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10-17-12 Chronicle A-Section

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Time again for ‘Operation Minnesota Nice’
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The McLeod County
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By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council will continue negotiations with Waste Management on a proposed single-sort recycling program in hopes of improving the amount of recycling being done by local residents. The current city residential sanitation contract with Waste Management ends Dec. 31. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Rick Rud, public sector marketing manager for Waste Management, said the key to getting recycling numbers up in Glencoe and in the county is “to keep it simple; make it simple. Your (Glencoe’s) recycling is staggeringly poor.” Currently, the city and county have a five-sort recycling program, but Rud said numbers indicate the amount of materials being recycled has seen a steady decline in recent years. He said too many recyclable materials are being tossed in the trash instead. But Rud said the county and its solid waste advisory committee have adamantly refused to change to a single-sort or even two- or three-sort system to get more materials recycled. Rud said the aim of the onesort system, where all recyclables are put in the same container, is to reduce the amount of materials going to the landfill. By recycling more, Rud said it will eventually allow Glencoe residents to go to smaller, cheaper trash containers because less is being thrown away. But the county supplies the funds for the city’s recycling program, and City Administrator Mark Larson said he has reviewed the county’s solid waste ordinance, “and there is nothing in it that mandates that the county provide recycling services for the city.” The County Board recently hired West Central Sanitation of
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 115 No. 42
Council eyes new 1-sort recycling
Willmar to handle its recycling program. By going with its own recycling program,“In the long term, this should be a win-win situation for the citizens of Glencoe,” Larson said of the one-sort program. “Most will end up reducing their garbage container (size), and the cost should be relatively the same.” Rud said the proposal is to provide Glencoe residents with a 64-gallon container, and after several months, residents can change to a smaller or larger container as needed. Rud said the number of items that cannot be recycled is small, but included in that group are plastic bags and styrofoam. He said the plastic bags tend to clog up the automated sorting equipment at Waste Management’s 117,871-square-foot recycling facility in Minneapolis, he said. Rud also said the one-sort containers also would improve Waste Management efficiency in pickups. All would be picked up by the automated equipment on the trucks. The recycled materials are brought to Waste Management’s transit station in Norwood Young America and then hauled to its material recovery facility (MRF) in Minneapolis, where it is sorted by automated machinery. He said the MRF can sort 50 tons of recyclables an hour. “It handles a massive amount of recycling in a day’s time.” Rud predicted a 30 percent to 45 percent increase in the city’s recycling rate within 90 days with the one-sort system. He said most counties and major cities have gone to the one-sort program. “It makes sense. It’s the right thing to do,” Rud added. Larson said the city currently has 501 residents with 32-gallon containers; 817 with 64-gallon
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
Back to the ’50s
Richie Lee. right, and his band “bebopped the night away” Saturday at the Glencoe City Center, while car enthusiasts compared notes with a classic car show in the parking lot, despite the steady drizzle. But the spotty rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the dancers, like Bruce and Barb Magnuson, above, who recaptured their youth by dancing to familiar tunes of the 1950s and 1960s, long before Richie Lee was born. The event was sponsored by the GSL Panther Association.
County Board considers repair of ‘orphan’ tile at Swan Lake
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday indicated they will authorize the repair of a tile outlet at the county-owned Swan Lake Park, even though they have no idea who owns it. Al Koglin, parks director, said the tile for the outlet has collapsed between County Road 79 and the fishing pier in the park, creating a washed-out area that could be a hazard. Koglin said the hole has been fenced off, but should be either filled or repaired. The problem is, no one knows who installed or owns the tile, and whether the repair should be the problem of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or the county. A representative of the DNR said the tile is an “orphan” that no one wants to claim, including the DNR. But the tile runs under the county road, and highway maintenance supervisor Elvis Voigt said that if the washout continues to grow, it could have an impact on the road. And the outlet is the only one on the lake, and provides a way for lake overflow to escape during high-water events. If the county or DNR elects to close the outlet, the water will flow over land, including the county road. Commissioner Paul Wright suggested using a video camera to explore the tile from the outlet past the county road to see if there are any other potential collapses. Wright said the county needs to fix any potential problems in the tile that can impact the county road. The County Board approved Wright’s suggestion and agreed to have the tile video-taped, with results and potential repair specifications to be presented at its next meeting. In other business Tuesday, the County Board: • Heard an update on the youth portion of McLeod For Tomorrow leadership program. GSL Superintendent Chris Sonju said several high school students from across the county participated in a leadership training day at Prairie Woods, with half the day spent in education, and the rest in team-building activities. But Sonju said the program organizers wanted more. “We challenged the kids,” said Sonju. “We said this (the training) is great in itself, but we want to do something more … something to make our county a better place.” The students then decided to coordinate a Yellow Ribbon program in the county to help connect the families of military members with programs that can help them while their loved ones are serving in the military. • Heard that the sheriff’s office is working with the regional emergency services radio board and various law enforcement and fire service organizations to generate support for the repeal of sales tax on radio equipment required by the narrow-banding (ARMER) mandate of the Federal Communications Commission. Sheriff Scott Rehmann said if the sales tax is repealed, McLeod County could get about $123,000 returned to it for its purchases of radio equipment.
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So, who is right? City, Pioneerland debate over Data Practices Act
By Rich Glennie Editor The Minnesota Data Practices Act is at the center of a debate between the Pioneerland Regional Library Board and the city of Glencoe. The debate resurfaced at the Glencoe City Council meeting on Monday night. At the center of the debate is the city’s disagreement with Pioneerland’s policy of not releasing names of patrons who abuse their library privileges, whether criminal or not. Pioneerland’s policy states that data is private and not public, even if a crime is committed; the city’s legal opinions claim that data is public, because the library is a public facility. City Administrator Mark Larson, who represents the city on the Pioneerland Board, said he has been out-voted on several occasions in the debate over the Pioneerland’s interpretation of
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Temperatures and precipitation compiled by Robert Thurn, Chronicle weather observer.
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Trick-or-treaters welcomed
Millie Beneke Manor in Glencoe will host Halloween trick-or-treaters from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Fall luncheon/bake sale set
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Ave., will host its fall luncheon/bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1.
‘Church & State’ video Oct. 19
“The Intersection of Church & State” is a one-hour presentation, shown at noon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Oct. 19. This video examines the dynamic give-and-take relationship that has marked the crossroads of church and state in this country. Though roadblocks are frequent where church and state meet, there is still tremendous potential for significant work to be done when they work together. All are welcome. Bring a lunch if you wish! Coffee will be provided.
Plato blood drive set Nov. 1
The Plato Lions Club is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at Cross Roads West Church, formerly Oakview Community Church, near Plato. For an appointment, call Ken and Myra Franke at 238-2370.
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
St. Pius walk
St. Pius X School members braved the cold wind last Friday to walk to raise funds in the school’s annual marathon for nonpublic school education. The theme this year was “Paving the Way With Prayer.” The group gathered on the church steps prior to the walk, above, and in the back the Rev. Tony Stubeda and the Rev. Patrick Okonkwo displayed the donation from the Glencoe Knights of Columbus. The funds raised support the St. Pius X School. At right, Principal Catherine Millerbernd organized the walkers.
Activity room open house
The Glencoe Public Library staff and Friends of the Glencoe Public Library will host an open house to celebrate the completion of the library’s new activities room in the Glencoe City Center. The open house is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22. Refreshments will be served and Creekside Jazz will perform.
Candidates forum Oct. 18
The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Glencoe City Center. The forum will allow residents an opportunity to learn more about the views and positions of the candidates running for office. The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 60-minute forum for candidates of state and federal offices followed by a half-hour break giving voters an opportunity to speak with candidates. The public also has an opportunity to submit questions to the candidates. At 8 p.m, there will be another 60-minute forum for city and school district candidates. If unable to attend, the forum will be broadcast live on Glencoe’s public access cable TV channel.
Pumpkin Patch fund raiser
The Pumpkin Patch fund raiser is scheduled during October at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1407 Cedar Ave., Glencoe. Various-sized pumpkins are on sale daily from noon to 8 p.m. on the east side of church property. Profits will support family and youth mission trips.
Bishop LeVoir makes video in support of marriage as foundational institution
NEW ULM — Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm discusses the importance of marriage between one man and one woman as the foundational social institution in a new online video that addresses what marriage is, why it matters, and the consequences of it being redefined. “Bishop LeVoir has taken the lead in providing catechesis on marriage and the importance of the passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment,” said Sr. Candace Fier, director of the diocese’s Office of Family Life. “People have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for his pastoral leadership on this topic.” In the video, Bishop LeVoir explains how God’s revelation and human reason reveal the true definition of mariage. “Marriage is the union of one man and one woman who promise to love each other in a faithful and permanent way, which is open to the conception of children,” Bishop LeVoir says. It is the foundation of society, he says, and Catholics have the right and responsibility to promote its true definition against political and cultural currents seeking to redefine it. The video is produced in collaboration with the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the bishops of Minnesota, and can be found on the Diocese of New Ulm’s website at http://www.dnu.org/marriageprotection.html. The Catholic bishops of Minnesota, through the Minnesota Catholic Conference, support the adoption of a state constitutional amendment that preserves current state law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Trail’s ‘active’ ribbon-cutting
The city of Glencoe will host an “active” ribbon cutting for the new Buffalo Highlands Trail on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. The event celebrates the official opening of the Buffalo Highlands Trail, which is located along U.S. Highway 212. The four-mile walk, run and bike event will begin at the intersection of Highway 212 and Morningside Avenue, near Super America, traveling east to County Road 1 and back. There will be refreshments and other giveaways as part of this free event.
