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Tax reform
Topic of town hall meeting
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Gruenhagen talks about election results
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The McLeod County
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By Rich Glennie Editor There will be two new faces in local government after the Nov. 6 election results were counted. Kevin Dietz captured the Precinct 4 Glencoe City Council seat and Donna VonBerge of rural Plato won a seat on the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board. “I was surprised,” Dietz said of his 331 to 215 vote victory over incumbent Greg Copas. “It was the first time doing this, and I really didn’t know what to expect.” Dietz, who recently retired as a Glencoe Police officer, said he did not go into the municipal race with any agenda. “I don’t have one. There was nothing that really bothered me. I had nothing against Greg (Copas). I just wanted to try the job.” Dietz thinks being a police officer for 27 years is a help, and being a Glencoe native is “good and bad. I know a lot of the history (of Glencoe), but maybe I know too many people,” he smiled. “Being from here is a big advantage. I know how things got to be.” And being on the police department, “I had a good idea of what was going on.” “I tried to avoid talking negatively,” Dietz said about his first campaign, and he said he learned a lot. “When
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Dietz, VonBerge new to Council, School Board
you go around, the (lawn) signs don’t mean that’s how people vote.” The other thing about signs is that there was one for Copas posted in his neighbor’s yard across the street. “Every time I came out on my house, I saw it,” he laughed. On serious note, Dietz said he wants to do what he can “to make Glencoe a better place.” ***** For VonBerge, also in her first foray for elective office, she said, “I thought it went great! But it was a close one.” VonBerge finished third in the four-person race for three seats on the GSL Board. Jamie Alsleben led in the balloting with 3,557 followed by Kevin Kuester at 3,399, VonBerge at 2,857 and Gary Schreifels at 2,622. VonBerge joins incumbents Alsleben and Kuester and replaces Schreifels. VonBerge had nothing but nice things to say about the other board members. “I knew I could not beat Jamie (Alsleben). He’s good for the board with his teaching background and being local. He’s very genuine, a very good human being.”
Chronicle photos by Rich Glennie
‘Annie’ opens
“Annie,” the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School fall musical, opened to full houses last week and will continue three more performances this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Above are members of the Hooverville scene with Annie (Morgan Dahlke) wandering into the Depression-era encampment looking for her parents. At left is Miss Hannigan (Amber Drong) bemoaning her fate of being in charge of an orphanage.
Dietz, VonBerge
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Brownton natural gas utility may be reality by summer
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Brownton may have natural gas in time for the 2013-14 heating season, if all goes well. John Rodeberg of SEH, Inc., gave the Brownton City Council an update on its proposed municipal natural gas utility at its Wednesday, Nov. 7, meeting. First, Rodeberg had some good news for the City Council — SEH had revised its original estimate for the project downward to $1.8 million from $2.6 to $3.1 million. Rodeberg said the original estimate was a quick comparison based on recent construction costs of natural gas lines. But Rodeberg said SEH’s new estimate of $1.8 million to extend a natural gas line from the new United Grain Systems (UGS) facility just northwest of Brownton to the city, as well as for the infrastructure within the city, is probably “still a little high.” But, he added, it was better to prepare for higher costs than to under-budget for the project. So far, Rodeberg said, planning for the project “has been a really smooth process.” An original project proposed in 2003 was much more complicated, because the city was proposing to bring natural gas from the Hutchinson Utilities pipeline that runs north-south between Brownton and Stewart. That pipeline will now feed the UGS facility, and it will be much closer for the city to bring in natural gas from that facility, rather than from four miles to the west. Rodeberg said bringing the gas to the city will include a directional bore under Lake Addie to the city limits. According to city ordinance, a proposed utility cannot be established unless there is a referendum, which must pass by a fiveeighths vote (62-1/2 percent), rather than the traditional simple majority (more than 50 percent). Rodeberg said a special election for the referendum could be set for late winter or early spring which, if the measure passes, could mean a summer start on construction. Because of the reduced esti-
Chronicle photo by Rich Glennie
A salute by veterans to veterans
Duane Flemming, left, and Al Gruenhagen, members of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95/Glencoe VFW Post 5102 Color Guard snap off a salute after posting the colors during the Veterans Day program Monday morning at the high school. Jeff Jenson, technology director at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and a Navy veteran, gave the Veterans Day speech. The entire speech is reprinted on the opinion pages inside today’s Chronicle. A musical selection by the high school choir was “In Flanders Field.” Program emcee Paul Lemke also introduced the GSL staff veterans, Jenson, Don Bohnert, U.S. Marine Corps., and Mark Wigern, U.S. Army. He also introduced students who are currently in the military, Cory Midkiff and Matt Vik, both in the Minnesota National Guard, and Brianna Elsing in the U.S. Army.
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Christmas hymn sing/concert
St. John’s Lutheran Church will host an organ Christmas hymn sing and concert at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The concert will feature Christy Ittel playing favorite Christmas hymns on the church’s organ with the choir and audience accompanying her. All are invited.
Being in minority not new for Gruenhagen
By Rich Glennie Editor “I was the minority when I was on the (Glencoe-Silver Lake) School Board,” state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, said, so now that his Republican party is now back in the minority at the state Legislature, it is a familiar feeling. Gruenhagen, in House District 18B, and District 18 state Sen. Scott Newman, RHutchinson, were re-elected by comfortable margins in the Nov. 6 general elections, but the Republican party lost its majority status when the DFL recaptured both houses in the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton, who was not up for re-election, also is a DFLer. “The people have spoken,” Gruenhagen said, and he plans to work with the Democrats “in a way to improve the economy for all Minnesotans.” Can they work together? “We passed 150 bills unanimously or nearly unanimously,” Gruenhagen said of the last legislative session. But he said there are still major disagreements, and if the new DFL majority plans to increase spending by 20 percent, the Republican minority will fight that effort. Gruenhagen said Republicans would like to see singledigit spending increases that are tied to growth of personal income. If that growth is 3 percent, then state spending should not increase more than 3 percent. If DFLers insist on doubledigit spending increases, “you can’t expect the private sector to compete,” Gruenhagen said, and the private sector is where the revenues come from to fund state projects and programs. “I will not support doubledigit spending increases,” Gruenhagen added. “We cannot sustain double-digit spending increases.” He said the economy is changing with the retirement of “baby boomers,” the increased global competitiveness, and nagging unemployment numbers. He stressed Minnesota cannot spend its way out of this slow economy. He said the Republican majorities in the Legislature the past two years made headway in reining in the growth of spending in the state. be how to deal with many shortfalls being faced by the state in matters like public pensions funds and Medicaid spending. “The governor has expressed his agenda clearly,” Gruenhagen said. “He wants to increase taxes.” But that will stymie growth in the private sector. “We need to keep reasonable tax rates, especially for our farmers,” Gruenhagen said. Gruenhagen said he is looking forward to serving the citizens of District 18B, and “work for a better economic future.” He said his election in the new district (18B) was easier than in his old District 25A in his first run for a House seat. Few knew him then. But with McLeod and Sibley counties now making up District 18B, “Voters knew where I stood on the issues,” and pointed to his first term in the House and his years on the GSL School Board.
Alleged accomplice pleads guilty
Erica Lea Reeves, 26, accused of helping Eric Andrew Ebbers, also 26, rob Citizens State Bank in Hutchinson in July, entered a guilty plea to one count of bank robbery in federal court Wednesday, Nov. 7. Reeves allegedly drove Ebbers away from the bank after he presented a teller with a note saying he had a gun and demanded money. Law enforcements pursued the pair in a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour at times. The car was eventually stopped on Highway 15 just south of Hutchinson, where Reeves was arrested and Ebbers fled into a corn field. He was arrested the next day near Glencoe. Ebbers had already pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. A sentencing hearing for the two has not yet been set. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Community Thanksgiving set
First Congregational Church of Glencoe will host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner at noon, Thursday, Nov. 22. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge, but a free-will offering for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf will be accepted. If attending, RSVP if possible by Nov. 19 by calling 320-864-3855. The community dinner is sponsored by Glencoe area churches.
Legion Auxiliary ‘tip night’
The Glencoe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 95 will be hosting “tip night” at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19. Proceeds will be used for the veterans and for scholarships.
Glenn Gruenhagen “We ran on reforming government,” Gruenhagen said. “We increased state spending by $2 billion, but it was projected to be up $6 billion (under DFL control).” Gruenhagen said he hopes to work with fiscally conservative DFLers from outstate Minnesota to keep spending down. As to the amendments proposed to the Minnesota Constitution, Gruenhagen was disappointed both failed. He was especially upset about the marriage amendment defeat, and predicted proponents of same-sex marriage will move to redefine marriage in Minnesota. He said by not protecting the sanctity of marriage as one man and one woman through a constitutional amendment, judges will rule on what is a marriage. He called marriage and the family unit the very foundation of society. Gruenhagen said he, and Republicans, continue to support road and bridge work in future bonding bills, while the DFLers seem to favor more funding for light rail and public transportation. “Roads and bridges are the life blood of our economy (in rural Minnesota),” Gruenhagen said. He also will continue to fight against the implementation of “Obamacare” in Minnesota. He expects the DFL majority to push hard for its implementation. He said if successful, the state will have “unelected bureaucrats” making healthcare decisions for Minnesotans. Gruenhagen predicted another issue next session will
Legion/Auxiliary to meet
The Stewart American Legion and Auxiliary meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the Stewart Community Center. It will mark the Auxiliary’s 93rd birthday. The educational speaker will be David Hansen, principal at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart. Members are asked to bring items for the food shelf. Missy Langenbaugh will give a legislative update, and hostesses will be Marjorie Ehlert and Sylvia Markgraf.
Poultry party set Nov. 16
Plato Baseball will be sponsoring a poultry party with games and food at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Plato Community Hall. There also will be cash drawings, and one need not be present to win.
Plato blood drive collects 56 units; next one in April
The Plato Lions and the American Red Cross held a blood donor drive on Nov. 1 at the Crossroads West Church. The drive collected 56 units of blood. Leslie Engelmann received a 14-gallon pin, and firsttime donors included Alisa Oltman and Brianna Trukki. The next Plato area blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Crossroads West Church, west of Plato on Highway 212.
