The Princeton Union-Eagle Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:51:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Libraries in Mille Lacs County faced with funding gap Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:51:30 +0000 Mille Lacs County is budgeting $7,029 less than what the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) has assessed the county for as its portion for supporting the ECRL system.
ECRL runs the public libraries in the counties of Mille Lacs, Isanti, Kanabec, Chisago, Pine and Aitkin. Mille Lacs has libraries in Princeton, Milaca, Isle and Onamia.
The Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners passed a motion in a split vote on Oct. 7 to give ECRL $261,000 in 2015, which is $7,029 less than the county’s $268,029 assessment from ECRL. The motion followed an earlier motion that failed in a split vote for the county to give the full $268,029.
Commissioner Genny Reynolds made the first motion, which was seconded by board chair Phil Peterson. The motion failed, with Reynolds and Peterson voting yes and commissioners Tim Wilhelm, Dave Oslin and Roger Tellinghuisen voting no.
Oslin made the second motion, which was to just pay $261,000, Wilhelm seconded it, and it passed, with Oslin, Wilhelm and Tellinghuisen voting yes and Reynolds and Peterson voting no.
The $268,029 from ECRL is higher than the year before and ECRL bases its assessment on three factors – a county’s population, its net tax capacity, and usage of a county’s libraries by its residents, with each factor weighted equally as one third.
Mille Lacs County’s latest usage figure as a fraction is from 2013 and it was 16.64 percent, or 1.8 percent more than the 14.84 percent in 2012.
The population increase as a fraction was miniscule, and the net tax capacity portion for Mille Lacs rose from 11.8 percent to 12.06 percent.
Reynolds said at the Oct. 7 county board meeting that some library support groups are planning to raise funds if there is a gap between what the county pays and the ECRL’s assessment.
Reynolds, reached on Oct. 14 for an update, said that the ECRL board had just met on Oct. 13 and realized that it has a $15,000 surplus in its budget, therefore she understands that the situation of funding the ECRL libraries is not quite as bad as had been thought.
ECRL Director Barbara Misselt, also reached for comment, said she couldn’t respond much because the minutes of the Oct. 7 Mille Lacs County board meeting had not yet been made official.
But Misselt did comment on the idea of Friends of the Library support groups raising funds to keep ECRL from reducing library open hours when there isn’t enough funding.
The support group has to formally request of the county to accept funds from the group before it could take place, Misselt said.
Misselt also made it clear that ECRL is firm about reducing hours if it has to. She noted that it happened to Isanti County one year. There was an attempt by support groups to raise the needed money to fill the gap between ECRL’s assessment to Isanti County and what the county paid. The support group members raised some but not all the needed money to fill the gap. But what the Friends group raised meant that ECRL didn’t have to reduce the open library hours as much as it would have, Misselt said.
Peterson commented at the Oct. 7 county board meeting that he hadn’t ever heard before of a support group in Mille Lacs County raising funds to fill a library funding gap.
Mille Lacs County Administrator Roxy Traxler was asked if there was still leeway within the county’s preliminary 3 percent county tax levy increase for 2015 to fund the full $268,029 ECRL assessment to the county.
Traxler answered yes.
Oslin asked Reynolds, who is the county’s representative on the ECRL board, about the potential fundraising from Friends of the Library groups to fill the gap. Reynolds noted that a couple Chisago County commissioners have agreed to volunteer at a planned musical entertainment show in Mille Lacs County to raise money to prevent reduced hours in Mille Lacs County libraries.
Reynolds, a week later, said she understands how the commissioners who voted against the motion to pay the full $268,029 assessment are trying to keep the levy increase in 2015 from exceeding 2.5 percent. The county board finalizes its levy for 2015 this coming December. It can always make the increase be less than the 3 percent but it can’t make it go higher when finalizing it.

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State Tennis: Dorr sisters lose first match Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:46:27 +0000 Princeton sisters Brianna and Kelsey Dorr were defeated in their opening round match of the girls state tennis tournament in doubles competition.
In a battle of two Tigers teams, Jill Kedrowski and Samantha Eisenreich of St. Cloud Tech won the first game 7-6. After losing the close game, the Dorrs came back to win the second game 7-6. The St. Cloud duo won the third game 6-1.
The Princeton girls play at 2 p.m. in the consolation round against Coon Rapids.

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Birth Announcement Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:19:13 +0000 Greg and Joey Schmitz, of Princeton, announce the birth of their daughter Mattie Jo, Monday, October 20, 2014 at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Mattie has a very excited brother Jake.
Grandparents are Harris and Wilma Richardson of Wahpeton, ND and John and Marlyn Schmitz of Princeton, MN.

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Update: Identity of deceased crash victim released Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:31:55 +0000 One person is dead and two others injured following an early morning crash Thursday, Oct. 23 on Highway 169 at County Road 12 in Mille Lacs County.

The accident was first reported to the Minnesota State Patrol at 7:14 a.m.

A 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Nanette Minarich, 49, of Foreston, was southbound on Highway 169 and was hit broadside by an eastbound 2012 Toyota Corolla driven by 42-year-old Rolina Karsten of Pease. Karsten was pronounced dead at the scene.

Minarich sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton. A passenger in the Toyota, 46-year-old Maria Puffer of Oak Park, suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

The crash remains under investigation of the Minnesota State Patrol. The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department and Princeton Fire & Rescue.

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Volleyball: Season ends at Elk River Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:56:10 +0000 The Princeton girls volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Elk River in playoff action Wednesday, Oct. 22 to end its season.

