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Wednesday, June "18 2014 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota, Page 7 Volunteers help beautify Bagley l'he Bagley Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts exercised their ,reen thumbs - and performed their daily good deed  by helping plant flowers in the large planters that are ' decorating our fair city. In the above scene Doug Lindgren and scout Jayden Chesley attend to a planter while Jon l--Danielson and Kelsey Chesley tend to another planter. Meet some of the scouting work crew: (from left) Jayden Chesley, Louis Pietruszewski and Jon Danielson, with Scoutmastel Dennis Danielson in the back. The scouts and other members of the community volunteered on June 2 to plant the flowers. and Keith Kubiak volunteered his time and a forklift to put them into place. Cost of the flowers was covered by donations from local businesses and individuals, according to Bagley City ClerkColleen Lindgren. Plaque at State Capitol honors Native American veterans Louis Pietruszewski and his dad, Nell Pietruszewski, plant flowers in one planter, while others work in the background. Note the rain gear - it was a cold, wet day! $ City Council approves putting = Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab ; Center into TEP District, owner : plans to expand facility , By Ciera Jobgen .'* A public hearing regarding m new tax increment financing TIF) project was held uesday, June 10 at Bagiey i.City Hal ! .......... ':  " Allen Potvin, owner of ,--the Cornerstone Nursing and .ehab, would like to expand "his building but needed to be included into the TIF District. At this hearing the Council i.was only approving to put ,,Cornerstone Nursing and .bRehab into the district so he can move forward with his plans. !' Allen said he will have final :plans with the architect; bids tre to go out on June 23 and , !should be back to him by July L'6 or 7. -, The project should be done by December 31. ,,: The facility will look like it -qs brand new; it will be mostly private rooms. There will be a few double rooms for couples, fathers and sons. Allen won't know the final cost until the end of June, when the County Assessor can give him a solid number on the real estate tax. Council member Jon Brovold made the motion to accept Cornerstone along with a few other areas they found that could benefit from this, Marty Brothers, Food and Fuel Station, the home adjacent to the Food & Fuel gas station and the property adjacent to the old hotel. All were in favor. Seth Tramm came before the board to seek approval and input on tree removal that is near Hospital Hill, as the helicopters can no longer land on the landing pad at the hospital. He received a letter from a informing him of the regulations. As of right now, they have been using the city airport, but Seth feels this adds costs to the patient for the transportation that could hopefully be avoided. Tramm just needs approval to get the trees removed, but the work would not be done until the inspector can be there. Brovold made the motion to approve this request. All were in favor. Police Chief Larry Peterson came before the council to get approval for four vehicles to go out on bids. Council member Dennis Merschman approved this request. All were in favor. Liquor Store Manager Chris Arnold would like to get a TV for the store so the eml31ovees are able to see who is coming in. Arnold felt that a 50 in TV would do the job it needs to for a price of $669. Council member Chad Bonik made the motion to approve this request. All were in favor. Park and Reaction Board Chairman Doug Lindgren informed the council he received bids from a Fargo firm that is going to redo the basketball and tennis court. Bill Masterson of the Zoning Commisison said the Family Dollar Store has their sign in the city's right of way, so an agreement was sent for approval, but two issues need to be taken care of. Motion was made to approve Masterson's request pending the correction of the two issues. All were in favor. Fire Chief John Gerbracht informed the council there is $5,000 for the fireworks this year. He also needs more turnout gear to fulfill the grant application. He needs approval for a pair of boots and helmet, along with three others for equipment. Council member Brovold made the motion. All were in favor. Roads and Bridges Supt. Bill Masterson brought some paperwork for the reflective street sign plan. It doesn't need to be followed exactly but just needs to be set in place. Brovold made the motion to adopt the street sign plan. All were in favor. City Clerk Colleen Lindgren told the council that Daniel Swanson, who had recently bought the old liquor store, reported air conditioner wires were cut when the cooler was taken out. The wires were still hot. He wanted to see if the city would share half of the bill for labor since the wires were still live. Council member David G. Anderson made the motion to just pay for the entire $262 for labor out of Liquor Store savings since it was their fault. All were in favor. Bids for the old liquor store cooler were opened. One bid was sent in by Brian Hartman in the amount of $3,500, with a request for 30 days for removal. Councilman Anderson made the motion to approve his request. All were in favor. Councilman Anderson made the motion to accept resolutions 22-14 and 23-14 for acceptance of donations for the flower pots of $100 from the student band and choir members of R.Q. Johnson; and acceptance of donation for fireworks. All were in favor. The White Earth Veterans Association was well represented during dedication of the memorial plaque honoring veterans of Ojibwe and Dakota descent. The memorial stands in the Minnesota State Capital Court of Honor to recognize the service of American Indian veterans, both past and present. Among those attending the dedication from the White Earth Veterans were (from left, front) Bruce Goodwin, Herb Roy, Bob Pawlitschek, Terry Burnett Jr., Tim St. Clair, Mike Swan (spiritual leader); (back) Peter Thompson, Dean Johnson, Ole Fairbanks, Robert Roy, Robert Durant, Everett Goodwin III, Terry Burnett II, Ron Valiant, Bill Brown and Willie Auginaush. (Photo by LuAnn Durant and courtesy of Anishinaabeg Today.) American Indian veterans were honored with a memorial plaque placed on the state Capitol grounds. The plaque is dedicated to all American Indian veterans who have served bravely in peacetime and in war. American Indians have historically served in the U.S. armed forces at rates proportionately higher than any other group of Americans. