The Princeton Union-Eagle http://unioneagle.com Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:23:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 David (Dave) E. Stacy http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/david-dave-e-stacy/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/david-dave-e-stacy/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:23:34 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111703 David  (Dave)   E.  Stacy

David E. Stacy was born on November 10, 1935 in Princeton, MN to Emil and Ida Stacy. He died at home on October 24, 2014. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1953.
Dave is survived by his wife of 59 years, June (Meyer) Stacy; his three daughters, Renee Sagvold (Mark) of Duquette, MN, Kelly Sandquist (Jim) of Milaca, MN, Renata Howard (Gary) of Coon Rapids, MN; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Daves life will be held on Saturday, November 8 at New Life Church in Princeton, MN. The service will be at 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served immediately following the service.

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Richard (Dick) V. Schmatz http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/richard-dick-v-schmatz/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/richard-dick-v-schmatz/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:23:28 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111700 Richard Dick Vernon Schmatz was born on July 30, 1939 in Princeton, MN to Raymond and Hazel (Bergeron) Schmatz. He was united in marriage to Cynthia Koppendrayer-Bouma in Princeton, MN on July 17, 1975.
Dick is survived by his wife Cindy, two sons Jeffrey (Sandy) and Ricky, step-son Troy (Angela) Bouma, eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister Mary (Victor) Spiczka and brother-in-law Clifford Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Bonnie Schultz and Marlys Peterson and brother Vernon Schmatz.
Visitation 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and one hour prior to funeral. Funeral on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. All services at Trinity Lutheran.

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2013 Financial Statements http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/2013-financial-statements/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/2013-financial-statements/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:23:04 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111697 MILLE LACS COUNTY
Vendors List (Cont.)

Published in the Princeton Union Eagle
November 6, 2014 – 305334, 305328 & 305286

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Princeton teacher presented national education award http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/princeton-teacher-presented-national-education-award/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/princeton-teacher-presented-national-education-award/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:01:51 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111691 North teacher Angela Harvala is pictured Thursday, Oct. 30 at her surprise award presentation.

North teacher Angela Harvala is pictured Thursday, Oct. 30 at her surprise award presentation.

Angela Harvala, a fifth grade teacher at Princeton’s North Elementary School, was surprised by the Milken Family Foundation as Minnesota’s latest recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award.

The national award recognizes outstanding excellence in education and includes a $25,000 cash prize.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Dr. Jane Foley, foundation senior vice president for the Milken Educator Awards, were among the leaders participating in the surprise celebration.

See a complete story in the Nov. 6 edition of the Princeton Union-Eagle.

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Election could change face of school board, mayor seat http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/election-could-change-face-of-school-board-mayor-seat/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/election-could-change-face-of-school-board-mayor-seat/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:23:51 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111680 Voters in the Princeton School District will have five choices on the ballot for the school board when they head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
And if those voters live in the city of Princeton, they’ll be casting ballots in a mayoral race, too.
Another local race of interest to Mille Lacs County voters is the race for Mille Lacs County attorney, which has heated up in the past few weeks.
In the race for the Princeton School District Board of Education, three incumbents are squaring off against a former high school principal and a former member of the Baldwin Township board of supervisors.
Incumbents Craig Johnson, Eric Minks and Deb Ulm are seeking to return to the board.  They are being challenged by former Princeton High School Principal Dale Hurni and former Baldwin Township Supervisor Kimberly Good. It’s the first school board run for both Hurni and Good.
In the city of Princeton, Mayor Paul Whitcomb is being challenged by Bob Guptil. Whitcomb is serving his first term as mayor after about 14 years as a city council member . Guptil is a first-time candidate who has family ties to a longtime downtown Princeton retailer.
Council Members Thom Walker and Jules Zimmer are seeking re-election to the council. They are running unopposed.
On the Mille Lacs County level, auditor-treasurer Phil Thompson and Sheriff Brent Lindgren are running unopposed.
If you live in Bogus Brook Township, you will be voting for county commissioner. Incumbent Roger Tellinghuisen is being challenged by Paula Soderberg in the District 4 race. The Princeton-area representatives Genny Reynolds and Tim Wilhelm are not up for re-election this year.
But it’s the race for Mille Lacs County attorney that might be garnering the most attention in the area.
Assistant County Attorney Mark Herzing is facing private practice attorney Joe Walsh. The two emerged to the forefront of the race for county attorney after defeating incumbent Jan Jude in an August primary.
Voters will also be heading to the polls to vote for a number of candidates who will sit in both St. Paul and Washington, D.C.
In the race for District 15A state representative, longtime representative and Republican candidate Sondra Erickson, of Princeton, will face DFLer James Rittenour, of Milaca, for the right to represent the district the next two years in the Minnesota House. This is an off-year for state Senate.
In the race for governor, DFL incumbent Mark Dayton faces GOP challenger Jeff Johnson and Independent Party candidate Hannah Nicollet.
Voters will also vote for secretary of state, state auditor and attorney general. In the secretary of state race, longtime secretary of state Mark Ritchie is not seeking re-election. Republican Dan Severson is running against DFLer Steve Simon and Independent Bob Hellend. For state auditor, DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto is facing GOP candidate Randy Gilbert and Independent Patrick Dean. In the attorney general race, DFL incumbent Lori Swanson is being challenged by Republican Scott Newman and Independent Brandan Borgos.
Area voters will also be choosing a U.S. senator and congressman.
For senator, incumbent DFLer Al Franken is being challenged by Republican Mike McFadden and Independent Steve Carlson. In the District 8 race for U.S. Representative, Republican Stewart Mills and Green Party candidate Ray Sandman are challenging DFL incumbent Rick Nolan.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday,  Nov. 4. Polls will be open at town halls in Baldwin, Blue Hill, Spencer Brook, Wyanett, Bogus Brook, Greenbush and Princeton townships.
City of Princeton voters will cast ballots in the Great Northern Room at the depot at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society, 103 S. 10th Ave.

