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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Volume 98; Number 21

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Eagle Valley Schools lay off five staff, reduce hours of four more
By Rin Porter At a special meeting held Nov. 4, the Eagle Valley School Board voted to terminate five school employees and reduce the hours of four other employees, including the superintendent/principal, Barry Johnson, effective Nov. 19. Employees were to receive notices on Nov. 5. The action was taken in response to the loss of at least seven students whose families either moved away or openenrolled in other school districts. Supt. Johnson would not say how many students left or how many families were involved. School district funding is directly tied to the number of students enrolled. When students leave a district, the state reduces the money the district receives for its operations. The layoffs and hour reductions will have a minimal impact on academic programs, Johnson said. The staff terminated were three paraprofessionals and two cooks. The staff whose hours were reduced were three custodial workers and the superintendent/principal. In recommending that his own hours and salary be reduced by 10%, Johnson told the board, We have to lead by example. He assured the board that all of the necessary superintendents and principals duties will be completed, implying that he will contract with the Eagle Bend Police Department by 50%. Supt. Johnson said of Officer Aaron Schillers work, Hes visible, hes made good relationships with students and staff. Dean of Students Duane Motzko commented, Its nice to have him there. Officer Schiller will be asked to reduce his hours from 10 hours per week to five hours per week, and be at school during the morning, at lunch, and after school. The Nov. 4 special meeting also saw the appointment of Allen Bailey to the vacant board school board member seat for the duration of the unfinished term of Rick Nelson, who resigned recently. Board members welcomed him. In other business, the school board: --approved Melissa Polovick as junior high girls basketball coach. --approved Dan Zurbey as assistant wrestling coach. --accepted the resignation of school district administrative assistant Jered Freudenburg.

Dreher injured in hunting accident

On November 9, at 5:06 pm, the sheriffs office received a report of a firearm related hunting accident approx. four miles north of Long Prairie, Section 32, Hartford Township. Long Prairie ambulance and Long Prairie Fire Dept. were also paged to the scene. The victim, Mike Dreher, Sauk Rapids, suffered a single gunshot wound to the right chest. He was transported to CentraCare Hospital, Long Prairie, where he was treated, and later flown to North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis by North AirCare. The incident is under investigation.

Five more employees resign from Todd County service

By Rin Porter At the Nov. 5 county board meeting, commissioners received and accepted the resignations of five more employees, three of whom were resigning because of the boards termination of the retiree health insurance benefit on Dec. 31, 2013. Two of the five retired for other reasons, and were not long-term employees. The three employees who resigned to make sure they received the retiree health insurance benefit had combined county service of 103 years. One was a heavy equipment operator in the Public Works Department, one was a social worker, and one was an office manager and payroll specialist for University Extension. All five workers will be missed. The board voted to fill three of the five positions as soon as possible. It tabled the filling of the other two positions so that the Personnel Committee and the departments or divisions involved could discuss possible changes in the job descriptions and duties of the positions before advertising the vacancies. The employees leaving county service are: Mike Wagner, Luke Wilhelmi, Linda Rapatz, Noreen Zollar, and Maryann Woeste. Wilhelmi left on Nov. 8; the others are leaving in December. At the close of the countys work session following the board meeting, Board Chair Randy Neumann said, If a few more resignations go, we could be in trouble. Although he did not elaborate, he may have been referring to the effect on the countys general fund of the large severance payouts that the employees will be receiving because of their lengths of service. More retirements are expected. At the work session, commissioners heard a presentation from John Johnston, Director of the Browerville DAC, who requested a rate variance for his agency effective Jan. 1, 2014, from the current $58.61 per day per client, to $70.18 per day per client, an increase of $12.57 per client per day. The rate increase is intended to cover a small hourly raise for employees, the costs of a new building, and other expenditures. Johnston also informed commissioners that his agency needed a new building immediately, and was taking steps to construct a 21,000 sq ft post-and-beam facility on eight acres of land provided by the City of Browerville. He expects the building to be completed and ready for occupancy in the fall of 2014. The DACs current building in downtown Browerville has been in use by the agency since 1978, and serves an average of 83 to 85 clients per day. People have to stand in line to use the limited bathroom facilities, the building does not meet current fire codes, and the building is not ADA compliant, Johnston said. Johnston said that in a bigger building, he would be able to handle the volume of clients more effectively, provide additional services, and house other DAC agencies, including the Browerville Thread Shed and Senior Storefront Program. The additional funds Johnston is Continued on page 12.

work beyond his newly reduced schedule of 36 hours per week if necessary, without pay to make sure that everything gets done. The boards Personnel Committee discussed the need for budget reductions in its recent meeting and brought the recommendations for termination and hour reductions to the board for action. Johnson emphasized, This would be a first step. The next few months will be difficult and challenging. Another cost-cutting measure approved by the board was the reduction of the Police Liaison

Honoring Americas Veterans

The Browerville Pop Singers performed during a Veterans Day Program held in the high school gymnasium on November 7th.


Tue. Nov. 12 Sunny 30/21 Wed. Nov. 13 Mostly Sunny 42/29 Thur. Nov. 14 Mostly Cloudy 39/27 Fri. Nov. 15 Sunny 43/33 Sat. Nov. 16 Mostly Sunny 44/35 Sun. Nov. 17 Mostly Cloudy 28/17

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Learn Not To Burn SHHHHHH!
QUIET PLEASE! Its A Surprise Party! Come Help Celebrate
Unlike when our Grandparents and Great Grandparents were growing up and most of what was consumed by the household was grown, and harvested right there on the farm, nowadays, much of what is consumed comes from the store, items are made to be thrown away and replaced rather than repaired, and products are commonly over packaged. According to the MPCAs Report on 2011 SCORE Programs the average Minnesotan produces 2,129 pounds of trash a year! Unfortunately, this waste is often times being burned in backyard burn barrels rather than being disposed of properly. According to the MPCAs website, a 2005 survey in the state concluded that 45% of rural Minnesotans dispose of their household waste in burn barrels, fire pits, or similar devices What does this mean to you? Unlike high temperature waste incinerators, these devices burn at a much lower temperature releasing toxic chemicals, some of which are known to be powerful carcinogens, into the atmosphere where they can cause harm to people who inhale the toxins or consume plants or animals that have been contaminated. Instead of burning your garbage, check the yellow pages for local garbage and recycling services. Reduce the amount of waste that you need to landfill or incinerate by composting and shopping for items that have less packaging and are made from recyclable materials. Not only is burning trash bad for you and your familys health but it is illegal as is burying trash. For more information visit the MPCAs website at www.pca.state.mn.us and learn not to burn.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Board member sought for Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange

Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE), the library multitype region in Central Minnesota, is seeking a new volunteer to serve as a citizen board member beginning as soon as possible. The initial term of board membership is two years. CMLE is one of seven regional multitype library systems in Minnesota. The multitypes were organized in 1979 for the purpose of developing common ways for libraries of different types to work together. Each regional center tailors its services to the expressed needs in their region. CMLE serves 12 Central Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright. The member libraries include K-12, academic, public and special libraries. CMLEs offices are located in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State University. Individuals with an interest in serving in this citizen board member position should demonstrate an interest and support for all kinds of library services. They must be willing to attend four daytime meetings a year (three in St. Cloud, one elsewhere in the region), and be willing to engage in email discussion of library issues. Candidates should submit a letter of interest via email, outlining their experience with libraries and why they believe they are suited to the position. The letter should be sent to Kirsty Smith, Director of the Great River Regional Library, at kirstys@grrl.lib.mn.us. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 17. If you have attempted to sign up for MNsure in the past few weeks, you have most likely run into problems. No one knows this better than Chris Klein, a certified insurance agent, partnering with MNsure to help people through the signup process. "We were unable to enroll people for the first two weeks of MNsures opening. Since Tuesday October 16 we have been able to complete enrollments. We have encountered a few glitches since that time, but now the enrollments are going smoother," said Klein . Klein is hopeful about the sign up process becoming smoother with time. "I think eventually things will go more smoothly. Although, now the quality of the user experience can vary widely from day-today, I think as time goes by, it will get better and better. I suspect that a year from now we wont see anything like weve seen this fall. However, I still believe that even though the website will be much easier to use in the future, it will still be a great advantage to consumers to have an agent assist


November 30th , 7 pm Browerville Vets Club Basement
them in selecting options that are right for them," said Klein MNsure has been working with independent agents to help people with the signup process. These partners can help people through the signup process.