Soup-making event Nov. 17
Community Bible Study is hosting a soup-making event on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The bagged, dry-soup mix will be packaged and then given to local food shelves in McLeod County and surrounding counties. Volunteers from the community are welcome to join the effort to put together 1,000 bags, and then to join in a meal at noon (sampling our product) that day. From soup-making to soup-eating, this is a free event. For more information, contact the Rev. James Gomez at 864-6157.
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Retired educators to meet
The Glencoe Area Retired Educators will meet at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, for lunch at the Fu Buffet in Glencoe.
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McLeod County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s Program Open to youth 14* -18 years old (*finished 8th grade) You’re invited to attend the FirstNighter Informational Meeting Sunday, November 18, 7-8 pm McLeod County Solid Waste Bldg. 1065 5th Ave. SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Questions? Contact Deputy Patrick Geiken at 320-864-1368 or patrick.geiken@co.mcleod.mn.us
KC paper drive Nov. 15-17
The Glencoe Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a paper drive Nov. 15 through Nov. 17. Items collected are newspaper (including glossy inserts), magazines, catalogs, phone books and cardboard. All items must be clean and dry. Newspaper should be in paper bags or boxes or bundled and tied with string or twine. Corrugated cardboard and box board (cereal boxes) should be kept separate. Plastics cannot be accepted. Items may be dropped off Thursday and Friday, Nov.15-16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at the drop location in the upper lot of St. Pius X Church in Glencoe.
Glencoe Seniors meetings set
The Glencoe Senior Citizens Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 15, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m., in the senior room at the Glencoe City Center. Sheephead and 500 will be played. All area seniors are welcome to attend. The seniors also are looking for canasta and pinochle players, and are open to suggestions for other board and card games. Carol Brelje will serve on Thursday, and Lowell Brelje will serve on Tuesday.
After-Prom committee meets
The Glencoe-Silver Lake After-Prom party committee will meet at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, at the county meeting room in North Complex in Glencoe.
Michaelis benefit Nov. 25
A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held for Dustin Michaelis of Glencoe, on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arlington Community Center. A silent auction also will be featured. In late December 2011, Dustin was diagnosed with Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma cancer. Dustin currently travels to the National Institute of Health in Maryland every 28 days for treatment. All proceeds benefit Dustin and his family. Supplemental funding provided by Sibley County Thrivent Financial For Lutherans. To be included in this column, items for Happenings must be received in the Chronicle office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday of the week they are to be published. Items received after that will be published elsewhere in the newspaper as space permits. Happenings in Glencoe, Brownton, Stewart, Plato, New Auburn, Biscay and Silver Lake take priority over happenings elsewhere.
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County to Mitt, but Democrats do well
By Rich Glennie Editor On Election Day, Nov. 6, McLeod County voters solidly backed the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan, but it was President Barack Obama, a Democrat, who emerged victorious in the presidential election. Obama won statewide 53 percent to 45 percent. McLeod County, known as one of the most Republican counties in the state, did not disappoint when the RomneyRyan ticket garnered nearly 60 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. A total of 18,644 votes were cast in the county. The same was true in Sibley County, where the Romney-Ryan ticket won 60 percent of the ballots cast. But what was a surprise was the strong showing of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat. Klobuchar carried McLeod County with 58 percent of the vote over Kurt Bills, her Republican challenger. Bills, an economic teacher, finished with only 37 percent of the vote in McLeod County. Klobuchar also garnered 60 percent of the Sibley County votes, and statewide was an easy winner with 65 percent of the vote. Equally surprising, 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who easily won another two-year term in Congress, also won in McLeod County, a rarity. Peterson gained 48 percent of the county vote to Republican Lee Byberg’s 43 percent with 7 percent going to Independence Party candidate Adam Steele. Districtwide, Peterson finished with 60 percent of the vote. Andrew Heimerl ran unopposed, while incumbent Robert Messer defeated challenger Sandie Adams-Bruns 610 to 542 for the City Council position. At Silver Lake, Mayor Bruce Bebo and council members Nolan Johnson (four-year) and Pat Fogarty (two-year) ran unopposed. Incumbent Carol Roquette, who opted not to file for reelection, but changed her mind after filings closed, ran as a write-in for her four-year City Council seat. She won with 25 votes. At Hutchinson, Mayor Steve Cook defeated challenger Casey Stotts, while newcomer Grant Forcier defeated Raymond Norton and incumbent Chad Czmowski won over challenger Gary Motyka for City Council seats. At Winsted, Mayor Steve Stotko ran unopposed, while Tom Ollig led a six-person race for two Winsted City Council seats with 571 votes. Bonita Quast (471) won the second Council seat. Others were Joel Hirsch (374), Michael Thonvold (213), Dirk Anderson (180) and Brian Currey (178).
Thank You
I would like to thank my constituents that have supported me the past 8 years and at the voter polls during the last general election. It has been an honor and privileged to serve as your councilor – representing Precinct 4 on the Glencoe City Council. Greg Copas, Councilor Precinct 4
Township elections
At the township level, Bergen Town supervisors Albert “Sonny” Teubert and Sheldon Ehrke ran unopposed, and incumbent Amy Meyer defeated Jane Teubert as the Bergen Township treasurer. In Glencoe Township, supervisors James Hueser and John Albers ran unopposed as did treasurer Loren Mackenthun. In Helen Township, super-
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Profession/Occupation: Retired pipefitting, welding shop. How many years have you been in Glencoe: All of my life. How long have you been a Rotarian and why did you join Rotary: I have been a member for a long time. I joined for fellowship and Gene’s good food and to do some good things for the local community. Name some reasons you came to Glencoe and/or what are some good things about Glencoe: Nice people and good location. Family: wife, Dee; children, Jonathan, Debra, and Jennifer; and 8 grandchildren
––– DID YOU KNOW ––– For more than 20 years, Rotary’s top goal has been the eradication of the crippling disease polio, a job 99 percent achieved.
Area elections
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GSL School Board
Kuester Alsleben 60 34 238 60 396 442 446 315 183 233 35 313 6 54 120 204 5 220 165 28 3,557
Schreifels Kuester 54 36 194 55 375 416 439 347 185 219 31 286 5 51 90 214 9 220 142 31 3,399
VonBerge Schreifels 51 27 146 49 287 323 352 255 132 184 18 212 4 35 93 162 5 145 118 24 2,622 VonBerge 58 36 204 52 305 349 319 256 127 236 31 256 3 33 97 178 5 178 114 20 2,857
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State elections
While the federal level had some split results, the state elections also held voters’ interest, especially the two amendments proposed to the Minnesota Constitution. Both the “marriage amendment” and the “voter ID” amendments were approved overwhelmingly in McLeod County and Sibley County, but both failed statewide. In McLeod County, the yes vote for the marriage amendment was 66 percent, while the yes vote for the voter ID amendment was at 54 percent. But statewide, the marriage amendment was defeated 51 percent to 48 percent. The voter ID proposal lost 54 percent to 46 percent. For approval, both amendments needed a 50 percent plus one vote to be approved. While the Minnesota Legislature — both state House and Senate — was returned to DFL majorities, the local House and Senate seats remained firmly in Republican control. Incumbent state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, captured the newly created District 18B seat with a commanding win over DFLer Logan Campa, Hutchinson. Incumbent state Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, also posted an easy win over DFLer Steve Schiroo, Cokato.
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215 331 2 Thank you to the people of District 18B for your trust and confidence in electing me. I am truly honored and humbled by your support and look forward to serving you.
Legislative elections
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Gruenhagen Acoma Twp. Bergen Twp. Biscay Brownton Collins Twp. Glencoe P1 Glencoe P2 Glencoe P3 Glencoe P4 Glencoe Twp. Hale Twp. Hassan Valley Helen Twp. Hutch P1 Hutch P2 Hutch P3 Hutch Twp. Lester Prairie Lynn Twp. Penn Twp. Plato Rich Valley Round Grove Silver Lake Stewart Sumter Twp. Winsted Winsted Twp. Total (McLeod County) Total for District 18B 344 29 175 141 366 365 387 335 212 268 227 337 1,097 Campa 142 22 198 109 248 270 301 225 77 208 141 144 995
Senate District 18
Newman 433 332 26 206 151 357 364 390 332 188 273 235 314 1,212 1,233 1,408 424 513 199 104 117 229 80 191 121 Schiroo 239 152 28 168 100 248 258 299 221 100 211 136 160 883 858 1,009 253 283 103 64 62 153 52 189 119
Local elections
There were plenty of local elections throughout McLeod County as well, including municipal, county, district and state legislative races. On the municipal level, write-in candidates at Biscay were elected mayor and to the four-year member on the Biscay City Council. No results were available at press time on the write-in ballots. Thomas Urban and Donovan Dose, however, won the two Biscay Council seats. Urban posted 33 votes to 31 for Donovan Dose and 29 for Joanne Chrast. There also were eight write-in votes. At Plato, two write-in candidates won Council seat over incumbent Susanne Couval Templin. Dennis Oltmann received 102 write-in votes and former council member Bob Pflipsen had 97. There were 206 write-ins. Couval Templin had 74 votes. At Lester Prairie, Mayor
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11,054 7,970
Total for District 18 22,060 16,003
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GOP loses majorities, both proposed state amendments
Our view: The defeats related because GOPers took their eyes off real issue — state economy
he Minnesota elections held some surprises this year. The Republicans, after gaining control of the state Legislature for the first time in decades, lost their majorities in the matter of two years. The other surprise was the defeat of both the “marriage amendment” and the “voter ID” amendment, so popular when first introduced. Were the results related? Absolutely. The Republicans simply over-extended their reach, especially with the two amendment proposals, and the voters reacted accordingly. If the new DFL majority is not careful and does not pay attention, they could end up with the same fate two years from now. State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, RGlencoe, was prophetic when he said before the 2010 elections that if the Republicans do not turn the state around in two years, they would be out of office. State Republicans were on the right track in the last two legislative sessions in their attempts to control the size of Minnesota government. They made inroads into getting tighter reigns on spending, of paring down the size of government by finding efficiencies in various state departments and had plans in place to do even more in 2013. Had GOPers stuck to their fiscal game plan, they may still be in control of both the state House and Senate. But they did not. Instead, state Republicans, perhaps feeling invincible with control of the Legislature, bit off even more by inciting concerns over voter fraud
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that did not exist. They also took on the same-sex marriage law already in place and wanted to cement that ban into the state Constitution. Neither had anything to do with the main issue on people’s minds — the economy. Had Republicans stuck to the state’s economic isuses, we would all have been better off. Republicans of today will look for scapegoats. They always do. They will justify their rigid positions as being righteous and pure. But they are wrong. What Republican leaders really need to do is look in the mirror and see they are the problem. The current GOP ideology lost the election; the DFLers did not win it. Republicans need to get back to the basics, get back to doing what they do best. Get back to pushing for solid fiscal policies that benefit us all, and not just the members of the Republican party’s right wing. There is more to the Republican party than Tea Party conservatives. There are moderate Republicans who are equally ardent fiscal conservatives. These moderates, however, have no place in the current GOP’s “my-way-or-the-highway” philosophy. The Republican party needs to rediscover its base and reach out to all Republicans, not just the ideologically pure. If Republican leadership, both at the state and county levels, continue to fail to recognize that fact, the Republican party may wait another 40 years before it controls both houses of the state Legislature again. — R.G.
