The Morrison County Record http://mcrecord.com Covering community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the Morrison County, Minnesota. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:59:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marie Pohlkamp http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/marie-pohlkamp/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/marie-pohlkamp/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:59:43 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572158 Marie  Pohlkamp

A celebration for Maries 90th birthday will be held on March 8, 2015 with family and friends at the St. Michaels Parish Center in Buckman.

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Fern Carolyn Post http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/fern-carolyn-post/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/fern-carolyn-post/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:59:26 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572155 Fern Carolyn Post

An open house to celebrate Fern Carolyn Posts 80th birthday will be Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1pm-3pm at St. Ottos Care Center Hearthside Room. Come and wish Fern a happy birthday. Hope to see you there!

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Jody Ann Volk http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/jody-ann-volk/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/jody-ann-volk/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:58:44 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572152 Jody Ann   Volk

Jody Ann Volk, age 44, of Lake Washington, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, surrounded by her family at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato with the Rev. Mike Omtvedt, officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery – North, Willow Creek, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Visitation will be from 3 – 8 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation continues one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials directed to the Jody Volk Memorial for her daughters, Lexi and Alix at Voyager Bank, 101 N. 2nd Street, Mankato, MN 56001.
Jody was born April 21, 1970, to James and Mary Ellen (Stangl) Wilde in Mankato. She attended St. John Lutheran School at Willow Creek and graduated from Maple River High School in 1988. Jody then graduated from the Mankato Cosmetology Center. Jody was united in marriage to Troy Volk, June 4, 2005, in Mankato. She was a homemaker and cosmetologist in the area and most recently worked at First Class Hair Design in North Mankato. Jody was a disciple of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato and bible study fellowship. She was also a very active member of the Mankato Golf Club serving as President of the Women’s board and other club boards. Jody was the former chair of Mankato Loyola School’s, “Wired to the Heart Fundraiser” and volunteered for many organizations in the Mankato Area. Jody enjoyed being a dance mom, playing golf, book club, playing cards “pfeffer”, traveling, boating, Maverick Hockey booster, and attending games and being a Minnesota Viking fan.
Jody is survived by her husband, Troy Volk of Lake Washington; two daughters, Lexi and Alix Wolf; step-son, Travis Volk; her parents, Jim and Mary Ellen Wilde of Amboy; brother, Chad Wilde and Kim Stencel of Mapleton; mother-in-law, Carol Volk of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; grandmother, Gladys Wilde of Lewisville; nieces and nephews, Marissa, Tanner, Ellie, Brandy, Serena, Jacob, Lucy and Trevor; brother-in-law, Wade (Katy) Volk of Mankato; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jody was preceded in death by her grandparents, Conrad and Laura Stangl, Ronald and Mildred Wilde; and father-in-law, Rick Volk.

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Beata Gohl http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/beata-gohl/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/beata-gohl/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:57:18 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572149 Beata    Gohl

Beata Gohl, 91-year-old resident of Pierz, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Pierz Villa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 10:30a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pierz, with Fr. Gerald Dalseth and Fr. Kenneth Popp co-celebrating. The burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Morrill. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 2nd from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, and from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service Tuesday at the church in Pierz.
Beata E. (Muyres) Gohl was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Lakin Township, Morrison County, to John and Rose (Scheibel) Muyres. She attended District #96 country school in Lakin Township through the eighth grade. Beata attended St. Francis High School in Little Falls for one year. She worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, during World War II. Beata was united in marriage to Peter Gohl May 7, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Morrill. She was a homemaker all of her married life raising the couple’s five children. Beata was known by her family and friends as a food magician with always plenty of food for guests when they would stop by, she loved to visit family and friends. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, sewing, quilting and dancing. Beata was a member of the Christian Mothers, Heartland Polka Swingers and the Pierz American Legion Auxiliary.
Left to cherish her memory are husband of 69 years, Pete Gohl of Pierz; children, Diane (Dick) Ruegemer of St. Cloud, Gary (Theresa) Gohl of East Bethel, Deborah Millner of Pierz, Cynthia (Rick) Mahutga of Sioux Falls, S..D and Barbara (Don) Scherbing of Monticello; brother, Hub Muyres of Modesto, Calif,; grandchildren, Krisie Barron, Danna Mokamba, Erik Gohl, Brent Gohl, Sarah Isabel, Nathan Gohl, Chad Millner, Nicole Millner, Ryan Mahutga, Justin Mahutga, Aaron Scherbing, Corey Scherbing, Deanna Rothhaupt, Robyn Downer and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Muuyres; brother, Arnold; sister, Rosemary; sons-in-law, Robbie Varsnick and Chuck Millner.
Casketbearers will be Erik Gohl, Brent Gohl, Nathan Gohl, Chad Millner, Aaron Scherbing, Corey Scherbing, Ryan Mahutga and Justin Mahutga.

