term one clerk for a two year term. The annual meeting will commence at 3:00 p.m. to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law. The annual meeting and election will be held at the following location. Iona Town Hall 31134 201st Ave Clarissa, MN Iris Hegseth, Clerk Town of Iona

TURTLE CREEK TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Turtle Creek Township, County of Todd, State of Minnesota, that the annual election of town officers and annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until March 18th. The election poll hours will be open five minutes after the close of the annual meeting, (no later than 2:00 pm) until 8:00 pm at which time the voters will elect: One supervisor, 3 year term and one clerk, 2 year term. The annual meeting will commence at 12 noon at the Turtle Creek Town Hall. The Board of Canvas will convene immediately following the election. Roxanne Japp Town Clerk, Town of Turtle Creek February 14, 2014


Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of WARD Township, Todd County, and State of Minnesota: The ANNUAL TOWN MEETING will be held at the Ward Township Hall, 35050 County Road 79 on Tuesday the 11TH day of March, 2014, at 8:00 oclock PM. In case of inclement weather, the meeting may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March, March 18th, 2014 at 8:00 PM. Annual meeting will commence at 8:00 PM to conduct all necessary business prescribed by law. Lynda J Converse, Town Clerk Town of Ward 2/21/2014

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Econnomic Development
By Tim King

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sheriffs Report
On February 19, at 12:38 pm, the US Marshalls Office contacted the Todd County Sheriffs Office stating they had information that a person known to them as Matthew Mark Marseo was currently residing in a residence on Wilson Ave. in the city of Burtrum. Todd County Deputies, along with members of the US Marshalls Service went to the residence and take Marseo into custody. Marseo had outstanding warrants for his arrest from the state of Wisconsin for failing to register and other crimes. He is currently being held at the Todd County Detention Center pending extradition to Milwaukee, WI. Other formal charges are also pending. At approx. 2:32 am, February 18, Aaron Yungbauer, Verndale, struck a deer on Hwy 10, near the intersection of County 9, with is Pontiac Grand Am, causing moderate damage to the vehicle. Yungbauer was not injured. On February 18, at 9:51 pm, Lillian Ortendahl, Osakis, struck an animal with her 2009 Chevrolet HHR on State Hwy 27, near County 11, in Little Sauk Township. Ortendahl was not injured; the vehicle sustained minor damage to the passenger side door. Rodney Tepley, rural Browerville, reported he struck a deer at the intersection of County Roads 17 and 18, Turtle Creek Township, at 9:20 am, February 19. The vehicle sustained moderate damage, Tepley was not injured. Anyone with information concerning any of these cases is urged to call the Todd County Sheriffs Department at 320-732-2157 or 1800-794-5733.

