May 18th, 2016

Ridgewater BPA winners

Amber Ellestad of Stewart and Roxanne Wavra of Glencoe were recognized as national winners at the National BPA Leadership Convention in Boston. Ellestad earned awards for certiport certification in Word and Powerpoint and Wavra won the National Ambassador Torch Award. 

Ebert, Lange receive award

Brandon Ebert of Silver Lake and Samantha Lange of Glencoe were honored at the Agriculture Department Awards Banquet at Ridgewater College - Willmar. Ebert received the following awards for state competition: first place power, structural and technical systems. Ebert is the son of Joseph and Michele Ebert. Lange, the daughter of Mark and Lana Lange, received a second-place livestock production award and third-place livestock specialist award. 

Ribar earns merit scholarship

Erika Ribar attended a scholarship brunch at the University of Minnesota Crookston for recipients of the school’s merit scholarship. Ribar, of Brownton, is planning to major in Animal Science. 

Silver Lake City Council approves repairs of damaged city sidewalks

Over the last year, the city of Silver Lake’s Public Works Department completed an inventory of the condition of the city’s sidewalks. 
In the inventory, 23 sections of sidewalk were identified as needing replacement. Of those 23 sections, nine of the most severely damaged are scheduled for replacement this year. 

Gene O. Siewert, 77, of Hamburg

Gene O. Siewert, 77, of Hamburg, died Monday, May 9, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 13, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg, with the Rev. Donald Andrix officiating.
Casket bearers were Mr. Siewert’s grandchildren. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Robert John ‘RJ’ Nohr, 65, of Glencoe

Robert John “RJ” Nohr, 65, of Glencoe, died suddenly on Tuesday, May 10, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe after collapsing at home.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, May 14, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with the Rev. Randy Schussman officiating. Nicole Gepson was the organist. Special music was “Amazing Grace” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “A Medley of Hymns.”

Duane James Nelson, 57, of Winthrop

Duane Nelson, 57, of Winthrop, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 12, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 18, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Winthrop, with the Rev. Jeffrey Horejsi officiating. Thomas Maidl was the organist and Joanie Vivering was the soloist. Special music was by Gayle Ober as a prelude.

Alton ‘Al’ Branden, 86, of Silver Lake

Alton “Al” Branden, 86, of Silver Lake, died May 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. 
A memorial service was held  Saturday, May 14, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.  Interment followed at Faith Presbyterian Cemetery in Silver Lake. 

Use of social media to vilify is disturbing

The advent of social media provided us with a fun and immediate way to connect with family and friends, especially those with whom we have lost touch.
We love to scroll Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out what our friends are up to, check out their photographs and comment on their accomplishments and events.
Unfortunately, the good side of social media has brought an ugly side with it. People are using social media to gripe about cold meals at restaurants, politics, poor parking and driving habits, local politics and a myriad of other issues.

With end of school year comes new beginnings

To the Editor:
In a couple of days we will be wishing the class of 2016 all the best as they graduate from GSL High School. This day is always a special one because it is the pinnacle of a student’s journey through school. At this time, many doors are opened and many choices need to be made about one’s future … and the results of these choices could be in place for the rest of their lives.