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Robert Bob L. Sinotte http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/robert-bob-l-sinotte/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/robert-bob-l-sinotte/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:56:57 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572145 Robert Bob L.   Sinotte

Robert “Bob” L. Sinotte, age 71, of Osakis, entered his new life, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, from his home in Osakis after a brave battle with cancer.
On Jan. 4, 1944, in Alameda, Calif., a son was born to Robert K. and Tillie J. (Gaffke) Sinotte. He was their only son and they named him Robert Lee Sinotte, after his father. While he was still a boy, the family moved to central Minnesota near Swanville. Bob was a gifted athlete and played three sports in high school, including football, basketball and track. He graduated from Swanville High School in 1962. He attended Staples/Wadena Technical College and was trained in machining and manufacturing. Bob was employed by companies in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and Fridley. In March of 1968, Bob married the love of his life, Karen Connelly in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Brooklyn Center before starting a whole new venture when they bought a turkey farm in Osakis, in 1976 from El Fezler. Bob successfully ran and expanded the business during his ownership, selling and retiring after over 30 years in operation. They raised two children and enjoyed small town life. Besides being a member of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Bob also belonged to the National Association as well. Locally, he was involved in the Osakis Lions Club and was a member of the Osakis Country Club. Bob was an avid sportsman. He loved to fish, (both locally and on many trips for salmon on Lake Michigan) and looked forward to pheasant and deer hunting each fall. He was a league golfer who enjoyed the comradery and competition in addition to the challenge of improving his personal scores. He enjoyed playing cards and all types of sporting events. He was able to do some traveling in his retirement and was a proud grandpa to his three grandchildren. He will be remembered for many gifts, but especially his love of life and compassion for others.
Left to mourn his passing is his loving wife of 46 years, Karen Sinotte of Osakis; two children and their spouses, Brian (Jessica) Sinotte of Durham, N.C, and Rachelle (Brent) Herbel of Bismark, N.D.; three grandchildren, Cole, Hannah and Leah Herbel; three sisters, Linda (Bob) Kuehne of Grey Eagle, Betty (Loren) Weick of Swanville and Carol (Ed Rajkowski) Sinotte of Mayhew Lake; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Monday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church with Father Fred Fink as celebrant. Special music will be performed by Anna Pastian.
Honorary bearers are his multitude of friends, nieces, nephews and their respective spouses.
Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society and/or Lakes Area Food Shelf.
Arrangements by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis

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Crane Meadows to hold its 15th annual ‘Habitat Day’ in March http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/crane-meadows-to-hold-its-15th-annual-habitat-day-in-march/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/crane-meadows-to-hold-its-15th-annual-habitat-day-in-march/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:36:19 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572023 BluebirdCrane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is hosting its 15th annual Habitat Day event, geared to be a family-fun event that celebrates birds, habitats and natural resources. On Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Crane Meadows invites all families to learn about wood ducks and bluebirds while assembling their own free birdhouse or box to take home. The entire event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Youths can also practice their outdoor hunting skills at the portable BB gun shooting range provided by the Morrison County Wild Gobblers. Kids can learn more about natural resources at educational booth displays provided by Ducks Unlimited and Friends of Crane Meadows.

Participants can purchase lunches and snacks from the food stand. Kinship of Morrison County, a non-profit organization that helps youths grow through positive friendships with adult mentors, will prepare and sell the food and all the food sales will go back to supporting that organization.

Numerous local organizations and clubs with natural resource related missions, as well as many local businesses contribute to make this event succesful

and free. In addition, countless volunteers kindly donate their time to organize and execute the event. Since the event’s inception in 2000, nearly 6,000 boxes have been assembled for wildlife.

This is an outdoor event, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. Anyone who has a hammer or cordless drill to use to assemble their bird box at the event, is asked to bring it, but the tools are not required.

