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Vol. 112 No. 48 • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Single copy
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Last Thursday, Glencoe-Silver Lake schools hosted a
community school group meeting in the media center at
the high school. At these meetings, students have a
chance to interact with community members. Above are
second-graders Isabelle McCrea, Callie Klabunde and
Claire Burdick.
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Water meter replacement
is on schedule and is set to
be in full operation by Dec.
31, the Silver Lake City
Council heard at its regular
meeting Monday.
City Clerk Kerry Venier
said 24 accounts haven’t
yet scheduled appoint-
ments to replace water me-
“So now we are in the
process of notifying them,
and they have so many
days before we shut off
their water,” Venier said.
He said the plan is to
have all meters installed by
the end of the month so the
public works staff can be
trained on how to fix and
maintain the meters in De-
The city staff also will be
trained on how to use the
billing software.
The new meters are re-
mote-read units that public
works employees will be
able to read using hand-
held units.
“We will be able to cap-
ture up to 90 days of usage
and show a day-by-day
breakdown of water usage,
Venier said.
The meters are battery
powered and homeowners
can read them by shining a
light on the sensor on the
“Are we teaching people
how to read these meters?”
Bebo asked.
“No, but maybe we can
send an informational pam-
phlet with the first billing,”
Venier said.
“We should. That’s better
than Dale (Kosek) and
Gary (Jerabek) chasing
everywhere. And when will
they be fully in operation?”
Bebo said.
“The plan is Dec. 31. We
would like them installed
by the end of this month so
we can train staff in De-
cember,” Venier said.
Bebo asked if the public
works staff is trained to in-
stall the meters in case of
“We’ve never installed
them in the past,” Venier
Bebo disagreed and said
he remembers employees
having to install meters.
Councilor Nolan John-
son agreed and said he re-
membered an incident with
water damage.
“We did get nipped in the
bud once from flushing
lines,” he said.
“In my opinion, home-
owners should have it in-
stalled by a plumber so we
can avoid that happening,”
Venier said.
City water meter
replacement to be
done by Dec. 31
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
Last Thursday, during a
community school group
meeting held at the Glencoe-
Silver Lake High School
media center, Helen Baker
Prinicipal Bill Butler talked
about “teaching with poverty
in mind” after revealing a
frightening statistic about
poverty in the GSL school dis-
He said the GSL economic
indicators show that 50 per-
cent of the K-2 student popu-
lation at Helen Baker receives
free or reduced lunch.
At Lakeside Elementary, 42
percent of students receive
free or reduced lunch, 39 per-
cent of students at Lincoln
Junior High and 25 percent at
the high school.
“What scares me is that 50
percent at Helen Baker. How
is our community changing?
How is our school district
changing? Because one of our
building sites hit the 50 per-
cent mark, options have been
discussed how to address the
poverty issue,” Butler said.
He said he and GSL Busi-
ness Manager Michelle Sander
have discussed hosting com-
munity lunches throughout the
“Nothing is decided, but this
(statistic) opens doors for
funding opportunities,” Butler
Butler based his presenta-
tion on a book written by Eric
Jensen, “Teaching With
Poverty in Mind,” and he
shared the 2013 poverty guide-
lines for the 48 contiguous
states and the District of Co-
He highlighted the poverty
guideline for an average fam-
ily of four at $23,550.
“Poverty doesn’t necessarily
mean there is no food or water
for the family, but these guide-
lines refer to what’s known as
Bill Butler
Startling below-poverty statistics
among GSL students are revealed
Turn to page 2
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
On a 3-1 vote, the Silver
Lake City Council waived liq-
uidated damage fees on R&R
Excavating for the delay in the
Grove Avenue reconstruction
The project end date was
Sept. 13, but after considering
rain delays and other issues in-
volving utility work, the
Council agreed to move the
completion date to Oct. 4.
However, the project was
still not complete on Oct. 4
and on Oct. 18, a special meet-
ing was held to assess the con-
The Council gave R&R
until Oct. 30 to get the project
done or else it would charge a
$1,500-a-day penalty for liqui-
dated damages.
John Rodeberg, city engi-
neer of Short Elliott Hendrick-
son, Inc., (SEH) said
everything is “all set” on
Grove Avenue.
“The only things left are the
striping added on Main Street.
The grinding was done, but it
was too cold to paint. Overall,
the work was done,” Rodeberg
He said the project is run-
ning under budget and 5 per-
cent is still being withheld
until total completion.
“SEH won’t be over budget
(from the delay), and testing
costs came under budget, too.
But we’d like to close the proj-
ect if we can,” he said.
The Council discussed a
punch list with items yet to be
finished, such as the striping
and an issue with rough top
Councilor Eric Nelson
brought up repairing the cor-
ner of Lake Avenue and
Gehlen Drive.
“That corner got pounded
into the ground with trucks
running,” he said.
“You mean when they were
hauling materials they
couldn’t make the corner and
jumped the curb?” Mayor
Bruce Bebo asked.
“Exactly,” Nelson said.
After more discussion on
the punch list, the Council dis-
cussed the liquidated damage
“I thought they (R&R) were
very responsive after that
meeting and things got done in
a timely matter,” Bebo said.
“But it seemed like things
started happening after we got
after you. I do appreciate the
fact that it’s done, but I’ll
probably be the only one on
Council who thinks we should
assess fees,” Councilor Pat
Fogarty said.
He continued: “I don’t want
contractors coming to Silver
Lake thinking they don’t have
to get stuff done on time be-
cause we’re a little town. I
don’t know that they were
thinking that, and I know they
had a lot of rain, but I’d still
like to see a penalty.”
Bebo said the project was in
a “Catch-22” when it came to
working with the utility com-
panies. He said the timing loss
also came in when the sched-
ules of the contractors and
subcontractors overlapped.
“But the day the overhead
utilities came in, R&R was
right behind them working. It’s
not like they waited three or
four days after the utilities to
come in and work,” Nelson
“I’d like to compliment
R&R for getting the utilities to
come in. And I’m pleased with
the result,” Bebo said.
Nelson moved to waive pur-
suing liquidated damages, and
the Council approved it 3-1
with Fogarty casting the dis-
senting vote. Councilor Carol
Roquette was absent.
In other matters, the Coun-
• Approved a two-year con-
tract with Expert T Billing to
provide ambulance billing
services for Silver Lake at a
cost of $26 per billable run.
• Reviewed the Municipal
Liquor Store (MLS) monthly
report to find October showed
a net profit of 10.15 percent,
up from 3.01 percent recorded
in 2012.
Operating revenues were at
$19,266, compared to 2012 to-
tals of $19,056. Expenses for
2013 showed $14,969, down
from $17,666 in 2012.
The year-to-date report
showed a net profit of 6.14
percent, down from 6.88 per-
cent in 2012.
• Approved allowing the
MLS to keep “weekend hours”
on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The
bar will be open until 1 a.m.
• Reviewed the community
development report to find
there are still parties interested
in purchasing the Marathon
Venier said he was notified
by the MPCA (Minnesota Pol-
lution Control Agency) that
contaminated soils or a petro-
leum leak/spill was reported at
the Marathon site.
“The notice was to the last
owners (Steve and Lisa
Hauer), and the MPCA is re-
quiring them to submit a letter
of corrective action,” Venier
• Renewed the contract for
site use for senior dining at the
• Approved the yard waste
agreement with McLeod
County and will be eligible for
full 50 percent from the
“Creekside will absorb 50
percent of the cost to clean up
the site, and the county will re-
imburse the other 50 percent,
leaving us to pick up zero dol-
lars. This is because we don’t
have any site monitoring
costs,” Venier said.
Liquidated damages waived for Grove Avenue project
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
After well over an hour of
haggling over conditions and
hearing from neighbors, the
McLeod County Board of
Commissioners on Tuesday
approved a conditional use
permit for Joel Zellmann to
operate a used car sales lot and
repair business as a home oc-
cupation at his property on
Falcon Avenue (County Road
15), just south of State High-
way 7.
The County Board reviewed
13 proposed conditions that
had been drafted by the county
planning department and some
changes suggested by Zell-
Most of the discussion ze-
roed in just how many vehicles
Zellmann would be allowed on
his property, and whether the
vehicles should include his
personally owned vehicles as
well as vehicles for sale, cus-
tomers’ vehicles and employee
The zoning department’s
suggestion had been to allow
up to 30 vehicles, but exclud-
ing personal vehicles of a
recreational nature, such as
boats, campers, ATVs and
snowmobiles, as well as any
vehicles stored inside.
