July 13th, 2016

Iven A. Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake

Iven August Alsleben, 83, of Silver Lake, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon was the pianist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “In the Garden.”

Margaret Mary Maiers, 95, of Stewart

Margaret Mary Maiers of Stewart died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, having lived and loved for 95 wonderful years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 11, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Gerald S. Meidl officiating. Music was provided by Bev Wangerin as the organist, Bobbi Ludewig as the song leader, and Mrs. Maiers’ granddaughter, Kimberly Maiers, singing “Watch Over Me.”

Pola-Czesky Days fireworks will go on despite unanticipated increase in cost

It’s hard to believe that Silver Lake’s annual Pola-Czesky Days celebration is less than a month away.
The fireworks show is always a big highlight of the event, but came close to not happening.  
First Community Bank and the city of Silver Lake have always sponsored the Saturday night fireworks.
The City Council had budgeted and approved spending $1,500 towards the show at its May meeting. The bank has pledged $1,000, for a total of $2,500. Each contributed $1,500 last year.

City of Stewart’s improvement project on hold after state snags

A couple of snags at the state level have put the city of Stewart’s $3.7 million utility and street improvement project on hold, probably until next year.
The Stewart City Council discussed options for proceeding Monday night after learning that it would not receive grant funding because the state Legislature did not pass a bonding bill, nor will it receive Public Facilities Authority (PFA) funding for the sewer (wastewater) portion of the project because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) did not give its approval before the required June 30 deadline.

Brownton loses one part-time officer, hires a replacement at council meeting

The Brownton City Council accepted the resignation of a part-time police officer and hired another part timer at its July 5 meeting.
Part-time officer Brandon Traxler has resigned, and the City Council voted to hire Kenny Peterson as a new part-time officer.
Peterson will complement the police department’s part-time police chief, Ken Bauer, and full-time officer, Logan Anderson.

Rain doesn’t dampen Music in the Park event

The Silver Lake Music in the Park series drew over 174 people to the Silver Lake Auditorium on Thursday, July 7. Because of the rain, the event was held indoors rather than in the park.
Lowell Schubert and Nancy Buckentine will provide music Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m., with the Silver Lake Women’s Club providing lunch consisting of barbecues, chips, pickle, dessert and beverage.

The ongoing debate over fire sprinklers

People, particularly in this area, have a strong aversion to government mandates. And with good reason — many times they ended up costing us more than the benefits they provide.
But sometimes, we don’t mind so much when the government steps into our lives, especially if it involves protecting our lives and those of our loved ones.

Glencoe City Council meeting cancelled

I scrambled outside, dodging the heavy rain, to get to my car on the street only to find out I had the wrong car key. Back I went as the heavy rains soaked through my light jacket.
I managed to make it back to the car, a bit more soaked than before, and headed to last week’s Glencoe City Council meeting.
When I arrived, I was greeted by Mayor Randy Wilson, who promptly said the meeting had been canceled.

Promises of our local state representatives

To the Editor:
I thought our local state representatives would fix the total transportation needs of the state with a bonding and transportation bill, but all I hear is cutting taxes and gridlock! By the way, no special session.
Weren’t our representatives supposed to help us?
Jerry Belcher

Robeck was not being disrespectful to anyone

To the Editor:
In response to Mr. (Paul) Lemke’s letter to the editor, I respectively disagree that Mr. (Allen) Robeck was being disrespectful to anyone. I felt that Mr. Robeck was using humor and facts to enlighten the interested people of Glencoe on the discrepancies of how their money is being used on a few pet projects that do not benefit many Glencoe residents.
Yes, we are restricted to limited use of the elm site, and I believe that there are people other than city employees who have keys to the elm site for their own private business or use.