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Lorraine Frauendienst, 88, of Gaylord

Lorraine Louise Frauendienst, 88, of Gaylord, formerly of New Auburn, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn with the Rev. Bradley Danielson officiating.
Kara Scholla was the organist. Soloist Darwin Frauendienst sang “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” Congregational hymns were “Blessed Assurance” and “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.”

Brian Albert Barth, 53, of Willmar

Brian Albert Barth, 53, of Willmar, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis of complications following a motorcycle accident.
A prayer service was held Monday, Sept. 29, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with the Rev. Tom Rakow officiating.
Cole Beck was the honorary pallbearer. Interment will be at a later date.

Koehmstedts announce birth

Tom and Jaime Koehmstedt of Prior Lake announce the birth of Colby Christian, born Sept. 28, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Colby weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He is welcomed home by his sister, Cate, and his brother, Kellan. Grandparents are Butch and Donna Koehmstedt of Thief River Falls, Rhonda Schwarze of Hutchinson, and Jeff and Pam Schwarze of Brownton. Great-grandmothers are Ruth Schwarze of Hutchinson and Marion Wendland of New Ulm.

Brownton City Council votes to keep 2015 levy at 2014 rate

The Brownton City Council will not raise its property tax levy in 2015.
The City Council met in special session Sept. 23 to consider its preliminary 2015 budget and levy, and felt it had enough on hand to cover a double-digit health insurance premium increase, an additional amount for storm sewer work, and adding to the fire department’s capital expenditure fund to plan for a new fire truck.

Charter school eyes Brownton building

New Century Academy, a charter school based in Hutchinson, is considering moving to a new facility, and one of the sites it is considering is the former Brownton school building.
Mayor Jay Werner and City Clerk Ella Kruse informed the City Council of the school’s interest at a special meeting Sept. 23.
Werner said New Century Academy is currently a seventh- through 12th-grade school, but may consider expanding to elementary grades in the future.
New Century currently makes its home in the industrial park in Hutchinson.

Permitting systems need to be streamlined

The frustration in the room was palpable at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the city of Biscay’s application for a conditional use permit for its new wastewater collection and treatment system.
Unfortunately, the application was made “after the fact,” as construction on the system has already begun.

Time of death: 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29

It was obvious death was imminent.
The bank of lights flickered, sometimes going out completely, only to flicker back on again briefly.
They slowly went out, one by one, leaving only one light that would gently pulse a moment, glow steadily, turn red, turn off, then turn back on.
“I can’t bear this anymore,” I said aloud, and pulled the plug.
My dog, who was in the room with me, was so overwhelmed by emotion that he yawned and wandered off to the kitchen in search of crumbs. Comfort food, I thought.

Stress reliever: calm day out on the lake

Lately, it feels so good to be alive.
For the past month or so, it seems my life has been abnormally stressful between working two jobs and picking up another side gig to help a neighbor with technology support, on top of keeping things straight in my daily planner, like council meetings, interviews, school activities and homecoming events.

Veterans’ memorial under way

To the Editor:
Over a year ago, a committee was formed with representatives from the Glencoe American Legion and the Glencoe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to determine if there was enough support to create a veterans memorial in Glencoe.
We received approval in May from the city to create a Glencoe Area Veterans Memorial on the northwest section of the City Center grounds.

Sidewalk superintendent on the job

There is a fascination about watching something being destroyed, like a building.
I never considered myself a “sidewalk superintendent,” but there I was near the Post Office recently watching Ken Polifka tearing down the former Glencoe Oil building. I wasn’t alone, either. There were many sidewalk superintendents in the vicinity. We were like moths to a flame. It was an irresistible attraction.