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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116 No. 2
City asked to delay recycling decision
Debate is over 1-sort vs. 5-sort options
By Rich Glennie Editor McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright appealed to Glencoe City Council to halt its march to a one-sort recycling program to allow the county time to study one-sort recycling option. The county currently offers a five-sort program. At stake is the county recycling program and thousands of dollars used to help sustain it. Wright asked City Council for a year delay during a public hearing held Monday night in the council chambers at the Glencoe City Center. City Council took no action on a second reading of a possible ordinance change that would add recycling to Ordinance 580. ***** City Council also heard an appeal from resident Gary Ballard and others to slow down and rethink its one-sort approach that will cost Glencoe residents $2.90 a month for what is currently being done for free. Ballard’s comments, however, sparked a heated exchange. Ballard said the city’s decision to depart from the county’s five-sort program also will cost jobs in the county, cause the school district to lose its $1,500 a year recycling rebate and see money “leave the county to a national conglomerate (Waste Management) and disappear. Whatever happened to shop locally?” “There has been no decision, yet” coun-
City recycling
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GRHS imposes restrictions
Glencoe Regional Health Services has implemented visitor restrictions due to the recent outbreak of influenza-like illnesses. Visitors will be limited to family members and to a maximum of two visitors per hospital patient. Individuals who are ill are being asked to reconsider their visit. If visits are necessary and visitors are sick, they must wear a mask. In addition, children under the age of 5 will not be allowed to visit patients or long-term care residents until the outbreak of influenzalike illnesses subsides. South Central Minnesota continues to see high volumes of patients with influenza and others with flu-like symptoms prompting all hospitals in the region to announce they are adopting the same visitor restrictions at each of their facilities. Counties impacted by the flu outbreak include Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Meeker, McLeod, Sibley and Waseca. “We realize these restrictions may be inconvenient, but we believe they are necessary to protect the health of our patients, residents, staff and visitors,” said Jon Braband, President and CEO. In addition to enforcing these restrictions, GRHS would like to remind the public that each of us can help reduce the spread of influenza and other illnesses by taking a few simple steps, washing your hands often, covering your cough, and staying home if you are sick. It is also not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. GRHS has both injectable flu vaccine and flu mist available. To schedule a vaccination-only appointment, call 320-864-7816 or 1-800-869-3116.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
New Year’s first baby
Parker Lee Dragt was the 2013 New Year’s baby born at 5:53 p.m., Tuesday, New Year’s Day, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Parker is the son of Christopher and Jessica Dragt of Hutchinson. He weighed in at 6 pounds and 7 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Shelly Lane of Hutchinson and Gary and Jeannie Dragt of Raymond. The Dragts said they were surprised when they came to the hospital on New Year’s Eve and discovered they were the only expecting parents. No one else arrived on New Year’s Day either, they said.
Becker reflects on 34 years with New Auburn
By Lori Copler Staff Writer oger Becker can easily rattle off a long list of accomplishments of his community, and it’s no wonder — Becker was a member of the New Auburn City Council for a total of 34 years (eight as a councilor and 26 as the mayor), and belongs to the New Auburn Lions Club, Friends of High Island, was a 25-year member of the New Auburn Fire Department, and still helps out as a daytime First Responder. Becker decided last year not to seek re-election as mayor, and turned over the reins of the city to Doug Munsch on Jan. 1. “I just thought it was time for a change,” said Becker, who added that he talked Munsch, a four-year council member, into running for mayor. And he is comfortable with the change. Becker feels Munsch will lead the city well. “He really thinks things through,” said Becker of Munsch, and four years of being on the City Council has given Munsch the experience he needs to lead the monthly meetings. ***** Becker, who grew up on a farm near New Auburn, first threw his hat into the local ring in 1978. “I just thought I could make a difference for the better,” Becker said.
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Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Roger Becker, a 34-year member of the New Auburn City Council (eight as a council member and 26 as mayor), retired from city government when his term ended Dec. 31. Becker said he still intends to help out in his commu-
nity however he can during the future. He is shown above with an aerial map of New Auburn, High Island Lake and the surrounding countryside.
“Maybe get things to run a little more smoothly.” Eight years later, then-Mayor Merlin Bergs decided he wasn’t going to seek re-election because of health reasons. “We lost him a few months later,” Becker said. Becker decided to run for mayor against another Becker — which may have created some confusion. Roger Becker defeated his opponent by one vote. But after that first election, Becker went on to lead the city for 26 years. ****** A lot has happened in New Auburn over the past 34 years, from a new water tower and treatment plant to better streets, improvements to High Island Lake and the celebration of the town’s 150th anniversary of its founding. But if Becker could pick a project of which he is most proud, it would have to be the construction of the Post Office building, which also houses the city office. The city came up with the funding for the building, and rents half the space to the U.S. Postal Service. The rent paid off the city’s cost of construction, and now the rent goes into
Roger Becker
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City recycling Continued from page 1 Happenings
Planning commission to meet
The Glencoe Planning and Industrial Commission will hold its annual reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, in the senior center/community room at the Glencoe City Center. Also scheduled is a public hearing for a special use permit for Ken Polifka. tered Mayor Randy Wilson. Ballard asked about newspaper advertisements that claimed the one-sort program would begin Jan. 1. “They put it in,” Wilson said of Waste Management, “not us.” But after reciting statistics he said came from county officials, Ballard was refuted by council member John Schrupp. Schrupp said the city got the county’s numbers last week, “and they are wrong.” He said it is misinformation. Schrupp said the county statistics indicated recycling went down, but “it was listed as a positive.” “This is what I have from the county,” Ballard replied. “Let’s make sure we have the correct facts,” Wilson added. He said the reason the city is looking at the one-sort recycling approach is because most communities in the state have done it. He said of the five million Minnesotans, 4.4 million have at least a twosort recycling option. He suggested the county look at the single-sort approach “because it is easier.” Ballard asked if a Glencoe resident opts out of city recycling program, “are we still stuck with the $2.90 (a month fee)?” Wilson said a resident can opt out and not be charged. They can still go to the county drop site for free. But Wilson added that he felt the county should not be in the recycling business at all. It should be left to private business instead. Ballard suggested that the city and county have been in an antagonistic relationship over this issue. “They have been good conversations,” Wilson said of past meetings, “and not antagonistic. We represent Glencoe.” But Wilson said the city and county officials will continue to meet. Others also spoke at the public hearing. Most favored one sort, but not paying the additional $2.90 a month to have it. ***** Wright took a more methodical, less passionate approach to the highly-charged issue. He said the county’s material handling facility (MRF) in Hutchinson began in 2005 with the five-sort system, and “it has been very successful.” But he said communication “is falling apart” over the recycling issue, and he hoped it could “be repaired without more confusion.” All the county data provided by county staff has been “backed up” by a neutral party, Wright said, and he suggested the city is getting its data only from Waste Management. He said the county’s fivesort program requires residents to sort recyclables before pick up, and because of that the contamination levels of the recyclables is very low at 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent. “You cannot achieve those levels with one-sort,” Wright added. Wright said expenses of the county’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program was $2.1 million in 2011 with revenues of $2.5 million, or a profit was $387,000. But he admitted previous years the HHW program was in the red “due to poor (recycling commodity) markets.” The county spends about $2.68 per month per household in the county, Wright said, “and we recover all of that and some, coming out ahead.” Wright said Glencoe, going to a one-sort, will erode the county’s program. He said the county has already contracted for recycling pick up in Glencoe with West Central Sanitation of Willmar, “and we can’t back out.” The money needs to be paid to the hauler whether Glencoe participates in the county program or not. Wright said the county plans to listen to Glencoe’s concerns and the concerns of other communities in the county. He said over the next year, the county “will closely examine where the county will go (with recycling). “It’s very important the recyclables stay here in the county,” Wright said, “and the revenues stay here, too.” He asked City Council to wait a year so the county can study the options, including one-sort. That cannot be determined in a month or two months, Wright said. “Give us time to allow us to do a good job.” Sarah Young of the HHW program said HHW not only relies on the money generated by recycling commodities, it also uses landfill TIP fees and abatement funds as well as SCORE funds provided all counties by the state to operate recycling programs. Wright said the funds are separated in the county’s general fund and rarely used. He said only two projects have been funded through the program — parking lot work at the fairgrounds and acquisition of property for a highway shop in the north end of the county. Schrupp asked why the county is phasing out its funding for county compost sites, like the one in Glencoe. Wright said the county feared losing up to $100,000 in TIP fees at the landfill if seven-county metro waste was to be banned from going to the Spruce Ridge landfill. Wright said the landfill is “a good revenue-making tool” for the county with 75 percent of the garbage hauled there coming from outside the county. The city’s one-sort recycling approach was just the last factor considered. He estimated the county would lose about $30,000 in recycling funds if the city left the county program. The decision on the compost funding “was not because Glencoe was going to one sort,” Wright stressed. He admitted the county and city “have a lot of talking to do. I hope we have that chance,” and he asked the city to put the single-sort decision “on hold for a year.”
High Island fish contest
The Friends of High Island Lake will be sponsoring its inaugural fishing contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. There will be three places and cash prizes for the largest walleye and three more for the largest crappie. Also, there is a largest rough fish category as well as three categories for younger fishermen. There is a registration fee. Fish houses or shelters are allowed, and food will be available. For more information, call Ed and Jane Goettl at 864-6348.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
VFW Auxiliary to meet Jan. 14
The next regular meeting of the Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to Post 5102 will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the VFW Club.
Top spellers
The annual Glencoe-Silver Lake area schools spelling bee was held last Friday with 25 students in grades 5-8. Besides public school contestatnts, there were contestants from First Lutheran School and St. Pius X Catholic School as well. After less than 45 minutes, the top two spellers emerged in Maddie Dressel, left, a seventh grader, who finished second, and Cora Kuras, an eighthgrader, who was crowned the new champion. It took six rounds for Kuras to win. The McLeod County Chronicle sponsored the annual spelling bee and presented the top spellers new hard-bound Miriam-Webster’s College Dictionary (first) and Theraurus (second).
Berean to host guest speaker
Berean Baptist Church will host guest speaker Heidi Schneider at its 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Jan. 13. Schneider serves both as a lawyer and an educator, along with being a member of the Minnesota Jewish Community Relations Council Speakers Bureau. She teaches outreach classes for adult and high school audiences on such topics as the Jewish calendar, the Jewish sabbath and Jewish prayer. On Jan. 13, she will present information regarding these topics, along with sharing about Hanukkah, the Menorah and other Jewish traditions. Prior to the worship service, she will be available for a question-and-answer session beginning at 9 a.m. “This is a very unique opportunity, and if you are interested in these topics please come and join us. There will be a potluck dinner following the service,” said the Rev. Johnathan Pixler of Berean Baptist Church.
