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Thursday, March 27 2014

Volume 98; Number 39
Volume 98; Number 39
Thursday, March 27 2014 Volume 98; Number 39 A community newspaper

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


VFW Honor Guard thankful for generous donations

Craig Williams pleads not guilty by reason of mental illness, to murder charge in Long
Craig Williams
pleads not guilty
by reason of
mental illness, to
murder charge in
Long Prairie
It has been a long time coming, but they are finally here! New coats for the VFW Honor
Guard. A big thank you to the Browerville Lions, Todd-Wadena Electric Operation Round Up,
and the family of Roger Hanson for their donations to help purchase the coats. They will be
greatly appreciated during the winter months.
Pictured are: Tom Steinmetz, Butch Iten, Kriss Lemm, George Hager, Joe Myers, Dennis
Steinmetz, Andy Hudalla, Romaine Winkler, Gene Irsfeld, Dave Benning and Clif Sadlo. Not
pictured: Gene Steinert, Dave Frodget, Walt Lucas, and Roland Ahrendt
Girls season comes to an end
Todd Board
acts to fill
social work
By Rin Porter
At the March 18 county board
meeting, commissioners voted to
approve the hiring of four people
to fill vacancies in the Health
and Human Services Division –
some for positions open for more
than four months.
The county hired Kesha Weiss
to fill a position in Adult Mental
Health/CADI social work, at
Grade 20, Step 5. Molly Burke
was hired to fill a vacancy in
Child Protective Services at
Grade 20, Step 5, and Lisa
Grossinger was hired to become
Intake Social Worker, at Grade
20, Step 5. All three will begin
their new assignments on April
By Rin Porter
Murder is rare in Todd
County. According to Sheriff
Don Asmus and Investigator
Scott Dirkes, there have been
only two murders in the last five
But on Aug. 22, 2013, Craig
Williams was arrested and
charged with second-degree
murder in the death of his ex-
wife Nancy Elaine Williams at
her home in Round Prairie
Township, earlier that day.
Ms. Williams died as a result
of blunt force trauma, according
to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies
were called to the home earlier that day for “a domestic distur-
bance.” Nancy Williams went to a neighbor and said her ex-hus-
band, Craig Williams, was threatening her. She then returned home
and was later found dead.
On March 17, the date set for an Omnibus Hearing, Williams’
attorney Matt Holson of St Cloud waived the Omnibus Hearing and
entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental illness on Williams’
behalf, before Judge Sally Robertson in Todd County Court. The
State of Minnesota was represented by Eric Schieferdecker,
Assistant Attorney General, who prosecutes murder, drug, and
implied consent cases in the Seventh and Ninth Judicial Districts.
Williams was brought to court from the Todd County Jail by
Sheriff Don Asmus and a bailiff. Williams has been in jail on
$2,000,000 bond since his arrest last summer.
Schieferdecker asked for the release of Williams’ medical records,
including the prescreening report, the court order for a psychiatric
examination, all attachments, and the examiner’s report from
November 2013, as well as records produced in 2005 when Williams
was previously committed for psychiatric treatment. He told Judge
Robertson, “We have received nothing so far [from the defense].
We’re entitled to everything.”
Schieferdecker said he would be filing a motion with the court
according to Rule 20.02 of the Minnesota Rules of Criminal
Procedure, to have Williams examined at the Minnesota State
Hospital at St Peter.
Holson told the judge that the only defense contemplated for
Williams was the mental illness defense.
Williams appeared in court dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit. He
was quiet throughout the brief hearing, speaking only in one-word
answers when the judge addressed him, saying “Do you agree, Mr.
Williams?” and “Do you understand, Mr. Williams?”
Judge Robertson will consider Holson’s motion, and if it is grant-
ed, she will appoint an examiner to conduct a mental examination
of Williams and issue a report to the court within 60 days.
The next court appearance for Craig Williams will be set for a
date in June.
Committee, as required by coun-
ty policy.
Also at the March 18 meeting,
commissioners approved 13
applications for new or renewal
on and off sale liquor, dance,
Sunday sales, and/or malt liquor
licenses for the following county
Knotty Pine Ballroom
Rainbow Resort
Head of the Lakes Resort
• Saukinac Campground
• Shipwrex on Mound Lake
• Rock Tavern
• Midway Bar & Grill

Quinn Kircher tries for two during the Tiger’s match against Minneota on March 20th. Minneota ended the Tiger’s season with a 77-50 win. Additional photos and story inside.

Nathan Hibbs was hired at Grade 20, Step 4, to fill a vacan- cy in Child Protective Services. He will begin work on June 2. Commissioners postponed hir- ing a full-time jailer-dispatcher and part-time court security and seasonal boat and water patrol positions requested by Sheriff Don Asmus, because the posi- tions had not been presented to the county’s Personnel

• Clarissa Ballroom

Continued on page 12.

Personnel • Clarissa Ballroom Continued on page 12. W EEKLY W EATHER R EPORT Tue. March


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Helen Clara Gorghuber Helen Clara Gorghuber passed away March 7, 2014, at her home in Wadena. Funeral services were held Monday, March 10, 2012 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Wadena, officiated by Father Aaron Kuhn. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Wadena. Helen was born to Henry and Clara (Schmiesing) Ament, January 13, 1928, in Bluffton. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Bluffton through the eighth grade. While working at the Banquet Bakery in Wadena she met Robert “Bob” Gorghuber and they were married August 20, 1951, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bluffton. Helen was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She enjoyed garden- ing, knitting, crocheting and read- ing and was an amazing seam- stress and quilter. She loved play- ing cards and games with her grandchildren and visiting with family and friends. Helen was a member of Christian Mother, past president of the VFW Auxiliary, involved and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. Helen is survived by her hus- band, Bob; sons Dave (Darla), Fergus Falls, James (Barbara), Las Cruces, NM, and Joe (Christine) St. Cloud; daughters, Janice (Robert) Regnell, Prior Lake, Leanne (Ray) Buettner, Wadena, and Nancy (John) Sunstrom, Sauk Rapids; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchil- dren; brothers, Leo (Delores), Andy (Deanne), George (Penny), and Tom (Peggy; sisters, Alice Keppers, Theresa (Leo) Goeden, and Mary (Don) Kuntz; and sister-in-law, Vione Ament. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Clara; granddaughter, Leslie Buettner; brothers, Norbert, Ray, Ed and infant Bernard; and sister, Amelia Schmitz.

Ray, Ed and infant Bernard; and sister, Amelia Schmitz. Sam Brusven Sam Brusven was born May

Sam Brusven Sam Brusven was born May 28, 1933, in Clarkfield, Minnesota, the son of Arnold and Johanna (Hanson) Brusven. He graduated from Morris High School in 1951. Sam served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. On June 8, 1958, Sam was unit- ed in marriage to Kathleen Livermore in Canby, Minnesota. After their marriage the couple farmed in rural Cottonwood, Minnesota for 24 years and in 1982 moved to a farm north of Clarissa for about seven years before mov- ing to a hobby farm in rural Browerville. Sam always had a big garden and loved planting trees. He enjoyed visiting people whether it was at a local garage sale or auc- tion.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sam died Monday, March 17,

2014. He is survived by his wife,

Kathleen; children: Karen & Al, Parkers Prairie, Nancy, Sioux Falls, Diane & Greg, Osakis, Carol & Craig, Clear Lake, Karl & Jen, Alexandria; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, June Weaver and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Anton, Milo, and Ernest; and an infant sis- ter. Memorial service was held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Living Word Lutheran Church, Alexandria. Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home


Amyann and Peter Mursu, New York Mills, boy, Teeg Allen, 6 lbs 2 oz, March 14, 2014 Ashley and Derek Korzendorfer, Wadena, boy, Bennett Allen, 7 lbs 9 oz, March 15, 2014 Nicole Willman and Luke Converse, Elk River, girl, Lakelyn Mae Marie, 6 lbs 11 oz, March 17,


Logan Theiler and Logan Walz, Long Prairie, girl, Aida Mae, 9 lb, March 18, 2014 Erika Harris and TJ Braswell, Brainerd, girl, Zaeda Jacquelynn, 7 lbs 6 oz, March 18, 2014 Amanda and David Quisberg, Brainerd, boy, Henry Sherman, 9 lbs, March 19, 2014 Beth and Matthew Streit, Cushing, boy, Benjamin Albert, 8 lbs 4 oz, March 19, 2014 Ruby Doust and Delmar Hawkins, Brainerd, girl, Denay Alaina, 6 lbs 14 oz, March 19, 2014 Samantha and Shawn Gruidl, Little Falls, girl, Ginamarie Ann, 6 lbs 12 oz, March 20, 2014 Jennifer and Travis Kelley, Backus, girl, Avery Elizabeth, 7 lbs 10 oz, March 20, 2014 Alischia Kunde and Ryan Boller, Pillager, twins, boy, Seth Eugene, 6 lbs 2 oz and girl, Cora Jean, 4 lbs 5 oz, March 20, 2014 Jamie and Kelly Etzler, Menahga, girl, Alise Adaline, 8 lbs 6 oz, March 20, 2014 Megan and Zachary Martin, Staples, boy, Kailer Archer, 7 lbs 5 oz, March 20, 2014 Melinda Moon and Brian Dawber, Brainerd, boy, Sebastian Lee, 7 lbs 9 oz, March 21, 2014

Looking Back

50 years ago - March 26, 1964

The trio of Sharon Host, Toni Myers, and Karen Hobbs won a superior rating in the Music Festival held in Bertha. Phyllis Zunker, Jane Iten, Bernice Irsfeld, and Mary Kempenich were scheduled to be guest artists on the “Welcome Inn” show on KCMT in Alexandria on April 2, 1964.