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Election could change face of School Board http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/election-could-change-face-of-school-board/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/election-could-change-face-of-school-board/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:19:45 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111678 Voters in the Princeton School District will have five choices on the ballot for the school board when they head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
And if those voters live in the city of Princeton, they’ll be casting ballots in a mayoral race, too.
Another local race of interest to Mille Lacs County voters is the race for Mille Lacs County attorney, which has heated up in the past few weeks.
In the race for the Princeton School District Board of Education, three incumbents are squaring off against a former high school principal and a former member of the Baldwin Township board of supervisors.
Incumbents Craig Johnson, Eric Minks and Deb Ulm are seeking to return to the board.  They are being challenged by former Princeton High School Principal Dale Hurni and former Baldwin Township Supervisor Kimberly Good. It’s the first school board run for both Hurni and Good.
In the city of Princeton, Mayor Paul Whitcomb is being challenged by Bob Guptil. Whitcomb is serving his first term as mayor after about 14 years as a city council member . Guptil is a first-time candidate who has family ties to a longtime downtown Princeton retailer.
Council Members Thom Walker and Jules Zimmer are seeking re-election to the council. They are running unopposed.
On the Mille Lacs County level, auditor-treasurer Phil Thompson and Sheriff Brent Lindgren are running unopposed.
If you live in Bogus Brook Township, you will be voting for county commissioner. Incumbent Roger Tellinghuisen is being challenged by Paula Soderberg in the District 4 race. The Princeton-area representatives Genny Reynolds and Tim Wilhelm are not up for re-election this year.
But it’s the race for Mille Lacs County attorney that might be garnering the most attention in the area.
Assistant County Attorney Mark Herzing is facing private practice attorney Joe Walsh. The two emerged to the forefront of the race for county attorney after defeating incumbent Jan Jude in an August primary.
Voters will also be heading to the polls to vote for a number of candidates who will sit in both St. Paul and Washington, D.C.
In the race for District 15A state representative, longtime representative and Republican candidate Sondra Erickson, of Princeton, will face DFLer James Rittenour, of Milaca, for the right to represent the district the next two years in the Minnesota House. This is an off-year for state Senate.
In the race for governor, DFL incumbent Mark Dayton faces GOP challenger Jeff Johnson and Independent Party candidate Hannah Nicollet.
Voters will also vote for secretary of state, state auditor and attorney general. In the secretary of state race, longtime secretary of state Mark Ritchie is not seeking re-election. Republican Dan Severson is running against DFLer Steve Simon and Independent Bob Hellend. For state auditor, DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto is facing GOP candidate Randy Gilbert and Independent Patrick Dean. In the attorney general race, DFL incumbent Lori Swanson is being challenged by Republican Scott Newman and Independent Brandan Borgos.
Area voters will also be choosing a U.S. senator and congressman.
For senator, incumbent DFLer Al Franken is being challenged by Republican Mike McFadden and Independent Steve Carlson. In the District 8 race for U.S. Representative, Republican Stewart Mills and Green Party candidate Ray Sandman are challenging DFL incumbent Rick Nolan.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday,  Nov. 4. Polls will be open at town halls in Baldwin, Blue Hill, Spencer Brook, Wyanett, Bogus Brook, Greenbush and Princeton townships.
City of Princeton voters will cast ballots in the Great Northern Room at the depot at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society, 103 S. 10th Ave.