Veterans Day address by a GSL veteran
By Jeff Jenson Eleven years ago, four commercial aircraft took off from Boston, Newark and Washington. Took off fully loaded with men, women and children, all innocent, and all soon to die. These aircraft were targeted at the World Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon, and likely the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Three found their mark. No American alive, old enough to remember, will ever forget exactly where they were, exactly what they were doing, and exactly who they were with at the moment they watched the aircraft dive into the World Trade Towers on what was, until then, a beautiful morning in New York City. Within the hour, 3,000 blameless human beings would be vaporized, incinerated, or crushed in the most agonizing ways imaginable. We soon learned hundreds more were murdered at the Pentagon, and in a Pennsylvania farmer’s field. Once the buildings had collapsed and the immensity of the attack began to register, most of us had no idea of what to do, or where to turn. As a nation, we were scared like we had not been scared for generations. Parents hugged their children to gain as much as to give comfort. Strangers embraced in the streets stunned and crying on one another’s shoulders seeking solace, as much as to give it. Instantaneously, American patriotism soared not “as the last refuge,” as our national cynical class would say, but in the darkest times Americans seek refuge in family, and in country, remembering that strong men and women have always stepped forward to protect the nation when the need was dire. There was, however, a small segment of America that made very different choices that day ... actions the rest of America stood in awe of on 9/11 and every day since. centuries as the extremists themselves predicted, our hometown heroes — soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines — can say, “because of me and people like me who risked all to protect millions who will never know my name.” As we sit here right now, we should not lose sight of the fact that America is at risk in a way it has never been before. Our enemy fights for an ideology based on an irrational hatred of who we are. We did not start this fight, and it will not end until the extremists understand that we as a people will never lose our faith or our courage. If they persist, these terrorists and extremists and the nations that provide them sanctuary, must know they will continue to be tracked down and captured or killed. America’s civilian and military protectors both here at home and overseas have for nearly 11 years fought this enemy to a standstill and have never for a second “wondered why.” They know, and are not afraid. Their struggle is your struggle. As a democracy — “We the People,” and that by definition is every one of us — sent them away from home and hearth to fight our enemies. We are all responsible. Since this generation’s “day of infamy” the American military has handed our ruthless enemy defeat after defeat, but it will go on for years, if not decades, before this curse has been eradicated. We have done this by unceasing pursuit day and night into whatever miserable lair Al Qaeda, the Taliban and their allies, might slither into to lay in wait for future opportunities to strike a blow at freedom. America’s warriors have never lost faith in their mission, or doubted the correctness of their cause.
Jeff Jenson The first were our firefighters and police, their ranks decimated that day as they ran towards, not away from, danger and certain death. They were doing what they’d sworn to do — “protect and serve” — and went to their graves having fulfilled their sacred oath. Then there was our Armed Forces, most wearing the uniforms today joined the unbroken ranks of American heroes after that fateful day not for money, or promises of bonuses or travel to exotic liberty ports, but for one reason and one reason alone; because of the terrible assault on our way of life by men they knew must be killed and an extremist ideology that must be destroyed. A plastic flag in their car window was not their response to the murderous assault on our country. No, their response was a commitment to protect the nation swearing an oath to their God to do so, to their deaths. When future generations ask why America is still free and the heyday of Al Qaeda and their terrorist allies was counted in days rather than in
Letters to Editor Thanks to all who put on GSL Veterans Day programs Monday
To the Editor: On Monday, Nov. 12, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District held Veterans Day programs to observe Veterans Day and to pay tribute to current and past service men and women who have served our country. I believe it is very important for our students to take time to reflect on how important these people are in our lives. All of our students attended Veterans Day programs throughout the district. Many veterans go nameless and thankless for the job they have done or are doing on a daily basis to protect the freedoms that we often take for granted. It is on this day that we say “thank you.” A special thank you goes to Paul Lemke, GSL High School social studies teacher; Virginia Adams from the Glencoe VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary; and Michelle Wang, principal at GSL Lakeside Elementary School, for your work in organizing these valuable programs for our students and public. A very special thank you goes to Jeff Jenson and Ms. Wang for your words of inspiration this past Monday. I would also like to recognize and thank Glencoe VFW Post 5102, Glencoe American Legion Post 95 and Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 for providing the Color Guard at our Veterans Day programs. At GSL, we have the greatest kids in the world, and it was demonstrated once again this past Monday. We are striving to teach our kids that learning is life long and can come in many forms. This past Monday was a wonderful example of that. From all of us at GSL, thank you to all current, past, and future veterans – you are our true heroes! Christopher D. Sonju Superintendent of Schools
Jeff Jenson
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Letters to Editor Why so few handicap cubicles at City Center polls?
To the Editor: I went to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, as did many others at the City Center. We got there around 9:30 a.m. There was not a large crowd at that time. I am partially handicapped. Standing is not something I’m able to do very much of. I asked if there was an area or place where I could sit down to vote. I was directed to a cubicle with a chair, and someone was using it at the time. So I waited in line for the person to get done voting. I then used the cubicle to vote. When I was done, I looked behind me and there were at least one person in a wheelchair and one or two using a rollator/walker and several with canes, lined up to use the sitdown cubicle. Looking throughout the entire room, I didn’t count them all, but I estimated at least 15 to 20 or more using handicap devices. My question is this: Is there any sane reason why there’s only one handicap cubicle? Can’t more be set up and available for citizens who wish to vote and need this? Are these cubicles so expensive that McLeod County can only afford the one? I certainly hope whoever can explain or answer this will contact me. Gert Noga Glencoe
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Jeff Jenson Continued from page 4
They face dangers everyday that their countrymen safe and comfortable this day cannot imagine. But this has always been the case in all the wars our military have been sent to fight. Not to build empires, or enslave peoples, but to free those held in the grip of tyrants while at the same time protecting our nation, its citizens, and our shared values. And, ladies and gentlemen, think about this, the only territory we as a people have ever asked for from any nation we have fought alongside, or against, since our founding, the entire extent of our overseas empire, are a few hundred acres of land for the 24 American cemeteries scattered around the globe. It is in these cemeteries where 220,000 of our sons and daughters rest in glory for eternity, or are memorialized forever because their earthly remains are lost forever in the deepest depths of the oceans, or never recovered from far flung and nameless battlefields. As a people, we can be proud because billions across the planet today live free, and billions yet unborn will also enjoy the same freedom and a chance at prosperity because America sent its sons and daughters out to fight and die for them, as much as for us. Yes, we are at war, and are winning, but you wouldn’t know it because successes go unreported, and only when something does go sufficiently or is sufficiently controversial, is it highlighted by the media. We are at war and like it or not, that is a fact. It is not Bush’s war, and it is not Obama’s war, it is our war and we can’t run away from it. Even if we wanted to surrender, there is no one to surrender to. Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our merciless enemy would do it today, tomorrow and every day thereafter. These butchers we fight killed more than 3,000 innocents on 9/11. I don’t know why they hate us, and I don’t care. The Marines have a saying, “no better friend, no worse enemy, than a U.S. Marine.” They always hope for the first, friendship, but are certainly more than ready for the second. Because our America hasn’t been successfully attacked since 9/11 many forget because we want to forget ... to move on. As Americans we all dream and hope for peace, but we must be realistic and acknowledge that hope is never an option or course of action when the stakes are so high. Others are less realistic or less committed, or are working their own agendas, and look for ways to blame past presidents or in some other way to rationalize a way out of this war. The problem is our enemy is not willing to let us go. Regardless of how much we wish this nightmare would go away, our enemy will stay forever on the offensive until he hurts us so badly we surrender, or we kill him first. To him, this is not about our friendship with Israel, or about territory, resources, jobs, or economic opportunity in the Middle East. No, it is about us as a people. About our freedom to worship any God we please in any way we want. It is about the worth of every man, and the worth of every woman, and their equality in the eyes of God and the law; of how we live our lives with our families, inside the privacy of our own homes. It’s about the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable right.” As Americans we hold these truths to be self-evident. He doesn’t. We love what we have; he despises who we are. Our positions can never be reconciled. He cannot be deterred ... only defeated. Compromise is out of the question. The comforting news for every American is that our men and women in uniform, are as good today as any in our history. As good as what their heroic, under-appreciated, and largely abandoned fathers and uncles were in Vietnam, and their grandfathers were in Korea and World War II. They have the same steel in their backs and have made their own mark etching forever places like Ramadi, Fallujah, and Baghdad, Iraq, and Helmand and Sagin, Afghanistan that are now part of the legend and stand just as proudly alongside Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Hue City, Khe Sanh, and Ashau Valley, Vietnam. None of them have ever asked what their country could do for them, but always, and with their lives, asked what they could do for America. While some might think we have produced yet another generation of materialistic, consumerist and self-absorbed young people, those who serve today have broken the mold and stepped out as real men, and real women, who are already making their own way in life while protecting ours. And what are they like in combat in this war? Like our soldiers and sailors have been throughout our history. You won’t see them hesitate, or do anything other than lean into the fire and with no apparent fear of death or injury take the fight to our enemies. As anyone who has ever experienced combat knows, when it starts, when the explosions and tracers are everywhere and the calls for the corpsman are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying, when seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at the same time, and the only rational act is to stop, get down, save yourself, they don’t. When no one would call them coward for cowering behind a wall or in a hole, slave to the most basic of all human instincts— survival— none of them do. It doesn’t matter if it’s an IED, a suicide bomber, mortar attack, sniper, fighting in the upstairs room of a house, or all of it at once; they talk, swagger, and, most importantly, fight today in the same way our soldiers and sailors have always fought. They know whose shoulders they stand on, and they will never shame any soldier or sailor living or dead. We can also take comfort in the fact that these young Americans are not born killers, but are good and decent young men and women who, for going on 12 years, have performed remarkable acts of bravery and selflessness to a cause they have decided is bigger and more important than themselves. Only a few months ago they were delivering your paper, stocking shelves in the local grocery store, worshiping in church on Sunday, or playing hockey on local ice. They are also the same kids that drove their cars too fast for your liking, and played the gawd-awful music of their generation too loud, but have no doubt they are the finest of their generation. Like those who went before them in uniform, we owe them everything. We owe them our safety. We owe them our prosperity. We owe them our freedom. We owe them our lives. Anyone of them could have done something more self-serving with their lives as the vast majority of their age group elected to do after high school and college, but no, they chose to serve knowing full well a brutal war was in their future. They did not avoid the basic and cherished responsibility of a citizen– the defense of country. They welcomed it. They are the very best this country produces, and have put every one of us ahead of themselves. All are heroes for simply stepping forward, and we as a people owe a debt we can never fully pay. Over 5,000 have died thus far in this war; 8,000 if you include the innocents murdered on 9/11. They are overwhelmingly working-class kids, the children of cops and firefighters, city and factory workers, school teachers and small business owners. With some exceptions they are from families short on stock portfolios and futures, but long on love of country and service to the nation. Just yesterday, too many were lost and a knock on the door late at night brought their families to their knees in a grief that will never, ever go away. Thousands more have suffered wounds since it all started, but like anyone who loses life or limb while serving others, including our firefighters and law enforcement personnel who on 9/11 were the first casualties of this war, they are not victims as they knew what they were about, and were doing what they wanted to do. We who have served and are serving refuse their sympathy. Those of us who have lived in the dirt, sweat and struggle of the arena are not victims and will have none of that. Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths. The protected can’t begin to understand the price paid so they and their families can sleep safe and free at night. No, they are not victims, but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make ... for you. They prove themselves every day on the field of battle ... for you. They fight in every corner of the globe ... for you. They live to fight ... for you, and they never rest because there is always another battle to be won in the defense of America. We veterans believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth — freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious — our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines — who safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away. It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the “land of the free and home of the brave” so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm. For all those veterans here today — thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I share the pride you feel in being able to count ourselves among the greatest military in the world. For all those not in the military, thank you for choosing to share this special day with us and show your support of our heroes, past and present. Thank you. Jeff Jenson is the technology coordinator for the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District.
