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The McLeod County
Brownton’s fallen firefighter Ebert picks 3 passes; Becker next honored — Page 1B
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By Rich Glennie Editor On a 3-2 vote Monday night, Glencoe City Council approved a revamping of its departments Monday night when it rolled the duties of the street department into the parks and public works departments. With the resignation of long-time street superintendent Terry Buska due to health reasons at the end of October, City Administrator Mark Larson proposed reducing the department heads by one and transferring Buska’s duties to Mike Drew, park department supervisor, and Gary Schreifels, public works director. Larson also suggested Drew and Schreifels move their offices into the street maintenance facility on the west side of Glencoe. Schreifels currently has an office in the City Center, while Drew is based in the parks maintenance shed at Oak Leaf Park. “I have confidence in these two gentlemen, and we will not miss a beat,” Larson said. Both Drew and Schreifels would report directly to Larson. Drew has a history of working with the streets and park personnel, Larson said. Drew would supervise his parks and ground maintenance workers and take over Buska’s street duties. Schreifels, who handles the water and wastewater treatment plants, would assume Buska’s sanitary sewer and stormwater duties that include the city’s holding ponds as well.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 • Glencoe, Minnesota Vol. 115 No. 40
Council shuffles public works staff
Larson said an entry-level operator would be hired by the city to replace Buska at a savings, but the city still would have the same number of employees. Larson said this idea of having two public works supervisors was broached years earlier, but was not acted upon. Since that time, Larson said the city employees have cross-trained to handle a variety of duties as needed. “I will also be meeting with all public works employees in the next week to review their ideas for improvements in snowplow operations for the coming season,” Larson said. With the added responsibilities, Larson also proposed an increase in compensation for Drew and Schreifels. Drew, who makes $25.79 per hour now, would increase to $28.67 an hour, or a jump of $6,000 a year. Schreifels, who makes $35.52 per hour would increase to $36.72 or a $2,000 annual increase. That, coupled with hiring an operator to replace Buska, would save the city about $10,000 a year, Larson indicated. “Over the long-term, it’s not a real money-saver.” But Larson said it will be better dealing with two supervisors rather than three. Larson recommended the plan be reviewed in six months by the personnel committee, and City Council evaluate its success within a year.
Chronicle photo by Lee Ostrom
King Kurtis and Queen Brooke
Presiding over 2012 Glencoe-Silver Lake homecoming festivities this week are King Kurtis Kunkel and Queen Brooke Kaczmarek. The two received their crowns during Monday evening’s coronation at the high school auditorium.
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County looking into appeal of sales tax on ARMER system
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The McLeod County Board asked Chief Deputy Tim Langenfeld Tuesday to get figures on how much sales tax the county has spent on equipment for the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) system, slated to be operational by Nov. 1. The conversion of the county’s emergency dispatching and radio system has been mandated by the federal government, and is costing the county about $4 million. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is mandating emergency radio systems to convert to narrowband frequencies to free up space on broadband frequencies. Commissioner Ray Bayerl said Tuesday that some counties were granted exemptions on paying sales tax on their equipment. “That’s not fair,” said Bayerl. Commissioner Sheldon Nies said that the topic has been raised before with the regional radio board. McLeod County participates in a regional system of about 10 southern counties for its emergency radio services. Nies said that all of the counties in the regional system should determine how much sales tax they have had to pay, also, in the event the counties would want to pursue some type of class-action appeal. In other ARMER business, Langenfeld reported that work on back-up towers began this week, that all the radios have arrived, and that the new dispatch center should be up and running the week of Oct. 22. He added that training on the new system for fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel will be the last week of October, and the system should go “live” by Nov. 1. The federal government has mandated a January 2013 deadline for the conversion. In other business Tuesday, the County Board: • Purchased a one-ton crew-cab pickup for $28,160 to replace a 1997 half-ton with 167,000 miles on it. Elvis Voigt of the highway department said the department went with a larger pickup to pull the skid loader trailer. The 2013 Chevrolet was bought on the state-contract system. • Purchased a 2013 Ford Escape under the state contract for the general car pool at a cost of $22,000. • Signed a two-year contract with the city of Stewart to provide law enforcement at a cost of $97,832 in 2013 and $99,530 in 2014. • Approved a bid of $28,810 from Quade Electric to revamp the electrical system at Piepenburg Park.
Chronicle photos by Lori Copler
Rollover claims life of Stewart man
Bert Henry Statema, 84, of Stewart, died Thursday morning at about 11:30 a.m. when the 2003 Ford Windstar he was driving left County Road 7 just northeast of Stewart, hit a power pole and rolled onto its top. His wife, Kathleen Marie Statema, age unknown, was flown by LifeLink helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center. Above is LifeLink landing at the scene; at right, Stewart First Responders attend to the victims. Also responding were Allina Ambulance, Buffalo Lake Ambulance, McLeod Co-op Power and the sheriff’s office.
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Post 143, Auxiliary to meet
Edward Ewald Post 143 of Brownton and Auxiliary will meet on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Brownton Community Center. Host and hostesses for the evening are Dave Wendlandt, Carol Beltz and Jeanne Dodd.
Lake Marion 4-H meets Oct. 7
The Lake Marion Lakers 4-H Club meeting and open house will be at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Dave and Tammy Pikal farm, south of Brownton. There will be a potluck dinner, fun projects and activities to follow the dinner. Contact Tammy Pikal, 4-H club leader, at 320328-4036 if you are interested in attending or would like more information.
Performing Artists series
The first concert of the 2012-13 Glencoe Area Performing Artist Series will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School auditorium. Performing will be “Home Free Acapella,” which is a fusion of comedy and four-part harmony. Home Free is a group of five men who have been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest since 2000.
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The Augsburg Centennial Choir will be in concert at the Glencoe City Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. The concert is sponsored by the Glencoe City Center
and the Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Tickets are available at the City Center or from Al Gruenhagen, Legion Post 95 commander, at 320-510-1294.
Augsburg Singers at City Center, Oct. 11
Al Reesness is the director of the Augsburg Centennial Singers, a 60-voice male chorus, that will appear in concert at the Glencoe City Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets are available from Hannah Huttner, events coordinator at the Glencoe City Center, 1107 E. 11th St., 320864-6405, or from Glencoe American Legion Post Commander Al Gruenhagen at 320-510-1294. The concert is sponsored by the Glencoe City Center and Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Reesness received a bachelor of arts degree from Augsburg and his master of music education degree from MacPhail College of Music. He has done further studies with Fred Waring, Robert Shaw and Roger Wagner. He directed at high schools in Minnesota for 33 years, developing organizations noted for the quality of their singing. “The singers are devout men and are serious about their music,” said Reesness. “They want to sing well, and it is a privilege and honor to direct them.” Reesness has chosen a variety of music for the concert, including sacred selections from the classical repertoire, folks songs, spirituals and a barbershop tune or two. The program will include three familiar hymns newly arranged by members of the Singers touring group. The Centennial Singers were formed in the 1990s to continue the tradition of the gospel quartets from Augsburg that performed in area churches from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Women’s Club to meet Oct. 3
The Brownton Women’s Club will meet tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 3), at 7:45 p.m., at the Brownton Community Center. The members will be making a fall craft. New members are always welcome.
Legion Sunday brunch Oct. 7
The Glencoe American Legion Post 95’s annual Sunday brunch is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Glencoe City Center. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Proceeds support veterans, scholarships at Glencoe-Silver Lake and other community projects. For tickets, call Al Gruenhagen at 320-510-1294; Don Gruenhagen at 320-8643623 or Jim Benson at 320-310-8522.
Memory loss group to meet
The next meeting of the local area support group for adult children, spouses, and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory loss will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. This is a place to meet others who are affected with similar issues, gather information/resources and to receive support throughout the various stages of this journey. Contact Kristal Ehrke, Alzheimer’s Association volunteer facilitator, at 320583-1551 for more information. The group meets at First Lutheran Church, 925 E. 13th St., Glencoe, on the second Tuesday of every month. The support group is open to the public and free of charge. Information about Alzheimer's disease and other support groups in the area can be obtained by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or www.alz.org/mnnd.
County historical society receives historical grant
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) announces that more than 80 organizations in 37 counties throughout the state will receive Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for projects that will preserve and share the state’s rich history and cultural heritage today and for many generations to come. In this latest round of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, MHS awarded 56 mid-size and large grants (over $7,000) and 33 small grants (up to $7,000). Included on the list of midsized grants were the McLeod County Historical Society for compressible archival storage, $51,846, to provide storage that meets museum standards through purchase of compressible shelving for the MCHS artifact collections. In Meeker County, the Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc. and the Litchfield Opera House restroom project received $29,893, to create restrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements in the Litchfield Opera House, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which supports efforts to preserve Minnesota’s land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage. Information about Minnesota Historical and Cultural grant projects can be found at legacy.mnhs.org/. The remaining Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants deadlines for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012, are: Deadlines for Small Grants (up to $7,000), Oct. 5, Nov. 9, (funds permitting) and Jan. 11, 2013 (funds permitting). The grants manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/ grants. Applications are accepted only through the society’s grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.
