May 12th, 2015

Orlin Dammann, 83, of Glencoe

Orlin Dammann, 83, of Glencoe, formerly of Plato, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
The memorial service and interment will be private.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. An online guest book is available at

May 10th

Update: Names released in fatal accident

The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a man who died of injuries he suffered in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 7 near Omega Avenue,  east of Hutchinson, just before 10 a.m. today. He is George J. Horrmann Jr., 81, of Hutchinson.

May 6th

Penny Lucille Verdeck, 40, of Glencoe

Penny Lucille (Meyer) Verdeck, 40, of Glencoe, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, doing what she loved — preparing to race — near Glencoe.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 30, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Katherine Rood officiating. Twyla Kirkeby was the organist. Soloist Randy Wilson sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “In the Garden” and “Borning Cry.”

Ella Meta Ide, 93, of Lester Prairie

Ella Meta (Dittmer) Ide, 93, of Lester Prairie, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 1, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Travis Loeslie officiating. Nancy Buckentine was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am,” “Amazing Grace,” “Let Me Be Thine Forever” and “Abide With Me.”

Frank A. Donnay, 83, Park Rapids

Frank Andrew Donnay, 83, of Park Rapids and Menahga, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Area Health Services in Park Rapids, surrounded by many of his children and grandchildren.

4th-annual Mileka’s Run set Sunday

The fourth-annual “Mileka’s Run,” a 5K run/walk and kids’ walk, is set for Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day, starting at the city park in Silver Lake.
The run is hosted by the family of Mileka Hall, who died on Mother’s Day weekend in 2011 from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident.
In her honor, her family — mother JoAnna Hall, father Kyle Wawrzyniak and sisters Brianna and Ashley Hall — have organized this 5K run/walk to celebrate Mileka’s life and her positive impact on others.

Pola-Czesky Days button design sought

Design the Pola-Czesky button that will be used for this year’s Pola-Czesky Days celebration, set for July 31 and Aug. 1-2, and you will have the chance to win $50.
The design must be within a two-inch circle, and any artwork is allowed — computer or handmade. The drawing should be in black and white, or red, white and blue. The following items must be included in the design: 46th Annual Pola-Czesky Days, Silver Lake, MN, July 31, Aug. 1 & 2, 2015.
You can put the information in any order and abbreviate it if you wish. Everyone is invited to enter.

Fire departments need volunteers

The Glencoe Fire Department is looking for a few good volunteers.
So are many other volunteer fire departments across the state, and the nation, particularly in rural areas.
The shortage has been documented by studies and well-reported throughout the state and national media. While studies show that volunteer departments are dwindling in numbers, the harder question to address is “why?”
Is it a lack of time, more stringent training requirements, a more transient population, less community commitment?

We were the original ‘free-range’ kids

“Free-range kids.”
I heard the term recently, and it took me a while to compose myself after the laughter.
Free-range kids seems to be a new derogatory term where parents allow their children to run around unattended or not on a short enough leash. Parents can now be chastised by police and society for being bad parents. How dare you let your children out of your sight? How can you not know where your children are every minute? Is there something wrong with you parents?

Too early to talk about demolition

To the Editor:
In response to Daniel Perschau’s letter to the editor last week, he indicated “the GSL school board members and administration have simply averted their eyes from the financial responsibility” for funding the disposition of Helen Baker.