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School Board looks at buying former police station http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/school-board-looks-at-buying-former-police-station/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/school-board-looks-at-buying-former-police-station/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:18:55 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111676 The Princeton School Board has been discussing the possibility of submitting a bid to the city to purchase the former police station that the police department vacated nearly a year ago.
The former police station is located between City Hall and the school district’s building that houses school district administrative offices, the community education office, early childhood family education and preschool classrooms.
The board, during a closed session Oct. 21, discussed strategy for bidding on the old police station property and also whether it should order a study on the feasibility of purchasing the property and remodeling it for school district needs.
The closed session, which means the public is not allowed to attend, began after the board’s regular business meeting that evening. The agenda for the regular meeting stated that there would be a closed meeting for the purpose of “negotiation strategies and superintendent evaluation.”
The Union-Eagle checked with Minnesota Newspaper Association consulting attorney Mark Anfinson about proper procedures for a governing board to close a meeting to the public. He stated that the board, before closing the meeting, must cite the statute the closing would fall under and give the specific reason for the closing. Anfinson said the negotiation-strategy reason was not specific. Specific in this case would have been to state that the negotiations strategy had to do with bidding strategy for acquiring the former police station.
Superintendent Julia Espe was contacted on Oct. 28 to respond to Anfinson’s comments and to give more details about the closed meeting. Espe said the board intends to have the topic of the possible feasibility study of the former police station on its Nov. 4 regular board meeting agenda. The board normally meets twice each month, the first and third Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room in the district office building.

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End of a Halloween era http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/end-of-a-halloween-era/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/end-of-a-halloween-era/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:17:50 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111672 The Princeton Fire Department and their families will not host a Halloween haunted fire station at the fire station in 2014. The era of hosting the haunted house comes to a close after 18 years.
To not have a haunted fire station was a very hard decision, according to members of the Fire Department’s Halloween Committee. But it was the right decision, they said.
The haunted fire station was founded 18 years ago when a few firefighters opened the old fire station to hand out treats. Before long, the fire station was filled with ghouls, goblins, flying ghosts and characters popping out of nowhere.
Firefighters than the Princeton Fire Relief Association for its support over the years and the members and their families who supported the program over the years.

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Princeton hires police officer who has served on PPD’s reserve force http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/princeton-hires-police-officer-who-has-served-on-ppds-reserve-force/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/princeton-hires-police-officer-who-has-served-on-ppds-reserve-force/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:07:45 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111667 The city of Princeton has hired Auburn, Washington, native Shane Duncan to fill the patrol officer vacancy on the city’s Police Department, pending successful completion of a background check.
The City Council approved the tentative hiring of Duncan on Oct. 23, with a starting annual salary of $44,034. Police Chief Todd Frederick said he expects that Duncan, who moved to Princeton in new officer2004, will be sworn in at the next council meeting on Nov. 6. Duncan, a former U.S. Army sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, served in Afghanistan and Iraq and has given more than 1,800 hours of voluntary hours as a reserve officer on the Princeton Police Department beginning in 2012. Duncan has been a full-time deputy with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office since last spring, according to Princeton Police Sgt. Joe Backlund.
Duncan also worked as a maintenance engineer for the Princeton School District for 10 years. He has an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences at St. Cloud State University and is seeking a bachelor’s degree from SCSU in criminal justice. He completed his law enforcement skills training in 2013 and is currently licensed by the Minnesota Post Board. He is also a trained first responder.
City Administrator Mark Karnowski told the City Council that the interviewing process was shortened because Duncan “clearly excelled” among the remaining finalists. Karnowski was on the interviewing panel with Frederick, Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude, Mayor Paul Whitcomb and Princeton Police officers Kristi Kuyper and Eric Minks.
The city received more than 100 applicants and had seven finalists for what was originally planned to be two sets of interviews. Karnowski said that one of those candidates withdrew his application and one did not show up for the interview. He said the initial intent was to narrow the remaining ones down to two or three for a second interview, but then the panel decided to recommend Duncan for the hiring.