Retired educators to meet
The Glencoe Area Retired Educators group will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, for lunch at Carlson’s Apple Orchard near Winsted. Members who wish to carpool may meet at the Glencoe City Center west parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
Historical society’s annual meeting set Oct. 22
The McLeod County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at the museum meeting room, 380 School Road NW, Hutchinson. The theme presentation this year is “The U.S. and Dakota Conflict of 1862” by Lori Pickell-Stengel, society executive director. Also on the annual meeting agenda will be the donor of the year and volunteer of the year awards. The museum’s executive board will hold a short business meeting, and the election of 2013 board of directors will follow. RSVP by calling 320-5872109 or e-mail asa@hutchtel.net. The museum’s website is www.mcleodhistory. org.
Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will not meet on Thursday, Oct. 18, but will meet On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games.
– Serving Sibley, Meeker, McLeod & Wright Counties –
Scott Newman
Scott Newman fully supports:
• Voter I.D. • Balanced Budget without tax increase • Relief from Government Regulations • Marriage Amendment • Minnesotan’s for Personal Choice in Health Care
He is especially concerned about Veterans, Education and Seniors.
County seniors meet Oct. 17
The McLeod County Senior Citizens meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center. The center is handicapped accessible through the east door. Come for an afternoon of fun and socializing. This is the last meeting before the snow flies. Any questions, please 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.
“I have the integrity and experience to be your Senator, and my loyalty is to you!”
Profession/Occupation: Owner Gruenhagen Ins. & Financial Services Inc. for 34 yrs., also State Representative for this area. How many years have you been in Glencoe: I was born and raised on a dairy farm south of Glencoe. How long have you been a Rotarian and why did you join Rotary: 15 years. I joined Rotary Intl. so that in some way I can give back to my community and area the many blessings I have received from them and to help poor under developed countries and their children improve their lives with better drinking water and shelters, etc. Name some reasons you came to Glencoe and/or what are some good things about Glencoe: We are blessed in this rural area to have citizens with a can do attitude along with a strong work ethic and a generous heart to those in need. I am proud to be a part of our farm and local community. Family: I am married for 37 yrs. to my beautiful wife Emily. I have three daughters and five grandchildren.
––– DID YOU KNOW ––– Rotary’s Warm Hands Warm Hearts project provides hats and mittens to kids in McLeod County each year.
Glenn Gruenhagen
Paid for by the Newman for Senate Committee.
Personal Responsibility • Individual Freedom • Less Government
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Jobs and Taxes
Lower taxes on businesses and families creating more private sector jobs.
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the Data Practices Act. “We disagree with Pioneerland’s policy,” Larson told City Council. “Our belief is the activities taking place are not private data,” and he cited several attorneys’ opinions as support, including the city attorney, a Carver County expert in the Data Practices Act, the League of Minnesota Cities and others. On at least two occasions, the Glencoe Library staff have followed the Pioneerland policy when possible criminal activity occurred. On one occasion, Larson said, the possible perpetrator was caught on videotape, but library staff refused to identify him. Larson said Pioneerland’s legal attorney, Marshall Tanek, who often represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against public entities, should declare a conflict of interest, Larson suggested. Tanak was hired by the Pioneerland director, he added. Larson said at the Pioneerland executive committee meeting last week, he questioned why the other board members had not received opinions from their city or county attorneys. He said he lost the vote to change Pioneerland’s policy. He said a full Pioneerland board meeting is scheduled for Thursday. Larson said he will suggest the other board members get legal opinions from their city or county attorneys “before passing policy.”
Healthcare Reform
A true market based healthcare plan that will lower premiums and increase access to affordable medical care.
Government Reform
Balance the budget by reducing spending, and reducing government without increasing taxes.
“A principled conservative with effective solutions and a positive vision for Minnesota.”
Traditional Family Values
Pro-life, co-author of the Marriage Amendment.
Voter Integrity
Co-author of the Voter ID Amendment.
Paid for by the Gruenhagen Volunteer Committee.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, page 3
37th Annual
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Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
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Jackee Fountain, head librarian at the Glencoe Public Library, showed off the new library activities room that was renovated over the summer. The former English room, located on the second floor in
the far southeast corner of the City Center, is the subject of an open house on Monday, Oct. 22, hosted by the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library.
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Library activities room done; open house set
The Friends of the Glencoe Public Library will host an open house for the new library activities room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22. The new activities room is located on the second floor in the southeast corner of the Glencoe City Center. “The former English room in the 1932 Henry Hill school includes an original wood floor with a small stage area,” said Jackee Fountain, head librarian. “The curved arch setting off the stage will enhance the old school atmosphere with original chalkboard and coat closet serving as a modernday space for users,” Fountain said. She added the “new closet is storage for children’s Summer Reading program materials. The room has Wi Fi access and will eventually be capable of showing Power Point presentations if speakers need that medium.” Fountain said the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library received funds from the trust of Geraldine Tews, a longtime resident of Glencoe. “It was decided the funds would pay for the renovation of the east room of the library,” Fountain said. The remodeling project included installation of mechanical heating and cooling systems, fixing of the original 1932 wooden floor, plastering of the ceiling, painting, skylight clean up, the addition of a sink and countertop, a short four-foot wall by the emergency door and sheet rocking of the room’s west wall, Fountain said. Windows and lighting work were done with the original rebuilding of the library space, Fountain said. Schatz Construction of Glencoe was in charge of the activities room renovation, she said. A number of activities are planned for the room, Fountain said. “The Library Activity Room will be used for teaching and learning through library programs and events. Some include the children’s summer reading program, teen summer reading program, teen activities, author talks, adult community interest programs and childrencentered events at the library. “All the events will be library-sponsored and free to the community,” Fountain said. The project is following the direction of Geraldine Tews’ interest in the general community and her generous gift to the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library, Fountain said. The Oct. 22 open house also will feature music by Creekside Jazz. The community is invited, Fountain said. The Friends of the Glencoe Public Libary is a nonprofit organization which supports the library in providing extra needs to enhance the services the library provides for Glencoe and surrounding communities, Fountain said. Library users may join the organization with a $10 donation and also be able to help with fund-raising events to support programs, books and extras for the library. More information will be available at the open house, Fountain said.
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• $20 per doz. Red Roses • $20 per doz. Lollipop Roses • $20 Fall Bouquet To order, contact any Glencoe Rotarian or contact Keith Ortloff at Franklin Printing 320-864-6143, by OCTOBER 17.
Pick up days are: Thurs, Oct. 25 • 4-7 p.m. & Fri., Oct. 26 • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Dubbs Grill & Bar 702 10th St E, Glencoe
Thank you! Proceeds to be used for Glencoe Christmas in May and other Rotary Projects!
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Collection boxes will be available for your used eye glasses & hearing aids.
Process for absentee Single sort ballots announced for Nov. 6 elections
Continued from page 1 McLeod County AuditorTreasurer Cindy Schultz announced the process for voting by absentee ballot in the Nov. 6 state general election. Ballots for the state general election are available to voters who will be absent from the precinct or unable to go to the polling place due to illness, physical disability, religious observance, or serve as an election judge in another precinct. Schultz encourages those who plan to be out of town on election day, or who are disabled and unable to go to their polling place, to apply for an absentee ballot. Applications for absentee voting may be obtained from the McLeod County AuditorTreasurer’s office in person, by mail, by email (mcleod.auditort r e a s u r e r @ c o . mcleod.mn.us), by fax (320864-3268) or by visiting the McLeod County website (www.co.mcleod.mn.us). Applications and absentee ballots also can be obtained at the city of Hutchinson for only residents of Hutchinson. Eligible voters may cast their ballots either by mail or in person at the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer’s office. The office has extended hours for absentee voting prior to election day. The offices are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Nov. 5, until 5 p.m. If you apply by mail, apply early to make certain you can mail back or deliver your absentee ballot before election day, Schultz said. You can return your application for absentee voting by fax, mail, or in person. If you are in the military or outside the United States, you vote based on where you last lived in Minnesota. Planning ahead will ensure that your ballot will be counted on election day. Any ballots received after Nov. 6 will not be counted, Schultz said. In person you can apply and vote at the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer’s office or at the city of Hutchinson (only the residents residing in Hutchinson City limits) during normal office hours or from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, or until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, before election day. Voters who apply for an absentee ballot by mail are encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31, to ensure the timely arrival of the ballot on or prior to election day Nov. 6, Schultz said. Eligible voters in health care facilities located in the municipality where they reside may obtain an absentee ballot application from election judges, who will visit the facility prior to election day. Voters should contact the McLeod County AuditorTreasurer’s office at 320-8641203 or residents of Hutchinson can call 320-587-5151, for additional information pertaining to absentee voting.