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Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played at both meetings. 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. The club also will meet at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.
We’re getting the flu shot.
—Ann from Glencoe
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. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits.
City Council Continued from page 1
Council member John Schrupp said his concern was adding more duties to Drew, who already has assumed a lot of jobs for the city. “Mike (Drew) is as busy as he can be now, my concern is he will be too busy.” Schrupp made a motion to table action to allow more time to think about Larson’s proposal. But Mayor Randy Wilson said if action is taken soon, the transition could be a lot easier with Buska remaining on staff until Oct. 28. Council member Gary Ziemer liked the six-month trial period, and stressed the need to listen to the city employees and their ideas for improvements. But Ziemer questioned moving Schreifel’s office from the City Center, because “a lot of people see him there.” Council member Lori Adamietz also said the recommendation caught her off guard, and the change happened sooner than she expected. “But I’m OK for trying it.” Schrupp said in three months, City Council will be talking about wage increases again. He asked how these proposed wage changes now would impact those future discussions. He asked the action be tabled until the next meeting. Adamietz said by delaying it two more weeks, “it really narrows the timeline to get our ducks in a row before Terry (Buska) leaves.” Wilson added that he understood Schrupp’s concerns, but with the sudden resignation of Buska due to health reasons, it put the city “in a bit of a pinch.” Larson added that if the city waited two more weeks, and City Council decided not to make the changes, “we’d have no time to hire a new street superintendent.” Schrupp’s motion to table action was defeated 3-2. Schrupp and council member Greg Copas voted to table, while Ziemer, Adamietz and council member Dan Perschau voted no. A second motion to approve the recommended changes, to be reviewed in six months, passed 3-2, with the same voting pattern.
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Upcoming flu vaccination dates:
Stewart Clinic 300 Bowman St. Wed., Oct. 3 3 pm – 7 pm Lester Prairie Clinic 1024 Central Ave. Wed., Oct. 10 3 pm – 7 pm Glencoe Clinic 1805 Hennepin Ave. N. Thurs., Oct. 11 8 am – 7 pm Mon., Oct. 29 1 pm – 7 pm Appointments are required. To schedule call 320-864-7816 or toll-free 1-800-869-3116. For more scheduling options visit www.grhsonline.org/flu or call 320-864-7972. Flu shots are covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.
Former mayor dies Sept. 17
WINSTED — Long-time Winsted Mayor Don Guggemos, 77, died Sept. 17, the Herald Journal reported. Guggemos was mayor for 13 terms — 1975-80, 1985-98 and 2001-06. He also served on countless other school, church and community organizations, “continually striving to make Winsted a better place,” the Herald Journal reported.
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Charter changes cost defended by Council
By Rich Glennie Editor Glencoe City Council gave first reading to a “charter clean up and recodification” ordinance on Monday night that will update the city’s charter after last June’s changes. The major change was to include the new ward boundaries in the charter. The charter commission also cleaned up some wording in the city charter, and the new ordinance would update the new ordinance section numbers as well. The ordinance change requires three readings. At the public comment portion of the agenda, Lynn Exsted questioned the cost of lawyer fees for the charter changes that were approved by City Council. She quoted state statute about city charters and noted the statute limits cities of Glencoe size to $1,500 for attorney fees. She said the city paid $16,904 to Chris Hood of Flaherty & Hood to help the charter commission make the changes. “Is that what you expected?” Exsted asked the council members. Mayor Randy Wilson said all the costs were approved by City Council and were deemed appropriate “to do the job properly.” Council member John Schrupp added that the ward change in the charter was required by the state after the Census data was made available. Exsted said the state statute indicated cities may employ an attorney, but not exceed $10,000 for a first-class city, like Minneapolis, and “$1,500 for other cities.” “You spent 10 times that,” Exsted said, and she asked for an explanation. “That was way too much for charter changes.” But Wilson said, “It was legal for us to spend additional dollars.” City Administrator Mark Larson added that there is another clause in the statute cited by Exsted that allows the city to choose to spend “what is deemed necessary.” Exsted said people will be surprised about how much the city spent on the charter changes. “People question a lot of things,” Wilson replied. He said the city had to spend more because people questioned the charter amendments. “We would have liked to spend less.” Larson said the city felt it needed “the legal expertise above and beyond what the city attorney could handle.” Council member Lori Adamietz added that City Council felt as long as the charter commission was in place, the entire charter should be looked at. That also caused additional legal costs. Exsted implied the lawyer ran the charter commission meetings, and the lawyer and city staff had the wording already worked out before the commission meetings. That caused angry council member Gary Ziemer to say he was offended by what Exsted was implying. “The lawyer didn’t run the meeting!” Ziemer said. “He was asked to respond to specific questions. He did what the (charter) committee asked him to do. That’s exactly what he did.” “I think $17,000 was more than people expected to pay for the charter changes,” Exsted replied. Marie Thurn, who sat on the charter commission, took offense to saying people’s questions of the process was the cause for the high legal expenses. “We were offenders because we asked questions?” “We all asked questions and he gave answers,” Wilson replied. But he said the more questions were asked, “the more legal advice was needed. I wish we hadn’t spent as much, but the charter had not been revised in years.”
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
FFA corn drive
The Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA held its annual Corn Drive For Camp Courage last Friday with the aim of raising $5,000 for the organization. Among the FFA members handling the donations in the high school parking lot were, from left, Derek Ortloff, Eric Thalmann, Garrett Ober and Mitch Donnay. The FFA members sought donations of corn or money. Once the corn was collected, it was hauled to the high school where the gravity boxes were unloaded into an auger and loaded into trucks. The loads of corn were brought to Ag Systems, where the corn was sold. The goal, according to one FFA member, was to raise $5,000 this year, similar to what was raised last year. The local FFA chapter has been involved in the Camp Courage fund drives for nearly 60 years. Camp Courage is a nonprofit rehabilitation center for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Variance approved on 4-1 vote; liquor store study OK’d
By Rich Glennie Editor A variance request by Jason Zehnder, 1205 Vernon Lane, to build a garage closer to his property line than allowed by ordinance, barely passed the planning commission on a 2-1 vote Sept. 20. Monday night, it narrowly survived the Glencoe City Council meeting before being approved 4-1. Council member Dan Perschau voted against it. Perschau questioned the timing of the variance request, which came Sept. 13, seven days before the planning commission meeting. He felt the adjacent property owners did not have enough time to respond. “In my view, it was inadequate,” Perschau said of the timing. “The permit should have been applied for earlier. This barely passed the planning commission, and the two most experienced (commissioners) did not vote for this.” But City Administrator Mark Larson said no hearing was held because none is required for a variance. He said the survey of Zehnder’s property was not completed until Sept. 13. “That’s when they found out they needed a variance.” Larson said with the building season coming to a close, it was felt there was a short time to get the request before City Council. Wilson, who indicated he looked at the odd-shaped lot, said the nearest building (the former Beneke home) to the Zehnders is 100 feet away and there is a wooded area between. Council member Greg Copas, City Council liaison to the planning commission, said the nearest neighbor is a foreclosed property owned by Wells Fargo bank, and getting a response out of the bank “is nearly impossible.” Council member John Schrupp noted that the variance is for 1.8 feet on the side lot line and does not include the entire garage. In other matters, City Council: • Approved a new market analysis for the municipal liquor store at a cost of about $6,500. The aim is to look at three options for the liquor store and determine if an expansion or relocation of the liquor store is feasible. Larson said a previous study in 2006 indicated the liquor store needed about 5,000 square feet of display area, and the current liquor store “has about half that.” If the liquor store expanded into the old city offices at its current site, Larson said that would give about 4,500 square feet of display area. The second option is to look at the old Economart building in the downtown area, or a new facility near Coborn’s on the east end of Glencoe. Larson said Dakota Worldwide, who did the 2006 study, will be hired to have “relevant numbers” to determine what to do. A recent chamber survey of liquor store customers indicated patrons wanted more product, variety and competitive prices. • Awarded the bid to Mike’s Collision & Tire of New Ulm to repaint the flume slide at the Aquatics Center at a cost of $8,250, about half the price of the other bid received. The funds would come from the park improvement fund. • Heard that the city will try to find another $35,000 in cuts for the 2013 budget. Larson added, “We will have a balanced budget, and no tax levy increase.” • Heard that the work on Gruenhagen Drive in the city’s new industrial park is complete. Also, work could be complete this week in stringing the wires for the new transmission line to the east substation at Diamond Avenue. Once completed, the paving of the Buffalo Highlands Trail to County Road 1 will begin, Larson said, possibly as early as next Monday.
