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March 30th

John Droege, 99, of Plato

John Droege, 99, of Plato, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 11 a.m., at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with interment following in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., two hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.

Diocese, law firm name ‘credibly accused’ priests

The Diocese of New Ulm and Jeff Anderson & Associates law firm on Tuesday released the names of 16 men who have been "credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor while they were assigned as priests." Thirteen of the 16 are deceased, according to the news release issued by the diocese.

In a seperate news release issued by Jeff Anderson & Associates, it was noted that two of those priests served in Silver Lake, six in Winsted, two in Stewart and one in Glencoe.

Twin girls born to Thorsons

Jon and Breanna Thorson of Cokato announce the birth of their daughters, Karis Lynn and Almara Kristine, born March 26, 2016. Karis weighed 6 pounds and was 17 inches long and Almara wieghed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. They join sibling Lydia. Grandparents are Jon and Kristine Birkholz of Cokato. Great-grandparents are Larry and Jeanette Tongen, Harriet Bergs and Audrey Tongen.

Dennis Dee Worshek, 72, Silver Lake

Dennis Dee Worshek, 72, of Silver Lake, died Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Hutchinson Health Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Revs. Tony Stubeda and Paul Schumacher as celebrants.
Urn bearers were Mr. Worshek’s godchildren, Angie Dostal, Steve Zanoth and Kristin Luetgers. Interment with military rites was in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Beverly Ann Svanda, 84, Silver Lake

Beverly Ann Svanda, 84, of Silver Lake, died at her home on March 25, 2016.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.
Honorary casket bearers were Marisa Johnson, Ryan Ruzicka and Kelly Vasek. Casket bearers were Erin Keith, Mike Johnson, Joelle Renko, Gary Schmeig, Jeremy Vasek and Donna Mae Schmidt.

Dianna Stanton, 76, of Hutchinson

Dianna Lee Stanton, 76, of Hutchinson, formerly of Silver Lake, died at Hennepin County Medical Center. 
A private family ceremony was held in Hutchinson on Saturday, March 26. 
Dianna Lee Stanton was born to Delbert and Irene Begstrom on Nov. 26, 1939 in Minneapolis. 

Gale Mickolichek, 54, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Gale Francis Mickolichek, 54, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Scottsdale Medical Center. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday,  April 4 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. 

Glencoe woman injured in accident

An 18-year-old Glencoe woman was injured today (Wednesday) in a one-vehicle accident.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Christina M. Bonillo, 18, of Glencoe, was eastbound on Highway 212 at about 7:30 a.m.  in a 2002 Ford Focus when she lost control, entered the median, came back across the eastbound lanes of traffic, entered the south ditch and struck a tree.

She was taken by ambulance to the Glencoe Regional Health Services Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bonillo was wearing a seat belt and the air bags in the car deployed.

Ties with terrorism hits close to home

It is not unusual to hear of Minnesotans with ties to terrorists in the Mideast. For whatever reason, Minnesota leads the nation in the number of youth that are being recruited by ISIL and other terrorist cells.
But we were all stunned last week when it was announced that a Glencoe man, Abdul Ali-Skelton, was being charged in federal court with lying to the FBI about his alleged communications with terrorists in Syria.
And we were even more stunned when Ali-Skelton was arrested Sunday for allegedly making threats to kill people in a Brooklyn Park Walgreens.

Try to understand before you reject it

By Lee H. Hamilton
If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft — government — works.