The flu is nothing to sneeze at.
—Mickey from Glencoe
containers; and 254 with 96gallon containers. In negotiating a new contract, Rud proposed the same cost per container remaining through 2013. Those costs include $9.45 per month for a 32-gallon; $10.28 for a 64gallon; and $11.16 for a 96gallon. A new rate for senior citizens and the disabled would be $8.30 a month. Rud also explained that as more is recycled, there is a possibility of a rebate to customers from the sale of those recycled products. That could reduce the monthly rates to customers. The recycling rates “ebb and flow,” Rud said, but are based on international recycling markets. He said the five-state Upper Midwest market is strong as is the Asian market for recyclables. Mayor Randy Wilson said separating recyclables “is a task no one likes to do.” He suggested the City Council authorize him, Larson and council member John Schrupp be allowed to continue to negotiate with Waste Management on a new contract. Schrupp asked if it would be cheaper for the county to go to single-sort as well. “Absolutely,” Rud replied. “We have pressed hard to get the county solid waste committee to go to even a twosort or three-sort, but they have no interest.” “It sounds like something residents (of Glencoe) would like,” Wilson said of the single-sort option. Asked about business rates, Rud said those contracts would need to be negotiated separately from the city’s residential contract.
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.
Upcoming flu vaccination dates:
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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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Sausage/Ham Supper
Original Sausage Recipe
Advance Adult - $8.00 At Door - $9.00 Child - $4.00 (4-10) 3 & Under FREE
ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, applesauce, bars, coffee & milk
Pla-Mor Ballroom, Glencoe
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Serving 4:31 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • All You Care To Eat
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.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, page 4
Collin Peterson still our pick in 7th Congressional District
Our view: Despite losing MCCL endorsement, Peterson is highly effective for constituents
everal years ago, then District 18 State Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, was vilified by the Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life (MCCL) for one vote he made that apparently incensed the prolife special interest group. Regardless of Dille’s stellar overall legislative voting record in his many years in St. Paul, MCCL zeroed in on that one vote and sought his ouster. Senate District 18 Republican conservatives gladly worked to oust Dille, and the MCCL stand was a convenient excuse. Dille, afterall, could and would work with DFLers on numerous issues. That was his sin. He was too moderate. That same scenario is setting up in the current race in the 7th Congressional District. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., another moderate, recently lost his MCCL endorsement, something he has had for many years, and Republicans are rejoicing over the situation. In a press release from Republican challenger Lee Byberg’s camp, Peterson’s “full-throated backing of Obamacare and his unwillingness to fight for the rights of conscience on behalf of religious institutions and medical providers has cost him the critical support of the state’s largest prolife organization. “I am prolife. That isn’t a political position, which is burned into my soul. I would never betray my principles for political reasons. Collin Peterson has betrayed prolife voters,” Byberg said. We, too, support the prolife stance. But we do not believe Peterson did any such thing. We strongly disagree, as we did in defending Dille, with MCCL’s “throw-the-baby-outwith-the-bath-water” approach over one vote. There are more issues involved in a political campaign than the prolife issue, and there are many more special interest groups tugging at the ears of incumbents in Washington, D.C., and at the state Capitol all the time. One issue does not make a candidate. Ask farmers about Peterson’s usefulness as chairman of the House Agricultural Committee when Democrats were in control. And as the ranking Democrat on that committee while in the minority. Ask the communities throughout the huge 7th Congressional District about Peterson’s assistance in getting projects done and funds secured for their benefit, including Glencoe on items like the municipal airport designation to the federal aviation system and for local airport improvements. Ask residents of the district about the congressman’s fiscal conservative nature on spending and the budget, even when it flies in the face of his own party. The list goes on. Peterson’s sin, like Dille’s before, is that he is too moderate and too independent a thinker. He also can work both sides of the aisle in the House to find common ground and consensus that are hallmarks of good legislation. We like that. We like his overall voting record. We support his reelection. Despite losing the MCCL endorsement, Rep. Peterson is an effective representative of the entire, and very diverse, 7th Congressional District. We also like his approach noted in an August interview with The Chronicle. He said, do not send anyone to Washington, D.C., “who votes the party line. Let’s take the best ideas from both parties.” Now isn’t that a refreshing idea? — R.G.
Letters to Editor Response to accusations on shift of school funds
To the Editor: This letter is in response to the false allegations by Don Rudy (“Vote Campa instead, he has common sense” Oct. 10) regarding the $2.2 billion that was “borrowed” from the schools (otherwise referred to as delayed funding or education shift). First, some background information: In the past, the Legislature has at times delayed funding to the schools in order to balance the state budget. The majority of the education shift was borrowed in the previous biennium when the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. Republicans and Gov. Dayton then added to the education shift in the bill that was passed to end the state shutdown in July 2011. Personally, I was very disappointed with any amount of money borrowed from the schools, but in order to end the shutdown, I did vote for this budget. It should be noted that Gov. Dayton had proposed an even greater amount to be borrowed, but the Republican Legislature resisted his proposal. One year later, due to reforms put in place by the Republican-controlled Legislature, the budget reflected a $1.2 billion surplus. This surplus allowed them to pass a bill to fully repay the money that they and the governor had borrowed from the schools and a portion of the delayed funding, which had been created by the previous DFL-controlled Legislature. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed that repayment bill, implying that it was “fiscally irresponsible.” For the same reason, the governor also opposed the repeal of the statewide commercial property taxes which would have helped many of our small businesses. Ironically, the governor did not believe it was fiscally irresponsible to give one of the nation’s largest tax subsidies to a billionaire to build a stadium. In response to Rudy’s assertions about the Voter ID Amendment, please visit www.protectmyvote. com for examples of voter fraud in Minnesota and for factual information on the need and implementation of the Voter ID Amendment. It has been confirmed in states that have similar voter ID laws that this amendment will not keep anyone from voting who is legally eligible to vote. Remember, every ineligible vote disenfranchises the votes of those who are legitimate. Voters, a note of caution: As we approach the election it appears that the Democrats are desperate to regain one House of the Legislature in order to continue their tax-andspend agenda, even if it means intentionally misleading the public with false information. Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe
Vote ‘no’ on Voter ID amendment, and here’s why Letters to Editor Kudos for organizers of such wonderful local entertainment
To the Editor: Kudos to Al Gruenhagen and the American Legion for the Augsburg Singers performance Thursday night at the Glencoe Event Center. The American Legion did a wonderful job in promoting. A second kudos goes out to Jerome and Julie Ide and the GSL Panther Association for the Richie Lee event Saturday afternoon at the Glencoe City Center. It is great to see such entertainment events finally coming to Glencoe. I would hope to see more such events come to us in the future. Please thank the above for their efforts, for without them, we would not have had the enjoyment of such great entertainment. Terry Jones Glencoe To the Editor: All true conservatives should vote “no” on the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment. First, the amendment requires a “government issued” ID in order to exercise our constitutional right to vote. This is yet another sensless expansion of government into our private lives. Second, this is another unfunded mandate imposed on our local governments. It’s going to cost money to set up a system of provisional voting. How much we don't know. Finally, the proposed amendment is a classic example of a “want,” not a “need.” No proof of significant voter fraud has been provided. Besides which, voter fraud is already a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison — so why do we need a constitutional amendment? Vote “no” on voter ID! Miles R. Seppelt Sauk Rapids Seppelt is the economic development director for the city of Hutchinson.
Vote ‘yes’ on both constitutional amendments
To the Editor: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has achieved his goal of confusing some voters about the marriage and Voter ID amendments. If you agree a marriage should be between one man and one woman — vote yes! In California, now, a person could be arrested trying to change the mind of a teenager who professes to be gay. If the amendment is not approved in Minnesota, clergy could be arrested if they refuse to perform a marraige ceremony for a gay couple. Photo ID is necessary for plane, cruise and any tour travel. Minnesota AAA asks for membership number and a photo ID before giving any roadside assistance. (You) must have a photo ID to go through some museums, for a doctor’s visit, to have surgery, stay in a hotel or motel, cash a check, donate blood and buy beer! So what is the big fuss? It seems there would be more discrimination to achieve an application to vote from the computer than get a simple, free photo ID. Also, if you don’t fill in the oval to vote yes or no (on the amendments), it is automatically counted as a “no” vote. More information is available at ProtectMyVote.com and MIN NESOTAFORMARRIAGE.COM. Vote “yes” on both amendments! Maureen Krumrey Glencoe
Reminder about letters-to-editor
With the general election only weeks away, The Chronicle would like to remind letter writers about its election-year policy, which kicks in during these final weeks of the political campaign season. Letters should be 500 words or less, and be concise and to the point. No form letters to the editor will be accepted. Letters must be original. The Oct. 24 issue of The Chronicle will be the last chance to raise new issues concerning the election. The only political letters to be accepted for the Oct. 31 issue of The Chronicle will be those in direct response to earlier letters. The letters must be signed with a phone number included to verify authenticity. The general election, including local, state and federal races, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. — R.G.