25 years ago - March 30, 1989

Specials at Jordahl’s Grocery: 16 oz. Van Camp Pork & Beans, 49¢; La Choy Chow Mein, $2.39; Naval Oranges, 12/99¢; 10# box pork ribs,



Happy Birthday this week to: Mar. 27: Dean Sovich, Quinn Kircher, Jason Johnson; Mar. 28:

Dan Sovich, Florence Rickbeil, Lee Martinek; Mar. 29: Gene Steinert, Rick Host, Allen Sadlo, Brent

Mar. 29: Gene Steinert, Rick Host, Allen Sadlo, Brent The lucky $50 Prairie Buck winners in
Mar. 29: Gene Steinert, Rick Host, Allen Sadlo, Brent The lucky $50 Prairie Buck winners in
Mar. 29: Gene Steinert, Rick Host, Allen Sadlo, Brent The lucky $50 Prairie Buck winners in

The lucky $50 Prairie Buck winners in the February B-Safe drawing at Farmers Union

The winners are Craig Hess, Joann Gmyrek, and

Industries, LLC Long Prairie complex. John Kircher.

Sadlo, Chris Christensen; Mar. 30:

Ron Zigan, Judy Rickbeil, Jenny Swanson, Rosanne Twardowski; Mar. 31: Pat Lucas, Dale Host, Gary Berndt; Apr. 1: Dorothy Lamusga, Dann Weske, Millie Kurpiers, Randy Twardowski, Beau Tepley, Barb Noland; Apr. 2:

Leonard Sharon, Steven Spindler

Happy Anniversary this week to: Mar. 31:Fred and Susan Hein

495 motorists arrested over St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Extra DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend resulted in the arrest of 495 motorists for DWI, according to preliminary reports from Minnesota law enforcement agencies. As of 9 a.m. Monday there were 420 arrests, with an additional 75 arrests between 9 a.m. Monday and

6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officials with the Department of

Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety say the arrest count will rise as additional DWI arrest informa- tion is submitted to the agency. “Driving drunk puts the driver and everyone else on the road in danger,” says Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol. “There is no reason to get behind the wheel when you have had too much to drink. Always plan ahead for a sober ride.” Each year, alcohol-related crash- es account for one-third of the state’s total traffic deaths. Preliminary numbers show there were 390 traffic deaths and 25,426 motorists are arrested for DWI statewide in 2013. To-date in 2014 is off to a deadly start. There have been 58 traffic deaths, four more than this time last year. Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

• Plan for a sober ride – desig-

nate a sober driver, use public trans-

portation or a taxi cab.

• Make plans to stay at the loca-

tion of the celebration.

• Offer to be a designated driver

or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.

• Buckle up – the best defense

against a drunk driver.

• Report drunk driving – call 911

when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior. About the Minnesota Department Public Safety DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate pro- grams in the areas of law enforce- ment, crime victim assistance, traf- fic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licens- ing, vehicle registration and emer- gency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles:

education, enforcement and preven-


and emer- gency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and preven-

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

Upcoming programs at Eagle Bend Library

The Eagle Bend Public Library is offering the following programs and activities. Book Club for Adults – March


The Eagle Bend Public Library’s book club for adults will meet on Thursday, March 27, 5 to 6 p.m. Contact the library to receive a book before the book club discussion date. Newcomers welcome. Figure Drawing, Manga Style – March 27 Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to a figure drawing work- shop at the Eagle Bend Public Library on Thursday, March 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Artist Shayann Hoffer will provide instruction on the fundamentals of figure drawing, and how to create interesting characters in the manga style. Participants are invited to bring ideas and per- sonal work to share. Registration is required. Mixed Blood Theatre – April 3 The Mixed Blood Theatre will perform “The Deaf Duckling” at the Bertha-Hewitt Elementary School in Bertha for children in grades K – 6 on Thursday, April 3, 10:15 to 11:10 a.m. The pro- duction will be performed simul- taneously in spoken English and American Sign Language by a cast of deaf and hearing actors. It is open to homeschoolers. For more information, contact the Eagle Bend library at 218-


Eagle Bend Library Hours Monday 10-5, Tuesday 10-5, Thursday 4-7, Saturday: 9-12

Do you need help pay- ing for child care?

Paying for child care can be difficult as you look for a job, go to work or school. Low income families may be able to get help from the Child Care Assistance Program. The program can help pay costs for children age 12 and younger Child Care costs may be paid for the time you are working, looking for work and/or attend- ing training.

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


•If working you must average at least 20 hours a week at min- imum wage or higher (10 hours per week if a full-time student) •If Job Search is needed you may use up to 240 hours/year – will need to submit log of con- tacts and times

• If attending secondary school – complete the educa-

tion/employability plan, apply for the child care assistance grant through the school, submit schedule and grades, maintain a 2.0 average or higher •If completing high school – provide verification of enroll- ment, supply schedule, and maintain passing grades •You must report changes in your household within 10 days from the time the change occurs •Changes in your household may change the amount of child care costs paid •You must pay the part of your child care costs that the Child Care Assistance Program doesn’t pay •You must cooperate with Child Support for all children in the home with an absent parent. •The Child Care Assistance Program may not cover all your child care costs. The amount you will pay depends on your family’s income, the number of people in your family and the amount your child care provider charges. •Provide verifications of your household, income and residence PROVIDERS:

•Care must be provided by a legal provider, at least 18 years of age •They do not have to be licensed but must be legal – con- tact your County Health and Human Services Department for more information. HOW DO I GET STARTED:

•Complete an application to find out if you qualify for help with your child care costs, be sure to include the verifications requested. •Or contact your local County Human Health and Human Services Office for more informa- tion to see if you may qualify. APPLICATIONS CAN BE

St. John Vianney’s POTATO PANCAKE

Sunday, March 30 At Long Prairie VFW 8 AM to 12:30 PM





Your County Health and Human Services Office Todd County Contact:

Health and Human Services 212 2nd Ave. S. Long Prairie, Mn. 56347


Online at the Department of Human Services Site

Successful irrigation scheduler program

In 2013 the Todd, Wadena, and Hubbard Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD’S) teamed up to hire an Irrigation Technician to coordi- nate an Irrigation Scheduler Program in those counties. This Irrigation Scheduler Program is coordinated out of the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. In its first season on the ground, thir- teen producers signed up twenty fields for the program in the three counties. With the 2014 growing season just around the corner, we look to add on to the success of the 2013 growing sea- son by adding fields to the pro- gram in 2014. For those that have never heard of the Irrigation Scheduler Program, it’s based off the same, very successful program offered by the East Otter Tail SWCD located in Perham. Through the process of ‘irrigation water scheduling’, Wade Salo our Irrigation Technician is able to help producers to determine how much water is needed to keep their crop healthy throughout the growing season by calculat- ing the evapotranspiration (ET) rates for each of the major crops grown in the area. Each day during the growing season, plants take up water through their roots and some of that water is transpired through

Official Notice


of the Stockholders of

Farmer’s Co-op Feed Store

Browerville, MN

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Place: Browerville Vets Club Basement Hour: 8:00 PM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the members of Farmer’s Co-op Feed Store Association will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Browerville Vets Club Basement and will be called to order at 8:00 PM for the follow- ing purposes:

1. To receive the report of the officers and

directors on the business and affairs of the asso- ciation.

2. To elect directors to succeed those directors

whose terms have expired.

3. To transact such other business as may

properly come before an Annual Meeting of the members

Kim Harff, Secretary


small openings on the plants leaves. In addition, moisture is lost through evaporation from the soil surface in the field. The term ‘evapotranspiration’ (ET) describes the sum of these two processes. During very hot and windy periods, it is possible for ET amounts to be equal to a quarter inch of rain in just one day. Irrigation can replenish the supply of water to the plant when natural rainfall comes up short. To efficiently apply irriga- tion water, irrigators need ET data and an estimate of the moisture available in the soil profile. With ET estimates, updates from producers on weekly rain- fall and irrigation amounts, and a weekly site visit to the field to check soil moisture, the techni- cian is able to provide a chart to

the producer showing where the soil moisture levels are at, and how much time before they should think about watering again. When used properly this program can save farmers money by preventing crop loss due to insufficient moisture, prevent leaching of fertilizer due to over application of water which protects ground water, and reduces energy and running cost by preventing over watering of crops. If interested in signing up or would like more information about the Irrigation Scheduler Program, contact Wade Salo at the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District. The number is 631-3195 ext 4. More information can also be found at the Todd County SWCD office in Long Prairie or at the Hubbard County SWCD in Park Rapids.