Bridge construction halted, opening delayed to May
The construction of bridge No. 43550, located approximately 5 miles north of Glencoe on County Road 15 over the south fork of the Crow River, has been suspended until spring due to weather, according to John Brunkhorst, McLeod County highway engineer. The project was supposed to be completed by Oct. 12, 2012, but the bridge contractor, Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg, had issues develop on other projects, which led to the late start on this one. The road continues to be closed to all traffic at the bridge. A signed detour utilizing county roads 55, 2, and 22 remains in place for thru traffic. The $700,00 bridge, which is being funded with state bridge bonds and County State Aid Highway funds, is now expected to be completed around the end of April, and the road should reopen in early May. Any questions regarding the project should be directed to Phil Schmalz, project engineer at 320-484-4362 or email at phillip.schmalz@co. mcleod.mn.us.
Legion, Auxiliary to meet
The Brownton Legion Post 143 and Auxiliary Unit 143 will have their monthly meetings Monday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. Host and hostesses for the evening are Lloyd Schmidt, Betty Katzenmeyer and Melissa Dunham.
Historic group meets Jan. 15
The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Glencoe Historic Room of the Glencoe City Center. Visitors are welcome.
Lions Bingo begins Jan. 19
The Glencoe Lions will be sponsoring “bar bingo” at the Glencoe Country Club beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Players must be at least 18 years of age to play.
TOPS meets on Thursdays
Glencoe TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1558 meets on Thursday nights at Christ Lutheran Church. Weigh-in starts at 5:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. For more information call Gloria at 864-4174 or Judy at 864-5495.
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Sorrow seminar set Jan. 10
Richard Obershaw, founder and director of the Grief Center in Lakeville, will be the guest speaker of the 23rd annual Beyond Sorrow program set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. SW, Hutchinson. Obershaw will speak on “Myths: How They Affect Children, Adults and Healthcare Professionals.” A national and international lecturer, Obershaw enhances his presentation with humor. He believes people must laugh in order to learn. The seminar is free.
Stewart bloodmobile Jan. 10
A Red Cross Bloodmobile drive will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Cactus Jacks II in Stewart.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at the senior room in the Glencoe City Center. The group will play 500 and Sheephead, and all area senior citizens are invited to attend. Jimmie Huitt will serve. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, for card playing. Lorraine Huitt will serve.
Hutchinson Auxiliary to meet
The regular monthly meeting of Hutchinson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 96 will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Hutchinson Legion Post 96. The executive board meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. Lunch servers are Darlene Gregor and Shirley Schloeder. Unit 96 will have its spaghetti supper Feb. 7 because National Commander Jim Kontz will be at the Legion Post 96. For more information about the social hour and reservations for the 6 p.m. dinner, call 320-587-2665. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits. Happenings in Glencoe, Brownton, Stewart, Plato, New Auburn, Biscay and Silver Lake take priority over happenings elsewhere.
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Council reorganizes, tables vote on policy
By Rich Glennie Editor Jon Braband, CEO of Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS), told Glencoe City Council on Monday night that the city’s proposed 1/4 of 1 percent fee being discussed in its new “conduit financing” policy is excessive. He suggested the fee be 1/8th of 1 percent instead. GRHS is planning to refinance about $23 million in bonds and wants to use the city’s credit rating to get a better interest rate. The city wants to cover its costs with the fee. Braband said the 1/4 percent equals about $58,000 on the $23 million refinancing bond. That was excessive in covering the city’s costs, he said. He proposed a 1/8th percent fee of about $26,000. “If the fee is necessary, we request a more reasonable rate like 1/8th or $26,000,” Braband said. Mayor Wilson encouraged City Council to table approving the conduit financing policy until it is further discussed at Council’s finance committee meeting on Jan. 24, even though a public hearing and bond sale are set for Jan. 22. Braband said it would take a month or two before the final closing on the bond sale occurs. Council plans to take a vote on the new policy in February. In other matters, City Council held its reorganization meeting and: • Approved Security Bank & Trust, First Minnesota Bank and MidCountry Bank as the city’s official depositories. • Set the regular City Council meetings for the first and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. If it falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the following Tuesday. • Set its prices for renting city equipment and part-time staff for 2013. • Approved the mayor’s appointments of City Administrator Mark Larson, City Attorney Jody Winters and Assistant City Attorney Mike Long, Finance Director Todd Trippel and Police Chief Jim Raiter. • Approved City Council appoints of Sherri Stamps to the cemetery commission; Russ Runck to the airport commission; Greg Copas to the Light & Power Commission; John Winter to the library board; Gloria Hilgers to the park board; Ron Knop to the planning commission; and Council member Gary Ziemer to the City Center board. There remains an opening on the airport commission. • Approved City Council liaisons as follows: Lori Adamietz to the park board and senior citizens board; Kevin Dietz to the library board; John Schrupp to the Light & Power Commission; Dan Perschau to the planning commission, airport commission and chamber’s Economic Development Commission; Ziemer to the cemetery commission and chamber of commerce; and Mayor Randy Wilson to the fire department, liquor store, police department and administration. • Set the official bid opening for the official newspaper for noon, Thursday, Jan. 17. • Received a $1,000 check from the Glencoe Days Committee chairman Jon Vandamme for help provided by city staff as well as use of Oak Leaf Park for the annual city celebration.
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
Council oath of office
Glencoe City Attorney Jody Winters administered the oath of office to, from left, City Council members Dan Perschau, Kevin Dietz and Mayor Randy Wilson on Monday night. Dietz replaces Greg Copas as the Precinct 4 Council member. Wilson thanked Copas for his eight years on City Council, which he called a “thankless job at times and rewarding” at the same time. Wilson also congratulated Perschau on his re-election as Precinct 1 Council member and Dietz, who defeated Copas in the November municipal election.
Christensen sworn in; Wright elected as 2013 board chair
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners’ new year got off to an odd start Tuesday. Newly elected 1st District Commissioner Ron Shimanski was unable to attend because of illness, and therefore was not sworn in to his new position. That meant that current Commissioner Ray Bayerl, who thought his retirement would start with the adjournment of the 2012 business year on Tuesday, stayed around to vote during one more meeting. According to County Attorney Mike Junge, state statute says that an incumbent commissioner remains in office until his successor is administered the oath of office. While Shimanski was absent and unable to vote because he had not be sworn in, the County Board kept the new commissioner on speaker-phone so he could listen in its discussions. And 5th District Commissioner Bev Wangerin, who also was the chair and was to have led the current board in finishing its 2012 business, also was absent and Vice Chair Kermit Terlinden led the County Board through that part of the agenda, until new 5th District Commissioner Jon Christensen was allowed to assume his seat for the commencement of the 2013 session. Along with Christensen, incumbents Paul Wright, 3rd District, and Sheldon Nies, 4th District, who were reelected in November, took their oaths of office and resumed their seats at the table. Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst said the bridge is ready for the pouring of concrete, but the weather isn’t favorable for the job. The contractor did not complete the job on time, and has been fined since the anticipated completion date. Brunkhorst said the contractor could try to pour the concrete now, but the end result may be less than desirable and shorten the expected lifespan of the bridge, which will cost about $750,000. The highway department had hoped the bridge could be open to traffic before Christmas, but Brunkhorst said it will now likely not open until the first of May. Junge said that the daily fines levied against the contractor are no longer in effect. “The penalty stops with the date of the suspension,” said Junge. The work was suspended Dec. 20. Brunkhorst said the county will continue to have a priority of plowing the detour route. He also said that he had one complaint from a neighbor about the bridge not being open to traffic on time. “She understood the issue,” said Brunkhorst. “She doesn’t like it, but she understood why we stopped the work.” • Approved the McLeod County Chronicle as the official newspaper for the county for 2013. • Agreed to buy iPads for the commissioners to replace the used laptop computers they are currently using at meetings. • Agreed to trade in a 20year-old floor scrubber for a new one at a net cost of $5,700.
Council discusses rate hikes for water, sewer
By Rich Glennie Editor With a list of future city’s water and wastewater projects on the docket in the next five years, fees for those funds may not keep up with expenses. Glencoe City Council on Monday night heard that rate increases may be needed sometime this year to keep up, if those capital projects are to be completed. Karen Cavett from the consulting firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) and Gary Schreifels, city public works director for water/wastewater treatment, made a presentation to City Council that indicated the city is falling behind after six or seven years without a rate increase in either fund. Cavett showed that conservation measures by city residents and businesses also has reduced usage of water by 8 percent. That results in less money generated for the water fund, she added. She said average usage is about 12 million gallons a month over the year, with more usage in the summer months. She said 65 percent of the water usage is residential, 31 percent commercial and 3 percent by large industries. The biggest user is Glencoe Regional Health Services, Seneca is second and Glen Knoll businesses are the third, fourth and fifth largest users of water, she said. Cavett said because of less water usage, the water fund will be about $340,000 short on revenues if all the proposed capital projects scheduled for 2013 are done. The same is true in the sanitary sewer fund that would come up about $300,000 short if the capital projects are completed. But City Administrator Mark Larson stressed that the two funds both have had positive fund balances. But with mandates coming, future obligations may force the city to look at raising rates to pay for those costs. One major item is the mandate on removing phosphorus from the city’s wastewater that will require an expansion of the treatment plant. “We have not been in the hole,” Larson said of fund balances of over $400,000 in both enterprise funds. But the city’s annual inflow and infiltration program of $100,000 a year will continue, special street assessments for improvements to underground utilities and streets are being discussed, new permits and obligations at the treatment plant need to be addressed between now and 2017. “It’s not as bad as you’re making it out to be,” Larson told Cavett, but if the city does not plan for those improvements now, “it will cost more later.” He stressed, however, that the capital projects planned for the next several years are being discussed and have not been approved, yet. Mayor Randy Wilson added that City Council is in the process of prioritizing projects, and said the public “expects us to take care of facilities.” Cavett said the capital projects being proposed “are really bare bones.” Wilson said if City Council agrees to raise rates on water and sewer this year, “we’re still in the middle range of rates” of comparable communities. Cavett said the work at the wastewater treatment plant involves “the oldest” city utility, “which also is the most expensive.” With the phosphorus mandate, Cavett said the city has until 2017 to have a plan to remove phosphorus from its system. She said there are grants available for cities to help pay for treatment plant expansion costs associated with the mandate. But Schreifels said the city needs a plan first in order to apply for grants, and that plan is expected to be completed this year.
Paul Wright Shimanski will be sworn in sometime this week by County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz. The County Board then went on to elect its 2013 chair and vice chair, with Wright, who is starting his second four-year term, getting the nod as chair, while Terlinden was re-elected vice chair. Because of the absence of Shimanski and because it was Christensen’s first day on the board, Nies suggested the County Board table committee assignments until its Jan. 22 meeting, adding that the newcomers should meet with County Administrator Pat Melvin to learn about the various committees to determine upon which they may be most interested in serving. In other business Tuesday, the County Board: • Heard that work on a bridge replacement on County Road 15 has been suspended and will resume in spring.