But Commissioner Sheldon
Nies had a strong opposition to
any exclusions, saying it
would make it difficult to en-
“I don’t want to have to
have our sheriff go out there
and say, ‘show me all your
registrations,’” Nies said.
He also said that excluding
personal vehicles would not
help out with neighbors’ con-
cerns about the appearance
of Zellmann’s property.
“The neighbors don’t
know or care if the vehicles
belong to you or somebody
else,” Nies said. There could
be “arguments about who
owns what, and I don’t want
to do that.”
But Commissioner Jon
Christensen said that limiting
the business to 30 vehicles
was too restrictive, especially
for a repair business.
Christensen agreed with a
recommendation from Zell-
mann to raise the number to
40 vehicles, excluding the
personal recreational vehi-
cles and what’s stored in
“Do we nitpick that much
with other repair shops?”
Christensen asked about the
limitation of vehicles.
“This is an unusual situa-
tion of the business being
both a repair shop and an
auto sales lot,” responded
County Attorney Mike
Zellmann pointed out that
Al’s Auto Sales near Glencoe
is allowed far more vehicles
than his requested 40.
But Junge told Zellmann to
compare the appearance of
Al’s Auto Sales to his own.
“If you ran a business like
that, you’d probably be al-
lowed more vehicles, too,”
said Junge.
Commissioner Paul Wright
suggested that the county
start with a smaller limit and
let Zellmann “earn” his way
to a higher number of vehi-
cles “if there aren’t any com-
plaints or violations.”
The commissioners settled
on the 40-vehicle limitation
for any and all vehicles, ex-
cluding those stored in sheds.
However, the commission-
ers did grant Zellmann’s re-
quest that a 24-hour excep-
tion be made for personal ve-
hicles of visitors, in
particular for holidays and
family functions.
Twelve other conditions
were attached to the permit,
including, in brief:
• That both the repair busi-
ness and the car sales lot be
considered under the same
conditional use “umbrella”
since they are compatible
• That Zellmann maintain a
valid dealer’s license from
the state of Minnesota.
• Hours of operation will
Commissioners grant Zellmann a permit, with 13 conditions
Turn to page 3
‘relative poverty.’
“Relative poverty refers to
the economic status of a family
whose income is insufficient to
meet its community’s average
standard of living,” Butler
He said poverty can lead to
emotional and social chal-
lenges for students, acute and
chronic stressors, cognitive
lags and health and safety is-
“Children living in poverty
spend less time learning about
the world and more time strug-
gling to survive,” Butler said.
He said poverty can create
chaotic, unstable households,
force hectic work schedules
and force students to change
schools as well as other barri-
“Kids in poverty tend to
have poor academic perform-
ance and behavioral problems.
Some kids drop out of school
and some get involved with
drug abuse,” Butler said.
“Family income strongly
correlates with children’s aca-
demic success, especially in
the preschool through third-
grade students,” Butler added.
“So how do we support
these kids?” he asked.
He said humans are “hard-
wired” to feel sadness, joy, dis-
gust, anger, surprise and fear.
“But we are taught humility,
forgiveness, empathy, opti-
mism, compassion, sympathy,
patience, shame, cooperation
and gratitude. This really tells
us what we can do as teachers
to support these kids,” Butler
Based on Jensen’s book,
Butler said, “all children want
are reliable relationships with
adults, friendship and a feeling
of belonging.”
“We can take steps to em-
body respect, embed social
skills, include students and
empower them,” he added.
Butler also shared the effects
of poverty on cognition and
said “correlations between so-
cioeconomic status and aca-
demic performance are
He said language acquisition
for children is normally 23
million words, but for students
in poverty, they only reach 10
million words.
“The good news is, though,
that our brains are designed to
change!” Butler said.
He said action steps for
teachers to address cognition
include supporting the core
skills, such as attention and
focus, short- and long-term
memory, sequencing, prob-
lem-solving, perserverance,
social skills, hopefulness and
The action steps to address
these issues include develop-
ing a problem-solving team of
a counselor, social worker and
psychologist, offering free
breakfast and providing dental
health checks and fluoride
treatments for kids.
“The good news is that we
are already implementing a lot
of these steps to address
poverty; for example, the
Hunger Free McLeod back-
pack program. But we have to
continue addressing issues,
which is something we can
work on as teachers and as a
community,” Butler said.
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holiday, the DEADLINES
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will be Noon on
Monday, Nov. 25.
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Noon on Tues., Nov. 26.
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Avon Holiday Open House
Saturday, Nov. 30
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jeannie Oestriech • 809 Frank St., Silver Lake
Gift Sets, Refreshments, Door Prizes
Cash & Carry Gifts for you and your family.
Unable to attend?
Call 320-327-2671 to place an order.
Hlavka benefit set Nov. 24
A pancake breakfast benefit to support Frank and
Therese (Shimanski) Hlavka is set for Sunday, Nov. 24, at
Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 311 N. Sverdrup Ave.,
in Jackson. There will be a silent auction, a craft sale and
bake sale. In December 2012, Frank Hlavka was diag-
nosed with bile duct cancer, and in March 2013, Therese
Hlavka was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For questions
about the event, call Kathy Nowak at 320-420-4743 or
Genny Lhotka at 320-583-9222. Donations can be made
at Bank Midwest, C/O Frank and Therese Hlavka Benefit,
PO Box 49, Jackson, MN 56143.
SLFD New Year’s dance set
The Silver Lake Fire Department is hosting a New
Year’s Eve dance at the Silver Lake Auditorium on Tues-
day, Dec. 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Advance tickets
will be available.
Common Cup choir concert
Choirs of Common Cup Ministry churches will “Come
Together in Song” for the seventh-annual concert on Sun-
day, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m., at the Hutchinson High School Au-
ditorium. The program will include individual choir
members, community vocal groups and a mass choir of all
participants. There is no charge for the concert. A free will
offering will be taken to help support the outreach min-
istries of Common Cup Ministry.
Free-will Thanksgiving meal
Mark calendars for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner on
Thursday, Nov. 28. Everyone is encouraged to attend and
share all of the things they have to be thankful with others
around us. “This year, we would really like to honor and
show appreciation to all of our veterans and those who are
serving in our military,” Mayor Bruce Bebo said. Sign up
is at the Silver Lake city offices or call Bebo at 320-327-
Fine Arts Expo set Nov. 23
The 35th-annual Fine Arts Expo and 33rd-annual Cre-
ative Crafts Fair is set for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m., at the middle school in Howard Lake. There will
be 100-plus artists and craft persons exhibiting their works
for sale, food stands and prizes. There is no admission fee.
Plato ‘Poultry Party’ Nov. 22
The Plato baseball club is hosting its annual “Poultry
Party” on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Plato Hall in
Degree of Honor set to meet
Degree of Honor will hold a social meeting on Tuesday,
Nov. 26, at 5 p.m., at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Dining site birthday party set
The Silver Lake senior dining site will hold its Novem-
ber birthday party on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Silver Lake
Auditorium. The menu includes roast turkey, mashed po-
tatoes with gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce,
dinner roll with margarine, and pumpkin dessert. Call
manager Pearl Branden at 320-327-2621 or 320-327-2536
to order a meal.
Junior high concert set Dec. 5
On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., the Glencoe-Silver
Lake Lincoln Junior High will present the annual Decem-
ber band and choir concert for grades seven and eight. The
concert will feature the seventh-grade band, the eighth-
grade band, the seventh-grade choir, the eighth-grade choir
and some selections combining the seventh and eighth
grades together. Admission is free, and the concert will be
held in the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Auditorium.
Upcoming Events
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Auxiliary chairpersons
The 2013-14 Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary chair-
persons include, from left to right, in the front Sandy
Kautz, steak fry and vetarans affairs/rehab; Susie Horejsi,
national security; Alice Paul, executive board; and Carol
Navratil, community service. In the back are Janet Picha,
membership; Melinda Mikolichek, public relations; Cyndi
Fouquette, bloodmobile and children and youth; Dodie
Chalupsky, parliamentarian; Sharon Bandas, poppy; Alice
Nowak, music; Genny Lhotka, president; and DeAnn
Fiecke, Americanism. Missing were Karen Klatt, education
and girls state; Mabel Hlavka, home service; and Nancy
Nackerud, handbook.