Hutch bank robber pleads guilty
Eric Andrew Ebbers, accused of robbing Citizens Bank in Hutchinson on July 17, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge in U.S. District Court on Sept. 25. Ebbers pleaded guilty to the charge involving the Hutchinson bank in a plea agreement in which federal authorities will drop a similar charge in relation to a bank robbery that occurred in Lake City on June 4. Ebbers admitted to robbing both Minnesota banks as well as a bank in Oregon. Ebbers, 25, is a registered sex offender who, according to court documents, walked away from a halfway house in Racine, Wis., because his supervised release was about to be revoked, and he didn’t want to go back to prison. Erica Lea Reeves, Ebbers’ alleged accomplice in the Hutchinson robbery, pleaded not guilty in federal court. Reeves is allegedly Ebbers’ girlfriend and is accused of driving him away from the Hutchinson robbery and leading area law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase before the car was stopped on Highway 15 south of Hutchinson and Ebbers fled into a corn field. He was found the next day in a corn field near Glencoe. A sentencing hearing for Ebbers has not yet been set; nor has a trial for Reeves.
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The popular craze of the 1960s and 1970s — tie-dyeing — was brought back to life last week when GSL High School science teacher Richard Smith incorporated the process into his science lesson. Angel Salazar, above, enthusiastically got into his science project while outdoors at the high school. At right, Paige Anderson seemed pleased with the results of her efforts as she admired her handiwork.
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Catholic church’s latest fund-raising crosses the line
Our view: Asking parishioners to fund ad campaign for marriage amendment is wrong
he passions over the proposed marriage amendment, aimed at permanently banning gay marriage in Minnesota through constitutional change, have taken on a new twist. The Catholic dioceses throughout the state have been instructed to “pass the hat” in an effort to raise money from parishioners to fund a pro-marriage amendment advertising campaign. The ad campaign’s aim is to get the marriage amendment passed on Nov. 6. There is strong support for the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman. We agree. And there is fear “activist judges” somewhere, some day, will rule the state’s current statute banning samesex marriage unconstitutional. We agree that might happen, too. But the Catholic hierarchy is crossing a line, long-established, that separates church issues from state matters when it seeks political campaign funds from its parishioners. But this is just the latest attempt by the church hierarchy to influence politics. It is not right. While the Catholic church, as well as other denominations, has always been active with social political issues ranging from the civil rights movement to the anti-war activism to the prolife movement, this one is different. More often, the church’s stands have been to protect the rights of the down trodden, the voiceless. But the pro-marriage amendment does just the opposite. Its aim is to deny something to someone. Many Catholics are confused by the church’s current stand; others are plain angry that the church is so deeply involved in such a political hot potato with its latest attempt to fund the ad campaign. Many Catholics think the church should put the money raised to better use, like feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, or finding shelter for the homeless. That seems more in line with traditional religious values espoused weekly by most churches in America. Do not drag our churches into this political mire. Leave that to the politicians. They are experts at it. — R.G.
County GOPers are way out of bounds
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on unfettered campaign contributions, there seems to be no boundaries in the world of politics any more. Americans seem to have lost their collective political common sense and morals. That also applies to the local level where the McLeod County Republican party hierarchy has now crossed the line and entered into the nonpartisan arena of city, county and school board elections. Eric Harpel, GOP county chairman, sent letters to city council, county board and school board candidates asking them to fill out questionnaires and then attend an Oct. 4 GOP board meeting to explain their answers. The candidates the GOP board likes will “gain access to our voter identifying tool that can assist you in marketing to potential constituents in your district,” Harpel wrote. What? When did this elite group of conservatives think they could hijack the local elections? Who gave them the right to deelections. The nonpartisanship of local elections has worked well for many decades, let’s not screw things up just because of a few people who think they are more important than they really are. If these partisan politicians want to have influence, then run for office. Toss your hat in the ring, and take your chances. My bet is on an electorate that has more sense to see this charade for what is it — a blatant attempt to influence an election; an unadulterated power grab. Several years ago, there would have been written, or unwritten, rules against such an ill-advised maneuver. But apparently there are no rules anymore. Now some can, and will, stoop to any level to get their way. Local candidates, send those questionnaires right back to the county GOP leadership — blank. If they want to know how you feel on the issues, they can attend the upcoming candidate forums like the rest of us.
Rich Glennie
mand anything? Who gave them the right to inject their harsh conservative litmus test into the race for mayor or school board or the county board for that matter! Partisan politics have no place in local elections. We do not want declared Republicans or Democrats running for these local positions. We want people more concerned about their communities, school district or county than people more concerned about political and financial support from one party or the other. Keep partisan politics out of local
Chronicle reminder about its election-year letters-to-editor policy
ith 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. Those wishing to express their views on the election should do so soon. 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. So if you want to join the discussion on The Chronicle’s opinion pages, get those letters in soon in the coming weeks. 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.
Letters to Editor It’s only Glennie’s caffeine-deprived opinion
To the Editor: In his weekly editorials, Rich Glennie helps Chronicle readers to think clearly and to act rightly about the things of life and law that affect our lives. That’s why I like his opinions. And that’s why I like Rich. Last week, however, Rich apparently drafted his column before morning coffee had fully stoked his brain cells. Thus, as he typed his thoughts about the two amendments slated for the Nov. 6 ballot, he rashly let Minnesota Nice genes override his normally lucid thinking. According to Rich’s caffeine-deprived logic, the proposed amendments are just too divisive. However, to condemn the amendments as divisive is to ignore all the divisive choices that have made our United States a great nation. For example, if divisiveness were wrong, we never would have had the American Revolution. After all, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, nearly a fifth of Americans were still loyal to Britain and wanted things to stay unchanged. If divisiveness were wrong, Abraham Lincoln would have bowed to Confederate demands rather than pitting the North against the South in this country’s bloodiest conflict, the Civil War. If divisiveness were wrong, we would have no elections and political parties, but instead have a royal family to rule us. In other words, our system is designed to ensure that every election is divisive. Yes, the amendments that define marriage and require photo ID at the polls have stirred division in this often placid state. But that is good, because such debates force people to think about what they value and how they want this state to look. I look forward to seeing how these amendments fare at the polls. But, in the mean time, I’m tempted to stop by Rich’s office with a quart-size espresso for him — and then gab with him long enough for the caffeine ions to have their wondrous effect. Nathan Unseth Lester Prairie
Letters to Editor Legislating by Constitution is dangerous game being played
To the Editor: Now is the time to be careful what you wish for! Photo ID is one of them. Legislating by Constitution is a dangerous game and one of the worst forms of social engineering. It’s almost impossible to change it, or get rid of an amendment to the Constitution once it’s in there. Remember, this affects your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. They will have to live with it. The amendment forcing every voter to have a voter ID is a multimillion dollar program looking for a problem. It’s based on rumor that there was rampant voter fraud in the last election. There wasn’t. The program could disenfranchise thousands of people. A multitude of students, workers who cannot get away when the camera is in town, servicemen, patients, elderly, longterm care and the list goes on. What’s next? A poll tax! Robert L. Hatlestad Glencoe
Hope you feel good about stealing our gas cans
To the Editor: We hope whoever stole the two orange gas cans off our pontoon are feeling good about themselves. If you took the gas cans for the gas in them, then please return the empty gas cans to the pontoon and then you will have something to feel good about. If anyone knows who did this, please contact us. Paula and Howard Bulau Glencoe
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Staff William C. Ramige, Publisher; Rich Glennie, Managing Editor; Karin Ramige, Advertising Manager; June Bussler, Business Manager; Sue Keenan, Sales Representative; Brenda Fogarty, Sales Representative; Lori Copler, Staff Writer; Lee Ostrom, Sports Writer; Jessica Bolland, Alissa Hanson and Lindsey Drexler, all production; and Trisha Karels, Office Assistant.
Letters The McLeod County Chronicle welcomes letters from readers expressing their opinions. All letters, however, must be signed. Private thanks, solicitations and potentially libelous letters will not be published. We reserve the right to edit any letter. A guest column is also available to any writer who would like to present an opinion in a more expanded format. If interested, contact the editor. richg@glencoenews.com
Ethics The editorial staff of the McLeod County Chronicle strives to present the news in a fair and accurate manner. We appreciate errors being brought to our attention. Please bring any grievances against the Chronicle to the attention of the editor. Should differences continue, readers are encouraged to take their grievances to the Minnesota News Council, an organization dedicated to protecting the public from press inaccuracy and unfairness. The News Council can be contacted at 12 South Sixth St., Suite 940, Minneapolis, MN 55402, or (612) 341-9357.