Long Prairie or at the Hubbard County SWCD in Park Rapids. Peggy’s Potpourri When tennis was

Peggy’s Potpourri

When tennis was first invented in 1874, it was called sphairistike. Most ten- nis injuries actually happen after the game when the winner tries to jump over the net.

People who live near big airports have as much as a 19% higher death rate.

A woman in England had to take her drivers' test 41 times before she was awarded a license to drive.

Frank Tower was a ship worker who was on the Titanic when it sank, the Empress of Ireland when it sank, and the Lusitania when it sank. He escaped all three times.

During an archeological excavation in Egypt in 1888, about 3,000 mummified cats were found in a tomb. The cat mummies were sold for $18.43 per ton and shipped to England to be ground up and used for fertilizer.

The first aerial photograph was made from a balloon during the U.S. Civil War.

In terms of the resources he will use in his lifetime and the pollution he will cause, one citi- zen of the U.S. is the equivalent of about 80 citizens of India.

Stephen Douglas’s antagonism toward Abraham Lincoln stemmed partly from the fact that Mary Todd had chosen Lincoln over Douglas as a suitor.

Only about two billionths of the sun’s energy reaches the Earth’s surface.

“Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your

breakfast first.”



Dilly Casserole Bread

2 T. chopped onion

1 T. butter

1 pkg. active dry yeast

1/4 c. warm water,

1 c. cream style cottage cheese, heated to lukewarm

2 T. sugar 2 t. dill seed

1 t. salt

1/4 t. soda

1 egg

2 1/2 c. flour

Cook and stir onion in butter until onion is tender. Combine yeast and water; stir to dissolve. Combine onion, yeast mixture, cottage cheese, sugar, dill seed, salt, soda and egg in large bowl. Add 1 1/2 c. flour; 1/2 c. at a time, beating after each addtion. Stir in remaining flour. Grease top of dough; cover and let rise in warm place until dou- ble, about 1 hour. Stir down and turn onto floured surface. Knead only long enough to make a smooth loaf. Place dough in greased 2 qt. casse- role. Let rise until dough fits casserole, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350°. Bake 50 minutes.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


Mailbox pickup and passing on the right

By Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: I watch my neighbors almost every day pull up to their mailboxes on the shoul- der. The road has a shoulder, but traffic still has to move over to center line. It looks very unsafe. I have watched traffic flash their lights and honk their horns, but they keep doing it. What is the rule of the road in this case? I know it would be a lot safer if they just pulled into their driveway and walked to the mailbox, but that doesn't work in a "me-me" society. Note:

they pull into the oncoming shoulder. Also, while driving home the other night, a car was turning left into a driveway. I was the third car behind the turning car. I slowed and moved a little onto the shoulder. The two cars in front of me passed on the right of the turning car. The truck that was behind me could not get pass me and was livid! Honking and yelling and flying the bird. I felt bad to slow him down but I know better than to pass on the right. Was I in the right to block shoulder of the road? Thank you. Answer: You can’t lawfully drive over the center line (the wrong direction) for any reason except to make a safe and legal pass. If there is a crash, there is going to be trouble, for sure. It would be a lot safer (though technically not legal) if it was on a dead end road out in the mid- dle of nowhere, or on a cul-de-sac or similar, but we see this being done on hills and in no-pass- ing zones! For the passing on the right part of your question, you can be over to the right of your lane, but if you are stopped and are parked on or over the white fog line (marking the shoulder), then you could be liable if in a crash. Worse yet, you could get hit and injured or killed (along with someone else). We advise not to do that. Passing on the right is against the law unless there is a lane provide—like a bypass lane—or if you are driving on a multi-laned highway. A driv- er can never use the shoulder of a road (paved or unpaved) or a turn lane for passing on the right. It is safe, and not legal, so we are asking drivers not to do that.

Black ice/blow ice

Question: Dear protector of humanity, first of all, thank you for the awesome job you folks do. You are appreciated! I have a husband that refuses to believe there is such a thing as “black ice.” Could you clarify and hopefully make a believer out of an individual who could possibly be a crash waiting to happen? Thank you very much! Answer: Thank you for those very kind words. I’ve been called a lot of things in this profes- sion, but that one is a first and I truly appreciate it. I would be glad to talk about “black ice” and, as I write this (early March), I think it’s fair to say we have enough unpredictable weath- er that could affect our roads. Here is my best definition of black ice: “A nearly transparent film of ice on a dark surface, such as a paved road, that is difficult to see.” With my nearly 16 years of service with the Minnesota State Patrol in northern Minnesota, I can assure you that it does exist. It’s rare, because I believe almost all ice is visible due to the sheen it puts out. A person’s vision and attentiveness could be the issue, along with the sun and other visibility factors. Another term that is used in our parts of this great state is “blow ice.” Troopers and motorists have been dealing with this for the past two days (March 5 and 6) in west central Minnesota. I would describe this as, “when the wind blows snow across the road, either warmer temperatures or vehicle tires (or both) cause it to melt and freeze quickly, becoming ice.” Just another way we get slippery roads without freezing rain. Both issues are reminders to always pay attention. Evaluate your drive as you move along and immediately reevaluate it. Driver’s must focus and concentrate on driving. End your win- ter on a safe note and continue it all year long!

Work zone crashes

Question: Once in a while I hear about safety in work zones, like road construction zones, and we all drive through them a lot, that’s for sure. How many workers are actually hurt or killed in them in Minnesota and how many crashes are there in work zones, do we know real- ly? Answer: Yes, we do know! At the end of 2013 I saw some statistics that you are asking about. The Department of Public Safety reports that, in the past five years, there were 11,485 work zone crashes, resulting in 4,833 injuries and 54 fatalities (including two worker deaths). The 2013 data is preliminary so, as data continues to come in, these numbers could go even higher. The problem with work zones is that too many drivers are not paying attention and they are driving too fast. When you see cones, barricades, barrels, signs, work trucks, etc., you need to slow down immediately and start “reading the scene.” You may have to reduce your speed greatly or switch lanes, or even stop. Most drivers wait until the last second to take action and that’s too late. You need to be looking ahead and watching for all kinds of hazards. As spring and summer approaches, you will see more and more work zones as you travel. Be careful, pay attention and slow down. 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,

Letter from the Country Hi all, Yesterday area exchange students and families traveled to the
Letter from the Country
Hi all,
Yesterday area exchange students and families traveled to the Target Center
in Minneapolis for the Timberwolves game against the Phoenix Suns. My oldest,
Zac, and our exchange student, Morten, were to meet us in Brainerd by 8:30 am.
After many failed attempts to reach them via phone calls and texts, we planned
to go without them and let them pout about it later. Eventually one of them called
us back and they made it to Brainerd an hour late. I intentionally told them the
early time for this very reason. All worked out in the end and we were on the road
with enough time to get to the game.
I had never been to a
Timberwolves game and had a great
time. We arrived two hours early
and were escorted to the first few
rows of seats to watch the team
warmup. Of course Rubio and Love
are favorites among the fans. Rubio
spent the most time on the court
warming up and was so much fun to
watch. Extremely talented man.
Once we were done watching
warmups we headed up to our sec-
tion for some food and to get to our
seats. You spend a small fortune
there on food and drinks but that is
to be expected. We bought t-shirts
too. Gotta have a souvenir.
Ricky Rubio
Morten, Rod, Me, Hunter and Zac at the Target Center
The game was great and Crunch the mascot was inches away from us several
times - getting the crowd on their feet. In the end the wolves were defeated in the
final minutes but we enjoyed the experience. On our way home we stopped in St.
Cloud at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries for supper. None of us had been there before.
Fantastic service and good burgers. I will visit there again. It was a long fun filled
day and I would definitely do it again.

Pete Berscheit, Veteran Service Officer 347 Central Ave Suite 3, Long Prairie, MN 56347


Prairie, MN 56347 320-732-4419 It has come to my attention that a number of people

It has come to my attention that a number of people in the area have received mailings from a business calling themselves “US PATRIOT SERVICES”. The flier says “IMPORTANT ACT NOW”, and lists a number of “FREE” services. With a little research it seems that this business recently sold an urn to a Lakeland Veteran for about four times what it was worth, and has had some legal problems due to their misleading business practices. The Free items mentioned in their flier are actually burial benefits available to veterans through the VA, and not only do they not expire, but cannot be provided prior to your death, so there is no need to “act now”. For example, the chosen memorial marker (head stone) includes the date of death and will not be issued without that date. The MN Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, does have

a form that can be filled out with the pertinent information for the Veteran and their spouse. It is also

a good idea to record your discharge/ DD214, at Todd County, or at a minimum let your loved ones

know where this important document is kept. This helps ensure things go smoothly when a burial site is needed. If you are pre planning your funeral arrangements, I recommend that you start with a local, trusted funeral home. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and shop around. If you think the quoted price is too high, be wary and compare prices. If you are overwhelmed by the cost and options, you can also take the easy way out! Donate your body to science. You would have to enter a contract and sign documents releasing yourself to the institution of your choice, upon death. There is no cost to you, the institution does all the coor- dination with the funeral home and your family will get back the cremated remains. If you have questions about donating your body to the University of Minnesota call 612-625-1111. For other schools, look up your preferred school and contact them. Nothing in this article is intended to be offensive, rather informative. If you are over 50, I rec- ommend that you take some time to sit down and discuss not only your funeral plans but also your desires related to finances, real estate and end of life care, with your loved ones. Sometimes things change very quickly, and it is always best to have a plan. If you have any questions related to VA burial benefits, (or any VA benefits) give us a call!! All of our services are free of charge and have been for about 70 years.

