Public Notices May 10, 2023






The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Douglas County (DCHRA) is considering the submission of an application for Housing Preservation Grant Funds from the USDA Rural Development offices. The funds will be used to rehabilitate very low/low-income owner-occupied homes in Douglas, Pope, and Todd Counties.

The “Statement of Activities” for this program is available for review at the DCHRA offices M-Th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The offices are closed every workday from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for lunch.  The DCHRA offices are located at 1224 N. Nokomis in Alexandria, MN.

Input and comments regarding this application will be accepted from the general public through Saturday, May 27, 2023. Comments may be mailed to the Douglas County HRA at P.O. Box 965, Attn: Janelle Bennett, Alexandria, MN  56308.







The Mont Rose Cemetery Board will meet on Monday, May 15, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. 

The meeting will be held at the Countryside Restaurant, Motley, MN.





Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas 148.7 feet on a 160-foot water tower at the approx. vicinity of 520 4th Street NE, Staples, Todd County, MN, 56479. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Lisa Skeens,, 1821 Walden Office Square, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (630) 227-0202.



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Notice is hereby given this 10th day of May, 2023, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1 (2009), that all persons in Todd County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate noxious weeds on land they occupy or are required to maintain (Landowners are required to control noxious weeds on lands enrolled in an FSA program. Please contact FSA for control requirements). Control or eradication may be done by any lawful method, but the method(s) may need to be repeated to prevent spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts. Failure to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2 (2009), will be issued. Failure to comply with an individual notice may mean the inspector having jurisdiction may hire the work done. If the work is hired done, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected. You may obtain the Noxious Weed List from your County Agricultural Inspector (CAI) or your Local Weed Inspectors (LWI). LWIs include the township supervisors, city mayors or their appointed assistants. More information regarding the MN Noxious Weed Law and a list of CAIs can be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Web Site: The noxious weeds that need to be: Eradicated: Black swallow-wort, Brown knapweed, Common teasel, Cutleaf teasel, Dalmatian toadflax, Diffuse knapweed, Giant hogweed, Grecian foxglove, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese hops, Johnsongrass, Pale swallow-wort, Palmer amaranth, Red hailstone/goldencreeper, Tree of heaven and Yellow starthistle. Controlled: Bohemian knotweed, Canada thistle, Common barberry, Common tansy, Giant knotweed, Japanese knotweed, Leafy spurge, Meadow knapweed, Narrowleaf bittercress, Non-native phragmites, Plumeless thistle, Poison hemlock, Purple loosestrife, Round leaf bittersweet, Spotted knapweed, and Wild parsnip. Restricted Noxious Weeds: Amur honeysuckle, Amur silvergrass, Bell’s honeysuckle, Black locust, Common or European buckthorn, Crown vetch, European alder, Garlic mustard, Glossy buckthorn (all cultivars), Japanese barberry cultivars, Lesser celandine, Morrow’s honeysuckle, Multiflora rose, Porcelain berry, Saltcedar, Siberian peashrub, Tatarian honeysuckle, Wild carrot/Queen Anne’s lace and Winged burning bush (and all cultivars). Specially Regulated Plants: Amur corktree, Amur maple, Callery pear, Norway maple, Poison ivy and Tatarian maple. We appreciate your help in controlling and eradicating Noxious Weeds in Todd County. Nancy Uhlenkamp, Todd County Ditch and Ag Inspector, Located at Public Works, 44 Riverside Drive, Long Prairie, MN 56347. 320-533-4651,



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Notice is given by means of this legal newspaper that an Informational Meeting will be held Monday, May 22, 2023, 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the Commissioner’s Board Room on the third level of the Historic Courthouse located at 215 1st Ave. South, Long Prairie, MN 56347. This Informational Meeting is regarding the failing tile line between Center Lake and Felix Lake and the condition of the open ditch, etc. All interested landowners are welcome and encouraged to attend this Informational Meeting. County Commissioners Becker, Denny, Erickson, Noska, and Neumann, County Ditch Inspector Nancy Uhlenkamp, and Ditch Attorney Kale Van Bruggen will be present. If any additional information is needed before this meeting, please contact Nancy Uhlenkamp County Ditch Inspector located at Public Works, 44 Riverside Drive, Long Prairie, MN 56347, phone 320-533-4651, email:






Noxious Weed and Brush Spraying


Legal Notice is hereby given that there will be Noxious Weed and Brush Spraying of County Road Right of Ways. The spraying will begin sometime after June 1, 2023. Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to Todd County Ditch and Ag Inspector Nancy Uhlenkamp, Located at Public Works, 44 Riverside Drive, Long Prairie, MN 56347, 320-533-4651,






Court File Number: 77-CV-23-310

 Case Type: Contract





Magnifi Financial Credit Union, Plaintiff


Matthew Rahn and Tamara Rahn, a/k/a Tamara D. Rahn, John Doe, Mary Roe and each other person unknown claiming any right or interest in any part of the real estate described in the 

complaint herein,



This Summons is directed to (name of Defendants): Matthew Rahn and Tamara Rahn a/k/a Tamara D. Rahn; and John Doe, Mary Roe and each other person unknown claiming any possessory right or interest in any part of the real estate described in the complaint herein.