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Congressional action leaves one to ponder: Where’s the logic?
Our view: ‘Fiscal cliff’ legislation did absolutely nothing to address growing national debt
here was a comment made by 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., during one of his stops in the Glencoe area last year that stuck with us. Peterson said, “do not vote for anyone who votes the party line.” Peterson stuck to his guns last week on the federal “fiscal cliff” budget vote. He voted against a bad bill that appeased the masses, but did nothing to address the elephant in the room — the growing national debt. He favored a more common sense, yet less popular, approach that actually tackles the problem. Let the automatic spending cuts kick in, because they need to happen if we ever want to get serious about reducing the federal debt to future generations. We admire him for that. Peterson is one of the few common sense representatives we send to Congress, but alas, he is a dying breed. There is little room in Congress for someone who cannot be controlled by the party machine, party leaders or lobbyists. Mavericks and free-thinkers are no longer tolerated. Peterson is one of the few who calls his own shots, as he sees them, whether his party agrees with him or not. That has angered many, but has gained respect from the majority of his constitutents. Peterson is right on the mark when he said the budget deal that was approved, simply to avoid the fiscal cliff, did nothing to address the ever growing national debt. In fact, Peterson says, the fiscal cliff budget deal actually adds to the national debt by another $3.9 trillion over the next decade. Shame on Congress and President Obama for taking the easy way out and not making some tough decisions.
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Peterson also is incensed by Republican House leadership for not getting a full vote on the 2013 Farm Bill, a bill that had bipartisan support last summer from both the House and Senate agriculture committees, of which he is the senior minority House member. Instead, the Farm Bill was ignored, virtually left out of the fiscal cliff legislation. The current Farm Bill provisions were simply extended another nine months. In an Associated Press article, Peterson said he was so upset over the stalled Farm Bill, he said “he won’t work on a new version without assurances from congressional leaders it will get a vote.” While the proposed 2013 Farm Bill, crafted in part by Peterson, reduces spending on Agriculture Department programs by $35 billion over 10 years, some Republicans, according to the AP article, wanted still deeper cuts in the food stamp program. House Speaker John Boehner did not bring the bill up for a full House vote last year “because he did not have enough votes to pass it,” the AP reported. After awhile, congressional logic becomes mind-boggling. Here is a Farm Bill that actually reduces spending, but it is left out of legislation that added trillions more to the debt. Included in there are millions in tax breaks for NASCAR tracks and Hollywood moviemakers. So, where is the logic in all this? It only goes to prove, that Congress and President Obama are not really serious about tackling the national debt. They are more interested in getting re-elected or appeasing their small constituencies that provide them with the “financial backbone” to continue this charade. — R.G.
Letters to Editor Overwhelmed by generosity for 111 packages
To the Editor: The final Operation Minnesota Nice soldier packages have been sent. People dropped off boxes of items and money was mailed. Last year, 30 packages were sent to soldiers overseas, and this year I was more than surprised, I was overwhelmed — 111 packages were sent over the holidays! The generosity was more than I could have ever dreamed! None of us like war, but the support for our men and women who serve brought tears to my eyes. There are so many to thank who made these packages happen; too many to name, but I have to name a few. First of all, The McLeod County Chronicle for all its articles about the Operation Minnesota Nice project. Without these reports, people would not have known about this much-needed project. Words cannot thank you enough for all the great articles! Also, Doris Dose for her help and to LaDonna Stuber and Colleen Benjamin for their numerous day and night hours helping me pack boxes! Colleen knew how important these packages were as her son, Ryan, had just returned from overseas. I am so proud of not only the Glencoe community, but people from surrounding towns who sent money for either supplies or for shipping. People who used to live in Glencoe, now far away, but who still read the local paper, sent checks; others sent money because they thought this was a great project and wanted to support our troops! Every time we thought it was our final box, another donation arrived, so we made arrangements to pack more boxes that night. With the large flat rate cost of $13.45 each to mail, we filled the boxes without any packing material, and it was so full, nothing was going to move! LaDonna would laugh at me. If the box did not bulge, more was added to get the price of the postage! The soldiers all share, so we made sure there were mutiple personal items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, plenty of snacks and candy. One soldier e-mailed back how he enjoyed the cookies that were sent as he had them when he was a kid. Included also was a letter telling each soldier that all of you who donated made the packages happen. Also donated for each letter was a “cross in the pocket” with a poem. The items were boxed, taped all around each box, then each box had to have an international form filled out for shipping. The many hours put into these packages were just a small token of appreciation from all of us for what our men and women sacrifice for all of us! Packages also were sent to soldiers of local families serving overseas — Iraq, Afghanistan and also Japan. Thank you all for making this project such a huge success. You have made 111 soldiers and their buddies very happy, and they are so thankful for your support! I won’t forget, and I hope you don’t either. A remark of one soldier at the end of his thank you letter stated: “Please never forget what it costs to live this freedom!” I have already been shopping for those after-Christmas specials for items that will be sent starting next November. That is when we start sending again to those who serve us overseas. God bless our troops, and God bless the USA. Linda Krueger Operation Minnesota Nice Glencoe
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The National Hockey League and its players union just ended a long lockout. How important is it to have NHL hockey going again? — Very — Mildly important — Not important — There was a strike? Results for most recent question: With the DFL-dominated Minnesota Legislature preparing to reconvene, what should be its top priority? 1) Balancing the budget — 56% 2) Restoring shifted school funding — 17% 3) Finding more reliable funding for Vikings stadium — 0% 4) Addressing same-sex marriage — 0% 5) More bonding for delayed capital projects — 0% 6) Emphasizing economic recovery/job creation — 20% 7) Something else — 7%
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Many hands helped with Glencoe’s Live Nativity
To the Editor: Many helping hands made Glencoe’s first Live Nativity an overwhelming success. Rescheduled because of freezing rain, it was held on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Oak Leaf Park. More than 200 vehicles were greeted by the Rev. James Gomez as they drove through the park past six different stages of nativity scenes. Volunteers braved the cold to portray Mary (Rachel Bonderman, Julia Gomez, Mikayla Kantack, Maddie Kuehn, Emily Oberlin); Joseph (Aaron Donnay, Austin Stream), Angel Gabriel (Laura Donnay); shepherds (Josh Bemis, Kevin Dummer, Mason Husted, Conner Johnson, Gene Johnson, Dr. Kurt Kramer, Phillip Kramer, Travis Uecker); angelic host (Val Bonderman, Susie Christenson, Bethany Cross, Lynn Exsted, Fran Huwe, Mackenzie Kantack, Marissa Kirchoff, Terez Kramer, Shiloh Schnabel, Samatha Welch, Stephanie Welch); and the wise men (Dennis Davis, Scott Kuehn, Dave Milbrand). Several area churches were involved with Lynn Exsted, Tica Earhart and others from the Board of Evangelism (First Evangelical Lutheran) and the Rev. Gomez (Good Shepherd) heading up the organization of this event. Numerous other volunteers contributed by creating the scenes, setting the stages, loaning the animals, donating materials, costuming the actors, transporting to and from the park, providing refreshments, tearing down, and cleaning up. Dennis and Chris Davis created the life-like camels. Costumes and event-process training time were donated from Mary Seeman and the Arlington Christian Community Task Force. Local Boy Scouts accepted donations for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf – more than 540 pounds and over $400 were collected! Cindy Eggersgluess Glencoe
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TC&W officially opposed to SLRT rerouting design
Mark Wegner, president of Twin Cities and Western Railroad (TC&W), has officially notified Hennepin County officials that the proposed design for rerouting of freight rail service to accommodate the Southwest Light Rail Transitway (SLRT) “fails to meet recognized standards of engineering and safety.” Wegner ’s comments appeared in a letter accompanying TC&W’s detailed response to the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) published by Hennepin County in October. Dec. 31 was the final deadline for submission of response comments. The DEIS describes a “locally preferred alternative” route that would require relocation of TC&W’s freight rail line. Before that route can be approved by federal regulatory agencies and become eligible for federal funding, the freight railroad must sign off on the proposed relocation plan and relinquish its rights to its current route. Federal rail policy requires that the interests of freight rail operators and shippers be considered in the development of passenger rail projects. TC&W is a key player in our customers with safe and efficient service at the same costs they now pay,” said Wegner. “However, this design does not meet those tests.” An earlier design of the reroute plan, which had more moderate grade increases and gentler curves, was presented to TC&W officials in 2008, but that design never made it into the DEIS, Wegner said. Hennepin County staff members were notified more than a year ago that the “locally preferred alternative” was not acceptable to TC&W due to safety, efficiency and cost concerns. “We hope that Hennepin County and the Met Council respond quickly and decisively to our input,” Wegner said. “We want to be able to support the SLRT project and work constructively with the jurisdictions involved, but we can’t give up our right to operate on our existing route unless we are satisfied that the relocation plan is comparable in safety, efficiency and cost to what we have now." The city of Glencoe and the McLeod County Board of Commissioners have approved resolutions of support of TC&W’s position.
