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Archive - Feb 2016


February 17th

Brenda Warnke, 58, of Spooner, Wis.

Brenda Marie Warnke, 58, of Spooner, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, at Spooner Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Ron Gormond officiating. Interment was private.

Robert C. Langenbau, 59, of Stewart

Robert “Bob” Langenbau, 59, of Stewart, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart with the Rev. Mahlon Bekedam officiating. Adline Kottke was the organist, and Karin Schultz shared two solos.

Leonard Frank Kosek, 82, of Winsted

Leonard Frank Kosek, 82, of Winsted, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Interment was in the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Helma Hoernemann, of Lester Prairie

Helma Hoernemann, 94, of Lester Prairie, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Elim Rehab and Nursing Home in Watertown.

Theresa Borka, 63, rural Hutchinson

Theresa Frances Borka, 63, of rural Hutchinson, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant.
Theresa Frances Borka was born May 11, 1952, in Shakopee, the daughter of Wilbert and Frances (Schindler) Buesgens.

Another hotbed topic: appointment of justice

This year’s presidential race is already a muddled mess, with more Republican candidates than one can shake a stick at, and the Democratic Party throwing contenders and what had appeared to be its top choice for candidate — Hillary Clinton.
And now, poor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia further muddied the waters by dying Feb. 13.

Morningside project still a bad idea

To the Editor:
The Morningside extension project sat fairly idle from the 2001 petition to 2012. In my last letter to the editor, I had mentioned 15 years, so I was off by a few years. When this project was brought back into the public’s attention in 2012, I attended several meetings. The point is, nothing discussed convinced me (and others) the project was a good idea — even some council members had their doubts. And the project still is not a good idea today.

Voters encouraged to attend March 1 caucuses

To the Editor:
It would be hard to miss all the energy and interest that has been generated by the nomination process in the Republican field of candidates this election cycle. I am pleased that there is such an abundance of well-qualified choices for voters, but I wonder how many people know how the process works in a caucus state like Minnesota as opposed to the process in a primary state.
Do you know how you can participate and vote in a caucus state?

Child-care unionization would hurt many families

To the Editor:
An issue that has come to light recently is the child-care provider unionization vote. I’d like to provide some information to you about the process.

Mysteries may never get solved

I was just sitting around contemplating some of the mysteries of life the other day, and came to the conclusion that some mysteries may never get solved.
For example: Why is it when the speed limit on Highway 22 between Glencoe and Hutchinson was 55 mph most motorists sped along at 60 mph or more. But now that the same stretch of highway is posted at 60 mph, many motorists are going at 55 mph, or 53 or 50 or all of the above within the same 15 miles?