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January 17th

LeRoy F. Penas, 81, of rural Glencoe

LeRoy Francis Penas, 81, of rural Glencoe, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Hutchinson Health Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. The Holy Family Choir, accompanied by Alice Nowak, provided music.
Honorary casket bearers were Mr. Penas’ five grandchildren, Sydney, Alex and Anna Phillips and Erin and Mitchell Jaskowiak. Casket bearers were Mark Krcil, Mike Krcil, Randy Vasek, Bob Penas, Brad Shamla and Mark Hemerick.

David Leo Heintz, 77, of Glencoe

David Leo Heintz, 77, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m., at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, with the Rev. Paul Schumacher officiating. Mary Ann Thalmann will be the pianist, and Gus and Irene Makovsky will be the song leaders. Special music will be “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Musical selections will be “Here I Am, Lord,” “Blest Are They,” “Panis Angelicus” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Alan Jerabek, 74, of Hutchinson

Alan Jerabek, 74, of Hutchinson, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 15, at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. Andrew Hermodson-Olsen officiating. Vicki Herrmann was the organist. The church choir sang “Come Follow Me.” Daughter-in-law Michele Barley offered the eulogy. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

Franklin Burke, 92, of Hutchinson

Franklin Burke was my grandfather. I have always thought of him as the “George Bailey of Fernando.” He agreed that he had a “wonderful life”.
Franklin Willis Ellery Burke was born in Fernando (rural Stewart) to Herbert and Martha (Spiering) Burke on March 25, 1925, and baptized on April 19, 1925, at his beloved St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fernando. He was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop on June 4, 1939. He graduated from Brownton High School on June 3, 1943, and was quite popular. He had earned the nickname “Wolf” as stated in his yearbook.

Key election dates announced

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is highlighting important 2018 election dates in the and encouraging all citizens, regardless of political affiliation, to get involved, stay informed and, most importantly, vote.

Renville Count Deputy injured after squad is hit in vehicle chase

An unnamed Renville County sheriff’s deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday when a suspect in a vehicle chase drove his vehicle head-on into a squad car.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the injured deputy was taken to the Renville County Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, Mark R. Wendlandt, 32, of Fairfax, was taken to the Renville County Jail from the crash site. According to the sheriff’s office, he is believed to have been under the influence of drugs.

County needs cost/benefit analysis

Tuesday morning, in a workshop session, the McLeod County Board heard a proposal to install a security checkpoint in the new lobby of the law enforcement center and courthouse.
Representatives of the sheriff’s office noted that they had received a citizen complaint regarding the current system for checking bags at courtroom entrances. Would a one-stop, scanning station at the courthouse’s main entrance be a solution to make sure that rules were uniformly applied? Those representatives also pointed out, rightly so, that the ultimate decision lies with the County Board.

Duke, David, Lee: all will be missed

It has not been a good month for me. In the span of less than a month, I’ve lost three good friends. It’s said that bad news comes in threes.
DeWayne “Duke” Hanson died Dec. 22, Dave Heintz passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care facility and my close friend and long-time Chronicle colleague Lee Ostrom died Sunday morning, Jan. 14, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
It has been one shock after another, although none of them comes as a surprise. All had serious health problems. But that does not ease the pain or sadness.

Officials talk about Morningside in joint workshop

GSL hosts, places 9th in WCC West meet