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Vol. 113 No. 4 • Thursday, January 16, 2014 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Single copy
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
The Silver Lake Business
Expo is set for Saturday, Jan.
18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in
the Silver Lake Auditorium,
and features a variety of en-
tertainment, including
“square-dancing” therapy
dogs and Matachines dancers.
The Therapy Dogs Interna-
tional, Inc., (TDI) organiza-
tion of Hutchinson will host a
presentation about its club be-
ginning at 10 a.m.
Its presentation includes
dog obedience tricks and a
square-dancing routine per-
formed with the dogs.
The TDI group consists of
several members from all
over the area, including Das-
sel, Hutchinson and Norwood
Young America. The dog
owners complete an intense
training course and testing
with their pets, who then be-
come certified therapy dogs.
Therapy dogs are trained to
be comfortable in crowds of
people, sociable and well-
mannered with other animals.
Once the dogs are certified,
they and their owners visit
local nursing homes, assisted
living residences, schools and
churches monthly.
The group also will have a
booth at the Expo for those
interested in the organization
or interested in training their
At 12:30 p.m., the Mat-
achines dancers from Glen-
coe will perform a traditional
dance in full costume.
Matachines, or traditional
Spanish dancers, perform
these ritual dances for a deep
religious purpose, and are
found all over the world,
from Peru to northern Min-
Also, over 20 vendors will
be present at the Expo, in-
cluding independent consult-
ants, local non-profit
organizations, churches, law
enforcement and area busi-
The GFWC Silver Lake
Women’s Club will again be
serving a lunch of barbeque
sandwiches, chips, pickles,
dessert and a beverage.
Visitors can sign up for
prizes at various booths.
Admission is free and
everyone is invited to attend.
Come and support local busi-
Business Expo set Saturday at Silver Lake Auditorium
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
The Silver Lake Planning
Commission recommended
approval of a conditional use
permit (CUP) and variance re-
quest for Jeff Chmielewski at
a public hearing Tuesday
Chmielewski applied for a
CUP to build at 1,656-square-
foot garage and variance to re-
duce setbacks from 5 feet to
zero feet on his property on
Gehlen Drive.
City Clerk Kerry Venier said
variances are exceptions to
city ordinances and must show
“practical difficulties to the
owner such that the property
cannot be put to ‘normal’ use
as zoned.
“One big question about this
project is: will it deter from the
residential aspect of the area?”
Venier said.
Chmielewski’s property is
zoned residential, single-fam-
ily, Venier said.
“Another concern is if the
building will be used for com-
mercial purposes,” Venier
“No,” Chmielewski said. He
added he would use the shed
to store personal items, like his
Bobcat. “It wouldn’t be for
business,” he said.
“So there won’t be any de-
liveries, trucks coming and
going from the area, etc.?” Ve-
nier asked.
“No, it’s for my own use,”
Chmielewski said.
Eric Nelson, council liaison
to the planning commission,
asked about the building shed-
ding water onto other proper-
ties with the variance in
“I could put a gutter on the
building,” Chmielewski said.
He added that he is the
“lowest” property on the
block, and that all the water
ends up on his property.
“What’s the reason for not
having a setback of five feet?”
Venier asked.
“It’s a waste of space. I
wouldn’t be able to put any-
thing back there,”
Chmielewski said.
The property adjacent to
Chmielewski’s is the football
“I talked with the school,
and they didn’t have anything
to say. They had no concern
and weren’t going to send any-
body to tonight’s hearing,” Ve-
nier said.
“Another thing we should
discuss is the future addition
you have planned. That would
put you over the 40 percent lot
coverage rule,” Venier said.
“That’s a big question
mark,” Chmielewski said. He
said he wasn’t sure about those
“We should address it now,
so we don’t go through this
whole process if it affects that
addition,” Venier said.
“Well, it will probably be
lean-to poles,” Chmielewski
Venier told the planning
commission to thoroughly
consider the variance and
“One thing to remember is
that if it is approved and he
builds the building and decides
to use it for business storage,
it’s very difficult to go back
and (retract the permit).
“It’s a permanent building
that will be there for 30 or 40
years. Not that I don’t want to
see Jeff’s project go ahead, but
there are zoning codes for a
reason. We’ve made excep-
tions in the past, but this struc-
ture is bigger than we’ve seen
before,” Venier said.
“There’s a lot of uglier
buildings in town,”
Chmielewski laughed.
“What can you do other than
take his word for it? The
neighbors don’t have a prob-
lem with it, and the school did-
n’t seem to care,” said Neil
Syvertson, a planning commi-
Nelson moved to recom-
Despite concerns, planning
commission recommends CUP
On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Therapy Dogs International
(TDI) chapter from Hutchinson will be presenting dog
obedience tricks and a square-dancing routine at the
Silver Lake Business Expo. The Expo is at the Silver
Lake Auditorium on Main Street and the presentation
begins at 10 a.m. Members of TDI include, in the
front, from left to right, Kelli Dahlman and her dog
Oswald; Diane Bryant and Rudy; Sue Keiser and Ella;
Sandi Sportelli and Nala; and Robin Kashuba and
Harley. In the back are Deanna Schindele with Buck
and Koda; Char and Bro; Jeanne Piehl and Sadie;
Lisa Howell and Blondie; Kate ZumBerge and
Domino; and Becky Albrecht with Max and Murphy.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Therapy dogs to perform at Business Expo
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
The students at Faith
Presbyterian Preschool
in Silver Lake are keep-
ing busy this winter with
crafts and activities. Last
week, the students were
creating snowmen with
colorful electrical tape,
and this week, students
were planning to create
their own snow globes.
Above, Hadley Wagner
and Miranda Nowak
show off their finished
creations. To the right,
Ella Graczyk looks to
school teacher Sue Nord
for more tape. The Faith
Presbyterian Preschool
will have a booth in Sat-
urday’s Business Expo
sponsored by the Silver
Lake Business Associa-
tion. Those interested in
enrolling children in the
preschool are welcome
to visit Nord at the booth.
Silver Lake City Council
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
(Note date change due to holiday)
6:30 p.m.
Call to order:
Approve agenda
Consent agenda:
1. Approve minutes of the Dec. 16 regular meeting.
2. Approve minutes of the Jan. 6 annual meeting.
3. Approve payroll No. 26, quarter 4 and December am-
bulance report.
4. Claims to be paid:
Old business:
1. County commissioners to review county recycling pro-
gram and retrofit to single-sort recycling.
2. Discuss improvements to auditorium.
New business:
1.Wine/beer application for Molly’s Cafe.
2. Variance application request for 204 Gehlen Drive.
Department business:
1. Liquor Store.
2. Public Safety.
3. Public Works.
4. Community Development.
5. Administration.
Open Discussion:
Turn to page 2
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Last Saturday, the Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club began
the aeration system on Swan Lake. The aeration sys-
tem creates open water on the frozen lake. At eight
entry points to the lake then, club members posted
“thin ice” warning signs. The club posts about 120
signs, which are furnished by the Minnesota Depart-
ment of Natural Resources.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Aeration begins at Swan Lake
Unity church service set
A joint service involving the Church of the Holy Family,
Grace Bible Church and Faith Presbyterian Church is
scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:15 p.m. The service
will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church. Those interested
in singing in a community choir for the service are invited
to meet for practice at 6:30 p.m. prior to the service. Those
attending are encouraged to bring an item or cash donation
for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Faith Presbyterian
Church is located at 108 W. Main St. in Silver Lake.
Business Expo slated Jan. 18
The annual Silver Lake Business Expo is set for Satur-
day, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Silver Lake Au-
ditorium, and will feature over 20 vendors from Silver
Lake area. The Silver Lake GFWC Women’s Club will be
serving barbeque sandwiches and entertainment includes
a square-dancing routine by canine members of the Ther-
apy Dogs International group of Hutchinson and a tradi-
tional Spanish Indian dance by the Matachines dancers
from Glencoe.
Bullying bill topic of program
Barb Anderson from Minnesota Child Protection
League will present “The Bullying Bill Exposed” at
Hunters Ridge Community Church, 850 School Road SW,
Hutchinson, Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. House File 826,
the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act,” was
passed in the Minnesota House last session and will be
taken up in the Senate in 2014. Provisions of this bill in-
clude anonymous reporting of bullying incidents and ac-
tion taken against students without parental consent
required. Schools will be forced to repeal their current
anti-bullying policy and adopt the Minnesota Department
of Education’s approach at a cost of $40 million. A free-
will donation will be taken. Call 320-587-6687 with ques-
Sportsmen’s Club to meet
The Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club will hold its monthly
meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at the sanctuary.
Pola-Czesky meeting Jan. 27
A special Pola-Czesky meeting will be held Monday,
Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium. All or-
ganizations should attend.
Upcoming Events
The American Red Cross
bloodmobile will be at the Sil-
ver Lake American Legion
Monday, Jan. 27, from 1 p.m.
to 7 p.m.