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, page 5
Letters to Editor Record Reasons for ‘yes’ to marriage amendment
To the Editor: In an editorial in last week’s Chronicle the question was asked, “Will you be better off (economically) two years from now if the proposed amendments are passed”? The answer to the Marriage Amendment question is a definite “Yes.” Traditional marriage (one man and one woman) is the economic cornerstone of western civilization. There are over 2,500 studies, many of them economic, which confirm the benefits of traditional marriage for both men and women, but especially for children. In contrast, our state and federal government has been undermining the traditional family through their policies and programs for over 40 years. Prior to the implementation of the Great Society programs of the 1960s, the number of black children born out of wedlock was 17 percent. Today the number of black children born out of wedlock is over 70 percent, primarily because our welfare programs have financially incentivized out of wedlock births. In spite of the fact that our government has spent over $15.9 trillion to raise people out of poverty, the poverty rate is the same or worse as it was in the ’60s. Government welfare programs should reinforce the traditional family and not undermine it. When a nation undermines the traditional family, it cannot print up enough money to solve all the cultural and economic problems that come from the family breakdown. There are also many other negative consequences when societies have redefined marriage. In Massachusetts, for example, unhealthy sexual behaviors are taught through government mandated curriculum in the public schools. Alternative lifestyle curriculums are even taught in the elementary level, violating the religious beliefs of many parents. In states where marriage has been redefined, religious freedom, which is guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution, is being infringed upon. For example, Catholic charities and adoption agencies are closing, rather than compromise their religious principles by placing children in redefined families. Additionally, a constitutional marriage amendment is necessary to avoid a small group of activist judges from redefining marriage. The current law in Minnesota 517.01 states, “Marriage, so far as its validity in law is concerned, is a civil contract between a man and a woman ....” Yet presently, there are lawsuits pending in Minnesota to challenge that statute. This proposed amendment would not take away a right that currently exists, but would instead uphold the current law by placing it into our state’s constitution and out of reach of activist judges. I urge citizens to vote yes on the marriage amendment for a variety of reasons, but it is evident that there are severe economic and cultural consequences of redefining marriage. For additional information and facts on both constitutional amendments see the following websites: Minnesotans for Marriage, National Organization for Marriage, Pro Marriage Amendment Forum, Minnesota Majority and Protect My Vote. Emily Gruenhagen Glencoe
Police Report
Police received a report of a girl on her bicycle being hit by a vehicle at 4:38 p.m., Tuesday, in the 1600 block of 16th Street. The police report indicated the girl “was not hit very hard.” She sustained minor scratches. The juvenile’s mother arrived and took the girl home. At 6:19 p.m., Tuesday, a resident in the 1300 block of Owen Avenue reported that her daughter’s bicycle had been stolen from the library. The bicycle was later found on the south side of the City Center, and it was not sure if it had been stolen or just moved. Another bicycle was reported stolen at 6:41 p.m., Tuesday, in the 700 block of Park Street West. The bicycle, a purple Mongoose mountain bike, was taken from the resident’s front yard. The resident said he had just purchased the bicycle for $25 at a garage sale. A rash of property damage reports were received Thursday. The first came in at 7:26 a.m. when it was discovered the east water tower on 14th Street had been vandalized. Another came in at 11:53 a.m. when it was reported the city’s warming house and skating rink wall in the 700 block of Greeley Avenue had been vandalized. The third report was at 8:12 p.m. and concerned vandalize on the walk bridge at 5th Street-DeSoto Avenue. A resident in the 1900 block of 12th Street reported at 8:40 p.m., Thursday, the theft of a boys’ green Mongoose bicycle from the front yard of the home. On a traffic stop at 13th Street and Hennepin Avenue at 7:59 a.m., Friday, police discovered the driver had his license revoked. The driver also failed to yield when making a left turn onto 13th Street, almost causing an accident, with the police squad car right behind him. The driver admitted to failing to yield and to seeing the squad car behind him. He also admitted his license had been revoked and he did not have insurance. He was cited for failing to yield. A theft or loss was reported at 12:28 p.m., Friday, from a residence in the 700 block of 18th Street. Lost or stolen was a black leather wallet with credit cards. At 4:40 p.m., Friday, police received a call of a woman burning material in the 1500 block of Baxter Avenue. The woman was burning despite a burning ban. She also did not have a permit and was instructed to put out the fire. A vehicle was spotted taking off at a high rate of speed from
10th Street heading north of Hennepin Avenue at 7:02 p.m., Friday. When the 17-year-old driver was stopped, the officer spotted a can of Grizzly smokeless tobacco sticking out of the driver’s pants pocket. He was cited for tobacco possession. Police responded to a medical call at 11:29 p.m., Saturday, in the 1100 block of 11th Street. It was reported an intoxicated man had fallen, hit his head on a pole and was unconscious for about five minutes. The man was sent home with a sober party. At 12:50 a.m., Sunday, a woman reported her purse had been stolen from a table at the Pla-Mor Ballroom while she was out dancing. The black purse with sparkles contained her phone, driver’s license, a credit card and about $6 in cash. Police responded to a medical call at 3:52 p.m., Sunday, when a man fell at his residence in the 1400 block of Morningside Avenue and was transported by ambulance to the emergency room. Gas tanks were stolen off the back of a pontoon at a residence in the 300 block of 16th Street West on Monday. The loss was valued at $205. A gas drive-off was reported at Super America at 3:54 p.m., Monday. The driver left without paying for $38.82 in gasoline.
Building Permits
The following building permits
were approved by the Glencoe City Council on Monday night, Oct. 1: Miller Manufacturing 1400 W. 13th St., plumbing permit, reroof. Bradley Karg, 1603 Knight Ave., replace doors. Claire Hasse, 1402 Elsie Drive, plumbing permit. Robert Tibbits, 302 Pleasant Ave., window replacement. Jeff Morris, 1611 McLeod Ave., reroof. Susan Olson, 831 E. 13th St., plumbing permit. Dave O’Dell, 1212 E. 11th St., reroof. Todd Kalenberg, 202 Hennepin Ave., storage shed. Marlys Barfknecht, 1509 E. 14th St., reroof. Wayne Karg, 1120 Morningside Ave., reroof. Suzanne Bielke, 1411 Chandler Ave., reroof. Morningside Meadows Apartments, 1206 Baldwin Ave., repairs. Chris Eurich, 1704 E. 9th St., reroof. Christ Lutheran Church, 1820 Knight Ave., fire suppression system. Mark Jungclaus, 611 DeSoto Ave., window replacement. Ardith Navarro, 1028 Newton Ave., mechanical/plumbing permit. Dan Rolf, 408 W. 17th St., reroof. John Thell, 1421 Ives Ave., reroof.
Manufacturing Day set for Oct. 5
Did you know that Friday, Oct. 5, is National Manufacturing Day? The purpose of this special day is to expand knowledge about manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s impact on our nation’s economy. Locally, McLeod County’s 78 manufacturing firms provide 5,059 jobs, roughly 30 percent of the county’s total employment, and just under $270 million in annual wages. Despite being the 27th largest county in total population, McLeod County has the 10th highest amount of manufacturing jobs in the state of Minnesota. The average annual wages for McLeod County manufacturing jobs was $53,119; while the average annual wages for non-manufacturing jobs was $29,848 (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s 2011 Census of Employment & Wages). You might find it surprising that annual wages for manufacturing in McLeod County are even higher than the average wages for all young adult workers that have a bachelor’s degree. That’s right: the national median annual salary for workers 25 to 34 years of age with a bachelor’s degree is $45,000. These figures illustrate the opportunities that or grandparent of a student that may be considering career options, make sure to discuss the possibilities that a career in manufacturing can provide. Local colleges provide varying education opportunities that can prepare students for a future in manufacturing. Welding, engineering, product development, robotics, drafting, machine tooling, human resources and business management are just a few of the career paths that are offered through manufacturing. Throughout McLeod County, there are cutting-edge manufacturing firms that can offer high-paying careers for current and future generations. Sharing these success stories is essential to retaining the talented students that can be tomorrow’s leaders in our local companies and communities. A good resource for researching current career opportunities in manufacturing is the Minnesota Works website (www.MinnesotaWorks. net), which is provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This job search website is a free place for employers to post their open positions, and accessed by many local businesses.