For more information, contact Crane Meadows NWR at (320) 632-1575. If postponed due to weather, the alternate date for the event will be Saturday, March 21. If the event is postponed, an announcement will be made on the local Little Falls radio station a day or two prior to the event.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this program for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Michelle Garcia at

Michelle_Garcia@fws.gov or (762) 389-3323, TTY 1 (800) 877-8339 with the request by close of business, Feb. 27.

Crane Meadows NWR is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and is located in Central Minnesota.

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Speed limit to increase on some Minnesota highways http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/speed-limit-to-increase-on-some-minnesota-highways/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/speed-limit-to-increase-on-some-minnesota-highways/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:23:25 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572142 MnDOT five-year study will look at increasing more speed limits

About 340 miles of highways in central, northern and western Minnesota will get higher speed limits in the next few weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The two-lane highways, currently posted at 55 miles per hour, will increase to 60. The increases are the result of a 2014 legislative mandate for MnDOT to study the posted speed limits on all two-lane highways having a speed limit of 55 mph over a five-year period and make recommendations about changes. The first report of MnDOT’s findings was presented to the Legislature in January. Reports will be presented each year for the next four years.

Roads in central Minnesota that will see increases include 65 miles of Highway 23, 111 miles of Highway 55, 50 miles of Highway 18, seven miles of Highway 106, 33 miles of Highway 32, 11 miles of Highway 54, 11 miles of Highway 79 and 54 miles of Highway 212.

All of the increases are based on a traffic and engineering investigation of each location, which looks at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway such as shoulder widths and access points, and what speed drivers are currently driving.

“A speed study gives MnDOT the opportunity to review speed limits on all 55 mph roads in Minnesota and identify the ones that can support a higher speed limit without compromising safety,” said Julie Whitcher, assistant state traffic safety engineer.

In some cases, the study results in the speed limit are staying the same. About 570 miles were evaluated in 2014 and 340 miles were increased.

Minnesota has about 7,000 miles of two-lane, two-way roads that will be studied in the next four years. This year, about 1,500 miles of highways will be studied.

The speed limit is effective when new speed limit signs are posted.

A copy of the legislative report is online at http://www.mndot.gov/govrel/reports/2015/2015-Evaluation-of-Certain-Speed-Limits-report.pdf.

 

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Bull Market: More to Run http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/bull-market-more-to-run/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/bull-market-more-to-run/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:04 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?guid=eac3934b546a3442dece32af9da96559 For the past three months, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has churned sideways. Is that a bad portent? Not at all. The outlook is for higher prices, if you look at three indicators: the relationship between inflation and market value (known as the Rule of 20), the S&P 500’s earnings/price yield and energetic merger activity.

Yes, stock prices in aggregate have been trendless and choppy. On down days, it feels as if a bear trend may have started. On up days, optimism takes over. This type of market offers active investors an excellent opportunity to overtrade and lose money.

Do not anticipate how the game will end, even if it feels like there are only seconds left on the clock (especially if you are in the last seconds of the Super Bowl). Allow your disciplined, rules-based approach to guide you through the short-term volatility.

1. The Rule of 20. This involves subtracting the current rate of inflation from the number 20 to determine the potential price/earnings of the S&P 500. If inflation is 2% or less, the potential P/E is 18-plus. At an 18 P/E multiple on $125 – the 2015 consensus for S&P 500 earnings – the index could potentially move 10% higher. 

Inflation rose 0.2% in January, not counting food and energy. If we substitute that rate in place of the Federal Reserve target rate of 2%, the potential P/E jumps to 19.8, implying roughly 17% potential appreciation from current levels.

In the late 1970s, inflation ranged from 12% to 14% annually. During this time, the S&P 500 P/E was in single digits. The Rule of 20 worked.

Generally, if we assume no deflation, the Rule of 20 implies the market is overvalued if the P/E exceeds 20. At the moment, the S&P’s P/E is 19.

In 2000, the S&P 500 P/E reached 26 with inflation running at an average of 3.4%. A two-and-a-half-year bear market then followed. At the peak in November 2007, inflation was 4.3%. The inflation rate implied a multiple potential for the S&P 500 of 15.7%. This is roughly the maximum P/E level achieved at the high in 2007 before the 2008-2009 bear market. 