From left: Jim Lunemann, Ron Kresha, Dan Frank, and Rick Utech. Photo by Jan King An audience enthusiastic about economic development and business in Todd County gathered for dinner, awards, and speeches at the annual meeting of the Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) at the Browerville Community Center Monday February 17. Among the award recipients were Kent and Dorothy Smith, of Diamond Tool in Bertha, who accepted a Star Business Award from TCDC Executive Director Rick Utech. Diamond Tool has been making precision machined molds for the plastics industry for twentyfive years. Also receiving a Star Business Award from Utech was Kathy Berscheit of KBs Specialties in Grey Eagle. With assistance from TCDC KBs Specialties has doubled its commercial sewing business in recent years. The company now employs forty-five people. KBs Specialties sews products for many companies, including John Deere. Speakers were Dan Frank, of the Initiative Foundation in Little Jamie A. Werner, Long Prairie, no seat belt used-$115.00 Katie L. Zimmerman, St. Stephen, underage consumption$190.00 Falls, and Representative Ron Kresha. Kresha, Frank, and TCDC Board Chairman Jim Lunemann all spoke of the importance of improved internet service to all of Todd countys towns and rural areas. We cant compete if we dont get broadband, Lunemann said. Kresha, who represents parts of southern Todd County, as well as Morrison County, said the State Legislature is biased towards Minnesotas urban areas when it comes to allocating resources for broadband internet service. He said high capacity broadband internet is an important economic development tool. Kresha promised to work for broadband resources for rural areas. Dan Frank likened high quality broadband service to railroads. In the old days if the railroad didnt go through your town your town didnt prosper, Frank said. Today broadband is as important as the railroad was in the past. Frank also pointed out that manufacturing is the primary
police on an accident report form, thus it was argued that the incident was not intentional and charges should be dismissed. I wont get into the results of that trial, but ever since that time, traffic safety officials in the state have made a huge effort to influence everyone to use the word crash and not the word accident. Personally, I have been on board with this since the beginning. Mostly, the initial efforts for change were aimed at officers, media and traffic safety officials. We know that human driving error causes the vast majority of crashes and are therefore preventable. These crashes are not accidents and we need to use the correct term to define this. Currently, the crash reports still have the word accident on them; however, I do think we have made great progress in changing the vernacular from accident to crash. We still have a lot of people using the term accident instead of crash, and it quite frankly is something that all traffic safety officials would like to see change. Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program officials also feel very strongly about this and would love to see this change immediately. In addition, local traffic safety coalitions have helped a lot with this

Court Report
Court appearances are First Appearance, RU8 (second appearance), and Omnibus (third appearance) February 17: Jeffrey R. Hoeschen, Long Prairie, appeared in court on charges of two counts of DWI. A March 11 RU8 hearing was scheduled. February 18: Cassy J. Grunwald, Staples, appeared in court on charges of fifth degree assault, domestic assault, disorderly conduct, and underage consumption. Jaun O. Monrroy-Montanez, unknown, appeared for a bail hearing. He is charged with three counts of domestic assault. Dean M. Wagner, Tioga, ND, appeared for a bail hearing. He is charged with two counts of DWI. A March 4 RU8 hearing was set. Rudy E. Lopez, Jr., Long Prairie, appeared for a bail hearing. He is charged with fifth degree controlled substance crime, two counts of DWI, giving a false name to a peace officer and no valid drivers license. February 20: Joshua A. Martin, Long Prairie, appeared for a bail hearing. He is charged with two counts of DWI, B card violation and driving after cancellation. A contested omnibus hearing was set for February 27. Jeffrey J. Larson, Long Prairie, appeared for a contested omnibus hearing on charges of fourth degree assault, interfering with a 911 call and domestic assault Brooks O. Roberts, Red Wing, made his first court appearance on charges of possession of marijuana and no valid drivers license. William J. Pruitt, Staples, made his first court appearance on domestic assault charges. Jeffrey J. Jelinski, Little Falls, appeared for a bail hearing on probation violation charges.

industry in Todd County. Todd County manufacturing accounted for $62 million in payroll in 2012, he said. He also said that in 2007 there were 1,910 farms in Todd County and farms accounted for $35 million in net income. Todd County farm sales were $149 million in 2007. Frank said current numbers for agriculture will be available later in February. Utech and Lunemann, on behalf of the TCDC Board of Directors, thanked Mike Thorson of Browerville for his service as a board member from 2010 through 2013. Thorson was a founding board member for TCDC. Long Prairie Packing also received a Community Appreciation Award for its years of generous service to the community. The Board of Directors for TCDC are Jim Lunemann, Vic Carlson, Doug Schmidt, Tom Brichacek, Gene Ziegenhagen, Chad Becker, and Todd County Commissioners Gary Kneisl and David Kircher.