Blood is a perishable prod-
uct. Red blood cells have a
shelf life of only 42 days and
platelets just five days, so they
must be replenished constantly
— there is simply no substi-
Under normal circum-
stances, approximately every
two seconds someone in
America needs a blood trans-
Blood and platelets can be
used for trauma victims — due
to accidents and burns — heart
surgery patients, organ trans-
plant patients, premature ba-
bies, when there are
complications during child-
birth, and for patients receiv-
ing treatment for leukemia,
cancer or other diseases, such
as sickle cell disease.
Donors need to be at least
17 years of age (with parent
consent) and older, weigh at
least 110 pounds and be in
good health.
Volunteers will be calling to
set up appointments in the
next several weeks, or call
Margaret Benz at 320-327-
2249. Walk-ins are welcome.
Silver Lake blood drive
set for Monday, Jan. 27
The Silver Lake Senior Cit-
izens Club met Jan. 13, at the
Silver Lake Auditorium.
President Genny Lhokta
called the meeting to order,
followed by the pledge to the
flag. She then turned the meet-
ing over to Margaret Benz, the
incoming president for 2014.
There were 28 regular mem-
bers present, one new mem-
ber, Glenn Wraspir, and three
visitors, Hubert and Margaret
Schermann and Helen Lhotka.
January birthdays were
Marcella Pokornowski,
Margie Chap and Carol
The club discussed the
meeting schedule for 2014. It
was tabled until a later date.
The lunch committee for the
February meeting is Gary and
Kathy Kaczmarek and Mary
31 winners: Kathy Kacz-
marek and Yvonne Urban.
500 winners: Roger Lhotka,
Milton Totusek, Dodie
Chalupsky, Richard Kosek,
Hubert Schermann, Judy
Penas, Margaret Schermann,
Dallas Ehrke, Genny Lhotka
and Donald Benz.
The next regular meeting is
Monday, Feb. 10.
SL Seniors meet with
28 members present
The Miss Czech Slovak
Minnesota pageant is looking
for young women of Czech,
Slovak or Moravian heritage
to compete for the state title.
The 25th-annual Miss
Czech Slovak Minnesota pag-
eant will be April 12 at the
American Legion Club in
The competition is for
women between the ages of 16
and 26. The pageant winners
receive cash awards, crowns
and will have a year of memo-
rable appearances throughout
This unique pageant focuses
on the heritage of the Czech,
Slovak or Moravian candi-
dates. The new Miss Czech
Slovak Minnesota queen trav-
els to the National Miss Czech
Slovak U.S. pageant in Wilber,
Neb. in early August.
An informational pageant
meeting is set for Sunday, Jan.
26, at 1 p.m., at Montogomery
Oil Company and David’s
Diner, 200 Fourth St. NW in
Snacks and refreshments
will be served and all inter-
ested contestants, parents and
family members are welcome
to attend.
The application deadline is
March 1. For more informa-
tion and a registration form,
contact Lorraine David at 507-
364-5384 or 507-364-9370;
Cindy Taylor at 507-364-
5524; or Ashley Zimanskie at
Send e-mails to davdis
diner@hotmail.com or miss
The pageant website is:
Contestants sought
for Miss Czech Slovak
mend the application request
“in accordance to what has
been supplied to us and his pur-
pose for the building.”
The variance and CUP will
be discussed for approval at the
regular City Council meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 21.
CUP Continued from page 1
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Crowned champion
Mariana Castillo, a fifth grader, was crowned the Glencoe-
Silver Lake Lakeside champion of the National Geo-
graphic Bee held Friday afternoon in the school cafeteria
in Silver Lake. She outlasted Caleb Schmieg, another fifth
grader. After three rounds of questions, the two finalists
emerged from the original 10 contestants. Each student
was allowed two incorrect answers before bowing out.
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Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Page 3
In Loving Memory
passed away
twenty years ago
January 18, 1994
His spirit lives on
and always will,
times he laughed,
gave advice,
or just listened,
echo in the
memories of those
whose lives he
And in being so
remembered, his
legacy will live on.
Remembered with
love by wife,
Marge, children,
grandchildren, and
When it comes to defining
myself as a Minnesotan or
Wisconsinite, I like to say I am
the Mississippi River, because
I’m torn as to which state I be-
Living nearly each half of
my life in both states, I am un-
sure of where home is.
My Wisconsinite friends as-
sure me I’m a “mud duck”
from Minnesota and my Min-
nesotan friends have described
me as a “cheesehead” from
I can’t win.
What I love about Wiscon-
sin are the rolling hills and
beautiful bluffs near Eau
Claire, our little country home
on seven acres of wooded
land, and the lack of 3.2 beer
in the state.
But not being a Green Bay
Packers fan has earned me the
“mud duck from Minnesota”
title and my friend Brad re-
minds me every visit.
So after the 49ers (my
brother’s team) beat the Pack-
ers in the playoffs a couple of
weeks ago, I couldn’t help but
brag about it.
His response: “You aren’t
allowed to see Levi (his infant
son) ever again! You are dead
to us!”
I haven’t heard from him
since. I think I’ll wait until the
dust settles after the outcome
of the Super Bowl. Especially
since I am also rooting for his
least favorite team — the Pa-
triots. (Tom Brady is just so
What I love about Min-
nesota is that it’s not only pop-
ulated with most of my
extended family, but that it is
home to some of my favorite
places — the dense forests of
tall pines of Superior National
Forest, Highway 61 along the
North Shore, the tall grass
prairies and historical monu-
ments at Pipestone, the upbeat,
lively personality of the Twin
Cities, and the big yellow tent
at Pola-Czesky Days.
But because I lived the “for-
mative” years of my life in
Wisconsin, I feel like an out-
sider in Minnesota, though I
was born in Hutchinson.
So, I relate to the flowing
Mississippi, which borders
both states, and doesn’t have
to worry about being a Packers
fan or a Vikings fan.
But in the last month, I’ve
come to the realization that
“home” is truly a state of
mind, and is dependent upon
who I am with, and where I
feel most happy.
Home is spending a Satur-
day at Unhinged! Pizza with
Grandma Alice, uncles and
aunts and their families for my
cousin Cody’s going-away
party into the Marines, eating
way too much food and hurt-
ing my back from goofing
around with my little cousins
too much.
Home is drinking Bloody
Marys and playing bean bags
with Dad on Saturday, earning
second place in the “loser”
bracket and celebrating with
the rest of the family at the Le-
gion with beer and burgers.
It’s freezing my butt off in
the ice house with my brother
while he fishes for his car keys
that slipped out of his coat
pocket into the lake.
It’s driving through a bliz-
zard with my best friend Sarah
just to get to another Trampled
by Turtles concert or when
Grandma Genny stops into the
Leader office to bring me
warm rhubarb kolaches.
It’s falling asleep on the
rocky shore of Lake Superior
to the rhythmic sound of
crashing waves, blanketed by
a black sky of twinkling stars
and the Big Dipper.
Home is the rare Sundays
our family of six fills up a
sunny pew at church, and the
inevitable bout of church gig-
gles when the organist drops
her hymnal onto the piano
keys during the sermon.
And it’s especially meeting
all of you readers at the post
office or at the grocery store
and anywhere else out and
about who ask me about the
Jeep, the mice in my apart-
ment or my next adventure.
Looks like this mud duck
cheesehead found a place to
call “home.”
Mud duck, cheesehead, or both?
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
Silver Lake Leader photos
by Alyssa Schauer
Bean bags
The Silver Lake Civic As-
sociation hosted a bean
bag tournament at the
auditorium Saturday.
Above, playing a round
are Carmen Brincefield
and Harvey Mikolichek.
To the left are Darrell
Kaczmarek and George
Jones. The first place
winners for the upper
bracket were John and
Nicole Lange; second
place, Dean MIkolichek
and Corrine Mickolichek;
and third place, Ryan and
Angie Grams. First place
lower bracket winners
were George and Laura
Jones. Another bean bag
tournament will be held
in March.
Talon Jade Dressel, infant
daughter of Zach and Jessica
(Mallak) Dressel, died Jan. 7,
2014, at Glencoe Regional
Health Services.
A funeral service was held
Saturday, Jan. 11, at Maresh
Funeral Home in Silver Lake.
Interment was in Holy Family
Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Talon is survived by her par-
ents, Zach and Jessica Dressel
of Silver Lake; brother, Jase
Dressel of Silver Lake; pater-
nal grandparents, Brian and
RaMona Dressel of Brownton;
maternal grandparents, Jeff
and Julie Mallak of Silver
Lake; paternal great-grandpar-
ents, Vernon Dressel of
Hutchinson and Rufus and
Gloria Draeger of Brownton;
maternal great-grandparents,
Glenn and Judy Mallak and
Albert and Mary Jo Ardolf, all
of Silver Lake; uncles, Jake
(Kristen) Mallak of Mankato
and Jordan Mallak of Silver
Lake; and aunt, Samantha
Dressel of Roseville.
An online guest book is
available at www.mareshfu
Talon Jade Dressel, infant daughter
Wesley M. Holm, 77, of
Hutchinson, died Sunday, Jan.
12, 2014, at the Hutchinson
Health hospital.
A memorial service was
h e l d
Jan. 15, at
Faith Pres-
b y t e r i a n
Church in
Silver Lake.
The Rev.