Drapery Design
Designer/Consultant - Ardis Ebnet Long Prairie, MN 320-732-3739

Looking Back
50 years ago - Nov. 14, 1963 The marriage of Sue Ellen Travis and Steve Wiersgalla, Jr., was announced. They were married November 6, 1963. Lunch menu at BHS: MonPotato, veg.-hamb. hotdish, Special K bars, honey & PB sandwich, milk; Tue-Spaghetti, applesauce cake, butter or honey & PB sandwich, milk; Wed-Mashed potatoes/gravy, meat loaf, pickles, butter or honey & PB sandwich, milk; Thur-Beef & veg. stew, brownies, butter or honey & PB sandwich, milk; Fri-Steamed potatoes/butter, salmon loaf, carrot sticks, cookies, ice cream, honey & PB sandwich, milk 25 years ago - Nov. 17, 1988 Ricks Cabinet Shop on County 21 was destroyed by fire on November 10, 1988 Toni Jezinoski and Sheila Asmus were named to the Volleyball All Conference team. Football All Conference players were: Mark Hadash, Dave Steinmetz, Andy Jacobson, Scott Zigan, Brad Weske, Lonnie Stanton, and Chet Christensen


November 16th 5:30-7:30 DJ Music 8pm - 12 am

We Will Be Accepting Todd County Big Buck Photo Entries November 9th-16th. Prizes Will Be Awarded Saturday, Nov. 16th @ 8 pm
PRIZES FOR TOP THREE ENTRIES! Winners Will Be Published In The Browerville Blade

Happy Birthday this week to: Nov. 13: Diane Callahan; Nov. 14: Karen Hudalla, Debbie Lee, Don Brabec; Nov. 15: Dan Heiling, Jason Lucas, Bernice Hadash, Bryan Gimbel; Nov. 16: Karen Werner, Chari Soule, Roger Weske, Kurt Zetah, Dana Oberg; Nov. 17: Ray Zanda, Wanda Salber, Vanessa Noska, Blayde Rasmussen; Nov. 18: Clifford Amner, Mary Martinek; Nov. 19: J J Bednarz, Sr., Brandon Betts, Katir Brichacek Happy Anniversary this week to: Nov. 17: Bob and Arylis Perish; Nov. 18: Ardeen and Sharon Brever

There is a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person that stole the antique potato planter and digger from Todd County on or about the middle of August-September. Call 320-556-3721 (collect calls ok) You may remain anonymous.

By Rin Porter, District One Commission Member and Vice Chair The Todd County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 PM at the Historic Courthouse in Long Prairie. Present were: Commission members Mike Wiener, Lloyd Graves, Gene Irsfeld, and Rin Porter; SWCD liaison Dale Katterhagen; SWCDD staff Linda Bleess and Tim Stieber. Absent: county board liaison Commissioner Rod Erickson, and Commission Chair Jim Pratt. There were six items on the agenda. The first four were requests for Conditional Use Permits (CUPs). Following are the results of the public hearing: 1. Living Waters Mennonite Church, Lawrence Troyer, Deacon; property owner, Randal Patnode; application for a CUP to construct and operate a church and school on a ten-acre site in Sec. 35 of Ward Township in an AF-2 zoning district. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the CUP to the county board. 2. Bennie and Elizabeth Yoder, application for a CUP to operate a sawmill for custom sawing on a 122-acre site in Sec. 4 of Germania Township in the AF-1 zoning district. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the CUP to the county board. 3. Verizon Wireless; property owners Randy and Mary Brunko; application for a CUP to lease property to install a 195-foot monopole communication tower within a 100 x 100 ft compound and build a 12 x 3- ft shelter for equipment cabinets, in Sec. 36 and Sec. 35 of Little Sauk township, in the AF-1 zoning district. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the CUP to the county board. 4. Darrel Bacon and Eugene Gergen, owners and developers; application for a CUP to create a one-lot plat to be known as Red Pine Acres Plat 2, on 2.78 acres in Sec. 18 of Round Prairie Township, in the R-2 zoning district. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the CUP to the county board. All four of these applications will be heard by the county board at the Nov. 19 meeting. The remaining two items on the Planning Commission agenda consisted of the First Readings of two proposed amendments to the Todd County Ordinance: 5. Section 9.20 Solar Energy Systems, consisting of three sections: Intent, Types of Solar Energy Systems, and Additional Standards. 6. Section 9.21 Commercial Communication Tower Facilities, consisting of five sections: Standards for telecommunication towers, Minimum Requirements for Telecommunication tower CUP applications, Conditions which preclude the issuance of a permit, and Effect of ordinance on existing towers and antennas. These two proposed new amendments to the Todd County Ordinance were discussed by the Planning Commission and audience members present. They will receive a Second Reading at the December meeting of the Planning Commission, before being presented to the county board for approval. The next meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on Dec. 5, at 7 PM at the Historic Courthouse in Long Prairie.

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Browerville AA and Al-Anon meet every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Todd County DAC Building (320) 533-0021

Thursday, November 14,, 2013

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

Dwayne Sturges Benefit

A benefit for Dwayne Sturges will be held November 16 from 4 to 8 pm, with a silent auction from 2 to 7 pm, at the Eagle Bend VFW. Dwayne was severely injured in a farming accident September 22 in Isle, MN. For donations and other info contact Karen 651-5873055 or Cindy 218-738-6849.

Water well funding to assist low income landowners

The North Central Economic Development Association (NCEDA) a subsidiary of the Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) in Staples, MN has loan funds available to lend to area landowners to replace, refurbish or service an individual household water well system. Funding provided by the USDA Rural Utilities Service is limited and will sunset when funds are exhausted. The maximum loan amount is $11,000 and the terms are 1% for up to 20 years. Funding is available to assist low to mid income landowners in our five-county region (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena). USDA Adjusted Income Limits apply for this funding and are based on the size of the household. For example, to qualify, a four person household must have a yearly income of $49,350 or less. For more information or to apply, contact Anne Hanson at ahanson@regionfive.org, 218.894.6011, or visit the R5DC website at HYPERLINK "http://www.regionfive.org"www.re gionfive.org to download an application. Submit completed applications to: 200 1st Street NE; Suite 100; Staples, MN 56479.

curiosity inspired the show, as she wondered if a distinctive artists style would be evident if she interpreted the same photographic image in three different mediums: watercolor, mosaics, and fabric. The result is a stunning collection of color, textures, and forms that capture the artists connection to water. If you have further questions, please call 877-654-2166 or email vicki.fwac@arvig.net.

Funding still available to assist low income landowners to upgrade septic systems
Region Five currently offers low interest funding (3% for 60 months) to landowners that can show repayment ability to repair or replace an existing septic system. There are no income limits. In addition, limited Legacy Grant funding remains available to assist low income landowners in all Region Five counties served. This cooperative effort combines a partial grant with a low interest loan to assist low income residents needing to make septic improvements. Homesteaded single-family homes or duplexes can access grant funding to partially offset the cost of the system, making the improvement more affordable. A low interest loan will be issued for the remainder of the cost. The purpose of the funding is to improve the water quality (environment) by financially assisting very low income residents. Individual Septic Treatment System (ISTS) applicants applying for grant funding must meet the USDA adjusted income guidelines. The amount of the grant issued will depend on the cost of the system, family size and annual gross income of the applicant. To qualify a notice of noncompliance must be issued by the county and certain Clean Water criteria met. The program will sunset when grant funds have been expended. For more information contact: Todd County 320-732-2644 Wadena County 218-631-7604 Region Five: Anne Hanson 218894-6011 Visit the R5DC website at HYPERLINK "http://www.regionfive.org"www.regionfive.org to download an application. Submit completed applications to your county contact.

November BPS School Board meeting

By Venus King The November meeting of the Browerville Public School Board was held November 4, 2013. After approval of the agenda and minutes, Auditor Mary Becklund from Schlenner Wenner & Co from St. Cloud gave her report on the Fiscal 2013 Audit. Pat Sutlief, Principal reported the talk of the week was the power outage last Thursday. He stated that the Instant Alert System worked well, Students maintained themselves well and staff did a very good job on thinking on their feet. NHS (National Honor Society) will be holding a fundraiser for the food shelf next week. Can stacking and penny wars are some of the activities planned. The winning class will get popcorn and malts. Craig Hillier, a motivational speaker will be speaking to the 7th-12th graders Wednesday about alcohol use among teens. Friday is Career Fair for the 10th Graders. The 2nd week in December, CentraCare Health will be with the 10th grade Health Class to teach them CPR. CentraCare will provide the mannequins and the training. Students paying $1 will get their CPR Card Certification. Wayne Petermeier, Athletic Director, stated Boys Basketball has started practices and Girls Basketball and Wrestling will start on November 18. The boys football team and one cheerleader did a great job joining the Lions Club in their cleanup of a 1 1/2 mile stretch on Hwy 71. Approximately 32 students showed up and the job was done in 45 minutes. Next on the agenda was the approval of negotiations and contracts of the faculty staff, sup-

port staff and administration. In new business: A print and Copy Work Analysis was done on all the printers and copiers in the school. The large photo copy machine is seven years old and has made over three million copies and needs to be replaced. Working with Marco, from St. Cloud, it was determined that by updating the printers and copiers approximately $300 a month could be saved and the school will have updated machines. Board members approved the Marco Contract. After approval of the bills the meeting was adjourned.

