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August 29th, 2018

Spikers seek fifth straight WCC West championship

With eyes on a fifth consecutive Wright County Conference West title, the Glencoe-Silver Lake volleyball team opened its season with a pair of pre-Labor Day competitions.
Before the Panthers even got to their first match on Saturday, Aug. 25, the team already had much to be thankful for after hosting a scrimmage last week.
“2018 has started off on the right foot,” coach Lori Schwirtz said. “First and foremost, our program is so happy to be able to participate in a gym with air conditioning. It makes a huge difference on our performance abilities and restrictions. We are so thankful.”

Panther girls’ CC wins opener

It was an impressive start to the season for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ cross-country team as the Panthers cruised to the win at the Norwood Young America Alumni meet at Baylor Park on Saturday, Aug. 25.
GSL swept the top three individual positions and placed all five of its scoring runners in the top seven places to win with a miniscule 18 points. Maple Lake/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity was second with 45, while NYA was third with 74.

One run is enough for Plato to advance at state

In its most nail-biting contest of the season to date, the Plato Blue Jays opened the 2018 state Class C baseball tournament by gritting out a 1-0 win over the Luxemburg Brewers on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee.
Chris Odegaard started on the mound for Plato, went the distance, and also drove in the game-winning run on a tense evening in the southwest metro.
“You really can’t say enough about Chris,” Plato manager Adam Dammann said. “He’s a gamer who never gives up; he showed that on the mound and at the plate.”

County planning commission hears ReneSola solar garden proposal

The McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission made a recommendation to the county board for another 4-megawatt solar garden. On property owned by Dennis and Berta Lilienthal in Helen Township, ReneSola Power — an international solar project development company — is looking to make use of Xcel Energy’s solar rewards community program, which provides residential subscriptions to third-party solar energy companies like ReneSola. SolarOne was the latest third-party company that the county board approved for construction at its first August meeting.

Lakeside teacher, daughter bring positive messages to school

There's no lack of enthusiasm for learning at Lakeside Elementary School in Silver Lake, and yet, there are portions of the building that were a bit drab.
Bathrooms, after all, can be that way.
This summer, Rosantina Aguilar and her daughter, Krystal, decided to spruce things up a bit. They hope the effort makes a big difference.

David R. Klepel, 78, of Brownton

David Richard Klepel, 78, passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at his lake home in Battle Lake, Minn.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with interment at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brownton.
Rev. R. Allen Reed officiated the ceremony and Dawn Wolter played the organ. Congregational hymns included “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Abide With Me,” and “Beautiful Savior.”

Darrel Redmann, 76, rural Stewart

Darrel Redmann, 76, of rural Stewart passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson.
Funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m., at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery.
Apostolic Christian Ministers officiated the ceremony.
Marlyn Messner, Billy Messner and Mitch Anderson were honorary casket-bearers. Todd Messner, Jason Messner, Arvid Redmann, Myron Redmann, Jamie Pelzel and Gary Redmann were casket-bearers.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Jahnke, 62, of Alexandria

Charles “Chuck” Kenneth Jahnke, 62, of Alexandria, Minn., formerly of Hutchinson and Glencoe, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m., at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with interment following at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.

Glencoe police chief pitches body cameras to city council

Glencoe Police Chief Jim Raiter brought a list of proposed investments to Monday afternoon’s city council workshop. None was more important than a request the city council approve funding for the department’s 11 officers to begin wearing body cameras next year.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into this,” the chief told the council. “The public expects and demands transparency.”

Mueller new Chronicle Editor

The McLeod County Chronicle has added John Mueller to its editorial team.
Mueller started as the Chronicle's Editor on Aug. 8.
His main beats will be the Glencoe City Council and Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board.
Mueller brings over 30 years of reporting experience to the Chronicle. His resume includes 11 years at the Belle Plaine Herald and 19 years with Southwest Suburban working as a news and sports reporter and photographer at several of the company’s weekly publications in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, Eden Prairie and Chaska.