C a r o l
ski offici-
J a c k i e
Rossi was the organist, and the
duet of Dennis and Donald
Meyer sang “The Lord’s
Prayer” and “Precious Lord,
Take My Hand.” Congrega-
tional hymns were “Amazing
Grace” and “In the Garden.”
Urn bearer was Michael
Holm, and honorary urn bear-
ers were David Anderson,
Rick Morrow, Wayne Miller
and Zach Klawitter. Interment
will be in the spring.
Mr. Holm was born Nov.
14, 1936, in Boyd, to August
and Hilda (Hognestad) Holm,
and was the fifth of five chil-
dren. He spent his early years
in Clarkfield. The Holm fam-
ily moved to Hector, where he
received his education and
graduated from Hector High
School with the class of 1954.
After high school, he served
in the U.S. Army.
On April 2, 1964, Mr. Holm
was united in marriage to
Donna Eckard in Sioux Falls,
S.D. This marriage was
blessed with three children,
Mark, Mike and stepdaughter
Laurie. The Holms resided in
Silver Lake and Hutchinson.
They shared 49 years of mar-
Mr. Holm started his work-
ing career at the Hector Tele-
phone Company after the
military. The Holms owned
and operated Holms Furniture
Store in Silver Lake from
1971 to 1982. He then worked
for the Hutchinson Postal
Service as a rural mail carrier
until his retirement in 1999.
Mr. Holm was a member of
Faith Presbyterian Church in
Silver Lake. He also was a
lifelong member of Masonic
Lodge in Hector and a former
member of the Silver Lake
Mr. Holm enjoyed playing
cards, feeding the birds, tend-
ing to his flower gardens and
yard. The Holms enjoyed trav-
eling to get a break from the
Minnesota winters and en-
joyed summers at the lake. He
especially cherished spending
time with his family, grand-
children and friends.
Survivors include his wife,
Donna Holm of Hutchinson;
children, Mark (Kelly) Holm
of St. Louis Park, Mike Holm
of Minnetonka, and Laurie
Klawitter of Hutchinson;
grandchildren, Abbie Klawit-
ter and Zach (Beth) Klawitter;
and many other relatives and
Preceding him in death were
his parents, August and Hilda
Holm; brothers, Harley Holm
and Hardell Holm; and sisters,
Avis Lundy and Ardis Miller.
Arrangements were by the
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in
Hutchinson. Online obituaries
and guest book are available at
www.hantge.com. Click on
obituaries/guest book.
Wesley M. Holm, 77, of Hutchinson
Wesley Holm
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Kenneth “Kenny” Florian
Juncewski, 65, of Silver Lake,
will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at
11 a.m., at Holy Family
C a t h o l i c
Church in
Silver Lake.
The Rev.
P a t r i c k
Ok o n k wo
will offici-
M r .
died Mon-
day, Jan. 13,
2014, at his
A visitation will be held on
Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m., at the Maresh Fu-
neral Home in Silver Lake.
Further visitation will be held
on Friday morning, Jan. 17,
one hour prior to Mass at the
funeral home.
Mr. Juncewski was born
Sept. 28, 1948, in Hutchinson,
to Felix L. and Sophie M.
(Fiecke) Juncewski.
On July 20, 1968, Kenneth
F. Juncewski and Bernadine S.
Remer were joined in holy
marriage at Holy Trinity
Catholic Church in Winsted.
God blessed their marriage
with three children.
Mr. Juncewski engaged in
dairy farming for many years
in rural Silver Lake. He also
hauled vegetables for Seneca
Foods in Glencoe and also was
a grain hauler. He was a hard
worker and lived for farming!
Mr. Juncewski was a great
storyteller and had a great
sense of humor. He enjoyed
making people laugh. He was
a proud and honest man. He
enjoyed playing cards for the
He was a member of Holy
Family Catholic Church in Sil-
ver Lake.
Survivors include his loving
mother, Sophie Juncewski of
Winsted; loving children, Alan
Juncewski (Judy Eisen-
menger) of Silver Lake, Di-
anne (Kenny) Wraspir of
Cokato and Darlene (Daryl)
Kiefer of Howard Lake; 10
grandchildren, Ashley, Heidi,
Steven and Brittany
Juncewski, Joey and Katie
Wraspir; Nick and Mathew
Schlechter and Caleb and So-
phie Kiefer; two brothers,
Leonard “Lenny” (Linda)
Juncewski of Winsted and
David Juncewski of Silver
Lake; nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were
his wife, Bernadine S.
Juncewski on April 4, 2003,
and his father, Felix L.
Juncewski on Jan. 7, 2013.
Alice Nowak will be the or-
ganist for the funeral Mass. In-
terment will follow at St.
Adalbert Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joey
Wraspir, Nick Schlechter,
Mathew Schlechter, Caleb
Kiefer and Dale Brinkman and
Dale Cacka.
The Maresh Funeral Home
in Silver Lake is serving the
family. Online condolences
may be made to www.maresh
Kenneth Juncewski, 65, of Silver Lake
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
McLeod County will likely
merge two of its environmen-
tal committees in 2014, and
may merge others at a later
date, commissioners indicated
at a workshop Jan. 7.
The commissioners dis-
cussed a proposal by Roger
Berggren of the environmental
services office to merge four
committees into one. Under
consideration for a merger
were the feedlot, water plan,
septic and wetlands commit-
Berggren said the four com-
mittees’ roles have evolved
significantly from when they
were formed.
“Most were set up when we
were writing ordinances or set-
ting up a plan,” said Berggren.
Now, he said, the committees
usually only meet when their
input is needed on a condi-
tional use permit application, a
variance, or when plans need
to be updated.
Berggren said he had sur-
veyed the current committee
members of the four commit-
tees, and 14 members had fa-
vored merging them, two were
against it and one just had no
interest in serving on any com-
Berggren said the four com-
mittees have a total of over 50
members, many of whom hold
seats on more than one of the
Don Albrecht and Robert
Anderson, both township offi-
cials, offered some opinions
on the proposed merger.
Albrecht said he is mostly
concerned about who would
comprise the committee, and if
there will still be township
“I hope it (the new commit-
tee) doesn’t all of sudden be-
come people from
departments,” said Albrecht.
Commissioner Jon Chris-
tensen agreed, saying that the
committee needs “to have
good representation from dif-
ferent fields of expertise.”
Commissioner Sheldon
Nies also agreed that the com-
mittee shouldn’t be comprised
of just county department
“We want the people who
have to live with the problem
on these committees,” said
Berggren proposed a seven-
person committee, with one
person from the township as-
sociation, a soil and water con-
servation district supervisor, a
watershed representative, a
business person, someone
from a conservation group, a
farmer and a commissioner.
Others, such as contractors,
could be ex-officio members,
Berggren said.
Anderson urged keeping the
septic committee separate
from the others.
“That’s a totally separate
can of worms,” Anderson said
of septic issues.
Nies said he could see merg-
ing the water plan and wet-
lands committee.
“The water plan and wet-
lands would absolutely fit to-
gether,” said Nies. “If the
septic would work into that,
that would be fine, too.”
Christensen said he felt the
feedlot committee should be
separate from the others.
Christensen suggested tak-
ing the proposed merger of
committees “in small steps …
maybe make two into one and
see how that works.”
Nies said that he wasn’t op-
posed to that idea, noting that
the County Board could merge
committees at any time it felt
it would be beneficial.
“We don’t have to just do it
in January,” said Nies.
Nies asked Berggren to
come up with a proposal for
combining the wetlands and
water plan committees to
bring back to the County
Board for more discussion and
a possible vote.
County Board considers merging
water plan, wetlands committees
Silver Lake Area
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Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., Jan. 18 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.; Silver Lake Busi-
ness Expo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 19 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer
time, 9:15 a.m.; worship with
communion, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday
school for all ages, 10:35 a.m.;
all-church potluck following Sun-
day school; annual meeting, 1
Wed., Jan. 22 — Confirmation,
discipleship class, 6 p.m.; unity
service hosted by Faith Presbyte-
rian Church, 7:15 p.m..
Sat., Jan. 25 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Carol Chmielewski, pastor
Office hours: Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 19 — Worship serv-
ice with fellowship to follow, 10
a.m.; music and worship meeting,
11:15 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 22 — Light supper,
5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.;
choir practice, 6:45 p.m.; unity
service, 7:15 p.m.
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Jan. 16 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; meet and
greet at The Pines in Hutchinson,
11:30 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 17 — No Mass.
Sat., Jan. 18 — CCW Region 6
board meeting, St. John’s, Darwin;
no reconciliation; Mass, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 19 — Mass, 8 a.m;
CCW coffee and rolls after Mass;
KC altar server bowling, 12:30
p.m.; St. Pius X, Holy Family
youth group at WOW Zone, 2
p.m.-7 p.m.; Mass, 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 20 — Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday, no Mass; parish
offices closed.