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Police Report
Police issued two winter parking citations on Friday morning, Dec. 28. Also on Friday, police investigated a complaint of a person passing two bad checks, each worth $1,250. Police were called to a medical at 2:31 p.m., Friday, at a residence on Morningside Drive. The person was transported by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services’ (GRHS) emergency room. Early Saturday morning, police issued six “snowbird” citations. Also Saturday morning, police were called to a Greeley Avenue residence for a medical situation. The person was transported by ambulance to GRHS. Police talked with a female at 11:21 p.m., Sunday. It was reported that the woman threatened to cut herself and jump off the bridge. The woman voluntarily agreed to go to GRHS’ emergency room to get evaluated. On Monday morning, police issued another six “snowbird” tickets for illegally parking on city streets. The theft of a tire valued at $80 was reported at 8:06 a.m., Monday. The theft occurred at a residence on 9th Street. An attempted burglary was reported at 3:12 a.m., New Year’s Day, at a 12th Street residence. Someone had tried to force open a door. Two winter parking tickets were issued overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Police were called for a medical at the home on 15th Street at 8:11 a.m., Wednesday. The person was transported by ambulance to GRHS emergency room. Drug paraphernalia was found in a wood pile on DeSoto Avenue at 11:58 a.m., Wednesday. A theft was reported at 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, from a residence on Judd Avenue. A possible stroke victim was transported by ambulance at 3:51 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, from a residence on 14th Street. Also on Thursday morning, police charged a driver with a school bus stop-arm violation in the 1200 block of 12th Street. Police received a report of someone dumping a refrigerator on his property on 9th Street on Thursday afternoon. The theft of a laptop from a vehicle was reported at 11:23 p.m., Thursday, in the 900 block of Chandler Avenue. One “snowbird” citation was issued early Friday morning. An elderly female fell a couple of days earlier and called at 1:11 p.m., Friday, stating she was feeling weak. She was transported by ambulance from her Birch Avenue residence. Police talked to a driver about parking in the middle of the street at 7:45 p.m., Friday, at Fir Avenue and 13th Street W., and nearly causing an accident. The driver stated she was picking up her daughter. The driver was issued a verbal warning for her parking. A resident on Baldwin Avenue reported Friday afternoon that two Adderall pills were missing from her daily pill container. A resident of Scout Hill Drive was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after police received a call at 9:40 p.m., Friday, that a vehicle had been driven through a garage door. The driver was transported to the McLeod County Jail. An assault was reported at a residence on Newton Avenue at 10 p.m., Friday. A juvenile was transported by ambulance to GRHS emergency room. On Saturday morning, Jan. 5, police issued five “snowbird” parking tickets. An elderly female fell and hit her head at her Ford Avenue residence at 11:03 a.m., Saturday, and was transported by ambulance to GRHS. Police and firefighters were called to an apartment on Newton Avenue at 4:16 p.m., Saturday. A board had fallen behind a door and the resident could not get back inside the apartment. A firefighter went through a window to open the door. Police stopped a vehicle at 5:11 a.m. at Newton Avenue and 16th Street and cited the driver for driving after revocation and possession of a small amount of marijuana. An elderly female with a severe nose bleed was transported by ambulance to GRHS at 11:03 p.m., Saturday. Four more “snowbird” citations were issued early Sunday morning. An adult male was arrested at 2:04 a.m., Sunday, and charged with domestic assault. The incident occurred at a residence on Edgewood Drive. An elderly male fell about eight days earlier and reported his hip continued to hurt. An ambulance transported him at 7:44 p.m., Sunday, from his Greeley Avenue home. One “snowbird” ticket was issued early Monday morning. Police assisted at a medical at a residence on Greeley Avenue at 2:19 a.m., Monday. The person was suffering from chest pains and taken by ambulance to the emergency room at GRHS. A theft was reported Monday afternoon from a residence on Greeley Avenue. Tires were slashed on a vehicle parked on 12th Street and was reported Monday afternoon. An elderly female at Grand Meadows was transported by ambulance to GRHS at 6:35 p.m., Monday.
Mark Wegner the economic health of western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota, Wegner said, providing farmers and manufacturers across the region with vital access to national and international markets. He said the proposed changes to the existing freight rail route have the potential to produce negative impacts on the “availability, safety, efficiency and cost of the freight rail service our customers depend on.” “We always have been supportive of the light rail project, as long as it is implemented in a way that preserves our ability to provide
Building Permits
The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council Monday night, Jan. 7: Randy Wilson, 102 Wacker Drive, mechanical permit. Bergmann Homes, 1005 Mitchell Court, finish townhome. Christ Lutheran Church, 1820 Knight Ave., fire alarm system. Blanco Barrera, 1310 E. 13th St., mechanical permit. Harpel Brothers, 2305 E. 10th St., mechanical permit.
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Commit to Farm Bill debate
WASHINGTON – In letters to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday (Jan. 3), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., said that absent an assurance from Leadership, he does not see any reason for the House Agriculture Committee to again go through the process of writing a new five-year farm bill in the 113th Congress. Peterson’s letters follow repeated refusals by Republican Leadership to consider the House Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan five-year farm bill during the last Congress and a last-minute, backroom nine-month farm bill extension that ignored the will of the Agriculture Committees. Full text of the letter to Speaker Boehner is below. Dear Mr. Speaker: Please accept my warmest congratulations on your reelection as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Given what occurred in the last Congress, I feel it is necessary to ask, do you truly intend to manage the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress under “regular order,” particularly as it pertains to legislation produced by the Committee on Agriculture? Three months before being elected Speaker, you were asked in an interview, “How will your past as a chairman and legislator … influence your approach to allowing Committees to set the agenda and give signals to instead of receive them from Leadership?” You answered, “We need to stop writing bills in the Speaker’s office and let members of Congress be legislators again … We have nothing to fear from letting the House work its will – nothing to fear from the battle of ideas. That starts with the Committees. The result will be more scrutiny and better legislation.” In your 2011 inaugural address you said, “Above all else, we will welcome the battle of ideas, encourage it, and engage in it – openly, honestly, and respectfully. As the chamber closest to the people, the House works best when it is allowed to work its will. I ask all members of this body to join me in recognizing this common truth.” Unfortunately, those noble words turned into empty promises when it came time to consider legislation to reauthorize the federal farm safety net. Despite a day-long mark-up, where almost 60 amendments were offered, considered and either adopted or rejected; despite having the support of myself, the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and a majority of Committee Democrats and Republicans; despite following the practice of regular order as you laid out for us, the Republican Leadership was nothing but a stumbling block in our quest to let the House “work its will” on a new five-year farm bill. The Republican Leadership first stepped in and asked the Chairman and me to delay our mark-up, saying they wanted to consider the agriculture appropriations bill on the floor first. The Committee held off its mark-up, while the Leadership ultimately did not bring the appropriations bill to floor. This delayed the Committee’s work by two weeks. Although the Committee approved a five-year farm bill, the Republican Leadership chose to instead put forward a one-year farm bill extension, which ultimately was not considered because of lack of support. In the fall, we heard Leadership’s promises: Mr. Cantor, “I am committed to bringing the issue to the floor...” (Oct. 24, 2012); yourself: “We will deal with the farm bill after the election.” (Sept. 20, 2012). Given your long-standing opposition to farm programs and previous farm bills, it was no surprise that there were provisions in the bill that you could not support. But instead of allowing those objections to be aired in an open debate and letting the House “work its will,” the Republican Leadership bottled up the Committee’s farm bill and drafted alternatives in the Speaker’s and Majority Leader’s offices, bypassing both the Chairman and members of the Agriculture Committee and making a mockery of regular order. Having served together on the Agriculture Committee for many years, I could not believe that you and your Leadership team could treat the Committee with such disrespect. I heard Leadership’s excuses: that the votes were not there to pass the bill. That is patently false. The Leadership team never conducted a whip count, never asking members whether they would vote for or against the Committee package. I brought together members from both parties to conduct a count, and we found enough votes to pass the bill. We now need to look at where we go from here. Let me outline some points as I see it: Given the behavior of the Republican Leadership and their treatment of the House Agriculture Committee in the previous Congress, I believe it is only fair for me to ask for a written commitment that your Leadership team will find floor time during this Congress if the Committee marks-up a new five-year farm bill. I would also expect it should not take more than a month for your team to determine the appropriate time for floor consideration and to announce that date publicly. Given the Republican Leadership’s objections to farm programs in general, I would not expect your team to bear responsibility for finding the votes to pass the Committee’s farm bill; that would fall upon the Committee. I also understand and can accept that you and your Leadership team would likely want such a bill to come up under an open process, allowing for multiple amendments. I would ask that you let the House “work its will” even if you have personal objections to the outcome. The 2008 Farm Bill was one of the last bills enacted under regular order, where then-Speaker Pelosi formally appointed conferees and allowed me to open the Conference Committee process to the public. I hope you will be willing to make the same commitment. At this point, however, I see no reason why the House Agriculture Committee should undertake the fool’s errand to craft another longterm farm bill if the Republican Leadership refuses to give any assurances that our bipartisan work will be considered. You and your Leadership team seem very content with simply extending the 2008 Farm Bill year after year without making any effort at reform, achieving savings and efficiencies, or improving the farm safety net for rural America. If that is your goal, I will certainly accommodate you. Once the other remaining Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee have been appointed, you can expect a similar letter asking for a similar commitment. I look forward to hearing from you in the coming days. Sincerely, Collin C. Peterson Ranking Member U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
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Ella is ‘blessing from God’ the Kiesers want to share
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer e have been blessed with this beautiful dog, and I want to share that blessing with everyone, especially those without pets,” Sue Kieser said of her 2-year-old golden retriever mix, Ella. After six weeks of intense training, Ella passed the Therapy Dog International (TDI) state test and is now recognized as a “professional therapy dog.” Kieser said training a therapy dog has been something she has always wanted to do. “The first golden retriever we owned was Tasha, and we had her when our children were younger. At that point, I had thought therapy dog training would be a good idea, but with the kids in sports and other family commitments, there was no time to do it. “After the kids graduated high school, I thought about it again, but Tasha was 10 years old and therapy dog training consists of grueling classes. It would have been hard on her,” Kieser said. She added that Tasha had passed away from old age, and she and her husband, Dan, waited a couple of years to own another dog. “Dan surprised me with Ella. She is a golden retriever mix, and we got her from a private breeder in Hutchinson in 2010. We started training her as soon as we got her,” Kieser said. In January 2011, the Kiesers started Ella in her first class. “It was a beginner obedience class, and Ella graduated from that at the end of February,” Kieser said. She said the class consists of basic obedience skills, including “heel, stay, sit and walking on a leash. “It was kind of like kindergarten for dogs. The class is meant to get the dogs socializing,” Kieser said. “Socializing is very important, especially if you are outgoing as a couple. Then your dog should be outgoing, too,” she added.
