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Vol. 111 No. 50 • Thursday, November 29, 2012 • Silver Lake, MN 55381
Single copy
By Alyssa Schauer
Staff Writer
The Silver Lake City Coun-
cil passed a resolution order-
ing the preparation of final
plans for the reconstruction of
Grove Avenue at the neighbor-
hood meeting held Monday
Justin Black, project engi-
neer from Short Elliott Hen-
drickson, Inc. (SEH),
presented an updated feasibil-
ity report of the project to res-
idents and councilors based on
their concerns voiced at the
last neighborhood meeting in
Concerns included street
parking, street surfacing mate-
rials, placement of electrical
lines, discovery of contami-
nated soils and assessment
Street parking
Black said changes made to
the project included street side
parking on the section of
Grove Avenue north of Main
“Right now, the right-of-
way is particularly narrow on
the north end of Grove Av-
enue, and we are proposing to
reconstruct in accordance with
the state standards,” Black
He said the existing street
width is 39 feet “face-to-face,”
with a sidewalk and boulevard
of varied width on the west
side of the street.
“The proposed street dimen-
sions show a face-to-face
width of 36 feet, which in-
cludes two driving lanes, each
12 feet wide, and a parking
lane 10 feet wide. A two-foot
recovery is located on the east
side of the street,” Black said.
He said the proposed sidewalk
will be six feet in width.
Initially, the parking lane
was designed to be on the east
side of the street, but residents
voiced concerns of parking in
front of mailboxes and the dif-
ficulty it proposes for mail car-
“We are recommending a
10-foot parking lane on the
west side of the street, so that
way when residents get out of
their cars, they can get out
onto the sidewalk, and also, it
frees up space in front of the
mailboxes,” Black said.
Grove Avenue south of
Main Street currently has a
street width of 44 feet face-to-
face and no sidewalk, and is
designed to keep that width to
include two driving lanes, each
12 feet wide, and two parking
lanes, each 10 feet wide, as
well as a six-foot sidewalk.
“The state aid standards of
safety requirements allows
parking on both sides of the
street, and we will install a six-
foot sidewalk on the west side
of the street,” Black said.
He also highlighted that the
project is designed to improve
the safety of the intersections,
particularly the intersection of
Gehlen Drive and Grove Av-
The proposed curb removal
and replacement for that inter-
section show a narrower exit
for the one-way part of Gehlen
heading south out of town.
“We are making that inter-
section more perpendicular so
that the sight lines are much
better for visibility,” Black
Council moves ahead with Grove Ave. plans
Submitted photo
One of the changes to the initial design of
the reconstruction of Grove Avenue in-
cluded street side parking north of Main
Street. Engineers planned for one-side
street parking on the east side, but resi-
dents were concerned about the mail-
boxes being located on that side. The one-
side parking will now be on the west side
of the street, along the proposed sidewalk
so that the mailboxes are easier to access.
Submitted photos
Last Thursday, members
of the community in Sil-
ver Lake joined together
to celebrate Thanksgiv-
ing at the auditorium. The
dinner is completely put
on by donations and the
help of volunteers.
Above, the group of
Thanksgiving workers
show off their new
aprons with a “turkey
wave.” The aprons were
made by the GFWC Silver
Lake. To the right, work-
ers in the kitchen work to
prepare the sides and
mash potatoes.
County Board
lifts 4-year-old
hiring freeze
By Lori Copler
Staff Writer
At the tail-end of a three-
hour-plus meeting Nov. 20, the
McLeod County Board of
Commissioners voted to lift its
hiring freeze.
The freeze, which barred the
hiring of employees for newly
created positions, was placed
in effect nearly four years ago
as the county struggled with
declining county program aid
revenue and other effects of a
recessive economy.
Commissioner Paul Wright
brought up the possibility of
lifting the freeze in mid-Octo-
ber, noting that some depart-
ments are growing in business,
and that the freeze prohibits
the County Board from even
doing something as simple as
assigning an employee more
duties, because that creates a
“new” position.
At that time, the County
Board referred the matter to its
budget committee, which on
Oct. 30 recommended not lift-
ing the freeze because there is
no money budgeted in 2013
for new positions.
Commissioners Bev Wan-
gerin and Ray Bayerl both ex-
pressed concern that lifting the
freeze would “open the flood-
gates” on requests for new po-
However, Wright persisted,
saying that any new requests
will go through a rigid review,
including being considered by
the county administrator, a
personnel committee and, fi-
nally, the County Board itself.
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wan-
gerin said she was going to
vote in favor of the request,
saying that Wright had “con-
vinced her” with his argument
that all requests would be rig-
orously examined.
And Wangerin noted, the de-
partments are undergoing re-
view for possible
restructuring. If there is a hir-
ing freeze in place, she said,
“the departments are stuck”
and unable to make changes.
Wangerin also said “we
have so many stop gaps in
place,” that requests would be
stringently reviewed.
The County Board voted to
repeal the hiring freeze.
In other business Nov. 20,
the County Board:
• Heard from McLeod
County Highway Engineer
John Brunkhorst that the
bridge on County Road 15,
originally slated to be finished
by Oct. 12, probably won’t be
open until around Dec. 21.
Brunkhorst said the contrac-
tor Duininck Construction of
Prinsburg, is facing a fine of
$1,500 per calendar day since
the original finish date.
“They could be facing
around $100,000 in penalties,”
said Brunkhorst. The total cost
for the bridge project, which
spans the south fork of the
Crow River, was bid at about
Brunkhorst said Duininck
started the project, then left it
to work on other projects.
Brunkhorst also reported
that an open house regarding
the proposed roundabout at the
County Road 115/State High-
way 15 intersection, has been
set for Thursday, Dec. 6, from
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the
Hutchinson Event Center.
• Approved the hiring of
Vincent Traver as the new in-
formation technology director
effective Nov. 21. Traver re-
places Tom O’Keefe, who re-
tired earlier this year.
• Approved its annual agree-
ments with the Minnesota Ex-
tension Service to provide
services for the McLeod For
Tomorrow leadership and
alumni programs.
• Set a public hearing for
Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m.,
for the proposed 2013 fee
• Set the bid closing date for
the official county newspaper
for Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m., with
the bid to be awarded at the
Jan. 8 County Board meeting.
• Was reminded that the an-
nual truth-in-taxation hearing
is Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m.
As donations come in, food shelf need increases
By Rich Glennie
e take any-
thing,” said
Neumann, long-time director
of the McLeod Emergency
Food Shelf in Glencoe. “I just
had a freezer donated to us by
one of the churches. I don’t
say ‘no’ to anything. I don’t
have ‘no’ in my vocabulary.”
While donations have been
coming into the Glencoe fa-
cility regularly, Neumann
stressed it will continue to
seek more food and cash do-
nations as the demands on the
local food shelf continue to
The public has responded.
A bus full of food donations
rolled in next to the food
shelf on Friday morning, and
Glencoe-Silver Lake students
began setting up an assembly
line to unload the boxes col-
lected from all the school
sites in the GSL District.
By the time the students
had unloaded the bus, 1,902
pounds of donations were
weighed and stored on the
shelves. Added to that was
another $62 in cash dona-
That same day, Holy Trin-
ity Catholic School in Win-
sted dropped another 1,288
pounds of donated items plus
some cash; First Lutheran
Church in Glencoe added an-
other 947 pounds in dona-
tions plus $30 and Christ
Lutheran Church brought in
344 pounds of food dona-
Prior to that St. Pius X of
Glencoe had brought in 191
pounds, and Holy Family
Catholic in Silver Lake on
Monday dropped off another
212 pounds.