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SBA Towers V, LLC is proposing to install a telecommunications tower located at 28161 410th St in Browerville, Todd County, MN 56438; 46.2171° North and - 94.7718° West. The height of the tower will be 77.7 meters above ground level and 477.6 meters

above mean sea level. The tower will be lit according to FAA require- ments. Interested persons may review the application for this proj- ect at by entering Antenna Structure Registration (Form 854) file num- ber A0895565 and may raise envi- ronmental concerns about the proj- ect by filing a Request for Environmental Review with the Federal Communications Commission. Requests for Environmental Review must be filed within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website. The FCC strongly encourages interested par- ties to file Requests for Environmental Review online at

quest. Parties wishing to submit the request by paper may do so by mailing the request to “FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC



Todd County Board of Commissioners Minutes of the Meeting of the Todd County Board of Commissioners held on March 4, 2014

Call to Order The Todd County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner’s Board Room in the City of Long Prairie, MN on the 4th day of March, 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 Kircher and sec- ond by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the agenda as presented with the fol- lowing changes and additions. • Add - Extension Committee Appointments • Discussion–Todd-Morrison- Wadena Discussion Group Routine Business On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Commissioner Warrants #36905 - #36995 in the amount of


On motion by Erickson and sec- ond by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the Auditor Warrants #222057 - #222220 in the amount of


On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the February 18, 2014 Regular Board Minutes as read. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the actions of the HHS Committee Meetings held January 28, 2014 and February 25, 2014 in accor- dance with the minutes on file in


Thursday, March 27, 2014

the Todd County Administration Office. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year Set-up license for the Rainbow Lodge. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year On Sale and Sunday Liquor License for the American Legion 417 Oscar Johnson Post (Little Sauk Legion). On motion by Erickson and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year On Sale and Sunday Liquor License for the Long Prairie Country Club Inc. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year On & Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License for T.J.’s Diamond Point Inc DBA Diamond Point Supper Club/Lounge. On motion by Erickson and sec- ond 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 8’s Bowling Pub and Grill LLC. On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve a one year On & Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License for The Hub Supper Club LLC (Ricardo Manual Valencia). On motion by Erickson and sec- ond by Neumann, the following res- olution was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote:

RESOLUTION OF THE 2014 COUNTY BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION MEETING WHEREAS, M.S. 274.14 pro- vides that the County Board of Appeal and Equalization must meet after June 13, and before June 30, 2014 on at least one meeting day and may meet for up to ten con- secutive meeting days. RESOLVED, the Todd County

Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting for 2014 will be set for Monday, June 23, 2014 commenc- ing at 6:30 p.m. and that it does not end before 7:00 p.m., in the County Board Room, at 215 First Ave. South, Long Prairie, MN 56347. On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve appointment of Theodore Grey for a

3 year renewable term on the

Extension Committee January 1 - December 31, 2016 for the District 3 seat and re-appoint Jeff Rinde for a

3 year term on the Extension

Committee January 1 - December 31, 2016. Discussion was held regarding the Todd-Wadena-Morrison Discussion Coop. Kneisl is on this committee and appointed Commissioner Kircher to this group. Human Resources On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the hire of Jackie Och for the HHS Director Position at $86,000 annu- al salary, front load of 80 hours vacation and vacation accrual beginning at 10 hours per month.

Her expected start date is April 21,


On motion by Erickson and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve hire of internal candidate Nicole Gesme into the position of Client Account Specialist. Financial Implications:

$30,216 /yr salary and $17,222/yr fringe - Grade 16. On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To authorize Human Resources to begin recruit- ment, interviewing, and recom- mending to hire and fill the vacancy of the Office Support Specialist. Financial Implications: $40,036 - $56,113/yr salary and fringe - Grade 15. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Kircher, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve hire of Mary Ann Woeste on emergency temp status at $23.377 per hour. On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To approve the appointment of Christopher Odden as County Assessor effective March 4, 2014. This appointment is valid through December 31, 2016. On motion by Neumann and sec- ond by Erickson, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To accept the resignation of Rodger Pruitt, part time Equipment Operator at the Solid Waste Department effective February 28, 2014. On motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Neumann, the following motion was introduced and adopted by unanimous vote: To accept the retirement of Susan Lorentz, RN Health & Human Services effective March 7, 2014. Commissioner’s Report Erickson gave an update on the renovation of the Courthouse Annexes. Projected finish date is April, 2014. Discussion was held regarding the carpet in the Historic Courthouse. The carpet squares are loosening and will look further into. The County on-line auction #2 is now running until Friday 3/7/2014 being the closing date. The auction held earlier with the Todd County items was a success and there will be one more after this. The Main Street Government Center is in the process of obtaining bids for the construction projects in the water damaged areas. Kneisl gave an update on the Perham Incinerator. This project is open to tours and would like the full board to tour when the open

Commissioner position is elected. Neumann announced the Township Meetings are next Tuesday


Chairman Kneisl recessed the meeting until March 18, 2014 at

9:00 am.

Auditor Warrant Listing


RUFER, KERSHNER 3,669.75 RAINBOW RIDER 5,000.00 Payments less

than 2000




ENERGY 2,038.72



COMPANY 6,140.61




Payments less

& LIGHT 16,613.76

than 2000



Final Total





ADVANTAGE 3,296.32 Payments less



than 2000





NORTHERN BUSINESS PRODUCTS 3,752.34 Prairie Lakes Municipal SW Auth 43,934.52 RESOURCE TRAINING



Commissioner Warrant Listing

Vendor Name










Payments less than 2000


Final Total


On a motion by Kircher and sec- ond by Erickson, the preceding minutes of the County Board meet- ing held March 4, 2014 were duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Todd County Board of Commissioners at the Regular Board Meeting held on March 18,


Witness my hand and seal Gary Kneisl,

County Board Chairperson Denise Gaida, Todd County Auditor-Treasurer













Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Browerville will


meet in the Browerville City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, 2014 to con-




GERMANIA 18,923.34 TOWN OF GORDON 16,180.05 TOWN OF GREY EAGLE 16,801.84 TOWN OF HARTFORD 25,466.96 TOWN OF IONA 23,955.88

sider the making of an improve- ment on the following streets, avenues and alleys:

Main Street from Drayer Creek on the south to Harris Creek on the north Fifth Street from the storm sewer outlet east of Railroad Avenue on the east to the alley ? block west of Main Street The alley located 1/2 block east of Main Street from Fourth Street on the south to Fifth Street on the north By installing new sanitary sewer mains on 5th Street between Railroad Avenue and the alley ? block west of Main Street and



across Main Street approximately

TOWN OF LESLIE 17,376.97

550’ north of the 8th Street inter-


section, by installing new water mains on Main Street between First Street on the south to Eighth Street on the north and on 5th Street between Main Street and the alley ? block west of Main


Street, installing new storm sewer mains on Main Street and 5th Street, installing new water and wastewater service lines as needed,



installing new bituminous pave- ment, new curb, gutter and side-


walks, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes §429.011 to 429.111. The estimated cost of the improvement



to the City is $972,370.00. The

TOWN OF WARD 20,155.22

overall cost of the project including


the State of Minnesota Department

WEST UNION 12,661.47 TOWN OF WYKEHAM 20,020.33 WOLTERS BODY SHOP 3,322.55 Payments less

of Transportation portion is $3,527,970.00 A reasonable esti- mate of the impact of the assess- ment will be available at the hear- ing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the pro-

than 2000


posed improvement will be heard


at this meeting.


This is a repeat Hearing to meet State Statutes require- ments. Lynn Fabro



City Administrator

Thanks For A Great Season!