The ninth-annual Silver
Lake Thanksgiving dinner is
set for Thursday, Nov. 28, at
noon, at the Silver Lake Audi-
This free dinner, hosted by
the city and friends, will be
open to anyone in the Silver
Lake area who would like to
enjoy a delicious, home-
cooked meal and spend some
time with others on this won-
derful day, according to Mayor
Bruce Bebo.
The meal, provided com-
pletely through donations, will
include turkey, ham, dressing,
all the fixings and, of course,
The meal is intended for, but
not limited to, those who are
either alone, elderly, shut-in,
unable to afford a good meal,
or those who just want to
spend the day making others
feel good.
People of all ages are en-
couraged to attend.
“I guarantee everyone who
attends this event will leave
with three things: a full stom-
ach, a smile on their face, and
lastly but most importantly, a
warm fuzzy feeling inside
knowing they helped make
someone’s Thanksgiving a day
to remember,” Bebo said.
“For a lot of people, the Sil-
ver Lake area is their only
family. Let’s show them how
much we care. And also this
year, we will be making a spe-
cial effort to thank all of our
veterans as well as those who
are currently in the military. It
is because of them we have so
much to be thankful for,”
Bebo said.
Food will be served
promptly at noon on Thursday,
Nov. 28. If planning on attend-
ing, please RSVP at 320-327-
2412 or 320-327-3157 or sign
up at the City Hall.
Those in need of transporta-
tion can call Bebo at 320-327-
3157 by Nov. 26 to make
arrangements to be picked up.
9th-annual Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 28
Poverty Continued from page 1
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Relive the
C H A N H A S S E N D T . C O M
For as long as I’ve lived in
Minnesota, I’m continually
amazed at its diverse land-
scape and natural beauty, and
what I love most is that I can
travel just six hours north of
Silver Lake and feel like I’m
in another state or another
country even.
On Friday, I threw on my
flannel and Red Wing boots
and headed up Ely way with
my friend Gratia and her pup,
Lizzie, for a weekend in the
woods and a little karaoke.
It seems like no matter what
time of year it is, the north
country is always magnificent
and the drab November
weather accentuates the seren-
ity of the desolate north
Gratia’s family owns a rus-
tic cabin on the shore of Fall
Lake, an entry point into the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
(BWCA), so you can imagine
how populated the area isn’t.
It was after dusk when we
arrived on Friday, and after
struggling to find the main
fuse for the electricity and heat
in the black, black darkness of
the cabin, we finally had light
and cracked open a celebra-
tory beer before unpacking the
groceries and our backpacks.
Some of her friends caught
wind of us in town and before
we knew it, a few people were
at the cabin door, ready to play
cards and light a bonfire.
After a lengthy game of 500
Rummy, we headed down to
the lake for a moonlit stroll
along the icy shore.
The bay was covered in
snow and ice, but the black
lake was open yet, and eerily
still. Thick, towering pine
trees surrounded the ghostly
lake and we scavenged the
snowy shore for wolf tracks
and deer prints when I heard
Gratia start howling like a
I asked if she was working
on her karaoke voice but she
was trying to hear if other
wolves in the area would re-
So naturally I joined her and
the two of us started howling
like maniacs while her friends
stood by and contemplated
putting us in an institution.
I’m sure we looked foolish
in the moonlight, singing,
“Owooo owooo owooooo,”
but there’s something about
the personality of the deserted
woods that tells you to let go
of all inhibitions.
Fortunately, there were NO
wolves in the area and we re-
alized we should save our
voices for karaoke the follow-
ing night.
On Saturday, after a little
flannel shopping at my fa-
vorite store, the Ely Army Sur-
plus, Gratia introduced me to
the heavenly Bucky Burger.
Now I’ve been to Ely sev-
eral times and camped there
when I worked in the BWCA,
but I had never stepped foot
into the Ely Steakhouse, home
of the Bucky Burger.
This burger is made with
fresh, ground beef, topped
with cheddar cheese, sauteed
onions, crispy bacon, and their
house “zesty” sauce.
I’m not a huge fan of
cheese, but this burger was
something else. I don’t think
I’ve ever divulged into a meal
so quickly and in less than five
minutes, my plate was clean.
I was tempted to order an-
other, but we decided to burn
off the calories and headed to
scenic Kawishiwi Falls for
some hiking. Although the
trees were bare, with most of
the leaves insulating the
ground and there were no
flowers blooming, the view of
the rushing water over the
rocky cliffs was still so beau-
That is what is so great
about living in a four-season
state with rolling hills and
mountainous forests — even
brown, barren November can
be attractive.
On our way home Sunday,
we took a scenic detour along
curvy Highway 1 to the North
Shore and headed into Duluth.
I could visit Lake Superior a
thousand times and never tire
of its majestic appearance,
though Sunday’s chilly wind
cut our time on the shore a lit-
tle short.
So if you’re in need of a lit-
tle getaway and want to prac-
tice your howling, head to Ely.
And definitely stop in at the
Steakhouse and order a Bucky
Burger. And bring one back
for me.
Bucky burgers, karaoke ‘up north’
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday, or
as prescribed by state law.
The commissioners did grant
Zellmann’s request to ex-
clude emergency towing
from the normal hours of op-
eration. The condition also
allows repair work to go out-
side of normal hours, pro-
vided it’s done indoors.
• A display area of 50 feet
in width and 30 feet in depth
will be established in the
front yard, and cannot exceed
five units for sale.
• The designated display
area will have to be 70 feet
from the centerline to accom-
modate current and future
road right of ways. The dis-
play area must also be at least
20 feet away from the drive-
way, and not more than 40
feet away from the driveway.
• Safety issues in the area
will be monitored by the
county highway department.
Any safety issues that can be
directly attributed to Zell-
mann’s business may be re-
quired to be corrected with
additional turn lanes or by-
pass lanes at the business’s
• No more than the five ve-
hicles in the display area will
be allowed to be parked in
the front yard area.
• All hazardous waste
products generated at the
business must be properly
disposed of by a licensed
• The established outdoor
display area will not have
any lights, balloons, flags, or
any other types of mecha-
nisms to draw attention to the
car lot.
In response to a question
from a neighbor, Zoning Ad-
ministrator Larry Gasow said
a current lighted sign for the
business was issued a permit.
• The applicant needs to
tell all customers that neigh-
boring private driveways
cannot be used as turn-
• The conditional use per-
mit will be reviewed annu-
ally by the planning
commission, and copies of
the dealer’s license and waste
disposal receipts must be
submitted upon request.
Commissioner Kermit Ter-
linden noted that the condi-
tional use permit can be
reviewed, or revoked, at any
time if there are complaints.
Despite neighbors’ con-
cerns about an annual “mud-
ding” party involving
four-wheel-drive vehicles
and the noise it generates, the
commissioners chose not to
regulate it in the conditions.
Junge encouraged neigh-
bors to call the sheriff’s of-
fice if they have complaints
about the noise.
75 YEARS AGO - NOV. 26, 1938 —Filing
for Silver Lake Village offices ends on Satur-
day, Nov. 26. Village offices to be elected in-
clude mayor, councilman, recorder, treasurer
and assessor. The offices are currently held by
Frank M. Vlcek, mayor; F.A. Bandas, council-
man; J.E. Ziska, recorder; F.J. Burich, treasurer;
and Anthony C. Urban, assessor.
Silver Lake’s holiday street decorations are
assured again this year, and the work of erecting
poles, stringing wires, etc., is already going for-
ward under the direction of Frank D. Zrust.
The junior class of Silver Lake High School
will present the three-act comedy farce, “Moun-
tain Mumps,” on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at the
high school auditorium.
A public auction of the Josefka Zrust house,
to be sold by the Village of Silver Lake, will be
held on Saturday, Nov. 26.
A.L. Danek Hardware Store has Maytag
gasoline-operated washing machines for
Shamla Purol Station has Federal Knobby
tires, quick grip in snow and mud, and self
cleaning, at a surprisingly low price for a pair.