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Time administration levels with us
One wonders how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens felt in his last few minutes as the al Qaeda terrorists broke into the United States Consulate in Benghazi, and if he was alive as his captors tied him up and dragged him through the streets? Perhaps he was preplexed the president hadn’t responded to his plea for additional security. Perhaps he wondered why planes hadn’t been dispatched from the U.S. air base in Sicily, only 450 miles away. And one wonders why the United States government spokespersons refused to acknowledge this was a terrorist attack. Could it possibly be that President Obama had been bragging how he had taken down Osama bin Laden and crushed the al Qaeda, so to admit this was a terrorist attack would have made him look bad? Or perhaps our units of government do not talk to one another, so maybe the State (department) knew what was going on, but the White House didn’t? Or could it possibly be no one was looking, and no one cared? At an Oct. 10 hearing in the House, lawmakers confronted State Department officials about the handling of security before last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and why the Obama administration failed for more than a week to characterize the incident as a terrorist attack. In reports from the hearing, in which the former head of U.S. security in Libya acknowledged that “security remained weak” before the “surprise attack” Sept. 11, lawmakers pushed for answers to why the administraicans just wasn’t the same — apparently they were superior,” Ross asked. Members of the House kept drilling for answers. During the hearing, it was certainly implied the Obama administration was guilty of total diplomatic failure in Benghazi — or that it had internally misled the American public about the attack out of fear of appearing weak in an election year. And the frosting on the cake came after some administration officials acknowledged on Sept. 19 that the United States had suffered a terrorist attack, Sept. 25, Obama gave a speech to the United Nations in which he talked at length about the movie, but never mentioned “terrorism.” Americans are upset, disappointed, and down right mad that our government is so unsure of us that it will not tell the truth. Our intelligence agencies knew within 24 hours — perhaps even less than that — that Islamists had committed a premeditated, planned, coordinated terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission. Four Americans, including our ambassador, were slaughtered. U.S. sovereignty was breached. Our compound besieged. The Stars and Stripes ripped down. It’s time to call a spade a spade. It’s time to let the rest of the world know this is still the United States of America, and you can’t tread on us. And it’s time the administration levels with the American people. Chuck Warner, former owner/publisher of the Brownton Bulletin from 1953 to 1986, is a current member of the Brownton City Council.
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, page 5
We northerners get a bit cranky
Over the past several months I have gotten to know the highways between Glencoe and International Falls quite well. I have been making sameday trips up to the Falls, (14 hours in duration and 700 miles in length) transporting my daughter to health-related appointments down here in southern Minnesota. The last trip on Oct. 7 was interesting. Snow in some spots north of Orr; a majestic bald eagle perched on the top of a tree near Cook; and a pack of four timberwolves dashing across the Highway 53 between Cook and Virginia in broad daylight! Toss in an occasional deer or three, and drivers need to stay alert at all times in that part of the state. Any outdoor enthusiast would have loved to make that trip. I would highly recommend it, but I would take more than a day to get it done. I went during the day hours. Night driving is even more “interesting.” At night your eyeballs seem to touch the back of your glasses, straining to see those shiny animal eyeballs lurking along the roadways. Believe it or not, in nearly 50 years of driving in deerinfested environs, I have never hit a deer! Near-misses, however, are bad enough. My wife, Karen, and I have been married for over 30 could be hazardous to your health, too, if there to greet you were a family of Pepe LePews! They did not like being disturbed on their nightly forages, trust me. Better not let your pets out at night, either. They were likely to come back perfumed! Growing up in International Falls, it was not unsual to see an occasional bear in town. With a wooded area just across the alley from our back yard, it was not strange to hear a bear thrashing through the garbage cans around the neighborhood, especially if it was a poor berry season. Some of the old outdoor dumps up north were like bear magnets and popular sites for bear watching. It also was great sport to go shoot rats in the open-air garbage dumps back then. Hey, winters were long up north and summers were short, so you had to make your own fun! It seemed like some summers happened over a weekend, ususally sometime in August, and right before the first frost of the new season, which often was just two months after the last one. You better have fast-growing gardens. If the skunks didn’t get them, the August frost would. No wonder we northerners get a little cranky.
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tion initially thought the attack resulted from a protest of a video clip of the U.S.made film. “Why in the heck did it take so long for all these highly-briefed and intelligent people to try and figure out that it actually wasn’t the video, it actually was a 9/11 event, a terrorist attack?” Rep. Mike Kelly asked. According to reports of the hearing, heated exchanges in the hearing came from Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, acknowledged she had rejected requests for more security in Libya as violence in Benghazi spiked in the months leading up to the attack. Several lawmakers, meanwhile, honed in on remarks by U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice five days after the attack in which Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Appearing on news talk shows Sept. 16, Rice asserted that the attacks had not been premeditated, but resulted from the film. Rep. Dennis Ross demanded to know why Mrs. Rice would have made such a claim even after Libyan authorities had asserted days earlier that the incident was actually a premeditated terrorist attack. “So the intelligence between Libyans and the Amer-
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years, and wildlife has always played a part in our marriage. No, not the partying type of wildlife. After I uprooted her out of sedate, quiet, flat Iowa and hauled her north 500 miles to rugged, wooded and rocky Canada, she got an opportunity to see wildlife up close and personal on numerous occasions. Now each trip north, we expect to see something, and we usually do. When we lived in Canada, it was not unusual to see wildlife right out your back door. We always looked forward to seeing deer, but for whatever reason skunks loved our yard. (Hey, I saw that smirk.) Skunks liked to come into Fort Frances, Ontario, at night and rummage for grubs in yards. They were very destructive. It looked like a poor man’s aeration system the next morning — holes dug everywhere. Coming home late at night
Fiber projects still on hold
SIBLEY COUNTY —For the second meeting in a row, the Sibley County Board of Commissioners took no action to move forward on the $70 million Fiber-to-theHome project in Sibley and Renville counties as well as Brownton and Stewart in McLeod County, the Arlington Enterprise reported. At issue is not being able to find a bond counsel willing to give a favorable opinion on Sibley County’s participation, the Enterprise reported.
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Question of the week
There will be two constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballots — one defining marriage as one man and one woman and the other requiring a government-issued voter ID. Which do you support? 1) Marriage amendment only 2) Voter ID amendment only 3) Both 4) Neither Results for most recent question: A controversial film made in California inflamed the passions in the Muslim world recently. Numerous people were killed. Should the film have been censored? Yes — 20% No — 80%
135 votes. New question runs Oct. 17-23
Letters to Editor Christians, speak in defense of marriage
To the Editor: Genesis 2:18-25: The first marriage, note especially verse 24, “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to see his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Marriage as a life-long commitment between a man and a woman was part of God’s plan from the beginning. God’s principles for marriage remain unchanged today. Genesis 19: The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord leaves no doubt that homosexuality is a sin in his punishment of these wicked towns. Exodus 20:14: The Sixth Commandment. “You shall not commit adultry.” Any use of sex outside of marriage, which God established is between a man and a woman (Genesis 2), is sinful, including homosexual activity. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13: Homosexuality is forbidden in Old Testament law. Some may say, “But that was only for the Old Testament.” But the prohibition of homosexuality is repeated in the New Testament, showing that this is God’s law and will be for all people for all time. Romans 1:26-27: Homosexuality is “unnatural, indecent and a perversion.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Unrepentant “homosexual offenders” are listed as those who will not enter the kingdom of God. 1 Timothy 1:9-11: “Perverts” refers to those who practice homosexuality. Jude 7: Refers back to the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. Be careful not to turn God’s hatred of the sin of homosexuality into God’s hatred of a person caught up in that sin. God wants all people, including homosexuals, to be saved. Jesus died also for the sin of homosexuality. A repentant homosexual will strive to avoid that sin, knowing that God does not want him/her to commit it. While they still may face temptations to sin homosexually, they will look to the Savior for strength to resist and rest on His forgiving love. Homosexuality is not a “human rights” issue. Some try to compare “homosexual rights” to equal rights for African-Americans or people of other races. These are not the same issues! Homosexuality is a moral issue, governed by the Lord in his Word. As Christians, we need to speak out against this sin and to stand up for marriage as defined in the Bible. The government does not have the right to change the definition of marriage, or to tell us what to teach about marriage. This is an issue of “freedom of religion.” So it is appropriate for us Christians to speak up for the defense of God’s gift of marriage between a man and a woman. Ruth Wendlandt Gaylord
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To the Editor: Door knocking and putting up signs for candidates allows me to learn about the political pulse of your family, friends and neighbors. Since August, I have heard, “We gotta get him out!” or “We won’t survive four more years!” Many honorable Democrats agree. Not since Reagan has Minnesota been this Republican. Even DFL candidates sound conservative. This leads me to our state representative race and two concerns. For a DFLer hinting they are prolife is good news, but it is like whispering that you’re voting yes for traditional marriage. Maybe they are. The problem? The DFL hates both issues and any DFL candidate must vote Obama, Klobuchar, Peterson and Dayton. Not one will make the womb kid-friendly or child-safe. Right now we have a prolife, pro-traditional marriage state representative in Glenn Gruenhagen, who has lots of friends in Saint Paul with him. My second concern should not need bringing up because it is so visibly obvious, but the old saying goes, “If you repeat a lie enough it eventually becomes the truth.” No matter what DFLers suggest, most farmers support Arlington farm kid Glenn Gruenhagen. Test my claim. Drive around. Candidly, we can’t get to all the fields of family farmers wanting signs. Farmers know what pencils out and taxmore/spend-more/tax-more policies don’t lead to successful farming or state budgeting. To all good Democrats and independents in Sibley and McLeod counties, over the past two years Minnesotans witnessed how common sense compassionate conservatism proved to be a profitable way to govern. Glenn Gruenhagen and the GOP majority turned Minnesota from a huge deficitstate to a surplus-state, in only one session. Never forget, every DFLer voted against getting you a surplus. Please help re-elect Glenn Gruenhagen and vote Republican ... before it’s too late for America. Mark Santelman Winthrop
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Stewart class of 1961
The Stewart High School graduating class of 1961 held its 51-year reunion Sept. 15 at the Oakdale Golf Club clubhouse in rural Buffalo Lake. Attending were, front row, left to right, Donna (Kalenberg) Twite, Steve Twite, Ken Lade, Sharon (Burge) Murry and Leonard Weber. Second row, Mary (Larson) Bulau, Paula (Lambertson) Bulau and Judy (Wick) Maiers. Back row, James Sondergaard, Alvin Knaak, Robert Streich, Willard Carlson and Bob Markgraf.
