July 13th, 2016

Daughter for Neumann family

Joseph and Amy Neumann of Glencoe announce the arrival of a daughter, Alaina Kaelynn Neumann, born Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Alaina weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 181⁄2 inches in length. She joins siblings Dominic and Damian. Grandparents are Curtis and Cheryl Lueck of Silver Lake and Ted and Wanda Neumann of Glencoe.

Schuettes announce birth

Mike and Jenny Schuette of Vero Beach, Florida, announce the birth of a daughter, Harper Jade, born Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Indian River Medical Center. Harper weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 201⁄2 inches in length. Grandparents are Brian and Elaine Schuette of Glencoe, Gerald and Sue Vasek of Silver Lake and Donna and Mike Engelen of Silver Lake. David and Darlene Ondracek of Hutchinson are great-grandparents.

Rose named to honors list

Julie Rose of Glencoe was named to the South Central College, Faribault and North Mankato, spring semester president’s list. To be named to the list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

Locals on Normandale list

Yuliya Tkachenko of Glencoe and Mariah Dalos of Plato have been named to the Normandale Community College spring semester dean’s list. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale to be named to the list.

Stewart woman graduates

Kimberly Ann Bird of Stewart graduated with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Education from Normandale Community College on May 16. She graduated with high honors.

Locals named to U of M list

Area students named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities spring semester dean’s list include Stephany Beaulieu, Plato, a sophomore enrolled in the college of liberal arts; Zachery Jones, Silver Lake, a junior enrolled in the Carlson School of Management; Mathew Mickolichek, Silver Lake, a junior enrolled in the college of science and engineering; and Lauren Schulze, Stewart, a sophomore enrolled in the college of liberal arts.

Iven A. Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake

Iven August Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon was the pianist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “In the Garden.”

Margaret Mary Maiers, 95, of Stewart

Margaret Mary Maiers of Stewart died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, having lived and loved for 95 wonderful years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 11, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Gerald S. Meidl officiating. Music was provided by Bev Wangerin as the organist, Bobbi Ludewig as the song leader, and Mrs. Maiers’ granddaughter, Kimberly Maiers, singing “Watch Over Me.”

Pola-Czesky Days fireworks will go on despite unanticipated increase in cost

It’s hard to believe that Silver Lake’s annual Pola-Czesky Days celebration is less than a month away.
The fireworks show is always a big highlight of the event, but came close to not happening.  
First Community Bank and the city of Silver Lake have always sponsored the Saturday night fireworks.
The City Council had budgeted and approved spending $1,500 towards the show at its May meeting. The bank has pledged $1,000, for a total of $2,500. Each contributed $1,500 last year.

City of Stewart’s improvement project on hold after state snags

A couple of snags at the state level have put the city of Stewart’s $3.7 million utility and street improvement project on hold, probably until next year.
The Stewart City Council discussed options for proceeding Monday night after learning that it would not receive grant funding because the state Legislature did not pass a bonding bill, nor will it receive Public Facilities Authority (PFA) funding for the sewer (wastewater) portion of the project because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) did not give its approval before the required June 30 deadline.