Marie Jagodzinski became the bride of Eddie
Chamberlain on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 8 o’clock
in the morning at the Holy Cross Church in
A son was born on Nov. 19 to Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Willow.
50 YEARS AGO - NOV. 21, 1963 — Inter-
est is rising in the upcoming village election
with the announcement of “write-in” candi-
dates. Harry Jerabek and Harold Nowak have
declared themselves willing to accept the post
of councilman as incumbent Joe Benz declined
to file for re-election to the position.
A committee was recently organized with
members from the Legion, Auxiliary and Silver
Lake Public School Parent-Teacher organiza-
tion to launch a fund drive to purchase 65 uni-
forms for the Silver Lake High School Band.
The goal is to raise $5,000 for the uniforms.
David Horejsi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Horejsi, was drafted into the U.S. Army and left
Wednesday morning.
Silver Lake Legion Post 141 is sponsoring its
annual Poultry Party on Friday, Nov. 22, at the
Silver Lake Auditorium.
Kaminsky, Inc., will hold an open house at its
place of business on Wednesday, Nov. 27. A free
lunch will be served.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Shamla and daughter are
residing in their trailer home in Silver Lake.
The public is invited to attend the wedding
dance honoring Minerva Mikolichek and Ken-
neth Stritesky on Saturday evening, Nov. 23, at
the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.
A daughter was born on Nov. 7 to Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Tupa.
25 YEARS AGO - NOV. 24, 1988 — The
seventh annual Arts & Crafts Sale, sponsored
by the Silver Lake Civic Association, will be
held on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Silver Lake Au-
ditorium. About 30 crafters from throughout the
area will be displaying their items.
The Silver Lake Centennial Committee will
have gift certificates for sale at the Arts & Crafts
Sale for the Centennial book, Centennial plate,
and Centennial cups. You will also be able to
purchase the Centennial Cookbook.
The Minnesota minimum wage will increase
to $3.65 per hour for adults and $3.29 per hour
for minors effective Jan. 1, 1989.
A 45th Wedding Anniversary Open House for
Ray and Eunice Wosmek will be held on Satur-
day, Nov. 26, with a social hour and dance at the
Silver Lake Legion Club Rooms.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
Permit Continued from page 1
The 2013-14 Silver Lake American Le-
gion Auxiliary officers include, in the
front, Alice Paul, executive board, and
Carol Navratil, chaplain/memorial chair.
In the back are Alice Nowak, executive
board; Cindy Tews, second vice presi-
dent; DeAnn Fiecke, secretary; Genny
Lhotka, president; and Janet Picha,
treasurer. Missing was Nancy Nackerud,
first vice president.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
Auxiliary officers
300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., Nov. 23 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 24 — “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.; youth activity after Sunday
Wed., Nov. 27 — Confirma-
tion, discipleship class, 6 p.m.;
Thanksgiving Eve service, 7 p.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Carol Chmielewski, pastor
Office hours: Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 24 — Handbells
practice, 8:45 a.m.; worship serv-
ice, 10 a.m.; fellowship to follow
service; “Coming Together in
Song VII” at Hutchinson High
School, 3 p.m.
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Nov. 21 — Mass at
Cedar Crest, 10:30 a.m.; meet and
greet at The Pines in Hutchinson,
11:30 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 22 — No Mass; meet
and greet at Prairie Senior Cot-
tages in Hutchinson, 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 23 — CCW caft,
bake and gently-used toy sale; no
reconciliation; Mass, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 24 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
CCW coffee and rolls; CCW
craft, bake, gently-used toy sale,
Mass, 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 25 — No Mass.
Tues., Nov. 26 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-
10 p.m.; parish administrative
council meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 — Mass at
Cokato Manor, 10 a.m.; Mass, 7
p.m.; no religious education
Thurs., Nov. 28 — Mass at
Holy Trinity and St. Pius X, 9 a.m.
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., Nov. 24 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., Nov. 24 — Sunday
school, 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.;
priesthood, relief society and pri-
mary, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.,
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., Nov. 24 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 — Family night
activities, 6:30 p.m.
1014 Knight Ave., Glencoe
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Nov. 21 — Presentation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary; no
Mass; Schoenestatt boys’ group
meeting, 3 p.m.; KC paper drive,
3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 22 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20
a.m.; KC paper drive, 3 p.m.-6
p.m.; no Spanish Mass.
Sat., Nov. 23 — KC paper
drive, 8 a.m.-noon; reconciliation,
4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m.; olive wood
sales before and after Mass; youth
group selling tie blanket raffle
Sun., Nov. 24 —Mass, 9:30
a.m.; olive wood sales before and
after Mass; youth group selling tie
blanket raffle tickets; Spanish
Mass, 11:30 a.m.; Hispanic min-
istry religious education for youths
and adults, 12:45 p.m.; Mass at
Holy Family, Silver Lake, 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 25 — No Mass; no
CUF meeting; St. Pius X home
and school advisory committee,
6:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 26 — Morning
prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; school Mass, 8:20
a.m.; no religious education
classes; Thanksgiving Mass at
Holy Family, Silver Lake, 7 p.m.
1215 Roberts Rd. SW.,
Rick Stapleton, senior pastor
Adam Krumrie, worship pas-
tor/director of
student ministries
Thurs., Nov. 21 — High school
lunch; worship team rehearsal, 6
Sun., Nov. 24 —Adult growth
groups, Sunday school and wor-
ship, 9 a.m.; adult growth groups
and worship, 10:30 a.m.; discover
membership, noon; Shalom run-
ning group, 4 p.m.; Financial
Peace University, 7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 25 — Griefshare
workshop, 6:30 p.m.; women’s
discipleship, 7 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 26 — Women’s
discipleship, 9 a.m.
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Sun., Nov. 24 — Worship, 9
a.m.; coffee and fellowship, 10:15
a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 — Choir, 7 p.m.
Church News
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Just to the southwest, on the
shores of Silver Lake, is Frank
Bren’s saw mill. Hundreds of
farmers’ logs are waiting to be
sawed into lumber. Frank not
only has a saw mill, but a dry-
ing shed, a planing shed and
can saw and form tongue-and-
groove flooring. He also con-
structs buildings, houses and
A few years ago he com-
pleted a 40-foot high, round-
roofed barn, for Charley
Pulkrabek at Koniska, com-
plete with a huge dormer on
the north side and two, eight-
foot high cupolas on the roof.
With a river sand and ce-
ment mixture, home-sawed
lumber, Jamesway stanchions,
and a 50-foot manure carrier
track, it cost $4,000. Frank
does excellent work. He ex-
pects a full hour’s work from
his workers at 25 cents an
Across the street from the
City Hall is the Stibal Build-
ing, which after several differ-
ent businesses, is now the Joe
Lowy Grocery Store. It is the
largest grocery store in Silver
Lake. It has just about every-
thing a person would want.
Just to the west is the Silver
Lake Leader office. W.O.
Merrill is busy on next week’s
edition, hand cranking the
newly installed Washington
press machine. He has com-
posed, typeset, edited, and
published the Silver Lake
Leader since 1901, in addition
to doing numerous other jobs.
The yearly subscription rate is
$1. I scan the paper.
What a busy and interesting
town this is. I see thanks and
meeting notices from different
organizations, including: The
Bohemian Reading and Edu-
cational Society, The Silver
Lake Fire Department, dances
the same day at Chaupsky’s
Hall and Sherin’s Hall starting
at 9 p.m. and lasting until early
the next morning, American
Legion Post No. 141, Ameri-
can Auxiliary Unit No. 141,
Degree of Honor Lodge No.
182, Knights of Columbus
Council No. 1842, Silver Lake
Branch of the American Red
Cross, Junior Red Cross, Sil-
ver Seekers 4-H Club, the Sil-
ver Lake Study Club, the
ZCBJ Lodge, (Zapadni Cesko
Brtska Jednota) Silver Lake
Shipping Association,
Stritesky Trucking, Silver
Lake Farmers Cooperative
Creamery, etc.
Also in articles:
• Woman gets kicked in face
by a cow.
• Henry Klima’s band will
broadcast a program over
Radio Station WNAX, Yank-
ton, S.D., 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• The Silver Lake Kolaches,
a newly formed basketball
team of recent high school
graduates, will play the Flying
Aces of Young America.