Letters to Editor Warning to all about ‘snowbird’ ordinance
To the Editor: WARNING TO GLENCOE RESIDENTS: Glencoe’s Finest are out there looking for all “snowbird” violators! We had the privilege of a visit from one of our fine police officers on Sunday morning, Nov. 11, at 1:08 a.m. Our son had just returned home from four months of Army training in Missouri on Friday night, Nov. 10. His brother came to see him from Wisconsin and several friends came over Saturday night to catch up. Unbeknownst to us, a “snowbird ordinance” had gone into effect Nov. 1. Without going into all the details of the ordinance, that we have since investigated, it states that absolutely no vehicles will be parked on any city street between the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1, or until the streets have been cleared curb to curb whichever is later. My concerns are: 1) Isn’t it the city of Glencoe’s responsibility to inform in writing each and every residence in the city of this new ordinance? Not everyone has access to the Internet, nor does everyone receive one of Glencoe’s city papers. Or is it our responsibility as citizens to go daily/weekly to the city offices to find out what new “ordinance or law” has been passed so we do not get ticketed? Other cities that I have lived in with a “snowbird” ordinance have signs posted on their city streets so there is absolutely no question what the regulations are concerning parking. I think it would behoove the city government to take the revenue they are bringing in from the parking tickets to purchase and post these signs A.S.A.P. (as soon as possible) for not only the city residents but also non-residents. 2) We NEVER see a police presence on our quiet, deadend street. So why on a Saturday night at 1:08 a.m. is there a police officer issuing “snowbird” tickets? Please note the fact that the ordinance starts at 1 a.m. The first ticket issued was at 1:08 a.m. Yes, I did state the “first” ticket, because there were five tickets (all included a fine) issued at the same time; one vehicle was from Wisconsin, three vehicle occupants do not live in the city limits and one of our vehicles. I am very dismayed about this incident and feel in light of the fact that the city has not notified residents in writing at our residences, there was not a significant snowfall in the forecast and the awful feeling that just possibly the police officers on duty were “looking” for violators, at the very least a warning could have and should have been issued instead of fining not one but five vehicles. I went to the police department today, (Monday, Nov. 12) to discuss these parking tickets, only to find that all city offices are closed in observation of Veterans Day. A day that not only my son, but several of his friends at our home the night/morning of the tickets, chose to become part of so we could continue to live as a FREE country. Collette Ingenthron Glencoe
Consider a Crow River Habitat donation
To the Editor: You have been hearing a lot about Give to the Max Day on Thursday Nov. 15. This 24-hour period is the largest day of online giving in Minnesota. Each charity, non-profit and school is very deserving of your donation. If you choose to donate to Habitat for Humanity, I would like to make you aware that there is one right here in your county. Crow River Habitat for Humanity serves all of McLeod County, with 20 homes built in Hutchinson, Glencoe, Brownton and Stewart. It is our intent to grow into other McLeod County towns such as Winsted and Lester Prairie in the near future. Your gift of any size is so important in our efforts to help families in need with decent, affordable housing. Ten dollars will buy a box of nails; $50 will purchase an interior door; $100 puts an energy efficient window in the home. Our 21st home, which will be completed in early 2013 in Hutchinson, will be the first Energy Star Rated 3 home in Minnesota. Crow River Habitat has a chance to win prize grants from GiveMN.org (from $1,000 to $12,500!) if we are among the top 10 non-profits raising money in the “small non-profit” category. Please mark your calendar for Thursday Nov. 15, and go to our online giving page: http://givemn.razoo.com/ story/Crow-River-HabitatFor-Humanity. Links can also be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ crhfh and our website: www.crhfh.org. If you are going to be traveling or away from your computer, you can “schedule” your online donation. Just click the link “schedule one for Give to the Max Day 2012” under the main Make a Donation section. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Crow River Habitat for Humanity is a careful steward of your donations. We are thankful for all that we receive and blessed by the support of so many caring people. Pam Johnson Volunteer coordinator Crow River Habitat for Humanity
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, page 6
Brownton proceeds with flood mitigation efforts
By Lori Copler Staff Writer The city of Brownton is proceeding with a flood mitigation plan that may include the purchase and demolition of up to eight homes in the city’s flood-prone northwest quadrant. John Rodeberg, an engineer with SEH, Inc., said the city has qualified for a total of $370,000 — $150,000 in 2012 and $220,000 for 2013 — from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for flood mitigation. Buying and razing the eight properties is estimated to cost $625,000. The city’s share of the cost, Rodeberg said, is capped at $254,566 based on the median household income of the community. And that is not necessarily a cash match, Rodeberg said, because the city could provide “in-kind” services, such as administrative work by the clerk’s staff or work by the maintenance department, as part of its share of expenses. Rodeberg estimated the city’s actual cash outlay at $140,000 to $180,000 over the two-year period. Rodeberg also pointed out that costs could actually be less, because the program is voluntary — home owners don’t have to participate. Typically, Rodeberg said, a city will offer the home owners a percentage of the estimated market value of their homes, or an appraised value of the homes. Once that percentage is determined, it applies to every property, Rodeberg said. “You have to be consistent and treat everyone the same,” he said. Rodeberg suggested the City Council set a special meeting with a closed session to determine how much it will offer the home owners affected by the plan. Rodeberg said SEH also had looked at constructing a berm to protect the property, rather than a buy-out plan. An engineered berm or dike, would cost up to $221,000. That is just for construction, Rodeberg said, and doesn’t include land acquisition or easement costs. The “assumed design” is for a dike with 4-to-1 sides slopes and a 20-foot wide top to allow for additional sand bags, if needed. And, if constructed, there is no guarantee that the dike won’t be breached in a flood event, and it will need continual upkeep. Removing the homes in the flood area and just allowing the water to take its natural course seems to be the best solution, Rodeberg said. He pointed to a similar project in Hutchinson in which the city bought out homes along the Crow River as part of a flood-mitigation project. Once the homes were gone, Rodeberg said, the city no longer had to worry about protecting them during flood events. “I know I slept a lot better at night after we did that project,” Rodeberg said. The City Council agreed to meet in special session Tuesday night, Nov. 13, to discuss its offer to home owners in the area, as well as progress on finding an officer/chief for the police department and other matters. The portion regarding the real estate negotiations was closed.
Brownton Lions will again sponsor tree for hospice program
The Brownton Lions Club is again sponsoring the Christmas Remembrance Tree to benefit the hospice program. The tree is located near the Brownton Community Center and is lit with lights in remembrance of or in honor of loved ones. The suggested donation is $5 per light. Sponsor forms are available at Security Bank & Trust Co., Brownton and Glencoe downtown locations, and available on this page.
Light a Light for Hospice
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Membership awards
Two members of the Brownton American Legion Edward Ewald Post 143 were recognized Monday night for their years of membership and service in the American Legion. Burton Kucera, in the left photograph, has 60 years of continuous membership, while Lester Lindeman, in the right photograph, has 50 years. Both are pictured with acting Brownton Legion Commander Elmer Baysinger.