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Kieser explained that in England, dogs are welcomed nearly everywhere. “It’s not so much like that in the United States and, unfortunately, that’s because most don’t take care of their dogs. Like poopy-scooping. I wish people would pick up the poop. Honestly, that ignorance makes us as dog owners look bad,” she said. Ella took a second obedience class and graduated from that six-week course in May 2011, and in November 2012, she passed the state TDI test and became a registered therapy dog. The TDI test was administered by the EZ Obedience Organization of Hutchinson, and TDI is a volunteer, nonprofit organization for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed. “The biggest aspect of the TDI classes is crowd control,” Kieser said. She explained that as a therapy dog, of course, animals are around people. “We actually had a big crowd at the test site, and the people in the crowd had canes, walkers and wheelchairs,” she said. Kieser said most therapy dogs are used in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other health care and in-home care businesses. The skills tested in the TDI class include heeling, grooming, distractions, such as crowds, medical equipment, noises and food, as well as distractions with other dogs, “sits” and “downs,” allowing petting, and supervised separation. Kieser added that dogs must be at least 1 year old to take the test. “One of the most important skills taught is probably the ‘leave it’ command. You don’t want your dog picking up any food off of the floor, especially in medical environments. You never know if a pill could be lying on the floor. They are so small, you know, and if your dog is a vacuum cleaner, it could be deadly if they were
to pick up a heart med,” Kieser said. She said the instructors of the class were good and “very strict. We had to be trained as well as the dogs, and we have to be very strict with them. Ella seems to listen better to Dan than me, but I have a softer voice, so that’s probably why,” Kieser said. Now that Ella is a registered TDI dog, she owns a yellow tag and scarf that identifies her as a therapy animal. Also, now registered as a therapy dog, Ella and Sue are invited to participate in group activities at group homes and care facilities. “We’ve been to a boys’ home, several care facilities, and a group home in Cokato,” Kieser said. She shared one particular heartwarming story that made her realize the blessing of owning a therapy dog. “Ella and I were invited to the Hutchinson Event Center in November, where adults with developmental disabilities were gathered for a special event to meet therapy dogs. “We all introduced ourselves and our pets, did a routine for them demonstrating the commands, and then we were allowed to mingle through the crowd. “There was one table, where a young man was sitting, and he wasn’t really interacting with anybody. I asked him if he would like to pet Ella, and he got so excited. His whole face lit up with happiness and his hands started shaking in excitement. “His caretaker told me that is the most emotion he has shown in three months. That shows how important the human touch connection between animals and humans really is,” Kieser said. “Animals soothe you, and I’ve read in several magazines about the positive impacts of owning a pet. Some statistics even show owning a pet can lower your blood pressure,” she said. She added that owning a dog is a huge commitment, es-
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Ella, 2, pictured with owner Sue Kieser, recently completed the grueling six-week training courses for Therapy Dog Internapecially Ella, as she suffers from allergies. “It’s almost like having a baby. It’s a lot of work, but the good Lord gave us Ella, knowing we could deal with her,” she said. “However, not everybody can own a pet, and that’s where owning and sharing a TDI pet comes in. I find it to be very rewarding. We have been blessed with this beauti-
tional (TDI) and passed her test this last November. going. This was a huge commitment, and he was with me during the whole test. I could barely write my name, I was so nervous,” Kieser laughed. Dan and Sue have two children, Josh and Crystal, and four grandchildren, Audrey, Charlie, Ethan, and Emma. “They really enjoy spending time with Ella,” she said.
ful dog, and I want to share that blessing with everybody,” Kieser said. She added that Ella “always has a kiss and a hug for everybody. She’s very friendly, and very cuddly. On the evenings I’m watching TV, that 65 pounds is all on my lap,” she laughed. “I couldn’t have done this without Dan. He kept me
History
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Jan. 10, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor After a lingering illness lasting more than three years, Herman Hellmer passed away at his home in this village Monday evening at about 5 o’clock, of complications of tuberculosis. Deceased had attained the age of 29 years, 1 month. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hellmer, he leaves three brothers, Otto of South Dakota and Hugo and Willie of this village, and two sisters, Mrs. H.J. Selle of this village and Mrs. Louis Winterfeldt of Preston Lake. William Doerr of Winthrop completed the putting in of the heating plant in the new city hall Tuesday afternoon. He was assisted by his brother-in-law Adolph Radke, living southeast of town. Our townspeople were shocked on Tuesday evening when the report of the death of William Farhwald was circulated about the town. Mr. Farhwald had spent practically all of the day visiting the various places about town, and although complaining somewhat, seemed in rather good spirits. Since the death of his wife last fall, he had been living alone in his home in this village. He had reached the advanced age of 83 years. A small section of the village, where the wiring has been completed, was lit up for the first time last Wednesday evening with electricity. The plant is not in complete running order as the machinery is being arranged and the storage battery has not as yet been received. However, from now on, the streets will be lighted direct from the dynamo each evening. The light is a dandy and seems to give universal satisfaction. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the 9 a.m. service, Immanuel Lutheran Church will install its officers elected at the annual meeting. They include William Pinske, chairman; Burton Kucera, treasurer; Herbert Zaske, secretary; Elmer Podratz and Edwin Kohls, deacons; Herbert Henke, trustee; Lester Alsleben, board of education; Edgar Winterfeldt, head usher; and Henry Krohn, Elmer Zieman and John Albrecht, cemetery board. The annual meeting of the Congregational church of this community was held Thursday. Officers elected for the year include: E.J. Mann, trustee; Harold Schwartz, deacon; Mrs. Henry Engelsmeier, deaconess; Charles Warner, treasurer; C.D. West, clerk; Mrs. William Peik, organist; Mrs. Charles Warner, assistant organist; Mrs. Grant Griebie, Sunday school superintendent; and Scott Schwartz, Warren West Jr., Dale Todnem and Melville Schwartz, ushers. ty Center is expected to open sometime next week, according to Mayor Carl Wachter. Wachter said the building is complete, and will be inspected by the state health department by the end of the week. The senior nutrition program could begin serving noon meals there as early as next week. A grand opening will likely be held in the spring, the mayor said. Ron and Jill Knick of Brownton announce the birth of a daughter, Kaitlyn Marie, born Dec. 18.
Glencoe VFW Auxiliary holds Christmas party
The Glencoe VFW Auxiliary to Post 5102 held its Christmas party on Dec. 10 with 39 members and 31 guests present. Dinner was catered by Lindy’s Cafe. Amy Lemke, bar manager, was presented with a $25 gift certificate, and Jeanne Klitzke won the life membership award. There were 22 table decorations donated by Alice Eggersgluess that were given away as door prizes. There were numerous other door prizes given away. There were donations made to the Hastings Veterans Administration Home and to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. The lunch committee for the Jan. 14 meeting will be Elaine Tabbert, Marlene Engelke, Irene Thurn and Donna Hardel.
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10 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 2003 Lori Copler, Editor The Stewart Fire Department was called to a shed fire at the Muriel Forcier residence in Renville County on Jan. 1. Neighbor Gerald Fluck called in the fire at 1:46 p.m., and the department arrived 10 minutes later to find a shed and old chicken coop fully engulfed in flames. Several vehicles, a lawn mower and other contents were lost in the fire, and damage is estimated at $40,000 to $50,000.
75 Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Not available.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 10, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kosek announce the birth of a daughter, Cynthia Pauline, on Dec. 29. There are three boys and three girls in the Kosek family.
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100 Years Ago
Jan. 10, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor Born, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Metelak of east Collins, Wednesday, Jan. 8. A pleasant social event was held at the Woodmen Hall Monday evening, at which time members of the local Masonic lodge entertained their wives and families. A short program was tendered; among those taking part were Misses Florence Swan, Frances Houck, Stella Hoyt and Gladys Grinnells. Preston, but found upon its arrival that the Andersons’ twostory frame farm home was past saving. A chimney fire is believed to have been the cause of the blaze. Members of the Congregational Church met Tuesday evening at the W.N. Cayott home for the annual session. Officers were elected for the year as follows: F.M. Senescall, trustee; Mrs. P.L. Schmidt, clerk; Mrs. John Hoeft, treasurer; J.H. Eggert, deacon; Mrs. Charles Schmitz, organist; Mrs. C.H. Schmitz, chorister; and Mrs. John Hoeft, Sunday school superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. William Davis are mourning the loss of their infant daughter Joan, who passed away at their home early Saturday morning. The baby had been suffering with whooping cough. She was 7 months old at the time of her passing.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 10, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mrs. Mae Conrin, 73, died Jan. 2, having suffered from heart illness for many years. The funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 7, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. She assisted her husband, Thomas Conrin, on their farm north of Stewart from 1919 to 1943, when Mr. Conrin passed away. She was also preceded in death by two sons; eight other children survive. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Fernando had its annual meeting Monday evening. Newly elected officers are Otto Wagner, deacon; John Renner Jr., trustee; Art Just, treasurer; and Franklin Burke, president. Martin Schwartz is the janitor
and Mrs. Albert Gehrke is the organist.
35 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Holding their annual meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the fire hall, all officers of the Stewart Fire Department were re-elected to serve their respective posts another year, with the exception of treasurer. Richard Novotny is now the treasurer of the fire department and relief association. Officers include Harry Slipka, chief; DeLoyd Dreier, assistant chief; Virgil Moritz, captain; Darroll Streich, lieutenant; and Don Beich, secretary. Officers of the relief association are Nestor Dols, president; Kermit Hubin, vice president; Orvel Tessmer, secretary; and Larry Meier and John Lipke, directors.
75 Years Ago
Jan. 7, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor The Stewart Fire Department received a call Tuesday afternoon from the Herman Anderson home on the east end of Lake
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GSL Knowledge Bowl teams in top 4
On Saturday, Jan. 5, Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowlers competed at Lac qui Parle Valley High School in western Minnesota, and placed in the top four at the meet. “It had been a month since the last meet for the junior varsity and varsity, and they were ready,” said GSL coach Vicky Harris. “Lac qui Parle Valley had decided to add some unusual ‘nerdy’ questions about science fiction series like ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Doctor Who,’ TV shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and video games. This, and an invitation to wear costumes, made the meet interesting,” Harris added. There were 13 teams in the varsity division from nine schools. The two GSL teams placed in the top four. Willmar and Hutchinson started in first and second places with written scores of 49 and 45 and competed for the whole meet in Room 1. Willmar won the meet with 104 points. GSL’s teams began the meet in Room 2 with slightly lower written scores (44 for GSL 1, 40 for GSL 2). After round 1, GSL 1 moved up to Room 1. It competed in Room 1 for the next two rounds, while GSL 2 stayed in Room 2. However, the scores of the top four teams remained similar, and for round four the two GSL teams traded places. GSL 2 finished in second with 100.5 points, while Hutchinson and GSL 1 ended tied for third with 100 points, “so these three teams were extremely close,” Harris said. The members of the second place GSL 2 were Lindsey Becker, Patrick Fehrenbach, and Jacob Wawrzyniak. Third place GSL 1 members were Joe Fehrenbach, Mark Broderius and Chandler Swift. The junior varsity division included 13 teams from 10 schools. GSL’s team began in Room 3 with a written score of 31, but steadily moved up during the meet. For rounds two and three, it was in Room 2, where it won each round, then went to Room 1 for the final round. Harris said the AtwaterCosmos-Grove City (ACGC) team in Room 1 was quite dominant for the whole meet and ended with 96 points. GSL finished second with 79 points, while Benson teams finished in third and fourth places with 74.5 and 74 points. The GSL team included Cedric Winter, Kyle Beck, Brent Duenow and Oakley Clark. The junior high division was quite large, with 25 teams from 14 schools. The meet was won by Hutchinson with 129 points. Willmar ended in second with 112.5, and GSL 1 finished third with 110.5 points. GSL 1 had never competed in Room 1, but stayed in Room 2 for most of the meet, “doing quite well there,” Harris said. This team included Kaitlyn Arthur, Mitch Beneke, Maddie Kuehn, Jake Vasek, Alexis Sanchez and Theresa Siers. GSL 2 began in Room 2, dropped to Room 3, then moved up to Room 2 and finally Room 1. But in the final round the team earned the fewest points. It finished in seventh with 104.0 points. Harris said the fourththrough seventh-place teams were within one and a half points of each other. The team members of GSL 2 were Jenna Lokensgard. Lindsay Wedin, Jake Fehrenbach, Robin Swift, Katie Twiss and Jack Gepson. GSL 3 competed in Room 3 for two rounds, then dropped to Room 5 and finished the meet in 18th with 81 points. This team included Connor Heuer, Cora Kuras, Marisa Luchsinger, Maggie Petersen, Rachel Reichow and Dini Schweikert. Several GSL Knowledge Bowlers won prizes for unusual costumes. Robin Swift won gold for being dressed as a pencil. Knowledge Bowl will continue its busy schedule with a meet in Willmar on Saturday, Jan. 12, and another at Dawson-Boyd on Saturday, Jan. 19. In addition, the junior high teams will be competing at Marshall on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a Region 6 and 8 meet.