Thanks For A Great Season! The Browerville Blade, Page 6, Thursday, March 27, 2014 Browerville Hardware
Thanks For A Great Season! The Browerville Blade, Page 6, Thursday, March 27, 2014 Browerville Hardware
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Thanks For A Great Season! The Browerville Blade, Page 6, Thursday, March 27, 2014 Browerville Hardware

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Browerville Hardware

Steve’s Country Foods


Browerville Liquor

Farmers Coop

American Heritage National Bank

Browerville • Long Prairie • St. Cloud

Long Prairie Packing

Jon’s Family Foods

Thread Shed

Country Financial

Marty Host • Al Hoelscher

The Cafe

Dans Prize

Aksamit Transportation

Kathy’s Korner Kurls

Browerville Public School

Tiger Pride • Tiger Tradition • Tiger Excellence

Duane’s Repair / The Gallery

Untiy Bank • Clarissa

Browerville Blade

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TTIIGGEERR SSCCHHOOOOLL NNEEWWSS Tigers finish season with school record of 23 wins Browerville Public School
Tigers finish
season with
school record
of 23 wins
Lunch Menu
By Coach Middendorf
Browerville 50
Minneota 77
Browerville fell behind early
and could never recover as they
bowed out of the 2014 State Girls
Basketball tournament with a 77-
Mon. Mar. 31: Chicken
nuggets, FF/ketchup, dinner
apple/orange, milk
loss to Minneota.
The Tigers matched buckets
with the Vikings at 2-2 but
Minneota went on a 11-0 run in the
next five minutes, highlighted by
Tue. April 1: Pizza hot-
dish, lettuce, toasted cheese
sandwich, pineapple/mixes
fruit, milk
the inside presence of Taylor Reiss’
points. Browerville turned the
ball over a number of times in the
first couple of minutes and the vet-
eran Viking squad seized the
opportunity. Reiss finished with 22
points in the first half and the
Tigers went into the halftime break
trailing 35-22. Quinn Kircher and
Crystal Pearson combined to score
Wed. April 2: Sloppy joe,
pears/peach slices, milk
Thur. April 3: California
burger, tater tots/ketchup,
apple/ orange, milk
points in the first half to help
keep the orange and black within
striking distance. Kate
Middendorf and Kale Knutson
each knocked down long range
three-pointers as well to aid the
first half scoring.
Browerville cut the lead down to
nine points early in the second half
on a pretty alley-oop play from
Kendra Buchta to Knutson.
Knutson then added a steal and a
bucket to close the lead but nine
points was the closest the Tigers
would get. Browerville had no
answer for Reiss down in the paint
as the junior 2,000 point scorer fin-
ished with 40 points in the game.
Pearson connected on 15 more
points in the second half to finish
with a team high 23 points includ-
ing 13 of 18 at the free throw line.
Paige Callahan scored six of her
seven points in the second half
while Knutson added five more
points in the second half to finish
with eight points. Buchta ended
the game with one bucket good for
two points. Browerville finished 17
of 30 at the free throw line while
Minneota countered with a 10 of 16
Browerville finished the 2013-
2014 season with an overall record
of 23-6. The Tigers graduate
Candra Gould from this year’s
team. All-Conference honors went
to Crystal Pearson, Quinn Kircher,
and Paige Callahan. All-
Conference Honorable Mention
was awarded to Kendra Buchta
and Kale Knutson.
Fri. April 4: Shrimp pop-
pers, mashed potatoes,
slices/pears, milk
mashed potatoes, corn/carrots,peach slices/pears, milk Viking Coca-Cola would like to thank the entire staff and
mashed potatoes, corn/carrots,peach slices/pears, milk Viking Coca-Cola would like to thank the entire staff and

Viking Coca-Cola would like to thank the entire staff and student body at Browerville High School, Browerville and its surrounding communities, including all our local retailers and businesses and their customers for their support of the POWERADE 4 SCHOOLS program. Since the inception of this program in 2010, Viking Coca-Cola has donated over $4400 to Browerville High School. This year's donation was presented to Wayne Petermeier, Athletic Director and Patrick Sutlief, Principal, along with two student athletes, Candra Gould and Trent Johnson from Browerville High School for the amount of $1227.00.

from Browerville High School for the amount of $1227.00. The 6th grade Browerville Math Masters team
from Browerville High School for the amount of $1227.00. The 6th grade Browerville Math Masters team

The 6th grade Browerville Math Masters team consisting of Justin Crandall, Justin Host, Marissa Lentz, Jack Nedoroscik, Ben Olander, Logan Rech, and Alayna Quistorff competed in a regional competition in Alexandria. They placed 3rd overall as a team out of 41 other schools including bigger schools from Alexandria and Big Lake. Individually, Marissa Lentz placed 8th and Justin Host placed 17th out of 210 stu- dents. The rest of the team plac ed in the top 50% individually!

National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, uni- versities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

AGRICULTURE: 365 SUNRISES AND 7 BILLION MOUTHS TO FEED Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use comes from American agriculture.

we eat, wear and use comes from American agriculture. Strack’s Collision Center / Area Graphics Plus
Strack’s Collision Center / Area Graphics Plus Country Financial Thread Shed I 594-2257 594-6410 594-6423
Strack’s Collision Center / Area Graphics Plus
Country Financial
Thread Shed I
Allen Hoelscher
Statema Backhoe Service LLC
Long Prairie Packing
Marty Host
Browerville Hardware, Appliance, Floor Covering, &
Northern Star Cooperative
Rental Center
Konetzko’s Meat Market
Three Star Construction, Inc.
Karen Asfeld Tax Service
American Heritage National Bank
Central Todd County Care Center, Inc.
Sellnow Law Office
Duane’s Repair & The Gallery
Central Ag Services, Clarissa/Eagle Bend
Todd County Transfer Station
M-F 8-4:30 Sat 8-12
Holidays Call 594-2210
Browerville Blade
Todd County Courier
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Farmer’s Co-op Feed Store
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sheriffs Report

On March 14, at 7:45 pm, David Brandt reported that three snowmo- biles, a burnt orange or copper colored 2002 Arctic Cat ZL600, a black 2002 ZL600 Arctic Cat and a black ZL440 Arctic Cat, had been stolen from his cabin in Fawn Lake Township. On March 16, at 3:45 pm, the sheriff’s office received a report of a bur- glary at a residence on East 2nd Ave, Hewitt. The burglary had occurred between March 3 and 4. Two guns, and antique hand tools had been stolen. At 6:31 pm, March 17, the sheriff’s office received a call from Diana Chromey reported a theft that occurred on North Dakota St., Hewitt. Six or seven firewood logs were taken from the yard. On March 20, at 6:56 am, David Bissonette, Staples, struck two deer on County 30, approx. 1.2 mile east of Staples. Bissonette was not injured, his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado sustained moderate damage. Staples Police assisted at the scene. Anyone with information concerning any of these cases is urged to call the Todd County Sheriff’s Department at 320-732-2157 or 1-


Court Report

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

March 17:

Matthew C. McGlynn, St. Cloud, appeared for a probation violation hearing. An admit/deny hearing will be held March 31. Dillon T. Harlow, Swanville, appeared for a probation violation hearing. Thomas J. Brown, Staples, appeared for a probation violation hearing. Joshua A. Martin, Long Prairie, appeared for a pre-trial hearing. The hearing was continued to March 31. Doyle S. Iluches, Long Prairie, appeared for a probation violation hear-

ing and an RU8 hearing on charges of terroristic threats, careless driving, no valid drivers license and disorderly conduct. An omnibus hearing was scheduled for April 14. Ronald S. Motl, Eagle Bend, appeared for a probation violation hearing.

A review hearing was set for March 31.

Bradley M. Dzieweczynski, Swanville, appeared for a pre-trail hearing on charges of two counts of DWI and open bottle. The hearing has been con-

tinued to March 31. Craig L. Williams, Long Prairie, pled not guilty to second degree murder at an omnibus hearing. A July 21 settlement conference has been sched- uled. Jesse J. Witucki, Browerville, was sentenced for DWI.

Jonathan W. Deitering, Browerville appeared for a settlement confer- ence on charges of fifth degree possession of marijuana and DWI. A pre- sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for April 28. Elizabeth Rodriguez, Renville, had her settlement conference continued

to April 28. She is charged with fifth degree possession of marijuana and

giving a false name to a peace officer. Darrel E. Olson, Randall, had his settlement conference continued to March 31. He is charged with two counts of DUI, driving after cancellation, and B card violation. Jenna S. Thoennes, Staples, reached no agreement at a plea hearing. A March 31 pre-trial was set. She is charged with trespassing and theft. Bernadino Jimenez, Swanville, had his RU8 hearing continued to March

24. He is charged with no proof of insurance and uninsured vehicle.

Jose A. Trigueros-Gonzalez, Long Prairie, appeared for an omnibus

hearing on second degree assault, terroristic threats, and two counts of fifth degree assault charges. A settlement conference was scheduled for April 7. Michaela L. Brown, Eagle B end, appeared for a pre-trial hearing on charges of domestic assault and disorderly conduct. Casey L. Johnson, Motley, had his pre-trial hearing continued to March

31. He is charged with fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Vernon R. Pearcy, Long Prairie, appeared for an omnibus hearing on charges of failure to register as a predatory offender. An April 14 settlement conference was set. Michael L. Holmquist, Long Prairie, made his first court appearance on DWI charges. An RU8 hearing was set for April 7. Chad D. Holen, Long Prairie, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges

of fifth degree marijuana possession. A March 24 plea hearing was sched-

uled. Skyler M. Koetters, Long Prairie, had his pre-trail hearing moved to April 7. He is charged with two counts of DWI and underage consumption. Luis M. Hernandez Chavez, Long Prairie, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of giving a false name to a peace officer. An April 14 omnibus hearing was scheduled. Mariano Guerra, Long Prairie, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of first degree drug sales, first degree possession of methamphetamines, and possession of an assault weapon. An April 14 omnibus hearing was set. Ryan D. Vry, Menahga, appeared for an RU8 hearing on first and second degree controlled substance crime. An omnibus hearing was set for April 7. Sherry A. Grangruth, Menahga, appeared for an RU8 hearing on two counts of first and second degree controlled substance crime. An omnibus hearing was set for April 7. Dale J. Camacho, Hewitt, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of first degree drug sales crime. Charles A. Biksen, Hewitt, appeared for an RU8 hearing on fifth degree possession of marijuana charges. An omnibus hearing was scheduled for April 14. Jesse A. McManigle, Wadena, had his RU8 hearing on fifth degree pos- session of marijuana charges continued to March 31. Erin E. Biksen, Hewitt, appeared for an RU8 hearing on fifth degree possession of marijuana charges. An omnibus hearing was set for April 28.