NDSU representative to visit BHS

A representative from the Office of Admission at North Dakota State University is scheduled to visit Browerville High School on Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in Browerville, Minn. The representative will help high school students learn about earning a degree from NDSU, which is recognized as a leading student-focused, land-grant research institution. Information will be shared about NDSUs outstanding academic programs, how students can get involved through nearly 300 student organizations and how the NDSU experience can help prepare them for a career and life. For more information about NDSU, visit www.ndsu.edu.

Baudette man faces numerous charges, fines, and restitution

A Baudette man faces more than a dozen charges and heavy fines and restitution for illegal bear and deer activities, ending an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). During Minnesotas fall bear hunting season, state conservation officer Robert Gorecki of Baudette located an active bear bait station belonging to alleged bear guide Keith R. Slick, 32, of Baudette. Conflicting statements led to a search of Slicks home where numerous bear capes and skulls, as well as deer antler sets were seized. There were no possession or registration tags found with any of the bears. The bears did not

Five Wings Gallery Artists Reception

The Five Wings Arts Council invites the public to a reception in celebration of The Way of Water, an exhibition of the most recent work by regional artist, Pam Collins. The reception will be held Thursday, November 14 from 57:30 pm at the Five Wings Gallery, located at 121-4th Street NE, Staples, MN. The exhibit will continue through-December 31st, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM. This exhibit features Collins interpretation of images of the coastal sea, gathered on a recent trip to visit her daughter in the British Isles. Collins explained, My favorite subject, no matter what medium, is water. Collins

have any cuts in their ears that would indicate that a site tag was attached at any time in the past, Gorecki said. A check of DNR records indicated that Slick had never registered an adult male deer or bear in the past 10 years. DNR records only go back 10 years. A cell phone seized in the investigation contained pictures of Slick with a dead bear. Numerous text messages were also found with Slick telling people about the bear he had shot. Other text messages from Slick stated that he had shot seven bears in his life. Only two of the six antler sets recovered had site tags on them, but from individuals other than Slick. Mr. Slick had multiple unexplainable deer racks, Gorecki said. A third set of antlers were from an unregistered road-killed deer, and he was unsure where the remaining sets of antlers came from. Slick was charged Nov. 1 in Lake of the Woods County Court with two counts of possessing an over limit of bear, three instances of unlawful possession of deer, two gross misdemeanor charges of unlawfully transporting a bear (mandatory court appearance), failure to register a second bear, failure to tag a second bear, illegal possession of a car-killed deer, untagged big game animal (bear), no bear outfitter/guides license, unlawful transfer/lend or borrow of license, failure to register bear bait stations, hunting within 100 yards of an unregistered bear bait station, and placing bait for bear without a license. There were other violations, but the statute of limitations had expired on them. Slick faces nearly $4,500 in fines and restitution. A firearm and bow were also seized during the investigation. If convicted Slicks hunting privileges could be revoked for three years. Slick is scheduled to appear in Lake of the Woods County Court in December. Anyone witnessing a fish or wildlife violation is encouraged to contact the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.

Peggys Potpourri
U.S. students examination answers The future of I give is I take. The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom. The parts of speech are lungs and air. The inhabitants of Moscow are Mosquitoes. A virgin forest is a forest where the hand of man has never set foot. The general direction of the Alps is straight up. A census taker is a man who goes from house to house increasing the population. A city purifies its water supply by filtering the water then forcing it through an aviator. Most of the houses in France are made of plaster of Paris. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 opossums. We do not raise silk worms in the United Stated, because we get our silk from rayon. He is a larger worm and gives more silk. One by product of raising cattle is calves. The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not small. They are life-sized.......Margaret Atwood

Pumpkin Cornbread
2 cups yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup corn oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup buttermilk In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, baking powder and baking soda. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, oil, honey, pumpkin puree and buttermilk. Let the batter stand while you preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 425. Heat an 8 or 9 inch cast-iron skillet on the stovetop until hot. Coat with cooking spray, then pour in the cornbread batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cornbread starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Get them when you can

The most important thing to decide when a person is going hunting is just exactly what they are after. I dont mean trying to decide if a person is hunting elephants or squirrels, but if a person is hunting deer, just which deer that might be. Sunday morning, I had my mind all made up on what I was hunting. A friend, Vince, is up bow hunting from Louisiana. If I were to get a big fat doe, I could have it processed, made into jerky and steaks, and ready to be shipped South with Vince to other Southern friends before the end of the week. If I could pull this off, they would owe me crawfish and shrimp in return. Its hard to beat a good plan. The most difficult part is following through on a good plan. It was getting light when I settled behind a tree only ten feet or so inside the fence that separated the timber from the pasture. I could hear deer running through the dry leaves behind By Walter Scott me in the woods and occasionally got a glimpse of antlers and tails in the cedar pasture in front of me. I could see some distance up and down the fence and had two good shooting lanes extending out into the pasture. If a deer stopped, I had a good chance at a score. Sitting perfectly still and enjoying my good fortune of perfect weather, perfect position, and deer activity, I saw a doe move into my first shooting lane. I pulled up and was ready to release when she jerked her head sharply back and looked behind her. There had to be a buck chasing her, and he might be a big one. She moved over to my second shooting lane and a nice buck ran into the first. He stood twenty yards away, broadside, providing a perfect shot. I had to pass on the doe. I was going to get a fine looking buck. I pulled up on him and he looked behind him. In any given area, there is always one dominate buck. He is the biggest and the baddest guy in the area. He has the largest set of antlers and never looks back. Everybody is watching out for him. When I saw this good sized buck look behind him while he was in pursuit of a doe, I knew the big boy was right behind him. I readied myself for where he would come out of the cedar trees into my shooting lane as the doe ran up the fence-line, out of sight, with the buck right behind her. The old dominate buck may have been following the other two, but he stopped short of coming into view. I waited at full draw for several minutes until my muscles could not longer maintain, but he did not show. I sat on a conveniently fallen log and contemplated my choices and the bad luck of Kent and Bart. They were so close to steaks and jerky. Movement caught my attention at the fence toward the bottom of the hill. A deer was walking right next to the fence, stopping periodically, then continuing. From a distance, I could tell it was a fairly good sized deer, probably a big doe. There might be jerky in the plans yet. I got into position and was ready to pull my bow when I saw he was carrying a small set of antlers. He needed to grow several more years. I watched him closely as he walked toward me. He stopped every fifteen or twenty feet and smelled the top barbed wire on the fence. He passed within ten feet of me, stopping to smell the fence all the way up the hill and out of sight. Twenty minutes later, he came back, doing the same thing, and again did not see me. It was a great day of hunting, especially being that close to a wild animal and not being detected, but if a person is going to be a serious hunter, they need to decide what to get and get them when they have the opportunity.