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A controversial film made in California inflamed the passions in the Muslim world recently. Numerous people were killed. Should the film have been censored? 1) Yes 2) No Results for most recent question: The city of Glencoe is applying for a Legacy grant to build a drive-in campground in Oak Leaf Park. It could cost about $418,000, of which the grant would cover 75 percent. Do you like the idea? Yes — 52% No — 39% Not sure — 9%
129 votes. New question runs Oct. 3-9
Chamber Update
By Dan Ehrke manufacturing can provide to qualified job seekers (Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics). With such evidence, it may seem hard to believe that many local companies are having a hard time finding a skilled workforce to meet their manufacturing needs. To address these needs, the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce has been working with the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School to educate students on career opportunities that local manufacturing firms can provide. We can’t do this alone. Your help is needed in addressing this labor gap. McLeod County is a great place to live and work offering small town values and affordable communities to raise a family. If you are a parent
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Area Girl Scouts plan After-hours Oct. 13 service project networking
On Oct. 13, Girl Scouts in Stewart, Brownton and Glencoe will celebrate their final Girl Scout Centennial event by working together to improve the local watershed. Taking place in all 49 counties of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Council, the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project is designed to remove 20,000 pounds of phosphorus, prevent 10 million pounds of algae growth and save $6 million in clean-up costs through a one-day effort. One hundred girls from Stewart, Brownton and Glencoe will spend the day raking leaves and grass from stormdrain surfaces and public areas, distributing door hangers in neighborhoods to raise awareness, and marking storm drains with an “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain” message. Every year, thousands of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa waterways are polluted with runoff and other contaminants. In partnership with the Freshwater Society and with support from 3M, River Valleys’ Centennial Day of Service honors Girl Scouts’ longstanding tradition of service and gives back to communities that have embraced Girl Scout troops for decades. In Stewart, Brownton and Glencoe, girls will gather at the Community Center in Stewart and Helen Baker School in Glencoe starting at 8:45 a.m. The girls need all the help they can get to cover all three towns. All adults and students are encouraged to help. Students needing community service for church, school, 4-H or Boy Scouts are also encouraged to attend. Bring a sack lunch (lunch is at noon in Oak Leaf Park, Glencoe); rakes, shovels and lots of enthusiasm. Those interested in helping should meet at Helen Baker School in Glencoe or the Stewart Community Center at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 13. To learn more about the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project, visit GSRV100.org, or call Gerri Fitzloff at 320-5622369.
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Stewart Council OKs fiber resolution
The Stewart City Council passed a resolution Monday, Sept. 24, to continue participating in the bonding process for the proposed RenvilleSibley Fiber project. The Council held a public hearing on the proposed project which, if it continues to move forward, will bring high-speed fiber-option Internet, television and telephone service to residents in Sibley and Renville counties and 11 communities, including Brownton and Stewart in McLeod County. A joint powers board of the participating counties and cities are expecting to pay for the project with a $77 million revenue bond, with payments for the bond coming from profits on the services offered by RS Fiber. The issue is currently in the hands of Renville and Sibley counties, who are consulting with bond attorneys prior to making a final decision on issuing bonds. In a brief business meeting Sept. 24, the Stewart City Council also approved the annual contract for police protection with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department, and signed an agreement with Ridgewater College for First Responder training.
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Brownton Library
By Beth Selle School is off to a busy start! With all of the school bus stops being at the Brownton Area Civic Center, it has been a busy, busy place. Remind your kids that they can stop into the library to do their homework, use a computer, read a book, or just hang out and play a game after school. The Noon Book Club of the Brownton Library meets the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 18. We will be reading “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. New members are always welcome! Bring your children in for a story every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 10 am. Also watch The Chronicle and Facebook for activities. Coming up on Saturday, Oct. 27, we will be having a Halloween story time. Come in at 10 a.m. to hear a Halloween story and do a spooky craft. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 31, everyone coming to the 10 a.m. story time should come in their Halloween costume. While you are out trick-ortreating, stop in at the Brownton Public Library to show us your costume and tell us your favorite Halloween book and receive a treat! Just a reminder of our hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, closed; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Street, utility work under way
The city of Stewart’s street and utility improvement project is under way, with Holtmeier, Inc., of Mankato, as the general contractor. Shown above is work being done on Prior Street, between the city office building and the fire hall. The fire trucks are temporarily being housed at the former county maintenance shed on County Road 7. Also slated is work on Hall and Main streets. The city and McLeod County are working jointly on the project, which includes some county-owned blocks of streets within the city.
21 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Seasonal Sampler set for Nov. 1
This year’s Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Glencoe Seasonal Sampler is being held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Glencoe City Center. Guests will have a chance to sample over 75 different seasonal beers and wines, plus many menu selections from area restaurants and other specialty food vendors. “The event is a great opportunity for those looking for ideas for their upcoming holiday gathers and others just wanting to enjoy a fun night out on the town,” said Myranda Vandamme of the chamber. Food vendors confirmed to date include Bump’s Family Restaurant, The Cake House, Coborn’s, Dubbs Grill and Bar and Pizza Ranch. Tickets are available at the Chamber office and Glencoe Liquor Store.
Twenty-one Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Gladys Rickert, first, and Theola Fors, second; pinochle, Ruby Streich, first, and Leone Kujas, second; and sheephead, Elmer Maass, first, and Lowell Brelje, second. Eleanora Lamp won the door prize. Elaine Dahlke served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. All seniors are welcome.
From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor We neglected to mention in our issue of last week that the board of education deemed it advisable, owing to the large attendance, to secure another teacher for the local schools. Accordingly, Miss Helen Flaherty of St. Cloud was engaged and entered upon her duties last week. She will assist in the work of all grades. Work on the new city hall has reached a stage where carpenters are now busy building the heavy trusses preparatory to putting on the roof. With favorable weather, the entire building should be entirely enclosed within another week or 10 days. The home of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Lamp was brightened last Friday by the arrival of a baby girl. The parents are naturally elated over the event as it is their first born. son of Mrs. Emma Bussler of Stewart, on Friday, Sept. 24, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. The Pacific Grain Company elevator at Sumter was leveled to the ground by a fire of unknown origin Monday evening. The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. Both the Brownton and Glencoe fire departments were summoned and they worked in protecting homes and the creamery building, which were in danger from flying embers. One house and the creamery caught fire several times. The fire was quite spectacular and could be seen for several miles. The elevator was leveled in about three hours. ters, Esther (Mrs. A.E.) Zander of Minneapolis, Corinne (Mrs. Henry) Janke of Brownton, and Ruth (Mrs. H.E.) Hanson of Downey, Calif.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 30, 1992 Lori Copler, Editor Cory Schwartz and Jessica Brede were crowned McLeod West High School’s first homecoming royalty Monday night. Andrew Schutte, 6, son of John and Jackie Schutte of rural Brownton, was the national winner of the Pedal Tractor Pullers contest in Omaha, Neb., last weekend. He also was the firstplace winner at the state contest in Fairmont and the Sibley County champion. Michael McCormick, 11, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1992, of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident Sept. 11, which claimed the life of his father, Ed McCormick, a coowner of McCormick Implement of Stewart.
County approves permit for farm shed
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Following a brief public hearing Wednesday morning, the McLeod County Advisory Planning Committee voted to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for an oversized shed for Chris Buckentin, who lives on 100th Street, northwest of Brownton in Collins Township. Buckentin said he intends to use the 50-foot-by-80-foot (4,000 square feet) shed for cold storage. Accessory structures greater than 2,400 square feet need a conditional use permit. Larry Gasow, zoning administrator, said that the Collins Township Board had recommended approval of the permit, and the zoning staff also has no objections as the shed “will blend into the area as an agricultural structure.” Buckentin lives on a 9acre farm site and farms the surrounding land. No one else attended the meeting, and the committee gave its unanimous approval to the permit application, which will be forwarded to the County Board for final approval.
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50 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor Senior class officers at Brownton High School were selected recently, and include Ron Kelm, president; Ken Lindeman, vice president; Karen Lehmann, secretary; Kathy Wendland, treasurer; and student council representatives Ron Kelm, Karen Lehmann, Glenn Paehlke and Bob Zaske. Funeral services were held Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church for Albert Zimmerman, 84, a pioneer resident of this community. A native of Penn Township, Mr. Zimmerman moved to Brownton in 1912, where he worked first as a drayman and then as a carpenter. His wife, Pauline, preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons, Gerhardt and Willmer, both of Buffalo Lake, and three daugh-
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Sept. 30, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor On the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Oct. 2, 1937, an open house will be held to the public for the dedication of the new business domicile of the First State Bank. Work has only recently been completed and this occasion will afford opportunity to friends and customers of the bank to inspect it. A pretty early autumn wedding was solemnized when Miss Ruth Rickert, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rickert, became the bride of Mr. Adolph Bussler,
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Oct. 2, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor McLeod West’s homecoming week activities will get under way Monday with the annual coronation. Candidates for king and queen are Brent Pichotta, Lukas Nordby, Ryan Hansch, Darren Bumgardner, Becky Duehn, Katie Stockmann, Laura Loncorich and Jillian Schuster.
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100 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Nick Klinkhammer has the plans drawn for a fine new house, the erection of which he plans to commence this fall in the northeastern part of town. Brownton. Their marriage was solemnized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart on Aug. 25. Miss Marcia Lee Bauer, formerly of Stewart, has earned her stewardess wings with Northwest Orient Airlines. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bauer of rural Stewart. Mrs. Allyn Ahlers Sr. is a patient at the Glencoe hospital, where she has been since last Wednesday afternoon, when she was injured in a collision. She was returning to Stewart from Brownton when her 1953 Cadillac collided with a gravel truck near the McGuire farm, four miles east of here on Highway 212. The truck was driven by Darwin Totman of Gaylord, who claimed to have stopped at a stop sign, didn’t see the Ahlers’ car, and pulled in front of it. He was tagged for failure to yield the right-of-way. injured. Jennifer is in the Hutchinson hospital with lacerations, and Angela was taken to Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis with head injuries.