Jeffrey J. Blaha, Sebeka, appeared for an RU8 hearing on third degree possession of controlled substances and fifth degree possession of marijua- na charges. An April 28 omnibus hearing was scheduled.

Darrell L. Biksen, Sebeka, appeared for an RU8 hearing on charges of first degree sale of drugs, first degree possession of controlled substance, second degree sale of drugs and fifth degree possession of marijuana. An omnibus hearing was scheduled for April 14. Robert N. Owen, Wadena, appeared for an RU8 hearing on fifth degree possession of marijuana charges. The hearing was continued to March 31. Samuel A. Woods, Wadena, appeared for an RU8 hearing on fifth degree possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol with no permit charges. An omnibus hearing was set for April 7. Danielle D. Colburn, Bertha, had her pre-trail hearing reset to April 14. She is charged with driving and unregistered and uninsured vehicle. March 18:

Richard I. Boatman, Pillager, made his first appearance on fifth degree possession of marijuana charges. Mark T. Berglund, St. Cloud, made his first appearance on fifth degree possession of marijuana charges. Antoinette M. Plakut, Little Falls, made his first appearance on fifth degree possession of marijuana and DWI charges. March 19:

Ryan L. Fitzgerald, Alexandria, appeared in court for a settlement con- ference on charges of fifth degree controlled substance crime and giving a false name to a peace officer. His next court date is April 9. Ashely N. Reece, Grey Eagle, appeared for a contested omnibus hear- ing. She is charged with DWI and open bottle.

Traffic Citations

Todd County Sheriff Seth K. Hess, Eagle Bend, theft- $385.00, 90 days, stayed 89 days, 1 yr, supervised probation, 1 yr Talia R. Hoffman, Alexandria, theft-committed to C of C, 15 mo., $135.00, pay restitution, DNA sam- ple Jennifer F. Paul, Avon, drug pos- session-$300.00, 21 days, super- vised probation, 5 yr, no alcohol/ controlled substances, random testing Troy D. Platz, Sr., Little Falls, flee peace officer in motor vehicle- $585.00, 134 days, supervised pro- bation, 5 yr, chem use assess, not drive w/o valid drivers license, ran- dom testing, DNA sample James L. Schnettler, Clarissa, DWI - 365 days, 335 days stayed 6 yr, $615, supervised probation 6 yr, chem use assess, MADD impact panel Joel R. Tesch, Long Prairie, fail to yield-$140.00, $560.32 restitu- tion Amber R. Vargo, Pequot Lakes, underage consumption-$190.00 Steven J. Warren, Clarissa, DWI-$870.00, 365 days, 335 days stayed 6 yr, supervised probation, 6 yr, chem depend eval, MADD impact panel Raymond E. Weekley, Staples, 4th degree drug sales-$585.00, 78 days, supervised probation, 15 yr, no alcohol/controlled substance, random testing, DNA sample, chem depend. eval Long Prairie Police Deanna L. Dorosh, Mpls, theft- $100.00, 6 mo. probation John A. Green, unknown, drive after revocation, no proof insur-


Tkoel Iyechad, Long Prairie, theft-$390.00, pay restitution, 90 days, 89 days stayed, 1 yr, super- vised probation, 1 yr Trevor G. Loxterkamp, Swan- ville, underage consumption-


Derek J. Wettstein, Long Prairie, DWI-$510.00, 90 days, stayed 90 days, 2 yr, supervised probation, 2 yr, chem. depend. eval., MADD impact panel Jessica L. Wisse, Long Prairie, drive after suspension-$290.00 Staples Police Seth M. Kern, Clarissa, 64/55-


Eagle Bend Police Dustin L. Crider, Staples, dan- gerous weapon on school property- Supervised probation, 2 yr, commu- nity service, no alcohol, random testing, obey home and school rules, complete refresher gun course DNR William J. Riewer, Fridley, leave line unattended-$140.00 Anthony B. Sholts, Lino Lakes, unattended lines-$140.00 MN State Patrol Robert G. Feyen, Duluth, 65/55-


David D. Long, Clarissa, win- dow tint too dark-$140.00; 2nd offense window tint too dark-


Caleb D. Nurnberger, Sebeka, DWI-$510.00, 90 days, stayed 90 days, 6 mo, supervised probation, 6 mo, chem. depend. eval, MADD impact panel Angela R. Templin, Bertha,


Lee Ann Bekkerus, Glyndon, false name to peace officer-$585.00, 365 days, 363 days stayed 2 yr, pro- bation, 2 yr Miguel R. Botello, Long Prairie, inattentive driving-$130.00 Erika D. Breitbach, Elrosa,


Kevin H. Haverinen, Menahga, seat belt not used-$115.00 Michael A. Hayes, Clarissa, log book not current-$190.00 Christopher B. Henderson, Alex- andria, drive after cancellation- $590.00, 180 days, 170 days stayed 2 yr, supervised probation, 2 yr Aaron M. Pyle, Sauk Rapids, DWI-$465.00, 365 days, 335 days stayed 6 yr, supervised probation 6 yr, chem depend. eval, MADD impact panel Ruben A. Santacruz, Little Falls, 70/60-$130.00 Alan J. Schroeder, Glenwood, seat belt not used-$115.00 Leroy D. Thompson, Long Prairie, DWI-$1020.00, 365 days, 335 days stayed 6 yr, supervised probation, 6 yr, chem depend eval, MADD impact panel, no alcohol, random testing Jesse J. Vorpahl, Hillman,


Cool weather does not mean strong ice

As snow continues to melt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds winter recre- ationists that ice in the Twin Cities metro area is deteriorating rapidly. “While we have had temperatures in the 20s or 30s that does not mean the ice on a lake, pond or river is safe,” said Kara Owens DNR boat and water safety specialist. Right now the ice around the metro is in the melting stage and thickness levels vary from area to area, she said. Many metro area lakes are still ice covered, but both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers have open water. The recent snowfall does not mean safe ice either. Snow weighs down on the ice and insulates the ice, preventing cold air from getting through. So far this winter (November to April), two people have died from falling through the ice or in open water compared to six ice fatalities last winter (2012-2013). On Jan. 23, a 38-year-old ice fish- erman died after he broke through the ice on the Minnesota River in Scott County. Less than a month later, on Feb. 15, an ice fisherman died after falling into open water inside his spearfishing house on Maple Lake in Polk County. “The bottom line is it‘s crucial that people do not let their guard down and recognize ice is never 100 percent safe,” Owens said.

ATV operators - steer clear of road ditches in the agricultural zone

With warm weather on the way, many all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders are anxious to hit the trails, but the Department of Natural Resources reminds riders to be aware of riding restrictions in some parts of the state due to wet conditions or closures. Between April 1 and Aug. 1, Minnesota law prohibits ATVs from riding in ditches in the agricultural zone, that is, the area of the state south of a line that runs roughly from Moorhead to Taylors Falls along Highway 10 and Highway 95. The area roughly covers the south- ern half of the state. “During these four months, ATV riders need to stay out of the road ditches completely in the agricultur- al zone,” Lt. Leland Owens, DNR recreational vehicle coordinator said. “In addition to the law prohibiting ATV use, those road ditches provide some of the only nesting habitat available in places.” The ATV restriction does not apply to grant-in-aid trails or to ATVs registered and used exclusive- ly for agricultural purposes. Owens said that in addition to potentially disturbing wildlife, ATVs in wet road ditches can cause erosion problems and even, in some cases, damage the roadbed itself. As they do each spring, the DNR will need to temporarily close some state forest roads and trails to ATV operators due to wet conditions. All off-highway vehicle riders are encouraged to check on trail condi- tions and temporary closures before planning riding trips to prevent damage to forest roads and trails. Trail condition information is available at


ditions/index.html) or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296 6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367. The DNR will also post signs at entry points and at parking lots in state forests.

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New gardening event, plant swaps

Plant and Garden swaps are a way to diversify your vegetable garden, or landscape, without cost. The idea started with swap- ping seeds but gradually grew into an opportunity to trade all kinds of plants, plant materials, and garden supplies. Typically these are free events with few rules. Just prepare, or dig, your garden surpluses and bring them to trade according to your wishes. But, prepare well ahead. You can start with an inventory of your garden extras. Outdoor or indoor plant cuttings are a ready resource especially if you include written instructions on their care. Seeds are easily collected, but label them very precisely by variety and description. You can later divide these into postage envelopes for trading purposes. Of course, if you are good at starting plants you’re in luck because strong seedlings will be popular for trades. You may even have mature plants you need to remove from the house, or some which must be thinned from the garden. Finally, be aware that gardening supplies are also included. Extra gardening tools, pots, books, soil amendments, even garden ornaments can be good swapping material. Watch for these opportunities any time of year. For this region there is a Spring Plant and Garden Swap coming on May 31st which will run from 10 AM to 2 PM at Green Island on the north edge of Wadena. The spon- sor is the Wadena Garden Club and you can get more informa- tion from a garden club member or by emailing rscheer@char- .

