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Girls on a roll
GSL FFA group prepares for national trip Panther volleyball team wins 3rd in row to Louisville
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The McLeod County
Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 116, No. 41
‘Want to get my money’s worth’
Krueger, helpers continue to ‘pack’ for Minnesota Nice, troops sent overseas
By Rich Glennie Editor inda Krueger was pulling items out of a box like a magician pulls an endless scarf from a top hat. There were hygiene items, Tylenol, tooth brushes and tooth paste, food, snacks, socks, sunscreen, packets of coffee, popcorn, sugar, gum, candy, cards, Q-Tips, hand sanitizers .... The audience at the First Congregational Church basement last Tuesday night was amazed at the endless supply of items packed in a flat-rate box from the U.S. Post Office. “I like to get my money’s worth,” Krueger said of her bulging packages she sends to troops overseas under the auspices of the Operation Minnesota Nice program. She sent 111 of the packages last holiday season, and already is working on this year’s packages. Joining her in the venture are Colleen Benjamin, whose son served two tours in Iraq, and LaDonna Stuber. They have become experts in packing the maximum into the boxes for shipment overseas. “If the packages aren’t
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bulging, Linda’s not happy!” Krueger said with self-deprecating humor. Benjamin did not disagree. Krueger and Benjamin, along with her son, Ryan Benjamin, were invited to talk to the First Congregational group that will help raise donations for the Operation Minnesota Nice project. Krueger said her aim is to provide something to servicemen and women who are far away from home during the holidays. “They are very appreciative,” Krueger said. She knows that because she has received letters and e-mails from recipients over the past several years. Ryan Benjamin, who left the Army in 2011 after tours in Iraq, agreed. “Everything we got was appreciated” and shared with comrades. He said with the Christmas packages, and the various holidays items packed into them, was a time when soldiers could have some fun “and let off steam and enjoy ourselves” before getting back to the jobs at hand in the war zone. Krueger said each soldier also gets a card from her expressing her thanks for their
service to the country, and adds, “you are our hero.” She said it is her way of reminding them they are not forgotten at home. “I do not do this for the thank yous,” Krueger stressed. But when they do receive a thank you note from a recipient of one of the packages, “we’re excited to hear they got our package. “It’s a sentimental project for me,” Krueger admitted, “and I usually cry a lot” after reading a return note or email. Krueger said the local participation in Operation Minnesota Nice is only around the holidays, usually beginning in November. “It takes about two weeks for the packages to reach the soldiers if the packages beat the holiday mail rush,” she added. With her helpers, Colleen Benjamin and Stuber, Krueger said they “do a little here and little there,” or set a night in which they put together a number of packages. While she does not need additional help packaging, she is always on the lookout for good bargains and dona-
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
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Colleen Benjamin, left, and Linda Krueger demonstrated what goes into their Operation Minnesota Nice packages for the troops last week at a talk with members of First Congregational Church in Glencoe.
The two were invited to speak about their program as the church members work to help their local efforts with donations of money for postage as well as with donated items for this year’s holiday efforts.
GSL Board, principals agree to new contracts
By Rich Glennie Editor The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board on Monday night hired a new assistant elementary principal and came to terms on new two-year contracts with all the principals as well as the community education director. The newest administrative staff member is Diane Schultz, who will be assistant principal at Lakeside Elementary in Silver Lake. Schultz replaces Michelle Wang, who resigned right before the start of the new school year. Schultz‘s two-year contract calls for a salary of $73,167 in 2013-14 and $74,631 in 2014-15. The other two-year contracts are for GSL High School Principal Paul Sparby, Assistant Secondary Principal Dan Svoboda, Elementary Principal Bill Butler and Community Education Director Tina Schauer. All received a 5.07 percent increase in salary and benefits over the two-year contracts. Sparby will make $105,185 in 201314 and $107,288 in 2014-15; Butler $96,598 in 2013-14 and $98,530 in 2014-15; and Svoboda $72,737 the first year and $74,192 in 2014-15. Schauer ’s annual salary will be $66,542 beginning July 1, 2013 to June
Record tax-forfeited properties to be offered at auction
By Lori Copler Staff Writer McLeod County will offer a record number — 59, in fact — of tax-forfeited properties for sale at a public auction Nov. 7. County Auditor-Treasurer Cindy Schultz said that in typical years, the county has eight to 10 tax-forfeited parcels that are put up for sale at auction. She reviewed the tax-forfeited properties with the County Board at its Oct. 8 meeting. This year’s offering is inflated by over 21 lots the county acquired from abandoned residential developments. Schultz said those lots are from the Winsted on the Lake addition in Winsted, the Island View Heights Fourth Addition in Hutchinson and several undeveloped lots in Glencoe. Those developments started in the middle of the 2000s, but “the developers walked away from them when the housing market crashed in 2007,” said Schultz. The lots in the Winsted development are actually part of a town-home association, said Schultz, and would likely be subjected to covenants required by the association. Other properties include residential homes, commercial property and “outlots” and abandoned railroad property throughout the county and its communities. The County Board set minimum bid amounts for each of the properties. Some also have assessments against them for unpaid utility bills or street or utility improvement projects, and Schultz said those assessments would either have to be paid when the property is sold, or the city councils in the involved cities would need to waive them.
Chronicle photo by Lori Copler
Harvest well under way
Warm, breezy weather last week found most area farmers out in their fields, bringing in this year’s crops. Above, Justin Lindeman combines a field of soybeans just south of Brownton. The soybean harvest is drawing to completion, and the corn harvest is well under way, although rain early this week may slow down field work.
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Wed., 10-16 H: 55º, L: 38º Thur., 10-17 H: 54º, L: 37º Fri., 10-18 H: 50º, L: 35º Sat., 10-19 H: 47º, L: 32º Sun., 10-20 H: 52º, L: 39º
Looking back: The area received nearly an inch of rain again, but temperatures took a more fall-like turn. Date Hi Lo Rain Oct. 8 77 ......54 ..........0.00 Oct. 9 78 ......53 ..........0.00
Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14
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Legion Auxiliary meets Oct. 21
The Glencoe American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at the Glencoe Fire Hall. Lunch will be served.
Oct. 21 meeting of Study Club
The Glencoe Study Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at the home of Karen Wendlandt. The program will be presented by Deloris Gustafson.
Legion Council to meet Oct. 29
The McLeod County Council of the American Legion and Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. The Brownton Post will be the host for this meeting.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Scholastic Book Fair coming
Helen Baker Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also on Friday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Helen Baker gym. The theme this year is “Reading Oasis … A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books!” Visit the fair and have a chance to win free Scholastic books or merchandise. Everyone is welcome.
First Lutheran Principal Craig Kohls, above, led the school’s student body on its annual marathon walk to raise money for nonpublic school education last Thursday afternoon. At right, Lily Schmitt and Taylor Kaczmarek held the St. Pius X Catholic School banner, “Paving the Way with Prayer,” as the Catholic students held their marathon for nonpublic school education on Friday morning. Both groups experienced balmy fall weather.
Legion, Auxiliary to meet
The Stewart American Legion and Auxiliary will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Stewart Community Center. Hostesses will be Joyce Markgraf and Jamie Olson Guiterrez.
Trick-or-treaters welcome
Millie Beneke Manor announced it will welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Pinske Edge to be honored
The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Manufacturing Summit at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at The Pinske Edge, 119 Main Street, Plato. The Pinske Edge/Plato Custom Concepts, owned by Tom Pinske, will be honored by the chamber as its 2013 Manufacturer of the Year. The event, with guest speakers Pinske and John Shoffner, director of business development for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), includes a tour of the facility. Those attending should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 25, by calling the chamber at 864-3650.