The area Cub Scout Pack
and Boy Scouts of Troop 352
brought in 2,488 pounds dur-
ing the annual fall food drive.
Neumann said more local
donations are expected in the
coming days.
But she also noted a trend.
The school donations from
the bus tour of sites was
down by about 1,000 pounds
from last year, while church
donations are up a little more.
“So it averages out.”
But the demand for food
shelf assistance keeps going
Is it more than last year?
“Definitely!” Neumann said
when asked about needs.
She said 1,493 individual
households used the food
shelf so far this year and that
involves 4,468 individuals.
Of that total, 1,563 were from
Glencoe and 2,694 from
First-time users totaled
288, and those receiving mul-
tiple distributions ranged
from 583 for one time usage
to 52 who used the food shelf
10 or more times this year.
Asked if people are coming
to the food shelf more often,
Neumann replied “Definitely!
Grove Avenue
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Food Shelf
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He added that the stop sign
at that intersection on Grove
Avenue will be removed so
traffic can flow north and
south bound.
Surfacing materials
Black reiterated that the
project will be completed with
a concrete finish as the life
cycle analyses of both concrete
and bituminous surfacing re-
vealed lower long-term costs
when using concrete.
Electrical lines
One question asked at the
neighborhood meeting in-
volved burying the electrical
lines. Black said he met a few
times with Xcel Energy to dis-
cuss relocating lines.
“The possibility of going
underground isn’t great. Costs
came in at over $100,000. And
that’s just to bury the electrical
lines north of Main Street,”
Black said.
He added that it does not in-
clude costs to individual prop-
erties to have the lines
extended and connected to
their properties. “Those costs
are estimated at an additional
$600 to $1,000 per property,”
he said.
“Because of the number of
utilities on that west side be-
hind the curb, Xcel will be re-
locating power poles. There
are 18 inches of land between
the property lines and pro-
posed sidewalk, and the poles
will be placed there. They
won’t be in the sidewalk like
they are now,” Black said.
He added that Xcel will be
replacing most, if not all, of
the poles. “So they are doing
upgrades,” he said.
Contaminated soils
Questions were asked re-
garding the discovery of con-
taminated soils during
“We did about 10 soil bor-
ings along Grove Avenue and
found one location of contam-
inated soils at the intersection
of Gehlen and Grove; how-
ever, if we discover contami-
nated soils during the project,
we will contact an MPCA
(Minnesota Pollution Control
Agency) duty officer and work
with them.
“Tests would be required to
determine the extent of the rec-
ommended mitigation. The
state does pay much of those
clean-up costs and reimburses
the city,” Black said.
He added that soil borings
were completed at sites that
were identified as potential
risks, but no odors were iden-
tified at that time. “The risk
may be low, but it is an un-
known,” Black said.
Assessment costs
Several questions regarding
assessments and access
charges were asked. Black said
residents are not being as-
sessed an access charge related
to sewer and water services
(commonly known as
SAC/WAC fees).
“SAC/WAC (sewer and
water access charges) fees are
normally only charged for
new, first-time installations to
help compensate the city for
the expense of constructing in-
frastructure up to new devel-
opments. They are not
proposed to be charged to
properties that currently have
services,” Black said.
Residents will be assessed
with the actual, average recon-
struction costs of extending the
sanitary sewer and water serv-
ice lines from the main, lateral
pipe in the street, up to the
property line, Black said.
“Any cost to extend services
from the property line to the
home/building is the responsi-
bility of the property owner,”
Black said.
“Why do we have to pay to
install these services again if
they were reconstructed within
the last 10 to 15 years?” was
also a question residents asked
He recommended that all
service lines be replaced so
that their life expectancies last
at least 60 to 80 years, which
is the life expectancy of the
“Also, efforts to protect
services during other infra-
structure construction would
add potentially significant ad-
ditional costs, and the service
lines can still easily be dam-
aged during construction with-
out the contractor even know-
ing. It would be extremely
risky not to replace these
lines,” Black said.
The total estimated cost of
the project is $2,133,464. The
proposed financing for im-
provements shows $332,124 in
neighborhood assessments,
$1.2 million in county state aid
funding, and $601,340 from
the general tax levy, sanitary
sewer and water utility funds.
City Clerk Kerry Venier also
explained other capital im-
provement projects related to
the reconstruction of Grove
“As part of this whole proj-
ect, we are doing other capital
improvements. We will be re-
placing 24 water hydrants and
switching over all of our water
meters, so that they are on a re-
mote read system,” he said.
Venier said the hydrants are
nearing the end of their life cy-
cles. “We’ve had to replace
three hydrants in the last two
years, and we can’t always
find parts to replace them,” he
“With the new water meters,
there won’t be any more esti-
mating of water bills. Your
water bill will be what you ex-
actly used. These meters will
improve the accuracy in our
water and sewer billings and
we'll generate additional in-
come since the meters will be
accurate,” Venier said.
All of these improvements
will be funded totally through
utility funds, he said.
“We are nearing the end of
major bonds, so we don’t have
much debt. Not that we are
going looking for more, but
usually, in smaller cities like
ours, when one problem is
fixed, something else usually
needs to be replaced,” Venier
On a 4-0 vote, councilors
approved to begin final prepa-
ration of the design. Councilor
Carol Roquette was missing.
Black said another neigh-
borhood meeting will be held
once the bids are received and
the project is awarded to the
lowest bidder. “We will then
have actual costs of assess-
ments,” he said.
Construction on the project
is set to start in May or June of
2013 and wrap up in the fall of
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Sportsmens Club will meet
The Silver Lake Sportsmens Club will meet tonight
(Thursday, Nov. 29), at 7 p.m., at the sanctuary.
Christmas concert at CCE
The Mid Minnesota Concert Band will perform a special
Christmas concert in Silver Lake at Cedar Crest Estate, lo-
cated on 1401 Main St. W., on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.,
in the dining room. The community is invited and there
will be refreshments following the music.
Lincoln Junior High concert
The Glencoe-Silver Lake Lincoln Junior High bands
and choirs present their first concert of the year on Mon-
day, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the GSL High School Audito-
rium. This concert will feature over 100 instrumentalists
and vocalists from GSL’s Lincoln Junior High School.
This is a free concert.
Vocal band concert Dec. 6
The Home Free Vocal Band, a five-man band with no
instruments, will perform a Christmas concert Thursday,
Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., in the GSL High School Auditorium. The
band, which first appeared in Glencoe last October as part
of the Glencoe Concert Association series, makes the au-
dience think it is hearing drums, bass, horns and other in-
struments, but it is coming from the five male voices. “No
effects. Five guys. Five mics. One stage, no instruments,”
said spokesman Adam Rupp. The show also is filled with
lights, fog, snow and family entertainment for Christmas,
he said. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered
online at http:/www.homefreevocalband.com/christmas/
Ridgewater choirs perform
The Ridgewater College concert choirs from Willmar
and Hutchinson will come together to present a Scandina-
vian Choral Tapestry. The choirs will perform tonight
(Thursday, Nov. 29), at 7 p.m., at the Hutchinson Campus
Auditorium, and on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., in the Will-
mar Campus Theater. Both performances are free and open
to the public.