Traffic Citations
Todd County Sheriff Scott J. Carpenter, Wadena, unlawful passing-$140.00 Gabriel Maurang, Brower-ville, drive after cancellation-$290.00; texting-$50.00 Candice C. Pooler, Parkers Prairie, drive after revocation$290.00 Christy J. Wadena, Mahno-men, 39/30-$130.00 Long Prairie Police Helen R. Bruder, Long Praire, over center line-$140.00 Jacob W. Field, Long Prairie, drive after revocation-$285.00 Luis F. Ledesma, Long Prairie, 40/30-$130.00 Ryan R. Murry, Long Prairie, drive after revocation-$290.00; expired registration-$30.00; no insurance-$200.00 Eagle Bend Police Camy K. Kircher, Eagle Bend, no valid license-$190.00 DNR Gene G. Biermaier, Browerville, possess over limit-$240.00 Micahel E. Falk, New Brighton, unattended lines-$140.00

John J. Fink, Browerville, no angling license-$190.00 Luke L. Hatton, Long Prairie, fish w/extra line-$140.00 Joshua T. Krenz, Fairfax, fish w/extra line-$140.00 Bradley A. Kummer, Sauk Centre, unattended fish house w/o license-$140.00 Edwin N. Martin, Sauk Centre, underage consumption-$190.00 Joseph W. Maschler, Pillager, possess over limit-$140.00 Owen T. Meyer, Sauk Centre, possess over limit-$165.00 Chad A. Steffens, Becker, fish w/extra line-$140.00 Richard W. Stepaniak, Sauk Centre, improperly marked fish house-$115.00 Thomas J. Zerby, Chaska, fish w/extra line-$140.00 MN State Patrol Joshua J. Bach, Fargo, ND, 85/70-$150.00 Delores M. Kendig, Osakis, 65/55-$130.00 Dale A. Loeppky, unknown, log book not current-$140.00 Daniel L. Raasch, Burnsville, 80/70-$130.00

By Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: As a traffic safety official, I am very upset that people dont realize that there is some significance as to what is going on with using the term crash as compared to using the word accident in news articles and other media. I see both terms used and I personally know that there is some intentionality about this. I know that you use the word crash for a reason, so can you do an article about this issue so that we can get everyone on the same page? Answer: There is indeed something going on, and intentionally for the most part. The spark for this issue stems from a court trial from more than a decade ago involving the intentional ramming of a police vehicle, which resulted in the death of a police officer. During the trial, an attorney brought up the point that the incident was referred to by police in all of the reports as an accident. It also was reported by

issue in many regions of the state. I know this effort continues at the Department of Public Safety, in particular the Office of Traffic Safety. Also, most spokespersons at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) also have learned to use the term crash in interviews. Even though we continue to emphasize the word crash, the media frequently refers to them as accidents. Im sure this is because they have grown up hearing crashes called car accidents. As far as the media in general, I think there is such a turn-over in some media outlets that reporters move on and up into other venues and it seems like we are training in the new ones all the time. Everyone should get into the habit of using the word crash instead of accident, so we can all be on the same page with traffic safety and move forward. 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 565012205. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,

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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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Todd County Employment Opportunities
Property Records & Tax Payer Services Division Certified Assessor This full time position will identify, classify, appraise, and maintain all taxable residential property in assigned jurisdictions in accordance with MN State Statute. Generalist This full time position serves as primary contact for customer seeking services from the Assessor, Auditor-Treasurer and Recorders Office. Provides clerical support, processing applications and updating computer information within the Division. University of Extension Todd County Administrative Support Specialist This part-time (0.60) FTE position serves as the primary contact for customers seeking services of the Extension Office of Todd County. Provides clerical and general support various programs and regularly interacts with volunteer groups, committees and DHIA Board. For complete job postings, job descriptions and information on how to apply visit the Todd County web page at or the Todd County Administration Department, 215 First Avenue South, Suite 300, Long Prairie, MN 56347, phone 320-732-6447. Todd County is accepting applications for these positions through February 28, 2014. EOE