Christmas Remembrance Tree
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Truck mishap results in electrical outage in city of Brownton Oct. 31
By Lori Copler Staff Writer City Maintenence Supervisor Mark Streich had a brief report at the Brownton City Council meeting Wednesday night, Nov. 7. An accident involving a county maintenance truck Halloween morning knocked out electrical power to a good portion of the city, and required much of the city’s staff time to remedy. Streich said McLeod County highway employees were “shouldering” along County Road 25, also Brownton’s Fifth Avenue, when a raised box on one of the trucks hooked power lines near the lift station on Fifth Avenue North. The truck pulled the power lines down, the panel off the lift station and tipped over a transformer, which spilled oil, and knocked out power. “Everything was on the ground,” said Streich. Fortunately, Streich said, Quade’s Electric had a crew available to come help, and power was restored within a couple hours. City Clerk Cindy Lindeman said the city received many calls from residents about a brief brown-out, and she advised residents to unplug as many appliances as they could. Streich said the brown-out was brief, and resulted when a neutral wire crossed a primary wire, but then the system shut down and there was no power. The city contacted the McLeod County Highway Department to discuss liability for the ensuring bills. Lindeman said that as of Wednesday’s meeting, she was unaware if any residents had experienced serious damage in their homes, other than blown fuses. that have three pets, and two which have at least four dogs. Lindeman said that as new residents move to the community, they are advised of the ordinance and, if they have more than two pets, are told that as a pet dies “or goes away,” it cannot be replaced with another pet. Mayor Curt Carrigan said he felt the problem is owner control, not necessarily the number of pets. “You can have one dog and have it be a problem,” said Carrigan. “And there are other people who have several pets and you never hear a peep out of them.” But Council Member Chuck Warner said that if the city has the ordinance, “either we enforce it, or we drop it.” Ken Bauer, acting police chief, said the city also has another ordinance to address pets who are a nuisance or are dangerous. After some discussion, the City Council agreed by consensus to enforce the ordinance limiting the number of pets per household. In other business: • Bauer presented the City Council with proposed policies for cell phone, Internet and computer use for the police department. • Agreed to buy carpet at a cost of about $3,000 for a memorabilia room in the new Brownton Area Civic Center. Pat Schmidt, a volunteer for the Civic Center task force, said the walls have been painted and the room will display trophy cases and school memorabilia. Warner moved to pay for the carpet in recognition of the volunteers who put in hours of labor at the Civic Center. “I think we owe it to the people who have done so much to do this (pay for the carpeting),” Warner said. • Agreed to continue participation in the Renville-Sibley (RS) Fiber project, despite the fact the Sibley County Board had voted 3-2 to pull out of the project. RS Fiber plans to continue the project in Renville County and in 10 participating communities in Sibley, Renville and McLeod counties, including Brownton and Stewart.
And mail to: Brownton Lions Club P.O. Box 437 Brownton, MN 55312
Pet ordinance
In other business, the City Council discussed its existing pet ordinance which limits residents to having two pets in their homes. There is one home of particular concern, Lindeman said, because it has at least four dogs which tend to run loose and can be a nuisance. Lindeman said she is aware of at least seven households
Thurs., Nov. 15 — AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-2125290 for info.; Stewart Lions. Mon., Nov. 19 — Tops Weigh-In mtg., 55:30 p.m.; Brownton Senior Citizens Club, 1 p.m., Brownton Community Center; Brownton Lions; Stewart American Legion Post 125 & Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Narcotics Anonymous, Brownton Community Center, 7 p.m.; Brownton Legion. Thurs., Nov. 22 — THANKSGIVING DAY AA Group Mtg. next to Post Office in Stewart, 8 p.m., call 320-212-5290 for info.
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20 Brownton seniors met on Monday
Twenty Brownton senior citizens met Monday at the community center. Cards were played after the meeting with the following winners: 500, Gladys Rickert, first, and Eleanora Lamp, second; pinochle, Pearl Streu, first, and Leone Kujas, second; and sheephead, Lil Lindeman, first, and Elmer Maass, second. Bernetta Alsleben won the door prize. Lowell Brelje served refreshments. The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 19, at noon, for a catered Thanksgiving dinner.
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‘4 P’s in a Pod’ to sing at Thanksgiving service
“4 P’s in a Pod,” a men’s barbershop quartet, will sing for the ecumenical Thanksgiving service Wednesday evening, Nov, 21, at Friedens County Line Church, United Church of Christ (UCC), 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Young America. The 7:30 p.m. worship service is sponsored by local UCC congregations. The Thanksgiving gathering welcomes community people and members of all church faiths. The men’s barbershop quartet consists of four pastors, who are the “4 P’s.” Their “Pod” is ministry in the United Church of Christ. All four pastors serve or have served UCC congregations in Central Minnesota. The “4 P’s in a Pod” began singing barbershop church music for Lenten worship services in winter/spring 2012. The Rev. Joseph Clay is the pastor of Friedens County Line UCC, Norwood Young America and also Peace UCC, Glencoe. He is the senior statesman of the men’s quartet and has been in ministry for 52 years, serving UCC congregations in Illinois and Minnesota. In the past, Clay was a referee who officiated at sports events of football and baseball. For the “4 P’s,” Rev. Clay sings bass. The Rev. Linzy Collins Jr. is the pastor of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Glencoe. He has been a church pastor in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. In addition to being an ordained minister, the Rev. Linzy is a school teacher. He taught in a Republic of China American School, where his classes were math, social studies and science. He also designed and taught in an alternative public school in
The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, page 7
Nov. 19-23 Millie Beneke Manor Senior Nutrition Site Monday — Tator-tot casserole, green beans, peaches, bread with margarine, bar, low-fat milk. Tuesday — Roast turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, dinner roll with margarine, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, lowfat milk. Wednesday — Lasagna, California-blend vegetables, lettuce salad with dressing, garlic bread with margarine, pudding, low-fat milk. Thursday — Site closed. Friday — Site closed. GSL Schools Elementary/Jr. High/Sr. High Breakfast Monday — Blueberry muffin and yogurt or Kix Berry cereal and blueberry muffin, apple juice cup, low-fat milk. (Breakfast burrito at junior high and high school). Tuesday — Pancake on a stick or Cheerios and apple-cinnamon muffin, diced peaches, low-fat milk. Wednesday — Breakfast pizza or reduced sugar Coco Puffs cereal and string cheese, orange wedges, low-fat milk. Thursday — No school. Friday — No school. Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch Monday — Oven-baked turkey corn dog, bagel-yogurt-string cheese fun lunch, oven-baked tator tots, broccoli salad with raisins, orange wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beef soft-shell tacos, ham and cheese on wholegrain bread, refried beans, lettuce and tomato cup, grapes, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Chicken parmesan with whole-grain pasta, deli combo sub, seasoned peas, baby carrots, apples, chilled peaches. Thursday — Thanksgiving. No school. Friday — No school. High School Lunch Monday — Oven-baked turkey corn dogs, confetti coleslaw, broccoli with dressing, orange wedges, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday — Beef taco meat with whole-grain tortilla shell, brown rice, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese cup, refried beans, jicama, cucumber fruit salad, celery sticks with dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled applesauce. Wednesday — Baked ziti with cheese, bread stick, seasoned green beans, potato salad, baby carrots with dressing, apple, chilled peaches. Thursday — No school. Friday — No school. First Lutheran School Lunch Monday — Pizza, peas, peaches, bread, milk. Tuesday — Thanksgiving meal. Wednesday — Hot dogs, tator tots, fruit, milk. Thursday — No school. Friday — No school. St. Pius X Lunch Monday — Chicken patty on a whole-grain bun, pears, pears, corn, baked beans, milk. Tuesday — Weiner wink, mixed fruit, peas, tator tots, milk. Wednesday — Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread stick, applesauce, romaine salad, milk. Thursday — No school. Friday — No school.
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90th Birthday Open House for
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The “4 P’s in a Pod” barbershop quartet includes, from left to right, the Rev. Joe Clay, the Rev. Richard Mark, the Rev. Bill Baldwin and the Rev. Linzy Collins Jr. Iowa. In the barbershop quartet, Collins sings first tenor. The Rev. William Baldwin is the pastor of Lester Prairie Community Church, United Church of Christ and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. He has served UCC congregations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to church ministry, the Rev. Baldwin has worked in the radio industry as an announcer and an account salesman. He hosts “Everyday Inspiration,” a 30minute program of music, spirit, and inspiration at 11:30 am on Sunday mornings on KDUZ, 1260-AM, Hutchinson. For the men’s quartet, the Rev. Baldwin sings “lead” or second tenor, and usually sings the melody of any song. The Rev. Richard Mark is the former pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bongards, near Norwood Young America. He was ordained into the church ministry in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and served churches in Manitoba, Iowa and Minnesota. His avocation is “Paul Bunyan, the Tall-Tale Storyteller.” He shares “Tall-Tale, North Woods Stories” at elementary schools, local churches, senior citizen groups, local businesses and youth camps. In this singing group, the Rev. Mark sings baritone. For the Thanksgiving service, the “4 P’s in a Pod” will sing and lead worship. The theme for this ecumenical service is based upon Psalm 69, verse 30: “Praise God’s name in song and glorify him with Thanksgiving.” The Rev. Linzy Collins will preach the Thanksgiving message, entitled: “More Thanks – Less Worry.” An offering will be taken and given to local food shelves. A fellowship and social time follows the evening service. Dessert and coffee will be enjoyed by all. The barbershop quartet will then entertain and sing again. The “4 P’s in a Pod” sing for fun and give glory to God. At this Thanksgiving, it is time to return “Thanks to God” for this harvest season and all the blessings of life.
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Common Cup choirs will sing Nov. 18
Choirs of Common Cup Ministry churches will “Come Together in Song” for the sixth-annual concert Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., at the Hutchinson High School Auditorium. The program will include individual choir numbers, community vocal groups and a mass choir of all participants. Special guest performers will be Imuka from the villages of East Africa. Imuka combines the diverse rich cultures of East Africa to bring together rare singing techniques, electrifying choreography, hand drumming and multiple percussions and traditional dancing techniques that are adopted from the oldest African folk songs and dances. There is no charge for the concert. A free-will offering will be taken to help support the outreach ministries of Common Cup Ministry, Inc. Supplemental funding will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Organ Christmas Hymn Sing & Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 28 • 7 p.m.
Christy Ittel will be playing popular Christmas hymns on our updated organ with the choir and audience accompanying her.
Everyone is invited to this one time opportunity to enjoy a live Christmas carol event. Accepting free will donations and items to support the McLeod County Food Shelf.
4505 80th St., Glencoe (320) 864-3093
5 miles SE of Glencoe in Helen Township
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October Students of the Month
Lincoln Jr. High School selected its October students of the month last week for the seventh grade. Selected were, front row, from left to right, Taryn Reichow, geography; Andre Nix, physical education; and Uilleam Armstrong, band. In the back are Carsen Streich, pre-algebra; Kyle Christensen, English; Zoe Christensen, science; Madelyn Kjenstad, music; and Emmi Jerabek, art.