30 Years Ago
Oct. 7, 1982 Dave Stoltz, Editor Warren LaPlante and Jodi Schuft were crowned as Stewart High School’s 1982 homecoming king and queen Thursday night. Warren is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome LaPlante and Jodi is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schuft. St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stewart is beginning a $107,000 remodeling project this week. The church basement is being remodeled to serve as a parish center. Classrooms, assembly room, restrooms, a library and a kitchen will be provided. An additional entry to the church proper and the basement area is being made. A ground-breaking ceremony was held Oct. 4. Parishioners who participated, along with the Rev. John Cooney, were Lilah Buhr, Melva LaPlante, Ida McGraw, Rita Maiers, Kathryn Kalenberg, Lucy Krippner, Harry Goodman, Mae Chisholm, Blanche Ludowese, Pat Albrecht, Oscar Mayer, Helen Mayer, Marie Dols, Loretta Klover, Lavonne Pichotta, Winnie LaPlante and Ottelia Kuttner.
75 Years Ago
Oct. 1, 1937 Harry Koeppen, Editor Miss Mary Krebsbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Krebsbach of this community, and Joe Reinert of Bird Island, were married Wednesday morning at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. The second block of McLeod County’s rural electrification project is moving forward at a very satisfactory rate, with about 40 miles of poles erected in New Auburn, Penn and Round Grove townships, and 14 miles in Hutchinson and Hassan Valley townships.
Sibley County Federation elects officers
The Sibley County Federation, at its Sept. 24 meeting, held its annual election of officers. The new officers are President Marisa Kroells, Vice President Hanna Pioske, Secretary Zack Klaers, Treasurer Sara Borchert, Photographer/Historian Hailee Rogich and Reporter Johanna Jutz. Awards night will be held Nov. 3 at the Winthrop City Hall. Look for an invitation in the mail. Fruit sales were discussed, and everyone is encouraged to re-enroll with the new 4-H year. The next meeting will be held Nov. 26. Leaders council will begin at 7 p.m. and the federation meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at the Sibley County Service Center.
35 Years Ago
Oct. 6, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mrs. George (Joanne) Blum, 27, of rural Stewart, died Sunday afternoon following a two-car collision on Highway 212 near McCormick’s John Deere implement dealership, about a mile west of Stewart. Passengers in her car were her two young daughters, Jennifer, 4, and Angela, 10 months, who also were
50 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1962 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Streich are now at their home in Stewart. Mrs. Streich, the former Marjorie Ann Eitel, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Eitel of Brownton, and her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Streich of
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McLeod County 4-Hers bring home state fair awards
McLeod County 4-H had 68 local 4-H members exhibit at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. They were a part of over 6,000 4-H youth exhibitors had 4-H Building Exhibits and livestock projects during the 12 days of the State Fair. These 4-H members had to qualify for the Minnesota State Fair by receiving an award of excellence placing during the McLeod County Fair. This year the following youths and clubs represent McLeod County 4-H at the MN State Fair: Brennen Albrecht – Independent member; Jersey 2 year old, purple. Jaden Albrecht – Independent member; registered Holstein aged cow, blue. Jared Alsleben – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; registered Holstein senior 2 year old, blue. Emily Andersen – Bear Lake Beavers; registered Holstein fall senior yearling, blue. Nathan Anderson – Winsted Jolly Juniors; dairy steer division 3, blue; tractor, red. Steven Anderson – Winsted Jolly Juniors; registered Charolais junior yearling, red; photography, red. Alena Ave-Lallemant – Bear Lake Beavers; home environment, blue. Alyssa Borka – Bear Lake Beavers; senior meat breeding doe, purple; meat doe showmanship, blue. Christopher Britcher – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; water/wetlands, blue. Kyle Buchmann – Bergen Busy Bees; food review, blue. Blake Dahlke – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; needle arts, blue. Matthew Dahlke – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; crossbred steer, red; Class 8 market beef senior showmanship, participant; livestock team demonstration, blue. Samantha Dahlke – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; rabbit junior buck, red; livestock demonstration, blue. Nathan Donnay – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; registered Holstein winter calf, purple; dairy judging, eighth overall senior individual. Katie Eggert — Acoma Acorns, Jersey winter senior yearling, blue. Sarah Eggert – Acoma Acorns, registered Holstein fall senior yearling, purple; livestock team demonstration, red; dairy judging, third place intermediate team member. Shelby Fashing – Winsted Jolly Juniors, clothes you make, blue. Gregor Fraser – Acoma Acorns; registered Shorthorn steer, red; Class 7 senior market beef showmanship, participant. Becca Green – Independent member; shooting sports, blue. Nina Grunzke – Lynn Hustlers; white face market lamb, blue; senior market lamb showmanship, participant. Kiara Hahn – Lake Marion Lakers; indoor gardening, blue. Paige Hausladen – Winsted Jolly Juniors, health, blue. Eric Hoffman – Bear Lake Beavers; commercial white and speckel face February ewe lamb, champion; breeding ewe senior showmanship, participant. Heidi Ide – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; veterinary science, blue. Madison Jasken – Lynn Hustlers; self-determined, blue. Jacob Kaufmann – Acoma Acorns, middleweight black face market lamb, blue; market lamb intermediate showmanship, participant. Samantha Krone – Winsted Jolly Juniors; registered Charolais summer yearling, purple; beef heifer senior showmanship, participant. Madeline Kuehn – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; food preservation, blue. Alicia Kuhlmann - Lester Prairie Bergen Busy Bees; market heifer, red; market beef senior showmanship, participant; global connections, purple. Chandler Kurth – Acoma Acorns, Holstein registered summer junior yearling, purple. Whitney Lang – Acoma Acorns, Holstein registered 3year-old cow, purple; dairy judging, eighth overall intermediate in oral reasons. Nicholas Lange - Glencoe Junior Pioneers; food preservation, blue; crossbred steer , red; market beef intermediate showmanship, participant. Samantha Lange – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; registered Black Angus summer yearling, purple; breeding heifer senior showmanship, participation; lawn and landscape, purple. Miranda Lemke - Bear Lake Beavers; breeding pen of ducks, reserve champion; breeding ducks; champion, advanced poultry showperson; flower gardening, blue. Paige Lemke - Bear Lake Beavers; market pen of ducks, hampion; indoor gardening, blue. Cullin Lickfelt – Lynn Hustlers; photograhy, blue; Holstein grade winter senior yearling, purple. Ashle Lukes – Lester Prairie Bergen Busy Bees; plant and soil science, blue. Lindsay Miller – Lake Marion Lakers; shop/wood science, blue; junior Dutch buck, purple. Joseph Mochinski – Lester Prairie Bergen Busy Bees; flower gardening, blue. Otter Lake Royal Juniors; club banner, blue. Brandi Pikal – Lake Marion Lakers; potatoes, red. Rebecca Plamann — Otter Lake Royal Juniors; registered Holstein aged cow, purple. Lucas Plamann – Otter Lake Royal Juniors; commercial white and speckled face February ewe lamb, red; breeding ewe senior showmanship, participant; dairy judging, participant. Jenaya Posusta – Glencoe Junior Pioneers, fine arts, blue. Zachary Rademacher – Lester Prairie Bergen Busy Bees; breeding pen of chickens, blue. Abby Reiner – Lynn Hustlers; lightweight black face market lamb, blue; intermediate lamb lead, participant. Ashley Reiner – Lynn Hustlers; Wether Dams yearling ewe, purple. Andrew Rettig – Lynn Hustlers; self-determined, blue. Kyle Rickeman – Lynn Hustlers; reserve champion, white and speckle face commercial yearling ewe; market lamb senior showmanship, participant. Grace Roach – Bear Lake Beavers; performing arts, blue. Paul Roach – Bear Lake Beavers, club community pride, blue. Axel Schulz – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; aerospace, blue. Casey Schulz – Glencoe Jr. Pioneers; self-determined, blue. Mitchell Sims – McLeod County Riders; flower gardening, purple; commercial junior yearling, white; breeding heifer senior showmanship, participant. Kyle Sprengeler – County’s Edge; Brown Swiss aged cow champion Brown Swiss cow. Zachary Stai – McLeod County Riders 4-H Club; shop/wood science, blue. Briel Steen – County’s Edge; child and family development, blue. Rachel Stender – Bergen Busy Bees; child and family development, blue. Sierra Swanson – Acoma Acorns; registered Holstein winter calf, blue; livestock team demonstration, red; dairy judging, second place overall intermediate individual; exploring animals, blue. Kyle Tews – Acoma Acorns; quilting, blue; dairy judging, participant. Adam Thalmann – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; tractor, blue. Eric Thalmann – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; youth leadership, blue. Jacob VonBerge – County’s Edge; Alpine milking 2 year doe, blue; intermediate dairy goat showmanship, purple. Hannah Walz – Lake Marion Lakers; quilting, red. Kyle Wanous – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; market gilts (258 to 264 pounds), red; food preservation, blue. Emily Ward – Glencoe Junior Pioneers; exploring the environment, red. Winsted Jolly Jrs.; club banner, blue. Brenna Wright – Acoma Acorns; grade Holstein winter calf, purple; crafts, red. Cody Wright — Acoma Acorns; registered Holstein winter senior yearling, blue; shop/wood science, red.