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We wish to thank Dr. Eldidy for his long and compassionate care of Patty. To the wonderful staff at Longwood Home that was Pattys second family. Pattys case managers at TCHHS for their support and guidance, the DAC staff and Senior Citizen staff and participants for their work with Patty-we Thank You! We are very grateful for the beautiful funeral mass presided over by Fr Willenbring, Jim Flan for his exquisite solo, the excellent luncheon provided by St. Marys Catholic Church and to Mike and Heidi Iten for their care, compassion and personal touch. We are grateful to all of you that helped us in the celebration of Pattys life. The Family of Patty Elver
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Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Hartford Township that the Annual Town Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the town hall. The polls will be open from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, and will re-open immediately following the meeting (no later than 5:00 pm) until 8:00 pm. Offices to be filled are: 1supervisor (3 year term) and 1clerk (2 year term) The Annual Meeting will commence at 2:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to: 1. Review the 2013 financial report. 2. Discuss any projects for the coming year. 3. Discuss any old business. 4. Discuss any new business. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Terry Rickbeil, Clerk February 22, 2014

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that Browerville ISD 787 Requests proposals for: Group Life and Long Term Disability Insurance Specifications will be available from the District Agent of Record, National Insurance Services, at 250 S. Executive Dr. Ste. 300, Brookfield, WI 53005, phone 800-627-3660. Proposals are due no later than 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the address above.


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Central Todd County Home Care in Clarissa is currently seeking a dedicated Registered Nurse to manage our Medicare certified home care agency. Previous home care and OASIS experience preferred. Benefits include health insurance, life insurance, and retirement plan. CTCHC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in becoming a part of our home care team, please call Jason at: (218) 756-3636 ext. 11

Chimneys, continued
Immediately a large fire ball came out of the front of the stove, and then just as quickly was sucked back in and up the chimney. I had the beginnings of what could have easily turned into a rather large chimney fire. My first thought, PANIC, my second, water. We have a laundry sink in our basement with an attachment for a garden hose, which I happened to have down the basement. I quickly hooked up the hose and began pouring water into the stove, for what seemed like several minutes, but I know it was over in just a few seconds. I continued to pour water into the stove until I could no long hear any more roaring or crackling of the fire. I could not see anything in the stove because of all the smoke and water vapor, but I was confident that I had extinguished the blaze. It was not until the next morning when I went to assess the damage and mess that I realized how hot the fire had actually been. The stove, which had been completely full, had not one piece of wood remaining. It had burned an entire fire box of wood in a matter of a couple of minutes. Several hours later, I had the mess cleaned up, cleaned the chimney, and replaced the old stove pipe with new and was ready to fire the stove back up. I must admit though, I am now a little gun shy and will certainly do a better job of cleaning the system more regularly. One thing that added to my problem is not letting a hot fire run more often. Periodically running the fire very hot for a short period of time will help keep the build up of creosote to a minimum and decrease the risk of chimney fires. Its also a good practice to burn a couple of hand fulls of salt with a hot fire.This will help keep the system clean as well. A wood stove, just like a forced air furnace, needs to be maintained. If you treat it with respect, it will give you years of economical heating. If you dont, it will certainly remind you. The following information is compiled by Rin Porter and has some good information for home owners that heat with wood. An estimated 30% of U.S. homes have a wood stove or wood-burning fireplace, and the percentage is higher in states with a large rural population like Minnesota has. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2009 and 2011, there were an average of 24,300 chimney fires per year, causing damage, injury, and even death to homeowners and renters (website of the Chimney Safety Institute of America). FEMA estimates that 36% of all residential fires in rural areas are caused by buildup of combustion products in chimneys. Fireplaces and wood stoves are designed to safely contain wood-fuel fires, while providing heat for a home. Chimneys have the job of expelling the by-products of combustion the substances produced when wood burns. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals. As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove, and flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The resulting residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called creosote. Creosote is black or brown in appearance. It can be crusty and flakytar-like, drippy and stickyor shiny and hardened. Often, all forms will occur in one chimney system. Whatever form it takes, creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities and the internal flue temperature is high enough the result could be a chimney fire. Certain conditions encourage the buildup of creosote. Restricted air supply, unseasoned wood and, cooler than normal chimney temperatures are all factors that can accelerate the buildup of creosote on chimney flue walls. Air supply may be restricted by closing the glass doors, by failing to open the damper wide enough, and the lack of sufficient makeup air to move heated smoke up the chimney rapidly (the longer the smokes residence time in the flue, the more likely is it that creosote will form). A wood stoves air supply can be limited by closing down the stove damper or air inlets too soon or too much. Burning unseasoned wood because so much energy is used initially just to drive off the water trapped in the cells of the logs keeps the resulting smoke cooler, than if seasoned wood is used. In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup. Chimney cleaners charge according to he height, age, and condition of the chimney. Cleaning should be done annually. Forced-air furnaces need to be cleaned and checked regularly as well, by experienced plumbing and heating contractors. This is especially true for furnaces powered by propane or by natural gas, to assure that the gases produced by combustion do not poison the air in a home. Furnace filters should be changed regularly for optimum efficiency in cleaning the return air. Electric furnaces do not produce harmful gases, but they need to be cleaned regularly and their filters changed monthly or quarterly, depending on the type of filter installed