204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington A silent auction will be Ticket price is $10, featured along with the children under 6 are free spaghetti dinner. Takeout is available
of Glencoe
Questions regarding donations or the benefit, please email Randi Perschau MICHAELISBENEFIT@GMAIL.COM Or check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DustinMichaelisBenefit
Thank you in advance for your support!
N.A. Auxiliary meets, makes donations
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Supplemental Funding Provided by Sibley County Thrivent Financial For Lutherans.
30th Annual Norwood Young America
8th-grade student awards
Eighth-grade students at Lincoln Jr. High were honored last week by being named October students of the month. They included, front row, from left, Rachael Popp, physical education; Madison Posusta, art; Hannah Kunkel, music; and Robert Riedel, math. In the back are Maggie Petersen, English; Hunter Glaeser, history; Brandi Pikal, band; and Katie Twiss, science. Missing was Sarah Schmieg, algebra.
New Auburn VFW OKs $11,600 in donations
Commander Willard Grack called the October meeting of the New Auburn VFW Post 7266 to order. The club made a number of donations to the city of New Auburn for its fire department, parks, museum and cemetery for $6,000; Friends of High Island Lake restoration project for $5,000; Salvation Army, $100; and the Department of VFW Pheasant Dinner program, $500. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., at the New Auburn City Hall.
The New Auburn VFW 7266 Auxiliary October meeting was called to order by President Phyllis Schwanke. District Secretary Connie Rheaume also attended the meeting. Donations were made to the Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare Center for $50; to the Sibley County Food Shelf; for Make A Difference Day for $40; and 15 dozen cookies to the New Auburn Fire Department for its open house. The POW/MIA candle was lit and a moment of silence held. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Biggest & Best Craft Fair in The Area!
Craft Fair
Over 250 booths • Many NEW crafters with Many NEW items.
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Saturday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch available
Norwood Young America is located 40 miles West of the Twin Cities on Hwy 5 & 212
Call: 952-467-7390 for directions. Also, Vendor Fair @ St. John’s Lutheran School
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The McLeod County Chronicle, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, page 8
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., Nov. 14 — Women’s Bible study, 9 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 8 p.m Fri., Nov. 16 — Men’s Bible study, 9 a.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:20 a.m.; service on Glencoe Cable Channel 10, 10:30 a.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Men’s Bible study, 6 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — 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., Nov. 14 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; bell choir, 5:30 p.m.; confirmation, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m.; church council, 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Naomi Circle at Orchard Estates, 9 a.m.; long-term care worship, 9:30 a.m.; Unbinding the Gospel training, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 — Lay ministry training, second group, 8 a.m.-noon. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; no adult education; new members and sponsors meal, fellowship hall, after 10:45 a.m. service. Mon., Nov. 19 — Televised worship on Channel 10, 3 p.m.; Light & Life articles due. Tues., Nov. 20 — Ladies fellowship at Gert & Erma’s, 10 a.m.; pastor at Fairfax in morning. Wed., Nov. 21 — Men’s breakfast, Bible study, 8 a.m.; televised worship on Channel 10, 2 p.m.; Thanksgiving eve service with communion, gathering of food for shelf, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF PEACE 520 11th St. E., Glencoe Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Thanksgiving eve service at Friedens, 7:30 p.m. ST. PIUS X CHURCH 1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Wed., Nov. 14 — No Mass.; kindergarten through sixth-grade religious education, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through 11th-grade religious education, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — No morning prayer; Mass, 7:20 a.m.; KC paper drive, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; E&C committee, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16 — Morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; pastoral leader workshop, Olivia, 11 a.m.; KC paper drive, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; no Spanish Mass. Sat., Nov. 17 — KC paper drive, 8 a.m.-noon; reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious education classes, 12:45 p.m.; KC turkey bingo, Sarto Room, 7 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — No Mass. Tues., Nov. 20 — No Mass; no junior choir; KC meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Presentation of the BVM; morning prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no religious education classes; Thanksgiving Mass, 7 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC 1400 Elliott Ave., Glencoe Rev. Linzy Collins Jr., Pastor E-mail: congoucc@gmail.com Wed., Nov. 14 — Women’s fellowship executive board, 5:30 p.m.; choir, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship with children singing, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday school, Christmas practice; confirmation, 2 p.m.; deacons meeting. Tues., Nov. 20 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Circles meet; Thanksgiving day dinner preparation; choir, 6:30 p.m. FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 925 13th St. E., Glencoe Daniel Welch, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Mathison, Associate Pastor 320-864-5522 www.firstglencoe.org E-mail: office@firstglencoe.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Public school confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Newsletter deadline; church council, 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship with communion, 8 a.m.; fellowship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Spanish worship, 6 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Praise Folk, 8 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — No public school confirmation; Christ Chimes, 4 p.m.; Gospel Ringers, 6 p.m.; senior choir, 6:15 p.m.; Thanksgiving worship with communion, 7 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., Nov. 14 — Kids Praise, 3:15 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m.; council, 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Men’s and women’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 — Soup-making event, 9 a.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Choir, 7:45 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Kingdom Quest, FUEL, adult Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Community Strings, 4:30 p.m.; LIVE, 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — GSLC Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Set up for community Thanksgiving dinner at First Congregational Church, 3 p.m.; REVEAL, 5:30 p.m. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 4505 80th St., Helen Township Glencoe Dennis Reichow, Pastor Wed., Nov. 14 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Jesus Cares Ministry, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible class, 10:20 a.m. Mon,. Nov. 19 — Ministry advancement meeting, 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Table Talk, 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Fifth- and sixthgrade catechism, 3:45 p.m.; seventhand eighth-grade catechism, 4:45 p.m.; chimes, 6:30 p.m.; choir, 7:30 p.m. GRACE LUTHERAN 8638 Plum Ave., Brownton Andrew Hermodson-Olsen, Pastor E-mail: contact@grangerization.org www.gracebrownton.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; council meeting, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship with Sunday school singing, 8:45 a.m.; congregational informational meeting follows worship; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; cantata rehearsal, 6 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Worship broadcast, 6 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Bible study 9 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — No confirmation class; Thanksgiving worship, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN 700 Division St., Brownton R. Allan Reed, Pastor www.immanuelbrownton.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Bible study with pastor, 9 a.m.; confirmation classes, 4 p.m.; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; bell choir, 6:30 p.m.; vocal choir, 7:30 p.m.; deacons’ meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Visitation, communion to shut-ins. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.; silent auction bidding opens; Bible study after worship; register for Nov. 22 communion; Channel 8 video. Wed., Nov. 21 — No Bible study; no confirmation classes; chapel worship with communion, 6:30 p.m.; bell choir practice, 6:30 p.m.; vocal choir practice, 7:30 p.m. CONGREGATIONAL Division St., Brownton Barry Marchant, Interim Pastor browntoncongregational.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Bingo, bring an item for food shelf, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Bible study and Sunday school, 10 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Pilgrim service, 7 p.m. ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN Stewart Robert Lehner, Pastor Wed., Nov. 14 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 3:30 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5:30 p.m.; church council meeting, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 — No worship. Sun., Nov. 18 — Mission Sunday; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship with communion, 10 a.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Conference pastors’ meeting at Central Lutheran, Fairfax, 9 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Thanksgiving eve worship, 7 p.m. ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Stewart Wed., Nov. 14 — Mass, 9 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — No mass. Sun., Nov. 18 — Mass, 9:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S CHURCH 13372 Nature Ave. (rural Biscay) Robert Taylor, pastor 320-587-5104 Sun., Nov. 18 — Sunday school, 9 a.m. (note change); worship, 10:30 a.m. CROSSROADS CHURCH 10484 Bell Ave., Plato Scott and Heidi Forsberg, pastors 320-238-2181 www.mncrossroads.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Youth and adult activities night, 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 10 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — 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., Nov. 14 — Youth choir practice, 5 p.m.; Midweek, 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Bible study, 8:45 a.m.; bulletin deadline. Sun., Nov. 18 — “Time of Grace,” TV Channel 9, 6:30 a.m.; worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 10:10 a.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Thanksgiving bulletin deadline. Tues., Nov. 20 — Bulletin deadline; no prayer meeting. Wed., Nov. 21 — Midweek, 6 p.m. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 308 First St. N.E., Plato Bill Baldwin, Pastor www.platochurch.com Wed., Nov. 14 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; confirmation, 5 p.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; youth fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16 — Office open, 9 a.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Sunday school, 8:45 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; prayer time, 11 a.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Bible study, 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Office open, 9 a.m.; men’s coffee, 9 a.m.; adult choir, 6 p.m.; Thanksgiving worship at Friedens County Line Church, 7 p.m. IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN New Auburn Bradley Danielson, Pastor E-mail: immanuellc@yahoo.com Wed., Nov. 14 — Seventh-grade confirmation, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade confirmation, 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m.; fellowship time, 10 a.m.; Mission Sunday; Sunday school, 10:20 a.m.; church council, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — No confirmation; Thanksgiving eve service, 7 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 300 Cleveland Ave., Silver Lake Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor 320-327-2352 http://silverlakechurch.org Wed., Nov. 14 — Confirmation and discipleship class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and puppet practice, 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 — Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — “First Light” radio broadcast on KARP 106.9 FM, 7:30 a.m.; pre-service prayer time, 9:15 a.m.; worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:35 a.m.; open shooting for Centershot graduates, 11:45 a.m. Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-3272843. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake 320-327-2452 / Fax 320-327-6562 E-mail: faithfriends@embarqmail.com You may be able to reach someone at the church every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t hesitate to come in (use church office door) or call, or e-mail at faithfriends@embarqmail.com. Wed., Nov. 14 — Light supper, 5:30 p.m.; WOW classes, 6 p.m.; choir practice, 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 10 a.m.; coffee fellowship to follow service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH 712 W. Main St., Silver Lake Anthony Stubeda, Pastor Thurs., Nov. 15 — Mass at Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m. Fri., Nov. 16 — Mass, 8 a.m. Sat. Nov. 17 — CCW craft and bake sale, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and before and after evening Mass; reconciliation, 5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Mass, 8 a.m.; CCW craft and bake sale before and after morning Mass. Tues., Nov. 20 — Mass, 8 a.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.; KC meeting, 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — No religious education classes; Mass at St. Pius X, 7 p.m. FRIEDENS COUNTY LINE 11325 Zebra Ave., Norwood Joseph Clay, Pastor Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship at Friedens, 10 a.m.; confirmation class, 9:15 a.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — Thanksgiving eve service at Friedens, 7:30 p.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 770 School Rd., Hutchinson Kenneth Rand, Branch President 320-587-5665 Wed., Nov. 14 — Young men and women (12-18 years old) and scouting, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Sunday school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priesthood, relief society and primary, 11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 — 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., Nov. 18 — 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 Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible study, 10:15 a.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Office open, 9 a.m. SHALOM BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 Roberts Rd. S.W., Hutchinson Rick Stapleton, Senior pastor Adam Krumrie, Worship pastor Wed., Nov. 14 — Second- through fifth-grade release time, 9 a.m.; AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior high youth, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15 — Senior high lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18 — Worship, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; Grief share, 2 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19 — Women’s discipleship, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20 — Women’s discipleship, 9 a.m.; Young at Heart, noon. Wed., Nov. 21 — Second- through fifth-grade release time, 9 a.m.; Thanksgiving eve worship and fellowship, 7 p.m.