Letter from the Country

Its making ice now....What a drastic change a day can make. I guess I need to finalize my winterizing. I dont have much left, but I usually get caught with one or two things that I procrastinated on long enough. I am sure many of you were out deer hunting this past weekend, as was I. I believe this is the first year I have hunted that I never even saw a deer. I have had years where I did not get one, but to not even see one? A little discouraging. Of course, that is hunting, just like fishing, its not catching, its fishing. It was a fun weekend and as a group we ended up with three deer. Certainly down from our norm, but acceptable. We had a house full of people and TONS of food, that always makes it better. I am far from ready to admit defeat, and will hunt a bit during the week, and then certainly again next weekend. Still pretty confident. I have heard of some good success stories from area hunters, send us your photos! There is still plenty of deer hunting season left, BE SAFE! I have heard of a couple of hunting related accidents already this year, one locally and I wish the best for Mike Dreher and his family and hope for a swift recovery. I am going to cut this real short today and get the paper done. I may try to get out to my stand yet this afternoon... or I may not. Have a good week and I will write again later. Aaron

Hi again, Im back after my yearly pilgrimage to Lake Superior. As Phyllis couldnt make it this year, both of my sisters came with me. The house we rented this year was lovely--including a dishwasher, garbage disposal, lots of extra blankets, pillows, movies and games. We had a fantastic view of the lake and even had wind and big waves (sadly it was during the dark of night, but we could at least hear the crashing waves.) I spent most of my time in pajamas, reading and napping and watching old TV shows. We did watch one movie and a couple episodes of Blue Bloods. That is my favorite TV show now. I have the first three seasons and plan to watch them again before the fourth season comes out. Kathy and Judy played games and went for walks while I was lazing around. We stayed up late talking, and I am happy to report that we got along fine, and as Kathy and I didnt have to share a bed, that particular bone of contention from our youth didnt come up. Of course, we had plenty of good stuff to eat, including snacks. There was no shopping, I wasnt at all interested in leaving the comfort of the couch--or getting dressed!! But I was surprised Kathy and Judy didnt run into Two Harbors one afternoon. Perhaps they were too relaxed to venture out either. Sonny was home with our two year old grandson this weekend. I talked to him on the way home and he said, The house could look better. I know what he meant, a two year old is a busy little person and they like to open everything, and unload everything. And I can see that the kitchen floor needs a good cleaning. Apple juice + sippy cup = sticky floor. Of course I brought home laundry and somehow it accumulated at home too. So, my day off Tuesday will be a major domestic day at home. Then, back to normal, whatever that is. As it was the opening of deer hunting, the traffic on the way home Sunday was ugly. We didnt see very many vehicles with deer on them. But, we did see a couple deer eluding hunters. My secret cheer for them was, Run deer, run!!! I know, I know--overpopulation, not enough food, etc. But, just as hunters like to kill deer, I like them to live. This is America and I am entitled to my opinion--as are you. By the way, congrats to my grandson Josh, he got a deer Sunday. So, for all you hunters, be safe and warm out there--to the deer (as if they read the paper) hide. Peggy

Browerville Area Food Shelf Annual Holiday Drive

This November through mid- December the Browerville Area Food Shelf, which serves Browerville, Clarissa, and Eagle Bend, will once again be conducting its annual Holiday Food Drive. Canned, boxed, non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations will be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the Food Shelf in Browerville on Wednesdays from 10:00 12:00 or 1:00-3:00. Donations can also be dropped off at the Browerville City Hall or any of the area churches. All churches, schools, service clubs, and individuals of our service area are encouraged to participate. Through October the Area Food Shelf has assisted 180 families distributing almost 27 tons of food. The need is apparent and all contributions to this cause are gratefully accepted. Also, the Food Shelf will accept partially completed turkey cards from Coborns as they can be combined for the Food Shelf to use for receiving turkeys. The Food Shelf is a 501 (c) (3) organization under IRS regulations and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Board of Directors sincerely thank you for your help. Browerville Area Food Shelf Florence Rickbeil, Executive Director n7-14

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The second half of the Agricultural Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes are due on or before November 15th, 2013. State law requires that the penalty be applied to the unpaid balance on November 16th. These taxes are payable at the Todd County Auditor-Treasurers Office, or you may pay by mail,(215 1st Ave S, Suite 201, Long Prairie, MN 56347) with the envelope being postmarked November 15th,2013. PLEASE BRING YOUR STATEMENTS OR THE STUBS WHEN PAYING YOUR TAXES. Just a reminder, the drop off box has been moved, to the tunnel of the Courthouse, just inside the street level doors across from the bank. This box is checked daily.


Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Criterion Transport 2. Principal place of business. 207 Leslie Ave W, PO Box 44, Clarissa, MN 56440-0044 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name. Craig Vlach, 207 Leslie Ave W, PO Box 44, Clarissa, MN 564400044 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document, I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set for in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. October 25th, 2013 Craig Vlach


THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: February 25, 2008 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $83,000.00 MORTGAGOR(S): John J. Barton, an unmarried man MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. MIN#: 1001310-2270433785-0 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR

STATED ON THE MORTGAGE: American Mortgage Network, Inc. SERVICER: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: Filed March 10, 2008, Todd County Recorder, as Document Number 455954 ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association; Dated: August 20, 2013 filed: September 3, 2013, recorded as document number A486071 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: The Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter ( SE 1/4 SE 1/4 SE 1/4) of Section 15, Township 129, Range 32, Todd County, Minnesota less that part thereof deeded to the State of Minnesota recorded as Document N. 239998 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 24041 325Th Ave, Long Prairie, MN 56347 PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 04-0014501 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Todd THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE ON THE DATE OF THE NOTICE: $77,815.04 THAT all pre-foreclosure requirements have been complied with; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: January 9, 2014, 10:00am PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff's Main Office, 115 Third Street South, Long Prairie, MN 56347 to pay the debt secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys fees allowed by law, subject to redemption within 6 months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s) the personal representatives or assigns. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the proper-



ty, if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23, is 11:59 p.m. on July 9, 2014. Dated: November 4, 2013 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Assignee of Mortgagee SHAPIRO & ZIELKE, LLP BY Lawrence P. Zielke - 152559 Diane F. Mach - 273788 Melissa L. B. Porter - 0337778 Randolph W. Dawdy - 2160X Ronald W. Spencer - 0104061 Stephanie O. Nelson 0388918 Gary J. Evers - 0134764 Attorneys for Mortgagee 12550 West Frontage Road, Ste. 200 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 831-4060 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR

Proceedings of the Board of Education Regular Meeting #10 Independent School District #787 November 4, 2013 Browerville, Minnesota Conference Room 7:30 P.M.
Members Present: Denis Irsfeld, Bob Bryniarski, Mike Jeziorski, Joe Duncan, Heidi Iten, and Denise Gaida, Member(s) Absent: Corey Heid Others Present: Scott Vedbraaten - Superintendent, Patrick Sutlief K-12 Principal, Darla Schaefer-Business Manager, Wayne Petermeier Activities Director, Venus King Browerville Blade and Robert Schueller. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Irsfeld at 7:30 P.M. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Bryniarski second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the agenda with the addition of the Classified Staff Contract as 7I. Motion by Duncan, second by Gaida and carried to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting #9, October 14, 2013, as reviewed and published.

Reports Mary Backlund of Schlenner, Wenner, and Co. presented the 2013 Fiscal Audit results. Motion by Bryniarski, second by Duncan and carried to approve the 2013 Fiscal Audit with its findings. Mr. Sutlief reported on the following: The Fargo Dome game went well. Three buses were sent from the district; a player bus, a band bus, and a fan bus. The power outage allowed the school to experience telephones and a PA system lose backup power after fifty minutes, the use of the cell phone flashlight ap, and the fact that spaghetti should never be eaten by the elementary in the dark! The National Honor Society is hosting a fund raiser for the food shelf. Can stacking and a penny war are competitions set for next week. The winning class gets malts and popcorn. Parent/Teacher conferences are November 7 from 1-5 and 6-9. FFA will be judging horses on November 16. Peer Observations will take place on November 15 using the Marzano Model. Craig Hillier will speak regarding alcohol use among teen on November 16 as well. The sophomores will finish the week at the career fair. Mr. Vedbraaten reported on the following: Octobers food service report will be presented at the December meeting due to the power outage and prep time for the early November meeting. Difficulties from the power outage were discussed. The High School students assisted in the clean-up of a two mile stretch of highway sponsored by the Browerville Lions. The football team and a member of the cheerleaders participated. It was a misty, foggy day, but the kids enjoyed themselves and thanked the Lions for all their support of the school. Mr. Petermeier reported on the following: Fall activities have been completed and Jr. High Boys Basketball starts practice on Tuesday. Boys basketball begins on Monday, November 11, and the girls begin on November 18. Wrestling begins on November 25. Positive comments were given from the section in regards to the orderly and positive fan support from Browerville at the Section 6 Championship game in the Fargo Dome.