• Steve Reml completed 85
miles of new road and recon-
struction this past year with 13
men and seven trucks. His
wife, Marcile, cooked for all
of them in the traveling cook
• More than $35,000 is allot-
ted to McLeod County from
the Civil Works Program to
pay wages to 350 unemployed
men to do work for county
• The Silver Lake Shipping
Association shipped 44 car-
loads of livestock last year.
Joe Popelka shipped an 845-
pound hog. His return pro-
ceeds were $9.11. Frank
Wesely shipped a hog weigh-
ing 952 pounds.
• Frank Mallak of the Silver
Lake Coal Yards will have a
train car of Roco Coal on the
tracks. Come and buy as much
as you need.
• The Silver Lake Baseball
Club had a benefit dance at the
Swan Lake Pavilion. Music
was by Rau’s Troubadours.
Admission was 40 cents for
gents and 10 cents for women.
An upcoming dance at the
Swan Lake Pavilion will have
the Syncopated Kolaches
• Albrecht’s Indoor Circus is
coming Feb. 18.
• Starting Dec. 18, all Silver
Lake stores will be open
evenings to afford customers
every opportunity to do their
Christmas shopping and buy
toys for their children.
The last store on the block is
former The Daylight Store run
by Emil Jerabek and now
called The Red and White
Grocery store owned by
Richard and Doris Stacey.
They recently had “Bloomer
Days.” Ladies jersey under-
wear at 39 cents and rayon un-
derwear at 25 cents. This
summer, swim suits were on
sale for 49 cents to $1.25.
This past summer, the Vic-
toria Elevator burned to the
ground. Seven thousand
bushels of grain and 120 tons
of coal were lost.
To be continued…
Continuing walk about town
Tracing Roots
By Ron Pulkrabek
Editor’s Note: Ron Pulkrabek wrote his first series of
columns looking through the eyes of someone coming to Sil-
ver Lake in the 1930s and what it would have looked like
then. He continues this week walking down the streets in Sil-
ver Lake.
The Silver Lake GFWC women’s club
donated a diaper-changing table for the
ladies’ bathroom at the Silver Lake Au-
ditorium. From left to right are City Clerk
Kerry Venier and GFWC members
Dorothy Merrill, Deannie Navratil and
Margaret Benz.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Alyssa Schauer
GFWC donation
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
Another year of gymnastics
ushers in
a n o t h e r
new head
coach for
the Glen-
Lake Pan-
thers gym-
n a s t i c s
A Windom native who’s
been living in the area for some
time, Kim Hahn now takes the
reigns and will try to build on
a program that posted the low-
est team score at sections in the
last four years with a 117.175.
Hahn grew up in Windom
where she said she started
practicing gymnastics when
she was 5 years old.
“I participated (in gymnas-
tics) seventh-12th grade,”
Hahn recalled, “I actually
started when I was 5 years old,
on my own with my sister.”
As a senior, Hahn earned
MVP honors and was named a
Despite the high school suc-
cess, she never participated in
gymnastics in college.
She moved to Hutchinson in
1998 and started attending
Ridgewater College while vol-
unteering as a community edu-
cation coach in the area.
Now living in Glencoe with
her husband Brian, and their
three children, Hahn works at
First Minnesota Bank and now
has a full plate coaching var-
sity gymnastics. She took over
the community ed gymnastics
program in June, which is ac-
tually how she found out about
the position.
“When I was working
through community ed, they
actually mentioned that they
were still looking for a head
coach,” Hahn said. “The ath-
letic director had apparently
heard my name mentioned, so
I kind of followed up on that. I
called her and went in for an
interview and got the OK from
The biggest difference going
from community ed to high
“It’s definitely a change
from working with little kids,
to high school girls who are
like my size,” Hahn said laugh-
ing. “Mainly the only change is
spotting. You’re getting in
there a little bit more than you
would with little kids.”
Regardless of the differ-
ences, the first-time head coach
is excited to take on a new
challenge with a relatively
young team.
“We’re excited,” Hahn said.
“They’re a young team, but
they definitely have a lot of po-
Though her time spent with
the group has been small, she
likes what she sees so far in
Paige Anderson, who “has the
discipline in the gym and
works hard every day. She has
the skills, too,” Hahn said.
As far as power, Hahn said
Amanda Anderson has shown
quite a bit.
“Especially on vault,” Hahn
said. “I’ve heard she’s got
power on the floor, too.”
While Chrissy Helmbrecht
is “definitely standing out on
different pieces of the appara-
tuses,” as well, Hahn said.
But she stressed that her
starting rotation hasn’t been
decided, and that anyone has a
shot at varsity right now.
“We’re going to give every-
body a chance,” Hahn said.
“It’s a little bit easier of a start.
Not only for myself, but for the
girls as well.”
Winning feels good, but the
new head coach said this year
is going to be more of a feeling
out process between herself
and the team.
“We’re not really concen-
trating on the wins and the
losses at this point,” Hahn ad-
mitted. “I just want them to
perfect their skills, and if they
can try a little bit harder on
some different ones, we’re
going to push for that.”
She’s also pushing for a
solid fan base to come out and
support her gymnasts.
“They could really use
everybody’s support,” Hahn
said. “I know they have a lot of
home meets this year. Come
out and support them and cheer
them on. They like that.”
The season kicks off at 6
p.m. in Annandale on Friday,
Dec. 6.
— GSL still resides in Sec-
tion 2 (Class A) with Blue
Earth Area, Mankato East/Loy-
ola, Mankato West, New
Prague, New Ulm
Public/NUACS/MVL, Waco-
nia, Waseca and Watertown-
— Hahn has 11 middle
school kids, and 15-16 JV/Var-
sity athletes on the roster.
— The home varsity invita-
tional tournament is scheduled
for Saturday, Jan. 18, in the
Panther Field House featuring
New Ulm, Orono, South St.
Paul and Waseca.
— The Section 2 meet is Fri-
day, Feb. 14, at K & G Gym-
nastics Club in Mankato.
By Josh Randt
Sports Editor
It’s not going to be easy re-
placing nearly an entire lineup of
starters and a number of bench
players from last year’s Glen-
coe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball
team, but that’s what head coach
Robb DeCorsey has been tasked
with in his third season running
the program.
With the departure of GSL’s
all-time leading scorer (1,279
points his senior season) in
Ethan Maass, along with Reed
Dunbar, Trent Draeger, Travis
Rothstein, Brandon Ebert, Greg
Ober, Brody Bratsch and Eric
Thalmann, DeCorsey must now
rely heavily on the experience of
junior forward Keaton Ander-
son, and sophomore point guard
Teddy Petersen.
“I think it’s just going to be a
learning experience for every-
one,” Anderson said of this
year’s team. “We’re just going to
have to get together and play as
a team, and hopefully put to-
gether some wins.”
Anderson touts the most expe-
rience of the group as the lone
sophomore starter on last year’s
14-14 team that lost 72-64 to
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
(HLWW) in the second round of
the subsection tournament.
But Teddy Petersen saw var-
sity time last year coming off the
bench for Maass, and welcomes
the challenge of running the
point for GSL.
“Point guard is a position that
I always look forward to,” Teddy
Petersen said. “I always kind of
like leading guys, and I think I
have that ability. I like feeding
guys the ball. I like to score, but
it’s not my forte. I just like help-
ing the team out at the point
guard position — bringing the
ball up, and taking care of the
ball, too.”
Replacing the leading point
scorer in school history with a
sophomore wouldn’t excite
many coaches, but what does ex-
cite DeCorsey about Teddy Pe-
tersen taking over for Maass is
his shear athletic ability, and
something dubbed, “the Teddy
“He’s a different kid,”
DeCorsey said. “People talk
about ‘the Teddy factor,’ where
you just never know what’s
going to happen. He’s exciting.
He’s one of the most serious ath-
letes I’ve ever seen at this school
... There were times last year
where he would come off the
bench for Ethan (Maass), and we
would play better as a whole
team with him running the
Couple that with Anderson,
whom DeCorsey said is “one of
the best players in the confer-
ence,” and the Panthers at least
have a solid base to build upon.
But making it even more dif-
ficult to get a feel for his team, is
the wear and tear most of his po-
tential starters have from the re-
cently finished football season.