Lions Club to meet Dec. 6
The Silver Lake Lions Club will have its regular meet-
ing Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Legion Club rooms. The di-
rectors meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. with the regular
meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Note: there will be no second
meeting in December.
‘Singing Friends’ to perform
The Singing Friends Chorus, a 30-voice local commu-
nity choir, will present three Christmas concerts this year
on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., at Church of Peace, Norwood
Young America; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at St. Mark
Lutheran Church, New Germany; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at
2 p.m., at First Congregational UCC, Glencoe. There will
be a freewill donation collected, and refreshments will be
served after the concerts.
Seniors to meet Dec. 10
The Silver Lake Senior Citizens Club will host its
Christmas party and regular meeting Monday, Dec. 10, be-
ginning at 1 p.m. Bingo will be played and Christmas car-
ols will be sung. Dinner will be at 3 p.m. Any member who
did not sign up at the Nov. 12 meeting should call Tony
Victorian at 320-327-2344, or Genny Lhotka at 320-327-
2633, by Dec. 1.
Degree of Honor to meet
Degree of Honor No. 182 will have a catered meal on
Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., in the Silver Lake Auditorium.
A short meeting and playing cards will follow the meal.
Dining site birthday party
The Silver Lake senior dining site will hold its Decem-
ber birthday party Thursday, Dec. 13. There will be music
and bingo. The menu includes pork loin, whole parslied
potatoes, carrots, dinner roll with margarine and poke
cake. Call manager Pearl Branden at 320-327-2621 or
320-327-2536 to order your meal.
WFLA Christmas party set
The Western Fraternal Life Lodge Lumir will hold its
Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 16, at noon, with a
potluck dinner at the Komensky School at 19981 Major
Upcoming Events
Submitted photo
Above is the proposed curb replacement for the intersec-
tion at Gehlen Drive and Grove Avenue. Project engineer
Justin Black said the design is to improve the safety of
the intersection, by making it more “perpendicular” so
that the sight lines of traffic have much better visibility.
Black also said that the stop sign on Grove will be re-
moved so that “north and south bound traffic can flow.”
Grove Avenue Continued from page 1
The Silver Lake Sportsmens
Club announced the winners
for the raffle held during the
turtle soup feed on Oct. 26:
First prize: Bruce Chmiel-
ewski; second prize: Brad
Mikesh; and third prize: Rob
Turtle soup feed raffle
winners announced
The Cokato Museum an-
nounces the opening of its lat-
est display, “That Kind of
Itches: Outerwear and Other-
wear Worn During the Winter
Featured in this display are
all sorts of items worn to help
keep people warm over the
winter months, including
coats, sweaters, scarves,
gloves and mittens, muffs and
union suits.
With many of those items
being made from wool, it was
understandable why folks
found them scratch-inducing.
Complementing the clothing
are a number of decorations
that formerly adorned the
streets of downtown Cokato,
where they hung from light
poles and wires stretched be-
tween buildings. The remain-
der of the museum’s gallery
will be festively decorated for
the holiday season.
“That Kind of Itches” will
be open until Jan. 31.
For more information,
please contact the museum at
320-286-2427, on the web at
www.cokato.mn.us, or check
out its Facebook page.
The Cokato Museum is a co-
operative effort of the city of
Cokato and the Cokato Histor-
ical Society.
Winter wear
display to open
at museum
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I probably say this at the be-
ginning of every season, but I
love this time of year.
There’s nothing quite like a
winter evening — the stillness
of the open fields at night,
where the corn stood tall and
the soybeans and alfalfa once
waved in the summer wind;
the familiar sight of your
foggy breath when you walk
outside to your car; the bright
stars that glitter against the
black night sky and the way
the moon seems to illuminate
the whole earth and you can
see across the land for miles
and miles.
Even the naked trees are
beautiful along the horizon as
their frost covered branches
catch the moonlight and shim-
mer as you pass by.
And then of course, there
are the radio stations that start
to play Christmas music,
which sets the mood and adds
to the beauty of a December
evening drive, especially the
“pa rum pum pum pum” of
Bing Crosby’s “Little Drum-
mer Boy” or the soothing
voice of Nat King Cole as he
croons “O Holy Night.”
It seems I’m always in tears
after hearing that beautiful
I should admit that I am
probably biased towards the
winter season because of my
past employment.
For six years, throughout
high school and college, I
worked at a Christmas Tree
Farm a few miles down the
road from our home.
It was one of the best jobs I
ever had.
Lowes Creek Tree Farm is a
300-acre tree farm, nestled in
the rolling landscape of tall
white pine trees a few miles
outside of Eau Claire.
It is family-owned by Tim
and Therese Olson, a couple
who worked as a dentist and a
nutritionist before deciding to
plant Christmas trees and op-
erate a large tree farm.
The tree farm reminds me of
one of those special places you
seem to only see in the
movies, where families,
dressed in fur hats and puffy
snowpants, gather together
and hike through the forests of
trees, searching for the best
one to place in their living
On site, there is a large cus-
tom-built log cabin with a
huge front porch filled with
Christmas wreaths and Christ-
mas swags, as well as tin
buckets of winterberry
branches and boughs of holly.
The cabin houses the office
and the gift shop, as well as
the hot cider and candy cane
station that frosty faces seek
after their cold adventures out-
side of finding the perfect tree.
The cabin is also outfitted
with a black wood stove where
customers can sit, and warm
up as they watch the crackling
orange fire through the glass
doors while Andy Williams’
Christmas songs drift over the
This is where I spent most
of my time working, in the
cabin, and you can bet I had
my fill of hot cider and candy
canes every year.
I began each November
humming “It’s the Most Won-
derful Time of the Year” as I
decorated the cabin with twin-
kling Christmas lights and gar-
land made of fresh balsam
boughs from the pre-cut trees.
Throughout the season, my
main job was to work at the
large wooden table in the cor-
ner of the cabin, where I dec-
orated balsam and fraser
wreaths with big bows, pine
cones, and berries.
All through winter, my red
apron was stained with sap
from the boughs and my hands
were stained from wiring the
pine cones onto the wreaths.
They smelled of pine and bal-
sam for months.
I loved it.
My job also included creat-
ing custom-ordered Christmas
centerpieces with white pine,
juniper and cedar boughs, and
wheat stalks and candles and
But the best part? The
moonlight sleigh rides. Every
weekend in December, groups
of people and couples would
come to the farm for horse-
drawn sleigh rides through the
thick woods of the tree farm.
When the sleighs were not
fully booked, I got to be the
lucky person to join the group
for a ride in an old-fashioned
sleigh, pulled by beautiful Bel-
gian horses, through the pine
forests, under the moonlight,
over the sparkling river that
cuts through the farm’s snow-
covered landscape.
Those nights were magical
and are the reason I hope for
snow every year.
So yes, winter. I welcome
you with open arms.
But let me get new tires on
my Jeep first.
Nothing quite like a winter evening
The Travel Section
By Alyssa Schauer
Silver Lake Leader photo by Rich Glennie
Marietta Neumann, long-time director of
the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf in
Glencoe, is trying to restock the shelves
to keep up with the growing demands. A
recent infusion of donations by area stu-
dents, scouts and church groups has
helped in keeping the shelves filled, but
they don’t stay filled for long.