Stewart teachers attend
Four retired Stewart school teachers attended the Sept. 15 reunions of the Stewart graduating classes of 1961 and 1962, held at the Buffalo Lake Oakdale clubhouse. The teachers are, from left, Franchon Ellwood, Mervin Ellwood, Don Hansen and Jim Mills.
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Brownton class of 1962
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Stewart class of 1962
Members of the Stewart High School graduating class of 1962 held its 50-year reunion Sept. 15 at the Oakdale Golf Club clubhouse, Buffalo Lake. Attending from the class were, front, left to right, Carol (Trettin) Wilson, Noreen (Wendlandt) Curry, Connie (Kalenberg) Hamm and Kathy (Eitel) Klitzke. In the back are Leeland Sifferath, Darvin Bethke, Tyrone Wacker, Douglas Proehl and Richard Twite.
The Brownton High School graduating class of 1962 held its 50-year reunion on Sept. 22 at American Legion Post 580 in Chanhassen. Those attending included, front row, from left to right, Bonnie (Brethorst) Moisan, Eldonna (Alsleben) Rettmann, Sharon (Vinar) Latvala, Shirley (Raiber) Lindeman, Karen (Rennecke)
Henke, Ann (Wachter) Konietzko, Marjorie (Kloempken) Grewe, Sharon (Ruschmeyer) Haggenmiller, Ardis (Maass) Waller and Nancy (Hagen) Johnson. In the back are Wayne Burville, Keith Peik, Harvey Klitzke, Jake Lamp, Ted Rickert, Dennis Vinar, Jerry Kloempken and Dave Wendlandt.
Stewart street, utility project going well, Council hears
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Stewart’s street and utility project is progressing nicely, the Stewart City Council heard at its Oct. 9 meeting. Matt Maiers, maintenance supervisor, and Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineering firm, reported that most of the underground work is completed and hooked up, that the curb and gutter work was set to begin that day, and paving on Herbert Street and Prior Street should begin later this week. Kehren said paving of Main Street will not be done until next spring. As part of the discussion, the question of whether the city should pursue compliance of its inflow and infiltration (I&I) ordinance “as long as the streets and yards are already torn up,” said Mayor Jeff Erkenbrack. Maiers said services from the street to the residences and businesses were already being examined by camera for potential leaks of clean water into the sanitary sewer system. The Council agreed that properties which have such leaks should correct the issues. In other business, the City Council heard from Dr. Rick Clark, superintendent of schools at Buffalo Lake-Hector/Stewart, regarding a proposed operating levy referendum, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Clark said an operating levy of $776.65 per pupil unit is already in place, and the school district is seeking to extend that levy for another 10 years. There also is a second question on the ballot seeking approval of an additional $250 per pupil unit, which will generate revenue for technology and building improvements. Clark said the second levy question is contingent on the passing of the first question. The City Council also: • Certified delinquent utility and garbage collection bills to property taxes. • Agreed to amend its cemetery policy to accommodate cremations. • Agreed to lease space in one of the city maintenance sheds to the BLHS district to shelter a bus. • Agreed to spend about $865 to repair tile in the women’s bathroom at the community center.
22 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Twenty-two Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Carol Brelje, first, and Gladys Rickert, second; pinochle, Pearl Streu, first, and Betty Katzenmeyer, second; and sheephead, Harriet Bergs, first, and Lil Lindeman, second. Della Schultz won the door prize. Pearl Streu served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
Thurs., Oct. 18 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-2125290 for info.; Stewart Lions. Mon., Oct. 22 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 5-5:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m., Brownton Community Center; Rod & Gun Club. Tues., Oct. 23 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 25 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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Sibley County Historical Society program Oct. 23
The Sibley County Historical Museum is winding down the open hours for the season. The public will still be able to visit on Sundays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Our artifacts date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s donated by Sibley County families, displayed in each of the 14 rooms on three floors,” said Sharon Haggenmiller, museum curator. “We are located along Highway 19 at the west edge of Henderson. Future plans include a Christmas event tentatively scheduled for Dec. 30.” The last program of the season will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., at the museum in Henderson. “Preserving Farm Heritage” will be a presentation by author Gordon W. Frederickson. He has written several books about farming and the families working together. “A Farm Country Picnic” involves many farm activities as pictures from the past and illustrations from the book are projected on a large screen. He shows how he uses specific details from actual events to give his stories historical accuracy. In addition, there will be a video about wheat harvesting in Washington state in the late 1800s, with mule teams pulling hillside combines. Everyone is welcome to attend the programs. For more information contact Judy at 507-248-3345 or check the website sibleycountyhistori calmuseum.com.
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Strong, Rindal announce birth
Xavier Strong and Adam Rindal of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Baela, on Oct. 2, 2012, at Hutchinson Community Hospital. Lillian weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18-3/4 inches in length. Her older siblings are Brighton, Hayden and Tavia. Grandparents are Wayne and Kim Strong of Glencoe, and Kevin and Kathy George and Kenneth and Linda Rindal, all of Eau Claire, Wis.
Deaths Melvin Foss, 70, of Norwood Young America
Melvin “Mel” Foss, 70, of Norwood Young America, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at the Lakeview Ranch Care Facility in Darwin. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, and the funeral service will be at 11 a.m., also at St. John’s Lutheran. Interment will be at a later date in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in NYA. For an online guest book, go to www.hantge.com.
Heuer graduates from basics
Clarification: Army Pfc. Mitchell T. Heuer, son of Timothy Heuer of Glencoe and Leisha Klima of Annandale, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Heuer is a 2007 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. Klima was omitted from the original press release from the U.S. Army.
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Pillars of character
Nine Glencoe-Silver Lake High School students were selected as Pillars of Character for September. The pillar awards are presented for caring, taking responsibility and being trustworthy. The honorees included, front, from left, Charley Wyser, caring; Garret Ober, caring; Reed Dunbar, caring; and Derek Bratsch, caring. In the back are Maria Carlson, responsibility; Rachel Rusten, responsibility; Brody Bratsch, caring; Courtney Schroepfer, trustworthiness; and Kailey Yurek, responsibility.
Son born to Alsleben family
Darron and Tami Alsleben of Glencoe announce the birth of their son, Calvin Thomas, on Oct. 1, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Calvin weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19-1/4 inches long. He joins an older brother, Drew. Grandparents are Tom and Linda Rozeske of Aitkin and Aaron and Carol Alsleben of Glencoe. Great-grandmother is Ruth Randt of Glencoe.
Weege has $30,000 ticket
Robert Weege of Hutchinson won $30,000 by playing the Lottery’s Joker’s Wild Crossword scratch game. He claimed his prize Oct. 9. The winning ticket was purchased at Casey’s General Store, 801 E. 13th St., Glencoe.