People
Son born to Schauer family
Billy and Crystal Schauer of Silver Lake announce the birth of their son, Wyatt William, on Dec. 18, 2012, at Hutchinson Health. Wyatt weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches in length. His older siblings are Abigail and Kayle and his grandparents are Joel and Cheryl Bieganek and Steve and Patsy Schauer, all of Silver Lake.
Students among MSU grads
A number of area students were among the fall graduates of Minnesota State University-Mankato during commencement ceremonies Dec. 15. They include, Brownton: Joy Broscoff, bachelor of science (BS) degree in arts and literature education, cum laude; Kristin Jackson, BS, management; Glencoe: Karissa Donnay, master of science (MS) degree, counseling and student personnel; Robert Farrell, master of arts (MA), English; Matthew Odegaard, BS, sport management; and Angela Stuedemann, MS, communication disorders; Lester Prairie: Spencer Hanson, BS, construction management; and Silver Lake: Jessica Madson, BS, psychology.
Field family announces birth
Mark and Jacqui Field of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Emalise Jennifer, on Oct. 17, 2012, at Hutchinson Health Care. Emalise weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18-1/2 inches long. Her older siblings are Ethan and Elizabeth. Grandparents are Jim and Chris Kalenberg of Stewart and Theresa and Leon Field of Hutchinson.
All GSL’s 7th- to 9th-grade Knowledge Bowlers advance
On Friday, Jan. 4, three Glencoe-Silver Lake Knowledge Bowl teams traveled to Marshall to compete in the 45-team Region 6 meet for students up to ninth grade. The three GSL teams finished fourth, 10th and 16th, and all three teams will move on to the next competition on Wednesday, Jan 9, accordingh to GSL coach Vicky Harris. The meet was won by Ortonville’s first team, with a score of 122, while Willmar’s second team earned second place with 109 points. Canby 1 finished third with 107.5. “GSL 1 was tied with Canby until the strength-ofschedule points were added, but GSL finished fourth with 106.5 because Canby had been in higher rooms more often,” Harris said. GSL 1 team members were Mitch Beneke, Maddie Kuehn, Jenna Lokensgard, Lindsay Wedin and Robin Swift. GSL 3 finished in 10th with 90 points. The team members were Jake Fehrenbach, Maggie Petersen, Rachel Reichow and Theresa Siers. GSL 2 came in 16th with 84.5 points. That team included Connor Heuer, Marisa Luchsinger, Dini Schweikert, Jake Vasek, and Jack Gepson. Other McLeod County teams which will move on to the Region 6 and 8 meet on Wednesday include: Hutchinson (seventh with 96.5 points and 15th with 85 points), Lester Prairie (eighth with 95.5 points), New Century Academy (21st with 79 points), and Winsted Holy Trinity (24th with 78 points).
17 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Area students on NDSU list
Several area students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University at Fargo, N.D. Named to the academic list were Kelly Jahnke of Brownton, a nursing major; Logan Miller of Brownton, an ag systems management major; and Ashley Graudin of Norwood Young America, a veterinary technician major.
Seventeen Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Bernetta Alsleben, first, and Norma Albrecht, second; pinochle, Leone Kujas, first, and Ordella Schmidt, second; and sheephead, Elmer Maass, first, and Lowell Brelje, second. Pearl Sreu won the door prize. Audrey Tongen and Bernetta Alsleben served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.
Son born to Hardecopfs
Andrew and Vanessa Hardecopf of Carver announce the birth of their son, Tate Andrew, on Dec. 27, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Tate weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His big sister is Ava. Grandparents are Thomas and Helga Schmidt of Glencoe and Delbert and Janey Hardecopf of Armstrong, Iowa.
New Auburn VFW Auxiliary makes several donations
The regular meeting of New Auburn VFW Post 7266 Ladies Auxiliary was called to order by President Phyllis Schwanke. The club made donations to Green Shower, $25; Ronald McDonald House, $25; and Fisher House, $15. The POW/MIA candle was lit and a moment of silence observed. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
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Stewart City Council loses 2 more members
Jason Peirce will be the Stewart City Council’s lone incumbent when the city starts its new year Jan. 14. Peirce, a longtime council member, was appointed in December as the new mayor, replacing Jeff Erkenbrack, who submitted his resignation less than a month after being re-elected to a two-year term. At its regular meeting in December, the City Council appointed incumbent Mike Aydt, who had sought reelection in November but did not win, to fill out Peirce’s term. However, at a Dec. 27 special meeting, Aydt indicated that he will not accept the appointment. At question in Aydt’s appointment was whether he could serve as both a council member and as an assistant fire chief. Aydt indicated Dec. 27 that he prefers to keep his fire department position. And Council Member Tammy Schaufler also resigned, as she has accepted a job with Cash Wise in Williston, N.D. Peirce will be joined Jan. 14 by recently elected council members Jim Eitel and Kevin Klucas. Both Eitel and Klucas have served on the City Council in the past, and Klucas also is a former mayor. City Clerk Ronda Huls said the City Council will consider acting on the vacancies at its Jan. 14 meeting.
‘Jumping in the Gym’ activities begin Jan. 11
Got infants, toddlers or preschoolers? Get ECFEEarly Childhood Family Education! January is a busy month for ECFE. Do your kids need an outlet at the end of the week? Come to “Jumping in the Gym” on Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Helen Baker gym. The gym will be set up with a bounce house, mats, climbing structure, bowling and other cool stuff! You are also welcome to bring a favorite wheel toy to ride inside. There also are several other Friday gym nights to curb your cabin fever: Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; March 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and April 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please register one week before the event. There is a small charge to attend, but if you are participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, you can ask for the ECFE Gym Night Reward coupon and redeem it for a free gym night. Families who are redeeming coupons must still register one week before the event. For more information, call ECFE at 320-864-2681. ***** Calling all family bowlers: it’s time to register for Cosmic Bowling Family Night. ECFE is planning a trip to Lano Lanes on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 5:45 p.m. Dance music and “starlight” will make this a bowling night to remember! Bumpers in the gutters will help make your child successful in hitting the pins. If you or your child(ren) have not bowled, this is a great opportunity to give it a try with other novices; most kids just roll the ball between their legs. Families will bowl for up to two hours. For registration information, call ECFE at 320-8642681. All families must be registered to attend. ***** ECFE Plus! is a new option for 3- to 5-year-olds who are toilet trained and ready for a school experience without mom or dad. Beginning in late January, families attending another ECFE parent-child class may add a day of child-only school each week for the winter/spring session. The child-only class will be held on Monday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For registration or more information, call ECFE at 320-8642681.
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Glencoe American Legion Post 95 announced that it made $6,810 in donations during 2012. The donations included: Minnesota Veterans Home, Hastings, $100. Boys State program, $280. Good Shepherd Memorial Day service, $100. Glencoe-Silver Lake School District, three scholarships, $1,600. Glencoe City Center handicap door opener, $1,000. Hollywood fast-pitch softball, $200. GSL Booster Club membership, $100. State Legion ROTC Scholarship fund, $100. Troy Grack benefit, $100. Minnesota Nice program (gifts for active duty troops), $300. Minnesota Legion hospitalized veterans pheasant dinner, $100. Minnesota Legion disabled veterans deer hunt event, $200. GSL School District robotics program, $200. St. Cloud Veterans Administration Health Center holiday fund, $100. Christmas gifts for shut-in veterans in Glencoe, $300. Christmas gifts for active duty servicemen, $50. City of Glencoe cemetery software program, $500. McLeod County Veterans Assistance fund, $1,000. Service flags to city of Glencoe’s Welcome Park, $480.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, page 8
Eugene W. Dettman, 93, of Stewart
Funeral services for Eugene William Dettman, 93, of Stewart, were held Thursday, Jan. 3, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, with the Rev. Robert J. Lehner officiating. M r . Dettman died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Buffalo L a k e Healthcare Eugene W. Dettman Center. The organist was Adline Kottke, and soloist Mark Maiers sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Michael Dettman, Nick Egge, John J. Mauritz, Dan Egge, Matthew Mauritz, Jeff Baumgartner, Sam Ol and Levi Satterlee. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Dettman was born Nov. 20, 1919, at his parents’ home in Stewart, Round Grove Township, McLeod County, to William J.B. Dettman and Lydia Christina (Miller), the third of nine children. He was baptized Dec. 21, 1919, at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church in Stewart by the Rev. Carl Kowalske. He was confirmed March 25, 1934, at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church by the Rev. Kowalske. Mr. Dettman grew up in Stewart and attended Stewart Public School. On Feb. 25, 1945, Mr. Dettman was united in marriage to Elsie Martha Gaulke at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. This marriage was dissolved Jan. 22, 1973. On Nov. 25, 1978, he was united in marriage to Marian J. Wieweck in Brainerd. Mr. Dettman was blessed with four children, Diane Lois, Gary Eugene, Bonnie Elsie and Joel Curtis. As a very young man of 14 years old, he was employed at Kalenberg Farms. He was in the U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps for three years, where he learned to operate a Caterpillar, and he helped build the Cottonwood dam and Jay Cook State Park, and traveled to Washington to close parks. He also was a creamery operator and butter maker at the Stewart Co-op Creamery and attended Dunwoody College. Mr. Dettman worked at Schmitz garage as an auto body repairman and built “shadow box” (lighted) signs for Apache Sign Co. He owned and operated “Gene’s Body Shop” in Stewart for about 15 years until he retired in 1983. Mr. Dettman carved many caricatures from wood. He enjoyed ice fishing and spearing, and especially enjoyed RVing with his wife Marian. Mr. Dettman loved his family and loved to visit with family and friends. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. He entered the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center in February 2011. Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Roger) Allen of Portland, Ore., son, Gary (Linda) Dettman of Stewart, daughter, Bonnie (John) Mauritz of Litchfield, and son, Joel (Karen) Dettman of Hutchinson; stepchildren: David and Wendy Wieweck and Karen and Steve Rosenow; grandchildren and spouses, Steve Blake, Michael and Patti Dettman, Sarah and Jeff Baumgartner, Nick and Chanda Egge, Dan and Jennifer Egge, Matthew and Lindsay Mauritz, Leah and Sam Ol, and Amanda and Levi Satterlee; step-grandchildren and spouses, John and Jennifer Mauritz, Brady Wieweck, Lisa Wieweck-Tindea and husband Deyvi Tineda, Jennifer and Joe Lindholm, Joan Rosenow, Michael Rosenow, Laura Rosenow and Brandon Wieweck; great-grandchildren, Alex, Kym and Lara, MacKenzie, Anthony, Marcellus and Brexton; stepgreat-grandchildren, Lilianna, John, Ashley, Cristopher, Marcus, Jacob, Camilla and Elli; great-great-grandchildren, Logan, Michael, Amelia and Bailey; twin sister, Eugenia Keenan of Glencoe; sisters-in-law, Teresa Dettman of California and Mary Dettman of Mankato; former wife, Elsie Gaulke Dettman of Stewart; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, William and Lydia Dettman; grandparents, Charles and Louise (Laasch) Dettman and Edward and Mathilda (Selle) Mueller; wife, Marian (Rewerts Wieweck); brothers and sisters and their spouses, Florence and James Steedman, Harold Dettman, Stanley and Margery (Podratz) Dettman, Geraldine and Al Haberkorn, Generine and Lawrence Ewert, Gerald and Mavis Dettman, James Dettman and James Keenan; stepson, James Wieweck; and stepgreat-grandson, Korbyn Rosenow. Arrangements were with Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Stewart.