We’re now serving some once
a month. And we’re seeing a
greater percentage of people
65 and older. We’ve even
seen some over 90 (years
Neumann said more people
are “swallowing their pride
and asking for help.”
With many living on Social
Security and with other ex-
penses, “What are they eating
beside the 40 pounds we give
them per month? I’d honestly
like to know.”
She said one elderly
woman has been in seeking
food help through the state’s
(cheese) program that also is
handled through the food
Through the applications
made by people, Neumann
said she sees what these peo-
ple live on from their finan-
cial statements.
“But I don’t hear a word of
complaint from her,” Neu-
mann said of the elderly
woman. “She’s so thankful
for what she’s getting.”
But there are more joining
the ranks all the time, Neu-
mann said, and pointed to
those workers now seeing the
end of their unemployment
extensions. She predicted an-
other wave of newcomers to
the food shelf.
While some of the unem-
ployed are getting jobs, often
they are earning less than be-
fore and, if both spouses once
worked, only one is now. Add
in the price of gasoline to
travel farther to work, it fur-
ther cuts in on what they
spend on food.
“It’s right across the
board,” Neumann said of peo-
ple coming in. “It’s the trickle
down, and we wind up as the
last stop.”
Does she ever turn anyone
“No,” Neumann quickly
said, but when people get too
“fussy” over what is offered
to them, “we know they are
not hurting that badly.”
There are some who have
food allergies or need special
diets, but Neumann said she
can usually tell who is not
hurting too badly “by their at-
titude, but that is a small
Neumann also said some
families “have weathered the
storm,” and come back to tell
her they will not need any
more help.
So what is needed by the
food shelf?
“Basics,” Neumann said,
and pointed to macaroni and
cheese, Hamburger Helper
and soups are needed most
The worst time in the year
has been July and August
when children are out of
school, Neumann said. “We
had a $20,000 grocery bill in
July,” she said of using cash
reserves to restock the food
“The summer months (July
and August) are tough,” she
added. “Very little came in,
and it was the heaviest
usage.” She said 600 house-
holds used the food shelf in
July, and the normal use is
300 to 400, Neumann said.
“And it’s not the migrants,”
Neumann stressed.
“During the summer, our
refrigerator door doesn’t go
shut,” she added.
Unlike hunger shown in
foreign countries, Neumann
said hunger in America
“doesn’t show on the face of
a child. It’s not like overseas.
But we have kids starving
here, too. It could be your
next door neighbor.”
She cited an older gentle-
man who came in to the food
shelf one day and complained
about the young people being
too lazy to go to work. She
said that same day, that man’s
son came in for food, “and he
had no idea. The young man
was too proud to tell his fam-
Food Shelf Continued from page 1
ECFE gingerbread event set for today
An ECFE special event,
“Make & Take Gingerbread
Houses,” will be held in the
Helen Baker ECFE Addition
today (Thursday, Nov. 29), at
9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Imagine a cottage with
curlicue accents and candy
shingles, or a cottage or a cas-
tle bedazzled with goodies that
you will create with graham
crackers, frosting and lots of
Whether it is your first time
or it has become a family tra-
dition, do not miss this oppor-
tunity to create an edible
masterpiece for the season.
There is a small fee to at-
tend. Please register by calling
the ECFE office at 320-864-
2681 or via e-mail dschir
The Winter/Spring Commu-
nity Ed/ECFE catalog will be
arriving on your doorstep
soon. Please take note of a new
ECFE option: ECFE Plus.
ECFE Plus is a new option
for children who are currently
3 or 4 years old, toilet trained,
and ready for a school experi-
ence without Mom or Dad.
Beginning in late January,
any family attending an ECFE
class may add a day of “child-
only” school each week for our
winter/spring session.
The child-only class will be
held Mondays from 8:30 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m. Parents will need
to drop off and pick up their
children since no bus service
will be available. Class size is
The ECFE Plus child-only
class must be completed in ad-
dition to another parent-child
ECFE class. Check your cata-
log for class options and regis-
tration details.
Wish all your customers the best greetings of the
season with a CHRISTMAS GREETING in the
December 20 Silver Lake Leader.
will run in the December 27 Silver Lake Leader.
You will receive a discount on
your New Year’s greeting when placing both a
Christmas and New Year’s greeting.
Contact your sales rep by Noon, Dec. 12
to be included in the Holiday Greetings.
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300 Cleveland Ave.,
Silver Lake
Dr. Tom Rakow, Pastor
Sat., Dec. 1 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.; women’s Bible
study, 9 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 2 — “First Light”
radio broadcast on KARP 106.9
FM, 7:30 a.m.; fellowship and re-
freshment time, 9 a.m.; pre-ser-
vice prayer time, 9:15 a.m.;
worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sun-
day school and Christmas pro-
gram practice, 10:35 a.m.; open
shooting for Centershot graduates,
11:45 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Confirmation
class, 6 p.m.; prayer time and pup-
pet practice, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8 — Men’s Bible
study, 7 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 — “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 and
Christmas program practice,
10:35 a.m.; potluck, noon; Christ-
mas caroling.
Mon., Dec. 10 — Church board
meeting, 7 p.m.
Dial-A-Bible Story, 320-327-
108 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Fax 320-327-6562
E-mail: faithfriends
Mark Ford, Pastor
Carol Chmielewski, CLP
Office hours: Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. and Sundays
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 30 — Hanging of the
greens, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 — Session meet-
ing, 10 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 2 — Communion
worship, 10 a.m.; coffee and fel-
lowship to follow service.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Presbytery
Women Christmas party and
potluck, 12:30 p.m.; light supper,
5:30 p.m.; WOW classes and
adult Advent study, 6 p.m.; choir
practice, 7 p.m.
700 W. Main St.,
Silver Lake
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Fri., Nov. 30 — Mass, 8 a.m.
Sat. Dec. 1 — Reconciliation,
5:30 p.m.; Mass, 6:30 p.m.; KC
4th Degree Christmas party start-
ing with Mass at 5:15 p.m. in
Winsted; dinner to follow in the
social hall.
Sun., Dec. 2— Mass, 8 a.m.
and 8 p.m.; youth group Christ-
mas caroling, 1:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 4 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
quilting, 9 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Mass, 8 a.m.;
first- through sixth-grade religious
education classes, 5:30 p.m.; sev-
enth- through 11th-grade religious
classes, 7:15 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 6 — Mass at Cedar
Crest, 10:30 a.m.; CCW, Rosary
Society potluck and meeting, 6
Fri., Dec. 7 — Mass, 8 a.m.
and 7 p.m.
950 School Rd. S.W.
E-mail: infor@
Jim Hall, Pastor
Sun., Dec. 2 — Worship, 9:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
770 School Rd.,
Kenneth Rand,
Branch President
Sun., Dec. 2 — Sunday school,
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; priest-
hood, relief society and primary,
11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
20924 State Hwy. 7 W.
E-mail: assembly@
Dr. Lee Allison, pastor
Sun., Dec. 2 — Worship, 8:30
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Family night
activities, 6:30 p.m.
31 Fourth Ave. S.W.,
E-mail: jmm@hutchtel.net
Sun., Dec. 2— Sunday school,
9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m.