Tues., Jan. 21 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
eucharistic adoration 8:30 a.m. to
10 p.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.; KC
meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 22 — Area Faith
Community at pro-life rally, 9
a.m.; Mass at Cokato Manor, 10
a.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; first- through
sixth-grade religous education
classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh-
through 11th-grade religious edcu-
ation classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; ec-
umenical service, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 23 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; Mass for
the protection of unborn children,
6 p.m.; Area Pastoral Council, 7
Fri., Jan. 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., Jan. 19 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., Jan. 19 — Sunday school,
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priest-
hood, relief society and primary,
11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.,
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., Jan. 19 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
31 Fourth Ave. S.W.,
E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net
Sun., Jan. 19 — Sunday school,
9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m.
1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Jan. 16 — No Mass;
food shelf meeting, 9:30 a.m.; jun-
ior choir, 2:50 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 17 — Morning prayer,
8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.;
CUF raffle begins; no Spanish
Sat., Jan. 18 — CCW Region 6
Board, St. John’s, Darwin; recon-
ciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 19 — Mass, 9:30
a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.;
Hispanic ministry religious educa-
tion for youths and adults, 12:45
p.m.; Hispanic ministry meeting;
Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake,
8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 20 — Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday; no Mass; school,
parish offices closed.
Tues., Jan. 21 — No Mass; His-
panic ministry adult catechesis at
St. Pius X; KC meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 22 — Day of Prayer
for the Unborn; evening prayer,
5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; kinder-
garten through sixth-grade reli-
gious education classes, 7 p.m.-8
p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade
religious education classes, 7
p.m.-8:15 p.m.; CCW pro-life
1215 Roberts Rd. SW.,
Rick Stapleton, senior pastor
Adam Krumrie, worship pas-
tor/director of
student ministries
Sun., Jan. 19 — Adult growth
groups, Sunday school and wor-
ship, 9 a.m.; adult growth groups
and worship, 10:30 a.m.; discover
membership, noon; Shalom run-
ning group, 4 p.m.; Financial
Peace University, 7 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 20 — Griefshare
workshop, 6:30 p.m.; women’s
discipleship, 7 p.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Thurs., Jan. 16 — Bethel play
day at Hintz home.
Sun., Jan. 19 — Worship, 9
a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10:15
a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.;
annual meeting, 10:30 a.m.
We attended an enjoyable
“feather-stripping” party at
Alice Nowak’s house with
several Silver Lake ladies.
The art of feather stripping
started many years ago. The
purpose is to make soft down
feather beds and pillows for
home use. The items were also
given as wedding gifts.
One lady said, “When I was
growing up, my mother used
to make pillows and even
feather beds — you probably
don’t even know what feather
beds are?”
They are one great big giant
pillow to cover the whole bed.
It is filled with stripped feath-
ers. Stripped feathers are the
soft down which has been re-
moved from their stiff, pointed
Another lady added, “We
had stripping bees when we
were kids and our folks used
to go to these stripping bees,
and they would strip way until
maybe 12 o’clock at night.
“When they got done they
would have a dance and play
the accordion, and then have a
big lunch. It was like a feast;
they would have these home-
made kolaches and doughnuts
(koblihy) and other good
things to eat!”
They would come from
miles around to offer their
services and company. While
they were working, they
would tell stories, sing songs,
gossip, exchange recipes, tell
of personal experiences, and
enjoy each other’s company.
Feather-stripping bees are
another form of cooperative
entertainment for people, just
like quilting bees.
“We used to live for strip-
ping bees back then!” another
woman added.
Here’s how to get the feath-
ers from your geese or ducks.
There are really two ways to
go about this. One: pluck the
goose right after death before
the feathers become too hard
to pull. Then hang the feathers
in gunny sacks during the win-
ter to dry. By spring or sum-
mer you are ready to create
your own pillow.
Two: scald the duck or
goose, then pluck and dry.
Stripping the feathers is
quite an easy process. To
begin, you should have as
many goose or duck feathers
as you think you may need.
You will need four or five
ducks for one feather pillow or
2-½ pounds of stripped feath-
ers. Hold the tip of the feather
with two fingers and pull the
fiber down off the quill from
either side with two fingers
from your other hand. Repeat
the same procedure for the
other side.
Toss the quill aside (on the
floor). If the feather is small,
sometimes it is easier to leave
it unstripped because it keeps
the pillow or the bed fluffy
and not matted. The bigger the
feather the easier you will find
it to strip. The more experi-
ence you have, the bigger the
pile you will end up with.
A group of us sat in on a
stripping bee and were quite
amazed at the number of
stripped feathers these women
could produce in a small
amount of time. It usually
takes three people to put the
feathers into a pillow case;
two to hold the pillow case
and one to do the stuffing. The
women of Silver Lake raise
their own ducks and geese.
We would like to say thank
you to all the wonderful ladies
who got together and taught us
how to strip feathers. A special
thanks to Alice Nowak who so
graciously opened her house
for the event.
Ron’s comments: Nuwash
Furniture Store would take
feathers in, on trade, for a new
piece of furniture. Arlene
(Mrs. Harry) Wendolek re-
members her aunt, Clara
Pulkrabek, (my grandmother)
trading feathers and booting
$2.25 for a nice new rocker.
Arlene inherited it and rocked
her two children in it many
Her son and daughter-in-
law now have it and have
rocked their three children in
it. Arlene still finds this, “duck
feather purchased,” rocker
very, very comfortable.
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Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
Author’s Note: In 1974, several high school students from
the St. Paul school system came to Silver Lake for several
days to explore the history of Silver Lake and interview some
of the early Polish and Bohemian residents. They published
a small booklet called “Scattered Seeds,” which many of you
probably have — somewhere. The next few articles will be
some of the things they found and interviews with various
75 YEARS AGO - JAN. 21, 1939 — The
parish of St. Joseph is sponsoring its annual
Winter Carnival on Sunday evening, Jan. 22, in
the church club rooms. There will be entertain-
ment galore with bingo, wheel of fortune,
games of chance, and refreshments. A high-
grade all-wool blanket will be given away to the
holder of the lucky ticket. A coaster wagon will
be given away free to the child holding the
lucky free ticket.
The Silver Lake Fire Department is planning
to purchase another fire truck to aid in the fire
protection on country runs. Another big dance
sponsored by the Silver Lake Fire Department
will be held on Thursday night, Jan. 26, at the
Silver Lake Village Hall. Music will be fur-
nished by Henry Klima and his orchestra.
Ticekts are 40¢ and 10¢.
Harry Craighead Jr., former Silver Lake res-
ident and high school student, has taken over
the Silver Lake route of the LaSalle Cleaners.
Joseph A. Hlavka, whose fine herd of Jersey
cattle is one of the best in the state, recently
added one of the best-bred bulls to his herd
when he purchased Valiant Royalist from Twin
Oaks Farm at Morristown, N.J.
Margaret Ann Schermann, 1-year-old daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Schermann, died
on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the University Hospital.
Funeral services were conducted at Holy Trinity
Church in Winsted on Saturday, Jan. 7.
A son was born on Jan. 11 to Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Zavoral.
50 YEARS AGO - JAN. 16, 1964 — The
Men’s Recreational Club of St. Joseph Church
is sponsoring a carnival on Sunday, Jan. 19, in
the church dining hall.
Kenneth Kadlec, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Kadlec, left Thursday for Lexington, Ky., where
he will be enrolled in the School of Medicine.
A fox hunt will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19.
All hunters are to meet at 1 p.m. at the audito-
rium. Transportation will be provided.
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Wraspir will celebrate
their 25th wedding anniversary with an open
house on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Silver Lake Au-
Mrs. Anna Fimon, 93, passd away on
Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Hutchinson Hospital.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 17,
at the Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.
George Miskovsky, 82, passed away on
Wednesday, Jan. 15, at his home in Silver Lake.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday,
Jan. 18, at the St. Joseph Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nowak are the parents of
a daughter born on Jan. 5.
25 YEARS AGO - JAN. 19, 1989 —Audi-
tions for the Silver Lake Centennial play, “The
Spirit of Silver Lake,” will be held on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24-26, at the Sil-
ver Lake Auditorium. Millie Beneke is the play-
wright and will direct the play. Kathleen Horejsi
Neubarth is the play chairman. The play will be
presented April 7-9 at the Silver Lake Audito-
rium. Practice will begin Jan. 30.
Filing for towship offices in Hale and Rich
Valley Townships opened on Tuesday, Jan. 17,
with filings closing on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
An Ecumenical Prayer Service, sponsored by
the Silver Lake churches, will be held on
Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the St. Adalbert’s
The Knights of Columbus free throw contest
for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 will be held on
Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Silver Lake High
School gym.
Ross Jurek won the Pheasants Forever
Longest Tail Feather Contest by plucking a
feather measuring nearly 26-1/2 inches from a
bird bagged north of Silver Lake during the
pheasant hunting season.
Anthony Kruzel, 67, passed away on Thurs-
day, Jan. 12, in Hutchinson. Funeral services
were held on Monday, Jan. 16, from the St.
Adalbert’s Church.
A daughter was born on Jan. 11 to Scott and
Connie Jurek.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
Church News
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Opening up the Wright
County Conference schedule
with two wins over Orono (65-
14) and Delano (58-6) on
Thursday, the Glencoe-Silver
Lake/Lester Prairie wrestling
team then went on to claim third
place at the Zimmerman invita-
tional on Saturday.