for providing all their support over the years as well. Judge Benson then had a mes-

sage for Todd County. There are so many people here making this a great place to

be, Judge Benson said. I couldnt be happier. I cant wait to start working for you.

Commissioners, continued
websites in contrast to the usage of the countys website. The individual newspapers websites were used more frequently than the countys website. He said, People go to news sources for official news. Thats just the way its always been. Brown stated that minutes of the county board, announcements of upcoming meetings, and other legal notices should continue to be published in the newspapers to assure public access and to increase public trust in local government. Commissioners Dave Kircher and Randy Neumann spoke in favor of the newspapers continuing to publish official county business notices. They opposed the legislation and the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) that supports the legislation. A vote taken resulted in unanimous opposition to the legislation and AMC resolution. In other business, the board: --welcomed two new Public Works employees: Chad Butler and Adam Olson --set the date of April 29 at 9 AM for the Spring Road Meeting at the Moran Shop --approved the purchase by Public Works of a Mack Truck and associated equipment for $212,754 by state bid. --approved a Cooperative Construction Agreement with the City of Hewitt for reconstruction of CSAH 44 and city streets north of Hwy 210. --approved a Joint Powers Agreement between the Sheriff s Department and the Seventh Judicial District for the county to provide background checks. --approved the 2014-2015 County Feedlot Program and Work Plan --approved the filling of a vacant position at the Solid Waste Department --approved the making of an employment offer to Jackie Och for the position of Health and Human Services Director. Negotiations will take place regarding salary.

Stay warm! Stay safe!

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the last judge to abuse Dan while hes still an attorney, Judge Boland chided, adding that he has known Judge Benson personally and professionally for the last 20 years. Judge Boland described Judge Benson as a grounded and savvy man who has the gifts of tolerance and temperament. I know he will be even handed, Judge Boland said. The Todd County bar will be fortunate to have his legal stewardship. He is kind, persistent and confident and in all the years I have known him, Ive never known him to not do the right thing. The governor hit a home run with this appointment. Judge Benson was then sworn in with the assistance of his wife Sharon, who held the Bible. Judge Bensons children, Katherine and Christopher assisted with the robing ceremony. Judge Benson then offered his remarks to the crowd gathered in the Todd County District Court courtroom. I cant express how excited I am to be standing here today, Judge Benson said. And I hope this turns out to be a good day for Todd County and the Seventh Judicial District. Ive practiced long enough and in enough areas to know that Todd County is a fantastic bench. Judge Benson then thanked all those who have supported him throughout his legal career. I cant help but thank my wife, Sharon, shes the best person Ive ever known. Judge Benson also thanked his children for providing the motivation he needed to put in the long hours and trying moments in his career. And he thanked his friends