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2. Earnings yield. Another long-term indicator for where the market is headed comes from dividing S&P 500 earnings by its price (E/P) to determine the earnings yield of the market. Since 1963, the S&P 500 average real earnings yield (that’s adjusted for inflation, which we estimate at 1.5% yearly) is 2.5%, according to JP Morgan Asset Management’s Market Insights. On that basis, the index’s current real earnings yield is roughly 4.5%. The S&P 500 would have to increase about 35% to reach its long-term average real yield – meaning the denominator would need to increase that much.

Both the Rule of 20 and the real earnings yield of the S&P 500 suggests the bull market has not yet reached its valuation potential. The implication from these rules is the sideways trading pattern of the market for the past three months could be just a healthy consolidation before another leg higher in this bull cycle.
 
3. M&A. Meanwhile, company managements give off a bullish sign with their robust plans for mergers and acquisitions. When companies buy other companies, the acquisition should be accretive - meaning the purchase price should be sufficiently low to allow for the future earnings stream to make a good return on investment. 

The latest evidence of ebullient M&A activity came when pharma giant Pfizer (PFE) announced the acquisition of Hospira (HSP) for $90 per share or $17 billion, roughly a 40% premium over the prior-day closing price.

Pfizer would pay the 40% premium on top of a large run-up for Hospira, the biggest provider of injectable drugs, over the past couple of years. The stock was not distressed and this is not a bargain basement acquisition. Justifying the acquisition premium with cost/revenue synergies and strategic objectives is tough to do. Essentially, Pfizer management believes the market has significantly undervalued Hospira.
 
After a long hiatus, M&A bounced back last year. Most of the purchase activity is coming from corporate buyers, rather than financial buyers (e.g., private equity firms, leverage buyout firms, etc.). Because corporate buyers know and live their industries, market observers consider them a better indicator of business health and valuation than financial buyers.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton are the founding partners of Delta Investment Management, a registered investment advisory firm in San Francisco, and authors of the new book, Win by Not Losing: A Disciplined Approach To Building And Protecting Your Wealth In The Stock Market By Managing Your RiskAdditional market commentary and investment advice is available via their websites at www.deltaim.com and www.deltawealthaccelerator.com

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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For the past three months, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has churned sideways. Is that a bad portent? Not at all. The outlook is for higher prices, if you look at three indicators: the relationship between inflation and market value (known as the Rule of 20), the S&P 500’s earnings/price yield and energetic merger activity.

Yes, stock prices in aggregate have been trendless and choppy. On down days, it feels as if a bear trend may have started. On up days, optimism takes over. This type of market offers active investors an excellent opportunity to overtrade and lose money.

Do not anticipate how the game will end, even if it feels like there are only seconds left on the clock (especially if you are in the last seconds of the Super Bowl). Allow your disciplined, rules-based approach to guide you through the short-term volatility.

1. The Rule of 20. This involves subtracting the current rate of inflation from the number 20 to determine the potential price/earnings of the S&P 500. If inflation is 2% or less, the potential P/E is 18-plus. At an 18 P/E multiple on $125 – the 2015 consensus for S&P 500 earnings – the index could potentially move 10% higher. 

Inflation rose 0.2% in January, not counting food and energy. If we substitute that rate in place of the Federal Reserve target rate of 2%, the potential P/E jumps to 19.8, implying roughly 17% potential appreciation from current levels.

In the late 1970s, inflation ranged from 12% to 14% annually. During this time, the S&P 500 P/E was in single digits. The Rule of 20 worked.

Generally, if we assume no deflation, the Rule of 20 implies the market is overvalued if the P/E exceeds 20. At the moment, the S&P’s P/E is 19.

In 2000, the S&P 500 P/E reached 26 with inflation running at an average of 3.4%. A two-and-a-half-year bear market then followed. At the peak in November 2007, inflation was 4.3%. The inflation rate implied a multiple potential for the S&P 500 of 15.7%. This is roughly the maximum P/E level achieved at the high in 2007 before the 2008-2009 bear market. 

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2. Earnings yield. Another long-term indicator for where the market is headed comes from dividing S&P 500 earnings by its price (E/P) to determine the earnings yield of the market. Since 1963, the S&P 500 average real earnings yield (that’s adjusted for inflation, which we estimate at 1.5% yearly) is 2.5%, according to JP Morgan Asset Management’s Market Insights. On that basis, the index’s current real earnings yield is roughly 4.5%. The S&P 500 would have to increase about 35% to reach its long-term average real yield – meaning the denominator would need to increase that much.