Woodworking club in Glencoe? Meeting Nov. 7
By Rich Glennie Editor Rick Corrick, a retired industrial technology teacher at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, has a passion for woodworking and is looking for like-minded people. Corrick wants to start a woodworking club, and he is trying to find out if there is enough interest. If so, there may be an opportunity to start a local woodworking club, possibly in some vacant rooms at the Glencoe City Center. In testing the waters, Corrick has scheduled a 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, meeting in the senior room of the Glencoe City Center. So what is a woodworking club? Corrick said it is a place “to hang out,” have the coffee pot on, talk, play cards and work on projects together. “We want people who have a passion to make stuff,” Corrick said. It can be people with all levels of abilities, or no ability. “We’ll train them. No experience is needed.” The club would require a six-hour course taught by Corrick — three two-hour evening sessions — in order to be properly trained on the equipment, to learn the safety rules and for orientation. Plans are to hold the club meetings and work sessions in two rooms at the City Center, on the west side of the center’s main floor. If there is enough interest, Corrick said a request will be made to the Glencoe City Center Board to use the rooms. The next City Center Board meeting is Nov. 12. Basic woodworking equipment will be needed, and fundraising may be needed. To be purchased would be equipment like table saws with “saw stop” capabilities, so as not to cut fingers and hands, larger mitre boxes and dust collectors. If plans go forward, sessions could be held as often as daily in late afternoons or early evenings, and the club is not exclusively for retirees, but anyone 18 and older who completes the six hours of training. The only cost to the city might be some for the electrical costs, Corrick said, and there would be yearly club membership dues to help maintain the equipment. He said he is working off a model of a similar club in Sun City, Ariz. There will be some kind of board of directors, Corrick added. In a bit of irony, Corrick said, meeting on Nov. 7 in the senior room will be in “the old woodworking room of Glencoe High School.” Anyone interested in more information or having questions can contact Corrick at 320-266-4060.
Plato blood drive Oct. 31
The Plato Lions Club will sponsor a Plato blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, at Crossroads West Church, on Hwy. 212 in Plato. To make an appointment, contact Ken or Myra Franke at 238-2370.
Lions sausage supper Oct. 24
The Glencoe Lions Club will host its annual all-youcan-eat sausage/ham supper at the Pla-Mor Ballroom from 4:31 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. Participants are asked to bring a food item for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Collection boxes also will be available for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Franklin Printing, Hite Hardware and from any Lions member. The proceeds from the supper help support Lions community projects.
Relay For Life sale Oct. 26
The Bumps Stop Here Relay for Life team appreciates everyone for their continued support this year, according to Lori Cacka. The team raised over $16,000 for the American Cancer Society this year. “We are having a vendor, craft and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at First Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available. “A percent of all proceeds go to our relay team,” Cacka said. “With your continued support, we hope that some day we will live in a world without cancer,” she added.
Thrivent annual meeting set
All Thrivent members are invited to the annual/election meeting on Sunday, Oct 20, at 4 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. A recap of 2013 chapter events will be presented, board elections will be held and a catered meal served. Please RSVP to Cindy at 2382148 or cindye@hutchtel.net asap.
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Caregiver group sets meeting
The Glencoe caregiver discussion group will meet at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Grand Meadows, 1420 Prairie Ave., Glencoe. Caregiving tips will be the ongoing discussion. Call Jan Novotny, caregiver coordinator, at 320-894-0479 or 1-800-488-4146. Nathan Unseth, volunteer program facilitator, can be reached at 320-2374198.
Glencoe seniors to meet
The Glencoe Senior Citizens group will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, at 12:30 p.m., 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. The group also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
County senior meeting set
The McLeod County senior citizens will hold their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m., in the Brownton Community Center. Cards will be played after the meeting. For questions, call 320-327-2499. 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.
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MCHS annual meeting set for Oct. 28; mystery tour slated Oct. 30
The 2013 annual meeting of the McLeod County Historical Society will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m., at the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum educational meeting room. A meal will be catered by Joanie’s Catering starting at 6 p.m., followed by the annual theme presentation, “Murder and Mayhem in McLeod County,” by Scott Rehmann. The board of directors and staff will present this year’s donor of the year award, volunteer of the year award, and its newest seventh-grade history project award winners. The museum’s executive board will hold a short business meeting of board member introductions and the election of open spots for the 2014 board of directors. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 24. The “Murder & Mayhem Mystery Tour” is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting at the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum. All year long, the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum have been bringing you the true stories of murder in McLeod County. From Halloween tricksters to star-crossed lovers, each of these murder cases happened right here in McLeod County. Now participants can have a front row seat to the places all of this mayhem occurred, with the Mystery and Mayhem Tour. “If you and your family are looking for a little Halloween fun with a side of history, then this is the tour for you,” said Lori PickellStangel, museum executive director. McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann will be the tour guide to terror as he highlights each of the mystery tour locations, and what he has uncovered in his research over the years. The museum has featured 18 different murders that occurred in the county between 1881 and 1959. Of these 18 murders, only a few of the most notorious will be a part of the Halloween murder tour. Although many of these murders occurred almost 100 years ago, the murderous motives could be ripped from the headlines today, with love, greed, and insanity playing key roles in each of the plots. “Many of the streets, buildings and roads each of us travel every day, were once the scene to murder,” Pickell-Stangel said. “After taking the Murder and Mayhem Tour, you may never look at the history of McLeod County the same again.” Tour tickets include: coach bus seat, dinner at a mystery restaurant and entry into the “Murder and Mayhem” booklet drawing.
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Delegates looking forward to national FFA convention
Final fundraiser, send-off dinner set Oct. 23
By Lori Copler Staff Writer ight members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA Chapter are eagerly looking forward to the national FFA convention set Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The convention will be the culmination of months of planning and fundraising for the eight, which includes Maddie Kuehn, Derek Ortloff, Samantha Lange, Matthew Dahlke, Thomas Becker, Zach Pierson, Kristen Barott and Samantha Dahlke. Each of them needed to raise about $500 for the trip, but after an individual $100 down payment, the eight decided to make it a group fundraising effort, rather than an individual effort, selling candy bars and approaching businesses and organizations for donations. To date, the group has received donations from Alsleben Livestock Trucking, Sno Pros, Upper Midwest Allis Chalmers Club, Ag Star, Dubbs, McLeod County Agricultural Association, Carver County Pork Producers, New Auburn VFW, Jungclaus Equipment, Glencoe Co-op, First Minnesota Bank and the John Deere Tractor Club. “We can’t begin to thank our sponsors enough,” said GSL FFA adviser Becky Haddad.
They are hoping their final fundraising boost — a sendoff dinner Oct. 23 — will put them over the edge on their fundraising efforts. The send-off dinner will be held at Dubbs in Glencoe, and will be an all-you-can-eat ribs and chicken dinner, served Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The group prefers that tickets are bought in advance for a rough head count, but they can also be bought at the door that evening. ***** Five of the eight attendees will be attending the national convention for the second straight year, and brought back good reports for their fellow FFA members. “It was a great time,” said Lange of the 2012 convention, which was held in Indianapolis. Along with general business sessions, the national convention attendees heard motivational speakers, attended a career fair and took part in other sessions. They also had the chance to tour Indianapolis, including the Speedway and other attractions. And, they said, they got to interact with fellow FFAers from all over the nation, meeting people from as far away as Alaska, Texas and New York. The 2013 national convention in Louisville offers a great line-up, too, this year’s
attendees said. The eight will board a coach bus at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and will arrive in Louisville at about noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30. On the way, they will visit a honey farm in Martinsville, Ind. The opening session of the national convention will be Wednesday, Oct. 30, and will be followed by a concert by country music star Dierks Bentley. Thursday’s events include tours of the Louisville Slugger factory, the Kentucky Horse Park, convention activities, the FFA expo and career fair and then the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Friday is dedicated almost exclusively to convention activities, including hearing from Joe Torillo, a New York firefighter who was buried, twice, in the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Convention business finishes up on Saturday and the students will depart for home at about 12:30 p.m., arriving back in Glencoe in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3. ***** The eight attendees will serve as delegates for the GSL chapter. They were chosen through an essay and interview process by alumni of the organization.