1014 Knight Ave.,
Anthony Stubeda, Pastor
Thurs., Nov. 29 — Mass at
GRHS-LTC, 10:30 a.m.; Schoen-
statt boys’ group meeting, 2 p.m.;
APC meeting at Holy Family, 7
Fri., Nov. 30 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.; no
school, teacher workshop; Spanish
Mass, 5:30 p.m.; youth group
“Kids Nite Out” event, 5:30 p.m.-
9:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 — Widow/widower
and senior singles breakfast,
Dubbs, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish bap-
tism class, 10 a.m.; CUF Advent
potluck; reconciliation, 3 p.m.;
Holy Land religious article sale
before and after Mass; Mass, 5
Sun., Dec. 2 — First Sunday of
Advent; Holy Land religious arti-
cle sale before and after Mass;
Mass, 9:30 a.m.; Spanish Mass,
11:30 a.m.; Spanish religious edu-
cation classes, 12:45 p.m.; Spanish
parent reconciliation, 12:45 p.m.;
St. Pius X, Holy Family youth
group Christmas caroling, 1:30
p.m.-6 p.m.; Mass at Holy Family,
Silver Lake, 8 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 3 — No Mass; adult
choir, 7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 4 — Morning
prayer, 8 a.m.; Mass, 8:20 a.m.;
junior choir, 2:50 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Morning
prayer, 7 a.m.; Mass, 7:20 a.m.;
kindergarten through sixth-grade
religious education classes, 7
p.m.-8 p.m.; seventh- through
11th-grade religious education
classes, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
1215 Roberts Rd. S.W.
Rick Stapleton,
Senior pastor
Adam Krumrie,
worship pastor
Tait Hoglund,
Student ministries
Thurs., Nov. 29 — Senior high
lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6
Sat., Dec. 1 — Saturday morn-
ing breakfast club for middle
school girls, 9 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 2 — Worship, 9 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school for
adults, teens and children, 9 a.m.;
Griefshare, 2 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 4 — MOPS, 6 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Release time
for second through fifth grades;
AWANA, 6:30 p.m.; middle
school youth, 6:30 p.m.; senior
high youth, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 6 — Senior high
lunch, 11 a.m.; worship team, 6
77 Lincoln Ave.,
Lester Prairie
Bethany Nelson, pastor
Sun., Dec. 2 — Traditional
worship, 9 a.m.; coffee and fel-
lowship, 10 a.m.; Christmas pro-
gram practice, 10:15 a.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 — Office open, 3
p.m.; Advent service, 6 p.m.;
choir practice, 7 p.m.
Church News
Page 4 — Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, November 29, 2012
Christmas Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
Serving 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Silver Lake Auditorium
Silver Lake, MN
Menu: Pancakes, sausage, eggs,
toast, fruit, milk, juice & coffee
– Free-will offering –
Proceeds go to Silver Lake Summer Recreation
and Silver Lake Swimming Pool.
Please bring a food shelf item to
donate to the McLeod County Food Shelf.
for Sale!
for Door
December 1
2 p.m.
Informative Recital
featuring Alexandor Sandor,
Concert Pianist
Hutchinson High School Auditorium
Alexandor is the featured soloist
for Sunday’s Concert.
Admission: Free
December 2
4 p.m.
Fall Concert
“Russian with a Taste of Italy”
Featuring Alexandor Sandor playing
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2
Hutchinson High School Auditorium
Directed by: Michael Zellgert
Admission: $7 Adults, $3 Children, $15 Family
“This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the
Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council
through appropriations from the Minnesota State Legis-
lature with money from the State’s general fund, and
its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by
the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.”
Thank You
Thank you to
everyone who
put on the
It was great!
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A Thanksgiving dinner to remember
To the Editor:
This past Thursday was a
day to remember for all those
who attended the ninth-annual
Thanksgiving dinner.
It was so great to see all of
the folks coming through the
door with big smiles on their
faces! As one person com-
mented, “There was not a
grouch in the whole crowd.”
It was so fun to see people
of all ages and walks of life
just laughing, enjoying a great
meal and then winning some
prizes later on playing bingo.
I really would like to thank
the many, many people and or-
ganizations that donated to
this great cause.
I would like to list the
names, but I know I would
miss someone and I certainly
do not want to do that. Thank
you, thank you!
But I must mention the great
volunteers who help with all
this work. The committee
members of Jennell, Betty,
Rhonda, Laura and Deb are
the best! Without your help,
this event could never take
Also, a big thanks goes out
to the GFWC for the aprons
they made for the servers.
They looked great.
Finally a big thank you to all
the individuals who showed
up that day to make this hap-
pen — the people who were
there at 5:30 a.m. helping to
get the food going; those that
helped serve all the tables; and
also those folks who helped
wash all the dishes and clean
I truly believe events like
this help set our fine commu-
nity apart from others. Please
pat yourself on the back, and
if you cannot reach around to
your back, call me and I will
come and do it for you!
Again, thank you to all and
please plan on attending our
Winter Festival on Dec. 15.
Mayor Bruce Bebo
Silver Lake
Letter to the Editor
Submitted photos
GFWC hosts
Lakeside tea
On Wednesday, Nov. 14,
the GFWC Silver Lake
hosted an appreciation tea
for the staff at Lakeside
School. Above, from left to
right, are Delores Goede,
Laura Kaczmarek, Club
President Margaret Benz,
Mary Jaskowiak, Dodie
Chalupsky, Asha Imdieke,
Deannie Navratil, Dorothy
Merrill and Susie Horejsi.
Missing was Rose Meehl.
In the back is Chris Sonju.
To the left, Margaret Benz
presented a $200 check to
Principal Michelle Wang.
The money is to be used
for purchasing library
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Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, November 29, 2012 — Page 5
GSL Panther
07....at Watertown-Mayer......7:30
11....at Bloom. Jefferson...7:00
15....New Ulm...................1:30
18....at Waconia................7:30
21....Rocori .......................7:30
28....GSL tourney..............TBA
29....GSL tourney..............TBA
08....at Dassel-Cokato......7:30
11....at Mound-Wtka. ........6:30
12....NYA Central ..............7:30
19....at Faribault................7:30
22....at Litchfield ...............7:30
25....at Hutchinson............7:30
29....at Annandale.............7:30
01....HF Catholic...............7:30
09....Mound-Wtka. ............7:30
11....at Sibley East............7:30
14....at N.London-Sp. .......7:30
19....Litchfield ...................7:30
22....Delano ......................7:30
26....Annandale ................7:30
Section 5(AA) Tourney
07....1st Round
27....at St.Peter. ................7:30
29....at Jordan...................7:30
04....at Belle Plaine...........7:30
06....Marshall ....................7:30
11....New Prague..............7:30
14....at Annandale.............7:30
20....Mayer Lutheran ........7:30
28....vs. Luverne...............7:30
05....at New Ulm...............3:00
11....at Mound-Wtka. ........7:45
12....at NYA Central ..........6:00
15....at N.London-Spicer...7:30
18....at Orono....................7:30
22....Litchfield ...................7:30
29....Annandale ................7:30
01....at HF Catholic...........7:30
07....at Dassel-Cokato......7:30
09....Mound-Wtka. ............6:00
12....N.London-Sp. ...........7:30
19....at Litchfield ...............7:30
22....at Delano ..................7:30
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
26....1st Round
Section 2(AAA) Tourney
02....2nd Round
30....Annandale ................6:00
01....at Becker Inv. ...........noon
08....at Northfield Inv.......10:30
13....at WM triangular .......6:00
15....at St. Peter................1:00
08....at Litchfield ...............6:00
19....GSL Invite................noon
24....Delano ......................6:00
26....at Northfield Inv.......10:30
01....Mound-Wtka. ............6:00
06....at NL-Spicer..............6:00
Section 2(A) Meet
15....at Watertown.............TBA
01....GSL Invite.................9:30
08 ...at Andover Inv. ........10:00
13....at Litchfield 2D..........6:00
15....at Richfield Inv. .........9:00
20....at Hutch 2D...............6:00
03....GSL 2D (with Waconia,
05....at Ogilvie Inv...........10:00
08....at WM 2D..................6:30
10....GSL 2D (with Delano,
12....at Zimmerman Inv.. ...9:00
19....at LCWM Invie........10:00
22....St.Peter (at LP).........6:00
24....GSL 2D (with Mound-
Wtka., Hutch) ....................6:00
25....at N.Prague 2D.........5:00
31....at HLWW...................6:30
01....WCC. at Delano........3:30
08....at MW Invite..............5:00
09....at DC Invite.............10:00
Section 2(AA) Tourney
14....Teams, 1st rounds ....TBA
22-23..Indys, at Waconia..TBA
GSL/LP should be ‘pretty tough’
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
Four Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie wrestlers
turned in 30-win seasons last winter. Now, all four are
back, ready to start again from one. From left, here are
Michael Donnay (31-11 in 2011-12), Mitchell Hartwig (37-
5), Dalton Clouse (30-9) and Jacob Jewett (32-10).