Obituaries Richard D. Stockman, 69, of Plato
Funeral services for Richard “Dick” Dietrich Stockman, 69, of Plato, were held Thursday, Jan. 3, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. The R e v . William Baldwin officiated. M r . Stockman died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Richard G l e n c o e Stockman Regional Health Services. The organist was Diane Anderson, and soloist Bob Becker sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “Near the Cross,” “Borning Cry” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Military honors were by Plato American Legion Post 641. Honorary pallbearers were Mr. Stockman’s grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dan Rehmann, Michael Stockman, Bill Schrupp, James Stockman, Rick Stockman and Bill Braunworth. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Stockman was born April 2, 1943, in Glencoe, to Alfred and Annie (Olson) Stockman. He was baptized as an infant on May 2, 1943, by the Rev. John Bunge ,and confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1957, by the Rev. W.A. Koch, both at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. He received his education in Glencoe and graduated with the Glencoe High School class of 1961. Mr. Stockman entered active military service in the U.S. Navy in 1961, and served his country in Nova Scotia. He received an honorable discharge in 1963. On Dec. 5, 1964, Mr. Stockman was united in marriage to Marjorie “Margie” Schrupp by the Rev. R.L. Reith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America (NYA). Mr. Stockman grew up on the family farm in rural Plato, where the Stockmans made their home. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Todd, Tammy, Trisha and Tony. The Stockmans shared over 48 years of marriage. Mr. Stockman was a dairy farmer with Holstein cattle. He also drove truck for Stockman Transfer. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato, where he served on the church council. He also was a member of the Plato American Legion Post 641. Mr. Stockman enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing Sheephead and spending time at the lake. He also was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He cherished the time spent with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie “Margie” Stockman of Plato; children, Todd (Sabrina) Stockman of Canby, Tammy (Hans) Knutson of Hutchinson, Trisha (Curt) Olson of St. Louis Park, and Tony Stockman of Plato; grandchildren, Tabitha and Tiffini Stockman, Isabelle and Axel Knutson, Abigail and Lindsey Olson, and Madelyn and Makaisa Stockman; mother-in-law, Evelyn Schrupp of NYA; siblings, Orlin Stockman of Plato, Howard (Mavis) Stockman of Green Isle, Loren (Barb) Stockman of NYA, Ruth Brelje of Parkers Prairie, Donna Schmidt of Glencoe, and Harris Stockman of Pine River; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda (Gary) Rehmann of Lester Prairie, Jane (Duane) Pieschke of NYA, Cindy (Mark) Noennig of Sabin, Lori (Rod) Manthey of NYA, Bill Schrupp of NYA, and Linda Schrupp of Waterford, Mich.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Alfred and Annie Stockman; father-inlaw, Leslie Schrupp; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald Schmidt, Herbert Brelje, Barb Stockman, Marlys Stockman, Bonnie Stockman, Robert Schrupp and Timothy Schrupp. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
In Memory of
Stephen Roman Rosckes
May 31, 1947 – Jan. 12, 2012
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” We miss you and think of your amazing strength every day. Sadly missed by his wife, Suzanne Rosckes; children Jennifer Raether and her husband, Greg; James Rosckes and his wife, Tina; Julie Anderson and her husband, Michael; Stephanie McCluskey and her husband, Justin; grandchildren Alexis, Tanner, Kenady, Malorie; and great-grandchild Landon.
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IN MEMORY OF
Orville F. Krueger
March 5, 1934-Jan. 2, 2011
Henry E. Sondergaard, 85, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Henry Edward Sondergaard, 85, of Glencoe, were held Friday, Jan. 4, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Randy Freund officiated. Mr. Sondergaard died Dec. 30, 2012, at the Glencoe Regional H e a l t h Services l o n g - t e r m Henry E. care facility. Sondergaard The organist was Shirley Holtz, and congregational hymns were “Beautiful Savior,” “What Child is This?” and “Just As I Am.” Pallbearers were Nicholas Ohland, Christopher Ohland, Ronald Sondergaard, James Sondergaard, Rodney Weiers and Jeremy Sondergaard. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Mr. Sondergaard was born July 12, 1927, in Hutchinson, to Peder and Jensine (Jensen) Sondergaard. He was baptized on Sept. 18, 1936, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1942, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He attended country school in Collins Township. Mr. Sondergaard entered active military service in the U.S. Army on April 17, 1951, and served his country during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge on April 17, 1953. On June 25, 1955, Mr. Sondergaard was united in marriage to Mae Podratz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jay and Lona. The Sondergaards resided and farmed in rural Stewart and later moved to Glencoe. They shared 57 years of marriage. Mr. Sondergaard was a lifetime dairy farmer. He retired in 1984. He was a lifelong member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Mr. Sondergaard enjoyed fishing, playing cards and playing the accordian. He especially enjoyed going to the restaurant every afternoon where he drank coffee and visited with friends. He cherished the time he spent with his family, grandchildren and friends. Survivors include his wife, Mae Sondergaard of Glencoe; children, Jay (Jackie) Sondergaard of New Germany and Lona (Scott) Ohland of Eagan; grandchildren, Garrett Sondergaard and Isaac and Alexandra Ohland; step-grandchildren, Nicholas (Katie) Ohland of Lakeville and Christopher (Jenny) Ohland of Bloomington; stepgreat-grandchildren, Lillian Terry-Ohland and Aiden and Ella Ohland; brother, Melvin (Luella) Sondergaard of Stewart; sister-in-law, Hilda Sondergaard of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peder and Jensine Sondergaard; brothers, Arthur Sondergaard and Henry (as a toddler); sisters, Marie Otto and her husband, Herman, and Bertha Kruse and her husband, Christian. Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book area available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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Effective manure/nutrient management topic of workshop Jan. 15 in NYA
Julie Sievert Sibley County Extension Educator Grid soil sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizers. What about the concept of using this technology for use in distributing manure? The University of Minnesota Extension in Sibley and Carver counties is hosting a workshop at the Hillcrest Café in Norwood Young America Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on using grid sampling for distributing manure. With escalating prices of commercial fertilizer, the opportunity of capitalizing on manure for its nutrient value is being recognized. Utilizing this valuable asset with the information grid soil sampling provides us allows us to maximize the economic value of the manure. Focusing manure applications in field areas where phosphorus and potassium are needed, and shifting excess manure to other fields, improves the value of manure as a fertilizer replacement and reduces nutrients in runoff. Manure presents challenges with varying analysis, nutrient availability, and credits based on livestock species and method of application. Learn how to manage these variables and, with grid soil sampling, enhance the value of manure on your farm. Farmers are welcome, but not required, to bring their own grid soil and manure analysis along to the workshop. Following lunch at noon, local updates will be provided by Brady Swanson, watershed coordinator for Sibley County, and by Lori Brinkman, feedlot assistant coordinator for Carver County. Swanson will discuss the effects of manure inputs into fresh water, and will discuss total maximum daily load (TMDL) projects for the High Island Creek and Rush River watersheds, that provide producers the opportunity to install best management practices through cost shares and incentives. Brinkman will introduce a proposed manure land application compliance program geared toward surface manure applications in Carver County. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 10 a.m. There is no admission fee for this workshop. A meal will be provided. Preregistration requested to assist with meal counts, but not required. For registration or further information, please call the Sibley County Extension Office at 507-237-4100 or email Julie Sievert at schu0944@umn.edu.