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Auditor: GSL district had ‘a good year’ in ’13
By Rich Glennie Editor “Overall, it was a good year for the district,” said Kim Hillberg, an auditor from CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, the auditing firm for the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District. Speaking at Monday’s School Board meeting, Hillberg said the district’s general fund “looks good” and finished June 30, 2013, with a general fund balance of $5.7 million, with unrestricted reserves at $4.6 million or about 28 percent of the budget. The total general fund budget was $16.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. “The general fund is very healthy,” Hillberg said. The food service fund and community education funds also were healthy, she added, and the district’s debt service will see its last payment on the old McLeod West debt in 2014. She pointed out that the vast majority of the district’s funding comes from the state (80 percent), while local property taxes generate about 12 percent of the district’s revenues. The federal government pays about 4 percent of the district’s revenues. Hillberg said “seat counts” of students in the classrooms have declined, and costs continue to rise for special education needs. Transportation costs also have increased, and special education needs are the driving force for that as well, she said. Michelle Sander, GSL business manager, said the proposed levy for the 201415 budget will decrease by $376,699, with the removal of the McLeod West debt next school year. That will result in a 16 percent decrease in the property taxes for those residents from the former McLeod West district and a 6.6 percent drop for the rest of the district’s property owners. She said an increase in state aid will help keep district revenues the same, even with the decreases in the local levy. Sander also noted that the federal shutdown has not financially affected any district programs, yet. Asked about the state’s payback of school district funds that were shifted over the past few years, Sander said the state owed GSL $4.7 million last year, and that should be reduced to about $1.9 million by the end of the current fiscal year. She said the changes last legislative session allowed the state to get closer to its former 90 percent/10 percent formula. Ninety percent of the state aid is paid in the current fiscal year, with 10 percent withheld until the following fiscal year in order to clean up late bills from the past fiscal year. The legislative changes “really help cash flow things,” Sander said. When asked how the district gets paid, Sander said the state pays the school district twice a month throughout the year, while the local property taxes are collected and paid to the district twice a year, usually in May and October or November.
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Perhaps this country needs a second American Revolution
Our view: Our divisive leaders leading us down path of self-destruction with extreme views
erhaps we need another American Revolution in this country — not the seditious type — but one that brings back common sense to national politics. What is playing out in the halls of Congress and in the White House is insane. We need a revolution to overthrow the extremist thoughts that have dominated the national debate on just about everything. We need to return this government to people who have enough common sense to maintain and protect America’s cherished traditions; people who can overcome differences of opinions in a mature way that does not wreck this great nation. What was once unthinkable in this country has become the norm. Invading other countries. Endorsing the use of torture and detaining people in perpetuity without charges in the name of national security. Now there are thoughts about threatening our own national integrity by allowing the U.S. to default on its debts. What the heck are you politicians thinking! And even more unthinkable in this representative form of government is the growing habit of ignoring laws you do not like! Whoever would have imagined shutting down the government over the Affordable Health Care Act that was enacted into law and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court? Like it or not, it is the current law of the land. And like it or not, we are a nation of laws. The way to change a law is to get a majority of like thinkers elected to Congress and the White House and legally nullify it. Holding the country, its budget and financial credibility hostage is asinine at the best and traitorous at the worst. Who needs terrorists to threaten us, we have our own politicians! Perhaps they should all be arrested until they come to their senses. Enough of this insanity! We are angry as hell, and we should not tolerate this imbecilic behavior being
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foisted on us by our elected leaders. Grow up! Where are all our statesmen who actually have the country’s welfare first and foremost in their thoughts, and not their party affiliation or reelection? What happened to America for all Americans, not just for Republicans or Democrats? If this is a divided country ideologically, then one half or the other is always in the minority. But we are all Americans; those with differing opinions are not the enemy. How do we get past this massive roadblock of current political insanity? Compromise. Any student of American history knows that is the only way this country has survived its many divisive issues, trials and tribulations over the past 237 years. And compromise is the only way to avoid the insane direction Americans are now being led by this current inept generation of political nincompoops. So Americans, are we ready to regain control of our nation’s reins? Are we ready to tell our elected officials we have had enough of their political tantrums, enough of their shallow games of bombastic showmanship? It will be us, voters and average Americans, who will have to tell our politicians how to act. But to do that you have to lay down the remote, put down the joy sticks, and get off the couch. You need to get involved. Whether it is starting a new third party, embracing a current third party or just contacting your elected officials to tell them to do their jobs, people need to start paying attention to the current nihilistic behavior going on in Washington, D.C. So let us get rid of all the uncompromising bums, and let us get back to the fundamentals that have kept this country great. Elect some “real leaders” with some common sense in 2014. — R.G.
Volunteerism alive, well in small towns
In the big scheme of things, news of the Vikings stadium plans being too expensive for the $975 million budget seems ..., well, incredulous. Now add in the incredibly expensive Southwest Corridor light rail transit project ... another $1.55 billion ... all with it tax dollars, either federal or state, that will serve so few. Then toss in the country teetering on the brink of financial disaster with a $17 trillion deficit, and all the bickering politicians playing “chicken” with the country’s integrity and ability to pay its obligations. Then add in a partially shutdown federal government because party ideologues cannot get their way, and it is enough to make a sane person want to run, pulling their hair out while screaming in a cow pasture. Somehow, with all this insanity floating around us, we often forget the people who do some simple acts of kindness that impact us far more than the glitz and glamor of these big-dollar projects and problems. Take for example, Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber, three area women who pack “CARE” packages for soldiers overseas who might not get anything from home over the coming holidays. Not only are the youngsters enthusiastic, but the donors are generous as well. And there are countless volunteers throughout the school districts, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, food shelf in our communities, who often go unnoticed, yet do not mind. They volunteer their time and talents because they want to, and ask for nothing in return. Walking down the street the other day, I ran into a large group of youngsters who were taking up the whole sidewalk. Found out they had just raked a person’s yard down the street as part of a community service project through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and had a good time doing it. There is something wonderful about small towns. In this often jaded world we live in where priorities are often mixed up, it is nice to know there are still well-grounded people around who put things into perspective. They walk the talk of “We are here on earth to help each other.” The real values lie in small communities around this great nation who have the most important commodity — people who care, and they do not need millions of dollars to do it.
Rich Glennie
They do it because they love to do it, and they are very good at it. It is amazing what these three ladies can pack into a flat-rate U.S. Postal Service box. No space is left unfilled. The joy these packages bring is often untold, but when the three get a reply from a recipient in Iraq, or now Afghanistan, they are genuine and heartfelt thanks — thanks for remembering them and the service they are doing for this country. There are other countless community volunteer activities going on as well. Two that occurred last week were the parochial school marathons at First Lutheran and St. Pius X schools that raise thousands of dollars each year to support religious education.
Letters to Editor Readers, take a stand against domestic violence
To the Editor: We invite readers to take a stand against domestic violence. October has been designated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence encourages readers to learn more about how to end family violence. Domestic violence is a problem that is too often kept quiet, or ends with devastating results. The human cost is staggering. So far in Minnesota in 2013, at least 21 women, five men and six friends or family members have been killed as a result of domestic violence. Last year, McLeod Alliance provided domestic violence services to 265 people in our community. Our community’s response is critical both for victims' safety and perpetrator accountability. People suffering from family abuse must be provided protection and given the support necessary to improve their circumstances. Perpetrators must be held accountable for their violence and be given appropriate penalties that require changes in their behavior. Ending domestic violence takes neighbors, business owners and faith communities willing to get involved and to provide a circle of support. It takes families, friends, neighbors and co-workers saying, “We will do what it takes to stop the cycle of violence and abuse.” Please join our efforts to stop the violence and reinforce support for programs that focus on safety for families in our community. By assuring that each individual is valued and supported, we may be able to stop, or at least interrupt, the cycle of abuse, neglect and violence. Let’s do it for all the Minnesotans who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with abuse, please seek assistance from law enforcement or a domestic violence program. You may contact us at 320-234-7933 or toll free at 800-934-0851. McLeod Alliance is also on Facebook. We thank you for your time, interest and support to families living with domestic violence in McLeod County and in Minnesota. Glynis Vacek Advocacy coordinator McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Abuse
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Letters to Editor DFLers taking credit where it is not due
To the Editor: Recently, I’ve been seeing some pretty creative attempts by my friends in the majority to take credit for the hundreds of millions of dollars that were recently repaid to schools as a part of paying down the school shift. Let’s be clear: Democrats promised the people of Minnesota that they would prioritize paying back our schools. House Democrats made school shift payback House File 1 — the first bill of the session — indicating they were serious about paying back our schools to fulfill their promise. However, they failed to pass HF1. In fact, it was never even brought to the floor or voted on, and was never given a committee hearing. When push came to shove, Democrats declined to use even $1 from the $2 billion in new taxes they raised on the hardworking people of Minnesota to make good on that promise. They simply couldn’t say no to their far-left special interest allies who were demanding new out-of-control spending. Simply put, Democrats failed to deliver on their No. 1 priority, and broke a promise to the people of Minnesota. Instead, they chose to use surplus revenue generated from the 2011 GOP budget. Over the past two years, the Republican budget — which was certified last week — has generated more than $3 billion dollars in greaterthan-expected revenue. That’s right: without raising taxes, the Republican budget brought in more money than the Democrat budget did with its $2 billion dollar tax increase. Democrats fought the Republican budget tooth and nail. Gov. Dayton said back in 2011 that Republicans “owned” the budget, and were responsible for it. So to me it’s pretty disingenuous for Democrats to hold a press conference, as they did last week, touting the school shift payback that relied on revenue generated from a budget they fought against. It’s taking credit where credit is not due. It’s bad enough to break a promise to Minnesotans — it’s even worse when you try to cover it up by taking credit for the work of others. Minnesotans deserve better. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen R-Glencoe
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New multi-purpose room
The new multi-function room at Lincoln Junior High was the site of Monday night’s Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board meeting. The room, designed primarily to be the new computer lab at the school, can be used for a variety of functions, according to Michelle Sander, school district business manager. Furniture and computers will be ordered once the project is completed. Sander also said additional lighting was included in the remodeling of the school bathrooms, and the exterior brick work on the new Early Childhood/Learning Readiness addition has begun. The windows cannot be installed until the brick work is completed, she said. Studs for the interior walls in the addition also have been erected, Sander said. The ECFE addition is on schedule for an end-of-the-year completion. “It is exciting to see all the progress,” Sander added.