MnDOT warns about campaign signs in highway rights of way
Placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is prohibited under Minnesota State Statute 160.27, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). In addition, campaign signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits without landowner consent. Highway rights of way include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. MnDOT crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of its local maintenance truck stations. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road. In addition, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act (Minnesota State Statute 173.15) prohibits erecting advertising devices on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features. “MnDOT administers these laws in a fair and impartial manner,” said MnDOT spokesman T.J. Melcher. “Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs wrongly placed on state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens or charitable groups.” For information regarding the proper placement of campaign signs or where to find signs that have been removed, contact the local MnDOT office at 320-2315195 in Willmar, 320-2348460 in Hutchinson or 507537-6146 in Marshall. Also, see www.dot.state.mn.us/gov rel/rw_signs.html.
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Son for Schwirtz, Helms
Sonya Schwirtz and Sammual Helms Sr. announce the birth of their son, Skylar Hunter Helms, on Oct. 1, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Skylar weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Older siblings are Sammual Helms Jr. and Spencer Helms. Grandparents are Allen and Dawn Schwirtz of Arlington, and Debbie Haggenmiller and Bob Blumhoffer, both of Arlington
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Son born to Schultz family
Corey and Lyndsey Schultz of Arlington announce the birth of their son, Tate Alexander, on Oct. 3, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Tate weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 22-1/4 inches long. His older sister is Brooklyn. Grandparents are Kurt and Laurie Becker of Gaylord.
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Fishers announce birth
Corey and Heidi Jo Fisher of Arlington announce the birth of their daughter, Gretta Annmarie, on Oct. 5, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Gretta weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19-3/4 inches long. Her older siblings are Landon and Nolan. Grandparents are Larry and Carol Fisher of Arlington, Glenn Bearson of Carlos, Minn., and Jeanne Bearson of Morris.
Son born to Strobel family
Kevin and Heather Strobel of Hutchinson announce the birth of their son, Noah, on Oct. 3, 3012, at Hutchinson Community Hospital. Noah weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Richard and Sandy DeRock of Buffalo Lake and Robert and Michelle Strobel of Plato.
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As the coming season approaches, McLeod County Social Services would like to invite residents to participate in its effort to fulfill the wishes of the children in the county who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the feeling of receiving gifts Christmas morning as most kids do. “Every year we collect Christmas gift requests from parents for their children. We then send out tags to area business, churches and other agencies, which they place on their Christmas tree for staff, customers and other community members to take and purchase the item listed,” said Veronica Coates and Lisa Eystad of McLeod County Social Services, sponsors of the 2012 McLeod County Christmas Project. If one would like to participate or would like more information, contact either Coates at 320-864-1316, veronica.coates@co.mcleod. mn.us or Eystad at 320-8641247, lisa.eystad@co.mc leod.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, and with your continued support,” they said.
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Nicholas Schauer, son of Laurie and Steven Schauer of Glencoe, is a national pedal pull participant. Schauer competed at the Minnesota state level for 6year-old boys in Hutchinson, where he finished second overall and qualified to go to the national competition. The national competition was at the Corn Palace at Mitchell, S.D. Schauer brought home a big fourth-place trophy. He is the grandson of Gary and Sharon Schauer of Glencoe and Richard and Margaret Stoeckmann of Hamburg.
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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., Oct. 17 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m Fri., Oct. 19 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m. CHRIST LUTHERAN 1820 N. Knight Ave., Glencoe Katherine Rood, Pastor 320-864-4549 www.christluth.com E-mail: office@christluth.com Wed., Oct. 17 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; no confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; no senior choir, 8 p.m.; lay minister meeting, 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Naomi Circle at Orchard Estates, 9 a.m.; long-term care worship, 9:30 a.m.; stewardship team meeting, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 — Brittany AdrianAdam Myers wedding rehearsal, 5 p.m.; Air Maxx Trampoline Park K10 event, leave at 1:45 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 — Adrian-Myers wedding, 2:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship with communion, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; adult education, Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Televised worship on Channel 10, 3 p.m.; Light & Life articles due. Tues., Oct. 23 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; circle leaders Bible study, 1 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; confirmation photos and service run through 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Ladies Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Ladies Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; no religious education classes. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no school. Fri., Oct. 19 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no school; no Spanish Mass. Sat., Oct. 20 — Reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — World Mission Sunday; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious education classes, 12:45 p.m.; living rosary, 1 p.m.; Catholicism series at St. Pius X, 4 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m.. Mon., Oct. 22 — Blessed John Paul II AFC Feast Day; no Mass; Hands committee, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; no junior choir. Wed., Oct. 24 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; grades K-6 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; grades 7-10 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent meeting at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Oct. 17 — Circles meet; choir, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Cottage meeting at Bensons’ home, 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; confirmation, 2 p.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Pastoral relations committee, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Choir, 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., Oct. 17 — Newsletter deadline; FLS chapel, 8:05 a.m.; no public school confirmation. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Church council, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct,. 21 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Thrivent member meeting, 4 p.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — OT overview, 9:30 a.m.; endowment committee, 6 p.m.; special voters meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Public school confirmation, 3 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.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., Oct. 17 — TBD3. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Men’s and women’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Community Strings, 4:30 p.m.; LIVE, 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Mondays at the Manor Bible Study, 1 p.m. Tues., Oct.23 — Orchard Estates Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m.; F3. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Grades 5-6 catechism, 3:45 p.m.; grades 7-8 catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: contact@gracebrownton.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Oct. 17 — Confirmation, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Local broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Confirmation, 4 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Oct. 17 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; no confirmation classes; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — No preschool classes; communion, visitations to shut-ins. Fri., Oct. 19 — No preschool classes. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; no Bible study; voters meeting following worship; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; circuit forum, 1 p.m. Mon., Oct. 22, and Tues., Oct. 23 — Pastors conference, no office hours. Thurs., Oct. 24 — Bible study, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; Alleluia Bell Choir practice, 6:30 p.m.; vocal choir practice, 7:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Oct. 17 — Free class, “Influence of the Bible on America,” open to public, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Free class, “Influence of the Bible on America,” open to public, 7 p.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Church council meeting, 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 — No worship. Sun., Oct. 21 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — WELCA sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; seventh-grade confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Oct. 17 — No Mass. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Mass, 9 a.m. Fri., Oct. 19 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m.; confirmation, 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Bible study 6 p.m.; confirmation, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Oct. 21 — 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., Oct. 17 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.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., Oct. 17 — Youth choir, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Bible study, 9 a.m.; bulletin deadline; Plato and Glencoe visits; deacons, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — “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. Wed., Oct. 24 — Midweek, grades 4-6, 6 p.m.; no Midweek grades 7-8. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Oct. 17 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; no confirmation; adult choir, 6 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 — Worship committee, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; prayer time, 11 a.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Bible study, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Oct. 17 — No confirmation. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school and adult education, 10:20 a.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Oct. 17 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship with guest speaker Dean Aldrich, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Centershot Archery Ministry, 1 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, 7 p.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., Oct. 17 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship to follow service. Wed., Oct. 24 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; grades K-6 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; grades 7-11 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 — Mass, 8 a.m. Sat. Oct. 20 — Reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Mass, 8 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; grades K-6 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; grades 7-11 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Ladies’ Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Ladies’ Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Oct. 17 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. WATER OF LIFE CHURCH IGLESIA METODISTA LIBRE Clinica del Alma 727 16th St. E., Glencoe Spanish/bi-lingual services Nestor and Maria German, Pastors E-mail: nestor2maria@hotmail.com Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 2 p.m. ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 77 Second Ave. S. Corner C.R. 1 and Second St. S., Lester Prairie David R. Erbel, pastor Wed., Oct. 17 — Office closed. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Office open, 9 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship pastor Sat., Oct. 21 — Men’s night out at Brian Olson’s, 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; grief share, 2 p.m.; running, jogging ministry, 4 p.m. Mon., Oct. 22 — Women’s discipleship, 6:30 p.m.; men’s Bible study, 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 24 — Release time for grades 2-5, 9 a.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth, 7:30 p.m.
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Brownton class of 1967
The Brownton High School graduating class of 1967 held its 45-year reunion Sept. 15 at the McLeod County fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The classmates attending the reunion included, front row, from left, Warren “Buster” West, Lonnie Lindeman, Donald Albrecht, Larry Klitzke, Oather Martin, Doug Dwinnell and Robert Paulson. In the back are Rhonda (Spiering) Lindeman, Lana (Rickert) Seltz, Naomi (Zimmerman) Stinson, Nyla (Schwarzrock) Stoller, Nancy (Opitz) Dammann and Kathy (Tongen) Lund. There were 30 classmates. Two are deceased, Ron Duehn and Dwayne Dennin.
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Fire prevention tips
The New Auburn Fire Department held its annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 7, for fire prevention week. Firefighters Keith Schmidt and Andrew Trout demonstrated how to put out a grease fire. After the demonstration, the crowd also was given additional fire safety tips.