Three Panthers won their
brackets Saturday, including
Jacob Jewett at 113 pounds and
Aaron Donnay at 126. Dalton
Clouse took first at 220 pounds,
defeating the No. 5 ranked
wrestler in Class A, Pine Is-
land’s Zach Kennedy, 7-0.
In all, 10 GSL/LP wrestlers
medaled, helping the Panthers
take third place overall with 139
team points behind Grand
Rapids (140) and Princeton
Head coach Lance Wurm
said third place is nice, but felt
his team could have taken first
had they wrestled a little more
intelligently at times, and not
been missing some key guys
from the lineup.
Had 145-pounder Michael
Donnay not been knocked out
cold in his second match on
Saturday against Albany’s Nick
Mergen, GSL/LP almost cer-
tainly would have surpassed
Grand Rapids in team score.
“Michael (Donnay) got
TKO’d,” Wurm said on Mon-
day, sounding still amazed. “He
got kicked in the face, so that’s
what kind of day Saturday was.
He got knocked right out going
in for a single leg.”
Because of the injury,
Michael Donnay ended up in
sixth place of the 145-pound
bracket, losing valuable points.
Missing entirely from Satur-
day’s meet at 138 was Brandon
Richter, who was out with an
illness. Richter’s absence also
cost GSL/LP points on Satur-
day, but he is scheduled to re-
turn this week. Sophomore
Tony Lowden filled in for
Richter and took fifth place.
GSL/LP now has a double-
team dual at Mound-Westonka,
where they’ll face the hosting
White Hawks and the Waconia
Then on Saturday, the Pan-
thers head south for an invita-
tional tournament at Lake
Crystal-Wellcome Memorial
High School.
Prior to Saturday’s tourna-
ment, GSL hosted Delano,
Orono and Hutchinson for a
double-team dual on Thursday,
and grappled with the former
Orono was blown out 65-14
before the Panthers went on to
destroy Delano 58-6.
Wurm said the wins “looked
good on paper,” but his team
still needs to improve.
“We didn’t do things in a
fluid fashion,” Wurm said. “We
were kind of rugged. Not
smooth. Not the way it should
have been done ... We’ve just
got to get back into a better
flow, and hopefully everything
gets worked out in the coming
The biggest match of the
night took place at 113 pounds,
when GSL/LP’s Jacob Jewett
locked up with Delano’s Tucker
The two are very familiar as
they met three times last season
at 106 pounds, with Jewett best-
ing him on all three occasions.
Sjomeling did, however, go
on to win the Class AA champi-
onship last year, as Jewett set-
tled for sixth.
Early on, Sjomeling took
Jewett down as the two were in
a scramble.
Jewett scored a last second
stand up to close out the first pe-
riod with a 2-1 deficit.
Choosing down, Sjomeling
hit a reversal and rode Jewett
out for the remainder of the sec-
ond period.
Down 4-1, Jewett chose to
start the third period with both
wrestlers standing.
Sjomeling notched another
takedown before Jewett hit a re-
versal. With only seconds left,
the GSL/LP senior tried his best
to turn Sjomeling over and
score some back points, but the
freshman held his ground and
claimed his first victory over
Jewett with a 6-3 decision.
“I got out of position one or
two times and it really cost
(me),” Jewett said after the dual.
“If I would’ve came out a little
more aggressive, it could’ve
been a way different match. I
was a little hesitant at first, try-
ing to get a feel for him again.”
Asked if he noticed anything
different about Sjomeling from
last year to this year, Jewett
said, “He’s got a lot more con-
fidence wrestling me now.
Being ranked high in the nation
gives him a little more confi-
Also adding to his confi-
dence, Jewett said, was winning
the state championship.
“Any wrestler who’s been to
state just has a completely dif-
ferent mindset,” Jewett ex-
plained. “Just knowing that
you’ve been there and that you
can compete really boosts your
confidence that you can wrestle
with anyone.”
Wurm felt Jewett could have
done more to get him off bal-
ance and create scrambles.
Something he said Jewett
would have benefitted from.
“(Jewett) scored off more of
a scramble,” Wurm said. “He
could’ve created more scramble
situations, which would’ve
been better for him, because I
think he’s faster.
“He knows he can beat him.
There was just a couple mis-
takes. He’s fine. Now we learn
from it and move on.”
Wrestlers start out strong in the WCC
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Page 5
Steph Klockmann (with ball) tries to back down a defender
and create some space in the lane. The Panthers have had
some troubles stopping teams defensively of late and will
look to improve this week.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
GSL/LP’s Brandon Richter exposes the
back of Delano’s Zach Knight with an
arm bar during last Thursday’s double-
team dual in Glencoe. Richter went on to
pin Knight in the second round, as
GSL/LP outpointed the Tigers 58-6.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
12....at NLS Conf. Tourney ......
14....at Hutchinson Inv........6th
04....at Belle Plaine Inv............
09....at Holy Family Cath Conf.
11....at Waconia Inv.................
18....at Delano Conf. Tourney..
25....at NLS Inv................noon
08....at Orono (Sections) ..TBD
06....at Annandale....................
07....at Northfield Inv................
13....NLS .......L,129.875-98.25
14....at St. Peter.......................
17....Watertown-Mayer ............
14....Litchfield. ..................6:00
17....at Dassel-Cokato......6:00
18....GSL Inv.....................8:00
21....St. Peter and Orono..6:00
30....at Delano ..................6:00
07....Mound-Wtka .............6:00
14....at Mankato................TBD
05....Wabasso-Red Rock Cen-
tral.... ...........................L,36-31
07....GSL Inv. .....................2nd
14....at Andover Inv. ............1st
19....at NLS ................W,37-21
19....at Ann/ML...........W,31-30
20....at St. Peter ........W,45-31
20....at WEM/JWP......W,45-30
21....at Richfield Inv. ...........3rd
02....Watertown-Mayer ............
09....Orono ................W,65-14
09....Delano .................W,58-6
11....at Zimmerman Inv.......3rd
16....at Mound-Wtka 2D....6:00
18....at LCWM Inv...........10:00
23....at Hutchinson............6:00
30....at ACGC Quad..........5:00
31....at NLS Conf. Tourney ......
01....GSL Youth Tourney...8:00
06....New Prague..............6:00
07....at STMA....................6:00
08....at DC Inv...................8:00
03....St. Peter .............W,60-42
07....at NYA................W,39-33
10....Belle Paine.........W,68-35
13....New Ulm.............W,60-48
17....at New Prague.....L,62-30
20....Lester Prairie......W,71-58
28....at MACCRAY......W,58-23
03....at Sibley East .....W,49-40
10....at Mound-Wtka....L,53-41
11....at Mayer Lutheran ...........
14....NLS .....................L,62-52
21....at Litchfield ...............7:15
24....at Hutchinson............7:15
28....at Annandale.............7:15
31....Holy Family Cath ......7:15
03....Rocori .......................7:30
10....at NLS.......................7:15
18....Litchfield ...................7:15
20....at Waconia................7:15
21....Delano ......................7:15
25....Annandale ................7:15
26....Maple River .........L,62-61
06....at Bloomington Jefferson
07....at NYA................W,73-48
10....at Hutchinson .....W,66-59
17....at Annandale .......L,62-54
28....Belle Plaine ........W,79-72
03....Sibley East .........W,57-55
04....at Jordan .............L,63-43
23....at BOLD .............W,66-52
14....at NLS ................W,66-63
17....at Orono....................7:15
21....Litchfield ...................7:15
28....Annandale ................7:15
31....at Holy Family Cath ..7:15
03....at Belle Plaine...........7:30
06....at Dassel-Cokato......7:15
10....at Rocori ...................7:30
18....at Litchfield ...............7:15
20....at Watertown-Mayer .7:30
21....at Delano ..................7:15
GSL Winter
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
After splitting a pair of games
in which head coach Robb
DeCorsey said his team lacked
energy and looked “lethargic,”
the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’
bas ket bal l
team an-
swered back
with wins
over the
riors and
stonka White
Hawks last
The Panthers beat BOLD 66-
52 on Thursday, then defeated
the White Hawks 77-60 on Fri-
day as Keaton Anderson was
lights out from the field, shoot-
ing 13-15 for 38 points.
In the last two games, Ander-
son has led all Panther scorers
with 59 points over that span.
Every time Anderson pulled
up Friday night, the ball seemed
to go in, despite tweaking his
knee during warm ups, and
telling DeCorsey he might not
even be able to go.
“He told me, ‘You better have
somebody else ready to go,’”
DeCorsey said. Adding later
with a laugh, “Then he scores 38
points. If he continues to do that,
I think we’ll be OK.”
“I’m sore from last game, and
my knees just aren’t feeling very
good,” Anderson said. “But I
just started making shots and
kept on going. Once I got going
I started feeling good, and our
whole team played good the
whole game.”
MW scored its first bucket of
the night four minutes into Fri-
day’s game, which left the White
Hawks trailing 12-2.
By halftime, Anderson had
scored 23 of GSL’s 41 points as
they led 41-28. Anderson also
visited the free-throw line three
times in the first half, proving to
be effective from beyond, and
inside, the arc.