Guest opinion:
Time for a national intervention
By Lee H. Hamilton The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the U.S. government and the security and safety of the American people. Three years of lastminute spending decisions have culminated in a television standoff with no actual negotiations. Too many members of Congress reject the notion that accommodation and time-honored procedures allow them to fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. They use their legislative skill to engage in brinksmanship rather than address the country’s fundamental problems. Economic growth? Creating jobs? Putting the federal budget on a sustainable path? Don’t look to Congress. They’re too busy coming up with the next short-term tactic to confront the other side. Every day they dither, they keep the government from addressing the nation’s real problems. Even worse, they’ve managed to raise real questions in this country and abroad about whether our system of government can work. Are we saddled with a national legislature paralyzed by unending conflict? Are we capable of tackling our major problems? We are on the road to a government that cannot plan, a country shackled by perpetual uncertainty, and a loss of faith in our institutions both at home and abroad. We do not have to continue down that road, but we do have to confront a core problem. The political center in Congress has weakened to the point of ineffectiveness, if not near-irrelevance. That’s fine with some people in Washington, who are comfortable with gridlock and don’t think its consequences will be dire. Our government’s inability to deal with problems, they argue, is good — a government that’s able to act, they believe, creates more problems than it solves. Likewise, some people acknowledge polarization as a problem, but blame it on an electorate that prefers a divided government, split between the parties. All I can say is that divided government in the past — think Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill — didn’t keep Congress from creatively addressing national challenges. Divided government is not easy, but it is not unusual and it can work. Politicians don’t deserve all the blame. Voters share responsibility: more people have to turn out to vote. The more people who vote, the better the chances to strengthen the political center — that is, moderates and pragmatists. That’s because low turnout brings out the most ideologically intense voters, who in turn reward the most polarizing candidates. A Congress more representative of the American people rests on expanding efforts to convince people to vote, and beating back the barriers to voting. The second solution lies with members of Congress. Contemplating a government shutdown, a Kentucky congressman recently explained his stance by saying, “All that really matters is what my district wants.” This is not an uncommon view, but it’s a distressingly limited one. Our system depends on members who believe it’s also their responsibility to lead and inform voters, who are willing to weigh the national interest as well as parochial concerns and who have confidence in our system to resolve political differences. In other words, we need members of Congress devoted to making the system work. We need men and women in office who understand that when the voters give us a divided government, they have no choice but to accept the distribution of power and work with it, regardless of what they wish were the case. We need legislators who realize that those on the other side feel just as passionately and deserve their respect, and who are committed to finding a solution to our problems. We change laws in our democracy and solve our most difficult issues in this country not by bringing government to a halt, but by fighting out the issues before the voters in an election. At the end of the day, we have to move the country forward — and we need to elect members of Congress who are willing and able to do that. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1913 O.C. Conrad, Editor Sunday, Oct. 12, was a festal day at the German M.E. Church which will long be remembered by all who participated in the newly repaired church. The committee in charge of the repairs includes William Kreie, August Klopfleisch and J.F. Zeidler. That Brownton is blessed with more than the average share of musicians is evidenced by the fact that enough members have been secured to organize a second band. Professor Coucheron tells us he has a new class of 15 which he will bring into line of training just as soon as the new instruments arrive. The Brownton Band still has a membership of 25, and when the new musicians are significantly progressed in their training, the two bands will doubtless consolidate and give the village a hummer of a band. “Grandpa” Parrish, who has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. E.D. Hawley the past 11 years, died very suddenly Saturday afternoon. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schwarze of Sumter on Thursday of last week.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1938 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Relatives, friends and members of the Tabea Club and their families surprised Mr. and Mrs. Robert Polzin at their home Friday evening, it being their silver wedding anniversary. Henry Luebbert and his crew started work on excavating of the basement of the building to be erected west of the City Meat Market on Monday morning. The building, when completed, will be 30 feet by 70 feet and is intended for use as a restaurant. Completion is expected this fall. A very large crowd attended the grand opening of the B&A Tavern under the management of H.E. Closz on Monday evening of this week. All who attended reported a very enjoyable time and say that Mr. and Mrs. Closz are fine caterers.
Hahn and Glenn Klitzke. Leonard Pikal, Round Grove Township farmer, was elected president of the McLeod County Farmers Union at its annual convention Tuesday at the Acoma Town Hall. Senior Terry Schwartz was the only student in the top six grades at Brownton Public School to achieve a straight-A (4.0 gradepoint average) average for the first six-weeks period.
20 Years Ago
Oct. 13, 1993 Lori Copler, Editor Hutchinson’s K-9 dog unit was on patrol in the hallways of McLeod West’s Stewart Campus after Stewart Police Chief Arnie Olson received a tip that a ninth grader was selling marijuana at the school. Principal Ron Sandell said the dog stopped at four lockers, but found no marijuana, although it may have picked up a residual scent of marijuana that had been there previously. Olson said that two of the lockers the dog stopped at belonged to the alleged seller and buyer. Arthur Lindeman, 69, of Brownton, died Tuesday at the Hutchinson Community Hospital. Funeral Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1963 Charles H. Warner, Editor Brownton High School’s homecoming activities will get under way Thursday with the coronation of the queen and king. Queen candidates are Mary Abram, Charlotte Petersen and Shirley Wendlandt. King candidates are Arden Alsleben, Ron
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Fire hall fun in Brownton
Fifteen children from Noah’s Ark Preschool in Brownton visited the Brownton Fire Department Friday morning, learning some safety tips, looking at equipment and trucks, and getting a chance to spray some water before getting a ride back to the school in fire trucks. Above, Kiley Katzenmeyer, daughter of Cory McDonald and Kayla Katzenmeyer, found a firefighter’s jacket and pants to be just a little too big for her. At right, Xander Plath, son of Erik and Andrea Plath, assisted by firefighter Chris Bulau, sprayed some water from a fire hose. Fire Prevention Week was observed Oct. 6-11.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1913 A.F. Avery, Editor A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Hatten Wednesday evening, Oct. 15. Scarlet fever has made an appearance in east Collins Township. Florence, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed May, and Marguerite, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hein, have contracted the disease. Al Kamrath sold his cafe on the north side to Henry Minke of White Bear Lake. Mr. Kamrath has conducted a successful business, but suffers from asthma and is presently looking into a different line of work. A son was born Saturday, Oct. 8, to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Forcier. The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sullivan was christened Sunday at St. Boniface Church, and given the name Genevieve Helen. The Marvin Buboltz family is growing some pretty hefty carrots in their garden plot this year — one carrot was 11 inches long and measured 11 inches around the crown. Another also was 11 inches long, but only 91⁄2 inches around the crown.