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
The 2012-13 GSL/Lester
Prairie wrestling team returns
12 of 14 combatants from a
lineup that outpointed Delano,
42-36, in the first round of last
winter’s Section 2 (Class AA)
team tournament. Among the
dozen are four boys who won
30 matches or more a year ago,
plus a fifth who collected 25
“We should be pretty
tough,” head coach Lance
Wurm said, “as long as every-
body stays healthy.”
Even there, the Panthers
have more depth than in their
recent past. Wurm said his
depth charts look “pretty
solid” for the first 10 or 11
weights, only showing a short-
age of numbers and experience
in the two — maybe three —
uppermost weights.
GSL/LP, whose lone senior
a year ago was heavyweight
Martin Martinez, starts out
with five 12th-graders this
winter. Right behind are six
others from a talented junior
Overall, Wurm and his assis-
tants — Mike Coddington,
first-year junior high coach
Jeff Delwiche and volunteer
Kevin Simonson — are work-
ing with 35 wrestlers in grades
Based on past credentials,
the top Panthers figure to be
senior Mitchell Hartwig, 37-5
last year and third at 138
pounds in Section 2; junior
Jacob Jewett, 32-10 and third
at 106; junior Michael Don-
nay, 31-11 and fourth at 113;
and junior Dalton Clouse, 30-
9 and third at 182.
Sophomore Brandon
Richter went 25-7 and placed
fifth at 120 in Section 2, and
fellow 10th-grader Nate Tesch
finished 19-11 and took fourth
at 132.
Of those six, Hartwig is the
only one who has wrestled in
the Class AA state tournament,
having qualified as a sopho-
more in 2010-11.
Kyle Polzin, now a senior,
won 14 matches a year ago; fel-
low 12th-grader Martin
Lezama notched 12 wins; jun-
ior John Williams also won 12;
senior Ray Eberhard picked up
nine wins, as did ninth-grader
Nick Brejla.
Also getting good varsity
tastes were wrestlers like Aaron
Donnay, Dalton Kosek, Nick
Jenkins, Eric Arandia, Tristian
Weber and Peyton Sell.
“They’re hungry,” Wurm
said, noting the “sour note” on
which the Panthers closed their
2011-12 season — by not ad-
vancing any of their top
wrestlers to state out of the
Section 2 individual tourna-
— Hartwig is the seventh
Class AA 152-pounder in The
Guillotine’s pre-season state
rankings. Jewett is the eighth-
ranked 120-pounder.
— A year ago, GSL/LP
dropped 14 of its first 16 dual
matches, but closed on a 7-3
run. The victories were notched
over Howard Lake-Waverly-
Winsted, Triton, Nicollet/GFW,
Mound-Westonka, Mankato
East, Orono and Delano.
— The GSL/LP Don Hall
Classic kicks off the 2012-13
season this Saturday in Glen-
Joining the Panthers are
teams from BOLD/Buffalo
Lake-Hector, HLWW, Parkers
Prairie, St. Clair, Trinity
(Bloomington), Watertown-
Mayer, Windom and Zum-
Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m.
Panthers expect to be better
Silver Lake Leader photo by Lee Ostrom
The GSL boys’ basketball team returns nine players
who earned letters a year ago. From left, they are:
seated in front row, Ethan Maass, Brandon Ebert, Travis
Rothstein; back row, Reed Dunbar, Keaton Anderson,
Trenton Draeger, Greg Ober, Brody Bratsch and Eric
five juniors: forwards Colton
Lueders, Cole Petersen and
Cody Becker, plus guards Eric
Dahlke and Tyler Cuhel.
“We’ll be better,” DeCorsey
said. “We might not win a lot
more games, but we’ll be bet-
DeCorsey’s confidence is a
result of what got done be-
tween seasons. Basketball ath-
letes require specialized skills,
developed from handling the
ball — the more often the bet-
“We were in the gym,”
DeCorsey said, noting the 90-
minute workouts from 6:30
a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and
Wednesdays over the summer,
as well as the two games every
Wednesday evening at Nor-
wood Young America (against
neighbors Gibbon-Fairfax-
Winthrop, Holy Trinity/Lester
Prairie, NYA Central, Sibley
East and Waconia). In addition,
Anderson and Garrett Ober got
large sums of playing minutes
for AAU teams in Chanhassen
and Buffalo, respectively.
“We got a lot accomplished,”
DeCorsey said, noting how
much was needed to be accom-
“Our skill set is behind,” he
added. “We need to pick it up.”
DeCorsey said more than 30
boys (grades 9-12) showed up
routinely for the two morning
sessions each week. And when
the whistle blew on the winter
season’s first practice,
DeCorsey said it “showed”
who was there in the summer
and who was not.
DeCorsey did not have an
off-season prior to his first win-
ter as head coach. He was
“very pleased” with this year’s
first week of practices.
— The 2012-13 Panthers
show nine seniors, five juniors,
and eight sophomores.
By Lee Ostrom
Sports Editor
enior guard Ethan
Maass is expected to
lead a Glencoe-Sil-
ver Lake roster long
on varsity experience into a
challenging 2012-13 basket-
ball schedule, beginning Dec.
7 at Watertown-Mayer.
The Panthers, who finished
7-20 in Robb DeCorsey’s first
winter as their head coach,
have put in the work between
seasons and figure to be im-
How much starts with
Maass, who was a unanimous
All-Wright County Confer-
ence selection last year after
leading GSL in points (344,
12.7 ppg), assists (66) and
steals (42). He also was second
in rebounds (99, 3.66 rpg).