Teddy Petersen finished Fri-
day’s game with 14 points, sec-
ond behind Anderson. Mason
Goettl had nine, Jacob Popelka
chipped in four while Garrett
Ober scored five.
Off the bench, Jon Richer and
Scott Landes each had two
Richer scored an easy layup
and then moments later made a
clutch pass down low to Ober,
who scored easily.
“That was probably one of
Jon’s better plays of the year,”
DeCorsey said. “He comes in
and gives us some good energy.
He still needs to control that en-
ergy, but we need him to give us
some positive plays ... He and
Scotty Landes really played a
lot, and they did a good job.
Reed Wawrzyniak, too.”
“With the other guys being as
good as they are, I get my open
shots as I do,” Richer said. “I
took a pump fake and (Ober)
was open so I just gave him the
pass and we scored.”
Richer said he noticed the
play caught DeCorsey’s atten-
“(DeCorsey) was pretty
jacked. He gets pretty emo-
tional,” Richer said with a smile.
“Just as long as he’s happy about
the good things.”
What DeCorsey was happy
about was the efficiency his
team displayed at both ends of
the court.
Offensively, the Panthers av-
eraged 1.24 points per posses-
sion. “That’s excellent,”
DeCorsey said. “Especially
since we had seven turnovers in
the first half alone.”
Defensively, GSL allowed an
average of .85 points per posses-
sion. “Which is OK,” DeCorsey
GSL took that two-game
streak into New London-Spicer
Tuesday evening for a West Di-
vision showdown in the Wright
County Conference.
The Panthers visit Orono on
Friday, before hosting Litchfield
on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Anderson’s 59 over last
two games sparks GSL
Teddy Petersen sends off a pass on the perimeter ver-
sus Mound-Westonka on Friday. Petersen finished Fri-
day’s 77-60 victory with 14 points, a season high, as
forward Keaton Anderson scored his career high, 38
points, and went 13-15 from the field.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Hitting its first two-game skid
of the season, the Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake Panther girls’ basket-
ball team went cold from the
field against Mound-Westonka
(MW) on Friday before running
into foul trouble the following
day at Mayer Lutheran.
MW edged the Panthers 53-
41 as GSL shot 16-71, 22 per-
cent, from the field.
Saturday in Mayer, Zach
Otto-Fisher’s Panthers fell 81-
62. Almost as lopsided was the
foul differential, as GSL was
whistled for 28 to the Crusaders’
“I just thought we missed
some easy, easy buckets,” Otto-
Fisher said of Friday’s game.
“We shot 16-71. When you
shoot 22 percent, you’re not
going to win ... We still want to
push the ball up, and we are.
And if we get 71 shots off in a
game that’s great, but we need to
make some shots.”
Maddie Monahan and Steph
Klockmann each finished with
15 points Friday.
“For Mayer, I thought we
stayed calm, but we didn’t finish
defensively ... We brought it
back to within two late in the
game,” but Panther fouls kept
them from closing the gap, leav-
ing the head coach frustrated.
“I begged the officials to give
me a technical foul,” said Otto-
Fisher. “Because I didn’t want
them taking it out on the girls,
who were busting their butts out
The silver lining, Otto-Fisher
said, was the way his Panthers
took care of the ball on Saturday,
only turning the ball over 11
“Winning or losing, it doesn’t
matter,” Otto-Fisher said. “It
matters if we’ve improved over
the season, and cutting down on
our turnovers is definitely an im-
In Saturday’s contest, Mona-
han exploded for 24 points, 11
rebounds, seven assists and six
Senior shooting guard Sam
Lange trailed Monahan in scor-
ing with 14, three assists, a pair
of rebounds and one steal.
Admittedly, Otto-Fisher said
he and his team have been fo-
cusing primarily on the offen-
sive side of the ball. But after
allowing two of the highest point
totals of the season in back-to-
back games, he said they will be
shifting focus a bit.
“Over the first half of the sea-
son, teams saw that we like to
push the ball and that we really
focused on our offense,” said
Otto-Fisher. “But now we’ll
have to shift focuses for a bit,
and we’ll definitely be working
on our defense.”
Things won’t get easier for the
Panthers, as the 6-2 New Lon-
don-Spicer Tigers visited Tues-
GSL then hosts 5-6 Orono
Friday, before traveling to Litch-
field on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Panther girls hit
first losing streak
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Almost normal weather, snow, wind and cold fronts ...
sounds like a typical January week to me.
We had to endure a little snow early in the week, but that
should be about it in terms of precipitation this week as
cold and wind will be the bigger worries.
There is no huge pool of cold air like we had to deal with
earlier this winter, but it’ll definitely feel chilly. A low-pres-
sure area will pass to our north (most likely keeping snow
up that way) and drape a very strong cold front across our
area late Wednesday into Thursday. Winds could gust up
to 50 mph in some areas, so be careful when out and about
as any snow we saw earlier this week will be blowing
Behind the cold front, highs Friday will struggle to hit
the teens, but it should only be short-lived as we head back
into the 20s for the weekend.
The extended shows more of the same continuing, with
perhaps a ridge of high pressure trying to warm things up
early next week (but it’s a very shaky forecast past this
weekend). Have a great week, all!
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 24-32; clouds.
Thursday — Highs 20-26; lows -4 to 2; clouds temper-
atures falling through the day.
Friday — Highs 9-15; lows 0-6; partly cloudy.
Saturday — Highs 20-26; lows 7-13; mostly clear.
Sunday — Highs 23-30; clear.
Weather Quiz: What are some different types of snow
Answer to last week’s question: How does snow form?
Super-cooled water condenses as a tiny droplet (most likely
starting with a dust particle) and then freezes. This forms
crystals of all shapes and sizes depending on moisture
available and temperature at which it’s created.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
The McLeod County Histor-
ical Museum will host two
programs beginning Sunday,
Jan. 19, dealing with trains.
Author Bill Schranker wrote
a book, “Shadows of Time ...
Minnesota’s Surviving De-
The book brings to life the
state’s 168 remaining railroad
depots on the National Regis-
ter of Historic Places, two of
which are in McLeod County.
The theme of the museum
this year is “Railroads of
McLeod County.”
The program begins at 2
p.m. in the museum educa-
tional center, and refreshments
will be served before and after
the author’s program. A book
signing will follow.
The second program is a
special viewing of “The Or-
phan Train,” at 2 p.m., Sunday,
Jan. 26.
The museum is located at
380 School Road NW,
Hutchinson. The museum
websidte is www.mcleodhis
tory.org and its phone number
is 320-587-2109.
Trains are themes of 2
upcoming programs
NDSU announces dean’s list
Several area students were named to the fall semester
dean’s list at North Dakota State University at Fargo. On
the academic honor list were: Mackenzie Bade of Arling-
ton, in the College of Human Development and Family
Services; Logan Miller of Brownton, ag system manage-
ment; Erika Meyer, Glencoe, nursing; Michael Polzin,
Glencoe, ag economics; Alexander Kaluza, Lester Prairie,
electrical engineering; Ashley Graudin, Norwood Young
America, veterinary technician; and Joseph Fehrenbach,
Silver Lake, mechanical engineering.
Christensen named to list
Allison Christensen, daughter of Paul and Renee Chris-
tensen of Lester Prairie, was named to the fall semester
dean’s list at St. Mary’s University in Winona. Other area
students named to the list include: Kimberly Juncewski,
daughter of Jim and Rose Juncewski of Dassel, and Aimee
Koelln, daughter of Mark and Lori Koelln, and Colleen
Thul, daughter of Pete and Lori Thul, all of Hutchinson.
UW-Superior dean’s list
Nickolas Campa of Hutchinson and Stephanie Thie-
mann of Winsted were named to the fall dean’s list at the
University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Area students on SCSU list
Several area students were named to the fall semester
dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. They include:
Brownton: Mark Zaske; Cokato: Noah Gosswiller, Kelsi
Haapala, Aaron Haataja, Amberlee Hancock, Tyler
Koivisto, Alina Morris, Mark Morris, Morgan Niemela,
Aryn Peterson, Lacey Raisanen, Garrett Ryynanen and
Ellen Tschimperle; Dassel: Kristine Avant, Ashley
Burkhardt, Alaina Craswell, Angela Duncan, Brianna
Lindgren, Kelsey Nagel, Greta Pudas, Brenna Siltala and
Kate Tormanen; Glencoe: Jonathan Boesche, Michaela
Boesche, Taylor Breidenbach and Daniel Witte; Lester
Prairie: Bethany Briggs and Winsted: Crystal Greeley
and Alex Schmieg.
People News
Beginning this Friday, Jan.
17, students of St. Pius X
School in Glencoe will join 84
other Catholic schools to kick
off ticket sales for what every-
one hopes will be the first $1
million Catholic Schools Raf-
St. Pius X School’s students
will sell tickets for a three-
state raffle offering prizes like
a 2014 Honda CR-V or
$25,000 cash, $5,000 vacation
packages, cool technology
gear and more, hoping to raise
$12,000 to support its own
programs and students.