1. You are being sued. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Complaint is attached to this Summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that start a lawsuit and affect your legal rights, even if nothing has been filed with the court and even if there is no court file number on this Summons.

2. You must BOTH reply, in writing, AND get a copy of your reply to the person/business who is suing you within 21 days to protect your rights. Your reply is called an Answer. Getting your reply to the Plaintiff is called service. You must serve a copy of your Answer or Answer and Counterclaim (Answer) within 21 days from the date you received the Summons and Complaint.

ANSWER: You can find the Answer form and instructions on the MN Judicial Branch website at under the “Civil” category. The instructions will explain in detail how to fill out the Answer form.

3. You must respond to each claim. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you think the Plaintiff should not be given everything they asked for in the Complaint, you must say that in your Answer.

4. SERVICE: You may lose your case if you do not send a written response to the Plaintiff. If you do not serve a written Answer within 21 days, you may lose this case by default.

You will not get to tell your side of the story. If you choose not to respond, the Plaintiff may be awarded everything they asked for in their Complaint. If you agree with the claims, stated in the Complaint, you don’t need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for what the Plaintiff asked for in the Complaint.

To protect your rights, you must serve a copy of your Answer on the person who signed this Summons in person or by mail at this address: Mark F. Uphus, Attorney at Law, 310 Main Street East - PO Box 158, Melrose, Minnesota  56352.

5. Carefully read the Instructions (CIV301) for the Answer for your next steps.

6. Legal Assistance. You may wish to get legal help from an attorney. If you do not have an attorney and would like legal help:

• Visit and click on the “Legal Advice Clinics” tab to get more information about legal clinics in each Minnesota county.

• Court Administration may have information about places where you can get legal assistance.

NOTE: Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still serve a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.

7. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an ADR process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice. You must still serve your written Answer, even if you expect to use ADR.

8. This lawsuit may affect or bring into question title to real property located in Todd County, State of Minnesota, legally described as follows:

All that part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter in Section 26, Township 127 North, Range 35 West of the 5th P.M., Todd County, Minnesota, lying Northeast of the Township Road together with all hereditaments and appurtenances belonging thereto. 

The object of this action includes, among other things: foreclosure of a mortgage and other security interests against the above described property and fixtures, improvements, and any unaffixed manufactured housing unit located on the described property; to obtain judgment that Plaintiff’s mortgage, security and other interests and claims against said property have priority over any claim or interest of any herein named Defendants and any other person; and obtain and docket, as may be appropriate, a deficiency money judgment against the herein named Defendants.


Dated: April 26, 2023


/s/ Mark F. Uphus

Mark F. Uphus, Minn. Atty. Reg. # 141136 

310 Main Street E

PO Box 158

Melrose, MN  56352

Telephone: 320/256-7491

Facsimile: 320/256-7612




ISD #2170

School Board

meeting #17 

Mar. 20, 2023, 6 p.m. District Office




Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Chair Winkels with Anderson, Reese, Winkels, Trout, Reeck and Wright present. Also attending: Supt. Tappe, Principals Berg and Ferdon, Williams representing ICS, some staff, Staples World Managing Editor Anderson and Recording Secretary Walz. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Reeck, seconded  by Anderson to remove item V. 10 and add items #15, 16, 17 and 18. MC

Motion by Wright, seconded  by Trout to adopt the agenda. MC

Recognize the Public

Winkels recognized the public in attendance.

School/Community Forum

- none

Consent Agenda

Approved Minutes from the Feb. 27 Board Meeting and March 10 Special Board Meeting

Approve the hire of:

a. Eric Semler, District Wide Bus Driver

b. Raymond Borg, Elementary Custodian

c. Emily Berscheit, Elementary Paraprofessional

Approve the Teachers on Call Agreement

Approve the spring coaches list

Approve the fundraiser request from Student Council

Approve the agreement for Cooperation of Spanish Classroom Instructional Services


Motion by Anderson, seconded  by Reeck, to approve the consent agenda. MC

Donations and In-Kind Contributions

Approve the Resolution to accept Grants and Donations in the amount of __________, and In-Kind Contributions in the amount of____________.

Finance Items

Financial Report provided by Supt. Tappe.