Building Permits
The following building permits were approved by the Glencoe City Council Monday night, Oct. 15: Jason Zehnder, 1025 Vernon Lane, garage. Scott Herout, 303 W. 17th St., reroof. Bob Shanahan, 115 and 119 Hennepin Ave. S., finish townhomes. Tim Farrell, 1930 E. 11th St., reroof. Gary Tabbert, 1408 Fir Ave., reroof. Jaclyn Elgren, 1715 E. 10th St., fence. Silvia Perez, 1305 E. 13th St., reroof. Ed Kessling, 1121 E. 13th St., reroof. Sophie Schade, 1311 Chandler Ave., reroof. Gary Tessmer, 1319 E. 15th St., re-side/window replacement. Julio Arce, 1605 Birch Ave., reroof. Ron Burandt, 1522 DeSoto Ave., plumbing permit, window replacement. Russell Peterson, 1522 Louden Ave., reroof. Tony Stepien, 1327 E. 15th St., re-side. Russell Bass, 405 W. 17th St., reroof. Nancy Windschitl, 1519 Russell Ave., reroof. Charley Schmidt, 630 Ford Ave., reroof.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbors who sent cards, flowers or plants, gave memorials, brought food, or did other deeds of kindness during our time of sorrow. Most of all, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Our thanks to the New Auburn First Responders and the Gaylord and Glencoe Ambulance Services. Also, thank you to Pastor Brad Danielson for his comforting words and support, the organist, soloist, casket bearers, interpreters, New Auburn VFW Post #7266 for military honors, ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church for serving lunch, and to Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel for their help and guidance. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered. God bless all of you. The Family of Earl Neubarth
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Enduring Suffering
One can endure almost anything, so long as it isn’t meaningless. By the very nature of our finite existence, we are going to suffer. All God’s creatures will suffer sickness or injury, and ultimately death, but that does not make life meaningless. Suffering can be made sacred by identifying our suffering with the suffering and death of Christ, which gives our suffering cosmic significance. Another way in which one can make one’s suffering meaningful is by envisioning it as a trial. It may be a cliché to say that suffering produces character, but that doesn’t make it less true. We all must find our own way to make our suffering meaningful. Sometimes the suffering is just the tedium of our jobs, and even mind-numbing boredom can be an opportunity to find meaning via mindfulness. Other times the suffering is physical pain or discomfort, and the challenge is to figure out how to view our pain or discomfort in such a way that it can be handled with equanimity. Perhaps the hardest suffering to endure is mental or emotional suffering. Anxiety and depression can literally be too much for many people to endure, and so it is vital to ask for help, and sometimes that is the meaning in suffering: that we are finite, limited creatures who are quite often helpless in the face of horrible pain and that we must be ready and willing to reach out for help. —Christopher Simon “Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, LORD, to help me.” – Psalm 70:1
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Questions about charter commission continue
By Rich Glennie Editor It seems the controversy surrounding the Glencoe Charter Commission and its appointment process simply will not go away. John Salsbury, a citizen critical of the process, asked several questions of Glencoe City Council on Monday night, but received no answers. Salsbury noted that while First District Chief Judge Edward Lynch, when he made his appointments to the charter commission, required the charter members to sign affidavits and sign oaths. That all needed to be sent to Judge Lynch within 30 days. Salsbury said his research indicated the affidavits are on file, “but the (signed) oaths are not.” Under state statute, if those oaths were not returned within 30 days, then those appointees were considered to have declined the appointments. Salsbury also questioned who hired the attorney Chris Hood of Flaherty & Hood for the charter commission work. He said he has searched the official minutes and found no mention of that action being taken. The charter indicates the charter commission determines if an attorney is needed, Salsbury said, and any thing over $1,500 would require City Council approval. “Nowhere was it authorized to pay $16,000 ....,” Salsbury said. He also said he was confused about moving the redistricting authority to City Council from the charter commission. Also he was confused about the voting procedure that allowed a majority of those charter commissioners present to count, rather than the required majority of all 12 members of the charter commission. Salsbury said he was pointing these things out so the City Council does not get into legal trouble if it did not have the authority to redistrict. City Council members did not respond. In other matters, City Council: • Certified delinquent bills to be collected on property taxes after holding a public hearing and no one commented. • Set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, concerning Ordinance 579 “Charter Cleanup and Charter Recodification.” • Heard the city made a final offer to the Glencoe Police Federation on a new contract and has not heard back. City Administrator Mark Larson said that was the city’s final offer. He said it appears the two sides will seek arbitration. • Heard that New Ulm Telecommunications has made an application to provide telephone services in Glencoe. Larson said that would be the second telephone carrier in the community if the application gets approval. • Heard from Gary Schreifels, city public works director, that City Council should look at the volume of materials at the city’s elm site. He said there is about a year’s worth of leaves and branches. The brush and leaf piles will be taken care of by the end of the year. But he noted that the county is phasing out its funding for the city’s composting program by 2014. In 2013, the county will only fund a half of the cost, and the city will foot the entire cost in 2014. Larson said the city is looking at its monthly $1 per household recycling fee, that generates about $25,000 a year, as a source to pay for the city’s composting program. • Heard that the final transmission lines for the Glencoe Light & Power transmission line/Diamond Avenue substation project is nearly done. Larson said the aim was to have that project substantially done before paving of the Buffalo Highlands Trail can take place. The trail follows the same route as the transmission line. The paving of the trail could begin next Monday, Larson said. In conjunction with that, the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting/four-mile run/walk/bike to officially open the trail that travels two miles east of Morningside Avenue to County Road 1. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. • Heard that work of the Aquatics Center flume slide will get started in a couple of days. The slide will be sandblasted and repainted.
Oct. 22-26 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Hamburger, ovenbrown potatoes, corn, bun with margarine, escalloped apples, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Chicken ala king, peas and carrots, fruit salad, rice, cookie, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Italian meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce salad with dressing, garlic bread, winter-mix vegetables, ice cream, low-fat milk. Thursday — Pork loin, whole parslied potatoes, carrots, dinner roll with margarine, poke cake, low-fat milk. Friday — Hot beef sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, bread with margarine, peaches, low-fat milk. Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie Monday — Sweet-and-sour popcorn chicken, seasoned peas, beef hot dog on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked chicken patty on whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on whole-grain bun, buffalo chicken pizza, salad bar. Tuesday — Italian meat sauce on whole-grain pasta, bread stick, seasoned green beans, grilled cheese on whole-grain bread, oven-baked chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on a whole-grain bun, Brooklyn-style pepperoni flat bread, salad bar. Wednesday — Beef nachos with cheese, corn chips, brown fiesta rice, refried beans, barbecued chicken on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on a whole-grain bun, aloha chicken pizza, salad bar. Thursday — Chicken broccoli alfredo, whole-grain pasta, garlic bread stick, seasoned carrots, hot ham and swiss on a whole-grain bun, oven-baked chicken patty on whole-grain bun, cheeseburger on whole grain bun, meatlover ’s pizza, salad bar. Friday — Beef stew, baking powder biscuit, mashed potatoes, seasoned corn, sloppy joe on a whole-grain bun, grilled chicken on a whole-grain bun, hamburger on a whole-grain bun, chicken bruschetta pizza, salad bar. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Mini corn dogs, baked beans, applesauce, bread, milk. Tuesday — Lasagna, bread stick, green beans, pears, milk. Wednesday — Potato soup, ham and bologna sandwich, carrot and celery sticks, peaches, milk. Thursday — Cheesy chicken rice hot dish, broccoli, bread, mandarin oranges, milk. Friday — Chicken drummies, tator tots, pineapple, bread, milk. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Riblet with bun, baked beans, carrots with dip, pineapple, milk. Tuesday — Turkey slices, mashed potatoes with gravy, dinner roll, green beans, mixed fruit, milk. Wednesday — Fifth-grade invite. Italian dunkers with sauce, peaches, curly fries, corn, milk. Thursday — Sloppy joes, apple slices, broccoli with cheese sauce, carrots with dip, milk. Friday — Shrimp poppers, macaroni and cheese, raw vegetables with dip, pineapple, peas, milk.
Students of the month
The September Students of the Month at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School included, front, from left to right, Clarissa Ober, Piper Davis, Samantha Johnson and Cassie Forcier. In the back are Stephanie Welch, Mitchell Rothstein, Michael Coughlin, Jeremy Tower and Moriah Maunu. Missing were Brandon Greeley, Taylor Novak and Lucia Vega.