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Deadly Weekend on Minnesota Roads

At least five people died over the weekend of March 14 - 17 on Minnesota roads.

• The State Patrol is investi- gating a fatal crash that

occurred this morning one mile south of Winthrop.

• The State Patrol reported to

a fatal rollover crash on Hwy. 55 west of Eden Valley.

• A head-on crash claimed the

lives of three people, including a five year-old child, on Hwy. 169

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on Minnesota roads since March 1. That compares to nine in


• The first motorcycle fatality occurred on March 11 in

Minneapolis, the second earli- est rider fatality ever in Minnesota. The earliest was on February 28 in 2002. Difficult Traveling this Morning

• With slippery conditions in

parts of Minnesota this morning, the State Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down and increase following distances.

• Statewide, as of 11 a.m., the State Patrol responded to:

• 110 crashes

• Fatal Crashes - 2 (1 was a


• Injury crashes - 19 (9 were

rollovers) • Property damage crashes (no injury) - 89 (9 were rollovers)

• 33 vehicles off the road

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Deadline approaching for seasonal and monthly camping reservations at Minnesota state parks

Campers should act now to reserve one of the few campsites available at Minnesota state parks for stays longer than a week or two, according to the Department of Natural Resources. At a limited number of state

park campsites, visitors can stay for

a month or a full season.

Reservations are due by Tuesday, April 1. For pricing and other park-spe- cific information, or to submit a

request to reserve a site, prospec-

tive visitors can call the phone num-

bers listed below or check the DNR website at (

extended_stay.html). Six Minnesota state parks have monthly and seasonal openings for

camping in 2014.

• Myre-Big Island State Park

(507-379-3403) in Albert Lea will offer monthly or seasonal camping at four campsites, three of which have electric hook-ups.

• Lac qui Parle State Park (320- 734-4450) in Montevideo will offer

monthly or seasonal camping at three electric campsites and one

with a full hookup to water, sewer

and electricity.

• Upper Sioux Agency State

Park (320-564-4777) in Granite Falls will offer monthly or seasonal

camping at two campsites, both of

which have electric hook-ups.

• Big Stone Lake State Park

(320-839-3663) in Ortonville will

offer monthly and seasonal camping

at two sites with an electric hookup.

• Kilen Woods State Park will

offer monthly and seasonal camping at three sites with electric hookups.

Call Phil Nasby at 507-831-2900,

ext. 225. • Rice Lake State Park (507-455- 5871) in Owatonna also may have sites available.

Seasonal and monthly camping


available from May 23 to Aug. 31


Kilen Woods State Park and from

May 2 to Aug. 31 at the other parks.

If demand exceeds availability at

a particular park, a lottery will be

conducted on Friday, April 4, and

the park will notify applicants whether or not they were selected.

If sites are available after this date,

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ence will be given to monthly or seasonal campers from prior years. For monthly campsite reserva- tions, the entire monthly fee is due by Friday, April 18. For seasonal campsite reservations, a one-month down payment is due by Friday, April 18, and the remainder of the seasonal fee is due when visitors arrive to check-in. If a lottery is not necessary and sites are available after April 4, the monthly fee must be paid at the time of reservation to hold the site.

DNR encourages home- owners to burn vegeta- tive debris early

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners to dispose of vegeta- tive debris before the snow melts and fires spread more easily. Vegetative debris includes downed trees and branches, grass

clippings and leaves. Getting rid of this debris is especially important with large woody debris piles in areas that experienced storm dam- age over the last couple of years. Burning these piles when there is no snow cover can pose a serious threat for spring wildfires due to flying embers and smoldering coals these fires generate. When there is less than 3 inches of snow, state law requires people to get a permit to burn and to activate the permit daily for open fires other

than campfires. Permits are avail- able online at ( questions.html), from local fire war- dens, community/city offices or from DNR area forestry offices. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur in April and May. “Because of the high fire danger between snow melt and spring

green up, the DNR restricts burn-

ing activities during that time,” said DNR Fire Prevention Coordinator Larry Himanga. Fire danger increases when the snow melts and winds dry the dead

standing grass and brush. At that time, local DNR wildfire managers will restrict burning permits in

their areas.

Spring fire restrictions cover large areas of the state; open burn- ing will be drastically limited until summer green up occurs. Because more than 95 percent of Minnesota wildfires are caused by human error, the restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental

fires, Himanga said.

The restrictions are weather dependent, but normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient

green vegetative growth occurs. Although the DNR has not set the date for restrictions to begin, they are likely in the southern part of

the state in a couple weeks.

Check the DNR website burning restrictions page for the latest infor-


at: rerating_restrictions.html. Although there may still be snow on the ground today, the DNR urges caution when burning debris piles. Attend fires at all times and make sure a fire it is out and cold to the touch before leaving. This will require stirring or spreading ember piles. Use water to put out the fire when possible. Large piles can hold hot embers for days, weeks, or even months. Escaped fires from debris piles endanger homes and property every year. If an escaped fire requires the DNR or a fire department to put it out, the homeowner is responsible for the costs. The safest way to dispose of yard waste is to recycle or compost it. Many communities have chipping or composting areas.

George named TIP’s 2013 Officer of the Year

Minnesota Turn in Poachers (TIP) recently named Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Phil George as its 2013 Officer of the Year. He joined the DNR in 2006 after 15 years with the Rochester Police Department. He served in DNR Enforcement’s Owatonna/ Mantorville field station for five years before moving to the Rochester field station in 2011. George called the award a great honor. “TIP is the one organization that connects the eyes and ears of

the ethical sports person afield with their conservation officer anywhere in the state,” he said. “The educa- tion and outreach TIP conducts each year is a huge benefit to the state of Minnesota, all done through memberships, fund raising and many volunteer hours.” Lt. Dean Olson, Rochester area enforcement supervisor, nominated George. “He is the go-to person in the dis- trict for his wide variety of skills such as trapping, big game and spe- cial regulation fishing opportuni- ties,” he said.

Col. Ken Soring, DNR Enforcement director, praised the respect, trust and public support the officer has earned. “Being responsive to calls and working cases is a great service we provide, but equally important is supporting the outreach and educa- tion efforts of the TIP program and influencing the public values and beliefs about resource protection and resource appreciation,” Soring said. “This is more than ‘an award,’ it is a statement from the TIP Board that they recognize George’s accom- plishments resulting from selfless commitment to a worthwhile mis- sion.” People can stop poachers in their tracks by reporting natural resource violations to TIP at 800- 652-9093 or #TIP for most cell phone users.

Ethnic groups in Minnesota:

what our ancestors

faced and what current immigrants confront.

Part II:

By Rin Porter

BACKGROUND From fewer than 6,100 people in 1850, Minnesota's population grew to over 1.75 million by 1900. Each of the next six decades saw a 15% rise in pop- ulation, reaching 3.41 million in 1960. Growth then slowed, rising to 3.8 million in 1970, and to 4.91 million in the 2000 census] As of July 1, 2009, the state's population was estimated at 5,266,214 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Constitution placed no restric- tions on immigration. In fact, the new country needed more people to work - clearing land for farms, building roads, cutting lumber, and growing food. Millions of people emigrated from Europe during the first 130 years of the nation. The first U.S. law limiting immigration was the Page Act of 1875. It prohibited immigrants who were considered “unde- sirable” from entering the U.S. The law classified as "undesirable" any individual from Asia who was coming to America to be a forced laborer, any Asian woman who would engage in prostitution, and all people considered to be convicts in their own country (Wikipedia). Additional laws passed in 1906, 1907, 1917, 1918, 1921, and 1924 established more restrictions on immigration: mak- ing some knowledge of English a requirement for citizenship, further restricting immigration from Asia and including a reading test, restricting the

Commissioners, continued

The Poles

immigration from a given country to 3% of the number of people from that coun- try living in the U.S. in 1910, and freezing the 1924 ethnic distribution in response to rising immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as Asia, and introducing quotas. In the first article in this series on immigration, we examined the German- speaking people who formed the largest group to come to America and to come to Minnesota. In this second article, we consider the Polish people who came from an area close by the German- speaking areas, and sometimes overlap- ping them in Central Europe. POLISH IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S. “From the 1820s to about 1890, the people who chose Minnesota emigrated principally from the British Isles, Germany, and Scandinavia. Small groups of Czech and Polish farmers [also] took up land….” (They Chose Minnesota, p. 3). In contrast, from 1890 to 1920, the immigrants who came to Minnesota were mostly from southern, central, and east- ern Europe. When they arrived, they had little money. Poles arrived in their greatest num- bers between 1895 and 1910. They “gravitated to American urban and indus- trial centers, including the iron ranges of Minnesota. They reached the U.S. just as the amount of free or cheap agricultural land was running low….” (They Chose

murdered in 2013 where the sus- pected, alleged, or convicted per- petrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, intimate partner, household member, or family member. Nancy Williams was among the 21% of women who died as a result of a beating. She was among the 54% of vic- tims who had a prior history of abuse and prior law enforcement involvement.