Personnel Motion by Duncan, second by Gaida and carried to approve the personnel leaves for October 2013. Motion by Duncan, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the 2013-2014 Seniority List of the Browerville Public School Certified Staff. Motion by Gaida, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Master Agreement with the Browerville Education Association. Motion by Jeziorski, second by Bryniarski and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Head Cook Contract. Motion by Iten, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Technology Directors Contract. Motion by Gaida, second by Bryniarski and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Maintenance Supervisors Contract. Motion by Duncan, second by Gaida and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Business Managers Contract. Motion by Gaida, second by Jeziorski and carried to approve the 2013-2015 Classified Staff Contract. New Business Motion by Heid, second by Duncan and carried to approve the managed print service agreement with Marco. Motion by Duncan, second by Gaida and carried to approve vender claims in the following accounts. General Fund $114,313.49 Food Service 17,940.49 Transportation 37,178.96 Capital Expenditures 865.71 Community Service 3,856.29 Debt Service 6,187.50 Trust and Agency TOTAL $190,342.44 Adjournment Motion by Jeziorski, second by Bryniarski and carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 P.M. Heidi Iten, Clerk

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Jump Rope For Heart

CTK & BPS Kids participate in the Americanism Poster Contest

Students raised over $5,000 for grades K-6 with the top fundraiser being 6th grader Tammy Martin with $637! The kids earned and will enjoy a movie/popcorn party near Thanksgiving as well as a pie throwing contest!
Winners of the Browerville VFW Auxiliary Americanism Poster Coloring Contest: Grades K-3 1st Place: Alli Olander, Grade 3, BPS 2nd Place: Gia Goligowski, Grade 1, CTK 3rd Place: Kayden Tabatt, Grade 2, BPS

Browerville Public School Lunch Menu

Mon. Nov. 18: Hamburger, FF/ketchup, peas/cauliflower, apple/orange, milk Tue. Nov. 19: Spaghetti/ sauce, garlic bun, lettuce/cherry tomatoes, mixed fruit/peach slices, milk Wed. Nov. 20: Chicken fajita, corn, dinner roll, pineapple/ pears, milk Thur. Nov. 21: Pepperoni pizza, corn/broccoli, peach slices/ banana, milk Fri. Nov. 22: Baked turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, stuffing, green beans, carrots, pumpkin pie, milk

Tiger Sports
Winners of the Browerville VFW Auxiliary Americanism Poster Coloring Contest: Grades 4-6 1st Place: Alex Tabatt, Grade 6, BPS 2nd Place: Caleb Berg, Grade 5, CTK 3rd Place: Madeline Irsfeld, Grade 4, CTK Winners advanced to the District Level of Competition. Winning Posters will be hung in the Browerville VFW for all to view. Mon. Nov. 18: JHBB hosts LPGE, 4:00 Tue. Nov. 19: JHBB @ EV, 4:30 Thur. Nov. 21: GH @ Fergus Falls, 5:30; BH @ St. Cloud, 5:30 Fri. Nov. 22: BBB @ Bertha, 6:00 Sat. Nov. 23: GH hosts Luverne, 12:00

Registered at Shirleys Station in Eagle Bend this past weekend. Somebody is a happy deer hunter! Josh Deering of Brainerd harvested this spike buck north of Crosby Sunday morning of the season opening weekend.

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Some Local Hunters With Their Harvest From Deer Hunting Opening Weekend


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Thursday, November 14, 2013 required for the expansion/modification of this business which is located in Commercial & AF-1 zoned land. Property Owner: Shannon Hinnenkamp, 19622 US 71 So, Long Prairie, MN 56347. Approval of the application as presented with conditions: (1) on the south side, the perimeter fence be set back 25 ft in from the property line; (2) On south side, between perimeter 10 ft fence and lot line, plant trees for screening of the fence tree screen plan approved by of the Planning & Zoning Office; (3) Applicant must notify Planning & Zoning when the MPCA Storm Water Permit is received and if it is ever revoked; (4) a one year review of the Conditional Use Permit. On motion by Kneisl and second by Blessing, 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-1. Property Owner: Jennifer Jo Thelen, 25864 Co 48, Long Prairie, MN 56347. Approved without conditions. On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: Conditional Use Permit for the business of M.T. Bucking Bulls. To operate an Outdoor Recreation Business to host 2 to 4 Bull Riding events per year. Use Permit is required in AF-1 zoned property. Property Owner: Jennifer Jo Thelen, 25864 Co 48, Long Prairie, MN 56347. Granted without change or conditions. On motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher, 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-1. Property Owners: Archer & June Martin and Michael & Laureen Martin. Approved without conditions. Ditch & Ag On motion by Kircher and second by Blessing, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve Acknowledge Receipt of Repair Request Petition to clean Lateral 2 (approximately 5,121.47 feet) of CD8. Located in Ward Twp, Sections 20 & 29. Sheriff s Department On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve entering into the 911 Cooperative Agreement for Shared/hosted 911 Call Handling System with Douglas and Wadena Counties. (Cooperative Agreement on file in the Administration Office). Human Resources On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To accept resignation of Cheryl Schneider, Health & Human Services Director effective December 31, 2013. On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To waive the waiting period of 90 day and severance payout time policy and authorize Human Resources to begin recruitment, interviewing, and recommending to hire to fill the future vacancy for the HHS Director position. On motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the hiring of Candace Perish to fill the vacancy of Deputy Auditor-Treasurer, at a Grade 16, Step 8. (present level) starting date will be October 16, 2013 as tax season is upon us. On motion by Kneisl and second by Blessing, 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. Recognition was given to Karla Nalezny, HR Manager for the Outstanding Service Award presented to her by Resource Training and Solutions. Annex and Elevator Renovation Update Earl Fuechtmann, Contegrity Group gave their monthly update on the construction on the annexes and on the elevator installation. The lower level of Annex II will be ready for employees to move in next week. Commissioners Report Blessing reported that the County had submitted for a mapping grant and Todd County was not selected out of the 20 other Counties. There will be a special meeting held Monday October 21, 2013 at 9:00 in the County Commissioner Board Room regarding the early retirement incentive and the elected officials. Adjourn On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl the meeting was recessed until the October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am. Commissioner Warrants Vendor Name Amount BAUER/BARRY & LARAE 7,234.50 CENTRAL APPLICATORS INC 7,991.31 CONTECH CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS 8,072.95 GEORGE SLACK PAINTING 2,200.00 MORRIS ELECTRONICS 2,089.54 MORRISON CO PUBLIC HEALTH SERV 3,900.91 S.W. RECYCLING 2,076.00 STAPLES WORLD 2,155.29 WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING INC 2,450.00 Payments less than 2000 37,884.66 Final Total $76,055.16 HHS Commissioner Warrants Vendor name Amount # 10981 Foster Care Provider 3,551.40 # 10746 Foster Care Provider 4,561.50 # 11417 Foster Care Provider 5,168.30 # 2363 Foster Care Provider 2,263.29 Payments less than 2000 24,277.69 Final Total 39,822.18 Auditor Warrants Amount American Heritage Bank 48,577.72 Bonnie Dingmann 6,930.00 City of Bertha 5,704.04 Computer Professionals 3,998.82 Contegrity Group, Inc 7,275.97 Engle Construction Co., Inc 32,290.50 Fleet Service/ WEX Bank 7,592.30 Fleet Services Division 5,024.48 Forum Comm Printing 5,300.00 Fransen Decorating, Inc 6,173.76 Gene-os Countryside Restaurant 3,959.31 Great River Regional Library 76,545.00 Host Exterior, Inc 2,800.00 Johnson Controls 3,346.85 Kenneth Holt 5,843.75 Long Prairie Oil 16,404.06 Long Prairie Sanitary Service 2,123.72 Minnesota Power & Light 14,220.07 MN Dept. of Finance 7,252.50 Moodys Investors Service 10,000.00 Morrison County 43,689.30 Northern Business Products 3,937.24 Northern Star Coop 3,197.29 Northland PCC, Inc 3,884.91 Pemberton Sorlie Rufer& Kershine 4,114.25 Peters & Churchwell 3,306.50 Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste 17,192.94 Rainbow Rider 5,000.00 Resource Training and Solutions 206,239.50 Scott Wonderlich 2,087.25 Todd County DAC 3,016.50 Tri City Paving, Inc 108,685.07 US Postal Service 32,326.00 Payments less than $2000 91,646.77 Final Total 799,686.37 On a motion by Kneisl and second by Erickson, the preceding minutes of the County Board meeting held October 15, 2013 were duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Regular Board Meeting held on November 5, 2013. Witness my hand and seal Randy Neumann, County Board Chairperson Karen Busch, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer

cont. from page 5 Todd County Board of Commissioners Minutes of the Meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners held on October 15, 2013
Call to Order The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioners Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN on the 15th day of October, 2013 at 9:00 AM. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Neumann. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. All members present except for Commissioner Erickson. Approval of Agenda On motion by Kneisl and second by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the agenda with the following additions/changes: Remove the Generalist Floater Position per Commissioner Kircher Recognition of Karla Nalezny for award received for Outstanding Service Award from Resource Training and Solutions Routine Business On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the October 1, 2013 Regular Board Minutes as read. On motion by Kircher and second by Blessing, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Commissioner Warrants #35723 - #35880 in the amount of $150,350.74 for payment on October 18, 2013. On motion by Kneisl and second by Blessing, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the HHS Commissioner Warrants in the amount of $39,822.18 On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the September Auditor Warrant numbers #221007 #221166 in the amount of $799,686.37. On motion by Blessing and second by Kneisl, the following resolution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: GAMBLING PERMIT FOR SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X WHEREAS, the Todd County Board of Commissioners are establishing their approval for a Gambling Permit for the Society of Saint Pius X through this resolution. RESOLVED, that the Todd County Board of Commissioners approve a one day, Gambling Permit for the Saint Pius X to hold a raffle on November 3, 2013 at 118910 Ellipse Loop, Long Prairie, MN. Soil, Water and Conservation On motion by Kircher and second by Kneisl, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: Conditional Use Permit for the expansion of the existing business of Auto Salvage. To add this 9.14 acres to the existing parcel of 10.15 acres, which is currently being used as Auto Salvage. This portion is to be used for the storage of vehicle bodies. A 10 ft fence is proposed for the perimeter of this land. Use Permit is

were duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Regular Board Meeting held on November 5, 2013. Witness my hand and seal Randy Neumann, County Board Chairperson Karen Busch, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer

The monthly meetings of the Hartford Twp. board will be held at the Alan & Karen Perish residence for the winter months, beginning with the Nov. 25th meeting, time will be at 8:00 pm. Terry Rickbeil, Clerk

Property Transfers
QCD Nicole M Philippi etux to Jason C Jeppesen deed dated 10-913 Lot 21 Blk 1 Pine Island Hts rec 10-23-13 WTY Rickey T Brichacek aka Rick Brichacek etal to Mavis Zellgert deed dated 10-21-13 Lot 2 Blk 1 Stony Bridge Townhomes rec 10-23-13 WTY-JT David R Bean etux to Kevin Kyar etal 10-22-13 NW4NW4 29-133-35 rec 10-24-13 WTY-JT Daniel A Peterson etux to Thomas Schlichting etal 10-7-13 pt W3NE4SW4 28-128-34 rec 1025-13 WTY-JT Thomas D Schlichting etux to Daniel A Peterson etal 10-713 pt SE4NW4 28-128-34 rec 1025-13 LIMITED WTY Secy of Housing & Urban Development to Brian L Hartmann 10-23-13 Lot 4 Blk 3 New Hampton Add to Staples rec 10-25-13 WTY-JT Joseph J Wilson etux to Dennis B Dahl etux 10-24-13 Lot 8 & pt Lot 9 Blk 3 Stewart & Bartraws Add to Staples, pt Lot 6 Blk 3 Forest Park Add to Stapls rec 10-25-13 WTY Lois J Beachy to David Blonigan etal 10-24-13 Lot 9 Blk 11 Searles First Add rec 10-25-13 QCD-JT Gary D Prather etux to Adam C Prather etux 10-25-13 SE4NE4 13-130-34 rec 10-25-13 QCD Valley View of Long Prairie Inc to LP Properties LLC 10-24-13 pt Lots 4 & 5 Blk 1 Whispering Prairie rec 10-28-13 WTY Joe Drayna etux to verlyn Ruiter etal 10-28-13 Lot 4 Blk 1 Autumn Hts, rec 10-28-13 QCD Joan M Haws to Joan M Haws Personal Residence Trust dated 10-24-13, deed dated 10-2413 Lot 1 Blk 1 Bill Kluempke Add rec 10-28-13 WTY-JT Everett Osborne etux to Philip Stueve etux 10-25-13 Lot 2 Blk 1 Cedar Hills rec 10-28-13 STATE DEED-JT St of MN to Roger J Primus etal 8-8-13 pt NE2SW4 26-127-35 ex mineral rights rec 10-28-13 LIMITED WTY AgStar Financial Services FLCA to Jason Nelson 10-21-13 Loy 12 of Aud Subd of W2SW4 12-131-35 rec 1028-13 WTY-JT James A Fern to Bryce Adam Biegler etal 10-25-13 Lot 2 Blk 1 Lakeside Haven rec 10-28-13 WTY-JT William Borntreger etux to Levi C Lambright etal 1025-13 pt NW4 3-130-35 rec 10-2813 WTY-JT Eli B Borntreger etux to Chester H Kauffman etal 10-2513 pt S2SW4 10-130-34 and S2NW4SW4 10-130-34 rec 10-2913

Minutes of the Todd County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting held on October 21, 2013 Call to Order On a motion by Kneisl and second by Erickson, the following was adopted by unanimous vote: The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioners Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN on the 21st day of October, 2013 at 9:00 am. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Neumann with all members present. Discussion was held regarding excepting elected officials from the early retirement incentive that is going to discontinue on December 31, 2013. On motion by Erickson and second by Kneisl, to leave the resolution as passed including the elected officials. Roll call vote was taken; Erickson, yes; Kneisl, yes; Kircher, yes; Blessing abstained; Neumann, yes. On motion by Kircher and second by Erickson, the meeting was adjourned for the month of October, 2013. On a motion by Kneisl and second by Erickson, the preceding minutes of the County Board meeting held October 21, 2013

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DNR small grants program increasing, improving wildlife habitat

LEGACY AMENDMENT HAS ENABLED GROUPS TO DELIVER ON THEIR MISSIONS Since 1973, when the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society was founded, its members have proudly waved the habitat flag for a Minnesota species whose numbers have declined as grasslands have disappeared. Yet today, thanks to Legacy Amendment funding, society members are doing more than raising awareness of the birds precarious plight. They are also aggressively improving habitat by using a small grants program managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Dozens of other conservation organizations are also using the conservation partners legacy (CPL) program to advance their habitat missions. CPL grants range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match; applications are reviewed as part of a competitive process. Since 2009, $17 million in grants have been awarded for more than 200 different projects that have benefited 54,000 acres of habitat. The CPL program has been a wonderful program for our organization, said Brian Winter, society president. It has enabled us to enhance habitat at a rate far beyond what we were able to accomplish in the past. Thats good for prairie chickens. Its also good for local economies because small business contractors do much of the work. The Prairie Chicken Society has received six grants totaling more than $1 million through the CPL program. The society has used this money largely to hire local contractors to cut brush, remove trees and plant prairie seed on state and federal wildlife lands. The societys strategy is to collaborate with other partners to create habitat similar to that of settlement time when, according to lore, prairie chickens were as common as blackbirds. Much of this work is being done in Clay, Mahnomen and Norman counties. As their name implies, prairie chickens are creatures of open grasslands, Winter said. They dont do well on land planted to row crops or land that contains too much brush, shrubs or trees that harbor predators, especially avian predators such as hawks and owls. Greg Hoch, DNR prairie habitat biologist, said the Prairie Chicken Societys use of CPL dollars is valuable because its a way for smaller conservation organizations to get involved in habitat conservation. The society has fewer than 200 members yet it is doing significant work that also benefits shorebirds, waterfowl and dozens of grassland songbird species, he said. Moreover, since it collaborates closely with state, federal and nonprofit wildlife managers, the dollars are targeted to the highest value areas. During Minnesota settlement times, prairie chickens occurred in unbelievable numbers. During the spring nesting season settlers would comment that their wagon wheels were yellow from all the eggs they had rolled over. During the spring of 2013 only 1,400 male prairie chickens were counted in the core prairie chicken range. This index number, based on the number of male birds observed at booming grounds, suggests a total statewide population of 3,000 to 5,000. While comparatively few compared to the distant past, the population has been sufficient to support a limited hunting season since 2004. While the old days are gone forever, the Prairie Chicken Society and others are working to improve the habitat that remains so this species will always have a home in Minnesota, Winter said. In addition to the Prairie Chicken Society, many other species-related organizations receive funding through the CPL program. They include Minnesota Waterfowl Association, Pheasants Forever, Woodcock Minnesota, Ruffed Grouse Society and National Wild Turkey Federation. Grants also go to counties, cities and local conservation clubs such as the Nicollet Conservation Club. Twenty-nine grants totaling about $2 million have been issued in the metro area. The CPL program is one of many programs funded by Legacy Amendment dollars that flow into the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Thirty-three percent of the sales tax revenue from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is distributed to the Outdoor Heritage Fund. These funds may be spent only to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forest and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council was established by the Legislature to provide annual recommendations on how the Outdoor Heritage funds should be used. For more information about the Legacy Amendment, visit www.mndnr.gov/legacy.