35 Years Ago
Oct. 19, 1978 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor A total of 345 voters turned up at the polls for the Stewart Public School tax levy referendum on Monday, Oct. 16. The issue passed by a 75-vote margin, 210135. The approval of the ballot will allow the school district to levy for an additional $50,000 for operating purposes. Nancy Jo Kirchoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kirchoff, will be a candidate in the Miss Teenage Minnesota pageant at Bloomington Kennedy High School Oct. 19-22. A baby girl, Jennifer Angela, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brede (Kathleen Sorenson) Oct. 6. A baby daughter, Melanie Dana, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Krulikosky (Becky Scholla) Saturday, Oct. 14.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 14, 1938 Harry Koeppen, Editor Elmer and Herbert Trettin were repairing a tire at the garage on the Trettin farm near Lake Preston Sunday morning when a bullet zinged over their heads and went into the garage door within three feet of them. They heard the shot, but figured the bullet was intended for game. This is the second time a bullet has missed them, the other occasion being when one went through two windows on a machine shed. Another business change took place in Stewart last week when
50 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1963 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor The Stewart High School homecoming queen and king for 1963 are Marcia Proehl and Bert Bauer. Attendants include Roger Rettmann, Dale Buboltz, Jim Schilling, Audrey Stockman, Rosalie Grischkowsky and Sharon Ahlers. Mr. and Mrs. Marlan Matheny (Leatte Lundstrom) announce the arrival of son, born on Oct. 14. Mrs. Ida Moritz died at Glenhaven Rest Home, Glencoe, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the age of 72 years.
From The Chronicle archives
30 Years Ago
Oct. 19, 1983 Bill Ramige, Editor Construction started today on a 4,800-square-foot Tom Thumb Superette located on the site of the old Lindy’s Drive-in on Highway 212 in Glencoe. The building is expected to be completed in December. Mildred Knick of Glencoe was named woman of the year by Glencoe’s Business and Professional Women (BPW). Knick, a graduate of the Glenwood Hills School of Nursing, is employed by the Glencoe Hospital. Lori Anderson of Glencoe is among 69 Bemidji State University students selected to perform in the BSU Marching Band for the 1983-84 school year. Anderson, a freshman majoring in music, is a member of the clarinet section. The Lucky Clovers 4-H Club installed the following members as officers: Deb Perschau, president; John J. Kohnen, vice president; Jeanne Kohnen, secretary and reporter; Brad Perschau, treasurer; and Shelia Johnson, historian.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 15, 2003 Rich Glennie, Editor Under the leadership of new plant manager Tom Beringer, Glencoe’s AMPI plant won an award at the 2003 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Its lowfat, high-moisture mozzarella took third place in the farmers or non-traditional category. Dr. Chris Ripley joined Dr. William Dunbar’s dental office in Glencoe, replacing Dr. Corey Brenner. Dr. Ripley and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Ripley, met in dental school. Rebecca is working in Winsted with Dr. James Neff. They are living in Winsted. Dr. Keith DeFries joined Glencoe’s Gauer Chiropractic Clinic in May. DeFries graduated from Little Falls High School and attended St. John’s University and St. Cloud State University. He received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington.
20 Years Ago
Oct. 20, 1993 Rich Glennie, Editor Four Glencoe hunters bagged a 1,100-pound moose after less than an hour in the woods near Greenbush. The four hunters were Jayson Neubarth, Roger Neubarth, Tom Rannow and Wayne Karg, who all claimed to have shot the moose, whose antlers spanned 44 inches. Mindi Matson and Sara Hagen, two Glencoe Eagles girls’ cross country runners, were named all-conference after their strong finishes at the Wright County Conference meet in Howard Lake. Hagen finished second overall and Matson finished 12th. The top 12 runners in the field earned all-conference.
20 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday, Oct. 14, at the community center. Cards were played with the following winners: 500, Norma Albrecht, first, and Eleanora Lamp, second; pinochle, Della Schultz, first, and Leone Kujas, second; and sheephead, Lowell Brelje, first, and Elva Wendlandt, second. Gladys Rickert served refreshments. Carol Brelje won the door prize. The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. All area senior citizens are welcome.
Thurs., Oct. 17 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.; Stewart Lions. Mon., Oct. 21 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, Brownton Community Center, 1 p.m.; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 22 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Home Bound Theatre Company “Broadway Kids”, Oct. 8-22, Panther Field House in Glencoe, 3:15-4:45 p.m., call GSL Community Ed at 320-864-2690 for info. Thurs., Oct. 24 — AA Group mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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Thank You!
Thank you all for making the Grand Opening at PJ’s How 2 Spirits special.
Prize Winners are: 3rd – Wine Rack Jim Brown, NYA 2nd – 4 pk. Painted Wine Glasses Lisa Dickson, Plymouth 1st – Wine Kit Tami Lang, Glencoe Still time to sign up for Wine Making Classes. Starting Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

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Grand Meadows Assisted Living in Glencoe hosted an Oktoberfest celebration for its residents and their guests on Saturday afternoon. Wally Pikal and Harvey Becker, above, provided old-time music that brought a few couples out to dance. At left, Mabel Stockdill and Carl and Elsa Selchow enjoyed watching the dozen or so people who took a twirl around the floor to the “Chicken Dance.”
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The McLeod County DFL had an oak tree planted at Welcome Park in Glencoe in memory of Curt Rutske. Members of the group met at the site on Saturday, Oct. 12, to share memories of Rutske’s many years as a DFL activist. Rutske’s brother, Del, represented the family. In the front, from left to right, are Delbert Rutske, Don Rudy, JoEllen Kimball and Kay Hultgren. In the back are Jerilyn Shearer, Tim Tanchin, Paul Wright and Cathy Miller (behind tree).
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Serving 4:31 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • All You Care To Eat
Advance adult tickets can be purchased at: Franklin Printing, Hite Hardware, and from Lions Club members Take Out Meals Available • Take out parking near door Proceeds to be used toward Community Projects.
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Norman Grochow, 72, Broken Arrow, Okla.
A memorial service for Norman Grochow, 72, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and formerly of Brownton, will be held at a later date. Mr. Grochow died Friday, Sept. 29, 2013. B o r n March 27, 1941, in Glencoe, to Richard and Lillian Gro- Norman chow, Mr. Grochow Grochow was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. He graduated from Brownton High School. Mr. Grochow had a musical talent and furthered his abilities and education at MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. He gave piano and organ lessons to many students during his career. During his employment at Bodine’s Music Store, he also was the educational director. He was associated with the Yamaha International Music contest and took his accomplished students to Japan for competition. Mr. Grochow played the grand pipe organ at Diamond Jim’s Supper Club on Highway 13 in Lilydale as a prelude to the floor show and evening’s entertainment. At the North Star hockey games, he helped fans interact with his organ music. He was very well known in the musical world and will be remembered by many friends and relatives. Mr. Grochow suffered with Parkinson’s disease for the last 20 years. The family thanks his nurses aides for their compassion and excellent care and also the special care given while in hospice. Survivors include his brother, Wallace Grochow of Brownton; and sisters, Carol (John) Nuwash of Silver Lake and Janet Bielke of Glencoe. Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Willard Grochow.
