Archive - 2014

October 21st

John Popelka, 66, of Glencoe

John Popelka, 66, of Glencoe, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at United Hospital in St. Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon, at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with interment following in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., followed by parish prayers. Visitation will continue Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the chapel.

Laura (Ahlbrecht) Michaletz, 89, of Glencoe

Laura (Ahlbrecht) Michaletz, 89, of Glencoe, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment following the service in First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online guest book is available at

What the WCC is all about

In a previous column, I compared the 2004 Panther football team I played on to this year’s team.
I mentioned how our offense had trouble keeping the ball off the ground running Scott Tschimperle’s option game plan. But once the offense got its bearings, it was clear we were a force to be reckoned with.
While most people would agree our section opponents were tougher than the current residents of Section 2, there remains a similarity: teams in our section have historically had near unblemished records going into the post season, primarily because of playing in weaker conferences.

October 16th

Ernst Dreier, 89, Norwood Young America

Ernst Dreier, 89, of Norwood Young America, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Auburn Home in Waconia.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Oxct. 24, at 2:30 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with interment following at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Norwood Young America.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America. A public prayer service will be at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Beulah Buhman, 88, Glencoe

Beulah Buhman, 88, of Glencoe, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long-Term Care in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Funeral services will beh eld Monday, Oct. 20, at 10: a.m. at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, withinterment following at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the chapel.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
Online guest book is available at

Playoff picture for Panther football

After last night’s (Wednesday) 46-14 victory over the Annandale Cardinals, the Panther football team heads into the playoffs on a four-game tear.
Unfortunately, the push Glencoe-Silver Lake made in the second half of the regular season didn’t attain the No. 2 seed in Section 2AAA like it was hoping.
Watertown-Mayer stayed ahead in the QRF rankings at 63.5 to GSL’s 62.3 after the Royals closed out there season by downing Belle Plaine 42-13.
Playoffs begin Tuesday, Oct. 21 with the high seeds hosting.
Providence Academy took the No. 1 seed and has a bye, along with No.2 Watertown-Mayer.

October 15th

Rusten and Davis win true second; on to state tourney

For the first time since Kelly Arnold and Kayla Boesche did it in 2012, Glencoe-Silver Lake tennis has a doubles team in the state tournament, after seniors Piper Davis and Rachel Rusten ran through the competition in Section 5A.
It began Thursday in Glencoe, as they earned the No. 2 seed despite playing only once together as a tandem all season. That outing resulted in a first-place performance at the Brainerd invitational, and the girls didn’t disappoint Thursday, defeating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s Katie Boie and Sierra Wohlman without dropping a set, 6-0 and 6-0.

Panther boys are perfect at WCC championships

School history may very well have been made Thursday at the Wright County Conference cross country championships in Glencoe, when the Panther boys had a perfect finish – placing its top five runners in the top five spots.
What’s even more impressive, all of Glencoe-Silver Lake’s seven boys’ participants earned all-conference by placing inside the top nine, as GSL took the West Division of the WCC with 15 team points.

Passing a tough test

Only one game remains after the Panther football team continued to build on its character Friday night, improving to 4-3 after beating the Dassel-Cokato Chargers 29-20, despite trailing 14-0 in the second quarter.
Last year, Glencoe-Silver Lake beat up on a young DC team in a 49-19 routing that closed out the regular season.
But Friday in Cokato, it became apparent early on that the 2014 Chargers had improved, and Head Coach Scott Tschimperle said it was a “game that was going to define what kind of team we have,” with the playoffs soon approaching.

The Lady Panthers are properly peaking

With Thursday’s three-set triumph against fellow member of the Wright County Conference’s West Division Mound Westonka, Glencoe-Silver Lake’s volleyball team is on a four-game win streak heading into the Rochester Exchange Club’s fall invitational.
The Lady Panthers have polished themselves over the second half of the season, and it showed Thursday night in Glencoe, taking set one 25-17 before drubbing the White Hawks 25-12 in the following frame. GSL closed out the game with a 25-15 third set.