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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 5 FREE PAIR OF CLEAR SINGLE VISION , PLASTIC OR POLYCARBONATE LENSES WITH THE PURCHASE OF ANY FRAME IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2009. By Julie Rostvit Widespread unemployment and starvation in Germany left the German people anxious for change. So when Adolf Hitler arrived on the scene. he made promises and gained their support and confidence. As history tells us. this story had a terrible ending. But for one Minnesota woman. the memories today remain vivid of growing up in Nazi Germany. Annelee Woodstrom of Ada. Minn., was the guest speaker on Wednesday morning Oct. 14 for a program sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning (NELL). She presented a slide show and shared her story of growing up in Bavaria. Germany during Adolf Hitler's rise to power. After WWI Germany endured horrendous living conditions. Seven million people were unemployed: there was widespread starvation: and 705.000 young and elderly died between 1918 and 1930. Germans were desperate for change. Hitler promised food. jobs and even a home. Although her father refused to join the Nazi Party, Annelee was enthralled by Hitler's speeches and festive parades. And oh. what colorful uniforms the Nazi youth wore! Hitler kept his promises. Senior housing was built, families had food, homes and were even able to buy a car: medical care was provided, and the first freeway was built between 1934-36. Life was good. But in 1936 the government took control of the media, blaring anti-Jewish propaganda. Germany's neighbors were invaded and the war was on. During WWII, breadlines were the norm and children ages 4-14 were sent away to southern Germany to avoid the bombing. Annelee's family didn't know about the Flossenberg concentration camp just 17 miles away until one day a parade of malnourished. emaciated, shaven people in gray pajamas marched past their home. Later they heard shots in the distance as five in the lineup could go no further and were executed. At the age of 16 she was sent 90 miles from home to work 60 hours a week, hungry, cold and lonely. Her father was an engineer and he was sent to Berlin to help construct bridges. The last time she saw him was in 1943. Hearing the enemy was coming, she prayed it would be the Americans and not the Russians. The bombing stopped. She met an American soldier. Kenneth Woodstrom. and they married in 1947. enjoying 51 years together. They first lived in Crookston and later moved to Ada. Annelee taught school for-23 years and enjoyed it very much. Annelee published two books about her experiences: "War Child" and "Empty Chairs." The latter title she chose after seeing her mother put the dining room chairs in the attic as she could not bear to look at them any longer. Captivated by her story, over 80 listeners were given an opportunity to ask questions after her slide presentation which was held at the new Cornerstone Residence in Bagley. The audience could also purchase her books, which the author signed for those who asked. Anyone interested in obtaining a book or scheduling Annelee as a speaker may contact her at: annelee@lortel. net or w~m~. anneleewoodstrom. COnl. e/Continued from page 1 Annelee Woodstrom NORTHWEST EYE CENTERS Bagley & Fosston 14 2~a St. N.E. Bagley, MN 56621 111 2"~ St. N.E. Fosston. MN 56542 (218) 694-2442 -- 1-800-445-9643 (218) 435-1010 -~ 1-800-238-5097 I~ Separation Anxiety?? Staying together is important. We provide accommodations for seniors, including couples. Come tour our home and make it yours. THE GARDEN PLACE Assisted Living Plus 421 6th Street Bagley, MN 56621 Call Sunny: (218) 694-2378 or (218) 358-0442 ~ Where Love Grows ~ at Clearwater Health Services/Aurora Clearwater Health Services clinic, Bagley will now be open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays! The night clinic schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8"00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call to make an appointment today - (218) 694-2384 or 877-697-4548 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I vaccine for Clearwater County. Due to the clinic not receiving enough of the vaccine, it has caused a shortage to the Nursing Service. The Nursing Service has schedtded clinics thoughout the county and is in need of more vaccine to meet the needs of the connnunity. Engen has put in an urgent request to the Minnesota Department of Health. Commissioner John Nelson asked if she thought the shortage was due to citizens receiving the vaccine earlier. Bonnie Engen felt that was probably true. The media reported there would be plenty and now there is not enough Commissioner Tom Anderson stated that since it's been publicized all over the news. it had probably increased the number of people getting the seasonal flu vaccine. Nursing Service is expecting their first shipment of the HINI flu mist this week. The first to receive the vaccine will be health care workers and em ergency medical service employees. Engen explained that they received a grant to cover the purchase of a lab refrigerator/ freezer to store vaccine at a cost of $4.604. Motion was made by Colmnissioner John Chevalier. seconded by Anderson. All voted in favor. Engineer Dan Sauv6 brought a motion to approve the tlighway Department bills. The commissioners reviewed the bills and Newland made a motion to approve payment. seconded by Nelson. All voted in favor. The next motion Satwe brought was to authorize the final payment to Traffic Marking Services. Inc. for $79.931 for the completion of pavement markings on various roads in Clearwater County. Motion to do so was made by Nelson. seconded by Chevalier and carried. Sauve then gave an update on construction status that work has been completed on County Roads 5. 6, 3. and 21. Dan Hecht of eEnvironmental Services brought a motion to extend the deadline for approval of the final plat named "Copper Willows" in Shevlin Township to owner Wayde Crist from Oct. 15, 2009 to Oct. 15. 2010. Motion to move the deadline was made City Council Continued fi'om page 1 Council member Mark Edevold stated that the city will not provide services on private property. Therefore. he made a motion to deny the request, seconded by David G. Anderson. All were in favor, and the motion carried. City Clerk Colleen Lindgren brought a request from Kathy Crandall to prorate her liquor license. Kathy felt that due to her business being closed, she is requesting $300 be reftmded back to her. The city charges $1,200 a year for the liquor license. Council member Sid Michel disagreed with the request. The city doesn't sell quarterly liquor licenses: they are sold for a year. Wendy LaRoque made a motion to refund $300 back to Kathy Crandall, seconded by David G. Anderson. Sid Michel voted nay, but the motion carried. Fire Department Chief Rick Viktora sent an update to the council that the new siren has been ordered for $10.200. Chief Viktora hopes it will be installed by the end of the year. City Clerk Colleen Lindgren, Road and Bridge interim superintendent Gary Coyer, Mike Ferry of the Dept. of Aeronautics, and engineer Mike Karvakko investigated the cracks on the airport runway. They agreed there is a moisture problem and suggested that drain tiles be installed along the runway. Once proper drainage is in place the crack repair work can began. The city is hoping to cost share the project with the state in the spring. Drive Safe & Sober by Chevalier. seconded by Nelson and carried. County Treasurer Charlene Olson along with Rick and Julie Sundquist from Sundquist and Associates brought health insurance options for the Clearwater County employees and presented them to the board. Right now" the county is looking at a 9.2 percent increase for 2010. The plans presented could potentially save both the employees and the county money. The employees will hear options at meetings scheduled for Oct. 26, and 27. The county employees will then vote on which options they feel is best. Clearwater SWCD is working on finalizing the 2010 tree order form. The public will be able to view the form in mid to late November. I1 will be published in the Clearwater Shopper. Kubiak's is paying for your trip to shop at our new store. Present this coupon to the TRI-VALLEY HEARTLAND BUS driver in Bagley to receive your FREE round trip ride to| Hwy 2 West - Bagley (218) 694-6134 This coupon is only valid October 21 thru 28 | I 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I | Have you he,duled your yearly mammogram? Early detection is the best protection. At CHS our staff have over 35 years of combined experience. CHS is a participant of the SAGE program. AcliUni[ ra BagJey-Clearbrook ~,~.-%. :~ @ g~" ~!~ ......... -- xrwAte r ~,~;~:.~.~,~ ~- ,.. ::~ H EA LTH SERVICES