Obituaries Louise Hammerstrom, 97, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Louise Caroline (Hoppe) Hammerstrom, 97, of Glencoe, were held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe. The Rev. L i n z y Collins Jr. officiated. M r s . Hammerstrom died W e d n e s - Louise day, Oct. 9, Hammerstrom 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services long-term care. The organist was Alice Nowak. Special music included Melvin “Sarge” Hammerstrom’s trumpet solo, “Open the Gates of the Temple” on CD. Soloist, the Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., sang “Beautiful Savior” and “Softly and Tenderly.” The congregational hymn was “God Bless America.” Honorary pallbearers were Donald Exsted, Dr. Steven Moore and Sahni Moore. Pallbearers were Bob Carlson, Brian Carlson, Mike Eiden, Dean Krueger and Dr. Blaine McDonald. Interment will be at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Louise Caroline Hoppe was born Nov. 12, 1915, to August and Charlotte (Ernst) Hoppe at their farm home eight miles south of Sabin, Minn. She attended first through eighth grades at Koester Country School on the old “KT” road, which was 1-3/4 miles away from her home. Louise Hoppe and her siblings walked on the dirt and gravel road even when it was 20 degrees below zero. If there was a blizzard, her dad gave them a ride on the oldfashioned cutter sleigh with warm bricks at their feet. When her younger sister, Grace announced, “I’m going to high school,” Louise decided that she would also attend with her sister. Both girls stayed with Grandpa and Grandma Ernst in Barnesville while attending school. Grace quit school her junior year because she did not want to have to work for room and board, but Louise did. Summers she worked for Mrs. Oliver in Pelican Lake, and graduated from Barnesville High School in 1937. Upon high school graduation, she worked for two years first in Moorhead, then Minneapolis, and finally Fort Snelling, saving money to study nursing at Vocational Hospital in Minneapolis, finishing her PN degree at Franklin Hospital in Minneapolis. With her PN degree, her first job was at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, then the Kenner Hospital in Chicago. While at Fort Snelling, she had met Melvin “Sarge” Hammerstrom in 1939. They corresponded and courted during the war years. It was “Sarge” who resolved not to marry until after World War II. On Nov. 1, 1945, Louise Hoppe was united in marriage to Melvin Hammerstrom at the Presbyterian Church in Moorhead. As a career military man, Sarge Hammerstrom’s many moves, transfers and promotions meant that when possible, Mrs. Hammerstrom packed up and moved again and again. Their first home was in Fort Bennington, Ga., (one year), Fort Jackson, S.C., (three years), Berlin, Germany, (three years), and various posts throughout Germany and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (two years). Sarge was sent to Korea for 16 months. During that time, Mrs. Hammerstrom graduated from Kane’s School of Beauty Culture in Idaho, earning her cosmetology license in 1956. When Sarge returned from Korea, she joined him at Fort Leonard Wood. All those years of moving surely must have seemed adventurous and even glamorous to family members in Minnesota. Yet it was a strain, often involving many hardships. Military housing for enlisted men was spartan. At Fort Leonard Wood, when the wind blew through the walls, the toilet paper fluttered. Through the razor blade slot in the medicine cabinet, she could see her neighbors and hear them, also. She stored canned food under the bed. Sometimes military housing was no more than one room and sometimes unavailable. Living off post one year in what was essentially a summer cabin, Sarge Hammerstrom carried water in a bucket and the toilet was an outhouse half a block away. In 1958, Sarge Hammerstrom retired from the U.S. Army, and they made their home in Glencoe, on the family homestead on the “Railroad Lot” where he grew up. Mrs. Hammerstrom was a nurse at the Glencoe Hospital. She was an active member at the Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, where she served on the Ladies Aid. In later years, she transferred her church membership to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe. She also was a member of the Glencoe American Legion Auxiliary. The oldest girl of seven living siblings, Mrs. Hammerstrom could bake a cake and make bread by the time she was 10 years old. In June 1925, when sister Rosella was born, Louise, her sister Grace and their mother cooked for threshers and carpenters and took care of the new baby. Because her mother was ill following the birth of Faith, at the age of 13 it was Louise who diapered and fed little Faith and often slept with her so their mother could rest at night. Water came from an outdoor pump and was carried to the house. When the wind did not turn the windmill, they carried water to the animals. Kids slept on straw tick mattresses re-stuffed each fall with fresh straw. Theirs was a potato farm. Country kids got “potato-picking vacations,” a whole week off school to pick 100 bushels of potatoes a day, lugging the 60-pound baskets of potatoes down long field rows. Potatoes were stored in a potato warehouse on the farm dug into the earth and covered with a low roof. In the winter, kids helped parents sort potatoes, picking out the seed potatoes. Large ones were sold late fall or early spring. Smaller ones were boiled in the “jacket” and eaten at home. Kids were paid 3 cents for each bushel picked and each bushel was sold for just 25 cents. It was on one of those long potato-picking days that young Louise fell off the open flatbed truck, landing on her head and suffering chronic back pain the rest of her life. She loved nursing and never lost her love for nursing. Many of her last years were devoted to helping nurse her husband and her chronic illness, fibromyalgia. Mrs. Hammerstrom also enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home. Like her husband, Mrs. Hammerstrom worked hard for everything in her life. But she said, “I accomplished all that I wanted to do. And I had nearly 56 years of a wonderful life with my husband, Melvin ‘Sarge’ Hammerstrom.” Survivors include her siblings, Leonard Hoppe of Graceville and Faith Krueger of Moorhead; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her beloved husband, Melvin “Sarge” Hammerstrom; parents, August and Charlotte Hoppe; and siblings, Harry Hoppe, Frank Hoppe, Rosella Krabbenhoft and Grace Larkin. 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.
Diane Henrionnet, 80, Leesburg, Fla.
Diane Fischer Henrionnet, 80, a former Glencoe resident who led an eventful life with her husband, Col. James Henrionnet, died Oct. 11, 2013, at Lake Harris Health Center in Leesburg, Fla. The cause was complications following a stroke. Tall and slim and with a head-turning style, Mrs. Henrionnet seemed an unlikely candidate for military life. But she soldiered up to her responsibilities, a steadfast partner with her husband during the tumultuous Vietnam War years and as he rose to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. In true Army fashion, the family moved often, assigned to such far-flung bases as Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Fort Amador in the Panama Canal Zone and Fort Greely in Alaska. Following Col. Henrionnet’s retirement, the couple traveled in their motorhome, eventually settling in Leesburg, Fla., where she stayed active with volunteer work. She became an avid Democrat and worked tirelessly for the re-election of President Obama. Diane Elizabeth Fischer was born to R.A. “Ben” and Pheda Lippert Fischer on March 31, 1933, in Buffalo Lake. It was the depths of the Depression and her father was between jobs. He was soon employed as the McLeod County agricultural agent in Glencoe and later was a long-time manager of the McLeod Co-op Power Association. She grew up in Glencoe and attended First Congregational Church, where she was confirmed. She was a graduate of Glencoe High School and Miss Woods School for Elementary Teachers, which at that time was part of Macalester College in St. Paul. She taught second grade. She was united in marriage with James Franklin Henrionnet on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1953. Two children survive her, Craig Henrionnet (Nancy) and Stephanie Atkinson (Ben), all of Wasilla, Alaska. Mrs. Henrionnet was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died in 2003. In addition to her children, she is survived by grandchildren, Benjamin and Katlyn Atkinson; a sister, Barbara (Chuck) Watson of Baxter; a brother, Jon Fischer, of New York City; nephews, Kim (Amy) Watson and Todd (Jennifer) Watson; niece, Dana Watson; grandnephews Chris (Cory) Watson, David (Melanie) Watson and Bradyn Watson; and grandnieces Megan Kath and Annika Watson.
Emma Johanna May, 99, of Cokato
Funeral services for Emma Johanna May, 99, of Cokato, were held Monday, Oct. 14, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery of Glencoe. Emma Johanna Nelson was born Dec. 29, 1913, on the Nelson family farm north of Cokato, the fourth of 10 children born to William and Hannah (Ylijarvi) Nelson. She graduated from Cokato High School in 1932 and attended junior college for one year. During the late 1930s, she co-owned a cafe called The Pantry in Cokato. On Nov. 30, 1939, Emma Nelson married Norris May of Howard Lake. They were blessed with three children, William (Susan) May of Cokato, J. Peter (Karen) May of St. Louis Park and Mary Jo (Jerry) Schimelpfenig of Glencoe; six grandchildren, Jeff May, Jason (Jann) May, Nate Schimelpfenig, Mike (Brianna) Schimelpfenig, Julie May and Zach May; and four great-grandchildren, Alex, Arick, Andrew and Avery May. The Mays moved to Glencoe in 1959, where Mr. May was the manager of the Pioneer Telephone Company. During the time she lived in Glencoe, Mrs. May was employed by Flor-Mar Gift Shop, Pioneer Telephone Company and Lee’s Super Valu in the bakery department. Mr. May died in 1966 and Mrs. May returned to Cokato in 1976. Mrs. May loved her family, her church and community, and was very involved in volunteer work. She also enjoyed traveling — visiting the four corners of the U.S. and across the Atlantic to England. Her donuts, butter horn rolls and cinnamon braid bread were well known to family and friends. Hers were not idle hands; landscape painting, rosemaling, baking, canning, gardening, knitting, crocheting and playing Scrabble were just a few of her hobbies.
Roman Quandt, 84, of Buffalo Lake
Funeral services for Roman Walter Quandt, 84, of Buffalo Lake, were held Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando with the Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiating. M r . Quandt died M o n d a y, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Buffalo Lake Health Care Center in Buffalo Roman Lake. B u r i a l Quandt was in the church cemetery with full military honors by the Stewart American Legion Post 125 Honor Guard. Mr. Quandt was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Grafton Township, Sibley County, to Walter and Erna (Schwartz) Quandt. On Feb. 27, 1960, he was united in marriage to Velda Renner at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake. After marriage, they farmed in Grafton Township, Sibley County, until 2008, when they moved to Buffalo Lake. Mr. Quandt enjoyed fishing, traveling, going on walks, and reading. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando and had served on the church council as a deacon. He also was a member of the Minnesota Pork Producers, the American Legion Post 125 in Stewart, and a former member of the Stewart Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Velda Quandt of Buffalo Lake; daughter, Susan Quandt and her special friend, Dirk Gustafson, both of Minneapolis; sons and daughter-in-law, Richard and Tammy Quandt of Stewart and David Quandt of Mankato; grandchildren, Savannah, Jessica, Julie and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Emily, Joseph, Jared and Riley; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mavis and Mello Burns of Gibbon. He was preceded in death by his parents. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon was in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book, go to www.mvfh.org.
