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January 28th, 2015

Leon Leonard Koentopf, 75, Glencoe

Leon Leonard Koentopf, 75, of Glencoe, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 22, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord is My Shepherd.”
Military honors were by Glencoe VFW Post 5102.

Mary Ann Wendolek, 84, of Cokato

Mary Ann Wendolek, 84, of Cokato, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the Cokato Manor.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 26, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.

Named to Duluth dean’s list

Area students named to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) dean’s list were Michael Hahn of Brownton, a senior majoring in accounting; from Glencoe: Kaitlyn Boesche, sophomore, pre-business, Adam Broderius, senior, industrial engineering, Katherine Dennison, sophomore, biochemistry and molecular biology, Adam Eberhard, freshman, undeclared major, Dylan Jenkins, junior, exercise science, and Trevor Lueders, senior, environmental science; and Chris Dahlman of Stewart, senior, geographic information science.

Son born to Wisch family

Justin and Tara Wisch of Brownton announce the arrival of a son, Easton Dale Wisch, born Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Easton weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 191⁄2 inches long at birth. He joins siblings Ava, Maddox and Isaac. Grandparents are David and Judy Schauer of Glencoe and Dale and Ginny Wisch of Arlington.

Arnold named to dean’s list

Mary Arnold of Glencoe was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She is majoring in health and wellness management. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale to be named to the dean’s list.

Son for Cody, Megan Smith

Cody and Megan Smith of Port Orchard, Wash., announce the arrival of a son, Nathan John Smith, born Jan. 15, 2015, at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash. Nathan weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches in length at birth. He joins a brother, Noah. Grandparents are Frank and Lori Kaczmarek of Silver Lake and David and Janel Smith of Surgoinsville, Tenn. Great-grandparents are Bob and Val Shamla of Silver Lake and John and Carolyn Chenowith of Surgoinsville, Tenn.

Iocona named to dean’s list

Louis Iocona of Glencoe was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. To be named to the list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. He is the son of Lou and Claire Iocona.

Silver Lake City Council debates ordinance regarding rental units

The proposed ordinance to add occupancy regulations to the zoning code in Silver Lake prompted a discussion of many questions and very few answers.  
The City Council reviewed the proposed ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20. City Clerk Kerry Venier presented the Council the ordinance, drawn up by City Attorney Jody Winters, which is similar to the ordinance in effect in Lester Prairie.  

Silver Lake City Council takes steps to comply with federal Equal Pay Act

The Silver Lake City Council voted to adopt a revised compensation plan on Tuesday, Jan. 20. This decision came after long discussion of the city’s current noncompliance of the Equal Pay Act.  
When first approached regarding the city’s noncompliance with the Federal Equal Pay Act on Dec. 15, City Clerk-Treasurer Kerry Venier supplied numbers that reflected the inequality in pay for the city’s two female employees.  
The Federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 states that:

Silver Lake City Council hears department updates

The committee reports brought to the Silver Lake City Council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 20, provided insight, ideas and clarity on many fronts. Reports came from the public works, public safety and community development committees.  
In the public works report, the committee expressed its support of the “preventative frozen water supply ordinance.”