Both the Rule of 20 and the real earnings yield of the S&P 500 suggests the bull market has not yet reached its valuation potential. The implication from these rules is the sideways trading pattern of the market for the past three months could be just a healthy consolidation before another leg higher in this bull cycle.
 
3. M&A. Meanwhile, company managements give off a bullish sign with their robust plans for mergers and acquisitions. When companies buy other companies, the acquisition should be accretive - meaning the purchase price should be sufficiently low to allow for the future earnings stream to make a good return on investment. 

The latest evidence of ebullient M&A activity came when pharma giant Pfizer (PFE) announced the acquisition of Hospira (HSP) for $90 per share or $17 billion, roughly a 40% premium over the prior-day closing price.

Pfizer would pay the 40% premium on top of a large run-up for Hospira, the biggest provider of injectable drugs, over the past couple of years. The stock was not distressed and this is not a bargain basement acquisition. Justifying the acquisition premium with cost/revenue synergies and strategic objectives is tough to do. Essentially, Pfizer management believes the market has significantly undervalued Hospira.
 
After a long hiatus, M&A bounced back last year. Most of the purchase activity is coming from corporate buyers, rather than financial buyers (e.g., private equity firms, leverage buyout firms, etc.). Because corporate buyers know and live their industries, market observers consider them a better indicator of business health and valuation than financial buyers.

Follow AdviceIQ on Twitter at @adviceiq.

Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton are the founding partners of Delta Investment Management, a registered investment advisory firm in San Francisco, and authors of the new book, Win by Not Losing: A Disciplined Approach To Building And Protecting Your Wealth In The Stock Market By Managing Your RiskAdditional market commentary and investment advice is available via their websites at www.deltaim.com and www.deltawealthaccelerator.com

AdviceIQ delivers quality personal finance articles by both financial advisors and AdviceIQ editors. It ranks advisors in your area by specialty, including small businesses, doctors and clients of modest means, for example. Those with the biggest number of clients in a given specialty rank the highest. AdviceIQ also vets ranked advisors so only those with pristine regulatory histories can participate. AdviceIQ was launched Jan. 9, 2012, by veteran Wall Street executives, editors and technologists. Right now, investors may see many advisor rankings, although in some areas only a few are ranked. Check back often as thousands of advisors are undergoing AdviceIQ screening. New advisors appear in rankings daily.

 

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Tip results in drug arrest in Little Falls http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/tip-results-in-drug-arrest-in-little-falls/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/tip-results-in-drug-arrest-in-little-falls/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:26:37 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572138 The Morrison County Sheriff’s Department reported a complaint of suspicious activity Friday, Feb. 27, resulted in the arrest of two women after drugs were found in a residence in Little Falls.

The suspicious activity was reported at the River Rock Townhomes. The Sheriff’s Department reported subsequent to that complaint, the Little Falls Police Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on LeMieur Street in Little Falls.

The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force was called in to assist since the suspicious activity was regarding drug activity and investigators from the Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted further investigation and as a result executed a search warrant at the River Rock Townhomes.

During the search warrant, investigators located approximately four grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency.  Amber Haus, 33, of Randall, along with Jessica Chisholm, 29, of Little Falls were arrested and are being held pending formal charges.

In this specific case, the Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip from the public of possible drug activity occurring.

Sheriff Shawn Larsen urges members of the community to call in suspicious activity, especially in cases where there is short-term traffic taking place. Short-term traffic would include any vehicles that frequent a location for short durations of time, which may include all hours of the day.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the drug tip line at 1 (888) 378-4847.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and the Little Falls Police Department.

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Habitat for Humanity sponsors 10th annual Ladies Seeds of Kindness luncheon http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/habitat-for-humanity-sponsors-10th-annual-ladies-seeds-of-kindness-luncheon/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/02/habitat-for-humanity-sponsors-10th-annual-ladies-seeds-of-kindness-luncheon/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:34:39 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572018 Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County will host its 10th annual “Seeds of Kindness Ladies Luncheon” at St. Francis Center, Saturday, March 28.

Beginning at 9 a.m., ladies can view the tables, some set elegantly, some with specific themes and all creative. Women will enjoy a specially prepared lunch by St. Francis culinary staff, participate in the live auction and raffle items, while learning about Habitat for Humanity. There will be a special raffle in honor of the 10th anniversary.

