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April 29th

Daniel Jay Rickert, 61, of Hutchinson

Daniel Jay Rickert, 61, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at his home.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 27, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. John Pasche officiating. Ashley Rettig offered the eulogy. The organist was Dr. Joan DeVeen Dixon. Soloist Jim Wendling sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”
Jay Rickert was the urn bearer. Honorary urn bearers were Jody Guennigsmann, Jill Jaskowiak and Jason Quast.

Esther V. Ziemann, 99, of Hutchinson

Esther V. Ziemann, 99, of Hutchinson, formerly of Stewart, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 28, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mahlon Bekedam officiating. Adline Kottke was the organist. Randy and Mary Zieman sang “Lass Mich Gehen!” and “Supper Time.”
Honorary casket bearers were Duane Kottke, Lloyd Dettman and Melvin Dettman. Casket bearers were Randy Buboltz, Gary Dettman, Don Kottke, Kevin Ziemann, Ryan Kotnik and Logan Meurer.

Myron Henry Seller, 77 of Glencoe

Myron Henry Seller, 77, of Glencoe, formerly of Hassan Valley Township, rural Hutchinson, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
A memorial service was held Friday, April 17, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon was the organist. Soloist Jim Wendling sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “In the Garden.”

Carol L. Waller, 74, of Buffalo Lake

Carol Waller, 74, of Buffalo Lake, formerly of Stewart, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital in Hutchinson.
Memorial services were held Saturday, April 25, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart with the Rev. Mahlon Bekedam officiating. Adline Kottke was the organist. A duet of Carol Ann Maiers and Molly Markgraf sang “My Mother Called My Name in Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Borning Cry.”

Time to scuttle SW light-rail plan

The proposed Southwest light-rail line, which has been on the books since 2003, now has an estimated cost of $2 billion, according to Tuesday’s StarTribune.
When the project was first proposed in 2003, the cost was estimated at $430 million to $925 million to provide 16 miles of light rail between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. Even then, that seemed like an exorbitant price for 16 miles of rail.
Now, in 2015, the cost is estimated at $1.99 billion, a figure that “shocked and appalled” Gov. Mark Dayton. It shocked and appalled us, as well.

May 6 is final edition before vote

Last week, we bemoaned the lack of reader letters regarding the proposed Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) building bond election.
That apparently sparked a few people to put their pens to paper and their fingers to their keyboards, and we received several letters to the editor this week. We appreciate them; those letters tell us that our readers are indeed vested in their communities and their issues.

Where is the money to demolish Helen Baker?

To the Editor:
Residents of Glencoe should understand that the $24 million GSL bond issue contains no provision for funding the disposition of the actual Helen Baker structure (i.e., demolition). The school board members and administration have simply averted their eyes from this financial responsibility. They have not even investigated the cost of demolishing the building, according to a recent conversation I had with Superintendent Sonju, Carver County resident.

Helen Baker would be sold or razed if vote passes

To the Editor:
I have had many people ask, “What are you going to do with Helen Baker School if there is a successful vote?”
This is a very good question and one that is very important. Before answering this question, please note that the district wants and is prepared to deal with this property properly.

Economic development committee supports bond

To the Editor:
The Economic Development Committee of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce our support of the Glencoe-Silver Lake building project and associated referendum.
In addition to funding needed repairs at Lakeside, this project will provide the area with a modern school building. This helps draw new members to the community, and will generate activity for local area businesses during construction.

Usually a ‘no’ voter, he’ll vote ‘yes’ on May 12

To the Editor:
I am voting “Yes” on Tuesday, May 12, and I urge you to vote “Yes” also.