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Senior dairy judging team
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Obituaries Kristine Lynn Villnow, 50, of Glencoe
Funeral services for Kristine Lynn (Templin) Villnow, 50, of Glencoe, were held Friday, Sept. 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, with the Rev. B r u c e Laabs officiating. Mrs. Villnow died peacefully, surrounded Kristine by loving Villnow family, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson. The organist was Cheryl Andrix and congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.” Pallbearers were Aaron Templin, Matthew Templin, Brandon Templin, Kirby Templin, Andrew Johnson and Tanner Templin. Interment was in the church cemetery. Kristine Lynn Templin was born Jan. 11, 1962, in Glencoe, to Earl and Joyce (Schuette) Templin. She was baptized as an infant on Feb. 4, 1962, by the Rev. George H. Perlich, and confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 25, 1976, by the Rev. Raymond Wiebold, both at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She received her education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School class of 1980. She furthered her education by attending Ridgewater College (Hutchinson Vo-Tech) in Hutchinson for a nursing degree. On Oct. 23, 1982, Kris Templin was united in marriage to Paul Villnow by the Rev. Layton Lemke at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Villnows made their home outside of Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Ryan, Rachel and Eric. The Villnows shared over 29 years of love and marriage together. Mrs. Villnow was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Mrs. Villnow held employment at Glencoe Regional Health Services longterm care facility as a nurse. She was born to care for others, which everyone saw in her love for nursing and in the care she showed to her residents. Mrs. Villnow enjoyed camping, playing games with her children and gardening. She especially cherished the time spent with her friends and family. In 2006, Mrs. Villnow suffered a traumatic brain aneurism. She survived to celebrate six more years of life with her family, including becoming a grandmother in August 2012, which was something that was very special to her and a blessing that meant a lot to her whole family. Survivors include her husband, Paul Villnow of Glencoe; children, Ryan Villnow of Howard Lake, Rachel (Brandon) Horton of Glencoe, and Eric Villnow of Glencoe; grandchild, William Horton; brothers, Kevin (Jane) Templin of Eden Prairie, Jeff (Wendy) Templin of Bemidji, Jon (Cheryl) Templin of Glencoe, and Jim (Theresa) Templin of Blackduck; sisters-in-law, Ruth Rafferty of Maple Grove and Nancy (Jim) Codney of Gilbert, Ariz.; father-in-law, Robert Villnow and wife, Kathy, of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Earl and Joyce Templin, and motherin-law, Anita Villnow. She was surrounded by her family and in the presence of love when she left to be reunited with her mother and best friend, Joyce Templin, and others who had preceded her in death. Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com. Click on obituaries/ guest book.
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Firefighters’ memorial dedicated
The new Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the State Capitol was dedicated Sunday, with a tribute to the 207 firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past century. Among those honored was Carl Hardel of Brownton, who suffered a medical emergency at a fire in 1984 and subsequently died. Above, a contingency of Brownton firefighters attended the ceremony, including, from left to right, Ron Kelm Sr., retired firefighter/chief Jim Hansch, current assistant chief Chris Hansch, Bob Lindeman, a nephew of Carl and Ethel Hardel, chief Morris Gasow, and second assistant chief Lori Copler. At the far right in the photo is Carl Hardel’s widow, Ethel Hardel. In the photo at right, Gov. Mark Dayton welcomed the audience as the ceremony began.
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Earl Neubarth, 75, New Auburn
Earl Neubarth, 75, of New Auburn, died Sturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., today, at the church. Interment follows at High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. For an online guest book go to www.hantge.com.
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Flores family announce birth
Ruben and Alicia Flores of Fairfax announce the birth of their daughter, Kira Annette, on Sept. 25, 2012, at Hutchinson Community Hospital. Kira weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20-1/4 inches long. Her older sister is Bella. Grandparents are Cliff and Lisa Knoll of Fairfax, Eric and Bonnie Baumann of Lester Prairie, and Ruben and Mary Jane Flores of Fairfax.
Brandon Lindeman, 23, of Brownton
Brandon Barrett Lindeman, 23, of Brownton, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Lynn Township, McLeod County. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, Oct. 3), at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. Visitation was Tuesday and continues today (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Brownton. For online obituaries and guest book, go to www.hantge.com.
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The Reality of the Unseen
William James characterized the religious life as “the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto.” Later in the same chapter of The Varieties of Religious Experience, James compared this belief in an unseen order to the phenomenon of magnetism. James goes a bit beyond the obvious point that we cannot see the forces of magnetism, and yet are compelled to believe in them, much as we cannot see, hear, or otherwise sense the spiritual order and yet are compelled to believe in them. James’s point is more along the lines of suggesting that we consider our experience as if from the perspective of the magnet. That is, while the magnet is entirely free of any sense organs, he asks us to imagine the magnet “endowed with an inner capacity for magnetic feeling.” Like us, James says that this magnet could never give you any description of the agencies which stir it and yet would be intensely aware of them ‘through every fiber of its being.” The religious consciousness is like that. While it cannot prove to the skeptic what it is experiencing, it has an almost immediate inner sense of the reality of this spiritual realm. There are things in heaven and earth not dreamt of in your philosophy, just as there are things in heaven and earth which we cannot see or feel, and yet we believe. —Christopher Simon “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11: 1
Wuetherichs announce birth
Brian and Meagin Wuetherich of Glencoe announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Gail, on Sept. 27, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Charlotte weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches in length. Her older siblings are Gabe and Jack. Grandparents are Glenn and Carol Wuetherich of Norwood Young America, Anna and Walt Donnay of Andover and Dale and Julie Faraone of Andover.
Daughter for Olmscheids
Corey and Amanda Olmscheid of Hutchinson announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Rose, on Sept. 24, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Emma weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her older brothers are Javan and Devean. Grandparents are Jan and Cherri Schmidt of Stewart, Connie Olmscheid of Hutchinson and Don and Audrey Olmscheid of Paynesville.
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Eighth-grade awards
Eight eighth-grade Lincoln Junior High students were selected as the September Students of the Month. They include, front row, left to right, Kole Polzin, ag/industrial technology; Jacob Vasek, science; Madison Monahan, algebra; and Arianna Galvan, band. In the back are Nathan Schuch, physical education; Jiayin Nian, art; Jacob Litzau, history; and Nicholas Schmidt, English.
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September awards
The first students of the month awards for the new school year were presented to the following Lincoln Junior High seventh graders: Front row, from left, Thomas Villarreal, band; Sierra Trebesch, science; Ellie Schmidt, geography; and Jessica Brelje, English. In the back are Laura Popelka, pre-algebra; Greg Boyum, physical education; and Allie Harpel, art.