The newest Habitat homeowner will also share with the group how becoming a homeowner has changed their life. The “Seeds of Kindness” luncheon empowers women to help build Habitat homes.

“All proceeds from the event go toward purchasing building materials for the next Habitat home. Last year through the ladies’ efforts, the luncheon raised enough to purchase all of the building materials for the house,” said Kathy Kahlhamer, Habitat representative.

There are a limited number of single seats available on a first-come, first-served basis at $22 each. Interested ladies are asked to call the Habitat for Humanity office at (320) 616-2084 to secure their spot.

“We are very excited about our Habitat Seeds of Kindness Luncheon. Come and join us. The ladies so enjoy the morning, and support Habitat for Humanity at the same time. And, it helps us build more Habitat homes here in Morrison County. All our funds are spent back into the Morrison County community,” said Angie Petersen, table hostess and board secretary.

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Heurung honored as March Employee of the Month http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/heurung-honored-as-march-employee-of-the-month/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/heurung-honored-as-march-employee-of-the-month/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=571958 By Gabby LandsverkStaff Writer

Rhonda Heurung, a registered nursing assistant at Little Falls Health Services, has been named the March Employee of the Month by Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Service Committee.

Heurung said she was “stunned” to be receiving the award.

“I’m just doing my job the way it should be done,” she said.

Heurung said that for her, this means taking the time to talk to residents, and more importantly, listen and get to know them.

“I love helping the people I take care of and spending time with them,” Heurung said. Her favorite part, she added, is interacting one-on-one with residents, joking around, hearing about their lives and getting to know what makes them happy.

Heurung’s dedication and enthusiasm shows, as residents often ask her if she’ll be the one helping them on a given day.

“I like Rhonda because she’s the most pleasant,” said resident Dorothy Sjoberg. “When you need something, you get it with Rhonda.”

Rhonda Heurung, left, is a nursing assistant at Little Falls Health Services and helps take care of residents like Dorothy Sjoberg. Heurung is the Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for March.

Rhonda Heurung, left, is a nursing assistant at Little Falls Health Services and helps take care of residents like Dorothy Sjoberg. Heurung is the Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for March.

Residents aren’t the only one taking notice of Heurung’s compassion and outgoing personality.

“Rhonda is a shining star,” said her supervisor, RN Director of Nursing Laura Stumpf. “She goes above and beyond expectations … residents’ lives are better because of Rhonda’s commitment to service, years of experience and dependability.”

Heurung said she has worked at Little Falls Health Services for the past 15 years, but has also been there off and on since she was 15, starting in a maintenance position.

“Little Falls Health Services is honored to have Rhonda as part of our team,” Stumpf said.

When not at work, Heurung enjoys spending time with her three children Joshua, 24, Shiann, 13, and Madison, 9. She also likes to draw and cross-stitch, although she said she doesn’t have much spare time.

For being named the Employee of the Month, Heurung will receive flowers from Coborn’s, Falls Floral and Northern Image Landscaping, a cookbook from St. Gabriel’s Health Hospice Program, salon services from Fresh Hair Professionals and a photo taken by Silker Studios, as well as gift certificates from the following businesses: Service Master, Fitness Connection, Lindbergh Historic Site, Burger King, The Gumdrop Tree, Vacuum Cleaner Center and Outlet, Pizza Ranch, Franciscan Sisters, West Side Bar, Subway and Domino’s.

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Briggle / Vaillancourt http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/briggle-vaillancourt/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/briggle-vaillancourt/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:04:19 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572136 Briggle / Vaillancourt

Jeff and Cindy Tiemann of Royalton and Rob and Sue Briggle of Circle Pines announce the engagement of their daughter, Breanna Briggle to Robert Vaillancourt Jr., the son of Robert Sr. and Janel Vaillancourt of Rice.
Breanna is a 2007 graduate of Royalton High School. Bobby is a 2005 graduate of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Both Breanna and Bobby are employed at Fiedler Pumping.
A May 16, 2015 wedding is being planned.