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Melanie R. Hurt, Browerville, 65/55-$130.00 Joseph A. Jackels, Greenwald, 70/60-$130.00 James K. Retzlaff, Sauk Centre, no proof insurance-$290.00 Richard P. Sovich, Sauk Centre, DWI-$510.00, chem use assess, MADD impact panel, no alcohol, 90 days, stayed 90 days, 2 yr, probation, 2 yr Rian M. Von Wald, Lino Lakes, 80/70-$130.00

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sheriffs Report
On November 9, at 5:06 pm, the sheriffs office received a report of a firearm related hunting accident approx. four miles north of Long Prairie, Section 32, Hartford Township. Long Prairie ambulance and Long Prairie Fire Dept. were also paged to the scene. The victim, Mike Dreher, Sauk Rapids, suffered a single gunshot wound to the right chest. He was transported to CentraCare Hospital, Long Prairie, where he was treated, and later flown to North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis by North AirCare. The incident is under investigation. 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.

Grandpas Favorite Song

By Danny Seekins My Grandpa Bodenner never went to church. He felt closer to God with his hands in the dirt and when under his blue-sky cathedral with its white-cloud steeples. As a result, my mother and all of my aunts were always worried about the status of his soul. But with my simple theological principles and my ten year old mind, I could never understand what all the fuss was about. Cause I knew what Grandpas favorite song was. Grandpa was born dirt-poor on a little forty-acre scratch farm located between Clayton and Clear Lake, Wisconsin. If you go to that land today, you cant see where or even how a homestead could have existed. Of course, he knew hard work from his earliest years. When he was a teenager, he began to work in the logging camps during the winter months. He gravitated to becoming a wood butcher, thats a camp employee who made every needed item that was constructed out of wood..tool handles, ox yokes, sledges, wagon parts, whatever. And even though Grandpa became a carpenter later in life, finish work was never really his specialty. But everything he ever made was surely hell for stout. He found it necessary to travel all over the country to find work Particularly during the Depression years when keeping the SeekinsBodenner farm was a daunting challenge. During those years, my father even sent money home to his mother while he attended college. How often does one hear about something like that nowadays? Prior to the GI Bill after the war, my father never did do well academically. He was too hungry. He said that he and his compadres would often take a few slices of bread to the Rathskellar, which was in the basement of the Student Union, where they would sit at a table and then take a bottle of the Universitys ketchup and make ketchup sandwiches. He said the University knew what was going on but never bothered the students about the matter. Finally in 1940, my dad got a job heading up a survey crew on a Milwaukee River flood control project. I still have the cancelled checks that show, in that year, dad sent a total of fourteen-hundred dollars to his mother and step-father Bodenner. That had to be half or more of his salary. Grandpa took just about any work that he could find. In about 1919, he helped build the high school building in my home town of Aurora, Minnesota. While he was there, a hated and despised foremen went out one snowy, cold night, got drunk and never came back. Grandpa organized a search and found the man who had fallen into an old mine shaft. Thus the mans life was saved. The economy was really screwy back in the thirties. One time Grandpa sent a railcar load of hogs to the slaughter-house in South St.Paul. The money that he was paid for them was not enough to pay the railroad freight bill. Bad luck and danger were always a constant threat to a working-man. In 1936, Grandpa Bodenner fell off a roof and broke his back, thus forcing my father to return home from a CCC camp near Minoqua, Wisconsin where he had been gainfully employed.and fed and clothed. Grandfathers philosophy and politics were much affected by his life experiences. He told me that he once saw a fellow logging camp employee bludgeoned to death by the camp boss due to some sort of insubordination. And when so many farms were being lost to the banks during the Depression, he and his fellows would show up at the sheriffs auctions and would strike their pitchfork handles up and down against the ground while shouting No bids no bids! There would then be no bids. I remember that Grandpa always had a portrait of FDR displayed prominently in his home. I loved working, fishing, or driving with Grandpa. He figured that I, at ten years old, was old enough to drive his 54 Ford. No matter what we were doing though, he would always use the opportunity to take the time to give me a little moral lesson in life. Maybe he thought I truly needed some additional guidance. I did. Like I said, Grandpa never went to church. For one thing he was really peeved at Pastor McFadden at the local community church because he would not marry my Uncle George to his beautiful Doris because my uncle, who would later become a mustang lieutenant commander in the Navy, had previously experienced one of those military marriages that are often of such brief duration. I personally thought that Pastor Mac was AOK. I remember one afternoon, at age ten, when he and I were discing one of Uncle Franks fieldsPastor Mac on an antique Farmall F-19 and me on a more modern F-20. But anyway, Grandpa was really proud of his youngest son George and would brook no unfair criticism of him. He was darn proud of all three of his sons and two stepsons. So when Grandpa would leave the house in the morning to go to his shop or garage, he would favor the singing of Old Dan Tucker. You know, the one where he combs his hair with a frying pan. He walked a bit strangely with one arm kinda dragging because he had broken it when he was bucked-off a wild mustang while at a cousins ranch near the community of Gary in eastern south Dakota, and it had been poorly set. But when he really got down to working, as in sawing boards, planing boards, or fixing fence, he would commence to sing his favorite song. .loudly, fervently, but not necessarily right on key. That song was The Old Rugged Cross. And Grandpa, never one to complicate things, always stuck to singing just the first verse followed by the chorus. Maybe he figured he needed to keep the message simple so it would penetrate my thick head. I do have a thick head. On a hill faraway, stood an old rugged Cross---the emblem of suffering and shame---but I love that old cross---where the dearest and best---for a world of lost sinners was slain So Ill cherish the old rugged Cross---till my trophies at last I lay down---and Ill cling to the old rugged Cross---and exchange it someday for a crown. So while my Mother and aunts worried about the status of Grandpas soul, I never fretted one little bit. I knew what was in Grandpas heart. I knew what Grandpas favorite song was.

DNR Report
Conservation Officer Jeff Johanson (Osakis) reported that with assistance from Conservation Officers Halverson and Plautz, an investigation revealed that three juveniles had been shining with a firearm in possession and shot a deer out of season in Todd County. Several items were seized in the incident and charges are pending.

By Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question 1: If you are taking a right turn at a light and the right is red, are you supposed to stop? I ask because my daughter and I walk everywhere and a few times we have almost been hit by cars turning right while we had the walk signal. Answer 1: Yes, drivers coming upon a red light and turning right MUST stop. Question 2: Are you supposed to stop before a stop sign or is it legal to stop past the stop sign. I have seen a lot of people stop after and into cross walks. Answer 2: Vehicular traffic facing a circular red signal/stop sign alone must stop at a clearly marked stop line but, if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until legal and safe to proceed through. Question 3: Are cars supposed to wait for you to be out of a cross walk or can they pass if there is space for them to go by you. These questions are every important to me as I was already hit by a car while in a park with my daughter. I now have panic attacks when cars come close to me. So if these are legal actions I will be even more cautious about walking. Answer 3: Here is what the Minnesota State Statute says about pedestrians and vehicles pertaining to crosswalks: Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-ofway to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

Court Report
Court appearances are First Appearance, RU8 (second appearance), and Omnibus (third appearance) October 28: Tony A. Rohde, Glenwood, made his first appearance on driving after cancellation charges. A January 6 RU8 hearing was scheduled. October 31: Elizabeth Rodriguez, Renville, made her first appearance on charges of fifth degree possession of drugs and giving a false name to a police officer. An RU8 hearing was set for November 18. Rodger E. Warthen, Clarissa, made his first court appearance on charges of fourth degree assault, interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct. A November 18 RU8 hearing was set. Matthew E. Peterson, Menahga, made his first court appearance on charges of fifth degree possession of marijuana. An RU8 hearing was scheduled for November 18. Melanie A. Quick, Rice, made her first court appearance on charges of giving a false name to a police officer. A November 18 RU8 hearing was scheduled. November 4: Paul A Wicht, Staples, reached no agreement at a settlement conference. A Jury trial was scheduled for November 20. Wicht is charged with first degree burglary, domestic assault, and fourth degree criminal damage to property. Jesse J. Witucki, Browerville, appeared for an omnibus hearing on DWI charges. The hearing was continued to December 2. Angela M. Techam, Flensburg, appeared for an omnibus hearing no two counts of forgery charges. No agreement was reached and a settlement conference set for December 16.