Orville ‘Hap’ W. Elling, 87, of Glencoe
A Mass of Christian Burial for Orville “Hap” William Elling, 87, of Glencoe, was held Friday, Oct. 11, at the Church of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe. The Rev. Anthony Studbeda officiated. M r . Elling died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, while Orville Elling surrounded by his family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The scripture readers were Michael Wertish and Elizabeth Elling. The pianist was Sue Mielke, and the song leader was Kelly Blissenbach. Musical selections were “Here I Am, Lord,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Be Not Afraid” and “Amazing Grace.” Urn bearers were Phyllisann Elling and family. Mr. Elling was born Nov. 13, 1925, to Herbert and Alma (Heller) Elling. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his Lutheran faith as a youth. He received his education in Hector and graduated from the Hector High School in 1944. Mr. Elling went on to school, where he learned his trade as an electrician. On June 24, 1948, Mr. Elling was united in marriage to Phyllisann Lippert at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. They made their home in Hector and then Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Gary, Mary Kay, Dean and John. The Ellings shared over 65 years of marriage. Mr. Elling worked for 40 years as a lineman for McLeod Co-Op Power (REA) in Hector and Glencoe. He was a member at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe. Mr. Elling was a family man, first and foremost. He made countless sacrifices for his loved ones and made sure that his children received a good education. His other enjoyments in life included hunting, fishing, gardening, the Minnesota Twins, his parakeet “Tuffy” and his retirement home in Arizona. But his real passion in life was his love for his wife and family. He will be profoundly missed by those who knew him. Mr. Elling will be sadly missed by his wife, Phyllisann Elling of Glencoe; daughter, Mary Kay Elling, and her husband, William Graham, of Apple Valley; sons, Gary (Mary) Elling of Maple Plain, Dean (Mariko) Elling of Burnsville, and John (Kathy) Elling of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Elizabeth Elling, Caroline Elling, Tom Elling, Anna Elling and Max Elling; sister, Delores Wertish of Olivia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Herbert and Alma Elling; and brother-inlaw, Miloyd Wertish. 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.
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Wedding Natysin — Monge
Jennifer Natysin and Andrew Monge were united in marriage in Bayfield, Wis., on Aug. 31, 2013. Both are 1995 graduates of Hutchinson High School. They reside in New Ulm.
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Andrew and Jennifer Monge
Glencoe High School class of 1963
The Glencoe High School graduating class of 1963 reunited for its 50-year reunion Sept. 14 at the Glencoe City Center, the former high school for these graduates. Forty-two of the 120 members of the class attended the reunion and toured their old high school. Those attending included, front row, from left, Charles Alsleben, Charlene ( Alsleben) Groskreutz, Arlene ( Alsleben) Groskreutz, Charlene ( Alsleben) Brelje, Charlotte (Bargmann) Herzog, Janis (Berg) Hughes, Diane (Pollmann) Harbarth, Jim “Fritz” Miller, Mary Jo Kelly and Tom Pinske. Second row, Richard Wolter, Larry Herrmann, Sandy (Ettel) Koeppen, Yvonne (Voigt) Alsleben, Bill Meyer, Susan (Forsberg) Towle, Alice (Trippel) Lietzau, Mary Ellen (Bile) Olson and Ron Ziemer. Third row, Gary Schuette, Joanne (Richter) Neis, Pam (Stuedemann) Borchert, Leon McNellis, Cheryl (Mielke) Scheidt, John Scheidt and Ernie Bruckschen. Back row, Jim Preiss, Rich Shanahan, Roger Krohn, Harlan Harms, Loren Engelmann, Dennis Bruckschen, Curtis Ortloff, Eddie Arndt, John Lindh and Bob Fitzsimmons. Just out of the photo on the right were LeRoy Ruschmeyer, Dwight Roach and David Fulsang. Also missing from the photo were Milan Illig, Ed Hafemann, Eugene Spieser and Hartley Rosenbrock.
Zajiceks announce son’s birth
Kyle and Stephanie Zajicek of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Theodore Joseph, on Oct. 2, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Theodore weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Mike and Sue Keenan and Keith and Rhonda Zajicek, all of Glencoe.
Annual McLeod County Christmas Project will get under way soon
The annual McLeod County Christmas Project is approaching, and McLeod Social Services invites area agencies to join in the effort this year. “Every year we work together with the businesses, churches and agencies in the surrounding communities in an effort to fulfill the wishes of the children in our county who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the feeling of receiving Christmas gifts,” said Veronica Coates and Lisa Eystad, coordinators of the program. “This year we will be setting up all the toys/gifts donated for parents to have the opportunity to come in and select toys/gifts for their children,” they added. The following are three ways one or one’s agency can
Chronicle photos by Alyssa Schauer
participate in the project: 1) request tags for your agency tree; 2) display a collection box for new toy donations appropriate for ages 0-17; or, 3) make a monetary donation by making checks payable to McLeod County Christmas Project and send it to: Health and Human Services 1805 Ford Ave. N., Suite 100 Glencoe, MN 55336 Money collected will be used to purchase additional toys/gifts. Beginning the week of Dec. 9-13 and Dec. 16-17, the program will be accepting donations at 630 E. 10th St., Glencoe, in front of the Glencoe Police Department. The hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but if that doesn’t work, please call/e-mail to make
other arrangements. “If we are out during that time frame, we will post a sign with a number to call for someone to meet you at the drop-off location,” Coates and Eystad said. The Christmas Project contacts are listed below in case one is interested in participating and/or to request tags, or if you have any questions regarding the project: Veronica Coates, 320-8641316 or veronica.coates@co. mcleod.mn.us. Lisa Eystad, 320-864-1247 or lisa.eystad@co.mcleod. mn.us. “We thank you in advance for your generosity. Our goal is to continue to serve the children of McLeod County through this project, with your continued support,” Coates and Eystad said.
Fire safety
Last Tuesday, the Silver Lake Fire Department visited the third-grade classes at Lakeside Elementary to talk about fire safety. Topics included checking fire detectors, what to do in case of a fire, and planning a family escape plan. Above, firefighter Gary Jerabek, in full turn-out gear, greets Ingrid Sanchez, and to the right, Nick Anguiano tries on the fire chief’s helmet. October is Fire Prevention Month and Silver Lake Fire Chief Dale Kosek awarded the students “junior firefighter” badges. Open houses at fire halls throughout the GSL School District also were held.
Early Childhood Family Education
ACS gets memorial
In September, the American Cancer Society received memorials from family and friends remembering Adam Kasprzyk, according to Jeanne Ray, memorial chair. The American Cancer Society receives memorial gifts in memory of the deceased and honor gifts as tributes to the living. “To make a memorial gift, the donor only need contact me with their name and address, the name of the person remembered, and the name and address of to whom the notice of the gift should be sent,” Ray said. Requests should be sent to Ray at 809 Lindy Lane NE, Hutchinson, MN 55350.
Harvest Fun Night set for Oct. 25 at Lincoln building
There is a chill in the air, a crunching of leaves underfoot, and crackling from bonfires. Come get in the harvest spirit at the Glencoe-Silver Lake ECFE’s Harvest Fun Night on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the GSL School Readiness Preschool, Room 124, of Lincoln School. Meet for fun projects and lots of gooey, slimy fun. Bring your own pumpkin to carve or decorate. Bring a flashlight for an outdoor scavenger hunt to find “treasure.” In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be indoors at Lincoln School. Don’t forget your pumpkin and carving tools and a flashlight. There is a small charge to attend this fun family event. For registration information, call ECFE at 320-8642681 or go to www.gsl.k12. mn.us, click on COMM ED/ECFE, then Early Childhood Family Education, to see the catalog of events.