Anderson and Teddy Petersen
were given time off from prac-
tices last week to try and recu-
perate, while potential starters
Jacob Popelka (dislocated fin-
ger) and Mason Goettl (knee and
hand) have hardly practiced due
to injuries. To top it all off, a flu
bug recently hit the players who
have been at practice.
“Right now, the main thing we
need to do is get healthy,”
DeCorsey said with a sigh. “We
look pretty rough right now.”
With barely a week of practice
under their belts, the Panthers
traveled to Eden Prairie this past
weekend for some varsity scrim-
mages with Eagan, St. Louis
Park, and the hosting Eagles,
which DeCorsey said was a
“great learning experience.”
“It was a little rough in the be-
ginning,” DeCorsey admitted.
“We need to learn to play faster.
We’re inexperienced and it
shows. The speed of the game
from JV to varsity is night and
DeCorsey said his lineup,
once healthy, might consist of
Teddy Petersen running the
point, Anderson and Goettl
switching between shooting
guard and power forward, with
Popelka and Garrett Ober down
low in the posts. Though, he ad-
mits, the only true low post
player who’s on the roster is
freshman Jacob Litzau, with
Ober and Popelka liking to step
outside the lane and shoot.
At the scrimmage in Eden
Prairie, the starting lineup con-
sisted of Anderson, Teddy Pe-
tersen, Ober, Mason Albrecht
and Aaron Boraas.
Off the bench, DeCorsey said
he expects to see Cole Petersen
to see time as a power forward
after a decent performance on
“He did some good things,”
DeCorsey said of the senior.
“He’s 6’4”, and a little more ath-
letic than people give him credit
for. He hit some nice shots and
got to the rim as well.”
At guard, the head coach said
he expects to see juniors Scott
Landes and Albrecht coming off
the bench.
One young man DeCorsey
said can play almost any role is
junior Jon Richer.
“He’s kind of the sixth man
who can come in and fill any
spot,” DeCorsey said. “He came
in on Saturday and gave us some
good energy.”
The key for Richer will be
slowing down with the ball, and
learning his role, DeCorsey said.
With the season opener kick-
ing off at home on Tuesday, Nov.
26 against Maple River, one of
the teams GSL may face down
the road now that it resides in
Section 2 (Class AA) instead of
Section 5, DeCorsey said his
group just needs to spend time
playing together, and to simply
trust one another.
Trust will also be important
defensively, as DeCorsey has
been implementing a different
defensive scheme he once used
while coaching at Gustavus
Adolphus College, but said he’s
willing to tweak, or scrap it, if
need be.
— The Panthers remain in the
West Division of the Wright
County Conference where they
play Annandale, Dassel-Cokato,
Litchfield and New London-
Spicer twice.
In the East Division resides
Delano, Hutchinson, Holy Fam-
ily Catholic, Mound-Westonka,
Orono and Waconia, each of
which GSL plays once this sea-
This marks the final season
that cross-division teams must
play each other at least once.
Next year, teams in either divi-
sion can still choose to play
teams in the opposite division, or
look elsewhere for tougher op-
ponents to help improve their
— GSL no longer needs to
worry about running into An-
nandale or HLWW in the post-
season, as the Panthers, along
with Sibley East, Norwood
Young America, Jordan, and
Mayer Lutheran, all moved to
Section 2 (Class AA) from Sec-
tion 5 last season.
Including those schools, the
conference is made up of Belle
Plaine, Kenyon-Wanamingo,
Maple River, Medford, New
Richland-H-E-G, St. Peter, Tri-
City United, Waseca, Waterville-
Elysian-Morristown and Le
Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Page 5
12....at NLS Conf. Tourney6:30
14....at Hutchinson Inv.....noon
21....at Academy of Holy
Angels Inv.........................TBD
04....at Belle Plaine Inv....noon
09....at Holy Family Cath Conf.
11....at Waconia Inv..........TBD
18....at Delano Conf. Tourney..
25....at NLS Inv................noon
08....at Orono (Sections) ..TBD
06....at Annandale.............6:00
07....at Northfield Inv.........3:00
14....at St. Peter Tri...........1:00
17....Watertown-Mayer .....6:00
14....Litchfield. ..................6:00
17....at Dassel-Cokato......6:00
18....GSL Inv.....................8:00
21....St. Peter....................6:00
30....at Delano ..................6:00
07....Mound-Wtka .............6:00
14....at Mankato (Sections)......
07....GSL Inv. ....................9:30
12....at Hutchinson 2D  .....6:00
14....at Andover Inv. ........10:00
19....at NLS 2D.................6:00
20....at St. Peter Tri...........5:00
21....at Richfield Inv. .........9:00
02....Watertown-Mayer .....6:00
04....at Ogilvie Inv. ............TBD
09....GSL 2D (with Delano,
Hutchinson and Orono).....6:00
11....at Zimmerman Inv. ....9:00
16....at Mound-Wtka 2D....6:00
18....at LCWM Inv...........10:00
23....at Hutchinson............6:00
30....at ACGC Quad..........5:00
31....at NLS Conf. Tourney ......
01....GSL Youth Tourney...8:00
06....New Prague..............6:00
07....at STMA....................6:00
08....at DC Inv...................8:00
03....St. Peter....................7:30
07....at NYA.......................6:00
10....Belle Paine ...............7:30
13....New Ulm...................7:30
17....at New Prague..........7:30
20....Lester Prairie ............7:30
28....MACCRAY tourney.12:45
03....at Sibley East............7:30
07....at Dassel-Cokato......7:15
10....at Mound-Wtka .........7:15
11....at Mayer Lutheran ....3:00
21....at Litchfield ...............7:15
24....at Hutchinson............7:15
28....at Annandale.............7:15
31....Holy Family Cath ......7:15
03....Rocori .......................7:30
10....at NLS.......................7:15
18....Litchfield ...................7:15
20....at Waconia................7:15
21....Delano ......................7:15
25....Annandale ................7:15
26....Maple River ..............7:30
06....at Bloomington Jefferson
07....at NYA.......................7:30
10....at Hutchinson............7:30
17....at Annandale.............7:15
27....GSL Holiday tourney.3:00
28....GSL Holiday tourney.3:00
03....Sibley East................7:30
04....at Jordan...................3:00
10....Mound-Wtka .............7:15
14....at NLS.......................7:15
17....at Orono....................7:15
21....Litchfield ...................7:15
23....at BOLD....................7:30
28....Annandale ................7:15
31....at Holy Family Cath ..7:15
03....at Belle Plaine...........7:30
06....at Dassel-Cokato......7:15
10....at Rocori ...................7:30
18....at Litchfield ...............7:15
20....at Watertown-Mayer .7:30
21....at Delano ..................7:15
GSL Winter
These five young men have the most experience on
this year’s boys’ basketball team. Returning letter win-
ners from a year ago are from left to right: Teddy Pe-
tersen, Keaton Anderson, Garrett Ober, Jacob Popelka
and Mason Goettl.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Panther boys start rebuilding
DeCorsey must replace 8 seniors and the all-time leading scorer in school history
Hahn takes over Panther gymnastics
The returning letter winners from last
year’s gymnastics team that first-time
coach Kim Hahn inherits are from left to
right: Amanda Anderson, Cassidy
Schrader, Christina Helmbrecht, Emily
Popelka and Paige Anderson.
Silver Lake Leader photo by Josh Randt
Kim Hahn
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Roseville, MN 55113-4266
Sweet Potato Bread
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup water
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and
beat. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinna-
mon and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into egg
mixture alternately with water. Stir in sweet po-
tatoes and chopped nuts. Pour batter into
greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees
for about one hour.
Elegant Green Beans
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 small onion, chopped
1 jar (4.5 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
6 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup 2 percent milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Dash of salt
1 package (16 ounces) frozen french-style green
beans, thawed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed french-fried onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small skillet,
saute water chestnuts, onion and mushrooms in
2 tablespoons butter 4-5 minutes or until crisp-
tender; set aside. In a large skillet, melt remain-
ing butter; stir in flour until smooth. Stir in milk,
broth, soy sauce, pepper sauce and salt. Bring
to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thick-
ened. Remove from heat; stir in green beans and
cheese. Spoon half of the bean mixture into a
greased 1-1/2-quart baking dish. Layer with
water chestnut mixture and remaining bean
mixture. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes. Top with
french-fried onions. Bake 5 minutes or until
heated through.
