September 30th, 2015

Panthers fall to Delano on Homecoming night

Dreams of a perfect season for the Glencoe-Silver Lake football team were suddenly squelched on Homecoming night as Delano thumped the Panthers 25-8 on Friday, Sept. 25.

“We got beat by a good football team,” coach Scott Tschimperle said. “Hand it to Delano.”

GSL was playing without the services of multi-back Teddy Petersen, who is sidelined with a groin injury. With their star player unable to go, the Panthers were pushed around by the visiting Tigers.

Disparity in health insurance hikes

The self-employed, such as businessmen and farmers, as well as many retirees, have always struggled with high insurance premiums.  
Some of those proposed large increases for individual coverage may be offset by tax credits, but many don’t qualify for those.
On the other hand, premiums in employer-provided programs are only expected to increase 4 percent on average.
Insurance companies are saying that the individual market is just too small to spread out the costs of premiums, while the employer-provided market is much larger.

A thought-provoking disruption at play

Intermission had just started at the Guthrie Theatre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I sat still in my seat, still trying to absorb the impact of this play, which was adapted from one of my favorite books.
Suddenly, an increasingly angry voice came out over the audience, decrying the use of the word “nigger” in the play. I didn’t catch the first part of the outcry, but I got the gist that the person found the word offensive to black people, and loudly stated that “it should be taken out of this play immediately.”

Aging brings memories, hard decisions

We were in his new digs and the topic came up about Yogi Berra’s recent death at age 90. It was like a light bulb went off as Lee rattled off statistic after statistic about the great Hall of Fame Yankee catcher, his teammates and sports in general.
Yogi’s death seems to be the end of an era of post-World War II baseball. Berra was a veteran along with the likes of Ted Williams, Bob Feller and many other ballplayers. They missed years of the sport due to the war, but picked up where they left off once the war was over.

Time to fix the brakes on the train

To the Editor:
If you remember reading last week’s (Sept. 23) Chronicle letter to the editor written by Debra Polzin expressing her thanks to our Glencoe Cemetery Board members, clarifying their stand for not wanting a holding pond in our beautiful cemetery.
I support Debra and our Cemetery Board. It’s not only me. As I mingle within our community, I’m hearing the same comments: “why, why, why? Where is Plan B?”

Health Nut Pantry will feature natural foods, other items

with months and months of planning and research had finally come to reality.
Goettl opened her new store, The Health Nut Pantry, in the former Gerry’s Vision building on Greeley Avenue on Monday, Sept. 21.

County Board declines participation in ‘narrow network’ health plan

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted Sept. 22 not to enter into a “narrow network” with the Ridgeview Community Network for its employees.
Rich Westlund, the insurance consultant for both McLeod and Sibley counties, was present at the meeting to explain the network. The two counties pool together for employee health insurance.

GSL school board reviews, alters district strategic plan

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board met Tuesday, Sept. 22, with Superintendent Chris Sonju to discuss the district’s strategic plan for 2015 and beyond. Sonju constructed the plan this year based off recommendations from the World Best Work Force Plan.
During the meeting, the Board agreed to slightly alter the mission statement for GSL, changing one word, “environment,” to “culture.” The new statement reads, “Creating a culture where education is valued, excellence is expected and lifelong learning thrives.”

Full crowd bids farewell to St. Matthew’s, Penn Township

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township was literally packed to the rafters Sunday as an overflow crowd packed the pews and the balcony for the congregation’s final worship service.
After the service began, congregants were offered the chance to share memories which, after some coaxing from lay minister Darwin Frauendienst, they did for some 45 minutes.
Don Bartels was the first to his feet as he shared memories of his 1962 confirmation class. And about softball, as the church grounds included a softball field.

School district tweaking design of proposed building addition

Glencoe-Silver Lake is nailing down the details on its planned $24.19 million addition, right down to where there should be a water fountain or shelving.
Superintendent Chris Sonju gave a brief update on the building project at GSL’s first community school lunch Thursday, Sept. 24.
“We’re still tweaking … changing a wall here or a doorway there,” said Sonju.