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McCrudden http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/mccrudden/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/mccrudden/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:04:12 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572133 STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF MORRISON
SEVENTH
JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court file No. 49PR15297
NOTICE AND ORDER OF
HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND
APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE AND
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Estate of
Deborah J. McCrudden,
Decedent
It is Ordered and Notice is given that on March 24, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 213 SE First Avenue, Little Falls, Minnesota, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the Decedent dated, September 23, 2013, (Will), and for the appointment of Nancy McCrudden Carlson, whose address is 507 7th St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345 as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an UNSUPERVISED administration. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: February 24, 2015
BY THE COURT
/s/ Douglas P. Anderson
Judge of District Court
Attorney for Petitioner
Brigid M. Fitzgerald
Rosenmeier Law Office
210 2nd St. NE
Little Falls, MN 56345
Attorney License No. 135069
Telephone: (320) 632-5458
FAX: (320) 632-5496
Email: bf@littlefallslaw.com

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Bids/Well Four & Treatment http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bidswell-four-treatment/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bidswell-four-treatment/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:04:05 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572131 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
City of Royalton
12 N. Birch St., P.O. Box 276
Royalton, MN 56373
Separate sealed BIDS for construction of Well Four and Treatment Building will be received by the City of Royalton at the office of City Hall 12 N. Birch St., P.O. Box 276, Royalton, MN 56373 until 1:00 p.m. March 26th 2015 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud for the construction of the project. The City may be acting as the General Contractor, General Contractors are also allowed to bid the entire project. Bids will be taken on separate work schedules: A-well & pump, B-excavation, C-concrete & block, D-carpentry & roof, F-plumbing, G-electrical, H-painting, I-Iron & manganese filter, K-chemical feed equipment, L-mechanical HVAC. This project is being financed by the City of Royalton
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations:
QUEST CDN
WWW.QUESTCDN.COM
Mateffy Engineering, Inc.
651-261-0339, cell
City of Royalton
12 N. Birch St., P.O. Box 276
Royalton, MN 56373
Ph: 320-584-5900
Fax: 320-584-7420
Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of QUEST CDN located at WWW.QUESTCDN.COM upon non-refundable payment of $ 20.00 for each set.
Each bid or combination of bids in excess of $50,000 must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified check for 5% of the total amount of the bid(s). Performance and payment bonds will be required for all contracts in excess of $50,000.
The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and award the contract in the best interest of the city.
Carol Madsen
City Clerk/ Treasurer

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Sealed proposals/Pavement http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/sealed-proposalspavement/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/sealed-proposalspavement/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:59 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572129 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the County Auditor/Treasurer at 213 SE 1st Avenue in Little Falls, Minnesota until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 for countywide ground in pavement messages. A full notice can be viewed at the Public Works Department website at http://www.co.morrison.mn.us/
Steven C. Backowski
Director of Public Works /
County Engineer

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Bids/ Seasonal http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bids-seasonal-2/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bids-seasonal-2/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:55 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572127 HIGHWAY SEASONAL REQUIREMENTS
BIDS CLOSE
MARCH 20, 2015
MORRISON COUNTY
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS:
NOTICE OF CALL FOR BIDS:
Notice is hereby given that SEALED BIDS will be received until 10:00 A.M. on March 20, 2015 for furnishing the seasonal supplies, materials and equipment on the items listed herein.
ITEM 1: Equipment Rental Rates
ITEM 2: Bituminous Material
ITEM 3: Winter Maintenance Sand
ITEM 4: Calcium Chloride Application
The bids will be opened at the designated hour and will be tabulated and submitted to the County Commissioners for consideration at a future County Board Meeting.
Proposals and specifications may be examined and obtained at the Morrison County Public Works Building located at 1208 West River Road in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Bids must be sealed and identified on the envelope with the wording Seasonal Supply Bid. Send the completed proposals to:
Morrison County Public Works
Government Center
213 SE First Avenue
Little Falls, MN 56345-3196
The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities thereof.
Steven C. Backowski, P.E.
Morrison County
Director of Public Works
(320) 632-0120

