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Archive - Apr 20, 2016


SL City Council hires new full-time police officer

The Silver Lake City Council has spent the better part of the past year searching for either a police chief or officer. 
The process came closer to an end on Monday, April 18, when the council interviewed and offered the full-time officer position to Kyle Jorgensen.
Jorgensen, a Maple Grove native, accepted the position at $17.04 per hour, pending positive results of all background checks.

Area students earn honors

Several area students were recently inducted into the Ridgewater College Phi Theta Kappa honor society for the 2015-2016 academic year. Austin Maynard and Thomas Hedin of Glencoe, Carl Nolan and Cassandra Nosbush of Stewart, Kaitlyn Bohning of Silver Lake and Mackenzie Schmidt of Brownton all earned the honor. Induction ceremonies were held at the Hutchinson Campus on March 16 and the Willmar Campus on March 21. 

Noel Lawrence Phifer, 90, of Glencoe

Noel Lawrence Phifer, 90, of Glencoe, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at his home.

Charles J. Vacek, 97, of Brownton

Charles J. Vacek, 97, a lifelong resident of Brownton, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 18, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart with the Rev. Gerald  S. Meidl officiating.
Marjorie Navara was the organist and Tony Grack was the lector.

Frieda L.M. Spiering, 100, Brownton

Frieda Louise Marie Spiering, 100, of Brownton, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Catherine Hower, 54, of New Auburn

Catherine Hower, 54, of New Auburn, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at her home.
A private memorial service will be held with the Rev. Tom Rakow officiating and Mike Loch as the pianist. Congregational hymns will be “They’ll Know We Were Christian” and “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Lindbergh Trail to be closed April 21-May 2

In conjunction with a city of Glencoe street reconstruction project, McLeod County Road 77 (Lindbergh Trail) will be closed from Chandler Avenue to a point approximately one-fourth mile west beginning Thursday, April 21, and will remain closed through Monday, May 2, according to the McLeod County Highway Department.

Lindbergh Trail runs east-west on the south edge of the Glencoe City Cemetery, on the west side of the city, parallel to Highway 212.

Mike Kokesch, 63, of Brownton

Mike Kokesch, 63, of Brownton, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at his home.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jerry Meidl will officiate. Soloists will be Bobbi Ludewig and Patti Cogley. Musical selections will be “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” “Angels Among Us” and “Fly Like a Bird.”

Vernon W. Dressel, 91, Hutchinson

Vernon Walter Dressel, 91, of Hutchinson, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Woodstone Senior Living in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 15, at Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Deb Walkes officiating. Kay Hayden was the organist. Soloist Bonnie Baumetz sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “The Garden” and “Amazing Grace.” Rick Reiner offered the eulogy, and Roger Klinghagen was the reader.

Rallying around a cause

It may start with a tragic event: a woman is killed by an automobile while bicycling, and her family arranges a 5K run to bring awareness to the ever-increasing problem of distracted driving.
Or it may start with a rash of news stories, stories about about peace officers being hurt or killed while in the service of protecting the citizen. And, in response, a Lake Marion woman rallies people from across the county to plan a fun night for residents and the peace officers who serve and protect them.