The talented lefty, who en-
tered GSL’s varsity lineup as a
ninth-grader in 2009-10, grew
as an all-around player last
year by toughening his game
further on defense, DeCorsey
But Maass is not the lone re-
In all, nine Panthers who
earned letters a year ago are
back, including seven who, in
DeCorsey’s words, “saw ex-
tensive (varsity) action.” They
are senior guards Maass,
Travis Rothstein (65 points
scored) and Greg Ober (59),
senior forwards Reed Dunbar
(190, 7.03 ppg), Trent Draeger
(62) and Brandon Ebert (43),
and sophomore guard Keaton
Anderson. Senior guards
Brody Bratsch and Eric Thal-
mann saw only limited varsity
minutes, but enough to letter.
DeCorsey is also taking
close looks at senior guard
Fernando Leon, a recent trans-
fer into the GSL district; soph-
omore Garrett Ober, a long
forward; and ninth-grader
Teddy Petersen, a point-guard
with a lot of game.
Also, the roster lists these
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November Panther Paw winners
The November Panther Pride recipients at Helen Baker El-
ementary School included, front row, left to right, Alyssa
Dammann, Luke Schmieg, Alaina Peterson, Evan Marti,
Robin Lueck, Aiden LaPlante, Damian Villagomez Jr.,
Kayla Stowell and Chloe Hoemberg. In the middle row are
Eli Ehrke, Caleb Lindeman, Natalie Davis, Antonio Reyna,
Luis Villarreal, Addison Graupmann, Gracey Templin, Eze-
quiel Martinez, Brianna Matheny and Wyatt Follestad. in
the back row are Eliot Montes, Grace Nemec, Lindsey
Juarez-Ramirez, Aaron Higgins, Emily Jasken, Charles
Zimbrick, Mitchel Penaz, Geneva Foley and Emily Zerwas.
Absent were Roy Tupa, David Zerwas and Holden Meyer.
A mostly normal late-fall, early-winter week is on tap as
no big storms threaten the area. We’ll start the week in a
northwest pattern, keeping temperatures slightly below av-
erage and moisture away from the upper Midwest.
As the week progresses, the flow should shift to a more
westerly component and allow for some warmer tempera-
tures to move in just in time for the weekend. Highs should
push back into the 40s late week and into the weekend,
with the only chance of precipitation Saturday, and even
that is a long shot.
In this type of west-to-east pattern, it’s hard for any large
storm to gain strength, so we’ll just have to wait for the
first good snow of the year. This pattern should last into
next week, so things should remain quiet.
There are some indications that late next week a storm
could be brewing, but that is 10 to 13 days out from when
I’m forecasting this, so who am I kidding?
Have a great week, all. Happy December!
Ma dobry weekendem Mit dobry vikend
Wednesday night — Lows 16-22; partly cloudy.
Thursday — Highs 29-36; lows 20-26; partly cloudy.
Friday — Highs 33-40; lows 28-34; partly cloudy.
Saturday — Highs 39-46; lows 28-34; clouds/showers
(rain or snow).
Sunday — Highs 37-44; mostly clear.
Weather Quiz: What are some of December’s weather
Answer to last week’s question: The early indications
were pointing at a drier-than-normal winter with near-nor-
mal temperatures. The latest models have moved us more
towards a normal precipitation winter and slightly below
average in the temperature department. We’ll see which
one was right.
Remember: I make the forecast, not the weather!
Weather Corner
By Jake Yurek
At the annual veterans din-
ner held at the American Le-
gion Post 141 in Silver Lake in
November, awards for conti-
nous years of membership
were presented.
The award for 55 years of
membership was presented to
Francis Pokornowski, John J.
Wendolek and Arthur Nowak.
An award was presented to
Auxiliary member Helen Piehl
for 60 continuous years of
Over 140 were in attendance
at the Veterans Day dinner this
year, and the food was catered
by Lindy’s. The guest speaker
was Monica Stanton, a nurse,
a representative from Allina
Hospice, who spoke about
hospice care and a new pro-
gram called “We Honor Veter-
The Legion also delivered
10 meals to the veterans at
Cedar Crest in Silver Lake and
two meals to the home of Don-
ald Navratil.
The following is a list of the
awards and pins presented for
American Legion continuous
years of membership:
Five years: Ryan Lhotka,
Tim Lhotka, Nancy Rantanen
and Hubert Schermann.
10 years: Justin R. Jurek and
Teri A. Morton.
15 years: Dale Cacka, Floyd
Czech and Scott Noga.
20 years: Denise Doig, Ray-
mond Fiala, Ronald Hlavka,
Dale J. Popelka and Robert W.
30 years: Hubert H.
Haekenkamp, Donald Koepp
and Raymond Slanga.
45 years: Roger Kosek,
Kenneth B. Merrill, Roy
Miska and Leon W. Monahan.
55 years: Arthur F. Nowak,
Francis J. Pokornowski and
John J. Wendolek.
The following is a list of
pins presented for American
Legion Auxiliary continuous
years of membership:
25 years: Phyllis Chris-
tensen, Kathleen Neubarth and
Nora Vollrath.
30 years: Joann Ardolf,
Dorothy Bandas, Sharon Ban-
das, Wendy Telecky, Martha
Wilkins, Patricia Yurek and
Ruth Zanoth.
35 years: Sharon Olson
Grivna, Karen Klatt, Marcella
Pokornowski and Betty Stifter.
40 years: LeeAnn Karg.
60 years: Helen Piehl.
Awards presented at
annual veterans dinner
Individuals interested in
learning more about an up-
coming McLeod County road
project are invited to an open
house. The open house and
project information are as fol-
Roundabout and State
Highway 15 Rehabilitation
These projects are sched-
uled for next summer and in-
clude construction of a
roundabout at the intersection
of Highway 15 and County
Road 115 (Airport Road). Tied
to the roundabout project is
the resurfacing of Highway 15
from Highway 212 to Denver
Avenue in Hutchinson.
McLeod County and
MnDOT staff, along with the
project consultant representa-
tives, will be available to dis-
cuss various aspects of the
The open house for the
above projects will be Thurs-
day, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to
7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Event
Center. There will be a presen-
tation at 6 p.m.
Any questions regarding
these projects can be directed
to Phil Schmalz, project engi-
neer at 320-484-4362, or e-
mail phillip.schmalz@co.mc
For other highway depart-
ment-related information
please see its website at
way or checkout its Facebook
and Twitter pages; username is
Open house date set
for county road project
Dec. 3-7
Silver Lake
Senior Nutrition Site
Monday — Turkey casserole,
peas, tropical fruit, bread, mar-
garine, bar, low-fat milk.
Tuesday — Chili, pear sauce,
lettuce with dressing, crackers,
margarine, sherbet, low-fat milk.
Wednesday — Baked chicken,
baked potato, squash, bread, mar-
garine, gelatin with fruit and top-
ping, low-fat milk.
Thursday — Meatballs with
gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed
vegetables, bread, margarine, fruit
crisp, low-fat milk.
Friday — Crumb-topped fish,
whole potatoes, Prince William
vegetables, bread, margarine, pie,
low-fat milk.
Helen Baker/Lakeside Lunch
Monday — Mini chicken corn
dogs, egg salad on whole-grain
bread, seasoned corn, baby car-
rots, apple, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday — Chicken nuggets,
dinner roll, deli combo sub,
mashed potatoes with gravy, broc-
coli salad with raisins, petite ba-
nana, chilled applesauce.