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Bids/ 2015 Randall Street http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bids-2015-randall-street/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bids-2015-randall-street/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:48 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572125 SECTION 00 1113
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
2015 RANDALL STREET IMPROVEMENTS
RANDALL, MINNESOTA
WSN PROJECT #0132B0006.000
TO: POTENTIAL BIDDERS
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Randall, Minnesota, at City Hall, 525 Pacific Avenue, Randall, MN 56475 until March 17, 2015, at 2:00 PM at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud, for the furnishing of all materials, skill, labor and all else necessary for the 2015 Randall Street Improvements; such improvements shall consist of bituminous milling and inlay and other roadway improvements incidental to the pavement resurfacing project within Randall, Minnesota.
The major estimated construction items are:
QUANTITY UNIT ITEM
MIXTURE FOR JOINTS
AND CRACKS TON 20
MILL BITUMINOUS
PAVEMENT (1.5) SQ YD 7,480
MILL BITUMINOUS
PAVEMENT (2.0) SQ YD 1 ,760
TYPE SP 9.5 WEARING
COURSE (2,B) TON 1,070
TRAFFIC CONTROL LS 1
4 SOLID LINE
WHITE-PAINT LIN FT 60
Each bid must be accompanied by a bid security, payable to the Owner, in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid as a guarantee that the bidder, if successful, will enter into a contract with the City for the work described in the proposal. This deposit will be subject to forfeiture as provided by law.
The Contract Documents may be examined at City Hall in Randall, Minnesota or the office of the Engineer, Widseth Smith Nolting, 7804 Industrial Park Road, Baxter, MN 56425.
The Owner reserves the right to hold all bids for a period of sixty (60) days after the scheduled closing time set for receiving bids.
The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities, to reject any or all bids and to award the Contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.wsn.us.com by clicking on Bidding Documents in the upper right hand corner or at www.questcdn.com by inputting Quest project #3731054 on the webistes Project Search page. Please contract QuestCDN.com at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. You may download the digital plan documents electronically for $30. An optional paper set of project documents is also available from Cadd/Engineering Supply (CES) for a nonrefundable price of $30 plus printing costs. If you choose a paper copy you will get all addenda as paper copies and will be charged for the printing costs. Please make your check payable to Cadd/Engineering Supply and send it to 1701 James Circle N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. Please contact CESs Repro Dept. at (763) 560-9098 or (800) 831-8587 for pricing and if you have any questions. The Owner will consider such bids and the responsibility of the bidders after 7:00 PM on March 18, 2015 for possible contract award.
City of Randall
By: /s/ Matt Pantzke

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Bids/Grade http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bidsgrade/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/bidsgrade/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:42 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572123 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Graham Township is taking sealed bids for a tractor pull-type grader. The grader can be seen at Graham Town Hall. Send sealed bids to; Deb Scott, Clerk, 14300 65th Ave. NE, Rice, MN 56367. Bids will be opened at the April 13, 2015 town hall meeting at 8:00 p.m. We have the right to reject all bids.

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OrdinanceNo. http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/ordinanceno/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/ordinanceno/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:35 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572121 ORDINANCE
NO. 02092015-01
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF PIERZ,
MORRISON COUNTY,
MINNESOTA
ORDAINS:
AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A VETERANS MEMORIAL
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Pierz would like to recognize the service of all United States military personnel; and
WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute 416.01 required an Ordinance providing for the erection, equipment and maintenance of a building or monument or parks in recognition of the services performed by soldiers, sailors, marines and war veterans of the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Pierz, Morrison County, State of Minnesota, that:
1. The City Council of the City of Pierz authorizes a Veterans Memorial to be constructed, equipped and maintained in Billig Park within the City of Pierz.
2. This Ordinance shall take effect and shall be in force upon publication.
Adopted by the City Council this 23rd day of February, 2015.
/s/ Toby Egan
Mayor
Attest:
/s/ Matt Bell
Clerk

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Agenda March http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/agenda-march-6/ http://mcrecord.com/2015/03/01/agenda-march-6/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:03:28 +0000 http://mcrecord.com/?p=572119 AGENDA
FOR THE SWANVILLE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015
7:00 PM
1. Call to Order.
2. Roll Call.
3. Visitors.
4. Approve and/ or Amend the Agenda.
5. Approve and/or Amend the Minutes of the February 10, 2015 School Board Minutes.
6. Reports:
a. 7-12 Principal.
b. Elementary Principal.
7. Old Business:
a. Paired Sports Update?
b. School Calendar.
c. Financial:
1. Finance Committee.
2. Potential Cuts.
3. Proposed Unrequested Leaves of Absences.
4. Non-tenured staff.
d. Other late business to come before the board.
8. New Business:
a. Staff Resignation.
b. Tobacco Policy.
c. Other late business to come before the board.
9. Bills.
10. Adjourn.

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