Minnesota, p. 3). After World War II, large numbers of political refugees displaced by war were admitted to the U.S. after they refused to return to their homelands, by then under the control of the Soviet Union. About 7,000 of these Displaced Persons arrived in Minnesota between 1948 and 1952, when the program ended. Slightly less than half of these Displaced Persons were Poles. (They Chose Minnesota, p.


Overall, according to Wikipedia, “more than one million Poles have immi- grated to the United States, primarily dur- ing the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exact immigration numbers are unknown. Many immigrants were classi- fied as "Russian", "German", and "Austrian" by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service because the Polish state did not exist from 1795 to 1918, and its borders had been disman- tled through World War I and World War II. Complicating the U.S. Census figures further are the high proportion of Polish Americans who marry outside their eth- nicity; in 1940, about 50 percent married other American ethnics, and a study in 1988 found that 54 percent of Polish Americans three generations or higher had been of mixed ancestry. The Polish American Cultural Center places a figure of Americans who have some Polish ancestry at 19-20 million.” In 2000, 667,414 Americans over five years old reported Polish as the lan- guage spoken at home, which is about 1.4% of the census groups who speak a language other than English or 0.25% of the U.S. population (Wikipedia, “Polish Americans”). Polish people left their homelands for the same reasons the Germans had before them: discontent, the lure of the American Dream of owning land and becoming prosperous, pressures of pop- ulation growth, changes in farming sys- tems, agrarian crises, poverty, unem- ployment, compulsory military service, etc. But they differed from the Germans because they did not plan to remain per- manently and become "Americanized". Instead, they came temporarily, to earn money, invest, and wait for the right opportunity to return. Their intention was to ensure for themselves a desirable social status in the old world. However, many of the temporary migrants eventu- ally decided to become permanent Americans (Wikipedia, “Polish Americans”). POLISH IMMIGRATION TO MINNESOTA Polish immigrants chose Minnesota for reasons similar to those of the Germans: availability of land, higher wages, the opportunity for social equality, letters from friends and family who had already come here, and the promotional activities of states, railroads, and steamship companies. Frequently, money was sent home by earlier immigrants to family members. This money paid for ship tickets and other costs. A process called “staged migration” was an important pattern in the move- ments of many immigrant groups to Minnesota, including the Poles. In this process, intermittent stops were made. People did not generally go directly from their peasant villages in Prussia to min- ing jobs in the Mesabi Range of northern Minnesota. Instead, the first step might take some family members from their vil- lage to an urban center in Europe, where they made a long stop. Next, they might go to an Atlantic Ocean port, board a

Nancy Elaine Williams was born to Muggs and Elaine Crider in Long Prairie in 1954. She graduated from Long Prairie High School and Alexandria Technical College, earning her LPN degree. She worked as an LPN for many years in St Paul, Long Prairie, and Osakis. She was also employed by the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls. Nancy had two adult chil- dren and six grandchildren. According to the 2013 Femicide Report prepared by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, at least 24 women were

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ship, and travel overseas to a port of des- tination in the U.S. Then, they might work for a time in a Polish community in New York or Baltimore, before leaving for Minnesota or Wisconsin (They Chose Minnesota, p. 4) by train and steamboat. “By 1873, Polish settlements were to be found in “Winona, Long Prairie, Perham, Gnesen [near Duluth (1867); St. Anthony (1868); Duelm, Ward, Duluth (1870); North Prairie (1871); Delano, Fairbault, Silver Lake and Foley (1873)” (“Polish Roots” genealogy online). The Poles came from Pomerania, Poznan, and East Prussia. About the time the Twin Cities were being settled by Poles in 1875, Poles were also setting up colonies in Appleton, Taunton, Elmdale, Gilman, and Little Falls. (ibid). Perhaps the oldest town in the three counties of Marshall, Kittson, and Roseau, was Florian, formerly known as Stanislawowo, in honor of the agent, Stanislaw Peszczynski. It had about 120 families in 1885. “The Valley of the Red River of the North was quickly recog- nized by the Poles as a veritable gold mine. The region is one of the finest for raising spring wheat. Polish colonies were to be found in practically every

county in the central portion of the State. Numerous settlements were made in Carlton, Pine, and Chisago Counties.” Benton, Otter Tail, and Lincoln county also had settlements of immigrant Poles during the 1880s (ibid). According to Polish Roots online, “one of the first concerns of the pioneer Pole was the training of his children in the Catholic religion. “At Long Prairie … a school was opened on February 3, 1880, with three Benedictine Sisters in charge. One of them many years later wrote:

opened school Feb. 3, 1880. I

believe the attendance was about 30 to 40 pupils. Sisters Clementine and Theodora taught in the same room, one conducting either a Polish or German class, while the other took care of the English pupils. “Foley and Browerville likewise devel- oped as a result of the north branch of the Great Northern Railroad (1882- 1884), but Polish workers and their fami- lies were already well established there by 1876. Most of them came directly from Europe; some left Chicago for the wild and heavy timber lands of the North.“ (Polish Roots online) Poles established approximately 50 Roman Catholic parishes in Minnesota. The Todd County parishes included St. Jozef in Browerville and St Isadore in Moran Township. A Catholic parish was organized by Germans and Poles working together in Browerville, but they later split over reli- gious and language differences. Poles retained St Joseph’s Catholic Church, while Germans built St Peter’s at the other end of Browerville. Each had its own school. The two churches were final- ly joined into one by the Diocese of St Cloud more than 60 years later. Many of the first Polish settlers had died and others had been recorded as “Prussians” by the time of the Minnesota state census of 1905. In that census Polish people were recorded as such, and 27,000 first- and second-generation Poles were counted in Minnesota. This figure was thought to be much too small. Other estimates of Polish immigrants in Minnesota at that time went as high as


Use of the Polish language continued for many years, but by the third or fourth generation, families had adopted English as their normal language. Polish students in high schools gener- ally preferred to study the trades and business, rather than enrolling in college (They Chose Minnesota, p. 375). By the 1970s, the Poles comprised a more pre- dominantly blue-collar community than


their German neighbors and other ethnic groups. Individual Poles achieved suc- cess as bankers, civic leaders, lawyers, and judges, but the overall economic achievements of the Poles remained low. (Ibid.) EARLY POLISH IMMIGRANTS TO BROWERVILLE O.B. DeLaurier provided histories of many early immigrants in his columns in The Long Prairie Leader during the 1930s and 1940s. These columns were collected and published as a large vol- ume called Todd County Histories during the U.S. Bicentennial celebration. Some of the stories he collected about our Polish ancestors are as follows:

• Stephen Berczyk, born in German

Poland in 1867, son of Joseph and Madeline Berczyk, who brought their

family to Todd County and settled on a

Stephen worked in the blacksmith

shop of Joseph Holig in Long Prairie. He moved to Browerville and opened his

own shop, which served the town for nearly 50 years. • Joseph Schenk, Sr, arrived in Browerville in 1884. He was born in Posen, in German Poland in 1862, and came to the U.S. when he was 20, bring- ing nothing but a willingness to work hard. He bought land in Hartford Township, and sold wood from his claim

while he cleared enough acreage to farm. He married Rosie Goligowski. Their son, Joseph Jr., bought one of the estab- lished stores in Browerville in 1920 and operated it for many years.

• Thomas Mundri took a homestead in

Hartford Township about 1869 and built a

log house. He was said to have brought

a large sum of money with him – one of

the few people who did. He built a sawmill on Pine Island Lake and another


• Anton Wezala, or Wieshalla, was

born in German Poland and came to Hartford Township late in the 1860s. Not

much is known of his personal history. He died in 1890 in Long Prairie.

• John Morcinczyk was born near

Opole, Poland, in 1845 and left for America in 1869. He purchased a farm south of Browerville. Later, he added to his land holdings. In 1872, he married Frances Pluto, also from near Opole, and they had 11 children. Frances’ brother John Pluto was born in 1858 and came to America in 1873. He worked in

sawmills and in the farm implement busi- ness.

• Joseph John Sr was born in German

Poland and grew up under the rule of Prussia. With his family he came to the

U.S. in 1874 and bought land in Hartford Township.

• Philip Kotula left German Poland in

1887 and bought land in Iona Township. He cleared land for farming. Unable to earn money from his farm, he left to go to other states to work as a laborer in rail- road construction. Later, he retired and moved to the village of Browerville. Before coming to America, he married Johanna Sobota, and they had seven children. One of their sons, Joseph, bought the general store of Barney Barrington, established by the Kahlert Brothers in 1884. He reorganized the business and operated it as the Kotula Mercantile Company. These brief descriptions represent just a few of the many Polish immigrants who came to Todd County during the years after the Civil War when things were getting underway. Many raised large families who continue to live and work in Todd County today.


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