Obituary Marvin Spaude, 88, of Bloomington
Marvin “Shine” Spaude, 88, of Bloomington, formerly of Brownton, died peacefully Sept. 14, 2013, surrounded by family. A memorial service was held Sept. 21 and private burial services were held Oct. 4 with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. While in Brownton, Mr. Spaude had been the mayor, a volunteer fireman, president of the Brownton Baseball Association, and an office holder/member of the Brownton Rod and Gun Club, American Legion, Brownton Civic and Commerce Association and the Congregational Church. In later years when asked where he was from, he always answered, “Brownton.” Mr. Spaude is survived by his loving children, Kristen Lee, Kim (Michael) Elder, Todd (Beth) Spaude and Kari (Tim) Friend; loving grandchildren, Emily Lee, Laura (Kyle) Myhre, Mandy and Josh Elder, Jake and Katie Spaude, and Alissa and Kyle Friend; great-grandchildren Jack and Nick Myhre; sister, Elda Lombardo, cherished nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceding him in death was his beloved wife, Grace.
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tions for the items needed for the packages. It is estimated the group packed about 10 to 15 a week last year in her rural Glencoe living room. The operation has been moved to her basement this year, Krueger added. Donations often cover the cost of shipping the flat-rate postal boxes that are known to hold up to 16 pounds of items, she said. The U.S. Post Office has been good to work with, especially when the boxes are bulging with items. The boxes are thoroughly taped to prevent leakages and prevent the elements, like sand and temperatures, to ruin the contents. “As long as people donated items, we’d send them (packages),” Krueger said. And the need keeps growing. When she first started, Krueger said it was five or 10 packages a year, but in several years it has grown to 111 last year. As word spread, “Every year it gets bigger and bigger.” Krueger said donations have come from people she has never met. “It is heartwarming they are so trusting,” she added. Ryan Benjamin was asked, as a soldier, what was needed most by the troops. “Sheets,” he replied, single-bed sheets. “And beef jerky,” he added. “It’s the small things we all take for granted that are more meaningful.” After a little more thought, Benjamin added, “and Gold Bond foot powder is greatly appreciated. We did a lot of foot patrols” and walked 10 to 15 miles a day, so the foot powder came in handy. Another item in demand is a dis-
Ryan Benjamin posable camera, Benjamin added. His mother, Colleen, added that on Ryan’s first deployment, the motor pool partners were in search of a parts washer. “The motor pool did not have one in Iraq.” Colleen Benjamin added that her group managed to find one and ship it over, much to the delight of the motor pool. “As parents, we adopted the entire group. It is so important for the soldiers to have something from home.” Karen Benson, speaking for the First Congregational group said Operation Minnesota Nice will be a focus of church donations until Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Krueger also has been invited and spoken to other veterans and church groups about Operation Minnesota Nice.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Homecoming parade took place on a balmy Friday evening and it was a far cry from last year’s frigid, bitterly cold weather conditions. Above, Homecoming queen candidates, Samantha Lange, left, and Kelly Arnold enjoyed a ride in one of the parade convertibles. At left, Austin Cooper on cymbals and Chris Ross on drums played as part of the GSL pep band during the parade. The pep band also played at the game. The Panthers won the Homecoming football game over Waconia 4228.
Blood drive set Oct. 29 at Silver Lake
The Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Silver Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Legion Club rooms. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parental consent in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health, may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To set up an appointment, call Margaret Benz at 320-327-2249. Walk-ins are welcome.
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30, 2014, and $68,232 the second year. In other matters, the School Board: • Set its next regular meeting for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at Lakeside Elementary in Silver Lake. Also noted the annual Truth in Taxation hearing will be held at 6:01 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in the high school media center. At 7 p.m., the regular School Board meeting will be held. • Agreed to make the Supermileage program an afterschool activity this school year. Last year, it was part of the curriculum. But Superintendent Chris Sonju said there was not room in the school schedule to make it a classroom program this year. Sonju said the goal is to maintain the momentum built on the first year of the Supermileage program. As an afterschool activity, students will need to pay the usual activity fees to participate, Sonju said. • Hired another English Language Learner (ELL) teacher at Helen Baker. Sonju noted only four students left the district after the corn pack was finished at Seneca Foods. He said 58 students were initially identified for the ELL program. But there was only one ELL teacher at Helen Baker. With only four leaving that left the teacher with 54 students, “and that was too high,” Sonju said. “Now the issue is where to put them (at Helen Baker),” Sonju said of an additional teacher and class Butler said staff is looking at using the Helen Baker music room in the morning, cafeteria in the afternoon and possibly sharing space with another class as well. • Hired Kasey Athmann as a 6.5-hour-per-day LPN at the high school/Lincoln Jr. High, replacing Brenda Wurm, who resigned; Joy Freitag as K-6 RtI specialist and data coach, replacing Schultz, who is the new elementary assistant principal; Amy Trippel, Valarie Dahlke and Lynette Kruschke as 6.5-hour-per-day special ed paraprofessionals at Lakeside. • Accepted the resignations of Kaylia Johnson as the front desk worker at the Panther Field House; Deb Schiroo as a 24-hour-per-week ECFE secretary at Lincoln; and Becky Bartholomay-Suko as spelling bee coordinator. • Granted a six-week family leave request for Karol Kiefer, ESL paraprofessional at high school/junior high, beginning Oct. 23. • Approved Liz Tromborg and Lisa Eischens as instructors for various community education classes through December. • Assigned the following for extracurricular activities: Becky Bartholomay-Suko as junior high yearbook adviser; Taylor Melius, spelling bee coordinator; Randi Erlandson and Jamie Fredericksen, coNational Honor Society advisers; Jeff Monahan, assistant girls’ basketball coach; Candace Stiles, eighth-grade volleyball coach; Shawn Fettig, assistant wrestling coach; Joe Morcomb and Tom Schoper, co-head coaches for Mock Trial; and Jodi Richer, ninth-grade fall cheerleading coach.
We’re getting the flu shot.
—Ann from Glencoe
Anyone can benefit from getting a flu shot, even healthy adults. Not only will you be less likely to get sick, but you’ll prevent others from catching the flu from you.
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Schultz said that the properties’ most recent owners could also try to redeem the property by negotiating with her office to pay the unpaid taxes and assessments, but those property owners aren’t allowed to participate in the auction process. Schultz also said that the process leading up to the auction began about 90 days ago, when cities and the DNR were notified about the availability of the properties. Those entities have the first option to buy them. Schultz said the county offers its tax-forfeited parcels at auction every other year, alternating with election years. The auction will be held Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the county’s North Complex. In other business Oct. 8, the County Board: • Heard from Kathy Nowak, public health coordinator, that the federal government’s partial shutdown could impact local recipients involved in federal programs, such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) beneficiaries. Nowak said the county currently has enough WIC funding to carry it through the end of October, but WIC recipients could lose benefits after that if the shutdown continues, plus some public health personnel may be “furloughed” because their salaries are paid through the federal funds. • Heard from Nowak that Robin Sikkila has been named the jail nurse of the year. • Sold a vacant countyowned house in Hutchinson, which had been used as a youth group home, to Dan and Betty Werth of rural Buffalo Lake for $25,000, which was the minimum bid the County Board had set for the property. It was the only bid received for the property. • Agreed to reduce the assessed value of a vacant building owned by Telex south of GSL High School to $772,600 from $993,400, a difference of $220,800. County Assessor Sue Schultz said there are seven different parcels plus a building involved in the property. The building, she said, is in poor condition inside, but is still structurally sound. • Set two upcoming workshops: the County Board will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m., to discuss long-range plans and its proposed courthouse/jail project; and it will have a workshop Tuesday, Oct. 29, to discuss its proposed 2014 budget and levy.
Upcoming flu vaccination dates:
Stewart Clinic 300 Bowman St. Wed., Oct. 23 3 pm – 7 pm Lester Prairie Clinic 1024 Central Ave. Thurs., Oct. 24 3 pm – 7 pm Glencoe Clinic 1805 Hennepin Ave. N. Wed., Oct. 16 1 pm – 5 pm Thurs., Oct. 17 9 am – 5 pm Mon., Oct. 28 1 pm – 7 pm Fri., Nov. 1 9 am – 5 pm Tues., Nov. 5 9 am – 7 pm Appointments are required. To schedule call 320-864-7816 or toll-free 1-800-869-3116. For more scheduling options visit www.grhsonline.org/flu or call 320-864-7972. Flu shots are covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.
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