Obituaries Veronica M. Jilek, 80, of Glencoe
A Mass of Christian Burial for Veronica M. Jilek, 80, of Glencoe, was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The Rev. Patrick Okonkwo was the celebrant. Mrs. Jilek died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services longterm care center following a debilitating stroke. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Jilek, Kyle Merkins, Terry Chrast, Gene Chrast, Rodney Weiers and James Meece. Veronica Kalitowski was born July 18, 1932, to Stephen and Clara (Jaskowiak) Kalitowski in Hutchinson and grew up near Cokato. On Jan. 26, 1954, Veronica Kalitowski married Ronald Jilek. They resided briefly in Belleville, Ill., and Fairbanks, Alaska, while Mr. Jilek was in the Air Force. They then returned to Lester Prairie to live on the family farm. They resided there until Mr. Jilek’s death in December 1990. Following Mr. Jilek’s death, Mrs. Jilek resided in Silver Lake, where she enjoyed visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed gathering each morning with her coffee friends. Mrs. Jilek was a loving and caring mother who was an extremely hard worker. She worked on the family farm alongside her husband and children. She also worked evenings at Green Giant in Glencoe to earn extra money for her family. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, playing bingo and cards with many friends, putting together puzzles and quilting. She truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She will be missed by all. Four years ago, following an illness, Mrs. Jilek moved to Orchard Estates in Glencoe. Survivors include her children Marilyn (Ron) Merkins of Pequot Lakes, Laura Hatcher of Hutchinson and Tim (Sherry) Jilek of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Tracy (James) Meece, Kyle (Raina) Merkins, Christopher Jilek (fiancé Ashley), and Amanda Jilek; great-grandchildren, Mikayla Meece, Kaitlyn Meece, Mark Meece, Wyatt Merkins and Scarlett Merkins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Clara Kalitowski, and her husband, Ronald Jilek. Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, assisted the family with arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome. com.
Deaths Darryl Will, 68, of Hamburg
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Saying Grace
he act of saying grace before meals is common to most cultures, and has its roots in antiquity. The common Catholic grace which runs “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord, Amen” is found in the Gelasian Sacramentary, a Catholic service book which dates from the late 7th or early 8th century. An even simpler grace is the prayer which runs “Lord, bless this food to our use and us to Thy service, and make us ever mindful of the needs of others.” If you grew up saying grace before each meal, as I did, you may have become deaf to the meaning of the words. We are often struck most when we hear a prayer or a poem for the first time. When I recently heard an even simpler version of the above prayer, i.e., “Bless this food to our use and us to thy service,” I was moved by its simplicity. Growing up Catholic, however, and hearing the Catholic grace every single day of my life, I grew numb to that prayer’s many facets and deeper meaning. Only recently did I find renewed meaning in the prayer, when I realized that the relatively short prayer contains three separate prayers, a prayer of petition (Bless us, O Lord), a prayer of Thanks (implicit in the words “gifts” and “bounty”), and a prayer of exaltation (through Christ our Lord). There are many ways to say Grace, and perhaps the simplest way is to bow your head and thank God for His goodness. — Christopher Simon “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5
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From the Brownton Bulletin archives
100 Years Ago
Nov. 15, 1912 O.C. Conrad, Editor Our local druggist, F.M. Hickman, has recently added considerable new equipment to his store, the most important probably being the newest and very latest thing in the line of prescription scales. This new device is absolutely essential in properly compounding prescriptions giving you assurance that you will get exactly “what the doctor ordered.” games. John says every dog has his day and hopes to beat his friend up at the next session. The annual duck raffle Tuesday evening sponsored by the American Legion was a huge success from the viewpoint of attendance as well as financially. About 150 ducks were disposed of during the evening. The goose which was given away was won by Dr. Jensen. Lodge No. 149. Wilson, 92, was presented a 50-year pin, while Ewald, 87, who received his 50year pin seven years ago, also was recognized for his faithful membership.
Write-in candidate wins mayoral race in Brownton
By Lori Copler Staff Writer Brownton will have a new mayor Jan. 1 as Jay Werner takes over the reins from incumbent Mayor Curt Carrigan. Werner launched a write-in campaign for mayor this fall, and won the seat in the Nov. 6 election with 188 votes to Carrigan’s 167. A handful of others received a write-in vote for mayor, including Eric Werner, Dan Meyer, Richard Schuft, Dale Salas, Skylar Bulau and Jeremy Werner. There were 40 “under votes” for mayor, which means that 40 voters did not vote for any candidate. Two incumbent council members were re-elected to four-year terms, Norman Schwarze with 274 votes and Brian Dressel with 282. There were 185 under votes, meaning 185 voters either only voted for one candidate, or for none at all. Receiving write-in votes for the City Council were Lance Matheny, four; Lori Copler, three; Randy Templin, Jamie Bah, Tina Durbin and Jay Werner, two each; and Kurt Selle, Darrel Gens, Dale Salas, Adrian Bipes, Tom Lemke, Tim Olson, Tim Hahn, Doug Karg, Chris Hansch, Dan Meyer, Kirsten Dean, Valerie Beneke, Jason Lindeman, Doug Genz, Lutz Voekel, Cory Herrmann, Greg Rolander, Brian Vacek, Randy Lindeman and Sandra Schafer, one each. In Stewart, incumbent Mayor Jeff Erkenbrack, who ran unopposed, was re-elected with 184 votes. Write-in results were not available when this issue of the Chronicle went to press Tuesday. There were 32 under votes. There were four candidates for two open city council seats. Elected were candidates Jim Eitel, 145 votes; and former mayor and council member Kevin Klucas, 97 votes. Incumbent Michael Aydt earned 89 votes and will leave the Council at the end of the year when his term expires. The fourth candidate, Ben Schlueter, received 70 votes. Write-in vote results were not available. There were two over votes, meaning two people voted for more than two candidates, and 89 under votes, meaning some people voted for either just one candidate or none.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 13, 2002 Lori Copler, Editor After an election recount in the city of Stewart, it was announced that Jim Kalenberg Jr. indeed was re-elected mayor by a one-vote margin over challenger Kevin Klucas, a former mayor, by a 127-126 count. The recount was held in the commissioners room at the McLeod County Courthouse, and was attended by the two candidates, Stewart City Clerk Ronda Huls, and McLeod County Auditor Cindy Schultz. McLeod West’s proposed operating levy passed by 32 votes in Tuesday’s election. Election night results showed the referendum had passed 601-512 in McLeod County precincts, but results from Sibley and Renville counties weren’t known until the next day. The McLeod West football team’s season came to an end Friday night with a 10-0 loss to Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin in the state quarter-final game.
50 Years Ago
Nov. 15, 1962 Charles H. Warner, Editor William E. Polzin, 87, died Saturday evening, Nov. 10, at Glenhaven. Mr. Polzin was born in Germany in 1875, and came to America at the age of 16 and settled in Milwaukee. He married Anna Zietlow, also of Milwaukee, in 1899, and they had two children, Herbert Polzin, now of Milwaukee, and Elfrieda (Mrs. Paul) Tadsen of Brownton. The Polzins moved to Sumter Township in the early 1900s, where they farmed until 1954. Brownton’s newest business, Florence’s Coffee Shop, will open for business Friday morning. Florence Klitzke and her son Glenn will operate the cafe in the building that formerly housed the Brownton Bakery. Henry Ewald and A.A. Wilson were honored at last Wednesday’s meeting of Guardian
75 Years Ago
Nov. 11, 1937 Percy L. Hakes, Editor Judge J.J. Moriarty of the Eighth Judicial District opened the annual fall term of court at Glencoe Monday. Clerk of Court Heston Benson said the calendar contains a fewer number of cases than in former years. Herman Uecker and Charles Mielke are jurors from this vicinity for the court session. John Kucera, one of the oldtimers of the county, observed his 80th birthday anniversary last Sunday. John is hale and hearty at this time but says he feels old age creeping on and he is not as good a rummy player as he used to be. A friend of his took advantage of him last Sunday and trimmed him up in three straight
‘Tree of Lights’ ceremony set Nov. 25
Color, sparkle and chasing lights will keep the northwest corner of town glowing with warmth and radiance this holiday season. That is because The Friends of GRHS Foundation will once again have its LED work of art — the Trees of Lights — shining brightly for all to see. On Sunday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m., they will flip the switch on this year’s show at the annual lighting ceremony in the Glencoe Regional Health Services’ long-term care parking lot, at 705 E. 18th St. There will be cookies and hot chocolate. More than 67,000 LED lights dance and twinkle to favorite holiday tunes. Be sure to bring your camera. Santa’s reindeer will be stopping by to help with the countdown. If one cannot attend the lighting ceremony, the light show will run every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 2. Just park in the long-term care parking lot and tune your FM radio to the station listed on site and enjoy the show. One can help make the season bright when one sponsors lights on the annual Trees of Lights display. A tribute to special people in your life, a memorial to the ones you miss, a thank you for service or kindness are all great reasons to be part of the cheer. Donations raised from the Trees of Lights help the Foundation provide health care career scholarships, as well as support various community health initiatives and projects in the region. To give the gift of light, donate online at www.grhson line.org/trees-of-lights. You also can stop by GRHS and pick up a tribute form at the show. Gifts to the Friends of GRHS Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of the law. The Friends of GRHS Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its mission is to provide opportunities for community-based health care support and promotion of Glencoe Regional Health Services, its mission, and the communities it serves. To support this mission, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships to students pursuing health care careers. They also award grants to support communitybased health care initiatives. Over the past 10 years, the Foundation’s contributions to students and area communities have totaled more than $275,000.