Harvest remains ahead of schedule
The Oct. 9 Minnesota Ag News crop weather report that was released by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service indicates that Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvest is still way ahead of average. You can find the most current report at http://www.nass.usda.gov. The report from Oct. 9 indicates that the amount of corn harvested in Minnesota was at 78 percent compared to the five-year average of 11 percent. The amount of soybeans harvested was at 95 percent compared to the five-year average of 55 percent. These average numbers may be higher or lower depending on the local conditions. Many reports indicate better than expected crops in the region. Those interested in applying fall nitrogen should be assessing the soil temperatures before considering application. Soil temperatures at the fourinch depth from Oct. 1-7 indicated an average of 58° at Lamberton, 53° at Morris, 56° at St. Paul, and 57° at Waseca. Soil temperature data is also available from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The six-inch depth from Oct. 8-12 indicated an average of 56° near Hutchinson. Soil temperatures cycle up and down as a reflection of the air temperature and as a result local soil temperatures are still fluctuating. ***** University of Minnesota Extension Dean Bev Durgan honored the private applicator recertification team as the distinguished team on Oct. 9 at Extension’s annual conference. She also honored several Extension faculty members for exemplary work that helped Sounds like multiplication? It’s newspaper talk for a one column by two inch ad. Too small to be effective? You’re reading this one! Put your 1x2 in the Chronicle or Advertiser today. 320-864-5518
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A two-vehicle accident was reported at 10:11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, on 11th Street and Greeley Avenue. Involved was an Asian Foods semi-trailer that was making a wide turn trying to avoid a pole as it entered the alley. The rear passenger side struck a parked 2010 Dodge Charger, belonging to Denise Peterson of Rosemount. The truck driver was Chad Nelson, 39, of White Bear Lake. A woman’s 10-speed Huffy bicycle was found at Fleet Supply Monday afternoon. At 3:35 p.m., Monday, a student reported a car had been “keyed” while parked at the high school. A resident in the 800 block of 12th Street reported Monday that someone had broken into a shed on the property. Police received a call from the high school about a suspected impaired student driving under the influence at 9:33 a.m., Tuesday. A resident in the 1600 block of Chandler Avenue reported Tuesday that both license plates had been stolen off her vehicle on Oct. 6 and put back on Oct. 7. On the morning of Oct. 9, she went to use her windshield wipers and discovered they were missing. A two-vehicle collision was reported at 4:32 p.m., Tuesday, in the 800 block of 11th Street. Involved were a vehicle driven by Kenneth Kroells of Glencoe, who was backing out of a parking space and struck the rear passenger door of a vehicle westbound on 11th Street and driven by Renae Charbonneau of Glencoe. A stolen pickup truck was recovered at 7:34 a.m., Wednesday, in a corn field at 13323 Kale Ave., northwest of Glencoe. A theft was reported at 10:07 a.m., Wednesday, at a residence in the 300 block of 8th Street. The cover on a boat had been cut off, rolled back and a full five-gallon gas tank stolen. A hit-and-run accident was reported at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, at Jungclaus Implement. A motorcyclist reported his cycle had been struck while parked in front of the business, causing about $100 in damage. Police were called to a medical emergency at Grand Meadows where a man was reported to be unresponsive. When police arrived, he was conscious and breathing and transported by ambulance to the hospital. Another medical was reported at 7:12 p.m. at the Panther Field House where a juvenile dropped a weight on his head while lifting weights. At 12:51 p.m., Thursday, Maria Ann Blackowiak, 32, was arrested in the 1300 block of DeSoto Avenue on warrants from Sibley, Scott and Carver counties. A Little Duke’s employee reported that a man pumped $40 in gas and made a verbal agreement to come right back to pay for it after he said he left his wallet at home. It occurred at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, and the man never returned. The Little Duke’s employee stated the man had done this two other times. The employee also took down the wrong lincense plate number, and the vehicle’s license plate was blocked from the store’s camera. It was reported as a theft. A theft of a boat gas can was reported Friday afternoon. The theft was thought to have happened between Oct. 8-12 from a residence in the 1200 block of Abbott Avenue. During a traffic stop at 7:49 p.m., Friday, police discovered the driver had a warrant out in Sibley County. When stopped he also had his head covered with the hood of his sweatshirt. The driver was cited for driving after suspension. The incident occurred on 10th Street and Chandler Avenue. Another driver was arrested and charged with fourth-degree driving under the influence after a traffic stop at 3:02 a.m., Saturday, on Highway 22 at Pine Drive. A verbal altercation was reported at 1:15 a.m., Sunday, at a residence in the 1100 block of Armstriong Avenue. It resulted in an adult female being arrested for disorderly conduct. A resident in the 500 block of 13th Street reported the theft of her daughter’s “Thruster” bicycle from their front yard at 6:58 a.m., Monday. The bicycle was valued at $100. A boys’ red “Next” bicycle was reported stolen at 5:07 p.m., Monday, from a yard in the 500 block of 12th Street. The bicycle was valued at $110. A burglary was reported at 3:30 p.m., Monday, at a residence in the 1700 block of Judd Avenue. A lock was removed from a utility shed door. There was no damage reported, and nothing was reported missing.
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Augsburg Singers
The Augsburg Centennial Singers dazzled the audience in the Glencoe City Center’s Grand Ballroom Thursday night with a concert. The 60-man chorus was billed “men of faith passing on the faith through songs of praise.” Emcee Dan Perschau said the Augsburg Singers average 72 years of age, with the oldest being 91. But their voices were strong and rich as they sang music ranging from Hayden to Beethoven to gospel music. At right, the duet of Bill Strom, baritone, left, and Gordon Gathright, tenor, sang “Like a River Glorious.” The Augsburg Centennial Singers are directed by Al Reesnes. The concert was sponsored by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95 and the Glencoe City Center.
Time for ‘Minnesota Nice’
Linda Krueger collecting items, donations for soldiers’ packages
By Rich Glennie Editor planned to just do five packages. It then became 10, 20, and then 30,” said Linda Krueger of Glencoe. She did 29 packages last year, and is beginning to put together as many packages as possible again this Christmas season. Krueger is involved with Operation Minnesota Nice, an organization that packages up and sends “care packages” of every-day necessities for military personnel stationed abroad. Many of those items are not available where the servicemen and women are stationed around the globe. Krueger said the success of the care package program is often expressed by the military personnel themselves in return letters and e-mails. But the success is only as good as the local support, she added. “If it was not for family, friends and donations from the communities, I could not do this,” she added. Operation Minnesota Nice aims at giving military personel stationed overseas a little something to pick up their spirits and to supply some of the necessities that are not always supplied by the military, like razors, toiletries, paperback books or snacks. While Operation Minnesota Nice operates all year, Krueger said she selected Christmas time to send her packages to random servicemen and women. As one wrote back last December: “I want to take the time to personally thank you for the care package that you sent to me, and I hope you will extend this gratitude to anyone else that you know with Operation Minnesota Nice, who has chosen to share their goodwill and
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kindness with deployed service members” It was from Andrew L. Lemieux, staff sergeant, U.S. Army, stationed at the time in Kuwait. “Your kind and generous gifts mean a lot to me and your thoughtfulness is a reassuring reminder to all of us that what we do in the service of our country is both worthwhile and appreciated.” Lemieux went on to write that most soldiers share what they get in the packages, “and every item you packaged was put to good use.” Another soldier wrote to Krueger and noted the packages are appreciated. “Every single item in the package.” He added at the end of his letter: “I don’t know how much to thank you all, but I’ll say this, you are the heroes.” Another wrote, that he had asked his parents to send a pillow. He got the pillow, but no pillow case. “Thankfully, your package arrived today (the next day) also ... with a pillow case!” Krueger said she often wraps items in such a way that the wrapping is useful, too ... like in a pillow case. The same soldier added, “I love my job, but love even more when we receive little reminders that there are people back home thinking of us while we’re over here.” Krueger is now in the process of collecting items and donations to purchase items and pay for the shipping of this year’s boxes. “The shipping is expensive,” Krueger said, and thus the need to package as many items in the boxes as possible. They are shipped at a flat rate of $13.45 a box through the U.S. Postal Service, she said. Krueger said she plans to start making the packages now and hopes to complete as
many boxes as possible by the end of the month, because it takes two to three weeks to be delivered to the troops. “I’ll keep sending them if we get late donations. I would like it to get to them by Christmas.” Two popular items, she discovered from returning soldiers, have been Christmas tree tinsel and battery-powered lights. Another popular item is the windup and battery-operated toys that wiggle and gyrate, she said. Krueger said she will accept donations of items to be packaged, and also cash donations from those who do not want to shop. “Make a donation, and I’ll get it.” Anyone interested in making a donation, can do so by calling Krueger at 320-8645944. Asked how she got involved with Operation Minnesota Nice, “It’s just something I got into. I don’t know why,” she laughed. Krueger said she started out small, but it has snowballed into many more each year. She said donors also can get a name of a soldier of their own and send them monthly packages. Once the soldier returns from deployment, the donor is notified, and the packages go to another service member. So what is needed? Krueger has a complete list of desired items that range from food, candy and noncarbonated drinks to hygiene items, clothing, batteries, bug sprays, books and board games. Krueger wraps each care package to maximize the number of items per package. She fills every nook and cranny of the box in the process. For a complete list contact Krueger at 320-864-5944. Those wishing to know more
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