April 2019

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Encouraging Little Acts Of Citizenship

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

If you want to kill your community, ensure that people don’t find it attractive: Have cars parked in yards for everyone to see as they drive through town. Have dilapidated buildings to show them. Have run-down storefronts on main street. Allow litter to blow around in your streets.

These ways are all a variation on author, economic development specialist and community “therapist” Doug Griffith’s theme of “Don’t Paint” from his and Kelly Clemmer’s’ book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.”

 “If you want to ensure that your community fails then you have to make sure you don’t paint. Of course, painting isn’t the only factor included in this concept – it encompasses anything that may beautify your community such as sweeping, cleaning, planting flowers, mowing grass, pick up garbage...” they write.

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Janice Poverud

Janice (Reuss) Poverud

June 23, 1938 • December 23, 2018

A Celebration of the life of Janice (Reuss) Poverud will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at  the Word Fellowship Church, 132 W Sorenson, Appleton, Minnesota.

Janice Jane Reuss was born June 23, 1938 in Holloway, Minnesota to Lester and Lucille Reuss.  She graduated from high school in Holloway. She married Vernon Poverud July 14, 1956. They made their home several places in Minnesota and North Dakota before retiring in Fairmount, ND. While living in Danvers, Janice worked as a cook at the elementary school where her children attended. Janice and Vern moved the family to  Sauk Centre, where she worked at the  Minnesota Home School.