Traffic Citations
Todd County Sheriff Michelle L. Claseman, Little Falls, 65/55-$130.00 Aaron R. Dombovy, Dickman, ND, drive after revocation-$285.00 Jeremy J. Georges, Staples, 65/55-$130.00 Jay J. Holmgren, Alexandria, possess marijuana-$500.00, random testing, no alcohol, chem depend eval, 94 days, supervised probation, 5 yr Christian L. Lamb, Hewitt, careless driving-$185.00 Alexander J. Miller, Staples, posses marijuana-$1,085.00, 42 days, supervised probation, 5 yr, no alcohol, chem. depend eval, random testing, DNA sample Adam W. Mortenson, Swanville, felony burglary-$585.00, 204 days, supervised probation, 10 yr, chem depend eval, pay $1,334.81 restitution, random testing, DNA sample Matthew H. Rewitzer, Eagle Bend, 65/55-$130.00 Long Prairie Police Tonya M. Pearson, Long Prairie, drive after suspension-$290.00; no insurance-$200.00 Tonja V. Sarff, Eagle Bend, 40/30-$130.00 Staples Police BobbieJoe L. Crider, Clarissa, no seat belt used-$115.00 David A. Davis, Staples, theft$227.00

Angela M. Irrgang, Little Falls, fail to change name on drivers license-$110.00 Dennis D. Miller, Staples, pass on shoulder-$140.00 Andreas Vogel, Verndale, 39/30$130.00 Devon W. White, Staples, underage possess alcohol-$190.00 DNR Patrick C. Clark, Valparaiso, IN, take over limit-$140.00 Michael R. Doble, Anthony, illegal length walleye-$140.00 Bradley A. Gainor, Lakeville, fish w/extra line-$140.00 Douglas L. Hobbs, Ham Lake, fail to comply w/restoration order$85.00 Steve S. Nash, Grandview, MO, fish w/extra line-$135.00 Jason D. Notch, Osakis, hunt deer w/o license-$385.00; borrrow license-$100.00 MN State Patrol Joseph G. Schuller, Bertha, inattentive driving-$130.00 James E. Smith, Big Lake, inoperative breakaway brakes-$190.00 Rhonda M. Cermak, Steger, IL, no seat belt used-$115.00 Terence A. Chism, St. Cloud, drive after revocation-$285.00 David A. Engelmeyer, Melrose, no seat belt used-$115.00 Andrew C. Garmen, Aurora, IL, open bottle -$190.00 Justin J. Georges, Long Prairie, gross wt. exceeds registered limit$1,090.00

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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.

Grain Market Report

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motorists to do their part in helping us keep the roads as safe as they can be by giving our plows room to work. Last year in Minnesota, 21 crashes took place between vehicles and snowplows. Crashes usually are caused by inattentive motorists, motorists driving too closely to the plow or by driving too fast for given conditions. Plow operators have much to monitor and control while on duty, and their ability to see behind them is limited. Their vision also can be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing. Each of us need to reeducate ourselves for winter driving, which means increased awareness, reduced distractions and greater care and patience when traveling from point A to point B, Zelle said. We need to remember that the plows sole purpose is to make the roads as clear and passable as they can beand as quickly as possible. Safe winter driving means: - Checking road conditions at www.511mn.org or dialing 5-1-1 before heading out - Being patient and remembering that snowplows are present for motorists benefit - Staying back at least five car lengths behind plows. Plow operators pull over when safe to do so to allow any built-up traffic to pass. - Staying alert for snowplows that may turn or exit with little warning. Plows also travel over roadway center lines, or partially in traffic, to further improve road conditions. - Slowing down to a safe speed and driving for conditions, allowing for plenty of travel time. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds. - Buckling up and ensuring that kids are properly seated and in the right type of car seat - Avoiding unnecessary travel if road conditions are poor or hazardous

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SIGN TECHNICIAN (1) & HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (1) POSITIONS An opening exists in the Todd County Public Works Department for a full-time Sign Technician Position at the Long Prairie Shop. The Sign Technicians primary duties are to install, maintain and document all sign installation in Todd County. Maintain a high level of technical ability in the use of the Minnesota Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MMUTCD) and changes in placement, materials and laws regarding the use and placement of traffic control devices. The Sign Technician Positions secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operating tandem truck to plow snow, and haul various materials. Operate tractor for roadside mowing, help to remove and install culverts, fences, guard rails, cut brush and trees, crack filling and perform routine maintenance on equipment along with other work and tasks as the needs change and may operate an assortment of other equipment. Perform mechanical repairs with some supervision. Position is to work primarily out of the Long Prairie Shop but may involve other shops and locations within the county as the need arises. An opening also exists in the Todd County Public Works Department for a full-time Heavy Equipment Operator at the Little Sauk Shop. Under general supervision, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operating tandem truck to plow snow, and haul various materials. Operate tractor for roadside mowing, help to remove and install culverts, fences, guard rails, cut brush and trees, crack filling and perform routine maintenance on equipment along with other work and tasks as the needs change and may operate an assortment of other equipment. Perform mechanical repairs with some supervision. Position is to work primarily out of the Little Sauk Shop but may involve other shops and locations within the county as the need arises. Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma is required. Job requires initiative, knowledge of safety precautions and hazards involved in the occupation. Must pass a criminal background check and possess the ability to perform the duties outlined in each job description. Must possess and maintain a valid MN Class A (CDL) drivers license. Salary: Grade 17- Step 1, $14.244 per hour plus a competitive benefits package. This is a non-exempt, union position. How to apply: Required application materials and job descriptions are available at the Long Prairie Public Works Shop, County Administration Department (215 1st Avenue, Long Prairie, MN 56347), or at HYPERLINK "http://www.co.todd.mn.us/departments/human_resources/e mployment_opportunities"http://www.co.todd.mn.us/departments/human_resources/employment_opportunities. All applicants must complete an official Todd County Application for Employment to be considered for these positions. Completed applications may be e-mailed to HYPERLINK "mailto:lori.jorgensen@co.todd.mn.us"lori.jorgensen@co.todd.mn.us, or mailed/delivered to the Administration Department. Application Deadline: November 27th, 2013
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MnDOT, snowplow crews gear up for winter weather

The Minnesota Department of Transportations snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared for another winter weather season. MnDOT has the equipment, technology and know-how to continue to provide first-rate service and performance, said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. But we count on

Many area deer hunters have successful opener

The 8th Annual Holiday Fair Open House held on November 9th at the Browerville Community Center gave visitors a chance to do some early Christmas shopping while catching up with friends and family.

Jay Noland, Browerville, harvested a large eight point during the opening weekend of the 2013 Firearms Deer Season.

Commissioners, continued
requesting from the county would total about $36,000 per year, beginning in 2014. Cheryl Schneider, director of the countys Health and Human Services Division, told commissioners that she had only recently become aware of the DACs needs as described by Johnston, and had not included them in the projected 2014 budget that she submitted to the board in September. More discussion of the DAC request will take place at the next board meeting. In other business, the board: --approved a gambling permit for the Browerville Sportsmens Club for a raffle to be held March 2, 2014, at the Clarissa Ballroom. --approved a resolution of support for the City of Grey Eagle for its project to expand and revitalize Lions Centennial Park, and request bonding from the Minnesota Legislature during the 2014 session. --acknowledged the receipt of a Preservation Award dated Sept. 27, 2013 from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, for the Todd County Historic Courthouse Renovation. Of 30 projects nominated for awards, the Historic Courthouse project was one of 10 that received the awards. Project Participants: Collaborative Design Group; Contegrity Group; Gausman & Moore; Pierce Pini & Associates; Todd County Board of Commissioners; Todd County Historical Society. --approved the final plat of Kandota Landing, on Fairy Lake --approved the final plat of Sibells Subdivision Two, on Osakis Lake --reset the time for the annual Fall Road Meeting of the county board and the Public Works Department for Nov. 26 at 11 AM at the Public Works Department offices in Long Prairie. --approved a new schedule of fees for 2014 Food, Beverage and Lodging licenses and inspections --approved a 2014 Sanitarian Services Contract with Morrison County, and a three-year Emergency Sanitarian Services Contract with Stearns County. --set the market price for direct solid waste haulers for 2014 for Todd County Solid Waste Department at $65.00 per ton. --discussed the possibility of hiring two more Child Protection social workers, to reduce the enormous caseload that the current staff carry: 24 to 35 cases per worker. The recommendation of the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services is 10 to 15 cases per worker. Reimbursements and other revenues from the state and federal governments would reduce the cost to the county of adding two new Child Protection social workers to an estimated $10,000 per year. --heard from County Attorney Chuck Rasmussen that the large Child Protection caseload has overwhelmed his office, and makes the addition of another Assistant County Attorney even more necessary than it was before. Rasmussen said he has enough work to occupy two more full-time attorneys, and shared information comparing the Todd County Attorneys office caseload with 14 other Central Minnesota counties, all of which have lower caseloads than Todd County has.

Jonathan Kohlhase, Bertha.