See complete coverage in the Oct. 30 edition of the Princeton Union-Eagle.

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Girls team tennis: Mayo ends Tigers’ run at State Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:28:17 +0000 The Princeton Girls team tennis team is the consolation runner-up after falling short to Rochester Mayo in the consolation championship game.
Kelsey Dorr of Princeton earned the Tigers’ lone win, defeating Mayo’s Emily Norman 2-6, 6-2.

Rochester Mayo 6 Princeton 1

Singles: 1. Kylie Boyer, RM, def. Mary Claire
Mayerchak, P, 6-1, 6-1. 2. Jessica Marmorstein,
RM, def. Brianna Dorr, P, 6-0, 6-2. 3. Kelsey
Dorr, P, def. Emily Norman, RM, 2-6, 6-2, (13-
11). 4. Emma Trncic, RM, def. Jenna Doyle, P, 6-
3, 6-0.

Doubles: 1. Kate Rosenow & Elena Cattaneo,
RM, def. Hannah Johnson & Sarah Stark, P, 6-2,
6-2. 2. Natali Sorajja & Celine Ammash, RM, def.
Reilee Schepper & Krysta Maus, P, 6-3, 6-7 (5),
(10-2). 3. Amalin Sorajja & Amelia Thompson,
RM, def. Becca Maus & Megan Farley, P, 6-2, 6-

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Help send girls soccer off to state Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:42:45 +0000 You can help send off the Princeton High School girls varsity soccer team today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. as they depart the high school by bus on their way to state-tournament play against Hill Murray at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium. Game time will be 7:30 p.m. for what will be the first time a PHS girls soccer team has entered state competition.
The departure route begins at the high school, and will go north on Seventh Avenue to Sixth Street South, then east to Rum Drive, and finally north to the roundabout and west on Highway 95 to St. Cloud.
Soccer team boosters are urging well wishers to dress in orange and black and wave the team on along their route out of Princeton. The PHS activities office has been signing people up to ride a fans bus that will be going to the soccer meet.

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Tigers advance in football playoffs 48-24 over Denfeld Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:41:12 +0000 Senior running back Wyatt Dahlheimer had four  touchdown runs — the longest being four yards — to lead the Princeton Tigers football team to a 48-24 victory in Section 7AAAA playoff action Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Princeton High School.

See complete game coverage in the Oct. 30 edition of the Princeton Union-Eagle.

#3 seed Princeton  faces #2 seed Hermantown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Hermantown High School.


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Tiger tennis wins first consolation game Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:27:49 +0000 In state tournament team tennis action, Princeton defeated St. Cloud Tech in the consolation round Tuesday, Oct. 21 and faces Rochester Mayo Wednesday at noon.

Princeton 4 St. Cloud Tech 3

Singles: 1. Taylor Tarrolly, SCT, def. Mary Claire
Mayerchak, P, 6-1, 6-2. 2. Brianna Dorr, P, def.
Katelyn Tarrolly, SCT, 6-4, 6-1. 3. Kelsey Dorr, P,
def. Katie Williams, SCT, 6-2, 6-0. 4. Jenna Doyle,
P, def. Kate Inderieden, SCT, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: 1. Jill Kedrowski & Samantha
Eisenreich, SCT, def. Hannah Johnson & Sarah
Stark, P, 6-1, 6-0. 2. Reilee Schepper & Krysta
Maus, P, def. Courtney Donnelly & Rebekah
Zwiener, SCT, 6-4, 6-1. 3. Samantha Boettcher &
Kylie Miller, SCT, def. Becca Maus & Gabby
Dahlen, P, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

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Jary W. Heinemann Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:19:40 +0000 Jary   W.  Heinemann

Jary Heinemann, age 77 of Elk River, was born on Sept. 23, 1937 at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis to Bill and Grayce Heinemann. He grew up in north Minneapolis, where as a young boy he enjoyed terrorizing his neighborhood and his sister Gail with his mischievous ways, becoming well-known in the neighborhood but for the wrong reason! On his better-mannered days, Jary was fond of playing baseball and other sports on Victory Memorial Drive. He attended Loring Grade School and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1955.
After high school, Jary enlisted and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. The best thing about the Marines? You dont need to be smart to be a Marine, you just need to be good-looking.
After the Marines, Jary returned to Minnesota where he worked for many years in the electrical industry. Jary married Kay Spencer in 1962, and in 1971 they moved their young family to his beloved Elk Lake near Princeton. The Heinemann land on Elk Lake had been purchased by Jarys parents and grandparents in 1930. During Jarys early childhood it became his favorite place on earth, and it remained so through the rest of his life.
Jary had many hobbies, including boating, camping and reading. And even into his 70s, Jary could still find time on most days to play with his cherished toy trains. He helped start the youth hockey program in Princeton and spent many years volunteering as a hockey coach. But Jarys favorite hobby was to reminisce and tell stories with family and good friends. He relished his role as unofficial historian of Elk Lake and Minneapolis north side.
Jary died peacefully on October 15, 2014. On his last day he had coffee with his buddies at Coborns, lunch with more friends at The Eatery and dinner with his wife Kay – a perfect Jary day!
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Jaden Heinemann.
He is survived by his loving wife Kay; children Doug, Beth and Jeff; grandchildren Brien, Cody, Cole and Grace; sister Gail Belvedere; daughter-in-law Julie and son-in-law Howard Root, in addition to many relatives and good friends.
Services have been completed. Arrangements by Dares Funeral Home in Elk River.

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