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Archive - 2017

March 15th

Adeline Harpel, 89, of Glencoe

Adeline Ella Harpel passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Service Long Term Care in Glencoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 14 at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with Rev. Anthony Stubeda  officiating.

Gene Wawrzyniak, 67, of Silver Lake

Gene Edward Wawrzyniak, age 67, of Silver Lake passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Cedar Crest.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.  Father Paul Schumacher will be the Celebrant.
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 16 from 4-8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.  A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Further visitation will be held Friday morning, March 17 from 9-10 a.m.  at the funeral home.

Nathan Dammann, 41, of Hamburg

Nathan Dammann, age 41, of Hamburg passed away Monday March 6, 2017 at his residence.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 11  at Emanuel Lutheran Church  in Hamburg with Rev. Donald Andrix as officiant.
Urn bearers were Bill Wark, Brian Oelfke, Matt Rechtzigel, Dan Goetze, Jason Schroeder and Jeremy Stoeckmann. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arlene Wendolek, 88, of Silver Lake

Arlene Frances Wendolek, 88, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Michael Doyle officiating. Gift bearers were Ron and Eileen Pulkrabek.
Casket bearers were her grandchildren, Beth Keith, Aaron Wendolek, Eric Wendolek, Cole Wendolek, Lucas Wendolek and Logan Wendolek. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Derelict buildings are marring our cities

Our view: Press property owners to make needed repairs

Fond memories of high school hockey

I recently traveled to International Falls in the dead of winter … on purpose. Twice  My wife politely turned down my invitation to join me both times.
It has been awhile since I stayed in International Falls in the winter. I had forgotten how much snow it receives and how cold it can get. But my mother didn’t raise any fools. So the first trip, I traveled during the annual “January thaw.” It wasn’t so bad. The week before it was 39 below zero! That is air temperature, folks, not windchill.

Luce Line Trail is cracking up already

To the Editor:
We have a real problem pushing so many paved trails in McLeod County. The effect of local politicians are going to cause farmers and taxpayers tremendous financial harm. Look at the bad condition of the Luce Line trail that was paved only a year and a half ago.
The trail already has cracks  the size of a quarter wide by 50 feet long. Who is going to fix these cracks and when?

Updates on Real ID, licensure, light rail

To the Editor:
We have arrived at our first committee deadline, meaning most bills must have been heard in at least one committee to move forward, unless the Rules and Administration Committee grants an exception. Here is a snapshot of a few bills that have met this deadline:
Real ID

Common Cup Ministry greatful for support

To the Editor:

Brownton City Council considers options for crumbling building

The Brownton City Council has decided to press charges against the owner of a decrepit building on Fourth Avenue N, its main business street.
The roof of the building, a former grocery store, has begun to cave in and its brick facade is falling into an empty lot on the south side of the building. The city has placed warning cones around the building.
At its Tuesday, March 7 meeting, Police Chief Ken Bauer suggested the city take possession of the building and demolish.