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. 3 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m Fri., Oct. 5 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. 3 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Grand Meadows worship, 10:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Karin Ramige-Mike Cornwell wedding rehearsal. Sat., Oct. 6 — Ramige-Cornwell wedding, 3:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship with communion, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; adult education, Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Televised worship on Channel 10, 3 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; GSL ministerial meeting, 10:30 a.m.; Sarah Circle at Dorothy Lindeman’s home, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; chapel communion service, 1:30 p.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; senior choir, 8 p.m.; church council, 8 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Ladies Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Ladies Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Grade 4 holy field trip to New Ulm; evening prayer, 5:40 p.m.; Mass, 6 p.m.; grades K-6 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; grades 7-11 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; confirmation candidate and parent session at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; fund-raiser night at Pizza Ranch; parish CCW meeting, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; adoration of the blessed sacrament follows Mass until noon; first Friday communion calls begin; Spanish Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — Holy Trinity CCW annual fall bazaar, Winsted; widowwidowers and senior singles breakfast, Dubbs Grill, 9 a.m.; Spanish baptism session, 10 a.m.; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Respect Life Sunday; parish bazaar, Church of Holy Family, Silver Lake; Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass and baptisms, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious education classes, 12:45 p.m.; no Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake. Mon., Oct. 8 — No Mass; Schoenestatt Girls group meeting, 3 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Morning prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; junior choir, 2:50 p.m.; PAC meeting, 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — School two-hour late start; diocesan committee on parishes, New Ulm, 12:30 p.m.; no evening prayer; Mass, 6 p.m.; religous education safe environment sessions; grades K-6 religious education classes, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; grades 711 religious education classes, 7 p.m.8:15 p.m.; grade 12 religious education planning session. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Oct. 3 — Choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — Cottage meeting at Norma McNeil’s home, 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship with communion, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; confirmation, 2 p.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Lefse making, 9 a.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Bible study, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; women’s fellowship meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Women’s fellowship executive board meeting, 5:30 p.m.; 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: firstev.lcms@juno.com Wed., Oct. 3 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; board of trustees, 7 p.m.; First Edition Book Club, church lounge, 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Board of evangelism, 7 p.m.; board of deacons, 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — NYG, 6 p.m.; youth worship service, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct,. 7 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Altar guild, 7 p.m,; day school board, 7 p.m.; Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — GRHS communion, 9:30 a.m.; Common Cup meeting, 10 a.m.; Alzheimer’s support group, 6 p.m.; board of stewardship, 7 p.m.; Christian education board, 7 p.m.; men’s club, 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 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. 3 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; confirmation questioning, 5:30 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.; deacons meeting, 7 p.m, (or following questioning); board of education, 7 p.m. (following questioning) Thurs., Oct. 4 — GRHS-LTC communion, 9:30 a.m.; men’s and women’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship with communion, 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. 8 — Mondays at the Manor Bible Study, 1 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; Orchard Estates Bible study, 9:30 a.m.; GSL Ministerial, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL courses, 5:30 p.m.; council, 7 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — 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.; harvest party planning, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Bible study at Grand Meadwos, 2 p.m.; Jesus Cares ministry, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. 3 — Confirmation, 4:30 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship with communion, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Local broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Bible study, 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Confirmation, 4 p.m.; committee meetings, 6:45 p.m.; council meeting, 7:30 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Oct. 3 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; Alleulia Bell Choir practice, 6:30 p.m.; deacons meeting, 7 p.m.; vocal choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Parkview Bible study, 1:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Ladies Aid meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — L.W.M.L. mites and 75th anniversary; worship with communion, presentation of Bibles to third graders, 9 a.m.; Sunday school classes, 10:15 a.m.; coffee fellowship follows worship. Tues., Oct. 9 — F.A.I.T.H. group, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; Alleluia Bell Choir practice, 6:30 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; council meeting, 7:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Oct. 3 — Class, “Influence of the Bible on America,” 7 p.m.; open to the public. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10 a.m.; gospel music of Elvis worship, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Bingo, 6:30 p.m., bring an item for food shelf. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor No calendar submitted. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Oct. 3 — No Mass. Thurs., Oct. 4 — No Mass. Fri., Oct. 5 — Mass, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. MATTHEW’S LUTHERAN Fernando Aaron Albrecht, pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Bible study, 6 p.m.; confirmation, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. 7 — Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship with communion, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Oct. 3 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. 3 — Midweek, 6 p.m.; youth choir, 5 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Bible study, 9 a.m.; bulletin deadline; directory photos, 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Directory photos, 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — Directory photos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — “Time of Grace,” TV channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship with communion, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Midweek, 6 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m.; prayer time, 11 a.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Bible study, 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; youth fellowship, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Oct. 3 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:20 a.m.; church council, 10:30. Wed., Oct. 10 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Oct. 5— Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and refreshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 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. 10 — Confirmation class, 6 p.m.; prayer time, puppet practice, 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. 3 — Presbyterian Women meeting, 1:30 p.m.; light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship to follow service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — 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. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 5 — Mass, 8 a.m. Sat. Oct. 6 — Reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Mass, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Mass, 8 a.m. FRIEDEN’S COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Ladies Bible study at Church of Peace, 11:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship with communion at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 — 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. 3 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — 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. 10 — 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. 7 — 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. 3 — Office closed. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Office open, 9 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship pastor Wed., Oct. 3 — Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT), 1 p.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 — Senior high free lunch; worship team, 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 — Breakfast for middle school girls, 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; parent summit, noon; running, jogging ministry, 4 p.m. Mon., Oct. 8 — Women’s discipleship, 6:30 p.m.; men’s Bible study, 8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m.; Young at Heart luncheon at Carlson orchard, noon. 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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, page 10
2 killed in fiery crash on Friday
Two people were killed in a fiery one-vehicle accident Friday night southwest of Hutchinson, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office reported. Killed were Dustin James Odenthal, 22, of Hutchinson and Brandon Barrett Lindeman, 23, of Brownton. The sheriff’s office responded to the call at 11:37 p.m. of a one-vehicle accident with a fire in the area of 150th Street and Vale Avenue, southwest of Hutchinson. The driver of the BMW lost control and hit a gravity box in a field. The vehicle burst into flames. Both individuals in the vehicle were deceased upon arrival, the sheriff’s office reported. Also responding were the Hutchinson Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Hutchinson Fire Department, the McLeod County Highway Department and the Allina Ambulance. The deputy also requested the death investigator and the local funeral chapel to respond to the scene.
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Lincoln retreat
Seventh-grade students at Lincoln Jr. High enjoyed a day at Oak Leaf Park on Friday as part of the annual staffstudent retreat. The aim of the retreat is to get to know each other better as students and staff. Above, Eduardo Blano, left, and Cassandra Shemanek tried their hands at Bingo in the main shelter house at the park. At the left Joseph Cullen-Lawver was the flag bearer for his Reach All Panthers (RAP) group along with teacher Jann Savre. The students took part in a variety of team-building activities ranging from relay races, team hoop shooting, games of kickball and volleyball to special counseling sessions with new junior high counselor Joe Morcomb. Morcomb said the aim of the retreat is to “build a sense of family. To get the know the students better.” The weather, by the way, was perfect.
UWMC kicks off 50th campaign
The United Way of McLeod County recently kicked off the organization’s 50th-annual fall campaign to raise funds for its partner agencies/programs and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Initiative. “The need for the programs and services that our partner agencies provide has never been greater,” said Paul Thompson, executive director of United Way of McLeod County. Thompson continued, “The news lately has been of financial crisis and employment and construction downturns, while living costs continue to rise. Demands on public agencies, food shelves, clothes banks and utility funds are much higher than last year – and from people who have never requested assistance before. State funding to public and private agencies has been cut, at the same time that requests for assistance are increasing. United Way helps fill that gap. “First as the Hutchinson Area United Way and then merged with the Glencoe Area United Fund in 2008, our organization has been a part of this region for 50 years,” Thompson said. “The UWMC supports programs in the areas of emergency and basic needs, health and human services, child development and community development. We don’t just provide a blank check to our partners; we fund specific programs with measurable outcome objectives ensuring the funds we invest on your behalf are making the greatest impact on community needs. “Our United Way has delivered over $750,000 in community investment grants to partner agencies over the last five years. Our 2012-13 campaign is under way, with a goal of $265,000,” Thompson said. “We realize that you may be facing financial pressures in your own home. But, we hope you’ll give as generously as you can. We’re sure that you’re familiar with most of our partner agencies. In fact, we’re sure you know someone who has been helped by them — your neighbors, coworkers and possibly your own family. “We need your help this year. If you work for one of the businesses that allow you to donate through payroll deduction, that is the easiest way. If your employer doesn’t offer a workplace campaign, please ask if they will start one. If you’ve received our brochure in the newspaper, please reply. You can also donate online at: www.unitedwaymcleodcounty.org or by mail to 218 Main St. S., Suite 124, PO Box 504, Hutchinson, MN 55350,” Thompson said. Why give to United Way? • It is efficient: Over the last seven years, administrative and fund-raising costs average 17 percent. • It is local: That means 83 percent of funds raised are used for programs that benefit McLeod County residents. • All operating decisions are made by a board consisting of 16 McLeod County residents. • It is connected: Partners with area agencies that in 2010 provided services to over 35,000 people. • It is accountable: Each year it is independently reviewed by a local auditor. “We are subject to stringent United Way Worldwide membership requirements,” Thompson said. “Our theme this year is Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. Whether you give your funds, your voice, or your time, you are making a difference for many in McLeod County,” Thompson said. “Please support United Way at the most generous level you can. Thank you in advance,” Thompson said.
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Nature’s art display
The dry weather conditions seemed to have added brillance to Mother Nature’s fall color display as the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall leaves seem to jump out to the eye, especially near Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe, above.
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Looks at building expansion
NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The District 108 School Board looked at a revised plan to add extra space onto its elementary school at an estimated price tag of $3.284 million, the Norwood Young America Times reported. The addition includes five classrooms, music room, commons space and improved parking and a bus travel route. The cost is nearly double the original plans. District voters may be asked to vote on the plans as early as the spring of 2013.
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County delays bond vote
SIBLEY COUNTY — The Arlington Enterprise reported that the Sibley County Board delayed a vote in bonding for the $70 million Fiber to the Home fiber optic project. The issue is being held up by separate interpretations of state statutes between layers for the joint powers board and the county’s bond counsel.
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Candidates say no to debate
CARVER COUNTY — Citing concerns over the objectivity of the League of Women Voters Eastern Carver County, four candidates for Carver County Board of Commissioners will not participate in a debate that was scheduled for Oct. 2. The event was then canceled. The commissioner candidates included Tom Workman, Vince Beaudette, Frank Long and Jim Walter, The Waconia Patriot reported. The four indicated if the League partnered with a group like the Tea Party or Voices of Conservative Women, they would reconsider the invitation.
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