Wednesday — French toast
with syrup, scrambled eggs, yo-
gurt-cheese-crackers fun lunch,
oven-baked tator tots, celery sticks
with dressing, sliced strawberries,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Barbecued pork on
a whole-grain bun, ham and
cheese on a whole-grain bun,
oven-baked beans, baby carrots
with dressing, kiwi wedges, chilled
Friday — Macaroni and cheese,
bread stick, turkey and cheese on
whole-grain bread, seasoned
green beans, caesar romaine
salad with dressing, apple wedge,
mandarin oranges.
High School Lunch
Monday — Beef taco on a
whole-grain tortilla shell, fiesta
brown rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese
cup, refried beans, sweet corn
salad, celery sticks with dressing,
orange wedges, chilled apple-
Tuesday — Szechaun chicken
with brown rice, garlic bread stick,
seasoned carrots, broccoli salad
with raisins, red pepper strips with
dressing, petite banana, cinnamon
apple slices.
Wednesday — Swedish meat-
balls with gravy, mashed potatoes,
bread, seasoned corn, celery
sticks with dressing, marinated cu-
cumbers and tomatoes, apples,
chilled peaches.
Thursday — Barbecued pork
sandwich, potato wedges, baked
beans, chick pea salad, baby car-
rots with dressing, kiwi wedges,
chilled pears.
Friday — Pasta bar with
chicken parmesan or mari-
narasauce, meatballs, steamed
broccoli, romaine salad with dress-
ing, cucumbers with dressing,
apple, chilled mixed fruit.
Holy Trinity honors named
Several local students were named to the first-quarter
honor rolls at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. On
the “A” honor roll are Evelyn Penas, eighth grade, daugh-
ter of Bob and Peni Penas of Silver Lake; Eric Klima, sen-
ior, son of Jim and Kari Klima of Silver Lake; Brandon
Schlagel, senior, son of Art and Debbie Schlagel of Silver
Lake; and Craig Wosmek, senior, son of Brian and Wendy
Wosmek of Glencoe. On the “B” honor roll are Stephanie
Hoffmann, eighth grade, daughter of Tom and Bev Hoff-
mann of Silver Lake, and Jacob Klima, sophomore, son of
Jim and Kari Klima of Silver Lake.
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ice Center is seeking nomi-
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of the Year.” Parents and
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professionals who have had
a positive impact on children
and the community.
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must have been licensed for
a minimum of three years,
promote in-home licensed
child care in the community,
exhibit special competency
and professionalism in the
child care field, and have
plans to continue to enhance
their skills in child care.
If you know a family day
care provider who deserves
special recognition for the
positive impact he or she has
made in the lives of young
children, please contact the
McLeod Social Service
Center at 320-864-3144,
320-484-4330 (Hutchinson)
or 1-800-247-1756 (toll
free) to request a nomination
The deadline for nomina-
tion is Jan. 18, 2013.
Page 8 — Silver Lake Leader, Thursday, November 29, 2012
75 YEARS AGO - DEC. 4, 1937 —The vil-
lage election is Tuesday, Dec. 7, with a contest
for the mayor’s office. Mayor F.H. Chalupsky
filed for re-election and on Saturday, Frank
“Smiley” Vlcek filed for the mayor’s job. The
official ballot will carry the names of Mayor
F.H. Chalupsky and Frank Vlcek for mayor;
F.G. Zrust for re-election as three-year council-
man, and George Kaspar filed for re-election to
the two-year term of justice of the peace.
Silver Lake’s Main Street, for the first time,
will be brilliantly lighted for the holiday season.
The lights are expected to be turned on Saturday
evening of this week. Strands of colored lights
will extend along Main Street, across the street
at intersections and on Abraham Street. Volun-
teers have been busy for several days preparing
the strands of lights, erecting poles where nec-
essary, and stringing wires.
The Silver Lake High School basketball team
will play a free exhibition game against the
post-graduate typists on Monday, Dec. 6, at
7:30 p.m., in the high school gym.
Sophia Jaskowiak and Richard Wanous were
married Monday, Nov. 8, at 9 o’clock in the
morning, at St. Adalbert’s Church.
On Thanksgiving Day in Minneapolis, Esther
Konerza became the bride of Lawrence
Alice Perusse and Henry Kurtz were married
Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 9 o’clock at St.
Bernard’s Church of Cologne.
On Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 9 o’clock in the
morning at St. Adalbert’s Church, Gertrude
Greshowiak and Clarence Ogitzak were mar-
On Nov. 26, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Miskovsky.
50 YEARS AGO - NOV. 29, 1962 —Snow
started falling last Friday and by Saturday
morning a total of seven inches fell, and then
the weather turned mild, melting all the snow.
The annual village election will be held on
Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lee Gary Miska, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Miska, received his honorable discharge from
the U.S. Air Force.
Karen Korista, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irv-
ing Korista, placed fifth in the Pryo Fax
Teenage Bake-off Contest at Marshall on Sat-
urday, Nov. 24.
Joe Wurzberger is recovering from injuries
sustained when he was struck by an auto on
Main Street in Silver Lake Monday evening.
Mavis Mallak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.J.
Mallak, is employed at Sarah’s Beauty Nook in
Winfield Howe of South St. Paul was stricken
with a heart attack at Swift’s Packing plant
where he was employed for about 17 years. Fu-
neral services were held on Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Donnay will observe
an open house golden wedding anniversary on
Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Church of Peace base-
ment in Glenoce.
Barbara D’Ambrosio and Paul Radtke will be
married on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the St. Patrick
Catholic Church at Stoneham, Mass.
A son was born on Nov. 25 to Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Gehlen. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hemerick
are the parents of a daughter born on Nov 26.
25 YEARS AGO - DEC. 3, 1987 —The Sil-
ver Lake Lakeite football team is the 1987 9-
man football champion. The team defeated
Verndale last Saturday by a score of 30-14. Due
to the icy conditions on Saturday morning,
many of the fans did not make it to the dome.
Some of the buses and fans turned around and
headed back to Silver Lake after a short try.
On Nov. 29, the Silver Lake Police Depart-
ment investigated a burglary at the Silver Lake
Municipal Liquor Store. Forced entry was
made, and an undetermined amount of money
was taken.
A tentative agreement between teachers and
Silver Lake District 425 has been reached. The
agreement calls for a 5.5 percent increase in
1987-88 and a 6 percent adjustment for 1988-
The Silver Lake Lions Club will be hosting
its popular smorgasbord on Saturday, Dec. 5, at
the Silver Lake Auditorium.
The Silver Lake Fire Department was called
to the Don Hlavka farm residence early last
Wednesday morning. A small shed housing their
well and pump was engulfed in flames and was
spreading to an adjacent building. The depart-
ment prevented the fire from spreading and re-
turned to the fire hall shortly before 1:30 a.m.
The Rosary Society of St. Adalbert’s Church
is sponsoring a rummage and bag sale on Sat-
urday, Dec. 5, in the church basement.
An open house 75th birthday party honoring
Lucy Mallak will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, at
the Silver Lake Auditorium.
Emily Bren, 100, died on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov.
25, from the Holcomb-Henry-Boom Funeral
Home, St. Paul.
Down Memory Lane
Compiled by Margaret Benz
Nominations sought for ‘provider of year’
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