Pastor’s Corner
Make a Difference
e should ask ourselves every day what we can do to make a positive change in the world. This doesn’t mean that we have to do something earth-shattering or radical every day, but we should do what we can, remembering that more is expected of those to whom much is given. Sometimes a positive change can come from something as simple as a smile or a kind word, and other times it may require significant effort or risk. One way to bring about positive change is to be a good role model or a mentor. If you work as a teacher or in the creative arts, you have a tremendous power to change people’s lives. But even if you simply work in some area where you interact with people regularly, you can have a tremendous impact, for good or ill. If you have bigger plans about how to make a positive change in the world, such as doing volunteer work or starting a charitable organization, get started immediately, rather than waiting until you feel ready. Chances are, you will never be absolutely ready or know everything you need to know in order to get started without a hitch. We learn best by jumping in and doing. So, don’t wait to change the world. Now is the time to start and you are as ready as you need to be to make a difference in the world.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, page 9
Churches
BEREAN BAPTIST Corner of 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Glencoe Johnathon Pixler, Interim pastor Call 320-864-6113 Call Jan at 320-864-3387 for women’s Bible study Wed., Jan. 9 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Jan. 9 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; chapel communion service, 1:30 p.m.; televised worship service on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 6:30 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Rachel Circle at Linda Roisum home, 9 a.m.; “Unbinding the Gospel” training and prayer team meeting, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school and adult education, 9:30 a.m.; commissioning of lay ministry leaders at 8:15 a.m. service. Mon, Jan. 14 — Quilting, fellowship hall, 1 p.m.; televised worship service, 3 p.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Ladies fellowship, Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; Minnesota Valley Conference pastors at CLC, 9 a.m.; Sarah Circle, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Jan. 9 — Two-hour late start for school; no evening prayer; Mass, 6 p.m.; kindergarten through sixthgrade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11thgrade religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Mass at GRHSLTC, 10:30 a.m.; no worship and spiritual life committee meeting. Fri., Jan. 11 — No Mass, no Spanish Mass. Sat., Jan. 12 — Moms’ group rosary, 9 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; KC free-throw contest after Mass; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious education classes, 12:45 p.m.; take down Christmas decorations, 1 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14 — No Mass; scheduling of liturgical ministers begins; Mission Club, 1:30 p.m.; Schoenestatt girls’ group meeting, 3 p.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — No Mass; junior choir practice, 2:50 p.m.; KC meeting, 7:30 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Jan. 9 — Women’s fellowship executive board, 5:30 p.m.; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Bible study, 9:30; trustees meeting, 6:30 p.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; new member class, 6:15 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Chapel at Grand Meadows, 1:30 p.m.; cemetery board, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; contemporary worship with communion, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1407 Cedar Ave. N., Glencoe Rev. James F. Gomez, Pastor Matthew Harwell, Director of Christian Education E-mail: office@gslcglencoe.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.; council at Pizza Ranch, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Circuit pastors at Our Savior, Hutchinson, 8:30 a.m.; DCE cluster at Mocha Monkey, Waconia, 10:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 11 — (un)Paved Ministeries youth gathering, Mayer Lutheran High School. Sat., Jan. 12 — (un)Paved Ministeries continues. Sun., Jan. 13 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; ladies guild, 10:15 a.m.; Financial Peace University, 5:30 p.m.; no LIVE. Tues., Jan. 15 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Jan. 9 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Bible study at Grand Meadows, 2 p.m.; Jesus Cares Ministry, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m.; Card Clan, 2 p.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: Pastor@GraceBrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Council meeting, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 8:45 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; deacons’ meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — No office hours for pastor; Parkview Bible study, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study, Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; Channel 8 video. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Bingo, 6:30 p.m.; bring item for food shelf. Fri, Jan. 11 — Classic movie night, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12 — Children’s matinee, 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study, Sunday school, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Jan. 9 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12 — Esther Circle, 9 a.m.; no worship. Sun., Jan. 13 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Conference pastors’ meeting at Christ Lutheran, Glencoe, 9 a.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Jan. 9 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Jan. 13 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 10 a.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN 216 McLeod Ave. N., Plato Bruce Laabs, Pastor 320-238-2550 E-mail: stjlplato@embarqmail.com www.christ-4-u.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Midweek, 6 p.m.; church council, 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., Jan. 13 — “Time of Grace,” TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m.; Thrivent dinner, 11:10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Belle Plaine and Arlington visits. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Jan. 9 — Men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation class, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; youth fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; fellowship time, 11 a.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Jan. 9 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship time, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:20 a.m. Wed.-Sat., Jan. 16-19 — Pictorial directory pictures. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Jan. 9 — Confirmation, discipleship class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Jan. 9 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; adult Bible classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 10 a.m. with fellowship after service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Fri., Jan. 11 — No Mass. Sat. Jan. 12 — Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; take down Christmas decorations, 8 a.m. Tues., Jan. 15 — Mass, 8 a.m.; adoration, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.; KC meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 16 — No Mass; firstthrough sixth-grade religious education, 5:30 p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade religious education classes, 7:15 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Second Ave. S. Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S., Lester Prairie David R. Erbel, pastor Sun., Jan. 13 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m.
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Young scientists
Students from First Lutheran School of Glencoe set up their science fair projects Friday for judging over the weekend. This project by Nathan Welch, called “In What Liquids Will Ice Sink?” concludes that some ice is less dense than some liquids. Setting up containers of different liquids are, from front to back, Aubrey Giesen, Tarin Michaelis, Welch and Jessica Alsleben.
Obituary Gertrude M. Droege, 96, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Gertrude Magdalena (Buckentin) Droege, 96, of Glencoe and formerly of Hamburg, were held Friday, Jan. 4, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. The Rev. Donald Andrix officiated. M r s . D r o e g e p a s s e d Gertrude away to be Droege with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care facility. The organist was Cheryl Andrix, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “In the Garden” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” The congregational hymns were “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “For All the Saints.” Pallbearers were Craig Droege, Brent Dammann, Gene Buckentin, Darvin Raether, Willis Herrmann and Jerome Herrmann. Interment was in the church cemetery. Gertrude Magdalena Buckentin was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Young America Township, to William and Martha (Harms) Buckentin. She was baptized as an infant on Oct. 15, 1916, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 13, 1930, both by the Rev. H.J. Boumann at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 73:25-26. She attended parochial school in Hamburg and later public school. On June 19, 1938, Gertrude Buckentin was united in marriage to Edwin Droege by the Rev. H.J. Boumann at Emanuel Lutheran Church. The Droeges made their home in Hamburg. In 2002, she moved to Millie Beneke Manor and then in March 2011, she entered Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care, both in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Delmer and Karen. The Droeges shared over 39 years of marriage, before Mr. Droege died on Feb. 26, 1978. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Mrs. Droege worked at the Hamburg Post Office for 20 years and then the Paul-McBride Funeral Home for 15 years, retiring in 1995. She was a lifelong and faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where she was a part of the quilting group. Mrs. Droege enjoyed quilting, her garden, flowers and playing cards. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her children, Delmer Droege of Hamburg, and his special friend, LaVonne Laabs, of Green Isle, and Karen (Allan) Dammann of Perham; grandchildren, Cynthia (Paul) Sikorski of Rosemount, Craig Droege of Norwood Young America, Denise (Larry) Heckmann of Waconia, Renae (Jon) Kaliher of Fergus Falls, and Brent (Amy) Dammann of West Fargo, N.D.; great-grandchildren, Carter and Joshua Sikorski, Cortney (Luke) Minger, Madison Heckmann, and Samuel and Olivia Kaliher; sister-in-law, Harriet Droege of Fort Myers, Fla.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Martha Buckentin; husband, Edwin Droege; fatherin-law and mother-in-law, Heinrich and Martha Droege; brothers, Edward Buckentin and his wife, Bertha, William Buckentin and his wife, Malinda, Herman Buckentin and his wife, Clara, and Albert Buckentin and his wife, Esther; sisters, Ella Mehlhop and her husband, John, Bertha Lange and her husband, Walter, Martha Raether and her husband, Emil, and Anna Herrmann and her husband, Arthur; sister-in-law, Esther Buckentin; and brother-in-law, Henry Droege. Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.
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the general fund. “It helps keep our taxes down, and it didn’t cost the city a penny,” said Becker. The water tower and treatment plant came as a comprehensive project to address high arsenic levels in the city’s drinking water. While some city money went into that project, Becker and his fellow council members worked hard to get state and federal funding to pay the lion’s share of the cost. Becker worked with the U.S. senator at the time, Norm Coleman, and local legislator Laura Brod. “They really went to bat for us,” Becker said of Coleman’s and Brod’s efforts. “They were really there for us.” Those efforts paid off with about $500,000 in federal funds and $300,000 from the state, leaving New Auburn to pay for about half of the $1.5 million project. Becker also is proud of how the city pulled off its sesquicentennial (150th) celebration. “We started planning that two to three years in advance,” said Becker. “It was very organized, and I think people enjoyed it.” ***** Not everything that happens in New Auburn is related to government. Becker also is proud of other improvements in the community, such as Security Bank & Trust’s building of a branch in the community, new apartments during the 1990s, and the restoration of High Island Lake. Like most small towns, businesses come and go: the local VFW building is now a private bar, and a convenience store and gas station were built in the town. Although that is currently closed, Becker said there are people interested in re-opening it. And, of course, he is grateful for the people. “For the most part, we’ve had good people to work with,” said Becker. ***** Although his tenure in city government is coming to an end, Becker said his involvement in the community will continue in other ways. “If the city needs something, and I can help out, I’ll be there,” said Becker. Otherwise, he’s looking forward to fewer night-time phone calls from constituents and more time with his family, which includes his wife, Kathy, and his children, Wendy of Sweden, Tim of New Auburn, Cindy of Glencoe, Kari of New Auburn and Ryan of Lester Prairie, as well as 10 grandchildren.
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Judges sworn in for new terms
McLeod County District Court judges Michael Savre, center, and Terrence Conkel, right, were sworn in for new six-year terms on the bench Wednesday morning. Doing the honors was Karen Messner, McLeod County court administrator. Judge Conkel was first appointed to the 1st District Court in August 1998 by Gov. Arne Carlson. He was re-elected for his third term in November. Judge Savre was first appointed in April 2004 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and re-elected in 2006 and in November.
Charges against deputy dismissed
Criminal charges against McLeod County Sheriff Deputy Mark Eischens have been dismissed. Eischens had been indicted by a grand jury Oct. 19 on four separate charges that resulted from the discharge of his weapon while he and other members of an emergency response team were executing a search warrant in April 2012. Eischens faced a felony charge of assault in the second degree — dangerous weapon and a felony charge of possessing a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm that endangered safety. He also faced a misdemeanor charge of assault in the fifth degree — inflict or attempt bodily harm; and a misdemeanor charge of dangerous weapons — recklessly handle or use. The case had been scheduled for a jury trial Monday in McLeod County District Court, but the trial was cancelled after the charges were dropped. Sibley County Attorney David Schauer, who was the prosecutor because Eischens is a county employee, said in a court filing that “the state does not believe the case can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.” Schauer’s filing dismissed the charges, with approval from a district court judge. According to court documents, the team had made entry, and Eischens heard a “thud” or a “bang” just as Harry Lee Ondracek, 58, of rural Glencoe, had come around a corner and emerged into view. Eischens asserted that he thought Ondracek had fired a weapon, and fired his in return in self-defense. It was later determined that Ondracek was unarmed. Ondracek was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained, and later released and booked into the McLeod County Jail on a fifth-degree charge of possession of a controlled substance. Eischens has been on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the court proceedings.
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2012 was indeed warmer than 2011
Robert Thurn, The Chronicle weather observer, indicated the yearly 2012 temperatures were indeed warmer, by a sizeable margin, over 2011. In his year-end statistics, Thurn said rainfall in 2012 was 29.67 inches, compared to 22 inches in 2011. Snowfall in 2012 was 27.67 inches compared to 42.9 inches in 2011. The high in 2012 came on July 6 when it topped out at 100. The high in 2011 was 101 on June 7 and again on July 11. The low in 2012 was 16 below on Jan. 19. The low in 2011 also came in January at 30 below on Jan. 21. The average mean temperature for 2012 was 60 degrees, compared to 55 degrees in 2011. The average low was 38 degrees in 2012 compared to 35 degrees in 2011. The average mean temperature for the year was 49 in 2012 compared to 45 in 2011. His December 2012 totals included a high of 53 on Dec. 3 with a low of 10 below on Dec. 25 and Dec. 31. There was .29 inches of rain recorded in December and 13.6 inches of snow.
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