Last year, 82 participating
schools raised a combined
total of more than $960,000.
In the four years it has existed,
the annual raffle has helped
Catholic schools raise more
than $2.2 million.
“Best of all, St. Pius X
School will keep 100 percent
of the money it brings in be-
cause St. Paul-based Catholic
United Financial covers the
entire cost of the prizes and
materials,” said Catherine
Millerbernd, St. Pius X princi-
More than 300,000 tickets
have been printed and shipped,
along with tens of thousands
of bulletins, flyers, posters and
banners to help St. Pius X
School increase sales.
“If you want to support your
Catholic school, this is the
same as marching into the of-
fice and writing a check,”
Catholic United President
Harald Borrmann said. “But
with the raffle, every $5 buys
you a chance to win a car, a
vacation, or some other really
great stuff. We are really just
trying to encourage dona-
Even if you do not win, the
school still does. Along with
the revenue it receives, St.
Pius X School is also in the
running to win a $3,500 grant
from Catholic United if it is
one of the top-three perform-
ing schools (based on tickets
sold per student). The top-sell-
ing student at each of the 85
schools also will win a Kindle
Fire HD and the top class-
room, a pizza party.
The 85 schools in Min-
nesota, South Dakota and
North Dakota will sell tickets
from Friday’s kickoff through
March 2, prior to the official
drawing at 11. a.m., March 13.
Schools and hopeful ticket
holders can watch the drawing
ceremony live online at
Catholic United Financial is
one of the largest fraternal life
insurance associations in the
Upper Midwest, serving more
than 84,000 members in Min-
nesota, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Catholic United offers life in-
surance, annuities, and retire-
ment savings products to its
members while providing fra-
ternal benefits for Catholic
parishes, schools and religious
St. Pius X School kicks off
$1 million fundraising effort
Jan. 20-24
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Tater-tot casserole,
green beans, peaches, bread,
margarine, pudding, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Roast pork, whole
potatoes, buttered cooked cab-
bage, bread, margarine, rosy ap-
plesauce, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Lasagna, Cali-
fornia-blend vegetables, lettuce
salad with dressing, garlic bread,
margarine, bar, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Oven-crispy
chicken, mashed potatoes with
gravy, mixed vegetables, bread,
margarine, poke cake, low-fat milk.
Friday — Meaty beef stew with
carrots and potatoes, cole slaw,
bread stick, margarine, apricots,
low-fat milk.
GSL Elementary
Monday — No school. Martin
Lutheran King Jr. holiday.
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup or apple cinnamon muf-
fin and yogurt, mandarin oranges,
low-fat milk.
Wednesday — French toast
sticks with syrup or Golden Gra-
hams and string cheese, diced
peaches, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Tony’s breakfast
pizza or oatmeal with cinnamon
and raisins, mixed fruit, low-fat
Friday — Egg-and-cheese muf-
fin or blueberry muffin and yogurt,
orange juice, low-fat milk.
Helen Baker, Lakeside Lunch
Monday — No school.
Tuesday — Barbecued riblet on
a whole-grain bun, seasoned corn,
broccoli florets with dressing, petite
banana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Pancakes with
syrup, scrambled eggs, oven-
baked tater tots, celery sticks with
dressing, grapes, chilled peaches.
Thursday — Popcorn chicken,
dinner roll, mashed potatoes with
gravy, baby carrots with lemon
herb hummus, orange wedges,
chilled pears.
Friday — Macaroni and cheese,
bread stick, seasoned green
beans, caesar romaine salad with
dressing, apple wedges, chilled
mixed fruit.
Junior, Senior High Breakfast
Monday — No school.
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup or oatmeal with cinna-
mon and raisins, mandarin or-
anges, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — French toast
sticks with syrup or ultimate break-
fast round and yogurt, diced
peaches, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Breakfast pizza or
Cinnamon Toast Crunch and apple
cinnamon muffin, mixed fruit, low-
fat milk.
Friday — Sausage, egg and
cheese biscuit or ultimate break-
fast round and yogurt, orange
juice, low-fat milk.
Junior, Senior High Lunch
Monday — No school.
Tuesday — Popcorn chicken,
mashed potatoes with gravy, sea-
soned corn, whole-grain dinner roll,
carrot, raisin-and-pineapple salad,
broccoli florets with dressing, petite
banana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Meatball sub,
oven-baked beans, potato
wedges, confetti coleslaw, cherry
tomatoes with dressing, grapes,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Hamburger or
cheeseburger, baked sweet potato
puffs, seasoned green beans, cae-
sar romaine salad, baby carrots
with lemon herb hummus, orange
wedges, chilled pears.
Friday — Mexican bar with
chicken fajitas or beefy nachos,
brown rice, refried beans, corn,
black-bean and salsa salad, jicama
sticks with dressing, apple, chilled
mixed fruit.
The “Dairyland Donkey
Basketball Show” is com-
ing to the Glencoe-Silver
Lake High School gymna-
sium Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5
It is basketball played on
real, live donkeys, and it
will be wilder than a rodeo
and funnier than a circus!
Teams include FFA
members, GSL staff, mem-
bers of local fire depart-
ments and the GSL
basketball teams.
All local players will be
riding, so come out and see
someone you know try to
ride a donkey and play bas-
ketball at the same time!
This fun-filled show is
sponsored by and benefits
the GSL FFA chapter. Kid-
die rides (12 and under) are
available at intermission
for the first 125 children
signed up with a paid par-
ent ticket. Tickets can be
purchased in advance and
at the door and are avail-
able from FFA members
and in the high school ag
Donkey basketball at
GSL gym on Jan. 26
The McLeod County Corn
and Soybean Growers annual
banquet and ag appreciation
night will be held Saturday,
Jan. 25, at the Pla-Mor Ball-
room in Glencoe.
The guest speaker will be Al
Kluis, a trader, analyst, chartist
and writer, who will talk about
how to better understand one’s
corn and soybean operations.
Also speaking will be Dick
Jonckowski, “the Voice of the
Gophers,” who will speak
about “Laughter is so impor-
tant; I love to see people
The annual business meet-
ing and board election will
begin at 5 p.m. The social hour
begins at 5:30 p.m., and the
banquet starts at 6:30 p.m.
Board members up for re-
election are Francis Svoboda,
Brian Jungclaus and Dave
The other board members
are Brian Thalmann, Myron
Oftedahl, Bob Lindeman,
Wayne Ahlbrecht, Larry Ide,
Nathan Winter, Mark Johnson
and Steve Reiner.
County Corn & Soybean
Growers annual meeting
United Way of McLeod
County (UWMC) Board Pres-
ident Dave Schwedler an-
nounced that because of
current economic realities, the
regional non-profit will con-
tinue its 2013-14 campaign
until March 31.
After meeting with its part-
ner agencies, the UWMC es-
tablished a $268,000
countywide need this cam-
paign. Thus far, the campaign
has received pledges of
$201,000, or 75 percent, of the
“We have seen the tremen-
dous generosity of so many in-
dividuals, families and busi-
nesses in the region this fall,
but despite that, we were not
able to reach our goal in 2013
alone,” said Schwedler.
“We feel it is in the best in-
terest of our partner agencies
to actively campaign through
the first quarter of 2013. We
do not want to have to cut
community grants to agencies
that are helping so many in
need at this time,” he added.
“By continuing to actively
campaign in 2014, it will
allow us to explore opportuni-
ties that, due to increased vol-
ume with a countywide
campaign, we haven’t had the
chance to visit yet,” said
UWMC Executive Director
Paul Thompson. “We owe it to
our partner agencies, and all
the people who benefit from
their programs and services, to
press on toward meeting our
countywide need.”
The UWMC is currently in
the midst of its 52nd-annual
campaign. UWMC supports
programs in the areas of emer-
gency and basic needs, health
and human services, child de-
velopment and community de-
velopment. In 2013, the
UWMC is funding 35 agen-
cies/programs that support the
organization’s mission of im-
pacting the needs of McLeod
County by building stronger,
healthier communities.
Donations to help fund part-
ner agencies and programs
supporting area residents can
be sent to the United Way of
McLeod County located at
218 Main St. S, Suite 124, PO
Box 504, Hutchinson, MN
55350. To make an online do-
nation, please visit www.unit
UWMC extends 2013 campaign to March 31
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By Alyssa Schauer
Staff W
t’s not often you can
job enjoying sun-
ts from a
“In Kansas, we built 63 tur-
bines in about 20 weeks. I
spent 20 weeks in Hunter,
too, where we built 140 tur-
bines,” Kaczmarek said.
He currently has been re-
Panhandle since
8 turbines
marek said his duties include
lining up crews to do quality
checks, climbing turbines
multiple times a day for in-
spections, inspecting roads,
making sure concrete is ready
to pour and document man-
“We are also responsible
stomer relations. We
in contact with
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Photo courtesy of Tyler Kaczmarek
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egree in construction management,
d has been employed with Mortenson
Construction for two years. He works as
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McLeod County buildings
will soon be latex-free.
The County Board adopted
a latex-free policy at its Dec.
17 meeting as proposed by
Emergency Services Director
Kevin Mathews, who said he
had been approached by a cou-
ple of employees who are al-
lergic to latex.