Pumpkin, Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake
1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
38 ginger snaps, finely crushed (about 1-1/2
1/4 cup butter, divided
4 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), soft-
1 cup sugar
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
25 caramels
1/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Chop 1/4 cup nuts
finely; place in medium bowl. Add ginger snap
crumbs and butter; mix well. Press into bottom
13x9-inch pan. Beat cream cheese and sugar in
large bowl with mixer until blended. Add pump-
kin, spice and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one
at a time, mixing on low speed after each just
until blended. Pour over crust. Bake 45 minutes
or until center is almost set. Cool completely.
Refrigerate 4 hours. Microwave caramels and
milk in microwaveable bowl on high for 90 sec-
onds or until caramels are completely melted,
stirring every 30 seconds. Spoon over individ-
ual servings of cheesecake. Sprinkle with re-
maining nuts.
Kitchen Delights
& Other Things
The paper drive hosted by
the Silver Lake Knights of
Columbus, held Oct. 11-12,
raised $1,874. 96 with profits
going to the Silver Lake Am-
bulance Service, the Silver
Lake Fire Department and the
Silver Lake Winter Festival.
Papers and cardboard col-
lected totaled 65,600 pounds
or 32.8 tons.
Since the KCs started hold-
ing paper drives in 2004, over
996,600 pounds or over 497
tons have been collected and
saved from going to the land-
Appreciation is expressed
to all who participated. Watch
for dates of the next paper
drive set for spring 2014.
KC paper
drive raises
over $1,874
Submitted photo
GSL FFA members recently attended the
National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Local participants included, front, from
left, Sam Lange, Kirsten Barott, Maddie
Kuehn and Samantha Dahlke. In the back
are Liz Tromborg (a guest alumnus), Derek
Ortloff, Zach Pierson, Matt Dahlke, Tommy
Becker and Becky Haddad, GSL FFA ad-
8 GSL FFA members attend
national convention in Louisville
On Oct. 29, eight members
of the Glencoe-Silver Lake
FFA chapter were among the
60,000 FFA members who
converged on Louisville, Ky.,
for the 86th National FFA
Convention and to celebrate
the FFA jacket’s 80th birthday.
The Glencoe-Silver Lake
FFA chapter members in-
cluded Zach Pierson, Derek
Ortloff, Matthew Dahlke,
Thomas Becker, Samantha
Lange, Maddie Kuehn,
Samantha Dahlke and Kirsten
“They were selected
through an application and in-
terview process to represent
the Glencoe-Silver Lake chap-
ter as delegates,” said Becky
Haddad, GSL FFA adviser.
The eight GSL representa-
tives witnessed agriculture in
a whole new light through vis-
its to Hunter’s Honey Farm,
Louisville Slugger factory,
Kentucky Horse Park, and a
Members also attended ses-
sions where they heard Rick
Pitino and Joe Torillo as
keynote speakers, and were in-
spired by the retiring ad-
dresses of the national officer
Finally, there is always the
FFA Career Expo that offers
members the opportunity to
talk with potential employers,
colleges, and suppliers about
their products and the
prospects available.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the
way these exemplary students
represented themselves, their
school, and their state. They
are phenomenal role models
with bright futures,” said Had-
Tommy Becker noted, “I
learned more about myself and
how to communicate better
with others … You get to meet
many new people from all
over the country and you get
really good advice from all the
Samantha Lange said she
would encourage anyone to at-
tend, “because you meet a lot
of great people, learn new life
lessons, discover new roles of
leadership, go on interesting
tours, and overall have a lot of
Samantha Dahlke summed
it up well: “Other than a sou-
venir, baseball bat and a jar of
honey, I am bringing home
new friendships, memories
that will last a lifetime and in-
describable knowledge that I
have gained from keynote
speakers, retiring officers, and
an amazing trip.”
Haddad said the trip was
made possible through im-
mense community support,
and FFA would like to thank
the following sponsors: Al-
sleben Livestock Trucking,
Sno Pros, Upper Midwest
Allis Chalmers Club, Ag Star,
Dubb’s, McLeod Co Ag Asso-
ciation, Carver Co Pork Pro-
ducers, New Auburn VFW,
Jungclaus Seed, Glencoe
Coop, First Minnesota Bank,
John Deere Tractor Club, the
GSL Ag Promoters, and the
Glencoe Veterinary Clinic.
“Without the generous
sponsorship of these organiza-
tions, this trip would not be
possible,” Haddad said.
Any organizations inter-
ested in hearing more about
the delegates’ experience
should contact Haddad at
rhaddad@gsl.k12.mn.us or
The Silver Lake Senior Cit-
izens Club met Monday, Nov.
11, at the Silver Lake Audito-
President Genny Lhotka
called the meeting to order,
followed by the pledge to the
flag. There were 28 members
A November birthday was
for Clarence Juncewski. No-
vember anniversary was Gary
and Kathy Kaczmarek.
The Dec. 9 Christmas party
and regular meeting will start
at 1 p.m. Cards will be played.
Dinner will be at 4 p.m. Any
member not signed up at the
Nov. 11 meeting will be called
by secretary Tony Victorian.
There is no lunch committee
for December.
The club received a dona-
tion from the Silver Lake
Lions Club for $100.
31 winners: Yvonne Urban
and Mercedes Nowak.
500 winners: Aggie Fiecke,
Laura Kaczmarek, Bernie
Kaczmarek, Richard Kosek,
Roger Lhotka, Margie Mick-
olichek, Genny Lhotka,
Joanne Victorian, Dorothy
Hlavka and Gary Kaczmarek.
The next meeting will be
Monday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m., at
the auditorium.
Seniors meet; Christmas
party set Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.
Minnesota State Patrol re-
ported that one person was
killed and two injured in a
one-vehicle rollover
Wednesday, Nov. 13, at
11:33 a.m., on Sibley
County 17, south of High-
way 19, south of Arlington.
Killed was Dackotah R.
Montgomery, 18, of
LeSueur. She was a passen-
ger in a 2000 Ford Explorer
driven by Makala R.
Molter, 18, of LeSueur. The
third passenger was a 16-
year-old LeSueur juvenile.
Molter and the juvenile
suffered non-life-threaten-
ing injuries.
1 dead, 2 hurt
in accident
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A McLeod County Police
Officer Roundtable discussion
will be held Sunday, Nov. 24,
at 2 p.m., at the McLeod
County Historical Museum
educational media center.
As a part of the museum’s
yearlong look into the topic of
“Murder and Mayhem in
McLeod County,” the mu-
seum will hold the roundtable
to discuss current issues facing
both city and county law en-
forcement officers, said Lori
Pickell-Stangel, museum cura-
“All year, the museum has
tried through programs and re-
search to shed some light on
how and why our earliest res-
idents became tragically in-
volved in such crimes,” she
“By honoring and remem-
bering the victims of these
crimes, we hope that they are
not forgotten and that we can
learn from the mistakes of the
past and inspire a brighter and
safer future for all,” Pickell-
Stangel said.
“It is with this hope in mind
that we have invited each of
our city police chiefs and past
and present county sheriffs to
join us for a police officer
roundtable discussion.
“Each community is unique
in the challenges and rewards
they face, and they will share
these along with a question
and answer session from
guests on all things law en-
forcement related to McLeod
County,” Pickell-Stangel said.
“Last, but not least, our pro-
gram will give the museum an
opportunity to thank these
men and women who serve
and protect our communities
each and every day,” she
The museum also will dis-
play artifacts and photos from
police officers throughout the
history of the county. “We
hope to honor these men and
women who have served, and
in some cases gave their lives,
to protect the citizens of
McLeod County,” Pickell-
Stangel said.
Refreshments will be served
before and after the program,
and there will be free gallery
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Page 8 — Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, November 21, 2013
We started off the week OK, but a series of cold fronts
will slide through the area this week, cooling things off just
in time for the weekend.
Average highs for this time of year range mostly in the
upper 30s, and if the cold pool stays as strong as forecast,
we should be about 10 degrees below that as the weekend
comes into view.
A couple of cold fronts will come through the area from
Wednesday to Friday and open the door for this chilly pool
of air. Storms at this point are forecast to stay to our south.
