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Archive - Jun 2017


June 27th

Betty L. Rosenow, 78, of Glencoe

Betty LaVonne (Jaworski) Rosenow, 78, of Glencoe, died Monday, June 19, 2017, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 23, at Riverside Church in Hutchinson with Dr. Lee Allison officiating. Worship leader Robert Scharpe performed “He’s Alive.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “It is Well.”
Casket bearers were Kevin Wolden and Duane Mattson. Interment will be at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Betty Lou Wroge, 70, of Glencoe

Betty Lou (Frahm) Wroge, 70, of Glencoe, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, doing what she loved, camping in Hutchinson.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 21, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Daniel Welch officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “When Peace, Like a River,” “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Miriam Droege, 83, of Bemidji

Miriam Droege, 83, of Bemidji, died of Alzheimer’s disease May 19, 2017, at Trillium Memory Care in Bemidji.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 7, at noon, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato with the Rev. Bruce Laabs officiating.

Marian M. Bielke, 79, of Sauk Centre

Marian M. Bielke, 79, of Sauk Centre, died peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, June 28) at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rebecca Thomas officiating. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the church.
Casket bearers will be Kurt Kurtzeg, Scott Kurtzweg, Mark Kurtzweg, Todd Smith, Scott Smith and Eric Sandquist. Honorary casket bearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Collette, Mike, Crystal, Danielle, Bennett, Paige and Kylie.

Training fire

Buffalo Lake man injured when spreader overturns

A Buffalo Lake man was injured Tuesday, June 20, when the fertilizer spreader he was driving overturned just northwest of Hector.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Alex Rischmiller, 28, was driving a 2008 Agco fertilizer spreader west on 810th Avenue, about one mile northwest of Hector. Rischmiller veered off the roadway and caught the edge of the ditch, causing the spreader to enter the ditch. It then hit a field approach and overturned.

Common Cup Ministry collecting school supplies

Common Cup Ministry will again be supplying school supplies to children in need for the coming school year.
Last year, approximately 500 children in McLeod County applied for, and received, supplies and a backpack. Common Cup relies on donations for the needed supplies or dollars to make this happen.
Organizations, church groups, clubs, families, and individuals are encouraged to donate. All donations are appreciated. Supply lists are available online at  common

IRS rules may affect Trailblazer volunteer drivers

Trailblazer Transit already is having trouble recruiting volunteer drivers, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not be making it easier.
At its Thursday meeting, the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board heard from Bev Herfindahl of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) that the IRS intends to start enforcing its rule that volunteer drivers be reimbursed at the volunteer mileage rate — 14 cents per mile — rather than at the business rate, which is currently 53.5 cents per mile.

CSAH 3 project postponed

The proposed reconstruction of McLeod County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3 between County Road 1, northeast of Glencoe, and the Carver County line has been postponed.
At the recommendation of McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst, the County Board voted June 20 to reject all bids for the project.
Brunkhorst said the lowest bid received, $4.93 million, was above the engineer’s estimate for the cost of the project. Six other bids also were received, all of them higher.
Brunkhorst said the request for bids on the project went out later than planned.

Trailblazer works out new joint powers pact

The three entities who comprise Trailblazer Transit came to a consensus Thursday morning on a new joint powers agreement.
That agreement will now go on to the governing boards of three entities — McLeod County, Sibley County and Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) — for approval. If all three approve the agreement, it will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
The primary two issues the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board came to agreement on Thursday morning were the membership of the board and the split of local share costs.