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March 25th, 2015

Dennis D. Matuska, 72, of Glencoe

Dennis D. Matuska, 72, of Glencoe, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
The funeral service will be Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home, 141 E First St., Waconia, and at the church Thursday one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Ronald Mathison will officiate at the funeral. Paul Otto will be the organist and Kenneth Quast will be the soloist.

Raymond Dietel, 88, of Lester Prairie

Raymond “Ray” Dietel, 88, of Lester Prairie, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 23, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated. Jane Holasek was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Abide With Me.”

Bernetta L. Swift, 85, of Glencoe

Bernetta L. Swift, 85, of Glencoe, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services — Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17, at St. John’s Church, rural Biscay, Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County. The Rev. Robert Taylor officiated, and Mary Huebert was the organist. Special music by Robin Swift included “Softly and Tenderly,” by Chandler Swift was “To God Be the Glory,” and by Ellen Tracy, “Blessings.” The congregational hymn was “I Know Whom I Have Believed.”

Alfred Albert Kieser, 83, of Winsted

Alfred Albert Kieser, 83, of rural Winsted, died Monday, March 16, 2015, at his residence.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Winsted with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant.
Honorary casket bearers were Karri Rohling and Shelly Kloos. Casket bearers were Steve Rohling, Tom Kieser, Duane Entinger, Lucas Kloos, Mark Gueningsman and Tony Gueningsman.
Interment with military rites followed the Mass at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Daughter born to Jerabeks

Joel and Hannah Jerabek of Glencoe announce the arrival of a daughter, Elsie Lea Jerabek, who was born Dec. 15, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Elsie weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 163⁄4 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Gary and Joyce Jerabek of Silver Lake and Tom and Sarah Beckius of Belle Plaine. Great-grandparents are Florian Nowak of Silver Lake and Jerry and Donna Soller of Le Sueur.

Ahlers in SMSU soccer club

Breanna Ahlers, a sophomore biology and chemistry major from Brownton, is a member of the Soccer Club at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ahlers is the daughter of Glenn and Nancy Ahlers of Brownton. The purpose of the Soccer Club is to provide athletic competition for the students at SMSU. In the Soccer Club, students will learn how to be cooperative, confident and have the chance to meet new people.

Koester honored for driving

Ron Koester of Glencoe was recently inducted into UPS’ Circle of Honor for 25 years of accident-free driving. He and 16 other Minnesota drivers were inducted into the company’s honorary organization. There were 1,445 UPS drivers inducted into the Circle of Honor nationwide.

A lot of construction will be happening in ’15

Glencoe-area residents will be waking this summer to the sound of truck back-up alarms, heavy equipment moving around and the general din of construction.
As annoying as that is when we are trying to capture 10 more minutes of sleep, or trying to read the newspaper while we enjoy our morning cup of coffee, it should be music to our ears. Those sounds indicate that the Great Recession of the late 2000s and early 2010s is finally fading into the past.
When you shake open this week’s Chronicle, you’ll find our annual Horizons special edition.

Come out and support the ‘Orth Kids’

My co-conspirator here at The Chronicle, “Tom the Sports Guy,” and I have spent a good portion of the past couple weeks on the phone with parents of the “Orth Kids.”
Each year, The Chronicle strives to tell the stories of the children who benefit from the Tim Orth Foundation’s annual Basketball Jamboree, which is set Saturday here in Glencoe in the high school gymnasium.

3 GSL Knowledge Bowl teams advance to state

There were 18 teams from 10 schools at the Regional Knowledge Bowl meet in Willmar Friday, March 20. The schools included Canby, Hutchinson, Lac qui Parle Valley, Lester Prairie, Montevideo, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Willmar, Yellow Medicine East, and of course, Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL). Many schools brought one team, Willmar had three, Hutchinson and Montevideo had two each, but GSL was the only school which had earned the right to bring five teams to the meet.