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Lyme disease led to woman entering Pillsbury Bake-off contest http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/lyme-disease-led-to-woman-entering-pillsbury-bake-off-contest/ http://unioneagle.com/2014/10/lyme-disease-led-to-woman-entering-pillsbury-bake-off-contest/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:01:17 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=111661 Many who see Tamra “Tammy” Efta’s recipe that made her one of the top 100 placers in this year’s national Pillsbury Bake-off may not know the story of how her long ordeal with Lyme disease played a role in her entering the contest.tammy efta pizza
Efta will now be will be competing in Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 3 to see who will be the top four to emerge out of four baking categories to either be the grand prize winner or one of three category prize winners. The total value of prizes in the contest is $1.29 million.
The grand pfrize is $1 million and $10,000 in GE appliances. The 100 contestants will each have 3 1/2 hours to make their recipe for the judges.
The prizes will be awarded on a point system, with a panel of judges voting first and their points will weighted at 55 percent of the total points. Persons 18 and over who are residents of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., will then get to vote on the top person that the judges will have selected from each of the four Pillsbury Bake-off categories. Then the points from their votes will be added to the points mix. The voting will be through Facebook
Efta, 55, entered the Pillsbury Bake-off’s Amazing Doable Dinners category after coming across the contest information on a website earlier this year while trying to recollect what ingredients are needed for making chili, something she had once known all her life.
She would have remembered how to make the chili, she says, if she hadn’t been experiencing memory lapses that she attributed to a 20-year struggle with Lyme disease. After searching for the cause of her symptoms for nearly two decades, an acquaintance recommended she try a doctor in Eden Prairie who might be able to help solve the medical riddle, eventually leading to a correct diagnosis and treatment.
Efta had known about the annual contest for years but hadn’t thought until that moment – when she was looking up on the Internet the chili ingredients she couldn’t remember – that it might be something she would consider entering.
She began learning baking and cooking as a child from her mother, Shirley, and grandmother Gertrude. One thing she learned, she said, was not only how to read a recipe, but to be able to customize and go outside the standard directions.
But getting to the decision to enter the Pillsbury Bake-off was still not so easy, as she recalled thinking: “I can’t do this.” But she says she also felt God urging her on to enter and that she would “be OK.”
Once deciding to enter the Pillsbury Bake-off, she made about a half dozen versions of pizza to come up with her winning recipe. She said that by the end of it, her husband was sick of pizza. Some weeks after entering the contest, she was notified that she was one of 1,000 across the United States who were still in the contest.
“I was just perplexed,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Then she received an e-mail on July 23, her 55th birthday, that she was now among the top 100 remaining contenders. She considered it a happy birthday greeting.
She was instructed in the email to obtain a head-and-shoulders photo of her and to also have a video made of her explaining her recipe to send in for the contest.
Asked how she came up with her recipe, she said she “felt a nudge from God.”  She also said, “I like hot wings and I like to dump hot wings into ranch dressing, and I thought I would make a pizza out of it.”
She was offered free air transportation for the upcoming Nashville trip for the final bake-off, but she and Don have decided they will drive out and back.
Efta’s career has mostly consisted of working in group homes, with a number of those years as a supervisor in the homes. She also worked for a time in the Princeton Community Education department, worked at a crisis pregnancy center, spent more than seven years in jail ministry, and has been working at Princeton Book & Bible. She said her memory loss led her to quit working at the group home, noting that remembering the right medications for the residents is critical.
But the struggles have brought her and Don closer together, she added. She noted that besides the struggles with her disease, Don had something similar to a brain aneurism in 2003 and then came his layoff from work this year.
She said she is excited not only about doing so well in the Pillsbury Bake-off but also for regaining her health.
“During that dark time (late 2011 into 2012), I couldn’t read,” she said as she talked about her interest in reading.  “I couldn’t comprehend what I read and I would forget what I read.”
She has always been interested in word games and now she has the motivation to do them to improve her memory, she said.
She said she sometimes still feels like she is in a dark period, but is philosophical about dealing with big life challenges.
“We want a McDonald’s (fast-food) service (to fix problems) and sometimes we don’t get McDonald’s service,” she said. The answer, she says, is to “sit down and feast with God.”

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