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March 18th, 2015

Clumsiness signaled much deeper problem

Last summer, Raylan Sonnenberg appeared to be the epitome of a happy, healthy toddler. He had hardly known a speck of illness and was already walking around his Plato home by the time he was 14 months old.
“He was very healthy,” said his mother, Lisa Sonnenberg. “But then, by the time he was about 16 months old, we began to notice that he was not walking as well. He was falling over more and using a wider stance.”

Uncertain of what the future holds

“It was pretty hard on us.”
Katie Ahrens recalled the pain both her and husband Levi felt upon learning that their son Levi – still forming inside Katie’s womb – had spina bifida.
Spina bifida is a congenital disorder where vertebrae overlying the spinal cord do not fully form and instead remain unfused and open.
“It affects each child differently,” Katie said.

A long road ahead

Dylann Paradeis recently turned 16 months old. It is an age in which many babies have stretched their legs to take their first steps. 
However, Dylann is not able to do so as she suffers from a condition known as arthrogryposis. 
The term derives its name from the Greek term for “curving of joints” and denotes congenital joint contractures.

March 12th

Names released in NYA murder-suicide

The Carver County Sheriff's Office has released the identities of the two people who were found dead Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at Norwood Young America home.

Sheriff Jim Olson said today (Thursday) that the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identities of the man and woman found dead as Willis Leistiko, 51, and Lanaea Ann Harrison, 23. Both were residents of the Preserve Boulevard home in which they were found.

Possible murder-suicide reported in Norwood Young America

The Carver County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible murder-suicide in Norwood Young America.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, a roommate returned home to residence at 920 Preserve Blvd. in Norwood Young America at about 5:07 p.m. Wednesday and discovered a deceased male in the garage. He immediately summoned law enforcement. During a search of the residence, officers found the body of a deceased female with a gunshot wound to her head in a waterfowl decoy bag. The male had apparently suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

March 11th

Raiders win state title

The Emanuel/First Lutheran eighth-grade girls’ basketball team is returning to the Lutheran National Tournament next week for the third consecutive season. 
However, this year, the Raiders will be doing so as Minnesota state champions for the very first time.
“It’s pretty exciting,” assistant coach Kathy M. Mackenthun said. “This was a goal of ours at the start of the season.”

Bright future remains on hold for GSL girls hoop

As evidenced by this season’s 16-13 record, the future is bright for a youthful Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team. 
However, as further evidenced by a season-ending 60-35 loss to Norwood Young America in the Section 2AA north subsection final on Monday, March 9, the future has not yet arrived.
Hopes were high for the Panthers, seeded second in the northern bracket as they took the court against the top-seeded Raiders. 

Panthers’ run halted one step short of state

It was one step further than last year, but also one step short of their ultimate goal. 
A highly successful season for the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team came to an all-too early end in Mankato on Friday, March 6 when the Panthers were narrowly defeated 59-56 by Maple River for the Section 2AA title.

David Alan Perschau, 64, of Glencoe

David Alan Perschau, 64, of Glencoe, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, following a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 7, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Scott Grorud officiating. Ronda Eckhart was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Beautiful Savior” and “America the Beautiful.”

Werner Schmidt, 83, of New Auburn

Werner Schmidt, 83, of New Auburn, died Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
The funeral service will be Friday, March 13, at noon, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, McLeod County.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, and will continue Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.