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor of the White Earth Nation and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council has been working since 2005 to secure a memorial for American Indian veterans, many of whom have served in wars as early as the American Revolution. During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. John Persell (DFL- Bemidji) sponsored HF143 that authorized the placement of a plaque in the Court of Honor. Senator Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) sponsored the bill in the Senate, and it was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on April 24, 2013. Honored speakers at the ceremony, which took place May 22 in the Capitol Court of Honor, were: Chairwoman Vizenor, Chairman Kevin Leecy (Bois Forte), Vice President Lucy Taylor (Prairie Island Indian Community), Gov. Mark Community/alumni band and choir Continued from Page 1 Lavida Wiens taught him piano when he was around 13 years old. He felt the discipline he learned through that experience was very helpful in his musical future. "Now I feel sad to see the music programs in schools dwindling," Mike said. "Other things are taking precedence, such as computer and sports programs." He received his degree in vocal performance from Bemidji State University in 1995. Mike had the opportunity to sing opera professionally for 12 years while living in Minneapolis, and even performed at Carnegie Hall in New York! He said his mother came to see the performance and was impressed to see the large billing in the marquee for him. After being gone for 25 years, now Mike lives right in the community where he grew up, Nora Township south of Bagley. "It's nice to be back home, but it's bittersweet with stores gone and many changes in the community," he said. This fall, at Bemidji State University, he will teach voice majors in performance or music education. His wife Anna is also an alumnus from 1985. She is a corrections officer in Bagley. "Music is designed to make you feel. I've always had an ear for music. I am a classical musician at heart, and I love gospel," he said. "I can shake the windows!" "It's good to be making a connection with music again. I want to be more invested, in music and with the community. "It's something that's good, one of the more positive things in life," Mike said. Regarding the upcoming reunion performances of the Dayton (DFL-Minnesota), and Commissioner Larry Shellito (MDVA). Vizenor stated that it is the Native American's values of sharing that makes them more likely to join the military. She credited their strength, honor, devotion, pride and wisdom. Shellito said that out of 850,000 Indians in the country at the time of World War II, 44,000 volunteered to serve. He further noted that of Native American personnel serving during the Vietnam War, 90 percent of them were volunteers rather than draftees. band and choir, Mike said, "Music should be fun. It will come together. I'm looking forward to having some fun with this!" BAND AND CHOIR REHEARSALS Choir and Band Alumni and interested community members meet: Thursday, July 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Bagley High School Band Room Friday, July 4 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hockey Building PERFORMANCES Choir Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Alumni Casino Night Kaiser Hockey Arena Band Sunday, July 6 Noon - 2 p.m. Parade Bagley High School Parking Lot 11 a.m. Line-up Sound of Music Continued from Page 1 Maria back to the family, closing the first act with the iconic song, "Climb Every Mountain." Sheryl is superb in this role. ""This is a big show, and it couldn't happen without the talent and commitment to the arts in our community," stated director Marilyn Hood. "Rehearsals are going very well, yet more help is needed with set work and costumes. If you are interested in painting and building the set or sewing a few costumes, please contact me!" Much of the set work will take place this weekend. Call Hood at 694-2064 for more information. This family classic is surely one to make a part of your plans. The show will run July 2, 3 and 5, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday, July 6 at 4 p.m. in the Bagley High School auditorium. Reserved seating tickets are currently on sale at Mark's Hardware in Bagley. They may also be purchased on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 at the high school ticket booth. Tickets will also be sold at Reunion Headquarters and at the door each evening before the show. Drive Safe & Sober To Save Lives! ii I i iiiii!!!!iiiiiiii iiii!!iiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiii iiiii ii!!i!ii!iiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiii !i!i!!!ii!ii iiii iiiiii!i!!!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiii iiil iii!iiiiiii!iii!! ill ii!i!ii i!i!i !ii:'%iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiii!!!i!!i!!!!!!i! ) !!!!i!ii!i