Motion by Winkels, seconded by Reeck, to authorize payment of the vouchers. MC

Motion by Wright, seconded by Anderson to approve the following changes effective 4/3/2023:

a. Official Depository Signers: REMOVE Chuck Herdegen and ADD Ellen Hill

b. Officials to Invest Funds: REMOVE Chuck Herdegen and ADD Ellen Hill

c. Officials to make Electronic Investment Transfers: REMOVE Chuck Herdegen and ADD Ellen Hill. 

d. Signature Approvals: REMOVE Chuck Herdegen and ADD Ellen Hill to execute agreements and/or financial documents as necessary on behalf of the district. MC


Facilities Update - ICS representative Williams

Motion by Reeck, seconded  by Reese, to approve and accept lump sum base bid at $490,245 from Mavo Systems, Inc., for summer 2023 Asbestos Abatement work. MC

Motion by Trout, seconded  by Winkels, to approve and accept add alternate #1 for summer 2024 Asbestos Abatement work in the amount of $165,450. MC

Motion by Reeck, seconded  by Anderson, to approve and accept IEA’s fee associated with onsite air monitoring, project management and report completion in the estimated range of $62,000 - $71,000 for 2023 and $53,000 - $61,000 for 2024. MC


(Policy committee minutes 3-17-23)

Motion by Anderson, seconded  by Wright, to approve the review of policies with minimal or no changes: #203.6 - Consent Agenda; #206 - Public Participation at Board Meetings; #211; Criminal or Civil Action Against School District, School Board Member, Employee or Student; #306 - Administrator Code of Ethics; #531 - Pledge of Allegiance; #705 - Investments. MC


Motion by Reeck, seconded by Wright, to approve sealed bids for miscellaneous items. MC

Motion by Reeck, seconded  by Winkels, to approve the transition to the Heart of the Lakes Conference in the Fall of 2024. MC


School Board

     FED - none

    Sourcewell - January 17, 2023 minutes


Principal Berg shared about kindergarten enrollment night, a potential level 3 program for the elementary school, and the 5,000+ positive interactions since rolling out The Cardinal Way! Principal Ferdon shared about registration for 9-12 and the music trip.

Activities Director Lee shared about the middle school play, the exciting end to winter sports at the Xcel Center for wrestling, receiving the MSHSL grant and the community ed. brochure.

Superintendent Tappe introduced the new Business Manager Ellie Hill with 20+ years of experience in education business management, the MEAT grant the district applied for in partnership with CLC’s Meat Cutting program, the Stop Arm Camera grant the transportation department received to put cameras on all regular route stop arms, and the partnership with the city as the district approaches the building project this summer

SMEA didn’t have much to share

Other discussion surrounded the purchase agreement option for the Motley building, no action was taken, and a counter offer was to be determined by Supt. Tappe.


Motion by Anderson, seconded by Reeck, to adjourn the meeting at 7:02 p.m. MC


--Approved minutes submitted by Loren Walz, Recording Secretary, Staples-Motley School District


School Board 

Special Meeting #18

April 3, 2023, 

6:00 p.m. - 

District Office




Call to Order

Call to Order by Chair Winkels.

The meeting was called to order with Anderson, Reese, Winkels, Trout, Reeck and Wright present. Also attending: Supt. Tappe, Principals Berg and Ferdon, Business Manager Hill, some staff, Staples World Managing Editor Anderson and Recording Secretary Walz. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Anderson, seconded by Wright to adopt the agenda. MC

Recognize the public

Winkels recognized the public in attendance.

Continuous Improvement Plan 

Review Schedule - the board discussed how frequently the plan should be reviewed and/or revised, with feedback to come in the future.

Board Communication - board members reviewed MSBA’s board governance model and their role in strategic planning like the Continuous Improvement Plan.


Motion by Trout, seconded by Winkels to approve the 2023-2024 agreement with Sacred Heart Area School. MC


Motion by Wright, seconded by Reeck to approve the addition of a setting 3 EBD Teacher beginning 2023-2024 school year. MC 


Motion by Reeck, seconded by Winkels to approve the resolution accepting the commercial purchase agreement from Daniel Patrick Druk, Isabella Lucia Druk or assigns for the Motley building. Members Anderson, Reeck, Winkels, Reese, Trout and Wright voted in favor, none opposed. MC


Motion by Reeck, seconded by Wright to adjourn the meeting at 6:38 p.m. MC


--Approved minutes submitted by Loren Walz, Recording Secretary, Staples-Motley School District




Advertising Deadlines

Deadline for advertisements and copy is Friday, noon.

Staples World

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100 Staples, MN 56479 Telephone: (218) 894-1112 - Fax: (218) 894-3570 Toll Free: 1-888-894-1112 E Mail:;

Deadline: Friday, noon


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