The County Board did make
one exception to the policy —
during the month of August,
when the Agricultural Associ-
ation leases the fairgrounds for
the county fair, the policy
won’t apply to fairgrounds
Commissioner Ron Shiman-
ski asked several questions
about the proposed policy.
about latex paint.
“Are we going to have to re-
paint everything?” Shimanski
Mathews said the concern
about latex allergies had to do
with airborne latex in a pow-
der form, such as is found in
balloons and latex gloves, not
latex contained in liquids or
solids. Those with allergies to
latex suffer severe respiratory
issues, Mathews said, when
they breathe in the dust.
Shimanski also asked if the
county will prohibit balloons
at graduation or anniversary
parties, as some of those
events are held at the fair-
Nies said that most floral and
gift shops no longer offer latex
balloons because of the allergy
“Are we going to have
someone there to police it? I
don’t think so,” Nies said of
anniversary and birthday par-
ties. “This is more of an edu-
cational thing.”
Mathews agreed, saying that
initially, signs depicting the
no-latex policy will be promi-
nently displayed in buildings
at first, but will gradually be
removed as people become
aware of the county’s policy.
Mathews also said that the
county has been using non-
latex gloves in its medical
emergency kits and for its cus-
todial staff for several years.
In other business Dec. 17,
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• Heard that Roger Berggren
of Environmental Services had
surveyed committee members
about the possibility of stream-
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Berggren said the four com
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of whom were on more t
one committee. And
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garding water quali
and septic system
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Berggren said
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By Rich Glennie
What is generally a routine
matter was anything but rou-
tine Monday night when the
Glencoe-Silver Lake School
Board tried to reorganize for
the new year.
The School Board got stuck
right out of the gate when it at-
tempted to elect a chairman. It
tried three times before finally
giving up, deadlocked at 3-3.
Current Board Chairman
Clark Christianson will con-
tinue to lead the meetings until
the deadlock is resolved at a
future meeting.
At issue is a challenge to the
chairmanship by three board
members, Jamie Alsleben,
Donna VonBerge and Kevin
Kuester. They threw their sup-
port behind Alsleben.
On the other side are Chris-
tianson and board members
Anne Twiss and Jason Linde-
The first order of business
Monday was to elect a chair-
man. The board members
could not agree. Twice the
vote was 3-3 to begin the
meeting. A final vote at the
end of the meeting met the
same fate.
After the second vote, Von-
Berge nominated Christianson
as vice chairman. He promptly
declined the nomination.
The deadlocked board,
however, did manage to elect
Twiss as the board clerk and
Kuester as the board treasurer.
What caused the split
among the board members
was not discussed.
In other reorganizational
matters, the School Board:
• Approved meeting at 7
p.m. the second Monday of
each month in Room 124 of
the Lincoln Junior High. If a
second meeting in a month is
needed, it would be held on
the fourth Monday.
• Kept its per diem rates the
same at $2,000 a year with a
per meeting rate of $35, a $50
negotiations meeting rate and
an additional $35 if a meeting
lasts more than three hours.
That per diem rate has not
changed in years.
• Made committee appoint-
Board committees:
Operations — Alsleben and
Finance — Alsleben and
Negotiations (support staff) —
Kuester and Alsleben; (certified
staff) — Christianson and Linde-
Personnel — Twiss and Chris-
Policy — Twiss and VonBerge.
Board representatives:
Minnesota School Board Asso-
ciation — Kuester.
Minnesota State High School
League — Christianson.
Board liaisons:
Community Education — Al-
Community schools — Chris-
Curriculum — VonBerge and
ECFE — Twiss.
Field house — Christianson.
Health and safety — Linde-
Insurance — VonBerge.
Little Crow ITV Board —
Leadership teams: Helen
Baker, Christianson; Lakeside,
Twiss; Lincoln Jr. High, Linde-
man; high school, VonBerge.
Staff development — Von-
Technology — VonBerge.
Routine election was
anything but routine
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
3 chicken thighs, skin removed
10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1-1/2 cups cooked black beans
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups water
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Juice of 1/2 lemon
20 tortilla chips
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Place the chicken, tomatoes (and juices), beans,
broth, water, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cumin and
chile powder in a slow cooker. Cover and cook
on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8
hours. Uncover the slow cooker and use tongs
to remove chicken from pot. Once cool enough
to handle, remove the meat from the bones and
shred, then return meat to the pot. Stir in the
lemon juice. Crumble a few tortilla chips into
four bowls and cover with soup. Sprinkle with
cilantro and grated cheese and serve.
Cranberry-Turkey Cabbage Wraps
8 large cabbage leaves
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and black pepper
1 ounce of whole cranberry sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Immerse cabbage
leaves, four at a time, in boiling water. Cook 2
to 3 minutes or until leaves are just wilted.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove leaves;
drain well. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over
medium heat. Add turkey, apple cranberries,
green onions and cumin. Cook and stir until
heated through and apple just begins to soften.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide
turkey mixture among cabbage leaves; roll up,
tucking in sides. Spread whole cranberry sauce
over bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Add cab-
bage rolls, seam side down. Cover with foil.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.
Toffee Cheesecake Bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter
1 package (8 ounces) low-fat cream cheese
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups milk chocolate English toffee bits,
In a small bowl, combine the flour, confection-
ers’ sugar, cocoa and baking soda. Cut in butter
until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press
onto the bottom of an ungreased 13-inch by 9-
inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to
15 minutes or until set. In a large bowl, beat
cream cheese until fluffy. Add the milk, eggs
and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup
toffee bits. Pour over crust. Bake 18 to 22 min-
utes longer or until center is almost set. Cool on
a wire rack for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with re-
maining toffee bits; cool completely. Cover and
refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
Submitted photo
On Sunday, the Silver Lake Knights of
Columbus sponsored a free throw tour-
nament at Lakeside Elementary. Win-
ners emerged from age groups 10
through 12 and are pictured above.
From left to right are Chelsea Bandas,
age 12, Katelyn Fiecke, age 11, Elizabeth
Anderson, age 10, Damien Silus, age 10,
Riley Ruzicka, age 11, and Michael But-
ler, age 12. These winners will move on
to the district competition in Winsted set
Feb. 9.
Six boys and girls from Sil-
ver Lake, ages 9 to 14, were
named local champions of the
2014 Knights of Columbus
free throw championship and
have earned the right to com-
pete at the district level.
Mother Cabrini Council No.
1841 in Silver Lake sponsored
the local competition at Lake-
side in Silver Lake on Sunday.
All youngsters ages 9 to 14
were eligible to participate.
In the 10-year old division,
Elizabeth Anderson was the
girls’ champion and Damien
Silus was the boys’ champion.
In the 11-year-old division,
champions were Katelyn
Fiecke and Riley Ruzicka.
Twelve-year-old champions
were Chelsea Bandas and
Michael Butler.
Each contestant was al-
lowed 15 free throw attempts
in the contest and ties were
settled by successive rounds of
five free throws per contestant
until a winner emerged.
Each of these contestants
will compete in the district
competition set Feb. 9 at Holy
Trinity High School in Win-
sted, with an eye toward mov-
ing onto the state and
international levels.
6 free throw winners advance to district
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
Third District Commis-
sioner Paul Wright will con-
tinue as the chair of the
McLeod County Board in
2014, with 2nd District Com-
missioner Kermit Terlinden
continuing as vice chair.
After adjourning its 2013
session at its Jan. 7 meeting,
the commissioners started its
2014 session by unanimously
re-electing Wright and Terlin-
den to their positions.
The County Board also had
a brief business meeting be-
fore moving into a workshop
session, taking on these items:
• Awarding the bid for the
official newspaper for 2014 to
McLeod Publishing, Inc.,
which publishes The McLeod
County Chronicle. McLeod
Publishing submitted a bid of
$2 per column inch, while the
Hutchinson Leader submitted
a bid of $4.75 per column
inch. The Hutchinson Leader
was awarded the bid for the
second publication of the
county financial statement.
• Authorized the
auditor/treasurer to designate
official depositories for 2014.
• Began reviewing its an-
nual committee appointments.
• Approved the purchase of
a public health documentation
system from Minnesota Coun-
ties Computer Cooperative for
a one-time cost of $51,554.33
and an annual cost of
• Heard that the county’s pe-
tition for a court ruling on
whether the estate of Anna-
marie Tudhope can be used for
jail improvements and expan-
sion will be heard in McLeod
County District Court on Jan.
17 at 1:30 p.m.
McLeod County Attorney
Mike Junge said a visiting
judge will hear the county’s
petition, and he asked that at
least one commissioner be in
attendance at the hearing.
Junge also reported that the
attorney general’s office is tak-
ing “no position” on the peti-
tion. The attorney general’s
office is consulted because it
“acts as the guardian of all
charitable trusts,” said Junge.
• Approved setting mini-
mum salaries for elected offi-
County Administrator Pat
Melvin said 2014 is an elec-
tion year, and minimum
salaries needed to be set in
case any potential candidates
inquire about salaries.
Wright, Terlinden re-elected County
Board chairman, vice chairman
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