An impulse will come close to the area Friday, and at
this point it should entirely miss, but a shift to the north
100 to 200 miles could change things drastically. I’m think-
ing it will stay to the south, though, as the cold push of air
will be hard to move.
I’m seeing only passing snow showers Wednesday night
and again maybe Friday, so precipitation-wise, we
shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Taking a look at the extended shows a storm building to
our south early next week, but the forecast models have
been all over the place with this one, so I really can’t ven-
ture a guess as to what it might do.
Have a great week before Thanksgiving!
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 18-24; partly cloudy.
Thursday — Highs 27-33; lows 18-24; partly cloudy.
Friday — Highs 29-36; lows 12-18; partly cloudy.
Saturday — Highs 26-33; lows 8-16; clear.
Sunday — Highs 28-36; mostly clear.
Weather Quiz: What does our weather normally look like
on Thanksgiving Day?
Answer to last week’s question: What did the final
snowfall totals look like for our first real snow of the
year last week? The Marshall area saw the bull’s-eye with
some places getting up to 10 inches of snow. Our area saw
anywhere from three to six inches for the most part with
isolated pockets of more. Had it been colder, we would
have seen quite a bit more.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
Daughter for Kosek, Goettl
Kimberly Kosek and Joseph Goettl of Silver Lake an-
nounce the birth of their daughter, Emma Rose Goettl, on
Nov. 3, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services. Emma
weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19-3/4 inches in
length. Grandparents are David and Karen Kosek of Silver
Lake and Edward and Jane Goettl of New Auburn.
People News
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
A year-long study of a po-
tential switch to one-sort recy-
cling from five-sort was
presented to the McLeod
County Board of Commission-
ers at a workshop Nov. 5.
Under a five-sort system, re-
cyclable materials are sorted at
the source; in McLeod
County’s case, that is at resi-
dences and businesses.
Under a single-sort system,
residents put all of their recy-
clable material in one con-
tainer, and it is sorted at the
county’s Materials Recovery
Facility (MRF).
The commissioners seemed
to lean toward establishing a
one-sort system, which will re-
quire an addition to the Solid
Waste facility in Hutchinson
and new equipment.
Robert Craggs of Burns &
McDonnell presented the re-
sults of the study to the County
Board, noting that the new
equipment, renovation of the
current building an addition
carries a total estimated cost of
between $2.875 and $3.59
million, all of which would be
funded (if approved) through
existing Solid Waste funds,
rather than through raising
taxes or bonding.
However, Craggs indicated,
a conversion to a single-sort
system could also result in a
significant boost in recycling
among county residents, with
a projected 10,000 tons of re-
cyclable material being
brought into the county’s Ma-
terials Recovery Facility once
the conversion is made. It is
felt that many residents are
more inclined to recycle if
they don’t have to sort the ma-
terial themselves.
Craggs said that when the
MRF was first being consid-
ered, a business plan created in
2005 predicted that MRF
would take in 3,600 tons annu-
ally, a target that has been ex-
ceeded in every year except
one (2010, when the economy
took a nose dive) since MRF’s
first full year of operation in
In fact, said recycling oper-
ator Don Hoppe, recycling
tonnage in 2013 should top
6,000 tons.
“That’s a result of aggres-
sive efforts by the staff, and
the economy starting to come
back,” said Craggs.
With an increase in recycled
materials will come an in-
crease in revenue for MRF,
Craggs said, since the facility
sells material collected to
other markets.
Currently, the MRF aver-
ages about $100 in revenue per
ton of recycling it collects, so
10,000 in tons per year will
equate to about $1 million in
revenue, Craggs said. That fig-
ure, of course, will fluctuate
with market prices.
In 2012, MRF collected
4,880 tons of material, from
which it garnered $601,276 in
But bringing all recycling to
the MRF to be sorted will
come with a need for addi-
tional equipment and space to
sort the material on site.
Craggs said the projected
costs for the equipment, retro-
fit and building addition in-
• Building renovation at a
cost of about $100,000.
• Renovation of the loading
docks at a cost of about
• A 4,500-square-foot addi-
tion for tipping and sorting at
an estimated cost of $675,000.
• New equipment for sorting
at a cost of $1.9 million.
The above items bring the
subtotal to $2.875 million. A
25 percent contingency could
bring the estimated cost up to
about $3.59 million.
The County Board’s next
step is to visit each community
in the county to discuss the
proposal and see if it will be
supported locally.
After those visits and feed-
back, the County Board will
make a decision, it indicated.
County leaning toward one-sort
recycling, will consult with cities
Nov. 25-29
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Swedish meatballs,
paprika potatoes, spinach, bread,
margarine, ice cream, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Roast turkey,
mashed potatoes, gravy, green
beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce,
dinner roll, margarine, pumpkin
dessert, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Chicken chow
mein, rice, chow mein noodles, ori-
ental vegetables, mandarin or-
anges, pudding, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Thanksgiving Day.
Friday — Creamy vegetable
soup, turkey sandwich, tropical
fruit, crackers, margarine, cookie,
low-fat milk.
GSL Elementary
Monday — Tony’s breakfast
pizza or Cinnamon Toast Crunch
and string cheese and apple juice
cup, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup or apple cinnamon muf-
fin and yogurt, mandarin oranges,
low-fat milk.
Wednesday — French toast
sticks with syrup or Golden Gra-
hams and string cheese, diced
peaches, low-fat milk.
Thursday — No school.
Friday — No school.
Helen Baker/Lakeside lunch
Monday — Chicken nuggets,
ham and cheese on whole-grain
bread, mashed potatoes, jicama
sticks with dressing, apple wedges,
pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Italian meat sauce
over whole-grain rotini pasta,
bread stick, chef salad with
cheese, egg and croutons, bread
stick, seasoned green beans, cae-
sar romaine side salad with dress-
ing, banana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — Cheeseburger
on a whole-grain bun, yogurt,
American cheese and crackers fun
lunch, oven-baked beans, confetti
coleslaw, orange wedges, chilled
Thursday —No school.
Friday — No school.
Junior/Senior High breakfast
Monday — Breakfast pizza or
Cinnamon Toast Crunch and blue-
berry muffin, diced pears, low-fat
Tuesday — Pancake on a stick
with syrup, or oatmeal with cinna-
mon and raisins, mandarin or-
anges, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — French toast
sticks with syrup or ultimate break-
fast round, yogurt, diced peaches,
low-fat milk.
Thursday — No school.
Friday — No school.
Junior/Senior High lunch
Monday — Barbecued pork ri-
blet on a whole-grain bun, oven-
baked beans, potato wedges,
broccoli salad with raisins, baby
carrots with dressing, apple, chilled
Tuesday — Meatballs in gravy
over seasoned noodles, bread
stick, seasoned carrots, kidney-
bean salad, red-pepper strips with
dressing, banana, pineapple tid-
Wednesday — British cuisine of
fish and chips, seasoned peas,
dinner roll, confetti coleslaw, jicama
sticks with dressing, orange
wedges, chilled peaches.
Thursday — No school.
Friday — No school.
Each year, nearly 100,000
Minnesota households strug-
gle to pay heating bills and
thousands more will face a
heating crisis this winter.
Many more households will
be forced to choose between
food, medicine and heat.
Heartland Community Ac-
tion Agency, Inc., is seeking
donations for the “Reach Out
for Warmth” project.
“Reach Out for Warmth”
provides assistance for in-
come-eligible families who
are experiencing primary fuel
or electricity shut off, or who
have a heating system that is
faulty or not working.
If you would like more in-
formation about the project,
call Pat Elizondo at 320-235-
0850, extension 1137.
Heartland administers
“Reach Out for Warmth”
funds in Meeker, McLeod and
Kandiyohi counties.
The agency would like to
recognize Willmar Municipal
Utilities for its generous dona-
tion of $4,000 to the project.
If any individuals or organ-
izations would like to make a
donation to the project, please
make a check payable to
Heartland — ROFW and send
your tax-deductible contribu-
tion to Heartland Community
Action Agency, Inc., 200 SW
Fourth St., PO Box 1359,
Willmar, MN 56201.
Donations sought for
‘Reach Out for Warmth’
County police officer
roundtable discussion
set Nov. 24 at museum
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