From the Stewart Tribune archives
100 Years Ago
Nov. 15, 1912 A.F. Avery, Editor Some days ago, the agricultural department of the Stewart High School received a milk scale and dairy records outfit from the Meloney Company. A complete set of samples of the various processes of the milling of wheat and making of flour, together with wall charts, also have been received from the Washburn Crosby Co. of Minneapolis. The DeLaval Separator Co. has offered the department a separator to be used in the dairy work given the agricultural classes. A number of skat players attended a tournament at Buffalo Lake Tuesday evening. They were successful in bringing home two prizes. Dr. C.W. Tinker won a gold watch fob to go with the watch he won at the Stewart tournament, and R.E. Mittlestadt won a set of silver knives and forks. A wedding of more than usual interest was solemnized at the Lutheran church Tuesday morning when Miss Lizzie Blum and Mr. Fred J. Kloempken were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Blum of Round Grove, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Sophia Kloempken of Glencoe and is a popular clerk in the Boehlke Mercantile establishment. The couple will make their home in Stewart.
75 Years Ago
Nov. 12, 1937 Harry Koeppen, Editor A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Klammer (Gertrude Kowalske) Monday, Nov. 8. Miss Ruth McKee was crowned carnival queen at the high school carnival Friday evening, which raised about $76 for the athletic association. The door prize, a radio, went to Editor Hubin of the Buffalo Lake News. The annual Red Cross roll call got under way here yesterday and will continue until Thanksgiving day. Mrs. C.J. Schmitz again heads the local committee, which has as other members the Rev. A.L. Olney, Mrs. Louis Larson, R.N. Buhr, Mrs. E.A. Leistico, L.A. Hakes and Mrs. Harry Koeppen.
was selected by his teammates to head up next year ’s Stewart High School football squad as the team captain. Named as alternate was junior halfback Dale Buboltz.
35 Years Ago
Nov. 17, 1977 Kermit T. Hubin, Editor A baby daughter, Mary Jean, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gery Arndt (Bev Behrens) Nov. 10. An open house wedding anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. August Lade will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Paul’s American Lutheran Church, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
30 Years Ago
Nov. 18, 1982 Dave Stoltz, Editor Visions of a long, hard winter took vivid form on Friday as a winter storm blew through Minnesota, cancelling many activities. Winds up to 40 miles an hour caused much drifting and made it nearly impossible to measure the snowfall. Funeral services for Marlene Sullivan, 48, were Saturday, Nov. 13, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart with the Rev. John Cooney officiating. Mrs. Sullivan passed away Nov. 11 at the Glencoe hospital. She is survived by her husband, Daniel; son, Tim; and a daughter, Denise.
Season Sampler had wide array of food, drinks
The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its Seasonal Sampler event Nov. 1. Guests enjoyed an array of foods from Bump’s Family Restaurant, Coborn’s, Pizza Ranch, Dubb’s Grill & Bar, Gert & Erma’s/Emmett’s on Hennepin, Tastefully Simple, The Cake House, and Taqueria Del Buen Pastor, plus numerous wines and beers from the Glencoe Liquor Store. The following is the full program listing the menu items featured at the event with the People’s Choice awards included. “Please consider using these businesses when planning your upcoming holiday celebrations,” said Myranda VanDamme of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce. Best meal entrees: First, Italian lasagna from Bump’s Restaurant; second, tacos Ddrado (chicken) from Taqueria Del Buen Pastor; third, rueben sandwich from Gert & Erma’s/Emmett’s on Hennepin. Best appetizers: First, Jarlsberg dip from Coborn’s; second, toasted sesame teriyaki dip from Tastefully Simple; third, Tumarow’s wrap roll-Ups from Coborn’s. Best dessert: First, French silk pie from Bump’s Restaurant; second, assorted cake from The Cake House; third, pina colada cake from Taqueria Del Buen Pastor. Best beer: First: Nordeast from Schell’s Brewery; second place tie, Kiss Strawberry Cider from Johnson Brothers Liquor, and Rise to the Top from Third Street Brewhouse; third, Lemon Berry Shandy from Leinenkugel’s. Best white wine: First place, tie: Naked Grape Moscato and Candoni Moscato D’ Asti; second, Villa Donna Moscato; third, St. Gabrielle Auslese. Best pink/blush wine: First, Oktoberfest from Northern Light Vineyard; second, Honey Crisp Cranberry from Crow River Winery; third, Alice Red Lexia Moscato. Best red wine; First, cranberry from Crow River Winery; second, Villa Donna Malvasia; third place tie, Apothic Red and Chocolat Rouge Red.
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She said Kuester also is good for the board “with a lot of knowledge,” and has “an awesome” source of information with his wife, Teresa, a GSL kindergarten teacher. As to Schreifels, VonBerge said he did an excellent job on the GSL Board, and his best attribute, as he admitted at a pre-election forum, was his financial knowledge. She said she is not as knowledgeable in finances as Schreifels. So what does she bring to the GSL Board? “I still have two younger kids in the district. That helps because I get a lot of information from my boys and their friends. They are honest and open.” She added that “having a good connection with teenagers” is important because “teen-agers are hard to deal with.” She said having that good connection makes your advice more acceptable to them. VonBerge reiterated her statement made at the preelection forum that being a woman is a plus. “Sometimes guys think differently than women.” She felt having another woman joining Anne Twiss on the School Board brings a different perspective. “I want my kids’ school to thrive. I want the (GSL) district to be there to provide a
Kevin Dietz good education for my grandkids,” VonBerge said. She said she graduated from a large metro school, “where I was nobody. Smaller schools have a big advantage.” She said “students are better, more well-rounded.” But she said the challenge is how to maintain that learning environment and keep up with advancing technology. “And we have to find a way to pay for it,” she added, whether through fund-raisers or through grants. As to her first run at office, “I’m thankful for those voting for me, having faith in me. I’m excited to get started.” She plans to attend the No-
Donna VonBerge vember and December School Board meetings to get ready for taking her place on the GSL Board in January. “I like to hear what peopole have to say,” VonBerge said. “As long as we listen to what people have to say, really listen, then if we work together, we can figure out a compromise.” ***** In the other contested Glencoe City Council race, Mayor Randy Wilson was reelected to another four-year term, defeating challenger Lloyd Thurn 1,723 to 703 with 40 write-in ballots. Dan Perschau, council member in Precinct 1, ran unopposed.
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Veterans Day
Members of the Glencoe American Legion Post 95, Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and Auxiliaries presented a Veterans Day program at Helen Baker Elementary School Monday morning. Above, Jeff Scharpe and James Peters gave the firstand second-grade students “high-fives” for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. At the right, Virginia Adams, Americanism chairwoman for the VFW Auxiliary, showed an example of showing respect for the flag. She held a photo of a GSL Panther, with helmet off and hand over his heart, prior to a football game this fall. The kindergarten students also were given certificates and an American flag for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance properly.
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mated cost of the project, the city’s financial consultant has indicated that the project would likely qualify for a revenue bond, rather than a general obligation bond, meaning it would be paid for through revenue from the utility, rather than an increase in property taxes. Rodeberg noted that the 2003 proposal was shot down by city voters, but said much has changed since then. First, natural gas prices have stabilized. “In 2003, the market was very volatile,” said Rodeberg. Now, he said, it is much more stable, and the city is considering using Hutchinson Utilities as its natural gas supplier. Hutchinson Utilities has a long history of structuring its finances to absorb the ebbs and flows of the natural gas market, providing non-fluctuating costs to its clients. Rodeberg also said the city could talk to United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), a partner in the UGS facility, about being a commodity supplier. Rodeberg also said that SEH will be working with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, of which Brownton is a member, on preparing informational material on the project and the upcoming election, including a comparison of natural gas prices to other fuel sources. One item the City Council may want to consider, Rodeberg said, is waiving the hook-up fee for potential customers during the construction period. Waiving the fee may be an incentive for customers to sign up, and free up cash if they need to convert or replace their furnaces. Rodeberg also said the city should check into programs that could be of assistance to low-income households. Rodeberg said progress also is being made on transportation, interconnect and commodity agreements, as well as an operations and maintenance agreement with Hutchinson Utilities.
Court sets Dec. 13 omnibus hearing for Bryan Koepp
Former Glencoe businessman Bryan Koepp appeared in District Court Thursday morning on six felony charges of theft by swindle and theft by false representation. Koepp’s appearance was brief, as he waived his right to have the criminal complaint and charges read in their entirety. Koepp represented himself at the hearing, saying his regular attorney, Thomas Von Hon, had recently been appointed a judge. Koepp indicated that he will be applying for a public defender. McLeod County Attorney Mike Junge asked the court to set an omnibus hearing, which was set for Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Judge Arlene Perkkio suggested holding off on a setting a jury trial date until after Koepp had obtained a lawyer. Junge also said that his office is OK with Koepp remaining free on his own recognizance, with the stipulations that he have no contact with his alleged victims, that he report any address changes to the court, and that he does not leave the state without court approval. Koepp, 48, the former owner of the Glencoe Garden Center, faces three felony counts of theft by false representation, and three felony counts of theft by swindle. The charges span three separate time frames in which Koepp allegedly obtained over $333,500 from 13 separate victims. One count each of theft by false representation and theft by swindle cover a time span of April 2009 to September 2009 in which Koepp allegedly got about $65,000 from three different people. The second set of felony charges — one each of theft by swindle and theft by representation — covers the period of December 2009 through March 29, 2010, when Koepp allegedly obtained $167,500 from five different individuals, and the final two felony counts cover a time span of August 2010 to November 2010, during which Koepp allegedly obtained $101,000 from five different people. Each felony charges carries a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
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visors Rodney Mathews and Leslie Engelmann both ran unopposed. In Rich Valley Township, supervisors Bob Novak and Rodney Schmidt were unopposed as was Faye Bruckschen for treasurer. Joel Griebie was re-elected supervisor in Sumter Township along with a write-in candidate for the second supervisor position. Treasurer Donald Husske ran unopposed for treasurer. Brian Anderson and Tony Hausladen ran unopposed in Winsted Township and Nina Stifter remained the treasurer with no opposition.
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