April 16th, 2014

Girl born to Gonzalez family

Arthur and Michelle Gonzalez of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Mia O., on April 3, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Mia weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Arthur and Carson Gonzalez. Grandparents are Elvia Flores and Todd Roethemeier, both of Glencoe.

Leo Rahland Proehl, 73, of Glencoe

Memorial services for Leo Rahland Proehl, 73, of Glencoe, were held on Friday, April 11, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. James Gomez officiated.
Mr. Proehl died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his residence.
Dawn Wolter was the organist. Soloist Tim Proehl sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Rock of Ages” and “Abide With Me.” Interment will be at a later date in the Glencoe City Cemetery.

Message only works if those on the receiving end actually hear it

Last Wednesday afternoon, before a hushed audience of teenagers in the high school gym, Nathan and Connie Backstrom of the tiny town of Hampton, along with son, Charles, gave a heart-wrenching presentation on the consequences of drunk driving.
They experienced the unimaginable of losing three sons in the same accident on Oct. 10, 2004, when a driver chose to drive drunk and text while passing another car on a two-lane highway near Farmington.
The result of the head-on collision was the death of three Backstrom boys — Matthew, 20, Jacob, 17, and Justin, 16 — out of a family of five sons.

Hiking minimum wage commendable, but it is a double-edged sword

Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on Monday the largest increase in the state’s minimum wage in history. The phased increases will begin in August when the state’s current minimum wage jumps to $8 an hour from the current $6.15. By 2016, the minimum wage will go to $9.50 an hour, one of the highest in the country. On top of that, the mininum wage will be indexed with the cost-of-living increase beginning in 2018.

Retirement test run sure had its moments

You may not have noticed, but I took a week off recently. I wanted to give retirement a test run to see if I would like it.
I liked it.
It may not be common knowledge, yet, but I plan to retire Aug. 1 from the editor’s position at The Chronicle.
I have been manning the editor’s desk for the past 23 years, and the constant stresses and strains have taken a toll. I’m not 45 anymore, even though I think I am some days.
But the test run recently verified I’m just fooling myself — about being 45 that is.

All these tools, still can’t lose weight

I took advantage of Saturday’s gorgeous weather to take care of a couple of maintenance projects, and spent a good deal of time in the garage rooting around in my dad’s tool collection.
Dad was a career Navy man, but as the son of a carpenter, he had a love and appreciation for proper tools, and spent his adult life collecting a large assortment.

Whatever your reason, donate blood on April 30

To the Editor:
Why donate blood? You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.
Some give blood because they were asked by a friend.
Some know that a family member or a friend has had or might need blood some day.
Some believe it is the right thing to do.
The first Glencoe Community Blood Drive of 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, at the Glencoe City Center Ballroom, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross has set our goal at 107 units for this blood drive.

Press not covering commissioner meetings

To the Editor:
One of the most important issues in years for McLeod County is under consideration, but one sure wouldn’t know it from our local media. This appears to be a trend.
On Tuesday, April 8th, a solid room of county residents showed up to voice their concerns about the pending Minnesota State Building Code for our county. After a solid majority of 10 out of 14 townships sent resolutions against this to the McLeod County commissioners, one would think that this would be a newsworthy story. Unfortunately, this issue does not appear to be well reported on. Why?

April 15th

Melvin Dahlke, 88, of Brownton

Funeral services for Melvin Dahlke, 88, of Brownton, will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton.
Mr. Dahlke died on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, at the church. Interment will be in the Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brownton.
Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. An online guest book is available at Click on obituaries/guest book.

April 14th

Orland Kruschke, 90, of Lester Prairie

Funeral services for Orland Kruschke, 90, of Lester Prairie will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Mr. Kruschke died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Elim Care Center in Princeton.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Visitation continues on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. An online guest book is available at